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PAGE 16. 1953 Adler with 1954 MAW cyclemotor engine


1953 Adler Cycle with 1954 MAW cycle attachment engine


A 1955 Adler MB250 was one of my first vintage motorcycles when I started collecting more seriously around 1980. Its registration was ‘8 FMT.’ I rode it for a while and was impressed by how well it was made.

I sold it in the early 1990’s and discovered it again a few years ago when I was on a local vintage motorcycle run, the ‘Engineerium Run’ which started and finished at the Engineerium Museum in Hove (see photo below). It’s now owned and much loved by Bernie and I was happy to see it again …and in such good hands too.


I decided that as MB250’s are now very expensive bikes I’m unlikely to buy another. But I did jump when this very much smaller (and cheaper) Adler came up for sale. It’s a 1953 Adler bicycle with a German MAW clip-on engine attached. As you can see, it’s in lovely restored condition.


It has a BOSH dynamo and light, and a Dürkopp saddle.


MAW engines were manufactured between 1954 and 1959 in Magdeburg, in what used to be East Germany. They were quite common in rural areas, still being used up to the end of the Communist regime.


The Adler company started in 1896, and as well as making bicycles, motorycles and cars, they were ofamous for their typewriters and, later, office equipment. They eventually merged with Triumph.


After World War 2, all German motorcycle plans were requisitioned by the Allies, and in Great Britain Adler’s 250cc motorcycle engines were used by Ariel. Japanese motorcycles were often direct copies of the German machines.


I’ll be driving over to Paris at the beginning of October to collect the Adler-MAW.


Tha Adler is now back home safe and sound after a mad dash around France.




I’ve been working on a comprehensive review of post-war German cyclemotors – including an expanded vserion of this article – on my new Cyclemaster Museum website:

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