The Spring 2012 BMW Motorcycle Magazine is now available showcasing the new-for-2012 BMW S1000RR Superbike. The first RR hit the road just two years ago and raced to the top of the class. But the competition hasn’t been standing still. We break down the dozens of improvements made to the bike and then put it on the track to see if has what it takes to keep the class crown.
And it was just one year ago that BMW introduced the world to their solution to “Urban Mobility” with a concept scooter. Now two maxi-scooters, the C600 Sport and C650GT, are set to be released next month and we have the complete details.
Jay Leno, king of late night comedy, gives us an exclusive interview on why he’s added a new K1600GT to his collection of mostly vintage bikes. Then gives us a demonstration, on a ride through the canyon.
We also have our usual share of unique, customized BMW motorcycles. From France comes a half-enduro, half-cruiser airhead. Blitz Motorcycles has already made a name on the motorcycle scene with the daring BMW conversions but this newest creation emphasizes the totally unique Blitz-styling like no other. And from America, we have a monster, ten-foot-long chopper oilhead from Bob Henig. The owner of Bob’s BMW has created rolling art in the Bobschopster. Then we go to Germany for a rare combination of an R1200C Montauk with a teak-enhanced sidecar — the Russian-built Troika Montauk.
This issue also brings some interesting BMW history. For those who didn’t know, BMW used boxer engines in the 1950s to power some of their smaller sedans. Now a couple of enterprising fellows decided it would be fun to transplant those auto-boxers into a BMW motorcycle to create the R700. For a great treasure find story, we bring you the restoration and history of a 1939 R12, known for the its technology — the first hydraulically damped production motorcycle fork.
The Spring 2012 issue also features current models like two high performance Sport Boxers modified with big-bore kits for even more hp and torque, the results of an off-road ABS test and the latest racing updates from around the globe. Our Destinations section this issue features a ride in the Alps using motorcycle-friendly hotels, and riding the ancient Moorish landmarks of Portugal and Spain. The Garage segment discusses original versus replacement parts, and for our Skills features, we look into track training and do a “body check.” Last but not least, we bring you Gear tests on all the latest from helmets to ESA parts to hit the market.
Check out all the news from BMW-land in our Spring 2012 issue. BMW Motorcycle Magazine can be ordered as a subscription or single issue from our online shop for delivery to your door or digitally to your iPad. Copies are also available through bookstores, newsstands and select dealerships.