1983 BMW R80ST


This bike was produced in limited quantities (5963 as I have heard second-hand from BMWNA) and only sold in the US for the 1982/84 model years. According to BMW Motorrad’s technical brochure “Servicedaten BMW Motorrader 1948-1991”, published 05/1990, shows model R 80 ST US, with S/N starting #6207001, ending #6207980, in production 1982-1984. Tha means only 980 were imported to the US. It is the street version of the very popular R80 G/S. The 1983 R80ST and G/S were the first BMW’s to use the radical MonoleverĀ® rear suspension.Ā  Over the course of the years, I added BMW bags, heated hand grips, and a Corbin seat.

I owned this bike for 16 years and I never grew tired of it. I sold it in February 2000 to buy an R1100R.

For those of you who have one, I scanned the US Owners manual and created a pdf. Click here to get a copy.

Specifications

Length 85.8″ Wheelbase 56.9″
Seat Height 33.9″ (reduced by Corbin) Dry Weight 403.5 lb
Wet Weight 437 lb Displacement 798cc’s
Bore 84.8mm Stroke 70.6mm
Horsepower 48 (crotch rocket it ain’t )