EML stands for "Eigen Makelij", meaning made myself.
The company was formed by Hennie Winkelhuis in 1972. He built, in his factory in Neede, completely new frames for motorcycles that originally were not very well suited to be combined with a sidecar. Winkelhuis later sold his company to conentrate on W-Tec and his Quad production but presented a somewhat revolutionary sidecarcross in 2001. He was however unable to pursue this project because of illness and died in May 2007.
EML suffered also a bankruptcy in 1993, but managed to resume activities after a brief suspension of all activities.
The motocross part of the company is now owned by Alex Brusselers and Jan op t Hoog, who, in cooperation with EML-W-Tec, aim to return the name to sidecarcross success once more. In the 2009 season however, no team in the sidecarcross world championship used an EML frame.
EML-W-Tec nowadays produces road bikes, sidecars and trikes.
Sidecarcross world championships
EML's most successful time was in the 1980s and early 1990s, when a number of teams won world championships with their products:
- Emil Bollhalder / Karl Büsser – Yamaha-EML – 1982–83
- Hansi Bächtold / Fritz Fuß – EML/Jumbo-EML – 1984–87
- Benny Janssen / Tiny Janssen - Honda-EML – 1990
- Eimbert Timmermans / Eric Verhagen – Kawasaki-EML - 1991-92
- Kristers Sergis / Artis Rasmanis – KTM-EML - 1997
- W-Tec - Wiederafuerstehung? (German), Article on Hennie Winkelhuis and his work, accessed: 4 November 2009
- EML BEIWAGEN (German), www.bode-sidecars.de, accessed: 4 November 2009
- Long distance riding impression of Ed Pols' personal Moto Guzzi I-convert / Moturist combination www.moturist.nl, accessed: 4 November 2009
- Who is EML? accessed: 4 November 2009
- EML website (Dutch) accessed: 4 November 2009
- FIM website - 2009 classification accessed: 4 November 2009
- EML-W-Tec website accessed: 4 November 2009