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BMW Children’s Bicycle Grows With Young Riders The new BMW Kids’ Bike lets riders avoid a wobbly beginning by starting out as a ride-on bike without pedals, allowing children to develop balancing skills until they are ready for the power of pedaling. The user-friendly bicycle has an easy-to-install pedal system and an adjustable seat so …

1994 BMW K75 This 1994 BMW K75 motorcycle was purchased in 1999 with 4k on the odometer. This is how it looked when I bought it. I converted the “low rider” seat to the standard height seat (here’s a page with details on how to do this). Modifications included a Kisan headlight modulator (installation tech …

The BMW R65 Monoshock “Airhead” Here are photos (below) of my rare “monoshock”. It’s a 1986 BMW R65 with the accessory BMW oil cooler. It has all the benefits of a classic “Airhead”, but with the amenities of the later bikes. BMW used the same frame on this bike as the R80, and the modern switches and …

I no longer own my 1994 BMW K75, but I had taken some photos of the conversion process from the low seat to the regular, or “high” seat. I apologize in advance for the rather poor quality of these photos; they were taken with a film camera and scanned in before I knew much about …

Several visitors have written to us over the last few months asking for recommendations on a motorcycle cover for their BMW motorcycles. The majority of the emails inquired about a basic motorcycle cover for use in the garage during long-term storage.  The cover did not necessarily have to be waterproof, and it didn’t even have …

Sportboards – Floorboards for BMW R1150RT   Summary I never thought much about floorboards one way or another — I just assumed it was part of the cruiser thing.  Then I got a chance to ride a brand-new Yamaha Road Star a couple of months ago, and I have to admit, I really liked it. The floorboards …

BMW Sport Integral Carbon Fiber Helmet The BMW SportIntegral Carbon Fiber helmet is claimed to be the lightest production motorcycle helmet made at 1,000 grams, or about 2.2 lbs. Take a look at the webBikeWorld Motorcycle Helmet Weights page, where we have been tracking the weights of all of the helmets we’ve reviewed. A 1kg helmet is …

The Bestem Carbon Fiber Front Fender for a BMW Recently, a confused driver in front of me at a stop sign suddenly decided to try a high-speed reverse fake-out. The result was that he quickly ran right into the front of my 2007 BMW F 800 S (Blog). It trapped my front tire and fender under …

2016 BMW C 650 GT Final Thoughts That was the fastest 30 days ever! My time with the new 2016 BMW C 650 GT is unfortunately over, but was it ever fun! First, a big thank you to BMW Motorrad USA for the loan of a brand-new scooter so I could compare new vs. old! A month …

Updates Make a World of Difference I’ve been following the evolution of BMW scooters since the BMW “Concept C” was first introduced at the 2010 EICMA show (report). The following year, I published this preview of the new BMW “C” scooters from the 2011 EICMA show. When the BMW C 650 GT and C 600 Sport scooters …

Fitting the BMW Engine Guards to the S1000XR The BMW Engine Guards are a good accessory for the S1000XR. The bike is getting mixed road use and I can use all the extra protection possible. That includes the multiple R&G protective accessory kits that been installed so far and more in process. Like the S1000XR …

2016 BMW C650GT and C650 Sport Photos 2015 AIMExpo, Orlando, Florida Also: 2016 BMW Scooters Information 2016 BMW Scooters: Updates (.pdf) More: BMW C 650 GT Review and First Impressions The wBW BMW C 650 GT Blog Publication Date: November 2015 Note: For informational use only. All material and photographs are Copyright © webWorld International, LLC since 2000. All rights reserved. See …

Adding a Locking GPS Mount to the BMW S1000XR The fully-loaded and getting accessorizedBMW S1000XR (review) has really grown on me. As someone else noted, “riding it brings a big grin”…and I’ll add “no matter the road being travelled”. No wonder my F 800 GS Adventure is being neglected. But as good as everything is on …

BMW Builds a Woody BMW announced the “Concept 101” concept bike, commissioned by BMW to Roland Sands. It’s a six-cylinder woody power cruiser, sure to upset the BMW faithful. Here’s the edited press release: The BMW Concept 101 Every year, the most impressive representatives of the mobile past and future on both two and four …

2016 BMW C650GT and C650 Sport Announced (September 20, 2015) – BMW announced the new C 650 Sport and C 650 GT scooters today. This was a surprise announcement, with BMW not waiting for the EICMA or AIMExpo shows. They call these “dynamic maxi scooters for sports, touring and urban cruising.” BMW said that there …

New BMW Entry-Level GPS Announced September 10, 2015 (Press release edited by webBikeWorld.com) – BMW announced the new “Navigator Street” GPS today, a (supposedly) inexpensive entry-level navigation system made by Garmin for BMW motorcycles. It will be available in Europe, USA and Canada with a to-be-determined price. The new Navigator Street supplements the existing BMW …

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 …