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Matt Oxley  says:

50 years ago: The Ernst Degner story

Fifty years ago Suzuki won its first world championship with the rinkiest-dinkiest little Grand Prix bike. The 50cc RM62 that Ernst Degner rode to the inaugural 50cc title in October 1962 made eight horsepower and was good for 90mph, with a little help from a tailwind. It was hardly an awesome motorcycle, but its success was as much a historic
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Sep 10

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SatNavSteve says:

Some enterprising Hollywood producer should make a film of Degners life. Even non-motorcyclists would find it interesting! It would make a change from Hobbits and aliens!

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Sep 10

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CBR11X says:

"Over the next few years the two-stroke would go on to utterly dominate GP racing, so much so that after 1975 not a single world title was won by a four-stroke until the rules were changed and the MotoGP era began in 2001."


You mean 2002.

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Feb 05

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Bob_1 says:

Very interesting but......

......isn't it the way of the world that technology is copied and ideas are stolen. Degner's story is really one of industrial espionage. Theft in other words.

He may have got away with it fifty years ago but in today's world he and Suzuki would most likely end up in court.

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Jan 05

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markobezerko says:

I agree steve great film material and great story.

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Jan 09

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captinbk says:

Stealing speed the book


My youngest son gave me the book for my birthday a few years ago, it really does read like a spy novel but also shows the lengths that the MZ factory had to go to to to eke every tiny power increase on their bikes with very little state support in post war East Germany. I have loaned the book to a few of my friends who are not all motorcyclists and to my two motorcycling sons and have had only positive comments about the book. I would recommend anyone to try to read it for the espionage ,the engineering, the motorcycle connection or the history of europe and motorcycling.

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