“I’ve added a pair of panniers to my Opel for long trips, and I’ve fitted a large windscreen”. This is a sentence that you could hear today if Opel had continued to manufacture motorcycles. The story in wanted otherwise. A year after the takeover of the brand to the lightning (“blitz”) in 1929, GM puts an end to the production of bicycles and motorcycles. The subsidiary two-wheels is transferred to USN. An opposite approach to that of BMW, which started its activity motorcycle in 1923, and which now sells nearly 130, 000 motorcycles and scooters are top of the range.
The motorcycle was, for the brothers Adam and Wilhelm Opel a natural extension of their activity: at the beginning of the century, their company was an important manufacturer of bicycles. The firm has experienced all the steps of the motorization of a two-wheeler. At their origin, the motorcycles were really just bicycles on which we had grafted a small engine and fuel tank. The drive of the rear wheel was entrusted to a belt of leather and the gear was always with pedals, because he had often to help him in the ribs!
At the handlebars of a motorcycle of the mark, Fritz von Opel (his father, Wilhelm, was knighted in 1917) won most of the races in German in the early 1920s. Opel.
rigid Frame steel
After a few years of interruption of its production, Opel returns before the first world war on the market with a new model equipped with a single cylinder 1 ch 140 cm3 is directly mounted on the rear wheel and capable of spinning up to 40 km/h. It is available in three versions: men, women, and sports. The activity motorcycle Opel leaps in 1922 with a high-performance engine single cylinder, 4 valves. To his handlebars, Fritz von Opel (his father, Wilhelm, was knighted in 1917) won the most races in germany.
But in 1925, Opel suspends its production of motorcycles. But this absence is of short duration. In 1928, the company launched the Motoclub, a machine of modern design up to 120 km/h, a reprint of a machine produced by the label Neander. Its frame in steel beam strengthened by tubes themselves steel offers a good stiffness, which is critical on a two-wheeler. His crotch elastic is effective, and its tires red give it great look. Two versions are available: 16 and 22 hp, recognizable by its two exhaust pipes. But the Motoclub arrives too late. The terrible crisis affecting the Germany blocks its dissemination. Its new american owner draws the conclusions: Opel is no longer made of two-wheelers since 1930.
To their origin, the motorcycles were really just bicycles on which we had grafted a small engine and fuel tank. Opel.
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