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German Motorcycles

Fabula Motorcycles

A Brief History of the Marque

Nikolaus Henzel arrived in Bielefeld in 1919.

An engineer with some experience in the construction of automobiles, he was employed by the Dürkopp company, designing for them a motorcycle in 1922 which was did not enter production.

In August 1923 he established his own company, financially supported by a number of businessmen.

The motorcycle featured a double-tube frame, the engine and transmission was of unit construction, it had a QD rear wheel, and clutch access was excellent.

The low-slung machine was powered by a Henzel-designed 250cc 2-stroke single which proved very reliable, and touched the scales at 175 lb. Final drive was by cardan shaft.

Cardan

Shaft Drive

Examples include BMW, Zundapp and Velocette LE Cardan drive eliminates chain and associated mess and maintenance. Often referred to as a "diff", the final drive unit consists of bevel crown and pinion gears.

The financial crisis crippling Germany found the company unable to pay their suppliers or their employees and had to close their doors in 1925.

Goericke, then a major player on the market, bought the defunct factory and continued to build the machine under their own name.

Henzel continued his inventive activities and received many patents which, it seems, brought him little in the way of renumeration or recognition. He died at the age of 84.

Sources: JF



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