BMW Group Press Club:
10 October 2006
Introducing the Megamoto, BMW is Upgrading the Exclusive HP2 Family with a Dynamic Supermoto Machine.
Munich. Introducing new motorcycle concepts with an even higher level of emotion, BMW Motorrad is proudly presenting the new Megamoto: Based on the BMW HP2 Enduro, this unique motorcycle will rank right at the top among all street-legal two-cylinder Supermotos thanks to its supreme performance and the use of top-class materials. Consistently following the HP2 model line, the Megamoto impressively demonstrates the outstanding dynamism and broad range of the Boxer concept.
Weighing less than 200 kilos or 440 lb in road trim, the Megamoto offers significantly more power and torque than even the powerful HP2 Enduro. And to meet the specific demands of sports surfing on country roads as well as the toughest conditions on the race track, the extra-firm, lowered suspension comes with truly outstanding components: At the front a fully adjustable, fine-response upside-down fork from Marzocchi with sliding tubes measuring an impressive 45 millimetres or 1.77" in diameter and with 160 millimetres /6.30" spring travel ensures superior wheel guidance at all times. At the rear an ?ûhlins spring strut with 180 millimetres/7.09" spring travel also adjustable in its basic spring setting, damper inbound and rebound stroke, likewise ensures a firm and muscular stance on the road.
The wheels and tires are also tailored ideally to specific road-going requirements: The front tire measures 120/70-ZR 17 and runs on a 3.5-inch rim, the rear tire is 180/55 ZR 17 in size and runs on a 5.5-inch rim in the usual supersports dimension.
To make even better use of the stable suspension with its great potential, the new BMW HP2 Megamoto comes with a second front brake disc ensuring stopping power and deceleration absolutely comparable to a modern road-going sports machine. Good news for the rational enthusiast is that both a tachometer and a new headlight, as well as the significantly lower seat, give the Megamoto an even higher standard of everyday riding qualities.
The very looks of the new machine and the choice of the most exclusive materials again help to make the BMW HP2 Megamoto absolutely fascinating and emotional in every respect. The tank cover and headlight fairing, for example, are both made in part of carbon fiber.
The double-chamber Akrapovic exhaust system gives the new Megamoto a powerful and throaty sound very appropriate for a machine of this kind. And at the same time
the exhaust system not only helps to boost engine power, but also refines the overall image and style of BMW Motorrad's new Supermoto. In re-configuring the Boxer power unit so full of character, the engineers responsible for the new machine have focused in particular on even more spontaneous response and supreme torque at low and medium engine speeds.
With its very active, front wheel-oriented seating position, its smooth balance and impressive ergonomic qualities, the Megamoto will certainly appeal to all connoisseurs, individualists and pleasure-conscious riders within the segment of dynamic motorcyclists. Simply because this new machine offers a brand-new interpretation of Sheer Riding Pleasure and light handling, making it a truly uncompromising riding machine in all its features: light, powerful, agile and, in particular, very exclusive.
This exclusivity is ensured by the limited production figures of the BMW HP2 Megamoto, since the machine is built by hand to a large extent and uses very exclusive materials. So the individualist opting for the Megamoto, this explosive combination of high-tech and powerful character, of emotion and function, should also be willing and able to take a bold but wise decisionÔÇª
Under the heading of things that make you go hmm. As I am keying this in, the only press site in the BMW Press Club Network to be reporting on the new line of motorcycles from BMW is the North American site. MurphyÔÇÖs laws demand that when I post this things will have changed. Not because of me, but because of MurphyÔÇÖs laws.
MV Agusta to produce $125,000 320Kmh motorcycle.
webBikeWorld gives us the facts on the 2007Triumph line.
When I started posting about Intermot releases in this thread I purposely did not include BMW. Lets face it I have a small, but intelligent and discerning readership. So I started a BMW thread for Intermot postings so more members would see what I found. It is time to include links here so you can keep up with the BMW reviews.
The Glaves Report Paul is at INTEMOT for MOA and will answer questions.
MOA Forum Thread:
[uirl=http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/news_press_release,2923.shtml]Harley Davidson[/url] reports its third quarter sales figures. I am big on context to understand arguments.
BMWÔÇÖs year-to-date motorcycle sales for the first 9 months were 79,333. While that is an impressive number to me, H-D reports shipping 256,348 bikes during the same period. They also project shipping approximately another 100,000 bikes by the end of the year.
The Birth of Excellence is an interesting short read. The picture is from the article, is that a R1200C?
Miller unveils new holiday brew.
Valentino Rossi rides, err drives a Subaru!?! err Races a Subaru!!!
BMW Chartered Club:
club: Saratoga BMW Thoroughbreds, #130 founded: 6/1/1983
contact: Josh Ascher (JXA01@nycap.rr.com)
14 Wren Lane
Latham, NY 12110 US
meetings: Time and location vary
events: Rides to eat from Albany area when we're hungry
Same as 1st annual event
other events: Attending other club events
News from the 2007 Rally area:
Ozaukee ÔÇô Washington Daily News
Fond Du Lac Reporter
The Sheboygen Press
Daily Citizen, Beaver Dam
Paul Bachorz started an excellent thread about tank bag maps. I am going to briefly lobby you to get involved in a member generated idea and help develop a member generated direction for a solution.
Paul correctly observes that many of us have great ride reports tucked away in the maps and notes we keep in our tank bags. In the RoadsterÔÇÖs tank bag is a blue notebook with a MOA sticker on it. I have kept trip notes in it since I purchased the bike new. I have a box of paper maps that I have written notes on. I pulled out a Wisconsin map recently to find a note about the best gas station hotdog I had on my Lewis and Clark trip was had at a station in Tomah WI. If you ride, I know you have trip reports in your mind if not in your tank bag.
For the Rider / Writer the first obstacle to overcome is the blank page. The second is intimidation by what others have written before. I use writing prompts to get me going. I posted an example of a form to prompt writers. This should note preclude the eloquent among you from writing and posting in a long form. We should be able to do both.
I am not lobbying for a solution. I am calling on those of you who are interested in the idea to become involved with the tread and help see an idea through to its logical conclusion, whatever that may be.
Winter is coming, riding will slow down. PARTICIPATE! You have knowledge to gain and share with nothing to loose but your boredom.
I cam across this while digging deeper into an adventure posting on the web. Parkour News: the extreme sport of jumping building to building. Hmm. And people wonder about motorcyclists
I kept looking at stunt videos and came across a video that, for 9 minutes and 14 seconds teaches you how to do a wheelie. BMWs donÔÇÖt wheelie? Check out the guy on the F650CS in the opening shots of the video wheel walking in NGATT!
As always Mr. Phelps the video and your motorcycle will self destruct 10 seconds after viewing.
Note: this picture was sourced from WorldofBMW.com
Spamland. Animated fun poked at some of the e-mail spam we receive.