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The BMW R75 was a motorcycle used by the German Army during World War II. Development started in 1938, with serial production taking place between 1941 and 1944, with a number of post-war vehicles being built in 1946 for the Soviet Union. Total manufacture was somewhere less than 20,000 units.

The vehicles were fitted with a locking differential and selectable road and off-road gear ratios through which all four and reverse gears worked. This made the R75 highly manoeuvrable and capable of negotiating most surfaces, giving it a good reputation during its extensive use in North Africa and Russia, as well as encouraging foreign powers to copy the design. During the war, the American XA42 was developed as a direct response to the R75, with modifications on the design being built in Russia, China, East Germany and Sweden in the years after.

Battlefield 1942Edit

The R75 is a German motorcycle featured in Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons of WWII. The vehicle can seat two, with the passenger in the sidecar able to use a mounted MG42.

The vehicle is the Axis counterpart to the XA42.