Adrian Barb’s 1957 Simson Sport

| 8/8/2018 1:45:00 PM

1957 simpson sport

Rider: Adrian Barb, Downingtown, Pennsylvania

Adrian's story: "I am one of your magazine's subscribers and I have to say that I love it.

"A while ago, I stumbled on a rather unique motorcycle, at least for the U.S. It was offered on eBay as an old BMW, but I knew exactly what it was, as I used to have the same one back in Romania when I was in my teens.

"It was a 1957 AWO 425 Sport, also known as a Simson Sport. I was surprised to see it on this side of the Atlantic as it was produced in the DDR and offered only to countries in the Eastern Bloc. It is a BMW replica, I would say, which is why it resembles a BMW R25 single. It was produced for five years in a quantity of 124,000, according to Wikipedia.

"I was very lucky that the seller was based in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, just 15 miles away from where I live. I got the chance to go and see it before I bought it, and I was hooked because it was exactly like the one I had in Romania, including the color scheme.

8/20/2018 12:26:59 PM

I tried to purchase a Simson Sport a few years ago, but the seller wanted way too much for the condition it was in. Later found one fully restored, but had trouble importing from Bulgaria. It's not correct to say this is a replica of a R25 BMW, not even close, but it is an upright 250 cc single of similar size and the R23 may have inspired this design, but that's as far as it goes.