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Ducati Heads to Sturgis for Frist Time

THE BLACK HILLS BECOME EVEN DARKER AS THE XDIAVEL DESCENDS UPON THE 76 ANNUAL STURGIS® MOTORCYCLE RALLY
Ducati Travels To Sturgis For First Time To Bring XDiavel Xperience Tour Demo Rides
 And Unveil Custom XDiavel by Roland Sands Design
 
Italian performance motorcycle leader Ducati is heading to South Dakota this August for the first time to thrill the hundreds of thousands attending the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Ducati will be hosting various events throughout the rally between August 5 and August 13, which will include unveiling an XDiavel customized by Roland Sands Design (RSD) as well as test-riding opportunities.
 

"Sturgis is always a great place to get together with motorcyclists to celebrate our shared passion for two-wheels,” said Jason Chinnock, chief executive officer of Ducati North America. “2016 marks both the 90th Anniversary and the launch of Ducati’s entry into the cruiser with the new XDiavel. This year is the perfect time to share the Ducati brand at the largest gathering of motorcyclists in the USA. To commemorate this event we have integrated into a number of activities and partnered with Roland Sands Design to build a custom version of the XDiavel. This build opens the door to a new world for customization of the XDiavel. Roland Sands Design is an important partner for us, and they bring their innovative design style to everything they do and we’re honored to unveil it at Sturgis.”
 
The action starts on Friday, August 5, when the Ducati XDiavel Xperience Tour rolls into town offering spirited test rides, daily, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express Sturgis, located at 2721 Lazelle Street. In addition to the demo rides that will run through August 13, Ducati will be presenting its entire XDiavel product line, along with an XDiavel Lounge and XDiavel Café built on-site for guests to enjoy while experiencing the festivities.
 
On Monday, August 8th at 8 a.m. a group of XDiavels will join the Sturgis annual Mayor’s Ride with Sturgis’ Mayor Mark Carstensen as they ride through several of the Black Hill’s most spectacular two lane roads and byways, to support the Sturgis Volunteer Fire Department, Ambulance Service & Police Reserves.
 
The activities will continue on Tuesday at 1:00 p.m., August 9 when Ducati and Roland Sands unveils the XDiavel designed by RSD during a pool party at the Pappy Hoel Campground. Blue skies, cool water, live music, raffles and a bikini contest will highlight the event, which is co-sponsored by Ducati partners Bell helmets and Roland Sands Design.
 
Wednesday morning August 10th the XDiavel crew will join AMA National Champions and former World Superbike competitors Ben and Eric Bostrom for their 3rd Annual Boz Bros Ride. Ben & Eric will treat the group to refreshments before the ride begins at “Sturgis Guns” located at 2324 Junction Ave, Sturgis SD 57785. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. and departs on a 60-mile ride through the Black Hills. Lunch, beverages, and swag will be provided after the ride with all the “free will” proceeds going to the Sturgis Police Department.
 
After the Scrambler Ducati’s first win at the Super Hooligan flat track race in Austin with Jamie Robinson behind the bars, the Scrambler will return to the dirt track with the Super Hooligan race presented by RSD the evening of Wednesday, August 10.  Ducati’s exclusive dealer in Nebraska, Ducati Omaha will campaign the flat track inspired Scrambler Flat Track Pro in stock trim with the exception of the removal of the front brake & headlight and the addition of a Termignoni slip-on exhaust. Come out to cheer on the Scrambler Ducati and Ducati Omaha team from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the infamous Sturgis Buffalo Chip during the Moto Stampede.
 
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally’s 76th annual gathering is estimated to bring more than half-a-million motorcycle enthusiasts and spectators to the Black Hills of South Dakota. Since 1938, Sturgis has been one of the most significant American motorcycle rally's and has increasingly become a place for manufacturers from all over the world to celebrate motorcycle culture and share new products.
 
The XDiavel is Ducati’s new entry into cruiser motorcycles, with a relaxed riding position, belt final drive, low seat, and forward controls. Those interested in test rides can participate with a valid motorcycle license and proof of insurance.  All riders must provide their own riding gear, including DOT-approved helmet, long-sleeved shirt or jacket, gloves, long pants, and over-the-ankle boots.  Bell Helmets has kindly agreed to provide a selection of their helmets for demo riders to borrow should they need.


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Ducati Island Returns to Circuit of the Americas for MotoGP Weekend

Beginning April 8, thousands of Ducati fans from around the world will gather to experience Ducati Island at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin for the one-and-only MotoGP stop in the United States during the 2016 schedule.


Known as a must-stop experience for race goers, Ducati Island has grown into the largest Ducati fan activation at any MotoGP race around the world. The hugely popular Ducati Company Store, presentations by Ducati Master Technicians will all return, with Ducati’s various performance partners, including Öhlins, Pirelli, Brembo and Marchesini. The owner hospitality amenities that riders love will also be there: Ducati Welcome Center, Ducati Gear Check, Ducati Owners Cafe, Ducati Fashion Models, the Scrambler Land of Joy and the Ducati Kids. A new addition is the XDiavel Lounge with the new Ducati XDiavel that is taking the cruiser world by storm.




Additional Ducati activities in Austin include a Ducati MotoGP Party at Ducati Austin on the evening of Thursday, April 7, a Ducati Owners Club Event on Friday evening and the much anticipated Ducati Red Storm Ride early on Sunday morning before the races.


For music Ducati will once again be presenting a main stage for all the action and entertainment. Ducati presents our host and MC, DJ HAPA and live performances from Otis the Destroyer, Moonlight Towers and returning for her 3rd year on Ducati Island, Ms Kimberly Dunn.






On Sunday following the day’s racing, Ducati and COTA are proud to present headliner and American singer and songwriter Franky Xavier Perez! Franky with his backing band, The Truth will perform on the Ducati Island Main Stage to close the weekends racing action. Perez, who has been compared by music critics to Robert Plant and Otis Redding, has collaborated on stage with Slash from Guns-N’-Roses, The Doors, and members of The Cult, Weezer and Velvelt Revolver. Ducati fans may remember Franky as the front man for the Ducati All Stars which played select shows across the West Coast and headlined the 2012 World Ducati Week in Italy. He was also included as a re-occuring live band member of the Sons of Anarchy television series. Currently Perez is the singer for Apocalytica, whose U.S. tour begins this spring.


The three-day Ducati Ticket Package is now available for $215 per person at www.ducatiusa.com.

Ducati Ticket Package
(1) Turn 12 Ducati grandstand seat (three-day pass)
(1) Ducati motorcycle parking pass on Ducati Island
Exclusive access to explore COTA on the VIP Pit Walk
Parade lap around the COTA track for Ducati owners
Commemorative Ducati gift

Ducati Island is located within COTA’s central Grand Plaza. All Ducati owners in attendance will receive entry to the Ducati Owners Hospitality area and the ability to check their gear at no cost. 

All these activities and more are fully detailed on the Ducati website at http://www.ducatiusa.com/motogp-of-austin


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Victory Octane will lead the Daytona 200 and host the biggest party to kick off the riding season

MINNEAPOLIS — February 26, 2016 — Victory Motorcycles® plans to roar into the 75th Anniversary of Daytona Bike Week, March 5-12, led by the new Victory Octane®, with demo rides, performance demonstrations, custom bike displays, organized rides and much more including the presenting sponsorship of the historic Daytona 200 roadrace featuring the Victory Octane as the official pace bike for 2016.

“Bike Week kicks off the riding season and serves as the perfect place to showcase our modern American muscle with the all-new Victory Octane – the lightest, most powerful and quickest Victory Motorcycle ever produced,” said Steve Menneto, President of Motorcycles for Polaris Industries. “Victory’s goal this year is to highlight the outstanding performance of all of our models, and Victory’s activities and displays in Daytona are the perfect place to see how we’re pushing the performance envelope.”

Victory Motorcycles’ Daytona Bike Week schedule:

Octane –Launch Party (316 Main Street)
7 p.m. - Midnight, March 5

Victory Motorcycles made Daytona Main Street history last year by throwing the biggest party on the strip, and this year promises to take it to the next level! Red Bull action sports athlete Aaron Colton will join Velocity TV’s Bryan Fuller in hosting the launch party for the all-new Victory Octane – the lightest, most powerful and quickest motorcycle Victory has ever produced. Live music from Raw Adrenaline, tons of giveaways and the reveal of a brand new motorcycle World Record insure this will be the party not to miss at Bike Week! Visit the company display at the speedway for more information.

Victory on Display (International Speedway Blvd., in front of the track)
9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Daily

See the entire line of 2016 Victory motorcycles, including the all-new Victory Octane, check out the Victory Gunner NHRA drag racer and Project 156 Pike’s Peak Hill Climb bike, inspect the Urs Erbacher ‘Ignition’ and Zach Ness ‘Combustion’ concept models, witness hourly shows by the Victory Stunt Team and Victory Police Motorcycles operators, and sign up for the chance to win a new Victory Octane. The latest Victory apparel will be available for purchase, and Victory owners can pick up their 2016 Daytona Bike Week commemorative pin from any staff member at the display by showing proof of Victory ownership.

Victory Demo Rides (International Speedway Blvd., adjacent to the Victory Motorcycles display)

9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Daily; Last Ride Leaves at 4:30 p.m.

Bike Week attendees will have a chance to experience true modern American muscle by riding the entire line of 2016 Victory Motorcycles, including the new Victory Octane cruiser, Victory Magnum® bagger, Victory Cross Country Tour® and electric Empulse® TT. All riders must present a valid motorcycle endorsement. Riders and passengers must be 18 or older and wear proper riding attire that includes a DOT approved helmet, closed-toe shoes, long pants and eye protection.

Victory at Main Street Station (316 Main Street)
6 p.m. - 10 p.m., Daily

Victory Motorcycles will be at the Main Street Station historic garage bar music venue all week. Be sure to stop by for giveaways, live music and other activities.

Daily Activities At Two Local Dealers

9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Daily

Stop in at IMC Daytona Beach (290 North Beach Street, Daytona Beach) and Volusia Motorsports (1701 State Rd. 44, New Smyrna Beach) for motorcycles, accessories, apparel, and a host of unique special events. Visitwww.Volusia-Motorsports.com and www.IndianMotorcycleDaytonaBeach.com for full details.

Grizzly Launches Around the World Record Attempt on a Cross Country Tour (Daytona International Speedway Victory Display)

1 p.m., March 11

Swiss endurance rider Urs “Grizzly” Pedraita will ride away from Daytona International Speedway at 1 p.m. in a quest to set a new world record by circumnavigating six continents in less than 100 days aboard his Victory Cross Country Tour. Owners of Victory motorcycles are invited to join Grizzly for one lap of the Daytona 200 road course prior to the start of his world record-breaking attempt.

Victory Owners Ride (Daytona International Speedway)

March 11

Always a major Bike Week event, the Victory Owners Ride this year will incorporate Grizzly’s world record attempt. Get together at Daytona International Speedway, ride one lap of the Daytona 200 road course, then escort Grizzly out of town during this first part of his journey. Volusia Motorsports will be hosting a gathering at 9 a.m., prior to the Owners Ride. Visit the company display for more information.

75th Running of the Daytona 200 (Daytona International Speedway)

March 12

Victory Motorcycles is proud to be the Presenting Sponsor of the 75th Running of the Daytona 200. Come and check out this historic race and witness the all-new Octane thunder down the track as the Official Pace Bike for the race. Log on to http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/ for more information.

Visit VictoryMotorcycles.com/en-us/event for an up-to-date schedule of events. Learn more about Victory Motorcycles at VictoryMotorcycles.com or follow onTwitter and Facebook.


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Celebrate the 75th Annual Daytona Bike Week With Indian Motorcycle

New, Vintage & Custom Models, Demo Rides, Racing, Organized Tours, Special Events

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - (Feb 22, 2016) - Indian Motorcycle®, America's first motorcycle company, loves making history at Daytona, whether it's winning the first Daytona 200 or drawing the best crowds with our Daytona Bike Week events. This year Indian again has a full schedule of events, including demo rides, new models, vintage & custom bike displays, racing, organized rides and much more during the 75th Anniversary of Daytona Bike Week, March 5-12.

"Seventy-five years after Ed Kretz dominated the first Bike Week race, our team is inspired to honor that legacy and showcase our future," said Steve Menneto, President of Motorcycles for Polaris Industries. "Whether you're a cruising enthusiast or long-haul tourer, into customs like those shown in our Project Scout contest or a race enthusiast cheering on the SuperHooligan Scout Sixty bikes, we know that anybody hanging out with Indian Motorcycle will have great stories to tell."
Below are highlights of the Daytona Bike Week action Indian Motorcycle has planned.

Demo Rides at Daytona International Speedway (International Speedway Blvd., across from the Florida Hospital Gate)
9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Daily; Last Ride Leaves at 4:30 p.m.
Bike Week attendees will have the chance to ride the entire 2016 line-up of Indian motorcycles, including the Indian Scout® Sixty cruiser, Indian Chief® Vintage bagger, Indian Roadmaster® tourer and a very special new model. Ride multiple bikes, compare, and decide which Indian Motorcycle models best suit your riding style. Demo rides are free and available to those with a valid motorcycle endorsement and proper attire.


Indian Motorcycle Display at Daytona International Speedway (Richard Petty & Midway Blvd.)
9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Daily
In addition to the demo site at the historic Daytona Speedway, a display in the Midway area will feature the entire 2016 Indian Motorcycle line-up, as well as engine cutaways, custom & vintage bikes, accessories and apparel. Register for your chance to win a 2016 Indian Scout Sixty, check out the finalists from the 'Project Scout: Build a Legend' custom contest, see how an Indian Chieftain® with performance accessories handles the dyno, and make sure to pick up an exclusive Indian Motorcycle Daytona 75th patch simply by showing your Indian Motorcycle proof of ownership (key-ring, badge, etc.)

Hooligan Race Night (Ocean Complex West Parking Lot, downtown Daytona Beach)
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.March 8
Enjoy live music, food & refreshments as Roland Sands and fellow Team RSD racers battle handlebar-to-handlebar in pursuit of the checkered flag on their RSD SuperHooligan Indian Scout Sixty dirt trackers. Winners of the Project Scout contest will be announced at this event, and you're welcome to join a celebratory after-party at the Boot Hill Saloon.

Indian Motorcycle of Daytona Beach (290 North Beach Street)
9a.m. - 8p.m., Daily
Visit the dealership in the heart of Daytona Beach for all of your bike, accessory and apparel needs, as well as a variety of special events.

Indian Motorcycle Rider's Group & Veterans Ride (Indian Motorcycle of Daytona Beach, 290 North Beach Street)
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.March 10
Owners of Indian motorcycles join veterans from the Veterans Ride program in an organized tour that begins at Indian Motorcycle of Daytona Beach and travels to Orlando for lunch. Owners can roll alongside a Vet rider from last year's inaugural Veterans Charity Ride as he captains a new custom Indian Trike. Kickstands go up at 10 a.m.

Celebrate The 75th With Indian Motorcycle (Boot Hill Saloon, 310 Main Street)
6 p.m.March 11
Put a stamp on the end of a legendary week by joining Indian Motorcycle at the Boot Hill Saloon to 'Celebrate the 75th'.

Visit www.IndianMotorcycle.com/en-us/daytona for the most up to date schedule. Learn more about Indian Motorcycle by visiting IndianMotorcycle.com and FacebookTwitter and Instagram social media channels.

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KYMCO & Parts Canada proudly present the 2015 Mad Bastard Scooter Rally

KYMCO Canada is proud to host the 2015 Mad Bastard Scooter Rally, headquartered at the Delta Guelph Hotel & Conference Centre in Guelph, ON (June 19-21) and presented by Parts Canada.
 
KYMCO Canada is pleased to welcome a brave group of 75 riders to this biannual event founded in 2005. The rally takes riders 600+ km through an as of yet, undisclosed route (participants find out where they're riding the day before they set off - adding navigation to the challenge!). Being a rally, and not a race, participation is all about getting points which includes them completing the ride in full costume. Perhaps surprisingly, for many it will not be their first time committing themselves to this act of madness over the summer solstice weekend!
 
 
 
The scooter, particularly the 50cc scooter, was never designed for six to eight hundred kilometer outings. Known for their convenience, storage capability, fuel efficiency, affordability, ease of use and nimble handling, a small displacement scooter is perfectly suited for running errands and commuting on a daily basis. But rally after rally has shown it can just as well handle the open road, albeit at an often dreadfully slow pace! And that's where functionality becomes secondary, and the fun takes over.
 
This is the first year the rally will be hosted by new owners, KYMCO Canada. The rally was founded in 2005 by Rob Harris (editor of Canada Moto Guide) and has taken place every odd year since,being headquartered in cities such as Barrie, Bellville (twice!), and Gatineau.
 
We would also like to express our appreciation to the wild group of media representatives who have enthusiastically agreed to saddle up on a KYMCO scooter and ride alongside the rest of the pack despite not being eligible to win the grand prize. That's right, there is some incentive, although we're convinced that most competitors would still ride the rally just to be a part of such an extraordinary event!
 
This year, the rally winner will take home a KYMCO Super 8 150 scooter along with capturing the coveted title of Maddest Bastard. A highly complex system of points, understood only fully by our new rally master, Sabina Heilman, determines the winner. Winning the rally has little to do with speed and much to do with commitment, quick thinking, navigational skills, and sometimes a willingness to embarrass oneself for the sole purpose of public mockery. The combination of scenic routes, road side scavenger hunts, daring photo challenges, and outrageous costumes is appealing to many, but throw in the early morning send off (4am) for a grueling 600+ km ride (over 24 hours) and only the strong will survive.
 
Good luck to all and ride safe!
 

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BMW Toronto Test Ride

If you're in the Toronto area and would like to demo a BMW you opportunty awaits at BMW Toronto Motorrad.

 Details below:


11 Sunglight Park Road
Toronto, ON M4N 1B5
bmwtoronto.ca

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"Just Ride" During the Harley-Davidson World Ride, June 27-28

Just ride. It is a simple idea that expresses the passion that unites motorcycle riders around the world, regardless of age, location, or brand. It is also all anyone needs to do to join the thousands of Harley-Davidson motorcycle riders and Harley Owners Group members who are flexing their freedom and hitting the open road during the Harley-Davidson World Ride on June 27 and 28.

"One of the beautiful things about riding a motorcycle is how it lets you check out from the daily grind and experience the pure feelings of joy and freedom it brings," said Ken Ostermann, Harley-Davidson General Manager of Integrated Marketing Operations. "The Harley-Davidson World Ride is all about being on your bike, loving life, and sharing that feeling with others."

One World, Two Days, Millions of Miles

Launched in 2008 by the Harley Owners Group as Million Mile Monday, the annual riding event was expanded into the two-day Harley-Davidson World Ride in 2012 to give more riders worldwide an opportunity to participate. In 2014, participants logged more than ten million miles on solo rides, in groups large and small, and through a variety of Retailer-led events around the world, united by their shared passion for motorcycling. For 2015, the event retains its two-day format, but shifts to Saturday and Sunday to enable even more riders around the globe to participate.

"The thrilling feeling of freedom and independence experienced by riding a motorcycle can be life-changing. Participating in the World Ride is a perfect opportunity to share that experience with a non-rider, perhaps by inviting them along as a passenger to share the ride," Ostermann said.

Whether it is across town, cross-country, or anything in between, every mile counts and can be recorded by logging into the online mileage accumulator of Harley-Davidson at h-d.com/worldride, where a rolling odometer will record the collective distance traveled by all participants in the World Ride.

Ride participants can log their post-ride mileage directly onto the World Ride website from mobile devices and share their riding stories and photographs on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #HDworldride. Participants can also download a certificate of participation after logging their mileage on the World Ride website.

To learn more about the Harley-Davidson World Ride, visit h-d.com/worldride.

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Why We Ride Films to Support PBTF for Brain Tumor Awareness Month

While you won't likely be going to the dinner event in California you can buy a DVD!

Full details below:

In observance of Brain Tumor Awareness Month this May, Why We Ride Films is launching two initiatives to help raise funds as part of their ongoing partnership with the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF), home of Ride for Kids. Why We Ride Films will be donating a portion of proceeds from their May DVD sales to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, and will also be hosting the “Why We Ride to the Quail” benefit dinner in conjunction with The Quail Motorcycle Gathering.

Why We Ride Films will donate $5 to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation for every copy of the DVD sold on www.whyweride.com in the month of May. Why We Ride producer James Walker and producer/director Bryan H. Carroll will be kicking off the month-long fundraiser at the 2015 Los Angeles Ride for Kids, set for May 3rd at American Honda Motor’s headquarters in Torrance, CA. “Our fundraising efforts couldn’t go to a better organization,” said Why We Ride producer James Walker. “We are always astounded by the work that the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation does for families afflicted by this terrible disease, so we are happy to lend our support with the fundraising initiative.”



<Why We Ride on DVD, and $5 will be donated to the PBTF>>
"Why We Ride to the Quail" Riders Dinner - May 15, 2015Why We Ride Films is also hosting a fundraising dinner on Friday, May 15th in conjunction with The Quail Motorcycle Gathering in Monterey, CA. The 1st Annual “Why We Ride to the Quail” Riders Dinner is open to the public and includes dinner, a pass to The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, and a gift bag. Attendees are also encouraged to join the group ride on Saturday morning from the Hyatt Regency to The Quail Motorcycle Gathering. Bell Helmets, Eagle Rider and The Sturgis Museum are also providing support for the dinner and ride, and proceeds from the event will be donated to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

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Why We Ride producer/director Bryan H. Carroll added, “We will be doing everything we can to help raise awareness and funds for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation this May and beyond. Our message has always been about family and inspiring the next generation of riders, and we’re honored to be able to offer two unique ways for people to support the Foundation.”

“We are very grateful for the ongoing work that Why We Ride Films is doing to help support our cause,” said Steve Reynolds, National Director of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s Ride for Kids program. “We are very excited to be involved in their events and fundraising initiatives in the motorcycle industry, and we hope that together we can continue to raise funds and increase awareness of this disease.”

Learn more about the film and the growing social movement at www.whyweride.com, and be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can also become a part of the community by signing up for the Why We Ride newsletter.

About the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation: The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF), the official charity of Why We Ride Films, works to eliminate the challenges of brain tumors by funding medical research and family support programs. Motorcyclists may be familiar with the organization’s Ride for Kids program, a series of rides across the country that raise money for the Foundation. To learn more or make a direct donation, visit www.CureTheKids.org.

About Why We Ride: Why We Ride is a feature length documentary film. Since its December 2013 release, it has quickly become the #1 Motorcycle Film in the United States. Independently distributed by Producer/Director Bryan H. Carroll and Producer James Walker, Why We Ride’s aim is to use the power of cinema not only to entertain but also educate, inspire and celebrate the world of motorcycling with audiences worldwide. To learn more about Why We Ride, visit www.WhyWeRide.com.

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International Female Ride Day© Saturday 2 May

International Female Ride Day© (IFRD) the world’s only synchronized women’s motorcycle ride day revs up as women make ready its approach Saturday 2 May. The ninth edition of IFRD “JUST RIDE©!” will assemble the planets diverse, proud and enthusiastic women riders through all forms, and styles of motorcycling. International Female Ride Day© highlights and profiles women motorcycle, scooter and trike riders. The day unites female rider camaraderie, inspires others to take up the sport, while shifting perceptions away from motorcycling being that of a masculine activity.
International Female Ride Day© makes one request of women: “JUST RIDE©!” Get on your bikes, be out there and be visible. With an eight year recorded success, its compelling call to action brings female rider participation across the world’s regions on one unified day where each participant is its role model. IFRD reflects the ongoing penchant for motorcycling women have expressed since the motorcycle was invented; while fostering growth and participation of women in the activity of motorcycling.
 
 
 
“IFRD is a powerful, unstoppable and thoroughly fun happening! Motorcycling for women still needs support as to it being looked upon as the norm for the female gender. Every woman riding a motorcycle comes under scrutiny, observation and often isolation when simply wanting to enjoy the activity. IFRD has effected change in the industry. It has built camaraderie and strengthened the global women’s motorcycling network causing a hugely positive influence to the activity. I’m very excited about the ninth edition! “, states Vicki Gray, founder IFRD.
 

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Port Dover - Friday the 13th

Every Friday the 13th motorcycle minded people gather in Port Dover, Ontario and today is - you guessed it - Friday the 13th!

Might be a little chilly to ride today but there still should be lots of motorcycle camradarie.

The Friday the 13th tradition started in 1981. Chris Simons and approximately 25 friends, through word of mouth, got together at the Commerical Hotel {The Zoo}, now known as Angelos of Dover. It was in November and it was Friday the 13th. They had such a good time they decided they should do it every Friday the 13th. And so the tradition was born.

Check out the live webcam here:

http://www.portdovermapleleaf.com/live-webcam-for-friday-the-13th130312/



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Moncton Motorcycle Show - The Perfect Valentine's Day Gift!

It's that time of year again when thoughts turn to.... the Moncton Motorcycle Show!

The event starts this Friday (Februrary 13th) and runs through the weekend until the 15th. Better start convincing that special someone a day at the Motorcycle show may lead to romance!

More details here: http://www.monctonmotorcycleshow.ca/

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Harley-Davidson Sturgis Plan 75-Year Agreement

Harley-Davidson Motor Company and the city of Sturgis, South Dakota, are setting their sights on the future – far into the future. In the spirit of this year’s 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the Company and city officials are finalizing an agreement covering the next 75 years, making Harley-Davidson the official motorcycle of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

“Harley-Davidson riders have attended the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally for decades. This new agreement will help fuel many more years of freedom, independence, and rebellion for this iconic gathering,” said Matt Levatich, President and Chief Operating Officer at Harley-Davidson. “Riding is a passion passed down through generations, so it’s important we celebrate the legacy and history of Harley-Davidson in Sturgis, while helping creating new memories.”

As part of the agreement, a permanent plaza will be built on Main Street in Sturgis that will include a stage for events, concerts, and even weddings. The year-round location, which will be completed in time for this year’s 75th Rally, will be the official Harley-Davidson® destination for riders and fans alike.

“For decades, Harley-Davidson has been the motorcycle of choice for Sturgis Motorcycle Rally fans and a great partner to the city of Sturgis,” said Sturgis Mayor Mark Carstensen. “Today it gives me great pleasure to solidify its importance by making it the official motorcycle of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.”

Sturgis: Baked into the bricks of Harley-Davidson

To ensure the new multi-purpose space builds on the legacy of the Brand and is pure Harley-Davidson, the plaza will integrate bricks from the company’s Milwaukee headquarters, a building that once housed the Company Factory dating back more than 100 years.

During a news conference at the Company headquarters, Harley-Davidson announced the planned agreement, which has an initial term and renewals running through 2090. To unveil the deal, Harley-Davidson removed a brick from the historic front entrance using a 2015 Harley-Davidson® Street™ 750 motorcycle. That brick, alongside one from the Harley-Davidson Museum™, and 73 bricks from the headquarters’ famous motorcycle-only parking area will be delivered to Sturgis on Harley-Davidson® motorcycles.

Whether riders are trapped inside for the winter or riding south toward warmer weather, now is the perfect time to plan a trip to the 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The party starts August 1, 2015, and for those who have had Sturgis on a bucket list, this might just be the year to attend. For inspiration and pictures from the 2014 Rally, visit www.h-d.com/sturgis.

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Ottawa Motorcycle Show February 13-15

The Ottawa Motorcycle Show is coming back this year and there's going to be even more to see!


 What's New this year?

- 3-Day Show once again!
- Sons of Anarchy RETURN - Tommy Flanagan (Chibs) and Mark Boone Jr. (Bobby)
- Increased Advertising Budget
- More Parts & Accessory Exhibitors
- More Custom Bikes
- Special Events for Friday the 13th & Valentine's Day!
- Show Program is a full gloss magazine this year!

We've already laid out the floor plan, and those who commit to the show first will be entitled to the best choice of space.

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Wiesner Insurance Ontario Enduro Championsh​ip - Round# 4

The final round of the Ontario Enduro Championship will be held October 19 near Erin Ontario. The competition is tight in all classes but at the end of the day Sunday, Champions will be declared and number one plates will be presented.
The course at this venue is breathtaking. Tremendous work has gone into preparing this event that will include excellent spectator access. This venue boasts a large building that will allow for lunch and the awards presentation in the event of inclement weather.
This is a must see event that features the best up and coming riders in the province. In the past, Enduro competition has been a sport that specifically excluded young riders. World Enduro Canada addressed this concern head on and now we see more and more new riders enter the sport and their ability improving at each event. With this series now well entrenched, the future of off-road motorcycling in Ontario is bright. Come out and see why this is the most talked about off-road race series around.
Check out www.worldendurocanada.com for directions and more event details.
 

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Young Racing Towards a Cure in Support of Laps 4 MD

As Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Month concludes Canadian resident Ben Young, who competes in the British Superbike Championship (BSB) with Team WD40, is proud to announce his participation in the Laps 4 MD fundraising initiative in support of Muscular Dystrophy Canada.

Celebrating 60 years of progress Muscular Dystrophy Canada supports people affected by muscular dystrophy and related muscle diseases. Together, these rare conditions are referred to as “neuromuscular disorders.” Neuromuscular disorders are a group of diseases that weaken the body’s muscles.



In support of the Laps 4 MD “Race for the Cure”, Collingwood-based custom home builder and longtime sponsor Scot-Build Developments Inc. will donate $2 per lap completed in the Top-15 by Young in the remaining two rounds of British Superbike Championship at the Silverstone GP, 03-05 October and Brands Hatch GP, 17-19 October.

Young earned his best finish of the season so far with 12thplace finish the last time he raced at Silverstone and followed up this result with a 14th place finish at Donington Park earlier in September.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Ben to the Laps 4 MD family of racers and greatly appreciate his and his sponsor Scot-Build Developments’ support! Ben will not only be our first international racer he’ll be the first motorcycle rider to race towards a cure on behalf of Laps 4 MD.” said Laps 4 MD founder Brad Miller

Young will join Laps 4 MD racers NASCAR Canadian Tires Series driver Joey McColm and Canadian Auto Dirt Track Race Shelby Mills who have supported this initiative this season.

“Its an honour to help support Laps 4 MD and their efforts to help make a difference in the lives of over 50,000 Canadians affected by neuromuscular disorders.” said Young

Young encourages Canadian fans to learn more about Laps 4 MD by following @LAPS4MD on Twitter and on Facebook at facebook.com/Laps4MD . Canadians can also learn more about Muscular Dystrophy Canada's mission is to enhance the lives of those affected with neuromuscular disorders at facebook.com/muscle.ca and on Twitter at @MD_Canada.

UK fans can learn more by liking: facebook.com/musculardystrophycampaign and following @TargetMD on Twitter.

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Countdown to Intermot

How I wish that I was in Germany! Intermot 2014 is coming up this week and we should see plenty of exciting announcements from the major manufacturers. What new models will be released?!

You'll have wait just a cuple of days!


Check out the Intermot website for more info.

Full details on the event:

The waiting is finally over: there's only a few days to go before INTERMOT Cologne opens its doors from 1-5 October. 900 providers from 35 countries are showcasing around 1,200 brands and the latest models and products to the international specialised trade and the biker scene. The providers include all the industry's top players. The INTERMOT offering ranges from motorcycles, scooters, e-bikes, internal combustion and electric propulsion, trailers and sidecars to parts and accessories for motorised two-wheelers, engines and engine parts, electrical equipment, tools, workshop and retail outlet equipment, lubricants and maintenance products as well as motorcycle-related tourism and leisure offerings.

The exhibitor list for INTERMOT Cologne read like a "who's who" of the motorcycle industry: all the providers relevant to the market have bagged their place at the world's leading trade fair for motorised two-wheelers. Visitors can look forward to presentations by BMW, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Piaggio-Gruppe and Triumph. KTM and Yamaha have increased their exhibition space for this year's event to show off their models to even greater effect. But Husqvarna and Polaris as well with their Victory and Indian brands will have one or the other new product up their sleeves for the media and fans. Daytona, Held, iXS, Nolan, Rukka, and Schuberth will be among those presenting their latest clothing products. In the parts/accessories segment, names like Alpha Technik, Matthies, Niemann + Frey, Parts Europe, Rizoma and Öhlins will be represented, among others. The list of big-name participants is complemented by prominent returnees as well as new exhibitors like Akrapovic (parts/accessories), Bridgestone (tyres), Kabuto (helmets), Locatelli/Airoh (helmets), Metzeler (tyres), Rev'lt (clothing) and Yuasa (batteries).

INTERMOT Cologne is and remains the place where the international industry meets. Of the registered providers, 30 per cent are from Germany and 70 per cent from abroad, an increase of 5 per cent. The strongest contingents are from China, Taiwan, Great Britain, the Netherlands, the USA and France.

As in previous years, INTERMOT Cologne occupies Halls 5-10 of the Cologne exhibition centre with a total gross floor area of 118,000 square metres. The market leaders are spread between all the halls. As usual, BMW and Yamaha will be exhibiting in Hall 6. Newly ensconced in the hall is Polaris with the Victory and Indian brands. The Piaggio Group, Suzuki and ZERO will be represented in Hall 7, a newcomer in Hall 8 is Kymco, alongside Ducati and Kawasaki. KTM together with Husqvarna, Honda, Harley-Davidson and Triumph will cause a stir in Hall 9. Hall 10 is earmarked for INTERMOT's spectacular themed areas. Additional indoor events for youngsters are to be found in Hall 5.1 while 5.2 is all about electromobility with INTERMOT e-motion.

INTERMOT e-motion

INTERMOT e-motion is the main focus of the electrically driven two-wheeler offering. Among those showcasing their alternative mobility models and propulsion motors are new exhibitors brose, GIANT, my Stromer and Polaris. Koelnmesse also managed to attract a partner, ZEG, to act as a strong draw for the fair. In order to reach the widest possible audience, the ZEG will be represented twice: With an eye-catching truck in the hall as well as with a trail connection. Moreover, the topic of electro-mobility will be encountered in all INTERMOT halls, including also at BMW, which is confidently exhibiting its E-model among the classic motorcycles in Hall 6. Also present will be the international LEV (light electric vehicle) association with a joint stand. An international conference programme specifically addressing the topic will be on offer to specialists and trade visitors, hazarding a glimpse into the future and providing information on forthcoming developments in the safety and electromobility arena. The LEV conference will be held on 3 October, the biggest international gathering of the light electric vehicle industry. This will be preceded on 2 October 2014 by the presentation of the 'E-Bike Award 2014' by initiators RWE Germany and the ExtraEnergy e.v association.

From 29-30 September, before the trade fair gets under way, there will be the specialist conference of the Institute für Zweiradsicherheit e.V. (Institute for Two Wheeler Safety - ifz). Cologne cabaret artist Jürgen Becker will deliver the opening address for this tenth anniversary event.

Business at its best!
After its successful debut in 2012, the Business District with its central Dealer's Lounge meeting point, will be continued in 2014. Between Hall 4 and 5, exhibitors such as NZI Technical Protection, SHARK Helmets Germany or WIERES motorcycle accessories will take the opportunity to target their presentations at the international retail trade and to focus on business. The Business District is supported as cooperation partners by European trade magazines Bike and Business, World of Bike (both D), British Dealer News and International Dealer News (GB), L'Officiel (F), Moto Dealer News (I) and Mototaller (ES).

The newly instituted trade visitor day on 1 October also serves to focus fully on business. For the first time this day is "reserved" for trade visitors and importers. On this day, private visitors only have access to the trade fair through a limited ticket allocation.

INTERMOT Cologne: the event fair
But private visitors as well will get their money's worth at INTERMOT Cologne 2014. As an event fair, INTERMOT Cologne will again be offering the full programme with freestyle MX and stunt shows, tests and special shows and test ride tracks for grownups and little ones, whether or not they have a motorcycle licence. There is a total of 70,000 square metres of outdoor space available as an activity area. With the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building in the indoor area and the team trial show in the outdoor area, there are some premiere highlights this year.

50 years of the Motorcycle Fair in Cologne
This year INTERMOT is also celebrating itself. With '50 Years of the Motorcycle Fair in Cologne' it can look to a golden anniversary honoured in a special exhibition spanning the history of the motorcycle. The organisers really crank up the action on 2 October at the official INTERMOT 6to9 party. From 06:00 p.m. onwards in this anniversary year all exhibitors and visitors are invited to join in the celebrations on the trade air boulevard accompanied by live music.

Outside the exhibition site, the 'Night of the Jumps' in the Lanxess Arena again promises a top event of the moto cross scene. The best riders of the International Freestyle Motocross Federation (IFMXF) will be battling for world cup points on 4 October. The admission ticket to the 'Night of the Jumps' is also valid for any day of your choice (except for 1 October) at INTERMOT Cologne, thereby promising even more FMX action.

INTERMOT Cologne is open to visitors daily from 1-5 October 2014 from 09:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m. and on 3 October until 08:00 p.m. 1 October is reserved for trade visitors and importers as a trade visitor day. Private visitors only have access to the trade fair through a limited ticket allocation. There is no supporting programme on the trade visitor day.

On TOP: INTERMOT Cologne invites all visitors from the region to the fair free of charge for two hours on Friday. On 3 October anyone who is interested can visit the attractive and action-packed event free of charge between 06:00 p.m. and 08:00 p.m., get an initial impression then buy a ticket for a full visit on Saturday at the same time.

Cut-price advance sale tickets are still available online up until 30 September from the Ticket Shop at - saving waiting time and money. The admission tickets are valid for travel on Cologne's Verkehrsbetriebe (KVB), Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Sieg (VRS) and the entire Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr (VRR) public transport network. Take advantage of Park & Ride and enjoy a cheap and relaxed journey to INTERMOT Cologne 2014.

INTERMOT Cologne - October 1 to 5, 2014

For 90 years, Koelnmesse has been bringing people and markets together. The success story of Cologne trade fairs began in 1924 with the opening of the first event on the exhibition grounds in Cologne-Deutz. During the "economic miracle" of the post-World War II era, the "Rheinische Messe" became a global trading center. Today Koelnmesse has the world's fifth-largest exhibition complex and organizes approximately 75 trade fairs in Cologne and all over the world. During its anniversary year of 2014, Koelnmesse is bringing its history to the public's attention through numerous activities, publications, and exhibitions.

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"Motorcycle Experience" Celebrates 25 Years On The Air!

WhistleStop Productions is throwing a party at the end of the month and motorcycle fans are invited to come out and join in the celebration. The Prince Edward County based television production company has been producing TSN’s Motorcycle Experience for 25 years and will mark this incredible milestone on Saturday, September 27 at the Hillier Creek Estates winery. “Twenty-five years is a long time to be on the air. There aren’t a lot of Canadian TV shows that can say they’ve been around since 1989”, says show host Dave Hatch.

The long running TV show, which is shot primarily in Prince Edward County, plans to play host at the Hillier Creek Estates winery from 9am to 4pm and Honda Canada will be on hand providing the party favors. A TSN camera crew will also be on site throughout the day providing coverage to be broadcast early next spring on Motorcycle Experience.

While the winery won’t be offering wine tastings during the celebration to keep riders safe, there will still be plenty of events going on throughout the day. The winery will be holding vineyard tours and serving their famous wood fired pizzas while Motorcycle Experience and Honda Canada will be hosting motorcycle demo rides while a meet and greet seminar, exclusive motorcycle displays, hourly door prize giveaways including a special edition 40th escorted County Back Roads Ride will round out the day.

“Honda Canada has really stepped up to make it a real Wing Ding”, said Hatch. “This fall also marks the 40th thought, why not combine the 2 special occasions?” The event, Wings Over The County is a tip of the hat to both the Honda Goldwing and our neighbors over at the 8 Wing Air Base in Trenton. Honda Canada will bring out their full up demo ride program to the winery so fans of the company’s new motorcycle line up can sample the very latest products Honda has on offer. “I’m not quite sure where we’ll park all the motorcycles” said winery owner Kemp Stewart, “but we’re thrilled that they’ve chosen our winery as a site for this special celebration.” Stewart, a retired military officer, is an avid motorcycle fan and currently rides a Triumph Bonneville, but says several years ago he also owned a Goldwing. “I still love the Goldwing,” said Stewart “because they set the standard for touring machines and they’ve always been a great way to travel and see the country.”

According to Hatch, “If you had told me back in 1989 when we first went on the air on TSN that we’d be doing this for 25 years, I’m not sure I would have believed it! It’s been an incredible ride and I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone out at our event and supporting our TV show for all of these years.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From KYMCO here's all the details:

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

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

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

KYMCO Canada Hosts the 2015 MBSR

KYMCO Canada is thrilled to be taking over the reigns from CMG to exclusively organize the 2015 Mad Bastard Scooter Rally. As a long-time title sponsor, we have participated as rally organizers, co-rally masters, and of course, rally participants. With nearly a decade of exposure to the insanity of this event, we promise to stay true to MBSR’s core elements, but equally look forward to taking it up a notch!

Editor ‘Arris will stay on as the asylum’s resident consultant, and may have the opportunity to finally get a taste of his own medicine if he dares to ride with the pack this time. Ah, revenge is sweet isn’t it? Dust off those scoots, and fire up those engines. You will not want to miss this one!



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Round #2 Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship

The Canadian Cross Country Championship travels to an all new location this Sunday June 22 for Round#2 of the Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship – Gully Mor MX Park

The Staff at Gully Mor have been busy prepping the track and the surrounding trails to create a fantastic cross country course.  The course will use the entire MX track and few kilometers of surrounding trails that will provide a challenge to all classes from Pee Wee to Pro.

This event will use the classic Cross Country format – 2 hours for all adult classes and 2.5 for Pro’s – with a live engine MX gate start to add to the excitement.

There is basic overnight camping available for $15 – for directions and event details click here

This event will have some extra giveaways – World Enduro Canada is proud to announce that Pirelli has joined our team and will be providing tires for the “Pirelli Fastest Lap Award”.   At each of the remaining CXCC rounds there will be a 3 sets of tires given away – Mini, Adult amateur, and Pro.  The classes for Mini and amateur will be announced before the start of the event and the rider from that class with the fastest lap of the day will go home with a set of Pirelli tires!  So you may not win, or get on the podium but if you can manage to put in one blistering fast lap you can get some incredible new rubber on your motorcycle!


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8th Annual - BMW Motorrad Days: August 15-17, 2014

8th ANNUAL - BMW MOTORRAD DAYS

August 15-17, Canadian Tire Motorsport Par



Here we go again! Join motorcycling enthusiasts from all over as they gather at the eighth annual BMW Motorrad Days, August 15-17, 2014 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

There’s a fantastic atmosphere at BMW Motorrad Days – with many new things to see plus getting together with old friends – there’s always lots to talk about.

The online ticket purchase site is now open!

Visit www.bmw-motorrad.ca to buy your BMW Motorrad Days 2014 tickets before July 31, 2014 and you will be automatically entered in the “WIN 90 DAYS ON THE R nineT” early bird contest for your chance to win a 90-day (3 month/7,500 km) loan of a 2015 BMW R nineT! Complete contest details at bmw-motorrad.ca or your local Retailer. You must be 19 years of age and possess a valid motorcycle license to be eligible to enter this contest.

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Ride To work Day

Today is Ride To Work Day! 

Just in case you needed an excuse to ride to work!



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14th BMW Motorrad Days is set to be a huge celebration of motorcycling

Family celebration time again. The 14th BMW Motorrad Days is set to be a huge celebration of motorcycling – including BMW's racing history, spectacular displays and plenty of live music.




The first weekend in July (4-6 July 2014) is the time when the BMW Motorrad family comes together again, the extended family of all those who are related not by blood but by engine fuel. The BMW Motorrad Days is the biggest BMW Motorrad meeting in the world, and it is quite astounding when you realise just how warm and cordial the whole event has remained throughout its fourteen-year existence. Everyone is welcome in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and any type of vehicle too, from pushchair to two-wheelers of all types, including some who will be making their way on one of the beloved original BMW R 50 motorcycles.

This year BMW Motorrad will be celebrating 90 Years of Championships and Titles in the Classic tent. Jewels from the BMW archives document the successful beginnings, starting with the BMW R37 at the first German Championship in 1924 in the Eifel and Solitude races, the victories of the 'cast-iron' Schorsch Meier at the European Championships in 1938 and the victory on the Isle of Man in 1939, the first Senior TT event won by a non-British entrant. The sidecar successes of the flat-twin boxer engine between 1954 and 1974 are also shown, as is the first AMA Superbike race in 1976, won by Reg Pridmore riding a BMW R 90, a bike that still commands much respect today. Rally images from the 1980s illustrate the rebirth of BMW Motorrad as a sporting force. The journey through time comes to an end with the recent successes in the SBK and Superstock events achieved by the BMW S 1000 RR. There will also be sales of historic parts in the tent, along with the stands of BMW Motorrad clubs from all over the world and experts from the BMW Group archive to have expert talks.

Displays: Reduced gravity – plenty of burning rubber
  • Our multiple stunt world champion Chris Pfeiffer will again be presenting a whole battery of his latest tricks on his BMW F 800 R. Chris got a grade A in sports but only a D in physics. He still hasn't realised that what he does is not actually possible.
  • World-record precision rider Russ Swift demonstrates how to make a Mini drift into a parking space or how to drive it on two wheels just like a motorcycle.
  • By popular request from last year's event, the oldest travelling motorcycle wall of death showin the wooden Motodrom will commence every half an hour this year. Yes, we do listen to suggestions from visitors.
  • The fashion show of BMW rider equipment demonstrates just how good functional safety clothing looks these days. Never before was it possible to get rider clothes like these.
  • The Classic Boxer Sprint will once again be taking place in 2014. Details of the event will be published shortly.
Party: camp fire, white beer, and rock 'n' roll
  • This is how we party in Bavaria: a huge tent with big beer glasses and great live music. The Octoberfest-tested 'Gerry & Gary' will be supplying party spirits in the beer tent on Friday evening along with the 'Blechblos‘n', while on Saturday evening it will be time to get up on the benches.
  • American alternative: 'Dreirad' will be rocking all over the US Lodge on Friday and Saturday, with able support from 'Los Gringos on the Saturday.
  • Alternative for all age groups: camp fire music with Byron. Every regular visitor to the BMW Motorrad Days has to sing the Pippi Longstocking song with Byron at least once in his lifetime.
  • Protected from the weather beneath the 'Magic Sky', 'Carlos and the Bandidos' are being flown in from England especially for this event, to be our guests on Friday evening in the Motodrom. On Saturday evening it will be the turn of 'Velvetone“, named Germany's best roots rock band by the German Rolling Stone magazine.
  • Music when you sleep and music when you wake: on Sunday morning it is time for the 'Metropolitan Jazz Band' from Prague, who will be providing the accompaniment for the jazz breakfast.
  • And don't forget: this year there will again be a free warm up party on Thursday, 3 July at theBMW Museum in Munich: DJs and live music against the backdrop of all the great bikes at BMW Welt.
Motorcycling with and without tarmac and with or without a licence
  • Test ride all the models in the BMW Motorrad 2014 range. Ride the current R 1200 GS or the new R 1200 RT! Experience the
    BMW R nineT live! You can book your place in advance from June by going to: www.bmw-motorrad.com/probefahrt
  • Guided panoramic enduro tours through the forests around the Hausberg near Garmisch, riding your own bike. To reserve a place, just go to the tour tent at the event.
  • Enduro Park with loan bikes from the GS model series. BMW knows what these bikes are capable of. Doubters can find out for themselves.
  • Ride without a licence in an enclosed area under the supervision of a motorcycling instructor. Many have undergone the transition from passenger to rider here at past events.
  • Big parades: On the Sunday, the convoy of classic BMW motorcycles displays living history; as always, on the Saturday, it is time for the great parade for all guests, whatever motorcycle they have.
Infrastructure: essential information about the BMW Motorrad Days site
  • More than 80 exhibitors will be presenting their products, services, activities and skills. Anyone who has anything to do with BMW Motorrad will be available here in Garmisch. A complete list of exhibitors will follow shortly.
  • We will be showing presentations by Michael Martin and other GS world travellers in the BMW Motorrad Cinema.
  • There will be a 15,000 square metre campsite alongside the festival site, which we have provided for our guests, including shower and toilet facilities (the charge is 7.50 Euros per tent for the duration of the event). If you prefer a more permanent roof over your head, then book in good time, for instance at:

    bmw-motorrad@gapa.de
    Telephone
    .: +49 88 21 180 77 26
    Fax.: +49 88 21 180 77 59

So see you soon in Garmisch. Because 10W40 is thicker than blood and water.

Further information, followed shortly by the full events programme, will be available in the Internet from:

www.bmw-motorrad.com/motorraddays and www.facebook.com/bmw.motorrad.

Press materials from previous years of the BMW Motorrad Days as well as information on BMW Motorrad products are available from the BMW Group PressClub at www.press.bmwgroup.com.

If you have any queries, please contact:

Benjamin Voß, BMW Motorrad Communications
Tel: +49 89 382-28719, Fax: +49 89 382-23927

Internet: www.press.bmw.de
E-mail: presse@bmw.de

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Harley Davidson World Ride - June 22-23

Join H.O.G. and Riders Around the World on the Open Road June 22-23


Take a break from the rat race on June 22-23 to join the thousands of Harley-Davidson motorcycle riders around the world who are shedding the shackles of responsibility and hitting the open road during the Harley-Davidson World Ride.

“For these two days, riders will unite to blow off the daily grind and celebrate that being free is a lot more fun,” said Nigel Villiers, Harley-Davidson Director of Integrated Consumer Experience. “Riding is more appreciated when you can steal the time from something you’d rather not be doing, so let the meetings and honey-dos wait until Tuesday and just ride.”

One World, Two Days, Millions of Miles

Launched in 2008 by the Harley Owners Group as Million Mile Monday, the annual riding event was expanded into the two-day Harley-Davidson World Ride in 2012 to give more riders worldwide an opportunity to participate. In 2012, participants logged 7.7 million miles, but last year as riders celebrated the 110th Anniversary of the Harley-Davidson Motor Company and the 30th Anniversary of H.O.G., riders from 66 countries blitzed that record by more than 25 per cent, tallying an official total of more than 10 million miles. Riders logged their miles solo, in groups large and small, and through a variety of dealer-lead events around the world, united by their shared passion for motorcycling.

Whether it’s across town, cross-country, or anything in between, every mile counts and can be recorded by logging into the Harley-Davidson online mileage accumulator at h-d.com/worldride, where a rolling odometer will record the collective distance travelled by all participants in the World Ride.

“Every mile we ride together strengthens the bonds between riders and showcases to the world the powerful expression of freedom the World Ride represents,” Villiers said.

New for 2014, ride participants can also log their post-ride mileage directly onto the World Ride website from mobile devices and share their riding stories and photographs on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #HDworldride. Participants can also download a certificate of participation after logging their mileage on the World Ride website.

To learn more about the Harley-Davidson World Ride, visit h-d.com/worldride.


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Eight Reasons Women Motorcycle Riders Dominate Global Roads

Expected Force of Women for 3 May, International Female Ride Day
 
Toronto, Canada, 16 April, 2014 – Mark your calendars for the eighth edition of International Female Ride Day on Saturday 3 May - the eighth reason women motorcycle, scooter and trike enthusiasts will take charge of the planet’s roads to “JUST RIDE”.  International Female Ride Day has established a dedicated and growing force of female motorbike enthusiast’s through its one-of-a-kind globally synchronized motorcycle ride action. It has brought women together through motorcycling across all cultures and borders echoing women’s passion for the activity –all ages, all languages and all forms.

“BMW Motorrad Canada has been part of this initiative Vicki started it in 2007- which has proven to be one of the most internationally recognized riding events for women. The number of women riders has grown substantially over the past decade and we’re proud that we have been a big part of that growth. We’ve held women only test rides in three locations across Canada for the past 15 years, and look forward to continue supporting the women’s riding market. We wish everyone around the world a great ride day on 3 May”, states BMW Motorrad Director, Norm Wells.



Since its introduction in 2007, International Female Ride Day has received the endorsement and support not only from individual female riders and clubs but from the motorcycle industry and its esteemed motorsport international governing bodies. Throughout Canada, United States, Australia, England, The Netherlands, Greece, Italy, Poland, Israel, Spain, Brazil, Caribbean, Hungary, Slovakia, India, Russia, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Africa, Japan, and more – female riders will contribute to the campaign in compelling numbers as they “JUST RIDE” in unison on the first Saturday of May.


ABOUT INTERNATIONAL FEMALE RIDE DAY 

International Female Ride Day and its “JUST RIDE” theme was created and introduced in 2007 by Vicki Gray - passionate lifelong motorcyclist, motorsport advocate, instructor, racer, journalist and founder MOTORESS -the only global online magazine for women motorcycle enthusiasts. International Female Ride Day’s mission is to promote women riders and encourage other women to take up the activity. The event is managed under the MOTORESS canopy; international headquarters, Toronto, Canada.

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KYMCO Canada - exclusive organizer of the 2015 Mad Bastard Scooter Rally!

KYMCO Canada is thrilled to be taking over the reigns from CMG to exclusively organize the 2015 Mad Bastard Scooter Rally.  As a long-time title sponsor, we have participated as rally organizers, co-rally masters, and of course, rally participants.  With nearly a decade of exposure to the insanity of this event, we promise to stay true to MBSR's core elements, but equally look forward to taking it up a notch! 
Editor 'Arris will stay on as the asylum's resident consultant, and may have the opportunity to finally get a taste of his own medicine if he dares to ride with the pack this time. Ah, revenge is sweet isn't it?  Dust off those scoots, and fire up those engines.  You will not want to miss this one!
 
 

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BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy 2014

The BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy 2014. Sport and adventure on the BMW R 1200 GS in the Canadian wilderness.


Munich. BMW Motorrad has held the International GS Trophy every two years since 2008, allowing BMW GS riders from numerous nations to engage in sporting competition both on motorcycles and in other disciplines. After Africa and South America, the BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy 2014 will now be held in the northern hemisphere for the first time. At the beginning of September 2014, 16 teams with riders from at least 18 nations will spend nine days battling it out at the "GS riders' Olympics" in western Canada, enjoying the beauty of the landscape, facing up to the challenges of the tough outdoors and sharing the legendary GS spirit with new-found friends and like-minded individuals.

Starting out with five teams in Tunisia in 2008, the competition has quickly grown in popularity. More than twice as many teams lined up at the start to represent their countries in southern Africa in 2010. In the third contest in Chile and Argentina in 2012, 15 teams set off on a track of some 2,000 kilometres on GS bikes.

While memories of the event in South America are still fresh among those who took part and fans who followed it online, preparations for the fourth international GS Trophy are already fully underway.

As a result of detailed enquiries in searching for the most beautiful route, impressive locations and appropriate sporting challenges, the final choice fell on the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta in western Canada.  So those participating in the next BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy will be demonstrating their skills between Vancouver and Calgary - and that will include crossing the Rocky Mountains.

Teams from the following countries have given final confirmation that they will take part, some having already qualified in national knock-out competitions: Germany, France, Italy, the UK, Russia, Austria/Switzerland, Central Eastern Europe, the USA, Mexico, Latin America, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, Japan and of course Canada.

While the BMW Motorrad GS Trophy was previously always held using the BMW F 800 GS, participants in Canada will ride the new R 1200 GS - the first time for a boxer GS. GS Trophy organiser Michael Trammer is particularly pleased about this: "Participants have asked me again and again about the big GS so I'm really happy the time has finally come at this fourth international event in Canada. In collaboration with our Canadian friends and partners as well as our colleagues at BMW Motorrad Canada, we will do everything we can to ensure participants are able to savour the R 1200 GS to the full."

It is likewise a particular pleasure for Head of BMW Motorrad Canada Norm Wells to be able to welcome BMW GS enthusiasts in 2014 to his home country - which stretches over six time zones. "It's fantastic that the GS Trophy is coming to Canada in 2014. We already entered a team back in 2010 and 2012. And after South Africa, Canada is the second country to run GS Challenges on the east and west coast at national level since as long ago as 2007. Now we're really looking forward to September 2014 when we'll be able to introduce participants to a small part of our country and give them the best possible impression of Canada with carefully selected routes and challenges."

 

Further information on the GS Trophy 2014 will be available shortly at www.gstrophy.com. For highlights of the GS Trophy 2012, seehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7yu7icEfuY



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GS Trophy 2014: Competition to be Held in North America!

For the first time in its history, the 2014 BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy will take place in the northern hemisphere, with 16 teams composed of participants from at least 18 nations set to rendezvous in Canada to compete in this friendly competition dedicated to the famous GS spirit.

Having first begun in Tunisia in 2008 with just five countries involved, the biennial GS Trophy gathered momentum in 2010, where twice as many teams lined up to represent their nations and do battle in the heat and dust of southern Africa. For 2012, the third – and biggest edition of the GS Trophy to date – brought 15 teams together for a seven-day, 1,200-mile (2,000-km) adventure in Chile and Argentina.

With the South American event fresh in the memory of all those who participated and the hundreds of thousands who followed each day of the Trophy online, the organizers’ thoughts soon turned to 2014 and finding a location that had the potential to reach new heights in the Trophy success story.

Following a period of sustained and detailed research, the destination of western Canada was decided on, with the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta chosen to host the fourth BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy. While details are still being finalized, expect the Trophy to travel between Vancouver and Calgary, and to cross the Rocky Mountains.

So far, teams from Germany, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Russia, Austria/Switzerland, CEEU (Central Eastern Europe), USA, Mexico, Latin America, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, Japan and Korea will join host nation Canada early in September 2014 for this nine-day ‘Olympic Games’ for GS riders from all around the world.

Finally being able to make the announcement about the 2014 event is a huge relief for GS Trophy organizer Michael Trammer, who comments, “People have been asking me about this for a long time so I’m delighted to now be able to say that we’re going to Canada for our fourth international event. It’s an amazing country – the second biggest in the world – and we’ve worked closely with our Canadian BMW Motorrad colleagues to plan locations and itineraries so that riders from many different cultures and backgrounds, but all sharing the same love for GS bikes, will be able to ride these wonderful bikes in such incredible landscapes.

“Furthermore, I’m delighted to say that next year, all participants will be using the liquid-cooled R1200GS to contest the Trophy, which will be the first time that the competition is featuring the large-capacity travel enduro. For the three previous events, we’ve used the outstanding F800GS which has served us extremely well, but we feel it’s now time to demonstrate the ability and agility of our big sports boxer as the ultimate ‘go anywhere’ motorcycle.”

For BMW Motorrad Canada’s Motorcycle Manager Norm Wells, hosting the 2014 event is a great opportunity to show GS enthusiasts from around the world the rugged beauty of this huge, densely forested but sparsely populated nation that spans six time zones, contains 20 percent of the world’s fresh water and the majority of the world’s polar bears!

“It’s great for our GS community that the GS Trophy is coming to Canada next year,” he said. “We’ve supported this big international event with teams in 2010 and 2012, but we’ve also had our own ‘GS Challenges’ on the east and west side of the country for several years prior to this. A BMW GS bike is the perfect machine on which to explore Canada, and although we’ll only be showing our international visitors a tiny part of what our nation has to offer, you can be sure that routes and challenges will be chosen so that all participants get the best possible experience of the ‘big country’ next September.”



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Attendance record at the 13th BMW Motorrad Days

Munich/Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The 13th BMW Motorrad Days from July 5th to 7th 2013 was a success across the board. Last year's record attendance was outdone once again with a total of over 40,000 visitors from all over the world. Perfect biker weather, a record crowd, the 90th anniversary of  BMW Motorrad and the richly diverse program of events and activities provided the perfect setting for the world's biggest BMW motorcycle get-together.

 

A promising start 
On Thursday evening more than 700 bikers came to the Warm-Up Party at the BMW Museum in Munich to get into the mood for a superb weekend at the foot of the Zugspitz massif. Already on Friday there was a huge turn-out with attendance figures eventually exceeding all expectations. This was hardly surprising: in addition to all the attractions, new products, breathtaking stunts, motor racing stars and test rides, guests were also attracted by the event's now legendary party atmosphere.

 

Visitors from 40 nations. 
Three days were spent at the Hausberg in Garmisch with everything focused on two-wheel riding pleasure. Whether in the party tent, round the camp fire, on test rides or in the exhibition area - the spirit that bonds the friends of BMW Motorrad into one big community could be felt everywhere, regardless of age, origins or gender. Fans both with and without a motorcycle came not just from Germany and neighbouring countries but from 40 countries around the world. The longest journey was probably undertaken by a visitor who took the land route from China on this BMW. 

Word has clearly got around that boredom is simply not an option at this event - and the program certainly offered lots of new, interesting and breathtaking activities. As a result, the 1.5-hectare camping area was full up throughout the entire weekend, and even though all beds in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the surrounding district were booked up, all guests still managed to find suitable accommodation in the area.

 

A journey through time: nine decades of BMW Motorrad.
At the BMW Classic tent there was a special exhibition entitled 
"90 Years of BMW Motorrad" which took visitors off on a journey through time: milestones of the brand's history were displayed over an area of 500 square metres. These included the R32 dating back to 1923 and the K1, not to mention motor racing legends such as Gaston Rahier's winning bike at the Dakar Rally and various prototypes. And the new book "90 Years of BMW Motorrad" was presented in public for the first time.

On Friday evening, guests joined up for the Classic Convoy with their vintage BMW motorcycles - including some genuine rarities.

 

New models and exciting studies. 
BMW Motorrad presented the current model range such as the new 
F 800 GS Adventure at the big exhibition tent, not to mention an extensive range of rider equipment. 

Visitors were especially keen to see the BMW Concept Ninety, a concept study based closely on the BMW Motorrad design icon BMW R 90 S that celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Roland Sands had been closely involved in creating the study with his customer bike design team and was in Garmisch in person to present this modern interpretation of a sporty boxer motorcycle.


The fact that this machine not only looks good but also moves fast was demonstrated by BMW Motorrad head designer Edgar Heinrich and American racing biker Valerie Thompson, who rode it for the first ever BMD Classic Boxer Sprint. Valerie Thompson is the fastest woman in the world on a BMW S 1000 RR and holds five speed records.


Top German model, TV host and actress Alena Gerber presented the electrically-powered pre-series scooter prototype C evolution in the event area.

 

Successful premiere for the BMD Classic Boxer Sprint. 
The 1st BMD Classic Boxer Sprint was, organised by BMW Motorrad in collaboration with Team Glemseck 101. Enthusiastic fans lined Sankt-Martin-Strasse on Saturday afternoon to see a total of 32 entrants compete with each other in pair-based knock-out contest over a distance of one furlong. The event was only open to BMW motorcycles with a boxer engine. Winner Fabio Macaccini from Rimini/Italy rode to victory on his converted R 1200 R against a magnificent scenic backdrop, thereby qualifying for one of Glemseck 
101 sprints.

 

Stunt shows - a real crowd-puller. 
The Original Motodrom put in its first appearance in Garmisch and proved to be a real crowd-puller. The oldest travelling wall-of-death in the world, it features professional riders - including one from Malaysia - performing the most amazing motorcycle acrobatics. They rattled over the wooden planks on their BMWs and Indians, apparently defying the laws of gravity. The show was so popular that twice as many sessions were run than originally planned to cope with demand, especially on the Saturday.

And there was another premiere in Garmisch, too: British stuntman Russ Swift displayed breathtaking tricks in his MINI, demonstrating that two-wheel travel is also possible in a car.

One of the world's leading streetbike freestyle riders and four-times world stunt champion, Chris Pfeiffer is a long-established highlight at the BMW Motorrad Days. On his BMW F 800 R he once again performed a breathtaking show on the asphalt of the event arena, as well as giving an impressive display of what is possible on a new R 1200 GS.

The event arena was also the stage for the "One World Tour" film: five enduro adventurers set off on five unique tours all over the world on their R 1200 GS and report on what they experienced. Meanwhile, speakers such as Michael Martin were at the US Lodge to talk about their motorcycle adventures around the globe.

 

Trade fair atmosphere at the foot of the Hausberg. 
Over 80 exhibitors from Germany and abroad came to Garmisch-Partenkirchen to present products and services relating to all aspects of motorcycling (including tuning, parts, tyres, accessories, publications, travel and training). There was also a Custom Bike Area for customer-specific conversions which even included a stand representing the legendary Ace Cafe London. 

There was a lot for motor racing fans to enjoy, too: rather than being parked in the paddock of the World Superbike Championship, the truck of the BMW Motorrad racing team was to be seen at the BMW Motorrad Days for the entire weekend. World class riders Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies as well as superbike legend Troy Corser were happy to sign autographs and answer fans' questions.

Celebrity motorcycling enthusiasts were not in short supply in Garmisch either: actor and motorcyclist Hannes Jaenicke has long been a regular, for example.

BMW Motorrad at first hand - on or off the road.

Test ride activities featuring the BMW Motorrad model range were once again highly popular, and try-outs on the BMW C evolution prototypes featuring the innovative electric drive were a special attraction. 

There were a total of more than 2,400 visitor test rides on new products in the course of the weekend including try-outs, on-road test rides and trials in the Hausberg enduro area measuring over 10,000 square metres. Over 800 off-road fans also took training courses at the BMW Enduro Park, where the entire GS model range was available.

 

Party mood at the Hausberg. 
The BMW Motorrad Days without those legendary parties? Unthinkable! While Gerry & Gary rocked the big Party Tent and its 3,500 guests on Friday night, the Root Bootleg Band provided top-class rock 'n roll at the Original Motodrom. Meanwhile, Juicy and DJ Robert got things started at the US Lodge. The 
"One World Tour" was shown here at midnight on Friday and Saturday.

The Booze Boms took care of the rock 'n roll in the Motodrom on Saturday evening while Blechblosn and the Radio Gong DJ team got guests into the groove at the Party Tent. Los Gringos and Dreirad played until 3 in the morning on Saturday, with DJ Robert at the turntable.

For those who preferred a romantic camp fire under a starlit sky, Byron offered excellent entertainment on his guitar, while the Metropolitan Jazz Band from Prague played for the Days' first ever jazz breakfast held at the beer garden on Sunday.

 

Positive final assessment after an exceptional weekend. 
Thanks to perfect organisation, the entire event went off without a hitch once again. The catering was excellent. This year total consumption included 
25,000 litres of beer, 10,000 pretzels, 1,500 burgers and 4,800 grilled chicken halves.

In spite of the record attendance, the 13th edition of the world's biggest 
BMW Motorrad party once again went off peacefully and without any significant incidents. Visitors, exhibitors and the police were more than satisfied.

The assessment of Alexander Baraka, Head of Events, Trade Fairs and Motorsport Marketing: "Attendance figures exceeded all expectations. The 

BMW Motorrad Days are a great opportunity for the BMW Motorrad Community to get together every year to ride their bikes, party, talk shop and keep up with the latest products. As the organisers we are of course especially pleased to see how well guests responded to attractions such as the Sprint and the Motodrom wall-of-death riders. And I can promise all fans and guests that we will come up with a very special program once again for the 14th Motorrad Days next year (July 4th - 6th 2014)."



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BMW Motorrad Days

BMW Motorrad Days are coming to Canada this August 9-11 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Once again motorcycling enthusiasts from all over will gather at BMW Motorrad Days, from August 9-11, 2013 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. There’s a fantastic atmosphere – with many new things to see plus getting together with old friends – there’s always lots to talk about.

So mark your calendars and don’t miss the BMW event of the summer! Visit www.bmw-motorrad.ca for tickets and more information.

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Harley-Davidson World Ride Ready to Rumble June 23-24, 2013


The Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) invites Harley-Davidson motorcycle riders from around the world to join its members in celebrating the 110th Anniversary of Harley‑Davidson Motor Company and the 30th Anniversary of H.O.G., as they enjoy the freedom of the open road during the 2013 Harley-Davidson® World Ride, June 23-24, 2013.

“Harley-Davidson is celebrating two big anniversaries this year, and the World Ride is a great way for riders around the world to celebrate them with us,” said Harley Owners Group Director Ken Knuteson. “For these two days in June, we will join together to celebrate 110 years of great riding, and share the special bond that unites all Harley riders.”

In 2012, riders from 66 countries participated in the World Ride and collectively logged more than 12,552,883 kilometres. For 2013, the goal is for H.O.G. to raise the total distance to more than 16,000,000 kilometres. Whether it is a ride across town, across the country, or simply around the block to work, every kilometre counts and can be recorded by logging into the Harley-Davidson online mileage accumulator at h-d.com/worldride, where a rolling odometer will be recording the collective distance travelled by all participants in the World Ride.

At the completion of the ride, a commemorative certificate of participation can be printed to display each rider’s total kilometres for the day. Riders are invited to share their riding stories online through the Harley-Davidson My Epic Ride experience at h-d.com/110epicride.

For more information about the Harley Owners Group, visit the HOG website




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The BMW Motorrad Days 2013 celebrates 90 years of BMW Motorrad.

Munich/Garmisch-Partenkirchen.90 years of BMW Motorrad: this is the motto of the 13th BMW Motorrad Days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. This year the world's biggest BMW Motorrad meeting will take place from July 5th - 7th.


Once again, the organisers are expecting more than 30,000 motorcyclists from all over the world to meet at the Hausberg. As before, three days will be spent at the foot of the Zugspitz massif with everything focused on two-wheel riding pleasure. In addition to lots of new products, breathtaking stunts, motor racing stars, test rides and curiosities, guests can also look forward to the event's now legendary party atmosphere. The program of activities covers such a broad range that everyone is guaranteed to have a great time, young and old alike -  leaving no room for boredom.

A journey through time: nine decades of BMW Motorrad.
A journey through time awaits visitors in the BMW Classic tent - the special exhibition "90 years of BMW Motorrad". Milestones of brand history, fascinating exhibits and two-wheel rarities will be on show over a surface area of 500 m².
In keeping with the event motto there will also be a draw for two special "90 Years of BMW Motorrad" models - a BMW R 1200 R on Friday and a BMW R 1200 RT on Saturday.

Historic BMW motorcycles will be joining forces on the Friday for the classic convoy, while the big BMW Motorrad convoy once again takes place on the Saturday for all BMW motorcycles. Riders of other brands are more than welcome to join in too, of course. 
Another program item this year is the GS Trophy Special.

All new models and the entire product range at a glance .
All the exhibits in the main exhibition tent are guaranteed brand new: here BMW Motorrad presents new products such as the new R 1200 GS and the new BMW F 800 GS Adventure. The display is rounded off with the extensive range of BMW Motorrad rider equipment. There will also be a dedicated fan shop exclusively offering the much-coveted BMW Motorrad Days anniversary T‑shirts and caps.

Feel like a test ride? 
Test rides on the entire current BMW Motorrad model range are always highly popular. A particular attraction this year are the new BMW e-scooter prototypes with it innovative electric motor. Guests can sign up for test rides online from June atwww.bmw-motorrad.com/probefahrt
Training sessions will once again be on offer at the BMW Enduro Park for off-road fans. Here the entire GS model range will be available.


Once again, guided panorama tours on visitors' own bikes will explore forest tracks and paths up and around the Hausberg. Those interested can sign up on site at the Tour Tent.

Anyone who does not yet hold a motorcycle licence but is keen to test ride a BMW can take a try-out under the guidance of instructors in a specially cordoned-off area.

Not for the faint-hearted: top-class stunt shows.
A special premiere at this year's BMW Motorrad Days will be the Original Motodrom: true professionals put on a display of outstanding motorcycle acrobatics on the world's oldest travelling wall. They appear to defy the laws of gravity as they clatter over wooden planks on their BMWs and Indians.
Stunt legend Chris Pfeiffer has been a regular at the BMW Motorrad Days for years. Guests will be fascinated to see what tricks the four-times world stunt championship winner has up his sleeve this year to thrill his fans on the asphalt of the event arena yet again.

And motor racing fans will be in their element, too: instead of being parked in the paddock at a racing event, the BMW Motorrad Motorsport Truck will be spending the weekend at the BMW Motorrad Days. Here BMW Motorrad World Superbike Championship riders will sign autographs and answer the numerous questions fans are sure to ask.

Motorcycle trade show at the foot of the Hausberg.
Over 80 exhibitors from Germany and abroad present products and services relating to all aspects of motorcycling (including tuning, parts, tyres, accessories, publications, travel and training programs). And there is also a Custom Bike Area for special conversions. This year even the legendary Ace Cafe London will be involved.
BMW Motorrad provides an on-site tyre service in collaboration with Metzeler.

Great entertainment! 
What would the BMW Motorrad Days be without those legendary parties? Unthinkable! On the Friday evening, "Gerry & Gary" set the mood in the party tent, while on the Saturday it is the turn of the "Blechblos'n". Both bands have established their reputation at the Munich Oktoberfest and can guarantee a great party evening.

At the US Lodge, "Juicy" perform on Friday followed by "Los Gringos" and "Dreirad" on Saturday. Meanwhile, Byron will be entertaining guests around the camp fire on his guitar on both evenings for those who prefer something quieter. A new program feature this year is the Jazz Breakfast on Sunday, featuring the Metropolitan Jazz Band from Prague.

At the BMW Motorrad Cinema guests can indulge their travel yearnings and draw inspiration for their next major tour by listening to excellent talks by Michael Martin, Herbert Schwarz and others.

Room or tent?
Just next to the event grounds there will once again be a camping area covering a surface of 15,000 m² including bathroom facilities. For overnight guests looking for hotel accommodation in various categories, we urgently recommend making a reservation at:gapa.de/Garmisch_Partenkirchen_Home.

Further information and soon the entire event program are to be found on the internet at: bmw-motorrad.com/motorraddays andbmw.motorrad">www.facebook.com/bmw.motorrad.



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International Female Ride Day- Friday 3 May 2013

Since its introduction in 2007, International Female Ride Day© continues to gain worldwide momentum and recognition with women motorcyclists and the motorcycling community at large. With the seventh International Female Ride Day© just weeks away, women motorcycle and scooter riders the world over are preparing to dominate the planets’ roads on Friday, 3 May. “Just Ride!” is the motto for the only global synchronized women and motorcycling action. International Female Ride Day© is a day devoted to women riders of all styles, ages and experience levels – who ride solo or in groups –each one is a role model for this borderless day of action in support of the women of motorcycling everywhere.

“When the topic of women and motorcycling arises, many will comment that it is the fastest growing segment in the industry,” says Vicki Gray, founder of International Female Ride Day© and MOTORESS®. “Although this is true, motorcycling is actually a by-product of the current lifestyle choices women seek. The timing for our gender has never been better when it comes to enjoying activities such as motorcycling and it will only increase over the next decades to come. Women have always enjoyed motorcycling and every year this campaign brings attention to its empowering message as a reminder of just how many of us already ride”, she adds.

To follow the participants during the ride day events as it happens on the road, women riders will take to Twitter using the hash tag #femalerideday highlighting activities. “I’ll of course be doing the same! Seven years ago, we were all just beginning to embrace social media and now it’s a daily tool working to our global appeal benefit. Can you imagine if Ilse Thouret had these advantages in the early 1930’s while she was winning motorcycle races in Germany? We’re fortunate having this avenue to reach out and inspire women easily”, adds Vicki.

The International Female Ride Day© request of women is simple – “Just Ride”. Sport bike, cruiser, scooter, off-road, touring or competition, regardless of what type or style of motorcycle interest, International Female Ride Day© makes one simple request of women – Just Ride! Get on your bikes, be out there and be visible. The concept gained its power and participation with the simple idea of a globally synchronized theme linking women through the shared activity of motorcycling. One day to celebrate and highlight the many numbers of women who share a passion for the sport. “The fact that every rider participating is a role model for women, who have not yet taken their first step to enjoy motorcycling, is a role worth embracing” adds Vicki.

Toronto-based proprietor of MOTORESS® and internationally renowned female motorcyclist, Vicki Gray, founded International Female Ride Day© in 2007. The event has grown in scope over the years to include participants in Australia, Canada, England, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, South Africa, The Netherlands, Qatar, Russia, the United States and many more.

International Female Ride Day© is supported by BMW Motorrad; Harley-Davidson; Honda; Kawasaki; KYMCO Canada; Suzuki; Yamaha; ARAI; Canadian Biker; Canadian Motorcycle Association (CMA); Canada Safety Council (CSC); Schuberth Helmets; Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM); Motorcycle Mojo; RidersPlus Insurance.

ABOUT MOTORESS®

MOTORESS®is a global online magazine for women motorcycle enthusiasts; delivering an insider's guide to a woman rider’s total motorsport lifestyle and expression. Its content provides the tools to connect and inspire women to take charge of the handlebars -to chart one's own route and become her best self in motorcycling. With topics covering News, Gearstyle, Technique, Health & Beauty, and more- MOTORESS® continues to build the most feminine, friendly and vibrant motorcycle community for women anywhere.



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International Female Ride Day - Gearing up for 3 May 2013

The seventh annual International Female Ride Day occurs this year on Friday 3 May, just under three months away! Already record-breaking numbers of women motorcycle and scooter riders around the world are preparing to take part in the one-of-a-kind ride day happening now referred to by most as a women and motorcycling phenomenon.

International Female Ride Day makes one simple request of women – “Just Ride”. It is an all brands, and all motorcycle types event. Women who ride sport bikes, cruisers, touring or scooters whether on road, off-road or track- and of all ages- take part. Get on your bikes, be out there and be visible is the events’ straightforward simple action. Its additional success is a result of it being a globally synchronized ride creating a universal chain of women riders- around the world on one special day. International Female Ride Day is a day to celebrate and highlight the countless current and growing numbers of women riders while underlining the fun and fervour women share in the activity.

“The enthusiasm from women riders this year is indescribable! The 2013 momentum began early even the facebook page and the group area buzz of networking activities. Not a day passes where we’re not made aware of a new happening or initiative either by individuals, clubs or the industry. This definitely flags an enormous message to the value this event authors and the fondness of its participants the world over. Its power is remarkable and truly what I had hoped it would become when I first introduced it”, states Vicki Gray, founder MOTORESS International and International Female Ride Day.

Since the first edition in 2007, International Female Ride Day magnified in popularity with each passing year. Women from the world over – United States, France, Canada, Australia, Qatar, Greece, Italy, Russia, The Netherlands, England, Israel, South Africa and many more – celebrate this event and “Just Ride” in unison, on the first Friday in May. “It truly is a global phenomenon and I’m thrilled about reaching toward another summit of participation in 2013. This includes the ever popular collectible ride day t-shirt- once again in huge demand. The IFRD image, dressed uniquely every year, has become a true icon”, adds Vicki.

International Female Ride Day has gained the full support of the motorcycle and motorsport industry’s key brands as well as prominent associations/federations including the FIM - Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme in Geneva, Switzerland.

ABOUT MOTORESS

MOTORESS is a global online magazine for women motorcycle enthusiasts; delivering an insider's guide to a woman rider’s total motorsport lifestyle and expression. Its content provides the tools to connect and inspire women to take charge of the handlebars -to chart one's own route and become her best self in motorcycling. With topics covering News, Gearstyle, Technique, Health & Beauty, and more - MOTORESS continues to build the most feminine, friendly and vibrant motorcycle community for women anywhere.

For more information about MOTORESS visit the web site: http://www.motoress.com

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2013 Halifax International Motorcycle wraps up

The 2013 Halifax International Motorcycle Show wrapped up this Sunday and turnout was affected by the snowstorm that hit the east coast on Saturday and Sunday but the die-hard enthusiasts still made it out and enjoyed easy access to motorcycles from every brand.

Check out our big picture gallery from the show. The Honda FB6 was definitely a stand-out motorcycle for me. It's impressive looking and feels all day comfortable.

One lucky attendee took home a Honda CBR250R as a door prize. His odds were a little better because of all the snow!





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Amarok live at the Halifax International Motorcycle Show

Amarok Racing is proud to present the P1A, Canada's first electric racing motorcycle at the Halifax International Motorcycle Show from February 8th to 10th at the Cunard Centre. The P1A prototype, designed and manufactured entirely in Canada, is a high performance electric racing motorcycle that marries proven aerospace monocoque technology to manufacture a vehicle that has paradigm breaking performance while dramatically reducing cost and enhancing the track riding experience.

Since making its public debut at the Toronto International Motorcycle Show last December, the Amarok P1A has already won recognition and praise from a wide array of specialty press, and within the motorcycle community, as well as been reported on two national television networks. The motorcycle was named the second best Canadian product design of 2012 by the Canadian Design Resource, while the Amarok company was short listed in the top ten of the Innovacorp Nova Scotia clean tech business competition. Track testing in the fall of 2012 revealed a motorcycle with great potential and solidified our resole to compete internationally in the prestigious TTXGP all electric motorcycle racing series throughout 2013.

Visit Amarok Racing at booth 23a, meet the team, discover the P1A and support Canada's first electric racing team. The Halifax International Motorcycle Show opens Friday February 8th at 4pm and runs until Sunday evening.

About Amarok Racing

Founded in Lennoxville, QC in 2010 with the purpose of designing and constructing a superior prototype, Amarok Racing is dedicated to becoming a leader in electric motorcycle racing and development by leveraging our team's 15 years of experience gained working with some of the world's top motorcycle manufacturers, and more than 30 years in racing vehicle mechanics. Since 2011, the team has re-based to Nova Scotia but maintains technical development in the Eastern Townships.

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Yamaha FJR1300 and V-Star 1300 showcased in Toronto

For the 2013 Toronto Motorcycle Show, Yamaha Motor Canada will be displaying the newly released FJR1300 and V-Star 1300 Deluxe. This will be the first time both models will be on display for the public since their October launch. There will also be a stripped down FJR1300 for everyone to get a closer look into Yamaha’s sophisticated sport tourer.

The Yamaha Riding Academy is back! Introduce your child to motorcycles in a safe, controlled manner with certified instruction for free! Also at the Yamaha Riding Academy will be scooter demo rides. You’ve seen them around town, here’s your chance to try out a Yamaha scooter for free! Stop by the booth for more details.

Visit our Yamalube display to see why it’s the best oil to put in your bike. But it doesn’t stop with just oil; we have a full line of quality care products to better maintain your Yamaha.
Also at our booth this year is Bobby Kiniry’s #2 YZ450F. Swing by to get a closer look at the bike that was tearing up the track all summer long.

Follow us on twitter (@yamahamotorca) and Facebook (facebook.com/YamahaMotorCanada) for your chance to win some great giveaways. Including men’s and women’s riding jackets, shirts, bracelets and posters!

Visit Yamaha at the Toronto Motorcycle Show, December 7th, 8th and 9th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.



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Jordan Szoke named Grand Marshall for Toronto Motorcycle Show


Ontario’s biggest motorcycle manufacturers’ showcase of the year, The Motorcycle Show-Toronto, starts Friday, December 7 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (South),and one of Canada’s best all-time bike racers, Jordan Szoke, has been named Grand Marshal for the Show’s Opening Ceremonies Friday morning.

A Brantford, Ontario native,  the 33-year old Szoke is considered the "Wayne Gretzky" of Canadian Superbike racing, notching eight national championships, along with five national Sportbike titles, three #1 plates in the Canadian Motorcycle Association Observed Trials Championships, and one national 250 GP championship during his illustrious 19-year career. Szoke has represented Canada at the Trials des Nations World Championship seven times.

"I’m honoured the organizers of the Motorcycle Show-Toronto have asked me to be their Grand Marshal for the Show’s Opening Ceremonies,” said Szoke from his Brantford home. “It’s always an exciting weekend for everyone who loves motorcycles, because we get our first look at the hot new 2013 models for next year.  I’m even more stoked now for the Show to start. It’ll be a cool weekend and I’m looking forward to meeting other bike enthusiasts and talking about the sport.”

The Opening Ceremonies are scheduled for 11:45 am near the main Show entrance (Hall D, 800 Level), just ahead of the 12 noon opening to the public.

In addition to his role as Grand Marshal, Szoke will be at the Show all three days as part of the Northeastern Ontario Trials Demonstrations, showing his skill and expertise over an obstacle course built on the show floor, which earned him the Canadian Trials titles. 

Produced by Power Sport Services, the Motorcycle Show-Toronto boasts an impressive line-up of manufacturers, including Arctic Cat, BMW Motorrad, Can-Am/BRP, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, KTM, Piaggio, Polaris, Suzuki, Triumph, Victory and Yamaha.

For Show hours, features, ticket prices and info, visit www.torontomotorcycleshow.ca or call 416-491-4449

People can also become part of the Toronto Motorcycle Show’s online community and win prizes by liking the Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/TorontoMotorcycleShow) and following on Twitter (www.twitter.com/thebikeshows).


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Toronto Motorcycle Show - December 7-9

In less than a month, Ontario’s biggest motorcycle manufacturers’ show will take center-stage as industry leaders and enthusiasts gather at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (South) for The Motorcycle Show-Toronto, December 7-9.

One of the Toronto Show’s hallmarks has been its ability to attract an impressive display of new motorcycles, scooters and ATVs, including several Canadian debuts. This year’s Show continues that tradition.

BMW Motorrad has announced two exiting new Canadian model debuts for Toronto. First up is the much anticipated liquid cooled boxer, the new 2013 BMW R1200GS.  The“GS” is the most important model over the past 30-years to BMW Motorrad’s success globally, and now it has been totally updated.  Power has been increased from 110 hp up to 125hp, it has been changed from air-cooled to liquid-cooled, with an all new design and appearance, new electronics including changeable ride modes plus variable electronic suspension.

Their second new model is the 2013 BMW HP4.  According to BMW Motorrad, this new high performance motorcycle is a limited production special model based off the S1000RR superbike. It boasts 193hp and weighs in at only 169kg (372 lbs). The HP4 will bring with it new technology such as Dynamic Damping Control(DDC), a semi-active suspension system, launch control and further updated ride modes beyond the original S1000RR.

Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada will be rolling out their new 2013 motorcycle models at this year’s Toronto Show. The debuts include the lineup of 110th Anniversary editions of select Harley-Davidson models: a re-styled Dyna Street Bob motorcycle; several Dark Custom bike models; and two new models from Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations  (CVO) - the CVO Breakout motorcycle and the CVOTM Road King motorcycle.

In 2013, Harley-Davidson Motor Company also launches Hard Candy Custom, a styling movement of the late1960s that embraces dazzling metal flake paint and brilliant chrome.

While checking out the new bikes, attendees are encouraged to meet the H-D team to learn more about their programs, including the Test Our Metal demo rides, rider training, contests, and of course, all of the exciting celebration details surrounding the Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary, which will be taking place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from August 29, 2013, through September 1, 2013.

The Motorcycle Show-Toronto is the first stop on a national cross-Canada tour which features hundreds of new motorcycles, a wide-range of exciting exhibits and features, all under one roof, in a space equivalent to three football fields.

“Not only will enthusiasts get to see the newest in bikes, apparel and accessories at next month’s Motorcycle Show-Toronto, but they’ll also learn about some of the most scenic and best riding routes to explore anywhere in the world, and they are right here in Ontario,”  explained Show Manager, Neil Fardy.  “We’re once again thrilled that Ontario Tourism and their partners have selected our Show to highlight all of the great destinations this province has to offer.”

This will be the only motorcycle show appearance of the season for the Ontario Tourism exhibit. Attendees will meet with experts from various regions in Ontario who can inform them on the best riding roads, as well as motorcycle-friendly accommodations, restaurants and attractions throughout the province.

They’ll have their interactive motorcycle trip planner www.GoTourOntario.ca up on a bigscreen, and staff will be there to demonstrate how riders can customize a route to their tastes, and then download the route and all of the waypoints to their GPS or mobile phone.

Mike Jacobs is Ontario Tourism's official motorcycle writer. He recently completed a 60-day,15,000 km road trip of Ontario, riding nearly every paved road between Manitoba and Quebec. Jacobs will be on-hand all weekend with videos and image galleries of his travels, as he shares his experiences with riders, and lets them in on some of the hidden gems in the province.

You can also pick-up your copy of the Top Ten routes in the province, as well as the official Ontario Road Map.

Produced by Power Sport Services, the Motorcycle Show-Toronto boasts a strong  line-up of manufacturers, including Arctic Cat, BMW Motorrad, Can-Am/BRP, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, KTM, Piaggio, Polaris, Suzuki, Triumph, Victory and Yamaha.

Show hours:

Friday, December 7   12:00 pm – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday,December 8       10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 9     10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

For Show features, ticket prices and info, visit www.torontomotorcycleshow.ca or call416-491-4449. Special discounted advance tickets are available until November 23 through the website’s online box office.

People can also become part of the Motorcycle Show-Toronto’s online community by liking the Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/TorontoMotorcycleShow) and following on Twitter (www.twitter.com/thebikeshows).


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Canadian model debuts at the Toronto Motorcycle Show


FIRST ANNOUNCEMENTS OF CANADIAN MODEL DEBUTS AT THE TORONTO MOTORCYCLE SHOW

TORONTO (October 24, 2012) – Momentum is building for this year’s Toronto Motorcycle Show, with the first announcements of the Canadian model debuts that will hit the floor at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (South), December 7-9.

Yamaha Motor Canada is shining the spotlight on two new 2013 motorcycles, the FJR1300 and the V-Star 1300 Deluxe.

According to Yamaha, the FJR1300’s new state-of-the-art innovations include electronic cruise control, traction control system, drive-mode that lets you select performance character, meter panel design with advanced styling and function, and a new aerodynamic front cowl for improved comfort on long distance rides.

Their V-Star 1300 Deluxe is the world’s first production midsize “bagger” and the features include a fuel injected, liquid cooled 1300cc V-Twin, stylish fork mounted fairings, hard shell saddlebags, iPod/iPhone ready audio system and a Garmin Zumo 665 Navigation system.

Since its launch in 2007, the Can-Am Roadster has created a buzz thanks to its unique Y-shaped, three-wheeled footprint. For 2013, Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) is adding the Spyder ST to the Roadster line-up, and Canadian riding enthusiasts will get their first live look at the new model in six weeks at the Toronto Show.

Can-Am/BRP describes the Spyder ST as having the right blend of comfort and sportiness for that quick jaunt to the grocery store, a spirited ride on a favorite country lane, or a week-long getaway. Its sport-touring lines are immediately apparent with the pod in front of the driver, its sleek design and lines offer a stylish look, but also functional protection from the elements while on a long touring ride. Adjustable windshield (4 inches of travel) and removable wind deflectors complete the protection package.

Motovan is one of Canada’s leading motorcycle, MX and ATV parts and accessories companies, and they’ll be out in full force with their line-up of new apparel and accessories at the Show in early December.

One of their more popular lines is Joe Rocket, and they’re teaming up with Dave Hatch, the host of TSN’s Motorcycle Experience (North America’s longest running televised motorcycle program) at the Toronto Motorcycle Show. Fans are invited to drop in at the Joe Rocket booth to meet Dave, talk about all things two-wheeled, do a little “bench racing” and enter to win prizes including a grand prize of a Joe Rocket RANT full face helmet and Hard Core Canadian riding jacket.

“Motovan has really stepped-up their involvement at the Toronto Motorcycle Show this year and added excitement to their displays with the Joe Rocket prize giveaways and appearances all weekend-long by David Hatch,” said Neil Fardy, the Show’s manager. “In addition to Motovan’s line-up, our attendees will see a wide assortment of apparel and accessories represented by the other top brands in the sport, and they can pick-up some great savings along the way, thanks to the exclusive show specials that several exhibitors will be offering.”

Produced by Power Sport Services, the Toronto Motorcycle Show boasts an impressive line-up of manufacturers, including Arctic Cat, BMW Motorrad, Can-Am/BRP, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, KTM, Piaggio, Polaris, Suzuki, Triumph, Victory and Yamaha.

For Show hours, features, ticket prices and info, visit www.torontomotorcycleshow.ca or call 416-491-4449. Discounted advance tickets are now available through the website’s online box office.

Enthusiasts can join the Toronto Motorcycle Show’s online community by liking the Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/TorontoMotorcycleShow) and following on Twitter (www.twitter.com/thebikeshows).


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2012 Toronto Motorcycle Show Countdown

TORONTO MOTORCYCLE SHOW IS THE FIRST STOP ON A NATIONAL CROSS-CANADA TOUR

The countdown has begun for Ontario’s biggest motorcycle manufacturers’ showcase of the year, as the Toronto Motorcycle Show returns to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (South),  December 7-9.


In less than two months, hundreds of new 2013 motorcycles, scooters and ATVs from the world’s top manufacturers will be on display, including several Canadian debuts.


In addition to the new bikes, motorcycle enthusiasts can check-out a wide-range of exciting exhibits and features, plus the latest in apparel, accessories and touring destinations – all under one roof, in a space equivalent to three football fields.

The theme of this year’s Show is “Riding Redefined” and it speaks to the on-going evolution of motorcycles and motorcycling, through innovative technologies and designs in the new bikes, riding gear and parts that will be on display during the three-day event.


 “The Toronto Motorcycle Show is one of the most anticipated weekends on the bike community’s calendar, and it’s a great opportunity for enthusiasts to experience how the motorcycle industry is redefining riding,” said Show Manager, Neil Fardy. “This year’s edition promises to have something for everyone who’s passionate about the sport. We’ll have a number of features that are exclusive to the Show, including SHE RIDES NIGHT and the Yamaha Riding Academy for kids.”


The Show’s opening night (Friday, December 7) is SHE RIDES NIGHT, a celebration of women who ride or are considering taking up the sport. Admission for all women is half-price after 5pm, with a full evening of entertaining presentations, demonstrations, and other activities that will appeal to women riders. The night also includes deals and treats galore, courtesy of show exhibitors and sponsors.


The Yamaha Riding Academy makes its only Ontario motorcycle show appearance of the season with a free opportunity for kids, aged 6-12, to take a ride on an off-road motorcycle while at the Toronto Show (certain conditions apply). With certified instruction, the latest motocross gear and a 15-minute riding session, children will be safely introduced to the world of off-road riding.


“In the coming weeks, we’ll announce more features and specials that will add value and excitement for those attending this year’s Show,” continued Fardy. “Of course the stars of the Show are the bikes themselves. If fans want to see the official corporate exhibits and the newest models from the best brands in the business, then they’ll want to make plans to join us at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in December.”


Produced by Power Sport Services, the Toronto Motorcycle Show boasts an impressive line-up of manufacturers, including Arctic Cat, BMW Motorrad, Can-Am/BRP, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, KTM, Piaggio, Polaris, Suzuki, Triumph, Victory and Yamaha.


For Show hours, features, ticket prices and info, visit or call 416-491-4449. 

Special discounted advance tickets will soon be available through the website’s online box office. www.torontomotorcycleshow.ca


People can also become part of the Toronto Motorcycle Show’s online community by liking the Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/TorontoMotorcycleShow) and following on Twitter (www.twitter.com/thebikeshows ).


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Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship this Weekend at Motopark

This Sunday Motopark in Chatsworth (Ontario), will host both the final round of the Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship and the Wiesner Insurance Ontario Cross Country Championship.  The top off road racers in Canada will be in attendance to dice it up with the best in Ontario.

Confirmed Pro riders include; KTM’s Bobby Prochnau (BC), Honda’s Jason Schrage (AB), Husqvarna’s Ryan Graffunder (BC), Guy Giroux (PQ), Phillipe Chaine (PQ), Samuel Rosseau (PQ), the Husaberg mounted Corner Grass Racing Team – Ben Rego (BC), Cole Dobovich (AB), Lee Fryberger (AB),  and in the women’s class KTM’s Chantelle Bykerk (BC)

The course will be fast and fun consisting of the full Motopark MX track and the entire trail system.  This week’s rain was a blessing – it will help kill the dust that has been an issue at races across Ontario all summer – long range forcast is for a bit more light rain before the weekend and sun all weekend!

Because this round is a National event no racing license is required, and any MX motorcycle (under 94db) will be accepted.  If your a Motocrosser and have tried Cross Country events in the past or would like to give it a shot this is your chance.  Entry fees $45 for adults and $25 for kids – there will be classes for everyone from Pee Wee to Super Senior.  Transponders are required and available for rent for $25.

There will be a number of giveaways including; $100 Wiesner Insurance Pro Holeshot award, $100 Apex KTM Amateur Holeshot award, $100 Wiesner Insurance Fastest Lap award, set of tires from Goldendtyre, prize packagages from Parts Canada and Rekluse and we will give away the Marin mountain bike to one of our Peewee riders courtesy of Royal Distributing, and as usual at all WEC events 100% Pro Payback (over $2500 has been handed out this year so far).

There will be plenty of great spectating areas and the Motopark Cafe will be open all weekend.   Plan to stick around after the race to congratulate the days winners and see both the 2012 National and Ontario Champions crowned.  It will be an action packed fun day for the entire family!

- Sign in opens all classes 7:00am
- Pee Wee Race 9:00 – 9:30am
- Mini Junior and Senior Race- 9:30 – 10:30am
- Morning Race Program 11:00am – 1:00 pm
- Morning Race Classes - Beginner, Women, Vet Junior, Vet Senior, Super Senior
- Afternoon Race Program  1:30 – 4:00pm
- Afternoon Race Classes – Junior, Intermediate, Vet Master (these classes race for 2 hours) and Pro (2.5 hours)

Motopark is located just off Hwy # 6 north of the town of Chatsworth. When travelling north on Hwy # 6, turn left on Moto Park Drive. Look for the signs… you can’t miss it.


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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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Register now for the 2012 BMW GS Trophy

Sure it's a US event but pretty cool nevertheless. There are two open US qualifying events to choose from:

- Spartansburg, South Carolina
- Moab Utah

September  21-23, 2012

"The GS Trophy is not a race - it's a thrilling skills course designed for riders of all levels, with points awarded for finishing various challenges. You don't need to be an expert to participate, you just need to bring a BMW to ride. And since it's a social event as well as a riding challenge, contestants will also be judged on their abilities to capture the experience through words and pictures.

For all the details and to sign up, CLICK HERE, or call:

Eastern Qualifier: (888) 345-4269
Western Qualifier: (661) 993-9942"




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2012 BMW Motorrad Days


Don’t miss the BMW event of the summer!


Motorcycling enthusiasts from all over will gather at BMW Motorrad Days on August 24th, 2012 at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.


There’s always a fantastic atmosphere – with a party on Saturday evening featuring live music by a selection of Canadian talent, many new things to see, plus getting together with old friends –
there’s always a lot to talk about. Popular events this year include great off-road and on-road demo rides, rider training, and the fast-paced race action in the Canadian Superbike Championship.


New for 2012 — receive a FREE GIFT of a pair of BMW Motorsport Sunglasses* when you purchase your event tickets before August 15th, 2012.


Come for the day or stay for the weekend. Choose from on-site camping, RVing, or off-site B&B and hotel accommodations to ensure your BMW Motorrad Days weekend gears up the way you want. Don’t forget vendor showcases too, with product demos, service specials, parts and accessories and branded apparel – this is where you’ll find it and more!


Get ready to experience the unique atmosphere created when motorcycle fans from all over get together to party with BMW Motorrad. So make a note right now in your calendar of the fourth weekend in August – don't miss the biggest motorcycle event of the summer.


For more details, visit the website: HERE.





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Friday the 13th in Port Dover


Whether you always make of point of visiting us on Friday the 13th or you prefer to avoid the crowd and come another day... you're always welcome!


Weather is forecast to be sunny on Friday, July 13th, with seasonal temperatures: a great day for a ride.

Highway 6 Construction Update: The company that is working on the rehabilitation of Highway 6 between Jarvis and Port Dover guarantees there will be no construction work on July 13, 14 and 15, and that there will be no gravel in the construction zone.


Alternate Route
If you would like to avoid the construction zone, we recommend that you follow the alternate route outlined in this image and in the Visitor Info -> Maps and Directions section of our website.

There will be no construction and no gravel on July 13, 14 and 15, but if you return later this summer, please take the alternate route.

Other News about PD13. 
The Port Dover Board of Trade advises that Chapman Street will again be closed from Main Street to St. George Street to accommodate food vendors. There will be tables between vendors for everyone’s convenience. More about food here.

Please support local restaurants and shops, as well as various community organizations that will be raising funds in Port Dover on Friday the 13th.

Access to Port Dover
Port Dover is closed to car traffic on Friday the 13th but motorcycles are free to enter and park.

Car Parking / Shuttles
Parking for cars in designated areas costs $10 person to a maximum of $40 per vehicle. Youth under 16 are free. Unlimited shuttle service in and out of town. More details on the Parking and Shuttles page of pd13.com. There is a link to a map (see left) of road closures at www.norfolktourism.ca/pd13. Proceeds from parking lot revenue for July 13 will be donated to Cystic Fibrosis Canada (from the East lot) and The Norfolk Rebels and Port Dover Composite School Drama Club (from the West lot).

Accommodation
Accommodations are typically booked up for Friday the 13th, but please come back and stay longer another time. Ontario's South Coast partners (tourism offices in Haldimand County, Elgin County, Chatham-Kent and Windsor-Essex-Pelee) can provide you with accommodation info in their communities.

For more information.
Friday the 13th: www.pd13.com
Tourist Information in Norfolk County: www.norfolktourism.ca
Farm Markets and Local Food in Norfolk County: www.norfolkfarms.com

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Harley-Davidson Supports Motorcycle Ride For Dad in 2012


Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada is proud to announce its sponsorship support of the 2012 Motorcycle Ride For Dad fundrasing campaign. The Motorcycle Ride For Dad has been taking place in Canada for over ten years, raising awareness and more than nine million dollars towards fighting prostate cancer.

The partnership with Motorcycle Ride For Dad reinforces the leadership role of Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada in an important cause that resonates with many Canadian Harley-Davidson motorcycle enthusiasts. Prostate cancer affects one in seven men, and by association, their families and loved ones. Taking place in over thirty major cities and representing every Canadian province, Motorcycle Ride For Dad allows Deeley Harley‑Davidson Canada to actively reach out to those affected by prostate cancer, while exercising a passion for the open road.

“We are so proud of the support we have received from Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada,” said Garry Janz, president of Motorcycle Ride For Dad – Canada. “Their generosity makes what we do possible. Being able to thank our participants for their incredible fundraising efforts by offering them a Harley-Davidson motorcycle as a prize incentive is amazing!”

“Partnering with Motorcycle Ride For Dad is a very natural fit for us”, says Dom Bovalino, Marketing Director for Deeley Harley‑Davidson Canada. “Harley-Davidson [motorcycle] enthusiasts, in particular our most loyal Customers, the H.O.G. members, feel very strongly for charitable causes such as this one. We are very proud of how much passion and enthusiasm community-friendly Harley-Davidson motorcyclists put into supporting numerous charitable causes across the country”.

To register for the ride in your community, or learn about ride routes and how to qualify for a chance to win an all-new Harley-Davidson Sportster Seventy-Two motorcycle, visit www.motorcycleridefordad.org. Participating authorized Harley-Davidson Retailers that are supporting the cause will be setting up a variety of interactive displays along the various ride routes.




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Women riders from Canada to join thousands around the world


The languages may be different, so may the culture. But thousands of women around the world share a passion – a passion for two wheels and the open road.

On Friday, May 4, 2012, female Harley-Davidson riders throughout Canada will join thousands of other women in countries around the world to showcase their passion for the sport of motorcycling during the 6th Annual International Female Ride Day. The event, founded by Vicki Gray of MOTORESS in Toronto, Canada, invites women riders around the world to “just ride” on May 4, a concept that is passionately supported by industry leader, Harley-Davidson Motor Company.

“More and more women from all walks of life are getting into the saddle of their own motorcycles,” said Claudia Garber, Director of Women’s Marketing Outreach at Harley-Davidson Motor Company. “As a leading motorcycle Brand among women, Harley-Davidson is passionate about empowering women to overcome their doubts, find their voice, and in the process, inspire others to do the same. Events like International Female Ride Day provide an excellent opportunity to do this.”

Everyone can show their support for International Female Ride Day. Those who ride are encouraged to get out on two wheels on May 4, either in their own groups or by joining organized rides and events scheduled by participating local authorized Harley-Davidson® Retailers throughout Canada. Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada will be hosting Vicki Gray and her fellow riders at the Concord, Ontario, facilities.

Harley-Davidson Motor Company is also encouraging women to share their International Female Ride Day stories and photos by tweeting with the Twitter hashtag #harleywomen. Their stories will be featured on the Motor Company “Buzz Wall” (www.harley-davidson.com/voices) alongside stories from other women around the world about why they ride or why they want to learn to ride.

For more information about International Female Ride Day, visit a participating local authorized Harley Davidson® Retailer. Contact details can be found at www.harleycanada.com.

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Spring Training Day at Rally Connex


Do you have a dual sport bike and ride it only on the roads?  Do you want to see what you and your bike can really do?  Are you entered in the 2012 Dacre Dual Sport Challenge?  Do you need help to develop your off-road skills?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the Spring Training Day is for you.

Spring Training Day is an event for riders of all abilities.  The event covers everything from GPS, motorcycle setup, equipment and gear, and riding techniques.  It is a full eight hours of training, in a wide variety of riding   conditions, from loose gravel and sand to grass track and single track.  The event runs rain or shine.

Date: May 12, 2012
Registration Opens:  7:30 a.m.
Training Begins: 8:30 a.m.

Directions: Haydon Hall is easy to find. It is just 15 minutes north of 401 on Regional Rd.#57. (Waverly exit). Head east on Conc. 8 to the hamlet of Haydon to #2503 Conc. 8. (Ontario)

Pre-entry: $60 (Includes lunch) until May 9th.
Entry after pre-entry date: $75.
Register early at rallyconnex.com


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Harley-Davidson Canada Welcomes The New Riding Season In Port Dover


Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada looks forward to welcoming all motorcycle enthusiasts with complimentary hot coffee at the long-established PD13 event in Port Dover, Ontario on Friday, April 13th. Popular by demand, this event will feature a pin-stop in which Canadian Harley-Davidson Owners Group members will receive the newest commemorative Harley-Davidson Owners Group pin. Harley- Davidson motorcycle owners will be able to renew or register for Canadian Harley-Davidson Owners Group memberships and newsletter on-site.

Brochures and literature on the latest initiatives, promotions and clothing available through authorized Harley-Davidson Retailers in Canada will be available to all visitors. Everyone will have the chance to win a $500 Gift Certificate at the touch-screen kiosks at the Harley-Davidson booth where they will also be able browse through a selection of 2012 Harley-Davidson motorcycles as well as try-on and see samples of the latest clothing styles  including heated gloves and jackets.

Two interactive displays will feature various components of H-D1 Customization which allows the Customer to choose from a number of option categories to optimize fit, function, and style on a bike. The H-D1 Fit Shop display will demonstrate how a Harley-Davidson Retailer can tailor a bike to match a rider’s size, stature and riding style and the H-D JUMPSTART will allow visitors to simulate the exhilarating experience of riding a Harley-Davidson Motorcycle.

The Harley-Davidson booth will be situated at 19 Harbor Street in Port Dover and will be open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Friday, April 13. Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada is looking forward to giving you a warm welcome.


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Dakar 2013 schedule

The route of the 2013 Dakar has just been disclosed at a press conference and the 2013 event is set to depart from Lima on January 5th and after crossing Argentina, racers will finish the adventure in Santiago on January 20th. If they make it to the finish, the riders will have traveled more than 8,000 kilometers. It all starts 288 days from now according to the counter on the official Dakar website.

This will be the fifth edition organised on the South American continent. It'll be hosted by three countries. The new route puts the riders in the desert (a first) in a large chain of dunes right away and takes a north to south route.


There's the Grand Start plus five stages in Peru followed by 5 stages and a rest day in Argentina then 4 stages and the finish in Chile.


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Women Shifting into Gear for Sixth International Female Ride Day

The sixth annual International female Ride Day planned for Friday 4 May 2012 is gearing up around the world to host a wealth of rider actions and activities led by women motorcyclists. Women will take to their motorcycles to participate in the sixth annual women’s motorcycle ride event whose theme “Just Ride” describes precisely how women will enjoy what has now become a global motorcycling phenomenon!

Occurring yearly on the first Friday in May, International Female Ride Day was created to promote and highlight the many numbers of women riders around the world. “The 2012 edition is exploding with events! Women riders pride themselves in taking part in the day, whether just for a short ride or as many do, take the day off work to spend with rider friends. We still need these female role models in motorcycling to continue dispelling still present perceptions that riding a motorcycle is an activity akin with masculinity. It’s a super fun day - the camaraderie is inspiring!” states Vicki Gray, founder of International Female Ride Day and MOTORESS.

International Female Ride Day makes one simple request of women – “Just Ride”. Sport-bike, cruiser, scooter, off-road, touring or otherwise - all ages and all styles of motorcycling are included. Get on your bikes, be out there and be visible. The concept has assembled its power and participation in its simple worldwide-synchronized theme- creating a universal chain of women riders in the shared activity of motorcycling. It’s one day to celebrate and highlight the many numbers of women who share their passion for the sport.

International Female Ride Day has full support of the motorcycling industry’s key brands, manufacturers and motorsport federations/associations including Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) based in Switzerland. The event gains significant strength each year, and Friday 4 May 2012 expects to host ever more riders and participants than in year’s prior. Australia’s several regions, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide each have huge happenings; West to East coast Canada –regardless of weather challenges, have planned events; United States, England, Greece, Italy, Poland, Israel, Qatar, South Africa, The Netherlands, Russia and others will again contribute to the campaign in compelling numbers. “The penchant women demonstrate for motorcycling has passed through every generation since motorcycling’s birth and this one day brings it out and into focus for all to see! Knowing that women from so many countries and cultures join in and ride together underlines how truly rooted motorcycling is with today’s diverse women”, adds Vicki.

For 2012, MOTORESS has added a photo contest on Facebook where the winner will be decided based on ‘like’ votes. In addition, there will be an award of recognition for the best woman rider activity by either an individual or group. The recipient of this award will receive permanent recognition on the MOTORESS® web site within a designated “honour" area. Full details announced on MOTORESS.com shortly.


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Harley-Davidson at the Montreal MMIC Motorcycle Show

Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada and participating Harley-Davidson Retailers proudly present the new 2012 model line-up at the Montréal Motorcycle Show this weekend, February 24 to 26, 2012, at the Montréal Convention Centre, in Montréal, Quebec. On Saturday, February 25, Michel Barrette, Quebec movie, television,  radio star and stand-up personality, will present the two newest Harley-Davidson motorcycles available in Canada, the Harley-Davidson Seventy-Two motorcycle and the Harley-Davidson Softail Slim motorcycle, to the media at the Harley-Davidson booth at 9:30 am. Michel Barrette will show-case the new motorcycles to visitors at the Harley-Davidson booth at 2:30 pm.

On just over 6,300 square feet, an impressive line-up of 2012 Harley motorcycles will be showcased, including the popular XL 883 Sportster SuperLow motorcycle, with a Canadian suggested Retail price of under $10,000, the new and versatile Dyna Switchback motorcycle, and the audacious, yet understated, limited edition CVO Road Glide Custom motorcycle.

Visitors will be able to explore the world of H-D1 Factory Customization through an interactive display. Whether we are talking blacked-out, stripped-down, or chromed-out bikes, the H-D1 Customization Program brings together all of the exclusive parts, processes, and people necessary to allow users to design, build, fit, and personalize a Harley-Davidson motorcycle to be a Custom of One. To build your dream Harley motorcycle, visit www.harleycanada.com/hd1bikebuilder.

Throughout the Montréal Motorcycle Show, visitors will be able to sit on the motorcycles, interact with the displays, and receive useful information from a team of knowledgeable staff. They will also be eligible to enter the draw for a $1,000 Harley-Davidson gift card, as well as pick up a copy of the brand-new published 2012 Test Our Metal Program Calendar, which outlines when, where, and how you can test-ride the new model Harley-Davidson motorcycles for free! The calendar is also available online at www.harleycanada.com under the “Products” tab.

Montréal Motorcycle Show
Montréal Convention Centre, Montréal

Show Hours:
Friday, February 24: 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Saturday, February 25: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Sunday, February 26: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

For further information on the Montréal Motorcycle Show, please refer to www.salonmotomontreal.com.

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Motorcycle Show Succss in Halifax

By most accounts the inaugural Halifax International Motorcycle show was a big success. Attendance in the harbour city topped 10,000 and heavily showcased motorcycles rather than retail. At least one large dealer was offering big discounts for gear purchased via their website at the show with computers on-hand to facilitate those transactions. Dealers reported that they saw many qualified buyers pass through - more than they'd seen for a while.

A small number of public attendees expressed disappointment on the Facebook event page that there wasn't more retail and custom vendors at the event. Organizers were quick to mention this was billed as a manufacturer show but encouraged feedback about how to make the event even better the next year. With support from the manufacturers, the dealer attendance was great and organizers received a standing ovation from VIP ticket holders (which included participating dealers and members of the public) at the VIP party.

Dealers attended the show from as far away as Moncton so most every major brand and many specialty brands were all on hand and under one roof. Attendees had a chance to look at, sit on, and talk to dealers in a low sales pressure environment. Organizers indicate a summer event will be held in the same venue with additional space that will allow for an increase in vendor participation.

Kawasaki had a BIG presence with more than 10% of the total floor space allotted to them. 5% went to Motovan. Honda had a big presence as well and brought some interesting bikes - including the only two NC700's in North America which won't go on sale until around July I was told. There was a bright yellow Norton Cafe Racer as well. I for one sincerely hope we see them on the road soon as they've been working really hard on getting the necessary approvals. If they don't then it may be the last time we see a modern Norton in a while!

Kawasaki no doubt took a big risk bringing their national tour to a first year event. Word is that they flew in company big wig to come take a look at the show and he remarked that all motorcycle shows should be on the water! So I'd take that to suggest he was pleased with the venue and the show.

Zero Motorcycles also made sure some of the first production 2012 Zero's were delivered to be showcased in Halifax. The Director Sales and Marketing Canada at Zero Motorcycles, Inc was on hand to discuss the bikes with attendees and help out the local dealer who also happens to be the exclusive dealer for Nova Scotia. They had a dirt bike model, dual sport, and street version on hand. These new models promise long battery life and range of approximately 183 KM's for the road going versions. That's a number that EPA regulations allowed them to publish - in testing they were able to get further distances (north of 200km's) but actual range varies with conditions.

Attendance was brisk and steady the entire weekend with the heaviest traffic on Saturday. All in all people seemed to enjoy the show. I'll be back - that's for sure!
 

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Halifax International Motorcycle Show brings motorcycles to downtown


The Halifax International Motorcycle Show is kicking-off their inaugural gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts at the Cunard Centre on February 17-19, 2012. Industry leading motorcycle  manufacturers and accessory products will be on site and under one big roof.Major manufacturers and dealer representatives will be there to answer your questions and provide you with an opportunity to throw a leg over the latest machines or try on the latest gear.

With 45,000 square foot of column free floor space the Cunard Centre sits on the scenic Halifax waterfront with big bright windows overlooking the harbour. The event and venue offer up a powerful mixture of salty sea air and visual stimulation. Anticipated attendance is expected to approach 20,000 and draw attendees from all the Atlantic provinces and beyond.

With the top motorcycle manufacturer product lines represented this event is the first of its kind east of Quebec.The show has attracted a lot of industry attention and support in this first year. Kawasaki Canada chose the event as one of the few venues to bring their national tour. They will be showcasing the hottest 2012 models like the supersport ZX-14R, KX450F motocross, cruisers from their revered Vulcan ine-up, street/touring, dual-purpose, and off-road motorcycles.

Event organizer Tim Leslie indicates,"Halifax is the gateway to Atlantic Canada, and its largest city. There's a vibrant and active motorcycle culture here, which makes Halifax the perfect location for a world-class motorcycle show. We're excited to be bringing the best the motorcycle world has to offer to downtown Halifax and already making plans for next year!"

With motorcycles from all the top brands, this event will be the first, and only, opportunity to see many of these machines in Nova Scotia before they appear in dealerships in the spring.There's going to be some rare models too that you might not otherwise get a chance to see at all except in the pages of a magazine. Motorcycles like the limited production Norton Commando 961. With production of this bike limited to 200 models they're sure to be very rare. Zero Motorcycles is sending some of the first production 2012 electric motorcycles in Canada to Halifax to be displayed at the show.

Aside from all the special interest motorcycles, enthusiasts of every level will find something to surprise and delight from new 2012 models and the latest in accessories to unique touring destinations. Cruisers, sport bikes, off-road, trials, touring, sport/adventure touring, even 2WD sidecar motorcycles - there's going to be something for everybody.

Whether you are a seasoned veteran motorcyclist or just somebody with a passing interest there will be something to excite you at the Halifax International Motorcycle Show.

EVENT DETAILS

Halifax International Motorcycle Show
February 17 to 19, 2012

Cunard Centre
961 Marginal Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3H 4P7

SHOW HOURS
Friday, February 17, 2012: 5 pm – 8pm
Saturday, February 18, 2012: 10 am –8 pm
Sunday, February 19, 2012: 10 am – 5pm

TICKETS
- $10 in advance at the show website(www.TheRealMotorcycleShow.com)
- $15 at the door

Free parking all weekend (Friday after 4PM).

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Harley Davidson at Moncton MMIC Motorcycle Show


Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada and participating Harley-Davidson Retailers proudly present the new 2012 model line-up at the Atlantic Motorcycle & ATV Show this weekend, February 10 to 12, 2012, at the Moncton Coliseum, in Moncton, New Brunswick. On just over 6,300 square feet, an impressive line-up of 2012 Harley motorcycles will be showcased. The line-up will include the two most recent additions to the Harley-Davidson motorcycle family, the Harley-Davidson Seventy-Two motorcycle and the Harley-Davidson Softail Slim motorcycle, as well as the popular XL 883 Sportster SuperLow motorcycle, with a Canadian suggested Retail price of under $10,000, and the audacious, yet understated, limited edition CVO Road Glide Custom motorcycle.

Visitors will be able to explore the world of H-D1 Factory Customization through an interactive display. Whether we are talking blacked-out, stripped-down, or chromed-out bikes, the H-D1 Customization Program brings together all of the exclusive parts, processes, and people necessary to allow users to design, build, fit, and personalize a Harley-Davidson motorcycle to be a Custom of One. To build your dream Harley motorcycle, visit www.harleycanada.com/hd1bikebuilder.

Saturday, February 11, is WOMEN ON WHEELS NIGHT, an industry celebration of women who ride and women who are interested in the sport of motorcycling. That night, all women in attendance will receive a special giveaway at the Harley-Davidson booth.

Throughout the Atlantic Motorcycle & ATV Show, visitors will be able to sit on the motorcycles, interact with the displays, and receive useful information from a team of knowledgeable staff. They will also be eligible to enter the draw for a $1,000 Harley-Davidson gift card, as well as pick up a copy of the brand-new published 2012 Test Our Metal Program Calendar, which outlines when, where, and how you can test-ride the new model Harley-Davidson motorcycles for free! The calendar is also available online at www.harleycanada.com.

Atlantic Motorcycle & ATV Show
Moncton Coliseum, Moncton

Show Hours:

Friday, February 10: 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturday, February 11: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Sunday, February 12: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

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2012 Canadian Enduro Championship

Time to get your motorcycle ready for another season of racing!  Some exciting news for Canadian Enduro racing fans! The team at the Canadian Enduro Championship are very close to finalizing all the details for the 2012 Canadian Championship season.

Full details:

We are pleased welcome back many of our previous sponsors and some new ones – this series could not happen with out the strong support of companies like Royal Distributing, Yamaha, KTM, and Honda!

We look forward to the return of many of the fastest off road racers in Canada.  Lots of questions will be answered.  Will KTM’s Bobby Prochnau be able to continue his dominance now that he has a full plate of racing in the US?  Is this the year KTM’s Geoff Nelson or maybe Husaberg’s Ben Rego unseats him?  Will Honda’s Jason Schrage bounce back from his back luck in Quebec last season to regain the #1 plate he held last season? Is this the year that Yamaha’s Brian Wojnarowski moves to the top of the podium?  Which riders will move up from the amateur ranks to the Pro level?

The series will begin at an all new location in Vernon, BC on July 7 & 8 hosted by the Vernon Off Road Motorcycle Club.  Pre-registration is already open!

After BC the series moves to scenic Blairmore, AB on July 14 & 15th.  Clint’s Full Gas crew is planning some great new mountain trails to entertain and challenge everyone!  The event will be taking place on the same weekend as the Thunder in the valley fireworks show so hotel space is very limited.  I happen to know that as of today there are a few rooms at the Coleman & Blairmore Best Canadian Motor Inn so if your planning to attend and need a room CALL RIGHT away as the next closest hotel is 40 minutes away in Pincher Creek.  Coleman 403-563-5600 Blairmore 403-562-8851.

The series moves to the east in September.  Big news for 2012 is our partnership with the FMSQ who will be hosting the Quebec round at a new location!  We are working with the FMSQ and our Ontario crew to finalize the best dates and locations which will be announced in February.

Please keep an eye on our site  www.worldendurocanada.com for more details – we will be updating it regularly in the next few months with both our National and regional event news.

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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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Harley Davidson at the Toronto MMIC Motorcycle Show

An Action-packed Weekend Is Guaranteed For All At The Harley-Davidson Booth

Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada and participating Harley-Davidson Retailers kick-start the MMIC Motorcycle season in Toronto, at the Metro Convention Centre from December 9 to 11, 2011. On just over 6,300 square feet, an impressive line-up of 2012 Harley motorcycles will be showcased, including the popular XL 883 Sportster SuperLow motorcycle, with a Canadian, suggested Retail price of under $10,000, the new and versatile Dyna Switchback motorcycle, and the audacious, yet understated, limited edition CVO Road Glide Custom motorcycle.

Visitors will be able to explore the world of H-D1 Factory Customization through an interactive display. Whether we are talking blacked-out, stripped-down, or chromed-out bikes, the H-D1 Customization Program brings together all of the exclusive parts, processes, and people necessary to allow users to design, build, fit, and personalize a Harley-Davidson motorcycle to be a Custom of One. To build your dream Harley motorcycle, visit www.harleycanada.com/hd1bikebuilder.

Friday December 9 is SHE RIDES NITE, an industry celebration of women who ride and those who are interested in the sport of motorcycling. That night, all women in attendance will receive a special give-away at the Harley-Davidson booth.

On Saturday December 10, UFC fighters, Jake Shields and Brendan Schaub, as well as UFC Octagon Girl, Brittney Palmer, will be holding an exclusive autograph session at the Harley-Davidson booth between 1:00 and 3:00 pm. For those attending UFC 140 at the ACC, stop by the Harley-Davidson octagon-style display and get your photo taken with hot bikes and models between 4:00 pm and midnight.

Throughout the Toronto Motorcycle Show, visitors will be able to sit on the motorcycles, interact with the displays, and receive useful information from a team of knowledgeable staff. They will also be eligible to enter the draw for a $1,000 Harley-Davidson gift card, as well as pick up a copy of the brand-new published 2012 Test Our Metal Program Calendar which outlines when, where, and how you can test-ride the new model Harley-Davidson motorcycles for free! The calendar is also available online at www.harleycanada.com

Toronto Motorcycle Show - Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Show Hours:

Friday: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

For further information on the Toronto Motorcycle Show, please refer to www.torontomotorcycleshow.ca


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World Ducati Week 2012 accounced

Announced during Ducati’s recent model year 2012 Press Conference and Milan International Motorcycle Show, the long-awaited dates and location for the World Ducati Week 2012 event are now confirmed. Passionate fans all over the world are invited to join Ducati at the Misano circuit in Italy, June 21-24, 2012.

First organized in 1998, WDW successfully brought together ‘Ducatisti’ from all over the world to celebrate their shared passion for the legendary Italian-made motorcycles. The event has since attracted an ever-increasing attendance of people who enjoy the high-powered fun and community spirit of the iconicbrand, with a record-breaking attendance of 60,000 fans from 5 continents and 28 countries recorded at the last event in 2010.

WDW2012 is sure to follow the tried and tested formula of race track events, shows, top riders, competitions and great music all combined with the incredible atmosphere created by thousands of motorcycles arriving from all around the globe.

As the event’s massive attendance is sure to invade the entire Riviera Romagnola, Ducati’s WDW2012 organization has enjoyed the close cooperation and special partnership of authorities such as the Province of Rimini, Municipality of Misano, Municipality of Cattolica, Municipality of Riccione and the Republic of San Marino. Continued cooperation with the Leardini Group has also underlined the region’s Misano circuit venue as the ‘theatre’ for WDW, an event further supported by APT Emilia Romagna, promoting a region of Italy famously known as ‘Motor Valley’.

Ducati looks forward to seeing you at WDW 2012!

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'Scooter School' at this year's Toronto Motorcycle Show

There's going to be free Scooter rides at the Toronto Motorcycle Show this year courtesy of Yamaha Canada and facilitated by Clinton Smout.

Full Details:

Scooters don’t always get the credit they deserve. We know how fuel efficient, practical and easy they are to get around town on, but what about the actual sensation of riding a scooter?

Riding is believing and riding a scooter is an absolute blast. That’s why Yamaha is allowing people 16 years and older to demo their latest and greatest 50cc scooters at this year’s Toronto Motorcycle Show on December 9-11. There is no cost involved and you don’t even need a motorcycle license! Those interested in trying out a Yamaha scooter are asked to visit the Yamaha Riding Academy (YRA) at the show. 

Scooter School schedule:
Friday 5:30pm-6pm (Ladies Night – FREE show entry after 5pm for all women!)
Saturday 1pm - 1:30pm & 4pm - 4:30pm
Sunday 1pm - 1:30pm & 4pm - 4:30pm

The YRA’s Head Motorcycle Instructor, Clinton Smout, will suit up riders in proper riding gear and ensure they know everything there is to know about riding a scooter (which shouldn’t take long, since there are no gears or clutch)

Yamaha scooters available to demo: BWs 50, Vino 50 and C3. To view all of Yamaha’s latest scooters, visit Yamaha-motor.ca.

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Tickets for the Sixth Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion

TICKETS FOR THE SIXTH ANNUAL CANADIAN MOTORCYCLE HALL OF FAME INDUCTION BANQUET AND REUNION NOW AVAILABLE

Tickets for the Sixth Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion are available online using the order form below or by contacting Daniel Tessier at 647.920.1334.
Eleven motorcycling legends and champions are to be inducted into the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame on November 5th, 2011 at the Delta Meadowvale Resort and Conference Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.

This accomplished group of men and women have achieved excellence in one or more competitive disciplines or made a significant contribution to the well-being, advancement or general positive image of motorcycling in Canada.

The inductees for 2011 are :
- Larry Bastedo - Contributor and Competitor
- Herb Becker - Builder, Supporter
- John Clare - Contributor
- Kathleen Coburn - Competitor: Road Racing, Enduro, Superbike
- Jon Cornwell - Competitor: Dirt Track, Ice, Road Racing
- John De Gruchy - Competitor: Trials, Scrambles
- Len Dillon - Competitor: Speedway, Dirt Track
- Moe Fraser - Competitor: Dirt Track
- Jack Hunt - Competitor: Motocross
- Rueben McMurter - Competitor: Road Racing
- Toni Sharpless - Competitor: 1/2 mile, Ice, Road Racing, Enduro

The candidates will officially be inducted into the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame in November as part of the Sixth Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion. Tickets for this special gala event are now available through the Hall of Fame website at ORDER Form. or by calling Daniel Tessier at 647.920.1334.

Following the great success of the 2010 Induction Banquet in Vancouver, British Columbia, this year's event promises to be another fun-filled evening of great storytelling - where inductees and their friends, fans and families can catch-up and share memories and plans for future accomplishments.

Founded by Bar and Hedy Hodgson in 1999, the Canadian International Motorcycle Heritage Museum Foundation preserves and promotes Canadian motorcycle history for the benefit of the motorcycling community and public. The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame was added to the Foundation operations in 2005, with the first inductions made in May of 2006. For more information about past inductees, historic motorcycle collections, event sponsorship, and tax-deductible donations, visit www.motorcyclehalloffame.ca.

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BMW Motorrad and Husqvarna Motorcycles at the IAA 2011.

The motorcycle business unit of BMW Group will be presenting its two brands BMW Motorrad and Husqvarna Motorcycles at the IAA 2011 in Frankfurt.

The leading international trade fair for mobility will be held this year under the motto “Future comes as standard”. From 15 to 25 September, more than 500 exhibitors will be presenting to trade visitors and the general public their special interpretations of individual mobility. The organisers are expecting over 850,000 visitors on the exhibition grounds in Frankfurt.

For the first time, BMW Motorrad and Husqvarna Motorcycles will have their own Motorrad Pavilion to round off the BMW Group presence at the world's largest motor show. The BMW Motorrad and Husqvarna Motorcycles stand will be next to the BMW Group Pavilion (Hall 11) in the outdoor area on the hall's north side.

Two world and a public premiere for the new Husqvarna NUDA 900R

BMW Motorrad will be presenting a cross section through its touring, enduro, urban, and sports products from its 2011 model range. These will be the current series motorcycles including the single cylinder enduro G 650 GS, the flat-twin bestseller R 1200 GS, and the new supertourer K 1600 GTL with inline six cylinder engine.

Corresponding to this presentation of BMW Automobiles, including the visionary studies BMW i3 Concept and BMW i8 Concept, another BMW Motorrad design study, this time on e-mobility, will be celebrating its world premiere.

Also Husqvarna Motorcycles, the second motorcycle brand of BMW Group, will be presenting a cross section through its innovative single cylinder sports motorcycles. In addition, the NUDA 900R, the first Husqvarna street motorcycle with two cylinders since 1937, will also be celebrating its trade fair and public premiere, when it will be presented in a version near to series production. With the NUDA 900R, the Italian brand will be embarking on a new chapter in its company history of over a hundred years, and launching a powerful, emotionally charged motorcycle. It combines the characteristic genes of the Husqvarna brand with the BMW Motorrad competence in technology and innovation.


As a further highlight, the public can expect a new idea for individual single track mobility. The visionary, extraordinary design concept by Husqvarna Motorcycles targets specifically young customers seeking a single track commuter vehicle outside of the scooter segment.

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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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BMW Motorrad Summerfest - COMING SOON!


It's that time of year again when fans of BMW motorcycles gather for BMW Motorrad Summerfest. Taking place August 19th – 21st, 2011 at Mosport International Raceway - it's THE place to be if you're a BMW enthusiast. There's going to be racing, demo rides, skills challenges, rider equipment, free concerts, camping, and more.  

Motorcycling enthusiasts from all over will gather at BMW Motorrad Summerfest, from August 19th – 21st, 2011 at Mosport International Raceway. There’s always a fantastic atmosphere – with a party on Saturday evening featuring live music by a selection of Canadian talent, many new things to see plus getting together with old friends – there’s always a lot to talk about. Popular events this year include great off-road and on-road demo rides, rider training courtesy of Sécurité Active, and the fast–paced race action in the Parts Canada Superbike Championship.

Come for the day or stay for the weekend. Choose from on-site camping, RVing, or off-site B&B and hotel accommodations to ensure your BMW Motorrad Summerfest weekend gears up the way you want. Don’t forget the BMW Marketplace too, with product demos, service specials, parts and accessories and branded apparel – this is where you’ll find it and more!


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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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Motoress Salutes the Decade of Action for Road Safety!

Toronto, Ontario, Canada, June 15, 2011 – All around the world, governments have joined in to promote this as the Decade of Action for Road Safety- 2011-2020 whose aim is to encourage better safety behaviour among road users aiming to reduce road deaths and injuries across the world. “Every six seconds someone is killed or injured on the world’s roads. Motorcyclists are especially vulnerable, so we must encourage a better understanding of the risks, promote safety programs, and advanced rider training for all riders. We also need to increase the respect for each other on our shared roads – no matter the vehicle. There are too many unnecessary accidents, which in most cases, could be avoided. Responsibility lies with the motorcyclist to improve their skills. It’s up to them to better understand how they can react to incident and equally how their bike reacts when operated in an emergency situation such as braking or swerving”, says Vicki Gray, founder of the International Female Ride Day and of MOTORESS who also teaches motorcycle skill operation enhancement and special tactics for women riders.

Launched in May by the UN, the first event of this decade occurred in Canada from May 25th to 27th at Toronto Motorsports Park, Cayuga Ontario. The ERTS (Experienced Riders Training Symposium), a FIM - Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme’s event, brought together more than sixty experienced instructors from Belgium, Austria, Sweden, Ecuador, The Netherlands, United States and Canada, to name a few, and ten observers. During the nearly three-day event, delegates had the chance to participate in seven riding modules that highlighted various aspects of rider training and motorcycle operation safety. Within the specific sessions, participants had the occasion of riding Harley-Davidson official police bikes, test a Zero electric bike or try the CAN-AM Spyder - trike’s, BMW motorcycles equipped with ABS (Anti Lock Braking System), cruisers, KYMCO scooters and Yamaha off-road bikes. Seminars also took place covering an array of trend setting subjects such as the ABS advances by Bosch.

Vicki was involved in teaching the Rider Enhancement Module with the use of BMW motorcycles whose objective demonstrated exercises for experienced licensed riders in order to improve their base skill set. “It was a tremendously rewarding experience and a further affirmation that each professional or certified instructor shared the common goal of improving safety by increasing skill set among their students – no matter the country of origin. This year Canada had the privilege to host this international event allowing us the opportunity to demonstrate country specific programs and experiences characteristic to the Canadian riding culture”. The ERTS 2011 was organized by the Canadian Motorcyclist Association (CMA) and the Canadian Safety Council (CSC) for the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM). The next ERTS event will take place in 2013, in Sweden.

For more information about the Decade of Action for Road Safety, visit the following link on Motoress.com:

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World Enduro Canada presents the 3rd-Annual Shelburne Mini Enduro

A Special-Test format closed course enduro, just for kid’s ages 6-12!  Saturday May 28, 2011

This event is designed to introduce young riders to the sport of special test style enduro! The course is designed to be easy to negotiate by all skill levels on minis, from 50cc automatics to larger 125cc four strokes. Bikes must be quiet! All entrants must be accompanied by an adult. Parents are welcome to bring a motorcycle to travel to special test locations.
Bikes do not need numbers. This is an excellent event for kids who aren’t ready for motocross or cross-country racing but are interested in motorcycle competition. Wolfgang Wiesner has been working hard setting up special tests and laying out the course.

World Enduro Canada will donate electronic scoring equipment and will provide loaner transponders for all entrants with no fee! Entrants will be divided into three separate skill classes, results will be posted quickly and all riders will receive an award! After the ride Wiesner Insurance will provide a free BBQ.
10-minutes N of Orangeville off Hwy 10, 555111 Mono Amaranth Town Line
Sign in 9:00AM. Course inspection at 9:30, riders meeting at 10:30, start time 11:00. The number of laps will vary depending on class and skill level.

$20 per rider. No competition license or transponder fee.

Please RSVP your intent to ride and any questions to swiesner@worldendurocanada.com

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Enormous Success For International Female Ride Day!



Thousands of women from all corners of the planet took the road to participate in worldwide-synchronized event.

Last Friday, May 6th, thousands of female riders around the world celebrated the 5th International Female Ride Day and took their motorcycle or scooter to – “Just Ride!” From Vancouver to Cape Spear in Newfoundland, Los Angeles to New York, Paris, Paros, Budapest, Brisbane to Perth – and further, women riders celebrated! The globally synchronized happening has no other counterpart in the world. The day demonstrated once more that women riders from poles apart were passionate and devoted to sharing a kinship with each other in the activity of motorcycling. The 5th International Female Ride Day (IFRD) again preceded participating numbers from years prior as evidenced by reports, social media feedback and photo uploads underlining its enormous participating numbers and expansion. The event’s success makes a remarkable start for Motorcycle Safety Month, designated for the month of May, where women riders took the first step to demonstrate good motorcycling habits.

IFRD is the only event of its kind on the planet and has been bringing women motorcyclists together on one designated day since it began in 2007 - and 2011 superseded this “global rendez-vous”. In Budapest Hungary, women riders celebrated IFRD with a ride and a ceremonial group-dance in famed “Heroes’ Square”. At the same time, women scooted around the Greek Island of Paros with the IFRD flyer on their windscreen and another in Paris France posed at the base of the Eiffel Tower while wearing her IFRD t-shirt! “I could not be more delighted on this 5th occasion as women riders got out there with a force that could not go unnoticed! The campaign continues to broaden its reach with more women riders joining in and of course, those who every year now host their usual local event or planned ride. Let’s face it, it’s a fun event to be part of, every single woman rider plays a role- it’s purely for women riders, not about the brand they ride, their skill level or their age. Women appreciate that and take great pride in being “the” component of the mission”, says Vicki Gray, founder of the International Female Ride Day and of MOTORESS. “Women agree with the campaign and their growing participation is the most rewarding fact we can have”, states Vicki adding that International Female Ride Day’s objective is that of bringing awareness to the number of women who ride while encouraging others to take up the activity.

The 6th edition of the International Female Ride Day will be on May 4th, 2012.

International Female Ride Day is supported by BMW MOTORRAD, HARLEY-DAVIDSON (Deeley Canada) HONDA, KAWASAKI, KYMCO, SUZUKI, YAMAHA, ARAI, AFMQ (Association des femmes motocyclistes du Quebec), CANADIAN BIKER, CMA (Canadian Motorcycle Association), DRAGGIN JEANS, GEARING UP (Canada Safety Council), GO-GO GEAR, INSIDE MOTORCYCLES, RIDE FOR SIGHT, RIDERS PLUS INSURANCE, FIM (Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme).

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Deely Harley-Davidson Canada puts on an interactive display in Port Dover on Friday the 13th

Cloudless Skies Forecasted for Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada at PD13

Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada will once again welcome tens of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts to Port Dover for the PD13 event on May 13. The event will feature an interactive display consisting of new model motorcycles, a presentation of the newest General Merchandise and Parts & Accessories, as well as JumpStart – an innovative motorcycle simulator that allows anyone to personally experience the thrill of the throttle that only comes with riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Visitors will also be able to try on Hybrid and Sun Shield helmets for fit, comfort and style, and they will also learn more about the cutting edge technology behind the new Rider Comfort System. Representative of a new, in-house customization program, the interactive H-D1 Fit Shop display will demonstrate how a Harley-Davidson Retailer can tailor a bike to match a rider’s size, stature and riding style.

As part of a Customer appreciation initiative, Harley Owners Group members will be able to pick up an exclusive commemorative Port Dover pin while supplies last. H.O.G. Canada will also facilitate on-site membership renewals and new member registrations.

The Harley-Davidson booth will be situated at 19 Harbor Street in Port Dover and will be open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Friday, May 13. Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada is looking forward to giving you a warm welcome.



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Ride for Sight charity rides - Across Canada

Ride for Sight is a charity event run by the Foundation Fighting Blindness benefitting vision research. Started in 1979 Ride for Sight is the longest running motorcycle charity fundraiser in Canada. Participants who raise a minimum donation of $50 or $75 depending on the area are able to attend the Ride for Sight Celebration event which features a variety of activities including bike games, live entertainment, show n’ shines, a vendor marketplace and more. Participants also have the option of riding in a motorcycle parade from a select location to the celebration site. Central Ontario Ride for Sight is the largest motorcycle parade in the country.

Ride for Sight takes place in Central Ontario on the 17th 18th and 19th of June 2011 at Tudhope Park, Orillia, in Alberta on the 10th 11th and 12th of June 2011 at Stoney Nakoda Resort and Casino, in Newfoundland and Labrador on the 24th 25th and 26th of June 2011 at Gander Community Centre, and in Nova Scotia on June 11 2011 at Steeltown Park, Trenton. More information can be found at www.rideforsight.com and any questions can be directed to info@rideforsight.com

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Fridady, May 6th: - Get Ready for International Female Ride Day


This week, on Friday, May 6th, women riders around the world will get on their motorcycles or scooters to celebrate the fifth International Female Ride Day. This unique and globally synchronized event has no other counterpart in the world and will bring together thousand of women motorcyclists from all over the planet. In 2011, the International Female Ride Day is about to precede prior years attendance as more countries and women riders join the action.

International Female Ride Day (IFRD) whose simple theme asks women to “JUST RIDE”, is a designated day, aimed at bringing awareness to the existing and mounting numbers of women motorcyclists. It is the only event of its kind on the planet and which has been bringing women riders together since 2007. “International female Ride Day is a unique event in the world. No other event is or has ever reached out to women from all parts of the world on just one global, synchronized day- this is the real deal! It’s success is equally attributed to women riders of all ages, styles of riding and motorcycle brands who took this idea I presented to them five years ago and made it what it is- phenomenal!” says Vicki Gray, founder of the International Female Ride Day and of MOTORESS. “For the 5th year we’re so excited to include women rider groups in Russia, Germany and India to the action. Since the beginning, IFRD has attracted more and more women. It is incredible to see its growth! Women know that they are participating in a unique event that has no relation whatsoever to the type of bike they are riding”, states Vicki.

Since its introduction in 2007, International Female Ride Day has continued to expand demonstrating magnificent growth. This has also been a result of the endorsement and support from the motorcycle industry and its prominent leaders, renowned female rider clubs, and international governing bodies such as Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM). In 2011 women riders throughout Canada, United States, Australia, England, The Netherlands, Greece, Italy, Poland, Israel, Hungary, Slovakia, India, Russia Germany and more - will contribute to the campaign in compelling numbers.

International Female Ride Day is supported by BMW MOTORRAD, HARLEY-DAVIDSON (Deeley Canada) HONDA, KAWASAKI, KYMCO, SUZUKI, YAMAHA, ARAI, AFMQ (Association des femmes motocyclistes du Quebec), CMA (Canadian Motorcycle Association), DRAGGIN JEANS, GEARING UP (Canada Safety Council), GO-GO GEAR, INSIDE MOTORCYCLES, RIDE FOR SIGHT, RIDERS PLUS INSURANCE, FIM (Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme).

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International Female Ride Day One Month Away!


Just one-month away on Friday 6 May, women riders around the world will get on their motorcycles in unison to celebrate the fifth globally-synchronized International Female Ride Day! In 2011, this unique motorcycling event unifying women motorcyclists around the planet spans its reach yet further as more countries and women riders join the action!

International Female Ride Day whose simple theme asks women to “JUST RIDE”, is a designated day, aimed at bringing awareness to the existing and mounting numbers of women motorcyclists, a prominent escalating segment of the motorcycling community who ride just as much as their male counterparts. “We ride on a Friday to emphasize the fact that motorcycling for women is not only a hobby but something women incorporate into their every day lives. Women ride to work, to school or to run errands, such as I do on my scooter in the city- it’s a reality in a woman’s life, and this day simply accentuates it. Women enthusiastically prepare to ride and unite around the world on this synchronized day - and if you look at the feedback by way of internet, it’s truly phenomenal!” says Vicki Gray, founder of the International Female Ride Day and of MOTORESS. “For the 5th year we’re so excited to welcome support and participation from National Russian Motorcycle Federation (NRMF) and equally a group of women in India who are totally on board with the action! This year many women have referred to the campaign as a ‘movement’ and really, its global size is certainly proof of that!”

Since its introduction in 2007, International Female Ride Day has continued to expand demonstrating magnificent growth. This has also been a result of the endorsement and support from the motorcycle industry and its prominent leaders, renowned female rider clubs, and international governing bodies such as Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM). In 2011 women riders throughout Canada, United States, Australia, England, The Netherlands, Greece, Italy, Poland, Israel, Hungary, Slovakia, India, Russia Germany and more- will contribute to the campaign in compelling numbers.

International Female Ride Day is supported by BMW MOTORRAD CANADA, HARLEY-DAVIDSON, HONDA, KAWASAKI, KYMCO, SUZUKI, ARAI, AFMQ (Association des femmes motocyclistes du Québec), CMA (Canadian Motorcycle Association), CANADIAN BIKER, DRAGGIN JEANS, GEARING UP (Canada Safety Council), GO-GO GEAR, INSIDE MOTORCYCLES, RIDE FOR SIGHT, RIDERS PLUS INSURANCE, FIM (Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme).




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International Female Ride Day One Month Away!


Women riders around the world prepare to ride their motorcycles for unified global action on Friday 6 May!

Just one-month away on Friday 6 May, women riders around the world will get on their motorcycles in unison to celebrate the fifth globally-synchronized International Female Ride Day! In 2011, this unique motorcycling event unifying women motorcyclists around the planet spans its reach yet further as more countries and women riders join the action!

International Female Ride Day whose simple theme asks women to “JUST RIDE”, is a designated day, aimed at bringing awareness to the existing and mounting numbers of women motorcyclists, a prominent escalating segment of the motorcycling community who ride just as much as their male counterparts. “We ride on a Friday to emphasize the fact that motorcycling for women is not only a hobby but something women incorporate into their every day lives. Women ride to work, to school or to run errands, such as I do on my scooter in the city- it’s a reality in a woman’s life, and this day simply accentuates it. Women enthusiastically prepare to ride and unite around the world on this synchronized day - and if you look at the feedback by way of internet, it’s truly phenomenal!” says Vicki Gray, founder of the International Female Ride Day and of MOTORESS. “For the 5th year we’re so excited to welcome support and participation from National Russian Motorcycle Federation (NRMF) and equally a group of women in India who are totally on board with the action! This year many women have referred to the campaign as a ‘movement’ and really, its global size is certainly proof of that!”

Since its introduction in 2007, International Female Ride Day has continued to expand demonstrating magnificent growth. This has also been a result of the endorsement and support from the motorcycle industry and its prominent leaders, renowned female rider clubs, and international governing bodies such as Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM). In 2011 women riders throughout Canada, United States, Australia, England, The Netherlands, Greece, Italy, Poland, Israel, Hungary, Slovakia, India, Russia Germany and more- will contribute to the campaign in compelling numbers.

International Female Ride Day is supported by BMW MOTORRAD CANADA, HARLEY-DAVIDSON, HONDA, KAWASAKI, KYMCO, SUZUKI, ARAI, AFMQ (Association des femmes motocyclistes du Québec), CMA (Canadian Motorcycle Association), CANADIAN BIKER, DRAGGIN JEANS, GEARING UP (Canada Safety Council), GO-GO GEAR, INSIDE MOTORCYCLES, RIDE FOR SIGHT, RIDERS PLUS INSURANCE, FIM (Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme).

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Trials Clinic for all levels - Toronto events scheduled

On May 14 and 15 2011 Ryan Young from Kentucky will be in the Toronto area to host a Trials riding clinic for people who have never tried as well as all other levels. He's a 6 time US National Champ so, yeah, he knows a thing or two about trials.
 
Bikes and gear are provided or you can bring your own. Ryan has been hosting these clinics for many years and is the best at what he does.
 
This type of training will benefit every type of rider - whether you're a motocrosser or a street rider - this clinic will teach you better motorcycle control which will benefit you whatever surface you choose to ride on.
 
For all details go to www.trailtour.com.
 
Book soon!

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Lois Pryce heading to Thunder Bay - March 29th.

British motorcycle adventurer and author Lois Pryce will be in Thunder Bay on March 29th and will be speaking at the Port Arthur Prosvita at 7:00 pm. She'll be giving a presentation about her ride from Alaska to Argentina.

Admission is $10.00 per person and there are only 100 tickets being sold. This promises to be an exciting evening so get your tickets early!

In the meanwhile you can check out her web site that has lots of information and pictures on her travels across Africa and North and South America.

www.loisontheloose.com

Or  visit http://www.loisontheloose.com/news.html for details on how to get tickets to attend the event in Thunder Bay.

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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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International Female Ride Day Rides Around the World for the 5th Year on Friday 6 May!

This year International Female Ride Day celebrates its fifth year of women riders getting on their motorcycles to JUST RIDE. With four years of history bringing awareness for women riders, the force created and expected for the fifth year of this globally synchronized action will be nothing less than phenomenal! More women, and more countries are including themselves in the campaign and those already participating are bumping up the game plan with expanded actions for Friday May 6th.



Countless women riders participate year after year delighting in their role to “just ride” on International Female Ride Day. For them, this annual occasion is unlike any other motorcycle event and has become the activity “not to be missed” in women riders’ agendas. “The growth and dedication each year of proud and enthusiastic participants who have supported the concept from the get-go, is wonderful. The excitement and enthusiasm for being part of the only global campaign for women riders continues to catch on like wildfire! Women devotedly prepare to ride and unite on this synchronized day around the world!” says Vicki Gray, the founder of the International Female Ride Day and of MOTORESS. “For the 5th year we’ve included an image of the world to the yearly icon. This of course signifies the campaigns global action. It will also be the design on our very sought after collectible International Female Ride Day t-shirt”.

Since its introductory year in 2007 International Female Ride Day has experienced spectacular growth along with endorsement by key motorcycle industry leaders, renowned female rider clubs and international governing bodies such as Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM). “We here at BMW Motorrad Canada are very proud to be a supporter of International Female Ride Day”, states Norman Wells, Director of BMW Motorrad Canada. “For many years now we have deployed our own initiatives for female riders as we recognize this segment as a growing and very important one to overall success of the motorcycle industry. We wish all participants a great day and hope that MOTORESS will continue to experience growth with the event here in Canada and globally”, he adds.

The campaign’s growth continued even amidst a struggling world economy that heavily affected the motorsport industry at large. For this 5th edition, Vicki Gray observes the continuous recognition of the event. “The popularity of this event comes from the concept that it invites women riders of all ages, styles and forms of motorcycling to take lead and play a role. Plus it’s a lot of fun! The campaign is a reality and it’s obvious by it’s participated numbers, it’s here to stay!” adds Vicki.

Sport bike, cruiser, scooter, off-road, touring or competition, regardless of what type or style of motorcycling interest, International Female Ride Day makes one simple request of women – Just Ride! Get on your bikes, be out there and be visible. The concept has assembled its power and participation in this simple, worldwide-synchronized theme linking a chain of women through the shared activity of motorcycling. It's one day to celebrate and highlight the many numbers of women who share their passion for the sport. The fact that every female rider participating on May 6th is a role model for others not yet taken the step to enjoy motorcycling, has added to the event’s intentions and participation.

International FEMALE RIDE DAY “fever” significantly magnifies each year and 2011 expects to host and welcome more riders and participants than in year’s prior. Canada, United States, Australia, England, The Netherlands, Greece, Italy, Poland, Israel, Qatar, Denmark and Russia as well as other countries will again be contributing to the campaign in compelling numbers. In 2010, International Female Ride Day was recognized by the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM).



For more online information about International Female Ride Day, visit:
International Female Ride Day


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Ormstown Vintage Off Road Festival 2011

The the third Ormstown Vintage Off Road Festival is scheduled to being August 25th, 2011.  There's going to be lots of eye candy and fun activities for vintage fans so mark your calendars.

Pour le poster en francais visitez www.rocler.qc.ca/ariane/VORF.htm

Mick Andrews is looking forward to coming to Canada to race and offer a Trials School. Start preparing your vintage bikes, particularly any OSSA or YAMAHA, our featured marques this year. Don't forget to book your tickets for the Saturday night dinner and speeches in the new pavillion.



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2011 Atlantic Motorycle and ATV show opens Friday

The 2011 Atlantic Motorycle and ATV show opens this Friday in Moncton at the Moncton Coliseum.  We'll see you there!

It's one of 7 successful, national manufacturer supported motorcycle shows from coast to coast. Owned by the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC). It gives us East Coast folks a chance to check out all the new bikes, gear, and other motorcycle-related products and services.

The nation’s leading manufacturers will be well represented. You'll see Ducati, Yamaha, Suzuki, Triumph, Harley-Davidson, KTM, BMW, Polaris, and Honda. There will be a few others you might not be as famiar with too like Saga, CFMoto, Dinli, and others.

Rene Cormier, will be at the show with his BMW F650GS. He'll be sharing stories of his five year ride around the world and the book he wrote about it.

Heather Ireland and the Biker TV crew will be there too!

Admission
Adults: $10
Seniors/Students: $8

Hours
Friday
February 11 12 noon – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday
February 12 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Sunday
February 13 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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North American International Motorcycle SuperShow - Begins Friday

Just a little reminder that the 2011 North American International Motorcycle Supershow is opening its doors this Friday January 7th and running until Sunday, Jan. 9th.

425,000 square feet make it one of the largest motorcycle shows in Canada (if not THE largest). There's lots of free parking, huge dealer displays, all the 2011's, 50 exhibitors, shopping deals, entertainment, and over 70 clubs, rides and rallies.

Get the full scoop HERE - Get a discount on your ticket HERE.

WHERE:

International Centre
6900 Airport Road
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

WHEN:
Friday Jan. 7:  10am – 10pm
Saturday Jan. 8: 10am – 10pm
Sunday Jan. 9: 10am – 6pm

ADMISSION:

Adults $18
Youths (6-12 years) $5
Children under 6 admitted free


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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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2011 Dakar Teaser

Oh yes, it's almost THAT time of year. The Dakar is coming - January 1st-16th.  This year is going to be one to watch; particularly the motorcycle class.  Everybody will be riding bikes with 450cc or less of displacement this year.

KTM has dominated the Dakar for a number of years and this year they've got a custom built 450 prepared but you're going to see a lot of manufacturers trying to compete for the top spot this year. It'll be interesting to see how it all plays out.

Check out the teaser!


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Toronto Motorcycle Show - this weekend!

For the millions of people within close proximity to Toronto; if you're looking for something to do this weekend you're in luck! The Toronto Motorcycle Show begins this Friday, December 10th and runs through  Sunday, December 12th.

Full Details:


- The Toronto Motorcycle Show, widely recognized as the Canadian motorcycle and ATV industries’ premier motorcycle, scooter and ATV showcase, is just a week away from offering the first public viewing of the coolest new rides for 2011. The show is the first stop on the MMIC seven-city, cross country tour where leading manufacturers and distributors offer the riding community a first glimpse of their new 2011 models, and is the only show in Ontario of its kind.

“The Toronto Motorcycle Show is the premier show of its kind. It’s the perfect venue to introduce new products to the public and the industry,” said Bob Ramsey, President of the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC). “The usual suspects like Aprilia, BMW, BRP, Ducati, Harley- Davidson, Honda, Husqvarna, Hyosung, Kawasaki, KTM, Moto Guzzi, Polaris, Royal Enfield, Suzuki, Triumph, Vespa, Victory, and Yamaha will be showcasing what’s new for 2011,” he added.

“Although the 2010 riding season is ending, for many enthusiasts, The Toronto Motorcycle Show signifies the beginning of the new 2011 season,” said Darryl Bond, Show Manager. “Dec. 10-12 is going to be an action-packed, family friendly weekend that will appeal to new and avid riders, women, and kids of all ages. There’s something for everyone,” he added.

New motorcycles and scooters to expect at The Toronto Motorcycle Show include:
- Yamaha Canada’s new Super Tenere, Stryker, FZ8 and Stratoliner Deluxe.
- Harley Davidson’s 2011 Sportster Superlow, Road Glide Ultra, Street Glide and CVO Road Glide Ultra.
- Honda’s all new 2011 CBR250R, CBR125R, CB1000RA and the debut of TRX 500.
- BRP presents its new Spyder RT Limited, Spyder RS-S, Commander 1000 and Commander 800.
- Canadian Kawasaki’s new Ninja ZX10R, Vulcan 1700 Vaquero and Ninja 400R.
- Ducati’s all new Diavel musclecruiser, Multistrada and Monster 796.
- KTM’s 990 SMT and all new 350 SX-F motocross.
- Triumph’s new Tiger 800XC.
- National Motorsports introduces the Hyosung ST7 Aquila and Zero electrics.
- Norton 961 Sport from Norton Canada.
- BMW introduces the all new K1600GT and GTL, G650GS and R1200R.
- Suzuki’s new GSXR 750, TU250 Retro and totally revamped GSXR 600.
- New Husqvarna TE449 Enduro.
- Royal Enfield’s new Bullet Classic Military.  Piaggio Canada presents the Aprilia RSV4 Factory, Moto Guzzi V7 Classic, Vespa GTV300 and Piaggio three wheeled MP3 Sport.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

SHE RIDES NITE: The Toronto Motorcycle Show presents SHE RIDES NITE on Friday, December 10 offering free admission for ladies after 5 p.m. With more women becoming involved in the sport, SHE RIDES NITE is an industry-sponsored evening for women who ride or are considering taking up the sport.

Inside Motorcycle’s Winners’ Circle:  Inside Motorcycles and Inside Moto-X are proud to present the first-class machinery and personalities that contribute to Canada's racing successes. Meet the fearless riders and their winning bikes, talk to skilled tuners and admire the dedication and craftsmanship that go into creating a race-winning motorcycle. Special guests include: Jordan Szoke, Doug Beattie, Steven Nickerson, Brian Wojnarowski and Bobby Kiniry. Szoke, the consecutive winner of the Canadian Superbike National Crown and the CMA National Trails Champion, will be available all weekend long for autograph signings with his winning Honda CBR1000RR and the Gas Gas Raga 300.

Yamaha Riding School for Kids: Yamaha Canada and Canadian Motorcycle Training  Services present a free opportunity for kids aged 6 - 12 (certain conditions apply) to learn to ride on the latest Yamaha TT-R off-road motorcycles.

Riders Marketplace specials: Looking to save some cash on 2010 models and gear? With dealers anxious to clear space for new 2011 bikes and ATVs, take advantage of year-end sales incentives and rebates on bikes, aftermarket apparel and parts, accessories and protective equipment - exclusively at The Toronto Motorcycle Show.

Parts Canada and Heather Ireland:  Parts Canada will present seminars offering budding racers tips on how to obtain those elusive sponsorships. Meet Biker TV’s Host and female motorcycle enthusiast, Heather Ireland at the Parts Canada display.

Full Throttle Theatre Celebrity Stage: The interactive seminar stage offers the latest in the racing scene and a chance for show-goers to meet the some industry celebrities. Hosted by Frank Wood, the stage offers non-stop action all weekend offering interviews, racing personalities, movies and exciting guest speakers, including: Patrick Trahan, Rene Cormier, Jordan Szoke and more!

One cause, 26 countries and 60 days on a bike - Patrick Trahan: The man with a plan will be at the show to talk about his upcoming quest in support of the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. In winter 2011, Patrick will attempt a record-setting circumnavigation of Africa, though 26 countries in 60 days on rough, remote and dangerous terrain in an attempt to raise $25,000 for kids. Visit him in the Honda Canada booth with his 2011 XR650L bike.

Rene Cormier: Join the adventure as 33-year-old Canadian BMW rider Rene Cormier tells the story of how he stepped away from the corporate world, cashed in what few possessions he had to finance a $25 a day, three-year, 154,000 kilometer motorcycle trek through 41 countries. Rene will be presenting all weekend at the Full Throttle Stage. Rider Nation: Rider Nation features a variety of riding groups, associations, weekend race events, charity rides and outings that motorcyclists from all walks of life can enjoy.

Memory Lane…Vintage Bikes: The Vintage Road Racing Association (VRRA) presents an exhibit of rare and well preserved racing bikes and heritage motorcycles from the past.

Show Details

Where:  The Toronto Motorcycle Show
South Building, Metro Toronto Convention Centre
222 Bremner Boulevard (beside the CN Tower)

When:
Friday, December 10, 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 11, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 12, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Admission:
Adults: $16.00
Juniors (Ages 6 to 15): $10.00
Children (under six years): Free when accompanied by an adult
Family Pass (two adults & two juniors): $38.00

The Metro Toronto Convention Centre will host The Toronto Motorcycle Show, one of seven Canadian motorcycle and ATV shows owned by the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC) and Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV).



 

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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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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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BMW Motorrad GS Trophy 2010. Adventure, sports and competition in South Africa

Beginning November 13, 30 riders from 13 nations from around the world will compete in a week of adventure riding, special tests, teamwork challenges and problem solving – a week that will also be about having fun, getting back to nature and enjoying this iconic genre of adventure motorcycle.

So with the clock ticking, here’s a heads-up on one of the most innovative bike competitions in the world today, explaining what the event’s about, where it’s happening and when it’s happening.

What is the GS Trophy?

The GS Trophy is a celebration of the spirit of the BMW GS motorcycle, bringing together those elements of leisure, adventure and challenge that this bike engenders. This edition of the GS Trophy is extra special as it’s also celebrating 30 years of the GS motorcycle.

The Africa 2010 event is the second edition of the GS Trophy, the previous edition took place in Tunisia in 2008. An immediate success, it pitched teams from different nations against each other yet also created a sense of brotherhood and camaraderie that brought them together. The team from the USA may have won the competition, but all who rode in the 2008 edition quite rightly felt they were winners, too.
Word spread of this exciting event and so, to meet demand, for 2010 the GS Trophy (now a biennial event) has doubled in size. Instead of five teams of three riders, this edition will see ten teams, comprising 30 riders from 13 nations, competing.

“The GS Trophy is an inspiration for GS riders all around the world,” explains Hendrik von Kuenheim, General Director of BMW Motorrad. “GS riders are by their very nature both enthusiasts and adventurers, so the GS Trophy captures that essence by bringing together people from different cultures and backgrounds to ride these wonderful bikes through such beautiful and challenging landscapes. The event is quite unique, and with 2010 being the 30th anniversary of the GS this edition in South Africa will be something very special.”

Who are the riders?

The participants of the GS Trophy are non-professional riders who have won their positions in the GS Trophy through national qualifiers known as “GS Challenges”.

GS Trophy organiser Michael Trammer explains the process: “The GS Trophy was designed to give amateurs with off-road experience the opportunity to take part in a large-scale enduro competition. To ensure that the finalists are of a comparable standard we set them a series of tests that correspond to a standardised level throughout the GS Challenge events held around the world. It’s our desire that whatever the final result, each participant will get to experience something they will never forget – ultimately, there will be no losers, as just to be selected to represent your country is a significant achievement.”

The GS Challenges took place between April and October this year. The response from the GS-riding public has been overwhelming, with many events adopting two- and even three-day formats in order to support a fair selection process. In Japan, for instance, the Challenge event attracted 320 riders, while in Sweden over 500 riders took part in an expanded event that was branded ‘Adventure Days’.

Where and when does the GS Trophy take place?

The GS Trophy begins on November 13 and ends on November 21. The start and finish are both in Johannesburg, but between those dates the competitors will be riding across South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique. The exact itinerary and details of the tasks and challenges are to remain a well-guarded secret until closer to the start date. However, fellow organiser Tomm Wolf has described the event thus:

“We will be traveling around 2000 kilometres across an extremely varied landscape. South Africa will be open and very wide; we’ll experience mountains, forests and great enduro landscapes in Swaziland, while in Mozambique it will be sand all the way. We have been able to call upon local experience and knowledge to devise a programme that ensures that the riders will enjoy a unique, authentic and diverse experience that will  take in five game reserves and six different venues in total, with elevation ranges from sea level to around 2000 metres.”

Watch out for more information on the BMW Motorrad GS Trophy 2010 in the BMW PressClub, on www.gstrophy.com as well as through Facebook and Twitter.


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Schedule a Triumph Sprint GT Test Ride!

The Triumph Sprint GT sport tourer will arrive at dealerships just in time for the Sprint GT Unveiling Event: October 1 - 2, 2010.

Visit a participating dealer on Friday night to see the new bike in person, get some one-on-one time with factory trained experts, and learn about what sets this bike far apart from its competitors. Then come back on Saturday to take a demo ride on one of the first Sprint GT's in the country.* As you would expect from a Triumph motorcycle, the Sprint GT delivers outstanding real world performance in a practical and stylish package.

Mark your calendar for the 2011 Sprint GT Unveiling Event. Hosted by participating dealers October 1 - 2, 2010.


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2010 Calabogie Boogie Trail Ride and Dualsport

We received some news from the folks at Rally Connex and in association with the Bytown Motorcycle Association (BMA) they're holding the Calabogie Boogie 2010 Dualsport this September 11-12 in Calabogie, Ontario.

Full Details:

Calabogie Boogie 2010 Dualsport

We have narrowed it down to just under 600km of prime trails, paths, gravel and paved roads. They are expertly linked together in a pattern that should keep everyone happy. There is a "main" route which leads through the course consisting of hard packed road allowances, gravel and paved roads. Branching off of the main route are various aggressive sections, with varying levels of difficulty. Some include two track trails, and hydro lines, while others are single track grass and short mud sections. There are look-outs and even "Extension" routes if you just can't get enough. The scenery is incredible and the wide variety of terrain will keep you giggling in your helmet. That's right, I said it.

All you need is a street legal bike. The larger bike, and those with gravel friendly tires will be linking together all the main routes, while the smaller bikes with knobby tires will be taking each of the aggressive sections. Everyone, including those in the on the trail ride, will be starting and finishing at the same location each day, including the lunch stops.

There is camping at the start area, beside the Calabogie Highlands Golf course. There are motels and gas in Calabogie, which is 10 minutes up the road.

The gas stops are within the routes, so you won't need to stray from the pack. The routes are laid out on GPS, which will be loaded at sign-in (inside the clubhouse on Friday evening and Saturday morning). If you do not have a GPS, you can buddy up with someone who does, or rent one. As with all of our events, we will have sweep riders on each route and a support truck available all day.

Bring your camera and a healthy appetite for adventure, and join about 200 fellow dirt bikers for the Calabogie Boogie Trail Ride and Dualsport.

On-line sign up and more details are available through http://www.rallyconnex.com/calabogie.htm

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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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15th Canadian National H.O.G. Rally

Starting August 5th and running through to August 7th, 2010 the 15th Canadian National H.O.G. Rally brings Harley-Davidson enthusiasts together to share their love for the open road in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada, the exclusive distributor of Harley-Davidson motorcycles in Canada, is proud to host the event to thank their most loyal and devoted Customers – the H.O.G. members. Their passion and support for the Harley-Davidson Brand makes the Brand what it is. With an expected attendance of over 1,500 participants, this event has all of the makings of becoming a memorable Rally.

Gina McNeil, Manager, Enthusiast Services, comments, “I am really excited about this year’s event. We are taking a grass-roots approach by creating a fun atmosphere where like-minded people can share their common passion in motorcycling. Although there are exclusive H.O.G. member-only events, such as seminars and ceremonies, there are plenty of activities where the public can participate as spectators. We welcome everyone in the Sherbrooke area to come out on Saturday morning to witness a parade of over 800 motorcycles. Thanks to everyone involved, including the local Retailer and Chapter, as well as the City of Sherbrooke itself for allowing us to host this event in such a biker-friendly setting. It will be a great event and we are looking forward to seeing everyone in Sherbrooke in August.”

Starting on August 5th, Sherbrooke Harley-Davidson will be the first place in Canada to test ride a brand new 2011 Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Demo rides are available to enjoy for free for anyone with a valid motorcycle licence. Bring your riding gear and make sure you do not miss this opportunity to ride the new Harley-Davidson models.

On August 6th, the Delta Sherbrooke Hotel will host a Show ‘N Shine competition. This event will feature the best customized motorcycles at the Rally and categories will include Antique, Three-Wheeled, and Pro Custom. The public will also have the opportunity to get involved by voting for the People’s Choice award. Motorcycles will start rolling in at 10 a.m. with the winner presentations at 1 p.m.

On August 7th as of 10 a.m., spectators can watch a fascinating scene at the University of Sherbrooke as over 800 motorcycles prepare for a formal parade through the streets of Sherbrooke. The parade departs at 10:30 a.m. with the best viewing locations along Rue King (between Boulevard Jacques-Cartier South and Boulevard Queen Victoria) and Rue Wellington North (between Rue Frontenac and Rue King). Spectators at the university will enjoy watching all of the bikes returning from the parade. The always crowd-pleasing field games begin near the university stadium at 12:30 p.m. Passers-by can cheer on the H.O.G. members as they compete in various challenges, such as the slow motorcycle race, hula hoop toss, and ball drop.

For all media enquiries regarding coverage for this event, please communicate with the designated media contact below. For general information, please refer to www.harleycanada.com.


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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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International Ride to Work Day

June 21st is International Ride To Work Day. This year will mark the 19th annual Ride. Motorcyclists from Canada, United States and many other countries typically participate. Ride To Work Day is held annually on the third Monday of June.
The event is sponsored in Canada by the Motorcycle Confederation of Canada (MCC). According to the MCC - RTW focuses attention on the benefits inherent in using a motorcycle or scooter as transportation has less impact on infrastructure; less parking space; less fuel used, fewer greenhouse gas emissions and MORE FUN!

If you send in your pictures to MCC of your participation in the event you can even win some motorcycling swag from them. More details on the MCC website HERE.

Incidentally, if you're interested in taking a more active role in promoting RTW in your area - MCC is looking for volunteers.  If you organize, they'll provide special attire for you, stickers, sample letters to write to municipal councils, and electronic art.


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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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BMW Motorrad Canada supports International Female Ride Day on May 7

BMW Motorrad Canada is pleased to support the 4th annual 2010 International Female Ride Day being staged on May 7, 2010.

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 event.

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

The timing of International Female Ride Day perfectly complements BMW Motorrad Canada’s “For Women Only!” Test Ride Events which kicked-off on April 24 in Vancouver, with sessions scheduled for Toronto on May 15 and Montreal on May 22.

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.

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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Rally Connex Spring Training Day

Rally Connex Adventure Tours is set to offer a Spring Training day this May 9th. That also happens to be Mothers Day. It all gets started at the Tyrone Community Centre near Bowmanville, Ontario.

The morning will start with a pre-ride briefing. Basic GPS functions, route navigating and protective equipment will be discussed followed by a discussion of bike set up, riding position, obstacle attack position, weight distribution and balance, and use of luggage.

Following that you get on the bikes and follow the route to various training areas. At each area there will be a set of skills training sessions led by the instructors. Topics that will be covered include, mud, off camber, braking drills, power turns, deep sand, taming the whoops, and emergency maneuvers.

For full details check out the Rally Connex website HERE.



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Hook up with other female riders

Motoress is busily promoting the event they founded - International Female Ride Day and here's a little news from their site if you're interested in 'hooking up' with some other female riders!
HOOK UP with other women riders for International Female Ride Day! With women worldwide planning to ride on Friday 7 May, International Female Ride Day, chances are there will be women you can join up with in your area.

Use our facebook event and group pages to start or join in discussions; meet others to celebrate the 4th International Female Ride Day campaign! JUST RIDE!

What is International Female Ride Day you're wondering?  International Female Ride Day happens every year on the first Friday of May. Its a synchronized day for women motorcyclists, worldwide, inviting women to join together on their motorcycles, not matter the type, size or style and --JUST RIDE!

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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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The Historic Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) Endorses International Female Ride Day.

With its huge increase in popularity year after year, the 2010 International Female Ride Day has officially received the endorsement of the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme known by most as the FIM, the international body that governs motorcycle racing and activities around the world. “This is important recognition for International Female Ride Day” says Vicki Gray, the founder of the International Female Ride Day and of MOTORESS. “It shows that this event has succeeded in increasing awareness of women motorcycle riders in the broadest sense of the activity. We are so pleased to have the support of the FIM. Unquestionably, this will allow International Female Ride Day to reach a new summit of women rider participation”, Vicki adds.

This 4th edition of International Female Ride Day has also once again received the recognition of the Canadian Motorcycle Association (CMA), the national body representing the FIM in Canada. "The Canadian Motorcycle Association is proud to be a supporter and congratulates Vicki on the continued expansion of International Female Ride Day”, expresses CMA Chief Executive Officer, Marilynn Bastedo.

At its inception in 2007, the campaign became an immediate success as women embraced the concept and the chance to participate. International Female Ride Day “fever” significantly magnifies each year and 2010 expects to host more riders and participants than ever before. Canada, United States, Australia, England, The Netherlands, Greece, Italy, Poland, Israel, Qatar, Hungary, Switzerland, Denmark, South Africa - and numerous other countries who once again will be contributing to the campaign in compelling numbers.

Sport bike, cruiser, scooter, off-road, touring or competition, no matter what type or style of motorcycle interest, International Female Ride Day makes one simple request of women – Just Ride! Get on your bikes, be out there and be visible. The concept has assembled its power and participation in this simple, globally synchronized theme linking the chain of women through the shared activity of motorcycling. One day to celebrate and highlight the many numbers of women who share a passion for the sport. The fact that every rider participating is a role model for women, who have not yet taken their first step to enjoy motorcycling, is a role worth embracing.

“International Female Ride Day is truly gaining its popularity and following with all the support from motorcycle governing bodies”, adds Vicki Gray who also observes an increase of the recognition of the event amongst the motorcycle industry around the world. “The popularity of this event comes from its simple concept and focuses to the female rider; inviting women enthusiasts of all brands, styles and types of motorcycling to play a role. Additionally, the campaign gives the industry a huge opportunity to share their support and get involved and making it incredibly easy to do so”, says Vicki.

Participants are invited once again to upload/send in their picture to MOTORESS in order to receive the 2010 souvenir. The first 100 images received by participants showing how they spent Friday 7 May will be eligible, along with the required form. Women are also welcome to post their photos on the International Female Ride Day group on the facebook.

The special edition 2010 Female Ride Day t-shirt is available again this year online. It’s seen as a collectible. “We hear from women who have made it a habit to purchase the t-shirt each year”, exclaims Vicki. This year the t-shirt is manufactured in natural bamboo and organic cotton fabric, the latest Ecco friendly trend.

For more online information about International FEMALE RIDE DAY visit:

- International Female Ride Day
- Facebook International Female Ride Day Group
- Facebook International Female Ride Day Event

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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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Memoirs of a Mad Bastard

You’ve heard about the rally, right? About 75 normally respectable individuals (plus a few journalists) turn into scooter maniacs for 24 hours while riding a mad 800 km route through Quebec and Ontario.

You may have seen pictures, but to really experience the sights, sounds and chaos of the rally, check out the 5 minute video created by talented cinematographer Sarah Moffat. The attention challenged can view a shorter 2 minute version on the CMG website.

For the “full length feature” complete with the smell of 2 stroke oil and monkey butt powder, start planning for the 2011 Mad Bastard Scooter Rally (taking place somewhere in Ontario). Be sure to sign up for the MBSR mailing list to keep up with the latest details.


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Toronto International Spring Motorcycle Show - April 10-11th

Here's a word from the Staff of SUPERSHOW Events about the upcoming Toronto International Spring Motorcycle Show: 


The Toronto International Spring Motorcycle Show , sponsored by Mantha Insurance, opens Saturday, April 10th and Sunday April 11th at the International Centre, 6900 Airport Road and here are some great reasons to attend:


Now Bigger!  More Halls!  The big news is that the Show has expanded and is now in 3 huge Halls of the International Centre.  That means more Dealer Displays with 2010 Motorcycles, more vendors with great shopping deals, plus a larger stage featuring entertainment all weekend long.   And you can enter the Show at either Hall 1 or Hall 6.  Go to our web-site atwww.supershowevents.com to see all the great new features and more details. 


A Fantastic Door Prize!  Suzuki of Newmarket is sponsoring the Door Prize give-away of a brand new Suzuki DR-Z125 motorcycle.  Pick up your ballot when you purchase your admission and drop it off at the Suzuki of Newmarket booth in Hall 1 for your chance to win. 


Used Bike Clearance Sale!  Whether you’re buying or selling a bike, make the Spring Used Bike Market your one-stop marketplace.  Bikes of all makes and models priced to clear.  Formore info on selling your bike visit  http://www.supershowevents.com/spring/sms10-ubm.html 


Location!  Motorcyclists love the International Centre.  It’s easy to get to from all major highways and best of all, Parking is Free!  Plus dedicated free motorcycle parking right at the front door.  Also going on at the same time is the Collector Car Auction and your Spring Show admission includes a half price discount coupon to check out the action. 


We look forward to seeing you there to help us kick off the 2010 motorcycle riding season.  Here’s a $2 off admission coupon to print out and bring with you.  Visit http://www.supershowevents.com/spring/sms10-coupon.html Feel free to forward this e-mail to all your motorcycling friends so they can save money too!  See you at the International Centre.   Parking is Free! 


The Staff of SUPERSHOW Events 

p.s Please bring a can of food for the Spring Food Drive to benefit the Scott Mission.  Organized by the Canadian Dispatch Riders Motorcycle Unit to raise awareness of homeless and under-employed veterans – look for the military sidecars at the new Hall 6 entrance to drop off your tins and help us show that Motorcyclists have Big Hearts.  They hope to collect 10,000 cans of food over the 2 days of the Show.  Thank you in advance for helping! 



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Wild Wing - Wasaga Beach "Spring Fever" Motorcycle Rally (Ontario)

If you're in Wasaga Beach Ontario round April 24th and looking to get out for a motorcycle ride, catch some live entertainment, and want to support a good cause then you should check out this event which is raising money for the Georgian Bay Animal Rescue.


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30 Years of BMW "GS" - event. Get your ticket to Germany!


BMW Motorrad celebrates two round anniversaries: the “BMW Motorrad Days” will be held for the tenth time from July 2nd to 4th this year: it is the largest meeting in the world featuring motorcycles of the Munich brand. Another highlight will be the 30-year anniversary of the GS models. BMW R 80 G/S founded the market segment of large-volume travel enduros in 1980.

With its unique atmosphere, the “BMW Motorrad Days” is highly popular with bikers from all over the world. This is firstly due to the event location Garmisch-Partenkirchen with its impressive Alpine panorama. Secondly, the event combines authentic Bavarian style with a diverse motorcycling program and a great party atmosphere. 

This time round a particular attraction will be the 30th anniversary of BMW Motorrad’s GS concept. Contemporaries from various GS decades - decision-makers, developers and riders - will be there to mark the anniversary. There will be a special BMW Classic exhibition featuring milestones from three decades of GS, showing the success story of the then brand new concept of the large-scale enduro was to set in motion. Visitors will be able to try out the current state of development for themselves: training courses will be provided on BMW GS models at the 10,000 m² BMW Enduro Park Garmisch. And on the adjacent cross-style “x-track” there will be BMW G 450 X and Husqvarna models available for test rides. Of course virtually all other BMW motorcycle models can be borrowed for extensive test rides, too.

The study “Concept 6" provides a look into the future with its transversely mounted but very narrow in-line 6-cylinder engine.

For beginners without a motorcycle licence BMW Motorrad offers try-out courses in a closed-off area and for anyone with a lucky streak, the dream of owning a brand new BMW motorcycle could even come true there and then: there will be a draw for a F 800 GS on the Friday evening and for an R 1200 GS on the Saturday evening.

Those wishing to explore the Alpine roads on their own machine can take part in guided panorama tours through the mountains.

However, the breathtaking stunts performed by motorcycle acrobat Chris Pfeiffer in the Freestyle Area should preferably not be imitated. He will captivate visitors by performing the same fast trick combinations with which he won the 2009 German Open in stunt-riding, where he prevailed against the best stunt riders in the world. On the “x-track”, world-famous enduro riders will be getting into top gear and providing spectacular off-road motor racing entertainment.

Another undisputed highlight will be the Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport, which once again lines up for the start of the Superbike World Championship with the racing version of the S 1000 RR. The team under Berthold Hauser, Head of BMW Motorrad Motorsport, featuring factory riders Troy Corser (Australia) and Ruben Xaus (Spain) will provide an autograph session and photo opportunities for fans.

The grand motorcycle convoy on the Saturday and the Classic Convoy on the Sunday, starting and finishing at Hausbergplatz, have become an integral part of the “BMW Motorrad Days”. The Classic Convoy is now one of the rare opportunities to see two-wheel rarities and legends from 87 years of BMW motorcycle history in action. This will be a particular attraction in the GS anniversary year. Four-wheel BMW vehicles will also be available for test driving at the “xDrive Circuit” - the BMW X5 and BMW X6.

The support program includes presentations by over 60 international exhibitors with everything from tuning and accessories to travel and training in the area of off-road, on-road and racing. BMW Motorrad also provides a tyre service in collaboration with Metzeler. The parties on Friday and Saturday evening with live bands and DJs have long achieved legendary status. For the first time, “BMW Motorrad Days 2010” will host the live show of the ladies’ band WILDCATS.

Immediately adjacent to the event grounds there is a 15,000 square metre camping area with bathroom facilities. As in previous years it is also possible to make hotel reservations in various categories at bmw-motorrad@gapa.de. Please be sure to make bookings in good time.


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Turn 2 Introduces Suspension Tuning Course


Turn 2 Sportbike School is proud to announce its partnership with Accelerated Technologies to present Canada's first Suspension Tuning Course - STC1.

The course is offered exclusively through Turn 2 at Calabogie Motorsports Park, and will feature in depth classroom sessions on suspension set up and tuning. Lessons will include basic sag settings, damping and bottoming theory, chassis geometry tuning using ride heights and spring rates, with their resulting effects on variables such as weight distribution and swing arm angle.

Taught by Accelerated Technologies own John Sharrard, each classroom session will be followed by an on track riding session to test and reinforce each topic discussed.

Riders are encouraged to bring and use their own bike for this course, or rent one from Turn 2. Either option will allow you to demystify in the classroom, then feel 'on track' the differences between compression damping, rebound damping, ride height and preload helping you to better understand your machine and become a more proficient rider in the process.

Classroom sessions will be a mix of instruction and hands on tuning with access to your bike as well as cut-a-ways and demos to aid in understanding the inner workings of your bikes suspension.

Contact the Turn 2 Sportbike School or visit www.turn2.ca for more information or to register.


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BMW Motorrad Summerfest returns to Mosport in July 2010

Richmond Hill, ON. Continuing its annual tradition for the fourth consecutive year, BMW Motorrad Canada is pleased to be hosting Summerfest 2010 at Mosport International Raceway from July 9 – 11, 2010.

Strategically scheduled to coincide with the 4th and 5th rounds of this year's Parts Canada Superbike Championship, BMW Motorrad Summerfest will again be staged on its familiar 500,000 square-foot site in the Mosport infield, with several exciting new attractions complementing the popular list of activities that have come to define BMW Motorrad Summerfest.

New attractions this year include:

· Chris Pfeiffer, World and European motorcycle freestyle stunt-riding champion returns to Summerfest, reprising his spectacular appearance at the first Summerfest event in 2007. Chris will, as always, be performing the impossible on his BMW F800R.
· Touratech Canada, an OEM and aftermarket manufacturer of accessories for BMW motorcycles, and Ztechnik, an OEM and aftermarket manufacturer of windscreens for BMW motorcycles, who will be new additions to the vendor area.

· A fascinating new seminar series with guest speakers to include:
 - David Hatch and Norm Wells (Director of BMW Motorrad Canada) from TSN’s Motorcycle Experience television show.
- Rene Cormier, the global adventurer who spent five years travelling around the world on his BMW F650GS Dakar.
 - Paul "The Iceman" Mondor who rode across Canada in winter (his 2010 Frozen Butt Tour), also on a BMW F650GS Dakar.

The regular array of popular BMW Motorrad Summerfest displays and activities returns, including:

·  A full display of the 2010 BMW Motorrad model lineup, complemented by exciting new BMW and MINI car models.
· The BMW Rider Equipment & Apparel Tent, offering great deals on a wide range of BMW Motorrad gear.
· Sécurité Active rider training, with their expert instructors free rider training sessions - a sample of the extensive courses offered at their home base in Montreal.
· A full schedule of on-road and off-road test rides of the full range of BMW motorcycles, utlizing the breathtaking roads around the Mosport venue for the street rides, and a 30km-long snowmobile trail system woven in and around the Mosport property, for the trail rides.

· The Saturday night Summerfest Feast to all pre-event ticket puchasers.
 - The popular BMW "Bavarian Beer Garden“ watering hole.
 - A Saturday night concert series, with full stage, in the infield  - feature bands to be announced!
 - Exclusive participation in a parade-lap of the legendary Mosport track on Sunday during the lunch break for all pre-event ticket purchasers (BMW riders only).

The Rush HD/BMW Motorrad Canada Superbike Team will, of course, be competing in the 4th and 5th rounds of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship on Mosport’s  "big" track, with the spectacular new BMW S1000RR racebikes. BMW Motorrad team riders Francis Martin and Mike Ferreira are expected to provide the strongest competitive challenge yet in the Parts Canada Superbike Championship series.

Camping, as always, is available on site and offered as part of the BMW Motorrad Summerfest ticket package.

Complete information on BMW Motorrad Summerfest and online ticket registration can be accessed at HERE. You can also visit the BMW Motorrad Summerfest Facebook fan page and become a fan by searching BMW Motorrad Summerfest.

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2010 International Female Ride Day: riding to success!

The 2010 International Female Ride Day is just a few months away and women all over the world are getting prepared for the global occasion. More countries are expected to join in and more women are setting up activities for Friday May 7th. “Even more women are riding this year, as you might well imagine, this is the campaigns 4th year. This event is quite simply, unstoppable! The word continues to spread and women enthusiastically prepare to ride and unite everywhere on this synchronized day around the world!” says Vicki Gray, the founder of the International Female Ride Day and of MOTORESS. Countries that joined in during earlier years have also gained momentum and continue to increase local activities. “We are certainly riding to success as each year we see a truly insurmountable growth from the years’ prior! Even the hallmark ride day t-shirt for 2010 is already in demand”, she adds.

For this 4th edition, Vicki Gray also observes an increase of the recognition of the event amongst the motorcycle industry around the world. “The popularity of this event comes from the concept and the fact that it invites women riding all brands, styles and types of motorcycles. This gives the industry an opportunity to share their support and get involved”, says Vicki. As before, participants will be able to upload/send in their picture to MOTORESS or post them on the facebook group and event page. “We’ll send out a free souvenir again this year, to the first 100 photos received. This continues to be well-liked”, adds Vicki.

Participants can go the MOTORESS facebook group or event page to post their activities and plans for Friday 7 May while networking with others. In Toronto, there will be a rally for the ride home at the end of the day. Women will be able to order the special 2010 Female Ride Day t-shirt as a souvenir online. This year the t-shirt will be in natural bamboo fabric, the latest trend in eco friendly fabrics.

Sport bike, cruiser, scooter, off-road, touring or competition, regardless of what type or style of motorcycle interest, International FEMALE RIDE DAY makes one simple request of women – Just Ride! Get on your bikes, be out there and be visible. The concept has assembled its power and participation in this simple, globally synchronized theme linking the chain of women through the shared activity of motorcycling. One day to celebrate and highlight the many numbers of women who share a passion for the sport. The fact that every rider participating is a role model for women, who have not yet taken their first step to enjoy motorcycling, is a role worth embracing.

At its inception in 2007, the campaign became an immediate success as women embraced the chance to participate. International FEMALE RIDE DAY fever significantly magnifies each year and 2010 expects to host more riders and participants than the previous years. Canada, United States, Australia, England, The Netherlands, Greece, Italy, Poland, Israel, Qatar and Denmark as well as other countries will again be contributing to the campaign in compelling numbers.

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Harley-Davidson Revs Up with a Chic, Women-Only Garage Party Event for Rethink Breast Cancer

CONCORD, Ontario (March 9, 2010) ─ Women who want to support a great cause and rock their glam will gather at the second annual Precious Metal Gala to raise funds for Rethink Breast Cancer. 


Combining entertainment with an innovative and interactive way to learn about motorcycling, the Canadian Harley-Davidson hosted event will take place at the Fermenting Cellar in the Distillery District on Tuesday, May 11, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.


The Precious Metal Gala marks the closing of a series of successful Garage Party events hosted by over 60 authorized Canadian Harley-Davidson Retailers across Canada, designed to provide women with the confidence to get into the sport of motorcycling. Recent numbers show that 13.4 per cent of Harley-Davidson sales have been to women, supporting the idea that they are as adventurous and adrenaline-seeking as their male counterparts.


The ultimate “girls’ night out” will see an all-female guest list walk the pink carpet, including CEOs, tastemakers, and talent. Karen Davidson, the fashion icon and great-granddaughter of the Company’s co-founder William A. Davidson, will be in attendance at the event. Billie Holiday, morning host at Virgin Radio, will emcee the event and welcome ladies as they enter the stylishly themed venue.


This decadent Biker Chic-themed party will include hair and makeup stations to prepare babes for an action- style biker photo shoot on a new 2010 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, a chance to browse the Precious Closet featuring the new Harley-Davidson Pink Label collection, the opportunity to learn about how to get your motorcycle licence, and the very popular motorcycle lift, where women learn the technique of effortlessly picking up a bike from the ground. All of this, plus a silent auction, tasty hors d’œuvres, and drinks, will help in achieving the Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada goal of raising $15,000 for Rethink Breast Cancer. 


“Our inspiration for this campaign is to show women they can do anything they set their minds to. Riding a Harley motorcycle is an exhilarating activity that makes women feel strong, confident, and excited,” said Don James, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada. 


“Through the Precious Metal Gala, we are supporting our mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends who are fighting breast cancer, as well as introducing women to motorcycling – it’s the perfect combination, as each involves people with great strength and spirit.” 


“At Rethink, we always work to disseminate information about breast cancer in interesting and compelling ways. Partnering with Harley-Davidson in Canada was a perfect fit for us and allows us to reach and inform a group of curious and adventurous women,” said M.J. DeCoteau, Executive Director of Rethink Breast Cancer.

Women across Canada can now enter to win two VIP tickets to the Precious Metal Gala, a biker-style makeover including a shopping spree at a Harley-Davidson Retail Store, a one-on-one image consultation including full hair and makeup from Your Shop Girl, and a complementary beginner’s rider training course. For more details, go to www.garageparty.ca.

Tickets to the Precious Metal Gala will be available for purchase by the public for $75 beginning Monday, March 15, at www.garageparty.ca.


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Paris to Dacre registration opens - March 6th.

Get in early if you plan on attending this one. Spots go VERY quickly!

Full details:


The on-line sign up for the Paris to Dacre Dualsport Challenge is this Saturday the 6th.  I would also like to clarify some details that many people are asking, and others may be wondering.

At 12:01 am the on-line entry form will become visible (it is currently not accessible).  One member of the team can pay at one time for all of the riders on the team if required (not everyone is into Paypal).  However, each rider must still send his entry in separately and whomever is paying for all must make sure to enter their Team Members names that they are paying for in the "special instructions to merchant" box while completing the transaction (within Paypal area).  Example:  Hi there, I am paying in full for team "Eat my Dust", with members - Bob Labla, Phil Mein, Lucky Bugger, Doug Sumdirt (real names please).

- Each member must fill in an entry.
- You can pay for your personal entry at that time as well.
- If you prefer, one of the other members of your team can pay on your behalf while they enter themselves.  A comment must explain who the payment is for.
- Make sure you either quote your team name or your members
- No single riders.  You must ride as a team of 3 to 5 max.  If you have 6 people, make 2 teams.  Each person must be registered individually.
- Starting numbers of the teams will be drawn at random, however if you wish to ride near the back of the pack we can accomodate.
- Further P2D newsletters will be released in the coming months, to entrants only, to help with your preparation.

It is a 16hr long day of riding, and it must be taken seriously.  It is attainable, many people have proven this fact.  But, it is not easy.  That's why it is called a Challenge.  You do not need to be a superstar, but you do need the right frame of mind.  The event covers a wide variety to terrain types, so you and your machine must be versatile.  Working as a team adds to the challenge, and will be an advantage if done right.

March 6th is for teams that have at least 1 member who has ridden in this event before.  This is a very important factor, as this person will have an understanding of what it takes to complete the event.
March 20th is for those teams that are new to the event.  The maximum entry size has been expanded this year to encourage new teams.

Remember - the last running of the P2D was sold out in 12 hours.  This year we are reserving a percentage of the entry for new teams.  

image courtesy ADVRider

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A new season of women-only Harley-Davidson Garage Party events kicks off across Canada

Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada Inaugurates Ladies Taking Their First Steps of an Incredible Journey with Motorcycles at Garage Party Events


Starting in March, Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada is promoting a series of Garage Party events across Canada. These events will offer the perfect platform for women throughout Canada who do not have their licence yet, to start out on an incredible journey together; that of experiencing the art of motorcycling.


At Garage Party events, over 60 authorized Canadian Harley-Davidson Retailers will be offering aspiring female riders the opportunity to learn more about how to get a motorcycle licence, to experience the latest Harley-Davidson fashions specifically tailored for women, and to try out motorcycles in a fun and interactive way.

Not only can Garage Party event guests meet other like-minded women on this empowering journey, but a national contest (www.garageparty.ca) also allows entrants to win prizes, including a breath-taking biker-style make-over with a one-on-one image consultation offered by Your Shop Girl, a shopping spree at a Harley-Davidson® Retail Store, a complimentary beginner’s rider training course, as well as VIP access for two to Precious Metal 2010, the most decadent and exclusive Garage Party event of the year, held in Toronto and hosted by Billie from Virgin 99.9. Tickets to this event will be available for purchase by the public for $75 beginning Monday, March 15, at www.garageparty.ca.

This event will be in support of Rethink Breast Cancer as part of a broader initiative with women as its focal point, complemented by the recently launched Canadian Harley-Davidson Pink Label Collection.

Tagged with the motto “Purchase with a Purpose”, the Canadian Pink Label Collection is comprised of 12 of the most popular women’s Harley-Davidson MotorClothes silhouettes – each featuring a tasteful touch of pink – including jackets, pants, eyewear, gloves, helmets, and shirts, which participating Retailers will have on display.

For further information on how you, too, can start out on an incredible journey at your nearest Garage Party event, please refer to www.garageparty.ca.

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Montreal Motorcycle Show - Opens today!

The 2010 Montreal Motorcycle Show opens today (Friday Feb 26th) and runs until the 28th. If you're in Montreal, or near it, and need a fix of all the 2010 motorcycles - you know what to do - head on over to the show!

According to the organizers - you'll rediscover feelings you haven't known since puberty; well, I don't know about that but you will certainly see a lot of pretty cool motorcycles.

You get to:

- See the latest models from all the major manufacturers
- Discover all the new technical features
- Get in touch with experts in the field
- Learn about the latest accessories and services
- Plan the next riding season
- Take a free ride on a real motorcycle in a safe environment (for kids age 6 to 12)
- Size up all the options
- Pick up your free copy of Moto Show 2010

Dates, Times, and Prices:

February 26, 27 and 28, 2010
Montreal Convention Centre
Admission price: $13.50 (Taxes included)
Show hours

Friday, February 26: 12 pm to 10 pm
Saturday, February 27: 10 am to 9 pm
Sunday, February 28: 10 am to 5 pm

For more details check out the Montreal Motorcycle website HERE.


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Atlantic Motorcycle and ATV Show - A few pictures

We went to the big Atlantic Motorcycle and ATV show this past weekend (Feb 12-14) and although there seemed to be a few exhibitors that didn't come around this year; I'd say the show was still a success.

Many of the major manufacturers were there and they had their 2010's on hand. We took lots of pictures and here's just a small sample of them for you. We'll be updating the site soon with a more thorough listing of pictures.



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Atlantic Motorcycle and ATV Show set to open this weekend

The third annual Atlantic Motorcycle & ATV show is set to open this weekend (Feb 12-14th) in Moncton, New Brunswick. The event attracted approximately 15,000 attendees last year and organizers are hoping for an even larger crowd this year.

This show is the largest of its kind on Atlantic Canada and showcases the 201o models of many of the big manufacturers.

You'll get to see the newest from manufacturers such as BMW, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Polaris, Suzuki, Victory, and Yamaha. Other smaller brands will be there as well.

In addition to the manufacturers there's going to be plenty of other exhibitors on hand too like Motovan, Motorcycle Mojo Magazine, many clubs, and representatives from big motorcycle events taking place in Atlantic Canada. The list is large!

Show hours are:

- Friday, Feb. 12, 2010 > 12 Noon - 9:00pm
- Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010 > 10:00am - 9:00pm
- Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010 > 10:00am - 5:00pm

Save a buck off admission by printing THIS coupon. Or you could enter yourself in our ticket draw. We've got 20 tickets to give away to the show!

See you there!


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Quebec City Motorcycle and ATV Show starts this Friday

The 2010 Quebec City Motorcycle & ATV show kicks off this Friday at the Centre de Foires de Québec. The exhibitor list is extensive! All the big names are going to be there, so you'd be crazy to miss this show if you can get there.


According to the event website there's going to be lots to see and do, like the following:
  • See the latest models from all the major manufacturers
  • Discover all the new technical features
  • Get in touch with experts in the field
  • Learn about the latest accessories and services
  • Plan the next riding season
  • Size up all the options
  • Pick up your free copy of Moto Show 2010
To be honest - that list doesn't really make it all that exciting to me. What does make it exciting is taking a look at the Exhibitor list.

Show hours
  • Friday, February 5: 12 pm to 10 pm
  • Saturday, February 6: 10 am to 9 pm
  • Sunday, February 7: 10 am to 5 pm
PS - We received an email from Harley-Davidson Canada who said they'd be bringing the entire lineup of 2010's (including Police models) and even the new XL48.

For more details check out the event website HERE.

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PEI - it's not just about Anne of Green Gables

There's a new attraction coming to PEI in the summer of 2010 - a motorcycle rally. The rally is aptly named, the Red Island Run Motorcycle Rally, for the Island's famous red soil.

It'll be the inaugural year for the event and hopes to attract 1,000 motorcyclists and 1,500 visitors. Tourism Charlottetown is on-board and jointly announced the event with the Red Island Run organizing committee on Friday.

If the event attracts the numbers they're expecting it could provide economic impact of about $1.5 million. Hopes are that it will grow as people discover what Prince Edward Island has to offer as a tourist destination.

The weekend rally (Aug. 27-29, 2010) includes a poker run with proceeds going to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of P.E.I., a motorcycle parade, entertainment, vendor village, and trade show.

The trade show will feature demo rides from various motorcycle manufacturers, including Harley Davidson, a Dyno, and other various exhibitors.

Check out the Red Island Run website for more detail as it becomes available. You can also call the Bell Aliant Festival Hotline at 1-800-955-1864.


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Turn 2 features new super lap TT series at the Canadian Motorsports Expo

CALABOGIE, Ontario - January 20, 2010. Turn 2 Sportbike School will be featuring their all-new club level Turn 2 Moto Club Super Lap TT Series, presented by Kahuna Powersports, at the fourth annual Canadian Motorsports Expo (CME), being held at Toronto's International Centre on January 22 - 24, 2010.

Based at Calabogie Motorsports Park, the Turn 2 Moto Club Super Lap TT Series adds another exciting element to Turn 2's existing Controlled Riding Group (CRG) program. Participants will focus on refining new skills and practicing good sportsmanship within a true club atmosphere. The series consists of 22 eligible events for the 2010 season.

To compete in this series, riders must be Turn 2 Moto Club members and be enrolled in any one of Turn 2's CRG track groups. Full details are available HERE:

"We're very proud to represent Calabogie Motorsports Park at this year's Canadian Motorsports Expo," says George Budacki, owner of Turn 2 Sportbike School. "This is our second year operating out of this world-class facility and we'll have some exciting news in the coming weeks about a few things we have in the works at Calabogie."

More than just a tradeshow, the CME is Canada's ultimate racing show that features a wide range competition vehicles and includes appearances by many racing celebrities, including Canada's first family of motorcycle road racing - Miguel, Mario and Yvon Duhamel - plus NASCAR star Matt Kenseth, 'The Thrill from West Hill', IndyCar champion Paul Tracy and Canadian Le Mans 24-Hour winner Ron Fellows.

Watch for a special appearance at the Turn 2 Sportbike School Booth Saturday night by one of the hottest new talents in Canadian motorcycle road racing - Alex Welsh - courtesy of the Competition Systems Kawasaki Race Team.

Turn 2 Canadian Motorsports Expo Specials include:

1.First 10 Advanced Riding Course (ARC) sign-ups of each day receive a free Turn 2 Moto Club Membership. Limited Offer: 10 per day only.


2.Purchase 1 Advanced Riding Course (ARC) Course with a Bike Rental at regular price and receive a free Turn 2 Moto Club Membership, free RFID Timing, free Riding Gear Rental, free Class Photo and a free Premium Lunch. Limited Offer: 20 per day only.


3.Purchase 1 Advanced Riding Course (ARC) Course and 1 CRG Day with a Bike Rental for both days (scheduled back-to-back) at regular price and receive a free Turn 2 Moto Club

Membership, free RFID Timing, free Riding Gear rental, free Class Photo, free Premium Lunch and a 50% discount off second day bike rental fee. Limited Offer: 20 per day only.
For details, visit Turn 2 online at www.turn2.ca, and at the Canadian Motorsports Expo (www.canadianmotorsportsexpo.com) Turn 2 Sportbike School Booth. A complete schedule of events is also available at www.turn2.ca.


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World Enduro Canada continues expansion for 2010

World Enduro Canada is very pleased to announce the continued expansion of the MCC in off-road racing in Canada with the WEC - CMRC Ontario Cross Country Championships. 2009 was a year where WEC focused their efforts on the Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship and the Wiesner Insurance Canadian Trials Championship. 2010 will see World Enduro Canada broaden their scope of competition disciplines.

“Even though our attention was sharply focused on the disciplines of Enduro and Trials, we were working for the past year in the background with race organizers and land owners to create a Cross Country series in Ontario for 2010” says Sean Wiesner of World Enduro Canada.

“Ontario, as we know, has a long history of off-road racing and has hosted some very good events over the years and we have seen some talented riders emerge. The fact is; there is a much greater depth of talent in Quebec and in the West than what currently exists here in Ontario. It is our full intention of promoting Cross Country racing in this province to a level that will attract new riders to the sport and motivate those good riders we have to a level of excellence where they can compete at a National and International level. We will be working with some highly motivated new event organizers with new venues. You will also see Cross Country racing at some National level Motocross facilities. I am also very happy to say we will be working alongside some very experienced Ontario Clubs. It’s going to be a great year for Ontario racers.”

This new series promoted by WEC, will be sanctioned by the Canadian Motorsports Racing Club who also sanction the premier Motocross Series in Canada. The partnership with the CMRC demonstrates the co operative nature of the MCC Competition Working Group and exemplifies the unification that is happening within Canadian motorcycle competition.

Through our partnership with the CMRC, WEC is looking forward to attracting many of the talented motocross racers in Ontario to test themselves on these courses that will combine MX tracks with woods and grass track sections.

To compete in the series a World Enduro Canada competition license will be required. They will be available online for $70 at www.worldendurocanada.com . CMRC Motocross licenses will also be accepted so these riders will not need a separate license to try out Cross County racing. In addition, off-road riders looking to try out CMRC Motocross need only to upgrade their WEC off-road license to a full CMRC license for an additional $50.

Sponsors for the series and various rounds will be announced prior to the beginning of the race season.
Spring Series
May 30 Port Colborne

June 5 Mansfield 

June 13 Burnt River 

June 20 Parry Sound 

June 27 Vienna 

July 11 Moorefield

Fall Series
Aug 22 Wingham 

August 29 St Thomas 

September 26 Gopher Dunes 

October 3 Walton 

October 10 Orillia 

October 17 Wheatly

Detailed event information will be available soon at: www.worldendurocanada.com


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Want to learn how to use your GPS better?

If you said yes, well then you've got another reason to attend the North American International Motorcycle SuperShow.

Daily GPS Seminars are going to be offered to SuperShow attendees who want to learn more about navigating and planning rides using GPS technology.

Taking place in the Corduroy Enduro Riders’ booth in Hall 4 and hosted by experts Warren Thaxter and Kevin Burnett, the illustrated seminars will be followed by a question and answer session.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about using GPS specifically for motorcycle riding (on-road and off-road). Scheduled times are 3pm on Friday, 4pm on Saturday, and 3pm on Sunday. Seating is limited so please check in at the booth early.

The International Motorcycle SuperShow opens this Friday January 15th at 10am - 10pm, Saturday 10am - 10pm and Sunday 10am - 6pm, at the International Centre on Airport Road.



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Joe Rocket attending North American International Motorcycle Supershow

Joe Rocket Canada is going huge for the 2010 North American Supershow.

They're bringing out 2 of the motorcycle industries biggest names, Kane "INSANE" Friesen and 8-time AMA dragbike champion Rickey Gadson for the entire weekend.

The show is being held at the International Centre in Toronto ("Big One by the Airport") January 15 - 17, 2010.

For full details check out the SuperShow Events website HERE.


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Extreme Hard Enduro event scheduled in Alberta - summer 2010

Canada's first Extreme Hard Enduro is scheduled to take place this summer (2010) in Patricia, Alberta.

Event organizers are hoping to attract not only Canada's best, but some top notch riders from around the globe.

More details come by way of the Press Release:

Travel back 245 million years to when Dinosaurs ruled the earth. Imagine a land so desolate, where vegetation has been cooked by the baking sun, where flat land has been eroded into jagged ravines, where dirt has been petrified into rock… Not even the magnificent
Dinosaur could survive this place!

Now for the first time in Canadian history, a premier ‘Extreme Hard Enduro’ event will be staged in the ‘Badlands’ where the Dinosaur species came to rest… This event will test the desire of the modern day Off-Road motorcycle enthusiast and present those brave enough a chance to beat XTINCTION!!!

CGRT founder and Xtinction mastermind Lee Fryberger has been working diligently to make this event a reality. “This is my backyard ~ yes it is rugged ~ but it will offer an incredible riding experience for those brave enough to try. With the advent of ‘Extreme Hard Enduro’ events in recent years; as well as CGRT’s involvement in many of these events; I really wanted to combine our experiences and bring this type of event back to North America.”

“We have recently secured access to an incredible area for XTINCTION. It is the most compact ~ gnarliest terrain imaginable and will offer unbelievable spectator and media viewing opportunities! Best of all, it is the perfect place to showcase the immense skill and precision of the competitors” adds Fryberger.

The event will offer a significant purse to attract the best riders from Canada, the U.S, and even Europe. In addition, a CMRC sanctioned Harescramble event will be help the day prior to allow the vast majority of enthusiasts a taste of the ‘Badlands’ without the potential of facing XTINCTION!

Date: August 22, 2010
Patricia, Alberta, CANADA

Further details coming soon at www.cornergrass.com.


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North America's Largest Motorcycle Show SUPERSHOW 2010 - This weekend!

North America's Largest Motorcycle Show SUPERSHOW 2010 is set to open this week. January 15 . 16 . 17 . 2010 to be exact.

WHERE: Toronto International Centre - 6900 Airport Road, Toronto, Ontario L4V 1E8

If you haven't won a free ticket to the show from us; well you can still get a $3 break on admission by visiting this LINK.

You won't want to miss this one. There's 425,000 sq feet of motorcycle related stuff to check out. They've jam packed the place - there's no more room for additional vendors or exhibitors even.

As a small sampling of what you'll get to see:

- The new 2010 motorcycles
- over 1,000 motorcycle on display
- more than 500 Exhibitors
- motorcycle accessory bargains
- showbike competitions with big money up for grabs
- much more.

Check out the SuperShow website for more details. But more importantly - get yourself a ticket and check out the show in person!

PS: We've still got four tickets to give away and we're going to do it on Tuesday, Jan. 12th! So get your entry in. Want to go to the show for FREE? Details HERE.



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Turn 2 Sportbike School kicks off the new year at Ottawa International Motorcycle Show

CALABOGIE, Ontario - January 7, 2010. Turn 2 Sportbike School will kick off the New Year with an appearance at the Ottawa International Motorcycle Show from January 8 - 10. Turn 2 is based out of Calabogie Motorsports Park and provides a full range of services, including motorcycle rider training programs, bike and gear rentals, membership offerings, sales, service and special events.

"We are extremely excited to participate in the inaugural Ottawa International Motorcycle Show. It's a perfect fit for all motorcycle enthusiasts, right here in our own backyard!" says George Budacki, owner of Turn 2 Sportbike School. "Very few people will argue that 2009 was a difficult year, but the economy is changing for the better. Turn 2's 2010 plans will help create employment, as well as boost the tourism industry in beautiful Calabogie and surrounding areas. With 25 events planned, the economic spin-off will benefit many local businesses. We expect to draw clients from all over Ontario and Quebec, even the northeastern USA," Budacki comments.

Turn 2 Sportbike School is offering the following specials exclusive to the Ottawa International Motorcycle Show:

1) First 10 Advanced Riding Course (ARC) sign-ups each day receive a free Turn 2 Moto Club Membership.

2) First 10 Controlled Riding Group (CRG) sign-ups each day receive a Turn 2 Moto Club Membership at 50% off.

3) Purchase 1 ARC Day and 1 CRG Day with a bike rental for both days (scheduled back-to-back) at regular price - and receive a free Turn 2 Moto Club Membership, free RFID Timing, free Riding Gear rental and a 50% discount off the second day bike rental fee. Also receive a free class photo and premium lunch.

Turn 2 Sportbike School's recently launched website now offers full e-commerce capabilities, powered by Zoomius. Members can create a personalized profile, register for courses, browse membership offerings and promotions, and pay for purchases online. Members of Turn 2's Moto Club are eligible to win the Grand Prize of a 2010 Kawasaki Ninja 250R with a Nexo Sports Full Road Race Gear Package, to be awarded at the Turn 2 Moto Club GP Labour Day weekend race season finale, presented by Kahuna Powersports. To learn more about Turn 2 Moto Club's rewards and discounts, visit www.turn2.ca.

For complete details, visit Turn 2 at the 2010 Ottawa International Motorcycle Show (www.ottawainternationalmotorcycleshow.ca) at Turn 2 Sportbike School Booth. A complete schedule of upcoming events is also available at www.turn2.ca.

"We had an incredible turn-out at the Toronto Motorcycle Show in December 2009. We're expecting more of the same in Ottawa and other upcoming shows over the next couple of months," says George Budacki, owner of Turn 2 Sportbike School. "Watch for an upcoming Kawasaki promotion and an article about Turn 2 Sportbike School in the next edition of Inside Motorcycles."

About Turn 2 Sportbike School

Turn 2 Sportbike School was launched in 2008 as a division of Turn 2 Sportbike Rentals Inc. (2003) by former club motocross racer George Budacki. Turn 2 provides a full range of sportbike services: motorcycle rider training programs, bike and gear rentals, membership offerings, sales, service and special events. The organization's vision: "To provide riders of all abilities with access to a safe, controlled environment, and the necessary tools with which to advance their skills, increase knowledge and enjoy sportbike riding to the max."



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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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Parts Canada announces support for CEC

This past weekend at the Toronto Motorcycle show Parts Canada announced their support of the Canadian National Enduro Championships.

Parts Canada will be the Presenting sponsor in conjunction with the returning Title Sponsor Royal Distributing.

Parts Canada is a leading distributor of aftermarket parts and accesories in the Canadian Powersports industry and World Enduro Canada is looking forward to working with them along with all our returning sponsors to make the 2010 Championship a huge success.

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Rally Connex Adventure Tours 2010 Dacre Dual Sport Challenge Announcement

Off-road riders rejoice! The Paris to Dacre off-road race is on again for 2010. Better sign up early because this event it POPULAR!

Press Release:

A date has been confirmed for the 2010 Dacre Dual Sport Challenge. Mark your calendars for June 25-27.

Online registration will open March 6th for teams with a minimum of one team member who has taken part in a previous Dacre event. Registration will open to the general public on March 20th.

Teams must be comprised of three to five members ONLY. Teams will not be recognized until all members have registered and paid via paypal. (Team Captains can register and pay for all team members if desired)

Rally Connex reserves the right to close registration without prior warning, so register early to avoid disappointment.

Note: The 2008 event sold out in 12 hours!

Details will soon be available on www.rallyconnex.com plus discussion forums on www.odsc.on.ca and www.advrider.com

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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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Zero Motorcycles Showcases the 2009 ZERO MX and Zero S at the 2009 Toronto Motorcycle Show

Hope you're going to the Toronto Motorcycle show because Zero Motorcycles will be displaying the all-electric Zero MX motocross dirt bike and the Zero S street legal motorcycle there (Booth #3064) this December 11-13, 2009.

Zero MX
The Zero MX is designed for taking jumps on the track by using a new high performance motorcycle suspension system. It includes a beefier front end and a newly developed custom rear shock that gives riders a fully adjustable spring preload and easily tuned damping. The Zero MX has also been fitted with an aggressive 19” front wheel and tire package that will accommodate any motocross tire.

Zero S
Developed to aggressively take on urban environments, the Zero S integrates revolutionary technology with innovative motorcycle design. In addition to its performance and maneuverability, the Zero S uses a completely non-toxic lithium ion array and the majority of the motorcycle is fully recyclable. The landfill approved power pack recharges in less than four hours while plugged into a standard 110V or 220V outlet. Eco-friendly with zero emissions, the Zero S is also economy-friendly with an operating cost of less than one cent per mile or kilometer.

The Toronto Motorcycle Show is one of seven Canadian motorcycle and ATV shows owned by the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC) and Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV). The Toronto Motorcycle Show is the Canadian motorcycle and ATV industries’ official launch of its cross-Canada tour where the leading manufacturers and distributors offer the riding community a first glimpse of the 2010 models.

Tickets for the show are $16 for adults; $10 for juniors ages 6 to 15 and children under 6 are admitted free. Family passes can be purchased for two adults and two juniors for $38.

WHEN: December 11-13, 2009
Friday & Saturday 10:00am to 9:00pm
Sunday 10:00am to 5:00pm


WHERE: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
South Building- Beside the CN Tower
222 Bremner Blvd.
Toronto, Ontario

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Toronto Motorcycle Show - Starts today!

The Toronto motorcycle show opens today - Friday, December 11th, 2009. So get there any way you can because it's going to be wall-to-wall motorcycles and excitement!

Press Release
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The Toronto Motorcycle Show, the Canadian motorcycle and ATV industries’ premier motorcycle, scooter and ATV event, announced today exciting new additions to the show floor including Norton, Royal Enfield, Husqvarna, Saga, Zero and more.

“The Toronto Motorcycle Show continues to be recognized as the ideal venue to introduce new products to the public,” said Bob Ramsey, president of the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC). “BMW, Can-Am, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Hyosung, Kawasaki, KTM, Polaris, Suzuki, Victory, Yamaha and others will all be on hand to present their hot off the line 2010 models.”

“This show features a wide variety of bikes, ATVs, riding gear and accessories available for the 2010 riding season. There are plenty of opportunities to speak with experts about finding the perfect ride to suit your passion,” Ramsey added.

Toronto is the first stop on the MMIC seven-city, cross-country tour and the only Ontario show that features the spectacular motorcycle, scooter and ATV manufacturers’ displays.

“Although the 2009 riding season is just ending, for many enthusiasts, the Toronto Motorcycle Show signifies the beginning of the new 2010 season,” said Show Manager Darryl Bond. “Dec. 11-13 is going to be an action-packed, family friendly weekend that will appeal to new and avid riders, women, and kids of all ages. There’s something for everyone!”

New motorcycles and scooters to launch at the Toronto Motorcycle Show include:

- Honda Canada’s all new 2010 VFR1200F, CBF600F (not available in the US) and the debut of the new VT1300CT Interstate cruiser take place within a spectacular new Honda booth.

- Ducati’s new 2010 1100 Hypermotard EVO, EVOSP and 1198 S Corsa.

- A wide selection of 2010 scooters from Vespa, presented by GP Bikes.

- Zero Motorcycles full-size, street legal electric S motorcycle featuring a lithium-ion power pack and an aircraft grade aluminum frame to achieve an exceptionally high power to weight ratio and extended range.

- Distributed through Triplespoke, Johnny Pag Motorcycles 2010 stylish and affordable 300cc motorcycles, including the Spyder, Barhog, Pro Street and FX-3 models.

- Bens Motorcycles will introduce the new 2010 Aprilia Dorsodura 750 Supermotard featuring electronic fuel injection and ride by wire Tri-Map throttle control that allows the rider to select one of three performance modes: Sport, Touring and Rain.

- Norton Motorcycles new Special Edition 961 Commando will make its Canadian debut.

- Royal Enfield and Triumph round out this year’s British invasion at the show.

The Toronto Motorcycle Show continues to expand its 2010 new model base from manufacturers that also include Saga, E-Moto, Titan, Daelim and Husqvarna complementing BMW, Suzuki, Honda, Yamaha, Hyosung, Kawasaki, Triumph, KTM, BRP, Victory, Harley- Davidson, Ducati and more.

The Toronto Motorcycle Show’s Special Features:

SHE RIDES NITE: The Toronto Motorcycle Show is proud to present SHE RIDES NITE on Friday, Dec. 11with free admission for the ladies after 5 p.m.

Extreme Globe: Three times a day, visitors will be entertained by teenage daredevils Cody and Kyle Ives as they showcase their amazing motorcycle riding skills while defying gravity at the Extreme Globe “sphere of fear” steel cage.

Jason Britton, Host of “SuperBikes” and Extreme Motorcyclist: One of the most celebrated extreme stunt riders and Executive Director of 2Wheel Tuner Magazine, Jason Britton, will be onsite to talk to fans and sign autographs over the weekend at the Parts Canada booth.

Yamaha Riding School for Kids: Yamaha Canada and Canadian Motorcycle Training Services present a free opportunity for kids aged 6 - 12 (certain conditions apply) to learn to ride on the latest Yamaha TT-R off-road motorcycles.

Bikes and Birds: Mark Nash, Executive Director of the Canadian Peregrine Foundation (CPF) will present his crowd-pleasing Live Birds of Prey showcase featuring falcons, eagles, owls and hawks.

Rider Nation: Rider Nation features an extensive variety of riding groups, associations, weekend race events, charity rides and outings motorcyclists from all walks of life can enjoy.

Memory Lane: The Vintage Road Racing Association (VRRA) and Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group (CVMG) presents an exhibit of rare and well preserved racing bikes and heritage motorcycles from the past.

Where:
The Toronto Motorcycle Show
South Building, Metro Toronto Convention Centre
222 Bremner Boulevard (beside the CN Tower)

When:
Friday, Dec. 11, 10a.m. – 9p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 12, 10a.m. – 9p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 13, 10a.m. – 5p.m.

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Some reasons to stop and see Yamaha at the Toronto Motorcycle Show

The Toronto Motorcycle show is set to take place December 11th- 1th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. For full details check out their website HERE.

Yamaha is going to be in attendance of course, and they've sent us some details on why you should come see them!

Press Release:

With the latest bikes, live presentations, autograph signings and the Yamaha Riding Academy, there’s a lot to see and do from Yamaha.

It’s time to usher in the 2010 riding season at the Toronto Motorcycle Show! Yamaha will have all the new models you’ll want to see including the revolutionary YZ450F, stylish Stratoliner Deluxe and MotoGP inspired FIAT Yamaha R1. Come sit on your favourite ride and find out What Kind of Yamaha you are! While you’re in the booth, sign up as a “FAN” on our Facebook page - (www.facebook.com/YamahaMotorCanada) - and you’ll have your chance to win a $5000 Yamaha shopping spree! Draw prizes also available to be won each day by filling out a ballot.

Vicki Grey from Motoress.com headlines “She Rides Night” on Friday in the Yamaha booth, answering questions from show patrons about women and riding. She will also be conducting new model introductions with Yamaha Motorcycle Product Manager John Bayliss all weekend.

Canada’s fastest motocross rider and MX1 Champion, Colton Facciotti, will be signing posters on Saturday AND Sunday from 11am – 12pm and 2pm - 3pm. Facciotti has won back to back MX1 championships and is busy preparing for another title defense atop the all-new YZ450F. Don’t miss your chance to shake hands with the Team Yamaha Red Bull Blackfoot Fox Racing ace and take home a souvenir.

The Yamaha Riding Academy will be in full swing, training youngsters between the ages of 6 – 12 the basics of riding an off-road bike. No experience necessary. Yamaha instructors will be on hand to ensure your child gets proper instruction. This is the best way to introduce your child to the world of two wheels, and it’s FREE!

All this from Yamaha and a whole lot more. We’ll see you at the show!



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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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2010 Parry Sound Sportbike Rally a go!

The 2010 Parry Sound Sportbike Rally will be continuing on for 2010. At a September 22nd council meeting the town agreed to provide $10,000 for advertising and free usage of the Kinsmen Park for the July 8th to 11th event.

Because of some liability issues they're going to be dropping a couple of events off the roster; the radar run and the amateur stunt show.

Numbers were down slightly in 2009 from 2008. Registered participants in 2008 were 335 people, versus 473 in 2008. Middaugh said might have to do with headquarters being moved from the Bobby Orr Community Centre to Kinsmen Park. Additionally, she said, there was also a motorcycle reunion the same weekend.

“For the past two years, the Parry Sound Motorcycle Association (PSMA) has organized the annual Sportbike Rally,” said Middaugh in her report to council. “The 2009 headquarters were at Kinsmen Park. The event has, to some degree, become part of the Parry Sound culture and attracts hundreds of spectators/participants. The PSMA has significant event organizing experience among its members. By directly organizing and hosting the Sportbike Rally, PSMA has strengthened its organization and formalized their governance structure. This is a good example where, with the town’s support, non-profit and community groups’ capacity has been built.”

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Zero heading to Canadian PHEV'09 Conference

Stephen Bieda, Director of Sales - Canada for Zero Motorcycles is going to be in attendance at the Plug-In Hybrid and Electric Vehicles conference and trade show is being held in Montreal from September 28th to 30th.

Doesn't look like he's presenting based on the schedule for the day. Too bad... Might have been pretty fun for some of the attendees to hop on a Zero and do a few loops around the conference to shake the dust off. No offense to some of the presenters but some of those topic seem like real snoozers!

Over 90 speakers from Canada, USA, Europe and Asia are expected at the event. So it does look like the place to be if you're interested in electric vehicles and the technology of electric vehicles... like really, really interested.

If you're really, really interested you might want to check out the event website - HERE.

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OCC makes an Ornge inspired bike for Ontario charity

Press Release - Source: CNW Newswire

A one-of-a-kind chopper has been created by celebrity custom motorcycle builder Orange County Choppers (OCC), inspired by the work of Ontario's transport medicine service provider, Ornge. Experience the unveiling of this unique motorcycle; the first created by OCC for a charity in Canada. At the same time, learn about Ornge and the Ornge Foundation, whose important work includes raising funds to buy aero-medical equipment, promoting improvements in patient care, and encouraging the education and training of healthcare providers in the field of transport medicine.

Who: Paul Teutul Sr., founder, Orange County Choppers Dr. Christopher Mazza, founder, president and CEO of Ornge Debbie McGarry, chief operating officer, Ornge Foundation Lou Bartolotta, executive vice-president sales, AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company
When: Thursday, September 3, 2009 at 4:45 p.m.
Where: South entrance of the CN Tower on Bremner Blvd.

Following the bike reveal, the Toronto Blue Jays will help Orange County Choppers raise awareness of Ornge at their evening game against the New York Yankees. Various activities will include a display of the custom Ornge/Orange County Choppers bike in Rogers Centre, and Paul Teutul Sr., throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at 7:00 p.m. That evening, the CN Tower will be bathed in orange light in recognition of Ornge.

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Dibgy, Nova Scotia - Wharf Rat Rally starts Sept 2nd!

The 5th Annual Wharf Rat Rally begins on Wednesday September 2nd/09 in Digby, Nova Scotia and it runs until September 7th. In 2008 they had about 17,000 bikes and 50,000 people filling the streets for this four day event!

To give you an idea of just how big that is; the population statistics for the town of Digby put the population at about 2,100 people in 2001. So the Wharf Rat Rally takes over the town!

It's Atlantic Canada's biggest motorcycle rally with way too many activities and events to list. You've got to check out the schedule HERE.

It's not too late to plan a trip to Nova Scotia to see all the sights!

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Lobster + Motorcycles = "Good Times" in Shediac, NB

If you're looking for something to do this Sept 17 - 20th; why not go for a ride, check out a bunch of bikes, AND eat some delicious lobster!

Wow - is it lunch time yet? That's making me hungry!

All proceeds of the Rally go to the Lions Sick Children's Fund.

This is the 6th Annual Rally and to date we have raised over $50,000.00 for the Lion's Sick Children's Fund.

The event includes a poker Run, downtown biker party, biker breakfast, harvest run, meet & greet, BBQ and live music, dealer displays, Casino night with steak or lobster supper, ladies run, Sunday family activities, burnout competitions, and lots more!

For more details check out the event website HERE.

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Cristine Sommer Simmons interviewed on RIDE!

Adrian Blake over at RIDE! is going to be interviewing three-time motorcycle hall of fame inductee Cristine Sommer Simmons, live from the 2009 AMA International Women & Motorcycling Conference in Keystone, Colorado.

Cris will talk about the history of women and motorcycling and her new photography book The American Motorcycle Girls: 1900-1950. Tune in on August 19 at 5pm ET.

Check out the podcast HERE .

According to the Amazon description of Summers' book:

Chris Sommer Simmons, something of an American motorcycle pioneer herself, has been collecting photographs of women motorcyclists for nearly thirty years. A long time rider, often on a Harley-Davidson, she has scoured photo collections across the country and then spend hundreds of hours researching the contents of the photographs she has found. This book is the best of her veritable treasure trove. 'Charming' is the best word to describe each and every shot. Equally, one might say 'informative' or even 'evocative' but in truth this is a hugely significant work that seeks to charm and inject the reader with nostalgia for a surely bygone era.



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BMW Motorrad Summerfest rocks Mosport again

Whitby, ON - BMW Motorrad Canada’s 2009 Summerfest event welcomed its largest audience of BMW Motorrad enthusiasts on the recent July 17 – 19 weekend, held at Mosport International Raceway in conjunction with rounds 4 and 5 of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship.

With attendance doubling last year’s event, the prominent 500,000 square-foot BMW Motorrad Summerfest 2009 site on the Mosport infield was once again a feature attraction of the exciting Superbike double-header weekend, with an array of BMW displays and activities, highlighted by:

•A full display of the 2009 BMW Motorrad lineup of products, including an example of the spectacular BMW S 1000 RR Superbike (coming in 2010)
•The BMW Rider Equipment & Apparel Tent, offering great deals on a wide range of BMW Motorrad gear, prompting record sales.
•A jam-packed schedule of on-road and off-road test rides of the full range of BMW motorcycles, with 314 riders testing BMWs on the breathtaking roads around the Mosport venue, and 117 off-road enthusiasts enjoying BMW’s extensive Enduro lineup on the 30km-long snowmobile trail system woven in and around the Mosport property.
•Six BMW Motorrad Retailer kiosks offering product advise and consultation
•A very busy BMW Rider Training area offering abbreviated training courses to event goers, with expert demonstrations by BMW Retailer Moto Internationale’s Sécurité Active instructors .
•Exclusive participation in a parade-lap of the legendary Mosport track on Sunday morning for all BMW Motorrad Summerfest riders.
•Product displays including the vendors Touratech Canada, Farewell Travel – the Canadian agent for Edelweiss Bike Travel, and the BMW MOA Club.
•A Saturday night concert, with full stage, featuring Canadian music icons Sloan and Crash Parallel – the popular concert drew an enthusiastic audience of over 2500.

The BMW Motorrad Motorsport Team competed in both rounds of the Yoshimura Pro Sport Bike Class on BMW HP2 Sport race bikes, with Francis Martin finishing 16th on Saturday and 13th on Sunday, and Mike Ferreira finishing, respectively, 18th and 16th on the same days.

Commenting on the weekend, BMW Motorrad Canada’s Marketing Manager, Chris Duff, said: “This year’s BMW Motorrad Summerfest was the most successful yet, and our third consecutive year has helped establish the event as a regular and much-anticipated feature of the mid-season Superbike weekend at Mosport.The BMW Motorrad Canada team is already working on plans for next year’s event, with a host of new ideas to make Summerfest 2010 even bigger and more exciting than this year.”

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Rounds 3 & 4 - 2009 Wiesner Insurance Canadian Trials Championship

We got some news from the folks at the WEC about the upcoming 3 & 4th rounds of the 2009 Wiesner Insurance National Trials Championships. Should be exciting.

The events will be taking place in Mansfield, ON Aug 22 & 23. They're also looking for volunteers to help out. No experience necessary!


Here's the full press release:

The final 2 rounds of the 2009 Wiesner Insurance National Trials Championships are rapidly approaching. The first two rounds held in Summerland BC in May were a big success and the Trials community has welcomed their new sanctioning body, World Enduro Canada, with open arms.

Trials is a very popular motorcycling activity around the world and is gaining popularity in North America partly due to the stellar success some former trials riders like David Knight, Juha Salminen and Taddy Blazusiak are having in the Off Road Racing World. Trials is one of the original Extreme sports and riders from other motorcycle disciplines are realizing the cross over benefits that trials riding has to offer. This is the first true Canadian Trials Championship in years and there are a number of riders who are travelling across the country to compete to make it a true National series.

Rounds 3 & 4 are being held in the hilly terrain outside Mansfield, ON Aug 22 & 23. Mansfield is a short drive north of Toronto, an easy day trip to watch some exciting riding skills in action. Start time will be 11am on Saturday and 10am on Sunday.

Directions are simple:

- take Airport Rd north from Toronto towards Mansfield
- cross over hwy 89 and start watching for arrows
- turn right on 5th side road then a left on 7th concession which is a dead end road and parking will be labelled

For anyone interested in helping out we are looking for checkers to mark the riders in the test area. There is NO experience required - other than being able to count to at least 5 - and the best part is you get a front row seat to the best action. Anyone interested in helping or if you want more info on the event contact the Organizer Dean Mayke at Dean.Mayke@rci.rogers.com or visit our web site www.worldendurocanada.com


Hope to see you all there!

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July 29, 2009 Ontario Federation of Trail Riders - Long Weekend Plans Ganny to Gooderham loop - August 1 & 2, 2009

The Ontario Federation of Trail Riders (OFTR) is holding an event this August long weekend. Here's some details, courtesy of OFTR:

Location: Near Port Hope, Ont

This ride travels from the Cobourg area up to Gooderham withan overnight stay at the OFTR HQ.

Gooderham's annual Horseshoe Days weekend is on and there is a big dinner and a live band on Saturday night

Entry Fee : $100 includes Sat dinner and Sunday breakfast. The entry deadline has been waived.

Also includes primitive camping at OFTR HQ in Gooderham or see list for local accommodations.

Sign in: Saturday 7:30 am GPS downloading followed by riders meeting at 9 am.
Ride duration: Approx. 200 km each day.
Ride level: Intermediate or experienced rider, Blue plates and Insurance required.

Support truck follows the ride and will transport your gear both days.

Do you want to ride but don't have a GPS? No problem! We will form groups to ride with one of our GPS leaders.

For more information call or email: Bob Kendell 905-985-9017 bob.kendell@hotmail.com

Click HERE for more information and an entry form.


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Ducati WDW is back - coming to the mother land!

World Ducati Week (WDW) is coming back. The planned date for motorcycle fans of all ages and nationalities to come together is September 2010 at the Misano World Circuit in, where else, Italy!

The sixth WDW edition has been fixed for September 2010. A date to put straight in the diary, so that fans can plan their trip to what already promises to be a week full of surprises, a true celebration of Ducatiís passion.

Once again it is the Misano World Circuit, in Misano Adriatico, that will host the event and where Ducati will lay on four days of non-stop action and activities, linked to the worlds of motorcycling and racing. As tradition dictates, WDW will incorporate conferences, historic bike exhibitions, shows, a competition for the best customised bike and much more besidesÖ

The specific dates are still to be decided but the month of September is already confirmed, an alternative to the pre-summer date of past editions. The Ducati organizers are now awaiting the definitive 2010 MotoGP and SBK racing calendars before they confirm dates that will allow the factory teams and riders to participate.


Four days of non-stop fun are planned: track sessions, official riders and stunts, evening parties, concerts, motorcycle tours, Ducati Factory and Museum visits, historical bikes exhibitions, conferences, and much more.

It doesn’t matter if you have a Ducati, another kind of bike, or just plain enthusiasm for motorcycles: The red planet is coming back!

Keep an eye on Ducati.com for definitive dates and more information on how you can join in. Details will be online in the upcoming months.



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Demo Day for Charity at Studio Cycle Group – Sunday, July 26 (ON)

Studio Cycle Group, located at 2923 Dundas St. W in the heart of Toronto’s Junction district will be hosting a Demo Day for Charity this Sunday, July 26th between 11am and 3pm.

Licensed LSM, M, M1, or M2 riders will have the opportunity to try out a KYMCO scooter or motorcycle and participants will be asked to make a $5.00 donation which will go directly to Kids Help Phone. Studio Cycle Group will also be donating $1.00 from every purchase on Sunday July 26th to Kids Help Phone as well!

Not interested in test riding? Well, there are a lot of other reasons to visit Studio Cycle Group on Sunday July 26th, here are just a few:

- Custom helmet fittings for ARAI helmets on site – If you purchase an ARAI that
day you’ll receive a 10% discount PLUS a free Ogio helmet bag.
- In store sales offering 10% and 25% off select items including all Hart &
Huntington apparel, NEXO Sports Gear, Troy Lee Designs, Etnies shoes and more!
- A Humber College Training instructor will be on site to answer any questions about licensing.
- Be sure to ask about our selection of Pirelli bike tires as well!
-Pick up a Studio Cycle Group magnet tag and sign up on our customer list to qualify for ongoing offers. You can even take one for a friend!

We’re looking forward to seeing you on Sunday – rain or shine!

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Canadian Biker Build Off - July 25-26 (ON)

Are you looking for something to do this weekend? You could always keep an eye on our Calendar of Events page; but if you're in the Ontario region you've got several events to choose from. If custom bikes are your thing you'll want to head on over to the Canadian Biker Build Off.

The Canadian Biker Build Off is celebrating it's 5th year this coming weekend (July 25-16th). It's taking place at the Niagara Regional Exhibition, 1100 Niagara Street, Welland Ontario.

There's a whole bunch of things going on, multiple bike shows, tattoo'ing, slow ride competitions, live music, the Biker Build Off (of course) and too many other things to list. They've got a huge schedule with something for everybody.

Check out their website HERE.


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Test Ride a Can-Am Spyder - Toronto (ON)

Snow City Cycle Marine in Toronto, Ontario is having a CAN-AM SPYDER demo ride day this Thursdsay, July 23th.

Date: Thursday July 23, 2009
Time: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

You MUST have the following to participate in the ride:

- Be at least 21 years of age
- Full "M" licence
- Have an APPROVED helment,jacket, gloves and boots.

Please e-mail info@snowcity.com with your name, contact phone number and the time you would like to ride.

They're also having a bit of a sale on SPYDER Accessories. Click HERE for the 20% off coupon.

Visit their website HERE.


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Some Ontario based events this weekend!

The weather is really warming up and motorcyclists are being drawn to the roads like moths to a flame. If you find yourself drawn to the road on your motorcycle this weekend and are in search of an Ontario destination here' are a couple of options for you.

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Hog Riders Day & July Blow Out Sale this Saturday, July 11th from 11am - 3 pm


Events include:

Live Band
Ride Thunder the mechanical bull - Just for fun...
Super Draws & Giveaway's
Detailing Demos
Service Dept. Information Centre
Beef on a bun BBQ

1399 8th Line of Smith, Lakefield, ON K0L 2H0
1-888-292-8305
www.usedhd.ca



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Bennett Powersports Open House


Bennett Powersports are proud to announce that we added YAMAHA to our dealership. We would like to personally invite you to our open house taking place on Saturday July 11, 2009 starting at 9:00 am and going until 4:00 pm. Come by and take advantage of our day sales event, no freight or PDI on all units. Take your dream bike out for a ride with the 2009 YAMAHA POWER TOUR and join us for a BBQ and refreshments.

After your ride, stay for the show. The popular stunt team ILLADVISED will perform a motorcycle stunt show for you to watch.

Pop a balloon and win 10-50% off of your clothing and accessories purchase. Check out our well stocked showroom and talk to our always friendly and knowledgeable staff.

There will be plenty of parking and fun for all. Bring a valid M2 or full M licence, jacket, and helmet in order for you to ride.

We are looking forward to having you come out for our open house. See you on Saturday, July 11, 2009"

Bennett Powersports Team.

701 Brock Street N, WEhitby, ON L1N 8R3
905-430-6360 or 866-430-6360
www.bennettpowersports.com


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Two Canadian Bands Set to Rock BMW Summerfest

Two great Canadian Bands will be entertaining the masses at Mosport this July 17-19 weekend at the 2009 BMW Motorrad Summerfest. Halifax based Sloan and Toronto based Crash Parallel will be taking the stage on Saturday.

There's going to be a lot more than music at Summerfest too though. Racing, BMW Marketplace, on and off-road test rides, an off-road skills course, and demo rides.

Plan to be there! Full press release follows -

Courtesy of Canadian Superbike:

Canadian recording artists Sloan and Crash Parallel will headline the BMW Motorrad Summerfest as part of the Parts Canada Superbike Doubleheader at Mosport, July 17-19, Canada’s biggest motorcycle road racing event of the year.

The bands will take to the BMW Motorrad Concert Stage on the Saturday of the manufacturer’s three-day motorcycle lifestyle experience, making its return to Mosport for the third year. Designed to cater to the motorcycle enthusiast, Summerfest features the BMW Marketplace, on and off-road test rides and an off-road skills course. New for 2009 is the addition of BMW Motorrad Enduro rider Guy Giroux, who will act as an instructor for the off- road skills course.

Formed in 1991 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, four-member Sloan released its first record in 1992. Since then, the band has recorded and released 10 records to critical acclaim across North America. Sloan’s contemporary, yet instantly recognizable rock and roll sound has endeared them to a large and devoted fan following across the continent, particularly in Canada. Nominated numerous times during their career, Sloan has won four East Coast Music Awards and a Juno Award. Now based in Toronto, Sloan’s latest record, Parallel Play, was released in 2008.

Relative newcomers to the Canadian rock music scene, Toronto’s Crash Parallel was formed in 2005 and released their successful debut album, World We Know, in May 2008. The record has produced five singles to date, including the smash hit, World We Know. The band hit number one on the Billboard Emerging Canadian Artist Chart in the spring of 2008 and won the 2009 Canadian Radio Music Award for Best New Group of the Year.

In addition to Summerfest, the Yamaha Riding Academy will once again be offering it’s free riding clinic for children ages 6 to 12. The Academy provides professional instruction to youngsters on how to ride off-road motorcycles in a safe and fun manner.

Adults will also have any opportunity to do some riding when top manufacturers such as Suzuki offer demo rides on their latest models on neighbouring roads near Mosport. With the exception of the Yamaha Riding Academy (which supplies all required equipment), participants for all riding activities must have a valid motorcycle license, riding gear and helmet.

The Parts Canada Superbike Doubleheader, the only Toronto-area stop for the national Parts Canada Superbike Championship, features Canada’s top riders.

Three-time defending Superbike champion Jordan Szoke of Brantford, Ontario, and current points leader, 17 year-old phenom Brett McCormick of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan will battle it out in two points races against a deep field of perennial contenders and up-and-coming stars.

The weekend schedule also includes races in the Yoshimura Pro Sport Bike class, the Armour Bodies Amateur 600 Sport Bike Championship, the Suzuki SV650 Cup, the Pro Honda Oils Women's Cup Challenge and the Honda CBR125R Challenge.

A three-day SuperTicket is just $50 until July 15 ($60 at the Gate) and each ticket includes parking, paddock admission, and entrance to Saturday Night Stock Car racing at Mosport Speedway. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by a paid adult admission. Single day tickets are also available.

General and family camping areas are available complete with full-service washrooms, showers and children's playgrounds. An advanced three-day weekend general camping pass is just $30 (for tents or pop-up trailers). RVs are $50 for the weekend.

For more information about Mosport ticket packages and camping, call the Mosport Hotline at 1-800-866-1072 (Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm ET) or visit online at www.mosport.com. Tickets are also available at Ticketmaster.

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Live Green with KYMCO Canada & Studio Cycle Group

KYMCO Canada and corporate store Studio Cycle Group have been selected to participate in the Live Green Toronto Festival taking place at Yonge & Dundas Square.

Join us and 30,000 others on Saturday, July 25th 2009 for the weekend festivities which promise local food, live music, over 100 “Green” exhibitors, and so much more!

KYMCO Canada will be featuring scooters on site that are an environmentally conscious alternative mode of transportation both within the urban landscape and beyond. This zero-waste event will allow visitors to investigate products that fit into their green lifestyle. With scooters consuming less fuel, and with every litre taking you further and further, choosing to ride a scooter guarantees that your carbon footprint will be significantly smaller than those who rely on cars without sacrificing your urban mobility.

Coinciding with the events of the Live Green Toronto Festival, Studio Cycle Group (located at 2923 Dundas St. W) will be hosting a Demo Day for charity on Sunday, July 26th between 11am and 3pm. The demo day, which allows licensed LSM, M, M1 or M2 riders a chance to try out a KYMCO scooter or motorcycle, will ask participants for a $5.00 donation which will go directly to Kids Help Phone.

More details coming soon!

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Motorcycle volunteers needed - Provincial Road Cycling Championships

The Provincial Road Cycling Championships - taking place in Ontario, from Aldershot to Waterdown. The organizers are looking for motorcyclists to help out with the event.

Full details follow:

Volunteers are wanted to help support The Provincial Road Cycling Championships - July 26, 2009 between Aldershot and Waterdown.

Like in the Tour De France motos will be used for moving officials, photographers around the peloton and directing on coming traffic away from the cyclists as they race up and down the 11.25 km escarpment circuit (4 to 12 laps). 3 time slots.

Gas and honoria paid.

Lots of fun.

If interested please email Craig@torontocyclocross.com

Thanks

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10,000 motorcyclists expected to rock Atlanticade

The festivities at five-day event known as "Atlanticade" started on Wednesday, June 24th and run through to June 28th. Atlanticade takes place in Moncton, New Brunswick. This is the third year for the event and it's going to be bigger than ever - they're expecting 10,000 motorcyclists this year (according to their website).

Last year they had participants from almost every province, along with entries from the U.S.; they even had a long distance entrant all the way from Ireland.

Speaking of Ireland; Heather Ireland will be there with the folks from Biker-TV to film all the action. Custom builders and painters will be competing for the chance to win over $7,500 in prize money and awards.

Plenty of activities are scheduled; there's some organized rides, wings competitions, tons of live performances, lots of vendors, dyno days, poker runs, burnout competitions, and plenty more.

If you can't get enough live music as part of the many performances of Atlanticade - well then there's a Bon Jovi concert taking place at Magnetic Hill the same weekend too. Headliner for the event will be Bachman-Cummings (former frontmen for The Guess Who.

So, get yourself packed and head on down to Atlanticade - check out the website here for additional details.

Photo courtesy Atlanticade

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Ducati announces the inaugural “Ducs Fly South” track day

Not really "Canadian" content but this might be of interest to Ducati fans regardless...


CUPERTINO, CALIF (18 June 2009) – Ducati North America is excited to announce the first annual “Ducs Fly South” track day, which will be held July 13th at New Jersey Motorsports Park. 

Ducs Fly South is the Northeastern United States major Ducati event for the summer. The event will be a great opportunity to experience the thrill of the racetrack together with Ducati and the Penguin School; the nation's oldest motorcycle roadracing school. The Penguin School will have a special staff lined up for this event to provide both top level instruction and premium entertainment. The event is open to street riders of all levels and available to riders on any make of motorcycle.

Highlights of the event include:­



Ducati Hypermotard Truck
– This tractor trailer houses Ducati Hypermotards on which instruction and demo rides will be provided all day long. The truck will be the gathering place for product giveaways, a ‘Best Bike’ contest, test rides, and a suspension seminar. Cold Red Bull will be available throughout the day to keep riders energized.

Larry Pegram – The factory Ducati AMA Superbike rider will be on hand to celebrate his recent victory at Road America.  Larry will be available for autographs and a special question and answer session about his Ducati 1098 R Superbikes.

Ferrari-Ducati Showdown – Boasting a showroom filled with pre-owned Italian sports cars such as Ferraris, Maseratis and Lamborghinis; Universal Autosports is host to a staff highly experienced with exotic road and race cars. Universal Autosports is bringing three Ferrari Challenge cars that will be running on the track, which will compete against each other for the fastest lap. Immediately following the hot lap competition, professional Ducati instructors and racers will mirror this contest on Ducatis. The Challenge car driver and Ducati rider with the fastest laps will go head to head in a winner-takes-all race.

Track Experience
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 This unique event combines the safe, comfortable environment of a track day with the opportunity for individual instruction for riders at every level.  Two of the three riding groups will have passing restrictions, making for a comfortable place to ride for all participants. 

There will be ample opportunity for instruction, and a rider may participate in as many of the classes as they like.  Classes will be offered between the riding sessions covering topics like line selection, corner strategy, braking techniques, corner speed analysis, body position, bike setup and more.

The event will also offer individual instruction for riders; which combined with great food, a bike show, and a track photographer shooting all day makes for an event to remember.

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Suzuki Demo Day - Cameron, ON

HB Cycle & Outdoor Centre is holding a Suzuki Demo ride day on Saturday, June 20th from 9am to 4pm.

There's going to be an M109R, M90, C90T, C50T, S40, M50, a GSXR750, and a DL650 (V-Strom) available for demo's. You'll also get some deals on all in-stock clothing, helmets, and accessories 15-20% off.

All models are on sale and special deals will be offered

Address:
RR2, Cameron, Ontario K0M 1G0 Phone: 705-328-BIKE(2453) Fax: 705-328-3504 Email: email@hbcycle.com Visit: www.hbcycle.com Directions: Drive 6km North of Lindsay on Hwy. 35

Hours of Operation
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Monday - Thursday 9:00am - 6:00pm
Friday 9:00am - 8:00pm
Saturday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday closed

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