BMW – Motorcycle.com News https://blog.motorcycle.com Latest Motorcycle News, Photos, Videos and Announcements Tue, 13 Nov 2018 22:02:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 <![CDATA[Tom Sykes and BMW Return to World Superbike]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/10/22/manufacturers/bmw/tom-sykes-bmw-return-world-superbike/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/10/22/manufacturers/bmw/tom-sykes-bmw-return-world-superbike/#respond Mon, 22 Oct 2018 16:25:14 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=78723 Tom Sykes and BMW Return to World Superbike
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England’s Motorcycle News reports this morning that the 2013 World Superbike champ, who’s splitting with the Kawasaki camp after this season, will be riding a new, factory-backed BMW S1000RR in 2019. Shaun Muir Racing, out of the UK, will be abandoning Aprilia for a heavily revised new BMW, which MCN describes as more revolutionary than evolutionary. A shake-up at BMW corporate HQ seems to have resulted in a new interest in racing. Along with Ducati’s big push with its new V4 next season and possibly even some Honda involvement, maybe Jonathan Rea and Kawasaki won’t have it so easy again next year?

Full details here.

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<![CDATA[Nate Kern Double R Fest 2018 Coming To VIRginia International Raceway]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/08/16/riding-schools/nate-kern-double-r-fest-2018-coming-virginia-international-raceway/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/08/16/riding-schools/nate-kern-double-r-fest-2018-coming-virginia-international-raceway/#respond Thu, 16 Aug 2018 16:05:00 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=77469 Nate Kern Double R Fest 2018 Coming To VIRginia International Raceway
Learn from Nate Kern how you can ride smarter and faster at the Nate Kern Double R Fest at VIRginia International Raceway September 15-16. Begin Release: Riders of all brands of motorcycles are invited to experience speed and safety through BMW technology and engineering – on two wheels and four – at the Nate Kern […] more]]>
Learn from Nate Kern how you can ride smarter and faster at the Nate Kern Double R Fest at VIRginia International Raceway September 15-16.

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Riders of all brands of motorcycles are invited to experience speed and safety through BMW technology and engineering – on two wheels and four – at the Nate Kern Double R Fest, September 15-16, at VIRginia International Raceway. Experts and novices alike will have an opportunity to hone their skills – using their own bikes – on the South Course racetrack under the professional guidance of BMW Motorrad Motorsports advisor and factory road racer Nate Kern. BMW Motorrad apparel and lifestyle items will be available for purchase, courtesy of BMW Motorcycles of Roanoke Valley.

Nate Kern Double R Fest

“The Double R Fest, now in its seventh year, began as a way to bring together the community of BMW S1000RR owners in a spirited atmosphere of camaraderie, product education, and rider training,” commented Kern, a former CCS national champion and current leader in the Battle of the Twins Class Championship on a BMW R nineT. “Since then, its grown into a unique multi-layered track experience.”

Participants at this year’s event – sponsored by Pirelli motorcycle tires – will not only have an opportunity to recalibrate their racing skills with Nate, they will also be able to take hot laps with professional drivers in BMW M cars, courtesy of BMW’s Performance Center. BMW S1000RR data acquisition experts will also be on hand to help program bikes.

“If you’ve ever wanted to test the capabilities of the BMW S1000RR in its natural environment or experience BMW four-wheel performance at its best, here’s your chance,” commented Kern.

Attendance will be limited to 60 riders per day, and participants will experience up to two full days of on-track riding within three skill-level groups. A catered lunch will be included on both days as well as a group dinner for all attendees on Saturday night. A limited number of rooms are available at VIRginia International Raceway. Call 434-822-7700 ext. 101 for The Lodge and ask for rooms booked under Nate Kern’s DoubleRFest. For registration and information, visit: www.natekerntrackexperience.configio.com. For directions and information about VIRginia International Raceway, visit http://virnow.com/.

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<![CDATA[BMW S1000RR Sets New 242mph Peak Speed Record as Worlds Fastest BMW]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/07/27/manufacturers/bmw/bmw-s1000rr-sets-new-242mph-peak-speed-record-worlds-fastest-bmw/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/07/27/manufacturers/bmw/bmw-s1000rr-sets-new-242mph-peak-speed-record-worlds-fastest-bmw/#respond Sat, 28 Jul 2018 00:24:04 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=77219 BMW S1000RR Sets New 242mph Peak Speed Record as World’s Fastest BMW
That’s pretty dang fast. The full story is below. Do we have any readers in the 200 mph club? Begin Release: Uyuni, Bolivia July 18, 2018 —  TOP 1 Oil and Hunter Sills Racing add another world record on their BMW S1000 RR at the Cook Top of the World Shootout and set a new […] more]]>
That’s pretty dang fast. The full story is below. Do we have any readers in the 200 mph club?

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Uyuni, Bolivia July 18, 2018 —  TOP 1 Oil and Hunter Sills Racing add another world record on their BMW S1000 RR at the Cook Top of the World Shootout and set a new peak speed of 242mph / 389kph for the World’s Fastest BMW Motorcycle.

Hunter Sills Racing (HSR) bests its own prior record, setting a new FIM world record of 229.266 mph (pending FIM ratification) in the 1000cc naturally aspirated 4-cylinder partially streamlined class.  Rider Erin Sills added eight miles per hour to her late husband Andy Sills’ prior record of 221 mph set on the Bonneville Salt Flats in 2013.  HSR rider Trev Richter also successfully earned his 200mph race license aboard the S1000 RR.

World's Fastest BMW

The team overcame multiple challenges along the way.  Shipping containers carrying critical equipment from the U.S. to Uyuni, Bolivia were significantly delayed, causing the race event to be truncated from the original six days to only two and a half. The first day of testing for HSR was promising, only to be followed by a major electronic failure impacting the nitrous system and a blown motor on day two of the event.  In freezing cold temperatures and harsh winds, motor builder Shane Kinderis of Alpine Performance Centre and race mechanic Curtice Thom of the HSR crew swapped the blown motor for a spare, and the team was up-and-running the morning of the final day. Sills qualified on her first pass of the day, setting a new high for top speed aboard the World’s Fastest BMW Motorcycle of 242mph (up from Andy’s prior 236mph), but electrical issues caused her back-up attempt to fail to secure the record.  Finally, in the last hour of the meet she was able to qualify at 229mph and back it up again at 229mph, setting a new World Record for the team.  This is the 37th World or National record set by the HSR crew who’ve been landspeed racing since 2005.   The team will next race the Bonneville Salt Flats this Fall with the generous support of race sponsors: TOP 1 Oil, Sena Communications, San Diego BMW Motorcycles, Sprint Filters, Ohlins USA, Remus Exhaust, Helite Airbags, AirTech Streamlining, Moto-Skiveez, Moto Chic, Pit-Bull Motorcycle Stands, Racer Gloves USA, Worldwide Bearings and Wunderlich.

World's Fastest BMW

World's Fastest BMW
About Hunter Sills Racing (HSR) 

Erin Sills and team continue Hunter Sills Racing, and their tradition of excellence in honor of Erin’s late husband and racing partner, Andy Sills. Having raced since 2005, the team has earned over 37 world and national records for top speed, and are members of the SCTA Bonneville 200mph Club, the SCTA El Mirage 200mph Club, the BUB 201mph Club, and the Mojave Mile 200mph Club.  Follow Hunter Sills Racing online at www.huntersillsracing.com or on facebook.com/huntersillsracing

About San Diego BMW Motorcycles

San Diego BMW Motorcycles is San Diego’s premier motorcycle dealer and one of the largest volume BMW dealerships in the U.S. — enthusiasts serving enthusiasts in the sport of motorcycle racing. For more information, go to: www.sdbmwmc.com, San Diego BMW Motorcycles on  Facebook, or call (858) 560-2453.

About Alpine Performance Centre

Alpine Performance Centre, based in rural Victoria Australia are one of the country’s leading performance motorcycle and car builders. Led by Shane Kinderis, APC are specialists in electronic systems, software and performance engine building.  They are highly regarded as Australia’s experts in BMW S1000rr development and tuning,  having built and raced S1000rr’s since 2010.

Photo Credit: MKinderis Photography

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<![CDATA[BMW Rolls Into Sturgis Buffalo Chip With Full Lineup Of Demo Bikes]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/07/24/events/bmw-rolls-sturgis-buffalo-chip-full-lineup-demo-bikes/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/07/24/events/bmw-rolls-sturgis-buffalo-chip-full-lineup-demo-bikes/#respond Tue, 24 Jul 2018 19:10:12 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=77132 BMW Rolls Into Sturgis Buffalo Chip With Full Lineup Of Demo Bikes
Sturgis is definitely more of an American-made bike rally, but if you’ve ever had the itch to see how a BMW rides and handles, BMW will have free demo rides there all week long. BMW: WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ – July 23, 2018 – BMW will offer free demo rides on its full lineup of Touring, […] more]]>
Sturgis is definitely more of an American-made bike rally, but if you’ve ever had the itch to see how a BMW rides and handles, BMW will have free demo rides there all week long.

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WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ – July 23, 2018 – BMW will offer free demo rides on its full lineup of Touring, Heritage, Adventure, Roadster, and Sportbike models – including the new K 1600 Grand America, the six-cylinder K 1600 B Bagger, and the new single-cylinder G 310 GS enduro.  Demos available August 4-11 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily (Sign-ups begin at 8:00 a.m.)

Date: Saturday, August 4 – Saturday, August 11, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily
Location: CrossRoads at Buffalo Chip
20622 Fort Meade Way
Buffalo Chip, SD 57785
Phone: (605) 347-9000

The local source for BMW Motorcycles:  Sturgis Motorsports, 2695 Lazelle St, Sturgis, SD 57785

Learn more about activities at the free-access CrossRoads by visiting www.buffalochip.com/EVENTS/CrossRoads-Events

About the Sturgis Buffalo Chip

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® is the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling®. It is the world’s first and leading entertainment destination for the motorcycle enthusiast and South Dakota Excellence in Tourism Innovation award winner. Since 1981, the venue’s high-profile, nine-day festival, known as The Best Party Anywhere®, remains one of the world’s most televised and longest running independent music festivals. Located three miles east of Sturgis, SD on 600 creek-fed acres, it offers six stages of entertainment, a swimming hole, bars, mouth-watering food, showers, cabins, RVs, camping and more to visitors traveling from all corners of the world. The Chip’s concerts and races are free with camping. The 2018 Motorcycles as Art exhibit, “Passion Built – Garage to Gallery”curated by Michael Lichter, numerous bike and stunt shows and all shopping, live music and events at the CrossRoads are free and open to the public. More details are available at www.BuffaloChip.com.

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<![CDATA[Long Beach BMW Partners with Westside Motorcycle Academy to Train Next Generation of Riders]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/07/18/riding-schools/long-beach-bmw-partners-westside-motorcycle-academy-train-next-generation-riders/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/07/18/riding-schools/long-beach-bmw-partners-westside-motorcycle-academy-train-next-generation-riders/#respond Wed, 18 Jul 2018 15:46:41 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=77015 Long Beach BMW Partners with Westside Motorcycle Academy to Train Next Generation of Riders
Long Beach BMW and Westside Motorcycle Academy are committed to raising and training new and prospective riders. More info below! Long Beach BMW: New BMW G 310 R Added to Fleet of Training Motorcycles LONG BEACH, CA – July 17, 2018 – Long Beach BMW Motorcycles has partnered with Westside Motorcycle Academy, a CMSP Motorcyclist […] more]]>
Long Beach BMW and Westside Motorcycle Academy are committed to raising and training new and prospective riders. More info below!

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New BMW G 310 R Added to Fleet of Training Motorcycles

LONG BEACH, CA – July 17, 2018 – Long Beach BMW Motorcycles has partnered with Westside Motorcycle Academy, a CMSP Motorcyclist Training Site, to help train the next generation of riders in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas. Now for the first time, participants in the Academy’s Motorcycle Training Course will be able to learn to ride on the new BMW G 310 R.

Westside Motorcycle Academy Long Beach BMW Motorcycles

Long Beach BMW Motorcycles co-owners Charles Berthon and David Lindahl with Westside Motorcycle Academy co-owners Erika Willhite and Amanda Cunningham.
(From left: Charles, Erika, Amanda and David)

“We have always been proponents of rider training and education,” explained Long Beach BMW Motorcycles Co-Owner and Sales Manager, David Lindahl. “From new riders who are just getting started to lifelong riders with 30 years of experience, we firmly believe that everyone can benefit from courses that enhance your technique and hone your skills. Westside Motorcycle Academy offers crafted curricula to do just that, and we are proud to partner with them in their mission to serve the riding community.”

With over 30,000 students trained, Westside Motorcycle Academy has been training new, experienced and returning riders since 2005. Participants in the entry-level CMSP-certified MTC (Motorcyclist Training Course) begin their motorcycling journey with classroom sessions held in the Long Beach BMW Motorcycles showroom. From there, riders go to the practice range, where everyone gets on their own training motorcycle to learn the physical skills of how to ride a motorcycle. After completing the entry-level course, riders continue to develop their riding skills by taking WMA’s skills practice and refresher courses.

Westside Motorcycle Academy Long Beach BMW Motorcycles

The BMW G 310 R has been added to Westside Motorcycle Academy’s fleet of training motorcycles.

“We are on a mission to reduce motorcycle fatalities. Riding the right bike, wearing the right gear, riding within your limits and continuing to get training are all ways to stay safe,” explained Erika Willhite, Co-Owner of Westside Motorcycle Academy. “Since BMW pioneered ABS technology for motorcycles, partnering with Long Beach BMW is a great way to expose students to a company with safety ingrained into the design of each bike.”

As part of the partnership, Westside Motorcycle Academy has recently added the new BMW G 310 R into their training fleet. For the first time ever, students now have the opportunity to learn to ride on one of the most technologically advanced small-displacement motorcycles on the market. In addition to the low seat height and light weight, the G 310 R boasts a fuel injected motor and is equipped with ABS.

 

Westside Motorcycle Academy Long Beach BMW Motorcycles

A Westside Motorcycle Academy student rides the BMW G 310 R during a course.

“As an avid BMW motorcycle owner and motorcycle instructor since 2001, it’s a dream come true to partner with Long Beach BMW Motorcycles,” said Amanda Cunningham, Co-Owner of Westside Motorcycle Academy.

“It is so important for motorcyclists to receive the proper training, and the courses that Westside Motorcycle Academy offers are among the best,” commented Long Beach BMW Motorcycles Co-Owner and General Manager, Charles Berthon. “This partnership is a great way to help new riders kick off their motorcycle riding, which is just a part of our larger effort to promote rider training and safety awareness to riders of all levels.”

For more information about Westside Motorcycle Academy including course descriptions and upcoming courses, visit www.westsidemotorcycleacademy.com. Learn more about www.longbeachbmwmotorcycles.com, and get the latest updates by following on Facebook and Instagram.

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<![CDATA[BMW Recalls Certain G310R and G310GS Motorcycles]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/07/16/manufacturers/bmw/bmw-recalls-certain-g310r-and-g310gs-motorcycles/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/07/16/manufacturers/bmw/bmw-recalls-certain-g310r-and-g310gs-motorcycles/#respond Mon, 16 Jul 2018 19:05:07 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=76980 BMW Recalls Certain G310R and G310GS Motorcycles
2017-2018 BMW G310GS and G310R motorcycles (which are made in India) could potentially have weak or faulty kickstands that could cause the bike to fall over while parked. This is due to repeated use over time, and owners will have their sidestands replaced free of charge. Begin Release: WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 16, 2018 BMW […] more]]>
2017-2018 BMW G310GS and G310R motorcycles (which are made in India) could potentially have weak or faulty kickstands that could cause the bike to fall over while parked. This is due to repeated use over time, and owners will have their sidestands replaced free of charge.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 16, 2018

BMW Recall: Side Stand or Frame Damage

Damage to the side stand and/or frame may result in the motorcycle unexpectedly falling over while it is stationary, increasing the risk of injury.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V408000

Manufacturer: BMW of North America, LLC

Components: STRUCTURE

Potential Number of Units Affected: 2,376

Make Model Model Year(s)
BMW G310 GS 2018
BMW G310R 2017 – 2018

Summary: BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2017-2018 BMW G310R and 2018 BMW G310GS motorcycles. Over time, repeated use and loading of the side stand could cause damage to the side stand and the motorcycle’s frame.

Remedy: BMW will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the frame, installing a reinforcement plate and new side stand, or the frame will be replaced if necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 7, 2018. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.

Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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<![CDATA[BMW Revs Up for its BMW Motorcycle Owners of America International Rally]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/06/13/manufacturers/bmw/bmw-revs-bmw-motorcycle-owners-america-international-rally/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/06/13/manufacturers/bmw/bmw-revs-bmw-motorcycle-owners-america-international-rally/#respond Wed, 13 Jun 2018 22:18:40 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=76225 BMW Revs Up for its BMW Motorcycle Owners of America International Rally
Attention BMW owners and enthusiasts, BMW Motorrad USA is prepping for its BMW Motorcycle Owners of America International Rally, which will kick off July 12-15 in Des Moines, Iowa. BMW Motorrad USA: WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ – June 13, 2018 – BMW Motorrad USA will roll into Des Moines, Iowa with its distinctive demo truck and […] more]]>
Attention BMW owners and enthusiasts, BMW Motorrad USA is prepping for its BMW Motorcycle Owners of America International Rally, which will kick off July 12-15 in Des Moines, Iowa.

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WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ – June 13, 2018 – BMW Motorrad USA will roll into Des Moines, Iowa with its distinctive demo truck and motorcycle apparel display for the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America International Rally, July 12-15.  The event, which attracts more than 7,000 participants, is open to BMW MOA members and guests.

BMW Motorrad USA will offer demo rides from the Iowa State Fairgrounds – BMW MOA Rally headquarters.   Rally participants, ages 18 and older, with a valid motorcycle license and proper riding gear will have an opportunity to test ride BMW’s full lineup of Adventure, Touring, Heritage, Roadster, Urban Mobility models and Sportbikes – including the new six-cylinder K 1600 B Bagger and its touring cousin, the K 1600 Grand America; the new single-cylinder G 310 GS enduro; and the C evolution electric scooter.  Sign-ups begin at 8 a.m.

The full rally registration fee (excluding children and day passes) includes admission to the rally Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; entry into door prize drawings; eligibility for Grand Prize drawings (including a BMW MOA prize motorcycle); and camping fees for the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

To pre-register for the BMW MOA International Rally, visit http://www.bmwmotorcycles.com/en/discover/events/bmw-moa-rally-2018.html

For information and a complete schedule of events, visit https://www.bmwmoa.org/page/rallyintro.

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<![CDATA[2018 Isle of Man TT: Pokerstars Senior TT Results]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/06/08/racing/2018-isle-man-tt-pokerstars-senior-tt-results/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/06/08/racing/2018-isle-man-tt-pokerstars-senior-tt-results/#respond Fri, 08 Jun 2018 21:48:10 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=76145 2018 Isle of Man TT: Pokerstars Senior TT Results
Dean Harrison led the 2018 Senior TT for five and a half laps until Peter Hickman laid down a record time of 16:42.778 on the final lap to steal the victory by just two seconds. Hickman’s final lap made him the first person to average faster than 135 mph on a single lap of the […] more]]>
Dean Harrison led the 2018 Senior TT for five and a half laps until Peter Hickman laid down a record time of 16:42.778 on the final lap to steal the victory by just two seconds. Hickman’s final lap made him the first person to average faster than 135 mph on a single lap of the Isle of Man’s Mountain Course. His overall pace of 131.700 mph over the full six laps also set a new record for the Senior TT.

The outright single-lap record was actually broken several times by both Hickman and Harrison. In fact, both their final lap times were faster than the previous record, with Hickman’s ultimate run averaging 135.452 mph being the difference maker.

Third place went to Conor Cummins with Michael Dunlop sliding in fourth. That was enough for Dunlop to give him 94 points on the week and secure the Joey Dunlop TT championship. Hickman was second with 86 points followed by Harrison at 81 points.

PACEMAKER, BELFAST, 8/6/2018: Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) at Kirk Michael during the Senior TT at TT2018. Photo by Tony Goldsmith.

The race was not without incident however, with Swedish rider Bjorn Gunnarson getting in an accident at Glen Tramman. Gunnarson was taken to hospital but the injuries are not expected to be serious. Four other riders crashed during the Senior TT but all were reported as unhurt.

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Hickman pips Harrison in record breaking PokerStars Senior TT thriller

A packed trackside crowd were treated to one of the greatest races in the TT’s long illustrious history as Peter Hickman won a sensational PokerStars Senior TT race at the Isle of Man TT races, fuelled by Monster Energy, on Friday when he set a new outright lap record of 135.452mph on the final lap to defeat Dean Harrison by just two seconds.

The pair featured on the cover of the Official TT Programme and the ‘H-Bomb’ feature only hinted at the spectacular race that was to unfold at the climax of this year’s TT meeting as lap, race and sector records were all obliterated as the pair battled for the historic trophy.

Photo by Stephen Davison

Harrison had led the race for five and a half of the six laps but Hickman reeled him on the sixth lap and, having been quicker over the Mountain all race, he turned a 3.7s deficit at Glen Helen into a lead of 0.8s at the Bungalow and he smashed the race record by 48.064s to take his second win. Harrison took second with Conor Cummins in third.

After the race Hickman paid respect to Harrison and revealed that he had targeted the Mountain section of the Course as an opportunity to make up time;

“I knew that Dean was going to be fast but I’d always been strong on the Mountain section throughout the week. It’s a bit like a short circuit and I came into my own on it. I thought it if I was within five or six seconds on the last lap I could have a go over the Mountain.”

Harrison led Hickman by 1.2s through Glen Helen on the opening lap with Dunlop a further second back in third as Hillier, Cummins and David Johnson completed the top six and by Ramsey, the Kawasaki rider had doubled his advantage to 2.4s. Dunlop remained in third but was some 8.4s behind Hickman. Hillier’s strong week ended though with a retirement at Westwood.

Dean Harrison (Kawasaki/Silicone Engineering) at Union Mills during the Pokerstars Senior TT race. Photo by Dave Kneen/Pacemaker Press Intl.

Cummins led on the road with a lap of 131.754mph but it was Harrison who led with a lap of 133.678mph. However, Hickman was only 1.4s behind although Dunlop’s challenge looked to be already over as he was almost 13 seconds behind his fellow BMW rider. Cummins, David Johnson and Josh Brookes completed the top six but Johnson pulled into the pits to retire promoting namesake Gary Johnson into sixth.

Leading privateer Sam West was close to his maiden 130mph lap in eighth with newcomer Davey Todd performing superbly in tenth.

Through Glen Helen on lap two and Harrison had edged away from Hickman again to the tune of 3.5s with Cummins now third as Dunlop slipped further back. Brookes was up to fifth and West now a superb sixth and Todd a stunning eighth.

Harrison had added another second to his lead as he rounded Ramsey Hairpin and he came into his first pit stop at the end of lap two having lapped at 133.704mph. His lead had been slashed though with Hickman now only 1.4s in arrears once more. Cummins, Dunlop, Brookes and West rounded out the top six. Todd was now in eighth.

Dean Harrison (Silicone Kawasaki) during his pit stop in the Senior TT today. Photo by Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press Intl.

After the pit stop and through Glen Helen for the third time, Harrison’s lead had crept out to 4.8s and the duo were over half a minute clear of Cummins who was now coming under pressure from Dunlop with the gap just over half a second.

Throughout the first half of lap three, Harrison continued to pull away, with his lead at Ramsey over eight seconds, but Hickman was again quicker over the Mountain and as they started lap four, the difference between the two was back down to 5.8s. Cummins was looking more comfortable in third with Dunlop now 13.6s behind in fourth as Brookes and West held onto fifth and sixth.

At Ramsey Hairpin on lap four, Harrison had stretched his lead over Hickman to 6.9s but Hickman again showed his strength over the Mountain reducing the deficit at the Bungalow to 4.4s. And he wasn’t done there either, setting a new outright lap record of 134.456mph on his way into the second pit stop, the gap now just 1.402s. The order behind stayed constant as Cummins pulled further away from Dunlop with Brookes looking comfortable in fifth but Gary Johnson had overhauled West for sixth.

Conor Cummins (Honda/padgettsmotorcycles.com) at St Ninian’s during the Pokerstars Senior TT race. Photo by Dave Kneen/Pacemaker Press Intl.

The second and final pit stop saw changes though as by Glen Helen on lap five Harrison’s lead had shot back up to 6.2s although by Ramsey Hickman had shaved 1.2s off despite his engine sounding significantly louder than how it started.

It was down to 3.6s at the Bungalow, 2.5s at Cronk ny Mona and as Hickman crossed the line to start the final, thrilling lap, his deficit to Harrison was only 1.9s. Harrison’s superiority over the first nine miles saw him open up the margin to 3.7s as traffic also came into play on the final lap and he pulled even further away on the high speed run to Ballaugh, his advantage now 5.7s.

However, Hickman really flew on the run to Ramsey bringing the lead down to just two seconds and by the Bungalow, he’d taken the lead for the first time by the slender margin of 0.834s. He doubled that at Cronk ny Mona but all eyes were on the chequered flag and Harrison crossed the line with a new lap record of 134.918mph/ 16:46.742 which he held for forty five seconds before Hickman crossed the line in a sensational, new outright lap record of 135.452mph, pipping Harrison to the race win by two seconds.

Cummins was over a minute and a half back in third with Dunlop, Brookes and Johnson finishing in fourth to sixth, Brookes’ final lap of 131.745mph the fastest by Norton and by an Australian.

West’s superb ride ended on lap five and although that promoted Phil Crowe up into seventh, the Lincolnshire also went out after coming off at Whitegates on the final lap, fortunately without injury, and the eventual seventh place finisher was Martin Jessopp with Jamie Coward, Todd and Brian McCormack completing the top ten.

Photo by Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press Intl.

Dunlop’s fourth place was enough for him to pick up the Joey Dunlop TT Championship with 94 points, with Hickman (86) and Harrison (81) taking second and third.

Todd’s brilliant week saw him pick up the TT Privateer’s Championship as well as the Newcomer’s Trophy.

Swedish rider Bjorn Gunnarsson had an accident at Glen Tramman and was taken by airmed to Nobles hospital and treated for bruising while Dom Herbertson (Laurel Bank), Mike Norbury (Keppel Gate), Michael Mylchreest (Gorse Lea) and Philip Crowe (Whitegates) also came off their machines during the race but all were reported as unhurt.

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<![CDATA[Revival Cycles Takes A Break From Old Bikes And Builds A BMW S1000RR]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/06/07/design/revival-cycles-takes-break-old-bikes-builds-bmw-s1000rr/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/06/07/design/revival-cycles-takes-break-old-bikes-builds-bmw-s1000rr/#respond Thu, 07 Jun 2018 06:23:08 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=75955 Revival Cycles Takes A Break From Old Bikes And Builds A BMW S1000RR
Revival Cycles is known for customizing old(er) motorcycles. Here's what happens when they gets their hand on something thoroughly modern: a BMW S1000RR more]]>
Revival Cycles is known for its wild and awe inspiring customs, which have all centered around old(er) motorcycles. Here’s what happens when the team gets their hand on something thoroughly modern: a BMW S1000RR. Scroll to the bottom for video and a huge picture gallery.

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BUILD STORY

Back in March 2015 BMW invited Stefan and I were invited to ride the newly relaunched and revamped S1000rr at the famous world class circuit in Revival’s backyard called “The Circuit of The Americas”. Needless to say we jumped at the chance to ride a trick modern 200hp tech-loaded bike on one of the best tracks in the world!

Prior to that day my modern sportbike experience generally consisted of blasts on a friend’s mid 90’s modded Suzuki GSXR 750 r up and down the highways scaring the crap out of myself at 160mph in short bursts. I quickly decided back then, in what must have been 1999, that sportbikes simply were not for me! My total lack of self-control and total addiction to finding the absolute edge of any machine I piloted meant that riding around on something that fast and powerful simply was not something I could live through. Instead, my appreciation for vintage machines and their easily mastered ‘slower pace’ kept me on older motorcycles and kept me generally safer by appreciating the finer points of incremental technology changes in the very analog world of pre-1980’s motorcycles. I even developed a taste for pre-war bikes and beyond and the rest is Revival Cycles history.

Fast forward to 2015 and BMW puts my leather clad butt on a 200hp rocket ship around COTA and everything changed! I saw the light. The light of technology, power, grace and absolute superiority had me converted! 2015 was the year BMW re-launched the S1000rr with 200hp, a lightened chassis, massaged suspension geometry for smoother handling, wheelie control, quickshift pro clutchless upshifts and downshifts (ie. auto rev-matching), active ABS, active lean angle suspension and traction control etc. etc. etc. All this technology, that I could barely comprehend, made this mammoth machine an absolute docile kitten under extreme conditions even with an amateur like myself hastily thrown on top of it.

After that cold spring day exceeding 170mph on the back straight over and over and over at COTA the die was cast…..Revival NEEDED and S1000rr! I told the BMW marketing staff that they would either need to give us an S1000rr or we were going to buy one to recommission as a track dweller only and in the vintage style of Revival. We wanted a bike like this to RACE and to hopefully race OFTEN. Months later our chance came. We managed to get the right deal on one and we brought home an all blacked-out brand new machine with 3 miles on it. Now….the only problem was that we needed to get past the mandatory 600 mile break-in period whereas the ECU limits the engine to 9k rpm and what equates to about 150 hp. This is fast, but not NEARLY what it is capable of. The best way to get it going and put the miles on it?? We decided the track was the best place for a machine that was destined for the track anyway. So, our shop manager Chris took it out to the track and Texas World Speedway and did his damndest to break it. Apparently 140 mph is full on top speed on the bike before being unleashed and Chris and a certain ex MotoGP Champion and friend of Revival’s did all he could to get it above that speed and simply couldn’t. A few more long rides through the hill country and FINALLY we got the bike over 600 miles! We immediately returned it to the dealer who re-flashed the ECU and all 200 horses were unleashed!

We brought the bike home in the van directly from the dealer and immediately ripped off all the fairings and rear subframe to start the process of totally changing the look and feel of this modern rocketship. That was the last time it ever saw the street as we started the process of making it into a track-only machine.

From the beginning we realized that BMW had gotten the engineering and mechanical part of the equation spot on perfect and no matter what we did outside of a few mods to exhaust and ECU tuning, we simply could not improve on what it came with from Berlin. Instead, we chose to focus all of our energy on the aesthetics. This is the opposite of our normal routine to attempt to rethink everything, but this bike was simply well outside the norm of anything we had ever done.

Andy, our head fabricator and I have a penchant for the mid-80’s to mid-90’s GP bikes of Freddie Spencer, Wayne Rainey, Kenny Roberts, Kevin Schwantz and many others. Those big bulky fiberglass fairings and swooping bodywork made for a great initial start to the design.

We constructed a stainless rear subframe that housed all the electronics, a new lithium-iron battery, the engine ECU and a few sensors that keep the machine in check. From there an overall body line that incorporated a modern kick-up tail, but with the vintage throwback of a number plate area. From there a full allow front fairing, side fairing and belly pan were all carefully shaped by hand from aluminum and organically shaped to shapes we thought truly suited the frame and and powerplant of the modern machine underneath.

We also cut the entire top off of the full alloy factory tank and shaped a new higher capacity fuel tank that would hold a full 6 gallons to give us the fuel capacity to go endurance racing. That is, after all our entire intention with this bike, to RACE IT!

After fashioning a custom header-back exhaust from stainless and an oversized vintage style muffler we went about tearing the bike down for final finishes. The biggest problem aesthetically from where I stood was the anodized black aluminum frame that was rough and cast and simply did not fit the look we were going for. This mean the entire bike had to be ripped down to the frame so that we could painstakingly spend many many hours bead-blasting and then hand sanding the entire frame to smooth out its finish and help it to blend in with the new hand-finished bodywork as well.

A few weeks later we reassembled the bike with new Hayes billet alloy front calipers and a color scheme was set in motion. We hand-stitched a new bright blue seat material onto the custom seat pan and then took it to the track! We raced it bare at COTA with nothing more than a few vinyl stickers proclaiming it as a Revival bike, but although it performed flawlessly, it simply didn’t seem ‘finished’.

A few months later I had the idea to hire our good friend and inspirational artist Nico Sclater (aka: Ornamental Conifer) to come to Austin and spend a week with us putting his hand-painted touches on the bike. I called him up and he said he’d already been spying it on the internet and was keen and intrigued by it, if not a bit intimidated by the notion of being set free with it to permanently change its look. He flew to Austin and the work of FINALLY finishing this personal project and almost 3 year long project was begun. Nico came in with ideas of vintage Porsche paint-schemes, haphazard trackside number changes and additions and 1970’s geometric patterns. I loved it….we talked, he sketched and he was set free. 3 days later after many cigarettes and a few beers Nico declared it finished and hit the road leaving us with what feels finally like a complete machine.

At the end of the day our little track bike weighs less, has more horsepower and I think is a hell of a lot easier on the eyes than the factory bike and even mere mortal like me and the rest of the team at Revival can jump on it and rip long thin black strips down the straightaways at COTA and look good doing it. Thanks to BMW, Ornamental Conifer and to team Revival for having the patience and perseverance to finish this endless project that we totally love.

Our S1000rr is currently in a crate headed for the UK and will be on display at the Bike Shed show this weekend and then will take a bit of a tour around Europe this summer for Glemseck, Wheels and Waves and a few other appearances with it will hopefully be sprint raced and heard screaming through the gears!

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<![CDATA[2018 Isle of Man TT: RL360º Superstock TT Results]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/06/04/racing/2018-isle-man-tt-rl360-superstock-tt-1-results/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/06/04/racing/2018-isle-man-tt-rl360-superstock-tt-1-results/#respond Mon, 04 Jun 2018 22:46:42 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=75887 2018 Isle of Man TT: RL360º Superstock TT Results
Peter Hickman has won his first TT, out-dueling Michael Dunlop with the help of a record final lap average speed of 134.403 mph to win the Superstock TT. The race started with Dean Harrison in the lead with Dunlop chasing and Hickman off to a relatively slow start back in tenth. Hickman soon made up […] more]]>
Peter Hickman has won his first TT, out-dueling Michael Dunlop with the help of a record final lap average speed of 134.403 mph to win the Superstock TT.

The race started with Dean Harrison in the lead with Dunlop chasing and Hickman off to a relatively slow start back in tenth. Hickman soon made up time and the race turned into a three-way battle. The three riders traded the lead through the race until the final lap.

Peter Hickman off the line on the Smiths Racing BMW, RL360º Superstock TT Race. Photo by Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press.

By then, Harrison had started to fade falling five seconds back, while Hickman and Dunlop were separated by just 0.5 seconds. On that final circuit, Hickman laid down the new Superstock lap record to secure the win.

2018 Isle of Man TT: Superstock TT Top Six Results
Pos. Rider Machine/Team Time Speed
1 Peter Hickman BMW/Smiths Racing 1:08:49.553 131.553 mph
2 Michael Dunlop BMW/MD Racing 1:08:54.428 131.412 mph
3 Dean Harrison Kawasaki/Silicone Engineering 1:09:03.579 131.121 mph
4 David Johnson BMW/Gulf BMW 1:10:16.337 128.859 mph
5 James Hillier Kawasaki/Quattro Plant JG Speedfit 1:10:21.259 128.709 mph
6 Michael Rutter BMW/Bathams SMT Racing 1:10:51.480 127.794 mph

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Hickman claims maiden TT win in thrilling RL360º Superstock TT Race

Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) claimed his first victory at the Isle of Man TT Races, fuelled by Monster Energy, when he took a sensational RL360 Superstock race by 4.4s from Michael Dunlop (MD Racing BMW) with Dean Harrison (Silicone Engineering Kawasaki) in third.

The race saw the top three swap positions from the throughout the race but a stunning new lap record of 134.403mph on his final lap, just outside Harrison’s outright lap record from Saturday’s RST Superbike race, enabled the Burton upon Trent rider to come home in a new race record some 58.7s quicker than the old mark.

Start of the RL360º Superstock TT Race. Photo by Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press.

Harrison led Dunlop by three and a half seconds through Glen Helen on the first lap with Johnson in third and Rutter, Hillier and David Johnson completing the top six. But it had been a slow start to the race for Hickman who was down in an unfamiliar tenth spot after running straight on at Braddan Bridge with newcomer Davey Todd flying in ninth place.

By Ballaugh, Harrison had extended his lead to 4.4s and through Ramsey for the first time it had crept up again to 4.8s. Hickman had got going and had jumped up to third, six seconds behind Dunlop and 3.5s ahead of Rutter. Gary Johnson was in fifth and Conor Cummins in sixth as just two seconds covered fourth to eighth placed Hillier who had dropped to the back of the group.

An opening lap of 133.073mph was just a whisker outside Ian Hutchinson’s lap record from 2016 for the class and he was now 4.3s ahead of Dunlop with Hickman only a further 3.3s behind in third. The gap to Rutter was bigger, at 12.8s, with Cummins, David Johnson, Hillier and Gary Johnson now the running order as Todd completed the lap in a brilliant ninth place after a lap of 127.625mph.

As they got to Glen Helen, Harrison’s lead was up to 5.7s as Hickman closed to within 1.4s of Dunlop and by Ballaugh, he’d nosed ahead of the Ballymoney rider by 0.8s. The race was all about these three riders as Rutter was now over 22s adrift in fourth.

Dean Harrison (Kawasaki/Silicone Engineering) at The Gooseneck during the RL360 Superstock TT Race. Photo by Dave Kneen/Pacemaker Press.

Through Ramsey Hairpin, Hickman had cut Harrison’s lead to 2.4s with Dunlop only 2.2s back in third. Rutter was still in fourth but his advantage over David Johnson was a slender 1.5s with Hillier only 0.8s behind the Australian. There was disappointment for Cummins though as he retired.

At the head of the field, Hickman was really pressing on and a sensational lap of 134.077mph saw him arrive at his pit stop with a 1.2s lead over Harrison with Dunlop only 1.8s behind in third, just three seconds covering the trio. David Johnson had moved up to fourth ahead of Rutter and Hillier but it was extremely tight as just one second separated the three riders.

Meanwhile, Todd became the second fastest newcomer ever with his lap 127.890mph moving him up to an unbelievable seventh place.

Michael Dunlop in the pits during the RL360º Superstock TT Race. Photo by Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press.

The pit stops shuffled the order with Dunlop hitting the front for the first time at Glen Helen on lap three, his lead over Harrison half a second with Hickman slipping back to third albeit only a further 0.7s in arrears. Johnson was holding station in fourth but Hillier had moved up to fifth at the expense of Rutter whilst Gary Johnson was another high profile retirement.

Dunlop still led at Ballaugh but only just with Hickman back up to second and only a miniscule 0.178s adrift. Harrison was still very much in contention, one second behind Hickman and Hillier had now got in front of Johnson albeit by 0.047s.

Hickman was back ahead by 0.87s as he rounded Ramsey Hairpin with Harrison now 1.7s behind Dunlop whilst the battle for fourth continued to rage, Johnson now back ahead of Hillier by 0.088s!

The scene was set for a thrilling final lap and although just 0.5s split leader Hickman and Dunlop, it looked like Harrison was racing for third as he’d slipped almost five seconds behind Dunlop.

Hickman added another eight tenths of a second to his lead at Glen Helen only for Dunlop to pull two of those tenths back on the run to Ballaugh. And by Ramsey, Dunlop’s charge continued as he brought the gap down to 0.146s.

However, Hickman responded immediately and set a sensational sector time from Ramsey to the Bungalow, the fastest ever, as he did from the Bungalow to Cronk ny Mona and a with a new lap record of 134.403mph, just a fraction outside Harrison’s outright record from Saturday, gave him his maiden TT win.

Peter Hickman wins the RL360º Superstock TT Race. Photo by Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press.

Dunlop was an eventual 4.4s back in second with Harrison in third and Johnson, Hillier and Rutter filling the top six places. Martin Jessopp, Sam West, Ivan Lintin and Todd completed the top ten, West the first privateer to finish.

Dunlop (70) extended his lead over Hickman (41) in the Joey Dunlop Championship to 29 points with Hillier in third on 40. West now leads the TT Privateer’s Championship on 58 points.

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<![CDATA[2018 Isle of Man TT: RST Superbike TT Results]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/06/03/manufacturers/honda/2018-isle-man-tt-rst-superbike-tt-results/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/06/03/manufacturers/honda/2018-isle-man-tt-rst-superbike-tt-results/#respond Sun, 03 Jun 2018 20:56:10 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=75836 2018 Isle of Man TT: RST Superbike TT Results
Michael Dunlop captured his 16th TT win to open the 2018 Isle of Man TT, in a time of 1:44:13.398. He was the only one to top an average speed of 130 mph. Dunlop took the lead after Dean Harrison retired on Lap 4. Conor Cummins finished second with James Hillier in third. 2018 Isle […] more]]>
Michael Dunlop captured his 16th TT win to open the 2018 Isle of Man TT, in a time of 1:44:13.398. He was the only one to top an average speed of 130 mph. Dunlop took the lead after Dean Harrison retired on Lap 4.

Conor Cummins finished second with James Hillier in third.

Conor Cummins (Honda/padgettsmotorcycles.com) at Ballacrye during the RST Superbike TT race. Photo by Dave Kneen.

James Hillier (Kawasaki/Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki) at Ballaugh Bridge during the RST Superbike TT race. Photo by Dave Kneen.

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Emotional victory for Dunlop and Tyco BMW in RST Superbike TT Race

Michael Dunlop gave Tyco BMW an emotional victory in today’s RST Superbike race, the opening race of the 2018 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy, with the Ulsterman taking over the lead on lap four after long time leader Dean Harrison retired at Sulby Crossroads.

The Silicone Engineering Kawasaki rider shattered the outright lap record from a standing start with a lap of 134.432mph to open up an 18 second lead but as he hit problems, Dunlop took his 16th TT win by 50.8s from Conor Cummins (Padgetts Honda) with James Hillier (Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki) taking third.

At Glen Helen on the opening lap, Harrison had already opened up a 3.7s lead over Dunlop with Peter Hickman a further 1.9s behind in third. Hillier, Cummins and Gary Johnson completed the top six. But Harrison was really pressing on, extending his advantage to 5.6s at Ballaugh and adding another 2.2s by the time he reached Ramsey.

With a sensational opening lap of 134.432mph – a new outright lap record and from a standing start to boot – Harrison held an 11.3s lead over Dunlop with Cummins moving up to third as Hickman dropped back. Indeed, the Smiths Racing BMW pulled in to the pits to retire which meant Hillier, David Johnson and Gary Johnson now filled the top six positions.

By Glen Helen second time around, Harrison was 14.7s clear of Dunlop who in turn was 10.7s ahead of Cummins. Fourth to sixth remained the same as Michael Rutter, Josh Brookes, Jamie Coward and Lee Johnston rounded out the top ten.

With the fastest ever times in all six sectors now under his belt, having not held one before the race, Harrison led by 17s at Ramsey and as he came in at the end of the lap for his first pit stop, he stopped the clocks at 134.180mph. His lead was a healthy 16.3s over Dunlop, who lapped at 133.513mph. Cummins was still in third after setting a new personal best lap of 132.589mph as Hillier, David Johnson and Gary Johnson maintained the fourth, fifth and sixth places.

After the first set of pit stops, Harrison swept through Glen Helen for the third time with his gap over Dunlop still over 16 seconds with the Ulsterman in turn some 24.3s clear of Cummins. Indeed, the gaps between the riders were extending with Hillier ten seconds adrift of Cummins but 13s clear of David Johnson with Gary Johnson over 30s back in sixth. However, a better pit stop saw Rutter get ahead of Brookes at Glen Helen.

At half race distance, Harrison’s lead had been cut by 11.5s as Dunlop began to make his charge, the Ballymoney rider taking back one of the fastest sector times from Cronk ny Mona to the Grandstand. The race was really hotting up and by Glen Helen on the fourth lap, Dunlop had taken a further 2.5s out of his deficit, the difference now just nine seconds.

Harrison still led on the road at Ballaugh but all was not well as he lost over five seconds on the run from Glen Helen and the gap was just 4.6s over the famous hump-backed bridge. And shortly afterwards, news came through that Harrison’s superb race had ended with retirement at Sulby Crossroads.

Dunlop completed lap four with a lap of 133.240mph and a 40.3s lead over Cummins with Hillier now in third some 20.5s in arrears. David Johnson was up to fourth with Rutter and Lee Johnston promoted to fifth and sixth respectively as Gary Johnson’s strong ride came to an end with a retirement at Sarah’s Cottage.

With considerable gaps between the leading riders, positions stayed the same over the final two laps and although Hillier halved the deficit to Cummins after the second pit stop, the Manxman responded to edge away once more and secure his second place finish.

Dunlop duly took the chequered flag for his 16th TT win with Cummins equalling his best ever result in second as he took his seventh TT podium. Hillier rounded out the podium, the 11th time he has been on the TT rostrum.

Further back, David Johnson equalled his best ever TT result in fourth while Rutter saw off a late charge from Johnston to hold onto fifth. Martin Jessopp took his best ever 1000cc result around the Mountain Course in a fine seventh with Ivan Lintin and Phil Crowe doing likewise in eighth and ninth, the latter only a fraction off his maiden 130mph+ lap with a speed of 129.957mph. Josh Brookes completed the top ten.

Crowe was the first privateer to finish ahead of Sam West (11th), who lapped at 129.123mph on the final lap, and Shaun Anderson (13th) whilst newcomer Davey Todd had a superb ride into 16th as he lapped at 126.268mph to become the third fastest newcomer in TT history.

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<![CDATA[BMW Announces Black Edition Aluminum Cases For 2018 R 1200 GS Models]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/05/14/manufacturers/bmw/bmw-announces-black-edition-aluminum-cases-2018-r-1200-gs-models/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/05/14/manufacturers/bmw/bmw-announces-black-edition-aluminum-cases-2018-r-1200-gs-models/#respond Mon, 14 May 2018 17:29:27 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=75395 BMW Announces Black Edition Aluminum Cases For 2018 R 1200 GS Models
Sleek and stealthy, but also pricey – BMW has just released Black Edition Aluminum cases for the R 1200 GS line. BMW Motorrad USA: WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ – May 14, 2018 – BMW Motorrad USA is offering riders of the 2018 BMW R 1200 GS and 2018 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure models an opportunity […] more]]>
Sleek and stealthy, but also pricey – BMW has just released Black Edition Aluminum cases for the R 1200 GS line.

BMW Motorrad USA:


WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ – May 14, 2018 – BMW Motorrad USA is offering riders of the 2018 BMW R 1200 GS and 2018 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure models an opportunity to further customize their touring enduros with Black Edition Aluminum Cases.

“Constructed of black anodized aluminum, the Black Edition Aluminum Topcase and Side Cases are robust, built to withstand the rigors of off-road riding, and offer a high degree of customer individualization” explained Ben Radzyner, Manager, Parts and Accessories, BMW Motorrad USA.  “Designed and manufactured to BMW Motorrad’s highest standards, we are thrilled to be able to offer these highly sought-after accessories and eagerly await the arrival of additional Black Edition products for the U.S. market later this year.”

BMW R 1200 GS Black Edition Aluminum Cases

Black Edition Aluminum Topcase¹

  • Volume: Approx. 32 liters
  • Appearance matches that of motorcycle
  • Best when used in conjunction with:
    • Inside pockets for topcase
    • Topcase back padding
    • Carrying handles for topcase
  • MSRP – $800.28

Black Edition Aluminum Side Cases²

  • Volume:
    • Right side case: Approx. 36 liters
    • Left side case: approx. 44 liters
  • Appearance matches that of vehicle
  • Best when used in conjunction with:
    • Inside pockets for side cases
    • Carrying handles for topcase
  • MSRP – $1,642.84

Note:  All parts come with a two-year warranty from the original date of purchase

¹ Only in conjunction with Luggage Rack ² Only in conjunction with Side Case Carriers

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<![CDATA[BMW S1000RR Owner Looking For Performance Parts? Click Here]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/05/01/manufacturers/bmw/bmw-s1000rr-owner-looking-performance-parts-click/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/05/01/manufacturers/bmw/bmw-s1000rr-owner-looking-performance-parts-click/#respond Tue, 01 May 2018 18:53:12 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=75055 BMW S1000RR Owner Looking For Performance Parts? Click Here
Key pieces to shed weight and add power to your BMW S1000RR more]]>
Longtime MO readers will know how highly we value the BMW S1000RR as a track weapon in standard form. Of course, production motorcycles can always be improved upon, and the folks at Full Spectrum Power, Competition Werkes, and Hustlehard Racing have a few choice pieces to shed some weight and add a little power. See the offerings below.

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Think your S1000RR is light now? Check out the Pulse IPT P.9 battery. Measuring just 5.9 x 3.4 x 3.7in inches and weighing just 2 lbs., it will drop right into your S1000RR. (The stock battery weighs 7 lbs.) It’s part of a series of entirely new batteries that are the smallest, lightest and most powerful lithium powersports batteries available today. Each one is individually fitted to your bike and has features unavailable in any other similar battery. Full Spectrum Power is the only lithium powersports battery made in the USA.

Pulse IPT P.9 Battery


The new Full Spectrum Power Pulse IPT line of batteries are the first rider-centric lithium motorcycle batteries ever built. Each Pulse IPT has an integrated battery management system for better performance and longer life, a reset button to prevent your battery from being drained, an advanced case design that resists heat, vibration, gas and oil, and a wide variety of other advanced features not available in any other lithium powersports battery.

For more information about the Full Spectrum Power Pulese IPT line of batteries, click the link above.


The Competition Werkes Slip-On Exhaust for the 2015-2018 BMW S1000RR takes off pounds of weight and increases performance while making the BMW look and sound much, much better. Made from the finest stainless steel tubing, it is welded instead of bent to avoid weak spots, just like a MotoGP pipe. Much more affordable than a full system. Made in the USA.

Slip-On Exhaust


Competition Werkes offers two types of fender eliminator for your S1000RR; the Standard and the Limited. The Standard Fender Eliminator mounts in the stock location, while the limited is tucked away for that racer look. Both are made of stainless steel and come complete with modern turn signals, all mounting hardware and easy to follow instructions that make installation a breeze. The best improvement in looks for the least amount of money.

Standard Fender Eliminator

Limited Fender Eliminator


To finish off the sleek look of your S10000RR, get the Competition Werkes Integrated Taillight. The turn indicators are built right into the taillight assembly and it allows you to get rid of those bug-eyed blinker stalks once and for all. Extremely bright and highly visible, another cost-effective way to make your S1000RR the best-looking one on the road. Comes complete with all hardware and electrical connectors and simple installation instructions.

Integrated Tallight


Carbonin Avio bodywork is made of carbon fiber reinforced with kevlar and is the lightest, strongest and most flexible bodywork available today. The Carbonin Avio kit for the BMW S1000RR comes complete with all the replacement panels prefitted with Dzus fasteners for quick installation and removal. The kit can be supplied pre-painted with your logos.

Carbonin Avio Bodywork


The TighTails Subframe for the S1000RR offers an extra rigid seating platform while only tipping the scales at 2.9 pounds. The use of 6082 Aluminum as well as heavy duty TIG welds make the extra strong/lightweight subframe possible. Any Supersport or Superbike tail section will mount up without modifications as long as the tail section attaches to the subframe from the top.

Available in brushed aluminum.

TighTails Subframe


One of the most overlooked areas of your motorcycle in regards to protection is your radiator and oil cooler. Placed right behind your front wheel, your radiator is subjected to any debris that your front wheel can throw at it. Whether you are riding on the street or racing, this is one key part or your motorcycle you should protect. Otherwise, you could be left standing on the street or lose that race.

Cox Racingroup Radiator and Oil Cooler Guards are cheap insurance against damage that can not only stop you in your tracks but also cause serious injury in the event of a crash. Each kit includes a radiator guard and a separate oil cooler guard that are easy to install.

Mesh frames are cut from .060 thick sheets of 5051 aluminum then precisely folded for each application. Screen material is made with .034 expanded aluminum and both guards have an anodized finish that won’t chip while withstanding corrosion. Made in the USA.

Radiator and Oil Cooler Guards


Taking your S1000RR to the track? Check out the Aim Sport Solo 2 GPS Lap Timer. The new Solo 2 is a completely automatic lap timer based on the latest GPS technology from AIM. It receives data from two satellite constellations, GPS and GLONASS, making it much faster and more precise than the previous version. Lap times are calculated every 2/100 of a second. The Solo 2 displays and records speed, acceleration and braking. When the Solo 2 is powered up, it automatically recognizes the start/finish line coordinates of the track you are visiting based on the huge list of world tracks stored on Solo 2’s internal memory and starts sampling and displaying lap times automatically. At the end of the day, you can review all the key information on the Solo 2. All of the GPS and ECU based data recorded on the Solo 2 can be analyzed with the Race Studio 3 professional software. Graphs, histograms and tables will help you understand your performance at all positions on the track. There is no better device to help you improve your performance than the Aim Sport Solo 2.

Aim Sport Solo 2 GPS Lap Timer

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<![CDATA[New HeliBars for BMW R nineT Racer]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/26/manufacturers/bmw/new-helibars-bmw-r-ninet-racer/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/26/manufacturers/bmw/new-helibars-bmw-r-ninet-racer/#respond Thu, 26 Apr 2018 17:02:40 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=74962 New HeliBars for BMW R nineT Racer
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Everybody likes the way the retro BMW Racer looks, but not all of us like the way it feels, especially when stuck in traffic. Helibars to the rescue once again.

HeliBars Press Release!

New Product: HeliBars Special Performance Triple Clamp with Taller Handlebar Risers for BMW’s R nineT Racer

 

CORNISH, ME. (April 25, 2018) — HeliBars new Special Performance Triple Clamp and taller handlebar risers for BMW’s R nineT Racer eliminate the extreme, hunched-forward stretch to its cockpit while maintaining the bike’s classic, flowing lines and unique clip-on handlebar style. The beautifully crafted replacement fork-top clamp and matching risers utilize the stock bars, but position them 3.5 inches higher and 4.25 inches rearward.

This Special Performance kit transforms the Racer’s track-attack ergonomics, delivering more civilized, everyday comfort by drastically reducing weight transferred to riders’ hands, while also optimizing their wrist angles, shoulder positioning and spinal alignment to minimize muscle fatigue.

Reducing cost and complexity, Heli’s 6061 T-6 aluminum top clamp and risers work with the BMW’s original hydraulic lines. Messy, time-consuming fluid bleeding is not required. The parts come in a tough, UV-resistant hybrid polyester silver powdercoat finish, at no extra charge.

Everything is engineered to perfectly integrate with the Racer’s switchgear, bar-end weights, steering damper, ignition switch and fork lock. Meticulous fit testing ensures that everything steers clear of the bike’s low-slung windscreen.

The kit doesn’t require permanent modifications, so the bike can easily be returned to stock. This makes installation straightforward using common Torx bits and a light-duty torque wrench, then following the comprehensive installation manual, which is illustrated with photos every step of the way. This printed guide is included with the kit and conveniently available online.

Since 1987, HeliBars has custom-engineered more than 80 different applications that greatly improve the ergonomics on bikes of every genre: ADV, cruiser, naked, retro, sport, and sport-touring, standard and touring machines — without changing their overall looks — allowing motorcyclists to venture further and more often in greater comfort.

In addition to the Special Performance Parts series, HeliBars offers a Tour Performance product line of handlebar relocators and risers; patented Horizon Multi-Axis Replacement Handlebars that can be fine-tuned to fit riders of all sizes; and stealthy TrackStar Clip-On Handlebars that rise up to ease the pain of hardcore sportbikes’ crouched riding positions.

HeliBars products are designed, tested and proudly manufactured in Cornish, Maine. They’re backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee via Heli’s 30-day return policy, and come with a one-year warranty.

For more information about HeliBars comfort solutions, to find a dealer or place an order directly, please visit HeliBars.com or call 800-859-4642, then visit the company’s Facebook page, YouTube channel and Twitter postings.

 

Defining Features:

 HeliBars Special Performance Replacement Top Triple Clamp with Handlebar Risers for 2017-2018 BMW R nineT Racer

  • Replaces the original top triple clamp and comes with R nineT-specific HeliBars bar risers that use the original handlebar tubes and hardware, simplifying installation
  • Retains the bike’s racy lines, clip-on style and unmistakable heritage
  • Higher, closer handlebar position gives riders a net gain of 5-1/2 inches (140mm) from stock
  • Handlebar width is unchanged
  • Dramatically transforms handlebar position and comfort
  • Reduces weight on hands and wrists
  • Optimizes wrist angles, shoulder positioning and spinal alignment
  • Taller: Raises handlebars up 3-1/2 inches (89mm) over their stock positioning
  • Rearset: Handgrips 4-1/4 inches (108mm) closer to the rider
  • Integrates with the original hydraulic lines, electrical components and bar-end weights
  • Retains the stock instruments, gauge mount, ignition switch and fork lock
  • Maintains fork rigidity and allows use of the original steering damper
  • Engineered so everything steers clear of the bike’s low-slung windscreen
  • No permanent modifications: Bike can easily be returned to stock
  • Machined from 6061 T6 aluminum alloy
  • Rigid, flex-free design and high-quality construction
  • Complimentary, UV-resistant hybrid polyester silver powdercoat finish matches original look
  • Supplied with high-strength bolts and reuses stock hardware
  • Detailed installation manual is included and conveniently accessible online
  • Available with a special tool to easily remove the stock handlebars
  • Guarantee: 30-day money back satisfaction policy
  • Warranty: One year on materials and workmanship
  • American Made: Engineered, tested and manufactured in Cornish, Maine
  • Availability: Direct from HeliBars.com, Western Powersports and motorcycle dealers nationwide
  • Retail Price: $499.00; $529 with a special handlebar removal tool
  • HeliBars part number: HRT05126

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<![CDATA[BMW HP4 Race Motorcycle Added To California Superbike School Tour]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/12/manufacturers/bmw/bmw-hp4-race-motorcycle-added-california-superbike-school-tour/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/12/manufacturers/bmw/bmw-hp4-race-motorcycle-added-california-superbike-school-tour/#respond Thu, 12 Apr 2018 16:27:38 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=74615 BMW HP4 Race Motorcycle Added To California Superbike School Tour
Whoa! The BMW HP4 Race will be available at Keith Code’s California Superbike School to be test ridden by prospective buyers. At $78,000, it’s few bucks more than we can afford, but it’s certainly one hell of a motorcycle. Just ask Kevin Duke! Begin Release: WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ – April 12, 2018 – Keith Code’s […] more]]>
Whoa! The BMW HP4 Race will be available at Keith Code’s California Superbike School to be test ridden by prospective buyers. At $78,000, it’s few bucks more than we can afford, but it’s certainly one hell of a motorcycle. Just ask Kevin Duke!

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WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ – April 12, 2018 – Keith Code’s California Superbike School (CSS) – Official Training Partner of BMW Motorrad USA – has added a BMW HP4 Race to its stable of motorcycles.  The HP4 Race will be ridden on the track by the CSS coaching staff and will also be available to prospective customers for test rides.  Prospective customers may be designated by BMW Motorrad USA dealers or by CSS coaches.

The 215 hp limited production BMW HP4 Race is individually crafted on a carbon fiber frame.  Weighing 377 lbs. wet, it is nearly 100 lbs. lighter than a stock BMW S 1000 RR and almost the same weight as a MotoGP motorcycle.

“We did not know what to expect when we took it out for a ride, but it’s basically the best track bike we have ever ridden,” commented Keith Code, who founded the CSS in 1980 with the goal of becoming the most comprehensive professional school for the motorcycle enthusiast.

“The HP4 Race scores a “9” or above in every category as well as being easy to ride,” Code added.  “It is a purpose-built, track-only, factory production prototype. The build quality exceeds any competition World Superbike at half the cost. Though it’s priced at $78,000, you get more than what you pay for. The talking points have been the carbon frame and wheels, but the real story is what it’s like to ride. BMW built the best bike possible from the bottom up. It’s not a rehashed streetbike, but rather a purpose-built track machine that’s fun to ride even if you’re not the fastest rider at your track days.”

“It’s the best track bike I’ve ever ridden, by far,” observed Dylan Code, CSS Project Manager/Rider Coach.  “So, here’s one to add to your wish list. You’re never too old to have a good childhood!”

Recognized as the foremost motorcycle school in the world, the CSS has conducted schools in 33 countries at 118 tracks.  In the nearly 40 years since its inception, Keith Code and his staff have trained 150,000 street riders and racers who have claimed 56 World and National Championships.

The CSS curriculum incorporates a training program comprised of 4 separate levels.  Students have the option of attending one or two-day sessions with their own motorcycle or by renting a BMW S1000RR.  Sessions are taught by trained, professional riding coaches to ensure students improve both skills and confidence.

For more information about CSS sessions around the country, phone (323) 224-2734 or visit the CSS website at www.superbikeschool.com.

BMW Group In America 

BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975.  Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003.  The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars; Designworks, a strategic design consultancy based in California; technology offices in Silicon Valley and Chicago, and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 and X4 Sports Activity Coupes.  The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 344 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 153 BMW motorcycle retailers, 127 MINI passenger car dealers, and 36 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers.  BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

Information about BMW products is available to consumers via the Internet at:  www.bmwmotorradusa.com.

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<![CDATA[BMW Wins Innovation Award for Carbon Fiber Swingarm]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/03/manufacturers/bmw/bmw-wins-innovation-award-hp4-races-carbon-fiber-swingarm/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/03/manufacturers/bmw/bmw-wins-innovation-award-hp4-races-carbon-fiber-swingarm/#respond Tue, 03 Apr 2018 19:10:09 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=74378 BMW Wins Innovation Award for Carbon Fiber Swingarm
Back in 2016, both Ducati and BMW announced new carbon-framed sportbikes. Both shown at EICMA, the Ducati 1299 Superleggera and BMW HP4 Race impressed with their use of the lightweight material. Both made use of carbon fiber frames, subframes and wheels. The Superleggera, however, had a slight edge with a carbon fiber swingarm compared to […] more]]>
Back in 2016, both Ducati and BMW announced new carbon-framed sportbikes. Both shown at EICMA, the Ducati 1299 Superleggera and BMW HP4 Race impressed with their use of the lightweight material. Both made use of carbon fiber frames, subframes and wheels. The Superleggera, however, had a slight edge with a carbon fiber swingarm compared to the HP4’s alloy swingarm.

All that makes it ironic that it’s BMW and not Ducati that won an innovation award for developing a carbon fiber swingarm. The award was handed out by the JEC Group, a composite material organization, recognizing innovation in composite materials for the sports and leisure category. BMW beat out a carbon hydrofoil surfboard and a carbon/polyethylenimine hockey stick.

BMW’s swingarm is of a modular design, with a carbon-fiber swingarm with various additional reinforcement materials to adapt the swingarm for different demands, all using a single injection mold. BMW’s process boasts high scalability and reduced costs, claiming a cost of 25 euros per unit for the basic swingarm design without the additional add-ons.

At the moment, the carbon fiber swingarm has not been introduced to any production motorcycle, but we should expect to see it on an updated HP4 Race in the near future.

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BMW Motorrad receives JEC Innovation Award. Prize-winning rear swinging arm made of carbon fibre

Munich. On 7 March 2018, BMW Motorrad was presented with the 2018 JEC Innovation Award in the Leisure & Sports category for the development and manufacture of a rear swinging arm made of carbon fibre. The award ceremony was held at JEC World in Paris Nord Villepinte. As the person at BMW with overall responsibility for funding projects in the area of lightweight composite fibre, Dr. Joachim Starke was there to receive the award on behalf of the team as a whole.

Established in 1996, the JEC Group is the world’s leading specialist organisation for the development, manufacture and processing of composite materials. The JEC Innovation Award is conferred by a jury of international experts and goes to 30 companies in ten categories.

The BMW Group uses lightweight construction in both automobiles and motorcycles, applying an intelligent combination of different materials including carbon fibre as a particularly important element. The latest example from BMW Motorrad was the HP4 RACE, where the entire main frame was made of carbon fibre reinforced plastic produced by means of an industrial RTM process. In 2017 the carbon fibre frame of the HP4 RACE opened a whole new chapter in motorcycle chassis construction, combining optimum technical qualities, uniform manufacturing quality and cost efficiency for the first time.

BMW Motorrad has now taken a further step towards consistent lightweight construction and excellent technical properties in motorcycles with a rear swinging arm likewise produced by means of an industrial process. The project MAI hiras+handle was sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research as part of the leading-edge cluster MAI Carbon. The aim of this cooperative venture bringing together seven partners from industry and research was to develop a process that enabled the cost-effective volume-production use of carbon fibre composite materials (CFP) in structural components subject to high levels of continuous stress. In the case of this particular part, it was also possible to establish a cost-efficient manufacturing process suitable for the large-scale production of injection mould components made of carbon fibre reinforced plastic with CFP tape reinforcements using thermoplastic material.

Project manager Elmar Jäger explains the development of the concept as follows: “We opted for chassis components under continuous load since the requirements involved are especially demanding. While car chassis parts are concealed, the visible motorcycle rear swinging arm was ideal for our project since the forces at work are immediately evident. Our production technique uses CFP in the form of high-strength endless fibres where this is required by the stress pattern, while an injection mould part with short CFP recycling fibres is used where the stress levels are not as high. In this way, we developed a cost-efficient design that can be scaled according to requirements by inserting endless fibres with varying levels of strength in the same tool. These were the points that impressed the international jury. The insights we gained from this motorcycle component are equally valuable from the point of view of car development and can be applied accordingly.”

Joachim Starke explains the new production process and its advantages: “In addition to achieving weight benefits and cutting costs significantly, we also managed to develop a technology that allows precise configuration of component properties by using a variety of composite and metal inserts.” This scalability means that a single tool can be used to produce a wide range of different components at cycle times of less than a minute. The maximum strength can be adjusted by means of additional CFP panels which can be thermoplastically joined. The project also involved successful testing with welding robots. “All this impacts significantly on cost efficiency (component costs) as well as part properties (strength and stiffness),” adds Starke.

“With this example of the rear swinging arm, the project has allowed BMW Motorrad to take on a pioneering role within the motor vehicle industry. The insights gained consistently build on the BMW i3 as the basis for the use of CFP in serial production and include interesting aspects in terms of the future development of new BMW motorcycles and automobiles.

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<![CDATA[BMW Motorrad iParts Revolutionizes Spare Parts Management with 3D Printing]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/02/manufacturers/bmw/bmw-motorrad-iparts-revolutionizes-spare-parts-management/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/04/02/manufacturers/bmw/bmw-motorrad-iparts-revolutionizes-spare-parts-management/#respond Mon, 02 Apr 2018 16:30:32 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=74311 BMW Motorrad iParts Revolutionizes Spare Parts Management with 3D Printing
No matter where you go or where you are, if something on your BMW breaks, you can 3D print any part for your motorcycle and be back on your way in no time. BMW Motorrad iParts new 3D printing system can travel with you and even build you a shelter if you’re savvy enough. It […] more]]>
No matter where you go or where you are, if something on your BMW breaks, you can 3D print any part for your motorcycle and be back on your way in no time. BMW Motorrad iParts new 3D printing system can travel with you and even build you a shelter if you’re savvy enough. It will be available starting in September…

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Woodcliff Lake, NJ – April 1, 2018… A worn valve cap in the middle of the Icelandic ice desert, a gear lever broken off in the depths of the Brazilian jungle or a split oil sump in the hamada: this kind of problem often leads to a lengthy interruption, if not the end, of a motorcycle tour or a long-distance trip on two wheels.

For BMW riders, such inconveniences will be a thing of the past.  Beginning in September, BMW Motorrad will be offering BMW Motorrad iParts as an optional equipment item.  It is a 3D printing system that will allow BMW Motorrad dealers and customers to print out spare parts, as needed, to enable riders to continue their journey as quickly as possible.

BMW Motorrad

High-performance 3D printers at BMW Motorrad sales partners and 3D Mobile Printers for transportation on the motorcycle.

To kickstart the program, 250 selected BMW Motorrad sales partners worldwide will be initially fitted with a permanently installed 3D printing system. This system, which includes an integrated processing center, allows the manufacture and subsequent machining of large and complex parts such as bevel gears, crown gears and engine housings. In this way, BMW Motorrad will be raising the whole area of spare parts to a new level: the new system will mean that even very rarely required parts not generally stocked by BMW Motorrad sales partners can be supplied on a just-in-time basis.

3D Mobile Printers for transportation on the motorcycle.

Smaller parts such as handbrake, clutch or gear levers, valve caps, fork bridges and turn indicator glasses can even be printed out by BMW Motorrad customers themselves using the BMW Motorrad iParts 3D Mobile Printer. This can be done not just at home but even when out and about, since the handy high-tech device can be conveniently stowed in a top case or side case.

Integration of the 3D Mobile Printer in a specially developed CFRP top case.

To compensate for the additional weight of the mobile printer, a special top case made of CFRP has been developed offering a weight reduction of approximately 9 lbs. as compared to a standard top case. Special layer structuring in the CFRP fiber composition ensures noise and vibration damping for optimum, disruption-free use of the printer. It was also possible to integrate the power supply in the laminate to eliminate the visibility of outside cables.

Download of design data and material specifications from the BMW iCloud via smartphone, tablet or PC onto the 3D printer.

The design data and material specifications required for printing purposes are supplied from the BMW iCloud, whether at the customer’s home or during travel: the data is downloaded directly onto the 3D printing systems via mobile phone, tablet or PC. A functioning internet connection is, of course, required for successful download. Anyone traveling on their motorcycle to particularly remote areas of the planet where an internet connection is not always available can make use of the optional equipment item BMW Motorrad iParts Explorer. This enables a selection of potentially required spare parts data to be saved directly on the smartphone before setting off on the journey.

Selective laser sintering – highly sophisticated laser technology for fast and precise manufacturing of spare parts.

3D printing was established for parts development approximately 20 years ago in the form of so-called Rapid Prototyping. Even then, it was possible to create spare parts from plastic using laser technology and a CNC-controlled layering method. This technique has since advanced considerably and it is now possible to produce spare parts made of various metal alloys using Selective Laser Sintering (SLS).

In addition to creating parts from metals such as aluminum, steel and titanium, the BMW Motorrad iParts 3D printers also allow fast production of plastic parts. This means that a turn signal lens that is broken during a fall, for instance, can quickly be replaced with a print-out version. It is even possible to replace a cracked rear mirror using the BMW iParts 3D printers.

BMW Motorrad

Intensive lab testing of the BMW Motorrad iPart 3D Mobile Printers as well as field trials in extreme climate zones across the planet.

BMW Motorrad has carried out extensive functional and strength tests on all the parts approved for 3D printing – initially in the lab and later in the field.

“Once again we were able to draw on in-house synergies and tap into the relevant preliminary development work carried out by BMW Automobiles. Ultimately the challenge was to develop a small, portable, yet high-performance, 3D printer for transportation on the motorcycle. We managed to achieve this in the form of the BMW Motorrad iPart 3D Mobile Printer. The SLS unit is equipped with its own power supply – a high performance saline battery – and was subjected to a range of highly rigorous functional tests both in extreme cold and in blistering heat with a high level of dust exposure,” commented Ignaz Druckmeyer, Head of BMW Motorrad iParts.

The BMW Motorrad iPart 3D Mobile Printer was most recently exposed to extreme conditions in the Australian outback, for example. Even at peak temperatures of plus 118 degrees Fahrenheit and with high volumes of dust, the replicated parts equalled their conventionally manufactured counterparts in all respects.

The BMW Motorrad iPart 3D Mobile Printer was also subjected to extreme cold in the Antarctic. At temperatures of minus 62 degrees, the BMW Motorrad testing team followed in the footsteps of Roald Amundsen, travelling on four BMW R 1200 GS to reach the South Pole on December 16, 2017 – exactly 106 years after Amundsen’s discovery. As was the case on Amundsen’s own expedition, a shelter was erected – in this case symbolically representing the BMW Motorsport tent – with aluminum tent poles produced directly on site using the BMW Motorrad iPart 3D Mobile Printer.

The market launch of the new optional equipment item BMW Motorrad iParts and the BMW Motorrad iPart 3D Mobile Printer will be in September 2018.

April fools…….

 

 

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<![CDATA[Markus Schramm Replaces Stephan Schaller as Head of BMW Motorrad]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/03/23/manufacturers/bmw/markus-schramm-replaces-stephan-schaller-head-bmw-motorrad/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/03/23/manufacturers/bmw/markus-schramm-replaces-stephan-schaller-head-bmw-motorrad/#respond Fri, 23 Mar 2018 19:10:54 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=74181 Markus Schramm Replaces Stephan Schaller as Head of BMW Motorrad
BMW‘s motorcycle division has a new boss as Markus Schramm (left in the photo above) takes over from Stephan Schaller (right) as director of BMW Motorrad. Schaller left the company at the end of February to take on a new role as head of mechanical engineering firm Voith GmbH. Hubert Kühner, BMW head of finance, […] more]]>
BMW‘s motorcycle division has a new boss as Markus Schramm (left in the photo above) takes over from Stephan Schaller (right) as director of BMW Motorrad.

Schaller left the company at the end of February to take on a new role as head of mechanical engineering firm Voith GmbH. Hubert Kühner, BMW head of finance, had been running things since then on a provisional measure, as he is due to retire next month. Schaller has led BMW Motorrad since 2012 when he replaced Hendrik von Kuenheim.

Schramm has been with BMW since 1991, holding various roles, most recently responsible for corporate and product strategy planning.

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BMW Motorrad under new leadership

  • Markus Schramm to take over as director of the BMW Group’s motorcycle business
  • Schramm (55) has been with the BMW Group since 1991 and is a passionate motorcyclist

On 1 May 2018 Dr Markus Schramm will take over as director of BMW Motorrad. He will succeed Stephan Schaller, who left the BMW Group at the end of February 2018 to head up the management team at Voith GmbH & Co. KGaA, in Heidenheim, Germany. In the interim, BMW Motorrad was under the provisional management of Hubert Kühner, Head of Finance, who is due to enter retirement in April 2018.

Dr Markus Schramm (55) has been with the BMW Group since 1991 and is currently responsible for corporate and product strategy planning. He has previously held several management roles in Sales, Aftersales, Strategy, Planning and Controlling. Schramm is a passionate motorcyclist and marathon runner.

With over 90 years of expertise, BMW Motorrad is the most successful manufacturer of premium motorbikes and maxi-scooters. Over the last few years, a number of new models have brought significant growth to the brand, making it the leader in the upper-range motorcycle segment in markets around the world. Last year, BMW Motorrad delivered 164,153 motorcycles to customers worldwide, clocking up its seventh sales record in succession. BMW Motorrad currently sells its products through over 1,200 dealers and importers in 90 countries.

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<![CDATA[BMW K1600 Grand America and G310GS Added to Daytona Bike Week Demo Fleet]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/02/21/events/bmw-k1600-grand-america-g310gs-added-daytona-bike-week-demo-fleet/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/02/21/events/bmw-k1600-grand-america-g310gs-added-daytona-bike-week-demo-fleet/#respond Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:53:36 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=73616 BMW K1600 Grand America and G310GS Added to Daytona Bike Week Demo Fleet
Visitors to Daytona Bike Week will get their chance to test ride BMW’s new K1600 Grand America bagger and G310GS mini-adventure bike. Both models have been added to BMW’s demo lineup at Bike Week, March 10-17. Begin Press Release BMW Motorrad USA Demo Truck Returns To Daytona Dealership For Bike Week Woodcliff Lake, NJ – […] more]]>
Visitors to Daytona Bike Week will get their chance to test ride BMW’s new K1600 Grand America bagger and G310GS mini-adventure bike. Both models have been added to BMW’s demo lineup at Bike Week, March 10-17.

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BMW Motorrad USA Demo Truck Returns To Daytona Dealership For Bike Week

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – February 21, 2018… BMW Motorrad USA will return to Daytona’s Bike Week, March 10-17, with a full lineup of BMW motorcycles for attendees to see and ride, including the new BMW G 310 GS (BMW’s second entry in the smaller displacement segment) and new K 1600 Grand America (a touring bike developed with the American market in mind). BMW Motorrad representatives will be on hand to answer questions about all of the motorcycles and rider apparel on display at BMW Motorcycles of Daytona.

Date: Saturday, March 10 through Saturday, March 17, 2018Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily

Location: BMW Motorcycles of Daytona
118 E Fairview Ave
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Phone (386) 257-2269

For directions, visit:
https://www.eurocyclesofdaytona.com/–BikeWeek

Due to arrive in dealerships this Spring, the 2018 K 1600 Grand America is designed for those seeking a combination of style and optimal long-distance touring comfort. It will come with the same standard features and options as the K 1600 B, with the addition of a high windshield, top case with integrated brake light, audio system, and K 1600 Grand America nameplate as standard. Optional extras include an extra high seat and style package with the color option of Austin Yellow Metallic and Black Storm Metallic. The BMW K 1600 Grand America has a MSRP of $23,195.

The all-new 2018 BMW G 310 GS, also arriving to BMW Motorrad USA retailers this Spring, is BMW’s second single-cylinder motorcycle (following the BMW G 310 R) and the brand’s second most affordable model, offered at a MSRP of $5,940. Weighing in at just 374 lbs, the BMW G 310 GS has a six-speed transmission; smooth responsive power delivery; and best-in-class fuel consumption (at 71 mpg). It comes standard with two-channel ABS, which can be disengaged.

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<![CDATA[The BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy is Headed to Mongolia in 2018]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/02/14/motorcycle-news/the-bmw-motorrad-international-gs-trophy-is-headed-to-mongolia-in-2018/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/02/14/motorcycle-news/the-bmw-motorrad-international-gs-trophy-is-headed-to-mongolia-in-2018/#respond Wed, 14 Feb 2018 19:32:09 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=73503 The BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy is Headed to Mongolia in 2018
The BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy sounds like the adventure of a lifetime! You’ll want to read about this… Begin Press Release: MUNICH, GERMANY – February 13, 2018 – The GS Trophy is heading to Mongolia in June 2018 for what will be its biggest challenge yet. With three new teams joining the competition (Australia, […] more]]>
The BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy sounds like the adventure of a lifetime! You’ll want to read about this…

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MUNICH, GERMANY – February 13, 2018 – The GS Trophy is heading to Mongolia in June 2018 for what will be its biggest challenge yet. With three new teams joining the competition (Australia, India and a second International Female Team) and now with eight days of competition, to allow for the huge distances, the sixth BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy, the Central Asia 2018 edition, is set to break all records.

Encountering… everything!
Each of the previous GS Trophies has found its own theme as the competition has hopped from continent to continent. Some have been about mountains or vast volcanic plateaux, others about desert, and the last (in 2016) took the GS riders into the steamy South East Asian rain forests. For 2018, Mongolia will offer much more in just the one experience as the riders will venture from mountains to the desert via the vast Mongolian Steppe (high-altitude grasslands). The scale, for this edition, is truly epic. Unquestionably this is the kind of experience that adventure riders dream about.

About Mongolia.
Mongolia is both vast (at 1.5 million square kilometres it’s about three times the size of Germany) and sparsely populated – with a population of just 3 million you’d have to travel to Antarctica to find a lesser populated region!

The country is of course best known for having been the seat of power for the Mongolian Empire when in the 13th century Genghis Khan created the biggest contiguous empire ever known to history. Today, some 30% are still said to be following the centuries-old nomadic horse culture, crossing the steppe each season to graze their livestock, principally yaks and camels.

Where is Mongolia? From Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s capital, to Munich (home of BMW Motorrad) is about 8250km by road and track, a journey that typically takes around three weeks. It’s still13 hours by plane. It shares its southern border with China while Russia (essentially Siberia) lies to the north. The plateau sits at an altitude of around 1000-1500m above sea level and this will keep the temperatures cooler, the participants should expect anything between frost-nipped 0ºC nights through to about 25ºC during the day. Conditions can nonetheless get pretty extreme – high winds and dust storms are not uncommon. And while Mongolia is a surprisingly sunny country (averaging around 250 sunny days a year) summer is the rainy season!

All this means the GS riders will need to be ready to deal with a whole range of terrain types as they’ll travel across mountains, through canyons, across the steppe and into desert. So that’s rock, gravel, grasses, probably mud and finally sand, with all kinds of elevations and gradients to contend with.

About the GS Trophy.
The GS Trophy is a celebration of the spirit of the BMW GS motorcycle, bringing together those elements of leisure, adventure and challenge that this bike engenders. The Central Asia 2018 event is the sixth edition of the GS Trophy, the previous editions took place in South East Asia (Thailand) in 2016, North America (Canada) in 2014, South America (Chile, Argentina) in 2012, South Africa (SA, Swaziland, Mozambique) in 2010 and North Africa) (Tunisia) in 2008. This edition will see 18 teams competing, comprising 54 riders.

The event is not a race but a team competition, pitching the GS-riding international contingent against each other in a series of challenges – and not all involve riding. With the competitors camped nightly in a bivouac, the event also fosters a sense of brotherhood, sisterhood – and camaraderie. The successful team will be respectful of their environment, sympathetic to their machinery and understanding of team-mates.

The event begins on June 1, 2018 when the competitors will arrive at the event HQ in Ulaanbataar for a programme of rider briefings, bike allocations and media meetings.

The competition itself will start on June 3 and ends on June 10.

Follow the event.
BMW Motorrad will provide a multi-channel media experience during the event, details of which will be released closer to the time. For now you can find out more about the event and the teams at the dedicated website: www.gstrophy.com .

You will find press material on BMW motorcycles and BMW Motorrad rider equipment in the BMW Group PressClub at www.press.bmwgroup.com.

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<![CDATA[BMW Sold a Record 164,153 Motorcycles in 2017]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/01/18/manufacturers/bmw/bmw-sold-a-record-164153-motorcycles-in-2017/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/01/18/manufacturers/bmw/bmw-sold-a-record-164153-motorcycles-in-2017/#respond Thu, 18 Jan 2018 18:16:06 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=72946 BMW Sold a Record 164,153 Motorcycles in 2017
On top of the record December sales in the U.S. announced last week, BMW announced it also set an overall company record for worldwide sales, with 164,153 motorcycles sold in 2017. This represents BMW’s seventh consecutive year of sales growth, including an impressive 13.2% increase on the 145,032 units sold in 2016. BMW will need […] more]]>
On top of the record December sales in the U.S. announced last week, BMW announced it also set an overall company record for worldwide sales, with 164,153 motorcycles sold in 2017. This represents BMW’s seventh consecutive year of sales growth, including an impressive 13.2% increase on the 145,032 units sold in 2016. BMW will need to maintain this momentum if it hopes to reach its stated goal of topping 200,000 motorcycles sold by 2020.

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Seven in a row. BMW Motorrad achieves seventh all-time sales high in succession in 2017

Worldwide deliveries increase by 13.2% to 164,153 vehicles. BMW Motorrad continues on its path of growth. Focus on new markets and continue with model initiative

Munich. BMW Motorrad sold more motorcycles and maxi scooters in 2017 than ever before. Compared to the previous year, deliveries increased by 13.2 %. As of December 2017 a total of 164,153 vehicles (previous year: 145,032 units) were supplied to customers.

Stephan Schaller, General Director of BMW Motorrad: “2017 was another very successful year for BMW Motorrad. We achieved a sales record for the seventh time in succession. I would like to thank our customers most sincerely for the enormous trust they have placed in us.

With this next sales record, BMW Motorrad takes another great step towards reaching its planned 200.000 units sales target in the year 2020.

As Schaller says: “The 2017 sales figures once again show that our motorcycle strategy is taking effect. And we have a great deal planned for the coming years. We will continue to consistently pursue our current model initiative in the premium segment. We will expand our product range with emotional and innovative new products in 2018, too. The new middle class GS models are already underway and further great products will follow. BMW Motorrad is looking into the future with great confidence.

Strong sales growth in Europe and Asia.

The strongest growth was recorded above all in Europe in 2017. Here an all-time high was achieved. The engines of growth were once again France (16,607 units / +24.3 %), Italy (14,430 units / +17.3 %), Spain (11,193 units / +17.6 %) and the UK / IE (9,550 units / +8.7 %) where all sales figures increased considerably. Overall around 15.0 % more vehicles were delivered in Europe including Germany than in the previous year. The Asian market is also continuing to grow. China and Japan are among the Asian markets with the strongest double-digit growth. In India the BMW Group’s own sales subsidiary has begun successfully selling BMW motorcycles.

Germany is once again the largest single market for BMW Motorrad. With 26,664 units sold, BMW Motorrad boosted sales by another 7.1 %. BMW Motorrad defends its position as the most successful motorcycle manufacturer on the German market in 2017, too.

GS models gaining ever more ground.

For the first time in BMW Motorrad’s history, more than 50,000 units of the two R 1200 GS and GS Adventure travel enduros alone were sold. Sales of the traditionally strong R Series increased significantly overall. Thanks to the new R nineT model variants “Pure”, “Racer” and “Urban G/S”, sales in the flat twin boxer segment increased strongly by 9.6% to a total of 86,090 motorcycles.

The sports-oriented BMW S Series with the S 1000 RR Supersports Bike, the S 1000 R Power Roadster and the S 1000 XR Adventure Bike were sold 21,752 times worldwide. With a share of 13.3%, these three models continue to be an important pillar in the wide BMW Motorrad range.

New capacity segment below 500 cc is moving ahead under full steam.

11,595 units of the G 310 R and G 310 GS models introduced in 2017, were already delivered to customers by the end of the year. The two new displacement newcomers from BMW Motorrad are not only very popular in the intended growth markets such as South America or Asia. In Europe too, there is a great deal of interest among newcomers and re-starters for the agile all-rounders.

Luxury tourers in the fast lane.

Sales of the 6-cylinder models are also developing very positively. Already in its first year of sales, the K 1600 Bagger, which is aimed especially at the US market, is proof of the unbroken trend towards large-capacity, emotional touring bikes. Timo Resch, BMW Motorrad Head of Sales and Marketing: “With 6,719 units sold and a 50% increase in sales, our 6-cylinder models are among the big winners of 2017. After Germany, the USA will remain an important market for BMW Motorrad in the coming years, too. We will continue to increase our involvement in this important market in order to strengthen BMW Motorrad’s position there.” Resch continues: “We are also responding to the special US market requirements with the K 1600 Grand America recently presented at the Milan motorcycle show. By also consistently expanding our sales structure, we are generating a sound basis for strong growth.

BMW Motorrad as the innovative trailblazer.

In 2017 too, BMW Motorrad proved itself to be the innovative leader in many areas. The exclusive HP4 RACE with its lightweight carbon fibre frame and wheels attracted great attention. We also responded to the need for increasing digitalisation expressed by customers. The multifunctional instrument cluster with 6.5 inch full-colour TFT display featuring a wide range of navigation and communication functions was already launched in 2017. This feature is being expanded to further models now, too.

Outlook at 2018.

BMW Motorrad gets started in 2018 with a powerful product portfolio and is in excellent shape all round. Timo Resch, BMW Motorrad Head of Sales and Marketing: “We expect to see further growth in sales for our vehicles in 2018, too. We are looking forward to the positive impulses generated by the launch of the completely new F models F 750 GS and F 850 GS as well as the much anticipated C 400 X midsize scooter. Expanding our urban mobility product range is a key topic for the future of BMW Motorrad.”

The BMW Group

With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services. The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production and assembly facilities in 14 countries; the company has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2017, the BMW Group sold over 2,463,500 passenger vehicles and more than 164,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the financial year 2016 was approximately € 9.67 billion on revenues amounting to € 94.16 billion. As of 31 December 2016, the BMW Group had a workforce of 124,729 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based 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.

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<![CDATA[BMW Motorrad USA Reports Record Year End Sale Numbers with 37.3% Growth in December]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/01/11/manufacturers/bmw/bmw-motorrad-reports-record-year-end-sale-numbers/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2018/01/11/manufacturers/bmw/bmw-motorrad-reports-record-year-end-sale-numbers/#respond Fri, 12 Jan 2018 01:58:15 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=72823 BMW Motorrad USA Reports Record Year End Sale Numbers with 37.3% Growth in December
BMW Motorrad finished 2017 strong with record year-over-year sales growth in November and December despite the struggling industry. Motorcycle sales increased 27% in November and 37.3% in December compared to the same months in 2016, however, overall sales for 2017 were down just 1.3% overall compared to 2016. BMW is happy though, as December was […] more]]>
BMW Motorrad finished 2017 strong with record year-over-year sales growth in November and December despite the struggling industry. Motorcycle sales increased 27% in November and 37.3% in December compared to the same months in 2016, however, overall sales for 2017 were down just 1.3% overall compared to 2016. BMW is happy though, as December was their highest grossing December since 2004. The R 1200 GS is currently their most popular model, and sales numbers continue to grow. We hope this trend will be enjoyed by all manufacturers and foreshadows the industry’s future as a whole.

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WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ – January 11, 2018 – BMW Motorrad reported sales of 13,546 motorcycles for 2017, down just 1.3% from the 13,730 motorcycles sold in 2016.  However, despite the slight downturn, BMW outpaced the rest of the motorcycle industry (which was down 3.2%) and its relevant competition (which was down 6.3%).

Sales of BMW motorcycles increased 37.3% in December 2017 (1,270 units) compared to December sales in 2016 (925 units), capping eight months of steady growth over the previous year in BMW Motorrad’s strongest export market.  BMW Motorrad USA posted a 15% growth in sales from September through December compared to the same period in 2016, and showed a 27% growth in sales from November through December in 2017 compared to the previous year.

“We are proud to report these impressive results despite current market conditions,” commented Michael Peyton, Vice President, BMW Motorrad North America.  “BMW Motorrad USA achieved all-time record sales in November, while December 2017 was our best December since 2004 and our fourth consecutive month of sales growth.”

According to Peyton, strong year-end results were driven by the ever-popular BMW R 1200 GS Adventure, which accounted for 15% of December sales volume.

“New and loyal customers; the broadest model range in our history; and a strong and growing dealer network will continue to propel BMW motorcycle sales in the coming year,” he observed.

BMW’s robust product offensive will continue in 2018 with the recent introduction of the new 215 hp BMW HP4 Race limited-volume, supersport motorcycle (BMW’s most-exclusive motorcycle ever offered), the 2018 BMW G 310 GS (BMW’s second entry in the smaller displacement segment), the 2018 BMW C evolution electric scooter, the 2018 BMW C 400 X (premium mid-sized scooter), the 2018 BMW K 1600 B Grand America, as well as several special-option motorcycles.

BMW’s diverse range of adventure models, roadsters, sport bikes, tourers, and scooters can be seen and ridden at 153 U.S. retailers.  Many new and updated BMW models are also currently making their debut at motorcycle shows around the country.   For more information about BMW motorcycles and retailers, visit:  www.bmwmotorcycles.com. For information about The Progressive International Motorcycle Show schedule, visit:  www.motorcycleshows.com/.

BMW Group In America

BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975.  Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003.  The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars; Designworks, a strategic design consultancy based in California; technology offices in Silicon Valley and Chicago, and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 and X4 Sports Activity Coupes.  The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 344 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 153 BMW motorcycle retailers, 127 MINI passenger car dealers, and 36 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers.  BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

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<![CDATA[RSD Reveals BMW GS Accessory Line]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/11/22/products/rsd-reveals-bmw-gs-accessory-line/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/11/22/products/rsd-reveals-bmw-gs-accessory-line/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 23:43:16 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=71930 RSD Reveals BMW GS Accessory Line
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Take a look at these RSD BMW GS accessories – available just in time for the holidays.

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PRESS RELEASE

November 22, 2017

RSD SIGNATURE STYLING IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE BMW GS

Continuing a relationship with BMW that began with the R nineT, RSD has designed, developed and produced a line of accessory component pieces that bring RSD’s signature style to the BMW GS line of motorcycles. Focusing on critical visual areas of the GS platform, the RSD GS line targets replacing key components on the iconic adventure machine without detracting from its already legendary styling; instead, the products complement it. This is touring in style.

Manufactured in high quality billet aluminum, all nine products meet the strict quality standards expected by BMW owners. Utilizing stainless fasteners, the machined aluminum features durable coatings that will endure miles of adventure.

RSD BMW GS Bar End Kit No Hand Guard

Simple and stylish Bar Ends manufactured from high-quality 6061 billet aluminum with RSD’s signature Contrast Cut finish add protection and style to the GS handlebars.

  • Not for use with OEM Hand Guards
  • Sold as a pair
  • Hardware included
  • CNC Machined

RSD BMW GS Bar End Kit with Hand Guard

Simple and stylish Bar Ends manufactured from high-quality 6061 billet aluminum with RSD’s signature Contrast Cut finish add protection and style to the GS handlebars.

  • Fits with OEM Hand Guards
  • Sold as a pair
  • Hardware included
  • CNC Machined

RSD BMW GS Frame Plug Kit

Black anodized and Contrast Cut machined from high-quality 6061 billet aluminum, the Frame Plug Kit replaces the OEM frame hardware with RSD signature styled pieces.

  • Five plugs included in kit
  • Hardware included
  • Polyurethane wedged plugs for simple and secure mounting
  • Compliments the Sub-Frame Plug Kit
  • CNC Machined

RSD BMW GS Rear Axle Plugs

Black anodized and Contrast Cut machined from high-quality 6061 billet aluminum, the Hub Cover replaces the standard plastic with durable and RSD signature styled piece.

  • Sold as a pair
  • Hardware included
  • Laser engraved Roland Sands Design
  • CNC Machined

RSD BMW GS Reservoir Cover Kit

Contrast Cut machined from high-quality 6061 billet aluminum, the RSD Reservoir Covers enhance the riders view by replacing the OEM Brake and Clutch Master Cylinder Caps.

  • Sold as a pair
  • Removal of OEM caps not necessary
  • CNC engraved RSD Logo
  • Hardware included
  • CNC Machined

RSD BMW GS Rear Drive Pivot Plug

Contrast Cut machined from high-quality 6061 billet aluminum, the RSD Pivot Plug replaces the OEM plastic component with a high quality billet aluminum Contrast Cut part.

  • Hardware included
  • Wedged plugs for simple and secure mounting
  • CNC Machined

RSD BMW GS Sub Frame Plug Kit

Black anodized and Contrast Cut machined from billet aluminum, the RSD Frame Plug Kit covers your basic OEM frame hardware with RSD style.

  • Sold as a pair
  • Hardware included
  • Polyurethane wedged plugs for simple and secure mounting
  • Compliments the Frame Plug Kit
  • CNC Machined

RSD BMW GS Swingarm Pivot Plugs

Contrast Cut machined from high-quality 6061 billet aluminum, the RSD Swing Arm Pivot Plugs cover the OEM frame hardware with a highly details RSD signature piece.

  • Sold as a pair
  • Hardware included
  • Wedged plugs for simple and secure mounting
  • CNC Machined

RSD BMW GS Windscreen Trim

Contrast Cut machined from high-quality 6061 billet aluminum, the RSD Windscreen Trim enhances the look and durability of the stock BMW windscreen.

  • Sold as a pair
  • Hardware included
  • Laser engraved Roland Sands Design
  • CNC Machined

About Roland Sands Design:

Roland Sands Design is a motorcycle, product and apparel company that has its roots in racing, custom bike building and design. Our inspiration comes from a high performance background that blends the love of two wheels with the desire to create unique products. We live the two wheeled life and our crew is a diverse collection of road racers, off-road, dirt track, super moto and custom bike builders and riders. It’s this diversity that allows us to work with the best in the industry on a wide variety of projects. Follow all bike builds, new products and the life and times of the Roland Sands Design crew at www.rolandsands.com.

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<![CDATA[New 2018 BMW Models to Make US Debuts at Long Beach IMS]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/11/16/manufacturers/bmw/new-2018-bmw-make-us-debut-long-beach-ims/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/11/16/manufacturers/bmw/new-2018-bmw-make-us-debut-long-beach-ims/#respond Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:59:10 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=71804 New 2018 BMW Models to Make US Debuts at Long Beach IMS
BMW will present several new 2018 models at this weekend’s International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach, Calif. For many of these models, the event will be their U.S. debuts following their global reveals last week at EICMA. These include the K1600B Grand America and C400X scooter (pictured below). Also confirmed for Long Beach are the […] more]]>
BMW will present several new 2018 models at this weekend’s International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach, Calif. For many of these models, the event will be their U.S. debuts following their global reveals last week at EICMA.

These include the K1600B Grand America and C400X scooter (pictured below). Also confirmed for Long Beach are the G310GS introduced at last year’s EICMA show and the C Evolution electric scooter, and the recently-reviewed carbon fiber HP4 Race. BMW says it will also have several special edition motorcycles on display at IMS.

Conspicuously absent, however, are the new F750GS and F850GS that were also introduced last week in Milan. Neither model has been confirmed as of this writing for the U.S. market, though both models are expected eventually.

 

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<![CDATA[2018 BMW HP4 Race Debuted At 13th Annual Barber Vintage Festival]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/10/09/manufacturers/bmw/2018-bmw-hp4-race-debuted/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/10/09/manufacturers/bmw/2018-bmw-hp4-race-debuted/#respond Tue, 10 Oct 2017 01:36:58 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=71265 2018 BMW HP4 Race Debuted At 13th Annual Barber Vintage Festival
BMW Motorrad USA debuted their new 2018 HP4 Race at the 13th annual Barber Vintage Festival this past weekend. Production will be exclusive and limited to only 750 of these handmade, racetrack-only superbikes that feature a fully carbon frame and wheels, as well as a 215 hp fire-breathing motor. Begin Press Release: WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ […] more]]>
BMW Motorrad USA debuted their new 2018 HP4 Race at the 13th annual Barber Vintage Festival this past weekend. Production will be exclusive and limited to only 750 of these handmade, racetrack-only superbikes that feature a fully carbon frame and wheels, as well as a 215 hp fire-breathing motor.

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WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ – October 6, 2017 – BMW Motorrad USA is bringing something very new to one of the largest vintage motorcycle festivals this weekend: the 2018 BMW HP4 Race. This 215 hp masterpiece of engineering prowess represents the most exclusive motorcycle ever offered by BMW; it is a handmade, racetrack-only limited-edition superbike that will only be available to 750 racing enthusiasts worldwide. Reinforcing its exclusivity, each HP4 Race is identified with a sequentially numbered carbon badge on the milled fork bridge, ranging from 001/750 to 750/750. The HP4 Race– the first motorcycle in the world to offer a fully carbon frame and fully carbon wheels – will be showcased at the BMW display in the vendor area as well as in the pit area with BMW Motorrad Motorsports Advisor and test rider Nate Kern.  Festival attendees will have no trouble locating it, as the bike will be started up periodically throughout the weekend and the roar of its pure-bred engine will be unmistakable.

Further details on the all-new HP4 Race here.

Throughout the weekend, BMW Motorrad USA will offer demo rides on a full lineup of models, including the recently released BMW G 310 R, K 1600 B Bagger, and C evolution electric scooter.   In the vendor area, BMW will also showcase its customizable Heritage family of motorcycles – the R nineT, R nineT Scrambler, the R nineT Pure, the R nineT Racer, and the R nineT Urban G/S – and offer visitors an opportunity to experience style in the fast lane on a customizable R nineT Racer via EyeRide Virtual Reality. On Saturday, October 7, spectators can watch the R nineT in action when AMA Battle of the Twins point leader Nate Kern competes in the first-ever AHRMA Formula Thunder Pro Challenge.

The 13th Annual Barber Vintage Festival

The 13th annual Barber Vintage Festival is one of the largest vintage festivals in the country. With more than 73,651 attending last year’s festival, up from 69,624 the year before, the festival continues to grow each year allowing more events and opportunities for the fans. The weekend will consist of on-track racing action provided by the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA), in addition to motorcycle displays, bike shows, stunt shows and more. The Fan Zone will feature the popular Wall of Death stunt show, club gatherings, food, and entertainment. Adding to the weekend activities, the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum will feature extended hours, special displays and technical seminars.

For more information about the Barber Vintage Festival, visit: http://www.barbermuseum.org/events/barber-vintage-festival/

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<![CDATA[Double Podium for BMW Rider Matteo Ferrari in Italy]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/10/09/racing/bmw-superbike-championship-podium-finishes/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/10/09/racing/bmw-superbike-championship-podium-finishes/#respond Mon, 09 Oct 2017 16:55:44 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=71252 Double Podium for BMW Rider Matteo Ferrari in Italy
BMW Superbike riders secure impressive race finishes in Italian and Australian Superbike Championships this past weekend. Begin Press Release: Munich, Germany – October 9, 2017 – Last weekend brought more success for the BMW Motorrad Motorsport community: in the Italian Superbike Championship (CIV), BMW rider Matteo Ferrari (ITA) wrapped up the 2017 season with a […] more]]>
BMW Superbike riders secure impressive race finishes in Italian and Australian Superbike Championships this past weekend.

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Munich, Germany – October 9, 2017 – Last weekend brought more success for the BMW Motorrad Motorsport community: in the Italian Superbike Championship (CIV), BMW rider Matteo Ferrari (ITA) wrapped up the 2017 season with a double podium at Vallelunga (ITA). Also on the weekend’s schedule was the final round of the Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK).

Italian Superbike Championship at Vallelunga, Italy.

The sixth and final round of the 2017 Italian Superbike Championship (CIV) was held at Vallelunga, north of the Italian capital Rome. The season ended with a successful outing for BMW rider Matteo Ferrari (ITA). He claimed a double podium on his DMR Racing BMW S 1000 RR. Ferrari secured third place in both races on Saturday and Sunday. His team-mate Denni Schiavoni (ITA) finished both races in the top-ten with ninth and tenth positions respectively. In the CIV championship standings, Ferrari was the highest placed BMW rider, finishing the season in fourth overall.

Australian Superbike Championship at Phillip Island, Australia.

The famous Phillip Island Circuit, south of Melbourne (AUS), hosted the final round of the 2017 Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK). Ted Collins (AUS) was in action for BMW team NextGen Motorsports for the event. He had secured an early title win in the Australian Supersport Championship and the team gave him the opportunity to debut in the Superbike class at the Phillip Island round. Collins used the weekend to get acquainted with the powerful BMW S 1000 RR. In race one, he collected his first points by finishing 14th and in the second race he crossed the line in 16th.

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<![CDATA[See the New BMW C evolution electric scooter in L.A. This Saturday]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/09/13/electric/see-new-bmw-c-evolution-electric-scooter-l-saturday/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/09/13/electric/see-new-bmw-c-evolution-electric-scooter-l-saturday/#respond Wed, 13 Sep 2017 21:37:44 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=70812 See the New BMW C evolution electric scooter in L.A. This Saturday
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It’s National Drive Electric Week here in LaLa Land, and among the things going on at Los Angeles State Historic Park in downtown L.A. is the BMW display, including its all-new self-proclaimed world’s first “electrically powered premium large scooter”.


BMW PRESS RELEASE:

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – September 13, 2017… Visitors to the National Drive Electric Week Event at Los Angeles State Historic Park will be able to see the latest in two-wheel electric vehicle technology from BMW Motorrad – the 2017 C evolution electric scooter. The world’s first electrically powered premium large scooter is now available at select California BMW Motorrad retailers, and will be soon be offered at BMW Motorrad retailers in other states. The powerful, completely electric drivetrain offers 53 lb-ft of immediate torque (0-31 mph in 2.8 sec.) and a riding range of up to 99 miles. It comes standard with ABS, Torque Control Assist, Reverse Assist, and four riding modes (Road, Eco Pro, Dynamic, and Sail). The C evolution also features an on-board computer and large multifunction TFT display with detailed range and charge information, and a five-year 30,000-mile battery warranty.

 

Date:            Saturday, September 16, 2017

Time:            10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location:       Los Angeles State Historic Park

1245 N. Spring St.

Los Angeles, CA

More info about the C evolution here.

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<![CDATA[2014-2017 BMW R NineT Recalled for Loose Swingarm Pivot Pin Bolts]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/08/29/manufacturers/bmw/2014-2017-bmw-r-ninet-recalled-loose-swingarm-pivot-pin-bolts/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/08/29/manufacturers/bmw/2014-2017-bmw-r-ninet-recalled-loose-swingarm-pivot-pin-bolts/#respond Tue, 29 Aug 2017 17:09:07 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=70597 2014-2017 BMW R NineT Recalled for Loose Swingarm Pivot Pin Bolts
It hasn’t been a good summer for BMW when it comes to motorcycle recalls. Already, we’ve reported on recalls for the R1200GS and R1200GS Adventure, C650GT and C Evolution scooters, as well as a recall on the police-spec R1200RT-P Authority. We can now add the R NineT to the list of recalled BMW motorcycles, to […] more]]>
It hasn’t been a good summer for BMW when it comes to motorcycle recalls. Already, we’ve reported on recalls for the R1200GS and R1200GS Adventure, C650GT and C Evolution scooters, as well as a recall on the police-spec R1200RT-P Authority. We can now add the R NineT to the list of recalled BMW motorcycles, to repair a problem with loose bolts on the swingarm pivot pin. The recall affects 3,368 units in the U.S.. As of this writing, only the R NineT is affected by this recall; the Scrambler, Racer, Urban G/S and Pure variants are not listed in the recall documentation.

According to documents released by the National Highway Traffic Association, the bolts connecting the right-side swingarm pivot pin to the frame may loosen. BMW attributes the problem to a production process error by supplier Walter Automobiltecnik, where the chamfer cutting process in the frame was not performed to specification. As a result, the specified torque for the bolts may not provide sufficient clamping force.

A loose right-side swingarm pivot pin may affect the handling and stability of the R NineT, increasing the risk of a crash. Bikes with this issue may produce an unusual noise or rattling sound.

The problem was first reported in April 2016 with an R NineT in Turkey. BMW began field monitoring after this initial report. From May to November 2016, BMW received three more complaints regarding handling issues and a loose pivot pin. BMW received two more complaints from April to June 2017, one of which alleged lose of control to a loose wheel. These reports led BMW to conduct an inspection of pivot pin bolt torque on BMW’s internal stock. The review discovered varying degrees of loose bolts.

An analysis of engineering drawings, specifications and CAD drawings indicated the pivot pins may not be properly positioned due to a chamfer that was not cut to specification.

BMW dealers will remove the pivot pin bolts on recalled models, clean them and then re-install them with the correct torque and and adhesive.

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<![CDATA[2017 BMW C 650GT and C Evolution Scooters Recalled]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/08/23/recall-2/2017-bmw-c-650gt-c-evolution-scooters-recalled-missing-dot-stamps/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/08/23/recall-2/2017-bmw-c-650gt-c-evolution-scooters-recalled-missing-dot-stamps/#respond Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:57:32 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=70507 2017 BMW C 650GT and C Evolution Scooters Recalled
BMW is recalling the 2017 C 650GT and C Evolution scooters because their front wheels may be missing the required DOT markings. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 120 Sections 5.2(b) and (c) require rims to bear markings with the rim size and DOT designation. These markings are important as they specify the correct tire size […] more]]>
BMW is recalling the 2017 C 650GT and C Evolution scooters because their front wheels may be missing the required DOT markings.

Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 120 Sections 5.2(b) and (c) require rims to bear markings with the rim size and DOT designation. These markings are important as they specify the correct tire size for these scooters. The recall affects units produced in May and June, affecting 28 C 650GT scooters and 9 C Evolution electric scooters; the C 650 Sport uses a similar wheel but it is not included in the recall.

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According to documents submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration by BMW, a tool used in the production of the rims did not have the relevant DOT markings.

The problem was first identified on July 11 during quality checks at BMW’s motorcycle preparation center. Recall procedures were initiated three days later. As of this writing, BMW had received no reports of any accidents or injuries related to the issue.

BMW dealers will inspect the front rims of recalled scooters and, if required, replace them with rims bearing the correct markings.

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<![CDATA[2017 Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship Heads to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/08/15/racing/2017-mopar-canadian-superbike-championship-heads-canadian-tire-motorsport-park/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/08/15/racing/2017-mopar-canadian-superbike-championship-heads-canadian-tire-motorsport-park/#respond Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:47:54 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=70400 2017 Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship Heads to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
The 2017 Canadian Superbike Championship comes to a head this weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ont. Points leader Jordan Szoke will look to win his 12th CSBK title (and third in a row). Competing on an S1000RR, Szoke will also be trying to secure points towards the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy, the […] more]]>
The 2017 Canadian Superbike Championship comes to a head this weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ont.

Points leader Jordan Szoke will look to win his 12th CSBK title (and third in a row). Competing on an S1000RR, Szoke will also be trying to secure points towards the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy, the international cross-championship challenge for BMW road racers. Szoke won the trophy last year and will look to defend his title at CTMP.

Not only will Szoke race in the CTMP double-header, he’ll also be performing in a freestyle motocross show during the race weekend.

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CANADIAN TIRE MOTORSPORT PARK SET TO HOST MOPAR CANADIAN SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLE HEADER SEASON FINALE

(BOWMANVILLE, Ont. – August 15, 2017) Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) is set to host Canada’s top motorcycle road racers August 18-20 as they compete for the national Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship. The weekend event features the final two races of the 2017 season and will showcase a number of championship battles.

Jordan Szoke, of Lynden, Ontario will be back again looking to secure his third consecutive (and 12th overall), Mopar Pro Superbike Championship riding his BMW S1000RR. Fierce competition is sure to come from challenger Kenny Riedmann of Belfountain, Ontario, sitting a mere 60 points behind Szoke – Riedmann pilots a Kawasaki ZX-10R. National titles will also be secured in other classes including Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike, Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike, Shoei Helmets Amateur Sport Bike and the Kawasaki Ninja 300 Racing Series – the weekend schedule includes a full slate of racing action.

“We are thrilled to be hosting another Superbike Doubleheader Weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park,” said Myles Brandt, President and General Manager, CTMP. “With 2017 marking the 50-year anniversary of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix, we proudly celebrate a momentous year within the motor sport community.”

New for 2017 at CTMP is Jordan Szoke’s Extreme Show set to perform a high-adrenaline freestyle motocross show on Saturday and Sunday. Unlike traditional motocross, freestyle places more emphasis on the abilities of the daredevil riders who perform mesmerizing jumps over a stretch of up to 75-feet, providing a fun and unique experience for race fans to watch. With the purchase of an event ticket, fans can enjoy the exciting off-track action and have access to paddock areas, CTMP Marketplace, Pinty’s Trackside Grill and the CTMP Official Merchandise Trailer.

Various ticket packages are available for purchase, including single-day tickets for each day of the weekend, general & RV camping, and a VIP hospitality package for those who would like to be closer to the action in style. For more information on tickets and pricing, please visit canadiantiremotorsportpark.com.

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<![CDATA[2017 BMW C Evolution Electric Scooter Launching in California]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/07/31/manufacturers/bmw/2017-bmw-c-evolution-electric-scooter-launching-california/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/07/31/manufacturers/bmw/2017-bmw-c-evolution-electric-scooter-launching-california/#respond Mon, 31 Jul 2017 16:18:13 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=70126 2017 BMW C Evolution Electric Scooter Launching in California
The 2017 BMW C Evolution electric scooter is finally coming to the U.S., with a soft launch in California this summer before expanding to other states. U.S. pricing starts at $13,750, but customers may order one with heated grips ($250), anti-theft alarm ($395) and a comfort seat ($145). 2017 BMW C Evolution Scooter Coming to […] more]]>
The 2017 BMW C Evolution electric scooter is finally coming to the U.S., with a soft launch in California this summer before expanding to other states. U.S. pricing starts at $13,750, but customers may order one with heated grips ($250), anti-theft alarm ($395) and a comfort seat ($145).

2017 BMW C Evolution Scooter Coming to US

Available in Europe since 2014, the C Evolution is powered by the same battery modules as BMW’s i3 car. While European customers have a choice between short range (62 miles) and long range (99 miles) versions, only the long range version will be offered in the U.S.

Notably, BMW Motorrad’s press release calls the C Evolution the company’s “first step toward alternative drivetrains,” (emphasis ours) confirming that more electric BMW motorcycles and scooters are in the works.

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MY 2017 C evolution (arriving summer 2017)

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MSRP — $13,750

The C evolution will initially be introduced in the U.S. as part of a pilot program and will only be available in California at the time of launch. As interest in the C evolution builds, BMW Motorrad USA will expand this product offering to BMW Motorrad retailers in other states. As the world’s first electrically powered premium large scooter, the C evolution presents BMW Motorrad’s first step toward alternative drivetrains, and reinforces the BMW Group’s commitment to sustainability.

Standard Features and Specifications

  • Only the long-range version will be launched in the U.S. (99-mile range)
  • Three 115-150 V, 94 Ah lithium ion battery modules from the BMW i3: 12 battery cells per module
  • Energy conservation when coasting or braking
  • Rated peak output = 48 hp / Max speed = 80 mph
  • 53 lb-ft of immediate torque. 0-31 mph in 2.8 sec
  • Standard ABS, Torque Control Assist (TCA), Reverse Assist, and 4 Ride Modes (Road, Eco Pro, Dynamic, and Sail)
  • On-Board Computer and large Multifunction TFT display w/ detailed range and charge information
  • 5-year, 30,000-mile battery warranty
  • 30.1” seat height
  • Standard charging cable (charges in 9 ½ hours with 110 V socket)
  • Fast-charge 220 V accessory cable takes 4 hours
  • Upside-down forks; adjustable rear pre-load
  • Continuously Variable Automatic Transmission (CVT)
  • Stepless Power Adjustable Windshield with Wind Guide Vanes
  • Illuminated Storage Compartment
  • Side stand that activates parking-brake + center stand

Colors

  • Ionic Silver Metallic / Electric Green is the only color offered ($0)

Options

  • Heated Grips ($250 MSRP)
  • Anti-Theft Alarm ($395 MSRP)
  • Comfort Seat ($145 MSRP)

Packages

  • No packages are available

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<![CDATA[2018 BMW HP4 Race Priced at $78,000 US]]> https://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/07/31/manufacturers/bmw/2018-bmw-hp4-race-price-at-78000-us/ https://blog.motorcycle.com/2017/07/31/manufacturers/bmw/2018-bmw-hp4-race-price-at-78000-us/#respond Mon, 31 Jul 2017 15:56:39 +0000 https://blog.motorcycle.com/?p=70117 2018 BMW HP4 Race Priced at $78,000 US
BMW has announced U.S. pricing for its exotic carbon fiber sportbike. Arriving in American dealerships this fall, the 2018 BMW HP4 Race is priced at $78,000. BMW HP4 RACE Revealed in All its Carbon Fiber Glory Only 750 units will be produced, worldwide, but it’s not clear how many will be available in the U.S. […] more]]>
BMW has announced U.S. pricing for its exotic carbon fiber sportbike. Arriving in American dealerships this fall, the 2018 BMW HP4 Race is priced at $78,000.

BMW HP4 RACE Revealed in All its Carbon Fiber Glory

Only 750 units will be produced, worldwide, but it’s not clear how many will be available in the U.S. Visit the link above for our original announcement post, but for the cliff notes version, here’s what $78,000 gets you below.

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2018 HP4 Race (arriving Fall 2017)

MSRP — $ 78,000

Standard Features and Specifications  

  • Volume is limited to 750 consecutively-numbered units worldwide
  • Milled fork bridge with carbon badge (numbered 001/750 to 750/750)
  • DIN wet weight 377 lbs (171 kg)
  • Dry weight 322 lbs (146 kg)
  • 999 cc, 4 cylinder, water/oil cooled HP4 RACE factory engine
  • 215 hp, 88 lb-ft of torque (120 Nm)
  • Reinforced WSBK transmission, longer first and second gear
  • Titanium bolts used throughout to minimize weight
  • Brembo GP 4 PR brake calipers
  • 6.75 mm brake disc thickness
  • Highly precise and steady brake pressure points
  • Brembo radial brake master cylinder
  • Carbon front wheel: 1.7 lbs (770 g) lighter than forged wheel
  • Carbon rear wheel: 1.7 lbs (770 g) lighter than forged wheel
  • Öhlins FGR forks from the WSBK (fully adjustable)
  • Variable fork bridge offset: 28 – 30 mm and 26 – 32 mm
  • Steering head angle adjustment from -0.5° to +1°
  • HP brake and clutch levers
  • Milled aluminum switches
  • Racing wiring harness prepared for 2D linear position sensor
  • Unitary HP carbon front
  • RTM carbon frame (Carbondrive) 17 lbs (-9 lbs vs. RR)
  • Lohmann HP Shift Assist Pro
  • Brushed and polished aluminum tank
  • Unitary HP carbon rear
  • 32.7” HP race seat, adjustable from 32.1” – 33.3”
  • One-piece carbon intake muffler and side trim panel
  • Carbon race engine spoiler
  • Complete carbon trim panel
  • Milled HP footrest system: 8-way adjustable
  • Öhlins TTX 36 GP rear shock
  • Two plates to adjust spring strut position
  • WSBK swingarm
  • Eight inserts for swingarm position -3 mm to +4 mm
  • 520 racing chain
  • 15, 17 pinion sprocket (series 16/43)
  • Four aluminum rear sprockets – 41, 42, 44, 45
  • 2D racing data logger including analysis software
  • HP Race Calibration Kit
  • 2D dashboard from the WSBK / MotoGP
  • WSBK complete titanium exhaust system (AGA) (Akrapovic)
  • Titanium precision casting flange on the AGA (1.1 lb lighter than WSBK flange)

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