Tuesday, 17 November 2015

NEW BMW R NINET SCRAMBLER LEADS THE CHARGE OF 2016 BMW MODELS



BMW Motorrad has unveiled the new 2016 BMW R nineT Scrambler at EICMA in Milan alongside the refreshed F 700 GS and F 800 GS. 

These new models join the G 310 R small capacity roadster announced last week at a conference in Munich, and the previously announced C 650 Sport and C 650 GT maxi-scooters.

Friday, 13 November 2015

NINE CUSTOM ROADSTERS - WHICH SHOULD WE TAKE TO MOTORCYCLE LIVE?



Nine BMW Motorrad Centres have created one-off custom roadsters.
Vote for your favourite and the winning bike will be displayed on our stand at Motorcycle Live.
To vote for your favourite - and pick the one that'll be on display at the bike show - head to our Facebook Page and 'like' the photo to vote! ‪#‎custombike‬ ‪#‎MotorcycleLive‬


Monday, 9 November 2015

BACK FROM QATAR - TRAINING CAMP PART TWO

Clemmie, BMW Motorrad UK’s Digital Marketing Assistant, is back from a Motorcycle Training Camp in Qatar. Find out how our in-house track day addict got on…


I’m back and survived my first FIM training camp! So last Sunday morning I packed my luggage in to my car and headed for Heathrow Airport straight from the last round of the BSB at Brands Hatch. Unfortunately I was one of those people whose flight was delayed by an hour and a quarter, but nothing was going to dampen my spirits for the exciting week ahead. After landing in Abu Dhabi at 2am I nearly missed my connection to Doha, my luggage was not so lucky and never made the connection - it arrived at 7pm the next day!

The first morning in Qatar I met some of the other riders over breakfast. It was great to meet so many other likeminded women who had travelled from all over Europe – many of whom are successful racers. With a whole day to settle in what else would a whole group of women do than head for the largest shopping mall in Doha? The main attraction was the air conditioning (which was a welcome relief while I was still acclimatising to the 36 degree heat), the 370 stores over 5 levels complete with an ice skating rink went down well too…

Thursday, 29 October 2015

THE UK'S BIGGEST BIKE SHOW



The UK's biggest and most important bike show - Motorcycle Live - will be starting at the NEC in Birmingham on Saturday 28th November.

You'll be able to see just about every motorcycle on sale in 2016, meet racers and famous riders, buy kit, and get involved in all sorts of entertainment.

Here's our guide to Motorcycle Live 2015.


Monday, 19 October 2015

HEADING TO QATAR - MOTORCYCLE TRAINING CAMP


Clemmie, BMW Motorrad UK’s Digital Marketing Assistant, heads out to Qatar this week for a Motorcycle Training Camp. Find out how it all started for our in-house track day addict…

Having been an avid motorcycle racing fan for years it was inevitable that I would eventually learn to ride. After completing my CBT last August it wasn’t long before I attended my first track day and passing my A2 licence in April has made me want to try and progress even further. 

Working hard at Donington

Even though track days in the UK are drawing to a close, I'm incredibly excited to be attending the FIM 'Women in Motorcycling' Training Camp at the awesome Losail Circuit in Qatar (a highlight in both the Moto GP and WSBK calendars). It’s an amazing spectacle; a night race under floodlights in the desert... The Training Camp is part of the FIM's Female Road Racing Development Project which aims to increase the number of female riders in Road Racing. I’m really excited that we’re being provided with BMW S 1000 RRs for the duration of the camp. 

Friday, 16 October 2015

BE READY FOR THE SHOWDOWN - BRANDS HATCH BSB FINALE



This weekend is the final round of the 2015 MCE British Superbike Championship and it takes place at Brands Hatch. If you're a lifelong fan, or even if you're just starting to follow the series, the final round is the event to attend or watch online.

Here's our guide to the BSB Finale.


Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

MEET THE NEW CONCEPT STUNT G 310


BMW Motorrad has unveiled the new Concept Stunt G 310 at the Salao Duas Rodas in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Learn more about this amazing new concept bike below.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

WORLD OF BMW OPENS SECOND BMW RIDER TRAINING LOCATION IN STOKE-ON-TRENT.



World of BMW has launched a second teaching facility: BMW Rider Training North in Stoke-on-Trent. This new centre will mirror the excellent training and courses delivered by the original BMW Rider Training school in Royston, Hertfordshire.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

BMW MOTORRAD'S HELMETS TURN 40 NEXT YEAR - FOUR DECADES OF SAFETY.



Next year, BMW Motorrad's first ever helmet turns 40 years old. BMW was the first motorcycle manufacture to design and create its own helmets. So just how far have they come?

Friday, 18 September 2015

GET THE WORLD SUPERBIKE EXPERIENCE WITH OUR BMW S 1000 RR TRACKDAY IN PORTUGAL.



Would you like to live the life of a World Superbike rider for a weekend? BMW Motorrad UK and Focused Events have teamed up to offer a VIP trackday experience for just £999 on 07-08 November 2015.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

THE BEACH BOYS.... AND WHY THE PATH 22 SCRAMBLER IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOU MIGHT THINK!



The Wheels & Waves festival in Biarritz, France, is a lesser known event right now (when compared to thinks like the international shows, BMW Motorrad Days etc). But it's becoming pretty influential. Fashions come and go in the automotive industry, and right now, cafe racers, customs and one-off builds are about as bang-on-trend as you can get. 

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

"WOULDN'T THAT BE COOL!" A HISTORY OF BMW CONCEPT BIKES.




The concept bike is a time-honoured tradition from BMW Motorrad. It is an opportunity for designers and engineers to create something beautiful and pure, without the restrictions of funding, practicality, environmental or sales concerns.

And that's why they're so striking and cool. So, here is a brief summary of some of the most influential, cool or unusual concept motorcycles bearing the BMW roundel. Which is your favourite?


Friday, 21 August 2015

HP, PCP, SELECT, BALLOON PAYMENT, AND GFVs. CONFUSED? CHECK OUT OUR SIMPLE GUIDE TO THE NOT-SO-COMPLEX WORLD OF MOTORBIKE FINANCE.




We asked our very own Phil Thornton, Regional Manager for BMW Financial Services and a self-confessed motorbike enthusiast, to explain to us a little about what the different options are and why they’re changing the way people buy motorbikes for the better. 


Monday, 17 August 2015

BMW MOTORRAD UK'S MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION COMPETITION.


Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to enter our competitions to win some fantastic Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation merchandise courtesy of Paramount UK.

Friday, 7 August 2015

28 DAYS LATER: FROM L-PLATES TO ROAD TRIP.



BMW Rider Training's Chief Instructor Ian Biederman has seen thousands of riders through their tests over the years. However, not many go so quickly from L-plates to their dream road trip as recent visitor David Blundell.


Tuesday, 4 August 2015

"IT ALL STARTED WITH A MONKEY BIKE IN THE GARDEN!" CHARLEY BOORMAN EXPLAINS HIS OFF-ROAD ADDICTION.


Charley Boorman is a regular visitor to BMW Off Road Skills, whether we want him or not... (just kidding!) On his most recent visit, we asked him where his life-long for off-road riding came from. And the answer was worth sharing. 

Friday, 24 July 2015

BMW'S F 800: TOURER, CUSTOM, ADVENTURER & STUNT STAR.



First introduced in 2006, with the widely-praised F 800 S, BMW's 798cc parallel- twin motor has gone on to power everything from roadsters to tourers and adventure bikes.

But sometimes it gets glossed over in favour of its bigger and more-famous brother: the Boxer engine. Here are a few things it's worth knowing about the unstoppable F-series bikes.


Tuesday, 7 July 2015

BMW RACER MARIA COSTELLO INVITES WOMEN TO JOIN HER FOR A TRACKDAY AT DONINGTON PARK ON 15 JULY.

BMW S 1000 RR-riding racer Maria Costello is holding a women-only track event at the fantastic Donington Park Circuit on 15 July – where she and her expert instructors use RRs.

Female riders are invited to join her and enjoy a friendly, confidence-building introduction to track riding with Maria and her team of expert instructors, whatever class and size of machine you own.


MOTORRAD DAYS 2015: BMW IN GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN

Want to know more about Motorrad Days? We asked two first-timers to report back from this year's event...


Lottie, BMW Motorrad UK's Digital Marketing Manager, and Tom, a Motorcycle Marketing Assistant, both made their first visit to the now-legendary BMW Motorrad Days festival in Germany. If you've ever thought about making a trip to the biggest celebration of all things BMW Motorrad (but have wondered what actually takes place) then read on.

"As Motorrad newbies we set off for Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the German Alps with limited expectations. Knowing we were heading for the Bavarian Alps conjured up images of beer halls, moustaches and lederhosen. The reality was much more spectacular."


BMW Motorrad Days 2015


Wednesday, 24 June 2015

BMW MOTORRAD UK’S GUIDE TO ‘GLORIOUS GOODWOOD’.



If you’ve never been to Goodwood, imagine this:
You’ve parked some cars and motorbikes on your lawn and you’ve invited your mates to race up your driveway in some classic race cars.
Well, if your name is Lord March and you own the vast historic Goodwood Estate in Chichester, that becomes a far more appealing concept. Especially when the ‘driveway’ is a legendary 1.2-mile long uphill tarmac ribbon that's hosted the most iconic cars and drivers in the world...

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

THE BMW F 800 R - STAR OF THE NEW RIDER OFFER.



When we put together the industry-leading New Rider Offer, we had to choose a motorcycle to headline it. There was only one choice: the updated F 800 R.

Here's why we think it's the perfect motorcycle (not just the perfect learner, or novice motorcycle) - and we've drafted in a few journalists to help explain our choice.


Tuesday, 9 June 2015

GOODWOOD TICKET COMPETITION INFORMATION


BMW Motorrad UK - Goodwood Festival of Speed competition information.


Running Monday 13 June - Sunday 19 June, we will be giving away two pairs of tickets via the BMW Motorrad UK Facebook page

To enter, visit the page and comment on one of the competition posts. Winners will be informed on Monday 20 June 2016 via a return comment on their entry.


Friday, 5 June 2015

SO WHAT IS THE BEST ROAD IN THE WORLD?



Richard Millington, Director of Motorrad Tours, explains why a simple question doesn’t always have a simple answer.

If you had a blank piece of paper, then what roads would be on your bucket list to ride? For many people the snap answer is “A Round the World Trip” which is great but where would you actually go?

BMW MOTORRAD UK'S GUIDE TO THE 2015 ISLE OF MAN TT


The wait is over! TT race week begins Saturday 06 June with the Superbike TT race at 11:00.

So, what do you need to know, where can you watch it, and when is it happening? Check out our guide to the greatest race on Earth for the full low-down.

HOW DO YOU PASS YOUR MOTORBIKE TEST? BIKE SOCIAL'S BSB REPORTER CAME TO WORLD OF BMW.




Oli Rushby is the racing reporter for Bennetts BIke Social, covering MotoGP, World Superbikes, BSB and Road Racing. However, he hadn't yet passed his bike test. 

Spending weekends at race meetings proved to be the motivation he needed to get his A2 licence with Chief Instructor Ian Biederman at BMW Rider Training in Royston, Hertfordshire.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

BMW MOTORRAD ANNOUNCES INDUSTRY LEADING NEW RIDER OFFER.





GAIN £2,680 WORTH OF RIDER TRAINING 
AND BMW RIDER EQUIPMENT FOR £500 
WHEN YOU PASS YOUR BIKE TEST WITH BMW.†

BMW Motorrad UK is offering an industry leading package for new riders to get them on the road. The ‘New Rider Package’ offers a convenient and great value solution for new riders. 

New riders ordering a BMW F 800 R on BMW Select will be offered a seven-day Direct Access course with BMW Rider Training and head-to-toe BMW Rider Equipment all for £500.


Tuesday, 2 June 2015

STORIES & PHOTOS FROM THE GS TROPHY.


Now that the dust has settled on what is likely the biggest GS Trophy Qualifier event ever held, we've had a chance to look back on our favourite memories and moments from the UK Qualifier in South Wales. Here are a few interesting stories, moments and people who embodied the 'GS Spirit'.

WHAT IS THE GS TROPHY?

The GS Trophy is a huge bi-annual international riding tournament hosted by BMW Motorrad. Teams from over 15 nations are sent to compete in a series of incredible challenges and tasks along a 2000-km off-road riding route.

Friday, 29 May 2015



BALDERSTON TAKE THE TROPHY
IN THE RETAILER TEAM COMPETITION.

This year we had 30 Retailer Teams from across the United Kingdom - with some riders travelling all the way from Scotland to take part. We would like to thank every single one for their support and help in making this the biggest and best UK Qualifier ever.


GS TROPHY UK FULL RESULTS



FINAL STANDINGS BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY.

Congratulations to all the semi-finalists who made it through to the challenges on Monday morning - and the final ten who thrilled the crowds and showed true GS spirit.


RankingNameTotal after Super Final
1stJames Berrill (Wollaston)17
2ndGordon Blackley19
3rdOliver Twigg (Rainbow)22
4thJulian Peppit25
5thJames Robertson (Central) Team 126
6thClint Smith (Central) Team 127
7thAaron Coles28
8thEd Sanders29
9thSteve Askin (Wollaston)32
10thDave Bixter35


Tuesday, 26 May 2015

GS TROPHY UK WINNERS ANNOUNCED!



Huge congratulations to the three riders who have been selected to represent the UK in the 2016 BMW Motorrad GS Trophy International Final - James Berrill, Gordon Blackley and Oliver Twigg.


Thursday, 21 May 2015

ORLANDO BLOOM HELPS CREATE ONE-OFF CUSTOM S 1000 R WITH DEUS EX MACHINA.







Everyone knows Orlando Bloom as a successful actor, but not everyone knows about his passion for motorbikes. As a long-standing fan of BMW bikes, Orlando owns and rides a number of BMW models, including old classics.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

WHAT ARE YOU DOING THIS BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND?


You could be riding in the GS Trophy for just £99!
Join Simon Pavey and Charley Boorman - and 250 other BMW riders - for the best-value weekend in British biking. 
You can spend the May Bank Holiday riding around South Wales and taking part in off-road challenges on our fleet of bikes - and perhaps even win some fantastic prizes.
Book your place by calling 08000 131282 or clicking here: http://bit.ly/1CB0LzC
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TEAM MANAGER PHILIP NEILL REFLECTS ON THE NORTH WEST 200


Following on from a near perfect race week at the International North West 200, where Alastair Seeley took the Superbike victory and a fastest lap from his pole position qualifying slot, aboard the Tyco BMW Motorrad S 1000 RR – that just so happened to see him equal the all time record of Robert Dunlop on 15 wins…