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2015 BMW S 1000 XR – First Look Review

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Since its debut for 2010, BMW’s S 1000 RR sportbike, powered by a ferocious in-line four-cylinder engine that makes a claimed 190 horsepower (for 2015, peak output is up to 199 hp), has ruled the racetrack. An even more race-oriented version, the HP4, debuted for 2013, and the naked S 1000 R broke cover earlier this year. At the EICMA ...

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Intermot First Look: 2015 Motorcycles from BMW, Ducati, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki and Zero

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Held in Cologne, Germany, the International Motorcycle, Scooter and E-Bike Fair, known as Intermot, is the first big international motorcycle show of the fall season, giving many manufacturers a chance to unveil new models for the upcoming model year. The 2015 crop of new bikes was a big one, with all-new or significantly updated models from BMW, Ducati, Kawasaki, KTM, ...

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2014 BMW R nineT—Road Test

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It’s hard to imagine, but some riders are only interested in the practical side of a motorcycle—how much it cost, what it can carry and how much fuel it burns. Thank goodness the rest of us are first drawn to motorcycles by emotion—excitement, joy, love, nostalgia—perhaps even a little trepidation, like the go/no-go thrill of an amusement park ride. Every ...

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Adventure Shootout: BMW R 1200 GS Adventure, KTM 1190 Adventure, Yamaha Super Ténéré ES

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Although they represent a small minority of motorcycle sales, large-displacement adventure tourers have surged in popularity recently. Buyers are drawn to their one-bike-does-it-all versatility, combining high-performance engines and components, long-distance comfort and amenities, and on-/off-road capability. Given the uptick, manufacturers have invested heavily in new and updated models, some of which are the first (and only) bikes in an OEM’s ...

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2014 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure Review

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Introduced for 2013 on the R 1200 GS, the latest version of BMW’s air/liquid-cooled boxer twin powers two updated 2014 models, the R 1200 RT sport tourer (Rider, July 2014) and the third-generation R 1200 GS Adventure. The 1,170cc, DOHC opposed flat twin uses precision liquid cooling around the cylinder heads and valves, and small radiators are now tucked inside ...

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BMW Introduces Cornering ABS for the HP4

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BMW has announced that it will offer ABS Pro as a retrofittable option for its top supersport model, the HP4, through BMW Motorrad dealerships. The function ABS Pro represents a consistent refinement of the Race ABS in that it now enables ABS-supported braking when cornering. Presumably other models with Race ABS, such as the S 1000 RR, will get ABS ...

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2014 BMW R 1200 RT – Road Test Review

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Sport-touring bikes have a love/hate relationship with weight. A rider generally moves up to a sport tourer in order to get creature comforts such as a full fairing, electric windscreen, integrated saddlebags and more fuel capacity. On the other hand, the extra pounds these niceties pile on can take a toll on the bike’s handling, acceleration, stopping distances and maneuverability ...

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BMW Announces 2015 Model Updates

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BMW Motorrad has announced updates for some of its 2015 models, as well as the special model K 1300 S Motorsport. The following is the text of a global release, so it’s not yet clear if the K 1300 S Motorsport will be coming to the U.S.–but it’s highly likely. Special model BMW K 1300 S Motorsport: Sporty touring combined with long-distance qualities ...

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2014 BMW K 1600 GTL Exclusive – Road Test Review

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When BMW’s K 1600 GTL streaked onto the scene for 2012, packing a 1,649cc in-line six that sends 135 horsepower and 114 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheel, it set new performance standards in the luxury-touring segment. It also raised the bar for technology with throttle-by-wire, riding modes, electronic suspension, lean angle-sensitive traction control and an adaptive headlight that ...

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BMW Unveils Boxer-powered Concept Roadster

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At the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2014, held on the edge of Lake Como in Italy, BMW Motorrad unveiled its latest design exercise, the BMW Concept Roadster. Last year the German manufacturer presented its Concept Ninety, a modern interpretation of a classic boxer-twin motorcycle, at the same event. “By contrast, the contemporary emotional appeal of the BMW Concept Roadster shows ...

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