In 1969, as the motorcycle market was going in decline, BMW launched a new model series. There were the right conditions for a change in trend with the customers demanding performance, and the motorcycle was no longer seen as a basic transport vehicle, but as a sport and leisure vehicle.
The 1969 BMW R 75/5 was part of the presented series that impressed with good performance, safe driving characteristics, and a high level of reliability. The model lagged behind most important motorcycle manufacturers with its performance specifications, but BMW provided problem-free driveability, which was more important in everyday use.
The model had the same top speed as its predecessor but outperformed it by more than one second in acceleration from 0-100 kph (0-60 mph) and by three seconds in the sprint to 140 kph (87 mph).
In the power department, the R 75/5 model featured a 745cc flat-twin engine with an output power of 50 hp available at 6,200 rpm. With a curb weight of 210 kg (463 lbs), the bike reached a top speed of 175 kph (107 mph).
Standard features that came with the bike included wire-spoked wheels, a dual exhaust system, a dual seat, a small luggage rack in the rear, pillion grab rails, a large headlamp, full fenders, and a side stand.