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Friday, 11 March 2016

Friday bike

Another rare and innovative bike for you.
Opel  1928  “Motoclub”  496 cc OHV single

Not much information on this one, But I found the following on this site.

"Adam Opel’s company was situated in Rüsselsheim am Main  in  Germany  and among its products were sewing machines, bicycles, cars and motorcycles.
The latter products were made  in three periods:  for some years in the early 1900s,  then from 1913 till halfway the twenties and finally from 1928 till 1930.
At the Berlin  Automobile and Motorcycle show early in 1928  Opel stunned the motorcycle folk with the display of two very extravagant looking machines. Frame, front suspension, tank, saddle and handlebars were unorthodox to say the least.
This, combined with  the  Cadmium plating  of  the metal parts  and the bright red   components like saddle, tyres , handlebar grips, foot rests and kick-start rubber made for an awesome sight.
The design itself was not Opel’s, the company had secured the production rights of the rolling  motorcycle chassis  system of the  very unorthodox and   multitalented  Ernst Neumann-Neander. 
One of the great advantages, Neumann-Neander claimed, was that his pressed steel frame construction made it possible to reduce the assembly time of a motorcycle from between 20 to 25 man hours to  no more than four man hours.
Other features were great accessibility of all parts and  comfortable seating for the rider.
Opel  offered OHV and SV  versions of the 496 cc power source.
Production lasted till 1930. 
This very exclusive machine is a good runner."

Also found this video where a couple of very well dressed owners are interviewed about their bike:

1 comment:

  1. Wasn't there a rocket powered version of one of those?