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worldsbk.com: Haslam from Laverty on day 2
Unofficial day 2 times: 1. Haslam (BMW) 1'43"2; 2. Laverty (Aprilia) 1'43"3; 3. Badovini (BMW) 1'43"4; 4. Biaggi (Aprilia) 1'43"6; 5. Davies (Aprilia) 1'44"2; 6. Melandri (BMW) 1'44"3; 7. Camier (Suzuki) 1'44"7; 8. Fabrizio (BMW) 1'44"9; 9. Seeley (Suzuki) 1'46"1.
crash.net: Provisional grid of 22 riders for 2012
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visordown.com: Ross - 'I wouldn't have problems riding a CRT'
bettor.com: Colin Edwards reckons major improvements needed with Suter-BMW machine
racer.com: Renault not ruling out Kubica yet
reuters.com: Meeting will decide Petrov's future at Lotus
formula1.com: Kimi Raikkonen Q&A: I wouldn't be back if I wasn't motivated
google.com/afp: Humble F1 champion keeps his feet on the ground
roadracingworld.com: HMC Racing/KTM cancels AMA Pro Superbike racing plans
thecheckeredflag.co.uk: MV agusta set for 2012 IOMTT Races
Dakar 2012 Edition
Bikes: everyone on a 450cc
The reform which began two years ago has reached its conclusion. All the bikes enrolled on the Dakar 2012 will be limited to an engine size of 450cc. In 2010 and 2011, the compulsory switchover to 450cc for the elite riders led to a more intense battle between the constructors: 4 different constructors were represented in the final Top 10 of the last edition.
On the Street
cycleworld.com: Sport – Touring on the cheap: Suzuki GSX 1250FA
motorcyclenews.com: French firm unveils carbon-framed V-twin superbike
motorcyclenews.com: New G650GS-powered Husqvarna streetbike unveiled
MCN says the concept will go into production next year.
bmwmcmag.com: Husqvarna Concept Strada
Husqvarna Strad: Paris Concept signals new production street single
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BMW Motorrad: Conf?®rence de presse Salon de la moto et du scooter.
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Ladies and gentlemen,
Dear motorcycle friends,
Welcome to the press conference of BMW Motorrad.
Today, it is a very special day for us, the motorcycle and scooter show is back after 4 years and we are very pleased to be here with you.
We will first explain the situation of BMW Motorrad to level world and more particularly on the French market.
We will then talk about our new 2012.
And finally I will conclude by our results in competition and our future commitments.
Then how is BMW Motorrad?
As you already know the times are very difficult for the motorcycle industry currently. However, the development of BMW Motorrad is the inverse of the major trends of the markets.
Level world BMW Motorrad has known in 2010, a growth of more than 12%.
And the story continues for 2011 as our current progress is more than 6%.
The brand is leader in volume in 12 countries, with a market share of 25% in Germany.
In the segment greater than 500cc world market share will reach approximately 13% this year.
Over the past 4 years, we have been able to almost double our market share of nearly 7%.
2011 will be a record year for BMW Motorrad with more than 103000 sold machines and exceptional results in turnover case, and profits.
What is the situation in France?
In France we also have an impressive growth In market share, rising from 8.7% end 2009 to 10.4% end 2010 reach almost 12% late October 2011 In volume, with 9190 registrations is a growth of 14% in 2010 and this in a market with only a 3% growth.
Of course, we are very satisfied with these results, but we are convinced of power still find margins of progress.
We will continue to work intensively with our network, to redouble its efforts in marketing and communications, using our brand and our products to be closer to 18% market share of the countries that surround us.
For its image and its communication, the brand adopted a radically different approach from those of the past.
With our events such as our road show, our days track, our GS Trophy (oriented client) as well as the future GS DAYS held the 1st weekend of may a Orange, and our presence on the main events major motorcycles, we are going there where many prospects and motorcycle not await us not.
The brand image, slowly but gradually is changing dynamically. The next year, we will continue to invest heavily in this direction in prolonging all these proximity operations.
The secret of the success is also to continue to do what we know particularly well to do. For us, the segment of the great highway is very important, the introduction of our new 6-cylinder the K 1600 GT /GTL in 2011 as a huge success. The demand was so strong that we had considerable delays in deliveries. In total we will deliver more than 1150 machines to our customers and 2012 will continue to be a strong year for these models.
Speaking of products:
The S 1000 RR has strongly contributed to the evolution of the brand image we know. 4 Years ago, nobody would have never believed that a BMW could become the best selling of motorcycle sport in France, and surpass all other models of competition. With 625 registrations end of October the S 1000 RR grows 8% in a market in decline of 10%.
After two years, and the comments of our customers and our own experience, we have developed the new RR. The new S 1000 RR offers even more steering precision, agility with a better control of the incredible power of this machine.
With these amendments we are faced once more with our current competitors and we await exciting upcoming trials.
Another highlight is the new BMW G 650 GS Sert?úo that revives the spirit of the very successful F 650 GS Dakar.
Ladies and gentlemen, we present you a new version of the "big" GS: as you know, the R 1200 GS is the very successful pioneer of a type of motorcycle to the increasing popularity.
Inventors of this versatile ultra motorcycle concept, perhaps one of the reasons for which we still have a very high demand for the two versions of GS boxer.
The GS today benefit from a further legacy of 30 years of experience and development. None of our competitors can claim such a legacy!
After the very successful launch of models Triple Black (F 800 GS, R 1200 GS and R 1200 GS Adventure) we now present the R 1200 GS rally
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Thread contains information about bolts, nuts, terminology, and torques for common fasteners on BMWs.
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