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Well-known riders of the 60s, like Sebastian Nachtmann, Manfred Sensburg and Herbert Schek played a valuable role in the development of an optimum off-road BMW, eventually leading to the BMW GS 800, the long-term predecessor of the legendary R 80 G/S.

BMW Motorrad’s factory in Berlin produced from 1980 to 1987 21.864 units of the BMW R 80 G/S. World’s first “adventure bike” embodied the launch of the famous BMW GS family. The name could not be any clearer: Gelände (“offroad”) Straße (“street”) and even in its sales catalogue BMW Motorrad stated in 1980: “Sports machines, tourers, choppers, endures… you’ve seen them all. Now meet the new idea in motorcycles: BMW R 80 G/S”.The tone had been set: this brand-new motorcycle had been developed to be enjoyed on the streets and next to it.

The bike gained popularity with adventure-seeking travellers after having won the Paris-Dakar rally several times. To celebrate the success of Hubert Auriol (1983), Gaston Rahier (1984 and 1985), BMW Motorrad launched the R 80 G/S Paris-Dakar special edition, a collector’s item.

In autumn 1987,the successful debut of BMW’s worldwide patented Paral ever happened with the R 100 GS, R 80 G/S’s successor which also had a larger capacity engine (980 cc) and an updated suspension.

Technical specifications

Two-cylinder boxer
797,5 cc
Bore x stroke
84,5 x 70,6 mm
Power output
37 kW/50 hp at 6.500 rpm
2.230 x 820 x 1.150 mm
Seat height
860 mm
Unladen weight
186 kg
Max. speed
168 km/h
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Ginion Classics has its roots within Ginion Group, the privately owned Belgian automotive company importing luxury and sports car brands and active in sales and after sales activities for various premium car and motorcycle brands. The company also has a department dedicated to leisure vehicles and is preparing for the future filled with autonomous vehicles and extensive car sharing.                   

Stéphane Sertang has been holding for over 20 years the steering wheel of the company and his vision is driving all departments full of passion towards a bright future