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BMW, an acronym for Bayerische Motoren Werke, is a German motorcycle, automobile and engine manufacturing company founded in 1917. BMW motorcycles were first manufactured in 1923, powered by an air-cooled, horizontally opposed 'boxer' twin engine, a much modernized version of which still powers several models in BMW's current lineup.

Snapshot Comparo: 2015 BMW R 1200 GS vs. KTM 1290 Super Adventure

The 1290 Super Adventure has closed the gap between KTM’s largest adventure bike and the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure with features like a 7.9-gallon fuel tank, semi-active suspension and cruise control.

Mark Tuttle
September 4, 2015

The 1290 Super Adventure has closed the gap between KTM’s largest adventure bike and the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure with features like a 7.9-gallon fuel tank, semi-active suspension and cruise control. (Photos by Kevin Wing) The last time we pitted the big BMW R 1200 GS Adventure against KTM’s then-largest... Read more »

2016 BMW Motorcycle Updates

2016 BMW R 1200 GS Triple Black

Rider Magazine Staff
August 18, 2015

2016 BMW R 1200 GS Triple Black BMW has announced new paint schemes for several models for 2016 and the addition of ABS Pro—which works in corners—to the K 1600 GT/GTL and GTL Exclusive as standard and as part of the Ride Modes Pro option on the S 1000 XR, R 1200 GS and R 1200 GS Adventure. Interestingly,... Read more »

Rider Comparo: 2015 Aprilia Tuono V4 R APRC ABS, 2015 BMW S 1000 R, 2015 KTM 1290 Super Duke R

When the radical, Hayabusa-based Suzuki B-King debuted for 2008, it was the very definition of excess, a naked sportbike that made 145 rear-wheel horsepower and weighed 572 pounds wet. These three from Europe clock in at more than 150 horsepower with curb weights well below 500 pounds, knocking the B-King off its throne. But they aren’t bucking broncos, they’re civilized steeds with state-of-the-art electronics that manage power delivery, chassis dynamics, braking control and more.

Greg Drevenstedt
July 14, 2015

When the radical, Hayabusa-based Suzuki B-King debuted for 2008, it was the very definition of excess, a naked sportbike that made 145 rear-wheel horsepower and weighed 572 pounds wet. These three from Europe clock in at more than 150 horsepower with curb weights well below 500 pounds, knocking the B-King... Read more »

2015 BMW S 1000 R

The ace up the S 1000 R’s sleeve is optional Dynamic Damping Control, a semi-active suspension system that automatically adjusts damping behavior based on riding conditions as well as each riding mode.

Greg Drevenstedt
July 14, 2015

The ace up the S 1000 R’s sleeve is optional Dynamic Damping Control, a semi-active suspension system that automatically adjusts damping behavior based on riding conditions as well as each riding mode. Few motorcycles shattered expectations as much as BMW’s S 1000 RR. Introduced for 2010 amid lots... Read more »

2016 BMW R 1200 RS | First Ride Review

2016 BMW R 1200 RS

Greg Drevenstedt
July 8, 2015

Absent from BMW’s lineup for more than a decade, the R 1200 RS (Reisesport, or “Travel Sport”) returns for 2016 with the “water boxer” twin, a telescopic fork and more. Photography by Kevin Wing Rider, like many motorcycle magazines, is based in Southern California, where... Read more »

2016 BMW S 1000 XR | First Ride Review

2016 BMW S 1000 XR

Greg Drevenstedt
July 3, 2015

Based on the 160-horsepower in-line four from the S 1000 R naked sportbike, the all-new S 1000 XR adventure tourer delivers serious performance. Photography by Kevin Wing Thirty-five years ago, BMW created the adventure-touring segment when it introduced the R80G/S (Gelände/Strasse is German for “terrain/road”).... Read more »

BMW Concept Path 22

BMW's scrambler-inspired Concept Path 22, with a custom surfboard designed by Mason Dyer.

Press Release
June 25, 2015

BMW’s scrambler-inspired Concept Path 22, with a custom surfboard designed by Mason Dyer. In mid-June, the fourth annual Wheels & Waves Festival was held in Biarritz, on France’s southwest Basque coast. The festival, which celebrates the intersection of custom bikes, surfing and art, provides... Read more »

BMW’s Concept 101 is a 6-cylinder Bagger

BMW Concept 101

Rider Magazine Staff
May 26, 2015

BMW Motorrad and Roland Sands Design collaborated to create the Concept 101. The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, an elegance competition for vintage cars that has taken place annually on the shores of Lake Como since 1929, has been co-organized by the BMW Group and the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este... Read more »

2015 BMW R 1200 R Video

2015 BMW R 1200 R

Rider Magazine Staff
January 26, 2015

Rider magazine gives you a close up look at BMW’s versatile R 1200 R Roadster, which for 2015 is powered by the latest liquid-cooled version of the 1,170cc boxer engine. To read more about the motorcycle, check out our First Ride Review.

New for 2015: Big Bangs for the Buck

2015 BMW R 1200 RS

Rider Magazine
January 8, 2015

The 2015 crop of new bikes is a big one, with lots of all-new or significantly updated models. We’ve covered the new stuff from EBR, Harley, Honda, Indian and Victory in previous issues. Here’s a brief overview of what’s coming down the pike from BMW, Ducati, Kawasaki, Star, Suzuki and Zero. Unless... Read more »

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BMW Motorcycles, Who Uses Them?

BMW motorcycle reviews feature street-legal motorcycles for touring, sport touring, sport riding and dual-sport/adventure. BMW also owns Husqvarna, an Italian manufacturer of dirt bikes.


BMW Motorcycle Standouts

BMW's most iconic current model is the BMW R 1200 GS, an adventure touring motorcycle that is the company's best seller. Originally introduced in 1980 as the R80G/S, it popularized the concept of Gelände/Strasse (German for off-road/on-road) and helped launch the dual-sport/adventure touring market. The 1979 BMW R100RT was the company's first touring motorcycle, which featured a windscreen, fairing, saddlebags and shaft drive; later versions of the R-RT introduced oil cooling for the trademark boxer engine, BMW motorcycle road tests examine the unique Telelever front and Paralever rear suspension, as well as electronic suspension adjustment. The 1983 BMW K100 was the first model in the company's lineup powered by a liquid-cooled, in-line four engine, the K-series was BMW's debut platform for an electrically adjustable windscreen and anti-lock brakes

BMW motorcycle reviews made the K 1600 GTL Rider's 2012 Motorcycle of the Year because it broke new ground in the luxury touring segment with a powerful in-line engine, the best power-to-weight ratio in the class, remarkable handling and performance, as well as useful features such as the Multi-Controller and optional Adaptive Headlight.

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