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vocabulef\.as \\'cll as terir, givinq i \ ifrual

'onc-on-one' interf:rcc, Ask a clLrcstion ucl
i rrllqir. rurr r,l c r.r.,'r.r^r'.,..r'r
directions ancl not jusr a nurllbel of links.
:1s in nornal sc:lrch engrncs. h $ ill ;rlso bc

incorporered in thc ELuopciln motor\\'ir\

slsten, giving rrallic infb rnd in rhc ever)r
^i,1.Irr..b..,hlerogi c ' r, r.'1. n.j ...,Ji"
instrucrions :rs to eltenr;rtc roLrre!. C)drcr
motorclcles and cirrs cqrrippccl l.irh Srnarr
Veb n i11be able to corunruritarc t ith
eilch othel.
Oicourse nolmal lnrernct * ill llso be
avrilablc but hopefirllv riders * ill usc e bir
oisense ancl onlv use it uhilc srationarr'.
N.rrig.rrn',r ll b. h"" icrrrl- ..p.. 1
celh, designcd conrrollcr- mountetl on the
lelt-hancl srvitchgc:rr, t'l, ich crn bc used
easih, \\.hile \\'eafillg rhick winrcr- .:'
The u'orld rt rhc touch oia burtorr, so ro
Abovei Steven Craig rrst ,rnl h.l c pr.or cL1 ro be LrlLr.i rcli.rblL
tcchrricallr at|.rnr crl .rnJ clcg.Lnt nrL,ior' .1nd rnrl)(rt.rnrl\ .rpprcci,rrcJ br rhcrr
clclc on thc rnrr'licr.
trlalrin hrcl.L lclnrnq to B\l\\i.r' hc Srcr r .rncl \ l.rlrin o*cl I choitc oi
cxlnc.l .rn oldcr noclcl K I100 (i t rr hilc hrli-.1.u. tirll .1.r. .rn.l tt,,, ,1,rr ,rvclnight
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(llll{ 'rill coLrplcs lookins iirr 'A clitlirtnt l.l rorrrcll
doesl .L Hcucl.r 6ll(1.'llrcr Irr.rl l h.rr
tho tentcd.rncl I hLflcl.rv .rnJ firli cl.Lr rours c,rn r.rlic in
.rs sor,n:rs rhcr rirc
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hinr. Sto. 'eiLl
Lhis .rrc.r is ofcn firgorrtn, bLrc

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tol rhosc looliing for crpclicncc th.rr hes

in Aplil l.rst r car .n.1 sincc thcn rhc rrr o

jr rsr .rbout cr crr rlrinq, hc lcckorrr ir is hrr:cl
Thc slsrenr is no* in che carlr.srlgcs of siher K 1200 (ll Ir,*r Lrccn ir constrrrr 1...t'.r..i.,.1.t.
on-the road dcvclopment bur it rvill nor bc
!oo far. \'lr\',
Oh for the simplc lif.:l

thrilling ride, not a thrill riclc'is hot'

Steve Cririg ofVicnroto besr descr ibcs
rvhet l-re and his fither trhrrirr, ollcr rheir
cosaon1ers, as thcr glide or-cr thc besr
motorclcling r-oads in Yictor-ia on the bacli
oi thelt fullv cquipped K 1200 G f.
The motorcyclc chauHiurcd rouring
l, rp. r' .r'he.r. lrr.i'.
'. -lrr.
dorr,.'rr i
of operatols usinq H:rrlevst big, brrsh rnd
nrosth'noisl wi!h a hint of'\\'ild one' ..:'-
,. ''
attirude. Stcve and trfarrin Craig * crc nto
tor-o'clists looking ior.r chrnge liorD drerr
lives in Hcahh and Dcfcnce indLrstlics and
thcl s:rl'e gap in thc m.rrkct. l1rcl trirccl
ro oflir a premium rclr.icc on the nosr

Above: Martin and Steven Craig

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poinred in choosing this desrinariorl. idea thac for money given to the Church car producers and what affects BMW as
For those after
longer adventure,
a you could buyyour way ofsin and time a rvhole will have repercussions at BMV
the two-day overnight rrips can take in that would be spenr in Purgatory. It was a Motorrad. \We live in interesring times.
the Grcat Ocean or Alpine roads or the nice litale earnet as Arthur Daley would
Prom..,r of cour,e, de,rinatiol\ of choice. say. It had become a gianr rort; sin a bir,
Fuervrhing i' in rhepackage.ju'r pay a bit more and everyone is happy. {ln ?le ,,il'.:
be ready to be picked-up. Luther did not think that rhis was the
Tr i' not only rhe bike rhat i. cop of true mission ofthe Church. 600- wer onorher record ye"r For BMW
the range, customers are kitted out in Everything changes, but everything EMotorrad with worldwide rales up
full motorcycle clothing for comfort and stavs lhe same. 2.4% to 102,,i67. Not a nassive increasc
protection and all helmets come equipped The new'Green Religion'it seems has but inline with expectations.
with communication so passengers can ralk clo,ely modelled ir,elIon rhe[or- The motorcycle market is cough;
to Steve or Mertin. lfit is a couple on the mation Church. It has rhe dogma ofin- there are established manufacturers and
ride rhe ollorv' Ful] communic;rion fallibiliry (excepr it is all adherents ofthe newcomers out of Asia battling arvay at
between riders and passengers on bolh faith and not just the leader) ir conducts rvhat is a small market in terms of automo-
motorcycles. As Steve pointed out'Thrs rs inquisitions on all non- believers and tive production. This is even more so in
more than iusr a ride on a motorcycle, it is although there is no death penahy, any the 'leisure' area in rvhich BM\tr Mororrad
an experience to be enjoyed and remem- professional who ques.ions any aspecr operates. It n]ost cases it is a secondary
beredl ofGreen philo.ophy i. ridiculed ro rhe purchase so it is affected by general eco-
Steve said the range ofcustomers is all point of'professional deathl Like the nomic condiaions more than perhaps other
encompassing. Manv are from overseas or Church ofold it has major pcrsonalities products. It is, as rve know a grear life,sryle
interstate on short-term visits and othcrs preaching doom and gloom and the end but it sornetimes has to run a close seconor
are locals, all wandng a different way to ofthe rvorld. Ofcourse there is redemp- In Australia BM\( Mororrad, as we
Iook at the countryside and experience the tion and this, ofcourse, can come in thc read last month, had a very pleasing vear
best that Victoria has ro offer. For a few form of carbon-credits ofoffsets.Just like u'ith sales upjust under l5%, well above
it is the lirst step on the journey back to Indulgences. the average for the res! ofrhe world.
notorcycling and what befter way ro do The European automotive industry Cermrny i' the large,r m;rket and ir
ic than on the heated (in winter anlway !) will be the vicim ofthe latesr possible r,r'as depressed, nor jusr for BM!f Mo-
seat ofa K 1200 GT. Green Larv handed down by the Euro- torrad, but all manufacturers. This is a
lVho krow.. in rhe future che bol r pean Commission, the non-elected bodv reflection on the Gernan cconomy and
might offer their passengers the option ofa based in Brussels (yes Europeans are only el.o i. the cflecc ofa VAT increa'e thar
club ride. norv rhec ould be a complctell nerv to democracy). It will add about commenced onJanuary I lasr year Thrs
different experience. $2000 to rhe price ofvehicles produced caused a record sal€s 6gure for December
Steve said that the 6rst eleven months in Europe and rvould increase due to iines 2006. The real impact ofthis large increase
ofoperation heve been successful and ifnew emission targets are not met alier in government greed will not be known
rewrrding and he and Mrrrin are norv in 2012 and triple after 2015. until the end of2008. There was a dccrease
the planning srages ofexpanding rheir Other than BMW, Me(cedes and of2,l13 to a srill large roral of21,504.
operations to offer guided multi-day tours Porsche, rhis proposed law would hit The market situation can perhaps best be
(7'10 days) rvith riders on fully equipped all European manufacturers hard as ir explained by the fact that BM\(/ Motor-
BM!f models. This will attract overseas will be based on 'total lleerl These threc rad sales fell bur their share ofthe toral
riders looking for an Aussie two-rvheeled producers, unlike VlX/ group, Fiat and marker rose from l8.5lo in 2006 to 19.2o/a
advcnture in a group environmen!. Thr rs Peugeot/Citroen, do nor have cars in lhe in 2007.
now r gror ing \ectol ofworld rourr.rr light compact class, bur are almost rorally The Italians are in second place on the
This is a very professional outlit,look- based in the larger car market. Before I:ddem ith l+,+2-r, .rn increa,e of--J rnd
ing after tourists on our favourite moror- the plan was handed down, Fiat boss and third was the USA rvith 12,825, down 731
cycle, in a manner befittingBM\V. Check presidenr of the Furopean Automobile on 2006. The American marker is aLo in a
it out at w1\,.w, Producers Association, strongly op- slump, which can explain some ofthe de,
posed the plan as it will put Europe at a crease, but I anr sure Munich had a higher
disadvantage and could force production 6gure in mind. Former BMW Mororrad
l:-i'ilt:,sion to movs our ofturope. He rdded rhar Australia General Manager, Mac McMath
r', rlr in-. rt r'*^:< all manufacturers are improving emission
levels but rhe 120 gm/km will cost jobs.
is probablv in a quandarv as to how to get
things movingforward and is also less than
German Chancellor Angela Merkel pleased (can we say pissed-oif?) with tne
1517 Augusrinian monk, Martrn
ln attacked rhe proposal as a direct assaulr recent annouDcement thar the F 800 GS
I Lurher n;iled hi, 95 The'e, ro rhe door
on German manufacturers. She was noc would be going to European cusromers
ofAll Saints Castle church in the Gernran 6rst. This is the bike that has caused thc
city of\Wittenberg. Ir was lhe srart ofrhe mo\r nder inrere\r in mlny yern rnd isjurr
She w.r, nor rhe onll one. rhe,hare
Reformation. what nrany Americans (and othcrs)went.
market reacted by lopping 3% ofthe
In his Theses, Luther ser out his disser, .hare price. oFrhe auto producer. and it The Spaniards rounded out the rop-four
isfaction with the Church and horv it had with 10,382, 380 up on 2007. Those 300
has not improved in the months since the
rurned a\\ry from Cod. One ofhi. major police bikes delivered in December came at
Brussels announcement.
criticisms was the sale oflndulgences, their a good time
These are challenging times for all !