Youngtimer test: BMW R 80 G-S

Youngtimer test: BMW R 80 G-S
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Youngtimer test: BMW R 80 G-S

Youngtimer test: BMW R 80 G-S

Youngtimer test: BMW R 80 G-S

Youngtimer test: BMW R 80 G-S

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Youngtimer test: BMW R 80 G-S
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Cruising through the country without hectic: You don’t always have to go rally-style over off-road slopes.

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The 220 kilogram XLV is not that unwieldy, but the high center of gravity gives it a somewhat idiosyncratic curve behavior.

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Complete view of the BMW R 80 G / S.

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The G / S is well suited for off-road activities, but it is almost too good to take it properly and dust it or cover it with mud.

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The G / S exhaust pipe, which is positioned upwards on the left, emits a discreetly sporty boxer sound, but proves to be prone to rust.

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Round thing? The speedometer and indicator lights of the XLV 750 R are easy to read, while the time clock or tachometer (not in the picture) were once optional extras.

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The equipment of the Honda (cockpit, headlights) presents itself in an angular design, after all with a standard rev counter.

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Encounter between the two rivals: the BMW R 80 G / S and Honda XLV 750 R..

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Two chairs, one opinion: Enduros also need two cylinders for true happiness.

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Curious but practical: the fuel tap on the top of the left tank flank of the XLV 750 R..

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The small, ineffective drum brake of the Honda in fiery red.

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Play of colors: Even the exposed oil filter of the Honda XLV 750 R shines in brilliant red.

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The first comparison of the XLV with the G / S led to such images and painful criticism. Today the Honda is over it.

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The XRV 650 Africa Twin.

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Complete view of the Honda XLV 750 R.

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The single-sided swing arm including the cardan tunnel makes it easier to remove the wheel on the BMW R 80 G / S.

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The boxer, which pushes powerfully from below, shines with great smoothness, provided the Bing carburettors are properly adjusted. The BMW is started with an electric or kick starter.

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Throws up a lot of dust: the Honda easily masters steep climbs on loose ground. And at every biker get-together she is the star.

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BMW R 80 G / S and Honda XLV 750 R in comparison.

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Uwe Metzinger on the BMW R 80 G / S.

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Stefan knows about the Honda XLV 750 R.

Youngtimer test: BMW R 80 G / S

The first two-cylinder enduro

The BMW R 80 G / S made history and continues to do so today. The fascination for the first Enduro with a multi-cylinder engine continued.

The enthusiasm for the BMW R. 80 G / S is like an infection, since 1980 the enthusiasm from Bavaria spills over all of Germany. With the R 80 G / S, BMW landed precisely in a previously unoccupied niche: a machine for terrain and road alike.

Despite the considerable seat height of 860 millimeters, even little bikers do not get into trouble. When starting off, the smooth, creamy clutch is noticeable. The 50 hp of the boxer may seem a bit lean, but guarantee a quick dash – not least due to the successful gear ratio. The BMW R 80 G / S happily takes the first hairpin bends of the uphill road, but remains neutral in an inclined position. It almost looks like you can drive hands-free.

However, when the pace is forced, the fork twists and stutters. A fork stabilizer would make sense here, also because of the single disc at the front, which also struggles with fading. The drum brake on the rear wheel, however, works reliably.

On long straights, the BMW R 80 G / S can be turned up in a mannered manner and remains stable on course even at high speeds. However, if you take off the gas in an inclined position, the Bavarian collapses and begins to commute. The flexible BMW R 80 G / S is also at home off-road: like a mountain goat, it climbs boulder-laden climbs off the road. Only in slow, tricky passages do you want a shorter translation. The rear end can hardly be tamed on extremely furrowed ground – the causes are the soft spring and insufficient damping.

The BMW R 80 G / S is a no-frills multitool that is now sold at high prices. The current successor, the R 1200 GS, is also a great motorcycle – but who needs ABS, an on-board computer and an electronically adjustable chassis in view of this timelessly beautiful ancestor?

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