Kreidler was a German manufacturer of small motorcycles and mopeds, based in Kornwestheim
Kornwestheim is a town in the district of Ludwigsburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It is situated about 10 km north of Stuttgart, and 5 km south of Ludwigsburg.-Entertainment:...

, between Ludwigsburg
Ludwigsburg is a city in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, about north of Stuttgart city centre, near the river Neckar. It is the largest and primary city of the Ludwigsburg urban district with about 87,000 inhabitants...

 and Stuttgart
Stuttgart is the capital of the state of Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany. The sixth-largest city in Germany, Stuttgart has a population of 600,038 while the metropolitan area has a population of 5.3 million ....

. The company was founded in 1903 as "Kreidlers Metall- und Drahtwerke" (Kreidlers metal and wire factory) by Anton Kreidler and started to build motorcycles in 1951. In 1959 one third of all German motorcycles were Kreidler. In the '70s Kreidler had very great success in motorsport. Especially in the Netherlands the riders Jan de Vries and Henk van Kessel
Henk van Kessel
Henk van Kessel is a former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. He won the 1974 F.I.M. 50 cc world championship. He won seven Grand Prix races during his lengthy career.- External links :*...

 were very successful.

The company went out of business in 1982; the rights to the trademark were sold to the businessman Rudolf Scheidt who had Italian manufacturer Garelli Motorcycles
Garelli Motorcycles
Garelli Motorcycles is an Italian moped, and motorcycle manufacturer. It was founded in 1919 by Alberto Garelli.At age 22, Adalberto Garelli received a degree in engineering and dedicated his work to developing and perfecting the 2-stroke engine for Fiat. Garelli quit in 1911 due to Fiat's lack of...

 make mopeds under the Kreidler name until 1988. The rights to the Kreidler mark have since been bought by bicycle manufacturer Prophete
Prophete GmbH u. Co. KG is a German bicycle manufacturer that traditionally trades under the Prophete brand name. The company started out in 1908 as a bicycle workshop based in Halle an der Saale, but at the end of World War II the Prophete family moved the company to Rheda-Wiedenbrück in West...


Kreidler was active in Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix is the premier championship of motorcycle road racing currently divided into three distinct classes: 125cc, Moto2 and MotoGP. The 125cc class uses a two-stroke engine while Moto2 and MotoGP use four-stroke engines. In 2010 the 250cc two-stroke was replaced...

, scoring eight world champion titles in 50 cc
50 cc
The 50 cc class was the ultra-lightweight class in Grand Prix motorcycle racing, and formed part of the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme World Championships from 1962 until 1983; when the class was replaced by 80 cc....

  • 1971 Jan de Vries
    Jan de Vries (motorcyclist)
    Jan de Vries is a former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. In 1971 he became the first Dutchman to win a F.I.M. world championship when he claimed the 50 cc title. In 1973 he won another 50 cc world championship....

  • 1973 Jan de Vries
  • 1974 Henk van Kessel
    Henk van Kessel
    Henk van Kessel is a former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. He won the 1974 F.I.M. 50 cc world championship. He won seven Grand Prix races during his lengthy career.- External links :*...

  • 1975 Ángel Nieto
    Angel Nieto
    Ángel Nieto Roldán born January 25, 1947 in Zamora, was a multi-time Grand Prix motorcycle roadracing World Champion. He is one of the most successful motorcycle racers of all time, with 13 Grand Prix World Championships to his name....

  • 1979 Eugenio Lazzarini
    Eugenio Lazzarini
    Eugenio Lazzarini is an Italian former Grand Prix motorcycle road racing World Champion.Lazzarini began his Grand Prix career in 1969 in the 250 class on a Benelli. He won his first Grand Prix at the 1973 Dutch TT on a Maico. He captured the FIM 1978 125cc world championship riding an MBA...

  • 1980 Eugenio Lazzarini
  • 1982 Stefan Dörflinger
    Stefan Dörflinger
    Stefan Dörflinger is a Swiss former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer.Dörflinger won four consecutive FIM road racing world championships. In 1982 and 1983, he was the 50 cc world champion. In 1984, the FIM increased the displacement capacity to 80 cc and Dörflinger would become the first ever 80...

  • 1983 Stefan Dörflinger

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