BMW R5: history, specs, pictures
An important step forward in the development of BMW's long-running flat-twin occurred in 1936 with the introduction of the 494cc BMW R5. Prior to that the BMW engine had been recognisably related to the first of its type, the 1923 R32, and like those of its (494cc) predecessors, the R5's engine dimensions were 'square' at 68x68mm bore/stroke. However, the overhead-valve R5 engine broke new ground by adopting two chain-driven camshafts, a move that permitted shorter pushrods and higher revs. Maximum power increased to 24bhp at 5,800rpm while the top speed was an impressive 87mph. Factory records show that this particular R5 was delivered new to Hilscher in Breslau, Germany. The machine displays a total of 24,654 kilometres on the odometer.
|Production||1936 - 1937|
|Engine||two cylinder boxer, four-stroke|
|Bore / Stroke||68.0mm x 68.0mm|
|Top speed||87 mph (140 km/h)|
|Horse Power||23.6 HP (17.6 KW) @ 5500RPM|
|Fuel system||carburetor. amal|
|Transmission||Gear box: 4-speed |
Final Drive: shaft drive (cardan)
|Suspension||Front: telescopic fork |
|Brakes||Front: expanding brake (drum brake). single |
Rear: expanding brake (drum brake)
|Wheelbase||55.12 inches (1400 mm)|
|Dimensions||L 83.86 inches (2130 mm)|
W 31.5 inches (800 mm)
H 37.4 inches (950 mm)
|Weight||(dry), 165.0 kg (wet)|
|Fuel capacity||3.96 Gallon (15.00 Liters)|
|Fuel consumption||4.50 liters/100 km (22.2 km/l or 52.27 mpg)|
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The bike has a 4-speed transmission. Power was moderated via the dry-single plate.
It came with a 3.50-19.00 front tire and a 3.50-19.00 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via expanding brake (drum brake). single in the front and a expanding brake (drum brake) in the rear. The front suspension was a telescopic fork while the rear was equipped with a rigid. The R5 was fitted with a 3.96 Gallon (15.00 Liters) fuel tank. The wheelbase was 55.12 inches (1400 mm) long.