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Wouldn't That be Cool? A History of BMW Concept Bikes.
Some of the most influential, cool and unusual concepts to bear the BMW roundel.
<p>The concept bike is a time-honoured tradition from BMW Motorrad. It is an opportunity for designers and engineers to create something beautiful and pure, without the restrictions of funding, practicality, and environmental or sales concerns. And that’s why they’re so striking and cool. So, here is a brief summary of some of the most influential, cool or unusual concept motorcycles bearing the BMW roundel. Which is your favourite? </p>
Clemmie's Qatar Adventure.
Our in-house track day addict is heading to the awesome Losail Circuit.
<p>Clemmie, BMW Motorrad UK’s Digital Marketing Assistant, heads out to Qatar this week for a Motorcycle Training Camp. Find out how it all started for our in-house track day addict… “Having been an avid motorcycle racing fan for years it was inevitable that I would eventually learn to ride. After completing my CBT last August it wasn’t long before I attended my first track day, and passing my A2 licence in April has made me want to try and progress even further.&quot; </p>
The spirit of a legend.
Paris-Dakar feeling with the R nineT Urban G/S.
<p>The Paris-Dakar Rally is legendary, just like the people and machines that competed in it. Joy Lewis explores the early days of the epic desert rally in the cities where the race started and finished. Her two companions: Hubert Auriol, who won the Paris-Dakar Rally twice with BMW in the 80s; and the R nineT Urban G/S – a motorcycle whose design is reminiscent of the legendary R 80 G/S. &nbsp; </p>
Rally talk.
An interview with Hubert Auriol.
<p>Déjà-vu: Hubert Auriol returns to the places of his greatest achievements. What was it like to suddenly become famous while riding from Paris to Dakar and to have such a big impact on the next generation of motorcyclists? And which memories does the look of the R nineT Urban G/S bring up for him? These are the topics Hubert talks about to motorcycle lover Joy Lewis. </p>
The city at your feet.
The BMW Motorrad Concept Link takes new, connected paths.
<p>Big city. Endless urban canyons, among which there is something new to discover around every bend. But it is also the desire for movement, freedom and the possibility to get from one place to the next quickly. With the Concept Link, which BMW Motorrad will be unveiling at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2017, a concept vehicle has now set about to combine the challenges of urban mobility of tomorrow with the opportunities of a digitalised world. &nbsp; </p>
Rock 'n' roll at Animal Boat.
Daisuke Mukasa and his vintage world in modern Tokyo.
<p>The Animal Boat custom shop is heaven for vintage enthusiasts. Here, Japanese customizer Daisuke Mukasa rescues classic motorcycles from extinction – and brings them back to the race track with his Curry Speed Club. &nbsp; </p>
Joyful Racing.
The R nineT Racer in Japan.
<p>Racing isn’t always just about speed and performance. It’s also about fun and style, friendship and freedom. Japan’s vintage racers are celebrating precisely this spirit of racing. In the metropolis of Tokyo, Joy Lewis meets customizer Daisuke Mukasa and his Curry Speed Club. She rides her R nineT Racer through the megacity and heads out to lonely mountain roads near Mount Fuji and a vintage motorcycle race at Fuji Speedway. &nbsp; </p>
A shining light.
Riding through Tokyo with Joy Lewis on an R nineT Racer.
<p>Tokyo is a shining light – not only because of all the advertising screens that make the city glow. With a population of 38 million, Tokyo is also the world’s largest metropolitan area, but it doesn’t have the overwhelming feel of other megacities. In fact, it is an extremely liveable city that is constantly reinventing itself and has long been at the forefront of urbanisation. But the past is also alive in Tokyo and the motorcycle scene is an endless source of inspiration for customizers and vintage racers. &nbsp; </p>
Going vintage at Fuji Speedway.
The style of the seventies returns to the race track.
<p>The R nineT Racer is reviving the early days of superbikes. The BMW R 90 S and its spectacular performances at Daytona and the Isle of Man in 1976 are unforgettable. When we recall the racing scene of the seventies, we immediately think of Japan, where the modern motorcycle was invented and where an impressive revival is now happening. &nbsp; </p>
Stunt festival.
Champion in overcoming challenges.
<p>She was Scarlett Johansson's double for the motorcycle scenes in The Avengers 2 and left countless guys behind her in the Stunt Grand Prix: Sarah Lezito is considered to be the best stunt woman in the world and as such is constantly on the hunt for new challenges. With the G 310 R, she made an appearance in the Park ‘n’ Ride Challenge, a late-night car park race with bikes and longboards. That sounds like fun – and like Sarah. </p>
Park ‘n’ Ride Challenge.
Moving to the next level with the G 310 R.
<p>On to the next challenge with the G 310 R – the Park ‘n’ Ride Challenge. This means: 2 teams, 2 bikes, 2 longboards, a multi-storey car park and a lot of riding pleasure. Curve by curve and level by level, both teams experience the flow. The challenge requires ability, riding skill and a generous slice of fun. Just right for Sarah, Chris, Guto and Sebastian.&nbsp; </p>
"I am a ruthless enthusiast."
Interview with stunt rider and author Chris Northover.
<p>Chris Northover is the embodiment of a passionate motorcyclist. As a stunt rider, instructor, journalist and studied motorcycle engineer, he spends almost all of his free time on two wheels. He became well known after his 'Storm the embassy' video, which actually started out as a bit of fun between friends. In the interview, he reveals how the video was made, why he no longer has any free time, what he thinks of the G 310 R and what all of this has to do with longboarding. </p>
Make Yours an Unforgettable Bank Holiday Weekend.
Sign up to ride in the GS Trophy Qualifier, starting Sunday 28 May 2017.
<p>After the success of the UK team in the 2016 GS Trophy International Final, the 2017 UK Qualifier is set to be one heck of an event. A bank holiday weekend packed with riding, navigating, camping and competition. These two days of riding around the beautiful Welsh mountains, following a road book and tackling challenges along the way are an experience you will be hard pressed to match. For many, the GS Trophy Qualifier will be about great riding, enjoying the challenges and having a load of fun on their bikes. But for the competitive people out there, we’ll be totting up the points and announcing which riders make it through to the final afternoon where they’ll compete for a place on Team GB at the 2018 International Final. The event is suitable for riders of all abilities and levels. The open event involves a range of enjoyable on- and off-road riding challenges, as well as practical, teamwork and navigation tests on the stunning roads around the Welsh hills. Importantly, the event is not a race, but an experience designed to capture the spirit of the GS – the exploration and the enjoyment adventure riding should bring. </p>
BMW: Safety Vehicles.
Official Safety Car of MotoGP.
<p>Millions of motorsport enthusiasts around the world are looking forward to the start of the 2016 MotoGP season. The best riders in the world and breath-taking race action – MotoGP is undoubtedly the pinnacle of motorcycle racing. This year marks the 18th season of BMW M as &quot;Official Car of MotoGP&quot; and once again features an impressive roster, spearheaded by the new BMW M2 Coupe. Despite not running a team in the MotoGP Championship, BMW are heavily involved at each and every round. BMW play a vital role in ensuring the safety of the riders before, during and after the race, which is made possible by an impressive fleet of cars and motorcycles. The BMW M MotoGP Safety Cars are specially modified versions of production M cars that utilise the very latest technology. Similarly, MotoGP teams develop high performance race bikes that are worlds away from the average production sports bike. </p>
"It All Started With A Monkey Bike In The Garden"
An insight into Charley Boorman's Off-Road Addiction
<p><strong>CHARLEY BOORMAN EXPLAINS HIS OFF-ROAD ADDICTION.</strong> Charley Boorman is a regular visitor to BMW Off Road Skills, whether we want him or not... (just kidding!) On his most recent visit, we asked him where his life-long for off-road riding came from. And the answer was worth sharing.&nbsp; <strong>&nbsp;</strong> </p>
The Thrill of GS for All-G 310 GS
GS is a promise – a promise of perfect functioning, reliability and robustness.
<p>As far as BMW Motorrad is concerned, GS is a promise – a promise of perfect functioning, reliability and robustness. The G 310 GS transfers these qualities to the below 500cc capacity segment, embracing them in its own distinctive, mature interpretation.&nbsp;The G 310 GS is a genuine GS: a highly contemporary product with a level of versatility that is currently unrivalled in the segment. It is nimble and agile in city traffic while over light terrain it is supremely robust. This makes it the perfect companion for the adventures of everyday riding. Extremely compact yet mature and comfortable, the GS opens up a whole new world of riding experience within its segment. It is precisely this versatility that makes the G 310 GS unique in the entry-level segment. </p>
BMW R 1200 GS RANGE TOPS 2016 SALES CHARTS.
R 1200 GS and Adventure models named the UK’s best-selling bikes (over 125cc) in 2016.
<p>The BMW R 1200 GS Adventure and R 1200 GS were the two most popular bikes in the UK in 2016 (over 125 cc), while there was further success for a number of other models in the BMW Range, several of which were bestsellers in their respective classes. For the first time ever in the UK, the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure outsold the R 1200 GS with 1,525 total UK registrations, compared with 1,462 for the standard R 1200 GS model. The combined sales of the R 1200 GS models were 2,987, an impressive 1,296 total registrations ahead its nearest competitor. </p>
Spring Clean Your Riding With BMW Rider Training.
We asked our Chief Instructor Ian Biederman for expert tips to help blow off those winter cobwebs.
<p>If you’ve been riding a little less regularly over winter, or your prefer to hold off riding altogether until spring comes around, then you might find yourself a little rusty. We asked our own riding expert – Chief Instructor Ian Biederman – for a quick guide on getting back into the swing of things this spring. </p>
Live to ride.
Ride to live.
<p>Allow us to introduce: Inga Birna Erlingsdóttir, currently the only female motorcycle police officer in Iceland. Motorcycles are Inga's great passion. For her job she rides all day, every day. In her spare time, she exchanges her police motorcycle for a BMW GS. </p>
What Makes a Great Road Really Great?
Director of Motorrad Tours, Richard Millington, cuts through the hype to find rides for your bucket list.
<p>Richard Millington, Director of Motorrad Tours, explains why a simple question doesn’t always have a simple answer. If you had a blank piece of paper, what roads would be on your bucket list to ride? For many people the snap answer is “A Round the World Trip”, which is great but where would you actually go? </p>
Cool thing.
The R nineT Scrambler and a Dream Come True - A Perfect Duo.
<p>Impassioned motorcyclist Laura Antoine travels on her Scrambler from her home town in Toulouse to Lyon. She is visiting someone there who has made his style into whole life's mission, and who – like Laura – loves vintage and motorcycles: Sébastien Chirpaz. A true free spirit, who understands his trade and also has a small present at the ready for his visitor.&nbsp; </p>
"I owe my inspiration to motorcycling"
Interview with the writer Roberto Parodi.
<p>The Italian Roberto Parodi used to be a banker and writer. Then a man from television noticed him as the author of motorcycle books, and he got his own reality documentary. Suddenly Roberto was a writer and presenter. He gave up the job as a banker. Since then, he has been living a life full of adventure and travel, with motorcycling spurring on his imagination.&nbsp; </p>
No limits.
Sources of inspiration and fresh ideas at Wheels and Waves.
<p>Once just a popular meetup for bikers and surfers, now it's the symbol of an entire movement: The Wheels and Waves-Festival in Biarritz, France, is the place to be for motorcyclists and surfers. Amid magnificent architecture and perfect waves, kindred spirits come to the festival to share in a refreshing new zeitgeist that is not bound to conventions. Creative custom bikes are honoured, surfer and skater culture are celebrated. Everything goes. Everything is welcome. </p>
A bike turns to stone.
BMW Motorrad and the LEGO Group sent the GS on a new adventure.
<p>The BMW R 1200 GS Adventure once again finds itself in uncharted territory - this time in Denmark. The joint project between BMW Motorrad and the LEGO Group not only sends the GS on a totally new adventure. </p>
The life of Byron.
From South Africa to the other end of the world via the GS Trophy.
<p>Riding glaciers from the South East Asian jungle to Iceland – for Byron Coetsee, the winner of the international GS Trophy, driving the GS opens up a world of opportunities. The destination of his latest mission lies 11,500 kilometres north of his native Cape Town. </p>
Sisters' Centennial Ride.
A woman realises her dream.
<p>In 1916, four years before women in the United States were given the right to vote, two sisters, Adeline and Augusta Van Buren, journeyed across the American continent to prove that women have what it takes to be couriers for the US military. Today, exactly 100 years later, a group of women remembers their brave driving endeavours and is following in the sisters' footsteps with the same spirit and determination. </p>
Clemmie's Qatar Adventure - Part 2.
Clemmie reports back after the dust has settled on her Motorcycle Training Camp in the desert.
<p>“I’m back and survived my first FIM training camp! So, last Sunday morning I packed my luggage into my car and headed for Heathrow Airport straight from the last round of the BSB at Brands Hatch. Unfortunately, I was one of those people whose flight was delayed by an hour and a quarter, but nothing was going to dampen my spirits for the exciting week ahead. After landing in Abu Dhabi at 2am I nearly missed my connection to Doha, my luggage was not so lucky and never made the connection – it arrived at 7pm the next day! </p>
Riding in Thailand is Different. And That's a Good Thing.
Director of Motorrad Tours, Richard Millington, discovers it’s not all Bangkok and beaches.
<p><strong>Richard Millington, Director of Motorrad Tours, explains why you shouldn’t just think of Bangkok and beaches when you’re considering Thailand.</strong> I have just returned from my third time riding through Thailand. If you were asked to list the world’s top ten motorcycle touring destinations, I doubt that Thailand would make your list but, if it didn’t, you would be missing out on something truly amazing. Think of Thailand and you probably think of sunny islands, great beaches and dodgy clubs. You would be right – Thailand has all this and more. But nearly everyone lands in Bangkok and heads south to the sunshine and the infamous tourist destinations – they are all going the wrong way. </p>
Four Decades of Safety.
BMW Motorrad first made its own helmets in 1976. How far have they come in 40 years?
<p>Next year, BMW Motorrad’s first ever helmet turns 40 years old. BMW was the first motorcycle manufacturer to design and create its own helmets. A wide collection of BMW Rider Equipment and BMW Motorrad Motorcycle Accessories are available, offering clothing, luggage and accessories suitable for riders of every model in the BMW Range. So just how far have they come? </p>
Inside Maria Costello's Women Only Track.
It was about time this thrill-seeking off-roader headed to the track.
<p><em>Squash Falconer has climbed Aconcagua in Argentina, summited Cho Oyu in Tibet. She once rode a motorbike to France, scaled Mt Blanc and then flew from the summit, all in a normal day for Squash! Her numerous adventures often involve bikes, but they’re usually a bit more off-road orientated, so it was about time she hit the track.</em> </p>
Iddon Doubles Up.
Fantastic performance from Christian Iddon #24 at Brands Hatch.
<p>British Superbike Race 1 saw Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) make a solid start and attach himself to Haslam, Ellison and Mossey from the off. The S 1000 RR rider was steady in fourth, riding well within himself. His fourth would soon become third as Ellison slid out of the lead.&nbsp;Further down, Peter Hickman (Smith’s BMW) again fought his way through the field to establish himself as the second fastest BMW. Much of his race was spent holding off former champion Brookes and chasing down Irwin. </p>
Motorrad Stories of 2015 Adventure Winner.
Read the story of Graham’s epic Alaskan adventure in his own words.
<p>“Alaska in August was… hot. Especially in full biker gear unwrapping the metres of plastic swathing my 1982 BMW R 80 ST, fresh from its packing crate, in the parking lot of the Fed-Ex building at Anchorage airport. Eighteen months previously I’d started prepping the bike (that is, completely rebuilding it) to fulfil my dream of riding the James W. Dalton Highway (the ‘Haul Road’), in the far north of this huge and sparsely populated state of the USA. The road is now famous all over the world from the TV series ‘Ice Road Truckers’. Due to the remoteness and often severe weather, it is recommended that motorcyclists do not ride this road alone, so I had originally booked to do this part of my trip with a tour company before going solo for the rest. Unfortunately they cancelled the 2015 tour, so I decided “what the hell, just do it”, and decided to ride this iconic road alone. Before travelling north to the Dalton Highway, I rode south from Anchorage down to the very end of the Kenai Peninsula and a stop at the Homer Spit campground. </p>
BMW Sweeps the Macau GP Podium.
Macau's 50th Grand Prix proved to be the best year yet for BMW Motorrad.
<p>The 50th Macau Grand Prix proved to be the best yet for BMW Motorrad as Peter Hickman led a BMW-podium lockout.&nbsp;Macau has always been the traditional end of season race for much of the racing world, one last big battle before the winter break. It carried on this tradition in 2016, once again producing a thrilling battle for victory for those race fans looking for one last big-bike battle. Heading into the race, Peter Hickman on the Bathams/SMT BMW was a clear favourite after achieving his first win at the circuit in 2015. But it was Martin Jessopp who, on the Riders BMW, claimed pole position, the BSB regular keen to break his win-less run at the Far Eastern track. With Macau specialist Michael Rutter taking the third spot on the grid, the 12-lap race was sure to be the usual thrilling affair. </p>
BMW in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
The mecca for BMW motorrad fans.
<p>Lottie, BMW Motorrad UK's Digital Marketing Manager, and Tom, a Motorcycle Marketing Assistant, both made their first visit to the now-legendary BMW Motorrad Days festival in Germany. If you've ever thought about making a trip to the biggest celebration of all things BMW Motorrad (but have wondered what actually takes place) then read on. </p>
Top Three Start for BMW as BSB Begins in 2017.
A solid weekend of results for BMW Motorrad UK at the season opener.
<p>Christian Iddon led a solid weekend of British Superbike results for BMW Motorrad, claiming a podium in Race 1 and third in the championship standings. A resurfaced Donington Park threw up challenges all weekend for the British Superbike championship, bumps throughout Craner Curves catching a number of riders out. Iddon was one of the many fallers at the iconic section of tarmac – fortunately doing so before racing began. The first race of the 2017 British Superbike season was a war of attrition, only 16 riders finishing the race. Unfortunately neither Lee Jackson (Smiths Racing) nor Michael Rutter (Bathams BMW) were able to make the race start. </p>
Guide to Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016.
Everything you need to know about Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016.
<p>If you’ve never been to Goodwood, imagine this: <em>You’ve parked some cars and motorbikes on your lawn and you’ve invited your mates to race up your driveway in some classic race cars.</em> Well, if your name is Lord March and you own the vast historic Goodwood Estate in Chichester, that becomes a far more appealing concept. Especially when the ‘driveway’ is a legendary 1.2-mile long uphill tarmac ribbon that's hosted the most iconic cars and drivers in the world... </p>
Refined Roadster - R nineT.
BMW Motorrad launched the R nineT in 2013.
<p>When BMW Motorrad launched the R nineT in 2013, it was clearly more than just a roadster based on a classic role model. From the outset, the R nineT combined classic motorcycle design and modern technology with sophisticated craftsmanship, as demonstrated by the aluminium fuel tank with brushed side surfaces, for example. In numerous components, the model also reflected the R nineT team's fond attention to detail. The new R nineT likewise radiates this boutique manufacturing character, supported by a range of optimised features. </p>
Conquering the Roads.
BMW Motorrad Wins Two TT Races.
<p>The Isle of Man TT is arguably the most renowned road race in the world. Attracting thousands of visitors from all over the world, this small island in the Irish Sea is the place to come to see bikes travelling at speeds approaching 200 mph on closed public roads. This year, after a week of practice sessions, racing got under way on Saturday 4th June with the RST Superbike race.&nbsp; </p>
2017 Test Ride Tour.
Join us on our Test Ride Tour! We'll be bringing a variety of bikes to various locations in England and Scotland.
<p>Last year saw the Test Ride Truck roll out to various locations across the UK proving a huge success. We saw hundreds of you test ride our bikes at hotspots, enjoying everything from the c evolution up to the BMW R1200 GSA. This year the Test Ride Truck is back and it's bigger and better than ever. We'll be hitting more locations and be able to get you on even more bikes. The Test Ride Truck will make a welcome return in Scotland, carrying a more diverse collections of bikes than ever before. </p>
It's All About The Data.
What can the telemetry system on the BMW S 1000 RR superbike tell us about racing at the ultra-fast North West 200?
<p>The North West 200 is one of the fastest races held anywhere in the world where 200mph slipstreaming is just a part of the racing and the BMW S 1000 RR has just enjoyed a hugely successful weekend of races at the 2017 event. We sat down with Tyco BMW’s Technical Support expert Stewart Johnstone to run through a full lap of the event using the data collected by the highly-sophisticated telemetry system on the Superstock version ridden by 21 times North West 200 winner Alastair Seeley. </p>
Living the Dream - From Rookie to Rider.
One newly-qualified rider recounts their journey through BMW Rider Training.
<p>I guess it started in the early 1980s. After decades of admiring and longing for the various generations of BMW RTs, I decided the time had come to live the dream. And who better than BMW Rider Training in Royston to get me there? That was how, after doing my detailed homework on training providers, I ended up at BMW Rider Training in Royston. To be honest it was a bit of a gamble. Would I even like it? Would I be able to learn new skills, or would I be too entrenched in the way I do things? Maybe it would be a nice distraction for a few days, and finally I’d put the idea to rest? Maybe I would decide I didn't like road riding, maybe my dyslexia would impact my learning, or maybe I would just fail. </p>
"Everything around us was once designed".
Interview with designer Stephen Kenn about vintage in the modern look.
<p>Designer Stephen Kenn is known for his minimalistic, puristic work. His philosophy: authentic vintage materials with a modern design style. The Californian's "Inheritance Collection" demonstrates particularly impressively how he reduces simple seating furniture down and then stylishly combines it with high-quality vintage materials. Because he is convinced: good design should have the simplest and most functional form and the materials used should carry history and the past into the here and now.</p>
"A routine day is definitely not for me."
Interview with customizer Hayden Roberts.
<p>Hayden Roberts lives in Long Beach, California. Here, he co-founded the renowned customizing workshop Hell On Wheels MC. This is also where the name for his vintage motorcycle race came from – all over the world. Because when Hayden is not tinkering with bikes, he is organising races. And because these are always just one big party, he is also known as "Chief Party Planner". A born entertainer and absolutely obsessed with motorcycles – a magnificent mix. </p>
The Great Escape.
VISION NEXT 100: the motorcycle of the future.
<p>Glasses in place of a helmet, smart clothing, full balance without a kickstand: Only three of the many inventions that could become standards for riding a motorcycle and add a new dimension to the sense of freedom in an increasingly digitised world. And the best thing about it: this vision vehicle is already here. Introducing the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100. </p>
And on and on.
The world has no limits.
<p>Pack your bags and embark on a journey into the unknown. We are curious and know that adventure awaits around every corner. Every mile reveals the undiscovered, every second lends us new perspectives, and every sight ingrains a picture in our memory. We grow with every experience, every friendship, and every adventure – that's the #spiritofGS. Get to know the people behind the &quot;spirit of GS&quot;. Try out the GS yourself or experience GS Action at GS Experience. And for all those who are currently in the middle of an adventure, tell us about it and share it with us under #spiritofGS. </p>
Conquering the Roads.
BMW domination at the Isle of Man TT.
<p>The Isle of Man TT is arguably the most renowned road race in the world. Attracting thousands of visitors from all over the world, this small island in the Irish Sea is the place to come to see bikes travelling at speeds approaching 200 mph on closed public roads. This year, after a week of practice sessions, racing got under way on Saturday 3rd June with the RST Superbike race.&nbsp; </p>
Clemmie's Qatar Adventure.
Our in-house track day addict is heading to the awesome Losail Circuit.
<p>Clemmie, BMW Motorrad UK’s Digital Marketing Assistant, heads out to Qatar this week for a Motorcycle Training Camp. Find out how it all started for our in-house track day addict… “Having been an avid motorcycle racing fan for years it was inevitable that I would eventually learn to ride. After completing my CBT last August it wasn’t long before I attended my first track day, and passing my A2 licence in April has made me want to try and progress even further.&quot; </p>
BMW: Safety Vehicles.
Official Safety Car of MotoGP.
<p>Millions of motorsport enthusiasts around the world are looking forward to the start of the 2016 MotoGP season. The best riders in the world and breath-taking race action – MotoGP is undoubtedly the pinnacle of motorcycle racing. This year marks the 18th season of BMW M as &quot;Official Car of MotoGP&quot; and once again features an impressive roster, spearheaded by the new BMW M2 Coupe. Despite not running a team in the MotoGP Championship, BMW are heavily involved at each and every round. BMW play a vital role in ensuring the safety of the riders before, during and after the race, which is made possible by an impressive fleet of cars and motorcycles. The BMW M MotoGP Safety Cars are specially modified versions of production M cars that utilise the very latest technology. Similarly, MotoGP teams develop high performance race bikes that are worlds away from the average production sports bike. </p>
Clemmie's Qatar Adventure - Part 2.
Clemmie reports back after the dust has settled on her Motorcycle Training Camp in the desert.
<p>“I’m back and survived my first FIM training camp! So, last Sunday morning I packed my luggage into my car and headed for Heathrow Airport straight from the last round of the BSB at Brands Hatch. Unfortunately, I was one of those people whose flight was delayed by an hour and a quarter, but nothing was going to dampen my spirits for the exciting week ahead. After landing in Abu Dhabi at 2am I nearly missed my connection to Doha, my luggage was not so lucky and never made the connection – it arrived at 7pm the next day! </p>
Four Decades of Safety.
BMW Motorrad first made its own helmets in 1976. How far have they come in 40 years?
<p>Next year, BMW Motorrad’s first ever helmet turns 40 years old. BMW was the first motorcycle manufacturer to design and create its own helmets. A wide collection of BMW Rider Equipment and BMW Motorrad Motorcycle Accessories are available, offering clothing, luggage and accessories suitable for riders of every model in the BMW Range. So just how far have they come? </p>
Inside Maria Costello's Women Only Track.
It was about time this thrill-seeking off-roader headed to the track.
<p><em>Squash Falconer has climbed Aconcagua in Argentina, summited Cho Oyu in Tibet. She once rode a motorbike to France, scaled Mt Blanc and then flew from the summit, all in a normal day for Squash! Her numerous adventures often involve bikes, but they’re usually a bit more off-road orientated, so it was about time she hit the track.</em> </p>
Iddon Doubles Up.
Fantastic performance from Christian Iddon #24 at Brands Hatch.
<p>British Superbike Race 1 saw Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) make a solid start and attach himself to Haslam, Ellison and Mossey from the off. The S 1000 RR rider was steady in fourth, riding well within himself. His fourth would soon become third as Ellison slid out of the lead.&nbsp;Further down, Peter Hickman (Smith’s BMW) again fought his way through the field to establish himself as the second fastest BMW. Much of his race was spent holding off former champion Brookes and chasing down Irwin. </p>
BMW Sweeps the Macau GP Podium.
Macau's 50th Grand Prix proved to be the best year yet for BMW Motorrad.
<p>The 50th Macau Grand Prix proved to be the best yet for BMW Motorrad as Peter Hickman led a BMW-podium lockout.&nbsp;Macau has always been the traditional end of season race for much of the racing world, one last big battle before the winter break. It carried on this tradition in 2016, once again producing a thrilling battle for victory for those race fans looking for one last big-bike battle. Heading into the race, Peter Hickman on the Bathams/SMT BMW was a clear favourite after achieving his first win at the circuit in 2015. But it was Martin Jessopp who, on the Riders BMW, claimed pole position, the BSB regular keen to break his win-less run at the Far Eastern track. With Macau specialist Michael Rutter taking the third spot on the grid, the 12-lap race was sure to be the usual thrilling affair. </p>
Top Three Start for BMW as BSB Begins in 2017.
A solid weekend of results for BMW Motorrad UK at the season opener.
<p>Christian Iddon led a solid weekend of British Superbike results for BMW Motorrad, claiming a podium in Race 1 and third in the championship standings. A resurfaced Donington Park threw up challenges all weekend for the British Superbike championship, bumps throughout Craner Curves catching a number of riders out. Iddon was one of the many fallers at the iconic section of tarmac – fortunately doing so before racing began. The first race of the 2017 British Superbike season was a war of attrition, only 16 riders finishing the race. Unfortunately neither Lee Jackson (Smiths Racing) nor Michael Rutter (Bathams BMW) were able to make the race start. </p>
Guide to Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016.
Everything you need to know about Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016.
<p>If you’ve never been to Goodwood, imagine this: <em>You’ve parked some cars and motorbikes on your lawn and you’ve invited your mates to race up your driveway in some classic race cars.</em> Well, if your name is Lord March and you own the vast historic Goodwood Estate in Chichester, that becomes a far more appealing concept. Especially when the ‘driveway’ is a legendary 1.2-mile long uphill tarmac ribbon that's hosted the most iconic cars and drivers in the world... </p>
Conquering the Roads.
BMW Motorrad Wins Two TT Races.
<p>The Isle of Man TT is arguably the most renowned road race in the world. Attracting thousands of visitors from all over the world, this small island in the Irish Sea is the place to come to see bikes travelling at speeds approaching 200 mph on closed public roads. This year, after a week of practice sessions, racing got under way on Saturday 4th June with the RST Superbike race.&nbsp; </p>
2017 Test Ride Tour.
Join us on our Test Ride Tour! We'll be bringing a variety of bikes to various locations in England and Scotland.
<p>Last year saw the Test Ride Truck roll out to various locations across the UK proving a huge success. We saw hundreds of you test ride our bikes at hotspots, enjoying everything from the c evolution up to the BMW R1200 GSA. This year the Test Ride Truck is back and it's bigger and better than ever. We'll be hitting more locations and be able to get you on even more bikes. The Test Ride Truck will make a welcome return in Scotland, carrying a more diverse collections of bikes than ever before. </p>
It's All About The Data.
What can the telemetry system on the BMW S 1000 RR superbike tell us about racing at the ultra-fast North West 200?
<p>The North West 200 is one of the fastest races held anywhere in the world where 200mph slipstreaming is just a part of the racing and the BMW S 1000 RR has just enjoyed a hugely successful weekend of races at the 2017 event. We sat down with Tyco BMW’s Technical Support expert Stewart Johnstone to run through a full lap of the event using the data collected by the highly-sophisticated telemetry system on the Superstock version ridden by 21 times North West 200 winner Alastair Seeley. </p>
Wouldn't That be Cool? A History of BMW Concept Bikes.
Some of the most influential, cool and unusual concepts to bear the BMW roundel.
<p>The concept bike is a time-honoured tradition from BMW Motorrad. It is an opportunity for designers and engineers to create something beautiful and pure, without the restrictions of funding, practicality, and environmental or sales concerns. And that’s why they’re so striking and cool. So, here is a brief summary of some of the most influential, cool or unusual concept motorcycles bearing the BMW roundel. Which is your favourite? </p>
Stunt festival.
Champion in overcoming challenges.
<p>She was Scarlett Johansson's double for the motorcycle scenes in The Avengers 2 and left countless guys behind her in the Stunt Grand Prix: Sarah Lezito is considered to be the best stunt woman in the world and as such is constantly on the hunt for new challenges. With the G 310 R, she made an appearance in the Park ‘n’ Ride Challenge, a late-night car park race with bikes and longboards. That sounds like fun – and like Sarah. </p>
"I am a ruthless enthusiast."
Interview with stunt rider and author Chris Northover.
<p>Chris Northover is the embodiment of a passionate motorcyclist. As a stunt rider, instructor, journalist and studied motorcycle engineer, he spends almost all of his free time on two wheels. He became well known after his 'Storm the embassy' video, which actually started out as a bit of fun between friends. In the interview, he reveals how the video was made, why he no longer has any free time, what he thinks of the G 310 R and what all of this has to do with longboarding. </p>
Spring Clean Your Riding With BMW Rider Training.
We asked our Chief Instructor Ian Biederman for expert tips to help blow off those winter cobwebs.
<p>If you’ve been riding a little less regularly over winter, or your prefer to hold off riding altogether until spring comes around, then you might find yourself a little rusty. We asked our own riding expert – Chief Instructor Ian Biederman – for a quick guide on getting back into the swing of things this spring. </p>
Four Decades of Safety.
BMW Motorrad first made its own helmets in 1976. How far have they come in 40 years?
<p>Next year, BMW Motorrad’s first ever helmet turns 40 years old. BMW was the first motorcycle manufacturer to design and create its own helmets. A wide collection of BMW Rider Equipment and BMW Motorrad Motorcycle Accessories are available, offering clothing, luggage and accessories suitable for riders of every model in the BMW Range. So just how far have they come? </p>
2017 Test Ride Tour.
Join us on our Test Ride Tour! We'll be bringing a variety of bikes to various locations in England and Scotland.
<p>Last year saw the Test Ride Truck roll out to various locations across the UK proving a huge success. We saw hundreds of you test ride our bikes at hotspots, enjoying everything from the c evolution up to the BMW R1200 GSA. This year the Test Ride Truck is back and it's bigger and better than ever. We'll be hitting more locations and be able to get you on even more bikes. The Test Ride Truck will make a welcome return in Scotland, carrying a more diverse collections of bikes than ever before. </p>
Living the Dream - From Rookie to Rider.
One newly-qualified rider recounts their journey through BMW Rider Training.
<p>I guess it started in the early 1980s. After decades of admiring and longing for the various generations of BMW RTs, I decided the time had come to live the dream. And who better than BMW Rider Training in Royston to get me there? That was how, after doing my detailed homework on training providers, I ended up at BMW Rider Training in Royston. To be honest it was a bit of a gamble. Would I even like it? Would I be able to learn new skills, or would I be too entrenched in the way I do things? Maybe it would be a nice distraction for a few days, and finally I’d put the idea to rest? Maybe I would decide I didn't like road riding, maybe my dyslexia would impact my learning, or maybe I would just fail. </p>
The Great Escape.
VISION NEXT 100: the motorcycle of the future.
<p>Glasses in place of a helmet, smart clothing, full balance without a kickstand: Only three of the many inventions that could become standards for riding a motorcycle and add a new dimension to the sense of freedom in an increasingly digitised world. And the best thing about it: this vision vehicle is already here. Introducing the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100. </p>
A festival for all.
Discover the mobility world of tomorrow.
<p>Driving experiences, driving shows, live performances: For three days, Munich's Olympic Park was a celebration of the BMW Group. The BMW Festival from 9 to 11 September opened up new realms of experience that transported visitors to the mobility world of the future. </p> <p>The festival pavilion between the Olympiahalle and the Olympic Stadium was a Mecca for motorcycle lovers. That's because BMW Motorrad was showcasing the brand's latest bikes on Coubertinplatz. Just a few steps from the main stage, BMW Yachtsport, BMW Golfsport and BMW Lifestyle's open-air showroom were bursting with luminous dreamscapes at the edge of the Olympic Lake. The BMW 7 Series and its innovations were presented in exclusive shows on the lake stage, while the peninsula of the Olympic lake became a fun zone for outdoor lovers and families with children. Vintage BMW fans encountered automotive gems from the past while they strolled through the park.</p>
A look at the next 100 years
What will the motorcycle of the future look like?
<p>The 100th anniversary of the BMW Group is an opportunity to look back at the historic early days of the motorised two-wheeler and ahead to the future, where the role of the motorcycle will be completely redefined in an increasingly digital world.</p> <p>It's the 7th of March, 1916. Bayerische Flugzeugwerke AG (Bavarian Aircraft Works) begins operations on Lerchenauer Strasse in the north of Munich. Three years later, Zeno Diemer sets the world altitude record of 9,760 metres with the BMW IV six-cylinder inline aircraft engine.</p> <p>The small factory will later go on to reach new heights in other vehicle segments. Soon after changing its name to Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, the company begins developing the first motorcycle, long before it enters the automobile sector.</p>
Make Life a Ride.
Wake up to life every morning with your engine running.
<p>Every moment is a crossroads. You can turn left, you can turn right, or you can continue straight ahead. You could return to your starting point and then just keep driving. A million paths lie at your feet, each better than the last and no worse than the next. Choose a new path every second and never look back. Because everything you find on the road is forever yours. And that's how you Make Life a Ride.</p>
Challenge the City.
With the G 310 R through São Paulo.
<p>The challenges are the same in cities all over the world: red lights, packed subways, long lines of traffic that have you inching forward at a snail's pace. No problem for the G 310 R. It will turn your daily commute to work a into an enjoyable ride and show you the city from a new perspective.</p> <p>Stunt rider Chris Northover takes the G 310 R through São Paulo's crazy evening rush hour traffic. He's able to meander the bike through the big city hustle and bustle with lightness and agility. With fast-changing curves, he leaves the city behind and goes out to redefine the city limits. With the new BMW Roadster, Chris demonstrated that 313 cc is just a number and real performance is measured on the road.</p>
The spirit of a legend.
Paris-Dakar feeling with the R nineT Urban G/S.
<p>The Paris-Dakar Rally is legendary, just like the people and machines that competed in it. Joy Lewis explores the early days of the epic desert rally in the cities where the race started and finished. Her two companions: Hubert Auriol, who won the Paris-Dakar Rally twice with BMW in the 80s; and the R nineT Urban G/S – a motorcycle whose design is reminiscent of the legendary R 80 G/S. &nbsp; </p>
Rally talk.
An interview with Hubert Auriol.
<p>Déjà-vu: Hubert Auriol returns to the places of his greatest achievements. What was it like to suddenly become famous while riding from Paris to Dakar and to have such a big impact on the next generation of motorcyclists? And which memories does the look of the R nineT Urban G/S bring up for him? These are the topics Hubert talks about to motorcycle lover Joy Lewis. </p>
Rock 'n' roll at Animal Boat.
Daisuke Mukasa and his vintage world in modern Tokyo.
<p>The Animal Boat custom shop is heaven for vintage enthusiasts. Here, Japanese customizer Daisuke Mukasa rescues classic motorcycles from extinction – and brings them back to the race track with his Curry Speed Club. &nbsp; </p>
Joyful Racing.
The R nineT Racer in Japan.
<p>Racing isn’t always just about speed and performance. It’s also about fun and style, friendship and freedom. Japan’s vintage racers are celebrating precisely this spirit of racing. In the metropolis of Tokyo, Joy Lewis meets customizer Daisuke Mukasa and his Curry Speed Club. She rides her R nineT Racer through the megacity and heads out to lonely mountain roads near Mount Fuji and a vintage motorcycle race at Fuji Speedway. &nbsp; </p>
A shining light.
Riding through Tokyo with Joy Lewis on an R nineT Racer.
<p>Tokyo is a shining light – not only because of all the advertising screens that make the city glow. With a population of 38 million, Tokyo is also the world’s largest metropolitan area, but it doesn’t have the overwhelming feel of other megacities. In fact, it is an extremely liveable city that is constantly reinventing itself and has long been at the forefront of urbanisation. But the past is also alive in Tokyo and the motorcycle scene is an endless source of inspiration for customizers and vintage racers. &nbsp; </p>
Going vintage at Fuji Speedway.
The style of the seventies returns to the race track.
<p>The R nineT Racer is reviving the early days of superbikes. The BMW R 90 S and its spectacular performances at Daytona and the Isle of Man in 1976 are unforgettable. When we recall the racing scene of the seventies, we immediately think of Japan, where the modern motorcycle was invented and where an impressive revival is now happening. &nbsp; </p>
Cool thing.
The R nineT Scrambler and a Dream Come True - A Perfect Duo.
<p>Impassioned motorcyclist Laura Antoine travels on her Scrambler from her home town in Toulouse to Lyon. She is visiting someone there who has made his style into whole life's mission, and who – like Laura – loves vintage and motorcycles: Sébastien Chirpaz. A true free spirit, who understands his trade and also has a small present at the ready for his visitor.&nbsp; </p>
"I owe my inspiration to motorcycling"
Interview with the writer Roberto Parodi.
<p>The Italian Roberto Parodi used to be a banker and writer. Then a man from television noticed him as the author of motorcycle books, and he got his own reality documentary. Suddenly Roberto was a writer and presenter. He gave up the job as a banker. Since then, he has been living a life full of adventure and travel, with motorcycling spurring on his imagination.&nbsp; </p>
No limits.
Sources of inspiration and fresh ideas at Wheels and Waves.
<p>Once just a popular meetup for bikers and surfers, now it's the symbol of an entire movement: The Wheels and Waves-Festival in Biarritz, France, is the place to be for motorcyclists and surfers. Amid magnificent architecture and perfect waves, kindred spirits come to the festival to share in a refreshing new zeitgeist that is not bound to conventions. Creative custom bikes are honoured, surfer and skater culture are celebrated. Everything goes. Everything is welcome. </p>
Sisters' Centennial Ride.
A woman realises her dream.
<p>In 1916, four years before women in the United States were given the right to vote, two sisters, Adeline and Augusta Van Buren, journeyed across the American continent to prove that women have what it takes to be couriers for the US military. Today, exactly 100 years later, a group of women remembers their brave driving endeavours and is following in the sisters' footsteps with the same spirit and determination. </p>
Four Decades of Safety.
BMW Motorrad first made its own helmets in 1976. How far have they come in 40 years?
<p>Next year, BMW Motorrad’s first ever helmet turns 40 years old. BMW was the first motorcycle manufacturer to design and create its own helmets. A wide collection of BMW Rider Equipment and BMW Motorrad Motorcycle Accessories are available, offering clothing, luggage and accessories suitable for riders of every model in the BMW Range. So just how far have they come? </p>
Guide to Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016.
Everything you need to know about Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016.
<p>If you’ve never been to Goodwood, imagine this: <em>You’ve parked some cars and motorbikes on your lawn and you’ve invited your mates to race up your driveway in some classic race cars.</em> Well, if your name is Lord March and you own the vast historic Goodwood Estate in Chichester, that becomes a far more appealing concept. Especially when the ‘driveway’ is a legendary 1.2-mile long uphill tarmac ribbon that's hosted the most iconic cars and drivers in the world... </p>
Refined Roadster - R nineT.
BMW Motorrad launched the R nineT in 2013.
<p>When BMW Motorrad launched the R nineT in 2013, it was clearly more than just a roadster based on a classic role model. From the outset, the R nineT combined classic motorcycle design and modern technology with sophisticated craftsmanship, as demonstrated by the aluminium fuel tank with brushed side surfaces, for example. In numerous components, the model also reflected the R nineT team's fond attention to detail. The new R nineT likewise radiates this boutique manufacturing character, supported by a range of optimised features. </p>
2017 Test Ride Tour.
Join us on our Test Ride Tour! We'll be bringing a variety of bikes to various locations in England and Scotland.
<p>Last year saw the Test Ride Truck roll out to various locations across the UK proving a huge success. We saw hundreds of you test ride our bikes at hotspots, enjoying everything from the c evolution up to the BMW R1200 GSA. This year the Test Ride Truck is back and it's bigger and better than ever. We'll be hitting more locations and be able to get you on even more bikes. The Test Ride Truck will make a welcome return in Scotland, carrying a more diverse collections of bikes than ever before. </p>
"Everything around us was once designed".
Interview with designer Stephen Kenn about vintage in the modern look.
<p>Designer Stephen Kenn is known for his minimalistic, puristic work. His philosophy: authentic vintage materials with a modern design style. The Californian's "Inheritance Collection" demonstrates particularly impressively how he reduces simple seating furniture down and then stylishly combines it with high-quality vintage materials. Because he is convinced: good design should have the simplest and most functional form and the materials used should carry history and the past into the here and now.</p>
"A routine day is definitely not for me."
Interview with customizer Hayden Roberts.
<p>Hayden Roberts lives in Long Beach, California. Here, he co-founded the renowned customizing workshop Hell On Wheels MC. This is also where the name for his vintage motorcycle race came from – all over the world. Because when Hayden is not tinkering with bikes, he is organising races. And because these are always just one big party, he is also known as "Chief Party Planner". A born entertainer and absolutely obsessed with motorcycles – a magnificent mix. </p>
Custom experts at work.
The BMW R nineT Soul Fuel Challenge.
<p>An idea from the Netherlands caused a tingling sensation in the fingers of customising experts and fans of customised machines: in collaboration with a famous motorcycle magazine, famous motorcycle builders were invited to develop their very own custom version of the BMW R nineT. Then, from a shortlist of design sketches, the fans voted on which version would ultimately be built for all to see. The name of the idea alone sounds promising: BMW Soul Fuel Challenge.</p>
Customised
Totally unique bikes and their creators.
<p>They're mechanics, style enthusiasts, and individualists. Each one of their bikes is a work of art unto itself. Customisers experiment with colours, shapes and materials to create one-of-a-kind motorcycles. The distinctive touches they put on the R nineT will thrill any custom bike enthusiast. On the following pages we'll show you some of these custom bikes and tell the story of how they were created.</p>
The dragstrip – a platform for fame.
Deluxe R nine T modified.
<p>Customisers have been preparing for this day for months, tinkering in their workshops at night to be ready on time for Glemseck 101. They'll present the finest custom bikes at the Essenza Sprint. The two-wheeled works of art combine performance and design and encapsulate the very essence of a motorcycle. The rules are quite simple: two wheels, two cylinders, a maximum of 1200 cc. But the implementation is an art in itself.</p> <p>A murmur goes through the crowd when the 16 custom bikes for the Essenza Sprint are presented to the audience at Glemseck 101. The multitude of visual treats could fill whole picture books. Skilled hands have freed roadsters, cruisers and naked bikes of their standard trim and transformed them into visionary one-offs. Because the creators of the sprint call for motorcycle manufacturers and importers to create the essence of a motorcycle – and to present it not just once at the sprint at Glemseck 101, but also a second time at the Intermot in Cologne.</p>
Sound and smoke.
Customising is taken to the extreme at Glemseck 101.
<p>Classic boxers, period-correct café racers, unusual custom builds: At Glemseck 101 in Leonberg, the custom motorcycle scene celebrates its fastest and best-looking bikes for the eleventh year in a row.</p> <p>You're not always sure where to look first when you finally secure a spot in the grandstand overlooking the legendary 1/8 mile strip. Then Laura waves the starter's flag, and the sound and smoke of the sprint racers take you back to a bygone era at the Solitude racetrack.</p>
MissionSouth motorcycle tour for charity.
<p>Imagine you and your friends are heading out on a motorcycle trip from Europe to West Africa. And imagine you're not only fulfilling your own dream, you're also making one come true for disadvantaged children in Africa.</p> <p>That's exactly what a club called MotorCircus from Berlin plans to do. These guys are already well known in the BMW Motorrad community for their MissionManx road trip film. The film documented their trip to the Isle of Man for the most legendary motorcycle racing festival on the planet: the Classic TT. MotorCircus combines the love of customising, building and riding old BMW boxers with another passion altogether: While racking up miles, they raise money for a medical aid project in Serrekunda that they've been committed to since 2008.</p>
"Whatever I do, it must make me happy".
Interview with vintage racer and scrambler fan Joy Lewis.
<p>Why follow the herd if you can have so much more fun beyond the mainstream? Joy Lewis has made her forename part of the programme. A talk with a cheerful soul who doesn't adapt, but lives to her own style.</p>
Make Life a Ride.
Wake up to life every morning with your engine running.
<p>Every moment is a crossroads. You can turn left, you can turn right, or you can continue straight ahead. You could return to your starting point and then just keep driving. A million paths lie at your feet, each better than the last and no worse than the next. Choose a new path every second and never look back. Because everything you find on the road is forever yours. And that's how you Make Life a Ride.</p>
Berlin rocks to the boxer beat.
Music, motorcycles and the New Heritage at the Pure&Crafted festival.
<p>The post-industrial backdrop of the old post station became the centre of Berlin for a weekend. 8,000 custom and vintage lovers came together for the Pure&amp;Crafted Festival - sold out. The Berlin scene celebrated "pure and handmade" in its purest form to the catchy sound of Mando Diao and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. To be continued...</p> <p>The striking heartbeat of the boxer engines mixes with the booming bass and the unmistakeable voice of British pop legend Noel Gallagher.</p>
Sisters' Centennial Ride.
A woman realises her dream.
<p>In 1916, four years before women in the United States were given the right to vote, two sisters, Adeline and Augusta Van Buren, journeyed across the American continent to prove that women have what it takes to be couriers for the US military. Today, exactly 100 years later, a group of women remembers their brave driving endeavours and is following in the sisters' footsteps with the same spirit and determination. </p>
Four Decades of Safety.
BMW Motorrad first made its own helmets in 1976. How far have they come in 40 years?
<p>Next year, BMW Motorrad’s first ever helmet turns 40 years old. BMW was the first motorcycle manufacturer to design and create its own helmets. A wide collection of BMW Rider Equipment and BMW Motorrad Motorcycle Accessories are available, offering clothing, luggage and accessories suitable for riders of every model in the BMW Range. So just how far have they come? </p>
Motorrad Stories of 2015 Adventure Winner.
Read the story of Graham’s epic Alaskan adventure in his own words.
<p>“Alaska in August was… hot. Especially in full biker gear unwrapping the metres of plastic swathing my 1982 BMW R 80 ST, fresh from its packing crate, in the parking lot of the Fed-Ex building at Anchorage airport. Eighteen months previously I’d started prepping the bike (that is, completely rebuilding it) to fulfil my dream of riding the James W. Dalton Highway (the ‘Haul Road’), in the far north of this huge and sparsely populated state of the USA. The road is now famous all over the world from the TV series ‘Ice Road Truckers’. Due to the remoteness and often severe weather, it is recommended that motorcyclists do not ride this road alone, so I had originally booked to do this part of my trip with a tour company before going solo for the rest. Unfortunately they cancelled the 2015 tour, so I decided “what the hell, just do it”, and decided to ride this iconic road alone. Before travelling north to the Dalton Highway, I rode south from Anchorage down to the very end of the Kenai Peninsula and a stop at the Homer Spit campground. </p>
BMW in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
The mecca for BMW motorrad fans.
<p>Lottie, BMW Motorrad UK's Digital Marketing Manager, and Tom, a Motorcycle Marketing Assistant, both made their first visit to the now-legendary BMW Motorrad Days festival in Germany. If you've ever thought about making a trip to the biggest celebration of all things BMW Motorrad (but have wondered what actually takes place) then read on. </p>
2017 Test Ride Tour.
Join us on our Test Ride Tour! We'll be bringing a variety of bikes to various locations in England and Scotland.
<p>Last year saw the Test Ride Truck roll out to various locations across the UK proving a huge success. We saw hundreds of you test ride our bikes at hotspots, enjoying everything from the c evolution up to the BMW R1200 GSA. This year the Test Ride Truck is back and it's bigger and better than ever. We'll be hitting more locations and be able to get you on even more bikes. The Test Ride Truck will make a welcome return in Scotland, carrying a more diverse collections of bikes than ever before. </p>
The Great Escape.
VISION NEXT 100: the motorcycle of the future.
<p>Glasses in place of a helmet, smart clothing, full balance without a kickstand: Only three of the many inventions that could become standards for riding a motorcycle and add a new dimension to the sense of freedom in an increasingly digitised world. And the best thing about it: this vision vehicle is already here. Introducing the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100. </p>
A festival for all.
Discover the mobility world of tomorrow.
<p>Driving experiences, driving shows, live performances: For three days, Munich's Olympic Park was a celebration of the BMW Group. The BMW Festival from 9 to 11 September opened up new realms of experience that transported visitors to the mobility world of the future. </p> <p>The festival pavilion between the Olympiahalle and the Olympic Stadium was a Mecca for motorcycle lovers. That's because BMW Motorrad was showcasing the brand's latest bikes on Coubertinplatz. Just a few steps from the main stage, BMW Yachtsport, BMW Golfsport and BMW Lifestyle's open-air showroom were bursting with luminous dreamscapes at the edge of the Olympic Lake. The BMW 7 Series and its innovations were presented in exclusive shows on the lake stage, while the peninsula of the Olympic lake became a fun zone for outdoor lovers and families with children. Vintage BMW fans encountered automotive gems from the past while they strolled through the park.</p>
A look at the next 100 years
What will the motorcycle of the future look like?
<p>The 100th anniversary of the BMW Group is an opportunity to look back at the historic early days of the motorised two-wheeler and ahead to the future, where the role of the motorcycle will be completely redefined in an increasingly digital world.</p> <p>It's the 7th of March, 1916. Bayerische Flugzeugwerke AG (Bavarian Aircraft Works) begins operations on Lerchenauer Strasse in the north of Munich. Three years later, Zeno Diemer sets the world altitude record of 9,760 metres with the BMW IV six-cylinder inline aircraft engine.</p> <p>The small factory will later go on to reach new heights in other vehicle segments. Soon after changing its name to Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, the company begins developing the first motorcycle, long before it enters the automobile sector.</p>
Make Life a Ride.
Wake up to life every morning with your engine running.
<p>Every moment is a crossroads. You can turn left, you can turn right, or you can continue straight ahead. You could return to your starting point and then just keep driving. A million paths lie at your feet, each better than the last and no worse than the next. Choose a new path every second and never look back. Because everything you find on the road is forever yours. And that's how you Make Life a Ride.</p>
Back in Bavaria after India.
Interview with Edgar Heinrich, Head of Design at BMW Motorrad.
<p>After a brief stint in India, Edgar Heinrich returned to Munich to lead the BMW Motorrad design team. It was a happy return for the motorcycle enthusiast, who began his career at BMW in 1986. He spearheaded the design of many BMW motorcycles: the Paris-Dakar rally bike, the K 1200 S and R, the HP2 Enduro, the R 1150 GS, the R 1200 GS and most recently the S 1000 RR. </p> <p>Before his time at Indian automaker Bajaj, he was also involved in the design of the K 1600 GT and GTL touring bikes as well as the C 600 Sport and the C 650 GT maxi scooter. All of them were successful products that expanded the horizons of this established market segment and attracted many new customers to the brand. In an exclusive interview with BMW Motorrad, Edgar Heinrich talks about his passion for designing, collecting and restoring motorcycles of all kinds. </p>
Roaring engines in a picture-book Alpine setting.
This year marks the 15th year of BMW Motorrad Days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
<p>For the past 15 years, thousands of bikers from around the world have been flocking to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the foothills of the Wetterstein mountains. BMW Motorrad Days, the motorcycle event of the year, has been taking place here for the past 15 years.</p> <p>Garmisch Partenkirchen sits like a story-book town at the foot of the Zugspitze, Germany's highest mountain. Countless trails take hikers up to nearby peaks and beyond to ice-cold Alpine lakes. Once a year, this idyllic setting is a magnet for thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts. A festival atmosphere takes over in Garmisch-Partenkirchen during the event. The locals celebrate together with bikers, who come to BMW Motorrad Days from literally every corner of the earth.</p>
Elegant muscleman.
BMW Motorrad presents the Concept 101 touring bike.
<p>Inspired by the never-ending highway, the feeling of freedom and sheer independence, the BMW Motorrad design team came up with a completely new approach to touring motorcycles with their Concept 101: elegant, exclusive, extroverted and pure cruising power.</p>
Make Yours an Unforgettable Bank Holiday Weekend.
Sign up to ride in the GS Trophy Qualifier, starting Sunday 28 May 2017.
<p>After the success of the UK team in the 2016 GS Trophy International Final, the 2017 UK Qualifier is set to be one heck of an event. A bank holiday weekend packed with riding, navigating, camping and competition. These two days of riding around the beautiful Welsh mountains, following a road book and tackling challenges along the way are an experience you will be hard pressed to match. For many, the GS Trophy Qualifier will be about great riding, enjoying the challenges and having a load of fun on their bikes. But for the competitive people out there, we’ll be totting up the points and announcing which riders make it through to the final afternoon where they’ll compete for a place on Team GB at the 2018 International Final. The event is suitable for riders of all abilities and levels. The open event involves a range of enjoyable on- and off-road riding challenges, as well as practical, teamwork and navigation tests on the stunning roads around the Welsh hills. Importantly, the event is not a race, but an experience designed to capture the spirit of the GS – the exploration and the enjoyment adventure riding should bring. </p>
"It All Started With A Monkey Bike In The Garden"
An insight into Charley Boorman's Off-Road Addiction
<p><strong>CHARLEY BOORMAN EXPLAINS HIS OFF-ROAD ADDICTION.</strong> Charley Boorman is a regular visitor to BMW Off Road Skills, whether we want him or not... (just kidding!) On his most recent visit, we asked him where his life-long for off-road riding came from. And the answer was worth sharing.&nbsp; <strong>&nbsp;</strong> </p>
The Thrill of GS for All-G 310 GS
GS is a promise – a promise of perfect functioning, reliability and robustness.
<p>As far as BMW Motorrad is concerned, GS is a promise – a promise of perfect functioning, reliability and robustness. The G 310 GS transfers these qualities to the below 500cc capacity segment, embracing them in its own distinctive, mature interpretation.&nbsp;The G 310 GS is a genuine GS: a highly contemporary product with a level of versatility that is currently unrivalled in the segment. It is nimble and agile in city traffic while over light terrain it is supremely robust. This makes it the perfect companion for the adventures of everyday riding. Extremely compact yet mature and comfortable, the GS opens up a whole new world of riding experience within its segment. It is precisely this versatility that makes the G 310 GS unique in the entry-level segment. </p>
BMW R 1200 GS RANGE TOPS 2016 SALES CHARTS.
R 1200 GS and Adventure models named the UK’s best-selling bikes (over 125cc) in 2016.
<p>The BMW R 1200 GS Adventure and R 1200 GS were the two most popular bikes in the UK in 2016 (over 125 cc), while there was further success for a number of other models in the BMW Range, several of which were bestsellers in their respective classes. For the first time ever in the UK, the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure outsold the R 1200 GS with 1,525 total UK registrations, compared with 1,462 for the standard R 1200 GS model. The combined sales of the R 1200 GS models were 2,987, an impressive 1,296 total registrations ahead its nearest competitor. </p>
Live to ride.
Ride to live.
<p>Allow us to introduce: Inga Birna Erlingsdóttir, currently the only female motorcycle police officer in Iceland. Motorcycles are Inga's great passion. For her job she rides all day, every day. In her spare time, she exchanges her police motorcycle for a BMW GS. </p>
What Makes a Great Road Really Great?
Director of Motorrad Tours, Richard Millington, cuts through the hype to find rides for your bucket list.
<p>Richard Millington, Director of Motorrad Tours, explains why a simple question doesn’t always have a simple answer. If you had a blank piece of paper, what roads would be on your bucket list to ride? For many people the snap answer is “A Round the World Trip”, which is great but where would you actually go? </p>
A bike turns to stone.
BMW Motorrad and the LEGO Group sent the GS on a new adventure.
<p>The BMW R 1200 GS Adventure once again finds itself in uncharted territory - this time in Denmark. The joint project between BMW Motorrad and the LEGO Group not only sends the GS on a totally new adventure. </p>
The life of Byron.
From South Africa to the other end of the world via the GS Trophy.
<p>Riding glaciers from the South East Asian jungle to Iceland – for Byron Coetsee, the winner of the international GS Trophy, driving the GS opens up a world of opportunities. The destination of his latest mission lies 11,500 kilometres north of his native Cape Town. </p>
Riding in Thailand is Different. And That's a Good Thing.
Director of Motorrad Tours, Richard Millington, discovers it’s not all Bangkok and beaches.
<p><strong>Richard Millington, Director of Motorrad Tours, explains why you shouldn’t just think of Bangkok and beaches when you’re considering Thailand.</strong> I have just returned from my third time riding through Thailand. If you were asked to list the world’s top ten motorcycle touring destinations, I doubt that Thailand would make your list but, if it didn’t, you would be missing out on something truly amazing. Think of Thailand and you probably think of sunny islands, great beaches and dodgy clubs. You would be right – Thailand has all this and more. But nearly everyone lands in Bangkok and heads south to the sunshine and the infamous tourist destinations – they are all going the wrong way. </p>
Four Decades of Safety.
BMW Motorrad first made its own helmets in 1976. How far have they come in 40 years?
<p>Next year, BMW Motorrad’s first ever helmet turns 40 years old. BMW was the first motorcycle manufacturer to design and create its own helmets. A wide collection of BMW Rider Equipment and BMW Motorrad Motorcycle Accessories are available, offering clothing, luggage and accessories suitable for riders of every model in the BMW Range. So just how far have they come? </p>
Motorrad Stories of 2015 Adventure Winner.
Read the story of Graham’s epic Alaskan adventure in his own words.
<p>“Alaska in August was… hot. Especially in full biker gear unwrapping the metres of plastic swathing my 1982 BMW R 80 ST, fresh from its packing crate, in the parking lot of the Fed-Ex building at Anchorage airport. Eighteen months previously I’d started prepping the bike (that is, completely rebuilding it) to fulfil my dream of riding the James W. Dalton Highway (the ‘Haul Road’), in the far north of this huge and sparsely populated state of the USA. The road is now famous all over the world from the TV series ‘Ice Road Truckers’. Due to the remoteness and often severe weather, it is recommended that motorcyclists do not ride this road alone, so I had originally booked to do this part of my trip with a tour company before going solo for the rest. Unfortunately they cancelled the 2015 tour, so I decided “what the hell, just do it”, and decided to ride this iconic road alone. Before travelling north to the Dalton Highway, I rode south from Anchorage down to the very end of the Kenai Peninsula and a stop at the Homer Spit campground. </p>
BMW in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
The mecca for BMW motorrad fans.
<p>Lottie, BMW Motorrad UK's Digital Marketing Manager, and Tom, a Motorcycle Marketing Assistant, both made their first visit to the now-legendary BMW Motorrad Days festival in Germany. If you've ever thought about making a trip to the biggest celebration of all things BMW Motorrad (but have wondered what actually takes place) then read on. </p>
2017 Test Ride Tour.
Join us on our Test Ride Tour! We'll be bringing a variety of bikes to various locations in England and Scotland.
<p>Last year saw the Test Ride Truck roll out to various locations across the UK proving a huge success. We saw hundreds of you test ride our bikes at hotspots, enjoying everything from the c evolution up to the BMW R1200 GSA. This year the Test Ride Truck is back and it's bigger and better than ever. We'll be hitting more locations and be able to get you on even more bikes. The Test Ride Truck will make a welcome return in Scotland, carrying a more diverse collections of bikes than ever before. </p>
And on and on.
The world has no limits.
<p>Pack your bags and embark on a journey into the unknown. We are curious and know that adventure awaits around every corner. Every mile reveals the undiscovered, every second lends us new perspectives, and every sight ingrains a picture in our memory. We grow with every experience, every friendship, and every adventure – that's the #spiritofGS. Get to know the people behind the &quot;spirit of GS&quot;. Try out the GS yourself or experience GS Action at GS Experience. And for all those who are currently in the middle of an adventure, tell us about it and share it with us under #spiritofGS. </p>
Make Life a Ride.
Wake up to life every morning with your engine running.
<p>Every moment is a crossroads. You can turn left, you can turn right, or you can continue straight ahead. You could return to your starting point and then just keep driving. A million paths lie at your feet, each better than the last and no worse than the next. Choose a new path every second and never look back. Because everything you find on the road is forever yours. And that's how you Make Life a Ride.</p>
Super heroes and super bikes.
Riccardo Burchielli's illustrations bring the first BMW Motorrad comic to life.
<p>Comics carry us off into a colourful parallel universe. One where super heroes are fighting an endless battle against evil villains in an attempt to save the world. Riccardo Burchielli is the maker of comics like these. His current work was inspired by his love for BMW bikes.</p> <p>In the graphic novel "Riders in the Storm" by BMW Motorrad and Panini, Riccardo Burchielli has immortalized real-life motorcyclists in a futuristic plot about the struggle against evil. Without giving too much away, readers can expect strong female characters (but not in the way the comic scene is mostly known for), genetic engineering, monsters, evil assistants and, of course, motorcycles.</p>
Breaking Wheels.
Robert Gull and the S 1000 XR on a special mission.
<p>A snow-covered landscape, frozen lakes – by looking into the distance, you can see your own breath start to freeze. Lapland shows its coldest and yet most beautiful side. But there's something different today: because not only the growling of the wolves can be heard – so too can the engine of the S 1000 XR. Amidst this winter backdrop, Robert Gull sets out on a unique undertaking: Crushed Ice made by Motorcycles </p>
At the end of the road.
Dylan Wickrama's Pacific crossing on a GS powered raft is set to be made into a film.
<p>The road stops at the Darién Gap. To continue his journey from Alaska to Argentina, Dylan Wickrama builds a raft, powered by his BMW R 1150 GS, and starts his adventure in the Pacific. The Sri Lankan's story spellbinds very many people. Now a documentary film is going to be produced - using crowdfunding.</p> <p>Life sometimes invents stories that are more incredible than any Hollywood film maker could ever think up. One such life story is that of Dylan Wickrama. It is about a boy who often looked out to sea from his native Sri Lanka and passionately longed to know what lies beyond the horizon. It was unlikely that he would ever find out. Because Dylan grew up in poor circumstances. His father was killed by a burglar when Dylan was not even six years old. He had to grow up, and bear responsibility, much too fast. Years later he received the opportunity to discover the world he hitherto only knew from the journals that were passed around the village. On his BMW R1150 GS "Bruce" he travelled more than 210,000 km on four continents over a period of three years. But the real adventure begins at the Darién Gap between Panama and Colombia.</p>
A look back at the 2016 International GS Trophy.
Team South Africa wins the GS challenge in Thailand.
<p>Manoeuvring motorcycles over dilapidated bridges, crossing rivers with the GS and changing tyres in a hurry: the International GS Trophy is an enduro challenge like no other.</p> <p>In 2016 it was time for the event once again. 19 teams from all over the world rode their BMW R 1200 GS motorcycles across northern Thailand. The GS riders conquered 1,400 kilometres, 19 special tests and seven daily stages. They crossed jungles, dams and rain forests, enduring brutal heat and high humidity. The sixth International GS Trophy left them physically exhausted but satisfied in every other respect. </p>
The globetrotter pioneer.
Elspeth Beard and the motorcycle adventure.
<p>Around the world with a motorcycle Elspeth Beard from England fulfilled this dream 30 years ago - at a time when there was no satellite navigation, Internet or mobile phones. Beard was all on her own for this adventure. </p>
Planet Desert.
Four times around the world with Michael Martin.
<p>The geographer and photographer Michael Martin explored a variety of different icy and dry deserts for the "Planet Desert" project. Martin circumnavigated the Earth four times in order to complete the project. The BMW R 1200 GS Adventure accompanied him on his journey.</p> <p>Martin has now returned from his journey - with a book weighing five kilos and the "Planet Desert" lecture of the same name. The 52-year-old reports from the most extreme zones of the planet and on his experiences with his motorcycle in the desert. </p>
A hen in the rooster house
Jolandie Rust is the First Lady of the GS Trophy.
<p>As the first female marshal at the International GS Trophy, Jolandie, or simply "Jo" Rust has to assert herself in a typically male domain. It's not difficult for her. Rust doesn't get fazed that easily. Not even after being held up at gunpoint during her trip across Africa on an Enduro.</p> <p>The guys wipe the sweat from their brows. Temperatures are soaring past the 30-degree mark. But it's not the heat that's tough for these men, it's the incredible humidity in Mae Sariang, a town in the heart of Thailand's back country. At a loss for what to do, they stand around a team mate's motorcycle before making one last attempt to pull the 250 kilo R 1200 GS out of the mud. Forget it. They need Jo. Jo is the team leader, the boss, the pro. Jo has pulled her team mates out of the mud many times during the seven-day International GS Trophy Enduro adventure. And out of other messes.</p>
Roaring engines in a picture-book Alpine setting.
This year marks the 15th year of BMW Motorrad Days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
<p>For the past 15 years, thousands of bikers from around the world have been flocking to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the foothills of the Wetterstein mountains. BMW Motorrad Days, the motorcycle event of the year, has been taking place here for the past 15 years.</p> <p>Garmisch Partenkirchen sits like a story-book town at the foot of the Zugspitze, Germany's highest mountain. Countless trails take hikers up to nearby peaks and beyond to ice-cold Alpine lakes. Once a year, this idyllic setting is a magnet for thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts. A festival atmosphere takes over in Garmisch-Partenkirchen during the event. The locals celebrate together with bikers, who come to BMW Motorrad Days from literally every corner of the earth.</p>
The world is calling.
Around the globe on the GS World Tour.
<p>Riders on the GS World Tour get to live their dream of an around-the-world motorcycle trip that takes them across the Andean ridge, straight through the Australian Outback and up into the Himalayas: We'll keep you updated on all the exciting moments between the starting point in Bogotá, Colombia and the finishing line in Paris. If you want join the tour, you can still sign up for one of the individual stages. </p>
The city at your feet.
The BMW Motorrad Concept Link takes new, connected paths.
<p>Big city. Endless urban canyons, among which there is something new to discover around every bend. But it is also the desire for movement, freedom and the possibility to get from one place to the next quickly. With the Concept Link, which BMW Motorrad will be unveiling at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2017, a concept vehicle has now set about to combine the challenges of urban mobility of tomorrow with the opportunities of a digitalised world. &nbsp; </p>
Four Decades of Safety.
BMW Motorrad first made its own helmets in 1976. How far have they come in 40 years?
<p>Next year, BMW Motorrad’s first ever helmet turns 40 years old. BMW was the first motorcycle manufacturer to design and create its own helmets. A wide collection of BMW Rider Equipment and BMW Motorrad Motorcycle Accessories are available, offering clothing, luggage and accessories suitable for riders of every model in the BMW Range. So just how far have they come? </p>
2017 Test Ride Tour.
Join us on our Test Ride Tour! We'll be bringing a variety of bikes to various locations in England and Scotland.
<p>Last year saw the Test Ride Truck roll out to various locations across the UK proving a huge success. We saw hundreds of you test ride our bikes at hotspots, enjoying everything from the c evolution up to the BMW R1200 GSA. This year the Test Ride Truck is back and it's bigger and better than ever. We'll be hitting more locations and be able to get you on even more bikes. The Test Ride Truck will make a welcome return in Scotland, carrying a more diverse collections of bikes than ever before. </p>
The Great Escape.
VISION NEXT 100: the motorcycle of the future.
<p>Glasses in place of a helmet, smart clothing, full balance without a kickstand: Only three of the many inventions that could become standards for riding a motorcycle and add a new dimension to the sense of freedom in an increasingly digitised world. And the best thing about it: this vision vehicle is already here. Introducing the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100. </p>
On the green carpet at Cannes.
The BMW C evolution at the Green Me Festival.
<p>It was only a month ago that the stars and celebrities were walking down the red carpet in the European film capital Cannes. Now the film industry has returned to the Mediterranean city. At the Green Me Festival for Sustainability, environmental issues were discussed and prizes were awarded to films dealing with the topic of sustainability. Sustainability also plays a central role when it comes to the BMW C evolution, So the maxi scooter was in its element on the Côte d’Azur.</p>
A festival for all.
Discover the mobility world of tomorrow.
<p>Driving experiences, driving shows, live performances: For three days, Munich's Olympic Park was a celebration of the BMW Group. The BMW Festival from 9 to 11 September opened up new realms of experience that transported visitors to the mobility world of the future. </p> <p>The festival pavilion between the Olympiahalle and the Olympic Stadium was a Mecca for motorcycle lovers. That's because BMW Motorrad was showcasing the brand's latest bikes on Coubertinplatz. Just a few steps from the main stage, BMW Yachtsport, BMW Golfsport and BMW Lifestyle's open-air showroom were bursting with luminous dreamscapes at the edge of the Olympic Lake. The BMW 7 Series and its innovations were presented in exclusive shows on the lake stage, while the peninsula of the Olympic lake became a fun zone for outdoor lovers and families with children. Vintage BMW fans encountered automotive gems from the past while they strolled through the park.</p>
A look at the next 100 years
What will the motorcycle of the future look like?
<p>The 100th anniversary of the BMW Group is an opportunity to look back at the historic early days of the motorised two-wheeler and ahead to the future, where the role of the motorcycle will be completely redefined in an increasingly digital world.</p> <p>It's the 7th of March, 1916. Bayerische Flugzeugwerke AG (Bavarian Aircraft Works) begins operations on Lerchenauer Strasse in the north of Munich. Three years later, Zeno Diemer sets the world altitude record of 9,760 metres with the BMW IV six-cylinder inline aircraft engine.</p> <p>The small factory will later go on to reach new heights in other vehicle segments. Soon after changing its name to Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, the company begins developing the first motorcycle, long before it enters the automobile sector.</p>
Make Life a Ride.
Wake up to life every morning with your engine running.
<p>Every moment is a crossroads. You can turn left, you can turn right, or you can continue straight ahead. You could return to your starting point and then just keep driving. A million paths lie at your feet, each better than the last and no worse than the next. Choose a new path every second and never look back. Because everything you find on the road is forever yours. And that's how you Make Life a Ride.</p>
One fast Swede.
Eva Håkansson holds the speed record with her homemade streamliner.
<p>Fast can also be clean – Eva Håkansson is sure of this. The mechanical engineer with a doctorate wants to prove to the world that environmentally-friendly electric vehicles are fast and fun, and that mechanical engineering is an outstanding choice of profession for women. On the move with the fastest female motorcyclist in the world, who posted a new world record of 434 km/h with her homemade "KillaJoule" streamliner.</p>
Ready for the riding enjoyment of tomorrow.
<p>When we think about the future of motorcycling, it's not just about impressive innovations. It's about sustainability. It's not a temporary fashion, but a topic which has had an influence since the 16th century: a forest can only be felled as long as it is there. A truth of timeless validity. Sustainability stands for long-term thought and responsible actions with respect to the generations to come. It rests on three pillars: economic, ecological and social. This is why the actions of BMW Motorrad are based on these three pillars as well.</p>
Back in Bavaria after India.
Interview with Edgar Heinrich, Head of Design at BMW Motorrad.
<p>After a brief stint in India, Edgar Heinrich returned to Munich to lead the BMW Motorrad design team. It was a happy return for the motorcycle enthusiast, who began his career at BMW in 1986. He spearheaded the design of many BMW motorcycles: the Paris-Dakar rally bike, the K 1200 S and R, the HP2 Enduro, the R 1150 GS, the R 1200 GS and most recently the S 1000 RR. </p> <p>Before his time at Indian automaker Bajaj, he was also involved in the design of the K 1600 GT and GTL touring bikes as well as the C 600 Sport and the C 650 GT maxi scooter. All of them were successful products that expanded the horizons of this established market segment and attracted many new customers to the brand. In an exclusive interview with BMW Motorrad, Edgar Heinrich talks about his passion for designing, collecting and restoring motorcycles of all kinds. </p>
Award-winning electricity.
BMW Motorrad receives prize for sustainable communication at the SignsAward.
<p>Fast, quiet and emission-free: electric scooters are the perfect companions in urban traffic and set trends for the future. With the maxi scooter BMW C evolution, BMW Motorrad is driving electromobility forward. BMW Motorrad has now been distinguished as "Trendsetter of the year" at the prestigious SignsAward for the sustainable communication on this topic.</p> <p>Sustainable and unique. These are people's core expectations today of the mobility of the future. The BMW Group has therefore long since been at the centre of the pioneering work, in order to satisfy the mobility requirements of both today and tomorrow with a range of standard production vehicles. Alongside hybrid vehicles in all segments and electric cars such as the BMW i3, the Electro-Maxi-Scooter BMW C evolution is causing a stir now as well.</p>