The Summer 2015 edition of the BMW Motorcycle Magazine is hot off the press featuring road tests of the new roadsters, BMW’s best selling models after the perennially favorite GS. First, the just launched BMW R1200R with its water-cooled engine is without a doubt the most dynamic boxer roadster BMW has produced. Its exciting style and performance are sure to attract new buyers to the BMW brand but its long list of available features and more subdued color options will keep BMW’s core audience happy as well.
Second, the updated inline-twin BMW F800R has been given a facelift as well as added modern feature options and more comfortable ergonomics. But it keeps its under-$10,000 price tag, which will be good news to new as well as seasoned riders who appreciate the middleweight roadster’s charms. You can read which roadster most impressed the testers in the summer issue.
On the custom bike scene, an R90S racer tribute build which was featured on the “Naked Speed” television show is covered including a track test ride by Reg Pridmore himself. The summer issue also features another eight unique custom boxers and bricks ranging from a working “Logger” bike complete with chain saw and winch, to an urban airhead so elegant it sports a diamond embedded in the triple clamp, to a triple-cylinder K-bike which shows a brick can be turned into a purist hot rod roadster.
Direct from Munich is an exclusive interview with the BMW Motorrad Head of Development, Karl Viktor Schaller. After one year on the job, KVS candidly discusses the future of the boxer as he sees it. Also covered is news of the rear wheel flange recall affecting over 300,000 BMW motorcycles, and recent patents issued for three-cylinder pushrod engines that could point to a new BMW cruiser model.
The magazine’s R1200GS long-term test bike has reached its one-year mark covering 15,500 miles. Along with discussions of a few “teething problems” and some useful tips, comparison tests were made on six exhaust systems and three sets of tires.
New BMW-specific tools on the market now make it possible for the home mechanic to dig into the electronics and troubleshoot problems without going to the dealer. But are these suitable for the average at-home gearhead? Two popular instruments are tested with the pros and cons of investing in one for your own use.
The Gear section in the Summer issue takes readers on a visit to the Touratech factory where aluminum panniers are produced, along with a look at their new rugged, no-frills Zega Mundo cases. BMW’s new NeonShell and AirShell jackets are tested in a comparison review, as well as the latest in gear, parts and accessories on the market.
Timely hot weather riding tactics are discussed in the Skills section, while Destinations covers both USA coasts with a tour from New Orleans to New York, and a ride up California’s legendary Highway 1.
All this, plus the latest BMW international news, advice and opinions from columnists, a calendar of upcoming BMW motorcycle events, and more are in the Summer 2015 issue.
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