Canadian Motorcycle Rider

Your Canadian source for all things motorcycle!

1190RS
2012 HIMS
848
AB
Accessories
Adiva
Adventure
Advertisement
Africa
AGV Sport
Alberta
alpinestars
Amarok
AMG
Announcements
Apps
Aprilia
Arai
Arch
Art
Atlantic
Bajaj
BC
Bel Ray
Ben Young Racing
Bikes
bluetooth
BMW
Bombardier
Books
Boots
Brammo
Brett McCormick
British Columbia
Britten
Buell
Bultaco
BWs50
Can-Am
Canada
Cardo
CFMOTO
Charity
china
Chironex
CKX
Communication
Concepts
contests
Corazzo
Corbin
Crosstourer
CVO
Daelim
Dakar
David Fretigne
DDC
deals
demo
Demo Rides
diavel
Diesel
Don Hatton
Ducati
Dunlop
DVD
DVD's
Dynamic Damping Control
EBR
EICMA 2010
Electric
electronics
Enduro
Engines
entertainment
equipment
Erik Buell Racing (EBR)
event
Events
Fischer
FOGI
Garage Find
Gear
General
gifts
Gloves
gopro
GS Trophy
Halifax
Harley
held
Helmet
Helmets
Hindle
Honda
Husaberg
Husqvarna
Icon
Indian
Info
insurance
Intermot
Jackets
Jobs
Joe Rocket
Jonah Street
Jordan szoke
Kawasaki
Keanu Reeves
Kimpex
Klim
Knox
Konker
KTM
KYMCO
Lambretta
lehman
LeoVince
lithium battery
Lito
MadAss
Maintenance
Manitoba
Mini
Mission
model
Moto Guzzi
Moto Tassinari
MotoCzysz
MotoGP
Motorcycle Show
Motovan
Motus
Movies
multistrada
MV Agusta
National Motorsports
NB
News
Nexo
Nipponia
NL
Norton
NS
off-road
Ohlins
ON
Ontario
Panigale
Patrick Beaulé
Patrick Trahan
PEI
Peugeot
Piaggio
Pikes Peak
Polaris
Press Release
Products
quadro
Quantya
Quebec
R 1200 GS
Racing
Recalls
Red Bull
Rene Cormier
RevZilla
Royal Enfield
Rumor
SAAQ
Safety
Saskatchewan
schuberth
Scooters
Screaming Banshee
self-balancing
Sena
Sertão
Sherco
Sidi
Simon Pavey
Site
SixSixOne
Slideshow
SpeedMob
Strange
suspension
Suzuki
technology
Television
tenere
tier motorsports
Tires
tirox
Touring
trailer
training
travel
Trials
Triumph
tv
Unusual
Ural
US
V-Strom
Vemar
Vespa
Victory
Video
waterproof
winter riding
Winterhalder
World’s fastest 350cc motorcycle with sidecar
Yamaha
Yukon
Zero
Motorcycle News
See ALL News, archives, and categories

New Lito Sora - Canadian electric bike video

We've mentioned Lito - the Canadian maker of electric bikes out of Quebec before - and well, they've posted a new video of the Lito Sora in action on the track. You get a good idea of the running sound of the bike and some of the features of the bike.

Enjoy!




Comments

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

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

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

What you can expect at every Moto Tour stop:

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

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

MOTO TOUR SCHEDULE

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

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


KTM Ride Orange Demo Tour from Greg Oldham on Vimeo.




Comments

Harley-Davidson at the Montreal MMIC Motorcycle Show

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

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

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

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

Montréal Motorcycle Show
Montréal Convention Centre, Montréal

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

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

Comments

Court actions against SAAQ in Quebec

A group of concerned motorcyclists have published a website to raise awareness of an upcoming bill and the rights it gives the SAAQ in Quebec and rates that motorcyclists will pay for insurance coverage.


The bill reportedly gives the SAAQ the ability to raise rates with no limit on how high they can go. Motorcyclists are paying significant fees already to insure their motorcycles through SAAQ so this is obviously of great concern to motorcyclists in that province as they have no choice but to insure their motorcycles through the public insurance system.

According to the folk at MotovsSAAQ.com an upcoming price hike will not only affect motorcyclists but automobile drivers as well. If you are so inclined there's an option to show your support by joining them. A blurb on their website states:

Hello everyone,

It is the time for all Quebecers to fight back. The Provincial Government has given permission to the ‘Soci?t? d’assurance automobile du Qu?bec’ (SAAQ) to introduce Bill 55 which allows the SAAQ to raise registration fees to no limit. This does not only concern motorcycles, which are seasonal; there will be an upcoming price hike on regular vehicles as well.

 I have taken the SAAQ to small claims court where the judge recommended me to go to a higher court (see attached court documents). I have brought the case to Julius Grey, one of our leading Canadian lawyers and he has accepted to represent the case. Now we need to stand together: please register on-line (there is no fee) and write your comments. We will be presenting them to Superior Court.

 Mr. Grey will seek to turn this case into a class action suit at which time the Province of Quebec will assume all legal costs. More information will be available as the situation evolves.

 Thank you for your support.

Comments

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!

Comments

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 www.csbk.ca). 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


Comments

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

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

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

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

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

MSRP $11,900*

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




Comments

Quebec Rounds of Canadian Enduro Championship

Husqvarna Canada’s Guy Giroux has dominated the E1 Pro Class at the Québec rounds of the 2011 Canadian Enduro Championship.

Giroux lead an impressive charge by the Husqvarna racers that were chasing victory in the beautiful hillsides surrounding Labelle, Québec. After two days of battle, Husky mounted riders fought their way to a total of 14 Podiums; including 7 Wins.

Giroux traded up his trusty TE 310 for a TXC 250 and jumped into the E1 battle at the Québec rounds in a tribute to injured Husqvarna Canada star, Philippe Chainé.

Prior to the serious injury that Phil suffered in late August, Chainé had maintained a solid lead in the E1 Class after the Western swing of the Canadian Enduro Championship with 3 Wins in the first 4 Rounds. After his dominant performance at the Eastern CEC Rounds in 2010, there was little doubt that Chainé was in a great position to nail the E1 CEC Title in 2011.

While Giroux was storming the E1 Pro Class, his Husky Canada team-mate Ryan Graffunder along with new addition, Samuel Rousseau, were also on the gas and causing havoc for their competitors.

Graffunder, the CEC’s Top Pro Junior in both 2009 & 2010, was having his best ride ever at the Eastern rounds and hammered his big bore Husky to 2nd Place in the E3 Pro Class at both rounds.

Ryan has a firm grip on 2nd Overall in the E3 Championship as the series heads to Ontario for the final rounds this weekend. The young warrior from Vavenby, British Columbia, is also in a great position to claim the Top Pro Junior (for riders under 21) for the third year in a row.

Graffunder has continued to hone his skills in 2011 and in addition to his success in the CEC series, Ryan logged another impressive ride at this year’s Xtinction Extreme Enduro and also made his first foray into the GEICO AMA EnduroCross series.

After a great ride at the Everett, Washington round of the EnduroCross series in August, and undoubtedly motivated by the success of his cousin, Zip Ty Husqvarna’s Cory Graffunder, Ryan is chomping at the bit to have another crack at an AMA EnduroCross race as soon as possible.

“The Quebec rounds were great for sure.” said young Graffunder. “Other than a small problem with a damaged chain guide and ripping a rad hose open that we fixed quickly, the weekend went smooth and I felt good. The bike ran strong and I had my best results in the East that I’ve had in the last 3 years so I feel like I am improving and getting closer to my goal of taking wins. I’m definitely excited to racing the finals in Ontario this weekend”.

Ryan’s brother and Husqvarna team-mate, Nick Graffunder, was forced to miss the Eastern rounds of this year’s CEC series. Nick fractured a bone in his hand at the Xtinction Extreme Enduro in August and unfortunately it has not healed quickly enough to allow him to race the September rounds.

15 year old smoking gun, Samuel Rousseau, proved without a doubt that he is deserving of his new seat on the Husqvarna Canada team by nailing 1st Place in the A Class at both rounds 5 & 6 on his CR 150 two stroke.

Rousseau has being training under the watchful eye of Husky’s Guy Giroux all season and his work ethic and results have been impressive to say the least. Sam earned his stripes in a big way during his debut at the Canadian Enduro Championship and made it clear that he will certainly be a force to be reckoned with as his young racing career progresses. No doubt he will be standing on lots of podiums in 2012.

In the B Class, Intermediate riders, Alexandre Gougeon and Christophe Mongrain hammered their Huskies to well earned podiums in the gnarly roots and rocks surrounding Labelle.

Gougeon pounded his JP Powersports TXC 250 to 2nd Place at Round 5 and then upped his game the following day to take the Round 6 Win and claim the Overall Class Win for the weekend.

Mongrain climbed the podium on Saturday after his 3rd Place finish aboard his FLM Sport Husky CR 150 but unfortunately was unable to compete at Round 6 on Sunday.

Christophe has had a great season and recently clinched the Junior Championship in Quebéc’s new CMRC Competition Off-road Series.

In the Veteran 40+ Class, a great duel erupted between JP Powersports Husky racers Jean-Pierre Favreau and Luc Gingras that saw them finish 1-2 for the weekend. Gingras piloted his TE 250 Meo Replica to the Win on Saturday with JP close behind on his TC 250 in 2nd Place.

Favreau was on the throttle on Sunday, posting the fastest test times in all but one test, and stormed his way to 1st Place at Round 6 and snagged the Overall Class Win for the Québec rounds. A costly mistake in the second Enduro test on Sunday left Gingras sitting in 3rd Place for the day but still holding on to 2nd Overall in the Veteran 40+ Class for the event.

In the Super Vet 50+ Class, Husky racer Francois Geoffrion put his Husky on the podium at Round 5 with a 3rd Place finish but, like Mongrain, had to miss Round 6 on Sunday.

“We decided that I should move to the E1 Class for a few reasons” remarked Giroux. “The biggest reason was to pay tribute to Phil for not being able to defend his lead in E1 after winning 3 out of 4 rounds out West. I also love the small bikes. I had a blast screaming the 250 and it was awesome to win both days and keep our team’s dominance of E1 going for Husky and especially for Phil.

Ryan and Sam both ran great and were able to work through any issues they had without any problems. Ryan had his best run ever out East and I was really proud to see Sam on top of that podium both days. He really earned it and I can see that he is going to do very well in this sport.”

“Even though we were missing Phil and Nick, it was absolutely one of our most successful race weekends.” said team founder and Husqvarna Canada’s National Marketing Manager, Marc Coffin. “We got some great news last Friday, just as everyone was in final preparation for the weekend, that Phil had crossed another major hurdle in his recovery and was doing great. It was a big relief and it had everyone feeling pumped as they got ready to race on Saturday morning.

To continue to have such great results with the team plus to see so many other local Husky riders taking wins and climbing the podium is very satisfying. It certainly proves the competiveness of the motorcycles and it is great payback for our riders who have worked like animals to make sure they are in the position to win. We have come a long way since we started last year and I’m sure our program will be even stronger in 2012.”

In only its second year of competition, the FP Husqvarna team has enjoyed an enormous amount of success. Since entering its first races the spring of 2010, the FP crew has fought their way to almost 70 Pro Class Podiums in Regional and National races across the country; including over 25 Wins.

In 2010, the new Husqvarna team finished its debut season in the Canadian Enduro Championship with 10 Pro Class Podiums and the Top Pro Junior Award.

With 2 Championships, 19 Wins and over 40 podiums already under its belt in 2011, including a clean sweep of both the Pro and the Ladies A Champioships in the CMRC Quebec Off-Road Series, the Husqvarna Canada squad is definitely on track for another outstanding racing season!

In a true testament that the Husqvarna Invasion of Canada is in full swing, in addition to the 40 podiums accumulated by the official Husky Canada team, local Husky racers, from Novices to seasoned Vet Pros, have already accumulated over 130 Podiums in the 2011 season in Motocross, Off-Road, Ice Racing and Supermotard races across the country; including almost 60 Wins and 2 National Ice Racing Championships.

We are very grateful to our many amazing sponsors that provide us with the outstanding support that has allowed us to help raise the bar in Canadian off-road racing. Without them, none of it would be possible.

Comments

Royal Distributing CEC Rounds 5 & 6 - Labelle, Quebec

After some exciting and challenging events in Western Canada in July the Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championships are returning to the East for rounds 5 & 6 in scenic Labelle, PQ on September 10 & 11th. For the Amateur riders this will also be Rounds 1 & 2 of the Eastern Canadian Enduro Championship. Contrary to some misconceptions, in order to compete in the Eastern Canadian Enduro Championship, racers do not require a license plate of any kind on the motorcycle. Also, no drivers license, insurance or ownership for the race vehicle is required. There are no complex timekeeping rules that take away from the objective which is the fastest rider wins

Labelle is a beautiful resort town located half hour north of the Mt Tremblant ski village. Mt Tremblant offers riders and spectators a great variety of excellent lodging and dining options.

The course in Labelle will be a fun and challenging mix of terrain. The MX test is one of the best in the series on a large sandy soil grass track with lots of traction. The enduro test has been described by riders as something comparable to what you would find at an enduro in Sweden or Finland. Last year one of the Pro riders, who has participated in a number of Six Days Enduros, got back to the pits after the first lap, took off his helmet and with a huge grin on his face said "Now THAT is a real enduro!".

The Western Canadian Enduro Championship wrapped up in Blairmore, AB in July and World Enduro Canada would like to congratulate those winners, many of whom will be travelling east to see if they can sweep thier class. All the more reason eastern riders need to show up and defend their turf and claim the Inside MotoX and Off Road Magazine Eastern Canadian Enduro Championship for themselves!

Inside MotoX & Off Road Magazine Western Canadian Enduro Champions

A - Mike Laycraft
B - Matt Coonfer
C - Cole Wilton
40 + - Howard Lawrence
50 + - Andrew Christiansen
Women - Chantelle Bykerk

World Enduro Canada wants to thank all the sponsors who have made this exciting National Championship possible.

Title Sponsor - Royal Distributing

Premier Sponsors - KTM, Yamaha, Honda, Husaberg
Associate Sponsors - Husqvarna, Kymco, Rekluse, Parts Canada, Rockstar, Kinedyne
Supporting Sponsors - West Jet, West Coast Transportation, CORE, Wiesner Insurance

Media Partners & Sponsors - Inside Motorcycles, MXP, Offroadmotorcycles.ca, Inside MotoX & Off Road, DMX, Canadian Motorcycle Rider.ca, CMRC

For more event information please visit our site at www.worldendurocanada.com

Comments

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


Comments

Canadian Harley-Davidson XR1200 Series opens in Mirabel, Quebec


Horrible conditions and constant showers could not dampen the spirits and enthusiasm of the Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada XR1200 contingent at its inaugural performance in the Canadian Superbike round one weekend of the 2011 season. Canada’s Snowbirds did a fly-by, seeming to tear a hole in the unrelenting grey blanket that hovered overhead of Circuit ICAR in Mirabel, Quebec. Skies began to clear and the difficult course dried long enough for the Harley-Davidson XR1200 motorcycles to make their appearance on the track for qualifying.

Thirteen riders rolled out onto the track for the first laps of the very popular XR1200 spec class and, as excited fans jostled for position behind the barriers, riders got their first chance to ride the bikes in the heat of battle. Handlebar-to-handlebar action became common and, almost immediately, the gauntlet was thrown as 17-year-old Cody Matechuk, racing for Privateers Harley-Davidson, diced it out with Ruthless Racing Inc. rider, Darren James, and MotoSports Plus rider, Steve Crevier. By the end of the 20-minute session, Matechuk posted the fastest qualifying time of 1:30.433, earning him the Tactical Products Luminox watch for winning the pole position. James closely followed suit in second and Crevier boasted the third fastest time.

Sunday’s main event proved to be one of the most exciting races of the weekend, with the sun making a guest appearance. Matechuk got a brilliant start from the pole and shot out to the lead, dragging Crevier and James behind him. Behind the lead trio, a clump of riders battled for position with Samuel Proulx, riding for Sherbrooke Harley-Davidson, leading the charge ahead of Vision Harley-Davidson rider, Chris Harmon, and Trev Deeley Motorcycles-sponsored Olivier Spillborghs in pursuit. Ruthless Racing Inc. rider, J.R. MacRae, had his fill of Costa Mouzouris riding the #22 Harley-Davidson media bike. Another youngster, Lee Kuhn Jr., riding for Jacox Harley-Davidson, diced it out with Elie Daccache.

Back up front, Matechuk and Crevier slugged it out in every corner while James ran a close third just biding his time to strike. As the 14-lap race wore down, traffic became an issue and James lost several positions. This was all Matechuk needed as he crossed the line with just a wheel length to spare ahead of Crevier, leaving Darren James to settle for a third place finish.

Crevier said after the race, “I just can’t believe I got beat by a kid, but it was a lot of fun.” An elated Matechuk commented after, “It was great race. Steve got up there and he kept showing me a wheel.” Matechuk capped of his weekend by also walking away with the Performance Undergear “Performance of the Race” Award.

Missing the race weekend were veteran Ruthless Racing Inc. rider, Dave Estok, and Freedom Harley-Davidson rider, Steven Nickerson. Both riders are nursing injuries and hope to return to action for the next round at Shannonville Motorsports Park on July 2 and 3.

Left to right: 2nd place for #14 Steve Crevier – MotoSports Plus; 1st place for #111 Cody Matechuk – Privateers Harley-Davidson; 3rd place for #29 Darren James – Ruthless Racing Inc./Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada





For further information and race results, please refer to www.csbk.ca


Comments

10% off WestJet flights for Canadian Enduro Championship participants

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

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

Comments

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:


Comments

Ormstown Vintage Off Road Festival 2011

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

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

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



Comments

Another year of Canadian motorcyle shows begins

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

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

The tour crosses Canada stopping in:

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

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

Comments

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

Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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


Comments

WEC Wiesner Insurance Canadian National Trials Championship

The last 2 rounds of the 2010 Wiesner Insurance Canadian Trials Championship took place in Deschambault, QC last weekend. The riding conditions were perfect, sunny and dry on both days. 41 riders from across Canada (Ontario, Quebec and BC) attended the event making it a true National Championship.

Saturday, in the top class «Champ», Will Duggan (BC) took the first step of the podium with only 6 marks on his card, comfortably ahead his next rival Jonathan English (ON) who scored 21 followed by Daniel Munro (QC) with 54. In the «Expert» class Devon D'Argis (BC) took first place ahead of Paul-Yvan Bélanger (QC). In the «Advanced» class Giancarlo Capporicci (QC) took the 1st place followed by Daniel Santerre (QC) and John Purse (ON)

On Sunday, similar scenario in the Champ class with Duggan still in 1st place (this time with 22 points), followed by English (29 points) and Devon D'Argis (69 points)

In the «Expert» class Paul-Yvan Bélanger took first place ahead of Hugo Piché (QC). In «Advanced» this time John Purse was ahead of Daniel Santerre and Michel Bélanger (QC).

The World Enduro Canada congratulates all the class winner and the 2010 WEC National Champion - Will Duggan. For full results please visit http://www.wectrials.ca/wecstand2010.html 

A big thank you also goes out to the event organizers and thier volunteer staff. Stephan Fotheringham and his team did an outstanding job in preparing the sections and the interzone.

Comments

ZERO Motorcycles celebrates first registered electric motorcycle in Quebec

Fresh off the heels of announcing the expansion of its Canadian sales and marketing operations with National Motorsports, Zero Motorcycles is proud to acknowledge its first officially registered electric motorcycle in Quebec. Many Canadians who have been waiting to experience the design and technology that has made Zero Motorcycles the global leader in electric motorcycles will now have more opportunities through National Motorsports and Frédéric Hamel of Mirabel QC is now the first official registrant to do so.

“The idea of being able to ride a clean, green electric vehicle has been a dream of mine for years,” said Hamel. “Thank you to National Motorsports and Zero Motorcycles for making this happen.”

Built from the ground up using Zero Motorcycles' proprietary Z-Force power pack and aircraft grade alloy frame, Zero Motorcycles achieves an industry leading power-to-weight ratio that increases range and maneuverability. The Zero S and DS have a range of up to 80 km., and a GPS verified top speed of 107 km/h. Each model combines state-of-the-art Z-Force™ technology with an ultra-light frame design, making them agile and fast where it counts the most. Instant acceleration and lightweight design enables Zero Motorcycles to take on anything from city streets, to off-road trails, combining exhilaration with efficiency.

To find out more about Zero Motorcycles and to schedule a demo through National Motorsports, please visit: http://www.zeromotorcycles.com/ca


Comments

15th Canadian National H.O.G. Rally

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

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

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

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

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

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


Comments

RUTHLESS RACING INC. STARTS STRONG

Season Opener of 2010 Parts Canada Superbike Series in Mirabel, Quebec


The road racing team of Ruthless Racing Inc., supported by Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada, made its first appearance on the 2010 Parts Canada Superbike Series schedule with a visit to the first round of competition, staged at the new Circuit ICAR track just north of Montréal, Quebec from May 27 through May 30.

This year, the Ruthless Racing Inc. squad consists of Olivier Spilborghs, Dave Estok, and Darren James. James and Estok are riding Buell 1125R bikes in the Sportbike class, and Spilborghs is competing on a Buell XB9R motorcycle in the Sport Twins division.

With the demise of the Buell brand, some track pundits were wondering why Deeley has chosen to race this year with the Ruthless team. Team owner and former Canadian Thunder champion Darren James explains, “Deeley’s history in racing goes back over seventy years and [has] supported many great riders. […] Also, as many people are aware, we have been talking about a Harley-Davidson XR1200 spec class for Canada. It’s working well in other countries and the AMA is just starting it this year, so we want to stay involved. We feel it will work well here. What we’re doing this year keeps the Buell name out there, and there are still some brand-new bikes available that are very well priced and come with a two-year warranty. This year’s effort is toned down from last year, but Ruthless Racing Inc. is still here and we owe that to the senior management at Deeley; they are astute business men who understand the value in racing.”

On the race track, both Darren and Dave worked with the Ruthless Racing Inc. crew, headed up by Thomas Morin, sorting out handling and power issues through the Sportbike practice sessions, and both were able to lower their lap times substantially. “We’re just off Steve’s [Crevier] time from last year,” enthused Dave Estok. Likewise, Darren James was given cause to smile. “I found something,” he beamed after placing fourth in the pre-race warm-up on Sunday morning. “We made some changes to the front end and I’m really comfortable.”

On race day, the Ruthless team’s riders’ goals would be tested. Both James and Estok were aiming at top-ten finishes and both voiced his desire to beat his teammate. “I’d like to win obviously,” said James, “but realistically, top ten for sure, top six would be nice.” Estok had similar expectations stating, “I’m going to be running the whole series, so grabbing some points is really important. I won’t be happy if I don’t get top ten. I’d like top five.”

Upon completion of the twelve-lap National Championship race, both riders achieved their goal of a top-ten finish, James with a secure ride to eighth place and Estok in seventh. Estok’s ride was not an easy one, as he was one of four riders involved in a fierce dice for fourth position. Veterans Estok on the Buell bike and Frank Trombino (Honda) swapped positions and paint with rookie sensations Cody Matechuck (Suzuki) and Kenny Reidman (Triumph) for much of the race, much to the delight of the large Quebecois crowd. Estok was just 0.243 seconds behind Reidman at the finish. “There was a point where I thought I could be fourth, but hey, it was a real good race; the kids are fast. I’m happy with my ride, I got top ten, I beat my teammate, and I got some points… and I didn’t fall down.”

Meanwhile in the Sport Twins class, Olivier Spilborghs had qualified his Buell XB9R bike in third behind Brent Strong (Suzuki) and Rob Busby (Buell XB12R model), but in the post-session dyno run, he produced too much horsepower and was penalized with a back-row start for the National Championship race. Unfazed by the handicap, Olivier executed one of his textbook hole shot starts and rocketed the Buell motorcycle into third place as the pack entered turn two off the start. That was as far as he would get in the race, as Busby on his Buell bike reeled in fast starter Strong to take the race lead just past the halfway mark, a lead he would not relinquish. “I got a good start, and that’s what you gotta do,” Spilborghs explained after the final. “There’s lots of room out there, so there was no problem passing. I couldn’t make up the difference on those guys, so I just rode my own race and yeah, I’m happy with third. I told you I want this championship, so these points are important.”

At the next two rounds of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship in Calgary (June 24 to June 27), Dave Estok and Olivier Spilborghs will represent the Ruthless Racing Inc. team each in their respective championship chases. Team owner Darren James will be racing in England and Scotland on a Harley-Davidson XR 1200 bike in the support class for the British Superbike series. He will return to Canada in time for the Mosport double-header (July 9 to July 11), at which venue he is hoping to debut the XR 1200 model in Canada’s Sport Twins class.

Comments

Triumph demo's - participating dealers across Canada

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Comments

BMW Motorrad Canada supports International Female Ride Day on May 7

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

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

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

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

Since 2004, the BMW “For Women Only!” Test Ride Event has offered female motorcycle riders the opportunity to test ride a full range of current BMW models in a relaxed and controlled environment. Administered and hosted by seasoned female motorcycle enthusiasts in affiliation with BMW Motorrad Canada.

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

Comments

WestJet to offer discount on flights for CEC participants

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


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


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




Comments

Montreal Motorcycle Show - Opens today!

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

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

You get to:

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

Dates, Times, and Prices:

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

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

For more details check out the Montreal Motorcycle website HERE.


Comments

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.


Comments

Quebec City Motorcycle and ATV Show starts this Friday

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


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

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

For more details check out the event website HERE.

Comments

Honda VFR1200FA on a Canadian tour

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

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

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

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

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



Comments

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.

Comments

Harley Davidson to attend MMIC Shows across country

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


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

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

The MMIC Show Schedule is as follows
:

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

Comments

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!

Comments

Scooter Sense Almost World Tour!

Just heard from Dave Hatch over at Motorcycle Experience and they've got something brewing with Bryan "Mr. Scooter Sense" Hudgin. If you watch Motorcycle Experience that'll be enough for you to know who he is! For those who don't recognize him - we snagged a photo from Yamaha Canada's website.

Now guys, Quebec and Ontario are only two of the thirteen provinces and territories of Canada but having driven from Winnipeg to Nova Scotia several times I can say that Ontario is pretty huge! Might be a long ride for Bryan depending on what scooter he chooses to make the trip on.

Best of luck!

Now on to the news:

In two weeks Motorcycle Experience will be shooting the:Scooter Sense Almost World Tour Big City Lights and Camp Fire Nights!

Starting October 4th until October 7th, Scooter Sense segment host Bryan Hudgin will be riding his Yamaha scooter from Montreal to Toronto on a good old fashioned road trip! This isn't just any tour though. Bryan's only form of currency will be a $25 gas card and some Almost World Tour t-shirts. But that's not all! Rain or shine, he must camp at night and carry everything he uses on his back or in his scooter! Tents, sleeping bags, clothes....you name it!! He is truly a scooter nomad.

To follow along, log on to
motorcycles.yamahablogs.ca and watch the Twitter feed to see where we're at! Or search YamahaMotorCa on Twitter to follow.

We'll be rolling from Montreal, to Ottawa, to Kingston and finally Toronto with stops along the way!

For you die hard Motorcycle Experience fans we invite you to join up with show host Dave Hatch and cameraman “Brownie” while they ride along the route shooting and chatting with Bryan.


Comments

Round 5 & 6 Canadian Enduro Championship (CEC)

The fifth and sixth rounds of the 8-race Royal Distributing 2009 Canadian Enduro Championship (CEC) were held in Labelle, QC. this past weekend. Labelle is situated 1.5 hours North of Montreal, the local topography consists of wet rock, black mud, and occasional sand pit of all of which challenged 119 rider field. The 3 different timed special tests decided the victor, ultimately BC’s Bobby Prochnau riding a KTM 450 dominated by fending off challenges from Lethbridge, Alberta’s Jason Schrage and local hero Guy Giroux who rode his BMW 450X to third place overall.

Alberta’s Shane Cuthbertson, BC’s Geoff Nelson, Ontario’s Brian Wojanarski, Tyler Linton and Quebec-based Patrick Beaule and Allan Lachapelle are some of the Pro riders who showed fine form over the weekend.

Two hard luck award candidates would have been Machine Yamaha Toyota team rider Jake Stapleton who was on track for a top finish but a mishap saw him pull out early on the first day and Alberta youngster Ben Riviere who broke his arm yet rode on to the finish to win the Amateur C class.

The CEC has become the true Canadian Championship with support from all 6 major motorcycle manufacturers and riders travelling from 7 of the 10 Canadian provinces to test their skills against Canada’s best off-road riders. The Quebec round saw riders from the Atlantic provinces attending for the first time.

The Inside Motorcycles Top Pro Junior award went to Simon Ferraton this past weekend while local rider, Jean Pellerin won the Rekluse Clutch Top Amateur in Extreme test award.

The final event of the CEC takes place in Parry Sound, Ontario this weekend with competition heading for the lakeside town for the two-day competition. Parry Sound has a long history in welcoming motorcyclists in its community.

At all CEC events spectators are welcome and there is no entry fee to see the best off-road riders in Canada shine. For more information on this weekend’s CEC event check out the website HERE.

*Image courtesy Sport Moteur



Comments

Round 5-6 Canadian Enduro Championships

Rounds 5 & 6 of the Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championships are fast approaching (September 12-13/09). It's sure to be a popular event for both riders and spectators. It's limited to 150 riders so pre-registering is a good idea.

You can get registration info HERE.

Here's a couple copies of the event posters in both official languages:



Comments

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

Comments

Mirabel Magic for Buell

The Deeley Racing/Ruthless Racing Inc. team -powered by Buell had another constructive and rewarding outing at the Moto Journal ICAR Parts Canada Superbike races this past weekend. Racing for the first time on the converted site, the event was blessed with excellent weather, which attracted a big crowd to the track.

Darren James’ charge from the back on the Buell® 1125R sportbike was just an example of the “show” provided on the track. James re-entered the pit due to a broken shifter at the end of the warm-up for the Yoshimura Sportbike National Championship. Just as the field was staging for the start, he swapped his bike for the “B” bike which he had not even tested, and caught up with the rest of the pack just as they went around the first corner.

From then on, it was simply entertaining for Buell® fans as the former Thunder champ carved his way through the field to a very respectable 14th place finish, despite a start in 22nd position in a field of 25. “That’s racing,” commented James post-race, in reference to the component failure. “But you saw the team’s dedication. They got the B bike ready so fast for me, I mean I could have been half a lap back, or worse. That’s why I rode as hard as I did. I’m sure it was fun to watch, and it was fun for me, too, but that ride was for them.”

Dave Estok was disappointed after the Sportbike final. He had qualified in 11th on Saturday, but suffered a crash on lap three of the 14-lap final while running in fifth and on-pace with the leaders. “I hurt my back a little bit and kind of rung my bell, but I’m OK. I’m not very happy obviously. One second I’m going in at the same speed as last lap, and the next thing I know I was on my head,” the Florida rider explained.

Steve Crevier qualified his Buell® sportbike in seventh place and, like his team boss, provided a large amount of entertainment for fans as he involved himself in a huge dice with the 14-year-old Yamaha sensation Royce McLean and 17-year-old Karl Daigle on a Kawasaki. Crevier swapped positions back and forth throughout the race, putting the Buell® 1125R bike in sixth at race end. “Those pesky kids were trying to get the best of me,” Steve said laughing after the race. “We’ve had some issues this weekend, and the team’s done a great job and we’re having fun,” he commented while watching Pete Snell and the crew getting his Buell® 1125R superbike ready.

In the Parts Canada Superbike Pirelli Superpole, the roar of the 1125R superbike was a sweet, singular sound, as Steve Crevier circulated the 14-turn course alone on a single flying lap qualifier. Not overly pleased, Steve admitted that it could have gone better and promised to “gather it up” in the actual race.
In the 16-lap premiere class main event, Crevier did “gather up” the race time he was looking for, but it did not come easy. Steve launched well using the torque of the 1125R bike to his advantage, but his starting position on the outside of row two left him boxed in amongst a plethora of Japanese 1000cc superbikes. Drawing from his years of experience, Steve once again offered the crowd a display of his magic as he made his way through the field to eventually finish fourth, less than a second behind the Yamaha R1 of Andrew Nelson.

“That wasn’t as much fun as the sportbike race where we went back and forth. In this one, I just kept passing guys,” Steve said smiling just before the podium presentations. “That’s where I should be,” he said, pointing at the podium. “That’s where we’re headed. We were getting closer before the flag came out. I do have to thank the Deeley/Ruthless crew that worked so hard for the team, and also all the fans from the province for coming out to watch us. That’s really good to see,” he stated, flashing the iconic Crevier smile.



Comments

Tickets go on sale Wednesday (June 17th) for the 32nd Montréal Supermotocross

Montréal, June 16, 2009 - Tickets go on sale Wednesday June 17 at 10 a.m. for the 32nd edition of the Montréal Supermotocross, presented by Coors Lights and Parts Canada. For the 2009 competition, which will be held Saturday October 3 at the Olympic Stadium, organizers will offer fans interesting additions to the program; EnduroCross, a new class that is quickly catching on with the crowd, and an even more exciting high flying Freestyle competition.

"The Montreal Supermotocross will become more than ever the annual fall event of choice as we will be offering motorsports and extreme sports fans what they really want," according to Pierre Corbeil, organizer of the event. "Over the past few months, we only had one goal in mind: to improve on last year's presentation. As always, we want to offer a show where the best of our previous events is brilliantly blended with new spectacular classes. As of now, we can assure fans that come to the Olympic Stadium on October 3, they will enjoy an evening filled with extreme entertainment."

The difficulty of gathering such an eclectic group of riders in one place for one night, and set up the right layout for each class, has forced the organizers to withdraw Autocross from this year's event. This development will enable track designers to map out a world-class stage for Freestyle riders, a collective who don't know the concept of gravity. It will also enable the EnduroCross riders, which run on a specially designed extreme off-road style layout that includes every types of man-made obstacles, the chance to show the Montreal public the intense action of this cutting edge form of racing. A detailed report of all classes and riders involved in this spectacular program will be unveiled over the next few months.

"One of the most interesting improvements made last year for the fans was the new track layout, especially the location of the starting line for the motocross and quad races. With modifications to our lineup for the upcoming October event, we will have more freedom again to improve on the design of the track and offer fans a better overall view of the show, whatever the location of their seats in the stadium," added Pierre Corbeil.

The Montreal Supermotocross is one of the most popular events of the year presented at the Olympic Stadium, drawing more than 50,000 fans from Quebec, Eastern Ontario, and the bordering states of the USA. More than 150 riders from Canada, the United States, and Europe will participate in this year's competition.

The best seats in the house, as well as all reserved seating, will go on sale Wednesday, June 17, 2009. Tickets can be ordered online at Admission
or by calling (514) 790-1245 or 1 800 361-4597). Ticket prices range from $10.00, $19.00, and $28.00 to $37.50 for the best seats in the house. Tickets will also be available at participating motorcycle dealers from all regions of Quebec. The list will be published shortly. Go online at www.montrealmotocross.com to learn more about the Montreal Supermotocross.

Comments

Millson Gets Up To Speed at ICAR

Mirabel, Québec CANADA – June 16, 2009 – RMP Racing’s Pro Superbike racer Ross Millson put in an impressive effort at the second round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship earning a finish just outside of the top ten.

After a crash at the first round of Canada’s premier road racing series Millson was determined to bring home at least a top ten finish for his crew and sponsors at the 2.8 km Circuit ICAR track built on the grounds of the Mirabel Airport.

Throughout the weekend Millson, chief mechanic Mark Millson and Accelerated Technologies owner John Sharrard worked with a new Race Tech rear shock which lead to promising results.

“We were using scrubs for many of the early practice sessions and we seemed to be getting less tire wear than other teams going out on fresh rubber” said Millson. “This track presents many challenges when it comes to suspension set up and tire choice.”

Looking to maximize the new found set up, Millson chose to go with a softer tire compound for Saturday morning’s pre-SuperPole qualifying session.

“The choice to go out on the softer tire was worth a shot, but it ultimately back fired” said Millson. “Starting from seventeenth was obviously going to present some challenges on a one line track like ICAR, but we knew that if we went back to our original setup we would be there at the end.”

Confident in which tire compound would work best with the suspension settings, the Millson brothers made a last minute gearing change to maximize what the bike can do on the straights.

Millson made up for a less then stellar qualifying effort with a great start aboard his Inside Motorcycles sponsored Suzuki GSX-R1000 and acquired six positions within the first lap. After mixing it up with J.F. Cyr and Erick Beausejour in the opening few laps Millson settled into the eleventh spot.

With time running out Millson pushed towards a top ten finish, however in the remaining number of laps he was unable to advance his position. A minor off track excursion on the last lap dropped Millson one spot. Quickly remounting he reentered the track to finish 12th overall.

“We were able to set our fastest laps of the weekend midway through the race so that's very encouraging …we’re looking forward to Calgary and the rest of the season” said Millson.

RMP Racing is grateful for the support from team sponsors; Inside Motorcycles, Zox Helmets, Motovan, Infinet Designs, Turn 2 Sportbike School, Essential Image, MotoConcepts and CRC Racewear. Additionally Ross Millson would like to thank; Tri-City Cycle and Sport (Suzuki), Race Tech, Vortex, Hindle, Niagara Powersports and Shaun Fletcher for his assistance this weekend.

Up next for the RMP Racing team is Round 3 of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Race City Motorsport Park, Calgary, AB - June 25-28.

Comments

McCormick takes ICAR Superbike win

MIRABEL, Que. (June 14) - Saskatoon's Brett McCormick completed a dominant weekend at Circuit ICAR with victory in Sunday's second round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship, presented by Moto Journal.

The 17-year-old started from pole and led 15 of the 16 laps around the 2.81km (1.74-mile) 14-turn circuit on his Team Suzuki / Blackfoot / Picotte Racing / Suzuki GSX-R1000 to score his second career national Superbike win and take over the lead of the Parts Canada Superbike series standings.

Three-time defending series champion and opening round winner Jordan Szoke of Brantford, Ont. placed second on his Canadian Kawasaki Motors / Kawasaki ZX-10R, 2.218 secs. behind McCormick. Andrew Nelson of Kars, Ont. was third riding the Nelson Racing / Yamaha YZF-R1. "This is a huge win for me. I'm really at a loss for words," said McCormick, who earned his first Superbike national win at last year's season finale. "It's not like last year at the last round, where Jordan was riding for a championship. He gave me a fight today."

McCormick was third off the start behind the Team Toyota Yamaha / OTSFF / Yamaha YZF-R1 of Kevin Lacombe and Szoke. But Lacombe crashed on lap two and McCormick was able to get around Szoke at the same time. Szoke managed to close back in on the Suzuki in the closing stages of the race but was delayed while working through lapped traffic on the penultimate lap.

"I settled into a nice pace and I didn't have to work too hard for a while," said McCormick, who set the race's fastest lap at one minute, 25.337 seconds on lap three. "My front tire was going off a bit near the end but the bike was set-up well enough so I could get around it."With his perfect weekend of claiming pole position, leading the most laps and earning the race win McCormick leads the Parts Canada Superbike Championship standings for the first time in his career with 104 points to the 98 of Szoke.

"I made a mistake when Kevin crashed," Szoke said. "I did a double downshift and went into first gear instead of second and Brett was by both of us. I got a gift from Kevin but I couldn't take advantage. "We've won a lot of championships though and we're not done yet."

Nelson moved into third when Lacombe fell and stayed there the rest of the way to score his first career national Superbike podium. "By lap five my tires went off and I was just trying to be careful the rest of the way," the 26-year-old said. "But I'm stoked with my first podium and hopefully it's the first of many more."

Six-time Canadian Superbike champion Steve Crevier of Maple Ridge, B.C. finished fourth on his Deeley Racing Powered By Buell / Buell 1125R after passing Clint McBain just two laps from the finish.

McBain, from Cochrane, Alta., settled for fifth on his Suzuki Dealers / Acceleration Racing / Suzuki GSX-R1000.

Sixth placed went to the second of the Canadian Kawasaki Motors / Kawasaki ZX-10Rs of Uxbridge, Ont.'s Alex Welsh, who held off a race-long challenge from 14-year-old Royce McLean of Coaldale, Alta. McLean was the top finishing rookie on his Team Toyota Yamaha / OTSFF / Yamaha YZF-R6.

Karl Daigle had been part of this battle but the Granby, Que. racer dropped back in the closing stages to an eighth place finish aboard the A. Perusse Kawasaki / Kawasaki ZX-6R.

Ste-Adele, Que.'s Jean-Francois Cyr was ninth on the CyrRacing / Honda CBR600RR after passing the Blackfoot / Canadian Kawasaki Motors /Kawasaki ZX-10R of Calgary's Dave Stokowski two laps from the end.

Stokowski rounded out the top 10 finishers.

In other action at Circuit ICAR, McCormick led every lap of the Yoshimura Pro Sport Bike race on his Suzuki GSX-R600 to claim his first career victory in that class and take over the points lead from Szoke, who finished second on his Kawasaki ZX-6R, 3.061 secs. behind.

Nelson again completed the podium on his Yamaha YZF-R6. "It was a pretty awesome race and the team's been working really hard," said McCormick, who now has 101 points to Szoke's 99. "I busted out a bit of a gap and was able to put down some fast laps early."

Lacombe was fourth on his Yamaha YZF-R6 and Welsh took fifth aboard a Kawasaki ZX-6R despite a late charge from Crevier and McLean.

Longueuil, Que.'s Sebastien Tremblay outduelled opening round victor Cody Matechuk to win the Armour Bodies Amateur Sport Bike race. Riding the A. Perusse Kawasaki / Kawasaki ZX-6R Tremblay took the lead from Matechuk (Suzuki Dealers / Acceleration Racing / Suzuki GSX-R600) on lap seven of the 14-lap race and held on to beat the Cochrane, Alta. rider by just 0.342 secs.

Jeffrey Dion of Granby, Que. completed the podium aboard his Robitaille Racing Kawasaki ZX-6R.

Rob Busby of Brantford, Ont. earned his second straight Suzuki SV650 National Cup win of the season, beating St-Colomban, Que.'s Raphael Archambault by 7.651 secs. Jeremie Hade Precourt of Granby, Que. completed the podium.

Warman, Sask.'s Bodhi Edie won the Honda CBR125R Challenge race by 10.634 secs. over Hamilton, Ont. racer Steven Nickerson. Edie earned the Tirox Won Big Time Award for enjoying the largest winning margin of the
day.

Pickering, Ont.'s Ryan Roche placed third.

Natalie-Catherine Provost of Laval, Que. won the Pro Honda Oils Women's Cup race on her Honda CBR600RR.

Action from Circuit ICAR will be shown on TSN HD and TSN on Tuesday, July 7 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern and repeated on Friday, July 10 at 4:00 a.m. Eastern. The races will also be televised on RDS. Check local listings for dates and times.

The Parts Canada Superbike Championship continues at Race City Motorsport Park in Calgary June 26-28.


Comments

Quebec considering banning under 25yr olds from riding motorcycles

Quebec is considering some new rules for motorcycle riders that is sure to be unpopular amongst many motorcyclists - People under age 25 and anyone with less than five years of motorcycling experience might not be permitted to own motorcycles deemed 'high-risk' under a system being studied by the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ), the provincial auto insurance board.

The SAAQ has posted a list of characteristics of 'high-risk motorcycles' Click the image below for a larger version. Watch out for motorbikes with mufflers placed at the rear and angled upward!

SAAQ indicates that the system would be put in to place strict rules on motorcycle ownership in order to reduce road accident rates in the province. Rising insurance costs are due in large part to riders who experience more accidents. SAAQ claims that younger riders, and particularly those on high-risk motorcycles, represent a large percentage of those experiencing accidents.

So it would seem to make sense but some of those characteristics are pretty broad - like, a rear wheel driven by a chain. Hmmm, most motorcycles are chain driven. Some are shaft driven or belt drive but I don't see how having a chain is a risk characteristic.

The agency's data suggests the risks of accidents is directly linked to cylinder size and the type of motorcycle, so it's divided motorbikes into two categories: high-risk sports bikes designed for speed and performance, and regular motorbikes.

The SAAQ's president, John Harbour, says the tighter restriction will allow riders to work their way up to driving the faster, more powerful models.

"The status quo will remain for those who already ride those motorbikes but the new wave of riders will have gradual access," he said.

Gino Desrosiers, an SAAQ spokesperson, said Monday the agency is looking at France’s registration fee system for motorcyclists and might bring in a similar set-up in 2011.

Comments

Triumph Anniversary Days - Canadian dealership participants

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

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

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

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

The list of participating Canadian dealerships includes:

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

* Image courtesy Triumph Canada.

Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Ducati lineup on tour will include:

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

*Model available to pre-qualified riders only

2009 Tour dates are as follows;

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

Comments

Over 700 motorcyclists protest registration fees

A crowd of over 700 motorcyclists rallied against rising registration fees through a protest in Montreal on Saturday afternoon.

"Operation Escargot" began at 11:00 AM with a ride at the minimum limit speed of 60 km/hr which took them along the Decarie Expressway, and Highways 13, 20 and 40.

Eric Lessard, a spokesperson for the demonstrators, said he believes the Societe de l'assurance automobile du Quebec (SAAQ) discriminates against motorcyclists.

Registration fees for some motorcycles have more than tripled in recent years according to Lessard.

For example, in 2007 it cost $320 to ride a sports bike. Next year, it will cost $1,400.

More demonstrations have been planned for the coming weeks.

More details on the costs of registration in Quebec are posted here.

Image courtesy CycleChaos.

Comments (3)

CMG's Mad Bastard Scooter Rally - a couple months off

Looks like it'll soon be time to dust off the scooter that's been gathering dust over the cold winter months in the back in the corner of the garage. Because CMG and sponsor KYMCO are getting ready for the Mad Bastard Scooter Rally which takes place June 12-14th.

Press release from KYMCO Canada follows:

In a little over 2 months, approximately 75 normally respectable people (and journalists) will turn into scooter maniacs for up to 24 hours while they ride a mad 850kms on, you guessed it: scooters!

The long awaited details of the 2009 Mad Bastard Scooter Rally (presented by CMG Online in partnership with KYMCO Canada) have finally been released on the newly designed MBS Rally web site www.madbastardrally.com.

The Details
Here are some of the basics: the event takes place June 12-14, 2009 and the start location will be in Gatineau, QC this year (with the rally leading riders through both Quebec and Ontario).

The Sponsors
For those who haven’t been following previous rally details, KYMCO Canada is the official sponsor of the event offering up the winning Super 9 to the maddest of the mad bastards! We would also like to acknowledge Ipone Oil and Studio Cycle Group who have come on board to sponsor the event as well.

The Charity
For this year’s rally we have embraced the idea of having a charity benefit from our insanity. Kids Help Phone is a nation wide organization that has been helping Canadian children for over 20 years. Participants of the rally will be asked to collect pledges prior to the rally date with all proceeds going Kids Help Phone. For more information on this fantastic charity please visit
www.kidshelpphone.ca.

Comments

Francis Martin signs on with the BMW Motorrad Canada

Looks like Quebec native, Francis Martin has a new gig with the 2009 BMW Motorrad Canada Motorsport Team. He'll be competing on a 2009 BMW HP2 Sport in the Pro Sportbike class in the Parts Canada Superbike Championship.

The newly revamped classes should make for some interesting racing this year. Full press release follows.

Press Release -

Whitby. BMW Motorrad Canada is pleased to announce the addition of Francis Martin to the 2009 BMW Motorrad Canada Motorsport Team.

Martin, hailing from Sherbrooke, Quebec, is a veteran of the Parts Canada Superbike series having competed with five different teams in the series and claiming the Canadian Open Sportbike Championship in 2002 and reigning as Canadian Superbike Champion in both 1999 and 2005.

“I am delighted to be part of the BMW Motorrad Canada race team.” states Martin, adding, “I’m itching to get familiar with the BMW racebike as soon as possible – the season can’t start soon enough!”

Both Mike Ferreira and Francis Martin will be competing in the newly-revised Parts Canada Superbike Championship aboard the 2009 BMW HP2 Sport, race-developed in the last two years of the previous CanadianThunder series. Competing in the Pro Sportbike class, Mike Ferreira will wear number Pro 210, while Francis Martin will display his customary Pro 16.

Chris Duff, Marketing and Race Team manager for BMW Motorrad Canada states : “As we work toward the possibility of entering superbike racing in Canada in 2010, the opportunity to have a two-time Canadian Superbike Champion on the team for 2009 is an incredible bonus.”, continuing, “We are very excited to have Francis on board for this season. With Francis teamed up with Mike Ferreira, a former Pro 600 Sportbike Regional Champion and veteran of two Canadian Thunder seasons with BMW, we are looking forward to seeing BMW running up front in the new Pro Sportbike Class.”

This year sees a heavily revamped landscape for the Parts Canada Superbike Championship with the elimination of the Canadian Thunder and Sport Twin Classes after the withdrawal of Ducati and KTM from the series. This has resulted in major changes to the rules to the former 600cc Sport Bike classes, opening the door for a range of new machinery to participate.

Starting with the 2009 season, twin cylinder motorcycles from Buell and BMW will be allowed to compete in the Sport Bike classes, running to separate weight and horsepower limitations than their 600cc four cylinder opposition.

Comments

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:


Comments

Considering a new bike? - Better check out insurance first

Motorcycle insurance is always a contentious issue amongst motorcyclists. How much do you pay? What coverage do you have? It's a regular, and frequently 'heated' topic of debate on most motorcycle forums.

Insurance is just one of those things that you've got to have if you want to come to the party. So it's something that everybody knows a little bit about.

Unless you've got very deep pockets and don't care about paying thousands of dollars for insurance you should call around and find out how much it will cost to insure a bike BEFORE deciding to purchase it. It's been said there aren't any un-insurable risks. It just costs more!

The Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) have published a list of motorcycles that they consider "high risk." What does this mean? Well - we've not spoken with the SAAQ to ask them but we can only guess that it means that if you want to insure one of these high-risk motorcycles in Quebec that you're going to pay dearly for the privilege.

Here's a link to the list - it's a PDF.

What's surprising is that if you look at this list, there's plenty of very powerful bikes that aren't on the dreaded "high-risk" list. The Yamaha FZ1 ins't on the list for example. This 1000cc bike packs about 150hp - more than plenty of the bikes on the list. It is a little more upright though and perhaps typically ridden by more mature riders.

There are some bikes on the list you might not expect - a BMW K1200S for example. BMW's sportsbike isn't a typical crotch rocket ridden by somebody that just got their licence. Maybe it's stolen more?

Having had the recent experience of obtaining insurance for a 2006 VFR I know when I called ahead to see what insurance would cost the person at the insurance company said, one moment I'll have to get the list of bikes we don't insure. Hmmm, glad I checked ahead. The VFR isn't on the list but it would be pretty bad to find out a bike is going to cost you a small fortune to insure.

Different provinces have different systems. Some have public insurance, some have private. Here in Nova Scotia we're free to shop around. That works for me. I recently moved from Winnipeg, and in the province of Manitoba they've got a public system called Autopac. I looked into insuring a 2002 Suzuki GS 500 hardly a super fast sportbike, when I was there for a year. What was the quote? Just about $2200. For that - I could have re-purchased the same bike in a little over three years with the premiums!

So, be educated, be wise. If you're shopping for a bike - call around and ask for quotes on some models you're considering before you buy. What you find out might just help you make the right buying decision.

Comments

Montreal Motorcycle Show opens Friday

The Montreal Motorcycle show opened its doors today. The show is reportedly the largest in Canada in terms of audited paid attendance and ranks among the major motorcycle shows in North America.

Expect tons of motorcycles to be featured in a huge single hall with an area of more than 200,000 square feet. Displays will feature new models of motorcycles, ATV’S, scooters, custom and vintage motorcycles as well as the full spectrum of specialized clothing and accessories.

Where: Montreal Convention Centre

When:
Friday, February 20: 12 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, February 21: 10 AM to 9 PM
Sunday, February 22: 10 AM to 5 PM

For more details check out the event website here.

Comments

Quebec allows car permit holders to drive T-REX

Looks like if you want to drive a three-wheeled vehicle without a motorcycle licence in Quebec, you'd better have two of those wheels in the front.

The Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) have just allowed holders of Class 5 (Automobile) driving permits to drive the Campagna T-REX or V13R three-wheel vehicles.

In the past, a driver/rider needed a Class 6 (motorcycle) permit to operate these machines.

No word yet from the SAAQ but the ruling doesn't appear to apply to other three wheeled vehicles like the Can-Am Spyder and Harley-Davidson Tri-Glide which have one wheel in the front and two in the back. So it seems you still need a motorcycle licence for these machines.

The T-REX features a 200+ hp engine from Kawasaki, a tubular top structure, windshield, safety belts for added safety, and a price tag of $50,000. The manufacturer expects to sell double the number of models in 2009 as in 2008, or over 200 units.

For additional details on the Campagna T-REX visit their website here.

Comments

Canadian Enduro Championship (CEC) in 2009 and beyond!

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

Details are:

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

Dates and locations in 2009 are:

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

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

Dates and locations are subject to change at this early time

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

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

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

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

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

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

Comments

MMIC motorcycle shows rolling into town

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

Here's the list of cities:

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

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

2008 Toronto Motorcycle Show

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

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

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

2009 Calgary Motorcycle Show

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

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

2009 Edmonton Motorcycle Show

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

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

2009 Vancouver Motorcycle Show

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

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

2009 Quebec City Motorcycle Show

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

Contact Information
Show Manager: Corinne Belmonte

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

2009 Atlantic Motorcycle Show

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

Contact Information
Show Manager: Scott Sprague

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

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

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

Comments

Walking away from a high speed t-bone

Stephane Perry of St-Jerome, Que is a Canadian motorcycle rider who believes in the usefulness of the airbag feature of his Honda Goldwing. He's the first Canadian to have some firsthand experience doing real world testing. He had a shiny new - one month old 2008 Goldwing that included the airbag. The airbag is in place of where the fuel tank is on many motorcycles.

Here's the situation - he was out riding his 2008 Honda Gold Wing travelling about 100 kilometers an hour along Highway 132 when a Hyundai Tuscon pulled onto the highway without looking... A crash was inevitable, and Stephane plowed into the front wheel/fender of the SUV at 80 to 90 km/h.

Normally this type of contact with a vehicle and a motorcycle would almost certainly be a very serious one for the motorcyclist; they surely would be launched from the bike; perhaps into traffic or into the vehicle they're hitting. That wasn't the case for Stephane and as he realized he was going to crash he hoped the airbag would work as claimed. Guess what - it did!

Instead of launching through the air and into danger, the entire experience was like "hitting a mattress," so relatively cushy was the impact, Perry says. It wasn't without drama though, "it was loud" he says. Like the many motorists who have experienced an airbag deployment in the confines of a sedan or SUV -- that the air bag inflating sounds like a shotgun going off right beside your eardrums.

"The sound was just terrible," says Perry, noting that it really was the only scary aspect of the entire experience other than those couple of nanoseconds when he realized he was going to T-bone a car at high speed.

After arriving to the scene and seeing the damage to motorcycle and the SUV, the police and emergency workers didn't believe he was the accident victim! Stephane was taking some pictures of what was left of his bike and the other accident debris when they arrived. He walked away with some bruises on his legs and a sore shoulder.

His precious Goldwing was barely a month old at the time, and now has to be replaced. Stephane says that the replacement must have an airbag - "A motorcycle without an air bag is not an option anymore," Perry says.

And he's the first Canadian to be able to say that from firsthand experience.

Comments

'Trippin' on Two Wheels visits Quebec

Way back in April we told you about a TV program called 'Trippin" on Two Wheels and their plan to air a segment filmed in Quebec.

Basically though, the show features Dennis Gage (that guy with the crazy mustache from My Classic Car) his son, and motorcycle photojournalist Neale Bayly. They travel the globe to exotic locations, all on two wheels.

They're riding three Buell Ulyses and manage to find their way onto some pedestrian walkway by mistake. I'm sure we'll hear more about this in show!

The Quebec segment is supposed to air on the Speed Channel July 13th but you can catch a preview of the segment here:

http://www.trippinontwowheelstv.com/Quebec/

Click here for air time and more information from the Speed Channel:

http://motorcycling.speedtv.com/article/a-trippin-on-two-wheels-tv-twofer/

Comments

Harley Davidson celebrating 105 anniversary - Canadian Events

Harley Davidson is having a "really" big party in Milwaukee to celebrate their 105th, but they've got some Canadian events lined up too in a few big cities. Tickets in each city are $25.

They'll have some new 2009 models on hand, special H.O.G. prizing and giveaways, hourly contests, vintage bike displays, surprise guest appearances, muscle movers MDC casino, and more.

Cities they'll be having events in include:

Montreal: Saturday, August, 23rd in 5 pm in Jarry Park:
Toronto: Sunday, August 24th, 5 pm at The Distillery
Winnipeg: Sunday, August 24th, 5 pm at Cowboys

For more details visit the event page on Harley Davidson's Canadian page here.

Comments