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A whirlwind of GS activity – and even a tornado.
Where the community helps itself and others.
<p>Country Trax off-road academy in South Africa is a hard place to find. It’s 50 kilometres from the nearest town –&nbsp;only accessible via gravel roads. But that didn’t stop a freak tornado from finding it and ripping the heart out of the BMW-approved motorcycle training school. </p>
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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>
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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>
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25 - May 27, 2018
Concorso d'Eleganza 2018
<p>Every year in May, an array of bold designer students and odd, particularly aesthetic old timers turn out in force on the banks of Lake Como in northern Italy. Countless motorcycling fans then pilgrim to the scenic comune of Cernobbio, in order to visit the event known as the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este and allow themselves to be swept up not only by the staggeringly beautiful models of eras gone by, but also by the future of cars and motorcycles.<br> </p>
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3 - June 10, 2018
Int. GS Trophy 2018.
<p>It is the pure spirit of GS and a real challenge: The International&nbsp;GS Trophy&nbsp;is a unique and breath-taking motorcycle adventure among off-road enthusiasts. Teams from all around the world battle it out in challenging daily stages and numerous special challenges.&nbsp;Having already taken place in South East Asia, North America, South America, South Africa and North Africa, the International GS Trophy will go to Central Asia next, or more precisely, Mongolia. There, the participants will experience the tour of their lives from 3–10 June 2018. &nbsp;&nbsp; <br> </p>
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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>
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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>
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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>
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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>
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Che bella moto!
Riding the Transitalia Marathon 2017.
<p>Pasta, pizza, Parmesan – and that's not even the half of it. Especially for 290 enthusiastic enduro adventurists. They're taking part in the Transitalia Marathon, which was launched in 2015 by former racer Mirco Urbinati. The Transitalia Marathon is not a competition. Rather, it's a big, communal adventure – the ideal event for heavyweight enduros. In other words, the perfect terrain for the GS community to pursue that spirit of discovery once again – set to the tune of enthusiastic Italians cheering along the road side: che bella moto! </p>
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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>
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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>
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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>
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Soulfuel on the dragstrip.
Four-stroke challenge in the boxer sprint.
<p>It’s all about the boxer: customisers like Kengo Kimura, Hayden Roberts or Jens vom Brauck have designed their own creative interpretations on modern boxer motorcycles and send them into the race. Burning soulfuel out on the dragstrip. </p>
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6 - July 8, 2018
BMW Motorrad Days 2018.
<p>Three days of partying, riding and talking shop: the 18th year of the BMW Motorrad Days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen from 6th to 8th July 2018 will be a real experience for any motorcyclist. Every year, about 40,000 motorcycle enthusiasts meet at the foot of Germany's highest mountain to experience new BMW Motorrad products up-close, and discover world firsts. Touching and trying is definitely allowed, you can also have a test ride on the latests models. There's also a variety of other attractions, including breath-taking stunt shows and heart-stopping dare-devil performances in the motodrom. Riders who want to explore winding roads and narrow switchbacks can sign up for one of the various Alpine excursions. &nbsp;</p>
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25 - May 27, 2018
Concorso d'Eleganza 2018
<p>Every year in May, an array of bold designer students and odd, particularly aesthetic old timers turn out in force on the banks of Lake Como in northern Italy. Countless motorcycling fans then pilgrim to the scenic comune of Cernobbio, in order to visit the event known as the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este and allow themselves to be swept up not only by the staggeringly beautiful models of eras gone by, but also by the future of cars and motorcycles.<br> </p>
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The travelling circus.
Step right up for the Sultans of Sprint.
<p>When the Sultans of Sprint ride out onto the dragstrip, things get wild. Initiator Seb &quot;The Lucky Cat&quot; Lorentz has rounded up Europe's motorcycle freaks in order to unleash a fireworks of fun and speed. Attention! Low-flying dragsters. </p>
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Spirit of Sprint.
Vibrant 1/8 mile.
<p>When the international custom scene meets, it is mostly about inspiring motorcycles – and about acceleration from naught to sixty. Winning is second to the spirit of sprint, the sheer fun on the 1/8 mile. </p>
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On the catwalk.
The Essenza Sprint unifies everything that shines.
<p>Hand hammered aluminium, carbon parts, art déco: the crème de la crème among custom bikes comes together in the Essenza Sprint. The style icons couldn't be more different. Whether it's white elegance or black power – ultimately it's always a case of reduction down to the bare essentials, to the essence of a motorcycle. </p>
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Dust and dirt Down Under.
A GS rider’s heaven in Australia.
<p>Try to imagine an island that is so big, it’s also a continent. A place where cattle ranches can be larger than some European countries. A destination where you can ride for thousands of kilometres off-road without seeing another person. Welcome to ‘the big brown land’ of Australia, where a strong BMW GS community has been alive and kicking for well over two decades. </p>
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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>
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Cruise, shop and rock.
Music, motorcycles and new heritage at the Pure&Crafted Festival 2017.
<p>About 10,000 enthusiastic visitors celebrated music, motorcycling culture and new heritage lifestyle amidst a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere at the Pure&amp;Crafted Festival in Berlin. The old Rummelsburg power plant situated on the Spree provided the perfect backdrop for this. <strong></strong> </p>
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Scraping the corner.
Singer Wincent Weiss experiences the thrill of racing on the Anneau du Rhin.
<p>He is passionate about more than just singing. The sound of his BMW S 1000 RR engine is also music to his ears. On the &quot;Anneau du Rhin&quot; racing circuit in Alsace, Wincent Weiss had the opportunity to experience the thrill of racing for the first time. We met him after his training session. </p>
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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>
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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>
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Built in Berlin.
A glimpse into the manufactory of the HP4 RACE.
<p>Can a motorcycle manufacturer launch a race bike within 14 months? Absolutely. But combining the worlds of performance and production is no easy task. A race against the clock begins in the manufactory of the BMW Motorrad plant: 750 units of the HP4 RACE – built in Berlin. &nbsp; </p>
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Edgy Curves.
The girls from The Curves do whatever they want.
<p>Adrenaline junkies with bright red lips: Berlin designers Cäthe Pfläging and Irene Kotnik have created a girls-only motorcycling club called <em>The Curves</em>. It celebrates the unadjusted and nonchalant lifestyle of the modern biker woman. </p>
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World Premieres & What’s New
The newest bikes, features and accessories.
<p>BMW Motorrad Days are the perfect contact point for you to check out the current range of models and to experience the latest highlights. The exhibition tent next to the event arena once again hosted the major BMW Motorrad exhibition and the BMW Motorrad Ride &amp; Style collection. Experts were on hand to fill you in on the newest bikes, details and background info. Try-outs were definitely allowed. </p>
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3 - June 10, 2018
Int. GS Trophy 2018.
<p>It is the pure spirit of GS and a real challenge: The International&nbsp;GS Trophy&nbsp;is a unique and breath-taking motorcycle adventure among off-road enthusiasts. Teams from all around the world battle it out in challenging daily stages and numerous special challenges.&nbsp;Having already taken place in South East Asia, North America, South America, South Africa and North Africa, the International GS Trophy will go to Central Asia next, or more precisely, Mongolia. There, the participants will experience the tour of their lives from 3–10 June 2018. &nbsp;&nbsp; <br> </p>
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Ride to Cure.
The Thai doctor who uses his BMW GS to tend to the sick people.
<p>To his friends and patients he is better known as Dr. Louis. Not far from Bangkok, in the Emergency department at the Eakchai Hospital, Dr. Ponlakrit Jantarasopark saves lives and patches up the wounded. But when he’s not attending to the sick and injured in the ER, there’s nothing Dr. Louis likes better than riding his BMW motorcycle — especially when it takes him to remote places where his expert skills as a doctor and a rider are tested to the maximum. </p>
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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>
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Ready, steady, race!
With the HP4 RACE on the Isle of Man.
<p>Spectacular test on the Isle of Man: Peter Hickman rides the HP4 RACE on the fastest course in the world and projects the future with the innovative motorcycle on the tradition-steeped racetrack. A test run on the limit. </p>
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One world, one GS, five riders.
GS fans experience the tour of their lives.
<p>The prestigious jury of BMW Motorrad were spoilt for choice: out of around ten thousand riders, motorsport legend Jutta Kleinschmidt and TV adventure biker Charley Boorman, film star Rick Yune and Oscar prize winner Adrien Brody selected five lucky winners to go on tour with the <a href="http://www.bmw-motorrad.de/r1200gs" class="textlinkextern" target="_blank">R 1200 GS</a> – the &quot;tour of their lives&quot;.&nbsp; </p>
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“My motorcycle is my tool.”
Actor and environmental activist Hannes Jaenicke on electromobility.
<p>Since he was fifteen years old, actor Hannes Jaenicke has been obsessed with motorcycles. His dedication to environmental protection began at around the same time. In the interview, he tells us how he arrived at these passions, why motorcycling and sustainability are not contradictory and how he drew looks at the Berlinale with the <a href="http://www.bmw-motorrad.com/cevolution" class="textlinkextern" target="_blank">BMW C evolution</a>. </p>
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Pictures that get under the skin.
Scott Campbell translates stories into symbols.
<p>He is a tattoo star and has left his artistic traces on the bodies of Sting, Orlando Bloom and Penelope Cruz. Scott not only transforms their stories into symbols. He also creates real works of art out of egg shells, bank notes and spray cans. He takes inspiring time off on his motorcycle. &nbsp; </p>
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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>
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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>
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Rally talk.
An interview with Hubert Auriol.
<p>Déjà-vu: Hubert Auriol returns to the places of his greatest achievements. What was it like to suddenly become famous while riding from Paris to Dakar and to have such a big impact on the next generation of motorcyclists? And which memories does the look of the R nineT Urban G/S bring up for him? These are the topics Hubert talks about to motorcycle lover Joy Lewis. </p>
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Mission: South.
A charity adventure of four friends on eight wheels.
<p>Four motorcycles, four striking characters, 5000 kilometres, one target: the Smiling Coast of Africa. At the end of November 2016, a team of Berlin-based motorcycling enthusiasts from MotorCircus set off to the Gambia, in order to help primary medical care in a partner clinic with a fundraising campaign. Their project Mission South connects the passion for motorcycling with the commitment to the &quot;Ärzte helfen&quot; association.&nbsp; </p>
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6 - July 8, 2018
BMW Motorrad Days 2018.
<p>Three days of partying, riding and talking shop: the 18th year of the BMW Motorrad Days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen from 6th to 8th July 2018 will be a real experience for any motorcyclist. Every year, about 40,000 motorcycle enthusiasts meet at the foot of Germany's highest mountain to experience new BMW Motorrad products up-close, and discover world firsts. Touching and trying is definitely allowed, you can also have a test ride on the latests models. There's also a variety of other attractions, including breath-taking stunt shows and heart-stopping dare-devil performances in the motodrom. Riders who want to explore winding roads and narrow switchbacks can sign up for one of the various Alpine excursions. &nbsp;</p>
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On the road everywhere, at home everywhere.
Each GS is a milestone.
<p>Each success story has a beginning. For the GS, it all began in 1980, when BMW Motorrad presented the world's first large dual-sport motorcycle in southern France with the R 80 G/S. Since then, the manufacturer has been setting the benchmark in this segment. And has constantly been writing success stories. &nbsp; </p>
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Tracks in the sand.
How the fathers of the GS successes gave birth to a legend.
<p>Gifted hands were responsible both for creating the BMW GS and for riding it. They smoothed the off-road trails for the bike and made it into an icon for rally and off-road sport. In the high-class manufacturer HPN, the fathers of the GS come together to relive the history they themselves helped write.&nbsp; </p>
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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>
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Two GS on a reunion tour.
With the historic R 80 G/S and latest R nineT Urban G/S through the Alps.
<p>On his R 80 G/S Paris Dakar from 1983, Daniel was on the road with his girlfriend Polly for at least 10 months from Argentina to Alaska; he knows the motorcycle like no other. He rode to Monza with an identical machine from the BMW museum to the Reunion festival. It was clear that an R nineT Urban G/S had to accompany him on the journey. A G/S reunion tour with two bikes that could hardly be more alike – if it wasn't for the 30-year development gap. </p>
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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>
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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>
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Rev up the engine.
Two startuppers drive the community mindset forward.
<p>Nonsense in their head, motorcycles in their blood, technology on the start line: Mark Roebke and Justin Bradshaw have developed a unique app called REVER, which enables bikers to record their rides and share them with like-minded souls. The two founders from Colorado talk about their ambitions and goals in a double interview.&nbsp; </p>
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BMW Motorrad Days 2017.
The motorcycle event of the year.
<p>From 7 to 9 July, Garmisch-Partenkirchen will once again become the party mile for motorcycling fans from all over the world. Adventurers, tourers, customizers or racers – the BMW Motorrad days bring the entire motorcycling community together in one place. </p>
Learn more
25 - May 27, 2018
Concorso d'Eleganza 2018
<p>Every year in May, an array of bold designer students and odd, particularly aesthetic old timers turn out in force on the banks of Lake Como in northern Italy. Countless motorcycling fans then pilgrim to the scenic comune of Cernobbio, in order to visit the event known as the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este and allow themselves to be swept up not only by the staggeringly beautiful models of eras gone by, but also by the future of cars and motorcycles.<br> </p>
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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>
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3 - June 10, 2018
Int. GS Trophy 2018.
<p>It is the pure spirit of GS and a real challenge: The International&nbsp;GS Trophy&nbsp;is a unique and breath-taking motorcycle adventure among off-road enthusiasts. Teams from all around the world battle it out in challenging daily stages and numerous special challenges.&nbsp;Having already taken place in South East Asia, North America, South America, South Africa and North Africa, the International GS Trophy will go to Central Asia next, or more precisely, Mongolia. There, the participants will experience the tour of their lives from 3–10 June 2018. &nbsp;&nbsp; <br> </p>
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Rock 'n' roll at Animal Boat.
Daisuke Mukasa and his vintage world in modern Tokyo.
<p>The Animal Boat custom shop is heaven for vintage enthusiasts. Here, Japanese customizer Daisuke Mukasa rescues classic motorcycles from extinction – and brings them back to the race track with his Curry Speed Club. &nbsp; </p>
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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>
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A shining light.
Riding through Tokyo with Joy Lewis on an R nineT Racer.
<p>Tokyo is a shining light – not only because of all the advertising screens that make the city glow. With a population of 38 million, Tokyo is also the world’s largest metropolitan area, but it doesn’t have the overwhelming feel of other megacities. In fact, it is an extremely liveable city that is constantly reinventing itself and has long been at the forefront of urbanisation. But the past is also alive in Tokyo and the motorcycle scene is an endless source of inspiration for customizers and vintage racers. &nbsp; </p>
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Going vintage at Fuji Speedway.
The style of the seventies returns to the race track.
<p>The R nineT Racer is reviving the early days of superbikes. The BMW R 90 S and its spectacular performances at Daytona and the Isle of Man in 1976 are unforgettable. When we recall the racing scene of the seventies, we immediately think of Japan, where the modern motorcycle was invented and where an impressive revival is now happening. &nbsp; </p>
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Determined.
Champion in overcoming challenges.
<p>Sarah Lezito already achieved a lot but is still constantly on the hunt for new challenges. With the G 310 R, she made an appearance in the Park ‘n’ Ride Challenge, a late-night car park race with bikes and longboards. That sounds like fun – and like Sarah. </p>
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"I am a ruthless enthusiast."
Interview with stunt rider and author Chris Northover.
<p>Chris Northover is the embodiment of a passionate motorcyclist. As a stunt rider, instructor, journalist and studied motorcycle engineer, he spends almost all of his free time on two wheels. He became well known after his 'Storm the embassy' video, which actually started out as a bit of fun between friends. In the interview, he reveals how the video was made, why he no longer has any free time, what he thinks of the G 310 R and what all of this has to do with longboarding. </p>
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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>
Learn more
Scraping the corner.
Singer Wincent Weiss experiences the thrill of racing on the Anneau du Rhin.
<p>He is passionate about more than just singing. The sound of his BMW S 1000 RR engine is also music to his ears. On the &quot;Anneau du Rhin&quot; racing circuit in Alsace, Wincent Weiss had the opportunity to experience the thrill of racing for the first time. We met him after his training session. </p>
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Built in Berlin.
A glimpse into the manufactory of the HP4 RACE.
<p>Can a motorcycle manufacturer launch a race bike within 14 months? Absolutely. But combining the worlds of performance and production is no easy task. A race against the clock begins in the manufactory of the BMW Motorrad plant: 750 units of the HP4 RACE – built in Berlin. &nbsp; </p>
Learn more
6 - July 8, 2018
BMW Motorrad Days 2018.
<p>Three days of partying, riding and talking shop: the 18th year of the BMW Motorrad Days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen from 6th to 8th July 2018 will be a real experience for any motorcyclist. Every year, about 40,000 motorcycle enthusiasts meet at the foot of Germany's highest mountain to experience new BMW Motorrad products up-close, and discover world firsts. Touching and trying is definitely allowed, you can also have a test ride on the latests models. There's also a variety of other attractions, including breath-taking stunt shows and heart-stopping dare-devil performances in the motodrom. Riders who want to explore winding roads and narrow switchbacks can sign up for one of the various Alpine excursions. &nbsp;</p>
Learn more
World Premieres & What’s New
The newest bikes, features and accessories.
<p>BMW Motorrad Days are the perfect contact point for you to check out the current range of models and to experience the latest highlights. The exhibition tent next to the event arena once again hosted the major BMW Motorrad exhibition and the BMW Motorrad Ride &amp; Style collection. Experts were on hand to fill you in on the newest bikes, details and background info. Try-outs were definitely allowed. </p>
Learn more
Ready, steady, race!
With the HP4 RACE on the Isle of Man.
<p>Spectacular test on the Isle of Man: Peter Hickman rides the HP4 RACE on the fastest course in the world and projects the future with the innovative motorcycle on the tradition-steeped racetrack. A test run on the limit. </p>
Learn more
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>
Learn more
Rev up the engine.
Two startuppers drive the community mindset forward.
<p>Nonsense in their head, motorcycles in their blood, technology on the start line: Mark Roebke and Justin Bradshaw have developed a unique app called REVER, which enables bikers to record their rides and share them with like-minded souls. The two founders from Colorado talk about their ambitions and goals in a double interview.&nbsp; </p>
Learn more
BMW Motorrad Days 2017.
The motorcycle event of the year.
<p>From 7 to 9 July, Garmisch-Partenkirchen will once again become the party mile for motorcycling fans from all over the world. Adventurers, tourers, customizers or racers – the BMW Motorrad days bring the entire motorcycling community together in one place. </p>
Learn more
The best of the custom and racing worlds.
How a Double R custom build by PRAËM is shaking up the customising world.
<p>Who ever imagined that perfection could be perfected? With their 70s-retro Double RR custom build, the PRAËM customising team have combined performance and style in a bike that's also fit for the race track.</p> <p>People have been customising motorcycles ever since they were invented. Talented customisers have tailored bikes to their taste in almost every style imaginable. But the PRAËM S 1000 RR would probably make the top-ten list of the most sought-after custom builds of all time. Despite all the modifications that make it a top-notch old-school superbike, the Double R by PRAËM does not compromise performance and is still an excellent choice for the race track.</p>
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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>
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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>
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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>
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World Premieres & What’s New
The newest bikes, features and accessories.
<p>BMW Motorrad Days are the perfect contact point for you to check out the current range of models and to experience the latest highlights. The exhibition tent next to the event arena once again hosted the major BMW Motorrad exhibition and the BMW Motorrad Ride &amp; Style collection. Experts were on hand to fill you in on the newest bikes, details and background info. Try-outs were definitely allowed. </p>
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Rev up the engine.
Two startuppers drive the community mindset forward.
<p>Nonsense in their head, motorcycles in their blood, technology on the start line: Mark Roebke and Justin Bradshaw have developed a unique app called REVER, which enables bikers to record their rides and share them with like-minded souls. The two founders from Colorado talk about their ambitions and goals in a double interview.&nbsp; </p>
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BMW Motorrad Days 2017.
The motorcycle event of the year.
<p>From 7 to 9 July, Garmisch-Partenkirchen will once again become the party mile for motorcycling fans from all over the world. Adventurers, tourers, customizers or racers – the BMW Motorrad days bring the entire motorcycling community together in one place. </p>
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Sisters' Centennial Ride.
A woman realises her dream.
<p>In 1916, four years before women in the United States were given the right to vote, two sisters, Adeline and Augusta Van Buren, journeyed across the American continent to prove that women have what it takes to be couriers for the US military. Today, exactly 100 years later, a group of women remembers their brave driving endeavours and is following in the sisters' footsteps with the same spirit and determination. </p>
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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>
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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>
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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>
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On the catwalk.
The Essenza Sprint unifies everything that shines.
<p>Hand hammered aluminium, carbon parts, art déco: the crème de la crème among custom bikes comes together in the Essenza Sprint. The style icons couldn't be more different. Whether it's white elegance or black power – ultimately it's always a case of reduction down to the bare essentials, to the essence of a motorcycle. </p>
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World Premieres & What’s New
The newest bikes, features and accessories.
<p>BMW Motorrad Days are the perfect contact point for you to check out the current range of models and to experience the latest highlights. The exhibition tent next to the event arena once again hosted the major BMW Motorrad exhibition and the BMW Motorrad Ride &amp; Style collection. Experts were on hand to fill you in on the newest bikes, details and background info. Try-outs were definitely allowed. </p>
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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>
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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>
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Rev up the engine.
Two startuppers drive the community mindset forward.
<p>Nonsense in their head, motorcycles in their blood, technology on the start line: Mark Roebke and Justin Bradshaw have developed a unique app called REVER, which enables bikers to record their rides and share them with like-minded souls. The two founders from Colorado talk about their ambitions and goals in a double interview.&nbsp; </p>
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BMW Motorrad Days 2017.
The motorcycle event of the year.
<p>From 7 to 9 July, Garmisch-Partenkirchen will once again become the party mile for motorcycling fans from all over the world. Adventurers, tourers, customizers or racers – the BMW Motorrad days bring the entire motorcycling community together in one place. </p>
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Determined.
Champion in overcoming challenges.
<p>Sarah Lezito already achieved a lot but is still constantly on the hunt for new challenges. With the G 310 R, she made an appearance in the Park ‘n’ Ride Challenge, a late-night car park race with bikes and longboards. That sounds like fun – and like Sarah. </p>
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"I am a ruthless enthusiast."
Interview with stunt rider and author Chris Northover.
<p>Chris Northover is the embodiment of a passionate motorcyclist. As a stunt rider, instructor, journalist and studied motorcycle engineer, he spends almost all of his free time on two wheels. He became well known after his 'Storm the embassy' video, which actually started out as a bit of fun between friends. In the interview, he reveals how the video was made, why he no longer has any free time, what he thinks of the G 310 R and what all of this has to do with longboarding. </p>
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Make visionary ideas alive.
Young designers create new concepts.
<p>With the imminent arrival of the G 310 R, BMW Motorrad has been preparing its worldwide markets, from Milan to Japan, for this new sporty lightweight roadster. Students at the European Institute of Design (IED) in Italy have already studied the eye-catching sub-500cc BMW as part of their final degree projects, while over in Tokyo, a special female riders’ workshop has produced equally interesting studies. </p>
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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>
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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>
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A look at the next 100 years
What will the motorcycle of the future look like?
<p>The 100th anniversary of the BMW Group is an opportunity to look back at the historic early days of the motorised two-wheeler and ahead to the future, where the role of the motorcycle will be completely redefined in an increasingly digital world.</p> <p>It's the 7th of March, 1916. Bayerische Flugzeugwerke AG (Bavarian Aircraft Works) begins operations on Lerchenauer Strasse in the north of Munich. Three years later, Zeno Diemer sets the world altitude record of 9,760 metres with the BMW IV six-cylinder inline aircraft engine.</p> <p>The small factory will later go on to reach new heights in other vehicle segments. Soon after changing its name to Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, the company begins developing the first motorcycle, long before it enters the automobile sector.</p>
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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>
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Challenge the City.
With the G 310 R through São Paulo.
<p>The challenges are the same in cities all over the world: red lights, packed subways, long lines of traffic that have you inching forward at a snail's pace. No problem for the G 310 R. It will turn your daily commute to work a into an enjoyable ride and show you the city from a new perspective.</p> <p>Stunt rider Chris Northover takes the G 310 R through São Paulo's crazy evening rush hour traffic. He's able to meander the bike through the big city hustle and bustle with lightness and agility. With fast-changing curves, he leaves the city behind and goes out to redefine the city limits. With the new BMW Roadster, Chris demonstrated that 313 cc is just a number and real performance is measured on the road.</p>
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Super heroes and super bikes.
Riccardo Burchielli's illustrations bring the first BMW Motorrad comic to life.
<p>Comics carry us off into a colourful parallel universe. One where super heroes are fighting an endless battle against evil villains in an attempt to save the world. Riccardo Burchielli is the maker of comics like these. His current work was inspired by his love for BMW bikes.</p> <p>In the graphic novel "Riders in the Storm" by BMW Motorrad and Panini, Riccardo Burchielli has immortalized real-life motorcyclists in a futuristic plot about the struggle against evil. Without giving too much away, readers can expect strong female characters (but not in the way the comic scene is mostly known for), genetic engineering, monsters, evil assistants and, of course, motorcycles.</p>
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Strikingly different.
The BMW Concept Stunt G 310.
<p>It's loud, and it attracts attention – the new stunt concept study from BMW Motorrad. A single-cylinder roadster with the unique design of a stunt bike. One look and it's obvious how much riding pleasure this concept bike delivers.</p>
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From mechanic to freestyler.
Stunt rider Mattie Griffin and the G 310 R.
<p>He is referred to as an artist on the motorcycle: Mattie Griffin. With spectacular tricks on the G 310 R, the Irish stunt riding star enthralled the audience at the BMW Motorrad Days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. </p>
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Under the Skin.
Tattoo model Makani Terror becomes a super hero in Panini and BMW Motorrad comic.
<p>Makani Terror is the inspiration for a super hero in the first graphic novel from Panini in collaboration with BMW Motorrad. This was just as much a surprise to her as was her profession as a tattoo model. Together with her Mechanical Wolf, she lends the comic book with illustrations by Riccardo Burchielli and text by Darko Macan the same aura which surrounds Makani herself: fantasy, adventure, mystery – and a deeper meaning. </p>
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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>
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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>
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From teacher to stunt legend.
Chris Pfeiffer and the revolution of stunt riding.
<p>He raised stunt riding to a completely new level: Chris Pfeiffer awed the audience with his breathtaking tricks and is an idol to countless stunt riders, who all strive to become him. For ten years, Chris competed successfully on two wheels for BMW Motorrad – albeit most of the time just on one.</p> <p>It all began in the garden. Here, Christian Pfeiffer would hop over tree roots and pull wheelies around the vegetable patch. The first races were not far behind. At the age of ten, he lined up for his first race. When he was 20, he already had 300 trophies on his shelf at home. And yet he wasn't a pro. Instead, he studied for a teaching post in sport and biology. With his first university examination in the bag, he quickly changed his plans. And became a stunt rider.</p>
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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>
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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>
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Soulfuel on the dragstrip.
Four-stroke challenge in the boxer sprint.
<p>It’s all about the boxer: customisers like Kengo Kimura, Hayden Roberts or Jens vom Brauck have designed their own creative interpretations on modern boxer motorcycles and send them into the race. Burning soulfuel out on the dragstrip. </p>
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The travelling circus.
Step right up for the Sultans of Sprint.
<p>When the Sultans of Sprint ride out onto the dragstrip, things get wild. Initiator Seb &quot;The Lucky Cat&quot; Lorentz has rounded up Europe's motorcycle freaks in order to unleash a fireworks of fun and speed. Attention! Low-flying dragsters. </p>
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Spirit of Sprint.
Vibrant 1/8 mile.
<p>When the international custom scene meets, it is mostly about inspiring motorcycles – and about acceleration from naught to sixty. Winning is second to the spirit of sprint, the sheer fun on the 1/8 mile. </p>
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On the catwalk.
The Essenza Sprint unifies everything that shines.
<p>Hand hammered aluminium, carbon parts, art déco: the crème de la crème among custom bikes comes together in the Essenza Sprint. The style icons couldn't be more different. Whether it's white elegance or black power – ultimately it's always a case of reduction down to the bare essentials, to the essence of a motorcycle. </p>
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Cruise, shop and rock.
Music, motorcycles and new heritage at the Pure&Crafted Festival 2017.
<p>About 10,000 enthusiastic visitors celebrated music, motorcycling culture and new heritage lifestyle amidst a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere at the Pure&amp;Crafted Festival in Berlin. The old Rummelsburg power plant situated on the Spree provided the perfect backdrop for this. <strong></strong> </p>
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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>
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Edgy Curves.
The girls from The Curves do whatever they want.
<p>Adrenaline junkies with bright red lips: Berlin designers Cäthe Pfläging and Irene Kotnik have created a girls-only motorcycling club called <em>The Curves</em>. It celebrates the unadjusted and nonchalant lifestyle of the modern biker woman. </p>
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World Premieres & What’s New
The newest bikes, features and accessories.
<p>BMW Motorrad Days are the perfect contact point for you to check out the current range of models and to experience the latest highlights. The exhibition tent next to the event arena once again hosted the major BMW Motorrad exhibition and the BMW Motorrad Ride &amp; Style collection. Experts were on hand to fill you in on the newest bikes, details and background info. Try-outs were definitely allowed. </p>
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Pictures that get under the skin.
Scott Campbell translates stories into symbols.
<p>He is a tattoo star and has left his artistic traces on the bodies of Sting, Orlando Bloom and Penelope Cruz. Scott not only transforms their stories into symbols. He also creates real works of art out of egg shells, bank notes and spray cans. He takes inspiring time off on his motorcycle. &nbsp; </p>
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Rally talk.
An interview with Hubert Auriol.
<p>Déjà-vu: Hubert Auriol returns to the places of his greatest achievements. What was it like to suddenly become famous while riding from Paris to Dakar and to have such a big impact on the next generation of motorcyclists? And which memories does the look of the R nineT Urban G/S bring up for him? These are the topics Hubert talks about to motorcycle lover Joy Lewis. </p>
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Mission: South.
A charity adventure of four friends on eight wheels.
<p>Four motorcycles, four striking characters, 5000 kilometres, one target: the Smiling Coast of Africa. At the end of November 2016, a team of Berlin-based motorcycling enthusiasts from MotorCircus set off to the Gambia, in order to help primary medical care in a partner clinic with a fundraising campaign. Their project Mission South connects the passion for motorcycling with the commitment to the &quot;Ärzte helfen&quot; association.&nbsp; </p>
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Two GS on a reunion tour.
With the historic R 80 G/S and latest R nineT Urban G/S through the Alps.
<p>On his R 80 G/S Paris Dakar from 1983, Daniel was on the road with his girlfriend Polly for at least 10 months from Argentina to Alaska; he knows the motorcycle like no other. He rode to Monza with an identical machine from the BMW museum to the Reunion festival. It was clear that an R nineT Urban G/S had to accompany him on the journey. A G/S reunion tour with two bikes that could hardly be more alike – if it wasn't for the 30-year development gap. </p>
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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>
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Rev up the engine.
Two startuppers drive the community mindset forward.
<p>Nonsense in their head, motorcycles in their blood, technology on the start line: Mark Roebke and Justin Bradshaw have developed a unique app called REVER, which enables bikers to record their rides and share them with like-minded souls. The two founders from Colorado talk about their ambitions and goals in a double interview.&nbsp; </p>
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BMW Motorrad Days 2017.
The motorcycle event of the year.
<p>From 7 to 9 July, Garmisch-Partenkirchen will once again become the party mile for motorcycling fans from all over the world. Adventurers, tourers, customizers or racers – the BMW Motorrad days bring the entire motorcycling community together in one place. </p>
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Rock 'n' roll at Animal Boat.
Daisuke Mukasa and his vintage world in modern Tokyo.
<p>The Animal Boat custom shop is heaven for vintage enthusiasts. Here, Japanese customizer Daisuke Mukasa rescues classic motorcycles from extinction – and brings them back to the race track with his Curry Speed Club. &nbsp; </p>
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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>
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A shining light.
Riding through Tokyo with Joy Lewis on an R nineT Racer.
<p>Tokyo is a shining light – not only because of all the advertising screens that make the city glow. With a population of 38 million, Tokyo is also the world’s largest metropolitan area, but it doesn’t have the overwhelming feel of other megacities. In fact, it is an extremely liveable city that is constantly reinventing itself and has long been at the forefront of urbanisation. But the past is also alive in Tokyo and the motorcycle scene is an endless source of inspiration for customizers and vintage racers. &nbsp; </p>
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Going vintage at Fuji Speedway.
The style of the seventies returns to the race track.
<p>The R nineT Racer is reviving the early days of superbikes. The BMW R 90 S and its spectacular performances at Daytona and the Isle of Man in 1976 are unforgettable. When we recall the racing scene of the seventies, we immediately think of Japan, where the modern motorcycle was invented and where an impressive revival is now happening. &nbsp; </p>
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A whirlwind of GS activity – and even a tornado.
Where the community helps itself and others.
<p>Country Trax off-road academy in South Africa is a hard place to find. It’s 50 kilometres from the nearest town –&nbsp;only accessible via gravel roads. But that didn’t stop a freak tornado from finding it and ripping the heart out of the BMW-approved motorcycle training school. </p>
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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>
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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>
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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>
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Che bella moto!
Riding the Transitalia Marathon 2017.
<p>Pasta, pizza, Parmesan – and that's not even the half of it. Especially for 290 enthusiastic enduro adventurists. They're taking part in the Transitalia Marathon, which was launched in 2015 by former racer Mirco Urbinati. The Transitalia Marathon is not a competition. Rather, it's a big, communal adventure – the ideal event for heavyweight enduros. In other words, the perfect terrain for the GS community to pursue that spirit of discovery once again – set to the tune of enthusiastic Italians cheering along the road side: che bella moto! </p>
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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>
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Dust and dirt Down Under.
A GS rider’s heaven in Australia.
<p>Try to imagine an island that is so big, it’s also a continent. A place where cattle ranches can be larger than some European countries. A destination where you can ride for thousands of kilometres off-road without seeing another person. Welcome to ‘the big brown land’ of Australia, where a strong BMW GS community has been alive and kicking for well over two decades. </p>
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World Premieres & What’s New
The newest bikes, features and accessories.
<p>BMW Motorrad Days are the perfect contact point for you to check out the current range of models and to experience the latest highlights. The exhibition tent next to the event arena once again hosted the major BMW Motorrad exhibition and the BMW Motorrad Ride &amp; Style collection. Experts were on hand to fill you in on the newest bikes, details and background info. Try-outs were definitely allowed. </p>
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Ride to Cure.
The Thai doctor who uses his BMW GS to tend to the sick people.
<p>To his friends and patients he is better known as Dr. Louis. Not far from Bangkok, in the Emergency department at the Eakchai Hospital, Dr. Ponlakrit Jantarasopark saves lives and patches up the wounded. But when he’s not attending to the sick and injured in the ER, there’s nothing Dr. Louis likes better than riding his BMW motorcycle — especially when it takes him to remote places where his expert skills as a doctor and a rider are tested to the maximum. </p>
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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>
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One world, one GS, five riders.
GS fans experience the tour of their lives.
<p>The prestigious jury of BMW Motorrad were spoilt for choice: out of around ten thousand riders, motorsport legend Jutta Kleinschmidt and TV adventure biker Charley Boorman, film star Rick Yune and Oscar prize winner Adrien Brody selected five lucky winners to go on tour with the <a href="http://www.bmw-motorrad.de/r1200gs" class="textlinkextern" target="_blank">R 1200 GS</a> – the &quot;tour of their lives&quot;.&nbsp; </p>
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On the road everywhere, at home everywhere.
Each GS is a milestone.
<p>Each success story has a beginning. For the GS, it all began in 1980, when BMW Motorrad presented the world's first large dual-sport motorcycle in southern France with the R 80 G/S. Since then, the manufacturer has been setting the benchmark in this segment. And has constantly been writing success stories. &nbsp; </p>
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Tracks in the sand.
How the fathers of the GS successes gave birth to a legend.
<p>Gifted hands were responsible both for creating the BMW GS and for riding it. They smoothed the off-road trails for the bike and made it into an icon for rally and off-road sport. In the high-class manufacturer HPN, the fathers of the GS come together to relive the history they themselves helped write.&nbsp; </p>
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Rev up the engine.
Two startuppers drive the community mindset forward.
<p>Nonsense in their head, motorcycles in their blood, technology on the start line: Mark Roebke and Justin Bradshaw have developed a unique app called REVER, which enables bikers to record their rides and share them with like-minded souls. The two founders from Colorado talk about their ambitions and goals in a double interview.&nbsp; </p>
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BMW Motorrad Days 2017.
The motorcycle event of the year.
<p>From 7 to 9 July, Garmisch-Partenkirchen will once again become the party mile for motorcycling fans from all over the world. Adventurers, tourers, customizers or racers – the BMW Motorrad days bring the entire motorcycling community together in one place. </p>
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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>
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The GS conqueror.
Miquel Silvestre: from avid reader to avid rider.
<p>The journey with the motorcycle is the means to an end. Because Spanish author Miquel Silvestre is working on a new book and somehow has to get his head free. What he experiences then is more surreal than any plot. Miquel becomes the protagonist of his adventure novel and the “conqueror” of the modern era. </p>
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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>
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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>
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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>
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Riding on air.
BMW Motorrad and LEGO Technic build the Hover Ride concept model.
<p>Pushing boundaries has always been a part of BMW Motorrad. The future of mobility is full of surprises – as can be seen from the floating boxer. A construction kit was the start. </p>
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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>
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Super heroes and super bikes.
Riccardo Burchielli's illustrations bring the first BMW Motorrad comic to life.
<p>Comics carry us off into a colourful parallel universe. One where super heroes are fighting an endless battle against evil villains in an attempt to save the world. Riccardo Burchielli is the maker of comics like these. His current work was inspired by his love for BMW bikes.</p> <p>In the graphic novel "Riders in the Storm" by BMW Motorrad and Panini, Riccardo Burchielli has immortalized real-life motorcyclists in a futuristic plot about the struggle against evil. Without giving too much away, readers can expect strong female characters (but not in the way the comic scene is mostly known for), genetic engineering, monsters, evil assistants and, of course, motorcycles.</p>
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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>
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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>
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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>
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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>
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Planet Desert.
Four times around the world with Michael Martin.
<p>The geographer and photographer Michael Martin explored a variety of different icy and dry deserts for the "Planet Desert" project. Martin circumnavigated the Earth four times in order to complete the project. The BMW R 1200 GS Adventure accompanied him on his journey.</p> <p>Martin has now returned from his journey - with a book weighing five kilos and the "Planet Desert" lecture of the same name. The 52-year-old reports from the most extreme zones of the planet and on his experiences with his motorcycle in the desert. </p>
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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>
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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>
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#Rideandshare – and win.
Social Media Superfan at the BMW Motorrad Days.
<p>The BMW Motorrad Days drew motorcycling fans from all over the world to meet up in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Two of them even travelled all the way from British Columbia in Canada. As winners of the social media campaign #Rideandshare, they received a priceless experience.</p> <p>Naomi Tweddle and Alberto Lara Mendieta are more commonly known in the social media world as MotoLara. The pair's motorcycling adventures have gone down a storm in their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter communities as well as on their website. This is how BMW Motorrad became aware of MotoLara while on the lookout for a social media superfan, and invited them and other passionate bikers to post their experiences in a challenge under the tag #Rideandshare. In the end, the winner would be the one able to excite and motivate their community to interact and the one who got the most likes and shares.</p>
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308,000 kilometres on one bike.
It must be true love.
<p>Željan Rakela, a 36-year-old Croatian, enjoys every day and above all every single mile of his life. And he loves motorcycles. Especially his BMW R 1200 GS Adventure. He even has the numbers to prove his love: He bought his bike in 2006. And it's been non-stop passion ever since: the Croatian has racked up a total of 308,000 kilometres in the past 8 years. Impressive numbers. But they're even more impressive when you consider that Željan spends only two months on his bike a year, his entire annual holiday. </p>
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The Wolf in GS clothing.
How Tomm Wolf became "Mr GS Trophy".
<p>Tomm Wolf didn't have to be elected "Mr GS Trophy" . Instead, the sports manager of the International GS Trophy earned his nickname thanks to his GS expertise and his infectious enthusiasm for adventure riding. After the fifth challenge in Southeast Asia, he recalls his many years of experience with this iconic motorcycle.</p> <p>When the legendary BMW GS was introduced in 1980, Tomm Wolf had already been into adventure riding for years. His companion: a customised BMW. "In 1978 I bought my first BMW motorcycle and modified it so that it could handle my trips", says Tomm. His bike needed to run well on rough terrain in places like Africa. So he installed a larger tank and longer front forks. "But when BMW rolled out the first R 80 G/S in 1980, it was precisely the motorcycle I had been waiting for".</p>
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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>
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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>
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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>
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Smartphone cradle.
Everything in view at all times.
Your smartphone is a part of you. Even, and especially, when you're out and about. Whether it's a motorbike you ride or a scooter. It is a handy little helper when you don't just want to know where your journey will take you, but what you will come across on the way. Like, where is the next market? Does the pizzeria on the left have good reviews? And what's that strange building up ahead? Your smartphone has the answer. And so do you. Take your smartphone along with you like always.
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World Premieres & What’s New
The newest bikes, features and accessories.
<p>BMW Motorrad Days are the perfect contact point for you to check out the current range of models and to experience the latest highlights. The exhibition tent next to the event arena once again hosted the major BMW Motorrad exhibition and the BMW Motorrad Ride &amp; Style collection. Experts were on hand to fill you in on the newest bikes, details and background info. Try-outs were definitely allowed. </p>
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“My motorcycle is my tool.”
Actor and environmental activist Hannes Jaenicke on electromobility.
<p>Since he was fifteen years old, actor Hannes Jaenicke has been obsessed with motorcycles. His dedication to environmental protection began at around the same time. In the interview, he tells us how he arrived at these passions, why motorcycling and sustainability are not contradictory and how he drew looks at the Berlinale with the <a href="http://www.bmw-motorrad.com/cevolution" class="textlinkextern" target="_blank">BMW C evolution</a>. </p>
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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>
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Rev up the engine.
Two startuppers drive the community mindset forward.
<p>Nonsense in their head, motorcycles in their blood, technology on the start line: Mark Roebke and Justin Bradshaw have developed a unique app called REVER, which enables bikers to record their rides and share them with like-minded souls. The two founders from Colorado talk about their ambitions and goals in a double interview.&nbsp; </p>
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BMW Motorrad Days 2017.
The motorcycle event of the year.
<p>From 7 to 9 July, Garmisch-Partenkirchen will once again become the party mile for motorcycling fans from all over the world. Adventurers, tourers, customizers or racers – the BMW Motorrad days bring the entire motorcycling community together in one place. </p>
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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>
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On the green carpet at Cannes.
The BMW C evolution at the Green Me Festival.
<p>It was only a month ago that the stars and celebrities were walking down the red carpet in the European film capital Cannes. Now the film industry has returned to the Mediterranean city. At the Green Me Festival for Sustainability, environmental issues were discussed and prizes were awarded to films dealing with the topic of sustainability. Sustainability also plays a central role when it comes to the BMW C evolution, So the maxi scooter was in its element on the Côte d’Azur.</p>
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