The summer issue of BMW Motorcycle Magazine is as hot as the season! Inside you’ll find four exciting road tests of the newest BMW models: the customizable R nineT, the aggressive R1200GS Adventure, the classic R1200RT tourer, and even the latest power roadster, the S1000R. Every detail is inspected, the new tech is tested, and dyno results are compared to the factory numbers. Then each is taken out on the sort of ride they were built for by a team of real riders to give you the seat-of-the-pants perspective.
For custom fans, the magazine’s Scrambler section runs the gamut from a rebuilt 20-year-old airhead to an R1100 oilhead makeover to the latest water-cooled R1200GS custom. For flying brick aficionados, there are two K100 transformations that prove it’s not only airheads that can be given their own personal style. Two respected designers also show off their visions for BMW’s new R nineT: El Solitario’s “Imposter” from Spain and Roland Sands’ interpretation from the California custom scene.
The always educational Garage section explains the confusing reasons behind why fuel gauges can be misread on different models. A model-by-model comparison of tanks, gauges and tech makes it easy to understand them so there’s no danger of ever running out of gas. An article on the facts you should know about your bike’s payload limits and another on electric cable connections that might be causing you problems are both must-reads before touring this season.
What’s new in gear this issue tests the latest in waterproof riding jeans, BMW’s new Rallye GS Pro boots, and covers an impressive collection of must-have accessories new on the market. The Destinations section brings you the fun story of young riders on old bikes as they camp, ride and repair their way through the best of the Alps, as well as a great desert ride through Arizona, and the classic Pikes Peak route in Colorado.
All this, plus the latest BMW news including 2014 model prices; the inside scoop on recalls of some F, R, K and S models; factory changes made for production of the C evolution; interviews with BMW Motorrad personnel, advice from our Skills editor, the latest racing news, opinions from columnists, a calendar of upcoming BMW motorcycle events, and more in the Summer 2014 issue!
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.