BMW R 80 GS Kalahari (1996-1997) Specs, Performance & Photos

Segment: All-road
Production years: 1996, 1997

BMW R 80 GS Kalahari 1996-1997 4 Photos
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In 1997, the German motorcycle manufacturer launched the BMW R 80 GS Kalahari in South Africa. It was based on the Base R 80 GS available in Europe and came with a blue frame and white color scheme.

The bike addressed riders who wanted a more adventurous machine that could tackle the most treacherous terrains possible but also wanted a motorcycle capable of trivial tasks, such as daily commuting.

In the aesthetic department, the bike had standard fittings, such as a high-mounted front fender, a round headlight upfront, a wind deflector, hand guards, a one-piece dual seat with passenger grab rails, a center stand, and wire-spoke wheels.

It was built around a double-loop tubular steel frame with a 40 mm Marzocchi telescopic fork on the front that delivered 225 mm of travel and a BMW Motorrad Paralever system on the rear with 180 mm of travel.

As for the braking power, the motorcycle's wheels were fitted with a single 285 mm brake disc on the front and a 200 mm drum braking unit on the rear, offering optimum stopping power.

In the performance department, the 1997 BMW R 80 GS Kalahari had its soul brought to life by a 797cc four-stroke air-cooled twin-cylinder boxer engine that delivered an output power of 50 hp at 6,500 rpm and 61 Nm (45 lb-ft) torque at 5,000 rpm.

BMW R 80 GS Kalahari 1996-1997

BMW R 80 GS Kalahari 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:90.2 in OR 2291 mm
Overall Width:39.4 in OR 1001 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:5.1 gallons OR 19.3 L
tyres specs
Front:90/90 x 21S
Rear:130/80 x 17S
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