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Ural - Sales UP and new Canadian Dealers named

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

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


BRITISH COLUMBIA

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

NEWFOUNDLAND

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

QUEBEC

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


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Motorcycle Journeys Through Atlantic Canada - NOW AVAILABLE!

One of the most popular destinations for North American motorcyclists is Nova Scotia, and its famous Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island.

Whitehorse Press has just published a new motorcycle guide -  Motorcycle Journeys Through Atlantic Canada and it's available NOW.  We'll be publishing a full review soon.

But for now you'll have to go with details provided by the publisher:

This new travel guide, written by local motorcyclists and travel writers, Rannie Gillis and Ken Aiken, is the complete resource for any two-wheel traveler wanting to visit the high points of this beautiful part of Canada. The book covers not only Cape Breton Island and the Cabot Trail but also the rest of Nova Scotia, as well as the neighboring provinces of Labrador, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and eastern Quebec, including the wild and wonderful Gaspé Peninsula.

Each trip has a detailed route description, easy-to-follow maps, and unique photographs—all brought to life by the authors' informed and colorful narration. Local customs, history, tips for rider-friendly restaurants, ideas on unique lodging, comfortable campsites, and information on border crossings between the U.S. and Canada are included.

Pick it up on Amazon.ca at a discounted price now:


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Tiffany Coates - Adventure Rider!

You may or may not have heard about Adventure rider extraordinaire Tiffany Coates. She's ridden on five continents on her trusty BMW.  According to her website she's "The world's furthest travelled solo woman motorcyclist... with well over a hundred thousand miles have been covered." 

And there's some Canadian content in her travels - she made a recent trip to Labrador!  Canadian Content!

The folks at BMW have taken notice of her and in March 2010 they flew her to southern Turkey to film some bike travel exploits for a short documentary.  The documentary has now been released and is posted on YouTube.

Check it out:




For more information on Tiffany Coates why not check out here website HERE. It's chock full of interesting riding stories and pictures.  Enjoy!

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Road of Wonders - Eastern Edition

Stephen Corke - who has contributed to CMR before with his story "A Winter Ride from Snow to Palm Trees" has taken things up a notch; or thirteen for his follow-up adventure.

Stephen and his pal JD embark on a motorcycle journey that in their own words "will take them to the outer stretches of Canada where they will endure the harsh elements, witness stunning landscapes and test both their physical and mental limits. This epic adventure will have over 11,000 KM of open road and will take them to thirteen of Eastern Canada's wonders. It will be a trip that many have talked about, yet few will ever do."


The trip takes them through thirteen of Eastern Canada's wonders in Northern Ontario, Quebec, Labrador, Newfoundland, and Nova Scotia. What's more is they've documented and filmed the trip. They've put some time and effort getting this done.  


The executive producer for the filming of the journey is Les Stroud - or as many may know him better - Survivor Man.  Yeah, that guy from TV.


Here's a little clip to whet your appetite for things to come. It's our understanding that their goal is to get their finished product as a series on television.





For more information and to follow along as this journey unfolds keep an eye on RoadOfWonders the website


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Yamaha Tenere on Trans Lab Highway this October


Viewers of A Motorcycle Experience and Yamaha bloggers have spoken. It was time to up the ante! So we’ve manned up! It’s time to tackle North America’s Final Frontier!

What’s the deal? From October 3rd – 7th, the much talked about, 2012 Yamaha Super Tenere will transport me (Bryan Hudgin) the 1113KM’s from Baie-Comeau, QC to Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL on the legendary Trans-Labrador Highway. The term highway may be a bit of a misnomer here. As a resident of populous Southern Ontario, I tend to think of a highway as a 6-lane, concrete overpass filled, stop-and-go nightmare for my daily commute. To the residents of Labrador though, the Trans-Lab qualifies as a “Highway” because it’s the one and only road that can take you right through the heart of Labrador. Stop and Go or scenic wilderness? The latter works for me!

Of course, it wouldn’t be a challenge without any adversity. Last year’s rules of no money, no food and no accommodations, (yes that means a tent…in Labrador…in October…. What have I got myself into?) are still in effect. Toss in additional factors like nearly 1000KM of dirt roads and hundred’s of KM’s between gas stations and I think we’ve got quite the trek on our hands!

On the heels of this, I phoned Tim Kryski, our district sales manager for Newfoundland and Labrador to get his thoughts. We gabbed for about 20 minutes but only three of his comments really stuck with me after our conversation. They were, “Labrador in October? I can remember 2 years ago when they had 6-inches of snow in the middle of September”. THEN, “I’ve ridden motorcycles all my life and never once had the urge to do that trip” AND FINALLY “I had a person tell me it would have been fun if they didn’t need to have their feet down the whole time.”  (GULP) “Really? Gee Tim, I sincerely appreciate the pep-talk!”

But what is a life half-lived? Let’s cast away the boat lines and get this show started! The tour will start at Baie-Comeau Motorsports on the morning of the 4th. After that, we’ll try and stick to the tentative agenda below. If you live on QC’s HWY 389 or the Trans Lab look for the crew! I will be doing my best to provide updates (as long as wireless internet lets me) as the trip unfolds on the Yamaha Facebook page and Twitter accounts, so if you’re wanting to get all the grisly details be sure to bookmark; www.facebook.com/yamahamotorcanada or follow us on twitter at: YamahaMotorca.

In the meantime, anyone with any tips, preferably those that deal with edible plants, winter camping and how to fight off bears, please be sure to write in!

Monday, October 4

9:00 AM – Baie Comeau Motorsports
12:30 PM – Manic 5 Dam
2:00 PM – Manicougan Reservoir
4:00 PM – Relais Gabriel, QC

Tuesday, October 5

9:00 AM – Gagnon
10:00 AM – 52th Parallel
2:00 PM – Mount Wright
3:15 PM – Enter Labrador!
4:00 PM – Hewlett Minpaco, Labrador City/Wabush, NL

Wednesday, October 6

8:00 AM – Hewlett Minpaco
12:00 PM – Churchill Falls
4:00 PM – Central Labrador Plateau
6:00 PM – Frenchie’s Service Centre, Goose Bay, NL


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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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Trans Labrador Highway travel Alert (NL)

IOC Issues Advisory for TLH Travelers
June 14, 2009

Motorists travelling on the Trans Labrador Highway over the next couple of weeks are advised to proceed with caution. The Iron Ore Company of Canada has issued a public safety advisory for Route 389 and the Trans Labrador Highway. Spokesperson Jacqui Winter says the company advises the general public there are approximately 50 truck loads of equipment being transported between Baie Comeau, Quebec and Labrador City during the month of June. She says some of these trucks will consist of wide loads. Motorists are asked to travel with caution and delays may occur during this time.

Basic facts about the TLH according to Wikipedia - The Trans-Labrador Highway (TLH) is a Canadian highway located in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is the primary, and one of the very few, public roads in the Labrador mainland part of the province.


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