I honestly don't know if this thing was designed by the Nazis or by Cobra Commander, but I do know that I really do want one.
That was awesome and you know it, sir.
I could make a fortune at the local harvest festival: kettenkrad rides,
its a shame they lost.
Well, the first ATV basically.
The conditions they had to deal with, I support the tracks were in order but dang... the front wheel *is* ridiculous.
5 stars for that!
That was one of the few vehicles that could make a go of it in the deep-ass mud on the Russian Front. The steering design is actually really cool - the cycle wheel controls the steering until it goes past a certain angle, at which point it connects to the tread systems and uses them to steer.
It's like the Power Wheels company made a tankcycle... for adults. How much do they cost?
I would imagine the biggest expense would be shipping one here from Europe. Still, if I had crazy money? Hell yeah.
I wonder if you couldn't just rig up your own homebrew Kettenkrad using U.S.-available parts. Build it up off of one of those little tracked diggers that's like a baby steam shovel.
In the U.S., I'd say you'd almost definitely be better off getting a custom bike shop to build you one, come to think of it. Stuff I've found online suggests that when they come up for auction, they go for 0k+ as they're pretty in-demand from collectors of military equipment.
Apparently, they didn't have a particularly long life expectancy, what with the gas tanks sitting on either side of the driver's compartment.
One on eBay is gone. : (
I've always wanted to see one actually moving around, I've only seen pictures. It is of German design, this one was obviously captured and painted so they wouldn't get shot up. I think the little bastard can actually go about 45-50 mph, from what I've read. God I want one of these so bad. Imagine rolling up next to some ass on a Harley. "Hey, nice bike. Can yours go pretty much anywhere you want to go? No? That's cool. I've got muthafuckin' TRACKS on my hog, bitches."
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