Summer’s here in all its glory and BMW Motorcycle Magazine is out riding in the sunshine for this issue! Road tests of the new 2013 R1200GS water-cooled boxer, along with the newly updated belt drive 2013 F800GT, give us the real rider’s perspective on these new models. Cool custom BMWs are showing up at rallies, events and out on the roads now that winter projects are pulled from the garages. A special section on classic ‘Boxer Roadsters’ features five unique custom builds including the winner of the annual Boxer Art Gathering, a bike built from the ground up after the purchase of just two (very special) pistons.
To put all the new and old BMW motorcycles into perspective, this issue also begins the year’s 90th anniversary celebration with an article on how BMW earned their brand’s reputation. The history of BMW Motorrad from their humble beginnings through pre-war years showcases the innovations that have transformed the motorcycle industry, the technological engineering BMW is now known for, and the inspiring visionaries who formed the global mega-company we have today.
To shed light on the future, an interview and introduction to BMW Motorrad’s new head of design, Edgar Heinrich is also in this issue. Current news on the Husqvarna split from BMW is covered, along with up-to-date worldwide racing and event reports.
Summer’s ‘Garage’ section shows us how to check our suspension for wear—bearings especially being a critical area needing occasional maintenance. The ‘Gear’ section tests the latest in helmets, topcases, and Bluetooth® headsets, along with what’s new in apparel, parts and accessories. A multi-media artist from Seattle, Washington, is featured as well, showing us how his BMW motorcycle inspires his artwork.
The ‘Destinations’ in this issue features an adventurous couple who follow a dream to see where East meets West, where Europe becomes Asia, and ride 10,000 miles through 10 countries to reach it. For a considerably shorter ride, a tour through the USA’s Wild West from Wyoming to Yellowstone National Park is also given.
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