Custom Tribute To The Legendary BMW R 5

1R2R3RThe BMW R5 was released 81 years ago, in 1935. To pay tribute to this German motorcycle legend, the BMW Motorrad Design Team selected Swedish shop to reimagine and reengineer it taking for inspiration the 30’s racers.

Working from sketches provided by BMW, components such as the frame, gas tank and rear fender were hand-crafted by the Norens brothers.

Powerplant is an original 500 cc two-cylinder boxer engine given by Motorrad enthusiast Sebastian Gutsch. It is fitted with a specially designed supercharger to bring power output closer to contemporary midweight motorcycle level, around 45 hp. Aluminum engine cases were glass-bead blasted. No instruments on this project and a finish in classic gloss black BMW with white stripes. Probably a project to end up  in the BMW Motorrad Museum.

15 Responses to “Custom Tribute To The Legendary BMW R 5”


  1. 1 Jun 17th, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Clean and smooth. Nice work! peace

  2. 2 Terence Bohler Jun 17th, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Great job to make me like BMW…

  3. 3 Chris Mallard Jun 17th, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Very clean. Like.

  4. 4 Steal Your Face Jun 17th, 2016 at 9:08 am

    The rear suspension is clean. I is softail like but probably handles with that monoshock hidden in there. I dig on the drive shaft without rubber boots. It looks slim. That is a hell of a nice bike coming from a guy who rides H-D but loves em all.

  5. 5 Chief Waldo Jun 17th, 2016 at 9:36 am

    This is a cool motorcycle!

  6. 6 richards Jun 17th, 2016 at 10:15 am

    Simplicity!!! Absolutely beautiful.

  7. 7 Guy Jun 17th, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Beautiful job BMW, nice to see a Supercharger on a custom.

  8. 8 Dave Blevins Jun 17th, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    A good lookin’ cycle.

  9. 9 Dale Jun 18th, 2016 at 7:31 am

    Love it

  10. 10 grmp54 Jun 18th, 2016 at 8:26 am

    BMW could take a lesson in classic design from this one! Very cool ride!

  11. 11 bigalyts Jun 18th, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    BMW gives lessons and the Wise take it. There is not a Class of Bike that BMW is not First in, except Dirt track racing! That is only because the German’s don’t have and Dirt Roads….they are all Paved, with real Cement. i asked a German Engineer at a Bike Show why they don’t do a V-Twin only 90 degree opposing Twins and he said Can a Man last longer laying down or standing up on an angle? Same Principle as in a Motor. You Americans think our Engineering is complex, when it is very simplistic?

  12. 12 nicker Jun 18th, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    Beautiful & different….. Couldn’t get much better than that…

    -nicker-

  13. 13 James just another crazy kiwi Jun 18th, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    Teutonic less is more. Beautiful .
    Swedes kept the chopper alive when it was gasping for air in the USA.
    Usually very clean like the example here ………………..brilliant

  14. 14 Matt W. Jun 20th, 2016 at 7:46 am

    Wow

  15. 15 David Jun 20th, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    I would love to see that in my garage!!!

    SSDD;David

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