January 2012 Bike of the Month
Bike of the Month Kai & Mogens Fredlow with his 1953 Nimbus 750 Sport

Make: Nimbus
Model: 750 Sport
Year: 1953
Country of Origin: Denmark
Engine: 750cc OHC Inline 4
Transmission: 3 speed
Owner: Mogens Fredlow
City: Huntington Beach

1953 Nimbus 750 Sport

Congratulations to Mogens Fredlow of Huntington Beach for winning Bike of the Month with his 1953 Nimbus 750 Sport.

This only the third Nimbus ever at our meet. This Danish brand is not well known in the US, so when they show up, they turn heads. Mogens has owned the Nimbus since 1983 and the restoration this year was supposed to be a suprise for his 75th birthday. His grandson Kai rode the bike to the meet today for the first time.

Bishop Chopper in Bishop CA, finished the restoration about 6 months ago. They are currently working on restoring it's sidecar.

The overhead cam inline 4 engine was designed in 1938 and continued through 1958 when Nimbus production ended. Although popular in Denmark, Mogens told me that sales fell due to the introduction of the Volkswagen Beetle which sold for about the same price.

A couple of unique features of the Nimbus are it's flat steel frame and the rubber band rear suspension. Unlike other motorcycles the Nimbus does not use tubing for the frame making it a very unique styled bike. The rear suspension consists of strong rubber bands stretched between two posts. Mogens told me that you can purchase stronger bands if you weigh over 200 pounds.

It's a treat to see the mid century Danish engineering in this bike.

Thank you Mogens and Kai for bringing it to our meet. View all the photos in our January Gallery.

The Bike of the Month contest is held monthly at the Vintage Bike OC meet. Qualifying motorcycles must be 30 years old or older. Former Bike of the Month winning bikes are not eligible to win again. Anyone attending the meet is eligible to enter a qualifying bike in the contest and vote for their favorite bike. The winning bike is chosen by a popular vote and is featured on the Home page for one month and in this feature article. The Bike of the Month articles are permanent content on the site.

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Photo gallery of all the Bike of the Month winners.
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1953 Nimbus
December 2011
1950/52 Norvin
November 2011
1969 BSA Rocket 3
October 2011
1954 Royal Enfield Ensign
September 2011
1967 BSA Spitfire
August 2011
1954 BSA A7-500
July 2011
1975 Honda Trail 70
June 2011
1969 Honda Mini Trail
May 2011
1955 Velocette MSS
April 2011
1970 Parilla
March 2011
1968 BSA Firebird
February 2011
1952 Triumph 6T
January 2011
1959/77 Triton
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