Cockerell Motorcycles

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Cockerell Motorcycles

A Brief History of the Marque


Manufactured in Germany 1919-19241

Fritz Gockerell (he's the 'go' in Megola - Meixner, Gockerell, Landgraf) began his career as an airship machinist and went on to manage the Megola workshops. Subsequently he developed a variety of designs including an eight cylinder two-stroke, and later worked on diesels and Wankel engines.

Cockerell motorcycles included two-stroke horizontal singles of 110cc to 170cc, some of which were watercooled, and a prototype watercooled four-cylinder inline twostroke of 745ccc in 1927. His machines won the 150cc class German Championship in 1924.

After WWII he was involved in the development of other small engines that were later used at Rex in Munich.

Gockerell or Cockerell - What's in a Name?

The site explains that Fritz Gockerell sometimes spelled his name with a "C" - Cockerell - theorising that the latter sounds more English or American and that this would enhance sales, hence the use of the Cockerell as the name of the company and the motorcycle. In his personal letters he usually spelled it with a "G".

Notes: 1. Production may have ceased in 1925.

Fri Oct 21 2005
kalevi.sundqvist at
Cockerell motorcycle wreck

Dear Sirs
Is it possible to identify this Cockerell body. It is numbered with 227 underneath the saddle, left side, up-down tube at welding joint and rear part with number 226 at left side axle mounting plate.

Best regards

Kalevi Sundqvist

Thank sfor your fast reply.
Searched through internet and found it is not the Cockerell with 110 ccm engine.
That one is with A-shaped front body.

Found it might not be the one with 169,5 ccm engine. That one has the straight gearlever to the gearbox.

This one has a stand for gear lever on top of fueltank, on frametubing. Added a detail photo.

How about some 135ccm.

But watercooled or aircooler? That one is another question.

Many thanks in prehand of your co-operation.

with regards


June 23, 2002
Seeking information on the Cockerell Motorcycle. Is there any documentation that can be obtained that may show pictures and specs? I am a collector of Cockerel and it's variant spelling interesting articles, books and other collectibles. I would appreciate your help. -- Tom Cockerel  -- kytrace at

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