German Motorcycles

Hecker Motorcycles

Hella 1921 TS 122cc
Hella motorcycle, possibly with Hecker chassis

Nuremberg on Lenaustraße 7
Germany 1922-1956

In the twenties and thirties, Hecker used S & G and JAP engines up to 546cc and V-2 MAG engines with 746cc for their motorcycles.

After 1948, in addition to mopeds Hecker built solid, reliable motorcycles with 2-stroke JLO and Villiers engines.

Hans Hecker began production of motorcycles components in 1922 at his factory at Imhoff Road and later in the Lenaustraße 7 in Nuremberg with machines marketed under the name Emora which were distributed to various motorcycle manufacturers. This was a complete motorcycle chassis which required only the installation of an engine / transmission. In 1923 Hecker began to build complete motorcycles, and produced the H1 and H2 with engines from S & G.

S & G began production of their own motorcycles in 1925, and as a result Hecker began using JAP 198cc to 548 cc engines. In 1927 and 1928 Hecker new models whch included engines from Motosacoche (MAG) with 746 cc V-twins. From 1931 two-stroke machines with Sachs 73 cc and 98 cc engines were produced.

During the early 1930s Hecker developed a simple front-end suspension for lightweight motorcycles named the Pendlergabel (The Swinging Fork) which was adopted by many other German manufacturers. (JF)

Hans Hecker died in 1942, and company was bought by the Scharold Brothers. After WWII the Hecker firm built 98 cc to 247 cc models using ILO , Sachs and Villiers two-stroke engines.

Companies which used Hecker chassis and frames included Express and Hella.

Model, production years Engine type, cc, hp Weight (kg) Top speed (km/h)
K 125 1948-1954 ILO, 123cc, 5.2 hp 95 72
K 175 1951-1954 ILO, 173cc, 7.6 hp 109 82
K 175 V 1954-1956 Villiers, 173cc, 8.2 hp 118 88
V 200 1950-1951 Villiers, 197 cc, 7.4 hp 104 86
K 200 1953-1956 ILO, 197cc, 11 hp 104 95
K 250 Z 1953-1956 JLO, 247cc twin, plunger suspension, 12.8 hp 130 105

The last model, the Schwingen-Hecker, was a JLO twin with swing-arm suspension which did not enter production before the factory closed in 1956 after the owner, in despair, took his own life.

Sources: Tragatsch, Wikipedia, Correspondence, JF

Tue Jan 27 2009
scott at vetxray dot com
Hecker Motorcycle
Hi I am looking to purchase a complete hecker motorcycle, Would prefer a bigger cc but will consider all models. Thanks Scott Hecker
South Dakota USA


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