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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-03-2003, 04:28 AM Thread Starter
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A difficult one...

This one is not easy
It looks like a BMW but it isn't. The question is.. what is it?

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-03-2003, 03:20 PM
 
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Hi Aris,

Another great trivia. It is a Simson 250 cc. four stroke engine (placed longitudinally), 4-speeds gearbox with final shaft drive.

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Founded in the city of Suhl in the second half of the '800 by Löb and Moses Simson as weapon factory, the Simson starts the motorcycle production in the 1934, with the "BSW" brand ("Berlin-Suhler Waffen", that means "Berlin-Suhler Weapon Factory"). One of the produced models was the BSW 100, classic two-stroke, in the first pic above. During the Nazism, the Simson family, of Jewish origin, was persecuted and forced to leave the country, while Hitler made the factory as one of the main center of weapon production. With the fall of the Nazist regime, the Simson was one of the German factories (besides other plants of DKW, BMW etc.) under the Soviet control. Therefore, several cars and bikes in the DDR were simply pre-war models of West-German brands (as well for the Trabant, Wartburg and MZ), and this situation involved also the Simson. In the second and third pics above, there is the first version of the AWO-Simson "425", substantially a pre-war single-cylinder BMW. This bike had all the features of the BMW model: 250 cc. four stroke engine (placed longitudinally), 4-speeds gearbox with final shaft drive.

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You got it right Andy, as usual.....
I'll be running out of ideas soon if you keep on finding everything so easily. This one wasn't so easy.
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I got lucky on this one. I thought it looked Russian so I went to the Russian website I had put into my favorites and in under five minutes... walla.
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Hey Andy,

No need to find excuses, we all know you are the best trivia player!

After me of course

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