When the final numbers were in for 2010 sales of BMW motorcycles, the Bavarian company recorded a growth of 12.3 percent over the previous year in sales, a very impressive number within a challenging market environment.After posting these numbers, the famed blue and white BMW Motorrad brand appeared to be on its way to posting some historical numbers. And this is what was achieved in the first quarter of 2011.For the first three months in 2011, BMW motorcycle sales rose 10.9 percent to 23,109 units, the best quarterly results in its history. In March, BMW reported a total of 11,675 motorcycles were delivered – an increase of 1.2 percent.At the start of the 2011 season, BMW customers benefited from the revised flat-twin engine roadster BMW R 1200 R that for the first time will also be available as a classical variant. Moreover, BMW Motorrad presented the new G 650 GS, yet another particularly appealing GS model with a single cylinder engine.The first half of the year will see the launch of the K 1600 GT and the K 1600 GTL, innovative, de luxe touring motorcycles with six cylinder inline engines, the first of their kind in the history of BMW Motorrad. Featuring the most compact six cylinder inline engines in series motorcycle production, these two top models in the BMW Motorrad range will be unlocking new dimensions for riding, long distance, and comfort characteristics.Husqvarna Motorcycles: 2011 Q1 SalesBMW says Husqvarna Motorcycles delivered 1,940 motorcycles (+18.3 percent) to customers in the first quarter and 676 motorcycles (-17 percent) in the month of March.As of model year 2011, Husqvarna Motorcycles now has the new 450 cc generation in the enduro, motocross and supermoto version available for a full sales year.These new core models with their innovative single-cylinder engine will generate powerful growth stimuli for 2011. In view of the ongoing model offensive and further expansion of the sales network, the Italian manufacturer is looking forward to significant growth during this year’s motorcycle season.
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!