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BMW Invites You to Attend a Rally, Ride a New BMW

Test ride a BMW at two rallies this summer

BMW Motorrad invites you to test ride their newest motorcycles at two separate rallies this summer. This is an opportunity to consider an upgrade to your current GS model, or ride your very first one. Sketch out a backroads route to either rally and hit the road.

Start your BMW motorcycle test rides at the National Bikers Roundup

The rally runs from August 2-7 in Gonzales, Louisiana. The town’s Jambalaya Festival is over for the year, but you’re sure to find plenty of Louisiana cooking to keep you satisfied. Maybe the 2023 R 1250 GS will catch your eye, featuring technology like 3 riding modes and adaptive headlights to keep you safe and ride the tough stuff with ease. With 136 horsepower and 105 lb-ft. of torque you can climb the highest mountain without worry, or eat up the superslab on your way to start a Backcountry Discovery Route.

See the new BMW line at Sturgis

The Sturgis Rally in South Dakota will take place from August 5-12 this year. You’ll find the BMW Motorrad team at 375 Lazelle St, Sturgis, SD 57785. This could be your chance to try out the 2023 F 850 GS, a less intimidating machine than its big brother the 1250. Still, it has plenty of power, great handling, and comfort to haul you and your gear down the road, or through the sand and rocks, in style.

Looking for an a entry-level adventure bike? Consider BMW’s G 310 GS for its lower weight and seat height. There’s no limit to the places it can take you while you enjoy the small bike feel.

Test ride a G 310 GS at Sturgis

Go Electric with the CE 04

BMW will also offer test rides on the CE 04, their new urban commuter. Designed to imbue electro-commuting with a splash of fun, BMW’s concept for quiet, non-polluting two-wheelers has impressive performance. It boasts an 80-mile range, hits 31 mph (50 kph) in 2.6 seconds, and will quick-charge from 0 to 80% in just over an hour. However, top speed is electronically limited to 75 mph. But that should be fast enough to get you to work on time.

Is there a rally in your future? If so, be sure to sign up for Sturgis or the National Bikers Roundup so they can save you a spot on a BMW.

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Arden’s first motorcycle was a Yamaha Enduro, obtained while in high school. It set the stage for decades of off-pavement exploration on dual-sports and adventure bikes. Camping in the middle of nowhere became his favorite pursuit. As a former whitewater river guide and National Park Service seasonal employee, Arden believes in wilderness, wildlife, and being kind to the earth. A self-taught writer who barely passed English classes, he has contributed adventure stories and tested motorcycles and accessories for Rider Magazine and other outlets for nearly 30 years. In that time, he’s worn out two KLR 650s and is currently following the road to the middle of nowhere on his Ténéré 700 and an aging but reliable DR-Z 400S.