Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Kettenkrad: Mow ’em down with this NSU-built, WW-II motorcycle half-track!

This should put aggressive SUV drivers in their place!

Saw this Kettenkrad on The Kneeslider and we reckon it’s just the thing for mowing down all those unruly SUVs, buses, trucks and taxicabs. Built by NSU during the World War II, the Kettenkrad is powered by a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder, 36bhp petrol engine, which was sourced from Opel. Top speed, apparently, is a scarcely believeable 70km/h!

Imagine rolling up to the local pub in this. Perfect!

According to various sources on the Internet, a total of about 8,900 units of the Kettenkrad were produced. Today, some live on in various museums, while a few are in the hands of war memorabilia collectors, who keep these whacky machines running to this day! If you’ve got US$50,000 to spend on a slice of military motorcycle history, get bidding on ebay here.

Other off-beat bikes:
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Alfa Romeo-engined bike!
Air-powered engines for bikes in the near future?
Battery-powered Yamaha R1!
In the fast lane: The Peraves Monotracer
The flying bike: Pal V-One
Radical radial: JRL Cycles' aircraft-engined cruiser
Carver One: The funkiest bike in the world?

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