The first part of our feature on the 2013 centenary of the 1913 Johannesburg to Durban Race focussed on the 1930s British made motorcycle entries. This time we will have a look at the German made machines of the same era that entered this event. I am personally a great fan of the British motorcycles but nobody can deny the beautiful styling, engineering and finish quality of the German motorcycles. It is hard to believe, when looking at these motorcycles, that the newest examples were made 77 years ago
1934 Zundapp K800 4 cylinder with Steib sidecar
As with several of the British manufacturers, the main German motorcycles were also born out of companies which made weapons and ammunition. The Zundapp company was founded in 1917 to manufacture detonators but by 1921 had become a motorcycle manufacture.