The Durkopp brand started in 1867, and has been covered here before (see DURKOPP – MOTORIZED CYCLES TO MOPEDS ). Motorcycles were produced into the second half of the 20th century, and reached a peak of sorts with the MD200. It was their largest displacement motorcycle and was produced between 1952 and 1954. It was a more powerful version of their popular MD150 which sold over 17,000 units. The MD200 had an actual displacement of 198cc and produced 10.2hp from a 2 stroke single cylinder powerplant. That was good for a top speed of 96 kph (59.6mph). The transmission was a three speed foot shift. The engine sat in a tubular frame with a telescopic fork up front. The higher displacement MD200 commanded a premium of 60 deutsche marks. It was short-lived, as Durkopp ended motorcycle and moped production in 1964, leaving only scooters to continue forward. None the less, over 10,000 machines were produced.

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