BMW Motorrad USA released its stateside motorcycle-sales report Monday for the month of November, 2012, reporting that sales were up 43.6 percent over the same month of 2011.BMW reports that 777 motorcycles were sold compared to 541 in November 2011. But it’s not only monthly sales that are positive; BMW Motorrad says year-to-date sales are up 15.1 percent over the same period of 2011. For the first 11 months of 2012, the Bavarian motorcycle manufacturer reports that 11,139 bikes were sold, compared to 9,674 in the same period of 2011.BMW says that in November, the best performing models included the newly introduced maxi scooters (C 650 GT, C 600 Sport) with impressive first full-month sales of 163 units. Rarely has a new product in a completely new market segment performed so well in Q4, BMW says.Additionally, the S 1000 RR superbike’s sales nearly tripled to 129 units, and the F 800 GS is up 40 percent to 60 units.
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends, the weekly podcast brought to you by Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
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In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams takes the smallest BMW ADV bike on an urban adventure in Los Angeles. The BMW G 310 GS is a full size motorcycle with a modest engine, so of course we wonder if it is a little too underpowered and might struggle. Don put it through its paces and gives us his take.
In the second segment, Neale Bayly and Kiran Ridley have returned from the Ukraine to Paris where Kiran is based.
Kiran is an award winning photojournalist, and as an accomplished documentarian, he has covered stories as diverse as drug smuggling around the Mexican border, to the devastation of the Australian Bush Fires, to the tragedy of the Mediterranean migration crisis. Neale and Kiran reminisce about their motorcycle adventure in the Ukraine, and their observations and experiences with the incredibly resilient people of Ukraine, who have been put through such brutal hardship.