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2013 BMW K 1600 GT Review

More cylinders, more torque, longer, heavier, more fully featured and more expensive than the rest. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for.

Greg Drevenstedt
May 6, 2013

Tremors and aftershocks are still being felt two years after the Big One, when BMW’s dynamic duo—the K 1600 GT and GTL—reconfigured touring’s tectonic plates (Rider, May 2011, and on ridermagazine.com). After impressing us in their respective solo and comparison tests, both models shared Rider’s... Read more »

BMW F 800 GS Adventure – First Look

F-800-GS-Adventure-2bike

Greg Drevenstedt
May 2, 2013

Adventure touring’s rapidly expanding universe can be traced back to a Big Bang moment: BMW’s introduction of the R80G/S in 1980. Gelände/Strasse—Off-road/Road in German, or GS for short—has become much more than just a model designation. Among the BMW faithful, it has become an expansive identity,... Read more »

BMW in the Americas, Interview: Hans Blesse

Hans Blesse, Vice President BMW Motorrad USA.

Mark Tuttle
April 4, 2013

In conjunction with the introduction of the new liquid-cooled BMW R 1200 GS, Rider Editor-in-Chief Mark Tuttle sat down for an interview with Hans Blesse, who was recently appointed to the position of Vice President BMW Motorrad USA to succeed the retiring Pieter de Waal. The 51-year-old Blesse started... Read more »

Comparison Test: 2013 BMW C 650 GT vs. 2013 Honda NC700X

The C 650 GT is a sport tourer in scooter clothing; the NC700X is nimble, adequately quick and easy to ride.

Mark Tuttle
April 3, 2013

We aren’t normally a shiftless bunch except for an hour or two after lunch, but we recently spent the last two weeks swapping between two new “automatics”—BMW’s C 650 GT maxi-scooter, and Honda’s NC700X with dual-clutch transmission—in an effort to see which type of shiftless two-wheeler... Read more »

One World, One R 1200 GS Tour USA

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Greg Drevenstedt
March 7, 2013

Since returning from South Africa in January, where I was among the first wave of journalists at the world launch of BMW’s all-new, air/liquid-cooled R 1200 GS, I’ve had a jones to ride the bike again. As I wrote in my first-ride report, “The new, more highly evolved R 1200 GS is better in nearly... Read more »

2013 BMW F 700 GS: Ridden & Rated

The agile, versatile BMW F 700 GS has the tallest standard seat height here, at 32.3 inches, but with the factory accessory low seat and low suspension kit, seat height is just 30.1 inches.

Greg Drevenstedt
March 7, 2013

Height-adjustable or optional low seats can drop seat height by an inch or so, but for many riders that isn’t enough, especially on dual-sport/enduro motorcycles with large-diameter front wheels and long suspension travel. Given the popularity of BMW’s GS line, the Germans have gone one step further.... Read more »

BMW Motorrad USA Announces Pricing for 2013 R 1200 GS

2013 BMW R 1200 GS

Rider Magazine Staff
February 20, 2013

BMW Motorrad USA has announced pricing for the all-new liquid-cooled 2013 R 1200 GS. The next generation flat twin enduro will have a base Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $15,800 and will be available for purchase through authorized BMW Motorrad dealers in March 2013. The base model... Read more »

Five Winners Selected for BMW’s ‘Ride of Your Life’ Tour

Bmw Logo On Black Background

Rider Magazine Staff
January 7, 2013

Motorcycle riders who will take part in the BMW Motorrad “Ride of Your Life” tour have now been confirmed. The lucky winners were selected out of 12,000 applicants worldwide based on their riding ability, sense of adventure, their ability to work as part of a team and their physical fitness. The... Read more »

Retrospective: BMW R25/3 250: 1953-1955

1954 BMW R25/3

Clement Salvadori
January 2, 2013

Some people think that until the last turn of the century, BMW built pretty stodgy motorcycles that were good for the touring rider, but rather weak on performance. To a degree that is true, but back in the ’30s, Bavarian Motor Works was as much a pioneer of innovation as it is today. In 1935, BMW... Read more »

2013 BMW F 800 GT – First Look

The 2013 BMW F 800 GT gets more power, more comfort and wind protection, and many other improvements.

Greg Drevenstedt
November 28, 2012

For 2013, BMW has introduced a replacement for the F 800 ST sport tourer, an more touring-ready model called the F 800 GT. Living up to its new “Gran Turismo” moniker, the F 800 GT gets a 5-horsepower boost (claimed) in power, a wide range of upgrades aimed at improving wind protection and comfort,... Read more »

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