The latest issue of BMW Motorcycle Magazine is out and includes the full spectrum of BMW Motorrad’s past, present and future. With motorcycle manufacturers gearing up for the Intermot show in Germany, it’s not surprising to hear about future models being spied testing in this issue but BMW also takes the wraps off early on a new hardcore, extreme boxer. The Concept Roadster is a prototype today but should be on sale within a year and will help BMW attract a younger audience. Its 125 hp, 1200cc water-cooled boxer engine comes from the popular new R1200GS but at around 100 pounds lighter it should be even more dynamic. And with its upswept rear, distinctive LED headlight face and unique spoiler, the Concept Roadster is already claiming to be the boxer of the future.
BMW Motorrad’s present line is fully tested with five current models reviewed in the Fall issue. From BMW’s new flagship, the K1600GTL Exclusive and its “keyless ride,” to the all-electric C evolution, which just rolled out for sale in Europe. Long-term tests include the first 3,400 miles with the water-cooled R1200GS (and two aftermarket mufflers reviewed) and a long-term wrap-up of of the C600 Sport after one year and 8,500 miles. Comparing the past and present, this issue road tests and compares the last two generations of the R1200RT and offers riders’ insights into the pros and cons of each. The result of camhead versus wethead is not as cut-and-dried as you might expect.
For those who look forward to seeing the best in custom BMWs, three extraordinary boxers are featured: the Gearhead One R65 with a unique gear theme built by a clockmaker; the CBMW R90/6 replicating a 1930’s Art Deco style from Spirit Lake Cycles; and the Stockholm Syndrome, an R nineT show winner created by UCC in Sweden.
An exclusive tour inside BMW Motorrad’s testing facility, the “heart” of all new models, will amaze you. When BMW dropped out of their Formula One involvement in 2009, the keys to this technologically advanced center were turned over to the engineers and developers of BMW motorcycles. Over the last few years, millions of dollars have gone into revising testing stands, performance workshops and research labs, massively expanding its capabilities. This facility is the only one existing in the entire motorcycling world, and the potential for future innovations is truly mind-blowing.
In addition, the Fall issue covers the fascinating history of the R51RS, BMW’s legendary 1939 racing boxer. And speaking of history, read all about Michael Dunlop’s incredible hat trick at the Isle of Man, BMW’s first entry and race victory since Georg “Schorsch” Meier won the historic TT 75 years ago.
The Garage section reviews the mechanics of BMW’s shaft drive, well known for its reliability and consistent performance, and explains what to look for when normal wear and tear requires attention. The Skills column preps us for the cold-weather riding to come, while the Gear section tests four best-selling BMW gloves to keep hands warm and dry. There’s also a review on a new navigation app every motorcycle rider can appreciate, along with the latest accessories to make the ride more comfortable and safe.
This issue’s Destinations section brings readers to the mysterious island of Sicily, home of erupting volcanoes and the Godfather’s Mafia. A bit more relaxing is the leaf-peeping route in New Hampshire, also featured.
All this, plus the latest BMW international news including recalls, the upcoming GS Trophy, advice and opinions from columnists, a calendar of upcoming BMW motorcycle events, and more is in the Fall 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.