"When the ride matters."
From Germany, with hope. Hope that Americans will understand the K100 series, motorcycles that give riders what they need rather than what they think they want. You will learn to love this reinvention of the multipurpose motorcycle - with your head.
"The bike, she smiles at me like a pretty girl."
Big, simple, reliable, light, and beautiful - the price is high but so is the quality.
Not a lightweight street bike. Surely not a heavyweight ISDT mount. Instead, it's a bike for exploring.
Look at the G/S and define yourself by what you see. Too much bulk? One cylinder too many? Then you're a dirt rider - admit it. But if you see a street bike that's been trimmed of all fat to handle rough, potted country roads, then you're G/S material...Enjoy.
Honda will roll into the 1980s with its water-cooled, 9750 rpm techno-marvel CX500 while BMW will meet the new decade with its R65, a downsized version of its tried-and-true formula. Here's a headlight-to-headlight match-up from Texas to California in the Spring of '79.
After creeping dangerously close to being fresh out of middle-displacement models, Bavarian Motor Works is introducing the R65, a scaled-down big-twin. While intended as a trade-up bike, the 650 may find more lasting homes than BMW suspects.
The 1000cc Sport is BMW's best and only twelve second bike.
Breath-takingly priced, but also lavishly endowed with quality and the kind of performance that makes you wonder why everyone has to travel so slowly.
Touring suitability has been the 750's reputation for years. Performance never entered the picture. Now it has both.
The opposed twin follows suit.
Despite its lack of acceleration, its extra-tall gearing and increased weight, the old BMW magic is still there. The R100RT can lug your gear, keep you dry, get over 47 mpg, and sing the song of the open road, all at once.
With a big engine, full bodywork, a stiffer chassis and a controversial paint job, BMW's newest makes a startling departure from the norm - with only mixed success.
When you count the hours of the day by the numbers on the odometer, you'd better be with a pleasing companion. And this is one.
The ST originates from dirt bike material and it's the best-handling BMW we've ridden. Outrageous but true, and here's why...
More beautiful after the honeymoon. 6 page Cycle World road test including specs, from 1985.
In 1981 BMW pulled the fully faired street-only version of the R80 off the market. It was gone two model years. Welcome back. Enjoy this road test from Cycle magazine, 1983.
Drastically redesigned? Kind of. Superbike performance? Kind of. Rolls Royce of motorcycles? Definitely. So says this Cycle World road test from 1970 of BMW's R75/5.