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EICMA 2013: 2014 BMW nineT First Impressions – Video

Tue, 05 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0800

We were one of two US motorcycle publications to attend the unveiling of the 2014 BMW nineT in Munich a few weeks ago. The unique roadster was designed to both embody and celebrate the 90 years of BMW motorcycles by emphasizing the archetypical form of BMW’s qualities. Now, as part of the EICMA 2013 show, the rest of the world media and the public who are lucky enough to be in Milan get a chance to throw a leg over one.

Q3 2013 US Motorcycle Sales Results

Fri, 01 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0700

Motorcycle and scooter sales in the U.S. in 2013 remain consistent with last year’s figures, according to data released by the Motorcycle Industry Council. Several manufacturers blamed poor weather for the poor start this year, and the rebounding sales in the third quarter helped to negate the slow sales from earlier in the year.

2011-2012 BMW K1600GT, K1600GTL Recalled in Canada for Engine Stall Issues

Thu, 31 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0700

BMW is recalling the 2011-2012 K1600GT and K1600GTL in Canada because of a risk of the engine stalling. At the moment, a recall has only been confirmed for Canada, though we expect a similar recall to come for the U.S. market from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Drool-worthy new trials bike

Fri, 25 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0700

THIS is the new Montesa Cota 4RT260 Factory, a sort of BMW HP4 of the trials world. Developed in collaboration with Honda, and the Repsol Montesa Honda Trials team, it’s got a 259cc single-cylinder four-stroke engine designed to compete with smaller two-strokes while producing less emissions. There are two versions, the £5,699 standard 4RT260, aimed at amateur-to-advanced riders, and the more competition-focussed Factory Race Replica version, with Showa suspension, at £6,799.

WSBK 2013: Jerez Race Report

Mon, 21 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0700

Eugene Laverty did everything he could, scoring a pair of race wins but it was not enough as Tom Sykes rode smartly and conservatively at the season finale in Spain, securing his first ever World Superbike Championship. Sykes landed in Jerez with a 37-point lead over Laverty and a 38-point lead over Sylvain Guintoli. While Laverty battled Marco Melandri to win Race One, Sykes coasted comfortably in third for most of the race to score 16 points, enough to clinch the title.

Bonhams To Auction Bruce Smith Collection Of Original Illustrations

Fri, 11 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0700

On October 20, Bonhams will be auctioning off a collection of original illustrations by Bruce Smith from the 1960s and 1970s. Each one will be signed by Smith on heavy cartridge paper. The collection is comprised of cutaway illustrations of a 1963 Royal Enfield Interceptor 750cc, Chris Vincent’s 1964 BSA 650cc A65 Race Outfit, and a 1966 Greeves Racer, the largest of this series being 45cm x 62cm.

BMW 4 Series Convertible leaks – looking very like a 4 Series Coupe without a roof

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0700

The BMW 4 Series Convertible leaks ahead of an L.A. Debut The headline isn’t meant to suggest the roof of the new BMW 4 Series Cabriolet leaks; we’re sure it doesn’t. (adsbygoogle=window.adsbygoogle||[]).push({});But, ahead of its expected debut at the Los Angles Auto Show next month, BMW’s hopes of keeping their convertible 4 Series under warps have been dashed after the BMW Blog published what are almost certainly the first official photos of BMW’s latest convertible.

BMW 4-Series Convertible Revealed in Leaked Images

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0700

In recent months, numerous prototypes of the upcoming 2014 BMW 4-Series Convertible have been spotted testing. As a result of the seemingly lengthy development time of the drop-top version of the new 4-Series, we’ve been waiting with baited breath for the car’s official release. While the car remains unreleased, a few images of the new BMW 4-Series Convertible have leaked online apparently sourced from an official brochure for the new car.

Road Test: Mercedes SLR McLaren Roadster

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0700

In the world of supercars, where image and presence are everything, the Mercedes SLR McLaren Roadster has the role of consummate drama queen perfectly nailed. The rolling thunder soundtrack from its supercharged V8 motor, amplified by its four side exhaust pipes, announces its impending arrival like a fanfare complete with drum rolls. Heads swivel, seeking the source.

BMW Engineers Considered V10 for i8 Sports Car

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0700

So as we know, the BMW i8 sports car is promising to be a real step forward when it comes to fuel efficient sports cars. Powered by a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor, it promises acceleration times once only occupied by the highest level of supercars. However, was a three-cylinder engine always on BMW’s agenda?