BMW teases us with R 5 Hommage beauty

2016 BMW R 5 Hommage

Would BMW Motorrad please stop teasing us with beautiful and adventurous concepts such as this R 5 Hommage and just build the damned things!

The BMW R 5 Hommage has been unveiled at this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este to mark the 80th anniversary of the BMW R 5.

However, there is no suggestion that such a fine-looking retro vehicle will ever reach production.

We’ve seen loads of brave concept models from BMW in recent years – Concept Ninety, Scrambler Concept and Concept 101.

If they do make it into production, they are massively watered down such as the R nineT which was derived from Roland Sands’ brilliant Concept Ninety.

But with the hipster retro thing going gangbusters at the moment and the move toward smaller-capacity motorcycles, there certainly is room for an R 5.

Even BMW has acknowledged the smaller-capacity move with its G 310 and a possible G 310 GS coming.

Now it’s time to build a 500cc retro bike.

Even a limited-edition model with a premium price would find a market and make it worthwhile.

This concept is a faithful rendering of the original 1930-50s R 5 right down to the polished aluminium cylinder heads, black paintwork with classic white pinstripes and handstitched and embossed leather seat.

BMW used a damaged 500cc two-cylinder engine from motorcycle enthusiast Sebastian Gutsch for the R 5 Hommage.

The rest of the build was hand-crafted from scratch.

While the original R 5 had a measly 18kW of power and a top speed of 135km/h, the Hommage features a modern supercharger which gives it way more power and speed, although actual figures have not been released.

Kawasaki is looking toward a supercharged future with smaller-capacity bikes big on power, but small on fuel consumption and emissions to meet modern regulations. So why not BMW?

The R 5 Hommage also features a stainless steel exhaust system, new rear wheel suspension and a piston brake system.

BMW design boss Edgar Heinrich says the original R 5 “remains one of the most aesthetically appealing motorcycles in BMW history in my view”.2016 BMW R 5 Hommage

So why not build it!

Would you buy one? Leave your comments below.


  1. Bring it on.
    Beats looking at the HARLEY’s (which to take the words of another person Harley’s are like Toyota’s every ones got one or two).

  2. Very nice a bit harley-ish but that’s not suprising as they
    are both very much art-deco machines ,nothing wrong
    with that either . I bet you don’t see the ‘origami’ look
    of the eighties or the latest “transformer ‘ look revisited
    in 50 years. good design never goes out of style
    It would have been nice to see a modern slant on the
    external frame look of the R11 for that definitive beemer look

  3. Beauty must really be in the eye of the beholder because to me this thing looks like a mixer on wheels or a bike a couple of kids made out of an old outboard motor and a push bike.,

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