"Best touring bike" and "Best adventure bike" helped sales increase in 2006
Worldwide BMW motorcycle sales for December were up 36.8 percent over the same period the previous year, while annual sales topped 100,000 units. BMW Motorrad USA, the importer and distributor of BMW motorcycles in the United States, also posted increases for December as well as annual sales.
The strong performance was due to the introduction of new models as well as the continued performance of existing models. At the head of the list was the top-selling model - the R 1200 RT - which was named "Best Touring Bike" in 2006 for the second year in a row by editors of Motorcyclist Magazine. BMW’s R 1200 GS model - named "Best Adventure Bike" last year by Motorcyclist - accounted for the marque’s second highest volume. The F 650 GS Dakar - which ended its production life cycle in December - was BMW’s third best-selling bike. The new K 1200 GT, R 1200 GS Adventure, R1200S and R 1200 R were highlights of BMW’s on-going product offensive.
Never missing a beat when it comes to bringing new models to market, BMW Motorrad USA will introduce several new motorcycles for 2007 - the G 650 series, the F 800 series, the K 1200 R Sport and Megamoto models - all of which are expected to contribute to another strong year.