Aarne and Eero Harkke started a business back in the 1920s to do small repairs of a mechanical nature in Finland. As a sideline business the company also assembled several lines of bicycles. Towards the middle of the 1920s however, the brothers decided that they wanted to build their own brand of motorcycle. They then chose the name Tenturi which quite simply means High Land in Finnish.
They chose this name due to the fact that the bicycles that they were assembling were the High Land bicycle for the British-based company. Their first motorcycle would be released a year after the registration in 1926 via a local newspaper.
Despite the effects of the Great Depression, during the 1930s and into the 1940s, the Tenturi Company's sales were booming. So much in fact that they were forced to transfer to a larger location to conduct business in 1934. It was at this point that they also moved from just producing bicycles into a variety of other products as well. These products included wagons, transport cards, race buggies, and by the early 1940s they also started producing bikes for the disabled.
The 1950s were much like the 1930s and 1940s, the business continued to boom to the point where it was necessary to move to another larger facility. It was in this new facility in 1951, the first motorised bicycle would be produced.
They began producing their very own line of motorcycles in 1951 which was replaced by mopeds by 1956 and the company quickly became the leader of the mopeds market throughout their local region.
The 1960s brought more great success for the company, as their mopeds were considered to be one of the best on the Finnish market. The 1960s, due to their mopeds success, the Tenturi Company switched its focus from bicycles to motorised vehicles. It was at this time that they were capable of producing a means of easy to service, reliable and fast vehicles that were considered to be perfect for almost any age. By the mid 1960s, the company had also produced over 15,000 models per year of their mopeds.
The 1970s brought continuous success with their lines of mopeds, but the company wanted more. This more that I'm speaking of actually began in 1969 when the Tenturi Company patented a form of fitness mechanism that would move the company into a highly export oriented business.
This allowed the company to last well into the 1980s as a producer of finish exercise equipment, and by the 1990s the company had completely discontinued all production of their mopeds and then decided to focus mainly on their exercise equipment, as well as the line of bicycles.
The 1990s was to mark the end of the company's long rain of producing quality mopeds for the Finnish market.
Original Authors: Nicholas
Edit Update Authors: M.A.Harris
Updated On: 03/06/2008