The newest issue of BMW Motorcycle Magazine is now out, giving readers the best in customized classic BMWs, road tests, reviews and more. This is the 20th issue of the independent BMW publication that was first printed in 2007 and has since become a big success among BMW riders throughout the world, who appreciate its editorial mix of news, features and reviews.
Shown on the cover of the Fall 2013 issue is the Concept Ninety, created to pay homage to the 40th anniversary of the classic, iconic R90S by a collaboration of BMW Motorrad with a California-based custom builder and introduced at this year’s Concorso d’Elegance in Italy.
Results are in from recent “Real Riders” road tests. Can the new mid-size 2013 F800GS Adventure rival its extreme R1200GS brother as a legitimate world-traveler? Is the updated belt-drive 2013 F800GT a true “Gran Turismo” for an ultimate touring machine without the added weight? And can the new liquid-cooled R1200GS rack up the miles across the USA once it’s decked-out with all the cool new accessories and gear? All are answered in this issue. Plus, the final outcome of the K1600GT long-term test is in, after 15,000 miles with reviews of four sets of tires and four exhausts. How did the six-cylinder hold up?
A special section on some very distinctive custom boxers is featured showing four unique bikes from BMW fans around the world. One took more than 700 hours in the making; another has a seat height of only 22 inches; yet another is a recreation of the ISDT style; and the last is based on BMW’s Custom Concept of 2008. They are all inspirational!
Pulling the new and old BMW motorcycles into proper perspective, this year’s 90th anniversary celebration continues with the post-war history of how BMW Motorrad’s innovations, technological engineering and revolutionary models ensured the brand’s recovery through very difficult times.
Looking to future news, spy photos in this issue reveal a water-cooled R1200RT—or is it a GT?—along with rumors of a new S1000RR in the works. A follow-up to recent reports of a wet clutch problem in the new GS brings readers an interview with BMW Motorrad’s head of technical support, Jens Staebe. And news of the GS Trophy 2014 preparations begins.
This issue’s ‘Garage’ section provides a primer on BMW electronics—an often neglected but critical area of a bike’s maintenance. Need a garage project? A new body and accessory kit from Italy is reviewed that can transform a recent R1200R into a classic 1970’s roadster within a few short hours.
The ‘Destinations’ section in this issue brings readers to Baja California, Mexico’s GS playground, for a 1,700-mile tour of the isolated and vastly untouched peninsula. A worthy addition to any rider’s Bucket List, it remains an unspoiled gem consisting of beaches, whale birthing preserves, and adventurous individuals… for now, at least. A shorter day-ride to Tobermory in Canada, at the tip of the Bruce peninsula, is also featured and routed.
All this, plus more advice on mastering your riding skills, opinions from columnists, what’s new in apparel, accessories and gear, a calendar of upcoming events, and more!
BMW Motorcycle Magazine can be ordered as a subscription or as individual issues online at bmwmcmag.com. It’s also available through bookstores, newsstands and select dealerships across the USA and digitally to your iPad, iPhone and iPod touch through Apple’s newsstand at appstore.com/bmwmotorcyclemagazine.
|The Fall 2013 BMW Motorcycle Magazine was mailed to subscribers on August 9. Please allow two to six weeks for delivery. The digital edition is available through our iOS app starting on August 14.|