It is said that His Majesty the Bicycle rides on the roads of the Netherlands. Indeed, the company Batavus in the first years of its existence produced bicycles. The company Rijwiel-en-Motorenfabriek Batavus, located in Heerenveen, began selling bicycles in 1904. Own cycling model appeared in 1914.
In 1932, the first motorcycle of the company was released. It was a two-stroke machine with a 98-cc Villiers engine. The subsequent models were equipped with engines of Sachs, Ilo and Villiers with the volume of 74, 98,100 and 150 cm3.
After the Second World War, the production of small motorcycles with 148 and 200-cc engines Ilo and Villiers resumed. However, since 1950, the company has focused on the production of mopeds for commercial use. Motocross motorcycles and enduro companies were equipped with Sachs engines.
By 1969, the company had reached its peak. In 1970, she acquired the Dutch manufacturer of mopeds - the firm Magneet - and obtained the management rights of the companies Phoenix, Fongers and Germaan. Magneet was a bicycle manufacturer who started producing mopeds. Company Fongers - almost the same age as Batavus - produced motorcycles with motors of the brand FN. Established in 1935, Germaan company produced light motorcycles with engines Villiers, Ilo, Csepel and Sachs of small volume. In the late 50's under the license of the company Achilles Capri, she produced motorcycles under the brand Germaan Capri.
However, in 1976 the moped market was hit by a serious crisis. In the same year, the company had to stop production. At the same time, the leader of the Indian market - the TVS Company - began licensing the company's mopeds.