BMW Motorrad R5 Hommage - The Essence Of Beauty And Simplicity
|   Friday, June 10, 2016
To celebrate the anniversary of 80 years since the BMW R5, BMW Motorrad presented at Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este 2016 a special model called BMW R 5 Hommage.

80 years ago BMW presented to international audiences, the BMW R5 a fascinating technological concept, which was to inspire motorcycle manufacturers until the late '50s. Taking as a starting point the small racing models from 1935, the R5 was one of the standard sport bikes of the '30s, thanks to a new frame concept, with less weight.


BMW R5 Hommage translates the essence of motorcycling in the modern era, combining historical motorcycles design with modern design elements from the custom world.

BMW R5 Hommage demonstrates how harmoniously it combines the historic motorcycle world and the custom one. The core is represented by an original boxer engine, 0.5 liters. This engine was damaged during a race and has been the starting point in designing the R5 Hommage model.

In total harmony with the principles of custom motorcycles, this concept was designed and built by hand in accordance with the standards and specifications of the BMW Motorrad design team.
A special feature of the R5 model was at the time, the telescopic fork - totally new for those times - with its caps, aerodynamically sculpted to the level of the headlamp. The BMW R 5 Hommage is invoking these elements and reinterprets them in a modern style, based on a pitchfork specifically crafted.
The levers for the brake and clutch are operated at the end of the handlebar, and combine the past with technology to reach a level of art. These components combine the historic look of levers inversely positioned with the adjusting options of modern controls.

The magic of the BMW R5 consists in minimal proportions. A surprising element of the engine is a mechanical compressor, especially developed so that in the case of R5 Hommage concept it raises the maximum power from 26 HP to a level adapted for current times.

A steel exhaust system, built from scratch, ensures the propeller a suitable sound to the new power parameters. Other contemporary details are the rear wheel suspension, modern braking system, and front and rear wheel hubs. The last two are combined into one functional unit, respecting the minimalist nature of the R5 Hommage model.

The BMW R 5 Hommage was presented in a classic color scheme typical of BMW: black with fine white stripes, a scheme tailored to the contemporary style. Additionally, compared to the opaque finished surfaces, so-called "smoke finish" effect, applied to the tank and rear wheel arches allows the steel underneath to be highlighted discreetly.

More than that, the fine white streaks are accompanied by black finish for the tank and rear fender, and blends perfectly to emphasize a pure custom style. The engine and the gears with brushed aluminum surfaces provide the perfect setting for more brushed aluminum components, such as cylinder covers and the engine front shield. The overall picture is complemented by a leather saddle, hand-stitched, and carefully engraved.
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