For as long as I can remember the Flying Merkel brand has been a source of pride in our family. For us it is more than just an amazingly cool piece of Americana - it is a part of our family history. We've taken that pride a step further, have fought for the rights to own this brand name and shepherd it into the future. After a multi-year legal battle, we are proud to officially call our company Flying Merkel Inc!

'Flying Merkel' the historical brand, and all it stands for - groundbreaking design, pioneering spirit, classic detailing - is in our blood. When my great-great uncle Joseph Merkel started Flying Merkel Motorcycles he was at the cutting edge of the motorcycle world (it was literally taking motors and strapping them onto bicycles), and we are looking to take the heart he showed into the company's next phase. We are small, so are starting out small, but we are dreamers and are hoping to do great things.  

Maldwyn Jones and Cleo Pineau, two prolific pioneer American motorcycle racers for Flying Merkel. Photo courtesy of Archive Moto

Maldwyn Jones and Cleo Pineau, two prolific pioneer American motorcycle racers for Flying Merkel.

Photo courtesy of Archive Moto


Our Story

At our heart we are designers. Trained as architects, my wife and I like to think we can design anything that comes our way. We have been focusing on smaller architectural projects, but we are looking forward to expanding our design horizons through the Flying Merkel Inc. brand. The confluence of our passions; architecture, motorcycles, history, beautiful objects, etc - will all be on display here, and we look forward to sharing them with you. 

-Greg, Catalina, and Luigi Merkel

P.S. - the history of the brand is more than we can get into here on this site. For those that don't know 'The Flying Merkel Motorcyles' was kind of a big deal back in the early 1900's, and we have such a deep and profound respect for this history that want to make sure people are aware of it. Our friends at www.theflyingmerkel.com have done an amazing job of documenting this history so we recommend you take a look. 

You can also read up on Joseph Merkel specifically on his AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame page

P.S.S - Check out our sister company Ponchos Rojas!