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.
Manufacturing BMW - Nazi Germany
Production 4,000 Units
- Reconnaissance (RECCE)
6.89 ft (2.1 m)
3.28 ft (1 m)
3.12 ft (0.95 m)
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)
71 mph (115 kph)
158 miles (255 km)
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(Showcased armament details pertain to the BMW R61 production model)
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