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In the beginning was the quarry.
25 years full of freedom, adventure and off-road competence in Hechlingen.
<p>A small town with global appeal: Hechlingen am See, with around 600 inhabitants, may be a tiny spot on the map. Nevertheless, the district of the Heidenheim market is known beyond its Middle Franconian borders all over the world. At least among the community of GS riders. Because the Enduro Park Hechlingen promotes great things. Where once stones, sand and gravel were mined, certified instructors have been bringing the enthusiastic &quot;Homo Enduro&quot; the necessary riding skills for off-road riding all over the world for a quarter of a century.<strong></strong> </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>
Pure thrill every day.
A full program: a lot of challenging special challenges on eight days of riding.
<p>Riding expertise and team spirit pay off in the end. The teams had to complete numerous challenges on the eight riding days of the Int. GS Trophy – and each special test could not be more diversified and challenging. In the exciting daily reports you can find out more about the highlights of the day – as if you’ve been there yourself. </p>
Mongolia welcomes BMW Motorrad GS family.
Official opening of Int. GS Trophy Central Asia.
<p>The BMW Motorrad GS community’s best amateur riders from across the globe have arrived in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbataar for the start of the International GS Trophy 2018, the sixth edition of this prestigious and challenging competition that takes place every two years in exotic, far-flung destinations around the world. </p>
Int. GS Trophy is go, go, go.
The 2018 main event revs up in Mongolia.
<p>Eighteen international teams of amateur BMW Motorrad GS riders were cheered off the starting line at the Chingisiin Khuree Yurts Camp near Ulaanbaatar today to start the adventure ride of a lifetime in Central Asia. Eight days from now, one of these teams will be crowned 2018 Int. GS Trophy champions but today was just the beginning.</p>
Mesmerising Mongolia.
The going gets tough at the Int. GS Trophy.
<p>Today the Int. GS Trophy continued its journey south through Mongolia in the direction of China. Although the overall distance was half of yesterday’s opening stage, 80 per cent of the riding was in variable and challenging gravel and sandy conditions, with the Gobi Desert ‘steppe’ testing the skills of the participants. &nbsp; </p>
Team Korea takes the lead.
Day 3 of Int. GS Trophy reveals early leaders.
<p>After a full day in the Gobi Desert, the participants of the 2018 Int. GS Trophy made it to the Camp Gobi Erdene in the south of Mongolia, tired but elated at the sheer variety of off-road riding encountered during this 250 kilometre liaison stage. Later in the evening, the latest results and points standings were announced with a clear leader after day 3 of 8. </p>
Team South Africa takes the lead.
Int. GS Trophy reaches halfway point.
<p>The desert was calling all participants of the 2018 Int. GS Trophy today as the adventure ride of a lifetime continued on day four of eight, taking in everything that the Gobi had to offer on a 270-kilometre off-road adventure, with a couple of Special Stages thrown in for good measure. &nbsp; </p>
Team South Africa consolidates lead.
Strong Special Stages for Chris, Mark and Eugene.
<p>What a day 5 at the 2018 Int. GS Trophy for all teams and participants, who said goodbye to the Gobi Desert and enjoyed a complete change of scenery during a 310 kilometre journey (280 km off-road) that took them north and west to scenic Kharkhorin. With three Special Stages thrown into the mix of riding, the results were eagerly anticipated by GS fans across the world.&nbsp; </p>
Team AusAmerica wins the day.
An easier than expected day of Int. GS Trophy action.
<p>Despite enforced route changes due to quarantine issues, it was ‘business as usual’ for the participants of the Int. GS Trophy 2018, who still managed to fit in two Special Stages to the day’s proceedings as the event moved east through Mongolia. This kept the leaderboard interesting as the competition finished its sixth consecutive day of eight. </p>
France is the best team of the day.
South Africa still on top but leaderboard closes up.
<p>What a penultimate day at the Int. GS Trophy. Fantastic riding liaisons leading to two entertaining special stages and then a dream ride through beautiful landscapes to the picturesque Camp Hoyor Zagal. Now the participants are within striking distance of the capital Ulaanbaatar and the final day of the competition. </p>
And the Int. GS Trophy 2018 goes to…
Second consecutive victory for South African team at Int. GS Trophy 2018.
<p>It was a fantastic finale to the 2018 Int. GS Trophy as the decision to award triple points in the Special Stage on the last day of the competition (day 8) gave all participants the chance to really influence their Team’s position in the final rankings. </p>
People involved.
Passion in the background.
<p>It couldn’t be done without them: helpers, organizers, marshals and many other people from the GS community. With their experiences they make the Int.&nbsp;GS Trophy&nbsp;an unforgettable motorcycle adventure – and take on the challenges in the background. We have a look behind the scenes and present a selection of important people who are more than passionate about the event. </p>
Amy’s amazing adventures.
With 310 ccm to Mongolia, Munich and beyond!
<p>There is no doubt that the Int. GS Trophy inspires greatness. Just ask Amy Harburg. First a competitor in the inaugural female team in 2016, followed by instructor certification and then selection for marshal duties in 2018. Not content with these significant achievements, the determined Australian is now planning on riding thousands of kilometres to this year’s finals on a G 310 GS — and then continuing her journey onwards all the way from Mongolia to Munich.&nbsp;&nbsp; </p>
Back in time for a life-changing experience.
Been there, done that, got the International GS Trophy.
<p>Participating in the GS Trophy changes you forever. As the 2018 international finals draw near, we speak to several former competitors for whom life would never be the same again.&nbsp; </p>
Double the experience.
No longer competitors, Jenny and Amy are united in support.
<p>They battled hard against each other in 2015 at the inaugural Int. GS Trophy female team selection trials, but for the upcoming 2018 finals in Mongolia Jennifer Huntley and Amy Harburg will put their competitive instincts aside in order to marshal and mentor the two female teams. </p>
Breaking down the barriers.
Busting the myths once and for all with GS rider Jocelin.
<p>Think you’re not tall enough or strong enough to ride an adventure bike? Think again, as International Female Team competitor Jocelin Snow explains how size really doesn’t matter when it comes to the GS Trophy. </p>
Marshal arts — or the art of marshalling.
Living the dream and loving the responsibility.
<p>Vital for the success and safety of the Int. GS Trophy, the marshals are true ambassadors for the brand and highly respected across the globe. We speak to ‘old hands’ Marchant Maasdorp and Tobi Weiser, and newcomers Jean-Luc Donath and Faizal Sukree about the honour of marshalling in Mongolia.&nbsp; &nbsp;&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>
The fourth dimension.
The role of the journalists at the Int. GS Trophy.
<p>Every team at the Int. GS Trophy has its own journalist ‘along for the ride’. They are there to spread the event news direct to all those following back home in the respective countries, but their input can also make the vital difference between a trio of riders being winners or an ‘also rans’. We find out more from the legendary journalist and instructor Stefan Boshoff, who has been mentoring riders and reporting the GS news since the early days of the Trophy.&nbsp; &nbsp; </p>
Thunder from Down Under.
The Aussies are coming.
<p>Watch out for Team Australia. It may be their first time at the International GS Trophy but after a quarter of a century of BMW GS Safari experience, they are more than ready for this competition.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; </p>
The Indians are coming!
BMW Motorrad welcomes Team India to the Int. GS Trophy. 
<p>Along with Team Australia, another huge country joins the Int. GS Trophy in Mongolia this June. Watch out fellow competitors, the trio from Team India are coming for you.&nbsp; </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>
Mesmerising memories from Mongolia.
2018 Int. GS Trophy over but the Spirit of GS lives on.
<p>They came, they rode and they conquered the remote lands of Central Asia during an unforgettable sixth edition of the International GS Trophy. Mongolia welcomed 18 teams from 21 nations who battled hard against each other in their quest for the top spots&nbsp;in the ranking of the Int. GS Trophy. But whatever the final rankings, every participant will leave the land of Genghis Khan with unforgettable memories of this unique&nbsp;once-in-a-lifetime-experience.&nbsp; </p>
Hall of Fame
Pioneers, voyagers and heroes of the Int. GS Trophy.
<p>The biggest challenge of a lifetime, new experiences and pure riding pleasure: the International GS Trophy is and will always be a legend of Enduro-adventures. Here are all of them, since the beginning in 2008 – the riders, who strove and conquered the yonder. Find your champion here, at the Int. GS Trophy Hall of Fame. </p>
COMPETENCE & INVENTIVE SPIRIT.
40 YEARS OF RIDER'S EQUIPMENT.
<p>Staying dry in streaming rain? Relaxingly cooled at 40 degrees ambient temperature? What is standard today were the world innovations of yesterday. Discover the milestones of BMW Motorrad now. From the most successful product lines to the highest safety standards – our engineers and designers have not only changed the future, they have created it with each and every milestone. Join us on a journey through 40 years of rider's equipment and insights into the future of BMW Motorrad.&nbsp;&nbsp; </p>
Together, we are stronger.
A lot of partners contribute towards the success.
<p>The BMW Motorrad Days are a successful event, not least because numerous partners make a significant contribution towards the success of the three-day event with their expert knowledge and their products.&nbsp; </p>
A new generation of twin-cylinder boxer engines.
Almost 100 years old - and it's only just reaching its prime.
<p>The new twin-cylinder boxer engine fascinates in its diversity from the very first moment. Its character is unmistakeable – in every engine speed range. It offers you increased performance and smooth running at low speeds. The BMW ShiftCam variable camshaft control ensures more powerful torque development over the entire engine speed range, providing greater control in every riding situation. Giving you power whenever you need it. More cubic capacity, more power – with higher efficiency. The strong performance with fewer gear changes gives you sovereignty. A masterpiece of engineering prowess. </p>
New paint colours.
Update to the existing range of colours form BMW Motorrad.
<p>BMW Motorrad is freshening up the standard colours on numerous models. But the BMW Motorrad Spezial colours are equally surprising with effective colour combinations that make your bike look even more unique. Here is an overview of the highlights. </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>
Speed intoxication.
Amelie Mooseder and Rolf Reick put their foot down in the Factory Class.
<p>The Sultans of Sprint call speed a religion. It may well be that they believe in speed. Nevertheless, this is anything but a serious affair. Because the 1/8 mile race is a great deal of fun and creativity. Amelie Mooseder and Rolf Reick take to the start line at a total of five sprint races for BMW Motorrad in the Factory Class that was newly founded in 2018. That's for sure: Both will cause a stir with their bold conversions. If they can score on the straights as well? </p>
In constant pursuit of power.
From Lake Constance to Gibraltar on the C evolution.
<p>Electromobility is only for the city? That's what you think. We can do better than that. This is what Reimar Hellwig thought anyway. He has done a great deal of pioneering and has ridden some 6,000 kilometres on the BMW electric scooter C evolution in just six weeks. Without any problems. From Lake Constance to Gibraltar and back again. With tales of power outlet and other travel encounters. </p>
Adventure Kit.
The participants were ideally equipped for the Int. GS Trophy.
<p>Mongolia brings riders and motorcycles to their limits: But the&nbsp;R 1200 GS Rallye was up to all these requirements – even in the standard equipment, it is robust and versatile, but was also upgraded with original BMW motorcycle accessories. In addition, it was important to equip the riders with the best gear to master the challenges of the Int.&nbsp;GS Trophy&nbsp;and bring the victory home. </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>
A desert tour with a mission.
GS bikers provide clean drinking water in Mongolia.
<p><em>The committed people of Waves4Water have set their sights high: the globetrotters' initiative with filter systems and on-site training around the world ensures that contaminated water becomes potable drinking water. Their mission led the team through the Gobi Desert to the most remote corners of Mongolia, on their BMW R 1200 GS, as part of &quot;Follow the Trails of the GS Trophy&quot;. &nbsp;</em> </p>
Sprint, style and a lot of sound.
At the Glemseck 101, music and motorcycles set the tone.
<p>It has long since gained a reputation as an international motorcycle festival: the Glemseck 101 is a happening of the best and wildest bikes. In Leonberg, the rear wheels on the former Solitude racetrack are going strong – and the international custom scene is mightily turning up the volume in terms of inspiration. Where three days of rock 'n' roll and cool custom bikes meet and attract around 40,000 visitors. &nbsp; </p>
Mission to thrill.
An action-packed appearance for the BMW R nineT Scrambler.
<p>MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT (in cinemas only) finds Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team along with some familiar allies in a race against time after a mission gone wrong.&nbsp; </p>
Just beautiful.
BMW Motorrad Days 2018: the community loved it!
<p>It’s become a must-attend event for BMW motorbike fans. Set amidst the stunning mountains of Germany’s Zugspitze, more than 35,000 visitors came from all over the world to celebrate their common passion for motorised two-wheelers. This year’s highlights included break-neck performances by Busty Wolter and his freestyle motocrossers, as well as breath-taking shows by stunt riders Mattie Griffin and Dirk Manderbach, who got the audience cheering in astonishment. The wooden “cauldron” of the Motodrom was all about four roaring BMW R 25s, while tyres smoked and screeched at the drift show in the event arena.<br> Another must-see was the presentation of the new series colours and special paint finishes – thanks to the design range “Option 719”, colourful new combinations spruced up the atmosphere of the exhibition tent. The excitement didn’t die out in the evening either: bands and DJs did their part to keep spirits high well into the night. <br> The event was an all round success, entertaining from the start and ending on Sunday with typical German “Gemütlichkeit” (a cosy, relaxing feeling). Even as everyone started packing up to return to every corner of the world, plans are already in the works for the 19th BMW Motorrad Days, from 5-7 July 2019. Mark your calendars today! We look forward to seeing you. &nbsp;</p>
Works of art on two wheels.
Customizers transform bikes into unique items.
<p>He is an originator, a designer, an aesthete: the customizer gives the standard motorcycle an unmistakeable face and a soul. Each and every one of his creations is a work of art. New colours, new shapes. Other materials, other mechanics. It attracts all the looks and makes your heart beat faster.&nbsp; </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>
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>
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>
A festival for fans and friends.
The BMW Motorrad Days 2018.
<p>When thousands of motorcyclists roll through Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a peaceful state of emergency once again prevails on the foothills of the Zugspitze. This is were the motorcycling community from Germany and overseas gathers in the small Alpine village.&nbsp;As happened this year: More than 35,000 visitors celebrated the BMW Motorrad Days from 6 to 8 July. </p>
Pure fashion.
Experience the new LNLA brand.
<p>Style is about individuality and nonconformity. No constraints, no limits. That feeling is what the new LNLA fashion label represents: Limits No Longer Apply – inspired by BMW Motorrad. </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&nbsp;GS Trophy&nbsp;is a motorcycle adventure that puts the world at your feet. Teams from all around the world battled it out in intensive daily stages and numerous special challenges&nbsp;and experienced 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>
Highlights 2018.
Make Life a Ride.
<p>Lifestyle, adventure or travel: regardless of what drives you forward and what you are looking for. BMW Motorrad gives you the right features for every opportunity, trip and terrain experience. From product innovations through innovations right up to countless events – discover what highlights BMW Motorrad has in store for you in 2018. &nbsp; </p>
COMPETENCE & INVENTIVE SPIRIT.
40 YEARS OF RIDER'S EQUIPMENT.
<p>Staying dry in streaming rain? Relaxingly cooled at 40 degrees ambient temperature? What is standard today were the world innovations of yesterday. Discover the milestones of BMW Motorrad now. From the most successful product lines to the highest safety standards – our engineers and designers have not only changed the future, they have created it with each and every milestone. Join us on a journey through 40 years of rider's equipment and insights into the future of BMW Motorrad.&nbsp;&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>
Just beautiful.
BMW Motorrad Days 2018: the community loved it!
<p>It’s become a must-attend event for BMW motorbike fans. Set amidst the stunning mountains of Germany’s Zugspitze, more than 35,000 visitors came from all over the world to celebrate their common passion for motorised two-wheelers. This year’s highlights included break-neck performances by Busty Wolter and his freestyle motocrossers, as well as breath-taking shows by stunt riders Mattie Griffin and Dirk Manderbach, who got the audience cheering in astonishment. The wooden “cauldron” of the Motodrom was all about four roaring BMW R 25s, while tyres smoked and screeched at the drift show in the event arena.<br> Another must-see was the presentation of the new series colours and special paint finishes – thanks to the design range “Option 719”, colourful new combinations spruced up the atmosphere of the exhibition tent. The excitement didn’t die out in the evening either: bands and DJs did their part to keep spirits high well into the night. <br> The event was an all round success, entertaining from the start and ending on Sunday with typical German “Gemütlichkeit” (a cosy, relaxing feeling). Even as everyone started packing up to return to every corner of the world, plans are already in the works for the 19th BMW Motorrad Days, from 5-7 July 2019. Mark your calendars today! We look forward to seeing you. &nbsp;</p>
A festival for fans and friends.
The BMW Motorrad Days 2018.
<p>When thousands of motorcyclists roll through Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a peaceful state of emergency once again prevails on the foothills of the Zugspitze. This is were the motorcycling community from Germany and overseas gathers in the small Alpine village.&nbsp;As happened this year: More than 35,000 visitors celebrated the BMW Motorrad Days from 6 to 8 July. </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.&nbsp;A limited number 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>
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>
COMPETENCE & INVENTIVE SPIRIT.
40 YEARS OF RIDER'S EQUIPMENT.
<p>Staying dry in streaming rain? Relaxingly cooled at 40 degrees ambient temperature? What is standard today were the world innovations of yesterday. Discover the milestones of BMW Motorrad now. From the most successful product lines to the highest safety standards – our engineers and designers have not only changed the future, they have created it with each and every milestone. Join us on a journey through 40 years of rider's equipment and insights into the future of BMW Motorrad.&nbsp;&nbsp; </p>
Just beautiful.
BMW Motorrad Days 2018: the community loved it!
<p>It’s become a must-attend event for BMW motorbike fans. Set amidst the stunning mountains of Germany’s Zugspitze, more than 35,000 visitors came from all over the world to celebrate their common passion for motorised two-wheelers. This year’s highlights included break-neck performances by Busty Wolter and his freestyle motocrossers, as well as breath-taking shows by stunt riders Mattie Griffin and Dirk Manderbach, who got the audience cheering in astonishment. The wooden “cauldron” of the Motodrom was all about four roaring BMW R 25s, while tyres smoked and screeched at the drift show in the event arena.<br> Another must-see was the presentation of the new series colours and special paint finishes – thanks to the design range “Option 719”, colourful new combinations spruced up the atmosphere of the exhibition tent. The excitement didn’t die out in the evening either: bands and DJs did their part to keep spirits high well into the night. <br> The event was an all round success, entertaining from the start and ending on Sunday with typical German “Gemütlichkeit” (a cosy, relaxing feeling). Even as everyone started packing up to return to every corner of the world, plans are already in the works for the 19th BMW Motorrad Days, from 5-7 July 2019. Mark your calendars today! We look forward to seeing you. &nbsp;</p>
A festival for fans and friends.
The BMW Motorrad Days 2018.
<p>When thousands of motorcyclists roll through Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a peaceful state of emergency once again prevails on the foothills of the Zugspitze. This is were the motorcycling community from Germany and overseas gathers in the small Alpine village.&nbsp;As happened this year: More than 35,000 visitors celebrated the BMW Motorrad Days from 6 to 8 July. </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>
COMPETENCE & INVENTIVE SPIRIT.
40 YEARS OF RIDER'S EQUIPMENT.
<p>Staying dry in streaming rain? Relaxingly cooled at 40 degrees ambient temperature? What is standard today were the world innovations of yesterday. Discover the milestones of BMW Motorrad now. From the most successful product lines to the highest safety standards – our engineers and designers have not only changed the future, they have created it with each and every milestone. Join us on a journey through 40 years of rider's equipment and insights into the future of BMW Motorrad.&nbsp;&nbsp; </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>
Speed intoxication.
Amelie Mooseder and Rolf Reick put their foot down in the Factory Class.
<p>The Sultans of Sprint call speed a religion. It may well be that they believe in speed. Nevertheless, this is anything but a serious affair. Because the 1/8 mile race is a great deal of fun and creativity. Amelie Mooseder and Rolf Reick take to the start line at a total of five sprint races for BMW Motorrad in the Factory Class that was newly founded in 2018. That's for sure: Both will cause a stir with their bold conversions. If they can score on the straights as well? </p>
Sprint, style and a lot of sound.
At the Glemseck 101, music and motorcycles set the tone.
<p>It has long since gained a reputation as an international motorcycle festival: the Glemseck 101 is a happening of the best and wildest bikes. In Leonberg, the rear wheels on the former Solitude racetrack are going strong – and the international custom scene is mightily turning up the volume in terms of inspiration. Where three days of rock 'n' roll and cool custom bikes meet and attract around 40,000 visitors. &nbsp; </p>
Mission to thrill.
An action-packed appearance for the BMW R nineT Scrambler.
<p>MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT (in cinemas only) finds Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team along with some familiar allies in a race against time after a mission gone wrong.&nbsp; </p>
Just beautiful.
BMW Motorrad Days 2018: the community loved it!
<p>It’s become a must-attend event for BMW motorbike fans. Set amidst the stunning mountains of Germany’s Zugspitze, more than 35,000 visitors came from all over the world to celebrate their common passion for motorised two-wheelers. This year’s highlights included break-neck performances by Busty Wolter and his freestyle motocrossers, as well as breath-taking shows by stunt riders Mattie Griffin and Dirk Manderbach, who got the audience cheering in astonishment. The wooden “cauldron” of the Motodrom was all about four roaring BMW R 25s, while tyres smoked and screeched at the drift show in the event arena.<br> Another must-see was the presentation of the new series colours and special paint finishes – thanks to the design range “Option 719”, colourful new combinations spruced up the atmosphere of the exhibition tent. The excitement didn’t die out in the evening either: bands and DJs did their part to keep spirits high well into the night. <br> The event was an all round success, entertaining from the start and ending on Sunday with typical German “Gemütlichkeit” (a cosy, relaxing feeling). Even as everyone started packing up to return to every corner of the world, plans are already in the works for the 19th BMW Motorrad Days, from 5-7 July 2019. Mark your calendars today! We look forward to seeing you. &nbsp;</p>
Works of art on two wheels.
Customizers transform bikes into unique items.
<p>He is an originator, a designer, an aesthete: the customizer gives the standard motorcycle an unmistakeable face and a soul. Each and every one of his creations is a work of art. New colours, new shapes. Other materials, other mechanics. It attracts all the looks and makes your heart beat faster.&nbsp; </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>
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>
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>
A festival for fans and friends.
The BMW Motorrad Days 2018.
<p>When thousands of motorcyclists roll through Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a peaceful state of emergency once again prevails on the foothills of the Zugspitze. This is were the motorcycling community from Germany and overseas gathers in the small Alpine village.&nbsp;As happened this year: More than 35,000 visitors celebrated the BMW Motorrad Days from 6 to 8 July. </p>
Pure fashion.
Experience the new LNLA brand.
<p>Style is about individuality and nonconformity. No constraints, no limits. That feeling is what the new LNLA fashion label represents: Limits No Longer Apply – inspired by BMW Motorrad. </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>
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>
COMPETENCE & INVENTIVE SPIRIT.
40 YEARS OF RIDER'S EQUIPMENT.
<p>Staying dry in streaming rain? Relaxingly cooled at 40 degrees ambient temperature? What is standard today were the world innovations of yesterday. Discover the milestones of BMW Motorrad now. From the most successful product lines to the highest safety standards – our engineers and designers have not only changed the future, they have created it with each and every milestone. Join us on a journey through 40 years of rider's equipment and insights into the future of BMW Motorrad.&nbsp;&nbsp; </p>
A new generation of twin-cylinder boxer engines.
Almost 100 years old - and it's only just reaching its prime.
<p>The new twin-cylinder boxer engine fascinates in its diversity from the very first moment. Its character is unmistakeable – in every engine speed range. It offers you increased performance and smooth running at low speeds. The BMW ShiftCam variable camshaft control ensures more powerful torque development over the entire engine speed range, providing greater control in every riding situation. Giving you power whenever you need it. More cubic capacity, more power – with higher efficiency. The strong performance with fewer gear changes gives you sovereignty. A masterpiece of engineering prowess. </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>
Just beautiful.
BMW Motorrad Days 2018: the community loved it!
<p>It’s become a must-attend event for BMW motorbike fans. Set amidst the stunning mountains of Germany’s Zugspitze, more than 35,000 visitors came from all over the world to celebrate their common passion for motorised two-wheelers. This year’s highlights included break-neck performances by Busty Wolter and his freestyle motocrossers, as well as breath-taking shows by stunt riders Mattie Griffin and Dirk Manderbach, who got the audience cheering in astonishment. The wooden “cauldron” of the Motodrom was all about four roaring BMW R 25s, while tyres smoked and screeched at the drift show in the event arena.<br> Another must-see was the presentation of the new series colours and special paint finishes – thanks to the design range “Option 719”, colourful new combinations spruced up the atmosphere of the exhibition tent. The excitement didn’t die out in the evening either: bands and DJs did their part to keep spirits high well into the night. <br> The event was an all round success, entertaining from the start and ending on Sunday with typical German “Gemütlichkeit” (a cosy, relaxing feeling). Even as everyone started packing up to return to every corner of the world, plans are already in the works for the 19th BMW Motorrad Days, from 5-7 July 2019. Mark your calendars today! We look forward to seeing you. &nbsp;</p>
A festival for fans and friends.
The BMW Motorrad Days 2018.
<p>When thousands of motorcyclists roll through Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a peaceful state of emergency once again prevails on the foothills of the Zugspitze. This is were the motorcycling community from Germany and overseas gathers in the small Alpine village.&nbsp;As happened this year: More than 35,000 visitors celebrated the BMW Motorrad Days from 6 to 8 July. </p>
It's not about where you came from, but where you're going next.
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 Andres (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>
In the beginning was the quarry.
25 years full of freedom, adventure and off-road competence in Hechlingen.
<p>A small town with global appeal: Hechlingen am See, with around 600 inhabitants, may be a tiny spot on the map. Nevertheless, the district of the Heidenheim market is known beyond its Middle Franconian borders all over the world. At least among the community of GS riders. Because the Enduro Park Hechlingen promotes great things. Where once stones, sand and gravel were mined, certified instructors have been bringing the enthusiastic &quot;Homo Enduro&quot; the necessary riding skills for off-road riding all over the world for a quarter of a century.<strong></strong> </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>
Pure thrill every day.
A full program: a lot of challenging special challenges on eight days of riding.
<p>Riding expertise and team spirit pay off in the end. The teams had to complete numerous challenges on the eight riding days of the Int. GS Trophy – and each special test could not be more diversified and challenging. In the exciting daily reports you can find out more about the highlights of the day – as if you’ve been there yourself. </p>
Amy’s amazing adventures.
With 310 ccm to Mongolia, Munich and beyond!
<p>There is no doubt that the Int. GS Trophy inspires greatness. Just ask Amy Harburg. First a competitor in the inaugural female team in 2016, followed by instructor certification and then selection for marshal duties in 2018. Not content with these significant achievements, the determined Australian is now planning on riding thousands of kilometres to this year’s finals on a G 310 GS — and then continuing her journey onwards all the way from Mongolia to Munich.&nbsp;&nbsp; </p>
Breaking down the barriers.
Busting the myths once and for all with GS rider Jocelin.
<p>Think you’re not tall enough or strong enough to ride an adventure bike? Think again, as International Female Team competitor Jocelin Snow explains how size really doesn’t matter when it comes to the GS Trophy. </p>
Marshal arts — or the art of marshalling.
Living the dream and loving the responsibility.
<p>Vital for the success and safety of the Int. GS Trophy, the marshals are true ambassadors for the brand and highly respected across the globe. We speak to ‘old hands’ Marchant Maasdorp and Tobi Weiser, and newcomers Jean-Luc Donath and Faizal Sukree about the honour of marshalling in Mongolia.&nbsp; &nbsp;&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>
The fourth dimension.
The role of the journalists at the Int. GS Trophy.
<p>Every team at the Int. GS Trophy has its own journalist ‘along for the ride’. They are there to spread the event news direct to all those following back home in the respective countries, but their input can also make the vital difference between a trio of riders being winners or an ‘also rans’. We find out more from the legendary journalist and instructor Stefan Boshoff, who has been mentoring riders and reporting the GS news since the early days of the Trophy.&nbsp; &nbsp; </p>
Thunder from Down Under.
The Aussies are coming.
<p>Watch out for Team Australia. It may be their first time at the International GS Trophy but after a quarter of a century of BMW GS Safari experience, they are more than ready for this competition.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; </p>
The Indians are coming!
BMW Motorrad welcomes Team India to the Int. GS Trophy. 
<p>Along with Team Australia, another huge country joins the Int. GS Trophy in Mongolia this June. Watch out fellow competitors, the trio from Team India are coming for you.&nbsp; </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>
Mesmerising memories from Mongolia.
2018 Int. GS Trophy over but the Spirit of GS lives on.
<p>They came, they rode and they conquered the remote lands of Central Asia during an unforgettable sixth edition of the International GS Trophy. Mongolia welcomed 18 teams from 21 nations who battled hard against each other in their quest for the top spots&nbsp;in the ranking of the Int. GS Trophy. But whatever the final rankings, every participant will leave the land of Genghis Khan with unforgettable memories of this unique&nbsp;once-in-a-lifetime-experience.&nbsp; </p>
Hall of Fame
Pioneers, voyagers and heroes of the Int. GS Trophy.
<p>The biggest challenge of a lifetime, new experiences and pure riding pleasure: the International GS Trophy is and will always be a legend of Enduro-adventures. Here are all of them, since the beginning in 2008 – the riders, who strove and conquered the yonder. Find your champion here, at the Int. GS Trophy Hall of Fame. </p>
COMPETENCE & INVENTIVE SPIRIT.
40 YEARS OF RIDER'S EQUIPMENT.
<p>Staying dry in streaming rain? Relaxingly cooled at 40 degrees ambient temperature? What is standard today were the world innovations of yesterday. Discover the milestones of BMW Motorrad now. From the most successful product lines to the highest safety standards – our engineers and designers have not only changed the future, they have created it with each and every milestone. Join us on a journey through 40 years of rider's equipment and insights into the future of BMW Motorrad.&nbsp;&nbsp; </p>
A new generation of twin-cylinder boxer engines.
Almost 100 years old - and it's only just reaching its prime.
<p>The new twin-cylinder boxer engine fascinates in its diversity from the very first moment. Its character is unmistakeable – in every engine speed range. It offers you increased performance and smooth running at low speeds. The BMW ShiftCam variable camshaft control ensures more powerful torque development over the entire engine speed range, providing greater control in every riding situation. Giving you power whenever you need it. More cubic capacity, more power – with higher efficiency. The strong performance with fewer gear changes gives you sovereignty. A masterpiece of engineering prowess. </p>
Adventure Kit.
The participants were ideally equipped for the Int. GS Trophy.
<p>Mongolia brings riders and motorcycles to their limits: But the&nbsp;R 1200 GS Rallye was up to all these requirements – even in the standard equipment, it is robust and versatile, but was also upgraded with original BMW motorcycle accessories. In addition, it was important to equip the riders with the best gear to master the challenges of the Int.&nbsp;GS Trophy&nbsp;and bring the victory home. </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>
A desert tour with a mission.
GS bikers provide clean drinking water in Mongolia.
<p><em>The committed people of Waves4Water have set their sights high: the globetrotters' initiative with filter systems and on-site training around the world ensures that contaminated water becomes potable drinking water. Their mission led the team through the Gobi Desert to the most remote corners of Mongolia, on their BMW R 1200 GS, as part of &quot;Follow the Trails of the GS Trophy&quot;. &nbsp;</em> </p>
Just beautiful.
BMW Motorrad Days 2018: the community loved it!
<p>It’s become a must-attend event for BMW motorbike fans. Set amidst the stunning mountains of Germany’s Zugspitze, more than 35,000 visitors came from all over the world to celebrate their common passion for motorised two-wheelers. This year’s highlights included break-neck performances by Busty Wolter and his freestyle motocrossers, as well as breath-taking shows by stunt riders Mattie Griffin and Dirk Manderbach, who got the audience cheering in astonishment. The wooden “cauldron” of the Motodrom was all about four roaring BMW R 25s, while tyres smoked and screeched at the drift show in the event arena.<br> Another must-see was the presentation of the new series colours and special paint finishes – thanks to the design range “Option 719”, colourful new combinations spruced up the atmosphere of the exhibition tent. The excitement didn’t die out in the evening either: bands and DJs did their part to keep spirits high well into the night. <br> The event was an all round success, entertaining from the start and ending on Sunday with typical German “Gemütlichkeit” (a cosy, relaxing feeling). Even as everyone started packing up to return to every corner of the world, plans are already in the works for the 19th BMW Motorrad Days, from 5-7 July 2019. Mark your calendars today! We look forward to seeing you. &nbsp;</p>
A festival for fans and friends.
The BMW Motorrad Days 2018.
<p>When thousands of motorcyclists roll through Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a peaceful state of emergency once again prevails on the foothills of the Zugspitze. This is were the motorcycling community from Germany and overseas gathers in the small Alpine village.&nbsp;As happened this year: More than 35,000 visitors celebrated the BMW Motorrad Days from 6 to 8 July. </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&nbsp;GS Trophy&nbsp;is a motorcycle adventure that puts the world at your feet. Teams from all around the world battled it out in intensive daily stages and numerous special challenges&nbsp;and experienced 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>
Highlights 2018.
Make Life a Ride.
<p>Lifestyle, adventure or travel: regardless of what drives you forward and what you are looking for. BMW Motorrad gives you the right features for every opportunity, trip and terrain experience. From product innovations through innovations right up to countless events – discover what highlights BMW Motorrad has in store for you in 2018. &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>
COMPETENCE & INVENTIVE SPIRIT.
40 YEARS OF RIDER'S EQUIPMENT.
<p>Staying dry in streaming rain? Relaxingly cooled at 40 degrees ambient temperature? What is standard today were the world innovations of yesterday. Discover the milestones of BMW Motorrad now. From the most successful product lines to the highest safety standards – our engineers and designers have not only changed the future, they have created it with each and every milestone. Join us on a journey through 40 years of rider's equipment and insights into the future of BMW Motorrad.&nbsp;&nbsp; </p>
In constant pursuit of power.
From Lake Constance to Gibraltar on the C evolution.
<p>Electromobility is only for the city? That's what you think. We can do better than that. This is what Reimar Hellwig thought anyway. He has done a great deal of pioneering and has ridden some 6,000 kilometres on the BMW electric scooter C evolution in just six weeks. Without any problems. From Lake Constance to Gibraltar and back again. With tales of power outlet and other travel encounters. </p>
Just beautiful.
BMW Motorrad Days 2018: the community loved it!
<p>It’s become a must-attend event for BMW motorbike fans. Set amidst the stunning mountains of Germany’s Zugspitze, more than 35,000 visitors came from all over the world to celebrate their common passion for motorised two-wheelers. This year’s highlights included break-neck performances by Busty Wolter and his freestyle motocrossers, as well as breath-taking shows by stunt riders Mattie Griffin and Dirk Manderbach, who got the audience cheering in astonishment. The wooden “cauldron” of the Motodrom was all about four roaring BMW R 25s, while tyres smoked and screeched at the drift show in the event arena.<br> Another must-see was the presentation of the new series colours and special paint finishes – thanks to the design range “Option 719”, colourful new combinations spruced up the atmosphere of the exhibition tent. The excitement didn’t die out in the evening either: bands and DJs did their part to keep spirits high well into the night. <br> The event was an all round success, entertaining from the start and ending on Sunday with typical German “Gemütlichkeit” (a cosy, relaxing feeling). Even as everyone started packing up to return to every corner of the world, plans are already in the works for the 19th BMW Motorrad Days, from 5-7 July 2019. Mark your calendars today! We look forward to seeing you. &nbsp;</p>
A festival for fans and friends.
The BMW Motorrad Days 2018.
<p>When thousands of motorcyclists roll through Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a peaceful state of emergency once again prevails on the foothills of the Zugspitze. This is were the motorcycling community from Germany and overseas gathers in the small Alpine village.&nbsp;As happened this year: More than 35,000 visitors celebrated the BMW Motorrad Days from 6 to 8 July. </p>
Highlights 2018.
Make Life a Ride.
<p>Lifestyle, adventure or travel: regardless of what drives you forward and what you are looking for. BMW Motorrad gives you the right features for every opportunity, trip and terrain experience. From product innovations through innovations right up to countless events – discover what highlights BMW Motorrad has in store for you in 2018. &nbsp; </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>
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>