From: Tub Maxson [maxson-h at tmrisk dot com ]
Sent: Thursday, March 24, 2005 12:56 PM
To: 'Sheldon Aubut'
Subject: RE: NSU
I stumbled on my 56 Special Max in the garage of a SCCA racer friend
of my brother. My brother races Triumph Spitfires. This guy
has a mechanic shop in Akron, OH. 10-12 years prior he took in the
Sp. Max for a customer. He
spent $100 labor determining what was wrong with the bike and the owner refused to pay him. He kept the bike on a Mechanic's lien until I showed up. He offered to sell it to me at the mechanic's lien price, $100, plus $50 for lost title paperwork. I had it for 7 years getting pieces here and there and rechromed, cad plated, etc. Finally got it done in 2002. I refuse to add up all the receipts! Runs real good.
Here is a photo I took of an angle I really liked. My wife took
this and did a watercolor batik, similar to the tee shirt batik process
we used in our hippie days. She took a quarter sheet of thin rice
paper, did the water color. Alternating painting and wax layers in
specific areas. When it was done, she put a thin coat of wax over
the painting, then, to my horror,
crinkled it all up into a tight ball several times. This cracked the wax layers. Then a coat of India ink, in this case dark blue. After that dried, she used layers of newspaper, with an iron to remove all the wax, and this is the result. I am very happy with it and plan to use in as the back of business cards at some time.
The bike is restored with all OEM parts where possible or with NSU Motzke repro where the originals could not be had, such as the muffler. The pipe is original. A long process but the end result is very nice. I hope to put it in the Vintage Days this year. I wanted to do it last year also, but something came up where I could not attend.
I hope you like this.
NSU Special Max Batik
NSU Special Max Concours
NSU Special Max
From: Sheldon Aubut [mail-to:biker at cwizard dot com ]
Sent: Thursday, March 24, 2005 12:49 PM
To: 'Tub Maxson'
Subject: RE: NSU
I used to run several motorcycle clubs and some years ago I tried to
get an International NSU club going. Owners are so few are far between
that there just didn't seem to be much interest. At the time I was
looking at a SuperMax but the guy wouldn't come down on price and he was
stratospheric. I had still planned on getting one so I kept trying to get
the club going. Finally shut it down about two years ago. I also
owned the "European Motorcycle Universe" web site which I sold a few month
ago and had an NSU section there. Some of the NSU club files still
exists at that site:
If you want to contribute to that site there is a contact form at:
I'd love to see your the watercolor. My e-mail will take up to about a 3meg file and I do have broadband. Great looking bikes.
Houlton Wisconsin USA
From: Tub Maxson [mail-to:maxson-h at tmrisk.com]
Sent: Thursday, March 24, 2005 4:52 AM
To: biker at cwizard dot com
I read on the SCT site about your interest in German bikes, specifically the Zundapp. I just finished my NSU last year. Here is a photo of it and of my R27/Steib LS200. If you are interested my wife did a watercolor batik of the NSU that quite unusual. I scanned the painting and it is large so a HiSpeed connection would be required, if you are interested in seeing it.
The NSU has been in two shows and took best in class both time. Last May it was best in class at the Cincinnati Concours d'Elegance, a quite large regional show with national participation.
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