Lot 452A: 1986 BMW 798cc R80GS Paris Dakar
BMW’s first ‘R80’, the R80/7, was introduced in 1977. Like its R75/7 predecessor, the R80/7 was powered by BMW’s traditional air-cooled flat-twin engine coupled to low-maintenance, shaft-drive transmission. Following the R80G/S enduro bike’s introduction in 1980, the range was extended by the R80ST and R80RT in 1982, and updated for 1984 with the wheels, forks and ‘monolever’ single-sided swinging arm of the K Series. At the same time a ‘Paris Dakar’ version of the R80G/S became available to special order, celebrating BMW’s success in the famous long-distance enduro event. The most striking feature of this model was its enormous, 35-litre fuel tank, while other special features included a single seat and rear luggage grid. The BMW R80G/S Paris Dakar is a rare sight outside Continental Europe, this machine being one of very few original UK-market models sold. The machine has covered a mere 34,000 miles from new (verified by accompanying MoT certificates) and benefits from new tyres, up-rated front brake and a new battery. The engine has been serviced by BMW specialists Andrew Sexton and James Sherlock. Modifications include raised handlebars, 12-volt accessory socket, rev counter and clock. (The original handlebars and switchgear are included). The machine is offered with sundry invoices, current MoT/road fund licence and Swansea V5.
Bonhams, Classic & Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Stafford
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