History on two wheels - The ZPsport 449



History on two wheels -  The ZPsport 449

What do you get when history, the love for motorcycles and excellent craftsmanship come together? Well, you get a motorbike like the ZPsport 449. Zschopau was the hometown of DKW, a venerable German motorcycle manufacturer that contributed one ring to the Audi monogram. DKW produced Germany’s first motorcycle about 90 years ago and hence, Zschopau is a town that naturally holds immense significance.

Bringing together the best components that money can buy, the 449, a mere 130 kg of kerb weight, is powered by a 45 bhp Gas Gas motor, which is good for 5.3 kgm of pure lugging strength. Ohlins shocks tackle the suspension requirements at the rear while a period-looking set of MUPO forks take care of the front. Stopping force is supplied by Brembo, with a 260 mm disc bitten down by a dual-piston calliper at the fore, while the aft utilises a 220 mm disc chomped upon by a single piston calliper. The classic enduro styling, with the body panels being hand-made by artisans in the Zschopau area, is further complemented by the knobby 90/90-21 front and 140/80-18 rear Metzeler rubber.

The company will gladly fit touring tyres to your ZPsport 449, which makes sense especially since it costs the equivalent of over Rs 15 lakh. Yep, that’s a tad more than what the Ducati Panigale costs in Europe. Wow, that is indeed one expensive history lesson!