Sokól 1000 file photo [23903]

Sokól 1000

ManufacturerPanstwowe Zaklady Inzynieryjne
Primary RoleMotorcycle


ww2dbaseIn 1927, the Polish Army requested a heavy general purpose motorcycle. The firm Centralne Warsztaty Samochodowe designed the CWS M55 motorcycles and manufactured about 200 examples, but these motorcycles were ultimately decided to be unreliable. In 1931, the firm Panstwowe Zaklady Inzynieryjne (PZInz) began designing its own response to the request. The resulting design was initially named CWS M III, but it was later redesignated Sokól 1000/CWS 1000. Production began in 1933, and these motorcycles were sold to both the Polish Army as well as to the civilian market. They were known for their durability and off-road handling capabilities. Production ceased in 1939 when the country was overrun by the invading Germans; between 1933 and 1939, about 3,400 examples were built.

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Last Major Revision: Jul 2015


Sokól 1000
MachineryOne 995.4cc four-stroke v-twin engine rated at 22hp
Length2.54 m
Width1.74 m
Height1.14 m
Speed140 km/h


Men of Polish 10th Motorized Cavalry Brigade, 1938; note Browning wz. 1928 automatic rifle mounted on side car of Sokól 1000 motorcyclePolish troops on a Sokół 1000 motorcycle with a Ckm wz. 30 machine gun, 3 May 1938Polish soldier with a Browning wz. 28 automatic rifle on the sidecar of a Sokól 1000 motorcycle, 1930s

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