“R” Motorcycle Brands

Names, Logos, & a Brief Company History

We are attempting to create a massive database on all things motorcycle, and archiving the history of the brands that have helped shape this industry is something that we think is important.

We consider this list “complete for now”, but it will never be finished– we are building and expanding our motorcycle brands research section over time. If you know of another motorcycle brand or custom bike builder that starts with A and isn’t listed here, please get in touch so we can add you to this list!

Last Updated July, 2020

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Royal Enfield

The modern Royal Enfield company has a complex and storied history, with its origins dating to 1901 and with the brand claiming the title of the oldest motorcycle brand and model in continuous production.

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Runner Automobiles

Runner Automobiles Ltd. (RAL) is a motorcycle manufacturer in Bangladesh. Runner manufactures 12 different motorcycles ranging in size from 80 to 150 CC, Runner has become the market leader in the sub 100 CC motorcycle segment in the country. They are offering different motorcycles of various capacities and models. The principal product of the Company is 2 Wheeler. Runner produces a product range varying from 80 CC to 150 CC, with 12 models of 2 Wheeler and scooters. The products are sold to Customers and Corporate clients through Dealers, Company Owned Company Operated (COCO) stores, through tenders and recently initiated online retail mode.

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Royal Enfield

Royal Enfield was a brand name under which The Enfield Cycle Company Limited of Redditch, Worcestershire sold motorcycles, bicycles, lawnmowers and stationary engines which they had manufactured. Enfield Cycle Company also used the brand name Enfield without Royal. The first Royal Enfield motorcycle was built in 1901. The Enfield Cycle Company is responsible for the design and original production of the Royal Enfield Bullet, the longest-lived motorcycle design in history.

Today, Royal Enfield is an Indian motorcycle manufacturing brand with the tag of “the oldest global motorcycle brand in continuous production” manufactured in factories in Chennai in India. Licensed from Royal Enfield by the indigenous Indian Madras Motors, it is now a subsidiary of Eicher Motors Limited, an Indian automaker. The company makes the Royal Enfield Bullet, and other single-cylinder and twin-cylinder motorcycles. First produced in 1901, Royal Enfield is the oldest motorcycle brand in the world still in production, with the Bullet model enjoying the longest motorcycle production run of all time.

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Ravi Motorcycles

Ravi Motorcycles is a Pakistani motorcycle manufacturer, based in Lahore, Pakistan since 2004. Ravi Motorcycles is also the authorized assembler and manufacturer of Derbi and Piaggio motorcycles in Pakistan. Ravi Motorcycles also launched the iconic Vespa scooter in Pakistan in 2018.

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Rokon

Rokon is a Rochester, New Hampshire-based motorcycle manufacturer that builds two-wheel-drive off-road motorcycles which are marketed either under the company’s name, or as the “Trail Breaker”. Rokon motorcycles use a combination of belt, chain and shaft drives coupled to gear boxes to drive both the front and rear wheels. Older machines were powered by a West Bend (US Motor/Chrysler Marine) 820 two-stroke engine (134cc), while newer machines have either a Honda or Kohler engine of about 6hp. Each hollow wheel is able to hold 2.5 gallons of gasoline or water for long distance trips.

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Ratier

Ratier-Figeac is an aircraft components manufacturer in Figeac, France. From 1926 until 1930 it also built a car with a 746 cc overhead camshaft engine. From 1959 until 1962 Ratier made motorcycles, having taken over the motorcycle business of the Centre d’Études de Moteurs à Explosion et à Combustion (CEMEC). The engines were flat-twins derived from Second World War BMW designs.

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Rikuo Motorcycle

Rikuo Internal Combustion Company was one of the first motorcycle manufacturing companies in Japan. In the early 1930s Rikuo operated under the license and name of Harley-Davidson, using their tooling, and later under the name Rikuo until 1958. Harley-Davidson themselves did not publicize this Japanese connection because the Japanese were helped in developing mass-production techniques by the introduction of this factory into Japan just prior to the Second World War. The Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan (in Japanese) rates the 1935 Rikuo Large Motorcycle as one of their 240 Landmarks of Japanese Automotive Technology.

Raleigh Bicycle Company

The Raleigh Bicycle Company is a British bicycle manufacturer based in Nottingham, England and founded by Woodhead and Angois in 1885. Using Raleigh as their brand name, it is one of the oldest bicycle companies in the world. In 1899, Raleigh started to build motorcycles and in 1903, introduced the Raleighette, a belt-driven three-wheel motorcycle with the driver in the back and a wicker seat for the passenger between the two front wheels. Financial losses meant production lasted only until 1908.

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Rickman Motorcycles

Rickman Motorcycles was a British, independent motorcycle chassis constructor established by brothers Derek and Don Rickman. The firm manufactured motorcycles from 1960 through to 1975.

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Rudge-Whitworth

Rudge Whitworth Cycles was a British bicycle, bicycle saddle, motorcycle and sports car wheel manufacturer that resulted from the merger of two bicycle manufacturers in 1894. Rudge motorcycles were produced from 1911 to 1946. The firm was known for its innovations in engine and transmission design, and its racing successes. Their sales motto was “Rudge it, do not trudge it.”

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Ridley Motorcycle Company

Ridley Motorcycle Company was a privately held motorcycle manufacturing company based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, from 1995 to 2010. Ridley introduced the first cruiser with a continuously variable transmission, the Ridley Speedster, in 1999, and positioned itself as “America’s Automatic Motorcycle.” The Speedster (produced in 1997) was the most successful Ridley motorcycle. Following the success of the Speedster, the company developed a full-size cruiser, named the Auto-Glide, which began sales in 2003, and steadily expanded its line. They sustained annual growth of over 30% from 2000 to 2008, and sold nearly 4,000 units through 2009.

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Roehr Motorcycle Company

Roehr Motorcycle Company was a US motorcycle manufacturer based in Gurnee, Illinois. It closed down in 2012Roehr introduced the V-Roehr production motorcycle in March 2007. The 1130 was to be powered by a 180 hp supercharged Harley Davidson 1250 cc “Revolution” engine. Production of the first 50 bikes was scheduled to begin in 2008.. The cost was US$39,995. Unfortunately for Roehr, the 2008 global financial crisis stopped demand for a high-price limited production motorcycle. Eleven of Roehr’s twelve deposits for the 1250 were cancelled.

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Rieju

Rieju is a manufacturer of mopeds and motorcycles from Spain. It is based in Figueres. They specialize in small displacement motorcycles (between 49 and 450cc), using Minarelli engines. Their products are available in almost all European countries.

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