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International GS Trophy 2020.
Experience pure offroad adventure.
<p>Explore the world, master every challenge at the GS, and show your team spirit: The International GS Trophy is an incomparable and challenging motorcycle adventure. More than a dozen teams from all over the world are meeting again in 2020. The riders are in for a treat as this year's venue is New Zealand. There the participants will have the opportunity to experience a unique and once-in-a-lifetime event.<br /> </p>
A BAVARIAN SOULSTORY
The roots of the R 18
<p>Episode 4</p>
California Superbike School.
<p>BMW Motorrad Thailand encourages Thai people to learn safe and proper riding skills from California Superbike School, arguably the world’s best riding skills development institute, at Chang International Circuit, Buriram province.</p>
Heritage. Pure passion.
The world of the Big Boxer.
<p><span style="font-family: Arial , sans-serif; color: black;" lang="EN">You can find all the latest news about the Big Boxer here. From custom builds to the upcoming series bike.&nbsp; Discover this exciting world with us.</span><span style="font-family: Arial , sans-serif; color: black;"></span></p>
Concept R 18 /2 makes EICMA debut.
Second BMW Motorrad cruiser concept unveiled.
<p>Just six months ago, BMW Motorrad took the custom scene by storm with the world premiere of the Concept R 18 at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Now, a second design study featuring the awe-inspiring 1800cc flat-twin engine has been successfully presented in Milan at the international EICMA motorcycle exhibition.</p>
R 100 Brat Style By K-Speed
A new legend by one of Thailand's leading custom motorcycle builders is definitely a head turner.
<p>From an owner of a small custom motorbike parts shop back in 2002 to one of the country's most renowned custom motorcycle builders :</p>
Team Thailand.
The participants in the Int. GS Trophy 2020.
<p>First time participant Thailand is happy to hit the unknown trails of New Zealand at the Int. GS Trophy. Patompog Laboonta (33), Phaisan Hunthai (36) and Siam Keawwatchan (37) want to show their competitors the GS spirit they have in their blood. Patompog Laboonta and Siam Keawwatchan are from Chiangmai, Phaisan Hunthai lives in Rayong.</p>
TOGETHER WE ARE STRONG.
Our sponsors are part of it.
<p>The Int. GS Trophy is not only a challenge for all riders, but also for their bikes. Our sponsors are supporting our event in New Zealand with reliable products and services – and contribute to the success of all participants. Here, we present you the partner of this event. </p>
A BAVARIAN SOULSTORY
The roots of the R 18
<p>Episode 2</p>
The bike of the Int. GS Trophy 2020.
The F 850 GS is taking New Zealand by storm.
<p>The extreme adventure of the International GS Trophy 2020 in New Zealand is very demanding on its participants. They will not be able to overcome those challenges alone. They will master these challenges on the BMW F 850 GS – a motorcycle made for rough terrain. One that travels with them over dusty pistes, explores unknown paths, and takes tight turns. This all-rounder is equipped as standard with a powerful twin-cylinder inline engine and 850 ccm for offroad use. With the 21&quot; front wheels the participants conquer the rain forest, stony paths or step-like vegetation. Its easy handling mean participants will find every hurdle a breeze, enabling them to meet the demands of the route.   </p>
No old fogey.
Kelsey Coppetti loves the wind and freedom of riding.
<p>It started with the realisation. Kelsey was still living in San Francisco when she noticed that more and more women were riding motorcycles. Gone is the time when only men cruised through the city on two wheels. Why hadn't she of all people bought a bike yet? The thought of buying a motorcycle wouldn't leave her alone. </p>
Mum shares her story.
Jennifer McCann gets a kick out of riding.
<p>Jennifer had had enough. Always taking the back seat on a motorbike is not her style. She is a woman of action. She does things her way. A few years ago, she spontaneously learned to drive so that she could ride her own bike any time she felt like taking off. She wants time for herself – completely alone. To pull over wherever she fancies. To escape from phones, technology and work. </p>
Like greased lightning.
Nick Huber is a speed demon.
<p>His babies are BMW classic bikes. He always finds the time to cruise. He stops off at a small restaurant, parks his bike in front of the window and eats a burger while longingly gazing at his companion. But Nick also likes it fast and has enjoyed the thrill of speed on many a motorcycle. His friends don't call him &quot;Blitzen&quot; for no reason. &quot;I'm a speed demon&quot; he admits. </p>
Always on the road.
Hing Yeung rides 12 bikes.
<p>On your marks, get set for adventure, go: If Hing had his way, he'd always be on the road. Travel, travel and more travel. On one of his 12 motorcycles. It's no surprise: Hing is at home everywhere, always open to the world. Born in Hong Kong and raised in the Netherlands, he now lives and works in Long Beach, California. </p>
The man of many miles.
Brian Tinkler rides a lot.
<p>Posers. Brian doesn't have much time for those kinds of bikers. &quot;Too much affectation if you ask me&quot;, says the 60-year-old retiree from southern California. He doesn't show off his riding skills, and he doesn't need to boast about his abilities. Brian doesn't talk about riding at all. He just does it. &quot;The ride is all that matters&quot;, he says. Preferably a fast ride. </p>
Propellant for your soul.
R nineT modifications from the most renowned customizers.
<p>The&nbsp;R nineT&nbsp;is the perfect basis for an individual modification: in just a few short steps, its rear end transforms from a two-seater to a solo, and thanks to the separation between vehicle and engine electronics, gearheads have practically no limits in terms of what they can do. The most widely renowned customizers have run riot on the&nbsp;R nineT. With their unmistakable signatures, they show what can be done with expertise and the modern classic boxer. Curtains up for the Soulfuel bikes!&nbsp;&nbsp; </p>
The shimmering 70's.
A motorbike journey through time with Hell on Wheels MC.
<p>The R nineT Scrambler by Hayden Roberts revives the 70s with plenty of flair and attention to detail, giving even the customizer the experience of a special motorcycle journey through time.&nbsp;&nbsp; </p>
Priceless beauty.
The R nineT Scrambler from JvB-moto.
<p>Jens vom Brauck likes his motorcycles slim and ready for a journey through wild terrain – and this is also how he designs his version of the R nineT Scrambler, the One. His conviction originates from his youth when he did his first motorcycle journeys where otherwise only Panzers drove.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; </p>
It's an ambush.
Stockholm syndrome takes everyone prisoner.
<p>The Unique Custom Cycles forge actually doesn't have much to do with Café racers. But when the Swedish customisers received an R nineT, they put together a bike in record time that is as captivating as a kidnapping.&nbsp; </p>
The imposter.
Violent impostor of El Solitario.
<p>Deceitful and unloved are not attributes people like to associate themselves with. David Borrás on the other hand forces disrespectful comments with his custom bike<em> Impostor</em>. Why is this the case?&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; </p>
Berlin Calling.
Big-city feeling with the Track Grinder.
<p>For the first step, there are many stumbling blocks. Yet the Berlin forge Urban Motor didn't let itself be thrown off course when it created the world's first R nineT custom bike – showing a great deal of courage in doing so.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; </p>
Racer goes club style.
LA Speed Shop turns nineT upside down.
<p>When it comes to choppers and bobbers, Chris Richardson from the LA Speed Shop is one of the most capable and well-known customizers in the USA. He has completely revamped the style of a BMW R nineT Racer. The result is a characterful custom bike that is inspired by the California club style and fits seamlessly into the Soulfuel series of bikes.</p>
Get up and go.
Back to the future with Cherry's Highway Fighter.
<p>Of all things, the BMW R 7 from 1934 was used by customizer Kaichiroh Kurosu as inspiration for a futuristic bike called <em>Highway Fighter</em>. R nineT with the futuristic look, made by Cherry's Company.&nbsp; </p>
Dirt Track Vibes.
The Cyclone from BratStyle.
<p>Bratty’s R nineT is living up to its name, <em>Cyclone</em>, and kicking up a great deal of dust. Customizer Go Takamine proves once more the uniqueness of the Brat Style he created. Dirt-Track-Vibes on. Pure Soulfuel.&nbsp; </p>
Soul-searching in the metal.
A futuristic work of art from Blechmann.
<p>Bernhard Naumann is also known as the Tin Man in the customising scene. He primarily creates sheet metal parts for custom bikes that are reminiscent of futuristic art. When he gets an R nineT, he does precisely what shouldn't be done. </p>
With balled fists.
The Bavarian Fistfighter from Rough Crafts.
<p>Made in Taiwan as a quality feature: customizer Winston Yeh creates motorcycles that awaken desires all over the world. His signature: clean, harmonious, black. Just like the R nineT conversion <em>Bavarian Fistfighter</em>.&nbsp; </p>
Rediscover the darkness.
The 9 Tracker opens eyes.
<p>Large quantities of black powder coating cover the 9 Tracker in a black robe. Those wishing to understand the motorcycle from Blitz Motorcycles must approach it like a masterpiece.&nbsp; </p>
Born on an island.
R nineT Scrambler from Heiwa.
<p>The first meeting of Kengo Kimura and the R nineT Scrambler is like an awkward blind date, but the motorcycle quickly wins over the Japanese's affection – and the owner from Heiwa gives the bike the look of its home.&nbsp; </p>
Master of metal.
A bike as hard as steel from Sosa Metalworks.
<p>Turning at a hidden place, Cristian Sosa cuts and shapes metal to make unique motorcycles. For his version of the R nineT, as an exception, it's only about the external values.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; </p>
A Clockwork Orange.
The BMW Concept Ninety honours a style-defining icon.
<p>Customizer Roland Sands and the BMW Motorrad design team create a reminiscence of the legendary BMW R 90 S from the 70s. The BMW Concept Ninety pays homage to a golden motorcycle era.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; </p>
Whip up dust.
With the Maxx Headroom from Gunn Design.
<p>Dan Riley from Gunn Design proves with his modification of the BMW R nineT that he is a customizer of the next generation. With his Maxx Headroom, the American pursues two goals: beauty and wild action on the dusty ovals of the flat-track race.&nbsp;&nbsp; </p>
Culture shock for the USA.
With the R nineT Classic from RSD.
<p>When former racer Roland Sands starts a project, the result is bound to be spectacular. In order to bring the style of Café Racers closer to Americans, he even developed a range of accessories.&nbsp; </p>
Howl if you want.
The Coyote by Fuel Motorcycles is a tough old dog for the roughest of terrain.
<p>They say coyotes are smart and adaptable. A real tough dog and survivor that is at home on all types of terrain. Even in the desert, its wild howling can be heard. Karles Vives, a customizer from Spain at Fuel Bespoke Motorcycles, was fascinated by coyote dogs and felt sufficiently inspired to name his conversion of an R nineT Urban G/S after the predatory animal. </p>
Our new paint colours.
Update to the existing range of colours form BMW Motorrad.
<p>We regularly freshen up the standard colours on numerous models. Option 719 colours are especially surprising, with effective colour combinations that make your bike look even more unique.</p> <p>Here is an overview of the highlights.</p>
Highlights 2019.
Something to look forward to.
<p>BMW Motorrad gives you the right experience – and the right motorcycle – for every opportunity, trip and terrain. From new products through innovations right up to countless events: discover what highlights BMW Motorrad has in store for you in 2019. &nbsp; </p>
Bavarian combiners in Italy.
Curtains up for the BMW Motorrad Concept 9cento.
<p>It's the stage for aesthetics, elegance and timeless design: at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este at Lake Como, unforgotten motorcycle classics stand alongside new concept vehicles and win over the hearts of the audience. The perfect place to introduce new ideas and designs at the traditional event. Showtime for the world premier of the BMW Motorrad Concept 9cento. </p>
Summit with friends.
The BMW Motorrad Days 2019.
<p>For three days in Bavaria's Garmisch-Partenkirchen, everything again revolves around the same passion: Motorcycles at the BMW Motorrad Days. An elaborate program of live music and action-packed shows, current bikes and numerous world debuts draws around 40,000 visitors to the city near the Zugspitze from July 5th to 7th. And these are not just BMW Motorrad fans, riders of motorcycles of all brands come to experience a diverse event weekend – a summit for friends, families, and the motorcycle community.</p>
Lord of the Enduros.
Dirk Thelen overcomes the hurdles of the Enduro d'Agadir atop the BMW F 850 GS.
<p>For Dirk Thelen, things are only heading in one direction: forwards, onwards and upwards. Where other participants of the four-day long Enduro d’Agadir overcome rocky gravel, sandy pistes and wet-clay mud with their hard Enduros, the four-time German Enduro champion effortlessly sets the pace – atop the new F 850 GS. A long-distance touring enduro subjected to a brutal test and terrain, right through Morocco.&nbsp; </p>
Spring clean.
A minimalist from the Church of Choppers.
<p>When Jeff Wright from Church of Choppers converts a bike, only the essence remains. His version of the R nineT once again proves his extraordinary artistic talent.&nbsp; </p>
Relax or Race.
With the Clubman Racer from 46Works.
<p>An evening spin off into the mountains and a Sunday afternoon out on the race track – the Japanese Shiro Nakajima had specific ideas of what he wanted to do with his R nineT conversion. With the <em>Clubman Racer,</em> he created an all-rounder entirely according to his own taste. And nevertheless meets the taste of the scene. </p>
Not another boxer.
Hide Motorcycle shapes the R nineT into sporting equipment.
<p>The fact that Hideya Togashi calls his R nineT a plain and simple <em>Boxer</em> is an excessive understatement. Because the custom bike in the seventies racing look is neither plain nor simple. An inventory.&nbsp; </p>
Racer goes club style.
LA Speed Shop turns nineT upside down.
<p>When it comes to choppers and bobbers, Chris Richardson from the LA Speed Shop is one of the most capable and well-known customizers in the USA. He has completely revamped the style of a BMW R nineT Racer. The result is a characterful custom bike that is inspired by the California club style and fits seamlessly into the Soulfuel series of bikes.</p>
Simple elegance.
Auto Fabrica makes the Type 18 design study from the R nineT.
<p>Less is more: That is the motto of the brothers Bujar and Gazmend Muharremi, who are among the best on the British scene with their custom shop Auto Fabrica and who are constantly setting trends. With an elegant design and curved lines, they have refined the R nineT and created a new Soul Fuel bike – the Type 18 is unexcited, but differently exciting.</p>
The GS Trophy 2020 Qualifier Team Thailand.
Anticipation, thrills, excitement.
<p>For some is was a big reunion, for others it was a major challenge. They may have ridden countless kilometres – but you could still see what was at stake for all participants at the start of the qualifier: one of just three coveted places on team <strong>Thailand</strong>. But nerves were quickly set aside and the riders showed what they and their bikes are truly capable of. Family members, spectators and friends shared the excitement. Spurred on by the enthusiastic encouragement, some participants delivered a top performance.</p>
Pure&Crafted goes international.
Music, motorcycles and heritage festival lights up Amsterdam.
<p>After three years in Berlin and one year ‚on the road‘, it was time for the Pure&amp;Crafted festival to reach new heights and take its unique blend of custom bike culture, live music, great food and hand-crafted heritage to an international audience. And what better choice of venue than the Taets art and event park in Zaandam, just outside Amsterdam, where the festival roared into life on Saturday 28 September. </p> <p>Motorcycle fans arrived by bike, by train and even by plane from across the globe to make some noise at the latest edition of this annual festival that was held at a magnificent national heritage site just a stone’s throw from the Dutch capital.</p>
A BAVARIAN SOULSTORY
The roots of the R 18
<p>Episode 1</p>
VTR CUSTOMS’ BMW R 1200 R
2018 – Sultans of Sprint
<p>Factory Class Bike</p>
Concept R 18 roars into life.
BMW Motorrad custom concept unveiled at Villa d’Este.
<p>It’s the world premiere that the custom scene has been eagerly awaiting – a BMW Motorrad custom concept featuring a new prototype flat-twin engine – the highest capacity boxer motorcycle ever produced. Simply christened ‘Concept R 18’, this pure, stripped-down, raked-out bike gives more than a hint of what’s coming our way in the cruiser segment.</p>
California Superbike School.
<p>BMW Motorrad Thailand encourages Thai people to learn safe and proper riding skills from California Superbike School, arguably the world’s best riding skills development institute, at Chang International Circuit, Buriram province.</p>
Bavarian combiners in Italy.
Curtains up for the BMW Motorrad Concept 9cento.
<p>It's the stage for aesthetics, elegance and timeless design: at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este at Lake Como, unforgotten motorcycle classics stand alongside new concept vehicles and win over the hearts of the audience. The perfect place to introduce new ideas and designs at the traditional event. Showtime for the world premier of the BMW Motorrad Concept 9cento. </p>
Summit with friends.
The BMW Motorrad Days 2019.
<p>For three days in Bavaria's Garmisch-Partenkirchen, everything again revolves around the same passion: Motorcycles at the BMW Motorrad Days. An elaborate program of live music and action-packed shows, current bikes and numerous world debuts draws around 40,000 visitors to the city near the Zugspitze from July 5th to 7th. And these are not just BMW Motorrad fans, riders of motorcycles of all brands come to experience a diverse event weekend – a summit for friends, families, and the motorcycle community.</p>
BMW Motorrad Track Experience.
Powered by California Superbike School.
<p>This project is the determination and pride of BMW Motorrad Thailand to give what’s best to the customers based on the proven vow to “Make Life a Ride,” </p>
Carbon Racing.
How the HP4 RACE revolutionises automotive engineering.
<p>It is the first stock motorcycle in the world to have fully carbon chassis and rims: the HP4 RACE. 750 of them are being crafted by specialists in the BMW Motorrad plant in Berlin. Each individual machine embodies the passion for two-wheelers, pushes boundaries and makes innovation history.&nbsp; </p>
Chasing the Impossible
HP4 RACE
<p>For many, limits are the end of the story. For some, they are only the beginning. With the HP4 RACE, we show the passion of those who like to go beyond their limits. Whatever this may entail – it is something that was previously unimaginable. </p>
Madame Freestyler.
Sarah Lezito makes her motorcycle dance.
<p>Sarah Lezito is considered the best stuntwoman in the world. She was Scarlett Johansson’s double in the motorcycling scenes in <em>The Avengers 2</em> and left countless guys behind her at the stunt riding world championships. Now, the Frenchwoman is part of the BMW Motorrad community. </p>
Dance on the tightrope.
Showtime at the BMW Motorrad Days.
<p>When Sarah Lezito stunt rides, it looks like her motorcycle is dancing. At the BMW Motorrad Days, the Frenchwoman gets the S 1000 R to dance and puts her reputation as the best stuntwoman in the world to the test in an acrobatic “Street Dance”. </p>
Roaring engines in a picture-book Alpine setting.
This year marks the 15th year of BMW Motorrad Days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
<p>For the past 15 years, thousands of bikers from around the world have been flocking to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the foothills of the Wetterstein mountains. BMW Motorrad Days, the motorcycle event of the year, has been taking place here for the past 15 years.</p> <p>Garmisch Partenkirchen sits like a story-book town at the foot of the Zugspitze, Germany's highest mountain. Countless trails take hikers up to nearby peaks and beyond to ice-cold Alpine lakes. Once a year, this idyllic setting is a magnet for thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts. A festival atmosphere takes over in Garmisch-Partenkirchen during the event. The locals celebrate together with bikers, who come to BMW Motorrad Days from literally every corner of the earth.</p>
Faster than the ice allows.
Robert Gull holds the world record for the fastest wheelie performed on ice.
<p>The road is not enough. Like almost everywhere in Scandinavia, the time of year during which you can ride on the roads in Sweden is very short. On the rugged terrain of the north, snow, ice and sub-zero temperatures set the tone more than half of the year. However, the lakes that become frozen over open up many new opportunities for riders, such as Robert, who's 25. Lakes are nothing other than water - hardened water. All that's needed is a little creativity in the workshop, tyres with spikes, a playful attitude and lots of courage... </p>
90 years of BMW Motorrad.
It's our turn to say thank you.
<p>BMW Motorrad is 90 years old – that's a real reason to celebrate. But we don't deserve all the credit. We couldn't have made it here without all the friends of BMW Motorrad who have remained so loyal to us over the years and have passionately represented the BMW brand. Relive 90 years of passion, 90 years of innovation and 90 years of progress here in our web special. Enjoy! </p>
A festival for all.
Discover the mobility world of tomorrow.
<p>Driving experiences, driving shows, live performances: For three days, Munich's Olympic Park was a celebration of the BMW Group. The BMW Festival from 9 to 11 September opened up new realms of experience that transported visitors to the mobility world of the future. </p> <p>The festival pavilion between the Olympiahalle and the Olympic Stadium was a Mecca for motorcycle lovers. That's because BMW Motorrad was showcasing the brand's latest bikes on Coubertinplatz. Just a few steps from the main stage, BMW Yachtsport, BMW Golfsport and BMW Lifestyle's open-air showroom were bursting with luminous dreamscapes at the edge of the Olympic Lake. The BMW 7 Series and its innovations were presented in exclusive shows on the lake stage, while the peninsula of the Olympic lake became a fun zone for outdoor lovers and families with children. Vintage BMW fans encountered automotive gems from the past while they strolled through the park.</p>
Summit with friends.
The BMW Motorrad Days 2019.
<p>For three days in Bavaria's Garmisch-Partenkirchen, everything again revolves around the same passion: Motorcycles at the BMW Motorrad Days. An elaborate program of live music and action-packed shows, current bikes and numerous world debuts draws around 40,000 visitors to the city near the Zugspitze from July 5th to 7th. And these are not just BMW Motorrad fans, riders of motorcycles of all brands come to experience a diverse event weekend – a summit for friends, families, and the motorcycle community.</p>
Madame Freestyler.
Sarah Lezito makes her motorcycle dance.
<p>Sarah Lezito is considered the best stuntwoman in the world. She was Scarlett Johansson’s double in the motorcycling scenes in <em>The Avengers 2</em> and left countless guys behind her at the stunt riding world championships. Now, the Frenchwoman is part of the BMW Motorrad community. </p>
Dance on the tightrope.
Showtime at the BMW Motorrad Days.
<p>When Sarah Lezito stunt rides, it looks like her motorcycle is dancing. At the BMW Motorrad Days, the Frenchwoman gets the S 1000 R to dance and puts her reputation as the best stuntwoman in the world to the test in an acrobatic “Street Dance”. </p>
Park ‘n’ Ride Challenge.
Moving to the next level with the G 310 R.
<p>On to the next challenge with the G 310 R – the Park ‘n’ Ride Challenge. This means: 2 teams, 2 bikes, 2 longboards, a multi-storey car park and a lot of riding pleasure. Curve by curve and level by level, both teams experience the flow. The challenge requires ability, riding skill and a generous slice of fun. Just right for Sarah, Chris, Guto and Sebastian.&nbsp; </p>
Roaring engines in a picture-book Alpine setting.
This year marks the 15th year of BMW Motorrad Days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
<p>For the past 15 years, thousands of bikers from around the world have been flocking to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the foothills of the Wetterstein mountains. BMW Motorrad Days, the motorcycle event of the year, has been taking place here for the past 15 years.</p> <p>Garmisch Partenkirchen sits like a story-book town at the foot of the Zugspitze, Germany's highest mountain. Countless trails take hikers up to nearby peaks and beyond to ice-cold Alpine lakes. Once a year, this idyllic setting is a magnet for thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts. A festival atmosphere takes over in Garmisch-Partenkirchen during the event. The locals celebrate together with bikers, who come to BMW Motorrad Days from literally every corner of the earth.</p>
90 years of BMW Motorrad.
It's our turn to say thank you.
<p>BMW Motorrad is 90 years old – that's a real reason to celebrate. But we don't deserve all the credit. We couldn't have made it here without all the friends of BMW Motorrad who have remained so loyal to us over the years and have passionately represented the BMW brand. Relive 90 years of passion, 90 years of innovation and 90 years of progress here in our web special. Enjoy! </p>
A festival for all.
Discover the mobility world of tomorrow.
<p>Driving experiences, driving shows, live performances: For three days, Munich's Olympic Park was a celebration of the BMW Group. The BMW Festival from 9 to 11 September opened up new realms of experience that transported visitors to the mobility world of the future. </p> <p>The festival pavilion between the Olympiahalle and the Olympic Stadium was a Mecca for motorcycle lovers. That's because BMW Motorrad was showcasing the brand's latest bikes on Coubertinplatz. Just a few steps from the main stage, BMW Yachtsport, BMW Golfsport and BMW Lifestyle's open-air showroom were bursting with luminous dreamscapes at the edge of the Olympic Lake. The BMW 7 Series and its innovations were presented in exclusive shows on the lake stage, while the peninsula of the Olympic lake became a fun zone for outdoor lovers and families with children. Vintage BMW fans encountered automotive gems from the past while they strolled through the park.</p>
Back in Bavaria after India.
Interview with Edgar Heinrich, Head of Design at BMW Motorrad.
<p>After a brief stint in India, Edgar Heinrich returned to Munich to lead the BMW Motorrad design team. It was a happy return for the motorcycle enthusiast, who began his career at BMW in 1986. He spearheaded the design of many BMW motorcycles: the Paris-Dakar rally bike, the K 1200 S and R, the HP2 Enduro, the R 1150 GS, the R 1200 GS and most recently the S 1000 RR. </p> <p>Before his time at Indian automaker Bajaj, he was also involved in the design of the K 1600 GT and GTL touring bikes as well as the C 600 Sport and the C 650 GT maxi scooter. All of them were successful products that expanded the horizons of this established market segment and attracted many new customers to the brand. In an exclusive interview with BMW Motorrad, Edgar Heinrich talks about his passion for designing, collecting and restoring motorcycles of all kinds. </p>
Make Life a Ride.
Wake up to life every morning with your engine running.
<p>Every moment is a crossroads. You can turn left, you can turn right, or you can continue straight ahead. You could return to your starting point and then just keep driving. A million paths lie at your feet, each better than the last and no worse than the next. Choose a new path every second and never look back. Because everything you find on the road is forever yours. And that's how you Make Life a Ride.</p>
A look at the next 100 years
What will the motorcycle of the future look like?
<p>The 100th anniversary of the BMW Group is an opportunity to look back at the historic early days of the motorised two-wheeler and ahead to the future, where the role of the motorcycle will be completely redefined in an increasingly digital world.</p> <p>It's the 7th of March, 1916. Bayerische Flugzeugwerke AG (Bavarian Aircraft Works) begins operations on Lerchenauer Strasse in the north of Munich. Three years later, Zeno Diemer sets the world altitude record of 9,760 metres with the BMW IV six-cylinder inline aircraft engine.</p> <p>The small factory will later go on to reach new heights in other vehicle segments. Soon after changing its name to Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, the company begins developing the first motorcycle, long before it enters the automobile sector.</p>
Vision Vehicles circle the globe.
<p>After making its world debut at the Centenary Event on 7 March, the BMW VISION NEXT 100 concept car embarks on a symbolic world tour to China, the UK and the US, where the motorcycle of the future is unveiled in a grand finale. The theme of the tour: "Iconic Impulses. The BMW Group Future Experience". As a visionary, the BMW Group is exploring the opportunities of digitalisation and the impact of technology on our private and professional lives.</p> <p>From Munich, the BMW VISION NEXT 100 travels to Beijing for its Asia debut. Vision Vehicles from MINI and Rolls-Royce debut in London.</p> <p>The final highlight is the world debut of the BMW Motorrad Vision Vehicle in Los Angeles on 11 October. The motorcycle of the future begins to take shape even before it is actually unveiled.</p>
Four Visions. Four Vision Vehicles.
In its anniversary year, the BMW Group looks ahead: what do the vehicles of the future look like?
<p>Over the course of the year, four vision vehicles give you an appetite for what is in store. The BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad brands paint a visionary picture of the future mobility world. BMW Motorrad rounds this all off splendidly by presenting a visionary motorcycle in Santa Monica in October.</p> <p>There was an inspirational preview of the futuristic designs at the festive opening event for the anniversary year in the Munich Olympiahalle. At the big birthday celebration, the first of a total of four Vision Vehicles were unveiled. The BMW brand got the ball rolling and demonstrated what mobility will feel like in the coming decades with the world premier of the futuristic car BMW VISION NEXT 100. The curtains for the remaining Vision Vehicles will be opened over the coming months.</p>
A BAVARIAN SOULSTORY
The roots of the R 18
<p>Episode 4</p>
Heritage. Pure passion.
The world of the Big Boxer.
<p><span style="font-family: Arial , sans-serif; color: black;" lang="EN">You can find all the latest news about the Big Boxer here. From custom builds to the upcoming series bike.&nbsp; Discover this exciting world with us.</span><span style="font-family: Arial , sans-serif; color: black;"></span></p>
Concept R 18 /2 makes EICMA debut.
Second BMW Motorrad cruiser concept unveiled.
<p>Just six months ago, BMW Motorrad took the custom scene by storm with the world premiere of the Concept R 18 at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Now, a second design study featuring the awe-inspiring 1800cc flat-twin engine has been successfully presented in Milan at the international EICMA motorcycle exhibition.</p>
A BAVARIAN SOULSTORY
The roots of the R 18
<p>Episode 2</p>
Propellant for your soul.
R nineT modifications from the most renowned customizers.
<p>The&nbsp;R nineT&nbsp;is the perfect basis for an individual modification: in just a few short steps, its rear end transforms from a two-seater to a solo, and thanks to the separation between vehicle and engine electronics, gearheads have practically no limits in terms of what they can do. The most widely renowned customizers have run riot on the&nbsp;R nineT. With their unmistakable signatures, they show what can be done with expertise and the modern classic boxer. Curtains up for the Soulfuel bikes!&nbsp;&nbsp; </p>
The shimmering 70's.
A motorbike journey through time with Hell on Wheels MC.
<p>The R nineT Scrambler by Hayden Roberts revives the 70s with plenty of flair and attention to detail, giving even the customizer the experience of a special motorcycle journey through time.&nbsp;&nbsp; </p>
Priceless beauty.
The R nineT Scrambler from JvB-moto.
<p>Jens vom Brauck likes his motorcycles slim and ready for a journey through wild terrain – and this is also how he designs his version of the R nineT Scrambler, the One. His conviction originates from his youth when he did his first motorcycle journeys where otherwise only Panzers drove.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; </p>
It's an ambush.
Stockholm syndrome takes everyone prisoner.
<p>The Unique Custom Cycles forge actually doesn't have much to do with Café racers. But when the Swedish customisers received an R nineT, they put together a bike in record time that is as captivating as a kidnapping.&nbsp; </p>
The imposter.
Violent impostor of El Solitario.
<p>Deceitful and unloved are not attributes people like to associate themselves with. David Borrás on the other hand forces disrespectful comments with his custom bike<em> Impostor</em>. Why is this the case?&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; </p>
Berlin Calling.
Big-city feeling with the Track Grinder.
<p>For the first step, there are many stumbling blocks. Yet the Berlin forge Urban Motor didn't let itself be thrown off course when it created the world's first R nineT custom bike – showing a great deal of courage in doing so.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; </p>
Racer goes club style.
LA Speed Shop turns nineT upside down.
<p>When it comes to choppers and bobbers, Chris Richardson from the LA Speed Shop is one of the most capable and well-known customizers in the USA. He has completely revamped the style of a BMW R nineT Racer. The result is a characterful custom bike that is inspired by the California club style and fits seamlessly into the Soulfuel series of bikes.</p>
Get up and go.
Back to the future with Cherry's Highway Fighter.
<p>Of all things, the BMW R 7 from 1934 was used by customizer Kaichiroh Kurosu as inspiration for a futuristic bike called <em>Highway Fighter</em>. R nineT with the futuristic look, made by Cherry's Company.&nbsp; </p>
Dirt Track Vibes.
The Cyclone from BratStyle.
<p>Bratty’s R nineT is living up to its name, <em>Cyclone</em>, and kicking up a great deal of dust. Customizer Go Takamine proves once more the uniqueness of the Brat Style he created. Dirt-Track-Vibes on. Pure Soulfuel.&nbsp; </p>
Soul-searching in the metal.
A futuristic work of art from Blechmann.
<p>Bernhard Naumann is also known as the Tin Man in the customising scene. He primarily creates sheet metal parts for custom bikes that are reminiscent of futuristic art. When he gets an R nineT, he does precisely what shouldn't be done. </p>
With balled fists.
The Bavarian Fistfighter from Rough Crafts.
<p>Made in Taiwan as a quality feature: customizer Winston Yeh creates motorcycles that awaken desires all over the world. His signature: clean, harmonious, black. Just like the R nineT conversion <em>Bavarian Fistfighter</em>.&nbsp; </p>
Rediscover the darkness.
The 9 Tracker opens eyes.
<p>Large quantities of black powder coating cover the 9 Tracker in a black robe. Those wishing to understand the motorcycle from Blitz Motorcycles must approach it like a masterpiece.&nbsp; </p>
Born on an island.
R nineT Scrambler from Heiwa.
<p>The first meeting of Kengo Kimura and the R nineT Scrambler is like an awkward blind date, but the motorcycle quickly wins over the Japanese's affection – and the owner from Heiwa gives the bike the look of its home.&nbsp; </p>
Master of metal.
A bike as hard as steel from Sosa Metalworks.
<p>Turning at a hidden place, Cristian Sosa cuts and shapes metal to make unique motorcycles. For his version of the R nineT, as an exception, it's only about the external values.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; </p>
A Clockwork Orange.
The BMW Concept Ninety honours a style-defining icon.
<p>Customizer Roland Sands and the BMW Motorrad design team create a reminiscence of the legendary BMW R 90 S from the 70s. The BMW Concept Ninety pays homage to a golden motorcycle era.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; </p>
Whip up dust.
With the Maxx Headroom from Gunn Design.
<p>Dan Riley from Gunn Design proves with his modification of the BMW R nineT that he is a customizer of the next generation. With his Maxx Headroom, the American pursues two goals: beauty and wild action on the dusty ovals of the flat-track race.&nbsp;&nbsp; </p>
Culture shock for the USA.
With the R nineT Classic from RSD.
<p>When former racer Roland Sands starts a project, the result is bound to be spectacular. In order to bring the style of Café Racers closer to Americans, he even developed a range of accessories.&nbsp; </p>
Howl if you want.
The Coyote by Fuel Motorcycles is a tough old dog for the roughest of terrain.
<p>They say coyotes are smart and adaptable. A real tough dog and survivor that is at home on all types of terrain. Even in the desert, its wild howling can be heard. Karles Vives, a customizer from Spain at Fuel Bespoke Motorcycles, was fascinated by coyote dogs and felt sufficiently inspired to name his conversion of an R nineT Urban G/S after the predatory animal. </p>
Summit with friends.
The BMW Motorrad Days 2019.
<p>For three days in Bavaria's Garmisch-Partenkirchen, everything again revolves around the same passion: Motorcycles at the BMW Motorrad Days. An elaborate program of live music and action-packed shows, current bikes and numerous world debuts draws around 40,000 visitors to the city near the Zugspitze from July 5th to 7th. And these are not just BMW Motorrad fans, riders of motorcycles of all brands come to experience a diverse event weekend – a summit for friends, families, and the motorcycle community.</p>
Spring clean.
A minimalist from the Church of Choppers.
<p>When Jeff Wright from Church of Choppers converts a bike, only the essence remains. His version of the R nineT once again proves his extraordinary artistic talent.&nbsp; </p>
Bavarian combiners in Italy.
Curtains up for the BMW Motorrad Concept 9cento.
<p>It's the stage for aesthetics, elegance and timeless design: at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este at Lake Como, unforgotten motorcycle classics stand alongside new concept vehicles and win over the hearts of the audience. The perfect place to introduce new ideas and designs at the traditional event. Showtime for the world premier of the BMW Motorrad Concept 9cento. </p>
Summit with friends.
The BMW Motorrad Days 2019.
<p>For three days in Bavaria's Garmisch-Partenkirchen, everything again revolves around the same passion: Motorcycles at the BMW Motorrad Days. An elaborate program of live music and action-packed shows, current bikes and numerous world debuts draws around 40,000 visitors to the city near the Zugspitze from July 5th to 7th. And these are not just BMW Motorrad fans, riders of motorcycles of all brands come to experience a diverse event weekend – a summit for friends, families, and the motorcycle community.</p>
Madame Freestyler.
Sarah Lezito makes her motorcycle dance.
<p>Sarah Lezito is considered the best stuntwoman in the world. She was Scarlett Johansson’s double in the motorcycling scenes in <em>The Avengers 2</em> and left countless guys behind her at the stunt riding world championships. Now, the Frenchwoman is part of the BMW Motorrad community. </p>
It's not about where you come from. It's about where you go.
Across the western USA on the K 1600 B.
<p>There's always something magical about leaving the past behind, to change your life, or simply see something new. Those who take long motorcycle trips gain new perspectives, see new things and learn about themselves and the world around them. Biker, author, and globetrotter Andreas (Andy) Salazar is no exception. He often sets out on his motorcycle to discover new paths and to give his life that crucial drive. Over the years he has learned that it is important to keep reinventing yourself. To find out what he means by saying all of this, we joined him on his tour of the western USA with the new K 1600 B. What we learned: &quot;It’s not about where you came from, but where you’re going next.&quot; </p>
Cruising Gourmet.
Savoir-vivre on two wheels.
<p>Professional chef Wolfgang Weigler is a bon vivant, both on the motorcycle and in the kitchen, ideally both at the same time. On a pleasure tour with the BMW Bagger – including the art of cooking from the pannier. </p>
Elegant muscleman.
BMW Motorrad presents the Concept 101 touring bike.
<p>Inspired by the never-ending highway, the feeling of freedom and sheer independence, the BMW Motorrad design team came up with a completely new approach to touring motorcycles with their Concept 101: elegant, exclusive, extroverted and pure cruising power.</p>
Roaring engines in a picture-book Alpine setting.
This year marks the 15th year of BMW Motorrad Days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
<p>For the past 15 years, thousands of bikers from around the world have been flocking to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the foothills of the Wetterstein mountains. BMW Motorrad Days, the motorcycle event of the year, has been taking place here for the past 15 years.</p> <p>Garmisch Partenkirchen sits like a story-book town at the foot of the Zugspitze, Germany's highest mountain. Countless trails take hikers up to nearby peaks and beyond to ice-cold Alpine lakes. Once a year, this idyllic setting is a magnet for thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts. A festival atmosphere takes over in Garmisch-Partenkirchen during the event. The locals celebrate together with bikers, who come to BMW Motorrad Days from literally every corner of the earth.</p>
90 years of BMW Motorrad.
It's our turn to say thank you.
<p>BMW Motorrad is 90 years old – that's a real reason to celebrate. But we don't deserve all the credit. We couldn't have made it here without all the friends of BMW Motorrad who have remained so loyal to us over the years and have passionately represented the BMW brand. Relive 90 years of passion, 90 years of innovation and 90 years of progress here in our web special. Enjoy! </p>
A festival for all.
Discover the mobility world of tomorrow.
<p>Driving experiences, driving shows, live performances: For three days, Munich's Olympic Park was a celebration of the BMW Group. The BMW Festival from 9 to 11 September opened up new realms of experience that transported visitors to the mobility world of the future. </p> <p>The festival pavilion between the Olympiahalle and the Olympic Stadium was a Mecca for motorcycle lovers. That's because BMW Motorrad was showcasing the brand's latest bikes on Coubertinplatz. Just a few steps from the main stage, BMW Yachtsport, BMW Golfsport and BMW Lifestyle's open-air showroom were bursting with luminous dreamscapes at the edge of the Olympic Lake. The BMW 7 Series and its innovations were presented in exclusive shows on the lake stage, while the peninsula of the Olympic lake became a fun zone for outdoor lovers and families with children. Vintage BMW fans encountered automotive gems from the past while they strolled through the park.</p>
Back in Bavaria after India.
Interview with Edgar Heinrich, Head of Design at BMW Motorrad.
<p>After a brief stint in India, Edgar Heinrich returned to Munich to lead the BMW Motorrad design team. It was a happy return for the motorcycle enthusiast, who began his career at BMW in 1986. He spearheaded the design of many BMW motorcycles: the Paris-Dakar rally bike, the K 1200 S and R, the HP2 Enduro, the R 1150 GS, the R 1200 GS and most recently the S 1000 RR. </p> <p>Before his time at Indian automaker Bajaj, he was also involved in the design of the K 1600 GT and GTL touring bikes as well as the C 600 Sport and the C 650 GT maxi scooter. All of them were successful products that expanded the horizons of this established market segment and attracted many new customers to the brand. In an exclusive interview with BMW Motorrad, Edgar Heinrich talks about his passion for designing, collecting and restoring motorcycles of all kinds. </p>
Make Life a Ride.
Wake up to life every morning with your engine running.
<p>Every moment is a crossroads. You can turn left, you can turn right, or you can continue straight ahead. You could return to your starting point and then just keep driving. A million paths lie at your feet, each better than the last and no worse than the next. Choose a new path every second and never look back. Because everything you find on the road is forever yours. And that's how you Make Life a Ride.</p>
A look at the next 100 years
What will the motorcycle of the future look like?
<p>The 100th anniversary of the BMW Group is an opportunity to look back at the historic early days of the motorised two-wheeler and ahead to the future, where the role of the motorcycle will be completely redefined in an increasingly digital world.</p> <p>It's the 7th of March, 1916. Bayerische Flugzeugwerke AG (Bavarian Aircraft Works) begins operations on Lerchenauer Strasse in the north of Munich. Three years later, Zeno Diemer sets the world altitude record of 9,760 metres with the BMW IV six-cylinder inline aircraft engine.</p> <p>The small factory will later go on to reach new heights in other vehicle segments. Soon after changing its name to Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, the company begins developing the first motorcycle, long before it enters the automobile sector.</p>
The bike of the Int. GS Trophy 2020.
The F 850 GS is taking New Zealand by storm.
<p>The extreme adventure of the International GS Trophy 2020 in New Zealand is very demanding on its participants. They will not be able to overcome those challenges alone. They will master these challenges on the BMW F 850 GS – a motorcycle made for rough terrain. One that travels with them over dusty pistes, explores unknown paths, and takes tight turns. This all-rounder is equipped as standard with a powerful twin-cylinder inline engine and 850 ccm for offroad use. With the 21&quot; front wheels the participants conquer the rain forest, stony paths or step-like vegetation. Its easy handling mean participants will find every hurdle a breeze, enabling them to meet the demands of the route.   </p>
Highlights 2019.
Something to look forward to.
<p>BMW Motorrad gives you the right experience – and the right motorcycle – for every opportunity, trip and terrain. From new products through innovations right up to countless events: discover what highlights BMW Motorrad has in store for you in 2019. &nbsp; </p>
Bavarian combiners in Italy.
Curtains up for the BMW Motorrad Concept 9cento.
<p>It's the stage for aesthetics, elegance and timeless design: at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este at Lake Como, unforgotten motorcycle classics stand alongside new concept vehicles and win over the hearts of the audience. The perfect place to introduce new ideas and designs at the traditional event. Showtime for the world premier of the BMW Motorrad Concept 9cento. </p>
Summit with friends.
The BMW Motorrad Days 2019.
<p>For three days in Bavaria's Garmisch-Partenkirchen, everything again revolves around the same passion: Motorcycles at the BMW Motorrad Days. An elaborate program of live music and action-packed shows, current bikes and numerous world debuts draws around 40,000 visitors to the city near the Zugspitze from July 5th to 7th. And these are not just BMW Motorrad fans, riders of motorcycles of all brands come to experience a diverse event weekend – a summit for friends, families, and the motorcycle community.</p>
Lord of the Enduros.
Dirk Thelen overcomes the hurdles of the Enduro d'Agadir atop the BMW F 850 GS.
<p>For Dirk Thelen, things are only heading in one direction: forwards, onwards and upwards. Where other participants of the four-day long Enduro d’Agadir overcome rocky gravel, sandy pistes and wet-clay mud with their hard Enduros, the four-time German Enduro champion effortlessly sets the pace – atop the new F 850 GS. A long-distance touring enduro subjected to a brutal test and terrain, right through Morocco.&nbsp; </p>
The GS Trophy 2020 Qualifier Team Thailand.
Anticipation, thrills, excitement.
<p>For some is was a big reunion, for others it was a major challenge. They may have ridden countless kilometres – but you could still see what was at stake for all participants at the start of the qualifier: one of just three coveted places on team <strong>Thailand</strong>. But nerves were quickly set aside and the riders showed what they and their bikes are truly capable of. Family members, spectators and friends shared the excitement. Spurred on by the enthusiastic encouragement, some participants delivered a top performance.</p>
GS Trophy Thailand Qualifier 2019 for team THAILAND.
Your route to the International GS Trophy 2020.
<p>Do you want to take part in the International GS Trophy 2020? Then you will have to overcome the challenge of the GS Trophy Thailand Qualifier 2019 first, where rider and machine are already put through their paces. At the end, the three best endurance stars will be given the unique opportunity to take part in the International GS Trophy 2020. To win one of the coveted places in team Thailand, take part in the&nbsp;GS Trophy Thailand Qualifier 2019 and experience the ultimate offroad adventure. Find out how you can qualify as a rider for team Thailand here.</p>
Meet the moderator
Isaac Johnston to present Int. GS Trophy daily highlights.
<p>You may recognise adventure lifestyle photographer Isaac Johnston from the new BMW F 750 GS film and stories but in June he’ll be swapping his trusty camera for a microphone, to bring you all the Int. GS Trophy news direct from the depths of Mongolia. </p>
Preparing a successful event.
All the ingredients to bring the International GS Trophy to the world.
<p>The Int. GS Trophy is one of the biggest and most complicated logistical exercises imaginable. We speak to the team working tirelessly behind the scenes to make it happen — and the film producer on location tasked with bringing all the highlights to everyone watching around the world.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; </p>
Pure excitement in Mongolia.
Daily news and pictures of the Int. GS Trophy 2018.
<p>Which team has the strongest nerves and will prevail? What do they experience and what are their hardships during the Int. GS Trophy 2018? If you love the off-road adventure in Central Asia as much as we do, you should not miss the spectacular pictures and exciting daily reports. Follow the ranking and learn more about the teams and participants every day.&nbsp; &nbsp; </p>
International GS Trophy 2018.
Mongolia calling.
<p>Discover the world. Explore the unknown. Make lasting friendships. And tackle any challenge on your GS. The International GS Trophy is a motorcycle adventure that puts the world at your feet. Teams from all around the world battle it out in intensive daily stages and numerous special challenges&nbsp;and experience the tour of their lives from 3 to 10 June 2018! </p>
Searching for the unknown.
Isaac and Taylor follow their instincts and discover new roads.
<p>They don't know each other, but one thing connects them more than anything: They both need new perspectives like they need air to breathe. Jump on the bike and set off into the unknown. The destination is everywhere. When Isaac Johnston and Sterling Taylor start their engines, they dive into the weekend and just ride – the F 750 GS and F 850 GS have everything they need.&nbsp; </p>
I chase excitement.
Curiosity and enthusiasm are what drive Isaac Johnston.
<p>He's his own boss. Years ago, Isaac Johnston traded his office job for a life as a storyteller and lifestyle photographer. Today, the American from Montana lives for unexpected experiences and loves exciting and inspiring places. Above all, nature holds a special allure for him. &nbsp;&nbsp; </p>
Completely in his element.
Sterling Taylor loves to push his own limits.
<p>As he feels his way upward, he finds a foothold with his toes and grabs hold of a protruding rock with his hands: Sterling Taylor is a climber and is not deterred by his fear of heights. He loves challenges – and his motorcycle. </p>
Madame Freestyler.
Sarah Lezito makes her motorcycle dance.
<p>Sarah Lezito is considered the best stuntwoman in the world. She was Scarlett Johansson’s double in the motorcycling scenes in <em>The Avengers 2</em> and left countless guys behind her at the stunt riding world championships. Now, the Frenchwoman is part of the BMW Motorrad community. </p>
And on and on.
The world has no limits.
<p>Pack your bags and embark on a journey into the unknown. We are curious and know that adventure awaits around every corner. Every mile reveals the undiscovered, every second lends us new perspectives, and every sight ingrains a picture in our memory. We grow with every experience, every friendship, and every adventure – that's the #spiritofGS. Get to know the people behind the &quot;spirit of GS&quot;. Try out the GS yourself or experience GS Action at GS Experience. And for all those who are currently in the middle of an adventure, tell us about it and share it with us under #spiritofGS. </p>
A trip of a lifetime.
Two passions, one Ride: British journalist is going around the world.
<p>Andy Dukes is one of our own. For several years already the British journalist has been writing all kinds of stories for our international channels, with a strong focus on adventure travel topics. Now, after a decade creating inspiring #spiritofgs content about other riders and their fantastic journeys, it’s time for Andy to have a big adventure of his own – welcome to The Marathon Ride. </p>
Roaring engines in a picture-book Alpine setting.
This year marks the 15th year of BMW Motorrad Days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
<p>For the past 15 years, thousands of bikers from around the world have been flocking to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the foothills of the Wetterstein mountains. BMW Motorrad Days, the motorcycle event of the year, has been taking place here for the past 15 years.</p> <p>Garmisch Partenkirchen sits like a story-book town at the foot of the Zugspitze, Germany's highest mountain. Countless trails take hikers up to nearby peaks and beyond to ice-cold Alpine lakes. Once a year, this idyllic setting is a magnet for thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts. A festival atmosphere takes over in Garmisch-Partenkirchen during the event. The locals celebrate together with bikers, who come to BMW Motorrad Days from literally every corner of the earth.</p>
Adventure means constant change.
And never buy the same toothpaste twice.
<p>Brad Klynsmith is from Durban and a member of the band Gangs of Ballet. He rediscovered his passion for motorcycling three years ago and has been living and breathing motorcycles ever since. When he's not writing songs or following motorcycle news, you'll find him on his surfboard. Brad told us how he got back into motorcycling and why he never buys the same toothpaste twice.&nbsp; </p>
Breaking Wheels.
Robert Gull and the S 1000 XR on a special mission.
<p>A snow-covered landscape, frozen lakes – by looking into the distance, you can see your own breath start to freeze. Lapland shows its coldest and yet most beautiful side. But there's something different today: because not only the growling of the wolves can be heard – so too can the engine of the S 1000 XR. Amidst this winter backdrop, Robert Gull sets out on a unique undertaking: Crushed Ice made by Motorcycles </p>
The life of Byron.
From South Africa to the other end of the world via the GS Trophy.
<p>Riding glaciers from the South East Asian jungle to Iceland – for Byron Coetsee, the winner of the international GS Trophy, driving the GS opens up a world of opportunities. The destination of his latest mission lies 11,500 kilometres north of his native Cape Town. </p>
At the end of the road.
Dylan Wickrama's Pacific crossing on a GS powered raft is set to be made into a film.
<p>The road stops at the Darién Gap. To continue his journey from Alaska to Argentina, Dylan Wickrama builds a raft, powered by his BMW R 1150 GS, and starts his adventure in the Pacific. The Sri Lankan's story spellbinds very many people. Now a documentary film is going to be produced - using crowdfunding.</p> <p>Life sometimes invents stories that are more incredible than any Hollywood film maker could ever think up. One such life story is that of Dylan Wickrama. It is about a boy who often looked out to sea from his native Sri Lanka and passionately longed to know what lies beyond the horizon. It was unlikely that he would ever find out. Because Dylan grew up in poor circumstances. His father was killed by a burglar when Dylan was not even six years old. He had to grow up, and bear responsibility, much too fast. Years later he received the opportunity to discover the world he hitherto only knew from the journals that were passed around the village. On his BMW R1150 GS "Bruce" he travelled more than 210,000 km on four continents over a period of three years. But the real adventure begins at the Darién Gap between Panama and Colombia.</p>
The globetrotter pioneer.
Elspeth Beard and the motorcycle adventure.
<p>In an age before email, the internet, smartphones and satnavs – and in an age when women hardly ever travelled alone to adventurous countries – Elspeth achieved something that is still remarkable today. Thirty-five years after she set off on her 35,000 miles (56,000 km) adventure on her 1974 BMW R 60/6, the first British woman to motorcycle around the world has finally published ‘Lone Rider’, a book about her travels — a global journey that has inspired countless adventure riders to attempt their own long-distance trips. </p>
Motorcycling changes your perspective.
Fhatuwani's perspectives.
<p>His mother calls him Fhatuwani. But his friends call him Steaz. He's a photographer, film maker and art director. Born in Soweto, he grew up with his twin brother Rendani&nbsp;Mukheli. His project &quot;I See A Different You&quot; seeks to change the negative view of Africa through design, art and photograph. He goes on patrol with his motorcycle – always on the lookout for the right subject. In this interview, he tells us what he loves about motorcycling and what adventure means to him. </p>
Highlights 2019.
Something to look forward to.
<p>BMW Motorrad gives you the right experience – and the right motorcycle – for every opportunity, trip and terrain. From new products through innovations right up to countless events: discover what highlights BMW Motorrad has in store for you in 2019. &nbsp; </p>
Summit with friends.
The BMW Motorrad Days 2019.
<p>For three days in Bavaria's Garmisch-Partenkirchen, everything again revolves around the same passion: Motorcycles at the BMW Motorrad Days. An elaborate program of live music and action-packed shows, current bikes and numerous world debuts draws around 40,000 visitors to the city near the Zugspitze from July 5th to 7th. And these are not just BMW Motorrad fans, riders of motorcycles of all brands come to experience a diverse event weekend – a summit for friends, families, and the motorcycle community.</p>
Electro sound.
An electric motorcycle called E-LisaBad stirs up the customising scene.
<p>What does the BMW C evolution look like on the inside? Krautmotors owner Rolf Reick wants to find out. So he takes apart the electric maxi scooter and turns it into the E-LisaBad dragster. The custom shop owner plans to drag-race his creation. It might not make much noise, but it will definitely cause a stir. </p>
Eco engineering.
A life's work of electromobility.
<p>E for electro. E for engineering. E for Eva. When it comes to e-mobility, engineering cannot be avoided – and neither can Eva Håkansson. The mechanical engineering graduate puts everything into driving electromobility forwards. For reasons of sustainability. </p>
The city at your feet.
The BMW Motorrad Concept Link takes new, connected paths.
<p>Big city. Endless urban canyons, among which there is something new to discover around every bend. But it is also the desire for movement, freedom and the possibility to get from one place to the next quickly. With the Concept Link, which BMW Motorrad will be unveiling at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2017, a concept vehicle has now set about to combine the challenges of urban mobility of tomorrow with the opportunities of a digitalised world. &nbsp; </p>
Madame Freestyler.
Sarah Lezito makes her motorcycle dance.
<p>Sarah Lezito is considered the best stuntwoman in the world. She was Scarlett Johansson’s double in the motorcycling scenes in <em>The Avengers 2</em> and left countless guys behind her at the stunt riding world championships. Now, the Frenchwoman is part of the BMW Motorrad community. </p>
Roaring engines in a picture-book Alpine setting.
This year marks the 15th year of BMW Motorrad Days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
<p>For the past 15 years, thousands of bikers from around the world have been flocking to Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the foothills of the Wetterstein mountains. BMW Motorrad Days, the motorcycle event of the year, has been taking place here for the past 15 years.</p> <p>Garmisch Partenkirchen sits like a story-book town at the foot of the Zugspitze, Germany's highest mountain. Countless trails take hikers up to nearby peaks and beyond to ice-cold Alpine lakes. Once a year, this idyllic setting is a magnet for thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts. A festival atmosphere takes over in Garmisch-Partenkirchen during the event. The locals celebrate together with bikers, who come to BMW Motorrad Days from literally every corner of the earth.</p>
One fast Swede.
Eva Håkansson holds the speed record with her homemade streamliner.
<p>Fast can also be clean – Eva Håkansson is sure of this. The mechanical engineer with a doctorate wants to prove to the world that environmentally-friendly electric vehicles are fast and fun, and that mechanical engineering is an outstanding choice of profession for women. On the move with the fastest female motorcyclist in the world, who posted a new world record of 434 km/h with her homemade "KillaJoule" streamliner.</p>
A festival for all.
Discover the mobility world of tomorrow.
<p>Driving experiences, driving shows, live performances: For three days, Munich's Olympic Park was a celebration of the BMW Group. The BMW Festival from 9 to 11 September opened up new realms of experience that transported visitors to the mobility world of the future. </p> <p>The festival pavilion between the Olympiahalle and the Olympic Stadium was a Mecca for motorcycle lovers. That's because BMW Motorrad was showcasing the brand's latest bikes on Coubertinplatz. Just a few steps from the main stage, BMW Yachtsport, BMW Golfsport and BMW Lifestyle's open-air showroom were bursting with luminous dreamscapes at the edge of the Olympic Lake. The BMW 7 Series and its innovations were presented in exclusive shows on the lake stage, while the peninsula of the Olympic lake became a fun zone for outdoor lovers and families with children. Vintage BMW fans encountered automotive gems from the past while they strolled through the park.</p>
Back in Bavaria after India.
Interview with Edgar Heinrich, Head of Design at BMW Motorrad.
<p>After a brief stint in India, Edgar Heinrich returned to Munich to lead the BMW Motorrad design team. It was a happy return for the motorcycle enthusiast, who began his career at BMW in 1986. He spearheaded the design of many BMW motorcycles: the Paris-Dakar rally bike, the K 1200 S and R, the HP2 Enduro, the R 1150 GS, the R 1200 GS and most recently the S 1000 RR. </p> <p>Before his time at Indian automaker Bajaj, he was also involved in the design of the K 1600 GT and GTL touring bikes as well as the C 600 Sport and the C 650 GT maxi scooter. All of them were successful products that expanded the horizons of this established market segment and attracted many new customers to the brand. In an exclusive interview with BMW Motorrad, Edgar Heinrich talks about his passion for designing, collecting and restoring motorcycles of all kinds. </p>
Make Life a Ride.
Wake up to life every morning with your engine running.
<p>Every moment is a crossroads. You can turn left, you can turn right, or you can continue straight ahead. You could return to your starting point and then just keep driving. A million paths lie at your feet, each better than the last and no worse than the next. Choose a new path every second and never look back. Because everything you find on the road is forever yours. And that's how you Make Life a Ride.</p>
A look at the next 100 years
What will the motorcycle of the future look like?
<p>The 100th anniversary of the BMW Group is an opportunity to look back at the historic early days of the motorised two-wheeler and ahead to the future, where the role of the motorcycle will be completely redefined in an increasingly digital world.</p> <p>It's the 7th of March, 1916. Bayerische Flugzeugwerke AG (Bavarian Aircraft Works) begins operations on Lerchenauer Strasse in the north of Munich. Three years later, Zeno Diemer sets the world altitude record of 9,760 metres with the BMW IV six-cylinder inline aircraft engine.</p> <p>The small factory will later go on to reach new heights in other vehicle segments. Soon after changing its name to Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, the company begins developing the first motorcycle, long before it enters the automobile sector.</p>
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