Motorcycles don’t get more vintage than the D-RAD R9. Deutsche Werke AG, the manufacturer of the D-RAD R9, used to be just a state-owned armaments manufacturer, before diversifying into the production of bedsteads, agricultural machinery, and railway rolling stock after The Great War. Around the year 1921, they set up the company Deutsche Kraftfahrzeugwerke AG in Spandau, to manufacture motorcycles under the ‘Star’ brand name. While we can’t be sure of the year of the particular motorcycle in today’s video, we do know that it was produced between the years 1929 and 1930 – read on to find out why.
Designer Martin Stolle took over as Deutsche Kraftfahrzeugwerke AG‘s chief designer in 1927, and created the R9 in 1929 – by which time Deutsche Kraftfahrzeugwerke AG had been reorganized as Deutsche Industrie-Werke AG. As yet another sidevalve ‘500’ produced by the company, the R9 featured a then-fashionable sloper engine and between-the-rails tank, eventually being replaced with a ‘saddle’ tank for the production year 1930, which also happened to be the final year of R9 production. Approximately only 10,000 D-RAD R9 motorcycles were made.
The R9 in today’s video is in mint condition – while it gives its owner a tad bit of trouble starting (it wouldn’t be a kick start if it didn’t, amiright?) – it is a beautiful piece of motorcycle history and it wouldn’t be fair if we didn’t share it with you here at BON today. Not only does it look impeccable, it sounds every bit as fierce as a motorcycle should. Check it out below, and tell us if you’ve even had the pleasure of experiencing one of the only 10,000 D-RAD R9’s ever made.