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.

No time!

I was unable to make a lot of free time lately but i still managed to install a new glass in the headlight, seal the exhaust a little better so it will not leak and push out smoke from all of the joints, add a light protector to the headlight, put the new tyres on (Made in England, but they look nice) and assemble and align the sidecar.

There is still a lot of work on the sidecar, i have to install the power cables, lights ( don’t have them yet), passenger support bar, windscreen (also missing) and the Stoye logos that just arrived at the post office.

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*New seat is also installed, i have to take some better photos next time.

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I seem to be very lucky, as i was able to fine a rather good Stoye 1 sidecar, that was rust free and came with a free paint job (in a garage so not the best quality but rather good). When i get some time i will have to take it to a metalworker to get all the dents out of the aluminium and repaint it but for now it’s perfect!

Most of the stripes are done by me, so …they are a bit crooked but they are HAND MADE! 😀

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As for the old sidecar, i will probably donate it or give it as a package with the second MZ BK350 that i have to whoever wants to start a BK restoration project in the future.

Sidecar alignment

First time i had so much trouble aligning a sidecar, but it’s finally done. Unfortunately the replica stoye 2 i have is a bit smaller than the original so i will replace it with an original sidecar as soon as i find one.

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I found an old fuel tank cock that works a lot better than my replica one. Old gaskets and everything, dose not leak at all. New german products are not what they used to be…

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Sidecar

Not a lot going on until this point. I found something that looks like a Stoye 2, and without really thinking i bought it ( 14 august 2012 ).

It is a strange mix from a Stoye 1 frame, a Stoye 2 replica aluminium body, a ugly ass Stoye Superelastik fender patched up in a bad way, and some unknown ugly lights.

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I don’t really fit in it, and my girlfriend dislikes it, however fuck it, i have a sidecar!