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BMW D2-492-13-18
Photo ou archives : F-M. Dumas

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 collector’s motorcycles.

Motorcycle encyclopedia Moto Passion, realised by François-Marie Dumas, include almost 2000 photos presented with an exhaustive history of the motorcycles exhibited.

This unique collection has been realised with the participation of many specialists. With many thanks in particular to Yves Campion, Michael Dregni, Didier Ganneau, Jean Goyard, Helmut Krackowizer, Michel Montange, Christian Rey, Bernard Salvat, Mick Woollett, etc

One can order here

  • Original cards on paper (in french)
  • High resolution scans or original documents presented and signed with my name.

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