Monday, October 13, 2014

Are your tires up for winter riding? (from a couple years ago)

            Summer is fading fast, and temperatures are falling.  So are your motorcycle tires up to the task of cold, wet roads?  Have you ever tried to "google" winter motorcycle tires?  Find any?
While researching tires for my Subaru Outback, I learned a lot about winter automotive tires.  And since we BMW riders like to ride regardless of the time of year, I thought I'd share some of what I learned.  Winter tires have rubber compounds that are very pliable especially in cold temperatures.  They have highly porous or hydrophilic rubber that adheres to the wet film on the ice surface.  And they have thousands of sipes cut into the tread to increase traction.
What does this mean to us?  Well, your normal performance motorcycle tire that grips the track with tread temperatures of 200° is incompetent as its tread compound becomes like "hard plastic" at below 32°.  So if you ride your bike in the winter, don’t ride it like you ride in the summer.  For example, if you ride it to work and take this one curve at a particular speed in the summer, slow down in the winter even if the curve is clean and dry.  Because the road surface is cold, and your tire may be cold as well.  Remember, your tire contact patches with the road surface are about the same size or smaller than the palm of your hand!  We want that cage driver to think, “That guy has balls to be riding.” not “Serves you right you stupid @##, of course you’re going to fall, it’s winter.”  Keep the shiny parts up. 

Chad “Skid” Gillen

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Baktoberfest is October 11th, 9 AM to 3 PM

I just wanted to remind you of or upcoming open house, Baktoberfest.  Please try to join us on Saturday October 11th from 9 until 3.  We will have great deals on all the bikes, parts, accessories and apparel.  Make sure to get here early enough so you get one of my famous brats.  I hope to see you here!
We have the Victory Burnout event going on along with KTM's fall promotion on non current models.  BMW has some great financing rates as well.
Don't forget about the Military Discounts from Victory and BMW if you are a current or prior service member.
Also, dont forget to preregister for the drawings at  We have all sorts of cool stuff to give away.  All fields must be complete, correct and valid for an entry into the drawings.
I can't wait to see you here.
Dave Bak

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Intermot 2014: New 2015 BMW R1200R and 2015 BMW R1200RS unveiled

BMW HAS just unveiled two new boxer models at the Intermot Cologne motorcycle show - the naked R1200 R and faired R1200 RS sports tourer.
Both get the water-cooled 1170cc boxer twin engine from the R1200 GS, making 125hp and 92lbft.
The R weighs 231kg road ready and the RS 236kg.
Both have ABS and traction control as standard, while two extra modes and 'Dynamic Traction Control' with banking sensors are an option.
BMW's semi-active Electronic Suspension Adjustment is also available as an option, with two damping settings, 'Road' and 'Dynamic.' 
Other options include keyless ignition.
Both models have a new tubular steel bridge frame with the engine acting as a 'self supporting element'.
Both have a TFT digital dash with an analogue speedometer.
The RS has a half fairing with twin headlights, and comes in metallic blue, metallic grey or granite grey.
The naked R gets a single headlight and comes in blue, grey or white with red frame.
The R has a 790mm seat height, the RS 820mm.
BMW issued similarly worded releases on each bike. The one on the R said:
'The new BMW R 1200 R – the boxer roadster for the keen rider.
BMW Motorrad and the roadster with the flat-twin boxer engine – it’s a partnership that has kept enthusiasts enthralled ever since the arrival of the R 32 some 91 years ago, during which time the roadster has come to symbolise the ultimate in unadulterated motorcycling pleasure. And especially so when the propulsive power stems from the classic boxer engine with its inimitable character and glorious sound. From cruising along serenely, to powering down country roads, to touring with a passenger and luggage, the boxer-engined roadster models from BMW Motorrad have always made for the ideal partner. The new R 1200 R upholds this tradition of comfort, dynamism and touring capability, at the same time as putting a new slant on the alluring blend.
Meatier and mightier boxer engine for dynamic riding pleasure.
The flat-twin boxer engine on the new R 1200 R is the same DOHC drive unit that already powers the R 1200 GS and R 1200 GS Adventure as well as the R 1200 RT and the new R 1200 RS. It produces 92 kW (125 hp) at 7,750 rpm and develops its peak torque of 125 Nm (92 lb-ft) at 6,500 rpm. Compared to the engine on its predecessor, not only has torque been increased substantially throughout the rev range, but delivery is now more uniform too. The exhaust gases are routed through a 2-in-1 exhaust system with a dynamic-looking, steeply angled rear silencer. A modified airbox and newly shaped air intake snorkels, as well as a centrally positioned radiator, all lend themselves to the slender front silhouette to which all roadsters aspire.
ABS, ASC and two riding modes as standard. Riding mode Pro with Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) as an optional extra.
For optimum adaptation to the rider’s individual needs, the new R 1200 R already comes equipped as standard with the two riding modes “Rain” and “Road”. Besides ABS, the standard specification also includes Automatic Stability Control (ASC) for increased handling safety when accelerating. And when specified with the optional Riding mode Pro feature, the new R 1200 R also adds Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) with banking detection as well as two extra riding modes – “Dynamic” and “User” – to its technical repertoire.
Tubular steel bridge frame with the engine as a self-supporting element. Wheel suspension using upside-down telescopic fork and EVO Paralever.
A new tubular steel bridge frame incorporating the flat-twin engine as a self- supporting element was purpose-developed for the new R 1200 R. With an upside-down telescopic fork at the front and EVO Paralever at the rear, the wheel suspension remains true to classical roadster principles that have been updated in typical BMW Motorrad fashion. Excellent steering precision, directional accuracy, handling and braking rigidity were all top priorities when configuring the chassis – and all while never losing sight of the overriding objective for the new R 1200 R of creating an exceptionally dynamic roadster for the keen rider, whose design language is derived from the S 1000 RR superbike.
Latest-generation Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) for ideal riding dynamics in any situation.
Opting for the latest generation of the electronically controlled suspension Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) takes the dynamic riding experience to even greater heights. With its two damping settings “Road” and “Dynamic”, Dynamic ESA enables the rider to enjoy unprecedented levels of handling safety, performance and comfort, as the damping is automatically adapted to the prevailing riding conditions to suit the riding situation and the manoeuvres being carried out.
Multifunctional instrument cluster with analogue speedometer, onboard computer and a wealth of information.
Even the instrumentation of the new R 1200 R takes a quantum leap into a new roadster era. The speed is displayed in traditional fashion by an analogue speedometer, but there is also a TFT display for showing a wide array of information.
Dynamic proportions for a pared-down roadster look.
Three colour and finish variants, each with their own character. The BMW Motorrad boxer roadsters have always enjoyed a reputation for being the perfect companions for everyday use. The new BMW R 1200 R fuses these all-round credentials with both significantly sharper performance and a contemporary, pared-down roadster look. The dynamic proportions, with the low-set front and the light, almost delicate-looking tail jutting up at the rear, give the bike a slight wedge shape and leave no doubt as to its sporting prowess, along with its many other talents. Three colour and finish variants each underline the powerful character of the new R 1200 R, but in their own individual way. This results in a choice of three decidedly different styling variants: the basic colour in Cordoba blue non-metallic, the “Style 1” variant in Light white non-metallic with frame in Racing red, and the “Style 2” variant in Thunder grey metallic with frame in Agate grey metallic matt.
Highlights of the new BMW R 1200 R:
• Classic flat-twin boxer engine with 92 kW (125 hp) at 7,750 rpm and 125 Nm (92 lb-ft) at 6,500 rpm. 
• Dynamic-looking, compelling roadster design. 
• Torsionally rigid tubular steel bridge frame with engine as self-supporting element. 
• Classic wheel suspension concept using upside-down telescopic fork at the front and EVO Paralever at the rear. 
• New intake air duct and central radiator for ultra-compact front silhouette. 
• Upright seating position with front bias for a dynamic riding sensation combined with excellent seating comfort for longer tours. 
• Restyled exhaust system in pentagonal design. 
• Automatic Stability Control (ASC). • “Rain” and “Road” riding modes. 
•  Riding mode Pro offering two additional riding modes, “Dynamic” and “User”, for optimum adaptation to prevailing riding conditions as an ex- works option. 
• Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) as part of the Riding mode Pro option.  
• Latest-generation Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) as an option for optimum riding dynamics in any situation. 
•  Powerful braking system with radial four-piston callipers and ABS. 
• Lightweight 10-spoke cast wheels. 
• Gear Shift Assistant Pro for fast, clutchless shifting as an ex-works option. 
• Sophisticated instrument cluster offering a wide array of functions and wealth of information. 
• Keyless Ride for supreme ease of use as an ex-works option. 
• Innovative colour scheme with three individual characters: Basic colour, “Style 1” and “Style 2”. • Extensive range of optional extras and special accessories available ex- works.'

Intermot 2014: New 2015 BMW S1000RR unveiled

BMW HAS just unveiled its revised 2015 S1000RR, with power up 6hp to 199hp and weight down 4kg to 204kg fully fuelled.
The German firm's flagship sports bike has been given a lighter frame and chassis geometry tweaks aimed at improving handling and feedback.
Torque has been increased at over 5,000rpm, with a peak of 83lbft and a 'wide torque plateau' between 9,500 and 12,000rpm, according to BMW.
Styling has been updated, with new bodywork and the trademark asymmetrical headlights swapped around to make it 'recognisable as new at first glance'.
Three-mode traction control and race ABS are standard. A further two riding modes and BMW's Dynamic Damping Control semi-active suspension, previously found on the high-spec HP4 version, are available as an option.
The optional extra electronics package also includes 'launch control' for 'flawless racing starts', plus a pit-lane speed limiter.
Other options include cruise control, a first for a superbike according to BMW.
The new S1000RR comes in red and white, metallic black or 'BMW Motorsport' colours.
BMW's release said:
'The new BMW S 1000 RR – the ultimate sports companion.
The new BMW S 1000 RR is receiving its world premiere at the Intermot 2014 motorcycle fair. With refined torque delivery and peak torque of 113 Nm (83 lb-ft), an increase in engine output of 4 kW (6 hp) to 146 kW (199 hp), plus a reduction in weight of 4 kg to 204 kg with a full tank of fuel and Race ABS (making allowances for equipment), the superbike that first debuted in 2009 is entering a new generation. Besides eliciting even sharper performance from the new S 1000 RR, particular attention was also paid to designing the bike to be even more rider-friendly. Whether it is used for everyday riding, flitting through bends on country roads or being put through its paces on the race track – the new S 1000 RR excels in every respect.
Optimised drivetrain for even greater performance and rideability.
The enhanced performance of the new RR in terms of drive power can be attributed to the re-engineered cylinder head with new duct geometry, new intake camshaft and even lighter intake valves. Furthermore, an airbox with a modified capacity combines with an intake system with shorter intake lengths to make mixture preparation more effective than ever and give the new S 1000 RR added punch. A further key contributing factor to the improvement in power and torque characteristics is the new exhaust system, which now dispenses with a front silencer and weighs around 3 kg lighter. Rideability and response from standstill both benefit from an increase in torque upwards of approx. 5,000 rpm, a more linear torque curve, as well as a wide torque plateau that allows the rider to summon up almost maximum pulling power between 9,500 (112 Nm) and 12,000 rpm (113 Nm / 83 lb-ft).
New frame structure and chassis geometry for superior riding precision and even better handling. Further improved Dynamic Damping Control (DDC) from the HP4 as an ex-works option.
Chassis-wise, the new RR has been honed with the introduction of a new, lighter frame structure offering an optimised blend of rigidity and flexibility. Together with the optimised chassis geometry featuring redefined values for the steering head angle, wheel castor, wheelbase and swingarm pivot point, it promises even better handling, increased traction and unequivocal feedback, particularly when riding at the limit. The tasks of wheel suspension and damping continue to be performed by fully adjustable spring elements, but with modified negative spring travel for more banking clearance and greater agility. As a factory-fitted option, the new S 1000 RR can also be specified with the new improved version of the electronically controlled Dynamic Damping Control (DDC) suspension – already familiar from the HP4 – that provides the basis for a chassis set-up with absolutely no compromises.
Three riding modes as standard, plus two more available for fine- tuned adjustment by opting for the Pro riding mode feature.
To enable optimum adaptation to the prevailing riding conditions, the new RR bike already comes with three riding modes as standard: “Rain”, “Sport” and “Race”. If the Pro riding mode option is selected, these can be supplemented by the two additional modes “Slick” and “User”. The Pro riding mode option also features Launch Control for flawless racing starts as well as the programmable pit-lane speed limiter for sticking exactly to the pit-lane speed limit. When this feature is activated, it has the additional effect of producing the impressive soundtrack familiar from the world of motorcycle racing. The HP Gear Shift Assist Pro, which can likewise be ordered as an ex-works option, enables lightning-fast clutchless upshifting and downshifting.
Refined control system set-up. Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) with precision calibration in seven +/- steps.
The new RR already leaves the factory with Race ABS (semi-integral) as well as Automatic Stability Control (ASC) included as standard. In conjunction with the optional Pro riding mode feature, it can be equipped with Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) including banking sensor and precision calibration. All control systems have been retuned and further improved in terms of their control precision and characteristics.
First ever superbike with cruise control (optional).
Innovative instrument cluster design, new electrical system and lighter battery. For the first time, the RR is now also available with an electronic speed control for staying within the current speed limits (ex-works option).
The multifunctional instrument cluster comprises a new dial for the analogue rev counter as well as a redesigned LCD display offering a far greater array of functions.
The new S 1000 RR furthermore features a new electrical system and a more powerful sensor box, along with a smaller battery weighing around 1 kg less.
Design that is more dynamic than ever with stunning colour schemes.
Last, but by no means least, there is the completely restyled bodywork that speaks an even more dynamic design language. The principle of the asymmetric headlight arrangement on the outgoing model has been retained as a characteristic distinguishing feature, yet the headlights have been repositioned and restyled to ensure that the new RR is recognisable as “new” at first glance. The dynamic design with its sporty, aggressive feel is given further impact by colour schemes with three very individual characters: Racing Red / Light White, Black Storm metallic and the BMW Motorsport colours.
Highlights of the new BMW S 1000 RR:
• Increased power output and torque: 146 kW (199 hp) at 13,500 rpm and 113 Nm (83 lb-ft) at 10,500 rpm.
• Even better rideability thanks to increased torque from approx. 5,000 rpm upwards as well as a more linear curve. A broad plateau of peak torque available in the rev range from around 9,500 up to 12,000 rpm.
• Re-engineered cylinder head with new duct geometry, new intake camshaft and even lighter intake valves.
• New intake system with shorter intake lengths, larger airbox and full E-gas ride-by-wire.
• Reduction in weight of 4 kilograms to 204 kg with a full tank of fuel (making allowances for equipment). • New exhaust system weighing around 3 kilograms lighter without a front silencer.
• Riding modes “Rain”, “Sport” and “Race” as standard plus the option of the Pro riding mode with two additional modes, “Slick” and “User” (configurable), for optimum adaptation to riding conditions.
• Launch Control for flawless starts as part of the optional Pro riding mode feature.
• Pit-lane speed limiter for maintaining an exact speed in the pit lane as part of the optional Pro riding mode feature.
• New, lighter frame structure with an optimised blend of rigidity and flexibility for more traction, greater precision and clear feedback.
• Refined chassis geometry for even better handling, increased traction and unequivocal feedback at the limits of performance.
• Fully adjustable spring elements with optimised negative spring travel for more banking clearance and greater agility.
• Further improved version of electronic Dynamic Damping Control (DDC), familiar from the HP4, as an ex-works option.
• Race ABS with optimised set-up.
• DTC traction control with precision calibration in 7 +/- steps.
• HP Gear Shift Assist Pro for fast clutchless upshifting and downshifting as an ex-works option. • New electrical system with a more powerful sensor box and lighter battery.
• Electronic speed control as an ex-works option.
• More sophisticated instrument cluster with extended array of functions and wide variety of information.
• Completely restyled bodywork for an even more dynamic design language.
• Innovative colour schemes with three individual characters: Racing Red / Light White, Black Storm metallic and BMW Motorsport.
• Extended range of optional extras and special accessories available ex- works.'

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