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The Latest https://www.bmwmoa.org/news/default.asp Fri, 31 Jul 2020 07:02:49 GMT Thu, 30 Jul 2020 12:32:19 GMT Copyright © 2020 BMW Motorcycle Owners of America BMW announces changes to 2021 models https://www.bmwmoa.org/news/news.asp?id=519453 https://www.bmwmoa.org/news/news.asp?id=519453
It seems as if every year, motorcycle manufacturers roll out changes in color schemes – maybe throwing in a special edition – to entice us into buying the same motorcycles they were trying to sell last year.
One can hardly blame them, especially in these days when a certain global pandemic is affecting leisure activities and purchase in a generally negative fashion. Before you write us any nasty letters, yes, we understand many in the MOA do not consider motorcycling to be a leisure activity, but rather a way of life.
BMW Motorrad is making a number of changes in their lineup for the 2021 model year, summarized here for your edification.
For the R 1250 R and RS:
- EU-5 is here! Unfortunately, the press release is ambiguous and doesn’t give any information as to what “changeover to EU-5” actually means. EU-5 in the news typically represents France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. They have agreed to the commercial oversight activities of a group called the Shared Territory JCC, where JCC stands for Joint Commercialization Committee. Seeing as how the UK is extracting itself – slowly – from the European Union, this could be part of the agreement in that regard.
- Riders will no longer be able to disengage ABS.
- Option 719 Stardust is dropped, as are a number of other Option 719 …er, options. Other Option 719 items take their place, though.
- The HP muffler is replaced by a “sports” muffler.
- Driving Mode Pro now includes engine drag torque control (whatever that is).
For the K 1600 GT and GTL:
- Option 719 color schemes dropped, other paint schemes added. (I know, exciting!)
- Also applies to the K16B/GA: Reverse aid and the adaptive cornering lights are now standard, as are the tire control RDC and daytime running lights.
- Also applies to the K16B/GA: The safety package is no longer available.
The K 1600 B and Grand America lose the metallic blue color scheme, but gain Mars red metallic, along with changes to optional equipment. Buyers can now get factory-installed engine protection bars and LED aux lights.
Over in S 1000 RR land, we have the “changeover to EU-5” again, plus a slew of M-branded parts, including some neat electronic geegaws such as a USB charging port and a GPS lap trigger, which allows the data logger to trigger the lap timer/counter by GPS instead of the rider having to do it manually. Both the RR and XR can have the optional M-branded endurance chain, which in the absence of detail could just be a heavier-duty chain.
The S 1000 XR gets some cosmetic changes (a new white/blue/red scheme) and a windshield option, as well as access to the M-branded parts, endurance chain, USB charging port and lap timer. BMW is updating the optional luggage rack to better accommodate 30 and 49-liter top cases.
The R 18 (which hasn’t been delivered to anybody yet) gets optional cruise control. Riders everywhere wonder why it wasn’t already available.
Lastly, the new F 900 R and XR get LED turn signals as standard in the USA, and activation for the Pro driving mode will no longer be done with a coding plug.
Thu, 30 Jul 2020 13:32:19 GMT 40 years of the GS: The original adventure bike! https://www.bmwmoa.org/news/news.asp?id=517054 https://www.bmwmoa.org/news/news.asp?id=517054 A concept that changed the motorcycle world: BMW Motorrad celebrates 40 years of the GS
A motorcycle concept that is as legendary as it is sophisticated celebrates its anniversary in 2020: The BMW GS models are turning 40. In autumn 1980, BMW Motorrad presented the R 80 G/S, a motorcycle combining off- and on-road riding for the first time. Thanks to its unique combination of road, touring and off-road capability – without compromising on everyday use – the R 80 G/S became the conceptual forerunner of the new motorcycle category of touring enduros – now known as adventure bikes – created by BMW Motorrad. BMW GS models became the perfect partner for two-wheeled exploration to even the most remote corners of our planet. To date, BMW Motorrad has sold over 1.2 million GS motorcycles.
Legendary BMW GS talents: Riding dynamics, off-road mastery, comfort and robustness
It wasn’t just motorcycle adventures ideally suited for the BMW GS right from the outset; the R 80 G/S and its descendants also quickly proved their qualities in racing. In 1981, Hubert Auriol rode to victory in the prestigious and challenging Paris-Dakar Rally. This is just one of many motorsport successes BMW Motorrad celebrated with a GS. The outstanding talents of the boxer GS models – riding dynamics, off-road mastery, comfort and robustness – have been continuously maintained and developed by BMW Motorrad over the past 40 years and successfully transferred to other BMW Motorrad model series. In 1993, the F 650 Funduro was the first single-cylinder BMW enduro to come onto the market. While this bike drew its riding dynamics from its low weight and the thrust of the 47 HP single cylinder engine, the changing of the guard took place simultaneously on the BMW GS models with boxer engines.
The GS as an innovation driver: Four-valve technology and Telelever
With the BMW R 1100 GS, BMW Motorrad presented the first GS with a four-valve boxer engine and 80 BHP output and carved new paths with suspension technology for large touring enduros. For the first time in an enduro, the engine and gearbox acted as load bearing elements of the chassis, making a main frame superfluous.
While the BMW Paralever rear wheel suspension system eliminated the drive reactions of the shaft drive in the models with the two-valve boxer years earlier, BMW engineers created an innovative way of guiding the front wheel using the Telelever. With pitch compensation and highly sensitive response, they set new standards in this area. The new R 1100 GS was the first enduro ever to be equipped with ABS – a safety plus that is now standard equipment on all BMW motorcycles.
The GS models of the F series: GS fascination for the middle range
In addition to numerous new and further developments, including the F 650 GS (first single-cylinder with electronic fuel injection, catalytic converter and ABS), manufactured in Berlin from 2000 onwards, the F 650 GS and F 800 GS models launched in 2007 marked another outstanding milestone in BMW GS history.
With their powerful, high-torque parallel-twin engine and torsionally stiff tubular frame, they interpreted the BMW GS theme in their own, yet typical BMW way. With these new models, BMW Motorrad not only presented the successors to the extremely successful single-cylinder F 650 GS, but at the same time expanded middleweight enduro offerings.
Advanced DOHC boxer with two overhead camshafts
BMW Motorrad presented another highlight in autumn 2009 with the launch of the revised BMW R 1200 GS. Now equipped with the even more free-revving DOHC boxer with two overhead camshafts per cylinder, it offered 81 kW/110 HP and even more advanced riding dynamics. In 2010, BMW Motorrad paid tribute to the 30th anniversary of the GS models and their successes in both production motorcycle manufacturing and motorsport alike with special models of the BMW R 1200 GS, R 1200 GS Adventure, F 800 GS and F 650 GS painted in BMW Motorrad Motorsport corporate colors to celebrate the 30th anniversary.
BMW Motorrad continued the success story of the GS models in autumn 2010. With the BMW G 650 GS, BMW Motorrad added another attractive member to the GS family. Thanks to its slender, wiry off-road stature, the new single-cylinder enduro looked bold, light and adventurous. At the same time it clearly stood out from its competitors in terms of quality, equipment and comfort. In combination with its comparatively low weight and the reduced seat height, it was an attractive entry bike into the world of motorcycling and into the GS world.
The power GS: Newly designed boxer featuring vertical flow
Dynamic development of the BMW GS continued unabated in the fourth decade. When BMW Motorrad presented the new R 1200 GS at Intermot in 2012, interest was particularly focused on the completely redesigned engine. The air/liquid-cooled flat twin engine introduced cylinder heads featuring vertical flow; they had an integrated gearbox and a shaft drive on the left side from then on, supplemented by state-of-the-art chassis technology and electronic control systems such as ABS, traction control or semi-active chassis. With an output of 92 kW (125 HP), the new R 1200 GS also provided superior riding performance. Barely one and a half years later, in March 2014, the 500,000th boxer-equipped GS rolled off the assembly line at the plant in Berlin. It was an R 1200 GS Adventure!
The GS for the segment below 500 cc: the G 310 GS
In autumn 2016, BMW Motorrad presented yet another GS model, the G 310 GS. It transferred the core qualities of a BMW GS to the engine capacity segment below 500 cc and interpreted these things in its own style. Extremely compact, yet fully grown and comfortable, it opened up a whole new world of experience in its segment and became unique in the entry-level segment, above all due to its versatility. With the new R 1200 GS, BMW Motorrad expanded the GS portfolio not only with further product optimizations but also by broadening the motorcycle’s range of properties. For the first time, customers were able to give a BMW GS a more marked touch of enduro or distinguished style to suit its preferred area of use by ordering style packages (Rallye and Exclusive).
In the same year, a completely different interpretation of the GS theme came on the scene: the R nineT Urban G/S. The R nineT Urban G/S drew on the genes of the very first and legendary 1980 BMW R 80 G/S, transporting them into the modern era with contemporary technology in the form of a classic enduro-style BMW motorcycle with a boxer engine. As with the other R nineT models, the powerful, air/oil-cooled boxer engine with 81 kW (110 HP) output in combination with a six-speed transmission was installed.
New engine, new chassis: The new GS models of the F series
In 2017 BMW Motorrad continued to write GS history with the completely redesigned F 750 GS and F 850 GS enduro models. BMW Motorrad consistently built on typical GS strengths in the successor models to the successful two-cylinder F 650 GS, F 700 GS and F 800 GS motorcycles with the aim of making good things even better. As before, the GS abbreviation again represented a perfect synthesis of touring and long-distance capability combined with racing dynamics and supreme off-road performance.
A BMW GS is the perfect companion when it comes to discovering remote corners of the world by motorcycle. At the heart of the new development was a newly designed, powerful two-cylinder in-line engine with two balancer shafts and 270/450 degrees ignition distance for optimized performance characteristics and a sound sure to strike an emotional response. The new 853 cc parallel twin engine generated 57 kW (77 HP) for the F 750 GS and 70 kW (95 HP) for the F 850 GS, providing superior drive power for both GS models.
This meant even more power, torque and efficiency for the big boxer-engined GS.
In autumn 2018, BMW Motorrad once again introduced a radical upgrade for the boxer engine of the large GS models in order to further improve power and torque yield as well as reduce fuel consumption and emissions values. For this purpose, BMW used its ShiftCam technology for the first time in the serial production of BMW Motorrad engines; this allowed variable valve timings and valve stroke on the intake stroke. In addition, the intake camshafts offered asynchronous opening of the two intake valves, enhancing the swirl of fresh incoming mixture and therefore more effective combustion. Other technical changes to the engine related to the camshaft drive – now taken care of by a toothed chain (previously a roller chain) – optimized oil supply, twin-jet injection valves and a new exhaust system.
It has been a wild, around-the-world ride for the BMW GS lineup, and GS motorcycles continue to be BMW Motorrad’s best-selling models year after year. In 1980, nobody could have predicted the level of popularity adventure motorcycles would enjoy in 2020, and certainly BMW Motorrad holding a position at the front of that wave of popularity is no surprise to anybody who has ridden a GS in the last 40 years.
(This is a heavily edited version of a press release sent out by BMW Motorrad.) Tue, 14 Jul 2020 16:19:39 GMT BMW Motorrad releases sales figures for June 2020 https://www.bmwmoa.org/news/news.asp?id=516235 https://www.bmwmoa.org/news/news.asp?id=516235
According to a press release issued by BMW Motorrad on 8 July 2020, the motorcycle manufacturer achieved record sales – its “best ever sales result” – in June, selling 20,021 BMW motorcycles in the month, a 12% increase over June 2019 sales figures. This also represents nearly a 10% increase in sales over May 2020, showing BMW motorcycles to be enjoying an upward trend despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
June sales bring BMW Motorrad’s sales in the first half of 2020 to 76,707 worldwide, down nearly 18% over the first half of 2019, no doubt due to the pandemic.
Almost 70% of the motorcycles (13,937) were sold in Europe, a nearly 24% increase over June 2019. Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Portugal contributed most to the upswing in sales for the period. BMW sold 2,997 motorcycles across Australia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Russia and Thailand, a 17.3% increase.
USA sales were not specified in the press release, but a little math shows just 3,087 BMW motorcycles sold outside Europe, Asia and Oceania. It’s safe to assume most of those sales were in the US and Canada, as sales numbers have traditionally been low in the rest of the Americas.
The best-selling models continue to be the R 1250 GS and GS Adventure, but the supersport S 1000 RR and new models figured well in the sales figures, including the new F 900 R and XR models as well as the revamped S 1000 XR sport-adventure bike.
The highly anticipated R 18 heritage cruiser has yet to reach dealerships, so there is no gauge – yet – on how the introduction of this new motorcycle will affect 2020 sales overall.
BMW makes it easy for you to buy parts for your classic BMW machines, whether they get down the road on two or four wheels. The BMW Classic Online Shop is available to you 24/7 on the internet at https://shop.bmw-classic.de/bmw-classic/en_US/. You can go directly to the motorcycle site at https://shop.bmw-classic.de/motorrad-classic/en_US/index.html as well.
For the rest of 2020, they’re offering BMW MOA members a 12% discount and while you can use the code as often as you like, you can’t combine it with other offers or promotions. Log in to the MOA website (bmwmoa.org) and visit the Member Discounts page to get the discount code.
The website is easy to navigate. You can search the parts catalog visually and input what bike you’re fixing, whether you search by model or by inputting the VIN of your motorcycle.
The site covers dozens of models from the end of the Airhead era in the mid-1990s back to the beginnings of BMW’s motorcycle production. Whether your classic BMW is a single, boxer or multi-cylinder K bike, they’ve got you covered.
Prices are all listed in euros, so you’ll have to do your own conversion, and parts ship from Germany, so it’s likely to cost a bit more and take a little longer than sourcing parts in the US, but you’re guaranteed to get genuine BMW parts for your beloved classic bike.
Questions can be directed to BMW-Classic by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (+49 (0)800 – 60 70 700) from 8 AM to 8 PM Central Europe Time (2 AM to 2 PM Eastern US time).
Bikes covered include the following, but please verify your bike is available via the website before ordering parts.
- Vintage Singles (R 24, 25, 26, 27)
- Vintage Boxers (R 50, 51, 60, 67, 68, 69, 69 S)
- All /5, /6 and /7 series Boxers
- Boxer ADVs – R 65 GS, R 80 G/S, GS and GS PD, R 100 GS and GS PD
- Boxers 1985-95 – R 65, R 80, R 80 RT, R 100 RS/RT
- Other Boxers – R 80 R, R Mystik and ST, and R 100 R and Mystik
- K 75
- K 1
- K 100 (2 and 4 valve)
On Thursday, 3 April 2020 at 2 PM Eastern, BMW Motorrad finally gave us the hard look at the R 18 we’ve all wanted.
Details were scant, with BMW Motorrad head Markus Schramm giving nothing more than HP and torque info we already knew – comparable with heavy cruisers from Harley-Davidson and Indian. No surprise there.
What we learned that wasn’t clearly stated is the R 18 will have modular capabilities not unlike the popular R nineT. We got to see two standard-looking 18s, one of which was referred to as the “Pure” version, giving some credence to the bolt-on approach used with the 9T. We also see a bobber version with a modified rear end and what may be a wider rear tire, and a version with ape-hanger handlebars.
Yeah. Ape hangers. On a BMW. A BMW MOTORCYCLE!
Other than saying the R 18 will be available in the “second half” of 2020, no showroom details or price were mentioned.
Here are some more screen captures from the streaming event.
BMW Motorrad is jumping into the podcasting world with Ride and Talk, which their press release promises to “take listeners right to the heart of the brand, journeying behind the scenes and closer to the inside stories than ever before.”
The debut episode came out on 18 September 2019, but you may have difficulty finding it – it’s not in Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, Spotify, Spreaker, SoundCloud, Stitcher or any of the other major podcast aggregation and distribution engines. It appears (for now) only on Podigee, a podcasting service based in Germany and with a number of other German clients. The podcast is in English.
At just under 30 minutes long, episode one looks at the R 18 big-bore cruiser, the R nineT /5 and the GS Trophy competition coming to New Zealand. By the time you read this, it may be available from major podcast platforms, but if it isn’t, you’ll have to go direct: https://rideandtalk.podigee.io/.
Nestled in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains is the small town of Port Clinton, Pennsylvania. Not only does the Appalachian Trail run right through town, but Port Clinton is also home to my favorite BMW dealer.
I have traveled through all 50 states on my motorcycle, covering over 300,000 miles and visiting many dealerships. Hermy’s BMW/Triumph always makes me feel like I have wandered into an old school motorcycle emporium and feels like home. It is hard to put your finger on why, but it starts at the top with young Herman A. Baver, the general manager, and his wife Kris. Young Hermy (as we call him) was literally raised above the shop by its founder, his father, Herman W. Baver. Hermy was a hardworking automotive and truck tire salesman who started selling motorcycles out of his garage in 1963. He added the BMW marque in 1972. Together, they built the dealership into what it is today. Take a step back and you can see the staff they have assembled has been totally infused with the culture of fairness, honesty and service that is their hallmark.
Hermy Jr (left) and Hermy Sr – general manager and founder, respectively. Hermy III works in service!
To say that they are a riders’ shop dealing in BMWs and Triumphs is an understatement. One only has to listen to conversations with customers to realize these folks are riders, not posers. They ride year-round, which is no easy feat in this part of the country, and they know every aspect of their product, knowledge garnered through hundreds of thousands of miles in the saddle. You can hear them actively listen to their customers and they can often be heard making recommendations based on their extensive experience on how to select the perfect bike or farkle to meet the customer’s need. They will tell you what works and what does not and will not just push the product with the highest profit margin. The staff have collectively ridden over four million miles and includes veteran finishers of multiple long-distance motorcycle endurance competitions, including the grueling Iron Butt Rally.
The service staff have over 100 years of motorcycle service experience with two certified Master Technicians and two more well on the way to Master Tech certification. I love to talk to Karl, who is a wealth of BMW knowledge and experience and shares his knowledge and advice freely. The parts staff have over 50 years of combined experience. These are not part-time folks just looking for additional income, but full-time professionals taking their profession seriously. One of the most frustrating phrases I hear in dealerships all over the country is, “We don’t have that in stock, but we can order it for you.” I have yet to need something that Hermy’s did not have in stock. They carry one of the most extensive parts inventories I have found anywhere and they are a valuable resource in helping find exactly what you need. If your bike needs an overnight stay, they are one of the few remaining dealerships that offers a loaner bike, so you are not left high and dry.
Walk into the recently renovated and expanded showroom and you are made to feel at home to look, ask questions and test ride anything on the floor. The no-commission sales staff takes their time with you, whether you are a newcomer to the brand or a grizzled, veteran BMW rider. Riders come here from numerous states, sometimes just to have coffee, meet old friends, kick tires and enjoy the myriad of great roads in the area. Hermy’s also has numerous open house and special events ranging from great German food lunches to stunt riders and visits from world travelers to share their riding experiences in the spacious second floor event room.
Hermy’s is now a third generation family affair. If you step into the back office run by Hermy’s wife Kris, you will find their daughter Sabrina helping with administrative duties. Downstairs in the shop you will find son Alex assembling new bikes. Hermy is always on site, so questions requiring an owner’s perspective are answered quickly and fairly. I never pass through the area without stopping in to say hi, and I encourage others to make this a destination if you are ever in the area – tell them Bruce sent you! I know you will find it like no other dealership you have ever experienced. As one of your Regional Coordinators, I am appreciative of their faithful support of the BMW MOA and our rider population.
The service staff at Hermy’s BMW/Triumph in Port Clinton, Penn.
There are two upcoming events at Hermy’s you might be interested in attending. First up is their Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday, October 5, 2019, from 9 AM to 4 PM. They’ll have food available and sales across the whole shop. Following on Saturday, October 19, is Paul Phillips’ “Isle of Man TT Experience,” a presentation that is not to be missed. It starts at 1.30 PM.
Christof Lischka is the new chief of BMW Motorrad Development. Lischka, a mechanical engineer, replaces Karl Viktor Schaller, who is retiring after five years as head of Development at BMW Motorrad.
“BMW Motorrad has shown an unparalleled product offensive in recent years. We would like to thank Karl Viktor Schaller for his important contribution to realising our motorcycle growth strategy,” commented Markus Schramm, head of BMW Motorrad. “We are confident Christof Lischka will continue our successful product development. He brings a wealth of experience in vehicle development and will be a valuable addition to BMW Motorrad.”
Christof Lischka has held various development positions with BMW Group over the past 20 years. Most recently, he was responsible for “Requirements, Concepts and Integration” in the Driving Dynamics division. In assuming development responsibility for BMW Motorrad, Lischka is pursuing his long-standing passion for two-wheeled vehicles. At just eight years of age, he competed in BMX races. He later moved on to motocross and enduro, where he achieved many successes, including winning the “Accept No Limits” and finishing runner-up in the “Master of Dirt” competitions. In 2003 and 2018, Lischka also distinguished himself as a finisher in the extremely demanding Roof of Africa rally.
“As a passionate enduro and street motorcycle rider, I’m looking forward to building on the successes of the highly motivated development team so far and providing vital impetus for the next generation of BMW motorcycles,” Lischka said of his new role.
R nineT /5: Exclusive model to mark the 50th anniversary of the Slash 5 series and 50 years of BMW Motorrad production in Berlin Spandau.
Classic, authentic, original – and air-cooled. This is what the BMW R nineT models stand for. The new R nineT /5 provides another addition to the successful BMW Motorrad Heritage world of experience, this time with special historical roots: the model marks the 50th anniversary of the legendary Slash 5 series and at the same time the start of BMW Motorrad production at the BMW plant in Berlin Spandau 50 years ago. (For full information, download the BMW Motorrad press release – requires PDF reader.)
A look back to the past with the future in mind: the Slash 5 series as a historical archetype
BMW automobile production increased enormously in the 1960s, so the decision was taken to build BMW motorcycles in Berlin. Operations got underway in 1969 with some 400 staff and a new series: the Slash 5 models R 50/5, R 60/5 and R 75/5. With a completely newly developed chassis and engine along with a fresh, modern design, BMW made a lasting impact on the expanding motorcycle market of the time. The Slash 5 models saw instant success, thrilling customers with a combination of riding dynamics on country roads and travel comfort.
The new BMW motorcycles perfectly matched an age defined by upheaval, rock music and a powerful sense of freedom. As a reflection of this, a wide range of bold, bright body colors was available for the new Slash 5 models.
The BMW Motorrad anniversary model R nineT /5 not only marks the 50th anniversary of the Slash 5 series and 50 years of BMW Motorrad production in Berlin Spandau, however. Fitted as standard with heated grips, the R nineT /5 also rekindles memories of that bygone era, bringing the Slash 5 models back to life with nostalgic charm but in a contemporary form.
Painstaking details in the style of the Slash 5 models for a harmonious overall package
The anniversary model features contemporary knee pads, for example, as well as an elaborate body finish in Lupine Blue metallic with smoke effect and double line marking on the fuel tank, which bears the anniversary emblem. Chrome for the rear mirrors and exhaust manifold are likewise hark back to the historical archetype, as does the double seat contoured in the style of the Slash 5 with cross-embossing on the cover, grab straps and white piping as well as gaiters on the telescopic fork.
The coating of the engine, gearbox, fork slider tubes, wheel hubs and spokes in Aluminum Silver also stylishly evokes the legendary Slash 5 models, as do the components finished in black such as the frame and the propeller shaft casing.
Highlights of the BMW R nineT /5:
- Potent 1170cc boxer engine
- Spoke wheels with 120/70 ZR 17 and 180/55 ZR 17 tires
- 320-millimeter twin disc brake at the front
- ABS and ASC (Automatic Stability Control) as standard
- Heated grips as standard
- 2-in-1 exhaust system made of stainless steel with chrome manifolds and polished rear silencer
- Chrome mirrors
- Fuel tank with knee pads and elaborate paint finish in Lupine Blue metallic with smoke effect and double line marking
- 110 HP at 7750 rpm and 85.5 ft-lbs of torque at 6000 rpm
- Wet weight 219 kg
- 4.5-gallon fuel tank with claimed 44 MPG
- Front mudguard in Lupine Blue metallic with double line pinstriping
- Double seat with chrome decorative elements and white piping, evoking the historic predecessor
- Fork slider tubes, wheel hubs and spokes in Aluminum Silver
- Telescopic fork with gaiters
- High-end details such as fork bridges and footrests in forged, clear anodized aluminum
BMW Motorrad optional equipment and Original BMW Motorrad Accessories for wide-ranging customization. An extensive BMW Motorrad program is available to individualize the R nineT /5.
BMW Motorrad optional equipment is supplied directly ex works and integrated in the production process. Original BMW Accessories are installed by the BMW Motorrad dealer or by customers themselves. These are features which can be retrofitted, too.
Original BMW Motorrad Accessories
- Radiator trim right/left in hand-brushed aluminum
- Single seat Scrambler Urban
- Comfort passenger seat with grab straps
- Aluminum handlebar end piece
- Engine speed display
- Barrel-type instrument cluster, chrome matt
- Protective grille for headlamp (not for use on public roads)
- Windshield, hand-brushed aluminum
- Ignition lock cover in Granite Grey
- HP Carbon parts: ignition lock cover, intake snorkel cover, throttle body cover, front wheel cover, hump cover, strap cover, cylinder head cover
- HP sports silencer
- R nineT rear silencer
- Cylinder head covers in 2V style
- Cylinder head covers, chrome, black or silver
- Cylinder head cover protection, aluminum or plastic
- High End steering damper (adjustable)
- Fork bridge with integrated stub handlebars
- Tank rucksack and rear bag
- Saddle bags on passenger seat
BMW Motorrad released details on the changes, eliminations and updates for each of its motorcycles for the 2020 model year. Motorcycles with these specifications and options can be ordered starting in August 2019 from your favorite BMW motorcycle dealer.
BMW G 310 R
- New paint finish Cosmic black 2 (change of tape color, front fender, radiator cover and rear fairing black (MY 2019: white)
- The paint finish Cosmic black will no longer be available
BMW G 310 GS
- New paint finish Strato blue metallic
- The paint finish Racing red will no longer be available
BMW C 650 Sport
- New paint finish Lupin blue metallic
- The paint finish Austin Yellow metallic will no longer be available
BMW C 650 GT
- New paint finish Hockenheim silver metallic
- The paint finish Ocean blue metallic matt will no longer be available
- BMW F 750 GS / F 850 GS / F 850 GS Adventure
- Price reduction of 15% for optional equipment (euro to USD conversions are approximate):
- Dynamic ESA: $510 to $440
- Riding modes Pro: $460 to $395
- Comfort package: $865 to $730
- Dynamic package: $820 to $720
- Style names “Rallye” and “Exclusive” now shown in tapes
BMW S 1000 R
- New paint finish San Marino blue metallic
- The paint finish Racing red/Black storm metallic will no longer be available
BMW S 1000 RR
- New paint finish Hockenheim silver metallic
- New: Carbon package (front and rear fender, upper fairing side panel left and right, chain guard and sprocket cover)
BMW K 1600 GT
- New paint finish Option 719 Blue planet metallic/Ivory
- New paint finish Option 719 Stardust metallic
- The colors Option 719 Blue planet metallic and
- Option 719 Sparkling storm metallic will no longer be available
- New Option 719 seat dark brown
- Option 719 seats saddle brown and dark brown can now be ordered for all colors/styles
- Black switches
- Including reverse gear
BMW K 1600 GTL
- New paint finish Option 719 Blue planet metallic/Ivory
- New paint finish Option 719 Stardust metallic
- New paint finish Black storm metallic
- The colors Option 719 Blue planet metallic, Option 719 Sparkling storm metallic and
- Light white will no longer be available
- New Option 719 seat dark brown
- Option 719 seats saddle brown and dark brown can now be ordered for all colors/styles
- Black switches
- Including reverse gear
BMW K 1600 B and Grand America
- New paint finish Hockenheim silver metallic
- Black switches
- Including reverse gear
BMW R 1250 GS and R 1250 GS Adventure
- Cross-spoked wheels gold or black can now be ordered for all colors/styles
BMW R nineT – all models
- ASC (Automatic Stability Control) becomes standard equipment
BMW R 1250 RT
- New paint finish Option 719 Blue planet metallic/Ivory
- New paint finish Option 719 Stardust metallic
- New paint finish Manhattan metallic (Style Elegance)
- The colors Option 719 Blue planet metallic, Option 719 Sparkling storm metallic and
- Carbon black metallic (Style Elegance) will no longer be available
- New Option 719 seat dark brown
- Option 719 seats saddle brown and dark brown can now be ordered for all colors/styles
BMW Motorrad has recalled 340 new S 1000 RR motorcycles due to an oiling issue in the crankcase. Most of the affected bikes – 110 of them – are in Germany. Another 14, primarily dealer demo units, are in Switzerland.
Only one RR affected by the recall is slated for the US market, and according to BMW NA, that motorcycle hasn’t been sent out to a dealer yet, so there is no major effect on the North American market.
BMW has issued a stop-delivery order for the short term and will be replacing the engines on the affected motorcycles.
The tradition and future of BMW Motorrad melded into one perfectly shaped custom bike
Against the backdrop of a bustling mix of the traditional and the modern on show at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, BMW Motorrad presents an engaging alternative for a time that is being increasingly characterized by rapid technological change. You could see it as a return to the brand’s core, but given a modern twist: the BMW Motorrad Concept R18 transports the essence of the big BMW Motorrad classics into the modern age, or in other words, it is taking a historical motorcycle design and giving it a modern, custom attitude. Dr. Markus Schramm, head of BMW Motorrad, describes the design as follows: “With this dream bike, BMW Motorrad presents its own version of an emotional and authentic offer for the large cruiser segment.”
The BMW Motorrad Concept R18 shows how a forward projection of a 1960s boxer engine could look like today as a purist custom bike in combination with all the classic design icons of BMW Motorrad design.
“With its clear aesthetics openly on display, the Concept R18 embodies for me what motorcycling, at its core, is really about. It is all about feeling instead of thinking, and not using technology for self-staging, instead giving space for imagination. This concept bike appeals to something deep down – you just want to just get on it and ride off. But when you get off it again, you don’t just put it in the garage and walk away – you turn around again and give it a final parting glance”, explains Edgar Heinrich, head of BMW Motorrad Design.
Consistently purist design with timeless proportions
The BMW Motorrad Concept R18 is the essence of motorcycling, a bike in its original, natural form. In true custom style, it celebrates the art of leaving out what you don’t need and then concentrating on what is left. “The biggest challenge in the design is to render everything visible. Every part has a functional purpose. There are not many who would dare to take such an absolutely honest approach”, says Bart Janssen Groesbeek, designer of the concept bike. The BMW Motorrad Concept R18 is immediately recognizable as a genuine BMW: boxer engine, cradle frame, exposed universal shaft and drop-shaped fuel tank with its black paintwork and hand-applied contrast lines interpret typical design icons of BMW Motorrad classics, while displaying confidence along with modern-style linearity. The balanced proportions are reminiscent of classics like the BMW R5, and convey – even from a distance – the timeless beauty that comes about whenever things are consistently reduced to their bare essentials. The frame and tank create a common line all the way from the steering head to the rear wheel hub and lend a flowing elegance to the side view. The large spoke wheels (front 21 inch, rear 18 inch) provide a secure stance and perfectly balance the dominant power unit. The tires are a further reference to history: just as it was in its day, this bike is again fitted with Metzeler tires.
The BMW boxer tradition brings out new splendor
The heart of the BMW Motorrad Concept R18 is the large, newly designed, two-cylinder 1800 cc boxer engine. Its outward appearance is consciously reminiscent of the flat twin engines that BMW Motorrad used to build up until the end of the 1960s – but with a considerably bigger displacement and modern air/oil cooling. The big prototype boxer has been designed down to the last detail: the engine block and transmission are made of glass bead-blasted aluminum, providing an ideal stage on which to present the hand-polished aluminum components as well as the belt guard and valve covers. The engine badge bears the name of the concept bike and emphasizes the overall quality. In addition, Solex dual carburetors – similar to those in the BMW 2002 – hark back to the brand’s construction history and add the final touch to the bike’s visual authenticity.
Another optical highlight is the exposed, chrome-plated universal shaft that connects the back wheel to the drive. There are no further covers anywhere on the motorcycle, which serves to keep its engineering clearly visible. Similarly, the electronics of the concept bike are reduced to no more than starter and lights, underlining its purist design.
The BMW Motorrad Concept R18 is the third in-house interpretation of the large-capacity boxer engine to come from BMW Motorrad. Last December the model created by the Japanese customizers, CUSTOM WORKS ZON was presented at the Yokohama Hot Rod Show, on the basis of this new prototype engine. The ‘Departed’ won the biggest accolade of the event, the ’Best of Show Motorcycle’ award, thrilling motorcycle fans with its classic forms, modern production techniques and all manner of manual art and craft in the details. The next round was the interpretation by Revival Cycles.
The customizers from Austin, Texas created a spectacular bike with their ‘Revival Birdcage’ model, an ideal presentation platform for the Big Boxer. The specially developed titanium frame features an unobstructed view of the engine and drive from all angles. This American design created a furore at last month’s Handbuilt Show in Texas.
High quality details in fine custom work
As for its color design, the BMW Motorrad Concept R18 shows itself to be a classic. The theme is typical BMW: the white, hand-applied lines on the fork and fuel tank in combination with the black base color represent the classic BMW color theme. A discreet yellow-gold varnish effect lends the bright twin lines an exclusive touch, and the black effect paintwork on the tank and fork rods similarly reveal, in the best custom style, an unusual depth when the sunlight strikes the large metallic particles in the various layers of the paintwork.
The visual design of the imprinted single leather seat is borrowed from the classics of the 1950s. Reinterpreted and somewhat more comfortable, its quality embossing sits perfectly within the overall purist and high-class design. The cantilever spring strut is integrated beneath the seat. The graphics of the headlamp design are also reminiscent of the 1950s. The classic U shape of the original glass cover components are now interpreted as LED lamp elements. Every one of these details contributes to the unique character of the concept bike and underlines its overall statement. The BMW Motorrad Concept R18 merges traditional and historic design language with the current functionalities of BMW Motorrad in a coherent and cohesive whole.
A counterpoint to contemporary times
“For me, motorcycles like the BMW Motorrad Concept R18 are a response to a growing need among the motorcycling community: instead of technology, the focus here is on simplification, authenticity and transparency. I observe an almost romantic yearning for real mechanical engineering. Our aim with this concept bike is to address this need and turn it into an analogue statement in a digital age. We have a rich history of iconic motorcycles, and they all bear the same design characteristics. We believe that this can still work well together today with the current technology,” says Edgar Heinrich in conclusion.
Michael Peyton, the former Harley-Davidson exec BMW brought in to run motorcycle operations in the Americas in July 2016, has moved over to run MINI. Replacing him as Vice President of BMW Motorrad Americas is Trudy Hardy. The changes take effect on 1 July 2019.
Hardy has been with BMW since 2001, when she came on board to help roll out the MINI brand in the US. She has been working in marketing and after-sales capacities since then, rising to the position of VP of Marketing in 2013.
The VP Motorrad of the Americas position covers motorcycle operations in the US, Canada and Mexico, as well as Brazil (where BMW has a motorcycle production plant) and Argentina, plus direct market operations in all of Latin America.
The press release from BMW calls Hardy “an avid motorcycle rider.” No word at this time what this change in leadership means for BMW Motorrad’s Canadian structure.
Second custom bike built around the prototype of a new type of BMW Motorrad boxer engine revealed. Series production motorcycle for the Cruiser Segment will be presented in 2020.
The US American Revival Cycles motorcycle customizers presented their latest creation on Thursday evening, 11 April 2019. The unique bike named “The Revival Birdcage” was based on the prototype of a completely new type of BMW boxer engine. The bike was unveiled at the exclusive Revival Party on eve of the annual Handbuilt Show in Austin, Texas.
“The ‘Revival Birdcage’ turned out great and really showcases our Big Boxer perfectly,” said Timo Resch, Vice President Sales and Marketing BMW Motorrad. “Following the ‘Departed’ from CUSTOM WORKS ZON, this is the second fascinating custom bike built around the prototype of the BMW Motorrad Big Boxer. We will also be showing a BMW Motorrad developed concept bike featuring this engine in the first half of 2019. BMW Motorrad will present a series production motorcycle with the Big Boxer for the Cruiser segment in the course of 2020.”
“We admire the work done by Revival, who have developed into one the most noteworthy US customizers in the custom scene over the last years,” said Resch at the Handbuilt Show. “Naturally we want to keep growing. One step we will take to do so, certainly in the US market, is to enter the Cruiser segment. BMW Motorrad is consistently pursuing its growth strategy with the clear aim of becoming the number one in the Premium Big Bike Segment.”
The frame of the “Revival Birdcage” is made of titanium and was developed by Revival Cycles itself. “This was our first time to build a frame with titanium, that alone was already a significant challenge,” said Alan Stulberg, head of Revival Cycles. “Regardless, the frame came together very well in the end and we are very pleased with the result as it accomplished the goal of being nearly transparent. We wanted to focus attention on the engine and that is precisely what we achieved with this completely unique frame we designed. You can easily view the engine and the drivetrain from all angles.” In addition, almost every single other part on the bike such as handlebars, footrests, shift lever, seat and unique carbon suspension components were all individually crafted.
Alan Stulberg’s team was inspired by Ernst Hennes’ record-setting machines from the late 1920s and early 1930s. It took around six months to develop the motorcycle. “We had already dreamed about this bike for years and in December 2018 we received the engine and could finally get to work,” said Stulberg. “I have always been a fan of the boxer engine, but the pure physical size and aesthetic appeal of this prototype really inspired us.” The bike was completed in five months, just in time for the Handbuilt Show.
There had already been a lot of speculation about the large-capacity prototype engine on location. Both the exterior geometry as well as the visible elements such as the push rods running in chrome-plated protection ducts are reminiscent of the BMW Motorrad boxer engines that were built in the 1960s. Just that the cubic capacity is now much larger now and modern air-oil cooling is used. In December 2018, Japanese motorcycle customizer CUSTOM WORKS ZON presented the “Departed” at the Hot Rod Custom Show in Yokohama, Japan.
This fascinating custom bike was the first motorcycle built around the prototype of the new BMW big boxer. The spectacular design met with great approval in the custom scene and even won the Best of Show Motorcycle award, the highest decoration in the Hot Rod Custom Show, in 2018. The Mooneyes Show, as it is also referred to in the custom scene, attracts around 15,000 visitors every year and counts among the most important shows on customizers’ calendars.
Selected quotes from BMW’s 2018 annual report
The Motorcycles business is also clearly focused on the premium segment. The model range currently comprises motorcycles for the Sport, Tour, Roadster, Heritage, Adventure and Urban Mobility (with scooter models) segments. BMW Motorrad also offers a broad range of equipment options to enhance ride safety and comfort. The motorcycles business sales network is organised similarly to that of the automobiles business. Currently, BMW motorcycles are sold by more than 1,200 dealerships and importers in over 90 countries.
BMW motorcycles and scooters were also manufactured by the partner companies TVS Motor Company in Hosur (India) and Loncin Motor Co., Ltd in Chongqing (China).
In view of its increasing strategic importance, the Motorcycles segment adopted the operating return on sales (EBIT margin: segment-related profit / loss before financial result as a percentage of segment revenues) as a key performance indicator with effect from the financial year 2017. The long-term target range is between 8 and 10 percent. Used in combination with the number of motorcycle deliveries as a non-financial value driver, the segment can exert a greater influence on the development of RoCE. (Return on capital employed)
International motorcycle markets Motorcycle markets in the 250 cc plus class generally performed well during 2018. The number of new registrations worldwide increased 3.1 percent year-on-year. European markets in particular developed well, growing at an overall rate of 7.4 percent. Germany registered growth of 8.6 percent.
Increases in new registrations were also recorded in Italy (+ 6.3 percent) and Spain (+ 16.3 percent). The French motorcycle market was 6.0 percent up on the previous year. The US market continued to perform weakly and contracted by 4.5 percent. page 47 Deliveries to customers: in line with previous year’s level In 2018, deliveries of motorcycles reached a new record level of 165,566 units (2017: 164,153 units; + 0.9 percent).
In the Quarterly Report to 31 March 2018, a slight increase was forecast for the full twelve-month period. Due to the limited availability of products in conjunction with various model changes, deliveries in 2018 were only in line with the previous year’s level. The original forecast in the Annual Report 2017 expected a solid increase in deliveries of motorcycles. EBIT margin in target range of between 8 and 10 percent.
The EBIT margin in the Motorcycles segment (profit before financial result divided by revenues) came in at 8.1 percent (2017: 9.1 1 percent; – 1.0 percentage points). As foreseen for the financial year 2018, the EBIT margin was within the target range of between 8 and 10 percent and therefore in line with expectations.
Return on capital employed: moderate decrease
The return on capital employed (RoCE) for the Motorcycles segment in 2018 was 28.4 percent, moderately down on the previous year’s level (2017: 34.0 1 percent; – 5.6 percentage points). In the original forecast in the Annual Report 2017, a slight increase was expected. The most recent forecast in the Quarterly Report to 30 September 2018 still assumed that RoCE would be in line with the previous year’s level. The shortfall was attributable to the ramp-up situation in the segment due to various model changes. The long-term target RoCE of 26 percent for the Motorcycles segment was surpassed.
Motorcycle deliveries increase
Deliveries of motorcycles reached a new record level of 165,566 units in 2018 (2017: 164,153 units; + 0.9 percent), marking the eighth successive year of growth. Effect of model change felt particularly in Europe.
The model change in the mid-class segment had a particularly significant impact on the European market, causing motorcycle deliveries to fall slightly by 3.3 percent to 98,144 units in 2018 (2017: 101,524 units). At 23,824 units, deliveries to customers in Germany were down year-on-year (2017: 26,664 units; – 10.7 percent).
Italy saw a slight decrease, with deliveries falling to 14,110 units (2017: 14,430 units; – 2.2 percent). By contrast, volumes remained similar to the previous year’s level in Spain (11,124 units; 2017: 11,193 units; – 0.6 percent) and France (16,615 units; 2017: 16,607 units; 0.0 percent).
In the USA, BMW Motorrad reported a slight increase of 2.2 percent to 13,842 units despite difficult market conditions (2017: 13,546 units). Motorcycle production down year-on-year due to model changes A total of 162,687 motorcycles rolled off BMW Motorrad’s production lines at five locations during the year under report (2017: 185,682 units; – 12.4 percent).
Since July 2018, BMW Motorrad scooters have also been manufactured by BMW Motorrad’s partner Loncin Motor Co., Ltd in Chongqing, China. Eight new models introduced BMW Motorrad presented a total of eight new models at the international motorcycle trade shows in Cologne (INTERMOT) and Milan (EICMA), comprising the R 1250 GS, R 1250 GS Adventure, R 1250 RT, R 1250 R, R 1250 RS, C 400 GT, F 850 GS Adv. and S 1000 RR.
In the case of the third generation of the S 1000 RR, BMW Motorrad’s customers can now select a BMW M package for the first time. The R 1250 models are also equipped with new engines that generate more power, especially at lower speeds, and help improve energy efficiency.
Motorcycles segment revenues decreased slightly year-on-year, mainly due to the ramp-up situation caused by multiple model changes and compounded by a combination of product mix and currency effects. Profit before tax for the twelve-month period was significantly lower than one year earlier.
The BMW Group expects the world’s motorcycle markets in the 250 cc plus class to grow slightly in 2019. In Europe, the upward trend is expected to continue in the major markets of Germany, France, Italy and Spain. Conversely, the US motorcycle market is forecast to see a slight fall in new registrations in 2019.
Deliveries to customers: solid increase expected
The BMW Group expects business in the Motorcycles segment to develop positively in the current year. Business is predicted to benefit from the extensive measures taken to rejuvenate the segment’s product range in the previous year as well as from the array of new models presented at international motorcycle trade fairs in autumn 2018. The addition of the mid-class C 400 GT Scooter has also expanded the segment’s product range designed for the urban environment.
Overall, a solid increase in deliveries of BMW motorcycles to customers is forecast for 2019 (2018: 165,566 units). EBIT margin in target range between 8 and 10 percent expected The EBIT margin in the Motorcycles segment in 2019 is forecast to lie within the target range between 8 and 10 percent (2018: 8.1 percent).
Return on capital employed: solid increase expected
Due to the product initiatives described above, the Motorcycles segment is expected to generate a solid year-on-year increase in RoCE in 2019 (2018: 28.4 percent).
The long-term target RoCE of 26 percent for the Motorcycles segment will therefore be surpassed. page 89 Deliveries to customers in the Motorcycles segment are forecast to show a solid increase, with an EBIT margin within the target range of between 8 and 10 percent and the RoCE also showing a solid increase on the previous year.
BMW Motorrad USA has announced pricing, features, packages, and options for the new 2020 BMW S 1000 RR, scheduled to arrive in BMW dealer showrooms this summer. The third-generation BMW S 1000 RR will have a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $16,995* (excluding tax and destination fee).
Additional Standard Equipment and Features (vs. MY 2019)
- LED Headlight and turn signals
- Connectivity with 6.5” TFT display
- On Board Computer and Multi-Controller
- Gear Shift Assist Pro
- Hill Start Control
- 4 standard ride modes (Rain, Road, Dynamic, Race)
- Adjustable Clutch Lever
- Cornering-optimized ABS Pro
- All-new dynamic design w/ optimal aerodynamics
- Substantial engine and technology improvements
The model year 2020 BMW S 1000 RR includes new standard features valued at over $2,000.
Engine/Design Enhancements (vs. MY 2019)
- 25 lb total weight reduction from 459 lbs to 434 lbs (Additional weight reduction of 7.7 lbs. with M Package)
- Engine is ~9 lbs. lighter: improved handling/ergonomics
- BMW ShiftCam Variable Engine Timing system
- 205 hp vs. 200 hp
- More balanced power delivery
- Improved HP/torque curve at low/medium engine speed
- 37 mpg vs. 35 mpg
- New suspension geometry: less weight, higher level of precision
- Racing Red Paint ($0 MSRP)
- M Motorsport Paint (Only with M Package: $3,700 MSRP)
- Select Package (MSRP $1,400):
- Tire Pressure Monitor
- Next-Generation DDC (Dynamic Damping Control)
- Heated Grips
- Cruise Control
- Updated Race Package (MSRP $1,600):
- Ride Modes Pro
- Forged Wheels
- M Lightweight Battery
- M Chassis Kit (Rear Ride Height Adjustment and Swing Arm Pivot Point)
- New M Package (MSRP $3,700) – Initial Supply is Limited:
- M Motorsport Paint
- M Carbon Wheels
- Ride Modes Pro
- M Sport Seat
- M Lightweight Battery
- M Chassis Kit (Rear Ride Height Adjustment and Swing Arm Pivot Point (7.7 lb. weight savings = 427 lbs. total wet weight)
- Ride Modes Pro (MSRP $250)
- +3 Ride Modes: Race Pro 1, 2, 3
- Hill Start Control Pro (HSC Pro)
- Dynamic Brake Control (DBC)
- Launch Control
- Pit Lane Limiter
- DTC +/-
- Wheelie Control
- Design Option Wheels (MSRP $140) (Black Wheels with Red Striping)
- Passenger Kit (Passenger Seat and Passenger Foot Pegs) (MSRP $0)
- Anti-Theft Alarm (MSRP $395)
For additional information about the new BMW S 1000 RR visit the BMW Motorrad website.
Contact your Dealer for up-to-date information on availability.
“Destination Paradise” might easily be the motto of the seventh edition of the BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy which will hit ground in early 2020. Last night at 7 pm CET BMW Motorrad revealed that the next Int. GS Trophy will take place in New Zealand – just another dream destination for most adventure riders worldwide. The participating nations now face a busy time, hosting their qualifiers and selecting their teams for this exciting and unique global adventure competition. 18 international teams, plus, as in the 2016 and 2018 editions, an international female contingent will be selected during the next months.
Confirmed teams for 2020:
- Female Team(s)
- Latin America
- Middle East
- Nordic (Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland)
- North Africa (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt)
- South Africa
- South Korea
BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy 2020 Oceania
After the long days on the vast Mongolian Steppe of the 2018 Central Asia edition, New Zealand is going to provide a very different riding environment and experience for the qualifying GS riders, as Ralf Rodepeter, Head of Marketing and Product Management BMW Motorrad explains: “After Tunisia, Southern Africa, Patagonia, Canada, Thailand and most recently Mongolia, BMW Motorrad were again looking for a location that offers perfect ‘GS terrain’. Lots of legal off-road kilometres are required, with demanding route profiles, passing through fascinating landscapes and with plenty of exotic flair. New Zealand is a perfect fit on those terms.
The variety of astounding landscapes from sea to volcanoes to high-altitude mountains, combined with the most beautiful vegetation and the rich Maori culture provide the perfect setting for what we think will be one of the most exciting Int. GS Trophies ever held.”
About New Zealand
New Zealand is located 1500 km east of Australia, in the Southern Ocean. There are two main islands, North and South, plus a multitude of smaller islands around the coastline. The combined landmass is approximately 270,000 sq km, which is slightly larger than say the UK, yet the population is just 4.9 million compared to the UK’s 66 million.
Taking into account New Zealand’s significant urban populations in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch this makes for a very sparsely populated countryside and many regions of New Zealand can be termed wilderness.
Geologically, New Zealand is positioned over the Pacific and Indo-Australian tectonic plates so this leads to the presence of many (active) volcanoes, geothermal regions plus an alpine mountain range that reaches higher than 3700 metres. Seismic activity occurs periodically.
Positioned so remotely, much of New Zealand’s flora and fauna have evolved in isolation over millennia so are unique to this country. This includes the Kiwi bird, NZ’s national icon, which quietly forages under the dense canopy of the island’s native forests – which in turn are thousands of years old (with Kauri, Rimu and Totara trees which in days past were valued for boat and house building but today, like the Kiwi, are protected species). The variation in the landscape is startling and the riders can expect to experience everything from forests to deserts to mountains probably all on the same day. Visiting in the antipodean summertime temperatures should be similar to that of central Europe in August.
New Zealand is also rich in culture and that of the indigenous Maori people – with strong principles of community and stunning arts and crafts – is particularly unique and valued.
About the Intl. GS Trophy
The International GS Trophy is a celebration of the spirit of the BMW GS motorcycle, bringing together those elements of leisure, adventure and challenge that this bike engenders. The New Zealand 2020 event is the seventh edition of the International GS Trophy, the previous editions took place in Central Asia (Mongolia) in 2018, South East Asia (Thailand) in 2016, North America (Canada) in 2014, South America (Chile, Argentina) in 2012, South Africa (SA, Swaziland, Mozambique) in 2010 and North Africa (Tunisia) in 2008. This edition will see 19 teams – maybe even 20 – competing, meaning 54-57 riders, from around the world.
The event is not a race but a team competition, pitching the GS-riding international contingent against each other in a series of challenges – and not all involve riding. With the competitors camped nightly in a bivouac, the event also fosters a sense of brotherhood, sisterhood and camaraderie. Equally the GS Trophy is a celebration of culture and nature, the riders learning about and understanding the peoples and the terrains of the regions they encounter. So the successful team will be respectful of the environment, skillful and sympathetic with their machinery and understanding of team-mates.
Follow the event. In forthcoming press releases BMW Motorrad will provide details on the GS motorcycles that will be used, the equipment the participants will receive to help them through the event, and more information on the participating countries and teams selected.
During the event BMW Motorrad will provide a multi-channel media experience, with outputs ranging from social media feeds to regular written press releases to professionally shot and edited video synopses of each day, full details of which will be released closer to the time. For now you can find out more about the event and the teams at the dedicated website gstrophy.com.
BMW Motorrad sold more motorcycles and maxi scooters in 2018 than ever before. Compared to the strong previous year, deliveries increased by 0.9 percent. As of December 2018 a total of 165,566 vehicles (previous year 164,153 units) were delivered to customers.
Dr. Markus Schramm, Head of BMW Motorrad, said “2018 was another very successful year for BMW Motorrad. We achieved a sales record for the eighth time in succession. I would like to thank our customers most sincerely for the great trust they have placed in us again in 2018.”
With this next sales record, BMW Motorrad takes another great step towards reaching its planned sales target of 200,000 units in the year 2020.
Schramm said, “The 2018 sales figure shows that our motorcycle growth strategy is taking effect. This success was achieved due to the market launch of six new models as well as the powerful BMW Motorrad product portfolio. And we still have a great deal planned for the coming years. Our ongoing model initiative in the premium segment continues. We will expand our product range with emotional and innovative new products in 2019, too. We will also be increasing our involvement in motorsport significantly. In the 2019 season, the new BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team will lining up at the start with the BMW S 1000 RR at the FIM World Superbike Championship (WorldSBK).
Strong sales in Europe and the USA
Good performance in big European markets and the US were a major cornerstone for these successful sales figures. The most important markets – France (16,615 units), Italy (14,110 units), Spain (11,124 units) and the UK / IE (9,224 units) – as well as the USA (13,842 units) once again recorded high-level sales figures.
With 23,824 units, Germany is the largest individual market for BMW Motorrad yet again as the company defends its position as the most successful motorcycle manufacturer on the German market.
Significant growth in China, Brazil and India
BMW Motorrad is continuing to expand in China and Brazil, too. With 7,561 BMW motorcycles and scooters sold and a growth rate of over 35 percent, China together with Brazil (7,361 units / + 11%) are among the markets with the strongest growth. In India, with 2,187 units sold in 2018, the BMW Group’s own sales subsidiary has successfully established the sales of BMW motorcycles on the market following the start of business in 2017.
GS models are unstoppable
For the first time in BMW Motorrad’s history, more than 51,000 R 1200/1250 GS and GS Adventure travel enduros alone were sold. With a total of around 84,500 units, the traditionally strong R Series once again confirmed its leading position in the overall range. The R nineT model variants played a significant role in 2018 as well.
The 18,773 units of the sports-oriented BMW S Series with the S 1000 RR Supersports Bike, the S 1000 R Power Roadster and the S 1000 XR Adventure Bike were sold worldwide. This shows that these three models continue to be an important pillar in the BMW Motorrad range.
The capacity segment below 500cc among the top five models
BMW Motorrad’s G 310 R and G 310 GS models – introduced in 2017 – had been delivered to 24,363 customers by the end of 2018. The two agile all-rounders are thus among the Top Five of the top-selling models in 2018 and are popular all over the world.
Luxury tourers in the fast lane
Sales of the six-cylinder K models are also developing very positively. In its second year of sales, above all the K 1600 Bagger, which is tailored especially to the US market, is proof of the unbroken trend towards large-capacity touring bikes. Timo Resch, BMW Motorrad Head of Sales and Marketing, said, “With 8,306 units sold and a 25 percent increase in sales, our six-cylinder models are among the big winners of 2018 again. The USA especially is an important market for these models. We will continue to increase our involvement in the US in order to strengthen BMW Motorrad’s position there. We will respond to the special market requirements in the USA with a further highly emotional and very authentic BMW Motorrad product.”
Outlook for 2019
BMW Motorrad presents the most powerful product portfolio of all time in 2019 and is in excellent shape all round. Timo Resch said, “We expect to see further growth in sales for our vehicles in 2019, too. We are looking forward to the positive impulses generated by our new products from the R 1250 boxer family, the much anticipated new S 1000 R as well as the F 850 GS Adventure, which expands the mid-size BMW Motorrad model range. Expanding our urban mobility product range with the market launch of the two scooters C 400 X and C 400 GT will also have contribute to success in 2019.”
BMW Motorrad wants to remind you there’s no off season when it comes to buying a motorcycle. From now through the end of December, you can get a $2,000 purchase credit on select new, unregistered 2018 model year BMW motorcycles purchased through an authorized dealer. The nice thing is you can combine this offer with other deals, but as usual, tax, title, license and registration fees are not covered by the incentive.
Take advantage of the $2,000 credit on a 2018 R 1200 GS or GS Adventure; R 1200 RT; S 1000 RR; K 1600 GT, GTL or Bagger; and R nineT – plus the Pure, Racer, Scrambler or Urban G/S. If you’re interested in a G 310 R, you can’t get $2,000 off one of those, but you can get $500 off – which is still a great deal. A brand-new BMW motorcycle for just over $4,200? That’s practically Crazy Eddie-level pricing!
Find out more and access BMW Motorrad’s Dealer Locator on the BMW MOTORRAD WEBSITE and start planning your new motorcycle purchase now.
BMW Group released their third quarter numbers today. Overall group profit (before tax) for Q3-2018 fell to 1.85 billion euros (US$2.1 billion) from 2.5 billion ($2.9 billion) in Q3-2017, a 26.7% drop.
BMW’s automotive segment delivered 0.3 percent more vehicles than Q3-2017; motorcycle deliveries rose 1.0 percent for the same period. In Q3-2018, BMW delivered 39,429 units, compared to 39,818 in Q3-2017.
For both segments, their earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) margin fell – 4.2 percent for the automotive segment and 3.5 percent for motorcycles.
Production volume for motorcycles plunged to 37,172 from 41,443, a fall of 10.3 percent. Profit (before tax) for the quarter in the motorcycle division fell 41.5 percent, from 53 million euros ($60.7 million) in Q3-2017 to 31 million euros ($35.5 million) in this quarter; this was less of a drop than in the automotive segment and contributed to BMW’s overall plunge of 26.3 percent for Q3.
For the year through the end of the third quarter, BMW motorcycle deliveries are down just 0.8 percent, falling from 127,818 in 2017 to 126,793 so far this year. Production volume saw a more significant drop, going from 146,995 motorcycles produced Q1-Q3 in 2017 to 125,180 for the same period in 2018 (-14.8 percent).
Overall revenue for the motorcycle segment fell 9.3 percent for the year to date as compared to 2017, falling from 1.8 billion euros ($2.1 billion) to 1.7 million euros ($1.9 billion). Profit before tax for the year to date was 205 million euros ($235.4 million), down 27 percent from last year’s 281 million ($332.6 million).
BMW Group’s net profit through the end of Q3-2018 was 5.8 billion euros ($6.6 billion), a decline of 8.7 percent from 6,337 million euros in the same period in 2017.
BMW Motorrad Rider Equipment – 2019 Collection
BMW Motorrad rider equipment offers the very highest-quality workmanship for the 2019 motorcycle season. In particular the one-piece ProRace sports suit. The ProRace Made-to-Measure is a tailor-made item with an extensive range of customisation options and equipment variants that can be adapted to customer preferences using the new online configurator. The ProRace boots and gloves can be added for a perfect outfit. Meanwhile the brand new Roadster suit is designed as an ideal all-in-one item for riding at speed in sporty style in an upright seating position.
The Bowler helmet has an extremely streamlined appearance. Its elaborate details reflect fine craftsmanship, as well as providing a high level of wear comfort. It matches the strictly limited-edition Club Spezial leather jacket. Here, the workmanship and details such as the embroidered limited-edition number on the collar meet the very highest standards. The new sporty RaceFlow jacket ushers in the summer. With a high proportion of breathable mesh material, it ensures perfect ventilation of the body and arms – even on hot days.
The Rider trousers are designed in outdoor style, a perfectly functional, relaxed garment with which to tackle strong winds and tough weather – for both men and women. The ClimaProtect trousers are enormously practical. They are waterproof and easy to slip over regular trousers due to long zips at the side – making life much easier for business commuters.
The brand new Flow boots are a perfect match here. These extra light shortshaft boots are designed as a perfect companion in hot temperatures: like the new Dry sneakers, they go well with motorcycle jeans and summer motorcycle jackets.
The range of protectors has been substantially expanded for the 2019 season. In addition to the HighViz vest, the Strap-on Protector and the Basic and Pro kidney belts, the highlight is the Protector Vest with chest and back plate. The style factor certainly hasn’t been neglected either. This is especially reflected in the new Style collections based on the motto “Unique Bavarian Engineering”, including leather lifestyle products and the Motorsport collection. The popular AirShell, Club Leather and DownTown jackets are also available, as well as the Rockster gloves in new colour variants. You will find full details of the new products on the pages that follow. Have fun exploring and browsing!
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The new BMW S 1000 RR – even lighter, faster and easier to control
The new BMW S 1000 RR sees its world premiere at the EICMA 2018. With a completely newly developed engine and suspension, engine output increased by 6 kW (8 hp) to 152 kW (207 hp) (in the USA: 151 kW (205 hp)) and a weight reduction of 208 kg to 197 kg (193.5 kg with M Package), the supersports bike originally launched in 2009 now goes into its third completely new generation. In addition to enhanced performance, other focus points were to make the new RR at least one second faster than its predecessor, create a more user-friendly design and ensure it offered maximum controllability and ridability. Whether in everyday use, on winding country roads or for high-performance race track riding – the new RR leaves nothing to be desired. In particular because BMW Motorrad has moved the assistance systems such as traction and wheelie control, ABS and Hill Start Control to a whole new level; the same applies to the LED lighting system and large TFT screen.
With its newly developed 4-cylinder in-line engine, now 4 kg lighter than before, the new RR achieves an entirely new level of performance. For this purpose, not only was the geometry of the intake and exhaust ports further optimised, the motorcycle now also comes with BMW ShiftCam Technology – an entirely new technology for BMW motorcycles which varies the valve timings and valve strokes on the intake side. A revised intake passage and a new exhaust system that is 1.3 kg lighter likewise contribute to increased overall performance. Ridability and sprint capability benefit from a substantially increased torque across a wide engine speed range.
On the suspension side, too, the BMW Motorrad developers have left no stone unturned. With the aim of achieving a significant weight reduction, the engine in the new RR now has more of a load-bearing function than was previously the case. The requirement in designing the new main frame, in addition to improving ergonomics, was to have the force applied directly to the engine structure via the shortest possible paths. A significant increase in riding dynamics was achieved in the new RR based on the combination of the new riding geometry, optimised wheel load distribution and a substantial weight optimisation. The new Full Floater Pro kinematics in the rear wheel suspension also contributes significantly to the perceptible increase in suspension performance. All in all, riders of the new RR will benefit from further improved handling, increased traction and even more transparent feedback in all riding states up to the threshold range. In short: the new RR noticeably raises the bar on the suspension side while at the same time offering improved user-friendliness and controllability. The next generation of the electronic suspension DDC is available for the new RR as an optional equipment item. Specially developed for the RR, Dynamic Damping Control (DDC) requires no compromises in terms of suspension set-up. This is made by possible among other things by new valve and control technology. What is more, a shim package is available for selective adaptation when required for ambitious race track riding. Four riding modes as standard and three more as part of the “Pro Modes” option for optimum adaptation.
For ideal adaptation to varied conditions of use, the new RR is fitted with the four modes “Rain”, “Road”, “Dynamic” and “Race” as standard. For those who wish to delve deeper into the world of race tracks and motor racing, the “Pro Modes” option offers an additional three riding modes (Race Pro 1-3) that are freely programmable. These enable individual adaptation of the most diverse control functions such as Dynamic Traction Control DTC, ABS and wheelie detection as well as the throttle curve (torque adjustment) and Engine Brake to suit the rider’s own skill level and riding style. Other features that come with the “Pro Modes” option are Launch Control for perfect race starts and the configurable Pit Lane Limiter for exact adherence to speeds in the pit lane. Ultra-fast shifting up and down without the clutch is enabled by HP Shift Assistant Pro, which comes as a standard feature. New 6-axis sensor cluster for an unprecedented level of control quality. Dynamic Traction Control DTC and DTC Wheelie Function. ABS Pro for increased safety when braking in banking position. The new RR is fitted with ABS Pro and Dynamic Traction Control DTC as standard. In addition to traction control, DTC also includes the DTC Wheelie Function as standard – available as an ex works option and now individually adjustable for the first time. All control systems have been readjusted for regulation quality and characteristics. While the part integral BMW Motorrad ABS systems already provide a very high degree of performance and safety when braking in a straight line, ABS Pro now takes this a step further to offer increased safety when braking in banking position as well.
The instrument panel of the new RR has also been completely newly developed and is now designed even more consistently for use in supersports racing. In addition to a maximum range of information, the BMW Motorrad developers paid particular attention to ensuring that the 6.5-inch TFT screen provides excellent readability – even in difficult light conditions. The aim was to offer the rider individually tailored screen displays for different uses. The Pure Ride screen shows all the information required for regular road use while the three Core screens are designed for use on the race track, with the rev counter displayed in analog form (Core 1 and 2) or else as a bar chart (Core 3), for example.
The new layout of the main frame – as a Flex Frame – has made it possible to create a much leaner fuel tank and seating area trim sections for further improved support and knee grip. What is more, optimised contact surfaces and a newly defined ergonomic triangle between the handlebar ends, seat surface and footrests makes for optimum ergonomics. Meanwhile, completely newly developed body features ensure the new RR is instantly recognisable as a new model. This is supported by the dynamic design featuring a colour scheme with two individual characters: Racing Red and Motorsport paint finish.
The highlights of the new BMW S 1000 RR
- 4 kg lighter, newly developed 4-cylinder in-line engine with BMW ShiftCam Technology for variation of valve timings and valve strokes on the intake side.
- Increased output and torque: 152 kW (207 hp) (in the USA: 151 kW (205 hp)) at 13 500 rpm and 113 Nm at 11 000 rpm.
- At least 100 Nm of torque from 5 500 to 14 500 rpm.
- Effort-saving, linear torque curve: further improved ridability and controllability due to increased torque in the lower and medium engine speed range.
- Newly developed suspension featuring Flex Frame, with the engine taking on more of a load-bearing function.
- Significantly improved ergonomics due to Flex Frame.
- Refined suspension geometry for further improved handling, increased traction and crystal-clear feedback in the threshold range.
- Further developed electronic damping adaptation Dynamic Damping Control DDC with new valve generation as an optional equipment item.
- New rear wheel suspension weighing 300 g less than before with Full Floater Pro kinematics.
- Weight reduction of 11 – 14.5 kg to 197 kg when fully fuelled (DIN unladen) and 193.5 kg with M Package.
- New exhaust system weighing some 1.3 kg less, with front silencer.
- New 6-axis sensor cluster.
- Further developed Dynamic Traction Control DTC as standard
- DTC Wheelie Function as standard.
- Adjustable (+/- shift) DTC Wheelie Function as an optional equipment item.
- Engine brake function, adjustable.
- ABS Pro for increased safety when braking, also in banking position, as standard.
- New riding modes “Rain”, “Road”, “Dynamic” and “Race” as standard and “Pro Modes” option with three additional configurable modes “Race Pro 1-3” for optimum individual adaptation to conditions.
- Launch Control for perfect starts comes with “Pro Modes” option.
- Pit Lane Limiter for precise pit lane speeds also included with the “Pro Modes” option.
- Shift Assistant Pro for fast up and down shifting without clutch, standard.
- Shift pattern can easily be reversed. Electronic cruise control as an ex works option.
- New instrument panel with 6.5-inch screen offering excellent readability and featuring a Pure Ride screen as well as three Core screens.
- LED light units all round.
- Turn indicators with new “Comfort Indicator” function.
- Completely newly designed body elements for even more dynamic styling and optimum aerodynamics.
- Two colour schemes for the market launch: Racing Red and Motorsport paint finish.
- Extended range of special accessories and ex-work options.
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The new BMW R 1250 R, R 1250 RS and R 1250 GS Adventure – Roadster, Sports Touring and Adventure in optimised form and in a new drive dimension
For decades, the boxer engine in the BMW Motorrad R, RS and GS Adventure models has stood for distinctive, powerful and reliable propulsion when it comes to dynamic riding along country roads, sporty touring or enjoying long-distance trips and motorcycling adventures to the full. For more than 25 years, BMW Motorrad has used 4-valve technology in this connection, combined with electronic fuel injection and closed-loop catalytic converter technology in order to achieve the best possible power and torque delivery, efficiency and environmental compatibility.
With the extensively further advanced boxer engine, the new R 1250 R, R 1250 GS and R 1250 GS Adventure not only achieve a whole new level of power and torque. It was also possible to significantly optimise refinement and running smoothness – especially within the lower engine speed range. What is more, the new engine offers improved emission and fuel consumption levels as well as a particularly satisfying sound. For this purpose, BMW ShiftCam Technology has been used for the first time in the serial production of BMW Motorrad engines: this enables variation of the valve timings and valve stroke on the intake side. In addition, the intake camshafts are designed for asynchronous opening of the two intake valves, resulting in enhanced swirl of the fresh, incoming mixture and therefore more effective combustion. Other technical changes to the engine relate to the camshaft drive – now taken care of by a toothed chain (previously a roller chain) – an optimised oil supply, twin-jet injection valves and a new exhaust system.
There are two riding modes available as standard in order to be able to adapt the motorcycle to individual rider preferences. The standard Automatic Stability Control ASC ensures a high level of riding safety due to the best possible traction. The set-off assistant Hill Start Control is likewise a standard feature in all three models, enabling convenient set-off on slopes.
“Riding Modes Pro” is now available as an optional equipment item, featuring the additional riding mode “Dynamic” and “Dynamic Pro” (configurable), Dynamic Traction Control DTC, and in the R 1250 GS Adventure also the riding modes “Enduro” and “Enduro Pro” (configurable). DTC enables even more efficient and safe acceleration, especially when banking. ABS Pro offers even greater safety when braking, even in banking position. The new Dynamic Brake Control DBC provides additional safety when braking, also in difficult situations, by avoiding unintentional accelerator activation. By means of intervention in the engine control, drive torque is reduced during braking so as to make full use of the braking power at the rear wheel. This keeps the motorcycle stable and shortens the braking distance.
The new R 1250 RS and R 1250 GS Adventure now feature a LED headlamp as standard. In addition to this, the LED daytime riding light is available as an optional equipment item for the R 1250 RS and the R 1250 GS Adventure as well as for the R 1250 R, which has halogen headlamps.
With the optional equipment item BMW Motorrad Dynamic ESA “Next Generation”, damping automatically adapts to the situation according to riding state and manoeuvres, and there is also automatic compensation in all load states. This allows finely tuned adaptation of the motorcycle to riding states, achieving optimum damping comfort and a very stable ride response.
The three new boxer models now have the equipment feature Connectivity as standard including a 6.5-inch full-colour TFT screen. In conjunction with the standard BMW Motorrad Multi-Controller, this means the rider can access vehicle and connectivity functions particularly swiftly and conveniently.
Ensuring the fastest possible assistance in the event of an accident or in situations of emergency and danger can save people’s lives. The optional equipment item Intelligent Emergency Call summons assistance to the scene as quickly as possible. As before, this feature can be ordered for all three models.
BMW Motorrad Spezial is range of iconic customisation features that enhance both performance and value, available as optional equipment items ex works. The focus is on harmonious integration in the vehicle as a whole, use of the very highest-quality materials, elaborate manual workmanship and characteristic attention to detail.
The billet packs Option 719 Classic and HP are available for the new boxer models, for example. The new R 1250 R and R 1250 RS can also be equipped with the Option 719 Classic or Sport Wheels as well as the exclusive paintwork and the Option 719 seat. An HP sports silencer is likewise available ex works for all three new boxer models.
The new boxer models feature one basic finish each as well as two striking style variants. The Option 718 Special Paint Finish is also available for the new R 1250 R and R 1240 RS.
The highlights of the new BMW R 1250 R, BMW R 1250 RS and BMW R 1250 GS Adventure:
- Further developed boxer engine with BMW ShiftCam Technology for variation of the valve timings and valve stroke on the intake side.
- Even more power across the entire engine speed range, optimised fuel consumption and emission levels, increased running smoothness and refinement.
- Increased output and torque: 100 kW (136 hp) at 7 750 rpm and 143 Nm at 6 250 rpm (previously: 92 kW (125 hp) / 125 Nm at 6 750 rpm and 125 Nm at 6 500 rpm.
- Capacity increased to 1 254 cc (previously: 1 170 cc).
- Asynchronous valve opening on the intake side for optimised swirl and therefore more effective combustion.
- Camshaft drive now via toothed chain (previously roller chain)
- Optimised oil supply and piston base cooling.
- Knock sensor system for optimised travel suitability.
- Latest generation of BMS-O engine control and use of twin-jet injection valves for even more effective carburetion.
- New exhaust system for optimum performance characteristics.
- Two riding modes, ASC and Hill Start Control as standard.
- Riding Modes Pro, featuring additional riding modes, Dynamic Traction Control DTC, ABS Pro, Hill Start Control Pro and Dynamic Brake Assistant DBC, available as an optional equipment item ex works.
- Electronic suspension Dynamic ESA “Next Generation” with fully automatic load compensation.
- Standard adjustability of the seat height on the R 1250 GS Adventure (exception Style HP) as well as a wide range of seat height variants ex works.
- New optional Sports Handlebars for R 1250 R for a more dynamic riding position.
- In addition to standard adjustability of seat height (exception: HP style for the R 1250 GS Adventure), wide range of seat height variants ex works.
- LED headlamp for the R 1250 RS (completely new design) and R 1250 GS Adventure as standard; LED daytime riding light for all models as an ex works optional equipment item.
- Connectivity: Multifunctional instrument cluster with 6.5 inch full-colour TFT display offering many features as standard.
- Intelligent Emergency Call as an ex works option.
- BMW Motorrad Spezial – customisation features as optional equipment items ex works.
- Extended range of optional equipment items and original BMW Motorrad Accessories.
- The new R 1250 R:
- Dynamic naked bike character in one basic colour, two style variants and Option 719 Spezial finishes.
- The new R 1250 RS: Sport and touring character in one basic colour, two style variants and Option 719 Spezial finishes.
- New front spoiler and cockpit cover (R 1250 R and R 1250 RS).
- Newly designed upper trim (R 1250 RS).
- The new F 1250 GS Adventure: Off-road and adventure prowess in two modern basic finishes and two striking style variants.
- R 1250 GS Adventure with new body features such as black-grained lid for storage compartment with embossed GS logo, trim for the intake snorkel, radiator trim with electroplated look, tank bracket and engine protection bars adapted to the design of the body frame.
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The new BMW F 850 GS Adventure: The boosted motorcycle powertool in the Adventure middle class
For more than ten years, the GS models in the BMW Motorrad F series have embodied the premium range in the middle class travel and adventure enduro segment. High-level touring capability, absolute long-distance suitability, sporty dynamic riding and superior offroad qualities are its outstanding strengths.
Following the newly developed BMW F 750 GS and F 850 GS presented in autumn 2017, the new F 850 GS Adventure now expands the premium BMW Motorrad range in this segment. Based on the dynamic and offroad oriented character of the F 850 GS, the new Adventure ideally unites agility and touring capability as well as increased offroad competence and outstanding long-distance qualities. Like the legendary boxer-engined BMW GS Adventure role models, the new F 850 GS Adventures now offers dedicated travel enduro riders, offroad oriented touring riders and globetrotters the perfect companion in the middle class for exploring the remote corners of the planet by motorcycle.
The developers achieved a powerful and emotionally appealing sound by employing a crankshaft with a 90 degree crankpin offset and 270/450 degree ignition spacing. Vibrations are absorbed by the new engine’s two counterbalance shafts. A self-amplifying, anti-hopping clutch not only provides a discernible reduction in the hand clutch operating force but also enhances safety on the road through the drop in engine drag torque. Power transmission to the rear wheel comes from the six-speed gearbox with secondary drive that is now positioned on the left-hand side.
The riding modes “Road” and “Rain” plus ABS and ASC ensure plenty of riding enjoyment and enhanced safety as standard. Pro riding modes available as optional equipment.
The new F850 GS Adventure addresses individual rider requirements by offering “Rain” and “Road” riding modes as standard, while the combination of BMW Motorrad ABS and the ASC automatic stability control ensure a high level of safety. Thanks to the standard dynamic brake light, traffic behind the rider is made even more aware of the braking motorcycle. The F 850 GS Adventure can be fitted ex works with optional equipment, such as “Pro” riding modes and in turn the additional “Dynamic”, “Enduro” and “Enduro Pro” riding modes as well as the DTC dynamic traction control and banking capable ABS Pro. New sheet steel bridge frame, optimised suspension geometry and new positioning of the 23-litre fuel tank.
The bridge frame of the new F 850 GS Adventure is made of deep-drawn, welded components and integrates the 2-cylinder in-line engine as a co-supporting element and offers benefits in terms of torsional rigidity and robustness. The fuel tank has been placed in the classic position between the seat and the steering head, for optimised packaging and an improved centre of gravity. In the F 850 GS Adventure it holds 23 litres and permits a range of 550 kilometres and more in combination with the model’s low fuel consumption.
Sharper, even more masculine Adventure design, optimised ergonomics and increased globetrotter suitability. New, more masculine body design emphasises the F 850 GS Adventure’s globetrotter suitability. A larger windshield, which can be adjusted in two stages, as well as hand protectors provide increased wind and weather protection. Wide enduro footrests, adjustable shift and foot brake levers as well as engine protection bars and a stainless steel luggage rack round off the F 850 GS Adventure’s standard equipment. In addition to the basic version, the new F 850 GS Adventure is available in Exclusive and Rallye style variations.
Whether different seat heights, such as the seat bench for two (corresponds to standard F 850 GS seat bench), the case holder for a the aluminium cases and trim panels, the new full LED headlight as well as the LED additional headlight, the Connectivity equipment with 6.5 inch full colour TFT display or the intelligent emergency eCall, the list of fascinating features for maximising riding enjoyment and enjoying the thrill of the road is now virtually inexhaustible for middle class touring enduro motorcycles.
The highlights of the new BMW F 850 GS Adventure:
- Powerful 2-cylinder in-line engine with a displacement of 853 cm³ and 70 kW (95 hp) at 8 250 rpm and 92 Nm at 6 250 rpm.
- Very powerful, emotional sound due to crankshaft with 90-degree crankpin offset and 270/450-degree ignition spacing.
- New steel bridge frame for increased robustness and riding precision.
- New upside-down telescopic fork plus aluminium two-sided swinging arm with central spring strut for an even more sensitive response.
- ABS, ASC and the riding modes “Rain” and “Road” as standard.
- Riding modes Pro with ABS Pro and dynamic brake light, DTC and the new riding modes “Dynamic”, “Enduro” and “Enduro Pro” as optional equipment.
- Electronic suspension Dynamic ESA as an optional equipment item.
- New onboard electrical system with more powerful alternator and starter.
- LED headlamp as standard.
- LED daytime riding light and LED additional light as optional equipment.
- Connectivity with multifunctional instrument cluster including 6.5-inch full-colour TFT screen and numerous features as an optional equipment feature.
- “Intelligent emergency call” eCall for help as optional equipment.
- Optimised off-road and travel suitability along with improved wind and weather protection.
- Optimised ergonomics, especially for dedicated offroad riding.
- 23 litre fuel tank for ranges up to 550 kilometres and more.
- Enhanced GS Adventure profile due to new design.
- New colour along with the two style variants Rallye and Exclusive.
- A range of optional equipment and accessories that is unique in the middle class.
Download the official BMW Motorrad Press Release for the F 850 GS Adventure. (Requires a PDF reader.)
BMW Motorrad is successfully introducing the product strategy familiar from M automobiles, now offering M options and M Performance Parts for a motorcycle model. With the market launch of the new S 1000 RR, an M package and M optional equipment will be available ex works for a motorcycle for the first time. The range of products available for the new RR is also rounded off with an extensive selection of M Performance Parts as part of the accessories program.
Here BMW Motorrad is following the philosophy of the most powerful letter in the world: M is a worldwide synonym for motor racing success and the fascination of high-performance BMW models, aimed at customers with particularly high aspirations in terms of performance, exclusivity and individuality.
The M package for the new BMW S1000 RR comprises the following:
- Motorsport paint finish
- M carbon fibre wheels
- M light weight battery
- M Chassis Kit with rear ride height adjustment and swing arm pivot
- M sport seat
- Pro Mode
Tue, 6 Nov 2018 14:39:48 GMT