Adventure Riding

BMW R 1200 GS Named Robb Report\’s \”Best of the Best\”

Celebrating its 25th year, the \”Best of the Best\” issue of the Robb Report has hit newsstands for June and in it, they name the BMW R 1200 GS as their winner in the Adventure/Touring category. Among 175 winners, the iconic GS has retained its position as the category leader despite radical changes to the bike\’s design. In short, Robb Report is giving BMW credit for evolving the GS while managing to make a great bike better, not worse.

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The New 2013 BMW F 800 GS Adventure

Since its debut, the BMW F-series has set the standard for midsize adventure motorcycles. Lighter and more off-road capable than its iconic bigger brother (the R 1200 GS Adventure), the F 800 GS is not only a sales leader for BMW\’s F-series, it\’s inspired competitors in the space. Most notably, Triumph\’s Tiger 800. Now the F 800 GS\’s reputation for rugged and approachable capability can continue to build with a refreshed F 800 GS Adventure for 2013.

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Video: Gratuitous R 1200 GS Engine Porn

With the 2013 R 1200 GS, BMW has done something completely new with the iconic engine: added liquid cooling. However, it\’s important to understand that this new engine is only partially cooled by the wet stuff. As demonstrated in the video above, water cooled in the GS\’s radiators is circulated through the engine\’s block, cylinders and the very bottom of the drivetrain. The rest of the engine\’s cooling is provided by good old fashioned ambient airflow.

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Videos: Perfection of an Icon

BMW has been producing the GS in one form or another for more than 30 years. Steady evolution has seen an ever growing list of features and capabilities. Yet through all those changes, one thing has remained constant: the GS\’s air-cooled, opposed twin cylinder engine.

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2012 BMW Motorrad GS Trophy Day 3 Recap

A new day for the BMW Motorrad GS Trophy saw the lead once again change national hands. On day three the German team stepped ahead of the French (obvious jokes omitted) to take a six point lead in the overall standings. Hard miles and big obstacles pushed machine and competitor alike.

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2012 BMW Motorrad GS Trophy Day 1 Recap

I have to admit, when I learned that this year\’s BMW Motorrad GS Trophy was traveling through Patagonia and 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.

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