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Brief History of the Marque: DKW

1919-1945 J.S. Rasmussen (DKW) und Auto Union AG, Zschopau
1949-1958 Auto Union AG, Ingolstadt und Düsseldorf
1958-1966 Zweirad Union AG, Nürnberg

J. S. Rasmussen founded Motorenwerke Rasmussen in Zschopau, Germany in 1906, and entered the motorcycle manufacture with a 30cc bicycle motor in 1921. The name DKW was trademarked in 1922 and the firm went on to become one of the largest manufacturers of motorcycles in the world.. By 1928 they were building some 65,000 engine units annually, and DKW engines could be found powering some 60 German marques of the interwar period.

They joined Audi, Wanderer and Horch to form Auto Union in the 1930s, merging again in 1958 with Victoria and Express to form Zweirad-Union, which in turn was absorbed by Fichtel &Sachs in 1966.

DKW motorcycles employed mostly two-stroke engines and often were technically advanced.

Marques which employed DKW power units include Aeroplan, Ammon, AWD, Bamo, Diamant and Hercules. The French Manhurin was a version of the DKW Hobby scooter.

DKW models include:

     
    DKW ARE 175
    DKW ORE 250
    DKW Golem (Sesselmotorrad)
    DKW KM 200
    DKW KS 200
    DKW SB 200
    DKW SB 350
    DKW SB 500
    DKW ZS 500
    DKW ZSW 500 (watercooled)
     
    DKW SS 500 (watercooled)
    DKW SS 600 (watercooled)
    DKW Sport 250
    DKW NZ 250
    DKW NZ 350
    DKW NZ 500
    DKW RT 100
    DKW RT 125
     
    DKW RT 175
    DKW RT 200
    DKW RT 200H
    DKW RT 250 H
    DKW RT 250/2
    DKW RT 350 S
    DKW Hobby-Roller
    DKW Hummel

Sources:  Tragatsch, Wikipedia, GTU and others


Sat Aug 02 2014
2jermzizeb0x at gmail.com
need part for mold or to buy
dkw hummel 155 kavilier
im restoring a 1964 dkw 155 kavilier motobike thats missing the piece that sets beetween the two fule cells covering the frame & fuel cap from  the seat up to just before the head of frame , the metal engine head cover ,the out side chain gaurd cover and pressed metal cover that mounts on the handel bars.sorry for poor discriptions any help finding these pieces or factor specs drawings would be great and im wiiling pay $$$$ ? these few part are all thats left an one more of these    rare beauties will be complete after 3 years of      working on it in my spare tim.
california



Fri Jul 18 2014
markvan-eck at skymesh.com.au

dkw 1953 rt 250h
i need a workshop manual for my '53 dkw rt 250h
australia



Thu Jul 31 2014
aleinrb at yahoo.ca
200cc DKW 2 stroke
DKW LUX ?
Do you recall whenPride and Clark bought in the DKW back in the 50`s ? they warehoused them in all manner of places..my Bro purchased one at the time, fantastic machine..
Canada



Sun May 25 2014
donnatidd at westnet.com.au
rings
dkw hobby hobby
Looking for rings
Australia



Fri May 23 2014
royparmenter at pakyns.co.uk
wiring diagram for DKW 125 Enduro
1972 DKW/Sachs Enduro
Uergently seeking a wiring diagram for a 1972 DKW/Sachs Enduro 2 stroke as cannot get it to fire!!
London



Sat May 10 2014
s.slc at btopenworld.com
spares needed
dkw nz250
Hi my friend is looking for spares for a nz 250 speedo and cable and crankshaft oil seals please email me if any one knows were I can purchase spares many thanks den
shropshire



Sun Apr 27 2014
kjell.sandvik at lofotkraft.net
Model?
DKW 250 250
Hi, I found a DKW in Norway and I do not know the model!
It has chassis number 471957 and engine number 888448
do you know what model this is and how many are produced?
I will start restauration of this motorcycle next winter and need parts.
Regards kjell uno sandvik
kjell.sandvik@lofotkraft.net
Lofoten,Norway

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Mon Apr 07 2014
info at karlie.com
bike identification
DKW ? 125 ?
Archivist,

Attached are two images, will you tell me what this bike is and what is the year.

Thank you,

Denis Boyce

frame number 5053006

engine number 6045125

The front engine mount has two screws.

Try Motorcycle Serial Number Resources

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Sun Apr 06 2014
thomps at optonline.net
Value, sale, parts
DKW RT250H
I have a unrestored 1953 RT250 H DKW. I am thinking about retoring it since there are only a few items missing. Also what would be the value of this bike unrestored and restored? When can I find OEM parts for it? Thank You
Jim
Shoreham N.Y

DKW-1953-RT250-H-1.jpg will be posted-1404


Fri Dec 06 2013
pludo76<at>bbox.fr
forFor sale te koop a vendre zu verkaufen
DKW 100 Rt
for sale te koop a vendre zu verkaufen, DKW 100 RT, DKW 20 SB, if you want photo contact me to pludo76<at>bbox.fr
Normandie


Sat Oct 26 2013
cubaallan<at>hotmail.com
DKW MC
restoring objekt 300 cc ??
X.ovner sayd it whas from 1929,but it looks like them from 30-ties. serialnr.162669 also on the frontplate nr. 184974
Can you identify it fore me.Thanks Allan Jensen from Bornholm Denmark
Denmark

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Sun Jul 28 2013
guillaumemaenhout<at>gmail.com
technical data, manual to repair
DKW RT 250H
Best,
I'm renovating a RT 250 H. I'm from Belgium and i wood like to find a manual, so i can restore my bike. Please let somthing know if you can help me. Thanks
Brugge


Fri Jun 14 2013
coleleri<at>aol.com
Wiring Diagram
DKW 293 Rotary
Hi, My father is restoring a DKW 293cc rotary engined bike and is looking for a wiring diagram. He has the engine up and running but the lights are defeating him, can you help?
Col
(Colin L. Edwards-Freeman)


Tue Apr 02 2013
philschipp<at>optusnet.com.au
DKW MOTORCYCLE
DKW KS200
Would like to purchase a 1938 Speedometer.


Mon Feb 18 2013
josier<at>activ8.net.au
1956 DKW 350 twin motor cycle
DKW 350 twin (1956)
Would appreciate any pictures please
Australia


Sat Feb 16 2013
royparmenter<at>pakyns.co.uk
Enquiry
DKW / Hercules Enduro 125
Have just acquired what I assumed to be a restored DKW Enduro – recently imported from California – believe it was built somewhere between 1969 & 1972. The engine # is: 9015368 and frame # on the headstock is 427004170. One German DKW club that I contacted said it wasn't a DKW but possibly could have been manufactured by Zweirad-Union. Another source said that in all probability it is a DKW Hercules K125GS imported into the US between 1970-71 with a Sachs 5 speed engine & DKW ignition. On that basis I am now trying to source some DKW / Hercules / Sachs badges or decals appropriate to the model. Any assistance you can offer would be most appreciated.
All best
Roy
Lonodon

DKW-1970c-Sachs-Hercules-125cc-1.jpg posted 1302


Wed Dec 19 2012
Bike verification
DKW / Zweirad-Union? Unknown
Have recently purchased what i thought was a DKW Enduro from california - German DKW club thinks it might be a ZU - Eng. # 9015368 / frame # 427004170 - possibly built 1960-1973?

DKW-1970c-Sachs-Herculese-qq-UK.jpg posted 1212

Posted in the DKW Hercules Motorcycle Forum


Mon Dec 10 2012
errol<at>air-innovations.co.za
Parts
DKW Hummel
Can anyone please let me know where to locate parts for my moped
South Africa


Sun Oct 07 2012
ratmanner<at>hotmail.com
Gearshift shaft with positive stop
DKW NZ 500
I need a gearbox gearshift shaft complete with positive stop mechanism for a DKW NZ500
Sydney Australia


Thu Jul 26 2012
davemarkssil<at>yahoo.com
DKW twin two stroke 250cc
DKW unknown
I bought this type of bike from an apprentice at BSA when I was 18.was told it was used after the war for ideas for future models. any history would be appreciated now I am 75.
glasgow scotland


Sun May 20 2012
bugahorea21<at>yahoo.com
dkv for sale
dkv rt 125
i have a  DKV RT 125 1952 for sale !!! for pictures contact me to my email adress
ROMANIA


Consent y/n: yes
Mon Apr 09 2012
wanad<at>email.cz
direct injection DKW
DKW racing
I found this image as a DKW direct injection racing watter-cooled supercharged engine. Does anybody know something about it's development and racing use?
Prague

DKW-Supercharged-Twostroke.jpg


Thu Jan 12 2012
info<at>joelblomstrand.com
DKW mod in cybermotorcycle
DKW NZ
Re questions and the pictured DKW on this address: http://cybermotorcycle.com/gallery/dkw/DKW-twinport-rigid.htm (file renamed)

This is an NZ 250cc (or maybe 350cc), built somewhere between 1937 and 1939.


For earlier messages see DKW Message Archive
 
 


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SACHS was the largest manufacturer of two-stroke motorcycle engines over here in the fifties, sixties and seventies. These engines were used by many motorcycle manufacturers, HERCULES being the most important of them.

HERCULES belongs to  the SACHS group and the HERCULES bikes were sold under the SACHS or DKW brand in some foreign countries. Nothing interesting to know about SACHS and HERCULES, just plain-Jane mass-production two-stroke motorcycles. The only interesting bike HERCULES ever built was the W 2000, which was sold in other countries as the DKW W 2000, which was the first production bike with a 27HP SACHS rotary engine. I'll scan and send a picture of it as soon as I have found one.
Hartmut

Submitted by Hartmut Schouwer


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