BMW Reveals R5 Hommage Concept

BMW Reveals R5 Hommage Concept

BMW has revealed a stunning concept bike at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

The Concourse is one of the most prestigious motorcycle shows and is held annually on the shores of Lake Como in northern Italy.

BMW’s concept bike - the R5 Hommage - is a tribute to the 1936 BMW R5 model and is fitted with a supercharged, air-cooled 500cc boxer twin.

BMW has made it clear that it is purely a concept and at this stage there are no plans for anything like it to go into production.

There is apparently a story behind the bike.

The engine in the R5 Hommage is an original air-cooled 500cc boxer twin that was seriously damaged while being raced.

Custom bike builders Ronny and Benny Noren rebuilt the engine according to specifications from the BMW Design Team in Munich.

Many of the engine parts including the valve cover and the breastplate of the boxer engine were machined from billet aluminium which gives a more modern look to the R5 original.

The frame and fuel tank are all hand crafted and have simple and clean lines that reflect the original R5 design.

The brakes and suspension are modern components and the brake and clutch levers are mounted so that they pivot from the end of the bars.

BMW Reveals R5 Hommage ConceptAt the bike’s unveiling Edgar Heinrich, Head of Design BMW Motorrad said “At its debut, the R5 was not only a masterpiece of engineering, the clarity of its lines and the elegance of its proportions also made it stand out clearly from the masses. To this day, the R5 remains one of the most aesthetically appealing motorcycles in BMW history in my view.”

As for the future of the concept?

BMW has unveiled several concepts at the Concourse that have made it to production.

The Concept 90 that was shown in 2013 went on to become the R nineT production model, and the Concept Roadster of 2014 was a actually a preview of the new R1200R.

And rumours are that last year’s Concept 101 will also make it to production as early as late this year.

So it seems there’s hope!

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