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Review: BMW F 900 XR

Does BMW Motorrad have a recipe crisis? If we look at their spread of motorcycles they have a mix of R, RR, RS, RT and let's not forget GS, and more. And then there...

Iconoclast: Riding the BMW C 400 GT Scooter

Scooters are slowly shaking off the bad rap they've had for so long. But they're still largely pigeonholed as commuters and city runabouts, and that's fair—they're easy to ride, light on fuel and big...

Review: The BMW S 1000 XR

South Africa is a country where the best scenery is usually at the end of a gravel road, and the Toyota Hilux tops the sales charts. So it's little wonder that the GS range...

BMW R 18 – Berlin Built Bavarian Beauty

The first time I saw the R 18 ‘in the metal’ was at the press launch of the new range of BMW 900’s. Our lunch stop was in the Cradle, and there it was....

Updates for the 2021 BMW R 1250 GS and G 310 GS

The moment BMW unveiled their '40 Years of GS' livery for the F 850 GS, we knew the rest of the GS range would eventually get the same treatment. Now that's been confirmed, with...

Family Values: Riding the BMW F 850 GS Adventure alongside a classic G/S

Today's adventure bike market is jam packed with options—but forty years ago, it didn't even exist. Sure, the Yamaha XT500 was around, but it was really just a scrambler with lights. It wasn't until...

BMW launch their exciting new F 900 R, F 900 XR and S 1000...

Before the world reeled under the impact of a virus from Wuhan called COVID-19, I was privileged to attend the world launch of these three bikes in Almeria, Spain. The 900's are totally new...

Ride Review: The BMW C 400 X Scooter

Scooters were my gateway drug into motorcycling. First it was a 50 cc Honda Express pyppoegie that I got around on when I was fresh out of high school. Then, many years later, it...

Insane Spain on BMW’s new F 900 R, F 900 XR and S 1000...

After spending two days at the International Launch of BMW's new middleweight 900's and a totally remade S 1000 XR, it dawned on me why Spain produces so many top road racing stars. It's...

BMW R 1250 RT and RS – two takes on the original Gentlemen’s Express

I am going to deal with the RS first in this account. Fact is, BMW’s RS and I go back a long way. Right back to the bike’s beginning. In 1976 I worked at...

Riding BMW Motorrad’s New Boxer Street Range in the Beautiful Surrounds of Mpumalanga

We were privileged to be invited to BMW Motorrad South Africa’s media launch of the new Boxer Street range. My day started with a short flight from Johannesburg with a few familiar journos to...

Boxer Evolution: Riding the BMW R 1250 GS Adventure with ShiftCam

BMW built its first motorcycle engine some time around 1920—except it didn't power a BMW motorcycle. Called the 'M2B15,' it was a 494 cc, longitudinally-mounted flat twin, which first appeared in the Victoria KR...

City Slicker: Day-to-day with the BMW F 750 GS

You have to feel a little sorry for the BMW F 750 GS. With a lower ride height and less power than its big brother, the F 850 GS, you just know that salesmen...

First Ride Impressions: BMW R1250GS and GSA

I will always remember the first time I stumbled onto the Loteni Valley, conveniently hidden away from the rest of the Midlands Meander, KwaZulu Natal. I would like to claim that I discovered this...

First Impressions of the 2019 BMW F 750 / 850 GS.

Standing position, legs open, knees bent, elbows bent, vision correct! I make sure to follow the rules and give myself a fighting chance. Second gear selected, ready to give it full throttle. The moment of...

Revisited: Is the BMW G 310 GS a Worthy GS?

The 'GS' designation's been part of BMW's line-up for thirty-eight years already. Their flagship R 1200 GS is synonymous with globetrotting—even if only a fraction of owners actually take theirs far enough off the...

BMW G 310 GS Launch – George, Western Cape

Oubaai, the Ernie Els golf estate development at Herolds Bay, just outside George, was the scene of the official launch of the G 310 GS. Anything with the suffix ‘GS’ seems to elicit a...

The Other Boxer: Riding the BMW R 1200 R

Any conversation about modern BMW boxers is going to be dominated by the R 1200 GS. It makes sense: the GS is BMW's best selling model, especially in the primo dual-sport market that is...

BMW Media Day – Mpumalanga.

At 7am we were already landing in Mbombela to attend a BMW Media day. The star of the show was undoubtedly the introduction of the K1600 Bagger. Resplendent in “Blackstorm Metallic” paint, the bike...

Bavaria Bound with the BMW R nineT Urban G/S

BMW has a truly fanatical fan base: if you need proof, a visit to the BMW Motorrad Days is all it takes. It’s an annual three-day shindig held in July, smack bang in the...

Ride Review: 2017 BMW R nineT

It could be said that, when BMW entered the retro-bike market, it really kick-started the whole movement. After all, if a brand as staid and traditional as BMW could rise to new heights of...

The BMW G 310 R – First Ride Impressions!

For the first time, BMW Motorrad is entering the under 500cc market with their newly developed G 310 R, which offers a quality BMW product just in a smaller package. The G 310 R...

Ride Review: BMW R NineT Racer

For a while, rumors have been circulating about the demise of the traditional cafe racer. With scramblers and flat trackers dominating the scene, the low-and-sleek genre has been taking a back seat. But like a...

BMW R1200GS RALLYE and R1200GS EXCLUSIVE – First Ride Impressions!

Time really does fly when you are having fun. So much so that a full 37 years has passed since the first BMW GS bike, in the form of the R80 GS, burst onto...

Ride Review: BMW R 1200 R

Let me get straight to the point. This is an absolutely superb motorcycle. The Roadster Bee Ems, have always lived in the shadow of the more versatile G.S. Fact is, many G.S. buyers have...

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