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Two-wheelers from then

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Two-wheelers from that time. That book is therefore about motorcycles and scooters from / until 1885-1930 in museums

In the early 1990s, fourteen international motorcycle brands were sold in the Netherlands through official channels, including six from Italy, two from the German Federal Republic, four from Japan and one from the United States.


The national motorcycle enthusiast once had an almost overwhelming choice from more than fifty brands. That was before the Second World War, when a Japanese motorcycle was still an unknown phenomenon in Europe.

This first of a two-part series deals with the rise and in many cases also the demise of more than one hundred manufactures, including rare museum pieces such as the Megola with a five-cylinder star engine in the front wheel. Or unique brands such as Genial Lucifer, Griffon, Dresch, Ultima, San-Sou-Pap, Wooler, La Française Diamant or Koehler-Escoffier.

Which pre-war motorcycle had the longest wheelbase and which brand was the most sold at the turn of the century? Why did the Imme brand have such a short flowering period and what was the secret behind the strikingly fast rise of the scooter and moped, which had a major impact on the sale of the motorcycle in the 1950s and 1960s?

On this and many other interesting themes, this book amply deals with hundreds of photographs made by the author and previously unpublished photos, as well as detailed text information about the motorcycle in the classical sense.

In addition to the technical state of affairs, as evaluated by 1885 and 1970, aspects such as design, performance, fashion trends and social conditions are also raised, and an address list of museums is included, where you can view the engines yourself. A fascinating reading and reading book, which is a must for motorcycle enthusiasts, who is currently receiving a lot of attention.

  • title: Two-wheelers from then | Motorcycles and scooters in museums 1885-1930
  • author: Frank HM van der Heul (1942), also the author of 'Ford, made in Holland and Beautiful Plaatwerk 1 and 2, - Amstelveen: publisher Albatros
  • ISBN: 978-94-90495-17-6  / 9789490495176
  • order number: 100029-025
  • version: paperback (black and white)
  • size: 111 pages (illustrated)
  • price 33,50

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