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The Completely Vintage R80 Raffle

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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!

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