BMW Releases Pricing for New R 1200 GS

Feb 21, 2013 View Comments by

Well, the suspense is over, we can now tell you just how many of your hard earned Washingtons it’s going to take to place a shiny new water-cooled BMW R 1200 GS in your garage. If you can exercise almost super-human self-control when it comes to checking off option boxes, you can ride off into […]

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BMW Celebrates 90th Anniversary with New Boxer Model

Feb 15, 2013 View Comments by

What’s the gift supposed to be for a 90th anniversary, kryptonite perhaps? How about a stunning retro-modern café-racer with a boxer engine and shaft drive? Well that’s the plan from Munich. 2013 marks nine decades of BMW Motorrad, and, with this upcoming anniversary model, perhaps the swan song for the iconic air-cooled boxer motor (as […]

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BMW Sells Husqvarna

Jan 31, 2013 View Comments by

Citing its desire to refocus its business on urban mobility and e-mobility, BMW Motorrad has announced the sale of its subsidiary, Husqvarna Motorcycles, to the Austrian firm Pierer Industrie AG. The deal is a somewhat confusing resolution to rumors of KTM’s impending acquisition of the Swedish motorcycle maker, as it turns out, Pierer Industries AG […]

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Company Profile: Hannigan Motorsports

Jan 15, 2013 View Comments by

Founded by owners David and Ruth Anne Hannigan, Hannigan Motorsports began over 35 years ago building fairings for BMWs. The young company then expanded into producing sidecars. At the time they were based in Toronto, Ontario and David and Ruth Anne realized that since the majority of their business was coming from the U.S., it […]

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BMW Motorrad Sets Sales Record in 2012

Jan 12, 2013 View Comments by

In news that bodes well for the entire motorcycle industry, BMW Motorrad has announced that 2012 was the best sales year in company history. Worldwide BMW sold 106,358 motorcycles and maxi scooters in 2012, a two-percent increase over 2011. BMW’s R 1200 GS, in its last year with an air-cooled engine, sold 17,249 units to […]

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Lunch With a Local Legend

Nov 28, 2012 View Comments by

Recently my riding friend Bob Brown invited me (Jim Parks) to a luncheon in Gettysburg, PA with a group of BMW riders. One of the attendees was Paul Mihalka, an 80-something year old rider who has logged over a million miles on BMWs. Paul, who was born in Hungary, moved with his family to Caracas, […]

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BMW Ride of Your Life Contest

Nov 27, 2012 View Comments by

In an effort to publicly prove the enduro mettle of their new for 2013 R 1200 GS, BMW is staging a contest to send five lucky (and experienced) enduro riders on five different adventures: Asia, New Zealand, Africa, America, and Europe. The riders will be chosen by a panel of celebrity judges from amongst the […]

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Project Bike Upgrade Evaluations: Fully Farkled BMW F 650 GS

Oct 19, 2012 View Comments by

RoadRUNNER’s publisher, Christa Neuhauser, asked me to ride the BMW F 650 GS that Jim Parks has done a series of articles on, and to give my evaluation of the added aftermarket items. The timing coincided nicely with my being in Maggie Valley for the annual RoadRUNNER Touring Weekend, allowing me to ride the BMW […]

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Touratech Accessories for New 2013 BMW F 800 GS

Oct 02, 2012 View Comments by

Earlier this year, BMW announced extensive updates to its GS lineup with new F 700 and F 800 GS models for 2013. As expected, these changes didn’t go unnoticed by the folks at Touratech. Half the fun of buying a new adventure bike is kitting it out with all the accessories and farkles that make […]

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BMW MOA Celebrates 40 Years

Jul 26, 2012 View Comments by

Thousands of BMW owners and enthusiasts descended on the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia on July 19-22, for the 40th annual BMW Motorcycle Owners Association “Howlin’ at the Moon” International Rally. The 326-acre fairgrounds were dotted with brightly colored tents of all shapes and sizes as the BMW faithful turned out to camp in spite […]

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Tale of the Tank

Jul 03, 2012 View Comments by

I’m topping off the tank just south of Watertown, NY. It’s 280 miles to my house. All week long the dash of the 2012 BMW R 1200 RT has been reporting 42.1 mpg. I ask myself, “Self, it’s awfully hot out. You break out in a sweat whenever you stop. Can you make it home […]

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Project Bike Part III: Transforming the BMW F 650 GS Into a Serious, Long-Distance Touring Motorcycle

Jun 13, 2012 View Comments by

Part III of this series raises the basic touring capabilities of the BMW F 650 GS to a higher level of performance. Although different riders will have their own priorities and opinions, we generally consider the following enhancements to be cost-beneficial for long-distance touring on this motorcycle.   Touring Enhancements Install Time Retail Cost* 1. […]

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Project Bike – Part II: Mechanical Assessment and Basic Touring Equipment Upgrades

Apr 09, 2012 View Comments by

Prior to purchasing the used BMW motorcycle, we inspected it for a number of potential mechanical issues, including rust spots, fluid leaks, mechanical malfunctions, errant engine noises, cracks in the seat or bodywork, cracks or dents in wheels, or excessive chain and sprocket wear. We also checked for evidence the bike had been raced or […]

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Indonesian Onion Boats and Rusty Cranes

Apr 05, 2012 View Comments by

Mr. Lim of Cakra Shipping in George Town, Penang expected us at his office at 8:45 a.m., and as usual, we were running a little late. However, after scaring a few car drivers, we made it by 8:47 a.m., not bad! Andy Kentigern-Fox was already there, Miquel Silvestre had just wandered up to the office, […]

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Project Bike: Versatile Touring Motorcycle on a Budget – Part 1

Feb 14, 2012 View Comments by

Part I: Acquiring a Used Bike Step 1: List Key Features Desired Before beginning the search for a prospective touring motorcycle, we first established the key features we wanted the bike to have. Here are the 10 things we looked for: Comfortable Seat Height: A bike with a seat height of approximately 30 inches or […]

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