A virtual tour of the classic motorcycle collection on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Ala.
1953 Victoria Bergmeister
Engine: Air-cooled, transverse V-twin, 4-stroke
Ignition: Battery and coil
Power Rating: 21 bhp
Bore x Stroke: 64 x 54mm
Valves: Overhead, pushrod activated
Fuel System: Single Bing carburetor
Transmission: 4-speed, shaft final drive
Suspension: Front telescopic forks, rear plunger
Brakes: Front and rear drum
Top Speed: 80mph
When introduced in 1951, the Bergmeister (Mountain Master) was radically different. A V-twin, but mounted transversely, with streamlined engine cases that even enclosed the carburetor. A series of chains instead of the usual gears are used in the transmission, resulting in quiet operation. Smooth and powerful, sufficient to have a side-car attached, it was a unique quality product from post-war Germany. This was the first motorcycle donated to the museum.