DKW NZ 350-1 in Minnesota, USA

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DKW NZ 350-1 in Minnesota, USA

Post by DARIVS » Thu Dec 09, 2010 12:21 am

Model NZ 350-1
Baujahr / Year Built 1944
Rahmen Nummer / Frame serial number 626787
Motor Nummer / Motor serial number 1500033
email: ksuleski@comcast(dot)net

This DKW motorrad was purchased from Tim Neumann in December 2009 and the restoration was completed in July 2010. Ron Henton was the owner previous to Tim. Markings are for the 11th Panzer Division. These pictures are from before I put the original Hupe on.

I live in Anoka, Minnesota, USA and use the DKW primarily for reenactment events and riding around town. It draws looks every time I take it out. Many thanks to Leszek, Thomas, and Werner for helping provide parts! I hope to see other DKW riders at the Rockford, Illinois WWII reenactment event at Midway Village next year.

I am the Soldat on the right. On the left is Aaron, a DKW NZ 250 owner.

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Re: DKW NZ 350-1 in Minnesota, USA

Post by mdunn » Fri Dec 10, 2010 12:08 am

Nice bike, if it was tan that would be even better. I know where this bike came from years ago, I was sitting on it in Holland.

Mike

DARIVS wrote:Model NZ 350-1
Baujahr / Year Built 1944
Rahmen Nummer / Frame serial number 626787
Motor Nummer / Motor serial number 1500033
email: ksuleski@comcast(dot)net

This DKW motorrad was purchased from Tim Neumann in December 2009 and the restoration was completed in July 2010. Ron Henton was the owner previous to Tim. Markings are for the 11th Panzer Division. These pictures are from before I put the original Hupe on.

I live in Anoka, Minnesota, USA and use the DKW primarily for reenactment events and riding around town. It draws looks every time I take it out. Many thanks to Leszek, Thomas, and Werner for helping provide parts! I hope to see other DKW riders at the Rockford, Illinois WWII reenactment event at Midway Village next year.

I am the Soldat on the right. On the left is Aaron, a DKW NZ 250 owner.

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Post by DARIVS » Fri Dec 10, 2010 1:09 am

Well Mike, I didn't want to go through the trouble of changing the color, and I like Panzergrau anyway. If I did have to repaint the entire bike, I'd go with a nice camo pattern over the tan. What can you tell me of the history of this bike when you last saw it? I'd like to know everything you know about it from the time it was rebuilt at Investment Bikes so I can write a chronicle on it. Most of the time is it impossible to learn the history of a collectible item like this. Any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

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Post by mdunn » Fri Dec 10, 2010 1:17 am

Kurt,

When i was at investment years ago i was sitting on that bike and I even started it. This particular bike and my DKW NZ350-1 both came from Belgium, they were restored from the same owner. Yours was in much better shape than mine was back than. So, investment didnt rebuild your bike at all. Martin and John got those two bikes from a guy in Belgium. I am not 100% positive on who but I have a very good guess.

DARIVS wrote:Well Mike, I didn't want to go through the trouble of changing the color, and I like Panzergrau anyway. If I did have to repaint the entire bike, I'd go with a nice camo pattern over the tan. What can you tell me of the history of this bike when you last saw it? I'd like to know everything you know about it from the time it was rebuilt at Investment bikes so I can write a chronicle on it. Most of the time is it impossible to learn the history of a collectible item like this.

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Post by DARIVS » Fri Dec 10, 2010 4:06 am

Thanks Mike. When I got my DKW it was in good running condition, but had a few Russian parts, which I replaced with original and repro parts. I'm still looking for an original rear seat (they don't make repros), but then again EVERYONE is.
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Post by Wilhelm_Heidkamp » Fri Dec 10, 2010 12:19 pm

The front seat cover is also a repro part...

I see you wear a "Gendarmerie"- field jacket with the "Feldgendarmerie"- collar? This is not really correct. The "Gendarmerie"- forces were local policemen like your Sheriffs and used this field jackets for daily work in their civilian job. The "Feldgendarmerie", similar to your Military Police, used the normal uniform of the Wehrmacht with orange branch colour, only completed with an eagle similar to the one the "Gendarmerie" used (often in addition to a breast eagle) and a cuff title "Feldgendarmerie" on brown background.
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Post by DARIVS » Sat Dec 11, 2010 1:42 am

Aaron is wearing and early style Feldbluse (1936) with green collar with Unteroffizier shoulder boards (early green), and steingrau pants (also early). His uniform is not Feldgendarmerie. It is basic motorized Infanterie.

Me? I just took my tunic off so the stitch Nazis cannot make comments, and because it was hot outside. :)
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Post by Wilhelm_Heidkamp » Sat Dec 11, 2010 1:33 pm

The last picture, look at the one behind the NZ 250 with the "Feldgendarmerie" collar.... I thought it was you...
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Post by DARIVS » Sun Dec 12, 2010 3:20 am

No, I don't know who that was. It was one of the other reenactors talking with Aaron about his motorrad.
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