In 1969 (1970 for the US), BMW made one of
its boldest moves ever. They abandoned the motor/chassis configuration that
they had stood by since at least 1955 (you could argue earlier than that) and
introduced and entirely new line of motorcycles. The motor was dubbed the Type
247 and the bike was called the Slash 5.
The designers left nothing on the drawing board when they started anew
with the slash 5. While they kept the global issues of opposed twin motor
design and shaft drive, everything else went to the scrap yard. Motor, frame,
forks, electrical system, gauges and brakes are all new.
Since their introduction to the US in 1970 the Slash 5 has ridden a
popularity roller coaster. Initially praised as a necessary stroke for a very
aged BMW bike line, within the first few years the bikes experienced some
handling problems and were dubbed dangerous. More recently they have a
popularity resurgence. With mostly modern features (kick start, positive
oiling, etc) they are convenient to use as a daily driver, but they still
retain just enough of that Vintage spark to really thrill their owners.
If you have any questions about Slash 5 Motorcycles, send me a note Click
a really great web page devoted solely to Slash 5 motorcycles and a technical
mailing list associated with that web page. Click here for that link to 5United.
What you see
here is a pretty much bone stock 1970 Slash 5 - the aftermarket exceptions
being the backrest, saddlebags and the rear rack. While the seat is a stock
BMW seat, it is not the appropriate seat for the 1970 - 71 bikes. This seat
should be on a 1972 - 73 Slash 5 - I know it seems like a small thing, but
there are a number of other small differences between the model years.
For example, the earlier bikes had small reflectors on the outer ends
of the turn signal housings - a rather elegant affair. Later bikes used large
round reflectors that were mounted on the sides of the headlight ears and the
sides of the license plate bracket. The early bikes did not have the small
tabs necessary to retain the chrome battery covers which would appear on later
This bike was one of my Slash 5's and in fact one of my favorites. It
is an R50/5, the number designating the motor displacement. In this case the
bike is a 500cc, an R60/5 would be a 600cc the largest motor of the model is
the R75/5 which displaces 750cc's.
To view a collection of photos of Slash 5's I've taken over the years,
click on the photo of the Dover White Toaster Tank below.
To view a collection of photos of my own Slash 5's that I've owned over
they years, click on the Alpine White Standard Tank below:
And to see some of my Slash 5 travel shots, click on the link
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