It was 1973. Secretariat became the first horse since 1948 to win the Triple Crown. The classic film "American Graffiti" hit movie theaters. Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs competed in “The Battle of the Sexes” tennis match. And BMW started rolling out "5-series" motorcycles at its plant in Berlin, Germany.
The "5-series" bikes featured the famed BMW boxer engine turned on its head, with the camshaft below the crankshaft and the pushrods in tubes below the engine. The engine benefitted from a new, high-pressure oiling system. And the bike featured an electric starter. The telescopic front forks were complemented by a swingarm attached to the top and bottom of the twin adjustable suspension units.
The 745cc engine in the R75/5 produced 50 horsepower at 6,200 rpm, carrying the bike to a top speed of 105 mph.
This 1973 BMW R75/5—restored by Jay Medieros of Vintage Triumph Supply in Bedford, Mass.—features a classic sidecar, custom upholstery, and an elegant appearance.
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