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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 »

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 Motorrad USA Introduces “Ride Smart Reward” Program


Press Release
March 29, 2012

BMW Motorrad USA recently announced its “Ride Smart Reward” program for all new and returning riders who are recent graduates of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic RiderCourse. Now through December 31, 2012, MSF graduates will receive $500 in BMW Riders’ Apparel with the purchase of a... Read more »

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


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 »

2011 BMW G 650 GS Road Test


Greg Drevenstedt
November 25, 2011

When I started working at Rider a few years ago, a friend of mine asked, “Now that riding is work, what will you do for fun?” I scoffed at the suggestion that motorcycling would ever feel like work, but my friend’s comment proved to have merit. Since I ride and write about motorcycles 9-to-5, my... Read more »

2012 BMW K1600GT and K1600GTL Road Test

2012 BMW K1600GTL right side action

Rider Magazine
June 9, 2011

photography by Bernhard Limberger,  Alberto Martinez and Daniel Kraus GTL emphasizes comfort with a larger windscreen, plusher and more relaxed ergonomics, milder exhaust sound and a standard top trunk and other amenities, but it's still fast and nimble. [This 2012 BMW K1600GT and K1600GTL Road... Read more »

Retrospective: BMW K75S 750: 1987-1995

1988 BMW K75S.

Clement Salvadori
April 22, 2007

(This Retrospective article was published in the April 2007 issue of Rider.) STORY BY CLEMENT SALVADORI, PHOTOGRAPHY BY RICK McNEILL How much does a cylinder weigh on an original BMW K-bike, the one with the longitudinal engine? If you look at the comparative weights between a K100 and a K75 a cylinder... Read more »

Sport Touring Comparison: 2003 BMW K1200GT ABS, 2003 BMW R1150RT ABS, 2003 Honda ST1300 ABS, 2004 Yamaha FJR1300 ABS

We take the coolest sport tourers on a hot trot. The 2003 BMW K1200GT ABS, 2003 BMW R1150RT ABS, 2003 Honda ST1300 ABS and the 2004 Yamaha FJR1300 ABS

Bill Stermer
December 1, 2003

Sport tourers are the gold standard for distance-riding, hybrids that blend the best attributes of dressers and sportbikes. Their comfort level approaches that of dresser tourers, but without over-large fairings, permanently mounted luggage, sound systems and all that weight. Sport tourers also lean... Read more »

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