BMW Baja 1000 Racer

Baja 1000 BMW GS980R by HPN
If you need to fettle your BMW enduro for hardcore long-distance racing, the company to speak to is HPN. The German outfit has an illustrious history, largely built on preparing the motorcycles that took BMW to four Dakar Rally victories in the 1980s. HPN built this particular bike for the Baja 1000 in 1985, trimming the wet weight down to a mere 155kg (340lbs) with fuel. The suspension travel is a plush 300mm (12 inches) front and rear, plenty enough to soak up the big hits. And of course, it’s got that brilliant retro Teutonic styling, but this time, in the slightly unfamiliar colors of red. This machine is superficially similar to BMW’s ‘Africa’ enduro bike, the R80G/S Paris-Dakar, but the race version is known as the BMW GS980R. HPN bored out the air-cooled boxer motor from 797 to 980cc—bumping up the power up from around 50 to 69hp—and just about every other component is either heavily modified or custom made—down to that white shield on the front wheel, which hides a 260mm Brembo disk. BMW riders Gaston Rahier and Eddy Hau won the large-capacity class in the 1985 Baja 1000: if you want to emulate their successes, take your pick from HPN’s range of hardcore modified BMW enduros.

Baja 1000 BMW GS980R by HPN

  • An incredible motorcycle.

  • Now that’s an airhead. I want to hear what that thing sounds like. Sweet ride.

  • Leston

    looks like a lot of fun but what were they thinking when designing that exhaust? dear lawd its hideous

  • Tom

    The discovery of this blog, is my greatest experience of this summer. And I’d love to discover the wilderness on top of that gorgeous BMW.

  • awesome machine and brave blokes that rode them

  • Scott

    They were probably thinking “How can we maximize its function and add the least weight possible.” But that’s just a guess.

  • Macca

    Awesome absolutely awesome, wish I knew where I could get one, or even just the specs to build on

  • Zionforge

    they were considering function over form . crash and engine performance probably…bet you knew that really