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Capacity : 500
Model : R 11
Production : 1930 - 1932
Category : (R) Street Bike


500 R/11 - 1930

Farewell to arms

The Deutsche Industriewerke, based in the Spandau quarter of Berlin, began life in the armaments industry. But after Germany's WWI defeat and the ban on weapons manufacturing, it had to find new outlets for the employees' skills. The company took over the short-lived Star marque, whose designer H.F. Ginther had created a 393cc F-head flat-twin.

Side-Valve Single

Deutsche Industriewerke used this model as the basis of its own make, the D-Rad, redesigned by their engineer, Christiansen, and launched in 1922. Christiansen lost no time in creating his own unit-construction side-valve 500 single, which replaced the flat-twin in 1927.

Reputation for Reliability

His R/4 acquired an excellent reputation for reliability, if not performance: Its leaf sprung front fork impaired its roadholding qualities. It was improved in 1926 by Martin Stolle (exBMW and Victoria), who had just succeeded Christiansen. D-Rads began to appear in endurance trials – notably in a long-distance runs from Berlin to Cairo. Stolle developed the R/6 in 1927 and the R/9 in 1928. He made his own overhead-valve R/10 in 1929. Dry-sump lubrication and a roller-bearing crank were new and rare refinements. The side-valve R/11 derivative appeared in 1930. It cost less than the R/10, which won many sport events, but was still too costly. The Great Depression proved too big an adversary for D-Rad, which threw in the towel in 1932 and was absorbed by NSU. Right until the end, the firm relied on less-ambitious models with Bark 200 and 250 two-stroke engines.


Engine: 498c (82x94mm) air-cooled single cylinder four-stroke; dry-sump lubrication

Power Rating: 16 hp

Valves: side camshafts

Fuel System: carburetor

Transmission: 3-speed, chain final drive

Suspension: girder forks (front); rigid (rear)

Brakes: drum (front & rear)

Wheels: wire (front & rear)

Weight: 320 lb

Maximum Speed: 60 mph

Between the 1929 R/9 and the Rill of 1930, there were many subtle changes, such as the replacement of the fuel tank and leaf sprung front fork by more modern designs.

Le fichier Moto Passion réalisé par François-Marie Dumas réunit près de deux mille photos accompagnées d'un historique très complet des machines présentées.
Il sera progressivement mis à jour ici et toute information complémentaire est la bienvenue sur info@moto-collection.org.

Cette documentation unique, qui constitue sans doute l'encyclopédie la plus exhaustive jamais écrite sur l'histoire de la moto, a été réalisée avec l'assistance de nombreux spécialistes dont principalement Didier Ganneau, Christophe Gaime, Mick Woollett, Jean Goyard, Bernard Salvat, Christian Rey, Yves Campion, Helmut Krackowizer, Michael Dregni, Michel Montange, etc. que je remercie ici.

Disponible sur demande :
- Les fiches originales sur papier
- Les photos et archives signées de mon nom en haute définition ou les documents originaux.
Me contacter sur info@moto-collection.org pour les conditions et droits d'utilisation.