30 Nov '14, 7pm

An air-cooled boxer with EIGHT gears? Sign us up. #military #motorcycle

An air-cooled boxer with EIGHT gears? Sign us up. #military #motorcycle

Unless you’re a military enthusiast or a Swiss army conscript, you probably haven’t heard of Condor-Werke AG. It’s one of Europe’s sleeper marques, and started building motorcycles for the Swiss military in 1893. (Yes, that’s a year before Hildebrand & Wolfmüller launched the first true production motorcycle.) The machine captured here by photographer Marc Schneider is a Condor A580 that rolled off the production line in 1953 in Courfaivre, a small town in the watchmaking canton of Jura. It’s owned by a collector who wishes to remain anonymous, but is happy to share images and a little history. The similarities between the Condor and contemporary BMWs are obvious. The Condor is not a direct copy, but it’s a bulletproof, well-engineered air-cooled boxer with shaft drive. The Schweizer Armee coveted the BMWs used by German troops during World War II, so Condor got the job of...

Full article: http://www.bikeexif.com/condor-a580-motorcycle

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