Kreidler

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This article is about the German motorcycle manufacturer. For the electronic band founded in Düsseldorf in 1994, see Kreidler (band).
1950s and '70s examples of the 50 cc Kreidler Florett

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's electric bikes have generally received positive reviews from testing organisations such as Stiftung Warentest.

Kreidler was originally based in 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.[1]

Kreidler was active in Grand Prix motorcycle with great success in the 1970s and 1980s, scoring eight world champion titles in 50 cc class:

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  1. ^ "Kreidler Florett - history and Model development". Kreidler Register Danmark. Retrieved 5 February 2014.