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May is Nova Scotia Motorcycle Awareness Month
On Thursday, May 1st at 11:00 at Province House (Granville St. Entrance) Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Murray Scott will read the proclamation proclaiming May as Motorcycle Awareness Month. There will also be a press release sent out that same day to all media in the province of Nova Scotia. All motorcyclists as well as the general public are invited to share in this event.
With over 14,000 licensed motorcyclists on the roads of Nova Scotia today we all need to be aware of how to share the roads. Motorcyclists in Nova Scotia are only on the roads for a few months each year so when the good weather starts we need to be alert and aware. If you drive any vehicle take the time to look twice. If you ride a motorcycle take responsibility for your own riding skills and make sure you are visible for all to see. Defensive driving skills and visibility will help everyone on the road.
In 2007 in Nova Scotia we had 12 motorcycle fatalities. Not all of these fatalities were multiple vehicle collisions. It is always unfortunate to hear about any fatalities or crashes where a rider is injured As a motorcyclist we do have a higher risk of being injured in a crash and it is up to us to first take the proper precautions for ourselves – don’t ever assume that the other vehicle driver sees you.
Be visible but drive like you are invisible.
Please contact Nancy White and the Nova Scotia Safety Council, at 454-9621 Ext 226 more information on motorcycle safety and safety courses can be found at nssafety.ns.ca
David Casteu first winner of the Central Europe Rally
Details courtesy KTM (April 26th/08):
David Casteu (France) has won the very first Dakar series rally, the Central Europe Rally riding a KTM to victory!
A ‘moment supreme’! It was a memorable day for David Casteu at the shores of Lake Balaton. All he had to do in the last stage was to keep an eye on his main (and only) rival Francisco Lopez to make sure victory was his.
And that’s just what he did. It’s David’s first win in rally-raid, who’s in his fourth season riding for KTM. He was drenched with champagne thanks to Alain Duclos and Francisco Lopez, when he came off the podium.
“This is a ‘moment supreme’ for me. Finally! It’s my first, but hopefully not last win. When I go to the next rally, I will not be the same person anymore because this victory gives my moral a big boost. The Central Europe Rally is a new kind of race, which we had to adapt to. Now we will have to see in which direction this race will develop.”
“It’s my first podium for KTM and I’m very happy. Two years ago I couldn’t dream this would happen to me. The bike was just perfect this week, and the team did a great job. It’s still a long way to go before we will race in Chili with Dakar 2009, but I’m going for it.”
Alain Duclos was on and off the podium in the general ranking the last few days, but in the end he secured his 3rd place in the last stage.
“Finally, after all these years of hard work and suffering, I’m on the podium. Thanks to Toni Togo who never stopped believing in me. I rode a consistent race which paid off in the end.”
Cyril Despres was unlucky today, he went down to 5th place overall due to a fuel problem. “Preparing for Chili was the main goal. I’m content about the bike. We tried to push hard to see how the Rally light would manage the different short stages. Now it’s a matter of details, but for the rest the bike is good. It’s too soon yet to talk about the future of this race, I think its important ASO listens to what the different riders have to say about this first edition.
Jordi Viladoms (6th overall):
“This week was a good experience, it was good for my confidence on the bike. A different kind of rally though, which suits me less than the races in the desert. We all know A.S.O. organized this rally in a very short time, so I’m sure it wasn’t easy for them.”
Teammanager Hans Trunkenploz: With 17 KTM’s within the first 20 in the overall classification, we score a maximum result. We all expected the 450’s more upfront, but the 690 proved to be very competitive, also when the conditions were less favorable. It shows we’re in the good direction. In Brasil (Dos Sertoes Rally, which starts June 17th) the whole team will start on the Rally Light. The option to choose from two set-up’s will surely help us.“
Lawrence Hacking book signing in May
To Dakar and Back documents Lawrence’s exploits during the 2001 running of the famous rally. It's an achievement which earned him the title of first Canadian to complete the grueling endurance event.
Along with signing books, Lawrence will chat about preparing and riding in the Dakar, among the other highlights of his off-road career.
If you want to meet Lawrence will find him at Booklore, located at 21 First St., Orangeville, between 7:30pm and 8:30pm. For more information you can contact the bookstore directly at 519-942-3830.
If you don't have a copy yet. Buy it here via our Amazon affiliate store.
Yamaha sales are down
"Things look pretty rough for Yamaha,'' said Kazuhito Sasaki, a senior analyst at Tokai Tokyo Research Center Co. in Tokyo, who rates the company "maintain.'' "Demand in the U.S. for the company's products, particularly the leisure-oriented ones, are slumping.''
First 2009 Ducati Monster 696 prototype making an appearance in Toronto
They're having a bit of a fashion show along with the bikes too to show off some of Ducati's new apparel and will offer some giveaways throughout the night.
Rev Cycles is currently taking deposits on the new 696 and have put together a good specification list of Monsters past and present that's worth checking out.
For further details check out their site:
2008 Rendez Vous Rally in Quebec
The Rendez-vous rally is a 12-hour rally open to all motorcyclists looking for a new challenge or willing to try something different. The Rendez-vous rally is designed with the new rally rider in mind; however, the Rallymasters have plenty of tricks up their sleeves to challenge the seasoned veteran as well.
Rendez-vous 2008 is a rally in the “traditional” format. Rally participants will have to plan and ride their own route, based on the bonus locations provided by the Rallymasters, and it is the rider who has accumulated the most points, not necessarily the rider who has ridden the longest distance, that will be declared the winner.
Further details on the event can be found here on their website: http://www.rendezvousld.org/2008/en/home.htm
Economists predict gas prices to SOAR! How does $2.25 sound?
Jeff Rubin, chief strategist and chief economist at CIBC World Markets, warned that the International Energy Agency's oil production projections are overstated. He noted that oil production has not increased in two years, straining supply.
"Whether we have already seen the peak in world oil production remains to be seen, but it is increasingly clear that the outlook for oil supply signals a period of unprecedented scarcity," Rubin said in a statement.
"Despite the recent record jump in oil prices, oil prices will continue to rise steadily over the next five years, almost doubling from current levels."
The national average of a litre of gas reached $1.23 Thursday, according to gasbuddy.com.
A growing car economy in regions including Russia, Brazil and China have boosted demand for oil, Rubin said.
Maybe those electric motorcycle options we told you about in a previous article are looking better and better!
Get your Triumph Speed Triple in new matt black
The 1050cc 2008 Speed Triple received just minor changes for 2008, among these were radial-caliper four-piston Brembo front brakes, Magura tapered bars, an all new subframe and redesigned multi-spoke wheels.
Buell Demo Rides scheduled across Canada
For additional details visit Buell's event listings here:
Traveling to Alaska - or thinking about it?
It's one of publishing's longest running guides. The MILEPOST has been guiding travelers to Alaska since 1949, longer than Alaska has been a state. Alaska became the 49th state in 1959.
Alaska is the largest state in the United States and is bordered by the Yukon and British Columbia. It's got more coastline than all the other U.S. states combined. It's more than twice as large as Texas, the next largest state. Sounds like a perfect place for some motorcycle adventure!
Here's a link to the website that you can check out to see more information on the guide including sample pages. You can purchase the book online at the site but you can get it though our Amazon store at a large discount from the price listed on the website.
Browse through our bookstore for more great deals on books with a motorcycle theme.
Here's a quote from the MilePost:
Field editors who live in Alaska and Canada drive the roads and visit the Inside Passage every year to provide up-to-date, comprehensive information to travelers. When you want to know where you'll find turnouts, gas, food, lodgings or restrooms; where you're likely to see wildlife; what day trips are available from Anchorage; what shore-excursion-length experiences can be found near Juneau; what Alaska glaciers are easy to reach by road; how to visit a Native fish camp; when salmon run on the Kenai River; or what the Talkeetna Moose Dropping Festival is, The MILEPOST tells you.Legendary Alaska trip planner and Alaska travel guide to the highways, roads, ferries, lodgings, recreation, sightseeing attractions and services along the Alaska Highway to and within Alaska, including Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories and the Yukon.
Harley-Davidson cuts jobs and production
The company, whose shares fell more than 7 per cent in pre-market trading, expects earnings to fall 15 per cent to 20 per cent in 2008, resulting in earnings of $3.00 (U.S.) to $3.18 per share. It previously forecast growth of 4 per cent to 7 per cent in 2008, which translated into $3.89 to $4.00 per share.
Robin Farley, an analyst at UBS, characterized the forecast revision as a "massive guidance cut."
The company blamed the shortfall on economic difficulties in the United States, its biggest and most important market, where a housing market slump and a related tightening in credit markets have forced U.S. consumers to rein in spending.
"With growing weakness in the economy, U.S. retail sales of Harley-Davidson motorcycles were down 12.8 per cent in the first quarter," said Jim Ziemer, the company's chief executive, in a statement.
As a result, Harley expects to ship 23,000 to 27,000 fewer bikes in 2008 than it did in 2007 and would temporarily shut down some plants in the coming months. It said 370 unionized employees and 360 non-factory employees would lose their jobs.
A fine glass of Desmo
So it seems fitting that a company from Italy like Ducati would come up with such a unique branded product. The DesmoRosso 2006 vintage is said to feature a unique blend of grapes purposely created with the Ducati class and spirit of excellence in mind.
Gabriele Del Torchio, General Executive Manager of Ducati indicated "we wanted to tie our brand and our values to a product of the highest caliber: a wine of distinction, destined to satisfy the wine connoisseur. With this wine, we add clarity to our philosophy to strive passionately for absolute excellence."
It'll be produced by a distinctly Italian winery, Le Pignole in Brendola (VI).
DesmoRosso 2006 was introduced in Verona at the Vinitaly 2008 exposition and will be sold exclusively via the internet (www.desmorosso.com). The wine is served by the glass in a few select wine bars and cellars in Italy and Europe.
What's next? Maybe they'll come out with a energy beverage and call it Desmo power? I doubt it'd taste as good as the real thing sounds!
Honda discounts for Canada
Here's a sample of some of the discounts being offered:
Shadow VLX VT600C $750
Rebel CMX250C $500
Check here for details (pdf).
Parry Sound Sportbike Rally back on!
The rally will be based at the Bobby Orr Community Center on July 4, 5 and 6th and Parry Sound will welcome motorcycle enthusiasts from all over North America once again.
A restructuring of the organizational committee will put the Sportbike Rally back in the hands of the enthusiasts. Stay tuned to www.sportbikerally.com for news as it develops.
Rally goers can expect most of the usual attractions the rally has offered in recent years plus some exciting new features. Admission to the MotoExpo is FREE for all motorcyclists, tourists and residents alike. Wristband not required.
The MotoExpo is a premier event for the Canadian motorcycle industry . Aftermarket exhibits and retail vendors will be there offering the latest apparel and accessories to see and purchase.
For Expo booth space or any other inquiries please call:
Cell 905-691-1500 or office 905-873-0732
Volkswagen Looking for a Motorcycle Company
He did not say what company he has in mind now, if any, or if this is something that is being actively pursued.
So it could be just the musings of Ferdinand Piech or maybe something Volkswagen is really thinking about. Incidentally, one Canadian group did have the foresight to pick up a piece of Ducati when it was in financial trouble. The Ontario Teachers Pension Plan.
Who said teachers weren't cool!
BMW officially unveils World Superbike
The bike will be named the S1000RR, and BMW intend to produce 1000 road going versions in 2009 to meet the World Superbike rules.
The road version of the bike will have traction control and the engineers are working towards a target weight of 190kg with power to match at 190hp.
Get that resume polished up!
Moto GP rider Jorge Lorenzo Recovering From Arm Surgery
Lorenzo posing with the doc
Fiat Yamaha Team rider Jorge Lorenzo is recovering well after undergoing a successful operation on his right arm. The 20-year-old has suffered from pain due to Compartmental Syndrome, often referred to as ‘Arm Pump’, during the first three races and the operation was performed yesterday afternoon by Dr. Xavier Mir, head of arm surgery at the Institut Universitari Dexeus in Barcelona.
The procedure, which is fairly common amongst MotoGP riders, aims to loosen the muscle compression inside the arm in order to relieve pain and loss of strength, which typically occurs with Compartmental Syndrome when the muscle is under stress. The decision was taken yesterday to go ahead whilst the joint world-championship leader has the maximum possible time to recover before the next race, which is in China on 4th May. Lorenzo held a press conference this afternoon in Barcelona together with his manager Dani Amatriain, his mother María Guerrero and Dr. Xavier Mir. He will fly to London within the next few days to continue his recuperation programme at home.
Dr Mir commented this afternoon: “The operation has been a success and the wounds are healing quickly. We decided to only operate on one arm because we believe it is better to enable Jorge to arrive in the best shape in China. Many riders have had this kind of operation and time has shown that they often don’t need the operation on the other arm. Jorge now starts his recovery and, with an elite athlete such as him, we expect it to be quicker than usual.”
“I was a little bit scared before the operation but today I’m very happy because it seems that everything has gone as well as we could have hoped! It was a hard decision to make but I think it was the best one for us because China is close, but not too close and we have time to recover. I have had pain at all three races, including Portugal, and at times it was very hard to ride the bike at the maximum, so we knew that the operation was the right course of action.
“Together with my surgeon we decided to operate on only one arm, the right, because in this way the recovery will be quicker than if we had done both. It seems that, with many other riders, doing just one arm has solved the problem. At the moment we believe that this is enough, but we will reassess after the next race.
“The doctor assures me that I will be in China and able to ride. There isn’t so much time but this is the last possible opportunity before the summer break, without having to miss races. I have some time to recover now and I will be doing the maximum to make sure I am in good shape in China – in fact I’ll be there whatever, even if I have to ride with only one hand!
“Now I will return to my home in London as soon as possible and relax there before I fly to China. The biggest problem at the moment is that it’s quite hard to do things for myself, so my mother is going to have to look after me!”
Pirelli Extends Canadian Superbike Deal
The Italian company became spec tire supplier to the Canadian tour at the start of the 2006 season.
"Pirelli has become the major spec tire player on the international racing scene," said Colin Fraser of Professional Motorsports Productions, which administers the Parts Canada Superbike Championship and SunTrust MOTO- ST Series. "We have come in on the front end of their involvement and we are very proud of that. It is exciting to be part of the development for the Pirelli tire program."
"We are very excited to extend this agreement with the Parts Canada Superbike Championship," said Scott Griffin, Vice President of Pirelli's motorcycle tire division. "This program has exceeded our expectations and the series has played a key role in the development of our tires and our place in the market."
Pirelli's work in the Canadian series in 2006 led to the creation of the Diablo Rosso DOT tire that was introduced in 2007.
"Any bit of information we learn in our work with the Canadian series is always beneficial to us," Griffin said. "The Parts Canada Superbike Championship has been very helpful for us and in our eyes it has been a leading series for us. The overall feedback we've had from the teams and riders has been excellent, which is not a surprise to us. The Canadian riders are very good and this is what we expected."
Pirelli is also raising brand awareness in Canada by sponsoring the Pirelli Superpole for the Inside Motorcycles Pole Position Award.
"We look forward to the Pirelli Superpole adding drama to the race weekends," Griffin said.
The 2008 Parts Canada Superbike Championship kicks off its seven- race season at Calabogie Motorsports Park in Calabogie, Ont. May 23-25 and wraps up with its traditional Labour Day finale at Shannonville Motorsport Park near Belleville, Ont. Aug. 29-31.
GPS tracking device introduced by Canadian company
BlackLine GPS Inc. (“BlackLine”) has introduced a new product called the GPS Snitch, it's a wireless vehicle security and tracking solution. By combining high-sensitivity GPS technology with the wireless data capabilities of the cellular telephone system, GPS Snitch provides real-time location tracking over the internet.
GPS Snitch is completely self-contained, requires no installation, and is small enough to be hidden within any car, truck, motorcycle, ATV or snowmobile. Simply arm GPS Snitch, hide it, and then track it through www.gps-snitch.com, or through text message from a mobile phone. GPS Snitch’s battery lasts up to 7 days and can also be hardwired to take advantage of your car’s power.
The GPS Snitch device features intelligent motion detection technology that enables users to be notified via email and/or a text message as soon as motion is detected. Upon sensing movement, GPS Snitch monitors an automatically-configured security perimeter. A second alert message is sent to the user if the vehicle leaves this safe zone, indicating that the vehicle is on the move.
It will reportedly be available
Here's a link to the company website:
Ted Simon making Vancouver visit
Famed motorcycle author Ted Simon is doing a road trip and Vancouver is one of his stops. He'll be promoting his books and talking about his impressions and experiences then and now in various parts of the world, like the Sudanese desert, sub-Saharan Africa, Brazil, Bolivia and Peru, Australia, and so on.
So if you'd like to meet him here are the details on where to be:
Vancouver, on Saturday April 19th at the AntiSocial Shop, 2425 Main Street, at 7 pm
Additional information can be found on his website here: http://www.jupitalia.com/
Speed TV - Trippin' on Two Wheels to head to Quebec
The show has been quite successful so far. Apparently their numbers for last month's Sicily show were the highest for non-NASCAR programming on the day it aired. It isn't a heavily promoted show yet it still beat out the MotoGP viewer-ship.
One of the exotic locations they'll be visiting is none other than Quebec!
Here's a bit of information regarding what the show is about:
Trippin’ on Two Wheels is a fast-paced series of four, 60-minute specials on Speed Channel about riding in exotic locations, and a father introducing his son to the exciting world of motorcycling.The programs follow television personality, Dennis Gage, his teenage son, Sam, and motorcycle photojournalist, Neale Bayly, as they ride the latest motorcycles through exotic locations around the world. The series also chronicles Sam’s coming of age from a mere passenger on the back of his dad’s bike to riding world-class machines of his own; all as his proud but anxious father looks on.The four-day missions are very loosely structured, and unforeseen circumstances provide some intense moments for the intrepid riders. The episodes were shot in Scotland, Sicily, Spain and Quebec. The routes taken focus on back roads and out-of-the-way places rather than typical tourist destinations.
Click here for a sneak peak video of the Spain leg: http://www.trippinontwowheelstv.com/spainpreview.html
2008 450 Motorcross Shootout Article
They've published horsepower ratings, torque numbers, and the US MSRP's. The article is an excellent blend of facts and figures along with rider impressions and some great video's . I'll save you a bit of time if you don't want to read it all. The Honda CRF450R comes out in the top spot.
A link to the article can be found here:
Some other links of interest:
Yamaha Canada - 2008 YZ450F page.
Kawasaki Canada - 2008 KX450F page.
Suzuki Canada - 2008 RM-Z450 page.
Honda Canada - CRF450R page.
Racing Green magazine gets online presence
Previously, the magazine has only been available to team sponsors and partners, with limited distribution within Kawasaki's hospitality unit in the MotoGP paddock.
The demand for the magazine from Kawasaki fans worldwide has been huge, which is why the decision was taken to make the magazine available to everyone online.
This first online features in depth interviews with team riders, John Hopkins and Anthony West, as well as Kawasaki's MotoGP Project Leader, Yoshimoto Matsuda. Kawasaki's Competition Manager, Michael Bartholemy, talks about what it takes to manage a factory MotoGP team, while Parts and Logistics Coordinator, Rob Roston, explains the complexities of shipping more than ten tonnes of equipment around the world for each race.
For those interested in the technical side of things, Neil Spalding explains how data acquisition is used, and why it is so important for fast lap times.
Check out the link here:
Painting your bike?
Here's some of what the company has to say about the product:
Our product is a new generation of paint remover that works and is earth friendly, non toxic, biodegradable, and ecologically safe. Our formulation contains no Methylene Chloride, no Formic Acid, nor Carbonic Acid, no N-MP (N methyl Pyrolidone), and is an excellent natural and green alternative. The ingredients used in this formulation comply with the U.S. EPA rules on emissions.EFS-2500 is especially formulated for the Aerospace, Aviation, Marine, Automotive, Military, and Building Restoration industries. Some industry uses include aircraft and helicopter paint stripping, military vehicles, trains, boats, graffiti, buildings, dip tanks, and others.Application: All metals, including aluminum, steel, cadmium plate, magnesium, titanium, wood, fiber-glass, paint film, gel coat, concrete, brick, ceramic, plaster, stone.EFS-2500 passed the Boeing Document D6-17487, entitled "Evaluation Testing of Aircraft maintenance Materials". The results of corrosion testing and "Hydrogen Embrittlement Tests" as conducted by DND Dockyard Pacific Labs
EFS-2500 at work
Here's a before and during shot of a mountain bike being stripped. Amazing!
Further information on the product can be found on their website at: http://www.m-tc.com/efs2500_home.htm
Harley works it out with unions
Members of two United Steelworkers locals and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers voted Friday (April 11th) to agree to the new four-year contracts. The three unions represent about 2,210 Harley-Davidson employees.
The new contract includes improvements in wages and health care benefits, including the establishment of Health Reimbursement Arrangements, a system that lets union members use HRA money to help pay for health care expenses. The new contract will also help moderate the rising cost of health care plans.
The agreements cover about 1,700 United Steelworkers employed at Harley plants in the Milwaukee area. They also cover 360 Steelworkers at the company's plant in Tomahawk, Wis., and about 150 employees represented by the Machinists' Lodge 78 in Milwaukee.
The Steelworkers' agreement calls for 2 percent annual wage increases for each of the four years. As before, employees will have no health care premiums and minimal out-of-pocket medical deductibles.
The motorcycle maker says the contracts will be retroactive to Tuesday, when the previous contracts expired.
4th Annual Biker Bash - Halifax Nova Scotia
The preparations are well underway for the 4th annual Halifax Biker Bash. This year promises to be bigger and better than ever. To start things off the show will be a 2 day show . It will now be held on the 12th and 13th of April 2008 with the dance being held in the evening of the 12th.
Also this years show will be held at Exhibition park, 200 Prospect Rd. This offers a larger venue for vendors and ample free parking.
For further information on the event visit the Halifax Biker Bash website at: http://www.halifaxbikerbash.com/
Jay Leno Takes the Vectrix for a Ride
As a follow up to a story we brought you last month about electric motorcycles, Jay has posted a video on his Jay Leno's Garage website. He gives his impressions of the scooter and talks to some people from Vectrix as well.
See the video here: http://www.jaylenosgarage.com/video/video_player.shtml?vid=224536
Stuntapalooza 2008 - Taking place in PEI
For additional information check out the Stuntapalooza website at: http://www.stuntapalooza.ca/
Advance Reserved Tickets can be purchased online at Consolidated Credit Union Place box office here:
or call (902)-432-1282
Passion of the Bike - Mel Gibson Filming a Motorcycle Movie
The movie is tentatively called "Under and Alone" and is based on the book by William Queen "Under and Alone: The True Story of the Undercover Agent Who Infiltrated America's Most Violent Outlaw Motorcycle Gang."
The book can be purchased via our new Amazon affiliate book store via this link or within the Bookstore link within the site navigation menu.
Best Western Hotels Get Biker Friendly
The hotel chain's commitment to designating participating hotels as "rider-friendly" is part of a multi-year agreement between Best Western and the Harley-Davidson Motor Company to bring travel benefits to Harley-Davidson enthusiasts.
"Best Western recognizes that Harley-Davidson and motorcycle enthusiasts have unique needs when on the road, and we're committed to providing them with amenities that make their rides more enjoyable," said Dorothy Dowling, Best Western's senior vice president of marketing and sales. "We're thrilled that more than 1,000 Best Western hotels are `rider-friendly,’ and we will add to this total throughout the year."
Harley® riders can also register for the Gold™ Crown Club International Ride RewardsTM program, a free, specially-themed rewards program for Harley-Davidson enthusiasts. Harley-Davidson® owners or enthusiasts can register by going to www.bwrider.com. Once registered online as Ride Rewards members, Harley-Davidson® riders will earn 10 points for every U.S. dollar (or Canadian equivalent) spent on qualified room rates, or 250 airline miles per qualified stay, at any of the 4,000 Best Western hotels worldwide, including the 1,000 "rider-friendly" properties in North America. By joining Best Western's Gold Crown Club International Ride Rewards loyalty program online, Harley-Davidson enthusiasts will automatically receive Gold Elite status, which includes 10 percent bonus points on every Best Western stay and the ability to purchase points for award redemption, along with other signature benefits.
As a complement to Ride Rewards, Best Western will also serve as a preferred hotel chain for Harley-Davidson's interactive Web application 'Ride Planner', found at www.harley-davidson.com/experience. Using Microsoft® Virtual Earth™ technology, the application maps out a variety of picturesque U.S. "Great Roads" and shows Best Western hotels and Harley-Davidson® dealerships along the way. Each property listing features hotel descriptions along with a directory of services and amenities. A 10 percent savings is available to customers who book their Best Western reservations through this Web site, or by calling 1-888-224-BIKE.
For more information on the Ride Rewards™ program, or to search for Best Western's "rider-friendly" hotels, visit www.bwrider.com or www.harley-davidson.com/experience.
Stuntapalooza 2008 - Taking place in PEI
For additional information check out the Stuntapalooza website at: http://www.stuntapalooza.ca/
Advance Reserved Tickets can be purchased online at Consolidated Credit Union Place box office here:
or call (902)-432-1282
Rally Connex GPS Seminar - April 8th
Rally Connex will conduct an introductory seminar on GPS at Parker Bros. Powersports on Tuesday April 8, 2008 from 7 to 9 pm. The seminar will cover purchasing the right GPS, proper mounting and power requirements, plus operation and mapping.
Many examples of motorcycle friendly GPS mounting arrangements will be on display, courtesy of gpscentral.ca. Seating is limited so please call Dave and the crew at Parker Brothers today to add your name to the list. The seminar is free and drinks and snacks will be provided.
For more information contact:
Parker Brothers Powersports KTM
5324 Dundas St. W. Toronto, Canada
M9B 1B4 (1 km east of Hwy. 427)
Harley Davidson Billboards Upset Quebec Community
Bold-lettered messages in 40 of those signs were designed to grab the attention of locals . With great success; only it's not the kind of attention Harley was likely looking for.
One Montreal-area mayor called the ads shocking and wants the Harley-Davidson billboard erected in his town to come down. "It works to insult people," said Claude Carignan, mayor of St-Eustache, where town property is being used to highlight Kanesatake's cheap cigarettes, considered illegal by the province.
The billboards use highway numbers to create French messages like "640 reasons to go buy cigarettes in Kanesatake." Others loosely translate as "40 reasons to go be bored to death in Ottawa" and "20 reasons to go visit square heads in Toronto."
Square heads - or tete carres - is a derogatory term used by Quebec francophones to refer to uptight anglophones. "I don't use that expression myself, but that's what we hear in the street," said Dominic Bourdages, a marketer for OSL Marketing, the Montreal firm that conceived the campaign. He said OSL Marketing also proposed a Canada-wide campaign to Harley-Davidson with customized messages for each region.
One billboard on the table would have suggested Torontonians visit some "frogs" in Montreal. "We had this line for sure, yes," Bourdages said. But the Wisconsin-based motorcycle company decided to only launch the Quebec campaign.
Kanesatake Grand Chief Steven Bonspille drove past the cigarette billboard for the first time on Wednesday. "I certainly don't agree with what they're doing," said Bonspille, whose Mohawk territory is about 20 kilometres west of St-Eustache. "I'm not against the cigarette trade at all here, however, I think Harley-Davidson could have picked a more positive, healthier message to the public than cigarettes."
Bonspille said Kanesatake is a beautiful region with much more to offer visitors than discount cigarettes. Still, he said some local cigarette retailers find the campaign is a boon for business
Bourdages said the ideas are based on Harley-Davidson's "anti-conformist" image and the basic biker principle of heading out on the highway. "If you talk to any motorcycle lover they would tell you that they love to ride and wherever they go it doesn't really matter," he said. "That's what we wanted to say in this campaign."
Union at Harley Davidson voting on Friday
More than 2,400 members of the United Steel Workers and International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers are expected to vote Friday to ratify a new contract, said Harley spokesman Bob Klein.
The parties have been in negotiations for several weeks and although the existing seven-year labor contract was set to expire Monday night, workers voted to extend the contract until midnight on Saturday.
Both the motorcycle manufacturer and the unions are hush hush about the specifics of the negotiations, but a previous agreement with Harley Davidson's York's union members included a 4 percent annual wage increase and didn't require employees to pay premiums toward health insurance costs.
Strikes at some of Harley-Davidson's factories last year caused delivery issues and affected the company's sales numbers.
Hot Demand for Varadero in Canada
MSRP will be $13,999.
If it's the CBF 1000 that you want, there is going to be even fewer of them. Only 240 in fact. It'll arrive the same time as the Varadero and sporting an MSRP of $11,999.