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.