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

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 has been riding loaded dual-sports and adventure bikes into the backcountry since high school, following his goal of camping in the middle of nowhere. With stints as a whitewater river guide and National Park Service seasonal in Utah behind him, Arden favors the red rock country, but also enjoys the Mojave Desert and wide open spaces of Nevada. Based in Santa Barbara, California, he has shared stories of his adventures, as well as tests of motorcycles and accessories, in print and on the web for the past 25 years. He's currently riding a Yamaha Ténéré 700 and his aging Suzuki DR-Z 400S.