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Rex FM34 on NSU-Opel Herrenrad

Rex FM34 on NSU-Opel Herrenrad

The Rex is my German cyclemotor. It has all the essential antique looks, it’s a unit, is well made, has spares availability, is easy to set up it chugs you along the road a typically delightful gurgle.

always been a sucker for mounted over the front with tank on the handlebars, they look so much the original old turn-of-the-century pioneer

Our 1950s cyclemotors are, in just a postwar version of earliest prototype motorcycles.

with the ‘pioneer’ looks of a engine come various disadvantages…

There’s no clutch, and the end takes a bit of getting used to as, the Rex is a lightweight engine, it’s a bit heavier than a normal

But that’s definitely part of the fun of fifties cyclemotoring.

If you’re in motoring history, cyclemotors the advantage of two histories: that of the manufacturer, and the cycle company Most cycle-attachment engines as the Rex were sold to fit to a cycle of choice.

In what other area of our would you have such a opportunity to design your own of vintage bicycle and engine to it?

This particular example a first class engine a top-of-the-range 1952 NSU Opel bicycle.

As this is an NSU-Opel, machine actually has three histories. I’ve included a history of Opel at the bottom of the


The majority of cycle-attachments not produced for long enough for design flaws to be ironed out and and many of the early postwar such were still prototypes. However, most of the machines were based on design technology and well-built: forget the Cyclemaster was originally a invention.

Despite its old-fashioned the Rex is a very well-made engine…

The Rex has a cult following in Germany, good running examples as this on a matching period command high prices.

One of owning and running a Rex is that in Germany have re-manufactured parts. So it’s easy to your machine on the road.

other 1940′s/ 1950′s has such good spares


In Great Britain in the the Rex was sold under license as the a cycle-attachment engine that over the rear wheel of the front. Compare the two in the photo

Next to the engine number on a Rex plate is its year of manufacture an the capacity.



The company was started in 1873 in an der Donau, Germany. In its early its founders Heinrich Stoll and Schmidt produced knitting They soon moved to and adopted the name NSU from N SU lm.

It’s not widely known in the UK NSU made a cycle-attachment engine. It remarkably similar to the Rex!

they didn’t manufacture engines after the War like of their competitors, they one of the first German companies to the potential for one in the 1930s, and their front-mounted Motosulm engine was in 1931.

The most unusual of the Motosulm was this delivery with a front-mounted engine The NSU Delivery Cycle Model 101 had its carrier raised higher to for the fitting of the Motosulm engine. once the front basket was (capacity 75kg) the bicycle was to steer!

Only a few experimental models of version were made.

in mind NSU’s early with front-mounted cycle-attachment a NSU bicycle is a very appropriate for a postwar Rex hilfsmotor .

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To read of the history of NSU and REX

At the Online Cyclemaster


Opel started in as a sewing machine manufacturer, and on to become one of the world’s largest makers. They sold the side of the business to NSU in 1937 to on car production. The following summary of the is taken from Opel: to the World by Karl Ludvigsen

Rüsselsheim. The history of Opel as a manufacturer begins at Christmas in Adam Opel gives of his sons – Carl, Wilhelm, Friedrich and Ludwig – a velocipede. The founder had become acquainted the new invention the previous year a business trip to Paris, two-wheelers had already become a of everyday life.

After a ride landed Adam in a ditch, he decided to sell the dangerous Christmas presents – at a profit. The prices commanded him that this new mode of represented an attractive business As early as spring of 1886, the high wheel bicycle the factory, where sewing had been produced since the was established in 1862.

The designs came from the bicycle industry leader at the

In 1887, the eldest son Carl studies production methods by the top manufacturers in England. There, the wheel or “penny farthing” had earned a place alongside and carriage as a means of transport and as a of sporting equipment. A short later, the Opel product was expanded with “safety” and tricycles to supplement the penny that required an element of skill when mounting and

The first advertisement emphasizes the value of the innovation: “Cycling is open to people of all ages and The tricycle even offers recreation for ladies and older The effects of cycling are equally for the body and the mind. Rüsselsheim, 1887, Adam Opel.”

The manufacturing facility dedicated to bicycle production is opened in In the same year, the protests by other traffic participants the increasingly frequent bicycle are by Germany’s highest court, the The court ruled that two vehicles meet – for example, a and a velocipede – each operator is for his vehicle and must dismount if The ruling gave cyclists rights with carriage and riders.

The growing popularity of the bicycle, to the less hazardous and easier-to-operate bicycle, was reflected in Opel’s and employment statistics. In 1889, workforce in Rüsselsheim grew for the time to more than people, who built 2200 wheel and safety bicycles, at same time continuing machine production.

Adam had a cycling hall built in especially to allow new customers to with his wife Sophie acting as an instructor. In addition, a club was founded in Rüsselsheim, and a bicycle was developed to serve the market. Transport bicycles increasing popularity among and the postal service.

The first however, came in 1898 overproduction led to the demise of many manufacturers. Even Opel’s decreased from around units to just 11,500 in

After a major fire at the Opel relinquished sewing production in 1911 and concentrated on manufacturing. In 1927 the company the world’s largest bicycle with 15,000 dealers bicycles made in Rüsselsheim. At the of its production and following introduction of the line in the mid-1920s, the Opel turned out one bicycle every seconds.

Important innovations are introduced in balloon tires are adopted in for greater riding comfort and in Opel presents the torsionally double-tube frame. “This is the most significant advancement in construction since the introduction of said Adam Opel AG to its new product. The frame is sold the official name “Double After 50 years of bicycle the last highlight came in Opel is named official for courier services in the Olympic in Berlin.

On February 15, 1937, produced its last bicycle, a class bike with the number 2,621,964. The year the celebrated its 75th anniversary, it its bicycle plant to NSU – where were manufactured under the Opel-NSU for one more year – in to concentrate fully on automobile


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