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Vintage German Motorcycles from Megola & Killinger and Freund

Megola was a German company that was founded in the early 1920’s by three engineers – Meixner, Langraf and Cockerell. They used a combination also known as a portmanteau to come up with the name.  Megolas had a very different frame that immediately begs the question: Where is the engine? They put a five cylinder 640 cc rotary engine IN the front wheel using the front axle as the crank shaft.  It must have made for some awkward handling. They would only last a few years but did win the 1924 German Championship. Only 10 rideable examples remain of the 2000 produced. In 1935 Killinger and Freund tried to revive the concept but WWII put a halt to that.

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Megola Motorcycle Rotary Engine
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Megola Touring Motorcycle
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Megola Motorcycle
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Megola Advertisement
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Detail of Megola Front Wheel
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Megola Motorcycle Full Fairing
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Front wheel of Megola motorcycle.
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Kid on Megola Motorcycle.
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KIllnger and Freund Basket case
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Killinger and Freund Front Wheel
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Killinger and Freund
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Killinger and Freund
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Killinger and Freund Motorcycle

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