The Spring 2016 issue of BMW Motorcycle Magazine features a look at trendy retro scramblers! The special section starts with the recently launched BMW R nineT Scrambler, a factory-produced model with the same air- and oil-cooled boxer engine as the original R nineT café racer but with new off-road looks and a lower price.
Having the benefit of hindsight, the Scrambler has replaced some of the expensive and hard to manufacture parts from the original nineT with simpler and more affordable ones that will also help it avoid the production delays that plagued the original model’s launch. This variant also marks the launch of a new “Heritage” category, which will see an anticipated four new models based on the R nineT platform. The magazine’s special section continues with an additional 11 examples of custom-built scramblers ranging from vintage airheads to K-bikes to the R1200-series updated for this cool retro theme.
Another launch covered in this issue is the all-new BMW G310R—the first BMW roadster under 500cc and the first to be built in India. Powered by a single-cylinder engine, its low weight and nimble performance typifies the essence of a roadster with neither too little nor too much of anything. We get the exclusive inside scoop in this issue with management’s perspective on how this bike “designed for the world market” fits into BMW’s lineup and what issues were faced by BMW collaborating with TVS in India through interviews with the head of BMW and its project leader.
The news section covers 2016-model upgrades for the BMW F800GS, F700GS and S1000XR. There’s even a look at an all-electric experimental S1000RR. New helmet head-up display and laser headlight motorcycle technology, which was recently shown at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show, is discussed. And, Wunderlich of Germany shows us their latest concept bike, a hybrid that adds an electric motor creating an all-wheel drive R1200GS.
From the backwoods of Alaska comes an R60/2 barn find turned into a restoration beauty with a little inspiration from a pair of his wife’s shoes. This project involved the whole family and much of the community and ended by closing off Main Street for the photo shoot of this remarkable motorcycle.
The S1000R long-term test bike has now clocked 10,000 miles and received a service, new Remus exhaust, double-bubble racing screen and Pirelli tires. The Gear section shows us BMW Motorrad’s 2016 apparel collection along with what’s new in parts and accessories. Columnists discuss topics such as the “motorcycle safety” oxymoron and the appeal of motorcycle clubs. The Destinations section presents the white roads of Tuscany and a day-ride along the Sierra Nevada’s eastern slope.
All this, plus the latest GS Trophy news, racing results, calendar of upcoming events and more are in the Spring 2016 issue!
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