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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...
BMW Motorrad Brasiln is the most awarded brand at Moto gold 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;
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.
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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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
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.
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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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
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.
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
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 Press Release
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.
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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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
April 6-9, 2011
>> Montgomeryville Cycle Center
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May 12-14, 2011
>> Foothills BMW Motorcycles
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Lakewood, CO 80214
May 14, 2011
>> GinaÔÇÖs BMW Motorcycles
3 Escort Lane
Iowa City, IA 52240
May 14, 2011
>> BMW Motorcycles of Southeast Michigan
39933 Ford Road
Canton, MI 48187
May 20-21, 2011
>> BMW Motorcycles of Utah
339 W. 9000 S.
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June 17-18, 2011
>> BMW Motorcycles of Grand Rapids
5995 South Division
Grand Rapids, MI 49548
June 25, 2011
>> BMW Motorcycles of Countryside
6150 S La Grange Rd
Countryside, IL 60525
July 15-16, 2011
>> BMW Motorcycles of Grand Rapids
3747 Park Mill Run Drive
Hilliard, OH 49548
August 13, 2011
>> Bergen County BMW Motorcycles
124 Essex St.
Rochelle Park, NJ 07662
September 10-11, 2011
>> Long Beach BMW Motorcycles
2125 E. Spring St.
Long Beach, CA 90806
September 17, 2011
>> A&S BMW Motorcycles
1125 Orlando Ave
Roseville, CA 95661
September 21-25, 2011
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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.
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. gazette.jhu.edu: Motorcycle helmet myth debunked – use decreases cervical spine injury
Thank you Paul.
GS Days 2011: A weekend of fun with your GS
07.04.2011 Press release
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.
Past with future: Everything about BMW Group Classic.
• Press Kit
“Quality in automobile construction can only be created where tradition and progress are combined.” The idea of BMW Group Classic can hardly be expressed any better. And even this idea has already developed into a tradition. The concept originates from a BMW advertisement to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the automobile – 50 years ago... more
Auto Shanghai 2011: BMW Brilliance Automotive presents prototype of a plug-in hybrid sedan.
• Press Release
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
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.
Somehow I managed to be grounded most Halloween evenings. I do remember the few times I was able to go out trick or treating with fondness. At the end of the evening and for several more I would sit in my bedroom, close my eyes, reach into the candy bag and pull out the evening’s treat. Sometimes I really liked it, some times I not at all and at other times I just wasn’t certain what I thought about the candy in hand.
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.