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RT 175 VS, 1957


As well as the RT 125, the DKW RT 175 was one of the company‘s most successful post-war motorcycles. It was a new design that reached the market in 1954 and satisfied demand in the popular 175 cc class. The engine, rated at just under 10 horsepower, was notable for its excellent torque characteristic, and the four-speed gearbox helped the rider to make even better use of the available torque. The VS in the name was the abbreviation for “Vollschwingen-Modell” (swinging arm suspension); this model had modern swinging arms and spring struts at both front and rear.

Engine: 1-cylinder, 2-stroke
Displacement: 174 cc
Power: 9.6 hp at 5,000 rpm
Maximum speed: 63 mph
Fuel consumption: 88 mpg
Price: DM 1,525
Series: 1956-1958
Production: 15,010 motorcycles