Zundapp KS750: BMW R75

The unit motorpool also features a pair of motorcycle/sidecar combinations; an original Zundapp KS750 and a post-war manufacture BMW R75.  Both combinations feature a two-cylinder, two-stroke 0.75L displacement motor.  The vehicles seat up to three fully-equipped dispatch messengers or combat infantry.  These versatile motorcycles can be employed in a variety of roles including, but not limited to, carrying messages/dispatches, reconnaissance, transport, towing, and direct combat roles.  The frame can be adapted to carry light equipment, ammunition, food, and fuel.  The sidecar can be configured to carry a light machine gun and several ammunition crates.  The drive train is strong enough to tow medium anti-tank weaponry including the 4.5 cm Panzerabwehrkanone 184(r). 

Below are some key specifications of the
Zundapp KS 750 and the similar BMW R75:

Engine displacement: 750cc/0.75L (liters)
Cylinders: 2
Top Speed: 95 Km/h (kilometers per hour)
Gross weight (loaded): 840Kg (kilograms)
Fuel consumption: 6.5L/100Km

Feldwebel Claus of Second Platoon on the Zundapp KS 750.  Note the divisional tactical
markings on the sidecar and the driver’s special equipment including a dust overcoat and
leather gauntlets.
A BMW R75, having recently arrived at the front, without tactical markings.  Note the light
machine gun mount at center and blackout headlight cover.
A detailed rear-view of the KS750 shows the additional seat (directly behind the driver)
and the third side-mounted equipment leather equipment case.  The KS750 can be retrofitted to carry a variety of critical supplies including ammunition, fuel, food, and weapons.
The R75 deployed on infantry exercises alongside a Ford VS3000 troop carrier prior to the defensive campaign in central Italy.
Seen here in the dual combat/reconnaissance role, several motorcycle combinations,
including the R75, lead an armored column through open country.  Note the Kubelwagen, carrying
the Kompanie staff, in the foreground.