All show, no go or is she a ripper?
It rips! Sebastian Gutsch, who helped us with the motor parts (he is racing R5’s and one of his broken crankcases provided the base for this build) has been racing these bike for years. HE also rode the R5 Hommage for the photoshoot. He thought that this motor pumps out at least double compared to the original 26 hp. And that ain’t bad for a 1936 500cc motor!
Was this your vision, or was there a team working on this idea and who are they?
The initial idea and sketches came from me (hey I only did the four you see in the press-kit…am I getting old and lazy…?) . But as in any build of this nature, and as you and I always worked too (concept ninety, concept 101), a sketch is just a sketch. It takes a committed and extremely talented team to create something like this. This is also part of the trigger for me. In this case, we brought two worlds together. On one side, Sebastian from the BMW vintage scene, and on the other brothers Ronna and Benna Noren from the custom scene. Like it says in the press text:“He enlisted the help of brothers Ronna and Benna Norén and brought them together with Sebastian Gutsch to see what might happen when the custom and vintage worlds collide. “Bringing people together from different specialties is what makes customising special,” says Ola. “It’s all about the motorcycling ‘family’ and it was great to see these specialists from polar opposites of the motorcycling spectrum sharing ideas and talking about what could be achieved.”
We’re stoked you wanted to use some RSD parts on the bike and many of the other recent BMW concepts, why was that important to you?
When we started working on the concept ninety, we realized how we somehow share the same philosophy: we both like cool innovations, always pushing the envelope, performance, good looking parts and all combined in bikes that you can ride really hard. For the R5 Hommage the Tracker grips and pegs and Slant mufflers just perfectly fit the bill! They just blend in and all have a sophisticated taste of performance, gently spiced up with some badass attitude!