Motorcycle Fished Out After 56 Years

The story of sunken 1938 NSU 251 OSL.

Have you experienced the joy of being reunited with your motorcycle? I have not, but if you count traveling away from home, then yes. However, that is not the same experience as Dean, had with his motorcycle. The motorcycle was fished out from a lake in Minnesota, and it is almost 56 years after the German motorcycle sank to the bottom of the lake. Motorcycle was bought in 1956, by Wyman Ailie for his son Dean. During the winter season Dean was coming back from his friends house and decided to take a shortcut across frozen surface of Big Swan Lake in Dassel, Minnesota. Even that Dean was careful the ice cracked under him and his ride fell into the water. Ailie was rescued by fisherman, and his leather jacket that kept him from drowning. Last month on November 29th, 2012 the motorcycle was fished out by commercial fisherman. Now Ailie is 71 and lives near by the lake, and has been reunited with his motorcycle.

Sunken 1938 nsu-251-osl-1



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  1. arnoldthearmadillo

     /  December 26, 2012

    Thats a long time under water, must be not a lot of oxygen down there at the lake bottom.

  2. Stremmi (NSU 501 OSL owner)

     /  December 27, 2012

    Either he already put a new engine on that bike or this story is fake – the engine is late 40’s after war issue, and there is no way steel gets more corroded than aluminum: – this part of exactly the same NSU 251 OSL from Stalingrad


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