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The BMW R80ST

R80ST riders or those with an interest in the model are invited to join the R80STriders Group at: http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/R80STriders/

The R80ST is claimed by many to be the best handling aircooled BMW flat-twin engined motorcycle ever. Those who own one of these relatively rare machines tend to keep them. Before buying mine I had a 1983 R65LS, a 1987 R65 and a 1987 R80 and while I loved them all my R80ST is certainly my favourite.

The R80ST was introduced in 1982 and production stopped in 1984 after just 5,963 were made. It was conceived of as a street version of the earlier R80G/S and had a smaller front wheel and shorter suspension travel front and rear. The forks and instrument binacle were actually from the R65 of that time. It didn't sell well, due in part to the small, 19 litre fuel tank which limited its range - many owners replace the original tank with a later R100GS type tank for this reason. The R100GS tank fits with very little modification and as well as allowing longer distances between fuel stops also adds to rider comfort by giving the rider something shaped well for knee-gripping under heavy braking... the ST tank allows the rider to slide forward under these conditions.

The ST came in 2 colours, grey and red.

This is a collection of photos of R80STs that I have collected, mostly from people who own STs but a few are ones that I have lifted, without permission, from the Internet. If anyone would like me to remove their bike from this collection, please let me know and it will be done.

If you have any pictures of STs or any ST related photos, plain views or photos showing modifications, please send them to me and I will add them to this album. Photos of ST's being ridden would be good, too. If you have any, leave a message on this site and I'll contact you. You may have to wait some time as I only check the site periodically.

Last updated 4th December 2009
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Staintune Promo Photo - Australia
Staintune Promo Photo - Australia
Keihan G/S exhaust, modified for an ST - UK
Keihan G/S exhaust, modified for an ST - UK
Oversize brake rotor - Japan
Oversize brake rotor - Japan
Oversize brake rotor - Japan
Oversize brake rotor - Japan
San Jose fork brace - Ralph Young - USA
San Jose fork brace - Ralph Young - USA
San Jose fork brace - Ralph Young - USA
San Jose fork brace - Ralph Young - USA
Ralph Young's with San Jose fork brace - USA
Ralph Young's with San Jose fork brace - USA
Mark Urquhart's Slipstreamer screen - USA
Mark Urquhart's Slipstreamer screen - USA
Don Whiteside's with '85 on Monolever rear wheel
Don Whiteside's with '85 on Monolever rear wheel
Don Whiteside's with '85 on Monolever rear wheel
Don Whiteside's with '85 on Monolever rear wheel
Don Whiteside's with '85 on Monolever rear wheel
Don Whiteside's with '85 on Monolever rear wheel
From the BSM Exhausts Website
From the BSM Exhausts Website
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