BMW Motorrad USA Introduces New On-Board Luggage System

BMW Motorrad USA Introduces New On-Board Luggage System For Off-Road Riding

BMW Luggage
BMW Luggage

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – July 26, 2016… BMW Motorrad USA has introduced a totally new concept in on-board luggage and personal storage for the growing number of adventure riders exploring roads less traveled. Intended primarily for use when riding BMW GS-model motorcycles off-road, the Atacama Adventure Luggage System provides more flexibility when piloting expert-level, back-country trails as well as continuing the expedition off the bike at remote camping locations. The luggage system, which utilizes the same case carrier system developed for the original BMW aluminum cases, gives riders an extra level of flexibility and security when navigating more challenging riding conditions and further enhances the capabilities of the GS. Currently, the Atacama Adventure Luggage System is only available through authorized BMW Motorrad USA dealers.

Atacama Adventure Luggage System Gives BMW GS Riders More Reasons To Explore Roads Less Traveled

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – July 26, 2016… BMW Motorrad USA has introduced a totally new concept in on-board luggage and personal storage for the growing number of adventure riders exploring roads less traveled. Intended primarily for use when riding BMW GS-model motorcycles off-road, the Atacama Adventure Luggage System provides more flexibility when piloting expert-level, back-country trails as well as continuing the expedition off the bike at remote camping locations. The luggage system, which utilizes the same case carrier system developed for the original BMW aluminum cases, gives riders an extra level of flexibility and security when navigating more challenging riding conditions and further enhances the capabilities of the GS. Currently, the Atacama Adventure Luggage System is only available through authorized BMW Motorrad USA dealers.

“We are thrilled to offer this completely new line of on-board luggage for GS riders,” commented Michael Hernandez, Manager, Parts and Accessories, for BMW Motorrad USA. “This original BMW accessory product was developed in the U.S. with the needs of global adventure motorcycle riders in mind – a riding community that is expanding along the trend of riding big adventure motorcycles in further and further remote locations off road.”

The Atacama Adventure Luggage System supports the following BMW GS Models:

  • K25 (2004-2013 R 1200 GS/GS Adventure with BMW aluminum case mounting installed)
  • K50/51 (2013-Present R 1200 GS/GS Adventure with BMW aluminum case mounting installed)
  • K72 (2008-Present F 650/700/800 GS with BMW aluminum case mounting installed)
  • K75 (2014-Present F 800 GS Adventure)


The Atacama Adventure Luggage System includes the Atacama Side Cases and Atacama Duffel. The side cases require the purchase of an additional adapter kit by model for installation. A unique feature of the side case system is the frame and wedge that provide a solid mounting to the motorcycle and easy removal and installation without the need for straps and constant adjustment. The Atacama Duffel serves as a top case and convertible hiking backpack. Cinch straps (included) are used to attach to the motorcycle luggage rack

Functional advantages of the off-road soft luggage system include:

  • Wedge and plate mounting system – Unlike traditional soft luggage systems that use straps to mount, these mount solid to a wedge mounting system made from injection molded glass-filled nylon (designed to withstand severe wear and impact) for one-click on/off mounting and removal from bike, just like a hard bag which attaches to the BMW case mountings. The benefit is no movement and an easy on and off application. The soft bags won’t bounce around in rough terrain like traditional “over the seat” softbags and strap-based connection systems.
  • Offset side case sizes – 6.6 gal (25L) for the exhaust side and 9.2 gal (35L) for the non-exhaust side – allows for symmetrical positioning on the bike, while maximizing overall carrying capacity.
  • Bag Compression – Soft bags require the ability to compress their contents to maintain maximum efficiency when riding loaded. The roll top, vertical and horizontal compression straps on these bags allow for compression at all axes. Four side-compression straps, one bottom-compression strap, and one large top-compression strap, plus a roll-top closure, allow for superior compression/expansion capabilities.
  • 100% Waterproof Main Compartments – 22oz vinyl inner liners are radio frequency seam welded for maximum efficiency and 100% waterproof.

Features and Design

  • Beaver Tail – Quickly stash an extra jacket or rain liner, shoes, trash from camp, etc. behind this panel. It also provides even load compression and abrasion/crash protection, and can be peeled back from the bag for easy sewing-machine repairs. On the inside of the beaver tail, there is a hidden stash pocket for a spare key, paperwork, etc.
  • Sewn-in side pockets – Designed specifically to hold tools, tubes/tire repair, tire levers, air pump, water filter, snacks (things you need quick access to throughout the day without digging through your side case). On the larger 9.2 gal (35L) bag, each pocket fits two 2L fuel bottles or a 2-3L water storage bag. On the smaller 6.6 gal (25L) side case, each bag fits one 1L fuel bottle or a water bottle.
  • MOLLE Attachments –enables the quick attachment/removal of MOLLE compatible accessories such as hydration bladders, extra storage bags, holders, etc.
  • Aluminum D-Rings – Attach additional items with clips.
  • Waterproof Inner Liners – Completely separate and removable, these bags give riders the means to store items that they may be carrying temporarily or that may be soiled.
  • Model-specific BMW adapters allow riders to keep their hard bags, then use their soft bags on the exact same racks when they’re going on more off-road and dirt-oriented trips. This prevents damage to hard bags when riding through very rough terrain.
  • Liner on the inside – Protects contents from outside elements. If a tip-over happens, the outer shell, stiffener and beaver tail provide a protective layer for the main waterproof compartment/liner.
  • Outer shell – keeps all contents dry and allows all the features and accessory items like the beaver tail, MOLLE, additional pockets etc. to be sewn on the outside shell without compromising the waterproof liner.
  • Internal front and rear stiffeners help the bag hold its shape even under a heavy load.


  • Outer surfaces made from 22oz PVC material for easy washing, extra water resistance, and abrasion resistance.
  • Side panels and roll tops made from 1680 D Ballistic Nylon material.
  • High quality extruded aluminum pucks, zinc-coated steel mounting hardware, and powder coated mounting latches.
  • Front compression G-hooks and D-rings are made from T6061 aluminum with no moving parts, so they won’t break in a crash.

Features and Design

• Duffel consists of two separate bags:

  1. A sewn seam outer bag made from highly abrasion resistant material
  2. A welded-seam 100% waterproof inner bag made from 22oz vinyl.
  3. Outer bag is designed to absorb the abrasion and impact leaving the inner waterproof bag intact.
  4. This enables reliable waterproofing even after multiple bike drops or off-road slides.

• The Dual overlapping beaver tails feature a unique through-strap mounting system, making it an ideal spot to tuck items throughout the day without having to get inside the bag. For example, a place to store a wet rainfly if it rains while you’re camping. The overlapping beaver tails feature a zippered mesh pocket on one side, a removable clear map pocket on the other, and they’re a convenient storage spot for your cinch-strap tails as well.

• Double-ended roll top for easy access throughout the day without having to unstrap the duffel from the bike. With traditional top-opening duffels you have to undo the connection straps in order to open the bag.

• Quick-stash backpack straps, an internal frame, and a padded back panel for easy carrying when the duffel is off the bike. Put the duffel on your back, carry a pannier in each hand, and transport all your luggage at once. The duffel also works great as a carry-on or checked luggage, perfect for fly-to-ride trips. A central briefcase handle and a carry handle at each end of the bag.

• Large top pocket accommodates a 2L hydration bladder and has a hydra-port for the hose. An internal mesh pocket that’s useful for wallet, phone, etc.

• External tent pole pocket enables you to pack your tent poles separate from the main body of the tent, making field packing easier.

• With side compression straps, two roll tops, and a double overlapping beaver tail, the duffel can be expanded and compressed significantly to accommodate different load volumes.

• Top panel made from 22oz vinyl material for easy washing, excellent abrasion resistance, and extra water resistance.

• Overlapping beaver tails made from 1680D Ballistic Nylon for extreme abrasion/impact resistance.

• 4 T6061 aluminum corner D-rings and a front daisy-chain for quick attachment of straps and accessories.

Technical Data

  • Payload of Atacama Side Case max 22 lbs (max 10 kg), Per side
  • Speed limit for Atacama Side Case max 81 mph (max 130 km/h)

Volume of Atacama Side Case

  • Approx. 6.6 gal (Approx. 25 l), Small Atacama Side Case
  • Approx. 9.2 gal (Approx. 35 l), Large Atacama Side Case
  • Payload of Atacama Duffel on luggage rack max 11 lbs (max 5 kg)
  • Speed limit for Atacama Duffel max 81 mph (max 130 km/h)
  • Volume of Atacama Duffel Approx. 10.6 gal (Approx. 40 l)

Part Numbers and MSRP

Description, Part Number, MSRP

  • Atacama Soft Side Case Kit, 71 60 2 412 379, $ 861.50
  • Atacama Soft Top Case Duffel, 71 60 2 412 380, $ 326.99
  • K7X Soft Side Case adapter kit, 71 60 2 412 381, $ 243.99
  • K5X Soft Side Case adapter kit, 71 60 2 412 382, $130.99
  • K2X Soft Side Case adapter kit, 71 60 2 412 383, $126.99
  • Atacama Soft Side Case 35L (individual), 71 60 2 412 384, $483.99
  • Atacama Soft Side Case 25L (individual), 71 60 2 412 385, $449.99
  • Atacama Soft Case Cinch Strap, 71 60 2 420 944, $22.05
  • (+) K50 aluminum case holder retrofit kit, 77 41 2 414 108, $963.17

(+) Case holders as required where not already fitted

Warranty: Warranty period two years from purchase for defects in materials or workmanship

BMW Group In America

BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; Designworks, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 and X4 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 341 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 153 BMW motorcycle retailers, 126 MINI passenger car dealers, and 36 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

Russell Bobbitt Maintains Overall Points Lead

FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Russell Bobbitt Maintains Overall Points Lead After Rough Finish at Rattlesnake National Enduro

Round 6 – AMA National Enduro Series – July 24, 2016


CROSS FORK, Pa. – Round 6 of the AMA National Enduro Series took place on Sunday with the Rattlesnake National in Cross Fork, Pennsylvania. It was a rough ending to the day for FMF KTM Factory Racing Team’s Russell Bobbitt after a pair of crashes on the final test resulted in a 6th place finish in the Pro Class. Despite finishing outside the top three for the first time all season, Bobbitt still maintains the lead in the Overall National Championship points with three rounds remaining in the series.

Following two consecutive overall wins, Bobbitt came into Round 6 with high confidence as he set out for three-in-a-row aboard his KTM 250 XC-F. The Rattlesnake National Enduro showcased dry and rocky terrain, grass track sections and very dusty conditions that made for low visibility and scarce passing opportunities. The first test of the day presented a grass track section, where Bobbitt finished in 4th amongst a tight-knit group of front-runners. From there, the top riders continued to post close times through the first five tests and Bobbitt maintained a consistent position throughout the day.

Heading into the sixth and final test, Bobbitt sat only four seconds behind Josh Strang in the 2nd place position. Bobbitt was well on his way to extending his five-race podium streak when he succumbed to the rocky conditions, crashing twice in the final test.

“I was feeling good all day,” Bobbitt said. “I knew the final test was going to be the rockiest of the day and I ended up crashing twice. My front wheel was out of alignment so I had to stop and hit it on a tree to straighten it out, which lost important time.”

After six rounds, Bobbitt now holds a nine-point advantage over Grant Baylor in the Overall National Championship Standings.

After winning the final test of the day, SRT/KTM rider Steward Baylor Jr. put his KTM 450 XC-F atop the Pro Class podium with a 3rd place finish for the day. Baylor now holds 3rd place in the Overall National Championship Standings after six rounds of racing.

FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Kacy Martinez was forced to sit out of Round 6 due to a fractured radius and ulna in her left arm, which was sustained during the last round of GNCC in June. Martinez is expected to return back to racing at Round 7 of the National Enduro Series, where she will continue to vie for the Women’s Class Championship.

Next Event: August 28, 2016 – Chandlersville, Ohio

Overall Results

1. Grant Baylor

2. Josh Strang

3. Thorn Devlin – KTM

4. Steward Baylor – KTM

5. Ryder Lafferty

6. Nick Fahringer

7. Russell Bobbitt – KTM

8. Jesse Groemm – KTM

9. Cory Buttrick – KTM

10. Craig DeLong

Overall Results Women’s Class

1. Shawn Davidson – KTM

2. Jamie Wells – KTM

3. Kiersten McDonal – KTM

4. Valerie Crews – KTM

5. Kristin Zmuda – KTM

6. Ashlee Applewhite – KTM

Overall Point Standings Pro Class

1. Russell Bobbitt – 149

2. Grant Baylor – 140

3. Steward Baylor – 137

4. Josh Strang – 97

5. Jesse Groemm – 91

Overall Point Standings Women’s Pro Class

1. Shawn Davidson – 156

2. Kacy Martinez – 145

3. Ashlee Applewhite – 103

Marvin Musquin Secures 3rd Overall at Washougal Motocross National

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin Secures 3rd Overall at Washougal Motocross National

Round 9 – AMA Pro Motocross Championship – July 23, 2016


WASHOUGAL, Wash. – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin captured 3rd overall in the 450 Class on Saturday for Round 9 of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship. Additionally, three other riders finished inside the top ten aboard their KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition motorcycles at Washougal MX Park.

In 450 Class Moto 1, Musquin had his work cut out for him as he began the race just inside the top ten. His teammate, Dean Wilson, started just ahead in the 7th place position on lap one. Musquin quickly made passes to advance toward the front where he powered his KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition into 4th place by lap three, with Wilson maintaining a steady position in 7th.

Musquin continued to gain ground on the 3rd place rider of Eli Tomac as he eventually put himself within striking distance of Tomac. However, Musquin went down in a bold attempt to make the pass on Tomac, where he landed into a breaking bump and launched off his bike.

Musquin quickly remounted to maintain his 4th place position as he continued to charge ahead. Musquin finished 3rd place in Moto 1 after gaining a position due to an unfortunate crash by Christophe Pourcel late in the race.

Wilson battled with James Stewart in the final laps, where he ultimately bested Stewart to finish 8th in Moto 1.

In Moto 2, Musquin shot off the line to capture the holeshot with his teammate Wilson close in tow. Musquin led the way on the opening lap until Roczen, and eventually Tomac, moved past to engage in a battle for the lead, while Musquin settled into 3rd place.

Musquin put forth a solid performance to earn 3rd place in Moto 2, thus securing 3rd overall for the day.

“I honestly expected better from myself in the second moto after a decent first moto and good lap times,” Musquin said. “The track was really tough – it was dry and kind of sketchy so I was trying to be safe and finish the moto but I should have had better lines. No excuses, though, 3rd overall is good but I know I can do better.”

Wilson maintained a top-five position for nearly the first half of the race before dropping back a few positions, where he ultimately finished 10th in Moto 2. In only his second race back this summer, Wilson claimed 9th overall with 8-10 moto scores.

The AMA Pro Motocross Championship will return to action on Saturday, August 13 in New Berlin, New York.

450 Class Overall Results

1. Eli Tomac (2-1)

2. Ken Roczen (1-2)

3. Marvin Musquin (3-3)

4. Weston Peick (7-5)

5. Justin Barcia (10-4)

6. Andrew Short (6-7)

7. Benny Bloss (5-9)

8. Phil Nicoletti (4-11)

9. Dean Wilson (8-10)

10.Fredrik Noren (15-8)

Championship Point Standings

1. Ken Roczen – 434

2. Eli Tomac – 379

3. Marvin Musquin – 283

4. Justin Barcia – 244

5. Christophe Pourcel – 217

Shorai LFX21A6-BS12 Battery

Shorai LFX21A6-BS12 Battery


Whether you’re a veteran motorcycle rider or just embarking on your journey in the sport, you’re probably thinking about ways to upgrade your ride. While I’m a big proponent of carbon fiber, titanium, magnesium and other exotic materials, there are numerous other ways to lose weight without breaking the bank. One that’s commonly overlooked, is the battery. Thankfully using today’s technology, we have the ability to reduce weight and maintain the stability of starting/powering our motorcycles without the need to worry.

A while back we published a detailed article on Shorai’s LFX19A4-BS12 battery for our Yamaha R1 project bike. This time around we have a KTM 1290 Super Duke in the garage that we’ll be building up in the coming months and once again we turned to Shorai to power it.


While Yuasa batteries are generally the brand of choice for motorcycle manufacturers, Shorai supports over 30 varieties and will almost certainly have a replacement battery for your bike. This is a testament to Shorai’s commitment to the industry by covering multiple manufacturers and motorcycle segments.

As with all of Shorai’s batteries, the construction is impeccable and the weight savings is substantial. For the latter, the LFX21A6-BS12 weighs just 3.03 lbs. which equates to nearly 5 lbs. of weight removed compared to the OEM version. Add in the fact that the LFX21A6-BS12 battery has 315 cold cranking amps (CCA) vs. 230 and those cold winter days shouldn’t be a problem.

Installation is straight forward (as always, consult your owner’s manual for the exact removal procedures) as in our case removing the seat, battery cover and old battery is all that is necessary. Reverse the process with the new battery and in about 10 minutes the job was finished.


Having used Shorai’s battery before and after traveling hundreds of miles with the LFX21A6-BS12 installed, I expected no ill effects and thus was the case. This is a simply upgrade that should be made especially if you’re in the market for a new battery.

For additional information on Shorai and the products they produce, please visit their web site ( or your local dealer.

Movistar Yamaha Get First Feel For Austrian Circuit


Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo completed their first kilometres aboard their YZR-M1s at the Red Bull Ring – Spielberg track in Styria, Austria, during the two-day private test that started just two days after the German GP


Red Bull Ring (Austria), 20th July 2016

The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team shaped up for the NeroGiardini Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich during today and yesterday‘s private test at the Red Bull Ring – Spielberg circuit. Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo took their YZR-M1 machines to the track for the first time to get a head start on preparing a well-balanced setting for the tenth race of the MotoGP season. The teammates tried various Michelin tyres and worked diligently on their settings at the circuit that lays the importance on top speed, acceleration and braking stability.

On August 14th, the circuit will host a MotoGP Grand Prix for the first time in nineteen years. Thanks to his long career in the MotoGP World Championship, Rossi is the only current premier class rider who has ever ridden at the circuit before. He has good memories of the venue as he secured his first ever podium at the Red Bull Ring for a third place in the 125cc class in 1996. The Italian had fun experiencing the track on a 1000cc bike over the last two days, as shown by the fifth fastest time he set today, a 1‘24.169s.

As it was the first time for teammate Lorenzo to ride at the Austrian circuit, his main aim was to get a feel for the track‘s unique character and find a good balance for all aspects of his bike‘s set up. The track has only ten corners (three left and seven right), a 626m longest straight and many opportunities to fully open the throttle. The Mallorcan was impressed with the beauty of the circuit and looks forward to racing there in three weeks‘ time after booking progress with the set up of his bike today. His fastest time, a 1‘24.194s, earned him sixth place in the second day time sheets.


“We finished the first testing days at the Red Bull Ring – Spielberg well and it has been a reasonably successful outing. It was very important we came here, so we could start preparing the race at a place for which we didn‘t have any kind of information. We made an improvement from yesterday to the end of today. We invested a lot of time in bettering the setting, the chassis and also the electronics and we did quite a lot of work for Michelin as well. This circuit doesn‘t look like it will be one of Yamaha‘s favourites, this kind of track lay out doesn‘t play into our strengths. It will be fundamental that our Japanese engineers at Yamaha Motor Company will study the data we got during these two days so we can come back here with some good solutions. There is still some work to do for the race, but we were able to collected good data. We are now midway through and we deserve some rest before we come back here in three weeks‘ time.”


“It‘s a very particular circuit because it is really, really fast and you spend a lot of time with the throttle fully open. Compared to the other circuits it has a lot less corners, at the end of the lap you have done only nine or ten, normally there are around fifteen. It‘s very fast and the place is good and the corners are OK. For us, personally, it‘s not the best circuit because usually we suffer a bit on top speed, and in fact we are struggling, but it‘s just the first day and we collected a lot of data and made some kilometres.

It were two good days, especially today we improved the performance and the balance of the bike a lot, but also the track was better, with more rubber where we needed it. We were able to improve the lap times and our position and we‘re a little bit closer to the top guys. I think racing here will be very difficult because it‘s a fast track, so for sure it‘s not the best circuit for us or for the YZR-M1. We have to work and give the maximum to get the maximum. Already today, we made a step and now we‘ll see. We‘ll get some rest and take a holiday and we will see what happens when we come back in August. It will be a very difficult race, especially with some of our factory rivals, they are faster than us. It will be very important to also understand the potential of the other competitors, because some are not here. It will be interesting to see if we are a little bit faster or slower than them, but we‘ll have to wait for the race weekend.”


“The track is beautiful and very fast. The tarmac is good, there are just three or four corners where the wall is very close and that can be dangerous in case of a crash. It‘s difficult to change this track, but for sure for the future it would be good to try to improve the safety. The test of speed has been hard, because some of our rivals are fast, it looks like the track is giving them a big advantage, especially in braking stability, acceleration and top speed. They can put in all the power they have at this track and the difference is huge. Compared to other competitors we are not so far behind, but there are a lot of rivals, who are all very fast. We will reduce their advantage, but not close the whole margin, because they are so fast. With the bike we have – the balance and the electronics – we have to find the best setting for all the aspects and go as fast as possible.

Compared to yesterday, today was better, because by riding all day the track was gaining grip and we were able to go a little bit faster. We also tried many things on the bike and some of them improved, so again I could go a little bit faster. Finally we were not 1.4s from the fastest one, but nine tenths. It‘s a little improvement and we are still far behind, but let‘s see if we can do another step in the race weekend. We will have to see what the weather does and which tyres Michelin will bring for the GP. Maybe they won‘t bring the tyres that we tried here. Let‘s see if they have less grip or suffer more graining. The one they keep may not be the best, but should be safer for a long race. Let’s see how we feel in one month‘s time.”

TEST RESULTS20/07/2016

















17. M. KALLIO KTM TEAM 1’25.191

18. T. LUTHI KTM TEAM 1’25.705

Kenny Roberts Jr. Named “AIMExpo Champion” for 2016 Event

Kenny Roberts Jr. Named “AIMExpo Champion” for 2016 Event this October 13-16

Second Generation World Champion Joins Father with Honorary Distinction


IRVINE, Calif. (July 20, 2016) – The American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) announced today that second generation road-racing legend Kenny Roberts Jr. has been selected with the coveted distinction of being “AIMExpo Champion” for the 2016 event, which will take place October 13-16 from the North Hall of Orlando, Florida’s Orange County Convention Center (OCCC). Roberts is the newest addition to AIMExpo’s growing list of legendary American racers and industry influencers that have served the role of official event ambassador to North America’s premier powersports event.

Roberts Jr. is the son of Hall of Fame racer and motorcycle racing icon Kenny Roberts, who served as the inaugural AIMExpo Champion for the first ever event in 2013. Together they share the distinction of being the only father-son duo to ever win the FIM 500cc World Grand Prix Championship, now known as MotoGP, and are the now the first father and son to serve the role of AIMExpo Champion.

“It is an exciting privilege to be named AIMExpo Champion for this year’s event,” said Kenny Roberts Jr. “I’ve been out of racing and day-to-day contact with the industry for almost 10 years now while starting a family, so I’m definitely looking forward to reconnecting with the many people I’ve known from my racing days, and AIMExpo is the perfect place to do that!”

“I’ve known Larry Little for a long time and watched from afar while he and the team worked on creating AIMExpo to mirror the longstanding industry shows in Italy and Germany that I often attended while racing. Just like those shows, I’m looking forward seeing a lot of familiar faces, being a part of all the festivities and seeing all the exciting new products from the industry while helping promote this year’s event.”

Roberts Jr. honed his professional roadracing on 250cc motorcycles in the early 90’s with the same Marlboro Yamaha team that his father helped bring to prominence. He stepped up to full-time competition in the premier 500cc division in 1996 as a Factory Yamaha rider before joining his father’s upstart racing program in 1997. After two seasons of acclimating to the competition in the World Championship, Roberts Jr. was selected to ride for the Factory Suzuki effort in 1999. In his first outing with the team Roberts Jr. broke through for his first career victory, which vaulted him into a championship contender. He would ultimately finish runner-up for the 500cc world title that season, setting the stage for the most memorable season of his career.

The 2000 season was a banner one for Roberts Jr., outlasting Alex Criville and a rookie hotshot named Valentino Rossi to become the first second-generation 500cc World Champion in history. His triumph put Suzuki back atop the global racing scene for the first time since former AIMExpo Champion Kevin Schwantz won the crown in 1993.

Roberts’ illustrious career featured 185 career FIM starts, highlighted by eight wins and 22 podiums.

“Kenny Jr.’s accomplishments as an American world champion are well-deserved in their own right, and it is fitting to be able to welcome him to the 2016 AIMExpo as an iconic representation of America’s long history of world champions,” said Larry Little, Vice President and General Manager of AIMExpo. “I was fortunate to have attended a number of MotoGP’s while he raced and was always impressed with his very calculated approach to his craft. The singularity of being a part of the only father and son premier class championships is a distinction that will likely never be eclipsed, and we’re very proud of his association with this year’s show.”

As “AIMExpo Champion,” Roberts Jr. will serve as the proverbial face of the event, a special distinction that he shares with his father as well as Hall of Fame inductees Kevin Schwantz (2014) and Malcolm Smith (2015). Roberts Jr. will play an integral role in pre-event publicity and promotion, and will be a focal point of several of AIMExpo’s festivities, both during the trade days on October 13-14 as well as the consumer days on October 15-16.

More than 360 exhibitors have committed to showcase the latest the powersports industry has to offer at AIMExpo. In addition to new product launches, the latest innovations being showcased on the show floor, and an expansive demo space outdoors, AIMExpo attendees will have the opportunity to connect with others throughout the industry at numerous networking events, while dealer attendees can take advantage of the unparalleled curriculum of the Powersports DEALER Seminars presented by Powersports Business during the two trade days of AIMExpo, October 13 & 14.

Be sure to stay tuned to the website and keep up to date on exciting news as it happens by visiting AIMExpo’s social media pages. “Like” the American International Motorcycle Expo on Facebook, and “Follow” on Twitter or Instagram: @AIMExpo.

About American International Motorcycle Expo
The American International Motorcycle Expo’s ( purpose is to serve as the catalyst to bring together industry, press, dealers and consumers in a single arena that creates a grand stage for motorcycling and powersports in the U.S. and North America, and delivers an efficient and energetic market-timed expo platform for B2B and B2C in the greater powersports industry. AIMExpo is the single most important event of its type in the North American market and has international impact within the motorcycling and powersports community. AIMExpo was recently honored in Trade Show Executive Magazine’s Fastest 50, recognizing the fastest growing trade shows in the U.S. AIMExpo is produced by the Motorcycle Industry Council (

About the Motorcycle Industry Council
The Motorcycle Industry Council exists to preserve, protect and promote motorcycling through government relations, communications and media relations, statistics and research, aftermarket programs, development of data communications standards, activities surrounding technical and regulatory issues, and the American International Motorcycle Expo. As a not-for-profit, national industry association, the MIC seeks to support motorcyclists by representing manufacturers, distributors, dealers and retailers of motorcycles, scooters, ATVs, ROVs, motorcycle/ATV/ROV parts, accessories and related goods and services, and members of allied trades such as insurance, finance and investment companies, media companies and consultants.

The MIC is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., with a government relations office in metropolitan Washington, D.C. First called the MIC in 1970, the organization has been in operation since 1914. Visit the MIC at

BMW Motorrad Partners With Mobile Technology Company Rever

BMW Motorrad partners with mobile technology company Rever. Building up a global community of motorcycle riders to share the passion of motorcycling.


Planning the most beautiful routes, riding them with like-minded motorcyclists, sharing experiences during the day and talking gasoline at night. With this in mind, BMW Motorrad has entered into a strategic partnership with the technology start-up Rever in order to build up a global community of motorcyclists.

Since launching in 2015, Rever users have tracked millions of miles on motorcycle rides in 119 countries around the world. The free Rever app, available for iOS and Android, works in conjunction with the Rever website to help riders discover the world’s best roads, create custom routes, track rides and share riding experiences across social media platforms.

This enables BMW Motorrad to digitally expand its riding experience offerings directly in touch with its target group.

“We see the future of motorcycling as a connected experience, one that has riders using the latest technology to enhance their rides and allow others to share their passion for riding,” said Heiner Faust, Vice President Sales and Marketing of BMW Motorrad. “Rever is offering a very promising mobile technology in our industry and we are very excited about the future business potential we see together with Rever.”

“Motorcyclists are extremely passionate, adventurous people,” says Justin Bradshaw, Co-Founder of Rever. “But we’ve lacked a motorcycle specific environment to share our passions, experiences and ideas. Working with BMW, we will bring innovative technology to the fore and make the entire motorcycle riding experience more accessible, more rewarding and more connected.”

Mark Roebke, Rever’s CEO and Co-Founder adds: “We are really excited to be incorporating new technology to enhance riding experience and grow the enthusiasm for motorcycling around the world.”

Rever connects a global community of motorcycle enthusiasts through the free Rever app and website to discover the best places to ride, track activities and navigate and share motorcycling experiences. Premium memberships on Rever include additional features such as exclusive access to Butler Maps’ road recommendations, custom safety alerts and more. Rever is based in Eagle, Colorado and was founded in 2015 by motorcycle industry and technology veterans.

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The BMW Group

With its three brands BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce, the BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services. As a global company, the BMW Group operates 31 production and assembly facilities in 14 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2015, the BMW Group sold approximately 2.247 million cars and nearly 137,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax for the financial year 2015 was approximately € 9.22 billion on revenues amounting to € 92.18 billion. As of 31 December 2015, the BMW Group had a workforce of 122,244 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.





Rossi Takes Eighth After Sachsenring Bike Swap



Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s Valentino Rossi fought hard today to take eighth place in what started as a wet race but saw rapidly changing conditions at the Sachsenring circuit. Teammate Jorge Lorenzo also increased his points total after a challenging GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland race weekend, finishing in fifteenth place.

Sachsenring (Germany), 17th July 2016

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi fought tooth and nail today during the GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland and was in contention for the race win, until the gamble to swap bikes with nine laps to go held him back. He kept his head down and brought his YZR-M1 over the line in eighth place. Teammate Jorge Lorenzo took fifteenth place at the tricky Sachsenring race weekend.

Starting from third on the grid Valentino had a flying start off the line, quickly passing Hector Barbera to take over the lead from Marc Marquez going into the second sector. He put the hammer down and tried to clear off at the front but wasn‘t able to shake off his rivals Andrea Dovisioso and Danilo Petrucci, who he had to let through in lap three, with Marquez following closely behind.

The Doctor kept his compatriots in front of him firmly in his sight and bided his time until, with twenty laps to go, Petrucci crashed out of the lead. Rossi made use of his experience and utilised every piece of wet tarmac available to cool his wet tyres as a dry line was starting to form.

What happened next was a flurry of activity with various riders coming in to change bikes over the second half of the race. In the midst of the chaos, Hector Barbera briefly overtook Rossi for second place, but the Italian fought back with 13 laps to go, while Cal Crutchlow and Jack Miller joined the group. Rossi was closing in on leader Dovizioso and with 8 laps left the Doctor dived into the pits together with Crutchlow, Dovizioso and Barbera.

The Factory Yamaha rider rejoined the track in sixth place but gave up a spot to Barbera as he cautiously warmed up his tyres. His lap times dropped considerably over the last seven laps, but he was unable to defend his position and finished in eighth place, 26.449s from the front.

Teammate Lorenzo had a decent start from eleventh on the grid and tucked in behind Maverick Viñales keeping his position. He took tenth from his Spanish rival, and held this position until with 26 laps to go he was overtaken by Alvaro Bautista and Crutchlow while he was getting a feel for the quickly drying track.

As the wet tyres were heating on the drying tarmac, threats started to come from behind. Pol Espargaro, Aleix Espargaro and Viñales were on a charge and passed Lorenzo. He bided his time and as various riders came in and clawed his way up to seventh position, but had to give back four places as the slick and intermediate tyres came up to temperature.

The Yamaha rider came in to change bike six laps from the end, and reentered the track in 13th place. He had to let Aleix Espargaro and Bradley Smith through whilst trying to heat his tyres before picking up the pace and held fifteenth place over the line, 1’17.694s behind the leader.

With eighth place Rossi gained eight championship points, leaving him third in the standings, 11 points behind his teammate in second place. Lorenzo scored one point, increasing his total to 122. The gap to the championship leader is now 48 points.

MotoGP will be taking a four week summer break before continuing the season at the Red Bull Ring – Spielberg circuit in Austria on the 14th of August.

The extended imagery from today’s Race at the Sachsenring Circuit is available on


“It‘s a shame that, much like the Dutch Grand Prix, the weather again influenced today‘s race results. Valentino‘s side made the right tyre choice at the start of the race, but the track conditions changed so rapidly during the second half of the race that it made the strategy to change bikes a bit of a lottery. Vale rode a really strong race on his wet tyres, but lost some time when he reentered the track and it‘s unfortunate that his result for today doesn‘t reflect how strong he was during the majority of this weekend. Jorge struggled to find a good feeling in today‘s mixed conditions and gave all he had to increase his points total in the championship standings. We will regroup and look forward to coming back stronger at the next race in Austria.”


“It‘s a great shame for us, because I was competitive on the dry and under normal conditions I could have done a good race. I was also competitive in the wet, so also in a normal wet race I could have fought for the victory, but unfortunately it was a half-and-half race. If I had stopped two or three laps earlier it would have been a bit better and I could have arrived in sixth place instead of eighth, but the bigger problem was when I restarted I was very slow. I had no feeling with the bike and I wasn‘t strong enough. Dovizioso and Crutchlow were with me and we stopped on the same lap, but they were able to arrive on the podium. It‘s a very big question mark if it would have been better if I had ridden on slicks. I had a very bad feeling on the intermediates, but nobody knows if I could have been faster with slicks, it also could have been worse. Maybe our bike in those conditions, when the track is really damp, is a little bit more difficult and gives less feeling.”


“After the warm up it was clear that we wouldn‘t be able to fight with the top guys in this race but at least I was better and faster than during the warm up. When the track started to dry I was losing positions because I didn‘t feel safe or had confidence in the front tyre, neither on braking or in the corners, and then I changed bikes when the team wrote on the pit board to come in. Maybe it was a bit too late this time for the best strategy to finish a bit more at the front in the classification.”

RACE RESULTS17/07/2016

















17. L. BAZ AVINTIA RACING After 2 laps





1. Marc Marquez (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 170

2. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 122

3. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 111

4. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 96

5. Maverick Viñales (SPA) Team Suzuki Ecstar 83

6. Pol Espargarò (SPA) Monster Yamaha Tech3 72

7. Hector Barbera (SPA) Avintia Racing 65

8. Andrea Iannone (ITA) Ducati Team 63

9. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Ducati Team 59

10. Eugene Laverty (IRL) Aspar Team MotoGP 53

11. Aleix Espargarò (SPA) Team Suzuki Ecstar 51

12. Scott Redding (GBR) Octo Pramac Yakhnich 45

13. Jack Miller (AUS) Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 42

14. Cal Crutchlow (GBR) LCR Honda 40

15. Stefan Bradl (GER) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 37

16. Bradley Smith (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech3 35

17. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 35

18. Danilo Petrucci (ITA) Octo Pramac Yakhnich 24

19. Michele Pirro (ITA) Avintia Racing 19

20. Tito Rabat (SPA) Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 18

21. Loris Baz (FRA) Avintia Racing 8

22. Yonny Hernandez (COL) Aspar Team MotoGP 3


1. Yamaha 186
2. Honda 185
3. Ducati 124
4. Suzuki 89
5. Aprilia 51


1. Repsol Honda Team 266
2. Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 233
3. Team Suzuki Ecstar 134
4. Ducati Team 122
5. Monster Yamaha Tech3 107
6. Avintia Racing 92
7. Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 72
8. Octo Pramac Yakhnich 69
9. Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 60
10. Aspar Team MotoGP 56
11. LCR Honda 40

Marvin Musquin Has Great Outing at Spring Creek Motocross National

Marvin Musquin Carries The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team to a 2nd Overall Finish at Spring Creek Motocross National

Round 8 – AMA Pro Motocross Championship – July 16, 2016


MILLVILLE, Minn. – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin captured 2nd overall on Saturday at Round 8 of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship in Millville, Minnesota. Musquin’s teammate, Dean Wilson, made his return back to racing after injuring his knee five months ago, finishing 11th overall for the day.

In 450 Class Moto 1, Musquin got a mid-pack jump off the start but quickly vaulted his KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition into a top-five position on the opening lap. It didn’t take long for Musquin to charge past Justin Barcia and move into 3rd place as he then set his sights on the leaders ahead.

Musquin made a big charge toward Eli Tomac for the 2nd place position where he came within striking distance many times late in the race. With a hard-fought performance, Musquin ultimately finished 3rd place in Moto 1.

Wilson didn’t get a favorable jump off the line, where he began the race in the 13th place position. Wilson made moves early on to jump into the 11th place position where he battled back and forth for a top-ten spot.

In 450 Class Moto 2, Musquin shot off the line to capture the holeshot and a big lead over the rest of the field. The 450 Class Rookie battled with Ken Roczen for the lead position early on, where Roczen overtook the lead on lap two. Musquin continued to charge hard toward the leader, where he laid the fastest lap time of the race on lap six.

Musquin went on to finish 2nd place in Moto 2, matching his career-best moto finish from Round 4 earlier in the season. With an impressive moto score of 3-2, Musquin secured 2nd overall for the day.

“Today was the day to do two good motos,” Musquin said. “I love this track and we made some changes to the bike that shows to be in the right direction. We always try to get better and it feels good to be able to ride the bike and feel comfortable to ride the way I know how.”

Musquin now sits 3rd in the 450 Class Championship Standings with four rounds remaining in the season.

Wilson grabbed a top-ten position off the start where he engaged in a multi-rider battle throughout the first half of the race. After swapping positions back-and-forth, Wilson ultimately finished 11th place in Moto 2 in his first race back in five months.

Wilson is set to compete in the remainder of the 2016 AMA Pro Motocross Championship.

The AMA Pro Motocross Championship resumes next Saturday, July 23, in Washougal, Washington.

450 Class Overall Results

1. Ken Roczen (1-1)

2. Marvin Musquin (3-2)

3. Eli Tomac (2-3)

4. Christophe Pourcel (5-4)

5. Justin Barcia (4-5)

6. Trey Canard (6-6)

7. Andrew Short (8-8)

8. Benny Bloss (7-10)

9. Justin Brayton (9-9)

10. Phil Nicoletti (14-7)

11. Dean Wilson (11-11)

Championship Point Standings

1. Ken Roczen – 387

2. Eli Tomac – 332

3. Marvin Musquin – 243

4. Justin Barcia – 215

5. Christophe Pourcel – 202