Date of Manufacture: 1950
Engine Size: 250CC
NSU (Neckarsulm Stickmachen Union): NSU started business in 1873, manufacturing and repairing knitting machines and in 1900 began experimenting with motorized bicycles. They made a crude machine from a heavy-duty bicycle frame with an attached clip-on Swiss-made Zedel engine. Power was delivered by belt to the rear wheel or by conventional pedal and chain. Shortly after their initial offerings they built their own engines and by 1905 had built their own race bikes. Racing proved to be an excellent testing ground and it was well known that the public paid attention to the marques that won races and that in turn equalled sales. The first Isle of Man race in 1907 gave NSU a 5th place finish. Before the end of the first decade one quarter of all NSU sales were in Britain.
Exports to Britain obviously stopped at the onset of World War I and NSU directed their production to manufacture munitions for the German army. NSU began building motorcycles again right after the war and production peaked in 1922. By 1933, NSU was one of the largest motorcycle manufacturers in the world. War broke out again in 1939 and production this time shifted to produce thousands of bicycles and motorcycles for the German forces. When manufacturing restrictions were loosened after the war, NSU built bikes that continued to break land speed records right up to 1956 with a 210mph ride at the Bonneville Salt Flats on a streamlined 500cc twin.
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