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BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team - WSBK - Imola - Preview
The BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team is preparing for its next home round. The seventh round of the 2013 FIM Superbike World Championship will be held this weekend (28th to 30th June) at the iconic ?Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari? at Imola (ITA). This season so far, factory riders Marco Melandri (ITA) and Chaz Davies (GBR) have shared four victories between them on their BMW S 1000 RRs. Imola also hosts the fifth round of the 2013 FIM Superstock 1000 Cup. Sylvain Barrier (FRA) of the BMW Motorrad GoldBet STK Team heads to Italy leading in the Riders? classification. His team-mate Greg Gildenhuys (RSA) is on his way back to being 100 per cent fit after he had fractured his left heel....More
asphaltandrubber.com: Op-Ed MotoGP - Usefull Idiots
FWIW: When I started doing this I quickly accepted that I am a useful tool in the viral network of motorsport. Quickly the goal became to dig through the other tools I found on the internet to find to source using and bring that here. My firm belief is in the end it is the reader that holds the responsibility and power to separate fact from fiction, news from propaganda if they apply even a basic effort at critical thinking. But then what do I know, I am just an idiot tool.
motorcycledaily.com: Best bikes for under ?5k: 2005-2009 BMW R1200RT
What was it like then?Bland but effective BMWs, like the R1150RT, managed to attract an army of fans, but they did comprise a rather stereotypical legion of buyers. While many bikes in the Bavarian range could be accused of image and purpose confusion, the tourers had at least always been fit for purpose, until the R1200RT emerged blinking into the ...
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2013 BMW R 1200 GS Named ?Best of the Best? By Robb Report
The BMW R 1200 GS has been named ?Best of the Best? in the Motorcycles, Adventure/Touring category of Robb Report?s recently released June issue. The 25th annual edition of Best of the Best is the quintessential guide to the world?s finest new automobiles, yachts, hotels, watches, wines and more. ... ...More
With the advent of BMW motorcycles in 1923, racing equivalents of the German company?s road-going machines quickly appeared. Many of these racing machines were assembled by owners who literally transformed their BMW road bikes into production-based club racers. By the end of the 1930s, BMW had become more involved with every aspect of two-wheel racing with great success. And there was more ... ...More
British racing star Chaz Davies, who rides in the Superbike World Championship for the BMW Motorrad Goldbet SBK Team, was invited to take on UK motoring show Fifth Gear in a friendly, yet competitive, car versus motorcycle challenge ]...More
Between 1929 and 1932, BMW motorcycles set, broke and retook many, many speed records. From this point in time, BMW built itself a solid reputation for reliable and fast motorcycles. This was underlined in 1937 when a supercharged Boxer engine BMW achieved 173.6mph to set a new land speed racing record. Strange then, that no standard road-going BMW had been built to surpass the ...More
World premiere of the BMW Concept Active Tourer Outdoor at the exhibition OutDoor 2013.
Press Conference, 12 July 2013, Friedrichshafen. BMW will be entering new terrain. For the first time in the history of the company, a concept vehicle will celebrate its premiere at the OutDoor in Friedrichshafen. The second concept version of the BMW Concept Active Tourer being pre-sented this summer is aimed at meeting the special needs of an outdoor and leisure time oriented target group. The BMW Concept Active Tourer Outdoor combines comfort and dynamic design with a high level of spatial functionality and intelligent access to BMW ConnectedDrive services. We look forward to welcoming you to our press conference being held on 12 July 2013 within the framework of the OutDoor in Friedrichshafen. ...More
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TED: Lesley Hazleton: The doubt essential to faith - Lesley Hazleton (2013)
When Lesley Hazleton was writing a biography of Muhammad, she was struck by something: The night he received the revelation of the Koran, according to early accounts, his first reaction was doubt, awe, even fear. And yet this experience became the bedrock of his belief. Hazleton calls for a new appreciation of doubt and questioning as the foundation of faith -- and an end to fundamentalism of all kinds
ROLLS-ROYCE CELEBRATES 2013 CENTENARY ALPINE TRIAL HALF-WAY STAGE
The Centenary Alpine Trial?s half-way stage was heralded with an evening that promises to live long in the memories of those that attended, and will also be firmly cemented in Rolls-Royce history. The event marked 100 years to the day that the original 1913 Alpenfahrt Rally would have been preparing to set off. ...More
BMW congratulates Prince Leopold von Bayern. A racing legend celebrates his 70th birthday today.
The BMW Group and Leopold, Prince of Bavaria, are bound together by a long-standing friendship. During his racing career, ?Poldi? achieved more than 120 victories, since1986 exclusively with BMW automobiles. For 35 years, he raced on many famous racetracks and mountain roads. He was behind the wheel of touring cars, sports cars and vintage cars, participated in Formula 3 racing and was a BMW works driver. Only the Formula 1 is missing from his career. Today, His Royal Highness, an heir to the 800-year-old Wittelsbach dynasty, travels all over the world as a brand ambassador for BMW. ...More
Springboard for the Next Design Generation.
DesignworksUSA consults design talents / Prize winners awarded for the first time by the BMW Creative Lab and partner Fratelli Guzzini....More
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I was jonesing for a cherry fruit pie Sunday. I have not found an acceptable substitute. I am in trouble if they bring them back.
TED: Peter Attia: What if we?re wrong about diabetes? - Peter Attia (2013)
As a young surgeon, Peter Attia felt contempt for a patient with diabetes. She was overweight, he thought, and thus responsible for the fact that she needed a foot amputation. But years later, Attia received an unpleasant medical surprise that led him to wonder: is our understanding of diabetes right? Could the precursors to diabetes cause obesity, and not the other way around? A look at how assumptions may be leading us to wage the wrong medical war.
90 Years of BMW Motorrad ? out now!
Packed with more than 200 colour and black and white photographs and with text displayed in English and German, 90 Years BMW Motorrad is out now and contains more than 300 pages full of interesting tales from the archives that showcase the most popular machines alongside some enticing rarities...More
Charley Boorman leaves London to explore USA on new BMW R 1200 GS
Filmmaker, author and adventure rider Charley Boorman will soon be heading to the United States of America for his next television project: Extreme Frontiers USA. This is the third chapter in the popular Extreme Frontiers TV series that has previously seen Boorman travel around the most remote and wild parts of Canada, as well as spend six weeks journeying around South Africa...More
Munich to Magadan ? the Hard Way East
BMW Motorrad?s new F 800 GS Adventure has only just been unveiled, but this mid-size ?go-anywhere? motorcycle is already being used to power a well-known overland traveller all the way from Munich to Magadan. Ten years in the making, Jochen "JoeDakar" Stather?s Hard Way East trip is finally underway, with the BMW Motorrad Instructor, Tourguide and Trainer currently heading deep into the Russian...More
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MotoGP.com World Champion Jorge Lorenzo has been forced to miss Saturday?s Iveco TT Assen because of a broken left collarbone. The Yamaha Factory Racing rider picked up the injury after suffering a high-speed crash in Thursday afternoon practice.
Caught out by standing water, Lorenzo was launched over the front end of his bike before landing heavily on his left shoulder. The accident occurred at the rapid Hoge Heide right-hander which leads towards Ramshoek and the Geert Timmer chicane at the end of the legendary Assen lap.
Having been transported to the circuit Medical Centre by ambulance, Lorenzo was given painkillers before his broken collarbone was confirmed. He will now spend 12 hours under observation at Assen hospital, where CT scans will be conducted, before returning to Barcelona for surgery on either Saturday night or Sunday morning.
?Jorge has suffered an accident at over 200 kilometres an hour and the obvious injury at this point is a broken left clavicle,? explains Dr. Xavier Mir. ?However, as this was a significant accident, we have to take into account that there could also be head, thoracic or abdominal injuries. For now, we have taken him to hospital in Assen where CT scans will be carried out in those three areas to rule out any further injuries. It would also be a prudent move to observe him over 12 hours to make sure he can be treated by the appropriate parties when he arrives in Barcelona tomorrow.?
In November 2009, Lorenzo underwent a small operation for the removal of a titanium plate from the same collarbone. This had been fitted following a crash in the 250 race at the Circuit de Catalunya in 2005, after which his shoulder was injured again in a Valencia off-season testing accident.
Lorenzo had headed into this race weekend off the back of consecutive race victories in the Italian and Catalan Grands Prix and is second in the Riders? Championship, just seven points behind leader Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team).
FIA.com: Press Information
2013 British Grand Prix
Thursday Press Conference Transcript
Drivers ? Fernando ALONSO (Ferrari), Jenson BUTTON (McLaren) Max CHILTON
(Marussia), Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes), Paul DI RESTA (Force India), Mark
WEBBER (Red Bull).
bikeexif.com: Dual sprot motorcycle
Another take on the H-D conversion to dual sport
acem.eu: European PTW market: -15% in May
ACEM statistical service reports a 15% decline in the European Powered Two-Wheelers market for 2013 so far. Since the beginning of 2013 ACEM has been reporting monthly double digit drops
acem.eu: Europe has come a long way since the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted its own initiative opinion on "Industrial change and prospects for the powered two-wheeler industry in Europe" in March 2010. Recognising the enduring impact of the economic crisis on the motorcycle industry the EESC invited ACEM to update its members on the state of the sector three years on.
BMW and Independent Collectors launch online presence to accompany the ?BMW Art Guide?. New interactive blog on art and collecting
Munich. In cooperation with Independent Collectors, BMW is initiating a blog on ?BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors?, providing readers with comprehensive background information on the publication about international accessible private contemporary art collections worldwide. Since first being presented to the public at last year?s Art Basel, the pocket-format reference book has met with great interest worldwide. Thanks to the blog, an interactive site is being created that provides information about the publication and art collecting in general. ...More
For young off-roaders. The BMW Cruise Bike Junior.
The new BMW Cruise Bike Junior provides fantastic cycling fun and years of enjoyment for young cyclists aged six to nine. Parents will be happy, too, as the special frame design allows the bike to ?grow? with their child. ...More
The height of design and technology. The BMW Mountainbike All Mountain.
The 2013 BMW Mountainbike All Mountain guarantees a top-quality performance for freeriders, trail enthusiasts, mountain bikers and relaxed cruisers alike. The bike is the result of a collaboration between BMW engineers and a German mountain bike specialist, and will be presented for the first time in the sports collection of the BMW 2013/2014 lifestyle catalogue. Like all BMW bicycles, it combines a striking appearance with sophisticated technology. ...More
BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team - WSBK - Imola - Qualifying Practice 1
The BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team has started its home round at the ?Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari? at Imola (ITA). Factory rider and local hero, Marco Melandri (ITA) finished today?s first qualifying practice sixth on the provisional second row on his BMW S 1000 RR. His team-mate Chaz Davies (GBR) was 11th. In the first qualifying practice of the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, Sylvain Barrier (FRA) of the BMW Motorrad GoldBet STK Team finished third on the provisional front row on his BMW HP4. His team-mate Greg Gildenhuys (RSA), who is still affected by his injured left heel, finished 17th
Ever since there have been BMW bikes, there have been women riders keen to discover the whole world on two wheels. The names of these intrepid explorers roll off the tongue: Elspeth Beard, Tiffany Coates, Ramona Schwarz, Julia Sanders, Benka Pulko? and now Katar?na Vr?belov?, a 23-year-old BMW G 650 GS Sert?o rider from Pre?ov, who aims to be the first Slovak female to travel around the world on ...More
The success of BMW from its infancy was based almost entirely on motorcycle design and manufacture. Aero-engine and automobile technology played a major role, too, but it was motorcycles like the very first R 32, the R 11, R 5 and many others that positioned BMW as one of the leading manufacturers. But life for the company hasn?t always been a bed of roses. BMW only just survived the economic ]...More
What do top motorcycle racers do in their time off between Superbike World Championship rounds? Some will take a holiday, others may train but Marco Melandri and Sylvain Barrier can frequently be found riding motorcycles, purely for fun and often at a racetrack. . ...More
Munich. The 13th BMW Motorrad Days from July 5th - 7th 2013 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen is the perfect setting for a very special anniversary: 90 years of BMW Motorrad. After all, it was in 1923 that the first ever BMW motorcycle came off the production line - the R 32 - setting in motion the fascinating success story of motorbikes from Munich. ...More
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TED: Bob Mankoff: Anatomy of a New Yorker cartoon - Bob Mankoff (2013)
The New Yorker receives around 1,000 cartoons each week; it only publishes about 17 of them. In this hilarious, fast-paced, and insightful talk, the magazine's longstanding cartoon editor and self-proclaimed "humor analyst" Bob Mankoff dissects the comedy within just some of the "idea drawings" featured in the magazine, explaining what works, what doesn't, and why.
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BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team - WSBK - Imola - Races
The BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team concludes its home round at Imola (ITA) with both factory riders claiming their best results at the Italian track to date. Local hero, Marco Melandri (ITA) finished both of today?s races at the ?Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari? in fourth on his BMW S 1000 RR. His team-mate Chaz Davies (GBR) claimed sixth and fifth respectively. In the race of the 2013 FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, it was once again Sylvain Barrier (FRA) on the BMW HP4 of the BMW Motorrad GoldBet STK Team to take the win. In the riders? classification, Sylvain has now 95 points and has extended his lead to 12 points. His team-mate Greg Gildenhuys (RSA) finished 10th.
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RECALL: ZERO ( 13V257000 )
Dated: JUN 20, 2013 Zero Motorcycles Inc. (Zero) is recalling certain model year 2013 FX motorcycles manufactured January 28, 2013, through May 21, 2013; and model year 2013 XU motorcycles manufactured January 16, 2013, .
FIA.com: 2013 German Grand Prix
Friday Press Conference Transcript
TEAM REPRESENTATIVES ? Sam Michael (McLaren), Tom McCULLOUGH
(Sauber), Pat FRY (Ferrari), Paul HEMBERY (Pirelli), Paddy LOWE (Mercedes)
formula1.com: Friday practice - selected team and driver quotes
I am working hard this week to help customers enjoy their 4th of July weekend while playing with the pit crew and having a ball myself. With the exception of a rant or two in other threads I am off (more than usual) for this week.
Tomorrow I am off to Wisconsin to celebrate my Uncle's 90th birthday with my cousins. I lived with them for a while when my father died and we reallocated closer to family. We were asked bring remembrance stories to share. I am going to remind him of joining the SPEALE (Society for the Prevention of the Extinction of the Art of Lutefisk Eating) with him. I am hopping he will share tales of his ride across the US on an Indian Scout after his discharge from the Navy when the Korean conflict was done.
In preparation for the second half of the 2013 season, the BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team took part in today?s official Dorna test at Imola (ITA) with factory riders Marco Melandri (ITA) and Chaz Davies (GBR). The test comprised two sessions of two hours each. With both riders, the team tried different new components for the chassis and suspension settings for the BMW S 1000 RRs. In addition, Marco and Chaz worked on the bike?s geometry and they tested an electronic update...More
worldsbk.com: Team Ducati Astare complet intesive two day test at Missano
Gran Turismo - long-distance travel in style: the K 1600 GT stands for fast, stylish cruising over long distances and smooth-running power on lengthy trips. The 6-cylinder engine delivers an impressive 160 bhp (118 kW) and a maximum torque of 175 Nm. The K 1600 GT Sport provides 70 per cent of its power at just 1,500 rpm to combine touring bike feeling with high-speed potential...More
BMW Motorrad closed the first half of 2013 with a new six-month record. 64,941 motorcycles and scooters (previous year: 59,189 units) were sold as of June 2013. This represents an increase in sales over the previous year of 9.7 %. Motorcycle and scooter sales achieved a new June record. Sales went up significantly as compared to the same month last year by 22.1 % to 12,541 vehicles (prev. yr.: 10,271 units)...More
After 16 days and more than 1,800 miles, the 2013 Centenary Alpine Trial has now drawn to a close. The sight of 47 magnificent Silver Ghosts wafting their way through the Alps, accompanied by the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars ?Works Team?, will live in the memories of those that saw the marvel at first hand for many years to come....More
Woodcliff Lake, NJ ? July 5, 2013? Fresh from a clean sweep of German Touring Car Masters (DTM) titles in 2012, the BMW M3 continues to power from one victory to the next again this season. The M3?s reemergence in DTM came in the M3?s final season in the American Le Mans Series where, in 38 starts in the GT it scored 7 victories and took BMW Team RLL to five titles in two seasons. The production M3 Coupe is approaching the checkered flag as BMW M GmbH announces the end of production for the fourth generation model. The high-performance sports car which spawned the championship-winning DTM and ALMS racer is set to end its career on the road after more than 40,000 examples have left the factory. With that, the BMW M3 Coupe will be drawing a line under an extraordinary run on the world?s car markets. The BMW M3 Convertible, likewise powered by a high-revving V8 engine, will continue in production until September 2013...More
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motorcyclenews.com: The fate of Mallory Park
Race tracks are at the intersection of racing and on the street and face concerns raised by that live near those intersections of life. The fate of racing often is not in the organizer's hands but the family in a bunglow near the track.
cyrilhuzeblog.com: Is it the new custom chopper?
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The 90 years BMW Motorrad anniversary, many new attractions and brilliant weather attracted 40.000 participants to Garmisch-Partenkirchen ...More
Munich. BMW Group achieved its highest sales for the first six months of the year, with a total of 954,521 vehicles delivered worldwide, an increase of 6.0% over the same period last year (prev. yr. 900,566). Sales in June also reached an all-time high with 184,489 vehicles sold worldwide last month, an increase of 6.9% over the previous year (172,528)...More
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TED Charmian Gooch: Meet global corruption's hidden players
When the son of the president of a desperately poor country starts buying mansions and sportscars on an official monthly salary of $7,000, Charmian Gooch suggests, corruption is probably somewhere in the picture. In a blistering, eye-opening talk (and through several specific examples), she details how global corruption trackers follow the money -- to some surprisingly familiar faces.
RECALL Transport Canada Recall # 2013238 BMW issued a recall on the 7 SERIES, 6 SERIES, Z4, X3, 5 SERIES, 3 SERIES, and X5 models
On certain vehicles, the front passenger seat occupant detection mat can fatigue over time. As a result, the passenger airbag could deactivate, illuminating the airbag warning lamp and the passenger airbag ON/OFF...More
Woodcliff Lake, NJ ? July 9, 2013 6:00pm EDT/3:00pm PDT? The BMW Group is set to play a leading and groundbreaking role in shaping personal mobility at the premium level well into the future. The research and development work carried out since 2007 as part of project i has laid the foundations for sustainable mobility solutions influenced by environmental, economic and social change around the world. The BMW Group is pursuing an integrated approach, as embodied by the new BMW i sub-brand, in its drive to achieve the necessary balance between individual needs and the global mobility requirements of the future. BMW i is committed to creating innovative vehicles and mobility services with premium character that is defined squarely in terms of sustainability. This vision is about to become reality: the BMW i3, the first series-produced model from the new brand, offers customers zero driving emission mobility in a premium car package...More
New heights of luxury: DesignworksUSA brings a premium experience to airline passengers. Design of next-generation First Class seats for Singapore Airlines / Lounge ambience with comfort seats, premium materials and subtle colours ...More
TED Michael Green: Why we should build wooden skyscrapers
Building a skyscraper? Forget about steel and concrete, says architect Michael Green, and build it out of ? wood. As he details in this intriguing talk, it's not only possible to build safe wooden structures up to 30 stories tall (and, he hopes, higher), it's necessary.
The 90 years BMW Motorrad anniversary, many new attractions and brilliant weather attracted 40.000 participants to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. ...More
. 2013 will see the world?s largest motoring ?garden party? ? held in the grounds of Lord March?s Goodwood House every year since 1993 ? celebrating ?the best of the first 20 years?. The one-of-a-kind Goodwood Festival of Speed will mark its 20th anniversary from 12-14 July this year, once again conjuring up a unique atmosphere for the fastest, loudest and most exciting racing machines from the past and present...More
BMW Concept Active Tourer Outdoor...More
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