Established in 1860, the famed and progressive family firm split up in 1926, with one part going on to produce bicycles and motorcycles.
In 1935 they agreed to manufacture motorcycles for the Simo firm, which were to be produced in 250cc and 500cc versions.
Orbea began production of Velosolex cyclemotors under licence in the 1950s, in addition to the bicycles they had been building for some time. They also built cyclomoteurs with Mosquito engines, and used the Iresa 48cc and 53cc engines.
In the late 1960s the firm experienced severe financial difficiculties. The factory workers formed a consortium and bought the company, which today is thriving.
Sources: OTTW, orbea.com
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