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Hercules History

Hercules' main focus in its early years were small motorcycle/scooter designs with small capacity engines. They began to increase to larger machines in the thirties and even saw some competition and long distance endurance success.

World War II resulted in heavy damage to the Hercules factory and production did not resume until 1950. The company developed a number of new models and stuck with those models for many years which helped them survive a downturn in the German economy shortly after their release. Hercules became one of the largest motorcycle producing companies in Germany. In 1966 the company merged with the Zweirad Union which also included DKW, Express and Victoria. In 1974 Hercules released the Wankel powered W2000 and were the first company to produce a motorcycle with a Wankel rotary engine.

The Hercules was only built from October 1974 to November 1975. 1784 were built and the leftovers were sold each successive year as that year’s model, right up until 1979. The early ones had a gas and oil mix, the later ones used oil injection. The Hercules was one of only a few rotary engine motorcycles to make it to market, the Suzuki RE5 being another as well as the very limited Norton John Player Specials.

Bike Image Description
Hercules Cyclemotor
Hercules Cyclemotor

A Hercules ladies cyclemotor frame and Cyclemaster engine, finished in black and fitted with a detachable spare fuel can, full lighting set and saddle bag.

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1950 Hercules 212 1950 Hercules 212
1958 Hercules K100 1958 Hercules K100
1959 Hercules K100 1959 Hercules K100
1965 Hercules 221, 49cc 1965 Hercules 221, 49cc
1966 Hercules Mk50 Super 4, 47cc 1966 Hercules Mk50 Super 4, 47cc
1968 Hercules MK50 1968 Hercules MK50
1968 Hercules Scooter 1968 Hercules Scooter 47cc.
1969 Hercules Enduro 125 1969 Hercules Enduro 125
1971 Hercules K 125 BW 1971 Hercules K 125 BW
1971 Hercules K 105 X 1971 Hercules K 105 X Picture courtesey of www.classic-motorcycles.com.
1971 Hercules K 125 BW A2 1971 Hercules K 125 BW A2
1972 Hercules K 125 BW 1972 Hercules K 125 BW
1973 Hercules MK 3M 1973 Hercules MK 3M
1974 Hecules Wankel 2000 1974 Hecules Wankel 2000
1976 Hercules K50RL 1976 Hercules K50RL
1976 Hercules K 50 RLC 1976 Hercules K 50 RLC
1976 Hercules GS250 Hercules GS250
1977 Hercules MC/GS 250 1977 Hercules MC/GS 250
1977 Hercules Supra IV GP, 49cc 1977 Hercules Supra IV GP, 49cc
1977 Hercules GS250/7 Hercules GS250/7
1978 Hercules Supra 4, 49cc 1977 Hercules Supra 4, 49cc
1979 Hercules K50 Ultra 1979 Hercules K50 Ultra
1979 Hercules K 125 BW Type 2 1979 Hercules K 125 BW Type 2
1980 Hercules Ultra II K50 1980 Hercules Ultra II K50

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