Friday, 31 January 2014

BMW Motorrad USA Announces Pricing For Five Latest 2014 Models

BMW Motorrad USA Announces Pricing For Five Latest 2014 Models
Setting Benchmarks for Technology and Value
Author: Bill/Wednesday, January 29, 2014/Categories: General Interest, Bike Reviews & News
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – January 29, 2014… BMW Motorrad USA has announced pricing for the five latest 2014 Model Year motorcycles set to be introduced late winter / early spring 2014. These five models complete BMW Motorrad USA’s entire 2014 model lineup, which now includes 20 models.
BMW’s 2014 model’s continue to set a benchmark in their segments, offering unsurpassed riding dynamics, attractive styling, “world’s first” features and a comprehensive level of equipment and options. This strong product offensive is coupled with generous value-added pricing, delivering new technologies and more equipment (often at the same price as predecessor models) for value improvements upwards of $1,000. Pricing details and a summary chart follow.

2014 R nineT (All New Model)
Standard Package (MSRP: $14,900) includes:

·   Integral ABS·   Modular frame concept with removable rear foot peg frame and rear frame
·   3 mounting points on rear axle housing (for customization)·   Adjustable rear spring preload

·   Adjustable rear shock rebound damping
·   Radial front brakes·   Aluminum fuel tank·   On board computer
·   White turn signal lenses   LED rear light Color:  Black Storm Metallic

Options:  Anti Theft Alarm – $395

Key Features:
·   Blends classic design with cutting edge technology (front suspension and radial monoblock front brakes are derived from the S 1000 RR)
·   High-quality craftsmanship with all-aluminum fuel tank
·   Wide range of customization opportunities
   Commemorative model celebrating 90 years of BMW Motorrad

   2014 R 1200 GS Adventure
Base Model (MSRP: $18,200) includes $1,000 worth of added value over predecessor model:
·   ASC (Automatic Stability Control) -- $400 value

·   2 riding modes (rain, road) -- $100 value
·   Steering damper -- $100 value
·   Longitudinally adjustable passenger seat -- $50 value
·   Stepless Adjustable Windshield via hand knob -- $150 value
·   Removable passenger foot pegs -- $50 value
·   Lower base MSRP (-$150)
Standard Equipment:
·   Integral ABS (disengagable) 
·   ASC (Automatic Stability Control)
·   NEW: 2 ride modes (rain, road)
·  NEW: Steering damper
·   NEW: Stepless adjustable windshield
·   Height adjustable rider seat
·   NEW: Longitudinally adjustable passenger seat
·   NEW:  Bolt on/off pillion rider foot pegs
·   Hand protection·   On board computer·   Aluminum engine guard
·   Accessory socket

·   LED rear light

·   White turn signal lenses

·   Center stand

Colors:

·   Alpine White (with Black/Olive Grey seat)

·   Olive Green Metallic Matt (with Black/Olive Grey seat)

·   Racing Blue Metallic Matt (with Black/Blue seat)

Special Packages:

·   Comfort Package (MSRP:  $500) includes:  chrome exhaust, heated grips, TPM (tire pressure monitor)

·   Touring Package (MSRP: $1,925) includes: dynamic ESA, on board computer pro, GPS preparation, cruise control, LED auxiliary lights, saddle bag mounts

·   Technology Package (MSRP: $1,425) includes: LED headlight, ride modes pro, heated grips, TPM (tire pressure monitor)

Options:

·   NEW – Dynamic ESA -- $ 950

·   NEW – LED Headlight -- $820

·   NEW – On Board Computer Pro (only with Touring Package)

·   NEW – Ride Modes Pro -- $300

·   NEW – GPS Preparation -- $205

·   Chrome Exhaust -- $150

·   Heated Grips -- $250

·   TPM (Tire Pressure Monitor) -- $250

·   NEW – Cruise Control -- $350

·   LED Auxiliary Lights -- $450

·   Anti Theft Alarm -- $ 395

·   Off Road Tires -- $0

·   Saddle Bag Mounts -- $350

Premium Package (MSRP: $21,550) includes Touring Package,Technology Package and

$1,325 worth of added value over predecessor model:

·   “Dynamic” ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) -- $150 value

·   On Board Computer Pro -- $55 value

·   GPS Preparation -- $205 value

·   Cruise Control -- $350 value

·   LED Headlight -- $ 820 value

·   Ride Modes Pro -- $ 200 value

·   Tire Pressure Monitor -- $250 value

·   Additional standard equipment: steering damper, adjustable passenger seat, stepless adjustable windshield, removable passenger foot pegs -- $350 value

·   Premium Package price increase over predecessor – (-$1,055)

Key Features:

·   More power with added smoothness and cruise control:  New air/water-cooled boxer (125 hp, 91 lb/ft) with added smoothness and tractable power thanks to a new engine crankshaft and vibration damper; ride-by-wire throttle with optional cruise control

·   Five available ride modes adapt the Adventure to any riding situation – rain, road, dynamic, enduro, enduro pro

·   Intelligent suspension: Optional Dynamic ESA semi-active suspension continuously adjusts damping in milliseconds, compensating for road conditions and rider input. The rider can also adjust settings (spring preload and damping) according to motorcycle load or firmness preference.

·   Light and nimble: New aluminum gas tank saves weight and keeps the bike narrow in the rider’s seat and knee areas: The new Adventure is 7 lbs lighter (wet weight) than its predecessor.

·   Adjustable wind protection:  New, larger Adventure windscreen can be adjusted via a handwheel.

                               

                  2014 R 1200 RT

 

Base Model (MSRP: 17,650) includes $1,100 worth of added value over predecessor model:

·   Heated grips -- $250 value

·   ASC (Automatic Stability Control) -- $400 value

·   2 riding modes (rain, road) -- $100 value

·   Steering damper -- $100 value

·   On board computer pro -- $350 value

·   Multi controller -- $100 value

·   LED white turn signals -- $100 value

·   Base MSRP increase (-$300)

Standard Equipment:

·   Integral ABS

·   Heated Grips

·   ASC (Automatic Stability Control)

·   NEW: 2 ride modes (rain, road)

·   NEW: Steering damper

·   Stepless adjustable power windshield

·   Height adjustable rider seat

·   Two-section seat

·   NEW: On Board Computer Pro

·   Multi Controller

·   NEW: LED white turn signals

·   LED taillight

·   Side cases in body color

·   Lockable storage compartment

·   Adjustable shift lever

Colors:

·   Quartz Blue Metallic

·   Callisto Grey Metallic Matt

·   Ebony Metallic

 

Special Packages:

·   Comfort Package (MSRP:  $850) includes:  chrome exhaust, central locking, tire pressure monitor, anti theft alarm, dual accessory socket

·   Touring Package (MSRP: $1,400) includes: Dynamic ESA, GPS preparation, heated seats, cruise control

·   Dynamic Package (MSRP:  $275) includes:  hill start control, headlight pro, ride modes  pro

·   Standard Package (MSRP: $600) includes: GPS preparation, cruise control, dual accessory socket

·   Technology Package (MSRP: $1,525) includes: Bluetooth, audio system, chrome exhaust, radio software, tire pressure monitor, dual accessory socket

 

·   Luxury Package (MSRP:  $1,525) includes:  Bluetooth, gear shift assistant pro, audio system, radio software

Options:

·   Bluetooth Interface Control (required w/ 270 Audio System) -- $0

·   NEW: Dynamic ESA -- $950

·   NEW: Hill Start Control (only w/ Dynamic Package)

·   NEW: Headlight Pro -- $250

·   NEW: Gear Shift Assistant Pro -- $475

·   NEW: Ride Modes Pro (only w/ Dynamic Package)

·   Audio System (only w/ Bluetooth and Radio Software) -- $1,300

·   NEW: GPS Preparation -- $205

·   Chrome Exhaust -- $150

·   Radio Software (required w/ Audio System) -- $0

·   Central Locking (only w/ Anti Theft Alarm) -- $400

·   Heated Seats -- $300

·   TPM (Tire Pressure Monitor) -- $250

·   NEW: Cruise Control -- $350

·   Anti Theft Alarm (only w/ Central Locking) -- $395

·   High Seat -- $0

·   Dual Accessory Socket -- $50

·   Low Seat -- $0

 

Standard Package (MSRP: $18,250) includes $1,055 worth of added value over predecessor model:

·   GPS preparation -- $205 value

·   Additional standard equipment: 2 riding modes (rain, road), steering damper, on board computer Pro, multi controller, LED white turn signals -- $750 value

·   Standard Package lower price (-$100)

Premium Package (MSRP: $20,850) includes Touring Package, Dynamic Package, Technology Package and $1,110 worth of value improvements over predecessor model:

·   “Dynamic” ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) -- $50 value

·   GPS Preparation -- $205 value

·   Hill Start Control -- $150 value

·   Headlight Pro -- $100 value

 

·   Ride Modes Pro (adds dynamic) -- $100 value

·   TPM (Tire Pressure Monitor) -- $250 value

·   Additional standard equipment: Steering damper, “Pro” for On Board Computer, LED white turn signals -- $255 value

Key Features:

·   More power with added smoothness and cruise control:  New air/water-cooled generation boxer with added smoothness thanks to a new engine crankshaft and vibration damper. Longer final drive ratio for effortless cruising at high speeds.

·   Shift Assist Pro:  Clutchless upshifts and, for the first time, also clutchless downshifts. The new RT blips the throttle, matching rpm for smooth, perfectly matched downshifting.

·   Intelligent suspension:  Optional Dynamic ESA semi-active suspension continuously adjusts damping in milliseconds, compensating for road conditions and rider input. The rider can also adjust settings (spring preload and damping) according to motorcycle load or firmness preference.

·   The world’s first Hill Start Control: Operates the rear brake when starting from a standstill at a slope, allowing the rider to keep both feet firmly planted on the ground and concentrating only on coordinating clutch and throttle action.

·   Improved riding dynamics, same low weight:  Lower center of gravity and lower seat height with improved riding dynamics. The weight is kept at the same level of its predecessor’s.

                               

                  2014 K 1600 GTL Exclusive

Base Model (MSRP: $29,950) comes fully loaded with all options as standard and includes the following added equipment (valued at $1,060) over its predecessor (K 1600 GTL with Premium Package):

·   Keyless Ride -- $375 value

·   Heated back rest -- $300 value

·   Exclusive saddle seat -- $300 value

·   Exclusive exhaust -- $500 value

·   Armrests -- $535 value

·   Engine protection bars -- $350 value

·   Inner bags (3) -- $455 value

·   Top box rear light -- $235 value

·   Ground Lighting -- $110 value

·   Surface finish / exclusivity (e.g. brushed aluminum tank cover, special color, chrome accents, new indirectly lit instrument cluster) -- $1,200  value

·   Price difference vs. K 1600 GTL Premium Package (+$3,300)

Standard Equipment:

·   Xenon Adaptive Headlight with Dynamic Leveling

·   LED Auxiliary Lights

·   DTC – Dynamic Traction Control

·   NEW: Keyless Ride

·   NEW: Hill Start Control

·   ESA II  (Electronic Suspension Adjustment)

·   Central Locking System

·   TPM – Tire Pressure Monitor

·   Anti Theft Alarm

·   High Seat

·   Heated seats

·   NEW: Heated comfort backrest

·   Heated grips

·   NEW: Inner bags for top case & side cases

·   NEW: Factory installed rear seat arm rests

·   NEW: Factory installed ground lighting

·   NEW: Factory installed LED rear light

·   NEW: Indirect lighting for instrument cluster

·   3 ride modes (rain, road, dynamic)

·   Audio system (AM/FM tuner, satellite radio, iPod/USB integration, AUX input)

·   Bluetooth

·   GPS preparation

·   Integral ABS

·   Xenon adaptive headlight with dynamic leveling

·   Cruise control

·   Stepless power adjustable windshield

·   Multi function display w/ on board computer

 

Color: Mineral White Metallic High Gloss with Magnesium Silver Seat

Options:

·   NEW:  Extra High Seat / Replaces standard high seat-- $0

·   High Seat -- $0

Key Features:

·   The luxury touring benchmark:  Based on the undisputed luxury touring segment leader, the Exclusive elevates the bar even higher with new equipment, technology and a unique finish.

·   The world’s first Hill Start Control: Operates the rear brake when starting from a standstill at a slope, allowing the rider to keep both feet firmly planted on the ground and concentrating only on coordinating clutch and throttle action.

·   Keyless Ride by BMW:  Leave the key in your pocket or bag and operate the ignition, central locking, anti-theft alarm system and even the fuel filler cap.

·   Heated backrest:  Rear padded backrest is now heated (top section) and has added a new padded section for the lower section.

·   New, more comfortable seat:  Longer, more comfortable seat with softer cover, finished in premium Magnesium Silver.

                                                              

 

2014 S 1000 R

 

Base Model (MSRP: $13,150)

Standard Equipment:

·   Integral Race ABS (disengageable)

·   ASC – Automatic Stability Control (disengageable)

·   2 Ride Modes (rain, road)

·   Anti-hopping clutch

·   LED rear light

·   Drop sensor

·   46 mm upside down telescopic fork, compression and rebound damping adjustable

·   Adjustable rear rebound damping

Colors:

·   Racing Red

·   Light White

·   Frozen Dark Blue Metallic

 

Special Packages:

·   Sport Package (MSRP: $845) includes: gear shift assistant, dynamic traction control and cruise control

·   Dynamic Package (MSRP: $955) includes: dynamic damping control, heated grips and engine spoiler

 

Options:

·   Gear Shift Assist -- $450

·   DTC – Dynamic Traction Control (4 ride modes) (only w/ Ride Modes Pro) -- $495

·   NEW: DDC – Dynamic Damping Control -- $750

·   Ride Modes Pro (adds dynamic, dynamic pro) (only w/ DTC or Sport Package) -- $0

·   Heated Grips -- $250

·   NEW: Cruise Control -- $350

·   NEW: Engine Spoiler (only w/ Dynamic Package) -- Package

·   Anti Theft Alarm -- $395

 

Standard Package (MSRP: $13,995) includes:

·   Ride Modes Pro

·   Sport Package

Premium Package (MSRP: $14,950) includes:

·   Ride Modes Pro

·   Sport Package

·   Dynamic Package

Key Features:

·   More pull than the S 1000 RR in the critical low and mid-rpm range: 7 lb/ft more torque in the low to mid rpm range (up to 8,000 rpm).

·   Optimized for street use:  Higher-mounted handlebars and revised foot peg positioning for street conquering ergonomics.

·   Refined geometry:  Added stability thanks to a longer swingarm and revised chassis geometry.

·   Widest range of standard equipment:  ASC, 2 ride modes, steering damper.

·   Widest range of options:   DDC, cruise control, DTC, shift assist, heated grips, engine spoiler.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Mumbai monorail services to begin on Sunday

Mumbai: After a delay of more than two-and-half years, the first route of monorail services in Mumbai will be open for commuters on Sunday. The Chief Minister of Maharashtra will inaugurate the services on Saturday afternoon.

Malaysian infrastructure company Scomi in a joint venture with L&T executed the Rs 3,000-crore project. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) was the lead project developer.
The 8.26-km route will connect Wadala in Central Mumbai with Chembur in suburban Mumbai. The services will run from 7 am to 3 pm, which would be ramped up gradually.

All coaches of the monorail trains are air-conditioned; each train will carry 560 passengers.
There will no monthly passes like the ones on Mumbai's lifeline, the local trains, but there will be a system of smart cards.

Construction began in 2009; the project is running almost two years behind schedule. 

Monday, 27 January 2014

26th Kerala Science Congress 28-31 January 2014.

The Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) annually organizes Kerala Science Congress, to revitalize Research and Development (R&D) in the state and to identify new talents in scientific research in Kerala.

Kerala has made substantial efforts to strengthen its science base in science education and research, through the various activities of KSCSTE and by its R & D Centres. In almost every key sector, whether it is agriculture, forestry, fisheries, industry, transport, environment, energy or material sciences, there are top class institutions undertaking research relevant to the needs of the state. Every sphere of science as well as the different phases of research – basic, strategic, applied and adaptive - is being addressed by the Universities in Kerala and the research institutions in the state. The science congress will be a platform for interlinking the research community and for expanding the knowledge base for the society in general.

Kerala Science Congress serve as a platform for interaction and exchange of ideas among scientists and young researchers working in different parts of the country. The 26th Kerala Science Congress will have several sessions for providing opportunities for intense interaction and knowledge sharing. Scientists and scholars will deliver talks on specified themes and research papers selected by the referees will be selected for oral presentation. Invited speeches, participant presentations, general papers, contest papers and posters in the identified subject areas will be included in different sessions. Special attention will be given to encourage young researchers by providing State Young Scientist Awards, Best Paper Awards, Post Graduate Student interaction programme and Children’s Science Congress.

1.Research papers presented on 12 subject areas.

2.Effective interaction among academicians, researchers, professionals and decision makers from Kerala State and outside.

3.Review the present status of R&D efforts in Kerala and critically examine the outputs.

4.Encourage in-depth discussions on the special theme selected and to develop necessary strategies for its implementation.

5.Identify integrated and coordinated research programmes to optimally utilize resources.

6.Formulate strategies for better utilization of scientific and technical manpower.

7.Encourage talented young scientists of Kerala to contribute towards development of Science and Technology.

8.Felicitation of the state level winners of the Children Science Congress.

The 26th Kerala Science Congress will be held at, Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (KVASU), Wayanad, during 28-31 January 2014. Wayanad is one of the beautiful districts of Kerala and is land of mist clad hill stations, sprawling spice plantations, exuberant greenery and mystic landscapes and is the abode of some of the oldest tribes in India.

26th Kerala Science Congress
Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment
 Sasthra Bhavan, Pattom
Thiruvananthapuram - 695 004,Kerala
Phone : +91-471-2548268, 2548248
Fax : +91-471-2540085