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The 19th BMW Motorrad Days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen from 5 – 7 July 2019.
12.07.2019 Press Release
More than 40,000 visitors and the busiest Saturday ever at the world’s biggest BMW Motorrad Festival.
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Munich/Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Last weekend, the 19th
edition of the BMW Motorrad Days took place at midsummer temperatures
in Garmisch-Partenkirchen at the foot of the Zugspitze. This year more
than 40,000 visitors once again turned the festival grounds at the
Hausberg mountain into the world’s biggest BMW Motorrad meeting. The
magnificent sunshine and glorious blue skies made it the Saturday with
the most visitors ever at the BMW Motorrad Days.
Visitors from all corners of the earth travelled to the BMW Motorrad
Days this year as well. While many visitors from Germany, Austria and
Switzerland attended, lots of BMW Motorrad riders also came from
France, Italy and Spain. Friends and fans of the brand from as far
away as Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, the USA, Canada, South Korea,
India, the Philippines and other countries also undertook the long
trip to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The impressive number of 114
accredited journalists from all over the world shows just how great
media interest is in the BMW Motorrad Days.
The new BMW R nineT /5, customising and motorsport.
In addition to numerous new products presented by the around 80
exhibitors from the world of customising, tuning and accessories, fans
were in for a world premiere in Garmisch-Partenkirchen this year. BMW
Motorrad presented the new BMW R nineT /5, a motorcycle which
skilfully echoes the legendary BMW R 75/5 of 1969. True to the motto
“classic, authentic, original – and air-cooled”, the four bikes shown
on the festival grounds went straight to heart of the fans as
reflected by the almost euphoric reaction to the latest BMW Motorrad model.
The two concept bikes by BMW Motorrad also proved to be special
highlights. First there was the BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster, a
highly emotional and electrically powered naked bike and then there
was the BMW Motorrad Concept R 18 custom bike with the large-capacity
boxer engine for the cruiser segment. The Concept R 18 was also the
centrepiece of the new Heritage Area which thrilled many visitors with
its many attractions and its relaxed atmosphere.
Many visitors also used the opportunity of talking to the BMW
Motorrad product specialists in person and of getting to know the
current model generation better in the product tent.
Motorsport enthusiasts were also fully catered for in a number of
ways. For example at the autograph sessions of Helmut Dähne, the TT
winner of 1976 or also at the live broadcasts of the Superbike World
Championship in Donington, England where Tom Sykes from the BMW
Motorrad WorldSBK team took the first pole position for the new BMW S
1000 RR followed by a second place on the podium in Saturday’s race.
Live music, stunts and great outings.
As always, the 19th BMW Motorrad Days were dedicated to generating a
relaxed party atmosphere. Be it in the festival tent in the evening,
in the Heritage Area, at the campfire or in the US Lodge – everyone
was sure to find their favourite spot with a wide variety of live
music on offer.
By contrast pure action was delivered at the Original Motodrome Wall
of Death Show by Donald Ganslmeier and his team as well as at the BMW
Motorcycle Drift Show by Alex Le Marseillais from France or the
Freestyle Show by Irishman Mattie Griffin at the Event Arena. Visitors
were also stunned by the gravity-defying stunts conducted at airy
heights at the FMX Show.
Anyone who felt like getting in on the action themselves had lots of
opportunity to do so: Over 1,000 participants went for test rides,
over 600 visitors did offroad laps in the Enduro Park. The Kids Trial
Taster Training sessions were surely the highlight for the bravest of
the young visitors. 150 of them gained their first experiences on
Record food figures and two lucky winners.
Once again the pleasures of the palate were fully catered for – how
else could it be in Bavaria – in the festival tent and the numerous
food stalls and locations. No less than 5,000 scoops of ice cream,
1,000 crepes as well as 2.8 tons of French fries, lots of meat and
around 20,000 litres of beer were consumed by the many visitors.
Two visitors of the 19th BMW Motorrad Days went home truly happy
after the event. On Friday evening a brand new BMW R nineT /5 was
raffled among the visitors and a BMW F 850 GS followed on Saturday evening.
Another record was announced from the BMW Motorrad rider equipment
tent and the fanshop. More than 15,000 articles were sold this year –
more than ever before.
A big thank you goes to Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the BMW Motorrad fans.
A very special thank-you goes to the local authorities again this
year who ensured that everything went smoothly at the world’s biggest
BMW Motorrad meet-up. The Garmisch-Partenkirchen market community, the
public order offices, the Bavarian Red Cross, the Federal Agency for
Technical Relief, the fire department, the police and the many local
emergency personnel are the ones who made it this large-scale event
possible in the first place.
But what would the BMW Motorrad Days have looked like without its
enthusiastic fans? That’s why BMW Motorrad extends its heartfelt
thanks to the more than 40,000 motorcycle enthusiasts who turned
Garmisch-Partenkirchen into the centre of the BMW Motorrad Community
once again for three days.
The BMW Motorrad Team is already working on the 20th edition of the BMW Motorrad Days which will take place from 3 – 5 July 2020.
The BMW Group
With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services. The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production and assembly facilities in 15 countries; the company has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.
In 2018, the BMW Group sold over 2,490,000 passenger vehicles and more than 165,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the financial year 2018 was € 9,815 billion on revenues amounting to € 97,480 billion. As of 31 December 2018, the BMW Group had a workforce of 134,682 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.