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BMW racer Jordan Szoke remains unbeaten in Canada.
Canadian BMW racer Jordan Szoke (CA) continues his impressive winning streak in the Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK). After winning the opening race of the 2016 season in Shannonville (CA), the Mopar Express Lane BMW Superbike Team rider also celebrated the victories in the second and the third races of the year, held at St. Eustache (CA) last weekend. Including last season, when he had a clean sweep with seven wins in seven races, Szoke has now won ten races in a row on his BMW S 1000 RR. In the championship standings, he extended his lead to 162 points with an advantage of 33 points. With his latest double win, Szoke also improved from 42nd to sixth place in the 2016 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy.
There was more reason to celebrate for the BWM Motorrad Motorsport community in St. Eustache, as Ben Young (GB / Ben Young Racing) also raced onto the podium on his BMW S 1000 RR in both heats, finishing third on both occasions. The strong result for the BMW riders was completed by Michael Leon (CA / Royal Distributing Racing Team), who was fifth in both races, and Samuel Trépanier (CA), who claimed two eighth places.
Victory Racing's Empluse RR & Project 156 Take The Checkered Flad at Pikes Peak
2016 Wiesner Insurance Ontario Enduro Championship
On Saturday Round #1 of the 2016 Wiesner Insurance Ontario Enduro Championship kicks off. These events are for kids 18 years of age and younger. The course is a World Championship style special test Enduro format that racers are accustomed. Three interesting special tests are set along the trail loop where riders are timed to the 10th of a second. The tests and transfer trail are designed to be passable and entertaining for all ability levels from beginners on 50cc motorcycles to older kids on full sized bikes. Entry fee $30 per rider.
Sunday's event is the Mexican 500 Sprint Enduro Presented by Lang's Off Road. This fun one off event will utilize the same special test style Enduro format as Saturday but the course will be changed to include all of the challenging terrain this fantastic property has to offer. The course organizers have made a huge effort to put together some incredible special tests, including a long grass track in a hilly field, a large natural terrain motocross course, and a very interesting extreme test.
Any riders on full sized motorcycles can enter the Mexican 500. Classes will be set up on race day based on rider ability. Entry fees $50 per rider, racers must have a 2016 WEC registration which will be available at sign ($30 one time fee). Transponders will also be available at sign in $20 to rent or $40 to purchase.
Both events are completely off-road and no license plates or individual insurance is required.
For Sunday there will be over $2000 worth of prizes given away courtesy of Lang's off road.
A local food vendor will be set up both days - Hamburgers and hot dogs on Saturday and authentic Mexican food on Sunday. All the proceeds will go to a local Mennonite Charity. In addition a local photographer will be set up taking professional quality photos of all the participants which will be available for sale on site.
Basic camping is available for both Friday and Saturday night.
Directions - from main intersection in Staffordville (Heritage Line & Plank Rd) Go south on Plank Rd, turn right on Jackson Line, follow arrows to event.
For more WEC event information please visit our site at www.worldendurocanada.com
Victory Racing elated with a 115mph TT lap on the electric Victory RR in second practice
Performance in the TT Zero comes down to the initial amount of electrical energy that can be stored on-board and then it’s down to the skill of the rider to unleash this power while being mindful of how hard to push it, particularly towards the end of the lap when the dash starts to warn of low battery.
Brian adds: “We’re certainly discovering that trying to achieve just a 1mph increase in average lap speed takes a lot of effort.”
William was happy with breaking the 115mph mark and achieving sub 20-minute lap. He stepped off the Victory RR and simply said: “I’m ready to race this bike now.”
The TT Zero race takes place at 16:25 on Wednesday 8th June.
BMW R 5 - Custom meets heritage at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este
Vintage meets custom.
The BMW R 5 Hommage shows just how well the world of historical motorcycles and the custom scene harmonise. At the core there is an original 500 cc Two-cylinder engine provided by motorcycle enthusiast Sebastian Gutsch. This boxer engine was damaged in a race and provided the starting point for creating the BMW R 5 Hommage.
As befits a custom bike, the homage bike was elaborately hand-crafted from scratch. Ronny and Benny Noren were called upon to produce the parts according to the specifications of the BMW Motorrad Design Team: the two brothers have been building tailor-made customer bikes for more than 30 years.
Historical core ...
The Two-cylinder 4-stroke boxer engine of the R 5 was completely newly designed at the time and had an output of 24 bhp at 5,500 rpm. The valve drive was taken care of by two camshafts powered by a timing chain. Thanks to the likewise newly designed frame made of electrically welded oval tubing, the light R 5 reached a top speed of 135 km/h, making it almost as fast as R 17 with 33 bhp 750 cc – which is one of the reasons it was so frequently used for racing, just like the engine selected for the BMW R 5 Hommage, which was damaged during a race. For the homage bike, numerous components such as the valve cover and the breastplate of the boxer engine were machined from billet aluminium based on sketches: they give the historical core a dash of modern flair.
... in a tailor-made custom outfit.
Two doyens of the custom bike scene, Ronny and Benny Noren, were the perfect partners for the BMW R 5 Hommage project when it came to providing a fitting outward appearance for the historical core and producing the missing parts for the engine and gearbox. The remaining parts gradually took shape in the Noren brothers’ workshop based on sketches by the BMW Motorrad Design Team. All parts such as the frame, fuel tank and rearfender are unique, elaborately hand-crafted components – making this a genuine custom bike. And most important of all: the newly fashioned parts clearly transport the original purist character of the R 5.
Timelessly elegant: the proportions.
The result is impressive: even from a distance the proportions convey the timeless beauty of a consistent reduction to the essentials – entirely true to the spirit of the R 5 – and translate this idea into the modern age. The frame and fuel tank echo the elegant drop shape of the original, though in a more modern, streamlined interpretation. The steering head is slightly more tilted, for example, so as to give the R 5 Hommage greater presence and expressive stance while at the same time underscore the fact that it belongs to the customer bike world. As far as the frame is concerned, the focus here was on the oval shaped tubes which were such a striking feature of the original. Together the frame and fuel tank draw a continuous line from the steering head to the rear wheel hub, giving the side view a touch of elegance. The hand-made steel rearfender perpetuates the minimalistic layout.
A modern interpretation of historical details.
A particularly defining feature in terms of the appearance of the original R 5 was the telescopic fork - new at the time - whose characteristic fork covers were aerodynamically shaped at the level of the headlamp. The BMW R 5 Hommage invokes this element and interprets it in modern style based on the custom made fork. The leading edge of the forkcovers echoes the “crease” on the breastplate and valve covers with a suggested interpretation of the typical “R 5 rib”. The brake and clutch levers activated from the bar-end likewise blend the past with state-of-the-art technology: these custom-made components combine the look of historical reversed levers with the adjustment options of modern controls.
Exquisite custom craftsmanship: supercharger, exhaustpipes and suspension.
The heart of the BMW R 5 rests within the minimalist proportions of the homage bike. The technical highlight of the engine is the specially developed supercharger, which in the BMW R 5 Hommage now significantly boosts the output of the original 500 cc power unit of 26 bhp to achieve a contemporary accurate level.
A completely newly built stainless steel exhaust system ensures that this increase in power is appropriately reflected in terms of sound.
Other contemporary accents are provided by the new rear wheel suspension, the modern piston brake system and the elaborately designed front and rear wheel hub. The latter combines the brake system and spoke mount in a single formal unit - a detailed reflection of the minimalistic concept embodied by the BMW R 5 Hommage.
The colour: classic BMW style yet still a true custom bike.
The BMW R 5 Hommage is presented in classic style when it comes to colour. The basic theme is typical BMW – black with white pinstripes, though interpreted in contemporary style of course. In addition to the opaquely finished surfaces, the so-called smoke finish on the fuel tank and rearfender allow the steel underneath to partially show through. In addition to the white pinstripes, the black finish on the fuel tank and rearfender especially comes into its own right, in perfect custom style, due to the metallic finish and a slight flake effect. The engine cases and gearbox in glass bead aluminium provide the perfect stage for the polished aluminium parts such as the machined breastplate and the valve covers with its “R 5 crease”. The soft lustre of the polished aluminium is especially reminiscent of the BMW R 5 originals. The overall image is rounded off with a handstitched leather seat with high-quality embossing.
Motorcycle Experience Newsletter May 20
Motorcycle Experience on TSN
Well the wait and winter is finally over! May’s arrival means that it’s officially time to get out and ride and watch Motorcycle Experience on TSN.
This year we have changed our format slightly, added a new official charity for the show and picked up a new riding apparel supplier. First up, lets talk about the new show line up. Here’s what you'll see on this week's episode: On this jam-packed edition of Motorcycle Experience, we will kick off our 27th season on TSN by sampling Honda Canada's all new Africa Twin out in Victoria, BC. Then Norm Wells and I will kick start our 15th BMW Ultimate Ride down in Las Vegas, Nevada. This year we’ve rented a couple of GS’s from EagleRider and plan to double-down on some amazing scenery and roads out in the Nevada desert. Then, during our brand new “Red Adventure” segment, expert off road racer, Lawrence Hacking, will examine the exploding sport of adventure riding. On Shifting Gears, SMART riding instructor Clinton Smout tackles the sand and gravel and Senior editor Colin Fraser will wrap up the first episode by stopping by to discuss the art of shopping for a used set of wheels, all the while looking back at a 2006 Suzuki 650 bandit.
During many of these segments you’ll note that I’m now wearing the latest riding gear from Olympia Moto Sports. They came on board with us late last fall and, I gotta say, I really like how they design their products. The gear is really well made, fits me perfectly, and I like their price point. I was wearing one of their Expedition suits during the shooting of this year’s Ultimate Ride in Las Vegas and it was a perfect choice for the chilly (5 degrees every day) Nevada desert.
Also new for 2016 is our official charity, the Ride for Dad. I'm heading up to Whitehorse this summer to help host their TELUS Ride For Dad event on June 11th. I plan to be there for the whole weekend as this is a super worthy cause. To date, some 250,000 people have helped to raise over 18 million dollars in the fight against prostate cancer and now you can add me to the growing number of folks who want to help out.
There are 40 communities across Canada hosting a Ride For Dad this year so please sign up and join a ride near you. You will be glad you did.
Keep your right hand cranked!
Victory Motorcycles Racing For a Return to the Podium at Isle of Man TT
TECH SPEC VICTORY® RR
|2089 / 680 / 1218|
Seat Height (in.)
Metzeler 120/70 R17
Metzeler 200/60 R17
Trellis Steel and Composite Monocoque
Parker GVM Water-cooled, 3-phase, IPM AC
Max Power (kW/HP)
130 / 174
Max Torque (Nm)
Brammo Power Lithium-Ion
Battery Voltage (Vdc)
370 or more
Yamaha brings back the Factory Ride Award for 2016
How Do You Win?
Of all the Yamaha riders at each event, the winning rider must attain the most cumulative points for their finishes.
• Contest open only to amateur Yamaha riders.
• You must be a resident of Canada.
• Your Yamaha must be a Canadian purchased unit.
• Rider cannot be an employee of Yamaha Motor Canada or one of its dealerships.
• Winner is only eligible for one prize. (Cannot win at multiple events)
Hudgin concluded, “If you race Raymond, Deschambault or Walton, make sure you’re doing it on a Yamaha. You may ride for free in 2017 on a ‘Yamaha bLU cRU Factory Ride’!”
Zach Ness reveals "Combustion" concept based on new Victory Motorcycles engine
BMW Motorrad increases sales in the first quarter
BMW Motorrad Canada posted its best ever March sales
The BMW R1200GS, R1200GSA and R1200RT posted particularly strong sales in the first quarter as momentum gathers for the start of the riding season.