Top 5 new Sports-Tourers coming in 2020
Call them bikes that perfectly fill the gap between thrilling sportsbike and the gigantic touring machines, sports-tourers are naturally long haul motorcycles with sportbike expectations built to get the best out of that long way home. Here is our list of 2020’s top five machines offering the same capabilities as touring bikes but without sacrificing any of the sporty performance.
They tend to be a bit lighter and corner well but aren’t the most comfortable. The riding position tends to be a bit more relaxed compared to sports machines, and there’s better wind protection, much better pillion comforts, transmission with lower gearing, and usually a whole quick-release pannier system designed.
2017 BMW HP4 Race
Public demand for race-ready road bikes has never been higher, and the folks down at the Bayerische Motoren Werke are trying to take that momentum to the bank with its HP4 Race. Like many of its track-day competitors have recently done, BMW set about the business of mini-mass producing a bike that carries as much of its factory-team race gear as they are comfortable sharing with the world. However, the factory isn’t risking much in this bid for a slice of the hardcore race-fan market with a limited-edition run of 750 hand-built superbike units, so in addition to the obvious attraction of the technology and power we can add ’rarity’ to the curb appeal. Here we have a 215 horsepower engine pushing the world’s first all carbon-fiber frame with a veritable alphabet soup of features that are surely indispensable for racers looking for an edge.
Continue reading for my review of the BMW HP4 Race.
BMW’s electric supersport to beat the mighty HP4
The HP4 is an exemplary showcase of cutting-edge technology, exotic materials, skilled craftsmanship, design, and creativity. This tells us all about the experience, skillset and state-of-the-art know-how the folks at BMW have that make them rise above and beyond. But what if the same guys one day decide to power their machine with batteries and motors instead of pistons and shafts?
Don’t bother, because they have already done that a couple of years ago. The experimental vehicle eRR, created as a project with the Technical University of Munich, envisioned a BMW badge on an electric supersport motorcycle back in 2015 when the whole idea of electric powertrains was still in the concept stages.
What if BMW makes a mid-segment supersports?
The current S1000RR held the throne of being the most proficient machine in the liter class superbike segment in terms of technical prowess and the entire package for a long time now. But the German maker hasn’t had any footfall in the mid-segment supersport arena because they pretty much did not give a damn.
But imagining them do it is going to bring a lot of sleepless nights to the Japanese players who have taken the top slots to the throne in the 600 cc segment. There are no official word or snippets from anywhere suggesting this might happen, but this did not stop our friend Nicolas Petit to sketch a few potent machines that can come out of the Beemer factory gates.
2015 - 2018 BMW S 1000 RR
BMW has always had a presence in the motorcycle racing world, in fact the word “Beemer” was coined specifically for BMW’s race bikes of old, and the factory continues its blitz into the 21st century. The S 1000 RR is already part of that history, and it is marketed as a race bike, though truth to tell, the official factory race bike gets some features you won’t see on the street, but that isn’t unusual. Moved by a 999 cc engine that delivers nearly 200 hp, the S 1000 RR is nothing to take lightly. Salient point is; this bike is very close to the official race bike, which makes sense considering that it started life as a race bike in ’09 that spilled over into production for the general public the following year.
Continue reading for my review of the BMW S 1000 RR.
BMW is busy testing the 2018 S1000RR and it seems that the Germans are thorough this time.
Although late to the party, the Germans are finally upping the ante of their litre class superbike, the S 1000RR. The engineers gave it enough oomph to uphold its end of the bargain pretty well with the 2015 upgrade and the bike had a good run with class leading power figures and chassis structure, until now.
She is now, at eight years old, missing a few exquisite equipment list and sorts of electronic wizardry that adorns the modern 2017 competition like the Fireblades’, Ninjas’, R1s’ and the GSXs’. They are faster, lighter and cleverer than ever before and could easily clip off the S 1000 RR one by one. Luckily, BMW says enough is enough and are readying a machine that could spell out being the Pinnacle of German Engineering.
Sport-touring is the name of the game when you take a sportbike and give it an upright, comfortable seating position that’ll let you go for miles. The K 1300 S from BMW Motorrad is one of those bikes.
When standing still, the K 1300 S looks like it’s going to be fast. When you start it up, it sounds like it’s going to be fast. And you know what? When you ride it, it is fast. Sure there are bikes out there with more horsepower and higher top speeds, but the K 1300 S is built solid, it feels solid and when you get it out on the pavement, it doesn’t disappoint.
Continue reading for my review of the BMW K 1300 S.
Meet the 2014 BMW HP4, a scary German machinery that wears a High Performace badge. The motorcycle was derived from the S 1000 RR so it is powered by the lightest 4-cylinder engine in the segment.
The 999cc, water/oil-cooled, in-line 4-cylinder, 4-stroke unit puts out a peak power of 193 Hp (142 KW) at 13,000 rpm and 83 Lb/Ft (112 Nm) at 9,750 rpm. All this power can propel you to a maximum speed of over 125 mph and is kept in leash by a constant mesh six speed gearbox.
The engine is mounted in the center of an aluminium composite bridge frame which sits on a front upside down telescopic fork with Dynamic Damping Control DDC, Adjustable Spring Preload and Electronically Adjustable Damping. Out back there is an aluminium dual swing arm with dynamic damping control DDC (central spring strut), hydraulically adjustable spring preload, adjustable compression and rebound damping.
The 2014 BMW HP4 is offered with a base price of $20,835.
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BMW presents its 2014 S 1000 RR - a true superbike with a racy DNA.
It is useless to say that the motorcycle comes with a comprehensive list of high tech features that were carefully developed to maximize its high speed performances.
Features such as radial brakes, ABS adjustable riding modes or traction control put the 2014 BMW S 1000 RR on top of the food chain.
Not to mention about the high tech aluminum bridge type frame that offers a perfect mix between light weight and rigidity maximizing the motorcycle’s handling abilities.
The frame is wrapped around a 999cc, water/oil-cooled 4-cylinder 4-stroke in-line engine with four titanium valves per cylinder and two overhead camshafts. The unit puts out a maximum power of 193 Hp (142 KW) at 13.000 rpm while the peak torque is rated at 83 Lb/Ft (112 Nm) at 9.750 rpm.
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There is no secret that BMW’s vehicles are considered among the most capable machines from the streets and there is no wonder why as they come with the latest technologies in the business and offer mind blowing performances.
BMW’s supersport motorcycles make no exception and one of the best models built by the German manufacturer is the S 1000 RR.
This stunning two wheel beast is without a doubt one of the most capable motorcycles from the streets and race tracks. It can deal effortless with windy roads, fast tracks and tight city streets, being the perfect bike for adrenaline-hungry riders.
At its heart lies a water-cooled, 4-stroke, in-line, four-cylinder-engine with two camshafts and four valves per cylinder. The engine delivers an impressive power of 193 hp at 13,000 rpm and 112 Nm of torque at 9,750 rpm.
However, power without control is useless, therefore the BMW S 1000 RR Sport comes with standard Race ABS, Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) and Gear Shift Assistance.
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Meet the BMW HP4 Carbon - a fast motorcycle wrapped in a sporty skin and equipped with state of the art technologies.
This German machine features a series of HP components which give it a fairly unique personality. Among them there are the HP brake lever, HP clutch lever and HP rider footrest system. You also get a special HP engine spoiler, HP plate holder and the HP fuel tank trim all made of carbon.
This stunning supersport motorcycle is propelled by a similarly stunning water/oil-cooled, 4-cylinder, 4-stroke in-line engine with four titanium valves per cylinder and two overhead camshafts. Fire up the engine and you’ll, be assaulted by a peak power of 193 bhp at 13,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 112 Nm at 9,750 rpm.
The BMW HP4 CARBON is offered with a base price of £19,350.00.
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The BMW F800GT offers an interesting mix of power, comfort and sporty handling, being considered by many riders a fairly versatile motorcycle that can deal with anything you ask of it.
At the heart of this German machine sits a 798cc, water-cooled 4-stroke in-line two-cylinder engine with two overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder and dry sump lubrication. The engine develops a maximum power of 90 hp at 8,000 rpm and 86 Nm of torque at 5,800 rpm. All this power is more than enough to propel the motorcycle to a maximum speed of over 125 mph.
To help you use the entire power generated by the engine, BMW equipped its F800GT with a longer rear-wheel swing arm and a tighter suspension that offer a great stability at high speeds.
As far as ergonomics are concerned the F 800 GT comes with a three way adjustable seat and a sporty handlebar combined with an easy to read instrument panel.
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The German manufacturer launched a new refreshed superbike – the 2013 version of the BMW S1000 RR. The new motorcycle has anything it needs to compete with success against the best models in its segment and thanks to its new upgrades it continues to stay on top of the pack when it comes to performance and safety.
Among the most interesting features offered by the new generation S1000RR you’ll find an aluminum bridge-type frame, radial brakes, a super sporty tail-up nose-down design, hot colors and electronic rider assistance.
To enhance riding performance even more the motorcycle is offered with four riding modes that help you adjust power delivery, throttle response, Race ABS action and even the Dynamic Traction Control.
The motorcycle sports a 999cc, Water/oil-cooled 4-cylinder 4-stroke in-line engine which cranks out a massive 83 lb.ft of torque at 9750 rpm and 193 hp at 13.000 rpm.
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The BMW K1300S is one of the most appreciated super sport motorcycles in its segment. There is no wonder why, as the bike has anything it needs to be considered a speed demon.
It comes with an aerodynamic design, sport tires and racy suspensions. Needless to say that is also equipped with one of the most capable engines in its class. The engine is a water-cooled 4-stroke in-line four-cylinder-unit, with four valves per cylinder, two overhead camshafts and dry sump lubrication. It has a 1.293 ccm displacement and cranks out 175 hp (129 KW) at 9,250 rpm and 103 ft-lb (140 Nm) of torque at 8,250 rpm. Start the engine and you’ll be rewarded with a throaty sound from a cool, hexagonal tube. Power is send to the wheels through a constant mesh 6-speed gearbox.
Thanks to its sporty pedigree the BMW K1300S is capable to reach a maximum speed of over 200 kmph and has an average fuel consumption of 50 mpg (at a constant speed of 90 kmph).
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Since its introduction the BMW S1000RR has dominated the market. Despite the fact that the bike is around for over a decade its engine output has remained unchanged and the unit continues to develop 142 kW (193 hp) with a weight of only 204 kilograms including 90% fuel (206.5 weight with Race ABS).
However, the German engineers have constantly improved the engine by enhancing the linearity and harmoniousness of its power and torque curves. The same operation was made for 2013 and besides it the bike also comes with an upgraded suspension which boosts its riding dynamics.
The company didn’t stop to technical modifications and has also made a few design changes. The tail section now brings a considerably leaner look, while the asymmetrical side panels and the centre airbox cover are also slightly reshaped. Moreover, on the top side of the panels, a new, telling identifying feature takes the form of two winglets that enhance the aerodynamic qualities.
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