This is a German Hercules Moped, 2.5HP; legal top speed is 28 mph. It took me 30! years to get this one.
I remember in 1976 when my neighbor Jakob brought this bike home. He had just purchased it brand new from the local Hercules dealer in Rheinboellen, Germany. I was 12 years old at the time and I really admired the bike, thinking that one day I would have one just like it. Life goes on; I grew up, eventually moved to the US, and almost forgot about the moped. Jump to 2006...I heard that the moped still existed, and traced it to a friend of mine who still lives in the same little village where I grew up. After long and painful negotiations I finally got the Hercules. It is still all original with some patina, and runs and drives just fine.