In Germany in the 1950s and 60s, Zundapp was one of several companies to manufacture high-class ‘commuter’ machines.
Commuting with style
Above: Despite the KS100 being half the engine capacity of the other, it is only about 5mph slower.
Just like a certain savoury spread, people either love two-strokes or loathe them, and those in the latter camp are very resistant to changing their minds.
If any motorcycle could persuade them though, it would have to be something like a post-Second World War Zundapp, because the German firm turned out many strokers of quite exceptional quality and performance.
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And that’s not surprising when you consider that ever since 1921 – after a short period making munitions and doing general engineering – the Nurnberg company had been continuously developing its sophisticated and popular little two-strokes.
Read more in July’s edition of TCM