The Big Car Database

D Rad Motorcycles

D-Rad was a motorcycle factory in Berlin (Spandau), Germany. The factory was founded as Star, but in 1923 Deutsche Industrie-Werke took it over and changed the name to D-Rad. 

NSU merged with Deutsche Industrie-Werke in 1932 and terminated D-Rad production in 1933.

A Brief History of the Marque

Made in Germany 1921-1933

1925-1933 Deutsche Industriewerke AG, Berlin (D-RAD) 
1920-1925 Derad Aktiengesellschaft, Berlin (Derad)

The D-Rad machines developed under the direction of Martin Stolle in the thirties were extremely successful machines that were used in competitions by Franz Heck, Franz Seelos, Max Polster und Paul Bülow.

NSU bought the D-Rad company in 1931 and continued production until 1933.

D-Rad Models:

  • D-Rad Star - 1920-1922, 392cc IOE HO Boxer engine.
  • D-Rad M23 - 1922-1923, 392cc IOE HO Boxer engine.
  • D-Rad M24 - 1924-1925, 392cc IOE HO Boxer engine.
  • R 0/4 - 1924-1927, 496cc SV, 8hp, Nr. 7501-33000, 25500 built (R0/4 + R1/4)
  • R 1/4 - (1920s), 496cc SV, 12hp, sport version of R0/4
  • L 7 - 1927-1929, (R 0/4 based 600kg Lieferwagen) 496cc SV, 10-12hp. Tandem two-seater three-wheeler with a delivery box in front.
  • R 0/5 - 1927-1928, 496cc SV, 10hp, Nr.33001-35000, 2000 built
  • R 0/6 - 1928-1929, 496cc SV, 12hp, Nr.35001-44000, 9000 built
  • R 9 - 1929-1931*, 496cc SV, 12hp, Nr.44001-54000, 10000 built
  • R 10 - 1930-1933, 496cc OHV, 20hp, Nr.54001-57500, 3500 built
  • R 11 - 1931-1933, 496cc SV, 16hp, Nr.57501-60000, 2500 built
  • R 20 - 1931-1933 2-stroke 200cc Bark engine, Nr.81001-83000, @ 2000 built