BMW R 80 GS Kalahari

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BMW R 80 GS Kalahari
Manufacturer BMW
Production 1997
Class Road
Engine air-cooled, four-stroke, boxer twin cylinder, 2 valves per cylidner
Bore / Stroke 83.8mm x 83.8mm
Compression ratio 9.2:1
Horse Power 50.02 HP (37.3 KW) @ 6500RPM
Torque 44.99 ft/lbs (61.0 Nm) @ 5000RPM
Transmission Gear box: 5-speed, manual

Final Drive: shaft

Clutch: dry, single plate, diaphragm spring
Suspension Front: 40mm Marzocchi telescopic fork
Rear: BMW Motorrad Paralever
Brakes Front: single 285mm disc
Rear: 200mm drum
Front Tire 90/90 x 21S
Rear Tire 130/80 x 17S
Wheelbase 59.61 inches (1514 mm)
Dimensions L 90.2 inches (2291 mm)
W 39.41 inches (1001 mm)
Seat height 33.5 inches (851 mm)
Weight  (dry), 210.0 kg (wet)
Manuals Service Manual
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The BMW R 80 GS Kalahari was a air-cooled, four-stroke, boxer twin cylinder, 2 valves per cylidner Road motorcycle produced by BMW in 1997. Max torque was 44.99 ft/lbs (61.0 Nm) @ 5000 RPM. Claimed horsepower was 50.02 HP (37.3 KW) @ 6500 RPM.


A 83.8mm bore x 83.8mm stroke result in a displacement of just 797.0 cubic centimeters.


The bike has a 5-speed, manual transmission. Power was moderated via the dry, single plate, diaphragm spring.


It came with a 90/90 x 21S front tire and a 130/80 x 17S rear tire. Stopping was achieved via single 285mm disc in the front and a 200mm drum in the rear. The front suspension was a 40mm Marzocchi telescopic fork while the rear was equipped with a BMW Motorrad Paralever. The wheelbase was 59.61 inches (1514 mm) long.

1997 BMW R 80 GS Kalahari

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The 1997 MY BMW R 80 GS Kalahari addresses those riders who want to adventure on the most treacherous terrains possible, but also want a machine capable of trivial tasks such as daily commuting. It comes with features such as a a 40mm Marzocchi telescopic front fork, a BMW Motorrad Paralever rear suspension unit, a front disc brake coupled to a rear drum, a dual seat, passenger grab rails, a high-mounted exhaust system, laced wheels, an analogue instrumentation panel and a steel frame.

In the engine department, it sports an air-cooled, four-stroke, 797cc, boxer two cylinder engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission and can produce a claimed 50 horsepower and 61 Nm of torque. This model was launched only in South Africa, with a special white livery and a blue frame.