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Front Wheel Drive Motorcycles Existed A Long Time Ago

  Posted at 01:56:41 PM
  File under  Special-Bikes
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France

Last month I had found a photo of strange looking motorcycle, and asked you readers if anyone knew what the bike was all about. Gilbert from Sweden did some creative research and found it.

Killinger and Freund Motorcycle

The motorcycle in question was designed by a group of 5 German engineers, and called the Killinger and Freund Motorcycle Open link in a new window. Three things are of interest:

1. The motorcycle had front wheel drive
2. The motorcycle, despite having 600cc was very light, 135 kg (297 lbs) with fuel
3. The motorcycle was designed in 1938

WWII motorcycle
The five engineers based their design on another front wheel drive bike, the Megola Open link in a new window (1921-1925).

The Killinger and Freund Motorcycle version was very aerodynamic and streamlined.

Handling was exceptional, but unfortunately it would seem that only one model was ever built.

The 2nd World War broke out, and the motorcycle was recovered by the Allies and disappeared.

Since then there have been several attempts to mass produce front wheel drive motorcycles with different success. Rokon Open link in a new window is probably the best known, and the Yamaha 2-trac WR450F Open link in a new window has received mixed reviews.

Maybe one day, someone will dig up the Killinger and Freund Motorcycle plans and restart production...

Thanks Gilbert for your research.

For more information, click here Open link in a new window
and click here for more photos and history Open link in a new window

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