The 2016 model issue is hot off the press! Fall’s BMW Motorcycle Magazine covers the 2016 beemer range from traditional sport touring to wild adventure sport with an upcoming bagger and scrambler to boot.
First, there’s a complete road test of the new 2016 BMW S1000XR. This mashup of 160hp-superbike and adventure GS is put through its paces to see if the hype can meet reality. The conclusion may surprise quite a few GS riders. Also road tested, the new R1200RS is BMW’s impressive return to its sport-touring roots. Is there still room in enthusiasts’ hearts and garages for a sport tourer in BMW’s expanded range? That model lineup now includes the powerful S1000R, which gets its first evaluation in the magazine’s long-term test garage.
Expected to be launched as 2016 production models, BMW just introduced two concept bikes which are each covered in detail in the Fall issue. The Concept 101 is the Bavarian vision of the classic American Bagger. Based on the K1600’s six-cylinder power plant, it was put together in collaboration with California’s Roland Sands Design and aimed squarely at the US market. On the other hand, the Concept Path 22 is a lightweight Scrambler, based on BMW’s immensely successful R nineT model. It shows its fun side by having a surfboard mounted to the side!
On the custom bike scene, this issue features a US superbike replica built to be raced in the legendary Bikers’ Classics Race, an R100/7 scrambler built for the sands of Africa, an R75/5 converted to a Baja Rally Racer, and a unique project made from the combination of an R1200S and an S1000RR. Also shown are three spectacular customized R nineTs from Belgium, Australia and Switzerland.
The Gear section features 13 reviews including a test of the new Continental TKC 70 road/adventure tire, along with the latest in heated gear from Atomic Skin, and apparel designed for one- to four-season use. The Skills section discusses the virtues of riding on autopilot, while Destinations covers off-road adventures in Spain and weekend riding in New England— perfect timing to see fall foliage.
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.