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Barber's Best

A virtual tour of the classic motorcycle collection on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Ala.


1943 BMW R75

1943 BMW R75

Country: Germany
Engine: Air-cooled transverse twin cylinder four-stroke
Ignition: Magneto
Power rating: 26bhp @4,000rpm
Bore x stroke: 78 x 78mm
Displacement: 745cc
Valves: Overhead, pushrod activated
Fuel system: Single Graetzin Sa 24/1 carburetor
Transmission: 4-speed and reverse, 3-speed and reverse in low range. Shaft final drive with optional sidecar wheel drive
Suspension: Front telescopic forks, rigid rear
Brakes: Front drum, rear and sidecar hydraulic drum
Weight: 1,000lb
Top speed: 56mph

1943 BMW R75

This BMW with Steib sidecar had originally been designed to tow a light gun, but the weight on the tow-bar lifted the front wheel off the ground. Armed with a mobile machine gun, the BMW was a rugged, reliable go-anywhere vehicle. Expensive to build, its cost was double of the Porsche-designed VW (Jeep-like) vehicle. Even so, 16,500 machines were built and remained in service throughout the war. The palm tree insignia indicates this machine was part of Erwin Rommel's Afrika Korps.

1943 BMW R75

1943 BMW R75

1943 BMW R75