OK
The Universal Selection Source:
Coatings Ingredients
Industry News

Bringing motorcycle history to life: 103-year "oldie" receives a facelift

Published on 2007-08-10. Author : SpecialChem

Münster / Mannheim -- Lutz Mahringer from Mannheim is getting into gear for an ambitious project - restoring a true "veteran" and pioneer among motorcycles, the NSU 2.5 PS. Built in Neckarsulm in 1904, this bike is a real old-timer. Although it is the oldest bike Mahringer owns, it can still do between 55 and 60 km/h. In its early days, the NSU 2.5 PS cost the princely sum of 700 German gold marks. The motorcycle is to be lovingly revamped in the coming months and shown off in style at classic car and bike gatherings.

Marion Fischer (L) ad Renate Poth (R), Technical Customer Service, with a great challenge: A motorcycle that has been around for over 100 years is the ultimate practical test for Classic Car Colors - never before has Glasurit tried to determine the original color of such an old vehicle

Seeking out and restoring old NSU models, mainly from the era of Kaiser Wilhelm II, is one of Lutz Mahringer's hobbies. What fascinates him about this leisure pursuit is his interest in old technology and his enjoyment of the restoration work itself - not to mention riding the renovated beauties. After lengthy negotiations, Mahringer managed to persuade a family in the Czech Republic to part with the bike - a family heirloom - in spring 2007. His NSU 2.5 PS is sorely in need of a facelift, and the job of restoring it is far from easy. Some of the spare parts are hard to come by, and repainting the bike poses a special challenge. The crucial question is which color to choose for restoring the classic motorcycle to its former glory. That is where Classic Car Colors from Glasurit® enter the picture.

Classic Car Colors enable owners of vintage vehicles to find the right color both for minor repairs and complete resprays. A motorcycle that has been around for over 100 years is the ultimate practical test for Classic Car Colors - never before has Glasurit tried to determine the original color of such an old vehicle.

A color search was made in the COLOR-PROFI System (CPS) based on the remaining steel-gray paintwork that can still be seen on the motorcycle tank. The CPS color identification tool contains thousands of color chips sprayed with original car paints. Using these, Glasurit bodyshops can quickly and easily find the precise color for the refinish paint at the vehicle itself. The CPS is backed by Glasurit's color archive, the largest of its kind worldwide. Most of the classic car colors can generally be found in the COLOR-PROFI System. If, in exceptional cases, no CPS chip can be found that corresponds exactly to the original paintwork, the mixing formula can usually be matched to the vehicle in just a few steps.

When it came to the NSU 2.5 PS, the shade of gray found in the CPS was a good match for the remaining paintwork. Now that the right color has been determined, Lutz Mahringer will receive the formula for mixing the refinish paint from Glasurit. The bike from a bygone age can then be refinished at a Glasurit bodyshop and restored to its original pristine condition.

But that doesn't mean there's no work left for its proud owner - after refinishing, there is still nickel plating to be done, for instance. Mahringer wants to wind up by the end of the year and then hit the road on his NSU 2.5 PS. Next year, he is planning to take part in vintage car and bike rallies like the one in the German town of Ibbenbüren.

Source: BASF


Channel Alerts

Receive weekly digests on hot topics

Back to Top