Dave DeBaene’s 1938 NSU 501 OSL

A reader who’s restored several bikes including a Bultaco Pursang and helps maintain bikes for a museum shares his NSU 501 OSL.

Reader Contribution by Dave Debaene
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by Dave DeBaene

Rider: Dave DeBaene, Moline, Illinois
Age: 66
Occupation: Manufacturing engineer, John Deere (retired)
Rides: 1938 NSU 501 OSL

Dave’s story: “I have been a motorcycle enthusiast since I was 12. I started with a scooter my oldest brother found for me. I raced amateur flat track for four years before I married. My first race bike was a Hodaka Super Rat. I also raced a Bultaco 175 Sherpa, and 250 and 350 Pursangs. After having kids I quit riding until my daughter graduated from college (2001). I then purchased a 1975 Harley-Davidson FLH project bike. Just before retirement I built a Honda FT street tracker, and then a 1980 Honda CB750 café racer. I started motorcycle restoration with a 1972 Bultaco Pursang. Since then I have restored seven more bikes, and I just started on a 1951 Triumph 6T Thunderbird. I help in maintaining the bikes for the Moto Armory museum collection. I have acquired most of my projects from the museum.

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