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Old 01-23-2010, 10:13 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by roadholder
This one gets regular use and has been a fixture at Ontario vintage bike events for many years.

Beautiful bike, I'm surprised nobody mentioned the great Ariel Square Four behind and to the left of it.

I've seen Nimbus's (Nimbi?) in Denmark several times when I visited Copenhagen. Many of them were outfitted as a commercial vehicle with a large shelf wagen instead of the front wheel for carrying or delivering goods in the city.

Always wondered how they managed to keep dirt out of the oil with the open valve springs and how a basically strap metal frame held up.

But cool old bikes just the same, with a unique exhaust note.
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Old 01-24-2010, 02:19 AM   #32
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I want one now, and I'd never even heard of them 10 minutes ago.

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Old 01-24-2010, 03:49 AM   #33
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Originally Posted by Uncle Ernie
I've always thought they were lovely, but I've never understood why a bike with a flat steel bar for a frame doesn't bend in half while pulling a sidecar.
Well- or even solo, for that matter.
The Nimbus frames were built from purpose-made super strong flat steel. Nimbus bikes were built by a company (Fisker & Nielsen) whose main product line was vacuum cleaners (Nilfisk). Nimbus bikes were used bu the Danish army (which did not really participate in WWII as Denmark was occupied in a matter of hours in April 1940), police and postal service from the 30's until the 60's. Production ended around 1960. There are quite a few still on the road here in Denmark. Most parts are still available NOS, reproduced or improved.
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Old 01-31-2010, 11:26 PM   #34
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:04 AM   #35
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Anyone there?

No posts for nearly 4 years? Any Nimbus owners out there? I've just bought one from Denmark.
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Old 10-23-2013, 08:33 AM   #36
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Here are some images I took a few years ago. I rode my BSA to a marine gear swap meet in my town and saw this. The guy used to own an old BSA so we talked shop and then offered to start it up. It was really cool to see the valves moving! I took the photos with a cell phone that had some filter enabled, thus the slightly funky colors.

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Old 10-23-2013, 08:54 AM   #37
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Old 10-24-2013, 12:46 PM   #38
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Originally Posted by BozoMoto View Post
The following link is to the website of a couple of guys from Norway doing an epic RTW tour on 1937 Nombus sidecar rigs. I believe they are currently in Siberia.
I saw them and their bikes a couple of years ago, they wound up in Brooklyn, and were hosted at Bar Matchless in Williamsburg. Gave a little show of their trip to that point.
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Old 10-26-2013, 12:15 PM   #39
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Who wouldn't love to roll on a Nimbus. The look really grows on you.
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Old 10-26-2013, 03:43 PM   #40
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Nimbus engine in video

We captured some up-close video of a Nimbus firing up at Mid-Ohio; very cool. You can see the footage at the beginning of this vid:

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