Two Tracks, One Tire: The WWII Half-Motorcycle, Half-Tank

Two Tracks, One Tire: The WWII Half-Motorcycle, Half-Tank

Here’s a solution for everyone having trouble getting around the slick streets in winter. This ex-Wehrmacht machine is the love child of a motorcyle and a tank. Despite its history as a war machine, the SdKfz 2 (also known as a Kettenkrad) is a powerful vehicle that can take its driver over pretty much whatever terrain they desire.

This particular Kettenkrad was seen parked on the streets of Copenhagen. During WWII, however, it was a workhorse that was used to haul soldiers through thick mud, lay cables, pull heavy loads, and even tow aircraft to save on aircraft fuel.

The unique controls and sturdy tracks of the machine made it ideal for agricultural use even after the war. And some, like this one, were given a second life as a day-to-day transport vehicle. There are now entire communities of Kettenkrad devotees who collect and restore the machines, and gather periodically to show them off.

Of course, driving around a vehicle that was once used to carry out some pretty awful acts in the name of war wouldn’t appeal to everyone. But to lovers of truly unique vehicles, maybe these misunderstood motortanks are like stray animals who deserve love, regardless of their past.

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4 years 36 weeks ago, 10:01 PM

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I have ridden a bike for 35 years and NEVER understood putting a motorcycle front end on that thing, it couldn't have been very effective, especially for steering.

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4 years 36 weeks ago, 10:18 PM

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I would have to drive one to see if the front wheel
actually does anything. I don't see how it could.

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4 years 36 weeks ago, 10:19 PM

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I just dont get, how ya doin today CW

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4 years 36 weeks ago, 10:33 PM

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Hey mike

Hangin in there, all doped up right now.
When the steel plate in my chest gets
cold no amount of dope helps
But I'm still here so I can aggravate yall
so I'm not going to gripe about it LMAO

Hey man thanks for asking
How is your bunch?

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4 years 36 weeks ago, 10:28 PM

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Not possible,

That is a "skid steer" or nothing, there is no other way to turn that thing!!!

Kind of like a "bobcat".

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4 years 36 weeks ago, 10:36 PM

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Does it have a PTO ?

Put a mower behind it

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4 years 36 weeks ago, 10:41 PM

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Steer it with the brakes. I had a hand operated
master cylinder on the brakes of a dune-buggy
and it would throw you around a corner

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4 years 36 weeks ago, 10:58 PM

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Yes

Charles, that is a skid steer....I had a chenworth buggy years ago, same deal and you are right, throw you arond a corner hell yeah!!!

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4 years 36 weeks ago, 3:25 AM

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your kidding right?

you guys just don't see the potential here.A set of 18 inch ape hangers,extend the front end out,some bitchin paint,a blown 455 popping out of the top,and enough room in the back to haul 6 hard belly cuties,and a half-dozen cases of beer,gimme a break pussies.

here's another fun=filled fact: it's 5 to 1 in years riding jap compared to riding Harley,so Zx you have actually only ridden for 5 years,kinda like dog to people years(and global warming).the difference is time spent in repairs and at the H-D store buying T-shirts.

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4 years 36 weeks ago, 5:01 AM

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I took my Honda on a Poker Run and almost
got killed. Kept running over Harley parts that
had fallen of the lead bikes.
DAMN RATTLING PIECES OF JUNK

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NSU Built These

NSU (Neckarsulm Strickmaschinen Union) built motorcycles and step thru scooters prior to and again after the war. The tracks were controlled by the handlebars thru differential brakes. So it was essentially a skid-steer. It was powered by an Opel 1500cc 4 cylinder. 1000's were sent to the Wehrmacht Panzer Units. NSU hired a Norton Engineer away between wars and The Brits were none to happy. The company has since been sold to the Yugo's.

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