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BMW Motorrad starts off the new year with a strong sales
After its third record year in succession in 2013, BMW Motorrad has started the new year with a significant increase in sales. With 5,438 (previous year: 4,818) units, 12.9% more motorcycles and maxi scooters were supplied to customers worldwide in January 2014 than in the previous year.
Heiner Faust, BMW Motorrad Head of Sales and Marketing: "After achieving an all-time high in 2013, BMW Motorrad has got off to a very successful start in the new year. With an increase of 12.9% as compared to the previous year, this was the best January sales performance in the history of the company."
Faust went on: "We got off to a great start in most markets. There was significant growth in the USA in particular, as well as in the Asian markets. Our new products are in great demand all over the world."
This spring, BMW Motorrad will be starting the new season with six new models in addition to the existing product range. In the touring bike segment these will be the dynamic new edition of the R 1200 RT along with the K 1600 GTL Exclusive, fitted with numerous extras, while the enduro segment is expanded with the water-cooled R 1200 GS Adventure. The roadster segment boasts the addition of two new products: the R nineT and the S 1000 R. Over and above this, BMW Motorrad will be entering the field of single-track electromobility for the first time with the BMW C evolution.
"In view of this wide range of new products and after a successful start to the year, we are confident as we look ahead to the upcoming motorcycle season," concluded Faust.
2014 Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship dates announced
The CXCC East Championship kicks off May 25th at Motopark in Chatsworth, ON.
The CXCC West Championship begins in June with a double header weekend at the Famous Monkey Wrench in Lytton, BC.
We would like to thank our Western Partners – Pacific Northwest Motorcycle Association and the Alberta Motorsports Association for working with us to incorporate these events into thier respective calendars.
We want to thank all our sponsors for their generous support.
Title Sponsor – Royal Distributing
Premier Sponsors – Honda Canada, Yamaha Canada, Wiesner Insurance, Kawasaki Canada
Support Sponsors – Kawasaki Canada, Parts Canada, KTM, Husqvarna, Sherco, Rekluse Canada (Mongoose Racing), Goldentyre, Inglis Cycle, Langs Off Road, West Coast Transportation
June 28 - Lytton, BC (Monkey Wrench)
June 29 - Lytton, BC (Monkey Wrench)
July 5 - Old Man River, AB (Shale Shaker)
July 6 – Old Man River, AB (Shale Shaker)
May 25 – Chatsworth, ON
June 22 – Alvinston, ON
July 27 – Parry Sound, ON
Aug 17 – Wingham, ON
Aug 24 – Wheatly, ON
Sept 6 & 7 – Walton, ON
Brand new Ducati Diavel model unveiled in Geneva (+ Canadian Pricing)
Diavel Dark - $19,995 CAN
Diavel Carbon Red - $21,995 CAN
Diavel Carbon White - $21,995 CAN
And now for the rest of the details:
Brand new Ducati Diavel model unveiled in Geneva
New Diavel models with many new features unveiled by Claudio Domenicali (Ducati CEO) during the VW Group Night on the eve of the Geneva Motor Show Stunning, Bologna-built sport cruiser boasts enhanced design, comfort and ergonomics and a new, even smoother and higher-performing engine New Diavel models to arrive in Ducati stores from April 2014 onwards Borgo Panigale (Bologna, Italy) – Geneva (Switzerland), 3 March 2014 –The brand new Ducati Diavel made its first public appearance at a special preview presentation in Geneva, during the prestigious Volkswagen Group Night. On the eve of the 84th edition of the International Motor Show of Geneva (running from 6-16 March), Claudio Domenicali (CEO of Ducati Motor Holding) personally unveiled the new model on stage during the important evening, providing a stunning preview of the latest machine to join the Ducati range during 2014.
Having introduced its new range of models at the Milan International EICMA Motorcycle Show in November 2013, Ducati’s latest presentation of the new Diavel now successfully achieves the company’s industrial development plan, which had promised one completely new model (the Monster 1200) and three ‘family-extension’ models: the 899 Panigale, the exclusive 1199 “Superleggera” and now the new Diavel.
Ducati now presents further enhancement of its sport cruiser model, featuring the latest version of the Testastretta 11° DS engine, a new exhaust system and latest technological elements such as the new full-LED headlight, all combining the powerful and assertive personality of the model with the sophisticated styling synonymous with the iconic Ducati brand.
The new Diavel follows the company’s “Performance Redefined” philosophy, using cutting-edge innovation and technology to provide a smoother, safer and more rider-friendly experience, enabling easier access for the ever-increasing number of people who desire the unique thrill of riding a Ducati.
The new machine remains in a class of its own, unique, innovative and bold and a benchmark that continues to attract motorcyclists around the world. Built to have a commanding presence, though lightweight and agile in typical Ducati style, the new Diavel takes the rider/motorcycle relationship to another level in absolute comfort. For connoisseurs of technology, the latest generation Testastretta 11° Dual Spark engine combines with full LED illumination, ABS, Ducati Traction Control and Ducati Riding Modes to deliver a confidence-inspiring superiority, while new styling, 162hp and 205kg* (452lb) of pure Ducati drives a comfortable sport lifestyle previously only dreamt of.
Merging the worlds of power and style is now achieved with convincing precision. A specially engineered 240 section rear tyre combined with Ducati chassis technology serves up mind-blowing handling and lean angles which defy the laws of physics, whether carving through curves or simply cruising the boulevards.
The new Diavel is dressed in stylish Dark Stealth livery, a black trellis frame and black wheels. The Diavel Carbon offers the choice of traditional Ducati Red over Matte Carbon with red frame or the stunning new Star White over Matte Carbon with white frame, both with black, forged wheels by Marchesini, turned and milled to expose the natural aluminium. Both models will start to arrive in Ducati stores around the world from April 2014 onwards.
Harley-Davidson Busts Out Two More New Bikes
Harley-Davidson (NYSE: HOG) is at it again. Fresh off the unveiling of the new Harley-Davidson®Street™ 750 model and the launch of Project RUSHMORE, the Company unleashed today two new motorcycles that expand its diverse lineup of street bikes, and put more models for more riders on the showroom floor of each Harley-Davidson® Retailer.
Zero named one of top ten bikes in 2013
Lit Motors - Electric enclosed motorcyle
It's in prototype stage in this video and looks better on the outside than the inside at this stage.
This video is from November 2012 - they were taking orders at that point. Hard to say where development is now. But here's a link to their website if you want to keep track:
COUNTDOWN TO DUCATI ISLAND STARTS NOW
Cupertino, Calif. (23 January 2014) – Ducati Island represents a rich history of bringing together motorsports enthusiasts from all over the world to celebrate their shared passion for racing. Given the overwhelming success of COTA’s inaugural Moto GP race in 2013, Ducati has chosen Austin, Texas as the exclusive stop for Ducati Island for the 2014 Moto GP race season.
Nestled between turns 18 and 19, Ducati Island will descend upon COTA’s “Grand Plaza” which is centrally located within the facility, in close proximity to the racetrack ticket office and main fan entrance. Guests will be treated to an entertaining blend of technical demonstrations, new product displays, legendary fashion shows, Make-A-Wish Foundation silent auction and access to the Ducati shopping experience. In addition, Ducati owners will receive extra benefits such as personalized gear check and access to the Ducati Owners Hospitality area.
Ducati Island is open to all motorcycle enthusiasts and race fans in attendance. However, Ducati Ticket Package holders will also enjoy the following benefits:
· Turn 12 Ducati Grandstand seat (3 day pass)
· Ducati motorcycle parking pass, with access to designated parking area
· Parade lap around track for Ducati Owners
· Ducati track walk
· Voucher for exclusive Ducati gift
· Total cost of ticket package just $199
We look forward to seeing you at Ducati Island, Circuit of the Americas, April 11-13, 2014.
For more information on purchasing your personal Ducati Ticket package, please visit www.ducatiusa.com.
Ducati Panigale 899 in Canadian Dealerships
|Argyll Motor Sports, Edmonton||Apex Cycle Sports, Cambridge|
|Bow Cycle North, Calgary||GP Bikes, Whitby|
|Inglis Cycle Center, London|
|British Columbia||Peninsula Import Ducati, Oakville|
|Bentley Motorrad, Kelowna||Powersports Canada, Ottawa|
|Ducati Richmond, Richmond|
|Savage Cycles, Victoria||Quebec|
|Vancouver Ducati, Vancouver||Ducati Montreal, Montreal|
|Le Centre de la Moto Vanier, Quebec|
|New Brunswick||Monette Sports, Laval|
|Atlantic Motoplex, Dieppe||Motos Thibault Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke|
|Wildwood Sports, Winnipeg||FFUN Motor Sports, Saskatoon|
BMW success in 2013
BMW Motorrad achieves third all-time sales high in succession in 2013. Most successful year in the company's history with over 115,000 vehicles sold.
Munich. BMW Motorrad has achieved an all-time annual sales high for the third time in succession. Worldwide the company supplied 115,215 (prev. yr.: 106,358 units) motorcycles and maxi scooters - an increase of 8.3 % as compared to the previous record year 2012. 6,343 vehicles were sold in December. This represents an increase of 4.5% as compared to the equivalent month of the previous year.
Stephan Schaller, President BMW Motorrad: "Never before in the 90-year history of the company have we supplied so many vehicles. With a significant increase of 8.3% as compared to the previous year, we have achieved an all-time sales high and supplied more than 115,000 vehicles to our customers worldwide. I should like to thank all our customers most sincerely for the trust they have placed in us. Due to the high level of popularity of our motorcycles and maxi scooters we have been able to achieve growth in all sales regions. This demonstrates that our product offensive has put us on the right course. In some markets growth reached double figures, such as the USA and Russia. Germany remains our most successful individual market. However, we saw very positive sales developments in South America and Asia, too. And despite the difficult market environment that persists in Europe, we once again asserted and further extended our market leadership in the relevant capacity segment over 500 cubic centimetres in Germany, Spain and Italy. In the crisis-ridden markets of Italy and Spain we were able to achieve growth for the first time in years despite the fact that the market as a whole was heavily in decline in those countries."
With 21,473 vehicles sold (prev. yr.: 20,516 units), BMW Motorrad achieved growth in Germany of 4.7% as compared to the previous year. This has meant further expansion of market leadership in the segment over 500 cc in the domestic market. The market share in the past fiscal year was 25.5%.
The USA follows in second position with 14,100 vehicles sold. Here, 2,000 more BMW motorcycles were sold than in 2012. This represents an increase of around 17%.
Next in order of the largest individual markets come France and Italy, each with over 10,000 vehicles sold, and these are followed by Brazil and the UK. In the latter market, BMW Motorrad achieved growth of almost 15% as compared to 2012, moving up to second position in the market ranking with a share of 15.8% (prev. yr.: 3rd position).
R 1200 GS - the most successful BMW motorcycle.
The most successful model in 2013 with almost 30,000 vehicles sold was once again the R 1200 GS. Well over 25,000 units are accounted for by the new water-cooled travel enduro, making 2012 the best first sales year of a new model ever to be recorded in the history of BMW Motorrad.
It is followed in second place by the BMW F 800 GS with 10,166 units sold. Third place goes to the F 700 GS, of which 7,155 were sold. Sales of the 1000 cc supersports models S 1000 RR and HP4 were also exceptionally successful. In 2013 just under 6,800 Double R and almost 2,700 HP4 were supplied to customers. In addition to this, the R 1200 RT and the R 1200 GS Adventure likewise achieved excellent sales figures in their last year before the model change. The new mid-range models F 800 GT and F 800 GS Adventure were also well received. Meanwhile the maxi scooters C 650 GT and C 600 Sport as well as the 6- cylinder touring bikes K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL continue to enjoy a high level of popularity.
A look ahead to 2014 for BMW Motorrad
BMW Motorrad gets started in 2014 with a powerful product portfolio and is in excellent shape all round. The segments Sport, Tour, Roadster, Enduro and Urban Mobility provide fascinating motorcycles to suit every taste. What is more, a range of new products are due to go on the market in 2014. BMW Motorrad reflects the breadth of the Roadster segment with the new models BMW R nineT and S 1000 R. The BMW S 1000 R is the new dynamic BMW Motorrad roadster based on the S 1000 RR. It stands for an emotional roadster look combined with riding dynamics in supersports style. The BMW R nineT offers fascinating manufactory-style character, high-quality materials and elaborately designed surfaces, with a modular concept which allows for a vast range of customisation options.
The successors to the volume models R 1200 RT and R 1200 GS Adventure are also due to go on the market as of this spring. The same applies to the new BMW K 1600 GTL Exclusive, featuring six cylinders and a particularly luxurious range of fittings.
BMW Motorrad also ushers in a whole new era in the area of urban mobility with the BMW C evolution . The BMW electro scooter combines riding fun and dynamic performance with all the benefits of a zero-emissions vehicle to create a novel riding experience on two wheels. The model range is supplemented with an extensive range of accessories and innovative BMW Motorrad rider equipment.
Stephan Schaller, President BMW Motorrad: "On the basis of our ongoing product offensive, we can look ahead to the upcoming motorcycle season with positive expectations. We are confident of being able to achieve our fourth all-time sales high in succession."
The BMW Group
The BMW Group is the leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles in the world with its BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brands. As a global company, the BMW Group operates 28 production and assembly facilities in 13 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.
In 2012, the BMW Group sold about 1.85 million cars and more than 117,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax for the financial year 2012 was euro 7.82 billion on revenues amounting to euro 76.85 billion. At 31 December 2012, the BMW Group had a workforce of 105,876 employees.
The success of the BMW Group has always been built on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.
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BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy 2014
The BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy 2014. Sport and adventure on the BMW R 1200 GS in the Canadian wilderness.
Munich. BMW Motorrad has held the International GS Trophy every two years since 2008, allowing BMW GS riders from numerous nations to engage in sporting competition both on motorcycles and in other disciplines. After Africa and South America, the BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy 2014 will now be held in the northern hemisphere for the first time. At the beginning of September 2014, 16 teams with riders from at least 18 nations will spend nine days battling it out at the "GS riders' Olympics" in western Canada, enjoying the beauty of the landscape, facing up to the challenges of the tough outdoors and sharing the legendary GS spirit with new-found friends and like-minded individuals.
Starting out with five teams in Tunisia in 2008, the competition has quickly grown in popularity. More than twice as many teams lined up at the start to represent their countries in southern Africa in 2010. In the third contest in Chile and Argentina in 2012, 15 teams set off on a track of some 2,000 kilometres on GS bikes.
While memories of the event in South America are still fresh among those who took part and fans who followed it online, preparations for the fourth international GS Trophy are already fully underway.
As a result of detailed enquiries in searching for the most beautiful route, impressive locations and appropriate sporting challenges, the final choice fell on the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta in western Canada. So those participating in the next BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy will be demonstrating their skills between Vancouver and Calgary - and that will include crossing the Rocky Mountains.
Teams from the following countries have given final confirmation that they will take part, some having already qualified in national knock-out competitions: Germany, France, Italy, the UK, Russia, Austria/Switzerland, Central Eastern Europe, the USA, Mexico, Latin America, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, Japan and of course Canada.
While the BMW Motorrad GS Trophy was previously always held using the BMW F 800 GS, participants in Canada will ride the new R 1200 GS - the first time for a boxer GS. GS Trophy organiser Michael Trammer is particularly pleased about this: "Participants have asked me again and again about the big GS so I'm really happy the time has finally come at this fourth international event in Canada. In collaboration with our Canadian friends and partners as well as our colleagues at BMW Motorrad Canada, we will do everything we can to ensure participants are able to savour the R 1200 GS to the full."
It is likewise a particular pleasure for Head of BMW Motorrad Canada Norm Wells to be able to welcome BMW GS enthusiasts in 2014 to his home country - which stretches over six time zones. "It's fantastic that the GS Trophy is coming to Canada in 2014. We already entered a team back in 2010 and 2012. And after South Africa, Canada is the second country to run GS Challenges on the east and west coast at national level since as long ago as 2007. Now we're really looking forward to September 2014 when we'll be able to introduce participants to a small part of our country and give them the best possible impression of Canada with carefully selected routes and challenges."