In the latest BMW motorcycle technology news, the BMW Group just recently invested $12.3 million into the Additive Manufacturing Campus located in Germany. This investment will mean BMW and BMW Motorrad will always be on the forefront of additive manufacturing, commonly known as 3D printing. 3D printing, as opposed to traditional manufacturing techniques, allow for a design to essentially come straight from a computer into reality. This manufacturing technique cuts down on waste and allows for new designs not possible otherwise.
As a preview of what’s to come in terms of BMW Motorrad news, BMW Motorrad has been showing off its 3D-printed BMW S1000RR sports bike chassis. While this is not yet a markable product, the organic-looking 3D-printed frame and swingarm are weight-saving yet strong and indicative of what may be in store for the next generation of BMW motorcycles.
The Official Training Partner of BMW Motorrad USA, Keith Code’s California Superbike School (CSS) has just added a new BMW HP4 Race motorcycle to its fleet of bikes. If you’ve ever wanted to learn to ride a BMW HP4, now is your chance.
Competing teams in the Int. GS Trophy event – one of motor sport’s prestigious events –each have their own “team journalist” who has the duty of chronicling the team’s adventure. Their primary role is to report on news of the event directly back home, but often they offer valuable input and mentoring roles.
It’s been two years and we are looking forward to the BMW Motorrad GS Trophy that challenges world-wide adventure-riding motorcyclists to conquer some of the most extreme trails in the world. This year, the International GS Trophy Rally is headed to Mongolia with a total of 18 teams looking to gain top points. Most of these riders will be on the BMW R 1200 GS Rallye motorcycle that was prepared for BMW Motorrad.
Transforming the BMW R 1200 GS
Preparing the GS for this grueling competition doesn’t require much more than some equipment available from the Motorrad Accessories catalog. The Rallye Package includes numerous features that make for a stunning, explosive machine. First, the foot brake lever is completely adjustable and is wider than ever before. This improves control of the pressure when traveling off-road.
There also is an adjustable gear lever that improves control, especially when standing. The cylinder head cover guard is stainless steel and offers some extra protection from damage. In conjunction, the stainless-steel engine protection bar offers additional shielding to the cylinders. The Enduro aluminum bash plate has been designed for use off-road and offers some extra protection to the lower segment of the bike’s engine.
The list of additions goes on and includes a new Lupine Blue color, cross-spoke wheels that are fitted with Metzeler Karoo 3 off-roading tires. There is also a new headlight guard, stainless-steel luggage grid, bag for the pillion seat and the all-important first-aid kit. All of this is made complete with the original BMW Advantec Ultimate engine oil. This oil keeps the engine of your BMW R 1200 GS running like new no matter how many thousands of miles you put on.
With the new BMW motorcycle models this year, BMW Motorrad has done a complete overhaul of the GS models in the F series. Both the F 760 GS and the F 850 GS will have a new 2-cylinder in-line engine designed to add extra torque and power. These 852cc units now feature a power output of 77 horsepower at 7,500 rpm on the 750 GS and 95 horsepower at 8,250 rpm on the 850 GS.
There’s no doubting that Dirk Thelen is capable of setting the bar on any trail he sets out to conquer. The same was true when he was faced with the four-day Enduro d’Agadir. Filled with sandy terrain, rocky gravel and clay mud, this four-time Enduro champion pushed through with the help of his BMW F850 GS.
BMW Motorrad is saying goodbye the legendary bike designer Ola Stenegard as he leaves BMW Motorrad. Not only was he a friend, he was the Head of Vehicle Design at BMW Motorrad. While leading the product design team, he was a critical part of the designing the motorcycle line. One of his most important recent contributions was the BMW R nineT, the incredible new heritage line of motorcycles.
If heading out on the open road has been a dream of yours, then you’ll appreciate that BMW Motorrad USA worked with M&C Saatchi LA to make a new short film that touches every rider’s heart. “The Someday Ride” is a tale inspired by freedom and joy; giving each one of us a new look at what adventure should be.
As any motorcyclist knows, riding alongside your brothers (and sisters) on two wheels in the open countryside is one of the best experiences you can have. That’s why the Big Dam Tour draws hoards of passionate bikers year after year. The tour was originally introduced as a motorcycle tour that riders through some of the most impressive dams in America including Oroville, Shasta and of course the Hoover Dam. The tour finishes in Las Vegas where those who have taken part can celebrate their achievement in the company of good friends.
BMW Motorrad might be known for their role in adventure motorcycling, but don’t discount their maxi scooters including the brand-new BMW C 400 X. This segment is part of a line in the premium BMW scooters which is led by the popular BMW C 600 Sport plus the BMW C 650 GT. This ultimate urban mobility ride is the perfect addition to the mid-size scooter segment and features some amazing qualities.