BMW R 80 GS Kalahari

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BMW R 80 GS Kalahari
Production 1997
Class Road
air-cooled, four-stroke, boxer twin cylinder, 2 valves per cylidner
Bore / Stroke 83.8mm x 83.8mm
Compression ratio 9.2:1
Horsepower 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)
Length 90.2 inches (2291 mm)
Width 39.41 inches (1001 mm)
Seat Height 33.5 inches (851 mm)
Weight 210.0 kg (wet)
Manuals Service Manual

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[edit]

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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.