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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Mighty Motorcycles of World War II

In the World War II that occurred in Europe has raised the prestige of motorcycles as a reliable means of transportation in all fields. Germany, the United States, Britain, and Russia developed a variant of a motorcycle that fits the needs of their soldiers. Now all motorcycles from World War II has a high sales value.

Here are five popular motorcycles on the World War II are:

1. Harley Davidson WLA
Harley Davidson WLA bike is a vehicle manufactured as a mainstay of U.S. soldiers during World War II. The letter "W" shows sidevalve 45 cubic inch engine or 740cc, "L" is a high compression and "A" for Army. From the historical record to produce as many as 90,000 Harley Davidson WLA during World War II. First W series came out of the Harley Davidson factory in 1937 and the first W series of military type was delivered in August, 1939 to the base of infantry Fort Knox, Kentucky was the series 39.
Harley Davidson WLA. (Picture from: http://auto.howstuffworks.com/)
WLA based on the production catalog is divided into seven different types namely Type III is the most widely produced in Milwaukee which is approximately 20,000 units of motorcycles. In World War II half of the production WLA shipped to other countries under a program called Lend-Lease from President Roosevelt. This is what causes the unit WLA more common in other countries than the U.S.

2. IMZ Ural-72
IMZ Ural-72 is a production Soviet Union that now his name has passed into Russia motorcycle. Unique vehicle designed to deal with the invasion of Nazi Germany is actually using the BMW R71 which made the German manufacturer. This is because the Russian-made motorcycle engines operate less reliable on the battlefield.
IMZ Ural-72. (Picture from: http://olive-drab.com/)
Throughout World War II, Russia produced 9,799 units IMZ Ural-72 at three locations of the factories of Moscow, Saint Petersburg, and Kharkov. Due to the attack of Nazi Germany, the factory eventually moved to Irbit. Because of its reliability, production continued until now with a new generation of more sophisticated technology such as using electronic systems made by Ducati and transmission by Herzog-Germany.

3. Welbike
This is the smallest war motorcycles are made for Special Operations Executive (SOE) of UK's arm forces. The design is deliberately made smaller because the SOE was a secret army unit that has a high mobility with the primary mission of espionage and sabotage.
Welbike. (Picture from: http://www.war44.com/)
Throughout the years 1942-1943 there are 3,461 units Welbike manufactured by the Excellsior Motor Company in Birmingham UK. Welbike carrying the 98cc, two step engine, single cylinder, and air conditioning. Power is channeled to the rear wheels through the transmission of the acceleration. Welbike has a weight of 32 kg with a capacity of 3.7-liter fuel tank.

4. NSU Kettenkrad
This bike has the most eccentric design of two-wheeled war vehicles. The back is equipped with a flatbed and wheels of steel chains such as tanks. History of motorcycles that are named Kettenkraftrad or Tracked motorcycle in English was made since the Germans need a lightweight war vehicle that can traverse any terrain, and can carry the load as well as weapons.
NSU Kattenkrad. (Picture from: http://jacaremoto.com.br/)
Ernst Kniekamp is that this idea was first raised in 1939 and production is carried out firms NSU Werke of Neckarsulm in 1941. Their numbers are small, making a very valuable Kettenkrad value. Specification is the speed between 40 to 50 miles / hour using 1,478cc Opel engine, 4 cylinder, with gasoline fueled.

5. BMW R 51
In addition to building tanks motorcycles German also make two-wheeled vehicles are equipped with the chassis side or called sijs-span. There are two kinds of two-wheeled vehicle is the standard model and combat. Special combat variants are equipped with small-caliber automatic weapons.
BMW R 51. (Picture from: http://mcintosh-guru.com/)
As the power of motorcycles, using the BMW R 51 which later developed into the R 51/2 and 51/3. This motorcycle was built in 1938 with a 494cc engine that produces power 24 hp at 5,800 rpm. The highest speed of this motorcycle is 135 km/h. Sijs-span could move swiftly because of using mono-shock rear suspension and telescopic springs front suspension. *** [OVI | PIKIRAN RAKYAT 24022012]
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