Oldtimer picture gallery. Motorcycles. DKW-SB500.
DKW-SB500, SB500A ("Luxus")
Years of production: 1934 - 1939
Overall production: ? units
Length: 2125mm, width: 920mm (1938 - 740mm), height: 850mm
(1938 - 950mm), saddleheight: 675mm
Wheelbase: 1385mm, clearance: 115mm
Engine: DKW PF500/37 15hp/4000rpm, 13hp/3000rpm, 2-cyl,
2-stroke with parallel pistons, 494cc
Bore/Stroke: 68/68 mm
Compression ratio: 5,8 : 1 (1938 - 5,7 : 1)
Carburettor: Amal 5/415, 22,2mm diameter, since 1936 - Amal 76/427, 23,8mm diameter
Ignition system: battery DKW (?V), battery capacity - ? A*h
Spark plugs type: Bosch W175 TI, electrode clearance: 0,7mm
Gearbox: DKW-SG500, 3 speed
Ratios: I - 2,64, II - 1,44, III - 1
Rear wheel ratio: 1,75 (SB500A - 1,83)
Front suspension: telescope type with hydraulical shock-absorbers
Weight: 165 kg (SB500A - 180 kg)
Maximal speed: 115 km/h (105km/h with sidecar)
Tyres: 3,50-19 inches
Tyre pressures (atmospheres): front - 1,2 (with sidecar 1,3),
rear - 1,6 (1,9 for two) (with sidecar 1,7 (2,2 for three))
Fuel tank capacity: 13 L
Fuel consumption (with sidecar): 4 - 4,5 L/100km
(1938 - 3,5 L/100km), oil consumption 0,18 L/100km in mixture (1938 - 1:25)
Photos are from:
Martin Schenker homepage, Berlin,
Peter Kirchberg's book "Bildatlas Auto Union", Berlin, 1987,
"Moto" magazine, Russia,
Alejandro Diego Arcos, Puebla, Mexico.
Luxus (SB500A) version differs by two headlights and electrical starter.
What else in the net:
Lars Haalands Hjemmeside (in Norwegian).
Thanks for help to Vladimir Kolotovkin (Moscow) and Lars Haaland (Stavanger, Norway).
You are welcome to write me by E-mail Contact. Andrei Bogomolov.
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Last updated 17 IV 2002.