BMW has begun to roll out its new and updated models for 2017, and this issue covers all the latest news plus road tests of several models. It starts with the expanded Heritage line which now includes the new R nineT Racer and the R nineT Pure. You’ll find every detail and difference between the classic 1970’s sporty “Racer” and basic “Pure” roadster described but they both have one thing in common—a new, affordable price. Then there’s a comparison road test of the first two Heritage models, the original R nineT and the R nineT Scrambler. How does the flatter steering head angle, longer wheelbase and larger front wheel affect the ride? The information from this test is invaluable and surprising.
Up next is BMW’s big, bad, bagger: the new 2017 K1600B. BMW targets the American market dominated by Harley-Davidson with a 1600cc, six-cylinder cruiser. Based on the K1600GT, this “Grand American Tourer” has a three-inch drop in the rear creating the definitive sweeping bagger line while the deep-set saddlebags with integrated taillights echo classic American automobiles. There’s plenty of style while still keeping the modern technology we’ve come to expect from BMW.
That technology will also be found in the updated 2017 K1600GT. This issues describes the Grand Tourer’s new features including Reverse Assist and Shift Assistant Pro as well as styling changes.The sporty four-cylinder lineup of S1000RR superbike, S1000R power roadster and S1000XR adventure sport get updates for 2017 that keep them in step with the Euro4 regulations and well ahead of the competition in this important class. Then comes the news that the C evolution, BMW’s plug-in electric scooter, is finally coming to the USA and gets improved power, range and features in the new year.
For a jump beyond 2017, BMW Motorrad unveiled a futuristic prototype named “The Great Escape.” This vision for what lies ahead for motorcycling doesn’t need gas, can’t fall over, and is so safe riders won’t even require a helmet. From tires with variable treads that adjust to any surface, to shape-shifting drive units, it’s a fascinating look into BMW’s imagination.
Road tests in this issue include the new G310R—the first ride of BMW’s first under-500cc roadster that is BMW’s first motorcycle made in India. The light and nimble roadster’s price is hot and this issue examines if its performance and quality are up to BMW standards.
The technology section has an exclusive article on how wind tunnel simulations by BMW lead to better motorcycle production. It’s a fascinating discussion on the changes computers have made to motorcycle design and include incredible illustrations from BMW depicting how air travels around the motorcycle.
Tested in the Gear section is a just-released riding jacket and pants from Rev’It and a line of electronic devices that can make traveling stress-free. The new airbag-equipped BMW Street Air jacket is introduced and a boot section covers the latest products designed for different riding styles.
The Garage section presents step-by-step directions on adjusting valve clearances on “camhead” boxers produced since 2010. The Destinations section in this issue features the ultimate route through the Dolomites of the South Tyrol and Italy, as well as a short warm-weather trip along the Emerald Coast of Florida. The Skills column focuses on maintenance expertise riders need to develop.
All this, plus up-to-date racing results, calendar of upcoming events and more exciting BMW news are in the Winter 2016 issue.
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