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BMW in the Americas, Interview: Hans Blesse

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In conjunction with the introduction of the new liquid-cooled BMW R 1200 GS, Rider Editor-in-Chief Mark Tuttle sat down for an interview with Hans Blesse, who was recently appointed to the position of Vice President BMW Motorrad USA to succeed the retiring Pieter de Waal. The 51-year-old Blesse started his BMW career in 1987 with BMW Canada. After holding various ...

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Comparison Test: 2013 BMW C 650 GT vs. 2013 Honda NC700X


We aren’t normally a shiftless bunch except for an hour or two after lunch, but we recently spent the last two weeks swapping between two new “automatics”—BMW’s C 650 GT maxi-scooter, and Honda’s NC700X with dual-clutch transmission—in an effort to see which type of shiftless two-wheeler rules the urban no-man’s land between home, work and other mundane daily destinations. You ...

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One World, One R 1200 GS Tour USA


Since returning from South Africa in January, where I was among the first wave of journalists at the world launch of BMW’s all-new, air/liquid-cooled R 1200 GS, I’ve had a jones to ride the bike again. As I wrote in my first-ride report, “The new, more highly evolved R 1200 GS is better in nearly every way, and in those ...

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BMW Motorrad USA Announces Pricing for 2013 R 1200 GS


BMW Motorrad USA has announced pricing for the all-new liquid-cooled 2013 R 1200 GS. The next generation flat twin enduro will have a base Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $15,800 and will be available for purchase through authorized BMW Motorrad dealers in March 2013. The base model comes equipped with: Integral ABS (disengageable) Aluminum engine guard Center stand Power accessory socket ...

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Five Winners Selected for BMW's 'Ride of Your Life' Tour

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Motorcycle riders who will take part in the BMW Motorrad “Ride of Your Life” tour have now been confirmed. The lucky winners were selected out of 12,000 applicants worldwide based on their riding ability, sense of adventure, their ability to work as part of a team and their physical fitness. The “Ride of Your Life” gives five winners the chance ...

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Retrospective: BMW R25/3 250: 1953-1955

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Some people think that until the last turn of the century, BMW built pretty stodgy motorcycles that were good for the touring rider, but rather weak on performance. To a degree that is true, but back in the ’30s, Bavarian Motor Works was as much a pioneer of innovation as it is today. In 1935, BMW came out with hydraulically ...

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2013 BMW F 700 GS – First Ride


When BMW decided to update the F 650 GS for 2013, it was clearly in a generous mood. The folks in Bavaria gave the street-biased enduro model more horsepower and torque, a shorter gear ratio for quicker acceleration, a second front disc brake, new switchgear and instrumentation, and updated styling. Although displacement of its 798cc parallel twin is unchanged, BMW ...

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Pricing Announced for 2013 BMW S 1000 RR HP4


Just in case the standard S 1000 RR isn’t wild enough for you, BMW will offer a HP4 version for 2013 with all 193 ponies available in all riding modes and its wet weight (90 percent full tank) reduced to just 439 pounds with Race ABS. The first four-cylinder bike in the HP4 family also comes standard with Dynamic Damping ...

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BMW Unveils All-new, Liquid-cooled R 1200 GS


The wait is over. After years of hand-wringing by the Bavarian faithful, months of rampant speculation and numerous leaked spy shots, the all-new BMW R 1200 GS has been officially unveiled at the International Motorcycle, Scooter and Bicycle Fair—better known as Intermot—in Cologne, Germany. It has been nine years since BMW gave its top-dog GS a major overhaul, and in ...

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2013 BMW F 700 GS and BMW F 800 GS – First Look

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BMW’s F-series model family includes four motorcycles powered by the company’s 798cc parallel twin engine: F 800 R, F 800 ST, F 650 GS and F 800 GS. When BMW decided to update the two models in its popular GS enduro line, it also looked to clear up some confusion over model names. Despite being powered by the same 798cc ...

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