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G650-thumbLast month it was INTERMOT, this month the motorcycle circus moved to EICMA in Milan where BMW Motorrad unveiled two new models.

Last month it was INTERMOT, this month the motorcycle circus moved to EICMA in Milan where BMW Motorrad unveiled two new models;

The G 650 GS and R 1200 R and the R 1200 R Classic variant.G650-3

The F 650 GS single was controversially dumped to make way for the parallel twin models, it left a gaping hole in the line up. Australia pushed and got the bike returned as the G 650 GS, same bike new name. The reliable 35 kW / 48 hp single is now back and with a cheeky up to the minute look.

It has the family GS style with asymmetrical headlights and integrated beak flowing into the chunky bodywork. The seat is two-tone and the cast wheels give a light and airy appearance. They are also a clue as to its intended market; off road but not hard core. The instruments have received a big makeover. The large analogue speedo flanked by all the warning lights, trip meter and a digital-bar tacho. To round off the package in Australia switchable ABS, heated grips and centre-stand will all be standard.

The G 650 GS is already firmly entrenched in Australia, this new model that is available in white or orange will create a new persona for the single cylinder Urban Enduro and further increase its popularity.

Also on the stand in Milan was the updated R 1200 R. The Naked Boxer is often overlooked but for those who like their motorcycling in traditional style it is a great bike. As predicted it now receives the 81 Kw / 110 hp DOHC Boxer motor that was introduced on the GS and RT at last year's EICMA and to give it more substantial presence, fork tubes are now 41mm, up from 35mm.

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There is a choice of two models for Naked riders; R 1200 R and R 1200 R Classic. Both share the same architecture and differ only in styling. The Classic, in metallic black with white trim on the front ‘guard and tank has wire spoke wheels, polished chrome muffler and silver drive train, frame, Telelever and rocker covers. The R 1200 R, with less emphasis on the historical connection is available in matt metallic grey, light metallic grey or red apple. The drive train, Telelever and rocker covers are in subdued Nürburg silver as are the cast wheels and the frame assembly is black.

One bike with split personality.

Cologne and Milan were the shop windows for BMW Motorrad; it is now to the showrooms. We should expect to see these new bikes in the first quarter of next year.