Nimbus 1952 746cc 4 cyl OHC 3404



Nimbus 1952 746 cc OHC four in line frame # 10599 engine # 8891

In April 1934 the “Nimbus II” was brought out. The flat steel strip frame was a feature in common with the earlier “stove pipe”, but most other features were totally new: the top half of the crankcase was cast in one piece with the ribbed air cooled cylinder block. The iron cylinder head sported an overhead camshaft. The crankshaft drove the overhead camshaft through the upright mounted dynamo via sets of bevel gears. Its distinctive humming exhaust note led to it being nicknamed Humlebien (Bumblebee). After World War 2 the design was updated with a new type of front fork and mudguard, headlamp and full width hubs. The dashboard-mounted VDO speedometer was exchanged for a side-fitted Smiths instrument and the round identification plate on the dashboard became a rectangular plate that was positioned on the left hand side of the bodywork behind the engine. 12,715 Nimbuses were produced between 1934 and 1959. A Nimbus is a real touring motorcycle; it provides 18 hp @ 4,000 rpm and weighs 185 kg. Both brakes have ample dimensions of 1800 mm and the top speed is about 120 km/h. The petrol tank holds 12.5 litres with 1.5 litres on reserve tap. The Bumblebee is a pleasant and unusual design with a good spares situation and a relaxed ride with a comfortable cruising speed of around 90 km/h.

The machine we present is an older restoration in good condition. She is finished in an optional ivory colour (pearl paintwork) and comes with comfortable passenger’s seat.