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Bob Burnquist Rides a Zero

Bob Burnquist is a world-renowned pro skateboarder and the winningest X Games athlete of all time. He's also an avid rider fully stoked on Zero Motorcycles. Take a ride around Bob’s home—aka “Dreamland”—to experience what he believes is the future. Bob owns two Zero motorcycles.

Budget probably isn't too much a concern for Bob....



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Dogs on motorcycles - in sidecars - the Movie!

Across America, there are dogs of all breeds riding in the open air of motorcycle sidecars, whether on short trips around town or extended adventures on the highway. Sit Stay Ride: The Story of America’s Sidecar Dogs is a delightful and inspiring documentary film about motorcyclists and their beloved canine co-pilots.

This is an full-length documentary film is produced and directed by husband-wife team Eric and Geneva Ristau.  They’ve been making films for many years.  Their rescue dogs, Captain and Godfrey have helped, too.

You buy a DVD, BluRay or Video-on-Demand download right here on the website.  You can also buy a t-shirt, sticker, and motorcycle patch.  25% of your purchase is donated to the American Humane Society or other animal welfare organization.

More details on the website here: http://www.sidecardogs.com/

Winter Riding: Sit Stay Ride from Ristau & Liimatta on Vimeo.



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Happy Father's Day

I know it's a few days early but hopefully you'll be out riding your motorcycle on Father's Day and not reading about them on the Internet so here's a message from the folks at "Why We Ride" and "Acorn Woods Communications."

You're going to recognize some of the faces in this little clip! Check it out....



On behalf of motorcycling sons and daughters, we want to say “Thank you, Dad”.

The creators of the movie Why We Ride and Acorn Woods Communications have created a special Father’s Day message using excerpts from the film.

Join us in honoring the Dads in our lives and the ones we hold close in our hearts by sharing our message with the world.

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BMW "Concept Roadster" | DESIGN

A close up video of the BMW "Concept Roadster." It's impressive!




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On Any Sunday, The Next Chapter Official Teaser

We're pretty excited about this!! On Any Sunday - The Next Chapter is coming to theatres. Hopefully to Canada is all we can say!

Full Details below - check out the video below as well. Make sure you watch it in High Definition and turn it up!
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When On Any Sunday premiered in 1971, it wasn't just any movie. Directed by Bruce Brown -- who also helmed surfing classic The Endless Summer -- this insider look at motorcycle racing reached a wide audience that was fascinated by the heartfelt stories of real-life riders, earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature. Four decades later, On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter shows that the passion for riding motorcycles is as strong as ever. Bruce's son, acclaimed filmmaker Dana Brown, directs this modern take on the original, capturing what it means to ride in the United States and globally. Shot in 4K Ultra HD, the action and emotion are breathtaking: phenomenal athletes, revolutionary innovators, Hollywood stars and even visionaries who use moto to save lives. On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter journeys deeper into the humanity and excitement of motorcycle culture across disciplines -- the passion for the race, the love of family and friends, and the thrill of the ride.
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Experience the world of Red Bull like you have never seen it before. With the best action sports clips on the web and YouTube exclusive series, prepare for your "stoke factor" to be at an all time high.




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RevZilla - 2014 Tire Buying Guide

The folks at RevZilla have a handy 2014 Tire Buying Guide video they've posted. There's lots of useful information packed into a short video. Great stuff if you're in the market for some new tires.




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Lit Motors - Electric enclosed motorcyle

Motorcycle purists might disagree but this is pretty darn cool. If I had 24k burning a hole in my pocket this would be a much more fun ride to work on a rainy day than a cage.

It's in prototype stage in this video and looks better on the outside than the inside at this stage.

This video is from November 2012 - they were taking orders at that point. Hard to say where development is now. But here's a link to their website if you want to keep track:

http://litmotors.com/


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Robbie Maddison's Air.Craft

Check out the new Robbie Maddison video. If you enjoy the Ken Block gymkhana videos this should be right up your alley



Make sure you watch it in 1080p! The drop at the end is crazy!




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2013 BMW R1200 GS - the birth of an Icon - video series

The birth of an icon: the entire film on the development of the new BMW R 1200 GS is now online! BMW Motorrad provides an exclusive insight into the development and production of the new GS. Experience for yourself just how much passion and motivation has gone into the new travel enduro and who the people are who have pooled their expertise and intuition to create the new R 1200 GS




A large BMW Motorrad team of engineers and designers were faced with a major challenge: how do you build a travel enduro that it is faithful to its roots yet still reflects the very latest in technology? The answer: with a lot of passion and attention to detail. Enjoy the second part of the feature on the new R 1200 GS.



The third part of this exclusive feature brings the generations together. One of the forefathers and founders of the GS says what he thinks of the new R 1200 GS. And there is also a detailed insight into how the engine was revolutionised. One thing is certain: the new machine is the perfection of an icon, made possible only by the untiring, passionate dedication of the BMW Motorrad










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New Virtual Riding TV hi-definition video

Virtual Riding TV have posted a new video and we're a featured sponsor.

Jeff shared the following information with us about the new hi-definition video he has posted:


"Motorcycle ride to the Valley of the Ten Peaks and Moraine Lake in Banff National Park, Alberta Canada. Moraine Lake was on the back of the Canadian twenty dollar bill from 1969 to 1979."

Link to video  http://www.vridetv.com/hdmorainelake.html





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Casey Stoner - The Last Lap documentary

Australia’s Channel 10 has produced an hour-long documentary about the MotoGP rider Casey Stoner.

He's set to retire from MotoGP at the end of the 2012 season. He's apparently stated that that he was no longer enjoying competing in the series, which was one of the contributing factors to his retirement.

Watch it while you can!




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Must watch - Red Bull Romaniacs

42 mins and 20 seconds of video you NEED to watch! Make sure you're watching in HD and crank it up!

If you need a little background here's what the YouTube description of the video is:

"Red Bull Romaniacs Hard Enduro Rallye 2012, one of the most extreme enduro off-road motocross races in the world. Taking place in the mountains of Romania, see if reigning champ Graham Jarvis has what it takes to make it to the top of the podium yet again."




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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.




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Fifty Years of Kicks - Motorcycle Documentary (full-length)


Last week we told you about a motorcycle documentary that Anthony over at Motojournalism and Traction off-road e-rag collaborated on that features two experienced motorcycle riders who continue to do what they love despite age and health issues. The trailer was great so we're looking forward to watching the full length video. And if you were too, well, the 20 minute full-length version of the film is now available online so be sure to check it out below and check out!





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Production insights on BMW Motorrad helmets

This YouTube clip from BMW shows the different steps of a BMW Helmet production. From the first sketches to a complete BMW Helmet.

Bet you didn't know they test their helmets in their own wind tunnel and do a rain test in their "sprinkling chamber" where  250 litres per minute pour down on the helmet... well - now you do!




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Motorcycle documentary “Fifty Years of Kicks” to be released online

We heard from the folks at MotoJournalism that they'll be releasing an online documentary this week! Having watched the trailer we're really looking forward to watching the full length version. I hope I'm riding like those guys when I'm their age!

Full Details:

Motorcycle documentary “Fifty Years of Kicks” to be released online

•20 min video documentary profiling two experienced motorcycle riders
•Will be released online free Thursday 12th April 2012 at motojournalism.com

Fifty Years of Kicks is a 20 minute video documentary featuring two experienced motorcycle riders who continue to do what they love despite age and health issues.

There are plenty of videos focusing on teenagers and young adults, pushing their sport to the limit. With Fifty Years of Kicks, we want to show older adults pushing their bodies to the limit. Instead of being inspired by the exploits of 18 year olds in extreme sports no longer within our grasp, we find ourselves being inspired by older people participating in activities typically reserved for the young. Rather than lamenting, “I wish I could have tried that when I was young”, we want to say, “I want to be like them when I grow up!”

Fifty Years of Kicks, is a collaboration between Motojournalism and Traction off-road e-rag, and is our first attempt at video production. The documentary was shot in a true “beg, borrow or steal” manner. The video and sound equipment used to film it was substandard, but generously loaned by colleagues and friends. The subjects and location owners were very accommodating with their limited time.

We would like to continue to produce episodes profiling the interesting characters in and around motorcycling and are looking for sponsors to make that possible. We want to tell the stories of the people who participate, the reasons why these people engage in a sport with inherent risks and dangers, and why they can’t live without these two wheeled machines.


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Yamaha XTW250 Off-trail Camping Motorcycle Concept

Here's some video of the Yamaha XTW250 RYOKU Off-trail camping motorcycle concept that was shown at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2011. Pretty cool!

It features a 250cc engine and some pretty custom features to make it 'the' perfect motorcycle for some off-road camping.

The folks at Yamaha describe it as “a reliable tool for people who love the outdoors.”

It's purely a concept so don't go looking for this one any time soon!

Some highlights:

- Small trail motorcycle with utilitarian character
- Big tires like a TW200
- Protective elements like crashbars and other heavy duty racks
- 100V accessory plugs to power campsite gear and act as a generator
- Cooling fans
- Removable engine guard that can be used as a shovel





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MV Agusta F3 production begins (official video)

MV Agusta has posted a video on their YouTube channel showing the highly anticipated F3 675 in production.

That's one fine looking bike in our opinion!




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New HD video from VrideTV

Jeff over at VrideTV has posted a new high definition video shot from his Harley Davidson.

Here's what he had to say about it. Make sure you visit his site HERE for more HD motorcycle video's from across Canada.

Motorcycle riding through an avalanche at Duffey Lake, British Columbia, Canada. It was an amazing sight to come around a corner and see tonnes of snow on either side of the road. The crews were just finishing clearing the second avalanche and warned me to leave the area because it was very unstable.

I set up my camera equipment at the Duffey Lake Provincial Park boat launch and just happened to catch a helicopter flying over surveying the damage. The power of Mother Nature is incredible


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Husqvarna reminds you that motocross is FUN

Just in case you forgot or maybe you've never ridden a motocross bike - they're wicked fun.

Not sure? Watch this Husqvarna video and your mind will be made up.

I don't know about you but the sound of a two-stoke flips a switch in my brain that says "Hell Yeah!" Add a leg out turn through a berm, rooster tail of dirt, real wheel sliding out and well I'm wondering why I'm sitting here at a computer and not out riding.

Oh yeah, it's winter.  Arghhh.


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Arai Axcess II helmet

Arai has a new video showing many of the design and safety features of their Axcess II motorcycle helmet. It's a pretty slippery looking helmet (aerodynamically speaking) and has all the comfort and safety features you've come to expect from a top brand like Arai.

This model doesn't appear to be on Arai's website yet.

Check it out:


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Motomethod Community Motorcycle Repair Shop in Vancouver

Motomethod Community Motorcycle Repair Shop in Vancouver, BC is a full repair shop, for nearly all makes and models of motorcycles, old or new. Nothing too earth shattering in that news but there's more.

What's a little different about Motomethod is that they allow the rider to come in and ‘rent a bay’ and repair their own bike, or learn how. All their tools are available to those who come into the shop and if you need a hand fixing something - they're there to lend a hand. If you want them to do the work but keep a close eye on the work and perhaps learn a thing a two; you've got it. Get right in there and check it out.

The Zenga Bros. video does a fantastic job of building excitement for the idea and wanting to check out their shop. You couldn't get any better advertising than this in my opinion.

Nice idea. Wonder how expensive THAT insurance is?

The video below is directed by the Zenga Bros. The Zenga Bros are an independent film production company out of Vancouver British Colombia. They are four brothers, working together as adventure filmmakers, bicycle builders, and folk-stunt artists
 

The Motomethod Story from Zenga Bros on Vimeo.

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Banshee Horn warning system for motorcycles

US based inventor Peter Olt has been a motorcyclist for more than 30 years and he's come up with a pretty interesting invention that he refers to as the Banshee Horn.

Basically, the Banshee Horn gives you the option of giving people a blast of a 135 decibel alternating horn and high beam headlights. You can still use your normal horn but holding down the horn button for either 1/4 or 1/2 a second activates the Banshee Horn circuitry.

His invention is posted on KickStarter which is an online invention promotion and funding site. Based on the information there his product is a go! It can still be had at a discounted price for a few more days so watch the video below and if you think it's a good idea better get yourself one fast before the price goes up!

I know there's at least a few times when I wouldn't have minded having the extra conspicuity this horn and lighting combination would provide.

UPDATE: We received an email from Peter (CEO at Banshee horn) to say that the successful KickStarter project has ended but you can now purchase the product via the Banshee Horn website. Keep an eye on the site for updates too:

http://bansheehorn.com/home


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Ducati 1199 Panigale Dyno run

Italian motorcycle magazine Motociclismo apparently scored an opportunity to dyno a pre-production Ducati 1199 Panigale.

Unfortunately there's no horsepower numbers to accompany it.  That information won't likely come out until the bikes launch in February. For now though it's enough just to hear the Panigale at full throttle.

It sounds pretty impressive to say the least and damn it's a fine looking bike too!



Video uploaded to YouTube by HellForLeatherMag



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Icon - Motorcycle vs. Car Drift Batle 2

There's more than 4 million views of this drifting video featuring a couple of Triumph Speed Triples and a 550 hp Mustang Cobra "police" car. The guys at Icon seem to be having quite a bit of fun... until they roll the Mustang. Whoops!

The video has a lot of views for a reason. There's some awesome footage here. Check it out:


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BMW motorcycles - no words required

Great video featuring plenty of vintage BMW's and fantastic videography.

The final words are in Italian but you don't need to be able to read them to appreciate this. If you like motorcycles - you can't help but love this video.



via HFL

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$140,000 Ducati lowsided

The fellow who owns the bike featured in this video is apparently referred to as “Desmo Dave” and he's apparently got a little bit of money invested in his 1098 R.  

He bought a 1098 R and an 1198 RS factory race bike, then had all the parts taken off the RS and put on the R’s frame. The R was sold as a road bike, so the frame’s VIN allows him to ride what's basically a Superbike on the road. Not a cheap thing to do apparently; it's supposedly worth approximately $140,000.

Here's the crash video then another video with Desmo Dave talking about why this bike costs so much. Two words - titanium everything.



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How NOT to do a Stoppie

Should you be so inclined as to try performing a stoppie take a little knowledge from the experience of this guy. One handed cross up stoppies are NOT a good idea!

Least he wasn't going too fast. Bet he's glad his buddies captured this and posted it on YouTube for him.


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BMW S1000RR + Icy Lake. No Problem!

It's getting cool here in Canada and thoughts are naturally shifting to storing the bike for the winter.

So, what to do for fun now? Well, if you've got a BMW S1000RR, an icy lake, and a whole lot of pointy screws - it may not be quite time to winterize your ride!


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Motorcycle riding on the Kananaskis Trail in Alberta

Jeff over at VRIDETV has posted a new video of a motorcycle ride on the Kananskis Trail in Alberta and listed us in the credits.  Thanks Jeff!

Here's his description of the ride.

Travelling in Kananaskis Country is incredible, it's filled with beautiful scenery, wildlife and windy roads. The Kananaskis Trail (Highway 40) begins about 20 minutes East of Canmore Alberta and is definitely one of my top five favourite roads to ride. It was a real treat to capture these big male elks rattling each others antlers near the end of this video.

Be sure to check out VRIDETV for all sorts of useful information and HD video's.


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Most amazing motorcycle jump

Imagine you're out riding your dirt bike. You're approaching a jump. Something you've probably done many times before but it's still exciting. You accelerate to the base of the jump, you're airborne - you let off the gas - you can see the landing - there's lots of noise, vibration and excitement. As you land you brace yourself and let your legs absorb some of the impact...

Now imagine that again only this time - imagine you're also blind. What!? That's right. Blind.  Matthew Wadsworth is a blind musician who also happens to love motorcycles and he wants to set a world record by jumping 100 feet.

Here's a little more information about the video:

In the world of 17th-century lute music, Matthew Wadsworth is a star. But few of his listeners would guess his other passion: jumping motorcycles.

That's because Matt is blind.

The documentary begins with Matt and his coach, Micky Dymond, somewhere out in the desert. They've begun training for an incredible feat.

The rest of the story hasn't happened yet.

Matt's jump blog can be found at http://www.makingthejump.com/

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MotoGP at its finest

If you liked "Faster" you'll probably love the followup "Fastest." After previewing the trailer I can't wait to watch it. MotoGP riders have incredible skill and bravely face 18 races a year in an incredibly dangerous sport. Even if you've never seen MotoGP you can't help but be fascinated by this!

Here's a description of the film by the folks at "Fastest:"

From filmmaker Mark Neale who made "Faster" comes "Fastest," a spectacular fast paced documentary film full of thrills, spills and highlights, charting the 2010 Moto GP World Championship series. Valentino Rossi strives to win his 8th eighth premier class world championships, fighting off the young guns of Jorge Lorenzo, Ben Spies, Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner in an amazing season of racing, capped off by Lorenzo's championship. With unprecedented behind-the-scenes access and never before seen angles, this true cinematic experience charts the highs and lows of all sixteen races, including Rossi's career-threatening crash at Mugello and his spectacular return to racing just 41 days later at the German Grand Prix, and includes his debut on the Ducati for the 2011 season.




Fastest is FASTEST DVD Available in US and Canada on Nov 15 at www.fastestthemovie.com. It includes almost an hour of DVD extras! Fan pack with hat, t-shirt and poster are also available. Looks like the cost is $29.95 + shipping and handling.


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Are you ready to give up gas?

Brammo have a video showcasing their "Engage" model with a 6 speed electric drivetrain.  Range is still the biggest issue with electric bikes in our opinion but putting in a 6-speed transmission makes them a whole lot more like regular motorcycles and way more fun.

Are you ready to give up gas?  Polaris Industries must think there's a future in it.  They were part of a 28 million dollar investment in Brammo in the hope to boost the development of electric powertrain technology. That's a lot of money to get even better at something you're already good at. We should be seeing some exciting things out of Brammo.

Not to mention that Brammo has roughly 30 dealerships right now and Polaris - about 3,0000.  That can only be a good thing for Brammo.


One thing is for sure - electric is here to stay


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Lee Hartung - Amazing garage find!

Lee Hartung spent over 60 years collecting things - as a "scrap man" in Chicago. He had the opportunity to collect some pretty amazing things.

Amongst the finds - 30 motorcycles (more than 80 cars too). The motorcycles are going to be offered up via auction (Auction America) in early November.

There's some pretty amazing stuff in here. Wow! That Henderson custom for a fire department is pretty spectacular. There's a 110 year old - wooden wheeled Wagner too.  Unbelievable!

Watch as they're rolled out of the garage and see if they start.


Intro - Day 1




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Chronicles of McGonigle- Panama to San Diego on Motorcycles

We told you about the Chronicles of McGonigle a few days back and we've been in touch with Sean. He and a friend set off on a surfing trip that took them from Panama to San Diego - on Suzuki GN-250's.  Looks like they might have had some fun!

Sean sent us some links to the first few of the 24 episodes from the 9 month trip of a lifetime.

Episode 1:



Episode 2:



Episode 3:



Episode 4:


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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:


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Chronicles of McGonigle- Panama to San Diego on Motorcycles

Okay - so this isn't really Canadian content per say BUT it's a universally appealing adventure!

Sean McGonigle contacted us to let us know about some pretty cool adventures he had - all documented in a video blog series "The Chronicles of McGonigle."  Wicked stuff Sean!

In Sean's own words, here's what it's all about:


My name is Sean McGonigle and I just completed a surf trip (racks welded to the side etc.)  from Panama back to San Diego on a Suzuki GN-250 (basically a scooter). After meeting my best friend Jake in Panama, we bought motorcycles down there and hit the road, sans GPS, motorcycle experience, cold weather gear, maps, etc. 9 months later we found ourselves back in San Diego, with a lifetime or memories in the bank. 

We filmed our entire trip for and have had a professional edit the footage into 24 concise episodes professionally shot in HD. 

Check out the short trailer of the Chronicles of McGonigle- Season 2- here, which is my second video-blog series.



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Confederation Bridge video from VRIDETV

Jeff - over at VRIDETV - has been at it again. He's posted a new HD video that you might want to take a look at. Here's all the details:

This new HD video features motorcycle riding on the Confederation Bridge between Bayfield, New Brunswick and Borden-Carleton, Prince Edward Island. 

This is the World's Longest bridge over ice-covered waters at 12.9 kilometers in length and 11 meters wide. Construction started on October 7, 1993 and was completed in 1997 winning multiple international engineering awards. 

Be sure to visit his blog and news page to catch up on what he's been doing since your last visit. 




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High Speed MotoGP turn @ 1000 frames per second

Red Bull Moments films atheletes doing amazing things with high tech camera's filming at 1000 frames per second and puts them online.

Pretty cool stuff!  In the latest episode they've filmed MotoGP star Casey Stoner going through a corner.  Watch and be amazed:


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Ducati UK takes part in road safety film

The short film called ‘Stay A Hero, Stay Safe’ features a Ducati 848 ridden by the father of a young boy who is waiting for him to return home. While waiting, the boy aspires to be just like his father by trying to recreate the excitement and pleasure of motorcycling with items found in his garage.

With the aid of Ducati UK, the Sussex Safer Road Partnership has produced a creative and emotional film intended to help reduce the amount of motorcycle related accidents on UK roads and makers hope that its effective message of responsibility will reach around the world. 

The aim of the heartwarming film is to promote the joy of motorcycling, while underlining the responsibility that riders have to themselves their families and the wider road using public. To achieve this, the advert takes on a refreshingly positive style of communication and is effective because it conveys the inspirational role that motorcyclists must play for future generations. 

Ducati was chosen because of their enthusiastic response to the positive safety message of the film and, as the Italian manufacturer is a recognised leader in creating inspirational motorcycles, the Sussex Safer Road Partnership considered it to be the perfect pairing. In the same way that the film intends to inspire safe riding now and in the future, Ducati are famous for building inspirational motorcycles.

Ken Seymour, Manager of the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, said: “We at the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership are committed to reducing all types of collision on our road network and are raising the profile of motorcyclists as our data infers this is the time to start to remind riders of their responsibilities. ’Stay a Hero’ isn’t your usual shocking public service film. Instead we hope that it will connect with the motorcycle community and generate discussion that helps to protect people on our roads.

The film was made by Alexander Commercials and is the second pairing of Writer/Director Daniel Cox and Producer Sarah Alexander and its dialogue-free story is hoped to increase its global reach and potential to deliver the important safety message of responsibility to the world’s motorcycling community.




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Husqvarna's new 900cc street bike - video

Swedish manufacturer Husqvarna (now owned by BMW) has been hyping new bike they've got in the works.  It's a street bike no less!  A "super" motoard styled bike featuring the BMW F800 series parallel twin that's bumped up to 900cc's to give it a little more wow factor for the road.



As a bonus - Husqvarna took some photo's and pushed them out to print media and the Internet with a "Spy Shot" apperance.  Not sure who's marketing idea that was but we're happy to see the photo's anyway we can get them.

The bike looks like it'll have no more fairing and extra weighty bits than it needs.  Should bode well for the power to weight ratio.

The bike will reportedly debut at the EICMA show in November.  It's even rumored that Husqvarna will produce a few variants of the bike just like Triumph did with their 800 and Tiger 800 XC. One would be a road biased bike while the other would be off-road worthy.




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Ducati Diavel - it will be televised.

Ducati has a new 60 second television spot for the Diavel - watch it below. Ducati have also provided some behind the scenes footage and inspiriation for the making of commercial as well.

Shot in Cape Town, South Africa "the aim of the Diavel commercial was to communicate the idea of authentic sensations expressed by real-life faces in everyday situations, all in just a few seconds."

I don't know about all that but if you're a Ducati fan you might want to check it out:




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A new powerplant from Husqvarna

Husqvarna Motorcycles is coming out with a 900cc 2 cylinder engine!

The 900cc engine is derived from BMW's 800cc twin-cylinder engine. The engine capacity has been upgraded to 900cc and many of the main components have been reworked which brings up the horsepower and torque numbers for what should make for an interesting street bike from Husqvana.

Reports are that powerplant will be showcased in a new Husqvarna adventure tourer at the EICMA motorcycle show in November.


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Charge - Available in Canada May 10th.

We had told you about the new film titled "Charge" that Mark Neale has been working on. Well a special "Preview" edition is finally ready and will be available for order in Canada on May 10th, 2011.

Mark Neale - award winning director of Faster, a documentary that takes you into the wild world of racing 500cc MotoGP bikes, has a new film he's working on titled Charge that takes on the historic rise of electric powered superbikes.

Place your orders HERE






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Building the TapOut Yamaha R1

Some really interesting information on some of the work that went into the R1 sportbike that Yamaha Motor Canada and Flat Out Industries partnered to build.  Check it out:


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Motus on a closed course - Sounds phenomonal!

Interesting YouTube clip of some Motus MST prototypes on a closed course test at Barber Motorsports Park on April 12, 2011. 

He gets awfully close to scraping the hard cases on this one.  Man, that small block-based V4 engine sounds BAD ASS!

The bike looks great and the riders report that the bike feels great and nimble despite the 1,654cc size. Maybe Motus will become the next big US motorcycle manufacturer?


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Pan-American motorcycle trip featuring a few Canadians

Got a tip from a reader about this story - apparently the some of the cast of this adventure are Canadian and all are currently living in Vancouver. The Motorcycle Diaries is going to be an interactive web series documenting the journey of five young folks with TV friendly faces.

One of the participants - Clare is a an exotic dancer!  Yeah, I thought that might get your attention.

Here's what we know about the trip -

5 young people leave everything behind, and embark on the journey of a lifetime: a pan-American motorcycle trip riding through all 50 states, and interacting with the people and places they encounter. It will be documented on film and through social media, and broadcast over the web and TV. The journey begins....

5 Riders, 50 States, 220 Cities, 25000 Miles...THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES (TMD) is a revolutionary, interactive web series that documents an extraordinary 50-week, life altering journey of five young motorcycle riders as they travel from Anchorage, Alaska to Ka Lae, Hawaii.

They're going to be riding Harley Davidson's.

Link the website is HERE.









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Ducati's in the movies

I got to thinking this morning about motorcycle placements in movies and which manufacturers seem to be embracing that as a way of advertising and raising awareness of their brand. One brand that springs to mind as one makes use of this form of advertising is Ducati.

What movies prominently feature Ducati motorcycles?

The Matrix Reloaded - Trinity rides a Ducati 996 through heavy traffic to evade some nasty ghost twins.



Yes Man - Jim Carrey used a Ducati Hypermotard

Cat Woman - Okay, so not many people saw this one but Halle Barry rides a Ducati Monster in it.


Terminator Salvation - Ducati Hypermotards were used as inspiration for the Moto-Terminators



I'm sure there's more - that's just a few I can think of.  Maybe you can think of some other movies featuring Ducati's?

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New video at VRIDETV

Jeff Pennock over at VRide TV let us know that he has posted a new new high definition video of motorcycle riding in beautiful British Columbia.

Motorcycle riding on Highway 5A Part 2 from Nicola Lake to Stump Lake, between Merritt and Kamloops, British Columbia. This stretch of highway is blessed with lakes, windy roads, and incredible scenery with a number of roadside points of interest, and rest areas. An excellent place for motorcyclists to ride that are going to the Great Canadian Bike Rally in Merritt or the Sturgis North Motorcycle Rally and Music Festival in Salmon Arm in July.

Here's the link to the video: http://www.vridetv.com/hdnicola2.html




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Some pretty cool aerial video

We came across this pretty cool video that's shot from a remote control helicopter. It makes some already amazing motorcycle acrobatics even more impressive when seen from the unique aerial perspectives.

Check it out:


Freestyle from Vortex Aerial Video Production Services from Vortex Aerial on Vimeo.

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335 horsepower Triumph Rocket 3

We came across this YouTube clip of a supercharged Triumph Rocket 3 that was reportedly prep'd by Echo Cycle in Edmonton, Alberta.

According to some of the comments...  "It made 335hp at the wheel and 302 ft torque, (pump gas 18 psi) myself (on the bike) and Kurt from Echo Cycle built this bike for a customer. The customer is only about 5'8" and maybe 150 lbs soaking wet, but he loves it."


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Chris Pfeiffer BMW G450X vs. a BobSled

What happens when you mix one bobled track, one bobled descending the track, and Chris Pheiffer on his BMW 450X going UP the track - at the same time?  Pure entertainment!

I don't know who's crazier - the BMW sponsored bobsled riders or Chris Pheiffer.

Check it out:


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Just in time for 2011 - VRide TV calendar

VRide TV have published a 2011 calendar featuring photos taken during his motorcycle journey across Canada.  Here's some additional details about the calendar from Jeff himself:

Wall calendar features 13 high resolution images of scenic points of interest from the ten Provinces of Canada. 

    •    The Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City, Quebec.
    •    Province House, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
    •    The lighthouse at Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia.
    •    Confederation Bridge, New Brunswick.
    •    Cape Spear, Newfoundland.
    •    Corner Gas TV set in Rouleau Saskatchewan.
    •    Sunset at White Rock, British Columbia.
    •    Rocky Mountain sheep in Banff National Park, Alberta.
    •    House on Trans Canada Highway, Manitoba.
    •    Medicine Lake, in Jasper National Park, Alberta.
    •    National War Memorial, Ottawa.
    •    Black Tusk, in Garibaldi Provincial Park British Columbia.



He's even done a YouTube video for it which you can watch HERE.




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John Britten DVD released

If you're a fan of motorcycle racing and design chances are you've probably heard of John Britten - a mechanical engineer from New Zealand who designed a world-record-setting motorcycle with many innovative features including the use of composite materials. What's more - he built it in his backyard workshop and took on the all the major manufacturers.  And won!

This DVD has been remastered from the original documentary, and there is additional, never seen before footage included as special features on the disc.

Now you can purchase and see the story of Britten on DVD in "One Man's Dream: The Britten Bike Story"


This is the only DVD available telling the story of John Britten and his bike.

Full information is available here:

http://brittendvd.co.nz/

Update: The cost for the DVD is NZ$52 for one DVD including postage to canada. (Thats about $32 canadian).


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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.


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New Canadian Motorcycling video at VRide TV

Jeff Pennock over at Virtual Riding TV let us know that he's posted a new Canadian motorcycling video. He tells me that he's got over 100,000 km's on his Harley Davidson V-Rod at this point. So you know he's seen a lot of Canada!  He has traveled coast to coast in fact and has HD video of a lot of it.

Check out his newest video below and be sure to visit http://www.vridetv.com to see all of his other video's and content:


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Short film about doing what you love by Henrik Hansen

Came across this great video by Henrik Hansen featuring Shinya Kimura; a Japanese born custom bike builder and founder of Zero Engineering and Chabott Engineering.

Shinya founded Zero Engineering in Okazaki Japan in 1992 Currently Shinya has left Zero Engineering and launched his own studio called Chabott Engineering in Azusa, California. He plans to build both custom bikes as well as "moving himself toward the world of art."

Read more about Shinya and what he's up to lately at Chabott Engineering



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New HD video online at VRIDETV

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


Here's the rest of the news from Jeff:


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

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



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


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DIscovery Channel's #4 on their top bikes list

Slow news week - but here's a throw back video for you.  Pretty insane bike! Don't think you'd want to run it on any road that's twisty!


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Ducati Multistrada 1200 tutorials

Here's a few video's from Ducati Motor Holding explaining all the benefits of the Ducati Multistrada 1200 that you might enjoy.  It would probably be even better if you understood Italian - but don't worry, there's some English subtitles:








Looks like Ducati has posted a few more Tutorials - bringing the number up to 7.

Here's the LINK for more.

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New Virtual Riding TV video has been posted

Our friend Jeff (Founder/Executive Producer) over at Virtual Riding TV has posted a new high definition video of a sunset motorcycle ride on the Sea to Sky Highway between Porteau Cove and Lions Bay, British Columbia, Canada.

For those unacquainted with this area, Highway 99 is one of the most scenic roads in BC, especially from Vancouver to Whistler.  Portions of this stretch of road were redone for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, and now the Sea to Sky corridor is a motorcyclist's dream filled with spectacular scenery. Don't take our word for it though. Check out the video below.

The video is appearing in several spots on the web, including YouTube, Daily Motion, and the tourism British Columbia website.  You can check out this new video below but make sure you visit the VRIDETV website to see all their great (and free!) video's.


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How's this for conspicuity?

Being seen is an important part of safety when you're riding a motorcycle. A motorcycle has far less visual presence as a car, truck, or SUV so riders have to ride safely and consider that they might be invisible to other motorists.

A UK campaign reminds drivers to watch out for motorcyclists. I found it pretty clever and has a catchy little tune too. If only you could be this visible! Hope you enjoy it too.


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Current generation VFR1200 exhaust note vs gear driven cam VFR

Compare if you'd like the sound of a new VFR1200 with an aftermarket exhaust vs. an old school gear driven cam VFR. Some say that the old VFR's are amoung "the" best sounding motorcycles of all time.

The VFR1200 shown here has an aftermarket leo vince pipe.

Hear and decide for yourself:



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2010 BMW S1000RR YouTube clip

The music is bad, but the bike looks amazing! Watch an official video on the development of the BMW S1000RR.


Source: SoloMotoTreinta via Asphalt and Rubber.

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BMW Concept 6 - video's and details

BMW has a new video posted on YouTube featuring some high quality footage of their Concept 6 bike.

What makes this bike so special is that it features a compact six cylinder 6 engine. It looks amazing, and while the bike won't likely be produced, it's very possible that the six cylinder engine will find it's way into a K-series production model in the future.

Here's some video's to enjoy:




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2010 YZ450F video test in Montreal

Blackfoot Yamaha rider Colton Facciotti and Dusty Flatt recetnly had a chance to take the all new YZ450F out for a little spin inside Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Quebec. This took place Friday night prior to the Montreal SX.

They're catching some SERIOUS air. The bike looks like it's goign to be a great performer.


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Dave Grohl likes his Harley's

There's a pretty decent video on YouTube from musician/singer/drummer front-man of Foo-Fighters Dave Grohl on YouTube. It's called "Everything Sonic" and Grohl talks about his love of Harley's. His wife - not particularly, not until he got a Steet Glide Trike.

Here's the description from YouTube:

Everything Sonic featuring Dave Grohl
A film by Danny Clinch

Family man, father, Foo Fighter front man, Dave Grohl is taking time off from the road this summer to focus on a newborn, recording new songs to be included on the forthcoming Foo Fighters Greatest Hits & probably a few other things. Doesn't sound like much of a break and yet he still finds the road in the form of two, or as you'll see, three wheels. Dave recently took an afternoon to talk about his riding history and its influence on his life & music.

Check out the above video and the rhythm Dave catches from the sound of his Road King® engine.

If you're easily offended by swearing - better not watch this one.


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WSB racing in the rain (video) and sliding around like a dirt tracker!

We recently came across a video of Japanese rider, Ryuichi Kiyonari racing around a very wet track that we had to share. The announcers aren't talking English, so I can only imagine what they're saying. Probably some emphatic talk about how incredible it is that Kiyonari is keeping the bike upright punctuated with incredulous expletives. Or maybe that's just me!

He's seriously motoring, and sliding around the track on his 1000cc superbike like it was a dirt tracker. Impressive to say the least:


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