2019: 50 years of the /5 range. 50 years of BMW motorcycle
manufacture in Berlin Spandau.
1968 Mercedes brought out the /8 (that its, slash 8). 1969
BMW brought out the /5. Of course today, nobody questions
the strange seeming model designations anymore! Both are
sought-after and much-loved classics.
The /5 range from BMW simultaneously stands for an epoch-defining
transition in the history of BMW motorcycles: moving the
motorcycle manufacture from Munich to Berlin Spandau, in the
former D-Rad factory, and shifting from full swing arm suspensions
(suitable for sidecars) to modern, comfortable telescope
yokes. The transition was completed with the now legendary /5
models, which interpreted the motorcycle as a machine purely for
leisure. The motorcycle thus finally completed the transition from
an expedient commodity used on a general daily basis to a purely
leisure object, which clearly showed in the bold displays and the
unusually racy colours. Until this point, BMW had thought the
same as Henry Ford about the T model: you could have it in every
colour so long as it was black.
In memory of the R 75, R 60 and R 50/5 range, BMW motorcycle
has now released the R nineT /5, which aims to evoke the fabled
range and 50 years of motorcycle manufacture in Berlin. In the
process, it draws on numerous technological and design elements
from the 69 model generation, such as the air cooling, the
classic lines on bold metallic lupine blue, topped off with the knee
pads (still referred to as knee cushions in those days), seat with
grab handles, which is just as obligatory as the contemporary
fork gaiter kit for the telescope fork, and much more.
Even more authentic with Wunderlich.
Our designer Nicolas Petit made a fuss of the R nineT /5 and
further refined the successful /5 with fine Wunderlich details:
This includes the lined »DAYTONA« light screen, the matching tail
fender, our »9T-VARIO« footrest system, Wunderlich Suspension
suspension and much more … We presented our concept at
EICMA 2020 in Milan.