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BMW Motorrad Canada reported its best June on record

BMW Motorrad Canada reported its best June on record with sales of 314 motorcycles. These strong sales figures resulted in a 30.8 per cent increase over June, 2014. Year-to-date, the brand has sold 1,141 motorcycles, an increase of 0.4 per cent compared to the same period last year. The S1000RR lead the way for Motorrad sales in June, with the R1200GS and R1200RT also reporting strong results. Another important event for the two-wheeled brand in June was the introduction of the new S1000XR, the first adventure sports bike. Combining the best elements of sports, enduro and touring worlds in one motorcycle, the S1000XR once again demonstrates the BMW Group’s leadership in innovative mobility.



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Husqvarna 2016 Motocross Models Coming Soon

Husqvarna’s Next Generation Motocross Models Unveiled Soon

Proudly announcing the imminent arrival of their 2016 motocross models, Husqvarna Motorcycles are pleased to offer a first look of what is to come from their totally new, next generation line-up of motocross machines.



Pioneering since 1903 Husqvarna Motorcycles have not rested in their return to the sport, working tirelessly to develop a sophisticated line-up of high-tech motocross models.

Building on over a century of motorsport heritage and Swedish inspired design, the new motocross models will mark a ground breaking milestone in the arrival of premium motocross bikes.

From August 3rd to 8th the world’s off-road media will descend upon the US motocross track of Budds Creek for the official 2016 Husqvarna model introduction. Around this iconic track they will discover and enjoy the technical and aesthetic benefits of Husqvarna’s totally new motocross machines.

Leaving no stone unturned in achieving strong, light and controllable motocross bikes, the brand new Husqvarna Motorcycles range sets new standards in handling, agility, power, weight, technology and aesthetics.

For MY16 Husqvarna’s engineers, in cooperation with its motorsport department, have completely redesigned the chassis from the ground up.

In the engine department the FC 450, FC 350, FC 250 and TC125 see performance boosting developments and improvements.

A compact, sleek design ensures Husqvarna 2016 motocross models have distinctive and futuristic bodywork and graphics, with a Swedish inspired pearl blue and electric yellow colour scheme.

Full details of the brand new 2016 Husqvarna motocross model range will be released on August 4th, 2015.

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CXCC West Round 1 & 2 - Monkey Wrench - Lytton, BC

The West Coast Dirt Riders Club once again pulled out all the stops to put on another spectacular 2 day event in the mountains outside Lytton, BC.   The scenery is always great and thanks to the efforts of the club and all their volunteers so was the course.


Day one saw Honda's Jason Schrage take top of the Pro Podium with Tyler Murray in 2nd and Husqvarna's Ryan Graffunder in Third.

Leave it to the West Coast Dirt Riders to come up with some very creative obstacle sections - the swinging tire pit was within easy walking distance of the pits for the spectators to enjoy.

Another great section used every year is the roller coaster section.  Pray it doesnt rain when coming through here.

On Day 2 Honda's Jason Schrage battled with Husky's Ryan Graffunder and was behind by 2 minutes - Ryan ended up having to do a 3rd lap which took over an hour at his pace.  Jason got second ahead of Blake Watkinson both of whom were relaxed in the pits when Ryan got back in.

Laminacorr Racing's Ride Like a Girl Program paid out some cash to the Women's class on both days.

Full Results and points standings will be available on our site  www.worldendurocanada.com

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Ducati achieves its 800th Superbike podium!

Thanks to a brilliant performance, Chaz Davies riding his Panigale R on the Misano World Circuit, has achieved the 800th Ducati podium in the Superbike World Championship!

From the beginning in the championship in 1988, Ducati Superbikes have always been distinguished for their excellent results, so that there is no year in the history of the SBK championship during which a Ducati did not reach the podium in at least one of the season’s races.


800 podiums is an exceptional milestone, demonstrating the continued commitment that Ducati dedicates to the development of its Superbikes, protagonists on tracks around the world for the past 27 years.

The dream continues. #ForzaDucati

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Victory Motorcycles Project 156 hits highs and lows at Pikes Peak

Project 156 was on an aggressive pace for a podium finish, but crashes in the second section and DNF’s at 93rd annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
· Project 156 qualified fourth overall out of 60 entries and top of class
· Don Canet posted the second fastest time of the day in section one
· Don Canet crashed in section two of the course but remounted the bike
· Project 156 had to pull over in the fourth and final section while leading the Exhibition Class to an unfortunate DNF.
 
 Victory Racing experienced some highs and lows with racing this weekend after Project 156, ridden by Cycle World Editor Don Canet, crashed in the second section of the mountain course and stopped running less than 2 miles from the summit of the Pikes Peak’s finish line following an aggressive starting pace that proved the potential of the prototype engine.
Canet had qualified first in the Exhibition Class a few days before the race and was buoyed by qualifying fourth overall. Early on in the race, Don was posting speeds on Project 156 that were putting him in the running for an overall podium finish until he touched the slippery white paint in section two’s Brown Bush corner, one of the tightest corners out of the 156 turns, resulting in a minor lowside that would cause issues later in the run.
Don was rolling again in 23 seconds and resumed his fast pace. In the third section he was back on race pace posting the fifth fastest split time overall. Alas, it was not meant to be and he had to retire in the fourth and final section of the course around 13,000ft elevation. After such a promising start following practice and qualifying, the Victory Racing team began to set its sights on not just winning their class, but taking the overall lowest time in the motorcycle category.
Canet said: “I was off to a strong start and competitive with the fastest bikes on the mountain. My disappointment is more for the team and how much work they put into Project 156 from the very beginning. The bike was working really well today despite being a prototype and being rebuilt after the practice crash a few weeks ago. To go fast here you have to ride outside the paint lines and I got caught out crossing over one. I never let go of the handlebars and got right back up again but unfortunately the bike stopped running in the last section. Overall, I’m really proud of the team’s effort.”
Victory Motorcycles General Manager Rod Krois said: “The Victory team didn’t shy away from the challenge of racing Pikes Peak. Racing is the ultimate test for any machine and on the back of a podium at the Isle of Man TT a few weeks ago we were hoping for a strong result with Project 156 as well. We know that Don and the team were pushing hard to take a position on the overall podium and we absolutely support their commitment to racing as hard as possible at Pikes Peak this year.”
“We committed to racing a prototype Victory engine in one of the toughest ways possible, and we succeeded in showing how strong an engineering team we have at Victory Motorcycles to develop a competitive motor in such a short time,” said Polaris Motorcycles Product Director Gary Gray. “We may not have ended up with the result we all wanted today – but I can say that the Project 156 represents the two things that Victory stands for – performance and exhilaration. We got the bike back down to the pits after the race, and were able to fire it up. It looks like the crash may have resulted in an electrical issue that ended this run for Project 156. The team is investigating to find the specific issue, and we want to bring Project 156 back to the race again.”
Project 156 is sponsored by Victory Motorcycles, Roland Sands Design, Faulkner-Livingston Racing, AF1 Racing, MoTec, Dunlop Tires, Öhlins Suspension, Carillo Rods, Speedcell, GoPro Cameras, K&N Filters, Del West, IWIS, Spider Grips, Aeromotive, and Millennium Technologies. The team also wishes to extend a sincere thank you to Tom Osborne, the PPIHC staff and all of the safety personnel involved as well as the hundreds of Victory Motorcycle fans who attended the event and enjoyed a VIP viewing area.
Victory Motorcycles has been flexing their muscles, not only with an entry in the Isle of Man TT, but also with professional drag racing, stunt teams and this entry in the iconic Pikes Peak Hill Climb with a prototype and custom race machine built by Victory Racing and Roland Sands Design.
 

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Episode 12 of Motorcycle Experience on TSN!

The 2015 Bike of the Year revealed!

You know, since this is our 26th season of Motorcycle Experience, I figure we’ve sampled some three hundred and thirty-five brand new motorcycles over the years. Everything from cruisers, standards and tourers to adventure tourers, sport bikes, naked bikes, and scooters. As you know, every season we invite viewers and fans of the show to spend twelve weeks riding and sampling the very latest and greatest motorcycles on offer from our friends in the motorcycle industry. And this year has been no different. Case in point: recently we sampled the very latest in hard chrome cruisers fresh off the Project Rushmore drawing board from the folks at Harley-Davidson. The latest big displacement adventure touring tool from Yamaha, the Super Ténéré also drew high praise. We then sampled a couple of the very latest six cylinder touring platform motorcycles from the Honda menu while a pair of very cool all new, all ‘rounder middle weights from both Yamaha and Honda turned heads along with a couple of all new small displacement sportbikes earning a very big round of applause. And speaking of sportbikes, big displacement, high performance sports machines also took centre stage this year - with Honda’s fully amalgamated, super rare CBR 1000RR SP, and BMW Motorrad’s naked roadster, the S1000R put smiles on our collective faces and drew standing ovations. Heck, I’d even throw Harley’s prototype all electric into the mix if it were not for the fact that a motorcycle has to be available for purchase in order to qualify for our bike of the year honours. All in all, at the risk of sounding like I’m bragging, it was a really great year to be a motorcycle journalist. So out of all the bikes we sampled this season, which one was worthy enough to win our coveted bike of the year? Well tune in to find out who takes home the prize as the winner of our 2015 Motorcycle Experience Bike of the Year!


Also this week OPP Constable Anthony Mann proves that practice does indeed make perfect. While on this season’s Ultimate Ride Norm Wells and I discuss our next Ultimate destination. Then, during our “Winging It” segment Ken Edick discusses why he rides while during “Shifting Gears,” I throw a leg over Harley Davidson’s all electric Livewire.


Keep your right hand cranked!

Dave

EpisodeDayDateTimeChannel
12Monday June 2923:30 TSN 1
12WednesdayJuly 100:30 TSN 3
12FridayJuly 300:30 TSN 4
1MondayJuly 614:00 TSN 1
1MondayJuly 612:30 TSN 2




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Marquez Battles for Assen Podium

Marc Marquez got back to podium-winning ways at the Dutch MotoGP in Assen, coming in second behind Valentino Rossi after a monumental battle which reached its crescendo on the last corner of the last lap. Jorge Lorenzo produced a steady performance to come home untroubled in third and consolidates his second place position in the 2015 title standings.

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Third place for Victory Racing in its first ever TT Zero race

Third place for Victory Racing in its first ever TT Zero race

·        Lee Johnston rides a 111.62mph lap to his second TT podium

·        Fourth for Guy Martin on a 109.717mph lap, just shy of the 110mph mark

·        “It’s a proper fast bike, the Victory boys were spot on,” says Guy.

Isle of Man: Victory Racing is celebrating its first ever TT podium after Lee Johnston rode a 111.620mph lap in the SES TT Zero race to take third place.

Lee had ridden increasingly fast laps on successive practices throughout the week as he became more familiar with the intricacies of riding the electric motorcycle – including energy management and regeneration – and he rode his fastest lap to date just when it mattered most.

Lee said in the winner’s enclosure: “Yeah, awesome to be back on the podium again. Every time we go out, we’re getting faster. Think we had a little bit of battery left, so maybe could have went a bit quicker. Fair play to the Mugen boys, but at the end of the day they have been coming here for three years and in their first year they did nowhere near 110mph, so credit to the whole Victory team, it’s an absolutely awesome job. The bike’s so fun to ride because it’s so small, I really like riding it.”

Guy Martin, who stepped in to ride the bike on behalf of the injured William Dunlop, placed fourth, an equally sweet victory in some ways, as he had only ridden two practice laps on William’s No.6 machine ahead of the race. He also posted his fastest lap of the week in the race – a 109.717mph, just shy of the 110mph mark.

“It’s a proper fast bike,” he said. “The Victory boys judged it just right to use up all of the battery power as I came over the finish line. I’d need more time to properly get my head around it but I’m happy to have had the opportunity to ride it.”

For a first time at the TT, the team is thrilled that it has been so competitive. Victory Racing Team Manager, Brian Wismann, said: “I’m feeling very, very good. It was good day for Victory Racing on our first ever time at the TT. We accomplished what we set out to accomplish… got on to the podium, but we also got a 111mph average in our first ever TT Zero race. Speeds were good, the bikes were good and reliable, they looked great out there. I’m just very, very pleased with all the hard work the team’s put in and the work that the riders have done to get the bikes round here so quickly.”

Out of the 10 electric bike teams on the Isle of Man, seven of them entered the race. It is also the very first time that five teams have all achieved over 100mph laps under race conditions and is a strong indicator that electric racing technology is being taken seriously by many brands in anticipation of mass-produced consumer vehicles. 


For Gary Gray, Director Motorcycle Product for Victory Motorcycles, the third and fourth place is reward for all the efforts the brand is putting into proving ‘American Performance’. He said: “I couldn't be prouder of the team for putting a bike on the podium the first year out and for building the fastest American electric bike ever at the Isle of Man TT. I promised we would be competitive and beating nine of the 10 teams proves American performance.

 

A podium result has also excited Parker, the makers of the GVM electric motor that propelled the bikes. Parker’sUS-based strategic account manager, Kevin Holloway said: “We are proud of the entire Victory Racing team for the third and fourth place finishes in the TT Zero. Everybody worked so hard and we exceeded our expectations by setting an American lap record today.”

 

Victory Motorcycles has been flexing their muscles in various forms, not only by entering the Isle of Man TT, but also by taking part in professional drag racing, running a stunt team and fielding an entry in the iconic Pikes Peak Hill Climb with a prototype and custom race machine built by Victory Racing and Roland Sands Design, all which will be exhibited at the upcoming American Victory Rally in Denver and Colorado Springs, CO. http://www.victorymotorcycles.com/en-us/event/2015-additional-events-american-victory-rally-june



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Adventure Motorcyclist to Race the Pikes Peak on a Stock Ducati Multistrada 1200 S

Jamie Robinson Will Ride the Multistrada More Than 2,000 Miles Round Trip With a Stop in Colorado Springs to Compete in the Epic "Race to the Clouds"
Cupertino, Calif. (June 25, 2015)– Motorcycle adventurer and former British racing champion, Jamie Robinson, has teamed up with Ducati for an extreme demonstration of the 4-bikes-in-1 concept that defines the Multistrada 1200. In just over one week’s time, Robinson has traveled more than 1,000 miles on the new Multistrada – battling the city streets of Los Angeles, relaxing in cruise control across Nevada and taking a few shortcuts through the mountain roads of Utah – all before arriving at the starting line to compete in the 93rd running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on Sunday, July 28.
  
The Multistrada holds the course record at Pikes Peak and has taken the top spot on the podium multiple times. Now, Robinson will put versatility of a virtually untouched Multistrada to the test and showcase how well rounded the bike truly is.
“I’ve raced all over the world on all types of motor bikes and the Multistrada is one of the fastest, comfortable and most capable motorcycles I’ve ever ridden,” said Robinson. “We thought that taking a Multistrada right out of the showroom, riding it all the way from Los Angeles to race in Pikes Peak and then riding back home, would be a great way to show the world what the bike can do!”
To follow the experience with Jamie Robinson, visit





Hashtags: #pikespeakadventure | #ducatiracetotheclouds





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Oscar by Alpinestars Comissions Ornamental Conifer for Mega Art Giveaway

To celebrate the launch of the 2015 Oscar by Alpinestars line, Alpinestars has tapped the typographical wizardry of brush master Ornamental Conifer. The colorful ambassador and communicator of motorcycle culture was commissioned to create a one-of-a-kind, hand painted jacket, a hand painted poster and a print edition of two hundred pieces, all of which will be offered in a substantial giveaway.
Renowned for his subversive whimsy and moto-inspired wit, Ornamental Conifer conjured the tongue in cheek yet poignant : “FREEDOM EARNED FROM THROTTLES TURNED” phrase which he’s emblazoned across the back of a brand new Oscar Monty jacket as well as a 18" x 24" painting. Additionally, a series of two hundred 18" x 24 "signed silkscreened prints have been created all of which will be available through a drawingJune 11th – 26th. One lucky winner will take home the jacket, one will be hanging an original Ornamental Conifer on their wall and 200 will be the proud owners of a limited edition, signed print.
 
 
“I’ve always been a fan of the Alpinestars brand. They have such a rich heritage, it’s great to see it being celebrated with the new Oscar line. I’m stoked that I get to be involved!” said the artist of his participation.
As an additional component of the Ornamental Conifer-ized launch of Oscar, Alpinestars also created a short video glimpse into the life and process of the artist. Shot in and around his Venice, CA studio, the four minute video gives insight into a typical day of hard work and hard leisure.
The complete Oscar line is available now, debuting with 4 jacket styles, 1 denim offering and a selection of rugged gloves and boots. Merging a history of innovation and Italian craftsmanship, the Oscar by Alpinestars line exists as a fusion of classic styles and silhouettes, punctuated by technical features and modern processes. Much in the vein of the original Oscar by Alpinestars branded product of the 1970’s, an equal balance of form and function will be meticulously maintained, creating unique, premium garments, guided by the timeless rebel-style essence of motorcycle racing.
To see the complete Oscar line, view the look book and watch the inspiration film, visit:
To enter to win one of the 202 Ornamental Conifer for Oscar pieces, visit:
 

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Indian Motorcycle to Sponsor Inaugural “Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis"

Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, today announced its sponsorship of the “Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis.” The ride, intended to raise support for severely wounded and injured veterans, will offer a group of former military service members the opportunity to ride to Sturgis, SD just in time for the rally’s 75th anniversary.

Indian Motorcycle recently announced a partnership with the USO, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing programs and live entertainment to the U.S. troops and their families worldwide, and today is expanding its commitment to those who served. In addition to sponsoring the ride, Indian Motorcycle is providing the service members with bikes to ride to Sturgis. Several of the Indian models have been outfitted with sidecars specially built and provided by Champion Sidecars to accommodate the riders who are unable to operate a motorcycle themselves due to multiple traumatic amputations.
“In the same way we are inspired by the courageous and selfless commitment these men and women made defending our country, we are honored to help each of them achieve their dream of riding to Sturgis on an Indian Motorcycle,” said Scott Meek, marketing director for Indian Motorcycle.
More than a dozen veterans, from various military branches and of varying ages, will start their weeklong journey to Sturgis from Los Angeles. The trip will be filled with exciting locations and routes on their epic journey to the Black Hills Rally in Sturgis.
 
The group will spend six days riding spectacular scenic backroads and exploring some of America’s greatest national treasures including Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Capital Reef National Park, The Arches and Moab, Utah. From Utah the group will continue their journey through the Colorado National Monument, Hahn’s Peak Colorado and Medicine Bow National Forest in Wyoming, arriving in Sturgis on Sunday, August 2.
At the rally, they will enjoy the ultimate Sturgis experience. America’s First Motorcycle Company takes special pride in its long-standing relationship with the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which was started by Indian Motorcycle dealer “Pappy” Hoel in 1938. The riders will be treated to several activities sponsored by Indian and its partners, including participation in the Buffalo Chip’s “Freedom Ride” on Thursday, August 6 along with 600 fellow veterans.
Indian Motorcycle has partnered with Emmy award-winning Director Robert Manciero and his production company, Full Vision Productions, to create this adventure and film the entire journey. “We are honored to be putting on this event and campaign in support of Indian Motorcycle and the service members who have given so much for our country. We have created a fantastic, weeklong ride with activities and excursions planned along the route in addition to chef-prepared special meals and visits with other veterans and organizations,” said Manciero.
“Attending the Sturgis Bike Rally has been on my bucket list for many years, but riding to the 75th anniversary with my fellow veterans on an motorcycle is a dream come true,” said Los Angeles-based Jorge Hernandez, a veteran Marine with 12 years of service, two Purple Hearts and four deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Full Vision Productions has created a unique, interactive media platform to chronicle the epic ride. It will enable fellow veterans, motorcycle enthusiasts and other supporters to follow the riders and campaign in real-time, interacting with them via Facebook,Twitter andInstagram and watching daily videos of their journey. Riders who are on their way to Sturgis for the rally will find the itinerary for each day posted on the site should they wish to join the ride and support the riders on their once-in-a-lifetime journey. For more details about the campaign, videos and specifics of the route and excursions visit the Veterans Charity Ride official website at www.veteranscharityride.org.

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2015 Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship East -Alvinston, ON

Mother Nature smiled on the Gullymor MX facility this past Sunday and diverted the expected rain showers and thunderstorms to provide a day of fantastic weather for Round #2 of the Royal Distributing CXCC East. There was just enough moisture in the ground to keep dust to a minimum and lots of traction. Strong rider turnouts for all classes kept the racing close.



The combination of the top notch MX track, long sections of single track and fast grass track areas are making Gullymor one of the favorite stops on the CXCC circuit.


Steven Able and the WEC timing crew hard at work - as usual the results were posted within minutes of the end of each race.


Yamaha once again took top two spots on the Pro podium with Brian Wojnarowski in first and Justin Lewis in 2nd. Adam "Cheeseburger" Millson rounded out the podium in 3rd on his Dual Sport Plus GasGas.


Curtis Marshall took 2nd in Mini Senior behind Mia Barrett but was ALL smiles as he got the fastest lap of the day in that class and the $100 from Wiesner Insurance for his efforts.


Yamaha rider Rob Hewitt took the win in Vet Master Class ahead of Steve Ooman (who won the Pirelli fastest lap award and got a new set of Pirelli rubber for it) and David Taplay.


Scott Merritt, Ryan Barber and Charlie Lake went 1, 2, 3 in hotly contested Vet Jr class and all got some great prizes from Parts Canada for their efforts.



The Women's Class was once again awarded with cold hard cash courtesy of the Laminacor Racing "Ride Like a Girl" program. Alex Franklin got $100 for 1st, Jill Carny $60 for 2nd and Kari Van Oosten $40 for 3rd.

Next round for the CXCC East will be in Parry Sound at the famous Hurd Pit, home to 06 & 07 World Championship rounds, on Sunday July 26th.

This weekend the CXCC West kicks of its season with rounds 1 & 2 in Lytton, BC at the Monkey Wrench Double Header weekend

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