BMW R 80 GS (1986-1987) Specs, Performance & Photos

Segment: All-road
Production years: 1986, 1987

BMW R 80 GS 1986-1987
BMW R 80 GS (1986-1987)

In 1987, BMW launched the R 80 GS and R 100 GS, a new generation of large-touring Enduro motorcycles that shared the same Paralever suspension on the rear wheel, a 26-liter fuel tank, a new telescopic fork on the front, and an enlarged frame tail.

A safety feature that also increased the off-road and on-road performance was the cross-spoke wheels dressed in tubeless tires, which was a first for this kind of wheels and eventually became an integral part of the BMW boxer and K models generations.

The 1987 BMW R 80 GS, with its 797cc flat-twin engine known from the G/S, produced a power output of 50 hp at 6,500 rpm and 61 Nm (45 lb-ft) of torque with a peak at 5,000 rpm. The engine power, combined with a five-speed manual transmission and a 210 kg (463 lbs) curb weight, resulted in a maximum speed of 168 kph (105 mph).

For suspension, the model packed a new Marzocchi telescopic fork with a hydraulic shock absorber on the front and BMW Paralever single-sided swingarm with a central spring strut on the rear wheel.

The off-road-sport machine came with standard features such as laced wheels, a dual seat, a small luggage rack on the rear, pillion grab rails, an analog instrument cluster, a blacked-out steel frame, and a center stand.

BMW R 80 GS 1986-1987

BMW R 80 GS 797

engine specs
Type:air-cooled, four-stroke, boxer twin cylinder, 2 valves per cylidner
Displacement:797 cm3
Bore X Stroke:3.3x2.8 in OR 84 mm
Compression Ratio:9.2:1
Horsepower:50/6500 KW(hp)/RPM
Torque:45/5000 lb-ft/RPM OR 61/5000 Nm/RPM
Fuel System:2xBing carburetors
transmission specs
Gearbox:5-speed, manual
Clutch:dry, single plate, diaphragm spring
Primary Drive:-
Final Drive:shaft
chassis specs
Front Suspension:40mm Marzocchi telescopic fork
Rear Suspension:BMW Motorrad Paralever
Front Brake:single 285mm disc
Rear Brake:200mm drum
dimension specs
Overall Length:3.5 in OR 89 mm
Overall Width:1.5 in OR 38 mm
Seat Height:33.5 in OR 851 mm
Wheelbase:59.6 in OR 1514 mm
Ground Clearance:7.9 in OR 201 mm
Weight:463 lbs OR 210 kg
Fuel Capacity:6.3 gallons OR 23.8 L
tyres specs
Front:90/90 x 21S
Rear:130/80 x 17S
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