The R80ST has spoked wheels front and rear. In order to refinish the wheels using vapor blasting, I remove the spokes. This let me assess the condition of the spokes and spoke nipples so I can decide if I can keep most of them, or they need to be replaced.
On the rear wheel only 17 out of 40 spokes weren’t bent or rusted and only 8 spoke nipples were not damaged. On the front wheel every spoke was bent. So I replace all the spokes with stainless steel spokes and install new plated brass nipples.
This documents shows how I do this work.
And this video shows the techniques I use in more detail.
VIDEO: 1983 BMW R80ST Lace The Spokes And True The Wheels
Here is what I started with.
And here is what the wheels look like after refinishing them and lacing and truing the wheels with new stainless steel spokes.