Holy Heimlich Maneuver! Rubén Xaus’ factory BMW S1000RR took my breath away. In race trim, this fuel-injected inline-Four makes more than 200 horsepower and has none of the road-going niceties—heated handgrips, anti-lock brakes or hard saddlebags—I associate with the Bavarian bike maker. Luckily for me, Xaus doesn’t wear a flip-up helmet, either. After my Arai [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
2009 BMW K1300GT vs. 2009 Kawasaki Concours 14 – Comparison Test Masters of open roads, of twisty roads, of any roads.
Photography by Brian Blades They are neither small nor light nor simple. Their wheelbases span five feet or more, and before the first drop of high octane is pumped into their oversized gas tanks, they tip the scales at close to 650 pounds. Besides their big-inch, torque-laden engines, they have large, protective fairings, spacious, quick-detach [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Dual-sports reside in an unusual market segment. Bikes range from essentially off-road racers that are barely street-legal to liter-class adventure machines that rarely get soil on their tarmac-oriented tires. This year, there is a bike that treads a fine balance, one that allows a degree of capability in the dirt that belies its excellent highway [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Amid seemingly intergalactic economic uncertainty and the appearance that the world as we know it is crumbling, it is nice in 2009 to be able to count on at least one thing: awesome motorcycles. Yes, things are weird out there, but with 550 or so models available for sale in the U.S. this year—an amazing [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photography By DMT Imaging BMW’s determination to create an electronics package from scratch for its new and complex four-cylinder S1000RR has slowed on-track rookie-season progress for the German manufacturer. Factory riders Troy Corser and Ruben Xaus struggled to find traction this past May at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, seventh stop of the 2009 [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Riding Impression: 2009 BMW HP2 Megamoto It’s a bit like riding wings with stilts, yet a few corners after you hop on, wings with stilts feels really good.
Photography by Jeff Allen The monster motard movement has bred some incredible motorcycles. The Ducati Hypermotard is one, and the KTM 950SM (sadly, now departed) is another. And you can count the BMW Megamoto among the incredibles. At first, it seemed like a bit of silliness, this whole giant motard thing. What did a BMW [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photography by Blake Conner Screwy as it sounds, we don’t get too many brand-spanking-new motorcycles here at Cycle World. Of the 60 or so machines that pass through these doors each year, almost all have several hundred to several thousand break-in miles on their odometers. That’s why it was a real treat to pick up [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Forget what the logo on the side of the F650GS reads, because this bike is not what it seems. First, it’s not a 650—it’s actually powered by a 798cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-Twin engine just like its sibling, the F800GS. Second, giving it the rough-n-tough moniker of the GS series is like calling yourself a cowboy because [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Surprise! BMW’s dirtbike is here. Who would have thought five years ago that BMW would be building a full-on, race-ready 450cc enduro? Not us. The reason behind this madness? BMW wants to diversify, to hit a new performance-driven market segment, to basically captivate and snap up a younger clientele. The Germans have produced, and the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
BMW’s middleweight parallel-Twins continue to grow. Not in displacement but in the number of variations in which they are offered. Last year at Milan, BMW introduced the F800GS, possibly the most attractive (and instantly successful) variation on the parallel-Twin theme. This year, the Bavarian bike-maker showed the F800R. No tech specifications were released, but we [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)