Sachs Motorcycles is a company founded in 1886 by Carl Marschutz which was initially known as Nurnberger Hercules-Werke. What's interesting is that the company had only eight employees in the first year of existence, all of them manufacturing bicycles. Eight years later, Sachs already employed 170 persons, no less than 5,000 bicycles being launched in 1894.
In 1895, the company's production line was entirely moved to Fürther Straße in Nuremberg while ten years later Sachs rolled out the first motorcycle ever created by the company. Moreover, Sachs started producing trucks with 1.2t capacity during the same year. Although the manufacturer started building bikes equipped with JAP, Moser and Bark engines in 1928, Sachs migrated to three-wheel cars equipped with 200cc engine two years later.
Pretty affected by World War II, the company tries to revive its production line and in 1945 Sachs re-begins building motorcycles with a workforce of 30 employees. As the time passed by, the company became more interested in motorcycles and it even managed to release a few models that quickly captured the attention of the industry. For instance, in 1962, Sachs came out with K50 while in 1974 the firm released the first bike in the world equipped with a Wankel engine. Moreover, in 1997, the company signed an agreement with Daimler-Benz in order to produce the well-known Mercedes Hybrid Bike.
Besides these important milestones, the company has also recorded pretty important results when talking about the performance of the motorcycles. For example, Georg Dotterweich set a new world record in 1951, riding a 50cc motorcycle. Moreover, Sachs won several awards in the competitions it participated, including gold and silver medals.
In order to celebrate 100 years of motorcycle manufacturing, Sachs launched in 2005 the MadAss which was also intended to help the company evolve on the American market. The MadAss is a bike available in two versions, 50cc and 125cc, available in multiple colors including silver, black yellow and grey, and equipped with under-seat silencer exhaust system and with digital dash.
In 2007, Sachs Motorcycles moved in a new factory in Nuremberg and also introduced two new ATVs and a scooter, namely the 4rock 450, the 4rock 650 and the 400cc Quattrocento.