NSU Motorcycles (Great Britain)

186 Great Portland Street, London, W

UK division of NSU

  • 1904 N.S.U. Cycle and Motor Co, 1 and 6 Hatton Wall, Hatton Gardens, London.

    1907 Incorporated as a limited company.

    1914 Motor manufacturers. Specialities: motor cycles and motor cars, engines, two-speed gears, carburettors etc. Employees 1,500. N.S.U. MOTOR Co., LTD., Enesu Works, Grange Road, Willesden Green, London, N.W.

    1963 Motor Show exhibitor. Importer.

Stanley Show 1907

THE N.S.U. exhibit, which, owing to its unavoidable incompleteness, we were reluctantly compelled to omit from the description of the Show exhibits, was a particularly imposing one, as all the numerous well-known models referred to in our forecast issue were staged. The 1¼ h.p. lightweight has been much improved. The magneto machine is now carried on the crank case, and is gear driven in a particularly neat manner. To the contact breaker no fibre ring is fitted, the break being effected by means of the insulated rocker revolving with the armature rubbing against a bevel-ended steel block. The new resilient forks with concealed springs attached to the lightweight are also worthy of mention. Another useful machine to be found on this stand was the N.S.U. non-convertible forecar - a passenger machine which is likely to appeal to motorists whose purses cannot satisfy their ambitions.

Stanley Show 1907

NSU 1908 Twin

A Twin N.S.U. with mechanically-operated valves. The tyres are fitted with N.S.U. anti-skidding bands.

Stanley Show 1908

N.S.U. Motor Co., Ltd.

186 Great Portland Street, W. Stands No. 262 and 263.

Several new patterns and a number of detail improvements will be noticeable in the 1909 N.S.U. models. The range of machines now consists of a 3 H.P., 31/2 H.P., 33/4 H.P., 4 H.P., and 11/4 H.P. light weight single-cylinder machine; a 21/2 H.P. twin-cylinder light weight, a 4 H.P. and a 6 H.P. twin, a. 6 H.P. twin side-car machine, a 6 H.P. twin tri-car, and a 4 H.P. single-cylinder carrier tri-car. The spring forks, which are fitted to all models are made to a new design. There is a new style of tank, which allows the exhaust valve of single cylinder machines to be entirely removed .without disturbing it. Handle-bar control is more extensively used on all models; and the exhaust. lifters have now a little thumb catch to hold them up when the machines have to be wheeled. The neat little 11/4 H.P. light weight has not been much altered, and we consider that it is so excellently suited to the work for which it is designed. that alteration would scarcely be desirable.

The 21/2 H.P. light weight is fitted with an under-geared pulley, so that a comparatively small back wheel belt rim can be used in conjunction with a large outside diameter pulley. The mechanism is very simple, the pulley having teeth cut in it internally meshing with a small spur wheel on the end of the crank shaft.. Further, the pulley is carried in an eccentric, which may be moved by rotating a small handle on the top tube, thus tightening or loosening the belt. The side-car machine and the two tri-cars have the new N.S.U. 2-speed hub. This is actuated by a large lever on the top tube and gives two speeds with an intermediate free engine. In the carrier tri-car, the high speed, as well as the low, is geared down in the hub, so that though the maximum speed of the vehicle is not high the belt, speed is sufficient to give a satisfactory drive. Both the tri-car and the side-car engines are cooled by a powerful. though small, fan, mounted on the right-hand side, and belt driven from the crank shaft.

Altogether the N.S.U. Company have a very fine exhibit, and one which should be attractive, both to the trade and the public.

Stanley Show 1908

NSU 1909 Twin

An attractive mount is the twin-cylinder lightweight N.S.U. illustrated above. The geared-down engine pulley is to enable the belt to obtain a better grip of the pulley. A new type of spring fork is fitted for this machine.

Stanley Show 1909

The N.S.U. Motor Co., Great Portland Street, W.

(No. 264, Gallery).

The N.S.U. Motor Co. will occupy the same stand as before in the Gallery, on which about eighteen of their well-known machines will be open to inspection. At least two new models will make their debut on the occasion of the Stanley Show, among which we may mention a 4 h.p. single-cylinder, 82 x 105 mm., illustrated on page 837 last week.

Another new model will be the 4 h.p. two-cylinder, 64 x 85 mm., fitted with geared down engine pulley, thus enabling almost equal size belt pulleys to be used. As in the case of the 4 h.p. model, the magneto is carried behind the rear cylinder. In this case also a large silencer will be fitted and a new type of spring forks, which may be seen in the illustration. The handle-bars upon these two models are merely an experimental type, and will not be finally adopted by the N.S.U. Co.

In addition to the above machines, there will be the popular 3½ h.p. model (which has done so well during the present year), the 80 X 80 mm. model, and the 6 h.p. twin. The 1¼ h.p. lightweight model will be greatly improved, and the 2½ h.p. lightweight twin will also be slightly altered in detail. Also both the two-speed gears will be slightly improved. Machines fitted with sidecars and forecars will be shown on this stand; also a tricar specially designed for industrial purposes.

Stanley Show 1909

The Motor Cycle November 8th 1909, page 862

NSU 1910 Models

1910 Cycle and Motorcycle Exhibition

The N.S.U. Motor Co., Ltd.

186 Gt. Portland Street, London, W. Stand No. 91.
In addition to the 11/2 and 21/2 H.P. - the latter of the twin-cylinder class - which this firm have manufactured with such success during the past season, and which will - with sundry detail improvements - be continued during the coming season, two entirely new models have been brought out which must appeal to that ever-increasing class of motorcyclists who like comfort and luxury. The first of these machines is a 2 H.P. single-cylinder, with mechanically-operated valves, spring fork and spring frame; whilst the second is a 3 H.P. twin-cylinder machine, in which the same system of spring fork and frame is employed. Both these types promise the acme of comfort to their riders and should prove ideal mount.

The N.S.U. standard touring machines are also constructed in single and twin-cylinder forms, the powers being 3.5 and 6 H.P. respectively. Both are provided with very efficient spring forks and a specially strengthened frame. In passenger machines the 6 H.P. twin-cylinder with side-car is retained, and also the tri-car of the same power, but, of course, not convertible. This latter machine is very efficient, and owing to the medium power of the engine is generally more satisfactory than the extremely high-power tri-cars tried some few seasons back.

Olympia Show 1910

Engine - 2 h.p. single-cylinder four-stroke, 58 x 72 mm., 190 c.c., overhead inlet valve.
Iqnition - High-tension magneto, gear-driven.
Carburetter - N.S.U., dual controlled.
Change Speed - N.S.U. engine-shaft two-speed gear and free engine, gears and 6½ and 9¾ to 1.
Transmission - 2in rubber belt.
Dimensions - Height of saddle from ground, 30½in. Engine clearance 5½in. Wheelbase, 51in.
Other Features - Hoop frame. N.S.U. spring forks. 26in. x 2 in. Continental tyres.
Price - With adjustable pulley, £31. With two-speed gear and free engine, £36.

N.S.U. MOTOR Co., LTD., Enesu Works, Grange Road, Willesden Green, London, N.W.

British Lightweights, 1914

Sources: Graces Guide, The Motor Cycle

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