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In the spring of 1936, BMW presented an entirely new motorcycle at the German Car and Motorcycle Exhibition, the R5. This 500-cc sports model's appearance resembled the factory-entered racing bike that had aroused such interest in 1935. The massive pressed steel frame gave way to a structure based on electrically welded oval tubes. This light weight frame together with the revolutionary telescopic fork provided excellent ride properties even though rear suspension had not yet been developed.

New features consist the newly designed engine with two chain-driven camshafts operating the valve gear, the possibility to operate the gearbox by the left foot, the foot brake (by the front of the foot, no longer by the heel) and the tool compartment integrated in the fuel tank.

In 1937, a small batch of competition motorcycles based on the R 5 was manufactured for a few selected riders. The R 5 SS (Super Sport) developed about 4 hp more than the series-production version and reached a top speed of 160 km/h. This was well below the output of the supercharged works motorcycles, but for the next generation of riders it none the less represented a good starter model for the world of motorcycle racing.

Technical specifications

Two-cylinder boxer
494 cc
Bore x stroke
68 x 68 mm
Power output
18 kW/24 hp at 5.500 rpm
2.130 x 800 x 950 mm
Seat height
Unladen weight
165 kg
Max. speed
140 km/h
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Ginion Classics has its roots within Ginion Group, the privately owned Belgian automotive company importing luxury and sports car brands and active in sales and after sales activities for various premium car and motorcycle brands. The company also has a department dedicated to leisure vehicles and is preparing for the future filled with autonomous vehicles and extensive car sharing.                   

Stéphane Sertang has been holding for over 20 years the steering wheel of the company and his vision is driving all departments full of passion towards a bright future