Wanderer, a manufacturer of motorcycles

Wanderer, a manufacturer of motorcycles

The mechanics Johann Baptist Winklhofer and Richard Adolf Jaennicke founded the village of 1885 years in Chemnitz (obecnie Karl-Marx-Stadt) bicycle repair shop, in which they also assembled bicycles from purchased parts. However, they became independent quite quickly and started their own production, including Continental typewriters. From 1902 year, the Wanderer label started producing motorcycles, which over a quarter of a century have become one of the best and most popular German motorized two-wheelers.

W 1905 In the year, Wanderer produced the first motorcycle with a V-twin engine, and from 1912 In the year, some of the company's vehicles had a sprung rear wheel (which at that time was a construction revelation).

In the 1920s, Wanderer motorcycles, previously equipped with traditional engines with low-valve timing, they also received modern power units with four vertical valves in each cylinder. Single-cylinder engines had a displacement 327 cm3, two-cylinder V-engines – 616 cm3 (they mated with a three-speed gearbox). The successful design of the Wanderer was a motorcycle with a single-cylinder displacement engine 184 cm3 (which was soon enlarged to 196 cm3) and power 3,7 kW (5 KM). W 1925 it cost a year 1200 marek. The strongest Wanderer of this period had a two-cylinder, eight-valve engine with displacement 708 cm3 and a double tubular frame.

The Wanderer company produced almost all parts necessary for the assembly of motorcycles, therefore its vehicles were famous for their quality (but also prices). Prices, as well as an unfinished motorcycle model z 1928 years decided the fate of Wanderer in a competitive fight with the companies DKW and BMW.

From 1932 In the year, Wanderer produced cars under the Auto Union AG company in Schónau, near Chemnitz. Manufacture of bicycles with an auxiliary engine and small motorcycles with a displacement engine 75 cm3, 98 cm3 i 123 cm3 under the Wanderer brand lasted to 1940 year.