Thread: The story of the BMW R80 G/S

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    Default The story of the BMW R80 G/S

    http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/genesis-bmw-r80-g-s

    Motorcyclist magazine shares the story of the BMW R80 G/S, the bike many credit with creating the all weather-all road touring market.

    Personally, I like the 1960s Triumph 500 and 650 scramblers with Rickman frame as the beginning.

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    Aside from being the first (BMW at least), I'm not sure the R80GS isn't the best GS. Decent offroad capability and 410 pounds wet. Today's adventure bikes all approach/surpass 500 pounds. I'm sure the current generation GS is a much better touring bike, but I would imagine the tougher and tighter the trail, the R80GS starts looking pretty good. And yet nobody has been able to recreate, on a large scale, and similar twin cylinder bike anywhere near the weight of this 35 year old bike. I was hoping the new 700cc Yamaha might get close, but that one is looking like it is more likely to be over 450 pounds. If I ever find a good deal on an R80GS or a Cagiva Elefant, and have the finds ready, I will grab one.
    Marc

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