The 1971 Munch TTS motorcycle -- any Munch motorcycle, in fact -- is a rare sight. Only about 250 Munch motorcycles were ever built, with fewer than 50 delivered to the United States.
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Embracing the philosophy that "bigger is better," Friedl Munch of Germany introduced the bike that bears his name in 1966.
At a time when it was rare that a motorcycle was larger than 750 cc (Harley-Davidsons excluded, of course), the first Munch carried a 1000-cc four-cylinder NSU automotive powerplant -- and they would get even bigger.
By the time production wound down in the 1980s, displacement was up to 1286 cc, resulting in 104 fuel-injected horsepower.
It's rumored that no two Munch bikes were exactly alike. Styling can best be described as bulky, weight the same.
The 1971 Munch TTS motorcycle pictured with this article is powered by a 1200-cc four. Its dual headlights are a Munch trademark.
It also has a "turbine vane" cast rear wheel, spoke front wheel with huge drum brake, and a full complement of gauges, including a clock.
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The 1971 Munch TTS was an unwieldy but powerful machine. The one pictured here boasts a 1200-cc four.