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The Hercules Company came into being in 1886 to manufacture bicycles. It was founded by Carl Marschütz in Nuernberg, Germany. It wasn’t until 1904 that the company started manufacturing motorcycles.
In the 50s and 60s, many of Hercules’ series of small bikes, scooters and mopeds featured two-stroke engines that were sourced from Sachs which was the largest manufacturer of these engines. In 1955, the company tried to expand its operations to include the manufacture of mopeds but that failed to kick off. In 1966, it was acquired by Fichtel & Sachs. A merger with Zweirad Union quickly followed this acquisition. The company continued to build motorcycles with the Hercules brand.
In 1974, Hercules made history when it became the first company to offer a motorcycle that was powered by a Wankel engine to the public for sale. The prototype for this machine was first shown in 1970 at the West Cologne Autumn Motorcycle Show. The reaction to the prototype was mixed. The motorcycle was sold as a Hercules product except in the United Kingdom where it was marketed under the DKW brand.
The machine, known as the W-2000 came with a single-rotor air-cooled engine with a displacement of 294cc and it produced 23hp which was later boosted up to 32hp. The cooling was provided by a large fan which was positioned in front of the engine. The engine was lubricated by adding oil manually to the fuel inside the tank.
In 1976, the company introduced the W-2000 Injection which allowed the engine to lubricate via a separate oil tank through a pump. The machine came with 18-inch wheels, a disc brake in the front and a drum one in the rear. A review in Cycle World suggested the handling was good. However, the machine had low ground clearance which interfered with effective cornering. The review also stated that the motorcycle was better suited to daily commuting other than for sporting activities.
The firm manufactured and launched the KC-30 GS Enduro, a dirt bike that was powered by rotary, in May 1975. However, the model was priced too high and as a result, it failed to sell. The company closed its doors in 1996.
Supported VIN CHECK FOR HERCULES Models
|HERCULES||K 125 Military||1975 - 1989||1|
|HERCULES||K 105 X||1969 - 1971||1|
|HERCULES||W 2000||1974 - 1978||1|
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