BMW is no stranger to adapting automotive technology into its motorcycles, having already done so numerous times in the past. The latest technology to make this kind of transition is Side View Assist, something most BMW cars already have at their disposal. The technology itself isn’t new nor is it all that complicated. But it is a useful safety tool that will increase rider awareness, especially in his blind spots, which admittedly are far bigger in motorcycles than in cars.
The Side View Assist technology is set to become available as optional equipment in the updated versions of BMW’s two maxi-scooters, the C650 Sport and the C650 GT.] Both maxi-scooters will be fitted with four sensors, two each in the front and rear fenders. These sensors function the same way as parking sensor systems in cars in that they detect objects that get too close to the scooters. In this case, vehicles approaching from just behind the scooter’s blind spot at speeds lower than 6.2 mph will trigger the warning lights on the rearview mirror arms, alerting the driver of the presence of these vehicles. That tells the rider that the flanking lanes are not safe to turn into until the cars have passed or he switches his turn signals to indicate to the car driver his intentions to switch lanes.
The sensors have a range of about 16.4 feet so any vehicle that comes within that distance to the scooter will trigger the warning lights. It also works at speeds ranging between 15 to 50 mph. Riders won’t have to worry about controlling the system though because it activates automatically.
BMW is putting its car technology to good use by adding dynamic brake lights to its motorcycle line-up after the technology had only been available to its automobiles. It’s a fresh approach to technology-sharing between the company’s car and motorcycle divisions, thus allowing a handful of the latter’s products to benefit from what the car division cooked up in its R&D department.
For those who are unfamiliar with dynamic brake lights, the system was developed to make the rear brake lights flash during deceleration, allowing a car equipped with the technology to get noticed quicker by other vehicles. These brake lights flash at a frequency of 5Hz when a motorcycle brakes while traveling at speeds above 31 mph. As soon as the speed drops below 9 mph, the rear turn signals spring into action, flashing like hazard lights until the motorcycle picks up speed of at least 12 mph.
The system will be put in a number of BMW motorcycles as an added option, including the R1200GS, R1200GS Adventure, and the S1000XR. On account of it being the top-of-the-line BMW motorcycle line, the K1600GT, GTL, and GTL Exclusive will all receive the dynamic brake light system as standard equipment.
For now, the dynamic brake light system will only be offered in the European market. BMW has made no indication on whether or not it plans to offer the technology to the US market. That’s still up in the air since BMW might still have to get clearance from regulatory bodies like the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration before taking any action.
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Orlando Bloom belongs in the small subculture of celebrities who have well-founded affinities towards motorcycles, specifically those of the custom variety. BMW is his particular brand-of-choice and like anybody who demands more out of his motorcycles, Bloom enlisted the help of noted builder Deus Ex Machina to spruce up his latest bike, the S1000R.
Deus Ex Machina admitted that working on a bike as new as the S1000R came with its own set of challenges, especially one that featured an in-line four engine. But the famous custom bike shop was up to task, as it always is.
Bloom also gave his input to Michael “Woolie” Woolaway, who interpreted the actor’s recommendations with a minimalist approach to reflect Legolas’ very own design ideas. The end result isn’t going to blow you away, but it speaks to what Bloom wanted out of his new S1000R, which apparently involved putting in simple touches to accent and highlight the bike’s bare street fighter aura, sans the plastic bodywork.
It’s definitely a different design from what we’re used to with the S1000R, but hey, if it works for Bloom, that’s all that really matters for Deus Ex Machina.
After all, the number one rule in the custom world is to always make the client happy.
The past few days have been pretty heavy on bad and sometimes, emotional news. Don’t you think we all need a little break from that to get our days started in a better tone? Fortunately, YouTube user Royal Jordanian is here to do just that, sharing with us a new way to make popcorn that uses nothing more than a BMW S1000R.
From what I can tell, no ovens and microwaves were harmed in the making of this nonsensical but admittedly hilarious video. Royal Jordanian did have plenty of use for the aforementioned S1000R and if you follow the step-by-step guide on how to make popcorn with a sportsbike, you might just be able to replicate the act, even though I strongly advise against it.
In any case, the video clearly illustrates that if you want to get the kernels popped just right, you’re going to have to set the bike’s engine to a “medium to high temperature.” A few revs of the throttle did the trick and as soon as the exhaust was in its proper temperature, Royal Jordanian proceeded to dump a whole lot of kernels inside the exhaust where, believe it or not, they actually popped into real popcorns.
You could call it a success but I don’t think it’s the best way to make popcorn for the obvious sanitary reasons. Also, I don’t know if this is how you should be treating your BMW S1000R. The bike is expensive enough on its own, but to use it as replacement microwave? That’s foolish with a capital ‘F.’
Still, the video is hilarious and I don’t think Royal Jordanian would want anybody to actually do something like this. All he had in mind was to show everyone how versatile the S1000R can be. Top-class motorcycle? Yep. Popcorn-maker? Apparently so.
The all-new BMW S1000XR is considered as one of the most versatile bikes to come out of Munich in recent years. It has the performance credentials of the S1000RR and the comfort and “tour-ability” of the R1200GS. Suffice to say, the S1000XR combines the best of both worlds in one impressive package, creating a new niche altogether for customers who prefer an equal dose of power and comfort on their bikes.
That’s pretty much the story of one of BMW’s newest machines and the reception it has received is proof positive that a lot of customers are beginning to find the appeal in a cross-bred bike that leaves little off the table.
If it’s power you’re looking for, the S1000XR’s 160-horsepower output is more than enough to keep you acutely aware of you surroundings. Conversely, if it’s comfort you’re after, the S1000XR addresses that, too, thanks in large part to BMW’s decision to use a frame dedicated to long-range touring.
The bike also gets the benefit of having numerous tech packages available to it. This is crucial for those who may want to get the most out of their machines, whether it’s through improving the bike’s performance capabilities or simply fitting new touring equipment to further bring its sport-adventure appeal to the surface.
And in case you’re wondering how the S1000XR translates to the road, this unedited video of the bike’s action scenes will give you a pretty good idea on what you’re in store for when you take the S1000XR for a ride.
Custom motorcycles come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Often times, the bikes conceived out of this method reflect the personalities of the people who put in the work to create their interpretation of what a bike should be. Some custom tuners prefer taking the flashy route with outlandish paint jobs while others are more keen in turning their bikes into fire-breathing, two-wheeled rockets.
Then there are tuners like Franco Augello who doesn’t care too much about the performance and aesthetics of a bike by paying more attention to creating a story with his projects. This short film by the fine gentlemen of Petrolicious gives us an insight into the mind of Augello and how he can turn a classic BMW R65 into a true work of art.
On the surface, it’s hard to differentiate what Augello does from somebody who restores bikes to their original look. Is he a custom tuner or he is a restorer? I found myself asking that question, too. But once you take a really close look at his work on the R65, you’ll notice some subtle upgrades to the bike, including the soft leather seat, the leather-wrapped grips, and the polished fuel filler.
If you’re looking for any splashes of flashiness, you won’t find it on this bike, which Augello proudly calls the Inge 09. Instead, you’ll see the work of a man who believes that there’s still a place in this world for bikes that exude class instead of flash.
We have no shortage of scenic routes here in the US so it’s fair to say that we can get our share of motorcycle adventures in our own backyard. But if you really want to embark on a real adventure, Europe and Asia are the places to be. Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman already did something like this years ago. Now, Compass Expeditions is recreating it in this new documentary called, “Beyond Siberia - Road of Bones.”
The title of the documentary is pretty self-explanatory. In it, a team of motorcycle riders, under the supervision of Compass Expeditions, embark on a 28,500-kilometer (16,500 miles) trip from London to Magadan in Eastern Russia. The whole adventure lasted 105 days and the team passed through 16 different countries in 11 different time zones.
If those numbers aren’t staggering enough, consider that the team of riders experienced pretty much every kind of road imaginable in weather conditions that ranged from blazing heat to freezing cold. Now that’s what you call an adventure.
The Beyond Siberia documentary will be made available on DVD in the next few months, but if you want to get a sneak peek of what these riders went through, check out the video and ask yourself if you could pull off something like that.
If you said, yes, well, you have a chance to actually prove it.
Click “continue reading” to read more about Compass Adventures’ tour offer for riders brave enough to recreate this trip.
In September 1980 BMW unveiled the new GS model. Now, at the tenth edition of BMW Motorrad Days, the company unveiled a tribute video for the model.
The BMW GS is a motorcycle with racing genes, and the fact that it turned out to be so successful was a surprise even for BMW.
"Thanks to the efforts of our development engineer at the time, Laszlo Peres, we were able to bring out the G/S in just 18 months - and it was a motorcycle concept which was absolutely crazy for that time. I would never have thought that this machine, based on a motor racing prototype, would be so successful. But I’m still proud of it to this day!" said Laszlo Peres, former technician in the BMW testing department.
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.
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.
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.
Also see the Vespa tablecloth trick.
While it may be hard to believe that someone can lift the front end of a fully loaded BMW R1200GS and keep the bike steady for enough distance to call the achievement a wheelie, this video simply blows away all expectations.
It shows a very skilled rider performing a 3km wheelie during the 2.26 minutes video on the Beemer in South Africa. Looking at it, you’re not too far off if suspecting this guy can go like this forever and ever as long as there’s no traffic and the road is nice and straight.
It is things like this that spice up one’s journeys and we really like to see people taking bikes beyond what they thing the limits are.
It looks like BMW would go to any lengths only to impress their audience and because simply releasing a video of their new S1000RR superbike performing on a closed-course track would have made them look like pattern followers, they instead choose to pull out an old trick with new means.
Pulling the tablecloth off a table without smashing the dishes is cool, but where does the S1000RR intervene? Well, the 193 horsepower superbike capable to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds can slightly increase the scale. So, will the dishes stay put or go flying all over the place? Click past the break for an answer that comes in a blink of an eye.
BMW has just released a technical video showing the valves of the S1000RR superbike operating at 14,200 rpm. Cool…too cool! Looks to us like the dream of all passionate mechanical engineers out there.
This is the kind of material the public doesn’t usually get to see, but when you have a candidate for the greatest liter bike so far, you really don’t keep the smoking stuff away from the public eye.
See the BMW S1000RR being developed and tested back in Germany in a video that englobes the four years of work behind the 190bhp superbike. This is the kind of footage that makes riders truly value their bikes at understanding the effort that went into what’s sitting underneath them. Check it out!
The guys at Max BMW Motorsport have spiked the tires of a BMW S1000RR and went for some serious winter riding on a frozen lake. Now, we’ve seen superbikes ridden on ice before (check out this Buell 1125R for instance), but these are some serious fast launches and those cold burnouts leave us speechless.
US stunt rider Chris McNeil recently got his skillful hands on a pair of new wheels and smoked the hell out of them. More precisely, he performed slides, stunts and wheelies on BMW’s superbike, the 190bhp S1000RR.
The bike appears to be adequate for such a rough treatment as in a very short amount of time McNeil managed to do great part of his worming up routine. Watch the video after the break.
Almost every bike vs car track race ends with the bike coming in milliseconds behind the car simply because this last has better grip and can negotiate curves with much more speed, while the bike accelerates faster on the straights. That’s a fact. But what happens when BMW’s 190bhp superbike, the S1000RR challenges a 700bhp Chevrolet Corvette on an abandoned airfield in Germany? In this case, it is all about acceleration, so you can trust us that the bike adjudicates the win.
If you, like us, can’t understand a word of what those guys are saying and can’t wait for the actual drag race, simply move to minute 3:50, lay back and enjoy.
BMW has recently revealed the HP2 Sport Motorsport, a limited edition of the HP2 Sport, which will be available in Europe in a limited number of only 400 units.
The Motorsport edition stands apart from the standard model thanks to the special color scheme, identical to that of the motorcycle with which BMW participated in the World Endurance Championship.
Until the release of the S 1000 RR superbike, the HP2 Sport was the sportiest model in the German manufacturer’s model range, while also representing the technological pinnacle in matter of boxer engines. The air/oil cooled two-cylinder engine develops 133hp and 115 Nm and the bike has a dry weight of only 178 kg / 392.4 lbs. Hit the jump for a video of the standard model in action.