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BMW Motorrad has introduced a new Adventure version of its Motorrad Navigator GPS system. With specific features geared toward off-the-beaten-path travel, this new Adventure version can even support motorcycle-bound geocaching excursions.
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.
BMW Motorrad USA has announced pricing for the highly awaited all-new liquid-cooled 2013 R 1200 GS. The next generation flat twin enduro will have a base Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $15,800. It will be available for purchase through authorized BMW Motorrad dealers in March.
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.
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.
It’s been a great Dakar for BMW Group. MINI successfully defended their title with overall victory two years in a row. On two wheels, the Husqvarna team made quite the showing in this year’s rally. Twelve podiums in fourteen stages netted the team a 10th place finish overall for rider Paulo Goncalves. At only their second run at the iconic Rally, finishing in the top ten is nothing to smirk at.
High speeds throughout and a lot navigation made the twelfth stage of the Dakar, from Fiambala – Copiapo a tough one. Joan Barreda proved to be the best of the Husqvarna Team by Speedbrain taking third place on the day, and bringing the team its tenth podium place out of the twelve stages contested so far.
BMW Group’s Husqvarna racing team continues to make a very strong showing in the 2013 Dakar. Rider Joan Barreda has taken his forth stage victory in stage ten.
Joan Barreda commanded a particularly hazardous fourth stage of the Dakar, Nazca – Arequipa with 289 km of special test, which covered all types of terrain, and was made difficult by the “fesh-fesh” dust. The Spaniard on the Husqvarna TE449RR by Speedbrain battled his way to an eight minute lead over his nearest rival, and managed to come from behind in the process.
The Dakar got well and truly underway today with Team Husqvarna by Speedbrain in the thick of the action. Joan Barreda, the Spanish rider won the Pisco – Pisco second stage, commanding the 242 km (151 miles) of special test. The stage proved to be really tough, with plenty of opportunities for errors and loss of time. Barreda on his Husqvarna TE449RR set an imposing pace from the start of the special test, coming in more than three minutes ahead of the nearest rival.
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.
The GS Trophy adventure continues into its second day, with the lead changing into the hands of the French. This leg of the GS Trophy also included challenges not at all motorcycle related.
Few things make me roll my eyes more quickly than the words “celebrity judges.” My mind immediately goes to washed up pop stars and snooty englishmen passing judgement on unsuspecting …
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.