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    2017 Qatar Cross Country Rally - Round 4, FIA Cross Country Rally World cup.
    1BMW Group PressClub Global / 3h
    • MINI John Cooper Works Rally makes 2017 Cross Country Rally debut • Yazeed Al Rajhi (KSA) and Timo Gottschalk (GER) lead the MINI charge • Mohamed Abu Issa (QAT) and Xavier Panseri (FRA) target more success • Jakub Kuba Przygonski


    2017 Qatar Cross Country Rally - Round 4, FIA Cross Country Rally World cup.
    BMW Group PressClub Canada / 4min
    • MINI John Cooper Works Rally makes 2017 Cross Country Rally debut • Yazeed Al Rajhi (KSA) and Timo Gottschalk (GER) lead the MINI charge • Mohamed Abu Issa (QAT) and Xavier Panseri (FRA) target more success • Jakub Kuba Przygonski

    Bimmer

    The new BMW i3 (94 Ah) Wins 2017 World Urban Car Award.
    1BMW Group PressClub Canada / 6h


    The new BMW M4 DTM in the wind tunnel: precision work in the BMW Group Aero Lab.
    1BMW Group PressClub Canada / 1d
    The adjustment of the aerodynamics to the requirements of the new DTM technical regulations played a decisive role in development of the 2017 BMW M4 DTM. The work carried out on the BMW M4 DTM in the wind tunnel prior to


    Coachella 2017: BMW i debuts as an exclusive partner of the acclaimed music festival.
    1BMW Group PressClub Canada / 1d
    BMW i3 and i8 provide emission-free transportation. Renowned composer Hans Zimmer contributes the soundtrack for the BMW “Road to Coachella” Social Media Campaign.


    2018 BMW X4 Product Guide.
    BMW Group PressClub Canada / 7h


    BMW Group News

    BMW Group sales record best-ever March and first quarter
    1BMW Group PressClub Global / 20h
    254,862 vehicles delivered worldwide in March, up 5.9% +++ BMW sales increase 5.3%, totalling 212,093 +++ MINI sales grow 8.7% to 42,447 +++ BMW Group sales in first quarter up 5.3% to 587,237 +++ More than half a million


    FWIW While these appear to be good numbers for BMW AG I am not certain your local dealer is celebrating yet. WIthout numbers from key markets to drill down into we can not be certain how they numbers piled up at the corporate level. Keep in mind during 2016 the company had a record motorrad sales year and yet the N.A. market was down significantly. We have not seen official numbers for the US. Normally that is not a good sign for dealers or records. In a recent article re-published on the site Australian sales were down for the first quarter. Are they the down under canary in the motorcycle sales coal mine?

    The year is young.

    BMW and MINI Driving Experience.
    59BMW Group PressClub Global / 1d
    40 years ago BMW became the first carmaker to offer drivers the chance to hone their skills at the wheel, and it has continued to do so ever since. In 2011, what began as a “driving school” was repackaged under the “BMW and MINI Driving


    MINI

    MINI at Auto Shanghai 2017: World Premiere of the new MINI John Cooper Works Countryman.
    1BMW Group PressClub Global / 4h
    The British premium brand MINI celebrates a world premiere at Auto Shanghai 2017 with the presentation of the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman.


    Extremely athletic, extremely versatile: The new MINI John Cooper Works Countryman.
    1BMW Group PressClub Global / 1d
    The second generation of the MINI Countryman is the biggest and most versatile model in the entire range of the tradition-steeped British brand.


    Rolls Royce Motorcar

    Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Partners With Local Polytechnic To Create Unique Vr Experience
    1Rolls-Royce Motor Cars PressClub / 18h
    For the first time, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars customers will be able to immerse themselves in a Virtual Reality (VR) experience for their Bespoke programme – thanks to impressive work by Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) students.


    Rolls-Royce Black Badge Makes South East Asian Debut At 38th Bangkok International Motor Show 2017
    1Rolls-Royce Motor Cars PressClub / 8h
    Rolls-Royce Black Badge - the alter-ego of the world's leading super luxury brand, was presented to South East Asian audiences for the first time at the 38th Bangkok International Motor Show. As all eyes focused on the Challenger Hall of

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    BMW MOTORRAD IN THE NEWS

    Spy Shots: REVEALED! BMW’s 2018 F900GS caught out in finished trim
    3MoreBikes / 5h
    Here’s the latest spy shots of BMW’s next-gen middleweight GS – the F900. The bike, due to enter the range as the top-of-the-range for the middleweight Adventure machines with familiar but sharper styling, an all-new aluminium



    European magazines suggest an EIMCA release for the new GS. The 900cc engine is not just a bore and stroke job. Rather, it is rumored to be a more compact vertical twin generating between 90 and 110 horsepower. The changes in dimensions called for a new frame. All of this is shod with a new suspension.



    Call me greedy. I have to wonder what other variants and tunings will they wrap around the new power plant?

    Caught out! 17 pictures of BMW’s HP4 RACE carbon superbike out in final pre-sale tests in Spain
    1MoreBikes / 19h
    This is the BMW HP4 RACE undergoing a batch of final testing in Spain. Our spy snapper caught the 999cc hyperbike being put through an extensive testing programme in the South of Spain yesterday and from our exclusive pictures it’s


    BMW R 1200 GS tackles Finke Desert
    11Motorbike Writer / by Mark Hinchliffe / 2h
    Four new BMW R 1200 GS modes have arrived in Australia as the company announces its new Rallye version will compete in the Finke Desert Race in June. BMW R 1200 GS Australian pricing (plus on-road costs): BMW R 1200 GS

    FWIW XE.com will help you convert those Australian dollar prices into a currency you are more familiar with.

    Virtual Rides at Long Beach BMW
    7RideApart - Recent Articles / 1d
    Virtual Rides at Long Beach BMW Long Beach BMW Motorcycles announced it is the first U.S. Dealer to offer BMW’s Virtual Reality Experience, providing customers with an opportunity to take virtual test rides on a variety of bikes.


    OTHER MANUFACTURERS

    Norton Gets £3 Million to Increase V4 Production
    100+Asphalt & Rubber » Asphalt & Rubber / by Jensen Beeler / 8h
    If you have had your eye on a Norton V4 superbike recently, you might not have to wait as long for it to arrive, as the British marque has secured £3 million from the Santander Corporate & Commercial bank. The debt investment will allow


    [News Release]Yamaha Motor Produces Ten-millionth Motorcycle in Taiwan Major Milestone in One of the World's Largest Scooter Markets
    1Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. / 20h
    Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (Tokyo: 7272) announced today that local Group company Yamaha Motor Taiwan co., Ltd (hereinafter, YMT) has now produced its ten-millionth motorcycle since the company’s establishment in 1987.


    Is this the next Suzuki Hayabusa?
    20Motorbike Writer / by Mark Hinchliffe / 1d
    If this is a photo of the next-generation Suzuki Hayabusa there is no indication of an expected turbocharger or supercharger. The photo comes from a Japanese magazine and reveals a host of styling changes: LED daytime running lights


    MC NEWS

    Arnott Motorcycle Air Suspension Ultimate and Smooth Ride Video
    1Motorcycle & Powersports News / by MPN Staff Writers / 1d
    Arnott Motorcycle Air Suspension has announced the release of a new video highlighting the company’s innovative new solutions for motorcycle air suspension: the Ultimate Ride and Smooth Ride lines with TruAIR Technology.


    RIDING

    How to Get the Most Out of National Park Week
    100+Lifehacker / by Heather Yamada-Hosley / 12h
    Image from adifferentbrian . Next week is National Park Week, which means free entry for you to national parks for the next two weekends. If you have a national park near you, here’s what you can do to get the most out of your free visit.


    A Beginner’s Guide to Motorcycle Touring And How To Book Your Next Venture
    Cyril Huze Post / by Cyril Huze / 1min
    The basics of motorcycle touring. The baggage and the clothing, you should take with you on your bike, the route planning and useful tips and tricks for your next venture. You will find them HERE. And if you need to find inspiration for your


    GEAR

    Most important motorcycle tool
    43Motorbike Writer / by Mark Hinchliffe / 1d
    What is the most important tool any motorcycle rider can cary with them? We’ll cheat and say a multi-tool such as a Victorinox Swiss Army knife. Apart from having a number of useful functions, the tool is small and conveniently folds


    Klecker Stowaway iPhone Case and Tools
    1Baggers / by Morgan Gales / 1d
    Motorcycle Gear Versatile tools that fit into the back of your phone case Klecker Stowaway Tools fit neatly into the back of your phone case and include such tools as a pen, wrench, Griffin Multitool, scissors, knife, flashlight, firestarter…


    TECH

    Ask the Geek: How Seamless Transmissions Work
    1Sport Rider / by SR Staff / 1d
    Tech The Geek talks about seamless transmissions, their use in MotoGP, and how they compare to a conventional transmission. How do the seamless transmissions in MotoGP work, and are they that much better than a


    MotoMojo: Chain and Final Drive Maintenance
    1RoadRUNNER Motorcycle Touring & Travel Magazine / by RoadRUNNER / 1h
    Motorcycle chains and final drives are strong, durable, and efficient, but they do need occasional maintenance. Fortunately, these are fairly simple procedures and can be accomplished by most owners in a reasonably short time.



    The Racing Sheet




    Dorna paying out to Canadians
    1CMG News / by Grandstand / 2h
    Canadians may be cashing in at the expense of roadracing, thanks to a financial move by Dorna's investors.


    #ArgentinaGP: Press Conference fan questions
    3news RSS on motogp.com / 5h
    We asked, you answered...so we asked, and they answered! (We didn't expect the duck-sized Marquez either)

    Overtake Analysis: Memorable passes at the #ArgentinaGP


    Crash Analysis: #ArgentinaGP







    Hamilton intrigued about impact of longer Mercedes
    500+Motorsport.com / 1d
    Although speed-wise there seems to be very little separating Formula 1's benchmark cars, some notable strengths and weaknesses have emerged – with the longer-wheelbase Mercedes appearing better in cooler conditions and having

    Haas F1 team principal wants penalty rethink after Grosjean's drop
    3Formula 1 news / 13h
    Haas team principal Gunther Steiner has called for a rethink of Formula 1's penalty process after the decision to penalise Romain Grosjean in qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix


    Red Bull retains faith in concept of 2017 F1 car
    100+Motorsport.com / 4h
    The Milton Keynes-based team opted against a complicated design for its RB13, and instead went for a more simplistic low-drag solution that makes it quick in a straight line. However, its early season form has not been as strong as the high


    Pascal Wehrlein to start his F1 season for Sauber at the Bahrain Grand Prix]
    42James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen websi... / by Editor / 22h
    After two false starts Pascal Wehrlein will return to Formula 1 action at this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix. Wehrlein missed the first two races of the 2017 season as he did not feel his fitness levels were at the required level to complete


    Exclusive: How Formula 1's new 'Shield' idea could look
    500+Motorsport.com / 1d
    During Friday night's drivers' briefing at the Chinese Grand Prix, the FIA showed off a new canopy style solution that could be an alternative to the Halo or the Aeroscreen. Here, for the first time, technical editor Giorgio Piola revealed his


    Alonso To Race at INDY500 with McLaren Honda and Andretti Autosport
    1Honda World News / 1h
    McLaren announced that McLaren Honda's FIA Formula One World Championship driver Fernando Alonso will participate in the 101st Indianapolis 500.


    To be the best I have to win eight F1 titles or the triple crown – Alonso | 2017 F1 season
    100+F1 Fanatic / by Keith Collantine / 6h
    Fernando Alonso explained how his decision to race in this year's Indianapolis 500 came from a desire to prove himself as the best racing driver in the world.


    All Hope Is Lost For McLaren's Sad, Busted F1 Team
    200+Jalopnik / by Stef Schrader on Black Flag, shared by Justin T. Westbrook to Jalopnik / 4h
    Photo credit: Clive Mason/ Getty Images I’m excited to see Fernando Alonso running this year’s Indianapolis 500 , but there’s far worse news hidden behind that awesome announcement. There’s no way McLaren would let two-time F1


    Honda F1 engine stuck with vibration issues until May or June
    1Formula 1 news / 3h
    Honda will have to wait at least another month to completely cure the vibration problems that have plagued it in 2017, for its next major Formula 1 engine upgrade


    IndyCar drivers “shocked and excited” by Alonso’s arrival | What they say about...
    32F1 Fanatic / by Keith Collantine / 4h
    IndyCar drivers have reacted with surprise and excitement at the news Fernando Alonso will join them for this year's Indianapolis 500.


    Statistics: Formula 1 drivers at the Indianapolis 500
    1MotorSportsTalk / by Kyle Lavigne / 1h
    Several Formula 1 drivers have competed at the Indianapolis 500.

    IndyCar: Mark Miles on Fernando Alonso's Indy 500 Deal



    Jenson Button set to replace Fernando Alonso for McLaren at Monaco Grand Prix
    6KBBC Sport - Formula 1 / 3h
    Ex-world champion Jenson Button looks set to drive for McLaren in Monaco while Fernando Alonso misses the grand prix to race at the Indianapolis 500.


    Why Jenson Button should NOT replace Fernando Alonso for McLaren at Monaco Grand Prix
    1Daily Express / 2h
    FERNANDO ALONSO will not be driving the McLaren-Honda at this year’s Monaco Grand Prix as he crosses the Atlantic to compete in the Indy 500.

    Finally, no surprise in this.

    Jenson Button to race at Monaco for McLaren-Honda
    500+McLaren Honda / 35min
    Inside the MTC McLaren-Honda is delighted to announce that its race drivers for the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix will be Stoffel Vandoorne and Jenson Button. Owing to Fernando Alonso’s commitments with McLaren-Honda-Andretti over


    F1 chief Ross Brawn wants teams' secrecy cut to boost broadcasts
    1Formula 1 news / 17h
    Ross Brawn has revealed plans to push Formula 1 teams to end their culture of secrecy, as part of a bid to improve the experience for fans


    F1 heading back to Turkey?
    12Pitpass - the latest hottest F1 news / by editor@pitpass.com / 19h
    Istanbul track operator claims there is an agreement in principle for F1 to return to Turkey.


    Vettel v Ricciardo Chinese GP Overtake: In Depth Analysis by a Racing Driver




    FORMULA e

    October test planned for S5 car
    1Current E / by Lewis Larkam / 6h
    Sexy season five car gets a step closer. We cannot wait. The post October test planned for S5 car appeared first on Current E .



    Cages- On the Street and Track

    BMW IN THE NEWS

    Watch This IndyCar-Powered BMW 3 Series Hill Climb Car Sing
    100+The Drive / by James Gilboy / 1h
    Engines sourced from open-wheel racing series make for excellent pairings with other types of race cars. Most of us have seen the old video of eclectic millionaire Georg Plasa's BMW 134 Judd hill climb car, which was powered by a Judd-built


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    OTHER CAGE NEWS


    India 2nd fastest growing market for passenger vehicles globally
    9Auto-Industry-The Economic Times / 13h
    China posted a growth of 14.93 per cent at 2,43,76,902 units last year as compared to 2,12,10,339 units in 2015. It remained the world's biggest market for

    FWIW The resurgence of India auto sales may be the big motorcycle industry story of 2017. Before the bust subcontinent auto sales were on the rise at the cost of motorcycle sales. The ripple effect was to take away profits for the UJM big four and their India joint venture partners. The crash sent customers back to the two wheeled market when they could not afford four.

    Back to 2017 and increased auto sales could have a similar effect. This comes on the heels of a motorcycle market still sorting itself out from the India government's monetary policy. Sales in the motorcycle segment were heavily weighted to cash transactions. As cash sales of used bikes slowed down the nock effect was to slow down showroom transactions for dealers.
    As the economy improves and buyers and sellers sort out the monetary exchange/tax issues four wheels may become ever more interesting.

    Tuck this into file in the back of your mind and retrieve it next year during annual report season. With the exception of Ducati every motorcycle manufacturer has some sort of CKD, joint venture or plant opening up in India with the goal of increasing their worldwide sales to offset soft home markets. The shift from two to four wheels may show up in the reports to explain to investors why companies did not hit the targets they hoped for. That or, you will be scratching your head a year from now and trying to remember what Mika was babbling about around Easter/Pass Over the year before.


    Forget Uber. Ford's Lincoln Division Will Lease You A Driver Vetted To Serve
    1Forbes - Business / by Doron Levin, Contributor / 22h
    Ford Motor Co.'s Lincoln division, in an effort to bolster its claim to luxury status, is testing a service that will provide drivers -- at $30 an hour -- to customers leasing or buying new Lincolns.


    2018 Lincoln Navigator Focuses On The Details As It Debuts In New York
    1Forbes - Business / by John McCormick, Contributor / 22h
    But the production model still impresses with a cleanly designed exterior and an elegant, versatile interior, plus clever driver aids and infotainment details.


    2017 New York Auto Show Coverage
    2Automobile Magazine / by kougarov / 15h
    The post 2017 New York Auto Show Coverage appeared first on Automobile Magazine .


    How To Find The Safest Used Vehicle You Can Afford For Your Teen
    9Forbes - Business / by Cheryl and Christopher Jensen, Contributor / 13h
    Inexperienced drivers have higher crash rates than older, more experienced ones so teens shouldn't be driving older cars without the latest safety tech. The IIHS has updated its list of the safest cars for teens while keeping an eye on the


    Porsche enjoys best first quarter in its history
    1motorsportsnewswire / by Motor Sports Newswire / 13h
    STUTTGART, GERMANY – April 12, 2017 – ( Motor Sports Newswire ) – Porsche AG has made a strong start to 2017 with around 60,000 vehicles delivered to customers worldwide in the first quarter. This means the sports car


    Volkswagen to build new SUV in Tennessee plant
    1Reuters: Business News / 12h
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Volkswagen AG's top U.S. executive said the German automaker plans to build another new sport utility vehicle at its Chattanooga, Tennessee plant as demand surges for larger vehicles.


    RM Sotheby’s becomes the first auction house to assemble ‘Hypercar Trinity’
    1motorsportsnewswire / by Motor Sports Newswire / 5h
    LONDON, ENGLAND – April 12, 2017 – ( Motor Sports Newswire ) – RM Sotheby’s offers ultimate hypercar trinity at its upcoming Villa Erba sale, 27 May, on the shores of Lake Como, Italy Trio comprises a rare road-going McLaren P1 GTR


    Future Jaguar sports cars could use hybrid powertrain
    6Autocar RSS Feed / 10h
    Jaguar's future sports cars could gain hybrid power, following the introduction of a four-cylinder engine to the F-Type lineup Jaguar could use hybrid power trains in future sports cars, according to its chief product engineer, Jaguar sports




    FWIW

    Westby Racing Explains Why They Race
    1Motorcycle.comMotorcycle.com / by Press Release / 6h
    Westby Racing explains so that we can better understand their motivation for racing. Begin Press Release: 2017 Yamalube Westby Racing – Why they race… The Yamaha Yamalube Westby team is ready to take on the Moto America series


    Why Radar Detectors Matter More Than Ever
    500+The Drive / by Alex Roy / 14h
    Radar detectors matter more than ever, but you wouldn’t know it from the poorly researched clickbait that was Doug Demuro’s recent article, “ Radar Detectors Are Useless Now .” I like DeMuro. We’ve met. I’ve been reading him


    GEORGE JETSON HERE WE COME!

    AeroMobil to launch a production flying car next week
    500+New Atlas / by Loz Blain / 23h
    Slovakian flying car company AeroMobil is ready for liftoff, with the announcement that it's going to launch a production-ready, road-registrable aircraft in a week's time. The new flying car, which will debut at Top Marques in




    Is Walking or Standing on the Escalator Faster?
    200+Big Think / by Cole Seidner / 2d
    Do you walk up the escalator, or stand and let yourself be delivered to the top? One of these methods is more efficient than the other.



    BIKE CANDY



    Boost for lightweight hub steering bike
    1Motorbike Writer / by Mark Hinchliffe / 25min
    Hub centre steering is set for a comeback after a Brisbane company received a $500,000 funding boost to develop their lightweight Motoinno T23 concept bike. Motoinno stands for their branding company ( Motorcycle Innovation ) and




    BMW R 100 RT Komplettumbau
    200+RocketGarage Cafe Racer / by Rocket Garage / 12h
    In 60 challenging and creative working hours, we took a BMW R 100 RT year 1989 to the breast. The Bajuwarin with the striking two-cylinder boxer was liberated on the Kradwandler lifting platform by all the civilian fetters that had





    Motorcyclist Archives 1972: The Yankee 500, Honda Ad
    Motorcycle News / 15h
    Dominating the cover of the May 1972 issue of Motorcyclist is the Yankee 500 Twin or "Z500," developed in Schenectady New York, with motorcycling legend Dick Mann in coordination with the Spanish firm Ossa.





    ROUGH WEEK. Lucky Cat‘s ‘Six Days’ BMW R80 Enduro
    1KPipeburn.com / by Andrew / 14h
    The International Six Days Trial is a true giant amongst motorcycle races. Celebrating its 100 year anniversary in 2013, it claims the prize for the world’s oldest off-road motorcycle race. Originally held in Carlisle in the north of





    "The american" V4 1650 / Motus motorcycles + Fuller moto
    1Ottonero Cafe Racer / by Otto Nero / 2h
    - Motus motorcycles + Fuller moto




    How The Off-Road Dakar Racing Motorcycle Evolved
    100+Jalopnik / by Raphael Orlove on Lanesplitter, shared by Justin T. Westbrook to Jalopnik / 2d
    There are all kinds of interesting off-road motorcycle histories worthy of your time. Little Bultacos livening up the dirt bike world , for instance, or Baja 1000 solo runs . But my heart looks to the Paris-Dakar, and here’s a collection of all the

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    The new 900GS sounds interesting.
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    BMW Motorsport News

    BMW Motorsport News – Issue 15/17.
    BMW Group PressClub Global / 22h
    Turkington wins BTCC race - more competitive appearances for Félix da Costa in the BMW M6 GT3.


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    MC NEWS

    Rise of the Tilting Trikes: Three-Wheeled Motorcycle Concepts
    500+Motorcyclist / by Ben Purvis / 12h
    News Yamaha and Honda are drawing the battle lines on a new field of conflict. Both Honda and Yamaha are accelerating the development of leaning, three-wheeled motorcycles. Could this be the next big advancement for the trike


    Honda drops price on CB500F
    5Motorbike Writer / by Mark Hinchliffe / 1d
    Honda continues to drop its prices in the wake of an 18.1% drop in sales in the first quarter of 2017 with the latest being the 2017 model CB500F. The learner-approved street fighter has arrived in dealerships at $7299, down $600 on last
    FWIW MC life is getting cheaper and dealer margins thinner in Australia and...

    Harley Davidson Offering Rebates on 2016 Motorcycles
    Motorcycle News / 1h
    Harley Davidson will begin offering rebates on its 2016 motorcycles to retailers in the U.S. as an incentive to get them to shift a backlog that has limited sales of its latest motorcycles, Reuters reports. Dealers are expecting the rare promotion


    Report: Suzuki patents design for two-wheel-drive scooter
    Canada Moto Guide / by CMG Staff / 46min
    Here's another take on the two-wheel-drive idea, this time with a scooter instead of a motorcycle. Source


    Ask RideApart: What Kind of Motorcycle Should I Buy?
    8RideApart - Recent Articles / 1d
    Ask RideApart: What Kind of Motorcycle Should I Buy? Buying a motorcycle can be an overwhelming process. There are so many different categories of bikes and so many bikes within each category it can be hard to even know where to start.


    Motorbike enthusiast David Gurney has once in a lifetime experience...
    1Motorcycle News / 19h
    David Gurney on a Suzuki Intruder motorbike, one of 80 bikes which turned up to Oakwood House Nursing Home at Colney, as a special treat for the nursing home resident. Picture: SOPHIE WYLLIE A lifelong motorbike enthusiast was


    Who The Hell Is Peter Egan?
    2Cycle World / by Peter Jones / 23h
    Blogs Who the hell am I? Contributing Editor Peter Jones shares his wealth of motorcycle knowledge, experiences, insights, history, and much more.



    RIDING

    Registration Now Open for Sport Rider's Track Day Shootout!
    1Sport Rider / by Press Release / 2d
    News Ride with the editors of Sport Rider and Cycle World! Ride at Thunderhill Raceway Park with the editors of Sport Rider and Cycle World for a solid day of track riding at the Track Day Shootout.


    OGIO Rig 9800 Rolling Luggage Bag Review
    1Motorcycle.comMotorcycle.com / by John Burns / 2d
    Have OGIO, will travel I got my first Ogio gear bag when I went to ride the first Yamaha R1 in Spain. I believe that was late 1997, and I’ve left the same bag to the tender mercies of international baggage handlers probably 50 times in those


    GEAR

    How to choose the right motorcycle helmet
    15Motorbike Writer / by Mark Hinchliffe / 2h
    Motorcycle helmets are expensive so it is important to buy the right one for your budget, your head, your riding style and your confidence. We have published many articles about helmets. Just go to the search bar on this page and type in


    TECH

    What You Need to Know About Wheel Bearings
    7RideApart - Recent Articles / 11h
    What You Need to Know About Wheel Bearings A wheel bearing failure at riding speed can lead to a serious crash, or if you get lucky, may just ruin some expensive parts, including wheel hubs, axles, etc. So don't neglect them,



    The Racing Sheet




    What makes a Yamaha tick in WorldSBK?
    SBK / 54min
    Understand the electronics of a YZF-R1 machine with Paul Denning





    MiniBikers - 8x02 - 2017 Argentina GP



    Catch me if you can: Time for the #AmericasGP!
    200+MotoGP (uploads) on YouTube / by MotoGP / 22h
    MotoGP™ heads to Austin, Texas as we get ready for Round 3 of the 2017 championship. Will Viñales beat Marquez? Tune in to find out! Visit The Official Website: http://www.motogp.com/en Official App on iTunes:


    Lone star: Can Marquez hold in Texas?
    11Knews RSS on motogp.com / 1d
    The reigning Champion prepares to play his ace, the Circuit of the Americas – where only he has ever won








    Bahrain Grand Prix : Event and Timing Information





    Sebastian Vettel beats Lewis Hamilton in Bahrain thriller
    4KBBC Sport - Formula 1 / 7h
    Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel wins a hectic Bahrain Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton's hopes were hit by a penalty for gamesmanship.


    Raikkonen: “Awful” first lap masked improved race
    365h
    Raikkonen, who qualified more than three tenths down on teammate Sebastian Vettel on Saturday, slipped from fifth on the grid to seventh early on. As Vettel went on to win the grand prix, Raikkonen eventually recovered to fourth


    Fortune favours the brave as Sebastian Vettel wins Bahrain GP with Lewis Hamilton penalised
    23by James Allen / 7h
    Sebastian Vettel won the Bahrain Grand Prix with a beautifully judged drive ahead of Lewis Hamilton and pole sitter Valtteri Bottas. The result gives Vettel the championship lead alone by seven points over Hamilton.


    Hamilton: Pit entry penalty "completely my fault"
    500+6h
    Hamilton was running second between teammate Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull Racing's Daniel Ricciardo on lap 13 when the race was neutralised for a collision between the Williams of Lance Stroll and the Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz.


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    The Finn started on pole position and held the lead at the start but his lack of performance meant he was unable to make a gap and came under intense pressure from Sebastian Vettel. "Our generator broke on the grid and we couldn't


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    The two-time world champion, who this week revealed he will skip the Monaco Grand Prix to race in the Indy 500, could not hide his anger as he was overtaken in Bahrain while battling for midfield positions.


    2017 Bahrain Grand Prix in pictures | F1 Pictures
    7F1 Fanatic / by Keith Collantine / 8h
    The 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix in pictures.


    Lewis Hamilton Racing In The Daytona 500 Would Be Unbelievably Fun
    200+Black Flag / by Alanis King / 11h
    Following McLaren Formula One driver Fernando Alonso’s decision to skip the Monaco Grand Prix to race the Indianapolis 500 , three-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton said over the week that he’d be interested in doing one-off races in


    Honda hits fresh problems in Bahrain F1 test
    200+Motorsport.com / 22min
    On the back of a troubled F1 weekend, where it suffered a run of failures with its MGU-H, Honda had hoped for better fortune during the two-day in-season test at Sakhir this week. But despite McLaren development driver Oliver Turvey


    Haas F1 team trying alternative brake supplier in Bahrain test
    Formula 1 news / 3h
    Romain Grosjean says the updated Brembo Formula 1 brakes Haas used during the Bahrain Grand Prix were a big improvement, but it will try an alternative in testing this week


    Brembo brake update a big improvement – Grosjean
    59Motorsport.com / 3h
    Haas has long cited a lack of consistency with the brakes and has been working with Brembo for several months in a bid to find a solution. But it has also arranged to test new brakes from Carbone Industrie at the in-season Bahrain


    Mercedes ready to rethink team orders approach
    500+Motorsport.com / 1d
    With Sebastian Vettel taking his second win from three races in the Bahrain Grand Prix, Mercedes has faced a reality check that it is in a very different kind of title fight this year. Having based its recent campaign on ensuring equality



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    Silverstone WEC: Toyota beats Porsche to win hectic opener
    100+Motorsport.com / 6h
    Having dominated qualifying, the high-downforce Toyotas retained a clear edge in pace over the Le Mans-spec Porsches in full dry conditions, but rain showers and caution periods helped keep the German manufacturer in contention


    FIA.com Six Hours of Silverstone : Highlights

    The Ford GT Flat Out Drove Its Door Off To Win The 6 Hours Of Silverstone
    400+Black Flag / by Stef Schrader / 6h
    The No. 67 Ford GT was one of a couple cars had issues keeping its doors shut on the bumps and curbs of Britain’s Silverstone Circuit early on at Sunday’s 6 Hours of Silverstone. Fortunately, it didn’t seem to affect driver Harry Tincknell at all


    Ford Takes GTE-Pro Win in Silverstone
    FIA WEC – Sportscar365 / by Jake Kilshaw / 7h
    Photo: Ford Ford Chip Ganassi Racing has won the GTE-Pro battle in the FIA World Endurance Championship season-opening Six Hours of Silverstone, successfully holding back competition from Porsche GT Team and AF Corse.


    How Not To Enter The Pit Lane
    79Black Flag / by Stef Schrader / 7h
    Did you need to use the pit lane any time soon, at the start of the last hour of the 6 Hours of Silverstone? Too bad. The No. 4 ByKolles ENSO CLM P1/01 prototype collided with the No. 97 Aston Martin and left an enormous mess all over the


    WEC Planning Format Changes to GTE in 2018
    1FIA WEC – Sportscar365 / by John Dagys / 14h
    Photo: Drew Gibson/Ford The FIA World Endurance Championship is set to undergo a format change to the GTE class next year, aimed to increase the category’s visibility, championship organizers have revealed.


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    Isle of Mann

    The Essential 2017 Isle of Man TT Program is Now Available
    1Sport Rider / by Isle of Man TT Press Release / 2d
    News Which program will you choose? The Isle of Man TT Official Program is now available to purchase and collect and features either Ian "Hutchy" Hutchinson or Michael Dunlop.



    DAKAR Rally Raid

    In Conversation With Sherco TVS Rally Factory Racer Aravind KP
    1Dakar Rally / Motoroids (blog) / 1d
    Motoroids (blog) In Conversation With Sherco TVS Rally Factory Racer Aravind KP Motoroids (blog) Indian MotoCross racer Aravind KP who made his Dakardebut last year is ready to take on the treacherous rally once again.



    AMERICA’S CUP BERMUDA 2017

    #TechTuesday: Wind Data Mapping on the 35th America's Cup Race Course with Airbus[






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    BMW IN THE NEWS

    Just Listed: 1986 BMW Alpina B7 Turbo
    1Automobile Magazine / by cgolden / 2d
    Maybe you weren’t as hot and bothered as we were over the extremely rare and exceptionally cool 1995 BMW M5 Touring Elekta from last week. That’s fine — nobody’s perfect. Just to be sure that disturbing disinterest isn’t a chronic


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    Fiat Chrysler CEO says first-quarter 2017 was difficult, doesn't change targets
    1Reuters: Business News / 2d
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    FWIW

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    Doctor Who’s intriguing new cast gets a slow start with “The Pilot”
    63Ars Technica / by Kelly Fiveash / 9h
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    Honda’s CB350K Twins CLASSICS REMEMBERED
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    Spy Photos : Aluminum Framed Suzuki Rm250 Two-Stroke\
    400+DIrt Bike Magazine / by Mark Tilley / 2d
    Mixed in among the craigslist killers and brand new two-stroke machines out at Glen Helen getting ready for this weekends MTA Two-Stroke World Championships we caught a glimpse of what appears to be a very stock looking




    La Gringo
    200+RocketGarage Cafe Racer / by Rocket Garage / 1d
    BMW K100 Russell Motorcycles. Gringo è un termine della lingua spagnola, spesso dispregiativo , per indicare chi non è di madrelingua, ma in questo caso è utilizzato per chiamare questa K100 che sembra uscita da un film di Tarantino,

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    BMW Motorrad USA Expands BMW S 1000 RR Racer Support and Contingency Programs To Include WERA Triple Crown in Conjunction with MotoAmerica Series
    1BMW Group PressClub USA / 18h
    Woodcliff Lake, NJ – April 19, 2017… BMW Motorrad USA has expanded its BMW S 1000 RR Racer Support and Contingency Programs for 2017 to include three recently added WERA support races in the MotoAmerica Series. WERA will run


    BMW HP4 Race Details Revealed Wednesday, April 19, During Live Stream Of BMW Group Press Conference at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show
    1BMW Group PressClub USA / 19h
    Woodcliff Lake, NJ – April 18, 2017… Details of BMW’s soon-to-be introduced, limited edition HP4 Race motorcycle will be discussed during a live stream of the BMW Group press conference at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show.

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    BMW HP4 RACE: The ultimate racebike.


    Bmw Hp4 Race – Bmw Motorrad’S Game-Changing New 215 Hp Superbike.
    Bmw Motorrad Uk. / by BMW Motorrad UK / 5h
    BMW Motorrad presents its first motorcycle with a lightweight frame and wheels made entirely of carbon fibre. BMW Motorrad has revealed the innovative HP4 RACE model - the first BMW motorcycle to feature a full carbon fibre frame and



    The new BMW HP4 RACE.
    BMW Group PressClub USA / 21h
    Fascinating technical solutions for maximum performance on the race track have always been the hallmark of hand-picked factory racing motorcycles modified to perfection down to the last detail. With the new HP4 RACE, BMW


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    BMW Motorrad USA To Offer Demo Rides, Display, And BMW S 1000 RR Racers On The Grid At MotoGP Races, April 21-23, Circuit Of The Americas
    BMW Group PressClub USA / 6h
    Woodcliff Lake, NJ – April 20, 2017…For the second year, BMW Motorrad USA will roll out its demo truck and distinctive display at the upcoming MotoGP races, April 21-23, at Circuit of The Americas outside of downtown Austin,


    BMW Motorrad USA Returns As Title Sponsor Of Handbuilt Motorcycle Show, April 21-23, In Austin, TX
    BMW Group PressClub USA / 6h
    Woodcliff Lake, NJ – April 20, 2017…BMW Motorrad USA returns to the Lone Star State this weekend as the title sponsor of the fourth annual Handbuilt Motorcycle Show, April 21-23, at Fair Market, 1100 E. 5th St. in downtown


    BMW Motorsport News

    2017 Qatar Cross Country Rally - Round 4, FIA Cross Country Rally World cup. MINI leads after Special Stage 2.
    8BMW Group PressClub Global / 20h
    • Stage win for Jakub Kuba Przygonski (POL) and Tom Colsoul (BEL). • Yazeed Al Rajhi (KSA) and Timo Gottschalk (GER) 2nd overall. • Mohamed Abu Issa (QAT) and Xavier Panseri (FRA) in top five.


    State of the art technology: 3D measuring technology for maximum precision in the BMW M4 DTM.
    BMW Group PressClub Global / 3h
    The motorsport department at BMW has long worked hand in hand with series development - and this remains the case for the quality controls on the newly-constructed BMW M4 DTM for the 2017 season. BMW Motorsport uses the same



    Bimmer

    The BMW Group at Auto Shanghai 2017.
    BMW Group PressClub Canada / 16h
    The world premiere of the all-new BMW 5 Series Long Wheelbase is one of the main highlights of the Auto Shanghai 2017 show. The new business sedan is the successor to the current front-runner in the Chinese car market’s premium


    The new BMW M4 CS.
    5BMW Group PressClub Global / 9h
    Short version M GmbH is presenting another exclusive limited-run special-edition model in the shape of the new BMW M4 CS (fuel consumption combined: 8.4 l/100 km [33.6 mpg imp]*; CO2 emissions combined: 197 g/km*).


    BMW of North America Partners with the National Park Foundation, National Park Service and Department of Energy To Install Up To 100 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in and Around America’s National Parks.
    BMW Group PressClub USA / 35min
    Woodcliff Lake, NJ/Washington, D.C. – April 19, 2017… Calling on the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship of Thomas Edison, the first of up to 100 electric vehicle charging stations in national parks and nearby communities


    Throw-back to maiden Nordschleife victory: Historic livery for BMW Team Schnitzer BMW M6 GT3.
    BMW Group PressClub Global / 10h
    BMW Team Schnitzer can look back on an impressive history at the Nürburgring 24 Hours (GER). Team principal Charly Lamm’s (GER) crew has won the endurance classic in the Eifel Mountains five times in the past.


    BMW Group News

    Ad hoc: Profit before tax and revenues of BMW Group above market expectations in first quarter of 2017
    BMW Group PressClub Global / 2h
    In the first quarter of the financial year 2017, the BMW Group achieved a profit before tax of € 3,005 million (2016 Q1: € 2,368 million / +26.9%). This result exceeds current market expectations and was driven in particular by positive


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


    BMW Group Japan and KYOTOGRAPHIE.
    BMW Group PressClub Global / 4h
    Andy Warhol’s BMW Art Car on display at Nijo Castle and at BMW Group Tokyo Bay.


    A new Era has begun - BMW Group




    Rolls Royce Motorcar

    ’Dawn – Inspired By Fashion’ Makes Asian Premiere At Auto Shanghai 2017
    Rolls-Royce Motor Cars PressClub / 2h
    Rolls-Royce, the world’s leading luxury goods brand, made a stunning statement at the 17th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition (Auto Shanghai 2017) on 19 April with its Bespoke lineup,


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    BMW MOTORRAD IN THE NEWS

    Is BMW working on a hybrid 2WD bike, or not?
    CMG News / by CMG Staff / 3h
    Motorcyclist has done some digging, and one of its writers speculates BMW really is working on two-wheel-drive GS with electric hub motor in front whee


    BMW R nineT Racer: A Long, Lean Classic
    2Roadracingworld.com / 10min
    Intro: BMW R nineT Racer Long Beach, California April 19, 2017 A twist on the throttle elicits a short, sharp bark from the Boxer twin and the entire machine shifts and twists to the right. It is pure, traditiona...


    2017 BMW R nineT Racer Review | 14 Fast Facts
    Ultimate Motorcycling / by Nic de Sena / 8min
    Here are the essential 14 Fast Facts on the 2017 BMW R nineT Racer, the Bavarian company's magnificently styled vintage-inspired machine. The post 2017 BMW R nineT Racer Review | 14 Fast Facts appeared first on Ultimate


    BMW S1000XR vs. KTM 1290 Super Duke GT vs. MV Agusta Turismo Veloce
    1Motorcycle.comMotorcycle.com / by Troy Siahaan / 20h
    Just as there are a million ways to skin a cat, there are a million ways to go sport-touring, too. Some folks prefer the full-on Gold Wing style of touring, while others sway the other direction, slapping on a backpack filled only with the bare

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    BMW Profit Jumps 27% on Strong Sales and a Self-Driving Investment
    A jump in the valuation of HERE, a mapping service jointly owned by BMW and several other companies working on self-driving vehicles.


    OTHER MANUFACTURERS

    Harley-Davidson Releases First Quarter 2017 Results
    1Harley-Davidson News Release / 14h
    Share Gains in the U.S., Reduced Shipments Improved U.S. Dealer Inventory MILWAUKEE, April 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE:HOG) first quarter 2017 diluted EPS decreased 22.8 percent to $1.05 compared to



    Benelli Tornado 302R Expected Launch in May
    Bike India / by Anosh Khumbatta / 3h
    After the success of the naked Benelli TnT 300 the motorcycle manufacturer is raring to launch the fully-faired Benelli Tornado 302R. Going by our sources close to Benelli, the Tornado 302R is expected to reach select dealerships in the


    Track-ready version of the Honda Fireblade SP2 to be announced tomorrow – here’s the spec
    MoreBikes / 3h
    If you fancy something very exclusive (as in, 40 are being sold in the first batch) then get your cash out for a track-ready, kitted Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR SP2 race special that goes on release tomorrow. Based on the CBR1000RR SP2 that


    Honda to launch four new models by March 2018
    Bike India / by Team Bike India / 2h
    Slew of vehicles will include four brand new scooter and motorcycle models which will be launched in India in the coming 12 months. During his first media interaction after being appointed the new President and CEO of Honda


    Honda Updates Super Cub Anniversary Story Site
    Honda World News / 7h
    Honda has added "Vol.3 The Super Cub's Overseas Advance" to its Super Cub Anniversary Story site, celebrating the history and charms of one of the world's most iconic scooters.


    MV Agusta Relaunches in North America
    1Motorcycle & Powersports News / by Brendan Baker / 20h
    The motorcycle Gods are smiling on MV Agusta – and its U.S. subsidiary, MV Agusta USA. MV rose to prominence in the ’50s and ’60s grand prix motorcycle racing era on the back of such legends as Giacomo Agostini, John Surtees and


    Wells Fargo CDF extends floorplan deal with OEM
    1Powersports Business / by dmcmahon / 15h
    Wells Fargo Commercial Distribution Finance will continue to delivery inventory financing solutions to the manufacturer’s network of powersports and marine dealers. The Wells Fargo CDF dealer financing program extension with Suzuki



    MC NEWS

    Are Smartphones in the Process of Replacing OEM Instrument Panels? (News)
    6MotorcycleDaily.com / by Dirck Edge / 21h
    Will motorcycle manufacturers bother to include an instrument panel on future models? If every purchaser of a new motorcycle owns a smartphone, why bother?


    Rise of the Tilting Trikes: Three-Wheeled Motorcycle Concepts
    4Motorcycle News / 22h
    The world's motorcycle manufacturers are fighting on an ever-shifting battlefield as the fickle tastes of consumers flit from one fad to another. The task of predicting the next big sales opportunities and racing to catch rivals


    Fast Motorcycle Industry News
    Cyril Huze Post / by Cyril Huze / 45min
    EPA And Harley-Davidson Over Emissions Violations. EPA is seportedly slow-walking a settlement with Harley-Davidson over emissions violations amid Republican concerns about a clean air project set up by the deal. Harley agreed


    SECRET! Check out these AMAZING plans from Suzuki for live light projection tech to keep us safe (and make us faster…)
    1MoreBikes / 2h
    Suzuki has filed designs for a new warning and rider aid system that projects complex LED lights at the ground to both help the rider see what’s in front of them AND act as a bright, warning beacon to other road users.


    The 10 Biggest Biking Blunders
    500+Visordown / 12h
    Image: Every now and then we all drop a clanger. But for some the effects are more acute than just a red face. Here is the definitive list of biking’s biggest blunders


    The 10 Most Reliable Motorcycle Companies
    Motorcycle.comMotorcycle.com / by Troy Siahaan / 0min
    Here at Motorcycle.com we get to ride all of the newest, latest, and greatest motorcycles on the planet. However, more often than not, our time with each bike spans the course of weeks, maybe months (but definitely not years), as new



    RIDING

    How to Ride a Dirt Bike
    32RideApart - Recent Articles / 21h
    How to Ride a Dirt Bike Feature photo by Greg Sharp Riding dirt never crossed my mind when I first moved out West. I was so immersed in road bikes, asphalt and twisty roads that I was content to be a street rider.


    Track Days
    1Motorcycle & Powersports News / by Robin Hartfiel / 19h
    Say “track day” and visions of go-fast guys on crotch rockets wearing Rossi and Marquez replica leathers and lids probably flash from your subconscious. Ditto for the dirt dealers who envision local pros dressed like Dungey blitzing


    Free Admission to All National Parks April 22-23
    49RoadRUNNER Motorcycle Touring & Travel Magazine / by RoadRUNNER / 1d
    National Park Week is April 15-23, and to celebrate the National Park Service is hosting fee-free days at all national parks April 22-23. National Park Week is an excellent time to make great connections, explore new places, discover open


    Spring riding tips
    Canada Moto Guide / by Zac Kurylyk / 3h
    In most of Canada, winter is on the way out, and spring has brought in the start of riding season. Here are some reminders to keep you safe out there.


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    The Racing Sheet




    Superbike at Assen through 2021
    GPone RSS Feed / 6h
    The agreement with Dorna to host the Dutch factory derivatives round at TT has been renewed


    Jack Miller looks to continue strong form at COTA
    1MCNews.com.au / by Admin2 / 11h
    Jack Miller looks to continue strong form at COTA Sitting in seventh overall and […] The post Jack Miller looks to continue strong form at COTA appeared first on MCNews.com.au .



    MOTOAMERICA


    MotoAmerica 2017 is go!
    11news RSS on motogp.com / 21h
    Series prepares for kick off at COTA alongside MotoGP™





    #AmericasGP: Michelin preview
    6news RSS on motogp.com / 1d
    MotoGP™'s tyre supplier looks ahead at the technical Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX


    #StatAttack: MotoGP™ saddle up for COTA
    5Knews RSS on motogp.com / 23h
    A little geekery on the premier class' history at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX


    #StatAttack: Texas and Moto2™
    2Knews RSS on motogp.com / 1d
    Some stats and facts ahead of the intermediate class' visit to COTA


    #StatAttack: Moto3™ in Austin
    2Knews RSS on motogp.com / 1d
    Some stats looking back at Argentina and forward to the Circuit of the Americas!




    Marquez: “Austin is one of the best venues on the calendar”
    12Knews RSS on motogp.com / 23h
    The lone star of the track in the lone star state is ready to race in round three


    Vinales bullish of ending Marquez's Austin MotoGP streak
    75Motorsport.com / 23h
    The Circuit of the Americas joined the MotoGP calendar in Marquez’s rookie year, 2013, and the Spaniard has since won all four races from pole position. Vinales finished ninth and fourth in Austin in his two seasons with Suzuki, and


    Rossi: I have an account to settle with Austin
    1GPone RSS Feed / 16h
    "I could have been competitive last year but I made a mistake". Viñales promises a battle: "always strong in Texas"


    Pedrosa: “I can’t wait to get back on my bike in Austin!”
    2Knews RSS on motogp.com / 6h
    Repsol Honda rider feeling positive ahead of round three in the US of A


    Dovizioso eyes “opportunity to put things right” in Austin
    news RSS on motogp.com / 3min
    Ducati rider looking for a little more luck in the Americas this season


    Iannone resigned to Suzuki MotoGP top speed deficit
    Motorsport.com / 1h
    Iannone has joined the Japanese manufacturer after spending his first four seasons in MotoGP on Ducatis, which traditionally dominate the speed traps.Suzuki made improvements with its engine last year, its second season


    Ducati Team arrive in Texas for Round 3 of the MotoGP World Championship
    1Ducati RSS Feed / 20h






    [ENGLISH] MiniDrivers - 9x03 - 2017 Bahrain GP




    More Honda trouble after just two laps of Bahrain Formula 1 test
    300+Formula 1 news / 1d
    Honda's troubles in the Bahrain heat continued on Tuesday when McLaren's Formula 1 testing programme was interrupted by a reliability problem after just two laps


    Hamilton tops timesheets as first in-season test gets underway
    2Pitpass - the latest hottest F1 news / by editor@pitpass.com / 16h
    Lewis Hamilton topped the timesheets on the first day of the first in-season test of 2017.


    Grosjean: Carbone Industrie brakes "feel better" already
    300+Motorsport.com / 17h
    The Frenchman began an evaluation programme with the new brake products on Tuesday, having been unhappy with a lack of consistent feel from other supplier Brembo in recent months.And although he admits that the team still


    Red Bull to introduce "revamped" chassis for Spanish GP
    200+Motorsport.com / 2h
    Despite predictions that the greater focus on aerodynamics under the 2017 rules would give Red Bull a chance to return to its championship-winning form of 2010-14, the team has begun the season as clear third-best.Max Verstappen's


    Renault’s aero upgrade will address race pace weakness | 2017 F1 season
    17F1 Fanatic / by Keith Collantine / 1h
    Renault believe the new aerodynamic parts test in Bahrain this week will improve their race pace, which hasn't been able to match their qualifying performance so far.


    No reason to ban F1's T-wings, says Steiner
    Motorsport.com / 3min
    Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said in Bahrain they should be banned on the grounds both of safety and cost after a T-wing shed by Valtteri Bottas's Mercedes during Friday's second free practice session damaged Max


    Felipe Massa accepts 'too hot' Max Verstappen's apology over Brazil
    3Formula 1 news / 17h
    Felipe Massa says he has "no problem" with Max Verstappen following the row over the Red Bull Formula 1 driver's joke about Brazilians during the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend


    Force India F1 Team Owner Arrested On Fraud And Conspiracy Charges
    300+Black Flag / by Stef Schrader / 16h
    Force India Formula One team owner Vijay Mallya was arrested today in London on charges of fraud and conspiracy in India. The charges relate to $1.34 billion loaned to Mallya’s now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines by primarily Indian state-run


    Mallya and hype
    18joeblogsf1 / by Joe Saward / 20h
    Vijay Mallya responded to the reports of his arrest with the following Tweet: “Usual Indian media hype. Extradition hearing in Court started today as expected”. The Metropolitan Police, however, did issue a statement as follows:


    Renault unveil future of F1 with RADICAL new car design
    Daily Express / 5h
    RENAULT have revealed what they believe F1 cars could look like in 10 years time to celebrate four decades in the sport.




    Tech analysis: How Force India optimised its design in Bahrain
    2Motorsport.com / 28min
    While we often talk about new parts arriving during a race weekend in order to improve performance, many of these parts are intrinsically the same, simply optimised in order to get the best from them.All of the updated parts run by


    Tech insight - F1's cutting-edge floor designs
    The new-for-2017 technical regulations mean that the floor section on Formula One cars can be wider this season - up from a maximum of 140cm to 160cm.




    FORMULA e

    Formula E: BMW selected among the 9 manufacturers approved by ...
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    The Quebec Times Formula E: BMW selected among the 9 manufacturers approved by ...


    Other Racing News

    url=http://canadamotoguide.com/2017/04/17/race-results-le-mans-24-hour/]Race results: Le Mans 24 Hour[/url]
    3Canada Moto Guide / by Grandstand / 13h
    Here are the results from last weekend's FIM World Endurance Championship round. Source


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    Youth classes added to motocross and hare scrambles competition PICKERINGTON, OH – April 19, 2017 – ( Motor Sports Newswire ) – Motorcycle fans and racers will have the opportunity to experience three days of action-


    Cages- On the Street and Track

    BMW IN THE NEWS

    Here's What Happens When We Race the $2,000 BMW 3-Series
    74The Drive / by Mike Spinelli / 16h
    It started out a $2,000 1988 BMW 3-Series of questionable lineage. Since then, we drifted it on bad tires, we tried to drive it up a mountain, we caged it and thrashed it through the woods, and it survived.


    BMW Tuner AC Schnitzer Celebrates 30th Anniversary
    3Automobile Magazine / by jklein / 17h
    Near the German-Belgian border sits Aachen, a town that houses BMW tuning specialists AC Schnitzer . It’s been the company’s base of operations for the past 30 years. This year, it is celebrating its milestone by reminding us of its greatest


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    Floyd Mayweather's 2 Bugatti Veyrons Are For Sale...For $6.4 Million
    100+The Drive / by Christian Gilbertsen / 14h
    An arriviste of epic proportions, Floyd Mayweather has amassed a collection of exotic cars that is anything but subtle. With Koenigseggs, Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and Bugattis-many of which have "Money Mayweather" tackily


    The Inline-Six Engine Is Back For Mercedes-Benz
    1KJalopnik / by Raphael Orlove / 15h
    The updated 2018 Mercedes S-Class is the first new Benz to get the company’s glorious new 3.0-liter straight-six engines . How happy am I? Very happy. The first new I6 that the S is getting is the OM656 diesel, which comes in two


    Luxury Lifestyle Brand: An Interview With Aston Martin Design Chief Marek Reichman
    6Forbes - Business / by Nargess Banks, Contributor / 6h
    Aston Martin makes handsome, powerful and exclusive motor cars, yet the luxury British carmaker also dips its toes in yacht design, fashion, travel and property. Chief creative officer Marek Reichman discusses the thrills and


    FWIW

    New RZR XP1K4 video is the best one yet (video)
    Powersports Business / by dmcmahon / 16h
    You’ll want to carve out some time today — now! — to watch the latest RJ Anderson XP1K4 video from UTVUnderground.com. It’s five minutes of mind-bending freestyle, motocross-inspired insanity. See the XP1K4 RZR Vehicle


    How to Conduct a Social Media Audit
    200+Social Media Examiner / by Ana Gotter / 3h
    Wondering if your social media marketing efforts are paying off? Want to better understand what’s working? A social media audit will help you analyze the impact of your social media tactics. In this article, you’ll discover how to



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    BMW Classic]
    89RocketGarage Cafe Racer / by Rocket Garage / 1h
    Due mezzi dalla forte personalità, che veramente mettono in crisi sulla scelta su quale scegliere per ottenere le maggiori sensazioni alla guida. Eleganza delle linee che ne fanno due classici senza tempo.




    Norton Manx
    4Silodrome / by James McBride / 5h
    Norton Manx The Norton Manx is easily one of the most famous racing motorcycles of the 20th century, the mighty single-cylinder British bike was a dominant force in the world of two-wheeled racing – nowhere more so that at

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

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


    BMW Motorsport News

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


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


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


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


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


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    MINI USA | Rallye Monte Carlo Historique 2017




    Recalls

    AMAHA issued a recall on the FZ-09, and FJ-09 models
    Transport Canada / 56min
    On certain motorcycles, the lower handlebar holder may have been painted improperly, and fasteners may not have had sufficient thread locking compound applied. Excessive paint thickness could allow clearance to...


    Search for Recalls Here

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    EU - http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/safety...nt=main.search
    Australia - http://www.productsafety.gov.au/recalls
    New Zealand - https://www.vehiclerecallsafety.nzta.govt.nz/

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    BMW MOTORRAD IN THE NEWS

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


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


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


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




    OTHER MANUFACTURERS

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


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



    MC NEWS

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



    RIDING

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


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


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    GEAR

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


    TECH

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


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



    The Racing Sheet

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





    #AmericasGP: All of the Best Action



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


    Austin MotoGP: Marquez stays unbeaten at COTA, Vinales crashes
    1Motorsport.com / 4h
    It was Dani Pedrosa who commanded the early stages after a lightning getaway from fourth on the grid, with Marquez slotting into second ahead of the two factory Yamahas of Valentino Rossi and Vinales.But Vinales fell out of


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



    Marc Marquez Continues His Streak at the Americas GP
    34Asphalt & Rubber » Asphalt & Rubber / by Jensen Beeler / 3h
    MotoGP Race Results from the Americas GP at Austin, Texas: Pos. Rider Team Bike KM/H Diff. 1 Marc MARQUEZ Repsol Honda Team Honda 157.9 43’58.770 2 Valentino ROSSI Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 157.7 +3.069 3 Dani


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


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


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


    Lorenzo: “The race went better than I expected”
    82news RSS on motogp.com / 11h
    Top ten for the ‘Spartan’ despite front tyre woes


    Moto3 World Championship Race Results From COTA
    1Roadracingworld.com / 5h
    Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas FIM Moto3 World Championship Circuit of The Americas Austin, Texas


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


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


    Austin Moto2: Morbidelli keeps perfect record with third straight win
    1Motorsport.com / 4h
    Having started from pole, Marc VDS rider Morbidelli led the way at the end of the opening lap after seeing off a brief challenge from fellow countryman Mattia Pasini (Italtrans).Morbidelli's teammate Alex Marquez claimed the lead shortly


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    Sauber close to Honda engine deal for 2018
    17Motorsport.com / 3min
    The Swiss team has run Ferrari power since 2010 but cracks have formed in its relationship in recent months and Sauber has been working on finding a new partner.Talks with Honda have been ongoing for some time but accelerated in


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


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





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


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


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


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


    The Indy 500 isn’t Simply an Auto Race
    2Automobile Magazine / by esegura / 17h
    As I was standing in the back-straight bleachers at my very first Indianapolis 500, I caught sight of the field firing out of Turn 2 during the first lap, a hail of oncoming bullets like bright-colored cans of motor oil. The earth tilted under my


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


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


    Other Racing News



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


    2017 FIM Sidecarcross World Championship - Oldebroek (NED)




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





    Cages- On the Street and Track

    BMW IN THE NEWS

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


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


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    bimmerfile.com
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    OTHER CAGE NEWS

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


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


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


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


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


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


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




    FWIW

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




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


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


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



    The Final Mile

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

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

    Click here to download a PDF of the report.

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

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

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


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    Custom Bikes Of The Week: 23 April, 2017
    500+Bike EXIF / by Wesley Reyneke / 7h
    This week, we’ve got a sublime CB, a wild Sportster and a pair of vastly different race bikes. Oh, and someone actually built an attractive Honda Shadow. Which one would you take home? Honda CB750 by John Green This retro-fabulous




    Godless - Ask Motorcycles Buell XB
    500+Return of the Cafe Racers / by Geoff Baldwin / 13h
    This story first appeared in Tank Moto issue 12 . This isn’t the first time we’ve featured a build by Japan’s Ask Motorcycles. After meeting workshop owner Rad Yamamoto at the Mooneyes Yokohama Hot Rod Show in 2012 we struck up a





    Moby Dick Brough Superior up for auction
    17Motorbike Writer / by Mark Hinchliffe / 1d
    A 1928 Brough Superior SS100 called Moby Dick that was once the “fastest privately owned machine in the world” is a highlight of a Sotheby’s auction in Italy next month. The ‘Moto-Icons: From Café Racer to the Superbike’ sale of 20


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    BMW Motorsport News

    Morales, Hutchinson and Rutter head the first ranking of the 2017 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy.
    BMW Group PressClub Global / 48min
    The 2017 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy has just started but is already a big success: so far, no fewer than 107 riders from 19 different nations on six continents have registered for this unique worldwide competition, 30 more


    More power for the engine in the new BMW M4 DTM: Facts on the 500-hp plus BMW P66/1.
    BMW Group PressClub Canada / 16h
    Powerful and reliable: these two terms perfectly sum up the demands placed on the V8 engines in the DTM. The six BMW drivers have just one engine each for the entire season. With this in mind, the engineers and mechanics at BMW


    Bimmer

    The new BMW M550d xDrive.
    BMW Group PressClub Global / 1h
    BMW is now expanding the new generation of the world's most successful business sedan, the BMW 5 Series, with the addition of another M Performance model. The new BMW M550d xDrive is fitted with the most powerful diesel


    The BMW 530e iPerformance.
    BMW Group PressClub Global / 13min
    The world’s most successful business sedan is now also available as a plug-in hybrid. Munich. Just a few weeks after the latest generation of the BMW 5 Series was launched, a plug-in hybrid variant will now join the ranks of the world’s


    The new BMW 4 Series - Additional photos.
    BMW Group PressClub Global / 13min
    The new BMW 4 Series - Additional photos.


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    BMW Group News

    The BMW Group at the 2017 Hannover Messe. On the road to zero-emission electric mobility.
    70BMW Group PressClub Global / 5h
    Hanover. At the 2017 Hannover Messe – the world’s leading industrial show – taking place on 24 – 28 April, the company will be presenting concepts and technologies with partners under the banner “NewEnergy-4-Mobility2050”.


    BMW Group subsidiary Designworks collaborates with Shell to improve the customer experience in hydrogen refuelling.
    BMW Group PressClub Global / 7h
    Introduction of hydrogen dispenser concept at Hannover Fair (24 – 28 April 2017).


    BMW i joins forces with TED in search of visionaries with powerful new ideas about mobility.
    BMW Group PressClub USA / 51min
    Invites thinkers and doers to take part in “NextVisionaries” ideas competition. Winners to present at the Frankfurt Motor Show and TED’s New York theater.


    Recalls

    Bmw ( 17v240000 )
    5KVehicles Recalls / 3h
    Dated: APR 10, 2017 BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2017-2018 M760Li xDrive vehicles. The affected vehicles have engine oil cooler lines that may loosen causing an oil leak in the engine compartment...


    Search for Recalls Here

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

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    BMW MOTORRAD IN THE NEWS

    BMW will launch 14 new motorcycles in 2017
    Motofire / 3h
    The German manufacturer’s model offensive will continue. Tacked onto the end of a Q1 earnings report from BMW Motorrad comes the news that the Bavarian-based maker of all things two-wheeled will be launching 14 new – and revised –


    Harley and BMW lead brand intimacy study
    9Motorbike Writer / by Mark Hinchliffe / 3h
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    FWIW I continue to believe the rumors are overblown; not unfounded but over blown.

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

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

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    Duc Tales

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

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

    Dieselgate Scandal and Sell

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

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

    Who would buy Ducati
    Many names have been floated.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    2001 a BMW Business Odyssey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Racing - The Real Question

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

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




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    BMW AG Quarterly Report to 31 March 2017

    Thursday 4 May 2017

    Solid start to 2017 for BMW Group

    The headline is from the BMW PressClub release announcing the BMW AG Quarterly Report to 31 March 2017. Upon reading it I quickly scrolled to the key paragraph for readers of this thread.


    Motorcycles segment sets new delivery record

    The Motorcycles segment had a successful start to the year, delivering 35,636 motorcycles and maxi-scooters (2016: 33,788 units) to customers during the first quarter, 5.5% up on the previous year. Revenues grew by 7.0% to € 623 million (2016: € 582 million). Higher volumes and positive sales-mix factors helped segment profit before financial result to jump by 33.0% to € 125 million (2016: € 94 million). Influenced by seasonal factors at the start of the motorcycle season, the segment EBIT margin came in at 20.1% (2016: 16.2%). Profit before tax also improved by 33.0% to € 125 million (2016: € 94 million).


    This, along with the Automobile and Financial segment reports had me nodding in agreement as I clicked on the full BMW AG Quarterly Report to 31 March 2017 to read the rest of the story. The full report is another well organized and interesting bit of creative-non-fiction business reporting. For the fans of Cliff Notes, I have put together an abridged version featuring the Motorcycle segment along with links to the related management statements and full Q1 Report. Let me give you some of my takeaways as I read through the report.

    The reports does show a strong beginning to 2017 for BMW AG. However, as you drill down into the report where you are sitting as you read it may skew your perspective slightly. Let me give you for examples of what I mean.

    BMW AG Investors

    I am not one and do not pretend to understand them. In 2016 I follow as various pundits wrote about BMW for investors, and followed their readers comments about some of the concerns in 2016. Two items brought up were increases in staffing and expenses. I found it interesting that the release paragraph that follows the one sighted above ties these two concerns together.


    Workforce increased

    The size of the BMW Group's workforce increased by 3.0% year-on-year and comprised 126,317 employees (2016: 122,692 employees) worldwide. The BMW Group continuously hires skilled experts and IT specialists in future-oriented areas, such as digitalisation and automated driving.


    The three percent increase in workforce is similar to the increase in 2016 which caused concern. In 2016 the investment world expressed concern about increased staffing levels, capital and inventory expenses. A large portion of these costs could be attributed to the staffing, training them, and inventory build up as the Manaus Brazil motorcycle assembly plant opened. This is BMW’s first motorcycle plant outside Berlin. Now BMW is showing the investment in the motorcycle segment is reaping a return.

    Announcing this year’s staffing increase after showing investors a return on a similar move last year is paying off is an example of creative non-fiction business writing. The annual report gives more details. The return or loss on the 2016 expenses was quickly known. The return on this year’s increase will take longer to be seen.

    Focus on all the plusses in percentages and revenue and trust us to manage the new directions...please...please...please, please, please.

    North America

    The rolled up numbers for motorcycle deliveries are up 5.5 percent corporate wide. The staff and heads of BMW USA and BMW Canada Motorcycle segments might feel a bit uncomfortable about the that number from where they are seated. When you dig into the report sales volume in the USA dropped moderately to 2,866 units (2016: 3,022 unit; –5.2%). In their April 2017 PressClub sales release, BMW Motorrad Canada reported April sales of 287 units, an increase of +10.4% compared to April, 2016. On the year, a total of 602 motorcycles have been sold representing a decrease of -4.6% over the same period last year. The April sales give a glimmer of hope; however, in both countries 2016 was a already down year.

    BMW MOA

    The report will be read and spun in a variety of ways within the association. Here are some observations and questions looking for people to spin answers to.

    During Q1 in North America, BMW Motorrad USA/CA sold 3,185 motorcycles and scooters creating a new crop of potential members and member needs. The pool is growing. What are we doing to prepare for and capture riders in that pool and the future quarter pool of riders?

    Yes, some of these were sold to current members. What happened to their used motorcycles? Did we capture the new buyer? Or, did they become part of a stable. Are the needs and issues confronting a stable owner different from the single motorcycle owner? If so how are we meeting those needs?

    What is the sales mix. The Canadian press release shows strong R model sales. The mix is tilted toward the GS models. In the USA the S has become the sales leader over the past years. The RR lead the way but in some reports the XR is taking over the lead.

    BMW AG has spent a ton of money bringing the G 301 R and GS to market. What have we done to get ready for those owners?

    BMW is touting 14 new models will be released this year. We have seen spy shots of a F900GS. Will BMW announce more sub 500cc models? Hate it or love it the Bagger was touted as only the first of a line of North America specific models. I have BMW is counting models, nor any idea what the other thirteen would be. I also have no idea if the BMW MOA has any idea about this either.

    Executives at BMW Motorrad USA/CA may be nervous with the decrease in sales numbers year to year. Why aren’t we, but for very different reasons, when the number of potential members increases every year and the membership continues to “seek its natural level’?



    BMW Group Quarterly Report to 31 March 2017



    ]Statement by Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Conference Call Interim Report to 31 March 2017
    BMW Group PressClub USA / 34min
    Statement Krüger Conference Call Q1 2017


    Statement by Dr. Nicolas Peter, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Finance, Conference Call Interim Report to 31 March 2017
    BMW Group PressClub USA / 34min
    Statement Dr. Peter Conference Call Q1 2017

    abridged: BMW Group Quarterly Report to 31 March 2017










    GENERAL ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT

    Motorcycle markets in the first quarter 2017 Motorcycle markets in the 250 cc plus class were generally slower at the beginning of the year, reflected in a 3.3% drop in motorcycle registrations worldwide. The European market was on a par with the previous year (+ 0.3%). The German market, however, decreased by 1.2%. Other major motorcycle markets in Europe also fell short of the previous year’s mark. Italy saw only a slight decrease (– 0.5%), while the Spanish market contracted by 3.9%. The only major market in Europe with an increase was France, where registrations rose by 5.4% in the first quarter. Following a weak previous year, the US market saw a further decrease in motorcycle sales (– 5.2%).

    Motorcycles Segment

    Solid rise in Motorcycles segment sales volume BMW Motorrad also had a successful start to the year. The segment sold 35,636 motorcycles worldwide during the three-month period under report, achieving a record first-quarter sales volume performance for the sixth year in succession (2016: 33,788 units; +5.5%). In Europe, sales rose significantly by 10.3% to 22,991 units (2016: 20,849 units), despite difficult market conditions. Sales in Germany grew by 2.8% to 5,824 units (2016: 5,668 units). Business also developed positively in Italy, where BMW Motorrad recorded first-quarter sales of 3,463 units (2016: 3,125 units; + 10.8%). First-quarter sales in France improved significantly by 14.4% to 3,696 units (2016: 3,230 units). By contrast, sales volume in the USA dropped moderately to 2,866 units (2016: 3,022 unit; –5.2%).

    Significant increase in motorcycle production
    A total of 54,466 motorcycles rolled off the production lines during the first three months of 2017, 35.2% more than one year earlier (2016: 40,280 units). This significant year-on-year increase was mainly due to initial supply of the latest models to the dealership organisation.

    Earnings up by one third
    In the first quarter, the Motorcycles segment benefited from sales volume growth and the trend towards higher-value models. The sale of optional equipment also made a significant contribution to earnings. Segment revenues rose by 7.0 % to € 623 million (2016: € 582 million). Both EBIT and profit before tax improved by approximately one third to € 125 million (2016: both € 94 million; + 33.0%). The EBIT margin for the Motorcycles segment came in at 20.1% (2016: 16.2%; + 3.9 percentage points).

    Workforce up slightly on previous year
    The BMW Group employed 3,424 people in the Motorcycles segment at 31 March 2017 (31 December 2016: 3,351 employees; + 2.2%).




    RESULTS OF OPERATIONS, FINANCIAL POSITION AND NET ASSETS



    Motorcycles segment
    The Motorcycles segment recorded solid revenue growth in the first quarter, mainly reflecting a 5 . 5% rise in deliveries. Higher sales of optional equipment and improved pricing also contributed. As a result, the segment gross profit margin improved from 26 . 6% to 28 . 7%.

    Cost of sales increased slightly due to the development of new models and higher production costs. Thanks to the improvement in other operating result, first-quar - ter profit before tax, which reflects seasonal factors, increased significantly. The EBIT margin for the threemonth period came in at 20.1% (2016: 16.2%). volumes as well as higher other operating income contributed to a slight improvement in the Financial Services segment’s first-quarter profit before taxes.

    REPORT ON OUTLOOK, RISKS AND OPPORTUNITIES

    Further growth to continue
    Profitability within target range expected
    Global economy offers favourable conditions


    OUTLOOK

    The report on outlook, risks and opportunities describes the expected development of the BMW Group, including the associated material risks and opportunities, from the perspective of the Group’s management. It contains forward-looking assertions and is based on expectations and assessments which are, by their nature, subject to uncertainty. As a result, actual outcomes, including those attributable to political and economic developments, could differ substantially – either positively or negatively – from the expectations described below. Further related information is provided in the Annual Report 2016 (Outlook, pp 82, Risks and Opportunities, pp 88). Economic outlook According to the forecast of the International Monetary Fund, the global economy is set to grow by approximately 3.5% in 2017.

    Within the eurozone, elections in France and Germany in 2017 and the official start of exit negotiations between the EU and the UK expose economic developments in the region to significant uncertainty. Nevertheless, estimations point to a continued upturn, with a 1.6 % increase in gross domestic product (GDP). Falling unemployment combined with rising consumption by private households, solid industrial production figures and robust investment activities should provide a broad basis for economic growth in the eurozone.

    The ECB is likely to continue its expansive monetary policies, given that the inflation rate in 2017 is only expected to rise to around 1.6% and therefore below the medium-term target of no more than 2%. The euro is not expected to depreciate further against the US dollar in the current year.

    The economic climate in Germany is expected to remain favourable. Strong domestic consumption, solid levels of investment and a robust export sector are all contributing to the positive development. As a result, GDP is forecast to grow by approximately 1.6% in 2017.

    The French economy is forecast to grow by 1.3 %. Here too, the export sector is performing well. The positive trend in investment activities from the previous year is likely to continue and could also gain momentum. By contrast, the unemployment rate is only falling slowly.

    In Italy, the job market is recovering only gradually and is therefore unlikely to generate a significant increase in consumer spending. Overall, the Italian economy is forecast to grow by 0.9% in 2017.

    Spain is expected to contribute to Europe’s overall economic growth with an above-average GDP rise of around 2.5%. The main factors driving this positive development are high investment levels, solid industrial production and a dynamic export sector.

    In March 2017, the UK government submitted a formal request to exit the EU, marking the beginning of a twoyear phase of negotiations on the future relationship between the EU and the UK. In April, the government announced its intention to hold elections in the UK in June 2017. This could bring additional uncertainty. With some signs of economic slowdown already emerging for the current year, the UK economy is now expected to grow only by around 1.6%.

    GDP in the USA is expected to grow by 2.3% in 2017. Despite a strong US dollar, exports could increase significantly more than in the previous year. Investments and industrial production could also rise and contribute to improved economic growth. With wages rising, consumer spending is likely to remain the bedrock of the US economy.

    The government in China is continuing the transition from an investment-driven to a consumer-driven economy. For this reason, growth rates in the coming years are likely to be lower than in the past. State-driven economic stimulus measures should prevent any abrupt downturn in the economy. In line with the Chinese government’s own target, the pace of growth is now forecast to decelerate slightly to 6.5% in 2017. However, the risk of a possible financial and liquidity crisis in China remains, in view of steep and continuing rises in debt levels, particularly in the corporate sector.

    The Japanese economy could pick up slightly and grow by around 1.1% in 2017. Strong growth in exports and industrial production should provide the domestic economy with fresh momentum. However, consumer spending is likely to grow only moderately year-on-year.

    India is improving investment and planning security for investors by creating a favourable, competitive environment. These measures should encourage growth and enable GDP to rise by around 7.3% in the current year.

    The situation in Brazil and Russia is heavily dependent on the price of oil. With the recent increase in oil price, the value of the Russian rouble and the Brazilian real has tended upward, thus making imports cheaper and reducing inflationary pressures. These developments have enabled the central banks in both countries to move away partially from their restrictive monetary policies and stimulate the economy by means of lower interest rates. GDP growth rates over the full year are forecast at around 1.3% for Russia and 0.6% for Brazil.

    The average price of Brent crude oil during the current year’s reporting period has been around 55 US dollars per barrel, mainly due to production cutbacks by OPEC countries and other major oil-producing nations. With inventories of crude oil at historically high levels, however, significant price increases should be limited for the foreseeable future.

    Motorcycle markets in 2017
    The world’s motorcycle markets in the 250 cc plus class are forecast to grow slightly in 2017. In Europe, the positive trend is likely to continue in the major markets of Germany, France, Italy and Spain. In the USA, the motorcycles market is forecast to remain flat or slightly below the previous year’s level.

    Motorcycles segment
    Deliveries to customers: significant increase expected The BMW Group expects the positive trend in the Motorcycles segment to continue. The new R NineT Pure and R NineT Racer models unveiled at international trade fairs held in autumn 2016 have been available to customers since March 2017. Likewise, the new G 310 R and the updated version of the R 1200 GS have been available since March. The revised S 1000 RR has been in showrooms since January and was joined by the updated versions of the S 1000 R and the K 1600 GT in February. The new K 1600 B, the updated version of the luxury K 1600 GTL and the R NineT Urban G / S will follow in the summer and the G 310 GS in September. The broader product range is designed to appeal to new customer groups and provide further momentum for sales volume growth. Overall, deliveries of BMW motorcycles to customers are forecast to increase significantly year-on-year (2016: 145,032 units).

    EBIT margin expected in target range between 8 and 10%
    With effect from the financial year 2017, EBIT margin will serve as an additional key performance indicator for the Motorcycles segment. Accordingly, segment performance will also be managed based on the operating return on sales (EBIT margin) in future. Further information can be found in the description of the Group management system in the section “General Information on the BMW Group” in the Annual Report 2016. In this context, a target range of 8 to 10% has also been set for the Motorcycles segment. The EBIT margin for the Motorcycles segment is expected to lie within this range in 2017 (2016: 9.0%).

    Return on capital employed expected at previous year’s level Segment
    RoCE in 2017 is forecast to be in line with the previous year (2016: 33.0%). The long-term target RoCE of 26% for the Motorcycles segment should therefore be exceeded

    Overall assessment by Group management
    Business is expected to develop positively in the financial year 2017. The introduction of numerous new automobile and motorcycle models as well as the expansion of individual mobility-related services give reason to expect further profitable growth during the current year. Despite the challenges previously described, Group profit before tax is forecast to grow slightly. Based on the forecast of a slight increase in deliveries to customers, Automotive segment revenues are expected to grow slightly. At the same time, a slight decrease in fleet carbon dioxide emissions is expected. The Group’s targets are to be supported by a slight increase in the workforce. The Automotive segment’s EBIT margin in 2017 is expected to remain within the target range of between 8 and 10%, while its RoCE is forecast to decrease slightly. A slight decline is also forecast for the RoE in the Financial Services segment. Both performance indicators should, however, be above their long-term targets of 26% (RoCE) and 18% (RoE) respectively. Motorcycles segment deliveries to customers are expected to rise significantly in the forecast period, with an EBIT margin within the target range of between 8 and 10% and RoCE at the previous year’s level.

    Depending on the political and economic situation and the outcomes of the risks and opportunities described in the Annual Report 2016, actual business performance could, however, differ from current expectations.



    RISKS AND OPPORTUNITIES
    As a globally operating enterprise, the BMW Group is confronted with numerous risks and opportunities. Making full use of opportunities is the basis for the Group’s corporate success. The Group also consciously takes risks in order to achieve growth, profitability, efficiency and sustainable business for the future. There have been no material changes to the overall risk profile compared to that described in the Group Management Report 2016. Further information on risks and opportunities, and on the methods employed to manage them, can be found in the "Report on Risks and Opportunities" section of the Annual Report 2016 (pp 88).



    Disclaimer

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    OTHER MANUFACTURERS

    Polaris Motorcycle Division to Exhibit & Showcase New Model Lineup at 2017 AIMExpo
    motorsportsnewswire / by Motor Sports Newswire / 5h
    Indian Motorcycle & Polaris Slingshot to Showcase its Model Year 2018 Lineup at American International Motorcycle Expo in Columbus, Ohio MINNEAPOLIS , MN – May 8, 2017 – ( Motor Sports Newswire ) – The Polaris Motorcycle Division


    Motus adds three Dealers, new regional sales manager
    Dealernews / by Press Release / 3min
    BIRMINGHAM, AL – Motus Motorcycles announced three new Dealers and named a new regional sales manager. The new Dealers are in Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin: Motor-Vation in Mechanicsburg, PA, has been in


    Better Buy: Polaris Industries Inc. vs. Harley-Davidson
    3Motorcycle News / 11h
    One is the hulking industry behemoth, the other the upstart . But size alone doesn't give Harley-Davidson Yet it's fitting that Harley-Davidson and the owner of Indian Motorcycle -- two century-old industry nameplates -- are still going



    MC NEWS

    2017 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days Includes Music, Craft Beer & Bike Show
    1Ultimate Motorcycling / by Staff / 1h
    Fans of country music, rockabilly and high energy party rock are in for a treat at the 2017 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, scheduled for July at Mid-Ohio. The post 2017 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days Includes Music, Craft Beer & Bike Show


    What to Expect at The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, Presented by GEICO Motorcycle
    motorsportsnewswire / by Motor Sports Newswire / 13h
    CARMEL, CA – May 1, 2017 – ( Motor Sports Newswire ) – Spectators, sponsors, entrants and organizers eagerly await the start of the 9th Annual The Quail Motorcycle Gathering , presented by GEICO Motorcycle, this Saturday, May 6th


    James Lansdowne Norton: A British Icon
    2Cycle World / by Gaz Boulanger / 3h
    Lifestyle From bicycles to motorcycles, beginning in 1898 James Lansdowne Norton started what was initially a bicycle chain and parts maker, and then expanded to become one of the most iconic motorcycle manufacturers in the…


    History of Motorcycling
    4Cycle World / by Nick Ienatsch / 5h
    Ienatsch Tuesday From newbies to veterans alike, Nick gets you up to speed Nick Ienatsch's weekly column celebrates the motorcycle life. In this installment, Nick provides a succinct verbal history of motorcycling, touching on


    Why We Should Buy Beginner Bikes
    1Motorcycle Cruiser / by Morgan Gales / 13h
    Tips and tech Ride what you're comfortable with, and don't blame the bike A response to RideApart's Why We Need To Stop Buying Beginner Bikes, on the benefits of small displacement motorcycles and dangers of starting off on a big


    Motorcycles as Art - Ninth Annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering
    1RideApart - Recent Articles / 3h
    Motorcycles as Art - Ninth Annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering Even absent perfect weather, the ninth Quail Motorcycle Gathering in Carmel Valley, Calif. showcased some exceptional motorcycles and quite a few swell ones.


    James May Has a Solution for Motorcycle Theft
    78The Drive / by Eric Brandt / 10h
    James May, former Top Gear co-host and current presenter for The Grand Tour , wrote a compelling piece for DriveTribe as a solution for motorcycle theft . May’s proposal is that "we must deal with the problem of bike thieves at its source, by


    Motorcyclists 27x more likely to die than auto drivers
    400+Boing Boing / by Jason Weisberger / 5d
    Motorcyclists are 27x more likely to die and 5x more likely to be injured than folks in passenger cars. RideApart discusses the dangers of motorcycling in a mature and upfront fashion. (more…)


    2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT | Long-Term Test
    2Rider Magazine / by Jenny Smith / 1h
    The Austrians sure do love their sharp-edged bodywork and orange paint. The go-fast Super Duke GT appears to be in motion even when parked on its side stand. (Photos by the author and Kevin Wing) Following his first ride on the


    First Ride Review: 2017 Kawasaki Versys-X 300
    Motorcyclist Magazine Firstrides / by Joe Gresh / 1min
    Reviews The thinking man’s adventure touring motorcycle. The small-displacement Versys X300 hits a home run into the booming adventure category, Kawasaki is betting that a high-rpm double will beat a single every time.



    RIDING

    Iron Butts & Frozen Bodies: Peter Egan & Others Talk Long-Distance Touring
    13Ultimate Motorcycling / by Gary Ilminen / 2h
    Motorcycle touring icons like Peter Egan and Larry Green discuss iron butts and long-distance motorcycle riding experiences at Wisconsin's Black Earth Library. The post Iron Butts & Frozen Bodies: Peter Egan & Others Talk Long-Distance


    FIA supports the fourth UN Global Road Safety Week
    13Press release feed / by amechoulam / 10h
    FIA news The FIA and its member Clubs around the world are supporting the worldwide #SlowDown campaign: www.unroadsafetyweek.org . In total, 42 Clubs will receive funding to implement road safety projects for the Week via the


    Watch This Motorcyclist Cling to a Car After Falling Off Bike on a Highway
    200+The Drive / by Aaron Brown / 3d
    All too often, car drivers ignore the possibility that there could be a motorcyclist in their blind spot, thus leading to a dangerous collision. A clip uploaded to YouTube shows what happens when a motorcycle and a car collide at highway



    GEAR

    All-Weather Riding Gear Guide
    Baggers / by Staff / 3h
    Motorcycle Gear Quality riding apparel that you can rock in all four seasons Blend function and form with this new multi-season riding apparel from Klim and Rev'It.


    TECH

    Tool of the Week: Snap-on Electronic Flex Head Torque Wrench
    Baggers / by Jon McDevitt / 7h
    How To A torque wrench to rule them all Jon discusses the Electronic Flex Head Torque Wrench from Snap-on and what sets it apart from a standard torque wrench.


    The Racing Sheet

    World Sidecarcross Championship 2017 - round 1 - Oldebroek Circuit







    Lorenzo: Ducati should adopt Yamaha’s chassis philosophy
    100+Motorsport.com / 59min
    The three-time premier class champion has endured a tough start to his Ducati career since switching from Yamaha last winter, with his ninth-place finish at Austin being his top result so far.It puts him 13th in the standings on 13 points,


    Pedrosa Propels Win Streak to 16th Year
    1beIN SPORTS News / 1d
    Dani Pedrosa's #SpanishGP win pushes his remarkable streak of claiming at least one world championship race victory up to a 16th consecutive season.


    Jerez MotoGP: Pedrosa fends off Marquez as Yamahas struggle
    1Motorsport.com / 1d
    Marquez chose the hard rear tyre, as opposed to Pedrosa’s medium, so although the reigning champion dropped away in the early stages, he came on strong in the closing laps.Marquez got the gap under a second with three laps remaining,


    Lorenzo: Third Place 'Like a Victory'
    1beIN SPORTS News / 1d
    Jorge Lorenzo rebounded from his early struggles on the Ducati by piloting the notoriously finicky Desmosedici to the podium in Jerez.


    2017 MotoGP Championship Standings After Round 4, Jerez, Spain
    10MotoMatters.com / by Zara Daniela / 1d
    MotoGP standings after Jerez: Round Number: 4 Year: 2017


    Pedrosa: My change? I focused on the joy and that's not all
    1GPone RSS Feed / 3d
    Dani dominates on Friday, while Marquez plays catch-up: "It's more important to be competitive in terms of race pace than the flying lap"


    Jerez Moto2: Marquez takes maiden win as Morbidelli crashes
    1Motorsport.com / 1d
    Marquez, who had topped all sessions in the run-up to the race, led the field from pole position, with championship leader and teammate Franco Morbidelli following behind in second place.On Lap 7, Marquez ran wide at Turn 5,


    Moto3 World Championship Race Results From Jerez
    3Roadracingworld.com / 1d
    FIM Moto3 World Championship Circuito de Jerez Jerez de la Frontera, Spain May 7, 2017 Race Results (all on Dunlop tires): 1. Aron C...





    F1 News: Boss wants Alonso at Monaco GP, Ricciardo slams tyres, Red Bull hit by delay
    2Daily Express / 3d
    EXPRESS SPORT brings you all the latest Formula One news featuring Fernando Alonso, Chase Carey and Daniel Ricciardo.


    Lowe: Two-second gap 'exciting' for Williams
    63F1 / 3d
    Paddy Lowe has described the two-second gap between Williams and the front of the field as "exciting" as he looks to move the team closer to race wins. The former Mercedes executive director (technic...


    Analysis: F1 treading a fine line on competition – will updates in Spain tip the balance?
    79James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen websi... / by James Allen / 3d
    The F1 season so far has a broadly positive balance sheet; it has featured two good races and two dull ones with little or no close racing, but the saving grace has been the close competition between Ferrari and Mercedes. Because behind


    Honda tight-lipped over rumours of Mercedes input | F1 Fanatic Round-up
    16F1 Fanatic / by Keith Collantine / 1d
    In the round-up: Honda tight-lipped over rumours of Mercedes input • Vettel defends Raikkonen's start to season • Wolff against rules shake-up



    Tech analysis: Ferrari's double monkey seat
    300+Motorsport.com / 3d
    The team made revisions for Russia as it looked for a little more downforce and stability from the rear of the car, incorporating two monkey seats.The first of these monkey seats (arrowed) could be found attached to the rear wing




    Tech analysis: Why cooling became Mercedes' Achilles heel in Russia
    300+Motorsport.com / 2d
    Both Mercedes cars struggled noticeably with overheating issues during the Russian Grand Prix. And although Valtteri Bottas was able to take the win thanks to being in clean air at the front, Lewis Hamilton's woes showed it could have


    2017 Russian Grand Prix: Race Highlights




    FORMULA e

    A Closer Look At An All-Electric Formula E Racer – Video
    1formula e / InsideEVs / 10h
    InsideEVs A Closer Look At An All-Electric Formula E Racer – Video InsideEVs A comprehensive walk through of what makes up a Formula E racer begins with a car from Renault's livery.



    Cages- On the Street and Track

    BMW IN THE NEWS

    BMW Driving School Instructors Set to Compete in the One Lap of America
    3BimmerFile / by Gabriel Bridger / 3d
    Official release: The BMW Driving School with partners BMW M Performance Parts, IHG Rewards Club, and Continental Tire, today announces its entry in the 2017 One Lap of America with the BMW M3 Competition Package sedan. BMW


    Future BMW iNEXT will be an electric crossover, feature Level 3 autonomy
    400+Bmw Blog / by Nico DeMattia / 3d
    When BMW displayed its concept for the BMW Vision NEXT 100 , it looks like something plucked straight from the future. With a flexible skin-like body and bonkers interior, the iNEXT might as well have been take from a Philip K. Dick


    Which defunct BMW would you like to see come back?
    19Bmw Blog / by Nico DeMattia / 1d
    It seems that BMW is focused solely on the future at the moment. With electric cars, autonomous cars and the future of connectivity on the horizon, BMW must has its sights set on where it’s going, not where it’s been.

    FWIW **2002 and a couple versions of the CS

    1976 BMW 2002 - Jay Leno's Garage



    BMW Blogs :
    bimmerfile.com
    bmwblog.com

    OTHER CAGE NEWS

    Super Luxury Car Sales Are Booming [Infographic]
    4Forbes - Business / by Niall McCarthy, Contributor / 11h
    A record number of super luxury cars were sold across the world last year with Bentley and Ferrari the dominant forces in the market.


    Is 2017 The Breakthrough Year For Flying Cars?
    7Forbes - Business / by CIO Central Guest, Contributor / 11h
    Logitech's Scott Wharton predicts that flying cars – also known as personal hybrid ground-to-air vehicles – will soon move from sci-fi dreams to reality


    Lee Noble reveals £18,000 Bug:R beach buggy
    10Autocar RSS Feed / 1d
    The £18k roofless buggy uses Mk3 Ford Mondeo parts - Photo credit: Steve Hole, TKC Mag The £18,000 beach buggy uses Mk3 Ford Mondeo parts, and is available for either kit car build or fully-made Lee Noble, the founder of Noble


    Ford F-Series Surpasses the 70,000 Mark; Ford Brand SUVs Set Record; Company’s Overall U.S. Sales Down 7.2 Percent
    Business Wire Automotive / 2h
    DEARBORN, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) today reported its April 2017 sales results. Click here or visit media.ford.com to view the news release. Ford will begin its monthly sales call at 10 a.m. ET this




    FWIW



    Ducati to Royal Enfield?

    Last week a Reuters report tipped India motorcycle manufacturer Hero to be in line to buy Ducati and Help VWAG pay DieselGate expenses. This week Royal Enfield is the latest press pick to buy Ducati. The Times of India began the latest round of speculation in an article titled, Royal Enfield revving up to buy Ducati? *

    Royal Enfield (Eischer Motors) presents an interesting option for a buyer. Siddharth Lal, MD & CEO of Eicher Motors is quoted saying “We can’t talk to you on such things..” when asked if they were in the hunt for Ducati. A classic non denial denial in the long line of such statements which have started thousands of rumors. Lal goes on to describe the company saying, “We are today the most profitable motorcycle company in the world... We want to become a global leader in motorcycles, we want to become the number one in middle-weight markets around the world...”

    The claim is very believable. During a business year running from April 1 to March 31 the company reported 2016 unit sales of 498,791 up from 324,055 the previous year. The compiled numbers due out shortly should show another increase. The company is in the process of expanding production with a new plant in Chennai. It is expected to be online in 2018 and would bring total company capacity to 900,000 units per year. Either Motors is hoping that capacity will be eaten up as they expand the Royal Enfield line with a corporate run expansion into Europe, Asia and North America.

    Ducati and Royal Enfield fit together, in a Pangaea sort of way, when you lay them out together. The new company would lack much of the pesky duplication to sap energy and money from the venture. Rather there are strengths and opportunities to expand and build both marques. Just as you see a world dominating company coming together you are caught up short unable to answer the “why” when confronted with another quote from Lal.

    "I have a general view on such things. We are always open to thoughts and ideas. But as you know, we are the most focused and selective company... So basically, without saying absolutely no to anything - because we never say never - we are so zeroed in on our own opportunity that we do not want anything to distract us."

    As enticing as purchasing Ducati would be, in the end, I believe there are too many distractions taking away value, along with timing delays paying for a new Chennai plant may not allow the deal to happen. Both issues will only increase with time. Given the hurdles public companies must go through in such transactions it could be 2020 before the new combination could begin sorting them out. However, of the many suitor companies mentioned so far, this is the most interesting.

    BikeIndia.in provides an alternative source for all the purchase rumors and turns them in another direction.

    “With no official confirmation from Ducati or Royal Enfield these developments are open to speculation, although Andrea Buzzoni, global sales and marketing director at Ducati did confirm the company was looking for a partner in India to make small-capacity motorcycles.”

    Where are my motorcycle Pangaea maps? Instead of trying to put the continents together, what if, I just link the two together at...what about Chennai...watch the movement of people and animals (a.k.a. Motorcycle designs) back and forth until continental drift takes its natural course?

    VWAG has been expanding the world reach of Ducati to increase sales and profits. I am in the camp that thinks Ducati’s revenue over a long term is more valuable to VWAG than that of a short term sale. In this scenario Ducati has survived the corporate axe in VWAG’s top to bottom valuation of holdings. Ducati is weak in the sub 500cc market. What if speculation started by the valuation process during the review is being compounded by the search for a partner to help expand Ducati’s product line?

    All of this and five buck will get me coffee and change down at the official Fly-Over-Land coffee shop.




    BIKE CANDY



    Custom of the Week: Sam’s ‘Best Scrap Available’ BSA Tracker
    Motofire / by Ross Sharp - The Bike Shed / 5h
    Bikes, beer and welding, sounds like the perfect day to me. Sam from Scotia Welding spends his days fabricating equipment for the micro brewing industry but has form when it comes to bike building. Back in the nineties he competed



    If Audi Made Motorcycles
    500+Yanko Design / by Troy Turner / 14h
    As much as we wish they did, Audi doesn’t make a moto (unless you consider the fact that they own Ducati)… but if they did, you can be sure it’d have a flat torque curve, and silently creep across red lines! Just like this concept: the Audi

    FWIW **They do. They call them Ducati. They come in red and a couple other colors.




    Fuller Custom Motus Dyno Run
    1Motorcycle.comMotorcycle.com / by Tom Roderick / 8h
    Bryan Fuller of Fuller Moto created this custom streetfighter from a Motus MSTR. On the dyno with no more engine modifications other than installing a set of drag pipes, the naked Motus clocked 156 rear wheel horsepower, and 114





    Church Of MO Ride Report: 2003 BMW F650CS Scarver
    1Motorcycle.comMotorcycle.com / by Troy Siahaan / 8h
    Keeping with the 650-ish psuedo Adventure/Enduro bike theme started last week with the 1997 Suzuki XF650 Freewind , this week brings us the 2003 BMW F650CS Scarver . At the time few would call the Scarver a good-looking





    BaT Auction: 1991 BMW K1 at No Reserve
    5The best vintage and classic cars for sale online / by bringatrailer / 6h
    This 1991 BMW K1 shows 70k miles and has been in the San Francisco Bay Area since new. The K1 was BMW’s flagship sport bike and is powered by a fuel-injected 987cc DOHC inline-four paired to a close-ratio 5-speed gearbox.
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    Nate Kern Podiums On Stock BMW S1000RR
    1Motorcycle.comMotorcycle.com / by Press Release / 5h
    Think I’ll go for a ride on my stock S1000RR, and podium on the way home. Begin Press Release: Nate Kern Earns Podium Finish In Round One Of WERA Triple Crown On Stock BMW S1000RR Woodcliff Lake, NJ (May 8, 2017) – Last
    This link still shows up on a search of motorcycle.com, but leads to a 404 error.
    Another article on this great story here:https://ultimatemotorcycling.com/201...ra-sbk-podium/
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    This link still shows up on a search of motorcycle.com, but leads to a 404 error.
    Another article on this great story here:https://ultimatemotorcycling.com/201...ra-sbk-podium/
    Thank you for catching that. I updated the heading/link to direct it to the BMW PressClub release.
    https://www.press.bmwgroup.com/usa/a...language=en_US

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    Beemer

    BMW Motorcycle Dealers Ranked First In 2017 Pied Piper Prospect Satisfaction Index®
    1BMW Group PressClub USA / 2d
    Woodcliff Lake, NJ – May 9, 2017…BMW motorcycle dealerships were the top ranked brand in a newly released 2017 Pied Piper Prospect Satisfaction Index® (PSI®) U.S. Motorcycle Industry Benchmarking Study. The study measured


    IRRC, FSBK and FR EU: five wins and a total of 12 podium finishes in six races for the BMW S 1000 RR racers.
    1BMW Group PressClub Canada / 2d
    Three race series, three times big success for the BMW Motorrad Motorsport family: in the six races held at the weekend in the individual championships, the BMW S 1000 RR racers celebrated no fewer than five wins and a total of 12


    BMW Motorrad USA Announces Pricing for 2018 R nineT Urban G/S
    BMW Group PressClub USA / 9d
    Woodcliff Lake, NJ – May 2, 2017…BMW Motorrad USA is pleased to announce that the 2018 Model Year R nineT Urban G/S – due to arrive in dealer showrooms by -June – will have a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Base Price of $12,995.00


    International BMW S 1000 RR racing family extends its collections of wins and podiums.
    BMW Group PressClub Canada / 9d
    It was an action packed weekend for the BMW Motorrad Motorsport teams and experts with race events in numerous championships – and it was another successful one, with two wins and many podium finishes.


    BMW Motorrad goes on air with new website. Vibrant storytelling for an even more intense experience.
    8BMW Group PressClub Global / 9d
    BMW Motorrad starts the new motorcycling season with a newly designed website. It showcases BMW Motorrad as a lifestyle brand with its promise “Make Life a Ride”, featuring a wide range of emotional content for a fascinating


    Morales, Hutchinson and Rutter head the first ranking of the 2017 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy.
    BMW Group PressClub Global / 15d
    The 2017 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy has just started but is already a big success: so far, no fewer than 107 riders from 19 different nations on six continents have registered for this unique worldwide competition, 30 more


    BMW Motorsport News

    Podium result at season-opener: Second place for Timo Glock in a thrilling Saturday race in Hockenheim.
    BMW Group PressClub Global / 5d
    BMW Motorsport started the new DTM season with a podium: Timo Glock (GER) finished runner-up in the DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM in Hockenheim (GER) - the sixth top-three result of the BMW Team RMG (RMR) driver’s career.


    Two BMW M6 GTLM finish on the podium for BMW Team RLL at COTA.
    2BMW Group PressClub Global / 4d
    A double-podium finish for BMW Team RLL in the fourth round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IWSC) at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA), in Austin, Texas, was a well-deserved reward for the team’s hard work


    BMW Motorsport News – Issue 18/2017.
    BMW Group PressClub Global / 4d
    ROWE Racing on the podium at Brands Hatch – Two wins for West Surrey Racing at Thruxton.


    Two Timos enter uncharted territory: Scheider takes Glock for a spin on the Rallycross track in the BMW M4 DTM Race Taxi.
    BMW Group PressClub Canada / 3d
    There was a special meeting of two friends at the opening race weekend of the 2017 DTM season: Timo Glock (GER) and Timo Scheider (GER) took to the track together in the DEUTSCHE POST BMW M4 DTM Race Taxi in Hockenheim (GER).


    The long journey to the camel. The private team “5ever” starts with three classic BMW 5 Series Touring (E34) automobiles for the adventurous endurance rally Allgäu – Orient 2017.
    BMW Group PressClub Canada / 3d
    Munich. Six young people, three young-at-heart BMW automobiles, a unique adventure. The endurance rally Allgäu – Orient 2017 is not simply attractive because of its exotic destination of Amman in Jordan. The unusual choice of


    Overtaking manoeuvres, rain, and action aplenty: Marco Wittmann on the podium for BMW after stunning fightback.
    BMW Group PressClub Canada / 3d
    The BMW DTM teams claimed two podium finishes and one pole position on the opening weekend of the 2017 season in Hockenheim (GER).


    Monaco ePrix promising speed by the sea for MS Amlin Andretti and BMW i.
    BMW Group PressClub Canada / 1d
    The MS Amlin Andretti Formula E team, supported by BMW, will head for a European race for the first time in season three of the all-electric racing series, as they take on the Monaco ePrix. The two ATEC-002 chassis will be raced by BMW


    Presentation of the prize car for the 2017 BMW M Award in Jerez: the new BMW M4 CS for the top MotoGP™ qualifier.
    BMW Group PressClub Canada / 1d
    BMW M Division once again presented a real highlight - the prize car for the BMW M Award in 2017: the new BMW M4 CS.



    Bimmer

    BMW Announces the new 2018 BMW 2 Series Coupe and Convertible.
    BMW Group PressClub USA / 9h
    Woodcliff Lake, NJ – IMMEDIATE…Today, BMW announces the latest BMW 2 Series, a model that has earned not only the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety “Top Safety Pick+” but also winning the inaugural JD Powers Tech


    BMW at the RETTmobil 2017
    BMW Group PressClub Global / 10h
    BMW emergency and special-purpose vehicles at the RETTmobil 2017


    First teaser of the forthcoming BMW 8 Series Coupe at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on 26 May 2017.
    BMW Group PressClub Global / 11h
    Munich. At today’s Annual General Meeting, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG Harald Krüger announced the arrival of a new concept car. The BMW Group will present a design study at this year’s Concorso


    The Power of Electric Vehicles– the BMW i3 #SilentPerformance
    91BMW (uploads) on YouTube / by BMW / 18h
    With the BMW i3, the world was introduced to a car developed to be not only emissions-free, but to bring the joy of driving to electric vehicles. Suddenly, the downtown commute became far more relaxed and sustainable.


    The new BMW 1 Series.
    19BMW Group PressClub Global / 23h
    Unmistakably sporty, with a higher-quality feel and greater presence. New special-edition models, an enhanced premium interior, extended connectivity features and the latest-generation iDrive operating system


    BMW model upgrade measures for the summer of 2017.
    BMW Group PressClub Global / 23h
    New BMW 5 Series Sedan and new BMW 5 Series Touring with additional drive variants – BMW 7 Series with a comprehensively extended range of standard equipment – iDrive operating system for further models with menu display


    The epitome of sportiness and sheer luxury: The new 3 Series edition models.
    BMW Group PressClub Global / 23h
    Edition Sport Line Shadow, Edition Luxury Line Purity and Edition M Sport Shadow with exclusive equipment features. LED headlights as standard and a wider choice of optional features


    BMW Group and Hamburg announce strategic partnership to provide electro-mobility options all across the city of Hamburg
    BMW Group PressClub Canada / 1d
    Up to 550 electrified carsharing-vehicles in Hamburg by 2019 +++ Expansion of public charging infrastructure +++ Privileges for electric vehicles and car-sharing +++


    The all-new BMW 5 Series Touring. All you need to know.
    58BMW (uploads) on YouTube / by BMW / 1d
    This clip explains the all-new BMW 5 Series Touring in detail: the exterior and interior design, the intelligent functionality, the assistance systems, the digital connectivity and of course the engines and the driving dynamics.

    The new BMW 5 Series Touring - additional photos.
    BMW Group PressClub Global / 1d
    The new BMW 5 Series Touring - additional photos.


    Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2017 invites you to an era of records.
    5BMW Group PressClub Global / 1d
    BMW Group Classic and Grand Hotel Villa d’Este present a journey through time and different eras of mobility on the shores of Lake Come from 26th to 28th May 2017 +++ The motto “Around the World in 80 Days – Voyage through an Era of


    BMW i enjoys ever increasing success and market share.
    BMW Group PressClub Global / 9d
    The BMW i3 wins World Urban Car Award 2017. World leader in alternative drive systems in the premium segment. Munich / New York. The BMW i3 continues to build on its successful start to life in both the global new vehicle registration


    BMW Group News

    Offical Statement BMW of North America on ABC News Reporting.
    BMW Group PressClub USA / 23h
    Woodcliff Lake, NJ – May 10, 2017… With approximately 4.9 million BMW vehicles on U.S. roads, fire incidents involving BMWs are very rare. BMW takes every incident very seriously and has a dedicated team prepared to work with


    Statement Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, 97th Annual General Meeting of BMW AG at Olympiahalle in Munich on 11th May 2017
    BMW Group PressClub Global / 13h
    Statement Krüger AGM 2017


    MINI

    Agile, versatile, electrifying: The MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4.
    BMW Group PressClub Global / 1d
    Characteristic MINI driving fun is now available in fascinating, sustainable form. The MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 is the first model of the British premium brand in which a plug-in hybrid drive provides the option of mobility that is


    Recalls

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    BMW MOTORRAD IN THE NEWS

    BMW Authority Models, Including R1200RT, to be Shown at Trade Fair[
    61BMW Motorcycle Magazine / by staff / 7h
    The BMW Group will again be presenting a selection of tailor-made emergency and special-purpose vehicles for rescue teams, fire services, emergency physicians and police forces at the RETTmobil trade fair being held in Fulda,



    OTHER MANUFACTURERS

    Polaris Motorcycle Division to debut at AIMExpo
    Powersports Business / by Kate Swanson / 2d
    The Polaris Motorcycle Division announced it will make its American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) debut in September at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The appearance of both Indian Motorcycle an


    Polaris Reports First Quarter Sales Increased 17%; ORV Dealer Inventory Down 9%
    Motorcycle & Powersports News / by MPN Staff Writers / 1d
    Polaris Industries Inc. recently reported its first quarter 2017 sales were $1,153.8 million, up 17 percent, from $983 million for the first quarter of 2016. Adjusted sales (which excludes the impact from Victory Motorcycles net sales for the first


    Polaris Industries' Earnings Aren't as Good as You Might Think]
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    A lot of the issues are masked by one-time adjustments as the powersports vehicle manufacturer works through its recall-related problems, winds down a motorcycle brand, and integrates recent acquisitions. Combined with sluggish


    American-made Motus building dealer base
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    New Events Kicking Off at the Harley-Davidson Museum
    1RoadRUNNER Motorcycle Touring & Travel Magazine / by RoadRUNNER / 11h
    Outdoor Bike Nights are set to return to the Harley-Davidson Museum today, along with a variety of other events. With extended hours (9 a.m.-6 p.m., daily; 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Thursdays), freebies for Mom, and the annual Armed Forces Day


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    2Cyril Huze Post / by Cyril Huze / 1d
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    https://www.asphaltandrubber.com/event/2017-quail-motorcycle-gathering/]At the 9th Annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering
    19Asphalt & Rubber » Asphalt & Rubber / by Andrew Kohn / 2h
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    SOA Chopper And Elvis Jeep To Be Sold At Dan Kruse Classics Auction
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    The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly About Motorcycle Patents
    94Asphalt & Rubber » Asphalt & Rubber / by Jensen Beeler / 3d
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    India is now the biggest two-wheeler market on Earth!
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    RIDING

    10 Great Motorcycle Rides In North America
    1KMotorcycle.comMotorcycle.com / by Motorcycle.com Staff / 2d
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    GEAR

    Rigg Gear Adventure Dry Saddlebags
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    TECH

    Using WD-40 to Clean Your Motorcycle
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    Althea BMW ready to fight on home turf at Imola
    Althea Racing / by admin_althea / 2d
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    3Roadracingworld.com / 2d
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    Decisions of the Grand Prix Commission in Jerez
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    Some updates to the regulations from Moto3™ engines to the quick start procedure






    FIA.com Events and Timing Information *Spanish Grand Prix


    F1 considering open car inspections at race weekends
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    Alonso issues McLaren ultimatum for 2018
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    F1 Paddock Pass: Spanish Grand Prix (VIDEO)
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    Mercedes F1 team introduces radical scoop vanes on nose
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    Sauber delays majority of F1 upgrade to Monaco GP
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    BMW IN THE NEWS

    BMW 4-Series GT Electric key to firm's future plans
    4Autocar RSS Feed / 2h
    The electric 4 Series GT will have a range of more than 311 miles The electric 350bhp 4 Series GT will go on sale in the UK in 2020; Tesla Model 3 rival will be priced below £40k A major realignment of BMW ’s strategy is set to result in


    SPIED: BMW i8 Spyder caught testing on the Nurburgring in latest video
    100+Bmw Blog / by Nico DeMattia / 7h
    The coming of the BMW i8 Spyder isn’t necessarily news. We’ve known about the car’s existence for some time now. However, details on it have been pretty scant, with BMW being quiet about its topless i8. There have been some spy


    BMW's i pairs up with TED, but we're not sure why
    100+Autoblog Green / by Gary S. Vasilash / 16h
    Filed under: Green , BMW , Emerging Technologies , Technology Rethinking personal mobility, and all the other jargon. Continue reading BMW's i pairs up with TED, but we're not sure why BMW's i pairs up with TED, but we're not sure

    FWIW ***Chic to diss TED, BMW, silicon valley and all that but do your homework. If they had they would know, as long term readers of this thread and its predecessors, BMW was an early sponsor for the TED move online. *Yes it can be seen as self serving elitist behavior on both sides because it is. However, over the years we have learned some interesting things, challenged our minds as we watched and felt a bit smug when we could argue against a point raised.

    Autoblog Green, It’s all about curiosity.


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    German Police Want American Soldiers To Muffle The Sound Of Their Throaty V8s
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    2017 Fiat 124 Spider: Is This The Best Miata Ever?
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    FWIW

    Passwords Are Terrible, but Will Biometrics Be Any Better?
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    BIKE CANDY



    2017 The Quail Motorcycle Gathering Best of Show: 1957 Mondial 250
    3Ultimate Motorcycling / by Ron Lieback / 1d
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    Show Stopper: Craig Rodsmith’s turbocharged Moto Guzzi
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    BMW Motorsport News

    Hat-trick of wins for BMW road racer Alastair Seeley at the North West 200 and BMW S 1000 RR domination in the IDM.
    22BMW Group PressClub Global / 4h
    The BMW Motorrad Motorsport family had a great start to the international road racing season, with three wins and nine podium finishes at the North West 200. The BMW S 1000 RR was also the bike to beat at the season opener of the


    One for all.
    BMW Motorrad News / 4h
    No one thrills crowds just as much as motorcycle racer Nate Kern. That's important to him because his fans give him something that he sorely missed before starting his career. With his infectious passion for BMW motorcycles,


    No points for MS Amlin Andretti in the Monaco ePrix.
    BMW Group PressClub Canada / 7h
    BMW works driver António Félix da Costa (PRT) missed out on his second points finish of the season, as a post-race penalty denied him ninth in the Monaco ePrix – he was classified 11th. The MS Amlin Andretti team also missed out with Félix


    Gloves off for round two: After a strong start for the new DTM, the season continues for BMW Motorsport at the Lausitzring.
    5BMW Group PressClub Global / 11h
    After the long winter break, the DTM has two rounds in May. Just 14 days after the season opener in Hockenheim (GER), the six BMW drivers will contest rounds three and four of the year at the Lausitzring (GER). The fans can look


    Bimmer

    Reachnow To Install 100 Electric Vehicle Chargers At 20 New Public Sites Across Seattle
    BMW Group PressClub USA / 1h
    SEATTLE, WASH. – May 15, 2017 – Today ReachNow, the mobility services division of the BMW Group, Woodland Park Zoo, and the City of Seattle celebrated the successful installation of the first of 20 Light & Charge electric


    The new BMW M240i M Performance Edition.
    BMW Group PressClub Global / 57min
    Attractive M Performance Parts enhance the dynamic character of the sporty coupé. With the new BMW M240i M Performance Edition, BMW M is now launching a special series in line with this trend. (combined fuel consumption:


    The new BMW 2 Series Coupé and Convertible. Official Launchfilm.
    100+BMW (uploads) on YouTube / by BMW / 18h
    The BMW 2 Series Coupé and BMW 2 Series Convertible have raised the bar in the premium compact class in terms of dynamic prowess, aesthetic appeal and emotional richness. They feature sharper front-end styling, LED headlights fitted


    The new BMW 1 Series 2017. Official Launchfilm.
    400+BMW (uploads) on YouTube / by BMW / 3d
    Unmistakably sporty, with a higher-quality feel and greater presence. New special-edition models, an enhanced premium interior, extended connectivity features and the latest-generation iDrive operating system: this is the next


    The King has come home: Elvis’ BMW 507 at BMW Museum




    BMW Group News

    BMW Group records strong sales growth in April
    200+BMW Group PressClub Global / 3d
    192,494 vehicles delivered worldwide in April, up 7.4% +++ BMW sales increase 9.4%, totalling 164,641 +++ BMW Group year-to-date sales total 779,736, plus 5.8% +++ Over 25,000 electrified models sold in year-to-date, up 82.7% +++

    ”BMW Motorrad continues to grow steadily following its record first quarter. April saw a total of 17,915 motorcycles and maxi-scooters delivered around the world, an increase of 6.7% compared with the same month last year. In the year-to-date, sales at BMW Motorrad are up 5.9% (53,551). Significant models in the BMW Motorrad model line-up are the highly emotive R nineT family, which has been delivered to more than 3,300 customers this year alone, while the G 310 R is the first BMW Motorrad below 500 ccm, opening up a new vehicle class for the brand.”



    FWIW ***Global sales continue an upward climb for BMW Motorrad. No numbers have been released for the USA market. Drilling down into automobile segment sales and Canadian sales things don’t look as good for the North American market.


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    BMW MOTORRAD IN THE NEWS

    R nineT Accessories Collaboration Between BMW And RSD Available
    Motorcycle.comMotorcycle.com / by Press Release / 1h
    We’ve seen these RSD R nineT Accessories in the flesh, and they are good looking! Begin Press Release: BMW MOTORRAD AND RSD COLLABORATE ON MACHINED ACCESSORY LINE FOR R nineT’S In 2013, Roland Sands Design and


    OTHER MANUFACTURERS

    Zero Motorcycles Says ‘Don’t Wait For Washington’
    1Rider Magazine / by Jenny Smith / 37min
    Zero Motorcycles has announced its “Don’t Wait For Washington” program, which offers a cash rebate matching the expiring Electric Motorcycle Federal Tax Credit, in the event the tax credit is not renewed after 2017.


    Bill Davidson says Harley serious about 100 new models
    22Motorbike Writer / by Mark Hinchliffe / 3h
    Harley-Davidson is serious about developing 100 new models in the next 10 years and is not just grabbing headlines, says Bill Davidson, great grandson of founder William A. Davidson. Early this year company boss Matt Levatich said


    Spied: Royal Enfield Continental GT 750 testing in Chennai
    OVERDRIVE / by Team OD / 13h
    Gets new oil-cooled motor wrapped in familiar Conti GT styling


    Motus welcomes industry veteran as SE Sales Manager
    1Motus Motorcycles / by Lee Conn / 22h
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Motus welcomes Donnie Hill as SE Sales Manager Birmingham, Alabama, April 28, 2017 – Motus Motorcycles has hired industry veteran Donnie Hill has Southeast Sales Manager. Motus is growing its product


    The Motus Story – Part One: Validation
    Motus Motorcycles / by Neale Bayly / 22h
    A new series of stories from the pen of moto-adventurer Neale Bayly. As night fell on the Rocky Mountains close to two miles high into the cold, crisp air, two motorcycle riders pulled into a gas station for coffee and a fill up. Dressed in light


    TVS Team Up with MASESA to Enter Central America
    2Bike India / by Joshua Varghese / 3d
    India’s third largest motorcycle manufacturer, TVS Motor Company, have entered the Central American motorcycle and three-wheeler market. They have tied up with MASESA (Mayor Servicios Socieda Anonima), a Guatemala-based


    MC NEWS


    Michael Parks, Star of Then Came Bronson, Dies at 77
    4Ultimate Motorcycling / by Gary Ilminen / 3d
    Michael Parks, the star of motorcycle hit Then Came Bronson, died Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at the age of 77. The cause of death was not reported. The post Michael Parks, Star of Then Came Bronson, Dies at 77 appeared first on Ultimate

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    "Speed Kills" And What The World Is Doing About It
    20Forbes - Business / by Tanya Mohn, Contributor / 3d
    Speed contributes to one in every three traffic deaths, that’s roughly about a third of the 1.25 million people who die every year on the world’s roads and typically 40-50% of drivers go over posted speed limits, according to a new WHO


    Check Out The World's Largest Motorcycle Museum!
    3KMotorcyclist / by Brody Cox / 3d
    News The largest motorcycle museum on the planet gets...well, even larger. The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum is home to the largest motorcycle collection available for public viewing, and now it's even bigger. We're not


    Dealers list best and worst motorcycle brands
    32Motorbike Writer / by Mark Hinchliffe / 1d
    Dealers in Harley Davidson, Triumph and KTM are the most satisfied with the brands, according to the latest National Motorcycle Dealers Association survey in the UK. The least-valued franchises are Piaggio Group, Honda and Ducati. The


    Kibo: Redesigning The Motorcycle To Make Kenya’s Streets Safer
    35Co.Design / by Meg Miller / 12h
    Kenya and other developing countries have very high traffic-related fatality rates. A new mobility startup thinks design and education could help. In developing countries like Kenya, where public transport is unreliable or


    Motorcycle tariff looms: AMA, MIC issue new calls for action
    Dealernews / by Mary Green / 40min
    “In America, the majority of motorcycles under 500cc are sold through small, independently owned shops. The collection of small- to medium-sized dealerships in the United States contributes to the employment of a substantial


    How Chinese Chicken Could Save European Motorcycles
    19Asphalt & Rubber » Asphalt & Rubber / by Jensen Beeler / 2h
    The motorcycle industry is still deep in the throes of trying to prevent the United States Trade Representative (USTR) from taxing small-displacement motorcycles from Europe with a 100% tariff. The proposed tariff would double the cost of any


    Robert Lighthizer Becomes U.S. Trade Representative
    1Motorcycle.comMotorcycle.com / by Press Release / 3d
    We hope U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer takes immediate action and rescinds the proposed European motorcycle tariff. Begin Press Release: Robert Lighthizer confirmed as U.S. Trade Representative American Motorcyclist


    Police Motorcycle Takes Out Giro d’Italia Riders
    4RideApart - Recent Articles / 2h
    Police Motorcycle Takes Out Giro d’Italia Riders A police motorcycle parked on the edge of the road was clipped by a bicycle racer in stage nine of the Giro d’Italia on Sunday, causing a chain reaction crash. With only eight miles to the


    Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club of North America Celebrates 40 Years
    1Rider Magazine / by Jenny Smith / 3d
    Miyapet ad from Japan. The Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club of North America will be celebrating its 40th anniversary during AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, July 7-9 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Founded in 1977,


    Spec comparison: BMW R 1200 GS vs BMW R 1200 GSA vs Ducati Multistrada Enduro vs Triumph Tiger XCx
    1OVERDRIVE / by Team OD / 10d
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    ROAD TESTS

    2017 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob Review: Muscular Ride
    8Ultimate Motorcycling / by Don Williams / 6h
    Although virtually unchanged this year, the 2017 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob remains a favorite for those who like to make statements with power and style. The post 2017 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob Review: Muscular Ride appeared first on


    Bike Magazine rides the MST
    1Motus Motorcycles / by Lee Conn / 22h
    “…their engine is as impressive as any I’ve tried in 25 years of road testing, a modern day hot-rod version of that sports touring classic, the VFR. It’s that good”- John Westlake, Bike Magazine Click here or the image for the full article.


    2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS | First Ride Review
    29Rider Magazine / by Jenny Smith / 3d
    The 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 ABS is a potent piece of sport touring machinery. (Photos by Drew Ruiz) Let’s jump straight to the bottom line: If you’re hooked hard on all the performance advantages offered by liter-class hyper-sportbikes


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    Ask RideApart: Earbuds for Riders
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    Will WorldSBK Introduce a Spec-ECU?
    77Asphalt & Rubber » Asphalt & Rubber / by Kent Brockman / 5h
    Momentum for a technical shake-up in WorldSBK has increased, but the manner to instigate that change is a big question. As such, the Imola paddock was full of rumor and discussion about changes to the technical regulations for 2018.


    Imola WorldSBK Debrief – Saturday
    4Asphalt & Rubber » Asphalt & Rubber / by Kent Brockman / 19h
    Chaz Davies continued to dominate the Imola WorldSBK meeting by claiming victory in the opening race of the weekend. The Welsh rider had earlier taken the fifth Superpole of his career, but the rate at which he was able to ease away from


    Imola WorldSBK Debrief – Sunday
    5Asphalt & Rubber » Asphalt & Rubber / by Kent Brockman / 5h
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    Eugene Laverty Walks Away from Wild Imola Crash (with video) (News)
    4MotorcycleDaily.com / by Dirck Edge / 6h
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    Road to WorldSBK: Welcome to WorldSSP300
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    The new WorldSSP300 class was created to reflect the evolving sportbike market while presenting new opportunities for up-and-coming riders.





    Ducati to look for new ways to replace winglets
    35Motorsport.com / 12h
    Having led the development race with the now-banned winglets, Ducati also opted for the most distinctive solution to replace them.However the fairing design tested at the Qatar pre-season test, and then at Jerez after the first race


    Michelin: tyres optimised for Le Mans
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    Three options for front and rear, an asymmetrical profile for all the rears and the hard front solution


    Rossi seeks answers at Le Mans
    GPone RSS Feed / 11h
    His rivals square up after Jerez and Valentino needs to responds, among tyre doubts and the (usual) unstable weather





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    Spanish Grand Prix 2017 race results: Lewis Hamilton beats Sebastian Vettel in Barcelona
    Daily Express / 15h
    LEWIS HAMILTON beat Sebastian Vettel in a thrilling battle to win the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona.


    Analysis: How Mercedes had to use all its tricks to topple Ferrari
    100+Motorsport.com / 11h
    Formula 1 fans have enjoyed some great racing in 2017, and having Ferrari fully up to speed and pushing Mercedes ensures that each weekend has an unpredictable outcome.Spain was as good as it gets: fans witnessed a fabulous


    Red Bull says 75-second gap in Spain not true picture
    100+Motorsport.com / 7h
    The Milton Keynes-based outfit had been left encouraged after qualifying in Barcelona when Max Verstappen was able to get within six tenths of pole position with the updated RB13.It was the closest the team had been all


    Wehrlein not to blame for pit penalty, says Sauber
    95Motorsport.com / 9h
    Wehrlein produced a stunning drive on a unique one-stop strategy to run seventh on the road at Barcelona.But he was just approaching the final chicane when the virtual safety car was deployed, following Stoffel Vandoorne's collision


    F1 does the right thing as Ferrari fan Thomas Danel cries when hero crashes out
    1KJames Allen on F1 – The official James Allen websi... / by James Allen / 1d
    F1 doesn’t really do heartwarming. It does cynical and in the last few years it has done dysfunctional to a high level. But in Spain today it did tug the heart strings as a 6 year old French boy called Thomas Danel, from Amiens in France burst


    Formula One owner unveils long-term investment plan
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    BMW IN THE NEWS

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    Video: Funny BMW M Ad Shows the Hardships Gear Heads Go through Daily
    3Bmw Blog / by Gabriel Nica / 3h
    Having departed from the safe and friendly ads we’ve been getting used to lately, the new direction in which the BMW M division seems to be heading sure looks a lot better. The ads they’ve been putting out lately are just brilliant and we


    Spied 2018 BMW i8 Spyder Looks Production Ready
    Automobile Magazine / by jklein / 5h
    Years after the arrival of the coupe, the much-delayed BMW i8 Spyder appears to be ready to make its entrance, at least if this prototype that was recently spied cruising German city streets is any indication. Visually, there are a few subtle


    Watch a BMW i8 Spyder Prototype Tackle the Nurburgring
    55TheDrive / by Aaron Brown / 8h
    A near production-ready-looking BMW i8 Spyder was caught on camera testing at the Nurburgring Nordschleife last week, and this drop-top plug-in hybrid supercar looks a lot like you might expect it to look like. The car in the video


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    The Evolution of Automotive Interior Spaces
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    2017 Ford GT vs. 2005 Ford GT: First Comparison Test!




    Bentley Is Already Feeling The Effects Of Brexit
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    Jonathan Gitlin The heady days of Group B rallying (and racing) will always have a special place in the hearts of most motorsports fans. Introduced by the FIA in 1982, the Group B rules offered a vast amount of technical freedom for


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    The goal of a racing car since the very first car race in 1867 to date has always been the maximization of performance. Most manufacturers focus on fuel economy and minimizing the cost of maintenance at the expense of



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    Wooden Motorcycle Powered by Algae Oil
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    There’s going green, and then there’s this: a motorcycle made of wood that runs on an engine that burns algae oil. This motorcycle was a project of a couple of guys from the Netherlands, designer Ritsert Mans and scientist Peter Mooji.




    Scout sprint racer built by the Young Guns
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    Scout sprint racer built by the Young Guns unveiled at Art & Wheels show It’s been in the making for six months and this weekend at an art and motorcycle show in Switzerland, Indian Motorcycle and the Young Guns Speed Shop




    FullerMotus custom awarded at “The Quail”
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    John Bennett and his son, Jackson, accept the Industry Award at the 9th Annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering. May 4, 2017, Carmel by the Sea, California- Fuller Moto’s custom MSTR received the Industry Award at the prestigious “Quail”.




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    Alex Zemlin has been on The Kneeslider twice before with his Honda CB 1.5 and then again with his VTR 1000 Super Hawk GT. In both instances, his work displayed that finished factory look, where many miss the amount of work done




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    BMW K100 Endurance Racer
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    This Endurance race bike, built to compete in the Endurance Legends 4 Hour race and future endurance racing events. The bike was built up from a 1985 K100RS frame, engine and drivetrain and features parts to aid quick pit stops,




    New Direction - BMW R100 Cafe Racer
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