Quick Stats

1981-96, 797cc flat twin, 50hp 100/105mph 35/50mpg

What to Expect

Aged Boxer design suffers from poor economy and excess mass (470/500lbs) but still usable for the long distance stuff. Better gearchange and less jerky transmission than the older R’s but still needs a learned boot. Old GS trialster’s lighter and more fun than most Boxers but usually thrashed, can die before 40,000 miles – engines make enough noise to be obvious in their demise. Usual BMW problems at high mileages, revolve around top ends, pistons, clutch, timing chain, etc. The odd one has done over 200,000 miles, when everything from snapping shaft drives to gearbox explosion is likely.