Böhmerland (motorcycle)

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Čechie (Böhmerland)
Founded1924
Defunct1939
HeadquartersCzechoslovakia
Key people
Albin Liebisch, designer
ProductsMotorcycles
Number of employees
20

Böhmerland, or Čechie as it was known domestically, was a Czechoslovak motorcycle manufacturer from 1924 until World War II. Almost all aspects of this distinctive motorcycle were designed by Albin Leibisch, including the extremely long, all-welded tube-frame chassis, the built-up leading-link front forks, and solid cast aluminum wheels, which were an industry first, not widely adopted until the 1970s. The overhead valve single-cylinder engines were typically 600 cc (37 cu in) with a bore and stroke of 78 mm × 120 mm (3.1 in × 4.7 in). The Böhmerland was produced in several wheelbases; a two-seat Sport, a 3-seat Touren, and a 4-seat Langtouren. An experimental machine built for the military seated four soldiers, and used two gearboxes, with the rear operated by a passenger, giving 9 ratios. The Langtouren model is notable for having the longest wheelbase of any production motorcycle, 3.2 metres (10.5 ft). Around 3000 total machines emerged from Leibisch's factory in Schönlinde, Sudetenland, Czechoslovakia. The factory employed 20 workers, assembling parts manufactured locally to Leibisch's specification.[1][2]

A short-wheelbase two-seat Böhmerland with a conventional fuel tank
Böhmerland motorcycles
Böhmerland replica

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ de Cet, Mirco (2002), The illustrated directory of motorcycles, MotorBooks/MBI Publishing Company, p. 72, ISBN 978-0-7603-1417-3
  2. ^ Tragatsch, Erwin (1964), The world's motorcycles, 1894-1963: a record of 70 years of motorcycle production, Temple Press, p. 25

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