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A desert tour with a mission.
GS bikers provide clean drinking water in Mongolia.
<p><em>The committed people of Waves for Water have set their sights high: the globetrotters' initiative with filter systems and on-site training around the world ensures that contaminated water becomes potable drinking water. Their mission led the team through the Gobi Desert to the most remote corners of Mongolia, on their BMW R 1200 GS, as part of &quot;Follow the Trails of the GS Trophy&quot;.&nbsp; &nbsp;</em> </p>
A new generation of twin-cylinder boxer engines.
Almost 100 years old - and it's only just reaching its prime.
<p>The new twin-cylinder boxer engine fascinates in its diversity from the very first moment. Its character is unmistakeable – in every engine speed range. It offers you increased performance and smooth running at low speeds. The BMW ShiftCam variable camshaft control ensures more powerful torque development over the entire engine speed range, providing greater control in every riding situation. Giving you power whenever you need it. More cubic capacity, more power – with higher efficiency. The strong performance with fewer gear changes gives you sovereignty. A masterpiece of engineering prowess. </p>
New paint colours.
Update to the existing range of colours from BMW Motorrad.
<p>BMW Motorrad is freshening up the standard colours on numerous models. But the BMW Motorrad Spezial colours are equally surprising with effective colour combinations that make your bike look even more unique. Here is an overview of the highlights. </p>
Works of art on two wheels.
Customizers transform bikes into unique items.
<p>He is an originator, a designer, an aesthete: the customizer gives the standard motorcycle an unmistakeable face and a soul. Each and every one of his creations is a work of art. New colours, new shapes. Other materials, other mechanics. It attracts all the looks and makes your heart beat faster.&nbsp;&nbsp; </p>
Propellant for your soul.
R nineT modifications from the most renowned customizers.
<p>The&nbsp;R nineT&nbsp;is the perfect basis for an individual modification: in just a few short steps, its rear end transforms from a two-seater to a solo, and thanks to the separation between vehicle and engine electronics, gearheads have practically no limits in terms of what they can do. The most widely renowned customizers have run riot on the&nbsp;R nineT. With their unmistakable signatures, they show what can be done with expertise and the modern classic boxer. Curtains up for the Soulfuel bikes!&nbsp;&nbsp; </p>
In constant pursuit of power.
From Lake Constance to Gibraltar on the C evolution.
<p>Electromobility is only for the city? That's what you think. We can do better than that. This is what Reimar Hellwig thought anyway. He has done a great deal of pioneering and has ridden some 6,000 kilometres on the BMW electric scooter C evolution in just six weeks. Without any problems. From Lake Constance to Gibraltar and back again. With tales of power outlet and other travel encounters. </p>
Bavarian combiners in Italy.
Curtains up for the BMW Motorrad Concept 9cento.
<p>It's the stage for aesthetics, elegance and timeless design: at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este at Lake Como, unforgotten motorcycle classics stand alongside new concept vehicles and win over the hearts of the audience. The perfect place to introduce new ideas and designs at the traditional event. Showtime for the world premier of the BMW Motorrad Concept 9cento. </p>
International GS Trophy 2018.
Mongolia calling.
<p>Discover the world. Explore the unknown. Make lasting friendships. And tackle any challenge on your GS. The International GS Trophy is a motorcycle adventure that puts the world at your feet. Teams from all around the world battle it out in intensive daily stages and numerous special challenges&nbsp;and experience the tour of their lives from 3 to 10 June 2018! </p>
Searching for the unknown.
Isaac and Taylor follow their instincts and discover new roads.
<p>They don't know each other, but one thing connects them more than anything: They both need new perspectives like they need air to breathe. Jump on the bike and set off into the unknown. The destination is everywhere. When Isaac Johnston and Sterling Taylor start their engines, they dive into the weekend and just ride – the F 750 GS and F 850 GS have everything they need.&nbsp; </p>
Highlights 2018.
Make Life a Ride.
<p>Lifestyle, adventure or travel: regardless of what drives you forward and what you are looking for. BMW Motorrad gives you the right features for every opportunity, trip and terrain experience. From product innovations through innovations right up to countless events – discover what highlights BMW Motorrad has in store for you in 2018. &nbsp; </p>
Highlights 2019.
Something to look forward to.
<p>BMW Motorrad gives you the right experience – and the right motorcycle – for every opportunity, trip and terrain. From new products through innovations right up to countless events: discover what highlights BMW Motorrad has in store for you in 2019. &nbsp; </p>
I chase excitement.
Curiosity and enthusiasm are what drive Isaac Johnston.
<p>He's his own boss. Years ago, Isaac Johnston traded his office job for a life as a storyteller and lifestyle photographer. Today, the American from Montana lives for unexpected experiences and loves exciting and inspiring places. Above all, nature holds a special allure for him. &nbsp;&nbsp; </p>
The planks that mean the world.
Clear the stage and start the film for the wall of death rider Don Ganslmeier.
<p>Hard nuts, an inconspicuous backyard workshop, boxes with long missed contents, muscle contests, reckless manoeuvres, a sensation –&nbsp;and a happy end? The Motodrom, the oldest travelling wall of death in the world provides for great cinema. </p>
Completely in his element.
Sterling Taylor loves to push his own limits.
<p>As he feels his way upward, he finds a foothold with his toes and grabs hold of a protruding rock with his hands: Sterling Taylor is a climber and is not deterred by his fear of heights. He loves challenges – and his motorcycle. </p>
Electro sound.
An electric motorcycle called E-LisaBad stirs up the customising scene.
<p>What does the BMW C evolution look like on the inside? Krautmotors owner Rolf Reick wants to find out. So he takes apart the electric maxi scooter and turns it into the E-LisaBad dragster. The custom shop owner plans to drag-race his creation. It might not make much noise, but it will definitely cause a stir. </p>
The spirit of a legend.
Paris-Dakar feeling with the R nineT Urban G/S.
<p>The Paris-Dakar Rally is legendary, just like the people and machines that competed in it. Joy Lewis explores the early days of the epic desert rally in the cities where the race started and finished. Her two companions: Hubert Auriol, who won the Paris-Dakar Rally twice with BMW in the 80s; and the R nineT Urban G/S – a motorcycle whose design is reminiscent of the legendary R 80 G/S. &nbsp; </p>
Eco engineering.
A life's work of electromobility.
<p>E for electro. E for engineering. E for Eva. When it comes to e-mobility, engineering cannot be avoided – and neither can Eva Håkansson. The mechanical engineering graduate puts everything into driving electromobility forwards. For reasons of sustainability. </p>
Chasing the Impossible
HP4 RACE
<p>For many, limits are the end of the story. For some, they are only the beginning. With the HP4 RACE, we show the passion of those who like to go beyond their limits. Whatever this may entail – it is something that was previously unimaginable. </p>
The city at your feet.
The BMW Motorrad Concept Link takes new, connected paths.
<p>Big city. Endless urban canyons, among which there is something new to discover around every bend. But it is also the desire for movement, freedom and the possibility to get from one place to the next quickly. With the Concept Link, which BMW Motorrad will be unveiling at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2017, a concept vehicle has now set about to combine the challenges of urban mobility of tomorrow with the opportunities of a digitalised world. &nbsp; </p>
Int. Female Team Qualifier.
Wanted: GS team player.
<p>Girl power burns within you. You are in your element when you can kick up the dust on your GS. You love the two-wheeled challenge, and don't want to leave the field of the International GS Trophy to the men? Then it's time for a thrilling motorcycle adventure in Mongolia. Be part of the team and inspire GS fans around the world.&nbsp; </p>
And on and on.
The world has no limits.
<p>Pack your bags and embark on a journey into the unknown. We are curious and know that adventure awaits around every corner. Every mile reveals the undiscovered, every second lends us new perspectives, and every sight ingrains a picture in our memory. We grow with every experience, every friendship, and every adventure – that's the #spiritofGS. Get to know the people behind the &quot;spirit of GS&quot;. Try out the GS yourself or experience GS Action at GS Experience. And for all those who are currently in the middle of an adventure, tell us about it and share it with us under #spiritofGS. </p>
National Qualifier.
<p>Take off on<strong> DATE</strong> at <strong>PLACE</strong> and qualify as a rider for Team <strong>COUNTRY</strong> at the BMW Motorrad Int. GS Trophy 2018.&nbsp; </p>
Joyful Racing.
The R nineT Racer in Japan.
<p>Racing isn’t always just about speed and performance. It’s also about fun and style, friendship and freedom. Japan’s vintage racers are celebrating precisely this spirit of racing. In the metropolis of Tokyo, Joy Lewis meets customizer Daisuke Mukasa and his Curry Speed Club. She rides her R nineT Racer through the megacity and heads out to lonely mountain roads near Mount Fuji and a vintage motorcycle race at Fuji Speedway. &nbsp; </p>
Park ‘n’ Ride Challenge.
Moving to the next level with the G 310 R.
<p>On to the next challenge with the G 310 R – the Park ‘n’ Ride Challenge. This means: 2 teams, 2 bikes, 2 longboards, a multi-storey car park and a lot of riding pleasure. Curve by curve and level by level, both teams experience the flow. The challenge requires ability, riding skill and a generous slice of fun. Just right for Sarah, Chris, Guto and Sebastian.&nbsp; </p>
Elegant muscleman.
BMW Motorrad presents the Concept 101 touring bike.
<p>Inspired by the never-ending highway, the feeling of freedom and sheer independence, the BMW Motorrad design team came up with a completely new approach to touring motorcycles with their Concept 101: elegant, exclusive, extroverted and pure cruising power.</p>
The life of Byron.
From South Africa to the other end of the world via the GS Trophy.
<p>Riding glaciers from the South East Asian jungle to Iceland – for Byron Coetsee, the winner of the international GS Trophy, driving the GS opens up a world of opportunities. The destination of his latest mission lies 11,500 kilometres north of his native Cape Town. </p>
One fast Swede.
Eva Håkansson holds the speed record with her homemade streamliner.
<p>Fast can also be clean – Eva Håkansson is sure of this. The mechanical engineer with a doctorate wants to prove to the world that environmentally-friendly electric vehicles are fast and fun, and that mechanical engineering is an outstanding choice of profession for women. On the move with the fastest female motorcyclist in the world, who posted a new world record of 434 km/h with her homemade "KillaJoule" streamliner.</p>
A look back at the 2016 International GS Trophy.
Team South Africa wins the GS challenge in Thailand.
<p>Manoeuvring motorcycles over dilapidated bridges, crossing rivers with the GS and changing tyres in a hurry: the International GS Trophy is an enduro challenge like no other.</p> <p>In 2016 it was time for the event once again. 19 teams from all over the world rode their BMW R 1200 GS motorcycles across northern Thailand. The GS riders conquered 1,400 kilometres, 19 special tests and seven daily stages. They crossed jungles, dams and rain forests, enduring brutal heat and high humidity. The sixth International GS Trophy left them physically exhausted but satisfied in every other respect. </p>
Live to ride.
Ride to live.
<p>Allow us to introduce: Inga Birna Erlingsdóttir, currently the only female motorcycle police officer in Iceland. Motorcycles are Inga's great passion. For her job she rides all day, every day. In her spare time, she exchanges her police motorcycle for a BMW GS. </p>
Faster than the ice allows.
Robert Gull holds the world record for the fastest wheelie performed on ice.
<p>The road is not enough. Like almost everywhere in Scandinavia, the time of year during which you can ride on the roads in Sweden is very short. On the rugged terrain of the north, snow, ice and sub-zero temperatures set the tone more than half of the year. However, the lakes that become frozen over open up many new opportunities for riders, such as Robert, who's 25. Lakes are nothing other than water - hardened water. All that's needed is a little creativity in the workshop, tyres with spikes, a playful attitude and lots of courage... </p>
90 years of BMW Motorrad.
It's our turn to say thank you.
<p>BMW Motorrad is 90 years old – that's a real reason to celebrate. But we don't deserve all the credit. We couldn't have made it here without all the friends of BMW Motorrad who have remained so loyal to us over the years and have passionately represented the BMW brand. Relive 90 years of passion, 90 years of innovation and 90 years of progress here in our web special. Enjoy! </p>
Crafting a feeling.
The BMW Motorrad design process.
<p>Striking characters work in the BMW Motorrad design team. Every designer has their own style and feels at home in their own biker scene. And each and every one of them adds their own inspiration and passion. These different forms are then combined in the design process: they are manifested in each new BMW Motorrad creation. Edgar Heinrich, head designer at BMW Motorrad, introduces the BMW Motorrad design team and the design process. </p>
Back in Bavaria after India.
Interview with Edgar Heinrich, Head of Design at BMW Motorrad.
<p>After a brief stint in India, Edgar Heinrich returned to Munich to lead the BMW Motorrad design team. It was a happy return for the motorcycle enthusiast, who began his career at BMW in 1986. He spearheaded the design of many BMW motorcycles: the Paris-Dakar rally bike, the K 1200 S and R, the HP2 Enduro, the R 1150 GS, the R 1200 GS and most recently the S 1000 RR. </p> <p>Before his time at Indian automaker Bajaj, he was also involved in the design of the K 1600 GT and GTL touring bikes as well as the C 600 Sport and the C 650 GT maxi scooter. All of them were successful products that expanded the horizons of this established market segment and attracted many new customers to the brand. In an exclusive interview with BMW Motorrad, Edgar Heinrich talks about his passion for designing, collecting and restoring motorcycles of all kinds. </p>
Riding on air.
BMW Motorrad and LEGO Technic build the Hover Ride concept model.
<p>Pushing boundaries has always been a part of BMW Motorrad. The future of mobility is full of surprises – as can be seen from the floating boxer. A construction kit was the start. </p>
Make Life a Ride.
Wake up to life every morning with your engine running.
<p>Every moment is a crossroads. You can turn left, you can turn right, or you can continue straight ahead. You could return to your starting point and then just keep driving. A million paths lie at your feet, each better than the last and no worse than the next. Choose a new path every second and never look back. Because everything you find on the road is forever yours. And that's how you Make Life a Ride. </p>
A look at the next 100 years
What will the motorcycle of the future look like?
<p>The 100th anniversary of the BMW Group is an opportunity to look back at the historic early days of the motorised two-wheeler and ahead to the future, where the role of the motorcycle will be completely redefined in an increasingly digital world.</p> <p>It's the 7th of March, 1916. Bayerische Flugzeugwerke AG (Bavarian Aircraft Works) begins operations on Lerchenauer Strasse in the north of Munich. Three years later, Zeno Diemer sets the world altitude record of 9,760 metres with the BMW IV six-cylinder inline aircraft engine.</p> <p>The small factory will later go on to reach new heights in other vehicle segments. Soon after changing its name to Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, the company begins developing the first motorcycle, long before it enters the automobile sector.</p>
Vision Vehicles circle the globe.
<p>After making its world debut at the Centenary Event on 7 March, the BMW VISION NEXT 100 concept car embarks on a symbolic world tour to China, the UK and the US, where the motorcycle of the future is unveiled in a grand finale. The theme of the tour: "Iconic Impulses. The BMW Group Future Experience". As a visionary, the BMW Group is exploring the opportunities of digitalisation and the impact of technology on our private and professional lives.</p> <p>From Munich, the BMW VISION NEXT 100 travels to Beijing for its Asia debut. Vision Vehicles from MINI and Rolls-Royce debut in London.</p> <p>The final highlight is the world debut of the BMW Motorrad Vision Vehicle in Los Angeles on 11 October. The motorcycle of the future begins to take shape even before it is actually unveiled.</p>
Four Visions. Four Vision Vehicles.
In its anniversary year, the BMW Group looks ahead: what do the vehicles of the future look like?
<p>Over the course of the year, four vision vehicles give you an appetite for what is in store. The BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad brands paint a visionary picture of the future mobility world. BMW Motorrad rounds this all off splendidly by presenting a visionary motorcycle in Santa Monica in October.</p> <p>There was an inspirational preview of the futuristic designs at the festive opening event for the anniversary year in the Munich Olympiahalle. At the big birthday celebration, the first of a total of four Vision Vehicles were unveiled. The BMW brand got the ball rolling and demonstrated what mobility will feel like in the coming decades with the world premier of the futuristic car BMW VISION NEXT 100. The curtains for the remaining Vision Vehicles will be opened over the coming months.</p>
The Great Escape.
VISION NEXT 100: The motorcycle of the future.
<p>Glasses in place of a helmet, smart clothing, full balance without a kickstand: Only three of the many inventions that could become standards for riding a motorcycle and add a new dimension to the sense of freedom in an increasingly digitised world. And the best thing about it: this vision vehicle is already here. Introducing the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100. </p>
On the road.
On the road with the R nineT Scrambler.
<p>On tour with the R nineT Scrambler. We have come visit real men who do their own thing and in addition love motorcycles.Driven by their passion, they make their own rules instead of just following trends. Always searching for inspiration and new experiences. </p>
Unique specimens.
R nineT conversions.
<p>The R nineT is the perfect starting point for a custom build. With just a few steps, it can be converted from a two-seater to a single-seater, and thanks to separate vehicle and engine electronics, it offers almost endless possibilities for gearheads.</p> <p>Several of the most renowned customizers have been running riot on the R nineT. With unmistakeable handwriting, they show what can be done with expertise, creativity and the modern classic boxer.</p>
Mechanics & style enthusiasts.
Custom craftsmanship.
<p>PURE riders are individualists. Bikes express their individuality. They're sophisticated and expressive, just like the bikes they ride. Not many people are brave enough to build a custom motorcycle, but those who do it are driven by PURE passion and turn their customers' dreams into true icons. More and more renowned custom shops are converting old twin-valve BMWs into unique works of art. These are just a few, we'll keep adding more. In the future, the nineT may form a new basis for customising. </p>
"A routine day is definitely not for me."
Interview with customizer Hayden Roberts.
<p>Hayden Roberts lives in Long Beach, California. Here, he co-founded the renowned customizing workshop Hell On Wheels MC. This is also where the name for his vintage motorcycle race came from – all over the world. Because when Hayden is not tinkering with bikes, he is organising races. And because these are always just one big party, he is also known as "Chief Party Planner". A born entertainer and absolutely obsessed with motorcycles – a magnificent mix. </p>
"Whatever I do, it must make me happy".
Interview with vintage racer and scrambler fan Joy Lewis.
<p>Why follow the herd if you can have so much more fun beyond the mainstream? Joy Lewis has made her forename part of the programme. A talk with a cheerful soul who doesn't adapt, but lives to her own style.</p>
Cool thing.
The R nineT Scrambler and a Dream Come True - A Perfect Duo.
<p>Impassioned motorcyclist Laura Antoine travels on her Scrambler from her home town in Toulouse to Lyon. She is visiting someone there who has made his style into whole life's mission, and who – like Laura – loves vintage and motorcycles: Sébastien Chirpaz. A true free spirit, who understands his trade and also has a small present at the ready for his visitor.&nbsp; </p>
THE R9T JAPAN PROJECT.
A new chapter in customising.
<p>The protagonists: four Japanese customisers, all of them globally acclaimed masters of their trade. The story: Each of them were given a BMW R nine T. And total freedom to customise the bike any way they pleased. The common roots they shared were the diverse influences of the vibrant Japanese customiser scene. </p> <p>Not to mention a no-compromise attitude, individuality and obsessive attention to detail. What emerged were extremely unique bikes, each bearing the distinct signature of its creator The results exceeded expectations by far. In fact, the bikes represent a new chapter in the history of customising. </p>
"I owe my inspiration to motorcycling"
Interview with the writer Roberto Parodi.
<p>The Italian Roberto Parodi used to be a banker and writer. Then a man from television noticed him as the author of motorcycle books, and he got his own reality documentary. Suddenly Roberto was a writer and presenter. He gave up the job as a banker. Since then, he has been living a life full of adventure and travel, with motorcycling spurring on his imagination.&nbsp; </p>
Spirit of Sprint.
Vibrant 1/8 mile.
<p>When the international custom scene meets, it is mostly about inspiring motorcycles – and about acceleration from naught to sixty. Winning is second to the spirit of sprint, the sheer fun on the 1/8 mile. </p>
Bavarian combiners in Italy.
Curtains up for the BMW Motorrad Concept 9cento.
<p>It's the stage for aesthetics, elegance and timeless design: at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este at Lake Como, unforgotten motorcycle classics stand alongside new concept vehicles and win over the hearts of the audience. The perfect place to introduce new ideas and designs at the traditional event. Showtime for the world premier of the BMW Motorrad Concept 9cento. </p>
Chasing the Impossible
HP4 RACE
<p>For many, limits are the end of the story. For some, they are only the beginning. With the HP4 RACE, we show the passion of those who like to go beyond their limits. Whatever this may entail – it is something that was previously unimaginable. </p>
Faster than the ice allows.
Robert Gull holds the world record for the fastest wheelie performed on ice.
<p>The road is not enough. Like almost everywhere in Scandinavia, the time of year during which you can ride on the roads in Sweden is very short. On the rugged terrain of the north, snow, ice and sub-zero temperatures set the tone more than half of the year. However, the lakes that become frozen over open up many new opportunities for riders, such as Robert, who's 25. Lakes are nothing other than water - hardened water. All that's needed is a little creativity in the workshop, tyres with spikes, a playful attitude and lots of courage... </p>
90 years of BMW Motorrad.
It's our turn to say thank you.
<p>BMW Motorrad is 90 years old – that's a real reason to celebrate. But we don't deserve all the credit. We couldn't have made it here without all the friends of BMW Motorrad who have remained so loyal to us over the years and have passionately represented the BMW brand. Relive 90 years of passion, 90 years of innovation and 90 years of progress here in our web special. Enjoy! </p>
Back in Bavaria after India.
Interview with Edgar Heinrich, Head of Design at BMW Motorrad.
<p>After a brief stint in India, Edgar Heinrich returned to Munich to lead the BMW Motorrad design team. It was a happy return for the motorcycle enthusiast, who began his career at BMW in 1986. He spearheaded the design of many BMW motorcycles: the Paris-Dakar rally bike, the K 1200 S and R, the HP2 Enduro, the R 1150 GS, the R 1200 GS and most recently the S 1000 RR. </p> <p>Before his time at Indian automaker Bajaj, he was also involved in the design of the K 1600 GT and GTL touring bikes as well as the C 600 Sport and the C 650 GT maxi scooter. All of them were successful products that expanded the horizons of this established market segment and attracted many new customers to the brand. In an exclusive interview with BMW Motorrad, Edgar Heinrich talks about his passion for designing, collecting and restoring motorcycles of all kinds. </p>
Make Life a Ride.
Wake up to life every morning with your engine running.
<p>Every moment is a crossroads. You can turn left, you can turn right, or you can continue straight ahead. You could return to your starting point and then just keep driving. A million paths lie at your feet, each better than the last and no worse than the next. Choose a new path every second and never look back. Because everything you find on the road is forever yours. And that's how you Make Life a Ride. </p>
A look at the next 100 years
What will the motorcycle of the future look like?
<p>The 100th anniversary of the BMW Group is an opportunity to look back at the historic early days of the motorised two-wheeler and ahead to the future, where the role of the motorcycle will be completely redefined in an increasingly digital world.</p> <p>It's the 7th of March, 1916. Bayerische Flugzeugwerke AG (Bavarian Aircraft Works) begins operations on Lerchenauer Strasse in the north of Munich. Three years later, Zeno Diemer sets the world altitude record of 9,760 metres with the BMW IV six-cylinder inline aircraft engine.</p> <p>The small factory will later go on to reach new heights in other vehicle segments. Soon after changing its name to Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, the company begins developing the first motorcycle, long before it enters the automobile sector.</p>
Vision Vehicles circle the globe.
<p>After making its world debut at the Centenary Event on 7 March, the BMW VISION NEXT 100 concept car embarks on a symbolic world tour to China, the UK and the US, where the motorcycle of the future is unveiled in a grand finale. The theme of the tour: "Iconic Impulses. The BMW Group Future Experience". As a visionary, the BMW Group is exploring the opportunities of digitalisation and the impact of technology on our private and professional lives.</p> <p>From Munich, the BMW VISION NEXT 100 travels to Beijing for its Asia debut. Vision Vehicles from MINI and Rolls-Royce debut in London.</p> <p>The final highlight is the world debut of the BMW Motorrad Vision Vehicle in Los Angeles on 11 October. The motorcycle of the future begins to take shape even before it is actually unveiled.</p>
Four Visions. Four Vision Vehicles.
In its anniversary year, the BMW Group looks ahead: what do the vehicles of the future look like?
<p>Over the course of the year, four vision vehicles give you an appetite for what is in store. The BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad brands paint a visionary picture of the future mobility world. BMW Motorrad rounds this all off splendidly by presenting a visionary motorcycle in Santa Monica in October.</p> <p>There was an inspirational preview of the futuristic designs at the festive opening event for the anniversary year in the Munich Olympiahalle. At the big birthday celebration, the first of a total of four Vision Vehicles were unveiled. The BMW brand got the ball rolling and demonstrated what mobility will feel like in the coming decades with the world premier of the futuristic car BMW VISION NEXT 100. The curtains for the remaining Vision Vehicles will be opened over the coming months.</p>
The Great Escape.
VISION NEXT 100: The motorcycle of the future.
<p>Glasses in place of a helmet, smart clothing, full balance without a kickstand: Only three of the many inventions that could become standards for riding a motorcycle and add a new dimension to the sense of freedom in an increasingly digitised world. And the best thing about it: this vision vehicle is already here. Introducing the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100. </p>
From teacher to stunt legend.
Chris Pfeiffer and the revolution of stunt riding.
<p>He raised stunt riding to a completely new level: Chris Pfeiffer awed the audience with his breathtaking tricks and is an idol to countless stunt riders, who all strive to become him. For ten years, Chris competed successfully on two wheels for BMW Motorrad – albeit most of the time just on one.</p> <p>It all began in the garden. Here, Christian Pfeiffer would hop over tree roots and pull wheelies around the vegetable patch. The first races were not far behind. At the age of ten, he lined up for his first race. When he was 20, he already had 300 trophies on his shelf at home. And yet he wasn't a pro. Instead, he studied for a teaching post in sport and biology. With his first university examination in the bag, he quickly changed his plans. And became a stunt rider.</p>
Ready, steady, race!
With the HP4 RACE on the Isle of Man.
<p>Spectacular test on the Isle of Man: Peter Hickman rides the HP4 RACE on the fastest course in the world and projects the future with the innovative motorcycle on the tradition-steeped racetrack. A test run on the limit. </p>
Park ‘n’ Ride Challenge.
Moving to the next level with the G 310 R.
<p>On to the next challenge with the G 310 R – the Park ‘n’ Ride Challenge. This means: 2 teams, 2 bikes, 2 longboards, a multi-storey car park and a lot of riding pleasure. Curve by curve and level by level, both teams experience the flow. The challenge requires ability, riding skill and a generous slice of fun. Just right for Sarah, Chris, Guto and Sebastian.&nbsp; </p>
90 years of BMW Motorrad.
It's our turn to say thank you.
<p>BMW Motorrad is 90 years old – that's a real reason to celebrate. But we don't deserve all the credit. We couldn't have made it here without all the friends of BMW Motorrad who have remained so loyal to us over the years and have passionately represented the BMW brand. Relive 90 years of passion, 90 years of innovation and 90 years of progress here in our web special. Enjoy! </p>
Back in Bavaria after India.
Interview with Edgar Heinrich, Head of Design at BMW Motorrad.
<p>After a brief stint in India, Edgar Heinrich returned to Munich to lead the BMW Motorrad design team. It was a happy return for the motorcycle enthusiast, who began his career at BMW in 1986. He spearheaded the design of many BMW motorcycles: the Paris-Dakar rally bike, the K 1200 S and R, the HP2 Enduro, the R 1150 GS, the R 1200 GS and most recently the S 1000 RR. </p> <p>Before his time at Indian automaker Bajaj, he was also involved in the design of the K 1600 GT and GTL touring bikes as well as the C 600 Sport and the C 650 GT maxi scooter. All of them were successful products that expanded the horizons of this established market segment and attracted many new customers to the brand. In an exclusive interview with BMW Motorrad, Edgar Heinrich talks about his passion for designing, collecting and restoring motorcycles of all kinds. </p>
Make Life a Ride.
Wake up to life every morning with your engine running.
<p>Every moment is a crossroads. You can turn left, you can turn right, or you can continue straight ahead. You could return to your starting point and then just keep driving. A million paths lie at your feet, each better than the last and no worse than the next. Choose a new path every second and never look back. Because everything you find on the road is forever yours. And that's how you Make Life a Ride. </p>
A look at the next 100 years
What will the motorcycle of the future look like?
<p>The 100th anniversary of the BMW Group is an opportunity to look back at the historic early days of the motorised two-wheeler and ahead to the future, where the role of the motorcycle will be completely redefined in an increasingly digital world.</p> <p>It's the 7th of March, 1916. Bayerische Flugzeugwerke AG (Bavarian Aircraft Works) begins operations on Lerchenauer Strasse in the north of Munich. Three years later, Zeno Diemer sets the world altitude record of 9,760 metres with the BMW IV six-cylinder inline aircraft engine.</p> <p>The small factory will later go on to reach new heights in other vehicle segments. Soon after changing its name to Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, the company begins developing the first motorcycle, long before it enters the automobile sector.</p>
Vision Vehicles circle the globe.
<p>After making its world debut at the Centenary Event on 7 March, the BMW VISION NEXT 100 concept car embarks on a symbolic world tour to China, the UK and the US, where the motorcycle of the future is unveiled in a grand finale. The theme of the tour: "Iconic Impulses. The BMW Group Future Experience". As a visionary, the BMW Group is exploring the opportunities of digitalisation and the impact of technology on our private and professional lives.</p> <p>From Munich, the BMW VISION NEXT 100 travels to Beijing for its Asia debut. Vision Vehicles from MINI and Rolls-Royce debut in London.</p> <p>The final highlight is the world debut of the BMW Motorrad Vision Vehicle in Los Angeles on 11 October. The motorcycle of the future begins to take shape even before it is actually unveiled.</p>
Four Visions. Four Vision Vehicles.
In its anniversary year, the BMW Group looks ahead: what do the vehicles of the future look like?
<p>Over the course of the year, four vision vehicles give you an appetite for what is in store. The BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad brands paint a visionary picture of the future mobility world. BMW Motorrad rounds this all off splendidly by presenting a visionary motorcycle in Santa Monica in October.</p> <p>There was an inspirational preview of the futuristic designs at the festive opening event for the anniversary year in the Munich Olympiahalle. At the big birthday celebration, the first of a total of four Vision Vehicles were unveiled. The BMW brand got the ball rolling and demonstrated what mobility will feel like in the coming decades with the world premier of the futuristic car BMW VISION NEXT 100. The curtains for the remaining Vision Vehicles will be opened over the coming months.</p>
The Great Escape.
VISION NEXT 100: The motorcycle of the future.
<p>Glasses in place of a helmet, smart clothing, full balance without a kickstand: Only three of the many inventions that could become standards for riding a motorcycle and add a new dimension to the sense of freedom in an increasingly digitised world. And the best thing about it: this vision vehicle is already here. Introducing the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100. </p>
Challenge the City.
With the G 310 R through São Paulo.
<p>The challenges are the same in cities all over the world: red lights, packed subways, long lines of traffic that have you inching forward at a snail's pace. No problem for the G 310 R. It will turn your daily commute to work a into an enjoyable ride and show you the city from a new perspective.</p> <p>Stunt rider Chris Northover takes the G 310 R through São Paulo's crazy evening rush hour traffic. He's able to meander the bike through the big city hustle and bustle with lightness and agility. With fast-changing curves, he leaves the city behind and goes out to redefine the city limits. With the new BMW Roadster, Chris demonstrated that 313 cc is just a number and real performance is measured on the road.</p>
"I am a ruthless enthusiast."
Interview with stunt rider and author Chris Northover.
<p>Chris Northover is the embodiment of a passionate motorcyclist. As a stunt rider, instructor, journalist and studied motorcycle engineer, he spends almost all of his free time on two wheels. He became well known after his 'Storm the embassy' video, which actually started out as a bit of fun between friends. In the interview, he reveals how the video was made, why he no longer has any free time, what he thinks of the G 310 R and what all of this has to do with longboarding. </p>
Strikingly different.
The BMW Concept Stunt G 310.
<p>It's loud, and it attracts attention – the new stunt concept study from BMW Motorrad. A single-cylinder roadster with the unique design of a stunt bike. One look and it's obvious how much riding pleasure this concept bike delivers.</p>
Make visionary ideas alive.
Young designers create new concepts.
<p>With the imminent arrival of the G 310 R, BMW Motorrad has been preparing its worldwide markets, from Milan to Japan, for this new sporty lightweight roadster. Students at the European Institute of Design (IED) in Italy have already studied the eye-catching sub-500cc BMW as part of their final degree projects, while over in Tokyo, a special female riders’ workshop has produced equally interesting studies. </p>
Works of art on two wheels.
Customizers transform bikes into unique items.
<p>He is an originator, a designer, an aesthete: the customizer gives the standard motorcycle an unmistakeable face and a soul. Each and every one of his creations is a work of art. New colours, new shapes. Other materials, other mechanics. It attracts all the looks and makes your heart beat faster.&nbsp;&nbsp; </p>
Propellant for your soul.
R nineT modifications from the most renowned customizers.
<p>The&nbsp;R nineT&nbsp;is the perfect basis for an individual modification: in just a few short steps, its rear end transforms from a two-seater to a solo, and thanks to the separation between vehicle and engine electronics, gearheads have practically no limits in terms of what they can do. The most widely renowned customizers have run riot on the&nbsp;R nineT. With their unmistakable signatures, they show what can be done with expertise and the modern classic boxer. Curtains up for the Soulfuel bikes!&nbsp;&nbsp; </p>
The planks that mean the world.
Clear the stage and start the film for the wall of death rider Don Ganslmeier.
<p>Hard nuts, an inconspicuous backyard workshop, boxes with long missed contents, muscle contests, reckless manoeuvres, a sensation –&nbsp;and a happy end? The Motodrom, the oldest travelling wall of death in the world provides for great cinema. </p>
The spirit of a legend.
Paris-Dakar feeling with the R nineT Urban G/S.
<p>The Paris-Dakar Rally is legendary, just like the people and machines that competed in it. Joy Lewis explores the early days of the epic desert rally in the cities where the race started and finished. Her two companions: Hubert Auriol, who won the Paris-Dakar Rally twice with BMW in the 80s; and the R nineT Urban G/S – a motorcycle whose design is reminiscent of the legendary R 80 G/S. &nbsp; </p>
Joyful Racing.
The R nineT Racer in Japan.
<p>Racing isn’t always just about speed and performance. It’s also about fun and style, friendship and freedom. Japan’s vintage racers are celebrating precisely this spirit of racing. In the metropolis of Tokyo, Joy Lewis meets customizer Daisuke Mukasa and his Curry Speed Club. She rides her R nineT Racer through the megacity and heads out to lonely mountain roads near Mount Fuji and a vintage motorcycle race at Fuji Speedway. &nbsp; </p>
Crafting a feeling.
The BMW Motorrad design process.
<p>Striking characters work in the BMW Motorrad design team. Every designer has their own style and feels at home in their own biker scene. And each and every one of them adds their own inspiration and passion. These different forms are then combined in the design process: they are manifested in each new BMW Motorrad creation. Edgar Heinrich, head designer at BMW Motorrad, introduces the BMW Motorrad design team and the design process. </p>
Make Life a Ride.
Wake up to life every morning with your engine running.
<p>Every moment is a crossroads. You can turn left, you can turn right, or you can continue straight ahead. You could return to your starting point and then just keep driving. A million paths lie at your feet, each better than the last and no worse than the next. Choose a new path every second and never look back. Because everything you find on the road is forever yours. And that's how you Make Life a Ride. </p>
On the road.
On the road with the R nineT Scrambler.
<p>On tour with the R nineT Scrambler. We have come visit real men who do their own thing and in addition love motorcycles.Driven by their passion, they make their own rules instead of just following trends. Always searching for inspiration and new experiences. </p>
Unique specimens.
R nineT conversions.
<p>The R nineT is the perfect starting point for a custom build. With just a few steps, it can be converted from a two-seater to a single-seater, and thanks to separate vehicle and engine electronics, it offers almost endless possibilities for gearheads.</p> <p>Several of the most renowned customizers have been running riot on the R nineT. With unmistakeable handwriting, they show what can be done with expertise, creativity and the modern classic boxer.</p>
Mechanics & style enthusiasts.
Custom craftsmanship.
<p>PURE riders are individualists. Bikes express their individuality. They're sophisticated and expressive, just like the bikes they ride. Not many people are brave enough to build a custom motorcycle, but those who do it are driven by PURE passion and turn their customers' dreams into true icons. More and more renowned custom shops are converting old twin-valve BMWs into unique works of art. These are just a few, we'll keep adding more. In the future, the nineT may form a new basis for customising. </p>
"A routine day is definitely not for me."
Interview with customizer Hayden Roberts.
<p>Hayden Roberts lives in Long Beach, California. Here, he co-founded the renowned customizing workshop Hell On Wheels MC. This is also where the name for his vintage motorcycle race came from – all over the world. Because when Hayden is not tinkering with bikes, he is organising races. And because these are always just one big party, he is also known as "Chief Party Planner". A born entertainer and absolutely obsessed with motorcycles – a magnificent mix. </p>
"Whatever I do, it must make me happy".
Interview with vintage racer and scrambler fan Joy Lewis.
<p>Why follow the herd if you can have so much more fun beyond the mainstream? Joy Lewis has made her forename part of the programme. A talk with a cheerful soul who doesn't adapt, but lives to her own style.</p>
Cool thing.
The R nineT Scrambler and a Dream Come True - A Perfect Duo.
<p>Impassioned motorcyclist Laura Antoine travels on her Scrambler from her home town in Toulouse to Lyon. She is visiting someone there who has made his style into whole life's mission, and who – like Laura – loves vintage and motorcycles: Sébastien Chirpaz. A true free spirit, who understands his trade and also has a small present at the ready for his visitor.&nbsp; </p>
THE R9T JAPAN PROJECT.
A new chapter in customising.
<p>The protagonists: four Japanese customisers, all of them globally acclaimed masters of their trade. The story: Each of them were given a BMW R nine T. And total freedom to customise the bike any way they pleased. The common roots they shared were the diverse influences of the vibrant Japanese customiser scene. </p> <p>Not to mention a no-compromise attitude, individuality and obsessive attention to detail. What emerged were extremely unique bikes, each bearing the distinct signature of its creator The results exceeded expectations by far. In fact, the bikes represent a new chapter in the history of customising. </p>
"I owe my inspiration to motorcycling"
Interview with the writer Roberto Parodi.
<p>The Italian Roberto Parodi used to be a banker and writer. Then a man from television noticed him as the author of motorcycle books, and he got his own reality documentary. Suddenly Roberto was a writer and presenter. He gave up the job as a banker. Since then, he has been living a life full of adventure and travel, with motorcycling spurring on his imagination.&nbsp; </p>
Spirit of Sprint.
Vibrant 1/8 mile.
<p>When the international custom scene meets, it is mostly about inspiring motorcycles – and about acceleration from naught to sixty. Winning is second to the spirit of sprint, the sheer fun on the 1/8 mile. </p>
"Everything around us was once designed".
Interview with designer Stephen Kenn about vintage in the modern look.
<p>Designer Stephen Kenn is known for his minimalistic, puristic work. His philosophy: authentic vintage materials with a modern design style. The Californian's "Inheritance Collection" demonstrates particularly impressively how he reduces simple seating furniture down and then stylishly combines it with high-quality vintage materials. Because he is convinced: good design should have the simplest and most functional form and the materials used should carry history and the past into the here and now.</p>
For the love of motorcycles.
Where customising turns into lifestyle.
<p>It's not just the smell of petrol and the sound of motors that fascinate motorcycle enthusiasts at <a href="/content/bmwmotorradnsc/marketCA/bmw-motorrad_ca/en_CA/experience/Events/pure-and-crafted-festival-2017.html" class="textlink" target="_self">Pure&amp;Crafted</a>; so too do individual art works – handmade and with an incredible attention to detail. At the festival you can find a load of good music, extraordinary motorcycles and chats in the custom bike scene. Find a selection of customizers you’ll get to meet below. </p>
Cruise, shop and rock.
Music, motorcycles and new heritage at the Pure&Crafted Festival 2017.
<p>About 10,000 enthusiastic visitors celebrated music, motorcycling culture and new heritage lifestyle amidst a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere at the Pure&amp;Crafted Festival in Berlin. The old Rummelsburg power plant situated on the Spree provided the perfect backdrop for this. <strong></strong> </p>
The most beautiful detours to Berlin.
Your motorcycle tour to the Pure&Crafted festival.
<p>All roads lead to the capital – but who wants to ride in a straight line? Far away from motorways and beelines, ride on winding country roads through riverscapes and meadows and discover cultural highlights in the towns and villages. Take your time and make your way to the <a href="/content/bmwmotorradnsc/marketCA/bmw-motorrad_ca/en_CA/experience/Events/pure-and-crafted-festival-2017.html" class="textlink" target="_self">Pure&amp;Crafted in Berlin</a> for the brilliant festival kick-off. Tips for routes to, in and around Berlin. </p>
Awake for three days.
At the BMW Motorrad Days, Garmisch-Partenkirchen becomes a party mile.
<p>Garmisch-Partenkirchen has been setting aside the first weekend in July for two-wheeler fans from all over the world since 2002. They all travel to the German Alpine setting in order to celebrate with like-minded people. The festival combines the various facets of the motorcycling world, ranging from customising to adventure and from stunt riding to racing. We look back on the BMW Motorrad Days 2016, before Garmisch-Partenkirchen will once again become the centre of the motorcycle culture from 7 to 9 July. </p>
Going vintage at Fuji Speedway.
The style of the seventies returns to the race track.
<p>The R nineT Racer is reviving the early days of superbikes. The BMW R 90 S and its spectacular performances at Daytona and the Isle of Man in 1976 are unforgettable. When we recall the racing scene of the seventies, we immediately think of Japan, where the modern motorcycle was invented and where an impressive revival is now happening. &nbsp; </p>
Rock 'n' roll at Animal Boat.
Daisuke Mukasa and his vintage world in modern Tokyo.
<p>The Animal Boat custom shop is heaven for vintage enthusiasts. Here, Japanese customizer Daisuke Mukasa rescues classic motorcycles from extinction – and brings them back to the race track with his Curry Speed Club. &nbsp; </p>
A shining light.
Riding through Tokyo with Joy Lewis on an R nineT Racer.
<p>Tokyo is a shining light – not only because of all the advertising screens that make the city glow. With a population of 38 million, Tokyo is also the world’s largest metropolitan area, but it doesn’t have the overwhelming feel of other megacities. In fact, it is an extremely liveable city that is constantly reinventing itself and has long been at the forefront of urbanisation. But the past is also alive in Tokyo and the motorcycle scene is an endless source of inspiration for customizers and vintage racers. &nbsp; </p>
A new generation of twin-cylinder boxer engines.
Almost 100 years old - and it's only just reaching its prime.
<p>The new twin-cylinder boxer engine fascinates in its diversity from the very first moment. Its character is unmistakeable – in every engine speed range. It offers you increased performance and smooth running at low speeds. The BMW ShiftCam variable camshaft control ensures more powerful torque development over the entire engine speed range, providing greater control in every riding situation. Giving you power whenever you need it. More cubic capacity, more power – with higher efficiency. The strong performance with fewer gear changes gives you sovereignty. A masterpiece of engineering prowess. </p>
Bavarian combiners in Italy.
Curtains up for the BMW Motorrad Concept 9cento.
<p>It's the stage for aesthetics, elegance and timeless design: at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este at Lake Como, unforgotten motorcycle classics stand alongside new concept vehicles and win over the hearts of the audience. The perfect place to introduce new ideas and designs at the traditional event. Showtime for the world premier of the BMW Motorrad Concept 9cento. </p>
Elegant muscleman.
BMW Motorrad presents the Concept 101 touring bike.
<p>Inspired by the never-ending highway, the feeling of freedom and sheer independence, the BMW Motorrad design team came up with a completely new approach to touring motorcycles with their Concept 101: elegant, exclusive, extroverted and pure cruising power.</p>
90 years of BMW Motorrad.
It's our turn to say thank you.
<p>BMW Motorrad is 90 years old – that's a real reason to celebrate. But we don't deserve all the credit. We couldn't have made it here without all the friends of BMW Motorrad who have remained so loyal to us over the years and have passionately represented the BMW brand. Relive 90 years of passion, 90 years of innovation and 90 years of progress here in our web special. Enjoy! </p>
Back in Bavaria after India.
Interview with Edgar Heinrich, Head of Design at BMW Motorrad.
<p>After a brief stint in India, Edgar Heinrich returned to Munich to lead the BMW Motorrad design team. It was a happy return for the motorcycle enthusiast, who began his career at BMW in 1986. He spearheaded the design of many BMW motorcycles: the Paris-Dakar rally bike, the K 1200 S and R, the HP2 Enduro, the R 1150 GS, the R 1200 GS and most recently the S 1000 RR. </p> <p>Before his time at Indian automaker Bajaj, he was also involved in the design of the K 1600 GT and GTL touring bikes as well as the C 600 Sport and the C 650 GT maxi scooter. All of them were successful products that expanded the horizons of this established market segment and attracted many new customers to the brand. In an exclusive interview with BMW Motorrad, Edgar Heinrich talks about his passion for designing, collecting and restoring motorcycles of all kinds. </p>
Make Life a Ride.
Wake up to life every morning with your engine running.
<p>Every moment is a crossroads. You can turn left, you can turn right, or you can continue straight ahead. You could return to your starting point and then just keep driving. A million paths lie at your feet, each better than the last and no worse than the next. Choose a new path every second and never look back. Because everything you find on the road is forever yours. And that's how you Make Life a Ride. </p>
A look at the next 100 years
What will the motorcycle of the future look like?
<p>The 100th anniversary of the BMW Group is an opportunity to look back at the historic early days of the motorised two-wheeler and ahead to the future, where the role of the motorcycle will be completely redefined in an increasingly digital world.</p> <p>It's the 7th of March, 1916. Bayerische Flugzeugwerke AG (Bavarian Aircraft Works) begins operations on Lerchenauer Strasse in the north of Munich. Three years later, Zeno Diemer sets the world altitude record of 9,760 metres with the BMW IV six-cylinder inline aircraft engine.</p> <p>The small factory will later go on to reach new heights in other vehicle segments. Soon after changing its name to Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, the company begins developing the first motorcycle, long before it enters the automobile sector.</p>
Vision Vehicles circle the globe.
<p>After making its world debut at the Centenary Event on 7 March, the BMW VISION NEXT 100 concept car embarks on a symbolic world tour to China, the UK and the US, where the motorcycle of the future is unveiled in a grand finale. The theme of the tour: "Iconic Impulses. The BMW Group Future Experience". As a visionary, the BMW Group is exploring the opportunities of digitalisation and the impact of technology on our private and professional lives.</p> <p>From Munich, the BMW VISION NEXT 100 travels to Beijing for its Asia debut. Vision Vehicles from MINI and Rolls-Royce debut in London.</p> <p>The final highlight is the world debut of the BMW Motorrad Vision Vehicle in Los Angeles on 11 October. The motorcycle of the future begins to take shape even before it is actually unveiled.</p>
Four Visions. Four Vision Vehicles.
In its anniversary year, the BMW Group looks ahead: what do the vehicles of the future look like?
<p>Over the course of the year, four vision vehicles give you an appetite for what is in store. The BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad brands paint a visionary picture of the future mobility world. BMW Motorrad rounds this all off splendidly by presenting a visionary motorcycle in Santa Monica in October.</p> <p>There was an inspirational preview of the futuristic designs at the festive opening event for the anniversary year in the Munich Olympiahalle. At the big birthday celebration, the first of a total of four Vision Vehicles were unveiled. The BMW brand got the ball rolling and demonstrated what mobility will feel like in the coming decades with the world premier of the futuristic car BMW VISION NEXT 100. The curtains for the remaining Vision Vehicles will be opened over the coming months.</p>
The Great Escape.
VISION NEXT 100: The motorcycle of the future.
<p>Glasses in place of a helmet, smart clothing, full balance without a kickstand: Only three of the many inventions that could become standards for riding a motorcycle and add a new dimension to the sense of freedom in an increasingly digitised world. And the best thing about it: this vision vehicle is already here. Introducing the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100. </p>
The most beautiful detours to Berlin.
Your motorcycle tour to the Pure&Crafted festival.
<p>All roads lead to the capital – but who wants to ride in a straight line? Far away from motorways and beelines, ride on winding country roads through riverscapes and meadows and discover cultural highlights in the towns and villages. Take your time and make your way to the <a href="/content/bmwmotorradnsc/marketCA/bmw-motorrad_ca/en_CA/experience/Events/pure-and-crafted-festival-2017.html" class="textlink" target="_self">Pure&amp;Crafted in Berlin</a> for the brilliant festival kick-off. Tips for routes to, in and around Berlin. </p>
Awake for three days.
At the BMW Motorrad Days, Garmisch-Partenkirchen becomes a party mile.
<p>Garmisch-Partenkirchen has been setting aside the first weekend in July for two-wheeler fans from all over the world since 2002. They all travel to the German Alpine setting in order to celebrate with like-minded people. The festival combines the various facets of the motorcycling world, ranging from customising to adventure and from stunt riding to racing. We look back on the BMW Motorrad Days 2016, before Garmisch-Partenkirchen will once again become the centre of the motorcycle culture from 7 to 9 July. </p>
A desert tour with a mission.
GS bikers provide clean drinking water in Mongolia.
<p><em>The committed people of Waves for Water have set their sights high: the globetrotters' initiative with filter systems and on-site training around the world ensures that contaminated water becomes potable drinking water. Their mission led the team through the Gobi Desert to the most remote corners of Mongolia, on their BMW R 1200 GS, as part of &quot;Follow the Trails of the GS Trophy&quot;.&nbsp; &nbsp;</em> </p>
A new generation of twin-cylinder boxer engines.
Almost 100 years old - and it's only just reaching its prime.
<p>The new twin-cylinder boxer engine fascinates in its diversity from the very first moment. Its character is unmistakeable – in every engine speed range. It offers you increased performance and smooth running at low speeds. The BMW ShiftCam variable camshaft control ensures more powerful torque development over the entire engine speed range, providing greater control in every riding situation. Giving you power whenever you need it. More cubic capacity, more power – with higher efficiency. The strong performance with fewer gear changes gives you sovereignty. A masterpiece of engineering prowess. </p>
Bavarian combiners in Italy.
Curtains up for the BMW Motorrad Concept 9cento.
<p>It's the stage for aesthetics, elegance and timeless design: at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este at Lake Como, unforgotten motorcycle classics stand alongside new concept vehicles and win over the hearts of the audience. The perfect place to introduce new ideas and designs at the traditional event. Showtime for the world premier of the BMW Motorrad Concept 9cento. </p>
International GS Trophy 2018.
Mongolia calling.
<p>Discover the world. Explore the unknown. Make lasting friendships. And tackle any challenge on your GS. The International GS Trophy is a motorcycle adventure that puts the world at your feet. Teams from all around the world battle it out in intensive daily stages and numerous special challenges&nbsp;and experience the tour of their lives from 3 to 10 June 2018! </p>
Searching for the unknown.
Isaac and Taylor follow their instincts and discover new roads.
<p>They don't know each other, but one thing connects them more than anything: They both need new perspectives like they need air to breathe. Jump on the bike and set off into the unknown. The destination is everywhere. When Isaac Johnston and Sterling Taylor start their engines, they dive into the weekend and just ride – the F 750 GS and F 850 GS have everything they need.&nbsp; </p>
Highlights 2018.
Make Life a Ride.
<p>Lifestyle, adventure or travel: regardless of what drives you forward and what you are looking for. BMW Motorrad gives you the right features for every opportunity, trip and terrain experience. From product innovations through innovations right up to countless events – discover what highlights BMW Motorrad has in store for you in 2018. &nbsp; </p>
Highlights 2019.
Something to look forward to.
<p>BMW Motorrad gives you the right experience – and the right motorcycle – for every opportunity, trip and terrain. From new products through innovations right up to countless events: discover what highlights BMW Motorrad has in store for you in 2019. &nbsp; </p>
I chase excitement.
Curiosity and enthusiasm are what drive Isaac Johnston.
<p>He's his own boss. Years ago, Isaac Johnston traded his office job for a life as a storyteller and lifestyle photographer. Today, the American from Montana lives for unexpected experiences and loves exciting and inspiring places. Above all, nature holds a special allure for him. &nbsp;&nbsp; </p>
Completely in his element.
Sterling Taylor loves to push his own limits.
<p>As he feels his way upward, he finds a foothold with his toes and grabs hold of a protruding rock with his hands: Sterling Taylor is a climber and is not deterred by his fear of heights. He loves challenges – and his motorcycle. </p>
And on and on.
The world has no limits.
<p>Pack your bags and embark on a journey into the unknown. We are curious and know that adventure awaits around every corner. Every mile reveals the undiscovered, every second lends us new perspectives, and every sight ingrains a picture in our memory. We grow with every experience, every friendship, and every adventure – that's the #spiritofGS. Get to know the people behind the &quot;spirit of GS&quot;. Try out the GS yourself or experience GS Action at GS Experience. And for all those who are currently in the middle of an adventure, tell us about it and share it with us under #spiritofGS. </p>
The life of Byron.
From South Africa to the other end of the world via the GS Trophy.
<p>Riding glaciers from the South East Asian jungle to Iceland – for Byron Coetsee, the winner of the international GS Trophy, driving the GS opens up a world of opportunities. The destination of his latest mission lies 11,500 kilometres north of his native Cape Town. </p>
A look back at the 2016 International GS Trophy.
Team South Africa wins the GS challenge in Thailand.
<p>Manoeuvring motorcycles over dilapidated bridges, crossing rivers with the GS and changing tyres in a hurry: the International GS Trophy is an enduro challenge like no other.</p> <p>In 2016 it was time for the event once again. 19 teams from all over the world rode their BMW R 1200 GS motorcycles across northern Thailand. The GS riders conquered 1,400 kilometres, 19 special tests and seven daily stages. They crossed jungles, dams and rain forests, enduring brutal heat and high humidity. The sixth International GS Trophy left them physically exhausted but satisfied in every other respect. </p>
Live to ride.
Ride to live.
<p>Allow us to introduce: Inga Birna Erlingsdóttir, currently the only female motorcycle police officer in Iceland. Motorcycles are Inga's great passion. For her job she rides all day, every day. In her spare time, she exchanges her police motorcycle for a BMW GS. </p>
Faster than the ice allows.
Robert Gull holds the world record for the fastest wheelie performed on ice.
<p>The road is not enough. Like almost everywhere in Scandinavia, the time of year during which you can ride on the roads in Sweden is very short. On the rugged terrain of the north, snow, ice and sub-zero temperatures set the tone more than half of the year. However, the lakes that become frozen over open up many new opportunities for riders, such as Robert, who's 25. Lakes are nothing other than water - hardened water. All that's needed is a little creativity in the workshop, tyres with spikes, a playful attitude and lots of courage... </p>
Riding on air.
BMW Motorrad and LEGO Technic build the Hover Ride concept model.
<p>Pushing boundaries has always been a part of BMW Motorrad. The future of mobility is full of surprises – as can be seen from the floating boxer. A construction kit was the start. </p>
Make Life a Ride.
Wake up to life every morning with your engine running.
<p>Every moment is a crossroads. You can turn left, you can turn right, or you can continue straight ahead. You could return to your starting point and then just keep driving. A million paths lie at your feet, each better than the last and no worse than the next. Choose a new path every second and never look back. Because everything you find on the road is forever yours. And that's how you Make Life a Ride. </p>
Everyday Adventures.
Your adventure begins here and now.
<p>Every day. Every day is different. Every day is an adventure. That's exactly what the Everyday Adventure Project is – and the G 310 GS is your perfect companion. We surprised two South African adventurists with a G 310 GS and sent them on their very own Everyday Adventure. Find out what they experienced on the G 310 GS and learn how you too can take part in the Everyday Adventure Project. &nbsp; </p>
A seven-day test of strength.
High temperatures, river crossings and rocky mountain passes.
<p>"The sixth edition of the International GS Trophy was not for the faint of heart: teams had to endure seven days full of special challenges and highly intense daily stages in temperatures of over 30 degrees. These included exhausting river crossings, arduous journeys through mountainous regions and difficult agility challenges.</p> <p>"The competition was tough and exciting from beginning to end," remarked Heiner Faust, Head of Sales and Marketing at BMW Motorrad. And he was not exaggerating: The Int. GS Trophy 2016 was quite something. Challenges with names like "Broken Bridge", "Pit Stop", and "Helicopter Pad", only hint at the kind of demanding tasks facing the participants.</p> <p>Over the seven days, GS riders had to complete a total of 19 tests, all requiring riding skills, agility and team spirit. But the special tests were not the only reasons for participants to break out in a sweat. Temperatures of over 30°C brought to mind the 2010 Int. GS Trophy in South Africa. Together with the high humidity of Southeast Asia, it was among our hottest events ever.</p>
Blown away by the Land of Smiles.
Winding off-road stretches, mountain roads and steep hairpin turns.
<p>Riders in the 2016 International BMW Motorrad GS Trophy had to put their skills to the test. The landscape of the Golden Triangle of Southeast Asia, where the borders of Thailand, Burma and Laos meet, is formed by a number of challenging routes. </p>
One for all, all for one.
"I'll help you, but I still want to win".
<p>You can't lift a 238-kilo motorcycle over a tree trunk by yourself. And that was actually the whole point. The teams had to demonstrate what team spirit means. </p> <p>Pulling the GS on a gravel road in the scorching heat. This challenge pushed the teams to their limits. But the riders didn't give up and instead joined forces to pull the heavily loaded bike on the bumpy path. The extreme challenges that the riders experienced in Thailand brought them closer together. They forged a community and friendships that will endure beyond their shared adventure. </p> <p>Participants hailed from every corner of the earth and met for the first time at the Int. GS Trophy. But from the very beginning, this enduro adventure enjoyed an extremely supportive atmosphere.</p>
Ice cold passion.
An interview with Guinness world record holder Robert Gull.
<p>As soon as ice and snow appear in Sweden Robert Gull gets crazy - and so do his ideas. Robert modifies his own motorcycles in such a way that neither snow nor ice are safe from him. BMW Motorrad met with the Guinness world record holder, who wheelied at 200 km/h across the ice for the interview.</p>
Awake for three days.
At the BMW Motorrad Days, Garmisch-Partenkirchen becomes a party mile.
<p>Garmisch-Partenkirchen has been setting aside the first weekend in July for two-wheeler fans from all over the world since 2002. They all travel to the German Alpine setting in order to celebrate with like-minded people. The festival combines the various facets of the motorcycling world, ranging from customising to adventure and from stunt riding to racing. We look back on the BMW Motorrad Days 2016, before Garmisch-Partenkirchen will once again become the centre of the motorcycle culture from 7 to 9 July. </p>
Taste the spirit of GS for yourself.
Adventure for everyone.
<p>We want to travel round the whole world or simply get a taste of adventure. We want to better ourselves or simply leave for a tour lasting several days. Or we simply want to ride GS here and now. Adventure has no limits. Adventure is not selective. Anyone can have an adventure. Because GS is everywhere and for everyone. </p>
Jump into the adventure.
GS legends go further.
<p>It is an icon. A forerunner. A pioneer. No other motorcycle supports the jump into the adventure as reliably as a BMW GS. Just as the bikes also the creators are true legends. They are the fathers of the GS. Many drivers experience unforgettable stories thanks to them. We call it the “Spirit of GS”. </p>
In constant pursuit of power.
From Lake Constance to Gibraltar on the C evolution.
<p>Electromobility is only for the city? That's what you think. We can do better than that. This is what Reimar Hellwig thought anyway. He has done a great deal of pioneering and has ridden some 6,000 kilometres on the BMW electric scooter C evolution in just six weeks. Without any problems. From Lake Constance to Gibraltar and back again. With tales of power outlet and other travel encounters. </p>
Highlights 2018.
Make Life a Ride.
<p>Lifestyle, adventure or travel: regardless of what drives you forward and what you are looking for. BMW Motorrad gives you the right features for every opportunity, trip and terrain experience. From product innovations through innovations right up to countless events – discover what highlights BMW Motorrad has in store for you in 2018. &nbsp; </p>
Highlights 2019.
Something to look forward to.
<p>BMW Motorrad gives you the right experience – and the right motorcycle – for every opportunity, trip and terrain. From new products through innovations right up to countless events: discover what highlights BMW Motorrad has in store for you in 2019. &nbsp; </p>
Electro sound.
An electric motorcycle called E-LisaBad stirs up the customising scene.
<p>What does the BMW C evolution look like on the inside? Krautmotors owner Rolf Reick wants to find out. So he takes apart the electric maxi scooter and turns it into the E-LisaBad dragster. The custom shop owner plans to drag-race his creation. It might not make much noise, but it will definitely cause a stir. </p>
Eco engineering.
A life's work of electromobility.
<p>E for electro. E for engineering. E for Eva. When it comes to e-mobility, engineering cannot be avoided – and neither can Eva Håkansson. The mechanical engineering graduate puts everything into driving electromobility forwards. For reasons of sustainability. </p>
The city at your feet.
The BMW Motorrad Concept Link takes new, connected paths.
<p>Big city. Endless urban canyons, among which there is something new to discover around every bend. But it is also the desire for movement, freedom and the possibility to get from one place to the next quickly. With the Concept Link, which BMW Motorrad will be unveiling at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2017, a concept vehicle has now set about to combine the challenges of urban mobility of tomorrow with the opportunities of a digitalised world. &nbsp; </p>
One fast Swede.
Eva Håkansson holds the speed record with her homemade streamliner.
<p>Fast can also be clean – Eva Håkansson is sure of this. The mechanical engineer with a doctorate wants to prove to the world that environmentally-friendly electric vehicles are fast and fun, and that mechanical engineering is an outstanding choice of profession for women. On the move with the fastest female motorcyclist in the world, who posted a new world record of 434 km/h with her homemade "KillaJoule" streamliner.</p>
Back in Bavaria after India.
Interview with Edgar Heinrich, Head of Design at BMW Motorrad.
<p>After a brief stint in India, Edgar Heinrich returned to Munich to lead the BMW Motorrad design team. It was a happy return for the motorcycle enthusiast, who began his career at BMW in 1986. He spearheaded the design of many BMW motorcycles: the Paris-Dakar rally bike, the K 1200 S and R, the HP2 Enduro, the R 1150 GS, the R 1200 GS and most recently the S 1000 RR. </p> <p>Before his time at Indian automaker Bajaj, he was also involved in the design of the K 1600 GT and GTL touring bikes as well as the C 600 Sport and the C 650 GT maxi scooter. All of them were successful products that expanded the horizons of this established market segment and attracted many new customers to the brand. In an exclusive interview with BMW Motorrad, Edgar Heinrich talks about his passion for designing, collecting and restoring motorcycles of all kinds. </p>
Make Life a Ride.
Wake up to life every morning with your engine running.
<p>Every moment is a crossroads. You can turn left, you can turn right, or you can continue straight ahead. You could return to your starting point and then just keep driving. A million paths lie at your feet, each better than the last and no worse than the next. Choose a new path every second and never look back. Because everything you find on the road is forever yours. And that's how you Make Life a Ride. </p>
A look at the next 100 years
What will the motorcycle of the future look like?
<p>The 100th anniversary of the BMW Group is an opportunity to look back at the historic early days of the motorised two-wheeler and ahead to the future, where the role of the motorcycle will be completely redefined in an increasingly digital world.</p> <p>It's the 7th of March, 1916. Bayerische Flugzeugwerke AG (Bavarian Aircraft Works) begins operations on Lerchenauer Strasse in the north of Munich. Three years later, Zeno Diemer sets the world altitude record of 9,760 metres with the BMW IV six-cylinder inline aircraft engine.</p> <p>The small factory will later go on to reach new heights in other vehicle segments. Soon after changing its name to Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, the company begins developing the first motorcycle, long before it enters the automobile sector.</p>
Vision Vehicles circle the globe.
<p>After making its world debut at the Centenary Event on 7 March, the BMW VISION NEXT 100 concept car embarks on a symbolic world tour to China, the UK and the US, where the motorcycle of the future is unveiled in a grand finale. The theme of the tour: "Iconic Impulses. The BMW Group Future Experience". As a visionary, the BMW Group is exploring the opportunities of digitalisation and the impact of technology on our private and professional lives.</p> <p>From Munich, the BMW VISION NEXT 100 travels to Beijing for its Asia debut. Vision Vehicles from MINI and Rolls-Royce debut in London.</p> <p>The final highlight is the world debut of the BMW Motorrad Vision Vehicle in Los Angeles on 11 October. The motorcycle of the future begins to take shape even before it is actually unveiled.</p>
Four Visions. Four Vision Vehicles.
In its anniversary year, the BMW Group looks ahead: what do the vehicles of the future look like?
<p>Over the course of the year, four vision vehicles give you an appetite for what is in store. The BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad brands paint a visionary picture of the future mobility world. BMW Motorrad rounds this all off splendidly by presenting a visionary motorcycle in Santa Monica in October.</p> <p>There was an inspirational preview of the futuristic designs at the festive opening event for the anniversary year in the Munich Olympiahalle. At the big birthday celebration, the first of a total of four Vision Vehicles were unveiled. The BMW brand got the ball rolling and demonstrated what mobility will feel like in the coming decades with the world premier of the futuristic car BMW VISION NEXT 100. The curtains for the remaining Vision Vehicles will be opened over the coming months.</p>