Meister Motorcycles

A Brief History of the Marque

Manufactured from 1921 in Bielefeld by August Plöger

Intially made bicycles, and repaired automobiles. During the 20s and 30s the firm built mopeds and motorcycles. A machine built in 1924 had a single cylinder 300cc 2-stroke engine. The machines used mostly Fichtel & Sachs, and sometimes Ilo engines. A Saxonette-powered autocycle was introdued in the late 1930s.

Postwar models

Alfred Ostertag was now head of design, and in 1950 one of their models was a JLO-powered sports model with twin carburetors and dual exhausts.

A German marque specialist writes:
After the war, the Meister company in Bielefeld acquired the rights of use of the Phanomen and Mammut names and formed sales companies which sold essentially identical machines under the all three brand names and marques.

Legally, the machines were all Meister, and the other two brands were effectively denoting types. Similar situations had existed with in other countries, for instance AJS & Matchless in the UK, and Magnat-Debon & Terrot in France.

According to JF, in 1950 they purchased the rights to Phänomen, producing an Elan model under that brand with a 150cc Sachs engine. He also writes that they formed an association with the Mammut concern the same year.

The company owner, Doppelt, became ill in 1957 and subsequently sold the firm to Goebel

According to Tragatsch, Meister motorcycles were designed by Alfred Ostertag and built in Germany from 1949 into the early 1960s using Zundapp 49cc engines on their mopeds, and Sachs and Ilo engines from 98cc to 198cc in the motorcycles.

Meister Models include:
1951 - M59J 175cc JLO, (also sold under the Mammut brand with different paintwork and badges.)
1953 - M61J JLO type M200 engine
1955 - several mopeds which were the same as those issued under the Phanomena and Mammut names with different trim.

Sources: Tragatsch, JF,

N.B. Hans Meister of Graz built microcars in the 1960s and 70s.

Wed Oct 12 2011
information required
meister M61J 1953
can somebody help me with electrical installation manual and JLO type M200 engine manual

Thu Nov 03 2011
mlopezg<at> (bounced)

Meister 1951
Hi, I wonder how much would be the value of this motorcycle I have. I'm in México City and somebody wants to buy it from me.

Sat Oct 27 2007
ldameron at lambdatechs dot com
Alfred Ostertag

Is the designer the same Alfred Ostertag who runs Ecoroll AG in Celle Germany today?
Cincinnati, Ohio

Thu May 18 2006
buickray at yahoo dot com
1951 MEISTER M55J (JLO MG125E)

I found out that your forums are missing a german postwar brand and wanted to show you my 1951 MEISTER M55J with JLO MG125E two stroke 5.4hp engine.
Anyone interested into this bike or brand is welcome to get in contact with me !
Best Regs - Rainer from Germany.
Solingen, Germany