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DKW Motorcycle Forum
DKW Message Archive
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.
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
Sources: Tragatsch, Wikipedia, GTU and others
Mon Apr 07 2014
info at karlie.com
DKW ? 125 ?
Attached are two images, will you tell me what this bike is and what is the year.
frame number 5053006
engine number 6045125
The front engine mount has two screws.
DKW-125-query-1.jpg will be posted-1404
Sun Apr 06 2014
thomps at optonline.net
Value, sale, parts
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
DKW-1953-RT250-H-1.jpg will be posted-1404
Fri Dec 06 2013
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
Sat Oct 26 2013
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
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Sun Jul 28 2013
technical data, manual to repair
DKW RT 250H
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
Fri Jun 14 2013
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?
(Colin L. Edwards-Freeman)
Tue Apr 02 2013
Would like to purchase a 1938 Speedometer.
Mon Feb 18 2013
1956 DKW 350 twin motor cycle
DKW 350 twin (1956)
Would appreciate any pictures please
Sat Feb 16 2013
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.
DKW-1970c-Sachs-Hercules-125cc-1.jpg posted 1302
Wed Dec 19 2012
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
Can anyone please let me know where to locate parts for my moped
Sun Oct 07 2012
Gearshift shaft with positive stop
DKW NZ 500
I need a gearbox gearshift shaft complete with positive stop mechanism for a DKW NZ500
Thu Jul 26 2012
DKW twin two stroke 250cc
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.
Sun May 20 2012
dkv for sale
dkv rt 125
i have a DKV RT 125 1952 for sale !!! for pictures contact me to my email adress
Consent y/n: yes
Mon Apr 09 2012
direct injection DKW
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?
Thu Jan 12 2012
DKW mod in cybermotorcycle
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
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.
Submitted by Hartmut Schouwer
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