German Racing Motorcycles
German Racing Motorcycles – Mick Walker
For a considerable period covered by this book, there were two distinct Germanys; West and East. Under very different political regimes they produced some highly innovative and competitive racing machinery. German motorcycles were often in the vanguard of technical progress, and were good enough to win world titles. In this respect, the top names in the solo categories were NSU and Kreidler, while BMW, Fath, Munch and Konig did the business on three wheels. Like Japan, Germany was faced with rebuilding a shattered country following the end of World War 2. Like the Japanese, they overcame all the problems not only to create an economic miracle, but also to construct world-beating motorcycles. Much of this success was thanks to Germanys pool of skilled engineers, both at factory and private level. Thus, Germany could be said to have contributed to the development of the sport in a wide variety of ways, engineers, machines, riders, circuits, and even record-breakers. The German motorcycle racing story has them all. Contents: Adler, BMW Solos, BMW Sidecars, DKW, Fath, Horex, Konig, Kreidler, Maico, Munch, MZ, NSU, Simson and Zundapp.