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Capacity : 750
Model : R 75 type Russie
Production : 1941 - 1942
Category : (Off-Road) 3-Wheeler Military


750 R75 Russian – 1942

Extremely collectible

Hitler’s Germany passionately believed in motorcycles and the BMW R75, better known as the "Type Russia”, is certainly worth — along with its clos relative the Zündapp KS 750 — of being called the most handsome military motorcycle ever built. It was unstoppable — except by the snow of Stalingrad!

Sterling Specs

It was designed between 1931 and 1941, and 16,500 examples were built before the destruction of the Eisenach factory by bombing at the start of 1944. This amazing machine — as rare today as it is expensive — had an off-read performance superior in many respects to that of the Jeep. The specification is impressive: a range of 225 miles, a maximum highway fuel consumption of 52 miles to the gallon (US), empty weight of 962 lbs, and a payload of 1014 lbs.

Working for the Reich

BMW and Zündapp, working together for the Fatherland, borrowed heavily from French and Belgian designs to create a sidecar with a permanently driven wheel. A complex arrangement used a split-torque differential so that different torque was transmitted to either wheel. Designed down to the last detail, the BMW even had a device for warming the rider’s hands and feet and a high-level air filter allowing the machine to plow through deep mud.


Engine: 745cc (78x78mm) air-cooled twin-cylinder four-stroke

Power Rating: 26 hp @ 4000 rpm

Valves: overhead

Fuel System: two 24mm carburettors

Transmission: 8-speed plus 2 reverse; shaft final drive; split-torque differential (2/3 motorcycle, 1/3 sidecar)

Suspension: telescopic fork (front; sidecar by torsion bar

Brakes: hydraulic drum (front & rear)

Wheels: 4.50x16 inch

Weight: 929 lb

Maximum Speed: 60 mph

Widely sought after, the BMW R75 is one of the most highly prized collectorÂ’s motorcycles.

Le fichier Moto Passion réalisé par François-Marie Dumas réunit près de deux mille photos accompagnées d'un historique très complet des machines présentées.
Il sera progressivement mis à jour ici et toute information complémentaire est la bienvenue sur info@moto-collection.org.

Cette documentation unique, qui constitue sans doute l'encyclopédie la plus exhaustive jamais écrite sur l'histoire de la moto, a été réalisée avec l'assistance de nombreux spécialistes dont principalement Didier Ganneau, Christophe Gaime, Mick Woollett, Jean Goyard, Bernard Salvat, Christian Rey, Yves Campion, Helmut Krackowizer, Michael Dregni, Michel Montange, etc. que je remercie ici.

Disponible sur demande :
- Les fiches originales sur papier
- Les photos et archives signées de mon nom en haute définition ou les documents originaux.
Me contacter sur info@moto-collection.org pour les conditions et droits d'utilisation.