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DKW RT 350

A very young John Surtees on a RT350

A very young John Surtees on a RT350

RT 350 brochure 1956
RT 350 brochure 1956
RT 350 with special 'Binder' sidecar and trailer
RT 350 with special ‘Binder’ sidecar and trailer
My actaul all time favorit bike!
My actaul all time favorit bike!
Quote from the first paragraph in the’Motor cycling’ road test July 4th 1957  If a prize were to be offered for sleekness of design,a serious contender for this honour would undoubtedly be the GermanRT350cc DKW twin cylinder two stroke.From stem to stern,this machine has considerable eye-appeal to enthusiast and layman alike and the finish of all parts ,whether cast,plated,polished or enamelled,cannot be faulted at any point. 
My first ventures out on my little Zundapp in 1960 was to go to Brands Hatch.At the time i lived in Essex,so the journey involved riding down to Woolwich, across the Thames via the ferry ,up Shooters Hill to join up with the A20 at Eltham,on the way i would past Woolwich barracks .I think it was still  being used back in 1960?On one such journey i noticed this mysterious machine ,coloured black and chrome gleaming in the sunshine.My thoughts were to have another look at it,on the way back,hopeing it would still be there!After a days racing watching the likes of Mike Hailwood,Derick Minter,Phil Read etc(I remember Mike the Bike being a class of his own on a F B Modial 250cc twin)It was time for the journey home and the thought of seeing that mystery bike again,I was lucky it was still there!I parked my Zundapp up and must have spent half a hour just looking at what i considered the best bike i have ever seen!It had wonderful flowing lines,a egg shape to the  engine,lots of polish alloy,chrome and the porkubine finning on the engine barrels.Many times, I would past that bike in the summer of 1960 (It was a hot one)on my way to ‘Brands’  I would always stop and  sit  on a brick wall just looking at it Can one ,fall in love with a bike.I think i did!! The bike was a DKW RT350. Now 50 years later i am the owner of such a wonderful machine.My RT350 is a very rare example because it  in the fact that it , is in a weiss colour! All RT ‘s sold in the UK*  were black and chrome its former owner worked at the DKW factory in Ingolstatd .I should say factorys because there were three.They had a few RT’s painted'(behord)’ white and used them for  a courier(Beh
ordengeschaft’) service between factorys and elsewhere.
*In Germany you could buy RT’s in all black.

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