ADVR R80G/S registry.... who's got one?

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Solo Lobo, Sep 22, 2008.

  1. GapRunr

    GapRunr Been here awhile

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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.
  2. Sutherngintelmen

    Sutherngintelmen around the bend

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    Looks very nice. :clap

    I have the same can on my track bike (99 sv650) - how's it sound on a boxer?
  3. Solo Lobo

    Solo Lobo airhead or nothing

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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.
  4. gary5410

    gary5410 Been here awhile

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    Mine was built in 3/81 according to......

    http://www.bmbikes.co.uk/chassispages/enginechassis800.htm :deal

    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! :lol3
  5. Spark Plug

    Spark Plug Low on compression

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    Add one more to the list.

    Just brought home 3155

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  6. Dakar83

    Dakar83 Been here awhile

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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

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    VIN 6254531 Manufactured 1983
  7. Arkwright

    Arkwright Grumpy ole Git

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    This one belongs to Richard A. from the UK!

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    Quote from Richard A's original post

    "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):"

  8. GapRunr

    GapRunr Been here awhile

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    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.
  9. Solo Lobo

    Solo Lobo airhead or nothing

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    There were no 1980 model year G/S's
  10. GapRunr

    GapRunr Been here awhile

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    Sorry, didn't realize we were only talking about US spec bikes.
  11. gary5410

    gary5410 Been here awhile

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    Just picked up my 2nd R80 G/S ...:clap.... serial # 2107 an early one! Came with extras...... 2nd small tank, single seat w/rack, bags etc.

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  12. mennleo

    mennleo Been here awhile

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    these old guys are having to much fun!!
  13. hardwaregrrl

    hardwaregrrl ignore list

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    Score!!!!
  14. gary5410

    gary5410 Been here awhile

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    Extras....................!:clap Even got the jacket! No tach, but it does have the clock and voltmeter.

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  15. rxkea

    rxkea Adventurer

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    Sold in NZ new 1986. 40,000km only, paralever tank, in process of restoring original. VIN 4760. Have another thats had frame repaint and general tidy up but still bits will post pic soon. 1981/82. VIN 1017. :norton[​IMG]
  16. motogon

    motogon Like wind

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    That ugly big tank doesn't look good on your bike ... but I can help you with that! :evil

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  17. gary5410

    gary5410 Been here awhile

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    I know where there is a new unpainted (primered) one for sale ...... :deal
  18. motogon

    motogon Like wind

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    I probably can't afford it. :cry
  19. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Long timer

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    Something special in there or just a stock frame?? :huh
  20. TheCadman

    TheCadman Old school

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    I'm a long-term ADVR lurker -usually in Racing - and even longer-term G/S owner. I bought #751 in 2003 partly converted - from another inmate, see this thread http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=415637

    Over the years it's evolved a bit, from this:
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    I'm not using it much at the moment - I'm spending too much time racing something a bit smaller. However, this thread has inspired me to get it back on (off) the road. All I need to do is find an exceptional alloy welder in the UK who can grind-out and re-do the welds on the swing-arm and I'll be away! Recommendations welcome