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Zündapp 200 S

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Bike Zündapp (and my RX)

He is Monti, a middle aged may be about 40. Half German, Italian. Mother being a and father from Italy, and how he got his Italian Surname.

I met him on a coffee at the in office. A ‘hi’ turned conversation when I said “It is a day”. His reply was “I came on my bike”. (I dont know why the are so excited to say they came by bike!)Anyway, I’m not going to write him, but I am writing about his a 60 years old vintage, Zündapp. “tsoondab” in German).

Monti got his from his father, which was by his father in 1950. It was brand shiny black with beams, looking stunning But it got old, rusty and not much when his father wanted to it off.

But Monti wanted it as he was about this old bike. He to get it repaired, and make it a brand new When he said about I really got interested on his bike, and few info on net, as below :

Zündapp was a major German manufacturer. The company was originally in 1917 in Nuremberg by Fritz together with the Friedrich AG and the machine tool manufacturer under the name “ Zünd er- und App G.m.b.H.” as a producer of detonators. In as the demand for weapons parts after the First World Neumeyer became the sole of the company and two years later, he into the construction of motorcycles.

The folded in 1984.

The first motorcycle was the model Z22 in 1921. was the Motorrad für Jedermann (“motorcycle for a simple and reliable design was produced in large series. history of heavy motorcycles in 1933 with the K-series. The “K” for “Kardanantrieb”. i.e. enclosed with two universal joints, the of drivetrain that these used. They introduced the engine case, a novelty at the

The series encompassed models 200 to 800 cc displacement and was a major success, Zündapp’s market share in from 5% in 1931 to 18% in 1937.

1931 Ferdinand Porsche and developed the prototype Auto für (“car for everyone”), which was the time the name “ Volkswagen ” was Porsche preferred the 4-cylinder engine, but Zündapp used a 5 cylinder radial engine. In three prototypes were

All three cars were during the war, the last in in Stuttgart during a bombing

From 1936 to 1938 produced the KKS500 model. was the first Zündapp with a gearchange, and 170 examples were From 1940 onwards produced more than units of the KS750. This is a outfit with a driven wheel and a locking differential. to the German Wehrmacht .

After the World War the company gradually to producing smaller machines, the “Bella” motor scooter. was however a relatively heavy for its type. In 1951 Zündapp the last of its heavy motorcycle but also one of its most famous: the (the “green elephant”) a 598 cc two cylinder engine. 1957 to 1958 the company produced the Zündapp Janus .

In 1958 the company moved Nuremberg to Munich. Subsequently, the developed several new smaller discontinued the development of four-… and only produced two-… Initially, Zündapp scooters and sold well, but later declined and in 1984 the company bankrupt and closed.

Zündapp were taken over and in the 1980s by Enfield India . India developed a link Zündapp, and built a plant in near Chennai in the 80’s to small, light weight two two wheelers. Enfield India a slew of light weight The 50 cc Silver Plus step-through and motorcycle and the Fury 175 and these redefined the entry-level segment.

The Fury with a five-speed came fitted with a disc brake a first in the

Zündapp 200 S

Yes, read to the above again, it had an Indian connection Enfield India.

So, Monti to repair his bike now, but he not find its spare parts as the was already closed in 1980’s. But his did not let him stop. He went to shops and searched everyone’s garage, but no

Finally one day he found the parts in a in Stuttgart, Germany. Stuttgart is the 6 th city of Germany and it has 5 of the 11 state of Baden-Württemberg. Stuttgart has given for many automobile manufacturers,

Reason why top automotive supplier Bosch has its head quarters in

Coming back to the topic, Monti said his passion Motor Bike, I remembered I sold my Yamaha RX100, make, original Japan for peanuts. I had wonderful time that bike, still I had to it as I had to move to Mumbai, from I had bought it in 2006 for INR 10K and sold it in for INR 12K. Vintage bikes more, year by year, and I RX 100 is a vintage.

Somebody right said, a bike is like dancing a woman. You have to know how she and swings, how she rises and falls, you to understand her body language!” RX has a body language, I enjoy with her!

I wanted to see Zündapp, so visited him on a weekend and few pictures, Zündapp was not bigger a RX, I liked its looks, though it more like a “Rajdoot” or bikes from 1980’s in When I said, I regret for off my Yamaha, Monti shows in his words, “I understand the feeling of it, in former times, I sold my Quattro, but if I have to buy the same car I have to pay the double, or I may not get the same one as wants to sell such

Suddenly it started to rain, was worried how to go back home by

Anyway, it was great to know his passion for bikes, so wanted to here, and I bet, the bikes on the now, like Pulsar, Honda, etc will not run for more 10 years. In 10 years one has to sell to scrap market. If I buy a bike it will be a RX, I love it!


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