Akrapovic Press Release: New to the extensive portfolio of Akrapovic replacement sport mufflers and complete exhaust systems for motorcycles is an Akrapovic Slip-On Line replacement muffler for the new adventure-styled 2013 BMW R1200 GS (K50). This impressively detailed – and EC Type approved – race-styled titanium bodied muffler is considerably lighter than the stock item [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photographer : Herbert Schwarz and Ramona Schwarz
The exotic island of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean has always intrigued Herbert Schwarz. Since 1979, this founder of Touratech has traveled on different motorcycles all over the world, but never on this large island nation off the southeastern coast of Africa. Since its separation from the Gondwana supercontinent 180 million years ago, Madagascar has [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
Gelande/Strasse BMW's GS has launched a million adventure dreams. This man's became a 32-year reality.
Photographer : Helge Pedersen
It was a rainy day in my hometown of Kristiansand, Norway, when I picked up my first BMW G/S. The year was 1981, and I had decided to leave my photography career for a two-wheel journey to Africa. At the time, the BMW R80G/S was the perfect template for a world traveler taking to the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
This just in: BMW has announced that new liquid-cooled 2013 R1200GS, the bike making a huge splash on our upcoming April, 2013, cover, will have an MSRP of $15,800. That, however, is for a base model that won’t likely be stocked by BMW’s 140 dealers. When bikes start arriving in mid-March, the vast majority of [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
A good friend once told me he liked to have his finger hovering over the proverbial eject button in life, even though he never had any intention of using it. The feeling it conveyed to him was, of course, that he could chuck it all at any time and somehow live “free.” The BMW GS [...]Read Full Post | Comments(18)
BMW has undergone a profound transformation since 2004. Before that time, it was a defender of established tradition, manufacturing civilized touring motorcycles. Max Friz’s boxer-Twin engine architecture had defined the company since 1923. Now BMW has applied all its engineering power to new motorcycles and taken risks and made changes it never would have in [...]Read Full Post | Comments(28)
Return to yesteryear and BMW’s mid-Eighties Paris-Dakar-Rally-winning glory with the R120 G/S body kit from Unit Garage in Italy. Designed to fit 2004-12 R1200GSs, the $5000 kit comes painted, is said to install in about four hours with no permanent modifications to the motorcycle and weighs 14 pounds less than the parts it replaces. “Hubert,” [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
BMW has revolutionized its sacred boxer-Twin. It is not the first time, but switching from traditional air cooling (air/oil cooling, lately) to liquid cooling symbolizes the most radical departure from the reasons that, in 1923, led BMW technician Max Friz to turn 90 degrees an already-existing longitudinal boxer-Twin to create the R32 model. This was [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Retro-Mod BMW R1200GS Body Kit Unit Garage R120 G/S custom bodywork recalls the original adventure-tourer, the 1981 R80 G/S.
I feel a “harkening” coming on… You know, harkening back to simpler times and the invention of the adventure-bike category in the early 1980s by BMW with its R80 G/S. That feeling is, of course, coming to me because of the ultra-cool Unit Garage R120 G/S body kit for the 2004-2012 BMW R1200GS. The Italian [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Photography by Jeff Allen Few experienced motorcyclists take issue with anti-lock brakes and traction control. ABS and TC, their generic names, undoubtedly save lives and prevent other forms of embarrassment every day. That’s not the issue here. Implementation is. You see, for the three-bike “Ride There” comparison test in the February issue, we spent many [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)