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    Formula 1 and Ǫ Malaysian GP - Preview Brake supplier denies failure caused Vettels exit Should F1 be a drag race?
    The punch line is in the last paragraph but read what comes before.

    On the Street The Motorcycle Picture Book site, an easy-to-understand guide to Honda's motorcycle technologies, now includes a comprehensive description of the dual clutch transmission.

    Download a pdf copy of the ACEM Personal Protective Equipment brochure. The European motorcycle manufacturers association, along with other groups such as the FIA, is emphasizing making the roads safe with various campaigns this year. As part of this campaign they have put out a guide to what to look for in gear. The brochure is also available in French Spanish and other languages. 2010 Harley Davidson CVO Fat Bob Motorcycle review 2009 BMW K1300S review

    The Australian Product Safety Office has issued a recall for noisy HarleysǪwell actually 232 Harleys that may be missing a noise label. Riding slow Keep control over your motorcycle Quail Motorcycle Gathering
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    Jama February 2010 Automobile and Motorcycle statistics show a disconnect in trends for Japanese manufactures. Japanese auto manufacturers reported production increase on the same month of the previous year for four consecutive months. Conversely motorcycle segment manufactures turned in numbers that continue a down ward trend for the 30th month in a row.

    10 years of ǣBMW Motorrad Days. 30 years of ǣGS. Huge anniversary party in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
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    Munich/Garmisch-Partenkirchen. BMW Motorrad celebrates two round anniversaries: the ǣBMW Motorrad Days will be held for the tenth time from July 2nd to 4th this year: it is the largest meeting in the world featuring motorcycles of the Munich brand. Another highlight will be the 30-year anniversary of the GS models. BMW R 80 G/S founded the market segment of large-volume travel enduros in 1980.

    With its unique atmosphere, the ǣBMW Motorrad Days is highly popular with bikers from all over the world. This is firstly due to the event location Garmisch-Partenkirchen with its impressive Alpine panorama. Secondly, the event combines authentic Bavarian style with a diverse motorcycling program and a great party atmosphere.

    This time round a particular attraction will be the 30th anniversary of BMW Motorrads GS concept. Contemporaries from various GS decades - decision-makers, developers and riders - will be there to mark the anniversary. There will be a special BMW Classic exhibition featuring milestones from three decades of GS, showing the success story of the then brand new concept of the large-scale enduro was to set in motion. Visitors will be able to try out the current state of development for themselves: training courses will be provided on BMW GS models at the 10,000 m?? BMW Enduro Park Garmisch. And on the adjacent cross-style ǣx-track there will be BMW G 450 X and Husqvarna models available for test rides. Of course virtually all other BMW motorcycle models can be borrowed for extensive test rides, too.

    The study ǣConcept 6" provides a look into the future with its transversely mounted but very narrow in-line 6-cylinder engine.

    For beginners without a motorcycle licence BMW Motorrad offers try-out courses in a closed-off area and for anyone with a lucky streak, the dream of owning a brand new BMW motorcycle could even come true there and then: there will be a draw for a F 800 GS on the Friday evening and for an R 1200 GS on the Saturday evening.

    Those wishing to explore the Alpine roads on their own machine can take part in guided panorama tours through the mountains.

    However, the breathtaking stunts performed by motorcycle acrobat Chris Pfeiffer in the Freestyle Area should preferably not be imitated. He will captivate visitors by performing the same fast trick combinations with which he won the 2009 German Open in stunt-riding, where he prevailed against the best stunt riders in the world. On the ǣx-track, world-famous enduro riders will be getting into top gear and providing spectacular off-road motor racing entertainment.

    Another undisputed highlight will be the Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport, which once again lines up for the start of the Superbike World Championship with the racing version of the S 1000 RR. The team under Berthold Hauser, Head of BMW Motorrad Motorsport, featuring factory riders Troy Corser (Australia) and Ruben Xaus (Spain) will provide an autograph session and photo opportunities for fans.

    The grand motorcycle convoy on the Saturday and the Classic Convoy on the Sunday, starting and finishing at Hausbergplatz, have become an integral part of the ǣBMW Motorrad Days. The Classic Convoy is now one of the rare opportunities to see two-wheel rarities and legends from 87 years of BMW motorcycle history in action. This will be a particular attraction in the GS anniversary year. Four-wheel BMW vehicles will also be available for test driving at the ǣxDrive Circuit - the BMW X5 and BMW X6.

    The support program includes presentations by over 60 international exhibitors with everything from tuning and accessories to travel and training in the area of off-road, on-road and racing. BMW Motorrad also provides a tyre service in collaboration with Metzeler. The parties on Friday and Saturday evening with live bands and DJs have long achieved legendary status. For the first time, ǣBMW Motorrad Days 2010 will host the live show of the ladies band WILDCATS.

    Immediately adjacent to the event grounds there is a 15,000 square metre camping area with bathroom facilities. As in previous years it is also possible to make hotel reservations in various categories at Please be sure to make bookings in good time.

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    I will be offline for repairs.

    Do not open e-mails from me without subject lines.

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    I am not in broken down anywhere in England.
    Do not respond or send money!

    We are setting up a site in conjunction with another business with a server in the UK. We have been hacked and our email accounts have been compromised. A hotmail account I use as a backup private account was listed as an alternate contact e-mail address. That account has been hacked also.

    We believe the damage is limited and has been corrected on the UK server but we are working through our system now to fix any compromises and notify people.

    Problems with my e-mail account:
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    2. an email reportedly from me is circulating that my family and I went down to London for the holiday and have been mugged and are in need of funds. I do spend time in London and do business there but am not in the UK now nor will I be until next fall at the soonest so dont send money.

    There appears to be a virus involved in addition to the con spam.

    This should not affect the forum software or the safety of any links in this thread. However, you should always use precautions such as firewalls and anti virus software.

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    WSBK et al. One final comment on Phillip Island Top riders walk away from big crashes in Portugal


    Paging Holly, Paging Holly Holly to the MotoGP desk please Iceland to get MotoGP round from 2012 link to full announcement in article

    Formula 1 and Ǫ

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    Garry Connelly, Radovan Novak, Johnny Herbert Formula One statistics for Malaysian Grand Prix

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    HFL: The facts behind Europes pending 100 hp motorcycle limit Bikes with anti-lock brakes have fewer fatal crashes, lower insurance claims Biggest motorcycle movie ever made goes into production yawn Motorcycle Safety Foundation outlines CORE Curriculum

    BMW UK gets political

    The BMW Political Roundel Attachment Tag
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    Soon Great Britain will be in the grip of election fever and as the public goes to the polls BMW has created a unique way for customers to personalise their cars depending on their political leanings. BMWs innovative Political Roundel Attachment Tag (PRAT) is a highly stylised limited edition accessory of the BMW product portfolio and comes available in the colours of all major UK parties.
    Uwe Beanhadde, Head of Made-up Technology at BMWs renowned Forschungs und Innovationszentrum in Munich, said: ǣWe have been working on this innovation for a number of years and see it as a niche with potentially wide appeal. One of the most popular features, sure to strike a cord with the floating voter, is that the roundel can be replaced in a matter of seconds should the opposition suddenly seem more appealing.

    News of the PRAT accessory comes swiftly after boffins at BMW offered other award winning innovations such as Canine Repellant Alloy Protection that stopped dogs relieving themselves on customers wheels, Magnetic Tow Technology, the ultimate in tailgating tech, and BMW Instant Messaging which let owners know what they really thought of other road users.

    Further details on PRAT can be found by contacting 0800 561 0080 or emailing To find out more on real innovations visit or

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    Tracked this set of pictures back to and that is where I have ended for now. Anyone recognize the bike and have more information on the conversion?

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    The conversion bike was in attendance during the 2008 Finger Lakes Rally. I do not know who the owner was.
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    WSBK et al. Xaus: ǣWith the bike, everything is possible Aprilia gets ok to use gear driven cam motor

    BMW Motorrad Motorsport - Superbike World Championship - Valencia Preview
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    9th 11th April 2010
    3rd of 13 World Championship race weekends

    Munich/Stephanskirchen, 5th April 2010. With three top-ten finishes out of a possible four, a much more consistent level of performance and no crashes, Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport can look back on a very respectable showing at the race weekend in Portim?o (POR). Preparations for the next round of the FIM Superbike World Championship in Valencia (ESP) the third of 13 venues on the calendar began immediately after the weekend on the Algarve. The team used a one-day test last Monday to work on the chassis set-up and traction control of the two BMW S 1000 RR machines ridden by Troy Corser (AUS) and Ruben Xaus (ESP). Although rain significantly restricted the teams track time, overall the test was a success.

    The city of Valencia on Spains Mediterranean coast is the next port of call for the FIM Superbike World Championship. The ǣCircuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo, to give the track its full name, is one of Europes most modern racing venues and lies around 20 kilometres outside Valencia. In addition to the Superbike World Championship, Valencia regularly hosts a number of other race series and like Portim?o is a popular winter testing destination. The bikes lap the circuit, which is named after former Spanish motorcycle racer Ricardo Tormo, in an anticlockwise direction.

    Troy Corser:
    ǣThe races so far in the Superbike World Championship have been so tight that I have to give 100 per cent if I want to be up there at the business end of the field. And thats only possible if together we can set the bike up to do what I need it to over a full race distance. Thats what the team is working towards and Im confident that the bike can deliver.

    In Valencia we need a bike that is extremely easy on the tyres during gear changes under lean angle. In the final sector of the lap, in particular, we have a lot of gear changes on the side of the tyre. Plus, the bikes traction control has to be working really well over the crest through Turn 13 especially in the latter stages of the race when tyre grip drops away.

    Ruben Xaus:
    ǣValencia is my home track and Im really looking forward to racing there. We tested at Valencia in January and were able to set some quite good lap times. The bike feels good overall. Now its a question of being able to reel off solid lap times over the whole of the race. If we can do that, then anything is possible with this bike.

    Valencia is a real ǣMickey Mouse track, which makes it far from easy to ride. The many tight corners stop you from getting into a good rhythm. The lighter riders have the advantage on stop-start circuits like this, as they can get better acceleration out of the corners. But the track is a bit too tight for my liking.

    Berthold Hauser, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director:
    ǣThe level of competition in the Superbike World Championship is higher than ever this year. In Superpole 1 at Portim?o, for example, less than one second covered the 17 fastest riders. Five top-ten placings in the first two race weekends of the season are confirmation that we are heading in the right direction.

    Valencia was not a great weekend for us last year, so were working that much harder to ensure we go home with a better result this time around. We completed another test at Portim?o after the race weekend and used the time to work on the chassis set-up and traction control. The test went well and Im feeling confident about the upcoming weekend in Valencia.

    With a population of over 800,000 Valencia is Spains third-largest city after Madrid and Barcelona and capital of the region on the Mediterranean coast that shares its name. The city not only hosts various high-level sporting events, it also offers visitors a selection of architectural highlights. In addition to the ǣLlotja de la Seda (silk exchange) and the Gothic cathedral in the city centre, the ǣCiudad de las Artes y de las Ciencias (City of Arts and Sciences) is particularly worthy of note. Built on what was formerly the bed of the River Turia, it was designed by Valencia-born architect Santiago Calatrava.

    Troy Corser has already notched up five race wins on the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo over the course of his career, while Ruben Xaus celebrated his only victory so far at his home race here in 2007.

    The two BMW Motorrad Motorsport riders will be in second and third gear most of the way around the Valencia circuit. Strong acceleration and high levels of torque in these low gears are vital in order to carry as much speed as possible into the short sprint sections. The circuit has a long start-finish straight, which means that any mistakes in the final sector have a particularly negative effect on the lap time. Interview with Andrew Pitt Bayliss return?

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    From a BMW PressClub Canada 02.04.2010 Press Release
    BMW Motorrad reports best March on record.
    BMW Motorrad Canada achieved an all time March record with 200 unitsretailed,an increase of 19%over the same period in 2009. BMW Motorrad YTD retails of 324 units reflect an increase of 37% over last year.

    HFL: Honda CB1100 for the foggy in you Hitler wants to ride a Harley to Sturgis Story of the worlds first 30 front wheeled Harley-Davidson Bagger Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage for auction

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    Quote Originally Posted by Statdawg View Post
    The conversion bike was in attendance during the 2008 Finger Lakes Rally. I do not know who the owner was.
    The guy lives near Rochester NY and I also saw the bike at the 2008 Finger Lakes Rally.
    I asked the owner to submit an article to the ON with pictures and it was featured in the magazine last year!
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    honest to god, if bmw built a bike like this, they'd sell a gajillion of them.

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    WSBK et al. Haslam aims to stay aheat at Valencia Vermeulen ruled out for Valencia

    MotoGP Capirossi to reach MotoGP milestone Round 1 Qatari GP preview MotoGP keen to expand championship presence in Asia Repsol Honda Qatar preview


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    Rumors hint that 2011 could have multiple tire suppliers. F1 to shed races to make room for new ones

    Other Racing News

    British Super Bike:
    Steve Brogan aboard the Jetin Racing S1000RR took 8 points over the weekend in the season opener for BSB and the maiden race for the bike and is in 10th place in the BSB standings after the first round of that championship series. Iron Horse BMW/ESP Vegas WERA Report Peris Beats Toye in WERA WEST showdaonw at Las Vegas Classic Course

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    Things must be taking a turn at Honda. The news from Honda has been that they are canceling out of one show then another. Now Bikes in the Fast Lane is running a story that they will be at the EICMA this year. Wall Street gets motorcycle fever over Harley

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    "duck off"... is that what one says to ducatis when you pass them???

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    "duck off"... is that what one says to ducatis when you pass them???
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    "duck off"... is that what one says to ducatis when you pass them???

    That is great, Rat Fink is alive and well.
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    WSBK et al. Roland back to join Andrew in Valencia Andrews replaces injured Vermeulen for Valencia Haga and Fabrizio aiming to up their game at Valencia Resch looking forward to Valencia Crutchlow and Toseland get set for round three in Valencia

    Ten Kate have a well-deserved reputation for building some of the most powerful engines in WSB and WSS. They use a combination of Honda kit parts and their own components, including tailor-made pistons and conrods

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    2010 FIM Sidecar World Championship
    07/04/10 - 23:33
    In view of the difficulties faced by the promoter of the FIM Sidecar World Championship, the FIM has decided to directly manage this World Championship in 2010.

    A meeting with the sidecar teams will take place during the 24 Hours of le Mans to discuss the issues relating to the 2010 season.

    As a reminder, the current calendar of the 2010 FIM Sidecar World Championship is as follows:

    Dates Country Event
    April 17 France Le Mans
    May 9 Germany Schleiz
    May 22 Spain Albacete
    June 20 Croatia Rijeka
    July 18 Germany Sachsenring
    August 15 United Kingdom Knockhill (subject to the homologation of the circuit)

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    The Concorso dEleganza Villa dEste is a special event on the BMW calendar. The company has unveiled a variety of concept and special historical treats. This teaser press release means this year will be another of those special car unveilings on Lake Como.

    Return of the BMW 328 Kamm Coup?. World premiere of the racing car on Lake Como.
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    As every year, BMW is showing a concept car out of competition at the Concorso dEleganza Villa dEste. To mark its victory in the Mille Miglia 70 years ago, the Munich-based brand will bring its BMW 328 Mille Miglia Concept Coup? to Lake Como. But this will not be the only link between these two great automotive events at this years Concorso. Indeed, BMW Classic has once again come up with something special, bringing a car back to life which had vanished off the radar nearly 60 years ago: the BMW 328 Kamm Coup?. This racing car represents a seamless blend of function and aesthetic allure and underlines how far the development of aerodynamics and lightweight construction had progressed at BMW by this time. ǣWe are very proud to bring this milestone in motor racing history and vehicle aerodynamics back into the public spotlight, said Karl Baumer, Director of BMW Group Classic, ahead of the world premiere of the racing car on Lake Como. ǣOur tribute to the M1 at the Concorso two years ago showed how much inspiration the past can provide for the future. And the BMW 328 Kamm Coup? is an outstanding example of how far back the future at BMW stretches into the past.

    BMW was quick to appreciate the unique status of its Mille Miglia cars following the victory in 1940, and they were soon spirited out of Munich into the countryside to prevent them from being destroyed in the war. The evacuation was successful, with all five cars surviving the wartime years virtually unscathed. However, in the turmoil of the immediate post-war period, the collection of silver racers were split up and went their separate ways around the world. Only the Kamm Coup? remained in Germany, former BMW Director of Racing Ernst Loof having acquired the car for his personal use. By this time he had become a carmaker in his own right, supplying hot-heeled Veritas racing sports cars to customers in the emergent Germany of the post-war era. However, financial difficulties were never far away and a few years later he was forced to let the Kamm Coup? go. Sadly, this automotive gem was not destined to enjoy a long life under new ownership, and it was consigned to the scrapheap after an accident in the early 1950s.

    Efforts to rebuild the car have been ongoing since the mid-1990s. Documents from the Group archive and private collectors, computer calculations carried out in the BMW development department, and the skilled hands of body experts and engine specialists have all been employed to prepare the 328 Kamm Coup? for its public unveiling at the Concorso dEleganza Villa dEste. For Karl Baumer this has been an incredible project: ǣWeve come up against some major technical challenges, had many discussions and racked up countless hours of research, but when you see the car for the first time you can sense the passion and professionalism invested by all those involved both all those years ago and today.

    As well as unveiling the 328 Kamm Coup? at the Concorso dEleganza Villa dEste, BMW will also present a special exhibition of the brands cars preparing to line up for the Mille Miglia ten days later.

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    BMW Classic Center opens its customer workshop

    Hot of the wire from BMW - BMW MOA is mentioned in this (Who says we can not make BMW notice us and our needs) - Plans for future opening of a US Classic Center

    It doesn’t get more authentic than this. BMW Classic Center opens its customer workshop.
    • 08.04.2010
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    Munich. From now on, BMW Classic’s specialist workshop will not only be repairing and restoring its own classic vehicles, but also those belonging to customers. The BMW Classic Center thus closes the final gap in the complete range of services offered to the owners of classic models from every era of the blue-and-white badge. Just like owners of new vehicles, these customers can place their car in the hands of specialists, who can draw on the most profound expertise anywhere in the world – that of the manufacturer.

    The worldwide interest in classic cars and motorcycles of the BMW brand is growing apace. The 200 or so brand clubs alone account for some 200,000 members. It figures that each of them owns a BMW from earlier decades – the number of historic cars with the blue-and-white badge is estimated at around 600,000 – and those are just the ones we know about. Added to those are some 70,000 motorbikes with classic status, which means that roughly one in ten BMWs built up until the 1980s is still on the road today. And with every year that passes, the number of classic BMWs increases significantly. Thus the early generations of the high-volume BMW 3, 5 and 7 Series already belong to the ranks of modern classics.

    With interest growing, BMW Classic has responded to the wish of many enthusiasts to own a vehicle that is as faithful as possible to the original and is in the best possible condition. It is for them that BMW Classic has expanded the Historic Workshop, hitherto responsible for the company’s own vehicles, into the BMW Classic Center, which now accepts outside commissions as well. “The workshop is an essential component of the reorientation of BMW Classic and of our customer focus on the classic market,” says Karl Baumer, Director of BMW Group Classic. Parallel with this, the supply and remanufacturing of parts is being further expanded. To this are added further areas of business such as the purchase and sale of vehicles, authentication of vehicles, advice to buyers, and a worldwide collection and delivery service.

    All-round expertise: a full range of services under one roof.
    “The great advantage for customers who bring their vehicle back to the original manufacturer is the complete range of services available under one roof. We have the theoretical knowledge of the vehicles, the technical know-how, the original BMW parts and the necessary infrastructure to connect everything up systematically,” says Ralf Vierlein, Head of Sales and Aftersales for BMW Group Classic. It is a concept that was convincing from the start, since a number of classics had already been entrusted to the team at the Classic Center before the actual launch of the new service. Nowadays, going into the Classic Center worskshop feels like being transported back to the 1960s and late 1970s: next to two BMW M1s – a roadgoing sports car and a Procar race car – stand a BMW 3.0 CSi and BMW R 69 S.

    The challenges vary as widely as the vehicles themselves. And they are seldom straightforward: for example, the owner of the 3.0 CSi wants to have an automatic gearbox installed in his 1970s coup?, to replace the original manual gearbox. Because this combination was never on sale, independent workshops had to admit defeat. Not so the BMW Classic Center: on a trial basis in February 1972, BMW had fitted two of the high-performance coup?s with automatic gearboxes. However, this variant never got beyond the prototype stage. Thanks to rapid and unrestricted access for BMW restorers to the documentation in the company archive, they are able to build a replica of this variant – completely faithful to the original. But this will take time, as quite a number of components have to be specially fabricated for it.

    Complete restoration: the M1 from the jungle.
    The Series M1 is a very different story. It is to be resurrected exactly as it was built, all those years ago. The legendary super-sportscar from the 1970s belongs to a customer in Malaysia, who sent the car in a container by sea to Munich. The order: a complete restoration. The car had been sitting for many years in what was practically jungle, where it was exposed to extreme climatic conditions. On arrival, the classic was a wreck on wheels. The floor of the car was riddled with termite nests. Not a single rubber component was still intact. First of all, the car was cleaned from top to bottom and rid of all its 'residents'. The vehicle is now being completely dismantled and rebuilt from scratch. The experts extimate it will take about a year and a half to achieve this rebirth.

    As with new vehicles, each of the various jobs is taken on by the relevant specialised division. At BMW Group Classic the work is chiefly done within the BMW Group’s own network of facilities. Mechanical and electrical components are taken care of by experts in Munich. All the bodywork jobs, right through to painting, are handled by the BMW plant in Dingolfing. Motor sports models go direct to BMW Motorsport GmbH, while for M cars the specialists of M GmbH come on board.

    The attraction of the BMW Classic Center is not solely derived from its expertise and authenticity. Even when it comes to pricing, the Munich car restorers are thoroughly competitive: “As regards the price-performance relationship, we are continually getting positive feedback. The fact that we’re competitive in the global marketplace can be seen in our disproportionately large order book,” Ralf Vierlein confirms.

    The Customer Workshop project: a network for BMW classics.
    Faced with projects like these, it is easy to see that the capacity of the Classic Center is limited. In order to cope with the rising demand, BMW Group Classic launched the “Customer Workshop” project: “We’ve had enquiries from Romania, Spain and even from a collector in Brazil, who is interested in a restoration. We are now looking for partners abroad with whom we can work in future,” says Dr Thomas Tischler, Service Team Manager at BMW Classic and responsible for the project. The first of these are already on board: in 2009 the BMW Classic Center opened its first branch in Switzerland. For quite some time the BMW branch in Zurich’s Dielsdorf district had noticed a growing number of BMW classics in its catchment area and consequently an increased demand for professional servicing for the vehicles. That was followed by the BMW branch in D??sseldorf, which goes by the name of BMW Classic Center NRW [North Rhine-Westphalia] and looks after a large stock of BMW classics in the region.

    The “Customer Workshop” project is now being gradually expanded to other regions of Germany as well as to other countries with large classic and modern-classic potential. The BMW Car Club of America alone has more than 70,000 members, and the BMW Motorcycle Owners Association of America some 50,000, each of whom, according to reliable estimates, is the proud owner of between three and four vehicles. BMW Classic intends to target the interests of these large customer groups. Ralf Vierlein: “We are planning to set up a Classic Center in the USA with its own spare parts supply for professional and private customers.”

    Parts supply: focus on postwar classics.
    For decades BMW Classic has been steadily expanding the range of original BMW parts for classic vehicles. The catalogue currently comprises some 30,000 components. The vast majority are parts for the classics that took to the road after 1948. Today, anyone who wants to realise a youthful dream of owning a BMW 2002 or a BMW R 75/5 has no need to worry about maintenance and repairs: “Every BMW classic with two, three or four wheels is to get its T?V* seal of approval”. That is the declared aim of Georg Blumoser, Team Manager Parts Sales. (*Technischer ?berwachungs-Verein: Technical Inspection Association)

    Beginning with the R 24, the parts list becomes more complete the more recent the model. The R 24 single-cylinder motorcycle was the first BMW vehicle to go into series production again after the end of the war. The youngest offspring of BMW’s series output which the experts of BMW Group Classic have taken under their wing is the second-generation 7 Series, which was produced until 1994. The decision on which components should be given priority for remanufacture lies with the customers. From intensive contacts with brand clubs and drivers of BMW classics, and by observing the market, the experts know where the greatest demand lies.

    As a rule, the responsibility for parts supply for motorcycles devolves to BMW Group Classic 20 years after production ceases, while in the case of cars it depends on volume after a model series has been discontinued. The simplest bit of all this is the transfer of components still in stock: they remain physically in the central BMW parts supply centre at the Dingolfing plant and are only transferred organisationally to BMW Group Classic. However, also linked with this is the responsibility for the tools and production machinery used to manufacture the parts. And the decision on their future requires careful consideration: once production resources have been scrapped, the possibility of straightforward remanufacturing of the relevant parts in their original condition is lost for ever. Incidentally, this affects not only the tools with which the parts fabricated by BMW itself have been produced; experts from BMW Classic also have a say in the fate of important production installations of suppliers and sub-contractors.

    A valuable cache: highly complex tools are kept in storage.
    At the very top of the priority list of production facilities that are worth keeping are body presses and highly complex moulds for model-specific components. Every part of the tooling that is relevant for subsequent fabrication is put into storage.

    Admittedly, even tools have only a limited life, which can often reach its end during regular production. Then they go off to the crusher, since BMW Group Classic hangs on to the most important thing: the design drawings. As soon as the stock of parts produced with the decomissioned tool dries up, new production tools are ordered. In doing so, the experts from BMW Classic can look at the population of the relevant vehicle and demand for the part, and calculate from these how much longer the stock will last.

    Remanufacturing is teamwork.
    This system has been functioning very successfully since 1994. It was in that year that the BMW Group founded BMW Mobile Tradition, the forerunner of BMW Classic, with a clear objective: only a roadworthy and visually impeccable classic vehicle can be a credible representative of its era. Admittedly, with those dating from the earlier years of manufacture, it is not always so easy to guarantee this. The older the model series, the greater the challenge to the specialists to produce a new set of parts. This is where teamwork is required: in cooperation with Sales, Parts Technology, Scheduling and Purchasing, a precise production plan is drawn up – similar to that of a new series.

    100 per cent original: material, surface and quality.
    The first thing to be done is to assemble all information about the part. Here, the most important basic data includes the material from which the element was originally made, how it was processed and whether the structure or surface were treated in a special way. Particularly where engine or transmission parts are concerned, the quality of material is of critical importance if the replicated component is to operate smoothly with the old, existing parts.

    The first batch of remanufactured parts is sent to specialists in parts technology at BMW Classic, where they undergo precision measurements and checks. A door hinge must fit exactly, the door must open and close perfectly, and seams and gaps may not deviate from the original. In order to ensure this, the initial sample is fitted into the intended location. Depending on the complexity of the component, several rounds of tests and adjustments to the tools are necessary until BMW’s quality standards are achieved. Only then is the part signed off and actual production can begin. At this stage, too, quality is continually controlled until the finished parts go into BMW’s central warehouse – after all, every customer must receive flawless goods.

    New life for old engines: BMW supplies replacement units for classics too.
    Defective or worn vehicle components do not always need replacing by new parts. Engines and transmissions, dynamos and electronic controls lend themselves extremely well to reconditioning. In this case, a classic engine in need of an overhaul receives no less attention and expenditure than one of today’s units: both are dismantled and overhauled at the Landshut plant. And every engine reconditioned by BMW always carries a two-year guarantee, irrespective of production year and car model. What applies here is the exchange principle: in return for the defective engine, the customer is given a replacement unit which, in terms of quality and functioning, is as good as a new engine. Independent tests certify not only the engine’s flawless quality but also the best value: to repair serious engine damage often works out more expensive than a replacement unit from BMW. The supply of dynamos and electronic components operates in the same way. In this case, however, it is not BMW that does the reconditioning, but the original supplier.

    State-of-the-art logistics for supplying classic parts.
    Customers of BMW Classic receive the parts they need in the same easy way as any owner of a new BMW car: they are simply ordered by part number, since the logistics are fully integrated into BMW’s worldwide service network. The customer just goes to his nearest BMW dealer – anywhere around the globe.

    Catalogue of historic parts on the Classic website.
    The complete catalogue of components held in stock is listed on the internet and is continuously updated. Anyone looking for a particular part can find out about it there. Access to the on-line parts catalogue is available at Specific repair equipment for vehicles dating from the 1960s is available in the same way as the parts.

    BMW Classic is there not only to help the classic customer in practical ways, but also to give advice. The experts suggest repair solutions, give instructions for installation and tips on alternative parts. They help out with detailed data on engine tuning as well as with information on which oil and which grade of fuel the BMW classics require.

    Vehicle authentication: a certificate of authenticity “from the horse’s mouth”.
    In addition to all this, BMW is one of the few manufacturers offering extensive and detailed authentication for classic BMW cars and motorcycles. The certificate gives information on the historical integrity and condition of the classic model. Modifications carried out over the years in the course of repairs or restoration are often difficult to recognise. BMW Classic has the skills to examine historic BMWs and verify how original they are. When drawing up a BMW vehicle authentication, the experts at the BMW Classic Center work closely with their colleagues from the BMW company archive. It is there that important data on a vehicle’s history can be reconstructed. The BMW vehicle authentication is an important tool with which to assess the correct market value of a classic BMW. It gives the client certainty as to the value of his property and serves as a reliable basis for negotiation when buying or selling.

    And even those interested in a possible purchase, but who are still undecided about buying a particular vehicle, can be helped by BMW Classic to make up their mind: in Munich a small number of historic vehicles are available for hire, from the Isetta to the 3.0 CSi and 1802, all the way to the Z1. At the wheel of one of these, you can literally feel the fascination of classic BMW automobiles.

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    WSBK et al. Haslam predicts tought times in Valencia Facts and Figures from Valencia No ride for Tamada in Valencia team previews for Valencia
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    French site is reporting more questions about BMW 17 and if it will even make the grid for the 24 Hours of Lemans. The team is backed by BMW France but a continuing string of problems, most recently missing the March practice rounds for Le Mans, continue to raise doubts about the return of the Roundel to the storied motorcycle version of the endurance event. A sidecar teams gets sponsored by a restaurant named ǣThe Roadkill Caf?

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    HFL + RSV4 Factory = NYPD Aprilia entering large displacement enduro market

    2010 BMW S1000RR MakingOf Haute Couture by Markus Hofmann / More pictures or infos Dr. Frazier Theres no place like Nome BMW G650Xmoto Tweaking the suspension Innocent sausage mown down by police motorcyclist Lets Ride an excellent guide to motorcycling by Hells Angles founder Sonny Barger New faces on Sons of Anarchy

    The old sons and father of anarchy may be back The New American Chopper, motorcycles and answers The fastest ever road-going Ferrari will be unveiled to the public at the Beijing Motor Show

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    Bigger isnt always better or cooler!

    From Motorcycle Picture of the Day

    Once a basket case on a porch in CA, it was built into a show machine by Denny Berg. After 20 years of shows and setting in my office, it is now ready for its first track day 4/25. There will be an antique riding the antique. Fitted with a new front brake, good tires, improved steering, and with some goodies from Syd's in the engine, shes ready to go. I hope to add a fiberglass "jellymold" tank to her shortly..

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    Valencia Superbike free practice 1st session
    1 7 Checa C. (ESP) Ducati 1098R 1'35.154
    2 84 Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 1'35.288
    3 52 Toseland J. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 1'35.598
    4 11 Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 1'35.776
    5 3 Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1'35.794
    6 91 Haslam L. (GBR) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'35.875
    7 65 Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 1'35.881
    8 41 Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 1'36.066
    9 2 Camier L. (GBR) Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1'36.070
    10 66 Sykes T. (GBR) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'36.130
    11 76 Neukirchner M. (GER) Honda CBR1000RR 1'36.187
    12 35 Crutchlow C. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 1'36.199
    13 96 Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098R 1'36.203
    14 50 Guintoli S. (FRA) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'36.254
    15 67 Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 1'36.319
    16 57 Lanzi L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 1'36.350
    17 17 Andrews S. (GBR) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'36.378
    18 111 Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S1000 RR 1'36.447
    19 99 Scassa L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 1'36.807
    20 88 Pitt A. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 1'36.815
    21 95 Hayden R. (USA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'37.169
    22 15 Baiocco M. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'37.764
    23 123 Resch R. (AUT) BMW S1000 RR 1'38.206
    24 32 Morais S. (RSA) Honda CBR1000RR 1'38.370
    25 31 Iannuzzo V. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR 1'39.121

    SuperStock 1000 Cup

    1 86 Badovini A. (ITA) BMW S1000 RR 1'37.823
    2 21 Berger M. (FRA) Honda CBR1000RR 1'38.381
    3 5 Bussolotti M. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR 1'38.425
    4 53 Lammert D. (GER) BMW S1000 RR 1'38.777
    5 65 Baz L. (FRA) Yamaha YZF R1 1'38.814
    6 51 Barragan S. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 1'38.830
    7 11 Tutusaus P. (ESP) KTM 1190 RC8 R 1'38.842
    8 34 Giugliano D. (ITA) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 1'38.843
    9 9 Petrucci D. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'38.920
    10 93 Lussiana M. (FRA) BMW S1000 RR 1'38.922
    11 8 Antonelli A. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR 1'38.945
    12 20 Barrier S. (FRA) BMW S1000 RR 1'39.225
    13 119 Magnoni M. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR 1'39.372
    14 7 M?hr R. (AUT) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 1'39.387
    15 47 La Marra E. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR 1'39.387
    16 69 Jezek O. (CZE) Aprilia RSV4 1000 1'39.392
    17 64 Andric D. (BRA) Honda CBR1000RR 1'40.109
    18 30 Savary M. (SUI) BMW S1000 RR 1'40.198
    19 12 Vivarelli N. (ITA) KTM 1190 RC8 R 1'40.274
    20 99 Leeson C. (RSA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'40.459
    21 14 Baroni L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 1'40.476
    22 91 Walkowiak M. (POL) Honda CBR1000RR 1'40.627
    23 55 Svitok T. (SVK) Honda CBR1000RR 1'40.932
    24 29 Beretta D. (ITA) BMW S1000 RR 1'41.227
    25 66 Stoklosa M. (POL) BMW S1000 RR 1'41.269
    26 89 Salac M. (CZE) Aprilia RSV4 1000 1'41.615
    27 36 Thiriet P. (BRA) Honda CBR1000RR 1'41.622
    28 88 Pedro J. (ESP) Yamaha YZF R1 1'41.673
    29 111 Rosini M. (ITA) KTM 1190 RC8 R 1'42.489
    30 45 Sletten K. (NOR) Yamaha YZF R1 1'43.172
    31 134 Lacalendola R. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 1'43.939

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