It is hard to imagine a time when BMW motorcycles were though of as old-fashioned and slow, but before the /5 came along that was the general consensus. These days the 75/5 is a classic, as seen as the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show, but in the early 1970s it offered cutting edge power, handling, and reliability.
Clymer Girl and the crew didn’t have to go far to attend the HoAME show and rally, as it was just up the road at the Kansas City Airline History Museum in the Downtown Airport. The show was packed with classic vintage and antique motorcycles representing the best of British, German, Japanese, Italian, and American manufacturers. Some of the brands on display were Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, BMW, Harley-Davidson, Triumph, BSA, Norton, Indian, Cushman, Vespa, Laverda, Lambretta, Ducati, Matchless, Zundapp, Moto Guzzi, and more. There was everything from 100% perfect restorations, to well worn bikes daily riders, to full-on customized cafe racers, choppers, bobbers, dirt bikes, road racers – any type or style of motorcycle you could image. As part of the museum’s permanent exhibits, there were also vintage propeller driven passenger planes, including a Douglas DC-3, a Martin 404, and, the pride of their collection, a 1958 Lockheed Super Constellation.
Back in 1969, when Honda introduced the game changing CB750, all BMW bikes had 6 volt electrics, leading link front suspension, and no electric starter. The 50/5, 60/5, and 75/5 are credited with saving a company that at the time was considering winding down their motorcycle division to put more effort into cars like their BWM 2002. The 1970 BMW R75/5 offered comfortable touring and the ability to run at triple digit speeds with 50 hp, and plenty of torque. You can read all the specification at Wikipedia.
Whether it’s routine maintenance, troubleshooting or more extensive repairs involving engine and transmission overhaul, Clymer manuals provide the information you need to maintain and repair your motorcycle. The step-by-step procedures, detailed photos and extensive exploded parts views in each manual are based on a complete disassembly of the bike. Unlike the OEM “factory” manuals, which are designed for the professional motorcycle mechanic, Clymer shop manuals are designed specifically for the first time user. If you have an airhead bimmer, or even a more modern model, Clymer has you covered. You’ll find all the information you need and more for your BMW /5 in the 1970-96 BMW R50/5 thru R100 Manual, or the Clymer Vintage Collection Series – 4-stroke Motorcycle Manual.