TopSpeed 2020 BMW Buying Guide
BMW Motorrad has long been known for the quality of its products, and the factory earns that reputation anew with its MY2020 lineup. In-house electronic innovations and mechanical refinements hold the marque in good stead against even the best market performers around the world. Sporty demeanors and luxe appointments combine across the model spread, and the factory has something for everyone with its Urban Mobility segment up through the top-tier touring machines.
2021 - 2022 BMW R18 Classic
BMW built the R 18 Classic with an old-school tourbike trim package on the base-model R 18 First Edition. In spite of its Bavarian origins, this model serves up a heaping helping of Americana with classic elements such as the large screen, passing lamps and saddlebags as part of the stock equipment package. Beemer’s most powerful boxer-twin to date pushes it down the road with modern rider aids to complete the package and make it a thoroughly modern machine.
2021 - 2022 BMW R 1250 GS Adventure
The 2021 model year marked an important milestone for BMW’s “GS” platform as the 40th year of adventure-enduro magic to come out of Germany. There’s a special limited-edition model year of the R 1250 GS Adventure to celebrate the GS line’s success through a special trim package and color selection, but even the base platform was improved, largely due to feedback from riders of the previous generations. New features join equipment that was previously considered optional along with an expanded range of ex werke features and gear.
2021 - 2022 BMW R 1250 GS
BMW launched into MY2021 with a freshly updated R 1250 GS base model accompanied by a 40th year anniversary model that sports the Option 719 “bumblebee” livery. The boxer-twin powerplant remains the same mechanically but comes with improved ride-control and safety electronics along with some long-requested optional comfort gear and a full line of ex-werke accessory equipment to boot. BMW brings its on- and off-road experience together to make a truly capable globetrotter, and decidedly not the two-wheeled equivalent of a soccer mom’s SUV.
2021 - 2022 BMW G 310 R
BMW rolled into 2021 with what it calls a soft re-imagination of its plucky little roadster, the G 310 R. Not only did BMW tuneup the looks, but the new G 310 R sports a number of tech upgrades and safety equipment to boot. The engine is a carryover from 2020 even though it, too, hits the showroom floor with buffed engine-control electronics and mechanical features. New paint packages finish out the details that make their model debut in MY2021.
2021 - 2022 BMW R nineT
BMW rolled into MY2021 with a handful of improvements to its base-model R nineT. The updated engine meets EU-5 emissions standards and the electronics suite delivers more safety- and ride-quality features right off the showroom floor. New suspension components boost comfort as well to finish out the improvements for the R nineT model.
2021 - 2022 BMW R 18
BMW finally resolved the curiosity it cultivated with the buildup prior to the unveiling of its boss new cruiser, the R 18. This model wants a chunk of the retro-cruiser market with a faux rigid rear end and old-school geometry, but it ain’t all about the looks. This machine carries the largest boxer-twin engine that Beemer has ever mounted in a bike frame. In spite of its simple, clean look, there is plenty of ride-control wizardry under the hood.
2022 BMW K 1600 GT
BMW’s K 1600 GT bridges the gap between the straight-up bagger K 1600 B and the K 1600 GTL tour bike that all saw a host of improvements ahead of MY2022. A revised powerplant brings more torque than before along with new electronics to help it meet its EU-5 emissions rating. Adaptive lighting moves from the options list over to the standard equipment package along with a new multi-function TFT instrument interface and new optional gear from which to choose.
Drag Race: Can A Near-stock BMW S 1000 RR Take On A Souped Up Suzuki Hayabusa & Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R?
The BMW S 1000 RR is one of the fastest bikes money can buy, but the same can also be said for the iconic Japanese hyper-tourers, the Suzuki Hayabusa and the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R.
Ever wondered whether the 1000cc BMW can take on these 1300+cc heavyweights in a straight line? Well, lucky for you, here’s a drag race that answers that very question.
New BMW R1300 and M1400 GS Models On The Way
Last year, spy shots circulated of a heavily disguised BMW GS model on test. That it was going to be a new model was clear, but quite what the specifications would be was not known. Now, a listing on a BMW Service Request website shows not one but three new GS models.
Settling The Inline-4 vs V4 Debate: 2019 Aprilia RSV4 1100 & 2019 BMW S 1000 RR Fight It Out In A Straight Line
Liter-class bikes mostly comprise two engine configurations, either four-cylinders stacked in a single line i.e. inline-four, or four-cylinders stacked in a way that they create a ‘V’ shape i.e. V4.
There’s always been a huge argument between fanboys of either configuration suggesting their favorite one is better. But talking only gets you so far, so the folks at 44Teeth took matters into their own hands and took a ‘19 Aprilia RSV4 1100 and a ‘19 BMW S 1000 RR to a drag strip to find out which one’s faster. Here’s how it went.
Drag Race: Three Sports Tourer Motorcycles Try To Take Down A 200+HP Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R
With each passing day, motorcycle manufacturers are pushing the envelope of peak power that you can churn out from an engine. As a result, both sportbikes and sports tourers are getting more powerful and faster, to the extent that the gap between these two categories has shrunk.
This raises a very valid question - Can a modern-day sports tourer motorcycle keep up with (let alone beat) a modern-day liter-class sportbike? I’m sure this is a question, that many people want to know the answer to.
Lucky for us, Revzilla had the same idea, owing to which they brought along three leading sports tourer bikes - the BMW S 1000 XR, Kawasaki Ninja 1000 SX, and Aprilia Tuono V4 - to a drag strip, pitting them against a Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R. Here’s how it went down.
2022 BMW K 1600 GTL
BMW buffs up its long-distance touring chops with a freshly updated GTL model built on the K 1600 platform. The engine is cleaner with a tad more torque, plus it boasts a new electronic engine control system and expanded ride controls electronics. A top case and relaxed ergonomic profile complete the package for this American-style touring machine.
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2022 BMW K 1600 Grand America
The BMW K 1600 Grand America carries a number of upgrades worthy of the de facto family ambassador into the ’22 model year. Improvements in the lighting, power delivery, and the addition of standard features that were once optional, or not available at all. Next-generation electronic suspension and a high-vis TFT display round out the new goodies.
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2022 BMW K 1600 B
BMW beat its K 1600 tourbike platform mercilessly with the buffhammer for the ’22 model year, and the result is a marked improvement over the previous generation for its bagger-tastic “B” variant. Updated electronics and out-of-this-world graphics join a souped-up engine and specialized LED lighting to make this a significant upgrade worthy of the “new” tag. This model is clearly aimed at the U.S. market, or at least at riders interested in a proper Boulevard Bruiser with strong, American-style touring capabilities.