BMW Motorrad had another record year in 2015. Worldwide sales increased by 10.9% with the company delivering 136,963 new motorcycles. Revenue grew 18.5% compared to 2014 results to € 1,990 million, and before tax profits were up by 67.3% to € 179 million. The company’s five largest markets in 2015 were Germany, the USA, France, Italy and Spain. BMW Motorrad’s increase in sales figures is greater than the overall growth in the motorcycle market worldwide, and its revenue and profit results are some of the strongest within the BMW Group. Overall, the BMW Group’s revenues grew by 14.6% in 2015 to € 92,175 million, making it the group’s sixth record-breaking year in succession. Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, says the company has “met all of our ambitious targets for the financial year.” The upward trend has continued into 2016. Sales in February were up by 7%, and so far this year BMW Motorrad has delivered 17,323 motorcycles, an increase of 12.1% over the same period last year. The only market to show any decline for BMW Motorrad is the USA, which showed a drop in sales of 3.4% in February compared to 2015. The S1000RR sports bike continues to be the top selling model, and there has been significant growth in the sales of the K1600GTL Exclusive (+17%) and the F800R roadster. Several new models also featured in February’s figures – the C650 Sport and C650GT maxi-scooters and the updated 2016 models of the F700GS and F800GS. Like Ducati, BMW Motorrad is experiencing very favourable and consistent growth worldwide, which would tend to indicate that the market is favouring the premium brands.
Author: Matt Coopz
Ducati has released it’s latest model Monster 1200 S – and it really is a model. The Italian manufacturer has partnered with Spin Master Corp. for the creation and distribution of a series of Meccano model sets based on Ducati motorcycles. The first model into “production” is the Ducati Monster 1200 S. Spin Master Corp. is one of the leading companies worldwide in the children’s entertainment sector and owns the Meccano brand. The detailed Monster 1200 S “Build and Play” set is made up of more than 290 parts and features coil-spring suspension, multi-piece wheels and real steering to create an authentic experience on a small scale. The fine detail extends to a functioning kickstand and the side-mounted staggered shotgun exhaust. The model is an easy to build project even for children as young as 10. Ducati Licensing Director, Alessandro Cicognani, said “We are delighted to announce this new licensing agreement, which will allow us to develop Ducati motorcycles in the distinctive Meccano style”. “I’m sure that Ducati fans of any age will have a lot of fun playing with the Meccano Build and Play series.” Yes, we’re sure plenty of big kids will have fun! The Ducati Monster 1200 S Build and Play set is already available at toy and hobby shops in Europe, and on eBay for around $50 Australian.
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This one definitely falls into the “don’t try this at home” category. Victory Stunt Team rider Joe Dryden now has a place in the Guinness World Records for the longest burnout. Dryden managed to keep a burnout on a Victory Octane going for a distance of 2.23 miles (3.58km) at Orlando Speed World this week. His Victory Stunt Team partner Tony Carbajal also made an attempt at the record, but Dryden landed on the ideal point of power delivery and rode the bike for a world record 7 smoky laps before the rear tyre finally gave out. He left the bike on its side on the racetrack and walked away with his arms raised in triumph. “That was not easy, but it was a lot easier on a Victory Octane than on most other bikes,” Joe said after claiming the record. The new Victory Octane is the lightest, most powerful, and quickest Victory Motorcycle ever produced. It has a race-bred 1200cc engine that delivers best in class acceleration and outstanding throttle response across the power band.
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There have a few articles come out this week in the lead up the 2016 MotoGP telling us about Valentino Rossi’s troubles with a lack of respect from his Spanish rivals. Full disclosure here, I have been a Rossi fan since he first came to world stage in 125’s however this game that is being played out at the moment is not the confident Rossi of old. Who will Rossi blame? He seems to be blaming the spaniards, Marq Marquez, Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa, for his troubles last season which in my mind is a clear sign that the mind games are being played upon Rossi. Remember this is the man who had put his “hex” curse on Sete Gibernau that he would not win another race, and what do you know he didn’t. Vale has been the King of the psych in his whole career and what a sight it was to see him destroy a rival without even firing up an engine in anger. We now come to the 2015 season and the shoe was on the other foot. However this time I don’t see one clear opponent whom is playing the game. It seems to be either the “Spanish mafia” at work, as some journalists have labelled them, or in my opinion it is Rossi thinking he has things sewn up and he begins to psych himself out of it. Or maybe, just maybe, Vale was trying to play the games of yore and these young upstarts are wise the tricks. Anyway, BRING ON QATAR is all I can say!!!
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This year’s model of Suzuki’s big adventure touring bike, the V-Strom 1000, is now in dealerships. Suzuki released the last major update to the bike in 2014, and there’s really nothing in the way of changes for 2016. The bike has received plenty of praise since the last update, especially for the improvements that were made to the engine. But it’s often overlooked by buyers looking for an adventure touring bike, and it shouldn’t be. The V-Strom 1000 is a good all round bike with off road capability, yet it’s still easy to live with on a day to day basis. The engine in the V-Strom is a 1037cc, 90-degree V-Twin that uses Suzuki’s Dual Throttle Valve fuel injection. It has a very smooth power delivery for a V-twin and plenty of low down torque. The bike also has a three mode traction control system as standard equipment. There are two active modes, and the rider can disable the system for off-road use. Of the two active modes, Mode 1 actually allows a certain amount of rear wheel slip which can be useful on dirt. The V-Strom 1000 also has ABS and the Suzuki Clutch Assist System that works as a slipper clutch on downshifts. The chassis uses an aluminium twin-spar frame, fully adjustable 43mm inverted forks are fitted on the front and the rear has a single-shock suspension with adjustable rebound damping and a remote spring pre-load adjuster. The instrument cluster on the V-Strom 1000 has an analogue tachometer and a brightness-adjustable LCD speedometer. There’s also some nice features like a gear position indicator, and the display also shows coolant and ambient temperatures, fuel consumption and range. For rider comfort there is a 3-way height and angle adjustable windscreen. Suzuki has also developed an integrated three part luggage system for the V-Strom 1000. Owners can attach and remove the side cases and top box quickly and easily without using tools. Even though its been a couple of years since its major update, the bike is still as relevant today as it was then. It’s always been compared to KTM’s 1190 Adventure, the Yamaha Tenere and to some degree the BMW R1200GS – although that’s a bit of an unfair comparison really! With the recent launch of Honda’s Africa Twin, the V-Strom 1000 has probably met it’s closest match and toughest competitor yet. The 2016 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 is slightly less expensive than the Honda at a recommended retail ride away price of $16,990, and that will help Suzuki to maintain some advantage in the competitive adventure bike segment.
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