• BMW Enduro Park Celebrates 25 Years

    1993 was quite a while ago. Bill Clinton became the new U.S President. Czechoslovakia was replaced by the Czech Republic and Slovakia. And the European single market was created as the European Union was founded. In motorcycling, 1993 saw the launch of the BMW R1100GS, along with the Ducati Monster, Triumph Tiger 900 and Yamaha YZF750. And BMW Mottorrad Enduro Park Hechlingen was created. Now in 2018, the BMW Enduro Park celebrates 25 years of hosting off-road enthusiasts.

    BMW Enduro Park Celebrates 25 Years

    The Enduro Park Hechlingen took an abandoned quarry and turned it into a 26 hectare area for enduro motorcyclists of all abilities. And it covers a range of challenges including steep slopes, gravel tracks, single trails, forest tracks, ruts, climbs and descents, as you ride under the watchful eye of the professional instructors.

    BMW Enduro Parck Hechlingen Aerial View

    It’s also notable as the inspiration for numerous BMW enduro parcks and official partners around the world. Not only was it created to provide a place for motorcyclists to enjoy improving their riding, but a lot of work has been put into preserving numerous species of animals and plants. The conservation work even won an award from the German Federal Ministry of the Environment.

    BMW Enduro Park Celebrates 25 Years Riding Uphill

    As the BMW Enduro Park celebrates 25 years, there are more than 40,000 people who have visited to improve their riding. That’s across around 250 training courses each year, run by more than 50 employees instructing and in the workshops. And maintaining the bikes includes around 420 tyre changes on an annual basis. As well as around 400 clutch and brake levers broken off each season.

    BMW Enduro Park Celebrates 25 Years Tuition 1990s

    The photos reveal how much has changed since the park opened. Aside from the early 1990s riding kit, there was the transition from the BMW R100GS and R80GS to the modern dual sport BMWs we see today. The BMW R1100GS was a slight stepping stone, but it shares a clear lineage right down to the current R1200GS.

    BMW Enduro Park Celebrates 25 Years Group

    BMW opened the park with the idea of offering motorcycling as an ‘integral, all-round experience’. And obviously this and other parks have to cover their costs. But you can imagine how much feedback and usable data is generated by having 3,650 riders using and abusing your bikes in a controlled environment  in 2017 alone.

    BMW Enduro Park Celebrates 25 Years Water on F650GS

    The Enduro Park Hechlingen was originally owned and operated by BMW Motorrad, but in 2008 it was passed over to Enduro Park Hechlingen GmbH under the direction of Manfred Spitz, one of the first instructors. And both companies are currently looking at various expansion and extension plans to create an even bigger and better experience.

    BMW Enduro Park Celebrates 25 Years Riding 1990s

    Having experienced the BMW training available in the UK, we’re sure that the Enduro Park Hechlingen must be a pretty incredible experience for any enduro enthusiast. As the BMW Enduro Park celebrates 25 years, here’s to hopefully writing a story explaining how it has grown over the next 25.

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  • Entries Open For 2018 Triumph Advanced Apprentice Programme

    Want to be paid to learn how to become a qualified motorcycle technician? Or know someone who does? Then let them know that applications are now open for the 2018 Triumph Advanced Apprentice Programme. And with 12 places available across the UK, no-one will want to miss the August 31st deadline.

    The course will take a total of three years, working in an authorised Triumph dealership alongside the experienced staff. And the apprentices will learn theoretical and practical skills from routine maintenance to servicing and fault diagnosis.

    Entries Open For 2018 Triumph Advanced Apprentice Programme Engine Work

    As well as working in a Triumph dealership, you’ll also be attending the purpose-built training facility at the Leicestershire headquarters to learn even more. Over the three years, you’ll spend a total of 17 weeks split across three blocks – presumably once a year. So it’s basically an annual trip to the delights of Hinckley to find out more about how to build, fix and maintain Triumph motorcycles. But in addition to your wage as an apprentice, you’ll also get holiday pay. So you won’t just be looking forward to a training centre in Leicestershire each year.

    Entries Open For 2018 Triumph Advanced Apprentice Programme

    The end result is that three years of full-time employment will give you a recognised qualification in motorcycle maintenance. Some of the Triumph dealers with places available across the UK are Webbs of Peterborough, Bridge Motorcycles in Exeter, Triumph Plymouth, Norfolk Triumph and Lings Motorcycles in Ipswich.

    Michael Niblett, After Sales Manager, Triumph Motorcycles UK & Ireland, said: “This is a fantastic way to get young people into the motorcycle industry. By handing the best talent in the country over to our experienced staff, we give them a fantastic grounding in motorcycle maintenance and a foundation for a great career. We look forward to welcoming the latest intake to our dealers across the country from September 2018.”

    The deadline for applications is August 31st, 2018. But you’ll probably want to get started a bit earlier to try to claim one of the 12 places. And you don’t have to be under a certain age or studying to apply. The website for the 2018 Triumph Advanced Apprentice Programme asks for an interest in the motorcycle industry and Triumphs. Plus the ability to work as part of a team and be interested in computers and vehicle technology. And a willingness to provide excellent customer service and study hard.

    The only qualifications listed as required as A-C grades in Maths, English and Science, but lower grades may be considered. You can find out more and apply on the Triumph Apprentice Programme website.

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  • BMW Backs New LA Branch for The House of Machines

    Normally the advice in life is to focus on one thing. And yet it seems ‘motorcycle lifestyle destinations’ are popping up all over the place. For example, The House of the Machines started 4 years ago in Cape Town, South Africa, providing a combination of ‘coffee, cafe, craft beer, cocktails, live music, menswear and custom bikes’. And now BMW is one of the partners for a new LA branch for The House of Machines. Proof that wherever you may go, you’ll meet friendly motorcyclists and a bearded bloke who has paid way too much for a bad 70’s-based cafe racer thing.

    BMW Backs New LA Branch for The House of Machines

    Still modern motorcycle seems to involve Strategic Directors and corporate synergies for consumer activation points. Which is presumably why BMW Motorrad is partnering with The House of Machines (THOM). And it even involves a new men’s fashion label named Limits No Longer Appl (LNLA) initiated and inspired by BMW Motorrad. Because of course, it bloody does. Apparently you’ll only be able to buy via the store or online in the U.S and each item will only be available for 12 months.

    BMW partners with LA motorcycle shop The House of Machines

    Don’t get us wrong. There are great venues all over the place, including in London, where you can get food, drinks, check out some bikes and gear, and have a lovely time. And that’s a good thing. As much as we enjoy a good fry-up at a rundown greasy spoon by a dual carriageway, it makes sense to go with the times. If that means I can drink a good craft IPA and eat some tacos while chatting about bikes, then I’m all in favour.

    BMW partners with LA motorcycle shop The House of Machines

    But do we really need to describe what sounds like a decent place to hang out for a bit as ‘a place for people with a love of detail, a striving for perfection and a passion for the motorcycle lifestyle’. Or as THOM’s Strategic Director calls it ‘Where man and machine coexist’. Well, technically man and machine also coexist on the floor of any factory or online retail warehouse, but I’m not stopping there for a coffee.

    BMW partners with LA motorcycle shop The House of Machines

    So to sum up, The House of Machines looks like it could be a good new place for bikers to visit in the Arts District of LA. And it’ll have coffee, drinks, food, clothes, custom bikes and more. So if you’re in the neighbourhood, you should check it out (and let us know what it’s like). And it’s also time to stop trying to cram every single buzzword into any description relating to custom motorcycles based on an older style. Before doing things a bit different ends up becoming a bit naff.

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