MotoSquids.com has now acquired the website of the famous Diesel Motorcycle marque Neander-Motorcycles.com. Over the years, we’ve noted some of Neander’s achievements and respect the innovation and design that has been put into their creations. We’ve acquired Neander-Motorcycles.com as their site is no longer operational, and we’d love to keep the memory of their unique diesel-powered motorcycles alive. Let’s start with a brief bit of history about the company.
Neander Motorcycles Brief History
The Neander motorcycle, designed by Ernst Neumann, who later changed his name to Ernst Neumann-Neander, entered production in 1928. Neumann-Neander, initially a painter and graphic artist, then turned to motorcycle and car design. He introduced unique prototypes featuring lightweight pressed-aluminum beam frames and innovative pivoting forks.
Production models from his Neander Motorfahrzeug GmbH, established in 1926, employed a pressed-steel frame that was cadmium-plated and housed various types of engines, from 122cc Villiers two-strokes to larger v-twins by J.A.P. and Motosacoche.
The Neander motorcycle was known for its futuristic design, excellent handling, and comfort, and even won a few races. A sleek, torpedo-shaped sidecar was also designed to pair with the motorcycles. 1929 Opel licensed the Neander design and produced the Opel Motoclub in 1929 and 1930.
A variant, the E-O (Elite-Opel), was released in 1931. It’s estimated that around 2000 Neander motorcycles were made before Neumann-Neander shifted his focus to various experimental vehicles. The Neander name has since been applied to a diesel-powered motorcycle produced by Neander AG in Germany.
The Iconic Neander 1400 Turbo Diesel
The Neander 1400 Turbo Diesel motorcycle, developed by Germany’s Neander Motors and engineer Rupert Baindl, aims to bring diesel engines to the motorcycle market, traditionally unsuitable for such applications. The motorcycle features a unique 1430cc turbocharged parallel-twin diesel engine with twin crossways-mounted contrarotating crankshafts, each carrying two steel con-rods and an eight-valve DOHC cylinder head with radial valves.
The innovative construction minimizes piston side thrust, reducing friction and wear while permitting higher revs. The engine design facilitates optimal combustion for better power delivery and emission reduction. This motorcycle is fitted with a six-speed gearbox and produces a power output of 94 bhp at 4200 rpm and 175 Nm of torque at 2600 rpm.
Despite its unique engine design, the Neander’s cycle parts are quite conventional. They feature a chrome-moly tubular-steel spine frame, fully adjustable Ohlins cantilever mono-shock rear end, and 43mm upside-down Paioli forks. Neander Motors aimed to start production by March 2007, with a target price of $85,000.
In 2023, the Neander-Motorcycles.com website was purchased and became part of the MotoSquids.com group of motorcycle-related websites. We aim to provide the latest and most useful information about all motorcycles.
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