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The BMW S1000XR: Adventure, Sport and More! As an early adopter of most things, including technology and new motorcycles, investing in both has and remains a huge sometimes consuming part of my life. But over the last ten years Beemers — typically of the Boxer variant — along with three of the 800 vertical twin …

BMW Gets Into the Flashing Brake Light Game July 3, 2015 (Press release edited by webBikeWorld.com) – Braking and being seen by the traffic behind is of essential importance for motorcycle riders. That is why BMW Motorrad said they have developed the Dynamic Brake Light system as a component of their Strategy “Safety 360°”. The …

Your Ticket to Ride the BMW CAN Bus The mystery of adding LED lights to a modern BMW with CAN Bus (Controller Area Network) electrical system is easy to resolve. The “smart” CAN Bus smells a rat when you pop in an LED brake light or turn signal. The LED will work, but you’ll get …

A $246.00 LED Replacement for Four $1.81 Bulbs? Why Not?! Warning: this has to be the craziest, most ridiculous way to burn money that you’ve ever seen. But what the heck — nothing’s too expensive for Acolytes of the Temple of the Farkleization Nation! So all of you cheap BMW Airhead guys who visit a …

The new BMW R1200ST was unveiled at its world premiere during the Bologna Motor Show on Thursday, December 2, 2004. This model will be available in time for the start of the spring riding season and will be the third model of the new Boxer generation and successor to the R 1150 RS. Both the …

Surprise 2015 BMW S 1000 XR Announced Who said the “sport touring” motorcycle was dead? BMW announced a new “adventure sport” motorcycle at the 2014 EICMA show in Milan, Italy today, November 4, 2014. Here’s the edited press release: The BMW S 1000 XR Following the S 1000 RR and HP4 superbikes as well as …

Wake ‘Em Up With the “Neon” Version of the Boulder 2 Jacket Can you see me now? If you miss seeing me on the road when I’m wearing this hi-viz neon garment then there is truly something wrong. Even at night, the minimalistic but strategically placed retro-reflective strips cannot be missed when illuminated. Even the BMW Motorrad …

2015 BMW Motorcycles Announced Plus: Special Edition K 1300 S Motorsport July 7, 2014 – BMW has announced a number of modest facelift changes for the 2015 model lineup. Included was an announcement of a special edition K 1300 S Motorsport version. The new models will be available for ordering from your local BMW Motorcycle …

BMW C Evolution Electric Scooter BMW announced the “C evolution” electric scooter in April of 2014. The 2017 version is now ready to go and a slide show has been added below. The C evolution is an electric scooter design based on the BMW e Scooter (report) previously announced by BMW. The styling is also very reminiscent …

BMW ABS Pro Announced; Retrofits to the HP4 January 29, 2014 (Press release edited by webBikeWorld.com) – BMW introduced the S 1000 RR in 2009 as its first supersports bike and also the first motorcycle of this type to be fitted with ABS. That same year saw the first racing victory by a supersports motorcycle …

BMW Motorrad Scottoiler Kit For BMW F800R, F650GS and F800GS This Quick Look is actually a revisit of sorts with a proven and valued accessory — the originalScottoiler vSystem (review), including the Scottoiler VSystem “California Spec” (review) version. The BMW Motorrad Chain Lubrication System is an authorized version, specifically designed for the newer BMW motorcycles and available through …

November 12, 2013 – The BMW S 1000 R is the new high-performance roadster based on the BMW S 1000 RR (report). Superbike riding dynamics and powerful, emotive roadster styling are the hallmarks of the new BMW S 1000 R. The new bike from BMW Motorrad is directly derived from the S 1000 RR superbike and …

October 7, 2013 – It was 1 year and 5 days ago when BMW announced the new R 1200 GS with its new water-cooled engine. Today BMW Motorrad has announced the R 1200 GS Adventure version of the “Water Boxer”. The 2014 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure includes Increased flywheel mass in the engine and …

BMW R-Bike Motorcycle Recall Models: BMW R Model Motorcycle Year: 2003 Number Potentially Involved: 7,000 Dates of Manufacture: December 2002 – August 2003 Defect: On certain motorcycles (Opposed Twins w/Two-Spark Ignition), the electrical wiring for the oxygen sensor and the ignition lead for the right-hand secondary spark plug have a parallel routing over part of …

New 2014 BMW Scooter Colors Announced (July 2013) BMW announced the availability of three new colors for the 2014 BMW C 650 GT scooters. The 2014 scooters are available for order and deliveries will commence in August of 2013. BMW C 600 Sport As of model year 2014, the BMW C 600 Sport will be …

2014 BMW Motorcycle Preview July 13, 2013 – 2014 BMW motorcycles will have some minor trim and color changes. The new models are available for ordering from all BMW motorcycle dealerships starting in August of 2013. 2014 BMW K 1600 GT “Sport”: The 2014 BMW K 1600 GT 6-cylinder model will be available as a special …

Changing the Oil and Filter on the BMW C 650 GT I finally got around to changing the oil and filter on the C 650 GT and here’s my report. It’s a relatively easy job, with no surprises. It would be nice if BMW had a shop manual though; I don’t know the torque values …

2013 Motorcycle News BMW Motorrad Days Set for July 5-7, 2013 More:  wBW BMW Motorcycle Page  |  wBW Motorcycle Product Reviews May 8, 2013 –  The BMW Motorrad Days 2013 will celebrate 90 years of BMW Motorrad history in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. This year the world’s biggest BMW Motorrad meeting will take place from July 5th – 7th. Once again, the organizers …

BMW Scooter Top Case Review The BMW scooter top box (aka top case) is expensive, but it’s naturally a perfect match for the new C-series scooters. The top case is made by SHAD for BMW and the molded plastic is thick and strong. In typical BMW fashion, buying the basic black top case is just the …

BMW Functional Socks Review Available in cotton or wool-based technical blends, BMW Functional Socks are comfortable, functional and durable, with a great return on investment. Socks are an essential layer but they don’t typically get the same consideration as outer components of the ATGATT (all the gear, all the time) approach. As motorcyclists we spend …

BMW C 650 GT Center Tunnel Bag The BMW scooter tunnel bag is a flawed design that is disappointing in several ways. I’m going to tell this story mostly in photographs (and a video), which I hope will explain why I can’t recommend the BMW scooter tunnel bag. It’s not often that we find a …

Dual Horns for the BMW Scooter The tiny stock “pancake” horn on the BMW scooter is a wimp. Pump up the volume with an easy-to-install trumpet horn. Or add dual horns for a real blast! Here’s how… One of the first accessories I add to any new motorcycle in the stable is a more powerful …

Adding Paint Protection Film to the BMW C 650 GT One of the advantages of a scooter is the open center section “step through” design. But I quickly noticed that the bottom of my right boot would rub against the paint if I wasn’t careful. 3M Scotchcal to the rescue! This paint protection film does …

BMW C 650 GT Adjustable Backrest Here’s a quick look at the adjustable backrest on the C 650 GT. It has three bolts underneath and three adjustment points. The adjustment is made but changing the bolts underneath the seat. The backrest moves forward about 50 mm total, so there isn’t much adjustment. I’m 5’10” (183 …

Checking the Coolant Level on the BMW C 650 GT Here’s another quickie: checking the coolant level on the BMW scooters. The coolant level indicator is located on the lower right-hand side of the scooter, just below the right foot rest. It’s not easy to see without getting down on your hands and knees. The …

BMW C 650 GT Battery and SAE Battery Tender Harness The new BMW C 650 GT scooter is covered in hectares of good-looking plastic. So where’d they bury the battery? And how about the engine? The latter will be explored in an upcoming article, but for now, it’s easy enough to find the former. Here’s how… …

BMW C-Series Scooter Maintenance Several readers have asked about the maintenance schedule for the new BMW scooters. So far, my only answer is “I wish I knew”. The BMW C-series scooter owner’s manual has next to nothing on this subject. Apparently, they want the dealership to do all the maintenance work. I don’t know for …

BMW C 650 GT vs. C 600 Sport Alice Dryden had a brief encounter with the C 650 GT and its sibling, the C 600 Sport. Both have the same engine with the same specifications, so it’s not clear why BMW calls one a 600 and the other a 650. The differences are confined to …

The BMW C 650 GT Scoote What’s this — a scooter? This is not just any scooter: it’s the 2013 BMW C 650 GT. Welcome to the 2013 webBikeWorld.com project bike! It’s new, it’s definitely different and it’s a BMW. Come along for the ride as I explore this “Urban Mobility” device that is, oh, …

October 2, 2012 – BMW announced this morning the new R 1200 GS at the Intermot show in Germany. The big news is that the R1200GS now has a water-cooled “Boxer” engine. It is also the first motorcycle with an LED headlight. But there’s a lot of added complexity, with “fly by wire” throttle, active …

2013 BMW F 700 GS – 2013 BMW F 800 GS July 2, 2012 – BMW announced this morning the new F 700 GS and revised F 800 GS motorcycles. Although BMW doesn’t specifically say it, the F 700 GS will apparently replace the F 650 GS (report). There is also no indication whether the F 650 …

BMW Launches New Motorcycle Race Helmet June 15, 2012 – BMW announced a new “Race” helmet today but provided very few details and only a single photo of the prototype. It’s possible that the helmet is being developed in conjunction with Schuberth, who has developed other BMW motorcycle helmets. Their press release stated the following: BMW …

BMW Adventure Dry Bag Review The BMW Adventure Saddlebag Liner dry bags are big, bold and meant to go the distance, just like the BMW R1200GS Adventure machine that they are designed for. They also fit perfectly in or on the BMW Adventure pannier system. As a soft compressible dry bag, their uses on or …

2012 BMW C 600 Sport and C 650 GT Scooter 2011 EICMA Report Home Highlights of This Report: ▪ Introduction ▪ Hendrik von Kuenheim Comments on the C 600 ▪ BMW C 600 Photo Slide Show From EICMA 2011 ▪ Edited Version of the BMW C 600 Press Release ▪ BMW C 600 Versions and Specifications ▪ BMW C 600 Video …

2012 BMW G 650 GS Sertão 2012 BMW G650GS Sertão Preview November 7, 2011 – BMW had many new motorcycles to present at the 2010 EICMA show, including the Concept C scooter, the six-cylinder K 1600 GT and GTL and the new G 650 GS. This year, not much is new at BMW, so the …

BMW Santiago Boots Review The BMW Santiago boots are typically classified as an Adventure Touring boot, but don’t let the moniker fool you; they can do more — far more. Understated traditional styling hides most of the boots strengths and capabilities until they are worn and used. The Santiago boots are supremely comfortable with hard-to-beat …

BMW Announces the E-Scooter Electric Scooter Concept UPDATE (September 15, 2011) – BMW announces near-production ready version of the Concept e scooter (report). July 1, 2011 (BMW Press Release) – Space is becoming increasingly scarce in the major urban centers and traffic density is growing continuously. All these factors coalesce in increasing demands in terms of private transportation. …

BMW Concept e Electric Scooter The BMW Concept e: Introduction September 15, 2011 – BMW announced the “Concept e” electric scooter. The Concept e is an electric scooter design study based on the BMW e Scooter (report) previously announced by BMW, so apparently they are serious about executing this design. The styling is also very reminiscent of …

2011 BMW Motorcycle 2011 BMW G650GS and R1200R November 24, 2010 – Just a few more postings to wrap up my EICMA 2010 coverage. At the risk of BMW overload, here are some photos of the final production versions of the BMW G650GS and the R1200R. The G650GS is the latest in a series that …

2011 BMW R1200R “Touring Special” Announced 2011 BMW Motorcycle Information: 2011 BMW R1200R  |  R1200R Photos From EICMA 2010  |  2011 BMW K1600GT  |  2011 BMW K1600GT EICMA Report With Photos and Video  |  2011 BMW G650GS  |  wBW BMW Motorcycles Page November 23, 2010 – BMW announced today the availability of a “Touring Special” accessory package for the newly revised …