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When the industry lured us to fool us on April 1

When the industry lured us to fool us on April 1

Good morning and welcome to our April Fool’s Day round-up. It has already been two good days since we came under hoax news and stories from the motorcycle world playing practical jokes on us. Thanks to the close proximities of these pranks to the company’s products and impressions, they tricked us into believing their true existence.

Some were instantly rubbed off, while some seemed pretty convincing. Nonetheless, they all were pure April’s Fool pranks, and if you did not catch them all, we have got you covered. Participating in the Sunday’s jester were pranksters from BMW, Kawasaki, Triumph, Yamaha and a bunch of others including Lewis Hamilton.

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Video: Deus Ex Machina Gives Orlando Bloom's BMW S1000R A Makeover

Video: Deus Ex Machina Gives Orlando Bloom’s BMW S1000R A Makeover

Orlando Bloom belongs in the small subculture of celebrities who have well-founded affinities towards motorcycles, specifically those of the custom variety. BMW is his particular brand-of-choice and like anybody who demands more out of his motorcycles, Bloom enlisted the help of noted builder Deus Ex Machina to spruce up his latest bike, the S1000R.

Deus Ex Machina admitted that working on a bike as new as the S1000R came with its own set of challenges, especially one that featured an in-line four engine. But the famous custom bike shop was up to task, as it always is.

Bloom also gave his input to Michael “Woolie” Woolaway, who interpreted the actor’s recommendations with a minimalist approach to reflect Legolas’ very own design ideas. The end result isn’t going to blow you away, but it speaks to what Bloom wanted out of his new S1000R, which apparently involved putting in simple touches to accent and highlight the bike’s bare street fighter aura, sans the plastic bodywork.

It’s definitely a different design from what we’re used to with the S1000R, but hey, if it works for Bloom, that’s all that really matters for Deus Ex Machina.

After all, the number one rule in the custom world is to always make the client happy.

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Harrison Ford rides a BMW

Harrison Ford rides a BMW

Harrison Ford has recently been spotted riding his BMW F800GS R1200GS and it looks like he’s enjoying it a lot. Although not a notorious motorcyclist from Hollywood, Ford gives an important lesson of motorcycle safety as he wears the entire protective gear in a sunny day. The bike looks like brand new (or maybe it isn’t ridden that much as we all know how busy actors are) and the street tires show where Harrison Ford likes to ride most.

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Chris Pfeiffer, world stunt champion … again!

Chris Pfeiffer, world stunt champion … again!

Chris Pfeiffer, the world stunt champion, proved once again in Zurich that there is nobody better than him when it comes to stunts and tricks on a two-wheeled machinery.
The 37 year old German champion had already won the same title last year on its BMW F800, but it managed to do it again this early spring on the same type of motorcycle. There’s no age barrier to stop this rider!
Right next with Chris on the podium were Humberto Ribiero and Sebastien Desbonnet, but I invite you to see the (...)

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Pfeiffer successfully defends world championship in Zurich

Pfeiffer successfully defends world championship in Zurich

BMW Motorrad’s Chris Pfeiffer has successfully defended the Streetbike Freestyle World Championship in Zurich, which took place this weekend at the SWISS-MOTO Motorcycle, Scooter and Tuning Exhibition in Zurich, Switzerland.
The 37-year-old German once again dominated proceedings aboard his BMW F 800, winning each of the four rounds across the weekend, to retain the crown he won at the inaugural event in 2007. Second place went to Portuguese rider Humberto Ribeiro, while rounding up the (...)

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World champion, Chris Pfeiffer, back to defend his title

World champion, Chris Pfeiffer, back to defend his title

Last year, BMW Motorrad’s Chris Pfeiffer became the first Indoor Streetbike Freestyle World Champion by winning every round of the indoor event that took place at the SWISS-MOTO Motorcycle, Scooter and Tuning Exhibition in Zurich, Switzerland.
Chris and his F 800 were up against 16 other competitors from nine nations, yet Pfeiffer was unbeaten in Saturday’s qualifying rounds and both of Sunday’s final rounds, posting near perfect results in front of thousands of spectators.
From 21 to 24 (...)

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Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman are planning Long Way Up

The two who recently completed their latest riding documentary, Long Way Down (the adventure which took them from John O’Grants to Cape Town in South Africa), announced plans for another trip which will start somewhere “down” and finish “up”.
“We are already talking about doing another one-we’re thinking about calling it Long Way Up and starting from South Africa, that sort of thing. If people are happy to watch it than we are more than happy to do another one.” said Charley Boorman.
We are (...)

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"The Long Way Down" is completed

"The Long Way Down" is completed

After 85 days of traveling, the 15,000 mile motorcycle journey reached its epic conclusion. After traveling through Europe and Africa, British actor Ewan McGregor and his pal Charley Boorman, finally reached Cape Town, South Africa, on Saturday 4 August.
The journey – which began in May 2007 in John O’Groats, Scotland and took the duo through 18 countries, including Libya, Ethiopia, Sudan and Rwanda - will be broadcast on BBC2 television series “The Long Way Down”.
Ewan McGregor says: (...)

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Unique showbike from BMW Motorrad as co-star

Unique showbike from BMW Motorrad as co-star

Hollywood actress Milla Jovovich was paired with a very special BMW K 1200 R in Munich following an advanced press screening of the forthcoming "Resident Evil: Extinction" movie, which is due for release in the autumn. Thirty-one year-old Jovovich was in Germany to promote the latest instalment in the best-selling Resident Evil movie franchise, based on the gaming phenomenon of the same name.
Jovovich’s character, Alice, rides a BMW K 1200 R in the film. Milla Jovovich, borne in (...)

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Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman ready for Long Way Down

Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman ready for Long Way Down

The motorcycle journey of a lifetime is back. After the sensational success of Long Way Round Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman are now starting off for the adventurous Long Way Down, this time travelling through Europe and Africa.
2004 they decided to ride around the world on their BMW R 1200 GS Adventure motorcycles. From London to New York - accompanied by a camera crew keeping these unique impressions for the fascination road movie Long Way Round.
In May 2007 the iconic motorcycle (...)

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Ewan McGregor and his third televised motorcycle trip

Ewan McGregor and his third televised motorcycle trip

A keen motorcyclist since his youth, McGregor undertook a marathon motorcycle trip with his friend Charley Boorman and cameraman Claudio Von Planta in 2004. From mid-April to the end of July, they travelled from London to New York via central Europe, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Siberia and Canada on BMW R1150GS Aventure motorcycles, for a cumulative distance of 18,887 miles (30,395 km). The trip formed the basis of a TV series and a best-selling book, both called Long Way Round. (...)

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Pope Benedict XVI protected by BMW R1200RT and R850R's

Pope Benedict XVI protected by BMW R1200RT and R850R’s

On his recent visit to Germany, the Pope Benedict XVI was protected by the BMW Motorrad. The Pope flew in to Munich on 9 September and was taken by car on a tour of southern Germany, visiting his hometown of Marktl as well as Regensburg and Freising over the five-day visit.
The fleet that protected his " His Holiness" includes the latest R 1200 RT, as well as an adapted R 850 R, and these bikes were to play a pivotal role in the protection of the head of the Roman Catholic Church. (...)

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