BMW Motorrad is making a proud appearance at the 2006 INTERMOTMotorcycle Show in Cologne, Germany, with the widest and most variedmodel range in the history of the Company.
The all-new single-cylinder model series is making its world debut witha fascinating range of three brand-new motorcycles quite different in theirfeatures and character - the G 650 Xcountry, the G 650 Xchallenge,and the G 650 Xmoto. And at the same time the K-model series is growingfurther, with the BMW K 1200 R teaming up with its sister model,the K 1200 R Sport, boasting extra sporting and dynamic fairing.
These new models are further enhanced and supplemented by a new,truly exclusive line of accessories: Entering the market in autumn 2006,the new range of BMW Motorrad High Performance Parts will offertruly outstanding, highly functional special accessories for nearly all modelswithin the line-up. These will include top-class and sophisticatedlightweight and tuning components made of carbon-fibre, exclusive CNCmilledrunning gear components, as well as forged wheels.
Within the wide range of BMW Motorrad rider's equipment, a revised andenlarged collection with new features, colours and designs will ensure an evenhigher standard of function, appeal, and individual style.The new range of accessories from BMW Motorrad High Performance Partsand the new features offered in the range of BMW Motorrad Rider's Wear arepresented in separate press kits.
Including the new single-cylinder model series, the BMW Motorrad modelrange is now made up of no less than 19 different models. With theircharacteristic features, these models meet all kinds of customer wishes andpreferences absolutely perfectly in the segment above 500 cc,offering a very attractive choice in the respective motorcycle categories.
More sporting than ever before, but without neglecting those classic BMWvirtues, all BMW motorcycles offer a host of innovations and trendsettingsafety technologies. Indeed, the fully controlled three-way catalytic converterintroduced on BMW motorcycles more than 15 years ago is now obviouslya primary feature on all models, just like ABS anti-lock brakes.
BMW Motorrad has been the benchmark in active safety for a long time, withall models in the range (except for the BMW HP2 Enduro) becoming availablewith ABS straight from the factory in the last five years. And in July of lastyear the fourth generation of ABS anti-lock brake technology ever since thestart of production of this feature in 1989 was presented to the internationalpress together with BMW Motorrad's new ASC Automatic Stability Control.
Together, these two systems once again underline the leadership intechnology of BMW Motorrad and the Company's leading position in thearea of active motorcycle safety.
The current model range is younger than ever before - with the exception ofthe K 1200 LT Luxury Tourer maintaining the same features as in the past,not one single model has been in the market for more than 21⁄2 years. Basedon a broad range of development activities in recent years, therefore,the entire model line-up has been totally renewed from the ground up eversince the beginning of 2004. And in the same period not only highlightsin technology such as the Evo-Paralever and the cast single-unit swing arm incombination with toothed belt drive have been introduced as new features,but also world-first achievements such as the Duolever, the air spring dampersystem, Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA) and mass compensationvia the swing arm. Further progressive technologies adapted and carried overfrom automobile construction, finally, such as anti-knock engine managementand xenon headlights, round off the leadership in innovation so characteristicof the brand.