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Motorcycle Experience - Back on TSN


Motorcycle Experience are back for their 25th season on TSN and on TSN2.

Airs: Tuesday, April 15 at 2:00pm EST - Check local listings.

Some topics you can expect in this first show of the season include:

The Yamaha FZ-09; a bike that everybody is talking about. How to pack your bike, custom paints jobs, and the Ultimate Ride.



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KYMCO Canada - exclusive organizer of the 2015 Mad Bastard Scooter Rally!

KYMCO Canada is thrilled to be taking over the reigns from CMG to exclusively organize the 2015 Mad Bastard Scooter Rally.  As a long-time title sponsor, we have participated as rally organizers, co-rally masters, and of course, rally participants.  With nearly a decade of exposure to the insanity of this event, we promise to stay true to MBSR's core elements, but equally look forward to taking it up a notch! 
Editor 'Arris will stay on as the asylum's resident consultant, and may have the opportunity to finally get a taste of his own medicine if he dares to ride with the pack this time. Ah, revenge is sweet isn't it?  Dust off those scoots, and fire up those engines.  You will not want to miss this one!
 
 

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BMW Motorrad achieves new all-time high in March

In the first three months of this year BMW Motorrad sales were higher than ever before in a first quarter. Supplies as of March came to a total of 28,719 vehicles (previous year: 24,732 units), making for an increase in sales of 16.1%. 15,183 motorcycles and maxi scooters (previous year: 13,067 units) were supplied to customers worldwide last month. With an increase of 16.2% as compared to the previous year, this was the best monthly sales performance in the history of the company.


Heiner Faust, BMW Motorrad Head of Sales and Marketing: "We got off to an excellent start to the new motorcycle season with a sales increase of 16.1% as of March. In the first three months of this year we have supplied more motorcycles and maxi scooters than ever before in a first quarter. What is more, last month was the most successful in the company's history with 15,183 vehicles sold and an increase of 16.2%. Never before have we sold as many vehicles in March."

The positive result was due to the high level of demand worldwide. The first quarter was pleasing in Europe, too. The southern European markets are seeing significant growth as compared to the previous year. The strongest individual market for BMW Motorrad continues to be Germany, followed by the US, France, Italy, Brazil and Spain.

"Based on this excellent quarterly result we have positive expectations of the upcoming months," concluded Heiner Faust.

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Zero DS Soon To Hit the Streets of Ceres California Working Traffic Detail

CERES POLICE DEPARTMENT SELECTS ZERO MOTORCYCLES AS THEIR ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE OF CHOICE

Zero Motorcycles has nnounced today that the Ceres Police Department has purchased three Zero DS Police Motorcycles to be added to the department’s current Traffic Unit fleet of motorcycles. The purchase of these three Zero DS motorcycles was 100% grant-funded by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District in an effort to keep the air pollution-free. The Ceres Police Department selected the Zero DS Police Motorcycle due its reliability, low maintenance, battery range and capacity, maneuverability, and light weight chassis, as well as economic feasibility and low impact on the environment. In addition to traffic enforcement, these motorcycles can be used in enforcement situations that require a stealthy approach, as well as for public relations and school safety patrols.  Zero continues to work directly with a variety of law enforcement, security and military agencies including current testing with the Los Angeles Police Department.

“Police departments rely on their fleet motorcycles and vehicles everyday while in the line of duty and we are proud to be able to play a role in providing a motorcycle that meets police and department needs. Zero Motorcycles is continuously working towards providing top motorcycles that have been developed from the ground up to meet the requirements of law enforcement and security agencies,” said John Lloyd, Vice President of Global Sales for Zero Motorcycles. “Zero has designed and engineered the police line-up based on feedback directly from patrol officers regarding their needs and responsibilities. We are honored to have the continued support of law enforcement and security agencies and are thrilled that the Ceres Police Department will be using Zero Police Motorcycles in their fleet.”


“The acquisition of these highly innovative law enforcement vehicles represents the collaborative effort of Ceres Police Department, Zero Motorcycles, and the Valley Air District to preserve the environment, increase policing efficiencies, and provide enhanced public safety services to the community.  We are also interested in the health benefits for the officers by decreasing their exposure to the exhaust of traditional motorcycles,” said Art de Werk, Police Chief for Ceres Police Department.  “I commend the initiative of Sergeant Chris Perry and appreciate the generous support of the Valley Air District.  Community partnerships where we take advantage of innovative technology and intergovernmental support to deliver progressive law enforcement services should continue into the future.”

The Zero DS Police Motorcycle is fully electric and designed for police and security departments to have a cost effective way to patrol various terrains and road conditions as well as areas with noise and pollution limitations or restrictions allowing for a broader range of patrol area options. The Zero Police Motorcycles are fully equipped with pursuit emergency lighting and sirens, safety components, unique use case features, and plenty of functional storage options to carry gear, patrol items, and emergency medical equipment.

The Zero DS Police motorcycle was developed specifically for police and security agencies to be utilized to meet the daily needs and requirements of duty. Law enforcement agencies continue to be one of Zero’s fastest growing segments. Zero has worked with several local police departments and University police departments as well as international agencies in Hong Kong and Columbia. Since launching its exclusive law enforcement and security motorcycle line-up, Zero has developed electric motorcycle programs for police agencies like:
Zero Motorcycles has developed their police motorcycles to meet the increasing demand for street and dual sport police motorcycles on a global level with many Asian, European and South American countries taking interest. North America continues to be in high demand as well with several local police departments and campuses utilizing the motorcycles for security and patrol. Law enforcement and security agencies have found the Zero DS Police Motorcycle to be reliable with no routine powertrain maintenance and economically feasible with “fuel” cost at only a penny a mile. Zero continues to work directly with a variety of international, national and local law enforcement, security and military agencies to expand their motorcycle fleets and integrate the use of Zero Motorcycles.

For exclusive information regarding Zero’s Police line- up, including video testimonial, visit www.zeromotorcycles.com/fleet. 

 

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Momentum Adventure Motorcycling - Ontario riding school

Momentum Adventure Motorcycling - Adventure Touring at Your Doorstep

Exploring around the cottage or heading off to Siberia? Pick up new skills and find more roads to ride. The promise of Adventure bikes is the way to go.

Momentum Adventure Motorcycling will help you increase confidence when it comes to exploring gravel roads and trails. Using controlled off-road terrain in the Hockley Valley (Ontario), Momentum focuses on every rider in two ways; first, by developing and improving their off-pavement riding abilities and then by taking in a day touring some of the exciting unpaved roads in Ontario.


New riding skills are part of the program and you can comfortably expand these using your own bike at our dedicated facility 45 minutes north of Toronto. We are committed to safety and helping riders progress at their own pace. Your new skills will ultimately benefit you both on-road and off-road.

Balance, slow-speed control, bike dynamics, and rider techniques can help traditional road-riders and cruisers too. Once you’ve built that confidence you have the choice of a variety of dedicated tours that explore the back roads and trails of Ontario.

Programs are available mid-week and on week-ends. The first day is devoted to skills development and practice. The second day is for real. That’s when your new abilities take you to places you’ve never been before. Follow along with an experienced coach/rider while the new skills are reinforced.

Learn a way of riding that can get you there. Bookings are happening now for the 2014 riding season.
Accommodations and hospitality will be arranged nearby.

Have fun. Be safe. Expand your riding world.

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Programs begin Saturday, May 3, 2014 and run every weekend. Groups can be booked by appointment.

Touring options run right through the Autumn.

Contact: Bruce Wilson
bruce@momentummotorcycling.ca
http://www.momentummotorcycling.ca
Phone: (226) 979-6140


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2015 Honda NM4 coming to Canada

No pricing listed on the Honda Canada website yet but word is that it'll retail for $10,999 in the US.

Think of it as an exclamation mark on wheels! With its stealth fighter-styling, the NM4 won't be mistaken for anything else. The outrageous anime appearance represents the vision of a young, skunkworks design team from deep within Honda R&D, but the innovation didn't end with the styling. From the passenger seat that offers double duty as an adjustable rider backrest, to the reactive dash with 25 colours, to the angular headlight framed with a stylish LED definition line, the NM4 screams new thinking. 


Utilizing the long-stroke NC series' 700 class engine which delivers strong, low-end torque through an advanced dual-clutch transmission with fully automatic mode to its fat 200 section rear tire, the NM4 backs up its extreme styling with a rewarding riding experience. And for those who want to raise eyebrows further, the NM4 offers creature comforts too, with well-placed floorboards and generous storage compartments in the fairing that include a power outlet to keep your personal electronics charged. The saddlebags integrate nicely into the NM4's unique lines, completing the long distance capability. So whether you're turning heads downtown Gotham or heading off to fight crime in a post-apocolyptic Metropolis, the NM4 will prove to be a trusty sidekick.


NM4 - don't be surprised if people ask, "What movie is that from?!"




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Atlantic Roadracing League New Organization Structure For 2014

Halifax, NS - March 31, 2013  Atlantic Roadracing League (ARL) announced today they will be undergoing some organization changes for 2014 and beyond. ARL has been running motorcycle events in Atlantic Canada including road racing, high performance riding academies, and track days since 2008. The Atlantic Roadracing League will be continuing, however it will be under a new non- profit organization.

The Society of the Atlantic Roadracing League is made up of a board of directors with long respected histories in road racing, and will be lead in the initial year by President Sean Kelly who, while also being a racer, has extensive experience running large non-profit organizations in Atlantic Canada. Andrew Murray, former president of ARL will be working with the new board throughout the season to ensure a smooth transition for their events, sponsors, and participants.

“Our first goal in this transition is to ensure that road racing events and academies continue for 2014 and beyond. Secondly, we needed to ensure all participants, customers, and sponsors who signed on for events in 2014 will be recognized. I’m glad to say we were able to achieve these goals” says Andrew Murray, former President of ARL.

While the ARL brand has been created and grown for the past six years, the owner of Atlantic Roadracing League Inc., Andrew Murray wanted to see the brand continue and will work with the new board of directors to ensure a seamless transition with the new organization.  “We didn’t want to go through a branding change for 2014 even though the organization was changing so we took the necessary steps in allowing the new organization to use the ARL name and brand”, Andrew Murray explained. He went on to say, “The new organization will be known as the Society of the Atlantic Roadracing League, and has been initiated under the rules for not for profit organizations in Nova Scotia.”

When asked further, Andrew Murray said, “It has always been our goal to grow the sport in Atlantic Canada and to provide the most professional, well run events in the region and we feel we have been able to do that over the years. However, because ARL is not recognized as a stakeholder in the facility known as Atlantic Motorsport Park it was very difficult to be sustainable.”  He went on to say, “Our primary goal when determining this new approach was to ensure motorcycle racing continues in our region, and I am glad we have achieved that.”

Effective April 1, 2014, Society of the Atlantic Roadracing League will the promoter of all Atlantic motorcycle road racing, riding academies, and track days at Atlantic Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia. For information on these and other activities visit www.facebook.com/AtlanticRoadracing or www.atlanticroadracing.com.



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2014 Wiesner Insurance Ontario Enduro Championship

World Enduro Canada is pleased to announce the 2014 Wiesner Insurance Ontario Enduro Championship – Building Tomorows Pro Riders

This upcoming race season will mark the fifth year of the WEC Ontario Enduro Championship. From its inception, this has been a series specifically designed to introduce young riders ages 16 and under, to the sport of off-road motorcycle competition. Over this period it has grown into a four round championship series with classes for the youngest beginner on 50cc automatic bikes all the way up to 16 year old dedicated racers on full size MX bikes.

Events are designed to mimic the FIM enduro model with multiple trail loops and three different special tests timed electronically per loop. As these events are entirely off road on closed course and private land, there are no license plates, or insurance required on the bikes themselves. The $30 entry fee provides a day of competition, lunch for all in attendance and an afternoon of play riding after the awards ceremony.  Parents and friends are encouraged to follow the kids around the course to help them out 

Round #1 – Sunday June 8 Shelburne.  Long special tests and a great MX track highlight this round. 

Round #2 – Sunday July 13 Campbellville.  This event will be part of the festivities of the Overland Adventure Rally taking place at the Mohawk Inn and KOA Campground. There are lots of events all weekend. 

Round #3 – Saturday Aug 16 Wingham.  This round will be part of a double header weekend with the Enduro on Saturday followed by Round #4 of the WEC National Cross Country East on Sunday the 17th. Lots of camping is available on site for those families that participate in both the XC and Enduro Series. This property has a spectacular network of forest trails as well as a MX track that riders love. 

Round #4 – Sunday September 28 Meaford. This property was introduced into the series two years ago with a great rider response. As it is the end of the series, awards for the series champions will presented.

If you know any young riders that are thinking about getting into racing and want minimal cost, a controlled environment, and friendly atmosphere, this is series is for them. The Wiesner Insurance Ontario Enduro Championship showcases great up and coming talent and has exciting competition without the bar to bar pressure and intensity of Motocross or Cross Country. With attendance growing every year, it’s hard to argue with a formula that works.

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Tim Hortons (Sudbury) Backed Young Rolls onto BSB Grid with Team WD40

Thornbury Ontario, Canada / Sheffield UK  -  March 25, 2014 -  As announced yesterday Scottish-born / Canadian resident Ben Young is delighted to announce that he will contest the British Superbike 1000cc Superstock Championship aboard the #40 GR Motosport prepared Team WD-40  Kawasaki ZX-10R in the highly competitive 2014 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championships (BSB).  


Young is honoured to continue his long-term partnership with Tim Hortons (Sudbury) franchisee Gilles Bolduc for the third straight year. Not only will 2014 be a special year for Young, Canadian coffee icon Tim Hortons will be celebrating their 50th anniversary as well.

Proudly sporting the Tim Hortons brand Young has been honing his craft racing throughout the United States in the AMA Pro Road Racing’s Daytona Sportbike class since 2011.  2013 was his best year to-date, highlighted at the opening round by an 8th place finish last March in the prestigious Daytona 200. 

Residing in Canada since 2007, Young is no stranger to racing in the UK.  He started off competing in the Scottish Minimoto Championships at the age of five then progressed to compete in the Scottish and British 125GP Championships.

Although this is a home coming of sorts for Young, the resident of Thornbury, Ontario Canada is looking forward the new challenge of riding the 1000cc machine in the British Superbike Superstock class.

Young is also honoured to continue his long-term partnerships with Aria Helmets and Scot-build Developments Inc. in his new venture abroad.  He will continue to be outfitted with the latest AXO America Indy Leather Race Suits, KK4-R Gloves and Aragon Race Boots.
  
Young’s Team WD-40 teammates include:  #7 Barry Burrell (Superbike) and #40 Tarran Mackenzie (Superstock 600).


Ben Young:  “A few opportunities to race in North America presented themselves over the off-season. However, a chance to challenge myself racing in the BSB with such an established and competitive team as Team WD-40 was a brilliant opportunity that I just had to pursue.  I'm looking forward to acclimatizing to the Kawasaki ZX-10R as quickly as possible, getting to know my teammates and the entire crew better and of course having a great year of racing. I can’t thank Brent and Gilles enough for believing in me!”
  
Young signed with Team WD-40 early in the year and was looking forward to reconnecting with fellow AMA Daytona Sportbike competitor Tommy Aquino:  “I was deeply saddened by the news of Tommy’s passing.  I watched Tommy throughout the 2013 season as I know how difficult the BSB scene is.  He was outstanding and was growing to become a major player.  I will be giving my 100% in his honour and to continue his success that he had with Brent and the team.”

Brent Gladwin: “We’re delighted to have Ben join Team WD-40 with Tommy’s recommendation and I can’t wait to get the season started.  We were impressed with Ben’s 2013 AMA Daytona Sportbike season especially his 8th place finish in last year’s Daytona 200.  The 200 is a tough race to do well in and I believe he was the top true privateer.  He has a natural talent and has obviously worked extremely hard to hone that talent; I’m pleased to have signed him”.

Gilles Bolduc:  “Over the past few years Ben has done an astounding job of representing the Tim Hortons brand throughout the Unites States. Now, he along with Team WD40 are taking the brand right across the UK.  Like many fellow Canadians I will be following his progress this season and cheering him on.”
  
The 2014 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship will be 12 rounds and will be televised on Eurosport, Eurosport 2, ITV 1 and ITV 4 and in the U.S. and Canada online at www.velocity.com . Visitwww.britishsuperbike.com  for all the latest BSB news and visit the official British Superbike Championship Youtube channel for race Hi-Lights and interviews: www.youtube.com/user/britishsuperbike

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 , on Facebook: www.facebook.com/BenYoungRacing and Kiltr: kiltr.com/ben-young-racing

Team Partners
STAUFF, Cargolink Express, L&A Reinforcements, Tim Hortons, Optimum Fleet Management, Scott Build, Amtech, LEXELLE.com, Highlea Homes, F&G Commercials, 3 Squared, Signsxtra

Technical Partners
Kawasaki, Scorpion Red Power, Dynojet UK, Swinton Motorcycles, R&G racing, PPG Paint, Goodridge, Pipercross, Solo Motorcycle products, Super B, Dymag Wheels,

Photo Credit: (Courtesy of Team WD-40 / GR Motosport)

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BMW Motorrad tops customer satisfaction

BMW Motorrad is overall winner of customer satisfaction survey in the USA.

BMW K 1600 GTL (10/2010)

Munich. With two top rankings and two additional podium positions in a total of six assessment categories, BMW Motorrad was the outright winner of a customer satisfaction survey carried out among motorcycle owners by the Motorcycle Industry Council in the USA. The survey consisted of a written questionnaire that was sent out in autumn 2013 to a total of 50,303 owners of ten motorcycle brands who had purchased a new motorcycle between September 1st 2012 and June 30th 2013.

BMW Motorrad ranked first in the category of production quality, with BMW Motorrad customers giving a particularly high rating to finish, engine and power transmission, suspension, brakes and controls. The warranty and guarantee category was also won by BMW Motorrad.

Meanwhile BMW Motorrad finished second in sales and consultation, with very positive ratings being awarded for the model range available and the presentation of BMW Motorrad models at dealerships. BMW Motorrad also gained second place in the area of product satisfaction. In addition to ride comfort, design and user friendliness, interviewees especially appreciated the engines and drive systems of BMW motorcycles as well as their ride and handling properties.

BMW Motorrad came third in the area of service, where the work quality, personnel and the punctuality of BMW Motorrad dealers were praised. When it came to the criterion of purchase and maintenance costs, BMW Motorrad customers rated the excellent resale value of BMW motorcycles especially highly.

BMW Motorrad customers also commented on their brand loyalty. Here, 80 per cent were able to recommend BMW Motorrad to others.

"We are very pleased to have achieved the top ranking in the Motorcycle Industry Council satisfaction survey: this confirms our clear customer and quality orientation. At the same time, the award is an incentive for BMW Motorrad to continue to improve," said Carsten Saager, Head of Quality BMW Motorrad.

The Motorcycle Industry Council, with its headquarters in Irvine, California, has operated under this name since 1970 but celebrates its one hundredth anniversary this year. Its members include motorcycle and accessory manufacturers, dealers and importers as well as motorcycle service companies and the motorcycle press.


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New Range, New Website for Knox

With the launch of the new Knox 2014 collection comes a new website

Multi-view product galleries and in-depth technical sections are now part of the site to help you know exactly what you're buying.

Here's the LINK.





About Knox:

We've been making motorcycle gear for riders since 1981. Those were the pioneering days of motorcycle body armour and over 30 years later we are still leading the way on innovative performance products for riders. Whatever your age or gender, whether you ride on or off road, track riders or commute, we engineer performance clothing, gloves and technical mid and base layers that will enhance your riding and enjoyment on a bike. 


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Schuberth Expands SR1 Race Helmet Line

Schuberth Expands SR1 Race Helmet Line

● Schuberth announces the arrival of new graphics and colorways for the SR1 helmet.
● The SR1 Stealth features a matte black finish with red, orange or blue reflective accents.
● Schuberth’s SR1 helmet represents the pinnacle of head protection design and technology.

Aliso Viejo, Calif. - March 14, 2014 - Schuberth is proud to announce the arrival of new graphics and colorways for their premium racing helmet, the SR1. The SR1 Stealth will be offered in red, orange or blue color options and is now available through Schuberth dealers.

“Our customers have been asking for helmets that match their race bikes and leathers,” reports Randy Northrup, Vice President of Schuberth North America. “We are pleased to offer these exciting new options which complement a wide array of motorcycle brands.”


SR1 Stealth RedSR1 Stealth OrangeSR1 Stealth Blue

Though the Stealth is a primarily matte black, 360° of reflectivity and accents not only meet the rider’s color preference but more importantly enhance rider visibility and safety. This new finish is of course combined with the development and safety-oriented engineering that makes the SR1 Schuberth’s masterpiece helmet.

Borrowing technology from their SF1 Formula 1 helmets, Schuberth built the SR1 to bring the precision of F1 to motorcycle racing. Engineered specifically for sport riders and professional racers, the SR1 is highly lauded by the international motorcycle press.

Land speed racer Andy Sills recently set a new 236mph record while wearing an SR1, saying “the design, materials and construction of the SR1 have no equal. The aerodynamic attributes are near perfection. The physical fit on the rider’s head is indeed perfection...the SR1 holds your head truly still with no slippage or movement regardless of your position in the air stream.”

Schuberth SR1 Pricing

● SR1 Solid | $899 ($1040 CAD)
● SR1 Technology | $969 ($1120 CAD)
● SR Stealth | $949 ($1100 CAD)

For more information on the SR1 and to find a Schuberth dealer near you, visit www.SchuberthNorthAmerica.com. Join the Schuberth community online on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.


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