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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.

New Motorcycles For 2014

BMW K 1600 GTL Exclusive

Rider Magazine Staff
March 4, 2014

The new Indian Motorcycles, Star Bolt, Suzuki V-Strom 1000 and Yamaha FZ-09 we showed you  in recent issues were just appetizers; here’s the main course for 2014. BMW BMW K 1600 GTL Exclusive BMW has been hard on the gas launching new-for-2014 models, including the F 800 GS Adventure (Rider, October... Read more »

BMW Motorrad USA Announces Pricing For Five Latest 2014 Models

2014 BMW K 1600 GTL Exclusive

Rider Magazine Staff
January 29, 2014

BMW Motorrad USA has announced pricing for the five latest 2014 Model Year motorcycles set to be introduced late winter / early spring 2014. These five models complete BMW Motorrad USA’s entire 2014 model lineup, which now includes 20 models. For more information, visit bmwmotorcycles.com.   2014... Read more »

2014 BMW K 1600 GTL Exclusive First Look Review

2014 BMW K1600GTL Exclusive

Mark Tuttle
November 20, 2013

Special paint on the Exclusive blends four coats of Mineral white metallic high-gloss with Magnesium silver matte. One complaint you almost never hear about BMW’s top-line K 1600 GTL touring bike is that it’s not luxurious enough. With cushy heated seating for the rider and passenger, an electric... Read more »

2014 BMW S 1000 R First Look Review

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Greg Drevenstedt
November 5, 2013

Though detuned compared to the S 1000 RR, the all-new 2014 BMW S 1000 R still makes 160 horsepower and weighs just 456 pounds. The emperor has lost his clothes. After quickly climbing to the top of the liter-class sportbike heap with its 193-horsepower, in-line four S 1000 RR, which debuted for 2010,... Read more »

2014 BMW R 1200 RT First Look Review

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Greg Drevenstedt
November 5, 2013

The 2014 BMW R 1200 RT gets the new liquid-cooled boxer engine along with updates to its chassis, bodywork, ergonomics, instrumentation and options. With the introduction of the liquid-cooled BMW R 1200 GS earlier this year, it was only a matter of time before the lighter, more powerful “water boxer”... Read more »

New BMW R nineT First Look

BMW NINE T

Mark Tuttle
October 16, 2013

The BMW nineT as it leaves the factory with standard dual seat. Retro is back at BMW with today’s reveal of the R nineT, or nineT for short. Created to mark the 90th anniversary of BMW Motorrad, the new BMW nineT is a retro boxer that blends the opposed flat twin’s iconic character and classic design... Read more »

2014 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure – First Look

2014 BMW R 1200 GS

Rider Magazine Staff
October 7, 2013

2014 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure with accessory hard cases. A year after BMW Motorrad unveiled the heavily revised, partially liquid-cooled R 1200 GS at the Intermot show in Cologne, Germany, the company has announced an all-new R 1200 GS Adventure. Powered by the same air/liquid-cooled boxer engine featured... Read more »

2014 BMW F 800 GS Adventure Road Test

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Greg Drevenstedt
October 3, 2013

When the BMW F 800 GS was introduced for 2009, it offered the touring enduro versatility of the popular R 1200 GS but in a lighter, less expensive package, powered by a revised version of the liquid-cooled 798cc parallel-twin from the F 800 S, with a larger radiator, wet clutch, chain final drive and... Read more »

BMW Announces R 1200 R “DarkWhite” Special Edition

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Rider Magazine Staff
October 1, 2013

In his test of the updated-for-2011 BMW R 1200 R, Editor-in-Chief Mark Tuttle concluded, “Whatever you want the R 1200 R to be, it’s ready for the bolt-ons to make it happen really well, though BMW’s rockin’ roadster can also handle almost anything you throw at it as-is.”... Read more »

BMW Motorrad Announces Initial 2014 Model Updates

2014 BMW K 1600 GT "Sport"

Press Release
July 19, 2013

BMW Motorrad is offering product changes on the following models for 2014. New Special Six-Cylinder Model: BMW K 1600 GT “Sport” A new “Sport” version of the BMW K 1600 GT will feature the following modifications to the current model: Special model two-color paint finish in Sakhir Orange Metallic/Black... 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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