We start with the exclusive first photos of BMW’s next generation boxer engine. Last year, we told you it was coming and now we have the photos of the Water-Cooler. The water-cooled flat-twin is similar to today’s air- and oil-cooled boxer but breaks with tradition in many significant ways. We also have spy shots of this next generation engine undergoing road testing in a camouflaged GS in Spain.
BMW Motorrad has four new models for 2011 and we road test all of them in the summer issue. The six-cylinder, 1600cc über-tourers, the K1600GT and K1600GTL get their first outing in South Africa. They blur time and space through a mixture of power, refinement and technology. But can these two models built on a common platform truly replace the K1300GT and K1200LT? We have the answer and then give you a behind-the-scenes interview with the K1600 development team.
The G650GS gets a face lift and is now available worldwide for 2011. We put it on the road (and off) to answer the question, “Can an inexpensive, entry level, single-cylinder be more than a bike for beginners?” We also compare it to the F650GS single of the past and bring you a history of BMW Motorrad’s modern single-cylinder motorcycles.
For a look into BMW’s past, we bring you a sidecar rig built on an R50 that looks like it’s from the 1950s. The Fifty-Fifty isn’t an authentic classic, however, it’s a mix of parts put together by Bernhard Becker. You’ll fall in love with this red pin-striped, two-toned cream on black “classic.”
Sure, BMW’s have a reputation for reliability but it’s put to the test when an R1200GS is ridden 150K Miles in Two Years. As a rental bike, customers were encouraged to rack up the miles on this GS — the longer the trip the lower the fees. The complete log on maintenance and repairs is in our summer issue.
It’s that time again, our Dealer Expo 2011 Special Section brings you the latest and greatest gear coming soon to a dealership near you. From communications to cleaning supplies, riding apparel to video recording, luggage to winches, we have it covered. Our usual GEAR section also has reviews of the Schuberth C3 helmet, Rev’It! Air Jacket and Wunderlich R1200RT accessories.
But that’s not all, columnist Fred Rau tells us what happened when the Police got involved in a motorcycle parking dispute, David Hough explains why cage drivers don’t see us, and Sandy follows the call of the wild.