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Roland Sands Transforms a 2008 R1200GS Into a Paris Dakar Rally Homage

A Beautifully Crafted Machine

Most folks know of Roland Sands and his company Roland Sands Design. Recently he and his team took a 2008 R1200GS and transformed it into a homage to the 1980s rally bikes that took on the Paris-Dakar Rally. 

Sands drew inspiration from an R80GS that was built by racing specialists HPN-Motorradtechnik. That bike was ridden by Gaston Rahier in the 1986 Paris-Dakar Rally.

The bike that Sands crafted was named “Dakar GS,” which is a fitting title. The bike has 45mm telescopic fork legs with an upgraded Ohlins cartridge kit taken from a Honda Africa Twin. This took some doing because of BMW’s unique Telelever front suspension setup. To make it work, the team used a front end from a 2018 BMW R nineT.

RSD Dakar GS

At the back of the bike, things weren’t so difficult. Sands and his team could simply fit a stock Ohlins shock to manage the travel of the rear swingarm. From there, the team robbed the R nineT of its oil cooler and added plenty of RSD custom parts. They also added AltRider guards, a Touratech aluminum skid plate, and SW Motech engine crash rails.

The bike also features Dubya USA custom wheels (a 21-incher up front and an 18-incher in the rear) that are shod in Dunlop D908RR Rally Raid rubber. The subframe is more or less original to the 2008 GS. Some small alterations were made to fit the Saddlemen seat and survival box. There’s an Akrapovich exhaust and a Baja Designs XL Pro LED headlamp housed in a custom fairing.

RSD Dakar GS

The gas tank was altered by RSD’s team and was painted in the classic livery by Airtrix. There are some ProTaper Evo handlebars and AEM Factory Titanium/carbon fiber brake and clutch levers as well as a Raceco custom rally tower. There’s also a Lowrance Elite-5 Ti GPS.

The RSD team said the entire process is repeatable for the right price. I’d imagine it would have to be a whole lot of money to make that happen, though.

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Send Your BMW R nineT Back To 1934 With NMoto’s New Bolt-On Kit

Reimagining The R nineT For The Low-Low

Look, the R nineT is a very classy looking bike… But do you know what is even classier? NMoto’s Nostalgia R7 look-alike build. Unfortunately, you probably don’t have enough trade-in value to swap your BMW R nineT for the $50,000 Nostalgia, but now NMoto has a cheaper option to achieve the same look for pennies on the dollar.

NMoto is finally offering a bolt-on kit a year after unveiling its Nostalgia build; A 1934 BMW R7 throwback. It’s unfortunate for some who paid the 50k total cost to have them build one for you, but for the rest of us (who have some time on our hands and a spare R nineT hanging around), this is your golden ticket to classic riding.

The complete bolt-on kit will cost you approximately $6,950, and requires no cutting, welding, or drilling into your precious R nineT; Which is great in the event you want to revert it back to stock for resale. It maintains the stock ergonomics of the bike, so although your steed may look different, there will be a sigh of relief knowing it will feel and ride the same. The kit is available for pre-order this October through NMoto with a $100 refundable reservation fee (free shipping on pre-orders) and will come to select BMW dealers down the line.

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BMW Motorrad Days Will Move to Berlin in 2021

BMW Motorrad Days will move to Berlin in 2021, according to a recent announcement. Previously, the event was held in Munich. There were 18 successful BMW Motorrad Days held in Munich, so the move to Berlin is an important one. 

Berlin is “in the heart of Europe” as BMW puts it in its press release, and it’s where BMW has built motorcycles for half a century. This new location for the event is a new chapter for the event, and it should be a smart move.

“The BMW Motorrad Days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen has been a genuine success story – an event that has attracted tens of thousands of visitors every year and was founded on excellent cooperation with the municipality of Garmisch-Partenkirchen,” said Dr. Markus Schramm, Head of BMW Motorrad.

The idea behind the move is the “break new ground.” the company wants to shake things up, in a way, and focus on brand development and the new design concepts. BMW wants to keep the BMW Motorrad Days fresh and interesting for the future, which will likely include many new zero-emissions mobility solutions and unique urban mobility concepts. 

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“I am very pleased that the BMW Motorrad Days, one of the largest motorcycle events in Europe, will come to Berlin next year and that we were able to win this attractive and traditional event for our city,” said the mayor of Berlin, Michael Muller.

Hopefully, this will translate to further success for BMW and the BMW Motorrad Days.

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Dakar Dream Becomes Custom Reality

Brisbane rider Daniele Milazzo grew up watching the Dakar Rally on SBS TV and always dreamt of owning one of the victorious BMW race bikes.

Dakar Dreams

Instead of trying to find an ex-race bike, Daniele set about totally rebuilding a 1983 BMW R 80 ST and customising it into a G/S version.

Dakar Dreams

“It’s not a full rally replica, but more of a comfort off-road tourer,” Daniele says.

Dakar Dreams

BMW Motorrad built the R 80 G/S from 1980 to 1987 and won the famous Europe-to-Africa Dakar Rally in 1981,1983–1985 with the R 80.

After the rally organisers reduce the engine capacity limits because of the dangers of the powerful high-speed machines, BMW won again in 1999 and 2000 with an F 650 model.

Daniele, a 44-year-old digital designer, has been riding since 2000 on everything from a Vespa to a BMW R 1200 GS.

Dakar Dreams

“I chose this bike because growing up I remember vividly the Sahara Dakars,” he says.

“The adventure you could sense in those early races.”

Dakar Dreams

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So why an R 80 ST?

“One day I met Ron Van de Weil, a very experience mechanic, and after talking to him, we embarked on the journey of improving what is a solid machine and restoring what needs to be fixed.

Dakar Dreams

“The bike has been rebuilt from the ground up. It’s a comfortable adventure bike. Meticulously put together.”

Dakar Dreams

We think it looks pretty cool!

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Will Manufacturers Fight Chinese Ripoffs?

The latest blatant ripoff of motorcycle design by the Chinese is a Moto S450RR which looks very much like BMW’s S 1000 RR and even features a version of the famous Bavarian marque’s blue roundel logo.

It is not the first nor the last ripoff of successful motorcycle and car models by the Chinese who are making headlines for intellectual property and data theft almost daily.

BMW Chinese Ripoff

In fact, It’s not the first BMW ripoff, either.

Last year we reported on a BMW G 310 GS ripoff, called an Everest Kaiyue 400X.

In the past we have also seen Chinese electric versions of the Honda Goldwing, China’s CFMoto 650TK which is very similar to Honda’s ST1300 and a Chinese brand called “Hongda” that made Honda lookalikes.

The Vietnamese are also in on the ripoff act with “Ducati” Monsters made by Quang Phuong Motor.

But what is most alarming is that motorcycle companies seem to be nothing about the theft of their intellectual property.

We contacted high-level executives at BMW Global asking what they would do about the ripoffs.

BMW Chinese Ripoff

These contacts normally reply quickly and even over weekends!

However, five days later there is not a word from BMW HQ, just as there was last time with the G 310 GS ripoff.

In fact, the only company that seems to actively pursue the copycats is iconic Italian scooter company Lambretta who is taking “strict” action against companies “free riding on the repute of Lambretta”.

They claim the global market is flooded with replicas of their classic scooters from China, India and Thailand.

The Chinese seem immune to international trade laws that bind other countries.

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We all know the Chinese make cheap copies of well-known brands and many of us probably have a Gucci belt made of plastic in a sweatshop in China

However, the Chinese have also made a lot of copies of bigger and more expensive products such as cars.

Some of the cars Chinese manufacturers have copied include the Range Rover Evoque, Smart ForTwo, Hummer, Porsche Cayman, Audi A6, Jeep Cherokee, BMW X1, Rolls-Royce Phantom and MINI Cooper.

Several car manufacturers tried to stop them copying their cars, but failed in an obstructive and partisan legal system, so they formed alliances with Chinese companies to make their products for the local market.

Honda and Yamaha have also tried to fight Chinese manufacturers in the courts over breach of copyright, but it is a long process as there are hundreds of knockoff manufacturers.

So, like the car makers, Honda has formed an allegiance with one of the knockoff Chinese companies to make their bikes for the local market.

Images for this article sourced from MotoSaigon.vn

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Rare BMWs Hit Auction Block

A collection of more than 20 classic BMW motorcycles, representing eight decades of the Bavarian machines, will hit the auction block this weekend in Switzerland.

The Bonhams auction returns to Bonmont Golf and Country Club in Cheserex, Switzerland on Sunday 20 September 2020.

It will be followed on 10 October 2020 by another Bonhams auction at Barber Motorsports Museum, in Alabama, featuring several rare BMWs including a 1928 BMW R57.

The Bonmont auction features classic and modern vehicles, but the highlights will be two exceptionally rare and sought after 1920s BMWs.

A 1927 BMW R42 is estimated to fetch up to $US53,000 while a 1928 R57, one of only 1006 produced, is estimated to reach as much as $US85,000.

Post-war motorcycles offered include a 1976 BMW R90S (up to $20,000) and a 1982 example of the BMW R80G/S (up to $US15,500), the ‘gentleman’s green laner’ model which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

Also featured in The Bonmont Sale is a 1977 Honda CB500 Swiss police motorcycle (up to $US16,500) which served in the cantons of Frebourg and then Solthurn, estimate.

You can view the online catalogue here: https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26261/.

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The Bonhams Bonmont Sale will be held on Sunday 20 September starting at 2pm (CEST).

It will be a traditional live auction, with an auctioneer at the rostrum and bids will be accepted from clients in the room (respecting social distancing and all local COVID guidelines), with limited public admission by prior appointment.

Check out our top 10 tips for buying at auction.

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BMW Teases the New BMW G 310 R

BMW’s small-displacement G 310 R has been a real winner for the last couple of years, but now the company is working on some new versions of the bike.

The company’s India website recently teased the new G 310 R. You can book a motorcycle now. This is the first official teaser we’ve seen on the company’s website. BMW isn’t pushing the bike yet on its other websites yet. The Indian one is the first I’m seeing of it.

Earlier this year, the bike was spotted testing alongside the G 310 GS. So, this isn’t a huge surprise, but the details of the machine are still unclear. It should be a minor update to the model. The main changes will be focused on the engine and making it compliant with the ever-tightening emissions in India.

According to RideApart, although BMW usually launches products first in Europe, the company will launch the new G 310 R (and likely the G 310 GS) in India first and then spread it out from there to other markets. That means if you live in Europe, North America, Australia, or anywhere else for that matter, you’ll have to wait for these new small-displacement machines.

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Prices and details will be available at a later date. It’s good to see BMW making progress on these. The sooner the G 310 R and G 310 GS launch in India, the sooner they will be sent around the world.

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BMW Plans Boxer-Style Electric Bike

BMW Motorrad looks like it may go ahead and produce an electric motorcycle that looks like a traditional Boxer-powered bike.

In June 2019, the company unveiled their BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster with a boxer-styled electric powerplant.

Now they have filed 11 trademark filings with the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA) with nine referring to “DC” motorcycles.
The two others include terms “CE02” and “CE04” which probably refers to their plans for an electric C1 scooter with a detachable roof, seat belts and car-like crumple zones.

BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster electric boxer electromobility
BMW’s Vision DC Roadster electric concept

The Bavarian company has had an electric scooter, the C-Evolution, for some time and has shown its Concept Link electric scooter and electric S 1000 RR concept called the eRR.

BMW is pulling out all stops with their electric car fleet, but has been slower to electrify their two-wheeled models.

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Various BMW Motorrad executives have varied in their ideas about when to bring an electric motorcycle to the market in the next five years.

But maybe things are now moving more rapidly with this latest trademark filing.

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BMW Introduces Worry-Free Chain

Keeping your motorcycle chain clean, lubricated and tensioned is a messy business, but now BMW has developed a special chain that never needs lubricating nor re-tensioning.

BMW has long been known for its maintenance-free shafts, but now they have extended that ability with their M Endurance chain in 525 pitch.

BMW Group Australia Nick Raman Product Communications Manager says the M Endurance chain is standard on the S 1000 RR Race and S 1000 RR M Sport from September 2020 production.

“It is also standard on the S 1000 XR Sport and available optionally on the S 1000 XR Tour from August 2020 production,” he says.

“The ex-factory price for the chain on the S 1000 XR Tour is $160, though we don’t have any information at this point on whether it will be available on other models.”

That’s not too bad considering chains cst between about $50 and $200 for a gold link model and these should last longer.

BMW Motorrad’s global release says “further models are being prepared for this feature”, so we expect the F and G models will get something similar.

However, it may also be suitable for non-BMW bikes.

Company spokesman Gerhard Lindner says: “I think you can put it on every bike with a 525er chain.”

BMW Motorrad No Maintenance Chain

So how does it work?

The M Endurance chain has a resident permanent lubricant filling between the rollers and pins, enclosed by X-rings, so they don’t require lubrication, nor re-tensioning.

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BMW uses a new tetrahedrally amorphous carbon (ta-C) coating material for the rollers. It is also known as industrial diamond.

This coating is harder and more resistant than Diamond Like Carbon. The only thing tougher is pure diamond.

BMW says the ta-C industrial diamond coating “does not wear off” and “drastically” reduces the friction coefficient.

“Thanks to excellent dry lubrication properties and the elimination of wear, the tetrahedral amorphous carbon coated rollers of the M Endurance chain offer maintenance comfort equivalent to that of a shaft drive motorcycle,” BMW claims.

“This includes all the cleaning work that is unavoidable with a conventional chain due to splashed lubricant. Accordingly, the M Endurance chain also offers maximum environmental friendliness.”

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BMW issues two product recalls

BMW Motorrad has issued two recalls in North America for leaks in brakes and real tanks for a variety of models.

The recalls do not affect any bikes in Australia.

The brake recall affects the following models:

  • 2019 and 2020 BMW R 1250 GS
  • 2019 and 2020 BMW R 1250 GS Adventure
  • 2019 and 2020 BMW R 1250 RT
  • 2020 BMW S 1000 RR
  • 2020 BMW S 1000 XR

The recall notice says the front brake calliper may leak brake fluid when parked.

This fluid weeping is related to a small incompatibility between the inner seal and seal groove of affected brake callipers.

This could affect brake performance.

Owners should also be aware that brake fluid is extremely corrosive and may affect paintwork.

Riders are asked to check their front brake reservoirs for leaks and contact their local dealers for an inspection and free replacement.

Fault fuel pump

BMW Motorrad has also issued a recall on several 2005 to 2012 models over to a potentially faulty fuel pump.

The following BMW models are involved:

  • 2009-2011 BMW K 1300 S
  • 2009-2011 BMW K 1300 GT
  • 2010-2011 BMW S 1000 RR
  • 2005-2011 BMW R 1200 GS
  • 2005-2011 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure
  • 2005-2011 BMW R 1200 R
  • 2005-2011 BMW R 1200 RT
  • 2006-2008 BMW R 1200 S
  • 2005-2008 BMW R 1200 ST
  • 2006 BMW HP2 Enduro
  • 2007-2009 BMW HP2 Megamoto
  • 2007-2010 BMW HP2 Sport
  • 2005-2008 BMW K 1200 R
  • 2005-2008 BMW K 1200 R Sport
  • 2005-2008 BMW K 1200 S
  • 2005-2008 BMW K 1200 GT
  • 2012 BMW K 1600 GT
  • 2012 BMW K 1600 GTL

The recall notice says excessive loads on the fuel pump flange could cause the plastic to crack and lead to a fuel leak.

Owners are asked to bring in their bikes to a BMW dealer for an inspection and the free installation of a reinforcing ring.

Some owners whose bikes had a support ring replaced in a 2013 recall may require a new fuel pump.

They are warned of potential fire risks from the fuel leak.


Even though manufacturers and importers usually contact owners when a recall is issued, the bike may have been sold privately to a rider unknown to the company.

If you believe there is an endemic problem with your bike that should be recalled, contact the ACCC on 1300 302 502.

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