The rally may be over but there’s a new reason for BMW motorcycle lovers to visit Sturgis, South Dakota. BMW Motorrad’s unique R5 Hommage concept bike is making an extended stay at the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum in their new “Main Street” exhibit. The exhibit commemorates motorcycling’s timeless role in reaching the mainstream.
“Synchronicity… The BMW R5 Hommage project demonstrates just how well the world of historic motorcycles and the current custom scene are in harmony with one another.” says Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall Of Fame Executive Director Myrick Robbins. “The BMW R5 Hommage really captures the essential spirit of motorcycling of any era and all genres. Plus, it looks pretty cool, too.”
The BMW R5 arrived at the museum after its U.S. debut at “Skin & Bones” — the custom bike show curated by photographer Michael Lichter at the Buffalo Chip during the rally. “We are honored that BMW Motorrad has entrusted the Museum to share this unique motorcycle,” adds Robbins.
Back in the 1930s the original R5 was one of the groundbreaking sportbikes of the era and a defining machine in BMW Motorrad’s illustrious heritage. To mark the 80th anniversary of the original, BMW commissioned this special bike. As befits a custom bike, the homage bike was elaborately hand-crafted from scratch by a couple of European bike building legends, Ronny and Benny Noren: the two brothers have been building tailor-made motorcycles for more than 30 years.
At the core there is an original 500cc two-cylinder supercharged engine from a crashed race bike. From there, the remaining parts gradually took shape in the Noren brothers’ workshop based on sketches by the BMW Motorrad Design Team.
“At its debut, the R5 was not only a masterpiece of engineering, the clarity of its lines and the elegance of its proportions also made it stand out clearly from the masses,” says Edgar Heinrich, Head of Design BMW Motorrad. “To this day, the R5 remains one of the most aesthetically appealing motorcycles in BMW history in my view.”
See the BMW R5 Hommage for yourself at the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall Of Fame at 999 Main Street, Sturgis, SD 57785. Admission is $10 for one, $15 for two or $30 for five people.