ADV R80ST Registry

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by England-Kev, Oct 1, 2008.

  1. aeldk5g

    aeldk5g Adventurer

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    I've owned a number of different bikes over the years, but they were usually dirt bikes or dual sports. I was looking for a R80GS, but in my research I came across a comparison of the GS and ST and thought, "Wow, best of both worlds."

    That same week I found a local ad (San Diego) for an R80ST from a guy who was moving out of the country. It was in great condition with 27k miles and I made him an offer. Before accepting my offer, he wanted to first ask his son if he wanted the bike, and a few (long) days later I bought my first street bike.

    What a great ride! Not a rocket by any means, but its simplicity, bottom and mid-range torque, and especially the handling of the ST puts it in a class of its own. On top of that, it was not mass produced, so we own one of the few limited number BMW motorcycles made. What a score!!!

    Lloyd Dahlen
    1983 R80ST
    33,000 miles
    Engine # 6207542

    http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/xtSwIqRU0qZ3NcalD-g-OA?authkey=p4shewrWOv0
  2. norton73

    norton73 drinkin'

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    '83 #7655

    Been meaning to post it here for a while, but I kept forgetting to look up the #s


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    You can read all about it here
  3. squish

    squish Out of the office.

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    Norton73 I read your story, and I really like the way your wife's bike looks.

    This is very much what I will be doing with my ST when I start the rebuild.
    If I can find the solo seat and rack.
  4. bpeckm

    bpeckm Grin!

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    aeldk5g: that's a mighty fine looking bike. Congratulations!

    I am not sure what your headlight flyscreen/fairing is: do you have any other information and more photos?


    Tanksalot!


    :D

    edit: just found that it was not just the one photo...duuuhhh... but, what is that fairing?
  5. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

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    It looks like the genuine BMW ST fairing that was sold at the time...
  6. Renner

    Renner combustophile

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    that fairing can be had for about $250 IIRC, from BMW.
  7. Mark Ryder

    Mark Ryder Kaboom !!!

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    :wink: Here's mine guys,
    1984 7827
    Bought in june 1990 used. I think I am the thid or fourth owner.
    Orignally sold at Star Garage in Green Island, NY. Soon to have
    a GS tank and Toaster tan top brace. Had 18200 mls on it
    now has 29500 on it. has been repainted. Fun to ride around
    in the Catskill Mtns.
    Mark Ryder
  8. aeldk5g

    aeldk5g Adventurer

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    I've been told that the fairing was an option when the bike was purchased, but I'm not sure if it was an actual BMW fairing.

    I just bought a period correct Parabellum Scout that I'm considering mounting for better wind protection.

    Lloyd
  9. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Long timer

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    Here's a question for all of you higher mileage ST pilots:

    Our bike was made before the new unleaded valve seat material was introduced and accordingly our machines suffer from the exhaust valve recession problem, though not to the same degree as the hotter running R100s of the period. I'm just wondering how many miles I can expect to get out of my bike (an '84 w/ 14k miles on it) before I need to get a valve job. Can anyone out there speak to this with some experience?
  10. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

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    I guess this needs expansion, are you using a lead replacement additive? I use Valvemaster in mine, also are you suffering with receding valves? do you keep a log of miles/valve adjustment, if so have you noticed them receding?
  11. mark1305

    mark1305 Old Enough To Know Better

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    While this thread has been languishing, I approached a fellow Chain Gang member and owner of a beautiful ST to post his bike here, or allow me to.

    He didn't give me the serial number, but with his permission and permission from photographer and fellow ADVRider, rob feature, I'll add a couple of pics to the pile. These were taken on a trip rob and Ike made from Nashville to Nova Scotia back around May (covered in Ride Reports).

    This is the bike Ike was riding when I first met him at a gathering up in Ohio in 2005. It ultimately led to my purchase of a R80 ST last year.
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    It is one beautiful bike in person. Thanks to the owner, Ike, and to rob feature for allowing me to post these.
  12. England-Kev

    England-Kev Long timer

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    Thanks Mark, that is a smart looking bike, I wonder what screen he has fitted?

    :clap
  13. mark1305

    mark1305 Old Enough To Know Better

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    Kev, he told me what it was last year when I bought my R80, and I've forgotten. I'll contact him and pass the info back when I hear from him. I'm pretty sure it is a National Cycle model.
  14. Gimmeslack

    Gimmeslack furthur

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    It just figures... I met Ike two years ago on the Shenandoah 500. he was riding an XT225 (as was I). Brilliant minds think alike :lol3.

    Cool dude and a hardcore rider :deal.


  15. bpeckm

    bpeckm Grin!

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    I am taking a de e e eep breath before I say this....

    :D

    I have put my R50/2 on IBMWR (under trades offered) and am looking for a monolever R80 of some ilk.... anybody know of somebody with a bag/bucket/basket of bones (or even a perfectly wonderful bike, if the $$ are right :1drink). I don't want to mess up a nice stock bike, but on the other hand, anything I do would be reversible to stock if'n I were to find an ST.....

    My offering:

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  16. mark1305

    mark1305 Old Enough To Know Better

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    You're killin' me man! You're too close.
  17. bikecat

    bikecat Long timer

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    It's not a stock ST tank, is it? I like! :clap
  18. Gimmeslack

    Gimmeslack furthur

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    Looks like a stock PD tank.
  19. mark1305

    mark1305 Old Enough To Know Better

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    I mailed Ike to ask what windscreen he has, and anticipated questions on the tank (I've forgotten what he told me it is). When I hear back from him, I'll pass the answers on.
  20. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Long timer

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    That there is the steel PD tank. 99% sure.