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    worldsbk.com: A difficult 2011 season for Max Biaggi

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    motogp.com: 2011 season to wrap up in Valencia

    motogp.com: San Carlo Honda Gresini and Gresini Moto2 will participate at Valencia

    fim-live.com: Josh Hayes to join Tech3 Yamaha in Valencia

    gpone.com: Lorenzo waiting until Wednesday

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    formula1.com: FIA post-race press conference

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    pirelli.com: Vettel keeps on track with Pirelli for another record

    bbc.co.uk: Massa not planning truce with Lewis Hamilton

    jamesallenonf1.com: Hamilton feeling the heat form Button [too]




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    Die Trag?Âdie von Le Mans 1955(HD


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    webbikeworld.com: EICMA 2011

    motorcycledaily.com: 2011 Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 – MD ride review

    cyrilhuzblog.com: Harley versus Indian – It could get ugly

    cycleworld.com: Cortech Sport saddlebags and sport tail trunk review
















    The Mothership

    The MINI Roadster
    MINI is pushing ahead with the rigorous expansion of its model family. The latest addition to the range is the MINI Roadster, the sixth model in the brand’s current line-up and the first open-top two-seater in its history. Cutting-edge, typically MINI interpretation of the compact, two-seater sports car concept with manually-opening soft-top roof; first premium car of its kind in the small car segment; unique package appealing to demanding target groups with a penchant for elegant sportiness, spontaneous open-top driving fun and irresistible design; inspiring handling fuelled by powerful engines and sophisticated chassis technology; unrivalled scope for individualisation.




    FWIW



    Cage World

    honda.com: October 31, 2011 – Consolidated financial summary for the fiscal 2nd quarter ending September 30, 2011.



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    pure-gas.org: Ethanol-free gas stations in the U.S. And Canada

    Cycle-ergo.com motorcycle ergonomic simulator.

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    MSF Motorcycle Operators Manual

    TIP: Worst case scenario – suddenly your clutch cable breaks. Here’s what to do. P.45 http://t.co/jfDAORhW

    QOD: When are roadways the most slippery? http://t.co/BpsHKQga


    Bike Candy









    A lot of candy leftover from Halloween
    Pass the mustard and UP THE REVOLUTION!

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    crash.net: Corser ÔÇô I'm not disappearing

    worldsbk.com: Crescent Suzuki SBK sign Leon Camier for WorldSBK campaing - Suzuki Racing release

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    motogp.com: Bridgstone preview MotoGP season closer

    rizla-suzuki.com: Valencia becons for season finale

    bbc.co.uk: Colin Edwards says he could not avoid Marco Simoncelli

    superbikeplanet.com: Yamaha's Spies ready to race... but Lorenzo

    motomatters.com: Consequences of tragedy ÔÇô MotoGP silly season afet Simoncelli's death


    Formula 1

    formula1.com: Grid penalty [ton positions] in Abu Dhabi GP for Maldonado
    Ninth engine = 10 spots

    bbc.co.uk: Deconstructing Lewis Hamilton v Felipe Massa crash

    eurosport.yahoo.com: F1 set for customer car debate

    Silly season ÔÇô espnf1.com: Par coy on Raikkonen rumors

    Other Racing

    cyleworld.com: Building, developing and vintage racing ÔÇ£the fastest Matchless G50 in the worldÔÇØ Team Obsolete began with number 1709

    fim-live.com: FIM 2012 motocross calendars

    IOM TT 2002


    On the Street

    motorcycle-usa.com: War clouds on the horizon

    webbikeworld.com: AGV ÔÇô AX ÔÇô 8 helmet review






    The Mothership

    BMW Group Canada achieves best ever October
    BMW and MINI brands maintain significant year-to-date edge over 2010


    BMW Group U.S. Reports October [cage] Sales
    Woodcliff Lake, NJ  November 1, 2011 The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported October sales of 27,288 vehicles, an increase of 17.5% from the 23,222 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago


    Rankin; Spirit of Ecstacy collection to be showcased at LA exhibition 16-23 November
    The results of the collaboration between luxury British marque Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and renowned photographer Rankin are to be showcased to the public for the first time, at the Rankin Gallery in Los Angeles, USA on 16 ÔÇô 23 November 2011.


    BMW PressClub Brazil translation by Bing

    Angra dos Reis is the headquarters of BMW Motorrad Days 2011

    01.11.2011
    Between 18 and 20 November, Angra dos Reis, considered one of Brazil's most beautiful tourist destinations and located in the Western region of the State of Rio de Janeiro will host the 2011 BMW Motorrad Days.

    For the first time, Brazil will receive such an event, which happens annually in countries of Europe to lovers of the brand. Will be an opportunity for customers and enthusiasts Brazilians get together to enjoy an intense program of activities that are part of the world BMW Motorrad.

    Among the attractions are scheduled musical show with singer Edinho Santa Cruz and band, exhibition of products and releases, presentation of radical maneuvers with the already known streetbike freestyle rider and Chris Pfeiffer, plus the opportunity to keep in place the last round of the 2011 Championship Moto GP and BMW S 1000 RR 1000 Cup, in Jacarepagu?*.

    The event will be held in the dependencies of the Vila Gal?® Eco Resort, located 385 Km from S?úo Paulo and 150 Km from the city of Rio de Janeiro.

    Programming BMM Motorrad Days 2011
    Angra dos Reis-RJ

    18/11: dinner and show Edinho Santa Cruz and band
    19/11: Luau
    20/11: the last step of Moto GP Championship 1000 and S 1000 RR Cup, in Jacarepagu?*.


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    ascycles.com: BMW Motorcycle Service and Maintenance Schedules

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    pure-gas.org: Ethanol-free gas stations in the U.S. And Canada

    Cycle-ergo.com motorcycle ergonomic simulator.

    Woot of the Day

    MSF Motorcycle Operators Manual

    TIP: Worst case scenario ÔÇô suddenly your clutch cable breaks. HereÔÇÖs what to do. P.45 http://t.co/jfDAORhW


    Bike Candy



    Pass the mustard and UP THE REVOLUTION!

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    SBK

    worldsbk.com: Ducati Roma starts preparations for 2012 WSB season

    worldsbk.com: Laverty does a rookie season debrief


    MotoGP

    motogp.com: Lorenzo to miss Valencia

    motogp.com: Final GP for Capirossi

    ducati.com: Preview ÔÇô Curtain falls on 2011 MotoGP season at Valencia

    Formula 1

    austosport.com: Why Red Bull rivals are in a flap over 2012

    Other Racing



    On the Street

    A reader find: BackRoadsUK: ÔÇ£Richard Morgan is the Social Media Marketeer for Continental Tyres in the UK. He is an avid outdoorsman and aspiring Adventure Tourer. His blog has a nice kit sorted for motorcycle camping. ÔÇ£

    nytimes.com: A bike to take you to the fare ends of the earth or to the supermarket

    visordown.com: Hero Motorcorp forecast 27% sales growth

    visordown.com: Compressed air powered motorcycle

    motorcyclenews.com: Why you want Husqvarna's new Nuda 900

    motorcyclenews.com: BMW adds QR codes to prototypes

    cycleworld.com: 2012 Indian Motorcycle ÔÇô first look





    The Mothership

    Recall: NHTSA Campaign ID no. 11V522000
    Dated: OCT 20, 2011 ROLLS-ROYCE IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 GHOST VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM SEPTEMBER 2009 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2010, EQUIPPED WITH TURBOCHARGED ENGINES, BECAUSE THE CIRCUIT BOARD FOR THE ELECTRIC ...


    Change at the top of BMW Forschung und Technik GmbH
    Professor Raymond Freymann hands over the reins for the executive management of the BMW GroupÔÇÖs think tank to Dr. Christoph Grote on 1 November.


    [APPLICATION]Process for Automatically Turning Off and Starting an Internal-Combustion Engine
    US Pat. 13157088 - Filed Jun 9, 2011 - Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    ... Grasbrunn (DE) Assignee: Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft, ... an
    intemal-combustion engine in a motor vehicle via a start-stop device, ...


    [APPLICATION]Motor Vehicle

    US Pat. 13106535 - Filed May 12, 2011 - Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    [0055] At this point the second motor vehicle-graphics object KG3 is depicted
    even a step smaller. The infonnation ÔÇ£near field: impediment front rightÔÇØ is ...

    [APPLICATION]Twin Scroll Exhaust Gas Turbocharger
    US Pat. 13102607 - Filed May 6, 2011 - Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft

    [APPLICATION]Motor Vehicle Configuration System
    US Pat. 13048272 - Filed Mar 15, 2011 - Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    US 2011/0237186 A1 Sep. 29, 2011 Patent Application Publication H HmDUE \f-Odu?«.
    ~\4 QEQ E5 , I m:.r./fieccx if"! ~ ~i ~ ?ºEoe2_.E,r if] fi I.. ...


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    ascycles.com: BMW Motorcycle Service and Maintenance Schedules

    Gasbuddy.com: Search for local gas prices along your trip route.

    pure-gas.org: Ethanol-free gas stations in the U.S. And Canada

    Cycle-ergo.com motorcycle ergonomic simulator.

    Woot of the Day

    MSF Motorcycle Operators Manual

    TIP: Worst case scenario ÔÇô suddenly your clutch cable breaks. HereÔÇÖs what to do. P.45 http://t.co/jfDAORhW

    TIP: The solution to overriding the headlight -- Slow down. http://t.co/ZWxeceol

    QOD: If riding directly beside another rider in a group, which of the following is true? http://t.co/q5tgXVNy


    Bike Candy

    A nice R100RS done by the Ritmo Sereno shop serves as something of a generic confection (if anything from this shop would ever be generic)



    to serve as a comparison.

    Ritmo Sereno Euro motorcycle shop has been at it again. I have been following CEO Siro Nakajima's 46 Blog watching this bike develop for several months.





























    Pass the mustard and UP THE REVOLUTION!

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    ^^^ sweet bike candy!!! ^^^

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    I am addicted to this page of the forum, and today's bike candy is outstanding !!!

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    MotoGP

    motomatters.com: Valencia MotoGP Thursday roundup

    gpone.comMotoGP and the CRT bikes discussed

    bbc.co.uk: Misano circuit to be renamed after Marco Simoncelli



    Formula 1

    bbc.co.ukTeam Lotus and Renault change names

    formula1.com: Lotus confirm Rossi for Abu Dhabi young driver test [Alexander Rossi]

    reuters.com: HRT to use Williams gearbox and KERS in 2012


    On the Street

    BMW's press department is pushing hard.

    thenational.ae: If Bugatti built bikes they would like the BMW S1000RR

    motorcycledaily.com: Husqvarna Nuda 900 and 900R MD first ride

    cyrilhuzeblog.com: How motorcycle trailers enhance the riding experience

    motorcycleshows.com: Women riders and authors at San Mateo Show



    The Mothership

    Down Load: BMW Group Quartely report to 30 September 2011

    Husqvarna Motorcycles off-road ABS technology day
    Husqvarna Motorcycles – 108-year tradition with 82 world championship titles. There is hardly any other motorcycle brand able to boast a 108-year tradition of motorcycle production and racing like that of Husqvarna. The first Husqvarna motorcycles were built in 1903, with victory coming just 13 years later in 1916 at one of best known enduro races of the time, the Novemberk?Ñsan. This laid the foundation for a success story which remains unparalleled to this day.


    BMW Facebook Wall: The BMW 3 Series, a story of success

    BMW Motorsport: Champions – Black Falcon celebrates title win in VLN

    Application Tire of a vehicle with sensor element
    US Pat. 13160673 - Filed Jun 15, 2011 - Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    ... Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft, Muenchen GE) Appl. No. ... 152/
    450, 73/146 (57) ABSTRACT A tire of a vehicle, in particular a motor vehicle ...


    FWIW




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    SportRider.com: Motorcycle Riding Skills Series – Street bike and motorcycle riding skills techniques articles at Sport Rider

    BMW-Motorrad.com: Service
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    ascycles.com: BMW Motorcycle Service and Maintenance Schedules

    Gasbuddy.com: Search for local gas prices along your trip route.

    pure-gas.org: Ethanol-free gas stations in the U.S. And Canada

    Cycle-ergo.com motorcycle ergonomic simulator.

    Woot of the Day

    MSF Motorcycle Operators Manual

    TIP: Worst case scenario – suddenly your clutch cable breaks. Here’s what to do. P.45 http://t.co/jfDAORhW

    QOD: Which of the following is true when riding in a group? http://t.co/asLHQ7Uo


    Bike Candy

    I am pleased you enjoyed yesterday's offering. As I watched it unfold in the blog I knew it would be another hit for the Japanese shop. It is a hard act to follow and perhaps more than a bit unfair to this BMW offering.



    There is a simple elegance to it.

    I will continue to ride the internet in search of Bike Candy to share and have a bit of fun along the way




    As to the addictive nature of this thread, whom am I to speak?
    Last edited by Mika; 11-04-2011 at 06:01 AM.
    Pass the mustard and UP THE REVOLUTION!

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    Friday, 4 Novemebr: Update - MotoGP Friday Practice Sessions

    MotoGP

    FIM-live.com: Riders ready for final round

    Friday

    motogp.com: Stoner leads Pedrosa and Rossi in Valencia FP1

    motogp.com: bautista tops rainy FP2, Stoner leads the day
    Pass the mustard and UP THE REVOLUTION!

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    SBK

    worldsbk.com: World Superbike gears up for 2011 EICMA show

    worldsbk.com: Superstock 1000 FIM Cup season review


    MotoGP

    fim-live.com: Stoner quickest off the mark at Valencia

    motop.com: ÔÇ£Surreal atmosphereÔÇØ in San Carlo Gresini box

    ducati.com: Ducati Team starts Valencia weekend well

    rizla-suzuki-motogp.co.uk: Bautista on top at a rain soaked Valencia

    teamtech3.fr: Crutchlow and Hayes shine on wet first day at Valencia

    eurosport.com: Rapid Capirossi confident for race

    teamaspar.net: Hector finishes wet & difficult day one in 12th

    crash.net: Ben Spies a little beat up


    Formula 1

    formula1.com: Abu Dhabi preview quotes

    autosport.com: How the GPDA has made F1 a safer place

    speedtv.com: F1 ÔÇô Panel says no to customer cars





    Other Racing





    On the Street

    thecitizen.co.tz: remember BSA motorcycles? I still do

    motorcycle-usa.com: Lehman Trikes consider sale or merger

    motorcycle-usa.com: London police testing Zero Motorcycles

    timescolonist.com: S1000RR still the fastest thing on two wheels

    webbikeworld.com: Custom earplugs









    The Mothership

    2012 BMW M3 Competition Edition featuring frozen silver exterior
    Woodcliff Lake, NJ  November 4, 2011 BMW of North America today announced the 2012 M3 Competition Edition featuring Frozen Silver exterior paint and other enhancements. To honor the 40 years since the founding of BMW M in 1972, production for the United States of these very special M3 Coupes will be limited to 40 identically-equipped cars. Each features BMW Individual Frozen Silver Metallic exterior paint with a deep metallic luster to accentuate the athletic lines of the legendary M3. The unique exterior treatment also includes black hood intakes and dark chrome exterior trim, including the kidney grills, the M side gills and the exhaust tips. Black M3 GTS wheels complete the striking exterior. The interior features black Extended Novillo Leather with unique palladium silver accents and palladium silver-contrast stitching on front seats, headrests, door trim panels / handles, center console, and center armrest. The interior is further distinguished with an Alcantara-covered multi-function M steering wheel with M3 Checkered Flag logo inlay. The door sill finishers also feature the M3 Checkered Flag logo while the handbrake lever sports an embroidered M Power logo. As a final touch, genuine Carbon Fiber trims the dash and center console. The 2012 BMW M3 Competition Edition will be offered for an MSRP of $81,060 including destination and handling.


    ](Application) Motor vehicle operating system
    US Pat. 13106604 - Filed May 12, 2011 - Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
    [0027] Particularly preferably, it is provided that, in the zoom operating
    condition, a graphic motor vehicle object is displayed on the display device,


    FWIW








    Reference::

    FIM: Official Documents
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    FIA Regulations ÔÇô Formula 1 World Championship

    WEATHER
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    ROAD CONDITIONS
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    Shameless Trolling For Touring Tips

    NHTSA.dot.gov Vehicle Recalls RSS

    SportRider.com: Motorcycle Riding Skills Series ÔÇô Street bike and motorcycle riding skills techniques articles at Sport Rider

    BMW-Motorrad.com: Service
    Electronic Parts Catalogue
    Download Manuals
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    Before every journey
    Before a log trip
    Before winter
    How to clean your motorcycle

    ascycles.com: BMW Motorcycle Service and Maintenance Schedules

    Gasbuddy.com: Search for local gas prices along your trip route.

    pure-gas.org: Ethanol-free gas stations in the U.S. And Canada

    Cycle-ergo.com motorcycle ergonomic simulator.

    Woot of the Day

    MSF Motorcycle Operators Manual

    TIP: Worst case scenario ÔÇô suddenly your clutch cable breaks. HereÔÇÖs what to do. P.45 http://t.co/jfDAORhW

    QOD: MSFs SEE strategy stands for what? http://t.co/p6Pyi3wc


    Bike Candy





    Pass the mustard and UP THE REVOLUTION!

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    Saturday, 5 November | Update: Valencia MotoGP FP3 and Qualifying

    MotoGP

    motogp.com: Stoner shines in Saturday FP3

    Stoner continues to shine in Qualifying.

    1 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team HONDA 1'31.861 18 21 309.9

    2 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team HONDA 1'32.875 18 22 1.014 1.014 309.4

    3 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing YAMAHA 1'33.057 22 22 1.196 0.182 303.0

    4 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team DUCATI 1'33.118 23 24 1.257 0.061 305.1

    5 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP SUZUKI 1'33.443 26 30 1.582 0.325 305.6

    6 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team DUCATI 1'33.478 25 27 1.617 0.035 303.7

    7 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team DUCATI 1'33.656 25 29 1.795 0.178 304.2

    8 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team HONDA 1'33.824 23 25 1.963 0.168 306.8

    9 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP DUCATI 1'34.186 21 22 2.325 0.362 307.8

    10 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing DUCATI 1'34.265 29 30 2.404 0.079 306.6

    11 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA 1'34.329 23 25 2.468 0.064 303.1

    12 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team DUCATI 1'34.671 20 24 2.810 0.342 303.3

    13 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP HONDA 1'34.680 24 28 2.819 0.009 313.2

    14 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini HONDA 1'34.838 24 27 2.977 0.158 305.7

    15 89 Katsuyuki NAKASUGA JPN Yamaha Factory Racing YAMAHA 1'35.999 23 25 4.138 1.161 299.9

    16 41 Josh HAYES USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA 1'36.042 24 28 4.181 0.043 296.1
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    Sunday, 6 November

    MotoGP

    motogp.com: Hayes the pace man in MotoGP warm up

    In the main event Stoner wins a dramatic race to the finish line with Ben Spies.

    motogp.com: Stoner wins dramatic Valencia GP at the line, Divizioso seals third in the championship

    motogp.com: Sensational second for Spies in 800cc Grand Prix finale

    fim-live.com: Stoner powers to Valencia victory

    rizla-suzuki.com: First corner disaster ends Rizla Suzuki's season early

    ducati.com: Ducati team out of Valencia in turn 1

    teamtech3.fr: Fantastic fourth clinches Rookie of the Year title for Crutchlow


    Pos Rider Nation Team Motorcycle Total Time Km/h Gap

    1 25 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team HONDA 48ÔÇÖ18.645 149.221

    2 20 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing YAMAHA 48ÔÇÖ18.660 149.220 0.015

    3 16 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team HONDA 48ÔÇÖ24.581 148.916
    5.936

    4 13 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA 48ÔÇÖ27.363 148.773 8.718

    5 11 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team HONDA 48ÔÇÖ27.966 148.743 9.321

    6 10 89 Katsuyuki NAKASUGA JPN Yamaha Factory Racing YAMAHA 48ÔÇÖ42.463 148.005 23.818

    7 9 41 Josh HAYES USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA 48ÔÇÖ51.763 147.535 33.118

    8 8 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing DUCATI 48ÔÇÖ56.597 147.292 37.952

    9 7 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team DUCATI 49ÔÇÖ07.598 146.743 48.953

    10 6 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP HONDA 49ÔÇÖ11.146 146.566 52.501

    11 5 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP DUCATI 49ÔÇÖ25.164 145.873 1ÔÇÖ06.519

    12 4 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini HONDA 49ÔÇÖ27.405 145.763 1ÔÇÖ08.760

    Not Classified
    14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team DUCATI

    19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP SUZUKI

    46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team DUCATI

    69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team DUCATI


    MotoGP Video: Valencia pay tribute to Marco Simoncelli


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    Motorcycles Business Also Continued to Perform Well.
    BMW AG
    Q3
    Quarterly Report

    to 30 September 2011

    BMW published its Q3 report last week. After the cover page and the obligatory three pages of tables the report text portion of the report launches into its explanation of the numbers. Three paragraphs into this explanation investors and the two wheeled followers of the Roundel are told:

    Motorcycles business also continued to perform well.
    In total, 28,862 BMW and Husqvarna brand motorcycles
    were sold during the third quarter, 6.5% up on the previous
    year. Sales volume for the nine-month period increased
    by 4.7% to 99,972 units.


    For the general media and casual observers this paragraph will provide the 'sound bite' that will be used to report on BMW's performance in the world motorcycle market. BMW is showing sales increases over 2010, a year in which it bucked the market trend and showed increases over 2009. BMW continues to do well in the motorcycle market place at a time when others are finding the market tepid at best and some continue to find it down right unfriendly.

    End of story; let's go riding!

    Enjoy the ride. Those of us that read the first pages of tables and continued on to the more detailed analysis of the Motorcycle Segment in the report we may need a few moments to clear our heads so that we won't be distracted as we ride. For me this head clearing included remembering how I understand the purpose of quarterly reports, looking once more at BMW's Q1 and Q2 reports while anticipating the press conferences and various releases to come from Milan and the 2011 EICMA show.

    Bench Racing Quarterly Reports

    Business writing can be viewed as creative non fiction similar to what is found in the SBK/MotoGP/Formula 1 portion of this thread. The press releases, video, interviews, product reviews, product placement pieces and other forms of this genre's writing equate to the interviews, driver and team quotes and analysis articles. In point of fact all of these can be seen as falling under product placement pieces of creative business writing and are the grist of this threads mill.

    All of these forms of business writing share the characteristic of being forward looking. The product review may look back at how a product's performance in a test but is written to help the reader make a decision about its future performance in their hands.

    Quarterly reports are serialized formulaic business writing genre. They are published four times a year, hence the word 'quarterly' in their descriptive title and are summarized in the annual report. The annual report is the 'series yearbook' bringing together more detail than contained in the individual serial reports. Race grids, lap charts and results are roughly this threads analog to these business report charts and graphs. Racing notes are the analog of the quarterly report text. They are intended as measures of actual performance.

    By the nature of the topic, accounting rules and the laws of most countries these are backward looking documents. Any forward looking statements contained in them are couched in so many disclaimers and caveats as to take all the speculative fun out of them making the most optimistic ones seem down right ominous.

    In the non fiction world of business writing, writing about a business quarterly reports is an attempt to make sense of all of this, put it in some context while doing your best to keep the reader awake to the end.

    Q1 Complexity simplified by success

    The Motorcycles segment also recorded a strong first quarter
    performance, with 25,049 BMW and Husqvarna
    brand motorcycles sold in total (+11.4%), comprising
    23,109 BMW (+10.9%) and 1,940 Husqvarna motorcycles
    (+18.4%).


    As I read the Q1 report for the first time I quickly realized writing any comment had just became a great deal more complicated. 2011 is the first year BMW will be including Husqvarna Motorcycles business activity directly in its business reports. Since the purchase to date the process of unraveling Husqvarna from MV Agusta and integrating it into BMW's financial reporting system would take time. Prior to the 2011 business year BMW had reported Husqvarna activity in separate reports to investors or in informational footnotes. The disparity in size and volume makes the shorthand of percentages +/- a bit misleading without the inclusion of a bunch of numbers making more detailed analysis a bit ponderous.

    Sales were up. Production volume was up. Revenue was up. Work force required to do this was down slightly. Success simplified commenting on Q1. The report did caution us that the company expected sales in the motorcycle world market would be flat. With that caution in mind, in racing terms, BMW won its race to turn one and came out of turn three in good shape for the race that would be run the rest of the year.

    Q2 (???) Peeling the onion (???)

    The Motorcycles segment performed robustly during the
    second quarter of the year, with a total of 39,061 (–0.3%)
    BMW and Husqvarna brand motorcycles sold. Sales for
    the half-year rose by 3.9% to 64,110 units.


    The BMW Motorcycles segment was still ahead in the 2011 race with itself at the end of the second quarter. The internal assessment may have been the second quarter business track performance was robust but this observer had a little trouble getting past some of the numbers. Disparity is size confused the issues.

    Overall the company remained 3.9% y-t-d ahead of last year. Great! However, total sales volumes for the quarter were down 0.3% overall. BMW was up 3.6% and Husqvarna was down a stunning 47.4% from the same 2010 period. Production figures apparently had been adjusted in response with BMW units built up 4.4% and Husqvarna down an even more stunning 69.9% for a combined drop of 2.9%. The most troubling numbers were a bit farther down page two of the Q2 report.

    Profit before tax – Motorcycles - euro million: -11.3

    I don't know if you are a tank is half full, half empty or just glad to have a tank kind of guy like me but that is not a number I hope to have in my tank at the half way point of the annual fiscal race.

    The detailed explanation segment shed more light on the sales and production numbers. The European motorcycle market, the major market for the Motorcycle Segment, was down over 5%. The US market was weak and the once growing Japanese market was slumping.

    As I tried to understand the negative revenues I kept thinking about the release of the K1600, the press teases about the maxi scooter, the wasser-boxer, anticipating a new S1000RR. The company was doing a great deal of development work. This cost money. Were they front end loading the costs? Around the same time the news of the new Husqvarna 900cc engine broke. This was followed by sketches of the 900 Nuda and so on. I never went back to dig out an answer to my question. In stead I followed racing went riding and wondered what was up with Husqvarna.

    The Husqvarna question I was mulling was a two fold question: why the drop in sales and what is up with a 900cc street going Nuda from Husqvarna?

    Q3 (??But what about lines 28 and 34 of the table on page two?)

    Motorcycles business also continued to perform well.
    In total, 28,862 BMW and Husqvarna brand motorcycles
    were sold during the third quarter, 6.5% up on the previous
    year. Sales volume for the nine-month period increased
    by 4.7% to 99,972 units.


    As mentioned earlier, there is a standard format to the quarterly reports. This has resulted in a reading routine for me. I scan the numbers on page 2 and 3 checking the motorcycle sales, production and earnings numbers first. Then on to page three and the first motorcycle mention that always comes right after the automobile segment paragraph. (At this point I often pause to speculate on how to import a bottle of what ever the author was drinking or what they were smoking when they wrote this paragraph.) Then on to the more detailed explanation of the motorcycle segment sandwiched between the discussion of Rolls-Royce Motorcars and the Financial Services segment.

    My jaw dropped as I read the 'Profit before tax' line: Motorcycles – euro millions -17

    Sales had improved soundly over the same period last year and enough to recover and improve from the loss in track position experienced in the last quarter. At the same time these numbers were improving almost 6 million euro loss was added to the figure reported in the second quarter report. Off to page thirteen of the pdf file.

    Strategic Realignment Pit stop strategy and the 2011 EICMA

    Motorcycles segment revenues up
    Increased sales volumes were translated into higher
    revenues for the Motorcycle segment both in the quarter
    (euro 334 million; +14.8%) and for the nine-month period
    (euro 1,181 million; +9.3%). As a result of the strategic
    realignment of the Husqvarna Group, the segment
    recorded a negative EBIT of euro 16 million (2010: positive
    EBIT of euro 2 million) for the third-quarter. EBIT
    for the nine-month period was a positive euro 62 million
    (–29.5%). As a consequence of these developments,
    earnings for the Motorcycles segment were down on the
    previous year, with a third-quarter loss before tax of euro
    17 million (2010: euro 0 million) and a nine-month profit
    before tax of euro 60 million (–27.7%).


    A racing team refines in practice session the bike they built and prepared back in the shop to qualify for the race. Once they know how the bike is performing on the track and where they will start the race on Sunday the team will develop a strategy for the race. In an endurance race pit stops are planed out as the strategy is set. Race conditions often result in the need to change that strategy. Riders will need to change their shifts and how they race. Crews may have additional repairs. Team managers change their plans for equipment and members to hopefully maximize the long term race result.

    If we use this as a simile for BMW's business planning we just found out about a major change in strategy for the 2011 business race and beyond. The cost, 18 million euro, is becoming a bit clearer but that may not be the final number. The decision to make a strategic realignment was no doubt made long before this quarter. It is the costs of that decision that are coming out in the open. What the realignment really is remains an unanswered question as I post this. It will become clearer later this week.


    BMW Group’s outlook for the remainder of 2011

    We expect macro-economic conditions to remain generally
    stable for the remainder of 2011. Although the pace
    of growth on international car markets is currently
    showing signs of slackening, the BMW Group’s performance
    will remain positively on track. The Group profit
    before tax is set to improve significantly compared to
    the previous year, reflecting strong demand for our vehicles
    and services worldwide on the one hand and our favourable
    position in terms of selling prices on the other...

    Motorcycles segment
    Despite the continuing process of consolidation on the
    markets, thanks to our attractive range of products we
    expect motorcycle sales to increase for the full year. Revenue
    is expected to rise accordingly. As a consequence
    of the new strategic direction being set for the Husqvarna
    Group, earnings for the Motorcycles segment will be
    down on the previous year.


    The EICMA 2011 opens to the public on Thursday, 10 November running through the weekend. Press conferences will be held the night before. The maxi scooter will be revealed. More information on the S1000RR and the 900 Nuda will be published. A surprise or two should be expected. I have no idea what they could be, if I did they wouldn't be surprises.

    Woven into all of this will be reveals of the new BMW corporate strategy for the Motorcycle segment. The Q3 report may describe the new strategic direction as being set for the Husqvarna Group but since the first of the year they are part of the Motorcycle Segment Team and the strategy is a team strategy.

    More discussion to follow.



    BMW Quarterly Reports for download:
    Quarterly Report to 31 March 2011
    Quarterly Report to 30 June 2011
    Quarterly Report to 30 September 2011

    Disclaimers: I am not a financial anything. I have a direct ownership interest in a BMW R1150R Roadster but no direct or indirect stock ownership in the BMW Group. This article and a buck will get you a large cup of coffee and change at the official fly-over-land coffee shop. (Cream is still free)


    Bike Candy

    Follow the link to the PressClub pictures for the Concept C Maxi scooter from last year's EICMA.

    http://m1ka.smugmug.com/photos/swfpo...lbumKey=pggSHG

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    Definitely going to take a look at that scooter when it gets over here.
    No lasers or blue tires in the production model though, which is fine by me.

    Thanks John.
    Love this thread.

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    Tuesday, 8 November: EICMA Update

    EICMA 2011: BMW cliff notes


    The Mothership

    EICMA 2011: The BMW Motorrad highlights from November 8th -13th
    Brand new models and exciting model revisions: in November BMW Motorrad presents the absolute highlights of the upcoming season at the world's biggest motorcycle trade show. Once again this year, BMW Motorrad demonstrates an excellent model range for future motorcycling seasons. Get in on the action live - after all, the entire BMW world of experience awaits you, including numerous WSBK riders at ...


    F800R model update
    All eyes on me. This is the motto of the revised F 800 R, which has some exciting new features and three new paint finishes in store for fans as of the upcoming season. Dominance from the very first yard, a perfect combination of pure riding fun and excellent suitability for everyday use - all packaged in remarkably wide shoulders. ...

    Special model R1200GS Rallye
    With the special model R 1200 GS Rallye in a new, exciting colour combination you will be sure to make a splash wherever you go. Whether on dusty tracks or on burning asphalt. ...

    K1300R special model
    Something's brewing. No sooner has the new K 1300 R hit it big at this year's EICMA in Milan than a worldwide special edition of the bike is now available. Rear parts, fork trim and battery cover in Ostra Grey metallic matt give a tantalizing suggestion of the power of this machine. An intake silencer cover in Sapphire Black metallic rounds off its refined appearance, and you even save almost 900 ...


    K1300S special model with HP package
    All for one. The K 1300 S Edition with HP Package currently trumps the competition. Right now at this year's EICMA in Milan, but soon all over the world. With the very finest full range of fittings, the machine is now available in a limited edition of 750. Not only does it offer a brilliant blend of Alpine White non-metallic, mysterious Night Black non-metallic and glowing Lupine Blue metallic. ...


    K1300S Dynamic Package
    Next exit - top performance: the new K 1300 S with Dynamic Package. ...


    Urban Mobility ÔÇô our future is on two wheels
    Urban Mobility QR cordes: straight to the website for mobile devices


    Many more updates to follow...


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    The new BMW C 600 Sport and BMW C 650 GT.

    08.11.2011

    There have been drastic changes in the requirements for individual mobility concepts, specifically for conurbations. The challenges facing inner city traffic in future will be growing traffic volume, rising energy costs, and greater stringency of CO2 stipulations.

    The BMW Group has recognised these challenges and is developing series solutions for the mobility needs of today and tomorrow. As an integral part of the BMW Group, BMW Motorrad is also dealing with the issues of individual single track mobility and the future needs of customers. In this context,
    BMW Motorrad is expanding its business activities to include urban mobility.
    As its first offers on this sector, BMW Motorrad will be presenting two premium vehicles on the maxi scooter segment. The BMW C 600 Sport and the BMW C 650 GT combine the outstanding riding properties of a motorcycle with the specific agility and conceptual comfort of a scooter for a new kind of dynamic riding experience.

    The new maxi scooters will be built at the BMW Motorrad plant in Berlin.



    Two dynamic maxi scooters for sports and touring.

    The differing characteristics of the concepts behind these two maxi scooters appeal to a wide target group: the C 600 Sport for the riders with sports ambitions, and the C 650 GT for customers attaching greater importance to comfort and touring ability.

    Irrespectively of their differing concepts, the C 600 Sport and the C 650 GT present the unique design language of BMW Motorrad, setting new standards on this segment in this category as well. Modern and dynamic, they are the perfect examples of the BMW Motorrad design philosophy. *

    Powerful 2-cylinder inline engine with CVT and characteristic sound.
    The 2-cylinder inline engine of the C 600 Sport and C 650 GT is an all new development by BMW Motorrad with a displacement of 647*cc. In both models, its rated power output is 44*kW (60*hp) at 7500*rpm, and its
    max torque of 66*Nm is available at 6000*rpm. The power is transferred via a directly integrated CVT, or continuously variable transmission.

    The engine owes its low position and therefore low centre of gravity to its cylinder bank, which is inclined to the front through 70??. The characteristic sound and low vibration levels are the result of the 90?? crank pin offset, 270?? ignition spacing, and two balancer shafts driven by spur gears.

    An electronic fuel injection system supplies the four valves under the two overhead camshafts. Oil is supplied from a dry sump with double oil pump, and an efficient cooling concept optimises the thermal equilibrium in the
    2-cylinder engine.

    The exhaust system is made completely of stainless steel and complies with motorcycle specifications. Fitted with a closed loop catalytic converter and an oxygen sensor, the C 600 Sport and C 650 GT fulfil today the Euro-4 emission limits of tomorrow.

    Suspension with playful handling and best riding stability.
    One objective in the development of the C 600 Sport and C 650 GT was to combine directional stability at high speeds on the motorway with playful handling in city traffic and clear feedback to the rider ÔÇô just like a motorcycle.

    Accordingly, the design of the C 600 Sport and C 650 GT suspension features a torsionally rigid hybrid interconnection of a tubular steel bridge frame and a diecast aluminium unit at the swingarm bearing. In addition, the
    2-cylinder inline engine functions as a bearing element, presenting a particularly rigid construction for stable and high precision response.

    The greatest possible riding stability is also provided by the bearing for the cast light-alloy single swingarm with coaxial centre of rotation.

    Also the suspension elements fulfil more fastidious needs for sporting character and comfort. At the front, an upside down fork presents a generous fixed fork diameter of 40*mm. The tail presents a reclining spring strut on the left side. The spring travels are each 115*mm, as they also occur quite commonly on the motorcycle sector. Also the tyre widths and cross sections of the C 600 Sport and the C 650 GT are aligned to motorcycle dimensions.

    Powerful braking system with BMW Motorrad ABS fitted as standard.

    The new C 600 Sport and C 650 GT are fitted with a generously sized braking system consisting of a two-rotor disc brake at the front and a single disc brake at the rear, each 270*mm in diameter. At the same time, the BMW Motorrad ABS fitted as standard ensures maximum possible safety.

    Multifunctional instrument cluster and optional LED daytime running light.
    The instrument cluster of the C 600 Sport and C 650 GT presents a large, easily readable LCD display with integrated engine speed readout and an analogue speedometer. The instrument cluster presents considerably more functions than usual in this vehicle class.

    For the first time, BMW Motorrad is also offering an LED daytime running light as an optional equipment feature on its C 600 Sport and C 650 GT.
    C 600 Sport with the world premiere FlexCase.

    The FlexCase for the C 600 Sport is an innovative stowage space concept.
    A flap in the tail base under the seat enlarges the stowage space on the stationary vehicle. This can be used e.g. to hold two helmets.

    The highlights at a glance
    ÔÇó Efficiency optimised 2-cylinder inline engine with high torque and CVT.

    ÔÇó The most powerful and efficient engine of its class.

    ÔÇó Compact design with dry sump lubrication.

    ÔÇó Power output 44*kW (60*hp) at 7500*rpm, max torque 66*Nm at 6000*rpm.

    ÔÇó Punchy sound and low vibration levels thanks to the 90?? crank pin offset, 270??
    ignition spacing, and two balancer shafts.

    ÔÇó Low fuel consumption and low emissions thanks to electronic fuel injection and closed loop catalytic converter.

    ÔÇó Suspension concept similar to a motorcycle; particularly rigid and hence more stable suspension system of tubular steel bridge frame and diecast aluminium unit at the swingarm bearing.

    ÔÇó Generously dimensioned upside down fork with 40*mm standpipe diameter.

    ÔÇó Swingarm with wide bearing base and reclining spring strut on the side.

    ÔÇó Swingarm's centre of rotation coaxial with the output shaft, so constant chain tension and reduced reaction torques.

    ÔÇó Low maintenance, encapsulated secondary drive via roller chain in
    oil bath.

    ÔÇó High level of active safety thanks to generously sized braking system and dual channel ABS fitted as standard.

    ÔÇó Hold brake engaged automatically via the side stand.

    ÔÇó Multifunctional instrument cluster with onboard computer.

    ÔÇó Optional LED daytime running light and way home function.

    ÔÇó Either sporty, dynamic or luxurious, elegant in the characteristic
    BMW Motorrad design language.

    ÔÇó Generously sized stowage space. C 600 Sport with the world premiere FlexCase as an innovative stowage space concept.

    ÔÇó Powered (C 650 GT) or manual (C 600 Sport) windscreen adjustments for the optimal protection against wind and weather.

    ÔÇó Three colour variants for each.

    ÔÇó Extensive equipment and custom accessories of the familiar high
    BMW Motorrad quality.

    The differences between the C 600 Sport and the C 650 GT at a glance

    The sporty, dynamic scooter BMW C 600 Sport is characterised by a seat positioned for extremely active riding. This was made possible by the arrangement of the foot boards, seat, and handlebar in an ergonomic triangle. More fastidious needs for touring and long distance capabilities, on the other hand, are fulfilled by the luxurious C 650 GT. The rider and passenger can therefore adopt a more relaxed sitting posture that is highly appreciated especially over long stretches. The ergonomics designed for even greater passenger capability and comfort can be felt in particular on a more comfortable seat with adjustable backrest for the rider in conjunction with a higher handlebar and comfortable floor boards in lieu of separate footrests for the passenger. In addition, the C 650 GT presents a larger, powered windscreen for even better protection against wind and weather.

    Ergonomics

    ÔÇó C 600 Sport with dynamic seat position as a result of flatter handlebar, sporty seat design for both one and two persons, and sporty footrests for the passenger; seat height 810*mm.

    ÔÇó C 650 GT with emphatically comfortable seat position as a result of higher handlebar, more comfortable and larger seat with adjustable backrest for the rider, and foot boards for the passenger as well; seat height 780*mm.
    Windscreen

    ÔÇó C 600 Sport with windscreen adjustable mechanically to three positions.

    ÔÇó C 650 GT with larger windscreen adjustable electrically over 10*cm for even greater comfort and protection from wind and weather.

    Body and design

    ÔÇó C 600 Sport with sporty, spartan panels. The lean tail with the dynamic upswing and emphatic body edges lend it lightness and dynamics.

    ÔÇó C 650 GT with an organic design language emphasising comfort attributes. Generously sized panel parts for outstanding comfort and protection against wind and weather.

    Headlights, turn indicators, rear light

    ÔÇó C 600 Sport: front turn indicators integrated in the panelling, twin circular headlights with two side lights on the left and right, LED rear light cluster with single turn indicators

    ÔÇó C 650 GT: front turn indicators integrated in the mirrors, twin circular headlights with side lights between them presenting a vertical light strip of three elements, LED rear light cluster with integrated turn indicators.

    Stowage space

    ÔÇó C 600 Sport with world premiere FlexCase and hence variable stowage space concept in the tail under the seat. Despite its sporty, spartan tail section, two helmets can be easily stowed in the parked vehicle.

    ÔÇó C 650 GT with a large stowage space of about 60 litres in the tail for taking two helmets and other utilities.

    Colours

    ÔÇó C 600 Sport:
    Cosmic blue metallic matt
    Titanium silver metallic
    Sapphire black metallic

    ÔÇó C 650 GT:
    Sapphire black metallic
    Platinum bronze metallic
    Vermilion red metallic

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