The Eysink combination pictured above was bought shortly after the Second World War by a French soldier who had taken part in the liberation of the Netherlands. He took it home to Nice and used it, with its Imperial sidecar, as his personal transport for many years. Later he worked at the Chateau Margaux wine cellars where the machine was used until 1963. The combination remained there after the owner’s death until it was discovered in 1995 by a Dutch Eysink enthusiast.
It was purchased for the NZ Classic Motorcycles collection from antique motorcycle specialists Yesterdays in June 2008.
A Brief History of the Marque
The firm was established by DH Eysink at Amersfoort in 1886. His sons Menno and August built their first automobiles in 1897, producing around 400 cars of two, four and six-cylinders until 1919 or 1920.
From 1923 to 1927 they also made machines with 500cc boxer engines from the well-known British firm Coventry-Victor.
In the years preceding WWII, Eysink built two-strokes with Villiers engines and four-stroke-models of 250 cc to 500 cc with JAP and Python (Rudge) engines. They also employed powerplants from Blackburne, JLO, Matchless and New Hudson.
After the war they produced two-stroke machines up to 250cc, again with Villiers engines. It seems that the production of motorcycles halted in 1956, with moped production continuing until at least 1965.
Eysink won the 125 cc Assen TT in 1946 and 1948, which was one year too early to be a Grand Prix victory.
Other successes include the Silver Vase at the 1931 International Six Days Trial, ridden by D.H. Eysink.
See also Renata
Eysink Models include:
1903 2, 2 ¼ and 3hp models
1907 1 3/4hp model
1907 2hp, 2 ¼hp and 3hp models.
1914 3 h.p. single 365 c.c. - 2 ½ h.p. single 309 c.c - 3 ½ h.p. single 409 c.c. - 6 h.p. twin cylinder 732 c.c.
1916 Model 3/5hp
1920 4hp 427cc, 3 hp 365cc, 5 hp 539cc.
1934 Ladies 100cc
1937 Villiers twinport model
1938 Eysink Alpine Hunter (Alpenjager) high cam OHV 350cc JAP with plunger rear suspension.
1947 Enduro 125
1946-51 Renata Tandem Moped 60cc
1948 Jubileum 125cc
1951 Koerier 200cc Villiers
1952/53 Model 175cc
1953 Junior 98cc
1965 Record 50 49cc Moped. Sports styling with dual seat.
1. Other sources indicate that the first automobiles were built in 1903.
2. Motorcycles likely built until 1954, see comment 2017 08 26
3. English literature refers to "Amersfoort Autocar and Motor Cycle Works".
4. There appear to have been two members of the family with the same name. DH Eysink, the company founder in 1886, and DH Eysink who won the ISDT in 1931.
Thanks to jan at roden.nl and stienicz at stud.uni-frankfurt.de.
See also "Eysink - Van fiets tot motorfiets. (From bicycle to motorcycle)" by Vincent van der Vinne, 2001, ISBN 90 6707 533 7. 400pp.
C. B. Timperley
A 1 ¼ h.p. Eysink light-weight motor bicycle and a 3 ½ h.p. twin-cylinder machine comprise Mr. Timperley's exhibit.
The former bicycle is of exceedingly neat design, and very careful attention has obviously been paid to details. The engine, which measures 62 mm. by 70 mm., has an outside flywheel and automatic inlet valve. The exhaust pipe is fairly long, and the silencer is of ample dimensions, and should conduce to silent running. The magneto chain drive is entirely enclosed, and the magneto machine itself is located at the rear of the engine in a horizontal position, and above the crank bracket. It is thus completely protected from mud and dirt, and is also very accessible. The frame is low. Simplex spring forks are fitted as standard, and the total weight of the machine is claimed to be within 100 lbs. The price for 1908 has been reduced.
The larger machine is very similar in design to the smaller type, but it has two vertical cylinders, side by side, of the same size as the lightweight. On the twin model an expansion chamber is provided and a very long and sensible exhaust pipe. The magneto on this machine is vertical, gear driven, and carried in front of the engine. Both machines are fitted with F.N. carburetters and Englebert tyres.
On another part of Mr. Timperley's stand are shown Bown's ... motor cycle and car bearings, which will interest the practical reader and appeal to the manufacturer.
An Up-to-date Machine of Dutch Origin.
THE name of Eysink will not be altogether unknown to many readers of The Motor Cycle, in view of this machine's appearance in various Anglo-Dutch trials. It is a Dutch-built machine, its home being in Amersfoort, and in general design it bears a strong resemblance to the average English single cylinder machine.
Several models are made but the one illustrated is typical of the general design and construction of all. This is a 3 h.p. single-cylinder machine. The engine dimensions are 74 mm. x 85 mm. which give a capacity of 365 c.c. The valves are of the side by side mechanically-operated type, whilst the magneto is placed in an accessible position just behind the cylinder. It will be noticed from the illustration that an outside flywheel is employed, also that a totally enclosed kick starter is embodied with the countershaft two-speed gear. The drive is by chain to the countershaft, and thence to the back wheel by belt.
The other Eysink models are as follows: 2 ½ h.p. single-cylinder 60 mm. x 85 mm. (309 c.c), 3 ½ h.p. single-cylinder 74 mm. x 95 mm. (409 c.c.) and 6 h.p. twin cylinder 74 mm. x 85 mm. (732 c.c.)
Prices vary from £57 10s. for the 2 ½ h.p. machine to £74 for the twin-cylinder.
From the foregoing it will be gathered that, broadly speaking, the Eysink machines follow standard practice, and indeed, have British fittings incorporated in their design. It only remains to be added that the mudguarding, springing, equipment, etc, appear to be all that they should be.
The Motor Cycle, November 19th, 1914.
Little Change in Eysinks for 1916.
THE Eysink is not unknown to our readers as a soundly built machine, hailing from Amersfoort, Holland. The 1916 models are little altered from those of 1915, and the illustration that accompanies this letterpress is a typical example of one of the latest machines. It is a single-cylinder model, the engine dimensions being 74 mm. x 85 mm. (365 c.c.), and is rated at 3 h.p. A two-speed countershaft gear is fitted, and drive is by chain and belt, the chain being enclosed. Both engine and gears are manufactured in the Eysink works — a remark that applies to all models.
Another typical Eysink model is the large twin-cylinder 816 c.c. machine. The cylinder dimensions are 74 mm. x 95 mm., and three speeds in conjunction with an all-chain drive are standard.
Two other single-cylinder, models complete the list. These are the 2½ h.p. (68 mm. x 85 mm. =309 c.c.) and the 3½ h.p. (74 mm. x 95 mm. =408 c.c.) Amac carburetters and other British, fittings are included in the specification of all models.
As regards road performance, we may recall the splendid showing made by A. Eysink on a 3 h.p. machine of his make in the Anglo-Dutch trial of 1913. The Dutch riders in this trial did not shine on hills, which was not surprising in view of the flat nature of the roads to which they are accustomed, but Eysink did well, making a fine ascent of Kop Hill. As a matter of fact, he put up a very good performance throughout the trial, and was one of the prize winners.
The Motor Cycle, December 16th, 1915. Page 598
Three Models manufactured by a Well-known Dutch Firm.
HOLLAND has a very large number of motor cyclists in proportion to its population, and perhaps in no other land does one see so many countries represented by the machines used. British and American motor cycles predominate; there is also a fair sprinkling of Belgian, French, and German productions, and last, but not least, are those manufactured in Holland.
Among the latter the Eysink is one of the best known, and the three models representing the house of D. H. Eysink, of Amersfoort. more closely follow the lines of British machines than those of Holland's nearer neighbours.
The smallest of the trio is a 3 h.p. machine, having a single-cylinder engine of 74 mm. and 85 mm. bore and stroke respectively. The piston displacement is 365 c.c. The tyres fitted are 26 x 2¼ in.
All Single-cylinder Models.
Next in order of size is the 4 h.p. model, which has a bore and stroke of 80 mm. and 85 mm. respectively, which gives a capacity of 427 c.c., and 25x2½ in. tyres are used.
The largest model is nominally rated as 5 h.p., and has a bore of 85 mm. and a stroke of 95 mm., the capacity being 539 c.c.
All models have outside flywheels, and are fitted with a two-speed countershaft gear and a front fork of Eysink design.
Amac carburetters are among the British accessories embodied.
The Motor Cycle September 9th, 1920. Page 313
frank_zeinstra at hotmail.com
Eysink mini 1973
Do you sell these Eysink logo's as stickers?
I want some for my moped Eysink mini 1973.
Sorry, we don't sell decals.
Sat, 26 Aug 2017
motorwim at planet.nl
Eysink 125cc JLO engined Eysink
JLO engines were also used by Eysink. Eysink built motorcycles from 1900 till 1954. Wim Marijnis, President Dutch Eysink Club
Tue Nov 08 2016
rien.span at virtualogic.nl
Love to see my new bought machine when i was a boy. Have still the small book with garanty page in it. an the date of buying was 3sept 1961 the dealer was Drogtrop in Beverwijk Netherland If someone likes a copy of one of the pages, feel free to ask
living 4 years in mid Portugal .
Mon Dec 31 2012
koldewijn AT telus.net
Looking for an Eysink
I'm looking for information about any Eysink motorcycles for sale or of any other forums that may have additional information about them. Are there still many around? thank you. Greg
Posted in the Classic German Motorcycles forum
Tue Oct 02 2012
I'm looking for years for that Eysink.
Wan's, i had one, when i was 19 years from my dad.
Will you sell this machine?
Alphen aan den Rijn, Nederland
Tue Sep 02 2008
barry.gosling at sky dot com
Eysink Renata Registration
I am buying a Eysink Renata but no one knows the years of manufacture. Is there somewhere I can give the details of serial numbers and find out the exact year Tahnk you
Mon Nov 21 2005
harila at planet.nl
I have a motor cycle and wants to sell it does somebody know home much i can ask for it?
Its an eysink
Ik heb van mijn vader een oude eysink zie foto. nu wil ik graag weten zijn er hier nog veel van en is het verstandig om hem te verkopen en zo ja wat moet zo'n motor op brengen ik weet dat hij lopend in de schuur is gezet onder een deken
dus zal er niets aan mankeren.
ik hoop op een antwoord alvst bedankt.
h vn der Groep
Sun Jun 12 2005
tim at bdg.centrin.net.id
Hi Eysink People,
I have a bit of a problem, which I hope you can help me out with in your club.
I purchased this 1952-3 Eysink about three years ago for €600.00, or 6,000,000rp. A good buy I thought! The Villiers 175ccm motor went really well, (what can we expect from Norton!) but unfortunately, while riding about in West Java, Indonesia with it, I ended up at the bottom of a 2 meter ditch. It's a longish story, and I still hobble a bit and have whiplash problems due to that one!
The cause of it all was an extremely steep hill, a sharp turn which then progressed to a steeper gradient, and failing drum brakes in the front ( a piece of metal from the braking system got stuck between the shoe and the drum). Apart from that my good wife, who was riding in front of me, thought it kind to warn me of the up-coming danger and stopped in my line of attack (so to speak). I had no choice but to move to the right of the road, where I saw long grass growing, and ‘ditch' the bike. Unknown to me that long grass covered a huge ditch, so I literally ditched it!!
The front forks were severely bent, tank dented, but the frame was still good, and I could see no option but to recondition it. That's when the real problems started!
I'm not too sure how many of these bikes are still running about (or even stored in someone's barn under some hay) in Holland, I know that at all the meets that I have been to I can't remember seeing one. Plenty of Sparta with the smaller 125ccm motor, but no Eysink. Even meets around Amersfort (Barneveld, Achterveld, Utrect, and so on) were fruitless.
I got in touch with some bloke somewhere in the south, but even though I continually hounded him for information he never returned a mail to me (not even to say sorry, he was to busy to deal with my menial problem with what could be considered as an extremely rare bike - In the last 3 years I have never seen one in the whole of Java).
So I started the restoration blind, I didn't (and still don't) know what they originally looked like! I don't even know what type it is! I can't find a manual or anything. After more than 3 years in restoration - I couldn't find the correct caberator - Here's what it looks like:
As you can see there are some pieces missing! The side case for a start, and there's some kind of attachments for something, which I gather is the battery case, behind the air filter. Here's a closer look:
You can also see that the chain guard and rear spring guards are missing. These lacking items are of little problem for me as I can remake them from pictures, but where are the pictures?? I certainly don't have any!
The lamp top is a bit of a problem too - have a look:
There are two holes! There's also a bunch of wires of all assorted colours and sizes! I take it, and it seems logical to conclude (though I know logic doesn't really come into it! And concluding something without any information is a bit stupid, to say the least!) that the large hole is for a speedometer, and the smaller hole is for the ignition and light switch (something like, I imagine, what was used on Norton bikes of the time - since the motor is Norton, what would be the reason for having different ignition?)
Now, the speedo is of some concern to me. I can't for the life of me work out how it is attached to the rear gadget at the rear wheel axle? There seems to be too many curves and bends in the cable for it to function correctly. How on earth is it connected?
So, if this wasn't enough, the next problem is that I can't find the decals, or the badges as may be the case. Here's a view of the tank for starters:
Now, I used my logic and conclusive methodology and came up with these decals:
Tank: The problem is the decal says Soest, and the brass emblem on the frame says Amersfort!
Could the tank decal be something like this?:
So, now I fear that I have taken all the space up on your website Eysink lovers.
Please, Please, PLEASE, if you have any information relating to this bike, perhaps a manual you can photocopy for me, or any ideas where I can get this info, please contact me at tim< at >bdg.centrin.net.id or continue this ‘discussion' on your page, and then, perhaps, we will be able to see a bike like this ‘thundering' around Amersfort in the future.
Tank you for your time and effort in solving my problem,
Bukit Pakar Utara 68a,
Date: Wed, 09 Feb 2005
Email: jan at roden.nl
message: Your site about Eysink contains a lot of errors, which is not bad at all, because there is not much written about the factory. Last year a book was publicised, called Eysink from bicycle to motorbike (it also includes car production and other Dutch brands, like Simplex, Sparta and such), it is written in Dutch. If you want I can make a sumarise of this book.
February 15, 2002
From 1953 till 1972 Family Eysink Produced Mopeds. Not normal one's but tandem mopeds. From 1953 till 1962 the mopeds called "Renata", the last 10 years "Eysink".
There are 3 kinds of tandem mopeds. One with a berini motor at the front-wheel (Model A), a standard model with the motor in the middle (a J.L.O. FM 48 E type) (model B) and last a luxe version of model B.
How does I know all this? I personally have an Renata tandem-Moped, and I contacted Dick Eysink himself a few years ago. He wrote me a letter back, including a folder. So if someone is interested in pictures of the mopeds, contact me...
(sorry for my bad english...) greetings from The Netherlands...) Ivo -- W.I.d.Graaf at student.tue.nl
You are missing an important Dutch make from the past : EYSINK. This factory produced motorcycles from the early 30ies until the 50ies and even won the 125 Dutch TT with Dick Renooy end 40ies. During the 60ies they produced interesting mopeds -- Zwaal -- hobbimex at worldonline.nl
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