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BMW Motorrad Motorsport News: Success for the BMW racers in FIM CSBK, EWD and IDM

FIM Endurance World Championship: Success for BMW teams at Oschersleben.

The 8-hour race at Oschersleben (GER) was the penultimate round of the 2018/19 season in the FIM Endurance World Championship (FIM EWC). The long-distance race was held as part of “German Speedweek”. The Fany Gastro BMW Motorrad by MERCURY RACING squad was the best-placed BMW team in fifth place overall. The #21 BMW S 1000 RR was ridden by Karel Hanika (CZE), Ondřej Ježek (CZE) and Ladislav Chmelik (CZE).

Oschersleben was the final race in the Superstock class, the FIM Endurance World Cup. The GERT56 by GS YUASA team, with Stefan Kerschbaumer (AUT), Lucy Glöckner (GER) and Pepijn Bijsterbosch (NED), was in the thick of the title race right down to the final round. At the end of a remarkably close championship, the team finished runner-up in the overall classification – level on points with the winners (45 points each). The team’s #56 RR finished 13th overall and seventh in the Superstock class in the 8-hour Oschersleben race.

International German Championship: Mikhalchik wins at Oschersleben.

The International German Championship (IDM) also featured on the bill at “German Speedweek” at Oschersleben (GER), where it held its second event of the season. It was another successful weekend for the BMW S 1000 RR riders in the IDM. In Friday’s qualifying session, Julian Puffe (GER / alpha Racing-Van-Zon-BMW) secured pole position ahead of his team-mate Ilya Mikhalchik (UKR) in second place. The two races were held on Saturday. Mikhalchik set the fastest lap of race one en route to his second win of the season on the new RR. Puffe joined him on the podium in third place. Dutchman Pepijn Bijsterbosch came home fifth. Race two yielded more podium results for the BMW racers. Mikhalchik finished runner-up, again setting the fastest lap of the race. Bijsterbosch was third, followed by Puffe in fourth place. Jan Mohr (AUT) also finished in the top ten in both races, with a ninth and an eighth place to his name. Marc Neumann (GER) was tenth in race two.

Canadian Superbike Championship: Win number two of the season for Ben Young.

Ben Young (CAN) continues his winning run in the Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK). After taking victory at the opening round at Shannonville (CAN), the BMW racer also won race two of the season at Grand Bend (CAN). Young started from pole position and, after some thrilling battles for the lead, emerged victorious to take his second win of the season. “It was a fantastic race,” said Young. “I knew that Jordan Szoke was right on my heels the whole time and that the last corner would be crucial again. The BMW S 1000 RR was perfect, so it was just down to me to do my best to keep him behind me. We now want to continue where we left off today at the third race of the season.” Young has been the top rider in every session of the season so far. Michael Leon (CAN) came home fifth, Samuel Trepanier (CAN / Blysk Racing) was seventh and Jeff Williams (CAN) eighth.

Monday, 10 June 2019 15:20 Published in Rider and Team Releases

Inside Motorcycles Commuter Series - BMW G 310 GS

Welcome back to Inside Motorcycles’ online Commuter Bike series and a look at the BMW G 310 GS

Monday, 29 April 2019 13:29 Published in Multimedia


The May/June 2019 issue of Inside Motorcycles features a review of the all-new 2020 BMW S 1000 RR by none other than 2011 CSBK Superbike Champion and former World Superbike competitor Brett McCormick.

Thursday, 04 April 2019 12:04 Published in Current Issue


The April 2019 issue of Inside Motorcycles features Mark Dzikowski's review of the all-new BMW F 850 GS and F 750 GS motorcycles.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019 12:08 Published in Current Issue

BMW Motorrad at the CUSTOMBIKE SHOW 2018

At the CUSTOMBIKE SHOW, the world’s largest show for customised motorcycles, the hippest customisers from all over the world come to the East Westfalian town of Bad Salzuflen to celebrate the world of customised motorcycles from 30 November to 2 December 2018. More than 300 firms will present over 1,000 custom bikes on an area covering 28,000 square metres in four halls – with BMW Motorrad right in the middle. For the sixth time already, BMW Motorrad is highlighting the customising potential of its models in cooperation with selected customiser garages.

Stylish BMW Motorrad custom bikes.
With a total of 15 models, the entire customising range will be on show at the stand of BMW Motorrad extending over an area of approx. 180 sqm – from the individually customised series production bike, moderate custom builds to true custom bike treasures requiring a great deal of craft skills. Striking examples are the “SoulFuel Bikes”, spectacular conversions by renowned customisers based on the current R nineT such as the Giggerl by Blechmann, theIron Racer Mark 2 by KSpeed as well as the SMW 61-B by Sosa Metal Works.

The Maximator based on the BMW R 1200 C is another highlight. The custom bike was built with meticulous manual care by the BMW Motorrad development engineer Ulf Musekamp, who was involved among other things in the realisation of the BMW R nineT family. His Maximator took 5th place among 100 bikes in the “Custombike Magazine” readers’ choice.

Exclusive: BMW Motorrad Spezial.
The “BMW Motorrad Spezial” range shows how much customising is already possible ex works. The high-grade customising parts highlight the great degree to which customers can already customise their BMW bike ex works with special equipment, original accessories and the BMW Motorrad Spezial range.

All this and a great deal more awaits visitors from 30 November to 2 December 2018 at the CUSTOMBIKE SHOW in the Bad Salzuflen trade fair centre. Opening hours are: Friday from 12 am – 8 pm, Saturday 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday 10 am – 5 pm.

Tuesday, 27 November 2018 10:26 Published in Industry News

The new BMW F 850 GS Adventure

The new 2019 BMW F850 GS Adventure will be on sale in Canada in spring of 2019 with an MSRP of $16,200.

Tuesday, 06 November 2018 17:02 Published in Industry News

The new BMW S 1000 RR.

The new 2019 BMW S 1000 RR will be on sale in Canada in spring of 2019 with a base MSRP of $18,900.

Tuesday, 06 November 2018 16:54 Published in Industry News

First Impression - 2019 BMW F 750 GS and F 850 GS

Inside Motorcycles just got back from the media press launch for the two newest middle class adventure bikes from BMW Motorrad and thought we’d give our digital followers a sneak peek at our first impressions of the new entry level and mid level BMW adventure machines. You can read the full detailed review of the new machines in an upcoming issue of Inside Motorcycles.

As I mentioned in my Inside Line editorial in the last MX and Off-Road issue, the adventure bike segment has been growing substantially. BMW bikes have always been at the forefront of this segment since the mid 2000s when the British television series Long Way Around with Ewan McGregor was on the air. Following the series, the show made middle-aged men part with their hard earned money by flocking to the nearest BMW dealership to plop down deposits on a shiny new 1150 GS.

This launch was focused on the entry to mid level products from the BMW line, the F 750 GS and F 850 GS. Both machines are brand new and have some substantial changes from their F 700 and F 800 predecessors. There are also a lot of shared components between these two new models.

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The F 750 GS is slotted into the “mostly on road with occasional off road” category and BMW is targeting new motorcycle riders as well as the female segment with this model. The stock low seat height of 815 mm (optional lowering kit drops the seat height to 770 mm) is going to be welcome news to riders with a short inseam as it allows them to have a confident connection with terra firma when stopped at a stoplight or uneven off-road terrain. The narrow midsection also makes it easier to reach the ground. The motor, an 853 cc power plant that shares the same displacement with its bigger brother, with different intake and exhaust cams, puts out a respectable 57 kW (77 hp) at 7,500 rpm. The motor is free revving with a crisp throttle response, however you do have to get into the upper two thirds of the RPM range to stay in the meat of the power. This allows new or inexperienced riders to progressively explore the motor’s characteristics as they get more comfortable on the machine. On the road, the bike feels light and flickable and surprisingly very fun, even for experienced riders. Fitted with street rubber, the tight and twisty roads put a smile on all the journalists’ faces. When taken off-road, the F 750 GS can definitely hold its own, and we had no trouble navigating the gravel roads and rocky double tracks of Colorado and Utah, even with the street tires. When pushed on the off-road terrain, the cast aluminum 19-inch front and 17-inch rear rims, already mentioned street tires, rear shock and telescopic 41 mm fork and quickly reach their limit when ridden in more technical terrain or by a more aggressive rider in the 180 to 200 lb range.

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BMW Motorrad sees the F 850 GS fitting the ADV spectrum just below the flagship 1200 GS where the F 850 GS is equally comfortable on road as well as off-road. This statement quickly becomes apparent, as soon as you have a look at the components on F 750 GS’s bigger brother. The cast aluminum rims are replaced with cross spoke wheels and the 850 gets the more off-road oriented 21-inch front wheel but sticks with the 17-inch rear, USD 43 mm front fork and beefy rear shock, paired with the very capable 853 cc 70 kW (90 hp) motor. The stock seat height is 860 mm, 45 mm taller than the F 750 GS but in line with other manufacturers’ bikes in this category. Suspension travel is also increased and respectable at 204 mm/219 mm front/rear compared to the F 750 GS, which comes in at 151 mm/177 mm. The F 850 GS is truly a lot of fun on- and off-road, with good power to make it fun on the pavement and to spin the tires in the dirt when you turn off the traction control for maximum fun factor.

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The stock electronics package comes with two standard riding modes on both machines (Rain and Road) and optional Dynamic, Enduro and Enduro Pro mode for the F 850 GS. Our test machines were equipped with the Enduro Pro option and we were very impressed with its customization capability for turning off traction control and ABS to suit different riding terrain.

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When you combine a very capable pair of motorcycles with the BMW brand that prides itself on being a premium brand, you may expect the price to be out of range. However, you might be surprised. The F 750 GS starts at a Canadian MSRP of $11,200 and the F 850 GS at $14,800. If you want to load up either model with every option available, the price will go up by an additional $4,600.

2019 BMW F 750 GS
MSRP: Starting at $11,200
Colour: Light White, Austin Metallic Yellow, Stereo Metallic Matt
Engine: Liquid-cooled in-line twin
Displacement: 853 cc
Power: 77 hp @ 7,500 rpm
Torque: 61 ft-lb @ 6,000 rpm
Frame: Bridge-type frame, steel shell construction
Weight: 224 kg (493.8 lb), wet
Seat height: 815 mm (32.1 in)
Suspension (front): 41 mm telescopic fork
Suspension (rear): Single shock adjustable for spring pre-load and rebounds damping
Brakes (front): dual 305 mm discs with double-piston floating caliper
Brakes (rear): 265 mm disc with single-piston floating caliper
Fuel Capacity: 15 L

2019 BMW F 850 GS
MSRP: Starting at $14,800
Colour: Rallye style Tri-Colour, Racing Red, Pollux Metallic Matt
Engine: Liquid-cooled in-line twin
Displacement: 853 cc
Power: 90 hp @ 7,500 rpm
Torque: 68 ft-lb @ 6,000 rpm
Frame: Bridge-type frame, steel shell construction
Weight: 229 kg (504.9 lb), wet
Seat height: 860 mm (33.9 in)
Suspension (front): USD 43 mm telescopic fork
Suspension (rear): Single shock adjustable for spring pre-load and rebounds damping
Brakes (front): dual 305 mm discs with double-piston floating caliper
Brakes (rear): 265 mm disc with single-piston floating caliper
Fuel Capacity: 15 L

Friday, 02 November 2018 16:51 Published in Products

The All-New 2019 BMW R1250GS and 2019 BMW R1250RT

The All-New 2019 BMW R1250GS and R1250RT will be on sale in Canada in October 2018, with MSRPs, respectively, of:

R1250GS - $21,400

R1250RT - $22,050

Thursday, 27 September 2018 18:10 Published in Industry News

BMW Motorrad presents "Rent A Ride"

Enjoy motorcycling whenever you feel like it without have to own a motorcycle yourself – BMW Motorrad will be making this possible in future with its dealer-based short-term rental service Rent A Ride.

Thursday, 20 September 2018 11:53 Published in Industry News

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