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10th Annual Wharf Rat Rally - Aug 27-31st.

Now proclaimed Canada’s Largest Multi-day Rally by Biker TV, the Wharf Rat Rally promises to be bigger and even better in 2014 to mark its 10th Annual milestone.

The Wharf Rat Rally Motorcycle Association is a not-for-profit society that relies on sponsorships and the help of dozens of volunteers to maintain its sustainability. It is comprised of a volunteer board of directors with nine members who are business leaders from Middleton through to Yarmouth. Until recently, the Rally has been organized and run by a totally volunteer board.

The Wharf Rat Rally was originally conceived as a free event bringing together riders of all types in a family-friendly environment. It begins the Wednesday prior to Labour Day Weekend and continues for five action-packed days. The event was co-founded by Alex Joannides and Peter Robertson in 2005 and saw just a small gathering of motorcycles meet in Digby. From there, the Wharf Rat Rally has continued to grow, attracting bigger names and more bikes and people. It is now comprised of over 30 smaller events with entertainers and builders brought in from near and far. As they enjoy music and races, dancers and stunters, participants are encouraged to make a donation to help guarantee future rallies.

The heart of the rally is the central core of the Town of Digby which offers both a central meeting place and access to the Bay of Fundy on the Digby Wharf. Events take advantage of both the streetscape and the water and include music, vendors, raffles, watersport demonstrations, and guided tours.

In 2011, the town of 2,092 had an influx of 50,000 visitors and 24,000 motorcycles over the course of five days.

In 2011
  • the Wharf Rat Rally generated $8.9 million in economic activity for Nova Scotia
  • the spending associated with the event supported $3.0 million in wages and salaries in the province through the support of 138 jobs
  • tax revenues produced by the event totaled $1.9 million
  • average spending per person on accommodations was $124.36
  • average spending per person on food was $173.60
Recognizing the value of the economic impact to the area of the event, support has been given to the Wharf Rat Rally by the Province of Nova Scotia, the Town of Digby, and the Municipality of Digby. Although our visitors generate revenue for local businesses, the association is very dependent on donations and sponsorships to pay for bringing races, builders and general entertainment to the Rally. Increasingly, the attendees are also offering their financial support to this great event.

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2015 Harley-Davidson Model Lineup

CONCORD, Ontario (August 25, 2014) – Propelled by Project RUSHMORE, the global launch of theStreet™ 750 and Street™ 500 motorcycles and the electric buzz of Project LiveWire™, Harley-Davidson Motor Company (NYSE: HOG) stays hard on the throttle with the introduction of its 2015 model lineup. Combining world-class aerodynamics, exhilarating audio performance, and dialed-in ergonomic fit, Harley-Davidson expands its diverse offering of motorcycles and gives riders more ways than ever before to lead their own pack to the open road.

“The broad 2015 Harley-Davidson model lineup demonstrates our commitment to delivering amazing products to our Customers through world-class, Customer-led product design,” said Matt Levatich, President and Chief Operating Officer, Harley-Davidson Motor Company. “We are one with our riders around the world, and everything we do is about delivering what they expect and deserve from Harley-Davidson.”

Customer-led innovations for 2015 include:

Road Glide® Motorcycle
After a one-year hiatus, the original alternative bagger is back with a new triple vented, frame-mounted fairing that minimizes head buffeting, Dual Reflector Daymaker™ LED headlamps, and a new handlebar with reduced reach and a new wrist angle for improved ergonomics.


Road Glide Special® Motorcycle
The fully-loaded Road Glide® Special motorcycle is Factory-equipped with premium Boom!™ Box infotainment, upgraded suspension, and Reflex™ linked brakes with an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS).

Freewheeler Trike
America’s hot-rod swagger rolls even wider with the expansion and dominance of H-D in the three-wheel category. From its mini ape hanger handlebar to its bobtail fenders, the Freewheeler™ trike fuses custom style and easy-handling performance. The all-new rear body shape gives the Freewheeler™ trike a low, lean profile.

New Braking System for Softail® Models
A new braking system for Softail® models delivers improved modulation and responsiveness and decreases hand lever effort by 40 per cent. ABS is now standard on all Softail® models and optional on the Slim™ model. New front brake components include a rigid four-piston fixed front brake caliper with 34 and 32 mm pistons coated to minimize initial displacement, brake pads with high-output friction material, a new master cylinder with a higher mechanical ratio, and a new 300 mm front brake rotor. The caliper and master cylinder have been restyled to enhance the looks of each model.

Electra Glide® Ultra Classic® Low/Ultra Limited Low Motorcycles
Harley-Davidson takes fit further with a package of ergonomic enhancements that offer the lowest seat height and highest rider confidence available in a premium touring bike, combined with a full complement of Project RUSHMORE features and classic Harley-Davidson® style.

CVO Street Glide® Motorcycle
Boasting a new Boom!™ Audio system backed by 600 watts of power streaming through four bi-amped front and rear three-way speakers, this limited-production bagger is a rolling concert venue that delivers shocking volume and outstanding sonic quality. Top it off with an intricate paint scheme and the added exclusivity of four colour options.

CVO Road Glide® Ultra Motorcycle
Drenched in chrome and custom paint, this super-premium Touring motorcycle offers world-class aerodynamics, luxury touring essentials, and the unrelenting performance of a Screamin’ Eagle® Twin-Cooled™ Twin Cam 110™ engine.

Across its 2015 model lineup, Harley-Davidson offers fresh style with eight new paint colours, including new Custom colours Black Magic and Radioactive Green and new Hard Candy Custom™ metal flake colours Cancun Blue Flake and Quicksilver Flake.

When it comes to customization, the Harley® philosophy is the more the better – and it is pushing the limits even farther. This year, Harley-Davidson is adding hundreds of new Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories and making its digital Bike Builder tool even more massive. There are also new Genuine MotorClothes® jackets, boots, helmets, shirts, and more to add to the shopping cart.

The new 2015 Harley-Davidson® motorcycles and accessories start rolling into Harley-Davidson® Retail Stores August 26, 2014. Visit H-D.com to see all of the 2015 Harley-Davidson® models and to find a local authorized Harley-Davidson® Retailer.

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BMW Motorrad has best July results to date

BMW Motorrad achieved the best July result to date, with 11,661 motorcycles and maxi-scooters delivered (prev. yr. 11,241 / +3.7%). Year-to-date, 82,639 vehicles were sold, a solid growth of 8.5% over the same period last year (76,182).



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Ducati North America Names Nathon Verdugo as New Public Rrelations Manager

Ducati North America today announced Nathon Verdugo as its Public Relations manager, effective immediately. Verdugo will oversee all PR activities for Ducati North America and will be based at the company's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., where he will report to the Marketing Director.
Verdugo comes to Ducati as a lifelong motorcyclist with nearly a decade of experience in the motorcycle industry. Following positions managing PR efforts for the ESPN X Games as well as stints at Dainese and Alpinestars, he most recently served as the Global Brand Manager at Troy Lee Designs in Corona, Calif.
“I have a passion for any and all things on two wheels, and having the chance to align myself with a world-renowned brand while working alongside like-minded industry colleagues whom I respect is a dream come true,” said Verdugo. “I’m looking forward to helping Ducati inspire the same passion in others that it has in me.”
“Ducati is a unique company comprised of fervent professionals with a passion that can only be matched by lifelong Ducatisti,” said Ducati Marketing Director Arrick Maurice. “As a motorcyclist and consummate professional within the industry, we’re confident Nathon will thrive amongst this team and excel in his role as Public Relations Manager for Ducati North America.”
Ducati North America looks forward to what the future holds and its ongoing success with the addition of the newest member to the team.

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Ural nears milestone sales figure in US

Ural is nearing a milestone mark in sales in the US and they've got a little treat for the person who purchases that unit.

Here's the details:

We are currently at 4,968 new Urals registered in the US since IMWA launched in 2003. Coming up on our 5,000th new Ural owner sometime next month. Statistically inclined internal brains are estimating we'll receive the milestone registration around September 7th... Well, whenever it arrives, we decided to celebrate this very special customer with an eclectic collection of gifts. That lucky person can be you! 


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KYMCO signs on Parts Canada as sponsor of Mad Bastard Scooter Rally

From KYMCO here's all the details:

We would like to extend a HUGE welcome to Parts Canada as the presenting sponsor for the 2015 Mad Bastard Scooter Rally. Parts Canada is a national distributor of aftermarket parts and accessories for the Canadian power sports industry. They are a fantastic organization that keeps our industry running in peak performance during all seasons. We are thrilled to be partnering with them, and hope you will visit their dealers for all those accessories and parts your ride will need to make it rally-ready. Access their handy dealer locator app here to get ready for the rally!

To Parts Canada – Welcome to the Mad Bastard asylum! We think you’ll fit right in.

We’re on Instagram! If you’re an Intagramer, follow us @madbastardscooterrally, or hashtag us!

KYMCO Canada Hosts the 2015 MBSR

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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CFMOTO Canada Introduces the 650TK and 650NK Motorcycles

CFMOTO Canada officially unveiled two new motorcycles in the 650cc category. The 650TK is the ultimate touring bike, providing a unique combination of performance, comfort and value.The 650NK is an attractive and nimble sport bike with stunning aerodynamic design and outstanding performance.

Both the 650TK and 650NK feature high quality frame build and components that position these new motorcycles among the best in their category.  “We are especially proud about the components of these motorcycles. The Italian Marelli injector, the Spanish Juan brakes and the German Continental tires are a few examples” says Carl Patoine, CFMOTO Canada President.

Backed by a 5 year limited warranty, the exciting new 650TK and 650NK will provide outstanding performance and value for many years.

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Raphael Lemieux takes home his second consecutive Factory Ride!

–Raphael Lemieux powered his Yamaha YZ125 to top finishes at the ECAN in Deschambault to claim back-to-back Factory Rides!

The 14 year-old, Terrebonne, QC native collected the most points of any amateur Yamaha rider. For his efforts, Lemieux will get the use of a YZ of his choice along with $2500 in parts and accessories for the 2015 season.

“After winning this great award last year, I was determined to repeat. I am proud of myself and very excited to have a new 2015 Yamaha for next season!" said Lemieux.


“For next year, I will definitely be choosing the 2015 YZ250. I’m a big fan of the Yamaha 2-strokes and love the new look of the 2015’s. I have to give a big thank you to Benoit Léveillé. Without his help, this would not have been possible. I’d also like to thank my sponsors, Yamaha Motor Canada, my parents and my brother.”

The Yamaha Factory Ride Award will conclude for 2014 at the Walton TransCan from August 13th-17th. One moreYamaha rider still has the opportunity to ride away with a YZ of their choice and collect $2500 in parts and accessories for next year.

Conquer Dirt on a Yamaha and you could be on a Factory Ride in 2015!


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BMW Motorrad - Motorcycle segment records best-ever half-year results

Second-quarter revenues of the Motorcycles segment grew by 11.2% to € 528 million (2013: € 475 million). EBIT increased 19.6% to € 55 million (2013: € 46 million) and profit before tax rose 20.0% to € 54 million (2013: € 45 million). The number of motorcycles sold increased by 5.1% to a new second-quarter record of 42,259 units (2013: 40,209 units).


Segment revenues in the first half of the year increased by 9.8% to € 1,000 million (2013: € 911 million). EBIT rose by 22.7% to € 119 million (2013: € 97 million) and profit before tax grew 23.2% to € 117 million (2013: € 95 million). Sales volume for the six-month period increased by 9.3% to 70,978 units (2013: 64,941 units). With these figures, BMW Motorrad recorded the best six-month period in its 90-year history of motorcycle manufacturing.

According to Dr. Friedrich Eichiner, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Finance,
 "Sales performed well in markets including France, Italy and the US. The R Series, in particular, with the new models R 1200 RT, R 1200 GS Adventure and R nineT, made strong gains.


In the first half-year, the overall market in the segment above 500 cc showed signs of recovery for the first time worldwide. Over the full year, markets in Germany and Europe should improve on last year. In the US, the total market should be close to 2013 levels."


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Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship - East Round #3

Light rain the day before the race made for excellent conditions at the famous Parry Sound event.  It eliminated the dust but did make the rock sections a bit more slippery – riders struggled through some of the tougher areas but at the end of the day positive comments flowed on the course layout.    A big thanks needs to go out to Mike Hurst, Barry Billings and the volunteers who cut in the new sections.

Yamaha’s Brian Wojnarowski, who excels in the technical terrain, was determined to get back on top of the podium after a second in Alvinston, ON to fellow Yamaha rider Zach Lewis.  Brian led from the start with new Yamaha rider Brandon Cambareri in second.  Zach Lewis washed out in the first turn trying for the holeshot and had to work his way back up from 6th, he managed to get past Brandon on the 3rd lap but couldn't catch Wojo and had to settle for second.

The next round will be in Wingham on Aug 17th.  This will be a double header weekend with round 2 of the Ontario Enduro Championship taking place on Saturday and the Cross Country on Sunday.

It was announced in Parry Sound that the Wheatley round planned for Aug 24th has been cancelled due to the wet season making large sections of the course unrideable.

For specific event information and full results please visit our site




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The Indian Scout is coming - and it looks good

The Indian Scout is listed on the Canadian section of the Indian website and it starts at $12,199

It introduces the first-ever liquid-cooled Indian Motorcycle engine – an efficient and reliable 69 cubic inch V-twin. That works out to about 1130 CC's if you like to see engine measurements that way.



Some of the key features and design elements include: 

69 cu in Scout™ Engine This engine appeals to a rider’s key senses as it’s visually stunning, has a soul-stirring exhaust note, and delivers impressive power on demand to ignite an Indian Scout rider’s passion for the ride. The reliable, efficient liquid cooling ensures consistently outstanding performance in all riding conditions. Visually, this V-twin features innovative styling with unique details that merit a closer look.

Lightweight The lightweight chassis enhances the maneuverability and fun factor for the most rewarding riding. The premium suspension keeps the ride smooth and offers rear suspension adjustability

Balanced Well-balanced with a low center of gravity for easy, fluid handling at all speeds. An outstanding lean angle inspires confidence by allowing riders to capably execute high-speed cornering

Solo Seat Desert Tan Genuine Leather Solo Bucket Seat is a modern, authentic version of the original Indian Scout seat that delivers premium comfort. The comfortable seat features new desert tan leather designed to withstand the elements. This sealed, high-quality leather is strong and durable.

Modern Technology Efficient, reliable liquid cooling ensures the most consistently outstanding performance in all conditions, at all speeds. The modern technology produces an unmatched ride experience that includes electronic fuel injection, counter-balancing, and a 6-speed transmission

Styling The stylish DNA of the original Indian Scout is evident in this new model. Its styling and engineering are integrated in a refined, no-frills style. In authentic Indian Motorcycle fashion, major components are visible to celebrate the motorcycle’s mechanical beauty and grace. The design lines lead the eye the length of the bike and create the impression of it being in motion at all times.

Classic Triangle The classic rigid triangle of the original Indian Scout is featured here in re-engineered form, with the steering head and axles as the three points of this classic design

Headlight Black headlight with chrome trim replicates the original Indian Scout headlight and coordinates with other blacked-out elements

Fenders Stylish Fenders have a spare, jaunty style and display the elegant flow of genuine Indian Motorcycle bodywork

Badging The 2015 Indian® Scout™ features a tank badge like that of the iconic tank badges found on Scouts since the 1920s




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2015 Harley-Davidson® Road Glide® Model Roars Back

Harley-Davidson (NYSE:HOG) has more rush in the tank. Spy photos, gossip, and wild speculation are flooding the Internet as Harley-Davidson fans around the globe anticipate the return of the Road Glide motorcycle. The wait is over and the Road Glide model is back.

Weeks before the announcement of its complete 2015 model lineup, Harley-Davidson is previewing the Road Glide and Road Glide Special, two of its new 2015 motorcycles. Infused with DNA of the Customer-led product development effort Project RUSHMORE, the two sleek, shark-nose Touring models are being revealed today during special events at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, and at the National Bikers Roundup (NBR) in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


"Road Glide has always had an incredibly passionate following, which is why its return to the model line-up is exciting for our customers and our company," said Matt Levatich, President and Chief Operating Officer of Harley-Davidson Motor Company. "With Project Rushmore technology, intuitive features and great new styling, we're delivering an improved ride for the Road Glide faithful and the many others looking for more cool Project Rushmore motorcycle options."

One look at the new contour of the famous Road Glide fairing is all it takes to see past form and convention were put aside and a new rebellious design emerged. The Road Glide motorcycle earned its status satisfying the hard core and now it is back. From the wicked new Dual Reflector Daymaker LED headlights to the combination stop/turn/taillights, the Road Glide motorcycles set out to make the ultimate statement in custom, high-mile aggression and back it up with all the function riders demand.

"The Road Glide has always been a bike for a rider who's cut from a different cloth, a person who wants to make a statement as they chase the freedom of the road," said Michael Goche, Product Planning Manager. "This new model respects that spirit while offering a significant improvement in aerodynamic and ergonomic comfort, LED lighting, and the full suite of Project RUSHMORE features that have been such a huge hit with Touring riders around the world."

Road Glide
Shaped by countless hours of wind tunnel testing, the new frame-mounted Road Glide motorcycle fairing features a triple splitstream vent that significantly reduces head buffeting while still providing comfortable airflow around the rider. The brilliant white beams of the Dual Daymaker™ Reflector LED headlamp blasts through the murkiest of nights. Centred in the inner fairing is the colour screen of a Boom! Box 4.3 infotainment system controlled by twin joysticks located on a new swept-back handlebar that puts the rider in a commanding, comfortable position. A High Output Twin Cam 103 V-Twin engine burbles through two chrome mufflers, its abundant torque always on tap with just a twist of the throttle. Touring features include One-Touch hard saddlebags, cruise control, easy-to-read gauges, adjustable air-ride rear suspension, and new ergonomic hand controls with intuitive design and improved tactile feel.



Road Glide Special
Select premium features elevate the performance and style of the Road Glide Special model from the base model. These enhancements include the premium Boom!™ Box 6.5GT infotainment system with touchscreen and GPS navigation, Reflex Linked Brakes with ABS, and hand-adjustable low-profile rear suspension. An exclusive painted inner fairing and hand-applied pinstriping move the styling up a notch.

The public will have an opportunity to see and test ride the new 2015 Road Glide and Road Glide Special models at Harley-Davidson locations in Sturgis August 2-9 and in Tulsa on August 2. They then start arriving at authorized Harley-Davidson Retail Stores on August 26, 2014. Visit www.h-d.com/roadglide for more information.


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