BMW Motorrad Spezial

BMW ISDT enduro racer

BMW R80 enduro racing motorcycle
BMW’s profile in the racing enduro market seems to be slipping of late. (Which is a pity, because the G450X offers promise, as well as BMW’s usual 24-month warranty.) But this factory-endorsed, 900 cc boxer enduro from almost thirty years ago shows what could have been. In 1980 it won the German and European enduro championships, plus the prestigious ISDT. The bike apparently sports 50 bhp and weighs just 132 kg, and inspired the cultish BMW R80 G/S (Gelände/Straße, or off-road/street) built from ’81 to ‘87. That machine married the 800 cc R80/7 engine to a strengthened R65 chassis, and was the only BMW twin to be unaffected by the launch of the K series. For more obscure BMW off-roading goodness, check out this gallery from German BMW race preparation expert HPN.

  • Beauty through simplicity!

  • Interesting to hold an HP2 up next to this and see the evolution, and good on BMW for maintaining traditional livery through the ages. Clever branding.

  • harry

    132 kg, unbelievable. And that without carbon-fibre or titanium. I want one.

  • harry

    Still looking at it every other day.
    And keep on finding little details, such as the rubber center-stand holder. A piece of inner tube. I love it.
    I do agree with the first comment : beauty through simplicity ! Says it all.