1978 BMW R100S

DougOne of only 90 Motorsport “S” bikes imported into the US, this beautiful classic is still the gentleman’s express it was touted to be in 1978.  With Koni progressives front and rear, it is a great daylong ride, and does admirably well in the canyons as well.  Long-legged, it doesn’t warrant choosing 5th until you are doing 70 or more where, when chosen, the entire bike just seems to fall into a perfect cadence of speed and engine vibe.  On the other hand, it is a quite friendly around town ride, with plenty of lower end torque on hand to avoid continual shifting.  At 480lbs and 60 rear wheel horsepower, it won’t be laying down rubber, but the power is very usable, and this machine ridden well, can keep up surprisingly well with new bikes with double the horsepower, chassis and brakes.

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Doug Watt


Lifelong Rider, Commited MotorHead. Musician, Innkeeper, Chef, RealEstate Finance/Developer. Lover of life.

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  1. Bruce Williams 5 years ago

    I have a 78 motorsport R100S, #6067586, european model bought new in Ohio by me. the frame does not say srs at the end of the vin. the mso paper states 70 hp. it has leadlight off switch and 140 mile speedo. 3 color stripes, blue dial seat, blue toolroll with red piping. small glovebox under seat nose. How did you arrive at the 90 units built? Factory ads state 200 RS motorsports would be imported, but no mention of S models.

    Thanks, Bruce

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