40 Greatest Military Motorcycles
Offering less defense than traditional military transport vehicles, motorcycles were used widespread during both World War I and World War II. They were quick, nimble and in some cases loaded with weaponry and ammunition. The ability to get into virtually any space – whether it’s paved, graveled, or grassy – was a valuable asset during wartime. Ultra-rushed messages were sent via high-speed motorcycle. Military leaders transported between the front and rear lines via motorcycles.
There are all the classic, heavy, loud and proud motorcycles on here that you would expect. But there is also several currently-used models of military bikes. Some of which even have ultra-quiet electric motors and high-tech dash options. The world of military motorcycles might just be way bigger than you imagined.
The earliest live-action motion pictures – especially those involving the military – immortalized motorcycles. When you see a motorcycle, you just think of an earlier time. But when you see a military motorcycle, that’s a very specific idea of a vehicle. Check out our list of the 40 greatest military motorcycles.
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Rev your engines as we take a thrilling ride through the history of military motorcycles! Get ready to discover 40 of the greatest military motorcycles of all time, from their earliest deployments to their most daring missions. From rugged designs to powerful engines, these motorcycles have been crucial tools for military operations around the world. But that’s just the beginning. As you journey through this list, you’ll uncover some of the most fascinating stories behind these iconic vehicles. From their evolution over time to their most daring uses in battle, there’s so much to learn about the history of military motorcycles. So gear up and get ready for an unforgettable journey through the world of the greatest military motorcycles in history.
40. Harley Davidson J Model 1916
39. 1914 Indian Hendee Special
38. Triumph Model H
37. Indian Powerplus
36. Harley-Davidson Model 17F/J
35. Clyno 750c.c. Machine
34. Douglass Motorcycle
33. 1917 Russian Matchless Motorbike
32. Puch P800
31. ČZ 175
30. 1943 BMW R75
29. Gnome et Rhône 800 AX
28. FN M12
27. Zündapp KS 750 Kokonaisturvallisuus
26. Rikuo Type 97
25. Norton 16H
24. Norton 633
23. Excelsior Welbike
22. 1943 Sd.Kfz 2 NSU HK101 Kettenkrad
21. The Moto Guzzi Trialce
20. BMW R71
19. Dnepr M-72
18. The BSA G14
17. 1941 BSA W-M20
16. ZUNDAPP KS750 1944
15. Royal Enfield WD/RE
In 1939, Royal Enfield was commissioned to specifically develop several different motorcycles for WWII. However, the WD/RE was by far the best and most memorable. British troops affectionately dubbed it the “Flying Flea”, because it was tiny and lightweight. The 125 cc powered motorcycles were designed to be dropped into hot zones via parachute. Once on the ground, they would be used by British paratroopers behind enemy lines to establish and maintain safe communication with each other. Flying Fleas were the troop favorite because their two-stroke engines could run on any type of gasoline. In addition, they were light enough to be picked up and carried over obstacles or squeeze through tight spaces.