A Brief History of the Marque
Suhl is located in the southern part of the former East Germany, in the early 20s the company SIMSON manufactured also big luxurious cars, cycles and weapons.
After second world war the Russians took over (because of weapon-manufacturing) and they founded the "Awto Welo" better known for AWO (means car and cycle company).
Famous motorcycles beginning in 1952 up to 1962 (?) were the models AWO 425 T a single cylinder 250 cc, 12 hp, four stroke, crank-shaft drive touring model.
Later the AWO 425 S (or also called SIMSON 425 Sport) was built, also single cylinder 250 cc, 15,5 hp, four stroke, crank-shaft drive but with more comfort in riding.
The AWO 425 T is very similar to the BMW R 26 (after war model).
Production of these beloved models was stopped around 1963 in favour of two-stroke MZ-models.
SIMSON Suhl was also very well known for 50 cc bicycles having names of birds.
Now there are fan-clubs of these models. Look for the names "Schwalbe" or "Star"
These motorcycles have been produced in huge numbers until 1990 (end of East Germany)
Search in German net-finders for "AWO" "SIMSON" "SCHWALBE"
I know, that there are several private homepages with good material.
Information courtesy Juergen Koch from "East" Germany -- JKoch51 at aol.com
AWO was part of the IFA
scfetters at att.net
AWO Sinson 425s final drive parts
AWO 425S SIMPSON 1 sport 250 CC
I am looking for the final drive - driveshaft - Cardan shaft for a 1957 AWO 425s simpson 250cc thank you
Fri May 17 2013
AWO 425 T
I'm from Bulgaria. I want to renovate my AWO, but i need many parts. I want to ask you can you help me for the parts or give me information of people or sites who can help me.
Best regards, Dian.
Sun Jul 15 2012
AWO Touren & Eisenacher EMW R35 for sale
AWO Touren & Eisenacher EMW R35 AWO Touren & Eisenacher EMW R35
AWO SUHL 425 - Modell Touren 1952 - 2000 Euro
Eisenacher EMW Modell R35 with sidecar - 1952 - 2000 Euro
Fri Apr 13 2012
manuel d'entretien Awo 425 T(1951)
le livre en français Awo 425T
J'ai acheté le livre pour les réglages de l'awo 425 T mais c'est en allemand est ce possible d'avoir la traduction en français ?
Wed Sep 01 2010
miloszb1<at>yahoo dot com
Cylinder and piston
1952 AWO T
I need information about clearance between cylinder wall and piston
(oem piston).Can somebody help me ?
Tue Aug 10 2010
jorppu<at>jorppu dot com
Where can I buy spares for my bike and Stoye sidecar
Wed Mar 03 2010
miloszb1<at>yahoo dot com
1952 AWO T
AWO 425 T
Where i can buy gas tank stickers for AWO 425 T
Try our page of resources for Books and Manuals
Tue Nov 03 2009
automan30 at twcny.rr dot com
Source for parts & technical information.
AWO (Simson) 425 S
I'm in need of a source for purchase of spare parts/manuals & etc. for my 1956 Simson 425 With sidecar. I very much would like to communicate via e-mail with other owners of Model 425 AWO cycles. Any help much appreciated.
3187 St. Rt. 168,Mohawk, N.Y. 13407 U.S.A.
Mon Jul 28 2008
k-elie at online.no
AWO 425T 1955
A friend of mine need a the "sattlefedern" (seat feather) to the front seat on his AWO.
He does not have access to internett, so I`m trying to help him!
Regards and thanks Knut
The bike is an 250cc brand AWO 425 Touring. build in DDR (east Germany) in 1955.
I do hope this is information enough for dealers or for entusiast that might have a spare front seat feather to this bike.
Tue Feb 26 2008
maria.ivanova at yahoo dot com
Awo 425 T
Awo 425 Tourist
I am from Bulgaria and my grandpa wants to sell his mororcycle Awo 425 T. I Will be thankfull if can advise me about the approximate price of such model in your country (it is in perfect conditions).
Thank you in advance!
The page on Motorcycle Valuations may prove helpful.
Tue May 16 2006
billigmdlp at aol dot com
I have an engine, trans & final drive from an 425. The # is 168724.
Any idea when it was made, and if someone would be interested in buying
spare parts? Thanks!
BTW, the final drive's number is: 169065 S.
The engine/trans does not turn over, the fd is stuck as well, but I will try to free them ever so gently(I've resurrected some /2 BMW's). From the outside I can see that there are no pushrods or valve cover. Also have a headlight bucket with speedometer, cable and wiring. It has had a sealed beam roughly installed.
The final drive and transmission both turn freely, now. The hand shifter seems to give me 4 gears, what is the shift sequence? Got no new seals or bearings to install, and I'm sure that after this many years they will leak without new gaskets and seals.
I think the parts are from a 1957 AWO 425 S.
Piston rings are still stuck to the cylinder. Magneto and generator were under the front cover, and appear intact ( I'll get after them with my ohm meter soon).
One of the rocker arms is stiff, and I've yet to check out the valves/head condition. Head is off and looks nice as far as- no bent fins or damaged sealing surfaces.
I'm just hoping to find someone that needs these parts to keep their ride on the road.
Mon Dec 05 2005
gregb at sunlineracing dot com
I own a AWO 425 1956 in all original condition, paint in excellent condition and running order. I bought from a gentleman in eastern Germany in the 1989. It has been garaged and all original. I has a extra seat for the rear fender
I would like to sell it. I am located in California....Any offers please...My cell phone is 661 312 5967 and my name is Gregory Berg.
I will have to scan photos at work tomorrow to insert. I have all the
original documents, manuals as it was a police bike DDR
Attached are photos of bike in original form and also documents I received
with bike including a small blue AWO 425 manual book ( not shown ) The bike
runs perfect, just was serviced, valves and carb adjusted, new german tires,
seals, speedo cable
In your opinion , what do think the bike would bring in US Dollars???
Valencia, CA 91355 USA