Starting with a road test many have been eager to read about since BMW announced a lower-price version of the R nineT. The new R nineT Pure is $3,400 cheaper, admittedly a great savings, but that cost savings was achieved through some less advanced parts. A side-by-side comparison road test and detailed specs for each model produced some surprising results.
Then, a year-long road test of BMW’s popular naked R1200R is concluded with 12,500 miles on the clock. After the mechanical issues the magazine had with their first long-term water boxer road test, it’s interesting to read how this new sporty roadster handled commuting, highways and backroads. Read all about it, plus eight different windscreens and two sets of tires are reviewed, as well as some very cool accessories purely for fun.
Speaking of fun, a total of seven unique BMW customs are featured in this issue. Although hardly necessary, an S1000RR has been turbocharged and now reaches 300hp, running well over 185mph. An R nineT was slimmed down and tricked out as a 50th birthday present, while a midlife crisis sparked a K100RS to be transformed into a modern café racer. Looking for just the right mix led to an “R1200SGS” crossbreed of GS style with S speed, and a hybrid of the rare HP2 Sport and HP2 Megamoto named “Shemale” claims to have a masculine attitude with pretty, shapely lines. Finally, a K75 became the ultimate land speed racer with the shape and “gills” of a great white shark.
On a more practical level, the German manufacturer Wunderlich has kitted out an R1200GS, BMW’s most popular bike, with their most popular upgrades and produced the “Wunderbeast.” Enhancing the bike’s comfort, protection and safety made this GS ready for any adventure.
And BMW riders know adventure, which is covered in this issue, too. Andy Dukes, a British journalist who has extensively covered BMW events for the past decade, realized he could no longer resist going on his own little adventure—by riding around the world! His prep and planning is described for this first installment. Another rider, Robert Bellospirito from New York, also opened a new chapter of his life when he decided to become a professional landscape photographer. Now he lets his R1200GS take him to extraordinary locations to capture nature at its finest.
This issue’s Gear section features a “Retro Boutique” for the latest in timeless accessories for your bike and classic apparel for your soul. Tested are innovative adventure boots with a knob that tightens steel laces from Rev’it. Continental introduces a new sport touring RoadAttack 3 tires and BMW brings us the new Nav VI. Plus, a “light bomb” and factory machined parts for the R nineT, along with many other new products on the market for all models.
The Garage section presents step-by-step directions on the all-important oil change maintenance of the final drive. The Skills column explains the road science behind cornering control. And in Destinations, three brave off-road veterans dare to test the myth of Italy’s Grenzkamm (Border Ridge Road) with its hairpin turns alongside dizzying cliffs. Back in the USA, a day-ride in the Black Hills of South Dakota is mapped out.
All this, plus up-to-date racing results, calendar of upcoming events and more exciting BMW news are in the Summer 2017 issue!
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