Thundering flat twins in the snow - snow speedhill with the HP2 Enduro


At the Erzberg Race in Styria/Austria, the Finn Simo Kirssi and stunt world champion Christian Pfeiffer demonstrated the potential of the BMW HP2 Enduro in the summer of 2005. Finishing 1st and 5th respectively, they caused a stir in the legendary Prolog rankings of the off-road spectacle, captivating spectators and BMW fans alike. Now the two top BMW riders are set to prove they are up to the task on snow too. Up against 58 enduro competitors, the BMW riders will line up for the first Snow Speedhill on March 4th 2006 on BMW HP2s which are largely equivalent to serial production machines.

BMW Motorrad technology bearer for highly dynamic systems


As part of research activities on future regulation systems, a motorcycle test vehicle has been created under the umbrella of BMW Group research and technology. This vehicle has a very high engine output and lightweight construction technology and is designed to test highly dynamic processes in engine and driving dynamics management under extreme conditions.

BMW Head of Development Prof. Burkhard Göschel said that the choice of a motorcycle to study fundamental technological developments was due to the very interesting challenges relating to the special driving dynamics of motorcycles and their tilted position: "The dynamics of powerful motorcycles operating at the physical limits are among the most complex phenomena in the field at the current time. For our engineers this is a highly sophisticated and at the same time fascinating task." Additional considerations are the special motorcycle requirements in terms of lightweight construction and aerodynamics, which are also to be subjected to research at threshold level. The Director of BMW Motorrad, Dr. Herbert Diess, sees in these BMW research activities valuable impulses for serial development and emphasises: "Regulation systems for longitudinal dynamics such as drive-slip control will be introduced for powerful motorcycles in serial production in the years to come. In addition to ABS they will form part of an integrated concept to increase active safety."

BMW HP2 Enduro scores best North American finish to date


BMW Motorrad's New High Performance Brand Finishes On Podium In Two Classes.

Woodcliff Lake, NJ - November 23, 2005... A pair of BMW HP2 Enduro motorcycles finished 3rd in their respective classes. The No. 12x BMW HP2 Enduro of BMW Motorrad Team Baja Bound scored a third-place finish in the top-ranked Class 22 (Open Class) in this past weekend's 38th SCORE Tecate Baja 1000. The second factory-supported HP2 Enduro of BMW Motorrad Team Mexico, finished third in Class 30 for riders over 30 years old. The final results were the best finish in the race by any European manufacturer.

The podium finish in class 22 for BMW Team Baja Bound was the best North American finish for the factory-supported HP2 team led by veteran off-road specialist Jimmy Lewis, of Costa Mesa, Calif. Joined by riders Dave Donatoni, of Thousand Oaks, Calif., Jonah Street, of Ellensburg, Wash., and Beau Hayden, of Sunland, Calif. the West Coast quartet covered the rigorous 709-mile course running through the rugged Baja peninsula in 20:57.43 hours, finishing 14th overall among the 41 motorcycles entered in the race.

BMW 2006 K 1200 R


Brutal Beauty: The new K 1200 R combines a bold image with high technology

Woodcliff Lake, NJ - May 18, 2005 ... Just when you thought the growing "naked bike" segment - sportbikes shorn of their plastic wrappers, unveiled for all to see - was all about showing off and nothing about substance and style, here comes the 2006 BMW K 1200 R. Unlike the weightlifter who can barely scratch his own back, the K 1200 R is powerfully built yet agile, massively quick yet perfectly docile for those times you want to take it easy. It's the ideal combination of menace and class.

BMW has taken advantage of the incredible technology housed in the new K 1200 S - a straight-line speed machine that also accelerates, turns and stops like a truly modern superbike - to create the K 1200 R. In fact, except for revised bodywork and ergonomics, the two bikes are very much alike.

2005 BMW R 1200 RT and R 1200 ST


Woodcliff Lake, NJ - March 16, 2005... Sport Touring is a class well known to BMW because, well - BMW just about invented it. And now, with the completely redesigned R 1200 RT and the new - think R 1200 ST, the concept has been even further refined. The R 1200 RT replaces the exceptionally versatile and popular R 1150 RT, while the R 1200 ST replaces the R 1150 RS, the last version of the legendary motorcycle that started the modern Boxer era in model year 1994.

Both models use new engine and chassis technologies derived from the award-winning R 1200 GS introduced last year. However, the new models are provided with improvements to suit them, ideally as ever, to the Sport Touring role. In much the same way as the R 1200 GS, both the R 1200 RT and the R 1200 ST have been designed for dramatically reduced weight compared to the preceding models as well as an impressive boost in maximum power from the all-new 1170cc, four-valve-per-cylinder Boxer twin.

The new BMW HP2


A dream of many Boxer fans is coming true: BMW Motorrad is proudly
pre-senting a truly uncompromising, sporting and exceptionally light enduro - the new BMW HP2, a Boxer built for the offroad enthusiast and the most demanding tracks in the world.

Purist, but nevertheless stylish and perfectly equipped with the finest, carefully considered features, the BMW HP2 has everything it takes for unres-tricted riding pleasure off the beaten track and is perfect as the "basic" machine for amateur enduro motorsport. More than any other motorcycle, the HP2 capitalises in full on rough terrain on the benefits of the Boxer con-cept with its low centre of gravity. But at the same time the HP2, with its almost playful handling, low weight, and high-performance power unit, offers supreme riding pleasure also on the road. So considering the many options it offers the rider, the HP2 is the most powerful and by far the best offroad Boxer of all times.

2006 BMW K 1200 S

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Woodcliff Lake, NJ - May 18, 2005... In motorcycling as in boxing, the unexpected moves are sometimes the most effective. BMW, successful for more than eight decades with reliable, durable and, well... sensible motorcycles, has unleashed a most unexpected performance vehicle into the hands of sporting enthusiasts the world over.

The new 2005 K 1200 S is a synthesis of everything BMW has learned from decades of motorsport success and detailed motorcycle development. It is a sport model without precedent and devoid of compromise. The K 1200 S exists to define maximum performance with unprecedented sophistication and technology-enhanced safety measures. Yes, it accelerates aggressively enough to take your breath away-thanks to an all-new four-cylinder engine with 167 horsepower-but also embodies everything BMW has learned about rider comfort and safety.

BMW F 650 GS and F 650 GS Dakar for 2005

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Woodcliff Lake, NJ - January 20, 2004 ... Narrowly focused sportbikes to the left, massively overwrought tourers to the there any place left for the simple, do-it-all motorcycle? Sure there is, and far from becoming an endangered species, the lightweight enduro - a kind of motorcycle that embodies off-road capabilities alongside roadworthy manners tailored to please experienced and beginning riders alike - has become immensely popular around the world. Between 1995 and 2003, BMW has sold more than 110,000 F 650s, with 32 percent of the latest versions going to female riders worldwide). What's more, some 21 percent of F 650 buyers were new riders. And now, for the 2005 model year, BMW's entry in the amazing category returns refined, refreshed and ready to do business.

Cylinder heads

In an internal combustion engine, the cylinder head sits atop the cylinders and consists of a platform containing most part of the combustion chamber and the location of the valves and spark plugs. In a flathead engine, the mechanical parts of the valve train are all contained within the block, and the head is essentially a flat plate of metal bolted to the top of the cylinder bank; this simplicity leads to ease of manufacture and repair, and accounts for the flathead engine's early success in production automobiles and continued success in small engines, such as lawnmowers. This design, however, requires the incoming air to negotiate a convoluted path, which limits the ability of the engine to perform at higher rpm, leading to the adoption of the overhead valve head design.

Shock absorber

A shock absorber in United States parlance (sometimes damper in British use) is a mechanical device designed to smooth out or damp a sudden shock impulse and dissipate kinetic energy. It is analogous to the resistance in an electric RLC circuit.

Shock absorbers are an important part of automobile suspensions, aircraft landing gear, and the supports for many industrial machines. Large shock absorbers have also been used in architecture and civil engineering to reduce the susceptibility of structures to earthquake damage and resonance.

Applied to a structure such as a building or bridge it may be part of a seismic retrofit or as part of new, earthquake resistant construction. In this application it allows yet restrains motion and absorbs resonant energy, which can cause excessive motion and eventual structural failure.