Due to the release of new motorcycles, such as the F 800 GT and the revamped R 1200 GS, BMW Motorrad USA has reported a 31.6-percent increase in sales for the month of April.BMW Motorrad reports that 1,571 motorcycles were sold in April, compared to 1,194 in April of 2012.Speaking of the positive report, the Bavarian motorcycle manufacturer says “with 225 units compared to 113 units last year, the award winning S 1000 RR continues to conquest buyers in the superbike segment while the recently introduced F 800 GT helped drive F-Series sales, up 58 percent on April 2012, with 83 units in the month.“Growth in K-Series (up 12 percent) came from the new 30-year edition K 1300 S but it was the all-new water-cooled R 1200 GS boxer that stole the show in April with 243 units delivered to customers, driving growth of 8 percent in R-Series models.”Worldwide, BMW arrived in 2013 following a year of record sales. In 2012, BMW Motorrad sold 106,358 motorcycles and maxi scooters to customers, which was an increase of two percent over 2011.
Our first segment introduces you to the new Arch 1s. This latest, slightly more sporting American V-twin, adds to the original KRGT1 coming from the boutique manufacturer based in Hawthorne, Southern California. Senior Editor Nic de Sena rode through Malibu with Gard Hollinger, who co-founded Arch Motorcycle with his friend, Keanu Reeves. The 1s is a unique ride for sure, and Nic explains what makes the bike really stand out.
For the entertaining story behind Arch Motorcycle from Gard Hollinger himself, you must listen to his podcast episode on Motos & Friends HERE
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In our second segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with multiple Emmy award-winning writer, Producer, Director, and actor, Thom Beers. the former Chairman & CEO of Fremantle Media North America, responsible for American Idol and America’s Got Talent.
Thom’s fertile imagination led to most of the really big reality TV shows such as ‘Deadliest Catch’ (now in its 17th season!), and many others. Of course for us in the motorcycle world, you’ll be interested to hear the genesis and story of how he started the first real fabrication reality show ‘Monster Garage’, that showcased Jesse James, and then how that led to ‘Biker Build Off’ and the ‘Zombie Choppers’ movie.
You’d imagine that most of Thom’s time is spent sitting behind a desk and on his phone. Not so. His intense stories of capturing much of the content for these shows make for some hair-raising listening.