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Old 02-09-2013, 02:40 PM   #736
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Oh....kewl paint job. More pics when you get her home.....please.
+1 on the nice paint job. Amazing what these things go for these days. $9,995 on the price tag!

I noticed the way too long one piece continuous braided front brake line wrapped around the speedo bucket. I have the same (wrong) one on mine right now which I am fixing shortly now that I have the right parts. It gets pushed out backward from the lower most grommet with every compression of the front forks. Drives me nuts but it was a temp fix due to a collapsed rubber line on the road last fall. I'm putting the stock lower steel line back on and a Spiegler upper line from there straight up to the master.
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Old 02-22-2013, 03:54 PM   #737
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Finally rode the new girl home! Sweeeeeeeeet! Whooooohooooo! My 1st time on an R80 G/S ....... I like ...... we will get along just fine! This is the 1st year of the G/S - 1981. 30 years older than my 2011 R1200 GS Adventure!


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Old 02-22-2013, 05:10 PM   #738
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Finally rode the new girl home! Sweeeeeeeeet! Whooooohooooo! My 1st time on an R80 G/S ....... I like ...... we will get along just fine! This is the 1st year of the G/S - 1981. 30 years older than my 2011 R1200 GS Adventure!
That sure is a pretty one. Congrats on finding one which is not easy these days! Now don't get upset but BMW actually started making the G/S in Sept 1980.
Looky here: http://www.bmbikes.co.uk/specpages/R80G-S.htm

I have a '81 G/S made in March of '81 but registered as an '82 because it was probably bought late in '81 and shipped to Canada from Salzburg Austria. '81 was the first _full_ production year but not the first year.
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Old 02-22-2013, 06:34 PM   #739
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I think Solo Lobo has a 12/1980 serial number.
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Old 02-22-2013, 06:52 PM   #740
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"G/S - 1981. 30 years older than my 2011 R1200 GS Adventure!"

Close enough for me!
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:30 PM   #741
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"G/S - 1981. 30 years older than my 2011 R1200 GS Adventure!"

Close enough for me!
Gary....now you need to replicate your avatar pic with the G/S.
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Old 02-23-2013, 06:28 AM   #742
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I think Solo Lobo has a 12/1980 serial number.
Mine with serial number 2060 was built 11/1980 , which would make it an 81. According to RealOEM the R80 g/s was made in 6/1980, which I would assume were late year 1980 introduction, then manufactured again in 10, 11, and 12 of 1980 which would most likely be 1981 model year bikes.
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:26 AM   #743
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Finally rode the new girl home! Sweeeeeeeeet! Whooooohooooo!
Looks very nice.

I have the same can on my track bike (99 sv650) - how's it sound on a boxer?
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:36 AM   #744
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81 was the first _full_ production year but not the first year.
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Mine with serial number 2060 was built 11/1980 , which would make it an 81. According to RealOEM the R80 g/s was made in 6/1980, which I would assume were late year 1980 introduction, then manufactured again in 10, 11, and 12 of 1980 which would most likely be 1981 model year bikes.
Production year versus Model year

The simple answer is that the 1981 R80G/S was an early production (built earlier in 1980 than perhaps normal) of the model year 1981

Ford began building the 2014 Explorers in late January... there are no real rules for model year.
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Old 02-23-2013, 11:07 AM   #745
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Mine was built in 3/81 according to......

http://www.bmbikes.co.uk/chassispage...chassis800.htm

FYI - I believe the official introduction of the R80 G/S was as a 1981 model in September 1980 .....


<<1981 BMW R80 G/S – FEATURE
We didn’t yet know it, but the adventure bike had been born. It was September of 1980, the place was Avignonin Southern France and the event was the international press introduction of the dual-purpose R80 G/S, BMW’s first-ever “adventure bike”>> from Cycle World April 1981

My 1981 is the 1st year!
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Old 02-24-2013, 09:03 PM   #746
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Add one more to the list.

Just brought home 3155

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Old 02-25-2013, 05:41 AM   #747
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VIN 6250410 manufactured October 1980

I prefer it with the PD tank and twin Staintunes, goes and sounds great.
Borrowed the original tank for this next project which also has an Acerbis 43L tank for long rides



VIN 6254531 Manufactured 1983

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Old 02-25-2013, 07:53 AM   #748
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The First One?

This one belongs to Richard A. from the UK!







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"The bike is not a prototype in the truest sense, of course, but was the first off the line and recorded by BMW as having been built in May 1980, four months before the presentation to the press in Avignon on September 1st. Whether she was built in Munich (as part of some kind of pre-production series) or the factory in Berlin, I have yet to determine.

I bought her from the 3rd owner in Penzberg, Bavaria in 1997 while I was living and working in Germany in the 90s. The poor thing has been languishing in the back of my garage in the UK since I moved back with all my goods and chattels in 2001, mainly due to my continuing to work outside the UK until recently and having other bike projects on the go.


Hopefully, by posting this into the public arena, I shall feel duty bound to get my act together and start the restoration process. The bike is in reasonable condition, but has had quite a hard life as, I suspect, a works hack and in the hands of the aimiable and, I suspect, very skillfully riding, rocker cover chamfering, Bavarian chap from whom I bought her.


Initially registered officially by first owner BMW Motorrad GmbH on the 3rd September 1980, I would assume that she was running on trade plates prior to that date. I don't know if she was one of the bikes in the press presentation in Avignon, but now I've turned my attention to restoration, I'm going to start doing some research.


In April 1982, she was sold by BMW to a BMW R&D technician who then sold her onto my vendor in April 1984.


I'm going to start a restoration thread in a few weeks and use that to document the process, but I thought I'd post up this contribution to the Monolever thread right now.


Not that I in any way, shape or form would even begin to think that any of you might wonder about the provenance of the bike, but I thought I'd also post a couple of evidential pics to set your minds at rest!


The frame number (that's my Basic glinting in the background, the omega to the alpha of Großmutter, if you get my drift):"

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Old 02-25-2013, 10:28 AM   #749
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Production year versus Model year

The simple answer is that the 1981 R80G/S was an early production (built earlier in 1980 than perhaps normal) of the model year 1981

Ford began building the 2014 Explorers in late January... there are no real rules for model year.
Well, some rules do apply. FMVSS dictates that a production year and model year cannot be more than two calendar years apart. Ford can start building 2014 vehicles in 2013, but they can't make 2015 models yet.

Back to the g/s for a minute... If all g/s's built in 1980 were early intro 1981 model year, when were the 1980 models built? BMW didn't start making the g/s till May 1980.
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Old 02-25-2013, 10:33 AM   #750
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Back to the g/s for a minute... If all g/s's built in 1980 were early intro 1981 model year, when were the 1980 models built? BMW didn't start making the g/s till May 1980.
There were no 1980 model year G/S's
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