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Simo Kirssi shines in Spain
BMW Husqvarna Motorsport factory rider Simo Kirssi opened his season strongly at past weekend??s Bassella Race in Catalunya. The Finn powered his BMW 450 X to second place, finishing the gruelling two-hour moto 1:36 minutes behind eventual winner Aaron Bernardez.
The Bassella Race, formerly known as Toni Soler Memorial, has become a fixture in their pre-season programme for many riders. The tradtional event is held over a 50-kilometer course at the foot of the Pyrenees. For this year??s edition, 953 riders signed up.
As Dakar legend Marc Coma owned the holeshot, Kirssi started well into the race, rounding the first corner in third place. Kirssi was soon able to sneak past Coma and go after race leader Bernardez. The conditions proved to be tricky with frozen ground, roots, rocks and all sorts of obstacles.
Kirssi, no stranger to such difficulties, gained room as the race went on, but the super-fit Scandinavian failed to catch Bernardez before the chequered flag came out. The Spaniard clearly managed to take advantage of his superior terrain knowledge.
Said Simo Kirssi, a BMW factory rider since six seasons: "Congratulations to Aaron. It was a great race and a wonderful atmosphere. I found weather and track conditions to my liking and the bike worked flawlessly as usual. I had some extra speed left, but the season hasn??t even started really and I simply wanted to end this stage of my pre-season without taking unnecessary risks. The Tough One in the UK is next on the agenda this coming Saturday, that??s when the going gets tough for me indeed."
Results "Elite class" Bassela Race
1. Aaron Bernardez, KTM, 2:10:11
2. Simo Kirssi, BMW Husqvarna Motorsport, 2:11:47
3. Maurizio Micheluz, TM, 2:14:24
4. Rafa Garcia, Husqvarna, 2:20:18
5. Ot Ingles, Husqvarna, 2:24:02
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33,352 Motorrad readers sorted through 199 motorcycles to make their picks for motorcycle of the year.
ÔÇó BMW won the Best Sportsbike category with the BMW S 1000 RR,
ÔÇó the Best Touring Motorcycle category with their K 1300 GT (the R 1200 RT finished in 3rd place),
ÔÇó the Best Enduro/Supermoto category went to the R 1200 GS (4th place for the R 1200 Megamoto and 5th for the F 800 GS).
ÔÇó They further won the Best All-Rounder category with the K 1300 S and
ÔÇó the Naked Category with the R 1200 R.
Finally, BMW won the Best Brand for 2010. They also won the Riders and Motorcycle Equipment - Textile Clothes category
Via Motorrad and Bikes in the Fast Lane
Here is BMW PressClubÔÇÖs version of the story.
BMW Motorrad wins vote for ÔÇ£Motorcycle of the Year 2010" in all categories with BMW representation.
ÔÇó Press Release
Munich/Dortmund: BMW Motorrad was voted ÔÇ£Motorcycle of the Year 2010" in the readers' vote of the motorcycle magazine MOTORRAD, with clear victories in all five categories in which BMW motorcycles were represented - the best result ever achieved by a manufacturer in the history of the vote.
ÔÇ£I am very glad to hear of the outstanding success of our motorcycles and would like to thank the readers of MOTORRAD most sincerely for their votes. As I see it, this is a great sign of confidence and reflects the enormous enthusiasm for our products. I am particularly pleased that BMW Motorrad was able to achieve a top ranking in reader popularity so quickly with the S 1000 RR - after all, we have entered new territory with this model," said Hendrik von Kuenheim, Head of BMW Motorrad, commenting on the result of the vote.
With BMW Motorrad represented in the ÔÇ£SportsÔÇØ category with a 4-cylinder supersports bike for the first time, the new BMW S 1000 RR won this hotly competed class the first time round, thereby underscoring its outstanding technical conception combining top-class 4-cylinder performance with Race ABS and Dynamic Traction Control DTC.
The ÔÇ£Touring bikeÔÇØ category was won by the BMW K 1300 GT, with the BMW R 1200 RT finishing in third place. ÔÇ£This excellent result underpins the outstanding importance of BMW motorcycles when it comes to fast, comfortable and in particular safe motorcycle travel," von Kuenheim went on to say.
The BMW R 1200 GS and R 1200 GS Adventure were able to re-assert their leading position in the market segment in the traditional MOTORRAD readership vote, finishing first in the category "Enduro/Supermoto". 4th position for the R 1200 Megamoto and 5th for the F 800 GS further highlighted the dominance of BMW motorcycles in this category.
Like last year, BMW Motorrad also won first place in the categories ÔÇ£All-roundersÔÇØ and ÔÇ£Naked bikesÔÇØ. Here it was the high-action BMW models K 1300 S and R 1200 R which once again impressed readers most.
In addition to individual rankings in the various categories, BMW motorcycles also dominated the relevant brand rankings, which were won in four cases.
Parallel to the voting for ÔÇ£Motorcycle of the Year 2010" the annual readerÔÇÖs voting ÔÇ£Best Brand 2010ÔÇØ took place. In 19 product categories the readers could vote for their most convincing brands in the main categories ÔÇ£Riders and Motorcycle EquipmentÔÇØ. BMW Motorrad RiderÔÇÖs Equipment won the category ÔÇ£Textile clothesÔÇØ.
The award ceremony was held at the ÔÇ£Motorr?ñder Dortmund 2010ÔÇØ trade fair on March 4th 2010 at 6 pm in the Restaurant Strobels in Dortmund. No less than 200 candidates in a total of eight categories entered the ÔÇ£Motorcycle of the YearÔÇØ vote to compete for the coveted titles: held in 2010 for the 12th time, it is regarded as the most important readersÔÇÖ vote for motorcycles and scooters in the whole of Europe. Over half a million have taken part in the vote since 1999.
The big BMW GS has seen its share of best bike awards over the years but is absent from the top rung of the podium and getting more competition in the show room from Ducati. Ducati News Today asks ÔÇ£Ducati Multistrada 1200 new class benchmark?ÔÇØ; while over at HFLM their wondering ÔÇ£[url=http://hellforleathermagazine.com/2010/03/hows-the-ducati-multistrada-12.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HellForLeather+%28Hell+For+Le ather%29]HowÔÇÖs the Ducati Multistrada 1200 off-road?ÔÇØ
I have two questions. What is the class? What is Triumph going to do next? Should BMW care?
Urban adventure bike is the answer to the first question. These are bikes with a very clear road focus in handling and design with an adventure bike esthetic. Triumph has done well with its Tiger in this class. This class draws on the advantages a GS type bike brings to urban motorcycle riding adventures and emphasizes the sporty handling when you hit the road. A quick pre-ride look at either of these bikes should be clear warnings for riders heading to the outback to enter with extreme caution.
The Italian challenge to the English bikes position in this class will not go unnoticed. Ducati have defined one end of the urban adventure bike class. Triumph has an excellent blue collar base bake for this class. They will do what blue collar workers do when facing competition. They will role up their sleeves refine their skills and do their best to improve their product.
Should BMW care? Yes is the short answer, and as can be expected I have a long version too.
Since BMW first hit riders up side the helmet with the R80GS and said lets go have some fun the various iterations of the BMW GS have been the class leader. The GS defined the class to begin with. It took best bike in many magazine ratings for its combination of sporting road handling and off road capability being described by some as a lithe panzer. It became the RTW touring benchmark long before Ewan and Charlie enshrined it as such in their Long Way ____ films.
The Long Way Round was a multi-episode advertisement for BMWÔÇÖs prowess in the RTW class. For me there was one major clink in that advertisement. It happened in Mongolia when ClaudioÔÇÖs frame broke. Claudio, the cameraman, was the real adventurer in the series for my money. Undoubtedly overloaded with equipment his bike suffered a frame fracture and was put out of service. BMW frame in the form of the GS is not broken by any stretch of the imagination but it is coming suffering some heavy strains.
The scrambler evolved into the dual sport which has now evolved into dual sport urban adventurers and adventure niches. The GS has been a part of and leader in all of these at one time or another. Its leadership is coming under attack in all of the class variations. KTM challenges the GS for dual sport buyers. Tigers and Multistradas want to eat it up on the asphalt. Yamaha has set its sites on the GS domination of the RTW market with their new Super T?®n?®r?®.
Benchmarks are the standard used to measure other similar things against. The questions for BMW is are they satisfied with building a historical benchmark or how will they define a new benchmark for the industry.
However you define it fans of the adventure bike class are riding in interesting times.
motorcyclistonline.com: Doing time with the BMW F800GS
A new saddle from britbrothers.com made the news for many sites this week. This one is for the motorcycle racer.
ÔÇªthe modern rider experiences more movement across this area of the bike than any other. The result is a compromise, where each rider must learn to overcome its shortfalls by sacrificing aerodynamics and energy. To address this issue, the Brit Brothers have developed the 'Chicane Saddle' - A motorcycle racing seat designed to harmonize rider with machine. The innovative design incorporates toothed belts and tapered rollers which rotate under the riders weight. Combine this with inbuilt recoil and friction controls and you have a racing seat which can be individually tuned to the riders needs. The result allows the rider to achieve a smooth, arc-like, motion through corners and chicanes.
Corbin Meyers or Sargent have little to fear from the BritBrothers when it comes to touring saddles just yet, but for the serious sport rider this could be very interesting.
If the BritBrothers saddle is to challenging for your posterior Honda has a more comfortable concept for you. Honda is showing its
Big red is showing its 3RC ÔÇô Concept at the Geneva Auto show.
The 3RC is an urban warrior powered by an electric motor set low in the three wheeled chassis. When unoccupied the clear canopy covers the single rider cockpit protecting from the elements. When occupied it flips up and becomes the windshield. The rider is further protected from the elements and other impacts by the high sides. The concept was developed by HondaÔÇÖs Milan design studios as a single passenger zero emission urban transport vehicle.
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The Kneeslider has an interesting piece on Transonic Supercritical Fuel Injection. The article on their site is a good introduction before you follow the links they have provided to the SAE, Transonic Combustion and The Next Big Future
Via and the Universidad Coplutense Madrid Biblioteca Computense and the motorcycle blog 8Negro have some interesting historical pictures from the Spanish Communist Party archives. The pictures are from the period of 1936 to 1939 and show the parties Motorized Brigade of English bikes in action.