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    BMW Motorrad presents three new special models:
    BMW R 1200 GS Rallye, BMW K 1300 S with HP Package, and BMW K 1300 R.
    Dynamics Package for BMW K 1300 S.
    Special model BMW R 1200 GS Rallye.


    Extended tours, long distance travels, and even journeys to the remote places of our planet run like a thread through the history of BMW GS, just like spectacular adventure rallies and magnificent sporting success. All of this now finds the ultimate testimony in the special model R 1200 GS Rallye from BMW Motorrad.

    Body parts in solid Alpine white, graphics in the legendary BMW Motorrad Motorsports colours, and fork and engine in black lend the R 1200 GS Rallye its especially sporting, adventurous character. The Paralever swingarm in Asphalt grey metallic, cylinder head covers in Granite grey metallic, and an all chrome exhaust system provide a powerful contrast of engineering. A particular eyecatcher is presented by the rear frame with Magma red paintwork.


    The sporting look of the 81 kW / 100 hp travel enduro is underscored by the seat in black and white. Cross spoke wheels, heated grips, hand protectors in white, case holder, onboard computer, and the electronic suspension adjustment Enduro ESA make this extraordinary GS ideal for a very wide range of applications.
    The price in Germany is Ôé¼14,950.00 incl 19% VAT, and the launch is scheduled for January 2012.


    The highlights of the BMW R 1200 GS Rally special model:

    ÔÇó body parts painted in Alpine white

    ÔÇó graphics in the BMW Motorrad Motorsports colours

    ÔÇó fork slider tubes lined in black

    ÔÇó engine lined in black

    ÔÇó rear frame lined in Magma red
    ÔÇó swingarm (Paralever) lined in Asphalt grey metallic
    ÔÇó cylinder head covers in Granite grey metallic

    ÔÇó seat in black and white

    ÔÇó Enduro ESA

    ÔÇó all chrome exhaust system

    ÔÇó cross spoke wheels

    ÔÇó heated grips

    ÔÇó hand protectors in white

    ÔÇó pannier holder

    ÔÇó onboard computer


    BMW K 1300 S with HP Package.

    As the sportiest representative of the BMW Motorrad K Series, the BMW K 1300 S combines sporting character and riding dynamics with a high level of comfort, lightfooted handling with absolute riding stability, and superior performance with perfect everyday practicality. At the same time, it offers a high level of protection against wind and weather and perfected ergonomics for long hauls.


    The special model BMW K 1300 S with HP Package emphasises these virtues and upgrades the popular sports tourer to a vehicle of even greater prestige.
    The special model bears an exclusive Edition badge of brushed aluminium on the airbox cover. This sporting character is underscored by the paintwork of solid Alpine White / metallic Lupin Blue / solid Night Black contrasting with the HP carbon parts like the covers for the front wheel, airbox, clutch, and seat.


    The technical highlights of the 175 hp packing K 1300 S are the HP gearshift assistant, the Akrapović sports silencer, the electronic suspension adjustment ESA II, the automatic stability control ASC, the tyre pressure control RDC, the heated grips, and an onboard computer.


    In addition, the BMW K 1300 S as a special model with HP Package benefits from yet more high quality equipment details. Its standard equipment includes the HP footrests for rider and passenger and a tinted windscreen.


    For the perfect accommodation in the garage at home, this fully equipped special model of the BMW K 1300 S also comes with a paddock stand.
    The price in Germany is Ôé¼20,090.00 incl 19% VAT, and the launch is scheduled for January 2012.


    The highlights of the special model K 1300 S with HP Package:

    ÔÇó metal badge of brushed aluminium with edition number on the air box cover

    ÔÇó special paintwork in solid Alpine white/Lupin blue metallic/Night black

    ÔÇó HP carbon front wheel cover

    ÔÇó HP carbon airbox cover

    ÔÇó HP carbon clutch cover

    ÔÇó HP carbon seat cover

    ÔÇó HP footrests for rider and passenger

    ÔÇó HP gearshift assistant

    ÔÇó Akrapović sports silencer

    ÔÇó electronic suspension adjustment ESA II

    ÔÇó onboard computer

    ÔÇó automatic stability control ASC

    ÔÇó tyre pressure control RDC

    ÔÇó heated grips

    ÔÇó tinted windscreen

    ÔÇó paddock stand


    Special model BMW K 1300 R

    Boasting a 127 kW (173 hp) engine and tipping the scales at 243 kg including fuel, the
    extravagant power roadster K 1300 R is one of the most powerful vehicles on this segment for even the highest demands for riding dynamics.

    The exclusive paintwork on the special model K 1300 R underscores the muscular face and the sporty, lean tail of this athletic naked bike. At the same time, the combination of mat metallic Ostra grey and metallic Sapphire black emphasises the uncompromising masculinity of this beefy roadster. The lettering in Sun yellow presents a play of harmony.
    The special model also features a high quality carbon engine spoiler in support of its dynamic riding claims.


    The price in Germany is Ôé¼14,910.00 incl 19% VAT, and the launch is scheduled for January 2012.


    The highlights of the special model K 1300 R:

    ÔÇó special paintwork in mat metallic Ostra grey and Sapphire black metallic

    ÔÇó lettering with Sun yellow

    ÔÇó carbon engine spoiler



    BMW K 1300 S with Dynamics Package

    The Dynamics Package from BMW Motorrad presents a range of optional equipment and
    optional accessories that serve to enhance even further the riding dynamics, riding safety, comfort, and touring capabilities provided by the extensive equipment that is already fitted as standard.


    The new Dynamics Package will be available from January 2012 for orders of new vehicles. The package price in Germany is Ôé¼1,010.00 incl 19% VAT (Ôé¼854 saving).


    The scopes of the BMW K 1300 S Dynamic Package:

    ÔÇó safety package with automatic stability control ASC and tyre pressure control RDC

    ÔÇó heated grips

    ÔÇó onboard computer

    ÔÇó HP gearshift assistant

    ÔÇó electronic suspension adjustment ESA II
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    The new BMW F 800 R.

    08.11.2011

    BMW Motorrad presents the new BMW F 800 R.

    Visual makeover for the 2-cylinder roadster.

    Munich. Since its market launch in May 2009, the BMW F 800 R has provided impressive agility, sporty performance figures and light-footed handling combined with very low fuel consumption. In time for the start of 2012, the small BMW Motorrad roadster is to be given a visual makeover. Technically speaking, the new

    F 800 R will retain its well proven concept.

    The engine is still the liquid-cooled parallel twin with 4-valve technology and a capacity of 798 cc. The highly distinctive engine provides impressive pulling power, a spontaneous response and a low level of fuel consumption. The engine output is 64 kW/87 bhp at 8000 rpm, producing a torque of 86 Nm at 6000 rpm.

    Even more than before, the sporty flair and agility of the BMW*F*800*R is now reflected in its highly dynamic design. The front side trim sections have been redesigned. They also serve as radiator covers and are now finished in body colour, as are the front mudguards. What is more, the spring of the rear spring strut is finished in red to highlight the sporty character of this naked bike. The Sport windshield finished in body colour and the white direction indicators are now part of the standard equipment of the new F 800 R.

    The new BMW F 800 R is available in three colour combinations. While Alpine white/Black satin gloss stands for uncompromising dynamic performance, Magma red/White aluminium metallic matt is sporty and provocative in style. Meanwhile
    Mineral silver metallic gives the new F 800 R a refined, technological touch.
    The price in Germany is 8,400. - euros incl. 19 % VAT.

    The market launch date for Europe is December 2011.



    An overview of highlights of the new BMW F 800 R.

    • Compact, sporty naked bike with high level of riding dynamics and agility.

    • Liquid-cooled parallel twin with a capacity of 798 cc, 4-valve technology, DOHC
    cam follower valve drive and unique mass balancing.

    • Output 64 kW/87 bhp at 8000 rpm, torque 86 Nm at 6000 rpm.

    • Excellent pulling power for maximum riding fun on country roads.

    • Manifold injection with electronic engine control.

    • Torsionally stiff aluminium frame and dual swing arm.

    • Dry weight/road-ready weight: 177/199 kg.

    • Fuel tank positioned under seat for optimum centre of gravity.

    • High-performance Brembo brake system, optionally with
    BMW Motorrad ABS.

    • New: Newly designed front side trim sections in body colour.

    • New: Front mudguards in body colour.

    • New: Spring of rear spring strut finished in red.

    • New: Sport windshield in body colour (now as standard).

    • New: White direction indicators (now as standard).

    • New: Colour combinations in Alpine white/Black satin gloss, Magma red/ White aluminium metallic matt and Mineral silver metallic.

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    Hendrik von Kuenheim
    General Director BMW Motorrad
    EICMA Press Conference
    Milan, 08.11.2011


    Ladies and gentlemen, dear journalists, dear motorcycle friends,
    buon giorno and a very warm welcome to BMW Motorrad and Husqvarna Motorcycles.
    Today is a very special day for us - I might even say, it is an historical day.

     At the most important motorcycle and scooter fair, BMW is celebrating the world premiere of the first maxi-scooters in the history of the BMW Group.


    With these two outstanding premium vehicles, we are once again entering a segment new to BMW: we are expanding our existing range of motorcycles to include the facet of ÔÇ£Urban MobilityÔÇØ.

     What is more, our Italian brand Husqvarna Motorcycles presents to the public the new NUDA 900 and NUDA 900 R in their final production trim; these are the first 2-cylinder road motorcycles to be produced since the Husqvarna brand stopped serial production of 2-cylinder motorcycles in 1937


    And our colleagues from Varese have brought with them another big surprise.
    As you will see in just a few moments, ladies and gentlemen, the Motorcycle Division of the BMW Group is investing heavily in the future of BMW Motorrad and Husqvarna Motorcycles, penetrating new segments and moving into new markets.
    In a time in which the motorcycle markets are in a state of ongoing crisis, we are facing up to the challenges. Our aim is to continue to grow strongly and profitably within a difficult environment.

    As you all know, times for the motorcycle industry are extremely tough.
    However, the development of BMW Motorrad is running completely counter to that of the market.

     In 2010 we were already able to increase our sales significantly by 12.3 per cent.

     This year we have achieved further growth of more than 6.0 per cent so far.

     We are the absolute volume leader in 12 countries.

     In Germany we now have a market share of 25 per cent. Here we sell more motorcycles than all our major European competitors combined.

     And in Italy - the motorcycling paradise - we are the strongest brand, selling some 50 per cent more motorcycles than our closest Italian competitor.
    These are just a few examples of our success. You will agree with me when I say that this is an outstanding good result in view of market situation.
    As the motorcycling season comes to a close, we can now foresee that 2011 will be a record year for BMW Motorrad:

     We will have sold over 103,000 motorcycles - an historical retail record.

     Our worldwide market share in the segment over 500 cc has reached some 13 per cent this year: in the space of four years we have been able to almost double our market share from around 7 per cent to reach this all-time high.

     And we are also aiming for a new all-time high in terms of turnover and profits this year.


    Here, I would particularly like to express my most sincere thanks to our many customers all over the world for the trust they have placed in the BMW Motorrad brand.

    The business success we have achieved is an incentive for us to continue to enhance the appeal of the brand and its products.

    This is why there are half a dozen new BMW models being showed to the public here in Milan in addition to the maxi-scooters.

    Let me start with the model revision of the S 1000 RR: the first BMW superbike instantly captured the hearts of sports riders the world over.

    In its very first full sales year in 2010 demand already exceeded our expectations. The RR has become a firmly established player within a very tough competitive field. It is embroiled in a neck-and-neck race to become the world's top-selling 1000 cc superbike.

    At the moment we are very close to pole position.

    After a period of two years, we have now taken customer feedback and our own experience and put it into creating the new RR. The S 1000 RR now offers even greater ride precision and agility as well as an improved power delivery.

    In bringing out this update we once again face up to the current competition and very much look forward to fascinating comparative tests in the motorcycle press.

    Another highlight is the new BMW G 650 GS Sert?úo: this bike extends the BMW Motorrad GS family by adding another sporty single-cylinder model.

    The latest GS model by BMW combines all-round qualities with attractive value for money and improved off-road suitability. The new G 650 GS Sert?úo revives the spirit of the highly successful F 650 GS Dakar. Even visually it arouses the desire for a motorcycling adventure - for example in the Sert?úo, a semi-desert area in central Brazil.

    But this new G 650 will be equally at home in the urban jungle or on breathtaking Alpine passes - not just in remote off-road regions.

    Ladies and Gentlemen, there is also a new version of the big GS: as you know, the R 1200 GS is the highly successful pioneer of a motorcycle species which is constantly growing in popularity.

    The ongoing market success of this big travel enduro is encouraging more and more competitors to put their own concepts and even imitations on the market.

    We are the inventors of the big all-round enduro bike - and this might be one of the reasons for the ongoing high level of demand for the two unique boxer GS models.

    The BMW GS motorcycles bear within them over 30 years of heritage and over 30 years of experience - that's something the competition canÔÇÖt catch up.

    After the very successful launch of the Triple Black models we now present the R 1200 GS Rallye - yet another very attractive version. Its design and additional features are reminiscent of legendary achievements in rally racing.

    And now from the off-road area back onto the road: three years ago the medium-class roadster F 800 R saw its world premiere here at the EICMA show.

    From the very beginning, this motorcycle, with its very attractive concept, did extremely well in persuading riders of other brands to switch to BMW. Now this successful model has been given an additional touch of visual appeal.

    And last but not least we are offering our fans of the great K 1300 4-cylinder bikes two very attractive models with special paint finishes and special equipment features: The special model K 1300 R and the K 1300 S with HP Package.

    So much for the new BMW motorcycles here at the EICMA.

    Immediately after the BMW press conference, Klaus Allisat, the Head of Husqvarna Motorcycles, will report on our Italian motorcycle brand.

    Now, ladies and gentlemen, we come to the part you have all been so keenly looking forward to: the world premiere of the BMW maxi-scooters.

    I said at the beginning of my speech that we aim to grow profitably in the future - with both brands, BMW Motorrad and Husqvarna Motorcycles.

    To this end we are looking at which other business areas above and beyond our existing portfolio we might consider as potential new territory.

    One such area is that of individual mobility in the constantly growing urban areas.
    The requirements of mobility concepts, especially in big cities, are subject to considerable change. Increasing traffic, energy costs and CO2 constraints on travelling in inner city areas are the challenges of the future.

    The BMW Group has identified these challenges and is already today putting solutions on the market to meet the needs for the future individual mobility.
    As an integral part of the BMW Group, BMW Motorrad is now expanding its business activities to a new facet: that of "Urban Mobility".

    Today we will be presenting to you the first products in this area - two premium vehicles in the maxi-scooter segment.

    They are called: BMW C 600 Sport and BMW C 650 GT.
    Both vehicles combine the agility and comfort of a scooter with the outstanding riding qualities of a motorcycle:

    They are scooters "Made by BMW Motorrad".

    It was totally clear to us, that the standards among the top players of the established competition are very high. For this reason we focused on four main points in developing the two BMW scooters:


     An attractive, clearly identifiable BMW design.

     An exceptionally fine suspension.

     A particularly agile drive.

     And the functionality and everyday suitability which is typical of this segment.
    Our high level of expertise and longstanding experience in building supreme touring and sports motorcycles provided the perfect basis for this project. It has meant we have been able to raise the benchmark to a somewhat higher level within the competitive field.
    However, it is up to you to decide how well we have succeeded in doing so.
    But above and beyond this, some high-quality technological solutions are to be found in the two models. They show just how much innovative power went into their development.

    The new maxi-scooters are being built at our BMW Motorrad plant in Berlin.
    Serial production is in fact already underway, but our future scooter customers will have to wait a little before it is time for the official market launch. Delivery of the two vehicles will start early spring 2012.

    The C 600 Sport is mainly geared towards scooter riders with sporty interests, while the C 650 GT is aimed at customers who attach greater importance to comfort and touring orientation.

    Although they are clearly distinct from one another, they are both based on the same technical backbone, i.e. the drive and the suspension are identical.
    The scooters are powered by a very efficient 650 cc 2-cylinder in-line engine. It develops a maximum output of 60 bhp and has a powerful torque of 66 newton metres.

    Its conceptual design focused particularly on low vibration and a strikingly individual sound. The power is transmitted to the rear wheel by means of a CVT gearbox.

    The suspension of the two scooters is especially elaborate and unusual for this segment: the front wheel control is by means of an upside down fork; and for the first time in this class the rear wheel is controlled by a single swingarm.

    In both vehicles two integral helmets can be stored. In the case of the C 600 Sport this is enabled by the very innovative and patented storage concept BMW FlexCase.

    This are only a few highlights of the BMW scooter technology.

    You will find all the technical details in the extensive press documents provided. And our experts will be more than happy to show you the technological highlights on the demonstration vehicles in just a moment.

    I also believe it is important to mention that both maxi-scooters are typical BMWs when it comes to safety and environment:

    Both vehicles have generously sized ABS brake systems as standard. They can also be optionally fitted with a so-called daytime running light, which enhances ride safety in city traffic especially.

    And in addition to a low level of fuel consumption, the scooters also offer low emission levels. In fact they already fulfil the future exhaust gas limits defined by the Euro-4 standard.

    Ladies and gentlemen,
    The innovative and - as I believe - distinctive and very emotional design of the two vehicles was created by our design team under David Robb.

    Before we go ahead and unveil the two scooters in just a moment, I would like to ask David Robb to explain certain key aspects of the new BMW scooter design to you
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    BMW Motorrad Rider??s Equipment 2012.

    08.11.2011

    BMW Motorrad RiderÔÇÖs Equipment for 2012 is made up of two sections packed full of new products: BMW Motorrad Ridecontains the functional articles from helmets to rucksacks, while the new fan collections can be found in BMW Motorrad Style .

    Rider Equipment 2012 ÔÇô Gallery

    Once again, plenty of innovations and developments have been added to BMW Motorrad Ride for 2012: the products all feature meticulously selected materials, carefully crafted technology and safety concepts and modern design, constituting uncompromising, high-quality riderÔÇÖs equipment.

    The AirFlow 2 helmet is a completely new development that lives up to its name in terms of aerodynamics and optimum ventilation. Carbon insets and padding foamed in a variety of thicknesses ensure maximum safety. The urban design, which includes aluminium applications for a modern look, leaves nothing to be desired. Some of the helmet colours have been chosen to coordinate with the BMW Maxi-Scooter.

    The core of BMW Motorrad RiderÔÇÖs Equipment consists of five suits: TourShell, Start, Sport 2, DoubleR and KlimaKomfort 2. As well as offering excellent functionality, the well-conceived colour schemes and tailoring of the suits means that the products can be combined to unique effect: Thus, for example the Start suit for women goes very well with the DoubleR and Sport 2 suits.

    It is now easier than ever to find the perfect individual combination for every tour thanks to the wider range of jackets and trousers available in the BMW Motorrad RiderÔÇÖs Equipment 2012 : Thus, the Boulder Neon, Urban and Venting jackets not only create an excellent complete outfit when teamed with Allround and Summer 3 trousers, but can also be combined with all BMW Motorrad suits thanks to zip adapters. Naturally, the jackets and trousers meet the same high safety standards as the suits. Of course, these highly functional, attractive jackets are not just designed as motorcycle equipment, but can also be worn as casual daywear.

    The ProTouring 2 boot is now also available in a version for women . It has been completely redesigned, achieving optimum stability with a significant increase in the heel height that still remains discreet: the extra height is mostly hidden inside the boot. ProTouring 2 features a slim, feminine design and is the perfect professional standard all-year-round boot. Also in the same league is the SportDry boot, which has a patented safety system. Inside, the foot has maximum freedom of movement.

    The GORE-TEX?« membrane ensures that the boot is waterproof and breathable. Its cutting edge technology offers perfect protection from injury. The Sneaker X2 has also been further improved, for example in the heel area, and, thanks to its breathable material and discreet design, is perfect for day-to-day city traffic and for the office.

    BMW Motorrad RiderÔÇÖs Equipment 2012 stands for premium quality and safety from head to toe - and hand: the unique composite material Keratan was incorporated in the ProSport leather glove . This enhances the leatherÔÇÖs resistance to abrasion enormously. The understated colour scheme means that the glove can be combined perfectly with any equipment variant. The Urban glove is made form the finest goatskin and is particularly suitable for the city and short journeys. It may not look like a classic motorcycle glove, but the hands will be protected in the event of impact.

    Socks and stockings are an important, often forgotten detail ÔÇô however functional socks and stockings from BMW Motorrad are designed to be teamed with boots and shoes with breathable membranes and ensure that the feet stay at the right temperature on every tour, whatever the weather.

    The MessengerBag 2 and Function 3 rucksack round off the range of new features available in the BMW Motorrad RiderÔÇÖs Equipment. Both product have been developed from tried-and-tested products and provide plenty of storage space despite their compact dimensions. The MessengerBag 2can hold anything the average commuter needs for his daily journey to the office. The extra padding means that the laptop is particularly well protected, while the detachable hip belt ensures that the bag remains in secure contact with the rider. One of the special features of the Function 3 rucksack are the straps that enable the rucksack to be fastened directly to the motorcycle in a single move.

    Under the familiar umbrella brand BMW Motorrad Style , the new fan articles from BMW Motorrad for the 2012 season are divided into the following areas.
    BMW Motorrad Style Heritage,
    BMW Motorrad Style Urban and
    BMW Motorrad Style Motorsport.

    Naturally, all the familiar articles from the BMW Motorrad Style logo collection will also be available in 2012.

    BMW Motorrad Style Heritage turns the spotlight on historic
    BMW motorcycles on jackets, tops or shirts and focuses on legendary rider Ernst Jakob Henne, who broke numerous speed records for BMW. In this case, ÔÇ£retroÔÇØ means: great motor sports history on high-fashion clothing and lifestyle products.

    The BMW Motorrad Style Urban concept is synonymous with sporting elegance that can be combined to perfection with the functional equipment, as well as forming a separate, top-quality leisure collection . From trendy jackets and shirts to lifestyle products like sunglasses, caps and key pouches, this collection is designed for fans who wish to express their love of
    BMW Motorrad in a discreet yet unmistakable way.

    The new products from BMW Motorrad Style Motorsport are once again aimed at racing enthusiasts. Designed to closely correspond to official riders and crew equipment, all the textiles in this collection not only carry the BMW logo and the words ÔÇ£BMW Motorrad MotorsportÔÇØ, but also the sponsors' logos and reflect the BMW racing colours of blue, white and red. Many attractive lifestyle products round off the unusual fan collection.
    Pass the mustard and UP THE REVOLUTION!

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    Most posts are great.

    Today's posts... even better than great.

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    Agreed J-man now I really have a hard** for the BMW scoot.
    Now I have to decide Touring or Sport.

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    I really liked the looks of both the new "Step Through" styles ( I don't like to call them scooters any longer)

    I will wait to see them in person , but the touring model is sure calling to me

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    I want a scooter too.
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    good God, what a terrible time not to have money. look at all those amazing bikes!!!

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    I have already started a campaign with SWMBO about how badly I NEED that 650 GT step through.

    Any word on the pricing for that little jem yet ????????????????

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    Quote Originally Posted by 40427 View Post
    I have already started a campaign with SWMBO about how badly I NEED that 650 GT step through.

    Any word on the pricing for that little jem yet ????????????????
    Good luck with that.

    I have not seen any word on pricing yet. The BMW USA site has a Urban Mobility page dealing with the new scoots. There is a news letter. You may want to sign up for that.

    http://www.bmwmotorcycles.com/us/en/..._overview.html
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    On the Street

    ducati.com: New Ducati apparel collection























    The Mothership

    BMW Motorrad: In the year to the end of October 2011, BMW Motorrad delivered 93,942 motorcycles (prev. yr. 88,353) to customers worldwide – an increase of 6.3% and a new all-time high for the first ten months. BMW Motorrad continued its growth course in October, with a total of 7,050 motorcycles sold (prev. yr. 6,845/+3.0%). Thanks to its positive sales performance in a persistently difficult overall market, BMW Motorrad has continued to expand its global market share of the relevant segment above 500cc. Husqvarna Motorcycles delivered 6,775 motorcycles in the first ten months of 2011 (prev. yr. 8,616/-24.4%). October accounted for 695 deliveries (prev. yr. 1,356/-48.7%).

    BMW Guggenheim Lab Berlin to open in May 20112
    Richard Armstrong, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, and Frank-Peter Arndt, Member of the Board of Management, BMW AG, announced today that the BMW Guggenheim Lab will operate in Berlin from May 24 to July 29, 2012. The four-person Lab Team for Berlin—an international group of experts and innovators—also was announced. Berlin is the second stop in the Lab’s nine-city tour, which premiered in New York earlier this year.


    Off to a perfect start: the new BMW 1 Series wins “Golden Steering Wheel” award.
    Just a few weeks after its market launch, the new BMW 1 Series has already won its first internationally significant automobile award. The edition of the BMW compact model is the winner of the “Golden Steering Wheel” awarded by "Auto Bild" and "Bild am Sonntag". The second BMW model to compete for the "Golden Steering Wheel", the new BMW 6 Series Convertible, likewise achieved an outstanding result with second place in the category of open-top vehicles.


    FWIW
    Honda demonstrate the revamped Asimo robot, making the childlike machine run, hop around as well as serve drinks to show how the humanoid is now smarter and even more agile


    Cage World

    ferrari.com: Ferrari board examines very good results for first nine months





    Reference::

    FIM: Official Documents
    Link to the current year official documents for all classes and search tool for other years.

    FIA Regulations – Formula 1 World Championship

    WEATHER
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    http://www.weather.com | Bloomsburg, PA

    CA:
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    ROAD CONDITIONS
    US:
    http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/trafficinfo/ : National Traffic and Road Closure Information
    511 - America's Traveler Information Telephone Number; Construction Related; Local and State Transit Links; Traffic Conditions; Regional Links; Weather/Road ...

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    http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/drivebc_supp/canada_map.htm :
    Canada Road Condition Information: Links to provincial highway condition websites across Canada..

    Shameless Trolling For Touring Tips

    NHTSA.dot.gov Vehicle Recalls RSS

    SportRider.com: Motorcycle Riding Skills Series – Street bike and motorcycle riding skills techniques articles at Sport Rider

    BMW-Motorrad.com: Service
    Electronic Parts Catalogue
    Download Manuals
    Breakdown Dictionary
    Tyre Options
    Tips
    Before every journey…
    Before a log trip…
    Before winter…
    How to clean your motorcycle

    ascycles.com: BMW Motorcycle Service and Maintenance Schedules

    Gasbuddy.com: Search for local gas prices along your trip route.

    pure-gas.org: Ethanol-free gas stations in the U.S. And Canada

    Cycle-ergo.com motorcycle ergonomic simulator.

    Woot of the Day

    MSF Motorcycle Operators Manual

    TIP: Worst case scenario – suddenly your clutch cable breaks. Here’s what to do. P.45 http://t.co/jfDAORhW


    Bike Candy

    Piaggio and Vespa feeling the heat with a retro update of their iconic step through scoot.







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    MotoGP

    Los MiniBikers end their season in Valencia


    hondaproracing.com: Repsol Honda riders top the charts at Valencia testing

    yamaha-racing.com: Yamaha completes official Valencia testing

    teamtech3.fr: Cal Crutchlow completes positive 1000cc debut in Valencia test

    motogp.com: Successful debut for 2012 Bridgestone tyres

    gpone.com: MotoGP vs CRT – who will prevail?

    motogp.com: Lorenzo recovery progressing well

    Formula 1

    fia.com: Abu Dhabi Press Conference – Thursday

    formula1.com: Abu Dhabi Preview

    pirelli.com: Abu Dhabi GP from a tyre point of view

    bbc.co.uk: Schumacher unsure about 2012 post
    German paper Bild has been used by Schum's management as an unofficial press agency in the past. The difference in the two accounts is made more interesting for that reason.
    -his teammate-
    formula1.com: Q&A with Rosberg – Staying is logical Mercedes is going places



    Other Racing

    fim-live.com: SERT is back on pace in Doha but BMW Motorrad France 99 keeps the hand

    bikesportnews.com: Doha Thursday Qualifying Times



    On the Street

    twowheelblog.com: Ruben Xaus becomes Bimota's sporting director
    I bang on about Xaus when he was racing with BMW. Have not changed my mind on that. Thought he was treated shamefully at the end. Haven't changed my mind on that. I really do wish him all the best at BIMOTA. Despite what I may have written about racing he is a really likeable guy. Won't change my mind on the last two points either.

    motoaus.com: BMW C600 Sport and C650Gt maxi scooters
    A look from down under. - no pricing there either

    motorcycledaily.com: Zero 2012 – More power, range and sleeker styling

    nortonmotorcycles.com: Focus on...Alucast

    dealernews.com: Yamaha reports declining U.S. Retail sales through September

    motorcyclenews.com: Victory Cross Country – staff bike

    thekneeslider.com: Honda RC-E Sports motorcycle points to a possible electric future

    Cycle World on -
    KTM Ducke 200 and 690
    2012 Honda-vfr1200f-cb1000r-cbr250r-and-two-scooters
    Vespa Quarantasei
    Bimotoa DB9, DB10

    cyrilhuzeblog.com: Saddlebag oorganizer for your Glock pisto/clip



















    The Mothership



    A trickle of more information but still no pricing.
    The new BMW C 600 Sport and BMW C 650 GT
    Woodcliff Lake, NJ – November 10, 2011… Urban areas are facing challenges such as growing traffic volume, rising energy costs, and greater CO2 regulations, requiring drastic changes for individual mobility concepts.




    FWIW

    spiegel.de: Readmill networks lonely bookworms












    Cage World

    spiegel.de: German automakers embrace car sharing

    Reference::

    FIM: Official Documents
    Link to the current year official documents for all classes and search tool for other years.

    FIA Regulations – Formula 1 World Championship

    WEATHER
    US:
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    ROAD CONDITIONS
    US:
    http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/trafficinfo/ : National Traffic and Road Closure Information
    511 - America's Traveler Information Telephone Number; Construction Related; Local and State Transit Links; Traffic Conditions; Regional Links; Weather/Road ...

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    http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/drivebc_supp/canada_map.htm :
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    NHTSA.dot.gov Vehicle Recalls RSS

    RECALL: cpsc.gov: Artic Cat recalls ATVs due to crash hazard

    SportRider.com: Motorcycle Riding Skills Series – Street bike and motorcycle riding skills techniques articles at Sport Rider

    BMW-Motorrad.com: Service
    Electronic Parts Catalogue
    Download Manuals
    Breakdown Dictionary
    Tyre Options
    Tips
    Before every journey…
    Before a log trip…
    Before winter…
    How to clean your motorcycle

    ascycles.com: BMW Motorcycle Service and Maintenance Schedules

    Gasbuddy.com: Search for local gas prices along your trip route.

    pure-gas.org: Ethanol-free gas stations in the U.S. And Canada

    Cycle-ergo.com motorcycle ergonomic simulator.

    Woot of the Day

    MSF Motorcycle Operators Manual

    TIP: Worst case scenario – suddenly your clutch cable breaks. Here’s what to do. P.45 http://t.co/jfDAORhW

    QOD: If you need to leave the roadway to rest for a while, which of the following is the safest action? http://t.co/Uao0CxfU


    Bike Candy

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    SBK

    worldsbk.com: 10 years of success with the Pirelli Diablo family of tyres

    MotoGP

    Video: MotoGP Rewind - Valencia

    gpone.com: Yamaha M1 – The genesis of a MotoGP

    superbikeplanet.com: Desperately seeking stability

    Formula 1

    formula1.com: Pre-Yas Marina anlysis

    formula1.com: Friday practice – selected quotes.

    pirelli.com: P Zero yellow experimental tyre makes its debut in Abu Dhabi

    Friday

    2011 ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX
    FRIDAY PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT

    11.11.2011

    TEAM REPRESENTATIVES - John BOOTH (Virgin), Ross BRAWN (Mercedes), Stefano DOMENICALI (Ferrari), Saul Ruiz de Marcos (HRT), Frank WILLIAMS (Williams), Martin WHITMARSH (McLaren)


    P1 Classifications
    P2 Classifications

    formula1.com: Friday analysis – Ferrari the dark horse in Abu Dhabi?
    duh – have you looked at the team logo?

    jamesallenonf1.com: McLaren fastest in practive as Alonso and Vettel wipe out.

    Other Racing

    roadracingworld.com: BMW Motorrad France 99 takes pole position for 8
    Hours of Doha




    On the Street

    motorcycle-usa.com: KTM RC8R – First look

    visordown.com: Met police trial Zero electric motorcycle


    The Mothership

    Joining the 200 Club with BMW
    An American salt flat racer has become a member of an elite group after achieving a speed of more than 200mph on Bonneville’s famous salt flat track. The surreal setting where Valerie Thompson achieved her success was the famous Utah salt pan where many other records have been set. At the 8th annual BUB Speed Trails – on her first time out on the S 1000 RR – she reached an amazing 201.01mph ...


    Gildenhuys wins South African Superbike title on RR
    The BMW S 1000 RR success story continues apace, with another national Superbike title added to the growing list of accolades, thanks to Greg Gildenhuys’ efforts in the 2011 South African Superbike Championship. ...


    Rolls-Royce takes center stage at Dubai International Motor Show
    Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has announced strong sales in the Middle East region at the Dubai International Motor Show today. The company has seen sales growth of almost 30 per cent year to date compared to 2010, with double digit growth also being recorded in all regions around the world.


    FWIW

    Snain: noun wannabe: A slushy mix of snow flakes and rain droplets. The outter layer of a snain flake is soft and slushy while the inner core is icy. This wintry mix makes walking and driving rather fun (sucks when you are riding)
    Used in a sentence.
    While Mika was riding yesterday it there was snain.

    Mika is not suicidal but wonders why he turned left (North) instead of right (South) when he moved this spring.





    Cage World


    1917 Miller Golden Submarine streamline

    Reference::

    FIM: Official Documents
    Link to the current year official documents for all classes and search tool for other years.

    FIA Regulations – Formula 1 World Championship

    WEATHER
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    http://www.weather.com | Bloomsburg, PA

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    ROAD CONDITIONS
    US:
    http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/trafficinfo/ : National Traffic and Road Closure Information
    511 - America's Traveler Information Telephone Number; Construction Related; Local and State Transit Links; Traffic Conditions; Regional Links; Weather/Road ...

    CA:
    http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/drivebc_supp/canada_map.htm :
    Canada Road Condition Information: Links to provincial highway condition websites across Canada..

    Shameless Trolling For Touring Tips

    NHTSA.dot.gov Vehicle Recalls RSS

    SportRider.com: Motorcycle Riding Skills Series – Street bike and motorcycle riding skills techniques articles at Sport Rider

    BMW-Motorrad.com: Service
    Electronic Parts Catalogue
    Download Manuals
    Breakdown Dictionary
    Tyre Options
    Tips
    Before every journey…
    Before a log trip…
    Before winter…
    How to clean your motorcycle

    ascycles.com: BMW Motorcycle Service and Maintenance Schedules

    Gasbuddy.com: Search for local gas prices along your trip route.

    pure-gas.org: Ethanol-free gas stations in the U.S. And Canada

    Cycle-ergo.com motorcycle ergonomic simulator.

    Woot of the Day

    MSF Motorcycle Operators Manual

    TIP: Worst case scenario – suddenly your clutch cable breaks. Here’s what to do. P.45 http://t.co/jfDAORhW

    Bike Candy



    This lovely Guzzi was seen gracing multiple sites this week.





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