The Marque with the biggest impact on 50cc racing have to be the German made Kreidler. The moped factory went a long way to establish their name in the recordsbooks, be it championship road racing or land speed records. The strategy of keeping the racers looking like mopeds did put a damper on the development, but the FIM- change of rules for 69, brought the Kreidlers back on track. The Kreidlers mentioned here covers the period 1959 - 1965 as far as works racers are concerned.
Team drivers were in 59 : Hans Georg Anscheidt and Wolfgang Gedlich.
|1961 : The year of the first tubeframed- racer from Kreidler.
New engine construction featuring dual- discvalves and two 16mm carbs.
Inside transmission 4- speeds and outside 2, making it eight overall.
|1963 : New frame and a much needed 2-piece fairing.|
|Tommy Robb on the 12 speed Kreidler:
"I tested Kreidlers for a possible ride with the factory team at the Nurburgring circuit in the 1960's but I never raced the bike. Taveri and Provini did race them later, but without much success. The Kreidler was technically very difficult to ride due to the multishift gearchange operated at the handlebar and also by the foot gear lever although going up in the gears was suitable to do so one at a time (to achieve the necessary revs in a given gear) it was possible to come down the gearbox three gears at a time by using the handler bar shift unit instead of individually changing on the foot lever. All the regular "Works riders" were excellent at using this system but for others coming into the team it was difficult to use and necessiated a lot of practice. For this reason many riders had a few outings on a Kreidler but not many managed to get a permanent place on the established team. The Kreidler was a wonderful machine and its results speak for themselves against such serious competition".
Tommy Robb 2012
|From here on the Dutch Kreidler importer took on the task of promoting the Kreidler products via racing.
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