The Flying Flea

Vicky Turner finds out more about The Royal Enfield motorbike that leapt into service with the airborne forces on D-Day and during Operation Market Garden

Just a handful were built for civilian use before war broke out across Europe in 1939

In 1934, Germany company DKW launched its RT100 motorcycle. Designed by Hermann Weber, it quickly became the best-selling motorbike of the 1930s with more than 70,000 being built. Its design was enduring; it was an air-cooled single-cylinder, two-stroke engine with a flat piston and was revolutionary, containing as it did, DKW’s patented Schnürle reverse flush technology. It, and its successor the RT125, became the world’s most copied motorbike being produced in many countries by different manufacturers under license.

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