German BMW R75 w/Side Car Kit
1:35 Scale Military Miniature Series Number 16
History of the German BMW R75 w/Side Car
Treaty of Versailles concluded after Germany's defeat in World War I
stipulated that the German Army should not consist of more tha 100,000
officers and men nor possess even tanks or armoured cars. Under these
circumstances, the Reichswehr paid it attention to motorcycles (kraftrad
or krad) as a successor to cavalry orderly and bicycle orderly, and
started to concentrate its energies upon production of cars, transport
lorries and motorcycles for mechanization of fighting troops.
Motorcycles among others were first used as the main body of mechanized
troops since they had such advantages that they were relatively
inexpensive and those developed for non-military use could be used as
they were. It was the BMW Model R75 having tough body and reverse gear
that appeared at this point of time and displayed excellent ability.
BMW's traditional 2-cylinder flat engine of 746cc had a maximum output
of 26hp and gave the 400kg motorcycle with a sidecar a maximum speed of
95km/h. Carrying an MG34 or sometimes even at trench mortar on its
sidecar, the R75 served as the spearhead of attacks and showed activity.
It was also used by the Waffen S.S. which guarded Hitler. A large
number of the R75 were employed by the Afrika Korps under the command of
General Rommel and stood battles in severe, hot deserts, which raised
its reputation further.