Bielefeld has a rich history of two wheeled production. Both Goricke and Durkopp had roots there, and many bicycle manufacturers did as well. Meister began with bicycles in the 1920s, but soon progressed to mopeds and single cylinder 2 stroke motorcycles. They dabbled in competition, achieving some success in Brussels in1930. War interrupted operations, and Meister did not return to production until 1949. They once again manufactured a variety of powered bicycles, mopeds, and scooters. They acquired Phanomen, and partnered with Mammut to provide even broader offerings. In the early 1950s, the Phanomen √Član was their top of the line model, which featured torsion rear suspension and telescopic forks.

Meister used their own highly rated frame, but used engines from ubiquitous Ilo as well as from Fichtel&Sachs. Toward the end of the 1950s, Meister was facing the decline of the motorcycle and the rise of the automobile. Company leader, Mr Doppelt, became ill in 1957, and a deal was reached to sell to Goebel. The Meister and Mammot brands quickly disappeared as Goebel was more interested in the manufacturing plant.

2 Replies to “Remembering Meister”

  1. This is the best blog I’ve ever read. I came across it as I’m building a 57 R60 and in the search for parts google returned this blog. It had me cracking up out loud at times. Keep up the good work. P.S. based on some things you mentioned (like Gathering of the Nortons), it looks like I may be somewhat local to you.

    1. Thanks Dominic, be sure to subscribe and you will get new posts automagically. I will be at the gathering next weekend, so perhaps we can meet in person.

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