This Solothurn with its carriage is being sold by Morphys on October 30, 2018. Before they became obsolete, antitank rifles were a way to bring substantial firepower to small infantry teams – but they were […]
The Swiss replaced their Vetterli rifles in the late 1880s with the new Schmidt-Rubin pattern, and this eventually trickled down to the cadet corps. These youth programs had been using short single-shot 1870 Vetterli carbines, […]
The Swiss military began experimenting with scoped sniper rifle during WWII, with the K31/42 and K31/43. These use periscopic optics permanently mounted to the side of the receiver, and were both found less than ideal. […]
Condor, looks like the A 540.
The Bike is 1920-1930’s English, judging from the right-handed shifter and the girder forks…I think either a Velocette or early Norton…but I could be wrong…
Verticle twin engine with compression release was typicle.
This bike looks to be a Motosacoche(MAG)MG3404.
Don’t think is the Condor A-540. It had a lower headlight & didn’t have the large horn under the headlight. It also A-540 used a single cylinder MAG engine.
Condor, Motosacoche and Universal supplied motorcycles to the Swiss military. Most likely used over small bike also. Photos of Swiss WW2 bikes must be rare. My main book of WW2 military motorcycles has none for Swiss bikes.
FWIW, most euro military spec motorcycles of that era were spec to have hand shift.
Motosacoche is a good bid.
‘Motorradfahren in der Schweiz, Band 2, 1930-1959’ should have the answer.
I would say it’s an Ariel Red Hunter twinport. If you look at the tank you will see the letters RIE which is part of the A(RIE)L logo. these letters do not fit any other manufacturer.n the gear lever on the tank is an exact match as is the length and angle of the exhausts. Hope this helps…