Just a few years after introducing the R90/6 and R90S, BMW upped the capacity of its range-topping flat-twins to 980cc for the 1977 season in the form of the R100/7 series. The following year a touring version of the R100RS superbike appeared boasting a more generously proportioned fairing, taller windshield and higher handlebars. This was the R100RT, unquestionably the finest touring motorcycle of its day. ‘It is so incredibly easy to ride that it doesn’t distract you from any of the pleasures of biking – just complements them,’ enthused Bike magazine.
The 1979 BMW 980cc R100RT on offer here was part of a substantial California collection of American and European bikes. A barn-find when discovered, the bike was stored since 1987, having covered 1,462 miles from new. Purchased new on October 29th, 1979 by a Mr. Bruce Fogle of Walnut Creek, California, the bike was sold by him to Mr. Robert Erspeke of Los Altos, California in October 1981, who enjoyed the bike minimally until putting it in to storage in his substantial garage adjacent to his home. The history is deduced from a complete file of original registrations from 1979 to 1987. Recently liberated, the bike was carefully cleaned and detailed and given a full re-commissioning, including new battery, overhaul of rubber parts and a thorough general service. Cosmetically, the bike is in excellent original condition with all factory original paint. The original Denfield seat is in excellent, unworn or faded condition. All rubber footpegs, etc. are in excellent condition. The only detraction is the replacement side panels, which have been sprayed black.
The bike rides exquisitely. It starts from cold with ease and idles perfectly smoothly. All systems work as they should, including all electrical and the in-dash clock. It is accompanied by original owners manual, security lock and tire pump. Now, in great running condition, the bike is ready for the next owner to tour.
Sold on a clean, clear California title in non-op status, so no past registration fees are due to a California buyer.