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Review: BMW S 1000 R M-Sport

Many auto companies have motorsport editions of their production vehicles with an host of modifications and sporty extras.

Mercedes has AMG, Toyota has TRD, while Holden had HSV until 2020 and Ford stopped their FPV range in 2014.

BMW’s “M” for “Motorsport” started as a purely racing venture in the 1960s but gradually began spreading to production models.

The M model code stood for performance with more powerful engines, better suspension and brakes, plus styling touches including M badging featuring the iconic light blue, dark blue and red stripes.

Now BMW has extended its M range from cars to motorcycles, first with the S 1000 RR M sports bike in 2018 and the S 1000 R M-Sport street fighter in 2022.

Some critics claim the performance features of M badged cars has been lacking in recent years and that the badging has become a cynical styling exercise.

In the motorcycle division, BMW M badging on the S 1000 RR means special paint, carbon fibre wheels, a lighter battery, a sport seat, and rear ride height adjustability.

No changes to engine, brakes or suspension, although it has to be said that the S 1000 RR is already a potent performer.

Now the S 1000 R gets a similar M treatment with carbon fibre wheels and highlights, BMW’s quick shift pro, Akrapovič exhaust, endurance chain, lightweight battery, extra screen info and M badging. It’s also about 5kg lighter than the standard model at a lithe 194kg.

The “base model” S 1000 R costs $20,650 (plus on-road costs), the S 1000 R Sport is $24,390, S 1000 R Race costs $26,890 and the M, which is based on the Sport, costs $31,990.

Considering aftermarket carbon-fibre wheels would cost about $5000, an Akrapovič exhaust is about $1700 and the lighter battery and endurance chain add a few hundred dollars more, the premium for the M over the Sport is about right.

Besides, you will have a bike that is rare and exclusive.

You will also have a bike that you can ride to the track on Sunday to unleash its enormous performance potential, then commute to work on Monday.

Unlike many performance bikes which are unrideable unless you are on the limit, this has excellent real-world road manners, agile yet forgiving ride characteristics and a smooth and faultless transmission with anti-hopping clutch.

The R version of the sportsbike’s water-cooled four-cylinder in-line 999cc engine is “downtuned” from 152kW at 13,500 revs to 121kW with just 1Nm more of torque at 114Nm.

It’s a mechanically quiet, but stirring unit that spins up quickly and smoothly with plenty of meat right throughout the range and an unbelievably dizzying response once it revs above 7000.

Riders can chose from four engine modes (Rain, Road, Dynamic and Dynamics Pro) to compliment terrain and riding style.

The electronics package is complemented by Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) so you can harness the brute power without drama.

And for those who want to tour the countryside in Road mode at a more sedate and comfortable scenery-watching pace, there is cruise control, hand warmers, self-cancelling indicators and semi-active suspension which you can adjust for pillion and rider behaviour.

Rounding out the suite of high tech are LED lighting, keyless ignition, tyre pressure monitor and the motorcycle version of BMW’s iDrive with a rotating ring controller on the left handlebar.

It allows the rider to scroll through and modify so many of the parameters of the bike, check on its status and even engage a pit-lane limiter and lap timer for track days.

You can also modify the look and info of the large iPad-style TFT screen which is one of the biggest and clearest on any motorcycle I’ve ridden with hardly any annoying glare from the sun. Why can’t all motorcycle screens be as good?

The 2022 S 1000 R range already features many updates that make it a better performer, including lighter drive and chassis, engine drag torque control (MSR) to prevent rear-wheel lock-ups under downshifts and improved suspension with Flex Frame construction.

But it is the carbon fibre wheels which make the biggest difference in the M model.

If you’ve never ridden a bike with these lightweight cannon fibre wheels, you are missing a treat.

They not only look superb, but affect so much of the bike’s performance.

With less weight, there is less inertia which means faster acceleration, quicker stopping times, lighter and more accurate steering, plus faster change of direction.

The suspension also works better because there is less mass for the springs and shock absorbers to deal with.

So it rides the bumps easier and is more efficient at keeping the wheels on the road over corrugations.

It’s not a plush ride, though. After all, this is a thoroughbred sporting machine, so the ride is firm, yet fair.

So is the M sport seat. It’s good for a tank full of fuel (16.5 litres at 6.2L/100km) by which stage you will want to stretch and massage your buttocks.

The ride position is less aggressive than the RR thanks to the wide bars which have a slight downward bend and are not too wide for lane filtering duties.

That’s what makes this bike a great allrounder for those who want a track-day tool that can also handle a weekend ride through the back roads and the daily commute.

BMW S 1000 R M tech specs

  • Price: $31,990 + ORC
  • Warranty: 2 years/unlimited km.
  • Engine: water-cooled, 999cc, in-line four-cylinder.
  • Power: 121kW @ 11,000rpm
  • Torque: 114Nm @ 9250rpm.
  • Gearbox: 6-speed, chain drive.
  • Weight: 194kg.
  • Suspension front/rear: 45mm upside-down fork, fully adjustable, 120mm travel; rear shock with compression and damping adjustment and semi-active preload, 117mm travel.
  • Brakes front/rear: 320mm discs with four-piston fixed caliper; 220mm disc with one-piston floating caliper , ABS Pro.
  • Dimensions: 2090mm (L); 812mm (W); 1115mm (H); 1450mm (WB); 830mm (S)

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Australian BMW GS Safaris announced

Over more than 40 years, BMW Motorrad in Australia has offered riding safaris for road, dirt and extreme off-road situations.

Last year, the GS Safari headed to Far North Queensland while the more extreme Enduro Safari headed west from Longreach.

In 2022, both five-day safaris return to Tasmania for the first time in eight years with registrations open from 18 January at 9am AEDT.

Click here for the GS Safari and Enduro Safari.

The reason they announce the exact time for the opening of online registrations is that the capped events are so popular, they usually sell out within hours or even minutes.

Both will start in Hobart and feature a variety of twisty bitumen roads that rival the best in Australia as well as some dirt roads.

However, the Enduro will include more dirt and a lot of technical off-road terrain.

Touratech Desierto5 fairing for BMW R 12100 GSv

Also, attendees in the Enduro event must first complete their two-day BMW Off Road Training Pre-Safari course, located not far from Hobart.

I’ve participated in several TS (road only), GS and GS Enduro safaris over the years and found them to be well-organised events.

Fees cover route notes, welcome and farewell dinners, baggage back-up, expert advice, recovery vehicles and discounts on accommodation.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

BMW CE 04 Electric Scooter Production Begins

Earlier this year, BMW Motorrad unveiled the CE-04 scooter — the manufacturer’s first production electric two-wheeler. This week, it announced that it has begun production for the model and that it won’t be long before we see the CE-04 out on the streets. 

The CE-04 was first showcased as the BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04 concept in 2020. Little has changed with regard to its futuristic, unconventional design in the transition from prototype to production spec. It’s unlike most other scooters on the market and may not appeal to everyone. However, its unique design is quite functional, and BMW has incorporated storage compartments on the inner side of the front apron and the side of the scooter. 

Powering the CE 04 is a motor rated for 15kW (20hp) with a maximum output of 31KW (42hp). This is good enough to propel the scooter from 0-50kph (31mph) in 2.6s and a top speed of 120kph (74.5mph). An 8.9kWh lithium-ion battery powers the motor and enables a claimed maximum range of 130km with a full charge. 

The CE 04 also features a comprehensive electronics package that includes Automatic Stability Control (ASC), Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), a reverse gear, and three riding modes — Eco, Road, and Rain. You can toggle between modes and access other data via a 10.25-inch, high-res TFT display that features integrated navigation and smartphone connectivity. 

Rider on 2022 Triumph Speed Triple RR with red fairing

In July, BMW revealed that prices for the CE-04 will start at £11,700 ($16,191) in the UK. Interested customers in the US will be able to get their hands on one for a lot less, with prices starting at $11,795. Prices for Australia have been revealed as well with the base model priced at 20,350 AUD. 

BMW CE 04 parked in front of a building

This is a radical scooter, and with production now in full swing, deliveries should be underway in early 2022. 

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BMW doubles R 18 cruiser models

The BMW R 18 family this month doubles with the addition of two new models.

Their R 18 and R 18 Classic cruisers (from $29,155 ride-away) will be joined by two touring or bagger models.

They arrive in Australia in August with the R 18 B Deluxe featuring a handlebar-mounted “batwing-style” fairing and hard saddlebags from $39,310 while the full-dresser R 18 Transcontinental Deluxe with a top box is $41,675.

BMW R 18 range
BMW R 18 range

For the Australian market they have been fitted with a lot of the optional extras.

They include four analogue instruments and high definition 10.25-inch TFT colour display to keep turning riders entertained and informed.

Both also arrive in Australia with Active Cruise Control that regulates the distance from the vehicle in front without the rider having to adjust their speed.

It uses radar sensors in the front fairing. Interestingly, it will automatically reduce the speed in a corner to keep the rider safe.

They come with three riding modes (Rain, Roll and Rock), Automatic Stability Control, engine torque control, reverse gear and Hill Start Control as standard.

BMW R 18 Transcontinental Deluxe
Marshall sound

Marshall amps were good enough for Jimi Hendrix and the Marshall Gold Series Stage 1 and 2 sound systems fitted to these bikes are good enough for BMW riders, too.

The systems feature speakers with black cover grilles and classic white Marshall lettering with up to 280 watts of total output.

Both bikes will be available in exclusive First Edition variants that combine the R 18 look with iconic and classic BMW black paintwork with white double-lining.

Additional highlights include specially designed surfaces (Chrome Package), high-grade stitching on the seat and “First Edition” badging.

R 18 B Deluxe

BMW R 18 B Deluxe
BMW R 18 B Deluxe

Price: $39,310

Engine: 1,802cc 2-cylinder boxer engine, air/oil cooled, 9.6:1 compression, EU5, 67kW (91 hp) @ 4,750 rpm, 158Nm at 3,000rpm

Wayne Rainey Portrait

Features

  • Low windshield, slimmer seat and a matt black metallic engine among other elements;
  • Seat heating.
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC), ABS
  • 3 riding modes (Rock, Roll, Rain)
  • Keyless Ride
  • Spoke wheels
  • Twin disc front brake
  • Spring Strut Auto Load Levelling Dampers
  • Telescopic forks with covers
  • LED headlight, taillight, brake light and indicator lights
  • 12V socket
  • MSR (Dynamic engine brake control)
  • Adjustable hand levers
  • 4 Analogue instruments with 10.25″ colour TFT Display
  • Active Cruise Control
  • 24 litre fuel tank
  • Lockable fuel cap
  • Hill Start Control
  • Headlight Pro (inc. Adaptive Headlight and Daytime Riding Light)
  • Floorboards
  • Tyre Pressure Monitor
  • Central Locking
  • Heated seat
  • Marshall Gold Series Stage 1 sound system
  • Heated Grips
  • Reverse Gear
  • Active Cruise Control
  • Anti-theft alarm system
  • Seat height: Standard 720mm (Comfort Seat High 740mm, Option 719 Seat Bench 720mm)

Options

  • First Edition package (inc. Black Storm Metallic with Design Option Chrome and pinstriping, contrast cut wheels, First Edition badging and First Edition key): $3,750
  • Comfort seat high: $590
  • Design option chrome: $2,260
  • Option 719 Design Package Aero: $1,550

Colour options

  • Manhattan Metallic: No cost option
  • Black Storm Metallic: No cost option
  • Option 719 Galaxy Dust metallic/Titan Silver 2 metallic and Option 719 seat bench: $4,170

R 18 Transcontinental Deluxe

BMW R 18 Transcontinental Deluxe
BMW R 18 Transcontinental Deluxe

Price: $41,675

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

  • Top case
  • Straight exhaust pipes
  • Highway bars
  • Wind deflectors
  • Marshall Gold Series Stage 2 sound system

Options

  • First Edition package (inc. Black Storm Metallic with Design Option Chrome and pinstriping, contrast cut wheels, First Edition badging and First Edition key): $3,750
  • Comfort seat high: $590
  • Design option chrome: $2,260
  • Option 719 Design Package Aero: $1,550
  • Manhattan Metallic: No cost option
  • Black Storm Metallic: No cost option
  • Option 719 Galaxy Dust metallic/Titan Silver 2 metallic and Option 719 seat bench: $4,170

Colour options

  • Manhattan Metallic: No cost option
  • Black Storm Metallic: No cost optionOption 719 Galaxy Dust metallic/Titan Silver 2 metallic and Option 719 seat bench: $4,170

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

BMW Australia electrifies scooters

BMW Motorrad Australia has finally decided to import electric scooters, starting next year from $20,350.

The company launched its C evolution scooters in 2013, but the Australian branch of the Bavarian company decided the time was not yet right to go electric.

Now they have decided to import two models of the newly unveiled CE 04 scooters based on the 2017 Concept Link.

BMW Concept Link electric scooter - own
BMW Concept Link electric scooter

The standard CE 04 will start at $20,350 plus on-road costs and the CE 04 Avantgarde from $20,690 adds high windscreen and comes in “Magellan Grey” metallic paint.

They come standard with automatic stability control, ABS pro enhance traction and safety technology and three riding modes: ECO, Rain and Road.

Both are powered by a 31kW (42hp), liquid-cooled permanent magnet electric motor and a 8.9kWh battery with 130km of city range, 0-50km/h in 2.7 seconds and a top seed of 120km/h.

BMW says the battery will charge in four hours and 20 minutes from flat when using the 2.3kWh 10A charger.2022 BMW CE 04 scooter

The air-cooled lithium-ion high voltage battery can be charged using the integrated charging device plugged into a regular household socket or via a wallbox or public charging station. 

It’s the same charging technology as used in their cars.

If you buy the optional $1330 30A quick charger, charging time is 100 minutes from flat or 45 minutes from 20-80%.

The chassis consists of a tubular steel main frame, 35mm telescopic forks and a single-sided swing arm with a directly controlled, fully covered spring strut. 

They are shod with 120/70 R15 67H tyres at the front and 160/60 R15 56H at the rear.

Brakes consists of twin discs up front and BMW Motorrad ABS Pro  which has a banking sensor for more control in corners.

Technology abounds with integrated satnav and connectivity in the 10.25-inch TFT colour screen and a ventilated mobile phone charging compartment and USB-C charging port.

A view of the handlebars available in a kit from Bad Winners for Royal Enfield Twins

There are storage compartments at the front and side and the helmet compartment can be operated while seated. 

All lighting is LED and the headlights have an adaptive turning light to illuminate the inside of a corner at night.

2022 BMW CE 04 scooter
2022 BMW CE 04 scooter

BMW CE 04 $20,350: 

  • Liquid-cooled permanent magnet electric motor
  • 130kW (42hp) output
  • 62Nm torque
  • 8.9kWh air-cooled lithium-ion high voltage battery
  • 2.3kWh charger
  • Tooth-belt driven gearbox (total gear ratio: 10.5)
  • Dynamic Package (Headlight Pro, Adaptive Headlight, Daytime Riding Light, Riding Modes Pro, ABS Pro)
  • Comfort Package (Heated Grips and Backrest Comfort Seat)
  • Seat Heating
  • Tyre Pressure Control 
  • Centre Stand 
  • LED indicators
  • LED headlight and taillight 
  • 10.25-inch TFT display
  • Ventilated mobile phone charging compartment
  • USB-C charging port
  • Front and side storage compartments
  • Light White paint 

Options

  • Backrest Comfort Seat II no-cost option (recommended for riders above 190cm)
  • Windshield High $140
  • Anti-theft alarm system $375
  • 30A Quick Charger $13302022 BMW CE 04 scooter

BMW CE 04 Avantgarde $20,690: 

  • Windshield High standard
  • Magellan Grey Metallic paint

 Options

  • Backrest Comfort Seat II no-cost option (recommended for riders above 190cm)
  • Anti-theft alarm system $375
  • 30A Quick Charger $1330

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

BMW Recruits Hans Zimmer in Creation of New Electric Vehicle Sounds

You heard that right.

We’ve come a long way from the original strident tones of single-horn expletives, and the future is no less saturated with brilliant minds looking to put a new twist on an old concept.

Meet German-born composer Hans Zimmer; Zimmer intends to bring life to the whine of EV energy in ways that will have EV customers relaxed and smiling, and I am intrigued at his new job.

According to Visordown, BMW hired Zimmer in the hopes that the composer and the technicians of BMW would be able to work together to create a thrilling, emotion-evoking sound in equivalency to the M sport‘s motor. This is quite the challenge, especially since the full sensory experience may mean suppressing the original sounds of the battery and motor to allow a better connection between customer and vehicle.

“Right now,” Zimmer says, “we are at a really exciting point, shaping the sound of the future. BMW was so kind to give me another orchestra to play with – called the car.”

Partnership for BMW from left to right, Jens, thinner, senior Vice President of BMW, and BMW Sound Designer Renzo Vitale

Vintage Norton motorcycles owned by a group of Singapore enthusiasts

If you think about it, Zimmer could set a whole new trend with this partnership. EVs that thrum and roar in response to a nudge or a stomp of the ‘gas’ pedal could go over extremely well with users desiring the feel of horsepower without having to sacrifice fossil fuel to get it. The resultant sound portfolio – dubbed the ‘IconicSounds Electric Program’ – will initially only be available in BMW models that sport a fully electric or hybrid system, but one can dream, right? Imagine an e-motorcycle with special effects, roaring on the thoroughfares, drumrolls upon arrival to destination…snazzy.

The real question is if this program will be customizable (or even removable) for clients needing a more delicate sensory experience.

Take a look at the video at the top of this article to get the opinion of the masterminds behind BMW’s new ‘IconicSounds Electric Program.’

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Solid-State Battery Tech Next on List for BMW Investments

A battery tech, Colorado-based company, called Solid Power has drawn the attention of BMW, and the brainchild of the partnership is a battery that brags more juice, less weight, and comes with a safer tag.

The solid-state battery has created hype for a reason. It’s a battery that replaces the liquid electrolyte found in a normal lithium-ion cell with a solid material, promising much greater capacity than the graphite anodes used in normal lithium-ion batteries.

working handling materials connected to patented solid-state battery

A report from CycleWorld states that BMW invested in the company intending to introduce solid-state batteries to the EV Industry as soon as 2025, with production beginning in the next year. 

What’s exciting is that this marks the second of rounds of investments that Solid Power has been able to acquire, with other companies such as Ford Motor Company and Volta Energy Technologies joining BMW to pool a cool $130 million into the eventual goal of creating production-ready batteries by the end of the next decade. 

visual representation of solid-state battery, currently owned by Solid Power Technologies

Harley-Davidson LiveWire

The deadlines are real, and they are coming up quickly. BMW states that they will have a solid-state battery vehicle to demonstrate ‘well before 2025’, and Solid Power has released that they will likely have a production line for the batteries by early next year, thanks to the generous funding.

Frank Weber, a member of the board of management BMW AG, says, “ “The development of all solid-state batteries is one of the most promising and important steps toward more efficient, sustainable, and safer electric vehicles. We now have taken our next step on this path with Solid Power.”

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

My history with the GS over 15 of the 40 years

40th Anniversary of the BMW GS

Coming from a background of Japanese bikes my first experience of a BMW Boxer made me squint… It certainly wasn’t love at first sight that’s for sure. 

The original – BMW R 80 G/S

As for the big GS variants, well, surely if a designer had come up with a blueprint for an adventure bike that had two big cylinders hanging out the side you would think he was taking the piss, surely?

40 years of GS

But here we are, 40 years later and the GS has forged its own legend in motorcycling folklore with a following and iconic brand strength that is the envy of other manufacturers.

BMW GS 40th Anniversary

The GS certainly didn’t invent the spirit of adventure motorcycling, that’s been around as long as motorcycling itself, but I do think the GS can lay claim to bringing a bigger and more luxurious side to adventure-touring that has essentially become the new normal. This is a segment of the market that BMW effectively invented, and one that now has almost every motorcycle brand clamouring for a piece of the pie that BMW baked. Most though are yet to get the recipe quite as right as süß (sweet) as the Germans. 

BMW R 1250 GS Adventure ’40 Years GS’

The GS range has grown with the popularity of the brand as smaller and more accessible offerings joined the big Boxers.  The single-cylinder F 650 GS was introduced in 2000 while the first of the parallel-twin series debuted in 2007 with the F 800 GS. More recently an entry-level G 310 GS was added to a GS line-up that in 2021 now comprises a fleet of models ranging from the tiddler 310 right up the Bavarian burger with the lot that is the R 1250 GS Adventure.

Up she comes on TS Safari in 2006 – My first longer experience astride a GS

My own personal experience of GS was somewhat limited until around 2006 when I joined BMW owners on a TS Safari. The bike had gone on a diet in 2004 that saw 30 kg stripped from its mass in the transition from 1150 to 1200 while the 2008 model introduced a new era of electronics with the first generations of traction control and ABS that actually started to become more of a help than a hindrance. Electronic suspension was also first introduced in 2008 and heralded BMW as the trailblazer for bringing new innovations in technology to mainstream motorcycling. This was also the time that I really started to personally gel with the big boxers.

2008 was when I really started to ‘get’ the GS

I have since completed a number of GS Safari and GS Safari Enduro events and have ridden big Boxers in every sort of terrain imaginable on both model launch events and Safaris.  I would say it was around 2008 that I first really gelled with the GS.

Trev and the new for 2017 BMW R 1200 GS Rallye X on the beach at Cape York
Trev and the 2017 BMW R 1200 GS Rallye X on the beach at Cape York, the northernmost point of the Australian mainland

Those adventures include a largely solo trek from Cape York to Wilsons Promontory taking in the most northern and southern points of the Australian mainland. 

The R 1200 GS Rallye X pictured on the road back out of Wilsons Promontory - 2017
The R 1200 GS Rallye X pictured on the road back out of Wilsons Promontory – The southernmost point of the Australian mainland

From the deserts of the Northern Territory and outback QLD, across some of the highest navigable tracks that straddle the NSW and Victorian High Country, to countless dirt trails that criss-cross Tasmania, I have seen so much of Australia astride a GS.

BMW GS Safari Enduro BMW RGS Rallye X Eringa Waterhole
Eringa Waterhole in the South Australian outback – 2019

It has definitely been a privilege to have had so many amazing experience with the models since then and to have enjoyed the constant ongoing developments of those systems. To feel those improvements advance through each generation.

Trev on an R 1200 GS Adventure in Tasmania in 2014

The latest 40th anniversary GS models have introduced yet more fine tuning and improvements to the electronic systems that underline the technological tour de force that is GS. 

The latest R 1250 GS Adventure 40th Anniversary model

For most of my life motorcycling has been for me a predominantly solo pursuit. I’ve always enjoyed the isolation of just being with my own thoughts and treading my own path with very little planning and most definitely no scheduling to ruin the spontaneity of the experience. Hell I even set out on a 15-day 16,000 kilometre solo lap of Australia with no real itinerary or plan, I have always preferred to just roll with it, schedules and agendas are largely not for me. 

Riding the latest 2021 R 1250 GS recently in the Victorian High Country

That said, there is no doubt that the three Safari events each year add a hefty dose of appeal to being a GS customer. Whether you choose the road oriented TS Safari, the dual-sport experience of the GS Safari or want to test yourself in the more hard-core GS Safari Enduro I think unless you sign up for some of these events you really are missing out on a big part of the GS experience.

BMW GS Safari Enduro Day Onboard
Trev on the 2019 BMW GS Safari Enduro

At Safaris Someone else does all the planning, and that planning is meticulous, you just follow a marked route and enjoy the ride with the knowledge that there are back-up support services on hand if things were to go wrong.  Sure, some of the spontaneity is missing, but the camaraderie amongst the participants quickly builds and I’ve yet to encounter any sooks that spoil the party and you meet some very interesting people along the way.

BMW GS Safari Enduro Damo William Creek Hotel
William Creek Hotel saw some tall tales told and many drinks downed on the 2019 GS Safari Enduro

Friendships are made that are only ever rekindled at the next Safari, and the one after that, Safari friends so to speak. This is another facet of the GS experience that many brands have sought to replicate, but haven’t quite managed to pull off in the same way. GS Safari events are generally limited to 200 or less participants and often sell out within an hour of places being released. 

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), meanwhile, heads to the Central West Queensland town of Longreach, also home of the Qantas Museum, to begin a six-day, 2,500km-plus adventure into the Australian Outback, finishing in Toowoomba.

BMW GS Safari Enduro Damo Ruins Safari
Some happy GS Safari Enduro riders that I often run in to and have a beer with at events

If you are yet to throw a leg over one yourself I suggest you go and see what GS is all about and take one for an extended test ride.  There is no doubt the big adventure models can be quite daunting at first, but it doesn’t take long before the confidence comes and you start to really enjoy the experience.  BMW can also help you on that score with yet another facet of the GS ownership experience by way of their comprehensive BMW Rider Training programs where riders of all skill levels can learn how to better control their motorcycle and really learn what it is capable of. BMW also run their popular GS Experience program which is a perfect introduction to, funnily enough, the GS experience… As good as the latest 850 is, I would urge you to get on a boxer as it is not only the standard-bearer of the range, but also the pinnacle of BMW Motorrad. 

BMW R GS Adventure Studio
This view can be daunting at first but it doesn’t take long to feel comfortable

2021 GS Experience Dates


The Jardine River Ferry
The Jardine River Ferry crossing at GS Safari Enduro 2017

Clearly, I am a fan, and if I could only have one bike in the garage I do really think that an R 1250 GS would be a prime contender.  They really do combine an amazing level of street performance with sumptuous levels of comfort and genuine off-road ability in a balance that none of the competition has yet quite managed to match. Some of the competition are a bit better off-road, some offer a bit more performance on road, but the GS, I believe, straddles both ends of the spectrum in the right balance, for me.  The recent move to a three-year warranty is also certainly not to be sneezed at, as with anything this complicated that adds some extra peace of mind into the bargain for sure. 

Cape York 2017

I introduced two good riding friends that in years past I strafed the Victorian High Country with on sportsbikes to the GS. They are both handy steerers and were quickly won over by the poise exhibited by this somewhat ungainly design that through years of painstaking development has been polished to perform so brilliantly. I put them on GS test bikes that I had on loan from BMW and it didn’t take long for them to be converted and both ended up buying an R 1200 GS of their own.  Thus test riding one can prove an expensive exercise, but it is the only way to see why the likes of myself have been banging on about these bikes for the last decade or more is to get a taste yourself.

Trev fords a floodway on a track near Roma Flats in FNQ
Trev fording a floodway on a track near Roma Flats in FNQ 2017

40 years in the GS has never been better and as it is a core tenet of BMW’s heritage the model will always be the primary weapon in the BMW armoury. Will the 50th anniversary models still be burning unleaded or will battery technology have progressed to a point whereby an electrically charged GS could be a viable adventure-touring mount? Come 2030 I guess we will find out but for now we can revel in the unique character that the BMW boxer has brought to motorcycling which in its latest guise eqautes to 1254 cc of engine generating an effortless 143 Nm of shove with a special kind of charisma that despite all the technology is still so unmistakably BMW from the first press of the starter button. Can’t see how they will replicate that with an electric one though……

BMW GS Safari Enduro Day Onboard
Look forward to getting out and exploring more of Australia on a GS next time around

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Source: MCNews.com.au

New Unifilter now available for BMW R 1200 & R 1250 GS

BMW R 1200 & R 1250 GS Unifilter air filters


Australia’s Unifilter have revealed a new air filter solution specifically for BMW’s water-cooled R 1200 GS and R 1250 GS models, with the AU7319ST utilising their steel impregnated polyurethane frame and seal to ensure the best seal possible. Dual layer corrugated air filter foam ensures the dust is kept out of your machine, offering plenty of surface area.

Unifilter AU-7319ST for BMW’s R 1200 GS

The dual stage filter layers join impregnated polyurethane seal technology, with a 100 per cent increase in filter surface area using corrugated foam. The Unifilter is also of course re-usable and Australian made, and comes supplied with a spare set of foam inserts. The AU7913ST supersedes the AU7315KIT and AU7315ST air filters.

The Unifilter AU7913ST will fit the BMW 2013-onward R 1200 GS and R1250 GS water-cooled models and is available now for $95.35 RRP. A AU7315PC pre-filter set to suit BMW R 1200 & R 1250 GS (water cooled) is also available for $26.50 RRP.

For best results re-oil with Unifilter Filter Fix air filter oil, heavy weight mineral based red foam filter oil, which will not dry out like synthetic filter oils.

The Unifilter AU-7319ST fitted

Unifilter motorcycle air filters are available from all good motorcycle stores around Australia and New Zealand via our Australian and New Zealand Distributor, Ficeda Accessories – www.ficeda.com.au.

Source: MCNews.com.au

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.

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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.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com