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In September 1969 BMW introduced the 5 series of motorcycles, a new generation of machines which incorporated a number of features not found on earlier BMW models. The 5 series represented a major departure from the seemingly old-fashioned BMW tradition of black motorcycles with a reputation for sidecar hauling and not so impressive top end, machines now considered "classics" by BMW enthusiasts. The 5 series embodied BMW's efforts to appeal to the increasing sport bike market while at the same time not entirely turn off touring enthusiasts who had come to depend on the marque for long distance, reliable, and comfortable two-wheel travel.

The 5 series motorcycles were the first BMWs to be manufactured at BMW's West Berlin factory, a modernised factory which turned out aircraft engines during World War II. Production in Munich, where the motorcycles were previously made, was now focused on BMW's expanding automobile manufacturing.

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BMW R60/7 BMW R60/7
  • Year of Manufacture - 1977
  • Engine - Twin cylinder horizontally opposed Boxer 599 cc
  • Bore/stroke - 73.5 x 70.6
  • Compression Ratio - 9.2 : 1
  • Cubic Capacity - 599cc
  • Max Power - 40 hp (29.5kw) at 6.400 rpm
  • Engine Lubrication - Wet sump
  • Unladen Weight, Full Tank - 215 kg
  • Transmission - 5 speed gearbox. Shaft drive
  • Acceleration - 0-100kps/hour – 6.7 seconds
  • Top speed - 167 km/hr
  • Number sold - 11,163
  • 1960 BMW R60 with sidecar BMW R60 with sidecar BMW offered three models in the 5 series, the primary variations in the models being the cylinder displacements. Actual displacement is 498cc for the R50/5, 599cc for the R60/5, and 745cc for the R75/5. The R75/5 was the first machine of that displacement offered by BMW since the end of World War II. Outwardly the three models are almost completely identical. Curb weight according to the 1973 owner's manual is 412 pounds for the R50/5 and 423 pounds for the R60/5 and R75/5 (less fuel). On the two larger displacement machines an electric starter motor is a standard feature; on the R50/5 it is optional. Concentric float carburetors are featured on the R50/5 and R60/5. The R75/5 uses constant vacuum (CV) carburetors with a 32mm choke. Bing is the manufacturer of both types.
    1960 BMW R60 US 1960 BMW R60 US 600cc.
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    1969 BMW R60/5 1969 BMW R60/5
    • Air cooled, four stroke, two cylinder horizontally opposed Boxer, pushrod operated 2 valves per cylinder.
    • 210kg
    • Drum brakes
    • 4 speed
    • 40bhp @ 6400rpm
    1971 BMW R60/5 1971 BMW R60/5
    1972 BMW R60/5 BMW R60/5 599cc.
    1972 BMW R60/5 1972 BMW R60/5 Produced 1972-73.
    1973 BMW R60/6 1973 BMW R60/6 With a design and technical features reminiscent of the Sixties, the R60/6 evokes feelings of nostalgia. Already in 1973, when the R60/6 was introduced, the engine, transmission and front brakes were not the latest technology any more. Nevertheless this BMW stood its ground and its performance has become less relevant. Compared to today's bikes the R60/6, being a lightweight, convinces with excellent handling properties. Enjoy the original feeling of this machine on the uniquely beautiful coastal roads of the Cape . The R60/6 has no funnel yet so that the exhaust sound is infatuating.
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    1978 BMW R60/7 1978 BMW R60/7

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