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Kreidler is a German manufacturer of bicycles (electric and non-electric), mopeds and motorcycles. They are part of the Cycle Union group based in Oldenburg, Germany where bikes are built and distributed to dealers mainly throughout Europe.
Kreidler was originally based in Kornwestheim, between Ludwigsburg and Stuttgart. It was founded in 1903 as "Kreidlers Metall- und Drahtwerke" (Kreidlers metal and wire factory) by Anton Kreidler and started to build motorcycles in 1951. In 1959 one third of all German motorcycles were Kreidler. In the 1970s Kreidler had very great success in motorsport. Especially in the Netherlands the riders Jan de Vries and Henk van Kessel were successful.
Kreidler went out of business in 1982 and the rights to the trade mark were sold to the businessman Rudolf Scheidt who had Italian manufacturer Garelli Motorcycles make mopeds under the Kreidler name until 1988. The rights to the Kreidler brand were subsequently acquired by bicycle manufacturer Prophete.
- 1971 Jan de Vries
- 1973 Jan de Vries
- 1974 Henk van Kessel
- 1975 Ángel Nieto
- 1979 Eugenio Lazzarini
- 1980 Eugenio Lazzarini
- 1982 Stefan Dörflinger
- 1983 Stefan Dörflinger
- "Kreidler Florett - history and Model development". Kreidler Register Danmark. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
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