VIKTORIA KR21 ‘SWING’ MOTORCYCLE with electric gear-change Plus ‘PEGGY ROLLER’
.In the early sixties i read a road test in the ‘Motorcyling ‘magazine on a German Vicktoria ‘Swing ‘ i remember that bike being unique in the fact that the gearchange was operated by a 5 button unit on the left side handlebar! Now in the 80’s F1 motor racing came up with the gearchange operated by paddles under the steering wheel 2 paddles in fact ,left side for up and right side for downward changes.It was considered ‘state of the art technics‘But 40 years previous NORBERT REIDEL(Of IMME fame)had designed a similar idea into the ‘Swing’ motorcycle.
Also the gearchange was needed because the motor and the transmission casing (chain drive ) are one unit and pivot in the frame just a below and to the rear of the motor,So with road bumps the motor and transmission are moving up and down as one unit ,which would result in a conventional gear lever doing likewise.
Another feature was the front leading link suspension,from the links two rods in the front tubes joined a cross bar to which it joined the lower suspension unit,the top end secured to a lug just in front of the headstock.