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Zündapp DB 200

By Gerry Frederics

The name `ignition system´. ZÜND = APP = Apparat. Zündungsapparat, Zündapp for

The founding of the company goes to the year 1917 when began to manufacture ignition for the automotive, truck and beginning cycle markets; until time there had been a of systems on the market, none of had established a distinguished track au contraire, failure of automotive was rather common. This of was also due to the fact that as such was a new discipline and every was very literally finding his own way via tactics. In fact, it can be said fear of contradiction, that cycle electronics did not hit their until DKW designed a reliable starter for the DKW 500-cc 2-… of 1936.

Herr Fritz thought this to be a promising and was of course to be proven right. the disastrous Rape of Versailles systems were the last on the minds of the German nation and Neumeyer´s new company had to find fields of endeavor. He had heard of new in the motor cycle field from England and decided to see for traveling to London in 1920 to a motor show.

There he in love (we Germans fall in love with things with what he saw. He a small English bike of a 2-… * and brought it home. was the inspiration for his designs during the 6 years.

* Disgracefully the make is not in the literature of the genre. Could it been a `James´? James some very interesting weight military bikes all) in WW-2 – not to It was this British bike kept the love for two-strokes at alive, even though became famous for their 4-… boxers, but built an lovely 125-cc 2-… as as a 200-cc model – the DB 201 up until the late 1950´s.

thought Zündapp built frames, they opted for the Jurisch rear suspension on smaller bikes *, re-enforcing my that this system was as or at least nearly so, as the swing-arm which were vastly complex and costly to built.

* The system was the by far most popular and rear-suspension system for motor in Germany up until about most all manufacturers using it.

By the 1920´s  despite the Weimar disastrous economic times he had himself as a major player on the motor cycle scene built and sold in excess of units, outselling even like Hecker or Tornax and very serious competition to manufacturers such as DKW or Triumph-

His success was stupendous and he decided on a small people´s car, the future, as it were; he commissioned Ferdinand Porsche to design a car for him. It was a beetle-like machine 4 seats and rear-mounted 3-cylinder 2-… engine of some A prototype was built and tested.

It to be a fine little car. It was car which formed the actual for Porsche´s Volkswagen Beetle in *. Herr Neumeyer had bit off more he could chew, since he had at the time commissioned an entirely new to be built. The choice was stark, or car and he chose the first option.

* As an interesting historical aside, Hitler was imprisoned at Landsberg in he drew the picture of what he to be a `People´s car´. This looks suspiciously like the design for Zündapp, which in is the definite father of the `People´s otherwise known as the Volkswagen; co-incidence, or had Porsche been a copy of that drawing? Gaming Officials at Las Vegas do not in `co-incidences´!

Hitler was a fine oil architect, furniture designer and of all motorized things, so why not a revolutionary for a car?

This was a fine indeed, replete with a entertainment hall, cafeteria the workers would eat hearty at cost . First Aid Station a full time staff to any mishaps on the work-place and a swimming for the workers. This in 1930 (!) workers in the USA and elsewhere were paid starvation wages, unions were running with corruption and when the man on the had absolutely no rights whatsoever it came to the conditions of his employment; the (rapacious capitalism without `Hit the road Jack, come back no more´ the battle cry of factory management. One read John Steinbecks of Wrath´ to get a glimpse of what for the worker was like then in the of `democracy and freedom´ * — but not in Germany for Zündapp!

* It is the more how easily these very abused working masses mobilized against Hitler-Germany, a which treated its workers dignity, respect and paid well – including medical care, world-class paid holidays, subsidized transportation the likes of which no country has ever enjoyed and conditions in general so far superior, it the Zeitgeist-… historians blanch fury; to top it all off factory management was overpaid. One wonders about the of man, one really does

And I Quote Winston Churchill: best argument against is a 5-minute conversation with the voter´.

This factory was to produce about 60.000 per year, an immense number for the that it was world-leading in every way and it was the very first such designed with a real conscience is a given. Today in the 2008, manufacturers in Japan and have taken this German example of social when building a plant. It is in how many areas of human it is the Hitler-German example which is followed, never the English, or Polish (Ha, ha, ha, ha — a little joke here) but the German one, invariably.

It was the 1932, that Herr designed the now famous 600-cc 2 boxer 4-… with drive. This model was to be the for practically all Zündapp models One of the exceptions was the bullet-proof DB-201, a cylinder 200-cc 2-… ended up being built, with up-grades, for about 40

Another machine with longevity was the BMW single cylinder 4-…, examples of which are to be found in many countries the world faithfully doing duty.

The `big´ Zündapp had a heavy-duty press-steel frame was strong enough to have an engine thrice its size; the suspension was the one commonly used in days (trapeze-fork with a shock absorber) and the final was via shaft, the engine and the transmission one cohesive unit. The entire made a massive indestructible and served as the basis for all new Zündapp hence.

In the very early it must have been or so, Zündapp built a wonderful 2- cylinder boxer boasting sparkplugs per cylinder (a world-wide improving ignition considerably. great machine was a direct of the original Küchen-designed 600-cc

During the Wehrmachts competition for a bike in 1936, Zündapp and BMW won formidable competition such as NSU, Horex, and Standard. The DKW was ruled out due to its 2-… design of torque at lower revolutions), lost due to limited range and overheating, Standard and Horex did not a chance due to limited production and why on earth NSU was not considered I have unable to determine, for the large NSU had an outstanding reputation for reliability and enough torque to pull out stumps, or so it was said in order to a point.

It was in 1938 that developed a massive 1 liter boxer for the purposes of establishing speed records; it can be said fear of contradiction, that engine represented the epitome of cycle technology until into the 1960´s. Power was an amazing 95 hp, 125 with a supercharger practically unheard of in those

The world record attempts never made due to the outbreak of a prototype of the engine only which was confiscated (that is by the British after the war who also the chief engineer. It must be here, that the Germans did not a single solitary thing the French after the French * and anyone who states such claims about Poland to be ashamed of his ignorance, for Poland was and is a backward place whose claim to fame is their jealousy of all things German, for pitiful mediocrities cannot to even come close.

The vehicles the German Wehrmacht were those which had captured during hostilities; less did the Germans `arrest´ or designers; all such claims been proven to have vile Anglo-American propaganda just as those in WW-1 for however British Prime David Lloyd George at apologized in the House of Commons. The sense of decency however was exhausted for they have apologized for their absolutely anti-German … propaganda and plunder after WW-2 an which continues unabated; much for our `friends´.

* And I quote . French now grumble that the are a more drunken and disorderly lot the Germans had ever been and to see the day when they are liberated the Americans. I am informed the Germans did not either residences, stores or In fact, the population says were meticulously treated by the Wehrmacht´.

As spoken by American Major LeRoy Lutes one month the Normandy invasion.

The military ended up being the civilian with a reverse gear and drive being added. The was co-designed by Zündapp and Steib. The government had put no limits on costs the result that a rig was produced was formidable und is quasi unequalled to day; also see the essays on BMW and on

During the 1930´s Zündapp in every form of racing and activity (with the notable of international Formula One racing) and its mettle particularly in reliability and Moto Cross events which the only real competition was BMW, even Horex, Standard and NSU fielded teams in these particular

During the war years production was to that of military models and parts. During the waning of WW-2 the ancient citadel of a jewel of medieval architecture, with historic buildings, and museums was mercilessly bombed the stone-age by the democratic allies who bent on bringing us Germans freedom, civilization, decency, of our very soul and thought (oops, I slipped!).

This alone represented more than the vast majority of of Europe combined, boasting other things the largest toy on earth, an unequalled musical museum, an archaeological museum Roman and Teutonic life years and more ago and a town ringed by some of medieval finest churches and public It is this town center hosts (and hosted) the Markt´ a Christmas market of unequalled charm, love for all and of the highest order.

It is home to Sachs the first German write, Albrecht Dürer one of the artists in history, home to the finest most elegant ware and home to the Meistersingers of fame. It was also Nürnberg city council passed the stringent workers rights and protection laws in the world as as 1750, a time when were literally being to … in England and lived the vilest conditions in France and

In many ways the city was a of all that is valuable in western and neither England France nor I say Italy * can boast of such a it is truly unique. The war was for all practical and purposes over, so why … a place if not for the pleasure of murdering us as so shamelessly admitted to by Air Marshall Butcher´ Harris?

In order to Italian cities from bombings, Fieldmarshall Kesselring them `open cities´ and all military installations in and around dismantled. Thereby this soldier saved untold from destruction and hundreds of of Italian lives from immolation. In true Italian no one ever said: `Thanks,

Au contraire vile communist * slime accused him of war crimes

* As an aside, the crimes committed by the communists after the war, the crimes committed by the French on the truly insane in their Inquisitorial brutality.

Zündapp was heavily damaged the air raid and subsequently plundered 1945 and 1947 by the Americans who everything even remotely The British got into the act and stole the 1-liter 4-cylinder boxer which had been developed but built. Zündapp´s chief was arrested by the British democ-Rats and intensely abut the design of the

Whether he was tortured has not been but since the British tortured with a vengeance * after the war it is a bet that his stay in their was everything else but pleasant.

* tortures were so endemic and so that it staggers the mind. all confessions of German soldiers obtained by inhuman tortures of an nature. Some of the more confessions resulted in the men thusly committing …, such as the Herr Gerstein.

Some even tortured during … throes by assuring the of the condemned man would not break and he strangle slowly to … British soldiers hung on his yanking him down. If that did not they would eventually cut the and slice the poor souls An SS-officer was captured and transported to during the war, there to be tortured in the British equivalent to the Lubjanka ….

Zündapp DB 200
Zündapp DB 200

This was located in of the most elegant in London! It was a beautiful mansion in Park hiding a terrible Long after the war when he his experiences he was loudly defamed as a and a criminal. In 2007, documents mistakenly unearthed and released by the Archives which proved his to have been true and

Neither an apology by the British nor a rehabilitation of the innocent man have been forthcoming; democracy and justice in action.

It was in late that hesitating new beginnings made. Initially the bike was the trusty DB-201 built to specs but almost immediately as finances permitted. Already in they introduced a hyper-modern boxer with shaft but production costs were too high, so this beauty a prototype only.

It was then they developed the KS 601 especially for the American market where had established a distributorship in cooperation an American businessman who recognized a thing when he saw it. The machine was especially to North American departments and proved to be such a hit by 1955 Zündapp was unable to production requirements. They hit on a idea, teamed up with and aside from selling own bikes, sold the Horex under the name of Zündapp.

How and why lost their lucrative the same year (!) is shrouded in since the police departments in were clamoring for more bikes. Suffice it to say, lost their contract and it representation on the American market. Why a contract would result in an entire market is another – too many mysteries for writer – resulting in an catastrophic loss of revenues.

Since Zündapp was known for clever marketing strategies, extreme quality, reliability and dealings as well as the fact their customers in the USA did not even buying anything else the scenario smells rotten.

The which was given the contracts as as access to the American markets at the of Zündapp and Horex (whose bike had been lauded in the press as the best bike in the – see the essay on Horex) was Kawasaki, at the time a Johnny-come-lately no one had heard of previously. I do smell a rat!

It was around this that Zündapp decided to to their old dream, abandoned in to build a car. Micro had become all the rage and there was a of designs on the market which promising, but lacked financial One of these was the Claude Dornier `Delta´. This was a strange what with a door in front a la Isetta and an identical one in the rear.

One stepped into the car and sat on comfortable bench seats. in the middle of the car was located the engine/transmission the whole thing transferring via a chain to the rear wheels. The to this weird but extremely vehicle were bought by with the proviso of being to re-design it according to their own

The story of the `Delta´ does not end The son of Claude Dornier was to fiddle with this concept for time to come without achieving even a modicum of His weird creations were `The Rolling Shopping by the German press.

Zündapp with a vengeance and spend a on the project, including building an new production line according to the technological standards. They their creation `Janus´. The car was absolutely superb. It had been with a modern fame, suspension all around, a centrally 250-cc 2-… engine and drive.

This engine was a of the 200-cc motor cycle which was powering their motor cycle and the highly Bella motor scooter/motor hybrid. They enlarged and the engine, equipped it with a 4 transmission with reverse and final drive via propeller and voila! They had a modern plant, albeit entirely too for the considerable weight (425 kg) of the car un loaded.

The location of the engine this car the very first mid-engine car in the world giving the perfect road holding with a 50/50 weight and perfect suspension. It represented the pinnacle of up-too-date engineering of the times.

The body shape had modified, the comfort level had increased considerably, the workmanship was on a level and the color schemes were highly attractive; in it could be converted into a station wagon by removing the bench seat, offering an astounding amount of carrying The one major draw-back was the weight, too much for the engine.

Consequently was tinkering around with a 2-cylinder Boxer 2-…, an which never took due to the stop of production of the vehicle it had become obvious that reaction was less than Why on earth Zündapp did not opt for their 500-cc 4-… boxer (a la BMW Stretch Isetta) from the we will never know, but had done so, there would been no lack of power engine noise would been minimized and who knows maybe the car would have a success after all.

The Janus was lauded by all and sundry, stood and gawked, ooh-d and but did not buy; the machine was simply too too weird for the man on the street — the animal forever wanting to in´. After a disappointing run of about 7000 units management called it quits. wherewithal had run out, the banks clamoring for pay-back, investors away, it was a disaster.

In the meantime the cycle market, especially for heavy bikes, had collapsed, the end was

Zündapp did the socially unthinkable they closed their in Nürnberg, selling off whatever was and specialized henceforth on smaller in their Munich plant. they continued to build small bikes, mopeds, scooters (the Bella hybrid having been a world-wide), outboard engines, machines and small moped which were used by a umber of manufacturers in place of the Ilo or F S power plants.

As such were quite successful, though nowhere near once glamorous past. engaged in a suicidal fratricidal war Hercules, Kreidler, Miele, Rabeneick and other manufacturers of motor bikes, mopeds and bikes, all the while ignoring the onslaught from Japan; they nor the other German still in business realized the was rapacious parasitical Japan by the New World Order, not the national

The sturdiness and reliability of these is attested to by amongst other an intrepid soul traveling the in Australia with a 50-cc replete with a trailer on he carried his supplies and his hang Today in the year 2008 in Los Chile are two 55-year old Bella motor-cycle/scooter hybrids, non-maintained their daily duties and one to research Zündapp products one would no doubt find of such examples.

It was in the early that a Chinese conglomerate the family an offer they not refuse and the entire factory, all all research and development ended up in to form part of their might; sadly neither nor Nürnberg, nor Bavaria nor the vassal-government in lifted a finger to save icon of German excellence.

Zündapp DB 200
Zündapp DB 200
Zündapp DB 200
Zündapp DB 200
Zündapp DB 200
Zündapp DB 200
Zündapp DB 200
Zündapp DB 200


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