Manufactured in Zschopau factories from the 1930s, the DKW RT 125 was characterised by the efficiency of its two-stroke single cylinder engine. However, the story of this 125cc gets out of hands at the end of WW2, by acting as repair parts following damages from the war. After acquiring the plans, tools and even staff from the DKW factory, the USSR began to build copies of the RT 125. Other DKW duplicates were manufactured in Poland and it has also been used as baseline for the BSA Bantam and the Harley-Davidson Hummer. Yamaha was also massively inspired from it in the 1950s to produce its first motorcycle, the YA-1. The DKW, a simple little bike, became a worldwide motorbike before its time. This example seems to be complete and was restored several decades ago. It is an ideal choice as a first small collector machine.
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