BMW Celebrating its 100th With New Models

Story by Marcus Martellacci//
October 11 2016

Costa Mouzouris is in Los Angeles, where BMW is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The festivities included the introduction of a new model, as well as a few peeks at upcoming models.

k1600b_mmThe new bike, coming in 2017, is a variation on the BMW’s K1600GT touring bike, and it’s a bagger. Yes, BMW now has a bagger, called the K1600B. Not much info has been revealed yet, but it’s a K1600 with a cruiser penchant, featuring a streamlined fairing, saddlebags and tail section, and a tall, drag-style handlebar.

Also present at the Petersen Automotive Museum, where the K1600B was unveiled, was the R nineT Pure and the R nineT Racer. The Pure is a less expensive variation of the R nineT introduced two years ago, with a low, single muffler, conventional fork, and a steel fuel tank among other changes.

The Racer features a very attractive, classically styled fairing, low-mounted handlebar, and rear-set footpegs. Both machines utilize the air-cooled 1,170 cc boxer engine.p90232723-lowres

Bikes we saw but can’t show you because cameras were not allowed, were the mildly refreshed R1200GS, which will be available in more variations in 2017, including a Rally version with taller, self-levelling suspension.

We also saw yet another variation of the R nineT, called the Urban GS, paying homage to the R 80 G/S of more than three decades ago. It features a retro paint scheme, bright orange seat, and off-road bodywork.

Probably the most interesting bike we saw was the G310GS, a small-displacement adventure bike. Despite its 313 cc single-cylinder engine, this bike is a full-sized motorcycle featuring styling that ties it directly to its R1200GS sibling.

We’ll have much more info about these bikes after they are revealed at EICMA in early November.


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