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Flickr: The NSU Motorcycles Pool

The NSU factory at Neckarsulm in Southern Germany produced high quality motorcycles from around 1900 to 1965. In the mid 1950's, after achieving considerable prestige from racing, the management decided that the company's future would be safer if it switched to car production. This, they argued, would keep the company's products in alignment with demand during Germany's post WW2 economic recovery. Consequently, the Max, Prima, Maxi and Quickly died in the early 1960's. This proved to be a bad decission, and ultimately led to the company's downfall. There is still, however, an enthusiastic following for the marque and its engineering heritage. Soichiro Honda travelled to Europe in 1954 to visit a number of motorcycle factories in the UK, Italy and Germany. He then returned to Japan and produced a series of new designs. The Honda Cub, Benly and Dream models were not copies, but exhibited strong NSU influence in their detail design.


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Category: NSU Motorcycles

Date Listed: 8 May 2010

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