War time hacks

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by fyr, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. zundappuk

    zundappuk Adventurer

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    This one belongs to a friend who works in the film industry. Some subtle differences, the fork legs are slightly shorter than later models, and extra grab handle, not much really!

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  2. zundappuk

    zundappuk Adventurer

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    Another friend preffered the 'in service" look....

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  3. indianscout

    indianscout Dexter

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    You forgot Indian's contribution to the war effort. Here's a few of the guys on a buddies 640 Indian scout and sidecar at a WWII reenactment.

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    Oh-ya, he also does the reenactment of the Battle of the Bulge so snow is no problem for him ether....


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  4. zundappuk

    zundappuk Adventurer

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    I mentioned earlier that I ran a tour for some Dutch friends in the Ardennes. The first day it was -10c. Second day it was a nice -6c....

    Here we have stopped at the King Tiger in La Gleize Belgium.

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  5. KneeDrachen

    KneeDrachen MORE COWBELL!!!

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    Please pardon my stupidity, but was the KS750 a rigid fork and/or rear end? I see the springs for the saddle, but the forks look solid? For mechanical simplicity/strength?:ear
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  6. sidecarMick

    sidecarMick n00b

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    They're girder forks. If you look closely, you can see the dog bones at each end of the headstock.:1drink

    Cheers, Mick.
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  7. KneeDrachen

    KneeDrachen MORE COWBELL!!!

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    Thank you for the insight, would have never noticed them.
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  8. zundappuk

    zundappuk Adventurer

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    I suppose you could call them a parallelagram fork. The springs are in the fork tubes, under the domed end-cover there is a "rocker" that compresses the spring. There is also a central oil dampner as part of the steering head. I have some pictures somewhere from when I tore down the forks on my first KS750. If I can find them I will post some pictures.

    One downside of the KS750 is that Zundapp decided to make it very complex and well built, most of its bearing are needles. That includes suspension as well as the engine mains.......

    David
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  9. fyr

    fyr iRoast Coffee

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    Hey David
    Fantastic pics of these rigs! I love the "in service" bike... Well loved!
    By the way-
    What are the three tubes running underneath the front seat? Are they a battery unit of some type?
    Id like to pm you with some other KS questions questions if you wouldnt mind.
    Cheers



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  10. zundappuk

    zundappuk Adventurer

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    The three tubes are dust collection tubes for the late type cyclonic air cleaner.

    Feel free to PM.

    David
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  11. Witness

    Witness Me

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  12. Pugsley/Hobbfather

    Pugsley/Hobbfather Been here awhile

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    I know the U.S. carried the Thompson on the front fork, but I saw a while back, somewhere, a western-style rifle holster on the German sidecar, as I recall, it was slung longitudinally under the rider's right leg, presumably also available to the passenger. Anybody got pics showing that setup?
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  13. mullman

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  14. fyr

    fyr iRoast Coffee

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    I kinda remember that site from a while back. Didnt know he had the war hacks on there! Thanks for posting.
    I love seeing the almost left for dead outfits brought back to life...


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  15. bmwhacker

    bmwhacker Still on 3 wheels

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    A mechanic friend of mine was fortunate enough to help with this restoration of a BMW R75. The MT. owner found it in Russia years ago and over the past 12 years or so it has been brought back to life:


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  16. fyr

    fyr iRoast Coffee

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    Thats cool!
    effort and cash but well worth it.
    As well, my friend has an 1937 R12 solo and a R12 outfit. He contacted BMW corporate and was able to trace the lineage. One fell at Stalingrad and the other (I dont know)
    My dream: find a Zundapp KS and sweat effort and whatever to bring it back. Then ride!
    Thanks for posting! Is there a thread somewhere where he psoted his re-build?
    Id like to see the before and after!
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  17. bmwhacker

    bmwhacker Still on 3 wheels

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    No build info that I know of. The owner is an MD who spent time in Russia. He eventually moved here to MT.
    My friend in the photos owns a BMW shop and performed the final touches for the owner.
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  18. fyr

    fyr iRoast Coffee

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    Ive seen outfits with cigarette cases as gaskets. Those who keep these old machines in the fore have my Slainte!:freaky Well worth the investment and time...
    Thats my ultimate motorcycle goal. To have a road going Zundapp KS. For now my might Ural keeps me going... Thanks to that company on so many fronts..
    Thaks bro-
    abc 1992
    I have to say that this Rus. company keeps the airheads alive.. Ill hold out for a Canuck St as well
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  19. bmwhacker

    bmwhacker Still on 3 wheels

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    I have a very interesting lead on what is claimed to be an old WW2 German sidecar rig.
    I've had correspondance with a land owner who purchased a ranch years back with some old Harley stuff and a WW2
    German sidecar rig in an out building.
    He sold off the old Harley stuff long ago but thought maybe he'd do something with the bike.
    I am in touch with the owner via Internet and am making arrangements to go to his ranch and look at what he has.
    I'm hoping to go over next week, he is less than a couple hundred miles away so well worth the effort to go and look.
    I love these kind of mysteries! :clap Not sure if it is a BMW, Zundapp, or what it might be. Could be some other off-the-wall machine.
    The bike has never been offered for sale since in his ownership. The Harley guys offered him 2 grand for it years back but he thought he'd keep it to maybe have a project some day but never got to it.

    So wish me luck.
    I'm constantly searching for old finds and maybe this one will be the "big" one. - wishfull thinking!:lol3

    I'll definately have my camera along and get some photos of this mystery bike.
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  20. zundappuk

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    That reminds me of a similar story.

    The wife and I decided to have a long weekend on the Norfolk coast (UK). And we found a B&B in a beautiful old oak beamed farm. That evening I was chatting to the owner and my favourite subject came up. He told me that his father had served in Monty's 8th Army in North Africa and had brought home an old BMW sidecar when he returned from the North Africa campaign :eek1

    He then went on to say that it had been ridden around the farm for years, but that his brother had taken it from the barn only a few years ago :cry

    When i asked him to describe it he gave me a good description of a BMW R12 with sidecar, even down to the palm tree symbols of the Afrika Korps!!

    David
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