The Megola was a German-designed and built a motorcycle from the early 1920s. The name derives loosely from the names of the three designers, Meixner, Cockerell, and Landgraf.
Fritz Cockerell came up with the design in 1920. Quite why he thought that placing a rotary engine within the front wheel was a good idea is not actually recorded anywhere, sadly. Actually, the prototype had the engine mounted in the rear wheel so the question of why put it in the front wheel is even more confusing.
The fact that he chose a rotary engine is not all that unusual when you consider that many aircraft during the first world war were powered by such engines, even though, by the early 1920s, the drawbacks of the design meant that the engine was about to become obsolete and would soon be phased out for aircraft.
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WHAT NEXT FOR NORTON AND BSA?
Following on from the success of the Triumph revival, a lot of noise was made about the arrival of Norton back on the motorcycling scene in 2008. The new owner of the brand, Stuart Garner, got everyone excited when he announced that he would be making not only a new Norton Commando motorcycle but would be returning to the Isle of Man TT with a new superbike, powered by an Aprilia V4 motor.
In the world of motorcycling, it is rare, if not unique, for a manufacturer to have two bites of the cake - both with a cherry on top - with two iterations of one particular model, especially when separated by a couple of decades.
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