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With spring finally arriving across the USA, April sales numbers for BMW’s motorcycle division are strong — up 31.6% for the month and up 12.8% year-to-date. Key areas of growth include sales of the S 1000 RR, which outright doubled its sales volume; and F 800 GT, which saw growth of 58% over April 2012.
More and more state and local police forces are utilizing the BMW R 1200 RT for patrol duty. A high tech and high performance upgrade from the iconic Harley Davidson Road King or Electra Glide police bikes, these BMW patrol bikes often have to carry their rider into harm’s way in the pursuit of suspects.
Five unique tours in five continents with a new BMW R 1200 GS. “One World. One R 1200 GS. The ride of your life.” was the name of the game as BMW Motorrad sent five lucky winners off on the adventure of a lifetime.
BMW continues its year-long celebration of 90 years making motorbikes with showcase machines at this year’s Techno Classica. Part of a larger BMW Group exhibit that includes BMW’s auto division, …
Today BMW has announced a strategic partnership with TVS Motors that represents an intersection of the two major growth areas in motorcycling right now: Asian markets and small-displacement bikes. While BMW currently sells motorcycles all over the world, the smallest bikes in the current lineup are the single 650CC F 650 GS and the similarly-sized twin in the new C-series scooters. The former also representing BMW’s least expensive stateside offering.
For the 15th year running, BMW will be providing official safety vehicle support again this season for MotoGP. For those unfamiliar to the series, MotoGP is to motorcycle racing what F1 is for cars. It’s some of the most consistently thrilling road racing you can watch anywhere, and just like F1, most of the time it’s a challenge to find decent television coverage. With the 2013 season about to kick off in Qatar, BMW will once again be reprising its role as the “Official Car of MotoGP”.
Every BMW SAV has been a trailblazer. The world premiere of the first BMW SAV (the BMW X5) in 1999 saw the BMW Group create the Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) segment – one in which BMW SAVs remain the market leaders. The BMW X3 and BMW X1 were likewise the first SAVs in their classes, and continue to define these types of vehicles today.
Late last year at EICMA in Milan, BMW Motorrad announced their intention to introduce a “Boxer” model to celebrate 90 years of making motorcycles. At the time this image was all they were giving the world in terms of what to expect, but it didn’t take a genius to predict that the “Boxer” would likely just be a more naked and more “cafe” version of BMW’s R 1200 R roadster. Personally, I would have loved to see a new, midsize 800cc air-cooled boxer twin, but I didn’t have very high hopes for that. Engine dreams aside, today the internet is abuzz with concept renderings of the “Boxer” model.
ScooterFile‘s Eric Almendral spent nearly a month apiece with BMW’s revolutionary new maxiscooters. Putting them through their complete paces on the winding roads of southern California, Eric came away with a complete picture of just what these two machines have to offer.
BMW has announced an end to their racing cooperation with Speedbrain, their partner organization in running Husqvarna motorcycles in events like the Dakar. Given BMW’s recent sale of the Husqvarna marque to Pierer Industrie AG, there’s not much left to partner on unless BMW were to start running the R 1200 GS in that epic race. Frankly, I think I’d like to see that. But big bikes in the sand notwithstanding, the two groups have parted ways amicably as BMW continues to refocus its Motorrad division to what’s next.
2013 is a big year for BMW’s Motorrad division as it celebrates 90 years of making motorcycles. This celebration has been at the center of everything BMW has done for …
For those of us who love to ride motorcycles but also
unfortunately live in the midwest or the east coast of the USA, winter is a time of restless impatience. The walls of our offices seem smaller than ever. The wind feels colder. The sky is even more gray. We obsessively watch the 10-day weather projections desperate for more temperate conditions on the horizon. There’s an itch on our backsides that only a motorcycle in motion can scratch.
BMW Motorrad USA has announced pricing for the highly awaited all-new liquid-cooled 2013 R 1200 GS. The next generation flat twin enduro will have a base Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $15,800. It will be available for purchase through authorized BMW Motorrad dealers in March.
With FIM World Superbike about to kick off in earnest for 2013, racing teams around the world are getting in their final test laps of winter. This includes the GoldBet SBK Team, their BMW S 1000 RR race bikes, plus riders Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies. The GoldBet SBK chose Austalia’s Phillip Island to make their final pre-season adjustments.