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Motorcycle insurance hikes to be amended

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has said that the government will amend its application for a rate hike on motorcycle insurance premiums.

Riders were very vocal about their displeasure with SGI's proposed insurance rate increases.

Under the initial proposal, an average rider would have seen a 73 per cent hike for motorcycle insurance. Some riders would have seen their insurance bills triple.

"We've heard pretty loud and clear from people," Wall said Tuesday. "I think there needs to be a reasoned approach."

Wall hopes to find a way to reduce the impact of rate hikes on riders. The plan still needs to address the costs associated with motorcycle insurance.

"We'll contemplate both things: both what do we do now to prevent this rate shock but also what do we do long-term to provide more options to riders and still respect the Autofund and others that don't want to subsidize any other class of drivers," Wall said.

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Rate hikes for Saskatchewan riders

Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is requesting the province's rate review panel to approve a rate change as part of a package of rate adjustments scheduled to go into effect in April.

Under the proposed changes, almost all motorcycle users will pay double-digit increases, some will pay even more. Rates could go up an average of 73 percent for motorcyclists in that province.

SGI wants to remove the cap that dictates how much rates can increase in a given year.

The most dramatic change will be sport bikes and bikes with engines over 400 cubic centimetres.

Explaining the proposed hikes, SGI president Andrew Cartmell said motorcycle users have relatively high injury claim costs. The proposed increase is "significant", but with the rates as they currently are, motorcycle users are essentially being subsidized by all the other drivers, he said.

"We're basically collecting, in some cases, not even half the premium we should be depending on the type of motorcycle," he said.

The rate review panel will hold public hearings on the proposed increases.

The higher rates will take effect Aug. 31 if they are approved

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Brett McCormick getting a new website

2011 Canadian Superbike Champion racer, and Saskatchewan - Canada native, Brett McCormick is set to get a new website in a week or two according to his Facebook page.

In the nick of time we might add! He admits the graphics and design of his current site is somewhat in need of an update... "I figure the 1980 style is getting dated."

Keep an eye on http://www.mccormickracing.ca/ over the next few weeks. 

Brett has been trying to parlay his success in Canada to the WSBK level and had been making some big steps such as his top five finish in only his sixth World Superbike race at the Nurburgring. And that's after coming back from a serious accident in his second race of the season at Assen.

We're keeping an eye on "The Kid" and hoping to see him regularly on the podium in the future.



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New HD video online at VRIDETV

Jeff over at VRIDETV has been hard at work - He tells us that there's been a lot of work done to the website in the last couple of months, both visible and behind the scenes in order to provide you with easier access to content. 


Here's the rest of the news from Jeff:


VRIDETV has a new store with a 20% off coupon, a reviews section, and revised main page are just some of the changes made, so after watching this new video, please have a look around the site and let us know what you think by leaving a comment in our new blog section.

 A new high definition video has been posted featuring: 
A motorcycle ride into Rouleau Saskatchewan to visit the set of TV's hit comedy series, Corner Gas. The Ruby restaurant, Dog River Hotel, the Howler newspaper building, and the Dog River grain elevator are all seen in this high definition video. We also captured a beautiful prairie sunset and a full moon over this iconic building. We hope you enjoy it and share it with others...



Here's the link: http://www.vridetv.com/hdcornergas.html


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

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

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

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

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Saskatchewan moving to graduated motorcycle licences

The Government of Saskatchewan announced on May 19th that they'll be introducing a Graduated Driver's Licensing (GDL) program for new motorcycle drivers. The program will come into effect in 2011.

Under the new proposed licencing it will take 36 months to obtain your experienced "M" endorsed licence - more if you have infractions during the first 36 months.

Full details follow...

The Government of Saskatchewan is furthering its commitment to motorcycle safety by introducing a Graduated Driver's Licensing (GDL) program for new motorcycle drivers. The program will come into effect in 2011.

"We're proud to expand the Graduated Driver's Licensing program to include motorcycle drivers," Crown Corporations Ken Cheveldayoff said. "We know concerns over motorcycle safety are top of mind in Saskatchewan. Last year alone, there were 283 collisions involving motorcycles in Saskatchewan, including five deaths and 221 injuries. We believe the GDL program will help build safe driving skills with our new motorcycle drivers."

Currently, there are no requirements for motorcycle drivers to demonstrate any riding skills to legally ride a motorcycle in Saskatchewan. Residents are able to drive a motorcycle with a learner's licence, with only slightly reduced driving privileges, simply by passing a written knowledge test.

The new program will be similar to the province's current GDL program for passenger vehicles in that it will gradually introduce new motorcycle drivers into the driving environment. Motorcycle drivers will move into higher risk driving situations after gaining experience in lower risk situations.

There will be three stages to the proposed GDL program for new motorcycle drivers - Learner, Novice 1 and Novice 2. As riders pass through these stages, they will see fewer restrictions until they graduate to an experienced "M" endorsed motorcycle licence. If a new motorcycle driver displays good driving experience with no incidents or interruptions, they will graduate to an experienced "M" endorsed licence in 36 months. Any incidents or interruptions will delay this process.

"We are confident that this new program will go a long way towards reducing motorcycle-related deaths and injuries in Saskatchewan," Saskatchewan Safety Council Executive Director Harley Toupin said. "The Saskatchewan Safety Council has provided motorcycle safety courses for over 30 years. Riding experience is a key component to reducing crashes by allowing new motorcycle drivers to gain experience under a reduced level of risk."

"The Saskatoon Police Service is pleased to hear about the graduated licensing program for motorcycle drivers," Saskatoon Police Chief Clive Weighill said. "We believe this is a major step to improve motorcycle safety in the province."

"Graduated licence programs save lives and prevent injuries," Cheveldayoff said. "We know our current GDL program for passenger vehicles has been successful in reducing at-fault crashes by 18 per cent among new drivers. We're expecting the same positive results for new motorcycle drivers."

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Triumph Anniversary Days - Canadian dealership participants

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

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

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

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

The list of participating Canadian dealerships includes:

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

* Image courtesy Triumph Canada.

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New high quality video posted at VRIDETV

Jeff, over at VRIDETV has posted a new version of his video taken on rural Highway #13, between Carlyle and Weyburn Saskatchewan, Canada. This three minute clip represents two hours of footage.

You'll see a prairie sunset, lightning storm, and some heavy rain. It was recorded on 14 June 2006 during Jeff's ride across Canada - and back!

The quality of the new Dailymotion version of the video is fantastic! Especially when youc consider that it's not HD. We had posted a link to the YouTube version before but this one is even better so we thought we'd repost the new one.

Canadian Motorcycle Rider is even listed in the credits of this one!


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Ducati lineup on tour will include:

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

*Model available to pre-qualified riders only

2009 Tour dates are as follows;

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

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New video on VRTV website - Saskatchewan in HD

Jeff, over at Virtual Riding Television just let us know that he has posted a new high definition video, featuring motorcycle riding into a prairie sunset, lightning storm, and heavy rain.

The footage was shot in June of 2006 via a high definition camcorder that he mounted to the handlebars of a motorcycle. He's got quite a bit of footage of Canada, having ridden through ten provinces of Canada, coast to coast, on a round trip, for a total of 18,795 kilometers in 2006. Much of the trip is documented on his site.

The three minute clip represents two hours of footage that was taken on rural Highway #13, between Carlyle and Weyburn Saskatchewan, Canada.

This particular clip just goes to show you that Jeff isn't just a fair weather biker. That rain looks, well, unpleasant. But the lighting show is pretty impressive.

Check out the new clip in High Definition at http://www.vridetv.com

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Ride for Sight event dates posted

We've just updated the Motorcycle Events calendar (best viewed with any browser other than Safari) with the dates for all the Ride for Sight events listed across Canada. We thought we'd post the schedule for you here too and provide a little information about this worthwhile event:

Ride for Sight is the longest running motorcycle charity fundraiser in Canada; the first ride began in 1979 in Central Ontario.

In 2008, eight Ride for Sight events will be enjoyed in seven provinces across the country (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Maritimes, Newfoundland, Central Ontario and Northwestern Ontario); each regional Ride has its own unique features.

Annual Ride for Sight weekend celebration events are supported in part by generous corporate sponsorship and are organized by volunteer Ride for Sight Planning Teams.

While Ride for Sight participants are primarily comprised of motorcyclists -- volunteers, fundraisers and supporters also include non-motorcyclists and families affected by retinal diseases.

Ride for Sight is the single largest private fundraising initiative for vision research in the world.

To-date, Ride for Sight has raised more than $17 million in support of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, the only organization in Canada whose sole mandate is to fund research for blindness caused by retinal degenerations.

Canada wide event schedule:

- Central Ontario Ride for Sight 2009, June 19, 20, 21, 2009, Collingwood Waterfront, Downtown Collingwood
- Alberta Ride for Sight 2009, June 12, 13, 14, 2009, Agricultural Centre Fairgrounds, Olds, Alberta
- Manitoba Ride for Sight 2009, July 10, 11, 12, 2009, Treherne Campground, Treherne, Manitoba
- Maritimes Ride for Sight 2009, June 5, 6, 7, 2009, Fox Mountain Camping Park, Aylesford, Nova Scotia
- Newfoundland & Labrador, June 26, 27, 28, 2009, Gander Community Centre,  Gander, NL
- Northwestern Ontario Ride for Sight, June 19, 20, 21, 2009, Riverview Campground, Longlac, ON
- Saskatchewan Ride for Sight 2009, June 27, 2009, Western Development Museum, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan



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