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BMW Motorrad presents the Navigator VI

BMW Motorrad presents the new Navigator VI, available from March 2017 alongside the existing Navigator V, comprising a new navigation system with numerous innovative features in addition to further enhanced functionality. The new system retains the same external dimensions as before, as well as the 5"display, which, thanks to the inclusion of a circular polarisation filter, now benefits from enhanced readability, particularly in strong and direct sunlight.

Munich. BMW Motorrad presents the new Navigator VI, available from March 2017 alongside the existing Navigator V, comprising a new navigation system with numerous innovative features in addition to further enhanced functionality. The new system retains the same external dimensions as before, as well as the 5" display, which, thanks to the inclusion of a circular polarisation filter, now benefits from enhanced readability, particularly in strong and even direct sunlight.

Not only has the internal storage capacity been increased from 8 GB to 16 GB (for the EU/US; the device with no preinstalled maps still has 4 GB), but the new Navigator VI now offers the "Winding roads" route option for avoiding built-up areas, providing the roads and conditions allow. Another new feature available for computing routes is "Avoid main roads". Used in conjunction with the existing "Avoid motorways" function, selecting the most suitable roads for motorcycling is now even better. The "Round Trip" function configures trips based on time, distance or interim destination, offering one more new way of creating a highly individual and intensive motorcycling experience. With the "Natural Guidance" function, navigation instructions also provide precise descriptions of the surroundings.

The new "Music Streaming" feature, which works in conjunction with Bluetooth, makes it possible to listen to music stored on a smartphone. Even compatible action cams can be controlled directly through the Navigator VI. The comfortable and intuitive operation of all the controls that are typically needed while riding can be model-specifically enabled using either the four-button mount cradle or the multi-controller on the handlebars. Additional functions such as the "My Motorcycle" pages as well as warning and status messages are available in conjunction with the navigation preparation. Traffic congestion and weather reports can be displayed in real time using the optional Garmin Smartphone Link App. With all future updates of preinstalled map data available free of charge plus an optional car installation kit, the new BMW Motorrad Navigator VI is the perfect companion for people on the road.


Continued sales volume growth for Motorcycles segment at BMW

The Motorcycles segment continues to perform well. Worldwide sales of BMW motorcycles and maxi-scooters during the three-month period from July to Septembertotalled 35,290 units, 3.8% more than the previous year. Third-quarter segment revenues amounted to € 451 million (2015: € 454 million; -0.7%). Earnings were also down on the previous year, mainly due to expenses incurred during the start-up phase of a number of projects connected with implementing BMW Motorrad’s new strategy. EBITcame in at € 32 million (2015: € 46 million; -30.4%), while profit before tax also finished at € 32 million (2015: € 45 million; -28.9%).

The segment delivered 116,044 (2015: 112,411) motorcycles and maxi-scooters to customers during the first nine months of the year, an increase of 3.2% compared to the previous year. At € 1,650 million, segment revenues were similar to the previous year (2015: € 1,643 million: +0.4%). EBIT amounted to € 224 million (2015: € 273 million; -17.9%), while profit before tax finished at € 223 million (2015: € 271 million; -17.7%).


Banner year for BMW Motorrad in the works?

This year continues to be the best ever for BMW Motorrad, with year-to-date sales up 2.1% compared with the same period last year: 94,546 motorcycles and maxi-scooters were delivered to customers in the first seven months of the year. Monthly sales for July achieved almost the same extremely high level as last year with 13,792 units sold, a slight decrease of 2.7%.


Michael Martin. 25 years of adventure travels on the BMW GS

Michael Martin has been travelling to the most distant corners of the earth for more than 30 years now and has become the world’s most renowned desert photographer. It was 25 years ago that the qualified geographer chose the motorcycle as his preferred expedition vehicle, actually a BMW R 100 GS, on which he undertook the Transafrica trip from Kenya to Cape Town.

Michael Martin has been travelling to the most distant corners of the earth for more than 30 years now and has become the world’s most renowned desert photographer. It was 25 years ago that the qualified geographer chose the motorcycle as his preferred expedition vehicle, actually a BMW R 100 GS, on which he undertook the Transafrica trip from Kenya to Cape Town.

“To me the motorcycle seemed to be the ideal means of transport for going on my long-haul adventure travels to the most remote parts of our planet. Compared to a car, it is very light and agile and narrow enough to travel even on narrow paths. It was thanks to the great enthusiasm of two BMW employees for Africa that my touring companions and I were able to set off on our dream motorcycle, the BMW R 100 GS. We were overjoyed. And then we even managed to convince Lufthansa to fly our machines to Nairobi free of charge. From there we started out on our first big project”, recalls the 53-year old.

Stephan Schaller, President BMW Motorrad: “Michael Martin and the BMW GS have been a dream couple for 25 years, a combination which could not be any more successful. Michael Martin’s work is unique worldwide and the demands he places on his expedition vehicle impressively show you well suited a BMW GS is for precisely this purpose. We are very happy that the partnership between Michael Martin and BMW Motorrad has been so successful for the last 25 years and look forward to continuing it.”

Exploring Africa was something Michael Martin simply wasn’t able to resist. In 1995 and 1998 he went on expeditions to the Nile and to the deserts of Africa. Now he was already in the saddle of an R 1100 GS.

“It was during this time I decided to concentrate above all on the topic of deserts. In 2000 I then began the project ‘Deserts of the Earth’. This time I was riding an R 1150 GS, which had once again improved on its predecessor’s qualities”, recalls Michael Martin.

In 2009 Michael Martin went travelling and photographing for his new project “Desert Planet”, now on an R 1200 GS Adventure which was virtually created for just such extreme demands. Because this time around Michael Martin not only explored the dry deserts, but also cold and ice deserts in the Arctic and Antarctic. Since then he has undertaken more than 40 voyages and expeditions. The resulting “Desert Planet” project is presented in multivision format, as a photo book, as a TV Series and in the form of an exhibition.

Michael Martin begins his “Desert Planet” presentation tour on 22 October 2016 and will be performing his fascinating multivision show until April 2017 in more than 100 German and 10 Austrian cities. For further information and ticket bookings please go to


BMW Motorcycles selling well

Motorcycles segment exceeds sales volume of 80,000 units for the first time in the first half of a year – sales guidance raised
The Motorcycles segment continues to perform well. At 46,966 units, second-quarter sales of BMW motorcycles and maxi-scooters worldwide remained at the previous year’s high level (47,048 units; -0.2%). Segment revenues totalled € 617 million in the second quarter, similar to one year earlier (2015: € 622 million; - 0.8%). Earnings, however, were down on the previous year, due to starting a number of projects which support the implementation of the Motorcycles segment’s new strategy. EBIT amounted to € 98 million (2015: € 112 million; -12.5%), while profit before tax finished at € 97 million (2015: € 112 million; -13.4%).
For the first time in the first half of a year, more than 80,000 motorcycles and maxi-scooters were delivered to customers during the first half of 2016. Sales volume during the period from January to June increased by 3.0% to 80,754 units (2015: 78,418 units) – the fourth successive record figure for the first half of a year. At € 1,199 million, segment revenues were at a similar level to the previous year (2015: € 1,189 million: +0.8%). EBIT amounted to € 192 million (2015: € 227 million; -15.4%), while profit before tax finished at € 191 million (2015: € 226 million; -15.5%). The Motorcycles segment’s sales volume performance is expected to improve further during the second half of the year thanks to its attractive and young model range. For the full year, a solid (previously: slight) increase in retail sales is expected.


BMW racer Jordan Szoke remains unbeaten in Canada.

Canadian BMW racer Jordan Szoke (CA) continues his impressive winning streak in the Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK). After winning the opening race of the 2016 season in Shannonville (CA), the Mopar Express Lane BMW Superbike Team rider also celebrated the victories in the second and the third races of the year, held at St. Eustache (CA) last weekend. Including last season, when he had a clean sweep with seven wins in seven races, Szoke has now won ten races in a row on his BMW S 1000 RR. In the championship standings, he extended his lead to 162 points with an advantage of 33 points. With his latest double win, Szoke also improved from 42nd to sixth place in the 2016 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy.

There was more reason to celebrate for the BWM Motorrad Motorsport community in St. Eustache, as Ben Young (GB / Ben Young Racing) also raced onto the podium on his BMW S 1000 RR in both heats, finishing third on both occasions. The strong result for the BMW riders was completed by Michael Leon (CA / Royal Distributing Racing Team), who was fifth in both races, and Samuel Trépanier (CA), who claimed two eighth places.


BMW R 5 - Custom meets heritage at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este

80 years ago, BMW presented the BMW R 5 to the international public - an exciting new technological development that was to influence motorcycle construction right through to the 1950s. Inspired by the 500 cc factory racing machine of 1935, it was one of the groundbreaking sports motorbikes of the late 1930s with its newly designed light frame. To mark the 80th anniversary of the BMW R 5, BMW Motorrad is honouring this icon at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2016 with a special model: the BMW R 5 Hommage.

The BMW R 5 Hommage translates the essence of motorcycling into the modern era, combining the world of historical motorcycle design with the modern world of custom bikes.

“At its debut, the R 5 was not only a masterpiece of engineering, the clarity of its lines and the elegance of its proportions also made it stand out clearly from the masses. To this day, the R 5 remains one of the most aesthetically appealing motorcycles in BMW history in my view,” says Edgar Heinrich, Head of Design BMW Motorrad. “In my opinion, its fascinating and unique beauty lies in its sheer simplicity,” adds Ola Stenegard, Head of Vehicle Design and Creative Director Heritage BMW Motorrad. “In today’s world it is very simple to keep it complicated, but very complicated to keep it simple. And the BMW R 5 captures the very essence of a motorcycle. Our aim was to transport its clarity and elegant aesthetic appeal to the modern era - creating a respectful combination of old-school and high-tech with a dash of high performance.”

Vintage meets custom.

The BMW R 5 Hommage shows just how well the world of historical motorcycles and the custom scene harmonise. At the core there is an original 500 cc Two-cylinder engine provided by motorcycle enthusiast Sebastian Gutsch. This boxer engine was damaged in a race and provided the starting point for creating the BMW R 5 Hommage.

As befits a custom bike, the homage bike was elaborately hand-crafted from scratch. Ronny and Benny Noren were called upon to produce the parts according to the specifications of the BMW Motorrad Design Team: the two brothers have been building tailor-made customer bikes for more than 30 years.

Historical core ...

The Two-cylinder 4-stroke boxer engine of the R 5 was completely newly designed at the time and had an output of 24 bhp at 5,500 rpm. The valve drive was taken care of by two camshafts powered by a timing chain. Thanks to the likewise newly designed frame made of electrically welded oval tubing, the light R 5 reached a top speed of 135 km/h, making it almost as fast as R 17 with 33 bhp 750 cc – which is one of the reasons it was so frequently used for racing, just like the engine selected for the BMW R 5 Hommage, which was damaged during a race. For the homage bike, numerous components such as the valve cover and the breastplate of the boxer engine were machined from billet aluminium based on sketches: they give the historical core a dash of modern flair.

... in a tailor-made custom outfit.

Two doyens of the custom bike scene, Ronny and Benny Noren, were the perfect partners for the BMW R 5 Hommage project when it came to providing a fitting outward appearance for the historical core and producing the missing parts for the engine and gearbox. The remaining parts gradually took shape in the Noren brothers’ workshop based on sketches by the BMW Motorrad Design Team. All parts such as the frame, fuel tank and rearfender are unique, elaborately hand-crafted components – making this a genuine custom bike. And most important of all: the newly fashioned parts clearly transport the original purist character of the R 5.

Timelessly elegant: the proportions.

The result is impressive: even from a distance the proportions convey the timeless beauty of a consistent reduction to the essentials – entirely true to the spirit of the R 5 – and translate this idea into the modern age. The frame and fuel tank echo the elegant drop shape of the original, though in a more modern, streamlined interpretation. The steering head is slightly more tilted, for example, so as to give the R 5 Hommage greater presence and expressive stance while at the same time underscore the fact that it belongs to the customer bike world. As far as the frame is concerned, the focus here was on the oval shaped tubes which were such a striking feature of the original. Together the frame and fuel tank draw a continuous line from the steering head to the rear wheel hub, giving the side view a touch of elegance. The hand-made steel rearfender perpetuates the minimalistic layout.

A modern interpretation of historical details.

A particularly defining feature in terms of the appearance of the original R 5 was the telescopic fork - new at the time - whose characteristic fork covers were aerodynamically shaped at the level of the headlamp. The BMW R 5 Hommage invokes this element and interprets it in modern style based on the custom made fork. The leading edge of the forkcovers echoes the “crease” on the breastplate and valve covers with a suggested interpretation of the typical “R 5 rib”. The brake and clutch levers activated from the bar-end likewise blend the past with state-of-the-art technology: these custom-made components combine the look of historical reversed levers with the adjustment options of modern controls.

Exquisite custom craftsmanship: supercharger, exhaustpipes and suspension.

The heart of the BMW R 5 rests within the minimalist proportions of the homage bike. The technical highlight of the engine is the specially developed supercharger, which in the BMW R 5 Hommage now significantly boosts the output of the original 500 cc power unit of 26 bhp to achieve a contemporary accurate level.

A completely newly built stainless steel exhaust system ensures that this increase in power is appropriately reflected in terms of sound.

Other contemporary accents are provided by the new rear wheel suspension, the modern piston brake system and the elaborately designed front and rear wheel hub. The latter combines the brake system and spoke mount in a single formal unit - a detailed reflection of the minimalistic concept embodied by the BMW R 5 Hommage.

The colour: classic BMW style yet still a true custom bike.

The BMW R 5 Hommage is presented in classic style when it comes to colour. The basic theme is typical BMW – black with white pinstripes, though interpreted in contemporary style of course. In addition to the opaquely finished surfaces, the so-called smoke finish on the fuel tank and rearfender allow the steel underneath to partially show through. In addition to the white pinstripes, the black finish on the fuel tank and rearfender especially comes into its own right, in perfect custom style, due to the metallic finish and a slight flake effect.  The engine cases and gearbox in glass bead aluminium provide the perfect stage for the polished aluminium parts such as the machined breastplate and the valve covers with its “R 5 crease”. The soft lustre of the polished aluminium is especially reminiscent of the BMW R 5 originals. The overall image is rounded off with a handstitched leather seat with high-quality embossing.


Motorcycle Experience Newsletter May 20

A letter from Dave at Motorcycle Experience.
Looks like a must watch episode!

Earlier this week I was out in the Ganaraska Forest just south of Kirby, Ontario, shooting a pile of new Red Adventure riding features with two of my favourite off-road riding buddies, Lawrence Hacking and Toni Sharpless. When it comes to off-road racing and riding, nobody knows more than Lawrence Hacking. This guy has raced in the International Six Days, the Baja 1000, the Mexican 1000 and the Paris to Dakar. Trust me, when we get together, I always learn something new. As for Toni, we go all the way back to 1990 when she made her first appearance on Motorcycle Experience testing a Yamaha FZR600. The first time I met Toni, I could tell that she had motor oil in her veins. Toni is such a spark and is always a pleasure to hang with. She’s raced professionally as a road racer at such prestigious events as the Daytona 200, the Suzuka 8 hour, the Bol d’Or and the 24 hours of LeMans. Now that’s an impressive resumé! More recently she’s been hitting the enduro trail here in Ontario and again, this gal has compiled an amazing wealth of knowledge when it comes to adventure riding. Be sure to check out her feature this week on the show. Anyway, we all had a blast out in the Gani. And speaking of Motorcycle Experience...

On this week’s edition of Motorcycle Experience, we will kick off the show by asking long time viewer, Mark Russell to sample Triumph Motorcycle’s hugely popular tribute to the café racers of the late 1960’s, the Thruxton. Then Norm Wells and I will continue our Ultimate Ride down in Las Vegas, Nevada. This year we’ve rented a couple of BMW GSs and we’re taking in the amazing scenery out in the Nevada desert. This week on day 2 we tackle the all important question of where to grab lunch.

On Shifting Gears, SMART riding instructor Clinton Smout looks at extending the riding season and Senior Editor Colin Fraser stops by to discuss the art of shopping for a used set of wheels, while looking back at Harley-Davidson’s 2007 Night Rod. And during this week's “Red Adventure” segment Toni Sharpless, will talk about what to wear under your adventure riding Jacket.

Also, don’t forget that I’ve been invited to head up to Whitehorse next month to help host their TELUS Ride For Dad event on June 11th. I plan to be there for the whole weekend as this is a super worthy cause and I’m sure that it’s going to be a blast. To date, some 250,000 people have helped to raise over 16 million dollars in the fight against prostate cancer and now you can add me to the growing number of folks who want to help out. There are some 40 communities across Canada hosting a Ride For Dad right now so please sign up and join a ride near you. You'll be glad you did.

Keep your right hand cranked!


BMW Motorrad increases sales in the first quarter

BMW Motorrad achieves its best start into the new motorcycle season to date with a solid growth of 7.7 %. In the first three months of 2016, 33,788 motorcycles and maxi scooters were delivered to customers (prev. yr.: 31,370 units). 2.418 units more than in the equivalent period last year. In March 
BMW Motorrad delivered 16,465 vehicles worldwide (prev. yr.: 15,912 units) amounting to a 3.5 % growth in sales.

Heiner Faust, BMW Motorrad Head of Sales and Marketing: "BMW Motorrad has started into the new 2016 motorcycle season with the best first quarterly sales of all time. With a solid growth of 7.7%, BMW Motorrad remains firmly on course for success following the record year in 2015. The current model range is very popular with our customers. This is also reflected by the high number of incoming orders. We are expecting are very positive business performance this year, too.”

In the first quarter BMW Motorrad recorded growth above all in Europe and Asia. Developments are especially positive in Spain (2,190 units, +39.2 %), Italy (3,125 units, +6.4 %) and Great Britain (1,984 units, +9.2 %). Germany still remains the strongest single market with 5,668 units (+5.6 %) followed by France (3,230 units, + 2.4 %). In China BMW Motorrad has increased sales by 74.4 % to 853 units sold.

The BMW Motorrad sales ranking is still headed by the R 1200 GS travel enduro and its sister model, the R 1200 GS Adventure. In the first three months already more than 11,391 flat-twin GS motorcycles have been delivered to customers worldwide. Next on the list of the most sought-after models is the BMW S 1000 RR (2,385 units) and the BMW S 1000 XR (2,206 units).

Heiner Faust comments: “Naturally last year’s new models are strongly contributing to growth, for example the R 1200 RS sports tourer and the S 1000 XR Adventure bike. However, our spring business is a result of our strong overall model range. Even in its third year on the market, the ultimate travel enduro, the R 1200 GS Adventure, is continuing to achieve ever higher sales figures. Sales of our long running F Series, the F 700 GS and F 800 GS, also exceed last year's sales overall. Our new C 650 maxi scooters, launched at the turn of the year, are also fully on target.” 

Tough endurance test for both customers and R 1200 GS at the  GS Trophy 2016

The 5. BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy, probably the most unique motorcycle customer event worldwide, ended on 5. March after seven tough days of competition. This time it was held in Thailand. In this year’s edition, 19 teams from a total of 25 countries took part. On their seven-day trek covering more than 1,300 km through the forests, jungles and mountains of Northern Thailand, the participants not only put their riding skills to the test, but their endurance and team spirit as well. With temperatures far exceeding 30° C and very humid conditions, this was one of the most strenuous GS Trophies. The 114 motorcycles involved covered a total distance of 150,000 km under the toughest conditions.

Heiner Faust comments: “Once again the flat-twin GS bikes proved their stuff. There were no technical failures in this merciless event for man and machine. Participants praised the BMW cult enduros for their ease of operation, their robustness and their unbelievable on and off road potential.

The participants battled it out right up until the end. Following a thrilling finish, Team South Africa managed to take first place. It kept its nerve and took the first victory for its country at this event.


BMW Motorrad Canada posted its best ever March sales

BMW Motorrad Canada posted its best ever March sales, reporting 223 units sold, marking an increase of 59.3 per cent compared to March, 2015. Year-to-date sales for the two-wheeled brand were 371 units. This is an increase of 121 units, or 48.4 per cent, over the same period in 2015 and the best-ever March results for BMW Motorrad Canada.

The BMW R1200GS, R1200GSA and R1200RT posted particularly strong sales in the first quarter as momentum gathers for the start of the riding season.


BMW S1000 RR 2016 motorcycle first look with Ben Young

Ben Young starts his Canadian Super Bike journey soon and he'll be riding a full Full Season in CSBK aboard a BMW S1000RR. Watch him as he picks up his BMW bike for the 2016 CSBK race season.

Also featuring Chris Duff, Manager Motorrad Marketing.


Young Confirms Full Season in CSBK aboard a BMW S1000RR

Scottish-born Pro motorcycle road racer Ben Young is thrilled to confirm that he will be contesting the full 2016 MOPAR Canadian Superbike Championship  (CSBK) piloting a BMW Motorrad Canada  S1000RR Superbike.
2016 marks a very special milestone for the global BMW brand as it celebrates its 100th anniversary.  The centenary year got underway on March 7, 2016 and over the coming months the company with its brands and services will look ahead to the next 100 years.

Not only will this be Young’s first venture into the premier Superbike class this will also be his first-ever season on a BMW and his first full season racing on Canadian soil since he won the PRO GP125 R.A.C.E Championship in 2010.

A rider with tremendous international experience, including the Scottish Nationals, U.S. Red Bull Rookies Cup try-outs, British Superbike, Grand Prix wildcard, Young’s racing career has been extensive for any rider of his age. In 2014, he split his time between racing British Superstock in the UK and AMA Daytona SportBike (now MotoAmerica Supersport) in America, scoring solid results in both.

The resident of Collingwood, Ontario spent this past season racing in the U.S. with the powerful RoadRace Factory team in the MotoAmerica Supersport championship where he earned his first MotoAmerica podium at Road America along with several top 5 finishes. In 2015, he also achieved two podium finishes at home in Canada during a one-off race weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Much like BMW’s heritage Young has always set his sights firmly on the future and has been a consistent force poised to take on new challenges and emerge stronger for them.
“BMW Motorrad Canada is proud to partner with Ben Young in 2016. We’ve closely followed his racing career in British Superstock and in MotoAmerica Supersport.  Not only have his results been impressive we know his professionalism on and off the track will represent the BMW brand well. We are delighted that his first venture into the premier Superbike class in Canada will be aboard the BMW S1000RR.  We look forward to an exciting and successful season.” said Chris Duff, Manager, Motorrad Marketing
This season also marks the fifth consecutive year the 22 year-old will be sporting the iconic Canadian Tim Hortons’ brand through franchisee Gilles Bolduc, a former Canadian roadracer himself. This time Young will be waving the Tim’s flag in Canada after taking the brand abroad to the UK and across the US. Also returning are long time partners Custom Home Builder and Renovation specialists Scot-build Developments Inc as well as AXO Racing will have Young protected with their premium race suits, gloves and boots.

After a brief respite the proud Canuck with the Scottish lilt will once again don an Arai Helmet for maximum safety and comfort as well as welcoming back K&N Filters, Hindle Exhaust, Woodcraft and Vortex Racing.

New partners for 2016 include; Epic Racewear, who will keep the crew looking and feeling Epic with custom crew shirts and KarmaComa Studio who will document Ben’s first season racing on Canadian soil and will delve further into the history and future of the iconic BMW brand on its 100th anniversary through a multi-part YouTube series.
Young recently picked up his BMW S1000RRs at BMW Toronto which was documented by KarmaComa Studio in this video: 

Scott Cartier, designer and technician at Hindle Exhaust Systems will be Young’s Chief Mechanic for the 2016 CSBK season.

“I’m stoked to start my new journey in the MOPAR Canadian Superbike Championship. The BMW S1000RR’s stock power is unbelievable and it’s the epitome of a superbike.  I can’t wait to work with Scott Cartier on preparing the bikes for the 2016 season and testing as soon as we can.”  said Young
The 22 year old pilot of the #86 BMW S1000RR is also a proud "Laps for Muscular Dystrophy" (Laps4MD) rider who’s pledged to donate $1 for every lap he lead this season. These donations go to Muscular Dystrophy Canada to help make a difference in the lives of over 50,000 Canadians affected by a neuromuscular disorder.
To keep up-to-date on Ben Young throughout the year visit;, and on Twitter and Instgram: @benyoung_86. 


BMW Motorrad Canada starts 2016 off with strong sales.

BMW Motorrad Canada reported sales of 103 units in February, marking an increase of 106 per cent compared to February, 2015. Year-to-date sales for the two-wheeled brand were 148 units. This is an increase of more than 30 units, or 34.6 per cent, over the same time in 2015.

February caps off a very successful start to the new year for the Motorrad brand. With the motorcycle show season coming to an end, and a resulting heightened sense of brand awareness, Motorrad looks forward to the upcoming selling season.


BMW Motorrad Canada 2015 Sales Overview

BMW Motorrad Canada reported sales of 2,015 units for the year, up 3.9 per cent compared to 2014, an all-time record for Motorrad in Canada. December sales were 35 units, down 62.4 per cent compared to December, 2014. Despite a difficult December, the brand surpassed the 2,000-unit mark for the first time in its Canadian history, and reported its best sales year ever.

While sales across the BMW Motorrad lineup exceeded expectations, particularly noteworthy was the brand’s strongest selling model in 2015, the perennially popular R1200RT. The R1200GS and GS Adventure models and S1000RR were also strong contributors to the brand’s annual success.

The Motorrad family is now looking ahead to the 2016 BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy event in February and March in Thailand. At this event, a Canadian GS Trophy team will compete on a world stage riding specially-prepared versions of the renowned R1200GS in a supremely challenging off-road event.


BMW Motorrad Canada sales down in January

BMW Motorrad Canada reported sales of 45 units in January. This is down 15 units, or 25 per cent, from January, 2015.

With the motorcycle show season in full swing, Motorrad has been enjoying a warm reception to its products at the western shows, and expects to see more of the same as the show schedule moves east


Slow November for BMW - up Year to Year

BMW Motorrad Canada reported 50 retails in November, a decrease of 47.9% over the same period last year. Year-to-date results were up 7.2 per cent, with 1,980 units sold. This figure represents a new record for the brand, surpassing the previous record of 1,940 units set in 2014.


BMW G 310 R - Expected arrival at dealerships Q3 2016

Riding pleasure.

The BMW G 310 R is the essence of riding pleasure. It was built for pulsing cities and those who simply love riding motorcycles. It is maneuverable, easy to handle and sporty at the same time. Whether you're a tall or small rider, you’ll immediately feel at home on the BMW G 310 R! The bike is lightweight, yet a real powerhouse with its 313 cc engine. Get to work, the next hot spot or out of the city safely and reliably on the G 310 R. Premium quality, excellent workmanship and extraordinary technology ensure intense riding pleasure.

Good genes. Good looks.

Good looks unmistakably run in the family – the G 310 R clearly carries the S 1000 R genes. The sporty headlight fairing with powerful headlight, dynamic fuel tank trim and typical roadster proportions transform it into an eye-catcher on the street. The G 310 R is light and strong. The sporty seat emphasizes the roadster dynamic and gives the bike an unmistakable motorsport look. The gold anodized fork and brake calipers emphasize the workmanship of the machine.

Another highlight is the detailed aluminum swing arm. The design ensures lightness and the struts offer stability. Wide tires grip to the road - providing confident riding pleasure.

Light, strong and maneuverable.

The G 310 R doesn't take second place. The single-cylinder, four-stroke 313 cc engine and range of features help to ensure this. The tilt of the cylinder to the rear and the cylinder head that has been rotated 180° lowers the center of gravity and shifts it in the direction of the front wheel. Because of this, the G 310 R is more agile and easier to control. The low and longer swing arm ensures even more stability, without unnecessarily increasing the wheelbase. Ride in confidence with standard ABS, a standard feature on all BMW motorcycles since 2013. Good looks, powerful drive and less than 350 lbs. fully fueled, with the G 310 R you can simply enjoy motorcycling.

Everyone wants to ride it.

Ride stress-free and relaxed through the streets with the G 310 R. Even in the big-city hustle and bustle, you'll ride with confidence thanks to the successful layout of all of the control elements. The ergonomic layout of the handlebars, footrest and control elements ensure a superb riding sensation. The G 310 R offers the right seat for all riders, providing stability. On any surface, the geometry and spring and damper tuning make it an agile city-hopper. Whether riding in heavy city traffic, commuting to work or just getting out of the city on the weekend, with the G 310 R you'll want to ride on!


BMW Motorrad presents the experimental vehicle eRR.

Supersport dynamism and zero emission thanks to electric power.

Munich. BMW Motorrad has a long tradition in pointing out new ways and thoughts for the topic „mobility on two wheels“. For that, again and again many studies were presented in the past giving views to the future. The experimental vehicle eRR, created as a project with the Technical University of Munich, embodies an idea of an electric powered supersport motorcycle made by BMW Motorrad.
Already a couple of years ago, BMW i showed the BMW Group’s visionary and sustainable approach with the vehicles BMW i3 and i8 and their revolutionary design principles (aluminum chassis and passenger cabin made from carbon fibre) and BMW Motorrad’s C evolution proved, that zero emission, riding fun and practicability do not exclude themselves.

With presenting the experimental vehicle eRR BMW Motorrad goes one step forward and shows the possibilities of an all-electric drive in a supersport motorcycle. Regarding design and chassis technology the eRR leans on the supersport motorcycle S 1000 RR, however using an all-electric drive.

Stephan Schaller, Head of BMW Motorrad, emphasizes: „Since their market launch, the RR is giving the creeps to motorsport athletes. If acceleration, handling or topspeed – the RR is setting standards. However, if acceleration on the first metres, up to 50, 60 kph, is the point, the RR’s 199 bhp have to admit defeat by another BMW product: the C evolution with its electric drive.

We asked ourselves: What happens when combining a sport motorcycle and an electric drive? The experimental vehicle eRR brings the topic zero emission and electric drive on a new, more fascinating level."

BMW Motorrad will announce technical details of the eRR at a later date.


BMW Motorrad sales up

BMW Motorrad has been on a roll the past few years. Well, the trend continues... Best nine month sales figures in 90 years.

Motorcycles segment sets new records

The Motorcycles segment posted a new record for the quarter, with sales volume up by 16.3% to 33,993 units (2014: 29,239 units). Segment revenues for the period from July to September grew by 22.7% to € 454 million (2014: € 370 million) on the back of the strong sales volume performance and a high-value model mix. EBIT improved to € 46 million (2014: € 27 million; +70.4%), while profit before tax increased to € 45 million (2014: € 26 million; +73.1%). These earnings and sales volume figures all marked new records for a third quarter. The upward trend in business has been boosted by the new BMW R 1200 R, R 1200 RS, S 1000 RR, S 1000 XR and F 800 R models, all of which have been available since the start of the season.

BMW Motorrad also reported its best nine-month sales figures in more than 90 years of operations, with sales up by 12.2% to 112,411 units (2014: 100,217 units). Segment revenues rose by 19.9% to € 1,643 million (2014: € 1,370 million). EBIT improved to € 273 million (2014: € 146 million; +87.0%). Profit before tax showed a similar picture, with an increase of 89.5% to € 271 million (2014:


BMW Concept Stunt G310

It’s loud in every sense of the word. The BMW Concept Stunt G310 is the latest from BMW Motorrad: a screaming one-cylinder stunt bike roadster cut from the same DNA as the S 1000 R.
Impossible to ignore in every way, it announces itself with a characteristic, short exhaust pipe and a vibrant color scheme combining the white, red and blue of BMW Motorsport with the neon yellow and green of Brazil’s national flag. Stunt mods take the place of unneeded mirrors, lights, passenger footrests or license plates. Developed with help from stunt riding icon Chris Pfeiffer, it’s designed to turn the laws of physics upside down.


Jordan Szoke crowned champion in the Canadian Superbike Championship

Jordan Szoke crowned champion in the Canadian Superbike Championship achieving a perfect season on his BMW S1000RR with seven wins in seven races.

Jordan Szoke (CA) is the high-flyer in the Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK): the BMW racer was crowned champion at the final round last weekend after delivering the perfect season with seven wins in seven races. In the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy, he took the lead. The BMW S 1000 RR was also in action on the other side of the globe last weekend at the fourth round of the AustralAsian Superbike Championship (AAS) in Australia.

 Canadian Superbike Championship in Bowmanville, Canada.

An extraordinary performance: seven races, seven wins and the tenth title. BMW racer Jordan Szoke (CA) was crowned 2015 champion in the Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK) to end a perfect season in which he won every single race. The season finale was held last weekend at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville (CA). Szoke rounded off his brilliant season with another pair of victories on his BMW S 1000 RR by Mopar Express Lane BMW Superbike Team. Starting from second on the grid, Szoke was battling his rival Kenny Riedmann (CA) at the front of the field in both races. On each occasion, he rode the fastest race lap in the final lap and made the race winning manoeuvre in the last corners before the flag. He was crowned champion of the highest category, the Pro Superbike class (CSBK PR), with a total of 378 points and an impressive lead of 110 points over his closest rival. It was his tenth title win in the series. In total, the 36-year-old Canadian has claimed a record 52 CSBK victories.

The successful end to the season for BMW was rounded off by good results from the other RR riders. The finale saw five RR riders, in addition to winner Szoke, cross the finish line in the top 10 in both races. Chris Murray-Audain (CA) secured fifth and fourth place, Sean Huffman (CA) finished in seventh and fifth, Matt McBride (CA) ended the races in sixth and seventh place, Tim Robinson (CA) achieved ninth and eighth place, and Michael Leon (CA) rode his RR in action for the Royal Distributing Superbike Team into tenth and ninth place.

There was also success in the Amateur class (CBSK AM) with two BMW riders claiming podium finishes. In race one, Samuel Trépanier (CA) finished in second place on his RR. He failed to finish in race two however and ended the season in second place overall. BMW privateer Jason Thoms (CA) also rode onto the podium, finishing second in race two. He came fifth in the first race. Steve McGregor (CA) finished in ninth and seventh place on his BMW S 1000 RR.

 2015 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy.

The 2015 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy has a new leader again: newly crowned Canadian Superbike champion Jordan Szoke (CA / CSBK PR) has taken the top position after bagging a brace of wins at the CSBK season finale. Now with 341.67 Race Trophy points to his name he improved from fourth in the ranking to the top and leads with an advantage of over 40 points. It was the 11th time in the 2015 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy season that the lead had changed. Markus Reiterberger (DE), who had celebrated an early title win in SUPERBIKE*IDM (IDM SBK) the previous weekend, has dropped to second with 299.52 Race Trophy points. Roland Resch (AT / AARR SBK) is currently third with 292.36 points. (see full standings below).

AustralAsian Superbike Championship in Ipswich, Australia.

The fourth round of the 2015 AustralAsian Superbike Championship (AAS) was held on the Queensland Raceway in Ipswich near Brisbane (AU) last weekend. Three races were held in each of the individual categories. In the “Formula Oz” class, Andy Fisher (AU / Ballina Motorcycles) flew the colours of BMW as a privateer. He finished the first race in eighth and the second in ninth (second and third place in Grade B of “Formula Oz”). In the third race he finished fifth on his BMW S 1000 RR, which saw him get the win in Grade B.

The “Formula Xtreme” riders raced together with the riders in the “Pro-Twins” and “Naked Bikes” classes, including BMW privateer Jeff Dorman (AU / Define Property). He finished in sixth once and seventh twice in “Formula Xtreme” (ninth place overall each time). Dorman also took one second place and two third places in Grade D of his class.

2015 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy – Current Standings.

In 2015 the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy comprises a total of 19 international and national championships. Participants in the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy can compete in multiple championships. The points scored in the different championships are calculated separately for each individual race series. The current standings only include points from the race series in which the participant has scored the most Race Trophy points. You can find all the information on the 2015 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy online at the BMW Motorrad Motorsport website:

Status: (top 15) -  19th August 2015

Name (Nat.)
Series / Class
Jordan Szoke (CA)
Markus Reiterberger (DE)
Roland Resch (AT)
Matthieu Lussiana (FR)
Michal Prášek (CZ)
Roberto Tamburini (IT)
Michal Šembera (CZ)
Florian Brunet-Lugardon (FR)
Alastair Seeley (GB)
Pekka Päivärinta / Kirsi Kainulainen (FI)
Lee Johnston (GB)
Cyril Brunet-Lugardon (FR)
Michel Amalric (FR)
Hudson Kennaugh (ZA)
Janez Prosenik (SI)


Motorcycles segment sets new records

BMW reports on their financial situation and sales

The Motorcycles segment registered its best quarter to date. Segment revenues for the the period from April to June grew by 17.8% to € 622 million (2014: € 528 million) on the back of strong sales volumes and a high-value model mix. EBIT improved to € 112 million (2014: € 55 million; +103.6%), similar to profit before tax, which also increased to € 112 million (2014: € 54 million; +107.4%).Sales volume climbed by 11.3% to 47,048 units (2014: 42,259 units). These earnings and sales volume figures all marked new records for a second quarter. The upward trend in business has been boosted by the new BMW R 1200 R, R 1200 RS, S 1000 RR, S 1000 XR and F 800 R models.

BMW Motorrad also produced its best-ever first half-year performance in more than 90 years of operations. Segment revenue for the six-month period rose by 18.9% to € 1,189 million (2014: € 1,000 million). EBIT improved to € 227 million (2014: € 119 million; +90.8%). Profit before tax showed a similar picture, with a jump of 93.2% to € 226 million (2014: € 117 million). Sales volume was 10.5% higher at 78,418 units (2014: 70,978 units).


BMW Motorrad Canada reported its best July on record

BMW Motorrad Canada reported its best July on record with sales of 319 motorcycles. These strong sales figures resulted in a 77.2 per cent increase over July, 2014. Year to date, the two-wheeled brand has sold 1,463 motorcycles, an increase of 11.2 per cent compared to the same period last year. The R1200RT lead the way for Motorrad sales in July, with the R1200GSA and F700GS also reporting strong results.


The All-New 2016 BMW S 1000 XR

An S1000RR with upright ergo's!

Full Details:

Meet the all-new 2016 BMW S 1000 XR. BMW's first-ever adventure sport bike delivers a sweet combination of power, capability and long-distance comfort. Now's your chance to experience the best of everything the BMW range has to offer – our most versatile bike yet:
The four-cylinder 160 hp engine ensures you have all the power you need, whenever you need it. Two standard ride modes (Rain and Road) and standard safety features such as ABS and ASC help you stay in command.
BMW's GS line is famous for clear handling, an upright riding position, and great ergonomics – all of which we've brought over to the S 1000 XR. This successful formula is not only for off-road riding anymore: you're going to love bringing it to the streets.
Taking a cue from BMW's touring bikes, the S 1000 XR provides standard wind and weather protection with an adjustable windshield. Heated grips, GPS navigation*, and an array of storage options ensure that you're prepared for the road ahead.
*Optional equipment


BMW Motorrad Canada reported its best June on record

BMW Motorrad Canada reported its best June on record with sales of 314 motorcycles. These strong sales figures resulted in a 30.8 per cent increase over June, 2014. Year-to-date, the brand has sold 1,141 motorcycles, an increase of 0.4 per cent compared to the same period last year. The S1000RR lead the way for Motorrad sales in June, with the R1200GS and R1200RT also reporting strong results. Another important event for the two-wheeled brand in June was the introduction of the new S1000XR, the first adventure sports bike. Combining the best elements of sports, enduro and touring worlds in one motorcycle, the S1000XR once again demonstrates the BMW Group’s leadership in innovative mobility.


BMW Motorrad worldwide growth continues

BMW Motorrad’s growth worldwide continued in May with a total of 15,004 motorcycles and maxi-scooters delivered to customers in the month (+6.5%). Deliveries for the year to date total 62,928, an increase of 6.4% compared with the same period last year


BMW Toronto Test Ride

If you're in the Toronto area and would like to demo a BMW you opportunty awaits at BMW Toronto Motorrad.

 Details below:

11 Sunglight Park Road
Toronto, ON M4N 1B5


BMW Motorrad and Orlando Bloom present the BMW S 1000 R Custom

BMW Motorrad and Orlando Bloom present the BMW S 1000 R Custom. Michael "Woolie" Woolaway from Deus Ex Machina turns Orlando Bloom's vision of a custom bike into reality.

Everyone knows Orlando Bloom as a successful actor, but not everyone knows about his passion for motorbikes. As a long-standing fan of BMW motorcycles, Orlando Bloom owns and rides a number of BMW models, including old classics.
For his own custom bike project he specifically chose the BMW S 1000 R.

He asked his good friend, Michael "Woolie" Woolaway, head of the Deus Ex Machina custom shop in Venice, CA, USA, to work with him to bring his custom S 1000 R vision into reality.

The result of the cooperation, is a stunning one-off 4 cylinder bike.

The S 1000 R Custom and Orlando Bloom had their first test ride in the Malibu Hills while shooting "4CYL", a production by Arthur de Kersauson and Clement Beauvais in cooperation with BMW Motorrad.


BMW Group starts well in 2015

Motorcycles segment records new highs

The Motorcycles segment continues to perform well. Segment revenues for the three-month period grew by 20.1% to € 567 million (2014: € 472 million) on the back of good sales volumes and a high-value model mix. EBIT rose by 79.7% to € 115 million (2014: € 64 million), while profit before taxadvanced by 81.0% to € 114 million (2014: € 63 million). Sales volume climbed by 9.2% to 31,370 units (2014: 28,719 units). The figures reported for earnings and sales volume represented new first-quarter highs. The upward trend in business has been further boosted by the new BMW R 1200 R, R 1200 RS, S 1000 RR, S 1000 XR and F 800 R models, which have been in the showrooms since March.


BMW Motorrad Riding Jacket to incorporate Alpinestars Airbag Technology

BMW Motorrad announce excluside cooperation to incorporate Alpinestars airbag technology in BMW Motorrad riding jackets to maximize rider safety. BMW have not set a date for release of the technology into the US market but here's the news we have:

BMW Motorrad and Alpinestars announce that they are starting an exclusive cooperation in innovative motorcycle safety clothing systems. The first product to be launched under this cooperation will be a BMW Motorrad jacket jointly developed by BMW Motorrad and Alpinestars, combined with an airbag waistcoat developed using Alpinestars technology. The new BMW Motorrad jacket, being branded by both makers, will be available in both male and female versions and the public presentation of this newly developed airbag jacket will be held later this year.

The airbag waistcoat is based on Alpinestars’ Tech-Air™ airbag system, the world’s first self-contained street airbag system that independently functions without the need for sensors to be installed on the bike and the subsequent need to link a specific motorcycle to the airbag system used by the rider.

This means that the airbag waistcoat offers the freedom to ride any bike on any surface at any time and can be used with any type of BMW Motorrad motorcycle or scooter, allowing the rider to easily switch between bikes without reconfiguring or reinitializing the bike-to-rider set-up.

Therefore, the system is immediately ready for use and no time is wasted in setting up electronic pairing between rider and/or passenger and motorcycle. This BMW Motorrad/Alpinestars jacket and airbag waistcoat offers comprehensive upper body protection including shoulders, back and frontal torso. By incorporating its sensors close to the rider’s body the airbag system activates without the need for a triggering wireless signal to be sent from the bike.

BMW Motorrad is the only motorcycle manufacturer to have developed the complete range of rider equipment ever since the 1970s - from motorcycle helmets to rider suits, boots and gloves. In doing so, high priority is attached to maximum comfort for the rider and passenger as well as minimizing the potential consequences of accidents.

BMW Motorrad has always regarded motorcycling and safety as being inseparably linked and anchored in the "Safety 360°" principle. "Safety 360°" breaks down the overall concept of safe motorcycling into three facets: safety technology in the vehicle, safety deriving from rider equipment and safety through rider training Alpinestars has been innovating motorcycle riding technology for rider protection, performance and comfort for over 50 years. The Tech-Air™ airbag system, which forms the basis of their active safety cooperation with BMW Motorrad, is the result of Alpinestars’ intensive research and development which commenced in 2001.

For decades, both companies have maintained a leading role in active and passive motorcycling safety. This new cooperation, between BMW Motorrad and Alpinestars, is now extending their position further through this joint development agreement.


BMW Motorrad sales are up

BMW Motorrad delivered 15,912 motorcycles and maxi-scooters to customers in March, an increase of 4.8% on the same month last year. In the first quarter, worldwide sales increased by 9.2% to total 31,370 units.


BMW Motorrad delivers first fleet of electric scooters

    BMW Motorrad delivers first fleet of the electric scooter BMW C evolution to local police in Barcelona.The City of Barcelona receives the first ever fleet of the electrically powered scooter to be delivered to an official authority.

    A fleet of maxi scooters comprising 30 of the innovative BMW C evolution was delivered to the Barcelona City Hall for use by the local police. The first completely electrically powered scooter manufactured by BMW Motorrad will allow the police to move with maximum efficiency and zero emissions.

    The BMW C evolution is BMW Motorrad’s answer to zero-emissions urban mobility. With a continuous output of 11KW and a maximum output of 35 KW, the scooter is homologated to be ridden with an A1 or B licence. The BMW electric scooter combines sheer electric riding pleasure with excellent dynamic qualities as well as the advantages of a zero emission vehicle, thereby providing a whole new riding experience.

    With its high performance, the BMW C evolution was a perfect choice for Barcelona - a pioneering city in the use of environment-friendly vehicles. The model purchased by the city authorities is identical to the regular version but with modifications to adapt it to police use. These include a raised screen for protection purposes and a public address and signalling system.

    Highlighting the importance of the delivery of this fleet for BMW, Guenther Seemann, President of BMW Group Spain, was there to hand over the scooter keys to mayor Xavier Trias. Seemann said: “The delivery of this fleet is a special achievement for the BMW Group for two main reasons: it is the first fleet of electric maxi scooters worldwide to be supplied and secondly the recipient is the city of Barcelona - a role model in Europe when it comes to two-wheel mobility. At the BMW Group we believe strongly that the future of urban mobility will be shaped in the next few years by cities with minimum emissions."

    Alphabet, leasing multi-brand company of the BMW Group, participates as administrator of the motorcycle fleet. Rocío Carrascosa, CEO of Alphabet Spain, said "With this project we show once again our commitment to promote a more sustainable mobility in our cities." Alphabet offers innovative solutions such as AlphaCity, which offers its customers the possibility to rent vehicles incorporating technology developed for shared use by multiple users and also billing for private use use. AlphaElectric offers also rentals of electric vehicles, with solutions for the installation of charging points and tools to determine the possibilities to electrify a fleet in the optimal way.


    BMW Motorrad achieves 13.5% sales increase in February.

    BMW Motorrad achieves 13.5% sales increase in February. Highest-ever February sales with 9,195 vehicles sold.

    In February BMW Motorrad sales increased by 13.5% thereby achieving the fifth all-time high for this month in succession. 9,195 motorcycles and maxi scooters (previous year: 8,098 units) were supplied to customers worldwide last month. As per February sales increased by 14.2% to 15.458 vehicles (previous year: 13,536 units).

    Heiner Faust, BMW Motorrad Head of Sales and Marketing: "With 15,458 vehicles sold we have achieved a new record after the first two months of the year. This is a considerable increase in sales of 14.2% as compared to the equivalent period last year. What is more, last month showed the best February sales for the fifth time in succession in the company's history with 9,195 vehicles sold and an increase of 13.5 %. The main drivers of this success are the continuing high demand for the models we launched in 2014 and the new models of the current season. This spring will again see five new motorcycle launches."

    The new BMW S 1000 RR has been considerably revised for the 2015 model year. The main features are 4 kg less weight, more output and even greater usability. Meanwhile there are two new boxer models lined up for the start next season: the new BMW R 1200 R and the R 1200 RS. The second generation of the BMW F 800 R makes a clear statement in the middle class segment and sets out to continue the success of the distinctive BMW Motorrad parallel twins. With the new S 1000 XR BMW Motorrad is introducing a high-performance, sports-oriented 4-cylinder motorcycle. It combines the qualities of the BMW Motorrad GS, Touring and Sports models to provide a completely new ride experience under the name "Adventure Sport".


    BMW Motorcycle sales volumes and profits are UP

    Sharp increase in earnings for the Motorcycles segment

    Motorcycles segment revenues grew 11.6% year-on year to € 1,679 million (2013: € 1,504 million). EBIT jumped by 41.8% to € 112 million (2013: € 79 million), while profit before tax advanced by 40.8% to € 107 million (2013: € 76 million).

    Sales volume increased by 7.2% to 123,495 units (2013: 115,215 units), thus outperforming the market as a whole. BMW Motorrad's five largest markets were Germany, the USA, France, Italy and Brazil.


    BMW Motorrad sales up in 2015

    The year has started very positively for BMW Motorrad. A total of 6,263 maxi-scooters and motorcycles were delivered to customers, a sales increase of 15.2% compared with January last year (prev. yr. 5,438).


    BMW Motorrad sales record - again

    BMW Motorrad has achieved a fourth successive sales record, selling 123,495 motorcycles and maxi-scooters in 2014, an increase of 7.2% (previous year. 115,215). In December, 7,032 vehicles were sold, 10.9% more than in the same month last year (6,343).


    BMW Motorrad sets a new top score after ten months

    BMW Motorrad sets a new top score after ten months. 109,052 vehicles delivered to customers worldwide.

    Sales of BMW Motorrad are 7.4% ahead of the previous year after ten months. As of October, 109,052 motorcycles and Maxi-Scooters were delivered (previous year: 101,530 units). Sales in that month rose by 5.5% to a new record for October of 8,835 vehicles (previous year: 8,376 units).

    Heiner Faust, Head of Sales and Marketing at BMW Motorrad: "We have increased our deliveries by 7.4% since the start of the year, reaching over 109,000 motorcycles and Maxi-Scooters. In October we achieved an increase of 5.5% with 8,835 units, also a new record. Demand for our motorcycles worldwide is developing very positively. This puts us on track for the fourth sales record in a row for the year 2014 as a whole."

    A few weeks ago BMW Motorrad presented three highly innovative vehicles at the INTERMOT motorcycle show in Cologne with the R 1200 R, the R 1200 RS and the S 1000 RR. A few days ago, two more new products were the centre of attention at the EICMA in Milan: the new S 1000 XR and F 800 R.

    With the S 1000 XR BMW Motorrad is expanding its product portfolio to include a genuine all-rounder in the Adventure Sport segment. The fourth member of the family of high-powered sporty BMW motorcycles with four-cylinder in-line engine unites dynamic touring qualities, sporting performance, great comfort and superior everyday performance.

    The over 600,000 visitors to the show were equally interested in the new BMW F 800 R. The sporty roadster with liquid-cooled 2-cylinder engine offers improved all-round qualities and a new design.


    The new BMW F800R

    The new F800R is the latest in the line of characterful parallel twin-cylinder motorcycles from BMW Motorrad. Consistent development of its all-round qualities has ensured the dynamic roadster is ready to delight owners with its sporty performance, agile handling and even greater versatility – all wrapped up in a dynamic package.

    Power is sourced, as before, from a liquid-cooled four-valve twin-cylinder engine with 798 cc displacement. With output increasing to 66 kW (90 hp) at 8,000 rpm (up from 64 kW (87 hp) at 8,000 rpm) and shorter ratios for first and second gear, the parallel twin offers even greater sprinting ability while retaining the impressive pulling power, instantaneous responses and low fuel consumption familiar from the predecessor model. Peak torque remains 86 Nm (63 lb-ft) at 5,800 rpm.

    The new 2015 BMW F800R will go on sale in Canada in Spring of 2015.
    Canadian pricing, currently not confirmed, will be announced in December 2014.

    The engaging riding experience on board the F800 R is further enhanced by new suspension components and optimised ergonomics. For example, an upside-down fork now takes care of front suspension duties, while a hydraulic double-disc brake with radial brake callipers provides fade-resistant stopping power. A new seat fixed lower down (at 790 mm instead of the previous 800 mm), combined with new handlebars and rider foot pegs, creates even better ergonomics for the rider.

    The design of the F800R – which is also pitched at novice riders – also provides a visual showcase for that extra rider engagement. With its newly designed fairings, radiator shields, front mudguard and wheels, plus a new range of colours, the sporty roadster cuts an extremely dynamic figure. The now symmetrical main headlight also gives it a distinctive “face”.

    In keeping with the “Safety 360°” principle, the new F800R is fitted with ABS as standard. It can also be ordered with optional systems such as ASC (Automatic Stability Control) and ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment), ensuring it sets a new benchmark in the segment in terms of its safety performance and all-round qualities.

    The new features of the BMW F800R:
    • Higher output than its predecessor – 66 kW (90 hp) at 8,000 rpm (previously: 64 kW (87 hp) at 8,000 rpm).
    • Modified ratios for first and second gear.
    • New body features with an even more dynamic design.
    • New colours.
    • Symmetrical main headlight arrangement.
    • Upside-down fork.
    • Radial front brake callipers.
    • Lighter wheels with dynamic design.
    • Rider foot pegs.
    • Seat height reduced to 790 mm (previously 800 mm).
    • New tapered aluminium handlebars.
    • ASC (Automatic Stability Control) – optional / special accessory.
    • ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) – optional.
    • Output reduced to 35 kW (48 hp) – special accessory / optional.


    The new BMW S1000XR

    The new 2015 BMW S1000XR will go on sale in Canada in Summer of 2015.
    Canadian pricing, currently not confirmed, will be announced in December 2014

    The BMW S1000XR – all good things come in fours. Following on from the S1000RR and HP4 superbikes as well as the S1000R roadster, BMW Motorrad is now unveiling the fourth member in the BMW Motorrad line-up of high-power motorcycles with straight-four-cylinder engines and a distinctly sporty bias. Building on the tantalising and unique mix of innovative technology, performance and safety already inherent to the existing models in this series, BMW Motorrad has taken the next step by bringing out the S1000XR, which offers this repertoire of core characteristics in a brand-new blend dubbed “adventure sport”. This encompasses dynamic touring qualities, sporty performance and high levels of comfort as well as outstanding everyday usability. In short, the new S1000XR serves up its own individual mix of sporting and touring flair at the same time as injecting a generous dose of emotion.

    Straight-four-cylinder engine for punchy adventure sport performance.

    The straight-four-cylinder engine on the new BMW S1000XR is basically derived from the S1000R roadster. It has an output of 118 kW (160 hp) at 11,000 rpm and generates maximum torque of 112 Nm (83 lb-ft) at 9,250 rpm. This power unit produces torque in abundance, making it ideal for providing the punchy response at low and medium revs that riders seek when powering along country roads or carrying a passenger. The straight-four-cylinder unit combines tremendous pulling power and exhilarating acceleration with a high peak output, while offering the rider a usable rev range that spans over 10,000 rpm. This makes it just as adept at highly pleasurable touring as it is at sporty rides down winding country roads or holiday trips complete with passenger and luggage.

    Two riding modes and ASC as standard as well as the option of Pro riding modes including Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) and ABS Pro.

    To enable the riding characteristics to be adapted to the prevailing road conditions as effectively as possible, the new S1000XR already comes with the “Rain” and “Road” riding modes as standard. The standard-fit Automatic Stability Control (ASC) ensures a high standard of riding safety by optimising traction. The new S1000XR can be equipped ex-works with the Pro riding modes option, which includes the additional riding modes “Dynamic” and “Dynamic Pro” along with Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) and ABS Pro.

    Innovative chassis with a new frame and Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) as an option.

    The chassis of the new S1000XR adventure sport bike is every bit as impressive as the ferocious power delivery of the four-in-line engine. Based on this model series’ existing design, it employs an aluminium-alloy perimeter frame in which the engine forms part of the load-bearing structure. Wheel suspension at the front and rear is handled by an adjustable upside-down fork and a double-sided swing arm with adjustable central spring strut respectively. The chassis geometry has been completely redefined in order to cater to the specific requirements of the XR. When fitted with the optional electronically controlled suspension system BMW Motorrad Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment), meanwhile, the new S1000XR takes riding safety, performance and comfort to even greater heights, while also promising adventure sport at its very finest.

    ABS Pro available ex-works as part of the Pro riding modes option for even greater safety when braking in a banked position.

    Whereas the standard ABS systems from BMW Motorrad to date have ensured an excellent standard of safety when braking while moving in a straight line, the optionally available ABS Pro feature now goes a step further to make braking while cornering safer as well by enabling ABS-assisted braking in a banked position. In such situations, ABS Pro prevents the wheels from locking up even when the brakes are applied sharply. This reduces abrupt changes in steering force, especially in response to panic braking, and thereby limits any undesirable righting of the bike. ABS Pro offers riders the benefit of increased braking and riding stability combined with optimum stopping power, even in corners.

    The new S1000XR – style and function for both sport and adventuring.

    The new BMW S1000XR fuses the characters and strengths of the BMW Motorrad GS, Touring and Sport models on a visual level as well to create a new breed of motorcycle tagged “adventure sport”. This is clearly mirrored in every design element and combines with the flawless ergonomics, ingenious wind and weather protection as well as the 20 – 30 mm increase in spring travel and greater ground clearance to make an impressive statement. Whether it’s mountain passes, a tour of the countryside, motorway riding or even rough sections of road – the new S1000XR handles it all with aplomb.

    Highlights of the new BMW S1000XR:
    • Straight-four-cylinder engine with a displacement of 999 cc. Output 118 kW (160 hp) at 11,000 rpm, maximum torque of 112 Nm (83 lb-ft) at 9,250 rpm.
    • Dynamic, innovative design with sculptural surface styling.
    • BMW Motorrad ABS as standard (semi-integral, disengageable).
    • ABS Pro for even greater safety when braking in a banked position (as part of the Pro riding modes optional extra).
    • Automatic Stability Control (ASC) as standard for accelerating safely even in low-grip conditions.
    • Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) with banking sensor for supreme performance and active riding safety when accelerating (as part of the Pro riding modes optional extra).
    • Two riding modes that can be selected by the rider at the push of a button as standard (“Rain” and “Road”).
    • Two additional riding modes available, “Dynamic” and “Dynamic Pro” (as part of the Pro riding modes optional extra).
    • Spring elements with long spring travel for excellent agility and high damping reserves.
    • Electronically controlled suspension system, Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) for optimum adaptation to the prevailing conditions as an optional extra.
    • Light-footed handling and raised seating position.
    • Multifunctional instrument cluster with a wealth of features.
    • Extensive equipment and bespoke range of accessories made to BMW Motorrad’s customary high standards.


    BMW Motorrad at the EICMA 2014. World premiere of two new models

    BMW Motorrad presents two world premieres at the international motorcycle show EICMA from November 5th - 9th in Hall 14 of the Milan trade fair centre.

    As was the case a few weeks ago at INTERMOT, the central focus of the presentation is provided by the new boxer models BMW R 1200 R and R 1200 RS along with the supersports bike
    S 1000 RR. Furthermore another two motorcycles will see their world premiere at EICMA.

    In addition to these new models, BMW Motorrad will be exhibiting the complete range of vehicles and motorcycle clothing for the upcoming season on a surface area of more than 1,600 square metres.


    BMW Motorrad achieves new all-time high in the third quarter of 2014.

    BMW Motorrad once again achieved outstanding retail results in September 2014, supplying a total of 9,991 vehicles. As compared to the already strong equivalent month in the previous year ( 9,264 units), 7.8 % more motorcycles and maxi scooters were supplied to customers. As of September, worldwide sales likewise reached a new all-time high of 100,217 units sold, an increase of 7.6 % (previous year: 93,154 units).

    Heiner Faust, BMW Motorrad Head of Sales and Marketing: "For the first time in the history of BMW Motorrad we have supplied more than 100,000 vehicles to our customers in the first nine months of a year. This is an increase in sales of 7.6% as compared to the equivalent period last year."

    BMW Motorrad recorded retail growth in almost all sales regions during the first nine months of the year. Germany remains the most important single market: here BMW Motorrad is once again the market leader, with 17,068 vehicles sold and a market share of just under 25%. It is followed by the USA, Italy, France and the UK in the ranking list of sales figures.

    BMW Motorrad intends to remain on course for growth in the upcoming season with new models. A few days ago three new and innovative vehicles have been presented at the motorcycle trade fair INTERMOT in Cologne - the R 1200 R, the R 1200 RS and the S 1000 RR. The two water-cooled boxer models and the new supersports bike were a success with motorshow visitors, of whom there were more than 200,000. Two more new models will be presented at the international EICMA motorshow in Milan at the beginning of November.

    Just a few days ago BMW Motorrad won four awards from UK's most respected motorcycle publication, MCN.

    Heiner Faust: "We are very pleased to have been named Best Manufacturer of the Year as well as winning first place with the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure, the R 1200 RT and the R nineT."


    2015 BMW S1000XR - Adventurer Tourer

    Courtesy of Cycle World we've learned of the, what looks to be, production ready BMW S1000RR based Adventure Tourer. What! Watch out Ducati - BMW just stole some business.

    More details from the CycleWorld post HERE.


    BMW Magazine available online

    BMW's magazine is no wavailable online and there is an app for various mobile platforms as well. There's a lot of car and lifestyle content but keep an eye out for motorcycle content as well!

    Here's the details from BMW:

    Users can access regularly updated features on design trends, travel destinations, the diversity of modern life and exclusive content from the world of BMW

    Munich. BMW Magazine is now published in digital form worldwide. This move sees BMW Magazine taking another step into the future of mobility. The app can be downloaded as a native version for tablet and smartphone (Android and iOS) or used on any platform through any web browser.

    The application is managed centrally and responsive design allows it to adapt excellently to any format. The editorial and exclusive content – reports, picture galleries and videos – are updated at regular intervals. These ongoing updates of content take place in the background, unnoticed by users.

    Large-format pictures, in-depth stories focusing in detail on well-known BMW aficionados and information on new models are added to contributions from the print magazine. Furthermore, exclusive videos provide a visual complement to the editorial content and bring it to life. The focus is on stories about people who change our lives through their visionary ideas.

    BMW Magazine Digital is available in English, German, Spanish and French. Depending on the language selected, it can be viewed on smartphones and tablets. The primary language is English, but other languages are also offered and can be selected via the app menu.

    Some countries, including Germany, Spain, France and the UK, have a version with additional country-specific content.

    BMW Magazine Digital is created under the direction of editor Hendrik Lakeberg and art director Dirk Linke and is published by HOFFMANN UND CAMPE Corporate Publishing.

    The print edition of BMW Magazine has been the international customer magazine of BMW AG since 1989 and is published twice a year – in March and September – under the direction of its editor Adriano Sack. The 100-page lifestyle magazine is published around the world in 24 languages. It has a circulation of three million copies in approximately 100 countries.

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    BMW Motorrad supplies more than 90,000 vehicles for the first time as of August.

    From January to August 2014 BMW Motorrad sold a total of 90,226 motorcycles and maxi scooters, thereby achieving a new all-time high (previous year: 83,890 units / +7.6%).  The retail figure for August of 7,587 vehicles is almost at the level of last year's exceptionally strong figure 7,708 units / -1.6%).

    Heiner Faust, BMW Motorrad Head of Sales and Marketing: "Eight months into the year we are doing very well. 90,226 vehicles sold between January and August is a new record for this period. Our highly attractive product portfolio and the strength of the brand BMW are key factors here. We remain firmly on course to set a new all-time sales high for the entire year of 2014." 
    Faust adds: "Customers can again look forward to numerous new products for the 2015 motorcycle season. We will be presenting no less than five models to the public in the course of the next few months."

    As many as three new BMW Motorrad models see their world premiere at the international motorcycle trade fair INTERMOT at the beginning of October. In addition to the new models, BMW Motorrad also presents its new rider equipment collection for the upcoming season at the trade fair in Cologne. Two more new models will be presented to the public for the first time two weeks later at the international motorcycle trade fair EICMA in Milan.

    Heiner Faust: "INTERMOT is one of the biggest motorcycle trade fairs in the world and provides the perfect setting for us to present our new models. Here we will be showing the new BMW S 1000 RR for the first time. Trade fair visitors can also look forward to two other world premieres as well as numerous highlights at our trade fair stand. So our model offensive continues to advance at full pace.


    BMW Motorrad at INTERMOT 2014. World premiere of three new models.

    Munich. No less than three new BMW Motorrad models will see their world premiere at the international motorcycle trade fair INTERMOT in Cologne from October 1st - 5th 2014.

    One of the highlights is the new BMW S 1000 RR. 

    The BMW supersports bike goes into its next generation with an optimised engine for enhanced performance and ridability. Meanwhile a new suspension geometry provides increased riding precision and even better handling. In addition to increasing performance, the focus here was particularly on making the new S 1000 RR more user-friendly. Whether in everyday use, taking bends dynamically on country roads or proactive racing on the track - the new S 1000 RR is always uncompromising.

    In addition to this and other new models from various segments, BMW Motorrad also presents its new rider equipment collection for the upcoming season at the international motorcycle trade fair in Cologne.


    BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy North America 2014, day 7. Team CEEU crowned 2014 GS Trophy champions.

    Munich / Exshaw, Canada. After seven days and well over 2,300 kilometres of tough riding interspersed with 20 special stages, Team Central and Eastern Europe (CEEU) were deserving winners of the 2014 GS Trophy, having led the competition from the very first day and won many specials, as well as both photo competitions.

    The team of Wojciech Zambrzycki, Maciej Gryczewski and Karel Rahcek dominated this year's competition that finished in the same place as it started – at the Kananaskis Guest Ranch in Exshaw, west of Calgary. They finished with 276 points, 49 ahead of South Africa in second place, while Team France came in third with 198 points.

    Today's final day, dubbed the “coming home ride”, by Chief Instructor Tomm Wolf, was a celebration of the Canadian Rockies, with scenic and deserted gravel roads initially taking participants across picturesque mountain passes, before the splendid paved road network brought them back north back into Alberta.

    And just like every other day, there were several specials thrown in for good measure, including an early morning 'car pull' in sub-zero temperatures and using a vintage Dodge; a 'bear turn' team relay special deep in the forest; and a trials-based 'Final Skills Challenge' back at base camp that even include blindfolded riding.

    A final dinner by a roaring campfire included a prize-giving ceremony where all 16 teams received awards for participation. As GS Trophy organiser Michael Trammer put it: “All the teams are winners in my opinion. It doesn't matter if you don't finish among the top teams because we have all become one big team together.”

    This was a view shared by Head of BMW Motorrad Marketing Ralf Rodepeter, who added: “It was a great experience here in Canada, from the bikes to the landscapes to the competitors and all the team working hard behind the scenes to make it happen. When you see that all the GS bikes are perfectly ok after more than 2,000 kilometres of the toughest riding imaginable, then it's really impressive. It's also great to see how a bike like the GS is unifying these people from all over the world who came to Canada to ride the GS Trophy.”

    The final word went to Vice President of BMW Motorrad Sales and Marketing Heiner Faust, who added: “I don't know of any other event like the GS Trophy. You really can't compare one Trophy to another because they have all been fantastic events in their own way. The whole idea behind the Trophy is to go to a different nation every two years, and the riding and scenery have been stunning here in Canada. We are all here together, but a much wider GS community has been following online, making the GS Trophy the most important event for us in terms of media coverage. Every GS Trophy is for sure a hard act to follow and we certainly raised the bar high with this 2014 edition.”


    BMW Motorrad GS Trophy 2014

    Final standings:

    2South Africa227
    7Latin America158



    BMW Motorrad sales up on year, down on month

    MW Motorrad increased sales by 7.6% to 90,226 (prev. yr. 83,890) motorcycles and maxi-scooters since the start of the year. In August, 7,587 vehicles were sold (prev. yr. 7,708 / -1.6%).


    BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy North America 2014, day 3

    A worldwide mix of talented GS riders got the best possible taste of the rugged beauty of Canada today as day three of the GS Trophy consisted of nearly 200 kilometres of off-road adventure, 150 kilometres of scenic paved mountain passes and three special stages thrown in for good measure – two of which involved getting extremely wet.

    As usual, the day started early – with a 6am wake-up call – but yesterday's rain and mud soon became a distant memory as blue skies and warm sunshine greeted the early risers. Today was about getting off the pavement and heading into the middle of nowhere, as a 55-kilometre blast along what many of the riders called the “perfect GS road” led to the first special stage of the day – bike-to-bike towing.

    On a sandy, dusty and rocky track, and using just one tie-down strap attached to the footpegs, one team rider had to tow his team-mate's GS behind him – without the engine running of course – over two kilometres from the starting point to the finish, with an immediate forfeit if they stopped or crashed at any point. The clock only stopped when both bikes had reached the finishing line and the fastest team to make it up the hill would win the day.

    Sounds easy? The reality was that only five made it up the hill without any penalty, and the winning team – by over a minute – was France.

    Sixty kilometres of fantastic riding followed, that saw one overenthusiastic journalist going into a corner too hot and sliding down a ravine. Needless to say, the amazing spirit already demonstrated in the Trophy saw a multi-national rescue effort that involved straps, ratchets, brute strength and a pick-up truck to haul the GS back up to the track. Both rider and machine were unharmed and continued on their way after a quick medical check and a series of 'high-fives' with fellow participants.

    Soon after, the teams arrived at a picturesque river crossing for the 'Water Bear' special, which involved the highest levels of teamwork, physical effort and riding skill to get one of their GS bikes across a fast-flowing river strewn with slippery rocks. With one rider at the controls and the other team members having to maintain contact with the bike at all times, each country had its own ideas about the shallowest route. This provided great entertainment for the fellow competitors as every single participant got soaked in search of the fastest time. The winners of the Water Bear special were Team Alps.

    The final special stage was another 185 kilometres away – 115 km of which was seriously challenging off-road trail. This culminated in a 20 km section graded as a ‘black run’ where the competitors found the trail through the forest narrowed to barely handlebar width, while steep climbs loaded with loose rocks brought consternation for some and delight for others. Finally the trails wound down to the shores of picturesque Christina Lake, allegedly the warmest in Canada. The 'Paddleboard Challenge' saw teams racing from the shoreside into the lake, mounting their boards and paddling around a fixed buoy – and then back to the shore again. This special test was no easy task, coming straight after several hundred kilometres of tough riding, but it was Team CEEU who won the battle for supremacy on the waves.

    Overall winners for the day were Team South Africa, having placed 4-4-2 in the three special tests. Ruan de Lange: “We’re really happy to have won today. Our team journalist Stefan Boshoff was at the GS Trophy in 2010 and he explained the most successful strategy in this event is to aim for consistency across all the challenges. This really paid off today and has brought us much closer to Team CEEU. Now we just have to keep on doing this over the next four days!”

    The toughest day yet ended with live music and dinner at the Christina Lake community hall where the local community were incredibly welcoming, feeding and entertaining the GS Trophy competitors. Tomorrow will bring a whole new series of specials and 'local' challenges – some of them performed in front of large crowds. All will be revealed right here on tomorrow evening.

    BMW Motorrad GS Trophy 2014  Day 3 overall standings:

    3South Africa89
    7Latin America53


    BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy North America

    Team CEEU leads the GS Trophy tonight after impressive performances in the first two special tests of the 2014 edition. Team France and Team South Africa are snapping at their heels in second and third place respectively.

    Day one of this once-in-a-lifetime week-long adventure saw the 48 competitors and 16 journalists taking part in the 2014 Trophy get their first real taste of Canada, as the route took them right into the picturesque Rocky Mountains.

    An early departure time meant that a 6am wake-up call was necessary to give participants the chance to strike camp, eat breakfast, attend the safety briefing and pose for the customary team photos before finally setting off. Despite early morning temperatures as low as two degrees, clear, sunny skies soon warmed the riders, and an initial paved section gave them all a taste of the wild beauty of Alberta.

    The route passed by interestingly-named places such as Widowmaker Creek and Grizzly Creek, offering stunning views of the Glacier National Park. It also took the riders past the towns of Canmore and Banff before heading off on a forest trail towards the first special – the aptly-named 'Broken Bridge'

    Here, each three team members and their accompanying journalist had to haul all four of their GS Trophy bikes – one by one – across a rocky, shallow, but fast-flowing river and up a steep muddy bank. It was great to see the legendary spirit of the GS Trophy already in evidence, as teams cheered on and supported their 'rivals', constantly encouraging them throughout the duration of their tasks.

    Several hours were needed to get all the teams across the river, after which they continued on their way on a fantastic trail through pine forests to their camp for the night at the resort town of Golden – where another special test awaited them. This 'Golden 8' test required each team rider to complete a slow-speed figure-of-eight course, collecting a ball at the start and then depositing it back in the same bucket at the end. With points deducted for stalling the engine, dropping the bike, or even putting a foot down, the pressure was on but again, all teams supported and applauded each other's efforts.

    Soon after, the day's results were announced and then the entire Trophy team enjoyed a fabulous buffet dinner, after which each team made a short, informal, and often funny presentation about themselves and their country. As the competitors continued to bond late into the night as they camped under the stars, the opening stage of the 2014 International GS Trophy was well and truly a success.

    The day, however, belonged to Team CEEU, whose excellent teamwork strategy at the 'Broken Bridge' and highly-skilled riding technique saw them propelled to the top of the leaderboard. Mariusz Lowicki, Team CEEU commented: “This is just the first day, the beginning of the competition. Of course it’s nice to be on the top but we know we still have six days left and although we are excited about the prospect of those we need to concentrate on the coming days. When we keep this result on the last day – then we can be very happy! On the Broken Bridge test we decided we should keep every man just doing one thing. On the Golden Eight test we scored maximum points – a great result! The ride today has been spectacular, the nature and scenery is amazing. In Europe we have high mountains that we can ride, but in these mountains there’s so little civilization that it’s completely overwhelming for us.”

    GS Trophy 2014 Day One results and overall standings:
    3South Africa31
    6Latin America20


    BMW Motorrad has best July results to date

    BMW Motorrad achieved the best July result to date, with 11,661 motorcycles and maxi-scooters delivered (prev. yr. 11,241 / +3.7%). Year-to-date, 82,639 vehicles were sold, a solid growth of 8.5% over the same period last year (76,182).


    BMW Motorrad - Motorcycle segment records best-ever half-year results

    Second-quarter revenues of the Motorcycles segment grew by 11.2% to € 528 million (2013: € 475 million). EBIT increased 19.6% to € 55 million (2013: € 46 million) and profit before tax rose 20.0% to € 54 million (2013: € 45 million). The number of motorcycles sold increased by 5.1% to a new second-quarter record of 42,259 units (2013: 40,209 units).

    Segment revenues in the first half of the year increased by 9.8% to € 1,000 million (2013: € 911 million). EBIT rose by 22.7% to € 119 million (2013: € 97 million) and profit before tax grew 23.2% to € 117 million (2013: € 95 million). Sales volume for the six-month period increased by 9.3% to 70,978 units (2013: 64,941 units). With these figures, BMW Motorrad recorded the best six-month period in its 90-year history of motorcycle manufacturing.

    According to Dr. Friedrich Eichiner, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Finance,
     "Sales performed well in markets including France, Italy and the US. The R Series, in particular, with the new models R 1200 RT, R 1200 GS Adventure and R nineT, made strong gains.

    In the first half-year, the overall market in the segment above 500 cc showed signs of recovery for the first time worldwide. Over the full year, markets in Germany and Europe should improve on last year. In the US, the total market should be close to 2013 levels."


    Behind the Scenes - BMW Concept Roadster Shoot

    A little video of some behind the scenes action from the BMW Concept Roadster Photo Shoot. Enjoy!


    BMW Motorrad on course for a new sales record half way into the year.

    BMW Motorrad on course for a new sales record half way into the year. Growth at 9.3% as of June.

    BMW Motorrad on course for a new sales record half way into the year. Growth at 9.3% as of June.

    BMW R nineT (10/2013)
    Munich. BMW Motorrad has achieved an all-time six-month high in the first half of this year. With worldwide sales of 70,978 motorcycles and maxi scooters (previous year: 64,941 units), this amounts to an increase of 9.3% as compared to the equivalent period of the previous year. 11,827 vehicles (previous year: 12,541 units/ -5.7%) were sold in June 2014.

    Heiner Faust, BMW Motorrad Head of Sales and Marketing: "We have achieved an all-time six-month high in the first half of this year. Never before have we sold this many vehicles in the first six months of a year. With an increase of 9.3 % in the first half of 2014, we remain on course to achieve an all-time sales high for the year as a whole."

    The best-selling model remains the BMW R 1200 GS. Almost 15,000 units were supplied to customers worldwide during the first six months of the year. This is followed in second and third place by the two new boxer models R 1200 GS Adventure and R 1200 RT with 9,708 and 7,420 units respectively. The R nineT launched in March surpassed the expectations with sales of 4,114 vehicles.

    These new models as well as all the other BMW Motorrad models were at the focus of interest at the 14th Motorrad Days in Garmisch – Partenkirchen last weekend. Large numbers of test rides were taken. In addition to the motorcycles, the maxi scooter C evolution particularly impressed test riders with its electric drive and superb dynamic performance. Some 40,000 visitors attended the world's biggest BMW motorcycle meet-up and were able to spend the weekend experiencing the entire spectrum of BMW Motorrad.

    "The meeting of the community in Garmisch- Partenkirchen each year demonstrates again and again how diverse the BMW Motorrad universe is. The Motorrad Days provide an important platform for us to pick up on trends and engage in close dialogue with our customers," said Heiner Faust.


    BMW Motorrad Race Trophy: Riders from Canada and Spain move to the fore

    St-Eustache, Quebec (CAN) 6th July 2014. Team BMW Waznie Racing Rider Jordan Szoke #1 (CAN) riding the BMW S1000RR. This image is copyright free for editorial use © BMW AG

    Munich, 8th July 2014. BMW Motorrad privateers were once again victorious on various continents last weekend. Jordan Szoke (CA) tasted success in the Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK), while Ivan Silva Alberola (ES) and Daniel Rivas Fernandez (ES) finished one-two for BMW in the Superbike class of the Spanish Motorcycle Championship (CEV). In the World Superbike Championship, Sylvain Barrier (FR) returned to form after a long injury to claim an emphatic victory in the EVO class.

    BMW Motorrad Race Trophy: Szoke and Silva Alberola on the up.


    The battle at the top of the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy remains exciting this week. Cyril Brunet-Lugardon (FR) and Emilien Jaillet (FR) from the French Superbike Championship (FSBK) are level on points at the top of the standings. Both have 143.00 Race Trophy points to their name. In the case of a tie, the number of race wins is decisive: as Brunet-Lugardon has won once more than his compatriot Jaillet this season, he is classed as the leader. However, the chasing pack continue to take every opportunity to pick up points and, as the race calendars are completely different in the individual championships, major changes are afoot every week in the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy standings.


    One man who took full advantage of the opportunity to score Race Trophy points this weekend was Canada’s Jordan Szoke. He lined up at the second round of the Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK) in St. Eustache (CA). As at the season-opener in Shannonville (CA), Szoke was unbeatable on his BMW S 1000 RR. He claimed both pole position and the win in St. Eustache. This not only saw Szoke extend his lead in the CSBK, but also significantly increased his points tally in the Race Trophy. He has now climbed to third overall with 129.00 points.


    Level on points (129.00), but with one win fewer to his name, is the new fourth-placed man Ivan Silva Alberola (ES). He races in the Superbike class of the Spanish Motorcycle Championship (CEV). The fifth round of the season in this series was held in Albacete (ES), and BMW had plenty to cheer about. BMW Motorrad not only claimed its first win of the season in Sunday’s second race, but also achieved a one-two. Cheered on by his entire family, Silva Alberola came home first on the BMW S 1000 RR fielded by Targobank Motorsport to move into the overall lead in the CEV Riders’ Championship. Daniel Rivas Fernandez (ES / Easyrace Superbike) crossed the line second to complete the BMW one-two. Rivas Fernandes was fourth in race one, with Silva Alberola behind him in fifth place.



    FIM World Superbike Championship in Portimão.


    Portimão on the Algarve coast of Portugal was the venue for the eighth round of the 2014 World Superbike Championship (WSBK) at the weekend. Sylvain Barrier of the BMW Motorrad Italia SBK team emphatically announced his return to form. The Frenchman had been forced to take a three-month break from racing after a serious crash in his car, and only returned to action at the previous round in Misano (IT). In Portugal, there was no sign of his lengthy injury. On Saturday, Barrier first missed out on the decisive Superpole 2 on his BMW S 1000 RR, and eventually qualified tenth, making him the best-placed EVO rider. In the opening race on Sunday, which was held in dry conditions, Barrier missed out on victory in the EVO class by just a few thousandths of a second. He led the EVO class until shortly before the finish, when David Salom (ES) sneaked past in the final few metres. Barrier finished runner-up in the EVO class (tenth overall). It rained in the second race, but there was no catching the Frenchman this time: he crossed the finish line as the winner of the EVO class (eleventh overall).


    Injury prevented Imre Toth (HU/BMW Team Toth) from competing in Portimão. His Superbike version of the RR was ridden by Gabor Rizmayer (HU). He came home 17th and 19th. Peter Sebestyen (HU), who lined up on an EVO version of the RR for BMW Team Toth, was unable to finish race one and did not start the second race.


    There is no time to catch a breath for the WSBK teams and riders. Directly after the races at Portimão they headed to the United States. The iconic Laguna Seca Raceway in California will host the ninth round of the 2014 season this weekend.


    FIM Superstock 1000 Cup in Portimão.


    Portimão hosted the fifth race of the season in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup (WSTK). The best-placed BMW Motorrad privateer was Federico d’Annunzio (IT/FDA Racing Team) who finished seventh. Robert Muresan (RO/H-Moto Team) was twelfth. The riders from the Motxoracing team, Federico Sandi (IT) and Remo Castellarin (IT) came home 13th and 17th.

    2014 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy – Current Standings.


    Status: 8th July 2014



    Name (Nat.)




    Cyril Brunet-Lugardon (FR)




    Emilien Jaillet (FR)




    Jordan Szoke (CA)




    Ivan Silva Alberola (ES)




    Laurent Aymonin (FR)




    Marco Nekvasil (AT)




    Lucy Glöckner (DE)




    Markus Reiterberger (DE)




    Lance Isaacs (ZA)




    Daniel Rivas Fernandez (ES)




    Michel Amalric (FR)




    Alessandro Polita (IT)




    Bastien Mackels (BE)

    IDM, EWC



    Luca Conforti (IT)




    Andy Rey (FR)




    16. Eeki Kuparinen (FI/CEV/80,00), 17. Federico D‘Annunzio (IT/WSTK/78,00), 18. Matthieu Lussiana (FR/BRSBK/69,50), 19. Leon Bovee (NL/IDM/67,50), 20. Dominik Vincon (DE/IDM/60,75), 21. Marc Neumann (DE/IDM/58,50), 22. Janine Davies (ZA/SAM/58,05), 23. Stefan Nebel (DE/IDM/54,75), 24. Uwe Gürck (DE/SWC/51,12), 25. Denni Schiavoni (IT/CIV/50,00), 26. Florian Drouin (FR/FSBK/48,00), 27. Jean Foray (FR/FSBK/45,00), 28. Björn Stuppi (DE/EWC/42,35), 29. Hayato Takada (JP/MFJ/42,35), 30. Florian Brunet-Lugardon (FR/FSBK/41,00), 31. Jörg Steinhausen (DE/SWC/40,80), 32. Thomas Hainthaler (DE/IDM/40,50), 33. Mark Albrecht (DE/IDM/36,75), 34. Daisaku Sakai (JP/MFJ/30,00), 35. Robert Muresan (RO/WSTK/30,00), 36. Kohji Teramoto (JP/MFJ/26,60). 37. Sergiy Grygorovych (UA/IDM/25,50), 38. Lucas Barros (BR/BRSBK/21,00), 39. Camille Hedelin (FR/FSBK/18,00), 40. Tim Robinson (CA/CSBK/17,50), 41. Luciano Ribodino (AR/BRSBK/16,50), 42. Alessio Velini (IT/CIV/15,00), 43. Lucas Teodoro (BR/BRSBK/9,00), 44. Imre Toth (HU/WSBK/6,50), 45. David Datzer (DE/IDM/6,00), 46. Rémi Boitel (FR/FSBK/6,00), 47. Shinya Takeishi (JP/MFJ/6,00), 48. Martjin Polinder (DK/IDM/3,00), 49. Peter Sebestyen (HU/WSBK/3,00), 50. Filip Altendorfer (DE/EWC/0,00), 50. Florian Bauer (DE/EWC/0,00), 50. Rico Löwe (DE/EWC/0,00), 50. Didier Grams (DE/Macau Grand Prix/0,00)

    It is still possible to register for the 2014 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy on the website The deadline for registrations for the current season is not until 2nd November 2014, entry is free. Regardless of when the registrations are received, each participant will receive points for all the race events he/she has competed in since the start of the scoring period on 15th February 2014. So the ranking can also continuously change as new participants are added.



    BMW Motorrad Motorsport website:




    It is still possible to register for the 2014 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy on the website The deadline for registrations for the current season is not until 2nd November 2014, entry is free. Regardless of when the registrations are received, each participant will receive points for all the race events he/she has competed in since the start of the scoring period on 15th February 2014. So the ranking can also continuously change as new participants are added.



    BMW Motorrad Motorsport website:




    BMW R 1200 RT potential rear spring strut defect

    BMW Motorrad provides owners of the model BMW R 1200 RT with precautionary information concerning a potential defect in the rear spring strut.

    BMW Motorrad Canada is notifying all owners of the current R 1200 RT, model year 2014, fitted with the Dynamic ESA option, that there is a potential defect in the rear spring strut. At the present time it cannot be ruled out that the piston rod of the rear spring strut in connection with the Dynamic ESA option could potentially fail.

    For this reason, customers have been advised not to ride their motorcycle until further notice. This is a precautionary measure which BMW Motorrad is taking in the interests of customer safety based on a supplier report. To date, there have been no injuries related to this issue. 202vehicles are affected by this advisory in Canada. A technical campaign is in preparation to replace the affected part, along with an action plan offer to any affected customers.


    8th Annual - BMW Motorrad Days: August 15-17, 2014


    August 15-17, Canadian Tire Motorsport Par

    Here we go again! Join motorcycling enthusiasts from all over as they gather at the eighth annual BMW Motorrad Days, August 15-17, 2014 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

    There’s a fantastic atmosphere at BMW Motorrad Days – with many new things to see plus getting together with old friends – there’s always lots to talk about.

    The online ticket purchase site is now open!

    Visit to buy your BMW Motorrad Days 2014 tickets before July 31, 2014 and you will be automatically entered in the “WIN 90 DAYS ON THE R nineT” early bird contest for your chance to win a 90-day (3 month/7,500 km) loan of a 2015 BMW R nineT! Complete contest details at or your local Retailer. You must be 19 years of age and possess a valid motorcycle license to be eligible to enter this contest.


    BMW "Concept Roadster" | DESIGN

    A close up video of the BMW "Concept Roadster." It's impressive!


    BMW Motorrad achieves 7.7% growth in May.

    For the fifth month in succession BMW Motorrad has maintained a stable course of growth. In May 2014, 14,088 (previous year: 13,081 units) motorcycles and maxi scooters were supplied to customers worldwide. This represents an increase in sales of 7.7% or 1,007 units as compared to May 2013 and a new record for BMW Motorrad for the month of May. In the first five months, BMW Motorrad delivered a total of 59,151 (previous year: 52,400 units) vehicles. Compared to the same period in the previous year, this represents a rise of 12.9%, or 6,751 vehicles.

    Heiner Faust, BMW Motorrad Head of Sales and Marketing: “With solid growth of 7.7% in May and 12.9% for the first 5 months of the 2014 season, we have very easily exceeded the results for the previous year. We have managed to grow in all sales regions. Our growth is driven mainly by the new boxer models R 1200 RT and R 1200 GS Adventure. We are also particularly pleased with the incredibly successful market entry of our new products, the BMW R nineT and S 1000 R. These completely new BMW models will enable us to gain lots of new customers for the BMW Motorrad brand.”

    Apart from the excellent sales figures in May, BMW Motorrad has made a very successful start to the month of June. Heiner Faust explains: “A dream came true for us at this year’s Isle of Man TT Races. 75 years after the historic TT victory by Georg “Schorsch” Meier, Michael Dunlop won the legendary road race with the support of BMW Motorrad Motorsport on the BMW S 1000 RR.”

    In the meantime, preparations are in full swing for the world’s biggest BMW Motorrad meeting. The organisers of the BMW Motorrad Days, traditionally held on the first weekend in July (4 to 6 July 2014) in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, once again expect to see many thousands of BMW customers and fans. Heiner Faust promises: “There will be a warm welcome for every visitor to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, whether they travel in a baby buggy, a two-wheeled vehicle of any kind or even an original historic BMW.”


    14th BMW Motorrad Days is set to be a huge celebration of motorcycling

    Family celebration time again. The 14th BMW Motorrad Days is set to be a huge celebration of motorcycling – including BMW's racing history, spectacular displays and plenty of live music.

    The first weekend in July (4-6 July 2014) is the time when the BMW Motorrad family comes together again, the extended family of all those who are related not by blood but by engine fuel. The BMW Motorrad Days is the biggest BMW Motorrad meeting in the world, and it is quite astounding when you realise just how warm and cordial the whole event has remained throughout its fourteen-year existence. Everyone is welcome in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and any type of vehicle too, from pushchair to two-wheelers of all types, including some who will be making their way on one of the beloved original BMW R 50 motorcycles.

    This year BMW Motorrad will be celebrating 90 Years of Championships and Titles in the Classic tent. Jewels from the BMW archives document the successful beginnings, starting with the BMW R37 at the first German Championship in 1924 in the Eifel and Solitude races, the victories of the 'cast-iron' Schorsch Meier at the European Championships in 1938 and the victory on the Isle of Man in 1939, the first Senior TT event won by a non-British entrant. The sidecar successes of the flat-twin boxer engine between 1954 and 1974 are also shown, as is the first AMA Superbike race in 1976, won by Reg Pridmore riding a BMW R 90, a bike that still commands much respect today. Rally images from the 1980s illustrate the rebirth of BMW Motorrad as a sporting force. The journey through time comes to an end with the recent successes in the SBK and Superstock events achieved by the BMW S 1000 RR. There will also be sales of historic parts in the tent, along with the stands of BMW Motorrad clubs from all over the world and experts from the BMW Group archive to have expert talks.

    Displays: Reduced gravity – plenty of burning rubber
    • Our multiple stunt world champion Chris Pfeiffer will again be presenting a whole battery of his latest tricks on his BMW F 800 R. Chris got a grade A in sports but only a D in physics. He still hasn't realised that what he does is not actually possible.
    • World-record precision rider Russ Swift demonstrates how to make a Mini drift into a parking space or how to drive it on two wheels just like a motorcycle.
    • By popular request from last year's event, the oldest travelling motorcycle wall of death showin the wooden Motodrom will commence every half an hour this year. Yes, we do listen to suggestions from visitors.
    • The fashion show of BMW rider equipment demonstrates just how good functional safety clothing looks these days. Never before was it possible to get rider clothes like these.
    • The Classic Boxer Sprint will once again be taking place in 2014. Details of the event will be published shortly.
    Party: camp fire, white beer, and rock 'n' roll
    • This is how we party in Bavaria: a huge tent with big beer glasses and great live music. The Octoberfest-tested 'Gerry & Gary' will be supplying party spirits in the beer tent on Friday evening along with the 'Blechblos‘n', while on Saturday evening it will be time to get up on the benches.
    • American alternative: 'Dreirad' will be rocking all over the US Lodge on Friday and Saturday, with able support from 'Los Gringos on the Saturday.
    • Alternative for all age groups: camp fire music with Byron. Every regular visitor to the BMW Motorrad Days has to sing the Pippi Longstocking song with Byron at least once in his lifetime.
    • Protected from the weather beneath the 'Magic Sky', 'Carlos and the Bandidos' are being flown in from England especially for this event, to be our guests on Friday evening in the Motodrom. On Saturday evening it will be the turn of 'Velvetone“, named Germany's best roots rock band by the German Rolling Stone magazine.
    • Music when you sleep and music when you wake: on Sunday morning it is time for the 'Metropolitan Jazz Band' from Prague, who will be providing the accompaniment for the jazz breakfast.
    • And don't forget: this year there will again be a free warm up party on Thursday, 3 July at theBMW Museum in Munich: DJs and live music against the backdrop of all the great bikes at BMW Welt.
    Motorcycling with and without tarmac and with or without a licence
    • Test ride all the models in the BMW Motorrad 2014 range. Ride the current R 1200 GS or the new R 1200 RT! Experience the
      BMW R nineT live! You can book your place in advance from June by going to:
    • Guided panoramic enduro tours through the forests around the Hausberg near Garmisch, riding your own bike. To reserve a place, just go to the tour tent at the event.
    • Enduro Park with loan bikes from the GS model series. BMW knows what these bikes are capable of. Doubters can find out for themselves.
    • Ride without a licence in an enclosed area under the supervision of a motorcycling instructor. Many have undergone the transition from passenger to rider here at past events.
    • Big parades: On the Sunday, the convoy of classic BMW motorcycles displays living history; as always, on the Saturday, it is time for the great parade for all guests, whatever motorcycle they have.
    Infrastructure: essential information about the BMW Motorrad Days site
    • More than 80 exhibitors will be presenting their products, services, activities and skills. Anyone who has anything to do with BMW Motorrad will be available here in Garmisch. A complete list of exhibitors will follow shortly.
    • We will be showing presentations by Michael Martin and other GS world travellers in the BMW Motorrad Cinema.
    • There will be a 15,000 square metre campsite alongside the festival site, which we have provided for our guests, including shower and toilet facilities (the charge is 7.50 Euros per tent for the duration of the event). If you prefer a more permanent roof over your head, then book in good time, for instance at:
      .: +49 88 21 180 77 26
      Fax.: +49 88 21 180 77 59

    So see you soon in Garmisch. Because 10W40 is thicker than blood and water.

    Further information, followed shortly by the full events programme, will be available in the Internet from: and

    Press materials from previous years of the BMW Motorrad Days as well as information on BMW Motorrad products are available from the BMW Group PressClub at

    If you have any queries, please contact:

    Benjamin Voß, BMW Motorrad Communications
    Tel: +49 89 382-28719, Fax: +49 89 382-23927



    BMW "Concept Roadster" – BMW Roadster Revolution

    The aspirations of BMW Motorrad with regard to future generations of boxer-powered roadsters take concrete, emotionally charged shape at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2014 in the form of the BMW Concept Roadster. Last year BMW Motorrad presented the BMW Concept Ninety here - a modern interpretation of a classic BMW motorcycle with boxer engine that demonstrated just how emotional a retrospective on 90 years of BMW Motorrad can be. "By contrast, the contemporary emotional appeal of the BMW Concept Roadster shows that, as far as BMW is concerned, motorcycling is much more than just perfect function," explains Edgar Heinrich, Head of BMW Motorrad Design.

    Classic values interpreted in modern style.
    The BMW Concept Roadster is a typical BMW roadster with a powerful 2-cylinder boxer engine, single-sided swing arm with cardan drive and a light tubular space frame. It interprets these classic elements in the most state-of-the-art, dynamic form. "The BMW Concept Roadster is exciting to look and at least as exciting to ride," says Ola Stenegard, Head of Vehicle Design BMW Motorrad, of the BMW Concept Roadster.

    The BMW boxer engine has always promised impressive performance and supreme power delivery across the entire engine speed range. In its latest generation it generates 92 kW (125 bhp) at 7,750 rpm from 1,170 cc with a maximum torque of 125 Nm at 6,500 rpm. The engine is also visually mid-point of the BMW Concept Roadster. The compact proportions with low front and high rear form a wedge-shaped silhouette around it which accelerates the bike even when stationary. The crouching posture with a powerful focus on the front wheel and the very short rear promise agile, light-footed handling. Split colouring makes for a visual separation of the dark engine area below and the light seating area above with the fuel tank and rear section. The dark bottom section moves the BMW Concept Roadster visually closer to the road surface, thereby emphasising a road-oriented riding experience. Meanwhile the lighter coloured upper section conveys lightness and a low visual centre of gravity.

    The headlamp presents a modern, dynamic interpretation of the classic circular headlamp. Matted LED light banks in full LED technology shape the distinctive "face" of the BMW Concept Roadster, giving it an extremely technical look. What is more, the LED technology makes the headlamp mask flat and very light-looking from the side perspective. Behind it, a reduced instrument panel provides all the relevant information in exclusive, high-end style.

    Emotional surface configuration. 
    The interplay between the fuel tank, seat and radiator is modelled to perfection in flowing style. The experienced hands of the BMW modellers have given the surfaces an emotional quality that no computer would be capable of recreating. The surfaces provide a detailed reflection of the characteristics of the BMW Concept Roadster: the sculpturally designed fuel tank in Sparkling Light White expresses the forward-looking orientation and dynamic performance of the BMW Concept Roadster with its precise modelling. Its shape also provides an ergonomically perfect knee grip for optimum handling. A cover made of matted stainless steel adds a high-end yet robust accentuation at the centre of the fuel tank.

    Light and finely wrought - the aluminium rear. 
    A striking highlight develops out of the fuel tank: the steep rear section made of gloss milled aluminium. The self-supporting rear structure is fashioned from a single piece, thereby enabling a very reduced and finely wrought rear element. The deliberately visible milling marks create a rough, almost industrial look which contrasts with the painted and anodised surfaces. The expressively modelled surfacing on the top and bottom of the rear element finely translates the emotional aspirations of the BMW Concept Roadster. The integrated single seat is borrowed visually from motor racing - a stylish interpretation of the bike's dynamic ambitions. Meanwhile a Neon Yellow accent in the lower area of the seat cushion adds a bold dash of colour contrast underneath the perforated Alcantara leather. Additional colour accents in Neon Yellow are to be found on the valve covers and on the cooling ribs inside the air inlets of the side trim, further breaking up the overall view from the side. The tubular space frame provides a visual highlight as a load-bearing element in Sparkling Racing Blue, a highly expressive finish that lends a touch of modern sporty style to a traditional element of a boxer-powered BMW roadster. With the interplay of the typical BMW Motorrad white on the fuel tank along with the radiant blue, the tank and frame present a characteristic yet also contemporary interpretation of the traditional BMW Motorrad colours.

    Premium-quality milled aluminium parts.
    In addition to the rear structure, there are other milled aluminium parts which underscore the technically sculptured look from the side perspective. The most prominent features here are the lateral air intakes. They are also made of gloss aluminium with milling marks and are shown to excellent effect against the black surfaces of the radiator. They trace a triangle open to the front which is formally based on the "gill" elements of the BMW supersports motorcycles. Performing the function of channelling air to the radiator, they also emphasise the dynamic gesture of the side. The cooling ribs in Neon Yellow inside them are only seen on closer inspection.
    One particular detail is the valve covers made of milled aluminium: their three-dimensional shaping lends a forward orientation to the fuel tank surfaces, giving the BMW boxer engine a highly athletic look. In addition, a protection pad on the valve covers indicates that the BMW Concept Roadster can and should be taken round bends at an extreme banking angle. Inspired by the knee pads of a racing suit, it gives the BMW Concept Roadster a touch of motor racing flair. An accent in Neon Yellow further underscores this radical element.

    Innovation in form and function - the engine spoiler. 
    Form and function are innovatively combined in the future-oriented engine spoiler. In the BMW Concept Roadster, it not only performs an aerodynamic function but also incorporates the entire front silencer. Along with the short, steep tailpipe of the exhaust system, the engine spoiler concentrates form and function around the engine. In doing so it emphasises the compact, dynamic statement of the side as well as the short rear. Over and above the high-end milled parts, the BMW Concept Roadster comprises nothing but the very best quality high-performance components. The fork tubes, rear shock absorber and brakes are elegantly set apart by their anodized colouring, giving the BMW Concept Roadster an exclusive touch of sporty flair.


    BMW Motorrad continues to see double-digit growth

    BMW Motorrad continues to see double-digit growth and achieves new all-time high in April. Once again the most successful month in the company's history. 

    After achieving record sales during the first quarter of 2014, BMW Motorrad remains firmly on course for success. In April, 16,344 (prev. yr.: 14,587 units) motorcycles and maxi scooters were supplied to customers worldwide. This represents an increase of 12.0% or 1,757 units as compared to April 2013. April 2014 is thus the most successful month ever in the history of the company. All in all, BMW Motorrad has supplied 45,063 (prev. yr.: 39,319 units) vehicles to customers since the beginning of the year. This means that as of April, sales have exceeded the equivalent period of the previous year by 14.6 % or 5,744 vehicles.

    Heiner Faust, BMW Motorrad Head of Sales and Marketing: "With growth of 12.0% in April and 14.6% for the period up to April, we have been able to build very successfully on the momentum of an excellent season start. We have seen double-digit growth every month since the start of the year. Sales results in April even surpassed the existing record of March, making it the best month ever for BMW Motorrad."

    This excellent sales increase has been achieved on the basis of ongoing stable market developments worldwide. In Europe (not including Germany) BMW Motorrad had supplied 2,841 vehicles more as of April than in the first four months of the previous year. In Germany, sales are 672 units above the previous year's level. BMW Motorrad is also seeing impressive growth in the USA and Asia.

    As expected, the new R 1200 GS remains the top-selling model with 9,826 units sold. The new R 1200 GS Adventure (5,440 units as of April), the new R 1200 RT (3,760 units as of April) and the newcomers in the BMW model program R nineT (2,024 units as of April) and S 1000 R (1,679 as of April) are likewise seeing very strong demand. 

    Heiner Faust comments: "The excellent sales results mean we are very confident in terms of how the season will develop. Demand for our newly launched Boxer and S series models is especially pleasing. We started supplying the BMW C evolution on May 2nd 2014. After initial test rides, the world's first electrically powered maxi scooter in the premium segment has received excellent reviews from the media, so now we are very much looking forward to the response of our customers in Europe."


    BMW posts higher sales volume, revenues and earnings for Motorcycles segment

    Things look pretty good at the motorcycle division of BMW in terms of financials. They're setting records! What's this about a mild winter in Europe?! Not in Canada my friends - it was 2 degrees on the ride to the office this morning!

    The Motorcycles segment benefited greatly from the mild winter in Europe, which effectively brought forward the start of the motorcycling season. First-quarter revenues rose by 8.3% to € 472 million (2013: € 436 million). EBIT jumped by 25.5% to € 64 million (2013: € 51 million) and profit before tax by 26.0% to € 63 million (2013: € 50 million). At both levels, these figures represented the best quarterly earnings performance in the history of the Motorcycles segment.

    A new sales volume record was also set for the three-month period from January to March, with 28,719 units sold (2013: 24,732 units; +16.1%). The new R nineT, S 1000 R, R 1200 RT and K 1600 GTL Exclusive models presented the previous autumn were all launched in time for the start of the season in March. The C evolution electric scooter will make its appearance in dealership showrooms from May onwards.


    The new BMW C evolution

    The arrival of the new C evolution marks the start of a new chapter in the urban mobility segment for BMW Motorrad. The two conventionally powered maxi scooter models – the C 600 Sport and C 650 GT – already succeed in combining the superb ride qualities of a motorcycle with the specific agility of a scooter and the design’s inherent comfort. The new electrically powered C evolution now goes even further by fusing riding fun and dynamism with the benefits of zero-emission performance to create a whole new experience on two wheels.

    In keeping with the BMW Group’s sustainability strategy, BMW Motorrad is taking a fully committed approach to electric mobility. As with BMW i, development of the C evolution revolved around creating a visionary vehicle concept offering maximum everyday practicality and an inspirational design.


    Powerful drive unit with liquid-cooled electric motor and air-cooled high-voltage battery. Range of 100 kilometres (62 miles) under practical conditions.
    The C evolution is powered by a drivetrain swing arm with liquid-cooled permanent magnet synchronous motor via a toothed belt and ring gearing. The rated power output is 11 kW (15 hp), with a peak output of 35 kW (47 hp). This enables the C evolution to achieve a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph, electronically limited) and gives it better acceleration than some maxi scooters powered by engines with displacements of 600 cc or more.

    The generous 8 kWh capacity of the air-cooled lithium-ion high-voltage battery allows the two-wheeler to cover a range of up to 100 kilometres (62 miles) before it needs to be charged from any domestic mains supply. When plugged in to a standard 220V domestic socket with a 12A charge current, recharging fully from empty takes around 4 hours (with 220V / 16A = 3 h).

    Intelligent recuperation and four ride modes ensure riding fun as well as efficiency.
    BMW Motorrad has opted for a form of energy regeneration for the C evolution that has never been seen before on a single-track vehicle. Recuperation takes place automatically both when coasting with the throttle closed and when braking.

    Riders of the C evolution can set their preferred mix of dynamic performance and efficiency by selecting from the four ride modes. In Road mode, for instance, they have at their disposal maximum acceleration, approximately 50 per cent energy regeneration when coasting and full regeneration when braking. In Eco Pro mode, meanwhile, acceleration and therefore energy consumption are restricted, while the maximum possible amount of energy is recuperated. Sail mode suppresses recuperation while coasting, allowing the C evolution to glide along virtually free of any braking effect when the throttle is released. And for an added touch of dynamism, Dynamic mode combines full accelerating power with a high degree of recuperation.

    Supreme safety thanks to synergies with BMW Automobile.
    As part of the BMW Group, BMW Motorrad was able to harness synergies with BMW Automobile during development of the C evolution. Besides adopting the same energy storage modules and electronic componentry used in the BMW i3, this was particularly beneficial for electrical safety, which is to passenger car standard. The C evolution is the first electrically powered two-wheeler to meet the ISO 26262 standard for functional safety and the ECE R100 standard governing high-voltage safety, both of which have been ratified by the leading carmakers.

    As far as the chassis is concerned, the C evolution no longer has a main frame in the conventional sense. The central component here is the battery casing made from diecast aluminium, which has a steering head support made from steel tubing attached to it at the front and, at the rear, the single-sided swing arm as well as a rear frame, also made from steel tubing. The task of wheel suspension and damping is performed by an upside-down telehydraulic fork at the front and a spring strut mounted on the left at the rear. As on all vehicles from BMW Motorrad, the C evolution comes equipped with safety-boosting ABS together with powerful disc brakes as standard.

    Torque Control Assist (TCA) for superior traction control.
    The new C evolution is available with Torque Control Assist (TCA), which works in a similar way to the Automatic Stability Control feature on BMW motorcycles with combustion engines. TCA limits the motor’s torque depending on the slip at the rear wheel.

    To ensure optimum controllability of the drive torque for the rider, the electric motor’s control electronics monitor the rear wheel speed and reduce the drive torque if a certain plausibility threshold is exceeded. TCA is a particularly useful aid for the rider when starting off and prevents uncontrolled spinning of the rear wheel on road surfaces with reduced grip (e.g. wet cobblestones).
    The Torque Control Assist additionally serves to stop the rear wheel from skidding when a sharp rate of recuperation produces a correspondingly high level of drag torque, especially on slippery road surfaces.

    Large TFT colour display and LED daytime running light.
    A host of other features further underline the innovative character of the C evolution. It is equipped with a reversing aid, for instance, that enables easy manoeuvring at walking pace. There is also a first in the form of an LED daytime running light, which additionally dims to double as the sidelight. And for added comfort on cold days, there are heated handlebar grips.

    A large TFT colour display in the instrument cluster offers a wealth of information. Apart from the current speed, the rider is also kept informed of data such as the average consumption in kWh/100 km, total power consumption, battery charge status in kWh, average speed, voltage of the on-board electrical system and the high-voltage system, as well as the remaining range in kilometres taking into account the selected ride mode. A bar graph furthermore indicates the current level of energy draw or regeneration.

    Inspirational design.
    Last but not least, the C evolution also charts new territory in terms of styling and colour scheme. Design-wise, the C evolution fits harmoniously into the BMW Motorrad family, while the colour combination of Light White non-metallic and Electric Green symbolises its ability to blend maximum eco-friendliness with superb dynamic performance.

    The highlights at a glance:
    •      Innovative electric drive system via drivetrain swing arm with liquid-cooled permanent magnet synchronous motor, toothed belt and ring gearing.
    •      Rated power output 11 kW (homologated according to ECE R85) and 35 kW peak output.
    •      Maximum torque 72 Nm (53 lb-ft).
    •      Top speed 120 km/h (75 mph).
    •      Acceleration 0 – 50 km/h (31 mph) in 2.7 s.
    •      Acceleration 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.2 s.
    •      High range of 100 kilometres (62 miles) in practical operation.
    •      4 ride modes available to choose from: Road, Eco Pro, Sail and Dynamic.
    •      Reversing aid for supremely easy manoeuvring.
    •      Torque Control Assist (TCA).
    •      High-voltage battery with high capacity of 8 kWh and innovative air cooling.
    •      Intelligent recuperation when coasting and when braking.
    •      Recharged from the domestic mains supply.
    •      Takes just 4 h to charge to 100 % capacity at 220V / 12A (220V / 16A = 3 h).
    •      Synergies with BMW Automobile harnessed during development.
    •      Electrical safety to passenger car standards.
    •      Hybrid chassis with agile handling due to low centre of gravity.
    •      Powerful braking system with ABS.
    •      Large TFT colour display.
    •      LED daytime running light and sidelight.
    •      Inspirational colour scheme and design.


    BMW Motorrad achieves new all-time high in March

    In the first three months of this year BMW Motorrad sales were higher than ever before in a first quarter. Supplies as of March came to a total of 28,719 vehicles (previous year: 24,732 units), making for an increase in sales of 16.1%. 15,183 motorcycles and maxi scooters (previous year: 13,067 units) were supplied to customers worldwide last month. With an increase of 16.2% as compared to the previous year, this was the best monthly sales performance in the history of the company.

    Heiner Faust, BMW Motorrad Head of Sales and Marketing: "We got off to an excellent start to the new motorcycle season with a sales increase of 16.1% as of March. In the first three months of this year we have supplied more motorcycles and maxi scooters than ever before in a first quarter. What is more, last month was the most successful in the company's history with 15,183 vehicles sold and an increase of 16.2%. Never before have we sold as many vehicles in March."

    The positive result was due to the high level of demand worldwide. The first quarter was pleasing in Europe, too. The southern European markets are seeing significant growth as compared to the previous year. The strongest individual market for BMW Motorrad continues to be Germany, followed by the US, France, Italy, Brazil and Spain.

    "Based on this excellent quarterly result we have positive expectations of the upcoming months," concluded Heiner Faust.


    BMW Motorrad tops customer satisfaction

    BMW Motorrad is overall winner of customer satisfaction survey in the USA.

    BMW K 1600 GTL (10/2010)

    Munich. With two top rankings and two additional podium positions in a total of six assessment categories, BMW Motorrad was the outright winner of a customer satisfaction survey carried out among motorcycle owners by the Motorcycle Industry Council in the USA. The survey consisted of a written questionnaire that was sent out in autumn 2013 to a total of 50,303 owners of ten motorcycle brands who had purchased a new motorcycle between September 1st 2012 and June 30th 2013.

    BMW Motorrad ranked first in the category of production quality, with BMW Motorrad customers giving a particularly high rating to finish, engine and power transmission, suspension, brakes and controls. The warranty and guarantee category was also won by BMW Motorrad.

    Meanwhile BMW Motorrad finished second in sales and consultation, with very positive ratings being awarded for the model range available and the presentation of BMW Motorrad models at dealerships. BMW Motorrad also gained second place in the area of product satisfaction. In addition to ride comfort, design and user friendliness, interviewees especially appreciated the engines and drive systems of BMW motorcycles as well as their ride and handling properties.

    BMW Motorrad came third in the area of service, where the work quality, personnel and the punctuality of BMW Motorrad dealers were praised. When it came to the criterion of purchase and maintenance costs, BMW Motorrad customers rated the excellent resale value of BMW motorcycles especially highly.

    BMW Motorrad customers also commented on their brand loyalty. Here, 80 per cent were able to recommend BMW Motorrad to others.

    "We are very pleased to have achieved the top ranking in the Motorcycle Industry Council satisfaction survey: this confirms our clear customer and quality orientation. At the same time, the award is an incentive for BMW Motorrad to continue to improve," said Carsten Saager, Head of Quality BMW Motorrad.

    The Motorcycle Industry Council, with its headquarters in Irvine, California, has operated under this name since 1970 but celebrates its one hundredth anniversary this year. Its members include motorcycle and accessory manufacturers, dealers and importers as well as motorcycle service companies and the motorcycle press.


    BMW Group remains firmly on track in 2013

    Motorcycles segment also sets new sales volume record

    Sales volume, revenues and earnings of the Motorcycles segment rose in 2013. Revenues edged up by 0.9% to € 1,504 million (2012: € 1,490 million). EBIT rose to € 79 million (2012: € 9 million) and profit before tax to € 76 million (2012: € 6 million). Segment earnings in 2012 were impacted by expenses incurred in realigning the Motorcycles business. Despite challenging market conditions, a new sales volume record was set for 2013, with the number of BMW motorcycles delivered to customers reaching a new of level of 115,215 units (2012: 106,358 units; +8.3%).

    BMW Motorrad increases sales by 18.3 % in February. Strongest February sales ever with 8,098 vehicles sold.

    In February BMW Motorrad once again achieved record sales amounting to growth of 18.3 %. 8.098 motorcycles and Maxi-Scooters were delivered to customers worldwide in the last month  (previous year: 6.847 units). Deliveries for January and February amount to a total of 13,536 vehicles (previous year: 11,665 units). This corresponds to an increase in sales of 16%.

    Heiner Faust, Director of Sales and Marketing at BMW Motorrad: "Following the successful start into the new year we have achieved a significant plus of 18.3 % in sales in February. With a total of 8.098 vehicles sold, this February is the fourth record-selling February in company history in succession. Worldwide demand was satisfyingly high.”

    The water-cooled R 1200 GS still remains the top selling bike in the BMW Motorrad range at the beginning of the year, too. The newly developed successor models of the R 1200 GS Adventure and the 
    R 1200 RT, which have been on sales since the beginning of February, follow on the heels of the R 1200 GS. From the middle of March customers have two more dynamic new products in the Roadster segment to choose from: the R NineT and the S 1000 R. The C evolution electric scooter will supplement the BMW Motorrad product range from May.

    In conclusion Faust states: "Expectations for the season are optimistic based on our customers' positive reactions and due to the successful sales figures of the first two months of the year."


    BMW Motorrad starts off the new year with a strong sales

    BMW Motorrad starts off the new year with a strong sales performance. Increase in sales of 12.9% as compared to the previous year.

    After its third record year in succession in 2013, BMW Motorrad has started the new year with a significant increase in sales. With 5,438 (previous year: 4,818) units, 12.9% more motorcycles and maxi scooters were supplied to customers worldwide in January 2014 than in the previous year.

    Heiner Faust, BMW Motorrad Head of Sales and Marketing: "After achieving an all-time high in 2013, BMW Motorrad has got off to a very successful start in the new year. With an increase of 12.9% as compared to the previous year, this was the best January sales performance in the history of the company."

    Faust went on: "We got off to a great start in most markets. There was significant growth in the USA in particular, as well as in the Asian markets. Our new products are in great demand all over the world."

    This spring, BMW Motorrad will be starting the new season with six new models in addition to the existing product range. In the touring bike segment these will be the dynamic new edition of the R 1200 RT along with the K 1600 GTL Exclusive, fitted with numerous extras, while the enduro segment is expanded with the water-cooled R 1200 GS Adventure. The roadster segment boasts the addition of two new products: the R nineT and the S 1000 R. Over and above this, BMW Motorrad will be entering the field of single-track electromobility for the first time with the BMW C evolution.

    "In view of this wide range of new products and after a successful start to the year, we are confident as we look ahead to the upcoming motorcycle season," concluded Faust.


    BMW success in 2013

    BMW Motorrad achieves third all-time sales high in succession in 2013. Most successful year in the company's history with over 115,000 vehicles sold.

    BMW R 1200 GS (10/2012)

    Munich. BMW Motorrad has achieved an all-time annual sales high for the third time in succession. Worldwide the company supplied 115,215 (prev. yr.: 106,358 units) motorcycles and maxi scooters - an increase of 8.3 % as compared to the previous record year 2012. 6,343 vehicles were sold in December. This represents an increase of 4.5% as compared to the equivalent month of the previous year.

    Stephan Schaller, President BMW Motorrad: "Never before in the 90-year history of the company have we supplied so many vehicles. With a significant increase of 8.3% as compared to the previous year, we have achieved an all-time sales high and supplied more than 115,000 vehicles to our customers worldwide. I should like to thank all our customers most sincerely for the trust they have placed in us. Due to the high level of popularity of our motorcycles and maxi scooters we have been able to achieve growth in all sales regions. This demonstrates that our product offensive has put us on the right course. In some markets growth reached double figures, such as the USA and Russia. Germany remains our most successful individual market. However, we saw very positive sales developments in South America and Asia, too. And despite the difficult market environment that persists in Europe, we once again asserted and further extended our market leadership in the relevant capacity segment over 500 cubic centimetres in Germany, Spain and Italy. In the crisis-ridden markets of Italy and Spain we were able to achieve growth for the first time in years despite the fact that the market as a whole was heavily in decline in those countries."

    With 21,473 vehicles sold (prev. yr.: 20,516 units), BMW Motorrad achieved growth in Germany of 4.7% as compared to the previous year. This has meant further expansion of market leadership in the segment over 500 cc in the domestic market. The market share in the past fiscal year was 25.5%.

    The USA follows in second position with 14,100 vehicles sold. Here, 2,000 more BMW motorcycles were sold than in 2012. This represents an increase of around 17%.

    Next in order of the largest individual markets come France and Italy, each with over 10,000 vehicles sold, and these are followed by Brazil and the UK. In the latter market, BMW Motorrad achieved growth of almost 15% as compared to 2012, moving up to second position in the market ranking with a share of 15.8% (prev. yr.: 3rd position).

    R 1200 GS  - the most successful BMW motorcycle.

    The most successful model in 2013 with almost 30,000 vehicles sold was once again the R 1200 GS. Well over 25,000 units are accounted for by the new water-cooled travel enduro, making 2012 the best first sales year of a new model ever to be recorded in the history of BMW Motorrad.

    It is followed in second place by the BMW F 800 GS with 10,166 units sold. Third place goes to the F 700 GS, of which 7,155 were sold. Sales of the 1000 cc supersports models S 1000 RR and HP4 were also exceptionally successful. In 2013 just under 6,800 Double R and almost 2,700 HP4 were supplied to customers. In addition to this, the R 1200 RT and the R 1200 GS Adventure likewise achieved excellent sales figures in their last year before the model change. The new mid-range models F 800 GT and F 800 GS Adventure were also well received. Meanwhile the maxi scooters C 650 GT and C 600 Sport as well as the 6- cylinder touring bikes K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL continue to enjoy a high level of popularity.

    A look ahead to 2014 for BMW Motorrad

    BMW Motorrad gets started in 2014 with a powerful product portfolio and is in excellent shape all round. The segments Sport, Tour, Roadster, Enduro and Urban Mobility provide fascinating motorcycles to suit every taste. What is more, a range of new products are due to go on the market in 2014. BMW Motorrad reflects the breadth of the Roadster segment with the new models BMW R nineT and S 1000 R. The BMW S 1000 R is the new dynamic BMW Motorrad roadster based on the S 1000 RR. It stands for an emotional roadster look combined with riding dynamics in supersports style. The BMW R nineT offers fascinating manufactory-style character, high-quality materials and elaborately designed surfaces, with a modular concept which allows for a vast range of customisation options.

    The successors to the volume models R 1200 RT and R 1200 GS Adventure are also due to go on the market as of this spring. The same applies to the new BMW K 1600 GTL Exclusive, featuring six cylinders and a particularly luxurious range of fittings.

    BMW Motorrad also ushers in a whole new era in the area of urban mobility with the BMW C evolution . The BMW electro scooter combines riding fun and dynamic performance with all the benefits of a zero-emissions vehicle to create a novel riding experience on two wheels. The model range is supplemented with an extensive range of accessories and innovative BMW Motorrad rider equipment.

    Stephan Schaller, President BMW Motorrad: "On the basis of our ongoing product offensive, we can look ahead to the upcoming motorcycle season with positive expectations. We are confident of being able to achieve our fourth all-time sales high in succession."


    The BMW Group

    The BMW Group is the leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles in the world with its BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brands. As a global company, the BMW Group operates 28 production and assembly facilities in 13 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.


    In 2012, the BMW Group sold about 1.85 million cars and more than 117,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax for the financial year 2012 was euro 7.82 billion on revenues amounting to euro 76.85 billion. At 31 December 2012, the BMW Group had a workforce of 105,876 employees.


    The success of the BMW Group has always been built on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.


    BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy 2014

    The BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy 2014. Sport and adventure on the BMW R 1200 GS in the Canadian wilderness.

    Munich. BMW Motorrad has held the International GS Trophy every two years since 2008, allowing BMW GS riders from numerous nations to engage in sporting competition both on motorcycles and in other disciplines. After Africa and South America, the BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy 2014 will now be held in the northern hemisphere for the first time. At the beginning of September 2014, 16 teams with riders from at least 18 nations will spend nine days battling it out at the "GS riders' Olympics" in western Canada, enjoying the beauty of the landscape, facing up to the challenges of the tough outdoors and sharing the legendary GS spirit with new-found friends and like-minded individuals.

    Starting out with five teams in Tunisia in 2008, the competition has quickly grown in popularity. More than twice as many teams lined up at the start to represent their countries in southern Africa in 2010. In the third contest in Chile and Argentina in 2012, 15 teams set off on a track of some 2,000 kilometres on GS bikes.

    While memories of the event in South America are still fresh among those who took part and fans who followed it online, preparations for the fourth international GS Trophy are already fully underway.

    As a result of detailed enquiries in searching for the most beautiful route, impressive locations and appropriate sporting challenges, the final choice fell on the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta in western Canada.  So those participating in the next BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy will be demonstrating their skills between Vancouver and Calgary - and that will include crossing the Rocky Mountains.

    Teams from the following countries have given final confirmation that they will take part, some having already qualified in national knock-out competitions: Germany, France, Italy, the UK, Russia, Austria/Switzerland, Central Eastern Europe, the USA, Mexico, Latin America, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, Japan and of course Canada.

    While the BMW Motorrad GS Trophy was previously always held using the BMW F 800 GS, participants in Canada will ride the new R 1200 GS - the first time for a boxer GS. GS Trophy organiser Michael Trammer is particularly pleased about this: "Participants have asked me again and again about the big GS so I'm really happy the time has finally come at this fourth international event in Canada. In collaboration with our Canadian friends and partners as well as our colleagues at BMW Motorrad Canada, we will do everything we can to ensure participants are able to savour the R 1200 GS to the full."

    It is likewise a particular pleasure for Head of BMW Motorrad Canada Norm Wells to be able to welcome BMW GS enthusiasts in 2014 to his home country - which stretches over six time zones. "It's fantastic that the GS Trophy is coming to Canada in 2014. We already entered a team back in 2010 and 2012. And after South Africa, Canada is the second country to run GS Challenges on the east and west coast at national level since as long ago as 2007. Now we're really looking forward to September 2014 when we'll be able to introduce participants to a small part of our country and give them the best possible impression of Canada with carefully selected routes and challenges."


    Further information on the GS Trophy 2014 will be available shortly at For highlights of the GS Trophy 2012, see


    GS Trophy 2014: Competition to be Held in North America!

    For the first time in its history, the 2014 BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy will take place in the northern hemisphere, with 16 teams composed of participants from at least 18 nations set to rendezvous in Canada to compete in this friendly competition dedicated to the famous GS spirit.

    Having first begun in Tunisia in 2008 with just five countries involved, the biennial GS Trophy gathered momentum in 2010, where twice as many teams lined up to represent their nations and do battle in the heat and dust of southern Africa. For 2012, the third – and biggest edition of the GS Trophy to date – brought 15 teams together for a seven-day, 1,200-mile (2,000-km) adventure in Chile and Argentina.

    With the South American event fresh in the memory of all those who participated and the hundreds of thousands who followed each day of the Trophy online, the organizers’ thoughts soon turned to 2014 and finding a location that had the potential to reach new heights in the Trophy success story.

    Following a period of sustained and detailed research, the destination of western Canada was decided on, with the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta chosen to host the fourth BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy. While details are still being finalized, expect the Trophy to travel between Vancouver and Calgary, and to cross the Rocky Mountains.

    So far, teams from Germany, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Russia, Austria/Switzerland, CEEU (Central Eastern Europe), USA, Mexico, Latin America, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, Japan and Korea will join host nation Canada early in September 2014 for this nine-day ‘Olympic Games’ for GS riders from all around the world.

    Finally being able to make the announcement about the 2014 event is a huge relief for GS Trophy organizer Michael Trammer, who comments, “People have been asking me about this for a long time so I’m delighted to now be able to say that we’re going to Canada for our fourth international event. It’s an amazing country – the second biggest in the world – and we’ve worked closely with our Canadian BMW Motorrad colleagues to plan locations and itineraries so that riders from many different cultures and backgrounds, but all sharing the same love for GS bikes, will be able to ride these wonderful bikes in such incredible landscapes.

    “Furthermore, I’m delighted to say that next year, all participants will be using the liquid-cooled R1200GS to contest the Trophy, which will be the first time that the competition is featuring the large-capacity travel enduro. For the three previous events, we’ve used the outstanding F800GS which has served us extremely well, but we feel it’s now time to demonstrate the ability and agility of our big sports boxer as the ultimate ‘go anywhere’ motorcycle.”

    For BMW Motorrad Canada’s Motorcycle Manager Norm Wells, hosting the 2014 event is a great opportunity to show GS enthusiasts from around the world the rugged beauty of this huge, densely forested but sparsely populated nation that spans six time zones, contains 20 percent of the world’s fresh water and the majority of the world’s polar bears!

    “It’s great for our GS community that the GS Trophy is coming to Canada next year,” he said. “We’ve supported this big international event with teams in 2010 and 2012, but we’ve also had our own ‘GS Challenges’ on the east and west side of the country for several years prior to this. A BMW GS bike is the perfect machine on which to explore Canada, and although we’ll only be showing our international visitors a tiny part of what our nation has to offer, you can be sure that routes and challenges will be chosen so that all participants get the best possible experience of the ‘big country’ next September.”


    BMW Motorrad posts strong August Sales

    BMW Motorrad achieved an all-time high for August with sales climbing 4.2% to 7,708 vehicles delivered (prev. yr. 7,400). Year-to-date, BMW Motorrad has sold 83,890 vehicles, an increase of 9.3% on the same period in the previous year (76,729).


    BMW Motorrad continues its strategic realignment in motorsport.

    BMW Motorrad is continuing its long-term strategic realignment of the brand. This strategy also affects BMW Motorrad Motorsport’s activities, which as a next step will also be restructured. At the end of the 2013 season, BMW Motorrad Motorsport will terminate its factory involvement in the FIM Superbike World Championship. The main focus and some of the resources of BMW Motorrad’s commitment to sport will switch to other motorsport activities like the successful international customer sports programme from 2014 on.  

    “BMW Motorrad Motorsport will end its involvement in the World Superbike Championship after this season”, explained Stephan Schaller, General Director BMW Motorrad. “This is consistent with the strategic realignment of our brand. BMW Motorrad will now focus on the further expansion of the very successful product portfolio over 500 cc, the expansion of product segments under 500 cc, e-mobility and the development of market potential in emerging economies like Brazil and Asia. Only those who act consistently today are well prepared for the challenges of tomorrow. BMW Motorrad will remain involved in motorsport and in doing so we will focus on the international customer sport in all its facets. I want to thank everybody who has supported us on this long and successful journey.”


    “The team is a very professional and motivated group of people and I am sure they will continue to do everything to end the season on a high note”, commented Andrea Buzzoni, General Manager BMW Motorrad WSBK. “Twenty thirteen is a good year, the atmosphere within the team is great and also our riders, Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies, are doing an excellent job. We are satisfied with the current results and, of course, we will keep working hard. Therefore I am convinced we can celebrate more successes with Marco and Chaz as the season goes on. I am sorry about the decision, but I understand the strategic decision making of the company. I want to thank all the people who are involved in this project.”


    BMW Motorrad Motorsport has run a successful worldwide customer sport programme for several years. From the beginning, customer teams and riders have celebrated numerous victories and titles in international and national championships with the BMW S 1000 RR. From the start of this season, some of them have also fielded the brand new DDC equipped BMW HP4, and celebrated several race wins. Details of the increased future commitment in customer sport will be announced in due course.


    BMW Motorrad Motorsport entered the FIM Superbike World Championship in 2009. After a learning phase, it has established itself of a winning team in this highly contested series. To date, the German manufacturer has celebrated 11 race wins and a total of 33 podium finishes with the race version of the BMW S 1000 RR. The most successful season so far was 2012, when BMW finished runner-up in the manufacturers’ classification and fought for both the manufacturers’ and the riders’ titles until the very last race.


    BMW Motorrad achieves an all-time high in sales

    BMW Motorrad achieved an all-time high in sales for the first six months of the year, with sales climbing 9.7% to 64,941 vehicles delivered (prev. yr. 59,189). Strong gains were made in the month of June, with sales surging 22.1% to 12,541 vehicles (prev. yr. 10,271).


    Attendance record at the 13th BMW Motorrad Days

    Munich/Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The 13th BMW Motorrad Days from July 5th to 7th 2013 was a success across the board. Last year's record attendance was outdone once again with a total of over 40,000 visitors from all over the world. Perfect biker weather, a record crowd, the 90th anniversary of  BMW Motorrad and the richly diverse program of events and activities provided the perfect setting for the world's biggest BMW motorcycle get-together.


    A promising start 
    On Thursday evening more than 700 bikers came to the Warm-Up Party at the BMW Museum in Munich to get into the mood for a superb weekend at the foot of the Zugspitz massif. Already on Friday there was a huge turn-out with attendance figures eventually exceeding all expectations. This was hardly surprising: in addition to all the attractions, new products, breathtaking stunts, motor racing stars and test rides, guests were also attracted by the event's now legendary party atmosphere.


    Visitors from 40 nations. 
    Three days were spent at the Hausberg in Garmisch with everything focused on two-wheel riding pleasure. Whether in the party tent, round the camp fire, on test rides or in the exhibition area - the spirit that bonds the friends of BMW Motorrad into one big community could be felt everywhere, regardless of age, origins or gender. Fans both with and without a motorcycle came not just from Germany and neighbouring countries but from 40 countries around the world. The longest journey was probably undertaken by a visitor who took the land route from China on this BMW. 

    Word has clearly got around that boredom is simply not an option at this event - and the program certainly offered lots of new, interesting and breathtaking activities. As a result, the 1.5-hectare camping area was full up throughout the entire weekend, and even though all beds in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the surrounding district were booked up, all guests still managed to find suitable accommodation in the area.


    A journey through time: nine decades of BMW Motorrad.
    At the BMW Classic tent there was a special exhibition entitled 
    "90 Years of BMW Motorrad" which took visitors off on a journey through time: milestones of the brand's history were displayed over an area of 500 square metres. These included the R32 dating back to 1923 and the K1, not to mention motor racing legends such as Gaston Rahier's winning bike at the Dakar Rally and various prototypes. And the new book "90 Years of BMW Motorrad" was presented in public for the first time.

    On Friday evening, guests joined up for the Classic Convoy with their vintage BMW motorcycles - including some genuine rarities.


    New models and exciting studies. 
    BMW Motorrad presented the current model range such as the new 
    F 800 GS Adventure at the big exhibition tent, not to mention an extensive range of rider equipment. 

    Visitors were especially keen to see the BMW Concept Ninety, a concept study based closely on the BMW Motorrad design icon BMW R 90 S that celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Roland Sands had been closely involved in creating the study with his customer bike design team and was in Garmisch in person to present this modern interpretation of a sporty boxer motorcycle.

    The fact that this machine not only looks good but also moves fast was demonstrated by BMW Motorrad head designer Edgar Heinrich and American racing biker Valerie Thompson, who rode it for the first ever BMD Classic Boxer Sprint. Valerie Thompson is the fastest woman in the world on a BMW S 1000 RR and holds five speed records.

    Top German model, TV host and actress Alena Gerber presented the electrically-powered pre-series scooter prototype C evolution in the event area.


    Successful premiere for the BMD Classic Boxer Sprint. 
    The 1st BMD Classic Boxer Sprint was, organised by BMW Motorrad in collaboration with Team Glemseck 101. Enthusiastic fans lined Sankt-Martin-Strasse on Saturday afternoon to see a total of 32 entrants compete with each other in pair-based knock-out contest over a distance of one furlong. The event was only open to BMW motorcycles with a boxer engine. Winner Fabio Macaccini from Rimini/Italy rode to victory on his converted R 1200 R against a magnificent scenic backdrop, thereby qualifying for one of Glemseck 
    101 sprints.


    Stunt shows - a real crowd-puller. 
    The Original Motodrom put in its first appearance in Garmisch and proved to be a real crowd-puller. The oldest travelling wall-of-death in the world, it features professional riders - including one from Malaysia - performing the most amazing motorcycle acrobatics. They rattled over the wooden planks on their BMWs and Indians, apparently defying the laws of gravity. The show was so popular that twice as many sessions were run than originally planned to cope with demand, especially on the Saturday.

    And there was another premiere in Garmisch, too: British stuntman Russ Swift displayed breathtaking tricks in his MINI, demonstrating that two-wheel travel is also possible in a car.

    One of the world's leading streetbike freestyle riders and four-times world stunt champion, Chris Pfeiffer is a long-established highlight at the BMW Motorrad Days. On his BMW F 800 R he once again performed a breathtaking show on the asphalt of the event arena, as well as giving an impressive display of what is possible on a new R 1200 GS.

    The event arena was also the stage for the "One World Tour" film: five enduro adventurers set off on five unique tours all over the world on their R 1200 GS and report on what they experienced. Meanwhile, speakers such as Michael Martin were at the US Lodge to talk about their motorcycle adventures around the globe.


    Trade fair atmosphere at the foot of the Hausberg. 
    Over 80 exhibitors from Germany and abroad came to Garmisch-Partenkirchen to present products and services relating to all aspects of motorcycling (including tuning, parts, tyres, accessories, publications, travel and training). There was also a Custom Bike Area for customer-specific conversions which even included a stand representing the legendary Ace Cafe London. 

    There was a lot for motor racing fans to enjoy, too: rather than being parked in the paddock of the World Superbike Championship, the truck of the BMW Motorrad racing team was to be seen at the BMW Motorrad Days for the entire weekend. World class riders Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies as well as superbike legend Troy Corser were happy to sign autographs and answer fans' questions.

    Celebrity motorcycling enthusiasts were not in short supply in Garmisch either: actor and motorcyclist Hannes Jaenicke has long been a regular, for example.

    BMW Motorrad at first hand - on or off the road.

    Test ride activities featuring the BMW Motorrad model range were once again highly popular, and try-outs on the BMW C evolution prototypes featuring the innovative electric drive were a special attraction. 

    There were a total of more than 2,400 visitor test rides on new products in the course of the weekend including try-outs, on-road test rides and trials in the Hausberg enduro area measuring over 10,000 square metres. Over 800 off-road fans also took training courses at the BMW Enduro Park, where the entire GS model range was available.


    Party mood at the Hausberg. 
    The BMW Motorrad Days without those legendary parties? Unthinkable! While Gerry & Gary rocked the big Party Tent and its 3,500 guests on Friday night, the Root Bootleg Band provided top-class rock 'n roll at the Original Motodrom. Meanwhile, Juicy and DJ Robert got things started at the US Lodge. The 
    "One World Tour" was shown here at midnight on Friday and Saturday.

    The Booze Boms took care of the rock 'n roll in the Motodrom on Saturday evening while Blechblosn and the Radio Gong DJ team got guests into the groove at the Party Tent. Los Gringos and Dreirad played until 3 in the morning on Saturday, with DJ Robert at the turntable.

    For those who preferred a romantic camp fire under a starlit sky, Byron offered excellent entertainment on his guitar, while the Metropolitan Jazz Band from Prague played for the Days' first ever jazz breakfast held at the beer garden on Sunday.


    Positive final assessment after an exceptional weekend. 
    Thanks to perfect organisation, the entire event went off without a hitch once again. The catering was excellent. This year total consumption included 
    25,000 litres of beer, 10,000 pretzels, 1,500 burgers and 4,800 grilled chicken halves.

    In spite of the record attendance, the 13th edition of the world's biggest 
    BMW Motorrad party once again went off peacefully and without any significant incidents. Visitors, exhibitors and the police were more than satisfied.

    The assessment of Alexander Baraka, Head of Events, Trade Fairs and Motorsport Marketing: "Attendance figures exceeded all expectations. The 

    BMW Motorrad Days are a great opportunity for the BMW Motorrad Community to get together every year to ride their bikes, party, talk shop and keep up with the latest products. As the organisers we are of course especially pleased to see how well guests responded to attractions such as the Sprint and the Motodrom wall-of-death riders. And I can promise all fans and guests that we will come up with a very special program once again for the 14th Motorrad Days next year (July 4th - 6th 2014)."


    BMW Motorrad Days

    BMW Motorrad Days are coming to Canada this August 9-11 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

    Once again motorcycling enthusiasts from all over will gather at BMW Motorrad Days, from August 9-11, 2013 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. There’s a fantastic atmosphere – with many new things to see plus getting together with old friends – there’s always lots to talk about.

    So mark your calendars and don’t miss the BMW event of the summer! Visit for tickets and more information.


    BMW Motorrad success in May

    BMW Motorrad had a successful May with sales climbing 14.2% to 13,081 vehicles (prev. yr. 11,457). In the first five months of 2013, BMW Motorrad increased sales by 7.1% to 52,400 (prev. yr. 48,918) vehicles.


    BMW Motorrad achieves double-digit growth in May 2013.

    Munich.  BMW sold 14.2 % more vehicles than in the same month last year and achieved a new all-time high for the month of May. 13,081 units (prev. yr.: 11,457 units) were supplied to customers worldwide last month. 52,400  motorcycles and maxi scooters (prev. yr.: 48,918 units) had been sold as of May - an increase of 7,1% over the previous year.

    Heiner Faust, Head of BMW Sales and Marketing: "We have achieved our best May result to date with double-digit growth as compared to the previous year. We are currently 7,1% above last year with an all-time first-quarter high in 2013, a record in April and a very strong May. While we are pleased to say that the very difficult markets of Southern Europe, Italy, Spain and France are showing very stable sales results, we are seeing especially good growth rates in the overseas markets of North and South America, Asia and Russia. Germany - our strongest single market - is also seeing a positive trend in spite of the unfavourable climate situation. The main driving force behind this development is provided by our new models, the BMW R 1200 GS, BMW F 800 GT and BMW HP4 as well as our maxi scooters, of course. We are anticipating another powerful stimulus from our new travel enduro, the F 800 GS Adventure, which goes out to dealerships in mid-June.


    BMW Motorrad sells 11.5 % more vehicles in April

    BMW Motorrad sells 11.5 % more vehicles in April. April 2013 is the most successful month in the history of BMW Motorrad with 14,587 BMW motorcycles sold.

    Munich. In April BMW Motorrad sold 11.5% more vehicles than in the equivalent month last year. 14,587 units (previous year: 13,088 units) were supplied to customers worldwide last month. As of April, vehicle supplies total 39,319 motorcycles and maxi scooters (previous year: 37,461 units / + 5.0 %).

    Heiner Faust, Vice President Sales and Marketing BMW Motorrad : "Five per cent growth as compared to the first four months of the previous year is certainly satisfying as far as we are concerned. It was April in particular that got us off to such a good start in 2013, having been the best month for sales in the entire history of BMW Motorrad. Like last year, the motorcycle markets are currently very varied. Development of the major markets Italy and Spain has been very weak due to economic conditions. However, we have been able to make up for this negative development with excellent sales in the USA, Brazil, other Latin American markets, Asia and Russia. Germany remains the single most important market by a wide margin. The model change to the new BMW R 1200 GS was the driving force behind this positive development. Response to the new machine has been very satisfying in all our core markets. 10,883 motorcycles were sold in the first four months alone. However, other models are very much in demand, too. 

    For example the BMW HP4 - our new supersports bike - surpassed our expectations with over 1,300 units sold in 2013." 


      The BMW Motorrad Days 2013 celebrates 90 years of BMW Motorrad.

      Munich/Garmisch-Partenkirchen.90 years of BMW Motorrad: this is the motto of the 13th BMW Motorrad Days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. This year the world's biggest BMW Motorrad meeting will take place from July 5th - 7th.

      Once again, the organisers are expecting more than 30,000 motorcyclists from all over the world to meet at the Hausberg. As before, three days will be spent at the foot of the Zugspitz massif with everything focused on two-wheel riding pleasure. In addition to lots of new products, breathtaking stunts, motor racing stars, test rides and curiosities, guests can also look forward to the event's now legendary party atmosphere. The program of activities covers such a broad range that everyone is guaranteed to have a great time, young and old alike -  leaving no room for boredom.

      A journey through time: nine decades of BMW Motorrad.
      A journey through time awaits visitors in the BMW Classic tent - the special exhibition "90 years of BMW Motorrad". Milestones of brand history, fascinating exhibits and two-wheel rarities will be on show over a surface area of 500 m².
      In keeping with the event motto there will also be a draw for two special "90 Years of BMW Motorrad" models - a BMW R 1200 R on Friday and a BMW R 1200 RT on Saturday.

      Historic BMW motorcycles will be joining forces on the Friday for the classic convoy, while the big BMW Motorrad convoy once again takes place on the Saturday for all BMW motorcycles. Riders of other brands are more than welcome to join in too, of course. 
      Another program item this year is the GS Trophy Special.

      All new models and the entire product range at a glance .
      All the exhibits in the main exhibition tent are guaranteed brand new: here BMW Motorrad presents new products such as the new R 1200 GS and the new BMW F 800 GS Adventure. The display is rounded off with the extensive range of BMW Motorrad rider equipment. There will also be a dedicated fan shop exclusively offering the much-coveted BMW Motorrad Days anniversary T‑shirts and caps.

      Feel like a test ride? 
      Test rides on the entire current BMW Motorrad model range are always highly popular. A particular attraction this year are the new BMW e-scooter prototypes with it innovative electric motor. Guests can sign up for test rides online from June
      Training sessions will once again be on offer at the BMW Enduro Park for off-road fans. Here the entire GS model range will be available.

      Once again, guided panorama tours on visitors' own bikes will explore forest tracks and paths up and around the Hausberg. Those interested can sign up on site at the Tour Tent.

      Anyone who does not yet hold a motorcycle licence but is keen to test ride a BMW can take a try-out under the guidance of instructors in a specially cordoned-off area.

      Not for the faint-hearted: top-class stunt shows.
      A special premiere at this year's BMW Motorrad Days will be the Original Motodrom: true professionals put on a display of outstanding motorcycle acrobatics on the world's oldest travelling wall. They appear to defy the laws of gravity as they clatter over wooden planks on their BMWs and Indians.
      Stunt legend Chris Pfeiffer has been a regular at the BMW Motorrad Days for years. Guests will be fascinated to see what tricks the four-times world stunt championship winner has up his sleeve this year to thrill his fans on the asphalt of the event arena yet again.

      And motor racing fans will be in their element, too: instead of being parked in the paddock at a racing event, the BMW Motorrad Motorsport Truck will be spending the weekend at the BMW Motorrad Days. Here BMW Motorrad World Superbike Championship riders will sign autographs and answer the numerous questions fans are sure to ask.

      Motorcycle trade show at the foot of the Hausberg.
      Over 80 exhibitors from Germany and abroad present products and services relating to all aspects of motorcycling (including tuning, parts, tyres, accessories, publications, travel and training programs). And there is also a Custom Bike Area for special conversions. This year even the legendary Ace Cafe London will be involved.
      BMW Motorrad provides an on-site tyre service in collaboration with Metzeler.

      Great entertainment! 
      What would the BMW Motorrad Days be without those legendary parties? Unthinkable! On the Friday evening, "Gerry & Gary" set the mood in the party tent, while on the Saturday it is the turn of the "Blechblos'n". Both bands have established their reputation at the Munich Oktoberfest and can guarantee a great party evening.

      At the US Lodge, "Juicy" perform on Friday followed by "Los Gringos" and "Dreirad" on Saturday. Meanwhile, Byron will be entertaining guests around the camp fire on his guitar on both evenings for those who prefer something quieter. A new program feature this year is the Jazz Breakfast on Sunday, featuring the Metropolitan Jazz Band from Prague.

      At the BMW Motorrad Cinema guests can indulge their travel yearnings and draw inspiration for their next major tour by listening to excellent talks by Michael Martin, Herbert Schwarz and others.

      Room or tent?
      Just next to the event grounds there will once again be a camping area covering a surface of 15,000 m² including bathroom facilities. For overnight guests looking for hotel accommodation in various categories, we urgently recommend making a reservation

      Further information and soon the entire event program are to be found on the internet at: andbmw.motorrad">


      BMW Motorrad profits are up

      BMW Motorrad profits are up in the first quarter of 2013 vs. 2012. Profit before tax for the first quarter of 2013 came in at 50 million Euros vs 37 for the same period last year, an increase of 13 million or 35.1%.

      That's pretty good considering BMW are also saying that world markets for the greater than 500 cc segment were down, and in many cases significantly. The only country to register an increase was Japan where the market grew by 11.4%.


      New BMW Mororrad Canada website

      BMW Motorrad Canada has a new site, new 2013 models, and a chance to win a 2013 F700GS.

      Check it out here:


      BMW R 1200 GS handed over to the BMW Museum

      One World. One R 1200 GS. BMW R 1200 GS handed over to the BMW Museum.Final event at the BMW Museum in Munich on April 13th.

      Munich Five unique tours in five continents with a new BMW R 1200 GS.
      “One World. One R 1200 GS. The ride of your life.” was the name of the game as BMW Motorrad sent five lucky winners off on the adventure of a lifetime. One woman and four men made the cut from a starting field of some 12,000 applicants around the world and would get the chance to ride the touring enduro ahead of its official launch. The widest spread of terrain, altitudes and climate zones the world has to offer has ensured this tour has been an experience that will stay with the riders forever.

      The decision as to who should embark on this voyage of adventure was handed to a jury made up of well-known bikers: Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody, motor sport legend Jutta Kleinschmidt, Hollywood action star Rick Yune and TV adventure rider Charley Boorman. They selected a five-strong group from among all applicants worldwide.

      On January 25th 2013 the tour set off in Laos, continuing through New Zealand, South Africa, the USA and Europe. After covering 12,600 kilometres, the R 1200 GS arrived at its destination last Saturday, April 13th - the BMW Museum in Munich. At the closing event, BMW Motorrad Head of Marketing Strategy and Marketing Communication Tim Diehl-Thiele presented the R 1200 GS - signed by all jury members and participants - to Dr. Ralf Rodepeter, Director of the BMW Museum, in front of an audience of nearly 3,000. In future the motorcycle will be exhibited at the museum.

      At around 3 pm on Saturday afternoon, Stephanie Rowe from the UK finished the last stage of the European tour in Munich. She had set out from Innsbruck that morning, riding the final distance of nearly 170 km to Munich with over 50 GS riders - including Herbert Unger, winner of the New Zealand tour and Alessio Cigolini, winner of the Laos tour - for the finale of the OWT at the BMW Museum.

      The riders were welcomed in front of the museum on the first day of spring by 300 motorcycle enthusiasts who had travelled there especially for the occasion, including jury member Jutta Kleinschmidt.

      Stephanie Rowe, who rode the R 1200 GS into the BMW Museum herself, said: “I couldn’t have expected anything like that! It was amazing and so much fun! The scenary was fantastic. And riding – AWESOME.”


      Strong sales for BMW Motorrad

      BMW Motorrad exceeded the previous year’s sales figures in the first three months of the year, thus achieving the best first quarter result in its history.

      Sales rose 1.5% to 24,732 vehicles (prev. yr. 24,373). A total of 13,067 BMW motorcycles were delivered in March – an increase of 6.3% on the previous year (12,295).


      BMW Motorrad plans entry into the segment below 500cc.

      TOP BMW Motorrad plans entry into the segment below 500cc. BMW Motorrad and TVS Motor Company sign cooperation agreement.

      Munich / Chennai, India. As part of its strategic reorientation, BMW Motorrad will be entering the segment below 500 cubic centimetres. BMW Motorrad and the TVS Motor Company have signed a long-term cooperation agreement for this purpose.

      This was announced at a press conference today in Chennai, India.

      The aim of the cooperation is to join forces to develop and produce motorcycles in the segment below 500 cubic centimetres.

      The various stages through to the finished serial production motorcycle will be planned by both partners but implemented with different focus areas on each side leveraging the strengths of both companies. The cooperation agreement involves the two companies each offering their own vehicle derivatives, which will be sold through their own distribution channels in India and across the globe.

      Both contractual partners commented on the future cooperative venture at the press conference. Stephan Schaller, President BMW Motorrad:

      "In view of changing motorcycle markets, demographic developments and increasing environmental demands we are expanding our product range so as to tap into fresh growth potential. We have a highly expert and experienced partner in the TVS Motor Company. This means that in future we will be able to offer vehicles in smaller capacity classes in addition to the BMW Motorrad core segments. Various types of motorcycle are conceivable. They will meet the expectations of a BMW motorcycle in terms of riding fun as well as setting a new benchmark when it comes to stability, agility and performance figures. I regard this long-term cooperation as an important step along the road to profitable, sustainable growth."

      Venu Srinivasan, Chairman TVS Motor Company:

      "With BMW Motorrad, we see an ideal long-term strategic partner who shares our core values: focus on quality, engineering prowess, innovation and customer satisfaction. We intend to leverage each other’s strengths to deliver a new series of products offering cutting edge technology for our customers."

      The cooperation partner TVS Motor Company is one of the largest motorcycle manufacturers in India with an annual production volume of some 2 million units and a turnover of more than one billion USD. TVS Motor Company is the flagship company of the 100 year old six billion USD TVS Group, which has some 40 companies and holdings in the automotive sector. TVS Motor Company offers the widest range of product in the Indian two and three wheeler industry. The company’s customer inspired engineering approach, has enabled it to introduce a wide product range that caters to all industry segments. TVS Motor Company has international presence in more than 50 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.


      Stephan Schaller, President of BMW Motorrad appointed president of ACEM

      Stephan Schaller, President of BMW Motorrad, was appointed the new president of the ACEM (Association des Constructeurs Européens de Motocycles), the European Motorcycle Industry Association on March 21st 2013. Based in Brussels, ACEM is the organisation representing the manufacturers of motorcycles, scooters, trikes and quads on a European level.

      Stephan Schaller, who was appointed President of BMW Motorrad last year, succeeds Hendrik von Kuenheim (formerly Head of BMW Motorrad), who served as ACEM President from 2011.

      On the occasion of his election at ACEM General Assembly yesterday, Stephan Schaller said: "Our objective is to promote the fuel-efficiency benefits of scooters, motorcycles and other vehicles in this category as an enhancement of living quality. Our vehicles provide a high level of mobility and as such deserve recognition in transport policy. Today there are approximately 37 million powered two-wheelers in Europe, used by a growing number of European citizens on a daily basis to beat the traffic and find a parking place in city centres, both for private and professional use."

      The new ACEM President Stephan Schaller went on to comment as follows: "Over recent years the European motorcycle industry has done much to respond to the pressing challenges posed by the economic crisis, never losing sight of the aim of moving towards greener and safer mobility while returning to sustainable job-creating growth." 


      BMW Motorcycles segment achieves sales volume record

      117,109 BMW and Husqvarna brand motorcycles were sold worldwide during the past year (2011: 113,572 units/+3.1%), a new sales volume record for the segment.

      Sales of BMW brand motorcycles went up by 2.0% to 106,358 units (2011: 104,286 units), while Husqvarna handed over 10,751 motorcycles to customers (2011: 9,286/+15.8%). In future, the Motorcycles segment intends to focus exclusively on the BMW brand. At the end of January 2013, the BMW Group signed a contract with the Austrian company, Pierer Industrie AG, for the sale of Husqvarna.

      Segment revenues were 3.8% higher at € 1,490 million (2011: € 1,436 million). EBIT, however, fell to € 9 million (2011: € 45 million/-80.0%) as a result of the new direction now being taken for the BMW Group's motorcycles business. Profit before tax decreased accordingly to € 6 million (2011: € 41 million/- 85.4%).


      BMW Motorrad stable for month- down year-to-date

      BMW Motorrad sales remained around last year’s level in February with a total of 6,847 motorcycles delivered (prev. yr. 6,841/+0.1%). Year-to-date, 11,665 motorcycles have been sold (prev. yr. 12,078/-3.4%).


      BMW Motorrad sales down vs last year

      BMW Motorrad deliveries reached a total of 4,818  vehicles in 2013 vs  5,237 for the same period last year. That represents an 8.0% decrease.

      Husqvarna Motorcycles supplied a total of 587 vehicles to the Husqvarna dealer network in January vs 544 for the same period last year. That was a 7.9% increase.

      It'll be interesting to see what the sale of Husqvarna does for the brand. The Nuda appeared to be a bike with some great potential and I'm sure the Canadian dealers were excited to have the new 650's in the line up as well. I would have guessed they would have seen a surge in sales with the current strategy.

      It'll take some time to build consumer confidence again.


      BMW R1200GS pricing

      Pricing for the new R1200GS has been released for Canada. Looks like it will come we'll equipped at a base price of $18,750.

      Pricing details of the full model range in Canada (at time of posting) are available too:


      BMW selling Husqvarna

      In a case of "I didn't see this coming" - some news from BMW that they're selling Husqvarna.

      Strategic realignment at BMW Motorrad

      The BMW Group is realigning its BMW Motorrad business. In the context of changing motorcycle markets, demographic trends and increasing environmental demands, BMW Motorrad will expand its product offering to exploit future growth potential. The focus of the realignment will be on urban mobility and e-mobility. By restructuring the segment, the BMW Group will concentrate on expanding and utilising the resources of the BMW Motorrad brand. Therefore the BMW Group signed a purchase agreement with Pierer Industrie AG (Austria) for the acquisition of Husqvarna Motorcycles. The acquisition will proceed subject to approval by anti-trust authorities. Both companies have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.

      Expanded offering for urban mobility and e-mobility

      BMW Motorrad achieved a new sales record in 2012. With the realignment of its motorcycle business, BMW Motorrad aims to maintain profitable and sustainable growth over the coming years. Its current core business consists exclusively of premium vehicles in the categories “Tourer”, “Enduro”, “Sport”, “Roadster” and “Maxi-Scooter” from 650 to 1600 cc. BMW Motorrad entered the urban mobility segment for the first time in 2012 with the C 650 GT and C 600 Sport maxi-scooters. The next step in the expansion of the product line-up in this segment will be the series launch of the “C evolution” electric scooter in 2014. Further innovative vehicle concepts are also under consideration. Drive trains will include both environmentally-friendly combustion engines and pure electric drives. This move by BMW Motorrad reflects the BMW Group’s overall focus on early identification of trends, such as megacities and traffic density, as well as environmental issues. Corresponding products and services are already available for the Automobile segment.

      Continuation of product offensive

      In addition to the expansion in the field of urban mobility, core segments from the 650 single-cylinder entry-level bike to the 6-cylinder luxury tourer will also be selectively expanded.


      2013 BMW R1200 GS - the birth of an Icon - video series

      The birth of an icon: the entire film on the development of the new BMW R 1200 GS is now online! BMW Motorrad provides an exclusive insight into the development and production of the new GS. Experience for yourself just how much passion and motivation has gone into the new travel enduro and who the people are who have pooled their expertise and intuition to create the new R 1200 GS

      A large BMW Motorrad team of engineers and designers were faced with a major challenge: how do you build a travel enduro that it is faithful to its roots yet still reflects the very latest in technology? The answer: with a lot of passion and attention to detail. Enjoy the second part of the feature on the new R 1200 GS.

      The third part of this exclusive feature brings the generations together. One of the forefathers and founders of the GS says what he thinks of the new R 1200 GS. And there is also a detailed insight into how the engine was revolutionised. One thing is certain: the new machine is the perfection of an icon, made possible only by the untiring, passionate dedication of the BMW Motorrad


      BMW and Husqvarna December sales figures

      Some sales figures for BMW Motorrad and Husqvarna for you. Looks like BMW is up for the month and for the year while Husqvarna is down for the month but up a healthy margin for the year.

      BMW Motorrad

      Sales in December 2012: 6,069
      Compared to Previous Year: +43.4%
      Up to and including Dec 2012: 106,358
      Compared to Previous Year: +2.0%

      Husqvarna Motorcycles

      Sales in December 2012: 1,267
      Compared to Previous Year: -4.7%
      Up to and including Dec 2012: 10,751
      Compared to Previous Year: +15.8%


      BMW Motorrad posts highest sales ever in 2012

      With a total of 106,358 motorcycles (+2.0%; prev. yr. 104,286), BMW Motorrad delivered more vehicles in 2012 than ever before in its nearly 90-year history.

      In December, 6,069 Motorcycles were delivered worldwide, which reflects an increase of 43.4% over the same month in 2011 (4,232). Husqvarna delivered 10,751 motorcycles in 2012 (+15.8%; prev. yr. 9,286). December accounted for 1,267 deliveries (-4.7%; 1,330).


      BMW S1000RR Recall

      Transport Canada Recall # 2012428
      Recall Date 2012/12/13
      Notification Type Safety Mfr
      Units Affected   161

      Recall Details
      On certain motorcycles, the side stand may have been installed incorrectly during the vehicle assembly process. As a result, the side stand attachment bolts could loosen. This could cause the motorcycle to fall over (while resting on the stand), which could result in property damage and/or personal injury.

      Correction: Dealers will remove the side stand mounting plate, clean the components, and reinstall using new fasteners.

      Make: BMW Model: S1000RR
      Model Year(s) Affected: 2012 2013


      BMW F 800 GT - USA pricing released

      No pricing info for Canada yet but the BMW Motorrad USA website has some details on the upcoming F 800 GT. It'll be $13,190 with tax, title and all other local charges are additional.

      The water-cooled 4-stroke in-line two cylinder makes 90 hp at 8,000 RPM and 63 LB/ft of torque at 5,800 RPM. According to BMW it'll also get 69 MPG at a constant 90 km/hr or 55 MPG at 120 km/hr.

      It also uses a belt rather than a chain or shaft drive. Its road ready weight is 470 lbs.

      So if you don't need a massive bike for getting around town and touring this new BMW might be just the thing for you.

      More details on the BMW F 800 GT can be found on the BMW Motorrad USA website HERE.


      Get them what they really want... a BMW

      If you're looking for something for a motorcycle enthusiast on your shopping list this year you may want to consider giving them something from the BMW Motorrad Catalog.

      There's 14 pages of BMW Motorrad goodies to choose from.

      Here's the LINK.


      BMW Motorrad GS Trophy 2012

      After 24 months of planning, after qualifying events around the world attended by riders from 32 countries, the BMW Motorrad GS Trophy 2012 is at last established on the Trailanqui Resort near Temuco – ready to go! Now all that is missing is the riders, all due to arrive within the next 24 hours.

      Freed from their five 40-foot shipping containers are the 62 BMW F 800 GS, 20 R 1200 GS Rallye and 5 G 650 GS Sertão motorcycles, now fully prepared for the start. In total 87 motorcycles and 15 cars will travel the 2000km route with 114 people, including the 45 competitors, 15 team journalists, two doctors, mechanics and organisational staff.

      Michael Trammer, chief organiser of the BMW Motorrad GS Trophy, spoke from on site:

      “Everything is ready at last, the organising staff are all here, the final checks and double checks have all been completed. And the riders are flying in right now, from all over the world. Ahead of them a packed eight-day programme of adventure, with no time for a rest day like the Dakar! How tiring will this be for the competitors!

      “In contrast to the Dakar, the GS Trophy is not a race. Speed is never a relevant factor. But nevertheless the Trophy is very challenging: participants have to get up early in the morning, they don’t know which route profile and special tests are awaiting them during the day and they have to make long distances day by day. That adventure starts right here, in less than 48 hours from now.”

      The BMW Motorrad GS Trophy 2012 will get underway at 09.00 hrs (Chilean local time) on Sunday 25 November.


      BMW GS Trophy 2012 in South America

      From November 24 until December 2, 45 riders from 19 nations from around the world, all riding identical BMW F 800 GS motorcycles, will compete in a week of adventure riding, special tests and teamwork challenges.


      BMW Motorrad takes up cooperation partnership with Bimota

      S 1000 RR engine for new 4-cylinder model.

      BMW Motorrad will be supplying the Italian motorcycle manufacturer Bimota with the engine of the BMW S 1000 RR. For its new 4-cylinder model, Bimota has opted for what is currently the best 4-cylinder in-line engine in the supersports motorcycle segment. An initial concept of this new motorcycle will be on show at the EICMA in Milan.

      By selecting the in-line 4-cylinder power unit of the BMW S 1000 RR, Bimota has gone for the technologically most innovative straight-four engine currently available. Its low weight of just 59.8 kilograms, an output of 142 kW (193 bhp) at 13,000 rpm and an extremely speed-resistant valve gear with two overhead camshafts and weight-optimised cam followers make it the perfect power source for the new Bimota project.

      Bimota boasts a long tradition of 4-cylinder supersports motorcycles. The very first Bimota models back in the 1970s were powered by in-line 4-cylinder engines. For around four decades, the name Bimota has stood for technologically innovative and painstakingly crafted supersports bikes made for motorcycle enthusiasts - in spite of an eventful history.

      BMW Motorrad and Bimota engaged in a collaborative partnership once before. In 1995 the Italian company presented the BB1 Supermono, a supersports single-cylinder model powered by the engine of the BMW F 650. The BB1 Supermono with BMW engine had an output of 35 kW (48 bhp), weighed just 167 kilograms and achieved a top speed of 196 km/h. 376 of this light supersports bike were built between 1995 and 1996.


      3rd Quarter Motorcycle Sales at BMW and Husqvarna

      BMW sales of motorcycles in Europe during the nine-month period from January to September fell by 7.7 % to 58,806 units, partially due to the negative impact of the debt crisis in the region’s southern countries. Sharp drops were recorded in both Spain (4,351 units;
– 16.2 %) and Italy (9,692 units; – 28.6 %). 4,987 motor- cycles were sold in Great Britain, 8.9 % fewer than in the previous year. During the nine-month period under report we sold 17,279 motorcycles (+ 1.4 %) in Ger- many and 9,500 units (+ 10.6 %) in France. Sales outside Europe grew particularly strongly, including a rise of 19.5 % to 11,420 units in the USA. An extremely good sales volume performance was recorded in Brazil, where sales shot up by 48.9 % to 5,340 units. The 2,288 units sold in Japan during the nine-month period were also a 14.2 % improvement on the previous year’s sales performance.

      Motorcycle production increased

      We produced a total of 29,746 motorcycles (+ 15.8 %) during the third quarter 2012, comprising 27,017 (+ 14.9 %) BMW brand and 2,729 (+ 25.7 %) Husqvarna brand motorcycles. Motorcycle production over the nine-month period increased by 7.5 % to 102,834 units, with 93,489 BMW (+ 4.7 %) and 9,345 Husqvarna (+ 47.5 %) brand motorcycles rolling off the production lines.

      Significant growth in revenues and earnings for Motorcycles segment
The Motorcycles segment also continued to report im- proved financial figures for the period under report. Quarterly revenues rose by 7.2 % to € 358 million and to € 1,216 million (+ 3.0 %) over the nine-month period. These figures represent new records for the two periods involved. Segment EBIT improved both on a quarterly (negative € 3 million; improvement of 81.3 %) and a nine- month basis (positive € 82 million; + 32.3 %). The seg- ment result before tax was a loss of € 4 million (improve- ment of 76.5 %) for the third quarter and a profit of € 80 million (+ 33.3 %) for the nine-month period from January to September.

      Workforce up on previous year

      The BMW Group employed 3,038 people in the Motorcycles segment at 30 September 2012, an in- crease of 3.9 % compared to one year earlier (2011: 2,924 employees).


      BMW Global Motorcycle Sales Steady

      Motorcycles segment sales at previous year's level

      The Motorcycles segment managed to keep sales volume at the previous year's level, selling 28,876 units (2011: 28,862 units) during the third quarter despite downturns in some of the world's markets. Segment revenues were 7.2% higher at € 358 million (2011: € 334 million). A loss of € 3 million (2011: loss of € 16 million) was recorded at EBIT level, while the loss before tax amounted to € 4 million (2011: loss of € 17 million).

      The sales volume figure for the nine-month period edged up 0.4% to 93,300 units (2011: 92,972 units). Revenues increased by 3.0% to € 1,216 million (2011: € 1,181 million). Nine-month EBIT improved by 32.3% to € 82 million (2011: € 62 million), profit before tax by 33.3% to € 80 million (2011: € 60 million).


      BMW ConnectedRide - Motorcycle safety system

      BMW is working on some safety technology for their cars and for riders on two wheels as well.

      Comfort and safety for two-wheel drivers – The Urban Safety Concept (BMW C 650 GT) with BMW ConnectedRide.

      BMW could also be able to redefine the future of two-wheeled mobility in and around city environments together with the safety and comfort functions of BMW ConnectedRide** – the two-wheeler equivalent to BMW ConnectedDrive**. After all, generations of motorcycle riders have regarded BMW Motorrad as leading the way on issues relating to safety in motorcycle riding. BMW Motorrad became established at an early stage as a trendsetter in this area. BMW Motorrad Research is continuing to work at expanding these advances in safety.

      In 2011, the Advanced Safety Concept (BMW K 1600 GT) was launched which had features like daytime light, BMW eCall and various camera-based BMW Motorrad driver information and assistance systems. The next stage saw the specialists developing the Urban Safety Concept (BMW C 650 GT). “The research projects Left Turn Assistant, Traffic Light Assistant and the Lane Change Warning were implemented in the scooter, for example,” commented Felix Deissinger, responsible for strategy and vehicle concepts at BMW Motorrad. Researchers also integrated a head-up display as a two-wheeled innovation. This system displays parameters like current speed, the symbols for the Traffic Light Assistant, the Collision Warning and Traffic Sign Recognition in the wind shield. The daytime light was also incorporated in this scooter.

      The Left Turn Assistant which is prototypical developed for cars and motorcycles, is an active system which is intended to prevent a critical situation when drivers are turning left. The system calculates positional curves and speed profiles in order to assess the likelihood of a collision. When a critical situation occurs, the motorcycle raises its conspicuity. If the oncoming car driver fails to react, automatic braking is initiated in the automobile.

      BMW ConnectedRide also offers a wide range of further assistance systems to make motorcycling safer in the future. For example, the bad weather warning system alerts motorcycle riders at an early stage with a visual message in the display indicating any section of the route subject to adverse weather conditions. Fog, rain, snow and ice are all much greater hazards for motorcycle riders than car drivers. The hazard warning also gives motorcyclists a visual alert – with an option of voice alert – if they need to anticipate a hazard like oil, loose road chippings or a vehicle abandoned on the motorcyclist’s side of the road. The warning is linked with information about how far away the obstacle is located. The warning and the position of the hazard site could be sent by the vehicle or vehicles travelling in front to the vehicles following on behind using the Car-to-x communication.

      The new BMW C evolution – The two-wheeler among BMW electric vehicles.

      The requirements for individual mobility concepts are undergoing significant change for urban environments in particular. Rising volumes of traffic, spiralling energy costs and increasingly stringent regulations for CO2 emissions emitted by vehicles travelling in inner-city areas are the challenges of the future. The BMW Group has recognized these challenges and is developing series solutions for current and upcoming mobility needs – also for two-wheeled vehicles. The maxi scooters BMW C 600 Sport and BMW C 650 GT are the first products in this area to combine the driving characteristics of a BMW motorcycle with the specific agility and comfort of a scooter to create an innovative and dynamic ride experience. This year, BMW Motorrad presented the “C evolution” as a product-quality prototype of an E-Scooter in the form in which it could soon come onto the marketplace. It has been designed as a commuting vehicle for travelling to work between the suburbs and city centre, so that development focused specifically on two requirements: ride characteristics comparable with those of a Maxi Scooter powered by an internal combustion engine, and a long range under normal conditions of use.

      **  BMW ConnectedDrive provides the occupants of the vehicle and the vehicle itself with an intelligent network to connect them with the outside world. This network offers customers more safety, comfort and infotainment whether it is through driver assistance systems, navigation options or personalized entertainment. The network permits innovations for urban mobility that make interaction with city traffic even safer, more efficient and more convenient. The BMW Group stand presents App and vehicle-based routing functions, safety systems and solutions for mobility on two wheels.


      The all-new BMW R 1200 GS.

      The new BMW R 1200 GS.  - The world’s most successful travel enduro is perfected.

      The “BMW GS” concept has embodied riding pleasure and the desire for adventure for over 30 years. This applies especially to the GS motorcycles with the opposed-twin “boxer” engine. The “big GS” allows motorcyclists to explore the most remote corners of the world - an idea that has already inspired numerous globetrotters to set off on their travels.

      But the GS was and still is much more than this. Whether sports-style cornering on winding country roads, excellent travel times due to high motorway speeds, relaxed tours with a passenger or daring rides over rough terrain - every GS has offered supreme mastery of these skills in its respective era and this won’t change with the new version.

      It is the unique integrated concept of the big travel enduro bike with boxer engine, complete with authentic charm and a powerful, high-torque engine, which is loved by legions of motorcycle fans all over the world to this day. It is not for nothing that the “big BMW GS” with boxer engine has been the undisputed frontrunner in its market segment for many years and is the best-seller within the BMW Motorrad model range. BMW is now beginning a whole new chapter in GS history: the most popular travel enduro in the world has been brought to perfection.

      The challenge: how to improve even more following nine years  at the top.

      Even in its ninth year of production, the current BMW R 1200 GS is still setting the benchmark in its segment in comparative tests with its outstanding overall concept and innovative technology. With over 170,000 units sold, it is the most successful and top-selling travel enduro in the world.

      So the challenge facing the BMW Motorrad development department was considerable: to further optimise the GS - an icon of three decades - improve it in all areas and equip it with innovative technical solutions to ensure it is in good shape for the future.

      The development goals of the new BMW R 1200 GS:

      • Further increase performance overall - without neglecting its well-established virtues.
      • Perfect its touring suitability.
      • Increase off-road suitability.
      • Achieve superior figures within the travel enduro segment and beyond in terms of engine and riding performance.
      • Ensure preparation for the future in terms of noise and exhaust emissions.
      • Suspension with top handling, optimum traction and increased off-road performance.
      • Increase active and passive safety.
      • Unmistakable BMW Motorrad design in typical GS style.
      • Top quality as is characteristic of BMW Motorrad.

      Newly designed air/water-cooled boxer engine with vertical through-flow, integrated gearbox and left-hand cardan shaft drive.

      Geared towards the above goals, the entire R 1200 GS was completely redefined, particularly the drive concept.

      The performance aspired to, as well as adherence to future anticipated requirements in terms of noise and exhaust emissions, is ensured among other things by a change in the cooling system. The boxer engine in the new R 1200 GS continues to use air/liquid cooling, however, the coolant oil has been replaced by a glycol-water mixture. This ensures a high level of heat absorption capacity of the cooling liquid for more efficient heat dissipation.

      So-called precision cooling (a principle similar to that used in Formula 1) involves only those engine elements being cooled with coolant, which are particularly exposed to thermal stress. The engine still continues to use air cooling, thereby preserving the characteristic appearance of the opposed twin boxer engine. The two radiators are small and inconspicuously integrated.

      The through-flow is now vertical instead of horizontal for improved filling, and the engine housing integrates the 6-speed gearbox as well as a wet clutch with anti-hopping function instead of the dry clutch as was used previously. What is more, the secondary drive now runs via the well-established cardan shaft on the left-hand side. With an output of 92 kW (125 bhp) at 7700 rpm and 125 Nm at 6500 rpm, the new engine offers superior power and performance in the travel enduro segment and beyond.

      The empty weight (ready for the road) according to DIN of the R 1200 GS is 238 kg including standard BMW Motorrad Integral ABS.

      E-gas and cruise control.

      An electromotive throttle actuator is now used for the first time in a GS motorcycle. Here, rider commands are passed on directly by the sensor in the accelerator twist grip to the engine control system; this then regulates the throttle valve electronically. The use of the E-gas system provides a significant improvement in terms of controllability and response. What is more, the rider can adapt engine characteristics to the situation on the road by means of five modes (optional extra). It was also possible to include an electronic cruise control function (optional extra).

      ASC and riding modes as an optional extra: five freely selectable modes - “Rain”, “Road”, “Dynamic”, “Enduro” and “Enduro Pro”.

      For optimum adaptation to the rider’s individual needs and purpose, the new R 1200 GS now offers five freely selectable riding modes for the first time: these are an ex works option and feature three different E-gas settings and with varying engine characteristics. Linked to this is Automatic Stability Control ASC with a special enduro configuration. If this option is chosen, BMW Motorrad ABS, ASC and - if installed - the semiactive suspension are all adapted to the respectiveprofiles of these five modes

      Semiactive suspension: BMW Motorrad Dynamic ESA for optimum riding dynamics in every situation as an ex works option.

      The new semiactive suspension BMW Motorrad Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) taps into a whole new range of possibilities as well as providing maximum riding safety and performance. Dynamic ESA monitors the vertical movement of front and rear wheel control as well as other parameters by means of a spring travel sensor in each position, and adapts the damping automatically to the situation depending on riding conditions and the manoeuvres being carried out. Damping adjustment at front and rear is effected by means of electrically controlled regulation valves.

      New chassis with tubular steel bridge frame and specially adapted wheel/tyre dimensions of 120/70 R19 at front and 170/60 R17 at rear as a world first.

      The chassis of the R 1200 GS uses a completely newly developed tubular all-steel bridge frame with a bolt-on rear frame. Along with the newly designed Telelever at the front and the EVO Paralever at the rear, this has resulted in a further significant increase in torsional stiffness and hence ride stability and steering precision. Optimised handling qualities are the result of refined master geometric chassis data, and a longer swingarm provides further improved traction - especially when riding over rough terrain.

      A globally unique feature of the new R 1200 GS are the tyres in the sizes 120/70 R19 at the front and 170/60 R17 at the rear, specially adapted to improve performance.

      Revised brake system with radially mounted Brembo Monobloc brake calipers and BMW Motorrad Integral ABS as standard.

      The brake system of the R 1200 GS has been extensively revised, too. There are now radially mounted Brembo Monobloc brake calipers at the front and a larger brake disc at the rear.

      In line with the BMW Motorrad principle “Safety 360°” the new GS is also fitted as standard with the BMW Motorrad ABS, here in the part integral version.

      The first motorcycle in the world with LED main headlight including integrated daytime running light for even greater safety when riding during the day and at night as an ex works option.

      Even in its standard trim the new R 1200 GS has a main headlight with optimised light efficiency. In order to be seen even better during the day, BMW Motorrad also offers a daytime running light as an ex works option. For excellent road illumination and therefore even greater safety both day and night, an LED main headlight with integrated daytime running light is fitted in a motorcycle for the first time ever. It comprises innovative LED technology with a sophisticated cooling and decondensation concept.

      Electrical system with new vehicle power supply and Multi-Controller for the BMW Motorrad Navigator IV.

      The new R 1200 GS has the innovative new vehicle power system with altered function partitioning as already used in the 6-cylinder models K 1600 GT and GTL. As before, CAN bus (Controller Area Network) and LIN bus technology (Local Interconnect Network) enables significantly reduced wiring as compared to a conventional system. The previous central vehicle electronics has been partitioned into two separate control units.

      The Multi-Controller, newly available for the GS, allows fast and convenient operation of the BMW Motorrad Navigator IV. It is located on the inside of the handlebar grip. This means that selecting functions is much less distracting than pressing buttons and does not require hands to be removed from the handlebars.

      Aerodynamically optimised windshield with one-hand operation and optimum ergonomics.

      The newly developed windshield of the R 1200 GS offers further improved wind and weather protection while also reducing wind noise. Adjustment is simple: an easily accessible and ergonomically optimised selection wheel is operated using one hand.

      The new R 1200 GS has extended adjustment options for optimum seating comfort. The rider’s seat can now be adjusted in height and tilt angle and the passenger seat can be shifted longitudinally to obtain the ideal distance between rider and passenger. The new handlebars can easily be turned upwards and, together with the optimised knee grip in the fuel tank area, they ensure an even better standing position for off-road riding. The improved knee grip can be clearly felt when seated, too. A high and a low seat, as well as an adjustable footrest system and adjustable foot controls, round off the program of special accessories offering individual adjustment facilities.

      An overview of highlights of the new BMW R 1200 GS.

      • Completely newly designed engine for top-level riding dynamics within the travel enduro segment.
      • Capacity 1170 cc, rated output 92 kW (125 bhp) at 7700 rpm and a maximum torque of 125 Nm at 6500 rpm.
      • Cylinder heads with vertical through-flow for increased efficiency and performance.
      • Compact air/water cooling for optimum heat management.
      • Basic engine with compact, light and yet rigidity-optimised crankshaft.
      • Vertically separated case in open deck construction.
      • 6-speed gearbox integrated in engine housing, including wet clutch with anti-hopping function and reduced lever operation force.
      • New intake system for optimum output and torque with 52 mm throttle valve diameter.
      • E-gas for improved ridability, running smoothness and special functions.
      • Innovative exhaust gas system with electronically controlled exhaust flap for optimum performance characteristics and an earthy boxer sound.
      • Freely selectable riding modes “Rain”, “Road”, “Dynamic”, “Enduro” and “Enduro Pro” with three different electromotive throttle actuator settings in conjunction with ASC (Automatic Stability Control), ABS and ASC settings for off-road riding as well as different mode-specific Dynamic ESA settings (option ex works).
      • New suspension with torsionally stiff tubular steel bridge frame and bolt-on rear frame.
      • Optimised lightweight cardan shaft drive now running on the left-hand side.
      • Newly developed and optimised Telelever at front and EVO Paralever at rear for an even more precise ride feel.
      • Refined master chassis geometry data and long swingarm for excellent traction.
      • Optimised seating width and position, and adjustable handlebars for even greater comfort.
      • Optimised ground reach for rider (inner leg length).
      • Tyre/wheel dimensions of 120/70 R19 at front and 170/60 R17 at rear as a world first, tailored specially to the R 1200 GS.
      • Revised BMW Motorrad brake system with radially mounted Brembo Monobloc brake calipers at front and 2-piston floating caliper with enlarged brake disc at  rear (Ø 276mm, previously 265mm).
      • BMW Motorrad Integral ABS as standard.
      • Semiactive suspension Dynamic ESA (ex works option).
      • Main headlight with optimised light efficiency and LED daytime running light (ex works option).
      • World’s first motorcycle with LED main headlight featuring integrated daytime running light (ex works option).
      • New vehicle electrical system with partitioning of functions.
      • Extended electric switch units.
      • Electronic cruise control (ex works option).
      • Preparation for navigation unit with Multi-Controller to operate the
      BMW Motorrad Navigator IV (ex works option).
      • Windshield with one-hand operation for excellent wind and weather protection.
      • Seat with multiple adjustment functions for perfect ergonomics.
      • Number plate carriers quick to dismount for off-road riding.
      • Increased ground clearance (+ 8 mm)
      • New instrument cluster with on-board computer as standard. PRO on-board computer as an option.
      • Four main paint finishes to choose from:
      Alpine White, Racing Red, Blue Fire and Thunder Grey Metallic.
      • Extensive range of special accessories and rider equipment.


      2013 BMW R1200GS leak video - Intermot

      Some first official shots of the 2013 BMW R1200GS with liquid cooling shot at the Intermot motorcycle fair.


      Register now for the 2012 BMW GS Trophy

      Sure it's a US event but pretty cool nevertheless. There are two open US qualifying events to choose from:

      - Spartansburg, South Carolina
      - Moab Utah

      September  21-23, 2012

      "The GS Trophy is not a race - it's a thrilling skills course designed for riders of all levels, with points awarded for finishing various challenges. You don't need to be an expert to participate, you just need to bring a BMW to ride. And since it's a social event as well as a riding challenge, contestants will also be judged on their abilities to capture the experience through words and pictures.

      For all the details and to sign up, CLICK HERE, or call:

      Eastern Qualifier: (888) 345-4269
      Western Qualifier: (661) 993-9942"


      BMW announces Improvement in Motorcycles segment operating profit

      Second-quarter Motorcycles segment sales volume fell by 4.2% to 37,409 units (2011: 39,061 units). Segment revenues dropped by 8.9% to € 410 million (2011: € 450 million) due to lower volumes. EBIT increased by 2.1% to € 48 million (2011: € 47 million) and the profit before tax for the quarter remained at the previous year's level of € 47 million.

      The number of motorcycles sold during the six-month period went up by 0.5% to 64,424 units (2011: 64,110 units), enabling revenues to edge up by 1.3% to € 858 million (2011: € 847 million). EBIT improved by 9.0% to € 85 million (2011: € 78 million) and the profit before tax rose by 9.1% to € 84 million (2011: € 77 million).

      The market launch of the BMW Scooter in Europe is expected to provide a boost to sales volumes in the second half of 2012.


      2012 BMW Motorrad Days

      Don’t miss the BMW event of the summer!

      Motorcycling enthusiasts from all over will gather at BMW Motorrad Days on August 24th, 2012 at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

      There’s always a fantastic atmosphere – with a party on Saturday evening featuring live music by a selection of Canadian talent, many new things to see, plus getting together with old friends –
      there’s always a lot to talk about. Popular events this year include great off-road and on-road demo rides, rider training, and the fast-paced race action in the Canadian Superbike Championship.

      New for 2012 — receive a FREE GIFT of a pair of BMW Motorsport Sunglasses* when you purchase your event tickets before August 15th, 2012.

      Come for the day or stay for the weekend. Choose from on-site camping, RVing, or off-site B&B and hotel accommodations to ensure your BMW Motorrad Days weekend gears up the way you want. Don’t forget vendor showcases too, with product demos, service specials, parts and accessories and branded apparel – this is where you’ll find it and more!

      Get ready to experience the unique atmosphere created when motorcycle fans from all over get together to party with BMW Motorrad. So make a note right now in your calendar of the fourth weekend in August – don't miss the biggest motorcycle event of the summer.

      For more details, visit the website: HERE.


      BMW Motorrad Canada sales for June

      BMW Motorrad Canada reported 233 motorcycle retails in June, an increase of 2.2 per cent over June, 2011. On the year, 1,064 units have been retailed, marking an increase of 7.7 per cent over the same period last year.  BMW Motorrad sales were highlighted by the K1600GTL and F650GS models anchoring either end of the model range, and the continued success of the S1000RR supersports bike and iconic R1200RT tourer.


      BMW Motorrad develops helmet Race for sport motorcyclists

      The BMW Motorrad helmet Race debuts at Nürburgring.

      BMW Motorrad is going to complete its range of motorcycle helmets by a helmet particularly tailored to the special procurements of sporty ambitioned motorcyclists.

      During many test rides and wind tunnel tests, the helmet Race was developed for the special requirements of racing oriented riders. For the further development of this helmet BMW Motorrad adopts new ways using the experiences of motorcycle racing. Within the scope of the IDM races on the Nuerburgring from June 15 – 17, 2012 Wilbers BMW Team riders Joerg Teuchert, Gareth Jones, Lucy Glockner and Irek Sikora as well as Van Zon Team’s Arie Vos will be equipped with this helmet – under real racing conditions for the first time.

      In this way BMW Motorrad uses the riders‘ particular competences to slip their findings consequently in the further development of this helmet. Besides prioritized safety aspects attention will particularly be payed on aerodynamics, wear comfort, visibility and ventilation.  

      The market launch of the helmet Race is planned for 2013 parallel to the established helmet Sport.


      BMW Motorrad Sales for May

      Motorcycles: In the first five months of 2012, BMW Motorrad sold 48,918 (prev. yr. 48,749) vehicles. This represents a growth of +0.3% compared to the same period in 2011. Sales for the month of May fell by 8.8% to a level below that of the previous year - a total of 11,457 motorcycles (prev. yr. 12,568) were delivered to customers.

      Husqvarna Motorcycles recorded a rise in deliveries for the fifth month in a row. Year-to-date, Husqvarna delivered 4,420 motorcycles (prev. yr. 3,080 units), an increase of +43.5 %. In May, 860 vehicles (prev. yr. 537 units) were delivered to the Husqvarna dealership network, +60.1 % more than in the same month of the previous year.


      BMW Motorrad sales up slightly in May

      BMW Motorrad Canada reported 280 motorcycle retails in May, an increase of 2 per cent over the May, 2011. On the year, 831 units have been retailed, marking an increase of 9 per cent over the same period last year.


      Historic motorcycles set to line up in five classes on the banks of Lake Como

      Following a successful premiere last year, the Concorso e Mostra di Motociclette celebrates its return in 2012. “The Concorso d’Eleganza for cars can look back over a long tradition, and for BMW, with its extensive history as a motorcycle manufacturer, it was only logical to expand the Concorso to include classic motorcycles,” said Karl Baumer, President of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and Director of BMW Group Classic: “The wonderful response we saw last year confirms that view.”

      On Saturday, a large gathering of the historic motorcycles – led by the legendary BMW 500 Kompressor – will take part in a parade from Tremezzo to Cernobbio, accompanied by a police escort. The international jury will then cast their eye over the assembled models for the first time in the grounds of Villa Erba.

      Several factors are taken into account by the jury as they shine the spotlight on the Concorso bikes. As well as the general standard of restoration achieved and the closeness of each model to its original condition, aesthetic aspects also come into play, as one would expect. Motorcycle design has centred on many different focal points over the decades. For a long time, manufacturers focused primarily on motor sport, for example, as a prestigious showcase for their motorcycles. However, models from across the motorcycle spectrum – majoring on everything from sports performance and everyday usability to comfort and leisure – are eligible for one of the coveted prizes at Lake Como.

      A total of 30 motorcycles from illustrious manufacturers will be represented in five classes at the motorcycle Concorso.

      Class A: Roaring Twenties

      In the years after the First World War it seemed that enthusiasm for “motorised two-wheelers” knew no bounds, and in Europe demand for motorcycles mushroomed. Established brands and a rash of new manufacturers conjured up a constant stream of fresh and exciting developments.

      Class B: Stylish Thirties

      In the aftermath of the global economic depression and widespread political upheaval, manufacturers in highly industrialised countries, in particular, experienced a period of slow recovery. New developments in motorcycle construction now also bore the signature of industrial designers. Influences from modern architecture and art, and purposeful echoes from car body design, shaped the appearance of motorcycles in the 1930s.

      Class C: Swinging Fifties

      Manufacturers had to come up with their own designs to counter fresh competition from mopeds and scooters. And they also needed to adapt their motorcycles to the changing tastes of buyers. Technical innovations and even sophisticated new engine constructions appeared to take a back seat, while “body” designs for motorcycles were becoming increasingly prevalent. The inspiration here came once again from car design and, more specifically, from big American limousines.

      Class D: Start into the Future

      The role of the motorcycle changed fundamentally in the 1960s. Usurped by the motor car as a vehicle for everyday use, it underwent a reinvention as a second vehicle for leisure enjoyment. The Japanese motorcycle industry – which focused on exports to the USA – stood at the vanguard of new trends in both technical development and the composition of model ranges.

      Class E: Racing through the Decades

      Success in the racing arena was used in advertising and marketing activities as far back as the beginning of the 20th century to make a compelling case for new motorcycles. Extraordinary constructions with increasingly powerful engines were pressed into race action at venues around the world from the early 1900s.

      BMW represented by a world-record-breaking machine and a 1950s scooter

      The BMW Group is also presenting its own models out of competition. The full-fairing BMW vertical shaft-drive supercharged machine was sent over to Italy specially from the BMW Museum – 75 years after Ernst Henne had piloted it to his legendary world speed record of 279.5 km/h (173.7 mph) in 1937. Another highlight is the BMW R10 scooter from the 1950s. Only two examples of the prototype, with its small wheels, conventional scooter body and specially developed single-cylinder engine, have survived – and visitors can look forward to admiring one of these at the motorcycle Concorso.

      This year’s jury for the Concorso di Motociclette will once again be made up of four high-calibre experts:

      Carlo Perelli from Milan is a doyen of the Italian motorcycle press. He started work as a reporter, photographer and test rider with Italy’s oldest motorbike magazine, Motociclismo, in the 1950s.

      Hugo Wilson concentrated solely on modern motorcycles in his early days as a journalist. Indeed, it was only when he started writing books that he came into closer contact with motorcycle history. The Englishman has for many years been the editor of the world’s oldest and most widely read classic motorcycle magazine, Classic Bike.

      Paul d’Orleans from San Francisco started out as an interior designer, before turning his hobby into a career and writing about classic motorcycles for a wide range of media.

      Raffaele Zaccagnini heads up Husqvarna Motorcycles’ Centrostile design centre and has been using his designer’s eye to lend sporty motorcycles their unmistakable appearance for over 10 years now.


      BMW Motorrad and social media

      Some companies do social media well and give you all kinds of reasons to interact with them via those channels. Case in point - BMW Motorrad.

      They've got a great Facebook page that you could spend some serious time reviewing. They've got near 20,000 "LIKES" and probably deserve to have more than that.

      Check it out HERE.


      BMW and Husqvarna sales up for April

      In the first four months of 2012, BMW Motorrad sold 37,461 (prev. yr. 36,181) vehicles. This represents a growth of 3.5% compared to the same period in 2011. A total of 13,088 (prev. yr. 13,072 / +0.1%) BMW Motorrad vehicles were delivered to customers in April.

      The number of units moved at Husqvarna may be far less than BMW but they're seeing some BIG gains.

      Husqvarna delivered 918 (prev. yr. 603 / +52.2%) motorcycles last month to its dealer network. Year to date, deliveries grew +40.0% to 3,560 motorcycles compared with the first four months of 2011 (prev. yr. 2,543).


      BMW and Husqvarna quartely numbers

      First quarter numbers (2012) for the sales volume of motorcycles is up slightly vs the same period in 2011 for BMW with sales of 24,373 units vs. 23,109 in 2011. A difference of 5.5%. A different story at Husqvarna with sales of 2,642 vs 1,940 in 2011. A difference of 36.2%.

      That's a big step in the right direction for Husqvarna. We've said it before but the next couple of years should be really exciting ones for the Husqvarna brand and fans of it.


      BMW Motorcycles: Best first quarter ever

      BMW Motorrad is on a sales run and things are looking up a little at Husqvarna too with increased sales for three successive months.

      Full details:

      BMW Motorcycles exceeded the previous year’s figures in the first three months of the year, thus achieving the best first quarter result in its history. Sales rose +5.5% to 24,373 vehicles (prev. yr. 23,109). A total of 12,295 BMW motorcycles were delivered in March 2012 – an increase of 5.3% (prev. yr. 11,675). Husqvarna delivered 1,182 (prev. yr. 676 / +74.9%) motorcycles last month to its dealer network. Year to date, deliveries grew +36.2% to 2,642 motorcycles compared with the first three months of 2011 (prev. yr. 1,940).

      Husqvarna Motorcycles, the BMW Group’s second motorcycle brand, recorded an increase in sales for the third month in succession. As of March, Husqvarna had sold 2,642 motorcycles (1,940 last year), an increase of 702 units or 36.2%. In March the figure was 1,182 units (676 last year), a 74.9 % increase compared to the previous year.


      Production insights on BMW Motorrad helmets

      This YouTube clip from BMW shows the different steps of a BMW Helmet production. From the first sketches to a complete BMW Helmet.

      Bet you didn't know they test their helmets in their own wind tunnel and do a rain test in their "sprinkling chamber" where  250 litres per minute pour down on the helmet... well - now you do!


      BMW Motorrad Canada sets March record

      I guess some of the nice weather we had in March in Canada translated to some very impressive sales for BMW Motorrad Canada. A whopping 39.1% increase over March of last year.

      BMW Motorrad Canada achieved 167 motorcycle retails in March, an increase of 39.1 per cent over the same period last year. On the year, 286 units have been retailed, an increase of 21.7 per cent over the same period last year.


      BMW Motorrad documents history on Facebook Timeline

      If you're a Facebook user you may be aware of "Timeline" feature which shows what you've been doing over the years. It was controversial with some but BMW Motorrad has used it to document their history for all to see.

      It's a great use of technology and BMW Motorrad fans will LOVE it. There's tons of interesting information and historical photo's dating back to the beginnings of the company.

      Check out the link HERE.


      Husqvarna - Everything you wanted to know

      Husqvarna has had a bit of a tough 12 months; sales are down. BMW (who own the Husqvarna brand) is taking steps to try to improve those numbers though and have brought about Husqvara's return to street motorcycles; a move that will surely boost sales somewhat. BMW on the other hand has been steadily pumping out good sales and new or improved models. They seem to have product that people want and surely some of that skill will translate into some changes to help Husqvarna move more units.

      Looks like they're starting with an awareness campaign that provide a company profile and history of the brand. It's long - but does include a lot of interesting information about the company. They've also included information on what they're calling a "new model offensive." The next few years could be really interesting for Husqvarna motorcycles!

      Full details:

      Husqvarna Motorcycles – a company profile

      Husqvarna Motorcycles is an international manufacturer of motorcycles for cross-country and road use. Originally founded in Sweden, the company has been part of the BMW Group since 2007 and can look back on more than a century of manufacturing motorcycles. This makes it the world’s oldest motorcycle manufacturer with uninterrupted production. For decades now, the brand has clocked up great successes in international racing, including 82 world championship titles in off-road events.

      Since 2008, the development, manufacture and marketing of Husqvarna motorcycles have been located in Cassinetta di Biandronno, in the north Italian province of Varese. That is where the headquarters was established back in 1987 when the company was taken over by the Cagiva MV Agusta Group. In 2011, shipments totalled 11, 243 units.

      In addition, the introduction of the Husqvarna Nuda 900 and Husqvarna Nuda 900 R models signalled the brand’s return to the street bike segment. These models, too, developed in partnership with BMW Motorrad, are distinguished by their typically purist and sports-oriented Husqvarna design. Most recently, prospects of a further expansion of the model range have been opened up by the prototype Husqvarna Concept MOAB and Husqvarna Concept Strada and Concept BAJA.

      Parallel to this, the alliance between Husqvarna Motorcycles and BMW Motorrad strengthens the company’s capacity for technical innovation. The prototype of an anti-lock braking system specifically designed for off-road use, as well as the all-electric Husqvarna e-GO concept bike, underscore the future viability of this tradition-rich motorcycle maker.

      History: roots in Sweden, motorcycle development since 1903.

      Husqvarna is the original name of a town in southern Sweden, where a metalworking business was founded in 1689. Today, in the same town (now spelled Huskvarna) there is a factory museum, in which exhibits from all former and present branches of production can be seen. Production of motorcycles began in 1903.

      The first motorised bicycle bearing the Husqvarna badge was powered by a 1.5 hp single-cylinder two-stroke engine and achieved a maximum speed of 50 km/h (30 mph). In the years that followed, the firm consistently pushed ahead with the expansion of this new line of business. At first the engines were bought in, but all other components were developed in-house. From the outset, Husqvarna motorcycles were distinguished by their light weight and high reliability. Their qualities quickly proved themselves in sporting competitions, which in those days were staged predominantly on unsurfaced tracks. The first Husqvarna motorcycle completely developed and produced in Sweden was launched in 1918 and subsequently sold in large numbers. The 550 cc V-twin engine of the Husqvarna 150 model delivered 12 hp.

      As early as the 1920s and 1930s, Husqvarna motorcycles were being built for the road, but were also entered for prestigious racing events such as the Tourist Trophy. Its commitment to international competitions made Husqvarna famous throughout Europe, and sporting triumphs contributed substantially to rising sales figures. It was chiefly on the light and robust four-stroke machines that the Husqvarna works riders scored Grand Prix victories, and in 1933 also won the European Championship title in the 500 cc class, thus cementing the brand’s reputation. Husqvarna became a byword for reliability and advanced technology, and up until the late 1930s the brand enjoyed steadily rising demand.

      Realignment: lightweight two-strokes, off-road sport and a leap into the USA.

      The post-war years brought a fundamental reorientation to the motorcycle industry as a whole, to Husqvarna, and to its motorcycle division. The parent company focused on domestic appliances, and in the 1950s even introduced chainsaws and other garden equipment into its catalogue. The Husqvarna motorcycle range was limited to lightweight two-stroke models which, in modified form, were also deployed in the off-road sports that were becoming popular in the mid-1950s. The best-selling model was the single-cylinder Silverpilen (Silver Arrow), whose 175 cc engine produced 9 hp and which could be upgraded with modern technical refinements such as a telescopic front fork and hydraulic shock absorbers.

      In the years that followed, numerous competition machines with two- and four-stroke engines were developed; and between 1960 and 1963, the first four Motocross world championship titles were won in the 500 cc and 250 cc classes. The sporting achievements of the robust and manoeuvrable Husqvarna motorbikes made the brand popular in the USA too, boosting sales figures there. Among the high-profile Husqvarna riders in the successful era of the 1960s and 1970s was Hollywood film actor Steve McQueen.

      The move to Italy.

      In 1983 Husqvarna marked yet another milestone with its TE 510 model. The exceptionally light and easy-handling off-roader with all-round lubrication and air cooling became the forerunner of a generation of four-stroke motorcycles for off-road use. As other manufacturers followed suit, it led to a revival of the four-stroke classes in international competitions. Here, too, Husqvarna riders scooped collected numerous world championship titles in the following years.

      By 1977 the entire Husqvarna business had already become part of Sweden’s Electrolux Group. Then, in 1987, the Husqvarna motorcycle division was sold to the Cagiva MV Agusta Group and the company headquarters transferred to Varese in Italy. In parallel with the continuing sporting successes, the production models were subjected to ongoing development. The unmistakable personality of the brand, characterised by lightness, reliability and cool, minimalist design, was retained after the move.

      Restructuring under the aegis of the BMW Group.

      Since October 2007, Husqvarna Motorcycles has been owned by the BMW Group. The resulting strong partnership between Husqvarna Motorcycles and BMW Motorrad enables the strengths of each to be combined in a selective way. Husqvarna can thus continue to build on the outstanding off-road performance of the brand and at the same time conquer new market segments. At the same time, the development know-how of BMW Motorrad is feeding into fascinating concepts and models. One of the first fruits of the partnership is Husqvarna’s re-entry into the street bike segment with the Nuda 900 and Nuda 900 R models. The introduction of these models – based on the BMW F800 – signals Husqvarna’s product offensive in the coming years.

      Motorsport: Triple triumph in the 1916 “Novemberkåsan”, 82 world championship titles to date.

      The development of Husqvarna Motorcycles is closely tied to sporting success. Participation in competitions brought the performance and reliability of the developed products to the attention of the public. Success became the proof of those quality attributes that also singled out Husqvarna motorcycles in everyday use. Hence, at an early stage the company competed in race events, which in the home country of Sweden took place on varied and usually mixed surfaces. The most famous example of these is the rally known in Swedish as the “Novemberkåsan” (November Turnout), which is held annually to this day. In 1916, on only the second occasion of the competition, Husqvarna dominated in impressive style. After 475 kilometres (295 miles), ridden largely on dirt roads and trails, the first three places were taken by Husqvarna riders.

      This was followed in the 1920s and ’30s by further triumphs at this and other cross-country trials, as well as numerous road-run Grand Prix successes. At this time the young engineer Folke Mannerstedt was developing highly competitive road racing motorcycles, including the V-twin four-stroke, weighing in at a mere 127 kg, on which works rider Ragnar Sunnqvist won the 1932 Swedish Grand Prix in the 500 cc class. His team-mate Gunnar Kalén repeated the success in the following year to become European champion in the 500 cc category. In 1934 and 1935 Husqvarna was again successful in the Swedish Grand Prix. Between 1923 and 1933 Kalén won the Novemberkåsan six times, and in 1934 he also rode a Husqvarna in the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy. In the Swedish TT, Husqvarna picked up a total of 13 class wins between 1926 and 1935. Sunnqvist also won the Finnish Grand Prix in 1932, the Italian and French in 1936, and the 1935 AVUS race in Berlin, all on Husqvarna machines.

      Straight into a winning streak, even away from surfaced roads.

      With its specialisation on purely off-road competitions, which became common during the 1950s, another glorious era began for Husqvarna, when off-road riding defined the character of the brand for decades. Participation in the Six Days with lightweight 175 cc machines marked the start of a success story which would surpass even the run of victories in road racing. In Motocross the first European championship, in 1959, and the first world championship, in 1960, were both won on Husqvarnas. The European title was picked up by Rolf Tibblin in the 250 cc class, and in the following year in the 500 cc category Bill Nilsson laid the foundation stone for an impressive collection of overall world championship victories. As well as Tibblin and Nilsson, in the years up to 1970 the Husqvarna riders Bengt Aberg, with two overall world championship victories, and Torsten Hallman with four, contributed to the dominant role of the Swedish brand in Motocross. Further world championship titles were won by Heikki Mikkola in 1974 and 1976 and by Håkan Carlqvist in 1979.

      Technical innovations, new categories and the introduction of completely new competition categories illustrate the profound transformation that off-road sport has undergone in the past three decades. Husqvarna has taken up the sporting challenges associated with this and definitively influenced them through its own developments. For example, Husqvarna was one of the pioneers of the reintroduction of the four-stroke class in Motocross in the early 1980s. Then in the mid-1980s a new sports discipline came into being with the Supermoto series. This blend of asphalt and off-road racing, also known by its French name Supermotard, has likewise proved to be a promising field of activity for Husqvarna, as demonstrated by numerous national and international titles. In 2011 the brand won the “Supermoto of the Nations” and dominated the International German Supermoto Championship. What’s more, Mauno Hermunen triumphed on a Husqvarna SMR 449 in, among other events, the “Superbikers Mettet” in Belgium, Europe’s premier Supermoto race.

      In the Enduro World Championship, held since 1990, Husqvarna has also played a leading role from the outset. Until the reallocation of rankings in 2004, the brand won at least one world championship title in each season. Most recently, Husqvarna became the 2011 Enduro constructors’ world champion in classes E1 and E2. In the rider classification Juha Salminen on a Husqvarna TE 250 and Antoine Meo on a Husqvarna TE 310 each won the world championship in their category. This meant that four of the six possible titles were credited to the old-established badge. To date, a total of 82 world championship titles in the Motocross, Supermoto and Enduro categories have been won on Husqvarna motorcycles.

      Also in 2011, in cooperation with the Speedbrain team, Husqvarna made a successful entrée into rallying. In the 2012 Dakar Rally good use was made of the experience gathered prior to the event on a motorcycle based on the Husqvarna TE 449. The Husqvarna / Speedbrain rally team ended the 2012 Dakar Rally on the Husqvarna TE 449 RR without a breakdown or any technical failure. By the end of the South American rally, Husqvarna had earned one stage win and a total of six podium places.

      Corporate and product structure: a fruitful partnership, the launch of a model offensive.

      Since 2008, Husqvarna motorcycles have been developed and manufactured in Cassinetta di Biandronno in the north Italian province of Varese. Their marketing is also directed from the company headquarters there. Currently, 26 models comprise the range across the Enduro, Motocross, Supermoto and street bike segments, spanning a wide capacity range from 50 cc to 900 cc.

      In October 2007, Husqvarna Motorcycles became part of the BMW Group, a move that opened up fresh opportunities in concept developments, technical innovations and stronger sales structures. As a complement to the existing Husqvarna dealer network, selected BMW motorcycle dealers worldwide also offer the current range of models.

      With the introduction of the Husqvarna Nuda 900 and the Husqvarna Nuda 900 R, the company has completed a high-profile comeback in the street bike sector. This spectacular addition to the product range is the opening salvo of a model offensive which is aimed at placing Husqvarna in a significantly strengthened position in the international motorcycle markets. No sooner was the Husqvarna Nuda 900 R on the market than a vote among readers of Germany´s MOTORRAD magazine in 2012 gave it a podium place in the hard-fought Enduro/Supermoto segment, and in the spring of 2012, in the voting for the Red Dot Design Award 2012, the Nuda 900 R earned the “red dot: best of the best” accolade for the highest design quality.

      Attractive prospects for further additions to the model range are held out by the prototypes of the Husqvarna Concept Strada and the Husqvarna Concept MOAB and Concept BAJA. A model based on the Husqvarna Concept Strada is already in development for volume production.

      The company is systematically building up its exceptional expertise in the off-road sphere as well. Both the two-stroke and the four-stroke ranges are currently undergoing intensive redevelopment and, in some cases, fundamental revision.

      Characteristic design, dedication and engineering skill.

      The combined engineering knowledge of Husqvarna Motorcycles and BMW Motorrad, together with Husqvarna’s well-known dedication, gives the latest models of the Husqvarna Motorcycles brand their special and unmistakable character. The essential qualities that underlie sporting success are faithfully reflected in the design of the current models, their sporty aura defined by the minimalist lines that emphasise dynamic forward momentum. Their form follows the technical demands placed on a motorcycle designed for racing, and from this the Husqvarna design department has developed a distinctive design language that consistently takes its cue from the product attributes: the traditional values of the brand are preserved alongside modern innovations for optimising performance, handling and safety.

      The model portfolio - Motocross in five displacement categories

       Husqvarna’s Motocross models carry in them the racing DNA that has matured over decades, along with the passion for competition. Even the entry-level models, the Husqvarna CR 50 and Husqvarna CR 65, unmistakably reflect the hallmark character of the brand in their design. In appearance and technology, both models borrow from the Husqvarna CR 125, on which two world championship titles have already been won and which, thanks to ongoing development, is repeatedly setting new benchmarks.

      Innovations directly influenced by racing experience also determine the character of the Husqvarna TC 250. The return of the brand to the world championship in the MX2 class played a pivotal role in the development of this model. The four-stroke is powered by a single-cylinder engine weighing just 22 kg, with twin overhead camshafts, valve finger followers, weight-reduced piston and Keihin fuel injection. The 250 cc model also benefits from a chromoly frame as well as an Akrapovic titanium exhaust system – two features that also distinguish the top model in the Motocross category, the Husqvarna TC 449. Other specialities include a coaxially positioned rocker arm, of which the countershaft sprocket is located directly on the rocker arm pivot, a centrally installed two-section fuel tank, and a mapping switch with which the rider can adjust the settings while in motion, either to his needs or to the track characteristics.

      Supermoto: exciting handling, dynamic design.

      Husqvarna offers a diversity of choice, offering Supermoto models in five engine sizes for riding in combined off-road and asphalt competitions. Then there is the entry-level Husqvarna CR 50 and the Husqvarna SM 125, which is available in both a two-stroke and four-stroke versions. With its agile handling and dynamic design, the SM125 embodies those characteristics that have led to victory in countless Supermoto world championships.

      Supermoto design reached a new evolutionary stage with the Husqvarna SMR 511. With its avant-garde lines and innovative technology these models similarly generate an easy-handling feel that is typically Husqvarna. The long saddle, the Coaxial Traction System (CTS) with a coaxial drive sprocket to the swing arm pivot pin, the linkage mounted on the upper side of the swing arm and the Sachs suspension strut, not to mention the four-stroke engines with electronic injection and double butterfly throttle, set new standards in this category. The Husqvarna SM 630 likewise provides an exceptionally versatile top-of-the-range model with a 600 cc four-stroke engine – a particularly high-performance single-cylinder model that is a true rarity in the Supermoto class.

      Enduro: the basis of Husqvarna’s 82 world championship titles.

      Of the 82 world championship titles won by Husqvarna to date, the overwhelming majority have been in the Enduro category. The technical expertise that made these repeated successes possible has been faithfully transferred to the brand’s production models. There is currently a choice of six Enduro motorcycles. The three two-strokes – the Husqvarna WR 125, Husqvarna WR 250 and Husqvarna WR 300 – are not only designed for speed and lightness, but their handling is extremely agile, combined with a ready delivery of power.

      Husqvarna’s four-stroke TE 250 and TE 310 models are currently making their name in world championships. At the same time, the 2012 models offer numerous innovations which are based directly on the brand’s racing expertise, including a modified frame, a new, fully-adjustable shock absorber for the rear suspension, a newly-tuned front fork and a LeoVince exhaust system, likewise new. The external design also has a fresh look. Heading the range is the Husqvarna TE 449 – in this model, too, the extensive experience gained from racing has been systematically applied to further development. With a lower saddle height, some tweaking of the chassis and a heat guard over the exhaust pipe, the Husqvarna TE 449 has been optimised for 2012.

      As an addition to the model range there is a choice of three models in the “Dual” category. The two-stroke Husqvarna WRE 125 as well as the four-stroke Husqvarna TE 125 and TE 630 convey a racing feel in everyday riding.

      Streetwise: a comeback on the road and the start of a new model offensive.

      The introduction of the Husqvarna Nuda 900 and Nuda 900 R models marks the brand’s comeback in the street bike segment. Both of these twin-cylinder models are based on the BMW F800 and offer the fascination that typifies the brand but in an innovative form. With a spaceframe, weight-saving construction and a modified 900 cc engine, both models occupy a position between crossover and naked bike. At the same time, the hallmark Husqvarna features have been preserved in combination with trusted BMW qualities. Characteristic design, a purist look and performance-oriented technology make for intense riding fun.

      The development of the Husqvarna Nuda 900 and Nuda 900 R models is the first result – actually seen on the road – of the close cooperation with BMW Motorrad. As further results of this partnership, the prototype Husqvarna Concept Strada as much as the Husqvarna Concept MOAB and the Concept BAJA have already been presented. With these concepts, Husqvarna offers a realistic look ahead to the short- and medium-term expansion of the range. 

      Innovative technology, futuristic concepts.

      A further example of the potent technological alliance between BMW Motorrad and Husqvarna Motorcycles is the world’s first anti-lock braking system (ABS) for use in off-road sport, already presented as a prototype. The first vehicle to carry this development is the Husqvarna TE 449. The off-road system comprises a twin-channel ABS, which analyses and assesses the rotation speed of the front and rear wheels, but only operates on the front wheel. In this way the rear wheel remains fully lockable. Optimised braking performance, enhanced braking safety and very high ride stability are thus coupled with maximum off-road enjoyment. BMW has already been offering ABS for motorcycles for the past 23 years. During this period the system has been systematically improved and has now reached a high state of development. To achieve this, the expertise of Husqvarna Motorcycles in the Enduro field and BMW Motorrad’s innovative “Know-How” in rider assistance systems have been brought together. It marks the first presentation of a prototype which is adapted to the particular demands of ride dynamics in cross-country sports events and which, in the future, should markedly increase rider safety both on and off surfaced roads.

      Beyond this, the all-electric Husqvarna e-Go concept opens up an alluring prospect for emission-free mobility in the future. Both in conceptual and technological terms, Husqvarna Motorcycles is today setting a course for the further strengthening of its position in the international motorcycle markets and for a successful future in both the short and the long term.


      BMW sells more motorcycles in 2011, Husqvarna - not so much

      BMW Motorrad had a good year in 2011.  They sold 6.4% more motorcycles in 2011 as they did in 2010. They sold 104, 286 units in 2011 and 98,047 in 2010.

      Husqvarna on the other hand experienced a pretty significant drop in sales in 2011. They went from 12,066 units sold in 2010 to just 9,286 units - a drop of 23%. The regional numbers are broken but the Canadian Distributor just recently declared bankruptcy. A sign of troubled sales in Canada perhaps?

      With some new street models coming out for the Husqvarna line-up it looks like BMW is pushing for better sales and they've taken that to the street. Husqvarna is widely known for their off-road bikes but the street models should help bolster sales.


      BMW Motorrad and Husqvarna Motorcycles celebrate eight podiums at the reader’s vote

      Winning the categories "Touring“ and “Enduro/Supermoto“ and scoring five more podium places BMW Motorrad achieved another outstanding result at MOTORRAD magazine’s 14th reader’s vote “Motorcycle of the year 2012”.

      "I’m glad to hear of the big approval our motorcycles got also this year and I would like to thank the readers of MOTORRAD most sincerely for their votes. In particular I’m glad our new Maxi Scooters C 600 Sport and C 650 GT met with so much readers’ enthusiasm even before starting sales”, said Hendrik von Kuenheim, General Director BMW Motorrad, commenting on the result of the vote.

      Scoring 17.8 percent of the votes, the two new Maxi Scooters BMW C 600 Sport and C 650 GT achieved second place at the first go.

      In the category “Touring” the BMW K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL scored sovereignly first place with 25.1 percent – followed closely by the BMW R 1200 RT scoring 14.6 percent. With it just 40 percent of the readers’ votes in this category fell on the big BMW touring motorcycles again.

      Once more the BMW R 1200 GS and R 1200 GS Adventure confirmed their leadership in the category “Enduro/Supermoto”. With 22.2 percent the MOTORRAD’s readership settled for BMW Motorrad’s best sellers and voted them on first place again.

      At the start in this category, too, the new Husqvarna NUDA 900 and NUDA 900R celebrated third place at the first go. After a break of several decades in the on road segment Husqvarna Motorcycles enjoys the popularity of the NUDA-Models acknowledged by the readers of MOTORRAD especially because this first model of the Husqvarna model offensive is available at dealerships since a few weeks only.

      In the category “Naked Bikes” the BMW R 1200 R and R 1200 R Classic finished third, and in the category “Allrounder” the BMW K 1300 S scored second place as one year ago.

      In the category “Sport” the BMW S 1000 RR scored second place. 21,3 percent of MOTORRAD’s voting readers honored the outstanding technical conception combining four-cylinder performance with Race ABS and Dynamic Traction Control DTC.

      The prize giving ceremony took place on the occasion of the fair “Motorraeder Dortmund” at 1st of March, 2012.

      Not less than 200 motorcycles and scooters went for the titles sought after in the 14th edition of the reader’s vote “Motorcycle of the year 2012” being considered the most important reader’s vote for motorcycles and scooters in Europe. Since 1999 more than half a million readers took part in this vote.


      BMW Motorrad Canada sees increased sales in February

      Wonder if it was the leap year that did it?

      BMW Motorrad Canada achieved 62 motorcycle retails in February, an increase of 3.4 per cent over the same period last year. With spring just around the corner, Motorrad Canada looks forward to a successful 2012 riding season.


      Halifax International Motorcycle Show brings motorcycles to downtown

      The Halifax International Motorcycle Show is kicking-off their inaugural gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts at the Cunard Centre on February 17-19, 2012. Industry leading motorcycle  manufacturers and accessory products will be on site and under one big roof.Major manufacturers and dealer representatives will be there to answer your questions and provide you with an opportunity to throw a leg over the latest machines or try on the latest gear.

      With 45,000 square foot of column free floor space the Cunard Centre sits on the scenic Halifax waterfront with big bright windows overlooking the harbour. The event and venue offer up a powerful mixture of salty sea air and visual stimulation. Anticipated attendance is expected to approach 20,000 and draw attendees from all the Atlantic provinces and beyond.

      With the top motorcycle manufacturer product lines represented this event is the first of its kind east of Quebec.The show has attracted a lot of industry attention and support in this first year. Kawasaki Canada chose the event as one of the few venues to bring their national tour. They will be showcasing the hottest 2012 models like the supersport ZX-14R, KX450F motocross, cruisers from their revered Vulcan ine-up, street/touring, dual-purpose, and off-road motorcycles.

      Event organizer Tim Leslie indicates,"Halifax is the gateway to Atlantic Canada, and its largest city. There's a vibrant and active motorcycle culture here, which makes Halifax the perfect location for a world-class motorcycle show. We're excited to be bringing the best the motorcycle world has to offer to downtown Halifax and already making plans for next year!"

      With motorcycles from all the top brands, this event will be the first, and only, opportunity to see many of these machines in Nova Scotia before they appear in dealerships in the spring.There's going to be some rare models too that you might not otherwise get a chance to see at all except in the pages of a magazine. Motorcycles like the limited production Norton Commando 961. With production of this bike limited to 200 models they're sure to be very rare. Zero Motorcycles is sending some of the first production 2012 electric motorcycles in Canada to Halifax to be displayed at the show.

      Aside from all the special interest motorcycles, enthusiasts of every level will find something to surprise and delight from new 2012 models and the latest in accessories to unique touring destinations. Cruisers, sport bikes, off-road, trials, touring, sport/adventure touring, even 2WD sidecar motorcycles - there's going to be something for everybody.

      Whether you are a seasoned veteran motorcyclist or just somebody with a passing interest there will be something to excite you at the Halifax International Motorcycle Show.


      Halifax International Motorcycle Show
      February 17 to 19, 2012

      Cunard Centre
      961 Marginal Road
      Halifax, Nova Scotia
      B3H 4P7

      Friday, February 17, 2012: 5 pm – 8pm
      Saturday, February 18, 2012: 10 am –8 pm
      Sunday, February 19, 2012: 10 am – 5pm

      - $10 in advance at the show website(
      - $15 at the door

      Free parking all weekend (Friday after 4PM).


      BMW HP racing parts for S1000RR

      BMW has a posted a 'web special' site with videos and explanations of their high tech HP racing parts for the S1000RR on the BMW Motorrad website.

      They describe it as "a new web special that includes a series of videos straight from the factory race team’s workshops, fans can now see and understand exactly how BMW Motorrad Motorsport’s HP Race Parts work and what a difference they can make to your RR experience and performance on track."

      There's some great stuff here. Great video's too.

      Check it out HERE.


      BMW Motorrad. The North. Part 2.

      Brrrrrr.  525 km's - a couple BMW motorcycles and the Alaska Highway in the winter.  Yes - IN THE WINTER. They got within 50 km's of Tuktoyaktuk before Paul Mondor had a fall on some ice and couldn't go any further.

      "It was cold!  There's no question it was cold!"

      I bet it was!


      Moncton Motorcycle Show opens Feb. 10, 2012

      The Atlantic Motorcycle and ATV show opens its doors this Friday (February 10th, 2012) and runs through to Sunday.

      Here's the full details on the event:

      The Atlantic Motorcycle and ATV Show will roar into Moncton, this Friday thru Sunday. This event will encompass the entire Moncton Coliseum complex and will showcase the latest products for motorcycle, ATV and off-road enthusiasts available on the market today. The nation’s leading manufacturers will be well represented and visitors will not be left disappointed.

      The Atlantic Motorcycle and ATV Show is one of 7 successful, national manufacturer supported motorcycle shows from coast to coast. Owned by the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC) this event is the only show of its kind and caliber in Atlantic Canada. Since 2008, the event has delivered over 50,000 qualified buyers who have enjoyed the biggest and best names in motosports.

      Show Manager Scott Sprague is revved up about the 2012 edition of this event. “Being a part of this huge chain of manufacturer supported shows is phenomenal. For a visitor to be able to see a booth that is the same display at the MMIC-COHV Shows in Toronto, Vancouver or elsewhere right in Moncton, the hub of the Maritimes, is fantastic and convenient for all of Atlantic Canada and beyond,” said Sprague.

      The Atlantic Motorcycle and ATV Show is where Atlantic Canada RIDES and BUYS! Visitors will be shopping the show and trying that new ATV or Motorcycle on for size and discussing the purchase with their local dealer plus getting all of those tough questions answered right from manufacturer representatives. Visitors can take home awesome deals on parts & accessories, clothing and apparel and so much more. The event is also the leading venue to meet the organizers of local rallies, motorcycle and ATV clubs, destinations, anything and everything to do with the lifestyle that comes with this pastime.

      Visitors can enter to win His and Hers Riding Gear compliments of Speed and Strength Gear and Toys for Big Boys. Simply fill out a ballot and it could be you!

      Triumph Motorcycles have come out in a big way this year with several custom show bikes including the Tom Cruise Mi3 Scrambler, the Orange County Choppers Triumph Retro Bonneville Custom and many more. Also Triumph, in partnership with Atlantic Motoplex will be presenting Juno Award Winner, Clayton Bellamy of the Road Hammers. Clayton will appear on stage performing during ladies night and in the Triumph booth alongside THE WILD ONE.’ Sucker Punch Sally builds us a modern day BRANDO WILD CHILD, this Bird will be ridden in the release video of Clayton’s new album. See them both at the show.

      This year’s highlights include the Yamaha Riding Academy for kids that will also feature ALL NEW ATV training for youth. ATV Training available upon request. In addition to that there will be Yamaha Scooter School training, especially appealing to the ladies; this will be held on Friday and Saturday evening.

      And speaking of the ladies, join us on Saturday night from 5 pm – 9 pm when it’s free admission for ladies night, when a regular admission is purchased. There will be special prizes and giveaways just for women, plus our fashion show at 7 and Ladies Scooter training at 8.

      The Women on Wheels Fashion Show will also be on each day so be sure to check out the terrific line up of manufacturers clothing modeled on stage from Yamaha, Honda, Harley Davidson, KTM, Victory, Ducati, Suzuki, Triumph and BMW.

      And join world rider, Rene Cormier, as he talks passionately about his moto-adventures through Africa and beyond. Meeting him is an adventure YOU won’t want to miss. Also, visitors can check out the all new show and shine featuring local motorcycles. Proceeds to benefit the Bernice McNaughton Bike Club.

      Join special guests from River Glade Speedway, as they celebrate 35 years and showcase some of the hottest bikes from the 70s right there on display including a slide show of racing at the track from past and present. The bikes that will have on display for comparison purposes are a 1977 Cr-125 Honda, a 1987 CR-125 Honda as well as a 1997 CR-125 Honda. There will also be a 1979 Can-Am MX-5 250. These Honda's will illustrate the many changes the bikes have undergone over the years. Although 125's are no longer made for the most part, as the 250 4-stroke took over that class of racing we will most likely have a four stoke on hand as well to show further enhancements. These bikes will show the progression from air cooled to liquid engines, from drum brakes to disc brakes, steel frames to aluminum frames and from four inches of suspension travel to twelve. Also, horse power more than doubled over the years!


      BMW Motorrad - best ever January sales: Husqvarna up impressively too

      Looks like MBW Motorrad and Husqvarna are starting 2012 off with some good numbers. Sales of BMW motorcycles (globally) were the best ever reported for January. Sales at Husqvarna are up significantly over January 2011 too; how about +50.3%. With some new bikes coming in the Husqvarna lineup for 2012 I think they'll be a brand to watch this year.

      Full details:

      After a new retail record in 2011, BMW Motorrad has started off the new year with a solid plus. With sales of 5,237 units (previous year:  4,714 units), 11.1 % more motorcycles were delivered to customers in January 2012 than in the previous year.

      Hendrik von Kuenheim, General Director BMW Motorrad: "After a record year in 2011, the new year has started very pleasingly for BMW. Never before have we sold as many motorcycles in the first month of a year as in January 2012. Our fresh new model range continues to attract strong demand all over the world, and the incoming orders situation is positive, too. With the market launch of the new maxi scooters C 600 Sport and C 650 GT this spring we are expanding our range to include the facet of "Urban Mobility” and we anticipate additional growth impulse in 2012."

      At the same time as the two scooter models, BMW has six new motorcycles to offer its customers: with the G 650 GS Sertão, the revised S 1000 RR, the special boxer model R 1200 GS Rallye, the updated F 800 R and the special models of the K 1300 R and K 1300 S, BMW Motorrad continues to strengthen its extensive product portfolio.

      Based on this ongoing product offensive, BMW Motorrad looks confidently ahead to the upcoming season in spite of challenging economic conditions in some countries. Once again this year, the bestseller is likely to be the big travel enduro R 1200 GS.

      Husqvarna Motorcycles, the BMW Group's second motorcycle brand, supplied 544 (previous year: 362 / + 50.3 %) motorcycles to its dealer network.

      Alongside its core business in the off-road sports segments (sports enduro, motocross, supermoto), Husqvarna Motorcycles has extended its range to include street bikes with the models NUDA 900 and NUDA 900R. The brand is anticipating a significant increase in sales from the vehicles introduced to the market in December 2011.


      BMW Motorrad Canada sales up for January

      BMW Motorrad Canada set a new record in January with 57 motorcycle retails, an increase of 3.6 per cent over the same period last year.

      For the first time ever, Motorrad will expand its product offering into the scooter market with the arrival of the all-new Maxi-Scooter later this year. It'll be interesting to see how many "new to BMW" riders the big scooters bring.


      New Head of Design for BMW Motorrad.

      Successor to David Robb (Canadian) at BMW Group BMW Motorrad Design Studio has been named.

      Full details:

      Edgar Heinrich (53) will be taking over the BMW Group's BMW Motorrad Design Studio as of July 1st 2012. He succeeds David Robb. After completing his university degree in design, Edgar Heinrich started his career as a motorcycle designer with BMW back in 1986. Within the BMW Group’s BMW Motorrad Design Studio he was Head of Vehicle Design Motorcycles under the overall direction of David Robb from 2007 to 2009.

      In July 2009 his career took him to India. As Vice President Product Design with the Indian vehicle manufacturer Bajaj Auto LTD he currently heads up the styling and model studio, responsible for brand definition and brand strategies for two-wheel and four-wheel design.

      During his time with BMW Motorrad, Edgar Heinrich was responsible for such vehicles as the first 4-valve boxer models R 1100 RS and RT, the K 1200 S and R, the HP Megamoto and the victorious Paris-Dakar racing machines. The successful R 1150 GS and R 1200 GS were also created on his drawing board.
      Under his direction, the motorcycle design team created the S 1000 RR, the F 800 / 650 series, the G 450 X and also the BMW Custom Concept study. Heinrich was even involved at the start of the design development of the 6‑cylinder touring bikes and the new maxi-scooters.

      Motorcycles take up a large part of his leisure time, too. His passions include modifying sports bikes, restoring and collecting vintage models and in particular riding motorcycles himself - both on and off the road.

      As Edgar Heinrich himself says: "I am very pleased to be returning to BMW Motorrad and having the great opportunity to be involved in shaping the two-wheel future of the BMW Group with an outstanding team."

      "Edgar Heinrich is an excellent motorcycle designer and passionate motorcyclist who has already made key contributions to BMW Motorrad design in the course of his many years of experience. I very much look forward to collaborating with him to take BMW Motorrad design to ongoing success in the future," said Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design.

      David Robb (56), the previous head of the BMW Group Motorcycle Design Studio, has left the company. He was in charge of BMW Motorrad design for 18 years. Under his leadership, the design team elaborated the development of the BMW Motorrad product portfolio from three to a current total of six model lines, as well as creating the extensive product range of BMW Motorrad rider equipment and motorcycle accessories.

      The first motorcycle designed under David Robb's direction was the BMW K 1200 RS. This was followed by such models as the first BMW cruiser R 1200 C, the innovative K series with transversely mounted 4-cylinder engine, the F series with 2-cylinder parallel twin and the most successful BMW motorcycle of all time, the travel enduro R 1200 GS. The design concept of the latter is regarded to this day as the benchmark in the category of big enduro bikes. Recently there were additional highlights such as the BMW motorcycles with in-line 6-cylinder engine, the K 1600 GT/GTL, and the BMW superbike S 1000 RR. The first BMW maxi-scooters C 600 Sport and C 650 GT only recently saw their world premiere in autumn 2011.

      Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design: "I would like to thank David Robb for his many years of successful work and wish him all the very best for the future."


      BMW K 1600 GT is voted "International Bike Of The Year 2011"

      The BMW K 1600 GT is voted "International Bike Of The Year 2011”. The BMW K 1600 GT gets the top vote of the international motorcycle press jury at the Brussels Motor Show.

      The BMW K 1600 GT has won the vote for the “International Bike Of The Year 2011 (IBOTY)" award. This was announced at a press conference given by the Belgian motorcycle magazine Motor Wereld at the Brussels Motor Show. The award for the K 1600 GT comes from an international jury representing 25 motorcycle magazines.

      The K 1600 GT convinced the motorcycle journalists with its unique combination of comfort, performance and use of innovative technologies. The powerful in-line 6-cylinder engine was said to offer power, refinement and lots of fun. The bike's sophisticated technology - in addition to ABS, traction control and navigation system, an adaptive headlight and electronically controlled suspension with various modes increase active riding safety - makes the K 1600 GT an incomparable touring motorcycle. On the road, the outstanding qualities of the K 1600 GT are its agile chassis and unusually light handling. All this gives the rider a unique riding experience, according to the jury, impressing the most demanding touring and sports motorcyclists.

      The K 1600 GTL was rated separately and also convinced the jury, finishing fourth, while the S 1000 RR followed it in fifth place alongside the Kawasaki ZX-10R. With three models in the top five places, the BMW Motorrad put in a highly impressive showing overall.

      BMW Motorrad also won the highest rating in 2010 with the S 1000 RR.

      The following magazines took part in the IBOTY 2011: Australian Motorcycle News (Australia), Auto By (Japan), Autocar India (India), Bike (Scandinavia), Bike (UK), Cycle World (USA), Der Reitwagen (Austria), Inmoto (Italy), KicXstart (Netherlands), Kiwi Rider (New Zealand), La Moto (Spain), Maximoto (France), Moto Kultur Asia (Malaysia and Singapore), Moto (Greece), Moto Journal (Canada), Moto & Loisirs (Belgium), Moto Mag (Israel), Motoraj (Czech Republic), Motoron (Turkey), MotoSi (Slovenia), MotorWereld (Belgium), PS Magazin (Germany), Revista Moto (Mexico), SuperBike (South Africa), Swiat Motocykli (Poland).

      The results of the IBOTY 2011
      1)    BMW K 1600 GT (41 points)
      2)    Ducati Diavel (32 points)
      3)    Aprilia Tuono V4 APRC (22 points)
      4)    BMW K 1600 GTL (18 points)
      5)    BMW S 1000 RR and Kawasaki ZX 10R (16 points each)


      BMW Motorrad (global) reports best sales ever - Husqvarna down

      With a total of 104,286 motorcycles (prev. yr. 98,047 / +6.4%) in 2011, BMW Motorrad delivered more vehicles than ever before in its nearly 90-year history. Growth was recorded in each month of 2011.

      In December, 4,232 Motorcycles were delivered worldwide, which reflects an increase of 12.4% over the same month in 2010. The total year’s result exceeds the previous high in 2007 by 1.8% (102,467). BMW Motorrad increased its market share by more than 12% in the segment above 500cc and has doubled it within the past four years.

      Husqvarna delivered 9,286 motorcycles in 2011 (-23%; prev. yr. 12,066). December accounted for 1,330 deliveries (-26.1%; 1,800).


      BMW motorcycles - no words required

      Great video featuring plenty of vintage BMW's and fantastic videography.

      The final words are in Italian but you don't need to be able to read them to appreciate this. If you like motorcycles - you can't help but love this video.

      via HFL


      BMW S1000RR + Icy Lake. No Problem!

      It's getting cool here in Canada and thoughts are naturally shifting to storing the bike for the winter.

      So, what to do for fun now? Well, if you've got a BMW S1000RR, an icy lake, and a whole lot of pointy screws - it may not be quite time to winterize your ride!


      BMW Motorrad Canada Announces 2012 Product and Pricing updates

      A big Press Release from BMW Motorrad Canada today with product updates and 2012 product line information - even some 2013 stuff.  It's a big one!  Enjoy:

      BMW Motorrad Canada is pleased to announce an expanded product lineup for 2012, highlighted by an emphasis on Urban Mobility and BMW’s first entry into the globally popular and growing scooter market.

      BMW Introduces the C600 Sport and C650GT Maxi-Scooters

      The challenges facing inner city traffic in the future, already being experienced today, will be growing traffic volume, rising energy costs, and increasing pressure on CO2 emissions and fuel efficiency.

      Recognizing these challenges as they apply to single-track vehicles, and as an integral component of a BMW Group stragegy for sustainable mobility, BMW Motorrad is pleased to introduce two premium vehicles in the maxi scooter segment which address these challenges with innovative new concepts.

      The BMW C600Sport and the BMW C650GT combine the outstanding riding characteristics of a motorcycle with the agility, weather protection and comfort of a scooter, creating a whole new dynamic riding experience.

      Conceptually unique, the two BMW maxi scooters appeal to a wide target group: the C600Sport for riders with sporting preferences, and the C650GT for customers who place great emphasis on comfort and touring capability. Both BMW maxi scooters incorporate the unique, modern and dynamic design language of BMW Motorrad, setting a new benchmark in the scooter segment.

      Powerful 2-cylinder inline engine with CVT.

      The 2-cylinder water-cooled inline DOHC four-valve engine of the C600Sport and C650GT is an all-new development by BMW Motorrad with a displacement of 647 cc. Both models are equipped with electronic fuel injection and have a class-leading output of 60 hp at 7500 rpm, with maximum torque of 48.7 ft-lb at 6000 rpm.

      With its cylinder bank inclined forward 70°, the compact engine contributes to a low center of gravity, while its 90° crank pin offset, 270° ignition spacing, and two balancer shafts minimize vibration. Lubrication is via a double oil pump dry sump and the stainless steel exhaust system incorporates a closed loop catalytic converter and oxygen sensor.

      Power is transferred via a directly integrated CVT transmission with an automatic centrifugal clutch and a maintenance-free secondary chain drive running in an oil bath.

      Responsive suspension and exceptional riding stability.

      One objective in the development of the C600Sport and C650GT was to combine directional stability at highway speeds with agile handling in city traffic and vivid feedback to the rider – just like a motorcycle.

      The design of the C600Sport and C650GT suspension features a torsionally rigid hybrid interconnection of a tubular steel bridge frame and a diecast aluminum unit at the swingarm bearing with the engine functioning as a load-bearing member.

      At the front, an upside down fork presents a generous fixed fork diameter of 40 mm. The rear employs a reclining spring strut on the left side. Spring travels are an identical 115 mm.

      Both the C600Sport and C650GT roll on a 3.5 x 15“ five spoke diecast light alloy wheel fitted with a 120/70-15 tire. The 4.5 x 15“ rear wheel is fitted with a 160/60-15 tire.

      Powerful braking system with standard ABS.

      The new C600Sport and C650GT are fitted with duel 270mm disc brakes with double-piston floating calipers at the front and a single 270mm disc with double-piston caliper at the rear. BMW Motorrad dual-channel ABS is standard equipment on both models.

      A separate rear caliper parking brake is automatically engaged on deployment of the side stand, ensuring stability when stationary.

      Multifunctional instrument cluster.

      The instrument cluster of the C600Sport and C650GT presents a large, easily readable LCD display with integrated tachometer and analogue speedometer. In addition to the standard complement of fuel level guage, clock, and grip-heater level indicator, an on-board computer, standard on both models, also includes functions for monitoring exterior temperature, fuel consumption, oil level, average speed, date, and (optional) tire pressure control.

      Unique Character for each model.

      Distinguishing elements of the C600 Sport and C650GT are:

      The C600Sport employs a more dynamic seat position with flatter handlebars, sporty seat design for both one and two persons, and sporty footrests for the passenger; seat height 810 mm.
      The C650GT seat position emphasizes comfort with higher handlebars, more comfortable and larger seat with adjustable backrest for the rider, and foot boards for the passenger as well; seat height 780 mm.

      C600Sport - manually adjustable to three positions.
      C650GT – electrically adjustable over 10 cm for even greater comfort and protection from wind and weather.

      Body and design
      - C600Sport – sporty and spartan panels. The lean rear flanks with dynamic upswing and emphatic body edges emphasize lightness and dynamics.
      - C650GT - generously sized panel parts for outstanding comfort and protection against wind and weather.

      Headlights, turn indicators, rear light- C600Sport - front turn indicators integrated in the panelling, twin circular headlights with two side lights on the left and right, LED rear light cluster with single turn indicators
      - C650GT - front turn indicators integrated in the mirrors, twin circular headlights with side lights between them presenting a vertical light strip of three elements, LED rear light cluster with integrated turn indicators.

      Stowage space- C600Sport - with world premiere FlexCase/variable stowage space concept in the tail under the seat. Despite its sporty, spartan tail section, two helmets can be easily stowed in the parked vehicle.
      - C650GT - large stowage space of about 60 litres in the rear, also accomodating two helmets.

      The luggage compartments share LED lighting and can also be equipped with an auxilliary power socket (accessory).

      - C600Sport
      Cosmic blue metallic matt
      Titan silver metallic
      Sapphire black metallic

      - C650GT
      Sapphire black metallic
      Platinum bronze metallic
      Vermilion red metallic

      Factory Options
      Both the C600Sport and C650GT will be available with the following factory options: 
      - BMW Anti-theft Alarm
      Highline Package, including:
      - Heated Grips
      - Heated Seat
      - Tire Pressure Monitor

      Accessories - A full range of accessories will also be available from market launch, including:
      - Large Volume waterproof Top Case (35L) in all body colours
      - Central Tunnel Bag (12L)
      - BMW Motorrad Navigator IV navigation system w/integrated mount
      - BMW Motorrad Communication System
      - USB charging unit
      - Drop-protection pads
      - Scooter lock
      - Akrapovic Sports Silencer
      - Chrome features (passenger footrests and footplate inserts
      - Additional power socket for luggage compartment

      Pricing for the new BMW Maxi-Scooters will be announced in spring of 2012. The C600Sport and C650GT will reach BMW Motorrad dealers in fall of 2012 as 2013 models.

      G650GS Sertão

      Echoing the iconic previous-generation F650GS Dakar, the new 2012 BMW G650GS Sertão extends the G650GS Enduro family, offering greater off-road practicality, with equipment and design graphics reflecting its more rugged orientation.

      Incorporating all of the upgraded features of the “refreshed” G650GS introduced in 2011, the new 2012 G650GS Sertão adds:

      - Long spring travels (210 mm front/rear)
      - Wire spoke wheels w/light alloy rims – 21” front/17” rear
      - High Windscreen
      - Hand protectors
      - Extended front mud guard
      - Standard seat height of 860 mm (Optional High Seat – 900 mm)
      - Aluminum engine skid plate
      - Black Luggage
      - An exlusive Aura White w/Arroyo Blue colour comination with Sertão tank and rear panel graphics and high-contrast black/grey seat.

      The new G650GS Sertão debuts with an MSRP of $9,750.

      Available Factory options include ABS Brakes ($525 – includes Hazard Warning Flashers), Anti-Theft Alarm System ($270) and auxilliary electrical socket ($30).


      Scarcely two years afer the S1000RR set a new benchmark in the one-litre supersports category, the S1000RR enters its next stage of evolution in 2012, with a multitude of refinements that enhance its already spectacular power delivery, handling dynamics and visual impact.

      The multitude of technical changes to the RR**, too numerous to catalogue in detail here, can be summarized as:

      Power Delivery enhancements- Optimized torque curve for improved ridability
      - Expansion from two to three performance curves - one each for Rain and Sport modes and an additional one for Race and Slick modes); Rain Mode now 163 hp.
      - Reconfigured throttle for enhanced response (particularly gentle and sensitive acceleration in Rain Mode, and immediately direct and spontaneous response in Sport, Race and Slick modes.
      - Reduced throttle twisting force and tighter twistgrip angle.
      - Smaller secondary ratio for increased acceleration.

      Handling/Suspension enhancements- Refined tuning between Race ABS and DTC.
      - Revised spring elements for a wider range of damping forces.
      - New mechanical steering damper adjustable over ten levels.
      - Modified steering geometry – steering head angle, offset, swing arm pivot position, fork projection and spring strut length.

      Cockpit/Instrument enhancements- New instrument display with more readable tachometer.
      - New functions: “Best lap in Progress” and “Speed-warning”
      - Available heated grips.

      Design and visual enhancements- Revised design with leaner tail section, redesigned side-panels, center airbox cover with side aperture grilles, and new air deflector « winglets » which improve aerodynamics and dissipate air pressure on riders’ hands and arms.
      - Two dramatic new colour combinations complement the new dynamic elements: 
      -- Racing Red non-metallic with Alpine White non-metallic
      -- Blue Fire non-metallic
      - (still available are Sapphire Black Metallic and the Motorsport combination of Alpine White/Lupin Blue and Magma Red).
      - Revised tank graphics with new emphasis on RR logo.

      **Note: for additional detailed information on the myriad enhancements to the new RR, please consult the international S1000RR press release attachment found with this release on BMW Press Club.

      With an MSRP of $17,750, virtually unchanged (+$100) over 2011, the new BMW S1000RR restates its value and reinforces its position as the benchmark supersports bike for 2012.

      F800R gets dramatic makeover for 2012

      Since its market launch in May 2009, the BMW F800R has provided impressive agility, performance and light-footed handling combined with excellent fuel consumption. For 2012, the compact BMW Motorrad sport roadster gets a significant visual makeover.

      Continuing with its proven and popular 798cc/87 hp DOHC parallel twin, the emphasis on dynamic design changes make for a significant transition into 2012, highlighted by:

      - New front side trim panels in body colour
      - Front fender/mudguards in body colour
      - Rear strut spring finished in red
      - Sport windshield in body colour – now standard
      - White indicators –now standard
      - Striking new colour combinations:
      -- Alpine White with Black Satin gloss
      -- Magma Red with White Aluminum metallic matt
      -- Mineral Silver metallic

      The MSRP of the 2012 F800R is virtually unchanged (+$50) at $10,150.

      A myriad of colour and detail changes for several 2012 models – one model discontinued.

      Keeping several BMW Motorrad models fresh for 2012, dramatic new colours and colour combinations find their way into the lineup, also with individual detail changes as follows:

      - G650GS No technical changes. MSRP unchanged at $8,800.
      - F650GS No technical changes. MSRP unchanged at $9,850.

      New “Special Model” ($325), includes new colour combination of:

      - Body in Sun Yellow with Black satin gloss.
      - Frame in Granite Grey metallic matt.
      - Swing-arm in Nürburg Silver metallic/black fork tubes.

      Also includes:

      - Front fender/mudguard and High windscreen from F800GS.


      - No technical changes. MSRP unchanged at $12,750.
      - Two new limited-production “Special Model” packages:
      Triple Black model ($195), includes new colour combination of:
      - Body in Deep Black
      - Frame in Granite Grey metallic matt.
      - Swing-arm Nürburg Silver metallic/black fork tubes.
      - Seat in Black/Rally Grey.

      Trophy Special model ($460), includes new colour combination of:
      - Body in Desert Blue/Alpine White
      - Side covers and all other painted body parts in Alpine White non-metallic.
      Also includes:
      - Aluminum skid plate/engine protector.
      - Hand protection guards (large with built-in spoiler).

      F800ST No technical changes. MSRP unchanged at $12,550.

      New Colour:

      - Lupin Blue Metallic w/Sapphire Black and Metallic Grey ($500).
      - (Light Grey metallic discontinued)
      - Also: Touring Package ($1,000) now includes ABS.

      R1200R No technical or colour changes/carryover. MSRP unchanged at $15,100.

      R1200GS No technical changes. MSRP virtually unchanged (+$50) at $17,900.

      New R1200GS Rally model ($1,700),includes new colour combination of:

      - Body in Alpine White.
      - Rear frame in Red.
      - Swing-arm in Granite Grey metallic/black fork tubes/black engine.

      Also includes:

      - Cross-spoke wheels.
      - White Hand Protectors.
      - Chrome Exhaust.
      - Enduro ESA.
      - OBC.
      - Luggage brackets.

      R1200GS No technical changes. MSRP unchanged at $20,600.

      Adventure New Triple Black model ($600)includes new colour combination of:

      - Body and all painted body parts in Sapphire Black Metallic.
      - Swing-arm and frame in Asphalt Grey metallic/black fork tubes/black engine.
      - Silver aluminum knee panel.
      - Seat in black and Rally Grey

      R1200RT No technical changes. MSRP virtually unchanged (+$100) at $20,550.

      New Colours:
      - Midnight Blue Metallic
      - Light Magnesim Metallic w/Magnesium beige metallic ($750 option)
      - Fluid Grey Metallic
      - (Polar Metallic, Thunder Grey Metallic, Ostra Grey discontinued)

      K1300R No technical changes. MSRP unchanged at $16,850.

      New Special model ($1,300) includes colour combination:

      - Ostra Grey Met w/Sapphire Blk Metallic.
      - Design tape in Ostra Grey/Sun Yellow.

      Also includes:

      - Carbon Engine Spoiler
      - (Acid Green Metallic paint discontinued)

      K1300S No technical changes. MSRP unchanged at $16,990.

      New Colour:

      -Titan Silver Metallic w/Sapphire Blk Metallic
      -Still available in Magma Red w/Sapphire Blk Metallic
      - (Light Grey Metallic w/Lupin and Alpine White w/Sapphire discontinued)

      New Special model – K1300S with HP Package ($5,000), includes new colour combination of:

      -Alpine White w/Night Blk + design tape.

      HP Package also includes:

      - ESA II.
      - Gear Shift Assistant.
      - ASC, TPC, OBC.
      - Tinted W/shield.
      - HP foot pegs front & rear.
      - Akrapovic sport silencer,
      - Paddock stand.
      -HP Carbon parts: front fender, air box cover, clutch cover, pillion seat cover.

      K1300GT Discontinued.

      K1600GT No technical changes. No colour changes. MSRP virtually unchanged (+$100) at $24,200.

      K1600GTL No technical changes. No colour changes. MSRP $29,500 (+$250).

      With the exception of the new BMW Maxi-Scooters, all 2012 BMW motorcycles will be on sale in spring of 2012.


      BMW Christmas Postcard

      Can't remember if it was last year that BMW started this electronic greeting card thing for Christmas.  It's been a year or two that they've been doing this.  This year it's a bunch of BMW motorcycles and you can type out a message that scrolls across the screen or stick with the default message.

      Gimmicky but it might appeal to some folks looking to send a e-greeting to motorcycle enthusiasts.

      Here's the LINK.


      BMW Motorrad Canada - THE 2011-2012 CANADIAN MOTORCYCLE SHOW TOUR

      BMW Motorrad Canada will be attending the MMIC Motorcycle shows this coming season. Come check out the 2012 line-up, including the all-new Maxi-Scooters – the C600 Sport and the C650GT and our newest Enduro bike the G650GS Sertão.

      2011-2012 Motorcycle show schedule:
      - Toronto December 9 - 11, 2011
      - Calgary January 6 - 8, 2012
      - Edmonton January 13 - 15, 2012
      - Vancouver January 19 - 22, 2012
      - Quebec City February 3 - 5, 2012
      - Moncton February 10 - 12, 2012
      - Montreal February 24 - 26, 2012

      As an added bonus they're going to have a ballot box at the events that you can for a chance to win a 2013 BMW C650GT Maxi-Scooter.

      Contest ballots will be available at MMIC motorcycle shows, BMW Motorrad Canada retailer demo ride days and other BMW Motorrad Canada events across Canada.

      MSRP $11,900*

      *Freight, PDI, taxes, admin. fees, licencing, maintenance and fuel costs not included in prize. Price subject to change without notice.


      BMW Motorrad global sales are up

      In the year to the end of November, BMW Motorrad delivered 100,054 motorcycles (prev. yr. 94,283) worldwide – an increase of 6.1% and already 2,007 more than the total sales for 2010. BMW Motorrad delivered 6,112 motorcycles last month (prev. yr. 5,883 / +3.9%).

      With the expected December sales, BMW Motorcycle will reach its target for this year. With sales of over 103,000 motorcycles, the white and blue motorcycle brand will deliver more vehicles than ever before in its nearly 90-year-old history.

      Husqvarna Motorcycles delivered 7,956 motorcycles in the first eleven months of 2011 (prev. yr. 10,266 / -22.5%). November accounted for 1,181 deliveries (prev. yr. 1,650 / -28.4%).


      Öhlins Launches World’s First Aftermarket Mechatronic Suspension to USA Market

      Öhlins Racing AB has the world’s first aftermarket electronic suspension system (ESA), designed to replace the electronically adjustable suspension on the BMW R 1200 GS ESA. With its Öhlins TTX shocks and Öhlins ESA ECU, it’s the most advanced mechatronic suspension system available, from its dynamic mechanics to its autonomic electronics.

      Öhlins’ mechatronic suspension system will be revealed to the USA market at the Long Beach, California IMS show this weekend, December 9-11. It will be on display at the Öhlins USA booth, number 1560, mounted and functioning on a 2011 BMW R 1200 GS ESA. Also on display will be new product for sportbikes, MX bikes, and American V-Twins from Milwaukee.

      At the forefront in the development of electronically adjustable suspension, this latest mechatronic suspension system was developed out of Öhlins extensive experience with creating one of the World’s first production electronic suspension systems, found on the Ducati Multistrada. Equally, it evolved from Öhlins’ historic win in World Superbike with a Yamaha YZF-R1 fitted with electronic suspension in 2007, piloted by Noriyuki Haga. Öhlins’ performance reputation complements BMW’s heritage of quality, giving riders an appropriate upgrade for their touring needs.

      The mechatronic system from Öhlins interacts directly with the R 1200 GS ESA’s primary ECU, plugging directly into the existing user interface. The kit includes front and rear TTX shocks, a wiring harness, and a dedicated ESA ECU, utilizing the OEM display and rider controls for adjustment. As evidence of its smart-as-heck intelligence, the Öhlins mechatronic system features a semi-active function, automatically adjusting the suspension damping in relationship to the motorcycle’s speed. With the latest technology of twin-tube TTX shocks mated to a brilliant ECU, the mechatronic system from Öhlins provides a double upgrade: an athlete-grade suspension mated to head-of-the-class electronics.

      Using the BMW controls on the handlebars, the Öhlins system allows the rider to choose between BMW’s multiple driving modes and damping levels, along with various spring pre-load settings on the rear shock. But that’s not all. In ‘Comfort’ mode, the Öhlins ECU monitors the bike’s speed, and when it exceeds 80kph (49mph) the suspension’s damping is automatically altered to the firmer ‘Normal’ setting. When the speed exceeds 120kph (74mph), the damping is further increased to ‘Sport’ mode, for a more sporting controllability. When the speeds decrease, the damping reverts back to its original settings through the intermediate ‘Normal’ mode. This feature makes Öhlins’ ESA replacement system the World’s first autonomic aftermarket suspension system.

      The Öhlins mechatronic suspension system also allows riders to customize the spring rate on their R 1200 GS ESA through fitment of new springs as well as have their shocks fully serviced and maintained by one of the many specialist Öhlins Centers across the USA. The Öhlins BMW R1200GS ESA replacement system is now available, at the incredibly low MSRP of $3,279.00.

      Öhlins USA distributes and services the world’s leading performance suspension for automobiles, motorcycles, ATVs, and snowmobiles. Öhlins develops its proprietary and innovative suspension components at the highest levels of racing from open-wheel car racing, to Moto GP, to off-road competition on two and four wheels. Öhlins USA also provides training for service centers and dealers.


      BMW Motorrad sales up in November/November Year-Year

      BMW Motorrad Canada reported November sales of 43 units, an increase of 4.9 per cent compared to November, 2010. The year-to-date figure for the brand is 1,622 units, a decrease of 14.9 per cent compared to the same period last year.


      Motorcycle related DVD's on sale at LongTail

      LongTail distribution is having a sale on some motorcycle themed DVD's that most definitely have a Canadian focus. Just in time for Christmas!

      Motorcycle Experience (Two Disc Set)

      12 episodes on two discs. Share the passion of motorcycling with host Dave Hatch. See road tests of the latest models and interviews with celebrities. Each episode includes great touring suggestions that will rev-up every motorcycle enthusiast. $24.95 (Over 35% Off) LINK

      Ultimate Superbike Two Disc Set

      Follow the radX/BMW Motorrad Superbike team with riders Francis Martin and Mike Ferreira through a roller coaster season of Canadian road racing with the unproven S1000RR Superbike, BMW’s new ultra-sport, 190 horsepower speed machine. $24.95 (Over 35% Off) LINK

      For more information and to order a copy for yourself or a friend click the link to the LongTail  site HERE.


      BMW Motorrad sales up, Husqvarna down

      BMW Motorrad worldwide sales are up while Husqvarna sales are soft.

      In the year to the end of October 2011, BMW Motorrad delivered 93,942 motorcycles (prev. yr. 88,353) to customers worldwide – an increase of 6.3% and a new all-time high for the first ten months. BMW Motorrad continued its growth course in October, with a total of 7,050 motorcycles sold (prev. yr. 6,845/+3.0%). Thanks to its positive sales performance in a persistently difficult overall market, BMW Motorrad has continued to expand its global market share of the relevant segment above 500cc. 

      Husqvarna Motorcycles delivered 6,775 motorcycles in the first ten months of 2011 (prev. yr. 8,616/-24.4%). October accounted for 695 deliveries (prev. yr. 1,356/-48.7%).


      BMW scooters - to be seen in Canada?

      Urban Mobility – our future is on two wheels.

      The city is the epitome of our times - both fascinating and challenging. At the pulsating centers of megacities, parking spaces are becoming increasingly rare, roads are becoming more crowded and it is taking longer to get from A to B. The shortage of resources calls for a new approach.

      We are proud to present two brand new scooters, the C 600 Sport and the C 650 GT, offering affordable technology and intelligent details which make everyday life easier. Ride our new Maxi-Scooters to any destination in the city, or explore the worlds beyond, whether alone or with a passenger, with or without luggage. Introducing the new urban mobility solutions from BMW Motorrad.

      C 600 Sport

      The city is waiting for you and for the first ever BMW Motorrad Maxi-Scooter. The new C 600 Sport is perfect for anyone who is looking for an intelligent mobility solution combined with BMW Motorrad riding experience.

      The C 600 Sport offers excellent handling and performance. The striking design in characteristic BMW style, is a definite attention grabber. This is certainly the way to handle urban mobility. A world full of possibilities, adventures and challenges.

      C 650 GT

      Conquer the city, or get away from it all, with the new BMW C 650 GT Maxi-Scooter, you can put your plans into practice in high style. The C 650 GT's powerful 60 hp engine will handle long distances with ease. C 650 GT is also a great handling scooter that offers exceptional comfort too. This C 650 GT touring scooter will give you a whole new sense of freedom and independence.

      The C 650 GT offers the biggest storage volume in its class along with superior wind and weather protection.


      BMW Motorrad Canada Sales for October

      Compared to the same month last year the guys at BMW are up a little.  Compared to the same 12 month period last year - they're down pretty significantly.

      I'd hazard a guess that sales figures are going to spike up again a little when BMW Motorrad come out with the liquid cooled GS 12000.

      Full details:

      BMW Motorrad Canada reported October sales of 105 units, an increase of 1.0 per cent compared to October, 2010.  The year-to-date figure for the brand is 1,579 units, a decrease of 15.3 per cent compared to the same period last year.


      BMW Motorrad and Husqvarna Motorcycles at EICMA 2011

      For the first time, the two motorcycle brands of the BMW Group will be appearing under one roof at this year's EICMA 69th Salone Internationale del Motociclo, 10th – 13th November. Models of both brands will have their world premieres in Hall 14 of the Milan trade fair centre.

      In addition to numerous new motorcycles, BMW Motorrad will be presenting the first BMW maxi scooters.

      In addition to the serial production versions of the 2-cylinder road bikes NUDA 900 and NUDA 900R, Husqvarna Motorcycles has a big surprise in store.


      BMW Motorrad sales up (global numbers)

      BMW Motorrad continued its growth path and with sales of 8,612 motorcycles (prev. yr. 8,066 / +6.8%) also reported a record September in worldwide sales. From January to September sales increased by 6.6% to 86,892 motorcycles (prev. yr. 81,508). BMW Motorrad clearly performed well in the challenging market environment for > 500 cm3. For the whole year, BMW Motorrad is aiming for a new sales record.

      Husqvarna Motorcycles delivered 6,080 motorcycles in the first nine months of 2011 (prev. yr. 7,260 /-16.3%). September accounted for 1,351 deliveries (prev. yr. 1,282 /+5.4%).


      BMW G 650 GS Sertão on its way - what's old is new

      BMW have announced a new variation of the BMW 650 single will be coming.  Looks like a redo of the "Dakar" model and it promises to offer improved off-road abilities over the G650GS.  Sertao is apparently Portuguese for “backwoods,” or “bush."

      If the name didn't cue you to its intentions - the spoked wheels, long travel suspension, higher seat height are all indicators that off-road capability was a more serious consideration with this model.

      Here's the full details from BMW:

      BMW G650GS Sertão – the sporty BMW single cylinder enduro for offroad and everyday.

      With its new BMW G 650 GS Sertão, BMW Motorrad has added a new, sporting chapter to the history of single cylinders in the BMW GS family. Whereas the G 650 GS thrilled riders with its lean, wiry offroad stature, the G 650 GS Sertão promises even more sporting characteristics, even greater offroad capabilities, and an even stronger desire for adventure. And all of this without any sacrifice to the established virtues of a BMW single cylinder endure such as everyday practicality, appealing price-performance ratio, and playful riding properties.

      Chassis for greater offroad practicality, optimised touring properties, and dynamic design.

      On the technical side, the new G 650 GS Sertão uses the established liquid cooled, high-torque single cylinder engine of the G 650 GS with two overhead camshafts, fuel injection, and double ignition. Its 652 cc displacement delivers 35 kW (48 hp) at 6500 rpm and a max torque of 60 Nm at 5000 rpm. Options include output reduction to 25 kW (34 hp) at 6500 rpm and 47 Nm torque at 4500 rpm.

      Whereas the G 650 GS chassis was developed primarily for country roads and light offroad use, the Sertão presents far greater offroad practicality in the form of longer spring travels and tighter tuning. In addition, it is fitted with wire spoke wheels.

      The essential features of the new BMW G 650 GS Sertão at a glance:

      · High-torque and low-consumption single cylinder engine with 652 cc displacement. Max torque of 60 Nm at 5000 rpm and max output of 35 kW (48 hp) at 6500 rpm. Output reduction to 25 kW (34 hp) available.
      · Offroad chassis concept with long spring travel (front/rear 210 mm).
      · Wire spoke wheels with light alloy rims. Wheel sizes 21“ front and 17“ rear.
      · Dynamic colour concept in Aura White / Arroyo Blue with Sertão lettering and seat in black/grey.
      · Luggage carrier in black.
      · Extended top front wheel cover.
      · Two seat heights: 860 mm (standard) and 900 mm (special accessory).
      · High windscreen.
      · Hand protectors.
      · Engine guard of aluminium.
      · Disengageable BMW Motorrad ABS (option ex works).
      · Extensive range of special accessories

      No word yet on Canadian pricing or even if it's coming here for sure.  Expect it to fetch a premium over the current G650 GS price of $8,800 if it does.


      BMW Motorrad sales down for September

      Sales are a bit slow at BMW Motorrad Canada.

      BMW Motorrad Canada reported September sales of 120 units, a decrease of 14.9 per cent compared to September, 2010.

      The year-to-date figure for the brand is 1,474 units, a decrease of 16.3 per cent compared to the same period last year.


      Canadian Superbike champion to ride Superstock 1000 FIM Cup

      The newly crowned 2011 Canadian Superbike Champion, Brett McCormick, has been given the chance to compete in the final two rounds of the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup series riding for the Garnier Alpha Racing Team aboard a BMW S1000RR. The 10 round championship series competes at all the European rounds of the FIM World Superbike Championship which most closely resembles the type of machinery and rules to the CSBK Series that McCormick is most familiar with. The final two rounds will be held at Magny-Cours in France on October 2nd and then the finale will be at the very popular Portimao round in Portugal October 16th.

      This outstanding opportunity for McCormick is a direct result of the close partnership between BMW Motorrad Canada and BMW Motorrad Motorsports division in Germany. Together with their racing partner, Alpha Racing, McCormick had been on their radar this year as an up-and-coming talent to watch in the global BMW Motorrad racing family. Based on the dominating performance McCormick compiled in the 2011 Canadian Superbike Championship, this opportunity quickly became a reality once the first Superbike Championship for BMW in Canada was secured at round six August 20th at Mosport International Raceway.

      Last December when the announcement was first made of McCormick returning to Canada to join the radX/BMW Motorrad Canada Superbike Team, one of the biggest reasons to sign with BMW was because of the global reach this brand has at promoting the career of a young superbike phenom. Another reason was the solid team that was compiled in Canada to support the riders that included long time superbike technician, Patrice Goyette. As part of this opportunity, McCormick will be bringing Goyette as his crew chief for the two races in Europe. The “dynamic duo” formed a solid relationship this season in Canada that will only make this opportunity for McCormick that much easier.

      Goyette has two years of experience working with the BMW S1000RR on the radX Team so this knowledge will be a valuable asset in preparing the bike for McCormick to ride in this highly competitive series.

      Norm Wells, Director of BMW Motorrad Canada explained: “when Brett signed with our radX/BMW Motorrad Canada Superbike Team, we had planned at that moment that we would do everything possible from our side to get him an opportunity to showcase his talent on the world stage. We we’re confident that we could make this happen if Brett won the Canadian Superbike Championship this year.” Wells continued to say “we are proud to be the brand that has given Brett this wonderful opportunity and wish him success in Europe.”

      During the 2011 Canadian Superbike Championship, some of the dominating performances that McCormick achieved on route to claiming his first superbike crown that made other teams around the world take notice of him were:

      - Six straight victories to claim the 2011 CSBK Championship
      - Round #1 – Circuit Icar – Pole position, Led every lap, Track record, Margin of victory +10 seconds
      - Round #2 – Shannonville Motorsport Park – Pole position, Led every lap, Margin of victory +20 seconds
      - Round #5 – Atlantic Motorsport Park – After a big practice crash forces McCormick to use back-up bike, led every lap and wins 5th straight race
      - Round #6 – Mosport International Raceway – Pole position, Track record, Passes former champ Jordan Szoke on last lap in final corner to win the race and claim the 2011 CSBK Championship

      An enthusiastic McCormick said: "Of course, I'm super pumped with this great opportunity! After such an awesome year at home on the BMW S1000RR, it'll be great to hopefully show what we can do at the world level. It's been my dream to race in the world championships, and I have to thank Norm Wells and everyone at BMW for this opportunity”.


      Voni Glaves and Ardys Kellerman - one million miles on BMW motorcycles

      Voni Glaves and Ardys Kellerman are a couple of long distance riders who also happen to be fond of BMW motorcycles. As they both neared their 1 million mile mark they made plans to get together to reach the milestone together on U.S. Highway 550, the "Million Dollar Highway."

      They're the first two women in North America to document riding one million miles on BMW motorcycles.

      They reached this milestone at Red Mountain Overlook between Ouray and Silverton, Colorado the morning of August 30, 2011. Dealership documentation of their achievements has been sent to BMW Motorrad U.S.A. and to the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America.

      Who are these ladies you may ask? Well - Glaves, 64, is a retired teacher who resides in the Texas Big Bend just north of Big Bend National Park. Kellerman, 79, is a retired electronics technician living in Lexington, Texas.

      Kellerman purchased her first BMW in 1985. Glaves first BMW was her Mother's Day present in 1977.

      Kellerman has owned 16 BMWs including a 1999 R1100RT with 170,000 miles while Glaves racked up her million miles on 15 different BMWs over the years with her highest mileage on a single motorcycle was 357,658 miles on a 1993 R1100RS, which she still owns!

      So the next tiem one of your buddies is complaining about his sore wrists or butt tell him to suck it up!