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Ossa Motorcycles

Ossa Motorcycles logo
Founded: 1924
Country: Spain
Website: none
Total series: 7
Active series: 0
Discontinued series: 7
Ossa was founded in 1924 and originally produced movie projectors. After the Second World War the company received reparations in form of specialized engine technology from the German Dampf-Kraft-Wagen (DKW) company and started making motorcycles in 1949. High quality and an economic boom contributed to a surge in production in the following years. Even though the bikes were generally praised the appearance of cheaper Japanese alternatives, an employee strike in 1977 and a disorganised dealer network in the focus region of North America lead to Ossa having to close down in the 1980s. The company was revived in 2010, only to go out of business again in 2015 due to several owner changes.

Discontinued series

Series
Produced
Variations
1978
1
2016
1
2016
1
2016
1
2016
1
2016
1

Company timeline

1924
  • Founded in Barcelona, Spain producing movie projectors
1949
  • Begins producing motorcycles after gaining two-stroke engine technology from war reparations
1967
  • First success in 24 Hours of Montjuich (1st and 2nd place)
1970
  • Santiago Herrero dies in crash. Shock causes Ossa to withdraw from road racing competitions
1971
  • Win first European Trials Championship with Mick Andrews
1977
  • Employee strike
1984
  • Ossa is controlled by labor cooperative
1985
  • Changed name to Ossamoto, company is closed down
2010
  • Company reboot with tiral and enduro models
2014
  • Merge with Gas Gas
2015
  • Torrot buys Gas Gas, but Ossa is not part of deal and closes down again.