1950’s NSU SuperMax in British frame


You don’t always have to cruise eBay to find great bikes for sale there. Like others, I follow a few personal blogs of people that have at one time or another posted something about vintage motorcycles. This 1950’s NSU in a unique frame was posted to a blogger who may have raced or raced against this bike.

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From the seller

1950s Racing NSU with 250 Supermax engine and special one-off lightweight racing frame, believed to have been raced in Irish road race events of the 1950s/1960 period.  Lightened wheels with alloy rims, old racing tyres fitted. Engine turns over and gears engage but not in running order.  Needs re-commissioning before using. Lovely patina and ‘period feel’, probably a unique bike in this form. Dustbin fairing as originally fitted to the bike available to successful bidder for an additional £250, if required, as a separate transaction. For further information or viewing please contact 01373 834407, bike located near Bath

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Having just posted about a NSU SuperMax racer last week, I can tell you that this blue frame is far different from the pressed steel frame when the SuperMax road bike came with. The Earles style front forks are similar to the road going Super, so there is some wonder as to the choices made by the builder.

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Looking at the huge carb with its velocity stack sticking out from under the gas tank lets you believe there is something inside that small 250cc engine. The swiss cheese drilled frame also lets you know the builder wanted every advantage that they could get. The one downside to any auction, is mentioning an important feature that is not offered for sale. The fairing was on this 1950’s NSU SuperMax, I believe it should be offered up with the bike. BB

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  1. Fabulous, period WTF machine. The original pressed steel frame was probably only 2 lbs heavier than this cobbled up oddity, and was good enough to take many National championships, something this bike never did. Still, as a period piece, it’s 100% ace in my book.
    Just a small correction here: those are leading-link forks, but not the Ernie Earles design, which uses a full forward swingarm. While these are home-made, they most resemble the Greeves forks…