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    jamesallen.com: Red Bull unveil the car they all have to beat

    bbc.co.uk: Video – Vettel and Webber on the new Red Bull

    motorauthority.com: Adrian Newey on the record F1 design 2012

    crash.net: HRT technical director leaves
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    asphaltandrubber.com: Willow Springs Motorcycle Club closes raving legue

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    cycleworld.com: Many of today's technologies are innovations that were born yesterday or yesteryear

    cyrilhuzeblog.com: The Raven a brand new motorcycle combining Norton, Moto Guzzi, Honda and American ingenuity
    FWIW: We've seen it before

    roadrunner.travel: The Stinger folding motorcycle trailer







    The Mothership




    At the time of the R 80 G/S launch in 1980, the idea of an all-terrain 800cc flat-twin was revolutionary, to say the least. Off-road motorcycles were rarely bigger than middleweight capacity and clearly defined in their specialised role. BMW’s radical new machine forced the birth of a versatile new genre – the R 80 G/S could tackle anything from urban and long-distance riding to off-road enduros. ...MORE


    bmw-motorrad.com: All the BMW Motorrad spirit, with no engine
    The world of BMW Motorrad is not limited to motorcycles – for stunt riders like Igor Obu, it is the brand’s light, high-tech mountain bikes which get the blood pumping. Igor’s shows are always guaranteed to draw gasps from a crowd, with gravity-defying leaps, wheelies and stoppies. Last year was a busy one for the rider, with performances, European trips and a considerable investment in training ...

    Husqvarna is set for another action-packed year in 2012. The brand is ready for a series of high-adrenaline events, in both endurance and motocross – and it has already experienced its first success of the season, netting stage wins and a podium finish in the notoriously tough Dakar Rally. Fans of the brand have a lot to look forward to over the coming months, but one of the first diary dates is ...MORE

    Growing traffic volume, rising public transport costs and increasing numbers of people living and working in city centres are just three of the many reasons behind BMW Motorrad’s decision to enter the Urban Mobility segment with two new Maxi-Scooters. ...MORE

    A fleet of GS machines are the ride of choice for an organisation which needs motorcycles capable of taking on some of the toughest roads in Rwanda. The six machines – two F 650 GS, two F 650 GS Dakar, one R 1150 GS and one R 1150 GS Adventure – provide support for the pedal-powered Team Rwanda. It is the country’s first professional cycling team – funded entirely by donations, it develops local ...MORE


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    bmwblog.com: Exclusive interview with Dr. Klaus Draeger, BMW Board member and head of R&D


    FWIW

    I went to the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Minneapolis on Sunday. Stopped by the BMW MOA stand. They were slow. Not surprising as the show was the small and rather boring. Leo's South a local BMW dealer south of Lilydale had a nice BMW display.

    I spent some time in the Zero Motorcycle stand. Several geek type bikers werce asking good questions about batteries and charging times. I was learning a lot when the conversation turned to riding. It was reassuring that these electric riders and wannabes could get into a good discussion of riding. The issue of range came up again. The topic had been covered earlier in the sales pitch. I expected some fancy stunt riding around the topic but we were treated to creative charging tips instead. One suggestion was to find a stop with a 'coke' machine outside. “They are usually only take one of the plugs to run and most of the time you have three to choose from. Have a break and your bike has charge a bit while you were gone.”

    Dreams and pinching pennies was a theme I kept bumping into as I wondered around looking a people looking at bikes. You could see the outlines of a fantasy form in peoples eyes as they threw a leg over a bike. Just as the fantasy would be bubbling up the price became the point of interest.

    In my memory of past years when the biker wannabe settled into the saddle of the right bike the dollar signs would disappear as the fantasy grew into a dream and then an action plan of how to make it work. Not this year. The guy settling into the saddle was a little pudgier than the guy in my memory and thoughts of dollar bills seemed to be taking the smiles from their faces.

    The only guy I met that seemed to really being having fun was the guy in the Central Racing Association stand. I asked him a opening question about racing. The next half hour was spent trying to catch up with him as he told me about his passion, his association how I could get involved as a corner worker and I dealt with the information. He beamed as he talked. The excitement was contagious yet in the back of my mind I thought of the article declaring that club racing is dying in America. It won't if that CRA rep has anything to say about it and he has a lot to say.

    I am working through the literature and thoughts collected during my visit. No doubt the topic will come up again ; FWIW.











    Reference::

    BMW MOA 2012 International Rally

    SBK
    2012 FIM Superbike Championship Calendar

    FIM

    Changes to the FIM Superbike, Supersport and Superstock regulations for 2012:
    Some more details of changes to the championship regulations were delivered by the FIM in a press release.

    FIM: Official Documents
    Link to the current year official documents for all classes and search tool for other years.

    FIA Regulations – Formula 1 World Championship

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    Canada Road Condition Information: Links to provincial highway condition websites across Canada..

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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
    Electronic Parts Catalogue
    Download Manuals
    Breakdown Dictionary
    Tyre Options
    Tips
    Before every journey…
    Before a log trip…
    Before winter…
    How to clean your motorcycle

    ascycles.com: BMW Motorcycle Service and Maintenance Schedules

    mic.org: Motorcycle Industry Council | Tire Guide 2011.pdf

    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

    QOD: What should you do when approaching a stop sign? http://t.co/EoW2foCZ


    Bike Candy

    FRS Engineering

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    worldsbk.com: Aprilia launches 2012 campaign





    motorcycle.com: Crescent Suzuki GSX R1000 WSBK racer revealed


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    motogp

    gizmag.co: Honda's 1000cc MotoGP contender unveiled

    motogp: 2012 race calendar | Results and Statistics


    Formula 1

    bbc.co.uk: Jerez day 1 ÔÇô Raikkonen leads the way

    pirelli.com: New F1 tyres face first challenge

    bbc.co.uk: VIDEO BBC commentary team preview the season











    Formula 1: 2012 Race Calendar | Results Season/Team/Driver

    Other Racing

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    thekneeslider.com: Munch TTE 2 production electric racer gather your team and go racing

    On the Street

    dealersnews.com: Suzuki sales to dealers more than double
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    asphaltandrubber.com: American Suzuki expects 9.8% sales decrease
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    cyrilhuzeblog.com: Motorcycle related discretionary spending is back


    ashonbikes.com: Aprilia Caponord 2012

    speedtv.com: Superbikes of the Seventies ÔÇô Book Review




    I wonder if Paul will buy one for Voni...after all it is red




    The Mothership
    BMW Motorrad makes a good start to the new year. Best ever January sales figures.
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    07.02.2012
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    Munich.After a new retail record in 2011, BMW Motorrad has started off the new year with a solid plus. With sales of 5,237 units (previous year: 4,714 units), 11.1 % more motorcycles were delivered to customers in January 2012 than in the previous year.
    Hendrik von Kuenheim, General Director BMW Motorrad: "After a record year in 2011, the new year has started very pleasingly for BMW. Never before have we sold as many motorcycles in the first month of a year as in January 2012. Our fresh new model range continues to attract strong demand all over the world, and the incoming orders situation is positive, too. With the market launch of the new maxi scooters C 600 Sport and C 650 GT this spring we are expanding our range to include the facet of "Urban MobilityÔÇØ and we anticipate additional growth impulse in 2012."
    At the same time as the two scooter models, BMW has six new motorcycles to offer its customers: with the G 650 GS Sert?úo, the revised S 1000 RR, the special boxer model R 1200 GS Rallye, the updated F 800 R and the special models of the K 1300 R and K 1300 S, BMW Motorrad continues to strengthen its extensive product portfolio.
    Based on this ongoing product offensive, BMW Motorrad looks confidently ahead to the upcoming season in spite of challenging economic conditions in some countries. Once again this year, the bestseller is likely to be the big travel enduro R 1200 GS.
    Husqvarna Motorcycles, the BMW Group's second motorcycle brand, supplied 544 (previous year: 362 / + 50.3 %) motorcycles to its dealer network.
    Alongside its core business in the off-road sports segments (sports enduro, motocross, supermoto), Husqvarna Motorcycles has extended its range to include street bikes with the models NUDA 900 and NUDA 900R. The brand is anticipating a significant increase in sales from the vehicles introduced to the market in December 2011.


    Munich. After Dani Sordo (ES) and Carlos del Barrio (ES) finished second on the return of the brand to the legendary Monte Carlo Rally, the direction has now been set for a long-term MINI presence in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC): On Thursday 2 February, the F?®d?®ration Internationale de lÔÇÖAutomobile (FIA) accepted a two-car manufacturer entry by WRC Team MINI Portugal into the 2012 FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers. As a consequence MINI will complete the homologation for the MINI John Cooper Works WRC. The WRC Team MINI Portugal - consisting of Armindo Ara??jo (PT) and his co-driver Miguel Ramalho (PT), as well as Paulo Nobre (BR) and co-driver Edu Paula (BR) - will contest the remaining 12 events of the 2012 FIA World Rally Championship...MORE

    Cage World




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    Reference::

    BMW MOA 2012 International Rally

    SBK
    2012 FIM Superbike Championship Calendar

    FIM

    Changes to the FIM Superbike, Supersport and Superstock regulations for 2012:
    Some more details of changes to the championship regulations were delivered by the FIM in a press release.

    FIM: Official Documents
    Link to the current year official documents for all classes and search tool for other years.

    FIA Regulations ÔÇô Formula 1 World Championship

    WEATHER
    US:
    http://www.weather.gov/ | NOAA's National Weather Service
    Select to go to the NWS homepage. National Weather Service - or - Follow the National Weather Service on FaceBook

    http://www.weather.com | Bloomsburg, PA

    CA:
    http://www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/canada_e.html

    ROAD CONDITIONS
    US:
    http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/trafficinfo/ : National Traffic and Road Closure Information
    511 - America's Traveler Information Telephone Number; Construction Related; Local and State Transit Links; Traffic Conditions; Regional Links; Weather/Road ...

    CA:
    http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/drivebc_supp/canada_map.htm :
    Canada Road Condition Information: Links to provincial highway condition websites across Canada..

    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
    Breakdown Dictionary
    Tyre Options
    Tips
    Before every journey
    Before a log trip
    Before winter
    How to clean your motorcycle

    ascycles.com: BMW Motorcycle Service and Maintenance Schedules

    mic.org: Motorcycle Industry Council | Tire Guide 2011.pdf

    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: Front forks or fenders ÔÇô NOT appropriate places to carry loads on a m/c. Not new news, we hope. P. 53 http://t.co/jfDAORhW

    QOD: If you must brake while leaning in a turn, what should you do? http://t.co/2Myu5opv


    Bike Candy

    Pass the mustard and UP THE REVOLUTION!

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    speedtv.com: WSBK – The fight for Checa's crown



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    motogp.com: Gino Borsoi on the Aspar CRT project

    motogp.com: Hayden back homw following surgery

    motogp: 2012 race calendar | Results and Statistics


    Formula 1

    formula1.com: Jerez day 2 – Schumacher on top in 2011 Mercedes

    Formula 1: 2012 Race Calendar | Results Season/Team/Driver

    Other Racing







    On the Street

    ultimatemotorcycling.com: Husqvarna North America has landmark year

    acem.eu: In 2011 the EU PTW market chrinks by another 9%
    FWIW: Italy and Spain lead the decline. Historically they also have been some of the largest markets for Husqvarna and the G series BMWs.

    dealernews.com: Harley-Davidson names Wandell chairman of the board

    motorcycle-usa.com: US House backs more studying on E15 fuel

    motorcyclistonline.com: How to diagnose a bent frame

    cycleworld.com: BMW R1200GS vs KTM 990 Adventure vs Yamaha Super Tenere comparison test



    Honda Australia gives us the sporting extremes




    The Mothership

    The Motorrad segment had a strong start now the others follow...
    BMW Group makes a successful start to the year: Total of 112,163 automobiles sold in first month +++ Best January ever for the BMW brand +++ Positive sales trend expected to continue in coming months +++ Strong growth in Asia and North America +++


    Allgeier Holding AG, Munich, one of the leading IT service groups in Germany, will be on board as “Official Partner BMW Motorsport” when BMW makes its DTM comeback. The cooperation with the Allgeier Group is on a long-term basis. The company will be visible on all six BMW M3 DTM cars, with which BMW will be competing in the DTM this season..MORE


    Paris – Chalon-sur-Sa??ne. In funding this residency at the Nic?®phore Ni?®pce Museum for the second year running, BMW France reiterates its support for contemporary photographic arts. This second call for applications will enable a young photographer to complete a project during a three-month residency in autumn 2012, from September 10 to December 7. The winner will receive a grant of €6000 and the payment of accommodation costs in Chalon-sur-Sa??ne...MORE


    Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has announced that the company is seeking candidates for its Apprenticeship Programme. The successful applicants will join the programme at the end of August 2012, working alongside skilled craftspeople in leather, wood, paint, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, assembly and finesse roles...MORE


    Cage World

    fia.com: 2012 WRC Entrants (update)


    FWIW

    Hendrik von Kuenheim, head of BMW Motorrad, is also the current president of the ACEM (Europe's motorcycle manufacturer association). He wrote the following editorial for the current ACEM newsletter.

    [EDITORIAL]

    Dear Reader,

    at the 8th ACEM Conference held in Brussels on January 24 I*disclosed the latest news about the European motorcycle market. In 2011, four years into the crisis, the Powered Two Wheelers sector achieved its lowest result with 1.7 million units corresponding to a 1 million units difference compared to 2007. 2011 marks a fall by another 9%.

    Such a critical market depression generates difficulties for the whole sector. Many European suppliers are struggling with serious difficulties while others have no other choice than bankruptcy. Next to the revenue loss, this situation diverts resources, generates significant over costs, and disrupts production.
    In these conditions, I can only stress the absolute need for the industry to have a stable, predictable and especially a feasible regulatory environment to underpin our long-term investment strategies

    Notwithstanding the tough market conditions, at the 8th Acem Conference, motorcycle manufacturers delivered an important message, which - we believe - isn't related only to our industry but offers an insight into the future of mobility. "Innovating our mobility" through smaller, lighter and more specialised vehicles is the future envisioned by the European Union, which will lead to more efficient individual transport in terms of time and fuel savings, emissions reductions and an overall improvement of the quality of life, especially in cities. ACEM Manufacturers are involved in developing a new mobility paradigm. L-category vehicles, such as motorcycles, scooters, tricycles and quadricycles, represent an opportunity for an innovative mobility, which includes electromobility as part of the answer.

    I wish to thank the speakers who helped us giving a full picture of how PTW fit into a truly innovative mobility paradigm. Mr Isaak Yperman from Transport & Mobility Leuven, for his research on how a shift from cars to PTW of only 10% would result in a 40% reduction in congestion. And Mrs Coralie Henry-Poppe of PSA Peugeot Citro?½n, for sharing with us her company's plan on making scooters part of their "MU" mobility services.

    A special thanks also to FIM and FEMA, who accepted our invitation to be part of our conference with their own stand. We must not forget that the world of motorcycling entails also 35 million users EU-wide and millions of fan of motorcycle sports and ACEM is pleased to jointly put forward a message of sustainable motorcycling.

    Enjoy your reading!

    Hendrik von Kuenheim
    Acem President



    Reference::

    BMW MOA 2012 International Rally

    SBK
    2012 FIM Superbike Championship Calendar

    FIM

    Changes to the FIM Superbike, Supersport and Superstock regulations for 2012:
    Some more details of changes to the championship regulations were delivered by the FIM in a press release.

    FIM: Official Documents
    Link to the current year official documents for all classes and search tool for other years.

    FIA Regulations – Formula 1 World Championship

    WEATHER
    US:
    http://www.weather.gov/ | NOAA's National Weather Service
    Select to go to the NWS homepage. National Weather Service - or - Follow the National Weather Service on FaceBook

    http://www.weather.com | Bloomsburg, PA

    CA:
    http://www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/canada_e.html

    ROAD CONDITIONS
    US:
    http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/trafficinfo/ : National Traffic and Road Closure Information
    511 - America's Traveler Information Telephone Number; Construction Related; Local and State Transit Links; Traffic Conditions; Regional Links; Weather/Road ...

    CA:
    http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/drivebc_supp/canada_map.htm :
    Canada Road Condition Information: Links to provincial highway condition websites across Canada..

    Shameless Trolling For Touring Tips

    NHTSA.dot.gov Vehicle Recalls RSS

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

    BMW-Motorrad.com: Service
    Electronic Parts Catalogue
    Download Manuals
    Breakdown Dictionary
    Tyre Options
    Tips
    Before every journey…
    Before a log trip…
    Before winter…
    How to clean your motorcycle

    ascycles.com: BMW Motorcycle Service and Maintenance Schedules

    mic.org: Motorcycle Industry Council | Tire Guide 2011.pdf

    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: Where you ride in a lane may vary, but always, always avoid riding in another vehicle’s blind spot. P.16 http://t.co/jLCSL9Kj

    QOD: Before starting a long trip, a safe rider always does what? http://t.co/wT82y3aL


    Bike Candy

    thevintagent.blogspot.com: 3 days in Paris – The Bonhams sale

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    ultimatemotorcycling.com: Dosoli talks new BMW role
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    thedrum.co.uk: FIM Superbike World Championship gets a new brand identity

    Keeping up with the Haslams
    visordown.com: New Aprilia RSV4 expected in 2013

    asphaltandrubber.com: Not homologated ÔÇô Ducati Panigale and MV Agusta F3
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    WORLDSBK: 2012 Race Calendar | Championship Standings Rider / Manufacturer

    motogp

    motogp.com: Capirossi speaks about new role and Bridgestone
    Will he have real power or not.

    crash..net: Bridgestone ÔÇô no special CRT MotoGP tyres

    gizmag.com: Ben Spies aboard the Yamaha ÔÇô Yamaha clocks a strong performance

    cycleworld.com The new MotoGP

    motogp: 2012 race calendar | Results and Statistics


    Formula 1

    Thursday it was Rosberg guarding.co.uk: Hamilton and Vettel in 2012 trumped by Rosbergs 2011

    jamesallenonf1: Jerez test day 3 ÔÇô rosberg on top but Grosjean and Lotus going well

    bbc.co.uk: Ferrari admits there is room for improvement with the new car

    telegraph.co.uk: Bahraing Grand Prix must be cancelled says group of prominent British peers

    Formula 1: 2012 Race Calendar | Results Season/Team/Driver


    On the Street

    bsmotoring.com: 1936 Brough Superior SS100 ÔÇô diamond in the Brough

    cyrilhuzeblog.com: Fast motorcycle industry news


    thevintagent.com: Three days in Paris ÔÇô Retromobile


    Reference::

    BMW MOA 2012 International Rally

    SBK
    2012 FIM Superbike Championship Calendar

    FIM

    Changes to the FIM Superbike, Supersport and Superstock regulations for 2012:
    Some more details of changes to the championship regulations were delivered by the FIM in a press release.

    FIM: Official Documents
    Link to the current year official documents for all classes and search tool for other years.

    FIA Regulations ÔÇô Formula 1 World Championship

    WEATHER
    US:
    http://www.weather.gov/ | NOAA's National Weather Service
    Select to go to the NWS homepage. National Weather Service - or - Follow the National Weather Service on FaceBook

    http://www.weather.com | Bloomsburg, PA

    CA:
    http://www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/canada_e.html

    ROAD CONDITIONS
    US:
    http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/trafficinfo/ : National Traffic and Road Closure Information
    511 - America's Traveler Information Telephone Number; Construction Related; Local and State Transit Links; Traffic Conditions; Regional Links; Weather/Road ...

    CA:
    http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/drivebc_supp/canada_map.htm :
    Canada Road Condition Information: Links to provincial highway condition websites across Canada..

    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
    Breakdown Dictionary
    Tyre Options
    Tips
    Before every journey
    Before a log trip
    Before winter
    How to clean your motorcycle

    ascycles.com: BMW Motorcycle Service and Maintenance Schedules

    mic.org: Motorcycle Industry Council | Tire Guide 2011.pdf

    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


    Bike Candy

    Pass the mustard and UP THE REVOLUTION!

    St. Paul Pioneer Press , Minneapolis Star Tribune

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    Calendars - you have Julian, Gregorian and the Mika Fatfinger varieties.
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    gpone.com: Melandri ÔÇô I want to have fun with BMW



    WORLDSBK: 2012 Race Calendar | Championship Standings Rider / Manufacturer

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    motogp: 2012 race calendar | Results and Statistics


    Formula 1

    formula1.com: Jerez day four ÔÇô Ferrari lead the fray on the final day

    independent.co.uk: Sebastian Vettel reserving judgement on chances ahead of new season









    Formula 1: 2012 Race Calendar | Results Season/Team/Driver

    Other Racing





    On the Street

    bikeadvice.in: KTM Duke 200 is getting good response

    cyrilhuzeblog.com: Worn to be wild; the black leather jacket exhibt at Harley-Davidson Museum

    cyrilhuzeblog.com: Riding your motorcycle with a child passenger

    dealernews.com: Suzuki recalls certain 2012 Burgman and V Strom motorcycles

    thekneeslider.com: TRT the tilting reverse trike Harley conversion from Too Kool Cycles

    webbikeworld.com: Thorogood American made work boots review







    The Mothership


    Thanks to strategic product placement, we are used to seeing BMW bikes and cars on television and in the movies, but the brand also supports the film and TV industries at grassroots level, including at the recent launch party to celebrate the opening of the new University of Television and Film (HFF) in Munich ...MORE

    Some people might assume a 74-year-old woman would be a very unlikely BMW passenger ÔÇô but in the BMW Motorrad GS world, anything is possible. Septuagenarian Mercedes Silvestre recently travelled across the globe to join her son on a ride through the Himalayas. Rather than struggling with the journey, Mercedes says she was perfectly comfortable on the back of the R 1200 GS and loved exploring ...MORE

    Even with a motorcycle as technologically advanced as the 2012 S 1000 RR, owners and racers still want to push the boundaries of performance even further, hence the demand for a wide range of BMW Motorrad HP (High Performance) accessories. Thanks to a new web special that includes a series of videos straight from the factory race teamÔÇÖs workshops, fans can now see and understand exactly how these ...MORE

    In January 1980 the pre-production R 80 G/S underwent a punishing test in the most extreme of conditions. BMW press spokesman Kalli Hufstadt and journalist Hans Peter Leicht set off on two pre-series machines for a 2,200 kilometre ride through Ecuador. Entitled ÔÇÿFrom primeval forest to eternal iceÔÇÖ, the trip saw both men and their motorcycles combat extreme weather and atrocious road conditions ÔÇô ...MORE

    BMW Group Design celebrated an exceptional accolade at todayÔÇÖs presentation of the 2012 iF Design Awards, held as part of Munich Creative Business Week. The jury conferred the iF Gold Award ÔÇô the prestigious special prize of the International Forum Design ÔÇô on the new BMW 6 Series Coupe and the John Deere 944K wheel loader created by BMW Group DesignworksUSA. Beyond these honours, too, the evening was dominated by BMW: providing not just a worthy architectural setting for the presentation ceremony was BMW Welt, with Frauke Ludowig hosting the evening event in the auditorium. In addition to the BMW 6 Series Coupe, the BMW 1 Series, BMW 1 Series M Coupe, BMW 6 Series Convertible and the BMW G 650 GS motorcycle were also recipients of the iF Product Design Award, while DesignworksUSA added another feather to their cap with a prize for their interior design of the new Falcon 2000S business jet...MORE




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    Munich/Berlin. The BMW Golden Bear Lounge is where international Hollywood stars, producers and directors all meet up during the 62nd International Berlin Film Festival. For Hollywood legend Sir Christopher Lee ("Lord of the Rings") and actress Nastassja Kinski it was the first time they'd seen each other again for 36 years...MORE

    Out of a passion for elite performance and an appreciation of exclusive style comes the allure for which M Automobiles are renowned ÔÇô and which can now be experienced in two new forms. The new BMW M6 Coupe and BMW M6 Convertible offer top-class performance attributes and an ambience defined by luxury and innovative comfort features...MORE

    From February 2012 sportsmen and women of all disciplines and levels will be united under one symbol: the BMW logo. The Munich-based global brand is launching its new BMW Athletics Collection for ambitious amateur athletes. BMW Athletics features running shoes, performance clothing and accessories. The new range will join the ranks of BMWÔÇÖs other collections: Golfsport, Yachtsport and MotorsportMORE



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    BREAKING NEWS

    Munich / Woodcliff Lake. After three and a half very successful years as BMW Motorrad Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Hans Blesse (51) will be taking over as Vice President BMW Motorrad USA as of April 1, 2012. Pieter de Waal (60), who has held this position since 2008, finishes his successful career after 18 years with the BMW Group and goes into retirement. Hans Blesse's successor will be announced at a later stage...MORE

    Woodcliff Lake, NJ  February 14, 2012 Ludwig Willisch, President and Chief Executive Officer of BMW of North America, has announced that Hans Blesse will assume the role of Vice President, BMW Motorrad USA, with a transition to begin April 1, 2012. Mr. Blesse succeeds Pieter de Waal, who will be retiring at the end of March after a successful 18-year career with the BMW Group...MORE


    bmwmcmag.com: BMW Motorrad USA has a new chief. Hans Blesse (51) will be taking over as Vice President BMW Motorrad USA on April 1, 2012 from Pieter de Waal (60) who is retiring. Blesse began his BMW career in 1987 with the newly founded BMW Canada. After holding various positions with BMW Canada, he moved to...

    FWIW: No matter how you feel about BMW, final drives, life, the universe or anything else; if you met Pieter Waal you walked away thinking he was a class act. Passionate about motorcycles, BMW and the person in front of him he will be sorely missed.

    Body language says a lot. Unfortunately many a BMW motorcycle executive looks placed in the general area of a motorcycle. They may have a smile on their face but it is the one you would put on for a photograph you want to get over. Waal always had a ear to ear grin of a real rider. Even if he wasn't seated on a bike there was no doubt how he felt about them.

    Waal was clearly a BMW executive and spoke as such when he talked. He was that rare executive the was willing to eschew handlers. He represented the company well. Yet it was clear he spent as much time if not more listening and then thinking about what he heard.

    We love to grouse, belittle and badger BMW around here. Sometimes the company deserves it. But BMW motorcycling is in a better place today because we had Pieter Waal.

    I wish him all the best.


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    3.*Max Biaggi*ITA Aprilia Racing RSV-4*1m 32.3s
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    12.*Michel Fabrizio*ITA BMW Italia Goldbet S1000RR 1m 33.9s
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    15.02.2012

    Winter testing ÔÇô Phillip Island.
    13th to 15th February 2012.


    Phillip Island, 15th February 2012. The time for waiting is over: From 13th to 15th February most of the teams competing in the FIM Superbike World Championship tested at Phillip Island (AUS). It was the first battle on track in 2012 for the teams. During the private test, Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport continued its preparation for the 2012 season after having tested on Spanish soil in Valencia at the end of January. Factory riders, Marco Melandri (ITA) and Leon Haslam (GBR), completed a total of 1,954 kilometres of testing on the 2012 race version of the RR. The weather was mostly sunny and warm. The air temperature reached 32 degrees Celsius, the track temperature 54 degrees Celsius.


    Programme:
    While during the test in Valencia Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport focused on verifying the latest developments it has made over the winter, in Phillip Island the team worked on the set-up of LeonÔÇÖs and MarcoÔÇÖs S 1000 RRs. The crews worked on several chassis set-ups mainly in order to achieve performance and consistency. On top of this, the team worked on the engine management, setting up torque delivery and engine brake for the characteristics of the Phillip Island circuit.


    The team has drawn a positive conclusion from the test. Both crews were able to evaluate important set-up changes that are not possible to be tested over the course of a race weekend. On the chassis side, the team found a rear end set-up that it will use for the race. Leon has already achieved a quite stable base set-up. During the official Infront test on Monday and Tuesday he will focus on race performance and do the fine tuning. Marco is still investigating the complete range of setting up the RR before concentrating on race performance.


    The teamÔÇÖs technicians will now evaluate the data collected over the last three days and prepare for the official Infront test.


    Marco Melandri:
    Bike: BMW S 1000 RR, best overall lap time: 1:33.0 min
    ÔÇ£We have worked hard in many directions on this test. The first day was pretty successful and we had a good base to work with. But unfortunately we were struggling to make more steps forward. We still have some issues with the front of the bike, which we tried to solve by making some changes. I still need to get more confidence in the front of the bike. When it was hot, it became more difficult for me. But anyway ÔÇô we need to be fast in every condition. Unfortunately we also lost three hours on the last day, when I crashed and we had to rebuild the bike. But now we have the time to analyse the information we collected and try to improve the bike at the next test. We still have two more days of testing before we go into the first race weekend, and I hope we are going to have good weather then.ÔÇØ


    Leon Haslam:
    Bike: BMW S 1000 RR, best overall lap time: 1:32.2 min
    ÔÇ£The test has been good and really quite positive. It was nice to be back on the bike in warm weather. We have come here with the base set-up of our new bike from Valencia, and it worked pretty much straight away. Over the three days we had time to figure out the base set-up of the new bike, and to find the settings for this specific track, as we are racing here next week. Of course it is important to go fast around here, but it is also about exploring a little bit so you can make big steps in both directions to be able to understand what the bike is doing. I think we learned quite a lot. Also we had time to work on electronic strategies and we improved them a fair bit. The lap times were pretty good, we improved the consistency and were just trying a set-up in both cooler and hot conditions, which is quite important around here.ÔÇØ

    BMW MOTORRAD ITALIA GOLDBET SBK TEAM - PHILLIP ISLAND ÔÇô TEST
    15.02.2012
    Phillip Island (Australia), February 15th 2012. The BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet Superbike Team completed a three day test at Phillip Island today. This was the first opportunity for Ayrton Badovini and Michel Fabrizio to get back on track after the end of the winter testing ban and was a good chance to continue their preparation for the 2012 World Superbike season opener which is scheduled for February 24-26.

    The team focused on finding a good race set-up for the BMW S 1000 RR that would suit both riders. The evaluation of new parts continued, picking up from the work last November at the Portim?úo test.

    Michel Fabrizio got more comfortable on the bike and, thanks to the number of laps he was able to put in, gave useful feedback about the S 1000RR behaviour on the Australian track.

    After some productive work during the first two days of testing, Ayrton Badovini had an unfortunate high-speed crash at the long first turn following the finishing straight, in the morning session of the final day. The rider luckily escaped with only minor injuries but was still a little shaken, and it was agreed that Aytron would sit out the afternoon session, ending the test early.

    Serafino Foti, Team Manager of the BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet Superbike Team, said:"It was a tough three days testing but we're happy overall. The work will continue at the official test next week. Michel put in a positive performance. Ayrton still has some work to do."

    "He crashed at a speed of 250 km/h and he got away with only bruises. He was a little bit dazed afterwards so we both agreed to let him rest in the afternoon, to help him getting ready and motivated for the official test next week."

    The large amount of data collected is now being analyzed by BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet Superbike Team engineers in preparation for the Official Infront Motor Sports Phillip Island Test, that will take place on the 20th and 21st of February.


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    1.*Carlos Checa ESP Althea Ducati 1098R 1m 31.8s
    2.*Tom Sykes*GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R*1m 31.9s
    3.*Leon Haslam GBR BMW Motorrad S1000RR*1m 32.2s
    4.*Max Biaggi*ITA Aprilia Racing RSV-4*1m 32.3s
    5.*Joan Lascorz*ESP Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R*1m 32.4s
    6.*Jakub Smrz CZE Effenbert Liberty Ducati 1098R*1m 33.4s
    7.*Eugene Laverty*IRL Aprilia Racing RSV-4 1m 32.5s
    8.*Michel Fabrizio*ITA BMW Italia Goldbet S1000RR 1m 32.6s
    9.*Maxime Berger*FRA Liberty Effenbert Ducati 1098R*1m 32.9s
    10.*Marco Melandri*ITA BMW Motorrad S1000RR*1m 33.0s
    11.*Leon Camier GBR Crescent Fixi Suzuki GSX-R1000*1m 33.1s
    12.*Davide Giugliano ITA Althea Ducati 1098R 1m 33.5s
    13.*Sylvain Guintoli*FRA Effenbert Liberty Ducati 1098R*1m 33.5s
    14.*Ayrton Badovini ITA BMW Italia Goldbet S1000RR*1m 33.8s
    15.*David Johnson*AUS Rossair AEP BMW S1000RR 1m 34.1s
    16.*Josh Brookes AUS Crescent Fixi Suzuki GSX-R1000*1m 34.5s
    17.*Lorenzo Zanetti*ITA PATA Ducati 1098R 1m 34.7s
    18.*David Salom*ESP Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 34.9s

    John Hopkins*USA Crescent Fixi Suzuki GSX-R1000 No Time


    motogp

    uk.eurosport.yahoo.com: British Eurosport renews MotoGP deal
    FWIW: The business of racing continues. The TV deal puts money into the sport but does it help grow the sport over the long haul? In the short term the following is a more important story.
    motogp.com: Portugal round confirmed for 2012
    FWIW: Now to confirm all of Spain's racing shows.

    Formula 1

    fia.com: 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship - Race Information & Event Starting Times for the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship


    formula1.com: Keeping the faith ÔÇô Interview with Peter Sauber

    uk.eurosport.yahoo.com; Gray Matter: Where next for F1's new cars?

    autosport.com: Caterham confident Leafield move will not affect performance during F1 season.
    FWIW: Trying to win the low expectations race?

    independent.co.uk: Bahrain return comes under fire

    independent.co.uk: Bernie Ecclestone rejects fresh calls to cancel Bahrain GP

    Other Racing

    Today [Wednesday] at the Husqvarna Motorcycles headquarters, the 2012 motocross and enduro world championship teams and riders were presented. Ten riders divided into two teams for the 2012 season that will officially start on March 24 with the opening of the World Enduro Championship in Chile, and April 8 with the first round of the MX2 World Motocross Championship in Holland...MORE

    On the Street

    visordown.com: Husqvarna to battle on BMW's eastern front




    The Mothership

    BMW Motorsports: Customer racing has played an important role in all motorsport activities of BMW for over 50 years. In the first part of our interview on customer racing, Jens Marquardt goes into the details...MORE
    -and-
    In the second part of our interview with Jens Marquardt on customer racing, the BMW Motorsport Director focusses on the BMW Z4 GT3 and looks ahead...MORE

    FWIW

    motorcycle-usa.com: Play Fantasy Superbike 2012 at MotoUSA

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    FIM: Official Documents
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    ascycles.com: BMW Motorcycle Service and Maintenance Schedules

    mic.org: Motorcycle Industry Council | Tire Guide 2011.pdf

    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


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    SBK

    worldsbk.com: Brookes steps in for Hopkins at Phillip Island

    northahmptonchron.co.uk: Haslam believes BMW team is in stronger position ahead of new season

    ultimatemotorcycling.com: 2012 Aprilia Racing superbike

    bbc.co.uk: Laverty crash/injury ÔÇô BBC reports he should be back for season opener.

    WORLDSBK: 2012 Race Calendar | Championship Standings Rider / Manufacturer

    motogp

    crash.net: Ben Spies ÔÇô 'Scary' Stoner can be beaten

    motorcycle-usa.com: CRT ÔÇô MotoGP's Titanic

    crash.net: Jorge Lorenzo makes 2012 predictions

    canberratimes.com.au: Rossi roasting will be Casey's catalyst

    teamaspar.net: Power Electronics signs as Team Aspars MotoGP title sponsor
    FWIW: Boring yes, but these are the stories that tell the future up or down future of MotoGP.


    motogp: 2012 race calendar | Results and Statistics


    Formula 1

    jamesallenonf1.com: F1 authorities rally to support Bahrain GP
    FWIW: My guess is Bahrain will give a bit of a revival to 'street racing' as that is where I think the final decision on this race will be made.

    themotorreport.com.au: F1- Raikkonen could be a serious title opponent ÔÇô Vettel

    edp24.co.uk: Mike Gascoyne and Mark Smith in Catherham Fomrula One job shuffle



    Formula 1: 2012 Race Calendar | Results Season/Team/Driver
    fia.com: 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship - Race Information & Event Starting Times for the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship


    Other Racing

    fim-live.com Luthi on top in Moto2 at Jerez


    On the Street

    vintagebmw.org: BMW is in the Cannonball

    motorcyclistonline.com: Doing Time | BMW K1600GT

    cycleworld.com: Confederate X132 Hellcat


    cyrilhuzeblog.com: Fast motorcycle industry news.

    blessthisstuff.com: BMW eScooter














    The Mothership

    At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, BMW presents numerous new serial production models as well as groundbreaking vehicle concepts whose design and technology pave the way to forms of mobility which are both exciting and sustainable. The innovative strength of the world's most successful premium automobile manufacturer enables the development of vehicles which combine an exceptional level of charisma and continuously increasing driving pleasure with a consistent reduction in fuel consumption and exhaust emission levels. With its current model program, BMW sets the benchmark for technological advancement, groundbreaking design style and sustainability in the automotive sector..MORE


    Cage World

    roadandtrack.com: Vehicle dependability improves


    FWIW












    Reference::

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    FIM

    Changes to the FIM Superbike, Supersport and Superstock regulations for 2012:
    Some more details of changes to the championship regulations were delivered by the FIM in a press release.

    FIM: Official Documents
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    [url=http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/recalls/results.cfm?rcl_id=12V053000&searchtype=quicksearch&summary=true&refurl=rss]NHTSA Campaign ID no. 12V053000[url]: Ducati
    Dated: FEB 10, 2012 DUCATI IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011-2012 HYPERMOTARD AND MONSTER MOTORCYCLES MANUFACTURED FROM JUNE 25, 2011, THROUGH NOVEMBER 30, 2011. THE FUEL LINES CONTAIN MICRO-CRACKING DUE TO INSUFFICI...


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

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    ascycles.com: BMW Motorcycle Service and Maintenance Schedules

    mic.org: Motorcycle Industry Council | Tire Guide 2011.pdf

    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: Insulated riding suits are lightweight and provide the warmth needed to prevent hypothermia. http://t.co/ZWxeceol

    QOD: Which of the following is true of riding with your headlight on during the day? http://t.co/RGZKaQQp


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    worldsbk.com: Cautious approach by Zanetti in Phillip Island

    worldsbk.com: Laverty in fight to be ready for first race

    suzuki-racing.com: Hopkins plans retun at Imola

    WORLDSBK: 2012 Race Calendar | Championship Standings Rider / Manufacturer

    motogp

    crash.net: Bosch talks CRT MotoGP electronics

    supersport.com: Spies out to end Stoner's reigne

    motogp: 2012 race calendar | Results and Statistics


    Formula 1

    telegraph.co.uk: Caterham sign Vitaly Petrov from Renault to replace Jarno Trulli

    bbc.co.uk: Catherham dump Trulli for Petrov

    pirelli.com Pirelli announces compound choice for first three races



    Formula 1: 2012 Race Calendar | Results Season/Team/Driver
    fia.com: 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship - Race Information & Event Starting Times for the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship


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    On the Street



    motoblog.it: Volkswagen to buy Ducati?

    cycleworld.com: Ohlins electornic suspension ÔÇô Fist in a new generation of TTX electronic shocks ÔÇô up grade for BMW GS, sport bikes to follow

    asphaltandrubber.com: KTM sales up 22.4% thanks to India













    The Mothership


    They say itÔÇÖs the oldest trick in the world, but over five million people have tuned into BMWÔÇÖs ÔÇÿdinner for RRÔÇÖ clip on the internet to try and find out exactly how a 193 hp S 1000 RR motorcycle performs a reinterpretation of the classic ÔÇÿtablecloth swipeÔÇÖ magic trick. ...MORE

    With the trend towards city living on the increase, and the rise and rise of ÔÇÿmega-citiesÔÇÖ it makes perfect sense for the BMW Group to start a massive e-mobility field test in the Randstad area of The Netherlands, where over seven million people live within a radius of 50km. A fleet of 30 electric BMWs will be trialled in the conurbation, which includes Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht ...MORE

    When South African F 800 GS rider Johan Gray rescued a struggling calf from a drainage canal, little did he know that the video he published of the rescue would become a viral sensation, touching the hearts of motorcyclists, animal lovers and just about anyone who viewed it. ...MORE

    On 15 February at its company headquarters in Varese, Italy, Husqvarna Motorcycles officially presented the factory teams that will be contesting the top off-road motorcycle world championship events worldwide throughout 2012. ...MORE

    ThereÔÇÖs not too long to go now until the launch of the two Maxi-Scooters from BMW Motorrad, but for those who cannot wait that long, how about a virtual two-wheeled experience that shows the C 650 GT or C 600 Sport in action on your doorstep ÔÇô or just about anywhere in the world? ...MORE




    Cage World

    ferrari.com: Record year for Ferrari in 2011




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    Showed up in my email titled ÔÇô Groaners

    Puns for Educated Minds


    1.The fattest knight at King Arthur's Round Table was Sir Cumference.
    He acquired his size from too much pi.

    2.I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island. It turned out to be an optical Aleutian.

    3.She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.

    4.A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class,because it was a weapon of math disruption.

    5.No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

    6.A dog gave birth to puppies near the road .... and was cited for littering.

    7.A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.

    8.Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.

    9.A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it.

    10.Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

    11.Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

    12.Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other: 'You stay here; I'll go on a head.'

    13.I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.

    14.A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said: 'Keep off the Grass.'

    15.The midget fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.

    16.The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.

    17. A backward poet writes inverse.

    18.In a democracy it's your vote that counts. In feudalism it's your count that votes.

    19. When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion.

    20. If you jumped off the bridge in Paris, you'd be in Seine.

    21.A vulture boards an airplane, carrying two dead raccoons.T he stewardess looks at hi and says, 'I'm sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger.'

    22.Two fish swim into a concrete wall.One turns to the other and says 'Dam!'

    23.Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft.
    Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can't have your kayak and heat it too.

    24.Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says, 'I've lost my electron.'
    The other says 'Are you sure?'
    The first replies, 'Yes, I'm positive.'

    25.Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root canal? His goal: transcend dental medication.

    26.There was the person who sent ten puns to friends,with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did.







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    FIM

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    FIM: Official Documents
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    ascycles.com: BMW Motorcycle Service and Maintenance Schedules

    mic.org: Motorcycle Industry Council | Tire Guide 2011.pdf

    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.

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    MSF Motorcycle Operators Manual

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    SBK: Phillip Island testing update

    HASLAM MAY [LIKELY] TO MISS FIRST RACE OF THE SEASON

    worldsbk.com: Biaggi and Melandri close on Checa – Haslam at risk for first race

    ducati.com: Team Althea back on track for the first of two official test days at Phillip Island

    Pardon the poor Google translation of an interesting discussion of the 2012 SBK one bike rule.
    gpone.com: Unique bike


    BMW Motorrad Motorsport - WSBK - Infront Testing - Phillip Island – Monday
    20.02.2012

    Infront testing – Phillip Island.
    20th to 21st February 2012.


    Phillip Island, 20th February 2012. There were mixed feelings in Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport during the first day of official testing at Phillip Island (AUS): While Marco Melandri (ITA) made good progress over the course of the day, Leon Haslam (GBR) crashed during the first session at the exit of the Phillip Island Circuit’s Swan corner. Immediately after the crash he felt pain in his feet and was unable to walk. X-ray examinations at the circuit’s medical centre indicated a fractured right ankle.

    Leon was taken to Casey Hospital in Berwick for further examinations. Computer tomography scans showed a fracture in his right tibia. After consulting the team doctor, Dr. Vincenzo Tota, Leon, together with the team’s management, decided to undergo surgery in Melbourne. A single screw will be inserted to fix the tibia fragment in its original place.

    The prognosis on what will happen after surgery is not yet known, so a decision as to whether he will compete in this weekend’s races will be made later.

    Leon Haslam:
    Bike: BMW S 1000 RR, best overall lap time: 1:32.397
    “This is just a disappointing situation, as we were making good progress. Right from the start my lap times were not bad. The crash was quite a big highsider just before the start-finish-straight. I landed on my heels, and I thought I could have fractured them. The scans later showed I had fractured the end of my right tibia instead. On top of this, I broke a small bone in my left foot, but this should not be a big issue. I now shall keep my fingers crossed that the surgery goes well and I will be back on the bike very soon.”

    Marco Melandri:
    Bike: BMW S 1000 RR, best overall lap time: 1:32.232
    “We made steps in the right direction today. I was not very happy about the results of last week’s test, but we analysed all the data gathered over the last couple of days. The crew worked very hard. I have the feeling that we found a way to avoid chattering and to improve my feeling for the front of the bike. I feel a lot more confident on the bike now. Still we have a long way to go. Nevertheless, I am happy as we are all working in the same direction. We are not too far from the front runners, and this has been another step forward for me.”


    BMW Motorrad Motorsport - WSBK - Phillip Island – Preview
    19.02.2012

    Australia – Phillip Island.
    Preview.
    24th– 26th February 2012
    1 of 14 race weekends

    Munich/Stephanskirchen, 19th February 2012. Green light for the 2012 FIM Superbike World Championship: the new season will officially get underway in the upcoming week. Phillip Island (AUS), close to Melbourne, will host the first two races on 26th February. Before then, Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport will take part in the official Infront tests, which are held in Phillip Island on 20th and 21st February. Last week the team completed a private, three-day test at the same venue.

    Britain’s Leon Haslam will contest his second season as a BMW Motorrad factory rider in 2012. Last year he scored 224 points on his number 91 BMW S 1000 RR, finishing fifth in the Riders’ Championship. His new team-mate is Italian Marco Melandri, who lines up in his second year in the FIM Superbike World Championship and his first season for Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport. Melandri celebrated four victories in his debut season, ending 2011 as runner-up in the Riders’ Championship. The Italian’s RR will bear the start number 33.

    Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport enters its fourth season in the FIM Superbike World Championship, and the team has set itself some clear goals: to close the gap to the top teams and challenge for the title. The 2012 race version of the RR has been the subject of comprehensive further development. Brought in line with the new production version of the bike, it features improvements to the aerodynamics and chassis. The team has also optimised the BMW electronics. With the new one-bike rule coming into force this season, the bike has also been made easier to service.

    Since the start of the year, the team has had a new Head of Race Operations, in the form of Andrea Dosoli (ITA). The rest of the management structure around BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director Bernhard Gobmeier remains unchanged: Stephan Fischer is Head of Development, while Josef Hofmann, the Managing Director of alpha Racing, assumes responsibility for the Stephanskirchen factory.

    Phillip Island from the riders’ point of view:

    Leon Haslam:
    “I am looking forward to the official Infront test. It is another two full days. I feel that we now have a good base with the bike and we have a good understanding from the last test. We can now work on race runs and prepare for the race weekends. It is going to be quite an important test, as everyone is going to be there and we will all be on the same tyres. It will give us a good indication of where we need to improve.

    On the race weekend itself we will, as always, be aiming to perform to the best of our ability. That is always our aim. Right now I am pretty confident that we can definitely challenge for the podium. Looking back to last year, all the BMWs were quite far behind at this stage and I was on the podium in the first race. Now, we are within a couple of tenths already and we still have a lot more to look forward to. So I am actually quite confident as we approach the weekend.”

    Marco Melandri:

    “At the moment, we haven’t yet started thinking about what we can expect at the race weekend. We are concentrating on what we need to do to improve my feeling for the bike. The rhythm will certainly be different, as will the lap times. At the moment I am not fast enough. However, we still have two more days of what will hopefully be positive testing to take steps forward and get faster for the season opener.

    Generally speaking I like the Phillip Island circuit. I won there in 125cc, 250cc and MotoGP, and also claimed a podium finish there in the Superbike World Championship last year, so it has been a good track for me so far. I hope I will get the confidence that is lacking at the moment and take that next step forward.”

    Phillip Island from the technical point of view:

    Andrea Dosoli (Head of Race Operations):
    “After the two tests held in Valencia and Phillip Island, we’re now looking forward to the official Infront test and the race weekend. The Infront test will be very interesting to really evaluate our potential compared to our competitors. Leon has already found a good base, he’ll use the next two test days to work on the fine tuning, while Marco and his crew will work hard to further improve his feeling for the front end of the bike. This is fundamental on a track with fast corners like Phillip Island.

    It will be the first time to see in the garage only one bike per rider. This rule forces our team and our riders to approach the test and the race weekend in a different way compared to the past. On this track, with a severe tyre wear, variable weather condition and a bumpy surface it will be important to be consistent. We’ll work in this direction.”

    Phillip Island from Pirelli’s point of view:

    The Phillip Island track is always one of the most demanding for tyres on the Superbike schedule as they are subjected to heavy and constant thermal-mechanical stress, especially on the left hand side. Precisely for this reason, Pirelli is bringing two new solutions for the rear tyre, which will be available to the teams for the test sessions on 20th and 21st February. One of these is an SC1 compound and the other is a higher performance compound, midway between SC0 and SC1, which was custom created for the Australian asphalt and temperatures. The size of these tyres is also evolutionary compared to standard dimensions, being slightly larger in width and diameter, capable of providing a bigger contact surface. This helps reduce the stress this track places on the tyres.

    Background:

    Phillip Island is an island in the Australian state of Victoria, in the south-east of the continent, about 120 kilometres from Melbourne. It can easily be reached by car via a 640-metre bridge thank links the island to the mainland. One popular tourist attraction is the “Penguin Parade”: every morning countless little penguins leave their cliff caves and make their way over the beach to the sea, before returning in the evening.

    Phillip Island may only have an area of 100km??, but the island does boast a long tradition of motorsport. The first 100-mile race was held there in 1926 and is now recognised as the first Australian Grand Prix. Back then, the competitors still raced on public roads. An unsurfaced circuit soon came into being and was used until 1935. In the early 1950s the “Phillip Island Circuit” was built right on the coast. It was opened in 1956 and has been the subject of several modifications since then. Located amidst spectacular scenery, the circuit is a permanent fixture in the calendar of the FIM Superbike World Championship. With the exception of 1993, the track has hosted the series every year since 1990. Since 2008, Phillip Island has been the venue for the curtain-raiser to the new season. Former BMW Motorrad factory rider Troy Corser (AUS) is the most successful rider at Phillip Island with seven victories and still holds the lap record, which he set back in 2007. The island also hosts the MotoGP series.

    The circuit blends into the hilly coastal scenery and consequently features big changes of elevation. Gusts of wind of varying strength also blow in from the sea. The track itself has several key spots: it is essential to find the racing line in the first turn, “Doohan Corner”, in order to be well positioned approaching the demanding “Southern Loop”. From there, the “Bass Straight” leads downhill into the “Honda” hairpin. The final turn is also crucial: it is taken in fourth gear and the rider must attempt to take as much speed as possible into the start/finish straight, the “Gardner Straight”. At the same time, however, the riders must avoid being too aggressive and spinning their wheels.

    In 2010, BMW Motorrad factory rider Leon Haslam (GBR) picked up his first pole position and first victory in the Superbike World Championship in Phillip Island. In 2011 the circuit was the scene of his first race on the BMW S 1000 RR and he immediately claimed a podium finish. His new team-mate Marco Melandri (ITA) made his Superbike World Championship debut in Phillip Island last year and went on to claim his first podium finish in the series.
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