BMW G 310 R – Launch Report

If you want a bike that doesn’t intimidate with its size, but wears the BMW blue and white, the G 310 R might be the perfect answer. By Uzair Abdul-Karrim When one thinks of BMW motorcycles, big 1200cc adventure bikes and litre sportbikes come to mind. The company has never ventured into the sub-500cc market, […]

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BMW R 1200 GS – Launch Report

If KTM unleashed the horses of the apocalypse with its new adventure range, then BMW followed a softly-softly approach with its new R 1200 GS. So, there’s no full-colour instrument display, power increase (it’s still 92 kW) or built-in cappuccino maker. But it’s not one of those paint-and-sticker updates either. There are notable differences between […]

BMW R nineT – Road Test

BMW got a big boost in street cred with the release of the R nineT. This very customisable café racer had hipster heads turning in Cape Town when Bikeroutes took it for a test ride. So what is it? It’s a minimalist café racer for those who like (retro) customising, but don’t identify with the cruiser […]

BMW R 1200 GS Adventure

What is it? It is BMW’s biggest “travel enduro” as they call it. Basically it’s the R 1200 GS with some changes made to make it a more suitable adventure bike for long gravel travels. The 2014 model is brand new and shares the new liquid cooled 1170cc boxer engine of the standard 1200 GS. […]

BMW F 800 GS Adventure

What is it? It’s the BMW F 800 GS in its adventure outfit. Motorrad did the same thing when they turned the R 1200 GS into the R 1200 GS Adventure. The biggest difference between the 800 GS Adventure and standard 800 GS is the former’s bigger fuel capacity. Therefore the tank at the rear […]

BMW R 1200 GS

What is it? It has been a motorcycle legend for the past three decades, so if you don’t know it, you are probably from Pluto. BMW Motorrad calls this bike a travel enduro, which means this is the type of bike you would take on journeys, travelling the planet − but not only by tar, […]

BMW C 650 GT

What is it? It’s a scooter, but no Passola. There’s a 647cc engine under your backside and, therefore, the C 650 GT is part of a small market segment called maxi-scooters. Together with the BMW C 600 Sport these two scooters are part of Motorrad’s Urban Mobility plan. Where they want to deliver “PWT’s (powered […]

BMW F 800 GS

What is it? BMW calls its F 800 GS the “sportiest member of the GS family” − and it certainly is. It’s a middleweight adventure/dual-purpose bike, but with enough power to hang with the big boys like the 1200 GS. It’s probably BMW’s best dual-purpose bike as it is great off road and also splendid […]

BMW G 650 GS Sertão

What is it? This is the reincarnation of the BMW 650 Dakar, but not much has changed: it’s the same engine and the same frame as the discontinued Dakar, the last model of which left the showroom in 2007. There’s brand new plastics, however, which gives the Sertão a different look. And then there’s the […]

BMW S 1000 RR

What is it? It’s one of the fastest bikes out there; it’s a racing machine, but also a great two-wheeler to ride around town and out on the open roads. Motorrad certainly made a superbike with attitude when they made the 1000RR. This ain’t something for elderly men. Engine/Drivetrain The four-cylinder 999cc engine produces a […]

BMW G 650 GS

What is it? It is a simple, easy-to-handle, dual on-road/off-road bike that is often called a “lady’s” bike for its easy, comfortable ride. The single-cylinder G 650 GS is a little sister of the twin-cylinder F-GS series, made up of the F 800 GS and the F 650 GS. The smaller G is the ideal […]

BMW R1200 GS Adventure 30 Year Anniversary Edition

What is it? It’s the latest incarnation (2011) of the well-known 1200 GS Adventure – with a few extras added to celebrate its 30th Anniversary in 2011. These extras are: white paintwork, a red-and-black seat, bigger hand guards, a bash plate and stickers. From 2012 onwards you can still order the bash plate and hand […]