January 2015 - Wunderlich America Complete Your BMW

The Top 3 Most Important BMW Motorcycle Tools To Own

There are plenty of tools in the world that you can use to work on your BMW motorcycle. Ask any mechanic and they’ll tell you that you can never have too many. Any well-outfitted garage will have a myriad of things with names you can’t remember or things that only use to open that one thing with that one particular bolt. You could go on for days thinking of the all the BMW motorcycle tools you’d need to complete every service on your bike, but let’s face it; you don’t have the time or the budget to do that. Besides, by the time you acquire them all, you might as well open your own shop. If you don’t want to quit your day job but still want to be able to perform some basic service on your BMW motorcycle, but without the high price tag of a professional, keep reading. Let it first be said that if you tour with your BMW motorcycle, you should have at least a modest amount of mechanical knowledge about its workings and how to repair it when something goes wrong. If you’re out on the road, sometimes you can’t always rely on help to come get you or fix your ride in a timely manner. Let’s take a look at the 3 most important sets of tools you need for your bike: 1) Socket set with handles and extensions. No matter how many wheels the vehicle you’re working on has, a socket set is [...]

By | January 26th, 2015|Tools|0 Comments

Product Testing on the GS

Every product that is handed over to Wunderlich's customers has been subjected to an intensive test phase. This particularly applies to the accessories for the large Enduros: the R1200GS and R1200GS Adventure. Whenever Dirk Thelen, four times Enduro master, goes on the hunt for trophies with the powerful two-cylinder in Enduro races in North Africa, it is a safe bet that his BMW has been modified with various parts from the BMW accessory specialist, Wunderlich. These parts are often prototypes that have only just been developed and that are in the middle of the trial phase. The path from the idea to the finished product is a long one. A large portion of this path involves testing, testing and testing again. A current example that is typical for the entire GS Enduro accessory range is the VARIO paralever strut. With this adjustable strut, the rider can choose between new dimensions of manageability or an excellent directional stability in a few steps. Recommending that the original strut is replaced with an aftermarket part engenders a lot of responsibility. The GS specialists can take this on at any time with a clear conscience. The first prototype had barely been individually milled and finished with silver anodized supports when it needs to prove what it is capable of. Enduro ace, Mr. Thelen, dragged his GS and its VARIO struts through the south of Spain for a good week. The modified chassis was spared no torture under the tough conditions on the stony pistes [...]

Research & Development at Wunderlich

Hundreds of high-quality Wunderlich brand products in our catalog are second nature for many BMW riders. The amount of development effort that lies behind every single part often remains hidden. Technicians, engineers and developers meet at least once each week. They rack their brains, create and review ideas, abandon, discuss and calculate them. When the developers meet at Wunderlich, creativity knows no limits. Erich Wunderlich considers his team a think tank. Most ideas relating to new, innovative products originate in-house or are developed together with selected partner companies. If the team deems an idea worthy, they address the question of whether the product has a chance on the market. Does something comparable already exist? What is the marketing team's opinion on it? And finally, is it feasible in the first place? Once a decision has been reached, the new product begins to mutate from theory to practice as a design drawing. If it is a turned, milled or bent sheet metal part, a 3D CAD drawing is already prepared at this stage from which a first prototype will be created in the two company milling centers or in the prototype workshop. Then, through meticulous manual work, a model is developed with which preliminary tests are usually performed. If it is a complex 3D product, the design, form and function are evolved on a volume model made from easily shapeable materials such as Claytone (a type of plasticine). This is where Wunderlich's state-of-the-art research and development department comes in: the finished [...]

By | January 6th, 2015|Engineering & Development|0 Comments
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