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.


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 )