The long-awaited water-cooled GS goes on sale this spring and all the tech behind this newest generation boxer engine is analyzed in this issue, along with the inside scoop on why it’s truly revolutionary for BMW.
The GS is not BMW’s only new bike, however. There’s another new Gran Tourismo on the scene as the F800ST gets a touring upgrade to become the 2013 F800GT. BMW’s only belt drive model is given an increase in power, comfort, weather protection and its own collection of touring accessories.
Three new Special Editions are also featured celebrating BMW’s 90th anniversary of the boxer. Created from the “old” air-cooled 1200-series are an R1200R, R1200RT, and R1200GS Adventure. A K-bike Special Edition marking the 30th anniversary for that line is also covered.
A special section on Custom Sportbikes shows how a classic can be modern at the same time and the concept results in spectacular conversions like the R1200R in a sinful black carbon fiber, a unique four-valve R100RS, an ultra-light bevel drive RS, and an R75/5 modified into an RR superbike.
Two motorcycle designers are also featured: a private builder shows off his unconventional futuristic K100RS project, and an exclusive sit-down with Ola Stenegärd, the BMW designer from Sweden responsible for the edgy look of the S1000RR and the HP2
This issue’s Garage shows us how to take an S1000RR and transform it into a virtual track warrior. The Gear section reviews and ranks 11 different sport and touring tires for a comparison of properties, performance and wear, including an all-important wet braking test. Destinations in this issue cover the islands of New Zealand, a tour through the Black Forest of Germany on vintage BMWs, and a day ride over the Million Dollar Highway of Colorado. All this, plus an exclusive interview with the new boss of BMW Motorrad in Germany, columnists on motorcycle history oddities and riding skills, the latest BMW Motorsport news, a Calendar of upcoming events and more!
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