BMW R75/5 “On The Lift” Classic Motorcycle Road Test

By  | 800-262-1954 Welcome to On the Lift episode two, sponsored by Clymer Manuals. I’m James Grooms, Managing Editor. We’re at the Tech Center today and on the lift we have a 1970 BMW R75 The /5 ( slash five ) series, introduced for the 70 model year, was a real watershed bike for BMW motorcycle production. The previous generation of machines [ post war wwII R50 R50/2 /2 R60 R60US R69 R69S ] were known for their reliability, comfort and quiet operation. Once exclusive attributes to BMW, however, many of the new models from Japan [ Honda in particular with the CB350, CB450 and revolutionary CB750 ] now achieved this at a lower price along with impressive performance. The /5 was available in 500, 600 and 750 cc capacities… this being a 750, thus the R75 designation [ R50/5 R60/5 ]. While relying on BMWs trademark air cooled boxer twin, the model is a radical departure in many ways from the previous models. A telescopic fork replaced the Earles leading link fork. 12 volt electrics replaced a 6 volt system. And to the horror of many a BMW loyalist the bike was available in a color combination other than schwartz mit weiss. The horizontally opposed twin [ boxer, flat twin or airhead ] with overhead valves was all-new. Outwardly, the first noticeable change from the previous models was the placement of the pushrod tubes under the alloy barrels and cylinder heads revealing that the camshaft is under the crankshaft. [ Yes pushrods! While the world was going with SOHC

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  1. oliverrhutton

    23 juni, 2010 at 0:00

    This vid is the reason I’m buying a 75/5 this weekend. Can’t wait to join the ranks…

  2. ClymerManuals

    23 juni, 2010 at 0:33

    @cmues10 THANK YOU!!!

  3. ClymerManuals

    23 juni, 2010 at 1:07

    @505197 Oh the ones that got away! We all have them.

  4. TheMTFUJI3776

    23 juni, 2010 at 1:14


  5. johanebotta

    23 juni, 2010 at 1:56

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  6. ClymerManuals

    23 juni, 2010 at 2:22

    Thanks! Yes, as discussed below, I mispoke on final dr vs diff.

  7. Moto1098S

    23 juni, 2010 at 2:56

    Hey, nice video and details. One comment though, the rear drive on the shaft drivern BMW’s is NOT a differential type, It is a simple ring and pinion gear type.

  8. jamiebutkus

    23 juni, 2010 at 3:21

    cool! i want a vintage bmw motorcycle!

  9. 505197

    23 juni, 2010 at 4:20

    I sold my 73 long WB R/75 back to the fellow I bought it from after 5 years. He’d call now and then askin if I was intrested in selling it. He said he knew the minute he saw it heading two states away on my trailer he’d made a mistake and about cried. When I watch this video or see an old cherry black Beemer I feel the same way he did and wished i’d kept it now. I have a 91 R/100/GS with 94K on it now, it gets out in the winter all the time. My record was 75 miles on a sunny day , it was 18*.

  10. ClymerManuals

    23 juni, 2010 at 4:47

    Thanks! Yes I have become rather attached to it. We are having a rough winter, so it is hidden under the covers now for far too long. James
    Please pass the link to this video on to friends.

  11. ClymerManuals

    23 juni, 2010 at 5:04

    Thanks!. Spread the word and pass the link to this video on. James

  12. cmues10

    23 juni, 2010 at 5:49

    The mother of all videos on the slash5 series. Congratulations from Germany!

  13. mark

    20 november, 2016 at 6:19

    Please repost this video!

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