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produced: 1983-1985

Total 6,389

Claimed power:

Top speed: 108mph

Engine Horizontally-opposed twin

Weight 189kg (417lb)

Price $3995

Price now:

In 1983, George Lucas Return of the Jedi, the third in his epic space fantasy, Wars . And no motorcyclist who’s it can forget the mach-speed hover duel through the redwood on the forest planet of Endor.

same year saw the release of the — a sleek, sporty version of the R65. With its out-of-this-world you have to wonder if LS designer Muth and Lucas weren’t from the same punch BMW hired Muth, who had already put his on the original Suzuki Katana, to an edgy, affordable sport/touring for a market that was increasingly won over by an innovative Japan.

With its sharp angles and disposition, Muth’s creation a definitive love it or hate it — and it still does today.

At and with a compression ratio of the LS houses the same engine as the R65 —a short-… version of BMW’s air-cooled, four-… opposed With a bore of 82mm and a of only 61.5mm (versus in other boxers), the result is a engine with a relatively bore allowing bigger

The LS also shares the standard frame, suspension and shaft In fact, the only functional between the LS and the standard R65 are dual brakes with Brembo on the front wheel, as opposed to a disc on the standard, which the LS with excellent braking In fact, what puts the LS at length from the standard R65 and motorcycles in its category are exclusive features.

Among color was a brilliant, gleaming henna red set off by cast-alloy mag-type wheels and powder-coated pipes. Like on a gold nugget for authenticity, hard not to want to flick the to make certain they are alloy. The eye doesn’t linger on the color scheme, though, floating to the odd, angular

The wedge enveloping the headlight a perfect, tangible insight to the thought process behind the design.

While BMW maintained the reduced wind force and lift, those who have it (and most who haven’t) over the claim. Truth is, the use it might have is catching the eye of strawberry blonde strolling by in her leg and oversized sweater. The black centerpiece of the fairing wraps the headlight over the top to form a instrument panel. The LS also a counter wedge on the back of the with molded-in handgrips.

If a is willing to put his or her faith in bolted-down the grips are handy and feel correct. The one dilemma to the LS’s jazzy style is the inability to it for comfort. No larger fairing or and storage alternatives were by BMW, and the standard R65 options are

If you have one with like-new paint like the bike we strapping on a tank bag and risking the smooth, bright surface a major concern. That, makes the LS a bit of a bummer for long Owners must either head-on wind and limited space as a consequence to its one-of-a-kindness or it up with jimmied extras, in case you might as well get the R65.

The under-seat storage contains a tool kit and still leaves room for a few extra supplies.

no long distance enhancements and a stance requirement from the angled handlebars at the far end of the long gas the LS is really more sport tour. The foot pegs, allow your feet to at a comfortable 7 o’clock position those big cylinders, making rides a bit more bearable.

trips may not be the crème de la crème . but the great handling, glassy at speed in the 60s and 70s, and big 5.5gal gas make long, Sunday breakfast runs on a rural road a great pick-me-up a doggish work week. a day in the bends is solid fun, but we suggest calling your old burner buddies for a little racing.

Cycle Guide called the LS a in its April 1982 test aptly pointing out that the motorcycles you can really compare it to are BMWs. Although Muth and may have shared design the Galactic Empire would have never established its of the universe with the LS’s

Whether it was the underperformance in the category or the price tag, BMW pulled the LS in But hey, it’s 21 years and if you’re not looking for an easy to light speed but fancy a fun little carver with an that defines low maintenance, the LS is kind of a modern-day Millennium Like the curvy bullet-ships in the round of Star Wars technology has brought sport a long way.

Although for its time, by today’s standards the LS has angles than a storm uniform. But with less 6,500 sold in the world, a good bet you won’t pass one as you’re meandering through the of Northern California. Just sure there’s nobody laser guns behind because you’ll probably be

Sharp-shooting rivals to BMW’s

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Yamaha SECA XJ650RJ

71hp, 123mph

— Air/cooled

— Dual discs drum rear

In the early Yamaha tamed its sport/touring with the sporty, powerful and Maxim, using Americans as pigs to perfect its in-line XJ 650 engine. Then it rewarded our fanatical friends across the by dropping the engine in a café-style to carve up their squiggly

The next year, Yamaha got the from disgruntled, deprived customers and abated them the Yamaha Seca XJ650RJ. The difference, aside from and regulatory issues, was the removal of the oil cooler for U.S.-bound bikes.


— 57hp,

— 553cc

— Six-speed

— front, single disc

Classic bike lovers remember the GPz 550 from a variety of including our homage, Retro , which appeared in the November/December issue. Kawasaki introduced the in 1981, laying the first of the foundation for its legendary sportbike of fame. A nine-year reign of the GPz 550 gave way for bigger and better faster) things.

With an four-cylinder engine kicking out at 9,500rpm, the 553cc engine was for the 469lb (wet) bike. And an early-‘80s American market not ready to embrace short-run bikes, Kawasaki gave the a comfy ride and good economy for all-day excursions.

Kawasaki’s success with the GPz or less shoved its homeland not to mention the world, into a race for the sportbike crown. while purchasing a GPz 550 may be a very choice, you won’t win a medal for Unfortunately for would-be owners, in case kick … is synonymous with really popular.

The good news is are out there in various states of as exemplified by former editor Ric who purchased one for less than a G after we published his story. Our Be patient.

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