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BMW Motorcycle Guide

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.

2015 BMW F 800 R – First Look Review

2015 BMW F 800 R in Racing Blue metallic matt / Light White

Rider Magazine Staff
November 4, 2014

2015 BMW F 800 R in Racing Blue metallic matt / Light White The F 800 R roadster joined BMW Motorrad’s other parallel twin-powered bikes in the F model family for 2011. Updated for 2015, its liquid-cooled, four-valve, 798cc engine boasts 90 horsepower (up from 87), 63 lb-ft of torque and shorter first... Read more »

2015 BMW S 1000 XR – First Look Review

2015 BMW S 1000 XR

Rider Magazine Staff
November 4, 2014

2015 BMW S 1000 XR in Light White with optional equipment. Since its debut for 2010, BMW’s S 1000 RR sportbike, powered by a ferocious in-line four-cylinder engine that makes a claimed 190 horsepower (for 2015, peak output is up to 199 hp), has ruled the racetrack. An even more race-oriented version,... Read more »

Intermot First Look: 2015 Motorcycles from BMW, Ducati, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki and Zero

2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2R

Greg Drevenstedt
October 1, 2014

Held in Cologne, Germany, the International Motorcycle, Scooter and E-Bike Fair, known as Intermot, is the first big international motorcycle show of the fall season, giving many manufacturers a chance to unveil new models for the upcoming model year. The 2015 crop of new bikes was a big one, with all-new... Read more »

2014 BMW R nineT—Road Test

BMW R nineT

Mark Tuttle
August 29, 2014

A wide handlebar, slight forward lean and mildly raised footpegs give thenineT good cornering ergonomics. Ground clearance is plentiful and it steers smoothly and effortlessly. It’s hard to imagine, but some riders are only interested in the practical side of a motorcycle—how much it cost, what it... Read more »

Adventure Shootout: BMW R 1200 GS Adventure, KTM 1190 Adventure, Yamaha Super Ténéré ES

These three big, capable adventure tourers offer enough power, comfort and features for any journey.

Greg Drevenstedt
August 6, 2014

These three big, capable adventure tourers offer enough power, comfort and features for any journey. (Photos by Rich Cox) Although they represent a small minority of motorcycle sales, large-displacement adventure tourers have surged in popularity recently. Buyers are drawn to their one-bike-does-it-all... Read more »

2014 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure Review

BMW R 1200 GS Adventure

Greg Drevenstedt
August 6, 2014

BMW invented the travel enduro segment with its R80G/S in 1980, and the boxer-powered, shaft-driven machine has been steadily refined and improved ever since. (Photos by Rich Cox) Introduced for 2013 on the R 1200 GS, the latest version of BMW’s air/liquid-cooled boxer twin powers two updated 2014... Read more »

2014 BMW R 1200 RT—Road Test

BMW’s new liquid-cooled R 1200 RT

Mark Tuttle
July 11, 2014

BMW’s new liquid-cooled R 1200 RT has gained power and lost a little weight, and it’s nearly as pretty as the sunrise over Sedona, Arizona. (Photos by Kevin Wing) Sport-touring bikes have a love/hate relationship with weight. A rider generally moves up to a sport tourer in order to get creature comforts... Read more »

BMW Announces 2015 Model Updates

2015 BMW K 1300 S Motosport

Rider Magazine Staff
July 7, 2014

BMW Motorrad has announced updates for some of its 2015 models, as well as the special model K 1300 S Motorsport. The following is the text of a global release, so it’s not yet clear if the K 1300 S Motorsport will be coming to the U.S.–but it’s highly likely. Special model BMW K... Read more »

2014 BMW K 1600 GTL Exclusive Road Test

2014 BMW K 1600 GTL Exclusive

Greg Drevenstedt
June 30, 2014

Despite its 807-pound wet weight, the Exclusive has light, precise handling. Heat shield where exhaust header meets the silencer is now larger. When BMW’s K 1600 GTL streaked onto the scene for 2012, packing a 1,649cc in-line six that sends 135 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheel,... Read more »

BMW Unveils Boxer-powered Concept Roadster

BMW Concept Roadster

Rider Magazine Staff
May 28, 2014

At the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2014, held on the edge of Lake Como in Italy, BMW Motorrad unveiled its latest design exercise, the BMW Concept Roadster. Last year the German manufacturer presented its Concept Ninety, a modern interpretation of a classic boxer-twin motorcycle, at the same... 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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