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BMW Motorcycles began in 1923 with the first BMW Bike called the R 32. Since then, BMW has continue to build, innovate, and improve on their motorcycles propelling them into one of the leaders in world of motorcycles. Motorcyclist Magazine covers BMW motorcycles with the latest reviews, news, and updates from our BMW experts

  1. BMW’s Gelände/Straße



    Photos: BMW Motorrad Success was anything but guaranteed when BMW launched its first mega-enduro, the R80G/S, to the global press in Avignon, France, on September 1, 1980. Assembled journalists greeted the ungainly machine with open skepticism. It was unlike anything they had ever seen before—essentially a touring bike ...    Read more

  2. SPIED: BMW S1000 ADV



    PHOTO: BMH Images BMW already rules the adventure-touring category with its iconic R1200GS, but for the ever-growing contingent of ADV buyers who never venture beyond paved roads, the ultra-rugged, boxer-powered GS gives up some ground to more street-biased, superbike-influenced competition like Ducati’s Multistrada and Aprilia’s all-new Caponord. Not for much longer, ...    Read more

  3. BMW Recalling Certain 2013 Models For Possible Side-Stand Switch Malfunction



    Report filed with NHTSA Report receipt date: February 19, 2014 NHTSA campaign number: 14V065000 Component(s): Electrical System, Structure Manufacturer: BMW of North America, LLC SUMMARY: BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2013 C 600 Sport, C 650 GT, F 700 GS, F 800 GS, F 800 GS Adventure, F 800 ...    Read more

  4. 2014 Pricing Announced By BMW



    BMW has put some some mighty enticing new machines out for 2014 along with returning favorites that have been revamped with substantial updates. If you’ve been crunching numbers trying to see if you’ll be able to squeeze a new Beemer into the budget this year, there’s one part of the ...    Read more

  5. 2014 BMW R1200GS Adventure | FIRST LOOK



    From the Shocking News Flash Desk come the following alerts: Fire Is Hot, Water Is Wet, BMW To Offer Adventure Version of New R1200GS as a 2014 model. While the sheer inevitability of an updated Adventure model was pretty much a done deal from the moment the WasserBoxer was announced, the ...    Read more

  6. AltRider Outfits the 2013 BMW R1200GS



    In the aftermarket, standing still is the same thing as falling behind. That’s why AltRider didn’t waste any time coming out with a line of accessories for the new liquid-cooled BMW R1200GS, including crash bars, a skid plate, a sidestand foot, a radiator guard, and a luggage rack. ...    Read more

  7. BMW Leaving World Superbike After 2013 Season



    If you’ve had your heart set on a particular piece of BMW World Superbike swag, you’d better get out your credit card fast. BMW Motorrad says it’s ending factory involvement in the World Superbike Championship at the end of the 2013 season. It’s unclear whether BMW will continue to support ...    Read more

  8. BMW Offers Armrests for K1600GTL



    When you think of BMW, odds are you think of adventure––riding around the world, eating strange food, and getting bitten by exotic fauna. But lately, along with the graying of American motorcyclists, the term “adventure” is broadening to encompass spa weekends and wine tours, often two-up. Recognizing that in this scenario ...    Read more

  9. BMW HP4 In The House



    For a couple of weeks now I’ve seen one of BMW’s new HP4 superbikes parked in the Motorcyclist parking lot. It’s striking, it’s beautiful, and it looks like it means business. The HP4 is currently the responsibility of Sport Rider’s Kent Kunitsugu, who informed me that the bike is actually privately owned. Only a ...    Read more

  10. 2013 BMW R1200GS Pricing Announced



    At long last, pricing has been announced for the new R1200GS from BMW. Unlike the new water-cooled boxer engine, however, the pricing didn’t come with a diagram to explain it. And it probably should have. Here’s what you’ll want to know. The base model shipped to U.S. BMW dealers this spring ...    Read more

  11. BMW Sells Husqvarna To KTM CEO



    BMW Motorrad, which says it wants to concentrate on urban mobility and electric vehicles, has sold Husqvarna Motorcycles to KTM CEO Stefan Pierer’s holding company. Both parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price. BMW’s decision to focus its future efforts only on road-going vehicles resulted from what Manfred Grunert, ...    Read more

  12. BMW Brings $480,000 At Bonham’s Auction



    If you think it’s hard to talk a salesman down on the price of a motorcycle you want, try competing with a room full of people who are willing to pay more than you are for the same bike. That’s what you’d have been up against on January 10 at ...    Read more

  13. BMW Sets Sales Records In 2012



    Even though the term “economic growth” was an oxymoron for most people last year, the folks at BMW are feeling pretty good about 2012. That’s because the Motorrad set new sales records, delivering 106,358 motorcycles and maxi-scooters worldwide, a 2 percent increase over 2011. Additionally, in December 2012 BMW delivered ...    Read more

  14. How Good Can The New 2013 BMW R1200GS Be?



    The new 2013 BMW R1200GS is coming. Nothing can stop that now, not even the thousands of bleeding hearts of current GS owners who think it’s fine the way it is. All we can do now is try to prepare. Here at MC, we decided the best way to prepare ...    Read more

  15. Encouraging Signs at the Long Beach IMS



    PHOTOS: Andrea Wilson, Ari Henning Just as nature slowly restores itself after a cataclysmic event, our little corner of the motorsports landscape has green shoots inching up through the dark forest floor. Haven’t seen them? I have, most recently at the International Motorcycle Show that just rolled through Long Beach, CA. ...    Read more

  16. Preview 2013: The International Motorcycle Show Comes to Our Hood



    KTM's booth from the EICMA show last month in Milan. Photo by Michael Lichter. Wherever you live, odds are that some time between early November and late February you’ll hear about or see advertising for the International Motorcycle Show. IMS shows are held across the U.S., offering ...    Read more

  17. BMW 90th Anniversary Model Announced



    Perhaps slightly jealous of Harley-Davidson’s habit of cranking out “anniversary” models at the drop of a beanie helmet, BMW has declared its intention to produce a new anniversary model of its own. Speaking at the EICMA international motorcycle show in Milan, BMW Motorrad President Stephan Schaller said his company will ...    Read more

  18. Is BMW’s Lo Rider Concept Entering Production? | BMW’S Next Naked



    WORDS: Ben Purvis PHOTO: BMW Despite a tremendous, 90-year-history to crib from, the present-day BMW doesn’t typically do retro. Spy shots of the German manufacturer’s forthcoming naked bike, however, suggest a pleasing old-school look with a large, round headlight and a bulbous fuel tank reminiscent of a 1970s superbike. This appears to ...    Read more

  19. 2013 BMW S1000RR HP4 | First Look



    PHOTOS: BMW Motorrad BMW’s awesome S1000RR, the overall winner of our “Class of 2012” superbike comparison and our choice for Sportbike of the Year, wasn’t exactly lacking performance. That didn’t stop the German manufacturer from developing this limited-production, HP4 edition that delivers even more high-speed potency. The HP4 uses the same ...    Read more

  20. 2013 BMW F700GS and F800GS | FIRST LOOK



    The dual-sport category has changed quite a bit since Yamaha made the go-anywhere genre popular in the late 60s. BMW’s latest dual-sport offerings, the F700GS and the F800GS, are relatively capable in the dirt but still much more street-oriented than the Yamaha ATs, CTs, and DTs of yesteryear. (Or the ...    Read more

  21. History for BMW and Melandri, dramatic win for Rea



    Donington Park (UK), Sunday 13 May 2012 – A 48,500 strong crowd saw some astounding race action at Donington in two sun-blessed 23-lap races, which culminated in a moment of history for one of the world’s most important motorcycle manufacturers, some of the best SBK racing ever seen and ...    Read more

  22. 439 pounds of pure German attitude



    After 175 cold, soggy miles on BMW’s (relatively) affordable demi-sport, I’ve come to a couple of conclusions. It’s a bit small you aren’t. And if you’re over six feet tall, the optional tall seat really isn’t an option. To be fair, shorter gearing in the top three cogs and a ...    Read more

  23. Bigger vs. better



    If the prospective adventure tourist’s first question is which bike do I buy, question number two usually comes down to which BMW GS. If you’re asking me, the next question is standard 1200GS or Adventure? Judged strictly by the numbers or a quick visual once over, the more heavily armored ...    Read more

  24. BMW’s 2010 R1200GS



    BMW’s brochure copy is 99% right. Neither rain nor sleet nor snow, rocks, ruts, mud or a deranged hillbilly/rancher could stop the 2010 R1200GS at its North American press debut this week. Only the California Highway Patrol brought us to a standstill. When the CHP says the road is closed, ...    Read more

  25. Stilo means Pen



    After surviving four days and 1000-odd kilometers in Morocco on a BMW R1200GS, I learned a few things. Some I expected. Don’t drink the water for instance. Others, like never leave your native land while an Icelandic volcano with a name nobody can spell is pumping 750 tons of ash ...    Read more

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