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    SBK

    worldsbk.com: Leon H rides hard at home

    worldsbk.com: Infront launches tyre supply tender

    ducati.com: Smrz and Liberty Racing Team on the podium at doningotn

    MotoGP

    fo,-live.com: Dani Pedrosa will undergo surgery after Jerez

    ducactinewstoday.com: No Ducati MotoGP progress till May

    Formula 1

    formaula1.com: ormula One fantasy – Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel



    jamesallenonf1.com: What is hispania’s place in Formula 1?
    At last weekend’s Australian Grand Prix, Hispania Racing’s Narain Kartikeyan and Tonio Liuzzi became the first drivers to not qualify for a Formula 1 Grand Prix for almost a decade. There’s no shame in that; Niki Lauda and Nelson...

    madeinmotorsport.com: Fallout continues after costly Sauber blunder


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    On the Street

    indiacarbikes.in: BMW S 1000 RR obscenely priced In India; Team ICB asks why!







    motorsportretro.com: $275,000 Book – The Official Ferrari Opus



    webbikeworld.com: Hlemet review – Caberg Ego

    khaleejtimes.com: BMW forcasts strong [Dubai] sales growth in 2011

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    BMW Motorrad Brasiln is the most awarded brand at Moto gold 2011
    31.03.2011
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    Sao Paulo, March 31, 2011-During the ceremony of the 2011 Award Gold Bike, held annually by the Green Bike and motorcycle magazines-both publications Publisher Motorpress Brazil-BMW Motorrad was the brand that stood, garnering several awards of products and brand image in the following categories:

    -Maxitrail with the BMW F 800 GS;
    -Naked with BMW K 1300 R;
    Sport with the BMW S 1000 RR;
    -Better image quality;
    -Customer satisfaction;

    Moto Gold Award is part of the MOTORCYCLE OF THE YEAR, the highest award of motorcycles in the world, performed by group Motorpress magazines in 13 countries: Germany (Motorrad), Brazil (Motorcycling), Italy (Sprint and In Bike Bike), Spain (Motorcycling), Holland (Motorcycle Plus), Switzerland (T?Âff), Portugal (Motorcycling), Croatia (Motorevija), Czech Republic (Motocyckl), Hungary (Motorevue), Poland (Motocyckl) and Romania (Univers Bike). Motorcycles direct participants received votes from readers of the magazine ?¼ — through coupons bound in October and November 2010. In total, there are eight trophies for bikes and 5 for the brand image.

    With this award, BMW Motorrad Brazil is renowned for its excellent products and work in the country.


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    asia.eurosport.com: BMW bosses planning for MotoGP

    The rumor mill continues to crank. gpone.com: Dorna courting BMW for MotoGP

    caradisiac.fom: BMW does not hide [its] interest in MotoGP post 2012
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    MotoGP

    motogp.com: Repsol Honda duo top Jerez timesheet

    ducati.com: Rossi third in Jerez free practice, Hayden ninth

    autosport.com spies short of confidence in practice

    teamtech3.fr: Edwards and Crutchlow make promising start in Jerez

    Suzuki-racing.com: Hopkins enjoys Jerez opening day

    fim-live.com: Riders excited by first European round at Jerez

    fim-live.com: Stoner, L??thi and Terol fastest


    The Ducati MotoGP Team is made up of people. Come and meet them during a working day!



    Other Racing

    BMW Motorsport: Dirk M??ller and his BMW Team RLL team-mates got their American Le Mans Series campaign off to a start with a win. In an interview, the German talks about his 2011 program.

    Bikes in the Fast Lane: Valentino Rossi announces participation in the 2012 Dakar


    On the Street

    asphaltandrubber.com: Harley-Davidson considering an electric model

    indiancarsbikes.in: BMW is serious about the M3 pickup truck (ute) afterall or are they?

    The Mothership

    As Great Britain becomes gripped by royal wedding fever BMW has created a limited edition of the BMW M3 Coup?® to celebrate this special occasion…more










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    Ahhh, April 2. The April fools jokes continue to pop but I am ready to ignore them now. By Monday they will be all but gone for another year.





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    Everywhere I looked today there seemed to be Triumph motorcycles. Beautifully restored Bonnevilles, new Speed Triples and many more, but the one that really stuck with me was this 1961 TR5C I found on silodrome.com

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    MotoGP

    MotoGP Qualifying
    1 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team HONDA 1’38.757 19 23 280.1

    2 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team HONDA 1’38.915 22 22 0.158 0.158 281.5

    3 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing YAMAHA 1’38.918 25 29 0.161 0.003 275.0

    4 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing YAMAHA 1’39.390 23 23 0.633 0.472 277.6

    5 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini HONDA 1’39.486 24 27 0.729 0.096 279.2

    6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team HONDA 1’39.709 28 29 0.952 0.223 278.6

    7 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team DUCATI 1’39.892 20 20 1.135 0.183 275.8

    8 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA 1’39.895 24 25 1.138 0.003 274.7

    9 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA 1’40.019 22 24
    1.262 0.124 271.2

    10 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini HONDA 1’40.168 11 22 1.411
    0.149 274.8

    11 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team DUCATI 1’40.175 21 26 1.418 0.007 279.0

    12 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team DUCATI 1’40.185 15 24 1.428 0.010 276.7

    13 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP DUCATI 1’40.217 24 28 1.460 0.032 269.5

    14 21 John HOPKINS USA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP SUZUKI 1’40.310 25 26 1.553 0.093 277.6

    15 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team DUCATI 1’40.523 19 25 1.766 0.213 276.3

    16 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing DUCATI 1’40.601 26 26 1.844 0.078 274.3

    17 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP HONDA 1’41.114 16 24 2.357 0.513 280.4

    fim-live.com: Stoner scores second straight pole

    fime-live.com: “Never underestimate the Spanish riders’ Stoner

    Hondaproracing.com: Honda onca again take top two slots on MotoGP grid

    fim-live.com: Lorenzo delivers front row at Jerez

    ducati.com: Good pace for Rossi despite qualifying slip, Hayden eleventh

    teamtech3.fr: Edwards and Crutchlow happy after dramatic qualifying

    rizla-suzuki-motogp.co.uk: Hopkins close to a third row start in Jerez

    Formula 1

    formula1.com: Malaysia preview quotes

    attwilliams: Cosworth Engineering Debrief – Australian GP



    Other Racing

    reuters.com: Raikonen to drive NASCAR truck for Kyle Busch

    The first race appearance at the N??rburgring-Nordschleife (DE) in 2011 turned out to be a great success for Team BMW Motorsport: The no. 42 BMW M3 GT with J?Ârg M??ller (DE), Augusto Farfus (BR) and Uwe Alzen (DE) at the wheel crossed the line as the winner in the first round of the VLN Endurance Championship. The second BMW M3 GT (no. 43), driven by Andy Priaulx (GB), Dirk M??ller (DE) and Dirk Werner (DE), took the chequered flag in second, 51 seconds behind the sister car after four hours of running…more

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    MotoGP

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    Standings:
    1 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 45

    2 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 36

    3 Casey STONER Honda AUS 25

    4 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati USA 23

    5 Valentino ROSSI Ducati ITA 20

    6 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda JPN 19

    7 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Honda ITA 17

    8 Hector BARBERA Ducati SPA 14

    9 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha GBR 13

    10 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati CZE 12

    11 Marco SIMONCELLI Honda ITA 11

    12 Ben SPIES Yamaha USA 10

    13 Colin EDWARDS Yamaha USA 8

    14 Toni ELIAS Honda SPA 7

    15 John HOPKINS Suzuki USA 6

    16 Loris CAPIROSSI Ducati ITA 5


    bbc.co.uk: World champion Jorge Lorenzo seals Spanish MotoGP win

    fim-live.com: Lorenzo takes the honors in eventful Jerez race

    Spanish GP – Team Releases:

    Hondaproracing.com: Pedrosa takes second in rain –hit Spanish GP

    Ducati.com: Hayden on the podium at Jerez, Rossi falls but remounts to take fifth

    teamtech3.fr: Edwards and Crutchlow fight for Podium in Jerez thriller

    rizla-suzuki-motogp.co.uk: Hoopkins scores amazing top 10 in MotoGP return

    gresiniracing.com: Unlucky Simoncelli misses victory chance as Aoyama fights for podium

    karelabraham.com: Karel Abraham finished 7th in spite of crash

    crash.net: Stoner blasts marshals after Rossi collision

    Video: MotoGP’s race recap video for the 2011 Spanish GP

    Spanish GP photo compilations by team

    Yamaha


    Repsol Honda Team Spanish GP Stoner/Pedrosa/Dovizioso


    Ducati Valentino Rossi & Nick Hayden



    Formula 1

    autospot.com: RBR ‘gaining confidence’ in KERS


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    The 1963 LA Times GP: The debut of the King Cobra



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    bmwcafe.blogspot.com: Peel on a plujer
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    “Fixing the Race”

    On many Monday mornings fans of ball and ball and stick games gather around the proverbial water cooler to talk about Sunday’s big game. All too often that discussion revolves around or devolves to a debate of a call by an official as fans for opposing teams run out of highlights to use to support their view of the outcome. Jokingly someone will often say the fix was in with the referees. The sad thing is on extremely rare occasions they are right.

    Monday morning fans of motorcycle and cage racing rarely have this sort of discussion. It will be interesting to see what fans make of this past Sunday’s Spanish MotoGP and Casey Stoner’s rant about the corner workers which was echoed by Marco Semocelli.



    Early in a wet race Valentino Rossi astride his Ducati lost grip, low sided and took Casey Stoner down with him. The two skittered across the track and their bikes piled up. Corner workers helped separate the bikes and get them vertical. This is totally appropriate under the MotoGP rules. 2011 MotoGP Regulation 1.21.4 reads:

    1.21 Behavior During Practice and Race

    4) Any repairs or adjustments along the race track must be made by the
    rider working alone with absolutely no outside assistance. The marshals
    may assist the rider to the extent of helping him to lift the machine and
    holding it whilst any repairs or adjustments are made.
    The marshal may
    then assist him to re-start the machine.

    Both riders were helped getting their bikes vertical and ready to return to the race; so far, so good.

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    Corner workers pushed Rossi and he quickly bump started his Ducati retuning to the race and eventually finishing 5th. Stoner was not able to start his bike and posted a DNF.



    Stoner claims the corner workers gave up too soon costing him a chance to finish the race and score critical championship points. Posting the DNF dropped him from P1 to P3 in the standings. Jorge Lorenzo is in P1 and his teammate Dani Pedrosa is ahead of him. He is not a happy racer. Is he right?

    Rossi will undoubtedly get the better table at the restaurant, the better parking spot and five more feet of pushing from the corner workers than almost any other rider. He did not need the extra five feet when his Ducati popped off and he quickly returned to racing.

    Stoner suffered from more than not being Valentino Rossi for two reasons.

    The first is the Repsol Honda he is riding. The clutch design settled on by Honda increases durability while making the bike harder to bump start. After helping him push his bike for some distance the workers stopped and returned to their corner to resume their normal duties. Stoner wanted the five more feet and did not get it.

    The Rossi factor aside at some point in time and distance the corner workers must return to their post and their normal duties. The rules allow them to help push start a rider but they do not make them team crew members. Other riders are on the track and corner workers have a duty to them to do their assign jobs in their assigned location. Good decision corner workers. Honda engineers, we hope you did not loose anyone in the earthquake and tsunami, now go and rethink the clutch. Case closed; or is it?

    Marco Simocelli was well in the lead just before the half way point and on his way to being the first satellite team rider to score a win since Toni Elias claimed the 2006 Estoril race for Gresini when he suffered a nasty high side in turn one and did not return to the race. Simocelli claims he could have returned if he had help from the corner workers but they were no where to be found.

    It may be my conspiracy buff nature coming out but in all the articles recounting various accidents and in these two in particular there appears to be an unmentioned ‘gorilla’ in the article plot arc. Stoner and Siomocelli both crashed in turn one. Both may be guilty of a variety of mechanical and judgment errors but both were definitely guilty of racing while Australian and Italian, respectively, on a Spanish track. To compound this problem they were racing against a defending Spanish World Champion.

    I would love to write a riveting piece of racing fiction that included corrupt racing officials fixing the results. It would be a piece of fiction because I do not believe that corner workers ‘had the fix in’ for their hero Lorenzo or even Pedrosa. The Spanish are great race fans and love to support Spanish riders. Last year Ruben Xaus may have lasted with the BMW SBK team because of the race calendar and he is Spanish. This made him important for gate recites and Madrid showroom sales. However; with the growing importance and presence of Spanish tracks on the calendars of all forms of racing the FMA must investigate the incidents in this race to remove any possible taint Monday morning conspirators may raise. This is kind of race fixing may be needed if this story grows wheels.

    Fortunately the Sunday rain was in Spain and not on my part of the plains. Most of us were out riding yesterday. I am off to the get a cup of Reindeer Antler Coffee and see where everyone rode. The crowd is a cross between feet forward and dirt riders so I don’t expect much debate over the MotoGP results.

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    SBK

    crash.net: James Toseland casts doubt on Monza return

    MotoGP

    Post race interviews:
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    Nicky Hayden

    asphaltandrubber.com: Here come the 1,000’s



    Formula 1

    formula1.com: Drivers to evaluate experimental hard tire at Sepang

    reuters.com: Red Bull make changes to Webber’s car


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    ducatinewstoday.com: The first time BMW and Ducati raced Superbikes

    motoblog.it: Husqvarna dominate the second round of World Enduro 2011

    telegraph.co.uk: FIA president Jean Todt and EU commissioner keen to set up new electric Formula One championship

    independent.co.uk: You may think F1 has got deadly dull. Once it was just deadly

    On the Street

    motorcycledaily.com: MD first ride – 2012 Honda crossrunner

    motociclismo.com: March registrations down 25.1%

    roadracingworld.com: Ducati North America motorcycle sales up 68% in first quarter

    cyrilhuzeblog.com: Big Dog Motorcycles closing

    sportrider.com: Michelin introduces new Pilot Road 3 Sport-touring tire

    autoevolution.com: Metzler launches Interact radial motorcycle tires

    pr-usa.net: Increasing motorcycle safety to have a better ride

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    Richmond Hill, ON. Following a record-breaking January and February, BMW Group Canada’s March 2011 results helped the company secure a significant Q1 increase over the first quarter of 2010. With a year-to-date total of 6,087 units sold, the Group (BMW and MINI combined) surpassed first-quarter 2010 sales by 8.9 per cent…more









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    The bright lights of Paris were the latest destination for the Concept C design study, as the scooter-loving French public were given an impressive taste of what to expect when BMW Motorrad enters the all-important urban mobility market in the near future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JStrube View Post
    Is that an ICE SCULPTURE???
    Yes it is an ice sculpture. Here is a picture of it being carved 


    and another of the finished product.
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    When you click on the MSF safety question of the day, it asks about a picture but does not show the picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by radan2 View Post
    When you click on the MSF safety question of the day, it asks about a picture but does not show the picture.
    I noticed that when I put the post together. I wrote an email and had hoped they would have it fixed by now.
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    SBK

    motomatters.com: Miller Motorsports Park talks to Marco Melandri

    MotoGP

    motogp.com: Statement of the MotoGP Race Direction
    The Stoner Rossi crash handling will be reviewed in a hearing to be held April 28.

    Formula 1

    reuters.com: Sochi says Russian GP on track, IOC to review plans




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    HFL: Lies, damned lies and Ducati sales statistics

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    BMW Motorrad expands customer sports programme.

    All-round package of support for BMW S 1000 RR customers with racing ambitions.

    Munich, 5th April 2011. BMW Motorrad is responding to the worldwide success of the BMW S 1000 RR by expanding its customer sports programme. Headed by Berthold Hauser, the newly created BMW Motorrad HP Race Support team of specialists provides expert assistance for BMW customers with sporting aspirations…more



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    I found the pictures of today’s treat on the OttoNero blog and then did a Google search to find this site with a bit more information on the Moto Guzzi Ercole from an Italian enthusiast.











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    Toseland will not compete in the next round of WorldSBK

    Barry Veneman to substitute for James Toseland on the BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team at the Assen race, the third event in the Superbike World Championship
    ÔÇó 06.04.2011
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    San Donato Milanese, 6 April 2011 - Barry Veneman (34), a native of the Netherlands, has been selected by the BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team to substitute for James Toseland, who is still recuperating, for the next events in the SBK World Championship.



    The Dutch rider has a fairly good amount of experience in international championships and, since he is quite familiar with the local circuit, which is also one of his favorites, he will be able to provide valid support to the Team in setting up the bike for the 15-17 April event.

    Barry VenemanÔÇÖs esperience includes a season in the MotoGP World Championship, riding a two-stroke 500, as well as various races in the Supersport World Championship. In addition, with Suzuki in 2010 he won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, as part of the Endurance Championship, after also taking third place in 2008.
    Veneman has acquired a good knowledge of the BMW S 1000 RR, with which he raced ÔÇô and will race again in 2011 ÔÇô in the German IDM Championship; he has also participated in several developmental tests with the Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport.

    Barry Veneman was born in Zwolle (Netherlands) on 22 March 1977; he is married and has two children.

    His favorite tracks are Phillip Island (AUS) and TT Assen (NL).
    His favorite motorcycle is the BMW S 1000 RR.



    Major results:
    ÔÇó 1998 Dutch Supersport 400 Champion
    ÔÇó 2001 500cc MotoGP Championship 24th
    ÔÇó 2002 Dutch Supersport 600 Champion
    ÔÇó 2003 Dutch Supersport 600 Champion
    ÔÇó 2005 World Supersport 12th after injury
    ÔÇó 2007 World Supersport 8th
    ÔÇó 2008 World Supersport 8th
    ÔÇó Podium finish ÔÇô 2008 World Supersport Magny Cours (FR)
    ÔÇó Winner ÔÇô Le Mans 24 Hour World Endurance



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    visordown.com: HondaÔÇÖs MotoGP gearbox explained

    motorcycledaily.com: EDITORIAL ÔÇô ÔÇ£Just RacingÔÇØ

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    Formula 1

    fia.com: Malaysian GP Preview

    reuters.com: Malaysian Formula One statistics

    jamesallenonf1.com: F1 turnover tops $1 billion again as teamÔÇÖ share rises


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    londonbikers.com: Sidecars enjoy resurgence at the Isle of Man TT

    HFL: 230 mph jet powered moped



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    aspaltandrubber.com: Infographic ÔÇô Electric vs. Gasoline Motorcycles

    dealernews.com: ÔÇÿSTURGISÔÇÖ is now a federal trademark

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    motorcycledaily.com: 2011 Honda CBR250R ÔÇô MD Ride Review

    Bikes in the Fast Lane: France ÔÇô Older motorcycles to be forbidden in big cities



    dealernews.com: Spyders on Mars? BRP involved in Canadian space effort



    Triumph is putting their money on new riders.



    Purchase a new high performance Triumph and successfully complete a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) new rider training program, and we'll give you a gift card worth up to $225.

    Or are they just trying to buy customers?



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    BMW Demo Trucks at Dealers - 2011 Schedule
    by BMW Motorcycles on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 11:39am
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    motogp.com: MotoGP 2012 application process revealed

    Teams [insert BMW] interested in participating in the 2012 season must provide notice by Friday 29 April to FIM, Dorna and IRTA. Once this notice of interest has been filed they will receive an information packet. The prospective participants [insert BMW] have until 13 May to review the information and file a formal application to participate. A provisional list of entrants will be announced on 15 May.

    My head says BMW will sit out 2012 choosing to support the Suter MotoGP effort and will enter a true factory team in 2013. My heart says weÔÇÖre going racing liter MotoGP racing in 2012. We will know in a few weeks which is the better prognosticator.


    File this under things I wish I would have thought of. From Bikes in the Fast Lane: Display warning signs with your motorcycle helmet.



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    Quote Originally Posted by gregfuess View Post
    Interesting speech from a guy who disgraced not only his uniform but his country.
    That's certainly one opinion... good thing he fought on behalf of his country for over 30 years so you could have the freedom to express it.

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    Interesting speech from a guy who disgraced not only his uniform but his country.
    From what I have read, he disgraced himself through loose talk and by disrespect for his commanders. What else has he done?

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    In my quixotic adventures I try to embrace the description I was given of SocratesÔÇÖ purpose in his questions as he walked the street of Athens; his questioning was based on the assumption that he could learn something form everyone.

    Ted Talks are time bound. They are given by a variety of people from a variety of perspectives. Ted Talks asks the question and the talks are the response. They are offered not to make value judgments but under the assumption that we can learn form everyone. They just are able to question and feature responses from a different set of people than most of us have access to.

    Bench Racing & The Morning Reads are the notes from parts of those quixotic adventures which I think will interest and inform this forum. We are examining leadership and organizational change within the BMW MOA in other threads. This speech, to my ear, allowed me to step outside the Association and listen to someone else frame and discuss many of the issues we are facing in our Association currently.

    In the end Socrates was given a glass of hemlock for his efforts. Not for asking the questions. Not for believing he could learn something from anyone. The hemlock was for what he was perceived to have been doing by asking them.

    This thread is runs best on ideas not hemlock. Discuss the ideas not the messenger and this thread will not be asked to drink a digital glass of hemlock.
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    I pirated this from a post by Paul Glaves in another thread and offer it here.
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    Thank you Paul.

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    The new edition of the Days GS will be held from 10 to 12 June 2011, in the town of Segurilla, where you will enjoy a weekend of fun, learning and competition with your g. If you're one of those enrolled, you can participate in the Goldman school, in the GS challenge, or both activities…for more bring your translator and head on out to BWM PressClub Spain.


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    Munich/Shanghai. In the run-up to the international automobile trade show Auto Shanghai 2011, BMW Brilliance Automotive presents the concept of a premium-segment plug-in hybrid sedan. In collaboration with its joint venture partner Brilliance China Automotive Holdings Ltd. BMW Group has thus taken the next step of the way towards creating the new energy vehicle for China. The prototype is based on the long wheelbase version of the BMW 5 Series Sedan, developed exclusively for the Chinese automobile market and produced at the Shenyang site. It is the first vehicle in its segment in China to provide a fully fledged combination of exclusive style and environmental awareness. In this way, it closes the gap in the high-end area while at the same time laying the foundation for the future development of a Chinese new energy vehicle in the premium segment. Its drive parallel hybrid drive set-up combines a combustion engine featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo technology with an electrical motor. The innovative concept also includes special battery technology which includes the possibility of charging from a mains power supply…more


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    A link to motojournalism.blogspot.com with an interview with filmmaker Gaurav Jani from reader showed up in my in box.

    Back in a Morning Reads in 2006 I did a review of Riding Solo to the Top of the World. I found the movie incredible on many levels. The journey itself, the bike and ‘touring’ gear he used and most of all the filmmaking. In the video he explains how he would ride ahead set up the camera gear then ride back to turn around and ride through the camera shot. The time and effort for some of the shots is incredible as are the results.

    The trailer for Riding Solo to the Top of the World


    I traded emails with Jani for a time, wrote another review he used for a time in his promotions and followed the [url=http://www.60kph.com/]60 kph[/ul] club website for a while; then lost contact with him and the club. I was very pleased to see the interview and to find out they had indeed done the next video.

    Here is the trailer for his newest production, One Crazy Ride will give you a sample of that. Keep in mind there is no film crew as in The Long Way Round just the five riders. For ezample, you see the river fording by the five Jani forded the river ahead of them set up the camera shot forded the river back and then all rode though to make the shot of them fording the river once again as a group.



    A huge thank you to the reader sending the link. It brought back wonderful memories of the time watching in November 2006 described in the review along with the joy of seeing and reading some of Jani’s work once again.

    I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

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    BMW has another ad campaign going that reminds me very much of that dilemma.











    Of course on those evenings it was not uncommon to reach in the bag and find something a bit more to my liking.
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