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Yamaha brings back the Factory Ride Award for 2016

For 2016, Yamaha Motor Canada is pleased to bring back their popular and newly rebranded ‘Yamaha bLU cRU Factory Ride’ award. One award will be given at each of the three biggest amateur motocross events in Canada. Last year’s big winners were Kyle Biro (WCAN), William Mirreault and Nick Denniston (ECAN), and Marco Cannella (TransCan). Each won a ‘Factory Ride’ in addition to a $2500 parts credit!

This year, Yamaha has adopted the bLU cRU program from the United States and brought it north to Canadian riders to further offer amateur racing support. 

Bryan Hudgin, Yamaha’s Race Director commented, “Right now we already have Canadian amateur riders like Marco Cannella and Jake Tricco being supported by bLU cRU while riding in the U.S. so making this a North American program makes sense. What’s great about the ‘Yamaha bLU cRU Factory Ride’ award is, not only do the winners get the use of a new YZ of their choice for the next race season but they also can use the parts credit for our GYTR and Yamalube lines as well as our affiliated brands like One Industries, Factory Effex, Matrix and Cycra. 

With the award available at the Raymond Western Canadian Amateur National (July 1-3, 2016), Deschambault Grand National Amateur Championship (August 4-7, 2016) and at the Walton TransCan (August 17-21, 2016). Hudgin went on to discuss the importance of giving one award away at each event, “The ‘Yamaha bLU cRU Factory Ride’ award gives amateur Yamaha riders from coast to coast a chance to earn this prize. We want to show customers our commitment to amateur racing and our appreciation for their business.”

How Do You Win?
Of all the Yamaha riders at each event, the winning rider must attain the most cumulative points for their finishes.
The Rules:
• Contest open only to amateur Yamaha riders.
• You must be a resident of Canada.
• Your Yamaha must be a Canadian purchased unit.
• Rider cannot be an employee of Yamaha Motor Canada or one of its dealerships.
• Winner is only eligible for one prize. (Cannot win at multiple events)

Hudgin concluded, “If you race Raymond, Deschambault or Walton, make sure you’re doing it on a Yamaha. You may ride for free in 2017 on a ‘Yamaha bLU cRU Factory Ride’!”


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Zach Ness reveals "Combustion" concept based on new Victory Motorcycles engine

Victory Motorcycles revealed the final instalment in their 1200cc concept series at the International Motorcycle Show in New York City.  This concept, called “Combustion,” is powered by the production version of the engine that made its debut last month at EICMA in Milan. It was built by Zach Ness of Arlen Ness Motorcycles in Dublin, California and revealed at the Unions Garage in Brooklyn, NY just prior to its public showing at the International Motorcycle Show in New York City.


“Our family has a long-standing relationship with Victory Motorcycles customizing many Victory production bikes in the past,” says Zach Ness, third generation custom builder and grandson of the “Godfather of Customs,” Arlen Ness. “It’s always fun to look into the future – so to have the trust of Victory to create a more conceptual bike has been great.  Also, as one of the first to ride this new engine it absolutely RIPS!”

This Ness concept follows the Milan, Italy EICMA reveal of a concept bike built by Urs Erbacher of Switzerland. His concept bike known as “Ignition” took the first pre-production engine and wrapped it in an aggressive sport-bike inspired stance intended to satisfy needs of European riders.

Both the Ignition Concept and the Combustion Concept are propelled by production-intent engines that will power a new model Victory Motorcycle to be revealed in 2016. The Engine is a 1200cc liquid cooled 60 degree V-Twin design with four valves per cylinder that will deliver the kind of engine performance enthusiast riders find exhilarating.

“This new engine platform offers the most versatility in American Motorcycling.” says Motorcycle Product Director Gary Gray.  “Both concepts, Ignition and Combustion, are intended to show what this motor is capable of in very distinct, visual forms.  While the bikes are very different, the powertrain is capable of delivering the performance required of the look in both cases.” 

“Victory Motorcycles have taken a strong positioning as the Modern American Muscle brand,” says Steve Menneto, President of the Polaris Motorcycles Division. “We are excited about our path for this brand.  Our latest work will complement the existing line-up of motorcycles powered by the award-winning Freedom 106 design.”


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BMW Motorrad increases sales in the first quarter

BMW Motorrad achieves its best start into the new motorcycle season to date with a solid growth of 7.7 %. In the first three months of 2016, 33,788 motorcycles and maxi scooters were delivered to customers (prev. yr.: 31,370 units). 2.418 units more than in the equivalent period last year. In March 
BMW Motorrad delivered 16,465 vehicles worldwide (prev. yr.: 15,912 units) amounting to a 3.5 % growth in sales.

Heiner Faust, BMW Motorrad Head of Sales and Marketing: "BMW Motorrad has started into the new 2016 motorcycle season with the best first quarterly sales of all time. With a solid growth of 7.7%, BMW Motorrad remains firmly on course for success following the record year in 2015. The current model range is very popular with our customers. This is also reflected by the high number of incoming orders. We are expecting are very positive business performance this year, too.”

In the first quarter BMW Motorrad recorded growth above all in Europe and Asia. Developments are especially positive in Spain (2,190 units, +39.2 %), Italy (3,125 units, +6.4 %) and Great Britain (1,984 units, +9.2 %). Germany still remains the strongest single market with 5,668 units (+5.6 %) followed by France (3,230 units, + 2.4 %). In China BMW Motorrad has increased sales by 74.4 % to 853 units sold.

The BMW Motorrad sales ranking is still headed by the R 1200 GS travel enduro and its sister model, the R 1200 GS Adventure. In the first three months already more than 11,391 flat-twin GS motorcycles have been delivered to customers worldwide. Next on the list of the most sought-after models is the BMW S 1000 RR (2,385 units) and the BMW S 1000 XR (2,206 units).

Heiner Faust comments: “Naturally last year’s new models are strongly contributing to growth, for example the R 1200 RS sports tourer and the S 1000 XR Adventure bike. However, our spring business is a result of our strong overall model range. Even in its third year on the market, the ultimate travel enduro, the R 1200 GS Adventure, is continuing to achieve ever higher sales figures. Sales of our long running F Series, the F 700 GS and F 800 GS, also exceed last year's sales overall. Our new C 650 maxi scooters, launched at the turn of the year, are also fully on target.” 

Tough endurance test for both customers and R 1200 GS at the  GS Trophy 2016

The 5. BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy, probably the most unique motorcycle customer event worldwide, ended on 5. March after seven tough days of competition. This time it was held in Thailand. In this year’s edition, 19 teams from a total of 25 countries took part. On their seven-day trek covering more than 1,300 km through the forests, jungles and mountains of Northern Thailand, the participants not only put their riding skills to the test, but their endurance and team spirit as well. With temperatures far exceeding 30° C and very humid conditions, this was one of the most strenuous GS Trophies. The 114 motorcycles involved covered a total distance of 150,000 km under the toughest conditions.

Heiner Faust comments: “Once again the flat-twin GS bikes proved their stuff. There were no technical failures in this merciless event for man and machine. Participants praised the BMW cult enduros for their ease of operation, their robustness and their unbelievable on and off road potential.

The participants battled it out right up until the end. Following a thrilling finish, Team South Africa managed to take first place. It kept its nerve and took the first victory for its country at this event.


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BMW Motorrad Canada posted its best ever March sales

BMW Motorrad Canada posted its best ever March sales, reporting 223 units sold, marking an increase of 59.3 per cent compared to March, 2015. Year-to-date sales for the two-wheeled brand were 371 units. This is an increase of 121 units, or 48.4 per cent, over the same period in 2015 and the best-ever March results for BMW Motorrad Canada.

The BMW R1200GS, R1200GSA and R1200RT posted particularly strong sales in the first quarter as momentum gathers for the start of the riding season.


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Ducati Island Returns to Circuit of the Americas for MotoGP Weekend

Beginning April 8, thousands of Ducati fans from around the world will gather to experience Ducati Island at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin for the one-and-only MotoGP stop in the United States during the 2016 schedule.


Known as a must-stop experience for race goers, Ducati Island has grown into the largest Ducati fan activation at any MotoGP race around the world. The hugely popular Ducati Company Store, presentations by Ducati Master Technicians will all return, with Ducati’s various performance partners, including Öhlins, Pirelli, Brembo and Marchesini. The owner hospitality amenities that riders love will also be there: Ducati Welcome Center, Ducati Gear Check, Ducati Owners Cafe, Ducati Fashion Models, the Scrambler Land of Joy and the Ducati Kids. A new addition is the XDiavel Lounge with the new Ducati XDiavel that is taking the cruiser world by storm.




Additional Ducati activities in Austin include a Ducati MotoGP Party at Ducati Austin on the evening of Thursday, April 7, a Ducati Owners Club Event on Friday evening and the much anticipated Ducati Red Storm Ride early on Sunday morning before the races.


For music Ducati will once again be presenting a main stage for all the action and entertainment. Ducati presents our host and MC, DJ HAPA and live performances from Otis the Destroyer, Moonlight Towers and returning for her 3rd year on Ducati Island, Ms Kimberly Dunn.






On Sunday following the day’s racing, Ducati and COTA are proud to present headliner and American singer and songwriter Franky Xavier Perez! Franky with his backing band, The Truth will perform on the Ducati Island Main Stage to close the weekends racing action. Perez, who has been compared by music critics to Robert Plant and Otis Redding, has collaborated on stage with Slash from Guns-N’-Roses, The Doors, and members of The Cult, Weezer and Velvelt Revolver. Ducati fans may remember Franky as the front man for the Ducati All Stars which played select shows across the West Coast and headlined the 2012 World Ducati Week in Italy. He was also included as a re-occuring live band member of the Sons of Anarchy television series. Currently Perez is the singer for Apocalytica, whose U.S. tour begins this spring.


The three-day Ducati Ticket Package is now available for $215 per person at www.ducatiusa.com.

Ducati Ticket Package
(1) Turn 12 Ducati grandstand seat (three-day pass)
(1) Ducati motorcycle parking pass on Ducati Island
Exclusive access to explore COTA on the VIP Pit Walk
Parade lap around the COTA track for Ducati owners
Commemorative Ducati gift

Ducati Island is located within COTA’s central Grand Plaza. All Ducati owners in attendance will receive entry to the Ducati Owners Hospitality area and the ability to check their gear at no cost. 

All these activities and more are fully detailed on the Ducati website at http://www.ducatiusa.com/motogp-of-austin


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NEW Alpinestars 2016 Motocross/ Off-Road Collection

Some new motocross and off-road gear from Alpinestars.

Bionic Pro Jacket (suggested retail price – $239.95 USD)

Premium materials combined with innovative design on the Bionic Pro Jacket make for a protection garment that is light, ergonomically engineered and extremely durable.  Designed for rugged off-road outings, the Bionic Pro is constructed from a breathable stretch mesh that offers high levels of ventilation while keeping the protection close to the riders body.

 

Racer Braap Gloves  (suggested retail price – $29.95 ea. USD)

Alpinestars Racer Braap Gloves packs a range of innovative features, such as a single-piece upper and synthetic suede reinforcements into its revolutionary chassis for a durable performer providing a highly personalized fit – for each and every moto.



Orbit Backpack   (suggested retail price – $199.95 ea. USD)

The orbit is an extremely versatile backpack with large capacity storage options that is designed to withstand the toughest touring and riding conditions. Incorporating new innovations such as the advanced load carrying system, which evenly distributes weight across the back, or the free-moving anatomical shoulder straps, the Orbit backpack features a waterproof chassis and a versatile roll-top closure system.


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Indian Motorcycle Presents the 'Frontier 111' Custom Springfield

Indian Motorcycle®, America’s first motorcycle company, is proud to present the “Frontier 111” crafted by Azzkikr Custom Baggers of Phoenix, Ariz., as a radical interpretation of the new Indian® Springfield™ motorcycle.



The first custom to be built based on the 2016 Indian Springfield, Azzkikr’s Frontier 111 showcases builder Len Edmondson’s exceptional talents for creating award-winning and fully functional artwork. With this bike, his acute attention to detail and outrageous craftsmanship offer a truly show-stopping example of a thoroughly modern retro bagger that features classic lines via contemporary, artistic flare.

The Frontier 111 has obvious salutes to pedigree by incorporating the heritage of the Indian brand’s skirted front fender, a leaf-spring equipped springer front end, jockey shifter with foot clutch, and historically inspired color palette surrounding Indian Motorcycle’s powerful Thunder Stroke® 111 engine.



“We have been working on the cutting edge of the custom bagger movement for years now, but it’s not often that you get to reveal a custom based on a motorcycle the factory just introduced,” says Azzkikr’s Len Edmondson. “From Day #1, we wanted something that reflected the big front wheel trend but still spoke to the heritage and style that is uniquely Indian.”

The sleek Frontier 111 incorporates a sweeping line from its hand-built headlight housing to the tip of its expertly crafted rear fender. The front clip includes a custom-made triple tree sourced from KewlMetal, a springer-type suspension utilizing a leaf-spring, a 26-inch spoked wheel wrapped in Metzeler rubber, and a hand-formed aluminum hub hiding a modern disc brake system. Up top the Springfield’s fuel tank was modified for a vintage look and topped with a polished dash piece featuring stock gauges, and a hand-tooled leather seat diverts the eye to the back of the bike, where you’ll find hand-formed side panels, bags and rear fender. The removable bags are fully functional with a mechanical lid, and there’s a vintage-look taillight assembly with brake light and indicators. Hidden by the bags, the stock-size 16-inch rear wheel is spoked while rear air-suspension allows the bike to ride at factory height or drop low for show. As with everything else, the striking red and black paint palette with gold leaf detailing also was done in-house.



“Everything on the bike aside from the triple tree was hand-made or manufactured in our shop to an OEM quality standard to fit on the Springfield’s stock frame, so nothing on it makes any actual changes to the engineering of the present bike,” Edmondson says. “In other words, if I wanted to send parts to someone to reproduce this bike with a new Springfield, they could put it together using the same bolt patterns. That makes this build truly revolutionary.”

“The Indian Springfield is a touring bike that is meant to be ridden, and by building an extreme custom around the stock frame the Frontier 111 stays true to the spirit of the motorcycle,” commented Reid Wilson, Marketing Director for Indian Motorcycle. “Len and his team did an amazing job with this build and it was very exciting to unveil this bike at the 75th Anniversary of Daytona Bike Week.”

Learn more about Azzkikr Custom Baggers and its Frontier product line for Indian motorcycles at AzzkikrCustomBaggers.com. Learn more about Indian Motorcycle by visiting IndianMotorcycle.com and Facebook,Twitter and Instagram social media channels.



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BMW S1000 RR 2016 motorcycle first look with Ben Young

Ben Young starts his Canadian Super Bike journey soon and he'll be riding a full Full Season in CSBK aboard a BMW S1000RR. Watch him as he picks up his BMW bike for the 2016 CSBK race season.

Also featuring Chris Duff, Manager Motorrad Marketing.




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Young Confirms Full Season in CSBK aboard a BMW S1000RR

Scottish-born Pro motorcycle road racer Ben Young is thrilled to confirm that he will be contesting the full 2016 MOPAR Canadian Superbike Championship  (CSBK) piloting a BMW Motorrad Canada  S1000RR Superbike.
 
2016 marks a very special milestone for the global BMW brand as it celebrates its 100th anniversary.  The centenary year got underway on March 7, 2016 and over the coming months the company with its brands and services will look ahead to the next 100 years.



Not only will this be Young’s first venture into the premier Superbike class this will also be his first-ever season on a BMW and his first full season racing on Canadian soil since he won the PRO GP125 R.A.C.E Championship in 2010.

A rider with tremendous international experience, including the Scottish Nationals, U.S. Red Bull Rookies Cup try-outs, British Superbike, Grand Prix wildcard, Young’s racing career has been extensive for any rider of his age. In 2014, he split his time between racing British Superstock in the UK and AMA Daytona SportBike (now MotoAmerica Supersport) in America, scoring solid results in both.

The resident of Collingwood, Ontario spent this past season racing in the U.S. with the powerful RoadRace Factory team in the MotoAmerica Supersport championship where he earned his first MotoAmerica podium at Road America along with several top 5 finishes. In 2015, he also achieved two podium finishes at home in Canada during a one-off race weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Much like BMW’s heritage Young has always set his sights firmly on the future and has been a consistent force poised to take on new challenges and emerge stronger for them.
 
“BMW Motorrad Canada is proud to partner with Ben Young in 2016. We’ve closely followed his racing career in British Superstock and in MotoAmerica Supersport.  Not only have his results been impressive we know his professionalism on and off the track will represent the BMW brand well. We are delighted that his first venture into the premier Superbike class in Canada will be aboard the BMW S1000RR.  We look forward to an exciting and successful season.” said Chris Duff, Manager, Motorrad Marketing
 
This season also marks the fifth consecutive year the 22 year-old will be sporting the iconic Canadian Tim Hortons’ brand through franchisee Gilles Bolduc, a former Canadian roadracer himself. This time Young will be waving the Tim’s flag in Canada after taking the brand abroad to the UK and across the US. Also returning are long time partners Custom Home Builder and Renovation specialists Scot-build Developments Inc as well as AXO Racing will have Young protected with their premium race suits, gloves and boots.

After a brief respite the proud Canuck with the Scottish lilt will once again don an Arai Helmet for maximum safety and comfort as well as welcoming back K&N Filters, Hindle Exhaust, Woodcraft and Vortex Racing.

New partners for 2016 include; Epic Racewear, who will keep the crew looking and feeling Epic with custom crew shirts and KarmaComa Studio who will document Ben’s first season racing on Canadian soil and will delve further into the history and future of the iconic BMW brand on its 100th anniversary through a multi-part YouTube series.
 
Young recently picked up his BMW S1000RRs at BMW Toronto which was documented by KarmaComa Studio in this video: 


 
Scott Cartier, designer and technician at Hindle Exhaust Systems will be Young’s Chief Mechanic for the 2016 CSBK season.

“I’m stoked to start my new journey in the MOPAR Canadian Superbike Championship. The BMW S1000RR’s stock power is unbelievable and it’s the epitome of a superbike.  I can’t wait to work with Scott Cartier on preparing the bikes for the 2016 season and testing as soon as we can.”  said Young
 
The 22 year old pilot of the #86 BMW S1000RR is also a proud "Laps for Muscular Dystrophy" (Laps4MD) rider who’s pledged to donate $1 for every lap he lead this season. These donations go to Muscular Dystrophy Canada to help make a difference in the lives of over 50,000 Canadians affected by a neuromuscular disorder.
 
To keep up-to-date on Ben Young throughout the year visit; www.fogi.us,www.facebook.com/BenYoungRacing and on Twitter and Instgram: @benyoung_86. 


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Bob Burnquist Rides a Zero

Bob Burnquist is a world-renowned pro skateboarder and the winningest X Games athlete of all time. He's also an avid rider fully stoked on Zero Motorcycles. Take a ride around Bob’s home—aka “Dreamland”—to experience what he believes is the future. Bob owns two Zero motorcycles.

Budget probably isn't too much a concern for Bob....



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Indian Motorcycle Announces the 2016 Springfield

Indian Motorcycle®, America’s first motorcycle company, has announced the new 2016 Indian Springfield™. Named after the birthplace of Indian Motorcycle and designed for a pure riding experience, the Indian Springfield is a soulful and versatile new addition to the 2016 lineup. It features true, authentic American craftsmanship, superior refinement and only the most essential touring features for the ultimate in open road touring without distractions.

Inspired by the rich heritage of Indian Motorcycle, the Indian Springfield offers classic styling blended with thoroughly modern technology for a purist’s take on both touring comfort and urban versatility.
The Indian Springfield can be quickly converted into a cruiser with the quick-release windshield and saddlebags removed, or transformed into a high-capacity touring model with Genuine Indian Motorcycle accessories. While maintaining the style and luxury for which Indian Motorcycle is renowned, the Indian Springfield makes its own distinctive mark in the bagger and touring category. While related to the iconic Indian® Chief® family, the multifaceted Indian Springfield hard bagger was developed with a unique new trunk-compatible chassis for higher loading capacity and a premium touring experience without sacrificing handling prowess.

Designed for an unobstructed view of the road ahead, the Indian Springfield sports a bespoke quick-release windshield that creates a large air pocket for rider and passenger comfort. Other comfort features such as remote locking hard bags and adjustable passenger floorboards come standard along with real leather seating, high-resolution Anti-Lock Brakes, tire pressure monitoring, electronic cruise control, and a powerful headlight and dual driving lights. Standard front and rear highway bars allow mounting of accessories and offer valuable protection from tip-overs. Brightly chromed forks, headlight housing, fender trim, engine covers, exhaust and handlebars with internal wiring bring the shine along for the ride.

“The new Indian Springfield wasn’t designed to fill a space in our lineup; it was built to fill a space in the hearts of riders who value the rich heritage and fine craftsmanship of Indian Motorcycle, and who want both a pure touring bike and a sleek urban cruiser,” said Steve Menneto, President of Motorcycles for Polaris Industries. “The Springfield’s unmatched versatility will win the hearts of motorcycling purists around the world.”

Powered by the highly regarded Thunder Stroke® 111 engine, the Indian Springfield delivers 119 ft./lbs. of torque (North American models) to conquer any highway in any weather. Its unique new chassis was designed to handle a wide load range, featuring cartridge forks and an air adjustable rear shock with 4.5 inches of travel for safely transporting up to 533 lbs. in style. Touring comfort can be further enhanced with a full line of accessories including a tall and low windshield, heated driver and passenger seats, soft lowers, a 17-gallon accessory trunk and heated grips to keep riders comfortable in cool temperatures. Yet in minutes its quick-release windscreen and saddlebags can be removed creating a classically styled, high performance cruiser. The split seat, featuring a unique stitch and stud pattern, can likewise be trimmed down to create a tight and low solo look, giving the Indian Springfield a truly customizable personality.

The 2016 Indian Springfield starts at $20,999 in Thunder Black and $21,549 for Indian Motorcycle® Red. It comes with a two-year unlimited mileage factory warranty and, as with all new Indian Motorcycles, includes free membership in the Indian Motorcycle Riders Group™ for one year. For more information, visit www.IndianMotorcycle.com.


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Motovan's 2016 Moto catalog available now

Motovan's 2016 Moto catalog is now available online. Find gear in the Catalog then go to your local dealer to either pick it up there or have them order it in.

Here's the LINK:




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