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Brief History of the Marque: Wanderer

A manufacturer of bicycles since 1892, the Chemnitz factory began manufacturing motorcycles in 1902. Between 1902 and 1929* they built their own single cylinder and V-twin engines. Wanderer machines were of advanced design boasting unit construction engines and front and rear suspension as early as 1915, at which time they were supplied to the German army - Wanderer supplied almost half of all machines used by the German forces during the Great War, and by 1918 had built over 10,000 motorcycles and had begun to build automobiles.

By 1924, chain drive unit construction V-twins were available.

Baron Klaus-Detlof von Oertzen arranged the sale of the motorcycle business to NSU in 1929, and the company then concentrated on automobile production.

The company also produced typewriters, calculators, bicycles and cars, and during the 1920s had as many as 6000 employees.

In the 1920s book From Leipzig To Cabul the author Stratil-Sauer from Germany rode a V-twin Wanderer motorcycle.

* A correspondent has a 1941 Wanderer, see below.

Mon Apr 15 2013
fuel oil mix
wanderer 1938 sachs 98ccm
please can you give me the oil to fuel ratio for this machine please. regards mark.

Tue Oct 04 2011
ignition coil
wanderer 11 as 36/38 11 as 38
i need a ignition coil can you help

Possibly some information on German Electricals under Electrics

Sat Nov 27 2010
wanderer 1


Thu Apr 15 2010
Wanderer Wreke bike
I found your information while searching the web for information about the "Wanderer" make (I found very Little information).
I understand that you are an expert of old motorcycle, so maybe you can help us with an old bike that my friend grandfather have.

It is "Wanderer Wreke" motorcycle, we don't know the model and year.
It was standing is his storage for many many years and was found just recently.
Please see attached pictures may be you can help us to identify it?

We appreciate your help,
Adi Ron

Images are too small for reproduction. Do you have larger versions? Ed.

Tue Jan 13 2009
Wanderer Book
Just a quick question. I have no idea about motorcycles, but I would like to get a gift for a person in the form of a book about the Wanderer motorcycles. I have been looking a little bit online, but have not found anything interesting. It would be great if the book could have a lot of good illustrations inside with of course significant information. Could you guide me in the right direction maybe? It would be best if the book was available in the USA. Thank you for all your help.

Thu Jun 21 2007
Wanderer Motorcycle
I was in Rothenburg Germany in September 2003 and took two pics of a 1921 wanderer in nice running condition. Attached if you are interested.  It was a bike show. I do not know the owner.

Wanderer 1921 612cc Rothenburg 2.jpg
Wanderer 1921 612cc Rothenburg 2

Sun Jun 10 2007
Wanderer motorcycle
Wanderer model 1 Sp and others
You can see to website , my brother-in-law Milan Jezik has there photos of some motor bicycles Wanderer.
Banska Bystrica

Wanderer unknown jezik.jpg
Wanderer unknown jezik

Wanderer 1SP b.jpg
Wanderer 1SP b

Fri May 04 2007
'41 99cc
I own a '41 Wanderer 99cc motorcycle. From your text it sounds like the company only existed until 1929, I know for a fact that they where around into the 40s.
Fargo, ND

At this time, it is taken apart and covered with primer in my parents attic in germany. A re-build project that sort of fell asleep after other obligations took up too much time.

There is a Wanderer Archive somewhere in germany. They actually provide spare parts and documents like manual copies etc. Last time I talked to the elderly guy running it was about 10 years ago, I haven't been able to find it on the web though.

The company actually still exists:

However, nowadays they are just a financial holding company that doesn't even have significant archival materials regarding their past.

They where actually a bicycle manufacturer. Their 'motorcycles' used the 4hp 99cc Sachs 'nose-piston' 2-stroke engine. Back then, there where dozends of small manufacturers who bought OEM Sachs engines and put them in what where beefed up bicycle frames. They would go up to about 35km/hr and where the most affordable way of transportation. The engines where easy to service and anyone who can change a light-bulb without assistance was able to un-coke a piston or clean out a carburetor.


F Weilke

Tue Feb 20 2007
stian.gundersen at hotmailimg
The price of an 1914 Wanderer 3PS
Wanderer 3 PS 1914 mod.
I know someone who has an Wanderer 3PS 1914 mod. He also has the original registration-papers from 1914 (400 ccm v-twin). The bike is in good condition and not restored. 99,9% original. It`s registrated i Norway 1914, so the bike may be older (1908-1914).
Do enyone know how much money this can be worth???

See the page on Vintage Motorcycle Prices

Wanderer 1914 3PS 1.jpg
Wanderer 1914 3PS 1

Mon Feb 05 2007
stevecaz at
Wanderer 1916?
I have a photo of a Wanderer with my great uncle? on its delivery trip. would like to know more about it.
ashburton, New Zealand

Wanderer c1916 NZ.jpg
Wanderer c1916 NZ

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