1921 Megola 640cc Touring Model

Posted: September 20, 2016
1921 Megola 640cc Touring Model
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Sorry, dudes. You can no longer spend your kid's college / your retirement fund on a 1921 Megola 640cc Touring Motorcycle. Someone else already did. All $107,000 of it at Bonhams' recent auction of the extraordinarily rare German bike.

Designed by Fritz Cockerell and produced from 1921 to 1925, the Megola exists today as a mere 15 originals (down from around 2,000), plus a handful more replicas built in the 80s and later. Including the one shown here. Yep, not even an OG and it still went for over 100 Gs. The bike's engine, carburetor, and magneto are authentic Megola units, but its frame is a remake, crafted about 4 years ago by Hans Keckeisen.

In addition to its part-steampunk, part-Grim-Reaper-driving-a-2-wheeled-hearse aesthetic, the Megola is an odd duck due to its 640cc, 5-cylinder radial engine built into the front wheel, and its starting method. To get the motorcycling motoring, a rider has to push it, or rotate its wheel with the bike on its stand. There is no clutch or gearbox, but the engine alone is torquey enough to propel it to a top speed of 70mph. A racing version of the motorcycle--which Bonhams points out did surprisingly well in competitions--could climb to 85mph.

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