The Winter 2010 BMW Motorcycle Magazine (issue #9) is now available! 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.
Are you looking for gift ideas for the motorcycle enthusiast in your life? You’ll find plenty of ideas in our annual special section, new gear for a new year. You don’t need to spend a bundle because we included 25 items for under $100. Don’t forget, a subscription to BMW Motorcycle Magazine makes a great gift too!
The big news in this issue is the introduction of the K1600GT and K1600GTL by BMW at Intermot. What’s amazing about them? What’s different between them? We’ve got your answers with an analysis of the bikes’ newest features as well as their differences. Just check out our “details & options” page that breaks it all down for you. We delve deeper into the K1600 with an examination of the design process and an interview with the man responsible for the development of the K and S series motorcycles, Markus Poschner.
Our event coverage continues in Milan, Italy at EICMA with updated thumper and roadster BMWs. BMW took the wraps off a new, single-cylinder G650GS — the new bodywork is impressive. For the standard-style bike enthusiast, BMW has updated the R1200R with DOHC and added a special edition R1200R Classic with unique paint and spoked rims.
The Fastest BMW is not the S1000RR says Clemens Gleich. He makes the case the F800R, coming to the US in January, is faster. Do you agree?
If you love the handling of the R1200GS but wished it had the power of the R1200S then we have a bike for you. Roger Ressel combined the two to create a Sport-Enduro bombshell putting out 130 hp — without DOHC and without compromising the GS handling.
The BMW “Lo Rider” Custom Concept was a hit when it was introduced. Instead of waiting for it to become reality in 2012, we bring you two magnificent low rider custom bikes: Rennkuh turns the ugly step-child of the BMW lineup, the R1200ST, into the amazing Retro 001; and designer/builder Hans Joachim Maier inserts an R90 engine into a frame so low… well you have to see the R90Superlow.
Thomas Pfarr found the R100R too “plump” and handcrafted an itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny, Honolulu Beach bikini of a monocoque, carbon fiber fairing to it. Check out the results when a bike is Built by a Sculptor.
We have a vintage reproduction of the first BMW motorcycle, the 1923 R32. This isn’t your typical homage. The R1232 is powered by a modern R1200 engine.
In the garage we review a new oil-proof dry-clutch replacement disk. Don’t let an oil leak on your airhead or oilhead leave you stranded. Also, do you find the oil coolers on recent BMW roadsters ugly? Then you’ll want to check out this bit of engineering to remove the oil coolers and turn the Telelever into an oil cooler.
In news… We wrap up the S1000RR racing season and look forward with extensive changes to personnel at BMW Motorrad Motorsport. Is an electric bike in your future? BMW brings out a new electric concept scooter; this time it’s through their hip, MINI brand. It looks production ready.
Last, but not least, Fred Rau is sure to stir up some controversy when he takes on “reality” TV and stereotypical Harley-Davidson riders in his column.