April 16, 2012

BMW Cafe Racer: BMW R90S and R100S

In 1977, BMW’s R90S became the R100S. The boxer twin motor gained a useful 100 cc or so, 40 mm Bing carburetors were bolted on for smoother starting and running, and the cosmetics and paintwork were upgraded.

The flagship was the radical-looking RS variant, which gained a full fairing and went gunning for the Japanese heavyweights of the time, such as Honda’s Gold Wing. With 70 hp, a 24-liter fuel tank and a 200 kph (124 mph) top speed, the R100RS became the ultimative Motorrad for the long-distance motorcyclists of the day.

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