When you hear the acronym BMW (Bavarian Motor Works) you automatically think of luxury and performance, even if you don’t know that much about vehicles. They are one of the few automotive companies today still manufacturing motorcycles besides Honda and Suzuki. BMW’s motorcycle division is the BMW Motorad. It’s been in operation since 1923. What started out as solely manufacturing aircraft engines later evolved to other products.
BMW started making agricultural machinery, toolboxes and office furniture until it firmly began manufacturing motorcycles and cars. The famous BMW blue and white logo or roundel is the same colors of the Bavarian flag. Each BMW motorcycle is named after its engine, type, engine volume and styling. These are ten of the best motorcycles manufactured by BMW whether you want something for the city or the open road or both.
1.) BMW R 1200 GS ($14, 950.00 MSRP)
One of BMW’s best-selling motorcycles that is classified as an enduro, which is a moto-sport run on off-road courses. This versatile motorcycle is perfect for the short and long distant driving. The “GS” is built to handle everything including off-road potential. It features easy handling, touring capability, and a comfortable ride. For a dual sport motorcycle it includes a 1,170 cc, 2-cylinder boxer engine with 4-valves per cylinder.
2.) BMW HP2 Sport (No MSRP Given)
When BMW says its high performance they mean it. The HP2 Sport has a powerful 130 horsepower due to its impressive Boxer engine ever designed by BMW Motorad. You’ll be ready for the track thanks to its state-of-the-art technology with quicker gear changes without chopping the throttle or using the clutch. Also, additional changes to front and rear suspensions, lightweight aerodynamics, radial mounted brakes and forged racing wheels and tires will have you flying on the road.
3.) BMW K 1200 LT (No MSRP Given)
This touring motorcycle is equipped for long-distant driving and heavy commuting that features a larger fuel tank. Experience the most comfortable and smoothest ride cross country with your pillion passenger
4.) BMW F 800 ST (No MSRP Given)
Here is another touring motorcycle that is more of a middleweight. It can certainly go the distance with its full fairing, high windshield, ergonomic raised handlebars that will make it more comfortable for you on your long-distance ride.
5.) BMW R 1200 GS Adventure ($17,000.00 MSRP)
Much like its R 1200 GS brother this motorcycle features a pillion passenger for the most extreme off-road driving conditions. The GS Adventure has a larger tank capacity and longer travel suspension for those long distant trips it can easily handle.
6.) BMW K 1300 S (No MSRP Given)
From its new generation of the BMW sport motorcycle this is the one sports motorcyclists will love best of all. It will be right at home at a racing event or on a track. You can rest assured these are the safest motorcycles around.
7.) BMW R 1200 RT (No MSRP Given)
Once again another touring motorcycle from the RT family of thirty years that’s designed specifically for the long distant travelers which features 2-cylinders. Now it has wind and weather protection, ergonomic design and a top class chassis. BMW has taken the valve operating system from the HP 2 to this RT series.
8.) BMW F 800 R (No MSRP Given)
If you are looking for a motorcycle that isn’t for long distant traveling or racing or off-road courses then here is the one for you. These urban BMW motorcycles for city driving look more like your traditional types you see on the road, yet it’s more distinctive because of the prestigious brand name.
9.) BMW F 650 GS ($10,700.00 MSRP)
Talk about an all-around motorcycle that can do it all such as touring, off-road exploration and sporty activity is this middleweight machine. You can dart around through trees and traffic with its cast aluminum wheels, narrow design and low seat height.
10.) BMW R 1200 R (No MSRP Given)
Finally, here is another urban motorcycle that is a cut above in performance from the F 800 R urban. It is designed for city commuting with its new horsepower torque and acceleration that is a thrilling ride form start to finish. The R 1200 R has no pretensions but a lot of attitude.
Some of these BMW motorcycles look like something Batman would ride around in Gotham City on, especially the Sport K 1300 S. The others look more like the traditional motorcycles and sport bikes. Yet there is always something distinctive with the BMW vehicles, especially the BMW Motorad. It is the ride of a lifetime on the open road.
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