1980 DKW W2000 Rotary 'Oil Injection' Frame no. 480005128 Engine no. 7587581

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Lot 489
1980 DKW W2000 Rotary 'Oil Injection'
Registration no. SLG 156V Frame no. 480005128 Engine no. 7587581

Sold for £ 3,450 (US$ 4,511) inc. premium
1980 DKW W2000 Rotary 'Oil Injection'
Registration no. SLG 156V
Frame no. 480005128
Engine no. 7587581
Although it would eventually prove a technological blind alley, the rotary engine seemed full of promise for automotive applications in the early 1970s. Three major motorcycle manufacturers released models using rotary engines: Suzuki, Norton, and DKW. Introduced to the UK in 1973, DKW's offering was the W2000 (marketed as the Hercules W2000 elsewhere) which was powered by a single-rotor Fichtel & Sachs snowmobile engine displacing 294cc. This fan-cooled unit drove via a six-speed transmission and was suspended from a tubular spine frame, while the rest of the cycle parts were entirely conventional. It goes without saying that its rotary engine was vibration-less, but the little 'Deek' possessed other virtues: excellent build quality, superb handling, BMW-like rider comfort and the convenience of an electric starter. Top speed was around 95mph.

We are advised by the vendor that this DKW W2000 is one of only 199 'oil injection' models ever made (petroil lubrication was used originally). In poor condition when acquired by the owner in 1991, the machine was partly refurbished soon afterwards but its restoration was not completed until 2016/2017. Bob's Motorbike Shop carried out the work to bring the DKW to its present good standard. The machine is offered with sundry bills; a quantity of MoTs (most recent expired September 2018); and a V5C document.

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1980 DKW W2000 Rotary 'Oil Injection' Frame no. 480005128 Engine no. 7587581
1980 DKW W2000 Rotary 'Oil Injection' Frame no. 480005128 Engine no. 7587581
1980 DKW W2000 Rotary 'Oil Injection' Frame no. 480005128 Engine no. 7587581
1980 DKW W2000 Rotary 'Oil Injection' Frame no. 480005128 Engine no. 7587581
1980 DKW W2000 Rotary 'Oil Injection' Frame no. 480005128 Engine no. 7587581
1980 DKW W2000 Rotary 'Oil Injection' Frame no. 480005128 Engine no. 7587581
1980 DKW W2000 Rotary 'Oil Injection' Frame no. 480005128 Engine no. 7587581
1980 DKW W2000 Rotary 'Oil Injection' Frame no. 480005128 Engine no. 7587581
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