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BMW Motorrad at INTERMOT 2014. World premiere of three new models.

Munich. No less than three new BMW Motorrad models will see their world premiere at the international motorcycle trade fair INTERMOT in Cologne from October 1st - 5th 2014.

One of the highlights is the new BMW S 1000 RR. 

The BMW supersports bike goes into its next generation with an optimised engine for enhanced performance and ridability. Meanwhile a new suspension geometry provides increased riding precision and even better handling. In addition to increasing performance, the focus here was particularly on making the new S 1000 RR more user-friendly. Whether in everyday use, taking bends dynamically on country roads or proactive racing on the track - the new S 1000 RR is always uncompromising.

In addition to this and other new models from various segments, BMW Motorrad also presents its new rider equipment collection for the upcoming season at the international motorcycle trade fair in Cologne.



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BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy North America 2014, day 7. Team CEEU crowned 2014 GS Trophy champions.

Munich / Exshaw, Canada. After seven days and well over 2,300 kilometres of tough riding interspersed with 20 special stages, Team Central and Eastern Europe (CEEU) were deserving winners of the 2014 GS Trophy, having led the competition from the very first day and won many specials, as well as both photo competitions.


The team of Wojciech Zambrzycki, Maciej Gryczewski and Karel Rahcek dominated this year's competition that finished in the same place as it started – at the Kananaskis Guest Ranch in Exshaw, west of Calgary. They finished with 276 points, 49 ahead of South Africa in second place, while Team France came in third with 198 points.

Today's final day, dubbed the “coming home ride”, by Chief Instructor Tomm Wolf, was a celebration of the Canadian Rockies, with scenic and deserted gravel roads initially taking participants across picturesque mountain passes, before the splendid paved road network brought them back north back into Alberta.

And just like every other day, there were several specials thrown in for good measure, including an early morning 'car pull' in sub-zero temperatures and using a vintage Dodge; a 'bear turn' team relay special deep in the forest; and a trials-based 'Final Skills Challenge' back at base camp that even include blindfolded riding.

A final dinner by a roaring campfire included a prize-giving ceremony where all 16 teams received awards for participation. As GS Trophy organiser Michael Trammer put it: “All the teams are winners in my opinion. It doesn't matter if you don't finish among the top teams because we have all become one big team together.”

This was a view shared by Head of BMW Motorrad Marketing Ralf Rodepeter, who added: “It was a great experience here in Canada, from the bikes to the landscapes to the competitors and all the team working hard behind the scenes to make it happen. When you see that all the GS bikes are perfectly ok after more than 2,000 kilometres of the toughest riding imaginable, then it's really impressive. It's also great to see how a bike like the GS is unifying these people from all over the world who came to Canada to ride the GS Trophy.”

The final word went to Vice President of BMW Motorrad Sales and Marketing Heiner Faust, who added: “I don't know of any other event like the GS Trophy. You really can't compare one Trophy to another because they have all been fantastic events in their own way. The whole idea behind the Trophy is to go to a different nation every two years, and the riding and scenery have been stunning here in Canada. We are all here together, but a much wider GS community has been following online, making the GS Trophy the most important event for us in terms of media coverage. Every GS Trophy is for sure a hard act to follow and we certainly raised the bar high with this 2014 edition.”

 

BMW Motorrad GS Trophy 2014

Final standings:

Pos.TeamPoints
1CEEU276
2South Africa227
3France198
4Argentina182
5USA174
6Alps160
7Russia158
7Latin America158
9Canada153
10UK142
11Germany136
12Mexico125
13Korea124
14Japan120
15Brazil117
16Italy116

 


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Royal Distributi​ng CXCC East - 2014 Finale at Walton

The crew at Walton offered up another great course this past weekend to cap off the 2014 Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship. Over the last few months they added new trail to create the best Walton off-road course yet.


These were the final two rounds of the CXCC East and in the Pro class both days provided epic racing between Yamaha Canada’s Brian Wojnarowski and Zach Lewis. Zach won the Saturday race so going into Sunday Wojo had a slim 3 point lead. With Zach taking the win again on Sunday, it left Brian and Zach tied on points, tied on first place wins and tied on second place wins. The tie breaker went in the favor of Zach Lewis as he won the final round. He commented after that he had never passed and been passed so many times. On the podium the new young champion only had great things to say about Brian Wojnarowski and the rest of his competition.
There was great racing in all the Amateur classes as well and on Sunday all the champions were awarded thier CXCC East #1 plates. Champions in all classes are as follows:
Pee Wee – Connor Taplay
Mini Junior – Ryan O’Neill
Mini Senior – Christian Wiesner
Women – Jill Carney
Vet Junior – Mark Butt
Super Senior – Brian West
Vet Senior – Mike McCormick
Vet Master – Tim Carney
Beginner – Wolfgang Wiesner
Junior – Mike MacLennan
Intermediate – Tyler Thiessen
Pro – Zach Lewis
World Enduro Canada Congratulates all the 2014 CXCC East Champions as well as all the racer’s who made 2014 the best season yet.
 

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BMW Motorrad sales up on year, down on month

MW Motorrad increased sales by 7.6% to 90,226 (prev. yr. 83,890) motorcycles and maxi-scooters since the start of the year. In August, 7,587 vehicles were sold (prev. yr. 7,708 / -1.6%).




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Wiesner Insurance Ontario Enduro Championship - Round# 4 Inbox x

Earlier this summer the Campbellville round of the Wiesner Insurance Ontario Enduro Championship had to be cancelled due to weather conditions leading up to the event. The replacement event has been arranged and the course is set to go.

Round Four of the series is set to take place on October 19th near Erin, Ontario. This centrally located facility has an extensive network of trails, a motocross track and a custom designed Extreme Test that will challenge and entertain riders of all abilities.  Directions will be posted on our site within a week.

As this will be the final round, Champions in all classes will be crowned with the formal presentation immediately following the day’s award ceremony. In the event of inclement weather, this location features a very large building where celebrations will take place. As at every event, a barbeque lunch will be provided for all in attendance.

We would like to  remind racers that round #3 is set to take place September 28th near Meaford, Ontario. Some revisions have been made to this already excellent course that all riders will love.   The championship is heating up so keep on top of the points chase by viewing complete standings at www.worldendurocanada.com

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BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy North America 2014, day 3

A worldwide mix of talented GS riders got the best possible taste of the rugged beauty of Canada today as day three of the GS Trophy consisted of nearly 200 kilometres of off-road adventure, 150 kilometres of scenic paved mountain passes and three special stages thrown in for good measure – two of which involved getting extremely wet.

As usual, the day started early – with a 6am wake-up call – but yesterday's rain and mud soon became a distant memory as blue skies and warm sunshine greeted the early risers. Today was about getting off the pavement and heading into the middle of nowhere, as a 55-kilometre blast along what many of the riders called the “perfect GS road” led to the first special stage of the day – bike-to-bike towing.

On a sandy, dusty and rocky track, and using just one tie-down strap attached to the footpegs, one team rider had to tow his team-mate's GS behind him – without the engine running of course – over two kilometres from the starting point to the finish, with an immediate forfeit if they stopped or crashed at any point. The clock only stopped when both bikes had reached the finishing line and the fastest team to make it up the hill would win the day.

Sounds easy? The reality was that only five made it up the hill without any penalty, and the winning team – by over a minute – was France.

Sixty kilometres of fantastic riding followed, that saw one overenthusiastic journalist going into a corner too hot and sliding down a ravine. Needless to say, the amazing spirit already demonstrated in the Trophy saw a multi-national rescue effort that involved straps, ratchets, brute strength and a pick-up truck to haul the GS back up to the track. Both rider and machine were unharmed and continued on their way after a quick medical check and a series of 'high-fives' with fellow participants.

Soon after, the teams arrived at a picturesque river crossing for the 'Water Bear' special, which involved the highest levels of teamwork, physical effort and riding skill to get one of their GS bikes across a fast-flowing river strewn with slippery rocks. With one rider at the controls and the other team members having to maintain contact with the bike at all times, each country had its own ideas about the shallowest route. This provided great entertainment for the fellow competitors as every single participant got soaked in search of the fastest time. The winners of the Water Bear special were Team Alps.

The final special stage was another 185 kilometres away – 115 km of which was seriously challenging off-road trail. This culminated in a 20 km section graded as a ‘black run’ where the competitors found the trail through the forest narrowed to barely handlebar width, while steep climbs loaded with loose rocks brought consternation for some and delight for others. Finally the trails wound down to the shores of picturesque Christina Lake, allegedly the warmest in Canada. The 'Paddleboard Challenge' saw teams racing from the shoreside into the lake, mounting their boards and paddling around a fixed buoy – and then back to the shore again. This special test was no easy task, coming straight after several hundred kilometres of tough riding, but it was Team CEEU who won the battle for supremacy on the waves.

Overall winners for the day were Team South Africa, having placed 4-4-2 in the three special tests. Ruan de Lange: “We’re really happy to have won today. Our team journalist Stefan Boshoff was at the GS Trophy in 2010 and he explained the most successful strategy in this event is to aim for consistency across all the challenges. This really paid off today and has brought us much closer to Team CEEU. Now we just have to keep on doing this over the next four days!”

The toughest day yet ended with live music and dinner at the Christina Lake community hall where the local community were incredibly welcoming, feeding and entertaining the GS Trophy competitors. Tomorrow will bring a whole new series of specials and 'local' challenges – some of them performed in front of large crowds. All will be revealed right here on gstrophy.com tomorrow evening.

BMW Motorrad GS Trophy 2014  Day 3 overall standings:

PosTeamPoints
1CEEU98
2France92
3South Africa89
4Russia65
5USA64
6Korea59
7Argentina53
7Latin America53
9Alps51
10UK50
10Germany50
12Brazil45
12Italy45
14Canada34
15Mexico23
16Japan22


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BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy North America

Team CEEU leads the GS Trophy tonight after impressive performances in the first two special tests of the 2014 edition. Team France and Team South Africa are snapping at their heels in second and third place respectively.

Day one of this once-in-a-lifetime week-long adventure saw the 48 competitors and 16 journalists taking part in the 2014 Trophy get their first real taste of Canada, as the route took them right into the picturesque Rocky Mountains.

An early departure time meant that a 6am wake-up call was necessary to give participants the chance to strike camp, eat breakfast, attend the safety briefing and pose for the customary team photos before finally setting off. Despite early morning temperatures as low as two degrees, clear, sunny skies soon warmed the riders, and an initial paved section gave them all a taste of the wild beauty of Alberta.

The route passed by interestingly-named places such as Widowmaker Creek and Grizzly Creek, offering stunning views of the Glacier National Park. It also took the riders past the towns of Canmore and Banff before heading off on a forest trail towards the first special – the aptly-named 'Broken Bridge'

Here, each three team members and their accompanying journalist had to haul all four of their GS Trophy bikes – one by one – across a rocky, shallow, but fast-flowing river and up a steep muddy bank. It was great to see the legendary spirit of the GS Trophy already in evidence, as teams cheered on and supported their 'rivals', constantly encouraging them throughout the duration of their tasks.

Several hours were needed to get all the teams across the river, after which they continued on their way on a fantastic trail through pine forests to their camp for the night at the resort town of Golden – where another special test awaited them. This 'Golden 8' test required each team rider to complete a slow-speed figure-of-eight course, collecting a ball at the start and then depositing it back in the same bucket at the end. With points deducted for stalling the engine, dropping the bike, or even putting a foot down, the pressure was on but again, all teams supported and applauded each other's efforts.

Soon after, the day's results were announced and then the entire Trophy team enjoyed a fabulous buffet dinner, after which each team made a short, informal, and often funny presentation about themselves and their country. As the competitors continued to bond late into the night as they camped under the stars, the opening stage of the 2014 International GS Trophy was well and truly a success.

The day, however, belonged to Team CEEU, whose excellent teamwork strategy at the 'Broken Bridge' and highly-skilled riding technique saw them propelled to the top of the leaderboard. Mariusz Lowicki, Team CEEU commented: “This is just the first day, the beginning of the competition. Of course it’s nice to be on the top but we know we still have six days left and although we are excited about the prospect of those we need to concentrate on the coming days. When we keep this result on the last day – then we can be very happy! On the Broken Bridge test we decided we should keep every man just doing one thing. On the Golden Eight test we scored maximum points – a great result! The ride today has been spectacular, the nature and scenery is amazing. In Europe we have high mountains that we can ride, but in these mountains there’s so little civilization that it’s completely overwhelming for us.”

GS Trophy 2014 Day One results and overall standings:
Pos.TeamPoints
1CEEU38
2France33
3South Africa31
4Germany23
5Alps21
6USA20
6Latin America20
8Italy18
9Russia17
10UK14
11Brazil13
12Argentina11
13Korea9
14Canada7
15Japan7
16Mexico6

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Young in the Points Again at Donington Park

Sheffield UK  -  September 9, 2014 - Coming off his recent 12th place finish at Silverstone, Ben Young continued his inspired riding at Round 9 of the MCE British Superbike Championships at Donington Park by gaining further points in the highly competitive Pirelli Superstock 1000 Championship.
 
The Friday free practice was the first time Young was under race conditions at Donington, as the only time previous was a rainy trackday in April.  Along with familiarizing himself with the track, he got up-to-speed quickly ending the session 17thfastest.

The first qualifying proved to be more rewarding as Young passed the chequered flag in 10th position - however by the time the session had concluded, he was put back to 12th.
 
“We made some changes that worked well for Q1 and managed to get our best qualifying result of the season" said Young.
 
The weather proved to be a challenge come Q2, with Young holding off on going out on track until conditions were more predictable:"When I finally went out, I only managed to complete 5 laps before I low-sided at Goddards".
 
Despite putting in a faster lap in Q2, the limited time on track meant Young qualified 21st overall.
 
Race day arrived under clear, cool skies and in front of 30,000 enthusiastic BSB fans, Young got a good start on his Team WD-40 Kawasaki ZX10 and got a good run into the first corner.
 
After adjusting to the cool track temperatures Young felt more comfortable and became engaged in a battle with James Egan, Mike Booth and Dave Johnson throughout most of the race.
 
On the penultimate lap, Young was part of a group who were fighting for 14th position, and the last of the championship points. Young and Johnson were leading the pack, but forced each other wide going into turn one, leaving a gap for Egan and Booth to make a challenge.
 
The battle ended on the exit of turn two with Johnson making contact with Booth, who then slid off, narrowly avoiding contact with Young at over 100 mph. This caused a red flag situation which ended the race and in which the results went back a lap meaning Young finished an admirable 14th position. Young stated after the race: “Egan and I didn't feel or see anything! It was mega close and I’m really happy to hear Dave was okay.  I would like to thank the team for giving me a great bike this weekend. I can't wait to get to Silverstone, October 3rd`5th
 
Young will be returning to Canada this week, then heading out to compete in the final AMA Go-Pro Daytona SportBike Championship on board the Tim Hortons (Sudbury)/Team WD-40 Yamaha R6 at the Kawasaki Devil’s Showdown presented by iON at New Jersey Motorsport Park.
 
To stay up to date with Team WD-40 -
Twitter: @GRMotoSport

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2015 Indian Line-Up

Join Indian Motorcycle on the open road ahead with the 2015 Indian Line-Up featuring the Indian Chief Classic, Chief Vintage, and Chieftain now available in iconic two-tone paint, an all-new touring bike, the Indian Roadmaster and the all-new Indian Scout, powered by a 69 cu in liquid-cooled engine.




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"Motorcycle Experience" Celebrates 25 Years On The Air!

WhistleStop Productions is throwing a party at the end of the month and motorcycle fans are invited to come out and join in the celebration. The Prince Edward County based television production company has been producing TSN’s Motorcycle Experience for 25 years and will mark this incredible milestone on Saturday, September 27 at the Hillier Creek Estates winery. “Twenty-five years is a long time to be on the air. There aren’t a lot of Canadian TV shows that can say they’ve been around since 1989”, says show host Dave Hatch.

The long running TV show, which is shot primarily in Prince Edward County, plans to play host at the Hillier Creek Estates winery from 9am to 4pm and Honda Canada will be on hand providing the party favors. A TSN camera crew will also be on site throughout the day providing coverage to be broadcast early next spring on Motorcycle Experience.

While the winery won’t be offering wine tastings during the celebration to keep riders safe, there will still be plenty of events going on throughout the day. The winery will be holding vineyard tours and serving their famous wood fired pizzas while Motorcycle Experience and Honda Canada will be hosting motorcycle demo rides while a meet and greet seminar, exclusive motorcycle displays, hourly door prize giveaways including a special edition 40th escorted County Back Roads Ride will round out the day.

“Honda Canada has really stepped up to make it a real Wing Ding”, said Hatch. “This fall also marks the 40th thought, why not combine the 2 special occasions?” The event, Wings Over The County is a tip of the hat to both the Honda Goldwing and our neighbors over at the 8 Wing Air Base in Trenton. Honda Canada will bring out their full up demo ride program to the winery so fans of the company’s new motorcycle line up can sample the very latest products Honda has on offer. “I’m not quite sure where we’ll park all the motorcycles” said winery owner Kemp Stewart, “but we’re thrilled that they’ve chosen our winery as a site for this special celebration.” Stewart, a retired military officer, is an avid motorcycle fan and currently rides a Triumph Bonneville, but says several years ago he also owned a Goldwing. “I still love the Goldwing,” said Stewart “because they set the standard for touring machines and they’ve always been a great way to travel and see the country.”

According to Hatch, “If you had told me back in 1989 when we first went on the air on TSN that we’d be doing this for 25 years, I’m not sure I would have believed it! It’s been an incredible ride and I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone out at our event and supporting our TV show for all of these years.”

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New Fall gear from AlpineStars

The new Fall clothing colletion has been released by AlpineStars so if you need a new hoodie you know where to get it!

More details HERE.




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Young Earns First Points of BSB Season With A 12th At Silverstone

This past weekend Scottish-born / Canadian resident Ben Young earned his first points of the British Superbike (BSB) Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship season. He finished 12th with a inspired ride aboard his #40 GR Motosport’s Team WD-40 ZX10 at Silverstone, UK.

This past weekend MotoGP, the World’s premier road racing championship, visited the historic Silverstone circuit, one of the fastest tracks on the MotoGP calendar. The British Superbike (BSB) Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship was included as a support class of this prestigious event.



Heading into Silverstone Young’s highest Superstock finish to-date was a hard-fought 16th place which he achieved after an incredible start from 30th at Brands Hatch.

Challenged with finding a balance between riding style and suspension setup, Young was delighted to hear that Jon Cornwell from Ohlins Canada was flying over to assist Young and team. Having worked with Young in his AMA championship exploits, Cornwell was there to assist Young secure points which had eluded him in the first half of the BSB Pirelli National Superstock 1000 season.

Arriving on the Thursday Young and Team WD-40’s crew got to work quickly getting their garage at Silverstone sorted for Friday’s Free Practice session that saw Young earn 28th quickest of the session. With room for improvement, Team WD-40’s crew and their guest Ohlins suspension specialist quickly got to work.

“My first practice started out okay. I didn't push too hard as I was initially focused on learning the track. When I came in to the pits I found out where I ended up and was quite pleased.” said Young

In the first of the two qualifying sessions Young gradually improved his times achieving 22nd in the session.

Team WD-40’s Superstock 1000 pilot added: “In Q1 we made some changes to the gearing to help my straightaway speed. In Q2 we made another gearing change as well as suspension changes. I came in halfway through the session with my steering damper coming off. The team managed to quickly get that fixed and got me back out.”

On the final qualifying lap Young was up in his first sector but down on his second. He gained .5 of a second in the final half lap achieving his fast lap of the session earning him 19th on the grid for Sunday’s BSB Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship race.

Team WD-40’s Superstock pilot got off the line well but got pushed out wide in the first corner. Getting his tires up to temperature Young chose to play it safe for the first lap.

Confident in his set up Young began his charge forward and began to battle with Johnny Blackshaw. Now in front of Blackshaw Young managed to catch and eventually pass Victor Cox.

Closing in on Dom Usher the safety car came triggering a restart. On the restart Usher managed to make a few passes and get ahead of Young. Making a pass on Gavin Hunt with two laps to go and ahead of Cox by a bike length, Young would cross the finish line in 12th earning his first Superstock 1000 points of the season for Team WD-40.

“I’m over the moon about my results as well as for my team and sponsors. I’m focused on keeping the momentum going as we roll into Donington Park this coming weekend. I want to thank good friends Zach Herrin, Moto2 rider Josh Herrin, his fiancé Teesha Kitterman and Jon Cornwell for their incredible support this weekend!” said Young.

To stay up to date with Team WD-40 this season visit: www.teamwd40.com, and connect with the team via Twitter: @GRMotoSport and on Facebook: search ‘GR Motosport’

To connect with Ben Young visit: www.fogi.us , on Twitter: @bcyoung86 , and on Facebook: www.facebook.com/BenYoungRacing

Ben Young is proud to represent;
Tim Hortons (Sudbury), Scot-Build Developments Inc., AXO and Arai Helmets

Team Partners
Stauff UK, Cargolink Express, L&A Reinforcements, Tim Hortons, Scot-Build Developments Inc., Lexelle, Amtech, Optimum Fleet Management, F&G Commercials, 3 Squared, Signsxtra

Technical Partners
Dymag Wheels, Kawasaki, Scorpion Red Power, R&G, Dynojet UK, Swinton Motorcycles, PPG Paint, Goodridge, Pipercross, Robby Moto, NG Brake Discs, Solo Motorcycle products, Super B, STIHL, 3 Squared, Ohlins

Photo Credit: Londonbiker Snappers - londonbikers.com

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