BMW R-12
Image: BMW R-12 & Sidecar (Bundesarchiv)
Vehicle TypeMotorcycle Combination (Sidecar)
Origin & DesignerGermany/BMW
Numbers Produced36.000
Armament1 x 7.92mm MG34 (Pivot)
Ammunition Carried100 x 7.92mm
Pay Load[@pay_load]
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Weight188 kg
Width1.61m (With Sidecar)
Ground Clearance0.24m
Fording Depth0.25m
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Climbing Ability40°
EngineBoxer SV 745 2-Cyl (Petrol)
Transmission4 Forward & 1 Reverse
Maximum Road Range230 km
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Maximum Road Speed85 kph
Maximum Road Speed + Trailer[@maximum_road_speed_trailer]
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NotesThe German army made good use of motorcycles and this was made more prominent during the Blitzkrieg. This would allow for speed and aggressive tactics so large number of Motorcycle battalions were formed and these were equipped were equipped with R-12 motorcycles and even support weapons plus light armoured cars. The R-12 was also used in the role of liaison and communications and could be equipped with a sidecar, they were well liked and reliable and were widely used on all fronts.