So in researching prewar motorcycles, looking for inspiration for “Junker” I came across this neat little number that I just had to draw.
Pen and ink
It’s a DKW RT125, Circa 1930. DKW was a german auto manufacturer and the largest motorcycle manufacturer of the era. The company began life building steam fittings and was founded almost 100 years ago. The DKW standing for Dampf Kraft Wagen or Steam Driven Car. After the great Great Depression the company merged with 3 other auto manufacturers to form “Auto Union”. It’s logo of 4 interlocking rings you might recognize, as this company would later become the ubiquitous Audi. Each of the four companies originally manufactured within one market as to avoid competition. DKW focusing on inexpensive cars and motorcycles. The RT series had a two-stroke enigine and was derivative of the company’s first motorcycle nicknamed Das Kleine Wunder which is german for The Little Wonder. See what they did there… cute.