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Hecker Motorcycles

Manufactured by Hans Hecker Motorradfabrik, Lenaustraße 7, Nuremberg (earlier at Imhoffstrasse 24)
Germany 1922-1956

Hecker built motorcycles using 245 cc two-stroke engines of their own construction and also S & G 346cc OHV four-strokes. Later in the interwar period they fitted JAP engines up to 550cc and 750cc MAG V-twins. Hans Hieronymus raced their machines.

When the depression came they employed Sachs two-strokes of 73cc and 98cc.

After 1948, in addition to mopeds Hecker built reliable motorcycles using JLO and Villiers engines.

Hans Hecker began production of motorcycles components in 1922 at his factory at Imhoffstrasse (later at Lenaustraße 7) in Nuremberg with machines marketed under the name Emora which were sold to various motorcycle manufacturers including Maurer. This was a complete motorcycle chassis which required only the installation of an engine and transmission. In 1923 Hecker began to build complete motorcycles, and produced the H1 and H2 models with engines from S & G.

S & G began production of their own motorcycles in 1925, and around the same time Hecker began using JAP 198 to 548cc engines. In 1927 and 1928 Hecker introduced new models whch included machines powered by Motosacoche (MAG) 746cc V-twins. With the onset of the depression, from 1931 two-stroke machines with Sachs 73 cc and 98 cc engines were produced.

During the early 1930s Hecker developed a simple front-end suspension for lightweight motorcycles.

Hans Hecker died in 1942, and the company was bought by the Scharold Brothers. After WWII the Hecker firm built 98 cc to 247 cc models using ILO , Sachs and Villiers two-stroke engines.

Firms which used Hecker chassis and frames included Express and Hella.

An example of the marque is displayed at the Museum Industriekultur in Nürnberg

Hecker models 1921-1936

  • 1921 Hecker-Emora 120cc Maurer Orca engine
  • 1921 Hecker H1, 192cc S&G engine
  • 1924 Hecker H1, 192cc Hecker engine
  • 1924 Hecker H2 T, 346cc JAP engine
  • 1925 Model H3 550cc
  • 1928 Model H4
  • 1928 Model H2
  • 1929 Model H3 600 JAP 592cc SV
  • ca. 1930 Model H3 Sport 500cc ohv
  • 1929-1930 Model H1 200 JAP 196cc SV
  • 1930 Model H3 600cc
  • 1931 Model H3 JAP 500 cc sv
  • 1933 Model VM 2 F&S 74cc
  • 1933 Model VM 1 F&S 74cc
  • 1936 VM 100 1934
    VM 120
  • Post-war Models Engine type, cc, hp Weight (kg) Top speed (km/h)
    K 125 1948-1954 ILO, 123cc, 5.2 hp 95 72
    K 175 1951-1954 ILO, 173cc, 7.6 hp 109 82
    K 175 V 1954-1956 Villiers, 173cc, 8.2 hp 118 88
    V 200 1950-1951 Villiers, 197 cc, 7.4 hp 104 86
    K 200 1953-1956 ILO, 197cc, 11 hp 104 95
    K 250 Z 1953-1956 JLO, 247cc twin, plunger suspension, 12.8 hp 130 105

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    The last model, the Schwingen-Hecker, was a JLO twin with swing-arm suspension which did not enter production before the factory closed in 1956.

    Sources: Tragatsch, Wikipedia, Correspondence,,,

    Tue Jan 27 2009
    scott at vetxray dot com
    Hecker Motorcycle
    Hi I am looking to purchase a complete hecker motorcycle, Would prefer a bigger cc but will consider all models. Thanks Scott Hecker
    South Dakota USA