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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.

BMW Unveils All-new, Liquid-cooled R 1200 GS

BMW R 1200 GS

Greg Drevenstedt
October 2, 2012

The wait is over. After years of hand-wringing by the Bavarian faithful, months of rampant speculation and numerous leaked spy shots, the all-new BMW R 1200 GS has been officially unveiled at the International Motorcycle, Scooter and Bicycle Fair—better known as Intermot—in Cologne, Germany. It has... Read more »

Ridden & Rated: 2012 BMW R 1200 RT

Extensively updated for 2010, the R 1200 RT has a more powerful engine, sleeker styling and improvements to its optional ESA and audio.

Greg Drevenstedt
September 7, 2012

My, how time flies. Our last full test of a BMW R 1200 RT was back in August 2005, when you could still get money for nothin’ and mortgages for free. And an RT hasn’t ridden through the pages of Rider since July 2008, when we compared it to the Moto Guzzi Norge 1200—right about the time gas prices... Read more »

Rider Magazine’s 2012 Motorcycle of the Year

BMW K 1600 GTL

Rider Magazine Staff
July 3, 2012

Our 23rd Annual Award! The chilly “New Economy” seems to be thawing slightly at this writing, but it’s been a challenging 12 months since Rider last presented its Motorcycle of the Year award. Any new bike introduced into this fiercely competitive environment has got to be a solid hit, drawing... Read more »

2013 BMW F 700 GS and BMW F 800 GS – First Look

2013 BMW F 700 GS and F 800 GS

Greg Drevenstedt
July 2, 2012

BMW’s F-series model family includes four motorcycles powered by the company’s 798cc parallel twin engine: F 800 R, F 800 ST, F 650 GS and F 800 GS. When BMW decided to update the two models in its popular GS enduro line, it also looked to clear up some confusion over model names. Despite being powered... Read more »

2012 BMW ­­G 650 GS Sertão vs. 2012 Kawasaki KLR650 Comparison

These rugged, capable dual-sports will take you and your gear anywhere on the map, gates or snow notwithstanding.

Greg Drevenstedt
June 4, 2012

What would you do with an extra $2,351? Even at today’s high prices, you could fill your gas tank hundreds of times. You could buy new gear from head to toe, a wish list of accessories, or you could fund an open-road odyssey for months. If you’re in the market for a new 650cc dual-sport single, would... Read more »

Scooters: BMW C 600 Sport and C 650 GT Review

The narrow, agile Sport was just the thing for bobbing and weaving through the mad traffic of Madrid.

Mark Tuttle
May 31, 2012

By Mark Tuttle, photography by Arnold Debus If you live in a large city, it doesn’t take much thought to figure out why BMW is jumping into the scooter market now. Traffic congestion and parking restrictions are escalating, and in the new economy some of us just can’t afford to waste time with either—we... Read more »

2012 BMW K 1600 GTL vs. Honda Gold Wing GL1800 ABS Comparison

You can rack up miles smoothly, swiftly and comfortably on both, but you’ll come away with different impressions. The K 1600 GTL will thrill you; the Gold Wing will pamper you.

Greg Drevenstedt
May 1, 2012

by Greg Drevenstedt When BMW unveiled the all-new 2012 K 1600 GTL, a high-tech, high-performance replacement for the long-running K 1200 LT, the company declared that it had built “a shark, not a whale,” a thinly veiled jab at the Honda Gold Wing GL1800. Around the same time we got our first ride... Read more »

2012 BMW G 650 GS Sertão Road Test

The 2012 G 650 GS Sertão continues BMW’s lineage of adventure-oriented singles that goes back to the 1993 F 650 Funduro.

Greg Drevenstedt
April 3, 2012

Sertão is Portuguese for hinterlands or back country, particularly the arid badlands of northeastern Brazil, the sort of place the new offroad-ready G 650 GS Sertão is designed to explore. From 2000-2010, the rock-hopping variant of BMW’s F 650 GS was called the Dakar, after the legendary rally that... Read more »

BMW C 600 Sport / C 650 GT Scooters – First Ride

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Mark Tuttle
March 28, 2012

If you live in a large city, it doesn’t take much thought to figure out why BMW is jumping into the scooter market now. Traffic congestion and parking restrictions are escalating, and in the new economy some of us just can’t afford to waste time with either—we need to get there, dang it, and ASAP.... Read more »

2012 BMW C 600 Sport and C 650 GT Scooters – First Look

BMW-C 600 Sport and C 650 GT scooters

Greg Drevenstedt
February 7, 2012

Having shown its Concept C scooter at the Milan Show in late 2010, few were surprised when BMW unveiled its C 600 Sport and C 650 GT maxi scooters the following year. Both models are powered by a 647cc parallel twin said to generate 60 horsepower and 49 lb-ft of torque. If they have the same engine,... 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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