Moto Collection
Facebook FMD Instagram FMD
Accueil - FMD - Fiches - Blog - FFVE - Livres - Clubs - Musées - Contact FFVE
 BMW - R 100 GS Paris Dakar
 Back to brands list

BMW D2-492-16-15
Photo ou archives :

Capacity : 1000
Model : R 100 GS Paris Dakar
Production : 1992 -
Category : (On-Off) Enduro


1000 cc R 100GS – 1992

The call of the wild

Despite their reputation as superb touring bikes, BMWs have always been involved in off-road competition. Since 1929 BMW has participated in the International Six Days' Trial and been involved in enduro racing for over half a century.

Four Victories in Paris-Dakar

After some private entries had demonstrated the efficacy of big engines in the wide-open spaces, the BMW factory participated in the classic Paris-Dakar rally usually dominated by Japanese singles. Victories soon followed: in 1981 and 1983 for Hubert Auriol, followed by Gaston Rahier in 1984-85.

Enter the Paralever

It was a dramatic lesson for the Japanese and Italians. Profiting from this show of strength, in 1985 BMW launched the R80GS. (GS is for "Gelande Sport" — "cross-country sport.") It was the biggest trail bike of its day. The R80GS became the R100GS in 1988, with the addition of a major innovation: Paralever. The single-arm rear suspension of 80GS received an upper arm and a reaction bar, creating a deformible girder fork. "Freezing" of the rear suspension due to the action of the drive-shaft during acceleration was suppressed. The R100GS, styled by Target Design, was sidelined in 1983 by a "Paris-Dakar" version equipped with an engine shield, a "cowcatcher" and a full fairing. Ironically, BMW long ago pulled out of African rallies under extreme pressure from the powerful "green" lobby that exists in Germany.


Engine: 980cc (94x70.6mm) air-cooled flat-twin four-stroke

Power Rating: 160 hp @ 6500 rpm

Valves: overhead

Fuel System: two 40mm carburettors

Transmission: 5-speed; final drive by shaft (two cardan joints)

Suspension: telescopic fork (front); parallel single swinging arm and single damper (rear)

Brakes: disk (front); drum (rear)

Wheels: alloy, tubeless tires - 21 inch (front); 17 inch (rear)

Weight: 529 lb

Maximum Speed: 108 mph

BMW's R 100GS is a true grand touring bike, ready to go to the ends of the earth.

Motorcycle encyclopedia Moto Passion, realised by François-Marie Dumas, include almost 2000 photos presented with an exhaustive history of the motorcycles exhibited.

This unique collection has been realised with the participation of many specialists. With many thanks in particular to Yves Campion, Michael Dregni, Didier Ganneau, Jean Goyard, Helmut Krackowizer, Michel Montange, Christian Rey, Bernard Salvat, Mick Woollett, etc

One can order here

  • Original cards on paper (in french)
  • High resolution scans or original documents presented and signed with my name.

Please contact me at for conditions and copyright.

© Tous droits réservés
François-Marie Dumas

Accueil - FMD - Fiches Moto Passion - Blog - FFVE - Livres - Clubs - Musées - Contact

Mentions légales