DKW 1938 98 cc two stroke “RT 3 PS” frame# 441631 engine # 825499
The RT ( “Reichs Typ”) was designed to provide cheap and reliable transport for the masses.
But the RT differed from most of its lightweight competitors with ILO or Sachs engines: it was better built, had a three speed gearbox with kick-starter and had surprising power for a 97,5 cc machine.
With bore x stroke of 50×50 mm the power output was 2,5 HP for the first model brought out in 1934.
The actual weight of the machine was only 45 KG and the comfortable cruising speed was 60 KM per hour, which was a very decent output on 1934 roads.
By 1936 the RT had proven to be utterly reliable and very economical and even in the very demanding 1935 International Six Days Trials a German RT team had performed splendidly.
Around 10,000 machines had been sold till 1936 when a more powerful version, the “3 PS” was brought out.
A practical feature of this new machine was the relatively big sprung saddle, which gives a surprising amount of riding comfort.
An excellent machine for country lane touring and vintage club outings!