At 242 mph, this is the record for the fastest BMW motorcycle
In a huge salute to all women riders across the globe, Erin Sills with her team TOP 1 Oil and Hunter Sills Racing (HSR) broke a land-speed record for the World’s Fastest BMW Motorcycle previously held by none other than Erin Still’s late husband, Andy Sills, who set the record at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 2013.
Setting a new FIM world record of 229.266 mph, Erin Stills rode on a near-production BMW S1000 RR with aerodynamic aids and engine mods, but still a naturally aspirated machine at the ‘Cook Top of the World Shootout’. She overshot her late husband’s record by eight miles per hour.
BMW Motorrad is taking an unprecedented - and admittedly awesome - step in putting together the first-ever all-female international Trophy team that will compete at the GS Trophy endurance race. The company behind the competition is calling on all women motorcycle riders to sign up for a chance to be part of a history-making team that will compete in the biennial racing series.
If this has the makings of an all-around good idea, it’s because it is. The GS Trophy has been around since 2008 and while a handful of women racers have competed in certain events in the past, none of them have made it into the finals, much less been part of an all-female team.
BMW hopes to change that with this announcement, knowing full well that the growth in the number of women riders has created more interest in the sport from the fairer gender. This watershed moment is now being put in place to firmly bring home that point.
According to BMW, all applications entered into the GS Trophy website be taken into consideration by a jury, who will then choose ten finalists who will travel to South Africa to compete in a special qualifier from September 9 to 16, 2015. The three female riders who show the most promise in these qualifiers will then be chosen to be part of the 2016 GS Trophy series.
Female riders, especially those with experience riding the BMW R1200GS or F800GS bikes, have until June 26, 2015 to fill out their applications on the GS Trophy site. Best not be tardy about this because you can expect a lot of female riders to vie for those precious qualifier slots.
Continue reading to read more about BMW Motorrad’s attempt to build an all-female racing team for the 2016 GS Trophy endure series.
The friends at MrHornig have come up with a rather unusual motorcycle vs car comparison as the challenger is the 2010 BMW S1000RR superbike and the challenged a 2008 BMW M3 E92. Considering that the S1000RR benefits of 193 horsepower while weighing 183kg and the M3 is a 420 horsepower blast weighing 1.655kg, we invite you to do the math for the power-to-weight ratio or, even better, check out the video and see which one is faster in a straight line.
Almost every bike vs car track race ends with the bike coming in milliseconds behind the car simply because this last has better grip and can negotiate curves with much more speed, while the bike accelerates faster on the straights. That’s a fact. But what happens when BMW’s 190bhp superbike, the S1000RR challenges a 700bhp Chevrolet Corvette on an abandoned airfield in Germany? In this case, it is all about acceleration, so you can trust us that the bike adjudicates the win.
If you, like us, can’t understand a word of what those guys are saying and can’t wait for the actual drag race, simply move to minute 3:50, lay back and enjoy.
Troy Corser left his S1000RR Superbike in favor of Nick Heidfeld’s F1 car, for a test run on the Nürburgring track. The swap was found interesting by both BMW pilots, but we understand that Corser had a 500bhp advantage, which is nothing to be neglected.
Although the BMW Sauber F1 car puts down 700bhp and the BMW S1000RR Superbike disposes of 200bhp, the bike is still the one catching the most of our attention simply because Superbike racing is much more spectacular than F1 racing.
See the video and what the pilots have to say about this interesting swap after the break.
In expectancy of the 2009 Superbike World Championship, BMW Motorrad creates a video promoting their all-new S1000RR motorcycle in both of its forms, street and racing. Riders behind those dark visors are Troy Corser and Reuben Xaus so watch them take this machine to the limit now and during the upcoming race season.
The famous and notorious Paris-Dakar is known for its very long and tough rally, with motorcycle riders taking the brunt of its toughness. Accidents, even many fatalities, exhaustion and bandits/terrorists have been plaguing the race since its inception.
Gilles Martineau, later assisted by René Metge, planned for two years to produce a real adventure race: a rally from St. Petersburg, Russia to Beijing, China. A race covering 10,000 kilometers in 17 days. Bad roads, deserts, mountains and (...)
Two BMW-riding Dutchmen have won the third edition of the Heroes Legend classic off-road rally from Paris to Dakar. Riding for the Bert Duursma Motoren dealership team, Jos Bourgondien and Harrie Jacobi beat all challengers to win this tough ’rallye-raid’ event that started on 8 March under the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and finished just last weekend at the Lac Rose in Dakar, Senegal.
Organised by former BMW factory rider and two-times Paris-Dakar Rally winner Hubert Auriol, the aim of the (...)
People buy a GS motorcycle for lots of different reasons, but riders of BMW Motorrad’s legendary enduro all share a common desire to travel further ’off the beaten track’ and to experience more unusual and interesting places than ’ordinary’ riders. And when it comes to long-distance, rough terrain and serious adventure travel, then no other motorcycle comes close to matching the ability of the all-conquering boxer twin.
All these facts have been recognized by BMW France, which is currently (...)
Two amazing machineries created by the German manufacturer are today’s characters in your daily video. The BMW Z4 V8 Topster is put against the Beaster K 1200 R and the show impresses from its both sides. It doesn’t really matter who’s the winner as both the car and the motorcycle are made by BMW, but the adrenaline starts flowing as soon as you hit the Play button.
The countdown has already started for the third Heroes Legend classic off-road rally that begins in France on 8 March. More than 150 competitors so far have entered this popular rally-raid that starts under the Eiffel Tower in Paris and follows a route to the Lac Rose in Dakar, via France, Spain, Morocco, Mauritania and Senegal.
The event mainly follows the course of the legendary Paris Dakar Rally and is organised by three-times winner Hubert Auriol, who won what many consider to be the (...)