We go for another ride aboard BMW’s easy-riding F 900 XR. (Joseph Agustin/)
The 2022 F 900 XR is a plus-size middleweight adventure sport from BMW Motorrad. When BMW introduced this model for the 2020 model year, we were there for the official press introduction; see the 2020 BMW F 900 XR Review First Ride and 2020 BMW F 900 XR Review MC Commute. The German brand hasn’t changed a whole lot on the bike besides the price for the 2022 model year, and that isn’t a bad thing.
Despite this 895cc parallel twin’s older-style architecture (remember the engine is based on the original F 800 GS and is a bit long in the tooth), it just plain works. It offers gobs of torque at lower revs. It has a pleasing V-twin-esque character and is a fun engine to operate.
The drive gearing inside the six-speed transmission is a little on the tall side, so when riding at 80 mph on the freeway, this twin isn’t spinning at ridiculously high revs. That makes for both more comfort and better fuel economy. We averaged right around 36.5 mpg. Still, that’s where one of the real gripes come from. The 4.1-gallon fuel tank is a tad too small for an adventure sportbike. We’d like to see more fuel capacity in the next version.
Something we really like about this bike is its nimble handling, surprising considering its nearly 500-pound curb weight. We love how easily this bike handles around turns and in the city. It’s a very easy motorcycle to ride.
This particular 2022 F900 XR is fitted with BMW’s premium package, which comes at a $2,400 upcharge. With that package you also get the select package, which in turn comes with all the bells and whistles. We have electronic semi-active suspension adjustment, heated grips, cruise control, and keyless ignition. It also includes hard luggage mounts, although the accessory luggage was unavailable for our test ride.
We value this bike’s high level of comfort and nice upright riding position. The seat is particularly comfy. This bike is really well suited to spending long days in the saddle.
BMW’s slick 6.5-inch color TFT display is awesome. The company has used this display since the ‘19 R 1250 GS (read the 2019 BMW R1250GS Adventure First Ride Review) debuted, and the panel is class leading; no motorcycle manufacturer makes a better display than BMW Motorrad right now. The thumb wheel apparatus introduced on the 2012 K 1600 GTL also still works really well, making it easy to navigate the well-designed menus. We also like the BMW connected app that’s available for iOS and Android-powered smartphones, which allows turn-by-turn directions right on the display. You can also check maintenance intervals, fuel level, and do all other kinds of fun things with that app.
Bright LED lighting is another welcome feature. The adaptive headlights that come as part of the premium package. Those are all really nice features, as is the two-way-adjustable windscreen. But we wish the windscreen was a little bit taller in its high position.
Overall, we enjoy riding this ‘22 F900 XR, especially at its $11,695 base price. But tack on the $2,400 premium package, with another $250 for our bike’s special black paint and plastic hand guards, and now the bike costs nearly $15,000. That’s a lot of money for a midsize adventure bike. It’s still worth considering, if you’re looking for a streetbike that’s very easy to ride, nimble, compact, and versatile enough to run errands well around town. If that’s what you want from a light-duty tourer that’s fun on sporty stretches of roads, then this F 900 XR might be good for you.
Helmet: Arai Quantum-X
Jacket: REV’IT! Blackwater
Gloves: REV’IT! Kinetic
Pant: REV’IT! Piston
Boots: TCX Dartwood Waterproof
2022 BMW F 900 XR Technical Specifications and Price
PRICE$14,990 (as tested)ENGINE895cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled parallel twin; 8-valveBORE x STROKE86.0 x 77.0mmCOMPRESSION RATIO13.1:1FUEL DELIVERYBMS-M electronic fuel injectionCLUTCHWet, multiplate slipper clutch; cable actuationTRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE6-speed/chainFRAMESteel bridge frame in monocoque designFRONT SUSPENSIONShowa inverted 43mm fork; 6.7 in. travelREAR SUSPENSIONSachs shock, spring preload and rebound damping adjustable; 6.8 in. travelFRONT BRAKESRadial-mount 4-piston calipers, dual 320mm floating discs w/ ABSREAR BRAKE1-piston floating caliper, 265mm disc w/ ABSWHEELS, FRONT/REARDie-cast aluminum; 17 x 3.5 in. / 17 x 5.5 in.TIRES, FRONT/REARMichelin Road 5 GT; 120/70-17 / 180/55-17RAKE/TRAIL29.5°/4.1 in.WHEELBASE60.0 in.SEAT HEIGHT32.5 in.FUEL CAPACITY4.1 gal.CLAIMED CURB WEIGHT483 lb.WARRANTY24 months, unlimited
By: Adam Waheed
Title: 2022 BMW F 900 XR Adventure Sport Review
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/story/reviews/bmw-f-900-xr-adventure-sport-review-2022/
Published Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2022 17:05:15 +0000
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BEYOND THE STRIP: Discover the Cultural Gems of Las Vegas
Written by Barbara Toombs
Fremont Street in the heart of downtown Las Vegas.
Millions of visitors are understandably attracted to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas’ renowned Strip each year, where world-class resorts, casinos, shows and incredible dining options are the name of the game.
What many don’t realize is that there’s another fascinating side to the Entertainment Capital of the World, headlined by two cultural districts known simply as Downtown and Chinatown.
Downtown Las Vegas (also known as DTLV) is really where this unique desert city got its start. In 1931, construction began on what is now known as the Hoover Dam, attracting thousands of workers to a site just east of the city. To capitalize on this growing workforce, savvy businessmen began building casinos and showgirl venues along Las Vegas’ only paved road at the time: Fremont Street.
Today, DTLV is comprised of three distinct districts. Many visitors to the city are already familiar with one of them: the Fremont Street Casino District, which contains museums, restaurants and bars, as well as the original Las Vegas casinos, including El Cortez, Golden Nugget and Golden Gate. Here you’ll also find the renowned Fremont Street Experience, which debuted in 1995. This pedestrian-only thoroughfare is covered by a canopy of more than two million LED lights and a state-of-the-art sound system that comes to life every night for a spectacular sound and light show called “Viva Vision.”
The Arts District
A popular attraction in this district is The Mob Museum (the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement), which showcases intriguing tales and the age-old dichotomy of good guys versus bad guys. Explore at your own pace, go on a guided tour or uncover museum surprises as part of a group scavenger hunt. Want a literal “taste” of old-school Las Vegas? Plan to dine at Top of Binion’s Steakhouse, perched on the 24th floor of Binion’s Gambling Hall. The restaurant dates back to 1965 when it was known as Top of the Mint, the signature dining spot at The Mint hotel tower. The interior design (and menu – think steak, prime rib, lobster and even Baked Alaska) is a throwback to an earlier era when the mob ran much of Las Vegas, but the real draw is the spectacular view through dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows.
Built in 2002, the Fremont East Entertainment District (FEED) is a six-block area that stretches from Las Vegas Boulevard East to 8th Street and from Ogden Street South to Carson. FEED is pedestrian-friendly, offering diverse street life and many eateries, cafes, bars and lounges, as well as ample shopping opportunities and lively entertainment. A must-see attraction in this district is the Downtown Container Park – a dining, shopping and live music venue made of 45 colorful repurposed shipping containers, all fronted by a two-story, fire-breathing praying mantis who made its original debut at Burning Man. Nearby is the popular Bin 702 – one of many great dining choices in the area – featuring a great selection of beer and wine, as well as a tantalizing choice of charcuterie and cheese, sandwiches and small plates for sharing.
18b sign in The Arts District.
In recent years, The Arts District – or the 18b as it’s also known (a reference to it occupying 18 blocks of Downtown Las Vegas, loosely outlined by Commerce Street, Colorado Ave, Fourth Street and Hoover Avenue) – has been growing in popularity. Its monthly “First Friday” block party and art walk features food trucks and live music, serving as a backdrop for artists showing their works off at a variety of open-air and indoor galleries. These include The Arts Factory, home to over 30 artists and art galleries, and ArtSquare, a hip establishment that houses design stores, designer’s studios, wellness spots, and food and drink outlets. Behind The Arts Factory sits one of many great dining choices in The Arts District: Taverna Costera, serving up delicious Coastal Mediterranean fusion that draws inspiration from coastal Spanish, French, Italian and Greek cuisines and beyond.
Just a couple of miles east of the Strip, along Spring Mountain Road (roughly between Rainbow Boulevard and Interstate 15), lies the city’s amazing Chinatown, which has grown in leaps and bounds over the past two decades. Here you’ll find the largest collection of Asian businesses in Southern Nevada, including a multitude of authentic Asian restaurants, gift shops, a hair stylist, a reflexologist, home decor, an Asian supermarket and the only Chinese bookstore in Nevada.
At Chinatown’s heart is the enormous and ornate Chinatown Plaza, featuring a colorful, dragon-adorned, Tang Dynasty-inspired gate and gleaming
Title: BEYOND THE STRIP: Discover the Cultural Gems of Las Vegas
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Published Date: Fri, 19 May 2023 18:07:14 +0000
2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Coupe – No Reserve
This red 1967 Corvette custom coupe received a complete custom restoration at Springfield Motorsports in Peachland BC, Canada. The build consists of a completely new jig-mounted tube chassis with C4 corvette front upper and lower control arms riding on coilover shocks and power rack & pinion steering. The rear differential is a custom narrowed 9-inch Ford with aluminum Dale Gerry center section with Wilwood disc brakes on all 4 corners. Filling out the wheel wells are custom offset Fikse wheels.
K&S machine in Kelowna, British Columbia took the 454ci engine and machined it to 496ci it is equipped with Comp Thumper camshaft and 800cfm carburetor and it creates a true hot rod sound through the ceramic-coated exhaust. Lee Baxter upholstery created the one-off hand-stitched red leather interior with a rear storage area. It features Vintage Air, Digital gauges, power windows and a leather-wrapped vintage-style steering wheel.
Title: 2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Coupe – No Reserve
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Published Date: Fri, 27 Oct 2023 15:52:01 +0000
From Hamamatsu to Lisbon: A Honda CBX 1000 restomod by Unik Edition
The Honda CBX 1000 was only in production for four years, but that was enough time for it to leave a lasting impression on the motorcycle industry. First released it in 1978 as a screaming six-cylinder naked superbike, it later faced stiff competition from its stablemate—the equally iconic CB900F. So the Japanese marque redesigned it as a sport tourer, halfway through its tenure.
The updated ‘CBX-B’ had a touring fairing, optional panniers, and Honda’s new-at-the-time Pro-Link mono-shock setup. It was a hair less powerful than before, but that didn’t stop it from becoming a legend in its own right. If you park a CBX and CBX-B next to each other, you could argue that the latter has more presence.
It’s that mystique that prompted the owner of this 1982 Honda CBX 1000 Pro-Link to buy it. Enamored with the fusion of modern technology and ancient traditions found in Japanese cities like Tokyo and Kyoto, he was on the hunt for a classic motorcycle that embodied that philosophy. When he found the CBX, the sheer brutalism of its six-cylinder engine was impossible to ignore.
“In the eyes of this enthusiast, the engine wasn’t just a mechanical marvel; it was the soul of the motorcycle, much like the heart in a human body,” says Tiago Gonçalves, founder of the Portuguese custom shop, Unik Edition. “This revelation laid the foundation for a transformative project, one that would honor the motorcycle’s origins while infusing it with a new identity.”
By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: From Hamamatsu to Lisbon: A Honda CBX 1000 restomod by Unik Edition
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/honda-cbx-1000-restomod
Published Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2023 16:34:54 +0000
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