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BMW K1200S Sets New World Land Speed Record
Woodcliff Lake, NJ - November 8, 2005 - A 2006
production model BMW K1200S has set a world land speed record in the
1000 - 1350 cc stock, partially streamlined, naturally aspirated
motorcycle class at Utah's famed Bonneville Salt Flats.
The motorcycle, piloted by 56-year-old Andy Sills, of
San Francisco, CA, reached an average speed of 173.57 mph and top speed
of 176.789 mph after two runs on the vast, white plains, where hundreds
of land speed records have been set and broken since the early 1900s in
a variety of automobile and motorcycle classes.
"It was a rare opportunity for me and BMW," commented
Sills, an avid BMW enthusiast, who, collectively, has amassed more than
300,000 miles on four BMW motorcycles within the last seven years.
Sills went on to say, "The best part is that our record on the stock BMW
K 1200 S matched to the mile, the historic last record run of 173.68 mph
by Ernst Henne on a specially equipped streamlined BMW! He must
have been watching over us."
Sills, who began making his mark on the Bonneville Salt Flats four years
ago and who holds the world 80cc and 100cc motorcycle streamliner
records, also clocked a record speed of 169 mph, riding the K 1200 S
two-up with passenger Erin Hunter. The pair received a standing
ovation from a cheering crowd of fellow competitors as they made their
way into the pits.
The records, which were ratified on October 25, 2005, were set September
8, 2005 according to rules set forth by the Federation Internationale de
Motocyclisme (FIM), the century-old, Swiss-based governing body for five
motorcycling disciplines (road racing, motocross, trial, enduro and
Another record at Bonneville was achieved by Brian Parriott and San Jose
BMW, fielding the BMW K 1200 R Power Cup bike, setting an AMA speed
record for non-streamlined motorcycles in the 1300cc class at an average
of 164.480 mph and top speed of 167.331mph. San Jose BMW is also
no stranger to Bonneville, having previously set the 1000cc world record
with their infamous R 100 "Wrecking Ball".
The new BMW K 1200 S is the most
powerful motorcycle ever produced by BMW Motorrad. A 167
horsepower engine delivers performance of 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds.
Yet, its unbridled engine power is effortlessly controlled by a newly
designed six-speed gearbox and an all-new front suspension system,
called the Duolever - another first-ever innovation found on the K 1200
S, delivering comfort, nimble control and an unprecedented capability
The BMW K 1200 S has been available for sale through
authorized BMW Motorrad retailers as of May of this year.
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