1982-1984: The BMW R80ST

This coveted sport-touring, do-everything bike is the street version of the original R80G/S, and it’s one of the oddest, most limited, and therefore most desirable Airheads ever made.

Based off the same lightweight, single-sided swingarm monoshock chassis as its off-road brethren, the R80 G/S, the ST came with a slightly shorter-stroke rear shock, a shorter front end, and it inherited from the R65 the ugliest dash panel ever to come on any production motorcycle.

But it doesn’t matter. Purists love these bikes, and for good cause. They’re so nimble and well-balanced that most who own them hold onto them, and they’re also a popular candidate for being converted to a G/S which are only getting harder to find.

Fewer than 6,000 were ever made, and only 1,000 were imported to the United States. Three of them showed up to our #25yearsofBMW event on Union Street.

Owner: Dean Macabee: 1984 R80ST

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1970-1973: The BMW /5
1974-1976: The BMW /6

1974-1976: The BMW R90S
1977-1992: The BMW R100RS
1978-1995: The BMW R80RT and R100RT
1979-1987: The BMW R65
1983-1985: The BMW R65LS
1980–1986: The R80 G/S
1982-1984: The BMW R80ST
1987-1995: The R100GS
1992-1995: The BMW R100R