The motorbike that the Germans used during Europe blitzkrieg in the 40s. BMW R75 with a sidecar unit. Anyone still remember the show Born To Ride starring John Stamos in the 90s. That motorcycle show had me grown fond for this German marque however…. not the yankees’.
During WWII, BMW produced the BMW R75 motorcycle with a sidecar attached. Unusually, the sidecar’s wheel was also driven. Combined with a lockable differential, this made the vehicle very capable off-road, an equivalent in many ways to the Jeep. This is a technically advanced machine in which the third side-car wheel was driven from an axle connected to the rear wheel of the motorcycle, effectively making it a three-wheeled vehicle. Fitted with a locking differential and selectable road and off-road gear ratios the R75 was highly manoeuvrable and capable of negotiating most surfaces. It was even fitted with a reverse gear. It was this technological R75 at that time that had the Allied yankees dropped their jaw in awe and instructed the upcoming Harley-Davidson to come up with something up-to-match with this marvel in order to stay compete in mobilisation power.
However, today, Harley-Davidson is the more sought-after de facto chopper touring big bike.