Featuring upcoming models from BMW along with road tests, amazing travel destinations, the newest gear, garage projects and inspiring customs, the Fall issue has it all. Want to know more about BMW’s new mid-class model? This issue goes in-depth on the new F850GS with an on- and off-road test that compares it to the previous F800GS and the upscale R1200GS. This serious look goes into the new model’s improvements and design compromises to help you decide if it’s the right bike for you — or if the boxer GS is the best bike of them all. If you’re an adventure tourer, you’ll also want to check out the leaked info on the upcoming F850GS Adventure in the Fall issue.
If you’re looking for the next big thing coming from BMW, their Concept 9cento (pronounced “noh-vey-sento”) was just unwrapped in Italy. It’s a futuristic interpretation of a 900cc mid-size model designed to combine the best of the sport/adventure/touring segments into one motorcycle. The innovative integrated hard cases help it transform between its different roles by attaching with magnets without any visible mounting hardware when removed.
Available to order now, however, are the 2019 models updated with new paint, packages and prices. Of note are the addition of comfort turn signals as standard, new navigation options in the BMW Motorrad app and the introduction of a Triple Black package for the S1000XR. Details of what’s new and what’s no longer available across the lineup next model year are in this issue.
For those who like to tinker and modify their bikes to stand out from the crowd, there’s a spectacular S1000RR restyled like a vintage ‘90’s race bike, a sinuous monocoque-wrapped R nineT, a K100RS “Flying Brick” with an aero-theme from cockpit to propeller wheel, and a modest R65 given an Italian design touch with all the modern amenities. Transforming BMWs to serve a different purpose is on display with an R100R sidecar conversion inspired by Star Wars (to please the kids) and an R1200R sprint-race bike built as a tribute to the legendary WWII Spitfire airplane… complete with a fire-spitting exhaust!
To complete the previous issue’s Skills discussion (that it’s expected and quite all right to drop your big adventure bike), are instructions on how to properly pick up it up after it does go down. Step-by-step photos explain and demonstrate the technique whether you’re alone or getting help from a buddy.
The Gear section features a tire test of Metzeler’s new Karoo Street line. Find out if it’s really possible to have a tire that performs well both on- and off-road. The Garage section covers Paralever bearings and one workshop’s tuning option for more precise and stable handling.
Need destination inspiration for your next ride? Read about the enterprising 18-year-old who managed to earn the money for a used BMW and ride 40 states on a “gap year” before college. Or check out the under-appreciated touring locale of Japan where the author not only found spectacular riding but returned feeling serene and stress-free. Or just experience the full color of autumn’s splendor following the map of Wisconsin’s Coastal Byway.
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