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    World Superbike World Championship winning Yamaha team wrap up their first test with Crutchlow and Toesland Weary Warrior
    Haga and Fabrizio pleased with tests Ducati test notes Suzuki Alstare conclude positive tests

    On the Street

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    the result of (this time) a fun filled morning. the idea to make a demo commercial came after it was shot. so this has officially nothing to do with ducati. still enjoy!
 Honda two wheeler sales to NA dealers drop 51%

    The percentage drop in sales is staggering. Then consider that the 2009 numbers are down compared to 2008 which were down from 2007. The Japanese big four started reporting occasional runs of declines before 2006 but the drop off has been steady for 23 months now.

    The percentage drop in revenue is staggering but the drop for Honda in revenue for the first six months of its business year is a jaw dropping 79%. is reporting that things are better at Yamaha yet the president has resigned due to poor results.

    motorcycledaily .com ran a piece on a report by the Cleveland Group.that the number of motorcycles that will be sold worldwide by 2013. The study assumes a growth in world wide sales of 7.6% and is dominated by below 350cc bikes and the Asian-China-India markets lead the way.

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    Nakano announces retirement from racing

    WSS Yamaha to close down title winning supersort effort

    WSBK announced a new support series named the Parkingo World Series. The series will run at seven of the WSBK tracks in 2010 but not in the US. This is a single brand class that WSBK says the brand will be announced soon; however, when you read the article it seems fairly clear who the leading contender for it is.

    MotoGP Honda needs stronger leadership says Doohan MotoGP Evolution released on DVD

    Moto2 Pasini, Elias, Nieto, Simon get rides

    On the Street

    In the US H-D has been offering dealers cash to discount and move their inventory. This has led to some smoking deals being reported. In France things are not the same. French site is reporting that H-D, while guaranteeing to honor warranties and provide parts, is offering no direction with price to its dealers.

    Ducati has launched a new micro-site as a count down teaser to its Milan show launch of their Multistrad 1200 November 9th.

    The Suzuki Bandit is getting another face lift. has pictures of both the naked and full faired models. I have always thought this was one of the best bikes for the buck but did not like the looks of the Gen-II fairing. I hope the new one looks as good in person as it appears to in pictures. Red rags
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    Do you have pictures of the whole bike?

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    Racing Suzuki Alstare’s new line-up tries out latest bikes – and rider Wrapss to come off Mavizen TTX02 electric superbike

    While the Isle of Mann is getting ready to show off its new racing class Moto2, MotoGP’s budget replacement for the 250cc class, teams are running into problems. translated: Moto2- Budget Problems at all Levels

    On the Street EU to police drivers with black boxes State-by-Statement Reasearch, November 2009

    The State-by-Statement Research has little value beyond giving a sense of the doom and gloom in the US motorcycle industry. Without context to evaluate the numbers further one really does not know if they should be just nervous or scared enough to jump out a basement window.

    Things are not all doom and gloom all over the world. India is reporting record motorcycle sales. Bikes in the Fast Lane is reporting monthly sales increase for Bajaj in the range of 51% over last year. This could be good news for Ducati, Harley-Davidson and others that are preparing to enter that market now that big bikes will be allowed. BMW has read the Indian tea leaves a bit differently choosing to pass on the motorcycle market and focus on autos.

    When the Indian economy was strong bike sales where down and auto sales were up. With money the transportation buyer wanted to move up from their motorcycles and into cars. Tata’s $2000 car was in the news all the time. With the down turn in the economic times bike sales have increased and we have not heard about the Tata Nano for a while.
    This sounds a bit like what BMW faced in Germany in the 50’s and early 60’s.

    Whether a case of corporate memory or current analysis BMW has decided to eschew bringing bikes to India and has built a car plant and has even re-introduced the Rolls-Royce Motorcar line to the sub continent. They are betting that in the long haul they will do better selling M class BMWs, Mini Cooper Ss and custom made Rolls-Royces than X F R or K bikes. Time will tell.

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    The future of motorcycling may rest in the imagination of youth. For many of us our love affair with motorcycles began with building a pea shooter. My guess yours, like mine, was not as elegant as this one.

    Imperial Cycles “Vintage Schwinn frame, bare metal tank, aluminum mags, Brooks Saddle, Quill Stem, Oury grips, shortened bars and a dropped springer to give it a lower, more aggressive stance. A real blast to ride, especially when you're reaching the limit of it's top end speed and things start to feel unsafe. Carving corners, splitting lanes, things that'll make your bullocks turn brass. Dangerous? Maybe. But safe is boring.”
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    MotoGP CotA announces increased security Exploring Austin ? An onboard lap of the track with Dani Pedrosa World Championship heads to Circuit of the Americas Ducati Team head for Texas This is LCR Honda Espargo looking to improve long-run pace

    Formula One Ecclestone willing to meet Bahrain opposition Bahrain GP Media Kit Bahrain preview Bahrain Grand Prix preview Exit Strategy
    Who holds the key to Mark Webber's potential exit from Red Bull? That would be Porsche Women lack the 'mental aptitude' for F1, says Moss
    FWIW: He never met my daughters

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    MC Minneapolis SX and Italy MX GP review

    On the Street Iron Horse Hotel offers $9,900 double room during Harley-Davidsosn 110th Under the raday ? Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 Burly Brand 883 Sportster Cafe Racer 2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200S Touring vs Triumph Explorer Norton launch in Japan Midland XTC 300 video camera review Airoh "Trr" Trials Helmet Review

    Now if they could just make the Pinagale work

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    The history of BMW Motorrad - an impressive success story which started 90 years ago with the development of the first ever BMW opposed-twin 'boxer' engine. In 2013 BMW Motorrad celebrates a major anniversary: 90 years of history and 90 years of innovations. Unstoppable for 90 years.* ....More

    BMW Motorrad France Team Thevent head to Magny-Cours in France this week, determined to get their 2013 Endurance World Championship campaign off to a flying start with a strong showing in the 77th edition of the Bol d?Or. ...More

    Woodcliff Lake, N.J. ? April 16, 2013 . . . BMW Team RLL travels to Long Beach, California on April 20th for the second round of the 2013 American Le Mans Series season and the next act in the debut season of the BMW Z4 GTE. ....More

    Cage World 2014 BMW 2 Series spy photos Next BMW X6 to be larger more aggressive BimmerFile ? cage news options & reviews that matter

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    SBK Chaz Davies: ? BMW has done an awesome job? The new standard Pirelli Diablo Superbike 17 inch tyre in SC1 compound was chosen for the rear unanimously by all the Superbike riders on the starting grid at the Motorland Arag?n races

    MotoGP Austin Racing Numbers Hayden ? Having three US races is a dream Barber? convinced CRT win possible in Austin Repsol riders return to Austin looking to regain points Fabulous CotA welcomes MotoGP for the first time.

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    MC EWC gets underway with the 77th Bol d'Or 24 hour

    The #99 BMW S 1000 RR is coming back on track: this weekend?s ?Bol d? Or? at Magny-Cours in France marks the start of the 2013 FIM Endurance World Championship for BMW Motorrad France Team Thevent. The French-Belgian squad is determined to get its campaign off to a flying start at the renowned 24-hour race, which is held for the 77th time this year. Also in 2013, BMW Motorrad France Team Thevent...More

    The title race is back on: the 2013 season is getting underway in national and international motorcycle championships all over the world. In amongst the action again this year will be BMW Motorrad HP RaceSupport. The specialist division supports BMW customer teams in a wide range of championships with engineering assistance and performance parts. Ever since BMW Motorrad HP RaceSupport was founded ... MORE

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    BMW Motorrad increases sales in the 1. Quarter of 2017 by 5.5 percent compared to the previous year.
    BMW Group PressClub Global / 7h
    Another best-ever start to the season for BMW Motorrad. Solid growth following the 2016 record year. Model offensive with 14 new and revised models to continue in 2017.
    FWIW North America and Australia are missing from the first quarter BMW Motorrad recorded growth list which includes Europe, Central America, South America and China.

    [b]Season openers for the BMW Motorrad Motorsport racers in championships on four continents Podium honours for the BMW S 1000 RR in Spain.[b]
    BMW Group PressClub Global / 3h
    The 2017 racing season is getting into full swing for the BMW S 1000 RR riders and the BMW Motorrad Motorsport experts. At the weekend, championships on four continents held their first races of the year: in Europe, South America,

    BMW Motorsport News

    BMW Motorsport News Issue 16/17.
    1BMW Group PressClub Global / 4h
    BMW Motorsport Juniors debut in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup Timo Glock plays tennis.

    Three BMW M6 GT3s in the top 10 at the dress rehearsal for the 24-hour race at the Nrburgring.
    1BMW Group PressClub Global / 4h
    BMW teams competed with nine BMW M6 GT3s in this weekends 6-hour qualification race, the dress rehearsal for the Nrburgring (GER) 24-hour race. Three cars ended the race on the Nordschleife in the top 10. Three BMW M6

    2017 Qatar Cross Country Rally - Round 4, FIA Cross Country Rally World cup. The MINI crew on the podium with Przygonski and Colsoul.
    1BMW Group PressClub Global / 1d
    Jakub Kuba Przygonski (POL) and Tom Colsoul (BEL) win final stage. 2nd place overall for Przygonski and Colsoul. Second MINI in the top five with Mohamed Abu Issa (QAT) and Xavier Panseri (FRA).

    BMW Motorsport starting the new season with strong partners.
    1BMW Group PressClub Global / 2d
    In a weeks time, BMW Motorsport will present the designs for its six BMW M4 DTMs for the 2017 season to fans at the BMW Group Plant Landshut, alongside many other car models from its product range. The spectacular designs for the

    Motorsport legend Alessandro Zanardi taking different tracks: BMW works driver describes his experience on board of ORACLE TEAM USAs Americas Cup yacht 17 as breath-taking.
    BMW Group PressClub Canada / 3h
    With preparations for the 35th Americas Cup in full swing, ORACLE TEAM USA and skipper Jimmy Spithill received a visit from a big name from the world of motorsport: BMW works driver Alessandro Zanardi visited the team base in


    MINI USA | Rallye Monte Carlo Historique 2017


    AMAHA issued a recall on the FZ-09, and FJ-09 models
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    On certain motorcycles, the lower handlebar holder may have been painted improperly, and fasteners may not have had sufficient thread locking compound applied. Excessive paint thickness could allow clearance to...

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    2017 BMW R nineT Racer Review First Ride / by Evans Brasfield / 1d
    One could take two approaches to understanding what BMW has done to the R nineT to give us the 2017 BMW R nineT Racer . The glass half-empty crowd will talk about the components that fell away to help keep the Racers price down.

    Re: Ride Report: The 2017 BMW R nineT Racer
    4Motorcycle News / 1d
    For a while, rumors have been circulating about the demise of the traditional cafe racer . With scramblers and flat trackers dominating the scene, the low-and-sleek genre has been taking a back seat.

    2017 BMW R nineT Racer and Pure first ride review
    RevZilla Articles / 6h
    Budget boxer? Sexier retro? BMW keeps expanding its Heritage line.

    Showroom Showdown: Versys-X 300 vs. CRF250 Rally vs. G310 GS
    15Canada Moto Guide / by Zac Kurylyk / 13h
    The BMW G310 GS, the Kawasaki Versys-X 300, and the Honda CRF250 Rally are bringing small-bore adventure bikes to the forefront this year. Which one should you buy? Source


    SECRET! Check out these AMAZING plans from Suzuki for live light projection tech to keep us safe (and make us faster)
    1MoreBikes / 3d
    Suzuki has filed designs for a new warning and rider aid system that projects complex LED lights at the ground to both help the rider see whats in front of them AND act as a bright, warning beacon to other road users. The system

    When will air-cooled Harleys end?
    8Motorbike Writer / by Mark Hinchliffe / 4h
    The ever-toughening emissions laws have many riders wondering when will air-cooled engines in brands such as Harley-Davidson come to a sad end. The good news, is its a long way off yet! Thats according to Harley-Davidson Motorcycle


    'Zen And The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' Author Robert M. Pirsig Dies At 88
    5KArts & Life / by Laurel Wamsley / 3h
    Zen was published by William Morrow in 1974, after being rejected by 121 publishing houses. The book has endured as a work of popular philosophy, and inspired many a road trip across the West.

    Get Early Bird Discounts for 2017 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days Now Until May 1
    1Sport Rider / by AMA Press Release / 1d
    News The July 7-9 event includes a swap meet, racing Wall of Death, seminars, and more. Get your discount today! Get a discount on your ticket for the July 7-9 Vintage Motorcycle Days, now through May 1. Prepare yourself for fun events,

    XSR900 Hits The DOT
    1Canadian Biker Magazine / by canbike / 1d
    Yamahas retro flavoured cafe racer illustrates that attention to detail gets results as the XSR900 garnered a Best of the Best Red Dot Award for 2017. The Red Dot Awards are for industrial and product design and cover the entire spectrum

    Rest Easy NM4 Back for 2018
    1Canadian Biker Magazine / by canbike / 1d
    Honda NM4 back as 2018 model.nm4 For those of you with unusual tastes in motorcycles you can rest easy now that Honda has announced its first 2018 model. After taking a hiatus for 2017, the avantgarde NM4 will return for the

    Commonly used motorcycle scams
    20Motorbike Writer / by Mark Hinchliffe / 17h
    Much like the used car market, the second-hand motorcycle market is rife with scams. Many sellers attempt to shift bikes which are unsafe to drive, have a hidden history and could even be stolen, or they will attempt to steal your

    Why You Should Ignore Your Parents When They Tell You Not To Race
    83Lanesplitter / by Erik Schelzig / 5h
    Former world champion Kevin Schwantzs parents owned a Yamaha dealership, so his mom was cool with riding motorcycles as a kid. But she only had one rule: Dont ever race them. Read more...

    The Good the Bad and the Ugly - Building a KLR650 Adventure Bike
    14RideApart - Recent Articles / 2d
    The Good the Bad and the Ugly - Building a Kawasaki KLR650 Adventure Bike With the crazy number of adventure touring bikes on the market today, it is easy to overlook one of the originals because it often rides under the radar.

    Motorcycles and Ethanol (E10) - The Shocking Truth
    3Motorcycle News / 18min
    When you read or watch anti-ethanol stories on the net you ultimately find stories about how E10 has destroyed someone's motorcycle engine. I've had any number of run in with guys like this.


    Want to brush up your dual sport skills?
    15Canada Moto Guide / by CMG Staff / 2d
    Barry Morris, one of the few motovloggers who actually has something of value to offer, can help you learn new off-road skills, or perfect old ones. Source

    5 ways to improve motorcycle fuel economy
    23Motorbike Writer / by Mark Hinchliffe / 7h
    One of the many reasons people choose a motorcycle for their daily commute is its inherent fuel economy. A modern 250cc motorcycle will get you around 2.8L/100km (85mpg), and theres not a car on the planet that can match that

    Magadan Motorcycle Adventure


    Wet 'n' windy portable turbine spins up battery power off-grid
    500+New Atlas / by Michael Irving / 2d
    While an outdoor adventure is a great time to switch off from the digital world, the modern mountaineer or connected camper might still want to send some snaps to social media. Battery life usually limits that luxury, but there's a tent-


    How to choose (and use) the right wrenches
    100+Bike EXIF / by Matt McLeod / 1d
    Nearly every time youre working on your bike , there are three types of tools that youll need: Wrenches, screwdrivers and pliers. Lets start with wrenches, or spanners as theyre usually called in Britain. Since your motorcycle is mostly

    How to Remove a Broken Bulb
    Motorcycle Cruiser / by Mark Zimmerman / 4h
    Tips and tech Don't get the broken-bulb blues. Here's a tip on how to remove that pesky thing You just tried to remove a burnt-out bulb from your motorcycle's taillight and...the bulb shatters, making removal difficult.

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    24 30 April: Motoring Milestones
    1365 Days of Motoring Blog / by Nigel Freestone / 4h
    130 years ago this week, the first motor car race in history took place, the Neuilly-Versailles-Neuilly, a distance of 20 miles, organised by the journalist Fossier. Compte de Dion and his steam tricycle completed the course in 1 hour

    #AmericasGP: All of the Best Action

    2017 MotoGP Championship Standings After Race 3, Austin, United States / by David Emmett / 1h
    Standings for the MotoGP class after the third race of the season in Austin, Texas: Round Number: 3 Year: 2017

    Austin MotoGP: Marquez stays unbeaten at COTA, Vinales crashes / 4h
    It was Dani Pedrosa who commanded the early stages after a lightning getaway from fourth on the grid, with Marquez slotting into second ahead of the two factory Yamahas of Valentino Rossi and Vinales.But Vinales fell out of

    Rossi: Leading MotoGP points after Austin a big surprise / 10h
    The Italian rider took over at the top of the table from Yamaha teammate Maverick Vinales, whose winning streak came to an end at the Circuit of the Americas when he crashed out on the second lap. Rossi beat Dani Pedrosa to

    Marc Marquez Continues His Streak at the Americas GP
    34Asphalt & Rubber Asphalt & Rubber / by Jensen Beeler / 3h
    MotoGP Race Results from the Americas GP at Austin, Texas: Pos. Rider Team Bike KM/H Diff. 1 Marc MARQUEZ Repsol Honda Team Honda 157.9 4358.770 2 Valentino ROSSI Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 157.7 +3.069 3 Dani

    Marquez Ups Overall USA Win Streak to Eleven
    1beIN SPORTS News / 2h
    Defending MotoGP champ Marc Marquez is right back in the hunt after another dominant ride in the United States.

    Rossi Takes Title Lead
    1beIN SPORTS News / 2h
    While younger rivals Marc Marquez and Maverick Viales have taken most of the headlines, the consistent Valentino Rossi now owns the MotoGP title lead.

    Pedrosa's Performance a Confidence Builder
    1beIN SPORTS News / 2h
    Dani Pedrosa bounced back from a difficult outing in Argentina with a strong podium-winning ride in Austin.

    Lorenzo: The race went better than I expected
    82news RSS on / 11h
    Top ten for the Spartan despite front tyre woes

    Moto3 World Championship Race Results From COTA / 5h
    Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas FIM Moto3 World Championship Circuit of The Americas Austin, Texas

    2017 Moto3 Championship Standings After Race 3, Austin, United States / by David Emmett / 6h
    Moto3 standings after the third race in Austin, Texas: Round Number: 3 Year: 2017

    Michelin: betrayed by the cold, but the soft tyres worked
    1GPone RSS Feed / 8h
    Nicolas Goubert on the crashes: "We were overconfident, but the asphalt was 18 cooler"

    Austin Moto2: Morbidelli keeps perfect record with third straight win / 4h
    Having started from pole, Marc VDS rider Morbidelli led the way at the end of the opening lap after seeing off a brief challenge from fellow countryman Mattia Pasini (Italtrans).Morbidelli's teammate Alex Marquez claimed the lead shortly







    Sauber close to Honda engine deal for 2018 / 3min
    The Swiss team has run Ferrari power since 2010 but cracks have formed in its relationship in recent months and Sauber has been working on finding a new partner.Talks with Honda have been ongoing for some time but accelerated in

    F1's Strategy Group set to discuss plan to help Honda / 4h
    Honda has faced troubles with both reliability and performance this year, having failed to make the progress it had hoped to with an all-new concept for this year.But ahead of the latest Strategy Group meeting that takes place on Tuesday,

    Why Haas are no 'one-year wonders' - Guenther Steiner Q&A
    In only their second season of F1 racing, American team Haas are continuing to prove themselves as serious midfield players - even if the start of their 2017 campaign didn't quite live up to their dream debut of last year.

    Tech analysis: McLaren's plan to increase rear downforce / 1d
    The rear wing builds on the concept already put forward by the team since the start of the season, making use of the box area within the regulations that asks for a curvature to the endplate, allowing a narrower section above the floor but a

    McLaren needs to be patient with Honda - Brown
    400+F1 / 7h
    McLaren needs to be patient with Honda and help the power unit manufacturer recover from its current difficulties, according to the team's executive director Zak Brown. Honda promised a step forward ...

    Fernando Alonso opens up on his chances of actually winning Indy 500
    1Daily Express / 6h
    FERNANDO ALONSO knows he may have to treat his Indy 500 debut as a learning experience given how little preparation time he will have for the race.

    Alonso studying Montoya, one of the best drivers, before Indy debut | IndyCar
    23F1 Fanatic / by Keith Collantine / 6h
    Fernando Alonso says he is studying the approach of ex-F1 driver and two-times Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya to prepare for his debut in the race.

    The Indy 500 isnt Simply an Auto Race
    2Automobile Magazine / by esegura / 17h
    As I was standing in the back-straight bleachers at my very first Indianapolis 500, I caught sight of the field firing out of Turn 2 during the first lap, a hail of oncoming bullets like bright-colored cans of motor oil. The earth tilted under my

    Brawn: I couldn't work with Ecclestone / 2d
    Brawn joined new F1 owner Liberty Media as part of a three-man team alongside new CEO Chase Carey and commercial boss Sean Bratches.As part of the restructuring, Ecclestone relinquished control and moved to the role of

    Bernie Ecclestone hits out at new F1 owners: He wants to buy his way back in
    1Daily Express / 9h
    BERNIE ECCLESTONE says he will "buy his own bullets" to ensure he still has a say in the running of F1.

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    The First Car To Break 400 MPH Had The Most Insane Packaging You've Ever Seen
    500+Jalopnik / by Jason Torchinsky on Black Flag, shared by Erin Marquis to Jalopnik / 2d
    As Ive made abundantly clear , Im an automotive space-utilization fetishist. This car I want to talk about right now might just be the most extreme example of packaging ever in motoring history. Its the Railton Mobil Special , built to

    2017 FIM Sidecarcross World Championship - Oldebroek (NED)

    26min - 2017 FIM Sidecar World Championship - Le Mans (FRA)

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    BMW Exec Says Dual Clutch Transmissions Are On Their Way Out
    13The Drive / by Caleb Jacobs / 1d
    Horsepower sells cars, especially those in the performance segment. BMW knows this, and with its M division pumping out more twist than ever, the automaker is facing an unexpected problem. The company's steady

    BMW Definitely Looking into the Possibility of Making a Hybrid Supercar
    1KBmw Blog / by Gabriel Nica / 2d
    Talks about a possible supercar wearing the blue and white roundel have been going around for the better part of the last 30 years. BMW never really made a supercar unless you consider the M1 such a thing and even then, it was all done

    BMW Blogs :


    Build Your Own Powered Porsche Flat-Six Scale Model Engine
    2Automobile Magazine / by cantum / 3h
    Attention Porsche fanatics and car enthusiasts! Ever wanted to build your own Porsche flat-six boxer engine but never had the time, or more importantly, the know-how? The people at Franzis have you Porsche fanboys covered with a

    The Biggest Opportunity Everyone Is Missing In Self-Driving Cars
    200+The Drive / by Alex Roy / 1d
    What is the biggest opportunity in self-driving cars? I was recently asked to join the debate over at The New Cartographer , a blog focused on the future of transportation, where I argued that even the best semi-autonomous

    The Official Buying Guide Austin Healey 3000
    66Silodrome / by James McBride / 1d
    The Official Buying Guide Austin Healey 3000 Introduction Of all the British sports cars ever made the Austin-Healey 3000 series are amongst the most iconic and most desirable, despite the fact that they were by no means the most

    Next Bentley Continental GT May Boast a 600-HP W-12 Engine
    100+The Drive / by Christian Gilbertsen / 2d
    The next generation Bentley Continental GT will use the same 600-horsepower W-12 engine found in the Bentayga , Autocar reports. Like the outgoing Continental GT , a V-8 version will also reportedly be available, and while

    Survey Reveals American Attitudes Toward Flying Cars, As Slovakia-Based AeroMobil Makes Strides
    11Forbes - Business / by Jaclyn Trop, Contributor / 2h
    A University of Michigan survey finds that Americans are excited about shorter commutes but concerned about safety.

    The Audi E-Tron Sportback Is the Electric Car Weve Always Wanted
    Design MilkDesign Milk / by Gregory Han / 0min
    Watch out Tesla, the road leading to an all-electric vehicle future is about to get a little more crowded. The Audi E-Tron Sportback concept rolled out as the belle of the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show ball, a near-realized concept vehicle designed

    GEICO Reminds You of the Hazards of Hail: 5 Hail Preparation Tips
    1Business Wire Automotive / 1d
    WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GEICO takes the effects of hail damage very seriously and offers five reminders to help you be prepared for the next hail storm. This could be almost anytime. There is no confined hail season, but


    Automotive tires sent down a ski jump
    1KBoing Boing / by Jason Weisberger / 1d
    Incredibly satisfying to watch.

    Aerojet Rocketdyne completes tests for human-rated reusable rocket engine
    14New Atlas / by David Szondy / 1d
    Aerojet Rocketdyne has successfully completed hot-fire qualification tests of its MR-104J liquid-fuelled rocket engine. When Boeing's Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 Starliner crew module makes its first manned flight in

    Germany's Lilium Aviation Conducts First Test Flight of Electric VTOL Aircraft
    42The Drive / by Max Goldberg / 2d
    Germany-based Lilium Aviation has just completed test flights of its vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) electric aircraft. The compact aircraft is designed to be a zero-emission personal transportation aircraft for civilian use. Powered by

    HondaJet Makes First Appearance in Taipei
    1Honda World News / 9h
    The HondaJet made its first official appearance in Taiwan at Taipei Songshan Airport on 21 April 2017 at a debut event attended by Taiwan's government officers, business guests and the media.

    The Final Mile

    The final mile is a colloquial phrase used widely, in the telecommunications, cable television and internet industries, to refer to the final leg of the networks that deliver services to retail end-users (customers). Think of that link of cable between your home and the trench with the fiber optic cable out in the street. The last mile is a phrase that pops up in logistics terms. Heck, Gordon Ramsey and your wife or mother are familiar with the final mile. For them it is the distance from the kitchen where that perfectly prepared meal is put together and the dinner table where it will be consumed. Network designers, of all ilks, continue to build and refine ever more robust networks. End users do the same. Yet, any system analyst, from major IT corporation to Mom, will tell you the majority of their problems and system failures come in the final mile. This is the first in a series of articles to argue system life is the same for motorcyclist. Our serious problems and system failures come in the final mile.

    In Motorrad terms, my working definition for the final mile is the time, space and events between the separate from motorcycle and where and when we come to rest. This is where the motorcycling communities most serious problems occur. The WHO, FIA, Global Road Safety Organization, and the World Bank have put out a report on their research into what is and should be in the final mile.

    Click here to download a PDF of the report.

    At first blush the credits do not appear to include a two or three wheeled voice. At this level the FIA acted in concert with the FIM, motorcycle and auto manufacturer associations to provide that voice.

    The Powered two- and three-wheeler safety report is part of the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety which commenced in 2010. It includes discussions of proven methods to increase safety and makes a number of suggestions from a global perspective. Some suggestions would be more easily adapted in country with a heavy scooter class of riders. Others are universal in nature.

    The challenge for the motorcycling community at large is now bringing that two/three wheeled voice to a local level as national governments set infrastructure budgets and local branches identify and do the work.


    Custom Bikes Of The Week: 23 April, 2017
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    FWIW BMW has been there done that.

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    MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Polaris Industries Inc. on Monday announced it will discontinue manufacturing at one plant and move fabrication work from another. The company said it is taking the actions to consolidate production of

    [News Release]Yamaha Motor and YAMABIKO to Develop and Sell Agricultural Drones by 2018
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    Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (hereinafter, Yamaha Motor) and YAMABIKO CORPORATION (hereinafter, YAMABIKO) have agreed to form an alliance regarding the joint development and commercialization of multi-rotor drones

    Curmudgeonly Cons of Vintage Motorcycles
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    VW Might Sell Ducati As Dieselgate Chips Away At Its Brand Empire: Report
    Lanesplitter / by Kristen Lee / 8min
    Volkswagen could be considering selling Ducati in the wake of its very screwed up and very expensive Dieselgate scandal. Read more...
    FWIW I continue to believe the rumors are overblown; not unfounded but over blown.

    While the financial demands of Dieselgate can seem daunting they are being addressed. Whatever the reason VW Group purchased Ducati they have developed the brand expanding sales and worldwide product reach.

    What is being missed in all the analysis I have read is an acknowledgement that VW Group is in the process of setting a new direction and getting on with business. In this process all segments of the business are under review. Bringing in an investment banking company such as Evercore could indicate a sale. Given the increases, it could equally mean management is seeking an independent valuation of Ducati to properly represent it on their books. In turn using that increased value, if it is bookable, could be used to secure loans to pay off Dieselgate debt. The increasing and ongoing revenues from the company would help fund the research into EVs and other products.

    Is it possible? Yes. I just do not see it in the near term. Three to five years from now, perhaps.

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    10F1 Fanatic / by Keith Collantine / 4h
    The FIA has revealed new plans to prevent teams from running 'shark fin' and 'T wing'-style designs.

    Analysis: How the FIA plans to ban T-wings / 5h
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    Constructive F1 Strategy Group and Commission held in Paris
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    Sport news A constructive meeting of the F1 Strategy Group and F1 Commission took place today (25 April) in Paris, with all members in attendance including FIA President Jean Todt and, for the first time, Chase Carey, CEO of Formula One

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    Tesla has car company problems without a car company valuation.


    Duc Tales

    April 24th, Reuters ran a small business piece about VW, Ducati and Evercore Investment Bankers. Straightforward reporting in the style Reuters is known for had just enough of hint of speculative analysis had many wondering out loud if Ducati might be up for sale.

    I remain in the “it's not for sale” column but want to add “yet” as a fudge caveat. Having done that I want to ask what I think is the key question no one is asking. What is the potential impact on racing?

    Dieselgate Scandal and Sell

    The case for a sale is simple. VW continues to reel from the Dieselgate Scandal. Analysts see the need for a cash influx as the last of the fines and penalties come rolling in for payment. Ducati is doing well and so would fetch a nice price to help pay those bills. Or, in alternate scenarios the sale revenue would help fund development of an EV, an area VW has been lagging in.

    Dieselgate has filled the auto headlines for almost two years and cost billions of dollars so far, and will continue to impact the company going forward. Therefore bringing a group like Evercore into the equations can mean only one thing; a sale. Investment banking groups often value companies, broker sales and provides bridge loans to make large deals, such as the sale of a company like Ducati, work. The VW Group would have the residual from the sale to spend on Dieselgate payments or funding EV development.

    Who would buy Ducati
    Many names have been floated.

    The UJM Four
    Japanese buyers have been suggested and the idea dismissed at the same time. They certainly have the industry background and financial ability to do the purchase. The major question is why would they? The overlap of products and markets offers little hope for blue sky for either buyer or seller. It could be argued a potential UJM buyer would benefit more from the coopertition of a vital Ducati.

    The US is Ducati’s largest market. Polaris has the cash and is looking to grow its empire. I have to agree that on first blush Ducati would offer a good complement to Polaris’s Indian Motorcycle line. They share price niches and racing histories and there is little or no product overlap.

    Back of the house issues could scupper the deal. Polaris is in the midst of dealing with the closing of Victory. Dealer issues exist. Plant closings/retasking are in process. Would Polaris want to take on a new set of dealer issues and more importantly take over production of a European based motorcycle?

    International sales is the final item that could strain a Polaris purchase. An international push began with Victory and has continued with and as they developed Indian Motorcycles. Merging the two strategies is far from impossible; yet, would be another complex issue to consider.

    The Indian manufacturer’s name was raised. Hero had a working relationship with Honda in the past which was often described as strained. They did learn a great deal from their Japanese partner about the manufacturing process, quality control and more.

    Ducati has revised its plans for the near east and the subcontinent. Originally the plan was to avoid a real sales effort and ship motorcycles manufactured in the EU and suffer the tariff. Now the plan is to build bikes Thailand for India. This expands Ducati’s product line for the country by at least five models. This could be of interest to Hero as the products would complement and expand their current line.

    Would a company like Hero be a candidate to follow in tracks looking like those of the Baja/KTM deal?

    Ducati and the $1.12 billion price tag is brought with it found its home in the VW empire as an Audi subsidiary. Since the purchase the Italian motorcycles world footprint has expanded, sales increased along with revenues. What would be an asking price and more importantly how much would it cost to close the deal? If the sale revenue is used to pay off Dieselgate bills the term would need to be as close to cash and carry as possible. If the purpose is to fund EV development more friendly terms might be available. Might.

    That is the case and issues, in very crude terms, for a sale of Ducati at this time. Now let me make my case for why I don’t think it is for sale at this time.

    2001 a BMW Business Odyssey

    No, I am not going to make a case for a BMW purchase of Ducati. Rather, I do see parallels with BMW in 2001 and what is going on with the VW Group and Ducati.

    In the 1990s BMW AG mounted a British invasion to expanded through acquisition. In 1994, BMW bought the British Rover Group made up by Rover, Land Rover and MG brands as well as the rights to an estimated 240 defunct brands including Austin and Morris. By 2000, Rover was hemorrhaging pounds, pound sterling that is, and BMW decided to sell. BMW retained the rights to MINI and continued a fight with the VW Group and Rolls Royce PLC to break up Rolls Royce Motor Cars, Bentley from Rolls Royce PLC.

    The press were full of rumors involving BMW. Many centered around the breakup of the British spoils and others about competing desires of Quandt family heirs - the majority stockholders of BMW AG. The slightest provocation could start the wildest rumor. Leaks of internal scrutiny of the Motorrad Segment started rumors that Segment was to be sold or shut down. Good rumors have an element of truth. Scrutiny was that element.

    The turmoil at the board level resulted in a decision to subject every Segment and subsidiary of BMW AG to a review. The goal was to develop a plan for the next twenty years and see what parts fit and which didn’t. At the start of 2001 BMW Motorrad began its review. The smallest, oldest Segment it was seen as something of an outlier for what was now seen as a automotive company. Yet, the Motorrad Segment passed and the demise was avoided . It would take six years for the company to complete its top to bottom review. Not all survived while others were reorganized. The final restructuring to place at board levels. The final result was announced in 2008.

    I see VW as being in a similar situation and doing the same. There has been a major shift in management. The strategy of diesels as an alternative to hybrids has failed. In its struggle to put together a new bridge strategy the Group has outsold Toyota once again to take over as the largest car maker.

    Bringing in a group like Evercore could indeed be the harbinger of a sale. However, an alternative and more likely explanations exist. Ducati’s growth in sales, revenue and market have changed since the were last sold. In the review of all the VW Group assets it makes sense that seek outside confirmation of what they should book Ducati asset value at.

    Once the asset value is known they would have to decide if they would be able to gain enough in a lump sum from a sale. Or, they could use Ducati’s value to secure loans to pay off Dieselgate debt. Alternately, the revenues from running Ducati and growing it would flow to the corporate pool and be drawn on to develop things such as EVs. For these and a number of other arguments that others could make, I do not see a sale in the near term.

    Racing - The Real Question

    What is in store for Ducati Corse if there is no sale? VW and Audi have withdrawn from WRC and WEC racing. Apparently the expense at those levels for these two could no longer be justified with the race on Sunday sell on Monday business model. On the other hand Porsche continues to race and grow its programs. But racing has been an integral part of the Porsche brand and thus easier to justify.

    Clearly, in branding terms, racing is perhaps even more an integral part of the Ducati marque than Porsche. But how many racing programs, if any, will the corporate leaders support if they need to siphon money from Ducati for things such as Dieselgate payments of EV development? Do you support the WSBK campaign? It is the racing series with the clearest link to the Ducati's in the showroom. Do you support MotoGP with its racing mystique and development demands?

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    Bridgestone, the official tire supplier to F1 and MotoGP, announced it will stop supplying the car series doughnuts in 2011. Bridgestone will be supplying tires to the series once again in 2010 but that will be the last year according to the report the official F1 website and their own site. No news on who will replace them. Michelin is the name that most quickly comes to mind as a candidate.

    No news on the MotoGP racing cruller front yet, but is reporting that Bridgestone will honor its contract with MotoGP which runs through 2011. This makes sense. The F1 supply contract was not abandoned rather was just not renewed. Economics over the next year could determine MotoGPs need, or not, for a new tire supplier.

    The next big F1 announcement pending is Toyota F1s future. Toyota has set Sunday 8 November as the day it will announce what its F1 plans are. The general consensus is they will exit the sport. This would open up a slot on the grid for Hinwil F1.

    On the Street

    This is becoming redundant and depressing Suzuki unit sales to North America drop 40%

    BMW released its Q3 report. The full report is available for download on the BMW Group website. The following excerpt was taken from the press release from the BMW PressClub Global.

    BMW Motorrad records volume decline in third quarter
    The third-quarter performance of the Motorcycles segment was dominated by difficult market conditions worldwide. 22,741 motorcycles (third quarter 2008: 24,818) were sold during the three month period, 8.4% fewer than one year earlier. Revenues decreased to euro 239 million (third quarter 2008: euro 271 million). The Motorcycles segment reports a negative EBIT of euro 3 million (third quarter 2008: negative EBIT of euro 5 million) and a loss before tax of euro 5 million (third quarter 2008: loss before tax of euro 7 million). The number of motorcycles sold during the first nine months of the year decreased to 69,715 units (first nine months 2008: 80,750 units / -13.7%). Segment revenues fell to euro 865 million (first nine months 2008: euro 1,008 million), while EBIT dropped to euro 51 million (first nine months 2008: euro 87 million). The profit before tax amounted to euro 45 million (first nine months 2008: euro 80 million).

    The Q3 reports outlook for the rest of 2009 is down. While BMW sees signs that the auto market is beginning to stabilize world wide it expects to see a drop in auto sales of 10-15% from 2008. BMW also predicts that the sales volume of the Motorcycles segment will be down on the previous year but they did not project where the numbers will fall.

    What remains unclear to me is how or if BMW is counting Husqvarna sales when reporting sales in the motorcycle segment. My understanding has been that BMW reports production numbers for BMW made bikes. As Husqvarna disentangled itself from the MV Group production numbers began to show as part of the BMW motorcycle segment numbers. This is a long way to say if Husqvarna numbers are included in the reported numbers taking them out could show an even steeper decline in sales of the Roundel models.

    If someone out there in forum land has a better understanding please let me know.

    It is the season of concept bikes. I am pulling together some information on various bikes to be debuted during the upcoming Milan show. This concept bike came out a bit earlier this year as the result of design inquires into attracting females to the sport as pilots instead of just riders.

    Twenty years or so ago auto industry market research identified women as the decision makers in more and more car purchases. Women also began to represent a growing number of independent buyers. The industry reacted in various ways bringing us lights on vanity mirrors, cup holders and mini vans as a few examples of things intended to motivate women to buy their products. The motorcycle industry is going through the same process. The genesis of this concept motorcycle was described as:

    This project, which started at Chalmers University in Gothenburg, intended to investigate why fewer women than men ride motorcycles, and what can be done to attract female users and customers to the motorcycle market.

    The majority of motorcycle models are poorly adjusted to women, and those which are not commonly lack the easy rider attitude that is often sought after by women as well as men. This project intended to change this trend, in designing a vehicle that is practical and conscious without compromising its modern biker expression.

    The result was a full-scale model, displaying novel design qualities and conceptual solutions within areas that women particularly emphasized in the studies; namely safety, low environmental impact, comfort and ergonomics, storage and identity.

    What do think of it? Are their issues that you see keeping the industry and sport from trapping this market and growing?

    What do you think of it?

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    Statement by Dr. Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Conference Call Interim Report 3rd quarter 2009 03.11.2009
    Ladies and Gentlemen,

    The BMW Group is maintaining its strategic course. And we plan to achieve our long-term goals.

    Today, I would like to talk about the three following points:

    1. This quarter we again achieved a profit.
    2. We are further implementing our Strategy Number ONE as well as focussing on profitability targets.
    3. We are shaping our future in line with our strategic goals.

    To the first point:

    The BMW Group achieved earnings before taxes of 126 million Euros in the third quarter. Net profit was also positive.
    In the nine-month comparison, we reported positive earnings both before and after taxes.

    In light of this we are able to make the following forecast for 2009:

    We expect a decrease in sales volume of between 10 and 15 percent from 2008 level.
    We are aiming to achieve positive earnings and a positive adjusted free cash flow for the Group.

    Currently, the decline in sales continues to slow at Group level third-quarter sales for 2009 are around 7 percent lower than in the third quarter of 2008. MINI sales are already recovering.

    You all know that some of our high-volume models like the BMW 5 Series are nearing the end of their lifecycle.

    Over the next two years we will be renewing a large share of our product portfolio.

    This will get underway with the launch of several models over the coming weeks and months. Our customers will be able to choose between different technologies and drive concepts:

    The BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo and the BMW X1 were released last week. The X1 comes with the option of rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. The number of orders is much higher than average.
    In December we will be introducing the BMW X6 with ActiveHybrid technology in the United States. This is BMWs first full hybrid. It will be launched in Europe in mid-April 2010.
    This fall, we will launch three new versions of the new BMW 7 Series: the four-wheel drive, the 740 diesel and the 12-cylinder version. From April on, customers in Europe will also be offered the new BMW 7 Series as a mild hybrid; it will be available to U.S. customers from May on.
    Rolls-Royce will start delivering the Ghost to customers by the end of the year.

    That brings me to my second point:

    We are continuing to implement all measures set down by Strategy Number ONE.

    We are laying the foundation for profitability in the years ahead:

    Our new models and the renewal of our high-volume series over the next few years will lead to greater efficiency potential: For instance, through a more modular concept. We have found synergies across model series. This should also enhance the value of our cars. The quality of our products remains our top priority.
    We will be able to reduce material costs by 2012 much more than originally planned. The steps already taken have allowed us to secure substantial long-term cost benefits.

    All of this will help us to meet our profitability targets for 2012.

    The size of our global workforce was further reduced by more than 1,600over the course of last year. This is the result of natural attrition, partial retirement and voluntary termination agreements.

    Such actions are done in a BMW style with transparency, fairness and a strong sense of responsibility.

    Nonetheless, we are still hiring especially specialists in research and development. Here in Germany we hired more than 200 new employees during the first nine months of this year.

    We stand by our social responsibilities, even in tough economic times.
    That is part of the identity and culture of the BMW Group:

    Early this September, more than 1,100 apprentices started their training with us.
    We have also launched a BMW Group Graduate Program for future executives. The first participants will start in April 2010. To face the complex challenges of the future, we need executives with outstanding competence and skills, who can motivate and inspire their employees, and who are prepared to take responsibility. And, it is essential that they have intercultural understanding.

    And that brings me to my third and final point:

    We will continue to shape our future.

    We are now taking strategic steps that will ensure the BMW Groups future.

    Let me give you three examples:
    Example number one:

    We are investing further in our production sites:
    With around 1 billion dollars in the U.S. including 750 million for our Spartanburg plant in 2008 and 2009.

    We are also investing over one billion Euros this year and next in our German plants. This is a clear commitment to Germany as home of premium products. And, we have set ourselves the goal to operate the most efficient, most effective and highest-performing production network in our industry.
    Example number two:

    We are expanding further our Efficient Dynamics program:

    Our concept car BMW Vision Efficient Dynamics, which many of you saw at the IAA, showcases all the possibilities Efficient Dynamics still has to offer. Equipped with a three-cylinder turbo-diesel engine and two innovative electric motors, this concept car has an average fuel consumption of 3.7 litres per 100 km and generates just 99 grams of CO2 or less per km.
    The BMW brands new CO2 champion the BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics Edition is almost ready for market launch. From spring 2010 on, customers will enjoy a 163 horsepower engine that uses only 4.1 litres of fuel and produces 109 grams of CO2 per km.
    We are also expanding our large-scale MINI E field test to include France.

    Example number three:

    We are developing new mobility concepts such as the Megacity Vehicle as part of project i:

    We are cooperating with SB Limotive to supply us with lithium-ion batteries.
    The next step will be a joint venture with SGL Carbon, the worlds leading supplier of carbon materials. This will secure us access to competitive future technologies and raw materials. For the very first time our Megacity Vehicle will use large quantities of extremely stable, lightweight carbon fibre components. And let us not forget that this joint venture will also create new jobs in the BMW Groups two largest markets the United States and Germany.

    Ladies and Gentlemen,

    All of these examples demonstrate that:
    We remain a long-term oriented company in the premium segment for individual mobility.

    Within our Strategie Number ONE, we have analyzed future trends in mobility. We know where we want to go.

    We implemented sustainability in all areas of our company at an early stage. Many experts have recognized our efforts:

    At the beginning of September the Dow Jones Sustainability Index ranked the BMW Group the worlds most sustainable car company for the fifth year in a row.
    Later the same month, the BMW Group was included in the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index for its exemplary contribution to climate protection.

    Our achievements in this area have also been recognized by NGOs and political decision-makers. This was recently confirmed to me in the conversations I had with many politicians and opinion leaders in the U.S., the U.K. and France.

    A reputation as a good corporate citizen is increasingly essential to all companies who want to become and remain successful over the long-term.

    Premium must set an example. It must be both a leader and a driver. In my opinion, we at the BMW Group are meeting this challenge.

    Forecasts predict that the premium segment will recover in 2010. And the overall auto market is expected to stabilize.

    We have great new products. And we expect to gain even more momentum through the renewal of our model range.

    Thank you for your attention.

    Statement by Dr. Friedrich Eichiner, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Finance, Conference Call Interim Report 3rd quarter 2009
    Ladies and Gentlemen,
    Good morning from my side! I would like to give you an update on our financials. But I will keep it short so that you have enough time to ask questions.
    The BMW Group closed the third quarter with a positive performance, despite the difficult conditions. Group net profit was positive for both the third quarter and the first nine months. This is in line with our targets, which were based on a decline in sales of 10 to 15% for the year as a whole.
    This brings me to the status of the BMW Group in the third quarter.
    The global economic downturn had a negative effect on the third quarter.
    The BMW Group continued to feel strong pressure from the competition. We expect that price discipline will return when the market recovers.
    We improved our cost position even further in the third quarter. Our strict cost management and profitability measures enabled us to make progress and increase efficiency. We reduced our fixed costs substantially. Our measures to lower our variable costs and especially concerning our cost of materials are taking effect.
    A large number of measures are being taken to improve profitability right now. And they have already started to provide benefits. Thanks to these measures, we are confidentthat we will emerge from the crisis in the black and with a solid financial basis.
    This proves that we are tackling our efficiency goals with resolve. This is how we are getting fit for the future.
    As announced in August, we changed our focus in terms of financial management. This was in response to more stable conditions on the capital and sales markets.
    We funded the second tranche of our German pension obligations in the third quarter. This causedour liquidity reserves to drop. As of September 30, our liquidity position totaled 9.9 billion euros. At the end of June, it amounted to 11.9 billion euros. We are aiming for about 9 billion euros in liquidity by the end of the year.
    Net financial assets in the Automobiles segment were reduced accordingly As of September 30, they amounted to 7.8 billion euros. This was after more than 10 billion euros in the first half.
    Intra-group receivables decreased in the third quarter. Compared to the second quarter, they dropped by 800 million euros to 5.6 billion euros. The Automobiles segment's receivables from financial services declined by 1.2 billion euros to just under 3 billion euros.
    The capital markets experienced further relief. This is reflected in our lower credit spreads. At 100 basis points, they fell to the lowest level since August 2008. Refinancing costs are attractive because interest rates are currently low.
    As planned, we ramped up production again in the third quarter. This was due to production startups for new models. As a result, net current assets rose marginally. In a nine-month perspective we gained 1.6 billion Euros from the reduction of working capital and changes in other items.
    Net of the funding of about 1.9 billion euros for pension obligations and marketable securities, free cash flow in the Automobiles segment amounted to a positive 417 million Euros in the first nine months. Including this adjustment, we thus continue to aim for a positive free cash flow for the full year.
    Now, lets turn to the segment reporting.
    EBIT generated by the Automobiles segment in the third quarter was slightly negative at -76 million euros. For the first nine months, it amounted to -358 million euro.
    For seasonal reasons, EBIT in the Motorcycles segment amounted to -3 million euros in the third quarter. As of September, the segment had a positive EBIT of 51 million euros.
    The Motorcycles segment suffered a sales decline of 8.4% compared to the same quarter last year. But the company increased its market share although the market shrank on the whole. It was reduced by nearly one-third.
    The development of the Financial Services segment should be highlighted.Despite the difficult market, it continued to perform well. In the third quarter, it achieved a profit before tax of 94 million euros. As of September, Financial Services had an EBT of 247 million euros.

    The business volume was down by 2.6% to 59 billion euros. Leased products were down more than 2 billion euros from the beginning of the year. In contrast, receivables from sales financing were up about 511 million euros.
    The segment's risk situation was unchanged from the second quarter.
    The used car market continues to display an inconsistent development. The UK and US used car markets experienced a strong recovery. But the situation on Continental European markets remains tight. This is due to national support measures and the German scrappage program.
    We expect that the used car markets will remain difficult and will continue to display an inconsistent development.
    As before, the positive and negative effects on the risk provision offset each other. There were no further burdens from unplanned risk provisions.
    The situation in terms of credit risk is similar. The credit loss rate for the first nine months was slightly lower than for the first half. We remain cautious and do not expect this to lead to a short-term improvement.
    As Mr. Reithofer announced earlier, we are aimingfor a positive Group profit for 2009 as a whole. This will be driven by our resolute cost and financial management. We benefited from the company's very good financial position in the last few months of the crisis.
    But we still expect the global economy to remain volatile and difficult. This does not rule out the possibility of individual markets displaying a positive, dynamic development like China, for example.
    Over the short term, any recovery will probably be marginal.
    In the fourth quarter, we will benefit from the startup of new, competitive models such as the X1 and the 5 Series GT.
    We will benefit from the revamp of our portfolio, which will be implemented soon. This will happen on three levels:
    Our product portfolio will become younger. This will make it much more attractive.
    Our measures to reduce the cost of materials are having a positive effect on the new models.
    And third, this will put us in a position to optimize our price and competitive position once again.

    The resulting momentum should lead to an improvement in earnings next year. We will take advantage of the start of the market's recovery to improve our pricing.
    Next year, we will strengthen our profitability by taking numerous measures. Economic analysts expect markets to recover over the medium to long term. If this happens, we will benefit, thanks to our attractive range of vehicles. Our 2012 targets remain unchanged: Achieve an EBIT margin of 8 to 10% in the Automobiles Segment and ROCE of more than26%. We are working hard and optimizing all areas necessary to achieve this goal.

    Thank you for your time!
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    A big red ouch!

    Honda two wheeler sales to NA dealers drop 51%

    The percentage drop in sales is staggering. Then consider that the 2009 numbers are down compared to 2008 which were down from 2007. The Japanese big four started reporting occasional runs of declines before 2006 but the drop off has been steady for 23 months now.

    The percentage drop in revenue is staggering but the drop for Honda in revenue for the first six months of its business year is a jaw dropping 79%.
    The only bright spot was the Asian market!

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    D?j? vu all over again for Knight? Knight and Kawasaki, its over BMW S1000RR World Superbike program

    I cam across this image of a Yamaha TZ 350. I scratched my head, I was familiar with the TZ 250 but the TZ 350 escaped me so I did a bit of digging. Yamaha TZ 350 History Yamaha TZ 350

    On the Street

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    This TV commercial for the SA Government's Motor Accident Commission motorcycle safety campaign is an example of cleaver video used to get the point across. Disposable paper laptops

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    BMW PressClub Italy announced that BMW is going World Super

    Translated press release

    BMW Motorrad announces its entry into Italy fought Superstock 2010 World Cup. Team BMW Motorrad will use the experience of Italy Serafino Foti, Team Manager of the team already won 3 editions of the FIM Supersport World Championship.

    Andrea Buzzoni, Director of BMW Motorrad Italy Superstock and project manager, said: "The BMW S 1000 RR is a beautiful and sporty performance and represents the culmination of the dynamic expansion strategy that BMW Motorrad has led in recent years. I am very pleased that Serafino Foti will be the new Team Manager, Serafino it will make available its expertise in the progetto.La new BMW S 1000 RR bike is the only system to offer the DTC - Dynamic Traction Control - which works in combination Race with the ABS and the electronic engine management.

    Debut in international competitions aware of the competitiveness gained over the years by numerous manufacturers participants. It is very exciting and a challenge that we face with the awareness of our capabilities and our potential. " The limited number of major technical teams allowed to leave these bikes substantially level production. This makes the comparison even more fighting, besides allowing a strong identification of the motorcyclist and his bike with the specimens from the race. Neukirchner please with Honda return

    worldsbk: Checa ready for new challenge with Ducati

    Yamaha news continues to ripple now with the announcement that they will exit Canadian Superbike.

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    Friday, 6 November

    Racing TTXGP goes Stateside AMA Pro Racing releases its official 2010 road racing schedule Atlantic Motorsport Park confirmed for 2010 Parts Canada National schedule Checa predicts tough challenge

    Santa! The new FIM Superbike World Championship Yearbook available soon

    Famous artist Moo Chew Wong creates with his special technique an artwork in the Ducati Factory reception, inspired by Troy Bayliss Ducati Superbike 999.

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    Dealer News Vintage Directory in pdf form

    Speeding may have become cheaper in England Bikers could escape fines through postal strike. E-Motorcycles shock Barack More energy in batteries Nissan v2g vehicle is a grid friendly concept : Light, Efficient, Open: Boxster Spyder Making World Debut in Los Angeles

    Learn all about Triumph's fascinating history.

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