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CXCC West Round 1 & 2 - Monkey Wrench - Lytton, BC

The West Coast Dirt Riders Club once again pulled out all the stops to put on another spectacular 2 day event in the mountains outside Lytton, BC.   The scenery is always great and thanks to the efforts of the club and all their volunteers so was the course.


Day one saw Honda's Jason Schrage take top of the Pro Podium with Tyler Murray in 2nd and Husqvarna's Ryan Graffunder in Third.

Leave it to the West Coast Dirt Riders to come up with some very creative obstacle sections - the swinging tire pit was within easy walking distance of the pits for the spectators to enjoy.

Another great section used every year is the roller coaster section.  Pray it doesnt rain when coming through here.

On Day 2 Honda's Jason Schrage battled with Husky's Ryan Graffunder and was behind by 2 minutes - Ryan ended up having to do a 3rd lap which took over an hour at his pace.  Jason got second ahead of Blake Watkinson both of whom were relaxed in the pits when Ryan got back in.

Laminacorr Racing's Ride Like a Girl Program paid out some cash to the Women's class on both days.

Full Results and points standings will be available on our site  www.worldendurocanada.com

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Surrey Rider leads Police through mall

 An inadvertently leaked video has been posted online showing a man on a motorcycle driving through a Surrey shopping mall.

The video was taken on Feb. 20 and features footage from RCMP’s Air One and security camera footage inside the mall. The video was being used by the RCMP as a training video when it was unintentionally released to the public.

 Sgt. Dale Carr with the Surrey RCMP indicates the man riding the motorcycle has not been caught. “Ultimately the motorcycle was dumped, the individual got away and we’re still looking for who that is,” said Carr.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2-bxutbIPI




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Rounds 1 and 2 Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship

Rounds 1 and 2 of the Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship West are in the books.



The West Coast Dirt Riders – one of the Pacific Northwest Motorcycle Association clubs – put on a fantastic two day event in the mountains north of Lytton, BC.  Day one consisted of a shorter 25 km loop and day two was the 45 km loop ``Monkey Wrench` Cross Country that saw Pro riders doing over 100 km. 
Riders raved about the challenging course. The WC Dirt Riders always keep it fun with some interesting obstacles.  On Day one riders rode through a tunnel with a fog machine called `Gorillas in the Mist. On day two they rode thru the Parts Canada lounge where couches and a TV playing off road videos was set up.  Specators sat on the couches watching TV while the racers rode throught the living room set up before going into a mud bog full of old tires. Then there is their famous `Romaniacs`section with the wooden roller coaster ride fun for riders and specators.
The CXCC West will finish this weekend July 5 & 6th at the Shale Shaker in Old Man River, AB.


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2014 Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship dates announced

World Enduro Canada is pleased to announce the 2014 Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship.  We are looking forward to another great season of off road racing across Canada.

The CXCC East Championship kicks off May 25th at Motopark in Chatsworth, ON.

The CXCC West Championship begins in June with a double header weekend at the Famous Monkey Wrench in Lytton, BC.
We would like to thank our Western Partners – Pacific Northwest Motorcycle Association and the Alberta Motorsports Association for working with us to incorporate these events into thier respective calendars.

We want to thank all our sponsors for their generous support.

Title Sponsor – Royal Distributing
Premier Sponsors – Honda Canada, Yamaha Canada, Wiesner Insurance, Kawasaki Canada
                               

Support Sponsors – Kawasaki Canada, Parts Canada, KTM, Husqvarna, Sherco, Rekluse Canada (Mongoose Racing), Goldentyre, Inglis Cycle, Langs Off Road, West Coast Transportation

CXCC West
June 28 - Lytton, BC (Monkey Wrench)
June 29 - Lytton, BC (Monkey Wrench)
July 5 - Old Man River, AB (Shale Shaker)
July 6 – Old Man River, AB (Shale Shaker)

CXCC East
May 25 – Chatsworth, ON
June 22 – Alvinston, ON
July 27 – Parry Sound, ON
Aug 17 – Wingham, ON
Aug 24 – Wheatly, ON
Sept 6 & 7 – Walton, ON

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2013 Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship

World Enduro Canada is pleased to announce the 2013 Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship will kick off in June. This season is the start of something new and exciting. In an effort to allow more riders, from all classes, to contend for an industry recognized National off road racing championship there will be Champions crowned in both eastern and western Canada.

The CXCC West take place over four weekends in June and July. The championship will consist of two rounds in BC, part of the Pacific Northwest Motorcycle Association Championship, and two rounds in Alberta, part of the Alberta Motorsports Association Championship. World Enduro Canada is very proud to partner with these racing organizations and their associated clubs.

The CXCC East will feature two exciting double headers in August and September at two of the most historic racing facilities in Canada, Gopher Dunes and Walton. These events will also pay points to the Wiesner Insurance Ontario Cross County Championship.

WEC would like to thank the National sponsors that make this series possible. Title Sponsor Royal Distributing, our Premier sponsors Honda Canada, Yamaha Canada, KTM Canada and Husaberg as well as our supporting sponsors Parts Canada, Mongoose Racing (distributors of Rekluse), Goldentyre, Emperor Racing, West Coast Transportation, and Wiesner Insurance. In addition to these national sponsors there are many regional sponsors who will be involved as well – check our site for details.

CXCC West Round #1 June 9 – Chilliwack, BC

The Greater Vancouver Motorcycle Club will host round one of the CXCC West in Chilliwack, BC. The event is less than an hour drive from Vancouver in the scenic Fraser Valley. Named “The Piston Run,” it is the longest running off road race in British Columbia and this year marks its 65th anniversary.

The terrain at the Piston Run has "West Coast" all over it. The Chipmunk Creek riding area offers a great combination of tight and technical trails mixed with fast, wide open, flowing deactivated logging roads to get racers into a groove. To keep it interesting there will be some challenging shale rock hill climbs and the occasional "maybe I should walk my bike down" decents. Organizers recommend that you don’t forget to pack a rain coat.

The CXCC West take place over four weekends in June and July. The championship will consist of two rounds in BC, part of the Pacific Northwest Motorcycle Association Championship, and two rounds in Alberta, part of the Alberta Motorsports Association Championship. World Enduro Canada is very proud to partner with these racing organizations and their associated clubs.

The CXCC East will feature two exciting double headers in August and September at two of the most historic racing facilities in Canada, Gopher Dunes and Walton. These events will also pay points to the Wiesner Insurance Ontario Cross County Championship.

WEC would like to thank the National sponsors that make this series possible. Title Sponsor Royal Distributing, our Premier sponsors Honda Canada, Yamaha Canada, KTM Canada and Husaberg as well as our supporting sponsors Parts Canada, Mongoose Racing (distributors of Rekluse), Goldentyre, Emperor Racing, West Coast Transportation, and Wiesner Insurance. In addition to these national sponsors there are many regional sponsors who will be involved as well – check our site for details.

CXCC West Round #1 June 9 – Chilliwack, BC

The Greater Vancouver Motorcycle Club will host round one of the CXCC West in Chilliwack, BC. The event is less than an hour drive from Vancouver in the scenic Fraser Valley. Named “The Piston Run,” it is the longest running off road race in British Columbia and this year marks its 65th anniversary.

The terrain at the Piston Run has "West Coast" all over it. The Chipmunk Creek riding area offers a great combination of tight and technical trails mixed with fast, wide open, flowing deactivated logging roads to get racers into a groove. To keep it interesting there will be some challenging shale rock hill climbs and the occasional "maybe I should walk my bike down" decents. Organizers recommend that you don’t forget to pack a rain coat.

CXCC West Round #2 June 16 – Pincher Creek, AB

“The Porcupine Hills Hare Scramble” has been organized by the Lethbridge Motorcycle Club for the past 10 years. They have been doing a cross country in this area for 25 years. Riders can expect to run loops between 20 and 25 kilometers long.

The loop is a 50/50 mix of flowing single track and fast quad type trails with lots of elevation changes, log crossings, rooty sections with little to no rocks. The soil is rich black dirt that is great to ride on when moist but turns extremely slippery when it gets really wet. This event is a favorite with Alberta racers – considered one of the most fun races of the season.

CXCC West Round #3 June 30 – Lytton, BC

The West Coast Dirt Riders Club will host racers at the third round of the championship at a BC favorite, “The Monkey Wrench Cross Country”. The Wrench has been around for 28 years. The riding area is in, more or less, the middle of nowhere about a 25 minute drive north of the small town of Lytton, BC and considered the gateway to trail riding paradise.

The Laluwissen riding area is known to be one of British Columbia's best riding spots. Breathtaking scenery mixed with trails that will blow your mind. The Wrench will toss riders into tight, gnarly single track, fast flowing open areas and hill climbs that will have them bouncing off the rev limiter. Definitely a “can’t miss” event.

The CXCC West take place over four weekends in June and July. The championship will consist of two rounds in BC, part of the Pacific Northwest Motorcycle Association Championship, and two rounds in Alberta, part of the Alberta Motorsports Association Championship. World Enduro Canada is very proud to partner with these racing organizations and their associated clubs.

The CXCC East will feature two exciting double headers in August and September at two of the most historic racing facilities in Canada, Gopher Dunes and Walton. These events will also pay points to the Wiesner Insurance Ontario Cross County Championship.

WEC would like to thank the National sponsors that make this series possible. Title Sponsor Royal Distributing, our Premier sponsors Honda Canada, Yamaha Canada, KTM Canada and Husaberg as well as our supporting sponsors Parts Canada, Mongoose Racing (distributors of Rekluse), Goldentyre, Emperor Racing, West Coast Transportation, and Wiesner Insurance. In addition to these national sponsors there are many regional sponsors who will be involved as well – check our site for details.

CXCC West Round #1 June 9 – Chilliwack, BC

The Greater Vancouver Motorcycle Club will host round one of the CXCC West in Chilliwack, BC. The event is less than an hour drive from Vancouver in the scenic Fraser Valley. Named “The Piston Run,” it is the longest running off road race in British Columbia and this year marks its 65th anniversary.

The terrain at the Piston Run has "West Coast" all over it. The Chipmunk Creek riding area offers a great combination of tight and technical trails mixed with fast, wide open, flowing deactivated logging roads to get racers into a groove. To keep it interesting there will be some challenging shale rock hill climbs and the occasional "maybe I should walk my bike down" decents. Organizers recommend that you don’t forget to pack a rain coat.

CXCC West Round #2 June 16 – Pincher Creek, AB

“The Porcupine Hills Hare Scramble” has been organized by the Lethbridge Motorcycle Club for the past 10 years. They have been doing a cross country in this area for 25 years. Riders can expect to run loops between 20 and 25 kilometers long.

The loop is a 50/50 mix of flowing single track and fast quad type trails with lots of elevation changes, log crossings, rooty sections with little to no rocks. The soil is rich black dirt that is great to ride on when moist but turns extremely slippery when it gets really wet. This event is a favorite with Alberta racers – considered one of the most fun races of the season.

CXCC West Round #3 June 30 – Lytton, BC

The West Coast Dirt Riders Club will host racers at the third round of the championship at a BC favorite, “The Monkey Wrench Cross Country”. The Wrench has been around for 28 years. The riding area is in, more or less, the middle of nowhere about a 25 minute drive north of the small town of Lytton, BC and considered the gateway to trail riding paradise.

The Laluwissen riding area is known to be one of British Columbia's best riding spots. Breathtaking scenery mixed with trails that will blow your mind. The Wrench will toss riders into tight, gnarly single track, fast flowing open areas and hill climbs that will have them bouncing off the rev limiter. Definitely a “can’t miss” event.

CXCC West Round #4 July 7 – Coleman, AB

The Crowsnest National Enduro Club will host the finale of the CXCC West at the “Shale Shaker Cross Country” in the scenic mountains north of Coleman, AB. The event will be about 40km north of Coleman in an area known as Old Man River. Any riders familiar with the area know to expect lots of steep elevation changes, rocky trails, tight trees and “I wish I had my camera” type scenery. The loops will average 50 km to guarantee a long, fun day of racing. There has not been a cross country event hosted here for over 10 years so all riders, either local or travelling, can expect some fresh trail to enjoy.

This event will also be the Canadian qualifier for the Big Sky AMA Off Road Championship event on in August at the Big Sky resort in Montana. This Championship is going to be off road version of the AMA Loretta Lynn Amateur MX National Championship that the AMA will use to crown amateur Off Road Champions in all classes. The AMA and Big Sky race organizers recognize the number of Canadians who travel south to race and want to make us part of their championship. Racers, from all classes, who do well at this event, will be invited to compete at the Big Sky XC Championship.

On Sunday afternoon once all the racing is completed WEC will be handing out #1 plates in all classes along with prizes from various sponsors like Royal Distributing and Parts Canada.

CXCC East Round #1 & 2 Aug 24 & 25 – Gopher Dunes - Courtland, ON

The opening rounds of the CXCC East will be held at the famous Gopher Dunes Raceway. The famous deep sand track, mixed with the fast wide open trails will make this one of the highest speed events of the season. Taking place the weekend after the CMRC Walton Trans Can MX the Shuster family is planning to bring some of Canada’s best MX racers to mix it up with the top cross country racers for an epic event.

To keep things interesting there will be two racing formats utilized on the weekend. On Saturday riders will race the Moto XC format and on Sunday the traditional XC format. Two years ago WEC began utilizing the Moto XC format and it was a hit with both traditional XC racers and MX racers who were giving XC racing a try. In the Moto XC format each class runs two one hour moto’s instead of the traditional two hour long (or two and a half for Pro’s) event. Saturday will cater to the sprinters and Sunday to the endurance racers.

CXCC East Round #3 & 4 Sept 7 & 8 – Walton Raceway - Walton, ON

The finale for the CXCC East will take place at the historic Walton Raceway. The entire MX course, famous for its elevation changes and natural jumps, combined with tight flowing trails and a special extreme section has been a favorite on the Ontario cross county circuit for the past few seasons.

Similar to the Gopher Dunes double header the Walton weekend will utilize both XC formats to keep things interesting. Saturday will feature the Moto XC format and Sunday the traditional XC format. After the podium presentations on Sunday WEC will award the #1 Championship plates to the CXCC East Champions along with prizes from our many sponsors.

Pro Racer List - This is a list of some of the top riders and the manufacturers who support them that will be competing this year.

Yamaha –
Brian Wojnarowski – Ontario

Honda –
Jason Schrage – Alberta

CGRT Husaberg Team –
Shane Cuthbertson – Alberta
Ben Rego – BC
Victoria Hett – BC
Ryan Linderman – Alberta

Guy Giroux – Quebec

KTM National Race Team –
Bobby Prochnau – BC
Chantelle Bykerk – BC
Ryan Graffunder – BC
Josh Long – ON
Félicia Robichaud – ON
Philippe Chainé – Quebec
Loic Léonard – Quebec
Francis Ouimette – Quebec

KTM Supported riders -
Jack Sawatzky – Alberta
Ty Mckenna – Alberta
Ben Riviere – Alberta
Kevin Cockayne – Ontario
Denis Libersan – Quebec
Jason Griffeth – Ontario
Shelby Turner – Alberta
Malcom Hett - BC
Geoff Nelson - BC
Allan Lachapelle – Quebec
Jarrett May – BC

Lang’s Off Road Gas Gas
Steve Bond – Ontario
David Taplay – Ontario
CXCC WEST

June 9, 2013 - Piston Run – Chilliwack, BC - Greater Vancouver Motorcycle Club

June 16, 2013 - Porcupine Hill – Pincher Creek, AB - Lethbridge Motorcycle Club

June 30, 2013 -Monkey Wrench – Lytton, BC - Westcoast Dirt Riders

July 7, 2013 – Shale Shaker - Coleman, AB - Crowsnest National Enduro Club

CXCC EAST

Aug 24 & 25 - Gopher Dunes - Cortland, ON

Sept 7 & 8 – Walton Raceway - Walton, ON




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Don Hatton races in the 2013 Dakar Race


The bike is built, shipped and is hopefully at the customs depot in Lima along with the rest of the Dakar competitors vehicles.  A thousand little details are being looked after by various people around the globe all cumulating in Canadian Don Hatton starting in the 2013 Dakar Race on January 5, 2013 in Lima Peru. The race lasts 17 days and covers nearly 10,000 kilometers throughout South America.

“I’m nervous about the race but really excited about being back in the Dakar” Don said in a recent interview. This will be Don’s fifth attempt at the fabled endurance race.

The next big hurdle on the agenda is the day all Dakar racers fear: scrutineering day.

Scrutineering is where the organizers of the Dakar Race go over everything with the racers. We mean everything. They review your documentation, your race vehicle, your support vehicle (if you have one), the registered members of your team. Everything. And if they find something that cannot be fixed by the time scrutineering closes you do not get to compete.

The technical inspectors review your vehicle. Does it have the proper lights, navigation equipment, adequate fuel supply, and emergency water carrying capacity? Does it have the proper and authorized decals in the correct places? Are all the movable pieces, certain nuts and bolts, secured by the proper safety wire?

There is a mind boggling myriad of technical inspections any of which if the vehicle fails could cause the organizers to disallow you from competing in the race. There are some 18 different inspection stations that the competitor, his documentation and his vehicle must pass through to get final approval. Then they are allowed to get their time card and target time (time they will start the race on race day) and enter the Parc Ferme (secured parking area for the vehicles).

Lets keep our figures crossed that Don and Simon bikes make it through this next step in the process and onto Dakar !

For more information and photos check out www.rallyraidcanada.com


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World Trials Canada - Rounds 3 & 4 Canadian National Trials Championship

The final rounds of the Canadian National Trials Championship will take place in Victoria, BC on Sept 22 & 23rd.  The Victoria Motorcycle Club have another excellent course ready to go that will be a challenge for all skill levels and very spectator friendly.  Come out and watch The Original Extreme Motorcycle sport.




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Insurance Corporation of Brisish Columbia introduces motorcycle crash map


The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia is a provincial Crown corporation established in 1973 to provide universal auto insurance to B.C. motorists and they've got an interesting map on their site that shows where the bulk of city motorcycle accidents occur.

Unsurprisingly it's at some of the key intersections in cities with high volumes of traffic.

Jill Blacklock, road safety delivery manager for ICBC, has indicated that crashes involving motorcycles and those that strictly involve cars occur in the same places - busy, high volume intersections.

Check it out HERE.



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KTM Ride Orange Moto Tour 2012 (Demo Rides in Canada)

Dates and locations are now available for KTM's RIDE ORANGE Moto Tour 2012. Sadly there's no east coast love but folks in BC, AB, ON and QC are in luck.

KTM’s RIDE ORANGE Moto Tour is back for 2012, with 10 events across 4 provinces. The first demo ride takes place on April 15 in British Columbia and the tour wraps on May 19 in Quebec. 
NEW! Riders now have option of test riding motocross AND off-road bikes!

What you can expect at every Moto Tour stop:

- A total of 12 to 15 new motocross & off-road models
- Supported with Factory Racing KTM 18-wheeler
- Professional mechanic support
- KTM and dealer staff on hand for any assistance needed
- Special guest appearances by Factory KTM racers (select events)

If you’re interested in attending a Moto Tour, please register with your nearest KTM Dealer.

MOTO TOUR SCHEDULE

Date - Location
April 15 - Agassiz (BC)
April 18 - Bear Creek (BC)
April 21 - Castrol Raceway (AB)
April 24 - Wild Rose MX Park (AB)
April 28 - Southern Alberta (TBA)
May  5 - Gopher Dunes (ON)
May 9 - RJ Motorsport Park (ON)
May 11 - Sand Del Lee (ON)
May 16 - X Town (QC)
May 19 - Deschambault (QC)

Get a preview of KTM's Ride Orange Moto Tour with this video from last year's visit to Gopher Dunes.


KTM Ride Orange Demo Tour from Greg Oldham on Vimeo.




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WEC looks forward to the 2012 season

being finished and we are excited to announce a Trials program in Nova Scotia as well.

Going into its 4th season the Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship or CEC is enjoying continued growth and success. Bearing in mind WEC’s reputation of keeping fresh ideas coming, we have decided to expand the scope of the CEC by creating a Canadian Cross Country Championship or CXCC and combine the points from the CEC and CXCC to declare an overall Canadian Off-Road Champion. The title is awarded to the rider who demonstrates the best overall ability to adapt to a variety of challenges in 2 types of competition staged in very different terrain across the country.

It was recently announced that WEC has formed a partnership with the Quebec-based event promoter association, FMSQ in order to realize the CXCC. The Quebec round of the CXCC will take place on September 2 at Ormstown, Quebec (situated south of Montreal near the border of Ontario) with the final round being held in Ontario the following weekend (September 8/9)

The Canadian off-road Championship is designed to be a fair and equitable form of competition that decides the winners based on sportsmanlike racing on a level playing field where the results are truly the results.

Ontario will feature another spectacular Cross Country Championship series at proven venues across the province. We are very proud of this groundbreaking series as it has clearly introduced bold new ideas that never existed before in Ontario off-road racing. The fact that some other race organizations continue to adopt our ideas each year is proof we are improving the sport and giving the riders what they want and we are flattered by this imitation.

By now it is commonly known WEC has been using its flawless electronic timekeeping system which we introduced in 2008 forcing others to follow suit. At this point riders accept nothing other than immediate results at race conclusion and posted immediately on our website.

Who would have thought that having proper competition insurance would be something that would have to be shown as being mandatory? Racing at legal competition facilities that are in compliance by the local municipality is another “no brainer” that WEC has enforced and set the standard.

We are also proud of our many other firsts in off-road racing in Ontario:

- A consistent $100 Pro Holeshot award at every round of the series
- A consistent $100 Amateur Holeshot award at every round of the series
- Paying Pro racers at every round
- A full series of Pee Wee Cross Country Racing
- Pro racer appearance money at certain rounds
- Closed course enduro competition without the requirement of any license plate on the vehicle
- Kids only enduro competition

Some of these changes were difficult to introduce as off-road motorcycling, in certain parts of Canada, has been stagnant for many years and some riders and organizers were very set in their ways and as such, we still have resistance to some of our ideas. Giving Pro payback was something new to off-road and some organizers were steadfast against it. We have fortunately arrived at a point where the concept has finally caught on and we are happy for that.

A day will come when people won’t be racing improperly licensed and incorrectly insured motorcycles on open, public roads. Until this time we will continue to show the way as there are other options

2012 will bring another first in off-road motorcycling soon to be duplicated by others; a kids only Competition Enduro Series! Due to the massive success of our annual “Shelburne Kids Enduro” it has now morphed into a series with accumulating points toward a championship. WEC has always focused heavily on the Mini segment in off-road racing shown from the beginning with our ground breaking Pee Wee Cross Country program. This new Kids Enduro Championship continues to show our dedication to the future of the sport. Watch for more details on dates, venues and class guidelines. With Mini riders racing against a clock, it is a fantastic way to introduce motorcycle competition to these young enthusiasts in a controlled environment.

Stay tuned as we finalize our dates with facility owners. We must all respect that these valuable racing facilities have their own busy schedules and with other racing organizations. 2012 will be another great year for off-road motorcycle racing in Canada!

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Motomethod Community Motorcycle Repair Shop in Vancouver

Motomethod Community Motorcycle Repair Shop in Vancouver, BC is a full repair shop, for nearly all makes and models of motorcycles, old or new. Nothing too earth shattering in that news but there's more.

What's a little different about Motomethod is that they allow the rider to come in and ‘rent a bay’ and repair their own bike, or learn how. All their tools are available to those who come into the shop and if you need a hand fixing something - they're there to lend a hand. If you want them to do the work but keep a close eye on the work and perhaps learn a thing a two; you've got it. Get right in there and check it out.

The Zenga Bros. video does a fantastic job of building excitement for the idea and wanting to check out their shop. You couldn't get any better advertising than this in my opinion.

Nice idea. Wonder how expensive THAT insurance is?

The video below is directed by the Zenga Bros. The Zenga Bros are an independent film production company out of Vancouver British Colombia. They are four brothers, working together as adventure filmmakers, bicycle builders, and folk-stunt artists
 

The Motomethod Story from Zenga Bros on Vimeo.

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BMW Motorrad Canada - THE 2011-2012 CANADIAN MOTORCYCLE SHOW TOUR

BMW Motorrad Canada will be attending the MMIC Motorcycle shows this coming season. Come check out the 2012 line-up, including the all-new Maxi-Scooters – the C600 Sport and the C650GT and our newest Enduro bike the G650GS Sertão.

2011-2012 Motorcycle show schedule:
- Toronto December 9 - 11, 2011
- Calgary January 6 - 8, 2012
- Edmonton January 13 - 15, 2012
- Vancouver January 19 - 22, 2012
- Quebec City February 3 - 5, 2012
- Moncton February 10 - 12, 2012
- Montreal February 24 - 26, 2012

As an added bonus they're going to have a ballot box at the events that you can for a chance to win a 2013 BMW C650GT Maxi-Scooter.

Contest ballots will be available at MMIC motorcycle shows, BMW Motorrad Canada retailer demo ride days and other BMW Motorrad Canada events across Canada.

MSRP $11,900*

*Freight, PDI, taxes, admin. fees, licencing, maintenance and fuel costs not included in prize. Price subject to change without notice.




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Ural - Sales UP and new Canadian Dealers named

Ural sales are way up this year - up 42% for the first half of the year! Turns out retro sidecar motorcycles are a hit around the world.  What's not to like really?

Ural have also announced a few new dealers across Canada. Here's three - in no particular order:


BRITISH COLUMBIA

SWM Adventure Motorsports
3041 Lakha Road
Kelowna, BC V1X 7W1
(250) 807-2697
ural1@live.ca
www.swmadventure.com/

NEWFOUNDLAND

Mile 1 Recreation
12 Allston Street
Mt. Pearl, NL A1N 0A4
(709) 364-9051
parts@mile1rec.com
www.mile1rec.com

QUEBEC

NOR-SPORT
25 Boul Des Hauteurs
St. Jerome, QC J7Y1R1
(450) 436-2070
mlemieux@nor-sport.com
www.nor-sport.com


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16th Canadian National H.O.G. Rally - Thunder in the Valley


It is that time of the year again, when Harley-Davidson motorcycle enthusiasts congregate for the annual Canadian National H.O.G. Rally. 2011 marks the 16th anniversary of this iconic get-together, which attracts Harley-Davidson owners from near and far.

The 16th Canadian National H.O.G. Rally will take place from August 25 to 27, and will be defined by the startling and breathtaking views offered by the surroundings of Kamloops, British Columbia. Gina McNeil, Manager, Enthusiast Services, comments, “The location is stunning, and will most certainly provide a great reason for participants to ride to the Rally destination. Our focus this year has been to identify a setting which allows for great riding, giving our participating H.O.G. members the chance to pursue their passion for the open road [while] surrounded by friends; so I really look forward to welcoming our members in Kamloops.” H.O.G. Canada is hosting this event as a “thank you” to their most loyal and devoted Customers – the H.O.G. members who share a common passion for their Harley-Davidson motorcycles. 

The highlight of the Rally activities will be the parade. With an expected 1,200 motorcycles riding through Kamloops, spectators will get the chance to view the impressive line-up of Harley-Davidson motorcycles as they rumble past. The parade departs at 10:30 am on Saturday, August 27, from McArthur Island Park and travels along Tranquille Road, over Overlander Bridge, and loops back around Thompson Rivers University, which provides the best viewing spot for spectators. At 11:15 am, the parade returns to McArthur Island Park, where the public is welcome to watch the motorcycle field games. 

In addition, returning H.O.G. member favourites will include Biker Bingo, field games, and the impressive Show ‘N Shine, where enthusiasts show off their most prized possessions to an official jury, and compete for the top prize in their motorcycle class. The Show ‘N Shine event will take place at 11:00 am on August 26 at the Kamloops Towne Lodge, and will feature the best customized motorcycles at the Rally; categories will include Antique, Three-Wheeled, and Pro Custom. The general public will also have the opportunity to get involved by voting for the People’s Choice Award. On Friday, August 26, the local authorized Harley-Davidson Retailer, Kamloops Harley-Davidson, will host a party with a fantastic entertainment line-up featuring Trooper and Throttle Caster, as well as a live fashion show.

The 16th Canadian National H.O.G. Rally will come to a close on the evening of Saturday, August 27, with an 1,800-person dinner, including entertainment featuring the Younguns and the Jimmy LeGuilloux Band. On the following day, anyone with a valid motorcycle licence and the appropriate riding gear can test ride the new 2012 Harley-Davidson models for free at Kamloops Harley-Davidson, where the Test Our Metal truck will be stationed. 


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Simon Pavey in Duncan BC to offer two day “Advanced OffRoad Riding” course

Simon Pavey will again be joining Don Hatton and Duncan Motorsports to facilitate his world famous off road riding school.

Simon Pavey is well known in the Motorrad world. As Chief Instructor of UK’s Off-Road Skills training academy, the 43-year-old Australian has taught hundreds of motorcycle owners how to ride the dirt — including Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman in preparation for their Long Way Round voyage, and again in the movie "Race to Dakar".

This time Duncan Motorsports is offering Simon’s Offroad Riding School two day “Advanced Riding” course. Whilst the emphasis is not too technical or demanding, this course will certainly give you new skills to challenge you, with plenty of riding time. 

Designed for:

· Riders who want to improve their biking skills even further.
· Riders who want to tackle trails a little further off the beaten track.
· Riders who want to build their confidence on an adventure style bike.

Location: Duncan BC
Dates: September 10th and 11th, 2011
Cost: $450 for complete course!

The course is limited to 10 participants so sign up early!

To register for this exciting event contact Don Hatton don@duncanmotorports.co or contact him through Duncan Motorsports via telephone 250-746-7148

For more information check out “Events” at www.duncanmotorsports.ca


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Adventure rider and celebrity, Charley Boorman comes to Duncan

Don Hatton is very excited to announce, that movie and television celebrity, fellow Dakar Racer and Motorcycle Adventurer Charley Boorman will be our guest July 24th 2011. Charley is a best selling author and the star of the Movies:’ RACE TO DAKAR’, ‘LONG WAY ROUND’, ‘LONG WAY DOWN”.

Charley is also the star of the adventure travel series and top selling book “BY ANY MEANS” still on the top seller list in the UK.

Charley’s current project is ‘EXTREME FRONTIERS CANADA”. He is traveling across Canada from coast to coast filming a documentary on various activities from as lobster fishing in the East Coast, participating in RCMP training in Regina to surfing on the West Coast.

Charley will be visiting Duncan on July 24th 2011. Returning from a days trail riding with Don Hatton, three time Dakar participant and Baja 1000 motorcycle racer, he and Charley are scheduled to stop at Kickstart Coffee next to Duncan Motorsports (1063 Canada Ave, Duncan BC) for a quick coffee and meet and greet at about 4:30 p.m.

Then it will be on to Don’s farm where we will host an informal bonfire evening between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., where Charley will spend the evening talking about his adventures. This is a great opportunity to meet and talk to Charley and his film crew!

Cost $15 per person – pre sale only.
Tickets available in person at Duncan Motorsports or by telephone 250-746-7148.

Contact: mbridge@duncanmotorcycles.com with any questions.

We are also inviting riders to join Charley Monday July 25th for a ride from Duncan to Tofino for the end of the filming of the documentary. Ride Start time 10:00. from Kickstart Coffee.

For more information check out “Events” at www.duncanmotorsports.ca

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Schedule for the Yamaha Demo Ride Tour

If you reside in Alberta, BC, or Ontario you've got a opportunity to take part in the Yamaha Motorcycle Power Tour. It was scheduled to make a few stops in Quebec too but it looks like those dates have been canceled.

The demo rides are no charge and you'll have a chance to test ride many of Yamaha's latest cruisers, sportbikes, dual-sports, and scooters. Make sure you bring your MC license and riding gear.


ALBERTA

Friday, July 22, 2011 - Saturday, July 23, 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Place: High River, Alberta
Please Contact Dealers on site: Seitzco Motorsports (403-995-1555)
Northern Star Riders Cruise-In www.cruise-in.northernstarsrider.ca

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Saturday, June 18, 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Place: Daytona Motorsports
13479 King George Hwy, Surrey, BC
Dealers on site: Daytona Motorsports (604-588-4988)

Friday, June 24, 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Place: Valley Yamaha
Unit 2, 44310 Yale Road West, Chilliwack, BC
Dealers on site: Valley Yamaha (604-795-4403)

Saturday, June 25, 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Place: G.A. Checkpoint
3034 St. John's Street Port Moody, BC
Dealers on site: G.A. Checkpoint (604-461-3434)

ONTARIO

Friday, June 24, 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Place: Northern Freedom Homes&Recreation
20 Archer Drive, Kirkland Lake, ON
Dealers on site: Northern Freedom Homes&Recreation(705-567-5291)

Saturday, June 25, 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Place: J&B Cycle&Marine Co. Ltd.
360 Algonquin Boulevard East, Timmins, ON
Dealers on site: J&B Cycle&Marine Co. Ltd.(705-267-1417)

Friday, July 1, 2011 - Sunday, July 3, 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Place: Biker Reunion
New Liskeard-Waterfront, ON
Biker Reunion (705-563-2134)

Saturday, July 9, 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Place: R.L. Equipment Sales&Services Ltd.
10402 Hwy 17 West, Verner, ON
Dealers on site: R.L. Equipment Sales&Services Ltd.(705-594-2373)

Saturday, July 23, 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Ride Manitoulin 2011
Call supporting dealer for more information. www.ridemanitoulin.ca
Dealers on site: Trail Side Sports Ltd (705-869-0170)

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10% off WestJet flights for Canadian Enduro Championship participants

World Enduro Canada is pleased to announce that West Jet is once again offering a 10% discount on flights for the Canadian Enduro Championship. In order to recieve the discount you must CALL West Jet the discount will NOT work if you book online. Call 877-952-4696 (7am - 5:30pm mountain time) and use discount code CC7035.

The discount is good for flights into Kamloops, Calgary, Montreal and Toronto for 3 days prior to and following each event. See you at the races!!

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New video at VRIDETV

Jeff Pennock over at VRide TV let us know that he has posted a new new high definition video of motorcycle riding in beautiful British Columbia.

Motorcycle riding on Highway 5A Part 2 from Nicola Lake to Stump Lake, between Merritt and Kamloops, British Columbia. This stretch of highway is blessed with lakes, windy roads, and incredible scenery with a number of roadside points of interest, and rest areas. An excellent place for motorcyclists to ride that are going to the Great Canadian Bike Rally in Merritt or the Sturgis North Motorcycle Rally and Music Festival in Salmon Arm in July.

Here's the link to the video: http://www.vridetv.com/hdnicola2.html




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2011 Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship - Western Events


The winter is slowly fading away and another exciting year of racing is rapidly approaching.  World Enduro Canada is pleased to announce the details on our first four rounds taking place in BC and Alberta in July.

Rounds 1 & 2 - July 9th and 10th

This year we will begin the season at a brand new location - Sun Peaks Resort in Kamloops, BC.  Canadian Enduro Legend Guy Perret and his crew are putting together an exciting, spectator friendly event at this beautiful resort.

WEC's Sean Wiesner - "We are very fortunate to be working alongside long time friend Guy Perret organizing the 2011 British Columbia round of the Canadian Enduro Championship. Guy's wealth of experience in international competition will be a great benefit to the series and help continue the high standards set by the SODBC crew in 2009 and 2010."

Sun Peaks is looking forward to the event and welcoming the Enduro racing community to their resort. “Hosting the Canadian Enduro Championships expands the diversity of events and activities that take place around Sun Peaks Resort every summer,” says Christopher Nicolson, President of Tourism Sun Peaks. “This is a fantastic opportunity to bring in new visitors from surrounding markets – and heighten the awareness of Enduro to both potential participants and spectators.”

Plans are already in the works to switch the east & west rounds in 2012 and have Sun Peaks host the final rounds in September.  This will be a great time of the year to visit the mountains so start your 2012 holiday plans now to join us.


Rounds 3 & 4 - July 16th and 17 th

Following Kamloops the series will head to picturesque Blairmore, AB in the Crowsnest Pass.  Clint Riviere and his Full Gas crew are working on a brand new course that will be certain to challenge the riders and entertain spectators.  The Blairmore events have always been very popular with the riders.  The elevation changes, demanding terrain and breathtaking scenery make it a can't miss event. To add to theexcitement this year the Thunder in The Valley festival will be taking place on the same weekend.  This annual fireworks display is one of the largest in Western Canada and attracts thousands of visitors, many of whom will have the chance to watch enduro racing for the first time.  The added media attention will be a huge shot in the arm for the series and riders.

After the western rounds are in the books the series will travel east for Rounds 5 & 6 in Quebec on September 10th and 11th and the final rounds in Ontario the following weekend September 17th and 18th.  A formal press release on the eastern events, including details on a new Ontario location, will be coming out in a few weeks.

Please visit our site www.worldendurocanada.com for specific event details as they become available.  See you at the races!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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335 horsepower Triumph Rocket 3

We came across this YouTube clip of a supercharged Triumph Rocket 3 that was reportedly prep'd by Echo Cycle in Edmonton, Alberta.

According to some of the comments...  "It made 335hp at the wheel and 302 ft torque, (pump gas 18 psi) myself (on the bike) and Kurt from Echo Cycle built this bike for a customer. The customer is only about 5'8" and maybe 150 lbs soaking wet, but he loves it."


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VRide TV posts another motorcycle video

We got an email from Jeff Pennock over at VRide TV and he's been hard at it again.  He's posted yet another video motorcycling in Canada video.

Check out all the details for yourself:

A new high definition video has been posted of a Lakeside Motorcycle Ride in British Columbia.

Nicola Lake is located alongside Highway 5A between Merritt and Kamloops British Columbia. This stretch of highway is loaded with lakes, windy roads, and incredible scenery with a number of roadside points of interest, and rest areas.

While shooting this video we were fortunate to capture footage of an Osprey feeding her young in their nest.

Here's the link to the video: http://www.vridetv.com/hdnicola.html

After watching the video be sure to visit our news and blog pages to see what has been going on since your last visit.

He's got some nice looking 2011 motorcycle touring and travel calendars as well - they're 40% off so pick something up today.


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New model from Harley Davidson on the way

We just got word from the folks at Harley Davidson that on Jan 21st they're going to be officially introducing a brand new model into the Harley-Davidson family! 


Darren James, (racer #29) will be doing the honours of unveiling it at just after 10:00am on Jan. 21st at the Vancouver MMIC Show at the Tradex Centre in Abbottsford, BC.


More information should arrive on Friday of this week.  So stay tuned!

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Another year of Canadian motorcyle shows begins

We're a few days too late giving you notice about the Toronto show but there's still plenty more!  The manufacturers will be showing off their new models.  BMW are  going to be bringing their all new 1600's by the way. 

So, come check out the 2011 line-up, including the all-new 6-cylinder K1600GT/GTL, G650GS, the updated R1200R, and the new R1200GS Triple Black.

The tour crosses Canada stopping in:

  • Toronto December 10 - 12, 2010
  • Calgary January 7 - 9, 2011
  • Edmonton January 14 - 16, 2011
  • Vancouver January 20 - 23, 2011
  • Quebec City February 4 - 6, 2011
  • Moncton February 11 - 13, 2011
  • Montreal February 25 to 27, 2011

Click here to visit the MMIC listing of all the events.

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Ride for Dad - Harley Davidson winner presentation

The Motorcycle Ride For Dad celebrated its10th anniversary by holding a cross-Canada tour this August in support of the fight against prostate cancer and the Military Families Fund. The tour was about raising awareness for these two serious causes, but it wouldn’t have been a motorcycle event without a little fun. To make this happen, Deeley Harley-Davidson

Canada donated a 2010 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy motorcycle to be awarded to one lucky participant of the tour. West Kelowna’s own, Maurice (Moe) Cardinal’s name was drawn from thousands to receive this one of a kind bike that will be presented at a press event being held on this Saturday at Kamloops Harley-Davidson®.

Custom painted by Roger Pouw of Extreme Measures Kustom Paint, the bike featuring the Motorcycle Ride For Dad “Ribbon of Steel” logo, promoting prostate cancer awareness, and is emblazed with flames. It’s sure to turn a few heads as the 76 year old Mr. Cardinal rides down the streets of Kamloops. Moe, who raised over $800 for the two causes, is no stranger to motorcycles. This retired RCMP officer has been riding for fifty-six years and spent five of those years riding a police issued Harley- Davidson® motorcycle. He also is committed to the fight against prostate cancer and serves on the executive committee of the Kelowna Chapter of the Motorcycle Ride For Dad.

WHO: Motorcycle Ride For Dad and Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada
WHEN: Saturday, December 4, 2010
Time: 12:30pm-1:00pm
WHERE Kamloops Harley-Davidson
1465 Iron Mask Road
Kamloops, BC

About the Motorcycle Ride For Dad

The Motorcycle Ride For Dad is Canada's largest annual motorcycle event dedicated to fighting prostate cancer through research and awareness. From its humble beginnings, the Ride For Dad has grown to include 29 cities in every province in the country. Now in its 10th year, more than 100,000 men, women and children have been involved, raising more than $7 million to fight prostate cancer. www.MotorcycleRideForDad.org / www.RideForDadCanada.org


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Team Rally Raid Canada sponsored by Duncan Motorsports has completed the 2010 Baja 1000

Team Rally Raid Canada sponsored by Duncan Motorsports has completed the 2010 Baja 1000 finishing an impressive 5th in their class!

The team did a magnificent job of bringing home the Husaberg FE570 for the manufactures first ever Baja finish. Finishing the event was the team’s top priority and although happy with their fifth place finish they have filed a time protest with the event organizers to see if the almost one hour that our rider Nick Caldwell spent assisting a downed competitor can be readjusted to the overall time for the event. Official timing has the team competing the race in 33.02 hours.

The DMS Racing built Husaberg FE570 did an excellent job of dealing with the harsh Mexican environment. Essentially stock other than upgrades available through the Husaberg Performance Parts Catalogue the bike performed flawlessly.

“We rode an absolutely stock Husaberg FE390 and FE450 bike during the pre-ride portions and we were so impressed by their handling, performance and reliability”, Don noted.

Paul Gallagher had the pleasure of riding off the starting line in Ensenada heading across Baja towards San Felipe and the dreaded woops section. “With great bottom end power, well sorted fuel injection system and excellent suspension the bike is a pleasure to ride during my 30 miles of “woops” he says. “

Marc Ebdrup rode the second leg of the race from Coco’s Corner to San Ignacio. He had to deal with the blinding sun as he rode the very fast last daylight section, and the first part of the night sections. “It was great. The bike is so fast and stable”.

Nick Caldwell rode the night section of the course. Compounding the already dusty conditions from the silt beds was the cold damp foggy weather heading into the rider change at checkpoint 8. Having to concentrate 100% to see through the night with light only being supplied by the two eight inch HID headlights on the front of the bikes. “Wow, was that wild or what” somehow summed up the stage to correctly.

As team manager Don Hatton saved the best and possibly the hardest section for himself. Taking off at 3am from checkpoint eight Don had nearly zero visibility for the first 100 miles while battling the damp fog, cold temperature, and nearly 60 miles of sand whoops, and worst of all being passed by the 100 mph Trophy Trucks. After all this he had to ride the Aztec Stairs; nearly 11 miles of two foot drop off prior to coming into the end of the race at La Paz. He took 9 hours to complete the 250 mile section.

Our support team of Kevan Ibbotson, John Yeomans, Bernie Wright and Nathan Sutter logged well over 4000 miles (6500 km) chasing the riders during the pre-ride sections and then during the actual race. The pre ride was a lot of work and driving for the support team. They joked that it is comparable to leaving Duncan BC and driving for 300 KM to Campbell River then have the riders  unload and ride the bikes 500 km to Port Hardy, then picking them up and driving back to Duncan. Then the next day, do it all over again. A big thank you and hat’s off to our support team.

Baja 1000 Factoid – things you might not know or thought of :

This route has been used only 18 times during the 43 year history of the Baja 1000 due to its length of 1062 miles (1700km). That is comparable riding from Vancouver BC to outside Los Angeles off road, in the dark, at racing speeds, in 30 hours.

All the negative things you hear on the news regarding Mexico never affected us or any other entrant that we talked to. Our experience was that the Mexican people are extremely supportive of this race and we were greeted with kindness and enthusiasm wherever we went. When you see family’s camping out, camp fires going, everyone really having a great time, and all they are waiting for is to see the competitors to come flying it is really great experience. Even at 3 am.


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Harley-Davidson display "Bigger, Bolder, Better" for the 2010/2011 MMIC Canadian Motorcycle Shows

Harley-Davidson will bring a new and exciting look, feel, and attitude to the 2010/2011 Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC) Canadian Motorcycle Shows, with a new display area and a variety of activities designed to inspire the desire to ride.

From Sportster models, starting under $10,000 CAD, to luxurious and premium quality CVO Ultra Classic Electra Glide models, the 2011 Harley-Davidson motorcycle display will have something to fulfil everyone’s dreams. Activities at the seven Canadian events with Harley-Davidson participation will also include displays of Genuine Motor Accessories and MotorClothes merchandise, as well as the Fit Shop interactive motorcycle for customization, racing displays, and the chance to win great prizes.

The MMIC Canadian Motorcycle Shows will be proudly presenting SHE RIDES NITE with discounted admission for the ladies. As a member of the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC), Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada will be offering bike lift demonstrations – a very useful technique to lift a motorcycle effortlessly.

MMIC Canadian Motorcycle Shows events with Harley-Davidson® participation run from mid-December 2010 through the end of February 2011 (see detailed schedule below).

Toronto: December 10 to 12, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, south building, Toronto, Ontario
Calgary: January 7 to 9, BMO Centre, Stampede Park, Calgary, Alberta
Edmonton: January 14 to 16, Expo Centre – Northlands, Agricom, Edmonton, Alberta
Vancouver Area: January 20 to 23, Tradex Exhibition, Abbotsford, British Columbia
City of Québec: February 4 to 6, Centre de foires, City of Québec, Quebec
Moncton: February 11 to 13, Colisée de Moncton Coliseum, Moncton, New Brunswick
Montréal: February 25 to 27, Palais des congrès, Montréal, Quebec


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Canadian team to race Baja 1000

The seven “Ps” of success is: positive prior planning prevents piss poor performance

If this is the case then we have already won our class at the 2010 Baja 1000.

The Husaberg FE570 has been literally stripped to its core and has been resurrected with loving care and adept attention to detail by master mechanic Bernie Wright. It now has enough lights on the front of the bike to allow the landing of the Space Shuttle and a large enough fuel tank to make sure the riders are able to make it between the sometimes problematic fuel stops.

The support trucks are loaded with supplies, fuel, and spare parts enough to sustain the four riders for both the race and the pre-running they will be doing in the days leading up to the main event. Because of the distance of the race, 1,061 miles ( 1,698 km) the riders and the support team have to be prepared to camp out in Mexico for a couple of days while the pre-running is being completed.

The help facilitate the enormous logistics of getting fuel, food and riders to their various change over positions along the route the team has three four wheel drive vehicles, including a specially build Dakar truck, and four support workers. Again Don Hatton has pulled from a pool of local Vancouver Island talent to help out including two time Dakar support driver John Yeomans, former rally driver and navigator Kevan Ibbotson, and Nathan Suter of Victoria. Bernie Wright will also drive one of the support vehicles and provide his world-class mechanical expertise to the team.

The team will be driving all the way to the race venue, then traversing all of the Baja route and returning back to Duncan by hopefully November 23 covering an anticipated 12,000 km total distance !!

Rally Raid Racing Factoid – things you might not know or thought of :

Most of the competitors in this race are people just like you. Taking time off from their day jobs to be able to compete, paying their own way, little or no financial sponsorship funds, long tiring days of driving just to get to the venue. Our team is not professional paid riders - they are riders who love the sport and just want to compete in a once in a life team event. 

Cheer all of them on!


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Don Hatton - Rally Raid Canada going to Baja

The Baja 1000 is an iconic motorsport event, equivalent in status with the Indianapolis 500 Indy car race or the Daytona 500 stock car race as one of North America’s premier sporting events.

We are proud to announce Rally Raid Canada in conjunction with Duncan Motorsports is entering the 2010 Baja 1000 for the first time!

Don Hatton has put together an all-Canadian team of experienced local riders from Vancouver Island looking to tackle the infamous Mexican off road race. Along with Don will be riders Nick Caldwell and Paul Gallagher all from the Duncan area and Marc Ebdrup from Nanaimo

“I am really excited about this team” Don says. “Enthusiasm is not an issue with these guys. Keeping them calmed down and focused on getting all the riders to the finishing line will be” he notes.

The team will be riding a factory supplied Husaberg FE570 Enduro. Don’s race mechanic Bernie Wright, former chief mechanic for world champion Cyril Despres, is modifying it to suit the conditions found in the Mexican classic. Although powerful and reliable one of the biggest upgrades to the Husaberg will be an ancillary lighting system to allow the riders to see better in the darkness at high speeds.

Rally Raid Racing Factoid – things you might not know or thought of :

This event draws hundreds of competitors and thousands of support personnel and vehicles totaling some 10,000 people. Although the Baja race is a sprint race where the top competitors can complete the course in about 18 hours the logistics of providing fuel, mechanical services and rider support is as daunting as any of the longer Dakar style races.

The 2010 Baja 1000 starts on November 18, 2010 and will compete on the classic Ensenada to LaPaz peninsula course this year

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Don Hatton raising money for United Way

Hold onto your helmets! Don Hatton, renowned Dakar Rally Racer, owner of Duncan Motorsports, and a local Cowichan celebrity has joined forces with the Cowichan Exhibition, as the new venue for their annual Ride for The Way, and “Bikefest 2010” fundraiser for Cowichan United Way!

The event, which launched in 2009 is sure to be a real crowd-pleaser for Cowichan Exhibition visitors, and if last year is anything to go by, should bring several hundred bikes, and riders together all raising money to support those in need in our community.

The event is on Sunday September 12th, and kicks off with a Pancake Breakfast from 8:00am to 9:30am and then riders and passengers will take a scenic tour of the Cowichan Region touring up through Crofton and Chemainus, to Cedar, through to Yellowpoint and then back down the highway to The Cowichan Exhibition Grounds for a BBQ lunch and plenty of time left over to enjoy all the attractions of the Cowichan Exhibition, with The Midway, Tractor Pull, Vintage Machinery, and Horse Shows and other attractions.

As well as an opportunity to meet Don Hatton and hear some of his daring exploits in The Dakar Rally, there will be Vintage Motorcycles, and a Trials demonstration, a 50:50 Draw, and other events.

Participants are asked to pay $35 to take part in the Ride for The Way, which includes entrance to the Exhibition, pancake breakfast, event ride with Poker Run, and BBQ lunch.

Early registration is encouraged. In fact the first 100 People to PRE- REGISTER will receive a FREE T-Shirt to commemorate the event.

To register online go HERE or call Duncan Motorsports at 1-866-746-2453

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Canadian Forces Military Police National Motorcycle Relay Ride

On August 17th, 2010 a cross Canada ride, sponsored by the CF Military Police, will begin at Canadian Forces Base Comox, Vancouver Island, BC, and finish in St John''s Newfoundland,on September 10, 2010.


The ride is to raise funds for two charities. 


First charity is the Military Police Fund for Blind Children (first started in 1962), and the second being the Fund for Wounded Warriors. The ride is not restricted to Military Personnel and anyone can participate. furher information can be accessed on MPNMRR.


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An evening with Simon Pavey - Off-Road guru

Duncan Motorsports and Kickstart Coffee are pleased to sponsor:

”An Evening with Simon Pavey” Friday July 30, 2010.

Simon Pavey, 6 time Dakar Rally competitor, trainer of Charley Boorman and Ewan McGregor for their TV series "Long Way Round", and co-star of the documentary "Charley Boorman Race To Dakar" will be returning to Duncan.

Simon will be hosting a special viewing of excerpts of “Race to Dakar” TV series, a talk on riding motorcycles in the historic Dakar rallies in Africa and Argentina and a question and answer session.

Due to overwhelming response we have moved the venue to:

Island Savings Center
2687 James Street
Duncan BC.

Start time is 7:00 PM.

This is an event that should not be missed by any motorcycling or travel enthusiast !

There is a small event charge of $10. Tickets are available at the door or at Duncan Motorsports, 1063 Canada Ave, Duncan BC phone 1-866-746-2453

Simon Pavey - that's this guy:


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Triumph demo's - participating dealers across Canada

Triumph is ramping up for some demo days!  There's quite a few dealers participating from across Canada. So if you want a chance to ride a Triumph before you buy then you should check out the following dates and locations:

Here are the participating dealers and the dates of their "KICKSTART SUMMER" Demo Event:

May 29 - June 5
Western Powersports - Langley, BC
604-530-9788

May 28 - June 30Sturgess Cycle - Hamilton, ON
905-522-0503

June 3 - 5
C&S Motorcycles - Victoria, BC
250-475-8885

June 14 - 19GP Bikes - Ajax,ON
905-428-8983

June 15 - 19
Atlantic Moto Plex - Dieppe, NB
506-383-1022

June 15 - 20
British Italian Motorcycles - Vancouver, BC
604-253-1117

June 15 - 30Blackfoot Motorcycle - Calgary, AB
403-243-2636

June 15 - 30Southwest Motorrad - Kelowna, BC
250-807-2697

June 18Inglis Cycle Center - London, ON
519-455-3840

June 18Monette Sports - Laval, QC
450-668-6466

June 18 - 20
J&R Cycle - Stayner, ON
705-429-3822

June 19
Echo Cycle - Edmonton, AB
780-455-6404


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Post Rally report from Don Hatton on the 2010 Sardinia Rally Race

Here's the latest report from BC native, Don Hatton and his rallying exploits in Sardegna:

Press Release

I am excited to have finished the Sardegna Rally as a member of Cyril Despres’s team !!!

This was by far the most difficult rally I have done in terms of navigation and terrain. It was a strange feeling to not to have to deal with heat and sand for a change.

I was very happy with my navigation during the rally, I made very few navigation errors, on the other hand I was a little disappointed in my speed, I did not place as high as I felt I was capable, I think was intimidated by the cliffs and the possibility of falling off one.

The course was very, very technical, we rode a lot of single track primarily on old donkey trails over the mountains of Sardegna, combined with high speed fire road, and off piste sections.

Very different from rallies I had done in the past, this was more like an ISDT or world enduro, in fact for three of the days of the rally the Italian National pro enduro championship was run in conjunction with our rally The terrain consisted of rocky ground, loose gravel, off camber loose ground, grass, mud, many water crossings, roads were very slippery, the down hills were very steep. On one very long steep down hill, the organizers placed three or four spotters to catch us if we fell.

Some of the areas we rode through would have been better suited for a trials bike not a 450 enduro.

Some of the uphill sections we climbed almost straight up for 2 to 3 km, they were so steep that if you stopped the bike would start to slide back down. There were very narrow sections with sheer drops at the side of 1500 feet or more; very scary the consequences of a mistake were enormous if not deadly.

The navigation was very challenging, there were so many direction changes per stage, and the trails were not always easily visible. Unlike previous rallies I have participated in the organizers did not provide cap headings nor allow the use of a compass, adding to the navigation difficulty as there was no way to confirm if I was going the correct direction except to wait for the next land mark, to visibly verify. When professionals like Cyril and Marc get lost you can imagine how difficult it was for the rest of us.

I also experienced something different... normally in rallies the liason sections of the rally (the sections between the start or finish of the rally and the special) are on paved roads, this was not the case in Sardegna as most of the liason were very technical off road sections, many times they were more difficult then the special we had just completed. Most of the liason sections took at least three hours to complete, very challenging when you add we have just finished riding special for 8 to ten hours.

It was really a pleasure to ride out of the factory KTM team, and have the opportunity to work with World Champion Cyril Despres. Cyril was extremely helpful and enthusiastically provided advise, encouragement, and assistance to all of us during the rally. Cyril spent an entire day helping us dial in our suspension, as well he provided navigation advise that I know helped me a ton.

In addition to Cyrils help, his team manger Chris Evans was very helpful. He managed everything from organizing repairs, gathering briefing notes, to organizing food everyday. Over all it was incredible to experience the inner workings of a World Championship team and even more exciting to be part of the team and receive that level of support.

Next stop Egypt !

Don Hatton

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Don Hatton has completed the first day of 2010 Sardegna Rally Race

Canadian Don Hatton has completed the first day for racing in the 2010 Sardegna Rally Race in Sardinia Italy.

“Exciting day! Long stages with average speed of only 40 km/hr. Very narrow and rocky, just like riding the deer or mountain bike trails back home” Don says.

It was pouring rain during the special stage today making it even tougher for the competitors more used to riding in the North African sand dunes. The 4 foot deep water crossing was exceptionally tough. But thanks to the help of the Polish team who with their ATV were able to pull out six stranded riders.

We know at this point that Marc Coma is leading the race overall but due to lack of direct contact with the organizers we are unable to update Don’s position in the race. We will advise as soon as we have the information.

Today’s stage is the “Marathon Stage” ending in a “parc ferme” at the Polygon Military compound in the Sardinian mountains. This means the riders will not have their support teams to help with the maintenance or repair of the bike.

Also all the competitors are housed in large communal tent in an “African Style” bivouac for the night.

Rally Raid Racing Factoid – things you might not know or thought of:

Parc ferme is a term used to indicate a guarded locked compound where the motorcycles are kept at night. The riders are generally only allowed a short time frame to do any maintenance or repairs on the bikes, sometimes as little as fifteen minutes, and are not allowed any help from anyone – including spectators – and especially their support team. If they are caught accepting help they can be disqualified from the race. 

Therefore along with incredible physical and mental stamina, the ability to navigate in everything from a desert to wooded mountains a Rally Raid rider must also be a very handy mechanic!

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Duncan Motorsports and Kickstart Coffee present Zero Motorcycles Demo Day

Sunday June 6th from 10:00am to 4:00pm you're invited to join Duncan Motorsports and Kickstart Coffee for a unique demo ride on a ZERO Electric motorcycle.



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For more information check out “Events” at www.duncanmotorsports.ca or www.facebook.com under the group Zero Motorcycles Demo Day  Vancouver Island.

*All rides are weather permitting.  Please bring your valid Class 6 motorcycle licence.

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Don Hatton competes in the 2010 Sardinia Rally

Fabulous food, lovely people, warm Mediterranean weather and gorgeous scenery: this is Rally Raid racing in Sardinia.

The off set to this are long days in the saddle over tough terrain. There is a little bit of everything for the competitive rider: rocks, sand, lots of mountains to climb and descend, and water crossings up to 4 feet deep!

The Sardegna Rally Race is the third round of the FIM Rally Raid World Championship and this is what Duncan’s Don Hatton of Rally Raid Canada is participating in from May 27 till June 1.

Don is riding with world champion Cyril Despres’s, Team KTM along with six other riders from around the globe. It is a chance to ride with and learn from the three time Dakar champion Despres. “I really learned a lot yesterday” Don notes. “To be honest I always thought navigation was my strong point but yesterday brought it all together”

The first stage of the rally from San Teodoro to Arbrorea will be 406 kilometers long with 187 kilometers of it being the timed special. Due to the remoteness of the stage all the riders have to carry extra fuel on their KTM motorcycles.

The event is being organized by the Italian Motorcycle Federation and you can follow along on their web site at http://www.bikevillage.it/

For more information and photos check out www.rallyraidcanada.com

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Husqvarna's "Graffunder" On The Box Again

FP Husqvarna / Zip-Ty Racing Canada’s Ryan Graffunder fought his way to another podium position this weekend during the 2010 edition of the Squealin Pig Cross Country. Graffunder continued his string of podiums by capturing 3rd overall at the Vernon, British Columbia event.

Ryan was followed not long after by his brother, and Husqvarna Canada team mate, Nick Graffunder. After illness and some bad luck prevented him from finishing the first few regional races, Nick finally got some redemption by completing his first full race on his 2010 Husqvarna TXC 250 with a solid 5th position.

Following some bad starts that left him at the back of the pack at the last few rounds, Ryan Graffunder was able to get away clean and launched his TXC 450 into second place off the start. Graffunder battled with Geoff Nelson, who would finish 2nd, as they chased KTM’s Ryan Durkee for the lead.

At the finish, the top three were very close with Durkee maintaining a small margin over Nelson followed closely by Graffunder. Dillon Bucknell would bring home 4th with Nick Graffunder chasing him in 5th.

“I was pretty happy to finally get a good start” said Ryan. “Geoff and I had a battle going on. I was in second for a bit and then he got by me. We stayed pretty tight right to the end. It was definitely a great race.”

“We have been dialing in my 250 and got it really ripping so it was nice payback to have a good race” offers Nick. “I got into 4th behind Ryan and then had a bit of a war with Dillon Bucknell. I made a couple of mistakes and he got by me but I was still stoked that we were so close at the end…the top five were all within a few minutes of each other.”
In Alberta, Husqvarna Canada’s Marty Halmazna competed in his first race on his 2010 TXC 510 by pounding his way to the finish of the Porcupine Cross Country.

Halmazna had a tough day that began with a dead last start. With just shy of 20 riders in the Pro class, Halmazna had his work cut out for him as he picked off riders and made his way forward. Towards the end of the first loop, Marty was able to fight his way into the top ten and was focused on hunting the leaders.

With less than 3 kms to the end of the first loop, and more importantly the gas check, Halmazna ran his big 510 out of fuel and lost an estimated 20 to 30 minutes getting to the check and fueling up. With any chance of a top result gone, Marty focused on finishing the event.

“It was a tough way to end my first race on the 510” indicates Marty. “My start sucked but the bike was working great and I was pretty comfortable as I worked my way past riders in the first loop. I had no idea what position I was in but knew that I had passed a bunch of guys and was hoping that I might catch the lead riders in the second loop.”

MARTY HALMAZNA

“When I finally got to the check, they told me I was probably in about 7th before I ran out of gas. I just put my head down in the second loop and tried to pick off as many riders as possible. I got a few and think that I had made it up to about 11th at the end. I’m definitely looking forward to the races in the next few weeks so I can get back out there and have another crack at a win.”

The podium at this year’s Porcupine Cross Country was occupied by three seasoned racers with well documented fast guy status in Western Canada. Honda Canada’s Jason Schrage took the top step followed by multi-time champion Jared Thomas in 2nd and the infamous Paul Petrin in 3rd.
Ryan, Nick and Marty along with Husqvarna Canada’s Guy Giroux, will be attending additional regional races in the coming weeks as they continue to prepare for the opening round of the 2010 Canadian Enduro Championship series that begins July 3rd and 4th in Blairmore, Alberta.

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Giroux and Graffunder Nail Podium Positions

FP Husqvarna / Zip-Ty Racing Canada’s Guy Giroux and Ryan Graffunder hammered their way to podium positions on the weekend while competing at regional races in their respective home turfs of British Columbia and Quebec. Giroux nailed 2nd place at the opening round of Quebec’s FMSQ series, held in St-Alphonse de Granby, while Graffunder backed up the podium he earned at his last race by delivering a 3rd overall at Rock Hound Hare Scramble in Salmon Arm, British Columbia.

In Giroux’s first Canadian race on board his 2010 Husqvarna, the seasoned veteran from Quebec was able to pound his way through the slippery rocks and roots of the St-Alphonse course and secure his spot on the podium.

After a bad start that left him picking his way through the pack on his WR 250 two stroke, Guy battled with an inspired Scott Bowes for second position and then focused on hunting down the United Kingdom’s ultra-fast export, and current GNCC contender, Jason Thomas.

In the end, although Giroux was unable to close the significant gap that Thomas had stretched out, he was able to finish the day with a solid lock on second position.


In British Columbia, the 2010 installment of the Rock Hound Hare Scramble offered up a dust choked start that saw Ryan Graffunder on his TXC 450 shadowed by his brother, and Husqvarna Canada team-mate, Nick Graffunder, on his TXC 250 as they gobbled up riders in the opening lap.

Although Nick would run into problems early into the race that would prematurely end his day, Ryan was able to forge his way forward on the demanding race course that left many riders exhausted and nursing blistered hands.

Following some close bar to bar combat with notorious Alberta fast guy, Paul Petrin, Graffunder was able to break away and went after the leaders.  At the finish of the grueling five lap event, Ryan’s efforts were rewarded when he snagged third overall and the final spot on the podium spot.

Guy, Ryan and Nick, along with Husqvarna Canada’s Marty Halmazna, will be hitting additional regional races in the coming weeks as they continue to prepare for the opening round of the 2010 Canadian Enduro Championship series that begins July 3rd and 4th in Blairmore, Alberta.

Team sponsors include Husqvarna Canada, Feeding Performance Inc., Motovan, Rekluse, Ogio, Dragon, Xtreme, TCX,  Axis, Zox, Pro-Tech, Etnies, Throttle Entertainment, UNI Filter, DID, LeoVince, GPR Stabilizer, Motul, LimeNine, Impact Canopies, GoPro, Enduro Engineering, Supersprox, Boyesen, Dunlop and Zip Ty Racing. 
 
Special thanks to the Husqvarna Canada dealers that provide extra assistance help ensure our race program is a success; Bow Ridge Sports in Cochrane, Echo Cycle in Edmonton and RiverCity Cycle in Kamloops. 



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Rockstar Energy Drinks to sponsor Canadian Enduro Championship

Press Release:

World Enduro Canada is pleased to announce that Rockstar Energy Drink has decided to support the 2010 Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship presented by Parts Canada. Rockstar is a well know brand in the motorcycle racing world sponsoring a wide range of teams, riders and events around the world. The fantastic Rockstar products will be fueling the racers at all four events this season starting in Coleman, AB in July. Come out to see some exciting racing and "We'll make you a Rockstar!"
Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship presented by Parts Canada Schedule; 

Coleman, Alberta - July 3 & 4 
Penticton, BC (Apex Ski resort) - July 10 & 11 

Parry Sound, Ontario - Sept. 11 & 12
Labelle, Quebec - Sept 18 & 19

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Harley-Davidson presents - The Ultimate Guys Getaway Contest

Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada has launched a new, interactive promotion that will allow thousands of UFC fans to test their metal in a very fun and creative web-based “Ring Girl Round-Up” game.


To enter, contestants will have to visit www.livingultimate.com to enjoy the “virtual” experience of riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, while competing to pick up as many “ring girls” as possible.
The contest winner will have the incredible opportunity to share the luck with three best friends and experience prime seating at the UFC 115 event in Vancouver. Transportation, accommodation at the Four Seasons Vancouver Hotel as well as a CAD$1,000.00 shopping spree for riding gear at a participating authorized Canadian Harley-Davidson Retailer for the winner, are part of the deal, as is the once-in-a-lifetime experience of a meet-and-greet with the prominent fighters.

Topped off with a free beginners motorcycle rider training course, this promotion is every guy’s dream. All that’s left is to play the game on www.livingultimate.com.



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Don Hatton has finished the grueling 2010 Rally International de Tunisie in Tunisia !

“Amazing”. “Hardest day of the Rally”. “Hardest Tunisian Rally ever!” These were quotes from some of the veteran competitors of the international Rally Raid series which includes the famous Dakar race. 

Don finished 16th on the stage and 5th in class for the day. It was his best stage of the rally. This places him 21st overall and 6th in class, 12 hours and 24 minutes behind the leader. The race was won by Chaleco Lopez of Chile while Marc Coma of Spain made up an unbelievable 11 minutes over Przygonski to take second place.

We erroneously noted that fellow Canadian competitor Bob Jones has retracted from the race due to clutch failure but apparently he was able to fix the mechanical issues and return for the last day of competition. The official NPO website is showing Bob completing the last stage in 26th position.

There is a very nice video interview with Don and his wife Natalie on http://www.rallyraid.tv . Just scroll down to and look for their photo showing them wearing their black Rally Raid Canada tee shirts.

On behalf of the whole Rally Raid Canada team we would like to thank our fans, supporters and especially our media partners who have been so kind to follow us on this North African adventure. We now look forward to the Sardegna Rally Race in Italy starting May 27.

For more information and photos check out www.rallyraidcanada.com

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Don Hatton's - "Longest Day" in Tunisia

“The Longest Day”. That is the warning note on the route overview from the organizers of the 2010 Rally International de Tunisie. It is followed by term such as “fast, undulating tracks: sliding and jumping at daybreak” and “small dunes become large dunes, with less space between them: it becomes increasing difficult to find a route through them”. This is what Canadian Don Hatton of Duncan BC is facing tomorrow on Stage 4 of the rally.

Don finished Stage 3 of the rally 25th on the stage, 28th overall and still 6th in his class, 5 hours and 16 minutes behind the leader Lopez. This is amazing considering the rough, rock strewn terrain that favours the smaller lighter bikes. Couple this with extreme heat and a blinding sand storm described as a “white out” that nearly grounded the helicopters.

Don notes via text message “we needed good navigation skills today as all the tracks were covered with blowing sand”. Although tired by the tough racing conditions – it is hard to train for the extreme heat and the soft sand terrain here in western Canada – he is loving the competition.

Rally Raid Racing Factoid – things you might not know or thought of :

Rally Raid competitors live in a moving bivouac during the race. They are sleeping on the ground in tents usually surrounded by the support trucks with generators going all night long. The support crews work all night in some cases on the various vehicles preparing them for the next day’s competition. Come early morning, usually before 5:00 AM the racers are up getting ready for another 18 hour day. Then the support crews and race organizers pack up the bivouac and move to the next night’s location, which may be sometimes some 400 to 500 kilometers away. This is not your usual riding “holiday”.

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Don Hatton successfully completed Stage 2 of the Rally International de Tunisie

Canadian Don Hatton successfully completed Stage 2 of the Rally International de Tunisie in 24th position for the day. Don was 2 hours and 9 minutes behind the leader Chalelo Lopez of Chili. This places Don in 29th position overall in the rally and 6th in his class with four more days of competition to come.

It was an incredibly hot day, temperatures in the high 30’s degree Celsius, with a winding route through the sands of Tunisia. This was the first day of racing in the sand dunes that all the competitors were looking forward to. Don is not reporting any ongoing issues with his motorcycle after yesterday’s mechanical delay.

Stage 3 will be a loop from Nekrif back to Nikrif totaling 265 kilometers in length. It is reported to be a fast special with a mix of small sand dunes, canyons and winding rocky tracks. As the organizers note: “ there will be something for everyone”. They are also reminding riders to “follow the right bearings through the sea of dunes” as the “track keeps disappearing under the wheels”.

Rally Raid Racing Factoid – things you might not know or have thought of :

We think of rally racing as a fast cross country style of racing. Going from point A to point B as fast as you can. When in actuality it is a navigation rally held at speed. A rider must be able to navigate through unknown territory with just a route book and a compass. No GPS units are used and they must hit certain check points to ensure they are on course. If they miss a check point they may be docked a timing penalty or if they miss more than one they may be disqualified from the race. Being fast is not good enough to win at Rally Raid – you must be fast and on route to win.


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Don Hatton finished in 30th place on Stage 1 - Rally

Don Hatton finished in 30th place on Stage 1 of the Rallye International de Tunisie in Tunisia.

Day one on Saturday was a prologue event held on the beach near Tunis. This accommodated the spectators allowing them to see the cars, motorcycles and heavy trucks up close and in full race action. The terrain was very deep wet sand – not the easiest thing for Don to contend with riding his heavy KTM 690. 

Sunday’s Stage 1 was an early start with Don having a start time of 5:52 AM. Don did well with the longest stage of the race: 586 kilometers. He was riding well up to approximately 65km from the end of the stage when he was delayed for a mechanical issue. He was able to get underway again and finished the special stage 1 hour 36 minutes off the pace 

If you watch the video clips of the race ( http://www.pressetv.eu/rallye )you will see huge cacti bordering the route in the desert area. They appear massive and even the event organizers gave warning not to wander near them. This is not the place to loose concentration! You will also see Don in the opening sequence riding number 18! 

Tomorrow’s Stage 2 is a straight 288km special stage. That means they race the whole way riding at 100%, no relaxing riding during a liaison. The stage consists of sand, sand with rocks, sand dunes, soft sand and more fast, wide packed sand tracts to the bivouac at Nekrif.

Rally Raid Racing Factoid – things you might not know or have thought of

Early start times for the motorcycle competitors is to allow them to get ahead, and hopefully keep ahead, of the cars and trucks who are racing on the same route. Can you imagine riding flat out as fast as you can on a narrow desert track and have a racecar doing 30 miles per hour faster than you trying to pass you. Welcome to rally racing.


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Don Hatton, Rally Raid Canada, competes in the Rally Tunisia

Don Hatton of Rally Raid Canada is competing in the Rallye International de Tunisie starting today in Tunis, Tunisia. Don has passed all the scrutineering procedures with the Desert Rose team and his KTM 690 Rally bike, the same bike that he rode in the 2010 Dakar race.

“Tunisia is definitely Africa” Don’s wife and onsite support crew member Natalie comments. Temperatures are in the mid 30 to low 40 degree Celsius during the day and low teens at nighttime. There will be an excessive amount of sand riding for the competition stages with long liaison stages in between.

Today’s Stage 1 – Tunis to Douz – is a total of 586 kilometers of which 180 kilometers is the special stage. The organizers note that it will be challenging to navigate with numerous intersections and change of directions. They also gave warning regarding the cacti - “get too close and you’ll get hurt”

Follow Don on the NPO web site at www.npo.fr website or visit our website www.rallyraidcanada.com . His competitor number is 18.

New to this year’s rally is “live broadcasting” by the event organizers. We will be following the event at www.npolive.com/tunisie2010/en to see how well this works.
 
Rally Raid Racing Factoid – things you might not know or thought of :

Due to the extremes of temperature a lot of the motorcycle riders install heated grips on their bikes to help keep them warm in the mornings. The riders have to dress in multiple layers to combat the cold – with temperatures sometimes in the single digits in the morning - and then strip down to allow them to survive the 40 degree heat of mid afternoon. Layering and preparation is key to combating the elements.

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New rules for motorcyclists in BC

The Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General in BC has issued an information bulletin with some changes to the Motor Vehicle Act.

Because of an increase in the number of motorcycles on the road and therefore motorcycle accidents all BC riders and their passengers are required to wear a helmet. Drivers are also responsible for ensuring their passengers under the age of 16 are also wearing an approved helmet.

If you're wearing a helmet that doesn't meet the requirements it can be seized by the police.

If you're under 16 and a rider you must be able to put your fee on the foot pegs or floor boards.

Interested in a more detailed description of the rules? Check out the Information Bulletin HERE.

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Canadian motorcycle adventurer Rene Cormier book signing (BC)

Canadian motorcycle adventurer Rene Cormier brings an inspiring presentation and talk to participating BMW dealers showcasing his four-year, 154 000 kilometre, around-the-world motorcycle odyssey aboard a BMW F650.

Cormier, who recently chronicled his unique travels in the book, The University of Gravel Roads: Global Lessons From a Four-Year Motorcycle Adventure, will read excerpts and welcomes fellow motorcyclists, world travellers and anybody with a spirit of adventure to share their passion with like-minded enthusiasts at this special gathering. A book signing will follow.


Island BMW is proud to present an evening with Rene Cromier at Olympic View Golf Club, 643 Latoria Road Victoria, BC


This speaking and book signing event is on Thursday, April 22, 2010 from 7- 9pm(yes, the same day as the annual Demo Days)

Admission:  Tickets Available at Island BMW or call us at 250-474-2088. Tickets are $20 with all proceeds benefiting the Morgan Jayne Project

More information on Rene can be found at http://www.renedian.com

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WestJet to offer discount on flights for CEC participants

Once again the friends of the Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship at West Jet have stepped up with a discount deal on flights for the Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship. They are providing 10% off thier lowest rate for flights to Calgary and Kelowna for the western rounds and Toronto and Montreal for the eastern rounds. 


The discount is good for up to 3 days on either side of each event. 


Call 877-952-4696 and use discount code CC5986 and be sure to thank them for thier support.




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Don Hatton to race for Patsy Quick and Cyril Dupres!


Don Hatton, one of Canada’s premier motorcycle competitors has confirmed he has entered the next two FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship events. 

Don will be competing in Tunisia in the Rallye International de Tunisie May 1 to May 7. He will be riding for Team Desert Rose, the same team that supported Don in the 2010 Dakar Race in Argentina, and owned by famous British motorcycle racer and the first British female Dakar finisher Patsy Quick. He will be riding his KTM 690 Rally bike, the same bike he rode in the Dakar race. 

Don is also entered in the Sardegna Rally Race in Italy May 27 to June 1, 2010. In this rally he will be riding for the race team owned by World Champion Cyril Dupres aboard one of Cyril’s race prepared KTM 450 bikes. “I am really excited to be racing with Cyril.” Don says.

“Organizers are claiming that there is about 65% sand riding” Don comments on the Tunisia rally. “It should be tough but I am looking forward to getting back racing aboard the KTM”.


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New Virtual Riding TV video has been posted

Our friend Jeff (Founder/Executive Producer) over at Virtual Riding TV has posted a new high definition video of a sunset motorcycle ride on the Sea to Sky Highway between Porteau Cove and Lions Bay, British Columbia, Canada.

For those unacquainted with this area, Highway 99 is one of the most scenic roads in BC, especially from Vancouver to Whistler.  Portions of this stretch of road were redone for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, and now the Sea to Sky corridor is a motorcyclist's dream filled with spectacular scenery. Don't take our word for it though. Check out the video below.

The video is appearing in several spots on the web, including YouTube, Daily Motion, and the tourism British Columbia website.  You can check out this new video below but make sure you visit the VRIDETV website to see all their great (and free!) video's.


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Have a Konker? Ride it 'a lot' and win a spare!

Konker Motors, the BC based provider of the KSM 200 street bike is holding a contest whereby owners can win parts cash (individual prizes valued at $200 and a total of $3,200), an accessory package (valued at $1,500), or the top prize - a 2009 KSM 200 street bike.

If you don't already own a Konker - you can still get in on the contest. Non-owners can tell Konker who they think will win the race, have the most miles, and estimate the number of kilometers they ride; then they pick up $200 in Konker Parts Cash.

Maybe they can sell it at a discount to the people who actually own a Konker to put the parts on?

For more news and background on Konker and their Super Moto check out our Konker category HERE.

To go to Konker's website to check out their products and the contest visit their website HERE.


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As seen on Virtual Riding TV - Vancouver, host city to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games

Jeff Pennock over at Virtual Riding TV has been busy riding, filming, and editing. He has found some time to put together a video showing some great riding in Vancouver and Cypress Mountain.

The new high definition video has been posted featuring, Vancouver, host city to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games as seen from the Cypress Mountain point of interest. From there you will zoom into city center and visit the 2010 Olympic countdown clock, then back to Cypress Provincial Park to see a cruise ship passing under the Lions Gate Bridge. Then, take a virtual motorcycle ride on the Sea to Sky Highway to Porteau Cove Provincial Marine Park, British Columbia, Canada.

This video has also been posted on Tourism British Columbia's website. Great work Jeff!

You can check out the video below or on the Tourism British Columbia's website. If you like it - please consider giving Jeff's video a few stars.




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Honda VFR1200FA on a Canadian tour

If you were at the Toronto Motorcycle show you've already seen it, but if you're in another part of Canada; relax... You might get a chance yet. Honda Canada is bringing the new VFR1200FA on tour with them.

See the VFR1200FA and more from the Honda Motorcycle and ATV family at an upcoming motorcycle show:

Calgary -------- January 8 - 10, 2010
Edmonton ---- January 15 - 17, 2010
Vancouver ---- January 21 - 24, 2010
Quebec City -- February 5 - 7, 2010
Moncton ------ February 12 - 14, 2010
Montreal ----- February 26 - 28, 2010

PS - We're going to be getting some tickets for the Moncton motorcycle show and we'll be having a contest to give them away (starting Jan 18th). Keep an eye on CanadianMotorcycleRider for details!

If you just CAN'T wait then, you may want to check out the video Honda has posted from the Toronto Motorcycle show HERE.



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Canadian - Don Hatton - leaves for Dakar 2010

The day all Dakar racers fear. Scrutineering day. This year that day is December 29, 2009.

Scrutineering is where the organizers of the Dakar race go over everything with the racers. We mean everything. They review your documentation, your race vehicle, your support vehicle (if you have one), the registered members of your team. Everything. And if they find something that cannot be fixed by the time scrutineering closes you do not get to compete.

The technical inspectors review your vehicle. Does it have the proper lights, navigation equipment, adequate fuel supply, emergency water carrying capacity? Does it have the proper and authorized decals in the correct places? Are all the movable pieces, certain nuts and bolts, secured by the proper safety wire?

There is a mind boggling myriad of technical inspections any of which if the vehicle fails could cause the organizers to disallow you from competing in the race.

On top of these there are all the little things like:

- Does the competitor and all the support team members have a valid passport good till June 2010. If not, go home.
- Does the vehicle have the proper registration and insurance – originals only please. If not, go home.
- Does your helmet meet current safety standards. If not, go home

There are some 18 different inspection stations that the competitor, his documentation and his vehicle must pass through to get final approval. Then they are allowed to get their time card and target time (time they will start the race on race day) and enter the Parc Ferme (secured parking area for the vehicles)

Scrutineering day. The day the Dakar competitors fear for a good reason.


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Canadian Stuntriding Championships - Abbotsford, June 5th, 2010

Sponsored by 7HOLE PRODUCTIONS The Canadian Stuntriding Championships or CSC as they will be known as will be hosted by us at Tradex in Abbotsford on June 5th 2010 and tickets will be sold for $15.00.The Competition will begin promptly at 1pm and is expected to go for approx 2.5-3.0 hours.

According to promotors: "This is guaranteed to be the biggest competition to date in Canada's history."

The competitions will be as follows.

Circle wheelie Comp with the winner receiving $300.00 Canadian and a trophy.
Longest endo Comp with the winner receiving $300.00 Canadian and a trophy.
Target Stoppie Comp with the winner receiving $300.00 Canadian and a trophy.
Individual freestyle Comp with the winner receiving $1000.00 Canadian and a trophy.
2 up comp with the tandem team receiving $300.00 canadian and a trophy.
Sickest trick/burnout comp with the winner receiving $300.00 canadian and a trophy.



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Don Hatton - Going to Dakar celebration!

Team Destination Dakar’s Don Hatton is heading off to race the Dakar 2010 race in Argentina and is inviting fans and media contacts to come to his going away celebration on December 23rd, 2009 from 6PM to 9PM

UPDATE - We had the date as the 13th but have since been sent a corrected Press Release with the proper date - December 23rd, 2009.

It is being held at Duncan Motorsports, 1063 Canada Ave, Duncan BC from 6:00PM to 9:00PM.

Come meet the team, see his 2009 Dakar motorcycle and enjoy some refreshments. There will also be a special viewing of 2009 Dakar race and some of Don’s video footage of his recent rally race in Morocco.

See you there !

For more information and photos check out www.destinationdakar.com

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Dakar 2010 - 30 Days and counting!

We got an email from BC resident - Don Hatton's, Team Destination Dakar with some updates that will have all the Dakar fans out their on the edge of their seat.

Press Release:

The bike is built and loaded on the ship in France heading for Argentina. Entrance fee is paid. The medical shots are all done. Moose’s – a motorcycle endurance racer’s version of a tire inner tube - are located and being shipped via a courier company to a motorcycle dealer in South America that he has only met once.

A thousand little details are being looked after by various people around the globe all cumulating in Canadian Don Hatton starting in the 2010 Dakar Race on January 1, 2010 in Buenos Aires Argentina. The race lasts 17 days and covers nearly 10,000 kilometers in Argentina and Chile.

“I’m nervous about the race but really excited about being back in the Dakar” Don said in a recent interview. This will be Don’s third attempt at the fabled endurance race.

His first attempt was preempted by the cancellation of the race in 2008 when it was still held in North Africa by the organizing body – ASO – due to terrorist threats against the race participants. In the 2009 Dakar race held in Argentina Don crashed on day five severely injuring himself.

Don is fully recovered from his injuries and recently finished fourth in the 2009 NPO Shamrock Rally de Maroc (Rally of Morocco)

Don’s new KTM 690 Rally bike was recently on display at his dealership, Duncan Motorsports, in Duncan BC where team mechanic Bernie Wright prepared the bike prior to shipping it to France. It will be loaded along with his replacement parts and personal racing equipment onto a ship by the ASO so that all the competitors bikes clear Argentina customs at one time. This will greatly simplify some of the logistical challenges faced by Don and his team last year.

Don is inviting his friends, fans and media to a gala send off party to be held December 23, 2009 at Duncan Motorsports in Duncan BC. Time to be advised.

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Harley Davidson to attend MMIC Shows across country

CONCORD, Ontario (November 24, 2009) – It is that time of year again when inclement weather may lead many of us not to be able to actively pursue the art of motorcycling. The next best thing to do is to spend time admiring motorcycles with family and friends, and luckily enough, the MMIC Canadian Motorcycle Shows offer a perfect platform to display the new Harley-Davidson® motorcycles across the country.


The line-up will include the premium 2010 Harley-Davidson® Electra Glide® Ultra Limited motorcycle with its enhanced performance features, making it the must-have for the Grand American Touring aficionado, the funky 2010 Harley-Davidson® Fat Boy® Lo motorcycle with its bold and suave profile, as well as the Sportster® Iron 883TM motorcycle, which allows even the most inexperienced riders to embrace the pure essence of riding.

With a variety of exciting activities including demonstration of bike lifts for women, motorcycle customization displays, UFC video game challenges, as well as free give-aways, such as “How-To” kits, and the chance to win great prizes, the upcoming motorcycle shows allow us the pleasure of sharing our love of the open roads with you.

The MMIC Show Schedule is as follows
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Toronto: December 11 to 13, Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Calgary: January 8 to 10, Stampede Park
Edmonton: January 15 to 17, Expo Centre – Northlands
Vancouver area: January 21 to 24, Tradex Exhibition Centre in Abbotsford
City of Québec: February 5 to 7, Centre de foires
Moncton: February 12 to 14, Colisée de Moncton Coliseum
Montreal: February 26 to 28, Palais des congrès de Montréal

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New video from VRide TV

Jeff over at VRideTV has a new high quality video posted and this one is something a little different than his usual. He still manages to get a little footage of him on his V-Rod crusing around in beautiful BC, but this time he also gets to become the passenger in a Cesna 172 plane.

He gets on board in Squamish and films during a flight to Whistler, British Columbia. The passenger door of the plane was removed for filming, allowing for an unobstructed view of the incredible scenery. It'll make you say "Wow!"

Some of the points of interest featured are, Stawamus Chief Provincial Park, Howe Sound, Lake Lovely Water, Tantalus Provincial Park, Black Tusk, Whistler Village, both Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, the Barrier lava dam and Garibaldi Lake in Garibaldi Provincial Park.

Hope you enjoy!

Here's a link to the video below but don't forget to check out all Jeff's video's on VRideTV.


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Come watch a Dakar bike being built in Duncan (BC)

Don Hatton, Canada’s own international motorcycle racer, would like to invite the public to come and watch the creation of his new KTM690 race bike being built in Duncan BC.

Don has hired KTM factory trained motorcycle mechanic Bernie Wright to come to Duncan Motorsports, Don’s motorcycle shop in Duncan BC, to build the new race bike. They have opened a part of the shop to allow the public to view and talk to Bernie while he performs the upgrades necessary for the KTM to survive the grueling 14 day Dakar race.

Bernie was the mechanic on the Dessert Rose team that Don was riding with in his recently successful completion of the 2009 NPO Shamrock Rally de Maroc (Rally of Morocco). Bernie was also the team mechanic in Don’s two previous Dakar attempts.

We all look forward to meeting Bernie and watching the transformation of the KTM 690 Rally bike into a true Dakar contender.

The location of Duncan Motorsports is:

1603 Canada Ave
Duncan BC, V9L 1V2
Ph: 250-716-7148

For more information and photos check out www.destinationdakar.com

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Canadian - Don Hatton takes #4 spot in Morocco Rally

Don Hatton, Canada’s own international motorcycle racer has finished in fourth place in the Enduro class in the 2009 NPO Shamrock Rally de Maroc (Rally of Morocco).

The rally ran over six days, 2650 kilometers in total distance with nearly 2000 kilometers of that under race conditions. Through rock, sand, dunes the size of small office buildings and scorching heat in 40 degree Celsius range Don dug deep mentally and physically to complete the rally

These words from Don:

“I just could not overcome the time difference between myself and third place. The only way I could have caught him was for him to have a problem. I did catch up and pass him at one point in the Rally only to lose the gain when we hit a really rocky stretch forcing me to slow to a snails pace.”

“I am not disappointed with my finish in anyway, I had to really dig in and work to achieve what I did, my navigation went very well. I did make a couple of minor navigation errors but nothing serious, my only real problem in the Rally was the limits created by the lack of suspension on the stock KTM690 Enduro. I believe with better suspension I could have won my category.”

“I was a little caught off guard by the heat in stage 2 however after a short rest in the desert I recovered enough to finish well that day. After that I wore a few less Items of clothing. “

“In any case I did finish and finished in a respectable position. “

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Don Hatton finishes stage 4 of the 2009 Morocco Rally !

Don Hatton is still going strong after stage four of the 2009 Morocco Rally.

“Don had a good ride today” Natalie Hatton, Don’s wife, commented.

The race has been grueling. “ Rocks, rocks and more rocks” Don says. Stage 4 of the race was treacherous enough for the organizers to issue a warning to the racers regarding unmarked holes in the course.

Attrition among the competitors is rising. Don’s team mate and fellow Canadian rider Rick Hatswell is out of the race with a broken leg suffered during stage 3 of the rally. Another of his team mates David Dickinson is reported injured in stage 4 with a broken sternum.

Stage three’s extremely high heat along with the extensive racing in sand dunes caused Don to have heat stroke. Although it did not require medical attentions it caused a delay as he sought relief from the heat by using his KTM 690 for shade from the hot Moroccan sun. Don’s comment is “it was fun and challenging”

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VRIDETV posts new HD Video of motorcycle ride in BC

Jeff over at VRIDETV has been out riding and doing some of his usual fine editing of Canadian motorcycle rides. He's lucky to live and ride in BC but he's recorded rides all across Canada. Check out his site to read the interesting story.

This time he's got a new high definition video of some riding (and captures some great footage of a black bear in the wild at the side of Duffey Lake Road (99 South)) and a beautiful sunset at Duffey Lake Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada.

He started "The Duffey Loop" at 11:00am in Langley, riding up the Fraser Canyon to Cache Creek, then into the Marble Canyon, to Lillooette, Pemberton, Whistler, Squamish and Vancouver, returning to Langley at 10:15pm for a total of 703 kilometers.

Catch the new video below but also be sure to check out VRIDETV for tons of great Canadian motorcycling video's!


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Canadian - Don Hatton to ride the 2009 Morocco Rally!

Don Hatton, Cowichan Valleys own international motorcycle racer has entered the 2009 Morocco Rally set to start October 24, 2009.

“I’m glad to be racing again” Don says.

He was severely injured on stage 5 of the 2009 Dakar race held in Argentina in January 2009.

“I just recently got my medical clearance from the FIM – the governing body for motorcycle rally racing including the Dakar – and I am ready to get back racing”

Don competed in the 2008 Morocco Rally successfully completing the seven day endurance event in 127th place.

Don will be racing for England’s Patzy Quick race team about a KTM690. Patzy Quick is famous for being the first English women rider to complete the grueling 14 day Paris Dakar Rally and by being featured in the TV series Race to Dakar.

Don is planning to compete in this years Dakar race starting on January 1, 2010. He will be riding a specially prepared KTM motorcycle which will be built in the show room of Duncan Motorsports, a local motorcycle dealership which Don and his wife Natalie purchased earlier this year.

“We are inviting the public to come and see Bernie my mechanic build the bike to race specifications right in the show room. For anyone interested in motorsports, not just motorcycle racing, it should be very interesting and informative”

For more information check out www.destinationdakar.ca

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Demo a Zero motorcycle!

As of the end of June, Zero motorcycles (maker of electric motorcycles) has the following new dealers that have demo units on the floor now or they will very soon:

- Ottawa, ON - Gear Head Canada (www.gearheadcanada.com)
- Duncan, BC - Duncan Motorsports (www.duncanmotorsports.com)
- Surrey, BC - Greater Vancouver Powersports (www.gvps.ca)
- Penticton, BC - Ceder Motorsports
- Pemberton/Whistler, BC - Valley Chainsaw & Recreational Ltd
- Calgary, AB - Bow Cycle (www.bowcycle.com)

Check one out, then let us know about it!

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Ride to Yak Peak, and the Coquihalla Summit with Virtual Riding Television

Jeff over at Virtual Riding Television has posted a new HD quality video of a ride to Yak Peak, and the Coquihalla Summit, located between Hope and Merritt, British Columbia, Canada.

Jeff made use of not one, but THREE high definition video cameras to make this video. One of which is a helmet mounted HD camera, offing a great point-of-view experience.

Be sure to check out Virtual RIding Television on the web HERE to see all their videos.


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Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver Motorcycle Show date announced

It's perhaps a little early to be thinking ahead to December and the new year for some, but for others who like to plan well in advance - break out your schedule - you won't want to miss this!

Dates for the first four of seven events of the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC) new model tour and showcase have been set. The event travels coast to coast each year, bringing riders and media their first glimpse of the new models, gear and accessories.

The Toronto Motorcycle Show marks the first of the events, followed by Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver.

Toronto -- December 11-13th, 2009
Calgary -- January 8-10th, 2010
Edmonton -- January 15-17th, 2010
Vancouver -- January 21-24th, 2010

Keep an eye on the Canadian Motorcycle Shows website HERE.

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Harley Davidson Canada - Test Our Metal (Aug, Sep. Oct schedule)

Harley Davidson is BIG on demo days and they take their bikes clear across the country offering riders a chance to see what makes riding a Harley Davidson so appealing.

They've got tons of rides scheduled for August, September, and October. Here's the list and locations of Harley Demo rides all across Canada:

August 2, 2009 - Barrie H-D, Barrie, ON
August 6, 2009 - MotoSport Plus, Kingston, ON
August 7, 2009 - H-D of Yorkton, Yorkton, SK
August 8, 2009 - Centre de Motos, Brossard, QC
August 8, 2009 - Redline H-D, Saskatoon, SK
August 9, 2009 - Prairie Motorcycle, Regina, SK
August 10, 2009 - Vision H-D, Repentigny, QC
August 13-15, 2009 - Canadian National H.O.G. Rally. Calgary, AB
August 13, 2009 - Moto Sport Blanchette, Ville de Bécancour, QC
August 14, 2009 - Sherbrooke H-D, Sherbrooke, QC
August 15, 2009 - H-D Montreal, Montreal, QC
August 16, 2009 - H-D Laval / Laval Buell, Laval, QC
August 16, 2009 - Lethbridge H-D, Lethbridge, AB
August 18, 2009 - H-D / Buell of the Kootenays, Cranbrook, BC
August 19, 2009 - H-D / Buell of the Kootenays, Castlegar, BC
August 19, 2009 - Pete's Sales & Service, Pembroke, ON
August 20, 2009 - H-D de L'Outaouais, Gatineau, QC
August 21, 2009 - Kane’s H-D, Kelowna, BC
August 22, 2009 - Kamloops H-D, Kamloops, BC
August 22, 2009 - Sport Boutin, Valleyfield, QC
August 23, 2009 - Mountain View H-D / Buell, Chilliwack, BC
August 23, 2009 - Shwinigan H-D, Shawinigan, QC
August 26-27, 2009 - Steve Drane H-D, Victoria, BC
August 28, 2009 - Barnes H-D / Buell, Port Coquitlam, BC
August 29, 2009 - Barnes H-D / Buell, Langley, BC
August 29-30, 2009 - Cycle City, Mount Pearl, NL
August 30, 2009 - Trev Deeley Motorcycles, Vancouver, BC
September 2-3, 2009 - H-D of Prince George, Prince George, BC
September 3, 2009 - Privateers H-D, Halifax, NS
September 5, 2009 - H-D of Smithers, Smithers, BC
September 5-6, 2009 - Wharf Rat Rally, Digby, NS
September 9, 2009 - Eldridge's, St. John, NB
September 9-10, 2009 - H-D Grande Prairie, Grande Prairie, AB
September 10, 2009 - Red Rock H-D, Cornwall, PEI
September 11, 2009 - J.H. Stewart, Miramichi, NB
September 12, 2009 - H-D of Edmonton, Edmonton, AB
September 12, 2009 - Toys for Big Boys, Moncton, NB
September 13, 2009 - Heritage H-D, Edmonton, AB
September 15, 2009 - Redline H-D Shop Lloydminster, Lloydminster, AB
September 17, 2009 - H-D of Fort McMurray, Fort McMurray, AB
September 17, 2009 - R.P.M. Moto Plus, St. Felicien, QC
September 19, 2009 - Gasoline Alley H-D, Red Deer, AB
September 19, 2009 - H-D Rimouski, Rimouski, QC
September 20, 2009 - H-D of Medicine Hat, Dunmore, AB
September 20, 2009 - Motosports G.P., Victoriaville, QC
September 24, 2009 - Atelier de Mécanique Prémont, Québec City, QC
September 25, 2009 - Lone Star H-D, Winnipeg, MB
September 25, 2009 - Prémont Beauce H-D (Shop), Notre-Dame-des-Pins, QC
September 26, 2009 - Boileau Moto Service et H-D, Acton Vale, QC
September 26, 2009 - H-D Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB
September 27, 2009 - Gaslight H-D, Morden, MB
September 27, 2009 - Goulet Motosports, Hawkesbury, ON
September 30, 2009 - Thunder Bay H-D,Thunder Bay, ON
October 3, 2009 - H-D of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON
October 3, 2009 - The Shop, Sudbury, ON
October 4, 2009 - Fox H-D / Buell, Owen Sound, ON
October 4, 2009 - Longley H-D of Peterborough, Peterborough, ON
October 6, 2009 - Clare's Cycle & Sports, Niagara on the Lake, ON
October 6, 2009 - Motorsport Custom Accessories, Sarnia, ON
October 9, 2009 - Duke’s H-D, Blenheim, ON
October 10, 2009 - Davies H-D, Richmond Hill, ON
October 10, 2009 - Mackie H-D, Oshawa, ON
October 17, 2009 - H-D of Toronto, Toronto, ON
October 17, 2009 - Rocky's H-D, London, ON
October 18, 2009 - Jacox H-D, Mississauga, ON
October 18, 2009 - Kitchener H-D, Kitchener, ON
October 24, 2009 - Thunder Road H-D, Windsor, ON

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Virtual Riding Television posts new HD helmet cam video (BC)

Our friend Jeff, Executive Producer, over at Virtual Riding Television has been keeping busy. He's posted yet another video, filmed with his Sony HXR-MC1 HD helmet-cam.

His latest HD point-of-view video was taken from the seat of his Harley V-Rod on June 5th /09 from Hope to Princeton British Columbia, Canada.

The Hope Slide is featured near the end of the video; on January 9, 1965, an enormous landslide of 46 million cubic meters of earth, rock and snow, crashed down in seconds from a 2000 meter mountain near Hope, British Columbia.

Canadian Motorcycle Rider is listed in the credits! Thanks Jeff.

Take a look at the video here but don't forget to check out the VRide TV website to check out all the great stuff Jeff's got there.



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Vespa Surrey - New Vespa dealer (BC)

Vespa Surrey is the newest authorized dealer of Vespa, Piaggio, Aprilia,and Derbi scooters in the lower mainland of British Columbia.

Not only scooters they feature great accessory brands such as Corazzo, Nexx Helmets, Zearl Optics, THH Helmets, and Thibault. They've got factory trained technicians in the shop too, original Vespa parts and quick turn-arounds on repairs.

Be sure to check out their women's only scooter nights and events, as well as group rides, vendor shows and other unique events.

Check out their website here.

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Simon Pavey coming to Duncan BC

Simon Pavey, multiple time entrant and finisher in the Dakar, trainer of Ewan McGreggor and Charley Boorman, and manager of BMW Motorrad's off-road training facility in south Wales, will be coming to Duncan Motorsports in Duncan, BC on June 20th. At 6PM on the 20th Pavey will be giving a talk and presentation. Rumor is it's just $15 to attend with proceeds going to the Association for Injured Motorcyclists.

He'll also be presenting a mini version of his Adventure rider school on June 21st. Contact Duncan Motorsports for further details.

Duncan Motorsports
1063 Canada Ave
Duncan BC V9L 1V2 Canada
866-746-2453 (toll free)

Looks like it'll be a great opportunity to get some rare Dakar insider information and a chance to brush up on your off-road skills from a pro!

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Virtual Riding Television posts new HD video of beautiful BC

Our friend Jeff, Executive Producer, over at Virtual Riding Television has a new video posted. Somehow, he just keeps on finding some of the most beautiful roads in Canada then films them from the seat of his Harley Davidson V-Rod. The footage from this latest video was shot in the Fraser Canyon from Hope to The Last Spike point of interest located between Spences Bridge and Ashcroft British Columbia, Canada. Definitely a stunning stretch of road!

I must head out West to visit that part of Canada some day! The footage is high quality, as always. This video is shot without music because Jeff's testing out a new toy. He's gotten a new HD camera and mounted it to his KBC helmet; it's a Sony HXR-MC1 Digital HD Camera Video Recorder to be exact.

So, we can expect plenty more motorcycle video's showcasing some great Canadian roads and scenery from Virtual Riding TV.

Here's the video - but be sure to visit the VRide TV website to check out all the great stuff Jeff's got there.


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New Video from Virtual Riding Television - (BC)

We've gotten word from Jeff Pennock, Executive Producer, Virtual Riding Television that he has posted a new video, from a ride filmed April 21st, 2009.

It's shot in HD from a camera mounted on the front of his 2003 Harley-Davidson, 100th Anniversary V-ROD VRSCA. The same motorcycle that he took with his cross-Canada (and back) trip in 2006. This video though is shot at Cypress Mountain, located in Cypress Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada. The quality of the video is great, the roads are twisty, and you can hear that Harley V-twin muscle. It looks like a fantastic ride!

There's still quite a bit of snow on the ground when this video is taken. Jeff even gets a little clip of a Snow Groomer passing by with a giant half pipe attachment cruising by.

At the end of the video Jeff gets a great shot overlooking Vancouver overlooking Vancouver, British Columbia with Stanley Park and the Lions Gate Bridge can also be seen.

Be sure to check out the latest installment below or go directly to Virtual Riding Television to check out all of Jeff's video's and read about his amazing story.


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Triumph Anniversary Days - Canadian dealership participants

Triumph is celebrating 107 years of Triumph motorcycles by way of an "Anniversary Days - Open House." It's set to take place between April 28th and May 2, 2009.

Not only are Triumph celebrating 107 years; it's the 50th year of the Bonneville, the 60th year of the Thunderbird, and the 15th year of the original Speed Triple.

Stop in at participating dealerships on Saturday - May 2, 2009 for an "Anniversary Days" reception where all are welcome.

Each location will organize its own schedule of events so you can expect to meet some great people and see some amazing Triumph Motorcycles.

The list of participating Canadian dealerships includes:

- Blackfoot Motorcyle - Calgary, AB
- Echo Cycle - Edmonton, AB
- British Italian Motorcycles - Vancouver, BC
- C&S Motorcyles - Sidney, BC
- Southwest Motorrad - Kelowna, BC
- Western Powersports - Langley, BC
- GP Bikes - Ajax, ON
- Inglis Cycle Center - London, ON
- J&R Cycle - Stayner, ON
- Ottawa Goodtime Center - Ottawa, ON
- Rev Cycles - Toronto, ON
- Sturgess Cycle - Hamilton, ON
- Monette Sports - Laval, QC
- Moto Montreal Cycle - Montreal, QC
- European Motorrad - Saskatoon, SK

* Image courtesy Triumph Canada.

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BMW Motorrad Canada kicks off 2009 “For Women Only!” Ride Events.

Whitby. BMW Motorrad Canada is pleased to announce the sixth annual edition of the BMW “For Women Only!” test ride event schedule.

Since 2004, the BMW “For Women Only!” Test Ride Event has offered female motorcycle riders the opportunity to test ride a full range of current BMW models in a relaxed and controlled environment.

Administered and hosted by seasoned female motorcycle enthusiasts in affiliation with BMW Motorrad Canada, the events are offered in three major Canadian cities:

Vancouver- Saturday, April 25
Toronto - Saturday, May 16
Montreal - Saturday, June 20

The first two BMW “For Women Only!” ride events conveniently “bookend” the 3rd Annual International Female Ride Day staged on Friday, May 1, mutually supporting and promoting the ever-growing sorority of female motorcycle enthusiasts.

International Female Ride Day is the inspiration of Vicki Gray, founder of MOTORESS, an international website developed to encourage and support women in motorcycling worldwide. Vicki works tirelessly to “Connect women with motorcycling” and the International Female Ride Day has spawned numerous female-only motorcycling events focused on the annual May 1event.

BMW Motorrad Canada is a strong supporter of female motorcycling in Canada and a regular sponsor of MOTORESS since its inception.

More information on the BMW “For Women Only!” Ride Events and a link to MOTORESS, please go to www.bmw-motorrad.ca.

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Ducati North America - Brining some of Italy to a Canadian town near you!

The big Ducati truck filled with the latest 2009 season motorcycles from Italy is going to be making it's way across Canada. It'll be making fourteen stops along the way so that you can demo their machines.

The tour also supports a charity too so you pay a small fee to ride and the money goes to charity. I believe it was $20 a ride last year and the ride lasted about an hour.

Toronto, ON (15 April 2009) - Ducati North America is pleased to announce the 2009 Ducati Canada National Demo Tour, an opportunity to sample the 2009 model lineup while supporting the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The annual event begins April 25th in Vancouver, BC and has stops at authorized Ducati dealers across Canada, concluding June 19th in Dieppe, NB. The demo tour offers a unique opportunity to sample Ducati’s most popular models in a fun riding environment, and meet with both Ducati and dealer staff to learn more about the Italian manufacturer’s handmade motorcycles.

For 2009 the Ducati demo tour will be teaming up with Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; requesting a voluntary $10.00 donation collected from participating riders. Last year Ducati demo riders contributed over $4000 to the foundation, and had a great time doing it. Ducati North America hopes to raise even more in 2009 to help this worthy charity.

For more information about the 2009 Canadian demo tour, as well as details regarding safety requirements and the models available, please visit www.ducatiusa.com.

The Ducati lineup on tour will include:

Monster 696
Monster 1100 and 1100 S
Multistrada 1100 S
Sport 1000
GT 1000
848 Superbike
1198 Superbike*
Hypermotard
Hypermotard S

*Model available to pre-qualified riders only

2009 Tour dates are as follows;

Saturday, April 25th, John Valk Motorsports, Vancouver, BC
Sunday, April 26th, Richmond Motorsports, Richmond, BC
Tuesday, April 28th, Southwest Ducati, Kelowna, BC
Saturday, May 2nd, Revoluzione Cycle Imports, Calgary, AB
Tuesday, May 5th, Argyll Motorsports, Edmonton, AB
Thursday, May 7th, Thunder City, Regina, SK
Thursday May 9th, Wildwood Sports, Winnipeg, MB
Monday May 18th, GP Bikes, Ajax, ON
Thursday May 28th, Inglis Cycles, London, ON
Saturday May 30th, Peninsula Import Motors, Oakville, ON
Tuesday June 2nd, Rev Cycles, Toronto, ON
Tuesday June 9th, Monette Sports, Laval, QC
Tuesday June 16th, Le Centre de la Moto Vanier, Inc, Quebec City, QC
Friday June 19th, Atlantic Motoplex, Dieppe, NB

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North American Ural dealership lists

For all the Ural owners and prospective owners - we've gathered up a listing of the Canadian and US Ural retailers in Canada and the US. The list was published by Ural so should be current as of March 18th/2009.

It's a handy refernce if you've got a Ural and plan to do some adventure traveling - as Ural owners are prone to do. Click on the pictures for a larger version.

Here's the Canadian list - in no particular order:



Here's the US list - in no particular order:


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BC RPM supermoto series events posted

British Columbia’s RPM Supermoto Championship has posted details on their motorcycle racing schedule for the 2009 season.

Supermoto is a style of racing that's part motorcross, part flat track, and part road racing on pavement and dirt. The tracks are typically a 70/30 split of pavement and dirt with motorcross-style jumps as well. Should make for some very exciting racing!

This year, in what is RPM Supermoto’s third race season, they'll visit four tracks and have nine rounds of racing.

RPM Supermoto will include races in Quesnel, Williams Lake, Agassiz Speedway and at home track in Tradex, Abbotsford.

- Round 1: Sunday, April 12 - Tradex, Abbotsford (season opener)
- Round 2: Sunday, April 26 - Agassiz Speedway (Racing alongside MX races)
- Round 3: Sunday, June 7 - Quesnel Cart Track (special prizing)
- Round 4: Sunday, June 21 - Tradex, Abbotsford (New dirt section)
- Round 5: Sunday, July 12 - Tradex, Abbotsford
- Round 6: Sunday, July 26 - Tradex Abbotsford
- Round 7: Sunday, August 9 – Thunder Mtn Speedway, Williams Lake
- Round 8: Sunday, August 30 – Tradex, Abbotsford – Canadian National Championship
- Round 9: Sunday, September 27 - Agassiz Speedway

For full details about the events check out the British Columbia Riders Promoting Motorsports Association website.

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Vancouver motorcycle show - Jan 22 - 25th

The Vancouver motorcycle show opens its doors this coming Thursday.

Here's some of the basic details of the event. It's just an overview of what will be taking place so be sure to head on out this weekend.

Event Details:

The Vancouver Motorcycle Show is B.C.’s foremost motorcycle show and the only event in the province at which all of the major manufacturers showcase their new models.

Visitors are offered an exclusive opportunity to view and receive information on the newest bikes and accessories direct from the manufacturers and their factory representatives and dealers – including Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Harley-Davidson, BMW, Ducati, Victory, KTM, and Hyosung.

DATES & TIMES:
• Thursday, January 22 – 5 to 9 p.m.
• Friday, January 23 – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
• Saturday, January 24 –10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
• Sunday, January 25 –10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ADMISSION:
Adults: $12.00
Juniors/Youth (6-15): $8.00
Children (under six and accompanied by an adult): Free
Family (2 Adults/2 Juniors): $34.00

LOCATION:
TRADEX is just 50 minutes from Vancouver along the scenic Trans-Canada Highway #1 and immediately adjacent to the Abbotsford International Airport (YXX) at 1190 Cornell Street, Abbotsford, B.C., V2T 6H5.

PARKING:
1800 additional spaces have been added to available parking plus a shuttle to drop you off at the front door! Ride your motorcycle to the Show and you park for free!

STATISTICS:
- 37,000 visitors
- 175 exhibitors
- 143,000 square-foot show floor

For more details check out the event website here. Warning - site automatically opens with audio so turn down the speakers!

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Konker 200cc Super Moto to hit Canadian streets

Konker Motors is a Langley BC based company that manufactures Dirt Bikes, ATV's, and street legal scooters from China and distributes them to qualified distributors/dealers across world.

For 2009, they'll be bringing their first street legal motorcycle to the Canadian market. It's billed the Konker KSM200 and its engine is built in a Suzuki partnered factory and comes with a full one year warranty.

The engine is said to be the same as you'd get in the tried and true Suzuki DR200. That means it'll be a 200cc single cylinder four stroke. Given its lineage, the engine should be VERY fuel efficient and durable.

The super-moto can be gotten with a bolt on 21" front / 18" rear wheel kit comes complete with drum brake, rotor, and sprocket. So you'll be able to quickly convert the SUPER-MOTO into an off-road enduro without the hassle of switching brakes, discs, or sprockets. The O.E.M. off road 21/18” bolt on tire package is available for just $495.

One very nice feature of the Konker KSM200 - it'll have a price of only $2,995.

If you compare that in price to the Suzuki DR200SE MSRP of $4,699, you'll be left with $1,704 in the bank if you go with the Konker and that's not accounting for taxes either. If you factor in 13% tax it's very near a $2,000 difference.

That'll be plenty enough reasons for many folks to give the Konker a try.

- To find out more about Konker Motorsports you can check out their website here.
- For more News items involving Konker Motorsports check out all our Konker posts here.

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Canadian Enduro Championship (CEC) in 2009 and beyond!

Canadians will finally have a bonafide Canadian Enduro Championship (CEC) in 2009 and beyond.

Details are:

A 4 event, 8 race series organized by World Enduro Canada (WEC) (see www.worldendurocanada.com)

Dates and locations in 2009 are:

July 4/5 Pincher Creek AB
July 11/12 Okanogan Valley BC

September 12/13 Quebec TBA
September 19/20 Parry Sound, Ontario

Dates and locations are subject to change at this early time

The competition format is based on the World Enduro Championship, 3 different (Cross, Extreme and Enduro) timed special tests and shorter loops of trails connecting the test. WEC purchased a computerized timing system that uses programmable transponders the system provides prompt, accurate results.

An important point is the event offers a pro purse. The value riders have to sponsors increased overnight, the plan is improve the marketability of Canadian
riders, give sponsors good return on their investment, stimulate the off-road motorcycle market, decide who the fastest off-road riders in Canada are in both Pro and Amateur classes, provide spectators entertainment and most of all give the competitors an overall positive experience.

Incentives will be in place for riders to travel to the four events which are scored separately each of the two days. Arrangements have been made for a motorcycle transportation package through sponsor Brian Kurtz Trucking, Guelph, On. For $700 a bike, gear bag, 2 spare tires or pop-tent will be transported to each of the 2 'Away' events and back. Motorycles will be delivered to each event site. Also any Canadian-based rider who crosses the Manitoba/Ontario border and competes in the entire series gets a free entry to the 'away' events. Entry fees are set at $100 per event, each competitor must purchase or rent a transponder for $40 and join the MCC.

The motto of the CEC is "The Fastest Rider Wins".

Because the format of the competition aligns with what happens in most of the world WEC expects Canadian riders to become more competitive in international events in the future.

For more information interested parties can their questions via e-mail to our website.

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MMIC motorcycle shows rolling into town

The Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council is gearing up for the annual motorcycle show circuit. There's going to be a big show in several Canadian Cities this year.

Here's the list of cities:

Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Quebec City, Moncton, and Montreal.

Details on the dates and times are listed below or visit the MMIC website for additional information:

2008 Toronto Motorcycle Show

December 12 - 14, 2008 (Friday to Sunday)
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
North Building, 255 Front St. West
Toronto, Ontario

Contact Information
Darryl Bond - Show Manager
bond@sportshows.ca

Tel: 905-361-5234
Toll-Free: 1-888-695-2677
Fax: 905-361-2679

2009 Calgary Motorcycle Show

January 9 - 11 (Friday to Sunday)
Roundup Centre, Stampede Park
Calgary, Alberta
Contact Information
Show Manager: Lauri Paetz
paetz@sportshows.ca

Tel: (403) 245-9008
Toll-Free: 1-866-704-4412
Fax: (403) 245-5100

2009 Edmonton Motorcycle Show

January 16 - 18 (Friday to Saturday)
Northlands Park - Agricom
Edmonton, Alberta

Contact Information
Show Manager: Lauri Paetz
paetz@sportshows.ca
Tel: (403) 245-9008
Toll-Free: 1-866-704-4412
Fax: (403) 245-5100

2009 Vancouver Motorcycle Show

January 22 - 25 (Thursday to Sunday)
Tradex Exhibition Centre
Abbotsford Airport, British Columbia

Contact Information
Show Manager: Nanette Jacques
njacques@shaw.ca
Tel: (604) 535-7584
Toll-Free: 1-800-663-8815
Fax: (604) 535-1463

2009 Quebec City Motorcycle Show

February 6 - 8 (Friday thru Sunday)
Centre de foires de Québec
Quebec City, Québec

Contact Information
Show Manager: Corinne Belmonte

Tel: (514) 285-2686 XT 2248
Fax: (514) 282-4292

2009 Atlantic Motorcycle Show

February 13 - 15 (Friday to Sunday)
Moncton Coliseum
Moncton, N.B.

Contact Information
Show Manager: Scott Sprague

Phone: (506) 658-0018
Toll Free: 1-888-454-7469
Fax: (506) 658-0750

2009 Montreal Motorcycle Show
February 20 - 22 (Friday to Sunday)
Montreal Convention Centre
Montreal, Quebec

Contact Information
Show Manager: Corinne Belmonte
Tel: (514) 285-2686 XT 2248
Fax: (514) 282-4292

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Canadian sets new high speed crash record!

A Canadian has set a couple of new records at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. Jason McVicar of Vancouver experienced a crash while riding his Suzuki Hayabusa 1300 as he was attempting to establish the speed record for the fastest production motorcycle ever.

Well, he set a speed record at 407 km/hr for production bikes but he also set the fastest crash ever at 391 km/h.

What makes the story more amazing is that he survived the crash without serious injury. In fact, considering the speed at which he crashed, he faired remarkably well. The same can't be said about his bike though. Totally destroyed!

Here's a link to a YouTube clip of Jason talking about the incident.

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Canadian Artist to be featured on TV

Oak Bay (BC) resident Manon Elder's paintings are set to be featured on an upcoming motorcycle themed series Sons of Anarchy. It`s a big deal for the artist; "If it was Vancouver you'd be thrilled," said Elder, who graduated in fine arts from University of Victoria in 1976. "But the thing about Hollywood is it has that panache that sends it into the ionosphere."

Elder's art will be featured on the new FX (Fox-Extended) TV series Sons of Anarchy, which makes its debut tonight at 10 p.m. on FX stations across the U.S. There is talk of future air dates on a Canadian network.

13-part series stars Ron Perlman, Katey Sagal and Charles Hunnam and focuses on an outlaw motorcycle club and its turf war with drug dealers and real estate developers.

Elder, who was born in Ottawa, said the call from the Sons of Anarchy team came out of the blue last May.

"They said they were doing a TV show on motorcycles and it would be like The Sopranos but with a motorcycle club as its base," she said.

Elder says she got interested in motorcycle art after deciding on a whim to paint Shaw Communications CEO Jim Shaw when he was seated on his Harley for her series Men With Pens.

"On his motorcycle he became so animated. It was one of the truest to his being," recalled Elder, who soon became immersed in motorcycle culture. "I found out I could paint chrome and from this came the spark. I painted leather and it became a textural feeling. It just hasn't stopped. Sometimes you choose what you do and other times it chooses you."

Elder's oil-on-canvas originals can be seen at On Canvas Gallery, 538-B Yates St. Her giclees on canvas (high-quality reproductions), are on view at Dominguez Gallery at the Sooke River Hotel. On the web: www.emotionmotorcycleart.com

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Watch out for fake plastic police!

Okay so this really isn't motorcycle news but we're on the road and things like this may affect a certain few of us so we thought we'd include it.

Speeding on Knight St. in Vancouver BC has gotten so bad that the police have resorted to having 8 life size pictures of a policeman holding a radar which they have placed along the road. Actual policemen may stand a short distance behind the figure in some cases and in other cases they're not.

I guess they're pretty realistic looking too - earlier this week a tow truck driver pulled up beside one of the figures and started talking to it!

Vancouver police traffic Staff Sgt. Ralph Pauw indicated that the decoys are being used on Knight St. because it is one of the worst corridors for traffic fatalities and injuries, he said, adding there were 25 fatalities in Vancouver last year and seven so far this year. Vancouver police have recorded motorists speeding along Knight Street at up to 115 km/h in a 50 km/h zone.

"The average ticketed speed is 84 km/h," Pauw said. "We're just trying anything that works to reduce those numbers."

The cardboard cops are part of a police initiative called Operation Silhouette, which will run for the next six months in various locations around the city.

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6th Annual DEAD ZONE Dual-Sport Motorcycle Ride - June 28th/08


There are only 3 weeks left to register for this famous BC dual-sport motorcycle event. More details here.

The premier annual dual-sport motorcycle event in British Columbia is named after a series of challenging trails in the Onion Lake Riding Area west of Spences Bridge.

There will be two courses to ride:

The "C" loop is for those riders that are new to Dualsporting and for riders that are looking for a scenic ride through some of the areas most beautiful Forest Service Roads and easy secondary trails. This course is also planned with some sections that will test your abilities.

The "A/B" loop is for the seasoned rider. This is a course that will continuously test your abilities through out the day. Bring friends . . .you will need their help!

The Dead Zone event will be based out of the village of Spences Bridge, British Columbia. This is on Highway 1 in the Fraser Canyon, less than 4 hours north of Vancouver and the US border.

Pre-Registration by June 10, 2008 is required. No same-day entries.

DualSportBC promotes safe, legal and low-impact use of trails and forest roads, in harmony with ranchers, loggers, mountain bikers, horseback riders, hikers and other motorized trail users.

Please visit www.DualSportBC.com to learn more about this event and other activities.


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