Dab Designs ’Enhanced Racer’ bolt-on custom kit for the BMW R nineT
For the folks who custom build for a living, BMW’s boxer layout is their holy grail. Nothing else looks as retro and authentic as the two pods pouting out of the frame. Builders turned these spirited machines into a beacon of beauty, simplicity, class, and definition.
A French design house called Dab Designs have had their go on the BMW R NineT, but it isn’t a built like the one you think. There is no cutting, no welding, none of that dirty, oily stuff, but just a bolt-on pre-fabricated kit that can do the customized work for you in just under a couple of hours. It’s called the ER kit.
BMW preps the R 1200 GS Rallye for the GS Trophy
Once every two years, BMW organizes the International GS Trophy where teams from all around the world battle it out in intensive daily stages and numerous special challenges and experience the tour of their lives. This year, the GS Trophy is going to Mongolia from 3 to 10 June 2018, and the teams will ride on 114 units of the BMW R 1200 GS Rallye motorcycles prepped by the folks at BMW.
The R 1200 GS Rallye will get adventure kitted with equipment from the Original BMW Motorrad Accessories catalog allowing the adventure-thirsty riders to take on the challenge without having to worry about the capabilities of the already primed R 1200 GS.
The "Dark Fighter" by Mandrill Garage & Cafe
Take a moment and look around you. You would be surprised to learn that 70% of the stuff in your room or office comes all the way from the People’s Republic of China, a country having over a billion people and thousands of years of invention and innovation. Although people vouch for their poor quality of products, let me remind you that Apple makes all of theirs’ right there.
Amongst such giants lies a bunch of motorcycle enthusiasts who have vowed to create machines that exuberate caliber on par with the best custom builders in the business. One such is the Beijing’s Mandrill Garage and Café that has been a hotspot for motorcycle enthusiast for well over six years.
Run by a chap called Luo Hao, Mandrill has been custom building motorcycle that expresses highest level of visual elation and euphoria, and his latest creation is the “Dark Fighter”, aptly named to give an anti-retro take on the dark nemesis of the BMW R nineT.
BMW Motorrad is offering a range of new aftermarket parts for its resident roadster, the R nineT. Actually, the new custom options are limited to just a pair of aluminum fuel tanks that BMW says will give a fresh look to the R nineT.
It’s really not much if you think about it. But if you’re the type who likes to jazz up your R nineT and give it that industrial-looking aesthetic, these two hand-crafted aluminum tanks should go a long way in accomplishing that.
They certainly serve the purpose of the R nineT’s aftermarket-friendly character. After all, a handful go custom parts builders have already embraced BMW’s offer to go custom crazy on the roadster. If everything’s getting to it, who’s to say that BMW can’t join in on the fun.
The two new custom tanks carry the same dimensions but what sets them apart are the exclusive looks each received from BMW’s own custom division. Plus, anybody who avails one of these custom tanks should be glad to know that each piece is hand-brushed so that no two tanks are deemed identical. It’s the closest thing to a one-off aftermarket part R nineT owners can put on their roadsters.
Not surprisingly, each of these tanks were built to meet BMW’s own standards. That’s comforting to hear for any prospective buyer who may want to score one for their bikes for a tidy price of $1,830 for the rough-textured design and $1,940 for the smooth-textured version.
Act quickly if you’re interested because BMW Motorrad is scheduled to open sales for these new custom tanks beginning in May 2015.
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BMW has always been unabashed about its ability to develop cutting-edge technology, be it in its cars or motorcycles. It’s this constant pursuit of all things revolutionary that has made the German company a force to be reckoned with in the business. Recently, BMW Motorrad once again gave life to that belief when it applied to get European patents to a three-cylinder pushrod engine that’s unlike anything we’ve seen from the company before.
Based on the patent drawings filed by BMW, it appears that engineers are working on trying to put three cylinders into the normal space of its own V-twin engines. Such an approach has been done before, but not, it seems, to the extent of the configuration BMW is using on this engine. It’s a strange-looking engine with two of the cylinders using just one crankpin and a third having its own, positioned just inside of the drivetrain’s V-angle. Look a little closer and you’ll also notice that the cylinders have a unique look that works with pushrods tasked to operate the valves.
In a somewhat nondescript disclosure to the World Intellectual Property Organization, BMW explained that this particular three-cylinder configuration “represents an as of yet unknown type of W-3 reciprocating piston internal combustion engine having cylinder angles which can be largely freely sized.”
I’m not quite sure what the future of this engine is going to look like, but others have speculated that it could be used on one of BMW Motorrad’s future cruiser models. I’m not entirely opposed to that idea because that would be a fresh approach on a future cruiser, a strategy that BMW seems to know all too well these days.
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Wunderlich is one of the most trusted aftermarket parts manufacturers for BMW motorcycles. The company has earned a pretty good reputation among BMW’s riders and there is no wonder why as its products are reliable, practical and easy to mount on the stock models.
The latest product designed by the German company is a tasty windscreen named the Ergo Marathon. The new windscreen has a modern design and was especially developed for the BMW R1200GS. The company promises that its special windscreen will improve the motorcycle’s aerodynamic abilities and the rider’s comfort during long journeys. There is also available an additional support bracket which eliminates the vibrations produced while riding on tough terrains.
The Ergo Marathon windscreen is made of petrol-resistant Lexan plastic and is offered in two versions - clear or smoke-tinted. Needless to say, that the Ergo Marathon windscreen can be mounted very easy on the bike and doesn’t require any modification whatsoever.
The Wunderlich Ergo Marathon for the BMW 1200GS is offered with a MSRP of $309.
Touratech is already known for its wide range of aftermarket accessories, so its new products comes as no surprise. We are talking about its new Zega Pro Aluminium Panniers that were especially developed for the 2013 BMW R1200GS.
Needless to say that the panniers were designed with practicality in mind and come together with model specific racks so they can be easily installed on the motorcycle.
The Zega Pro Aluminium Panniers are made of 1.5mm thick aluminium sheets with a reinforced structure, and are offered in three volumes namely 21, 38 and 45 liters. You can also choose from three colors including bare aluminium, anodized black or anodized silver.
The panniers were carefully designed to withstand the toughest punishments and are the perfect solution if you want to some extra storage place. Thanks to their tough construction they can be used both on- and off-road.
The Touratech Shows Zega Pro Aluminium Panniers offered for the 2013 BMW R1200GS are priced between $1342 - $1538.
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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.
German BMW tuner AC Schnitzer finally got its hands on the S1000RR and turned it into a much better daily use superbike. That’s right. It may be hard to believe, but their approach aims towards comfort and practicability simply because the bike doesn’t need any upgrades on the performance side.
So, what’s new on it? Take the adjustable handlebars and yoke for instance. They’re straight and feature an adjustable clamp, definitely not an everyday fitment on a bike like this. Other new features on the AC Schnitzer S1000RR are the brake and clutch levers, a carbon fiber exhaust silencer, crash bungs, performance air-filter and a numberplate hanger, all leaving a distinct mark on the already kind of unique bike.
BMW tuner Van Harten Performance from Holand recently got its hands on a brand new BMW S1000RR superbike and, apart from turning it into what appears to be a carbon fiber edition, it can also brag about being the first to take the S1000RR beyond the 200bhp barrier. And I’m not so sure you’ll believe us when saying they managed to squeeze 210bhp out of German inline-four by only adding a four-in-one Akrapovic exhaust system. But it is the truth and it really shows this bike’s tuning potential.
BMW’s tuner, AC Schnitzer, presents their latest intervention on a motorcycle. The BMW F 800 Reloaded, as it is called, has suffered multiple changes and upgrades, the sportier look being valued through the infinity of accessories. The mid-sized naked known as the F 800 R now drifts away from its origins and actually looks very similar to its bigger sibling, the K 1300 R, which was also tuned by AC Schnitzer.
Thus, in the list of replaced parts and accessories we find: new front spoiler, which covers the engine almost entirely, Stealth silencer with EC approval and removable DB-Killer, WP central shock, WP fork, crash pads, high performance air filter, wider handlebar and adjustable brake and clutch levers. Also, the F 800 Reloaded was fitted with a new headlight fairing and is covered in a color called Titanium.
So this is how you turn an average F 800 R into a much more aggressive two-wheeler if you’re an experienced German tuner working with both cars and motorcycles.
German tuners ‘Wunderlich’ recently performed a radical transformation on a 2009 BMW K1300R with incredible results. In fact, I would call this a better candidate for the MotoTerminator title than the Confederate models that were created with robotics in mind.
The Wunderlich BMW K1300R is a sophisticated motorcycle robot send back in time to change the life of one lucky rider. Upgrading the bike from all points of view with aftermarket units such as the titanium sports exhaust, lightweight wheels, wave-style discs, flat sports bars, uprated suspensions and a radical headlight cluster, the German tuning experts managed to make this thing really their own…and add an extra $9,000 on top of the Beamer’s original price.
One of Germany’s most notorious tuners, AC Schnitzer, recently finished work on the all-new BMW K1300R and– by what this picture reveals – they enhanced the model’s aggressive looks without neglecting performance either.
The upgrades consist in: lighter AC Schnitzer ACS forged alloy wheels, a Superbike bar conversion package, AC Schnitzer Stealth silencer with EC approval and removable DB Killer, high performance manifold, belly pan, cockpit and lamp trim as well as an AC Schnitzer pillion cover. Standard clutch and brake levers are replaced by AC’s more resistant and also adjustable units made of aeronautical aluminum.
AC Schnitzer hasn’t yet announced the price of the impressive transformation, but I don’t know why I have a hunch that you don’t really want to find that out, but simply look at the bike and be impressed by the transformation.
BMW has launched an innovative new Neck Brace System that greatly reduces the risk of serious neck injury for motorcycle riders.
The system, which is similar to the HANS Device already used in motor racing, sits between a rider’s shoulders and any helmet and is designed to restrain excessive movement of the head or hyper-extension caused in accidents.
Made from a mix of carbon fibre, Kevlar and fibre-glass for strength, the Neck Brace System uses an impact-absorbing and ‘skin-friendly’ foam (...)
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The days of riders stopping on the hard shoulder to turn the page of the map are numbered, following the arrival of the latest Satellite Navigation system from BMW Motorrad.
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