BMW Motorcycles Clinch 16 Best Bike Awards for 2014

27 08 2014

Editors of Cycle World, Motorcyclist and Motorcycle.com Choose BMW in Sport Touring, Standard, Touring, Sportbike, Adventure Bike, Naked Bike, Scooter and Best Motorcycle Technology Categories

BMW R 1200 RT Wins 2014 People’s Choice Motorcycle of the Year from Rider MSN Autos Chooses BMW R nineT and BMW S 1000 R as Best Bikes for 2014 Riding Season

WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ – August 27, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The accolades keep coming and the year is not yet over.  In the past six months, BMW Motorrad USA has collected 16 Best Bike Awards for 2014, including six “Best Of” awards from Motorcycle.com for the second year in a row, four “Best Of” awards from Motorcyclist, three of the top ten spots in Cycle World’s “Ten Best Bikes for 2014,” and Rider’s 2014 People’s Choice Motorcycle of the Year award for the BMW R 1200 RT.  MSN Autos also chose the BMW R nineT and BMW S 1000 R as two of “The Best Bikes for the 2014 Riding Season.”

“It is a tremendous honor to receive a ‘Best Of’ award from the motorcycle press in any category.  To receive multiple awards from respected journalists and customers across several categories in just six months is phenomenal,” observed Kris Odwarka, Vice President, BMW Motorrad USA.  “Positive response to our newly introduced and existing models reaffirms our commitment to continually raising the bar for safety, performance and technology.”

For the second year, BMW motorcycles swept six categories in Motorcycle.com’s annual “Best Of” awards.  The website, which is visited each month by more than 2 million motorcycle enthusiasts around the world, named the latest generation BMW R 1200 RT “Best Sport Touring Motorcycle” and the all-new BMW R nineT “Best Standard Motorcycle.”  In an encore performance, BMW captured the “Best Touring Motorcycle” category – this time with the newly upgraded BMW K 1600 GTL Exclusive – as well as “Best Scooter” with the BMW C 650 GT.  The iconic BMW R 1200 GS, last year’s Motorcycle of the Year winner, tied for “Best On Off-Road/Adventure Motorcycle.”  Once again, BMW also won kudos for “Best New Motorcycle Technology” with Hill Start Control, the latest electronic rider aid newly introduced on the 2014 R 1200 RT and K 1600 GTL Exclusive.

“BMW has been on an absolute tear for a number of years,” wrote Tom Roderick of Motorcycle.com.

For more information on Motorcycle.com’s “Best of” awards, visit:
http://www.motorcycle.com/features/motorcycle-com-best-2014-ready-launch.html

Editors of Motorcyclist proclaimed the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure “Best Adventure Bike,” the BMW R 1200 RT “Best Touring Bike,” the BMW S 1000 R “Best Naked Bike,” and awarded an honorable mention to the BMW S 1000 RR as “Best Sportbike.”

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Commenting on the 2014 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure, Motorcyclist editors wrote, “It would be painfully easy for BMW to fall into a “printing money” mode with the big GS, especially the Adventure model. (Which will, we’re told, account for just more than half of the GS sales in the U.S. this year.) After all, the GS is an institution, and it’s assumed that buyers will line up for new ones no matter how good they are. But that’s not BMW’s tack with the GS Adventure. Launched a year after the new water-cooled engine debuted in the basic GS, the Adventure has so many tweaks, updates, improvements, and just plain old differences that it could almost be considered a new model. Heck, BMW did more in the GS-to-Adventure update than many manufacturers do for whole-model updates. That’s how serious BMW is about the GS platform.”

For more information on Motorcyclist’s “Best Of” picks for 2014, visit:
http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/features/2014-motorcycle-of-the-year-awards/?dom=mcy&loc=hpslider3&lnk=IMG

For the fourth year in a row, BMW claimed Cycle World’s “Best Touring Bike” category with the 2014 BMW K 1600 GTL.

“A tough category, but the cream that is the BMW K 1600 GTL has remained at the top of this CW class for an impressive four years,” wrote Cycle World editors.  “The secret to the GTL’s success? The sophisticated sportiness that emanates from an outstanding chassis and a silky smooth inline-six engine that wails like a banshee above 6,000 rpm…No other machine has such a broad capability, transitioning from luxury superslab cushiness to taut, wicked-fast composure on a back road with the flick of a few modes. For the touring rider who wants everything and then some, there is no better choice.”

For 2014, the all-new BMW R 1200 RT unseated its own teammate – the BMW K 1600 GT – as Cycle World’s “Best Sport-Touring Bike.”

“It takes a pretty special machine to unseat the BMW K 1600 GT as Cycle World’s best sport-touring bike, but that’s exactly what the new wasserboxer-powered BMW R 1200 RT is,” commented Cycle World editors.  It’s not just the fact that the RT uses a flat-twin, BMW’s spiritual core, but also that this swift and comfortable machine is about 130 pounds lighter than its six-cylinder sibling, which makes it easier to maneuver in your garage or on Mulholland. Yet the R 1200 RT, with its saddlebags, optional top case, and excellent fairing, is still very much a great long-distance pack mule, boasting electronic ride modes and Dynamic ESA semi-active suspension that adapt the bike to any condition. Score one for the purists.”

Capturing Cycle World’s “Best Standard Bike” pick, the BMW S 1000 R also received high praise.  “The offerings in the once niche sport naked category have grown so vast it appears to have become the new standard. Why settle for only comfort and practicality when you can have that and more? BMW currently offers a superior answer. The S 1000 R delivers superbike acceleration and track-sharp handling when you want it yet possesses a civil side that is just a few button presses away. Adrenaline or relaxation, the S 1000 R’s HP4-derived electronics suite administers both and sets a higher standard,” wrote Cycle World editors.

For more information on Cycle World’s “Ten Best Bikes for 2014” visit:
http://www.cycleworld.com/2014/07/28/cycle-world-ten-best-bikes-2014/

Earlier this summer, Rider Magazine asked readers to vote for their favorite 2014 bike in its People’s Choice Motorcycle of the Year Contest.  The BMW R 1200 RT emerged the winner out of nearly 50 contenders.  And what did readers say?

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“Outstanding balance. Not too big…not too small. Not too sporty…not too focused on touring. Not too heavy. Perfect balance of performance. If you can only have one bike (like most of us), this one is it.”

For more information on Rider’s 2014 People’s Choice Motorcycle of the Year Contest results, visit: http://www.ridermagazine.com/2014-peoples-choice-motorcycle-of-the-year-vote-now-win-a-prize/

BMW Group In America

BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 and X4 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 339 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 139 BMW motorcycle retailers, 120 MINI passenger car dealers, and 35 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

Information about BMW Group products is available to consumers via the Internet at: www.bmwgroupna.com

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BMW Motorrad USA Welcomes BMW Motorcycles of Oklahoma City to Dealer Network

28 05 2014

Grand Opening Celebration Planned June 21

WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ – May 28, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – BMW Motorrad USA has expanded its brand in central Oklahoma with the opening of BMW Motorcycles of Oklahoma City.  The exclusive BMW motorcycle dealership, located at 417 Hudiburg Circle C (just off Interstate 40), offers a complete line of BMW motorcycles, parts, accessories, apparel and service capabilities in a newly built  7,000 square-foot retail facility. A grand opening celebration is planned Saturday, June 21.

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AC Spencer, General Manager, at the newly opened
BMW Motorcycles of Oklahoma City.

“We are thrilled to be Oklahoma’s first exclusive BMW dealership and look forward to being an integral part of the Oklahoma City community,” commented General Manager A.C. Spencer, who has spent his entire career in the motorcycle retail business and opened BMW Motorcycles of Oklahoma City with majority owner Clayton Little.  “Our beautiful new dealership offers motorcycle enthusiasts a place to hang out and relax and build relationships with other riders in the area.”

“We look forward to welcoming loyal BMW customers as well as introduce other riders to the BMW brand,” says Spencer, who worked for a variety of motorcycle manufacturers until he became general manager of another BMW dealership in 2005.  “Once I became involved with BMW, I never looked back,” he observed.  “BMW’s technology, range of models and loyal customer base are unparalleled.”

“We are delighted to partner with A.C., Clayton and their team in bringing the BMW brand to Oklahoma City,” commented Lou Provato, Dealer Development Manager, BMW Motorrad USA.  “They have the drive, determination and experience to build a superlative dealership in this region.”

For more information about BMW Motorcycles of Oklahoma City, visit www.bmwmcofokc.com or call (405) 948-4000.  Showroom hours are Tuesday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

BMW Group In America

BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975.  Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003.  The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country.  BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 Sports Activity Coupes.  The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 339 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 139 BMW motorcycle retailers, 119 MINI passenger car dealers, and 35 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers.  BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

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BMW is recalling certain model year 2012 K1600 GT and K1600 GTL motorcycles

4 12 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – December 4, 2013 – (Motor Sports Newswire) -

RECALL Subject: Incorrect Throttle Signal may cause Engine Stall

Report Receipt Date: OCT 25, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V526000
Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM , ENGINE , VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2,475

All Products Associated with this Recall

Vehicle Make

Model

Model Year(s)

BMW

BMW

K 1600 GT

K 1600 GTL

2012

2012

Manufacturer: BMW of North America, LLC

SUMMARY: BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2012 K1600 GT and K1600 GTL motorcycles. In certain riding conditions, an incorrect throttle valve control signal may be received by the engine control unit, limiting the engine speed.

CONSEQUENCE: As a result of the reduced engine speed, the engine could stall, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY: BMW will notify owners, and dealers will update the throttle control software, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin in December 2013. Owners may contact BMW customer relations at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.

NOTES: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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BMW Motorcycles is Sued for Giving a Man an Erection That Just Won’t Quit

29 04 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – April 27, 2012 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – A man claims in court that a four-hour ride on a BMW motorcycle with a “ridge-like” seat gave him “a severe case of priapism,” which left him “unable to engage in sexual activity.”

The man sued BMW of North America and Corbin-Pacific, which made the seat, in a bare bones complaint.

Aside from four pages of checked boxes, the complaint states, in its entirety, that on May 1, 2010, “Plaintiff was riding his 1993 BMW motorcycle equipped with a Corbin-Pacific seat. The ride lasted approximately two hours each way to plaintiff’s destination, after which plaintiff developed a severe case of priapism (a persistent, lasting erection). Plaintiff alleges that this condition was caused by the ridge-like seat on his motorcycle, negligently designed, manufactured and/or installed by defendants.

“Plaintiff now suffers from priapism (a long lasting erection), and has been experiencing continuing problems since his motorcycle ride. He is now unable to engage in sexual activity, which is causing him substantial emotional and mental anguish. Plaintiff is distraught and distressed because of this. Defendants, and each of them, are liable to plaintiff due [to] their negligent design, manufacture and/or installation of the seat on plaintiff’s motorcycle.”

He seeks damages for lost wages, personal injury, medical expenses, product liability and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

He is represented by Vernon Bradley of Sausalito. Court Documents

SOURCE: Courthouse News Service

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Husqvarna Motorcycles: Best first quarter ever

11 04 2012

CORONA, CA – April 11, 2012(Motor Sports Newswire) – BMW Motorcycles exceeded the previous year’s figures in the first three months of the year, thus achieving the best first quarter result in its history. Sales rose +5.5% to 24,373 vehicles (prev. yr. 23,109). A total of 12,295 BMW motorcycles were delivered in March 2012 – an increase of 5.3% (prev. yr. 11,675). Husqvarna delivered 1,182 (prev. yr. 676 / +74.9%) motorcycles last month to its dealer network. Year to date, deliveries grew +36.2% to 2,642 motorcycles compared with the first three months of 2011 (prev. yr. 1,940).

Head to your nearest dealership to pick up a copy of the 2012 RiDE MORE Catalog, available now!

Be sure to follow Team Husqvarna on Facebook
or via Twitter @HusqvarnaNA.

Husqvarna Motorcycles. Tradition on two wheels since 1903.
Husqvarna Motorcycles, a part of the BMW Group since October 2007, are widely  known and respected in the off-road world for a heritage of competition and numerous motocross and enduro world championships. Originally founded in Sweden in 1903, Husqvarna motorcycles have been designed and manufactured in Varese, Italy since 1987.

Husqvarna Motorcycles NA, LLC
Husqvarna Motorcycles NA, LLC is part of BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North, Central and South America is located in Woodcliff Lake, NJ. Husqvarna has continued to expand its professional race team to compete in AMA Enduro, GNCC, Endurocross, National Hare & Hound, the AMA Hare Scrambles Series and WORCS competition. Husqvarna team riders are competing aboard 2012 Husqvarna TC250, TXC250, TXC310 and TXC511 off-road models.

Husqvarna Motorcycles NA, LLC
371 Corporate Terrace Circle, Suite 102
Corona, CA 92879 USA

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BMW Motorcycles First to Offer Life-Saving Antilock Brakes (ABS) on all Models

19 04 2011

Motorcycles with ABS 37 Percent Less Likely to Be in a Fatal Crash

WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ – April 19, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – After pioneering the concept of antilock brakes (ABS) on motorcycles 23 years ago, BMW Motorrad USA announced today that it will be the first motorcycle manufacturer to offer ABS as standard equipment on its entire range of 2012 model year motorcycles.

“Plain and simple, being able to stop a motorcycle faster and more predictably helps prevent a rider from becoming a statistic,” said Pieter de Waal, Vice President, BMW Motorrad USA. “It’s time for all of us in the motorcycle industry to embrace the benefits of ABS. Extensive testing by safety experts, law enforcement authorities and journalists around the world consistently demonstrates that ABS reduces overall crashes and saves lives.”

“We commend BMW for taking the lead to improve motorcycle safety,” said David Strickland, Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “Motorcycle fatalities and injuries have been on an upward trend for the past ten years and ABS and other safety technologies can help reduce these tragedies.”

An analysis of 2010 motorcycle crashes released today by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) reveals that although motorcyclist fatalities are down for the past two years, they began to slightly increase in the third quarter of 2010. GHSA Executive Director Barbara Harsha noted, “We are concerned that motorcycle deaths may be on the rise again. ABS and other safety technologies and programs can help continue the progress that has been made in motorcycle safety.”

A recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) revealed that motorcycles equipped with antilock brakes are 37 percent less likely to be involved in a fatal crash than models without ABS. “I commend BMW for taking the lead in making ABS standard across the board,” said Adrian Lund, IIHS president. “Our research results show ABS on motorcycles saves lives, and riders are taking note, too. A recent survey found that a majority of riders said they would look for ABS on their next bikes.”

According to IIHS, many factors contribute to motorcycle crashes, but improper braking was identified as a major pre-impact factor in a study of motorcycle crashes. When brakes are applied too gently, the rider risks colliding with the obstacle. If brakes are applied too hard, the wheels can lock and cause an overturn. ABS is crash avoidance technology, meaning it helps reduce brake pressure by detecting an impending lockup and then increasing the pressure again when wheel traction is restored. Brake pressure is evaluated by a sensor multiple times per second, so riders may brake fully in a straight line without fear of locking up.

Many law enforcement agencies, including the California Highway Patrol, concluded after testing that ABS reduced the number and severity of accidents and now mandate them on their police motorcycles. Internationally, BMW is the largest seller of motorcycles for law enforcement use. More than 80,000 BMW police motorcycles are currently in official use in over 150 countries on five continents. In the United States, more than 225 law enforcement agencies have BMW police motorcycles in their fleets of patrol vehicles.

BMW was the first motorcycle manufacturer to introduce ABS in 1988 and now offers a sixth generation and numerous ABS options across its product line, including a system that can be switched off for off-road or track use.

In addition to ABS, BMW has pioneered other technologies to improve the safety and environmental impact of its motorcycles, including:

  • The world’s first “Adaptive Headlight” for increased safety at night (available on the 2012 BMW K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL)
  • A multi-controller on the left-hand grip (available on the 2012 BMW K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL), which allows riders to operate the motorcycle’s systems and adjust its settings without taking their hands off the bars
  • Electronic Suspension Adjustment — ESA II — to allow rebound damping and spring rate to be adjusted at the touch of a button to suit load and road conditions
  • Dynamic Traction Control (to adjust engine torque to the level of grip and angle of lean, reducing risk of wheelspin and improving control on treacherous surfaces)
  • The world’s first motorcycle catalytic converter and closed loop fuel injection to radically reduce emissions

Rider skill training is a key element to motorcycle safety. The latest Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) Owner Survey found that fewer than 50 percent of riders have taken formal rider education and training such as the Basic RiderCourse offered by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. BMW offers on- and off-road motorcycle training at the BMW Performance Driving School in Greer, SC.

BMW Group In America

BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 338 BMW passenger car BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 138 BMW motorcycle retailers, 105 MINI passenger car dealers, and 30 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

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