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BAM Motorcycles

A Brief History of the Marque

1933-1937 Berlin-Aachen Motor Werke AG, Berlin and Aachen

As it became increasingly difficult after the seizure of power by the National Socialists in Germany to sell foreign products, FN of Belgium found a way around Hitler's myopic policies by renaming their machines based on the locations of their factories and offices in Germany.

FN marketed a two-stroke of 198cc along with 350cc and 500cc four-strokes which differed from the originals in the tank badge and little else.

The 1934 catalog listed the following models: 200 Standard, 350 Standard, 350 Luxus A, 500 Luxus A, 500 Sport M 67 D and 500 Supersport M 86, most of which are the same model names as FN.

There was also a range of BAM bicycles.

Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice, Tragatsch p82,

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