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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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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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New Motorcycles For 2014

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The new Indian Motorcycles, Star Bolt, Suzuki V-Strom 1000 and Yamaha FZ-09 we showed you  in recent issues were just appetizers; here’s the main course for 2014. BMW BMW has been hard on the gas launching new-for-2014 models, including the F 800 GS Adventure (Rider, October 2013), R 1200 GS Adventure and R nineT retro bike (January 2014). Just in ...

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BMW Motorrad USA Announces Pricing For Five Latest 2014 Models

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BMW Motorrad USA has announced pricing for the five latest 2014 Model Year motorcycles set to be introduced late winter / early spring 2014. These five models complete BMW Motorrad USA’s entire 2014 model lineup, which now includes 20 models. For more information, visit bmwmotorcycles.com.   2014 R nineT (All New Model) Standard Package (MSRP: $14,900) includes: Integral ABS Modular ...

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2014 BMW K 1600 GTL Exclusive – First Look Review

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One complaint you almost never hear about BMW’s top-line K 1600 GTL touring bike is that it’s not luxurious enough. With cushy heated seating for the rider and passenger, an electric windscreen, central locking luggage, Bluetooth audio and electronic suspension, riding the GTL is like a play day at the spa, and that’s before you twist the handle on its ...

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