A 1200GS rider shows skill in the soft sand

Free State wins 2018 BMW GS Trophy

Montague in the Western Cape played host to the 2018 GS Trophy, which saw over 700 attendees descend on the town from 9 to 13 May. Words by Justus Visagie, photos by Greg Beadle A selection of routes to catered to all adventure riders, with some hailing from Turkey, Germany and the Netherlands. The annual […]

A rider on a BMW 310 GS pops a wheelie

BMW G 310 GS – Launch Report

Following the release of the G 310 R road bike, BMW continues its march into the sub 500cc segment with the eagerly anticipated BMW G 310 GS. Yes, a baby GS. Uzair Abdul-Karrim rode it on gravel and tar roads in the Knysna area to find out just how much of a ‘GS’ it is. […]

Hermanus, Baardskeerdersbos, Greyton – 1 day (dual-purpose bikes)

1. Total distance of route? 308 km 2. How long did it take to complete? Were you going fast or travelling leisurely? It can be done in a day, but that’s not much fun. Some of us stayed over in a farmhouse between Caledon and Greyton and others in a cottage in Hermanus. We rode […]

Entries open for 2016 GS Trophy qualifiers

In the build up to the highly anticipated BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy 2016, BMW Motorrad South Africa has opened entries for the 2016 GS Trophy South Africa Qualifier starting on 30 May in Gauteng. Team South Africa in 2014   For the first time in South Africa there will be a series of regional […]

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 […]

Almost 10 000 BMW bikes in SA to be recalled

A 2009 BMW R1200 GS South African BMW motorcycle owners, who own bikes as old as 2003 models, are affected by a global recall wherein more than 300 000 BMW bikes are being recalled. The rear wheel flange of the K and R series bikes manufactured between November 2003 and April 2011, may crack as […]

West Coast, Northern Cape and Cederberg – 2 days

1. Total distance of route and date of ride? +/- 900 km 2. How long did it take to complete? Were you going fast or travelling leisurely? One-and-a half days. On the first day we rode about 300 km and 600 km the second day. On tar our speed was 110 to 140 km/h and […]

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. […]

Somerset West, Botrivier, Van der Stel Pass – 1day (dual)

  1. Total distance of route and date of ride? 210km, 9 November 2013   2. How long did it take to complete? Were you going fast or travelling leisurely? You decide how long it takes. You can ride hard and finish in three hours. Or if you take it easy and stop regularly to […]

The BMW S 1000 RR gets naked

A brand new naked road bike was revealed by BMW Motorrad today. The new S 1000 R  is directly derived from the S 1000 RR superbike and uses the same technology. When modifying the S 1000 RR’s 999 cc four-cylinder in-line engine for use in the S 1000 R, the Motorrad engineers were looking in particular to provide punchy response all the […]

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’s new R 1200 GS Adventure revealed

BMW Motorrad revealed its brand new R 1200 GS Adventure today. The new R 1200 GS Adventure is powered by the same air/liquid-cooled boxer engine featured on the R 1200 GS, with a displacement of 1,170 cc and an output of 92 kW at 7,750 rpm. The stand-out feature of the power unit – introduced last year after being newly developed for the […]