Did you know that last year BMW launched a new GS that has two-wheel drive? They say that winter test rider Reiner Scherbeck rode the R1200GS xDrive Hybrid across the frozen Barents Sea all the way to the North Pole and back!
“We were absolutely amazed how problem-free and reliable the all-wheel drive worked even at minus 56 degrees. Thanks to our functional BMW rider equipment, the cold temperatures were no problem for the rider, too.
Probably the most thrilling conclusion we can draw from our test runs, is that for the first time we can offer a motorcycle that makes riding a motorcycle a pleasure at snow depths of 1.25 metres [49 inches] in high winter with the new R1200GS xDrive Hybrid.
–Reiner Scherbeck, Head of Winter testing, BMW Motorrad
As if that weren’t exciting enough, this year BMW announced a program that will allow you to 3D print your own small motorcycle parts from BMW’s designs.
They’ll sell you an accessory top-box that has a 3D printer housed inside. As long as you have the raw materials, you can print anything from plastic to titanium using their Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) technology.
If you spring for the printer accessory, no matter where you break down in the world, you can make your own parts and be on your way. If you don’t have internet access, as long as you have the right parts diagram downloaded ahead of time you can still print away. iPart 3d Mobile Printer is self-powered by a special saline battery.
In other news, BMW claim to have developed a car that follows you when you go for a jog, a bumper that repels dogs, tires that can be inflated remotely and tires that melt snow.
What a company!
Frankly, it all sounds too good to be true.
Which may be why the published date on all of the above press releases is April 1st.