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Canadian Ducati 848 Pricing

Ducati North America has Canadian pricing information on their website for the 848. The MSRP is $15,995. That's $696 more than it'll cost you for a 2008 Suzuki GSXR 1000 at $15,299 and $2,996 more than a 08 GSXR 750 at $12,999. It's got a power-to-weight ratio that's better than the previous Ducati 999. It's also about 10 lbs lighter than a 2008 Suzuki GSXR 1000 and about 10 lbs heavier than a GSXR 750. Just the "right" size perhaps? Time will tell.


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Bad News for Manitoba Motorcyclists

Manitoba Public Insurance is going to be paying rebates of 10% on driver's 2006-07 insurance premiums. It's expected to be about $100 per vehicle owner... But, now the bad news, motorcyclists will see jumps of an average of 9% in their rates. Doug Houghton, president of the Coalition of Manitoba Motorcycle Groups states: "Some of the more higher-priced bikes in the urban area, Winnipeg... are either getting little or no increases whereas motorcycles in territories two, three, and four are getting much higher increases" referring to drivers in southern Manitoba outside Winnipeg, northern and central Manitoba.

"Also, the lower priced motorcycle will be seeing higher increases; some of those may see 15, 20% increases."

MPI is beginning to factor in what they refer to as the "true" cost of claims involving motorcycles. In 2004 MPI released a report indicating that the average motorcycle claim costs the insurer about $14,000, which is nearly six times the cost of an average passenger vehicle claim. "Bikers are more likely to be involved in single-vehicle crashes, and they are more likely to be hurt in accidents," the Crown Corporation said.


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BMW New Model Pricing Announced

BMW Canada has released pricing information on the new 2008's. Some dealerships are making available the pricing details. Here's some information apparently released by a dealership in BC. Just in time to put your order in to Santa!:


G450X - $9,000
F650GS Twin - $8,990 (Although strangely labeled by BMW as a 650 this bike actually has a 798cc engine though de-tuned from the one you get in the F800GS <71hp vs 85 hp> )
G650X Country - $9,450
G650X Challenge - $9,890
G650X Moto - $10,350
F800S - $11,000
F800ST - $12,150
F800GS - $12,250
R1200R - $14,500
HP2 Enduro - $22,250
HP2 Megamoto - $22,250
HP2 Sport - $26,640
R1200GS New Face Lift - $16,750
R1200GS Adventure New Face Lift - $19,000
R1200S - $16,500
R1200RT - $19,000
K1200R - $16,200
K1200S - $16,500
K1200GT - $21,375
K1200LT - $24,750

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