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Old 09-17-2013, 12:57 PM   #1
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R80 gs found, recovered, and in progress

Literally stumbled on a GS today and it is for sale. Steering head has R80 sticker on it but has the R100 cosmetics around the headlight? Looks all to be there but needs some TLC. 1700 bucks?? Hope to ride it in the next day or two. Didn't have a camera along.

Did the R80 come with the plastic furniture around and above the headlight at any time?

Thoughts and comments appreciated.

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Old 09-17-2013, 01:07 PM   #2
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It's very easy to put the small thumbstone on a 80gs (or g/s) so no worries about that.
Is it a mono- or paralever? Both great bikes, I really can't choose my favourite between them. G/S being lighter and GS more comfy.
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Old 09-17-2013, 01:11 PM   #3
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not sure about mono or para, literally walking through a market and saw just the ass end sticking out. Only number I could read were B10401D427J85932? Too dark to see anything else and it was getting shady at that point.

How are European vin numbers configured?

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Old 09-17-2013, 02:30 PM   #4
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http://www.bmwarchive.org/vin/bmw-vin-decoder.html

Last 7, 2 letters and 5 numbers.
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Old 09-17-2013, 02:37 PM   #5
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$1700

In real money thats just over 1000 which seems like a bargain for any airhead GS (or g/s)
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Old 09-17-2013, 04:02 PM   #6
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Buy it. You can't go wrong at that price.
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Old 09-17-2013, 07:17 PM   #7
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Don't think I can answer that without looking at it in person, you'd better PM me a location and phone number :).
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Old 09-25-2013, 07:46 AM   #8
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Off the bat this bike needs a starter.

Did the R80 G/S models use different starters for different years or did they stick with one?
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:56 AM   #9
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Off the bat this bike needs a starter.

Did the R80 G/S models use different starters for different years or did they stick with one?
They all used the bosch starter used on all airheads of that period. Unlike the later valeos they're completely rebuildable. They weigh a lot more, but they're build like a brick shit house.
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Old 09-25-2013, 05:50 PM   #10
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Old 09-25-2013, 05:59 PM   #11
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Phhht. Who needs a starter? I once "bump started" a '77 BMW R75/7 down the entire eastern seaboard once.

Mind you, I don't recommend it ;)
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Old 09-25-2013, 07:24 PM   #12
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Off the bat this bike needs a starter.

Did the R80 G/S models use different starters for different years or did they stick with one?
The earlier monlevers used a Bosch and the later paralevers use the lighter but less reliable Valeo, both are interchangeable. The Bosch is rebuildable so don't write it off before having it looked at first, there is not much that can be done for the Valeo as they usually die when the magnets come off of the inside.

The 80GS paralever was available with all of the plastic but I believe it was never sold in the US, either way for that price it is a bargain.
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Old 09-25-2013, 07:27 PM   #13
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wow.. have you jumped on it yet?
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:35 PM   #14
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Too bad I spelled 'built' wrong.
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Old 09-26-2013, 09:45 AM   #15
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The newer Valero starter have fixed the dreaded magnet issue, spin faster, and weight a lot less than the Bosch.

If the bike is even running, then $1700 is a steal...not running, you can easily put twice that into getting it safe and reliable to ride.

Late '80s R100GS had the same instrument nacelle as the R80G/S.
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