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From Neckarsulmer Strickmaschinenfabrik, to NSU Motorcycles

By October 29, 2012

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Every time I do some research on a classic motorcycle or motorcycle manufacturer, I always come across some interesting facts. So, if I asked you to name the largest manufacturer (in volume production) of two wheeled vehicles in 1955, who would you say?

All the Brit bikes would have been near the top of my guess list, but I would not have guessed a company that was virtually closed at the end of the Second World War. That company was NSU.

The German company had been producing motorcycles since the early 1900s, including a V-Twin in 1909. Their engineering qualities were very high, ensuring a loyal customer base.

So it was no surprise that in 1955 these loyal customers purchased 296,836 motorcycles and 45,747 cycles making NSU the largest producer of two wheelers in one year up to that date.

Further reading:

The NSU Story.

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March 30, 2014 at 9:06 am
(1) G2Actual says:

Incredible! Whooda thunkit? NSU production figures for 1955 exceed total production of all Bultacos from 1959-1983. I had exposure to an NSU in the early 1960s and was impressed by several features. It seemed to fit everybody and was comfortable for both rider and passenger. The light system seemed far superior to other bikes of the time, and even the suspension felt better than other street machines I had ridden by then. Yes, I admit dropping the NSU, but that was because Maureen tickled me from behind. She paid for that with a scarred knee which she no doubt still looks at today, wherever she is. And I can still display my “NSU scar” on my elbow.

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