BMW R12 motorcycle

History, technical sheet and photo

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BMW R12 motorcycle history

Fast and handy, the BMW R12 is produced in civilian to nearly 20,000 units. In 1935, the already famous German company BMW began production of the military version of the R12 motorcycle, in order to equip the Wehrmacht police and combat units (for reconnaissance and inter-arms connections).

The BMW R12 motorcycle could be fitted with a sidecar to provide light fire support to the light infantry thanks to the support of an MG 34 or MG 42 machine gun.

Fast, easy to handle, the BMW R12 proved to be a reliable and robust motorcycle.

BMW R12 motorcycle specification

Creator/User: Germany
Denomination : BMW R12

Length: 2,10 m
Width: 0,90 m
Height: 0,94 m
Weight: 188 kg
Maximum speed: 100 km/h
Operational range: 255 km
Fuel consumption: 3.5-4L (every 100 km)

Engine: two-cylinder boxer 745cm³ – 18 hp at 3400 rev/min (20 hp at 4000 rev/min in the version with two carburetors)
Transmission: manual