BEKAMO – year 1922
Manufacturer: Berliner Kleinmotoren AG, Berlin, Germany
Hugo Ruppe, eldest son of the founder of the company A.. He broke & Sohn in the Turin city of Apolda, He quickly gained a reputation as a gifted engine builder. At the age of 23 built the first motorcycle, technical solutions similar to those of a motorized bicycle. His father's company presented it to the public in 1903 year under the name of Apoldania. A year later, Apolda starts production of small cars under the name Piccolo. At the end of World War I, the owner of the DKW company, J. S. Rasmussen, recruited the engineer Hugo Ruppe, which is already a renowned constructor of engines and cars, for your label. Despite his success at DKW, Ruppe leaves Rasmussen and sets up his own company in Berlin - Berliner Kleinmotoren AG. This company is developing an innovative Ruppe solution: a small motorcycle with an engine capacity 129 cm3 equipped with a reciprocating compressor, the first motorcycle with a supercharged engine. The power unit was structurally similar to the DKW engine with 1921 year, i.e.. single cylinder, dwusuwowa, air cooled. Compressor, mounted on the crankcase, it allowed for a higher compression ratio and better performance. The manufacturer stated, that the maximum engine power was 2,6 kW (3,5 KM) at 4000 rpm.
Despite the avant-garde design and numerous successes in motorcycle racing, the Bekamo motorcycle did not achieve much commercial success. It was attributed to an unconventional frame - an ash beam covered with a sheet, which, after some time, replaced with a classic tubular frame. W 1925 In the next year, Berliner Kleinmotoren AG ceased production. The main reason for this decision was the economic difficulties of the company.
Hugo Ruppe moved the production of the Bekamo motorcycle to his second factory - Kaehlert & Ruppe AG - in the Czechoslovakian Rumburk, where he continued his activities until 1929 year.