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Zundapp KS 600 1941 597cc 2 Cylinder Motorcycle Start Up


Zündapp (a.k.a. Zuendapp) was a major German motorcycle manufacturer founded in 1917 in Nuremberg by Fritz Neumeyer. The Zundapp KS 600 was produced between 1938 and 1941 the Zundapp KS 600 is very similar to its big sister the K 800.

source/image(PrtSc): classic-motorcycle.com

With pressed steel frame and fork equipped with steering damper and secondary cardan shaft transmission.The engine displacement was increased to 596 cc, the number of carburetors was decreased from two to one – this resulted in increased engine power at low RPMs and the capacity at high RPMs increased to 28 hp.

In the time when KS 600 was introduced, it was considered to be one of the fastest production motorcycles. The frame made of pressed elements was heavy and strong. The rear suspension was rigid. The machine had a parallelogram fork.


While the KS600 was discontinued and eventually replaced by the purpose-built KS750, its motor was to be the only remnant to live beyond the destruction of war. When Zündapp returned to motorcycle production in the late 1940s, it chose to reuse the KS600’s motor to power the KS601 with few modifications.

  • Manufacturer: Zündapp
  • Model: KS 600
  • Year: 1941
  • Displacement: 597 cc
  • Cylinder: 2 – transverse
  • Engine type: 4-stroke / ohv
  • Bore / Stroke: 75 x 67.6 mm
  • Power: 28hp @ 4.800 rpm
  • Compression Ratio: 1 : 6.4
  • Weight: 195 kg
  • Top Speed: 118 km/h
  • Production years: 1938 – 1941 and 1949 – 1951
  • Units: 21.501
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