Click here for an VINData Motorcycle History Report on this 1987 BMW R80. Additional photos are available here for your perusal.
Back in the late 70s and early 80s, BMW had begun to move away from its trademark boxer engine. The Japanese competition was dominating the market with its efficient inline fours, and the horizontally-opposed twin was proving a little long in the tooth. Accordingly, BMW released its own water-cooled triples and fours in the form of the K75 and the K100.
While this allowed the German brand to close the gap on the likes of Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha, the boxer fanbase remained steadfast in its loyalty. And for good reason — BMW had been making incremental improvements to the bikes since the series’ introduction.
Alongside the top-of-the-line R100, BMW also introduced the R80/7, a road-going adaptation of its venerable G/S, and a successor to the R75/7. Powered by an air-cooled 797cc Boxer twin, it reportedly made around 50 horsepower at 6,500rpm and 42.8lb-ft of torque at 4,000rpm. Though it wasn’t an especially lightweight machine at 456lbs, it proved exceptionally well-balanced and versatile. As Cycle World said in its period review: “when you light these things up it’s generally to go somewhere in style, in comfort, and rapidly. Zoom. Graded by this standard, the R80 is very much in the Beemer tradition.”
The seller states, “I have been building bikes my whole life and now semi-retired and do it for fun. I’ve built several other BMW, and Harley Sportsters, flat track and cafe style bikes that are spread out across the country. This my 11th Airhead and the bike has had a full tear down and restoration with great attention to detail.” Iconic previously sold another R80 he built.
Per the seller, “Frame, wheels, and engine parts are professionally powder-coated with prismatic gold powder and then clear powder over the top. A flawless paint job that shows black in low light, and black with gold metallic in sunlight. Outstanding quality free of any defects in the finish. It has new ignition coil and wires, hardware, boots, clamps, seals and fluids, as well as engine pushrod seals and gaskets.”
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The seller states there are no blemishes of note.