Dakar suc­cess: 1981 (Hu­bert Au­riol), 1983 R100GS (Hu­bert Au­riol), 1984/5 (Gas­ton Rahier)

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“The BMW R80 G/S was in­volved in the very first Dakar ral­lies but it took them three years un­til they won one with Hu­bert Au­riol. But you have to feel sorry for Au­riol, he won BMW their very first Dakar but the com­pany only built a rep to cel­e­brate Gas­ton Rahier’s vic­to­ries in 1984 and ’ 85, as he was Ger­man and not French!

“This R80 G/S Paris Dakar was built in 1986, ig­nor­ing the fact Rahier ac­tu­ally won on an R100GS. The race bikes had a con­ven­tional dou­blesided swingarm in­stead of the BMW par­alever sys­tem, so it isn’t quite the same, but it does have a sin­gle seat, big­ger tank, tool kit and even a tyre pump tucked into its main frame spar.

“This is a beau­ti­ful bike to ride and sur­pris­ingly friendly off-road, but it is also eas­ily the rarest bike I own as it is an ex-fac­tory bike and not sim­ply one of BMW’S Dakar bodyk­its on a stock G/S. It took me ages to lo­cate this one and in the end I got it from its orig­i­nal owner in Ger­many, I’m not sure they were ever im­ported into the UK. The sig­na­ture on the tank is Gas­ton Rahier’s, which is very rare as he signed ev­ery rep in pen and gen­er­ally own­ers ac­ci­den­tally pol­ished it off as it wasn’t ever la­que­red over by BMW.”

Dash has speedo and ba­sic warn­ing lights Red, yel­low and white paintscheme makes this Su­per Ténéré stand out from the crowd Don’t get it wet! Rahier’s sig­na­ture is in pen Un­der­neath bul­bous race-kit fair­ings, the Ten’s clocks re­veal a prac­ti­cal road bike

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