Commemorative bike takes on classic style

BMW expands the R nineT lineup with another new model, this time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the /5 series and 50 years of BMW Motorrad production in Berlin Spandau. The R nineT /5 hopes to rekindle memories of that bygone era, bringing the /5 models back to life with nostalgic charm but in a contemporary form.

BMW celebrates 50 years of motorcycles with R nineT /5 image

The era is a historic occasion as BMW automobile production increased dramatically in the 1960s. As a result,  the decision was made to build BMW motorcycles in Berlin. Operations got underway in 1969 with some 400 staff and a new series: the /5 models R 50/5, R 60/5 and R 75/5. With a completely newly developed chassis and engine along with a fresh, modern design, BMW made a lasting impact on the expanding motorcycle market of the time. The /5 models saw instant success, thrilling customers with a combination of riding dynamics on country roads and travel comfort.

The BMW motorcycles provided a powerful sense of freedom in the age defined by upheaval and rock music. In response, BMW offered a wide range of bold, bright body colors for the new /5 models.

BMW celebrates 50 years of motorcycles with R nineT /5 image

The fitting tribute to the historic model now comes with modern conveniences. The anniversary model features contemporary knee pads, for example, as well as an elaborate body finish in Lupine Blue metallic with smoke effect and double line marking on the fuel tank, which bears the anniversary emblem.

BMW celebrates 50 years of motorcycles with R nineT /5 image

Chrome for the rear mirrors, exhaust manifold and rear silencer likewise hark back to the historical archetype, as does the double seat contoured in the style of the /5 with cross-embossing on the cover, grab straps and white piping as well as gaiters on the telescopic fork.

The coating of the engine, gearbox, fork slider tubes, wheel hubs and spokes in Aluminium Silver also stylishly evokes the legendary /5 models, as do the components finished in black such as the frame and the propeller shaft casing.

BMW celebrates 50 years of motorcycles with R nineT /5 image

Propelling the bike is a 1170cc boxer engine with an output of 110 hp that meets EU4 requirements. It features 320-millimeter twin disc brakes at the front with ABS. It comes with ASC (Automatic Stability Control) and heated grips as standard.

BMW has yet to announce the price and availability of the new R nineT model.

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