BMW's earth, wind and fire

German automaker releases new bikes and updates for off-roading, highway riding, and racing.

BMW unveiled two completely new motorcycles and two revised models at the in Milan on Wednesday.

The BMW F 800 GS has a chain drive rather than a belt drive BMW

The much-anticipated BMW F 800 GS is a middle-weight motorcycle capable of being taken for the occasional off-road shortcut, while the new G 450 X is an off-road racer.

Meanwhile, the R 1200 GS and its heftier counterpart, the R 1200 GS Adventure, have been updated for better endurance. The Adventure also includes a gas tank that doing an average of 56 mph should take you 466 miles before you need to refuel.

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