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2016 BMW S 1000 XR | First Ride Review

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Photography by Kevin Wing Thirty-five years ago, BMW created the adventure-touring segment when it introduced the R80G/S (Gelände/Strasse is German for “terrain/road”). Today there are six GS models in BMW’s lineup, everything from the single-cylinder G 650 GS to the do-it-all R 1200 GS Adventure. Which begs the question: Why would BMW introduce yet another adventure bike, the S 1000 ...

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BMW Concept Path 22

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In mid-June, the fourth annual Wheels & Waves Festival was held in Biarritz, on France’s southwest Basque coast. The festival, which celebrates the intersection of custom bikes, surfing and art, provides a venue for people to get together in a unique atmosphere and express their lifestyle of freedom and individuality. BMW Motorrad unveiled its Concept Path 22 at the event. ...

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BMW's Concept 101 is a 6-cylinder Bagger

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The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, an elegance competition for vintage cars that has taken place annually on the shores of Lake Como since 1929, has been co-organized by the BMW Group and the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este for the past decade. BMW Motorrad has used the event to showcase motorcycle design studies, such as the Concept Ninety in 2013 and ...

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BMW Motorrad Achieves Best Quarterly Results of All Time

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In the first three months of the year, BMW Motorrad achieved its best quarterly sales figures of all time. As per March sales increased to 31,370 vehicles (previous year: 28,719 units). This is an increase in sales of 9.2 percent as compared to the equivalent period last year. In March, BMW Motorrad delivered 15,912 motorcycles and Maxi Scooters worldwide (previous ...

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2015 BMW F 800 R – First Look Review

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The F 800 R roadster joined BMW Motorrad’s other parallel twin-powered bikes in the F model family for 2011. Updated for 2015, its liquid-cooled, four-valve, 798cc engine boasts 90 horsepower (up from 87), 63 lb-ft of torque and shorter first and second gear ratios for snappier acceleration. Read our 2011 BMW F 800 R Road Test Chassis improvements include a ...

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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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Serendipity in SoCal: BMW Test Rides and a Campout in the Mountains Near L.A.

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Sometimes, things just come together and make folks happy. In this case, the international motorcycle tour company, MotoQuest, and the Southern California BMW Motorcycle Dealers advertising group formed an unexpected alliance that left those attending their inaugural event in Big Bear beaming with huge smiles. It had all started a few months earlier when the BMW dealers decided to have ...

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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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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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