In the fall of 2009 I started looking for my first motorcycle. The criterias was a rigid rear, a drop shaped tank and preferably a black license plate.
One day a friend of mine turned my attention to a 1954 DKW rt125/2 - a 122ccm two stroker with 5,2 hp from new - which was for sale for dkr.5000,- (arround $900), still with the original '54 plate on it! But it was more than 400 kilometers away, so I planed to stop by a couple of friends in that end of denmark, spending a weekend picking it up.
Saturday we picked it up, unable to take it for more than a 150 meters testdrive, before it stalled. Back at my friends, we adjusted the ignition, and I drove it the most of that winter, after replacing the irritating "not high enough to be cool, not low enough to be comfortable, just NOT" handlebar with a home bended, Harley-style one, 118cm wide.
A couple of weeks after we've picked it up, I found another one near by, a rt125/2E (don't know, if the E stands for something special), which was complete, but rusty and without registration papers, but good enough for spare parts (or maybe a race bike project?).
I'd been driving it for roughly five month, when the rear brake backing plate broke, so I didn't get to drive it much the first summer, due to no rear brake. In the 2010/2011 winter I found an electric ignition (http://www.powerdynamo.biz/eng/systems/7029/7029main.htm
) and since I've installed that, it has been running a lot in the streets of Copenhagen!
I just fited the full rear fender from the spare part bike and a Ford Model A tail light. I know, most bikers doesn't think full fendered bikes are cool, but driving it all year also means driving it in the rainy fall, and with that chopped rear fender I arrive with a wet behind, the so called "Bikers Butt"! And a full fender takes care of that.
Next plan is to give it some new paint. And I think, the planned paint scheme might help getting rid of some of the full fendered look.
Uploaded some videos of it, when I just had gotten it home: