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BMW Motorrad unveils R5 Hommage concept

24th May 2016 10:49 am

The R5 Hommage concept is powered by an original 500cc two-cylinder boxer engine; marks 80 years of the 1936 R5.

BMW Motorrad showcased its R5 Hommage concept at the recently concluded Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Developed jointly with the Noren brothers, the bike has been designed to celebrate the 1936 R5’s 80th anniversary.

The R5 Hommage concept sports a minimalistic design and is powered by an original 500cc two-cylinder boxer engine provided by motorcycle enthusiast, Sebastian Gutsch. However, BMW Motorrad has equipped the engine with a specially designed supercharger and stainless steel exhaust system with carbonfibre finishers. The engine also gets a billet aluminium breastplate and valve cover.

While the engine utilised in the original R5 produced 24hp and had a top speed of approximately 135.18kph, BMW Motorrad has not yet revealed performance figures of the concept.

"The BMW R5 captures the very essence of a motorcycle. Our aim was to transport its clarity and elegant aesthetic appeal to the modern era – creating a respectful combination of old-school and high-tech with a dash of high performance,” said Edgar Heinrich, head of design, BMW Motorrad.

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