Post Listing Update: This RS did not meet reserve despite 17 bids up to $6,100.
A classic in its own right, the BMW R100RS needs no introduction. However, in 1978, BMW released a limited edition – the Motorsport. 200 were sold in the United States.
The fancy name of the BMW R100RS Motorsport might lead you to believe that there were significant upgrades made to this bike, but unfortunately that’s not the case. All you get is the “Motorsports” paint job seen on BMW’s across the decades – white base with blue and red stripes and accents. The K100RS was another BMW that got a similar paint scheme in the late 80s.
The mechanicals included the usual BMW wares of the time – mag wheels, double Bing carbs feeding the boxer engine, and double discs in the front with a rear drum. The large fairing and available luggage made this bike a wonderful touring bike – the perfect Autobahn cruiser.
Cycle World had the following to say, back in the day:
Only the R100RS model retains a steering damper knob, which features three-position adjustment. The need for the damper has been eliminated by a new horizontal tube welded to the frame downtubes just below the steering head, and a stronger swinging arm.
Suspension remains soft for the touring models: still the finest touring suspension in the industry. But the Sport models get the benefit of stiller suspension front and rear for improved high-performance riding without much sacrifice in straight-line comfort.
Surprisingly, the changes made to frame and swinging arm. though minor, make for a big difference in feel on the road. There is a much greater feeling of stability at all speeds, particularly when things are whizzing by in a blur. Continental tires, also now standard, stick better than the Metzelers used in the past and are unaffected by rain grooves; by all indications they wear better, as well.
The big news in the line is of course, the R100RS. which will probably hover in the astronomical price range of $4800. Whether or not people are ready for a BMW with a tag like that remains to be seen, but the same people who balked temporarily at the price of the first R90S bought all they could get.
This specific BMW R100RS Motorsport has just 7,128 miles and comes with matching panniers and a dual seat along with the currently mounted solo seat. It’s a beautiful bike with only a couple of minor flaws.
Find this BMW R100RS Motorsport in Austin, Texas with bidding up to $4,150 and the reserve not yet met