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garm1and
03-29-2014, 09:59 PM
I just read an interesting article on the kettenkraftrad in the March 2014 issue of WWII magazine by Jim Laurier. It's name means tracked motorcycle. It was built by the NSU and Stower companies totaling about 8,000 units. They were designed to be carried by gliders or the JU 52 transport. They could carry two soldiers ( riders faced the rear enduring mud and dust ), tow trailers or guns, lay wire or mount weapons. It was an excellent vehicle in the mud, but on flat roads it could reach 43 mph. It had a six speed transmission and the front wheel and forks could be removed so it could operate just on it's tracks. It was powered by a 1.5, four cylinder liquid cooled engine. All in all, a very useful little vehicle.
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Churchill
03-30-2014, 01:13 AM
A picture of the one in Saumur is my iphone's opening background. Overall, this is a vehicle I would drive around town pretty regularly.

flamethrowerguy
03-30-2014, 04:05 AM
Also very popular with allied troops.

http://www.ww2incolor.com/d/736889-2/102id_kettenkrad_baesweiler_45_dl797vm6obw4ogckk0s 8ww0c4_ejcuplo1l0oo0sk8c40s8osc4_th

http://www.ww2incolor.com/d/346441-4/img_121

http://www.ww2incolor.com/d/259122-4/KK-WA_44_1%23

http://www.ww2incolor.com/d/259112-4/KK-WA_45_1%23

http://www.ww2incolor.com/d/27258-7/Briten+mit+erbeutetem+Kettenkrad

garm1and
03-30-2014, 05:28 AM
[QUOTE=flamethrowerguy;191737]Also very popular with allied troops.

Nice photos, thanks. :)

Nickdfresh
03-30-2014, 06:40 AM
Also very popular with allied troops.

http://www.ww2incolor.com/d/736889-2/102id_kettenkrad_baesweiler_45_dl797vm6obw4ogckk0s 8ww0c4_ejcuplo1l0oo0sk8c40s8osc4_th

http://www.ww2incolor.com/d/346441-4/img_121

http://www.ww2incolor.com/d/259122-4/KK-WA_44_1%23

http://www.ww2incolor.com/d/259112-4/KK-WA_45_1%23

http://www.ww2incolor.com/d/27258-7/Briten+mit+erbeutetem+Kettenkrad


I've never read anything on it, but I would have to guess that this vehicle in no small way influenced the post war boom in recreational and commercial use of off-road utility vehicles (ATV's)...

Nickdfresh
03-30-2014, 06:58 AM
According to Wiki, production was restarted post war, and about 550 were built for use in agriculture. Production finally ended in 1948 or '49...

garm1and
03-30-2014, 07:02 AM
I've never read anything on it, but I would have to guess that this vehicle in no small way influenced the post war boom in recreational and commercial use of off-road utility vehicles (ATV's)...
You make a good point, the kettenkrad looks like a snowmobile / dirt bike hybrid. Sure looks fun to drive.

tankgeezer
03-30-2014, 03:05 PM
It was very useful, one of the few good ideas for light transport. There were others too, though perhaps not quite as practical for the Military. Modern Hyanide Sno Bike in the center.

forager
04-21-2014, 07:07 PM
They were temperamental to handle on rough terrain.-there is a youtube showing a guy tipping one over on himself.
Jeeps were similar and many a GI met his end flipping one.

tankgeezer
04-21-2014, 07:30 PM
During my hitch, we used the M-151 series Jeep, which had independent suspension on all wheels. They were so unstable on regular roads, and streets that the Army required 8 hrs of training to get licensed to operate one. Once they began to be replaced, the Gov't required that they be torch cut into four pieces to dissuade people from using them. This plan didnt work very well, as people jigged them up, and welded them back together and drove them anyway.

Kilroy
04-22-2014, 01:31 PM
Aw I heard a little about these. Quite useful they are. If I could get my hands on one of them I don't need no drives license. Just a motorcycle license! :D

forager
04-27-2014, 11:33 PM
I was in Missouri last fall and passed an overgrown yard that literally had piles of cut up jeeps.
There was a Gamma Goat out front that is said by users to be the worst vehicle ever made in terms of using it.

tankgeezer
04-28-2014, 12:30 AM
The Gamma goat was a handful,and awful to ride in the back of. it was adopted because it could follow tracked vehicles more ably than the Jeeps, and 1-1/4 ton trucks. All wheel drive, and 4 wheel steering made it somewhat nimble. It also was able to swim after a fashion. It could operate with only 5 wheels if needed, but was a maintenance nightmare. Just keeping up with the 80+ grease fittings would be a days work..

garm1and
05-01-2014, 05:29 PM
80 grease fittings????? That must be brutal ! :shock:

tankgeezer
05-01-2014, 08:20 PM
I bet it was,, no one wanted to work on them. you'd get some serious muscles pumping grease every month.

leccy
05-02-2014, 08:38 AM
Just read that it could take up to 5 hours just to lubricate all the points on this thing. Where the h### where the grease points

tankgeezer
05-02-2014, 08:56 AM
This is just a model, but may give you an idea, each articulated joint has at least one fitting to service, not to mention levers, and peddles, hinges etc.

Kilroy
05-02-2014, 01:11 PM
So small yet the mechanics are so interesting....