BMW Motorrad Unveils Supercharged R5 Hommage Concept

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BMW Motorrad has unveiled the R5 Hommage Concept bike at the prestigious Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in northern Italy.

The R5 Hommage pays tribute to the the 1936 BMW R5 model and its minimalistic looks raise a glass to the elegant design of the old R5.

However, BMW have added a few modern touches by mounting the brake and clutch levers to the end of the handlebars.

The engine fitted on the R5 hommage has quite a special story as well. The supercharger may be new, but the 494cc air cooled boxer twin engine is from the original R5 and was once used in racing. The engine in its original form produced 24bhp and could propel the R5 to a top speed of 135km/h.

The engine sustained substantial damage while being raced and has been meticulously restored. Numerous components such as the valve cover and the breastplate of the boxer engine were machined from billet aluminium by custom bike builders Ronny and Benny Noren.

The Noren brothers were provided with original sketches of the engine and gearbox by BMW Motorrad.

The brakes are contemporary as well with both the front and rear end getting discs. The front and rear suspension are also up to date with the present times as well.

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