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Ducati's Variable Timing Explained

Directly from the folks at Ducati, it's their DVT (variable valve timing) technology explained.

Ducati presents the first motorcycle engine with variable timing of both the intake and exhaust camshafts.

Named Ducati Testastretta DVT, Desmodromic Variable Timing, Ducati's new Desmodromic engine is the first in the world with variable timing on both inlet and exhaust camshafts, leading the way for a whole new generation of such engines. The innovative, new design overcomes an engineering gap in  current production motorcycle engines and underlines Ducati's strength in developing ground breaking engine and motorcycle technologies.

The variable timing system is able to continuously adjust valve timing, by acting independently on both the intake and exhaust camshafts. The system optimises engine performance throughout the rev range and in any operating condition, to guarantee the highest power, smooth delivery, muscular torque at low rpm and reduced fuel consumption. With full Euro 4 compliance, DVT sets a new standard in the combination of power, delivery and usability of motorcycle engines.

Ducati Testastretta DVT engine characteristics
 Brand-new DVT (Desmodromic Variable Timing) system
 Bore 106 mm, stroke 67.9 mm
 Capacity 1,198 cm³
 Max power 160 HP at 9,500 rpm
 Max torque 136 Nm at 7,500 rpm
 Desmodromic distribution
 Dual Spark (DS) ignition
 Anti-knock sensor
 Euro 4 compliant


Ural - Limited Edition MIR model

Each year we take inspiration from the world around us to create our limited edition series. We explore the places that are far beyond the reach of any ordinary motorcycle, we come up with the cleverest equipment to help you conquer the unknown and we throw in a little something to raise your neighbor’s brows. ;-)

This year we are taking you to the outer space – the place where 20 years ago a joint Russian-American space mission Shuttle-Mir began an era of unprecedented cooperation and explorations. No wonder we felt a little nostalgic about that spirit of friendship and bridging the differences. We thought what better namesake for our 2014 Limited Edition and thus we bring you Ural MIR!

MIR comes in a brilliant orbital white with fine metal flake and finished with blue pearl clear. The result is a glowing white Ural with hues of blue that shift with the light - a perfect paint job for your intergalactic mission.

A solar panel serves as a battery tender and accessories power source.

If your mission requires more storage capacity, the panel can be swapped with the included sidecar nose luggage rack.

To defeat the darkness of space we’ve fitted the sidecar with dual high-intensity LED lights...

...and a custom tonneau cover that uses reflective insulation and can be used as a rescue thermal blanket.

In order to reduce rider fatigue due to wind pressure and turbulence, we equipped the MIR with windshields for the rider and the sidecar co-pilot..

The next comes the wrench. Travel in deep space is filled with the unknown, so we’ve secured an emergency repair wrench onboard, complete with an embedded QR code for very special when all else fails emergency repair instructions.

2014 LE Ural "МИР" - the only motorcycle that comes with the solar panel, the wrench and the Lev Andropov’s problem solving method.

Total built for US: 20

Special Features: Rider and passenger windshields, dual accessory front mounted LED fog lights, spare tire, solar panel, sidecar nose luggage rack, custom tonneau cover with thermal lining, accessory wrench, “MИР” LE badging, on demand 2WD.

Landing at dealers’ nationwide: November 2014

Reserve your MIR on our website or call your local dealer.


BMW Motorrad achieves new all-time high in the third quarter of 2014.

BMW Motorrad once again achieved outstanding retail results in September 2014, supplying a total of 9,991 vehicles. As compared to the already strong equivalent month in the previous year ( 9,264 units), 7.8 % more motorcycles and maxi scooters were supplied to customers. As of September, worldwide sales likewise reached a new all-time high of 100,217 units sold, an increase of 7.6 % (previous year: 93,154 units).

Heiner Faust, BMW Motorrad Head of Sales and Marketing: "For the first time in the history of BMW Motorrad we have supplied more than 100,000 vehicles to our customers in the first nine months of a year. This is an increase in sales of 7.6% as compared to the equivalent period last year."

BMW Motorrad recorded retail growth in almost all sales regions during the first nine months of the year. Germany remains the most important single market: here BMW Motorrad is once again the market leader, with 17,068 vehicles sold and a market share of just under 25%. It is followed by the USA, Italy, France and the UK in the ranking list of sales figures.

BMW Motorrad intends to remain on course for growth in the upcoming season with new models. A few days ago three new and innovative vehicles have been presented at the motorcycle trade fair INTERMOT in Cologne - the R 1200 R, the R 1200 RS and the S 1000 RR. The two water-cooled boxer models and the new supersports bike were a success with motorshow visitors, of whom there were more than 200,000. Two more new models will be presented at the international EICMA motorshow in Milan at the beginning of November.

Just a few days ago BMW Motorrad won four awards from UK's most respected motorcycle publication, MCN.

Heiner Faust: "We are very pleased to have been named Best Manufacturer of the Year as well as winning first place with the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure, the R 1200 RT and the R nineT."


Exciting new models from Yamaha for 2015

Yamaha Motor Canada is thrilled to introduce the all-new Yamaha R3, Bolt Café, YZ250FX, WR250F and SMAX!

Highlighting the group is the all-new Yamaha R3. Sporting a new, twin cylinder 320cc engine and all-new chassis, the R3 offers class-leading power combined with light, agile handling. The Yamaha R3 will be available for $4,999 in Yamaha Blue, Vivid Red and Metallic Black.

There’s a new member of the Bolt family. Available in Dark Grayish Metallic Green and Silver, the 2015 Bolt C-Spec has all the great engine characteristics of the Bolt, plus low slung clip-on handlebars, new solo seat with rear seat cowl and a more sporty riding position. Canadian MSRP for the Bolt C-Spec $9,699.

Yamaha Motor Canada Ltd. Motorcycle Product Manager, John Bayliss, said “I can’t remember a bigger motorcycle launch in Yamaha’s history. This isn’t a ‘bold new graphic launch. These are five all-new bikes. There is a new motorcycle for every type of rider. This is only the beginning. Come November, we will be launching more all-new bikes!”

For the off-road enthusiasts, there are the all-new YZ250FX and WR250F, both available in Yamaha Blue. The YZ250FX is the perfect cross country or hare scramble machine. With the performance potential of the YZ250F, but with electric start and an 18-inch rear wheel, the YZ250FX is the bike for those serious about winning or for the weekend warrior who wants maximum performance in a convenient package for woods or track. For the WR250F, Yamaha has taken all the revolutionary YZ four-stroke technology such as; rearward slanted engine, reversed cylinder and a compact chassis and delivered it in an enduro package for light, agile handling on tight trails. The all-new YZ250FX will be priced at $8,749 while the WR250F will be $8,799.

Finally, for the crowd looking for fun, affordable transportation there is the fully automatic SMAX. Powered by a 155cc single cylinder, 4-valve, fuel-injected engine, the SMAX can easily keep up with traffic. With loads of wind and weather protection, it’s virtually vibration free. Priced at $3,999 in either Matte Titan or Dark Purplish Metallic Blue, the SMAX is the perfect commuter scooter.

Also released are the new-look Yamaha V-Star 1300 Deluxe SE, Stryker SE and Raider SE. Both Stryker SE ($12,599 MSRP) and Raider SE ($16,499 MSRP) models have all the same great features of the original units, but with the addition of a cool, small bikini fairing. Not only does it look great, it also helps reduce wind fatigue. Available at $14,999 MSRP, the V-Star 1300 Deluxe SE is sure to turn heads with its aggressive blacked out power plant and contrasting vivid red paint scheme.

For more information on these models and the entire Yamaha lineup, visit:


Wiesner Insurance Ontario Enduro Championsh​ip - Round# 4

The final round of the Ontario Enduro Championship will be held October 19 near Erin Ontario. The competition is tight in all classes but at the end of the day Sunday, Champions will be declared and number one plates will be presented.
The course at this venue is breathtaking. Tremendous work has gone into preparing this event that will include excellent spectator access. This venue boasts a large building that will allow for lunch and the awards presentation in the event of inclement weather.
This is a must see event that features the best up and coming riders in the province. In the past, Enduro competition has been a sport that specifically excluded young riders. World Enduro Canada addressed this concern head on and now we see more and more new riders enter the sport and their ability improving at each event. With this series now well entrenched, the future of off-road motorcycling in Ontario is bright. Come out and see why this is the most talked about off-road race series around.
Check out for directions and more event details.


On Any Sunday - The Next Chapter (November 7th)

Mark your calendars! On Any Sunday - The Next Chapter is hitting theatres November 7th.

I may or may not have watched this trailer abot a hundred times. There's no Canadian venues listed in the Find a Theatre secton of the site but we're hopeful!



TSN Airing Motorcycle Experience this fall

TSN is airing the 2014 season of Motorcycle Experience again starting Oct. 14 at 1:30pm! Check out for an updated schedule. Below are the up-to-date air dates for TSN1, TSN2 and TSN4.

Hope you enjoy Episode 1; Dave and guest rider Mark Russell test ride the Yamaha FZ09 and Dave and Norm kick off the 2014 Ultimate Ride of the Black Hills.

Channel Date Time

TSN Oct. 14 1:30PM
TSN2 Oct. 15 10:30PM
TSN4 Oct. 15 11:00AM


Breakdown Tips from CAA

Some tips fronm CAA regarding mororcycle breakdowns. Pretty common sense stuff but it's always nice to be reminded.

Link to the article HERE.


Young Racing Towards a Cure in Support of Laps 4 MD

As Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Month concludes Canadian resident Ben Young, who competes in the British Superbike Championship (BSB) with Team WD40, is proud to announce his participation in the Laps 4 MD fundraising initiative in support of Muscular Dystrophy Canada.

Celebrating 60 years of progress Muscular Dystrophy Canada supports people affected by muscular dystrophy and related muscle diseases. Together, these rare conditions are referred to as “neuromuscular disorders.” Neuromuscular disorders are a group of diseases that weaken the body’s muscles.

In support of the Laps 4 MD “Race for the Cure”, Collingwood-based custom home builder and longtime sponsor Scot-Build Developments Inc. will donate $2 per lap completed in the Top-15 by Young in the remaining two rounds of British Superbike Championship at the Silverstone GP, 03-05 October and Brands Hatch GP, 17-19 October.

Young earned his best finish of the season so far with 12thplace finish the last time he raced at Silverstone and followed up this result with a 14th place finish at Donington Park earlier in September.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Ben to the Laps 4 MD family of racers and greatly appreciate his and his sponsor Scot-Build Developments’ support! Ben will not only be our first international racer he’ll be the first motorcycle rider to race towards a cure on behalf of Laps 4 MD.” said Laps 4 MD founder Brad Miller

Young will join Laps 4 MD racers NASCAR Canadian Tires Series driver Joey McColm and Canadian Auto Dirt Track Race Shelby Mills who have supported this initiative this season.

“Its an honour to help support Laps 4 MD and their efforts to help make a difference in the lives of over 50,000 Canadians affected by neuromuscular disorders.” said Young

Young encourages Canadian fans to learn more about Laps 4 MD by following @LAPS4MD on Twitter and on Facebook at . Canadians can also learn more about Muscular Dystrophy Canada's mission is to enhance the lives of those affected with neuromuscular disorders at and on Twitter at @MD_Canada.

UK fans can learn more by liking: and following @TargetMD on Twitter.


Motus sets Land Speed Record

Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah- Motus Factory Racing set the two fastest land speed records of any American production motorcycle at the AMA-sanctioned 2014 Bonneville Speed Trials. Competing in P-PP and P-PG classes, the new records also establish the stock Motus MSTR as the fastest production pushrod motorcycle in the world.

The Motus MSTR motorcycles were raced in stock, unmodified condition with just the mirrors, turn signals and license plates removed. With top speeds of 168.69 mph and records of 163.98 mph and 165.81 mph respectively, company founders Brian Case and Lee Conn set the records before re-attaching the mirrors and license plates and riding 1900 miles back to the Motus factory in 30 hours.

Now in its 100th year as a proving grounds for the world's fastest vehicles, the Bonneville Salt Flats' high friction surface and 4200 ft. altitude reduced potential top speeds by 20-30 mph from speeds on pavement at sea level. The records average two consecutive runs ("down" and "return") that must take place the same day.


New Ural Special Edition model on the way

Looks like we've got a new Ural model to look forward to. Coming Soon

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Last Chance for 5 years of coverage

If you've been on the fence about buying an Indian - now is the time.