1985 BMW R80 Custom

HIGH BID: $2,900

Reserve price has not been met.

This auction has ended.


Click here for an CycleVIN Motorcycle History Report on this 1985 BMW R80. Additional photos are available here for your perusal.

BMW boxers are a common starting point for customs ranging from mild to wild thanks to classic styling and (in R80 guise) a 50 hp engine known for reliability.

This example is VIN: WB1046401F6490047, Engine #: FBM079842C6. The VIN on the neck of the frame is no longer visible as the frame was powdercoated. The current owner acquired it from Jim Sylvester of Central California (the customizer) four months ago.

The odometer shows 82,466 miles.

This R80 was previously owned and customized by Jim Sylvester, who purchased it from an airline pilot in San Jose, California: “I was told that the heads had been sent to Ted Porter’s Beemershop for a cylinder head overhaul. I don’t have paperwork for it.” Jim completely stripped it down, and then:

Powdercoated the frame, wheels, valve covers, and chest plate in Brilliant Silver Metallic with a clear powdercoat over that.

Installed new fork seals, miscellaneous gaskets, flushed the fluids, and installed new Metzeler Lasertec tires with date codes of 0416 and 0916.

Installed Daytona Long reverse megaphones from FlatRacer in England.

Removed the airbox and installed small side covers.

Jim noted that the tank and tail paint is original: “you can see that the pinstripes have been slightly waxed off.”

Installed pod filters.

The bike was already equipped with the OEM BMW rear rack.

Cosmetic Blemishes: please see the album up top for all known cosmetic blemishes. Here is a selection:

Inside of the tank:

The sale includes one key.

Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California (please make an appointment for an inspection), this BMW is offered on a clean California title with registration current through June 2022.

Per the California DMV website, it would cost $214 to make the registration current through June of 2023.

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Total Bids Placed: 18

Auction has ended.

Auction expired without reaching reserve price.

Highest bidder was: gorr

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
gorr September 7, 2022 5:25 pm $2,900
blakefell September 7, 2022 5:25 pm $2,800 Auto
blakefell September 6, 2022 8:45 pm $2,600
carllincoln56 September 5, 2022 4:07 pm $2,500
gorr September 5, 2022 4:07 pm $2,400 Auto
gorr September 4, 2022 4:52 pm $2,100
blakefell September 4, 2022 4:52 pm $2,000 Auto
blakefell September 4, 2022 4:08 pm $1,600
gorr September 4, 2022 4:08 pm $1,500 Auto
gorr September 4, 2022 2:51 pm $1,300 Auto
carllincoln56 September 4, 2022 2:51 pm $1,200
gorr September 4, 2022 2:51 pm $1,100 Auto
carllincoln56 September 4, 2022 2:51 pm $1,000
gorr September 3, 2022 8:01 pm $850 Auto
RClarke September 3, 2022 8:01 pm $750
gorr September 3, 2022 8:00 pm $600 Auto
RClarke September 3, 2022 8:00 pm $500
gorr September 2, 2022 12:28 pm $1
Auction started September 1, 2022 9:17 am
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