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Old 07-12-2010, 07:01 AM   #1
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1981 BMW R80GS - what are they worth?

100% perfect mechanical condition and 98% cosmetic score. White with only about 8500 miles on the clock. New tires and passes state inspection easily and completely original from what I can tell.

What are these worth or what have you seen them sell for?

I've seen rough ones and ones that have been ridden heavily off road, but this one is so nice I wonder if it should be taken off road, maybe too nice it is.
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Old 07-12-2010, 07:20 AM   #2
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At first I thought you were describing the one I've been trying to buy from a coworker for the last year... I should've jumped on it 3 years ago when he said he wanted $3500 for it but I passed...stupid, stupid, stupid... Now he thinks he may ride it again someday even though it's been sitting, unridden for the last 5+ years.

not sure if $3500 is accurate for an early 80's 80GS or not though...
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Old 07-12-2010, 08:18 AM   #3
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Yeah, I missed one like that in Grand Junction six or seven years ago. Original owner, PD tank, low miles, solo seat, yada yada yada onandonandon... - $4500.

But to answer the question, you'd probably be getting a good deal at $6K - I wouldn't be surprised it fetches a grand or two more.
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Old 07-12-2010, 09:24 AM   #4
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Yeah, I missed one like that in Grand Junction six or seven years ago. Original owner, PD tank, low miles, solo seat, yada yada yada onandonandon... - $4500.

But to answer the question, you'd probably be getting a good deal at $6K - I wouldn't be surprised it fetches a grand or two more.
ditto!!!
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Old 07-12-2010, 11:31 AM   #5
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I sold mine about a year ago. 100% mechanical, 98% cosmetic, PD tank, Jesse luggage, about 70K showing on the clock. Got $6000 for it. It wasn't on the market very long.
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Old 07-12-2010, 11:46 AM   #6
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Although I certainly do have R80GS lust, I can't help but think that the price is inflated by a multiple of the actual value by the mystique of the old skool adventure bike.

I guess the same can be said for any BMW, but man, some of the old GS prices..
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Old 07-12-2010, 12:02 PM   #7
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the price is inflated by a multiple of the actual value by the mystique of the old skool adventure bike.
While I totally hear what you are saying, I would argue that actual value would be market value... so if it sells for $6K (or whatever) that is what it is worth..

That said, having owned both, The R80G/S is a better bike than the R100GS for what I do by a long shot.... and because many seems to agree, it costs more to get one
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Old 07-12-2010, 12:05 PM   #8
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Although I certainly do have R80GS lust, I can't help but think that the price is inflated by a multiple of the actual value by the mystique of the old skool adventure bike.
Aside from "mystique," there's no reason that the G/S should command any higher of a price than any other early '80s airhead - about $3000-4000 depending on region, condition, and extra goodies. That said, apparently mystique is a pretty sought after feature as finding a G/S under $5000 that doesn't need a bunch of work is getting pretty tough.
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Old 07-12-2010, 12:44 PM   #9
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While I totally hear what you are saying, I would argue that actual value would be market value... so if it sells for $6K (or whatever) that is what it is worth..
I had reservations using that wording, but I definitely understand. Value, worth; can't decide how to word it. Is one of my /6's worth $3k? Probably. Is it much different than a GS? A little. Is the difference worth a multiple of the price, to me? No(t yet).
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Old 07-12-2010, 12:53 PM   #10
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Around $4K for a dead stock runner.

I posted this in another thread but it might be relevant in this one too:

Raven ended up with this dead stock '81 g/s with about 46K miles for under $4K. It has a new top end rebuild, a strong tranny, a dodgy electrical system (as it turns out), a (hideous) fairing, matching BMW bags, and a fresh rear main seal.



Raven flew to NM, spent five days changing the rear main (twice) and other prep work, then rode it home to Maine.

Read about it here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...light=gretchen

I know all this because I sold Gretchen (the g/s) to him.

It's OK because I have another '81 g/s (Rosko) in pieces waiting for me out in the shop.

Added: Could I have gotten more than $4K? Maybe. Never will know.
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Old 07-12-2010, 01:58 PM   #11
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WHOA that fairing is pretty bad. Is that off an old RT?
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Old 07-12-2010, 02:25 PM   #12
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WHOA that fairing is pretty bad. Is that off an old RT?
It looks like the ones on K###RTs. +1 - yikes.
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Old 07-12-2010, 02:28 PM   #13
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I paid $3,900 4 years ago. I bought it with 50,000 miles on it and it currently has 66,000+. I don't know about 100% mechanically, but mine is a daily runner. I fix things as I have to. Cosmetically mine will win no beauty contest, but few G/S models used as intended will. Are you looking to ride this bike or keep it pristine?
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Old 07-12-2010, 03:01 PM   #14
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WHOA that fairing is pretty bad. Is that off an old RT?
That is a Parabellum. I call it the Elephant Man.

Here's a better photo of the Elepant Man.



You will have to ask The Raven what's happened to his bike. I do know he liked the fairing on his chilly ride to Maine in April, but he removed it immediately when he got home.
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Old 07-12-2010, 09:26 PM   #15
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It is the R100GS which is fetching the big money in Oz - I posted on a G/S price thread ridiculing my local dealers asking price of $12,200- for a admittedly low milage 93 GS , and the first local to read my post shot straight round and bought it - it was only in the showroom two days.

The G/S s dont fetch even half that but they usually have a claimed 200,000 + km on the clock and look as if they have been round the clock a couple of times more.
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