The Fall issue takes off like a rocket with the first test of BMW’s stunning new carbon-fiber masterpiece, the HP4 Race. Offered at a staggering $78,000 in the US, the 215-horsepower “Carbonator” weighs in at just 378 pounds—that’s 79 pounds lighter than the S1000RR!
With a limited edition run of only 750, this pure racer is the most exclusive motorcycle ever produced by BMW and BMW Motorcycle Magazine track tests the first one off the hand-assembly line. Read about the incomparable riding experience on the HP4 Race in the Fall issue.
If you’d prefer hearing about a racer that’s a bit more practical and perhaps in your budget, a road test of BMW’s new R nineT Racer is up next. This sport boxer definitely has a market in the retro scene, with a classic front bullet fairing and BMW Motorsport colors. At only $13,295, it’s worthy of your attention.
Covering more than racers, this issue looks at BMW’s latest vision for the future, the Concept Link. It’s said to digitally link a rider, their apparel and the motorcycle to the world around them. Also from Germany, BMW announces a new “Spezial” program allowing buyers to purchase a custom motorcycle straight from the factory—unique paint and some seriously awesome milled components are available. This issue also covers the latest news about color, package and accessory options for BMW’s 2018 models. A highlight is the new Connectivity option that replaces standard cockpit instruments with a large digital display, which is connected to a rider’s smartphone for calls, music and navigation.
For even more choices, there are eight incredible examples of custom bikes featured in the Fall issue built to suit the owner’s personal vision and style. There’s a trio of unique café racers, an American-styled bobber, a stripped down R nineT, a revampled R1100GS, a muscle/racer K100 and even an updated S1000XR from the BMW’s original XR developer.
The Gear section brings you the latest in tech and innovative ideas to keep you safe, protected and comfortable. A new expandable topcase is tested and a novel shoe-within-a-boot is also reviewed.
For the F800, step-by-step directions in the Garage section are given for adjusting the valves. The popular Skills column digs deeper into the road science behind cornering control. And in Destinations, two brothers take off from Monaco on the French Riviera along the Mediterranean to Biarritz at the Atlantic coast. Although the ride was understandably spectacular, ending at this year’s Waves and Wheels festival was the pièce de résistance!
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