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Our favorite Bavarian bike manufacturers are planning for a fully electric future for 2030 – and with over a million of their electric bikes sold to date, it appears that BMW Motorrad’s plans for an aggressive shift to full electrification are well-matched by the current demand for their machines. Source: CNET The report from RideApart …

One Seat Fits All BMW’s in the process of creating a motorcycle seat that could play a very important role in future ergonomics – and we’re anticipating the thing to arrive by late 2023.  The report from CycleWorld states that the unit is made up of three pieces; the first front section is immoveable, fitting …

BMW Motorrad has asked a Canadian metal sculptor to tackle an R 18 in the name of top-notch custom builds – and we’re expecting a beastie unlike anything the rest of the floor has to offer.  Before we elaborate, readers should know that Jay Donovan is more than an artist with metal. Since completion of …

A gent by the name of Peter Nettesheim has what CNET calls “the world’s greatest private BMW motorcycle collection” – and considering even his garden is decorated with the things, we figured we’d take a peek and see what was inside.  (We will curate a ‘spotlight’ of a handful of the bikes…just to keep you …

What do you get when you combine a titanium motorcycle frame with a prototype BMW boxer engine? A minimalist’s wet dream come true – and that’s just what the blokes over at Revival Cycles were going for when they dissected a BMW R 18 and spent a bit of time finding the line of normalcy and …

When BMW Motorrad dropped their 2022 Riders’ Gear Collection, they included a very nice helmet in the rack with the rest of the apparel.  Let’s check it out.  The report from RideApart states that The Sao Paulo Jet Helmet (named, we’re guessing, after Brazil’s vibrant financial center of the same name) is “a basic, breezy …

Two Big-Bore Adventure Bikes Go Head To Head – Who Won? Revzilla has just completed a comparison of the BMW R 1250 GS and the Harley-Davidson Pan America in a ‘Trans-Atlantic Showdown’ – and the results weren’t even what they were expecting.  Before we get into it, we just need to say that the BMW …

The electric motorcycle industry is getting bigger by the day.  With Harley-Davidson dropping updates on their new LiveWire ‘Arrow’ electric motorcycle platform (which will be used in the new S2 Del Mar concept), Damon Motors being the usual elusive tease hinting at their new electric HyperFighter Colossus bike pre-CES and Kawasaki blurting outright to the …

BMW has added a new jet helmet to its 2022 collection. Called Sao Paulo, the sleek, basic design is bound to make you look good.  RideApart reports that the shell on the Sao Paulo is made of reinforced fiberglass of two sizes to fit a range of head measurements. Sizing options range from 53/54 to …

So you’re a budget biker.  You’ve gotten yourself a decent motorcycle – perhaps a solid Kawi Ninja 650 or a Honda CB500F – you’ve fixed it up yourself, scrounged the aftermarket for new parts, and made a hooning machine your ancestors would be proud of.  Still, every money-modest motorcyclist has the ultimate dreamboat kicking around …

All brands have certain challenges to overcome, especially the historical ones. Be it a poor marketing decision, failed product launches, or embarrassing social media boo-boos, it’s almost expected that at some point all brands will make a misstep. Think Ford’s Edsel, ‘New’ Coke from the 80s, or even U2 and Apple downloading music onto people’s …

8-day rides on heritage motorcycles for Costa Rica, Portugal and the US https://thegreatgetaway.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/TGG_LONG.mp4   Previously on wBW, we covered the creation of “The Wal” – a modded-out BMW R18 done up in commemoration of Motorrad’s #SOULFUEL movement.  Now, the German motorcycle manufacturer has officially presented the locations that will be available for the 2022 season …

“It seems I have built a chicken with underarms and headlamps.” Crazy words from a brilliant man. When Bernhard Naumann first began work on an R nineT for BMW, he didn’t start from initial sketches – nor did he sit down and outline the scope, topography, or profile of what he wanted this custom build …

“It all started with a visit to the BMW Motorrad development team in Germany,” admits BMW Motorrad’s latest muse in their SoulFuel series – a down-to-earth man named Shinya Kimura.  “I got to know the unbounded passion and innovative power that prevails at BMW Motorrad. Finally, in February 2021 in California, I rode the standard …

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Walking Up To A Little Piece Of Germany Let me start off this review by first thanking BMW Motorrad Canada and BlackFoot Motorsports of Calgary for having the cross-Canada demo days event. For Calgary, it happened on September 3, 2021, with the first ride going at 9:30 AM on a fairly chilly day so as …

It feels like only yesterday since I covered the new HD Radio set to be installed in BMW bikes, starting with the new Transcontinental. Bikes from BMW Motorrad are known for their premium, complex electronics – so it is only natural that BMW has courses available to the masses that cover advanced technology, in the …

It’s So Pure This GS Makes Me Swoon “Would you like to review a newly-released BMW adventure helmet, Jim?” Simon Armstrong, the BMW brand champion at Blackfoot Motosports (my local dealership in Calgary, Alberta) surprised me with an opportunity to get my hands on an alluring new helmet a few months back. A couple of …

Way down, south of dear Carolina, comes a motorcycle course to Greer, SC.  It’s a bird, it’s a plane – it’s BMW, and they slapped the state with a fully stacked motorcycle course stuffed with the world’s best of the best.  This past Sunday, the BMW Performance Center housed the BMW U.S. Rider Academy – …

Meet Raceward Studios. They’re Italian, they’re curators of state-of-the-art virtual racing games, and they’re about to welcome home their newest brainchild: RiMS Racing. If you’ve ever played Grand Theft Auto or iRacer, you’ll know what I’m talking about when I say that the huge list of options available to customize and pimp out a virtual …

BMW is looking to bring a more innovative approach to making adjustments on the go. They patented gesture controls that will use sensors located on motorcycle handlebars per the drawings.  This new patented technology will get commands from the movements of the rider’s fingers while in the saddle. The drawing shows sensors located either on …

See ‘Ya In 2022! Although many motorcycle festivals in America such as Daytona’s Bike Week will continue this year despite the pandemic, Berlin won’t be quite as lucky (or unlucky, depending on your views regarding COVID-19) as BMW has withdrawn their participation in the 2021 Motorrad Days Festival. BMW had cancelled their 2020 plans due …

In 2020, BMW rolled out the R18 – the mammoth of cruisers that combined retro styling with a 1800cc engine to make even the most American of motorcycles quiver.  Upon the announcement of the R18, it was already known that there would be two more variants to follow. These three bikes would diversify the lineup …

Over 150k Motorcycles Have Been Sold By BMW in 2020 Alone Despite a global pandemic, motorcycle sales have managed to remain pretty steady over the last year. Whether you want to put the blame on lockdown boredom, or good business & sales tactics, at the end of the day motorcycles are selling like hot-cakes globally. …

 Bump Up Your “Brap”! HP Corse – a notable Italian exhaust manufacturer – has three new Evoxtreme slip-on exhausts for your BMW S 1000 XR. Slip-on exhausts can either be a time-saver or a time-waster. Replacing an entire system will often give you the benefit of some extra horsepower, but a slip-on option can be …

Makes Sense BMW’s R 18 cruiser is a big bike perfect for cruising around and enjoying a ton of torque. It’s a special bike and an all-new design based on a massive 1,800cc boxer twin engine. To get the most out of the R 18 platform, BMW is going to come out with several variations, …

Touchdown! Following the recent release of this bike in India, BMW has the official launch for the 2021 BMW G 310 R in Europe locked and loaded with three new color options and some new features (including the obvious, Euro 5 engine compliance). The new G 310 R features a Euro 5 compliant 313cc liquid-cooled, …

An S 1000 RR Naked Dream Come True The 2021 model reveal train is seemingly endless right now, which is fine with me because it gives me more motorcycles for me to get excited for and share updates about. This time around the track, the BMW S 1000 R is coming to our feeds with …

3D Print Me a Bike, While You’re at It Many companies across all fields of manufacturing are beginning to incorporate 3d printing into their building process. Many shoe companies are 3D printing soles, car parts are being 3D printed, the list goes on. BMW has finally turned to incorporate 3D printed components for their race …

This R69 is quite a rare sight to behold because BMW only manufactured around 2800 of them in the 5 year period between 1955-1960. With such a low volume of units being produced and sold, it has cemented this motorcycle as a historic hallmark of the BMW brand following its first production motorcycle, the R32; …

The Best Way To Cover Long Distances Touring on a motorcycle is one of the best things you can do. Traveling hundreds of miles each day to get to a specific destination or nowhere at all can be an absolutely transformative experience.  While I’m of the opinion that you can tour on any motorcycle, I …

Another Great Year for BMW Motorrad BMW really does make some of the best motorcycles on the market today. It’s not that the entire lineup is amazing, but all of the company’s bikes are just nice. They’re good at what they do, and 2021 shows just how great the lineup can be.  BMW added some …

BMW Filling Out the Heritage Range BMW recently revealed five new motorcycles. They all fit into the company’s Heritage line of bikes and look like some seriously good machines. There’s a new version of the R 18 and then there are four different R nineT motorcycles that help provide options to buyers. Let’s take a …

It was Spotted Out Testing The BMW R 18 is the German company’s big, beautiful cruiser. You can expect that the bike will spawn plenty of variations in the coming years. The more touring-oriented version has yet to make its official debut, but recently, RideApart posted some images of the bike. It was spotted out …

More Car Safety Tech Makes Its Way To Motorcycles If you’ve driven a newer luxury car in the after the sun has set you may have noticed headlights that turn with the car to highlight potential obstacles on a curve. With so much new tech coming to motorcycles, it’s easy to beg the question, “Why …

With Active Cruise Control The BMW R 1250 RT is was a fantastic sport-touring machine, but BMW decided to make it even better for 2021. The motorcycle manufacturer has a new bike for the new model year, updating it for Euro 5 compliance and more.  Visually, the 2021 R 1250 RT doesn’t look much different …

BMW’s Other 310 The BMW G 310 GS has already been revealed, but now the other side of the Bavarian coin has been shown. The 2021 G 310 R was revealed.  The bike utilizes the same engine as the G 310 GS. It’s a 313cc single-cylinder fuel-injected engine that’s rated at 34 hp and 21 …

The Flagship Adventure Machines Are Here BMW has updated the BMW R 1250 GS and R 1250 GS Adventure for 2021. These new motorcycles are now compliant with Euro 5 emissions standards and offer quite a lot that adventure riders will absolutely love. The motorcycles look very similar to last year’s models but they offer …

Updating a Popular Motorcycle The new G 310 GS has now been revealed. It was on its way, this I knew and reported on, but now the little adventure machine has been revealed. The company’s new small adventure machine is now Euro 5 compliant, looks a little different (better), has new LED lighting, and adjustable …

Two Small Twins Get An Update I’ve never been a fan of smaller bikes, mainly because I personally don’t see a use for them unless you live in a tight urban area and are in the market for a little commuter to zip around on (Europe, I’m looking at you) – But hey, that’s just …