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Capacity : 200
Model : KK
Production : 1937 - 1938
Category : (R) Street Bike


KK 200 - 1935

Expensive prestigious lightweight

Having built several two-stroke models, Zündapp – then in full expansion – launched its KK 200 in 1935. lt was a more powerful developed version of the K 200, from which it differed principally in having a pressed-steel frame, which saved a little weight. ("KK" the abbreviation of the German words for "little shaft-drive box-frame.")

Sophisticated but Costly

Zündapp had tried to create a lightweight equivalent of its prestigious K 800. Its single-cylinder engine was set across the frame, driving the back wheel through a dry plate clutch, a four-speed all-chain gearbox and a shaft final drive. Like most German models of those days, the KK 200 had no rear suspension. Its labor-intensive manufacturing made this low-powered machine expensive for the average purchaser.

First of a Famous Line

In 1936, it was replaced by a derivative bored out to 350cc, which had no greater performance but was even more expensive. The latter model was finally dropped from the catalogue in I 937 when it was replaced by the more conventional Derby 250. The KK 200 did not vanish entirely, however, for its frame was used as the basis for a 500cc overhead-valve flat-twin and was even used on the KKS 500 competition models. While it proved the frame's durability, it also showed that it had been too heavy for a little 200cc two-stroke! Though it found few customers, the KK 200 was the first of the famed "KK" models that made the name of Zündapp fapmous in the 1930s.


Engine: 198cc (60x70 mm) air-cooled single-cylinder, coil ignition

Power Rating: 7 hp @ 3850 rpm

Valves: two-stroke

Fuel System: carburetor

Transmission: auto-type dry clutch; 4-speed chain transmission, shaft final drive

Suspension: pressed-steel girder forks (from); rigid (rear)

Brakes: drum (front & rear)

Wheels: 19 inch interchangeable wire

Weight: 290 lb

Maximum Speed: 50 mph

Only built over a two-year period, the little KK 200 was the first of the famed "KK" models that brought success to Zündapp before WWII.

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.

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