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Philadelphia area (NJ)
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Check this out:


An homage from BMW to the BMW R5 in honor of its 80th anniversary.


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VBMWMO #6285
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The scale of this is perfect


I have to say that most bobber/custom/modern "replica" bikes leave me cold. As a rider, I can only ask, is there a point to these bikes other than parking it in the living room or hanging it on a wall? This bike, starting with an R5 case and transmission, appears to have been designed and built as a real motorcycle.

The very clever way the hardtail look has been retained even though it has an unobtrusive Öhlins shock, is amazing. Harley Davidson did this with their Softail concept and has been building them as production bikes ever since. Building in adjusters for the inverted levers is great - the originals never seem to fit anyone's hands. The subtle way the supercharger and the hydraulic brake reservoir for the rear brakes are integrated is amazing. I can't see it, but I presume that the front brake reservoir must be hidden under the tank, a lá the /6 and /7 bikes. And I really love the exposed driveshaft. It must slide on the input splines to the final drive, to allow the swingarm to move up and down.

By using original driveline cases, the bike has the scale of the original. It's not out of proportion - it really does bring the original bike up in the mind's eye. Other "modern replica" bikes I have seen - with an oilhead engine stuffed into a rigid frame that kind of has the lines of a 20s or 30s bike, just look odd to me.

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Joined: 10/17/2015
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I'd love to love it.

For me this is just another poor interpretation of an original beauty. This bike holds not even a candle to the original in style, character or practical appearance. The front end looks wildly out of place, and the rear looks just like most of the other bobbers and choppers out there. If this were built as a "real" motorcycle I'd expect the rider might be interested in a front fender, or he'd be shortly scraping dirt, bugs and tar off his shiny front engine cover with it's out of place BMW roundel. We seem to live in a world where new idea's are like unicorns and the practice of reinterpreting the genius of the past with the bland ideas of the present leaves me wondering how much $$$ was wasted on this project. Will this machine be sitting in a museum 50 years from now? If so, will anyone care about it? I genuinely doubt it.

It's hard not to get a bit enthused that the current "higher ups" of BMW feel a tinge of nostalgia toward the brand's history, but if they'd like to celebrate it, I can think of a few better ways. I don't mind seeing these custom chopper guys go crazy on bikes like the new R9T, as the stock version was about as far from Roland Sands beauty as it could've gotten and the number of these I see on the ebay chopping block with ultra low miles for ultra low $$ indicates that at least a lot of guys regretted adding that one to the stable. I doubt their neutered "Scrambler" version will prove to be much more popular than the standard but I hope I'm wrong. The fact that the bike has basically been downgraded and fitted with impractical suspension designed to look like it's capable of going offroad but not actually being designed for it leaves me cold on this new model as well.

Sadly it seems the only thing BMW is currently doing well is building ultra comfort cruisers for guys who need 1600cc's to tour on and $25k 1200cc Adventure bikes. The R1200GS is a rock star in the dual purpose adventure touring world, but I can't help wondering if a 1200 is really the right size motor to propel a bike like this. A justification from BMW with regards to the displacement issue remains that a 1200 costs no more to bore than a 600 or 800 and the customer buys by displacement. Shame.

If they want to blow us away, why not return to the basics and bring back a simple kickstart/electronic start machine with a lower weight, lower displacement, and higher enjoyment factor than the current boring plastic offerings. It's time to introduce touring to a new generation! Triumph is having great success with their vintage styled machines as are many other manufacturers of the day. Vintage is in and a lot of BMW customers want a "turn key" machine so picking up an old /2 just isn't in their future. But, a re-imagined /2 for today's customer would be the sweetest thing imaginable (To me). Provided they don't re-imagine it as a West Coast Choppers version of an R5. Smile


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VBMWMO #8276
Cape Town
Joined: 05/16/2009
Posts: 48
The R 5 Hommage is definitely

The R 5 Hommage is definitely not my taste but the design is very creative and appeals to younger market which is now buying into BMW. I enjoy the design scene and appreciate the effort made. The rear suspension is great, given that it retains a hardtail appearance. This is a must, given that the rudimentary plunger suspension on my R 67 that bounces when braking hard on a bumpy road. The steeper fork rake appeals to the 'Bobber' fraternity that is popular in the current custom scene. Perhaps BMW will build a supercharged boxer again... now that Kawasaki have taken the lead in this field.

BMW designs these concept bikes to test market reaction - the R nineT took 5 years to come into production after the concept was unveiled in 2008. As with the R nineT, BMW were successful at designing a modern motorcycle with superb performance, yet retaining its heritage (I can't comment on the Scrambler version as I have not ridden one). More importantly, the R nineT is a far more engaging ride than the R 1200 R Classic I previously rode. While I love to ride my classics, the modern bikes are safer (driven within speed limits) and more comfortable.

If BMW produced another motorcycle based on the design of the R 5 (with more classic proportions), I would seriously consider purchasing one. Even better, design a modern R 7. But I would never sell my classics. Each to their own.

Fortunately no R 5 was harmed in the development of the Hommage.


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Joined: 10/27/2006
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Superb workmanship! I like

Superb workmanship! I like it and I am 66 !


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