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The Completely Vintage R80 Raffle

Monday, September 25, 2017   (8 Comments)
Posted by: Ted Moyer, 100360

Buy Your Raffle Tickets Here

The BMW MOA Foundation is switching gears from their traditional new bike raffle, and giving away a completely vintage 1978 R 80/7. Raffle tickets for the unrestored motorcycle will be sold between October 1 and November 30. The bike will be awarded to its new owner on December 16.

The motorcycle was donated to the MOA Foundation by MOA Board member Sam Garst. According to Garst, the motorcycle was purchased at an estate sale—a true barn find, just without the barn. The motorcycle wasn’t running at the time and was described as having electrical issues. Garst purchased the motorcycle with the intent of making it roadworthy and donating it to the Foundation.

He brought the motorcycle to fellow Wisconsin club member and MOA Ambassador Randy Boris, who wrenches occasionally at Anschutz Motorsports in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Boris inspected the motorcycle, performed some basic maintenance and repaired an electrical issue that kept the motorcycle from enjoying a curvy road or two. Within a few weeks of seeing it for the first time, Boris was test riding an exceptional 1978 R 80.

The 1978 R 80 is unrestored with 55,000 original miles. Included in the raffle are the Krauser bags and luggage rack installed at the time of purchase. There is an original technical manual with the delivering dealer’s signature and date of delivery from November 1, 1977! Boris added fresh fluids, inspected and lubed the splines, cleaned and repaired the carburetors, installed new points and a condenser, and rebuilt the forks. He also solved the electrical issues with a few new relays and a peek at a wiring diagram. Finally, Boris gave the motorcycle a thorough test ride and a clean bill of health for the next owner.

The best feature of the R 80 is that it can be yours. The Foundation will award the motorcycle to one lucky MOA member on December 16, 2017. Tickets are on sale October 1 through November 30 for only $25 each (or buy five for $100). Tickets can be purchased online at, and all money raised will be used to support the Foundation’s mission of advancing rider safety, education and training.

Special thanks to MOA members Sam Garst and Randy Boris for donating this beautiful, original BMW motorcycle and keeping the heritage alive!


  1. Raffle ticket sales begin October 1, 2017 and end November 30, 2017. All ticket orders must be RECEIVED on or before November 30, 2017. Prize drawing to be held December 16. Ticket buyers do not have to be present to win.
  2. Raffle tickets may be ordered online at BMWMOAF.ORG, by calling (864) 438-0962 or by mailing a ticket order blank posted in the BMW Owners News. You must be 18 years of age or older to purchase a ticket. Multiple ticket purchases by a single buyer are permissible.
  3. Odds of winning depend on final number of tickets sold. Complete winners list will be posted at BMWMOAF.ORG. Winners claiming their prize must present winning number and PHOTO IDENTIFICATION. Winners are subject to all applicable taxes. Consult your local tax professional for exact tax liability.
  4. The BMW MOA Foundation reserves the right to replace, substitute or exchange any of the prizes listed with a similar prize of equal or greater value.
  5. BMW MOA Foundation Board members, BMW MOA employees, contractors and their immediate families are ineligible to win. Immediate family defined as spouse and dependent children. The BMW MOA, BMW MOA Foundation, their officers, directors, employees, volunteers, sponsors or any person or organization affiliated with BMW MOA will not assume any liability for any loss, injury, claim or otherwise resulting from any prize obtained through the sale of a ticket. By submitting an order for a Superstakes ticket and receiving a drawing number, the buyer acknowledges this limitation of liability and assumes any liability and will hold harmless the BMW MOA Foundation or any affiliate for any liability resulting from the purchase of this ticket or any prize resulting therefrom.


Ted Moyer says...
Posted Friday, October 27, 2017
@Harlan, the motorcycle is currently in Illinois. We will work with the winner to arrange pick up or shipping.
Ted Moyer says...
Posted Friday, October 27, 2017
@Terry Sullivan, the official answer is you have to ask your tax professional. The friendly answer is the ticket purchase is not tax deductible as a charitable donation, but it can be deductible as a gambling loss, assuming you have no other winnings in the year.
Harlan R. Juster says...
Posted Friday, October 27, 2017
Where can I pick it up when I win?
Terry Sullivan says...
Posted Sunday, October 22, 2017
Are ticket purchases (or a portion) tax deductible?
Ted Moyer says...
Posted Monday, October 16, 2017
No, you do not have to be a member to win.
Ruben S. De Oliveira says...
Posted Monday, October 16, 2017
Please clarify the phrase "The Foundation will award the motorcycle to one lucky MOA member on December 16, 2017". Do I need to be an MOA current member to win?
Karolina Francis says...
Posted Sunday, October 15, 2017
Fabulous motorcycle and great idea to support! Could you guys consider adding PayPal to payment options, please? Thanks!
Stephen F. Bogert says...
Posted Monday, October 9, 2017
Some body will get lucky for sure, this is a bike built when BMWs were made to last decades! When I take out my similar R 100/7 I get more positive comments from complete strangers than the newer bikes I ride ever garner.

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