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    Morning Reads: 20 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.

    Today‘«÷s Birthdays / Calendar

    World of BMW news

    Pfeiffer wins world championship in Zurich

    BMW MOA Chartered Club:

    Skylands BMW Riders, #215


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    1st Monday each month, 7:30pm, Warrenside Tavern, Rt. 173, Stewartsville, NJ

    Club picnic
    Annual Awards Dinner
    other events:
    Monthly club rides, weekend trips

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

    Take a brewery tour when you come

    Ozaukee ‘«Ű 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 ‘«Ű Driving Conditions and other related information sites.

    News: : Speed Machines ‘«Ű BMW 1200S and Honda 1000RR Review : Harley ‘«Ű Davidson declares a dividend. MP3 faces a growing scooter-car market. ‘«™a concept we are familiar with revisited. : Take a glimpse in Italian at the development of the Hypermotard.

    Adventure Posts:

    The weather in Lilydale is warming this week and gives rise to new dreams of adventure. : Wheel good road trips ‘«™Coastal and Esperance Trail (Western Australia)

    Blog Update:


    Old Guy‘«÷s Motorcycle Ramblings : Secretary of Transportation on motorcycle Safety

    HemetHari : a collection of Ghost Rider reviews.


    Yesterday‘«÷s gear piece raised some interest. Without comment here are some other options to carry an electronic medical record with a USB stick. has two reviews for today‘«÷s reading :
    REV‘«÷IT Infinity one-piece suit.
    Scorpion EXO-1000 Helmet

    Photography - Video: : In addition to stealing a forum title for a corporate name these Limies have a camera stabilizing bag for sale. : Olympus Stylus u770SW ‘«Ű Called a tough water proof camera from Olympus that can be taken to a depth of 33 feet should survive a tank bag and a motorcycle trip. : Adobe Photoshop Lightroom available for purchase.

    Technology: : Palm Treo review


    Todays Woot

    The Blog

    Over Heard in New York | Voice of the City

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    BMW R75/5

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    BMW Group Canada Announces New Vice President

    Whitby ‘«Ű BMW Group Canada announced today that Christian Feilmeier has been appointed Vice President, Finance & Administration effective February 15, 2007. In his new position, he will be responsible for overseeing the Controlling and Administration functions for BMW Group Canada. Feilmeier is joining BMW Group Canada from BMW AG in Munich, Germany. Feilmeier has held various positions in Finance since joining BMW Group in June 1996, including his most recent position as Head of Investor Relations.
    Feilmeier is succeeding Michael Mohr, who has been appointed Head of Capital Markets, BMW AG in Munich, Germany. Before joining BMW Group Canada, Mohr was responsible for Controlling & Risk Management for the Americas and Asia for BMW Financial Services in Munich. Since joining BMW Group Canada in November 2003, sales volumes for BMW and MINI have increased more than 30% and BMW Canada became the first premium automotive brand to exceed 20,000 unit sales in Canada. Both profitability for BMW, MINI and Motorrad Retailers and BMW Group Canada has increased substantially since Mohr‘«÷s appointment as Vice President, Finance & Administration.

    BMW Group Canada wishes Christian Feilmeier and Michael Mohr all the best in their new responsibilities.

    BMW Group Canada, based in Whitby, Ontario, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BMW AG and is responsible for the distribution of BMW luxury performance automobiles, Sports Activity Vehicles, Motorcycles, and MINI. BMW Group Financial Services Canada is a division of BMW Group Canada and offers retail financing and leasing programs on new and pre-owned BMW and MINI automobiles, as well as retail financing for new and pre-owned BMW Motorcycles. A total network of 39 BMW automobile retail centres, 18 BMW motorcycle retailers, and 22 MINI retailers represents the BMW Group across the country.
    PressClub Australia


    ‘«ů All new body panels, same iconic cheeky style.
    ‘«ů New, more powerful, more frugal, cleaner engines.
    ‘«ů VALVETRONIC technology for MINI Cooper.
    ‘«ů Twin scroll turbo, direct injection for MINI Cooper S.
    ‘«ů More safety, more equipment, more fun, more options.
    ‘«ů Chilli models available from launch.

    The New MINI has arrived in Australia and is already winning hearts with its chic design, cheeky driving style and its huge array of personalisation options.

    It was love at first sight for Australians from the moment the MINI returned in March 2002. Close to 9,000 customers took the MINI Cooper, MINI Cooper S and MINI Cabrio models to heart over the next five years. Now the new MINI hardtop is ready to win over even more lovers, with the same unique design, driving and customisation strengths that made the first car so successful.

    Available from launch powered by a brand new high technology lightweight all-aluminium 1.6-litre engine with fully variable valve timing for efficient, powerful performance, the MINI Cooper boasts 88 kW of power at 6,000 rpm and 160 Nm of torque at 4,250 rpm. That‘«÷s an increase of 3 kW and 10 Nm over the previous generation engine.

    On road improvement in refinement and mid-range is far more noticeable than the figures suggest and fuel economy improves by 16 percent to 5.8l /100km on the combined cycle. Top speed is 203 km/h.

    The MINI Cooper S is now boosted by a twin scroll turbocharger and also features state-of-the-art direct fuel injection. It produces 128 kW of power at 5,500 rpm and 240 Nm of torque between 1,600 rpm and 5,000 rpm - a rise of 3 kW and 20 Nm. Fuel use is reduced by a substantial 20 percent to 6.9l/100km, and emissions are 21 percent lower. Top speed is now 225 km/h.

    For slingshot overtaking acceleration, the MINI Cooper S boasts an ‘«£Overboost‘«ō function whereby a short burst of additional thrust boosts torque to 260 Nm between 1,700 and 4,500 rpm.

    Both cars now feature a brand new six-speed manual Getrag gearbox as standard or a new Aisin six-speed automatic as an option, complete with steering wheel-mounted shift paddles.

    The new MINI has retained its iconic silhouette and styling features that made the first generation such a success (875,000 were sold in six years), but every exterior panel on the 2007 MINI is new.

    The interior is all new, too, as are the engines, rear suspension, and the electrically-assisted steering which helps retain MINI‘«÷s go-kart-like cornering ability. Assistance is related to road speed for low steering effort when parking, but gives a more direct response at high speeds.

    The iconic central speedo - now enlarged and containing audio controls, the steering column-mounted rev counter, centre console toggle switches and circular air vents live on, albeit reinvented for the new MINI. A new electronic ignition key and the ability to change the interior illumination between orange and blue (in five steps) add even more to the interior‘«÷s luxury ambience.

    New features include the engine start / stop button, a rake and reach adjustable steering column, and standard multifunction sports leather steering wheel, which controls cruise control (now standard on MINI Cooper), audio and telephone functions. Audiophiles will be pleased to note a standard AUX-In jack.

    Six airbags, including new curtain airbags are standard, along with anti-lock brakes, Cornering Brake Control and Electronic Brake Force Distribution. Traction at low speed is guaranteed with the now standard Automatic Stability Control and Traction ASC+T system, while Dynamic Stability Control is available as an option.

    The new MINI also offers additional high-spec options for the first time, including Bi-xenon headlights, Comfort Access (for keyless entry and engine starting), in-dash CD changer and an even larger Panoramic sunroof with a double tilt function. Optional satellite navigation now comes with the additional option of a TV receiver which displays on the central speedo screen when the MINI is parked.

    Enthusiastic drivers will enjoy the Sport button on the MINI Cooper S (optional on MINI Cooper) which sharpens engine response to throttle position, sharpens steering response and reduces shift change times on cars fitted with automatic transmission.

    Marking MINI‘«÷s growing maturity are new exterior paint colours including Mellow Yellow non metallic, Sparkling Silver metallic, Lightning Blue metallic, and Laser Blue metallic. Favourites such as Chilli Red, Pepper White and Astro Black live on, as does the (no cost) option to choose a contrasting white or black roof.

    Inside, the MINI Cooper comes with ‘«ˇCosmos‘«÷ cloth as standard, while the MINI Cooper S has ‘«ˇCheckered‘«÷ cloth. The Chilli models offer cloth/leather combination ‘«ˇRay‘«÷ upholstery, while full leather is optional on all models.

    MINI was famous for its vast choice of interior trim and upholstery combinations, including the ability to colour code dashboard and door panels to the car‘«÷s exterior colour. The new MINI takes this individualisation ability even further.

    The standard interior dash and door trim for MINI Cooper is Fine White Silver and for the MINI Cooper S it is Checkered. Cost option alternatives for these trim panels are Piano Black, Brushed Aluminium, Fluid Silver, and English Oak.

    The new Colour Line option enables even more customisation for the soft touch knee roll and armrest on the inside of the doors. Colour lines are available in five colours: Dark Grey, Cream White, Mellow Yellow, Rooster Red and Pacific Blue.

    But wait, there‘«÷s more. MINI also offers even more choice for interior trim to match upholstery colours through its new Colour World feature.

    Carbon Black is the standard colour world for Cosmos (Cooper) and Checkered (Cooper S) with an alternative interior Colour World in Gotham Grey available.

    Leather Lounge (which has fluted seat facings and contrasting piping) has a Redwood Red Colour World with an alternative Colour World available in Carbon Black.

    MINI offers eight different light alloy wheels at launch, five of which are completely new.

    Standard for the MINI Cooper is the 5 Star Spooler 15-inch rim while the MINI Cooper S is fitted with S Winder 16-inch as standard.

    Joining the family at launch are the high-specification Chilli packages, previously the most popular models in the MINI hardtop range.

    The MINI Cooper Chilli adds the exterior Chrome Line package, cloth/leather combination ‘«ˇRay‘«÷ upholstery for the Sport seats, high-output 10-speaker HIFI, velour floor mats, front fog lights, and 5 Star Blaster 16-inch light alloy wheels.

    The MINI Cooper S Chilli further adds Bi-Xenon headlights, even firmer Sport suspension (optional), Crown Spoke 17-inch light alloy wheels and automatic climate control, but deletes the exterior Chrome Line package.

    Prices for the MINI Cooper six-speed manual start at $31,100 and the MINI Cooper Chilli manual is $34,700. The Chilli package delivers more value than before.

    The MINI Cooper S six-speed manual is $39,900 (an increase of only $1,000) and the MINI Cooper S Chilli is $43,500.

    The six-speed automatic transmission is an additional $2,200 on each model.

    The New MINI arrives in dealers on 9 March, 2007.

    The MINI Cabrio continues unchanged, including the just arrived Chilli model for both Cooper and Cooper S. Coming mid-year is the further cosmetically-enhanced Sidewalk Cabrio model.

    ‘«£MINI continues to be the first choice for excitement, fun and chic transport in a compact package,‘«ō says Justin Hocevar, National Manager, MINI.

    ‘«£We have state-of-the-art engines with more power but which use substantially less fuel and emit much less carbon dioxide.

    ‘«£There is more equipment as standard, more safety and more opportunity to build exactly the MINI you want. That‘«÷s one standout feature of many that our customers tell us they love about their MINIs.

    ‘«£You will be unlikely to see two identical MINIs in Australia. Each car is an expression of its owner‘«÷s personality,‘«ō Justin said.

    Pricing for the New MINI.

    MINI Cooper, 88 kW, 6-speed manual $31,100
    MINI Cooper, 88 kW, 6-speed automatic $33,300
    MINI Cooper Chilli, 88 kW, 6-speed manual $34,700
    MINI Cooper Chilli, 88 kW, 6-speed automatic $36,900
    MINI Cooper S, 128 kW, 6-speed manual $39,900
    MINI Cooper S, 128 kW, 6-speed automatic $42,100
    MINI Cooper S Chilli, 128 kW, 6-speed manual $43,500
    MINI Cooper S Chilli, 128 kW, 6-speed automatic $45,700

    MR Note: Prices listed are in $AU

    Rolls-Royce PressClub


    Rolls-Royce Motor Cars today announced the winner of ‘«ˇGo Wild at Rolls-Royce‘«÷ -the competition which invited children from primary schools in West Sussex to design a wildlife garden. The winning design will be created this Spring by children from Fishbourne CE Primary School - together with Rolls-Royce employees - within the 42 acre grounds of the manufacturing plant and head office at Goodwood.

    Rolls-Royce is committed to encouraging biodiversity and is a Gold Member of the Sussex Wildlife Trust. The competition, organised in partnership with the Trust, offers scope for children to develop their artistic and creative skills within the National Curriculum. The design brief was to draw up plans for a garden to provide habitats for insect life such as butterflies, ladybirds and spiders as part of the food chain for the many varied wildlife species that are frequently seen at the Goodwood site.

    The Rolls-Royce plant is situated within the grounds of the Goodwood Estate, at the foot of the South Downs area of outstanding natural beauty. Throughout the design and development of this facility, environmental considerations have been paramount.

    For example, the buildings at the manufacturing plant feature a ‘«ˇliving roof‘«÷ which is planted with a variety of sedum plants. It extends to eight acres and is believed to be the largest in the UK. As well as acting as an ideal habitat for flora and fauna the roof also provides insulation in the winter and evaporative cooling in the summer, which cuts energy bills. A number of breeding pairs of skylarks were spotted nesting on the roof last summer.

    A further biodiversity initiative was a custom-made owl box, erected in the 42 acre grounds last December. More boxes are planned to encourage the increase of barn owls, which are now a specially protected species in the UK.

    Over 400,000 trees and shrubs have been planted in the grounds where the lake acts as a heat sink for the climate control systems in the head office buildings, resulting in savings over the cost of air conditioning.

    Ian Robertson, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Chairman and Chief Executive said, ‘«£We are committed to encouraging biodiversity by integrating the facilities here into the beautiful surrounding landscape. We look forward to welcoming the children from the winning school to Rolls-Royce to build their garden, which will contribute to our longer term efforts to help ensure local wildlife is preserved for future generations‘«ō.

    Dr Tony Whitbread, Chief Executive of the Sussex Wildlife Trust, said, "It is one of the Trust's main objectives to educate children about wildlife and the need to take care of the environment. It is vital that the next generation of decision-makers realises the importance of our local natural habitats and the wildlife that depends on them. As such we applaud the efforts of companies like Rolls-Royce which are contributing so much towards that aim.‘«ō

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    A growing list of links to use for trip planning and on the road.
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    The 2007 Maine travel planning guide is now available at Or register here for an electronic version.

    FOOD : Custard stands listed by state.

    Winery locator by State within the USA.. From : This is the site of the Sterns, authors of the original Road Food book. The site features a restaurant of the day and more.][/url] : Maps and Guides - Who doesn't love a free map or travel brochure? Take your pick below. You can download them for instant fulfillment. Or have us mail honest-to-goodness printed versions right to your door. Sunday Morning Rides an interactive community portal for motorcycle riders to access, explore, plan, and share motorcycle tracks via a sophisticated ride mapping system that combines GPS, geographic information systems, database, and Google mapping technologies. is dedicated to opening a window on the motorcycling opportunities available in this great state and sharing their riding experiences with you. : Ride Guide. Reader driven information so the listings will vary by area.

    BMW MOA ‘«Ű 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 ‘«ŰRoad 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. ‘«£Your one-stop resource for great motorcycle roads.‘«ō California Motorcycle Roads ‘«Ű 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 don‘«÷t 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 FIM‘«÷s 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?ģ 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?ģ - Here is an Internet cafe directory of cybercafes in the U.S. Yahoo‘«÷s directory to Canadian internet caf?ģs.

    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
    The Pit Crew View has links to many racing series schedules and more.
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