Walter Motorcycles

A Brief History of the Marque

German motorcycle 1903-1942 by Walter G.m.b.H. in Mühlhausen & Thüringen

A Walter Model 5 from the early years of the 20th century, resides at Kamen Castle in the Czech Republic.

Jeane Herveu, one of the first women to race, rode a Walter with an OHV Buchet engine in the 1903 M.C.F. Concours in France. An example of this machine, possibly the same one, was part of the Guélon Collection.


  • 1903 Walter with Buchet OHV engine.
    1905 Type B 500cc
    1928-32 Z.T. 229 Touren Modell 6 P.S. Villiers engine
    1928-32 TZ. Sp. 129 Sport Modell 7 P.S. Villiers engine
    1930 Z.T. 330 9 P.S. 300cc Windhoff engine
    1933 200 Sport F&S engine 196cc
    1933 350cc Villiers 342cc, 3 speed F&S gearbox

Walter built motorcycles powered by Fafnir engines in 1903. These were exported under the Iduna brand, according to one source, but thus far no record of Iduna has been found.
The Möve was also produced by Walter in the late 1930s.

A Walter sidecar was made in Germany - see the page on Sidecars

There is also a Czech Walter marque built 1901~1949. A post-WWII machine is in the collecton of the Solvang museum, California, a 250cc OHC road-racer with plunger suspension.

Sources: Wikipedia DE, German Resources.
More information on Walter and Möve may be found in Deutsche Motorräder der Kaiserzeit 1885-1918 by Volker Bruse

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Walter 1921 v-twin 750cc across the frame
mention on pages 57 and 105 on military motorcycle bug by David Ansell
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