Motorcycle Musings

World's largest vintage motorcycle auction returns to Las Vegas

(January 18, 2019) WALWORTH, Wis. — Mecum’s January Las Vegas-based, vintage and antique motorcycle auction will return to South Point Arena and Equestrian Center’s Priefert Pavilion Tuesday, Jan. 22, through Saturday, Jan. 26, with an estimated 1,750 motorcycles expected to cross the auction block.
The annual event is recognized as the largest global familial-like gathering of consignors, buyers and spectators that share a passion for the history, beauty and camaraderie invoked and inspired by vintage and antique motorcycles.

Custom Works Zon presents custom bike around prototype BMW engine

(December 13, 2018) Last weekend, a new custom bike — the “Departed” — saw its premiere at this year’s Hot Rod Custom Show in Yokohama, Japan. Japanese motorcycle customizing specialist CUSTOM WORKS ZON presented the custom model commissioned by BMW Motorrad. The centerpiece of the machine is the prototype of a completely new boxer engine.

New BMW S 1000 RR — Lighter, faster, easier to control

(November 20, 2018) The third generation BMW S 1000 RR — the supersport bike originally launched in 2009 — made its world debut at EICMA in 2018. With a completely newly developed engine and suspension, engine output has increased 6 horsepower to 205 horsepower and weight has been reduced from 459 pounds to 434 pounds (427 pounds with the new M Package).

Genuine Scooters announces its first motorcycle, the G400C

(November 14, 2018) CHICAGO — Genuine Scooters today announced its entrance into the motorcycle arena in grand style with the release of their G400C motorcycle.

“Genuine Scooters has built its reputation selling high quality scooters that are both affordable and fun to ride,” said Dorothy Hanley, president of Genuine Scooters.

Harley-Davidson recalling nearly 178,000 motorcycles in the U.S.

(November 6, 2018) Harley-Davidson has announced that it will recall nearly 178,000 motorcycles from around the U.S. due to a clutch problem causing the bikes to get stuck in gear

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that clutches in certain motorcycles can leak fluid internally, causing them to disengage from the gears. According to the agency, the issue can cause riders to lose control of their bike, and can lead to an accident.

New BMW F 850 GS Adventure expands range in segment

(November 6, 2018) For more than 10 years, the GS models in the BMW Motorrad F series have embodied the premium range in the middle class travel and adventure enduro segment. High-level touring capability, absolute long-distance suitability, sporty dynamic riding and superior offroad qualities are its outstanding strengths.

Following the newly developed BMW F 750 GS and F 850 GS presented in the fall of 2017, the new F 850 GS Adventure now expands the premium BMW Motorrad range in this segment.

BMW Motorrad USA launches e-commerce site for parts, accessories

(October 19, 2018) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — BMW Motorrad USA has introduced, an online platform that enhances the shopping experience for BMW motorcycle parts, accessories, and gear. The new e-commerce site gives shoppers easy access to a full and up-to-date range of BMW Motorrad parts, accessories, apparel, product information, fitment, images, videos and pricing with just a few clicks on their desktop or mobile devices.

BMW Motorrad presents 'Rent A Ride'

(September 20, 2018} Enjoy motorcycling whenever you feel like it without have to own a motorcycle yourself — BMW Motorrad will be making this possible in future with its dealer-based short-term rental service Rent A Ride. A website with smartphone capability enables customers to select the model of their choice. Availability is checked at all participating Rent A Ride partner dealerships in real time.

Schedule of events listed for annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

(July 13, 2018) The annual Sturgis (South Dakota) motorcycle rally begins Friday, Aug. 3, and continues through Sunday, Aug. 11. The City of Sturgis has published a tentative schedule of events for the this year's motorcycle celebration in the Black Hills.

500,000 riders, concert fanatics, and street-food enjoyers attend the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally every year. Sturgis is located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, only minutes away from Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Devils Tower, Custer State Park, and some of the most scenic riding in the country.

BMW Motorrad announces upgrades and changes for MY 2019

(July 13, 2018) MUNICH, Germany — Model year 2019 sees a number of model revision measures included in the BMW Motorrad program. The models can be ordered from all BMW Motorrad partners in the new configuration starting in August.

New comfort turn indicators for increased user-friendliness and safety become standard equipment. As part of the model revision, comfort turn indicators will be included in the standard trim of most BMW Motorrad models (exceptions: C 650 Sport, C 650 GT, G 310 GS, G 310 R, F 800 R, F 800 GT, S 1000 RR and S 1000 R). Depending on road speed, various reset conditions apply with the new comfort turn indicators; previously turn indicator deactivation was based on a fixed time or distance.