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BMW R61


Heavy Military Motorcycle


Procurement of the BMW R61 series motorcycles of the German Army of World War 2 occurred from 1938 until 1941.
Authored By: Staff Writer | Edited: 9/9/2016
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Specifications


Year: 1938
Manufacturer(s): BMW - Nazi Germany
Production: 4,000
Capabilities: Reconnaissance (RECCE); Utility;
Crew: 1
Length: 6.89 ft (2.1 m)
Width: 3.28 ft (1 m)
Height: 3.12 ft (0.95 m)
Weight: 0 tons (185 kg); 408 lb
Power: 1 x 2-cylinder, 4-stroke 597cc engine developing 18 horsepower at 4,800rpm.
Speed: 71 mph (115 kph)
Range: 158 miles (255 km)
Operators: Nazi Germany
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.






Armament



None.

Ammunition:
None.

Variants / Models



• R61 - Base Series Designation
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