The Simson Schwalbe (swallow) is to East Germany what the Vespa is to Italy. These nifty little 50cc scooters were built in their hundreds of thousands between the late 1950s and late 1980s. They remain extremely popular today and there is a large enthusiast community keeping them on the road. Schwalbes are extremely cheap in German and parts are easy to find. This is the early model. A bit of an arty scooter video http://youtu.be/9-oHJU1dBcg The Schwalbe was also the basis of the 3 wheeled duo. It had a bigger engine of course.