RIDE AND TALK - THE BMW MOTORRAD PODCAST

BMW Motorrad

Welcome to the BMW Motorrad podcast – a new podcast about the world’s best bikes, the people who ride them, and the incredible places these bikes allow us to reach. Join Andy Dukes as he delves deep into the world of BMW Motorrad for amazing behind-the-scenes stories and unique insights from brand experts, ambassadors and the most passionate global riding community you’re ever likely to meet.

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Be inspired by our latest guest – record-breaking adventurer Squash Falconer, whose exploits include riding a GS to Mont Blanc, climbing to the top and then paragliding from the summit; snowboarding down 7,546m Muztagata in the Pamirs, and bum-boarding down Cho Oyu (8,201m) in Nepal… Did we mention that she’s also summited Mount Everest? Mountains aside though, motorcycling is her other great love, so Squash shares some of her two-wheeled exploits with us and reminds us that memorable adventures can be found in the unlikeliest of places – if you know where to look! We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

Nov 6

31 min 34 sec

It was the best possible way to finish the 2021 FIM Endurance World Championship – a maiden victory for the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team on the #37 M 1000 RR, and also securing the runner-up spot in the overall rankings. We grabbed a chat with team manager Werner Daemen, who tells us exactly how they planned and orchestrated this memorable victory on the M RR, what this means for the future and just how much potential this bike has as a track weapon! Werner is an experienced guy and when he talks, people listen – so if you’re into motorsport, this one should be right up your street! We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

Oct 25

25 min 50 sec

After such a long hiatus, the BMW Motorrad community was finally reunited once again at Pure&Crafted 2021 in Berlin. The unique blend of custom bike culture, live music, great food and hand-crafted heritage attracted fans from across the globe for an unforgettable two days of partying among old and new friends. Of course, when it comes to music, motorcycles and heritage, there’s no substitute for actually being there and experiencing all the live action, but for those unable to travel to the German capital in September, we’ve compiled a few highlights and soundbites in this episode of Ride and Talk to bring a little of the P&C magic to your ears. Enjoy listening and we’ll surely see you at Pure&Crafted 2022! We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

Sep 25

30 min 13 sec

She hails from Poland originally, but Kinga Tanajewska is one of life’s true nomads, living her dreams and making memories on and off-road. Since quitting her job a few years ago and first heading out on her F 800 GS across Australia, she’s been exploring the world at her own pace and documenting her travels via social media (#onherbike). Now a successful influencer in her own right and able to make a living from this nomadic lifestyle, she’s having way too much fun to consider going back to her old job. In this episode, she implores us to make the most of our motorcycles and our spare time to discover this wonderful world of ours. Listen to her words of wisdom, then watch her travelogues and why not start making a few overlanding plans of your own? You’ll never regret the things you did in life – only the things you didn’t do! We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

Sep 19

37 min 58 sec

You gotta love the FIM Endurance World Championship, the ultimate test of man and machine, where multi-national teams compete as one for the coveted world title at prestigious racetracks across the globe. After a promising debut season where the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team established itself among the front-runners at the first time of asking, 2021 has proven to be just as exciting – especially with the #37 BMW M 1000 RR lining up on the grid. So who better to tell us all about the bike, the regulations, the riders and the huge amount of behind-the-scenes development than the team’s mega-experienced Technical Director Steven Casaer, who as a fomer endurance racer (and BMW BoxerCup competitor) knows exactly what it takes to enjoy success at the highest level. Enjoy this special podcast episode as part of your pre-Bol d’Or race preparations! We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

Sep 10

40 min 59 sec

Right from the early days of the iconic BoxerCup, and all the way through to the latest M 1000 RR, Nate Kern has been flying the flag for BMW Motorrad – both on and off the track – and is one of the most knowledgeable and best-known brand ambassadors out there. Hear about Nate’s journey through life via the BMW bikes he’s loved and raced, including the R 1100 S, R 1200 S, HP2 Sport, S 1000 RR, R nineT Racer and even the latest M-powered rocket-ship! And discover why he’s so passionate about growing the dedicated BMW community that has supported his efforts over the past two decades. We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

Aug 22

56 min

By now, you’ll no doubt have seen the two R 18s that feature in the awesome new song and video – Get After It – by The Cadillac Three. Whether you’re a Bagger or a Transcontinental fan, there’s no denying that these big-boxers look super-cool on the back roads of Tennessee where the video was filmed. We thought it would be great to chat music and motorcycles with the band behind the new song, so let’s fire up our engines and ‘ride and talk’ with singer-guitarist Jaren Johnston, drummer Neil Mason and lap-steel alchemist Kelby Ray. We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

Aug 17

31 min 15 sec

It’s time to get inside the creative mind that belongs to Alan Stulberg. Hear about the background story that led to the founding of Revival Cycles, and learn what inspired the unique and never-to-be-repeated Birdcage special that beautifully showcased the prototype Big Boxer motor that eventually found its way onto the R 18. Discover more about some of the other special BMW builds this creative designer, engineer and artist has completed, including an old-school endurance-style RR, an original and rare R 68 from the ‘50s, and the drop-dead gorgeous Revival Henne BMW Landspeeder that started life as a R 100/7. Prepare to be inspired! We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

Aug 3

49 min 24 sec

From the iconic R 80 G/S to the latest boxer and four-cylinder models, Gustavo Cuervo has ridden over two million kilometres on five continents, explored some of the most amazing places on earth, and guided hundreds of motorcyclists on incredible adventure tours. He’s an incredibly busy guy, who also organises the motorcycle filming teams at the Olympic Games and other major sporting events like road marathons and cycling races, as well as writing books about BMW Motorrad in his spare time! There are so many stories he’s amassed in nearly four decades of adventure travel, so we thought we’d share a few of them here with you! We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

Jul 21

32 min 38 sec

With the new BMW CE 04, BMW Motorrad continues to consistently pursue its electromobility strategy for urban conurbations. Uncover how the BMW Motorrad Concept Link showcased in 2017 and the near-series BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04 from 2020 opened up a whole new chapter in two-wheel urban mobility! We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

Jul 12

34 min 10 sec

Many seriously memorable builds have come out of the VTR Customs garage over the last few years, including a great number of R nineTs – all of them unique – as well as the infamous and unforgettable ‘Spitfire’ and, more recently, a strikingly beautiful R 18 called ‘Miss Fisher’. The man behind all these one-off builds is Dani Weidmann, a crazy Swiss guy with an immense amount of talent and a genuine lust for life. Hear the background stories behind these (and a few other) very special bikes, and listen to his advice if you fancy dipping your toe into the wonderful world of customisation. Take it away Dani… We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

Jun 12

46 min 43 sec

The Int. GS Trophy in Albania may still seem like a lifetime away, but now is the time when a lot of the action happens, especially the ‘national’ qualifying events for the ’22 ‘Main Event’. As so many of you are working hard on your bike skills for the upcoming qualifiers, we thought you’d enjoy some ‘words of wisdom’ from a few familiar Trophy faces who have organised, marshalled, competed and written about this fantastic event over the years. Enjoy listening to Tom Weinmayr’s advice, Faizal Sukree’s recommendations, Dimitri Tournas’ memories and Brian Kiely’s latest song, specially composed for GS fans everywhere. Remember where you heard it first! We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

May 25

26 min 53 sec

Join us for a chat and a giggle with the one and only Tom Sykes! The former Superbike World Champion is back for a third consecutive season with the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK team and can’t wait to get the 2021 season started on the formidable M 1000 RR factory superbike. Testing is now over and the serious business of racing is about to begin, but Tom Sykes is also well known for his wicked sense of humour, so listen to the laid-back Yorkshireman talk all about superbikes, big-boxer R 18s and budgies – but not necessarily in that order! We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

May 17

52 min 41 sec

He’s the son of ex F1 world champion Nigel Mansell and a former racing driver himself but it’s motorcycles that really float Greg Mansell’s boat! Specifically, motorcycles like the BMW R 18 that can be creatively modified for both looks and performance. At his BMW Motorrad dealership on the picturesque island of Jersey, Greg and his colleagues have been building a rather special R 18 that he has named Il Leone – which is also the nickname that the Tifosi gave to his father during his Ferrari Formula One glory years. It means ‘The Lion’ – and when you hear about the bike, you’ll understand why… We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

May 10

31 min 52 sec

Here’s the audio version of our recent Live Ride and Talk video podcast all about connectivity – specifically with regard to the new R 1250 RT – which is packed with ‘connected’ technology that can be accessed via its full-HD 10.25-inch TFT screen. First we explore this ‘next generation’ of connectivity, as experienced via smartphone-based map navigation. Then we answer your questions about how how to get the most from the free BMW Motorrad Connected app and all the opportunities it offers to maximise your riding experience. Enjoy! We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

May 3

35 min 23 sec

In this very special episode of Ride and Talk, we celebrate the 90th birthday of Ted Simon – one of the original adventure motorcyclists. Ted has been inspiring thousands of us to travel on two wheels ever since his iconic Jupiter’s Travels book was published in 1973, detailing his 125,000 km round-the-world motorcycle ride over four years. Ted repeated this amazing feat many years later at the age of 70, this time on a BMW R 80 GS Basic, telling the story of his second incredible journey in his book Dreaming of Jupiter. Ted seldom gives interviews these days but was happy to chat with Andy Dukes about how the world has changed during his lifetime of adventure. We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

Apr 26

30 min 43 sec

It seems like an age, but we’re finally going racing again soon, and the new BMW M 1000 RR will be making its debut in the 2021 FIM Superbike World Championship. The BMW Motorrad WorldSBK team has an exciting new addition in the shape of Michael van der Mark, who will be lining up alongside Tom Sykes this year in the quest for championship glory. As part of the build-up to what we are all hoping will be an unforgettable season of thrilling racing, we thought you’d like to know more about the fast ‘flying Dutchman’ who will be wearing the BMW Motorrad Motorsport colours for the first time. Hear Michael’s thoughts about the exciting months ahead in this latest episode of Ride and Talk. We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

Apr 18

24 min 6 sec

If you’re looking for a fascinating story about an incredible life spent on two wheels, then settle down, put your earbuds in or your headphones on and let us introduce you to the wonderful world of Helge Pedersen. An absolute legend in the adventure riding community, thanks in part to his infamous (and some would say crazy) crossing of the Darien Gap, Helge’s stories from 40 years riding BMW GS bikes around the world could easily fill a whole series of podcasts! However, we’ve fitted some of the most entertaining ones into a single hour just for your listening pleasure. Enjoy! We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

Apr 4

59 min 48 sec

At BMW Motorrad, we believe that what you wear is as important as what you ride, so we’re fortunate that with over four decades of experience in creating rider clothing, many motorcyclists put their faith in our equipment time and time again. With the imminent arrival of our 2021 Gear and Garment collection, we chat with product experts Dr. Ralf Rodepeter, Julia Lein and Markus Pfister all about some of the innovative, stylish and functional products coming your way! We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

Mar 12

28 min 19 sec

To GS fans across the globe, Jean-Luc Donath is famous for his passion for the Int. GS Trophy and the joy he derives from being an instructor, a marshal, and a top rider of course. But did you know that the Frenchman is also a motorcycle cop, who makes his living as a professional rider on a police-specification BMW R 1200 RT? We spoke to Jean-Luc about upholding law and order on two wheels, protecting his fellow citizens on his RT, and how his life changed beyond all recognition since his GS ‘love affair’ began in 2008... We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

Feb 14

35 min 36 sec

Every two years, around this time, the global GS community is eagerly awaiting the day when BMW Motorrad unveils the location for the next International GS Trophy. For many fans, it is the start of an exciting journey of training and preparation for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to win a national qualifier and secure a coveted place to represent their home nation at the international finals. If you didn’t catch the livestream, you can enjoy our Ride and Talk audio podcast edit, with all the build-up, anticipation and reaction when the host country (Albania) was revealed, as well as listen to two members of the organisation team talk about the travels they have already made inside this Balkan nation and what a fantastic choice it will be to stage the 2022 event! We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

Feb 5

28 min 34 sec

BMW Motorrad posted its second-best ever sales results in 2020, which is a remarkable achievement considering all the challenges of the past year. To find out what went on behind the scenes to make this happen – and what’s in the planning for 2021 and beyond – we invited Timo Resch, BMW Motorrad’s Vice President, Sales and Marketing, to join us for an in-depth chat. Don’t miss it! We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

Jan 25

42 min 21 sec

Peter Nettesheim has dedicated more than 40 years of his life finding and restoring a huge and unique collection of bikes that span almost a century of BMW motorcycle production. For Peter, it’s all about sharing his knowledge of BMW’s past while preserving its history for others to appreciate. We meet the man who built his own private museum at his home in Long Island, USA, and hear some of his amazing background stories about the engineering and machinery, the people and the sheer joy of bringing a piece of history back to life. We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

Jan 18

55 min 37 sec

In just a few days (14 Jan) the location for the Int. GS Trophy 2022 will be revealed during a special livestream event. Every GS rider on the planet is excited to know where it will be and when it will take place. There are all kinds of rumours out there but all we can say at this point is that we love to surprise you – and you will definitely be surprised! As part of the build-up to the ‘big reveal’, we chat with BJ Vosloo, Brandon Grimsted and Cobus Theron – otherwise known as ‘Team South Africa’ – who are of course the reigning Int. GS Trophy champions. They tell us what participating in the 2020 event meant to them personally, and what it could mean for YOU if you’re good enough to qualify for a place in the finals! We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

Jan 11

34 min 46 sec

We chat with Udo Wattendorf, one of our BMW Motorrad employees responsible for the development of BMW Motorrad helmets. Udo has travelled far and wide but left his heart in South America, where he supports a project in Bolivia to get kids off the street, put a roof over their heads and teach them the skills they need to survive out in the world. Udo tells us his story but we’re sure there are other inspiring ones out there within the BMW Motorrad community. If you’re involved in a charitable project, making a difference with your BMW-riding friends, then let us know and we’ll try to feature you on our social media channels, and who knows, maybe in a future Ride and Talk podcast! We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

Dec 2020

37 min 37 sec

He’s inspired thousands of BMW riders – young and old – to take their first adventure motorcycling steps at his off-road school. He’s played a huge part in building up a strong GS community and has also competed in many Dakar Rallies on BMW race bikes he’s built himself. He’s also hosted several GS challenges and GS Trophy qualifying events, and even helped prepare Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman for their original Long Way Round project. We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

Dec 2020

51 min 2 sec

Not one world premiere, but two! We unveil the amazing all-new BMW S 1000 R and the G 310 R dynamic roadsters, then bring the bikes into our Munich studio for a deeper-dive into the genre, the performance and the design story behind these latest additions to the 2021 range. Joining us for an in-depth chat is ‘R’ product manager Max Renko, designer Vianney Selosse, and freestyle riding legend Chris Pfeiffer, who did all the precision riding in the movies you’ve no doubt seen by now. One thing’s for sure, getting naked has never been this much fun! We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

Dec 2020

44 min 31 sec

NEXTGen 2020 gave us some cool insights into the BMW Group’s technologies, products and collaborations, including the BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04 – the near-series e-scooter that is more than just a means of transport – it’s also a means of communication for the urban commuter. If you want to hear more about its electric drive, trailblazing design and connectivity solutions, listen to our chat with head of marketing and product management, Ralf Rodepeter, and head of motorcycle design, Edgar Heinrich, as we discuss this radical new e-scooter that is literally ‘plugged-in’ to the rider's life. We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

Nov 2020

32 min 1 sec

There’s no better way of seeing the world than on a BMW motorcycle. We should know, we’ve been building them since 1923. However, on 15 October, the ‘best’ just got better when the new R 1250 RT was unveiled during our live video podcast episode of Ride and Talk. Don’t worry if you missed it, because we’ve got the full audio version here for you to listen to. And when you hear about all the new features that experienced, long-distance riders will soon have at their disposal, you’ll understand why the new RT is THE touring motorcycle against which all others are now judged. We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

Nov 2020

24 min 19 sec

We welcome actor, documentary filmmaker, committed environmentalist and author Hannes Jaenicke to Ride and Talk, where we discuss bikes, climate protection, endangered species and BMW Motorrad Days, among many other topics. He’s a seriously passionate guy who has many remarkable projects on the go but always makes sure he finds the time for riding motorcycles. This naturally gets a big ‘thumbs-up’ from us! We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

Nov 2020

25 min 3 sec

Time to get excited? You should be – it’s the very first BMW M model on two wheels and it was exclusively unveiled by the head of BMW Motorrad Markus Schramm during our recent Ride and Talk live video podcast. To get a feeling of what the new M RR is like to ride, and what it means for superbike fans everywhere, we’re joined by BMW Motorrad WSBK team rider Tom Sykes, Motorsport Director for BMW Motorrad Marc Bongers, and Product Manager for the M RR, Sepp Mächler. We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

Oct 2020

39 min 59 sec

This episode is a MUST for R 18 fans. A ‘deep-dive’ into the design and engineering excellence that has gone into our Big Boxer, with those directly responsible for making it happen – including BMW Motorrad Head of Design Edgar Heinrich, and Kurt Böck, who’s the project manager of that 1802 ccm beast of an engine. And if that isn’t enough to whet your appetite, we also catch up with Roland Sands about his latest R 18 ‘Dragster’, before talking to Bernhard Naumann, who built the amazing Blechmann R 18 that recently broke cover. We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

Oct 2020

1 hr 4 min

The Enduro Park Hechlingen is the original (and many would say the best) playground for GS riders, with over 45 km of gravel roads, single tracks and forest trails, steep slopes, water crossings and even deep sand, in one of the most picturesque settings imaginable. They’ve been teaching BMW fans all the skills to ride off-road there for over a quarter of a century, closely watched over by the park’s chief instructor, Manfred Spitz. Manfred tells us how, with the right training, your GS can be the perfect passport to adventure… We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

Oct 2020

25 min 54 sec

Welcome to the audio version of another LIVE episode of our Ride and Talk podcast. This one’s all about ‘connectivity’ and the cool, new tech at our disposal to help us enjoy and share our riding experiences together. Join Andy Dukes has he chats to product experts Roman, Camilla and Jann all about the latest version of the BMW Motorrad Connected app, which works on all bikes with TFT display, is packed with cool new functions and is available as a free download from the app store or Google Play. More than 80,000 BMW riders are using it already, so why not join the party? We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

Sep 2020

26 min 42 sec

What can we say about Chris Northover? Ruthlessly enthusiastic? Definitely! Lives and breathes motorcycling? Without a doubt! In fact, our ‘Make Life a Ride’ tagline could certainly have been written with him in mind, because goofing around on bikes literally is his life. You’ll probably know him from that famous ‘Storm the Embassy’ YouTube short film, or perhaps you’ve seen him in various BMW Motorrad videos. Either way, his laid-back personality, love of riding challenges and all-round ‘joie de vivre’ is infectious. Listen to Chris talking about his wacky life on two wheels, Northover-style… We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

Sep 2020

23 min 34 sec

Michael Martin is a man of many talents: photographer, geographer, author, documentary producer and inspirational presenter on the incredible world we inhabit. He’s made numerous motorcycle expeditions to the most remote places imaginable on our earth, in search of stunning landscapes, the wonders of nature and even the people living life on the edges of existence. As you can imagine, the world’s changed beyond all recognition in the four decades he’s been exploring its vast expanses, including the Sahara, the Atacama and even Antarctica, but one thing has remained constant – his preferred method of travel to take him and all his equipment to the ‘back of beyond’. Can you guess exactly what he rides? We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

Sep 2020

36 min 26 sec

Welcome to our third live video podcast episode of Ride and Talk, where this time you can hear some living legends talk about #40YearsGS – before some amazing special-edition commemorative anniversary bikes are unveiled on the air for the first time. The action starts with a short movie (the audio’s just as good as the pictures!) before host Andy Dukes chats with BMW Motorrad’s Head of Marketing and Product Management, Dr Ralf Rodepeter about what this special year means for the brand. Then we head over to the States and catch-up with Int. GS Trophy 2020 presenters Shawn Thomas and Jocelin Snow about what the #SpiritOfGS means to them… We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

Aug 2020

26 min 21 sec

With travel restrictions lifting, all of us are looking forwards to riding again and it’s hard to beat group motorcycle touring as the perfect way to discover new horizons. But what does it take to create and deliver unforgettable riding experiences to those with a passion for motorcycle travel? To find out, we speak to Richard Millington from official travel partner BMW Motorrad Tours. In this latest episode, he tells us why it’s well worth letting the experts help plan the ideal post-lockdown touring adventure, from exotic short breaks, to peg-scraping blasts, to relaxed long-distance tours perfect for riders and their pillions. We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

Aug 2020

27 min 29 sec

As you’ll no doubt have heard, production has now started at #bmwplantberlin on the new R 18 model series, which we’re all so excited about. And while the ever-popular factory tours aren’t up and running just yet, we thought it would be a good time to take you behind the scenes at the plant, where at peak times, a shiny new BMW bike rolls off the assembly lines every 65 seconds. Join Andy Dukes as he chats with BMW Motorrad Berlin Plant’s head of maintenance and innovation manager Ronald Sommer, who joined him on the line direct from the factory. We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

Aug 2020

22 min 29 sec

This episode, we chat with former Royal Marine Commando, climber, diver, extreme environment expert and BMW Motorrad ambassador Aldo Kane, who loves a challenge. He’s rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, abseiled into active volcanoes, been held at gunpoint by narcos, and even been charged by a black Rhino while training anti-poaching teams. But what does @aldokane like to do when he’s not leading extreme expeditions into the jungle, desert or mountains? He loves to ride BMW bikes – and talk about them of course. Listen and be inspired to another one of our lockdown chats. We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

Jul 2020

33 min 27 sec

Welcome to our second live video podcast episode of Ride and Talk, where we talk about ACC – otherwise known as Active Cruise Control. Some of you will know about, and already use this kind of technology in your cars, but this is the first time it will make its debut on a BMW motorcycle. In a nutshell, it’s all about creating maximum comfort and the best possible safety conditions when riding. Join host Andy Dukes and Markus, Jonas and Alisa from the expert team behind this exciting new BMW Motorrad development, as they discuss how it works, why we need it, and how it truly enhances our riding experience… We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

Jul 2020

32 min 46 sec

Welcome to our first ever live video podcast episode of Ride and Talk. We recorded this in the midst of lockdown, when everyone wanted to ride but no one was really able to. So we thought it would be cool to use technology to try and bring us all together – virtually at least – to talk bikes. Specifically, the new R 18. In this episode, we chat with Timo Resch, Vice President Sales and Marketing BMW Motorrad, and Trudy Hardy, VP of BMW Motorrad of the Americas, about the imminent arrival in the cruiser segment of the exciting new R 18. Then we introduce some familiar faces from the Bavarian Soul Story YouTube series, including Tommy Kerns, Alan Stulberg, Kate Nettesheim and Nathalie Gessler. From Munich to Los Angeles, via New York and Texas, we do hope you enjoy the listen! We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

Jul 2020

58 min 35 sec

This episode features the world’s foremost female motorcycle adventurer, Tiffany Coates, who 20 years ago, set off for India on a BMW R 80 GS called ‘Thelma’, with a friend on the back and just two months of riding experience between them. They ended up crossing four continents and staying on the road for two-and-a-half years! Since then, Tiffany’s adventures have taken her far and wide on journeys such as England to Australia, Cape Town to Cairo, Alaska to Tierra Del Fuego; the list goes on… She’s been chased by wolves and stampeding elephants, and she’s fled from volcanoes, hurricanes and sandstorms but that same BMW R 80 GS is still carrying her around the world today. Always entertaining and thought-provoking, enjoy listening to @tiffanystravels and plan your next two-wheeled adventure! We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

Jun 2020

35 min 45 sec

Welcome to Ride and Talk – the BMW Motorrad podcast! It’s a podcast about the world’s best bikes, the people who ride them, and the incredible places these bikes allow us to reach. Join Andy Dukes as he delves deep into the world of BMW Motorrad for amazing behind-the-scenes stories and unique insights from brand experts, ambassadors and the passionate global riding community. Within three months of throwing his leg over a bike for the first time, Sam Manicom set off on an R 80 GS to travel the length of Africa. But when he got to the Cape, he didn’t want the trip to end, so he just kept going. His planned one-year trip turned into an eight-year, 200,000-miles overlanding odyssey across 55 countries. The four motorcycle travel books that came out of that trip are inspirational; his talks and presentations are truly memorable and his main ambition in life now is to encourage others to explore and learn about the world and themselves. Listen to @sammanicom.author in this podcast and be inspired! We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

Jun 2020

54 min 2 sec

Welcome to Ride and Talk – the BMW Motorrad podcast! It’s a podcast about the world’s best bikes, the people who ride them, and the incredible places these bikes allow us to reach. Join Andy Dukes as he delves deep into the world of BMW Motorrad for amazing behind-the-scenes stories and unique insights from brand experts, ambassadors and the passionate global riding community. The world was a very different place in 1983 when 23-year-old Elspeth Beard fired up her R 60/6 BMW and left London for a two-year journey into the unknown. In doing so, she became the first British woman to ride a motorcycle around the world. Although she kept diaries of her amazing adventure, she put them away upon her return and forgot about them for nearly 30 years until a journalist commissioned a story about her original journey. A book deal was subsequently struck and Lone Rider was published. It’s gone on to be a huge success – and Elspeth tells Ride and Talk how the bike and the book has changed her life. We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

May 2020

28 min 53 sec

Dylan Wickrama’s story has it all: lost on the Pacific Ocean in a home-made raft powered by his BMW R 1150 GS Adventure – and all because after three years of round-the-world travel, he was stuck at the Darién Gap between Panama and Colombia, where all roads ended at that time. What happened out there is a spellbinding story that was first published in Dylan’s book ‘When the road ends’, but has now been made into a feature-length documentary movie, available for streaming and download worldwide from 12 May via iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and similar platforms. Find out more at https://www.ride2xplore.com/english/film/ We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

May 2020

31 min 55 sec

“The GS changed my life…” How many of us can truly say that? Stephanie Rowe certainly can for sure. Ever since she won the ‘ride of her life’ as part of the One World One R 1200 GS campaign back in 2012, she’s been spreading the GS joy across the continents. That original GS – and many other GSs since – have changed her life considerably and she tells Ride and Talk about the two-wheeled adventures that have taken her across the globe as a brand ambassador, certified off-road instructor, journalist, Int. GST marshal and the face of several BMW Motorrad campaigns. Her enthusiasm is infectious! We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

Apr 2020

18 min 27 sec

Although we’re not riding our bikes during these unprecedented times, it doesn’t stop us dreaming about the places we will hopefully soon be able to explore on two wheels, the people we will meet on future adventures and the stories we will be able to tell about freedom and life on the road. Ever wondered how a motorcycle can change your life? Listen to the inspirational Rolf Lange tell Ride and Talk how a work encounter with the BMW Motorrad brand set the wheels in motion for a voyage of discovery that ended up taking him right across the globe. Warning: his tales from the road will make you want to pack your panniers and head for the hills! We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

Apr 2020

34 min 13 sec

Finally, after months of anticipation and excitement, the R 18 had its world premiere on 3 April. The coronavirus situation meant that the launch was communicated via the brand’s social media channels, so fans tuned in from right across the globe from the comfort of their own homes to see the new big boxer unveiled. We hear from two very special guests in this latest episode of Ride and Talk, both of whom have been lucky enough to ride the new R 18 before it was launched. ‘A Bavarian Soul Story’ host Tommy Kerns and BMW Motorrad’s Marketing and Communication Project Lead for the R 18 Nathalie Gessler tell us exactly what it’s like to get that 1800cc motor running and head out on the highway. Enjoy! We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

Apr 2020

28 min 51 sec

It’s fantastic that BMW Motorrad’s top management likes to join customer events like the Int. GS Trophy and ride with all the participants. While we were in New Zealand in February, we caught up with new head of BMW Motorrad development Christof Lischka, who rode the entire Trophy with BMW Motorrad boss Markus Schramm, head of design Edgar Heinrich, and head of marketing and product management Ralf Rodepeter. As well as being a top rider (motocross, enduro and rally) Christof is really looking forward to building on BMW Motorrad’s successful product development of recent years, so gave us some really interesting insights into life behind the scenes in future vehicle development. Enjoy the listen! We sincerely hope you enjoy this podcast. Make sure you don’t miss another one by clicking the ‘subscribe’ button now. In fact, why not get in touch and tell us who – or what – you’d like to hear on a future show. It could even be you if you have an interesting story to tell… Please take the time to share, rate and review us on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. It means a lot to us and also makes it easier for other listeners to find us. Thanks for your support!

Mar 2020

18 min 43 sec