A genuine Paris-Dakar style dessert raider this bike was said to have competed in several races in the early 1980’s as a privateer entry. Fitted with a large factory type race fuel tank and the rear expansion tank it also has rare factory gas adjustable front forks and a race exhaust system. The bike is also fitted with an early type electronic rally note scroller. In original unrestored condition the engine is in very good running order with no smoke or noise, but the bike is essentially a restoration project, although it has a current (to March 2016) MoT and is UK road registered and supplied with a V5C logbook.
The domestic model R80 G/S was introduced in 1980, however privateer racers had been modifying R75/5’s for off road use for a few years until the German HPN race team won the Dakar in 1981 ridden by Hubert Auriol. The BMW won the Dakar a total of four times over the next decade, and had many other endurance race victories. It is now considered to be the father of all adventure style road and race bikes.