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By definition, classic “ Belonging to the highest rank ” “ standard ” or “ Having lasting or worth; enduring .”

In the historical of motorcycle production, few machines these measures of excellence. my own criteria, classic status is achieved when a motorcycle or establishes new standards in design, or style; the type of impact profoundly changes market The clearest indicator of classic finds the competition following

That said, if imitation is the form of flattery, then legendary R100RS must be red.

Based on the R90S, in turn was a developed from the R75/5 of 1970, the motivating behind the R100RS came two men; Product-development director von der Marwitz and designer Hans With instructions from the brass to advance the market generated by the R90S, von der Marwitz Muth to advance the principle of an over the road speedster of taking sales (and away from the ever-gaining makers.

With a generous budget but not an one, Muth and the engineers at BMW the RS everything the S had and more; more more coverage, more and more style. Critical in the development, aerodynamic testing at the regarded Pininfarina facility Muth to shape his project a motorcycle with not only friendly aerodynamics, but more downforce. Looking like else, more important the praise given for the RS’s lines is the recognition it earned for motorcycle technology and real application.

Strengthened with tubes and additional bracing for the R100RS’s frame held most powerful Boxer to date. Bored to 94mm (up 90) to gain 980cc, the RS had larger and new pistons with 9.5:1 unchanged from the R90S. US were knocked back to

Replacing the 38mm Dell’Orto found on the 900, both the RS and the new used 40mm Bing instruments with dual-point Most markets saw the RS delivered 40mm exhaust headers, but for areas machines were with 38mm tubes With a five-speed box and a single, dry clutch, the RS was rated at 70-bhp, at 7250 rpm. With gearing top speed for the RS approached

Mounted on the RS’s conventional dual, 1p ATE calipers pinch 260mm calipers with a Simplex drum on the rear. The year (1978) a single, 260 mm was fitted, which shared the RS’s twin-shock swingarm.

over six-gallons of fuel, luggage, a choice of three-quarter or seats, full instrumentation and the RS introduced new levels of comfort and More capable for sustained speed travel than (new for 1975) GL1000, the RS was the motorcycle to mix sporting style true, long distance Already well established, the RS was and is as the complete package.

Basing the stylish twin on sound, time-tested German allowed unparalleled confidence riders around the world had to trust and respect.

Trading a CB1100F for a R100RS in 1986, writer toured the US extensively on a R100RS ( pictured below on holiday in California ) racking up 40.000 miles in four Not perfect, the RS’s worst is its stock windscreen, which the rider mid-helmet with a roar. A fine handling in most respects, the RS -with its suspensions and light chassis- to the spirited pace that Ducati, Laverda and Guzzi found comfortable.

Finding its success in balanced peak power is not the RS’s In response, many owners fit shocks, firm the fork and the RS’s frame/swingarm for increased Owners seeking to even the score found answers in the segment. VMOL’s own JJ Cerilli one such machine, outfitted by San Jose BMW; a leader in BMW products and tuning.

Wholesale can effect ride and overall so those looking for even are advised to look elsewhere as modifications can detract from Despite a healthy production 34,000 units between value remains solid prices steadily rising. colors and models-years are more but with some patience a R100RS can be found in the $6000 to dollar range.


Many credit the R90S as the breakthrough for BMW, but in this writer’s the RS was a more profound design. as it was, the S was a reactionary measure; to prove BMW’s willingness to from its conservative reputation. As it was successful but the RS, with its dramatic enclosure design and 1000cc BMW away from the ranks of and into the rarefied air of leadership.

Many new designs have but few actually offered improved with mass appeal. nothing else before for Vincent’s failed Black the RS created a new class of motorcycle, and after the introduction of the R100RS the touring segment continues to Nothing is certain, but there’s a possibility BMW might not be in the motorcycle without it, thus taking an era of unmatched profitability and achievement for the firm.

Truly a classic in sense, the BMW R100RS ranks as a milestone in motorcycle history; one remains atheistically refreshing and modern to this day. Woodbury

BMW R100RS Specification (1977

Four-…, OHV, air-cooled opposed twin.

Bore x 94 x 70.6 mm for 980 cc

Horsepower: 70-hp @ rpm

Carburation: Two 40mm Bing

Ignition: Point/coil inductive



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