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BMW offers off-road tests

It’s hard enough getting a road test from your local motorcycle dealer, but a test where you take an adventure bike off-road on to dirt is virtually impossible.

That is, unless you want to buy a BMW!

In the past couple of years, BMW Motorrad Australia has offered paid off-road tests for potential  buyers at various locations around the nation to experience their GS range.

It’s not the only innovative BMW also offers riders the chance to test your road bike against 

their fleet with special test-ride and track-day programs across the East Coast of Australia with riding tips from professional coaches.

The GS Experience for 2021 will be held in various locations in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria this year. Bookings are now open.

Riders will have the opportunity to ride the following models:

  • G 310 GS
  • F 750 GS
  • F 850 GS
  • F 850 GS Adventure
  • R 1250 GS
  • R 1250 GS Adventure

Participants will receive two test rides for their $49 entry fee with the ability to select the two models they wish to ride from the list of available bikes on the event booking form.

All participants in the event will receive a limited-edition GS Experience t-shirt and light refreshments throughout the day.

The 2021 GS Experience events will take place on the following dates:

June 23-24
Traquil Park, Maleny

July 8-9
Wisemans Inn Hotel, Wisemans Ferry

Aug 2-3
Matilda Bay Brewery, Healesville

Bookings are now open. More details can be found at https://www.bmw-motorrad.com.au/en/experience/events.html

GS events

The recent 2016 BMW GS Safari was a huge success with 200 riders traversing the glorious off-roads of the Great Dividing Range around the NSW-Queensland border and hinterland. joins recall
GS Safari

Meanwhile, BMW also offers GS events for owners such as the GS Safari and the GS Safari Enduro for more competent off-road riders.

This year’s GS Safari heads to Far North Queensland for five days of adventure riding in the tropics between Townsville and Cairns from May 23-28.

The more off-road oriented GS Safari Enduro (August 22-28) heads to the Central West Queensland town of Longreach, also home of the Qantas Museum, to begin a six-day, 2500km-plus adventure into the Australian Outback, finishing in Toowoomba.

Both events are sold out within hours of being offered, says BMW Motorrad Australia General Manager Andreas Lundgren.

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More BMW cruiser models and parts

BMW’s return to the cruiser market with the R 18 looks like being a success story as the brand announces more models and Corbin adds an aftermarket fairing and seat.

It is usually a mark of the success of a new model when aftermarket companies of the calibre of Corbin of the US produce specific seats.

Not only have they produced a twin seat with backrests (pictured above), but they have also produced a bikini fairing for the cruiser model.

They say it will not only protect the rider with improved aerodynamics, but also help lower wind noise.

And to complement that quieter, calmer “bubble” they also have a Bluetooth audio kit for the fairing with 500 watts of power, a dash-mounted controller and JL Audio 5.25″ coaxial speakers.

BMW R 18 Corbin
Corbin audio for BMW R 18

Surely this means Corbin believe the model will be a huge sales success as do we after our road test last month.

It comes as BMW Australia has announced the arrival of the R 18 Classic.

A Touring model is expected later this year.

BMW R 18 full-dresser
Spy image of an R 18 tourer (S. Baldauf/SB-Medien)

So the bike is now available in the following three models:

R18 Classic: $28,550 ($30,863 rideaway based on Sydney delivery)


  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • ABS
  • 3 riding modes (Rock, Roll, Rain)
  • Keyless Ride
  • Spoke wheels
  • Twin front brakes
  • Preload adjustable rear
  • Telescopic forks with fork covers
  • LED headlight, tail-light, brake and indicators
  • LED auxiliary lights
  • 12-volt socket
  • MSR (Dynamic engine brake control)
  • Adjustable hand levers
  • Saddle bags
  • Cruise control

Optional equipment:

  • Lockable Fuel Cap: $75
  • Hill Start Control: $155
  • Headlight Pro (inc. Adaptive Headlight and Daytime Riding Light): $605
  • Floorboards: $235
  • Heated Grips: $340
  • First Edition (Inc. Pinstripes and Chrome Package): $3300
  • Reverse Gear: $1500
  • Anti-theft alarm system: $365
  • Low Seat (690mm): No cost option
    BMW R 18
    Road testing the new R 18

R 18 Classic Custom: $30,090 ($32,448 rideaway)

Includes all specification from the R 18 Classic and adds the following as standard:

  • Lockable Fuel Cap
  • Hill Start Control
  • Headlight Pro (inc. Adaptive Headlight and Daytime Riding Light)
  • Heated Grips
  • Anti-theft Alarm System

R 18 Classic Deluxe: $35,090 ($37,598 rideaway)

Includes all specification from the R 18 Classic Custom and adds the following as standard:

  • Floorboards
  • First Edition (Inc. Pinstripes and Chrome Package)
  • Reverse Gear

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TVS Might Be Bringing Another 310cc Bike to India

A Collaborative Effort

K. N. Radhakrishnan, President & CEO of TVS Motor Company spilled the beans regarding a BMW collaboration project using the two brands jointly-owned 310cc engine. 

In an interview with GaadiWaadi, Radhakrishnan said they will be adding “one more variant of that from TVS Motor Company.”

This motorcycle will be a TVS model, and you can expect it to be catered to the Indian market. Although the BMW 310 models have found success in the worldwide market, it has suffered in India’s sales. TVS is looking to take that same engine and build a motorcycle that Indian customers can have the comfort of knowing it is built and designed at home.

Beyond the announcement of utilizing the 310cc engine, we lack further details to continue the picture of how this motorcycle should pan out.

LEGO Ducati V4 R

A big possibility will be for TVS to make their own G 310 R and G 310 GS variants. The blueprints are already there, and with India having such diverse roadways it would make sense for the brand to release an off-road and on-road variant. 

That is all we know for now regarding this motorcycle and hopefully, we get to see TVS’ big plans for this bike at some point in 2021.

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FOR SALE: 1965 BMW R60/2

Aged Like Fine Wine

Vintage BMW motorcycles are elegant and beautiful pieces of artwork, no matter what type of riding you’re into. If you’ve been examining vintage BMW’s and haven’t had the perfect chance to get one; your time is now.

This 1965 BMW R660/2 is a refinished bike with paint so perfect it might trick you into thinking it just rolled off the dealership lot. Ozzie’s BMW dealership in Chico California did the restoration job in 2012, and the bike has seen limited miles since then (50). It comes with the same bill of sale and title that was originally gathered when the bike was purchased from Ozzie’s BMW dated 2013. The motorcycle currently sits at 25,000 miles displayed by the odometer, but the exact mileage will remain a mystery. 

This R660/2 comes with the original 596cc opposed-twin engine (producing 30 vintage horses when new) with a four-speed gearbox. The paint has been redone in a gloss black with white pinstriping, and the two-up seat has been reupholstered in matching black leather with white accenting around the edges.

Don’t worry about rolling around on 50+-year-old tires, new period-correct Metzeler tires have been mounted to the wire-spoke 18-inch rims to keep the authenticity of this classic motorcycle as true-to-form as possible.

This piece of modern history currently sits at a comfortable price of $7500, despite the auction on bringatrailer.com only having 2 days remaining to bid. If you’re looking for a low-priced classic BMW for date nights with the wifey, this very well may be the bike for you.

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Defenition CE 04 E-Scooter Nearing Reality

If It Doesn’t Look Weird, It’s Probably Not Futuristic

The House of Monaco is taking more steps towards completion, with the BMW Definition CE 04 in its final design stages after it was unveiled in its standard version. We currently don’t have any technical specifications available to gloss over, but the pictures are interesting, to say the least.

Have you ever seen iRobot? This looks like something you’d spot in the background of the film. The new CE 04 is the perfect blend of futurism and modern technology. This unit is more of a showcase of the technical and visual potential of the House, and I’m not qualified to say if this vehicle could ever see the halogen-lit production lines anywhere in the near future.

The Concept Link was originally teased in 2017, and this actual prototype has managed to keep the visual elements virtually the same despite having drivable features and real technology incorporated into it. This version sees the same flat batteries incorporated in the sub-floor that the concept teased, so it’s great to see some of the technological concepts being explored and realized into actual practices.

Distinguished Gentleman's Ride Brisbane Jeff Gough fundraising

On the visual side, this scooter has been decorated in a livery containing a Mineral White Metallic base colour with orange and flat grey accents. Many of the mechanical components were left in the open for some sort of visual juxtaposition and the front headlight assembly features two LED lower eyelids in addition to the main beams.

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Roland Sands Has Sweet Gear Following R 1200 GS Build

Holy Marlboro, batman!

I’m the biggest Formula 1 nerd I have ever met. Say what you will about tobacco advertising in motorsport, it still produced some of the greatest and most-legendary racing liveries the world has ever seen. There is no comparison. Tobacco advertising made cars, motorcycles, racing jackets, pitlane teams look cooler than ever. I said it, kill me.

Who was the king of tobacco-based advertising in motorsport? You already know the answer to this question, because it’s been unanimously decided already: MARLBORO. How could a brand speak such volume with such simple liveries? I have no idea, but I like to pretend the amazing looking cars gave famous racer, Ayrton Sena, a competitive edge.

Roland Sands took a 2008 BMW R 1200 GS and completely transformed it into this beautifully vintage-styled off-road masterpiece. Sands took the front end off an R NineT and retrofitted it with forks from an Africa Twin with Ohlins cartridges to maximize the motorcycles off-road abilities.

The gas tank was borrowed from an R80, and set up to run the robust fuel injection system found in the 1200 GS’s engine. A skid plate, fork guards, crash bars, LED lamps, and an Akrapovic exhaust was also added to complete the look and provide more functionality to the bike, making it a dangerous off-road weapon.

Now that you’re more informed on the bike itself, It’s time to discuss the amazing merchandise collection RSD brought us to celebrate the build. The merch kit comes with an ash trey, shirt, string bag, hat, lighter, and photo of the RSD Dakar GS for a price of $160 (only 150 packages are available – don’t miss out). None of these items are sold separately, so you’re stuck buying the entire package. That’s not a huge deal though, these trinkets and apparel items are wicked cool and feature a confident nod to the Marlboro Dakar racing heritage through its design. I’ll be buying one; race you there.

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BMW R 18 Classic Tackles the Harley Road King

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As expected, BMW is adding to its range of R 18 cruisers with the first being a tourer called the Classic, to tackle the popular Harley-Davidson Road King.

Like that American highway icon, the Classic has a removable clear windshield and leather saddlebags so you can convert from a tourer to a cruiser in seconds.

While the R 18 released a couple of months ago has a solo saddle, this comes with a removable pillion seat.

The Classic also has a 16-inch wheel for sharper steering, an additional LED headlight and electronic cruise control for highway touring.

Everything else seems to be the same as the R 18 including frame, electronics, suspension and 1802cc Boxer engine with 67kW (91hp) of power and 150Nm of torque.

Of course, those big Boxer heads are the biggest difference to the Road King.

They dictate mid-mounted footpegs that some have criticised as creating an uncomfortable “knees in the breeze” riding position instead of a more relaxed position of the Road King and many other cruisers.

BMW Motorrad says their “philosophy” with the footrests behind the cylinders is “not only typical of BMW, it also enables a relaxed and active riding position for optimum vehicle control”.

I would dispute that.

BMW will offer First Edition models in the R 18 and R 18 Classic in some markets with their classic paintwork in black with white double pinstripes. Other highlights include numerous chrome surfaces, a seat badge and a “First Edition” chrome clasp on the side covers.

I suspect there will be other R 18 variants to follow from a stripped-down dragster to a full-dresser with fairings, hard panniers and maybe even a top box.

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BMW’s 2021 R nineT Revealed with Four Updated Variants

The Urban G/S Edition is Simply Amazing

Something I always respected about Ducati’s Scrambler lineup was the sheer amount of variations they provided us with: Cafe Racer, Desert Sled, and Full Throttle to name a few. It looks like BMW is gearing up for a napalm war with the Ducati clan by revealing their new amazing and highly customizable R nineT lie-up with four new variations from the factory for 2021.

The editions include the Urban G/S, the Scrambler, the Pure, and of course the standard for you suit-and-tie boring guys. All of the editions are still built on the R nineT platform featuring a flat-twin engine producing 109 horsepower @ 7.25k rpm and 85.9 lb-ft of torque @ 6k rpm.

The 2021 model doesn’t just bring visual changes though, due to Euro 5-compliance we lost 1 whole horsepower from the 110 of last year, but BMW said they remedied that huge loss of power (funny, right?) with new power curves due to the tune and new engine configuration which should produce far more power between 4000 and 6000 rpm.

USB charging sockets, LED headlights and indicators, shock preload adjustment, ABS Pro, Dynamic Brake Control, new instrument cluster, and a rain riding mode to use in addition to the standard mode.

2017 Zero motorcycles have increased range

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BMW Follows Ducati With Adaptive Cruise

Just days after Ducati announced it would introduce adaptive cruise control to its Multistrada V4, BMW has expectedly followed suit with the new RT.

Adaptive cruise control, or as BMW calls it “active cruise control” has been available in many cars for several years and keeps your vehicle a nominated distance behind the vehicle in front.

In the BMW it also holds the bike at a set speed when going downhill which is handy as many cops set up radar “traps” at the bottom of hills, even though they shouldn’t by law.

Ducati, BMW and KTM have been working with Bosch for several years on the tech and we expect KTM will be next with the handy safety feature.

We also expect BMW will roll it out across their K, R and possibly F ranges in coming months, especially in their popular adventure touring models.

But first it comes in the cops’ favourite bike, the RT, which also gets a mild cosmetic update, better designed aerodynamic fairing, as well as some features that are now standard and some extra options.

Standard features now consist of ABC Pro (combined braking), traction control and a new “Eco” riding mode to save you some dollars on fuel.

Riding Modes Pro with riding mode preselection and engine drag torque control will also be offered as options.

The RT now comes with LED headlights with the turning light function that helps you see round bends at night.

There is also a new 10.25” TFT colour screen with integrated navigation and optional phone connectivity and Audio System 2.0. It arrives in a choice of white, blue and bronze in three style variants: “Elegance”, “Sport” and “Option 719”.

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BMW WorldSBK Team 3D Prints Parts Trackside Instantly

Race Teams Get the Coolest Stuff

The BMW WorldSBK Team is obviously on the cutting edge of motorcycle racing technology, but did you know the team also is on the cutting edge in terms of motorsports manufacturing? 

The team is actually using 3D printing right at the trackside. According to a recent press release from BMW, the team has a 3D printer right at the racetrack. This enables fast and efficient production of new prototype components right at the circuit.

This opens up all sorts of possibilities. Obviously, more important parts that are high stress would need to be tested before use, but some smaller, less stressed parts and components don’t have to be tested before they can be put into use.

bmw 3d printing

“This technology allows us to make improvements to the RR quickly and efficiently. The development of a WorldSBK bike is an ongoing process and it is often the minor details that make a motorbike better,” said BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director Marc Bongers.

The 3D printers at the track do have limited capabilities. This means that for major adjustments, BMW will take what was created or learned at the track and then use them in its Additive Manufacturing Facility.

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