Motorcycles Built in Germany (K)

Motorräder Hergestellt in Deutschland: Notes on some of the rarer German marques

This page lists brand names beginning with the letter "K" for which we currently have only an historical precis.
For a more complete listing visit the German Index.


Manufactured 1924-1930
Built motorcycles using 198cc and 498cc 3 valve OHC Küchen engines.
Source: Tragatsch p181


Manufactured by Elektromobilwerk-Kaha-Gesellschaft m.b.H, Wasseralfingen, Württemberg, 1920-1924.

Hans Keitel, previously at Dornier, and Albert Hägele built three-wheel electric vehicles. The a steering wheel directed the front wheel and a 1.5hp electric motor drove the rear wheels via chain. They also built a prototype four-wheeler with a four-cylinder petrol engine named Keitel.

Sources: Axel Oskar Mathieu Archive,

Kalkhoff-Werke GmbH., Oldenburg, built mopeds with JLO engines in the 1950s
Source: mo-ped-se

Manufactured by Stockdorfer Motorenwerke AG, 1922-1924
The Munich firm built motorcycles powered by Douglas HO twins produced in Germany under licence, and also BMW boxer engines. The same factory produced the SMW and KR marques.
Another source says that Karü built a version of the Bosch-Douglas which were supplied to Astra, Bayern and Bravis.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice, Tragatsch p181

Manufactured 1923-1925
Built lightweights with 198cc Alba engines.
Source: Tragatsch p181

Manufactured by Kirchheim & Co. of Magdeburg, 1900~1925
The firm built a variety of models, among them 100cc two-stroke powered bicycles, 250cc longitudinal HO twins, and a scooter.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured in Berlin from 1921 to 1925 or '26, the firm produced three models. The Type A and Type B had disc wheels and a 160cc engine with two-speed gearbox. There was also a 143cc lightweight.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Kessel & Schmidt; - Maschinenfabrik, Pößneck in Thür., Neustädterstr. 51

Manufactured 1928-1931
Assembled machines using 196, 346, 490 and 545cc JAP engines. Most of the chassis and running gear components were also made in England.
Source: Tragatsch p184

Manufactured by Maschinenfabrik Eugen Klotz in Stuttgart, Bahnhofstrasse 129, 1923-1926. Director G. Roau
246cc two-strokes designed by Wilhelm Gutbrod who later founded the Standard brand.
Ridden by Gebbardt et al, the marque was quite successful in competition.
The firm also built small trucks with 1 to 1.5 tonne load capacity.
Sources:, Tragatsch p185, Axel Oskar Mathieu Archive.

Built lightweight motorcycles using 142 and 1959cc two-stroke engines of their own manufacture.
Source: Tragatsch p185

Constructed single cylinder four-stroke machines using engines of their own design in two versions, two-valve and four-valve, the latter delivering 6hp.
Source: Tragatsch p185

Kunz & Müller Motorradwerk,, Militärstraße 88b Stuttgart.
Models included a 196cc OHV single with inclined valves using an engine of their own design, and a 142cc model with a Grade two-stroke engine. There was also a Kraftrad model with a 2.5ps DKW engine.
Sources: Tragatsch p185,,

Manufactured 1923-1926
Emil Köhler & Hermann Bovenkamp were partners in the company established in 1894 and became well-known for their chains, having developed a manufacturing process which is in use to this day. Emil departed before WWI.
Both Wuppertal and Barmen-Hatzfeld are associated with the history of the marque.
The company built motorcycles using their own 276cc two-stroke engines but ceased production during the period of hyperinflation, as did a great many other motorcycle manufacturers in Germany.
Source: Tragatsch p185


Kofa AG, Neutorstraße 10, Nuremberg, 1923 - 1925
Built motorcycles with 289cc single-cylinder two-stroke engines

Manufactured 1923-1930
Cycle attachment engines available separately or assembled with a Kolibri bicycle.
Source: Tragatsch p185


Manufactured by Kirschner & Co. of Dresden 1902-1905

Built under license from Ixion of France, the motorised bicycle used a 1.5HP two-stroke engine.

Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

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    Manufactured in Berlin 1924-1925
    The firm built two models, the two-stroke Simplex, and the four-stroke Ideal, both with a 2-speed gearbox integral with the unit-construction engines, and was available with electric lighting.
    Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

    Manufactured by Euroimport Schlich of Mayen from 1985.
    In the years 1985 and '86 the firm produced 12 different models enduro and motor-cross machines using mostly Italian components and modified Sachs two-stroke engines. Later machines were the KSR175 and KSR250, both powered by Moto Morini. Series production ceased in the early 1990s but the KSR250 remained available on special order for some time.
    Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

    Koster (KS)
    Manufactured 1923-1925
    A lightweight with pressed metal and tubular frame, it was fitted with 123cc Bekamo and 144cc Cockerell engines. It had disc wheels, used both chain and belt drive which were fully enclosed. The fuel tank was integral with upper frame.
    Source: Tragatsch p186


    Manufactured by Ko-WuFahrzeugbau G.m.b.H., Hamburg 13, 1926-1929

    Albert August Linke and the automobile dealer Hermann Koch were managing directors.

    The Ko-Wu van had one wheel at the rear and two at the front, and came in tax-free 2.5 hp and standard 4 h.p. versions, with a carrier tray or closed box. It had chain drive to the rear wheel and the front wheels were controlled by steering wheel.

    Source: Axel Oskar Mathieu Archive

    K.R. (1920s)
    Manufactured by Dr. Ing. Karl Rühmer & Co, München, 1924-1925
    The successor to the Karü, these machines used the early 492cc HO twins and also 998cc MAG v-twin engines with IOE valves in a duplex cradle frame.
    Sources: Tragatsch p186, et al.

    K.R. (1930s)
    Manufactured in München 1930-1933.
    Unrelated to the KR marque of the previous decade built by Karl Rühmer, these machines were assembled using JAP 198cc SV and OHV engines, and JAP 298cc engines.
    Source: Tragatsch p186.

    Manufactured 1921-1926
    Built motorcycles with 148 and 198cc ohv Paque engines, and 293cc Bosch-Douglas HO twins supplied by SMW.
    Source: Tragatsch p187


    Krause Racer
    The machine appeared in race reports of 1926 and 1927, and is believed to have been a 175cc motorcycle. It is not known if it was related the Krause sidecar manufacturer.
    Source: motorrä

    Krause Seitenwagen
    Built by Gustav Krause, it possibly used Stoye components
    Source: motorrä

    From 1924 to 1929 the firm built a variety of machines using engines from DKW (142cc and 175cc), Kuhne (348cc ohv), Blackburne, and JAP (248cc and 490cc, the latter in both ohv and sv configuration).
    Source: Tragatsch p187

    Kühne Engines
    Franz Gnädig designed the first Kühne engine in 1925 after Allright took over the Cito firm, and these 350cc OHV units were built in Dresden. Gnädig became a director of Diamant in 1927.
    The engines were used by numerous marques in the 1920s including AWD, Diamant, Elfa, Elite, Everest, Indus, Gnadig, KSB, K.Z., Oberwetter, Pan, Sartorius Teco, Wela, Weiss and Zeus. They were often high-performance engines, at least one of which had desmodromic valves.

    Manufactured by Georg Kulitzky of Berlin, 1922-1924
    Built lightweight motorcycles using engines from Bekamo, DKW, Beuker, Snob and Alba.
    Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

    Built from 1925 to 1927
    These lightweight sports machines had triangulated frames with watercooled Bekamo 173cc two-stroke engines. Production was very limited.
    Source: Tragatsch p188

    Manufactured 1924-1927
    Fairly basic motorcycles using their own OHV engines of 197cc and 248cc.
    Source: Tragatsch p188

    1924-1925. Another product of the Krieger-Gnadig firm, KZ machines were powered by Alba 198cc single-cylinder four-strokes with a two-speed gearbox, V-belt drive, parallelogram fork and block brakes. There was also a sports machine with 350 cc Kühne engine and final drive by chain.
    Source: Tragatsch p188, et al.

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