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1922 Megola In Wheel Rotary Engine Touring Motorcycle

The Megola was a German motorcycle produced between 1921 and 1925 in Munich. Like Bimota, the name is a portmanteau derived loosely from the names of its designers Meixner, Cockerell, and Landgraf.

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The rotary engine has five cylinders. The crankshaft rotates around the front axle six-times the speed of the wheel. The standard model had a top speed of 52 mph and the sportier Megola had a top speed of 88 mph.

The engine had tremendous torque, which meant that gears were not required. It didn’t have a clutch, either: to start the bike, you put it on its stand and spun the front wheel until the engine fired up.


A hand-controlled butterfly valve was located in the hollow crankshaft to regulate throttle. Power output was a modest 14 brake horsepower (10 kW) but was applied directly to the wheel. This arrangement produced a very low centre of gravity and provided for excellent handling.