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Site News: Weddings, Honeymoons, and other assorted Business!

Our main guy - Dan will be out of town and the country for a little so the updates to the site will be a little less frequent for the next couple of weeks while he's getting hitched,and heading out on a little cruise.

When he gets back though there's a bunch of stuff coming out. More book reviews! More bike reviews! More stories!


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."


2009 Victory Motorcycle Models

Victory Motorcycles, the other big cruiser maker, is celebrating their 10th anniversary and they've celebrated with the release of their 2009 lineup.

With the introduction of the Victory Vision last year, the changes this year seem relatively minor and less dramatic. There’s a new 106 cubic inch Freedom V-Twin and a new Kingpin Low and some minor changes to some of the rest of the lineup.

The Freedom V-Twin is a new 106, not the 106/6 found in the Vision. The 4 valve overhead cam engine puts out 97 hp and 113 foot pounds of torque compared to 92 hp and 109 foot pounds. This new engine will be found in the Hammer and Jackpot cruisers.

The Kingpin Low is just that, a lower to the ground version of the Kingpin cruiser. It's got a seat height of just 22.5 inches, which should make anybody who is short in the leg a little happier. Many women in particular are on the lookout for bikes with a more accommodating seat height.

For more details about the 2009 lineup from Victory check out their website here: Victory Motorcycles


Buell Cafe Racer unveiled

Buell is bringing superbike performance to the streetfighter category in 2009 with the introduction of the 1125CR, a new model featuring a modern interpretation of "café racer" styling and the power of the Buell Helicon 1125 liquid-cooled V-Twin engine.

Part superbike and part streetfighter, the 1125CR is my vision of a 21st century café racer," said Erik Buell, chairman and chief technical officer at Buell Motorcycle Company. "It's got Clubman-style bars and a flyscreen instead of a fairing. Then we geared it down to optimize acceleration. With a class-leading weight-to-horsepower ratio, the 1125CR takes streetfighter performance to a new level."

"Some of the unique styling bits include: clubman bars, flyscreen and a tail cowl, Final-drive gearing is lowered about eight percent from the 1125R to optimize acceleration.

The 1125 cc engine makes 146 hp @ 9800 RPM, 82 ft. lbs. @ 9800 RPM and has a list price of $12,599.

For more information on this model check out the Buell (Canadian section) website here:


BMW Motorrad Fan Zone debuts in Canada

From BMW:

The BMW Motorrad Canada Canadian Thunder Race Team will be enjoying a new home for the remainder of the 2008 Parts Canada Superbike Championship. The factory riders and crew will be enjoying race weekends under a new and much larger race awning, which not only makes working on the bikes easier, but also allows the race fans to benefit from a newly created BMW Motorrad Fan Zone.

With the Canadian debut of the new HP2 Sport taking place at Calabogie Motorsport Park in Ontario, race fans in Western Canada were the first to officially participate in the BMW Motorrad Fan Zone. Incorporated within the new team home, race fans were able to visit this dedicated area under the team race awning and could engage with the BMW Motorrad riders – Michael Ferreira and Paul Glenn – receive an autographed team poster, enter a competition for a chance to win a BMW Prize Pack, grab the latest BMW Motorrad product brochures, and see the all new 2009 G 450 X sport enduro.

"By creating the BMW Motorrad Fan Zone, we are looking to offer some added value to the race fans that come out to cheer on the riders," says Chris Duff, Manager of Motorrad Marketing. "We want race fans to feel like they are part of team BMW by entering to win a BMW Prize Pack and walking away with an autographed poster after meeting the riders."

This year the BMW Motorrad Canada Thunder Team sees the 2007 National Amateur 600cc Sport Bike Championship winner Paul Glenn join Mike Ferreira on the BMW HP2 Sport. Glenn brings with him a solid background of various motorcycle road racing experiences, whereas Mike Ferreira is back with the BMW Motorrad Canada Thunder Team for his second year and looking to improve upon his sixth place finish in the 2007 championship.

The BMW Motorrad Fan Zone can be seen at the remaining Parts Canada Superbike Championship rounds this year. It will be part of the BMW Motorrad Summerfest celebrations that take place throughout this weekend during rounds three and four at Mosport International Raceway (July 17-20). The Fan Zone will also feature at rounds five and six at Atlantic Motorsport Park (August 7-10), and finally round seven at Shannonville Motorsport Park (August 28-31) to end the 2008 season. With ever increasing interest in BMW Motorrad’s race activities worldwide, this is another excellent example of showcasing the brand in front of many potential customers.


Big weekend at Mosport - Races and BMW Summerfest

Mosport is going to host Canada's biggest motorcycle road racing event this July 18-20. Some of the country's top motorcycle riders will make their only Toronto-area stop in the Parts Canada Superbike Championship Doubleheader Weekend. This double-race weekend on Mosport's four-kilometre road course is round three and four of the National Parts Canada Superbike Championship.

Defending champion Jordan Szoke of Brantford will face an intensely competitive field at Mosport that includes six-time champion Steve Crevier of Maple Ridge, B. C. and perennial title contenders Clint McBain of Calgary, Francis Martin of Sherbrooke and Kevin Lacombe of Granby, Que.

In addition to those veterans there will be some younger challengers too -Matthew McBride, 23 of Mississauga and Brett McCormick, a 16 year-old out of Saskatoon. Both have proven themselves capable of winning on the national stage. Championship races are set for July 19 and 20.

The Canadian Thunder classes, which features big twin cylinder motorcycles such as BMW, Buell and Ducati will also compete in two championship races on July 19 and 20. Current points leader Andrew Nelson (Kars, Ont.), two-time class champion Darren James (North Vancouver) and up-and-coming riders Paul Glenn (Keene) and Michael Ferreira (Kitchener) are among a strong field of competitors heading to Mosport.

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

Off track, Mosport will once again host the motorcycle lifestyle experience, BMW Motorrad Summerfest.

Designed to cater to the motorcycle enthusiast, this year's Summerfest will include the BMW Marketplace, on and off-road test rides, a dirt bike skills challenge and an off-road skills course.

The Summerfest area will be rocking on Saturday afternoon and evening with a live concert showcasing great Canadian music talent headlined by recording artist Thornley.


International Six Days Enduro - only 45 days away!

This year the International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) is being held from September 1 through September 6th. It's the oldest 'off road' motorcycle event on the FIM Calendar and it's going to be held in Serres Greece this year. First held in 1913 at Carlisle, England. It has occurred annually, except from a couple of interruptions due to World War I and World War II.

It's a grueling 6 day event. The route for the first day and second day has a total length of 235km, 3nd-4th day will be 267km, the fifth day is 215km, and it wraps up on the sixth day in the Motocross Track inside the Serres Circuit. Those distances may not seem huge, but remember they're off-road, and on some pretty challenging terrain.

While the event itself is six days, many of the Canadian participants will be heading over on August 24th to get the bikes prepared for testing and impounding on the 28th. So it's actually more like 14 days! The Coordinator's days start at 5am, and they're lucky to get to bed before 1am.

In recent years the event has attracted national teams from as many as 32 different countries; Canada included. We'll be sending some Canadians over this year too. According to the most recent information on the ISDE 2008 website, there's going to be at least nine Canadians on the participant list.

Canadian, Lawrence Hacking has competed in the event six times in the past.

Good luck to all the participants but especially the folks from Canada!


Irish motorcycle tourist traveling around the world

A motorcyclist from Ireland is touring the world aboard his trusty Aprilia 650 (a clone of the popular BMW 650 single - but not available in Canada). He's not tackling the entire globe all at once, choosing instead because of budget to do it in sections.

Paddy Tyson mentions in a conversation with a Bugle Observer reporter in Woodstock, New Brunswick that New Zealanders are typically known as some of the friendliest in the world; hospitality that he's been lucky enough to experience first-hand. But, his trip through the Maritime provinces of Canada have made him reconsider this ranking. He's said that Maritimers are the most hospitable people he has ever met in his life. "Here I am just stunned by the hospitality" said Tyson.

Hailing from County Fermanagh, the westernmost of the six counties that form Northern Ireland. He has already toured extensively throughout northern Europe. Tyson's current leg is one of the long ones. He'll be traveling through North, Central, and South America. He's already done the Australia, New Zealand, and Philippines portions of the trip.

He's a bit of a magnet for attention on his Aprilia 650 since it's not available in Canada. Not only that though, its yellow Great Britain registration plate, big Ireland sticker, and twin auxiliary tanks that allow a 600 km range is all the conversation starter that's necessary.

The bike certainly attracted some attention in Halifax, where he landed in Canada. It took five days to clear customs there. He became quite a familiar fixture in the office in fact, staying from 9-5 each day. Luckily the hospitality made up for some of that unpleasantness!

He's traveling with a $50 a day budget and trying to camp whenever possible and in the Maritimes at least he's done quite well with that budget, having been offered places to stay, meals, cups of tea, and plenty of helpful advice and conversation.

His impressions of Canada so far includes "trees, trees, trees and more trees!" Welcome to Canada!


Ride a Spyder - Near You?

The Can-Am Spyder Demo tour is crisscrossing North America. Here's a listing of the Canadian events that haven't already taken place yet.

July 18th - Edmonton, Alberta
July 19th - Ayr, Ontario
July 20th - Guelph, Ontario
July 20th - Calgary, Alberta
July 23rd - Pefferlaw, Ontario

If you don't know about the Can-Am Spyder - it's a three wheel vehicle that is said to offer the performance of a traditional motorcycle with much of the peace of mind of a convertible or a sports car. It is powered by a Rotax 990 V-Twin engine that produces 106 hp.

Although it's said to offer similar performance to a traditional motorcycle it's ridden much differently than a motorcycle. You don't lean a Can-Am Spyder. The rider has to move around on the machine much like a snowmobile rider would to maintain balance in corners.

So it's a totally different machine but may be appealing to many. It certainly looks sporty.


One more reason to ride your bike to work Wednesday

Here's another great reason to ride your motorcycle to work this Wednesday! It's the Motorcycle and scooter riders' 17th annual commuting day this Wednesday, July 16th.

Participation in the yearly demonstration is estimated to triple the number of riders on the road. Motorcycle and scooter groups and organizations actively encourage riders to commute by cycle on this day.

On Ride to Work Day, motorcycle and scooter commuters seek improved employer recognition and support for this form of transportation and increased public and government awareness of the positive value of riding.

For more details visit:


Celebrity Biker Author appearing during Laconia Bike Week

From ECW Press:

Edward Winterhalder was known as “Connecticut Ed” in the Bandidos Motorcycle Club, where he was a high-ranking world leader until his departure from the organization in the fall of 2003. Winterhalder is now considered to be one of the world’s leading authorities on motorcycle clubs, and will be autographing copies of his new book The Assimilation during Laconia Bike Week at the following locations:

Note: They're all in the US unfortunately but close enough a ride for many East Coasters.

-Borders, 30 Ash Brook Road. Keene, New Hampshire
Monday, June 16th, 5pm to 8pm. Info: 603-357-7667

-Innisfree Books, Mills Falls Marketplace. Meredith, New Hampshire
Wednesday, June 18, 2pm to 4pm. Info: 602-279-3905

-Sundial Books, 604 Main Street. Laconia, New Hampshire
Thursday, June 19th, 1pm to 4pm. Info: 603-524-3322

-Borders, 76 Fort Eddy Road. Concord, New Hampshire
Friday, June 20th, 5pm to 8pm. Info: 603-224-1255

-Borders, 76 Fort Eddy Road. Concord, New Hampshire
Saturday, June 21st, 1pm to 4pm. Info: 603-224-1255

The Assimilation: Rock Machine Become Bandidos–Bikers Unite Against the Hells Angels recounts Winterhalder’s personal involvement in the creation of the Quebec Bandidos; his friendship with the key players who made it happen; and his eventual disillusionment with, and exit from, the Bandidos Nation. Beginning with a short history of the Bandidos, Winterhalder dispels common myths about the founding of the club and outlines the original principles of its founder Donald Eugene Chambers.

In the early 1990s, after seven years of bloody conflict with Montreal’s Hells Angels, Quebec’s Rock Machine motorcycle club appealed to the Bandidos for help. Winterhalder, a born diplomat with an extensive knowledge of law acquired while incarcerated in the early 1980s, was dispatched to Canada in 2001 to coordinate the transition (or “patchover”).

The Assimilation takes readers behind the scenes of Winterhalder’s arrest and unsuccessful deportation proceedings by the Canadian authorities, Bandido politics, double-crosses and assassinations. The book also contains a glossary of biker terms and seven appendices citing club bylaws, projects and job assignments, and a worldwide listing of active chapters and support clubs.

Winterhalder, now 52, is the author of Out in Bad Standings: Inside the Bandidos Motorcycle Club; The Making of a Worldwide Dynasty (Blockhead City Press) and a contributor to The Mammoth Book of Bikers (Carroll & Graf). Events of Winterhalder’s life are the basis of a major character in the new Sons of Anarchy television series, which will debut this fall on the FX channel.


'Trippin' on Two Wheels visits Quebec

Way back in April we told you about a TV program called 'Trippin" on Two Wheels and their plan to air a segment filmed in Quebec.

Basically though, the show features Dennis Gage (that guy with the crazy mustache from My Classic Car) his son, and motorcycle photojournalist Neale Bayly. They travel the globe to exotic locations, all on two wheels.

They're riding three Buell Ulyses and manage to find their way onto some pedestrian walkway by mistake. I'm sure we'll hear more about this in show!

The Quebec segment is supposed to air on the Speed Channel July 13th but you can catch a preview of the segment here:

Click here for air time and more information from the Speed Channel:


It's official - Harley to buy MV Agusta

We brought you some rumors of this deal a while back, then there was some talk that it wasn't happening. Turns out the rumors were true because Harley Davidson announced today (Friday) that it had agreed to buy the Italian motorcycling company MV Agusta for some 70 million euros.

Harley hopes that the acquisition would allow it to expand in Europe, where Harley-Davidson sales last year climbed 15%.

MV Agusta, which also produces motorbikes under the Cagiva marque, is owned by the Castiglioni family and Claudio Castiglioni will remain as company chairman.

"We take enormous pride in MV Agusta and Cagiva motorcycles," said Castiglioni. "Our riders seek an uncompromising experience in premium performance motorcycles. And with Harley-Davidson's deep understanding of the emotional as well as the business side of motorcycling, I have great confidence that our motorcycles will excite customers for generations to come."

Harley Davidson will pay Castiglioni an additional contingent bonus if certain financial targets are met by 2016. The deal is expected to be finalized in the next few weeks.

Plans are to continue to operate MV Agusta Group from its headquarters in Varese, northern Italy, and that head designer Massimo Tamburini would also stay on.

This will add two lines of motorcycles: MV Agusta with their exotic and high performance F4-R and the 1078 Brutale RR, and Cagiva bringing a line of lightweight street bikes.


Some packing tips from Honda Canada

With the announcement of the Varadero and CBF1000 coming to Canada a few months back Honda launched a website - It does have some good tips for those looking for some adventure.

One particularly good series of tips they offer is on packing for a trip. So, courtesy of Honda Canada here's a little list to consider when you're planning your next overnight (or longer) motorcycle adventure:

1. Download our recommended gear list.
2. Lay everything out on the floor before putting it in the bike. Then put half of it back. Less is usually more.
3. Keep all of your gear to a weight within the bike’s total recommended cargo capacity including passengers. And don’t forget to check the weight restrictions of your panniers too.
4. Put your clothes, toiletry kit, towel, chargers, and stuff to put in a tent or motel room in your one of your panniers. Once you unload, you can use it for groceries & supplies later.
5. Tools, first aid kit, tire pump, extra parts, oil, or the things you won’t need (hopefully) go in the other pannier.
6. Stuff you want to access on the ride can go in your tank bag. Things like camera, phone, leatherman, flashlight, camelbak, food, extra gloves, owners book, insurance & registration cards.
7. On long adventures, get a top box and store your camping gear inside.
8. Place similar items inside the same small bag. It’s a good idea for each bag to be a different colour. So, for example, shirts go in the light blue bag. This makes it easy to find the stuff you want.
9. Get a laundry bag for dirty stuff and a drying bag for stuff that is clean but wet.
10. Space counts. Use every centimeter, like inside shoes and socks.
11. Don’t stuff your jacket with stuff. You need to remain aerodynamic and flexible.


4th annual Canadian Biker Build Off in Welland, Ontario

What better way to spend a summer weekend then by soaking in some sun, fun, and custom-built stainless steel works of art? Join thousands of motorcycle fanatics on July 25th, 26th, and 27th for the 4th annual Canadian Biker Build Off in Welland, Ontario for Canada’s #1 Custom Bike Building Challenge and the first annual Great Canadian Motorcycle Auction™.

With more than $1 million dollars worth of original and uniquely custom built choppers, bobbers, baggers and more, this will be a live auction that no biker enthusiast will want to miss.

Buyers will have the opportunity to bid on award winning bikes from Canada’s top custom chopper builders including: Canada’s 2007 Champion of the Canadian Biker Build Off, Georges Thomas, Concept and Design Cycle with the “Alien”, Zeel Design with the “General Lee,” the winner of the International Biker Build Off, “Silver Lining” by Sinister Custom Choppers, award winner at the Toronto International Motorcycle Show, “Nitmar” by Precision FramWorx, winner at the Calgary World of Wheels, and “Lethal Weapon” by Strathroy Custom Choppers, best paint job winner at the London Motorcycle Expo and many, many more. These fine bikes will be the envy of all chopper fanatics and a worthy addition to any biker’s collection.

The event will be a great opportunity for collectors to bid on custom motorcycles from a number of Canada’s top builders including winners of the Canadian Biker Build Off, Daytona Bike Week and Discovery Channel’s Biker Build Off. The Great Canadian Motorcycle Auction™ is the largest motorcycle auction of its kind in Canada and the largest custom chopper auction in the world, with proceeds benefiting Huntington Society of Canada. This year’s auction will be garnering the attention of international buyers from across Canada, USA, Dubai, Russia, UK and more so as to provide builders with the opportunity to put their custom choppers in front of millions of global buyers both at the live and online auctions.

For further information about the auction or to register to buy or sell, please visit or contact Sanchia Saha via phone at 416.636.8678 or visit the website for email contact information.


Ducati North America sees 'monster' sales numbers

The month of June was a record setting month for Ducati. This great numbers are in a market that's generally been down - that's good news for the Italian motorcycle maker.

Ducati North America announced a record retail month in June, surpassing the previous all-time high set in May of 2007. The record-setting month, 22% higher than June of 2007, keeps the company's sales ahead for the year despite a weak marketplace.

"I am pleased to report that sales were strong across the model range have been exceptional for the newly introduced Monster 696." commented Jason Chinnock, National Sales Manager for Ducati North America. "The 696 demand outpaced our supply for the month otherwise the new record of 1410 units would have been higher! We will be working hard to meet that demand in the coming months and with the motorcycle market reporting slower sales, we are excited to be bucking the trend."

Ducati North America has seen fantastic growth in the United States over the last five years and has nearly tripled sales since 2003. A series of big hit motorcycles, from the Hypermotard to the new 1098 and 848 superbikes, and now the new Monster have taken the brand to sales of over 10,000 in the last 12 months.

"The transformation of our product lineup and the exceptional dedication of our dealer network to improve has delivered these outstanding results," commented Michael Lock, CEO of Ducati North America. "At a time when fuel costs are dominating the public's attention, Ducati offers a perfect storm of style, performance and bikes like the Monster 696 that can return over 50 mpg!"


Tons of events added to August calendar!

If you're looking for something to do any time in August have no fear. We've gathered up a bunch of event listings from across canada and added them to our calendar of events.

We've got events from British Columbia to Nova Scotia listed!

Check it out here:

Don't see your event listed? Let us know:


Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14 Recall

Kawasaki has issued a recall for the Ninja ZX14, model years 2006 and 2007. No production dates or VIN numbers are specified, nor is the number of units affected.

Apparently one or more of the motor mounts may have been over torqued from the factory. This has caused the frame to crack and the engine to drop. If you own an affected bike you should have or already been sent a notification.

Further details below:

Manufacturer: Kawasaki
Model Year: 2006, 2007
Models affected: ZX14

Potential Units Affected: Not Specified
Problem: Kawasaki is recalling certain model year 2006-2007 ‘Ninja’ ZX14 motorcycles. The rear suspension can collapse when a crossmember separates from the frame. Failure of the frame could result in the rear of the motorcycle collapsing creating the possibility of a crash resulting in injury or death.

Corrective Action: Dealers will check the torque of the engine mount adjusting collars and inspect and possibly replace the frame if necessary. The recall was expected to begin during May 2008. Owners may contact Kawasaki at 1-866-802-9381.


Parrry Sound SportBike Rally this weekend!

Don't forget to attend the 26th annual Parry Sound SportBike Rally in Parry Sound, Ontario this weekend!

Registration is only $20 and includes:

Wristband (Access to all events ($25 value))
Itinerary & Info
Goodie Bag
Ballot for Jacket

It should be a great weekend! Check out the Parry Sound SportBike website for more details.


Electirc 'BugE' - Invented in Canada

Nap Pepin, an electronics engineering technologist from Edmonton is a self proclaimed geek. His home is filled with technological inventions. But his newest creation has been turning heads on Canadian streets lately.

It's a sleek, white, lithium-powered electric vehicle. The BugE has three wheels and is sort of a mix between a motorcycle and a recumbent bicycle. Pepin has been riding around in his creation and generating smiles (his own and in others) in the process.

Canada's first BugE is a single-occupancy three-wheeler that runs on battery power. Pepin said it's also the first BugE that runs on lithium iron phosphate battery technology and an AC motor.

"It's a blast to drive," he said of his 38-horsepower machine. "It's amazing how zippy it is."

10 months after receiving his BugE kit, Pepin slaved over the project, making frame modifications to accommodate an AC motor. The most challenging task he says, was developing an effective battery management system to optimize battery capacity.

"You need good systems to protect the batteries, make sure they last a long time, and get consistent performance out of them," Pepin said, estimating his batteries will last 10 to 15 years.

On a first test five weeks ago, Pepin said his BugE travelled close to 200 kilometres on a single battery charge and reached a maximum speed of 130 kilometres an hour. It'll accelerate from zero to 97 km/h in about seven seconds. Not bad at all!

Using an electricity output of 7.2 kilowatt hours, it's an extremely energy-efficient vehicle with the fuel-consumption equivalent of 628 miles per gallon or about 0.47 litres per 100 kilometres.

"That's about $1 worth of electricity," he said.

The vehicle is also equipped with a regenerative braking system that recoups energy while decelerating, returning the energy to the batteries.

As a result, the mechanical brakes seldom need to be applied.

The BugE is sold in kit form and requires that you have motorcycle licence for operation on public roads.

So what about the cost? He spent $15,000. Pepin suggests that this is an indication that automotive companies could be doing more to produce electric vehicles that are more affordable.

Pepin is now concentrating on building his own practical electric vehicle using his prototype as an example. He hopes to start working on a fully enclosed, three-wheel vehicle that can operate from spring to fall in all road conditions.