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Have You Ever Heard of a Tracked Motorcycle?

If you never knew a tracked motorcycle existed, you’re gonna want to see this.

Quick: what’s the lightest mass-produced German military vehicle to use the complex Schachtellaufwerk overlapped and interleaved road wheels during WWII?

If that seemed a little confusing, let’s explain some things before you try to answer. In World War II, Germany was producing all sorts of military vehicles and big guns to help their cause.

But the country felt they needed something light, agile, and easy to transport via aircraft. That’s when they implemented the creation of the Kleines Kettenkraftrad HK 101, or Kettenkrad for short.

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The Kettenkrad was designed and patented in June 1939, and saw its first action in the invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941. It came equipped with a trailer to increase hauling capabilities, and was a highly-used vehicle for a variety of objectives throughout WWII. 

Most notably, the Kettenkrad was used to transport troops, tow equipment, and lay communication wires.

Baku13/CC BY 2.5, Wikimedia
Baku13/CC BY 2.5, Wikimedia

Impressively, the Kettenkrad could climb up to 24° in sand and even more on hard ground.

Now that you know a little about the Kettenkrad, how would you like to actually drive one? It’s possible, and all you need to do is book an experience at Ox Ranch, where average Joes can book and drive tanks, tracked motorcycles, and plenty more.

In fact, the Kettenkrad at Ox Ranch saw active duty, and was captured in Belgium in 1944. You can even see bullet holes and battle damage on the tracked motorcycle itself.

How’s that for an experience you’ll never forget? Be sure to see what other packages and available experiences you can get yourself in to at DriveTanks.com.

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Have You Ever Heard of a Tracked Motorcycle?