Page 183. 1953 Radior R98 2-Speed (NSU Engine). SOLD

1953 Radior R98 2-Speed with NSU 98cc Engine

Prototype Model; Frame number 1007

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My French friends recently found this charming machine for me.

It’s extremely rare. Few French machines were fitted with NSU engines. With its integral tank in the style of the Follis cyclemotor, which was a fashion in cyclemotor design at this time, this is a very unusual model. I’ve never seen one before.

It has been totally restored, and starts easily and runs well. Chantal has been riding around the garden on it.

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SHORT VIDEO of RADIOR NSU RUNNING

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Ets Chapolard and Goubet 9 avenue Pierre Semard, Borough (Ain)

Joseph Chapolard, a smart businessman, started his first business in 1904. The first shop sold and repaired various brands of sewing machine, bicycles, motorcycles and automobiles. He soon created his own brand – Radior – with an assembly plant for cycles and sewing machines. In 1911, he moved to larger premises in Avenue Pierre Sémard opposite the station, with a modern factory at the Pont de Lyon added in 1920.

In 1926, Radior began building motorcycles. His first model, presented at the Paris Salon of that year, had a 175cc Moser engine. By 1927 the range expanded, with 250cc, 350cc and 500cc proposed, with engines from various specialist manufacturers. With the introduction of the new BMA tax class for 100cc machines with pedals, the Radior Radiorette, with an Aubier Dunne engine, became popular. Chapolard and Goubet also started making their own 2-stroke engine under the brand Nervor.

Postwar Radior BMA’s featured a variety of proprietary engines: in 1952, Mosquito and Cucciolo engines were used; VAP were fitted in 1953; in 1954 they offered a choice of models, with VAP or Mistral 48cc or the 98cc NSU. VAP motors were used again in 1955. They also made various postwar 125cc and 175cc machines, using their own Nervor engines; these engines were also supplied to other companies such as Hurtu and Manufrance.

In 1954, a 250cc twin 2-stroke called the Bison was introduced (above). The market at this time was extremely competitive. The Bison was not enough to stave off the company’s cashflow problems and, unfortunately, the company went out of business the following year.

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RADIOR PROTOTYPE MODEL?

NSU manufactured the 98cc 2-speed Quick between 1936 and 1953. The model illustrated above as a ‘Radior NSU’ is very similar to the Quick, seen below in a 1953 advert.

As mentioned previously, an integral fuel tank was the latest fashion in cyclemotor design at this time. Below you can compare the integral tank on my 1951 Cyclotandem Narcisse.

A machine with an integral tank and unique styling would have been expensive to produce, whereas simply adding engine covers to the NSU Quick and badging it as a ‘Radior NSU’ would have been easy. I assume NSU licensed its sale in France because they had stopped making it in Germany. With Radior’s financial problems, I wonder if they did not have the capital to follow through on this model R98?

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This Radior R98’s frame number is 1007, which means it’s the SEVENTH one off the assembly line. The charts show that the Radior NSU was made in 1954, but the plate on this one clearly shows 1953 as its year of manufacture. Presumably, the model seen in the advert above is the 1954 production model, and this R98 is one of few made in 1953 to display at the Paris Salon as a marketing exercise before they actually went into full production a year later.

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