28/ Your New Getaway Vehicle These jacked-up bikes aren’t just quick, they’re your chance to escape
When it comes to curves, two wheels can trump four
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in BMW’s 2017 Heritage line – including the R nineT and its Scrambler, Pure, Urban G/S, and Racer (right) variations – is solid and sturdy. The Racer I rode burbled to life and then settled into a relaxed thrum. Cruising at low RPMs, the motor is quietly polite, saving its character for cheeky moments of heavy throttle. Slicing through city traffic, it gets the job done, but it’s not natural there; its wide boxer engine and mirrors make for ponderous lane splits. But on back roads the engine comes alive, inviting greedy handfuls of throttle and holding a spirited charge on the curves. And it’s one of the most handsome motorcycles money can buy.