Motorcycle Classics

1938 Zündapp K800

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1938 Zündapp K800

Country: Germany
Engine: Air-cooled, transverse opposed 4-cylinder
Ignition: Battery and coil
Power Rating: 22bhp at 4,300rpm
Bore x Stroke: 62×66.6mm
Displacement: 804cc
Valves: Side
Fuel System: Single 22mm Pallas carburetor
Transmission: 4-speed, hand-shift
Suspension: Front single-spring, rigid rear
Brakes: Front and rear drum
Weight: 474lb.
Top Speed: 70mph

The Zündapp K800 is listed as one of the top 100 machines of the 20th century. This classic motorcycle has innovative features such as a unit construction, horizontally opposed 4-cylinder motor with shaft drive, a design later adopted by Honda for the first Gold Wings. The frame and front forks are pressed steel. Many of these Zündapp motorcycles were used in World War II, often with a sidecar attached, and were the only 4-cylinder machines to be adopted by the German armed forces.

  • Published on Nov 7, 2012
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