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 […]

Honda CRF 1000 L Africa Twin – Launch Report

The new Honda Africa Twin is the most anticipated and discussed bike of 2016. Carl Kritzinger attended the international launch in the Western Cape and filed this report. In 1986, the year of its birth, the Honda NXR750 “Africa Twin” won the Paris-Dakar rally raid. It was conceived with the sole purpose of winning this […]

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 […]

Two new bare-naked brothers from BMW

BMW R1200R Brand new for 2015, meet the stripped-down BMW R1200R Roadster. At the reveal in Johannesburg, BMW emphasised the heritage of their new Roadster, the fourth such iteration, harking back to the first ever BMW motorcycle made 91 years ago. Gone is the strange front suspension, replaced by conventional upside down telelever forks. A […]

Speedweek 2014

Last week Speedweek happened on Hakskeenpan in the Kalahari, near the border between South Africa and Namibia. What an event! Bikeroutes went there to check out the scene and found magic. Speedweek is like Africa Burn for petrolheads, but better: a bunch of people on a dry lake with the sole aim of having fun […]

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 […]