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    Hiya John
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    Much more substantive than much of the nonsense floating around recently.
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    The patient (this thread) has a pulse! Hurrah.

    Meanwhile, while it doesn't begin to offer what this thread always has delivered, my humble racing blog has been up and running,

    If I manage to win a seat on the board, we'll put unlimited budget into BRTMR

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    My thoughts for this thread remain a work in progress. Things keep piling up in my inbox and feed monitor. Time to clear some of them out by sharing.

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    Benchmarks are the heart of any good Bench Racing discussion of any topic. Simply put they are a point of reference against which things may be compared or assessed. In March, BMW provided a benchmark that neatly links us to where we left off in November and go forward.

    BMW Group Annual Report 2015

    BMW Group set to remain on course in 2016

    BMW Group driving the transformation of individual mobility with its Strategy NUMBER ONE > Next

    Like most of you, I have not spent much time reading or pondering the 2015 annual report or the related speeches and press releases. For now we have a mark on the bench to measure what BMW gave us to talk about this month.

    March 5th BMW AG released its Q1 Report and statements.

    BMW Group Quarterly Report to 31 March 2016

    BMW Group makes positive start to the year

    Statement by Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Conference Call Quarterly Report to 31 March 2016

    Statement by Dr. Friedrich Eichiner, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Finance, Conference Call Quarterly Report to 31 March 2016

    [i]The creative nonfiction writers at BMW A.G. cast the start as positive; however, the Wall Street Journal was not as enamored as the Munich scribes. ExGMan started a thread titled Wall Street Journal Not Good Numbers for BMW Motorcycles Mentioned which kicked of a good discussion and provided inspiration to increase my post count in this thread.

    In the Q1 Report, when talking about BMW Motorrad Segment, the scribes reference the new strategy and suggests that it is a partial explanation of the Segment’s underperformance.. The strategy refers to the expansion of the BMW product line into the sub 500cc market with the G310R as the first model in this category. This is a big deal for BMW Motorrad but many are skeptical about the plan, its expenses and BMW’s ability to pull it off.

    The day after the WSJ article BMW PressClub put out a press release the sheds much more light on what is being done and hints at why the expenses are high at this time. I’ll take a look at that release in an upcoming post.

    For now, let’s look at some other things in the PressClub that caught my eye.

    International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA) appoints Stephan Schaller as new President.
    The International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association, IMMA, has elected Mr Stephan Schaller as its new President on May 18 2016. The decision was taken by IMMA’s General Assembly hosted by the
    BMW PressClub

    BMW Motorrad USA Welcomes HP Race Support Engineer Steve Weir
    18.05.2016 Press Release
    Woodcliff Lake, NJ – May 18, 2016…BMW Motorrad USA has announced the addition of Steve Weir, a BMW trained and authorized race support engineer, to its HP Race Support Team in the U.S.
    BMW PressClub USA

    BMW Motorrad R 5 Hommage. The Essence of Beauty and Simplicity. Custom meets heritage at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

    Celebrate a glorious journey through time at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este
    Every year thousands of classic vehicle owners and enthusiasts make their way to the shores of Lake Como in northern Italy for the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, the world’s most exclusive heritage event for historic automobiles and motorcycles. Among the rare and priceless displays of automotive exotica on show every year are some of the most exclusive BMW bikes and cars ever created, from ...
    BMW Motorrad News

    FWIW - Above,click through to the main article and to see how it features concept motorcycles of the past and teases for the future. The BMW bagger concept is shown again. In recent years a production model has followed the year after the concept has been shown.

    Below is the cage release for the event.

    Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2016 combines tradition and modernity.
    BMW Group Classic and the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este present a journey through time on the shores of Lake Como from 20th to 22nd May 2016, covering different eras of mobility +++ The motto “Back to the Future – the Journey continues” creates the arc between the initial years of the event to the present day
    BMW Group PressClub Global /

    Tradition as inspiration. The BMW Group’s Hommage vehicles come together for the first time at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2016.
    Munich/Cernobbio. With BMW’s centenary headline “The Next 100 Years” in mind, the BMW Group is bringing together, for the first time, the full line-up of Hommage vehicles unveiled over recent years. They will be joined on display at a special exhibition titled “Hommage and Concept Vehicles” in the Padiglione Centrale at Villa Erba by the models from the past that inspired them.
    BMW Group PressClub Global /

    BMW 2002 Hommage. 50 years of pure driving pleasure.
    Munich/Cernobbio. The BMW Group has created a very special car for this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este to pay tribute to one of the most significant models in its history. First and foremost, the BMW 2002 Hommage celebrates the extraordinary feats of engineering behind the BMW 2002 turbo – and re-imagines them as a design study for our times.
    BMW Group PressClub Global /

    Vincent Lonbois takes the lead in the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy – BMW racers claim seven wins and a total of 21 podiums for the BMW S 1000 RR on one weekend.
    BMW S 1000 RR riders are successful in several racing series: A double win and five out of six podium finishes at the North West 200, a double one-two-three in the International Road Racing Championship, three victories and several podiums in the Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship and also podium finishes in the Italian Superbike Championship and the Malaysia Superbike Championship.
    BMW Group PressClub Global

    BMW Unveils Team USA Racing Wheelchair for Rio 2016 Paralympic Games
    Woodcliff Lake, NJ – April 27, 2016… BMW of North America, the Official Mobility Partner of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), today announced the official unveil of its new racing wheelchair designed for the U.S. Paralympics Track and Field Team. BMW designers are working in close collaboration with Team USA athletes and coaches to design and develop the racing wheelchair which is set to make its competitive debut at the Rio 2016 Paralympic ...
    BMW PressClub USA

    Four Stages, 1000 Miles and BMW 328:
    BMW Group Classic at the [url=[Mille Miglia 2016[/url]
    BMW PressClub Global

    More about previous years from the BMW PressClub Archives

    Tradition-swathed route, legendary sports car, historic triumphs.

    BMW Group Classic turns the spotlight on motor sport legends spanning nine decades.

    Historic trio gears up for a big ride. BMW Group Classic in the Mille Miglia 2014: BMW 328, BMW 507 and BMW Isetta at the start.

    1,000 miles of fascination: The BMW 328 in the Mille Miglia 2013. BMW Group Classic results.

    The BMW 328: Driving to victory for 75 years. BMW Group Classic at the 2013 Mille Miglia.

    1000 Miles on Four Wheels.+++BMW Classic at the Mille Miglia 2012.

    The BMW 328 turns 75

    BMW at the Mille Miglia 2011

    On the street

    New BMW G 310 R Launching 2016
    The motorcycle market is becoming more complex by the new tastes of motorists and increasing competition. This sometimes requires manufacturers like BMW Motorrad decisions as the launch of his BMW G 310 R 2016. A motorcycle controversial within the range of the German manufacturer and therefore needs an additional promotional video to explain its features. He would arrive in October at the Spain t
    Bikes Doctor / by Rana Israr

    Google patents ‘sticky bonnet’ solution for driverless cars hitting pedestrians (and bikers, we assume)
    Check out this new patent from Google (and no, we’re not making this up) for a semi-collapsing front end of a car that’s covered in super sticky glue. The idea is that when the firm’s driverless cars have an incident with pedestrians, wildlife, cyclists or motorcyclists (we assume) the front end of the car absorbs some of the impact force and a sticky glue that’s then released ‘catches’ the pe
    MoreBikes /

    Startup Elio Motors, supplier Linamar team up to build engines
    Startup car company Elio Motors and Canadian supplier Linamar said today they formed a partnership to produce engines for Elio's three-wheeled vehicle.
    Automotive News Breaking News Feed /

    Triumph Was Top-Selling European Brand In North American Market In April
    TRIUMPH DEALER’S RECORD RETAIL SUCCESS MAKES BRAND THE #1 EUROPEAN MARQUE IN APRILThe new Bonneville Family helps deliver market-leading growth for Triumph DealersATLANTA – Thanks to the incredible hard work of ... /

    2016 BMW R nineT | Buyer’s Guide
    2016 BMW R nineT | Motorcycle Buyer’s Guide 2016 BMW R nineT BMW is a company with a reputation that is both staid and, conversely, unconventional. Every once in a while, BMW comes up with a surprise, and the R nineT fits the bill. A pure, bare-knuckle roadster with its air-cooled motor and gobs of torque, the nineT is positioned to tap into the highly popular retro market. Fairly stripped down fo
    Ultimate MotorCycling / by Don Williams /

    HARLEY-DAVIDSON issued a recall on the DYNA LOW RIDER model
    On certain motorcycles, the ignition switch may become damaged internally due to engine induced vibration. This could cause an unintended change in ignition switch position while driving, resulting in loss of engine...
    Transport Canada - Motor Vehicle Safety Recalls /


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    BMW Motorrad R 5 Hommage. The Essence of Beauty and Simplicity. Custom meets heritage at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.
    80 years ago, BMW presented the R 5 to the international public - an exciting new technological development that was to influence motorcycle construction right through to the 1950s. Inspired by the factory racing machine, it was one of the groundbreaking sports motorbikes of the late 1930s. To mark the 80th anniversary of the BMW R 5, BMW Motorrad is honouring this icon at the Concorso d’Eleganza
    BMW Group PressClub Canada /

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    Thank you! Something to read!!!
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    BR&TMR - Tuesday Reader 31 May 2016

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    BMW issued a recall on the X5, and X6 models
    Certain vehicles may have been manufactured with defective front driveshaft universal joint seals, which could allow water and/or dirt to enter the universal joint, causing accelerated wear and/or corrosion, and...
    Transport Canada - Motor Vehicle Safety Recalls /

    Great top-five lockout for the BMW S 1000 RR in the BSB Superstock class and a podium in the Superbike class – BMW racer Danilo Lewis is victorious again in Brazil.
    Taylor MacKenzie, Ian Hutchinson, Joshua Elliott, Michael Rutter and Alex Olsen take the first five places in the Superstock race at Brands Hatch, while Richard Cooper celebrates another podium in the BSB Superbike class – Dominant win for the BMW S 1000 RR in Sao Paulo.
    BMW Group PressClub Global /

    BMW i Ventures Announces Strategic Investment in Scoop
    NEW YORK – May 25, 2016…BMW i Ventures has announced a strategic investment in Scoop Technologies, Inc., creators of the carpooling mobile application “Scoop”. Since launching in August 2015, Scoop commuters have taken more than 40,000 trips, offsetting nearly 500,000 in commute mileage for riders. Originally launched in Pleasanton, CA, Scoop now also operates commute trips into San Francisco, Pal
    BMW Group PressClub USA /

    FWIW: Cage manufactures are morphing.

    Once they defined themselves purely as manufactures of cages. Their worth and success was measured in units produced and delivered. Unit sales and ownership business models based on units morphed as leasing was thrown into the mix involving manufactures in managing more of the life stream of the units they produced to make a profit. Yet, this business model was based in the unit production model. Cage companies continued to see themselves as manufacturers. Changes in technology and models for ownership have been leading them to rethink how they see themselves.

    The move from ICE cages to new propulsion models has increased leasing as a way to overcome early adoption fears, increase sales and create a market for their new cages. Further technology developments, along with changes in how consumers view their vehicle needs has pushed manufacturing companies to reassess their business models. The result is a growing shift from pure manufacturing models to seeing their companies as “transportation companies”. Manufacturing remains a major component of the business model but it is part of a model that focuses on the delivery of transportation modes rather than unit volumes.

    What this means for the two wheeled world remains to be seen. It would be easy to be a harbinger of doom when thinking about this shift. Still, there are a number of scenarios in which this could bring new life into a two wheeled world willing to morph in ways to take advantage of opportunities created by the cage paradigm shift.

    Abigail Reynolds is awarded the next BMW Art Journey. British artist to visit lost libraries of the Silk Road.
    Munich/Basel. Art Basel and BMW are pleased to present British artist Abigail Reynolds (represented by ROKEBY, London) as the next BMW Art Journey winner. The international jury selected her unanimously from a shortlist of three artists whose works were exhibited in the Discoveries sector at this year’s Art Basel show in Hong Kong.
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    BMW Motorsport and Akrapovič step up their partnership.
    Two strong partners are moving closer together: Slovenian company Akrapovič will continue to support BMW Motorsport as Official Partner, and will significantly expand its long-term commitment over the coming years.
    BMW Group PressClub Global /


    Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (ETR:BMW) Given Average Rating of "Hold" by Analysts
    Bayerische Motoren Werke AG has received an average rating of "Hold" from the twenty-two brokerages that are currently covering the stock. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and ten have given a buy rating to the company.]American Banking News via Motorcycle News[/url]

    BMW S1000XR Project Bike Gets Brighter Lights, Improved Luggage Mount
    MC Garage The Long-Term XR gets a few minor tweaks before the 18K service. Long-Term Update: The XR gets a few minor tweaks before the 18K service.
    Motorcyclist / by Marc Cook /

    My bike: 2011 BMW R1200RT review
    Anthony (on the right) with the ‘New Forest Motorcyclists’. The spec: Owner: Anthony Greenwood Price paid: £14,100 (with extras) Spec: 110bhp/85lb-ft Kerb weight: 259kg Tank: 27 litres Seat: 820mm Miles on clock: 8160 Average mpg: 45-59mpg Current tyres: Michelin Pilot Road 4 I bought the RT brand new in Spring 2011 from Cannon BMW in Witham – they offered me a good deal as I wanted quite a few
    MoreBikes /

    First ride BMW C650GT and C650 Sport review
    The C650 Sport is on the left, with the GT on the right The C650Gt might be large but it handles well... .. as does the Sport, which is more agile than the GT Both bikes share the same clocks, which are clear, full of information and easy to read LAST NIGHT I was riding down the M1. It was dark and raining, and I was 100 miles from home. Normally, a rain
    [url=] Visordown / by Simon Greenacre /[/’url]

    The Complete Book of BMW Motorcycles Review | Ian Falloon
    The Complete Book of BMW Motorcycles-Every Model Since 1923 covers not just the full range of models, but racing history, personalities, design points and specifications - all within 288 beautiful pages. The post The Complete Book of BMW Motorcycles Review | Ian Falloon appeared first on Ultimate MotorCycling.
    Ultimate MotorCycling / by Gary Ilminen /

    Volkswagen, BMW opt for Thai offices
    Noshir Desai , Volkswagen's procurement general manager for Asean, listens to speakers at a networking event of the Thai European Business Association in Pattaya. Volkswagen and BMW are siting parts-buying offices in Thailand.a < Two German carmakers, Volkswagen and BMW, will set up international purchasing offices in Thailand to procure auto parts to serve operations worldwide.
    Bangkok Post via Motorcycle News /

    Polaris in the MV Agusta Acquisition Mix?
    If you believe the rumors coming out of Italy, Polaris is poised to save acquire ailing motorcycle manufacturer MV Agusta. We have documented MV Agusta’s precarious financial troubles already in great detail, and how MV Agusta CEO Giovanni Castiglioni is between a rock and a hard place with his main […]The post Polaris in the MV Agusta Acquisition Mix? appeared first on Asphalt & Rubber.
    Asphalt & Rubber » Asphalt & Rubber / by Jensen Beeler /

    The helmet that calls an ambulance if you get knocked out
    WE'VE already seen that BMW is introducing an automatic system to call emergency services on some of its bikes next year but now a Thai innovation is hoping to achieve similar results from a newly-designed helmet.In some ways the ‘Helpmet’ seems a brighter idea than the self-reporting BMW. While the bike will automatically report accidents beyond a certain severity regardless of rider injuries, the Helpmet concept is to automatically call medics only if it’s subjected to impacts hard enough to result in unconsciousness.It basically incorporates the guts of a basic smartphone, in
    Visordown /

    Open-Face Riding Helmets For Under $200
    Gear MC Picks: 6 Helmets That Let The World See Those Bugs In Your Teeth MC Picks 6 New Open-Face Motorcycle Riding Helmets…
    Motorcyclist / by Motorcyclist Staff...

    Bring your translator -
    BMW Bike-in-the-Box
    Export-Motorräder in EinzelteilenNach Brasilien und Thailand exportiert BMW seine Motorräder nicht am Stück, sondern als Bausätze. Und diese werden aus dem ostbayerischen Wackersdorf versandt - nicht etwa aus Berlin, wo das Motorradwerk steht. Bleibt die Frage: Warum das alles? ... > weiter
    MOTORRAD: neue Artikel / by info@motorradonli... /

    HeliBars Handlebar Risers - New Products
    News HeliBars Tour Performance Handlebar Riders for all BMW K1600 Motorcycles HeliBars introduced its new Tour Performance Handlebar Risers for BMW K1600s that repositions their bars 1/2-inch higher than stock and bring hand grips 1-3/4-inch…
    Sport Rider RSS Feed / by Powersports Press... /

    When aerospace-specialists develop a motorcycle instead of spaceships!
    Us gearheads are quick to throw each new bike (and their riders) into a specific category – oh, it’s a supersport with squid appeal… or, it’s a cafe racer only a hipster could appreciate. On a very rare occasion, something totally un-categorizeable presents itself and leaves everyone wondering, who’s going to ride that?! The Light Rider is one of these occasions. The first of its kind, this design’s premiere feature is a 3D printed frame. Bionic algorithms define the organic frame structure using design principles found in nature. This aerospace-approved approach gives the motorcycle superb st
    Yanko Design /

    Dramatic changes for UK motoring predicted with autonomous cars
    New report forecasts a 95% reduction in car ownership and significant improvements in journey efficiency The UK could see a 95% reduction in car ownership if it adopts autonomous cars on a mass scale, according to a new report published by industry specialist Vendigita.Its findings also predict that an expansive network of self-driving vehicles could see drivers’ annual expenditure decrease by 90
    Autocar RSS Feed /

    Motorcycle Riding Denim
    Motorcycle Gear 5 Pairs Of The Best Protective / Stylish Riding Jeans Out There These motorcycle riding jeans blend the protection you need and the style you demand.
    Baggers / by John Mata Jr.

    Motorcycle Deaths Up 10% in 2015 | Fatalities from Crashes Top 5,000
    With much attribution to lack of helmets, and riding while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) reports that more than 5,000 motorcyclists were killed in 2015, which represents an estimated 10-percent increase over 2014. The post Motorcycle Deaths Up 10% in 2015 | Fatalities from Crashes Top 5,000 appeared first on Ultimate MotorCycling.
    Ultimate MotorCycling / by Ron Lieback

    2017 Kawasaki H2 GT drawings from Japan confirm Morebikes patent story from February
    2017 Kawasaki H2 GT drawings from Japan confirm Morebikes patent story from February. Top Japanese motorcycle magazine YoungMachine has just appeared with this amazing illustration on the cover of the next generation Kawasaki H2 – called the GT. The H2 GT is the latest on our story from February 9 this year when we uncovered a patent drawing from Kawasaki. You can see that story HERE This is the

    Heading into the core of the riding season this is well known information form most that may serve as a reminder to all.

    Don't Let Drizzle Spoil Your Ride
    Tips and tech Deconstructing Drizzle Don't let a few drops spoil your ride. Here's some tips for riding in the pesky drizzle.
    81 Motorcycle Cruiser

    Mick Doohan to host all-star TV bike show
    A two-wheel equivalent of the popular Top Gear could soon be hitting TV screens with five-time world champion Mick Doohan as host, supported by Charley Boorman and supermodel Kate Peck. It’s called Bike Torque and the producers are seeking $500,000 to film a pilot and $6.5m for the first season of 13 episodes. Supermodel Kate Peck Producers plan to include a stellar line-up of guests including Tom Cruise, Eric Bana, Justin Timberlake, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, George Clooney, Pink, David Beckham, Clint Eastwood, Ryan Gosling, Ewan McGregor, Ryan Reynolds, John Travolta, Hugh Lau
    Motorbike Writer /

    Next Generation, Liquid-Cooled Harley-Davidson XG750R Flat Tracker Breaks Cover At AMA Pro Springfield Mile
    MILWAUKEE, WI – May 26, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – A new-generation Harley-Davidson® flat-track motorcycle is ready to race. The Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle® Factory Team is unleashing the XG750R, its first all-new flat track race bike in 44 years, to battle in fierce, adrenaline-filled competition on dirt ovals across the U.S. The XG750R will make its official competition debut Sunday
    motorsportsnewswire / by Motor Sports News... /

    Electric Avenue: 30 Days of Commuting on the 2016 Zero DSR
    Lifestyle There and back again, and again, and again. With a 90-mile round-trip commute to work, I asked Zero Motorcycles to loan me its new DSR for a month. My objective? Find out at

    DARPA shows off two hybrid motorcycles for special forces
    In 2014, the US government's shadowy DARPA research division launched a competition to design a special forces-spec motorcycle . Now, the two finalists from the competition are on display at the National Defense Industrial Association's Special Operations Forces Industry Conference in Tampa, FL. via Motorcycle News

    Report: Mahindra looking to buy British marques
    Mahindra is allegedly thinking about purchasing Norton or BSA.
    CMG News / by Zac Kurylyk /

    Product Review: Scorpion Yosemite Jacket and Pants
    Motorcycle touring gear is almost always an exercise in compromise. If something is designed to be all-season it’s nearly always too hot for the middle of summer. That’s why I prefer three-season gear, as it’s a middle ground between versatility and comfort. The Yosemite jacket and pants from Scorpion are a fine example. Even with […]
    RoadRUNNER Motorcycle Touring & Travel Magazine / by RoadRUNNER

    Touratech Adventure Dry Bag Review
    Touratech and Ortlieb partner to create a line of heavy-duty waterproof luggage. / by rss@webbikeworld.... /

    Bike Candy

    Take your translator and head over to the Bergamo Historic Gran Prix article by for some vintiage Bike, Racing Cage and Cage Candy.

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    Is that the same XR (Marc Cook) that is currently gracing the cover of ON?
    I have not opened the mag, yet.
    Always a pleasure to awaken and find a post here, John
    Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by wezul View Post
    Is that the same XR (Marc Cook) that is currently gracing the cover of ON?
    I have not opened the mag, yet.
    Always a pleasure to awaken and find a post here, John
    Thank you
    Thank you

    I don't know. As a newly renewed member I have yet to get ON and have not sorted out the front page login.

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    Tuesday Reader: 7 June 2016

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    Keeping the past alive
    Sebastian Gutsch is a familiar face in the classic scene with several decades of experience in restoring and racing old BMW bikes. An enthusiast and authority on pre-war BMW boxers, Sebastian can often be found at events, such as the Goodwood Revival or Manx Grand Prix, where historically important bikes are taken to be raced, and not just looked at. ...
    1 BMW Motorrad News /

    In the promised land of the off-roader
    It is quite simply the endurance paradise: South America. Every off-roader should have been there at least once. Participants of the GS World Tour crossed the diverse continent from Bogotá to Cuszo and on to Santiago de Chile, and immersed themselves in the majestic Andes landscape. Lasting impressions from beyond the tourist paths. ...
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    BMW Riders Who Register For Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride By June 15 To Receive Free Gift
    Woodcliff Lake, NJ – June 1, 2016…BMW riders who register to participate in a leg or the whole route of the upcoming Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride by June 15, will receive a free gift from the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America (MOA). The three-week cross-country motorcycle adventure for women, presented by BMW Motorrad USA, commemorates the 100th anniversary of Adeline and Augusta Van Buren’
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    Raffaele De Rosa re-takes the lead in the 2016 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy ahead of Benjamin Colliaux – Successful weekend for the BMW S 1000 RR with six wins and 18 podium finishes.
    Many changes in the top positions of the 2016 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy – BMW Motorrad Motorsport racers celebrate success in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, the Superstock class of the British Superbike Championship, the FIM CEV Superbike European Championship, the French Superbike Championship, the French European Bikes Championship and the Canadian Superbike Championship.
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    DTM meets GT racing and motorcycle racing: "Family get-together" of BMW Motorsport programmes at the Lausitzring.
    At the Motorsport Festival at the Lausitzring (DE), the DTM will compete in a joint event with the ADAC GT Masters and the SUPERBIKE*IDM. Together, these series stage one of the racing highlights of the year for fans on German soil. BMW is strongly represented on all three stages. So the Lausitzring is an opportunity for a real “family get-together” of BMW's racing programmes.
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    Motorsport Festival at the Lausitzring: BMW Motorsport Juniors Krohn and Delétraz in the points in the BMW M6 GT3.
    BMW Motorsport Juniors Jesse Krohn (FI) and Louis Delétraz (CH) were part of this weekend’s Motorsport Festival at the Lausitzring (DE), where they appeared in the ADAC GT Masters at the wheel of the number 20 Schubert Motorsport BMW M6 GT3.
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    Wittmann best-placed BMW driver again in Sunday’s race at the Lausitzring – Three BMW M4 DTMs in the top ten.
    Marco Wittmann (DE) followed up his fourth place in Saturday’s race with another impressive display on Sunday at the Lausitzring (DE). He finished sixth at the wheel of the Red Bull BMW M4 DTM in race two.
    1 BMW Group PressClub Global /

    BMW Motorsport News – Issue 21/16.
    Marco Wittmann moves into second in the DTM Drivers’ Championship – BMW Team Teo Martín wins again in the International GT Open.
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    BMW i8 wins Engine of the Year Award 2016. The plug-in hybrid drive system powering the BMW i8 tops its class for the second year running in the world’s leading engine competition.
    Munich / Stuttgart. Following its overall victory and two class wins in last year’s International Engine of the Year Awards, the drive system powering the BMW i8 has once again triumphed in its class – the 1.4-litre to 1.8-litre displacement category – in this year’s competition.
    1 BMW Group PressClub Portugal /

    Fast online and on the track: amplus AG becomes Official Partner of BMW Motorsport.
    amplus AG is the new Official Partner of BMW Motorsport in the DTM.
    1 BMW Group PressClub Portugal /

    Company News

    BMW as official partner of Art Basel 2016. BMW Art & Design Talk with Cao Fei and Karim Habib.
    Basel. From June 16 to 19, the Swiss edition of Art Basel offers again extensive insights into the work of over 4.000 artists, presented by more than 280 leading galleries from all over the world. As long-term global partner of the shows in Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong, BMW again enables the comprehensive shuttle service for VIP guests this year and hosts an art and design talk as well a rece
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    A small fleet of electric BMW motorbikes and cars for the Jubilee of Mercy in the Extraordinary Holy Year 2015-2016
    The official ceremony to hand over a small fleet of BMW electric vehicles took place in the Vatican, in the presence of His Excellency Archbishop Rino Fisichella
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    Highway safety expert Dr. Adrian Lund receives the “BMW Vehicle Safety Lifetime Achievement Award”.
    BMW Group honours the scientist and president of the American testing institute IIHS for his long-term commitment in the field of passenger protection and accident prevention.
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    BMW Group Canada appoints new Director, Corporate Communications
    Appointment effective immediately.
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    BMW Group Canada achieves highest sales result in its 30 year history.
    BMW Group Canada (BMW and MINI brands combined) reported sales of 4,535 vehicles in May, representing an increase of +2 per cent over May, 2015. With sales of 17,732 vehicles year-to-date, the company is up +7.4 per cent over the same period in 2015 and achieves the highest ever monthly sales result.
    1 BMW Group PressClub Canada /

    BMW Group U.S. Reports May 2016 Sales
    Woodcliff Lake, NJ – June 1, 2016… Sales of BMW brand vehicles decreased 6.4 percent in May for a total of 29,017 compared to 31,003 vehicles sold in May, 2015. Year-to-date, BMW brand is down 8.7 percent on sales of 124,581 compared to 136,447 sold in the first five months of 2015.
    1 BMW Group PressClub USA /

    Indian Artist Sudarshan Shetty To Join The Rolls-Royce Art Programme
    Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is delighted to announce that Sudarshan Shetty will be the next artist to be commissioned for the Rolls-Royce Art Programme. Shetty is one of the most renowned Indian artists of his generation and is acclaimed for his artistic practice, which includes enigmatic sculptural installations that reflect on urban contemporary life.
    4 Rolls-Royce Motor Cars PressClub /

    “Residual Value Giants” 2016: two wins and top rankings for MINI.
    Two wins, a second place and a third place for the British original in the latest study on which models offer the most lasting value in the German market. “Focus Online” publishes the current ranking.
    1 BMW Group PressClub Portugal /


    Bmw ( 16v364000 )
    Dated: MAY 25, 2016 BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2007-2011 X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i and X5M vehicles, 2009-2011 X5 xDrive35d vehicles, 2008-2011 X6 xDrive3...
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    KTM issued a recall on the 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE model
    1 Transport Canada - Motor Vehicle Safety Recalls /

    DUCATI issued a recall on the 1199 SUPERLEGGERA model
    1 Transport Canada - Motor Vehicle Safety Recalls /

    POLARIS issued a recall on the RZR 900, RZR 4 900, and RZR S 900 models
    Transport Canada - Motor Vehicle Safety Recalls /

    DUCATI issued a recall on the XDIAVEL S model
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    Harley-Davidson ( 16v283000 )
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    Motorrad- On the Street and Track

    ON THE RECORD: David Robb, Former BMW Design Chief - Part 1
    Making the jump from four wheels to two.
    By Gaz Boulanger

    ON THE RECORD: David Robb, Former BMW Design Chief - Part 2
    Learning to fly.
    By Gaz Boulanger

    ON THE RECORD: David Robb, Former BMW Design Chief - Part 3
    Lifestyle Family, Rock & Roll, and finally building a fleet. David Robb was famously design director for BMW’s motorcycle division between 1993 and 2012. Check out part 3 of 3 at
    57 Cycle World / by Gaz Boulanger /

    Will Kawasaki replace W800 with W900?
    Kawasaki W800 Finale Edition Will Kawasaki introduce a water-cooled W900 now that tougher new European emissions laws have killed off the retro air-cooled W800? Kawasaki Motors Europe has announced that 2016 will be the final year for W800 and they are releasing a “Final Edition” model. The limited edition W800 will come in a Candy Brown/Sunset Orange paint scheme that is reminiscent of the origin
    29 Motorbike Writer / by Mark Hinchliffe /

    Video: Michelin and Harley-Davidson made a film together – and here it is
    Here’s an odd bit of marketing from the tyre giants at Michelin and the people at Harley-Davidson – and it’s in the form of a pretty high-production-values movie that’s a way to kill some time. It’s called The Gift, it’s about a father and sons and stuff – and it involves motorcycles. Umm… other than that we’re out of stuff to say. Michelin says something itself about the passion for biking bein
    5 MoreBikes /

    KTM MotoGP Development Team Enjoys Good Weather, More Progress At Brno
    Following four weeks of development work, the KTM MotoGP Factory Racing Team returned to Brno on Wednesday and Thursday to complete the fifth test on this year’s program. As in the previous test in Misano, test rider Mika Kallio (FIN) and Karel Ab...
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    Scorpion rolls out flip-up dual sport helmet
    Scorpion EXO-AT950 will come in at KLR-friendly price when it hits market.
    24 CMG News / by Zac Kurylyk / 4

    Polaris in talks with MV Agusta
    American ATV and motorcycle manufacturer Polaris is currently in talks with MV Agusta to buy a major share in the Italian sportsbike manufacturer. The preliminary talks have been confirmed by none other than MV Agusta President and CEO Giovanni Castiglioni in an interview with US magazine Cycle News. Polaris developed Victory Motorcycles in 1998, bought Indian Motorcycle in 2011, acquired Brammo
    22 Motorbike Writer / by Mark Hinchliffe /

    Why don’t bike shops stock extreme sizes?
    Are you an extreme size – short, tall, skinny or large – but still want to ride a motorcycle? Unfortunately, you are out of luck as few stores stock these extreme sizes. A former motorcycle gear distributor says it’s purely a commercial decision. It costs money to buy the stock and have it sit in the store on the off-chance that an overly large or small rider will buy it. He suggests that for lar
    24 Motorbike Writer / by Mark Hinchliffe /

    The Right Way to Tie Down and Transport Your Motorcycle
    Tips and tech Fit to be tied down Although you would most likely rather ride your motorcycle than transport it using the truck bed or trailer, sometimes trailering just has to happen. Here's a guide on…
    500+ Motorcycle Cruiser / by Andrew Cherney /

    The Everyday Messenger Bag
    The Everyday Messenger BagThe perfect photography bag a thing that’s genuinely hard to come by, largely because each photographer has different needs and different gear. Peak Design decided to take up the challenge of designing one that would be perfect for everyone to use everyday.The Everyday Messenger Bag comes in either 13″ or 15″ sizes, your choice would likely be directly related to your lap
    1 Silodrome / by James McBride /

    Lane Splitting in California | Bill AB 51 Amended
    The California Lane Splitting bill AB 51 has been amended in its purest from, or rather, what we know it to be as of now – simply riding between cars. The post Lane Splitting in California | Bill AB 51 Amended appeared first on Ultimate MotorCycling.
    500+ Ultimate MotorCycling / by Nic de Sena /

    Countersteering: It's still raining
    When I get to the gym today, someone will say something like, "Aren't on your bike today, huh?" It's not really a question; it's a statement. There's just a touch of irony in the voice.
    3 Motorcycle News /

    Keanu Reeves working on second motorcycle
    Hollywood actor Keanu Reeves is working on his second motorcycle after the successful release of his first project the KRGT-1. His company, Arch Motorcycle Company, has just released the above video of the bike which recently passed its emissions tests with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the Environmental Protection Agency to be legal in all 50 of the United States. Surprisingly, t
    400+ Motorbike Writer / by Mark Hinchliffe /

    Motorcycle Riding Fatigue
    Touring The toll a body takes from riding Peter Jones' take on the beating a body takes from all the miles he's logged.
    100+ Baggers / by Peter Jones /

    Interview with Daniëlle Boelens of the Riding Reporters: Two Women Tackle South America
    Two Dutch journalists, Daniëlle Boelens and Irene Wouters, decided to undertake an epic adventure—to ride motorcycles across South America. Calling themselves the Riding Reporters, they’re reporting on and raising funds for five projects in six different South American countries. In the midst of this epic journey, Boelens took time to catch up with RoadRUNNER. […]
    19 RoadRUNNER Motorcycle Touring & Travel Magazine /

    The Dirt on Riding Unpaved Roads
    Even a large touring bike can be at home on unpaved roads when proper technique is applied. It’s the end of the road for many. But it’s just the beginning for those who are comfortable and confident when the pavement ends and gravel or hard-packed dirt begins. Why is it we get so uptight when things get loose underfoot (or under tire, as it were)? Because things feel a little weird and unfamiliar
    4 Rider Magazine / by jsmith /

    Tour Master Transition Series 4 Review | Simple & Effective
    I have worn the Transition Series 3 jacket extensively, and am happy to report that the fourth edition feels particularly suited to me. The post Tour Master Transition Series 4 Review | Simple & Effective appeared first on Ultimate MotorCycling.
    1 Ultimate MotorCycling / by Don Williams /

    Bell Helmets To Test Its Pro Star With 360fly 360-Degree Camera At 2016 Isle of Man TT
    News Johnson, Dunlop and Cretu Will Test Ground-Breaking 360-Degree Integrated Helmet Camera At World’s Most Daunting Road Race Racers Will Test Ground-Breaking 360-Degree Integrated Helmet Camera At World’s Most Daunting Road Race…
    1K Motorcyclist / by News /

    Cages- On the Street and Track

    Over Half the World’s MINI’s Are Boys, Most Named Marvin
    The world’s first ever MINI census was held this year and the results are in. The guys behind the MINI World Live event that will be held at the Rockingham Motor Speedway, Northants, on July 10, 2016 in the UK now have a better grasp on what people call their cars and whether they are boys or girls. According to their results “51% of the world’s Mini population is male, 35% are female and 14% are
    6 Bmw Blog / by Gabriel Nica /

    Goodridge – Fluid transfer solutions
    Promotion Goodridge, the world’s foremost manufacturers of braided fluid transfer systems, is a name closely associated around the world with Motorsport and top-tier automotive tuning. Established in 1969, Goodridge has developed from a single seat race team to a global leader. Operating in the OEM automotive, motorcycle and defence industries and their aftermarkets, liaising directly with motorsp
    1 Racecar Engineering / by James Dobson /

    Morgan’s Wooden Three-Wheeler Is the Eccentric’s Electric
    The EV3 is an eccentric contribution to the auto industry's shift away from internal combustion engine. The post Morgan's Wooden Three-Wheeler Is the Eccentric's Electric appeared first on WIRED.
    500+ WIRED / by Alex Davies /

    Mercedes-Benz USA Reports May Sales Of 32,567
    ATLANTA, GA – June 2, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported May sales of 29,299 vehicles, down 1.0% for the month. Mercedes-Benz Vans reported 2,848 units, and smart reported 420 units for the month, bringing MBUSA grand total to 32,567 vehicles for the month and 149,167 sold year-to-date. “Sales continue at a steady pace in the second-quarter,” said Dietmar Ex
    2 motorsportsnewswire / by Motor Sports News... /

    Porsche Reports May 2016 Sales
    U.S. Porsche dealers sell 4,578 vehicles in May ATLANTA, GA – June 2, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), importer and distributor in the United States of Porsche 911, Boxster, and Cayman sports cars, Macan and Cayenne SUVs, and the Panamera four-door sports sedan line-up, today announced May 2016 sales of 4,578 vehicles, up 7.3 percent compared to May 2015. I
    2 motorsportsnewswire / by Motor Sports News... /

    Mercedes-Benz ahead of BMW and Lexus in May U.S. luxury sales
    Mercedes-Benz outsold BMW and Leuxs in the U.S. in May, thanks to continued demand for its sport utility vehicles. Deliveries of Mercedes-Benz cars and trucks slid 1 percent from a year earlier to 29,299, but the Bavarians posted a 64 percent gain for its GLC and GLK SUVs. BMW’s sales in the U.S. in May were down 6.4 percent to 29,017 and Lexus’ sales declined 10 percent to 26,682. SUV sales conti
    18 Bmw Blog / by Horatiu Boeriu /


    BMW Motorrad is running a certified used program in the United Kingdom and seven other countries. Check out the thread over in Motorrad or just go directly to the UK site.

    You can use NW1 for the postal code on the search form. Holmes and Watson would if they were in the market for a used BMW Motorrad. Yes this is a shameful, self promoting cross post but this thread averages 3000+ views a week now while the Motorrad forum thread has picked up less than a tenth of that. This could be an alternative way for members traveling long term to Europe or Japan to pick up a long term ride at a better price.

    US Army Distributes Smart Earplugs That Dial Down Loud Sounds And Amplify Quiet Noises
    The U.S. Army has distributed smart earplugs called the Tactical Communication and Protective System, or TCAPS, which assists soldiers to listen effectively on the field. The TCAPS costs $2,000 and the Army has distributed 20,000 units to soldiers.
    2 Tech Times : Top News /

    Utah Man Claims To Discover Fossilized Bigfoot Skull While Hiking
    A man in Utah says he has found a skull of a Bigfoot during one of his hikes in the Ogden Canyon. He also claims to have seen the creatures alive once or twice in his lifetime.
    90 Tech Times : Top News /

    Build A Bamboo Bike In Under 5 Hours
    Do you remember Bamboobee? The regrettably-named company first released a jig and bamboo tube set back in 2014, promising to make the DIY-minded bike lover into a bona fide bike builder. It featured a flat packing jig with a cool design, but I had reservations about the frame sizing, as well as lowering the bar for entry into building machines used in traffic...or unleashed on innocent bike mechan
    73 Core77 /


    BMW Motorrad Concept Lac Rose. An exclusive interpretation of the legendary Paris-Dakar rallye bike for the Wheels & Waves Festival.
    Exciting custom bikes, real characters, the Atlantic coast, arts and music – that is what Wheels & Waves is all about. Within a period of only five years, the festival near Biarritz has become the epitome of a unique type of motorcycle culture. The deeply engrained passion for motorcycles, both on behalf of organisers and visitors, has made Wheels & Waves a legendary event within a very s
    1 BMW Group PressClub Global /
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    If I manage to win a seat on the board, we'll put unlimited budget into BRTMR
    I wish you great luck, as I've had no luck in getting this thread *at least* a link from the home page (and in an eMOA newsletter, and in a blog) ever since it began.

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    Originally Posted by chaseh
    If I manage to win a seat on the board, we'll put unlimited budget into BRTMR

    I wish you great luck, as I've had no luck in getting this thread *at least* a link from the home page (and in an eMOA newsletter, and in a blog) ever since it began.


    I started doing The Morning Reads, the predecessor to this thread, a decade ago. The forum was much smaller in membership and number of sub-forums. The thread is in the Campfire sub-forum because this is the sub-forum that has always been open to members and visitors alike. I wanted to give members something to read and talk about, and in that process maybe attract some new people to the association.

    There have been three issues of The Tuesday Reader weekly format. The first two received about 3400 views each. I will leave it to you and others to decide what that means in penetration of membership and attracting new participants.

    My intent is to continue with and refine this format for the remainder of the year. Racing coverage was the killer in the past. I hope to do more. I am not certain what that means. I love F1(the 2009 F1 thread is the 9th most viewed thread in Campfire), WSBK and grew to like MotoGP again. I would be happy to have others share the thread with me and take over race coverage in 2017.

    I had the wonderful opportunity to have a column in ON and its related credit on the masthead. I left because of a failing family business and the fact I never synced up with the schedule for columns. I have written numerous pieces for the newsletter but have never seen the newsletter despite registering for it. My email has been the same for just over twenty years. Nigerian princess and their friends have been able to communicate with me but the BMW MOA Newsletter has never found its way to Fly-Over-Land.

    I would be honored to have a link on the homepage. I did have one very briefly. As the result of comments from Vince Winkle, the thread took on its current form as a continuous thread with multiple posts rather than individual threads with a common title. Vince piped the thread through to the home page for a period of time. I realized the value of the exposure due to increased views. I was also pleased that some of my family finally saw where the work I was bangging away at was being seen. I was told a change in the home page broke that link to it and it has never been restored.

    I am dubious about that happening and how it would work on a practical level. I have serious reservations on political and editorial levels.

    I am a BMW MOA member. My member number is 36,9XX. After a couple of years lurking, I joined the forum in August of 2004. The forum is the reason I am still a member. I do this for the forum and am happy here. Tell your fellow members and friends to park their browsers here, read this thread and join in the fun.

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    Your avatar has never been more meaningful to me than in that post.

    I think what you've provided, and perhaps what it could be with more support and/or help is a great asset to the club.

    Perhaps it's not for everyone, but could draw many eyes to the MOA. While I was a bit flippant in my previous comment and meant it lovingly in jest for what you've done, the sentiment is real.

    While I've tried to provide a bit of a outlet for myself as well as material for others in my blog, I've learned how thinly spread I've become and how weak the material can be when that's the case.


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