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BMW R100GS

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The successor to the popular R80 G/S, and the predecessor to the even more successful modern R1200GS oil-head boxer, this classic long-legged adventure bike version lasted in BMW’s lineup for nearly a decade—and for very good reason.

Besides the 1,000cc engine upgrade, the most notable distinction of this series the linkage-driven rear shock. This so-called Paralever swingarm is longer, and arguably more stable at speed than the monoshock R80 to come before it.


Like the R80, it came in a standard version, and an oversized “PD” model with expanded tank capacity—for Paris Dakar.


The bikes also got beefier front fork tubes, better disc brakes, and a handsome redesigned tank with a bigger capacity than the old standard R80.

Owner: Manuel Mainardi