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Mayweg Motorcycles

A Brief History of the Marque

The Mayweg story is a brief and rather unpleasant one.

Frischauf of Offenbach began as a workers co-operative in 1896, and began building bicycles in 1922, with motorcycle production following soon afterwards. Frischauf was a very progressive company which created housing and medical benefits for the workers.

After the Nazis seized power in 1933 they took over the factory - they murdered the CEO in his office, expropriated stole the property and the factories, and threw anyone who complained into concentration camps.

The company name was changed to Mayweg-Werke AG and they resumed motorcycle manufacture, presumeably using the original Frischauf jigs but fitting 200cc Bark 2-stroke engines. It is reported that they began work on a 500cc single of their own design.

In 1938 the company name was changed to REX-Maschinenbaugesellschaft mbH and production was shifted to armaments. During the war, Rex employed around 600 prisoners of war and forced laborers. The allies bombed the factory.

Sources: motosdoseculoxx.blogspot.com, frischauf-frankfurt.jimdo.com, offenbach.de

N.B. Prior to August 2021, the text on this page read very differently. It had been supplied by one "JF" who gave an account which was far from accurate.

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