Latest addition to the BMW Motorrad Heritage series of modern retro bikes is the 2019 BMW Motorrad R nineT /5 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the /5 boxer twin. The /5 joins other models in the the R nineT range and also marks the beginning of motorcycle production in BMW Motorrad’s Berlin Spandau plant 50 years ago.
Boxer twin production began in Spandau in 1967 with the manufacture of the BMW Motorrad R 50/5, R 60/5 and R 75/5, overseen by 400 staff. The R nineT /5, to celebrate this milestone, comes in Lupine Blue metallic with smoke effect and double pinstripes.
Carrying the 1,170 cc air-cooled boxer twin, Euro 4 certified, the /5 produces 110 hp at 7,550 rpm and 116 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm. Delivering power via a six-speed gearbox and shaft final drive, the R nineT /5 rolls on spoked wheels, measuring 3.5 x 17 inches at front and 5.5 x 17 inches at rear.
Coming with ABS and automatic stability control as standard, the /5 also has heated grips as standard equipment. Chrome is used as an embellishment for the /5, harking back to the riding era of five decades past, cladding the wing mirrors, exhaust manifold and rear silencer.
The 18-litre fuel tank comes fitted with knee pads and the front mudguard is painted in the same shade of Lupine Blue with pinstriping. A double seat is used on the /5 which comes with decorative chrome and white pinstriping, similar to the seat used in the original /5.
Black paint is used on the frame and prop shaft to offset the aluminium silver brightwork of the engine, gearbox, fork slider tubes, wheel hubs and spokes. To complete the retro motorcycle look, the /5 is finished with fork gaiters to protect the fork tubes against pitting and exposure.
BMW Motorrad has not issued any word on pricing or when the R nineT /5 is likely to hit dealer showrooms but it is likely to go on sale but we would assume it will be sometime in this year’s riding season. In Malaysia, the BMW Motorrad R nineT retails for RM104,500, with model variants Pure (RM84,500), Scrambler (RM89,500), Urban G/S (RM89,500) and Racer (RM90,500).