One Owner – 1981 BMW R100RT

In Germany, Less than 5k, Touring by AbhiLeave a Comment

Before BMW introduced the RT in 1978, a rider who wanted to tour had to buy a bike and then slap on the usual accessories like a fairing and bags. The RT was a revelation in that you could just sign the paperwork at your dealership and then immediately put on your break-in mileage in a few days as you explored the US! The Goldwing had already been around for a few years but it wasn’t until 1980 when you could get the Interstate model and get everything at once from Honda in one package.

The RT had a few changes from 1978 to the end of the run in 1996, but the only ones that are relevant for this early bike would be the introduction of electronic ignition in 1980 as well as a new clutch and Nikasil lining on the cylinders in 1981. The boxer motor produced 70 horsepower in this application, and the wet weight was 515 pounds. For more on what made the RT special, check out this story entitled “Why we love the BMW R100RT” by RiDE Magazine on MCN.

This example stands out to me because it’s being offered by the original owner. It has 41,000 miles – nothing to worry about if it’s been well-maintained, and the chances of that are higher than usual with one owner – and the seller says it’s ready to tour. It’s just been serviced and there’s “many new parts” but no description on what said parts actually are. Extras include a radio, cover, battery tender, alarm, 2 auxiliary fuel cells, and lots of extra lighting! I see six extra aftermarket lights in addition to the BMW optional fold out lights as pictured above.

Find this RT for sale here on Craigslist in Palisades, New York for $4,500.

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