Spanning the world of BMW motorcycles, the Winter issue of BMW Motorcycle Magazine covers the exciting past, present and future of the brand. A new concept bike is launched by BMW Motorrad, the Stunt G310, which gives us a peek into the future toward a small production roadster. It’s light, agile and powered by an unusual new single-cylinder engine spun 180 degrees and tilted to the rear, to achieve the best handling for feats on the asphalt.
Upgrades to BMW’s 2016 maxi-scooters are covered including a world’s first in motorcycle technology, Side View Assist, to protect your blind spot. The future possibility of full carbon fiber frames is discussed, along with a tour of the Brembo research and development facility in Italy where changes are underway for motorcycle brakes and wheels.
Two popular and yet similar bikes of today are road tested and compared to help you choose which is the right bike for you, the R1200R or R1200GS? Pros and cons are analyzed with the crucial differences in chassis, height, handlebar width, ergonomics, options, and importantly, cost described. Plus, suggestions to lower your GS is included.
From BMW’s thrilling past, this issue introduces David Percival, who has amassed one of world’s finest private collections of BMW motorcycles from his home in rural Maine. What began as a mission to acquire every model made from 1923 to 1976 has grown to include over 100 motorcycles, along with very some happy retirement projects.
Again, the growing popularity worldwide of customizing BMWs is covered in this issue. The La Bulla is a former K1600 reworked by a German metal engineer and Spanish artists into a tank-to-tail aluminum monocoque. The P1 from Switzerland is an R80RT transformed into a sprint racer under a whimsical Police bike cladding. An Italian customizer creates a serious race bike from a GS called the R1200 SCM, while French wrenches build a turbo airhead boxer to take on the Bonneville Salt Flats. And from the trendy LA custom scene comes a compact warrior R nineT Scrambler.
The new issue also features a test on the effects of overfilling oil on water boxers, and the installation of CAN bus compatible auxiliary lights in the Garage section. The long-term testing of the S1000R continues with new tires, two exhausts and another windscreen try-out. How to “drive” a sidecar is covered in the Skills department, while the Gear section reviews new products from head-to-toe.
Destinations brings us a cautionary tale of solo adventure riding from a rider stranded during the recent flooding in Mozambique, a bucket list of suggestions from a well-traveled motorcycle journalist, and a day-ride down The Great River Road in Mississippi.
All this, plus the latest BMW international news, racing results, advice and opinions from columnists, a calendar of upcoming BMW motorcycle events, and more are in the Winter 2015 issue.
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