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Corrupting our Youth: The Return of Kreidler

Corrupting our Youth: The Return of Kreidler

Kreidler 125 cafe racer by Niels-Peter Jensen
If you grew up in postwar Germany and developed a taste for small and very noisy racebikes, you’ll know the Kreidler name. The small manufacturer from just outside Stuttgart was a major force in racing in the 60s and 70s, but went out of business in the early 80s.

Things are now looking up again for Kreidler. A bicycle manufacturer acquired the rights to the name a few years ago, but there’s now a motorcycle division too—with a range centered on some very funky-looking 125s aimed at the huge European youth market.

Kreidler 125 cafe racer by Niels-Peter Jensen
Kreidler has now called in mountain biker and extreme sports TV presenter Niels-Peter Jensen to provide input into its designs. ‘NPJ’ has always been a keen motorcyclist (as we discovered when we had a chat at Wheels & Waves in France a couple of years ago).…

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