Never heard before about a brand of motorcycles called Simson. And you? Founded in Germany by a Jewish family, the Simson’s fled their country in 1936 to escape Hitler’s dictatorship. Under the framework of dispossession of Jewish industrialists a trustee took control of the firm and merged it with other German factories.
Then in 1946 when World War II ended, the manufacturing plant was partially dismantled and transported to the Soviet Union (USSR). This was part of the Soviet reparations’ program to compensate for the damage inflicted on the USSR by Germany during the war. The Simson factory was integrated into the Soviet SAG Awtowelo (state stock company motorcycle). Later, the USSR handed back control of the factory to the German Democratic Republic (GDR) and in 1952 it was renamed VEB Fahrzeug-und Gerätewerk Simson Suhl.
Simson produced more than 300,000 motorcycles of the type AWO 425. There was 2 models: touring and sport. A 1960 sport model that was shaft driven with 250 cc four stroke engine and twin shock rear suspension is the platform for this custom motorcycle. Bikers from East European countries seem to be still very attached to this brand and I guess it’s the reason why Zsolt Muller from Muce Choppers in Hungary spent so much time and money customizing it. A very pretty small cylinder bike. The pro judges of the AMD Europe Championship Of Bike Building agreed with me and recently gave Zsolt a 6th place trophy in the Freestyle Class. (HRF Photography)