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Photo ou archives : F-M. Dumas

Capacity : 350
Model : V 35 Bergmeister
Production : 1953 - 1956
Category : (R) Street Bike


350 Bergmeister- 1954

A designer of distinction

Richard K├╝chen, sometimes aided by his brother Xavier, was one of Germany's most distinguished two-wheeler designers whose career left its mark on many manufacturers; his very personal creations can be recognized without hesitation.

A Passion for Enclosure

Typical was Kuchen's obsession with enclosure of the moving parts; according to him, the mechanism should be totally encased and only present large, easily cleaned surfaces to the world. He also had his little faibles when it came to mechanical specification, like his preference for gearboxes in which the ratios were given by chains and not pinions. You can follow his trail via Zundapp (the flat-twins and flat-fours of 1933), to Opti (the 250 twin of 1955), Ardie (the 1938 Bergfreund), Horex (the 1951 Regina), Hoffmann (the 1953 250 Gouverneur), and Victoria.

Handsome but Costly

The Bergmeister was unveiled as a 250 at the end of 1952 and put on the market in 1954. It had an all-chain gearbox, but while its transverse V-Twin seemed new, K├╝chen had already used a similar layout on a prototype he built for Ardie in 1938. Like many of K├╝chen's concepts this handsome machine was too costly: in its native country it sold for 2475 marks against the 3050 marks asked for a 500 BMW R51/ 3. The industry fell on hard times and Victotia abandoned production in 1958.


Engine: 345cc (64x54nm1) V-Twin four-stroke

Power Rating 21 hp @ 6300 rpm

Valves: overhead

Fuel System: carburetor

Transmission: 4-speed; shaft final drive

Suspension: telescopic forks (front); swinging arm (rear)

Brakes: drum (front & rear)

Wheels: 3.50x19 inch

Weight: 390 lb

Maximum Speed: 75 mph


K├╝chen┬ĺs bikes always resonate with personality. Note tbe clean, fluid lines of this Victoria from 1954.

Le fichier Moto Passion réalisé par François-Marie Dumas réunit près de deux mille photos accompagnées d'un historique très complet des machines présentées.
Il sera progressivement mis à jour ici et toute information complémentaire est la bienvenue sur info@moto-collection.org.

Cette documentation unique, qui constitue sans doute l'encyclopédie la plus exhaustive jamais écrite sur l'histoire de la moto, a été réalisée avec l'assistance de nombreux spécialistes dont principalement Didier Ganneau, Christophe Gaime, Mick Woollett, Jean Goyard, Bernard Salvat, Christian Rey, Yves Campion, Helmut Krackowizer, Michael Dregni, Michel Montange, etc. que je remercie ici.

Disponible sur demande :
- Les fiches originales sur papier
- Les photos et archives signées de mon nom en haute définition ou les documents originaux.
Me contacter sur info@moto-collection.org pour les conditions et droits d'utilisation.