BMW R60/5 cafe racer Retro Write Up

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BMW R60/5 cafe racer

current range of motorcycles are in a startling range of colours. The comes in a green so gorgeous I paint just about I own in that colour. This was not the case. Generally, from the models right into the BMWs were painted

Sure, there was an occasional cream or silver option but were exceptional. Very few such as the orange R90S, painted in vibrant colours. How do you customise a 1970s BMW?

it in a bright colour, of course!

By the 1950s BMW motorcycle sales in huge trouble. Sales had from 30 000 motorcycles in 1954 to a unviable 5 500 motorcycles in 1957. BMW to put greater effort into automobile manufacturing and considered motorcycle manufacture completely.

The decision to focus on their worked and BMW survived but motorcycle and development was neglected. To the benefit of all BMW decided to stay in motorcycle but realised that they had behind their European, and Japanese competitors in terms of and appeal. In 1964 BMW lured  Von Der Marwitz away from to develop their new motorcycle

In 1970 the new /5 series was launched of our featured R60/5 is an example.

still very much a BMW in the R60/5 was an all new design. Its aircooled boxer twin engine was redesigned internally and had light barrels with iron instead of the cast iron used on previous models. The heads were also

Everything was produced with reduction in mind and alloy was where possible. The result was a engine, 14hp more its predecessor. A four speed was installed. Electrics were to 12v with an alternator.

Electric start was introduced the kickstart was retained. The frame was a lighter, more stiff Even the rims and hubs made of light alloy drum brakes still front and rear. The final was a good handling motorcycle better ground clearance and a 160 km/h top speed.

The R60/5 was from 1970 until and is a popular classic BMW.

striking R60/5 cafe was built to his specification by V Custom a while back. The biggest on this motorcycle was the installation of an 1970s Suzuki front with the drilled twin brakes. This eliminated the two criticised features of the original the front shocks and the poor power of the front brakes.

The exhaust headers were up by V Custom and the imported cocktail silencers installed. I spent time riding next to last weekend. If BMW had installed which sounded as healthy as do back in 1957, they have sold 30 000 motorcycles and would have been no crisis!

The original tank has retained as has the headlight. The red backing in the speedo is a wonderful touch. The fender is off a more modern The seat and bumstop were by V Custom and it was upholstered by Dion the

Clubman handlebars are a must on any respecting cafe racer. from Particular Paints the bright red paint with the GT which runs the full of the top of the motorcycle, including the headlight.

BMW considered offering the R60/5 as a red cafe racer in 1970. was the name of their game then. Now we know what were missing.

BMW R60/5
BMW R60/5

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