Designed to celebrate the R 5's 80th anniversary.

The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este continues as BMW Motorrad has taken the wraps off the R 5 Hommage concept.

Designed to celebrate the R 5's 80th anniversary, the Hommage concept was created to "translate the essence of motorcycling into the modern era." The bike was created with the assistance of the Noren brothers and features a minimalistic design that manages to look both retro and modern.

Power is provided by an original 500cc two-cylinder boxer engine which was provided by motorcycle enthusiast Sebastian Gutsch. It has been equipped with a number of new components including a billet aluminum breastplate and valve cover.

BMW declined to say how power the engine produces but confirmed it has been equipped with a specially designed supercharger and a stainless steel exhaust system with carbon fiber finishers. Regardless of the final numbers, the R 5 Hommage concept will undoubtedly be faster than the original R 5 which produced 24 horsepower and had a top speed of approximately 84 miles per hour.

According to BMW Motorrad Head of Design Edgar Heinrich, "The BMW R 5 captures the very essence of a motorcycle. Our aim was to transport its clarity and elegant aesthetic appeal to the modern era - creating a respectful combination of old-school and high-tech with a dash of high performance.”

Source: BMW

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