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Military Motorcycle

Nazi Germany | 1935

"The DKW NZ350 was used in large numbers by the German Wehrmacht in World War 2."

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DKW of Zschopau, Saxony, was just one of several automotive / motorcycle concerns that built motorbikes for the German Army during World War 2 (1939-1945). DKW was founded in 1916 during World War 1 (1914-1918) and managed an existence into 1932 after which point the struggling company merged (along with three others) with Auto Union (though the mark was not dropped until 1966). Its NZ350 model series became one of the most used and popular in the lower German ranks, sporting a 346cc, 1-cylinder, 2-stroke engine driving the bike to speeds of over 60 miles-per-hour on roads. The bikes held relatively good range as well, able to reach out to nearly 220 miles. Weight reached 377lb, making for one heavy road vehicle.

Auto Union GmbH is today owned by luxury car-maker Audi.

The bike's arrangement was conventional, with heavily-spoked inline road tires, low-set handle bar assembly, and mid-set seat. Both wheels were covered over in mud-deflectors and the gas tank sat high and in front of the rider with the engine section positioned under the tank. Over the rear wheel fender was a landing area for strapping cargo. A headlamp over the front fender provided some visibility in low-light and night time environments.

Such vehicles were used to ferry important messages at-speed, riders traversing both on-road and off-road to their destinations. Due to their relatively compact sizes and agility, they could get through traffic jams, around obstacles like fallen trees and gutted tanks, and cross shallow trenches.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one land system design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the DKW NZ350 Military Motorcycle.
1 x 346cc 1-cylinder, 2-stroke engine driving conventional, inline twin-wheeled arrangement.
Installed Power
62 mph
100 kph
Road Speed
217 miles
350 km
The physical qualities of the DKW NZ350 Military Motorcycle.
375 lb
170 kg | 0.0 tons
Notable series variants as part of the DKW NZ350 family line.
NZ350 - Base Series Deisgnation
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the DKW NZ350. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national land systems listing.

Total Production: 3,500 Units

Contractor(s): DKW - Nazi Germany
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Design Qualities
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