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Council get motorcycles to maintain roads

Liam Marsden, 16 January 2008 16:27

Worcestershire County Council have started using BMW R1200GS motorcycles to respond quickly to minor defects on the roads, such as potholes. Highways Liaison Officers Steve Murch said, “We look after 2,500 miles of roads and 1,800 miles of footways around the county, which involves checking them on an ongoing basis. “Trying to get a standard vehicle through a busy town ...

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MCN and Charley Boorman test the new BMW R1200GS and Adventure

Adam Child, 18 December 2007 10:23

Motorcycle News Road Tester Adam Child, along with guest tester Charley Boorman from ‘The Long Way Down’, are currently in windy Wales testing the updated 2008 BMW R1200GS Adventure and standard 2008 BMW R1200GS. The big changes are engine tweaks that give 10% more power and the high tech ESA suspension system which lets you alter the suspension at the touch of a ...

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Milan Show: Updated BMW R1200GS Adventure revealed

Chris Newbigging, 06 November 2007 13:51

For 2008 the BMW R1200GS Adventure, revealed at the Milan show, gets all of the updates and new features introduced on the standard model, plus a few Adventure-specific parts to improve distance and off-road ability. The larger 33-litre tank is good for a range of up to 465 miles, riding at a constant speed of 90km/h. The screen is taller ...

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Milan Show: BMW officially releases new F800GS adventure motorcycle

Ben Purvis, 06 November 2007 13:03

BMW today revealed the new F800GS for the first time at the Milan show in Italy. While the other F800 models use an alloy frame, the GS gets a tubular steel chassis designed to cope with the stresses of off-road use, with a repositioned engine – mounted almost vertically where the F800S and ST’s are angled at 30 degrees forward ...

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Milan Show: BMW unveils its new G450X

Ben Purvis, 06 November 2007 13:02

The completely road-legal G450X is BMW’s first hardcore off-road competition offering in the 450 class. Based on the competition prototype that’s been publicly tested for several months, the production version meets the latest Euro III emissions regulations and offers some unusual technology. Highlights include a reverse-rotating crank, and an innovative layout with a shorter gearbox than conventional bikes, allowing a ...

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Could the Husqvarna STR motorcycle go into production?

MCN News Desk, 08 August 2007 08:00

There's hope that the most desirable supermoto motorcycle ever made could go into production. The Massimo Tamburini-designed Husqvarna STR motorcycle was created in the hope the firm could buy the BMW engine to power it, but that deal failed to come off. Now BMW has taken over the Swedish motorcycle firm, perhaps it might reach production after all? Take a ...

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BMW to make it's mark in motorsport

Ben Purvis, 25 July 2007 10:08

The revelation that BMW is set to enter the World Superbike Championship in 2009 – as revealed in MCN this week – perhaps shouldn’t be such a surprise, since the firm has been gradually revamping its image for the last five years. While the firm has long been involved in four-wheeled motorsport, and has competed on two wheels in events ...

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You decide where to send MCN Deputy Editor Ped Baker on foreign motorcycle trip

Peter Baker, 18 July 2007 11:45

In September the deputy editor of Motor Cycle News, Ped Baker is planning a trip abroad on his long term test BMW K1200R Sport. His rough plan is to ride from the MCN offices in Peterborough to the Greek island of Corfu via France and Italy. From the Italian port of Brindisi Corfu is 6 and a half hours by ...

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Long Way Down

Tom Rayner, 04 May 2007 07:00

Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman are just days away from embarking on their latest adventure, the Long Way Down. The pair are planning to go one better than their previous circumnavigation of the globe with a journey from the most northerly point in McGregor’s homeland of Scotland to Cape Town in South Africa. BMW has confirmed it supplied two standard ...

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BMW heads to Le Mans

Ben Purvis, 23 March 2007 15:07

This is the first works road race bike to emerge from BMW in 50 years – a prototype racer which will appear at the Le Mans 24 hours next month. Based on an R1200S, the prototype will race in the open category at Le Mans, followed by appearances at the Barcelona and Oschersleben 24 hour races and the Bol d’Or. It ...

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