The Fall 2010 edition of BMW Motorcycle Magazine (issue #8) is available now! Order yours from our online shop and have it delivered direct to your door. Copies will also be available at your favorite retailer within the next couple of weeks. You can see a preview of pages and a list of articles on our current issue page.
This issue is packed with customized BMW motorcycles. Bikes which go way beyond adding a few personal mods. Whether the goal is performance, design or function, they fulfill the purpose of their maker. The cover bike is The Beast — it looks completely modern but started life as a 1994 R1100GS. Next, what happens when you combine an R1200S with a GS and a roadster? Well, if you’re a technician who works closely with BMW, you get the incredible Blue Flame. This looks nothing like a parts bin prototype. And then there’s the short lived R1200S updated with modern accessories. The Metisse Sportboxer makes us wonder if BMW axed this model way too early.
For classic bike lovers we have one man’s interpretation of a café racer. Like the early ’60s bikes this custom references, it was built on a budget. The Kafé Racer shows cleverness can beat out cash. And finally, we have the Percy R100TT — a classic 1991 R100GS airhead transformed into a homage of the 1939 Schorsch Meier victory at the Senior-TT on the Isle of Man.
In news, we have the first look at a narrow angle V6 motorcycle coming from another German manufacturer, Horex. That’s right, we go beyond BMWs to show you the competition our favorite brand will see to their inline 6-cylinder K1600GT.
There’s plenty of incredible racing news including an unprecedented seven wins in seven races by Ayrton Badovini to win the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup title including an interview with the racer discussing his success aboard the S1000RR. There’s also news about S1000RR drag bikes by Brock’s Performance and coverage of other events around the world. We wrap up our look at the race scene with some pretty pics of BMW’s “Brolly Dollies.” Going beyond the norm by dressing them up rather than dressing them down, BMW is once again going their own way.
We would like to welcome writer Fred Rau to our magazine as a featured columnist. Many know him from editorships at Wing World, Road Rider and Motorcycle Consumer News. For this issue, this talented writer pens an interesting look at being humble and polite when facing guns and governments in his article on “Border Crossings.”
Our Fall issue has much, much more including recaps of the summer’s top events: BMW Motorrad Days, BMW Mountain Days, BMW MOA’s International Rally and BMW RA’s International Rally. In the BMW Garage, we find “girl power” in the form of Juliet Breetzke. More long-distance riding prep comes from our Doctor of Physical Therapy. And lots of pages of the latest gear.
So, order your copy today. Then subscribe so you don’t miss an issue in the future.