Welcome to 130 years of cycling passion.

Our VICTORIA brands have been offering mobility on two wheels since 1886.
As a result, we count as one of the most experienced and best-known bicycle manufacturers and have been able to impress with the good quality, tried-and-tested reliability and high practicality of our bikes.  We are committed to these values and this long-standing tradition. These are our motivation to continually enhance our products.

At the restart of production at the end of the war, the ‘Vicky’ model series was a major success. The ‘Vicky’ was launched at the start of the period regarded as being the German economic miracle, and was based on a conventional bicycle with a 38 CC small auxiliary motor and a tank for the fuel/oil mixture. Its presentation at the Geneva Motor Show was hugely successful.

Non-motorized bicycles were also produced again after the end of the war. Although production was only possible on a restricted basis due to material shortages at the start, productivity did then increase and was the best source of income. Marketing in racing back then focussed on the very popular Derny races, where numerous successes were recorded.

130 years of evocative history

1886

VICTORIA - 130 years of evocative historyFounded in 1886 by Max Frankenburger and Max Ottenstein in Nuremberg. VICTORIA – ‘Frankenburger & Ottenstein’ at the time – solely manufactured bicycles.

The company was then listed in 1895 as ‘Victoria Fahrradwerke AG’ on the stock market.

In 1899, the company was renamed ‘Victoria Werke AG’.

VICTORIA - 130 years of evocative history

1901

VICTORIA - 130 years of evocative history

Apart from high-wheeled bicycles and tricycles, the production of the so-called and now conventional ‘low-wheeled’ bicycle started in 1901.

These being partly motorised were able to reach 40 km/h, which was an incredible speed for the era.

These performances were highly respected given the often modest road conditions of the time.

VICTORIA - 130 years of evocative history

1920

VICTORIA - 130 years of evocative history1920 marked the start of production for the most modern motorcycle of its time, the ‘KR I’. In 1925, VICTORIA launched the
‘KR III’ as the first German four-stroke motorcycle with compressor and a world top speed at the time of 165 km/h on to the market.

1932 saw Victoria win the ‘Europa-Bergmeisterschaft der Gespanne’ (sidecar class in the European Hill Climb Championship) in the class up to 600 cc with its ‘KR 6’. The company thus renamed the model ‘KR 6 Bergmeister’.

VICTORIA - 130 years of evocative history

1940

VICTORIA - 130 years of evocative historySince the production plants were largely destroyed during the war, production restarted in 1946 with bicycles and the ‘FM 38’ auxiliary bicycle engine.

The first model was the ‘Vicky I’. This model became a bestseller.

As demand for a means of transport increased, the ‘Vicky II’ was launched in 1953. This was quickly followed by the ‘Vicky III’ in 1954 and the two models marked the start of a new epoch of the moped era.

VICTORIA - 130 years of evocative history

1955

VICTORIA - 130 years of evocative history1955 saw the start of sales of the legendary VICTORIA ‘Peggy’ motor scooter.

VICTORIA´s response to the popular sport mopeds from Italy followed in 1956 with its ‘Avanti’ model. In 1958, Victoria merged with Express and DKW to form ‘Zweirad Union AG’.

1966 marked the company’s formal takeover by ‘Nürnberger Hercules Werken GmbH’ which led to the name Victoria finally disappearing.

VICTORIA - 130 years of evocative history

1995

VICTORIA - 130 years of evocative historyThe brand was rebooted on 30/10/1995.

Hermann Hartje KG acquired the naming rights from Hercules and took up production for the 1997 model year with a total of 14 city and trekking bicycles.

The revival was further enhanced by the programme being extended to include pedelecs in 2005 and then by the 2010 introduction of the e-point (e-Punkt) specialist retail concept.

VICTORIA - 130 years of evocative history