BMW Motorrad USA Sets Record May SalesBMW Motorrad USA is once again on an upward trend regarding motorcycle and maxi-scooter sales.
In April, the Bavarian manufacturer reported that stateside sales were up 31.6 percent, attributing the rise to the release of the F800GT and the revamped R1200GS.And the positive results continued for the month of May, 2013. BMW Motorrad says that 1,809 motorcycles and maxi scooters were sold in the USA in May, which is up 61.1 percent from the total of 1,123 sold in May 2012.This was the best sales for the month of May, ousting BMW Motorrad USA’s record set in 2005 by almost 170 units.Speaking of the growth, BMW Motorrad says “F-series sales, boosted by the introduction of the new F 800 GS Adventure and F 800 GT, grew by 66 percent compared to May 2012 with 353 units compared to 212 units last year.“Growth in K-Series, up 24 percent, came from the 6-cylinder K 1600 GTL and GT but it was the all-new water-cooled R 1200 GS boxer that lead the way in May with 360 units delivered to customers, driving growth of 42 percent in R-Series models.”Last year, BMW Motorrad celebrated its best worldwide sales year ever, the Bavarian motorcycle manufacturer selling 106,358 motorcycles and maxi scooters to customers worldwide.
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.