ZUNDAPP KS 600 – year 1939
Manufacturer: Zundapp-Werke GmbH, Nuremberg, Germany.
W 1938 year from the assembly line of the Zundapp company 200 000 motorcycle. During this period, the production program included motorcycles with two-stroke engines 196 cm3,245 cm3 i 247 cm3 and four-stroke: single cylinder (with an overhead valve) 348 cm3, two-cylinder boxers with a capacity 498 cm3 (with lower valve timing- and overhead valve) i 597 cm3 (with an overhead valve) and also a 797cc four-cylinder boxer3. The cheapest Zundapp cost 540 marek, and the strongest sold almost three times more expensive. The following year, the vehicle series was limited to five models.
The biggest of them was the new KS model 600. It had a two-cylinder, four-stroke engine, overhead valve with vertical valves. With capacity 597 cm3 gaining power 20,6 kW (28 KM) at 4700 rpm. The hallmarks of this modern engine were aluminum pistons, removable cylinder heads (made of light alloys), crankshaft mounted in three rolling and pressure bearings, circulating lubrication. The four-speed gearbox locked to the engine had foot and auxiliary manual controls. The rear wheel drive was carried by a shaft with articulated joints. The steel frame with pressed elements had a very nice line. The pressed trapezoidal front fork was sprung on coil springs and equipped with an additional one, adjustable oil shock absorber. Large fuel tank (of a capacity 15 liters) allowed with average fuel consumption 4,5 liter / 100 km travel long distances without refueling. With a full tank, the motorcycle weighed 210 kg. In the solo version, it reached maximum speed 125 km/h.
The production of Zundapp motorcycles was not discontinued during the war. Off-road vehicles were produced for the needs of the army, heavy, two-cylinder powered vehicles – by means of a shaft with joints – the wheel of the sidecar.