Motorcycle Musings

BMW Motorrad celebrates 40 years of GS models

(July 14, 2020) MUNICH, Germany —  A motorcycle concept that is as legendary as it is sophisticated will celebrate its anniversary in 2020. The BMW GS models are turning 40. In autumn 1980 BMW Motorrad presented the R 80 G/S, a motorcycle which combined two very special areas of riding for the first time: Off-road and on-road.

Thanks to its unique combination of road, touring and off-road capability — without compromising on everyday use — the R 80 G/S became the conceptual forerunner of the new motorcycle category of touring enduros created by BMW Motorrad.

Active cruise control comes to BMW motorcycles

(June 30, 2020) Relaxed cruising with active cruise control, without having to manually adapt to the driving speed of the vehicle in front – already available in cars now for many years, but not the standard in motorcycles to date. However, with the Active Cruise Control (ACC), BMW Motorrad will soon offer this type of rider assistance system, thus providing motorcyclists with a completely new, comfortable riding experience.

Ducati presents new Hypermotard 950 RVE version

(June 15, 2020) Ducati has introduced the new Hypermotard 950 RVE, which is part of the Borgo Paginate fun-bike family between the entry model Hypermotard 950 and the top of the range Hypermotard 950 SP. The Hypermotard 950 RVE is characterized by a livery called "Graffiti" that is inspired by street art. The bike builds on the success achieved in 2019, especially on social media, by the Hypermotard 950 Concept presented at the prestigious Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este.

Honda CRF performance, trail models highlight 2021 product reveal

(June 10, 2020) — TORRANCE, Calif. — American Honda has confirmed the return of a varied array of power sports products, including three models from the advanced CRF Performance line, the entire CRF Trail family (the CRF50F was announced in April) and the ageless Monkey miniMOTO machine.

“We’re pleased to confirm the return of these 2021 models, all of which have been successful in terms of both performance and sales,” said Chris Cox, American Honda’s manager of Experiential Marketing/Public Relations.

Honda announces Android Auto integration for Gold Wing series

(May 13, 2020) TORRANCE, Calif.  — Honda announced that Android Auto will be integrated with the current-model Gold Wing. At no additional cost, customers with Android 5.0 or later smartphones and the Android Auto app will be able to seamlessly enjoy application services such as music, phone calls and messaging. When utilizing it while riding a Gold Wing, connection with a Bluetooth headset (sold separately) will also be required. App and communication costs may apply. The method to update software is planned to be available in mid-June, 2020.

BMW Motorrad extending warranty for complete range of helmets

(May 7, 2020) MUNICH, Germany — The previous warranty period of two years for BMW Motorrad helmets will be extended to five years retroactively from Jan. 1. This means that motorcyclists can look forward to riding even more and have to worry a little less about their helmet and safety. All helmets in the BMW Motorrad product range, valid from the date of purchase on Jan. 1, 2020, will therefore be covered by a contractual warranty period of five years from now on.

The new BMW R 18 — Supreme cruiser with historical roots

(April 4, 2020) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J.  — With the new R 18, BMW Motorrad now enters the cruiser segment. Like no other BMW motorcycle before it, this model stands entirely in the tradition of historical BMW motorcycles — both technically and in terms of design style. It borrows from famous models such as the BMW R 5 both technologically and visually, shifting the focus back onto the motorcycle essentials: purist, no-frills technology and the boxer engine as the epicenter of riding pleasure.

Dunlap Motorcycle Tire has created drag racing tire

(March 30, 2020) BUFFALO, N.Y. — Dunlop has never focused its considerable engineering experience on building a drag racing tire until now. But the time was right to support the drag racing market due to the higher demands of the Pro Street Bike class, where horsepower and speeds have achieved new levels in recent years.

Professional and amateur drag racers that are required to run DOT motorcycle tires had few choices. So, Dunlop created the new Dragmax in 190/50ZR17 size, the most popular size for serious drag racers on metric and V-Twin motorcycles.

BMW Motorrad will present BMW R 18 Big Boxer for cruiser segment

(March 9, 2020) MUNICH, Germany — On Friday, April 3, the new BMW R 18 will celebrate its long-awaited world premiere. BMW Motorrad will officially present the announced production bike featuring the Big Boxer for the cruiser segment.

"All of us at BMW Motorrad are very much looking forward to the absolute highlight of the year for us — the world premiere of the BMW R 18," says Dr. Markus Schramm, head of BMW Motorrad.

BMW enhances mid-range segment offerings with F 900

(March 4, 2020) WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J.  — BMW Motorrad is enhancing its product offerings in the popular mid-range segment with the introduction of the new F 900 R Dynamic Roadster and F 900 XR Sport Adventurer. Both models offer sporty riding fun, straightforward handling, and a unique range of equipment options in a value-added package.