The evocative term “gentleman’s” is undoubtedly overused. However, when you look at the 2018 BMW R 1200 RS, it’s hard to resist calling it a gentleman’s sport bike.The RS has sensible ergonomics and an impressively torquey motor, plus extremely predictable handling thanks to a long wheelbase and relaxed rake.
The R 1200 RS is the no drama route to going fast, comfortably and safely. Other important features include standard ABS and impossibly thrifty fuel economy—a claimed 57 mpg—as long as you don’t flog it.But, why would you buy the 2018 BMW R 1200 RS if you didn’t intend to get in some serious throttle twisting to exploit the boxer?Read our BMW R 1200 RS Review.Visit our Motorcycle Buyer’s Guide.
Our first segment introduces you to the new Arch 1s. This latest, slightly more sporting American V-twin, adds to the original KRGT1 coming from the boutique manufacturer based in Hawthorne, Southern California. Senior Editor Nic de Sena rode through Malibu with Gard Hollinger, who co-founded Arch Motorcycle with his friend, Keanu Reeves. The 1s is a unique ride for sure, and Nic explains what makes the bike really stand out.
For the entertaining story behind Arch Motorcycle from Gard Hollinger himself, you must listen to his podcast episode on Motos & Friends HERE
The guest segment of Motos and Friends is brought to you by the faster and most technologically advanced, 2023 Suzuki Hayabusa—visit your local dealer or suzukicycles.com to learn more.
In our second segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with multiple Emmy award-winning writer, Producer, Director, and actor, Thom Beers. the former Chairman & CEO of Fremantle Media North America, responsible for American Idol and America’s Got Talent.
Thom’s fertile imagination led to most of the really big reality TV shows such as ‘Deadliest Catch’ (now in its 17th season!), and many others. Of course for us in the motorcycle world, you’ll be interested to hear the genesis and story of how he started the first real fabrication reality show ‘Monster Garage’, that showcased Jesse James, and then how that led to ‘Biker Build Off’ and the ‘Zombie Choppers’ movie.
You’d imagine that most of Thom’s time is spent sitting behind a desk and on his phone. Not so. His intense stories of capturing much of the content for these shows make for some hair-raising listening.