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Motorcycle Experience Air Times on TSN

Episode 3 in the 2015 season of Motorcycle Experience will premiere across the entire TSN family of channels is coming up.

On this edition of Motorcycle Experience one OPP Constable learns to swerve and protect while another takes the new Harley-Davidson FLHTCUL for a test ride. This season's Ultimate Ride warms up in Rimouski, Quebec on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, then, during our "Winging It" segment, touring expert Ken Edick really drills down on touring in the rain. And during "Shifting Gears", contributing editor Jenn Martin will offer up some important advice on cool weather riding.

Hope you like the show…

Keep your right hand cranked!

Episode 3

Day Date Time/EST Network

Monday April 27 12:00 TSN3
Tuesday April 28 14:30 TSN1
Thursday April 30 14:30 TSN4

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Ducati's Most Anticipated 2015 Models arrive in North American Showrooms

The Scrambler is out of the yellow container and has arrived at dealerships all over North America, along with Ducati’s new 205 horsepower flagship Superbike: the 1299 Panigale. Also arriving just in time for summer, the all-new Multistrada 1200 DVT will be rolling off the production line soon. These three motorcycles are the most significant additions to the Ducati family in years and can all be seen at local Ducati showrooms, which can be found through the dealer locator atwww.ducati.com.
Scrambler: Sky-high pre-orders for the Scrambler set the tone for the much buzzed-about retro model, which began arriving at dealerships in April. With an MSRP starting at just $8,495 in the U.S., $9,295 in Canada and $129,990 in Mexico, the vintage-inspired aesthetic of the iconic Ducati motorcycle pays tribute to the brand’s heritage while providing riders with a contemporary twist and new-generation components, such as front and rear LED lighting, LCD instruments and a hidden USB port to charge mobile devices. With endless options for personalization, the modern reinterpretation of the classic boasts four distinct iterations: Icon, Urban Enduro, Classic and Full Throttle, and marks a return to the pure essence and joy of motorcycling.
 
 
1299 Panigale:Also arriving at showrooms is the latest addition to the Superbike family – the 1299 Panigale. Its category-leading technology and state-of-the-art electronics are being touted as some of the most advanced in the world, and build upon the engineering and design achievements that were introduced with the 1199. Built to exhilarate its riders, the 1299’s potent package boasts unprecedented engine power and responsiveness suitable for street and track riding alike.
 
Multistrada 1200 DVT: The Multistrada 1200 DVT – a bike that revolutionized the motorcycling world when it was launched in 2010 – has undergone a complete redesign, cementing its place as a game-changer in the sport-touring category. The 2015 model is equipped with an unprecedented combination of torque, horsepower, and low fuel consumption and sets new electronics benchmarks as the first motorcycle in the industry to feature Desmodromic Variable Timing (DVT). Already the ultimate “four bikes in one,” the all-new Multistrada now includes electronic cruise control as a standard feature, and is a game-changer across the board.
 
 
Additional information, including participating dealers and availability can be found at www.ducati.com.
 

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Polaris Reports Record First Quarter 2015 Results - motorcycle sales up 74%

Sales increased 16% to $1,033.3 million, setting a new record for the first quarter.

North American retail sales increased 8% in the first quarter.

MINNEAPOLIS (April 23, 2015) — Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) today reported record first quarter net income of $88.6 million, or $1.30 per diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2015, an increase of nine percent from the 2014 first quarter net income of $80.9 million, or $1.19 per diluted share. Sales for the first quarter 2015 totaled $1,033.3 million, which represents an increase of 16 percent from last year’s first quarter sales of $888.3 million.

“I am pleased to report record sales and earnings for our 2015 first quarter, with sales up 16 percent, operating income up 19 percent and net income up nine percent, our 22nd consecutive quarter of record earnings performance,” commented Scott Wine, Polaris’ chairman and chief executive officer.  “We outperformed the market again in most of our businesses in spite of increased competitive promotional pressures, weakening global markets and the corresponding negative effect from currencies.  While we are justifiably proud of these accomplishments, we remain focused on seizing the numerous opportunities we missed to perform better.  From factory inventory being too high to ongoing production inefficiencies, particularly in motorcycles, we did not perform to our capabilities or our expectations. 

However, we are making great strides towards addressing these issues, and I am confident those efforts will allow us to continue outperforming our markets.” Wine continued, “My confidence comes first and foremost from the skill and passion of Polaris’ 8,000 team members.  Our team has never been stronger or deeper, demonstrated by the recent internal promotions of Chris Wolf and Craig Scanlon, both 10+ year Polaris veterans, to run our Snowmobile and Slingshot® businesses, respectively, following Mike Jonikas’s retirement.  Second, product innovation remains a significant growth driver.  During the quarter, we added to our stable of innovative motorcycles with the introduction of the Indian Chief Dark Horse®, the Victory Magnum X-1®, and a limited edition Slingshot SL.  Additionally, we unveiled seven new mountain snowmobiles incorporating our award winning Axys® chassis, making the best mountain sled, the Polaris RMK®, even better. And we expanded our manufacturing footprint to China, while extending the breadth and reach of our ORV business, with the acquisition of Hammerhead Off-Road®, which produces light gas and electric utility vehicles and gasoline powered go-karts.”

Wine concluded, “We suspected 2015 would have its share of challenges and the first quarter confirmed our suspicions.  Nevertheless, we continue to see another year of solid growth and market share gains, which gives us confidence in achieving our sales and earnings guidance for the full year.”

Motorcycle sales increased 74 percent in the 2015 first quarter to $137.4 million. All three brands, Victory, Indian Motorcycle® and Slingshot, increased sales in the first quarter. Consumer retail demand for Victory and Indian Motorcycles during the 2015 first quarter, was up nearly 40 percent over last year’s first quarter, driven primarily by strong Indian Motorcycle retail sales, while first quarterNorth American industry heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle retail sales were up low-single digits percent from 2014. Slingshot retail sales were ahead of expectations. All three brands added to their product portfolios during the quarter with Indian Motorcycle introducing the Indian Chief Dark Horse, which is built upon the successful and award-winning Indian Chief® platform with only a flash of chrome and a heavy dose of matte black paint; Victory showcased the new Magnum X-1, a new bagger with a 200-watt, 10 speaker audio system and custom factory paint; and Slingshot adding a limited edition model packed with head-turning features, including striking Nuclear Sunset Orange coloring, dual windscreens and an interior LED lighting package. Sales of Polaris motorcycles outside of North America decreased 12 percent in the first quarter of 2015 as compared to a year ago due to the currency impact of a strengthening U.S. dollar.

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Husqvarna Motorcycles launches the 701 Supermoto microsite

Check it out - we're still hopeful that the 701 will come to Canada. And is it just me or does the guy in the intro of the YouTube clip from teh microsite sound like Bain from the Batman movie?

Full details:

Husqvarna Motorcycles is happy to introduce the 701 Supermoto microsite. Dedicated to everyone who fell in love with the latest Husqvarna street machine recently introduced at 2014 EICMA, the brand new 701 Supermoto microsite will unveil a whole lot more information and insights in the coming weeks and months. The 701 Supermoto is due to be at official Husqvarna dealers in November 2015.



Register directly with the microsite to be the first to receive a dedicated newsletter every time new content is added to the microsite. In doing so, you will discover, piece by piece, the exciting features of the first street machine of Husqvarna’s new era.

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Ride a YZ For Free In 2016!

Yamaha’s ‘Win a Factory Ride’ Returns

Yamaha Motor Canada is pleased to announce the return of the popular ‘Win a Factory Ride’ award. As always, one award will be given at each of the three biggest amateur motocross events in Canada. Last year’s big winners were Casey Keast (WCAN), Raphael Lemieux (ECAN), and Marco Cannella (TransCan). Each won a ‘Factory Ride’ in addition to a $2500 parts credit!

Matt Fletcher, Yamaha’s Motorcycle Marketing Coordinator commented, “We know how expensive racing can be and appreciate anyone spending their hard earned money on a Yamaha. With this award, amateur Yamaha riders from coast to coast have a chance to earn a free YZ and $2500 in parts and accessories for next season. This is our way of saying thank you for riding blue!”

The award will be available at the Raymond Western Canadian Amateur National (July 2 – July 4), Deschambault Eastern Canadian Amateur National (July 22 - 25) and the  grand finale, the Walton TransCan (August 12 – 15).

How Do You Win?

Of all the Yamaha riders at each event, the winning rider will attain the most cumulative points for their finishes. Enter as many classes as you can to increase your chances!

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)

Fletcher concluded, “If you’re racing Raymond, Deschambault or Walton, make sure you’re doing it on a  Yamaha. If you do, you could ride for free on a Yamaha ‘Factory Ride’ in 2016!”


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Indian Motorcycle announces new motorcycle apparel

Indian Motorcycle Introduces Exciting New 2015 Spring & Summer Collections of Rider Wear, Casualwear, Gifts & Personal Accessories

Indian Motorcycle riders and all those with a passion for America’s First Motorcycle Company will appreciate the fit, comfort, protection, and of course the tremendous style of the new Spring & Summer 2015 Indian Motorcycle Apparel Collection. The new collection that is available now from Indian Motorcycle dealers and at www.indianmotorcycle.comincludes rider wear, casualwear, gifts, and personal accessories. All of these items feature premium materials, the highest quality construction, and iconic Indian Motorcycle branding.

New Rider Wear: Gear Up for the Ultimate Ride

A new jacket that delivers outstanding comfort, protection, and style is the Men’s Rocker Jacket (MSRP $499.99), a leather jacket that features a soft and supple distressed leather and contemporary styling that makes this a great jacket on the road and on the town. The Rocker Jacket has several convenient pockets, hidden back and arm ventilation, a removable quilted plaid liner, CE-certified shoulder and elbow armor, and subtle Indian Motorcycle branding.

Rocker Jacket


The Men’s Textile Benjamin Jacket ($269.99) is a lightweight all-‘rounder of a jacket with a water-repellent microfiber shell and removable lining. The Military Jacket ($299.99) has styling inspired by vintage army jackets and has a water-repellent canvas outer-shell and removable fleece lining. The Thunder Stroke Jacket ($299.99), which combines a durable fabric body with all-leather sleeves, is a riding jacket with contemporary styling.

Military Jacket


Avid touring riders will find the Men’s Indian Motorcycle Tour Jacket & Pants ($499.99/$249.99) deliver unmatched performance, comfort, and convenience in all riding conditions. The jacket’s zip-out waterproof liner will keep a rider dry in the nastiest weather, and it combines with the thermal lining to provide warmth and comfort on cold-weather rides. In warmer temperatures, a rider can simply remove the linings and open up the jacket’s adjustable vents –at the chest, shoulder, and back – for maximum airflow. The Tour Jacket also features a zip-off storm collar and 3M® reflective piping, panels, and branding for enhanced visibility.

The Tour Pants also deliver all-weather comfort and protection that a touring rider will rely on mile after mile.

For the ultimate in head-turning style off the bike, there’s the premium Shearling Jacket ($1499.99). Made from 100% sheepskin with a natural shearling lining, this jacket delivers a new high level of refined luxury and comfort.

The Spirit Jacket ($119.99) is a casual jacket that features lightweight construction, wear-it-anywhere comfort, and bold Indian Motorcycle branding.

New jackets in the Indian Motorcycle women’s collection deliver the same outstanding protection and convenience of the men’s jackets, along with flattering, comfortable cuts women will appreciate on or off the bike.

The Women’s Textile Benjamin Jacket ($249.99) delivers classic style and versatile performance, while the Women’s Indian Motorcycle Tour Jacket & Pants ($469.99/$229.99) provide the same versatile, all-weather comfort and convenience as the men’s versions.

Casualwear With Genuine IMC Style

The Spring & Summer 2015 casualwear collection features three new shirts that are Made In America – the Long Sleeve IMC Tee, the Pride Shield Tee, and the USA Pocket Tee. All three of these comfortable, premium-quality tees are made in California and feature powerful Indian Motorcycle branding.

The new collection also includes an expanded selection of Munro Casualwear, including four new tees and a sweatshirt with graphics and branding that pay homage to the legendary Indian Motorcycle land speed record holder.

Expanded Gift & Accessories Collection

Indian Motorcycle enthusiasts and their friends will love the new selection of branded gifts and personal accessories, including small leather goods such as premium leather wallets, card holders and a passport holder. There’s also a collection of luggage and bags, including a Backpack, Wash Bag, Gym Bag, and Messenger Bag.

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Motorcycle Experience schedule

If you're a fan of motorcycles you might want to awtch of PVR some upcoming episodes of Motorcycle Experience. This season will be there 26th season. A sign they're doing something right I'd say!

Here's the schedule:

EpisodeDayDateTime/ESTNetwork
1FridayApril 1713:30TSN5
2MondayApril 2012:00TSN3
TuesdayApril 2114:30TSN1
WednesdayApril 2216:00TSN2
ThursdayApril 2314:00TSN4
FridayApril 2413:00TSN5
3MondayApril 2712:00TSN3
TuesdayApril 2814:30TSN1
WednesdayApril 2916:00TSN2
ThursdayApril 3014:30TSN4
FridayMay 113:00TSN5

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Ducati Backyard Adventures

Ducati have a cool little moto-adventure site that you might want to check out.

Here's the details:

This web series is hosted by popular moto-adventurer Jamie Robinson from the saddle of the Ducati Hyperstrada, the perfect bike for discovering backyard adventures. Each episode will feature a new location and a local host who will show Jamie around his or her backyard, taking him through amazing roads and stops along the way.

Have an adventure of your own to share? You’re in luck, because we’re hosting a contest to find the best backyard adventure in the country. The winner will be the star of our final episode. It might even be you.

The Ducati Hyperstrada was our weapon of choice when filming our Backyard Adventures, but we know any Ducati is capable of great backyard adventures! And we want to hear about yours. To enter, fill out this short form and let us know where you’d take Jamie if you hosted your very own Backyard Adventures episode. Are there amazing backroads in your backyard? Great stops along the way? Hidden gems that few people know about? Anything you want to share about your own “backyard adventure” is fair game. We would never box you in. As if we even could.

Check out the site HERE: http://ducatibackyardadventures.com/



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Ben Young Makes a Splash at Circuit of The Americas

This past weekend Ben Young made a splash at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in his MotoAmerica Supersport championship debut. The resident of Thornbury Ontario Canada piloted the RoadRace Factory prepared Yamaha YZFR6 to his first points of the 2015 season.

The 2015 MotoAmerica season debuted alongside the superstars of MotoGP at the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas as three of the MotoAmerica championship classes served as the support races for the MotoGP weekend.

The start of the inaugural MotoAmerica Supersport race on Saturday was met with overcast skies, on and off sprinkles changing to drying conditions then concluding in a major downpour.

Young took to a dry track during the pre-race sighting lap however once the riders returned to take their spots on the grid the rain came once again.

Starting from 10th on the grid Young made consistent progress for the first 7 laps. David Anthony began to gap the RoadRace Factory pilot after Young made a few mistakes. He quickly regrouped and managed to pull the gap back to Anthony.

Ben Young: “As soon as I got on the back on Dave’s rear wheel the skies opened up with massive down pour.”

By the 9th lap Young had worked his way up to 7th place. With one lap remaining of the 12 lap feature the heavy rain had not only triggered off-track excursions for a few of the top runners but also near zero visibility for all of the Supersport riders.

Young would eventually make it past Anthony to grab 3rd however due to the extreme lack of visibility he had to dial it back to ensure he would finish the race with some solid points.

Young would cross the finish line in 4th earning 13 points for himself and the RoadRace Factory team in the 2015 MotoAmerica Supersport championship.

Ben Young: “I really wanted to see my RoadRace Factory Yamaha R6 on the podium. Sadly I had vision problems during the heavy down pour but, we brought it home! Massive thanks to the whole RoadRace Factory team and every person involved, you all rock!”


The season preview show, which sets the stage for the 2015 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Series, is set to air on CBS Sports Network for the first time on Wednesday, April 15 at 8 p.m. (Eastern) with a second airing that night at 11:30 p.m. (Eastern).

The opening round of the series from Texas will air on CBS Sports Network on Sunday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. (Eastern) with replays on Wednesday, April 22 at 9:30 p.m. (Eastern) and on Saturday, April 25 at 10 a.m. (Eastern). Please check your local listings for more information.

Young will be back in action when the MotoAmerica series heads to Road Atlanta this coming weekend.

Young is proud to represent his personal sponsors; Scot-Build Developments Inc., Tim Hortons (Sudbury), AXO America and Bell Helmets.

To connect with Ben Young visit: http://www.fogi.us , on Twitter: @bcyoung86, and on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BenYoungRacing
 
To learn more about the RoadRace Factory team visit: http://www.roadracefactory.com, on twitter: @RoadRaceFactory and on Facebook: www.facebook.com/RoadRaceFactory
 
Corporate sponsorship opportunities are still available with Ben Young, a team member of RoadRace Factory, one of the most visible and marketable teams in the MotoAmerica paddock. Contact: Scott at: benyoungracing @ hotmail.com or Mike at: motorsports @ infinetdesigns.com for more information.
 

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Victory Demo Ride - BC

Victory Motorcycle Demo Ride Days May 1st and 2nd!
Sea to Sky Motorsports will be hosting Demo Days at #105 - 8860 201 street Langley B.C. May 1st and May 2nd!

www.seatoskymotorsports.com
604-888-1400

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Motorcycle Experience is back on TSN - 26th season

The wait is finally over! Next week we will launch our 26th season of Motorcycle Experience across the entire TSN family of channels.

On the first show of the season join me trackside in Savannah, Georgia as I sample the brand new Honda CBR300R along with veteran motorcycle journalist, Colin Fraser. Then we’ll kick off our regular weekly segments by kick starting a brand new “Yamaha Challenge” with OPP Constable Anthony Mann … While my long time riding buddy Norm Wells and I will load up a couple of K1600GTs in Quebec City as we prepare for another “Ultimate Ride” … Then during our brand new “Winging It” segment, our touring expert Ken Edick will share some sage advice on extending your riding season ... And on “Shifting Gears” contributing editor Jenn Martin will stop by the Toronto Motorcycle Show to discuss the art of shopping for a new set of wheels.

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BMW Motorrad sales are up

BMW Motorrad delivered 15,912 motorcycles and maxi-scooters to customers in March, an increase of 4.8% on the same month last year. In the first quarter, worldwide sales increased by 9.2% to total 31,370 units.

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