German motorcycle of BMW concern – R-12 – had been produced from 1935
to 1942. During that period more than 36000 BMW R-12 had been
manufactured both military and civilian variants. The sports variant of
R-12 reached a speed record of 279.5 km/h which was held for 14 years!
Because of high reliability and significantly lower cost in comparison
with other army motorcycles BMW R-75 and KS-750, BMW R-12 has become the
most mass motorcycle in the German army. R-12 was used for delivery of
ammunition and hot food, evacuation of wounded men in rear, delivery of
messages, going for reconnaissance. In a word, it is hard to say about
all army specialties of that vehicle. Moreover, BMW R-12 was mass used
as a combat vehicle in a special motorcycle troops. In such cases its
buddy seat had been equipped with a machine gun.