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October 23, 2015

Top 10: Best New 2015 Bikes tested every new 2015 model available in Canada and crunched all the notes and numbers to bring you a list of the most impressive packages money can buy. [more]

October 18, 2015

Top 10: Most Versatile 2015 Bikes

Shopping for a new motorcycle can be daunting, particularly if you expect a lot from it. [more]

September 17, 2015

2015 BMW R1200RS Review

BMW brings back the RS logo and stamps it to a new, faired version of the R1200R roadster. The 2015 BMW R1200RS is the latest in a line that started with the world's first mass-produced motorcycles equipped with a fairing that was developed in wind tunnels, namely the R100RS. [more]

September 13, 2015

2015 BMW S1000XR Review

BMW takes on the crossover segment (Kawasaki Versys, Ducati Multistrada, Aprilia Caponord) with a secret weapon: the all-new 2015 BMW S1000XR. Following the S1000RR superbike and S1000R naked sport bike, here's the latest German thoroughbred designed to help you cover even more ground. [more]

August 26, 2015

2015 BMW F800R Review

The standard sport bike segment welcomes a new member from Germany. The 2015 BMW F800R just got better in every respect, and promises unadulterated riding thrills. [more]

July 26, 2015

2015 BMW R1200R Review

The 2015 BMW R1200R is sportier and racier than ever before thanks to a fresh redesign. Hardcore fans will embrace this evolution as a sort of revolution, and more casual enthusiasts who did not like the outgoing model will likely hear the call of the new and improved streetfighter. [more]

July 12, 2015

Top 5: Most Technologically Advanced Bikes of 2015

Bike manufacturers have been launching new, sophisticated technologies at an impressive pace over the last 10 years or so. From cutting-edge rider assist systems to electronically adjustable suspension to on-board multimedia devices, these innovations aim to maximize safety, comfort, and performance. [more]

May 24, 2015

2015 BMW S1000RR Review

The ultra-powerful and racy-looking BMW S1000RR, which hit the market in 2009, has always been an exclusive bike for extreme riders. Close to a race bike, this exhilarating and delinquent German rocket demands plenty of effort and concentration. [more]

April 26, 2015

Top 10: Highest-Performing Bikes in 2015

Don't let machines like the Kawasaki Ninja H2R fool you: Performance isn't just about engine power and straight-line acceleration times; it also involves sharp handling and cornering, excellent braking, and other confidence-inspiring dynamics -- as evidenced by the Honda CBR1000RR SP and others. [more]

February 24, 2015

2015 BMW R1200RS Preview

BMW brings back the RS logo and stamps it to a new, faired version of the R1200R roadster. The 2015 BMW R1200RS is the latest in a line that started with the world's first mass-produced motorcycle equipped with a fairing that was developed in wind tunnels, namely the R100RS. [more]

January 11, 2015

2015 BMW S1000XR Preview

BMW had one more trick up its sleeve following the 2014 International Motorcycle, Scooter and E-Bike Fair in October. At the EICMA show in Milan, the German manufacturer unveiled the all-new S1000XR, a sport tourer derived from the S1000R naked bike that borrows its front fairing from the completely redesigned 2015 S1000RR superbike, making it a totally different beast than the R1200GS. [more]

December 02, 2014

Top 10 Best New Bikes of 2014 tested every new 2014 model available in Canada and crunched all the notes and numbers to bring you a list of the most impressive packages money can buy. [more]

November 16, 2014

Top 5 GT Motorcycles in Canada

Grand touring motorcycles strive to deliver a comfortable ride with a natural, almost upright riding position, sofa-like seating, a backrest and grab handles for the passenger, and last but not least, plenty of protection against the elements. [more]

October 14, 2014

2015 BMW S1000RR Preview is currently in Seville, Spain, to attend the global launch of the next-generation 2015 BMW S1000RR. A full review is in order, but in the meantime, here are the main changes to the German superbike. [more]

September 24, 2014

BMW Motorrad announces 3 world premieres

BMW Motorrad will host the global debut of three models including the new S 1000 RR at INTERMOT in Cologne, Germany (October 1-5, 2014). [more]

August 31, 2014

2014 BMW F800GT Review

The first-generation F800ST never made a strong enough case for GT enthusiasts and the media alike to embrace it, so BMW returned to the drawing board last year and created the all-new F800GT. Believe me: The changes and improvements are much more extensive than you may think by looking at the machine. [more]

August 19, 2014

Top 10 Bang-for-the-Buck Street Bikes of 2014

The best-value motorcycles are not exactly the cheapest ones. In addition to pricing, there are several aspects to consider including fit and finish, styling, performance, riding dynamics, ergonomics, comfort, and safety. [more]

August 14, 2014

2014 BMW F700GS Review

Each marathon begins with one step. I've never completed a marathon, nor do I have a desire to, but you don't need to run just over 42 kilometres to understand the saying. [more]

August 11, 2014

Top 10 bikes of 2014 according to Cycle World

The Bonnier Motorcycle Group announced the 39th annual Cycle World Ten Best Bikes list, covering all motorcycle classes. [more]

July 22, 2014

2014 BMW R nineT Review

In October of 2013, Edgar Heinrich, Head of BMW Motorrad Design, rode onto a stage with their all-new creation: the R nineT. [more]

July 21, 2014

BMW Motorrad Fundy Adventure Rally: September 5-7

The 2014 Fundy Adventure Rally presented by BMW Motorrad will take place from September 5-7 in New Brunswick's Bay of Fundy area. The 500-kilometre competition will mix pavement, dirt, and gravel. [more]

July 04, 2014

BMW Motorrad Days: August 15-17

The 8th annual BMW Motorrad Days will take place from August 15-17, 2014 at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Ontario. [more]

June 09, 2014

Top 10 Highest-Performing Bikes on the Market in 2014

Performance isn't just about engine power and acceleration times; it also involves sharp handling and cornering, excellent braking, and other confidence-inspiring dynamics. What's more, the latest electronic aids, which are trickling down from top-level bikes to more mainstream models, now elevate performance, control, and safety to unprecedented levels. [more]

May 12, 2014

Top 10 Most Versatile Bikes in 2014

Shopping for a new motorcycle is no easy task, particularly if you expect a lot from it. First, you must identify and rank your various needs because no single bike can meet all of them at once. [more]

February 17, 2014

2014 BMW S1000R Preview

BMW is launching a new roadster derived from the S1000RR. It's called S1000R, and it retains most of the former's strengths in the process, while offering friendlier ergonomics. [more]

February 11, 2014

2014 BMW R1200RT Preview

After significantly improving its iconic R1200GS enduro bike, BMW turned to the GT segment and its new R1200RT. Better equipped and finished, this model benefits from a new, more efficient version of the company's boxer twin. [more]

February 09, 2014

2014 BMW R nineT Preview

The superb new 2014 BMW R nineT roadster successfully combines classic and modern design elements. It's a fantastic way to remind fans all over the world that BMW has now been manufacturing motorcycles for 90 years. [more]

January 07, 2014

2013 BMW C600 Sport Review

It was a cold, rainy day in late October, and I insisted on taking two new BMW scooters for a spin. Despite inclement weather, the machine felt really good after just a few kilometres. [more]

December 16, 2013

Motorcycle Buyer's Guide: What's your type?

There are many points to consider when shopping for a new motorcycle. Affordability often tops the list, even though styling is what usually draws us to a particular model in the first place. [more]

November 03, 2013

2013 BMW F800GT Review

Canadian motorcyclists encounter a plethora of compromises while pursuing their passion. They pay astronomical insurance rates, deal with frequent inclement weather, poorly maintained city streets, traffic, and inadequately trained cab drivers. They also have the slightly more enviable predicament of having a multitude of options in regards to the number of motorcycles available. [more]

October 21, 2013

World premiere of BMW R nineT

In order to celebrate the 90th anniversary of its Motorrad division, BMW unveiled the all-new R nineT. [more]

September 22, 2013

2013 BMW HP4 Competition Review

BMW cranks the already impressive S1000RR up a few notches with the new HP4 version. The latter stands out with revised geometry and more comprehensive electronics, helped by two years of racing experience in the FIM Superstock, IDM, and WSBK championships. [more]

September 04, 2013

BMW S1000RR: Fastest BMW Ever at 360.8 km/h!

On August 16th, a San Diego BMW Motorcycles BMW S1000RR piloted by Andy Sills, reached the dizzying speed of 224.190 mph, or 360.8 km/h, thus setting a speed record as the fastest BMW bike ever. [more]

August 25, 2013

Top 10 highest-performing bikes on the market

Performance is a word that's thrown around a lot for marketing purposes, leaving the average bike enthusiast confused as to which models really live up to it. You have to remember that performance isn't just about engine power and acceleration times; it also involves handling, cornering, braking, and overall riding dynamics. [more]

July 26, 2013

BMW Motorrad Motorsport terminates factory involvement in WSBK

"BMW Motorrad Motorsport will end its involvement in the World Superbike Championship after this season," explained Stephan Schaller, General Director of BMW Motorrad. [more]

June 19, 2013

Recall on 2011-2013 BMW F700GS and F800GS motorcycles

BMW Motorrad Canada is recalling 125 BMW F700GS and F800GS motorcycles from the 2011-2013 model years. [more]

June 17, 2013

Top 10 Best Value 2013 Road Bikes

Trying to determine which bikes offer the best value for your money is no easy task. The least expensive bike isn't necessarily the best investment. [more]

May 12, 2013

2013 BMW F700GS Preview

The little GS gets a makeover and now sports much racier, more masculine looks inspired by the larger R1200GS. The better equipped 2013 BMW F700GS -- direct successor to the F650GS -- no longer carries the stigma of an entry-level machine. [more]

April 15, 2013

BMW Motorrad Canada plans 3 summer events

BMW Motorrad Canada has announced three summer events aimed at various types of riders in various cities across the country. [more]

March 26, 2013

2013 BMW F800GT Preview

After polarizing fans and journalists alike for nearly six years, the F800ST transforms into the F800GT, offering a fresh look and a list of features that will turn its siblings green with envy, led by dual-channel ABS. BMW's small sports tourer flexes its muscles, drinks less, offers friendlier ergonomics, and dons an attractive new dress for 2013. [more]

March 10, 2013

2013 BMW R1200GS Preview

The 2013 BMW R1200GS marks a small, but significant, revolution by inaugurating a liquid-cooled engine -- mostly because of the new Euro4 emissions standard. [more]

February 12, 2013

Campagna Motors signs long-term deal with BMW

Campagna Motors, based in Boucherville, QC, today announced a long-term strategic agreement with BMW Group. [more]

February 07, 2013

Possible oil leaks on 2013 BMW R1200GS

BMW Motorrad will recall 31 R1200GS motorcycles from the 2013 model year because their transmission oil pressure may be too high, causing the output shaft sealing ring to leak. [more]

January 22, 2013

2013 BMW S1000RR HP4 Preview

After shocking the world in 2009 and raising the bar with a significantly improved version in 2012, BMW clearly has big plans for its S1000RR superbike, which returns for 2013 with a high-performance HP4 package that should knock out competitors for quite a while. [more]

January 18, 2013

BMW Motorrad re-signs Jordan Szoke

BMW Motorrad re-signed eight-time Canadian Superbike champion Jordan Szoke for 2013, allowing him to defend his title on a fantastic machine. [more]

December 17, 2012

Recall: loose side stand on some BMW S1000R superbikes

BMW Motorrad Canada is recalling 161 S1000RR motorcycles from the 2012-2013 model years because the side stand may have been installed incorrectly at the assembly plant. This could cause the bike to fall over while resting on its stand, potentially leading to damage and/or personal injury. [more]

December 06, 2012

Loose fairing panels on 2012-2013 BMW C600?

On certain BMW C600 motorcycles from the 2012-2013 model years, the fairing side panels can loosen and detach from the vehicle while travelling at very high speeds. [more]

November 13, 2012

BMW Motorrad announces new boxer model for 2013

Lots of mystery shrouds this new bike from BMW. The company didn't reveal much, although BMW Motorrad president Stephan Schaller told the crowd at the EICMA international motorcycle show in Milan that it will help celebrate the "90 years of BMW Motorrad" anniversary. [more]

October 26, 2012

BMW introduces special K 1300 S 30 Jahre K-Modelle

In order to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its K Series, BMW Motorrad introduced a special edition called K 1300 S 30 Jahre K-Modelle. [more]

October 08, 2012

Recall on BMW K1200R and K1200S

BMW announced a recall on certain K1200R and K1200S motorcycles. A total of 258 units are affected. [more]

October 04, 2012

Introducing the new BMW R 1200 GS

With over 170,000 units sold to this day, the BMW R 1200 GS serves as a benchmark for all enduro bikes. The redesigned model offers motorcyclists a number of new features and industry-exclusive options. [more]

September 16, 2012

2012 BMW R1200GS Rally Review

BMW recently put out the latest edition of its hefty adventure bike, the R1200GS, now newly decked out in white and graphics inspired by the German builder's own racing branch. [more]

August 01, 2012

BMW Presents the New 2013 HP4

Motorrad is introducing the BMW HP4, the lightest 4-cylinder sports bike in the 1000 cc class to date. Inspired by the S 1000 RR, the new HP4 turns out 193 hp, and has a dry weight of 169 kg, including its Race ABS system. The HP4 is also the first 4-cylinder bike in the HP series. [more]

August 01, 2012

Motorcycle Buying Guide: the GTs

Designed for extended road trips, without sacrificing rider comfort, this type of motorcycle emphasizes a smooth ride thanks to a relaxed, almost upright seating position. Plus, a passenger will also feel very comfortable, thanks to hand grips, and in some cases, a backrest. [more]

July 04, 2012

Motorcycle buyer's guide: Street bikes (900 cc and up)

Designed to be close to superbike-like performance, in terms of speed and road handling, the 900-cc (and up) street bike also strives for more comfort and versatility for everyday riding. Better yet, insurance rates and registration costs are also less expensive. [more]

May 28, 2012

2013 BMW C600 Sport and C650GT Preview

All of a sudden, everybody is talking about urban mobility. More and more motorcycles and scooters are tricking into our market, seeking to please city dwellers who want a transportation device that's easy to park and that will cost them very little fuel. [more]

May 23, 2012

Motorcycle Buyer's Guide: 1,000cc superbikes

Designed for thrill seekers and pure performance addicts, 1,000cc superbikes use world-class technology and components that come straight from their racing equivalents. These machines can propel you from 0 to 100 km/h in less than three seconds and reach F1-like top speeds. [more]

April 27, 2012

Motorcycle Buyer's Guide: The various types

There are many points to consider when shopping for a new motorcycle. Affordability often tops the list, even though styling is what usually draws us to a particular model in the first place. [more]

February 24, 2012

2012 Montreal Motorcycle Show - Tonight at Palais des Congrès!

Après le Salon de la Moto de Toronto et celui de Québec, Montréal livre du tangible ce week-end, avec la totalité des nouveautés 2012 du monde de la moto. De nouvelles machines, de nouveaux équipements, des programmes de financement, des tonnes d'accessoires et la présence d'une foule d'associations de tourisme et de journées d'essais en piste (track day). [more]

February 21, 2012

2012 Montreal Motorcycle Show - February 24-26

The Montreal Motorcycle Show returns to Palais des Congrès from February 24th to 26th, 2012. As the largest and most anticipated event of its kind in Quebec, it will once again put a record number of models under one roof. [more]

January 17, 2012

BMW K1600GT named International Bike of the Year 2011

The BMW K1600GT recently won the ''International Bike of the Year 2011'' award at the Brussels Motor Show in Belgium. [more]

December 23, 2011

2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R ABS vs. 2011 BMW S1000RR (video)

This fall, pitted two of the fastest and hottest production superbikes ever built against each other, namely the 2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R ABS and 2011 BMW S1000RR. [more]

July 03, 2011

BMW Motorrad presents electric E-Scooter concept

Urban mobility. That's what's behind BMW Motorrad's decision to propose a scooter powered by an electric powertrain. This isn't a revolutionary idea, as we already tested a similar machine sold by a company called Vetrix, but BMW claims their concept offers a broader spectrum of use. [more]

July 01, 2011

BMW Motorrad ConnectedRide with intelligent assistance systems

Research areas in the field of vehicle-to-vehicle communication show that a long-term approach is also being adapted to motorcycle safety. [more]

June 21, 2011

2011 BMW S1000RR Review

This motorcycle has the aficionados standing in their seats and yelling in wonderment. You see, the S1000RR is unlike any other motorcycle BMW has ever built. BMW bikes are chosen for round-the-world trips or long-distance touring. They are stodgy, reliable and decent performers if you choose the right bike. They do not look or perform like crotch rockets--until now!! [more]

June 17, 2011

Top 10 bang-for-the-buck street bikes

2011 Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 Superlow: Like any good Harley, the Sportster 883 Superlow is mainly about styling and mechanical thrills. This model neatly preserves the soul of the original H-D motorcycles with a clean and much-appreciated low profile backed by the charismatic vibrations of a rocker engine. The Superlow enhances the Sportster family's nostalgic theme with successfully-executed retro looks, sophisticated fit and finish, as well as a sweet character rooted in a rich tradition - all for less than $9,000. [more]

May 24, 2011

BMW Motorrad Community. Social network for motorcycling enthusiasts

Promote contact among motorcycling enthusiasts, organize group trips and bring like-minded individuals together on motorbikes - all this and much more besides is what the new BMW Motorrad Community does. The BMW Motorrad Community is a social network but differs from other platforms in one important way: the main focus is not the virtual world but the practical benefits. The motto is: "Get out of the house - and on your motorbike!" [more]

November 05, 2010

BMW in the 2010 World Superbike Championship - Saturday morning qualifying (video) visited the BMW Motorrad Factory team at the Magny-Cours (France) track, this past October. [more]

November 04, 2010

BMW Motorrad Italia enters World Superbike Championship (video)

This super efficient small team that absolutely dominated the 2010 Superstock 1000 FIM Cup (Effectively the World Championship for this class) will graduate to the World Superbike Championship for the 2011 season. Champion rider Ayrton Badovini won 8 of the 9 races on his way to this year's Superstock 1000 title, and will make his debut in the senior class joined by Brit James Toseland, the 2004 and 2007 World Superbike Champion. [more]

November 02, 2010

BMW Announces Concept C Scooters

Recent years have seen radical changes in the world of individual mobility, as the number of scooter registrations has grown exponentially all over the world in the past few years. [more]

November 01, 2010

BMW goes crazy: New R1200R Classic + DOHC Boxer engine for both R1200R models + R1200GS Triple Black SE + revised G650GS

Based on the R1200R that we know and love, the 2011 R1200R Classic features spoked wheels, a silver paint job for the engine and chassis components, and a center stripe over a black paint job. [more]

October 05, 2010

BMW Launches the K1600GT and GTL - The Orient Express of Touring bikes

After much expectations and "Leaks" to the press, BMW Motorrad has just lifted the veil on their new King-of-the-Road models, with the most sophisticated touring motorcycles on the market. [more]

October 05, 2010

2010 BMW F800GS Review

For my big 2010 trip, I was looking for a small, comfortable, light bike equipped with generous cases and, to mix things up a little, one that wasn't a custom. There was a limited choice. I would have liked to get my hands on the "new again" single-cylinder F650GS. [more]

October 02, 2010

BMW-Motorrad WSBK Superbike

We were there as the garage door opened, and watched the team prepare the A and B bikes for the morning practice and pre qualifying session. As the team mechanics changes tires and primary gearing on the A bike, rider Troy Corser planned his session with Crew Chief Tom Larsen and senior technical staff. [more]

August 13, 2010

BMW announces performance kit for S1000RR crotch rocket

OK, you are getting every ounce of performance out of your S1000RR, and 193 horses is simply not enough any more - Y'a gotta do something about the power, Man! [more]

August 06, 2010

2010 BMW R1200GS Review of the new King of the Dirt?

Editor's note: We tested the 2010 R1200GS on pavement, and our own Luc Brière (a.k.a Doctor Dirt) got his hands on the bike during the first road test. But we thought we should give him the opportunity to really put it through its paces in his own private playground, the unpaved roads in the Bois-Francs region of deep Quebec that he flatly refuses to show us. Here's the account of what happened during the second slide-oriented test. [more]

July 06, 2010

BMW inching towards K 1600 Six-cylinder touring bike launch - This will be Huge!

The long-awaited replacement to the venerable K1200LT Full Monte tourer from BMW is just around the corner. We at thought it best not to submit you to the full Press Communique from Motorrad, especially the German-made translation to English. [more]

June 25, 2010

2010 BMW R1200RT Review

In these lean times, it is normal for the typical buyer to look for value for money, a search that usually starts with a lower cost. Most high-volume manufacturers have reacted to this tendency in the last few years with lower prices for simpler entry level models in most classes and sizes. [more]

May 31, 2010

Megola radial motorcycle engine - BMW's roots

A radial motor uses a single throw crankshaft that carries the no 1 connecting rod. [more]

May 27, 2010

BMW 600 Sportbike Rumours - They already make one, with a 1000cc engine in it!

Current 1000cc sport bikes are so light and agile that creating a 600cc sport bike makes less sense than it used to, as development costs are high and prices low. That is the essence of BMW management comments on that subject these days. [more]

May 14, 2010

2010 BMW F650GS Review

During the journey to pick up any press bike, expectations and preconceived judgments swirl around the brain - they cannot be helped. How will the latest incarnation differ from the old version? Will the brakes really be as good as they say? Will the colour clash with my riding gear? And so on, and so forth. [more]

April 06, 2010

2010 BMW K1300S Review

While every motorcycle deserves to be treated with maturity and respect, certain motorcycles simply demand more than others. Even before you have a chance to swing a leg over the BMW K1300S, it commands your utmost attention. Much like its closest competitors, the Suzuki GSX-R 1300 Hayabusa and Kawasaki ZX14, one's mindset before straddling BMW's new steed and hitting the open road can mean the difference between overwhelming gratification and immediate incarceration. [more]

April 02, 2010

Great news: Bike sales up so far in 2010 in Quebec

BMW Motorrad Canada achieved an all time March record with 200 units retailed, an increase of 19% over the same period in 2009. BMW Motorrad YTD retails of 324 units reflect an increase of 37% over last year. [more]

February 26, 2010

BMW S1000RR: 200 hp, 300 km/h, $17,300. Any questions?

The newest two-wheel offering from the Bavarian manufacturer is a major hit on the market, with the searing performance that comes from 200 hp at speed - enough to tempt adventurous car people across the line and try two wheels to generate their jollies. [more]

February 19, 2010

BMW S1000RR valve train in action

Check out the valvetrain on the new S1000RR superbike as the engine is run up to 14,000rpm. [more]

February 17, 2010

BMW S1000RR and its electronics - How it all works (together!)

Building the safest bike on the market involved the development of several highly sophisticated electronic features, then making them work together ("Integration" in software terms) in a coherent fashion. [more]

February 17, 2010

2010 BMW S1000RR on track Review

When BMW decided to build a 1000cc sportbike five years ago, they set major targets to ensure the success, indeed the domination of the new model in that class. It had to be the most powerful, quickest and safest 1000cc sportbike on the market, to reflect BMW's leading edge technology, reliability and brand image, and to sell in the U.S.A. for less than a $1000 premium over the Japanese competition. [more]

February 11, 2010

BMW Motorrad Canada and Rush HD jump into Canadian Superbike for 2010

BMW Motorrad Canada confirmed this week that it will be fielding a two-rider Superbike team in the Parts Canada Superbike Championship for 2010. They also announced that Rush HD will be the title sponsor of the newly named Rush HD/BMW Motorrad Canada Superbike Team. [more]

January 15, 2010

BMW and scooters - From the 2000-2002 C1 to the C1-E Electric scooter project

Rumours have been floating about in Europe regarding the re-entry by BMW into the scooter market, after an earlier foray from 2000 to 2002 with the ill-fated and ahead-of-its-time fully faired C1. The recently announced C1-E project from BMW, a fully electric scooter that look like a shrunk C1, with a roll cage and side protection, stirred up even more interest. [more]

November 24, 2009

2010 BMW F800R First Impressions

For 2010, BMW's parallel-twin F family will include the all-new F800R naked bike, in addition to the F800GS (dual-purpose), F800S (sport), F800ST (sport touring) and F650GS (lighter-duty dual-purpose). Along with its own specific engine characteristics, the R boasts the usual F family traits: the rare left exhaust/right chain setup (like the GS) and the under-seat tank for a lower center of gravity. The R family also weights significantly less than the larger R and K families from the German manufacturer. [more]

November 10, 2009

BMW Concept 6 - Show bike reveals new powertrain... for luxury touring bike?

BMW in-line six cylinder engines are famous for their performance and sublime smoothness, dating back to the 1930s. But such engines are relatively long and tall, too much so for a modern motorcycle. That was true until BMW engineers applied all of the trick and technology they have learned in F1, Superbike racing and on their ultra modern K1300 models to work on just such an engine. [more]

November 09, 2009

2010 Parts Canada Superbike Championship - BMW in, Yamaha (And likely Buell) out, others not talking much

A November 4 meeting of stakeholders produced news and rumours for the upcoming season produced some mixed news. [more]

November 05, 2009

New BMW R1200RT and R1200 GS/GS Adventure for 2010

BMW has just announced new versions of their modern day classic touring and dual-purpose models, the R1200RT, R1200GS and R1200GS Adventure. [more]

October 29, 2009

2010 BMW K1300GT First Impressions

Comparison testing of the leading Sport Touring bikes has often shown that the BMW K1200GT (At the time) and the current K1300GT are the most sophisticated models in that segment, and at a base pricing close to the direct competitors. After a ride on the new 1300 version, I certainly agree with that statement. [more]

October 07, 2009

Urban Safety for Two Wheel Vehicules - Serious ongoing studies... in Europe!

Here is a press release from BMW regarding the C1-E, a new safer scooter, as well as the web address of eSUM, a "collaborative initiative between industry & local authorities of Europe's principal motorcycle cities, to identify, develop & demonstrate measures designed to deliver safer urban motorcycling in the short, medium & longer term." [more]

September 25, 2009

Man and his toy - Guy Giroux on his BMW G450X

Well it's OVER, the first year of the Canadian Enduro Championship (CEC) is over!!! And it probably exceeded everyone hopes. The racing was great, the venues were great, and the people even better! [more]

September 15, 2009

2009 BMW G450X Review

The all-new G450X makes a strong statement with fresh styling and an incredible spec sheet that is sure to have the competition worried. Swinging a leg over it the first time, you get the impression of being perched up high and ready for adventure. [more]

September 10, 2009

BMW F800R arrives in Canada in September

BMW-Motorrad Canada has launched the F800R Sport Roadster, scheduled for dealer showrooms mid-September, with an MSRP of $9,990. Factory installed options include ABS brakes, Tire Pressure Control, On-board computer, Sport windshield, white turn Indicators, and an integrated Anti-Theft Alarm system. Both low and high seat options are available at no charge on factory orders. [more]

August 18, 2009

2009 BMW G 650 X Country Review

The G 650 X family has been with us since 2007, quietly making its way with three models served up for different levels of on and off road riding. For 2009, BMW Canada kept only the X Country (Pronounced Cross Country) variant. [more]

July 23, 2009

Troy Corser and Nick Heidfeld swap Superbike and Formula 1 rides (video)

BMW racers Troy Corser and Nick Heidfeld swapped rides for a fun test at the Nürburgring last week. [more]

July 22, 2009

2009 BMW HP2 Sport Review

The HP2 (High Performance) spinoff models from the R family had originally given us two very special machines, the Enduro and the Megamoto, both exclusive bikes powered by optimized versions of the emblematic R1200 boxer engine. Here is the Sportbike model, the HP2 Sport. [more]

July 10, 2009

BMW Motorrad Canada announces S 1000 RR pricing

The highly-anticipated BMW S 1000 RR Sporbike motorcycle is scheduled to arrive in Canadian showrooms in early 2010 with an MSRP of $16,800. (No, this is not a typo!). [more]

June 27, 2009

2009 BMW K1300R Review

We just had an opportunity to test ride the new BMW K1300R, the naked version of the trio of yummy K1300 models launched in 2009. The German maker has been firing from all guns recently to not only widen its product line, but also improve existing models to put them right at the forefront of their respective categories. [more]

June 24, 2009

Rumours - suspicions - wishful thinking for 2010

Model year 2010 promises to be a fertile one, with several all new machines coming out of the rumour mill. Here are a few of the tastier morsels from just over the horizon, definitely not obtained or validated by the manufacturers. [more]

June 22, 2009

Berlin-Spandau BMW Motorcycles Plant closing in on 2,000,000th unit over 40 year history

BMW Plant Berlin, where all BMW motorcycles are built, now looks back at a tradition of no less than forty years, with more than 1,882,400 BMW motorcycles coming off the production lines to date. [more]

June 20, 2009

2009 BMW R1200GS Adventure Review

When I first found out that I was going to be riding BMW's Adventure model, I was quite nervous. My off road repertoire has been a bit light in the past few years since I've spent my time on sport bikes and sport touring. I had visions of huge knobby off road tires and a bit of a skittish ride on pavement. [more]

June 19, 2009

From BMW with love - for Women Only!

This Saturday, June 20, at the Bar Le Traffic in Vaudreuil, QC, from 8am. Come and find out all you want and need to know about motorcycling, and BMW products in particular, at the BMW Motorrad Exclusively Female Test Ride Event [more]

May 11, 2009

Élite BMW supersport motorcycle to debut in late 2009

BMW Canada is pleased to announce that the BMW S 1000 RR supersport motorcycle will arrive in Canada in the fourth quarter of 2009. [more]

February 28, 2009

BMW S 1000 RR in World Superbike Championship debut this week end

The long-awaited and much discussed debut of this exciting new sportbike from BMW takes place this week end in Phillip Island, in the opening round of the 2009 WSB Championship. Multiple World and AMA Superbike Champion Troy Corser, and the always spectacular Ruben Xaus will finally tackle strong opposition from Ducati as well as the four major Japanese manufacturers, after months of development at tracks around the world. [more]

January 23, 2009

2009 BMW F800GS Review

BMW is continuing its assault on every market segment, with a bike that is beautifully behaved on-road and effective off-road given the right tires. The F800GS is so seductive that you find yourself wondering if it isn't the ideal size for an urban bike as well as for every type of touring, especially solo. [more]

January 19, 2009

New motorcycle models for Canada - Part 1 (video)

The Toronto Motorcycle show gave us a glimpse at several new models that will soon be in our showrooms. Come in and check out the Hyosung Aquila 650 Trike, Suzuki Gladius and Boulevard M90, KTM RC8, and BMW S1000RR. [more]

December 10, 2008

2009 BMW G450X First Impressions (video)

Enduro and trail fanatics have been waiting for it for a year, and their patience has been rewarded with the arrival on Canadian soil of a first for the German manufacturer: a street-legal machine that is mostly a ferocious off-road competitor promising to give battle-hardened leaders a run for their money. [more]

December 09, 2008

2009 BMW S1000RR Preview

After studying the possibility of running in MotoGP, the head honchos in Munich opted for the Superbike class, nearer the standard bike and consequently the future buyer. The human and infrastructure preparations for a "factory" participation in the World Superbike Championship have been well under way for the last three years at least, with an official and diligent presence at the World Enduro Championship, the MotoST Enduro in the U.S. and, closer to home, the Canadian Thunder series, as well as various promotional series for the R1200S, K1200S and HP2 Sport. [more]

December 04, 2008

2009 BMW HP2 Sport First Impressions

The HP2 Sport is the third offering in BMW's HP2 lineup, after the Enduro and the famous Megamoto. Based on the R1200S, the HP2 Sport, with it's updated version of the Boxer engine, takes up a well deserved spot amongst the high performance sportbike market segment. [more]

November 27, 2008

2009 BMW F800R and Low Rider Previews

The Low Boy is a concept machine from BMW based on the R1200 platform which has been shorn of all fairing and ornaments, and featuring elements borrowed from different types of current and older models: wire wheels, single seat, naked look, "slammed" seat and suspension almost down to Softail levels, minimalist fenders, double barrel high exhaust, stacked head lights, waved front disks, and a single-sided swing arm. A new F800R was also announced, adding a naked bike to the F800 family. [more]

November 12, 2008

BMW ups the ante for 2009 with three K1300s, the GT, R and S Preview

True to form, BMW has leaked information on its new K1300 lineup, and the news for 2009 is excellent, indeed exciting, as the K1300 family is an important update of the various transversal engine K1200 models featuring the ultra-efficient Duolever front suspension with parallel arms. The marketing goal of the new K1300s is clear: "...improve the machine's performance and user-friendliness thanks to a stronger, more harmonious torque band and an even more congenial engine." [more]

October 27, 2008

2008 BMW R 1200 GS Review

Since its launch, the R 1200 GS has literally left its competition in the dust. But even though it's still a length ahead of its rivals, BMW decided it needed tweaking. The queen of adventure bikes went to the beautician's and came back with an upgraded version of the brand's famous Boxer engine. [more]

October 02, 2008

BMW Motorrad at it again

The Bavarian manufacturer is famous for its powerful and luxurious adventure bikes that are packed with features and the envy of the competition. Competition? What competition? Over the years, BMW has carved out an enviable reputation for itself thanks to its high-end R1200GS model. Often emulated but never equalled, this big adventure bike is BMW's top seller worldwide. [more]

September 17, 2008

Changing of the guard at BMW Motorrad

On September 1, Han Blesse was promoted to Executive Vice President, sales and marketing at BMW Motorrad. He is taking over from Hendrik von Kuenheim, who was acting as interim manager since last April. Blesse was hired by BMW Canada in 1987 and has been with the manufacturer ever since. He worked for that division until 2005, after which he was responsible for BMW Motorrad's after-sales service in Spain. [more]

July 16, 2008

BMW Superbike picking up speed

BMW's superbike project is gathering pace, and race-fans have now been able to see the new Super Sport bike for the first time. The new BMW S1000RR has been race-track tested in Spain, but it has just completed a test at the same track used by the Superbike World Championship- namely the Eurospeedway Lausitzring. The S1000RR will help BMW take on the competition in the Supersports segment- both on the road and at the track. Japanese manufacturers are two decades of Motorrad in this class, but BMW remains confident that they'll be on par with their competition. [more]

June 29, 2008

BMW to host second annual Motorrad Summerfest next month

For the second year in a row, BMW will host the Motorrad Sumerfest at Mosport International Raceway next month. The event, which started last summer, brings new attractions to the agenda this year to ensure an action-packed weekend of excitement. The 2008 Motorrad Summerfest will also coincide with the mid-season of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship, and features a 50,000 square-foot display that will be impossible to miss. [more]

May 03, 2008

2008 BMW F650GS Preview

BMW is launching an all-new F650GS for value-minded consumers. Sure enough, this bike has plenty of attractive features to lure potential buyers into BMW showrooms. The complete redesign is great news for adventure-seeking riders. The thing that will surprise most people when looking at the spec sheet is the very affordable price, especially for a German product. The base MSRP sounds like an excellent deal, if not a steal, given the list of features and the upgrades over last year's model. [more]

April 25, 2008

BMW's Hendrik von Kuenheim talks about new S 1000 RR Supersport bike

BMW Motorrad's new head, Hendrik von Kuenheim, has set some ambitious growth targets for the German motorcycle manufacturer- including a sales increase of some 50 percent by 2010, totaling 150,000 units. Von Kuenheim says that positioning BMW Motorrad as a more sporting and dynamic company will be key in meeting these goals. "We are specifically entering market segments where BMW Motorrad was not represented so far. We have already taken the initiative in this respect with the HP2 models and the F Series. Now we are taking on the competition to an increasing extent with brand-new, innovative and sporting products, moving ahead strongly also in international motorcycle racing" he commented. [more]

January 29, 2008

2008 BMW G 450X Preview

BMW is introducing an all-new machine designed to revolutionize the enduro bike market. The core of this new product is the result of many years of hard work and development, as it was designed by none other than Markus Theobald, a renowned engineer who's responsible for the HP2 lineup. BMW was granted several patents during the development process, while some technical features come from the German brand's famous touring motorcycles. [more]

December 15, 2007

2008 BMW HP2 Sport Preview

BMW introduces its all-new advanced bike, the HP2 Sport. Being the result of many years of intensive development, this mount means a lot to the German manufacturer. The HP2 Sport is the third member of the HP family, alongside the HP2 Enduro and the famous HP2 Megamoto. These outstanding motorcycles are developed with passion by a team of renowned experts. We should point out that the HP2 Sport is a first for BMW, which has never offered such an exceptional and unique sportsbike. Designed for ambitious riders who crave high-speed corners, the HP2 Sport features advanced technologies that were sourced from the top racing series. [more]

December 01, 2007

2007 BMW R 1200 R Road Test

Over the past few seasons, BMW has been gaining ground on the established sportbike leaders hand over fist. With a combination of increasingly dynamic styling and next-generation technology, the manufacturer better known for its four-wheeled modes of transportation is fast becoming a serious contender in the speed sweepstakes. [more]

July 30, 2007

2007 BMW G 650 Xmoto Road Test

The sleek and modern profile of the Xmoto is particularly well executed. This X model from BMW is the one that sports the most aggressive styling and makes the least compromises. There's a contrasting red-and-grey scheme and the ultra-dynamic lines are directly derived from the superbiker world. [more]