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Harley's are for Women

Harley Davidson has a "We Ride" publication available for download on their website. The We Ride publication is a PDF magazine for women who are interested in riding.

It gives lots of (Harley-centric) information about getting into motorcycling. It's 45 pages of Harley Davidson focused information.

Feel free to download and enjoy a copy of it on your computer here.

This page includes all sorts of other information for women interested in motorcycling too.


Kawasaki shows off some new models in US

Kawasaki is having a big week and has been showing off some new models - a 250 supermoto model based on the KLX250S dual sport, a revamped Ninja 650R, and for the sportbike crew - a lighter ZX-6R.

The KLX250SF comes with road-worthy 17-inch radial tires and lowered suspension than it's dualsport relative. Along with the lowered suspension comes reduced wheel-travel in both the front and rear. This lowers the centre of gravity for improved on-road handling and stability.

The 249 cc liquid-cooled four-stroke single uses a gear-driven counter balancer to reduce vibration and features a six speed transmission.

Suspension will be fully adjustable front and rear, and the 43 mm USD fork offers 231 mm (9.1 in) of travel. Dry weight is a claimed 137 kg (302 lb). The bulk of the stopping power comes by way of a single sided large petal-type disc fitted up front.

Kawasaki's Canadian website offers no word on whether the little super moto will make its way to Canada - we'll have to keep an eye on this one.

The 2009 Ninja 650R will come with several new refinements designed to make it sportier and even easier to ride. The fuel injection has been revised for the liquid-cooled DOHC, 8-valve 649 cc parallel twin to increase bottom-end torque and improve the smoothness of the low-to-mid rpm response. Some rubber engine mounts help reduce vibration through the seat.

A less rigid and lighter steel trellis frame also reduces width at the knees and footpegs; the swingarm has been stiffened.

There has been some bodywork updates, you get a new dual headlight, and a taller fuel tank gives the bike a more aggressive look.

Kawasaki indicates that the instrumentation is MotoGP-inspired, and include a new fuel gauge, digital speedo, clock, odometer, dual trip meters, and a digital tach. This should help keep people from calling the Ninja by one of it's old nicknames - the Ninjette!

The 2009 ZX6R is said to draw on the looks of the larger ZX10R which should be a winning look. They've added a proper MotoGP-style stubby exhaust and improved the suspension. Most importantly though they've trimmed the weight down to make it more competitive. We've scrounged up a photo but it's not clear whether this is the real thing or not.


Monster 1100's unwrapped

Ducati has announced the arrival of the new Monster 1100 and 1100S. They've incorporated some of the new tank styling from the 696 with it's vents on either side.

In addition to getting lots of air into the engine these cutouts allow the bars to have an increased steering lock - I imagine they serve the same purpose on these new, larger Monsters.

The new Monster with be powered by an air-cooled 1100cc two-valve twin and will be available in a standard and "S" version (utilizing Ohlins suspension). Power claims are 95 horsepower and 79.5 lb-ft torque.

Reportedly it'll be available in a wide range of colors:

Colour schemes
Model, Fuel tank, Frame, Wheels
1100 Red, Red, Silver
1100 Silver, Red, Silver
1100 Gloss black, Matte black, Silver
1100 S Red, Red, Racing Gold
1100 S Pearl White, Matte black, Racing Gold

From Ducati:

The new Monster 1100 design perfectly balances sports performance, riding pleasure and stunning looks. With its new single-sided aluminium swingarm, high level of componentry, race-oriented chassis and 15 years of evolution, the Monster 1100 now takes its place at the head of the Monster family.

The Monster 1100 S is a pure concentrate of lightness, power, design and exclusivity. The ‘S’ features 43mm Öhlins forks and progressive Öhlins rear shock absorber. Carbon fibre cam belt covers, silencer guards and front fender reduce weight by a further 1kg (2.2lb). The distinctive racing gold coloured 5-spoke wheels of the Monster 1100 S give it an elegant style and the same sporting look as historical Ducati racing models.

Both versions of the new Monster 1100, which comes factory-personalised with removable single seat covers and neat micro-bikini fairings, are powered by the charismatic two-valve 1100cc Desmodromic twin-cylinder engine delivering 95hp at 7500rpm and an impressive torque of 10.5kgm (79.5lb-ft) at 6000rpm.

The first public appearance for the Monster 1100 will be at the International Motorcycle Show in Cologne (INTERMOT – Hall 8) starting form the 8th October.

The .Monster website will be online soon, revealing more details of the new Monster including photos, technical specifications and multimedia content.


Buell Cafe Racer hits Canadian dealerships

Buell's 1125CR has hit the floors in Canadian dealerships! With the 1125 cc liquid cooled Rotax v-twin engine these are cutting edge Buell technology. Liquid cooled! Yes, you read right - liquid cooled!

According to Buell it's the "new power-to-weight class leader, the Buell 1125CR. A fearsome blend of superbike performance, sinister styling and wicked attitude, it pushes the boundaries of the naked category. This 21st century, café racer combines a featherweight chassis with a dominating 1125cc liquid-cooled, V-Twin for powerful acceleration in any gear. Add to that its aggressive, sport riding position and precise handling and you’ve got an experience like no other."

It's got 146 hp on tap at 9800 RPM and makes 82 ft. lbs of torque at 9800 RPM. A shiny new one comes with a $12,599 MSRP.

For more information on the Buell 1125CR check out the Canadian section of Buell's website:


MMIC motorcycle shows rolling into town

The Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council is gearing up for the annual motorcycle show circuit. There's going to be a big show in several Canadian Cities this year.

Here's the list of cities:

Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Quebec City, Moncton, and Montreal.

Details on the dates and times are listed below or visit the MMIC website for additional information:

2008 Toronto Motorcycle Show

December 12 - 14, 2008 (Friday to Sunday)
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
North Building, 255 Front St. West
Toronto, Ontario

Contact Information
Darryl Bond - Show Manager

Tel: 905-361-5234
Toll-Free: 1-888-695-2677
Fax: 905-361-2679

2009 Calgary Motorcycle Show

January 9 - 11 (Friday to Sunday)
Roundup Centre, Stampede Park
Calgary, Alberta
Contact Information
Show Manager: Lauri Paetz

Tel: (403) 245-9008
Toll-Free: 1-866-704-4412
Fax: (403) 245-5100

2009 Edmonton Motorcycle Show

January 16 - 18 (Friday to Saturday)
Northlands Park - Agricom
Edmonton, Alberta

Contact Information
Show Manager: Lauri Paetz
Tel: (403) 245-9008
Toll-Free: 1-866-704-4412
Fax: (403) 245-5100

2009 Vancouver Motorcycle Show

January 22 - 25 (Thursday to Sunday)
Tradex Exhibition Centre
Abbotsford Airport, British Columbia

Contact Information
Show Manager: Nanette Jacques
Tel: (604) 535-7584
Toll-Free: 1-800-663-8815
Fax: (604) 535-1463

2009 Quebec City Motorcycle Show

February 6 - 8 (Friday thru Sunday)
Centre de foires de Québec
Quebec City, Québec

Contact Information
Show Manager: Corinne Belmonte

Tel: (514) 285-2686 XT 2248
Fax: (514) 282-4292

2009 Atlantic Motorcycle Show

February 13 - 15 (Friday to Sunday)
Moncton Coliseum
Moncton, N.B.

Contact Information
Show Manager: Scott Sprague

Phone: (506) 658-0018
Toll Free: 1-888-454-7469
Fax: (506) 658-0750

2009 Montreal Motorcycle Show
February 20 - 22 (Friday to Sunday)
Montreal Convention Centre
Montreal, Quebec

Contact Information
Show Manager: Corinne Belmonte
Tel: (514) 285-2686 XT 2248
Fax: (514) 282-4292


Honda launching SuperCub site

Honda is set to launch a special site devoted to the long running Honda Super Cub.

After 50 years and 60 million units, the Honda Super Cub is about to get its own special website. There's a teaser site up already but the real one will go live on September 26th.

Get ready for it here (site incorporates some sound):


Dual Sport Ride (Oct 18th) in Falmouth NS

You and your family are invited to join the Nova Scotia Off Road Riders for a free, fun, non-competitive trail ride, exhibition and barbeque on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008 (rain date: Oct. 25), in Falmouth NS.

Attendance is limited to the first 100 registrations (observers and riders combined) so submit your registration early to avoid disappointment! Please note that advance registration for this event by Oct. 6 2008 is required. No on-site registrations. Please note that the event will take place on private property that is being made available for this ride only.

For information on this event and to download the registration form, go to


Ducati rumors abound for 2009

According to leaked reports from Ducati insiders, Ducati has some bigger plans for 2009.

A company insider has reportedly revealed that Ducati will be upping the 1098’s capacity to 1198cc for 2009. To match the 1200cc World Superbike v-twin capacity limit, the Ducati 1098R already displaces 1198cc, so it is expected that a version of that same engine will be used in the 2009 Ducati 1198, but in a lower state of tune and using less exotic parts.

Reports are that the 1198 will have 170bhp. The base 1198 receives a $500 USD price bump (to $16,495 in the US), the 1198S remains at $20,995 (US). The 1198 will be lighter than the outgoing 1098 and may receive a facelift.

The $500 USD price increase will likely be carried over to most bikes in Ducati's range, including the 848, which receives no other significant changes.

It is also said to expect two versions of the 2009 Ducati Monster 1100, the regular 1100 and an S with Öhlins suspension. There's also an all-new model that, “is a cross between a Tuono, Brutale and fits between Monster and Hypermotard.” It will be powered by the outgoing water-cooled 1099cc engine from the 1098, but with a smaller airbox that means less power and shotgun-style dual exhausts mounted on one side.

It looks like 2009 will be another very exciting year for the Italian motorcycle maker!


Honda Canada Motorycle Deals

Honda has a "Get More Summer Event" promotion on right now which includes discounts on some popular models and finance rates starting at 3.9%. So if you're looking to buy a Honda, now might be the time.

According to Honda the offer valid at participating Honda Motorcycle and ATV dealers in Canada only.

"This Offer is valid on selected new and not previously registered 2008 Honda motorcycles and ATVs. Manufacturer’s discounts off MSRP reductions are available only at participating dealers and vary from $140 to $3,000 for motorcycles.

Up to $3,000 available on Gold Wing GL1800 models. Financing is available on approved credit through Honda Financial Services. 3.9% APR available only on all 2008 Gold Wing GL1800, VT750, CBR600RR, CBR1000RR and VFR800A motorcycles."

Here's a link to the advertisement for the event that you can check out for more details:


Ipod's and motorcycles?

Brammo Motorsports has just raised $10 million in venture capital funding for the Enertia electric motorcycle. According to Brammo CEO Craig Bramscher, that is enough to bring the Enertia into production.

A particularly interesting piece of this news is one of sources of the funding - that would be Best Buy; the electronics store. So maybe there will be a day when you can buy yourself a motorcycle to go along with that newest iPhone you've had your eye on!

The Enertia is capable of reaching a top speed of over 50 miles per hour (or about 80 km/hr) and can accelerate from 0 to 40 mph (just under 65 km/hr) in under 6 seconds. It has a recharge time of roughly 3 hours, weighs 280 pounds and uses valence lithium iron phosphate batteries.

The first set of bikes will cost around $15,000 each when they become available later this year, with subsequent production runs to be priced at a slightly more affordable $12,000. About 100,000 people have already expressed interest in purchasing the bike through Brammo’s website.

The company claims to have intentionally remained “capital frugal,” and expects to raise its next round of funding next year. CEO Craig Bramscher wouldn’t say whether Best Buy’s investment meant we could expect to see Enertias appearing at a local Best Buy store.

Brammo is a US company so products will likely be in the US initially. Hopefully they'll make their way to Canada as well!

For more information on the Enertia check out their website here:


Honda and Yamaha want electric models

Two of the worlds largest motorcycle companies; Honda Motor Co. and Yamaha Motor Co., are said to be developing electric models to attract riders amid high gasoline prices.

"We are pushing forward with the development of electric two-wheeled vehicles, but we haven't decided on the price or the release date," said Honda spokeswoman Akemi Ando.

Honda plans to debut its electric bikes by 2011, while Yamaha will introduce its version in 2010, the Japanese business newspaper (Nikkei newspaper) reported.

Yamaha is working on an electric two-wheeler to market along the lines of their 50 cc scooter, said spokesman Takashi Kitagawa. Yamaha stopped selling its EC-02 and Passol-L electric scooters last September after a battery recall.

According to the report in the Nikkei, both firms will use lithium-ion batteries to power the vehicles.

No word of course on whether these will come to Canada but probably not initially. No doubt we'll see a day in a few years time when electric motorcycles will come though.


Canadian sets new high speed crash record!

A Canadian has set a couple of new records at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. Jason McVicar of Vancouver experienced a crash while riding his Suzuki Hayabusa 1300 as he was attempting to establish the speed record for the fastest production motorcycle ever.

Well, he set a speed record at 407 km/hr for production bikes but he also set the fastest crash ever at 391 km/h.

What makes the story more amazing is that he survived the crash without serious injury. In fact, considering the speed at which he crashed, he faired remarkably well. The same can't be said about his bike though. Totally destroyed!

Here's a link to a YouTube clip of Jason talking about the incident.


New book - Zen and Now

We've just added a new book to the bookstore! Zen and Now: On the trail of Robert Pirsig and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

It appears on page 29 of the bookstore page. Available at a substantial discount from the suggested retail price and it's eligible for Amazon's free shipping deal on orders over $39. Get it on Canadian Motorcycle Rider!

We'll be offering a review of the book in the coming weeks AND we may even get to do an interview with the author himself; Mark Richardson.

Here's a bit of information about the book:

Zen and Now is a vivid chronicle of a journalist’s heartfelt and determined journey to reconnect with a beloved American classic.

In 1968, Robert Pirsig and his eleven-year-old son, Chris, made the cross-country motorcycle trip that would become the inspiration for Pirsig’s book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a powerful blend of personal narrative and philosophical investigation that has inspired generations.

Among the millions of readers to fall under the book’s spell was Mark Richardson, who as a young man struggled to understand Pirsig’s provocative and elusive ideas. Rereading the book decades later, Richardson, now a journalist and a father of two, was moved by its portrayal of Pirsig’s complex relationship with Chris and struck by the timelessness of its lessons. So he tuned up his old Suzuki dirt bike and became a “Pirsig pilgrim,” one of the legion of fans who retrace the Pirsigs’ route from Minneapolis to San Francisco. In following this itinerary over the lonely byways of the American West, Richardson revisits the people and places from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, pondering the meaning of Pirsig’s philosophy and the answers it may offer to the questions in his own life. Richardson’s dogged reporting also gives new insight into the reclusive writer’s life, exploring Pirsig’s struggle with mental illness, his unwanted celebrity, and the tragic, brutal murder of Chris in 1979.

Published to coincide with the fortieth anniversary of Pirsig’s original trip, Zen and Now is a stirring meditation on a classic work and a passionate inquiry into the lessons it continues to teach us in the complex and bewildering world we inhabit today.


Toronto Motorcycle Show (Dec 12-14th)

The Toronto Motorcycle Show is going to be having a big show on December 12-14th. It's billed as the Canadian motorcycle and ATV industries’ premier motorcycle, scooter and ATV event. There will be an exciting line-up of features and entertainment at the 2008 event, including the Extreme Globe stunt show featuring teenaged stunt riders Cody and Kyle Ives.

Extreme motorcyclist, Hollywood stunt rider and host of “SuperBikes,” Jason Britton, will also be appearing at the show. The Toronto Motorcycle Show, one of seven Canadian motorcycle and ATV shows owned by the Motorcycle and Moped Industry Council (MMIC) and Canadian Off-Highway Distributors Council (COHV), will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from Friday, December 12th until Sunday, December 14th, 2008.

“There are hundreds of thousands of Canadians who have a passion for riding, and with rising gas prices and the growing issues of traffic congestion and carbon emissions, there are even more people discovering the benefits of owning cost-efficient, fuel efficient and environmentally friendly two wheel vehicles like motorcycles and scooters,” said Darryl Bond, Show Manager.

“The Toronto Motorcycle Show is the industry-sanctioned official launch event for the MMIC’s seven city road show where their members will introduce their hottest new rides for the coming year.”

Bond added, “We are going extreme this year – we will feature the Extreme Globe stunt show, featuring Cody and Kyle Ives. We are also excited to have the amazing stunt motorcyclist Jason Britton, who will be available to talk to fans and sign autographs. Fans, riders and families have more things to see, hear and sit on at the show this year.”


The Toronto Motorcycle Show
South Building, Metro Toronto Convention Centre
222 Bremner Boulevard

What you'll see: Three times a day, Cody and Kyle Ives will showcase their amazing motorcycle riding skills and defying gravity in the Extreme Globe steel cage.

You'll also see the host of “SuperBikes” and Extreme Motorcyclist, Jason Britton. One of the most celebrated extreme stunt riders and Executive Director of 2Wheel Tuner Magazine, Jason Britton, will be available to talk to fans and sign autographs all weekend at the Parts Canada booth.

Yamaha Riding School for Kids: Yamaha Canada and Canadian Motorcycle Training Services present a free opportunity for kids aged 6 - 12 (certain conditions apply) to take a ride on the latest Yamaha TT-R off-road motorcycles.

Bikes and Birds: Mark Nash, Executive Director of the Canadian Peregrine Foundation (CPF), and his wife Marion, will present their crowd pleasing Bikes and Live Birds of Prey showcase featuring Falcons, Eagles, Owls and Hawks.


Friday, December 12th, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 13th, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 14th, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


- Adults: $15.00
- Juniors (Ages 6 to 15): $9.00
- Children (under six years): Free when accompanied by an adult
- Family Pass (two adults & two juniors): $36.00

If you'd like additional information feel free to check out the show's website:

Comments (1) gets into motorcycle accessories

Online retailer Amazon has recently started selling motorcycle parts and accessories. Not just a few accessories or parts - lots of them! From various retailers and companies across the US. You can pick the lowest price and purchase items through Amazon. Don't look to the Canadian version ( of the website for motorcycle stuff though - you'll see some motorcycle themed books but that's about it.

The list of items they're selling is pretty vast and the brands available are impressive too; names like Shoei, AGV, Arai, Iron Horse to name just a few.

So if you're living in the US it would seem that you should be able to find some good deals on a wide array of motorcycle items. If you don't live in the US, maybe you've got a relative that will send you motorcycle gifts!

I'd love to see step up with a similar variety of products. I'm not sure why it's not being done already.


Nicky Haden switching to Ducati

Ducati has announced that Nicky Hayden is set to join its factory MotoGP team for 2009. The 27-year-old from Kentucky will make his debut on the Desmosedici GP9 on the 27th of October.

Hayden comes to Ducati after six years in MotoGP with Honda, having won the World Championship in 2006.

"We are really happy to have Nicky join us," declared Claudio Domenicali, Ducati Corse CEO and Ducati Motor Holding Product Director. "We are certain that his never-say-die attitude, riding style and character will be great additions to our team in 2009. I would like to thank HRC for allowing Nicky to start testing our bike immediately after the Valencia Grand Prix. I would also like to thank Marco Melandri for his professionalism during a difficult year, which was below all our expectations. Unfortunately his feeling with the Desmosedici was never good enough to allow him to ride as well as he can. We wish him all the best for the future."


Harley Davidon gets a YouTube channel

Harley Davidson has teamed up with Google on their popular YouTube website to create the Harley-Davidson YouTube channel. The channel features video's posted by Harley riders, you can chat with other Harley riders, and view official video's.

Here's the website:

According to the website there are 750 subscribers and counting at this point and 45,873 channel views.


Triumph gets EFI for 2009

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

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

According to Triumph:

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

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

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


2009 Triumph Speed Triple R

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Key features at a glance:

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

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


For more details check out Triumph's website at:


Yamaha FZ6..."R"

New for 2009 Yamaha has a new entry-level sportbike - the FZ6R. It's a bike that looks very sporty but has a toned down engine so that you don't have the intense performance of a 600 sportbike, or the big price tag they usually come with either.

Yamaha tells it like it is on their website, in Yamaha's own words,

"Somewhere between cruisers and supersport bikes exists a genre simply known as "sports" bikes.

The new FZ6R fits perfectly into the less intense sport bike world with its easy to control engine, light weight and low seat height. A slim compact chassis and low seat height complement the fuel injected engine and its very linear throttle control. No lap records here, just a bike that inspires rider confidence and is a blast to ride."

So if you're looking for a sporty bike you can have some fun then this might be just the bike for you. The MSRP is $8,299, which seems a pretty decent bargain considering the FZ6 is $1,000 more ($9,299).

What do you get for $8,299? You'll get a steel frame, budget suspension, and a 212 kg (466 lb) wet weight, 17-inch wheels, a 1,440 mm (56.7 in) wheelbase, 6-speed gearbox, and 44 lb-ft of torque at 8,500 rpm.

The bore-stroke ratio of 65.5 x 44.5 mm, similar to the FZ6, provides fewer max horsepower but gives more midrange when compared to the wider-shorter R6 bore and stroke.

So, if you want some sporty looks but comfortable ergonomics and don't have a huge bankroll the FZ6R, this might just be your next bike.


RallyConnex Corduroy Enduro Dualsport Ride Sep 21st

The 55th running of the Corduroy Enduro is coming up this September 20, 21. If you're living in Ontario or anywhere nearby you may want to attend this popular event.

Organizers claim it's Canada's Premier 2 Day National Enduro, which draws amateur and professional enduro motorcycle riders from all over North America.

Rally Connex is signing people up for some guided tours and all inclusive weekend deals - with proceeds going to the Cord Enduro Fund.

Here's some additional details straight from Rally Connex:


The riding season is far from over. As a matter of fact, we seem to have the place to ourselves. The summer tourists seem to have retreated back to the big city, leaving all the trails for us.

With this in mind, you should pack your bike and tent/trailer and head to the Corduroy Enduro Weekend up in Gooderham. It has always been an incredible two day enduro, but lately it has been turning into a two day celebration of off-road riding.

The Gooderham Community Center has a huge lot, which serves as the headquarters for all the festivities. Surrounding and supporting the enduro event, there are multiple tents with entertainment and room for feeding the riders and spectators. This is known as the "Corduroy Lounge" and is the place to be on Saturday evening.

When you pre-enter the all inclusive dualsport ride you will get the following:

- Spectator bus on Saturday
- Commemorative T-shirt
- Saturday Dinner
- Sunday breakfast
- Vintage bike display
- Beer tent
- Tenting and trailer parking on-site.
- Tire change contest and entertainment on Saturday evening
- Fully supported dualsport ride all day Sunday, which visits various spectator points along the enduro route.

All this for $100.

A portion of the proceeds are going to the Cord Enduro Fund, in order to ensure the future success of the Cord Enduro.

You do not need any kind of competition licence, CMA membership, to enter the dualsport ride. However we always recommend that you become a member of the Ontario Federation of Trail Riders (not mandatory though).

The Corduroy Enduro website is

Info on the Saturday Trail Ride is found at

The Dualsport Tour will take riders through some of the most scenic trails and backroads of the Haliburton Highlands. Enjoy the relaxed pace and lack of timekeeping pressure that the enduro competitors will be feeling. Spectate at various points along the enduro course and cheer on your favourite riders battling for the coveted Corduroy Log trophies, and the Canadian Enduro Championship.

This is a GPS guided route, so we will load your Garmin GPS during Saturday evening or during breakfast on Sunday morning. If you do not have a GPS, you can tag along with us, or rent one for the day to try it out.
Knobby tires are recommended.

Pre enter at - note: the on-line entry on the website is currently reflecting the Sunday only amount. The all inclusive weekend deal (adding on the Saturday evening supper, t-shirt, and Saturday bus tour) will appear on Monday. Remember, proceeds are going to the Cord Enduro Fund.

Start location: Gooderham Community Center - south east of the main intersection at Hwy503 and Hwy507, south of Haliburton.

-the Community Center is on Community Center Rd (go figure!) - look for the RallyConnex trailer next to the "Corduroy Lounge".


Looks and sounds like it'll be a great weekend. Mark your calendars and get ready for some good times!


New Yamaha R1 unveiled in Las Vegas

Each of the four Yamaha MotoGP riders took part in the global unveiling of the all-new Yamaha R1 this week in big glittery show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fiat Yamaha Team riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, plus Tech 3 Yamaha team-mates Colin Edwards and James Toseland were surprise guests at the unveiling. It took place in front of 3,000 Yamaha US dealers at the famous Mirage Hotel.

The all-new version of the R1, Yamaha's premium performance road bike, is more closely linked than ever to the YZR-M1 on which the four riders compete in the MotoGP championship. The riders each came on stage aboard a different colour version of the machine, before being interviewed about it in relation to their own MotoGP bikes.

Yamaha is indicating some pretty impressive numbers for the new R1 on their site to back up the claims of M1 like technology:

"Pushing out 182 PS at 12,500 rpm with 115.5 Nm of torque at 10,000 rpm, this MotoGP-inspired engine is without a doubt the most technologically advanced powerplant ever seen on a Yamaha supersport bike."

Here's some quotes from the MotoGP guys:

Valentino Rossi:

"This is a great bike, it's very like my M1 and it's exciting to see so many MotoGP qualities now appearing on a bike for the road. I think everyone who loves the R1 and Yamaha will be very excited about this new version, it's fantastic!"

Jorge Lorenzo:

"I think this bike will be very popular. Yamaha have worked very hard to try to make it as like our M1 as possible and it seems they have done a fantastic job. The cornering and agility especially is great, which is of course one of the best qualities of the M1."


KTM announces 990 SuperMoto R

Word on the street is that KTM has announced a new production 990 Supermoto R, which should arrive at dealers in the Spring of 2009. Whether Canadian dealers will get the go-fast machine isn't clear at the moment. So we'll just focus on the what we know for now. If we hear more we'll let you know.

The 990 Supermoto R, is claimed to be the fastest ever of its breed. it will incorporate the big twin LC8 motor and new Brembo Monoblock brakes. Sounds like this machine will really live up to KTM's moto: "Ready to Race!"

The Supermoto R has a smaller tank so you won't get far, has a narrow upright seat... Sounds much like a Ducati Hypermotard S fighter. The R will apparently weigh in at 190 kg about 418 lbs for you non-metric folks. That's heavier than the Ducati Hypermotard S but the 990 LC8 engine pumps out a claimed 85 kilowatts at 9,000 RPM in the regular SuperMoto. 85 kilowatts converts to just shy of 114 horsepower by Google's calculations. Advantage - KTM.

It's a sharp looking machine too. It's got a black coated swinger arm, orange-coloured lacquer, and powder coated tubular steel frame.

The KTM 990 Supermoto R will be officially presented to the public for the first time at the innovations trade fair EICMA in Milan. Start of production is planned for February 2009.


Ouch - Now that's a fine!

A motorcyclist from Alberta was fined a whopping $12,000 in an Edson, Alberta, traffic court recently for speeding at over twice the limit. The 34-year-old rider was busted on May 1 on the Yellowhead highway (16) between Edson and Hinton, Alberta, where the posted limit is 110 km/hr. He was just a touch over the limit having been clocked at 263 km/hr on a 2005 CBR1000RR.

RCMP say the rider did not realize he was being chased until he pulled into town at Hinton, where he was pulled over. He was "completely cooperative," police said. He made a deal with the Crown which let him keep his licence, but it cost him!

"I've never seen a fine like that before," said RCMP Sergeant Ron Lyons. "A fine of $1,000 is usually a lot."

A new Crown prosecutor is apparently trying to bring home the message that speed is bad.


Marzocchi sold to American company

The Marzocchi group has been sold to Tenneco, a U.S. suspension firm based in Lake Forest, Illinois.

The sale was announced on September 1. Tenneca finalized the purchase by taking over the Bologna company's $15 million debt.

Tenneco also owns the Monroe shock absorber company and other automotive components business companies.

Tenneco indicates that they'll use the Marzocchi brand to offer a complete suspension product to motorcyclists. "This purchase brings together strong brands, leading products and advanced technology capabilities that allow us to provide customers with integrated suspension systems, including suspension forks, shock absorbers and elastomers, for motorcycles and other applications," said Tenneco president Hari Nair.

Tenneco intends to lease Marzocchi's manufacturing plant in Bologna and operate the Italian firm's sales and service operations in Canada and the U.S.

Marzocchi is already a big player in the motorcycle industry, supplying suspension components to BMW, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, MV Agusta, Piaggio, and others.


Crashed riders bike taken

Newspapers are reporting that a young man in Ontario was critically injured in a motorcycle accident this past Monday. Scott Henry, a 26-year-old man was driving the motorcycle on Monday afternoon and was ejected from the machine after driving into a ditch. He was later pronounced dead at Brantford General Hospital.

The motorcycle crash took a strange twist when someone picked up the motorcycle and drove away, leaving the critically injured rider behind. Henry was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries but died soon after arriving.

"We don't know where the bike is, the make or model or anything," said Const. Jeff Walraven of the Norfolk OPP.

Police said a brown or beige SUV stopped at the scene shortly after the crash and a man got out, picked up the motorcycle and drove north along Indian Line.

Police don't yet know if the man knew the crash victim and was retrieving the motorcycle, or stole the machine.

Anyone who can help solve that mystery is asked to call the provincial police Norfolk Detachment (1-888-310-1122).


Prince William and Prince Harry to make their motorcycle trek into Africa

Well, it looks like the rumor we brought you many months ago is true. Princes William and Harry will embark on the motorcycle trek to raise money for orphans and Aids victims. The brothers, aged 26 and 23 respectively, will complete a 1,000-mile trek across South Africa and Lesotho in a trip resembling that of Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman, in their television series Long Way Down.

The trek was reportedly Harry's idea but William is apparently equally enthusiastic. They're both keen motorcyclists. Harry was photographed riding a Honda while serving as a soldier in Afghanistan this year. William has long been known to ride motorcycles and currently owns a Honda Blackbird (and a few more I'm guessing!)

The princes are expected to use 200cc bikes. The ride will be almost entirely "off road" in temperatures up to 104F (40C). Hazards include bandits, erratic drivers and poisonous snakes. The week-long trek, which will take in some of Africa's most remote and dangerous regions but their exact route, travel dates, and accommodation are being kept secret for obvious reasons.


Walking away from a high speed t-bone

Stephane Perry of St-Jerome, Que is a Canadian motorcycle rider who believes in the usefulness of the airbag feature of his Honda Goldwing. He's the first Canadian to have some firsthand experience doing real world testing. He had a shiny new - one month old 2008 Goldwing that included the airbag. The airbag is in place of where the fuel tank is on many motorcycles.

Here's the situation - he was out riding his 2008 Honda Gold Wing travelling about 100 kilometers an hour along Highway 132 when a Hyundai Tuscon pulled onto the highway without looking... A crash was inevitable, and Stephane plowed into the front wheel/fender of the SUV at 80 to 90 km/h.

Normally this type of contact with a vehicle and a motorcycle would almost certainly be a very serious one for the motorcyclist; they surely would be launched from the bike; perhaps into traffic or into the vehicle they're hitting. That wasn't the case for Stephane and as he realized he was going to crash he hoped the airbag would work as claimed. Guess what - it did!

Instead of launching through the air and into danger, the entire experience was like "hitting a mattress," so relatively cushy was the impact, Perry says. It wasn't without drama though, "it was loud" he says. Like the many motorists who have experienced an airbag deployment in the confines of a sedan or SUV -- that the air bag inflating sounds like a shotgun going off right beside your eardrums.

"The sound was just terrible," says Perry, noting that it really was the only scary aspect of the entire experience other than those couple of nanoseconds when he realized he was going to T-bone a car at high speed.

After arriving to the scene and seeing the damage to motorcycle and the SUV, the police and emergency workers didn't believe he was the accident victim! Stephane was taking some pictures of what was left of his bike and the other accident debris when they arrived. He walked away with some bruises on his legs and a sore shoulder.

His precious Goldwing was barely a month old at the time, and now has to be replaced. Stephane says that the replacement must have an airbag - "A motorcycle without an air bag is not an option anymore," Perry says.

And he's the first Canadian to be able to say that from firsthand experience.


Canadian Artist to be featured on TV

Oak Bay (BC) resident Manon Elder's paintings are set to be featured on an upcoming motorcycle themed series Sons of Anarchy. It`s a big deal for the artist; "If it was Vancouver you'd be thrilled," said Elder, who graduated in fine arts from University of Victoria in 1976. "But the thing about Hollywood is it has that panache that sends it into the ionosphere."

Elder's art will be featured on the new FX (Fox-Extended) TV series Sons of Anarchy, which makes its debut tonight at 10 p.m. on FX stations across the U.S. There is talk of future air dates on a Canadian network.

13-part series stars Ron Perlman, Katey Sagal and Charles Hunnam and focuses on an outlaw motorcycle club and its turf war with drug dealers and real estate developers.

Elder, who was born in Ottawa, said the call from the Sons of Anarchy team came out of the blue last May.

"They said they were doing a TV show on motorcycles and it would be like The Sopranos but with a motorcycle club as its base," she said.

Elder says she got interested in motorcycle art after deciding on a whim to paint Shaw Communications CEO Jim Shaw when he was seated on his Harley for her series Men With Pens.

"On his motorcycle he became so animated. It was one of the truest to his being," recalled Elder, who soon became immersed in motorcycle culture. "I found out I could paint chrome and from this came the spark. I painted leather and it became a textural feeling. It just hasn't stopped. Sometimes you choose what you do and other times it chooses you."

Elder's oil-on-canvas originals can be seen at On Canvas Gallery, 538-B Yates St. Her giclees on canvas (high-quality reproductions), are on view at Dominguez Gallery at the Sooke River Hotel. On the web:


From the Prairies to the East Coast

This is just a little news about the site and the reason for a few days of no news posts. Dan's on the move. Really! Based in Winnipeg for the year he's moving to Halifax and currently on the road.

Starting from Winnipeg yesterday morning we made it to Madison Wisconsin the first day and right now we're in Sarnia. Back in good ol'Canada eh! That's a little over 2,000 KM's covered and right around 2,000 km's to go.

The news items will be back to the normal rate once I hit Halifax.

One thing I've noticed a lot of during the 2,000 + km's of driving (mostly in the US) that I've done the past couple of days... They like their Harley's in the US! They're everywhere! Being that it's a long weekend the bikers were out in droves. I saw several Japanese sportbikes, a few BMW's but for the most part - it was all Harley's.

A lot of these folks don't seem to wear helmets either. Frankly I'm not surprised but it's still strange for me to see hundreds of bikers on the road wearing T-shirts, no helmets, or protective gear of any kind.

It's not for me. But to each his (or her) own!