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Simson AWO 425 Touring, 1955

Date Published:
03 Apr 2011
Cornwall, UK

AWO (Autowelo) resulted from the reorganisation of industry in Soviet occupied East Germany following the end of WW2. Production of AWO motorcycles began at the old Simson-Supra car factory in Suhl in 1949 with a range of 247cc four-strokes. During the 1950s the name was changed to Simson. Its first introduction - the 247cc 425T - was, not surprisingly, BMW influenced, being an overhead-valve single with inline crankshaft and four-speed shaft drive transmission. The cycle parts comprised a tubular cradle frame equipped with telescopic front fork, plunger rear suspension and 180mm diameter brakes on both wheels. Maximum output was 12bhp at 5,550rpm and the top speed 62mph (100km/h). The bike is from 1955 and in good condition, but not UK registered. Please contact me to discuss details.