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The first NSU motorcycle rolled out of a sewing machine factory turned bicycle factory turned motorcycle factory, in 1901. The NSU factory was in Neckarsulm Germany.

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The 1901 model used a motor made by the Swiss company called Zedal. It was a 234 cc engine which put out 1.75 horse power, and had a top speed of 48 km/hr, or 31 mph. It had a bicycle type frame, which made sense since it was made in a bicycle factory.

In bicycle fashion, it has a chain and freewheel, and a bicycle brake on the front wheel. NSU went on to make motorcycles, sidecars, and tracked motorcycles for the German army in WWII.

(source: Patent Pending)

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1935 NSU logo.

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1913 NSU logo.

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1901 NSU. (source: Patent Pending)

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1940-1941 NSU-125ZDB, 1-cyl, 2-stroke 123cc, 4hp. (source: Oldtimer Picture Gallery)

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1957 NSU Supermax. (source: E-Tabitha)

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