I have to admit, when I learned that this year\'s BMW Motorrad GS Trophy was traveling through Patagonia <em>and</em> that 15 of the event\'s participants were journalists, I was more than a little envious. While not really a race in the traditional sense of the word, it looks like its definitely an adventure. So at the very least this year, I\'m content to live vicariously through BMW\'s day-by-day updates.
At the 2012 Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix, BMW rider Simon Andrews secured the first ever podium finish for BMW at this event aboard the R 1000 RR-bred BMW HP4. While it\'s no secret that it\'s the combination of rider skill motorcycle capability that brings about racing wins, what\'s often difficult to appreciate about an event like Macau is just how much more dangerous it is than say, a MotoGP race. Why? The course.
After 24 months of planning, after qualifying events around the world attended by riders from 32 countries, the BMW Motorrad GS Trophy 2012 is at last established on the Trailanqui Resort near Temuco – ready to go! Now all that is missing is the riders, all due to arrive within the next 24 hours.
We can\'t help but think that <a href=\"http://www.bimmerfile.com/2012/11/13/bmw-motorrad-celebrates-90-years-with-new-boxer-model/\">BMW\'s upcoming \"Boxer\" concept</a> is heavily inspired by a growing resurgence in classic bikes like this R 100. It\'s an ethos tied to something much more organic than the perennial \"Cafe Racer\" fascination currently apexing in bike culture.
With six victories in FIM Superbike in 2012, BMW Motorrad is preparing for the 2013 season. Testing is currently underway at “Motorland Aragón” near Alcañiz, Spain. Test riders Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri are testing new components and setup on the bike. Of particular challenge are the new 17\" tires.
As part of their 90th anniversary, BMW Motorrad is celebrating with a swath of special models. We\'ve <a href=\"http://www.bimmerfile.com/2012/11/13/bmw-motorrad-celebrates-90-years-with-new-boxer-model/\">already mentioned</a> the upcoming \"Boxer\" pre-production concept that is yet to be revealed, but BMW has unveiled three special editions of current models, each R 1200s: The GS Adventure, R and RT models.
To celebrate the capabilities of their renowned world traveller, the R 1200 GS Adventure, BMW is sending one around the world. Who\'s riding it? It\'s not Ewan McGregor or Charlie Boorman this time. It\'s you. That is, it could be you, if you sign up. Five people will be chosen from among the entries to BMW Motorrad\'s \"One World, One GS\" Tour to pilot one of five legs of a motorcycle journey that spans the globe.
In the new BMW F 800 GT, BMW has updated their midsize sport touring machine, the F 800 ST. With key upgrades in power, aerodynamics and standard features; the GT more than improves on its predecessor. the GT is better looking to boot.