U T KTN125093
1953 changes to front mudgard,battery,hooter and toolbox now enclosed in rear compartment

UT MOTORCYCLES 1922- 1959

To find any information on U T motorcycles is very scarce, They were one of the most important of the lesser known post war German marques.The 1920’s gave U T the opportunity to launch motorcycles with a variety of engines including Bekamo,Blackburne and J A P units.The latter two were large capacity OHV singles.At the same time the factory gained considerable amounts of publicity by taking part in road racing events.

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UT 1929 300cc engine is a????

In the post war years the first machines which used the Ilo two-strokes singles were the KTN’s with 123cc and 175cc capacities. A major sales push in 1953 was accompanied by the new KTV175(I presume the V stood for VIER  …four speed gearbox !the KTN ‘s had a 3 speed box) it had both front and rear suspension. A larger version, the KTV200 was also announced.In addition three new machines appeared with swing-arm suspension(the KTV’s had Jursch plunger suspension) these were the TS200,TS250 and the TS252 (a twin cylinder model)

In 1955 came the TS175F( the F standing for Fitchel & Sachs engine) and theTS175I(standing for Ilo engine)and the earls front fork 250 twin VS252, finally in 1956 emerged the VS100 using a Sachs engine. The end of motorcycle production was on the horizon and 1958 and 1959 were spent selling off remaining stocks.The last remaining bikes,models unknown were sent to a mission in Tanganyika in 1962

One other snippet of information i have found is that UT was the first post war German bikes to have telescopic front forks which were of UT design in 1950.

Every 5 years there is a Treffen(meet) in Moringen for owners and fans of the ‘U T’ make in 2015 there were 40 machines on display which is probably about a third of the known examples to survive. Their rarity makes them a very desirable bike in Germany, so in 2020 another treffen will take place. I might be there?

 

U T KTN125094
The U T VS252 was made between 1956 to 1959 and was priced at 1920 DM
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U T TS252 was made from1953 to 1955 and was priced at 1980 DM the above is not the same bike as below! The Ilo 2 x 125 engine was known as the’Howling Rocket from Pinneberg’ due to its noise at high revs!
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A TS 252 with a differant tank  to above
U T 200cc 1953
‘U T’  TS 250 single cylinder Ilo engine 1956
U T TS175
The very rare TS 175F with the Fichtel & Sachs engine 1955-1959 price 1520 DM
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1952 Dutch’Motor’ magazine advert U T were the first German manufacture to offer a rear swing arm suspension,the front fork teles were of their own design.
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translation says ’15 machines being screwed together in the 1930’s think the engines might be the swisse ‘Bark’ make?I think these machines are the U T SBF350 from 1939

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I think this probably is the U T SBF250 from 1939
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Horse and cart delivery!!

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only one known !a U T with a 250cc JAP engine from 1929.
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Poster for the first post war machines
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Ballinger strasse home of U T motorrad still stands today!
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