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Atlantic Roadracing League Develops Innovative Green Rider Protection

Halifax, NS  July 3, 2013 - Atlantic Roadracing League (ARL) announced a new motorcycle rider safety product today that will soon be implemented at
Atlantic Motorsport Park for upcoming Regional and National road racing

The new design will incorporate waste plastics into soft barriers around the
2.5 km circuit at Atlantic Motorsport Park.

"We are eager to get the new barriers in place. They will be much easier to
work with, more cost-effective, and much safer. We look forward to working with global governing bodies in racing such as FIM and FIA to seek their recommendations," says Andrew Murray, ARL President. "This program falls in
line with world leading recycling programs that make Nova Scotia a leader in waste-resource management, while providing new uses for recyclable plastic that may have been destined for landfill sites."

The barriers will be designed to keep riders safe and divert waste plastic
materials from landfill.  While developing the product concept, ARL received
direction and guidance from the Municipality of East Hants, Halifax Regional Municipality and Miller Waste Systems. RRFB Nova Scotia provided funding support through the Research and Development program.

"ARL demonstrates the kind of thinking we like to support," says Brennan Gillis, Business Development Officer with RRFB Nova Scotia.  "Should the testing prove successful, it will be another made-in Nova Scotia solution to aid solid waste diversion."


Atlantic Superbike Championship Round 1

Atlantic Superbike Championship Round 1 - Open Practice Gets Off To Soggy Start

Halifax, NS - Atlantic Roadracing League (ARL) Kicked off the 2013 Atlantic
Superbike Championship season Friday on a wet and soggy morning at Atlantic
Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie. The track attendance for today was very
high, and despite the weather conditions many riders took to the track to
fine tune their machinery for rain conditions.

Racers in the popular Lightweight Supersport Class spent most of the time on the track today gaining significant experience which will help them as they
prepare for these conditions which may return throughout the summer. Top
practice times for this class were Bob Melee of Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia
on board his Shore Cycle sponsored CBR250R; while the top 125cc rider was
the O'Leary Brothers Racing pilot Jacob Shaw-O'leary of Falmouth, Nova
Scotia on his Pro Cycle Sponsored CBR125R. This class continues to be an
exciting class to watch and will provide thrilling races this weekend under
dry conditions, and throughout the season.

Also some of the top Pro Superbike pilots made it out on the track today.
Topping the timesheets was current Atlantic Superbike Champion Ron Munroe, of Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia on board his Freedom Cycle / Canadian Kawasaki Motors sponsored ZX10R. He was followed closely by Rookie Pro
Austin Shaw-O'Leary running out of the O'Leary Brothers Racing pits on his
Dua Motorsports, Pro Cycle Sponsored Yamaha R6.

Based on the weather forecast, we expect a great weekend of racing and look forward to high rider and spectator turnouts. Tickets are $20 for the weekend or $10 per day track activities get under way again Saturday and
Sunday starting 9am. Saturday will have practice, qualifying and races,
Sunday will have practices and races all day. What better way to spend
father's day weekend.

Atlantic Roadracing League Inc. is the promoter of all Atlantic motorcycle
road racing, riding academies, and track days at Atlantic Motorsport Park in
Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia. For information on these and other activities
find us on Facebook and Live Timing is now available and can be followed at


Inside Motorcycles and the Penguin Riding School Provide Championship Support

Halifax, NS – The Atlantic Roadracing League (ARL) is excited to announce a new venture with Inside Motorcycles Magazine, and the Penguin Roadracing School. Since 1998, Inside Motorcycles has been “Canada’s Source for Motorcycle News.”  With its in-depth coverage of the Canadian motorcycle industry, Inside Motorcycles has become an indispensable resource for riders and racing enthusiasts across the country. The Penguin Roadracing School, in its 41st year is The Oldest Motorcycle Roadracing School in North America.  They are dedicated to helping new riders learn the basic skills necessary for a successful racing career, as well as tutoring the experienced racer who needs the competitive edge to get to the front of the pack.

Inside Motorcycles Magazine in conjunction with the Penguin Roadracing School will be providing a year end award for the 2013 Amateur Sportbike Championship.

To the winner of the 2013 Amateur Sportbike Championship.

- One participant entry to the Penguin Roadracing School

- $500 in cash for travel expenses to and from the school

“We are proud of our long standing relationship with Inside Motorcycles Magazine and look forward to an exciting season of road racing in 2013. It is the assistance of organizations such as these that enable the series to continue to be a success year after year” Andrew Murray said, when asked about the new partnership.


The Inside Motorcycles Amateur Sportbike class will be a thrilling class to follow all year and will feature some of Atlantic Canada’s newest up and coming racers. With the addition of this championship prize, the program will ensure the winner is as ready as possible for entering the professional ranks in 2014.


Atlantic Roadracing League Inc. is the promoter of all Atlantic motorcycle road racing, riding academies, and track days at Atlantic Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia. For information on these and other activities find us on Facebook and online Also be sure to check out Inside Motorcycles’ online publication at


Amarok Racing Pikes Peak

Amarok Racing, the competition arm of motorcycle design specialist Amarok Consultants, is proud to announce that 6 Time Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Champion, Greg Tracy, will be racing the Amarok P1A at this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

Pikes Peak is the second oldest race in the United States behind the Indy 500. With 156 turns, no guardrails, sheer drop-offs and an elevation that increases more than 5,000 feet in 12.4 miles, to a finish of over 14,000 feet at the summit, Pikes Peak is challenging proving ground for the Amarok P1A.

“It is truly exciting to be racing with Amarok. After talking with Amarok co-founder Michael Uhlarik, I knew this was a team of innovators who have pushed the limit building an electric motorcycle that I believe can set a record at Pikes Peak. I have been honoured to race for the best factory team, for Ducati, and honestly I had planned that my next Pikes Peak pursuit would be in an enclosed vehicle.” said Greg Tracy.

As one of the elite Team Hot Wheels drivers, Greg Tracy, captured a Guinness Book of World Record when he performed the Hot Wheels Double Loop Dare at the 2012 X Games. Tracy is also one of the top stuntmen in Hollywood. Greg has been providing stunts for movies and commercials since 1991, in blockbuster movies such as: Act of Valor, The Avengers, GI Joe, Wanted, Talladega Nights, The Fast and Furious and in The Bourne Ultimatum for which Greg won the elite World Stunt Award. He has also won the Baja 1000, raced Formula 2000, Indy Cars and has gone over 210 mph on a motorcycle at the Bonneville Salt Flats during several World Record Attempts. At last year’s at Pikes Peak, Greg and his teammate were the first motorcyclists in history of race up the famous mountain in under ten minutes with the Ducati Multistrada.

“We are absolutely thrilled and very proud to have Greg ride for us.” said Amarok co-founder and chief designer Michael Uhlarik. “As a small, family run operation, our main objective is to work with people we like and who share our values. Amarok is about making up for big, by leveraging craft. After talking with Greg I felt like we had a lot in common.”

Tracy was connected to Amarok after the team’s promotional film “Why Less is More” appeared in a write up in My Life at Speed, one of the largest motor sport culture websites.

“I have always been intrigued by the Makers Movement and how alternative energy will impact my life and ultimately, my children’s lives. We need to be aware of the guys who are representatives of where our futures lie. Pikes Peak has always been about pushing the limit, showcasing new technologies with the best racers against the most extreme environment. When you combine all of our passion for the race, new technology with a couple of guys building one of the most interesting electric motorcycles in 140 year old barn…well, I knew I just wanted to be part of this program. “ Said Greg Tracy.

Amarok and Tracy will be racing the P1A, an advanced electric motorcycle concept demonstrator developed over the past three years. The P1A boasts a hand crafted aluminum monocoque design that dramatically reduces weight and improves handling. “The 147kg (325lb) Amarok P1 concept is about making the best handling motorcycle on the planet. There are electric bikes with much more power, but we want to own the corners. The 156 turns of Pikes Peak represent to us the best opportunity to prove our core belief that in vehicle design, you can do more with less.” Said Michael Uhlarik.

The ongoing story of Amarok and Greg Tracy will be followed up on MyLife at Speed, in Cycle Canada magazine and on Amarok Racing’s Facebook page and Twitter account.

About Amarok

Amarok Consultants is a leading motorcycle industry consulting firm. Founder, award winning motorcycle designer Michael Uhlarik, has served major international OEMs including Yamaha, the Piaggio Group, Bombardier and numerous others to deliver bespoke design, product planning and R&D support. In 2010, Michael co-founded Amarok Racing with Kevin O’Neil, with the purpose of developing the paradigm shifting, all electric P1 experiment.


Amarok short film - electric motorcycle

Michael Uhlarik hails from Halifax, Nova Scotia right now but he's hoping to manufacture the Amarok P1 electric racing motorcycle in rural Nova Scotia. Just a couple places under consideration at the moment; Lunenburg or Wolfville perhaps.

I know that people in Nova Scotia are cheering for him and hoping for success. Here's a look at some of the design and strategy for the Amarok motorcycle:

For more information on Amarok you can check out their website HERE.


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!


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.


Canadian electric motorcycle hits the track in Nova Scotia

If Michael Uhlarik has his way he'll be building electric racing motorcycles in Nova Scotia, Canada. The idea of an electric racing motorcycle that started as a drawing on a napkin has been getting closer and closer to a reality. In fact, a prototype that began its development back in 2010 has been tested at Atlantic Motorsport Park.

Michael is an industrial designer who has worked for many of the big motorcycle brands in Europe such as Piaggio, Yamaha, and Bombardier. He's an occasional contributor to Cycle Canada and HellForLeather. He moved to Halifax about a year ago.

The current prototype - the Amarok P1 weighs in at 325 lbs and has an 80 hp electric engine. He's working on a new version that will hopefully shed 25 lbs. The plan is to make something lightweight and aerodynamic that will be exciting on the track; it won't necessarily keep up with the big internal combustion engine bikes on the straights but it should own the corners!

Full details on the story (including a video) can be found on the Chronicle Herald website.  It's a great read. Please check it out.

We're cheering for Michael and hope that his dream of building electric racing motorcycles in Nova Scotia comes true. We'll be watching this one closely.


Atlantic Roadracing League 2012 Schedule

Our 2012 schedule is now available! 2012 sees the most track time available yet. We have a full compliment of racing, track days, test days and riding academies. 
Race Schedule

- Round 1 May 11-13, 2012
- Round 2 June 15-17, 2012
- Round3 July 13-15, 2012
- Canadian National July 19-20, 2012
- Round 4 August 17-19, 2012
- Round 5 September 7-9, 2012 

Track Day Schedule

- May 6- Sunday Test
- May 11- Track Day
- June 8- Track Day
- June 15- Track Day
- July 1- Sunday Test
- July 13- Track Day
- July 19- Track Day
- August 17- Track Day
- September 7- Track Day
- September 30- Sunday Test
- October 14- Sunday Test 

Riding Academy Schedule

- All Female Riding Academy- May 20, 2012
- Co-ed Riding Academy-June 9-10, 2012


WEC looks forward to the 2012 season

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada welcomes the 2012 racing season

Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada Revamps the Racing Program for the Canadian Harley-Davidson XR1200 Cup Series

Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada is proud to announce the details of the new Harley-Davidson National Race Program for 2012, designed to build on the successful debut of the Canadian Harley-Davidson XR1200 Cup Series in 2011. When participating in the National Canadian Superbike Championship this year with the Harley‑Davidson XR1200 Cup Series, both spectators and racers will be able to experience motorcycle racing at its very finest.

The Canadian Harley-Davidson XR1200 Cup Series is a spec-bike series featuring specially modified Harley‑Davidson XR1200 and XR1200X motorcycles. Vance & Hines will once again be the official kit supplier for the class. The special kit consists of a Vance & Hines exhaust system; a Fuelpak fuel management system; race bodywork including number plate, single-seat tail section, and belly pan; 17-inch front wheel with matching front fender; steering damper; oil cooler relocator; and race decal package. In addition to the Vance & Hines-supplied kit parts, racing teams will be able to upgrade their suspension, hand and foot controls, brake components, and instrumentation. These revisions to the program are outlined in detail in the 2012 CSBK rulebook (posted on In addition to a formidable program that allows racers to pursue their passion in racing at a very affordable cost, attractive weekend purse payouts and a year-end points prize fund will be available to make the series an even sweeter deal. If racing is in your blood and your interest is sparked, then please refer to the 2012 program outline below and make sure to speak to your nearest authorized Canadian Harley-Davidson Retailer for information on how you too can secure your spot on the grid for a great racing season.

National Round Race Schedule

1. June 22 to 24, 2012 – National Shannonville Motorsport Park – Shannonville, Ontario
2. July 6 to 8, 2012 – National Autodrome – Saint-Eustache, Quebec
3. July 20 to 22, 2012 – National Atlantic Motorsports Park – Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia
4. August 10 to 12, 2012 – National Circuit Mont Tremblant – Tremblant, Quebec
5. and 6 August 24 to 26, 2012 – National Mosport International Raceway – Bowmanville, Ontario


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 at a discounted price now:


Sackville motorcyclist helps others get back on the road

Sackville business owner Jimi Swinamer is using his new motorcycle clothing store, Riding in Style, to promote a charity designed to help motorcyclists after a riding accident."Bikers Down: Toad Memorial Fund" was formed in 2008 by Swinamer - the current chairman - and four other  bikers in memory of popular HRM bike builder Mike "Toad" Roach. They strive to help provide temporary financial assistance to people injured while riding their motorcycle.

Swinamer was quoted in the HalifaxNewsNet as saying, " Members of the Society are committed to helping after the fact, but they are also dedicated to helping prevent accidents in the first place. In conjunction with Safety Services Nova Scotia, they work hard to promote motorcycle and car operator safety."We're hoping the government will partner up with us to help promote awareness." said Swinamer. "I know that in 2007, 12 people were killed in accidents. People need to be educated."Fifty-six-year-old Swinamer was an officer with the Halifax police for 29 years and nine months when a serious accident forced him to retire in 2004.

Does it work? You bet!

Chris Jennings had helped them raise money in the past but didn't know that he himself would be at the receiving end of monies collected. Jennings was in serious  accident in November 2010 in which he broke multiple bones and had injuries to his shoulder and arm as well as a collapsed lung. He applied for assistance and after the society confirmed the details of the accident and that it wasn't related to drug or alcohol use the father of four was given some much needed financial support.

For more information on Bikers Down go to or search Bikers Down on Facebook.


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


Canadian Motorcycle Racing World gets a new class for 2011

Winds of change have hit the Canadian motorcycle racing world. Two brand new classes, namely the Amateur Superbike class and the much anticipated Harley-Davidson XR 1200 Cup, will have their debut in the upcoming 2011 racing season, which marks the 32nd anniversary of the National Superbike series.

After a very well-received season opener in 2010 at the Circuit ICAR in Mirabel, Quebec, next year’s schedule re-proposes a kick-off to the five-round 2011 Parts Canada Superbike Championship in Mirabel with a double-header wrap-up of the season at the popular Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ontario from August 19 to 21. For the first time in eight years, the newly repaved Autodrome Saint-Eustache in Saint-Eustache, Quebec, will also host some spectacular racing in 2011.

Headlined by the Pro Superbike division, the national series will be comprised of six classes: Pro Sport Bike, Amateur Sport Bike, CBR125R Challenge and the brand new Harley-Davidson XR 1200 Cup spec class and Amateur Superbike class.

Backed by Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada, the Harley-Davidson XR 1200 Cup is based on a similar series already running in the United States and Britain. The series uses identical, near stock versions of the sport twin engine motorcycles to ensure a high level of competition without the necessity of major upgrades over the course of a season.
True to its racing heritage, Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada returns for the 2011 series with the experienced racer #29, Darren James, heading up a team consisting of his Floridian racing partner, #123 racer, Dave Estok and the ever-committed technician, Thomas Morin, who accompanied James on all of his British racing efforts in 2010.
Competing in the inaugural Harley-Davidson XR 1200 Trophy race series at the 2010 British Superbike Championship alongside the former MotoGP star, Jeremy McWilliams (who dominated the series with his first place on the podium), Darren James was hyped yet humbled by an exhilarating fourth place overall finish and the incredible experience gained alongside a racer of the calibre of McWilliams. The passion of the followership and the versatility of the Harley-Davidson XR 1200 bike has motivated the former Canadian Thunder Champion, Darren James, to do everything possible to bring this exciting new class back to Canada.

When asked to comment, Darren James enthuses, “I’ve been riding twins all my life, but never have I been as excited as I am about starting this new class in Canada. I think this a great opportunity for our Retailers across Canada to get involved in racing and to showcase the high performance of the XR 1200 [motorcycle], the street version of which is known as the XR 1200 [motorcycle]. I truly look forward to working with individual racers across the country to see this class grow.” Darren James’ new #29 XR 1200 motorcycle will be on display at the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC) Canadian Motorcycle shows across the country and information for racers wanting to participate in the new Harley-Davidson XR 1200 Cup will be available on site.

Sponsors include: Ruthless Racing Inc.; Dragon Eyewear; Ogio; Flexi-Glass; RMR Suspensions and Twist Conditioning.

2011 Parts Canada Superbike Championship Schedule 

Round One: May 27-29, Circuit ICAR – Mirabel, Quebec
Round Two: July 1-3, Shannonville Motorsport Park – Shannonville, Ontario
Round Three: July 8-10, Autodrome Saint-Eustache – Saint-Eustache, Quebec
Round Four: August 5-7, Atlantic Motorsport Park – Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia
Round Five: August 19-21, Mosport International Raceway – Bowmanville, Ontario
Round Six: August 19-21, Mosport International Raceway – Bowmanville, Ontario


LED Wear for motorcyclists

I was attending a motorcycle show and came across a vendor selling some kind of interesting high-visibility clothing that could be used by motorcyclists that I thought I'd pass along. 

It's a company called LED-Wear. They're website is and the person I spoke with was from Halifax, Nova Scotia.  They're website indicates that they're the Canadian and US distributor for the products.

The products seem a little more popular in other more highly populated places like the UK but I've been seeing more and more riders choosing equipment that increases their conspicuity on the road; wearing full white, or yellow helmets, and reflective vests over their jackets - those sorts of things

I don't know that the event that I went to was the best forum for the company as I heard a few folks kind of joking that they'd look like aliens on the road if they were wearing that sort of outfit.  I think that if some well placed LED lighting helps makes you more noticeable on the road then that's a good idea.

I would be curious to know about any legal implications of wearing blinking LED vests and such on Canadian roads though. Might have to look into that! Or send off an email to the company.


Ruthless Racing Inc. Makes Second in K&N Filters Sport Twins National Championships

Sponsored by Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada, Dave Estok and Olivier Spilborghs represented the Ruthless Racing Inc. team in the final two rounds of the Parts Canada Superbike Series held from August 5 to 8. While Darren James competed in the 2010 British Superbike Championship on a Harley-Davidson XR1200 race bike provided by Warr’s Harley-Davidson, Estok and Spilborghs both fought well in their respective classes in nearly perfect weather conditions in Nova Scotia.

Dave Estok came into the final two rounds in fourth place on the Ruthless Racing Inc. Buell 1125R bike in the Pro Sport Bike standings – a mere one point behind rookie sensation Cody Matechuk (Suzuki GSXR 600).

The veteran and long-time Ruthless Racing Inc. team member stated third place as his goal for the weekend. “I’ve gotta beat Cody this weekend,” he commented shortly before his qualifying on Friday. “It’s really that simple and I know I can do it. Our times are really close and there are places here where the Buell [bike] is a little better than his bike; well maybe not after that crash.” Estok was referring to a crash he experienced in practice. Ruthless Racing Inc. crew members Rod Matechuk and Dave Oakley rose to the occasion, preparing the Buell 1125R motorcycle quickly for Estok’s qualifying effort. Estok repaid them in turn with a fast lap of 1:10.576, which compared very favourably with his main rival Matechuk’s best time, 1:10.574.

In his first race of the weekend, Estok placed eighth, a disappointment for him, although he did improve his personal pace to a 1:10.381. Matechuk, hailing from Cochrane, Alberta, extended his points advantage by placing third, earning him the HJC Helmets Rookie of the Year Award. “I’m not happy at all,” Estok said post race. “I got a really bad start, and [at] this place it’s so hard to pass. We’ll try again tomorrow.”

Try he did, and he improved. Estok got the start he needed in race two and ran a very strong race, lowering his lap times to 1:09.735 and charging the Buell 1125R motorcycle into sixth place. He was right behind Matechuk at race end, placing fourth in the National Sport Bike Championships for 2010.

“I’d like to say I’m happy,” said Estok as the team was packing up, “but fourth place isn’t what I came here for. I mean, hats off to Cody, he had a great year and unfortunately for me he had a great weekend. I kinda feel like I let the team down. I mean, Dave and Rod worked their butts off for me and I didn’t get the results we wanted. I really like riding for the Deeley Harley-Davidson [Canada] team and I’d really like to thank them, and Darren of course, and hope I’m back next year,” he said, smiling.

In the K&N Filters Sport Twins Class, Olivier Spilborghs was the only rider with a mathematical chance of catching the runaway points leader, Rob Busby, on the Buell XB12R bike. Spilborghs closed in by one point in his qualifying ride, taking pole position for the National Championships by recording a sizzling 1:12.899 on the Ruthless Racing Inc. Buell XB9R motorcycle. He was the only rider to record a time below 1:13.000.

“We still have a fighting chance,” Spilborghs enthused. “Rod made some changes to the suspension that really worked; I took over a second off my best time.”


Atlantic Roadracing League prepares for an East Coast Invasion

The Atlantic Roadracing League is gearing up for the busiest two weeks of their 5 month race
calendar. The next 2 weeks will see the Shubenacadie circuit and surrounding areas explode with racers
from all over the country as ARL holds Round 4 of their Atlantic Championship and then plays host to the inal rounds of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship the following weekend.

July 30th- August 1st will see ARL holding Round 4 of the Atlantic Championship at the 1.6 mile (2.5 km) Atlantic Motorsport Park. This will be the 2nd year that ARL has organized Round 4 of their regional series to be held the weekend prior to their National event. This is to allow away riders to come down a week early and get as much track time in as they can, plus it gives spectators a great chance to get into the swing of things before the big National the following week. So far away riders have taken full advantage of this opportunity, also relishing the chance to soak up some of that famed East Coast hospitality.

The following weekend, August 5th- 8th, will see the countries best make their annual pilgrimage east for the Atlantic stop on the Parts Canada Superbike tour. This time, things are slightly different. Traditionally the east coast stop on the tour was the penultimate stop on the calendar, though this time it will be the final stop. All season a championship battle has been brewing and its set to come to a boil at AMP in August. All 5 National titles are still up for grabs and if the past is any indication, AMP will provide some great races to decide the final title standings.

Adding to the excitement is a strong mix of fast local riders looking to show well in their home event.
The east coast is home to some of Canada’s fastest riders with multi time Canadian Champion Don
Munroe hailing from Bedford, NS- just 40 minutes from AMP. One of the main reasons ARL keeps
organizing the Atlantic stop of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship is to provide their riders with
a chance to showcase their talent on the National level without having to travel half way across the
country, something that is not feasible for most local riders. This is a great opportunity for all local riders to show well against the countries best and leave their mark on the National series, one we sincerely hope everyone takes advantage of.

With established national stars Jordan Szoke, Jodi Christie, Francis Martin, Alex Welsh, Steven Nickerson, Raphael Archambault and co all ready and rearing to go the stage is set for some great racing. Throw in local fast men Todd Scott, Andrew Dunlap, Ron Munroe, Charlie Legere, Austin Shaw- O’Leary and Mark Goodwin and things get even more exciting. Are you ready?

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BMW Motorrad Canada and Rush HD jump into Canadian Superbike for 2010

BMW Motorrad Canada, confirming that it will be fielding a two rider factory superbike team in the Parts Canada Superbike Championship in 2010, is also pleased to announce a collaboration with Rush HD as the title sponsor of the Rush HD/BMW Motorrad Canada Superbike Team.

Rush HD is Canada’s only high-octane, no fear, no limits extreme sports adventure HD channel. Rush HD is owned and operated by High Fidelity HDTV Inc., Canada’s leading HD broadcaster and production enterprise whose four all-HD channels provide Canadians with best-in-class non-fiction programming on the themes of Nature, Culture and Adventure.

In conjunction with the superbike sponsorship, the Rush HD/BMW Motorrad Canada Superbike Team will be followed all season long by a documentary film crew capturing the creation and activities of a superbike team in action, for the production and broadcast of a six part one hour mini series to be shown on Rush HD this fall. John Panikkar, Rush HD’s chief executive, said “Rush HD is delighted to be title sponsor of this year’s Rush HD/BMW Motorrad Canada Superbike Team. The action-adventure programming we broadcast on Rush HD is a natural fit with the action and excitement of a superbike racing series. ”

Chris Duff, Manager, Motorrad Marketing, stated, “We are thrilled to have Rush HD onboard as we prepare and race the most exciting new entry in the 2010 Canadian Superbike season”.

Both riders from BMW’s 2009 team, Francis Martin and Michael Ferreira, will once again be the riders in the hot seat, tasked with bringing a superbike victory to BMW Motorrad Canada in 2010.

Francis Martin is no stranger to racing in the Superbike Class having won two Canadian Superbike Championships in 1999 and 2005 respectively along with another litre bike title in 2002, the Pro Open Sportbike Championship. “I'm very exited about the next season and have been waiting for this moment for a long time” says Francis Martin. “Now we have the bike to win and the tuner with whom I won my last championship”.

Michael Ferreira will be making his Superbike Class debut in 2010 and continues his streak as the longest serving rider on the team after racing the BMW boxer twins in Canadian Thunder and Pro Sportbike classes since 2007. Ferreira, the winner of the 2006 RACE Pro 600 Sportbike Championship, will not have any trouble transferring his skills back onto an in-line four race bike from the twins he recently has competed on.

When asked about his thoughts of racing in the Superbike Class, Ferreira had this to say, "From the day I started racing, my dream was always to race in the premier class against the best riders in the country. Three years ago I was blessed with an opportunity to race for BMW and it’s been an experience of a lifetime with what now will be the highlight of my racing career. I couldn't be happier than to share this experience with the brand that has had so much faith in me."

Joining the Rush HD / BMW Motorrad Superbike Team this season is famed Canadian superbike tuner Patrice Goyette of Mobile PG. Patrice recently was the main crew chief behind Clint McBain of Acceleration Racing the past two years and has a previous relationship with Francis Martin from when they won the 2005 Canadian Superbike Championship.

“Staying with our same two riders this year was always the plan when we talked about jumping into the Superbike Class” said Chris Duff, Manager Motorrad Marketing. “Now that we have also been able to add a huge asset in Patrice, this should show race fans our commitment to winning races in 2010.”

Also partnering with the Rush HD / BMW Motorrad Superbike Team this year will be three new sponsors: Joe Rocket, Hotbodies Bodywork and Hindle Exhausts. Joe Rocket returns to BMW after a three year hiatus and Bruce Parker, President of Joe Rocket Canada enthused: “ we are excited about renewing our relationship with BMW Motorrad Canada and looking forward to BMW adding to our history of Rocket Racing success.”

With the launch of the new S1000RR, BMW Motorrad now has the arsenal needed to fight for superbike championships worldwide and Canada is no exception.

The 2010 Canadian Superbike Championship begins with Round 1 from the ICAR facility at Mirabel Quebec May 28-30 and then continues for Rounds 2 & 3 at Calgary’s Race City Motorsport Park June 24-27. Rounds 4 & 5 will be the annual mid-summer Mosport Doubleheader Weekend July 8-11 and the final two rounds, Rounds 6 & 7 will take place August 5-8 from Shubenacadie Nova Scotia. Follow all rounds of the Canadian Superbike Championship on TSN HD in 2010.


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!


Buell to continue racing in Canada

The Deeley Racing/Ruthless Racing Inc. team rises again and aims for the track in 2010

Since the announced discontinuation of Buell™ production by Harley-Davidson Motor Company in October, various speculations and rumours have formed around Canadian racing activity. At this stage, Deeley Harley- Davidson® Canada is proud to announce that it will stay true to its roots in racing and has committed to be on board for the 2010 Parts Canada Superbike Championship, which incidentally marks the series’30th anniversary. The categories supported will be the Pro Superbike, Yoshimura Pro Sport Bike and the new Sports Twins Pro/Am Classes as well as the Western Canadian Championships.

With a different set-up than the previous year, dictated by the tightening of budgets for many manufacturers, the 2010 series will consist of an opening round followed by three double-headers.

The Deeley Racing/Ruthless Racing Inc. team will consist of the experienced Darren James – team owner/rider no. 29 – racing in the Pro Superbike and Yoshimura Pro Sport Bike categories on 2009 Buell™ 1125R™ bikes, with the possibility of Olivier Spilborghs joining in and racing in the Sports Twins Pro/Am Class.

2010 Parts Canada Superbike Championship Schedule

Round One
May 28-30
Circuit ICAR
Mirabel, Quebec

Round Two
June 24-27
Race City Motorsport Park
Calgary, Alberta

Round Three
June 24-27
Race City Motorsport Park
Calgary, Alberta

Round Four
July 8-11
Mosport International Raceway
Bowmanville, Ontario

Round Five
July 8-11
Mosport International Raceway
Bowmanville, Ontario

Round Six
August 5-8
Atlantic Motorsport Park
Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia

Round Seven
August 5-8
Atlantic Motorsport Park
Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia

Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada is pleased to once again support this national sport and wishes the Deeley Racing/Ruthless Racing Inc. team a successful upcoming season.


The Great Canadian KYMCO Winners!

The Great Canadian KYMCO Contest has given both KYMCO Canada and our local authorized KYMCO dealers an opportunity to give back to Canadians. This year we allocated five KYMCO vehicles to donate to individuals or organizations that stand out in our communities. We got some outstanding nominations, but there can only be 5 winners, and here they are!

The Cool Aid Society – Victoria, BC
The Cool Aid Society is a non-profit organization with over 300 volunteers that has been working to eliminate homelessness through community based solutions since 1968. Nominated by Scooter Underground, the Cool Aid Society will receive a donation of a KYMCO Vitality 50 2T scooter which will allow staff members to travel around their urban centre and reach marginalized members of their community. A scooter is particularly helpful in this effort as it is a friendly and non-threatening vehicle in the eyes of the community members to whom they are reaching out. Congratulations Cool Aid Society on winning the Great Canadian KYMCO Contest and on the support you provide your local community!

Municipal District of Bonnyville Public Safety Department – Bonnyville, AB
The Municipal District of Bonnyville Public Safety Department responds to the needs of their community by providing effective local law enforcement and related community based services, all in an accountable and cost effective manner. With a large ATV community, the department offers training for safe and lawful operation of ATVs to school age children through their School Resource Officers. They also patrol approximately 70km of the recreational trail system that spans the entire municipality. Nominated by X Power and Performance, the department will be
awarded an MXU 500 ATV which will provide them with a modern, reliable vehicle that will not only be used to patrol the recreational trail system, but will also be used for ATV safety courses with the youth of the community. Congratulations to all the staff in the Public Safety Department on winning the Great Canadian KYMCO Contest and on the support you provide to your Municipality!

Ontario Camp for the Deaf – Parry Sound, ON
Established in 1962, The Ontario Camp for the Deaf is run by the Bob Rumball Organization. The Camp aims to meet the social, recreational and spiritual needs of the deaf and special needs community (both children and adult) in a residential summer camp setting. The camp operates solely on donated funds, goods, and services while subsidizing over 60% of the children who attend. Nominated by Studio Cycle Group, the Ontario Camp for the Deaf has been awarded a UXV 500 UTV to help them not only maintain the 400 acre camp ground, but to also help transport visitors around the property. It is worth noting that the camp is also a CMRC sanctioned race venue which welcomes hundreds of riders and supporters to their site every summer. Congratulations to everyone at the Bob Rumball Organization and to all volunteers who work at the camp on winning the Great Canadian KYMCO Contest and on the support you provide to the deaf, special needs, and ATV communities in Ontario and beyond!

Zec Mars-Moulin – Laterrière, QC
Established in 1978, Zecs are territorial infrastructures that are run by non-profit organizations; they are responsible for the management and conservation of wildlife on their territories. The 15-20 volunteers at Zec Mars-Moulin educate local visitors and tourists alike about the wildlife in the area, responsible hunting and fishing, and the importance of environmental protection. Nominated by Bouchard Sports Loisirs, and the recipients of an MXU 500 ATV, Zec Mars-Moulin will be able to use the quad as both a surveillance vehicle and a work vehicle to transport equipment and people. Congratulations to all the volunteers at Zec Mars-Moulin on winning the Great Canadian KYMCO Contest and on the work you do in wildlife conservation and the protection of the environment in your area!

Springhill Fire Department – Springhill, NS

Established in 1890, the Springhill Fire Department with its 30 volunteers faces some very difficult terrain in its area. From large open fields surrounded by rural homes and businesses to forested acreage, the firefighters sometimes find it difficult, if not impossible, to reach some of these areas with conventional fire equipment. Nominated by Warren MacDonald & Son Garage Ltd., and the recipients of an MXU 500 ATV, the Springhill Fire Department has also offered to make the unit available to assist the efforts of the local Search and Rescue team. Congratulations
to all the brave volunteers at the Springhill Fire Department on winning the Great Canadian KYMCO Contest and for the services you provide to your local community!


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!


Parts Canada Superbike - Round 6 picture slideshow

We had a fantastic time roaming around, chatting to the folks in the pits and people in attendance at the Parts Canada Superbike races at Atlantic Motorsports Park in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia. Camera in hand I managed to get a few interesting pictures. You've got pretty amazing access to the bikes and racers at these events.

So here's a few random images from Sunday at Atlantic Motorsport Park. Hope you enjoy!


Parts Canada Superbike Series - Round 6 - Atlantic Motorsports Park

Brett McCormick kept his hopes of claiming his first Parts Canada Superbike Championship alive with a convincing win in round six of the series, sponsored by Pro Cycle and the Atlantic Suzuki Dealers, at Atlantic Motorsport Park on Sunday.

The Saskatoon rider led 21 of 22 laps around the 2.56km (1.6-mile), 11-turn track to take his third victory of the season aboard the Team Suzuki / Blackfoot / Picotte Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000 and gain 10 points on series leader Jordan Szoke.

Szoke placed second riding the Canadian Kawasaki Motors Kawasaki ZX-10R, 5.420 secs. behind McCormick and now has 296 points in the Parts Canada Superbike point standings to McCormick’s 282 heading into the final round at Shannonville Motorsport Park on the Labour Day weekend. A race win is worth 50 points.

“The first couple of laps were pretty exciting,” said McCormick, who took the lead from Szoke in turn two on the second lap. “I got a great start but Jordan’s was a little bit better. We used the softer compound tires and I wanted to check out early in the race and manage the gap from there.”

McCormick completed the race in 26 minutes, 13.8 seconds for an average speed of 134.818 km/h.

Clint McBain of Cochrane, Alta. finished third on the Suzuki Dealers /
Acceleration Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000 and Truro, N.S.’s Brian Blaauwendraat placed a career high fourth riding the Pro Cycle / Atlantic Honda Dealers Honda CBR600RR.

McCormick had qualified on pole and broken the track record on Saturday but was beaten off the line by Szoke, who started alongside him on the front row. Once in the lead the 17-year-old Suzuki rider was able to open a gap to Szoke and set the race’s fastest lap, a 1:07.539 on his fourth tour.

Szoke maintained a safe second place to maintain his bid for a record fourth Parts Canada Superbike title and a record-tying sixth career national championship.

“I really think that Kawasaki gave me a great motorcycle but I had to ride a little smart and conservative today,” said the 30-year-old points leader. “I wish I could have gone a little harder for the win but this championship means so much to me. It’s all I think about.”

McBain suffered a poor start and was sixth at the end of the opening lap. But by lap two he was up to fourth and he passed Blaauwendraat for third two laps later.

“I didn’t have it for Brett today but it seemed like I kept closing in on Jordan then making little mistakes,” said McBain, who maintained third place in the Parts Canada Superbike point standings. “It’s nice to be back on the podium, especially out here.”

The 24-year-old Blaauwendraat had delighted the partisan crowd by qualifying on the front row on Saturday.

He ran as high as third in the race before being passed by McBain and then Steve Crevier, but he regained fourth when Crevier crashed his Deeley Racing Powered By Buell / Buell 1125R in turn nine on lap 15.

“Everything was great but I was getting a little tired,” he admitted. “On this track you’re working the whole time. Clint was a little far off and I knew I couldn’t catch him.”

Andrew Nelson of Kars, Ont. took fifth on the Nelson Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 and Maple Ridge, B.C.’s Crevier recovered from his fall to take sixth.

Erick Beausejour (Beausejour Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000), Martin Grande (Suzuki Sport Collette Suzuki GSX-R600), Ross Millson (RMP Motorsports Suzuki GSX-R1000) and Franklyn Dominguez (Seamont Brokerage Kawasaki ZX-10R) completed the top 10 of an attrition filled race.

Kevin Lacombe of Granby, Que. started third on the Team Toyota Yamaha / OTSFF Yamaha YZF-R1 but crashed in turn four on lap two. Four laps later the same spot claimed Jodi Christie on the Honda Powerhouse Dealers of Ontario / Roz-Gar Racing Honda CBR600RRwhile he was running a strong sixth. Neither rider was injured.

In other action at AMP, McCormick closed to within 16 points of Szoke in the Yoshimura Pro Sport Bike standings with his third win of the year on his Suzuki GSX-R600. Szoke was second aboard his Kawasaki ZX-6R, 7.347 secs. behind McCormick and heads to Shannonville with 300 points to the 284 of McCormick.

Lacombe placed third on a Yamaha YZF-R6 and moved up to third in points ahead of Canadian Kawasaki Motors rider Alex Welsh of Uxbridge, Ont., who was unable to race after badly bruising his back and right hip in a Saturday practice fall.

Keene, Ont.’s Christie finished seventh aboard his Honda CBR600RR and took over the lead of the HJC Pro Rookie of the Year standings from Coaldale, Alta.’s Royce McLean, who crashed his Team Toyota Yamaha / OTSFF Yamaha YZF-R6. McLean was taken to IWK Health Centre in Halifax with an undetermined right leg injury.

Szoke is aiming for a fourth straight championship in the Pro Sport Bike class.

Cody Matechuk of Cochrane, Alta. took his fourth win in five races in Armour Bodies Amateur Sport Bike and all but clinched the title. Riding the Suzuki Dealers / Acceleration Racing Suzuki GSX-R600 Matechuk finished 2.473 secs. ahead of his closest title rival, Sebastien Tremblay on the A. Perusse Kawasaki / Kawasaki ZX-6R. He leads the Longueuil, Que. racer by 44 points, 263-219.

St-Colomban, Que.’s Raphael Archambault scored his fourth straight Suzuki SV650 National Cup victory and heads to the season finale 42 points clear of his nearest rival in the championship, Brantford, Ont.’s Rob Busby. Archambault edged Busby by 0.197 secs. for the win at AMP on Sunday.

The Honda CBR125R Challenge race saw a spectacular three-way scrap between Bodhi Edie, Karl Robitaille and Steven Nickerson. Edie took the win with a bold double draft move on the back straight and held off Robitaille and Nickerson at the line. The three were covered by 0.168 secs.

Hamilton, Ont.’s Nickerson now leads Edie, from Warman, Sask. by 26 points in the class standings, 359-333 heading to the final round.

Action from Atlantic Motorsport Park can be seen on TSN HD and TSN in a one-hour program on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). The show will be repeated on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 4:00 a.m. (EDT). The races can also be seen in Quebec on RDS. Please check local listings for dates and times.


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

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

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

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


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 Tickets are also available at Ticketmaster.


Halifax testing free motorcycle parking in city core

Motorcyclists will now be able to find a few free parking spaces in downtown Halifax. There won't be many of them - but it's a start!

The Halifax Regional Municipality designated spaces for motorcycles in four areas; two on Argyle street, one on Grafton street, and another on Spring Garden Road.

Ken Reashor, manager of the municipality's traffic authority, said three motorcycles or scooters should be able to fit in each spot, depending on how riders park. They will be time limited to 90 minutes.

"They are limited time because we don't support all-day parking on the street," Reashor told CBC News on Thursday.

Parking was restricted in the areas that have been freed up for the motorcycle test. No parking meters were removed.

Coun. Sue Uteck has been an ally of two-wheeled rider of Halifax, leading the charge to find new free spaces by supporting a group called Halifax Rewards Motorcyclists and a petition they organized. In February, she arrived at city hall with the 1,350-name petition which put forth the position that motorcycles and scooters are more eco-friendly and cause less traffic congestion than cars.

The pilot project will run this summer. Municipal officials say they will consider extending it depending on the response from riders.


Explore Atlantic Canada and get a discount at Lakeview hotels

If you're traveling in or to Atlantic Canada Lake View Hotels you might want to check out Lakeview Inns and Suites or Country Inns and Suites. Both offer a special Motorcycle Rate. I'm told it's a good savings so remember to ask for it when booking.

In addition to your discounted rate the hotels offer free movies, free breakfast, and free Internet.

The participating locations are as follows:

Lakeview Inns & Suites
Ph 1.877.355.3500

- Bathurst, NS, 777 St Peter Avenue, Ph: 506.548.4949
- Fredericton, NB, 665 Prospect Street, Ph: 506.459.0035
- Miramichi, NB, 333 King George Hwy, Ph: 506.627.1999
- Halifax, NS, 98 Chain Lake Drive, Ph: 902.450.3020
- Summerside, PEI, 195 Harbour Drive, Ph: 902436.3333

Country Inns & Suites
Ph 1.800.456.4000

- Saint John, NB, 1011 Fairville Boulevard, Ph: 506.635.0400
- Moncton, NB, 2475 Mountain Road, Ph 506.852.7000
- Dartmouth, NS, 101 Yorkshire Ave Extension, Ph: 902.465.4000
- New Glasgow, NS, 700 Westville Road, Ph 902-928-1333

Visit Lakeview online to get more details about these participating locations.


Halifax Bridge Commission has some advice for those on two wheels

If you've ever come to a toll bridge or road on a motorcycle or scooter you're probably aware of the challenges they present. It goes something like this... pull up to the toll booth, take off your glove, fumble for change, throw change in, hurriedly put glove back on, proceed through gate. It's only a few seconds but it seems like there must be a better way.

Well if you're a regular commuter in Halifax/Dartmouth, Nova Scotia - or anywhere that you come across a toll booth of some kind there may be a better way for you. The Halifax Bridge Commission has what they call a MACPASS that allows you to load up a transponder with cash so that you don't have to worry about fumbling through your pocket for change. If there's a toll booth near you chances are they offer the same type of program. One problem with a transponder and a 2 wheeled vehicle though - you can't really attach it to a motorcycle, well you could but it's fairly likely that you wouldn't have it for long if it's in a spot where somebody can grab it.

The Halifax Bridge Commission has come out with a brochure that explains the recommended way to use MACPASS when crossing the Macdonald and MacKay Bridge to ensure safe and easy passage for all drivers. There are some safety considerations you may not have thought about.

The graphic is just the very high level overview - there's more detailed information on the Halifax Bridge Commission website here.

Some of the tips are relevant to anybody on two wheels that might come upon a toll booth though so it's not only relevant to those in Halifax/Dartmouth.


6th Annual Cruise for Crohn's (NS)

Help support the funding of medical research to find the cure for IBD by taking part in the 6th Annual Cruise for Crohn's in Nova Scotia.

The event takes place on Sunday, July 12, 2009 and includes a free BBQ too. The ride is a 90 km loop starting and finishing at the Sobey's Plaza in Fall River, Nova Scotia.

Participants who raise more than $50 in pledges qualify for a commemorative "Cruise for Crohn's" pin.

Registration starts at 11 am
Departs 1pm, Rain or Shine, from Sobeys Plaza.

For pledge sheets and info: Tracey (902) 422-8137 or 1-800-265-1101,

For more information about the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada check out their website here.


Biker Bash show takes place this weekend (Nova Scotia)

The 5th annual Halifax Biker Bash will be taking place at Halifax's Exhibition Park (200 Prospect Road, Halifax, NS) this April 18th and 19th.

The show claims to be Atlantic Canada's largest motorcycle trade show. There's going to be plenty of vendors there as well.

Some other features:
- Show N Shine
- Fashion show
- Live entertainment
- Tattoo competition

Show Hours:
Saturday April 18 - 8:30am-5:30pm
Sunday April 19 - 8:30am-4:00pm

Show Admission:
$10.00 general admission
$16.00 weekend pass

Saturday April 18 - 9:00pm-1:00am

Dance Tickets:
$12.50 per ticket (Available at the following shops, Pro Cycle, Powertrend Cycles, Privateers Harley Davidson)

More details available at


Atlantic Roadracing League schedule (Nova Scotia)

Atlantic Roadracing League (ARL), with assistance from various levels of governement will promote Atlantic Canada and the Atlantic Roadracing League as part of a vacation destination for race fans. 

ARL has strategically aligned its 2009 race schedule with the Parts Canada National Superbike Series to allow a week between events which is a perfect fit for ARL and the tourism industry to promote the area as a racing destination for fans and racers across Canada and beyond. Fans and racers can attend the Round 4 of regional racing, stay for the week and experience world renowned hospitality and finish their vacation with Parts Canada National Superbike Series weekend. 

They've posted the details for of the 2009 schedule.

May 9, 10  -- Pre-season Test

May 16,17 -- Round 1

May 30,31 -- Riding School

Jun 20,21 -- Round 2

July 11,12 -- Round 3

Aug 1,2   -- Round 4

Aug 6,7,8,9  -- Parts Canada Superbike Championship

Sept 12,13 -- Round 5

They've got a five track day package that includes a set of Pirelli tires for $1,050 or you can get individual track days for $150.

For full details check out their website here.

Image courtesy ARL.


North American Ural dealership lists

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

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

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

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


Privateers Harley-Davidson® named Canadian Harley-Davidson® Retailer of the Year

Sounds like things are really rolling over at Privateers Harley-Davidson in Halifax, Nova Scotia. They cinched up the Canadian Harley-Davidson® Retailer of the Year award from Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada for the third year in a row!

Keep up the great work!

Press Release follows:

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (February 23, 2009) – Privateers Harley-Davidson® has been named Canadian Harley-Davidson® Retailer of the Year for the third year in a row, an unprecedented feat for any Canadian Retail Store.

The prestigious Trev Deeley Award is presented to the Retail establishment that scores the highest in a ranking system established by Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada. Each retail outlet across Canada is rated on a number of quality assurance checks including, but not limited to, sales, promotions, Customer satisfaction, employee satisfaction and on-the-job training, and other levels of excellence as determined by the head office.

The Deeley name has been synonymous with both Harley-Davidson® motorcycles and excellence in Canada since 1917. Today its mission is to further develop and support the most respected motorcycle network in the world. For locally owned and operated Privateers Harley-Davidson®, taking the award home from the annual conference in Washington D.C. for the third consecutive time was a real vote of confidence in the calibre of service and sales it offers its customers.

“We’re all thrilled by the recognition we’ve received, not only nationally, but in the United States as well. This award speaks of a great team here at Privateers Harley-Davidson® that works hard to keep our Customers at the centre of all we do. That it’s the third year in a row, especially in a marketplace suffering an economic downturn, makes us very proud,” says John Larson, the company’s Dealer Principal.

About Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada
Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada is the exclusive Canadian distributor of Harley-Davidson® and Buell® motorcycles, Genuine Motor Parts and AccessoriesTM, and MotorClothes® apparel, which are provided through a national network of authorized Harley-Davidson and Buell Retailers. Office and distribution warehouse facilities are located in Richmond, British Columbia, and Concord, Ontario.


Halifax NS Councillor wants free downtown parking for motorcycles

Photo courtesy Chronicle Herald.
Image is Coun. Sue Uteck on her Honda scooter

Coun. Sue Uteck wants motorcyclists to have free parking in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia.

She's not alone - she's got the signatures of 1,350 people who would like the same. The petition was put together by a group called the Halifax Rewards Motorcyclists.

Hmmm, Halifax Rewards Motorcyclists - a pretty obvious play on the acronym for the Halifax Regional Municipality, or HRM.

This isn't the first time she's attempted to convince the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) that it's time to take action and allow motorcyclists to park for free in the downtown area. She tried in July of 2007 but her request "got ignored" she said.

To some this may sound like a silly idea, but really, and Halifax certainly wouldn't be the first to do it. In October of 2005, the city of Toronto amended their parking bylaws to exempt motorcycles from paying for spots because of a changeover from meters to a pay-and-display system. Pay and display systems pose obvious challenges for motorcyclists as they have nowhere to display them without having them taken or blow away.

Other reasons why it may be good to promote motorcycle and scooter use in the downtown area via some some free parking space:

- they cause less congestion
- use far less space
- use less gas
- less wear and tear on the roads than most other motorized vehicles

Halifax is said to be considering the implementation of new pay-and-display spaces so now is the time to act on the issue.

The councillor currently rides a Honda Big Ruckus model scooter. Let's hope the petition attracts some attention and makes the HRM take action!

Note: Near as we can determine the petition isn't online and the "Halifax Rewards Motorcyclists" petition organizers don't seem to have an online presence but if you know more or we find out more - we'll let you know!


Kudos to Nova Scotia tour guide book

The eighth edition of Motorcycle Tour Guide Nova Scotia, produced by Harold and Wendy Nesbitt, has received the Motorcycle Award of Excellence for Riders in the motorcycle ride category.

The award is to be presented at the North American International Motorcycle Supershow in Toronto from Jan. 2 to 4, 2009.

The guide is guide is a compact, easily carried book with full-sized mapping and information that will be of importance or interest of motorcyclists while travelling in Nova Scotia.

One might expect to pay for a book packed with so much useful informaiton but the mototcycle guide book is free!


Parts Canada Superbike Championship Schedule

The 2009 Part Canada Superbike Championship Schedule is up. 7 events are listed for this season, which will be the 30th season for superbike racing in Canada.

Here's the details:

Date: April 28-29
Event: Pirelli Tire Test
Venue: JenningsGP – Jennings, Florida

Date: May 21-24
Event: Round 1
Venue: Calabogie Motorsports Park – Calabogie, ON

Date: June 11-14
Event Round 2
Venue: Mirabel ICAR Circuit – Montreal, QC

Date: June 25-28
Event: Round 3
Venue: Race City Motorsport Park – Calgary, AB

Date: July 16-19
Event: Rounds 4 & 5
Venue: Mosport International Raceway – Mosport, ON

Date: August 6-9
Event: Round 6
Venue: Atlantic Motorsport Park – Shubenacadie, NS

Date: September 3-6
Event: Round 7
Venue: Shannonville Motorsport Park, Pro Track – Shannonville, ON

For additional information on the Parts Canada Superbike Championship head on over to there website here. It's packed full of information.


Nova Scotia Off Road Riders Association event a success

A sold-out crowd of over 100 enthusiastic off-road motorcycle riders and their families marked the formal launch of the Nova Scotia Off Road Riders Association (NSORRA) event schedule and 2009 membership drive. The Association’s inaugural trail ride and demonstration event was held on Saturday, October 18, 2008 on private property in Falmouth, Nova Scotia. Drive to Ride showcased off-road motorcycling as a fun, family-friendly sport, and highlighted the role of the Association in safety and skills training, environmental awareness and strengthening the motorcycling community in Nova Scotia.

“We are thrilled by the terrific turnout”, noted Association President Paul Wamboldt. “We know that there is a lot of competition for family time and attention. Of the 100 people here, almost forty are 18 or younger, and are here riding with their families. They’re learning about safety, respecting the rules of the road, and having fun while enjoying a beautiful fall day. This event perfectly showcases our sport, and why it is worthy of our support and promotion.”

Along with the trail ride, skills demonstrations, and skill testing events, 22 kids under 16 received formal instruction by certified NSORRA coaches, earning their safety training certificate, in preparation for the event. This training is a key
responsibility of the Association, and the Drive to Ride event provided a great opportunity to raise awareness of the new rules and regulations governing riders under Nova Scotia’s Off-Highway Vehicles Act.

For more information on the Nova Scotia Off Road Riders Association, visit

* Content supplied by NSORRA Press Release


MMIC motorcycle shows rolling into town

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

Here's the list of cities:

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

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

2008 Toronto Motorcycle Show

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

Contact Information
Darryl Bond - Show Manager

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

2009 Calgary Motorcycle Show

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

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

2009 Edmonton Motorcycle Show

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

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

2009 Vancouver Motorcycle Show

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

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

2009 Quebec City Motorcycle Show

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

Contact Information
Show Manager: Corinne Belmonte

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

2009 Atlantic Motorcycle Show

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

Contact Information
Show Manager: Scott Sprague

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

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

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


Dual Sport Ride (Oct 18th) in Falmouth NS

You and your family are invited to join the Nova Scotia Off Road Riders for a free, fun, non-competitive trail ride, exhibition and barbeque on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008 (rain date: Oct. 25), in Falmouth NS.

Attendance is limited to the first 100 registrations (observers and riders combined) so submit your registration early to avoid disappointment! Please note that advance registration for this event by Oct. 6 2008 is required. No on-site registrations. Please note that the event will take place on private property that is being made available for this ride only.

For information on this event and to download the registration form, go to


Wharf Rat Rally - Upcoming Events

Organizers of this year’s Wharf Rat Rally say plans for the Labour Day weekend event are running smoothly. The fourth annual event is being held in Digby, Nova Scotia. The weekend event is expected to result in a $2.5 million injection into the region’s economy with the spin-off being even greater. The population of the town quadrouples that weekend.

Many of the people who ride into town for the rally are baby boomers with some discretionary income. They’ve been known to return to the town for family vacations, even purchase real estate.

The event has received national and international media coverage. It received a Motorcycle Award of Excellence award at the International Motorcycle Supershow in Toronto in January. The event was named the best motorcycle rally east of Toronto.

The event is expected to attract 10,00 plus motorcycles and 40,000 participants. It should be a pretty busy spot!

For additional details about the event be sure to visit the Event website at:


Motorcycle tourism boosts local economies

This past weekend, the inagural Ring of Fire motorcycle rally in Windsor, Nova Scotia was expected to inject $1 million dollars into the local economy. That's not too bad for one weekend.

The town is normally home to just shy of 4,000 people. The Rally boosted those numbers by approximately 7,000. Participants started rolling in on Friday in the town that's best known for their world-record pumpkins and other agricultural exhibitions.

Two streets were closed off to all traffic except motorcycles. Motorcyclists packed the downtown streets with thousands of motorcycles, four rows deep.

Needless to say local business people were thrilled with the turnout and greeted the motorcyclists with windowshop signs and trying to lure them in with products geared towards them.

Based on the success of this event its just its first year the business people of Windsor will likely get to welcome the bikers again next year.

For more details about the Windsor, Nova Scotia - Ring of Fire rally be sure to check out their website here.


Nova Scotia biker event raises big bucks

This past Saturday (June 7th) was the 28th annual Ride for Sight and it drew participants from the four Atlantic provinces. If you don't know what it is - The Ride for Sight is the longest running motorcycle charity fundraiser in Canada and the single largest private fundraising initiative for vision research in the world.

To-date, Ride for Sight has raised more than $16 million in support of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, the only organization in Canada whose sole mandate is to fund research for blindness caused by retinal degenerations. A very worthy cause.

The chairwoman for this year's event was Ms. Fraser-Parks has been participating in the event since 1996.

"Friends brought me to my first one and I just fell in love with the cause," she said just after parking her motorcycle and turning off the engine.

"Taking part in the ride enables me to combine something I love doing — driving bikes — with something worthwhile, which is helping find a cure for a variety of retinal diseases that cause blindness."

Ms. Fraser-Parks mentioned that as a diabetic she realizes there is a possibility she could become blind.

"Experiencing what I have and knowing what I might face puts things into perspective."

Each of the bikers who participate raise funds all year, and their pledges are recorded in donor books that are turned in when they register for the ride.

"Last year we brought in $37,000 and I hope we can blow that figure out of the water this year," she said. "I think we can because the weather is a lot better today than it was last year. We’ve attracted bikers from the three Maritime provinces and Newfoundland."

The full tally hasn't been made yet but she pointed out that bikers who registered early Friday evening had already brought in $10,700.

"A lot more bikers have joined us since then, and to those pledges we will add the proceeds that we raise through the auction, which is getting bigger and better every year."

There are more events scheduled for other parts of Canada soon.

Alberta - Calgary (June 13 - 15)
Alberta - Edmonton (June 13 - 15)
Central Ontario (June 20 - 22)

For more information about Ride For Site visit their website here.