In the 1930’s BMW were producing a number of popular and highly effective motorcycles. In 1938 development of the R75 started in response to a request from the military. Preproduction models of the R75 were powered by a 750cc side valve engine, which was based on the R71 engine. However it was quickly found necessary to design an all-new OHV 750cc engine for the R75 unit. This OHV engine later proved to be the basis for subsequent post-war twin BMW engines like the R51/3, R67 and R68.
Since the target of 20,200 BMW R75’s was not reached, it remained in production until the Eisenach factory ceased production in 1944. However, the standardisation programme meant that machines that were produced by BMW and Zündapp used 70% of the same components. This simplifies the supply of spare parts for these vehicles, many of which are still in the hands of historic motorcycle enthusiasts. These vehicles are still highly desirable as collector’s items because of their complex and durable technology, and are correspondingly expensive. A well-restored R75 can be still used for everyday purposes, on or off-road without problems.
One of three from this fabulous collection, this bike attracts interest from all angles. A well kitted example with all of its original flare. One not to be missed!
Offered at No Reserve on 18th May 2019 at Chiswick House.