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    On the Street and Track

    BMW Canada reports November sales in The Mothership News. Here is the Motorrad paragraph.
    Motorrad.
    BMW Motorrad [Canada]reported 79 sales in November, a decrease of -26.8% compared to November, 2017. Year-to-date, a total of 2,000 units have been delivered resulting in a decrease of -1.8% versus the previous year. November saw the arrival of the highly anticipated new R1250GS, R1250GSA and R1250RT into retailer showrooms. The top sellers in November were the F800GSA, R1200RT, and R1200GS.




    BMW MOTORRAD IN THE NEWS

    Wild nostalgia version of BMW R nineT
    1Motorbike Writer / 1d
    Would you believe this wild nostalgia custom motorcycle started life as the BMW R nineT and that you can buy actually buy one? The R nineT is the Bavarian company’s most customisable production bike , but this Nmoto Nostalgia


    Retro-Styled Nmoto BMW R7 Prototype Debuting At New York IMS Show
    100+Roadracingworld.com / 1d
    NMOTO TO DEBUT NEW BMW R7 PROTOTYPE-INSPIRED MOTORCYCLE MASTERPIECE AT NEW YORK’S FORTHCOMING INTERNATIONAL MOTORCYCLE SHOW 1930s Art Deco style and design complimented by


    2019 BMW F 850 GS and F 750 GS Review First Ride1Motorcycle.com / 6h
    The air had a brisk freshness about it. Pure mountain air with a hint of fall from the turning leaves. The kind of unsullied atmosphere that can only be found far from the pollution of civilization. The sun had begun its slow descent behind the


    OTHER MANUFACTURERS

    Why premium motorcycle makers are lining up in India ?
    Motorcycle industry news
    ETAuto.com / 4h
    Why premium motorcycle makers are lining up in India ? ETAuto.com The number of premium bike makers are almost double compared to mass segment manufacturers in India.


    Bologna Brings Back the Rattle – The Ducati Panigale V4 R Will Now Come Fitted with a Dry Clutch
    300+Asphalt & Rubber » Asphalt & Rubber / 1h
    Ducati has changed the specs of its racing-born Panigale V4 R superbike, as it now comes standard with a dry clutch from STM. The post Bologna Brings Back the Rattle – The Ducati Panigale V4 R Will Now Come Fitted with a Dry Clutch


    MC NEWS

    E-V 70 / Kamil Podolak design
    25Ottonero Cafe Racer / 3d
    - Kamil Podolak design


    What Is a Street Tracker Motorcycle?
    1Harley-Davidson Motorcycle News / 1d
    A street tracker is simply defined as a street legal motorcycle designed or customized to look, and often function like a flat track racer. As Super Hooligan racing has gained popularity, the bikes often chosen in the series have become


    Combat medic plans ‘medicycle’ for indigenous
    1Motorbike Writer / 11min
    A former elite soldier and combat medic is raising funds to buy and equip a “medicycle” to bring crucial medical relief to indigenous communities in far north Australia. Rick Carey, 64, of the Snowy Mountains, recently completed a


    Top 10 Best Honda Grom Mods
    1Motorcycle.com / 6h
    There’s an undeniable appeal to the Honda Grom and other little bikes like it – the Kawasaki Z125 , Kymco K-Pipe 125 , SSR Razkull , and Benelli TnT135 come to mind. All of these little tikes offer silly amounts of fun for a relatively small


    Why The 1983 Honda Interceptor 750 Was The First Modern Superbike
    200+Cycle World / 3h
    Bikes Honda crushed the racetrack and showroom floor with the 1983 Honda Interceptor 750, and sportbikes changed forever The 1983 Honda Interceptor was the first real sportbike. It was designed as a homologation special but


    Meet The ‘Carducci SC3 Gera Baja’ Harley-Based Dual Sport
    100+ADV Pulse / 5h
    Who says you can’t race a Harley-Davidson in the Baja 1000? Well, definitely not Carducci, a company well versed in the brand that have decided to take on the rocks, sand, silt and speed of this legendary off-road race on a highly modified


    ROAD TESTS / REVIEWS

    2019 Zero DSR Review – First Ride
    1Motorcycle.com / 6h
    2019 Zero DSR Editor Score: 86.75% Engine 18.75/20 Suspension/Handling 13.5/15 Transmission/Clutch 10/10 Brakes 7.75/10 Instruments/Controls 3.75/5 Ergonomics/Comfort 8.5/10 Appearance/Quality 8.5/10 Desirability 8.25/10




    RIDING

    VIDEO: Blood Bikers. NEW documentary highlights LIFE-SAVING work of volunteers.
    1MoreBikes / 13h
    We’ve just been sent this beautiful short documentary which follows the life of an essential group of volunteers for the UK’s National Health Service; the Blood Bikers. As part of its work, voluntary riders carry much needed medical supplies,


    Exploring Utah By All Means
    1Motorcycle.com / 6h
    I recently had the privilege of attending two events that brought me to Utah two weeks in a row. Utah is, and has been, one of my absolute favorite places to visit. Since I first laid eyes on its mars-esque landscapes, I was hooked. Every cross

    GEAR

    The $5 Gerber Shard is a Multi-Tool You Can Truly Take Anywhere
    5Lifehacker / 1h
    Gerber Shard Keychain Tool | $5 | Amazon Graphic: Elizabeth Zimmerman Once you’ve gotten used to keeping a multi-tool on you, it can be hard to go without. But the TSA doesn’t care about that, and good luck getting your Leatherman on a


    Best Winter Motorcycle Gear
    1Motorcycle.com / 6h
    Winter can be a tough time of year for motorcyclists – particularly those who live in northern states. While nothing outside of screwing studs into your bike’s tires and going ice racing can help you scratch the two-wheeled itch once the white


    The Racing Sheet



    How Dick Mann And BSA Won Daytona
    200+Cycle World / 9d
    Racing The Daytona 200 was a race of attrition, and Dick Mann knew how to win Dick Mann may not have been the fastest, and his BSA Triple may not have been the best machine, but the two took the Daytona 200 in 1971. Here’s how.


    FIM: Jorge Viegas Elected New President
    31KMotorcycle News / 21h
    Former FIM Deputy-President confirmed as successful candidate at FIM Annual General Assembly in Andorra, where three new FIM Board members and three new Internal Auditors are also announced Mr. Jorge Viegas is the newly elected





    Isle of Man TT Gets Mainstream Respect In New Documentary Co-Produced By Tom Brady
    1Motorcycle.com / 6h
    The thing about the Isle of Man TT is that we can’t get enough of it. Thus defines the magic of the race. There’s speed, there’s intrigue, there’s gasoline, there’s adventure – and looming not far off in the background is death. When you distill





    Jordi Torres and Team Pedercini join forces for 2019 WorldSBK season
    SBK / 7h
    Spaniard returns to WorldSBK paddock after competing in final MotoGP™ races of 2018







    BMW Group News

    BMW Reports November 2018 U.S. Sales.
    1BMW Group PressClub USA / 4h
    Woodcliff Lake, NJ – December 3, 2018… Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 1.0 percent in November 2018 for a total of 28,330, compared to 28,049 vehicles sold in November 2017. Year-to-date, the BMW brand is up 1.9 percent on sales

    BMW Group Canada achieves best-ever November +2.4%.=
    1BMW Group PressClub Canada / 1h
    BMW brand sales increase +4.5%. MINI brand sales decrease -9.5%. BMW electrified sales increase +33% for the year. BMW Motorrad sales decrease -26.8%.


    Connected, flexible, autonomous: BMW Group expands use of innovative technologies in production logistics
    1BMW Group PressClub Canada / 10h
    +++ Many Industry 4.0 innovations already used in series production +++ Collaboration with universities, research institutes and start-ups speeds up development +++


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    BMW IN THE NEWS

    FC Bayern confirms sponsorship talks with BMW
    4Bmw Blog / 7h
    The talks between BMW, Audi and FC Bayern Munich are apparently more complex than expected. An important role in the negotiations could also play former BMW board member Markus Duesmann who left Munich to join Audi as


    Trump Lauds BMW for a New U.S. Factory That's Still Just an Idea
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    1Bloomberg / 2d
    Factory That's Still Just an Idea Bloomberg President Donald Trump congratulated BMW AG for building a “major new plant” in the U.S., taking a swipe at General Motor Co.'s move to close several ...


    L.A. Auto Show: New BMW X7, X5, And 8 Series Convertible, But There's An Elephant In The Room
    bmw ag
    Forbes / 23h
    New BMW X7, X5, And 8 Series Convertible, But There's An Elephant In The Room Forbes Among companies that build cars and truck in the United States, BMW is just about uniquely vulnerable to ongoing threats of U.S.


    Mercedes holds its lead over BMW in U.S. luxury race
    4Automotive News Breaking News Feed / 17min
    Despite an anemic 0.6 percent increase in November U.S. sales, Mercedes-Benz remained No. 1 among luxury brands last month.


    OTHER CAGE NEWS


    Of the ten I would love a Seven

    Top 10 best lightweights 2018
    2Autocar RSS Feed / 10d
    There's little on four wheels as fun as a track-day special – but which lightweight comes out best in our top 10? It is in this class of car that you will find power-to-weight ratios matching those of a Bugatti Veyron . With such delicacy, precision,


    Tesla Needs Subaru or Maybe Mazda to Succeed
    1KGizmodo / 1d
    The recent reports that Elon Musk told his employees that the $35,000 Model 3 would cost $38,000 to build made me realize some things: first, -$3,000 is a pretty crappy profit margin, and second, Tesla needs some friends. Specifically,


    BaT Video Inspiration: The Corvette – Story of a Sports Car
    14The best vintage and classic cars for sa... / 1d
    Produced by GM to mark the release of the gorgeous new split-window, second-generation Corvette for 1963, this fun promo film traces the development of the C2 with rare behind-the-scenes footage, including the building of prototype


    Why Mazda Is Betting its Future on Gasoline
    2Motorcycle News / 1d
    While others look to hybrids and EVs, Mazda is refining the gasoline engine for the next 30 years, and keeping the manual transmission alive. Mazda turned heads at the LA Auto Show this week with the new Mazda3 , a strikingly-styled
    FWIW: Conventional wisdom has turned and has the electric vehicle dominating the market any day. Until that happens we can expect a few companies to hedge their bets and remain focused on the dino drool engined transport. In the process, they may attract customers who in turn might stay with them when they finally convert. Despite it holds the bigest share of the electromobility market in Europe url=https://www.motortrend.com/news/bmw-exec-says-85-percent-of-2030-lineup-will-still-use-internal-combustion/]BMW expects 85% [/url]of its lineup will still be powered by IC engines. This is not the first time BMW has played this kind of gambit. When German automakers were moving to turbo fours and diesel engines BMW focused on high-performance inline sixes and cleaned up financially.

    Turn Your Two-Wheel-Drive Car into Four-Wheel-Drive by Adding Hubless Orbis Electric Wheels
    59Core77 / 13d
    A company called Orbis has developed a hubless aluminum wheel fitted with an electric motorcycle motor inside. Incredibly, this weighs--and, they improbably claim, costs--about the same as a standard, conventional wheel. Yet it adds 50

    VW: Audi drops 11% while VW brand slides 8%
    1Automotive News Breaking News Feed / 25min
    Volkswagen sales slid 8 percent in November to 26,789, despite record Tiguan sales. Audi sales fell 11%, their second consecutive month of decline.


    Affordable cars disappearing from American landscape
    7Automotive News Breaking News Feed / 18h
    As new-vehicle prices and interest rates continue to rise, affordable cars continue to disappear from the American landscape.



    FWIW

    It Took Seven Minutes to Pull Over a Drunk and “Unresponsive” Tesla Driver
    500+Futurism / 1d
    DUI on Autopilot At approximately 3:37 am, an officer pulled up to a stationary Tesla Model S with sirens blaring on Highway 101 in Palo Alto, California. After chasing the car for seven long minutes at 70 mph (the Tesla was driving just over


    Using Clever Techniques to Restore a Hopelessly Rusted, Frozen Vise
    5Core77 / 16d
    Making a boat anchor is easy: Just buy a heavy cast-iron vise, neglect it for 27 years and boom, you've got a rusty piece metal that can serve no other function. Unless, that is, you're the Swiss tinkerer behind the My Mechanics Youtube


    Documentary: The History of Datsun
    200+Silodrome / 21d
    Datsun is a Japanese automobile manufacturer with a fascinating history, they officially dropped the Datsun name in 1986 in favor of Nissan , but the Datsun badge was brought back in 2013 to sell inexpensive cars in developing countries



    BIKE CANDY

    Secrets Revealed – Zon BMW R18
    500+Return of the Cafe Racers / 1d
    The custom motorcycle world has been full of collaborations in the past few years. Manufacturers have recognised the influence custom builders have on the bike scene and have been inviting them to work their magic on their latest




    Mooneyes Highlight: Heiwa’s award-winning BMW R75/6
    200+Bike EXIF Update / 6h
    Yesterday it felt like the entire custom world was in Yokohama, Japan, for the famous Mooneyes show. Officially called the ‘Hot Rod Custom Show,’ it’s a one-day, nine-hour spectacle that draws the best customizers from all corners of the


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    Bench Racing and The Morning Reads: 7 December 2018




    On Street and Track



    BMW Motorrad Belux

    BMW MOTORRAD IN THE NEWS

    Bring a Trailer Auction had this Bavarian morcel listed.
    BaT Auction: 1978 BMW R100RS Motorsport Edition at No Reserve
    7The best vintage and classic cars for sa... / 25min
    This 1978 BMW R100RS is one of 200 in the Motorsport Edition and was acquired by the seller 14 months ago from its previous owner of 15 years. The bike is finished in white with Motorsport accents and powered by a 980cc boxer


    The Japanese motorcycle customizer CUSTOM WORKS ZON presents a spectacular custom bike based around the prototype of a new BMW Motorrad boxer engine.
    1BMW Group PressClub Global / 1d
    Last weekend, a sensational custom bike – the “Departed” – saw its premiere at this year’s Hot Rod Custom Show in Yokohama, Japan.


    Hookie Co’s Cool Customizing Kit For BMW’s R nineT
    1Motorcycle Cruiser / 1d
    Bikes The company’s Moto-Kit lets you switch up your Beemer’s looks in one afternoon BMW R nineT owners can switch up the look of their bike in just one afternoon with Hookie Co.’s Moto-Kit.


    OTHER MANUFACTURERS

    Curtiss Unveils Production Version of Flagship All-Electric Motorcycle
    Motorcycle & Powersports News / 2h
    At the LA Auto Show, Curtiss Motorcycles unveiled the production version of its upcoming all-electric flagship model named Hera. Hera is inspired by Glenn Curtiss’ land speed record-setting 1907 V8 motorcycle, the iconic machine



    MC NEWS

    Justin's Thoughts From The New York International Motorcycle Show
    bmw motorcycles
    RideApart / 13h
    Justin's Thoughts From The New York International Motorcycle Show RideApart IMS is a great opportunity to see a wide variety of bikes and manufacturers under the same roof, as well as parts and gear vendors, events, and clubs.


    Retro Bike on a Budget – 5 Cheap Motorcycles
    100+Return of the Cafe Racers / 6h
    The motorcycle industry as a whole has been struggling through declining sales for several years now. There are plenty of theories as to why this is, but one that I think isn’t being discussed enough is the price. Right now in Australia if you wanted to go out and buy a brand new, retro-styled motorcycle for under


    AMA Objects to 630 Million Gallons of Additional Ethanol in 2019 Fuel Supply
    Ultimate Motorcycling / 2min
    American Motorcyclist Association objects to EPA increase in federal ethanol mandates The American Motorcyclist Association objects to the announcement today that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has raised the amount of


    How to screw up a bike purchase
    CMG News / 4h
    You might not be able to ride your motorcycle right now, but you can still search the for-sale listings for a deal. This is a great time to pick up a used bike, because you probably have a few weeks or even months to go over it and make sure


    Nearly Twice as Many Women Are Riding Motorcycles Compared to a Decade Ago
    42TheDrive / 21h
    A study conducted by the Motorcycle Industry Council has found that the trend of more women getting motorcycles is continuing its strong and steady growth.


    Women Spend More on Their Bikes Compared to Men
    Motorcycle industry news
    1autoevolution / 22h
    Women Spend More on Their Bikes Compared to Men autoevolution If you have the feeling that there are more women riding bikes these days than there used to, you're not wrong. The number of female bikers has almost doubled ...


    2019 Dual-Sport Buyer'S Guide
    bmw motorcycles
    1Dirt Bike Magazine / 1d
    2019 DUAL-SPORT BUYER'S GUIDE Dirt Bike Magazine Prices, photos, links and resources for all the 2019 dual-sport bikes.

    Mega Gallery: Ducati Panigale V4 R
    200+Asphalt & Rubber » Asphalt & Rubber / 1d
    Did you need some more high-resolution photos of the Ducati Panigale V4 R in your life? Don't worry, we've got you covered. The post Mega Gallery: Ducati Panigale V4 R appeared first on Asphalt & Rubber .


    2019 Ducati Diavel 1260 | First Look Review
    2Rider Magazine / 1d
    2019 Ducati Diavel 1260 S in Thrilling Black and Dark Stealth Ducati made a bold move when it launched the Diavel for 2011. It was a power cruiser from a company known for sportbikes, it had a 240mm-wide rear tire and it had a


    ROAD TESTS / REVIEWS

    The Triumph Tiger 800 Makes Average People Feel Good About Themselves
    17Motorcyclist / 4h
    News The people’s ADV bike As ADV bikes become more extreme, the Tiger 800 holds the line. Are you really such a good rider that it’s not enough for you?


    GEAR

    Banned Motorcycle Mods and Why They Should Be Avoided
    1Motorbike Writer / 1d
    Contributed post for our North American readers We often derive a sense of pride from our ownership of a vehicle. It’s a status symbol, after all, which is why so many of the rich and famous own luxury cars and bikes.


    TECH

    The 6 Most Important Annual Motorcycle Maintenance Updates
    Motorbike Writer / 8min
    Contributed post for our North American readers A motorcycle is an intricate machine composed of many parts. These should all be checked on a regular basis. Just like if you owned a car and the windshield was cracked, you would


    What Is The Difference Between A Flat And A Crossplane Crankshaft?
    31Cycle World / 1h
    Bikes Choose the exhaust note you prefer, a ripping bedsheet or a V-8 What is one of the greatest contributions now-retired Yamaha engineer Masao Furusawa made to motorcycling and, more specifically, sportbikes?


    Battery Charger Buyer’s Guide
    1Motorcycle.com / 17h
    Winter has begun to rear its ugly head in the way of snowstorms and bitter cold in many regions of the US. Unfortunately, for many motorcyclists, that means a long depressing few months of storing away your beloved two-wheeled friend





    Bmw ( 18v830000 )
    Vehicles Recalls / 2h
    Dated: NOV 26, 2018 BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling one 2019 F850GS motorcycle. The engine connecting rods may not have been installed properly, possibly causing them to become loose and disconnect over tim...

    FWIW
    One Single Solitary BMW F850GS Recalled for Faulty Con Rod
    49Asphalt & Rubber » Asphalt & Rubber / 50min
    This is the weirdest recall we have ever seen here at Asphalt & Rubber, in our ten years of reporting on recalls. The post One Single Solitary BMW F850GS Recalled for Faulty Con Rod appeared first on Asphalt & Rubber .


    Ducati ( 18v834000 )
    Vehicles Recalls / 2h
    Dated: NOV 27, 2018 Ducati North America (Ducati) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Ducati Panigale V4, V4 S, and V4 SP motorcycles. The oil cooler output port may crack, causing an oil leak.


    Search for Recalls Here

    US - http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/owners/SearchSafetyIssues
    Canada - http://wwwapps.tc.gc.ca/Saf-Sec-Sur/....aspx?lang=eng
    UK - http://www.vosa.gov.uk/vosa/apps/recalls/default.asp
    EU - http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/safety...nt=main.search
    Australia - http://www.productsafety.gov.au/recalls
    New Zealand - https://www.vehiclerecallsafety.nzta.govt.nz/

    On the BMW MOA Forum > The Garage > Links and References > Listing of Recall Notices


    The Racing Sheet


    BMW Airheads Downunder

    Rally Legend Carlos Sainz Joins MINI for 2019 Dakar
    bmw motorcycles
    BMWBLOG / 13h
    Rally Legend Carlos Sainz Joins MINI for 2019 Dakar BMWBLOG Rally legend Carlos Sainz decided to join the team for the 2019 edition, behind the wheel of a MINI John John Cooper Works Buggy.


    Motor racing-McLaren to use Chevrolet engines for Alonso's Indy 500 bid
    Reuters: Motor Sports News / 2h
    Fernando Alonso will have a Chevrolet engine in his McLaren when the double Formula One champion attempts to win next year's Indianapolis 500 at the second attempt, the British team announced on Tuesday.


    Formula E: Season Preview - All You Need To Know
    formula e
    1Motorsport Radio / 3h
    Formula E:


    Formula E | 5 facts about Season 5
    3Racecar Engineering / 3h
    Formula E Season 5 is set to be a thriller with new tech, new cars and a new way of racing. Grab your copy of our new January issue for the best in-depth analysis of all the Season 5 changes HERE (on sale 4th December).


    Formula E faces moment of truth in season five
    7Autoblog Green / 1h
    Filed under: Green , Motorsports , Technology , Electric , Racing Interview with CEO Alejandro Agag previews major changes. Continue reading Formula E faces moment of truth in season five Formula E faces moment of truth in season five


    FIA Publishes 2020 Hypercar Technical Regs
    1FIA WEC – Sportscar365 / 2h
    Photo: Toyota The FIA has released technical regulations for the new breed of FIA World Endurance Championship top-level ‘hypercar’ prototypes arriving in 2020. The published rules, which became available on the FIA website


    Success Ballast Introduced to GTE-Am for 2019-2020
    1FIA WEC – Sportscar365 / 57min
    Photo: MPS Agency The FIA World Endurance Championship will introduce success ballast to the GTE-Am category next season. All 2019-20 rounds except the 24 Hours of Le Mans will be subject to the new arrangement, which was


    2020 LMP Technical Regulations Published, GTE Am Success Ballast Agreed
    dailysportscar.com / 1h
    The FIA has released the 2020 technical regulations for top-class LMP cars, which will be utilised by the FIA World Endurance Championship (including the Le Mans 24 Hours) until 2025.



    BMW Motorsport News


    MotoAmerica: Provisional Two-Day Event Schedule Released
    3Roadracingworld.com / 4h
    Provisional MotoAmerica 2019 Two-Day Event Schedule: Saturday 7:30 a.m. Track Inspection 8:00 a.m. – 8:25 a.m. Junior Cup Practice One (25 min.) 8:35 a.m. – 9:20 a.m. Superbike Timed Practi...





    JD Beach joins MotoAmerica Superbike Field
    1Motorcycle News / 5h
    JD Beach joins MotoAmerica Superbike Field -JD Beach will perform double duties in 2019, after a partnership was announced between Estenson Racing and the Attack Performance squad that will see the current MotoAmerica Supersport


    Death Of An American Superbike Team: Team Owner Says Mandated Electronics Killed Broaster Honda
    1Roadracingworld.com / 14min
    Copyright 2018, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. FIRST PERSON/OPINION: An Interview With Danny Walker By David Swarts Former road racer Danny Walker owns what was the Genuine Broaster...






    Yamaha announce six riders set to join battle for WorldSSP300 title
    3SBK / 3h
    Two-time race winner Galang Hendra Pratama leads charge for 2019


    Mahias signs for Puccetti Racing Team in WorldSSP
    4SBK / 3h
    French rider joins Kawasaki team for 2019


    Van Straalen set to line up as a full time WorldSSP rider next season
    2SBK / 5h
    Dutchman ready to take on full season in 2019


    Rea and Haslam – From Honda to Kawasaki
    4SBK / 6h
    They were team-mates back in 2013 and 2014 and we will see them join forces once again






    Grand Prix Commission make important changes to 2019 rules
    2Knews RSS on motogp.com - The Official Mo... / 3h
    Race classifications, substitute riders, re-starts after interrupted races and more are outlined for this season


    Grand Prix Commission Winter Rule Clean Up: More Wet Tires, And Clarifying Racing Rules
    MotoMatters.com / 3h
    The off season is a good time for motorcycle racing organizations to do a spot of housekeeping. There is time to look back over the year, and figure out what was missing from the rules, and what was unclear, an issue made more pressing by


    ]MotoGP changes rule for split rider/bike finishes
    66Motorsport.com - MOTOGP - Stories / 2h
    The rule change was approved in a Friday meeting of the Grand Prix commission, which is comprised of representatives from governing body FIM, promoter Dorna, as well as the manufacturers' and the independent teams'








    FIA finalises the 2019 Formula 1 calendar - F1
    formula e
    1autosport.com / 1d
    FIA finalises the 2019 Formula 1 calendar - F1 autosport.com The FIA has formally approved the 2019 Formula 1 calendar, with no changes made to the version released in October.








    Bimmer

    How does the Auto Start Stop Function work? - BMW How-To
    10BMW (uploads) on YouTube / 1d
    The Auto Start Stop Function helps you to save fuel and reduces unnecessary emissions in a very simple way. The Auto Start Stop Function automatically shuts off the engine whenever possible. It then automatically turns the engine






    BMW Group News

    BMW Group Statement Following White House Meeting, December 4, 2018.
    BMW Group PressClub USA / 2min
    At a constructive working meeting with representatives of the U.S. administration, the BMW Group today took the opportunity to explain in detail the extent of its footprint in the USA. The mandate to talk about international


    BMW Italia is "Official Partner of the Inaugural Evening" of Teatro alla Scala of Milan for the "premiere" of the 2018/2019 season.
    BMW Group PressClub Global / 1h
    Milan. The partnership between BMW Group Italia and Teatro alla Scala, born over 15 years ago, is renewed for the 2018/2019 season, starting on December 7th with the opera "Attila" by Giuseppe Verdi, directed by Maestro Riccardo Chailly with Davide Livermore. BMW confirms its presence as "Official Partner of the Inaugural Evening" and is preparing to celebrate a new season alongside one of the mos

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    BMW IN THE NEWS

    BMW Expects Trade Kerfuffles to Cost Over $1.1 Billion in 2019
    TheDrive / 1h
    Luxury German automaker BMW is expecting increased overhead costs to its operations in 2019 which it attributes to the rough economic conditions caused by trade disagreements between the United States and foreign countries, reports


    BMW M1 Procars to be headliners at 2019 Goodwood Member’s Meeting
    2Bmw Blog / 36min
    The next Goodwood Member’s Meeting, held only for GRRC (Goodwood Road & Racing Club) members, will be in early April, 2019. While the entire event hasn’t been planned out yet, at least publically, we do now know that the BMW M1


    OTHER CAGE NEWS



    Morgan May Have Purchased the Blue Prints and Tooling for the Aston Martin Vanquish
    3TopSpeed Newsletter / 7h
    Aston Martin announced that it was selling the design and tooling for its Vanquish model, but it didn’t specify who it was sold to for £20-million or around $26-million.


    Aston Martin—Finally!—Has a New Test Center
    2Automobile Magazine / 22min
    When I arrived at Aston Martin in early 2015, I kept telling [CEO] Andy Palmer that, ‘we need a track, we need a track, we need a track—we need a base to work from!’ ” So says Matt Becker, chief engineer of the British supercar maker,


    Aston Martin offers 'reversible' electric conversion for classic cars
    22Autocar RSS Feed / 10h
    Electric conversions carried out by Aston Martin Works will use technology from the upcoming Rapide E The car maker's 'Second Century' plan will help older cars to remain road legal Aston Martin Works, the car maker's historic arm, w


    U.S. November Car Sales Surprise on Upside
    1NYT > Automobiles / 50min
    Holiday season deals propped up U.S. auto sales in November, limiting the scale of annual falls at some carmakers and putting overall figures on course to top analysts' expectations, numbers from several top producers showed on Monday.


    What GM’S Layoffs Reveal About the Digitalization of the Auto Industry
    500+Harvard Business Review / 9min
    Prapass Pulsub/Getty Images News that General Motors plans to cut up to 14,800 jobs in the U.S. and Canada was initially reported as a conventional business-cycle adjustment — a “trimming of the sails.” The main causes of the


    Mazda’s Skyactiv-X Technology Could Make the Wankel Rotary Engine Feasible Again
    14TopSpeed Newsletter / 2h
    The return of rotary engines in Mazda’s stable has been a constant rumor ever since the last Mazda RX-8 left the factory what seems like an eternity ago. The Japanese manufacturer acknowledges this and, now, with the introduction of


    VW says it might use Ford manufacturing capacity in U.S.
    6Automotive News Breaking News Feed / 54min
    Volkswagen's CEO said after a meeting at the White House that the German automaker was building an alliance with Ford and that they might use the U.S. automaker's plants to build cars.


    EV manufacturer Rivian plans rally-style performance car
    3Autocar RSS Feed / 9h
    Rivian's R1S SUV is based on a modular 'skateboard'-style architecture... American start-up's third model to exploit performance value of universal 'skateboard' architecture The third model to come from new start-up electric car


    Rivian R1T Pickup
    23TopSpeed Newsletter / 7h
    Just before its official unveiling at the 2018 LA Auto Show, a new Michigan-based EV company revealed its first vehicle - an electric pickup truck called the Rivian R1T Pickup.


    Waymo One, the groundbreaking self-driving taxi service, explained
    72Ars Technica / 2hPhoenix Waymo One Arizona
    Enlarge / Hail our robotic cab overlords. ("Hail!" Ha ha!) (credit: Waymo) Today is a day that fans of self-driving cars have been anticipating for years. Waymo—widely seen as the industry leader—is finally launching its "Waymo One"


    Lotus plans £2m electric hypercar
    100+Autocar RSS Feed / 1d
    What an electric hypercar from Lotus could look like Secret Omega project under way to create Bugatti-baiting EV; concept due in 2019 Lotus is set to stun the world with a new £2 million-plus electric hypercar that acts as a statement of


    Opinion: Porsche shows Lotus the way
    2Autocar RSS Feed / 1d
    A potential range of Lotus SUVs could fund more intensive sports car development Big plans at Lotus seem to follow a similar pattern to the one that Porsche has perfected, which could mean great things for the British marque







    FWIW

    Opinion: Breaking the rules
    1CMG News / 5h
    “It has a steering wheel and sit-in seats. It is a three-wheeled car. Why is this here?” asked CMG reader TK4, after we ran an update on the Polaris Slingshot last week, and he’s got a good point.


    Ask the doc: What's an AED and is it something motorcyclists need?
    1RevZilla Articles / 6h
    A British foundation is raising money for AEDs to help motorcyclists, among others. How often is that needed?


    This year’s top earning YouTuber is a 7-year-old child
    4The Hustle / 8min
    A 7-year-old toy reviewer is officially YouTube’s highest-earner of 2018 (YoY from June 1, 2017). And no, this is NOT a headline from the Onion. According to Forbes , Ryan of Ryan Toysreview trounced Jake Paul’s ‘Tube earnings by $500k,


    See What's on the Opposite Side of the World From You
    500+Lifehacker / 13d
    Screenshot: Antipodes Map When I was a kid, I remember grown-ups joking that any deep hole (that I was digging in a sandbox, perhaps) would go “straight down to China.” So of course I had to find a globe and verify.
    FWIW I would be off the coast of Australia...on a sailboat...instead of shoveling.




    BIKE CANDY

    The Bimota SB2 – The First Road-Legal Bimota
    Silodrome / 2h
    The Bimota SB2 was a significant evolutionary step forward for motorcycles when it was released in 1977. Massimo Tamburini had designed not just a superbike, but the future of superbikes.




    Resurrecting The Mighty AJS V4 From 1936
    2Silodrome / 2h
    The AJS V4 was an advanced engineering effort undertaken by the British motorcycle company in the mid-1930s, the first prototype was intended as a road-going motorcycle and it was shown at the Olympia Show in 1935.


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    On Street and Track

    BMW Motorrad Brasil e Care 4Water levam água potável para comunidades carentes do Brasil
    BMW Group PressClub Brazil / 3h
    Expedição feita de motocicleta vira web series

    São Paulo, December 7, 2018 - The BMW releases the first episodes of webserie BMW Locations Care 4Water, showing the exciting motorcycle ride that the Director of BMW Motorrad Brazil, Federico Alvarez, and the founder of the NGO Waves For Water , Jon Rose, carried out with the objective of bringing drinking water to the needy communities of the country.


    BMW Motorrad promove encontro de motociclistas para celebrar recorde de produção no Brasil
    BMW Group PressClub Brazil / 3h

    São Paulo, December 7, 2018 - BMW Motorrad promotes the first edition of BMW Rider Day in celebration of the brand of 50,000 motorcycles produced in Brazil. The tour organized by the BMW Rider Experience team will take place on December 16 (Sunday) and will start at Aldeia da Serra, in Santana de Parnaíba (SP), from where the participating motorcyclists will go to Fazenda Terra da Mata in Mairinque (SP).





    BMW MOTORRAD IN THE NEWS

    Ferox Azaris - fluid drive six-wheeler with BMW power
    bmw motorcycles
    Paul Tan's Automotive News / 2h
    Ferox Azaris - fluid drive six-wheeler with BMW power Paul Tan's Automotive News Looking like it rolled off a science fiction movie set is the Ferox Azaris six-wheeler which comes with a BMW Motorrad R1200 boxer engine and fluid


    Why Did BMW Build an 1800cc Boxer Engine?
    Motorcycle.com / 1h
    Earlier this month, BMW and Japanese builder Custom Works Zon presented a rather industrial-looking retro-styled roadster at the 27th annual Mooneyes Show in Yokohama, Japan. The bike itself, christened the “ Departed ” by


    BMW Hints At Addition To Heritage Line
    100+Cycle World / 2d
    Bikes CW Zon’s custom R18 may lead to new 1,800cc BMW model BMW unveils custom land-speed racer, “Departed,” built by CW Zon and powered by a new engine that could hint at an addition to BMW Motorrad’s heritage line.


    Exploring the 2019 BMW S1000RR's hollow-bored titanium valves
    bmw motorcycles
    Motorcycle News / 2d
    Exploring the 2019 BMW S1000RR's hollow-bored titanium valves Motorcycle News Read about the revolutionary valve technology on the 2019-onwards BMW S1000RR superbike here.


    BMW G 310 R Road Test Review
    bmw motorcycles
    Car and Bike / 2d
    BMW G 310 R Road Test Review Car and Bike Some would argue that BMW is only a couple years late in bringing the G 310 R to India.


    BMW G310 SS Is A Track-Ready Version Of The Apache RR310
    bmw motorcycles
    GaadiWaadi.com / 2d
    BMW G310 SS Is A Track-Ready Version Of The Apache RR310 GaadiWaadi.com The BMW G310 SS prototype has a close resemblance to the previous generation BMW S1000RR, based on BMW G310 R.



    OTHER MANUFACTURERS

    Royal Enfield North America names retail financing partner
    Powersports Business / 25min
    Powersports Business has learned that Royal Enfield North America has formed a partnership with FreedomRoad Financial for retail financing, starting Dec. 1. The partnership will give dealers the ability to offer a competitive range


    MC NEWS

    Re: How To Build A Scrambler
    Motorcycle News / 1d
    You've decided you need a scrambler motorcycle - but how do you tweak your bike for good dirty fun, with a bit of extra style? Here we'll focus on the best-value mods, balancing cost with performance. Your goal is a scrambler


    There is Fast and Then There is Fast; Or, Why You Don't Need More Horsepower
    Motorcycle News / 53min
    Most riders, frankly, will never understand this point, and that is okay. The point is this: for most of us , rider skill is the single most important ingredient when it comes to going fast.


    How can we reduce motorcycle theft?
    Motorbike Writer / 2d
    There could be nothing more heartbreaking than to have your motorcycle stolen, but what can be done to reduce the alarming rate of theft? In Australia, 23 motorcycles and scooters are stolen every day. But that’s nothing, really.


    Everything You Need To Know About Taking A Bike Trip Through Canada
    Motorbike Writer / 4d
    Contributed post There are so many great reasons to consider taking a trip through Canada. There is the wilderness, mountains, oceans, and of course, the people you’ll meet along the way. Canada is a very interesting country to


    GEAR

    How to Buy: Motorcycle boots
    Canada Moto Guide / 17h
    Need a new pair of motorcycle boots? Want a pair for Christmas? Here are some tips to help you choose. Protection The biggest reason to buy motorcycle boots is to protect your feet and lower legs.


    Gazebox Foldable Cover System
    Motorcycle.com / 9min
    It’s on rainy, cold nights like this one that I’m glad I have a garage. Looking at your motorcycle parked outside as it’s pelted with rain, sleet, hail, mud and other unpleasantness can make you weep with impotent rage. Cover it?


    TECH

    What Is Crankcase Windage?[
    10Cycle World / 3h
    Bikes When a piston goes down into the cylinder, it pushes air into the crankcase. What happens then? How does Honda treat crankcase windage in its world-championship-winning MotoGP engine? Technical Editor Kevin Cameron


    []url=https://www.cycleworld.com/why-ducatis-trellis-frame-was-so-good]Why Ducati’s Trellis Frame Was So Good[/url]
    1KCycle World / 3d
    Gear and Products Ducati’s success was built on a beautiful but flexible steel frame that worked like magic The Ducati trellis frame was designed by Massimo Tamburini, and its lack of stiffness was a big part of its success.




    DUCATI issued a recall on the PANIGALE V4, PANIGALE V4 S, and PANIGALE V4 SP models
    Transport Canada - Road Safety Recalls / 2h
    On certain motorcycles, the timing chain tensioner could loosen and lead to oil potentially leaking from the bottom side of the tensioner adjustment bolt onto the rear tire. This could increase the risk of a crash...


    YAMAHA issued a recall on the YZF R3 model
    Transport Canada - Road Safety Recalls / 2h
    On certain motorcycles, a torsion spring within the transmission could break, making shifting gears difficult or impossible. This could increase the risk of a loss of control that may result in a crash causing...


    Ducati ( 18v835000 )
    71KVehicles Recalls / 2d
    Dated: NOV 27, 2018 Ducati North America (Ducati) is recalling certain 2017-2019 Ducati Monster 1200, Monster 821, SuperSport and SuperSport S motorcycles. The shift lever may have been incorrectly assembled, possibly


    Search for Recalls Here

    US - http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/owners/SearchSafetyIssues
    Canada - http://wwwapps.tc.gc.ca/Saf-Sec-Sur/....aspx?lang=eng
    UK - http://www.vosa.gov.uk/vosa/apps/recalls/default.asp
    EU - http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/safety...nt=main.search
    Australia - http://www.productsafety.gov.au/recalls
    New Zealand - https://www.vehiclerecallsafety.nzta.govt.nz/

    On the BMW MOA Forum > The Garage > Links and References > Listing of Recall Notices


    The Racing Sheet

    More international than ever: BMW Motorsport presents its racing programme for 2019, including new highlights.
    BMW Group PressClub Global / 3d
    The BMW Motorsport programme for the 2019 season will be even more international than in recent years. As well as the four works involvements in the DTM, FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), IMSA WeatherTech


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    Nicky Hayden enters the US AMA Hall of Fame
    GPone RSS Feed / 1h
    The Kentucky Kid is honoured following his success across the flat track, Supersport, Superbike and MotoGP categories





    Yamaha: "Dominant" Kawasaki has hurt WSBK spectacle
    100+Motorsport.com - MOTOGP - Stories / 2d
    Kawasaki has been the dominant force in WSBK since 2015, the first of four successive seasons in which Jonathan Rea has romped to the title aboard a ZX-10RR. The Ulsterman won 17 races this year, surpassing Carl Fogarty's

    FWIW Does domination of a sport by a single group hurt it? Intuitively the answer is yes but if you scratch back the ink spilled the explanation is a bit more complicated. While MotoGP is the land of sugar plum fairy designs that dance in the head of brand fans, WSBK is the blue color track to street series. Kawasaki decided to forego the megabucks of MotoGP and refine their ZX. With superbike sales rapidly declining, other manufacturers did not see the reward in actively supporting both. With MotoGP hogging the headlines and imaginations of race fans the business math was simple. BMW Motorrad chose a slightly different plan from the rest - race local, sell local - by focusing on national series titles. In a simple series of business dominos falling Kawasaki went from an also-ran in MotoGP to the dominant name in WSBK. Yippie for them and questionable outcomes for race fans.

    Sales numbers in the world market show people are buying more superbikes. The MotoGP majors, along with BMW Motorrad, smell a buck to be made racing WSBK weekends and selling superbikes weekdays. Yipper for them. Yippie for Superbike riders as seriously updated designs wend there way to the showroom. Yippie for racing fans? Maybe not.

    Kawasaki may be toppled someday. No big deal if it is a checkbook victory. The challenge for any series is giving racing worth watching. For my fan dollar, the undercard races on a MotoGP or WSBK race weekend are more fun to watch.


    Hamilton's speed on bikes caused concern, van der Mark reveals
    1KMotorsport.com - Formula 1 - Stories / 1d

    Hamilton rode a black Yamaha YZF-R1 bike alongside works riders van der Mark and Alex Lowes earlier this month, the track test overseen by the Crescent team that operates Yamaha's WSBK outfit.



    Chaz Davies successfully operated on in Barcelona
    SBK / 2d
    Ducati rider undergoes surgery on his collarbone




    Beginner's Guide To Qualifying | Formula E Explained | ABB FIA Formula E Championship
    ABB Formula E / 2d
    How does qualifying work, do the drivers score points through qualifying and what is Super Pole? Here's everything you need to know about qualifying in Formula E. Subscribe for more ABB Formula E: http://bit.ly/2QwPZwC Race


    Beginner's Guide To Race Distance | Formula E Explained | ABB FIA Formula E Championship
    ABB Formula E / 1h
    Formula E races now last for 45 minutes plus one lap. Here's everything you need to know about the race format. Subscribe for more ABB Formula E: http://bit.ly/2QwPZwC Race Tickets: http://bit.ly/2BQtwTc Visit Our Site For


    The BMW iFE.18 drivetrain: Unprecedented teamwork between motorsport and production development
    formula e
    Automotive World / 2h
    Unprecedented teamwork between motorsport and production development Automotive World On 15th December, the new BMW iFE.18 and the BMW i Andretti Motorsport Team will contest their first race in the ABB FIA Formula E


    []url=https://insideevs.com/formula-e-opener/]Formula E Season Opener Now Just Days Away[/url]
    formula e
    InsideEVs / 25min
    Formula E Season Opener Now Just Days Away InsideEVs The race will be the first of the Gen2 era, as FE introduces a new car capable of a higher top speed and much greater range.








    Bimmer

    BMW Group’s Driver Assistance and Autonomous Driving Development department under new leadership. Alejandro Vukotich takes over at the helm, Elmar Frickenstein to retire after handover phase.
    BMW Group PressClub USA / 3h
    On 1 January 2019, Alejandro Vukotich will take over as Senior Vice President of the BMW Group’s Driver Assistance and Autonomous Driving Development department. He is being appointed to replace Elmar Frickenstein, who has


    How to connect your mobile phone to the car via Bluetooth - BMW How-To
    BMW (uploads) on YouTube / 2h
    With Bluetooth connectivity you can pair multiple phones with your BMW. For the best possible experience we recommend you to allow synchronization of your phone book. This willl allow you to access your contacts from the BMW






    BMW Group News

    BMW Group’s Driver Assistance and Autonomous Driving Development department under new leadership. Alejandro Vukotich takes over at the helm, Elmar Frickenstein to retire after handover phase.
    BMW Group PressClub Global / 1h
    On 1 January 2019, Alejandro Vukotich will take over as Senior Vice President of the BMW Group’s Driver Assistance and Autonomous Driving Development department. He is being appointed to replace Elmar Frickenstein


    BMW Group as partner of the fourth edition of Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018. BMW Art Talk about “Art in Difficult Times”.
    BMW Group PressClub Global / 10h
    Munich/Kochi. The BMW Group is partner of Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) since its first edition in 2012. This year’s edition of KMB will take place from December 12, 2018, to March 29, 2019, in 10 venues spread across Fort


    BMW Group at UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice 2018.
    BMW Group PressClub Global / 10h
    Sourcing of 100% green electricity for BMW Group locations in Europe. Strong commitment to climate protection.


    Cages- On the Street and Track



    BMW IN THE NEWS

    BMW iFE.18 Drivetrain Detailed: More Performance with Less Weight
    Bmw Blog / 1h
    Whereas companies like BMW used to compete with other car makers through Formula 1 about two decades ago, it seems like the times have changed and automakers are now entering new arenas. In about four days we’ll get to see

    BMW Claims Its European Locations Use 100% Renewable Energy
    Bmw Blog / 2h
    The 2018 UN Climate Change Conference happening these days in Katowice, Poland, includes members from various industries participating, like the BMW Group. The Germans took this occasion to make a rather important


    BMW Kills 3 Series Wagon in the U.S., New-Gen Wagon Will Only Be Offered Overseas
    TheDrive / 26min
    BMW confirmed Monday that it will not sell the redesigned G20 generation of its 3 Series sedan in the station wagon body style to American customers. The Bavarian automaker will continue to manufacture and market the 3 Series


    OTHER CAGE NEWS



    Meet the 2018 Koenigsegg KNC Regera, The World’s First Naked Carbon Vehicle
    2TopSpeed Newsletter / 2h
    Koenigsegg is no stranger to technological innovation. It comes as no surprise, then, that the Swedish automaker is at the forefront of naked carbon fiber technology, becoming the first automaker in the world to create a car that’s


    Here’s the Chevy Corvette C8.R Testing at Sebring
    TopSpeed Newsletter / 1d
    We’ve been talking endlessly about the upcoming Chevrolet Corvette C8 and, also, the race-going C8.R. Fans of old are lamenting about how it’s not really a Corvette if the engine isn’t in front of the driver, but this might not be the only


    Here's How to Possibly Force a Recall on Your Car
    32Lifehacker / 23h
    Photo: Saturn You’re driving, and something terrible happens with your car: Your brakes fail or your steering fails and you’re forced off the road, hopefully not dying in the process. You learn that others have had the same issue, and


    First year of Porsche Taycan production may already be sold out
    500+Autoblog Green / 4h
    Filed under: Green , Plants/Manufacturing , Porsche , Sedan , Electric , Future , Luxury , Performance Porsche USA CEO says Tesla is the No. 1 conquest brand. Continue reading First year of Porsche Taycan production may already



    FWIW

    The Motorcyclist’s Winter Solace
    Motorcyclist / 10min
    News On waiting Motorcyclists in the frozen north are used to waiting out the winter. Is Robert Frost correct when he calls it a treason against our natures?


    A world first: Luxembourg's public transport to be free for all
    87Big Think / 30min
    To combat congestion, Luxembourg aims to become the first country to implement fare-free public transit services. Other European nations are considering similar courses, but across the pond the United States continues to



    BIKE CANDY

    Two new vintage style motorcycles from 46Works
    1Bike EXIF Update / 30min

    It’s around this time of year that all the top Japanese builders release their latest customs. Many workshops have spent weeks burning the midnight oil to get a bike ready for display at the Yokohama show , but Shiro Nakajima of 46Works

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    On Street and Track

    The Japanese motorcycle customizer CUSTOM WORKS ZON presents a spectacular custom bike based around the prototype of a new BMW Motorrad boxer engine.
    BMW Group PressClub USA / 16h
    Last weekend, a sensational custom bike – the “Departed” – saw its premiere at this year’s Hot Rod Custom Show in Yokohama, Japan.

    BMW AG’s full November sales report can be found in the Mothershipnews. BMW Motorrad reports -
    BMW Motorrad sales grew by 2.3% in November, with a total of 12,336 units delivered. Year to date, 152,181 (-0.1%) customers around the world have taken delivery of a new BMW Motorrad motorcycle or maxi-scooter



    BMW MOTORRAD IN THE NEWS

    50,000th BMW G 310 rolls out from TVS plant in Hosur

    Autocar India / 2h
    TVS Motor Company has been manufacturing the BMW G 310 R and G 310 GS for BMW Motorrad at its plant in Hosur, Tamil Nadu; and the 50,000th unit of the 310cc motorcycles was rolled out today.

    BMW, Hema and New England High Country launch Australia's first motorcycle touring map
    bmw motorcycles
    Walcha News / 6h
    BMW, Hema and New England High Country launch Australia's first motorcycle touring map Walcha News Walcha hosted a posse of journalists riding top of the range BMW motorcycles this week as part of the launch for a new map


    BMW launches R 1250 GS and 4 other motorcycles in the Philippines
    bmw motorcycles
    Zig Wheels / 6h
    BMW launches R 1250 GS and 4 other motorcycles in the Philippines Zig Wheels BMW Philippines in conjunction with San Miguel Corporation Asia Car Distributors, (SMCACD) has launched the R 1250 GS and 4 other models


    OTHER MANUFACTURERS

    Triumph has quietly completed five years in India. It wants the next five to be a lot noisier.
    bmw motorcycles

    Economic Times / 6h
    Economic Times The British motorcycle maker has big plans for the country


    Suzuki Hayabusa is ending production, says Internet gossip
    Canada Moto Guide / 7min
    Several Internet moto-news outlets are reporting the Suzuki Hayabusa is in its final days of production. For a while now, there’s been a hot rumour that Suzuki is planning a re-launch of the Hayabusa line, with some sort of turbocharged


    The Suzuki Hayabusa Is Dead Thanks to Tightening Emissions Regulations
    200+TheDrive / 6h
    After two decades of glory, the fastest production motorcycle of the 20th century is being discontinued. The 2019 Suzuki Hayabusa will be the legendary sports bike’s final model year with no immediate plans from Suzuki for a


    For Sale: Brand-Spanking-New 2012 EBR 1190RS Carbon Edition for $39,000

    TheDrive / 3h
    EBR Motorcycles has just reopened its doors yet again as a low-volume manufacturer of American sportbikes, and it's still working with the 1190 platform that Erik Buell designed almost a decade ago.


    Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 Twin Combines Classic Looks With Latest Tech

    100+Cycle World / 5h
    Bikes New motorcycles from India are completely different than their predecessors save for their appearance Why is Kevin Cameron excited about the Royal Enfield Continental GT 650? Because it is an entirely modern


    12 Innovations For Which Royal Enfield Deserves Credit
    Cycle World / 20min
    Bikes As far back as 1901, the British manufacturer was pushing motorcycling into the future Technical Editor Kevin Cameron details advancements made by Royal Enfield that other motorcycle manufacturers wouldn’t employ for decades


    MC NEWS

    New 500cc Will Soon Accompany the KTM 790 Adventure
    Web Bike World / 13min

    The Immediate Focus Is on Smaller Displacement Bikes Yesterday we reported on the fact that KTM’s boss, Stefan Pierer would like to buy Ducati in order to build higher displacement bikes.


    Australian Motorcycle Industry | State of the Nation
    100+MCNews.com.au / 15h
    Australian Motorcycle Industry There are numerous challenges that the Australian motorcycle industry confronts, here I touch on a few that I feel are perhaps some of the most important. Fun – Fast – Frugal – Affordable Most of


    U.S. Senate acts to restrict motorcyclist profiling by police
    MCNews.com.au / 12h
    U.S. Senate passes motorcyclist anti-profiling resolution The U.S. Senate adopted a resolution on Tuesday to promote awareness of motorcyclist profiling and encouraging collaboration and communication with the motorcycling


    Yamaha Teaches You How to Knit Your Own Niken
    Motorcycle.com / 13h

    We’ve heard the term “crotch rockets” thrown around but in this case, “crochet rockets” might be more appropriate. In what may be the most Yamaha thing you’ll see this week,
    FWIW I would rather have an R with a sidecar, thank you very much.


    AutoCamp Heads to the Mountains for Its 2019 Expansion to Yosemite National Park
    29Design Milk / 19h
    For the traveler that takes to the hills instead of the hotels or the outdoor enthusiast that still wants to come home to modern comforts, we have exciting news that will make you want 2019 to start already. Adding to their two




    ROAD TESTS / REVIEWS

    2018 BMW G 310 R road test review
    bmw motorcycles
    Overdrive / 6h
    2018 BMW G 310 R road test review Overdrive As far as adages go, the term "Don't judge a book by its cover" is what comes to mind after a spin on the BMW G 310 R.


    2019 BMW R1250 GS Adventure – Review.
    Superbike Magazine / 57min
    What to do when you realise that you like the BMW GS Adventure. You’ve spent 25 years happily obsessing about getting your knee down and moaning about the price of camping at MotoGP. Your ears are perfectly tuned to the


    RIDING

    Let's Ride Track Days Releases Its 2019 Schedule
    32KMotorcycle News / 10h
    A scene from a previous Let's Ride Track Days event at Buttonwillow Raceway Park.


    Stayin’ Safe: Are You READY?
    Rider Magazine / 3h
    A while back, I dedicated a Riding Well column to the topic of preparing ourselves for every ride. We have T-CLOCS to assess the condition of our motorcycles, but what about a way to gauge the condition of the human at the


    GEAR

    Wolfman Launches All-New ‘Unrack’ Adaptable Luggage System
    ADV Pulse / 1h

    For several months, we’ve been testing an all-new luggage solution from Wolfman called the “Unrack System” and it’s finally available to the public. This versatile system is a completely rackless soft luggage setup that lets you


    Alps Mountaineering Zephyr Tent – Ideal For Motorcycle Adventures

    Silodrome / 2h
    The Alps Mountaineering Zephyr tent is fantastic for hikers and mountain bikers, but it’s also excellent for motorcycle campin g and cross country two-wheeled adventures. Hikers and moto-campers both face the same basic


    Best Motorcycle Gear For Daily Riders
    Motorcycle.com / 1h
    Let’s consider the daily rider for a moment. Those hardy souls who choose to ride their bikes year ‘round represent a small but important group of motorcyclists. Without them, many commuters wouldn’t know that motorcycles


    TECH

    How Do Piston-Cooling Oil Jets Work?
    Cycle World / 1h
    Bikes Hall-of-fame engine-builder Tom Sifton would be proud Kevin Cameron describes one of the important contributions legendary Harley-Davidson tuner Tom Sifton made to motorcycling, the piston-cooling oil jet.




    KAWASAKI issued a recall on the Z900 ABS, and Z900 RS models
    Transport Canada - Road Safety Recalls / 2h
    On certain motorcycles, the rear brake hose and rear wheel sensor wire may be improperly routed and could come into contact with the rear tire. If the brake hose were to become damaged, it could leak brake fluid and...


    Kawasaki ( 18v866000 )
    Vehicles Recalls / 58min
    Dated: DEC 06, 2018 Kawasaki Motor Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) is recalling certain 2018 Kawasaki Z900, Z900 ABS, and Z900RS vehicles. The rear brake hose and rear wheel rotation sensor wire may have been incorrectly routed, al...


    Yamaha recall
    Canada Moto Guide / 4h
    Recall #: 2018672 Models Involved: 2015-2018 Yamaha R3, 2017-2018 Yamaha R3A Number of Vehicles: 3,640 Problem: On certain motorcycles, the material of the radiator hose may not meet specifications and could crack


    Search for Recalls Here

    US - http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/owners/SearchSafetyIssues
    Canada - http://wwwapps.tc.gc.ca/Saf-Sec-Sur/....aspx?lang=eng
    UK - http://www.vosa.gov.uk/vosa/apps/recalls/default.asp
    EU - http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/safety...nt=main.search
    Australia - http://www.productsafety.gov.au/recalls
    New Zealand - https://www.vehiclerecallsafety.nzta.govt.nz/

    On the BMW MOA Forum > The Garage > Links and References > Listing of Recall Notices

    The Racing Sheet


    Can J.D. Beach accomplish the rarest feat in American motorcycle racing?
    200+RevZilla Articles / 10h
    J.D. Beach will race both MotoAmerica Motul Superbike and American Flat Track in 2019, giving him a chance to do something that only four racers have ever done.


    Can the 1,000-MPH Car Be Saved?
    Motorcycle News / 14h
    Bloodhound SSC, a British project to build a land-speed-record car, found itself in a position familiar to many big-dream engineering projects: constantly scrounging for enough funding to keep the effort alive. Last week we learned


    Supercross TV Schedule—and Move to NBC Sports Group—Revealed
    Racer X Online / 12min
    NBCSN will replace Fox Sports 1 as the primary home of Monster Energy Supercross on TV in the U.S.




    BMW Motorsport News

    An interview with Michael Andretti: “We are thrilled to be a part of BMW’s return to open wheel racing”.

    BMW Group PressClub Global / 4h
    In an interview ahead of the season start on 15th December in Ad Diriyah (KSA), Michael Andretti talks about the collaboration with BMW and the evolution of Formula E over the past four years


    Green light for new challenge: BMW i Andretti Motorsport enters its first Formula E season.

    BMW Group PressClub Global / 9h
    Next Saturday, the Ad Diriyah E-Prix (KSA) kicks off the fifth season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. It also marks the first race appearance for the BMW i Andretti Motorsport team and the BMW iFE.18 race car with its BMW i


    BMW M Motorsport attends three-day DTM Young Driver Test at Jerez de la Frontera.
    BMW Group PressClub Global / 20h
    The DTM Young Driver Test at Jerez de la Frontera (ESP) allowed BMW M Motorsport to offer four drivers the opportunity to gain valuable experience at the wheel of the BMW M4 DTM – and possibly to stake their claim for a BMW




    MotoAmerica: Altus Motorsports To Field Austin Phillips In Twins Cup In 2019
    Motorcycle News / 14h
    Altus Motorsports Team is proud to announce signing of Austin Phillips, the speedster from Mooresville, North Carolina. Phillips is fresh off winning the CVMA Supersport Middleweight Championship, which he did in commanding


    Wayne Rainey goes after Casey Stoner to race in the American Championship. Apparently.
    MoreBikes / 9h
    Three-times 500cc GP World Champion Wayne Rainey has a big plan to inject some life back into the Moto America race series – the icon of motorcycle racing in the 1980s and 1990s is reportedly making a play to land Casey Stoner










    Triple Treat of World Superbike to launch at Phillip Island
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    World Superbike’s Triple-Treat of action launches at Phillip Island The Phillip Island round of the 2019 Motul FIM Superbike World Championship from February 22-24 will be the first to host three races for the famed production


    WorldSBK set to welcome new weekend format
    SBK / 5h
    Updates confirmed for 2019


    Brand new format: less practices and an extra race in 2019
    GPone RSS Feed / 1h
    The reigning class is changing: three free practice sessions next season and only one qualifying, a ten-lap "Sprint" race on Sunday


    WorldSBK Schedule Clarified: Race 1 Saturday, 10 Lap Sprint Race Sunday To Set Grid For Race 2
    MotoMatters.com / 28min
    Ever since the Superbike Commission - the rule-making body for WorldSBK - announced back in October that a third race would be added to the WorldSBK schedule, we have wondered exactly what this would mean for the class


    Rossi: Hamilton must visit my Ranch after Superbike run
    Motorsport.com - MOTOGP - Stories / 1h
    Hamilton was out on track at Jerez on Saturday with Yamaha World Superbike racers Alex Lowes and Michael van der Mark on a plain black YZF-R1 bike bearing his racing number 44. The Briton reportedly suffered a crash at Turn 5


    16 years in the making: HRC prepare for WorldSBK return
    SBK / 8h
    The last time Honda presented a full factory-backed team in WorldSBK was in 2002





    Pirelli reveal compounds for opening rounds of 2019 F1 season
    James Allen on F1 – The official James A... / 9min
    Pirelli have revealed the first tyre compounds that they will use under their revised system, brought in for the start of the 2019 season. In a bid to simplify the F1 spectacle for fans, Pirelli have introduced a revised system where only


    F1 2019 changes coming at "perfect" time for Kubica
    Motorsport.com - Formula 1 - Stories / 1h
    Kubica will race in F1 for the first time since the 2010 as he has been partnered with George Russell in Williams’s race line-up for next season. The 2019 cars will feature new wings, brake ducts and bargeboards as part of a raft of


    Mick Schumacher Reportedly Close to Signing With Ferrari
    2KTheDrive / 18h
    Mick Schumacher, son of seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher, is reportedly near a deal that would put him on track to race for Scuderia Ferrari. Schumacher's successful title campaign in the 2018 season


    Lewis Hamilton: Mick Schumacher makes crucial Mercedes and Ferrari decision
    Daily Express / 5h
    MICK SCHUMACHER is reportedly on the verge of following in his father’s footsteps by signing his first Formula One contract




    Marquardt: Hypercar “Not a Mission” for BMW
    FIA WEC – Sportscar365 / 5h
    Photo: BMW BMW has ruled out an immediate entry into the FIA World Endurance Championship hypercar prototype category. The German manufacturer’s motorsport director Jens Marquardt said the lack of a suitable


    BMW’s Jens Marquardt on GTE, LMP1 and Zero Emissions
    dailysportscar.com / 4h
    The Shanghai FIA WEC meeting saw multiple members of the WEC media pack invited to an open roundtable discussion at BMW with its motorsport director, Jens Marquardt. There, questions were asked about DTM, Super GT,







    BMW iFE.18 Race Car Set For First Race Appearance in Formula E Championship
    BMW Forum, BMW News and BMW Blog - BIMME... / 2h
    Next Saturday, the Ad Diriyah E-Prix (KSA) kicks off the fifth season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. It also marks the first race appearance for the BMW i Andretti Motorsport team and the BMW iFE.18 race car


    INTERVIEW-Motor racing-Susie Wolff has more than gender on her agenda
    Reuters: Motor Sports News / 3h
    Susie Wolff can expect plenty of attention when Formula E starts season five this weekend with a first ever race in Saudi Arabia, a country that only this year ended a ban on women driving


    Formula E’s new race season starts this weekend, with much-improved Gen 2 car
    formula e
    Electrek / 11h
    Formula E’s new race season starts this weekend, with much-improved Gen 2 car Electrek Your Guide to the 2018 Formula E Championship Jalopnik VIDEO:... Massa races a falcon in Formula E car GPfans.com Formula E:


    Automakers use Formula E to market EVs, test their technology
    formula e
    Automotive News Europe / 2h
    Automakers use Formula E to market EVs, test their technology Automotive News Europe With more automakers such as Jaguar, BMW, Porsche and Mercedes joining the Formula E electric race series







    Bimmer

    Diesel technology: BMW models gain top marks for pollutant readings in ADAC EcoTest.
    BMW Group PressClub Global / 5h
    Diesel models from BMW were awarded top marks for their nitrogen oxide readings in the real-world road test conducted by the ADAC in Germany.


    The all-new BMW 3 Series Sedan - Additional pictures and footage.
    23BMW Group PressClub Global / 16h
    Please find attached on location pictures and footage of the International Media Launch of the new BMW 3 Series Sedan in Portimao, Portugal.


    Connect your iPhone with Apple CarPlay - BMW How-To
    BMW (uploads) on YouTube / 16h
    The idea of Apple CarPlay is to operate and control your iPhone with the Control Display of your BMW for a connected drive. This film shows you how easy it is to link your iPhone with your BMW. Once connected you can use


    Research project “FastCharge”: ultra-fast charging technology ready for the electrically powered vehicles of the future.
    BMW Group PressClub Global / 6h
    Increase in charging capacity to as much as 450 kW – industry consortium develops technology to make charging electric vehicles as fast and convenient as fuelling with petrol.






    BMW Group News

    BMW Group increases worldwide sales in November
    BMW Group PressClub Global / 6h
    BMW deliveries grow 1.6% in November, up 1.8% in year-to-date +++ All three major sales regions contributed to year-to-date growth +++ November sees double-digit increase in China, Germany +++ Best-ever single month for BMW

    BMW Group Russia and Garage Museum of Contemporary Art announce the second season of the “Garage/BMW: Art/Tech Grant”.
    BMW Group PressClub Global / 4h
    BMW Group Russia and Garage Museum of Contemporary Art are now accepting applications for the second round of the “Art/Tech Grant” in Russia. The “Garage/BMW: Art/Tech Grant” aims to support new aspiring artists brining


    BMW i Ventures Announces Strategic Investment in Claroty.
    BMW Group PressClub USA / 20h
    December 12, 2018 (Mountain View, CA) – BMW i Ventures announced today a strategic investment in Claroty, the leading developer of cybersecurity software for protecting the safety and reliability of industrial control networks.



    b]Rolls Royce Motorcars[/b]

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    Rolls-Royce Motor Cars PressClub / 6h
    The Rolls-Royce Cullinan was named ‘Prestigious Luxury SUV of the Year’ at the 2018 ArabWheels Awards ceremony.


    Cages- On the Street and Track



    BMW IN THE NEWS

    BMW names new head of autonomous driving development
    Automotive News Breaking News Feed / 6h
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    BMW logistics get boost from U.S. grant
    Automotive News Breaking News Feed / 18h
    A $25 million U.S. transportation grant supporting the expansion of an inland port for containers will directly benefit logistics operations at BMW in South Carolina and other manufacturers in the region.



    OTHER CAGE NEWS

    The Rare Italian/American Apollo 3500 GT

    Silodrome / 1h
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    TheDrive / 1h
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    TheDrive / 2h
    While an electrified Porsche 911 may not be ready or even necessary right this second , hybrid versions of the rear-engined sports car will arrive before the new 992 generation is finished in around seven years.


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    Autocar RSS Feed / 7h
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    The McLaren 720S Spider’s Secret Weapon is Its Roof
    TopSpeed Newsletter / 7h
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    Ford Ranchero
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    FWIW
    Are KTM sizing up Ducati?
    100+Visordown / 2h
    Image: The Austrian firm’s CEO has expressed an interest in the Italian brand


    KTM Boss Stefan Pierer: “Ducati would suit us well.”
    MoreBikes / 4h
    In an amazingly frank interview with Speedweek.com , KTM Stefan Pierer (above) has outlined how he sees the Austrian brand taking Ducati into the company, possibly. The comments are sure to make some waves for the


    FWIW: ON KTM EYING DUCATI

    I have turned a jaundiced eye on previous Ducati sale rumors. This one has the potential of making sense and, in some form, actually happening. In the past, tales have been based purely on economic arguments which did not hold up to analysis; well at least mine. In simple terms, the discussions went along the lines, VW is getting hit with enormous fines for emission violations, Ducati does not make sense in the product line of the VW empire, and needs to sell Ducati to help pay for the fines and clean house. However, VW was able to find funds elsewhere in the organization, cleaned other less or nonproductive units from its portfolio, and Ducati was returning an excellent ROI thus (thank you very much) providing some much-needed cash flow. What has changed?

    VW and their CEO, Herbert Diess

    In the early 2000s, BMW was exiting Britain after divesting themselves of Rover. In that process, changes in the Quandt family (the primary holder of BMW stock) goals resulted in a unit by unit review of BMW AG. If a segment did not fit into the proposed BMW vision, they would be sold or shuttered. In this review process, the Quandt family remained, BMW Motorrad was the first unit to pass muster and reorganize under the plan, Herbert Diess (yes the same Herbert Diess serving as VW's CEO) became the head of BMW Motorrad and the segment would become something of farm program for training management in the new thinking.

    In the wake of Dieselgate, VW went through its version of the BMW saga, resulting in boardroom and senior management changes. The goal in these changes is to transform VW AG into a viable world leader in the post Dieselgate world.

    In an unlikely coup, VW AG snapped up Herbert Diess as CEO to reorganize VW AG. Deiss had taken retirement ostensibly due to hitting a glass ceiling at BMW. After an appropriate time on the sidelines and with some sort of wink and nod from BMW AG, Deiss took his resume full of much-needed experience to VW AG and the Chairman of the Executive Board of Management position.

    With the stars aligned the Ducati sale rumor mill saw new light glowing on the old arguments. Mr. Diess has helped with some enlightening but cryptic comments. He has not denied the review of units making up the parent group and their need to justify existence. One of the above articles sights a recent comment.

    "Diess spoke about a merger with another brand as a real option for Ducati, saying: “I can imagine a merger or a collaboration with other brands, Ducati simply as a motorcycle icon within the VW company is not enough.” "

    Stefan Pierer, the head of KTM, has expressed interest. In the closing paragraph of an interview with Speedweek.com, quotes him,

    "Ducati is the Ferrari of the motorcycle industry. Of course, having such a brand in our group would be interesting. It is not a question of price, but it is about the topic: ... but with the question: 'How can I become stronger together?' Time will tell…"


    The VW - Ducati - KTM deal makes a great deal of sense, even to me. Yet, I will continue to turn a jaundiced eye on rumors that a traditional sale by VW AG of Ducati to KTM is all but done and dusted. I can see a deal by Diess and Pierer; just not a simple swap of cash and assumption of debt for the marque. I believe this duo has something far more interesting in store for the motorcycling world if they come together.

    KTM and VW coming together has happened before and continues to this day. The X-Bow, KTM’s own product line anomaly, is powered by engines supplied by Audi (the parent of Ducati in the in the VW AG org chart). The idea of the two talking about shared business interests expanding is no real surprise. Pierer has made statements admiring how VW AG is managing diverse product lines. The thing is the wording of both is laced with phrases like strategic partnership, merger, and collaboration.

    Both Diess and Pierer are familiar with licensing deals. This is a bit wonky. Husqvarna still holds the name for the motorcycles bearing their name even though the development, manufacturing and distribution has gone from Husqvarna to Cagiva/MV Agusta, BMW Motorrad and now KTM. In a strategic partnership deal between VW AG and KTM the debate may be who controls what component of Ducati.

    The VW purchase of Ducati was justified in part by the need for their expertise in small engine design and engine management systems. In the near future need continues for VW. Investments have been made in developing the Ducati product line and distribution/sales in new markets. In doing that Ducati has grown in sales and bottom line profit. In a sale, investors and bean counters would want to recover as much of the investment not recovered already and enough blue sky in the sale price to justify letting the revenue/profit stream go.

    Pierer’s goal is to grow KTM into the third largest motorcycle manufacturer in the world, right behind Honda and Yamaha. Acquiring Ducati would add numbers to the sales column to reach that goal. Bajaj, The product lines have some overlap but the brand identity and planning could deal with this issue. KTM’s India partner, would help bring Ducati to that market. Initially India was avoided in Ducati’s world wide expansion due to tariffs. The marque has gone into the market but is sitting at the extreme end of the price line. Pierer is a realist. KTM/Husqvarna have experienced runs of double digit sales growth. He knows that is not sustainable and is laying a strategy to sustain on single digit figures. Would purchasing Ducati, even with the added sales numbers, improve KTM or rob cash needed to run a sensible strategy to purchase an expensive Ferrari?

    In the near future a strategic alliance may be the way for these two to move forward. What that means requires more information about what is in the back of the Ducati house in Bologna than I have. How those assets are handled and to whose benefit will decide if any kind of deal will be made.

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    BIKE CANDY

    A Retro-ultra-modern Cafe Racer
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    In addition to having a unique riding stance, cafe racer-style motorcycles are known for having a distinct chopped or stripped aesthetic that was popularized by rebellious Brit kids zipping around from cafe to cafe.



    A fresh spin on the airhead BMW custom from Vagabund
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    Vagabund Moto have built some of the sharpest BMW airheads we’ve seen. They’ve developed a signature style too: custom boxers with stark, futuristic lines , and amazing attention to the tiniest of design details.



    FORREST GRUMP. Woidwerk’s ‘Mad Fritz’ BMW R80 Cafe Roadster
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    Cafe Racer Evolution – Mark II EVO R100R
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    OTHER MANUFACTURERS

    Ducati to sell pre-owned motorcycles in India
    Autocar India / 5h

    Ducati has announced its certified pre-owned programme, called Ducati Approved, through which it will sell pre-owned motorcycles. Bikes being sold through this programme will be less than five years old, and have a mileage


    KTM working on a twin-cylinder 500cc motorcycle
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    In an interview with Speedweek, KTM CEO Stefen Pierer revealed that the Austrian motorcycle manufacturer would introduce a new twin-cylinder motorcycle in the 500cc segment. The motorcycle is in the works to meet the


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    Thrivent Financial for Lutherans boosted its holdings in Harley-Davidson Inc by 1.2% in the third quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned


    KTM CEO Tips Future Middleweight Models Are in the Works
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    A 790cc supermoto? A range of premium 500cc street bikes? KTM has some interesting machines in its pipeline. The post KTM CEO Tips Future Middleweight Models Are in the Works appeared first on Asphalt & Rubber .


    Suzuki Hayabusa Sales to Continue in U.S. in 2019

    100+Web Bike World / 2d
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    MC NEWS

    5 More Motorcycles Perfect For Taller Riders
    Motorcyclist / 44min

    News More rides for the vertically blessed We choose five more motorcycles that are well-suited for taller riders
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    Fourth recall for Ducati Panigale V4
    44Motorbike Writer / 13h
    Ducati’s new Panigale V4 has had a traumatic introduction this year with its fourth recall. The latest recall is over a timing chain tensioner that could become loose and leak oil through the adjustment bolt on to the rear tyre.


    Last-Minute Motorcycle Gift Guide
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    Down to the wire and still have some gifts to grab? We've all been there, this is a hectic season after all, but there are still some days left to get things express shipped to your door. And luckily there are items that every motorcyclist needs


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    Motorcycle.com / 5d

    Is print dead? I consume current events almost exclusively online lately, reaching for my beloved old leatherbound tomes usually only in the last half-hour before toddling off to Dreamland with a warm glass of milk


    RIDING

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    WATCH: Maral Yazarloo rode 110,000 km through 64 countries, 40 of those while pregnant, and became the first Iranian woman to openly enter the country on a motorbike without being arrested


    Study Reveals The Highest Road In Every State
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    News Geotab lets you get your altitude on, so you can start planning your next lofty road trip Geotab analyzed map and satellite data for every state and published the results in an interactive webpage.


    GEAR

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    Gear Stay warm in the new year We select 10 of our favorite pieces of gear for riding in the cold in our latest gift guide.


    Forest Kevlar® Motorcycle Shirt by Crave – The Original
    34Silodrome / 1d

    The team at Crave were the first in the world to develop regular-looking shirts that have a full Kevlar® lining and pockets for elbow, shoulder, and back armor. The shirts proved immediately popular, particularly in warmer climates, and


    TECH

    Where Is The Camshaft Drive Located?
    62Cycle World / 2d
    Bikes Crowding the cylinders closer together made for a more compact and lighter-weight engine Technical Editor Kevin Cameron explains why the camshaft drive on a modern Japanese inline-four is located on the end of the




    Ducati ( 18v854000 )
    Vehicles Recalls / 2d
    Dated: NOV 30, 2018 Ducati North America (Ducati) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Ducati Panigale V4, V4 S and V4 SP motorcycles. The timing chain tensioner may loosen over time, possibly causing oil to leak from the bot...


    Yamaha ( 18v860000 )
    Vehicles Recalls / 2d
    Dated: DEC 04, 2018 Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (Yamaha) is recalling certain 2015-2016 Yamaha YZFR3 motorcycles. The shift shaft torsion spring may fracture, giving the shifter a loose feel and affecting the ability ...


    Yamaha ( 18v861000 )
    Vehicles Recalls / 2d
    Dated: DEC 04, 2018 Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (Yamaha) is recalling certain 2015-2018 Yamaha YZFR3 motorcycles. The upper radiator hose may crack resulting in a coolant leak


    Search for Recalls Here

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    The Racing Sheet



    []bBloodhound SSC saved as investor buys 1000mph project[/b]
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    Yorkshire entrepreneur Ian Warhurst has bought the troubled land speed record project The future of the Bloodhound SSC project has been secured, with Yorkshire-based entrepreneur Ian Warhurst buying the business and assets of




    BMW Motorsport News

    Triumphant debut: Félix da Costa wins for BMW i Andretti Motorsport at Formula E season opener.
    BMW Group PressClub Global / 1d
    Perfect start for BMW i Andretti Motorsport and the BMW iFE.18 in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship: António Félix da Costa (POR) celebrated victory at the BMW works team’s debut in Ad Diriyah (KSA).


    BMW Motorsport News - Issue 40/2018.
    BMW Group PressClub Global / 23h
    Félix da Costa talks about his Formula E win – New sales phase starts for the BMW M4 GT4.


    24 Hours of Daytona: Alessandro Zanardi completes first test with BMW Team RLL at the Daytona International Speedway.
    BMW Group PressClub Global / 21h
    Preparations for Alessandro Zanardi’s (ITA) guest appearance at the 24-hour race at Daytona (USA) have entered the critical phase. On Saturday, the BMW works driver completed the first test with BMW Team RLL








    VIDEO: Official TRAILER for the 2019 Isle of Man TT.
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    It may still be months away, but the excitement is already building for the 2019 Isle of Man TT. And to whet your appetite, here’s the official trailer for the iconic event which takes place on the public roads of the small island in the middle of





    F1 engine manufacturers must share parts with new entrants
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    With a radical overhaul of powerunit regulations for 2021 having been abandoned in favour of tweaks to the current concepts, interest from new engine makers to come in to F1 has waned. While Aston Martin, Cosworth and


    F1 will react if 2019 aero changes don’t improve racing
    Motorsport.com - Formula 1 - Stories / 2h
    Amid concerns about the difficulties drivers have had following each other with the new generation of F1 cars, a raft of new regulations have been introduced for next year to help improve the situation. Wider front wings, revised rea


    Kubica understands why there are doubters
    Motorsport.com - Formula 1 - Stories / 44min
    Next March, eight years after the rally accident that almost severed his right arm, Williams signing Kubica will end an absence from the F1 grid stretching back to 2010. The Pole, who will be 35, tested for Renault and Williams in 2017


    F1: Quality of racing could improve by 20% in 2019, says Ross Brawn
    68BBC Sport - Formula 1 / 3d
    Ross Brawn, Formula 1's head of motorsport, says various car changes in 2019 could result in a 20% improvement in the quality of racing.


    F1 news: Ferrari to make revelation in February which will affect Sebastian Vettel
    Daily Express / 2d
    FERRARI will reveal the car they hope can propel Sebastian Vettel to F1 glory in February.




    Ferrari Closing In On WEC ‘Hypercar’ Programme
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    A New Era Begins | Race Highlights - 2018 SAUDIA Ad Diriyah E-Prix | ABB FIA Formula E Championship
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    All of the most dramatic action from the first race of the 2018/19 Formula E season. The best overtakes, onboards, crashes, incidents and drama from a thrilling race in Ad Diriyah. Subscribe for more ABB Formula E:


    Formula E Ad Diriyah - Result
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    A chaotic and rain affected race day saw Da Costa take victory for the BMW i Andretti team in Ad Diriyah ahead of Jean Eric Vergne of Techeetah, with Jerome d'Ambrosio of Mahindra finishing 3rd in the first race


    Firstpost Explains: It cannot match Formula 1 in speed, so what makes Formula E so exciting?
    formula e
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    It cannot match Formula 1 in speed, so what makes Formula E so exciting?... Firstpost Formula E is a far way off Formula 1 in terms of pace as of now.


    What We Learned At The 2018 SAUDIA Ad Diriyah E-Prix | ABB FIA Formula E Championship
    ABB Formula E (uploads) on YouTube / 19h
    A historic race in Ad Diriyah saw the opening clash of the brand new Formula E season as Antonio Felix Da Costa took victory. It was a race which saw the debut of the Gen2 cars, ATTACK MODE, exciting new drivers and a new track


    Formula E 2019 highlights: Antonio Felix da Costa wins Saudi Ad-Diriyah ePrix – WATCH
    Daily Express / 1d
    ANTONIO FELIX DA COSTA won the opening round of Formula E Season Five with a superb drive in Saudi Arabia.








    BMW Group News

    BMW Group extends mobility service offer in China by launching a Ride-Hailing business based in Chengdu
    BMW Group PressClub Global / 2h
    First foreign company in China to obtain a Ride-Hailing license +++ Ride-Hailing to complement existing Car-Sharing business


    New leadership for BMW Brand Management
    BMW Group PressClub Global / 3h
    Jens Thiemer new Head of Brand Steering and Marketing


    BMW Welt Jazz Award 2019: “Saxophone Worlds”.
    BMW Group PressClub Global / 2d
    The eleventh edition of the BMW Welt Jazz Award will celebrate the variety of “Saxophone Worlds”. As in previous years, jazz lovers will be invited to six Sunday matinee concerts offered free of charge


    Cages- On the Street and Track

    BMW IN THE NEWS



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    FWIW

    DUCATI KTM not KTM DUCATI

    KTM is buying Ducati rumors fill my news feed. The growing consensus is KTM will do a deal to purchase Ducati in some way shape or form. I still believe this rumor makes the most sense of any of the Ducati sale rumors to date. My reason for writing today is that after a weekend of reflection I think everyone may be miss reading the interview. In it, is Pierer talking about purchasing Ducati, or giving a public face to getting Herbert Diess' attention to buy KTM?

    Is Ducati really for sale?
    VW AG Board of Management Chairman, Herbert Diess has been quoted, about a merger with another brand as a real option for Ducati, saying: “I can imagine a merger or a collaboration with other brands, Ducati simply as a motorcycle icon within the VW company is not enough.” With the recent history of putting Ducati through the analysis described in my last piece motorcycle pundits rushed to the judgment that Ducati was for sale.

    In my last piece, I asked what has changed to Make VW AG open to a sale. After a weekend of reflection, my conclusion is nothing of significance has changed. Rather than selling, is Diess looking for a buying opportunity?

    Internally there is resistance to a sale of Ducati internally. VW AG rejected offers reported in the range of 1.5 - 1.8 billion euro. What would the sale price need to be? Pulling apart the balance sheet does not show a need for cash. In the complicated world of European board of directors, there are not enough votes supporting the sale. All would probably agree with Diess that "Ducati as a motorcycle icon within the VW company is not enough." If you are not selling, are you buying to grow a motorcycle segment into the size needed to be within VW AG?

    Who?

    The Speedweek article mentions MV Agusta. Has KTM considered it as part of its master plan to become the third largest motorcycle manufacturer behind Honda and Yamaha? (I assume he is talking about large displacement motorcycle manufacturers.) Pierer dismisses it as too small.

    Long-term readers will have seen articles about financial difficulties at MV. The Castiglioni family has done a decades-long tango with MV finances. Both KTM and Ducati were no doubt courted as dance partners in the most recent round leading to an influx of Russian cash. Pierer and KTM may well have thought it too small to be part of its plans for the cost. Ducati is more likely to have troubles seeing the value of merging iconic high-end brands with similar product lines.

    KTM/Husqvarna is the largest European motorcycle manufacturer. With sales of over 200,000 units per year, size is not a problem with KTM. During the time of VW ownership, both Ducati and KTM have grown sales. Any overlap in product lines appears to have been dealt with in the marketplace by price points, product purpose, and target audience. Cannibalism of sales in a deal will be minimal at most.

    Before we go further, what might be for sale and what are the strategic alliances? The short, honest answer is I don't know. My speculation is Pierer is putting all or part of his share of KTM / Bajaj group.

    KTM can trace its roots back before WWII becoming KTM in 1953. The company continued until 1991. KTM as we know it was purchased in 1992 by a holding company (now known as CROSS KraftFahrZeug Holding GmbH which Pierer controls ). Adding Husaberg (1995) and Husqvarna (2013), it has grown into the company we know today. Investments came also. In 2007 Bajaj Auto, the India motorcycle manufacturer purchased 14.7% of KTM. Their share has grown to 47.99% of the company. KTM AG by CROSS KraftFahrZeug Holding GmbH (51.28%) and Bajaj Auto Limited International Holdings B.V. (47.99%). CROSS KraftFahrZeug Holding GmbH is a subsidiary of KTM Industries AG (before 2016 CROSS Industries AG), founded by KTM AG’s current CEO Stefan Pierer. Pierer Industrie AG owns (74.89%) of KTM Industries AG.

    Why would Pierer sell all or part of his share of KTM AG?
    Pierer's own words in the closing paragraph of the Speedweek.com interview may say it best.

    "New homologation challenges await us - for example, we have Euro 5. In 2024, the issue of noise will come up. It is also in the demographic development in Europe. Today you have to go to Asia with the motorcycle business, to India. If you are not successful there, you will eventually be gone. Ducati is not concerned with the purchase price, but with the question: 'How can I become stronger together?' Time will tell…"
    (I am assuming the "I" in the last sentence is the royal corporate I - Ducati - and does not refer to either Diess or Pierer.)

    KTM AG is big but faces significant challenges in the coming years. Ducati faces similar challenges in Euro 5 compliance and elsewhere but has the strength and R&D help being part of VW AG brings. Bringing the two motorcycle groups together would go a long way to making the resulting group of the size it could carve out a place other than as a wholly owned subsidiary of a wholly owned subsidiary of VW AG.

    The Bajaj component is the wild card. On the surface, the link to the India market may be of some marginal interest. Their product line may be of interest also. Or is Bajaj looking divest all or part of its investment in KTM AG as an exit strategy?

    Time will tell if and how all of this will sort out. For now, when I am at the Official Fly-Over-Land Coffee Shop, I am on the Ducati KTM side.


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    BIKE CANDY

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    On Street and Track

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    Focusing on the customer: the BMW Group’s digital ecosystem. In conversation with Dieter May, Senior Vice President Digital Products and Services.
    BMW Group PressClub Global / 6h
    The digital revolution is of tremendous importance for the automotive industry. The BMW Group was quick to recognise the direction of progress and is fully prepared for the challenge at hand thanks to BMW Connected and its ever-


    The BMW Group at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
    BMW Group PressClub USA / 1h
    Woodcliff Lake, NJ – December 20, 2018… At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the BMW Group will showcase the future of driving pleasure and the potential of digital connectivity in a variety of different ways.


    BMW Group and Daimler AG plan next steps for joint mobility company. Competition authorities approve merger of mobility services.
    BMW Group PressClub Global / 1d
    Making personal freedom the focus of sustainable urban mobility. +++ Regulatory approval marks important milestone for joint venture. +++







    MINI

    Mini Usa Announces Crossmedia To Manage Regional Tier 2 Advertising Business
    BMW Group PressClub USA / 2d
    Woodcliff Lake, NJ – December 18, 2018 – MINI USA announced today they are expanding their Western Region Tier 2 media efforts with Crossmedia to include all Regional Tier 2 media starting in January 2019. The first campaign


    Clean machine: MINI John Cooper Works and MINI John Cooper Works Convertible now also meet Euro 6d-TEMP emissions standard.
    BMW Group PressClub Global / 2d
    The top athletes of the British premium brand in the small car segment feature a petrol engine particulate filter, which is integrated into the sports exhaust system, from March 2019.


    Cages- On the Street and Track



    BMW IN THE NEWS

    Can an All-Electric Car Be a True Driver’s Car? BMW Looks to Find Out with the 2021 i4
    TopSpeed Newsletter / 1d
    BMW has planned its near-future quite well. Even though its latest design philosophy– we’re talking about electric cars designs, not the infamous “twinning” concept – has garnered a lot of heat, BMW is still banking on zero-


    YD JOB ALERT: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is looking for an Industrial Design Intern
    Yanko Design / 3h
    Standing at the very pinnacle of automotive design is Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, a company that manufactures arguably the best luxury automobiles money can buy. A company first started by Charles Rolls and Henry Royce at the


    Bayerische Motoren Werke (ETR:BMW) Given a €75.00 Price Target at Morgan Stanley
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    Fairfield Current / 10h
    Bayerische Motoren Werke (ETR:BMW) Given a €75.00 Price Target at Morgan Stanley Fairfield Current Bayerische Motoren Werke (ETR:BMW) has been assigned a €75.00 ($87.21) price target by stock analysts at Morgan Stanley in


    Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW) Given a €74.00 Price Target by HSBC Analysts
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    Fairfield Current / 10h
    Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW) Given a €74.00 Price Target by HSBC Analysts Fairfield Current HSBC set a €74.00 ($86.05) target price on Bayerische Motoren Werke (ETR:BMW) in a research report report


    Video: BMW i3 S Is One of Car Advice’s Winners Circle Members for 2018
    Bmw Blog / 1h
    The end of 2018 is rapidly approaching and, along with it, we’ll see all sorts of tops being published, even – or should I say especially? – in the automotive realm. Journalists love putting together lists of cars and the guys from Car


    BMW’s premium ride-hailing service is now live in China
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    BMW’s premium ride-hailing service is now live in China TechCrunch BMW has joined a handful of automakers to compete with transportation upstart Didi Chuxing, which bought Uber's Chinese business in 2016.


    OTHER CAGE NEWS



    Morgan to reveal new sports car on fresh platform in 2019
    Autocar RSS Feed / 3h
    Morgan's new 'Wide Body' sports car is said to be the most dynamically capable car the British maker has ever built Morgan has confirmed it will be launching an all-new sports car next year to mark the firm's 110-year


    1959 Devin Special – A 389 CID V8 Corvette Killer
    64Silodrome / 5h
    Bill Devin is a man who should doubtless be far more famous than he is, he’s credited with being the first person to use toothed belt in a timing belt application, an invention he came up with in order to get a pair of Norton Manx


    Aston Martin Prepares to Wave Bye-Bye to the Mercedes-Sourced V-8 To Make Way For This New, More Evolved Engine
    TopSpeed Newsletter / 1d
    Aston-Martin has been using Mercedes-AMG V-8 engines for five years now but the days of the 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged unit seem to be numbered as the British company is developing a new straight-six of its own for use in future


    17 Must-Know Facts About The 992-Gen 2020 Porsche 911
    TopSpeed Newsletter / 1d
    As one of the most recognizable names in the car industry, the Porsche 911 is expected to evolve with every new generation and the new 992-gen isn’t any different. The 2020 Porsche 911 992 takes some crucial evolutive steps that


    Smart charging could lead to an electric vehicle fuel tax
    Autocar RSS Feed / 51min
    Smart tech is mandatory on government-funded chargers from next year, and it could pave the way for taxing electricity From July 2019, all government-funded charging points must use smart technology allowing remote access by


    Last-Minute Gift Guide for (Current and Aspiring) Self-Driving Car Nerds
    TheDrive / 42min
    When people find out that I cover self-driving cars, they are almost always super curious to learn more about the subject but often don't even know what to ask me about them. I bump into this challenge again and again: the level of


    Top 10 best hardcore sports cars 2018
    Autocar RSS Feed / 1h
    Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren… they all want to have best hardcore sports car. We've tested them all to determine which one takes the accolade Welcome to true-blue petrolhead territory. This is where incredible outright grip


    Opinion: Why Lamborghini's hybrid plans won't spell the end of the V12
    Autocar RSS Feed / 22h
    It looks all but certain the next Aventador will embrace hybrid technology, but far from taming the beast, it could be the saviour of large capacity hypercars Even Lamborghini isn’t immune to the rush of electrification and the pressures








    FWIW

    You want $100 more- but why should you get it?
    Powersports Business / 1d
    BY KENSEY EDWARDS So here’s the situation. You have a unit for sale, and the guy down the street has something similar. Your unit costs a little bit more - whether that’s $100 or $1000 - and you’re unwilling to lower the price.


    Ford Creates Noise-Canceling Kennel for Dogs Scared of Fireworks
    55Automobile Magazine / 19h
    Automotive investors, suppliers, and industry leaders continue to talk about Ford’s plan to cut most cars from its lineup , but the automaker has already moved well and truly on. While it no doubt is hard at work on its next-generation


    A New Model Debunks a Popular Argument Against Time Travel
    Futurism / now
    Great Scott Conventional models suggested that moving backwards through time would require a time machine to have negative mass . Needless to say, that’s currently beyond our engineering capabilities

    HOW OLD is BMW MOTORRAD?

    If you have been following BMW PressClub posts BMW AG will be 103 this coming spring. If you read the interview with BMW Motorrad’s new CEO you may be doing the mental calculation from 1923 to come up with a number. Beemerphiles may come up with a completely different argument for the age of the two wheeled segment of the Mothership. So how old is BMW Motorrad? My sense from reading various forum threads is, for MOA members there are many answers to this question. How old you think BMW Motorrad is says something about how you approach the brand and your expectations of it.

    This is a rhetorical question for you to mull over this threads holiday break. I will return in the new year with my answer and some reasons for choosing that age.

    Until then a Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year to you all!




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    Clean Classics! A 1959 BMW R26
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    From cars and trucks to motorcycles and more, we have a thing for the classics



    Sinroja Motorcycles' BMW Moksha
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    Sinroja Motorcycles' BMW Moksha N4BB It isn't the first time these time keepers have gotten into the creative motorcycle scene



    Goes Like Corn Through a Goose’: UCC’s BMW R1200R
    1KBike EXIF / 1d
    The custom scene event calendar has boomed over the last few years. For fans like us, it means more opportunities to bask in the glow of custom moto culture. But for builders, it means extra deadlines, as they scramble to release

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    Bench Racing and The Morning Reads: Friday, 28 December 2018

    It has been a quiet week in the motorcycle world. See you in the coming year.

    OTHER MANUFACTURERS

    Cake Hopes to Sell 70,000 of its Electric Motorcycle Annually
    56Web Bike World / 9h

    An Off-Road Electric Motorcycle and a Commuter? Electric motorcycles provide zero emissions, instant torque, and plenty of opportunities from a design standpoint. Cake’s electric motorcycle is one of the more interesting


    MC NEWS

    Countersteer: The Story of Ryland S Wakeley
    Motorcycle.com / 2min

    Ryland Wakeley Sr. was born in Chicago’s Beverly Hills neighborhood, a slightly less bougie part of town compared to the California city of the same name, in 1915.


    Bugatti’s 3D Printed Brake Caliper and Its Implications
    24Web Bike World / 13h

    The Future of Automotive and Motorcycle Manufacturing? I grew up around tool and die makers, machinists, and other people working in the trades. When I think of building or manufacturing things, I think of taking a piece of raw


    Evolution Of The Norton Manx
    Motorcyclist / 15h
    News Nearly six decades on, and the Norton Manx continues to be raced and refined As Kevin Cameron points out, years of refinement would turn the Manx into “a very detailed elaboration of a simple concept.” Much like a formal


    Top 5 motorcycle launches of 2018
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    autoX / 1d

    Top 5 motorcycle launches of 2018 autoX Here's a look at what we believe are the top-5 two-wheeler launches of - autoX.


    Sportbikes That Don’t Look Like Sportbikes
    400+Motorcyclist / 17d
    News Sleeper bikes Retros, sport-tourers, ADVs, and KTMs that go like sportbikes, but aren’t sportbikes. Or are they?


    ROAD TESTS / REVIEWS

    Best First Rides of 2018
    Motorcycle.com / 3h

    Every year Motorcycle.com gets invited to the press introductions for several new motorcycles – it’s the biggest perk of our job, and the reason all of us have stuck around as long as we have! The cycle goes like this: at the end of


    GEAR

    Tried & Tested: AlcoSense Pro Fuel Cell breathalyser
    Motorcycle Sport & Leisure » Feed / 18h

    Tested by: Mikko Nieminen|£149.99| www.alcosense.co.uk Nobody in their right mind goes and rides a bike when they know they’re under the influence. However, many of us have been on bike tours with mates where after a day’s


    Christmas delivery: the garage you can have shipped in
    Autocar RSS Feed / 1d

    You can pick up a used shipping container for a lot less than it costs to build a decent-sized garage A shipping container can make a great workshop or store room. James Ruppert explains how to set up a non-grotty grotto Here’s the


    TECH

    How Fuel Efficiency And Fast Combustion Are Related
    50Cycle World / 1d
    Bikes “Fast combustion sent more power to the pistons and less into the cooling and exhaust systems” More power and harder acceleration? Technical Editor Kevin Cameron tackles the relationship between fuel efficiency and fast


    Engine Vibration
    33Cycle World / 1d
    Blogs The many forms of engine vibration and how we stop it. Or don’t. Adding counterweight to balance 100 percent of the “shaking parts” just moves the shaking from vertical to horizontal.


    The Racing Sheet


    BMW Motorsport News

    Carlos Sainz, piloto de MINI en el Dakar 2019: “Dicen que va a ser un Dakar más fácil, pero yo discrepo”
    BMW Group PressClub Spain / 15h

    Carlos Sainz defiende título en el Dakar 2019 y lo hace afrontando un nuevo reto, junto a MINI y X-Raid. Carlos ha visto en MINI un proyecto ganador y desde que probó por primera vez el MINI John Cooper Works Buggy supo que


    Juan Pablo Madrigal, Director de MINI España: “El Dakar transmite la fiabilidad y deportividad de MINI”
    BMW Group PressClub Spain / 1d

    • Juan Pablo Madrigal, Director de MINI España, analiza lo que representa para la marca la participación en el Dakar y el estar representados en la carrera por los dos mejores pilotos españoles de la especialidad: Carlos Sainz


    An interview with Jens Marquardt: “We made BMW Motorsport history this year.”
    BMW Group PressClub Global / 15h

    In this interview, BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt reviews 2018 and looks forward to the new season to explain why BMW i Motorsport and BMW M Motorsport are a perfect match.




    Riders "insane" to pay for grand prix seats - Redding
    200+Motorsport.com - MOTOGP - Stories / 16h
    Redding had been part of the grand prix paddock since joining 125cc in 2008, but has now departed its premier class after five years when he was replaced at Aprilia by Andrea Iannone. The former Moto2 runner-up, who will compete in





    F1 tech review: The details that proved Haas was no Ferrari clone
    Motorsport.com - Formula 1 - Stories / 8h
    That didn’t make it a copy of last year’s Ferrari as some have suggested though, rather a tribute – as it makes sense to take design cues from the larger teams when operating with less resources and a relatively meagre


    Lack of car knowledge "shocked" Tost in first Honda meeting
    Motorsport.com - Formula 1 - Stories / 18h
    Honda started supplying engines to Toro Rosso at the start of 2018 and scored its best finish of the year, a fourth place for Pierre Gasly in Bahrain, just two races in. The team finished ninth in the constructors' championship with 33


    WEC the alternative? 2021 regulations vital for Red Bull’s F1 future
    James Allen on F1 – The official James A... / 15h
    In the latest round of political jousting over the planned regulations overhaul for 2021, Red Bull Racing have claimed that a switch to the World Endurance Championship could be an option if they are unsatisfied with the road-map for







    Bimmer

    BMW models enjoy awards-rich year in 2018.
    BMW Group PressClub Global / 20h
    Array of accolades endorse outstanding standards of quality, innovation, connectivity and design.



    Cages- On the Street and Track

    BMW IN THE NEWS

    1958 BMW 507 Roadster Series II might fetch over $2.5M
    Bmw Blog / 8h

    On January 18, 2019, RM Sotheby’s will host an auction in Arizona. One of the many unique and exquisite cars to be auctioned is a 1958 BMW 507 Roadster Series II. There were only 252 units over built and this particular BMW 507


    OTHER CAGE NEWS

    Silodrome’s Top 18 Cars Of 2018
    51Silodrome / 18h

    This is our annual collection of the most popular cars on Silodrome for the year – this list is compiled in reverse order based on which automobiles got the most visits on Silodrome over the past 12 months. There are more than a few



    BIKE CANDY

    The end of the 2018 BR&TMR slideshow. A review of the 1217 pictures you have seen heading sections or attached to stories this year.


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    Great job with the improved page load times this year. Thanks for all the work you do to provide this forum so much useful information so well condensed. Happy New Year.

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    Great job with the improved page load times this year. Thanks for all the work you do to provide this forum so much useful information so well condensed. Happy New Year.
    Second that! I really like your work on the Bench Racing newsletter. Happy new year

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    Second that! I really like your work on the Bench Racing newsletter. Happy new year
    Likewise! as mikegalbicka and Bob_M already wrote... ^^^ Thank you very much!
    sometimes one goes slow, sometimes one goes fast.

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    Bench Racing and The Morning Reads: Tuesday, 1 January 2019


    BMW MOTORRAD IN THE NEWS

    PNP will have 50 new BMW G310R patrol bikes from SMC
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    Top Gear Philippines / 2d

    PNP will have 50 new BMW G310R patrol bikes from SMC Top Gear Philippines The Philippine National Police–Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) will patrol EDSA on brand-new BMW G310R bikes from San Miguel


    Check Out This Custom Electric BMW Motorcycle
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    InsideEVs / 2d

    Check Out This Custom Electric BMW Motorcycle InsideEVs This e-bike prototype merges a stripped-down 1970's BMW R80 with its own version of an electric motor called the E-drive.


    8 Motorcycles To Be Excited About In 2019
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    Motorcycle.com / 2d
    8 Motorcycles To Be Excited About In 2019 Motorcycle.com Nothing excites motorcyclists – who are often in a forced staycation from riding this time of year – like new model season.


    OTHER MANUFACTURERS



    Suzuki Signs The GSX-R750’s Death Warrant
    1KCycle World / 7h
    Bikes North America is the legendary superbike’s last refuge in 2019 While still available in the US, Suzuki has stopped sales of the GSX-R750 in Europe and Japan.
    FWIW The Three-Quarter Litre class sport bike was the Goldilocks bike for me.

    It’s not dead, just mostly dead.

    The Suzuki GSX-R750 and GSX-R600 Are Not Long for This World
    Web Bike World / 53min
    A Well-Known Machine Will Meet Its End When most people think Suzuki sportbikes, they automatically think the Hayabusa, but the GSX-R750 isn’t far behind in their mind. That may change in the future.


    The Slow Death of the Sportbike Market, and Why It is Not a Surprise (News)
    MotorcycleDaily.com - Motorcycle News, E... / 13min
    We saw an excellent article on the Cycle World website earlier today about the apparent decision by Suzuki to discontinue the iconic GSX-R750 (sales of this model will continue in the U.S. market next year, but European sales have


    MC NEWS

    Our Best and Worst of 2018
    CMG News / 18h

    We’re at the end of the year, and it’s our day to look back at 2018 and bid it either a sad farewell or good riddance. At CMG, we like to do both, so join Zac, Willy, Costa, Jeff, Dean and Mark now in remembering our best and worst


    Arcimoto Snags $4.5 Million Investment for Electric Trike Production
    39Web Bike World / 1d

    You May See Some of These Ugly Trikes on the Road Soon Arcimoto has an electric trike it thinks will be the future of transportation. The company just received $4.5 million to make its vision a reality. Arcimoto calls its fully electric


    Best electric bikes to look forward to in 2019
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    Motorcycle News / 2d
    Best electric bikes to look forward to in 2019 Motorcycle News MCN takes a look at the top electric motorcycles to look forward to in 2019.


    Cor Dees’ Laverda Museum | Laverda heaven
    MCNews.com.au / 2d

    Cor Dees’ Laverda Museum With Phil Aynsley Cor Dees was a Dutchman with a serious Laverda addiction! He bought his first Laverda in 1988 and, as can be seen, added the odd one or two after that. The Laverda Museum He


    How nice is this Rickman Metisse @retromoto.co ! . #Rickman...
    Garage Project Motorcycles / 2d

    How nice is this Rickman Metisse @retromoto.co ! . #Rickman #rickmanmetisse #motorcycle #perthcaferacers #PCR (at Retro Moto Co) https://www.instagram.com/p/Br9PaoGAxQJ/?


    What motorcycle models face the axe?
    Motorbike Writer / 5h
    Tough European emissions laws threatened to axe several much-loved models last year, but it seems many have had a stay of execution. The Euro 4 rules introduced in 2016 were almost 50% tougher to pass. For example, Euro 3


    RIDING

    Ending the 2018 Riding Season in the Saddle and on the Snow
    Ultimate Motorcycling / 1d

    I end the 2018 riding season on my Sno-Runner after a small number of early attempts to make a workable motorcycle-style snowmobile. The post Ending the 2018 Riding Season in the Saddle and on the Snow appeared first on


    International report cites bike crash reasons
    32Motorbike Writer / 1d
    The motorcycle road toll can be reduced by better speed and alcohol/drug use enforcement, safer motorbikes, mandatory helmet laws and improved roads, according to an international report. These are key points in the latest World


    Favorite Ride: Melodic Montana
    Rider Magazine / 2d

    Riding in Montana is big: big skies, big trees, big rivers and big fun. Photos by the author. It’s with a nod to the late, great music show host Lawrence Welk that I start this ride spanning a couple of Montana’s scenic blue highways.


    The Racing Sheet



    Dakar Rally 2019: 9 Riders With the Strongest Chance to Win
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    It’s that time of year again — Dakar! For a few of us, this is our favorite sporting event in the world to watch, with so many layers to pick apart and so many opportunities for chance to intervene. On top of the usual uncertainties,


    Seguridad - Dakar 2019
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    BMW Motorsport News

    The big MINI three-way interview with Stéphane Peterhansel, Carlos Sainz and Cyril Despres – Peterhansel: “I have never experienced team spirit like this.”
    BMW Group PressClub Global / 1d

    • Interview with the MINI JCW Buggy drivers Stéphane Peterhansel, Carlos Sainz and Cyril Despres ahead of Dakar 2019. • Trio of Dakar legends has claimed a total of 20 overall wins. • Sainz: “We have the strongest team that




    The Vintagent Selects: Isle of Man TT
    The Vintagent / 3h
    Expect the unexpected.




    Hauptgewinn für BMW? Massig Lorbeeren für Tom Sykes
    Speedweek Superbike-WM Nachrichtenüberbl... / 1d
    Niemand im Paddock der Superbike-WM kennt Tom Sykes so gut wie Marcel Duinker. Sieben Jahre arbeitete der Niederländer bei Kawasaki als Crew-Chief mit dem 33-Jährigen, der 2019 das neue BMW-Werksteam anführen wird.


    Fogarty urges WSBK to "bin" custom electronics
    Motorsport.com - MOTOGP - Stories / 7h
    WSBK has faced a decline in popularity in recent seasons amid domination by Kawasaki and Jonathan Rea, who have proven unstoppable since joining forces in 2015. Rea broke Fogarty's all-time win record earlier this year on his
    FWIW Do you bring a silver bullet, cross, or garlic to kill the vampire sucking the life blood out of any racing form? Maybe all. Fogerty has a silver bullet to cure WSBK and it makes sense as far as it goes. Pack the silver bullet but keep looking for crosses and garlic. I think this is a serious vampire.






    Awesome BMW Pace Cars Over The Past 20 Years
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    Awesome BMW Pace Cars Over The Past 20 Years CarBuzz The Bavarian manufacturer doesn't compete in MotoGP, but it's well represented at the front of the pack.... BMW is no stranger to racing – and it's well acquainted .


    Suzuki MotoGP satellite team still a "target"
    100+Motorsport.com - MOTOGP - Stories / 3d
    During its involvement in MotoGP between 2002 and 2011, and since 2015, Suzuki has operated without a satellite outfit, scoring just two victories with Chris Vermeulen at Le Mans in 2007 and Maverick Vinales two years ago





    F1 tech review: How Ferrari fell short after getting on top
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    ... Keep reading


    Williams reached "bottom of the trench" in 2018
    Motorsport.com - Formula 1 - Stories / 8h
    Williams finished 10th in the constructors’ championship, the worst result in its history, as its FW41 proved fundamentally flawed and its young drivers Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin scored just seven points between them.


    F1 tech review: Did Red Bull really have the best chassis?
    Motorsport.com - Formula 1 - Stories / 1d
    Red Bull’s belief in its ability to create the best car often led to criticism of engine supplier Renault, which has struggled in comparison to rivals under the hybrid regulations. This season can be seen as somewhat of a transitional


    F1 tech review: How Renault battled through rebuilding pain
    Motorsport.com - Formula 1 - Stories / 3d
    Its withdrawal as a manufacturer at the end of the 2011 campaign had seen it fall into private ownership and although some success initially followed, the team lost key personnel and began to fall down the pecking order. Renault



    BMW rules out early WEC hypercar switch
    Motorsport.com - WEC - Stories / 2d
    The German manufacturer will not be a "prime mover" in the new top class of the WEC from 2020/21, according to BMW Motorsport boss Jens Marquardt. BMW had an involvement in the working group table that formulated the







    Formula E Techeetah Pace “Perfect” For BMW, Says Da Costa
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    Formula E Techeetah Pace “Perfect” For BMW, Says Da Costa InsideEVs da Costa believes that the circumstances of his Ad Diriyah E-Prix victory created a perfect scenario for the BMW Andretti squad.


    Cages- On the Street and Track

    BMW IN THE NEWS

    VIDEO: BMW F90 M5 Marginally Slower than Aston Martin Vantage on Track
    Bmw Blog / 4h

    One of the biggest reveals in the automotive world this year was the new Aston Martin Vantage . The new British 2-seater changed from its core, leaving naturally aspirated mills behind and stepping into the present, using a 4-liter


    BMW flagship executive Hildegard Wortmann leaves the company
    Bmw Blog / 13h
    According to German magazine The Welt , BMW loses one of its top managers to possibly the Volkswagen Group. The report says that former Senior Vice President Brand BMW and until recently director of the sales


    Stefan Juraschek Head of BMW Electric Vehicles Talks about the Future
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    BMW electric vehicles have evolved greatly over the past decade. From the initial steps taken with the MINI E to the upcoming BMW iX3... The post Stefan Juraschek Head of BMW Electric Vehicles Talks...


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    Demand for Combustion Engine Cars May Have Peaked in 2018
    42Futurism / 8min
    No Sale The reign of the fossil fuel-powered car may be ending. In a report published on Sunday, several experts told the Financial Times that they believe sales of fossil fuel-powered internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles
    FWIW Or, maybe not.


    These are the most powerful three-cylinder engines in new cars
    TopSpeed Newsletter / 3h
    Three-cylinder engines are normally associated with city cars whose main brief is to get you from point to point while using as little fuel as possible. Outright performance is not hugely important, nor is the way the engine sounds


    Here Is Why Some Dealerships Aren’t Actually Interested in Selling You a Car
    500+Lifehacker / 59d
    Photo Credit: Mike Ballaban/Jalopnik You would think this whole “ selling cars ” thing would be easy for dealers, especially if an interested customer comes in with a serious intent to buy. But you would be surprised how uninterested some



    FWIW

    This In-Depth Interview With Chuck Yeager Is An Absolute Must Watch
    2KTheDrive / 57d
    Chuck Yeager is a very colorful, larger-than-life character. He is a household name for breaking mankind into the realm of supersonic flight, but his career is so dense with accomplishment and adventure it's hard to imagine it can


    NASA Clears “Dream Chaser” Space Cargo Plane For Full-Scale Production
    3KFuturism / 1d
    Space Plane Watch out space, there’s a new commercial cargo carrier entering the race. Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has been given the go ahead from NASA to begin full-scale production of it’s “Dream Chaser” commercial space




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    r1200gsa: (via iloophao:BMW R75/6 Scrambler by Mandrill Garage)...
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    r1200gsa : (via iloophao:BMW R75/6 Scrambler by Mandrill Garage )


    It is the end of the year list time. BMW motorcycles made the end of the year picks for a couple of threads followed here. Click through to see all their picks for 2018.

    Editor’s Choice: An Alternative Top 10 for 2018
    500+Bike EXIF Update / 1d

    It’s that time of year when we throw the data out the window and pick our personal favorite customs of 2018. Our traditional Bike EXIF Top Ten is based on bikes that melted our servers—but these are the bikes that also melted our


    Top 10 Cafe Racers of 2018 – Editor’s Choice
    500+Return of the Cafe Racers / 1d

    That’s a wrap for another year of cafe racer coverage from around the globe. This year was Return of the Cafe Racers twelfth birthday and we celebrated it with a new look website, a renewed focus on workshop and DIY stories


    The PIPEBURN 2018 Bike Of The Year Award
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