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2013 Halifax International Motorcycle wraps up

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

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

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





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Halifax International Motorcycle Show brings motorcycles to downtown


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EVENT DETAILS

Halifax International Motorcycle Show
February 17 to 19, 2012

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

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

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

Free parking all weekend (Friday after 4PM).

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Moncton Motorcycle Show opens Feb. 10, 2012

The Atlantic Motorcycle and ATV show opens its doors this Friday (February 10th, 2012) and runs through to Sunday.


Here's the full details on the event:

The Atlantic Motorcycle and ATV Show will roar into Moncton, this Friday thru Sunday. This event will encompass the entire Moncton Coliseum complex and will showcase the latest products for motorcycle, ATV and off-road enthusiasts available on the market today. The nation’s leading manufacturers will be well represented and visitors will not be left disappointed.

The Atlantic Motorcycle and ATV Show is one of 7 successful, national manufacturer supported motorcycle shows from coast to coast. Owned by the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC) this event is the only show of its kind and caliber in Atlantic Canada. Since 2008, the event has delivered over 50,000 qualified buyers who have enjoyed the biggest and best names in motosports.

Show Manager Scott Sprague is revved up about the 2012 edition of this event. “Being a part of this huge chain of manufacturer supported shows is phenomenal. For a visitor to be able to see a booth that is the same display at the MMIC-COHV Shows in Toronto, Vancouver or elsewhere right in Moncton, the hub of the Maritimes, is fantastic and convenient for all of Atlantic Canada and beyond,” said Sprague.

The Atlantic Motorcycle and ATV Show is where Atlantic Canada RIDES and BUYS! Visitors will be shopping the show and trying that new ATV or Motorcycle on for size and discussing the purchase with their local dealer plus getting all of those tough questions answered right from manufacturer representatives. Visitors can take home awesome deals on parts & accessories, clothing and apparel and so much more. The event is also the leading venue to meet the organizers of local rallies, motorcycle and ATV clubs, destinations, anything and everything to do with the lifestyle that comes with this pastime.

Visitors can enter to win His and Hers Riding Gear compliments of Speed and Strength Gear and Toys for Big Boys. Simply fill out a ballot and it could be you!

Triumph Motorcycles have come out in a big way this year with several custom show bikes including the Tom Cruise Mi3 Scrambler, the Orange County Choppers Triumph Retro Bonneville Custom and many more. Also Triumph, in partnership with Atlantic Motoplex will be presenting Juno Award Winner, Clayton Bellamy of the Road Hammers. Clayton will appear on stage performing during ladies night and in the Triumph booth alongside THE WILD ONE.’ Sucker Punch Sally builds us a modern day BRANDO WILD CHILD, this Bird will be ridden in the release video of Clayton’s new album. See them both at the show.

This year’s highlights include the Yamaha Riding Academy for kids that will also feature ALL NEW ATV training for youth. ATV Training available upon request. In addition to that there will be Yamaha Scooter School training, especially appealing to the ladies; this will be held on Friday and Saturday evening.

And speaking of the ladies, join us on Saturday night from 5 pm – 9 pm when it’s free admission for ladies night, when a regular admission is purchased. There will be special prizes and giveaways just for women, plus our fashion show at 7 and Ladies Scooter training at 8.

The Women on Wheels Fashion Show will also be on each day so be sure to check out the terrific line up of manufacturers clothing modeled on stage from Yamaha, Honda, Harley Davidson, KTM, Victory, Ducati, Suzuki, Triumph and BMW.

And join world rider, Rene Cormier, as he talks passionately about his moto-adventures through Africa and beyond. Meeting him is an adventure YOU won’t want to miss. Also, visitors can check out the all new show and shine featuring local motorcycles. Proceeds to benefit the Bernice McNaughton Bike Club.

Join special guests from River Glade Speedway, as they celebrate 35 years and showcase some of the hottest bikes from the 70s right there on display including a slide show of racing at the track from past and present. The bikes that will have on display for comparison purposes are a 1977 Cr-125 Honda, a 1987 CR-125 Honda as well as a 1997 CR-125 Honda. There will also be a 1979 Can-Am MX-5 250. These Honda's will illustrate the many changes the bikes have undergone over the years. Although 125's are no longer made for the most part, as the 250 4-stroke took over that class of racing we will most likely have a four stoke on hand as well to show further enhancements. These bikes will show the progression from air cooled to liquid engines, from drum brakes to disc brakes, steel frames to aluminum frames and from four inches of suspension travel to twelve. Also, horse power more than doubled over the years!

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New V-Strom pics leaked.

Well, the big changes anticipated for Suzuki's new V-Strom turned out to be not so big after all.  Rather than a complete remake with a bump up in engine size the bike got a styling facelift and a few small but practcal revisions.

With a claimed curb weight of 472 pounds, the new 2012 V-Strom 650 has shed a little more than 13 lbs from the previsous version.


Additional changes also include a higher seat at 32.9 inches (versus 32.3 inches) and the fuel tank is reduced in size by a couple litres (down to 20 l). 

The new sleeker looking fairing covers a new instrument panel that includes a lots of useful information - even a road-freeze warning indicator. The windscreen is three-way height adjustableas well. 

So nothing too earth shattering but hopefully the price of the new model will stick close to what the previous version was.  Incremental improvement (except for range with that smaller tank!) rather than a reinvention.

It might be enough to get a few more people to take a closer look at the Strom and the ones who were already considering it might appreciate the revised looks, features, and slightly reduced weight.



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Suzuki's New "Adventure" VStrom

There's been some pretty consistent rumors that Suzuki is planning a makeover of the popular but perhaps not beautiful V-Strom and those rumors have been substantiated with some teaser photo's on Suzuki's Canadian website.

They show a stylized outline of some of the new bike.  They're calling it a Middle Class bike that's ready for adventure bike so will they keep the 650c displacement? bump it up to match some of their main competition at 800cc?  It's not clear at this point.



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New V-Strom in the works?

According to MotoStation.com; Suzuki is planning a remake of their sleeper hit of a motorcycle; the DL650 V-Strom.

According to the report - Suzuki plans to completely overhaul the bike with changes to the bodywork (less covered), engine, upgraded brakes, suspension, and a re-designed frame. 

The styling and upgrades would both modernize the look of the bike which hasn't changed much since its introduction in 2004.  The changes would make it a little more off-road worthy than it is already. Obviously it would need to be able to compete with the BMW F650, F800GS, and Triumph Tiger 800. It's down a little in displacement on those machines but it's said to be a very competent engine and gets significant praise in many reviews.

Considered by many to be an economical and dirt worthy adventure bike that doesn't look the part - Suzuki might just be heading in the right direction if these redesign rumors are true.  They're going to have to watch that price point too - because that's what attracts many people to it in the first place.

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Suzuki V-Strom 650A XP - Interesting version in UK

Suzuki's UK site is showing off a new Xpedition (XP) variant of the popular V-Strom. This Strom is based on the standard ABS-equipped 650 V-Strom, but includes a number of accessories to make it more "adventure tourer" capable.


Suzuki describes it as their new flagship model. It comes equipped with black aluminum panniers with a total capacity of 82 liters (21.7 gallons), engine and hand guards, an aluminum sump guard, and a center stand.

No word on whether this model will come to other markets but it doesn't appear to be anything you couldn't build yourself with a few aftermarket parts.




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Atlantic Motoplex brings Triumph and Suzuki into the fold

New Brunswick based Atlantic Motoplex has some big news. In addition to the Yamaha, BMW, and Ducati's they've been selling - they've just added two new makes to the list... Suzuki and Triumph.

That's a lot of brands under one roof, making for a wide range choices when it comes to buying a new or used motorcycle. You can try out a lot of bikes in one convenient location.

They've also recently launched a new accessories catalog that can be downloaded directly from their site. Get your copy HERE (it's a PDF).

They buy big and pass the savings on to you.

In a recent discussion with a member of the sales team at Atlantic Motoplex they indicated they're one of the leaders in motorcycle tire sales in the region - they offer 30-40% off suggested MSRPs as standard. A tire rep confirmed independently that if you're in the market for a new set of rubbers it'd be a good idea to check out the prices at Atlantic Motoplex.


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New Gladius (SFV650) colors for 2010!

We just got some exciting news from Suzuki Canada. They've confirmed for us that the Suzuki Gladius is going to be coming to Canada sporting some great new colors; black and red.

2010 will be the year that many guys are going to discover this 'new' model.

Also for 2010 the SFV650 comes standard with ABS. It should provide a more worthy competitor to the Ducati 696, in the eyes of many folks now.

Read our review of the 2009 Gladius HERE. Ahem... where we suggested that Suzuki should bring it to Canada in black. Wish granted.




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Suzuki brings a couple new models to Canada, and ABS

We brought you some photo's of the new GSX1250FS and SEA in the Articles section HERE. But we've gotten some more details on revisions and new models for 2010 from Suzuki Canada that we thought we'd share.

First up - the 2010 SFV650A now comes standard with ABS. Interesting that Suzuki Canada is not using the Gladius name in the press release, but the slightly more cryptic letter/number name. Also interesting is that the model doesn't show up on the Suzuki Canada website under the 2010 models; it's there in the 2009 section but so far, missing from the 2010's.

Now for the Press Release:

"We are pleased to announce several important enhancements to our 2010 Motorcycle Line-up. Suzuki Canada introduces the all new 2010 Suzuki Boulevard M50, a genuine product of Suzuki’s high-technology cruiser heritage, the 805cc liquid-cooled,eight-valve, fuel injected V-twin powerplant is built for excitement.

Also introducing the 2010 RMX450Z, descended from the Championship winning RM-Z450, the RMX450Z is a serious off-road bike for serious trail riders. Suzuki Canada will be showcasing these new models at the 2010 MMIC Consumer Shows, and demo events next summer.


RMX450Z




Descended from the Championship winning RM-Z450, the first motocross bike to offer high-performance Suzuki fuel injection, the RMX450Z is a serious off-road bike for serious trail riders. Its powerful and torquey 449cm3, liquid-cooled, four-stroke engine shares all core technology with Suzuki’s winning open-class motocrosser.

Its frame, suspension and bodywork are all nearly identical to the RM-Z450’s maintaining that model’s slim, aggressive styling. It has indeed a heart of a champion!

Its world class suspension utilizes high performance rebound and compression damping adjustable Showa forks combined with a Showa piggyback reservoir style rear shock featuring two-way adjustable compression damping with adjustable rebound damping and preload adjustments. Spring rates have been optimized for off-road riding. Every aspect of the RMX450Z’s performance envelope has been carefully considered for serious offroad riding without compromising a millimeter of quality.

The RMX450Z comes with an electric starter, energized by a compact battery centrally located to reduce its influence on weight distribution and balance of the bike. To charge the battery and power the RMX450Z’s lights, a larger magneto-generator is fitted.

Suzuki has made minimal modifications to the all-conquering RM-Z450’s potent four-valve, DOHC engine for the RMX450Z. This lightweight engine now features a modified inlet tract along with revised cam profiles to increase low and mid-rpm power. Wider gear ratios in the 5-speed constant-mesh transmission that work with revised primary and final-drive ratios are ideally suited for a broad range of
conditions, from scaling steep trails to high-speed open-terrain riding. The addition of a coolant reservoir tank increases on-trail reliability, while a relocated filler cap improves access. Because the trail can be a rocky place, a new engine protector plate is fitted.

The RMX450ZA retails at MSRP $9,399

Key Features

- Powerful 449cm3 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC engine.
- The lightweight engine features a modified inlet tract along with revised cam profiles to increase low and mid-rpm power.
- Electrical start with manual kick back up.
- Narrower intake and exhaust valve angle.
- Suzuki’s light and effective aluminum alloy twin-spar frame construction is used in the RMX450Z,employing both cast and extruded sections for the utmost benefits of both: low weight, high rigidity, and high durability.
- Race inspired brake rotors provide better cooling performance and increased mud deflection in muddy conditions.


Suzuki Boulevard M50



When Suzuki launched its Boulevard line of cruisers back in 2005, we made a commitment to providing the category with the most complete line up of cruisers in the industry.

From 250c all the way up to 1,800cc, Suzuki has product representation across the board with a wide variety of both single cylinder and V-Twin engine models to appeal to the Canadian riding public.

The flagship of our Boulevard line up is the all powerful M109R. A power Cruiser with an aggressive look and engine performance derived directly from our dominant GSX-R line of sportbikes. Based on the incredible success of this bike, Suzuki Canada Inc. is pleased to announce the all-new 2010 Boulevard M50. A middleweight that shares both the look and heritage of its larger sibling in a more compact and lighter package.

The SUZUKI BOULEVARD M50, sharing the exciting styling and high technology of both the M109R and M90 models in the Suzuki performance cruiser lineup, it’s the perfect choice
for riders who demand an uncompromising combination of the right look, the right feel and the right performance. Featuring cutting-edge performance along with a distinctive cruiser look featuring sleek, flowing lines and gleaming chromed details. The advanced fuel-injected 805cc V-Twin engine delivers responsive power and torque especially in the low to mid RPM range.

Sporting a completely new look for 2010, the M50 also has extensive updates including handlebars that are closer to the rider for a more user-friendly riding position. The wide, comfortable seat has been reshaped for a smooth visual harmony with the new, sporty rear fender and the new, optional tail section cover. The steel double-cradle
frame is now mated to a new chromed steel tail section. The cast-aluminum 16-inch front/15-inch rear wheels now have a gleaming silver finish. Chassis highlights carried over unchanged include 41mm inverted front forks that add sporty looks and performance.

The Boulevard M50 retails at $9,499

Key Features
- 805cc fuel injected, liquid cooled engine tailored to deliver smooth acceleration and broad power, generating peak torque at a low rpm range.
- Distinctive instrument cluster, integrated with the headlight cowl, includes a fuel gauge and a clock.
- Classic tube-frame chassis, with rake and trail chosen for outstanding balance and highway cruising comfort.

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Tough Season for Millson has Silver Lining

RMP Racing’s Pro Superbike racer and team owner Ross Millson wrapped up a challenging season at this past weekend’s finale of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Shannonville Motorsport Park.

On Thursday Millson attended a trackday hosted by Hot Lap Events and utilized the extra track time to dial-in his #39 Inside Motorcycle / Tri City Cycle sponsored Suzuki GSX-R1000 before the upcoming weekend’s race. Millson turned some of his quickest lap times ever on the Shannonville - Pro Track layout.

Friday’s practice times were respectable but Millson new he still had more in the reserves and felt confident a top ten qualifying effort was not out of the question.

Saturday’s weather was optimum for qualifying and Millson was hungry for a strong result as he took to the track. Millson used the first two laps to get the tires up to temperature and then began to pick up the pace to ensure a prime spot on the grid for Sunday’s feature race.

Shannonville’s 2.45KM (1.5 mile) Pro Track layout is known to present a variety challenges for racers and their teams. This weekend would be no different. Over the weekend numerous racers experienced the challenge of corner 2, tossing the riders and their bikes into the infield.

Beginning his fourth qualifying lap Millson would also find himself bitten by corner 2. Although the crash appeared horrific Millson was uninjured. However, Millson’s Suzuki GSX-R1000 was in no condition to compete in Sunday’s race.

Without a backup bike Millson and his crew began loading the bike and its remnants. His season was over.

As the remainder of Saturday’s qualifying sessions began to wind down. Millson and his crew was unable to accept that this is how their season would end. Fellow racers and teams stepped up and offered the use of whatever spare parts they had.

With what remained of the bike and the donated bits and pieces Millson and his crew began to resurrect his mangled motorcycle.

A late night and an early morning effort proved successful. The bike was rebuilt and was now sporting a flat-grey primer paint job beneath the sponsor decals. Millson took to the track for the Sunday morning practice session to give the bike a thorough pre-race shake down and achieved a surprisingly decent time of 1:07.843.

Millson started at the back of the grid in Sunday's feature race and would hang on to the ill-mannered bike for the entire 20 lap race. Millson crossed the finish line in fourteenth place.

“This was the kind of season that no one expects to happen to them at the beginning of the year.” said Millson. “I really need to thank Mark and Blaine for all their help this year and for helping me finish the season on the track. I also must thank, Sean Huffman and the GoLo Cew as well as Clint McBain and Erick Beausejour for helping with all the spare parts.”

Millson's fourteenth place finish allowed him to complete his season thirteenth overall in the points standings.

As RMP Racing's team owner there was certainly reason to celebrate. Team development rider Steven Nickerson put in a stellar performance at each and every round of the Honda CBR125R Challenge which resulted in winning the Championship.

“It’s been a really tough year for me but having Steven bring home the CBR125R Championship title for the team helps take a bit of the sting out of this season.” Millson commented.

The entire RMP Racing team would like to thank their friends and family members for their continued support and their dedicated sponsors; Inside Motorcycles, Zox Helmets, Motovan, 2010 Canadian Motorsports Expo, 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, G.M.D Computrack Ontario and Niagara Powersports.



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Millson and Nickerson Primed for Mosport

RMP Racing’s Ross Millson and Steven Nickerson are primed for a great weekend at Mosport International Raceway’s Doubleheader round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship.

After a challenging race out west at Calgary’s Race City Motorsports Park, Millson is looking forward to returning to Mosport to compete in Canada’s premier road racing series aboard his Inside Motorcycles / Tri-City Cycle & Sports / Motovan sponsored #39 Suzuki GSX-R1000.

“The doubleheader round at Mosport is always a highlight of the season for me” said Millson. “Not only do I get to enjoy twice the amount of track time on such a renowned and technical track, I’m also able to spend time with family who live in the area.”

Millson and Nickerson's pre-race weekend activities began last week when they sat down to talk with The Hamilton Spectator's Motorsports columnist, Tim Miller, to discuss Nickerson’s racing background and his season so far.

This past weekend Nickerson enjoyed taking his #661 RMP Racing / Canadian Motorsports Expo / Infinet Designs sponsored Honda CBR125R for a few laps around the streets of the Exhibition Place as part of a series of demonstration races at the Honda Indy Toronto.

Nickerson, who has already achieved four consecutive podium finishes in the Honda CB125R Challenge series this season, is not only eager to race at Mosport but to also take in as many of Mosport’s doubleheader festivities as possible.

This will be Nickerson’s first race on Mosport’s legendary 3.9km 10-turn road circuit.

“I’ll be looking to Ross for lots of advice on line choice and setup” said Nickerson. “Horsepower in my class is limited so I really have to make the most of the draft, corner speed and line choice to gain an advantage.

Courtesy of CRC Racwear, the RMP Racing crew will be sporting new pit crew shirts that now feature the 2010 Canadian Motorports Expo logo. The Canadian Motorsports Expo (CME) is where the RMP Racing’s season began last January and is proud to promote the 2010 CME which will be held January 22-24, 2010 at the International Centre in Toronto.

Motorcycle enthusiasts are invited to drop by the RMP Racing paddock to pick up the Official Series Program, a copy of the latest issue of Inside Motorcycles and to fill out a ballot to enter a draw for a Zox Helmet. Millson and Nickerson will be on hand throughout the weekend to chat with spectators and sign posters digitally printed by the Essential Image.

Canada’s biggest motorcycle road racing event of the year is not only renowned for some of the best racing of the year it boasts numerous off track activities for all to enjoy.

Throughout the weekend Suzuki Canada will be offering demo rides on their latest models and on Saturday afternoon, July 18th, the first annual Motorcycle Road Racers Reunion will take place. Canadian recording artists Sloan and Crash Parallel will perform Saturday evening.

A three-day SuperTicket is just $60 at the Gate and each ticket includes parking, paddock admission, and entrance to Saturday Night Stock Car racing at Mosport Speedway. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by a paid adult admission. Single day tickets are also available.

For more information call the Mosport Hotline at 1-800-866-1072 (Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm ET) or visit Mosport online at www.mosport.com.

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Two Canadian Bands Set to Rock BMW Summerfest

Two great Canadian Bands will be entertaining the masses at Mosport this July 17-19 weekend at the 2009 BMW Motorrad Summerfest. Halifax based Sloan and Toronto based Crash Parallel will be taking the stage on Saturday.

There's going to be a lot more than music at Summerfest too though. Racing, BMW Marketplace, on and off-road test rides, an off-road skills course, and demo rides.

Plan to be there! Full press release follows -

Courtesy of Canadian Superbike:

Canadian recording artists Sloan and Crash Parallel will headline the BMW Motorrad Summerfest as part of the Parts Canada Superbike Doubleheader at Mosport, July 17-19, Canada’s biggest motorcycle road racing event of the year.

The bands will take to the BMW Motorrad Concert Stage on the Saturday of the manufacturer’s three-day motorcycle lifestyle experience, making its return to Mosport for the third year. Designed to cater to the motorcycle enthusiast, Summerfest features the BMW Marketplace, on and off-road test rides and an off-road skills course. New for 2009 is the addition of BMW Motorrad Enduro rider Guy Giroux, who will act as an instructor for the off- road skills course.

Formed in 1991 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, four-member Sloan released its first record in 1992. Since then, the band has recorded and released 10 records to critical acclaim across North America. Sloan’s contemporary, yet instantly recognizable rock and roll sound has endeared them to a large and devoted fan following across the continent, particularly in Canada. Nominated numerous times during their career, Sloan has won four East Coast Music Awards and a Juno Award. Now based in Toronto, Sloan’s latest record, Parallel Play, was released in 2008.

Relative newcomers to the Canadian rock music scene, Toronto’s Crash Parallel was formed in 2005 and released their successful debut album, World We Know, in May 2008. The record has produced five singles to date, including the smash hit, World We Know. The band hit number one on the Billboard Emerging Canadian Artist Chart in the spring of 2008 and won the 2009 Canadian Radio Music Award for Best New Group of the Year.

In addition to Summerfest, the Yamaha Riding Academy will once again be offering it’s free riding clinic for children ages 6 to 12. The Academy provides professional instruction to youngsters on how to ride off-road motorcycles in a safe and fun manner.

Adults will also have any opportunity to do some riding when top manufacturers such as Suzuki offer demo rides on their latest models on neighbouring roads near Mosport. With the exception of the Yamaha Riding Academy (which supplies all required equipment), participants for all riding activities must have a valid motorcycle license, riding gear and helmet.

The Parts Canada Superbike Doubleheader, the only Toronto-area stop for the national Parts Canada Superbike Championship, features Canada’s top riders.

Three-time defending Superbike champion Jordan Szoke of Brantford, Ontario, and current points leader, 17 year-old phenom Brett McCormick of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan will battle it out in two points races against a deep field of perennial contenders and up-and-coming stars.

The weekend schedule also includes races in the Yoshimura Pro Sport Bike class, the Armour Bodies Amateur 600 Sport Bike Championship, the Suzuki SV650 Cup, the Pro Honda Oils Women's Cup Challenge and the Honda CBR125R Challenge.

A three-day SuperTicket is just $50 until July 15 ($60 at the Gate) and each ticket includes parking, paddock admission, and entrance to Saturday Night Stock Car racing at Mosport Speedway. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by a paid adult admission. Single day tickets are also available.

General and family camping areas are available complete with full-service washrooms, showers and children's playgrounds. An advanced three-day weekend general camping pass is just $30 (for tents or pop-up trailers). RVs are $50 for the weekend.

For more information about Mosport ticket packages and camping, call the Mosport Hotline at 1-800-866-1072 (Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm ET) or visit online at www.mosport.com. Tickets are also available at Ticketmaster.

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G.M.D Computrack Sponsors Millson

Hamilton ON, CANADA – Mississauga-based G.M.D Computrack Ontario and Pro Superbike racer Ross Millson are proud to announce their new partnership for the balance of the 2009 season.

G.M.D Computrack Ontario will provide precision chassis measurements of Millson’s Suzuki GSX-R1000 to detect and rectify potential frame misalignment issues and to unlock the hidden potential of his motorcycle’s chassis.

“Our aim is to help Ross and the RMP Racing team to be as successful as possible at the upcoming Parts Canada Superbike Championships doubleheader at Mosport and beyond” said G.M.D Computrack Ontario’s owner Adrian Baird.

“We'll look at all of the various geometric parameters that are critical to the handling of Ross’ bike and discuss the findings with Computrack's inventor Greg McDonald. This will allow us to determine how the bike should be set up to maximize the mechanical grip and help Ross achieve his best lap times” commented Baird.

The G.M.D. Computrack system was invented by Australian Greg McDonald. His development started back in 1982 and was perfected over the next 11 years. Since then, the company has grown by leaps and bounds. There are now eleven licensed workshops in the United States and another dozen in other parts of the world including Canada.

The system and related services benefit all riders from Pros to amateurs as well as trackday and street riders. The G.M.D. Computrack system has been used successfully by top-ranked professional racers around the world.

“I’m very interested to see what the results are for my bike” said Millson. “It will be reassuring to know that my chassis’ alignment is optimal for the second half of our season.”

G.M.D. Computrack's findings on Millson's chassis measurements and subsequent recommendations will be reported on in a future issue of Inside Motorcycles.

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Suzuki Demo Day - Cameron, ON

HB Cycle & Outdoor Centre is holding a Suzuki Demo ride day on Saturday, June 20th from 9am to 4pm.

There's going to be an M109R, M90, C90T, C50T, S40, M50, a GSXR750, and a DL650 (V-Strom) available for demo's. You'll also get some deals on all in-stock clothing, helmets, and accessories 15-20% off.

All models are on sale and special deals will be offered

Address:
RR2, Cameron, Ontario K0M 1G0 Phone: 705-328-BIKE(2453) Fax: 705-328-3504 Email: email@hbcycle.com Visit: www.hbcycle.com Directions: Drive 6km North of Lindsay on Hwy. 35

Hours of Operation
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Monday - Thursday 9:00am - 6:00pm
Friday 9:00am - 8:00pm
Saturday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday closed

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McCormick claims his first double-win on the Canadian circuit

After three days of pooling their resources and giving a commendable effort in practice, Team Suzuki Blackfoot Picotte Racing reaped the rewards by taking their first two wins in both Pro classes of the 2009 Parts Canada Superbike Championship.

In Saturday’s qualifying, Brett McCormick, the team’s 17-year-old rider from Saskatoon, SK, secured Pole Position for Sunday’s main event. McCormick began the race third off the start, close behind Kevin Lacombe and Jordan Szoke. Lacombe went down in lap 2 and McCormick was able to sneak past his two competitors by taking the inside line. Once in the lead, McCormick was able to put his head down and ride. “Because it was still early on in the race, my focus was to relax and get some laps in. Szoke was pretty close behind so I had to be steady and consistent.”

In the Pro Sport Bike class, McCormick snagged another win with his fastest lap time of 1:25.336 in lap 4. “In this race I got a way better start,” states McCormick. “I got the lead right away. After that, I just had to keep the same mentality as in the Superbike race – focus and put in some good laps. Everything worked out and I finished seconds ahead of Szoke.”

Picotte explains that, “in the shop and at home we work so hard to improve the bikes and develop our team. It is so nice to be out here and see the accomplishments we have made. I am very pleased with the team results – the mechanics, everyone worked flawlessly. Also, it was great to have Mike Fitzgerald from Ohlins here to help us. He has an incredible amount of expertise from working with teams in the States and it was fantastic to have some of his knowledge trickle down into our racing.”

Pat Chambers, Team Owner from Blackfoot Racing expresses his feelings about the weekend: “I’m very proud of what we’ve done. I’m so proud of the kid and how the team worked together. It was an incredible weekend – this is what racing is about. We were all there, including Brett’s family, to share in his success. After eight years of racing, this was our first dominant weekend taking first in both classes. Brett has certainly proved that he is capable of winning races.”

“We couldn’t ask for anything better,” states Mark Jeffery, Suzuki Canada’s Racing Coordinator. “To be leading the championship in both classes after only the 2nd Round is outstanding – mission accomplished. At this point, we are glad that Brett has found his edge at a fast, smooth pace and he is still in his comfort zone. As a one-rider team, our priority is to ensure that Brett arrives safely back to the pits.”

In conjunction with his success, McCormick fully appreciates the support of the team: “when I come off the track, I explain to Pascal and Mike Fitzgerald what is happening with the bike and they take the information and use it to improve the bike. Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am.”

McCormick now leads the Superbike series with 104 points, just ahead of Szoke at 98 points.

The team is looking forward to Round 3 in Calgary, AB. To prepare himself, McCormick is heading home to get some rest and train for the next round. “This week I have a bunch of exams to finish up Grade 12 so I will be busy with that,” he explains, “but I will definitely spend some quality time cross-training on my motocross bike and hitting the gym. I like the Calgary track a lot and I’m sure we will be able to do well.”

Round 3 will be held at Race City in Calgary, AB June 26-28. Be sure to check out Round 2 at Circuit ICAR on TSN and TSN HD on Tuesday, July 7 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm and Friday July 10 from 4:00am to 5:00am.

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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.


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Brett McCormick second in Superbike and Pro 600 Sport Bike

Calabogie, ON – May 24, 2009

Team Suzuki / Blackfoot / Picotte Motorsports had a great opening to the 2009 season, with new rider Brett McCormick a close second in the Superbike and in the Pro 600 Superbike Race.

After a promising testing session in Florida in April, this first set of results exceeded the expectations of the team principals, even though Brett himself wanted more, especially in the Superbike race.

Team owner, manager and riding coach Pascal Picotte was more than satisfied with the whole event. “I was close to reliving my own 2003 season, with all of the team’s resources focused on only one rider, so that information gets quickly turned into corrections on the bike and we can immediately see if it improved the bike or not. Working with McCormick, a relative rookie, proved to be an advantage according to Picotte. “The kid is like a sponge, he absorbs all that we say and just goes out and applies it immediately, with no preset ideas to get in the way. Brett is focused on the job, thinks through his comments and tells us in clear terms what he feels on the bike.”

In the Pro 600 Sport Bike race, McCormick finished second to Jordan Szoke, after not matching his own qualifying pace during the race. Second place after a race-long battle with Kevin Lacombe provided little consolation. “We were right with Jordan all week end in terms of speed, but not actually quicker on the 600 – like we were on the Superbike. We just ran out of development time, so I could not quite match his pace. We’ll be ahead next time out!”

In Superbike, Brett took the lead on the second lap and stayed ahead of Szoke for the next 14 of the 16 lap race. “It’s disappointing to lead the whole race and then lose it on the last lap,” the runner-up finisher said. “I was managing the lead a little bit but the bike felt good.” In fact, McCormick was hindered slightly by a lapped rider on the last lap, while second place man Szoke was obviously pushing hard and managed to slip by the Suzuki. A frustrated McCormick was unable to get back in front despite some pretty ambitious passing attempts on the outside of the leader, and ended up 0.133 sec behind at the end.

Overall, McCormick is convinced that victories in both classes are there for the picking. “The green bikes are good, but our team is awesome at every level, with Pascal, Paul Fournier, suspension man Mike Fitzgerald and all of the guys working incredibly hard and having fun in the bargain. We can still find a lot of speed in our bike, and I can’t wait for the next race!”

Picotte saw a lot in McCormick’s riding in the two races. “I suspect that Brett was feeling the pressure a little bit in the 600 race, but it all came good for the Superbike, where he stayed just clear of Szoke for the whole race, and was unlucky with the lapped rider, but also wise enough to remain second rather than risk throwing it down the road with an over aggressive banzaï move. I am pumped, and so is the team!”

Round 2 of the 2009 Parts Canada Superbike Championship is set for June 12-14, at the Circuit ICAR near Montreal.

This weekend’s races will be shown on TSN and TSN HD, on Tuesday, June 16 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern and repeated Saturday, June 20 at 4:00 a.m. Eastern. The event will also be televised on RDS. Check local listings for dates and times.

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Elation and Frustration for RMP Racing at Calabogie

CALABOGIE, Ont. (CANADA) - May 26, 2009 – RMP Racing’s development rider Steven Nickerson (Hamilton Ont.) won a hard fought last lap shootout to take the Honda CBR125R Challenge win at this past weekend’s season opener at Calabogie. Pro Superbike racer, Ross Millson (Hamilton Ont.) battled throughout the weekend to find the grip he needed with his day ending prematurely in the second half of Sunday’s Superbike race.

The team arrived at Calabogie Motorsports Park for Thursday’s practice excited to begin the 2009 season. Both Millson and Nickerson found the Calabogie long-track layout beautiful yet challenging.

The team worked hard to get Millson’s new Suzuki GSX-R1000 set up for the new long track configuration however; having a wet Friday morning practice ate away at valuable track time to refine the dry setup.

On Saturday, Nickerson turned some impressive laps around Calabogie Motorsports Park’s 5.05 KM long track during the morning Honda CBR125R Challenge practice session posting a 2:51.198. During Saturday afternoon’s qualifying Nickerson was able to improve upon his time to secure pole position for Sunday’s race with a 2:50.153.

Millson struggled to find the traction he needed to get the drive out of key corners of the track and managed to qualify 14th out of the 28 rider grid for Sundays feature race. Millson had hoped to be in a position to better his personal best of the sixth place finish he enjoyed in last year's season opener at Calabogie.

Following Saturday’s qualifying session series announcer Frank Wood interviewed Nickerson along side fellow Honda CBR125R Challenge guest rider Greg White and was later joined by Millson. SPEED TV’s motorcycle analyst and AMA pit reporter Greg White dropped by the RMP Racing paddock to tape a segment with Nickerson to air at a later date on SPEED.

After his qualifying session Nickerson and his father took a tour of the Turn 2 Sportbike School’s new home at Calabogie Motorsports Park. At the end of the day Turn 2’s owner George Budacki dropped by the paddock to spend some time with the entire team. Budacki has been a supporter of Millson since 2006 and continues the tradition of assisting with the development of up-and-coming riders through his support of Nickerson.

Sunday morning at Calabogie was picture perfect. Clear blue skies, sunshine and a light breeze greeted spectators as they began to file in for a great day of racing.

The Honda CBR125R Challenge race was first up on the schedule for the RMP Racing team. Nickerson on the number 661 Inside Motorcycles supported machine started from the pole.

After a great start Nickerson, Bodhi Edie and Karl Robitaille began to break away from the rest of the pack. Maximizing the draft, Nickerson, Edie and Robitaille traded positions numerous times throughout each lap. The battle for the win went all the way to the finish line where it briefly appeared that it was too close to call. Upon review of the timing and scoring system the series officials confirmed that Nickerson had his first win of the season.

Rolling out on to the grid for Sunday’s Superbike feature race, Millson was relaxed and eager for the first race of the season.
Millson fell back slightly on the start but worked past several riders in the opening laps. Just prior to the half way point of the race Millson began to battle with a group of riders for eleventh.

Millson entered the carousel pushing hard to close the gap when he lost traction and started to slide. The front end eventually broke lose sending Millson to the ground and he slid off the track.

“We were having a good race just outside of the top ten and I guess I just got a little eager and ran in a little too deep,” said Millson “The rear started to come around, I thought I could save it but as I got things back in line I lost the front and that was it …our race was over.”

Millson was uninjured and there was minor damage to the bike. The right side handle bar was broken, preventing him from rejoining the race.

“It’s not the way we wanted to start the season,” said Millson. “Mark, Blaine and Accelerated Technologies John Sharrard worked so hard to get the bike race ready. Race Tech’s Lenny Albin also flew in from Infineon Raceway to help set up the new Race Tech forks”.

“Overall it was a great weekend for the team” said Millson. “Steven was very impressive and we all had a great time at the track. It was nice to reconnect with some of our fellow racers, sponsors, and meet a lot of new people”

RMP Racing is grateful for the support from team sponsors; Inside Motorcycles, 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), Zox Helmets, Motovan, Race Tech, Vortex, Hindle and Niagara Powersports.

Up next for RMP Racing is Round 2 of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Circuit ICAR near Montreal June 12-14.
For additional information about RMP Racing's Ross Millson and Steven Nickerson or to learn more about marketing opportunities with the team please visit www.rmpracing.ca.

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Suzuki dealer demo - (Blackstock, ON)

Asselstine's in Blackstock, Ontario are having a Suzuki Demo Ride on Friday May 29th between 10:00 am & 4:00 pm, and again Saturday May 30th between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, weather permitting.

Full M License required and proper motorcycle attire. See their website or call for more details.

Check out their website here.

Asselstine Country 905.986.4437
3580 Byers Road, Blackstock, ON, L0B 1B0
Toll Free 1.877.986.4437

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Team Suzuki Blackfoot Picotte Racing - getting quicker

Jacksonville, FL. May 4, 2009

Brett McCormick surprised even himself by putting in the quickest time on his Suzuki GSX-R600 Pro Sport Bike at the official pre season test held at the JenningsGP track, near Jacksonville, FL earlier this week.

“I’m happy about that,” said McCormick of his Sport Bike effort, “especially after the last couple of years, where I’ve struggled a bit with the 600. This team is super-knowledgeable and I’ve learned a lot the past couple of days.”

The 17 year-old lead rider for Team Suzuki / Blackfoot / Picotte Motorsports was also second quickest over the two days on his new GSX-R1000 Superbike, behind current Canadian champion Jordan Szoke on his Kawasaki. True to his character, McCormick was on a flyer on his Superbike at the end of the second day, when he tucked the front wheel in the last corner and was forced to settle for second quickest overall.

No one was more pumped at the results than Team Manager Pascal Picotte. “With one rider only on our team this year, we concentrated all our technical resources on optimising both bikes for Brett. He is learning how to better describe the behaviour of the bikes in each phase of each corner, so that we can work out solutions and improve the package every time out.”

Team Owner, Pat Chambers is confident that the team has a winner on their hands with McCormick. “Brett improved every facet of his game so much over the two days at Jennings that I know he will close any gap in Superbike quickly, as well as continue to improve on the smaller bike. Hard work always pays off in the end and I’m proud of the effort Pascal and his team is putting forth this season. We are all looking forward to a great year of racing!”

As a former rider and Canadian Champion, Team Manager Picotte was also paying attention to McCormick’s riding technique. “I kept watching him in the corners and saw where we can help him get more comfortable on the bikes, and go quicker without him having to drag an elbow like he was doing on his fastest laps. We are going to get him fast and comfortable over a full race distance, so he will have the energy and mental time to manage his tires, and pace himself so that he will be in a position to put in his quickest laps at the end of each race!”

The team plans on at least one more outing before the start of the 2009 season, at Calabogie, near Ottawa, over the May 21 to 24 weekend.

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Suzuki Canada annouces Demo Event Schedule

The Suzuki Canada Demo ride schedule has been announced. Looks like there's only currently dates listed for Ontario and one Quebec destination but Suzuki's site indicates to keep checking back as new dates may be added.

It does look like they're going to try to have the full line-up available for testing - though they do say some models may not necessarily be available due to previosu commitments.

Here's the full details:

Suzuki Canada Inc is pleased to announce the continuation of the corporate demo ride tour for 2009. The corporate Demo Fleet will be attending selected events in Canada offering you the chance to try out the latest in Sport and Cruiser motorcycles from the Suzuki line up. From our incredible GSX-R series of sport bikes to our line of Boulevard cruisers and street models, Suzuki has a motorcycle just right for you.

Be sure to check our Demo schedule frequently as dates may be added if new events become available.


EVENT SCHEDULE

- May 9, 2009 Barrie Barrie Molson Centre, Barrie, ON www.suzuki.ca

- June 6, 2009 Ride to Remember Picton, On www.ridetoremember.ca

- June 12 -14, 2009 Mirabel Superbike Championship Montreal, QC www.cdnsuperbike.com

- June 18-21, 2009 Ride For Sight Collingwood, ON www.rideforsight.com

- June 27, 2009 Parts Canada Parts Canada head office, London, ON www.partscanada.com

- July 16-19, 2009 Mosport Superbike Championship Mosport, Bowmanville, ON www.cdnsuperbike.com

- Aug 14-16, 2009 Vintage Road Racing Festival (VRRA) Mosport, Bowmanville, ON www.vrra.ca

More details on the demo ride schedule website here.

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Waterloo Suzuki Dealer Tri-City Cycle Supports Millson in 2009

Press Release -

Hamilton Ontario (Canada) - April 15, 2009 – Waterloo Ontario-based Suzuki dealer Tri-City Cycle & Sport will join forces with RMP Racing's Pro Superbike racer Ross Millson for the coming season. With Tri-City Cycle’s support Millson will contest the National Pro Superbike class aboard a Suzuki GSX-R1000.

Tri-City Cycle & Sport was established in 1990 with only two employees. In 1995 they became an authorized Suzuki dealer. Although Tri-City Cycle prides itself on maintaining its small business stature it has grown to 13 employees to ensure customers receive the finest service when in need of parts, service or riding gear.

Not only is 2009 Suzuki's 100th year in operation, it also marks Millson's fourth consecutive year competing aboard a Suzuki at the National level in Canada.

In 2005, Millson began racing in the Suzuki SV650 Cup development class and the following year he placed second in both the National and Regional Amateur 600 Sport Bike Championships as well as second in the Regional Amateur Superbike class. Millson capped off the '06 season with a third place class finish in the inaugural SunTrust MOTO-ST 8 Hours At Daytona as a member of the all-Canadian Go BIG Racing squad aboard a Suzuki SV650.

Turning Pro for 2007, Millson finished third in the Rookie chase and 11th in the National Superbike standings. As a member of the Go Big Racing squad, Millson and his team-mates finished second overall in US-based MOTO-ST Sport Twins Championship, which earned Millson and his Go BIG Racing team-mate Paul Glenn a Motorcycle Award of Excellence (MAX Award) in the International Competition category.

Millson began last season with a sixth place finish at the opening round of the 2008 Parts Canada Superbike Championship and he wrapped up the season ninth overall.

“Suzuki has been a part of my way of life for four years now. Competing aboard a Suzuki during their Centennial is an added honour,” said Millson. “I'm looking forward to working with a family and community oriented business like Tri-City Cycle.”

RMP Racing will be receiving additional support from other businesses located in the Waterloo Region. Millson and RMP Racing's development rider Steven Nickerson are pleased to announce the return of New Hamburg-based Infinet Designs, which has supported the racers with marketing assistance for the past three years. Millson and Nickerson are also delighted to welcome back Waterloo’s digital imaging experts Essential Image. Essential Image partnered with RMP Racing in 2008 to supply the team with their expertise and digitally printed products to market all the team’s sponsors throughout the season.

On Saturday, April 18 at ‘On The Park’ in Toronto, Millson and his #39 Suzuki GSX-R1000 will be representing team sponsor Inside Motorcycles at the Parts Canada Superbike Championship Preview Day and fundraiser for the Andrew Trevitt Fund and the Canadian Rider Safety Fund. Appearances by other top Canadian racers, silent auctions and motorcycle race bike displays will be among the highlights of this event and fundraiser.

For additional information about RMP Racing's Ross Millson and Steven Nickerson or to learn more about marketing opportunities with the team please visit www.rmpracing.ca.

Images courtesy RMP Racing.

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Winter motorbike ride from Toronto to Key West, Florida

Steve Corke, a motorcyclist from Toronto had a idea... he wanted to ride to Key West to meet up with his girlfriend. A long ride yes, but perfectly doable. It was Valentine's day and -8 celsius when he left Toronto on his Suzuki, V-Strom though. Yup, that makes it a little more interesting!

He documented the trip and now you can download it for free via his website.

Here's a few words from Steve explaining the trip:

Key West Clutch is a documentary movie about a winter motorbike ride from Toronto, Canada to the southern most point of the USA; Key West, Florida. The goal was to ride from the bitter cold of Canada to the tropical climate of the Florida Keys to meet my girlfriend (who took a flight down) and obviously get a tan in my speedo. To Key West was 2,871 km one way and it was minus 8 degrees celcius when I left...

Image courtesy KeyWestClutch.com

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Suzuki Gladius gets a Canadian price tag

The Gladius is Sukuki's new naked styled model for 2009. It features the widely praised 645 cc, 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90-degree V-Twin engine from the SV model. The engine is down very slightly on horsepower* from the SV as it's tuned for low-to-midrange power in this model.

* Edit: April 1/09 - This is 'reported' information and not confirmed by Suzuki Canada yet. We'll try to get some horsepower ratings from the folks at Suzuki. One popular and typically reliable publication is claiming 75.9 hp.

* Edit: April 2/09 - Suzuki indicated to us that they don't publish horsepower figures. So we'll have to be content with the dyno run test of 75.9 hp as being fairly close to accurate.

Suzuki's new 650cc Gladius has been given a price tag here in Canada. Suzuki provides a suggested MSRP of $9,199.

Looks like we get two color choices here in Canada which is a Blue/White or Red/White combination. In other parts of the world Suzuki gives these two color choices some pretty fancy names; metallic triton blue/glass splash white and candy ruby magenta/pearl mirage white.

The all black model pictured here is not an option in Canada. Too bad I'd say, the all black looks like a more traditional motorcycle color that would have broad appeal. I'm not sure how many guys are going to be pleased to tell their buddies their bike is "candy ruby magenta."

Here's some of the other key specs:

curb weight: 202kg (446lbs)
fuel tank capacity: 14.5 L (3.8 US gal)
seat height: 785 mm (30.9 in.)
Brakes Front: 2-piston calipers, 290 mm disc, twin
Brakes Rear: 1-piston caliper, 240mm disc
Colour: Blue/White, Red/White
Curb Weight: 202kg (446lbs)
Fuel Tank Capacity: 14.5 L (3.8 US gal)
Seat Height: 785 mm (30.9 in.)
Suspension Front: Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension Rear: Lynk type, coil spring, oil damped, spring preload 7-step
Tires Front: 120/70ZR17M/C (58W), tubeless
Tires Rear: 160/60ZR17M/C (69W), tubeless
Transmission: 6-speed, constant mesh

* images courtesy Suzuki


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Get 20 years of motorcycle tips in one DVD

Motorcycle Experience has been produced and hosted by David Hatch since 1989. In the beginning it was know as the Motorcycle Rider. The name may have changed over the course of those twenty years but the show remained dedicated to motorcycling in North America.

The 20 year mark seemed like a good time to compile the very best of two decades worth of rider tips that are featured on every episode. The result is a two-hour DVD with over 30 riding tips and advice that first aired on The Sports Network, and is aimed at helping riders to improve their open road skills.

The selected "Shifting Gears" segments feature Dave Hatch himself and Canadian superbike road racing champion Clint McBain.

The DVD is full of practical advice for real-world riding and can be yours for $19. The DVD is available exclusively at your local Suzuki dealership.

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Latest recall announcements

Transport Canada has issued a recall notice which affects motorcycles made by BMW, Suzuki and Kawasaki.

BMW F650GS;

Motorcyles affected: 373 and 288

On certain motorcycles, the front brake disc fasteners installed during vehicle assembly may have been of insufficient length. As a result, the fasteners may not have received adequate tightening torque, which could eventually allow the brake disc to loosen. This could result in a loss of front brake function which, in conjunction with traffic and road conditions, and the rider's reactions, could increase the risk of a crash.

Also, on certain motorcycles, the chain sprocket fasteners may become loose which, in the worst case, could cause a loss of vehicle propulsion. Lost propulsion, in conjunction with traffic and road conditions, and the rider's reactions, could increase the risk of a crash.

KAWASAKI CONCOURS 14, KAWASAKI CONCOURS 14 ABS;

Motorcycles affected: 580 Model Years affected: 2008, 2009

On certain motorcycles, small stones or other road debris can become trapped between the brake pedal and the rear brake master cylinder actuating rod. This can prevent full release of the rear brake. Continuous activation of the rear brake while the vehicle is being operated can result in overheating, damage, rear wheel lockup, or failure of the rear brake, creating the risk of a crash resulting in injury or death.

SUZUKI GSX-R 1000K5, GSX-R 1000K6;

Motorcyles affected: 1,207

On certain motorcycles, crash forces or hazardous maneuvers such as extreme or extended wheelies or other stunts causing extreme stress to the frame can result in frame cracking or breakage behind and below the steering neck, while ordinary vehicle operation does not create a risk of such frame cracking or breakage. Suzuki believes that this issue does not constitute a "defect" within the meaning of the Motor

Vehicle Safety Act because such extreme maneuvers are far outside the ordinary and reasonable operation of the vehicles involved. However, as a precautionary measure for the sake of owners and operators, Suzuki has voluntarily decided to conduct this safety improvement campaign.

Looking for more Transport Canada recall information? Check out Transport Canada's searchable database here.

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A few highlight pictures - Atlantic Motorcycle & ATV Show

If the crowds of people in attendance are a measure of success then it appears the Atlantic Motorcycle & ATV Show was a BIG success. The exhibitor spots were sold out and the place was packed wall to wall with all the most exciting motorcycles on the Canadian market.

All the big manufacturers were there, and even plenty of the smaller ones, and some you've probably never heard of too.

*Click the image for a larger version.

The RC8 from KTM. It's hard to believe but it looks even better in person than it does in pictures. If you ride this on the street you're going to get tickets and people are going to be following you around to talk to you when you stop. It looks amazing!

The new rocket ship fast, buttery smooth K1300GT from BMW. This model features the Japanese style signal switches which are located on the left. No more right handed right turn signal.

An Ad Bovin equipped BMW 450 Enduro. This might be just the ticket to extend the riding season here in the Great White North.

Because the 1098S just wasn't good enough Ducati brings us the larger displacement 1198S. Better sign up for some track days if you're getting one of these!

The 2009 ZX6R that went on a big diet and lost an incredible 20lbs. And oh yeah, about 8 more horsepower too.

Get ready to see plenty of these on the roads and trails near you this summer. The new, long awaited, BMW F800GS is here.

The new Suzuki Gladius. It'a mid-sized naked featuring the ever popular SV650 v-twin engine. New for 2009.

The KSM200 is Konker Motor's (a Langley BC based company) first street legal motorcycle. Featuring a 200cc engine built in a Suzuki partnered factory - it's said to be the same engine as the Suzuki DR200. Coming soon to a dealer near you!

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Toronto Motorcycle Show preview

The Toronto Motorcycle show is this coming weekend.

We can't possibly tell you everything that's going on at the show, with upwards of 150 exhibitors you can bet there will be something that should interest just about every motorcycle enthusiast. But as a bit of a sneak peak, here's what the big names are scheduled to display:

BMW Motorrad Canada will be bringing the new K1300S, R and GT along with the F800GS that has finally started to show up at dealers (much to the delight of those who've already put deposits on them and anticipated a September arrival). Riders that like the dirt might be interested in seeing the G450X Enduro. Those of you who are more World Superbike than off-road adventure will surely enjoy BMW's, still under development, S1000RR, BMW's World Superbike entry that won't hit the racetrack in 2009.

Ducati will have the new 1198S Superbike, the Monster M1100S, and may also bring along a Desmosedici Moto GP replica streetbike with a retail price in the 80 thousand
range.

Honda should have the 2009 DN01, a $17,499, 680cc tourer with an automatic transmission. Not to disappoint, the CBR600 and CBR1000 sportbikes should be there as well showing off the new optional anti-lock brakes.

Kawasaki will show off the Vulcan 1700 series and the new ZX-6R 600 sportbike that is said to be an almost unbelievable 10 kg lighter than last year's model. Canadian Superbike and Pro 600 Champion Jordan Szoke and teammate Alex Welsh will be there too doing some autograph sessions.

KTM has said said they'll be showing off the 1190 RC8 Superbike and their single-cylinder 690 Enduro; the most powerful single cylinder on the market.

Deeley Harley-Davidson will have the 2009 touring models and Tri-Glide trike and the previously Euro-spec only XR1200 Sportster. You'll get a look at the Police Edition of the Buell Ulysses too.

Suzuki will be bringing the all new GSX-R1000, new Boulevard M90, and the SFV650 (or Gladius)- a naked styled bike using the famed SV650 v-twin engine. Suzuki will also show off some Canadian only models such as a 650 and 1000 V-Strom that come with locking hard bags and topbox as standard equipment.

Yamaha will have the new V Max, the 200-horsepower rocket!

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General Motors sells its remaining Suzuki shares

Ailing General Motors, hard hit by the financial crisis gripping the markets at the moment has had to sell off it's remaining stake in Suzuki. GM held a 3% stake in the Japanese multinational Suzuki for $230 million USD.

Suzuki has already said that they intend to buy back the shares and that both firms would work together on some projects in the future. It's said this will include the development of hybrid vehicles and a joint venture for sport utility vehicles in Canada.

This is the second time GM has sold off an interest in Suzuki having off-loaded a 17% stake back in 2006.

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World's biggest motorcycle exhibition - November 4th

World's biggest motorcycle exhibition will open its doors on November 4th at Milan, Italy to an ever increasing public.

This year at Milan's EICMA exhibition, we should see several new motorcycles and scooters - probably not as many as last year when it seemed everybody had something new.

But like at Intermot show in Germany, there will no doubt be a lot of Asian manufactured electric motorcycles and scooters showcased.

The main conference day is Tuesday, with 2 conferences called on Monday and one on Wednesday.

Several companies have announced that they're be doing a press conference at the show. Which would generally indicate that they have something interesting they want to make public - but time will tell. Here's the list of companies:

Yamaha - Yamaha have organized a conference the day before the show opens (Monday), and it's held off-site.

Ducati - They're having their press conference the day before the show opens. Fighter model perhaps?

Honda - Honda starts off the press conference heavy Tuesday

New Max - New Max have several brands of clothing and helmets. Haven't heard of these folks.

BMW - Having already announced three new K series models at Intermot it's hard to say what they'll have to say.

Husqvarna - These guys immediately follow BMW (they're a subsidiary of BMW) and both are scheduled for 30 minutes a piece.

Leo Vince - Might be a good guess that the Italian Leo Vince will probably be presenting new exhausts.

KTM - KTM have two conference, one on Tuesday and one on Wednesday (together with Zadi - an Italian parts manufacturer). Rumors are that they may show an electric motorcycle.

Aprilia - The Piaggio group's Aprilia have 15 minutes so not too much time for big announcements here.

Moto Guzzi - Piaggio group's Guzzi have 10 minutes

Gilera - Piaggio group's Gilera have 15 minutes

Vespa - Piaggio group's Vespa have 15 minutes

Piaggio - Piaggio themselves took 15 minutes

Scarabeo - Piaggio group's Scarabeo have 10 minutes

Derbi - Piaggio group's Derbi have 10 minutes

Kymco - Scooter manufacturer Kymko rarely call for conferences so there will likely be something new out of this Taiwanese company.

Nipponia - Never heard of these guys.

Suzuki - Suzuki have 30 minutes but announced new bikes at Intermot so we're not sure what to expect here.

Metzeler - Tire manufacturer Metzeler are closing the day with a press conference

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New Suzuki for 2009

Suzuki is launching a new naked model - the SFV650 (the Gladius in the US and Europe), a variant of the highly popular SV650. The bike seems aimed at bringing younger folks into the Suzuki family.

It features a Ducati-like steel trellis frame (cast aluminium lower) and the familiar 90 degree, V-twin, SV motor. The motor is retuned for improved low and midrange power and a heavier crank to smooth things out.

Suspension seems to be conventional 41 mm forks up front and spring and damper at the rear, both with preload adjustability only. 17 inch wheels and twin 290 mm discs and dual piston calipers in the front. In the rear you get a single 240 mm disc with single piston caliper. It looks like this model gets ABS in Europe - not so in Canada.

Claimed weight is 202 Kg (445 lbs) with a fuel capacity of 14.5 litres. The seat height is 785 mm (30.9"), which is pretty low - perhaps a higher seat option will be available.

Colours are blue/white and red/white. MSRP is $8,899.00.

Some other Suzuki news
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The 2009 GSX-R1000 pricing has reportedly been released. It'll set you back $15,499.00 MSRP - an increase of $300 over the 08 model.

Canadian Specific Editions – New for 2009 is are Canadian Editions of both the 1000 and 650 V-Stroms, which comes tail trunk and hard bags. Pricing is $12,499.00 for the 1000 and $9,999.00 for the 650. The 1250 Bandit CE gets a tail trunk as well.

GSX650F – Now comes with ABS as standard with an MSRP of $8,799.00 up $200 over the 2008 price.

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2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000 revealed

The new 2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000 has been shown this week at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas. AMA road racing champions Ben Spies and Aaron Yates were on hand for its introduction as well.

There are plently of changes but perhaps one of the most interesting changes is that the GSX-R1000 was put on a diet - dropping a pretty significant 11 lbs. The liquid-cooled four-cylinder engine is the most compact GSX-R1000 engine yet. The bike is a little more aerodynamic and power has been boosted as well.

The upper fairing has been widened to give the rider's upper body and hands better wind protection. The multi-reflector headlight protrudes from the front and the high and low-beam halogen bulbs are stacked and centered between the position lights. The front turn signals are nicely integrated cleanly into the rear-view mirror mounts.

There doesn't appear to be any information listed on Suzuki's Canadian site about the Gixxer but the US site shows some pictures and specifications - no MSRP is listed yet; just that it's coming soon.

If you're looking for a highly detailed list of the changes for 2009, the US site is the place to check at the moment. Here's the link.

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