The latest issue of BMW Motorcycle Magazine features a side-by-side comparison test of two of BMW’s most popular models, the R1200RT and R1200RS. While they both share the same air- and water-cooled boxer engine, there are substantial differences in the chassis, comfort and equipment beyond the obvious bodywork. A subjective look at their performance, weight, aerodynamics, seating, tank capacities, equipment, and all-important price makes it easy to judge which model is best for you.
While some GS riders don’t venture off the tarmac, their bikes are certainly capable of much, much more. This is perfectly illustrated in the Summer issue’s coverage of the 2016 International GS Trophy. Some 57 riders from 25 nations subjected their R1200GS motorcycles to extreme off-road adventures in Thailand. It’s 900 miles of thrilling competition captured in arresting photography.
BMW celebrates its 100-year anniversary and this issue not only covers the brand’s history, but reveals The Vision Next 100. This self-driving concept car’s connected-vehicle features and incredible shape-shifting exterior technologies are sure to be part of motorcycles of the future.
New tech that is already making its way onto custom motorcycles is demonstrated in an article titled “Practical Science.” An ’87 R80 uses currently available resources such as 3D printing, thin film coatings and electroluminescent materials.
Six other custom BMWs are featured in this issue and each has a personal story behind it. From the recreation of Ernst Henne’s 1928 R37 Landspeeder into a stunning piece of rolling art, to a retro makeover of the rare HP2 Sport racing boxer, to a roadster built around Krauser four-valve heads, and a remake of Gaston Rahier’s Paris to Dakar R100GS, they are all remarkable.
An interview with the new Cannonball record-breaker, Carl Reese, opens up the world of endurance motorcycling. Riding 2,892 miles in under 39 hours, with a moving average of 85mph, took months of planning and prep along with a dogged determination. Read how he accomplished this as well as his tips for safe long-distance riding.
The S1000R long-term test bike, now with 12,500 miles on the clock, has finished its year-long trial. Performance and service results are given along with reviews and editor’s picks for the best exhausts, windshields and tires.
The Gear section this issue tests Shoei’s new flagship helmet, the X-Fourteen, as well as Aeroflow’s Touring Solution for the R1200GS. What’s New covers all the latest parts and accessories, such as BMW Motorrad’s 2016 Bag collection. The Destinations section presents “The Mother Road,” aka USA’s iconic Route 66, in all its 1950’s nostalgia and takes riders along the famous Going-to-the-Sun day ride through the glaciers. The Skills column discusses tips and techniques for rail crossings.
All this, plus racing results, calendar of upcoming events and more BMW news are in the Summer 2016 issue!
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