While the sun may still be struggling to emerge this spring, the BMW Motorrad UK dealership network has already turned up the heat in preparation for the appearance of two of the most eagerly awaited new models for some time.
The weekend of the 13-14 May will see an activity-filled double celebration at BMW Motorrad showrooms nationwide as the hotly anticipated R1200 S sports boxer and F800 S sports middleweight twin are launched to the public.
The themed Sport Weekend will be the first opportunity for motorcycle enthusiasts to see the latest BMW sports models in all their glory at their nearest BMW Motorrad dealership. Special events have been planned across the UK and will include demonstrations and test rides of the new models, as well as ride-outs to local biker meeting spots. There will also be the chance to enter a national competition to win a complete sports outfit, including leathers, helmet, boots and gloves. Sport is the name of the game and the R1200 S and F800 S/ST will not let the crowds down.
BMW Motorrad's new F800 sports middleweight machines have been designed to fill the gap in the current range between the single-cylinder F650 bikes and the 1200cc boxer-twin and four-cylinder motorcycles. The F800 Series will be available in two versions - the sporty half-faired F800 S and the sports touring orientated F800 ST (available end of May 2006) - and will provide a thrilling ride for all bikers, from entry level to experienced.
The parallel twin engine at the heart of these machines is the first of its kind in BMW's history and produces an impressive 85 hp and a punchy 63lb/ft of torque. Combine this with a new suspension system, maintenance-free belt drive and a light and responsive chassis, and you have a seriously fun bike for any type of rider. At £5995 on the road and with special select finance and insurance order, the purchase of an F800 S represents excellent value for money.
Alongside the F800 S at the launch weekend is the most powerful production boxer-twin the world has ever seen - the 122 hp R1200 S. Years of experience in the International BoxerCup race series with the R1100 S has helped BMW develop a machine that is faster, sharper and more dynamic than the predecessor model, not to mention completely new from the ground up. The powerful "new generation" engine with its 122 Nm of torque provides instant grunt and exhilarating performance for quick riding. What really makes this machine stand out from the crowd is its ability to perform as a track bike while keeping all the qualities needed to make an exceptional road bike.
To see the R1200 S and F800 S for the first time or to register for a demo test ride (motorcycle licence and photo identification required), just visit any of the 34 BMW Motorrad dealerships within the UK and join the Sports Weekend celebrations. To locate the nearest dealer, enthusiasts should call 0800 777 155 or visit www.bmw-motorrad.co.uk