Technical Information Pages for the Restoration of the BMW R75 and Zündapp KS 750.
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The vehicles were painted in the factory and then delivered in the following colours:
|Production time||Shade description||Used by||RAL number|
|until end 1942||Dunkelgrau||Army - air force||RAL 7021|
|1941 and 1942||Gelbbraun||only for deliveries to the Africa corps||RAL 8000|
|from late 1942||Dunkelgelb||Army||should be RAL 7028|
|1941-1945||Luftwaffengrau||Air force||RAL 7019|
Colour of the indivual parts:
|Part||in colour of the bike||in thermo paint
|Light switch||X||-||-||plastics unpainted|
|Lever||Steel lever||-||-||light metal unpainted|
|Gear shifting gate||R75||-||-||light metal unpainted|
|Break drum||X||from 1943||-||-|
|Alternator housing||-||-||-||zinc plated|
|Fuse box||X||-||cover X as a spare part||as spare part bottom part zinc plated|
|Horn||X||-||as a spar part X||or in Bakelite|
|Valve cover||-||X as sheet metal||-||light metal unpainted|
|Intake manifolds||R75 X||KS 750 X||-||-|
|Oil filler screw||-||-||-||Red RAL 3000 (new)|
|Oil dip stick||-||-||-||red blur of color|
|Weight label etc.||-||-||-||Red RAL 3000 (new)|
|Tire pressure label||-||-||-||KS + R normal in white,
KS750 after 1944 also in black
|Seat cover sidecar||-||-||-||plastics grained black,to Finland also in red-brown|
|Canvas Cover||-||-||-||dark grey, beige, grey,|
Was not provided for a small vehicle as a camouflage should be effective at 1000 m. Some vehicles - provided with camouflage on photos - were designed by the soldiers at the front as they fancied.
For this purpose a white camouflage past was used. In case they did not have it the vehicle was simply whitened with whitewash. The first rain "unmasked" the vehicle back to its original color .
from 1942 - 43 many vehicles were repainted from black grey to dark yellow -Wehrmachtsbeige-. Often the rubber parts, tires and the exhaust was painted too.
The main thing was that the new color was availbale. The teactical and divisons signs were covered extensively.
This is the reason why these signs are still on a dark grey surface whereas the bike itsself is painted in beige.
By misinterpretation of photos you could think that there was a sign on the lampholder of the BMW saying Gabelöl...... It is true that there is a stamp that looks like a sign because of the masking of the grey black blackground.
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