BMW January 2014 Motorcycle SalesWhen 2013 wrapped up, BMW Motorrad announced its third consecutive year of worldwide record sales. The year was also the Bavarian motorcycle manufacturer’s best in history; BMW Motorrad sold over 115,000 motorcycles and maxi scooters.
This success has continued into 2014 with an increase in worldwide January sales. BMW Motorrad says 5,438 motorcycles and maxi scooters were sold in January 2014, which is up 12.9 percent over January of 2013, when 4,818 were sold.Once again, BMW attributes the success to the R 1200 GS adventure tourer, which was very successful in 2013 – almost 30,000 were sold in 2013, with over 25,000 of those the new semi-water cooled model.Heiner Faust (BMW Motorrad Head of Sales and Marketing) says: “After achieving an all-time high in 2013, BMW Motorrad has got off to a very successful start in the new year. With an increase of 12.9 percent as compared to the previous year, this was the best January sales performance in the history of the company.“We got off to a great start in most markets. There was significant growth in the USA in particular, as well as in the Asian markets. Our new products are in great demand all over the world.”And success is likely to continue, considering BMW Motorrad is releasing six new models this spring, including the new semi-water cooled R 1200 RT, the K 1600 GTL Exclusive, R 1200 GS Adventure, the R nineT and the S 1000 R.Also, BMW will also enter the world of electromobility with its new BMW C evolution.Heiner Faust says: “In view of this wide range of new products and after a successful start to the year, we are confident as we look ahead to the upcoming motorcycle season.”
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends—the weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
In this week’s first segment, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the much anticipated Yamaha MT-10 SP. That’s the model with the Ohlins semi-active suspension. It’s only been available in Europe for the last couple of years, but finally the good news is, that it’s coming to America. The big question is, whether the extra 3k you’re going to have to pony up for the Ohlins is actually worth it, or perhaps there’s just not that much improvement over the stock KYB suspension that has suited the Yamaha MT-10 so well until now?
In the second segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with Val Collins. Val grew up on motorcycles and learned to love speed, however her real love is Formula 1 tunnel-boat racing. These are the guys and gals that are strapped into a tiny cockpit and then hurtle down the straights at 120 mile per hour and pull 5G in the corners. We attended the recent season finale in Lake Havasu and watched our friend Mike Quindazzi try to take the win. Val chats with Teejay about her love for two-wheels and tunnel-boats. Yeah, it’s crazy stuff.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode and have a great Thanksgiving Holiday!