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International GS Trophy 2018.
Southeast Asia team training in Chiang Mai.
<p>The training in Chiang Mai simulated different kinds of terrains that the riders will encounter in Mongolia. It was a long and grueling distance, but necessary to test both physical and mental toughness of the team. &nbsp; </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>
BMW Motorrad new adventure bikes
<p>Two new rides from the GS family, plus a new scooter for urban mobility.<strong></strong> </p>
Pure&Crafted
ON THE ROAD
<p>After three successful and sold-out Berlin summer weekends, the Pure&amp;Crafted Festival is taking a creative break in 2018. With the support of BMW Motorrad, the Pure&amp;Crafted family is pursuing new international paths instead to seek out fresh inspiration, track down new trends and focus on further development.&nbsp;&nbsp;And where’s the best place to do this?<strong>&nbsp;On the road!</strong>Because that’s where the Pure&amp;Crafted lifestyle action is every day.&nbsp; </p>
Pure&Crafted Signature Bike
BMW R nineT Pure
<p>Pure&amp;Crafted on the Road presented by BMW Motorrad is sending the 2018 Pure&amp;Crafted Signature Bike all across Europe with different riders during the motorcycle season. They will track down the most exciting routes, the most hidden-away boutique manufacturers, the most talented mechanics, the best food and the coolest gigs. </p>
THREE YEAR WARRANTY.
<p>BMW Motorrad stands for passion, dynamism, design, technology, innovation and, above all, quality. Based on this conviction, BMW Motorrad is the first premium manufacturer to extend the statutory 24-month warranty for your new bike by one more year. Enjoy peace of mind for 36 months and free repairs if anything goes wrong during this period. For you that means three years' worth of benefits. So what are you waiting for? </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>
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>
Luka Moto.
Luka Moto Café by MF Motorrad.
<p><strong>A new café in Thong Lo neighborhood, where culinary and motorcycle lifestyles blend into one.</strong> </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>
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>
The planks that mean the world.
Clear the stage and start the film for the wall of death rider Don Ganslmeier.
<p>Hard nuts, an inconspicuous backyard workshop, boxes with long missed contents, muscle contests, reckless manoeuvres, a sensation –&nbsp;and a happy end? The Motodrom, the oldest travelling wall of death in the world provides for great cinema. </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>
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>
The spirit of a legend.
Paris-Dakar feeling with the R nineT Urban G/S.
<p>The Paris-Dakar Rally is legendary, just like the people and machines that competed in it. Joy Lewis explores the early days of the epic desert rally in the cities where the race started and finished. Her two companions: Hubert Auriol, who won the Paris-Dakar Rally twice with BMW in the 80s; and the R nineT Urban G/S – a motorcycle whose design is reminiscent of the legendary R 80 G/S. &nbsp; </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>
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>
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>
Int. Female Team Qualifier.
Wanted: GS team player.
<p>Girl power burns within you. You are in your element when you can kick up the dust on your GS. You love the two-wheeled challenge, and don't want to leave the field of the International GS Trophy to the men? Then it's time for a thrilling motorcycle adventure in Mongolia. Be part of the team and inspire GS fans around the world.&nbsp; </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>
National Qualifier.
<p>Take off on<strong> DATE</strong> at <strong>PLACE</strong> and qualify as a rider for Team <strong>COUNTRY</strong> at the BMW Motorrad Int. GS Trophy 2018.&nbsp; </p>
Customised
Totally unique bikes and their creators.
<p>They're mechanics, style enthusiasts, and individualists. Each one of their bikes is a work of art unto itself. Customisers experiment with colours, shapes and materials to create one-of-a-kind motorcycles. The distinctive touches they put on the R nineT will thrill any custom bike enthusiast. On the following pages we'll show you some of these custom bikes and tell the story of how they were created.</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>
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>
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>
Joyful Racing.
The R nineT Racer in Japan.
<p>Racing isn’t always just about speed and performance. It’s also about fun and style, friendship and freedom. Japan’s vintage racers are celebrating precisely this spirit of racing. In the metropolis of Tokyo, Joy Lewis meets customizer Daisuke Mukasa and his Curry Speed Club. She rides her R nineT Racer through the megacity and heads out to lonely mountain roads near Mount Fuji and a vintage motorcycle race at Fuji Speedway. &nbsp; </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>
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>
London Calling.
The Continental Ride from Glemseck to the Ace Cafe.
<p>Something like this only happens if you really have petrol in your blood and an insatiable appetite for tarmac: 24 mix-and-match petrolheads saw the 1/8 mile at the atmospheric Glemseck 101 merely as a warm-up round for a trip to the United Kingdom. From the province they headed straight on to London. The destination of this journey comprising over 1,222 kilometres: the legendary Ace Cafe – itself a founding member of the Glemseck 101 event. At this almost magical place, the traditional Ace Cafe reunion awaits the participants of the Continental Run. In brief: the party picked up right where it left off. </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>
Retro Racer.
Motorcycle racing in a seventies setting.
<p>Was the fascination with motorcycling ever greater than in the seventies? When boys barely eighteen years old stormed retailers and amateurs shined in international races. This spirit of the age is now being brought back to life. Retro Racing at the Auerberg Klassik. </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>
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>
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>
Eastern delights with a western flavour.
Prasit Aphiphunya is bringing a little slice of Asia to Europe.
<p>He’s the man with the unpronounceable family name – Aphiphunya – but everyone in the BMW GS community knows him by his first name, Prasit. Indeed, the Thailand-based BMW-certified tour guide lives for motorcycle travel, and he’s just set off on a 18,000 kilometres journey from Bangkok to BMW Motorrad Days in Germany, to launch his latest Ride Asia programme for 2018 and beyond. </p>
A look back at the 2016 International GS Trophy.
Team South Africa wins the GS challenge in Thailand.
<p>Manoeuvring motorcycles over dilapidated bridges, crossing rivers with the GS and changing tyres in a hurry: the International GS Trophy is an enduro challenge like no other.</p> <p>In 2016 it was time for the event once again. 19 teams from all over the world rode their BMW R 1200 GS motorcycles across northern Thailand. The GS riders conquered 1,400 kilometres, 19 special tests and seven daily stages. They crossed jungles, dams and rain forests, enduring brutal heat and high humidity. The sixth International GS Trophy left them physically exhausted but satisfied in every other respect. </p>
The next step.
From GS Trophy participant to female instructor.
<p>They're mad about offroad riding and big fans of the GS community. In fact, life without a motorbike has been unimaginable for Amy Harburg, Stéphanie Bouisson and Jennifer Huntley for quite some time now. Their determination leads these three female bikers to place where they can both develop and hone their riding skills. Next stop: Enduropark Hechlingen.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; </p>
GS Trophy Review.
A review of the last Int. GS Trophys.
<p>Adventure, foreign cultures, new friendships, gravel, sand and dust make BMW Motorrad's International GS Trophy an Enduro challenge that is second to none. International teams compete in intensive daily stages as well as numerous special challenges. </p>
"The journey of my life."
Starting at the end of the world.
<p>Sometimes, adventure just comes to you out – you just have to come across the right people. Herbert Unger met several of these people on his journey through New Zealand and experienced adventures that cannot be found in any travel guide. He met gold miners, crazy Kiwis, shepherds and fishermen. It is often the unexpected encounters that hold the promise of adventure and they uasually happen to people like Herbert who are open-minded, curious and keen to approach strangers – this is the Spirit of GS. </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>
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>
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>
The Great Escape.
VISION NEXT 100: The motorcycle of the future.
<p>Glasses in place of a helmet, smart clothing, full balance without a kickstand: Only three of the many inventions that could become standards for riding a motorcycle and add a new dimension to the sense of freedom in an increasingly digitised world. And the best thing about it: this vision vehicle is already here. Introducing the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100. </p>
Pure&Crafted
ON THE ROAD
<p>After three successful and sold-out Berlin summer weekends, the Pure&amp;Crafted Festival is taking a creative break in 2018. With the support of BMW Motorrad, the Pure&amp;Crafted family is pursuing new international paths instead to seek out fresh inspiration, track down new trends and focus on further development.&nbsp;&nbsp;And where’s the best place to do this?<strong>&nbsp;On the road!</strong>Because that’s where the Pure&amp;Crafted lifestyle action is every day.&nbsp; </p>
Pure&Crafted Signature Bike
BMW R nineT Pure
<p>Pure&amp;Crafted on the Road presented by BMW Motorrad is sending the 2018 Pure&amp;Crafted Signature Bike all across Europe with different riders during the motorcycle season. They will track down the most exciting routes, the most hidden-away boutique manufacturers, the most talented mechanics, the best food and the coolest gigs. </p>
The planks that mean the world.
Clear the stage and start the film for the wall of death rider Don Ganslmeier.
<p>Hard nuts, an inconspicuous backyard workshop, boxes with long missed contents, muscle contests, reckless manoeuvres, a sensation –&nbsp;and a happy end? The Motodrom, the oldest travelling wall of death in the world provides for great cinema. </p>
The spirit of a legend.
Paris-Dakar feeling with the R nineT Urban G/S.
<p>The Paris-Dakar Rally is legendary, just like the people and machines that competed in it. Joy Lewis explores the early days of the epic desert rally in the cities where the race started and finished. Her two companions: Hubert Auriol, who won the Paris-Dakar Rally twice with BMW in the 80s; and the R nineT Urban G/S – a motorcycle whose design is reminiscent of the legendary R 80 G/S. &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>
Customised
Totally unique bikes and their creators.
<p>They're mechanics, style enthusiasts, and individualists. Each one of their bikes is a work of art unto itself. Customisers experiment with colours, shapes and materials to create one-of-a-kind motorcycles. The distinctive touches they put on the R nineT will thrill any custom bike enthusiast. On the following pages we'll show you some of these custom bikes and tell the story of how they were created.</p>
Joyful Racing.
The R nineT Racer in Japan.
<p>Racing isn’t always just about speed and performance. It’s also about fun and style, friendship and freedom. Japan’s vintage racers are celebrating precisely this spirit of racing. In the metropolis of Tokyo, Joy Lewis meets customizer Daisuke Mukasa and his Curry Speed Club. She rides her R nineT Racer through the megacity and heads out to lonely mountain roads near Mount Fuji and a vintage motorcycle race at Fuji Speedway. &nbsp; </p>
London Calling.
The Continental Ride from Glemseck to the Ace Cafe.
<p>Something like this only happens if you really have petrol in your blood and an insatiable appetite for tarmac: 24 mix-and-match petrolheads saw the 1/8 mile at the atmospheric Glemseck 101 merely as a warm-up round for a trip to the United Kingdom. From the province they headed straight on to London. The destination of this journey comprising over 1,222 kilometres: the legendary Ace Cafe – itself a founding member of the Glemseck 101 event. At this almost magical place, the traditional Ace Cafe reunion awaits the participants of the Continental Run. In brief: the party picked up right where it left off. </p>
Retro Racer.
Motorcycle racing in a seventies setting.
<p>Was the fascination with motorcycling ever greater than in the seventies? When boys barely eighteen years old stormed retailers and amateurs shined in international races. This spirit of the age is now being brought back to life. Retro Racing at the Auerberg Klassik. </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>
The Concept Ninety.
A tribute to a golden era of motorcycling.
<p>In 2013, BMW Motorrad celebrated the 40th birthday of a real icon: the BMW R 90 S. With a top speed of almost 200 km/h, it was one of the fastest motorcycles of its time. This was facilitated by what was at the time a revolutionary innovation; never before had a designer contributed to the development of a motorcycle. Yet it was precisely this that let to the pioneering front trim panel on the BMW R 90 S. Which was also available as standard for the first time. Soon, other manufacturers would follow suit and develop an aerodynamically optimised front and rear trim.</p>
Crafting a feeling.
The BMW Motorrad design process.
<p>Striking characters work in the BMW Motorrad design team. Every designer has their own style and feels at home in their own biker scene. And each and every one of them adds their own inspiration and passion. These different forms are then combined in the design process: they are manifested in each new BMW Motorrad creation. Edgar Heinrich, head designer at BMW Motorrad, introduces the BMW Motorrad design team and the design process. </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>
No limits.
Sources of inspiration and fresh ideas at Wheels and Waves.
<p>Once just a popular meetup for bikers and surfers, now it's the symbol of an entire movement: The Wheels and Waves-Festival in Biarritz, France, is the place to be for motorcyclists and surfers. Amid magnificent architecture and perfect waves, kindred spirits come to the festival to share in a refreshing new zeitgeist that is not bound to conventions. Creative custom bikes are honoured, surfer and skater culture are celebrated. Everything goes. Everything is welcome. </p>
Mission Manx.
MotorCircus on the road to the Isle of Man.
<p>This is the story of four "MotorCircus" lads from Berlin. On BMW oldtimer motorcycles and armed with a camera, they set out on a 4,000 km long journey. From Berlin, they rode through Belgium, France and London to the Isle of Man. </p> <p>The film of this journey – Mission Manx – premiered on 8 March 2014. A little while later, BMW fans around the world were able to view the result of this journey. In an exclusive interview, Christoph Köhler, Marko Kramer, Tim Adler and Martin “Lemmi” Lemcke tell BMW Motorrad about the realisation of a long-held dream.</p>
Beckham, BMW and Belstaff.
Hustle and bustle on London's Bond Street.
<p>The rumbling of powerful engines signalled a highlight of the London Fashion Week: the opening of the Belstaff shop. Headlights flared up in the evening twilight. Several bikers wearing leather and waxed jackets ride in front of the trendy shop. Exactly what the photographers had been waiting for. In the thick of it: fashion icon David Beckham. He almost brought the hustle and bustle of London's trendy Bond Street to a standstill. His companions arrived in front of the shop on fashionable Café Racers and Custom Bikes. Many of them brought along their own BMW custom bikes. Among them were Fred Jourden and Hugo Jezegabel from Blitz Motorcycles in Paris. And the BMW boxer fan trio of Berliners Christoph Köhler, Marko Kramer and Martin 'Lemmi’ Lemcke – better known as MotorCircus – were not to be missed either.</p>
On the road.
On the road with the R nineT Scrambler.
<p>On tour with the R nineT Scrambler. We have come visit real men who do their own thing and in addition love motorcycles.Driven by their passion, they make their own rules instead of just following trends. Always searching for inspiration and new experiences. </p>
CONCEPT PATH22.
Pure freedom.
<p>Scramblers do not know any standards or conventions. Like their owners. The Concept Path22 is the first scrambler project from BMW Motorrad. The basis: an R nineT. </p> <p>The goal: an intensive collaboration with some of the most creative and above all individual protagonists of the customizer scene. </p> <p>The result: a bike which leaves no desires unfulfilled –&nbsp;but instead makes all of them possible. This is what pure freedom should look like. </p>
Deluxe R nine T conversion.
L'Echappée Belle ("The Great Escape") sidecar design wins Custom Contest.
<p> BMW Motorrad was invited to a custom contest in Paris. French customisers were requested to submit drafts for an R nineT conversion. The artists were given total creative freedom. The jury, consisting of Fred "Krugger" Bertrand, two-time custom champion, and Ola Stenegärd, motorcycle designer, evaluated the large number of proposals. The winner, the French customiser Old School Engineering (OSE) won over the jury with their unique sidecar design. The prize: a brand-new R nineT, plus 10,000 euros. The winners can use the prize to implement the design they submitted. The result: "L'Echappée Belle" - "The Great Escape". OSE presented their sidecar at the Custom Contest in Paris. The team showed that sidecars are by no means out. </p>
Unique specimens.
R nineT conversions.
<p>The R nineT is the perfect starting point for a custom build. With just a few steps, it can be converted from a two-seater to a single-seater, and thanks to separate vehicle and engine electronics, it offers almost endless possibilities for gearheads.</p> <p>Several of the most renowned customizers have been running riot on the R nineT. With unmistakeable handwriting, they show what can be done with expertise, creativity and the modern classic boxer.</p>
Mechanics & style enthusiasts.
Custom craftsmanship.
<p>PURE riders are individualists. Bikes express their individuality. They're sophisticated and expressive, just like the bikes they ride. Not many people are brave enough to build a custom motorcycle, but those who do it are driven by PURE passion and turn their customers' dreams into true icons. More and more renowned custom shops are converting old twin-valve BMWs into unique works of art. These are just a few, we'll keep adding more. In the future, the nineT may form a new basis for customising. </p>
And action!
Actor Daniel Roesner loves adrenaline. A life with bikes, boats and boards.
<p>He's the hero of the motorway and BMW Motorrad brand ambassador at the same time: Actor Daniel Roesner, best known for his role as Chief Inspector Paul Renner in the German TV series "Alarm for Cobra 11", needs a lot of action and adrenaline in his life. Not surprisingly, he does most of his stunts himself. He hopes to add motorcycle stunts to the list. The perfect job for him. </p>
The dragstrip – a platform for fame.
Deluxe R nine T modified.
<p>Customisers have been preparing for this day for months, tinkering in their workshops at night to be ready on time for Glemseck 101. They'll present the finest custom bikes at the Essenza Sprint. The two-wheeled works of art combine performance and design and encapsulate the very essence of a motorcycle. The rules are quite simple: two wheels, two cylinders, a maximum of 1200 cc. But the implementation is an art in itself.</p> <p>A murmur goes through the crowd when the 16 custom bikes for the Essenza Sprint are presented to the audience at Glemseck 101. The multitude of visual treats could fill whole picture books. Skilled hands have freed roadsters, cruisers and naked bikes of their standard trim and transformed them into visionary one-offs. Because the creators of the sprint call for motorcycle manufacturers and importers to create the essence of a motorcycle – and to present it not just once at the sprint at Glemseck 101, but also a second time at the Intermot in Cologne.</p>
"A routine day is definitely not for me."
Interview with customizer Hayden Roberts.
<p>Hayden Roberts lives in Long Beach, California. Here, he co-founded the renowned customizing workshop Hell On Wheels MC. This is also where the name for his vintage motorcycle race came from – all over the world. Because when Hayden is not tinkering with bikes, he is organising races. And because these are always just one big party, he is also known as "Chief Party Planner". A born entertainer and absolutely obsessed with motorcycles – a magnificent mix. </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>
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>
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>
Eastern delights with a western flavour.
Prasit Aphiphunya is bringing a little slice of Asia to Europe.
<p>He’s the man with the unpronounceable family name – Aphiphunya – but everyone in the BMW GS community knows him by his first name, Prasit. Indeed, the Thailand-based BMW-certified tour guide lives for motorcycle travel, and he’s just set off on a 18,000 kilometres journey from Bangkok to BMW Motorrad Days in Germany, to launch his latest Ride Asia programme for 2018 and beyond. </p>
A look back at the 2016 International GS Trophy.
Team South Africa wins the GS challenge in Thailand.
<p>Manoeuvring motorcycles over dilapidated bridges, crossing rivers with the GS and changing tyres in a hurry: the International GS Trophy is an enduro challenge like no other.</p> <p>In 2016 it was time for the event once again. 19 teams from all over the world rode their BMW R 1200 GS motorcycles across northern Thailand. The GS riders conquered 1,400 kilometres, 19 special tests and seven daily stages. They crossed jungles, dams and rain forests, enduring brutal heat and high humidity. The sixth International GS Trophy left them physically exhausted but satisfied in every other respect. </p>
The next step.
From GS Trophy participant to female instructor.
<p>They're mad about offroad riding and big fans of the GS community. In fact, life without a motorbike has been unimaginable for Amy Harburg, Stéphanie Bouisson and Jennifer Huntley for quite some time now. Their determination leads these three female bikers to place where they can both develop and hone their riding skills. Next stop: Enduropark Hechlingen.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; </p>
"The journey of my life."
Starting at the end of the world.
<p>Sometimes, adventure just comes to you out – you just have to come across the right people. Herbert Unger met several of these people on his journey through New Zealand and experienced adventures that cannot be found in any travel guide. He met gold miners, crazy Kiwis, shepherds and fishermen. It is often the unexpected encounters that hold the promise of adventure and they uasually happen to people like Herbert who are open-minded, curious and keen to approach strangers – this is the Spirit of GS. </p>
Live to ride.
Ride to live.
<p>Allow us to introduce: Inga Birna Erlingsdóttir, currently the only female motorcycle police officer in Iceland. Motorcycles are Inga's great passion. For her job she rides all day, every day. In her spare time, she exchanges her police motorcycle for a BMW GS. </p>
A hen in the rooster house
Jolandie Rust is the First Lady of the GS Trophy.
<p>As the first female marshal at the International GS Trophy, Jolandie, or simply "Jo" Rust has to assert herself in a typically male domain. It's not difficult for her. Rust doesn't get fazed that easily. Not even after being held up at gunpoint during her trip across Africa on an Enduro.</p> <p>The guys wipe the sweat from their brows. Temperatures are soaring past the 30-degree mark. But it's not the heat that's tough for these men, it's the incredible humidity in Mae Sariang, a town in the heart of Thailand's back country. At a loss for what to do, they stand around a team mate's motorcycle before making one last attempt to pull the 250 kilo R 1200 GS out of the mud. Forget it. They need Jo. Jo is the team leader, the boss, the pro. Jo has pulled her team mates out of the mud many times during the seven-day International GS Trophy Enduro adventure. And out of other messes.</p>
The desert fox.
Michael Martin and the lure of the void.
<p>He's travelled the Sahara, the Atacama and even Antarctica. Photographer and geographer Michael Martin is in his element in places where you almost never see another human face.</p> <p>Michael Martin travelled to the desert for the first time at the age of 17. He rode his moped to Morocco, looked out over the vast expanse of the desert, and was captivated for life. Since then, he has spent most of his time on brilliant beige sand beneath the deep blue sky. He lives rough here, holding out for the right moment to press the shutter.</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>
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>