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Ridden & Rated Review: 2017 BMW R nineT Scrambler

A higher handlebar, skinnier, right-side-up fork with gaiters and upswept exhaust—not to mention a lower price—distinguish the Scrambler from the standard R nineT. (Photos: Markus Jahn, Peter Musch, Arnold Debus and Jorg Kunstle)

Simple is Best. That’s an axiom manufacturers are increasingly turning toward, as a counterpoint to the ongoing electronically driven techno-race. “There are lots of people who want to get away from all that technology,” says BMW Motorrad’s Head of Design, Edgar Heinrich. “They want a cool style above all else, in a lower-performance package. We must try to provide that.” ...

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Comparison Test: 2016 BMW R nineT vs. 2016 Triumph Bonneville T120 Black

Neo-retro vs. modern classic—the BMW R nineT and Triumph Bonneville T120 Black are two different approaches to creating a simply beautiful, traditional motorcycle. While the BMW puts an emphasis on sport and custom components, the Triumph is a modern exemplification of the bike that ruled the 1960s. (Photos: Kevin Wing)

Almost as quickly as the technology is developed, motorcycle manufacturers are endowing many of their sport, touring and adventure motorcycles with beneficial but often complex and confusing electronic features. Whether or not this has created the groundswell of interest in less-complicated bikes with classic or neo-retro styling that plucks our heartstrings is hard to say. The leading edge of the ...

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BMW Unveils the 2017 K 1600 B Bagger | First Look Review

2017 BMW K 1600 B

Concept bikes created by BMW in recent years have provided a clear view to future production models. The Concept Path 22 from 2015 laid the groundwork for the 2017 R nineT Scrambler, and the Concept Ninety from 2013 paved the way for the just-announced 2017 R nineT Racer. Now, from the Concept 101, a bagger based on the six-cylinder K ...

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BMW Updates its S 1000 Lineup for 2017 | First Look Review

2017 BMW S 1000 R, S 1000 RR and S 1000 XR

Since it debuted for 2010, BMW’s S 1000 in-line four-cylinder platform has developed a reputation for serious horsepower, cutting-edge electronics and premium features. Read our 2010 BMW S 1000 RR review review The S 1000 lineup includes three models—the S 1000 RR supersport, the S 1000 R roadster and the S 1000 XR adventure sport. Read our 2015 BMW S ...

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2017 BMW R nineT Pure and Racer | First Look Review

2017 BMW R nineT Pure and BMW R nineT Racer

A few years ago BMW embraced the growing vintage custom movement in a big way with the introduction of the R nineT. Created to mark the 90th anniversary of BMW Motorrad, the R nineT is a retro boxer that blends the opposed flat twin’s iconic character and classic design with modern technology and a modular concept that allows a wide ...

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2017 BMW K 1600 GT | First Look Review

2017 BMW K 1600 GT

When the BMW K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL broke cover in 2010, they promised to bring new levels of performance and sophistication to the sport touring and luxury touring segments. Differing mainly in terms of seating position, windscreen size/shape and the presence of a top trunk (on the GTL), both featured an inline six-cylinder engine with a claimed ...

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The 39 Best Bikes for Smaller Riders (and Budgets)

KTM 390 Duke

You don’t need pavement-buckling torque and shoulder-wrenching power to have fun on two wheels. Among the growing number of female riders (go, girls!), younger folks wanting a fun and economical way to commute to work or school, older riders looking for something smaller and easier to manage, and regular Joes just wanting something fun to ride, demand for smaller machines has prompted ...

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Concept Bike: BMW Motorrad R 5 Hommage

BMW Motorrad's R 5 Hommage concept bike celebrates the 80th anniversary of its iconic R 5 model.

At the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, held in Cernobbio, Italy, on the picturesque shores of Lake Como, BMW Motorrad marked the 80th anniversary of its R 5, an iconic model with a lightweight frame based on the company’s 500cc factory race bike, by unveiling a one-off concept called the BMW R 5 Hommage. The heart of the R 5 Hommage ...

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