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Jan's 1976 Zundapp GTS50

Harley Oldschoool Bobber - Friends got Wheelz...

While this site is about our Harley Oldschool Bobber restoration and conversion project, we've got a lot of friends and family around who have their own hobbies and their own preferred means of transportation. These friends and family provide us with a lot of help and support, so we decided to give some proper attention to their favourites too.

One of those good friends is Jan. Just like ourselves, he's a bit nuts. And where L&T are into Harleys, Jan is into Zundapps. At the picture below you see him cleaning his 1976 Zundapp GTS50.

Photo of 1976 Zundapp GTS50 Type 517 - by Harley Oldschool Bobber. Jan got this 1976 GTS50 Zundapp moped quite recently by trading his electric guitar and an amplifier. She's in good running condition, and Jan rides her to work every day. She is showing some wear and tear though, and Jan is planning a full restoration.

Photo of 1976 Zundapp GTS50 moped Type 517 - by Harley Oldschool Bobber. Jan's 1976 GTS50 is a Zundapp Type 517. She's got a 50cc single cylinder two stroke engine, a 4 speed tranny, left foot shift, and right foot rear brake.

The Zundapp Culture

Now, if you are not from the Netherlands, and not born in the 50's or 60's, the name Zundapp or Zündapp may not ring a bell. As you can see from the pictures, a Zundapp is a light motorcycle, or moped. In Dutch: a "brommer".

Together with Kreidler mopeds, another German motorcycle brand, Zundapps were very popular with Dutch teenagers in the 60's and 70's of the previous century.

And now they are a cult thing:

Photo of Jan on his 1976 Zundapp GTS50 Type 517 - by Harley Oldschool Bobber. As you can see, some people will never get old! They simply refuse to!

Photo of Jan in his own private Zundapp moped workshop - by Harley Oldschool Bobber. Jan is working on at least two more Zundapp models in his little private workshop: a 1968 Zundapp CS50 Type 517 with a 5 speed gearbox, and a 1990 Zundapp KS50 Type 529 with 4 speed gearbox.

More to come!

April 2009

Dutch Moped Laws - an Introduction

In the Netherlands you are not allowed to ride a motorbike until you are 18 and in possession of a valid licence. But from 16 years on you are allowed to ride a moped. By Dutch law, a moped shall have no more than 50cc displacement and not go faster than 30km/hr in town and 40km/hr outside town.

That's just a mere 18 mph and 25 mph!

Of course those kind of speeds do not match the lust for life of guys between 16 and 18, and while Kreidlers and Zundapps were good looking mopeds, most of their popularity was probably due to the fact that with some simple measures they could quite easily be pursuaded to go 70km/hr or more...