The Mammoth-Man, Friedel Münch and his bikes

For years, the name Münch has been synonymous with a legendary motorcycle and a brilliant designer. Introduced in 1966, the Münch Mammut was the biggest, heaviest, fastest and most expensive motorcycle the world had ever seen. Gunter Sachs – notorious playboy during the sixties and renowned photographer – treated himself to one, and the American publisher Malcom Forbes, too, placed an order with Friedel Münch, the mechanical engineer from Hesse. Built meticulously by hand, Münch produced about 500 motorcycles. Always looking for the perfect model, he went bankrupt twice. 73 years old and partly paralysed after a stroke, he now has fulfilled his life’s dream. The Münch Mammut 2000 again has surpassed all of the classic notions of what a motorcycle can be. It is unbelievably powerful and unbelievably expensive. It will carry a price tag of DM 170 000. This price and a production limit of 250 will help to preserve the Münch myth.

Broadcast date:7. März 21:45 Uhr, ARD und 10.Juni 23:00 Uhr, N3
Written and directed by:Marcus Fischötter
Producer:Martina Sprengel
Executive producer:Hartmut Klenke