Motorworld’s newspaper №34

In the 1930s the DKW company launched a production of NZ series motorcycles that was in stark contrast with the previous models of this German manufacturer. Firstly, the redesigned motor got a chain motor drive hidden under the aluminum crankcase cover plate. Secondly, the gear box became a 4-step arrangement, and to supplement the manual mechanism, the foot-operated gear-shift mechanism was added. Thirdly, the frame base was now built of a sturdy welded front envelope to which two rear cross-members were affixed. Besides, the central switch of electric accessories was placed on top of the fuel tank, which also got larger in its volume. The front fork got welded stays similar to those with the SB 500 model

The NZ 500 model (489 cc, 18.5 h.p. at 4200 rpm) featured not only an upgraded chassis and power station, but a McPherson (candlestick) rear suspension which could be adjusted (to change the degree of its rigidity) depending whether the motorcycle was to be used with the sidecar or solo.

The NZ 500 model was much less available as compared to NZ 250 and NZ 350. Most of the manufactured NZ 500 motorcycles were taken over by the Wehrmacht, and they were used, both with the sidecar and solo, in the cavalry units, by the military police and by the SS.

Manufacturer DKW, Germany
Years of manufacture 1939-1942
Quantity produced, units 4 200
Price
Today’s value
ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION
Type Twin-cylinder, 2-stroke
Engine capacity, cc 489
Bore and stroke, mm 68 х 76
Engine rating 18,5 h.p. at 4200 rpm
Sparking Battery, left-side kickstarter arrangement
Carburetor Amal WM 76/456
Battery 6 V, Bosch W 175 T 1
Clutch Multiple-plate, oil-bath
Transmission 4-speed
FRAME AND WHEELBASE
Frame type Tubular steel frame
Front suspension Parallelogram, with frictional damper
Rear suspension Candlestick-type
Brakes Drum type
Wheel size 3,50 х 19
DIMENSIONS
Length, mm
2 200
Width, mm
   730
Height, mm
980*
Wheelbase, mm
1 440
Ground clearance, mm
   140
Seat height, mm
   740
Mass, kg
   195
Gas tank size, l
     14
Maximum speed, km/h
   115
Range, km

* – Data from the results of the measurement of the “Motorworld by V.Sheyanov” exhibit.