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Husqvarna's 401Vitpilen Cconcept Wins Two International Awards

Husqvarna Motorcycles is proud to announce that the 401 VITPILEN concept has gained top honours in two of the most prestigious design competitions globally – the International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) organised by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) and the Automotive Brand Contest 2015 organised by the German Design Council.

With more than 1,700 products entering the 35th edition of IDEA, the jury granted the Silver Winning award to the Husqvarna 401 Vitpilen concept. The award signifies notable recognition for the whole team behind the 401 Vitpilen, who drew their inspiration from Husqvarna’s golden age and the iconic 1953 Silverpilen. The IDEA 2015 winners were announced on August 22.

The second award came on August 26 with the independent panel of design, media and academic experts of the Automotive Brand Contest handing the Best of Best award to the Husqvarna 401 Vitpilen concept. It was another milestone for the 401 Vitpilen’s design, which offers just a glimpse of Husqvarna’s future in the street bike sector.

Adopting Swedish design simplicity, the 401 VITPILEN is based on a functional and uniquely modern design, which combined with cutting-edge technology and high-quality hardware delivers a genuinely exciting riding experience for the street. It’s one of the rare instances where forward-thinking engineering and an authentically pure design concept, that has now officially gained international recognition, blend together in perfect symmetry.


2016 new Honda NeoWing Concept

Here's a YouTube clip of the 2016 Honda NeoWing Concept. Looks pretty cool. It features a 4 cylinder boxer engine coupled with electric motors and transmitting the output to the rear wheel via what appears to be a shaft.

It also features a leaning front suspension setup that is described as an "original Honda linkage mechanism."

Text from the YouTube video follows:

2016 new Honda NeoWing Concept first photo
Honda Concept at 44th Tokyo Motor Show 2015

The NEOWING is an unprecedented three-wheeled vehicle that offers the cornering feel and sporty ride equivalent to a large-sized motorcycle while realizing excellent stability in low-speed ranges. This vehicle is equipped with a hybrid system that combines a horizontally-opposed 4-cylinder engine and electric motors to generate plentiful torque for powerful acceleration. With the adoption of an original Honda linkage mechanism on its front wheel, this concept model proposes new values with advanced styling that emphasizes the mechanical fascination of a two-wheeled motorcycle model.


2015 Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship

This past weekend the 2015 Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship finished out the year in style with a double header event - Presented by Honda Canada - at Walton Raceway in Walton, ON.

World Enduro Canada would like to Congratulate all our Western and Eastern 2015 Champions!
Pro - Jason Schrage
Expert - Quinn McCullough
Vet Expert - Franklin Dahl
Vet Senior - Rodney Katchen
Intermediate - Tyler McIntyre
Junior - Spencer Wilton
Super Senior - Dave Sheridan
Vet Junior - Garrett Murray
Vet - Al Willard
Junior Under - Berg Giliome Jr
Women - Melissa Harten

Pro - Brian Wojnarowski
Intermediate - Mike Bulgarelli
Junior - Wolfgang Wiesner
Vet Master - Steve Ooman
Vet Senior - Mark Hosie
Vet Junior - Scott Merritt
Super Senior - Brian West
Beginner - Glendan Tupis
Women - Jill Carney
Mini Sr - Jack Ooman
Mini Jr - Logan Langois
Pee Wee - Gavin Merritt

Honda's Jason Schrage West Pro Champion

Yamaha's Brian Wojnarowski East Pro Champion

Jill Carney Women East Champion (Alex Franklin 2nd)

Mark Hosie Vet Senior East Champion

Gavin Merritt Pee Wee Champion

World Enduro Canada would like to thank all the racers, their families and supporters and personal sponsors for the strong support of the 2015 CXCC Championship.

World Enduro Canada would also like to thank all the race organizers and volunteers across the country for the fantastic events that made up the 2015 Championship.

Finally World Enduro Canada wants to say a very big THANK YOU to our National sponsors who made this Championship possible. We had a great year in 2015 and are looking forward to another strong year in 2016.


Victory Racing’s Matt Smith Finishes Second at Charlotte on Pro Stock Gunner,

Matt Smith of Victory Racing made four straight outstanding runs on his Pro Stock Victory Gunner in the Sept. 20 elimination rounds and finished second at the NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte. With that great performance, Matt moved up to fourth in NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle points after the opening round of the six-round NHRA Countdown to the Championship.

Matt qualified fifth-fastest for Sunday’s eliminations, then made three consistently fast runs to reach the final against Andrew Hines. Hines got the holeshot in the final and held on for the win as Matt ran 6.910 seconds with a speed of 192.49 mph. Matt had a reaction time of .150 of a second in the final, while Hines got off the line in .007 of a second.

Matt’s time in the final was his quickest of the day, and his best speed of the day was 192.52 mph in the second round.

Matt entered the Countdown slotted fifth in points, and by reaching the final for the second time this season, he moved up to fourth in the standings. The second round of the Countdown to the Championship will be Sept. 25-27 at Gateway Motorsports Park in St. Louis, Missouri.

Victory Racing’s Angie Smith also qualified for Sunday’s elimination rounds but jumped the light in the first round, leaving the line .011-seconds early and was eliminated. She made her run in 7.008 seconds at 187.50 mph. In Saturday’s qualifying, Angie had a weekend-best run of 6.984 seconds at 188.44 mph.


Episode 12 of Motorcycle Experience on TSN!

This week you can catch the last airing of Motorcycle Experience for 2015.

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.

For those of you joining us at Wings over the County next Saturday, September 26... see you there!

Keep your right hand cranked!


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2015 Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship - East

The final rounds of the 2015 Canadian Cross Country Championship took place this past weekend at Walton Raceway. With the CXCC West Championship decided a few weeks ago these events would wrap up the CXCC East and crown the Eastern Champions.

Fortunately most of the rain expected on Saturday by-passed but dropped enough moisture to cut the dust on the track and make some of the trails slick. The sun came outSunday to provide perfect race conditions.

The Walton and WEC crew put in extra efforts and added a number of new trail sections to the course to create a very entertain circuit that used 90% of the famous MX track and wrapped all the way around the large Walton property. A number of riders on the podium commented that it was the most fun they have had on a motorcycle!

Day one saw Yamaha's Brian Wojnarowski use his skills in the slippery conditions to take the win ahead of GasGas's Adam Milson and KTM mounted Steve Bond.

AJ Snively had a great weekend with strong finishes in Pro Class and taking the Wiesner Insurance Pro Holeshot award on Day 2.

Mini Sr Podium for Day 2 - Jack Ooman in 1st, Curtis Marshall in 2nd and Scott McElone in 3rd.

Adam Milson had a big lead in Pro Class on Sunday when his bike acted up and he dropped back to 4th, after making the repair he worked his way back to the front by the end of the day.


Marc Marquez & Joan Barreda test new Honda Africa Twin

Take a look at Marc Marquez and Joan Barreda putting the Africa Twin through its paces whilst on development runs of the new Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin.


HITTING THE APEX - Movie Trailer

Well, this is going to be AWESOME!

Narrated by Brad Pitt, HITTING THE APEX is the inside story of six fighters – six of the fastest motorcycle racers of all time – and of the fates that awaited them at the peak of the sport. It’s the story of what is at stake for all of them: all that can be won, and all that can be lost, when you go chasing glory at over two hundred miles an hour – on a motorcycle.

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Episode 11 of Motorcycle Experience on TSN!

This week we head back to Roebling Road Raceway in Savannah, Georgia to answer the question, "how do you take a fantastic 1000cc super sport machine and crank it all the way up to 11?" Well the answer perhaps isn't quite as rare as a Honda RC30 or an RC45, but the CBR1000RR SP certainly comes close. Basically what you get is the very latest generation CBR1000RR, however under all that sweet orange Team Repsol bodywork you get a hand-assembled, hand-balanced, pro Superbike ready inline 4. Then, mated to the stock frame with its sculpted aluminum gull wing swing arm you'll note the cream of the crop; Öhlins suspension has been bolted into place out back, while up front the inverted 43mm Öhlins fork sports a pair of top drawer Brembo mono block brakes. So back to the question on everyone's mind when Honda Canada rolled this piece out at a recent press launch: How different is the SP from the standard RR? As it turns out, dramatically different, and on this week's episode veteran journalist Colin Fraser and reigning CSBK Champion Jodie Christie give us their take after peeling off a few hot laps down at Roebling Road.

Also on this episode Anthony Mann continues to put his skills training to the test and performs some parking lot magic. Then on this season's Ultimate Ride. we catch a flight after 4 days in Gaspé Quebec. During our "Winging It" segment, we perform a preflight tire check, and during "Shifting Gears" we take a look at Harley-Davidson's new Livewire.

Keep your right hand cranked!

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Hugely successful 90th ISDE for Husqvarna

Husqvarna Motorcycles had a week to remember at the 90thedition of the FIM International Six Days Enduro in Slovakia where they secured the outright individual victory thanks to the impressive performance of USA World Trophy team rider Ryan Sipes. In addition Jamie McCanney topped the Enduro 1 class while Husqvarna ended the ISDE as winners of the Manufactures Award.

In what proved to be a long, tough and challenging event, Husqvarna rose to the forefront of the ISDE. After last year’s outright individual victory in Argentina by Pela Renet, USA’s Ryan Sipes ensured a second consecutive outright win for Husqvarna. Taking control of the lead at the end of day three, Sipes didn’t falter for the remainder of the week to top the standings as the first ever American to claim outright ISDE victory. Along with his individual victory Sipes also won the Enduro 2 classification.

In the Enduro 1 class, Great Britain’s Jamie McCanney put his Bel-Ray Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna on the top step of the podium. Enjoying the technical terrain during the second half of the competition, McCanney only once dropped outside the top two in his category to record a strong one-minute and 17 second margin of victory.

Entered in the Enduro 3 category, Frenchman Mathias Bellino endured a difficult start to his race. Accidentally starting his TE 300 on day one before the event had even begun, Bellino was hit with a one-minute penalty. The Frenchman then spent the majority of the week battling to overcome his mistake. Eventually fighting his way into second in Enduro 3, the Bel-Ray Husqvarna Factory Racing rider closed out his ISDE in the runner-up spot, while also recording World Trophy team victory with France.

There were further top ten results for Husqvarna in Slovakia with Spain’s Joesep Garcia placing eighth overall in E1, Spain’s Jaume Betriu sixth in E2 while Australia’s Lachlan Stanford and USA’s Michael Brown were sixth and ninth respectively in E3.

Capping off what has been a terrific event, Husqvarna supported riders McCanney, Bellino and Betriu also won the Manufactures Award, presented to the best performing three-rider manufacturer team.

Ryan Sipes: “I had a good start to the race winning the first special tests, and things continued to go well. After day three I was leading the overall and started to build confidence. On day five there was a little bit of pressure and I was subconsciously riding a bit conservatively. I just wanted to be safe and preserve my lead, which worked out. This was my first ISDE as a member of USA’s World Trophy Team and it was a huge honour to be picked. To win outright individual victory is more than I could have possibly hoped for.”

Jamie McCanney: “It’s been a good six days of racing. I worked my best to help the team but obviously I had to make sure I looked after myself as soon I’ll be racing for the world championship in France. I had to push for a good result while riding within my limits. Conditions at the beginning of the week favoured my bike and I got into a good rhythm straight away. My FE 250 was absolutely perfect. We only changed tyres and a front sprocket all week and the bike ran great. The course was pretty brutal most of the days, not so much difficult but physically hard work. Winning the Enduro 1 class is a fantastic way to end the event.”

Mathias Bellino: “It was a hard ISDE for me because for the past six weeks I’ve been recovering from injury. I got into the race not feeling 100 per cent so I couldn’t ride as good as I should. The top guys were going really fast and it was hard to beat them. Apart from day five I was making good progress as the race went on and that’s really positive. I rode within my limits, didn’t take any risks. I tried to stay healthy and do the best for team France.”

Mike Brown: “It was a tough ISDE and the hardest out of the five I’ve done. There were so many roots and rocks. The conditions were slippery and didn’t favour big four strokes. I feel like I could have done better, maybe on a different-sized bike, but that’s what it is. I had a good time. Team USA had a solid team. We started good by winning tests but we had too many problems and it fell apart pretty quick. Putting all the pieces together to make it through the week is hard.”

Results – FIM International Six Days Enduro 2015

Manufactures Team Award Classification
1. Husqvarna 1 (Jamie McCanney, Mathias Bellino, Jaume Betriu) 12:39:57.31; 2. Yamaha Australia 12:39:58.82; 3. KTM Australia 12:57:36.06; 4. Husqvarna 3 12:58:01.33; 5. KTM Italia 12:58:52.11

Enduro 1
1. Jamie McCanney (Husqvarna) 4:12:06.87; Anthony Boissiere (Sherco) 4:13:24.64; 3. Cristobal Guerrero (Yamaha)4:13:30.25… 8. Josep Garcia (Husqvarna) 4:18:00.22… 13. Antti Hellsten (Husqvarna) 4:24:11.47… 19. Lee Sealey (Husqvarna) 4:27:51.23… 25. Antti Hanninen (Husqvarna)4:32:40.20… 27. Mattias Ojanpera (Husqvarna) 4:34:56.15… 33. Priit Biene (Husqvarna) 4:42:29.29… 43. Phillip Reichinger (Husqvarna) 4:56:02.65… 51. Artemis Sfinarolakis (Husqvarna)5:24:21.47

Enduro 2
1. Ryan Sipes (Husqvarna) 4:07:37.44; 2. Daniel Milner (Yamaha) 4:08:20.83; 3. Loic Larrieu (Sherco) 4:10:50.21… 6. Jaume Betriu (Husqvarna) 4:13:50.93… 11. Jonathan Manzi (Husqvarna) 4:17:20.72… 20. Glenn Kearney (Husqvarna)4:22:29.25… 24. Jesper Borjesson (Husqvarna) 4:23:54.57… 27. Emil Pojhola (Husqvarna) 4:24:22.85… 30. Michele Marchelli (Husqvarna) 4:26:33.39… 36. Matthias Wibmer (Husqvarna) 4:30:00.22… 39. John Ramstrom (Husqvarna)4:31:29.61… 42. Thoomas Triisa (Husqvarna) 4:37:21.13… 45. Patrick Neisser (Husqvarna) 4:39:03.75; 46. Michael Feichtinger (Husqvarna) 4:40:19.77… 48. Quentin Monfort (Husqvarna) 4:43:00.46… 52. Florian Reichinger (Husqvarna)4:45:26.60… 56. Bertrand Bailleux (Husqvarna) 5:06:12.42

Enduro 3
1. Daniel Sanders (KTM) 4:11:39.30; 2. Mathias Bellino (Husqvarna) 4:13:59.51; 3. Oscar Baletti (KTM) 4:14:04.43… 6. Lachlan Stanford (Husqvarna) 4:16:06.54… 9. Mike Brown (Husqvarna) 4:18:46.52… 13. Mika Tamminen (Husqvarna)4:25:15.44… 26. Martin Sundin (Husqvarna) 4:33:35.65… 28. Zlatko Novosad (Husqvarna) 4:37:07.88; 29. Wim Vanderheyden (Husqvarna) 4:39:11.04… 35. Cedric Evard (Husqvarna) 4:44:52.89… 44. Andrei-Nicusor Botoaca (Husqvarna) 5:06:55.32

World Trophy
1. France - 21:08:30.76
Marc Bourgeois (Yamaha), Anthony Boissiere (Sherco), Loic Larrieu (Sherco), Antoine Basset (KTM), Jeremy Joly (KTM), Mathias Bellino (Husqvarna)
2. Australia - 21:09:31.14
Joshua Green (Yamaha), Daniel Milner (Yamaha), Matthew Phillips (KTM), Beau Ralston (Yamaha), Lachlan Stanford (Husqvarna), Glenn Kearney (Husqvarna)
3. Spain - 21:18:57.52
Jonathan Barragan (Gas Gas), Jaume Betriu (Husqvarna), Josep Garcia (Husqvarna), Victor Guerrero (KTM), Lorenzo Santolino (Sherco), Cristobal Guerrero (Yamaha)

Junior World Trophy
1. Australia - 12:56:33.09
Broc Grabham (Sherco), Tom Mason (KTM), Daniel Sanders (KTM), Tye Simmonds (KTM)
2. Sweden - 13:11:59.93
Jesper Borjesson (Husqvarna), Michael Persson (Yamaha), John Ramstrom (Husqvarna), Tommy Sjostrom (Gas Gas)
3. Italy - 13:23:17.17
Nicolo Bruschi (Honda), Matteo Pavoni (KTM), Mirko Spandre (KTM), Michele Marchelli (Husqvarna)

Women’s World Trophy
1. Australia - 10:15:02.65
Jessica Gardiner (Sherco), Tayla Jones (Yamaha), Jemma Wilson (Yamaha)
2. France - 11:10:56.38
Blandine Dufrene (KTM), Geraldine Fournel (Sherco), Audrey Rossat (Husqvarna)
3. Sweden - 11:30:23.63
1. Jessica Jonsson (Kawasaki), Emelie Karlsson (Yamaha), Emmily Smalsjo (Yamaha)


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Bonnier Motorcycle Group announces the launch of

The Bonnier Motorcycle Group announces the launch of, the most comprehensive online source for introductory motorcycle content. Targeted to adults ages 18-34, features dynamic and informative entertainment focused around the motorcycle lifestyle. From learning how to choose the right motorcycle to understanding how to properly dress for the ride, is an approachable portal into the world of motorcycling.

In celebration of the launch of, The Bonnier Motorcycle Group is hosting its Try a Motorcycle program at the Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP race weekend. Kicking off Friday, August 7th, and running through Sunday, August 9th, new riders can gear up, hop on, and get expert instruction in motorcycle safety and operation. Whether you’re a brand new rider, or returning to the sport, come and Try a Motorcycle at Turn nine in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway infield. All participants will receive a complimentary digital issue of a Bonnier Motorcycle Group publication, including: Cycle World, Motorcyclist, Sport Rider, Hot Bike, Baggers, or Dirt Rider.

“The launch of marks a significant milestone for the Bonnier Motorcycle Group,” said Garrett Kai, Associate Publisher, Marketing. “Now, in addition to speaking to an audience of over eight million motorcycle enthusiasts, we are actively making an effort to reach and engage a new, younger, and diverse, motorcycle enthusiast.”