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BMW Motorcycles (First Gear) by Doug Mitchel

By Doug Mitchel

Everything you need to find out about 40 of the main iconic BMW motorcycles.

BMW Motorcycles deals historical past and images on 40 of the main iconic bikes equipped by means of Germany's best motorbike producer: BMW. From the preâ??World conflict II BMWs that outlined functionality in that period, to the Earles-forked machines that provided the ideal platform for mounting a Steib sidecar, to the "flying bricks," to the GS (Gelände activity) sequence that introduced a dual-sport revolution, correct as much as today's world-class superbikes. All of BMW's motorcycle households are coveredâ??the side-valve machines from the preâ??World conflict II years, the early overhead-valve functionality motorcycles, the postwar Airheads and Oilheads, the three-cylinder, four-cylinder, and six-cylinder traveling motorcycles, the early pushrod singles, the trendy overhead-cam singles, the newest parallel twins, and inline-four cylinder recreation motorcycles. From the 1st version, the R32 that introduced BMW's bike dynasty, to the most recent (and quickest) version, the realm great motorbike dominating S1000RR, this booklet captures approximately a century of motorcycling excellence with thorough info and lovely, full-color images.

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The drivetrain was composed of a high-ratio gearbox that included a reverse gear on the engine as well as another on the differential. For normal conditions, the gearbox offered four forward 18,000 R75s were produced for wartime use between 1941 and 1944. In 1945, World War II ended, and like many other manufacturers in Europe, BMW would need some time to get back into the business of producing its twowheeled machines. 1942 R75 Military with Sidecar Engine Type: Horizontally opposed twin Displacement: 745cc Years Produced: 1941–1944 Valve Configuration: Overhead valve Horsepower: 26 at 4,000 rpm Top Speed: 59 miles per hour 1942 R75 Military with Sidecar and one reverse gear.

The R51/2 was still powered by a flat-twin 494cc engine that delivered 24 horsepower at 5,800 rpm. The fuel tank had a three-gallon capacity, which limited your travels unless refueling was an easy option. A pair of Bing carbs meted out the fuel needed with ease. Slowing the R51/2 was a drum brake at each wheel, each measuring 7 7/8 inches. With a Offered from 1950 to 1951, the R51/2 had a production run of 5,000 units. The radically enhanced R51/3 hit triple digits for its run from 1951 to 1954, but BMW had begun selling its wares in the United States as of 1952, radically expanding its market.

Choosing a 745cc opposed-twin design, the company developed its newest model, the R75. Able to crawl at low speeds for hours, as well as handle rough terrain at high speed, the R75 could be equipped with a wide variety of armament, including the Mauser MG34, a nonfunctioning version of which is attached to the rig pictured here. One unique feature of the R75 was the attachment of the sidecar, which also provided power to the wheel on the hack. The drivetrain was composed of a high-ratio gearbox that included a reverse gear on the engine as well as another on the differential.

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