Since BMW Motorrad presented the concept study Concept 6 in autumn 2009, the six-cylinder in-line engine featured in it has captured the imagination of many motorcycle fans. With BMW, six-cylinder in-line engines have stood for fascinating engine technology in automobiles for over seven decades, in a way which is unique among brands. In the near future, BMW motorcycles will also be available with an internally developed six-cylinder in-line engine.
With the BMW K 1600 GT and the BMW K 1600 GTL, BMW Motorrad is penetrating a whole new dimension in the Touring world of experience . Both motorcycles stand for a supreme, impressive and equally distinctive appearance, arousing a desire to travel at first sight.
Turning the BMW S1000RR into an 8.49-second, 158.46mph quarter mile drag bike can sound like an immense task at first, but considering the German superbike’s incredible tuning potential and the ambition of Brock’s Performance, we are actually talking facts here.
This Beemer sends 203hp and 80lb/ft of torque to the rear wheel – a new stock bikes record – and we’re not forgetting anything when saying that the only changes made to this incredibly fast drag bike consist in external bolt-ons in the form of a full exhaust system and Dynojet ECU, BST carbon wheels, MacIntosh extended swingarm and lowered suspension.
The bike will compete in the AMA Dragbike Supersport class, but only after receiving nitrous injection. Hit the jump to see it in action.
If beauty is what your eyes keep rolling after, you surely are familiar to American model Hope Dworaczyk and the BMW S1000RR superbike, but we’ve come to find that these two beauties recently collided.
Playboy magazine selected the 25-year-old Texan to be their ‘Playmate of the Year’ and handed her in a $100,000 check and the keys to 2010’s best superbike. With that kind of wheels and money, she can go riding around the world for a year with a few photo studio stops, of course. Here’s her first shot with the bike…we know, it hurts.
Last but most importantly, this is the first time in 45 years that the Playmate of the Year has been given a motorcycle instead of a car, meaning bikers are expecting even more such delights.
BMW has issued a recall of 122,000 motorcycles worldwide because of pipe problems to the front braking system. The affected models are K 1200 GT and R 1200 GS manufactured between August 2006 and May 2009.
The respective models were first recalled over the same issue two years ago, but the solution found then – bringing in new brake houses – didn’t prove as reliable as expected. Apparently, as a result of vibrations, the brakes could leak but BMW reports that there should be no problems as long as the fluid level in the front brake reservoir is the right one. More after the jump.
The friends at MrHornig have come up with a rather unusual motorcycle vs car comparison as the challenger is the 2010 BMW S1000RR superbike and the challenged a 2008 BMW M3 E92. Considering that the S1000RR benefits of 193 horsepower while weighing 183kg and the M3 is a 420 horsepower blast weighing 1.655kg, we invite you to do the math for the power-to-weight ratio or, even better, check out the video and see which one is faster in a straight line.
BMW has launched four new special edition models to celebrate the GS model’s 30th anniversary. The bikes, which are R1200GS and Adventure, F800 and F650GS models, mainly stand out thanks to the new BMW Motorrad Motorsport paintscheme, decals, handguards, spoked wheels, red seats and tinted windscreens.
These modern machines pay tribute to the first GS model, the famous 1980 R80GS, also acknowledged as being one of the first enduro bikes around, also thanks to its Dakar success. BMW’s celebration range is called “30 Years GS” and you can check out each model’s details after the jump.
Ever since the germans from BMW launched their S1000RR superbike and especially after the liter bike turned out to be 2010’s best, the question just popped: will BMW build an S600RR? The answer is no, they won’t! At least not so soon. The news comes from the car and motorcycle manufacturer itself and it’s as bad as it can be.
BMW was actually needed to release a statement saying they haven’t developed a 600cc machine to enlarge their superbike lineup after the word was out that they own the internet domain name www.s600rr.de. Apparently, that’s just to make sure someone else won’t use it in Germany. In other words: no BMW S600RR for you…at least not for now.
BMW explains why:
“Developing a 600 supersport bike is more or less as expensive as a 1000cc superbike; the production costs aren’t very much lower but the retail price would be.
"Therefore, trying to recoup development cost for such a project would be much more difficult.
“Now BMW already has developed a successful superbike there are other market sectors for us to concentrate on that offer a better return on investment.”
Bikers often happen to pick up chicks with their two-wheeled magnets, but the chances for all of them to find themselves in the scenario proposed by Markus Hofmann in his latest short movie featuring the BMW F800R are pretty small. That’s why they’re still doing it, but the guy in this video must have had the surprise of a lifetime when waking up. See it for yourself.
Those of you who at seeing BMW’s tablecloth trick said frenetically that neither the S1000RR nor any other superbike could ever do that no matter the acceleration times, will surely find reward in this video. Bike Magazine have taken the exact same bike and used a much smaller table only to demonstrate how the trick just isn’t possible at large scale.
The original BMW R90/6 was a very reliable touring motorcycle and many of those maintained properly still ride strong today, so a 1976 model year should be a bargain. But taking a look at the bike you suddenly realize that this is no mean machine to make your neighbor jealous with. The quickest solution to make such bikes visually attractive again (and the neighbor finally jealous) is by turning them into café racers.
Rob Snow from Salt Lake City, Utah did so with his 1976 BMW R90/6 and with approximately $450 he turned the old Goldwing competitor into a veritable café racer that simply cannot be ignored. Looking at the before and after pictures, it’s kind of hard to believe that the radical change was achieved with only a new tailsection, seat and taillight as well as handlebar and mirrors. Obviously, the huge fairing had to go and it is now replaced by a much cooler bikini-style one and the new black paintjob does help a lot too. More photos after the jump.