2011 BMW MotorradThe Buildbase BMW Motorrad team has worked dilgentily all season, allowing its rider Richard Cooper to clinch the Metzeler National Superstock 1000 title Sunday at Silverstone in the UK.
But the BMW team’s luck was marred by theft; that night, some thieves stole two BMW S1000RR race bikes, tools, wheels and various other equipment, all worth over $155,000. One of the BMW race bikes was Cooper’s, and the other British Superbike rider John Laverty’s.BMW Motorrad reports that the theft occurred between 11:30 p.m. Sunday and 3 a.m. Monday at the team’s base near Ashby-de-la-Zouch in Leicestershire.BMW Motorrad says: “The thieves broke into the team’s race truck and the locked key cupboard to obtain the keys to an LDV support van which housed the two motorcycles.“Meanwhile, they also loaded up their own van with valuable and unique parts and equipment including ten sets of wheels, three full Arrow exhaust systems, a brand new pair of Bitubo forks, a roller starter and all the team’s new Bosch tools. The rented LDV support van has since been found burned out in Staffordshire.”The team is offering a £5,000 ($7700) reward for any information leading to the arrest. Anyone with information is urged to contact Buildbase BMW Motorrad Team Principal Stuart Hicken on 07969 056829.Stuart Hicken says: “This is an absolutely awful way to wake up. Yesterday we were on top of the world having taken the title, today we’re at an all time low. Having things stolen is a terrible experience, but when it’s something as organised and planned, and extensive, as this, it shocks you to the core.“It’s too early to say too much, especially with the final round of the season just two weeks away. I hope that the motorcycles haven’t been destroyed. There are so many parts which have been custom made that they can be easily identified. We’re just hoping that we’ll get them back – which is why I’m offering a £5,000 reward for their return or for information leading to a prosecution.”
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!