Manufacturer: BMW………..TOP Model: R80GS Years Made: 1980-1989 Style: Dual-Sport Engine Type:
797cc Boxer Twin
Seat: “ Weight: 470lb HP: 50 Top Speed: 100mph MPG: 55 New Cost: $4,950 (1980) – $ 4,950 (1982) – $ 4,950 (1984) – 5,270 (1985) – $8,290 (1987) $16,400 (1989)
Average Used Costs: Low $1,452 Medium $2,581 High $3,520
UBG Says: Now classic machines, once very popular with police forces. This at least shows potential for reliability and long life, and an ex-police machine could be a good bet as it will (at one time anyway) have been well serviced. BMW pointed out in contemporary literature that home servicing was easy, and both build quality and finish are excellent. Some have had problems with car-type dry clutch, though this is not particularly difficult to fix. Seat pans can rust, as do silencers – but pattern stainless steel replacements are still available. Voltage regulators and alternators can be troublesome. 75/6 and upwards had front disc brake, with all models receiving Brembo equipment and handlebar mounted master cylinder later on. Bigger engined versions probably make more sense now as classic insurance will not be so dependent on size.
C1 £1850, C2 £1000, C3 £650
IGM Says (R80GS, R100GS): These big Beemer dual sports, the original leviathans of the trail-bike world, might be a bit of a handful for a new rider, but their torquey, tractable engines and overall balance make them much easier to ride than other bikes of similar engine displacement. These are expensive motorcycles, but they tend to last a long time.