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Motorcycle Experience Newsletter May 20

A letter from Dave at Motorcycle Experience.
Looks like a must watch episode!

Earlier this week I was out in the Ganaraska Forest just south of Kirby, Ontario, shooting a pile of new Red Adventure riding features with two of my favourite off-road riding buddies, Lawrence Hacking and Toni Sharpless. When it comes to off-road racing and riding, nobody knows more than Lawrence Hacking. This guy has raced in the International Six Days, the Baja 1000, the Mexican 1000 and the Paris to Dakar. Trust me, when we get together, I always learn something new. As for Toni, we go all the way back to 1990 when she made her first appearance on Motorcycle Experience testing a Yamaha FZR600. The first time I met Toni, I could tell that she had motor oil in her veins. Toni is such a spark and is always a pleasure to hang with. She’s raced professionally as a road racer at such prestigious events as the Daytona 200, the Suzuka 8 hour, the Bol d’Or and the 24 hours of LeMans. Now that’s an impressive resumé! More recently she’s been hitting the enduro trail here in Ontario and again, this gal has compiled an amazing wealth of knowledge when it comes to adventure riding. Be sure to check out her feature this week on the show. Anyway, we all had a blast out in the Gani. And speaking of Motorcycle Experience...

On this week’s edition of Motorcycle Experience, we will kick off the show by asking long time viewer, Mark Russell to sample Triumph Motorcycle’s hugely popular tribute to the café racers of the late 1960’s, the Thruxton. Then Norm Wells and I will continue our Ultimate Ride down in Las Vegas, Nevada. This year we’ve rented a couple of BMW GSs and we’re taking in the amazing scenery out in the Nevada desert. This week on day 2 we tackle the all important question of where to grab lunch.

On Shifting Gears, SMART riding instructor Clinton Smout looks at extending the riding season and Senior Editor Colin Fraser stops by to discuss the art of shopping for a used set of wheels, while looking back at Harley-Davidson’s 2007 Night Rod. And during this week's “Red Adventure” segment Toni Sharpless, will talk about what to wear under your adventure riding Jacket.

Also, don’t forget that I’ve been invited to head up to Whitehorse next month to help host their TELUS Ride For Dad event on June 11th. I plan to be there for the whole weekend as this is a super worthy cause and I’m sure that it’s going to be a blast. To date, some 250,000 people have helped to raise over 16 million dollars in the fight against prostate cancer and now you can add me to the growing number of folks who want to help out. There are some 40 communities across Canada hosting a Ride For Dad right now so please sign up and join a ride near you. You'll be glad you did.

Keep your right hand cranked!


Triumph 2014 Dealer of the Year Awards

GP Bikes, Inc named top Triumph retailer in Canada:

Triumph Motorcycles America is proud to announce the recipients of the 2014 Dealer of the Year Awards, recognizing the top dealers in North America for their sale achievements and exceptional customer service.

Southern California Triumph and GP Bikes, Inc. have been confirmed as the top retailers in the United States and Canada, respectively, while Triumph Manassas is the number one single-line Triumph retailer. A full list of all winners is below.

“The success and growth of the Triumph brand is directly related to the commitment of our dealer network,” said Matt Sheahan, COO of Triumph Motorcycles America. “We’re thrilled to honor these nine dealers for not only delivering high retail sales but also delivering exceptional customer service.”

All winners will be recognized through advertisement placements in select motorcycle industry publications, receive a customized gift and apparel package, and identified on the Triumph consumer website with a special icon.

No. 1 Retailer U.S.: Southern California Triumph / Tom Hicks / Brea, Calif.
No. 1 Retailer Canada: GP Bikes, Inc. / Jerry & Lorraine Ordanis / Whitby, Ontario
No. 1 Retailer Single Line Triumph: Triumph Manassas / Ken Davis, Jim Harman, & John Tisch / Manassas, Va.

U.S. Regional Winners:

· Cascade Moto Classics / Kelly & Janice McCarthy / Beaverton, Ore.
· Foothills Triumph / Big Iron Sports / Lakewood, Colo.
· Motoworks Chicago Triumph / Johnny Scheff / Chicago, Ill.
· Triumph City / Brad & Mike Schlossmann / Milwaukee, Wis.
· Triumph NYC / Steve Radt / New York, N.Y.
· Triumph of Seattle / James Boltz / Lynnwood, Wash.


New Two-Day Triumph Superbike Classic


Live Race Coverage Available on FansChoice.TV

Birmingham, Ala. (June 18, 2014) – AMA Pro Road Racing returns to Barber Motorsports Park this Saturday and Sunday, June 21-22, with a new two-day race schedule that promises incredible non-stop racing action. Condensing the practice and qualifying sessions that were formally on Friday provides a new challenge to the teams as they prepare their machines for the 14-turn, 2.38-mile natural terrain road course in Birmingham, Ala.

The Daytona SportBike series Triumph riders are on a roll this racing season. Danny Eslick and the #69 Riders Discount Racing team won the 73rd running of the Daytona 200<> from the pole. Jason DiSalvo and the #40 Sportbike Track Time/Castrol/Triumph team had the fastest lap of the race and was the only rider to turn a lap of less than 1:50 in the race. Four of the top ten riders rode Triumphs.

“As a racer and a fan, I’m really excited about the new two-day schedule,” said Jason DiSalvo, rider for the #40 Sportbike Track Time/Castrol/Triumph. “The technical nature of this track will make it all the more exciting.”

Bobby Fong and the #50 Latus Motors Racing/Castrol/Triumph team then won the opening round of the GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout at California’s Auto Club Speedway. Fong and his team finished second in the three-race West Coast series.

The AMA Pro Road Racing’s Subway Superbike Doubleheader at Road America then saw Jason DiSalvo finish fifth in that weekend’s Saturday race while Danny Eslick was fourth and Steve Rapp seventh in the Sunday race.

Six Triumph riders are entered in this weekend’s Triumph Superbike Classic Daytona SportBike doubleheader.

* Steve Rapp -- #15 D&D Cycles/Castrol/Triumph
* Elena Myers – #21 Apex Manufacturing/Castrol/Triumph
* Jason DiSalvo – #40 Sportbike Track Time/Castrol/Triumph
* Kenny Riedmann – #42 Riedmann Racing/Sturgess Cycle/Castrol/Triumph
* Bobby Fong – #50 Latus Motors Racing/Castrol/Triumph
* Danny Eslick – #69 Riders Discount Racing Triumph

The SuperSport race features three more Triumph riders.

* Rob McLendon - #17 D&D Cycles/Castrol/Triumph
* Miles Thornton - #72 D&D Cycles/Castrol/Triumph
* Ryan Ambrose - #275 Aggressive Racing/RPM Cycle/Big D Cycle

In addition to the pro road racing, the Team Empire pro stunt team of Nick “Apex” Brocha and Ernie Vigil will thrill fans with seemingly unbelievable tricks aboard their Triumph Street Triple R pro stunt bikes.

Fans can meet these pro riders at the Triumph display, located in Castrol FanZone, at 10:00 a.m. CST on Saturday, June 21, and see Eslick’s Daytona 200 winning race bike. Once Saturday’s races conclude around 4:00 p.m. CST, fans can ride their motorcycles around Barber Motorsports Park’s challenging and picturesque road course. The lead-follow ride is complimentary for all riders on Triumph motorcycles.

Tickets for the Triumph Superbike Classic are available for purchase at this link ( and range from $35 - $50 for General Admission. Additional package for Paddock Club, Parade Laps, Camping and RV access are also available for purchase and are limited in quantity.

For more information, check out the Barber Motorsports Park Race schedule<> at

Watch all the racing action live this weekend online at FansChoice.TV<http://www.FansChoice.TV>.

About Triumph

Triumph Motorcycles is the British motorcycle marque that produces a wide range of sport, cruiser, adventure and touring motorcycles. From the storied Bonneville to the class-leading Speed Triple and Daytona 675R, Triumph offers a blend of design, character and performance that result in truly distinctive motorcycles. First established in 1902 and now located in Hinckley, Leicestershire, England, Triumph has always set the pace for category-winning machines. The company is solely owned by Bloor Holdings Ltd., and its North American operations are based in Atlanta. 

To see the full range of Triumph motorcycles visit<>.


David Beckham's Brazilian Triumph Bonneville

Triumph Bonnevilles have been ridden by some of the world’s greatest icons, from Hollywood legends like Elvis,  Steve McQueen, Marlon Brando and Clint Eastwood through to modern day stars such as Ryan Reynolds, Bradley Cooper, George Clooney and P!nk.  This week has seen the first airing of “Beckham into the Unknown” – a 90 minute BBC documentary showing one of sport’s most iconic figures David Beckham riding deep into the Amazon rainforest on a custom Bonneville as he faces real life dangers and hundreds of miles of hard-core riding.  

Designed to cope with the rigors of a ride few have ever completed, this Bonneville really pushed the limits. With the brief to be equally at home on Rio’s chaotic streets as it is in the depths of the Amazon jungle, loaded on and off canoes and on occasion subjected to terrain that would challenge the most hardened adventure bike, this is a tool for a very specific ride. The high level pipe, lack of mudguards and chunky tires instantly mark the bike out as a Scrambler derivative. But looking a little deeper gives clues to the model’s true identity. Starting out as a Bonneville T100, resplendent in two tone paint and chrome the bike was created as a collaborative effort between the riders and Triumph – with work done both in the UK and in Manaus, Brazil. The custom tank paint and hand-tooled leather seat covers were delivered by one of Sao Paulo’s leading custom shops, whilst even the iconic badges received a makeover. The wide Bonneville bars, high pipe, relaxed seating position and stripped back nature all combine to deliver a bike that is part desert sled, part Scrambler, part classic Bonneville and completely suited to the job at hand.

The finished machine, fresh from its Amazon adventure, definitely has a story or two to tell. From late night, mid jungle clutch lever replacement to manhandling on and off tiny native canoes, this is a bike that has seen more action than most. Ridden by an icon, on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, Beckham’s Brazilian Bonneville is definitely one of our all-time favorites.



Triumph named Top European Motorcycle Marque in Canada - 1st Quarter 2014

The Motorcycle and Moped Industry Council (MMIC) has reported that Triumph is the top-selling and fastest-growing European motorcycle brand in Canada from January through March 2014.

With a 75 percent increase year-over-year for the month of March, Triumph placed number one for most 500cc+ On Highway and Dual motorcycles sold by a European brand in Canada based on retail sales of new, untitled motorcycles

“Customers are discovering and rediscovering Triumph’s great all-around performance, distinctive British styling, and rich heritage,” said Greg Heichelbech, CEO of Triumph North America. “Our dealers are doing an outstanding job of educating the consumers on the Triumph brand. Because of their hard work and partnership, Triumph North America accomplished its twelfth-consecutive quarter of growth and success. Congratulations to our dealers, especially in Canada, for this great accomplishment.”


Special edition Triumph Bonneville SE and Speed Triple SE.

Triumph announces Bonneville and Speed Triple special editions.

Bonneville SE changes include a head-turning red frame, a distinctive new paint scheme, new headlight and a black pillion grab rail.

Speed Triple SE features a blue frame, eye-catching tank stripes, color-matched fly screen, belly pan and seat cowl, plus extensive carbon fiber to complete the unique, premium look.

Triumph Motorcycles is excited to announce to special edition SE models of its iconic Bonneville and Speed Triple bikes.

The new Special Edition Bonneville – with its characteristic 865cc engine, retro chrome styling and cast aluminium wheels – boasts an array of enhancements to create a hugely distinctive bike. While the bold red frame and stunning paint job immediately catches the eye, there have been many other styling changes made to the bike.

The front end gets new front indicators, headlight (as per the Thruxton), while the rear end sees the addition of a black pillion grab rail and ‘bash’ plate. Contemporary black mirrors complete the new look.

However, it is the red frame and Matte Black and Cranberry Red color scheme which really grabs the attention. Not to be outdone, and with an eye on function and fashion, the Bonneville SE proudly sports a unique seat design comprising new stitching and vinyl covering.

The Special Edition Speed Triple is also based on the current model, powered by Triumph’s charismatic 1050cc three cylinder engine. Boasting a distinctive blue frame and swingarm, the Speed Triple SE comes in Matte Graphite with twin Matte Blue decals.

The special edition gets the lightweight treatment with carbon fiber front mudguard, side pods, tank cover panel and inner radiator panels. The color-matched fly screen, belly pan and seat cowl all come as standard, as well as neat finishing details such as a rubber tank pad and clear rear light. A new styled clutch, alternator and sprocket cover further enhances its distinctive makeover.

Finishing the dynamic look are blue wheel pinstripes, new styled mirrors and black silencer heat shields, handlebars and clamps.

Both new machines will be available via the Canadian Triumph dealer network from May 1, 2013. The Bonneville SE is priced at $8,999 while the Speed Triple SE will retail at $14,999.

About Triumph
First established in 1902, Triumph Motorcycles celebrated 110 years of motorcycle manufacture in 2012. For more than two decades, Triumph Motorcycles has been based in Hinckley, Leicestershire, and has produced iconic bikes which perfectly blend design, character, charisma and performance. Building around 50,000 bikes per year, Triumph is the largest British motorcycle manufacturer and has over 750 dealers across the world.

At the heart of Triumph’s philosophy is a commitment to developing truly unique motorcycles that offer a blend of distinctive design, intuitive handling and performance. The innovation and engineering passion that gave birth to the iconic Bonneville of the 60s has today created a broad range of bikes suited to all motorcycle riders, including the striking 2.3 liter Rocket III, the unmistakable Speed Triple and the SuperSports Daytona 675.

Triumph currently employs around sixteen hundred personnel worldwide and has subsidiary operations in the UK, America, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Sweden, Benelux and most recently Brazil, as well as a network of independent distributors. Triumph has manufacturing facilities in Hinckley, Leicestershire and Thailand and a CKD facility in Brazil.


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!


The Raiden Files - Portland to Dakar - A Riding Movie

Here's a little video from Icon Motorsports featuring some Triumph Tiger 800 XC's. It's a long one but there's some pretty wild stuff in here.

Here's a description of the video from Icon Motorsports:

Icon sends it's best riders on an adventure that tests man and machine to the limit in every condition imaginable. There's action, there's adventure, there's romance, there's drama. It's more than a riding video, it's a movie. Sit back and enjoy the show.


Triumph Trophy Pricing (Canadian)

Canadian pricing for the new Triumph Trophy has been released and the Trophy SE starts at $19,999. Dealer delivery is scheduled for January, 2013.

The Trophy SE is a luxury tourer that focuses on supreme comfort combined with agile handling.  The Trophy features high level equipment including cruise control, traction control, a fully featured trip computer, electronic screen adjustment, three 12v power sockets and ABS as standard.

Also included with the Trophy SE is electronic suspension adjustment; a full Bluetooth® enabled audio system, and an electronic tire-pressure monitoring system. Designed with Triumph’s obsessive attention to detail, the 1215cc, 3-cylinder, shaft-drive Trophy SE provides high levels of torque, performance and handling for a sublime riding experience.

The SE offers an extended service interval (10,000 miles / 16,000km’s between major services) and a 2-year manufacturer warranty for added peace of mind.


Triumph enters touring segment with new 1215cc Trophy

NOTE: North American availability date for the 2013 Triumph Trophy has been revised to Jan 2013 (not October 2012). For the US and Canada only the Trophy SE, with electronically adjustable suspension, audio system, and other features will be available. The standard Trophy model won't be available in those locations.

Triumph enters touring segment with the new 1215cc Trophy

- Powerful three-cylinder, 1215cc engine developing 132bhp and 89ft.lbs of torque at just 6,450rpm.
- Robust, virtually maintenance-free shaft drive.
- Supreme ride comfort coupled with Triumph’s dynamic handling expertise.
- The most technologically-advanced Triumph ever, featuring ride-by-wire throttle, traction control, electronic cruise control, electronic suspension, electrically adjustable screen, integrated audio system with Bluetooth functionality, linked ABS, and Tire Pressure Monitoring System.
- Triumph Dynamic Luggage System comes standard, providing practicality with dynamic stability.
- Extended service intervals along with two-year unlimited mileage warranty.
- Available at Triumph dealers in October 2012.

Triumph Motorcycles is entering the touring market with the launch of the all-new shaft-drive Trophy. The Trophy is the third all-new model to be launched by the Hinckley manufacturer over the past 18 months, confirming Triumph’s continued investment in design, technology and engineering. The all-new Trophy is packed with a host of technology features, most of which are standard equipment.

At the heart of the Trophy is the same powerful, three-cylinder engine developed for the award-winning Tiger Explorer. The shaft driven, 1215cc triple delivers an impressive 132bhp at 8,900 revs and 89ft.lbs of torque at 6,450rpm, providing smooth, effortless power whenever it’s needed. To ensure the optimum levels of refinement, the engine features a counter-rotating balancer shaft to smooth out crankshaft vibrations.

A torsional damping system is used to transfer power from the gearbox to the shaft drive through a sprung bevel gear. In addition to this, a metalastic shaft drive is used which allows a certain amount of compliance in the shaft assembly. These combined features help to provide a refined drivetrain and overall chassis performance which ensures power is delivered in a smooth and controllable manner.

An extensive testing and development program has honed the chassis to provide true touring comfort while still connecting the rider with the road. Ride-by-wire technology provides both traction control and cruise control functionality, as well as optimizing engine efficiency and fuel economy. Great effort has been made to optimize weather and wind protection with aerodynamically enhanced fairings. The electrically-adjustable screen can raise nearly 6.5” and comes with a memory function that automatically adjusts to your last pre-set position when you restart the bike. Rider and pillion passenger comfort is further enhanced with a range of seat options including heated front and rear seats. The rider seat height can additionally be adjusted between 30.3” and 31.1”.

Two models are available: the Trophy and the Trophy SE. Either model can be selected in Pacific Blue or Lunar Silver paint schemes. Both models feature headlight positional adjustment, center stand, rider seat height adjustment, lockable cockpit storage box with 12v power socket, a 6.6 gallon fuel tank and Triumph’s unique Dynamic Luggage System (TDLS), all as standard.

The Triumph Dynamic Luggage System helps maintain chassis balance by decoupling the mass from the chassis allowing each pannier to move up to a 5 degree arc therefore optimizing stability and refinement. With 31 liters of storage capacity per pannier, additional storage can be gained with the optional 55 liter, powered “Plug and Play” top box. The “Plug and Play” feature allows easy fitting and removal without the need to connect and disconnect cables or wires. It features a 12v socket on the inside to charge a camera, phone or any other electrical device while on the move.

The range-topping Trophy SE features a powerful integrated audio system, with Bluetooth technology, USB input and iPod/MP3 player compatibility. The SE also features adjustable electronic suspension from WP, which is operated via an ergonomically-designed switch cube. Riders select their preferred damping setting – Sport, Normal or Comfort – then combine it with the bike’s loading – Solo, Solo plus luggage or 2-up – and select and review their settings via a dot matrix LCD screen. The ease of use and functionality means that personalized settings can be easily adjusted at the press of a button. The SE also benefits from Triumph’s Tire Pressure Monitoring System, which adds a further layer of rider security while an integrated passenger 12V power supply allows additional accessories to be added.
The Trophy enjoys extended 10,000-mile service intervals, with major services only needed every 20,000 miles.

The new Trophy will get its first public unveiling at Triumph Tridays in Neukirchen, Austria on June 22-24, 2012, and will make a further appearance at the Triumph Live event at Mallory Park, Leicestershire, U.K., which takes place August 31 – September 2, 2012.

Full pricing will be confirmed in early September with the first bikes available in dealerships in October 2012.

About Triumph

First established in 1902, Triumph Motorcycles in 2012 celebrates 110 years of motorcycle manufacture. For the past two decades, Triumph Motorcycles has been based in in Hinckley, Leicestershire, U.K., and has produced iconic bikes which perfectly blend design, character, charisma and performance. Building around 50,000 bikes per year, Triumph is the largest British motorcycle manufacturer and has over 750 dealers across the world.

At the heart of Triumph’s philosophy is a commitment to developing truly unique motorcycles that offer a blend of distinctive design, intuitive handling and performance. The innovation and engineering passion that gave birth to the iconic Bonneville of the 60’s has today created a broad range of bikes suited to all motorcycle riders, including the striking 2.3 litre Rocket III, the unmistakable Speed Triple and the Supersport Daytona 675.

With an impressive 2012 product portfolio in place, including three brand new models, plus a strong future model development program, Triumph is set to continue to enhance its status in the marketplace.
Triumph currently employs around sixteen hundred personnel worldwide and has subsidiary operations in the UK, America, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Sweden, Benelux and most recently Brazil as well as a network of independent distributors. Triumph has manufacturing facilities in Hinckley, Leicestershire and Thailand and a CKD facility in Brazil.


Triumph Announces Limited-Edition 110th Anniversary Bonneville T100

Since 1902, Triumph has prided itself on building some of the finest motorcycles in the world. For 110 years, Triumphs have been associated with high performance and timeless appeal. As a way to honor that tradition, Triumph is proud to announce the 2012 Bonneville T100 110th Anniversary Edition.

The 110th Anniversary Edition is a fitting tribute to the iconic Triumph brand and the bikes that have made it great for over a century. Based on the standard T100 model, itself a modern reinterpretation of the classic Bonnevilles from the 1960s, the 110th Anniversary Edition features an Aluminum Silver and Khaki Green paint scheme similar to those featured on the earliest Triumph motorcycles. Other special features include a reinterpretation of the original Triumph crest on the bike’s side covers, as well as a chrome chain guard, cam cover and grab rail.

Mechanically, the 110th Anniversary Edition features the same, torquey 865cc parallel twin from the standard Bonneville T100. With dual overhead cams, modern fuel injection and 67bhp on tap, this stirring engine offers real-world performance, clean running and a uniquely British soundtrack. Suspension is also identical to the T100, with 41mm front forks and traditional chromed rear shocks delivering poised handling and a comfortable ride.

Each limited-edition 110th Anniversary Bonneville T100 includes a numbered plaque on the handlebar clamp and a certificate of authenticity. Only 1,000 models will be built worldwide, with 250 allotted for the U.S. and 25 for Canada. Price for the 110th Anniversary Edition is set at $10,499 U.S ($10,999 Canada), with availability beginning in May.


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.


Halifax International Motorcycle Show
February 17 to 19, 2012

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

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

- $10 in advance at the show website(
- $15 at the door

Free parking all weekend (Friday after 4PM).


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!


Triumph introduces three new models

Triumph has released three new models in an already pretty good line up. It's actually only really one all new model and the two others are 'fresh paint and graphics' and 'adding some higher spec parts' to an already existing model.

Looks like they're really trying hard to take a piece of the adventure bike market that BMW created. This new 1200 they've come out with looks like they'll be successful.

Here's the full details from Triumph.

Fresh from recording record sales in 2011, Triumph Motorcycles will celebrate its 110th anniversary in 2012 with its strongest ever line-up, boosted by three new models which will be officially unveiled at the EICMA show in Milan, on November 8.

Triumph Tiger Explorer

Brand new for 2012 is the Tiger Explorer, a flagship model for Triumph’s Adventure range.

Following on from 2011’s phenomenally successful Tiger 800 models, which have become Europe’s best selling sub-800cc adventure tourers, the Tiger Explorer is powered by an all-new, shaft-driven, three-cylinder engine in excess of 1200cc, delivering class leading performance to the adventure touring class.

Featuring a high-specification as standard, the Tiger Explorer debuts Triumph’s new ‘ride-by-wire’ throttle system and includes cruise control, switchable ABS and traction control as standard. The high specification continues in the chassis department with a strong steel chassis and cast alloy wheels, 19” front and 17” rear, the latter showcased thanks to the stylish single-sided swingarm.

A suite of bespoke accessories have also been developed for the Tiger Explorer’s launch with hard and soft luggage, low and high seat options and a wide range of heated and electrical accessories which can be run simultaneously thanks to the Tiger Explorer’s best-in-class 950w generator.

Triumph Speed Triple R

Following the success of the uprated versions of the Street Triple and Daytona 675, Triumph is introducing a premium version of its iconic Speed Triple, the Speed Triple R.

Working in close collaboration with Swedish suspension brand Öhlins, the Speed Triple R sports the latest specification NIX30 43mm forks at the front, with a jewel like TTX36 unit at the rear. To minimize unsprung weight as much as possible, the lightweight five-spoke forged aluminum wheels from PVM are over 1.7kg lighter than those on the standard machine, delivering even more precise and agile handling. Stopping the Speed Triple R are top specification four-piston radial monoblock calipers from Brembo, the leading brand in MotoGP racing, with a switchable version of Triumph’s electronic anti-lock system available as an option. Together, the brakes and wheels offer a 5% increase in braking performance over the standard Speed Triple.

The Speed Triple R’s choice of metallic Phantom Black and Crystal White colour options are complemented with red coloured subframe and detailing, as well as the iconic gold forks, to create a sportier and more exotic look that confirm its status as Triumph’s premier naked sports model.

Triumph Steve McQueen Edition

Triumph has joined forces with the estate of Hollywood icon Steve McQueen to create a limited edition motorcycle that pays tribute to the late actor’s love of the British brand’s products.

Based on the classic Bonneville T100, just 1,100 of the Steve McQueenTM Edition will be sold worldwide. Featuring a host of modified parts, the design is inspired by the Triumph Trophy TR6 that McQueen insisted on riding during the famous stunt scene in The Great Escape, and features a military-style Matt Khaki Green livery, stencil-style Triumph decal on the tank and the actor’s signature on the side covers.

Featuring a solo seat and black luggage rack, the McQueen bike has also been fitted with a rugged skid plate and small black-bodied headlamp. The Triumph Steve McQueenTM Edition features a host of other blacked out components, including wheel rims and hubs, handlebars, rear springs, mirrors and front mudguard supports. To confirm the bike’s provenance, each machine is individually numbered with a plaque placed on the handlebar clamp, while owners will also receive a certificate of authenticity with their machine.

Full details of Triumph’s new-for-2012 models will be announced at Triumph’s press conference at EICMA, held on stand H26 at 12:30 local time on 8 November.


Jack Pine custom Triumph (via Cycle World)

The Jack Pine Triumph custom is a bike that's become - well - kind of famous on the Internet and for obvious reason.  Watch this video featuring Peter Egan from Cycle World and Jack Pine creator - James Loughead of Hammerhead Industries and you'll see for yourself.  The footage features Mark Cernicky riding in Lone Pine, California.

70 mph jumps, fast - kicking the tail out corners... I don't know about you but when I dream about motorcycling it looks and sounds a lot like this video:


Triumph Tiger 800 XC official video

A new Triumph 800 Tiger 800 XC video for you!  After watching this I have just one thing to say... 

F@#k off snow - it's time to ride!


MCN gets a first ride on Triumph 800

A nice video shoot of the new Triumph 800 Tiger - BMW F800 GS fighter from the folks at MCN.  They get a few minutes to take the machine out on the roads of Hinckley.

The photo shoot was done with the off-road version with it's spoked wheels while the ride was on the street biased version with its cast wheels.


Triumph Daytona 675R

In a bit of a surprise move - Triumph has a new 675R model which hasn't been 'leaked' to the public.  Well, not until very recently at least. 

This strategy is quite contrary to the marketing technique applied to the Tiger 800's which Triumph have been officially 'leaking' information of for months in attempt to generate buzz for the new machines.  Despite being a fairly unpopular strategy it seems to have worked for the 800's.  The 800's have all the bloggers and news sites talking.

This new higher spec version of the Daytona 675 features Ohlins suspension, carbon front mudguard, Brembo Monoblocks and a red subframe. 

No word yet if there will be power gains to match the handling benefits of the new suspension and brakes. 

Expect more information to be available during the  upcoming Milan show in early November.


Leaked photo's of the new Triumph Tiger 800

New bikes always seem to be a lightning rod for critiques and comments. The new Triumph Tiger 800 is no exception.  Even with the sparse photo's and details on the bike it's been receiving a lot of attention in motorcycle forums.

Plenty of people seem to love the way it looks and others don't... too many frame bends, too much of a BMW F800 GS clone, etc. etc.

You be the judge!  See for yourself:


Triumph Tiger 800 - Revealed!

Triumph's new 800 cc triple will come in two variants. A street biased machine with a 19-inch front wheel and non-tubed tires while the off-road biased Triumph Tiger 800 XC will have a21-inch front, a little more engine protection, spoked wheels and tubed tires.

Here's a shot of the 800 XC.  Looks very BMW F800 GS like.  It should have a little more power (Internet speculation puts it somewhere around the 100 hp mark) than the F800 though; which would seem to be its closest competition.



Schedule a Triumph Sprint GT Test Ride!

The Triumph Sprint GT sport tourer will arrive at dealerships just in time for the Sprint GT Unveiling Event: October 1 - 2, 2010.

Visit a participating dealer on Friday night to see the new bike in person, get some one-on-one time with factory trained experts, and learn about what sets this bike far apart from its competitors. Then come back on Saturday to take a demo ride on one of the first Sprint GT's in the country.* As you would expect from a Triumph motorcycle, the Sprint GT delivers outstanding real world performance in a practical and stylish package.

Mark your calendar for the 2011 Sprint GT Unveiling Event. Hosted by participating dealers October 1 - 2, 2010.


New Triumph "Tiger" 800 - shown by CARB

Thank you California Air Resources Board!  CARB has listed a filing by Tiriumph for their new Tiger 800 (for the street) and and a Tiger 800XC (for more off-road capability).  The XC is said to be equipped with a 21-inch front wheel to help with the off-road worthiness.

While not officially announced, if you've been watching our site you know they've 'leaked' some video's

Word is that the engines are based on the 675 cc triple motor that have been boosted to 800 cc by increasing the stroke.

Looks like the BMW F800 GS will have some competition.  Power output is surely going to be competitive with the F800, and rumor is that it'll likely be around 100 HP.

I best start saving up now!


More detail about the forthcoming Triumph Adventure bikes

Triumph have "leaked" another bit of information about their two new, and much anticipated Adventure models. The marketing plan is pretty transparent but it's still working.  Slowly releasing information is seemingly increasing 'buzz' about the models.

Here's the latest video:


Triumph Adventure website

Triumph has been "leaking" photo's and information on their two forthcoming 2011 adventure models - one biased towards pavement going adventures while the other will be a little more off-road capable.

Rumor is it will be aimed squarely at taking some share away from the market of BMW's F800 GS.

All I can say is - I hope it's awesome! A really great 800cc triple might be a bike I'd be interested in. It'll take something pretty special to get me off my VFR800 though.  

Follow along via the website they're gradually releasing information to.  The link is HERE.


2011 Triumph Adventure Teaser - Triple 800cc BMW competitor?

Word is that Triumph is going to be launching an adventure model that'll reportedly will come in 'street' and 'off-road' versions.  Rumor is it'll be an 800cc triple.  Please say it's true is all we can say!

We'll have to wait until the EICMA show in November to see the official unveiling but for now - here's what Triumph has offered up...


Triumph demo's - participating dealers across Canada

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

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

May 29 - June 5
Western Powersports - Langley, BC

May 28 - June 30Sturgess Cycle - Hamilton, ON

June 3 - 5
C&S Motorcycles - Victoria, BC

June 14 - 19GP Bikes - Ajax,ON

June 15 - 19
Atlantic Moto Plex - Dieppe, NB

June 15 - 20
British Italian Motorcycles - Vancouver, BC

June 15 - 30Blackfoot Motorcycle - Calgary, AB

June 15 - 30Southwest Motorrad - Kelowna, BC

June 18Inglis Cycle Center - London, ON

June 18Monette Sports - Laval, QC

June 18 - 20
J&R Cycle - Stayner, ON

June 19
Echo Cycle - Edmonton, AB


Triumph's new 2011 Sprint GT

I always liked the Sprint GT but there's even more to like with the new 2011 version - which will be  available in Canadian dealerships this fall as an early release 2011. There's a little boost in power up 5 bhp to 130 bhp at 9,200 rpm; torque is up by the same amount to 80lb/ft at 6,300 rpm. A switch from underseat exhaust to side mounted leaves more space for underseat storage as well.  The lights have been redesigned too, and are said to offer "improved distribution of light."

If you're touring minded then you'll appreciate the standard 31-liter panniers and an optional top box with a 12v power supply; ABS comes standard as well. A tank of gas offers you a 200 mile range.  Price is $14,399.

For full details on the new 2011 Triumph Sprint GT check out the Sprint GT page on Triumph's website HERE.


Triumph Thunderbird Demo

Triumph is going to be holding a "Thunderbird Nights" Open House, April 27 - May 1, 2010 and are offering up a first glimpse of the brand new THUNDERBIRD SE or the Thunderbird with factory fitted BIG BORE KIT in person.

Each participating dealer will be hosting an UNVEILING PARTY for one of these brand new cruisers.

Plus, While you’re there you can, take a FREE DEMO RIDE, enter to WIN TRIUMPH GEAR, take advantage of some SPECIAL OFFERS on new Triumphs, and enjoy the great company of your local motorcycle community.


Blackfoot Motorcycle
Calgary, AB T2G 5N5

Echo Cycle
Edmonton, AB T5V 1C3

British Italian Motorcycles
Vancouver, BC V5L 1H7

C&S Motorcycles
Victoria, BC V9B 0B2

Western Powersports
Langley, BC V3A 5E8

Wildwood Triumph
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2A3

Atlantic Triumph
Dieppe, NB E1A 1P8

Bro's Cycle Supply
Windsor, NS B0N 2T0

GP Bikes
Ajax, ON L1S 2H6

Inglis Cycle Center
London, ON N5W 4C5

Sturgess Cycle
Hamilton, ON L8P 1C4

Andre Joyal Moto
St-Aime de Massuville,QC J0G 1K0
Monette Sports
Laval, QC H7G 2T7

Moto Montreal Cycle
Montreal, QC H3K 1V8

Triumph Moto Vanier
Quebec City, QC G1M 2R3


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.


The 2010 Triumph Thruxton SE

Triumph is introducing a special edition of its café racer-styled Thruxton, giving a sporty new look to a classic British design.

The 865cc parallel-twin Thruxton Special Edition debuts a stunning red frame and Crystal White bodywork with red stripe. The bike also comes with a color-matched factory fitted fly screen and blacked out engine cases.

Production of the new Triumph Thruxton Special Edition begins in early 2010. Prices are still to be confirmed but the SE model will come at a small premium over the standard Thruxton.

Word is that it'll be coming to Canada, albeit in extremely limited numbers.


2010 Triumph Rocket III more power & revised ergo's

Yes, that's right - MORE power for the 2010 Rocket III. The revised engine makes 15% more power. Hard to believe but yes. The 2010 Triumph Rocket III Roadster makes 163 lb/ft of torque (double an R1!) and 146bhp.

The bike is no lightweight at 367kg/807lbs (wet) but when you consider it's got a 2294cc line, liquid-cooled triple the weight isn't surprising. It makes its max power at 5,750rpm and max torque at just 2,750rpm.

Color choices won't be abundant. You can get black or black; matte or gloss black.

The big news is that the new 2010 model gets new mid-mount foot controls. They're said to make the bike mroe comfortable for non-cruiser riders. They're further back and more inboard. Triumph calls "A completely different riding experience from its predecessor."

Suspension is by way of 43mm upside down Kayaba forks with 120mm of travel in the front and Kayaba twin shocks with 105mm of travel in the rear. Brakes are upgraded with ABS, 320mm front discs with Nissin 4-pots (front) and a 316mm disc with a 2-pot Brembo (rear) to try to pull this beast down from speed!


Buy a Triumph - geta a deal!

Triumph motorcycle dealers across Canada have some great discount offers on the most popular models RIGHT NOW.* So check out these offers, visit your local dealer, and bring home your favorite Triumph motorcycle today.

Buy a Daytona 675 and get c$500 in genuine Triumph clothing or accessories when you purchase a new 2009 or prior model year Daytona 675 by June 30, 2009!*

Buy a Speed Triple and get c$1,000 in genuine Triumph clothing or accessories when you purchase a new 2009 or prior model year Speed Triple by June 30, 2009!*

Buy a Sprint ST and get c$1,000 in genuine Triumph clothing or accessories when you purchase a new 2009 or prior year Sprint ST and Sprint ST ABS before June 30, 2009.*

Buy a Tiger 1050 and get c$1,000 in genuine Triumph clothing or accessories when you purchase a new 2009 or prior year Tiger or Tiger ABS before June 30, 2009.*

Buy a Scrambler and get c$750 in genuine Triumph clothing or accessories when you purchase a 2009 or prior year Scrambler before June 30, 2009.*

Buy a Triumph from the Rocket III Family of motorcycles and get c$1,500 in genuine Triumph clothing or accessories when you purchase a new 2009 or prior model year Rocket III, Rocket III Classic, Rocket III Classic Tourer or Rocket III Touring before June 30, 2009.*

Buy an America/Speedmaster and get c$750 in genuine Triumph clothing or accessories when you purchase a new 2009 or prior year America or Speedmaster before June 30, 2009.*


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.


Transport Canada - latest motorcycle recalls

Transport Canada has been busy the last few days with several recall notices published for a few different manufacturers. If you own a BMW and you've been on some web forums you've probably heard rumors of the BMW recall but now it's officially in Transport Canada's database.

Here's all the details -

Make, Model, Year Affected: Triumph, ROCKET III CLASSIC TOURING, 2008 2009
Transport Canada Recall # 2009107
Recall Date: 2009/04/14
Units affected: 47


On certain motorcycles, the tires may experience a torque-induced degradation in a body ply. The degradation may result in inner-liner cracking that may lead to a slow leak in the rear tire. Loss of air pressure could cause the rider to lose vehicle control, which may result in property damage, personal injury or death. Correction: Dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace both tires.


Make, Model Year Affected: Buell 1125R 2008, Buell XB12R 2009, Buell XB12SCG 2009
Transport Canada Recall # 2009111
Recall Date: 2009/04/15
Units affected: 271


On certain motorcycles, the front brake line may contact the front tire. The resultant chafe damage could create a hole in the line. Brake fluid leakage could ultimately result in loss of front braking capability which, depending on traffic conditions and the rider's reactions, could result in a crash causing personal injury or death. Correction: Dealers will re-route the front brake line.


Make, Model, Year Affected: BMW, F800GS, 2009
Transport Canada Recall # 2009112
Recall Date: 2009/04/16
Units affected: 105


On certain motorcycles, the front wheel quick-release axle may not have been manufactured to specifications. The quick-release axle might be of reduced wall thickness which, under severe loads (off-roading, for example), could cause the axle to break. This could result in a vehicle crash causing property damage, personal injury or death. Correction: Dealers will replace the quick-release axle.


2010 Triumph Daytona rumors

Internet rumor is growing about a new model for Triumph. Rumor has it that Triumph is working on a new 1050cc Triumph Daytona! Please say it's true! There are pictures of said rumored bike floating around too. Word is the pictures are photoshopped but if Triumph makes this bike I can see them selling a lot of them.

We're not one to quote Paris Hilton, but this thing is hot!

That passenger seat doesn't look very comfortable, but hey, you won't be riding on the back now will you?

Clearly if Triumph were thinking of producing such a bike they'd have to make some changes. Namely, those impossibly small headlights. Performance/luxury automotive companies such as Porsche and Audi are using similar styled lights but (correct me if I'm wrong - or comment below) they're just used as daytime running lights and/or turn signals on those models. Still, even if they did have to update the lights it'd still look great.

*If you know the official source of the photos let us know. They do have a watermark but we can't read it. Plus, they may have been added later.

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Triumph gets EFI for 2009

In 2009 all the Triumph parallel twin powered models in North America will receive an update to an electronic fuel injection system which exceeds Euro 3 as well as EPA and CARB emissions standards.

Even though the bikes will have EFI, it's cleverly hidden so that it retains the classic look of the carbaurated models.

According to Triumph:

"All new 2009 parallel twin engine platforms will include electronic fuel injection (EFI). This new technology affects all the Modern Classics: Bonneville, Bonneville T100, Scrambler, and Thruxton. The America and Speedmaster, in the Cruiser range, already received this upgrade in 2008.

Triumph has been able to preserve the classic look of the engine while the technologically advanced internal engine design has been modified to accommodate the EFI update. The fuel injectors have been skillfully hidden by throttle bodies designed to look like carburetors. The fuel injected engine produces a perfect balance of efficiency and performance while maintaining its exceptional fuel economy. The 2009 parallel twin engine maintains its classic look with polished fins and remains true to its heritage.

The changeover from carburetors to electronic fuel injection is in direct response to the European emissions legislation."


2009 Triumph Speed Triple R

Triumph released information about a new model that will be available starting in November - the Street Triple R. With some upgraded, fully adjustable suspension and the already highly successful middleweight 675 three cylinder engine it looks as if Triumph has another winner on its hands.

Here's the news straight from the Canadian section of Triumph's website:


Triumph launched the new Street Triple R today at a press launch on the Isle of Man. This new model is based on the successful Street Triple, is powered by the world renowned Daytona 675 and takes its styling queues from the original hooligan bike, the Speed Triple. The Street Triple R has been designed to rival traditional supersport machines with its superb handling and exceptional stopping power, while offering the comfort and attitude of a streetfighter.

The Street Triple R comes fully equipped with race track technology and can be finely tuned for all road and track conditions. At its heart is the highly-acclaimed fuel-injected 675cc three-cylinder engine, producing 107 bhp at 11,700rpm.

The bike gleans a fully adjustable sports suspension and powerful four-piston radial brakes from the award-winning Daytona 675. The fully-adjustable 41mm upside down forks and an adjustable rear monoshock unit deliver confident handling, while the radially-mounted four piston calipers grabbing twin 308mm brake discs make for quick stopping.

The sporty feel of this motorcycle is completed with wide, tapered aluminum handlebars from Magura. A 5mm taller seat height puts the Street Triple R rider in the perfect position to attack the twisties or carve its way through the urban jungle.

The Street Triple R’s distinctive look includes two all-new exclusive color schemes: Matte Graphite with orange graphics and Matte Blazing Orange with grey graphics. Both color options are further enhanced by black anodized forks and a two-tone black and graphite seat.

Key features at a glance:

- Fully adjustable suspension front and rear
- Powerful four-piston Nissin radial calipers and radial master cylinder front brakes
- Smooth and torquey 107 bhp 675cc three cylinder engine
- Magura tapered aluminum handlebars for genuine streetfighter look
- Full range of Triumph accessories allows riders to tailor bike to individual tastes
- Two-tone black and graphite seat
- Exclusive new color schemes: Matte Graphite with orange decals or Matte Blazing Orange with grey decals

This new bully, the Street Triple R, will be available in dealerships in November.


For more details check out Triumph's website at:


2010 Triumph Thunderbird

In a bit of a deperture from the typical big v-twin cruiser, Triumph is going to be offering a big parallel twin as a 2010 model which will go on sale as a 2009 model.

The motorcycle will sport a 1,600cc parallel twin mated to a 6 speed and belt drive. The bike will be offered with accessories to change its appearance and function from custom cruiser to fully dressed tourer. ABS will also be an option.

This could certanily appeal to those looking for something a little different. The styling looks classic cruiser but that engine layout says "All New."


New BMW, Triumph models and other gossip

These Internet rumors have not been researched or substantiated (for the most part) but they are some tantilizing rumors so we thought we'd help them along.

- BMW may revive the C1 covered scooter or if that is too wild they'll look to build another type of scooter to get in on the bustling demand for these highly fuel efficient vehicles. Those engineers are going to have their work cut out for them making this thing look cool. It is an interesting concept though; one that would certainly be appealing to some.

- Some BMW dealers are hinting at a 675cc Triple that will be available in 2010. Say what!? Yes - you read correctly... A BMW Triple. That's three cylinders - just like the Triumph 675. That would be quite surprising development if true. Rumor has it that one US dealership is already taking deposits and reports of hp numbers around 130 are floating around too.

- Michael Schumacher has teamed up with helmet maker Schuberth to produce a race track ready and specific helmet. Now if we could only get the Schuberth helmets in Canada this might be a good seller. This rumor seems to have some truth to it. We were able to find some pictures and information on it. Nice looking helmet! Here's a link.

- Triumph is said to be working on a 675 cc version of the 1050 cc Tiger, to be called the 'Tiger Cub'. A new frame (or at least a modified version of one) will be necessary to allow for longer travel suspension at the rear and an increase in ground clearance, and some longer forks. However, a minor engine retune is all that will be required making this seem like a real possibility.