You would be hard pressed to find someone who grew up between the Vogtland region and the island of Rügen and did not at least ride on the back of a Simson moped. For several generations of adolescents, these mopeds from Suhl (Thüringen) were their ticket to personal mobility. The characteristic chugging and droning sound of the single-cylinder engine and the smell of blended petrol still evoke memories today.
In former East Germany, Simson mopeds were omnipresent. Their simple construction and technology made them easy to repair and tune. Their 50 cc engines could reach speeds of up 60 km/h and more on country roads – a revelation for any teenager. “Simmes” were so sturdy that they often lasted their owners half a lifetime before being passed on to their children and grandchildren.