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My passion of the beast goes to about 1986. It all started at a BMW shop when my R80gs was worked on. I heard a really motor running and I went out to the of the building to see this faded-red BMW looking bike with disgusting pin stripping and other art on the sheet metal. But the sound of motor can only be described as What is that.

I want Sell me that one. Aw, on! I gotta have it.

I didn’t get it. But was my baptism into the world of I knew I had to have this but beautiful motorcycle. Or at least one it. I told the shop owner I wanted one but that I wanted a bike because they neater.

He laughed at me and said You’ll be lucky to find a model in any kind of decent So I went on about my life and all about them until one day I got a from the shop owner

I got one for you. I said one what? to he answered an old critter. A pre-war I jumped out of my chair and said YOU ME A ZUNDAPP. He replied, Well, no, not It is an R12.

I remember asking. the Hell is an R12 and he said It is a pre-war BMW twin. I bought that of headache but for several reasons it wasn’t right for me so I bailed on it and my search again for the elusive twin.

A couple of years later same shop owner and I talking and I again mentioned I was still looking for a Zundapp He tells me to go into the bathroom and there on the rack of interesting is an Old Bike Journal and in the back there is a Zundapp 601 for sale. He that it had been there for for some time now and was probably by now. So I grabbed the magazine and for the ad and called the guy right then.

be, he still had the bike and had only had one call on it and that guy didn’t But I was in Texas and the bike was in Illinois. All are resolvable given enough We negotiated a price ( actually I what ever he wanted $3500.00 unseen as I recall and sent him a deposit to hold the I told him I was going to a show/swap in Davenport, Iowa in a few months and I’d like to pick up the then and pay him the difference.

He agreed and I had my of many Zundapp twins.

When I arrived in Rockport, I found the bike, that bike, in the barn. I was given the to ride it though I knew wasn’t really necessary as I was not to back out of the deal. I came hundreds of miles to gaze the beast. It was a red 1952 solo bike with approximately miles on the odometer.

It ran, had a motor and didn’t leak. OH, NIRVANA! It’s the red bike in photo.

After this all things Zundapp just of dominoed in my direction. First an old of mine from Arkansas, from Czechoslovakia, told me of his 601Sp that he had and might selling. I bought it. Then the of the DMR told me of The Great Green Graveyard out in Tennessee that guy wanted to sell for next to

I bought it, all of it. I believe there five 601s, all disassembled, a 1956 EL though it had some parts. I considered keeping the EL but myself that I’d be able to find parts for a rare bike and sold it to a on the west coast.

He showed up at my three days after I him with a wad of cash in his pocket and me my asking price without blinking an eye. Even I sold that one bike for the price that I had paid for the lot of disassembled bikes I knew at moment that I had just the ball and way under-priced my incomplete Live and learn.

A year later I came another ad for a 1957 KS601Sp San Antonio way. Even the seat had been recovered the was beautiful and very clean and ran remarkably. I still have it it is in storage. I sold off parts the graveyard and funded my purchase of a from an e-bay seller.

It is a bike, not perfect but still I understand it was restored in Poland and over by a BMW dealer in Georgia. It is a in every way, except the frame/motor numbers say that the is a K800.

Along about same time I purchased a BMW R12 a friend was selling because of a This bike has it’s own tale that I’ll go somewhere later. Following R12 came another one from on the cheap then things of got quite for a while.

One day while the guest entries on the ZOCI I answered an inquiry about the sale of a Zundapp from model unknown. Found out the was an Elastic 601 and though I paid more than I could gotten it for I wanted it and was afraid if I offered less someone would have beaten me out of it. It with a Steib S500 suffered a sever case of ….

That bike is now restored and

BMW R12 Twin Carb

On another excursion to Davenport I the red 601 and bought a pretty ratty 1941 KS600. Ratty is a misnomer as the bike had spent years, probably since in Mother Russia. It is currently apart and undergoing restoration

Time is my number 1 enemy Can’t seem to find time to work on stuff or enough room to do the work.

One day I got a call from a fella in Texas telling me of another yard that had what to be three or four Zundapps a swing arm model he thought, all for a bucks. Seems there was a bike that he wanted but the wouldn’t sell it without all of it together. He got his trials bike and I got my 601 Elastic, and three other 601 Sp

By now I’ve run out of room at home and rented multiple rental to hold all this stuff. It is but I just keep telling that it will pay for itself the road. Well I believe it, is the first hurdle. I met a fella in at a AMCA swap meet who me that he had a 500cc Zundapp and he might want to sell it.

But I’d have to come get it. I did and it out to be a 1937 KS500 twin model that is mostly and very restorable.

A friend of in Houston had a 1957 601 EL for several but would never sell it he had always wanted a 601 and this was it. But he was talking kind of crazy that since he could not the parts for the EL to make it road he was going to modify it (butcher it is my ). I convinced him to trade me the EL for my 1953 with an extra ( like bullion ) crank shaft and I now have the EL and it is complete.

There is yet Zundapp bone yard and I find a place to put it I will to acquire it too. Such is the

Recently I was talking with an of a vintage BMW publication in the northeast parts I needed for my R12 and about in general when I told him my Zundapp …. So he proceeded to me of a friend of his that had told him of his on again desire to sell his K800. I now own that K800. compulsion has got to stop but every I say I’m going to sell I find that I just seem to bring myself to cut the cord.

Perhaps I can find an outlet this web site. Or perhaps just find more to buy more bikes.

Fortunately for me obscurity in America has made these old steeds affordable. I that I can buy two or three Zundapps for one old Harley, or Indian, or Excelsior run me. And the Zundapps are just as much fun to on and show. In fact put a Zundapp a bunch of Harleys of the same and everyone gathers around the

Well, there’s no fool a Zundapp fool.

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BMW R12 Twin Carb


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