König 500 GP

Kim Newcombe replica built by Rod Tingate

Words & Images by Phil Aynsley


This is arguably the bike that heralded the coming dominance of two-strokes in the premier 500cc GP class – the König.

König 500 GP
König 500 GP

König 500 GP
König 500 GP

I can recommend reading this article: König 500 GP – Outboard-Powered Underdog, for an excellent history of both the development of the bike and Kiwi rider/mechanic Kim Newcombe whose story is integral with it.

König 500 GP
Kim actually moved to Germany to work for König in 1968

König 500 GP
König 500 GP

This particular bike is an extremely accurate replica of Kim’s 1973 mount, built by the well known Victorian mechanic/fabricator/rider Rod Tingate – who was Kim’s race mechanic back in ’73. An original motor was donated by Dieter König after Kim’s death in ’73.

The gearbox, waterpan, tank and rear brake were purchased from the factory at a later date. Rod built the chassis using the original factory drawings.

König 500 GP
Kim would later take over from Dodds, racing the König 500 GP, which had early reliability issues

König 500 GP
König 500 GP

According to Dieter, Kim’s bikes were dismantled and the motors were used by hydroplane racers so this machine is most likely the closest to his race bikes in existence.

König 500 GP
This bike features an original motor donated by Dieter König after Kim’s death

König 500 GP
König 500 GP

König 500 GP
König 500 GP

König 500 GP
König 500 GP

Rod had made the seat stickers and race numbers back in ’73 and Kim’s wife Janine was able to provide the original pattern, as well as the original sponsor stickers, she had kept since then.

The König 500 GP
Kim would take the bike to its first victory at the Avus track in Berlin

König 500 GP
He would go on to dominate on the König 500 GP through 1973

König 500 GP
Kim sadly passed away, racing the König 500 GP at Silverstone, after which König withdrew from motorcycle racing

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