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BMW R61


Heavy Military Motorcycle


Armor / Land Systems

Procurement of the BMW R61 series motorcycles of the German Army of World War 2 occurred from 1938 until 1941.



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 9/9/2016 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com
To support the German war effort in World War 2 (1939-1945), the military sought out all viable motorcycle types for military service. The BMW R61 model was one example of a civilian market form being adopted for direct military service in the dispatch role. The R61 saw only limited production - procurement ran from 1938 to 1941 - as they proved quite expensive to manufacture. They were also deemed quite large for agile work. Fewer than 4,000 were built in all.

Power stemmed from a 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, 597cc 18 horsepower engine installed under the 14-liter fuel tank. This provided for roads speeds nearing 115 kmh. The R61 was the first BMW motorcycle to introduce rear suspension for a more comfortable ride.


Specifications



Year:
1938
Crew
1
Manufacturing
BMW - Nazi Germany
Production
4,000 Units
National flag of Germany National flag of Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
- Reconnaissance (RECCE)
- Utility
Length:
6.89 ft (2.1 m)
Width/Span:
3.28 ft (1 m)
Height:
3.12 ft (0.95 m)
Weight:
0 tons (185 kg; 408 lb)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the BMW R61 production model)
1 x 2-cylinder, 4-stroke 597cc engine developing 18 horsepower at 4,800rpm.
(Showcased powerplant information pertains to the BMW R61 production model)
Maximum Speed:
71 mph (115 kph)
Maximum Range:
158 miles (255 km)
(Showcased performance values pertain to the BMW R61 production model; Compare this entry against any other in our database)
None.

Ammunition:
None.
(Showcased armament details pertain to the BMW R61 production model)
R61 - Base Series Designation

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