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Chart of Military Motorcycles & Scooters

Motorcycles & Scooters have been used by the military since they became available early in the 20th century. Light and maneuverable, they displaced horses as mounts for scouts and messengers as well as for military police and other similar duties. They could travel without roads and had minimal requirements for fuel and maintenance. In World War II, they were heavily used by U.S. and Allied forces as well as by German, Russian, British and other armies. They have been largely replaced by jeeps, HMMWVs, or even ATVs in the modern period, although some remain in use by Special Forces, military police and for other special functions.

PFC Rogelio Guerra, vehicle operator with 3rd Bn 3rd Marines, riding an M1030 USMC motorcycle during Exercise Tandem Thrust 2001, Shoalwater Bay, Queensland, Australia, 15 May 2001.
PFC Rogelio Guerra, vehicle operator with 3rd Bn 3rd Marines, riding an M1030 USMC motorcycle during Exercise Tandem Thrust 2001, Shoalwater Bay, Queensland, Australia, 15 May 2001.

Today in WW II: 19 Apr 1941 British troops sent to Iraq.  More 
19 Apr 1943 On the first day of Passover, 2000 German troops marched into the Warsaw Ghetto to round up remaining Jews but were attacked and routed by the residents.
19 Apr 1944 Japanese launch Operation ICHIGO, the first Japanese ground offensive in China since December 1941.
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Chart of Military Motorcycles & Scooters

In this chart of military motorcycles & scooters, click on the photo link to go to the page of photos and information for the specific vehicle.

Vehicle Description Photo Link
Indian 640 1940 Indian Mod. 640 motorcycle, 45 cu. in. engine. 1940 Indian Mod. 640 motorcycle, 45 cu. in. engine
Indian 741 1940 Indian Mod. 741 motorcycle, 30.07 cu. in. engine. 1940 Indian Mod. 741 motorcycle, 30.07 cu. in. engine
Indian Tricycle 1940 Indian Tricycle 1940 Indian Tricycle
Harley WLA Harley Davidson WLA motorcycle, 45 cu. in. engine. Harley Davidson WLA motorcycle, 45 cu. in. engine
Harley MT500 Harley Davidson MT500 motorcycle. Shown is 1999 model set up for British MOD with full boxes, weapons case and map case.
Photo courtesy Chris Atwell, owner.
Harley Davidson MT500 motorcycle
Matchless 3GL Motorcycle, UK War Department 1942 Matchless 3GL Motorcycle, UK War Department 1942
KLR 250 Kawasaki KLR 250 Military Motorcycles Kawasaki KLR Military Motorcycles
M1030 Kawasaki M1030 Military Motorcycles Kawasaki M1030 Military Motorcycles
Honda 250cc Honda military 250 cc dirt bike Honda military 250 cc dirt bike
Cushman
30 Series
Cushman Model 32 or Model 34 Scooter Cushman Model 32 or Model 34 Scooter
Cushman
Model 53
Cushman Model 53 Airborne Scooter Cushman Model 53 Airborne Scooter
Rokon Military Rokon.
Photo: Courtesy of Paul E. Schwartz.
Military Rokon
KS750 Zundapp KS750 motorcycle, manufactured for the Wehrmacht 1940-44. Zundapp KS750 motorcycle, manufactured for the Wehrmacht 1940-44
Kettenkrad Kleines Kettenkraftrad NSU HK101 Sd.Kfz 2 (German)
(Small tracked motorbike)
1940 (Prototypes) - 1944 (army use), 1945 - 1948 (built with permission of the US military government for farm and forest use)
Kleines Kettenkraftrad NSU HK101 Sd.Kfz 2 (German)
M72 IMZ (later to become "Ural") M72 (about 1944) Soviet military motorcycle. with DP light machine gun mount. See Molotov Cocktail web site. Photo: Courtesy of Michael Weaver. IMZ (later to become "Ural") M72 (about 1944)
Soviet military motorcycle.
K750M 1964 KMZ (Dnepr), model: K750M, Soviet military motorcycle. 750cc flathead boxer twin engine, military 4 speed transmission with reverse. 1964 KMZ (Dnepr), model: K750M, Soviet military motorcycle

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