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