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The ultimate BMW HP2 Sport

Tim Thompson, 15 January 2013 07:30

You either love the idea of trying to make a twin-cylinder air-cooled engine that's based on an old 1923 knocker go like the clappers, or you don’t. If you don’t, life is simple: you buy a Fireblade or an R1 and go zooming about. If you do you kiss goodbye to normality and sign up to the fringes of mainstream ...

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BMW S1000RR vs BMW S1000RR HP4

Michael Neeves, 04 January 2013 07:30

A few months ago I was lucky enough to ride the new BMW HP4 at its world launch at Jerez, southern Spain. With perfect track conditions and slick tyres to play on, it was a dream. More impressive still was the HP4. BMW has taken its already class-leading S1000RR and made it even better: 9kg lighter, more agile, smoother and ...

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Video: BMW S1000RR HP4 first ride

MCN, 17 September 2012 14:26

BMW's new HP4 is the first production motorcycle to feature semi-active suspension - its damping constantly changes as you ride. It's also a massive 9kg lighter than an equivalent S1000RR and has an even more refined traction control system, which can now be adjusted on the move. To find out what makes it tick, we rode the HP4 Carbon at the ...

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BMW S1000RR HP4 first ride: "Is it a huge leap over the standard S1000RR?"

Michael Neeves, 04 September 2012 10:14

I’ve just finished my second riding session on the new BMW S1000RR HP4 at the Jerez circuit in southern Spain. As well as having lighter wheels, a titanium Akrapovic exhaust and improved electronic rider aids, it’s the first production bike to have electronically-adjustable rebound and compression damping (Dynamic Damping Adjustment). You still need to manually adjust the suspension, albeit via ...

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Inside this week's new-look MCN: Time up for the R1200GS?

MCN, 04 April 2012 10:53

Three all-new rivals, including Triumph’s eagerly-awaited Tiger Explorer, make the adventure bike class more competitive than ever. But which is best? We took the Triumph Explorer 1200, Ducati Multistrada 1200, Kawasaki Versys 1000, Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX, Yamaha Super Tenere, KTM 990 Adventure, Honda Crosstourer and BMW R1200GS up to Scotland and back to find out. Read all about the ...

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BMW K1300S HP first ride

Phil West, 29 March 2012 15:28

With the new K1300S HP (for High Performance), BMW has taken one of its established, but aging standards, and sought to both extend its shelf-life and broaden its appeal by producing a limited edition, 'blinged-up' incarnation. The recipe is simple: tweak the cosmetics with a sprinkling of carbon fibre, tinted screen and model-specific paint job; add some substance by way ...

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BMW C650GT first ride: “takes scooter equipment to a new level”

Steve Farrell, 12 March 2012 17:08

The BMW C650 GT is one of the most sophisticated scooters yet - and the first to cost over £10,000. I've just ridden the new super scooter at the launch in Madrid. With heated seat and grips, ABS and electronically adjustable screen, it takes scooter equipment to a new level. It's got the go of a middleweight motorcycle - just ...

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BMW R1200GS Rallye first ride

Adam Child, 08 March 2012 17:34

It's been a long time coming, but if any bike's deserving of a commemorative special edition model surely it's the BMW R1200GS. The class-defning German adventure bike has been a market leader throughout all its guises since the original and radical-for-the-time R80G/S of 1980. To celebrate that, and no doubt to encourage more sales of the current, ageing version before ...

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BMW G650GS Sertao first ride

MCN, 10 February 2012 17:09

The Sertão region of Brazil is renowned for its rugged, inhospitable terrain - hence its inspiration as the name for BMW’s new hardcore version of its new G650GS. Effectively it’s a belated successor to the old F650GS Dakar, intended as a novice, entry-level adventure bike on the opposite end of the spectrum to the German marque’s all-conquering R1200GS Adventure and ...

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Video: 2012 BMW S1000RR onboard

MCN, 25 October 2011 16:23

BMW has updated its class-leading S1000RR superbike for 2012, with new traction control, a modified chassis and more low-midrange power. MCN's Adam Child rode the bike at the launch in Valencia, and to read his full verdict, pick up a copy of the October 26 issue of MCN.  "> brightcove.createExperiences();

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