Question of the Day: Coming Through in a Clutch

Last November, at EICMA, Honda became the first motorcycle maker to bring to market an electronic clutch. Debuting as an option on the CBR650R and CB650R, Honda’s E-Clutch combined elements of its Dual Clutch Transmission technology with quickshifters to allow for up and down shifting with without needing to use a clutch lever, but otherwise using a regular gearbox and foot shifter.

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2025 BMW R 1300 GS Adventure Confirmed in Homologation Filings

With a completely new R 1300 GS now available in showrooms, it should be no surprise that BMW will follow it up with a GS Adventure model. That’s always been the pattern for BMW, with a new GSA following the introduction of each generation of GS. While we don’t expect it to be announced until the fall, Motorcycle.com has been able to obtain some initial specifications about the 2025 BMW R 1300 GS Adventure.

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2024 BMW M 1000 XR Review – First Ride

Wet, cool, low visibility. What other conditions could I possibly ask for when getting to test BMW’s carbon fiber-laden, $30.5 grand 200+-horsepower M tourer? Our half day onboard the BMW M 1000 XR started out of Malaga, Spain, and wound up into hills fully socked in with the morning’s marine layer. Water began to bead up on my visor as I attempted to keep the lead rider’s taillight in view on the highway. Fantastic.

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BMW Reveals R20 Concept Roadster with 2,000cc Engine

BMW revealed a new roadster concept that may herald the future of the brand’s air-cooled Big Boxer engine. Revealed during the festivities at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Italy, the R20 roadster is still just a concept, but the work that went into producing it shows the hallmarks of an eventual production model, plus the next iteration of BMW’s R 18 platform.

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BMW Introduces Automated Shift Assistant for Boxers

BMW announced a new Automated Shift Assistant (ASA) for Boxer-engined motorcycles, offering automatic shifting without the need for a manual clutch lever. It’s not clear when this technology will be available on a production model, but BMW will follow Honda’s 2024 CBR650R and CB650R in bringing an electronically-controlled clutch to market.

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What’s the Worst Name for a Motorcycle? – Question of the Day

A little while ago, I wrote about my admiration for the Gladius, but conceded that its name didn’t really connect with people the way Suzuki probably wanted it to. If you knew that a gladius was a type of sword used by ancient Roman soldiers, you could see how it might make sense for a company that also gave us the Katana. If you didn’t, then it just sounded too much like “Gladys”, and the only vehicle that name would make sense for, is a midnight train to Georgia.

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2024 BMW F 800 GS, F 900 GS and F 900 GS Adventure Announced for USA

It took a couple of months after they were first announced internationally, but the 2024 BMW F 800 GS, F 900 GS, and F 900 GS Adventure have now been confirmed for the U.S. market. The three middleweight adventure bikes are replacing the previous F 750/850 models, and offering a smaller-displacement alternative to the flagship R 1300 GS.

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Church Of MO: 2005 Adventure Touring Comparo

by MO Staff

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Safety Recall: Essential Safety Information for BMW R 18 Series Owners

BMW of North America, LLC is recalling a number of its motorcycles due to a headlight issue that compromises visibility. This recall specifically involves the BMW R 18 B, and R 18 Transcontinental models produced between 2021 and 2024 and equipped with adaptive headlights. The problem lies in the attachment points of the headlight's low beam, which may break. This defect could lead to the reflector shifting out of its intended position, resulting in weakened illumination.

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2024 BMW F 900 GS and F 800 GS Are Coming to America


US-bound middleweight GS models confirmed in VIN filings

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BMW Motorrad CEO Markus Schramm Interview Part 3
BMW Motorrad CEO Markus Schramm Interview Part 2

In this second segment of Alan Cathcart's interview with Markus Schramm, the retiring BMW Motorrad chief executive officer discusses the company's approach to electric mobility, and why hydrogen power may not be the answer for motorcycles and scooters.

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BMW Motorrad CEO Markus Schramm Interview Part 1

The year 2023 has seen BMW Motorrad celebrating its Centenary as a motorcycle manufacturer, while also for the first time in the company’s history breaking through the 200K barrier in terms of annual production entering its anniversary year. In 2022, BMW saw 202,895 motorcycles and scooters sold – an increase of 4.4% compared to 2021. Germany remained the company’s largest single market, with 24,129 motorcycles and scooters sold there, while France also registered record sales with 21,223 vehicles delivered, 6.7% up on 2022. North America was the German company’s third largest market, with an 11% increase to 20,295 units sold, helped again by a record number of bikes delivered, this time in the USA (17,690 units/+10.4%).

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Church Of MO: 2014 BMW R1200GS Adventure Review

by Tom Roderick

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2024 BMW R 12 NineT and R 12 - First Look

The R 12 cruiser has a steel tank in the blockier “toaster tank” design reminiscent of ’70s-era /5 models, and the side covers are unbadged. The R 12 comes standard with a solo seat and a rear fender. The seating position is more relaxed, with wider handlebars than the R 12 nineT.

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