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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 03-21-2002, 03:48 AM Thread Starter
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A motorcycle tank??

Here is a good one for you

This is a combination of motorcycle and tank!!
Who produced it , when, how was it called, etc.

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It looks like something you'd see put together in that show Junkyard Wars!

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I guess the drivers were dispensible....
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I've seen these in World War II movies. They always have the German soldiers riding around on them. So... since everybody knows that movies are always factual, it must be German (or one of the Axis countries) and must from be around that time period.

Am I getting warm? or has Hollywood failed me?

BTW, I've always wondered how these things handle. I wouldn't think that one bike wheel in front would have enough "turning power" to turn that bulky mass and those two big tracks. Tanks usually turn by using the tracks. If this does the same, why have the wheel?

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Ural.

It is called a track bike. Track bike... oh I kill me.
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post #6 of 21 (permalink) Old 03-21-2002, 06:51 AM
 
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KettenRad, or chain Bike.
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Am I getting warm? or has Hollywood failed me?
I think I remember seeing Telly Savalas on one in the Dirty Dozen,

Oh and it was made by NSU, who later joined DKW, Auto Union, Wanderer among others to become Audi and create Kraft durch Technik to fool americans into buying overpriced Volkswagons. They also made a cool suoercharged GP racer.
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Hi Aris,

The NSU Kettenkrads were produced between 1940 - 1949. A total of 8411 were produced between 1940 - 1945. An additional 550 more were produced between 1945 - 1949.

"Ketten" = "Tracks"

"Krad" is the military short form of "Kraftrad" = "Motorcycle".

So a "Kettenkrad" is a "tracked motorcycle".

Link source: http://www.kettenkrad.de/indexe.htm

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Tigertex you were warm , but Lt Gustl was hot and finally Andy found everything about it

Tigertex, by turning the handlebars, the driver controlled also the clutches of the two tracks, just like the controls of a normal tank do.
There is no way the front wheel would turn the thing otherwise, as you pointed out!

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What was their purpose....
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