ZUNDAPP K 800 – year 1934
Manufacturer: Zundapp-Werke GmbH, Nuremberg, Germany
The Zundapp company became famous for its motorcycles, equipped with proven two-stroke engines with displacement 170 cm3, 198 cm3 i 348 cm3 and a four-stroke half liter engine, purchased from the Rudge company.
Spring 1933 year, the fans of this label met a big surprise, because at the Berlin Motor Show, Zundapp presented completely new models, from the design studio of Richard and Xaver Kuchen. These were motorcycles with four-stroke engines with a capacity of 400 cm3, 500 cm3, 600 cm3 i 800 cm3, locked to manual gearboxes, distinguished by a beautiful line of the frame, made of pressed elements.
The most perfect model of the new series, marked with the symbol K, was undoubtedly the K type 800 – the only motorcycle with a four-cylinder engine, produced at that time in Germany. Engine (boxer) of a capacity 804 cm3 was subtracted, aluminum heads (one for each pair of cylinders). The crankshaft was driving (with a chain) Duplex distributor, an oil pump and a generator. The Amal carburetor supplied the mixture to four cylinders through channels cast directly into the engine block. Equipment (coil and ignition apparatus, carburetor and generator) it was covered with an aluminum cover, so that the engine appeared to be monolithic. The driving force was transmitted to the rear wheel by a shaft with joints. The motorcycle had a large headlamp with a built-in speedometer, electric acoustic signal, double exhaust pipes, removable rear wheel cover, adjustable footrests and anti-theft device. With a large empty weight - 212 kg - this giant reached speed 125 km/h. The beautiful line of the motorcycle as well as the excellent engine and great driving properties made it, that driving was very rewarding. These excellent qualities as well as a relatively low price – 1550 marek - secured him the third place (for BMW R. 16 i R 11) among the best motorcycles on the German market.