Zundapp K500 – Identify the parts.

20/11/2012

The “package” contained, 2 frames, one with heavy modifications, two engines, two gear boxes, one final drive, a gas tank with cover, some controls, a headlight, a couple of wheels, one carburettor, two fenders (and a couple more from different motorcycle brands), one front frok, a couple of seats and a lot of rust.

Unfortunately i would later find out most of the parts needed major restoration, and a lot of them replacement.

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Zundapp K500 – The beginning

During the “2 Roti Istorice” – 15.09.2012, an Retromobil event dedicated to old motorcycles, i noticed something very interesting.

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This old guy was an unrestored, almost complete (so it seamed at the time) Zundapp K500, from 1948. It had a complete frame, gass tank and cover, the engine, the gearbox, the fork, and the front light. Next to it was the carcass of a Stoye sidecar, unknown modell, cut in half and welded to a custom back end.

A couple of weeks later i think i found out the owner had another engine and a modified frame and everything was for sale, so… I bought them!

Due to a rather busy schedule i neglected to write anything about this project, until i almost finished it.

A short trip

This weekend we took a short trip to test our motorcycles (My Zundapp K500 1939 and a friend’s Zundapp KS600 1941). Overall they run ok, you can hear the new timing chain i put in mine and i hope that sound will go away after a couple of km, or i will have to open the engine and see what’s going on. We went for about 15km to an artificial island, in the middle of a lake, close to my place.

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Doua roti istorice 2013

Anul acesta am reusit sa particip la evenimentul organizat de Retromobil Club Romania* cu doua exponate: IFA BK 350 cu atas Stoye, productie 1955 toamna, si un Zundapp k500 inca ne finalizat produs in 1939.

http://retromobil.ro/stiri/2013-09-14-doua-roti-istorice/index.php

** Majoritatea pozelor le am de la http://lowcostevents.ro/foto/evenimente/retromobil-club-2013/#prettyPhoto si le multumesc pe aceasta cale!

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Zundapp

So… i found an opportunity to buy a Gnome-Rhone and i did not. I did however buy a Zundapp K500. It has plenty of modifications to the frame but it’s a solid base to start a restoration project. I look forward to working on it this summer.

Looks like i don’t have any photos on my phone, i will take some tomorrow in the garage.

update: Inventory: http://tudorg.com/?p=710