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    Morning Reads: 8 February 2007

    The motorcycling world viewed from the saddle of a BMW. A daily look at all things BMW, Euro-bike, products and things I find interesting on the internet. With links to news, reviews, events, riding skills, maintenance and racing series updates. Morning Reads is a one stop shop for motorcycling information.

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    World of BMW news

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    With much of the Northern Hemisphere locked in the grips of winter, reading about motorcycles is about as close to riding as many of us will get. Here is a selection of books we'd recommend to keep the enthusiasm up in winter and give you some inspiration to just get out and ride.

    BMW MOA Chartered Club:

    Big Sioux Riders, #308


    Dave Bak (
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    Sioux City, IA 51105 US

    3rd Tuseday, monthly

    other events:
    Weekly rides

    Gem??tlichkeit is the warm, comfortable feeling
    one receives from pleasant surroundings and atmosphere.
    I think you will find that when you come here.

    Eagle Bluff Lighthouse

    Ozaukee Washington Daily News

    Fond Du Lac Reporter

    The Sheboygan Press

    Daily Citizen, Beaver Dam


    West Bend WI

    10 Day Forcast

    United States
    National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration

    Meteorological Service of Canada

    Travel Information Driving Conditions and other related information sites.

    News: announces its win of the 50K Motorrad Magazine endurance challenge.

    Vincent Black Shadow fans reports on a ǣnew Vincent being built from VOC spares. Carroll Shelby and Rucker Performance team to make a limited run Shelby motorcycle. Audis Tricycle - ? : A look at the 2006 Australian motorcycle sales.

    India continues to attract manufactures to its perceived growing market. This time it is Suzuki who is scheduling to spend $1.6 bln in India by 2010.

    Blog Update: Eating on the Road We havent heard from the Platypus for a while.


    The eternal present.

    I am beat. I spent the Wednesday putting the final touches on and then hosting an open house for my mothers 90th birthday. A trail of people came to wish her the best on her day and say an unspoken goodbye.

    When only family remained after all others had left we shared a meal from McDonalds. Burgers and soda for my granddaughter; burger and Manhattans for the rest of us. Four generations sat there sharing reflections on the day and memories from the past. My sister and her husband are leaving for Florida on Friday. Earlier she and I discussed what outfit was set aside for mother to wear at the anticipated eventuality. We made no false promises to each other for some future meeting of the four generations that were sharing the meal.

    I tickled my granddaughter as she tried to finish her meal. That bit of teasing garnered me a scolding from my mother. And that led to a hearty laugh from all at my expense. Then seemingly in an instant I was left alone as they all went their ways. As I cleaned up from the meal I notice that only my mother cleaned her plate. The rest of us left some morsel as if cleaning our plates somehow would stave off the eventuality.

    That is in the future. For me there is only the present. In that present there are four generations at a meal and friends elsewhere to read my ramblings. It is a very good day.


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    Over Heard in New York | Voice of the City Over Heard in New York | Voice of the City[/url]

    Bike Candy:

    All things BMW : German insurer selling 16.1 million shares of BMW stock. BMW stock was down 1.9% on Frankfort exchange with the announcement. 2007 MINI Cooper & Cooper S review.

    BMW Group Press Club:

    PressClub USA

    6th February - 8th February 2007
    Day one - Tuesday

    Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy but dry
    Temperatures: Air: 9/18??C, Track: 9/26??C

    Number of cars participating: 16

    Fastest lap overall: 1:19.943 min, Luca Badoer, Ferrari

    Robert Kubica:
    Chassis / engine: BMW Sauber F1.07-01 / BMW P86/7 V8
    Test kilometres today: 226 km (51 laps)
    Fastest lap: 1:20.148 min (lap 40)

    Sebastian Vettel:
    Chassis / engine: BMW Sauber F1.07-02 / BMW P86/7 V8
    Test kilometres today: 213 km (48 laps)
    Fastest lap: 1:20.690 min (lap 43)

    Sebastian started the day doing a baseline set-up. He made several starts and an aerodynamic comparison. Robert also did some aero evaluations. He then began working on the set-up and was able to make considerable progress. Both drivers lost time due to hydraulic problems.

    What comes next:
    Tomorrow, Robert will continue his planned programme, while Nick Heidfeld will take over from Sebastian.

    PressClub UK

    BMW Group starts the new year with a slight increase

    BMW brand increases by 3% in January+++
    Positive outlook for the year for all brands+++

    Munich. The BMW Group started the new year with a slight increase in sales of 0.5%. 94,276 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce cars were delivered to customers in January (prev.yr.: 93,835). Sales of the BMW brand increased by 3.0% to 80,629 (prev.yr.: 78,265) automobiles.

    As scheduled, sales growth of BMW brand vehicles is set to become far more dynamic over the course of the year. The new BMW 3 Series convertible and the revised BMW 5 and BMW 1 Series models will be appearing on the market in March this year. After its launch last November in the USA, the BMW X5 will also be available in European markets from March 2007. The three-door BMW 1 Series, which is being offered in this variant for the first time, will be following in May.

    MINI still below last year, due to model cycle factors

    Production of the new generation of MINI at the Oxford plant is running at full speed. This vehicle - the world's most successful small car in the premium segment - has been available on European markets since November last year. At the moment, dealers in the overseas markets are also being supplied with the new MINI. In its largest market in terms of volume, the USA, MINI will thus only be launched in February. This means that MINI sales in January, at 13,622 automobiles delivered, are still 12.3% below the figure for the same month last year (15,540). For the year 2007 as a whole, the company is planning to break the sales record of 200,428 vehicles delivered in 2005.

    In January this year, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars handed over 25 Phantoms to customers (prev.yr.: 30/-16.7%). The company is also planning for Rolls-Royce, as the most successful brand in the absolute luxury class, to outstrip its 2006 sales of 805 automobiles in the year 2007.

    As of this summer, this plan will be supported by a convertible model, the
    Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coup?, which was given an excellent reception when it made its world d?but at the Detroit Motor Show.

    Dr. Michael Ganal, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for sales and marketing: "We have once again undertaken a good deal for 2007 - the company strives for new sales records for all three brands. In this way, we intend to confirm our position as the world's leading supplier of premium automobiles once again."

    In the motorcycle segment, sales also developed satisfactorily at the start of the year. 4,152 units sold means that 5.1% more vehicles were delivered to customers than in the same month last year (3,950).

    BMW Group sales in January 2007 at a glance
    In January 2007 comp. w. prev.yr.
    BMW Group Automobiles 94,276 +0.5%
    BMW 80,629 +3.0%
    MINI 13,622 -12.3%
    Rolls-Royce 25 -16.7%
    BMW Motorcycles 4,152 +5.1%

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    MR Traveler
    A growing list of links too use for trip planning and on the road.
    PM me with links that you have found useful and think should be listed.
    PM me with things that you would like me to try and find.

    AMA Daytona Bike Week 2007 Planner The Golden Cirlcle

    BMW MOA Two resources not to be overlooked.
    Camping with information on packing, planning, the basics, gear, places and tips of all kinds.

    Global Touring with Court Fisher : covering Touring in North America, Europe and beyond. Canadian Maps Road Atlases, Street Guides, Folding Maps and more. : radio station search engine

    A growing messy list of links; I am cleaning up loose ends and it is messy. Alaska Road Traveler Information Service. Great Lakes Cirle Tour Information. : Mileage Slaves has a variety of resources for you. ǣYour one-stop resource for great motorcycle roads. California Motorcycle Roads This site has gone subscription but is worth the entry fee. Aspiring to be the pashnit version of all of the US and Europe.

    Off the Road : Your Guide to New Mexico Main Streets.

    GERMANY : Route planer for Germany. Maps

    Continental Divide Trail Information Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. Continental Divide Trail Alliance
    [url=]continental Divide Trail Society Map of the Continental Divide Trail and Travel Ontario Motorcycle Rides : Find a Zip. Zip codes are used by many travel related internet tools. If you dont know the Zip Code they are worthless. Find a Zip will help solve that problem. Travel plans for Canada? Postal Code Lookup is the tool. Canadian Boarder Serves Agency Traveling to Canada this summer? Welcome to the FIMs Internation Touring site.
    The AMA site has organized a lot of useful information that can be accessed using these links. Thank you AMA. For now I feel no need to reinvent this wheel. Trip planning information including :
    Weather websites | Mapping sites | State Tourism bureaus|
    Toll- free hotel numbers | Campgrounds | Nationwide dealer locator : Local AMA race | event locator tool.

    Internet Caf? Directories
    No one directory will deliver all that is available on any subject. Here are three links to start you off before you wade through millions returns on of a search engine will generate for you.

    Internet-caf? - Here is an Internet cafe directory of cybercafes in the U.S. Yahoos directory to Canadian internet caf?s.

    Wifi Hotspots The Starbucks store locator. Not an endorsement but they seem ubiquitous.

    Libraries often are excellent sources for internet access. There are too many to list but for the 2007 National Rally in West Bend:
    West Bend Community Memorial Library: Home page
    :West Bend Community Meorial Library: Acceptable Internet Use Policy.

    Map Sources : Motor Adventure Destination Maps interactive topo maps Best Scenic Drives in Wisconsin

    TOURS China : Overland Expedition Resources : An adventure travel resource for all kinds of information. Steel Pony Motorcycle Tours of Spain.

    The Pit Crew View: Racing Series 2007

    American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association
    AHRMA Handbook News and notable items from AHRMA
    2007 AHRMA Events & Results
    AHRMA Web Links page

    AMA PRO RACING- Home Page

    AMA Pro Racing @ the Wire Live! Menu

    AMASuperbike official website
    Schedule and Ticket Information
    AMA Superbike 101

    AMA Flat Trac official website
    Schedule and Ticket Information
    AMA Flat Track 101

    AMA Supermoto official website
    Schedule and Ticket Information

    AMA Motocross official website
    Schedule and Ticket Information
    AMA Motocross 101

    AMA Supercross official website
    Schedule and Tickets
    AMA Supercross 101

    AMA Hill Climb

    AMA Pro ATV
    Schedule Information

    Australian Superbike Championship

    Canadian Superbike Championship
    Track Information

    Championship Cup Series American SportBike Racing Association

    Tickets and Travel

    BMW Sauber
    Nick Heidfeld
    Robert Kubica

    Kimi Raikkonen Under Construction
    Felipe Massa

    Jenson Button
    Rubens Barrichello

    Fenando Alonso
    Lewis Hamilton

    Giancarlo Fisichella
    Heikki Kovalainen

    Christijan Albers
    Adrian Sutil

    Super Aguri
    Takuma Sato
    Anthony Davidson

    Toro Rosso (Red Bull)
    David Coulthard
    Mark Webber

    Ralf Schumacher
    Jarno Trulli

    Nico Rosberg
    Alex Wurz

    Mid-Atlantic Road Racing Club (Cornerworking)

    Isle of Man TT
    Front page news
    TT Database



    FIM Sidecar World Championship SUPERSIDE

    Superside American Sidecar Championship

    US Classic Racing Association

    United States Grand Prix Racers Union

    Vintage Road Racing Association CA:

    WERA Motorcycle Roadracing

    Westwood Motorcycle Racing Club CA.

    World Endurance Championship

    World SBK

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    Happy B-day Mom!

    Your post on your mother's b-day gave me cause to reflect about my own mom, how it seems we put things off as if we have unlimited time, we'll get to it "eventually".

    I guess the thread about Garth and now your Mom has me pondering my own mortality. That life is too short to procastinate. Don't wait. Do it now.

    Carpe Diem.

    Best wishes to your Mom, M1ka.

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    HDR will carry the day

    Where does BMW rank in sales in Australia?

    Honda continues to lead the market with an overall share in excess of 25%. Big Red sold 3065 more vehicles than arch rival and closest competitor Yamaha. Suzuki remains a very clear third place in the brand rankings a long way behind Yamaha, but with a very clear lead over fourth placed Kawasaki. Suzuki sold 14815 motorcycles in 2006 to Kawasaki’s 9491. WA based dirt specialists KTM maintain a slender advantage over Harley-Davidson to hold down fifth spot on the charts shipping 5930 of the Austrian machines from their vast Welshpool warehouse. British manufacturer Triumph took seventh place on the charts and the top ten were rounded out by ATV brand Polaris, scooter specialist Bolwell and budget road bike maker Hyosung. The only other brands to sell more than 1000 machines were Vmoto, Vespa, BMW, Bug and Ducati.

    How about Harley Davidson?

    The cruiser category experienced great growth and Harley-Davidson rode the boom the best with six of the top ten selling models powered by the American icon. Honda’s long running VT750C took second overall behind Harley’s Softail while Yamaha’s XVS650 sold well to take third spot in the segment. None of the larger capacity cruiser offerings from Japan or Europe managed a top ten position.

    JPEG and GIF are going away
    HDR will carry the day

    Photographers - a must read. <- Check it out

    Today's digital cameras match or slightly exceed the performance of silver halide film. Here is a sample from the article:

    But researchers have already built HDR image "stitchers" which merge multiple images and automatically account for camera motion between snaps.

    Technology can now equal B&W and color films. HDR is the future.

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