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DKW KS 200 1936 198cc 1 cyl ts


DKW KS 200 1936 198cc 1 cyl ts

Manufacturer: DKW

Model: KS 200

Year: 1936
Displacement: 198 cc
Cylinder: 1
Engine type: 2-stroke
Bore / Stroke: 63 x 64 mm
Power: 7hp
Weight: 110 kg
Top Speed: 115 km/h

Frame number: 352346
Engine number: 622332

DKW was founded in Zschopau in 1919 by Danish engineer Jorgen Rasmussen and built its first motorcycle power unit, a single-cylinder, clip-on engine for bicycle attachment, in 1921. Designed by Hugo Ruppe, this 122cc motor was a two-stroke, and DKW would remain faithful to this engine type from then on, becoming world leaders in two-stroke design in the 1930s thanks to the prescient adoption of the Schnuerle loop-scavenge system. The latter used flat-topped pistons rather than the then-conventional deflector-crown type, relying on carefully angled transfer ports to direct the incoming charge around the cylinder. DKW was Continental Europe’s largest motorcycle maker at this time, manufacturing a huge and diverse range of road bikes during the 1930s.

This KS 200 runs fine and is equipped with a VDO speedo, Grätzin carburetor and a pillion seat. The original speedo bracket comes with the bike. It is an older restoration with matching numbers and the original type plate.