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BMW motorcycles include the GS adventure touring motorcycles such as the R1200GS, F800GS and G650GS, S1000RR sportbike, R1200R street motorcycle, R1200RT sport tourer and six-cylinder K1600GT and K1600GTL touring motorcycles.

BMW entered the motorcycle business only after it was forced to abandon the aircraft industry after Germany signed the Treaty of Versaillles. BMW’s first motorcycle – the 486cc R 32 – was unveiled in 1923 and since then it has garnered a well-earned reputation for producing machines that stand the test of time. BMW is best known for its hugely popular GS line of on- and off-road motorcycles – a segment that accounts for almost 30% of BMW motorcycle sales worldwide. Despite its success with the GS family, the German marquee has recently made a huge splash in the streetbike segment with its impressive S1000RR. In its very first year the S1000RR topped’s annual literbike shootout.

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We've ridden the 2013 BMW R1200GS in South Africa and through rush-hour traffic in southern California. Regardless of where you ride, this Adventure-Tourer is a remarkable motorcycle.

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  • BMW Hires Ex-Harley-Davidson Executive Michael Peyton

    The following change in the BMW of North America senior management team will become effective July 25. Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America, has announced that Michael Peyton will assume the role of Vice President, BMW Motorrad Region Americas, based in Woodcliff Lake, NJ. Peyton will be responsible for BMW motorcycle sales […] more
  • BMW Announces 2017 R1200 Series Updates

    BMW announced a number of updates for its liquid-cooled boxer models. The R1200R, R1200RT, R1200RS and R1200GS all return with some minor changes while the R1200GS Adventure is also back, now with a new special edition Triple Black variant. For 2017, all R1200 models receive judder dampers on the transmission output shaft (formerly standard equipment […] more
  • BMW Announces Riders of the Storm Graphic Novel

    BMW is teaming up with comic book publisher Panini Verlags to create a graphic novel titled “Riders in the Storm.” The book will be previewed at Comic Con Germany, June 25-26 alongside a specially designed G310R and is slated to begin publishing in October. The graphic novel will be written by the Eisner Award nominated […] more
  • 2016 Isle of Man TT: Senior TT Results

    Lead Photo by: Michael Dunlop ended the 2016 Isle of Man TT week with a bang, setting a new outright lap record on his way to winning the Senior TT. Earlier in the week, Dunlop became the first man to lap the 37.74-mile Mountain Course in less than 17 minutes, coming in at 16:58.439 […] more
  • Veteran TT Racer Shoesmith Killed in Practice Crash

    Veteran Isle of Man TT competitor Paul Shoesmith was killed in a crash on the Sulby Straight during an evening solo practice session following the first day of racing. The session was immediately called off following the incident. He was 50. A resident of Poynton, England, Shoesmith first raced in the TT in 2005. His […] more
  • 2016 Isle of Man TT: RST Superbike TT

    Lead Photo by: Dave Neale Michael Dunlop set new lap and race records in the RST Superbike TT, becoming the first rider to ever lap Isle of Man TT Mountain Course in under 17 minutes. Dunlop broke the record on the opening lap, laying down a time of 16:58.439 on a BMW S1000RR, for an […] more
  • BMW R1200RT for Medics

    BMW presented an R1200RT adapted for paramedics at Europe’s leading trade show for first responders. The R1200RT was accompanied by several BMW automobiles similarly equipped to deal with emergencies at the 2016 edition of RETTmobil in Fulda, Germany. Our editor’s and reader’s choice sport-touring motorcycle of 2015 is a practical platform for first responder duties. […] more
  • BMW Opening New Factory in Brazil

    BMW announced plans to open a new motorcycle production plant in Manaus, Brazil, by the end of the year. The company expects the plant to produce more than 10,000 motorcycles in 2017 for the Brazilian market. The factory will assemble nine different models including the G310R. The new factory also marks the end of BMW’s […] more
  • BMW Announces Intelligent Emergency Call System for Motorcycles

    BMW announced a new emergency call system that will give motorcyclists a quick way to get help in the case of an accident. The optional add-on, expected to hit the European market in 2017, can be manually activated or automatically triggered by a collision or fall, immediately sending a message to a BMW call center […] more
  • BMW Reports 7.7% Sales Growth in First Quarter of 2016

    Another quarter brings another sales record for BMW, with the German manufacturer announcing worldwide sales of 33,788 motorcycles and scooters in the first three months of 2016. The total sets a new first quarter record for BMW, surpassing the start of last year’s total of 31,370 units by 7.7%. “BMW Motorrad has started into the […] more
  • BMW GS Survival Tool

    Every now and then, we come across an item on April 1 that leaves us questioning whether it’s an April Fools prank. I blame Honda, which announced on April 1, 2014, that the NM4 was entering production – and meant it. If the Akira-inspired “I-can’t-believe-it’s-not-a-concept” NM4 could be real, then anything can, right? And then […] more
  • Husqvarna TR650 Strada and Terra Recalled for Stalling Issues

    Remember the Husqvarna TR650 Strada and Terra, the two street-legal Huskys released in 2013 and 2014 but discontinued when BMW sold the brand? KTM hasn’t forgotten, but only because the company got stuck with the task of recalling a motorcycle it never produced. The TR650 models were among the last new Husqvarnas released under BMW […] more
  • BMW Celebrates Centennial, Looks Ahead to Next 100 Years

    BMW kicked off its centennial celebrations with a ceremony in Munich, Germany, looking back at the company’s past and forward to the next 100 years. The event concluded with the debut of the BMW Vision Next 100 concept car (pictured at top) and the promise of further futuristic concepts through the year including a motorcycle […] more
  • More Details on BMWs Motorcycle Helmet HUD

    Yesterday, we wrote about a new helmet from BMW with heads-up display technology introduced a the Consumer Electronics Show. Today, we’ve learned more information about the technology from its developer, DigiLens Inc. Based in Sunnyvale, Calif., DigiLens develops holographic optical materials and copy technology for augmented reality display systems. DigiLens primarily produces technology for the […] more
  • BMW Introduces HUD Helmet Concept

    BMW revealed a motorcycle helmet concept with heads-up display technology at the Consumer Electronics Show. BMW says it hopes to bring the technology to market “within the next few years.” The challenge for HUD technology is to display information onto the rider’s field of view without creating a distraction, or at least, being less of […] more
  • BMW Reveals Laser Headlights for Motorcycles

    BMW revealed a new “laser light” headlight system for motorcycles that claims twice the high beam range of conventional headlights. The technology, brought over from the company’s automobile division, debuted on a K1600GTL concept model revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. According to BMW, the laser lights produce a bright “pure-white” light […] more
  • BMW GS Trophy Competition Bikes on the Way to Thailand

    A hundred BMW R1200GS bikes and another 14 GS Adventures are on their way to Thailand for the fifth annual BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy competition. The competition pits 19 international teams – including for the first time an all-female squad – in a series of challenges testing their riding skills. The 2016 competition takes […] more

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