Motorworld’s paper № 23
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Universal , a company established in Lucerne (Switzerland), regularly supplied heavy motorcycles to the Swiss army. One of these was Universal A 1000 model, it had a 990-cc, V-shape, twin-cylinder engine, a 3-speed gearbox with manual switching mechanism and a sturdy and reliable front fork of parallelogram type, a left-side sidecar and a spare wheel mounted at the front of the sidecar.

Manufacturer Universal, Lucerne (Switzerland)
Years of manufacture 1943 – 1946
Quantity produced, units 200
Price 6 000 CHF
Today’s value 19 638,6 $
Type Twin-cylinder, V-shape
Engine capacity, cc 986
Bore and stroke, mm 85 x 86
Engine rating 25 h.p.
Sparking magneto
Battery 6 V
Clutch Single dry plate
Transmission 4-speed
Frame type Duplex tubular
Front suspension Parallelogram
Rear suspension Rigid
Brakes Drum type on all wheels
Wheel size 4,75/5,00 х 19
Length, mm
2 450
Width, mm
1 800
Height, mm
1 100
Wheelbase, mm
1 531
Ground clearance, mm
Seat height, mm
Mass, kg
Gas tank size, l
Maximum speed, km/h
Range, km

We would like to extend our gratitude for restoring this motorcycle to Condor Workshop and especially to Dominik Giger (2829 Vermes, Haut du Village,