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    Jerez, 23rd January 2013. The RR is back on track: The BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team continued its preparation for the 2013 FIM Superbike World Championship with two days of testing with the new 2013 race version of the BMW S 1000 RR in Jerez (ESP). On Tuesday, rain affected the testing programme on the Andalusian track but today it was sunny and the team was able to work in good weather conditions. In total, works rider Marco Melandri (ITA) completed 153 laps (677 km). His team-mate Chaz Davies (GBR) did 124 laps (549 km) on his RR....More

    worldsbk.com: Farewell Kevin Ash

    hondaproracing.com: Rea and Haslam complete Jerez testing

    suzuki-racing.com: FIXI Crescent Suzuki finises test on high

    eugenelaverty.co: First time back on the bike

    cyclenews.com: Rain hampers World Superbike tests

    kawasaki-racingteam.eu: Sykes fastest at Jerez tests

    MotoGP

    reuters.com: Aoyama fit to test despite wrist fracture

    Formula One

    bbc.co.uk: Robert Kubica expects F1
    return despite rally crash

    formula1.com: Pirelli unveil 2013 F1 tyre range

    bbc.co.uk: Pirelli predicts more uncertainty

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    fim-live.com: Goals remain the same for BMW Motorrad France Team Thevent in 2013

    On the Street

    canadianmotoguide.com: Continental recall tires

    asphaltandrubber.com: Moto-journalist Kevin Ash killed at press launch

    VIDEO: Saddlemen Seats Brand overview and buyers guide

    globegazette.com: Registration underway for April motorcycle safety forum

    westhollywood.patch.com: LASD conducting motorcycle safety enforcement operation

    motorsportsnewswire.com: In the motorcycle industry leasing is about to explode
    FWIW: Keep in mind this is from an industry press release source. Explode strikes me as the operative word in all of this. I am a fan of leasing in a variety of settings; however, I am not certain of the efficacy in the motorcycle industry. As an industry observer I am less than convinced of MC companies ability to manage the triad of supply/demand/residual value in a way that wonÔÇÖt explode in their corporate faces.



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    Michal Kościuszko enjoyed a great debut in the MINI WRC for the Lotos Rally Team at the Rally Monte Carlo. In this Q..More

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    VIDEO: First Look - 2014 Corvette | Jay LenoÔÇÖs Garage



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    superbikeplanet.com: Sykes: Hey Dorna leave us kids alone

    worldsbk.com: Rea and Haslam complete Jere test

    worldsbk.com: Guintoli and Laverty stayed busy for two days of testing at Jerez

    The BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team continued its preparation for the 2013 FIM Superbike World Championship with two days of testing with the new 2013 race version of the BMW S 1000 RR in Jerez, Spain. On one day,rain affected the testing programme on the Andalusian track but on the second day it was sunny and the team was able to work in good weather conditions. More [largely a repeat of previous releases]

    VIDEO: 2013 Superbike SBK Season - The new 17ÔÇØ Pirelli tyres

    MotoGP

    motogp.com: Repsol Honda reveils livery and 2013 team team in Madrid
    motomatters.com: Specs - RC213V 2013

    Formula One

    ferrari.com: Massa to debut new Ferrari
    FWIW Alonso to miss first tests

    jamesallenonf1: Bawn says ÔÇ£IÔÇÖm team principal and IÔÇÖm in chargeÔÇØ

    bbc.co.uk: How to make a F1 car Part 4

    Other Racing

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    suzuki-racing.com: Anstie fit for Oakland Supercross

    motorcycle-usa.com: Oakland Supercross preview - 2013

    supercross.com: Video ÔÇô Rockstar Energy SuzukiÔÇÖs Beyond the Finish Line ÔÇô Millsaps, Sipes, Wharton, Izzi, Anderson, Baker

    Cage and...

    jamesallenonf1.com: Robert Kubica tests DTM Mercedes

    On the Street

    motorcyclistonline.com: First Ride | BMW R1200GS

    motorradonline.de: Ride Report | Wunderlich S1000RR Mad Max
    Watch out riders of fully clothed S1000RR and HPs, WunderlichÔÇÖs naked Mad Max is on the loose.

    webbikeworld.com: Motorcycle EZ Pass toll holders

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    Woodcliff Lake, N.J. ÔÇô January 24, 2013 . . . Racer Scott Pruett led an all-Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates charge to the front of the grid for the Rolex 24 at Daytona as BMW Power swept the top-three starting positions in todayÔÇÖs qualifying session for SaturdayÔÇÖs 51st annual twice-around-the-clock endurance classic...More

    BMW Motorsport has successfully completed the first DTM test week of the year in Valencia (ES). Between Tuesday and Thursday, BMW works drivers Bruno Spengler (CA), Augusto Farfus (BR), Andy Priaulx (GB), Martin Tomczyk (DE) and Marco Wittmann (DE) were on duty at the wheel of the BMW M3 DTM. Only on Thursday morning did heavy rain interrupt the test programme...More

    Although only on sale at dealers since February 2012, the BMW 3 Series has already taken the lead in the midrange segment. The BMW 5 Series achieved a hat trick after seizing first place in the upper midrange segment for the third time in succession. The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe first presented last March went straight to the top of the luxury class ratings...More

    Like the perennially successful MINI, the MINI Coup?® and MINI Paceman highlight their popularity with top-three placings in the ÔÇ£auto, motor und sportÔÇØ readersÔÇÖ poll...More

    Munich. BMW Group and Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) are pursuing their successful strategic long-term cooperation in the field of sustainable mobility today by signing binding agreements aimed at long-term collaboration between the two companies for the joint development of a fuel cell system, joint development of architecture and components for a sports vehicle, and joint research and development of lightweight technologies. These agreements follow a memorandum of understanding signed in June 2012. ..More

    Statement Dr. Diess, Press Conference BMW Group and Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan on 24th January 2013...More

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    technologyreview.com: Requiem for a motherboard

    My no.2 pencil, sharpener and yellow legal pad sit on my desk next to my ultra notebook I am putting this post together with as a ÔÇÿradioÔÇÖ to listen to a news stream as I start my day. Luddite tools meet aging technology as I ride along just behind the ever advancing curve.

    Articles such as this lead me to wonder about what the technology curve has in store for riders. Advances in flexible screens and a shift in emphasis to mobile devices suggest much is ahead. It does not take much to imagine wearable computers built into riding gear. How long before on visor displays make it to the street as part of our daily gear?

    I am not a futurist nor a writer of requiems. I do spend a great deal of time wonder how I, and by extension organizations like the MOA, integrate no.2 pencils and ever advancing technology in our riding lives.

    -5⁰ according to my weather feed. Ugh! I need to bundle up before heading down to the Official Fly-Over-Land Coffee Shop to discuss this and the other important things of the day.

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    SBK

    speedweek.de: Sylvian Guintoli at the Jerez test over the limit

    suzuki-racing.com: Camier undergoes successful operation

    MotoGP

    motogp.com: New qualifying format for 2013 MotoGP season explained

    motomatters.com: David Brivio linked ot Suzuki MotoGP deal

    yamaha-racing.eu: The Yamaha Factory dream team touch down in Indonesia

    Formula One

    jamesallenonf1.com: F1 refuge Timo Glcok lands BMW DTM drive
    FWIW - BMWÔÇÖs announcement is in The MotherShip section

    Other Racing

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    racing.speedbrian.de: The Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain is back from the Dakar

    On the Street

    dealernews.com: TourTech launches pupose built adventure bike shock

    canadianmotorcycerider.ca: 2013 BMW R1200GS - Birth of an icon - video series

    sportrider.com: Brand new Suzuki RE5 Rotary with zero miles

    sportrider.com: 2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory Special Edition | First Look


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    The aircraft engine manufacturer BMW unveiled its first motorcycle in late 1923, and it was a passionate aircraft engine designer ÔÇô Max Friz ÔÇô who was behind its creation. Forever credited as the father of the first BMW bike ÔÇô the R 32 ÔÇô FrizÔÇÖs story leading up to this groundbreaking motorcycle is as interesting as it is varied. ..More

    Developed on the drawing board in 1922, the first BMW motorcycle ÔÇô known as the R 32 ÔÇô caused a sensation when it was unveiled at the Berlin Exhibition in 1923. Beautiful to look at and economical to run, the R 32 was the cornerstone upon which BMW built a history of motorcycling excellence..More

    On Sunday 20 January, the 35th edition of the Dakar Rally drew to a close in Santiago, Chile, with a parade and the prize-giving ceremony that included all the teams who managed to finish the ÔÇÿMother of all RalliesÔÇÖ that began on 5 January in Lima, Peru and finally rolled into the Chilean capital some 8,000 km (5,000 miles) later. Joining the celebrations was the Husqvarna Rallye Team by..More

    It's tough when cold or snowy weather stop you from riding your bike, but there are alternatives, as Chris Pfeiffer demonstrates here on his Husqvarna 'snow bike'. While the official Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain and other top privateers have been battling across The Andes and deserts of South America on their modified TE449 race bikes in the gruelling Dakar Rally, Chris has been out ..More


    Nobody has more Dakar victories to his name than St?®phane Peterhansel. For every one of his eleven titles we have twice as many photos of his most recent success: Congratulations, St?®phane...More


    Timo Glock (DE) is returning to the BMW family and will line up for BMW Motorsport in the DTM in 2013. This completes the squad of drivers for the new season. Alongside Glock, reigning DTM champion Bruno Spengler (CA), Augusto Farfus (BR), Joey Hand (US), Andy Priaulx (GB), Martin Tomczyk (DE), Dirk Werner (DE) and Marco Wittmann (DE) will take their places behind the wheel of the BMW M3 DTM...More

    Timo Glock (DE) is returning to the BMW family after five years as a driver in Formula One. Having successfully completed tests in the BMW M3 DTM in Valencia (ES), BMW Motorsport awarded its eighth seat for the 2013 DTM season to the Formula BMW graduate and former test driver for the BMW Sauber F1 Team...More



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    VIDEO Jay LenoÔÇÖs Garage - Finally! It may be the third time Jay's said this, but yes, the Galaxie restoration is finally complete! Hit the road with Jay as he tells you how this model became the stuff of his 16-year-old dreams, and how he's improved on a gorgeous classic.


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    eurossport.com: Superbike - Melandri and Sykes pleased with Jerez test

    crash.net: Giugliano on high after Jerez test

    speedweek.de: BMW start, Marco Melandri lacks power
    FWIW: The rider not the bike

    MotoGP

    bbc.co.uk: Casey Stoner hits out at MotoGP fans after V8 Supercars move

    bikesportnews.com: Brivio plays down Suzuki MotoGP offer

    Formula One

    bbc.co.uk: Pay as you go, go ,go: Fomula ÔÇÿs ÔÇÿpay driversÔÇÖ explained

    thef1times.com: Honer wasnÔÇÖt at Marinelo for Ferrari talks

    thef1times.com: Bernie: ÔÇ£We donÔÇÖt need the Concord AgreementÔÇØ
    FWIW: Would you buy a used racing series from this guy?

    First Monaco GP


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    motorcycle-usa. com: Oakland 450 Supercross results

    HFL: Is MotoGP the ultimate alternative investment?

    Cage and...

    VIDEO: 2013 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona: #51 APR Motorsport Audi R8 Grand-Am Pit


    On the Street

    cyrilhuzeblog.com: 1911 Pierce Motorcycle to be auctioned in April in New York

    webbikeworld.com: Schuberth C3 Pro - helmet review
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    Cycleworld.com: Schumberth C3 Pro

    cyrilhuzeblog.com: WhatÔÇÖs new from Metzeler in 2013 - marketing director Chris Wall answers questions

    roadracingworld.com: Bonhams adds to motorcycle auction staff

    sportrider.com: Sargent Cycle products heated seat systems

    thekneeslider.com: Wakan Motorcycles is reborn as Avinton Motorcycles

    VIDEO: Small Engine Shop - How to charge a bad battery

    didshub.net: BMW Factory rider explains motorcycle saftey techniques to service members

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    BMW Motorsport News ÔÇô Issue 03/13...More

    Woodcliff Lake, N.J. ÔÇô January 27, 2013 . . . The No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates TELMEX/Target BMW Riley ended 24 hours of hard fought sports car racing at the 51st Rolex 24 At Daytona in the same position from which it started: First...More

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    nytimes.com: Alfa anticipation once again

    VIDEO: MotorTrend - Detroit Auto Show and the 2014 Corvette introduciton

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    worldsbk.com: Sykes fastest rider at Jerez test
    FWIW: So? Sykes and his Kaw set pole time after pole time last season only to run the tyres off the bike during the race. He will be a force to be reckoned with [i]if[/] the chassis gets sorted out.

    speedweek.de: Kawasaki wants to do better than against Biagg

    speedweek.de: World Superbike 20122 - who will contorl costs

    MotoGP

    motogp.com: Cardion AB Aprilia ART unveiled in Prague

    Formula One



    formula1.com: Lotus first to launch with new E21

    formula1.com: Technical Q&A: James Allison on the Lotus E21

    Lotusf1team.com: Eric Boulier - ÔÇ£Great things are possibleÔÇØ
    and:
    Q&A with Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean



    jamesallenonf1.com: Struggle for control of F1 rule making as new Concorde Agreement remains unsigned

    speed.de: Ferrari - Woman in F1?

    formula1.com: Woldff gets expanded Williams role

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    amaproracing.com: AMA Pro Road Racing inteview with EBR founder Erik Buell

    sportrider.com: Aaron Yates signs with Erik Buell Racing for 2013 AMA Superbike

    ktm.com: Roczen wins in Oakland

    ktm.com: Dungey lands on the podium again in Oakland

    suzuki-racing.com: Stewart unluacky at Oakland SX

    Cage and...

    nbcsports.msnbc.com: Pruett ties HaywoodÔÇÖs record as Ganassi wins Rolex

    racer.com: Q&A : Rolex 24 winners

    On the Street

    asphaltandrubber.com: Honda motorcycle sales down 5% in 2012

    cmg.com: Launch - 2013 BMW R1200GS

    twowheelsblog.com: BMW R1200 Supercharger concept

    cycleworld.com: Wunderlich ÔÇ£ MADUSAÔÇØ S1000RR Custom - Riding Impression
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    cycleworld.com: What is ÔÇ£MADUSAÔÇØ and how about this Wunderlich thing?



    twowheelsblog.com: KTM head of engine development tlaks engines in a new interview

    motorcycle.com: 2013 MV Agusta F4 and F4RR review

    cyrilhuzeblog.com: First lady of Harley in India

    motorcyclistonlne.com: 2013 Aprilia Caponord 1200 | First Look

    webbikeworld.com: Wiha Torx bits and torx driver review


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    What a day! I start with a first leg of 50 km consisting of impressive bends again - a good way to wake up at 7 am ... The sky is low, and the temperature too. Big contrast to yesterday. We're riding in the mountains and the tall green grass turns into even taller jungle trees. Then as we go higher in altitude the clouds becomes thicker and thicker... I put my GS into RAIN mode to make it easier for me. And I need it because the riding conditions are quite rough: sliding mud, gravels, steep hills, narrow road, sharps bends, wet and damaged asphalt, dark jungle forest and thick fog. So thick we can't go faster than 30 km/h since we can't see further than 10 metres ...Read the whole story with plenty of video and photo footage of the tour at bmw-motorrad.com/gs


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    Strike five for Chip Ganassi (US): The US motorsport legend won the 24 Hours of Daytona (US) for the fifth time on Sunday with the Chip Ganassi Racing Team. Scott Pruett (US), Juan Pablo Montoya (CO), Memo Rojas (MX) and Charlie Kimball (US) were at the wheel of the number 01 BMW Riley that provided the second overall victory for the Chip Ganassi / BMW partnership, having previously triumphed in 2011...More

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    thekneeslider.com: The Motus V4 Baby Block crate engine - the future of old school hot rodding?
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    VIDEO: 2013 SRT Viper GTS - Jay LenoÔÇÖs Garage

    autobloggreen: Has ÔÇÿPeak CarÔÇÖ already happened? Are automakers becoming mobility companies?

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    technologyreview.com: How to build a supersonic ping pong gun





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    superbikeplanet.com: ItÔÇÖs all in the wrist - Camier ruled fit for Phillip Island tests

    bikesportnews.com: Honda boss against Superstock rules for WSBK

    speedweek.de: Translated: BMW HTM Racing confidence outweighs

    MotoGP

    speedweek.de: Bernhardt Gobmeier: ÔÇ£Gradually betterÔÇØ

    Formula One

    jamesallenonfq: Webber - ÔÇ£IÔÇÖm not part of MarkoÔÇÖs agendaÔÇØ

    thef1times.com: Hope for HRT as take over immenent

    Other Racing

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    supercross.com: 2013 Oakland SX review

    honda.com: Canard fourth in Oakland

    suzuki-rcing.com: Milsaps extends Supercross points lead

    Cage and...

    VIDEO: 2013 Rolex Highlights
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    motorcycledaily.com: Is BMW really selling Husqvarna to KTM? MCN thinks so.



    motorcycle.com: 2013 BMW R1200GS review

    cycleworld.com: Ural Motorcycles has record sales in 2012

    RECALL: Transport Canada: Triumph issued recall on the Daytona 675 and Street Triple

    motorradonline.de translate: F800GT - Review

    dealernews.com: Harley-Davidson sales up 6% in 2012
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    motorradonline.de translated: Supersport Honda - the new RC30

    HFL: Honda plans new 400cc range

    cycleworld.com: Evaluation - SPOT Connect GPS Messenger

    webbikeworld.com: Shoei GT Air preview



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    Meeting of the generations at the Historic Ice Trophy. Johnny Cecotto Snr and Johnny Cecotto Jnr make a successful appearance in the Altenmarkt six-hour race behind the wheel of a BMW 2002 TI works rally car...More



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    bbc.co.uk: Mark Webber on Lance Armstrong, cancer and life ban

    VIDEO: TED - Wingham Rowan: A new kind of job market

    BMW Motorrad achieves new sales record in 2012. Double-digit growth in December. Husqvarna Motorcycles 15.7 % above previous year. - Part 2

    Husqvarna Motorcycles 15.7 % above previous year.
    Husqvarna Motorcycles supplied a total of 10,751 vehicles (prev. yr.: 9,286 units / + 15.7 %) to the Husqvarna dealer network from January up to and including December. Supplies in the month of December itself totalled 1,267 vehicles (previous year: 1,330 units / - 4.7 %).
    The most popular models in the single-cylinder sports segment (enduro, supermoto, motocross) were the 250/310 cc (2,758 units) and the 449/511 cc (1,627 units).
    In the segment of motorcycles designed for on-road use, 1,936 of the models Nuda 900 and Nuda 900R were supplied as of December, as well as 1,321 of the models TR 650 Terra and TR 650 Strada.
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    On the surface the this should be great news for BMW. For me it is more than a bit confusing.

    Sales are up but against what? Yes I know they are up against last year but last year there was no Nuda. In retail adjusting for this Husqvarna sales are down on a ÔÇ£same storeÔÇØ basis. This continues a five year run of declining sales. From 13,511, the high in the first year of ownership and falling to 13,052, 12066, and 9286 in 2011. Take the Nuda out and you are down to 8715. The Nuda is a Hot Rod F800. I like hot rods but is this what BMW purchased Husqvarna for?

    BMW took a major write down for Husqvarna during the third quarter of 2011. This cleared up the last of the acquisition issues and revamping being done in anticipation of development. Yet none of the of the concept offroad bikes have materialized. What we are seeing in spy shots from reputable spies is a ÔÇÿnewÔÇÖ touring Nuda; a hot rod F800GT. [insert headscratch icon here]

    Italy and Spain are major markets for Husqvarna. Sales are down there. The BRIC countries would seem to be logical targets for expansion. However, Brazil has been staked out by Team Blue, Russia is Bimmer and Rolls-Royce territory and China MINI, 3 Series and Rolls-Royce. That leaves India.

    Team Blue has a presence but it is in the high end of the market. The rest should be prime for Husqvarna but that would require a Brazil like operation to avoid the incredible tariff mark ups. Yet there are no rumors of this in the European, or more to the point, Indian press.

    Now the British press site, MCM, suggests BMW is ready to sell to KTM. In theory BMW would recover its investment (at least a good chunk depending on the deal and life cycle costs of ownership for BMW) while KTM would gain production capacity and a line that it (read Bajaj) is much better equipped to bring to the Indian maket.

    Stay tuned.

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    Husqvarna ÔÇô The Plot Thickens

    niewsmotor.nl reports that it is not KTM but Stefan Pierer's company Pierer Industries AG BMW is doing the Husqvarna deal with. The twist is that Pierer's day job is as CEO of KTM.

    HFL's version of the story based in large part on the Niewsmotor.nl piece has KTM, Bajaj and Pierer Industries possibly working together to fit Husqvarna into its growing product line; however it is not at all clear what that means. The long term prize in all of this may be the manufacturing capacity of Husqvarna and not the marque.

    The Dutch article suggests a new Husqvarna model is due out at the EICMA later this year. Is it a touring Nuda or one of the dirtier scrambler concept models turned production.

    The deal will be subject to EU regulaters approval, Husqvarna (They continue to own the license to the name), and the BMW AG board. Based on the approval process during the BMW acquisition this should go quickly.

    In the midst of all the stories there are two that hold my curiosity.

    BMW has transferred a good deal of engine technology to Husqvarna. The 650 Terra/Strada engine from the G series and more importantly the hot roded F800 now Husqvarna 900. Will these engines be licensed? What Husqvarna 900 engine development can be brought back to Munich and the F800?

    What about the G450? The bike was developed to round out the BMW product line. Several years in development and a couple in BMW's product line the bike model was moved to Husqvarna when they were designated as the off-road brand in the two brand company. When the G450 is thrown into the mix BMW's cost of ownership continues to grow on an increasingly steep curve.

    Assuming there is a deal is probably safer than Dewey being president. Things will make sense as the story unfolds. Stay tuned to see what sense that is.
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    Oh crikey it's worse the the Danica Patrick, Rickey Henhouse mess and now we get Dario Franchitti and Ashley Judd in the mix.
    What's a simple motor fan to do ?
    and by the way who gives a crap

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    Quote Originally Posted by 40427 View Post
    Oh crikey it's worse the the Danica Patrick, Rickey Henhouse mess and now we get Dario Franchitti and Ashley Judd in the mix.
    What's a simple motor fan to do ?
    and by the way who gives a crap
    Apparently you!



    Just not in the way BMW had hoped for when they purchased Husqvarna.

    In my quixotic news aggregating adventures I will leave the Danica and Franchitti stories to ÔÇÿsilly seasonÔÇÖ writers covering the news of loves won and lost. The Husqvarna story interests me on so many levels; not the least of which is why BMW Motorrad, with all of its resources, was not able to make the Husqvarna Motorcycle marque interesting to their customer base or any other. As always YMMV but nice to chat with you at the Internet outlet of the Fly-Over-Land Newsstand.



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    BMW has shown poor marketing skills and I use my bike, and the F-series as evidence. The new F-GT is here because sales of the others stink!

    That it could not market and make Husky great, is no surprise to me.
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    I am not vested in arguing for or against BMW's marketing. In most cases I can understand what and why they are doing some even when it makes little or no sense to me or others. How they dealt with Husqvarna has always confused. They said one thing on paper then often did something very different in real life. I am still not convinced the underlying idea was wrong but the execution was bad. Oh well, it is no longer BMW's problem.

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    Munich. The BMW Group is realigning its BMW Motorrad business. In the context of changing motorcycle markets, demographic trends and increasing environmental demands, BMW Motorrad will expand its product offering to exploit future growth potential. The focus of the realignment will be on urban mobility and e-mobility. By restructuring the segment, the BMW Group will concentrate on expanding and utilising the resources of the BMW Motorrad brand. Therefore the BMW Group signed a purchase agreement with Pierer Industrie AG (Austria) for the acquisition of Husqvarna Motorcycles. The acquisition will proceed subject to approval by anti-trust authorities. Both companies have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.

    Expanded offering for urban mobility and e-mobility

    BMW Motorrad achieved a new sales record in 2012. With the realignment of its motorcycle business, BMW Motorrad aims to maintain profitable and sustainable growth over the coming years. Its current core business consists exclusively of premium vehicles in the categories ÔÇ£TourerÔÇØ, ÔÇ£EnduroÔÇØ, ÔÇ£SportÔÇØ, ÔÇ£RoadsterÔÇØ and ÔÇ£Maxi-ScooterÔÇØ from 650 to 1600 cc. BMW Motorrad entered the urban mobility segment for the first time in 2012 with the C 650 GT and C 600 Sport maxi-scooters. The next step in the expansion of the product line-up in this segment will be the series launch of the ÔÇ£C evolutionÔÇØ electric scooter in 2014. Further innovative vehicle concepts are also under consideration. Drive trains will include both environmentally-friendly combustion engines and pure electric drives. This move by BMW Motorrad reflects the BMW GroupÔÇÖs overall focus on early identification of trends, such as megacities and traffic density, as well as environmental issues. Corresponding products and services are already available for the Automobile segment.

    Continuation of product offensive

    In addition to the expansion in the field of urban mobility, core segments from the 650 single-cylinder entry-level bike to the 6-cylinder luxury tourer will also be selectively expanded.




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