Nimbus

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Sune, Jul 24, 2009.

  1. Sune

    Sune Been here awhile

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    Hi,

    Does any of you own a Nimbus, or know someone that does? Would you please post pictures of it if you do?

    Being from Denmark myself, I've taken an interest to these iconic Danish motorcycles of yore. The first time I heard about Nimbus was back in elementary school, where my favourite teacher (yes, you know there was such a thing as favourite and most hated teachers in school), told me about a Nimbus motorcycle that he owned.

    I'm quite a young guy, so I've unfortunately only had the pleasure of seeing very few ones in the flesh. On google there's many pretty images though, and on youtube there's videos, but I'd like to see YOUR Nimbus.

    Personally, I wouldn't mind owning one. But it would probably be hard to find someone willing to sell theirs, and with me having 10 thumbs and pretty much zero mechanical knowledge, I would not able to work on it. So it's best left in the hand of those who are competent. I can still enjoy watching and listening to them though.

    These bikes were also used in the second world war by Danish troops.

    Post yours! Or if you don't own one personally, but share my fascination, just post your favourite Nimbus picture.. :1drink


    (The pics below are not mine, but taken from the link that is posted further down)
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    There's lots more pics at this site, from a restoration:
    http://www.sodan.dk/nimbus/index.html

    There's pics of the engine being broken down and restored, the bike itself, etc. etc. Very beautiful bike.

    Go to the bottom and click "Næste side", that means "next page".

    I love the look of the motors on these things, and how you can see the valves move when the engine is turned on. Like in this vid:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcsyeCKYCE0

    Anyways, I hope you like the pics and that this thread makes you guys interested... post away. :evil
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  2. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Adios Mexico

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    That is COOL. A longitudinal inline 4 on a bike way back then. Good stuff and GREAT work on the restoration!:thumb
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  3. Sune

    Sune Been here awhile

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    Different ones through the years.. There's loads more, but I picked my favourites of the ones I've seen. I was told by my mother that my grandfather used to have one of these with a sidecar. It's a shame he didn't keep it.
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  4. Sune

    Sune Been here awhile

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    Indeed.. I'm no technician, but you don't need to be to see that that's a beautiful bike. :D
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  5. jellycow

    jellycow Back on track!

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    Hm, does that say something like "there is nothing better then copying a Nimbus'? :ear
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  6. Sune

    Sune Been here awhile

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    Nah, it actually means "They haven't succeeded in copying Nimbus yet." And then for humour's sake they have the Japanese guys riding the motorcycle. :D
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  7. Grok

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    Absolutely beautiful bike.

    Thanks for posting.

    I wasn't aware they existed.
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  8. Sune

    Sune Been here awhile

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    Apparently there's a couple in a museum in Iowa (According to one guy who commented on the youtube vid I posted a link to). The vid itself was from some bikeshow in California, so apparently they can be found some places in the states too.
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  9. Sune

    Sune Been here awhile

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    It turns out that the site I linked to has lots more pics of the first bike I posted pics of, even with a sidecar as well. Here we go:

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    There's loads more pics on the site if you wanna see all the different things in more detail. That motor is a piece of art...

    Just to clarify once more, these pictures are not mine. I copied them from the link I posted in the thread opener. If the owner of the motorcycle comes here and asks me to take the pictures down, I will respect his request.. Especially since there's family members in some of the pics (I assume they are family). So please don't show any disrespect towards those individuals, just look at the bike. :ear
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  10. notarex

    notarex Can U taste the waste?

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    I remember seeing one at the Lars Anderson show a few years back- the exposed valvetrain is pretty neat. There was an article about a guy who toured Japan on a Nimbus bobber, can't remember where I read it but it was a good read...
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  11. roadholder

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    This one gets regular use and has been a fixture at Ontario vintage bike events for many years.

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  12. Uncle Ernie

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    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.
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  13. Sune

    Sune Been here awhile

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    Wow, that is a great example you posted there roadholder. The bike is lovely. The colour suits it as well.. Very nice!

    Does the owner ride it while people are there? I'd love to see and hear that.
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  14. Sune

    Sune Been here awhile

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    Must be the famous Danish buildquality! :wink: :lol3

    On a serious note, I don't know.. The frames must be stronger than they appear.
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  15. Jasper ST4

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    I've heard of the brand and probably only saw in my motorcycle encyclopedia books so thanks, that's a cool machine. Looks like it would take forever to adjust the valves!
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  16. roadholder

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    Yeah, he rode it there as well. Probably over 100 miles each way. He's quite the Nimbus guru and has several examples including another blue one plus an earlier "Stovepipe" model. He's had this one (a '47) a long time and I've seen the bike at vintage events since I was a kid.

    You don't see to many others in these parts!

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  17. JBMorse

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    Not mine, but this one was at the Rhinebeck Grand National Supermeet this past June in Rhinebeck, NY. Very beautiful bike!

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    Sorry it's small. See it bigger at my Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/47792194@N00/
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  18. Sune

    Sune Been here awhile

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    Very nice.. You don't see them very often here either, they're a rarity these days.. So I can imagine how rare they must be overseas. It doesn't surprise me that most of you guys haven't heard of a small Danish motorcycle manufacturer from many years back :lol3

    Sounds like he's got some nice bikes though. It would be cool to know how he got his interest in the Nimbus brand.. Bet he's a nice guy. :1drink
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  19. Sune

    Sune Been here awhile

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    I watched the enlarged pictures on your flicker, and you're right, that bike does look good as well. I can't remember seeing a yellow one before, so that's cool. Thanks for posting! :1drink
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  20. norton73

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    A friend up in the DC area has one.

    This is my wife, of Danish descent, riding a bike from the homeland;

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