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2010 Honda Fury - Rumor?


There's some Internet rumors going around that Honda hosted an online US dealer event this past Monday and confirmed a new model - the Honda "Fury."

It's reportedly a 1300cc raked chopper that will be introduced to the US market next spring as an early '10 model.

Word is that Dealers will receive more information later in December. The pictures sent to dealers had the bottom-half of the bike intentionally blurred. Folks are speculating what this means of course and most of the buzz is that that the bike might be a hybrid with a gas and electric motor.

If they do produce an electric/gas hybrid system how long will it be before Honda puts the technology into their Goldwing? It might be a useful addition to that platform.

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KTM 2WD Hybrid in the works?

KTM has reportedly filed patents suggesting they're working on a hybrid motorcycle that will be powered by both wheels (2 wheel drive!). While they're not the first to use 2wd on a motorcycle. It is pretty unique that it's an electric system.

This news comes very shortly after news of KTM working on a zero emissions motorcycle that may get to production in as little as 24 months.

According to the patents it looks like the system will make use of a small electric motor on each wheel to supply additional torque when it's needed. The bike will still use an internal combustion engine that powers the rear wheel through a conventional transmission.

The bike pictured in the patents looks to be the shape of a desert race bike. No big surprise, given that it is KTM we're talking about here. They've been a dominant force in off-road racing and rallying for many years. A 2wd system would offer some traction advantages but the overall advantage would also be very dependent on how much the system would weigh. An electric system may offer some advantages over a mechanical system.

Don't bother looking for this one in Canadian dealerships any time soon. It is an interesting development that could very well shape the future of motorcycle design though!

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Cycle City in Burlington files for bankruptcy

Cycle City in Burlington Ontario has made it official - they've declared bankruptcy. A note on their website states:

"THIS IS TO INFORM ALL CUSTOMERS THAT CYCLE CITY HAS DECLARED BANKRUPTCY"

The dealership had been a Yamaha and Suzuki dealership as well as some other products such as Eton and Velorex.

The store has a long history, having been around since 1976. Current owners Ira and Matt Ross purchased the dealership in December of 2005.

No further information on the cause is listed on their site.

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2009 Dakar - OLN only

The 2009 Dakar is drawing near and starting on January 3rd through 18th, 2009 you'll be able to see some of the action. Better tune in to the OLN channel though because they'll be the only place to see it on TV here in Canada.

Here's a quote from the OLN website:

"For the first time in its history, the legendary Dakar Rally will head to South America for a new terrain and new challenges in the off-road rally discipline. As the exclusive Canadian broadcaster, OLN will bring viewers daily coverage of the rally throughout the event. Participants will travel through Argentina and Chili in a nine thousand-kilometre loop from Buenos Aires to Valparaiso and back again."

Photo courtesy of OLN. For more details about the programming check out OLN's website here.

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Wrap it up for Christmas - Save up to $800

Yamaha is running a promotion right now that might appeal to some Christmas shoppers. If you buy a new 2009 sportbike before December 31, 2008 you'll have the choice of:

- Bonus instant customer rebate of up to $800
- Up to 12 months Yamaha protection plus
- Power financing as low as 5.99%
- Up to $300 in Yamabucks.

Santa, I've been very good this year so if you're reading this I'd like an FJR1300A please!

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Ducati - most beautiful in show for 2008

Ducati's new for 2009 "Street fighter" won the "most beautiful in show" award at the 2008 Milan Motorcycle Show.

The bike makes use of Ducati's 1098 L-twin engine but rather than hide all the mechanicals behind smooth and aerodynamic covers like in in Ducati's 1098 superbike - Bam! it's all exposed and naked for the eye to see.

Ducati captured more than 25 percent of the 20,000 votes cast by visitors to this year’s EICMA event. Second and third place went to the Aprilia RSV4 Factory and the MV Agusta Brutale 1078RR. Packing 155hp in a parred down, super light, 167kg bike (in S trim) appears to have been a recipe for success.

For all it lacks, Ducati went to great strides to make this machine light and FAST. It features Ducati’s trademark trellis frame, single-sided swingarm, monobloc brakes, Öhlins suspension, lightweight forged wheels, and Ducati traction control.

Ducati might be getting used to all this success. In 2005 their Hypermotard won best in show at the EICMA too.

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Johnny Campbell wins 11th Baja 1000

Johnny crossed the finish line at approximately 7 PM riding his Honda CRF450X. It marked his 11th Overall Motorcycle victory at the 41st Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. It was a particularly sweet victory for Johnny as it meant he broke Larry Roeseler's record of 10 wins on the all-time Baja 1000 motorcycle winner’s list.

The victory also marks the 19th overall win for Honda.

You may also be interested to know that Canadian, Lawrence Hacking also competed in the event. Hacking was the first Canadian to finish the legendary Dakar rally. A feat he documented in his book; To Dakar and Back. Click here for our review.

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Harley Davidson XR-1200 coming to the US

Harly-Davidson has decided that their European only model is ready to make a debut in the US. It'll be hitting the dealerships in 2009.

In honor of its heritage and connection to the 750 flat tracker it takes its styling cues from, only 750 orange and black models will initially be available. They're available now for pre-order at $11,179 USD. Get your order in by December 15th.

This bike is HD's most performance oriented model with an air-cooled and modified 1203cc Evolution V45. Power is increased by the use of a larger air box, downdraft fuel injection, and a performance-biased exhaust system. Harley claims 90 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 73.8 ft-lbs of torque at a low 3,700 rpm.

If you're looking for something performance oriented and from Harley Davidson, you might also want to check out Buell. The Lightning Long XB12Ss packs 103 HP @ 6800 RPM and 84 ft. lbs of torque @ 6000 RPM for just $10,749 CDN.

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Honda off-road model recall

Honda Motor Company is recalling about 13,000 of its off-road competition motorcycles. A weld on the right side of the swing arm can fail, which may cause the rider to lose control and crash.

Honda has received two reports of swing arms cracking but no injuries have been reported.

The recall involves model year 2007-2008 Honda CRF150R/RB motocross competition motorcycles.

The items were sold at Honda motorcycle dealers nationwide from September 2006 through October 2008 for between $4,300 and $4,400.

Consumers should immediately stop using these recalled off-road motorcycles and contact any Honda dealer to schedule a free repair. Registered owners of the recalled motorcycles are being sent a direct notice.

For additional information, contact Honda toll-free at (866) 784-1870 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Pacific Monday through Friday, or visit Honda here.

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3rd Ticket Give Away Today!

We're giving away the third of ten tickets we've got to the North American International Motorcyle Supershow, taking place in Toronto this Jan 2-4th.



Here's how to get your free ticket today. Be the 10th person to email canadianmotorcyclerider@gmail.com with the correct answer to the following question:

How many exhibitors will be at the 2009 North American International Motorcycle Supershow and how many halls will there be?

Hint - You'll find the answer by clicking on the Supershow Banner ad on www.CanadianMotorcycleRider.ca then click the white logo for the 2009 Supershow. You'll see the answer there.

Details of the contest can be found here.

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Canadian Uno inventor gets 1.25 million

Ben Gulak, a now 19 yr old from Milton Ontario, Canada created a one wheeled, electric vehicle (that looks like a motorcycle) that he dubbed the Uno. The motorcycle, meets Segway, meets zero emissions vehicle has been creating quite a bit of media attention and interest. Popular Science magazine recently called it one the 10 ten inventions of the year. Call it whatever you want - it packs a lot of sophisticated technology into a cool package (it uses a modified Yamaha R1 frame).

Gulak recently appeared on the popular CBC TV show Dragons’ Den before a panel of five Canadian business people/investors to try to get an investment deal for his Uno creation. I'd say it was a success because he walked away from the experience with an investment of $1.25 million in exchange for 20 per cent of his company.

Why one wheel instead of two you may ask? Some comments from Gulak might give us a hint as to why: “Its design allows it to take less space on the road,” says Ben. “It lends itself to a more intuitive driving experience than the average motorcycle.”

To give the ride more stability, he put the wheels side-by-side just an inch apart and directly under the rider. There are no real controls other than an on and off switch reportedly. Rider controls are easy and intuitive. To move forward you simply lean your body weight forward to tilt the machine. To back up, just lean back to tilt it backwards and back it goes. The farther you lean, the faster it accelerates.

The Uno's gyroscope tells the ECU how much to accelerate and in a turn it delivers the proper amount of current to the electric motors, one for each wheel. When the rider leans into a turn, the inside wheel lifts and the outside wheel lowers, so both stay firmly on the ground.

Theoretical top speed is somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 mph but some work needs to be done on the software before those upper limits are explored.

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Lambretta scooters coming to Canada

2009 seems to the be the year of the scooter in Canada. If you're looking for a scooter for the next riding season in Canada, your choices have never been so broad. Looks like you'll have the scooter of at least one more make to choose from too.

Motorsport Craze Ent ltd, a Langley BC company, has been given the sole rights to distribute Lambretta scooters in Canada. They're actively seeking qualified Scooter Boutiques and Motorcycle Dealerships to sell the scooters as well. All scooters are 100% Transport Canada, and EPA compliant, and include a 2 year parts and labor warranty. Parts and Scooters are in-stock in Langley, BC. These scooters are listed in the Canadian Blue Book for the January edition of 2009.

In the spring of 2009 we should see three Lambretta models hit the showroom floors. The biggest of the bunch UNO 150. It features a 150cc 4-stroke, 4-valve engine. It'll also have 12” mag wheels, front and rear disc brakes, tachometer, and 2 year limited parts and labor warranty. Dry weight is 250 lbs. Comes with an electric start and a kick. The tank will take 6.2 liters of fuel. Cooling is forced air with an external oil cooler. MSRP will be $3,299 CDN. Available colors will be red, white, and black.

Then you've got the two 49cc models - the DUE 50 and the UNO 50.

The styling of the DUE 50 is said to be "avante garde." It includes a 2 stroke engine, halogen projector beam headlamp, 12" mag wheels, front disc brake. The halogen projector headlight is a distinctive touch. The MSRP will be $2,399 CDN. Available colors will be silver, black, and orange.

The UNO 50 is also a 2 stroke, and is said to offer an "ideal blend of quality, versatility and substance." It too comes with 12” mag wheels, front disc brake, and an adjustable rear shock. The MSRP will be $2,499 CDN. Available colors will be white, black, and red.

The company has a bit of an interesting history. After the Second World War the company's steel tubing factory was bombed and destroyed (it employed 6,000). Ferdinando Innocenti examined the situation and according to company lore...

Innocenti saw the future of cheap, private transport and decided to produce a motor scooter – competing on cost and weather protection against the ubiquitous motorcycle. Aeronautical engineer General Corradino D'Ascanio, responsible for the design and construction of the first modern helicopter by Agusta, was given the job by Ferdinando Innocenti of designing a simple, robust and affordable vehicle.

It had to be easy to drive for both men and women, be able to carry a passenger, and not get its driver's clothes dirty. General D'Ascanio had falling out with Innocenti. Innocenti wanted to produce his frame from rolled tubing rather than a mould and beaten spar frame, which would allow him to revive both parts of his pre-War company. General D'Ascanio took his design to Enrico Piaggio who produced the spar framed Vespa from 1946.

Watch www.lambrettacanada.com for more details soon.

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More Desmosedici RR's on the way

Ducati North America has announced that additional units of the Desmosedici RR MotoGP replica will be produced and sold. If you didn't already own Ducati 999R when the original run of the Desmo's were sold, chances are you didn't get one. The entire allocation for the United States sold out in five hours!

Priority for ordering was given to those who were already Ducati 999R owners. So now's your chance. Break into that piggy bank and get, oh 70+ thousand ready. That's what they went for when they first went on sale back in early 2008 so chances are they won't be available at a huge discount.

What'll all that cash get you?

- 197.3 bhp
- 85 ft-lb's of torque
- double L-Twin (4 cylinder Twin Pulse), liquid-cooled, DOHC, Desmodromic, four valves per cylinder,
- dry weight of 377 lbs
- and the envy of all your friends of course.

Here's the Press Release from Ducati:

Press Release:

DUCATI ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL AVAILABILITY OF THE DESMOSEDICI RR GRAND PRIX REPLICA

Ducati North America Offers Limited Supply of the world’s only Grand Prix replica

Cupertino, Ca (20 November 2008) – Ducati North America is proud to offer a limited number of the previously sold out Desmosedici RR Grand Prix replicas for the North American market.

The interest in the Desmosedici RR has remained strong since Ducati announced to the world that it would produce a street legal MotoGP motorcycle. Initial orders sold out quickly leaving many interested individuals closed out of the ordering process. The glowing press reviews and a recent guest appearance at the Las Vegas SEMA show has only added to the interest in this remarkable motorcycle. Until now Ducati North America was not able to address any of those needs.

"We are fortunate to offer a few units to those interested individuals who were closed out of the initial ordering process. As the global run of 1,500 bikes comes to an end we are notifying interested parties that we have secured inventory to deliver in the coming months; but only if they act quickly. " - Michael Lock, CEO of Ducati North America.

The dream of a true Grand Prix replica became a reality with the introduction of the Desmosedici RR. The Demosedici RR is the first-ever road-going motorcycle to offer such a stunning wealth of performance and technology. Derived from the Grand Prix racing Desmosedici GP6, the same bike which competed in the MotoGP World Championship, the Desmosedici RR is the ultimate expression of the most extreme Moto GP racing machine today.

For more information about the revolutionary Desmosedici RR and the list of Desmosedici RR dealers please visit www.ducatiusa.com, or your visit your local authorized Ducati Desmosedici dealer.

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Hover bike - Yes, only in the movies.

Okay - Not really news here but we're not so serious that we can't have a little fun!

Who amongst us wasn't a fan of Star Trek?

The real debate is not whether you like Star Trek, it's whether you think James T Kirk or Jean Luc Picard is better. By the way, Jean Luc Picard is just JLP if you're a real fan! I was always partial to Picard myself but that's just me.

The decision makers at Paramount Pictures chosen and it's Kirk over Picard for the newest Trekkie movie that'll hit the big screens in May of 09.

Enough of this jabber about Start Trek you say... what about the hover bike? Yes, you'll get to see a hover bike. Officer 924 (least that's the serial number on his face) has a chase scene with a very young Kirk.

It looks like Kirk gets to ride a more realistic 2-wheeled variety motorcycle in the film too.

Mark your calendars Trekkies! May 8th, 2009

Here's a link to the movie trailer.

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2nd Ticket Give Away Today!

We're giving away the second of ten tickets we've got to the North American International Motorcyle Supershow, taking place in Toronto this Jan 2-4th. Please don't forget to visit our sponsor for this event!



Here's how to get your free ticket today. Be the 10th person to email canadianmotorcyclerider@gmail.com with the correct answer to the following question:

What is the event that is being held by Mackie Harley-Davidson on December 6th and 7th?

Hint - You'll find the answer by clicking on the Mackie Harley-Davidson link in the left sidebar of www.CanadianMotorcycleRider.ca and then you'll see on that page what the answer is.

Details of the contest can be found here.

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General Motors sells its remaining Suzuki shares

Ailing General Motors, hard hit by the financial crisis gripping the markets at the moment has had to sell off it's remaining stake in Suzuki. GM held a 3% stake in the Japanese multinational Suzuki for $230 million USD.

Suzuki has already said that they intend to buy back the shares and that both firms would work together on some projects in the future. It's said this will include the development of hybrid vehicles and a joint venture for sport utility vehicles in Canada.

This is the second time GM has sold off an interest in Suzuki having off-loaded a 17% stake back in 2006.

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Ducati 1198 and 1198S - YouTube stars.

Seems like every manufacturer is putting up a YouTube video of their latest models these days. Not to be out done, Ducati has put up a video showing their new superbike, the 1198. The 1198 is the successor to the short lived but very popular 1098.

The new 1198 and 1198S are seen tearing up the racetrack in the video. You might even see an occasional power wheelie.

The new Ducati is built around the 1198 cc Testastretta Evoluzione L-Twin engine that develops 170bhp at 9,750rpm and 97ft-lbs of torque at 8,000rpm. Also, with a dry weight of only 171 kg. the bike also features Ducati's highly coveted Ducati Traction Control (DTC) system which previously could only be used with a race exhaust.

Time to feast your eyes and ears on the sights and sounds - check out the video here.

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Buy Ewan's Moto Guzzi on E-Bay

Ewan McGregor has become pretty well known in the motorcycling world because of the Long Way Round and Long Way Down adventure series he and his friend Charley Boorman (and a few others to!) did.

If you watched those shows then you know that Ewan is a big supporter of UNICEF and tries to raise awareness and funds for them regularly.

Looks like he's at it again, raising money for UNICEF that is. He's going to be putting his own personal Moto Guzzi up for auction. He went to Italy to pick up this bike when he got it and says it's one of his favorites. It's a one of a kind Moto Guzzi California - the first and original white model.

For more details check out this official MySpace video

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Call to action for Ontario motorcyclists

The Motorcycle Confederation of Canada (MCC) has put together a page about Bill 117, which is a bill to amend the highway traffic act in Ontario. Ontario MPP Helena Jaczek wants to ban motorcycle passengers under age 14.

Here's the details of how you can have you say on this Bill and some interesting facts and articles written about the Bill. For the original article go to http://www.motorcycling.ca/issues/provissues/ontario/index.html There's a couple links to sample letters that aren't included here that you will find in the original.

Ontario Bill 117 - A Bill to Amend the Highway Traffic Act.
DO NOT DELAY! Take Action! Second Reading scheduled for early December.
What's the issue? Ontario MPP Helena Jaczek wants to ban motorcycle passengers under age 14, despite any evidence that this is a problem requiring such action. While no one can dispute rider safety, Road Safety reports and analysis suggest this is NOT as issue.

From the Canada Safety Council: " In terms of addressing risk and quoting from Mr. Raynald Marchand, General Manager of the Canada Safety Council, "Bill 117 is a solution looking for a problem." He continues, "I reviewed all seven Ontario Road Safety Annual Reports from 1999 to 2005. I did not find any fatalities for motorcycle passengers less than 14 years of age. I also looked at injuries for motorcycle passengers less than 16 years of age and compared them to bicycle passengers less than 16 years of age and car passengers less than 16 years of age over the same period (1999 to 2005). Ontario children were four times (4X) more likely to have been injured as passengers on bicycles and 262 times more likely to have been injured as passengers in passenger vehicles than to have been injured as passengers on motorcycles."

From Wheels editor Mark Richardson: "This issue might be seen as a tempest in a teapot, affecting a small proportion of the population, except it's indicative of the recommendations of well-meaning but misinformed citizens that get passed into law before anyone notices they're foolish."
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Read what Toronto Star WHEELS editor Mark Richardson had to say.
Watch The CTV/CFTO news story.
See what MCC member Ontario Road Riders Association (ORRA) is doing.
See what MCC Member Ontario Federation of Trail Riders(OFTR) is doing.
Read a letter written by the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group (CVMG).
Read what CMG-Online is saying.
Read what riders on the GTA-motorcycles website are saying.
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WRITE expressing your point of view, by email or snailmail or hand-delivered to: Your own MPP (you can find their address here)

MPP Helen Jaczek
Minster of Transportation Jim Bradley
Premier Dalton McQuinty
Use a sample letter as a start.

Here's a sample letter drafted by the industry association Motorcycle Moped Industry Council (MMIC).

Here's a sample letter from MCC Ontario Director Liz Jansen.

CONTACT AND ENCOURAGE YOUR OWN club/organization to go on the record. ACT NOW!

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Konker 200cc Super Moto to hit Canadian streets

Konker Motors is a Langley BC based company that manufactures Dirt Bikes, ATV's, and street legal scooters from China and distributes them to qualified distributors/dealers across world.

For 2009, they'll be bringing their first street legal motorcycle to the Canadian market. It's billed the Konker KSM200 and its engine is built in a Suzuki partnered factory and comes with a full one year warranty.

The engine is said to be the same as you'd get in the tried and true Suzuki DR200. That means it'll be a 200cc single cylinder four stroke. Given its lineage, the engine should be VERY fuel efficient and durable.

The super-moto can be gotten with a bolt on 21" front / 18" rear wheel kit comes complete with drum brake, rotor, and sprocket. So you'll be able to quickly convert the SUPER-MOTO into an off-road enduro without the hassle of switching brakes, discs, or sprockets. The O.E.M. off road 21/18” bolt on tire package is available for just $495.

One very nice feature of the Konker KSM200 - it'll have a price of only $2,995.

If you compare that in price to the Suzuki DR200SE MSRP of $4,699, you'll be left with $1,704 in the bank if you go with the Konker and that's not accounting for taxes either. If you factor in 13% tax it's very near a $2,000 difference.

That'll be plenty enough reasons for many folks to give the Konker a try.

- To find out more about Konker Motorsports you can check out their website here.
- For more News items involving Konker Motorsports check out all our Konker posts here.

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Buell - still rolling along


On Wednesday, Nov.12, 2008, at 8 a.m. central time, Buell rolled their 125,000th motorcycle off the production line. The bike was a 2009 white 1125R bound for Australia.

Founded by an ex-Harley Davidson engineer Erik Buell, Buell Motorcycle is based in Wisconsin USA. Harley Davidson purchased complete control of Buell Motorcycle in 2003 and Buell's are now sold through select H-D dealerships.

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Bookstore improvements

We've made finding books in our book store A LOT easier! Here's a summary of the changes:

1.We've added a search button in the left sidebar
- Now you can find anything you want by searching here. You'll search through the entire Amazon.ca portfolio of books and find what you're looking for. You'll even find - gasp! - non-motorcycle related books if you want!



2. We've added categories to the right sidebar of the page.
- So that if you're interested in a specific type of book look here first. Doing this allows the main page of books to be navigated through much quicker.






3. We've added the option to purchase gift certificates for Amazon.ca.
- Not sure what book to get that special someone? You can get them a gift certificate via Canadian Motorcycle Rider.


Remember - Don't pay retail prices on books! Purchase through Canadian Motorcycle Rider's Amazon store and get THE best deals Amazon has to offer.

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Volkswagen motorcycle engineered by KTM

Volkswagen is said to be coming out with it's very first motorcycle. The motorcycle will be reportedly produced with the assistance of Austrian motorcycle maker KTM.

The two companies have a history of successful collaboration. KTM had some help from the engineers at VW when they wanted to build a track based car (the X-Bow). The X-Bow, was developed with help from VW’s engineers, uses the 2.0-litre turbo from the Audi TT.

Don't hold your breath waiting to pick up one of these at your local VW dealership. Chances are it'll be a long time coming, if it even does come.

Clearly these two companies have a history of working together though so it doesn't seem like it would be too much of a stretch that the two could work together to produce a motorcycle. With the dealership network VW has it could make KTM more of a household name if plans proceed. It could be a big move for KTM and for VW.

From the preview this bike seems to offer styling that has been popular in the UK for several years now - a naked/streetfighter look. We're seeing more of this type of styling trickle into the Canadian market too. Suzuki is coming out with the Gladius, Kawasaki is bringing the ER-6N. Both these bikes are 650cc models.

We've seen no details on the displacement of the VW but if they're working with KTM it might make sense to pluck an existing engine out of the KTM product bin. That would suggest that a 690cc engine could be used. That would give it a bit of a size advantage over some of it's near competition but it's a big single rather than a twin that the Suzuki and Kawasaki use. This is all speculation of course!

Photo from Auto Express.

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Vacation with BMW

BMW fans attended a World of BMW Experience in record numbers in 2008, and with 2009 fast approaching the German manufacturer is aiming to boost numbers of riders who choose to take a trip with them even higher.

I don't see any Canadian dates listed but there are certainly no shortage of interesting places they are going.

Here's bit of BMW Newsletter with details on the events that are planned for 2009 so far:

BMW Off Road Skills
Facilities at the spectacular Walters Arena Park in Wales are second to none, offering 4,000 acres of terrain and trails to suit all abilities. You will be taught or guided by an experienced team of skilled BMW instructors, headed by six-times Dakar Rally competitor Simon Pavey. This year's range of experiences has been extended to ensure there is something for everyone - from beginners to experienced off-roaders.

In addition to the Level One, Level Two, Day In The Dirt and Brecon Beacons Discovery courses we ran in 2008, next year also sees two new activities for BMW Off Road Skills: a 'Level 3 Enduro Skills' course on BMW's new G 450 X - designed to train and prepare riders for the challenges faced in enduro racing; and an all new 'Adventure Maintenance Skills' course - designed to teach the basic skills for maintaining your bike when travelling.

BMW Off Road Skills courses for 2009 include:

Off Road Skills Level One:
March 05-06; 08-09; 20-21; 22-23; 28-29 (ladies only)
April 10-11; 12-13; 24-25; 26-27
May 07-08; 10-11; 16-17 (ladies only); 22-23; 24-25
June 26-27; 28-29
July 09-10; 12-13; 30-31
August 02-03; 21-22; 23-24
September 10-11; 13-14; 25-26; 27-28
October 08-09; 11-12

Off Road Skills Level Two:
08-09 March
12-13 April
10-11 May
12-13 July
13-14 September
11-12 October

Off Road Skills Level Three:
05-06 March
10-11 April
07-08 May
09-10 July
10-11 September
08-09 October

A Day In The Dirt:
07 March
09 May
11 July
01 August
12 September
10 October

Brecon Beacons Discovery:
04-05 April
04-05 July
05-06 September

Adventure Maintenance Skills:
24 March
28 April
26 May
30 June
25 August
29 September

The following BMW models available to ride at Off Road Skills in 2009:
Level One G 650 Xcountry / G 650 Xchallenge / F 650 GS / F 800 GS / R 1200 GS
Level Two G 650 Xcountry / G 650 Xchallenge / F 650 GS / F 800 GS / R 1200 GS / HP2
Level Three G 450 X only
Day in the Dirt G 650 Xcountry / G 650 Xchallenge / F 650 GS / F 800 GS / R 1200 GS / HP2 / G 450 X
Brecon Beacons Discovery G 650 Xcountry / G 650 Xchallenge / F 650 GS / F 800 GS / R 1200 GS
Adventure Maintenance Participants will work on a variety of BMW motorcycles


For further information on BMW Off Road Skills or for advanced booking please call 08000 131 282.

BMW Rider Training
BMW Rider Training is managed by Double Guinness World Record Holders Kevin & Julia Sanders and is located on the edge of the beautiful Brecon Beacons. You can either learn new skills or learn from scratch from some of the highest-qualified instructors in the UK, riding some of the best biking roads in Britain on the latest models from BMW Motorrad. BMW Rider Training boasts a higher than average national motorcycle license pass rate.

Now is still the time 2009 is also a key year for anyone considering taking their bike test. With the new motorcycle test delayed until 30 March 2009, we expect demand for Direct Access courses to be higher than ever.

To avoid disappointment we strongly recommend booking as early as possible to secure your place on a course. We have also introduced a one-day Road Skills Introduction course for 2009, which is suitable for any riders wanting a health check on their riding. This can be done as a standalone day, or in conjunction with a BMW Off Road Skills Level One course. A new two-day CBT course has also been introduced for 2009, ideal for partners of riders attending a BMW Off Road Skills course (as both activities are based close to each other in South Wales).

BMW Rider Training courses for 2009 include:

Direct Access and CBT training
Dates confirmed at time of booking*

Road Skills Introduction
March 21; 27 (the 27th being a ladies only date)
April 25
May 23; 15 (the 15th being a ladies only date)
June 27
July 11
August 22
September 26

BMW Road Skills Level One - Refresher
March 7-8
April 4-5
May 2-3 (ladies only)
June 6-7
July 4-5
August 1-2
September 4-5 (ladies only)
October 3-4

BMW Road Skills Level Two - Intermediate
March 28-30
April 26-28
May 24-26 (ladies only)
June 28-30
July 26-28
August 30 Aug - 1 Sept (ladies only)
September 27-29
October 23-25

BMW Road Skills Level Three - Advanced
March 14-16
April 17-19
May17-19 (ladies only)
June 13-15
July 12-14
August 7-9 (ladies only)
September 13-15
October 11-13

BMW Individual Premium Training Dates confirmed at time of booking

*Courses run in conjunction with DSA test dates

For further information on BMW Rider Training or for advanced booking please call 08000 131 282.

BMW Tours

For 2009 there is an extensive selection of BMW Tours for road riders and a selection offering off-road riding too. Locations range from Northern France and a trip to Monza for the Italian round of the World Superbike Championship, to more exotic destinations such as South Africa and Morocco. Each tour is carefully designed to provide a two-wheeled trip of a lifetime, varying in length, mileage and terrain.

BMW Tours for 2009 include:
Discover South Africa 19 April - 01 May
New Roads to Morocco 22 April - 08 May
World Superbikes, Monza and the Italian Lakes 06 - 13 May
Ultimate BMW Test Ride 08 - 15 May
lster and the Northwest 200 15 - 19 May
Czech Republic, Tatra Mountains and Slovakia 31 May - 13 June
Icelandic Adventure 18 - 28 June
Fjords and Mountains of Scandinavia and Oslo 10 - 22 June
A BMW Tour de France 19 - 29 June
BMW Motorrad Days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen 01 - 07 July
Tour Director's Luxury Selection 04 - 14 July
Battlefields of the Sommes and Ypres 23 - 27 July
Tour Director's Chateaux Selection 09 - 15 August
Splendour in Austria and the Black Forest 19 - 29 August
Tour of the Western Balkans 27 Aug - 11 Sept
Mediterranean Tour of Corsica and Sardinia September - TBC*
Mountains all the Way 05 - 13 September
Cadiz - Gateway to the Western World 24 May - 05 June
Moroccan Desert Adventure 27 Sept - 13 Oct
Exploring Tunisia and the Sahara Desert October - TBC*
Discover South Africa 18 - 29 October

* Dates to be announced - subject to confirmation of 2009 ferry dates and the 2009 World Superbike calendar

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1st Ticket Give Away Today!

We're giving away the first of 10 tickets we've got to the North American International Motorcyle Supershow, taking place in Toronto this Jan 2-4th. Please don't forget to visit our sponsor for this event!



Here's how to get your free ticket today. Be the 10th person to email canadianmotorcyclerider@gmail.com with the correct answer to the following question:

What type of motorcycle (be specific about the brand and model name) is managing Editor/Webmaster, Dan, pictured with on the "About" page of the site?

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BMW S1000RR is a star on the web

BMW's superbike racer the 2009, S1000RR has it's own new website and BMW even put up a YouTube video of the bike in action.

The Beemer will use an inline-four with a targeted 190 hp at the crankshaft. Intended weight is supposed to be 419 lbs dry. Those are some serious numbers and it shows the folks at BMW are serious about this bike. So serious in fact that they intend to contest the 2009 World Superbike Championship with it.

The bike is part of a BMW goal to increase their motorcycle sales by approximately 50% by the year 2012 to 150,000 units. BMW have yet to set the price but word is they're going to try to keep it in line with their Japanese competitors. 150,000 units indeed!

Not sure how many of these beasties will make it to Canada any time soon but BMW have promised 1,000 units will be produced by the end of 2009 to conform with WSB homologation rules.

Here's the YouTube link for you and here's the link to the bike's very own website: www.s1000rr.com

It sounds as good as it looks!

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Plug in hybrid scooter from Piaggio - 141 mpg

Piaggio announced plans to produce a hybrid version of their MP3, three-wheeled scooter, at the motorcycle show in Milan. It'll bring in strong competition for other electric manufacturers such as Vectrix. National Motorsports will certainly beat Piaggio to the Canadian market with it's all electric E-moto scooter but the E-moto scooter is all electric with no gasoline back-up. That's either an advantage or disadvantage, depending on your perspective. The E-moto scooter apparently has a range of up to 80 km's in ideal conditions while the Piaggio is said to be able to go about 20 km on all electric - but you've got the 124 cc engine to extend range on the Piaggio.

The Piaggio can operate in a few different modes; all electric, or one of three hybrid modes. The machine incorporates a 124cc gasoline engine as well and is capable of going from 0-60 mph in right around 5 seconds. Performance is said to be comparable to that of larger 250cc displacement scooters because of the extra power provided by the electric system.

Not only does the scooter make use of regenerative braking to help recharge the batteries but you can also just plug it in too and have it topped off in as few as 3 hours.

No word on price, or whether it'll come to Canada, or even exactly when it'll hit the market but Piaggio suggest that it could be as soon as next year.

While not quite as impressive as Peugeot's Hymotion concept we told you about a few weeks ago it would seem the Piaggio may be on the streets a lot sooner.

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Nova Scotia Off Road Riders Association event a success

A sold-out crowd of over 100 enthusiastic off-road motorcycle riders and their families marked the formal launch of the Nova Scotia Off Road Riders Association (NSORRA) event schedule and 2009 membership drive. The Association’s inaugural trail ride and demonstration event was held on Saturday, October 18, 2008 on private property in Falmouth, Nova Scotia. Drive to Ride showcased off-road motorcycling as a fun, family-friendly sport, and highlighted the role of the Association in safety and skills training, environmental awareness and strengthening the motorcycling community in Nova Scotia.

“We are thrilled by the terrific turnout”, noted Association President Paul Wamboldt. “We know that there is a lot of competition for family time and attention. Of the 100 people here, almost forty are 18 or younger, and are here riding with their families. They’re learning about safety, respecting the rules of the road, and having fun while enjoying a beautiful fall day. This event perfectly showcases our sport, and why it is worthy of our support and promotion.”

Along with the trail ride, skills demonstrations, and skill testing events, 22 kids under 16 received formal instruction by certified NSORRA coaches, earning their safety training certificate, in preparation for the event. This training is a key
responsibility of the Association, and the Drive to Ride event provided a great opportunity to raise awareness of the new rules and regulations governing riders under Nova Scotia’s Off-Highway Vehicles Act.

For more information on the Nova Scotia Off Road Riders Association, visit www.offroadriders.ca

* Content supplied by NSORRA Press Release

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The easy way to shop

There are a few distributors of motorcycle parts and accessories that supply just about all the motorcycle dealerships and shops across Canada. What you see on the shelf may not be what you're looking for though - maybe there's something that will suit your needs better?

Motovan is one of the major distributors that supply parts and as luck would have it; they put their full catalog of products and accessories online every year.

All you need to do is browse through the catalog, find something you like, and then give your local shop a call. Provide them with the Motovan part number and ask them if they've got it or they can order it.

Another great thing about the catalog - the prices are listed! You'll be armed with information and know that you're not paying some marked up price with information from the catalog.

Here's the link: http://www.motovan.com/catalogs_en.html

Happy shopping!

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Canadian Enduro Championship (CEC) in 2009 and beyond!

Canadians will finally have a bonafide Canadian Enduro Championship (CEC) in 2009 and beyond.

Details are:

A 4 event, 8 race series organized by World Enduro Canada (WEC) (see www.worldendurocanada.com)

Dates and locations in 2009 are:

July 4/5 Pincher Creek AB
July 11/12 Okanogan Valley BC

September 12/13 Quebec TBA
September 19/20 Parry Sound, Ontario

Dates and locations are subject to change at this early time

The competition format is based on the World Enduro Championship, 3 different (Cross, Extreme and Enduro) timed special tests and shorter loops of trails connecting the test. WEC purchased a computerized timing system that uses programmable transponders the system provides prompt, accurate results.

An important point is the event offers a pro purse. The value riders have to sponsors increased overnight, the plan is improve the marketability of Canadian
riders, give sponsors good return on their investment, stimulate the off-road motorcycle market, decide who the fastest off-road riders in Canada are in both Pro and Amateur classes, provide spectators entertainment and most of all give the competitors an overall positive experience.

Incentives will be in place for riders to travel to the four events which are scored separately each of the two days. Arrangements have been made for a motorcycle transportation package through sponsor Brian Kurtz Trucking, Guelph, On. For $700 a bike, gear bag, 2 spare tires or pop-tent will be transported to each of the 2 'Away' events and back. Motorycles will be delivered to each event site. Also any Canadian-based rider who crosses the Manitoba/Ontario border and competes in the entire series gets a free entry to the 'away' events. Entry fees are set at $100 per event, each competitor must purchase or rent a transponder for $40 and join the MCC.

The motto of the CEC is "The Fastest Rider Wins".

Because the format of the competition aligns with what happens in most of the world WEC expects Canadian riders to become more competitive in international events in the future.

For more information interested parties can their questions via e-mail to our website.

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2009 Parry Sound Sportbike rally relaunches in 2009

The 2009 Parry Sound Sportbike Rally has been approved to go ahead in 2009. The Parry Sound Motorcycle Association will be taking the reins this year to organize the event.

“We’re quite happy that it’s been accepted and now we can get going with the planning,” said PSMA president Brian Downing of Parry Sound town council’s decision to approve the association’s proposal at Tuesday night’s council meeting. “Now we’ve got it, now we have to make it work.”

The PSMA, a not-for-profit organization, submitted their proposal after event planner Lawrence Hacking, who'd run the event for the past several years, indicated he had other comittments this year.

The rally will receive free usage of Kinsmen Park as rally headquarters as well as $10,000 for advertising and another $1,800 in kind for additional support.

Some councillors expressed concern at what seemed to them to be a rather large advertising budget. However, director of economic development and leisure services Lynn Middaugh commented that she thought it was a suitable amount “given it’s a transition year.”

She said the town also plans to apply for funding from the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership to support that cost.

The 2009 Parry Sound Sportbike Rally will take place July 3-5, 2009.

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UK getting tough on motorcycles

We're seeing our fair share of questionable motorcycle laws here in Canada. Riders in Ontario for example have been in an uproar over recent stunting and speeding laws that seem overly punitive. Now Bill 117 aims to make it illegal to transport children under 14 on a motorcycle in Ontario.

Well, if you think we've got it bad, Police chiefs in the UK are trying to ban motorcycle altogether or at the very least limit their use and tightly control them.

They referred to motorcycles as ‘motorised toys’ which may not be ‘fit for purpose’ on public highways, the Association of Chief Police Officers told the Commons Transport Committee.

The comments were published in a report by the APCO committee on road safety.

The ACPO memo calls for the creation of no-motorcycle zones and a desire to put power caps on motorcycles. It states: ‘There is a need for radical thinking in respect of motorcycles, including consideration of engine capability and the creation of protection zones where all motorcycles other than those specifically permitted would be prohibited.’

The association also calls for motorcycles to be fitted with chips to allow police to identify them from a distance, and tougher penalties for illegal number plates. It says: ‘The detection of motorcycling offences is problematic, encouraging non-compliance. For this reason, stricter penalties should be introduced for non-compliant registration plates and further work should be done on the development of such products as number plates containing chips that will allow automated vehicle identification, even at high speeds.’

I wonder if they'll also do this with cars too? There's plenty of sports cars that are very capable of easily breaking speed limits as well.

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Kawasaki ER-6N breaks cover in Canada

Kawasaki has recently posted details about the ER-6N on the Canadian section of their site. It looks like this model is coming to Canada for 2009. Prices and specifications are listed on the site now.

It's been available in the UK for a while at this point and is based on the Ninja 650 we already have here. It's a naked version though with some of body work stripped off, and a few new bits added to the front in the place of the bigger bodywork.

It features the same liquid-cooled, 4-stroke parallel twin of the Ninja with matching numbers all round pretty much.

Some of the important numbers:

Seat height 785 mm,
curb mass 200 kg
fuel capacity 15.5 litres
53 kW {72.1 PS} / 8,500 rpm while maximum torque comes in at 7,000 RPM.

It costs about $400 less than a Ninja with an MSRP of $7,799

MSRP of the Ninja is $8,199
MSRP of the Versys is $8,499

More details about the new ER-6N can be found here.

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New V4 from Honda in 2010

Honda has announced that they'll be building a production model that's based on the V4 concept. It'll hit the showroom floor in "the first half of 2010."

The concept is a bit wild - with hubless wheels and a strange looking headlight that looks like a big X. It's not likely that we'll get hubless wheels but many have been looking for a more powerful and lighter successor to the VFR 800. This bike is supposedly biased towards rider comfort and on-road ability rather than racetrack success.

Maybe this is what those folks have been waiting for.

Here's what Honda had to say:

"The exciting news of the V4 production model is the result of overwhelming response from customers, media and motorcycle dealers across Europe following the debut of the V4 Concept Model at last month's Intermot show, where the world's largest motorcycle manufacturer chose 'New Beginnings' as its theme to celebrate Honda's 60th anniversary as a company, 50th anniversary of racing and 30th anniversary of the Honda's iconic V4 engine configuration.

"Building on this theme at this week's Milan Show, Honda highlighted the next stage of the V4 story and looked forward to the next 60 years of motorcycle production, with V4 technology forming a part of the marque's future direction in the coming few years, starting in just 18 months time with the introduction of the first V4 mass-production model in the first half of 2010."

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More scooters making their way to Canada


It's the year of the scooter invasion! Scooters seem to be on the minds of frugal Canadians everywhere. Even the middle-aged Volvo driver down the street who's never ridden a motorcycle before. Manufacturers are hearing their calls and answering.

National Motorsports is going to be introducing two new scooters from Daelim.

Many Canadian's may not be familiar with Daelim but it's not a new company - just new to Canada. Daelim Motor Corp was founded in 1962 and is based in South Korea. They started out making scooters and motorcycles in a coalition with Honda Motor Company of Japan.

Today, Daelim is capabale of pumping out 300,000 units annually. Their products come with a 2 year, unlimited kilometer factory warrranty.

The two Daelim models making their way to Canada are the Cordi 49cc and the S1-125 which is a 125cc machine.

The Cordi is an air cooled 2-stroke and should have an MSRP right around $1,995. Just shy of $2,000 gets you disk brakes up front and drum brakes in the rear, and an oil injected fuel system.

The S1-125 is a more sophisticated air/oil cooled 4-stroke which will have an MSRP of $3,945. The S1-125 uses an electronic fuel injection system and comes with disk brakes in the rear as well as in the front.

More details on Daelim Motor Corp can be found here.

For more details on National Motorsports and the products they distribute in Canada check them out here.

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Pulling a motorcycle trailer book

Press Release

Pulling Your Tail
A Primer on the Art of Motorcycle Trailering

Authors Jim Victor and Bill Brobst Publish Book about towing a trailer with a motorcycle.
Peterborough, ON, November 1, 2008

A Peterborough motorcyclist has published an updated reference book about motorcycles and the art of towing a trailer.

Mr. Victor has seized the opportunity to share his acquired knowledge and experience to answer all the questions, that he has received from customers and visitors to his website where he sells motorcycle trailer hitches.

Mr. Don Kralis, who conducts a forum on motorcycles and trailers says, “Jim Victor’s motorcycle primer Pulling Your Tail is a book that I wish that I had available to me when I started towing many years ago. It’s exactly the information a motorcyclist needs to learn the basics about towing a trailer behind a bike.”

The book has many ‘must and must-not, should and should-not’ tips for the Tail Puller. Mr. Victor has included many pictures to illustrate his points. Mr. Brobst says, “By putting all of this information together in one place, Pulling Your Tail fills a major void in motorcycle literature.”

Mr. Victor bought his first motorcycle from a neighbour for Ten Dollars. He was just seventeen and the bike was in pieces, in a cardboard box. He learned about the workings of a bike by putting it together and getting it to run. That was the beginning of his love of motorcycling. Fifty-one years later Victor is riding his 32nd bike. Both Victor and Brobst started pulling trailers with motorcycles at about the same time in 1976. Their book Pulling Your Tail is available online at http://CustomCruiserChrome.com/book .

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KTM Adventure R and SMT

KTM has upped the ante with the announcement of the addition of an "R" variant of the popular 990 Adventure. What does the R get you that the standard Adventure not have?

Well, it's a little lighter and makes a little more power too.

The "R" makes 115 hp, which gives it a nine horsepower advantage over the 106 hp of the standard Adventure 990. The torque numbers are the same across both models. Suspension upgrades to allow more travel are also likely additions.

Another beauty was shown to the public at the Milan Motor show too. A 990 SMT which is a Super Moto "Travel". This KTM super moto has a bit of an upper fairing that aims to turn this hooligan into a long distance touring machine.

Looks pretty convincing. It's going to weigh in at a reported 196kg dry, features some soft tweaks to the ergonomics, better wind protection, and hooks to hang your stuff off of, and can be fitted with panniers and/or soft luggage. A 115 hp v-twin engine should make for smooth and easy touring, even two up should you choose.

No word on availability in Canada yet. Keep your fingers crossed!

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BMW sees sales increase in Canada

BMW Motorrad sales up 80%!

BMW Motorrad Canada recorded its seventh consecutive record monthly sales increase with a new October sales record of 135 units, up 80% over October 2007. Year-to-date, BMW Motorrad has achieved a new sales record of 1,585 units, an increase of 7% compared to the same period in 2007.

Not too surprising that sales are on the rise this year with the release of the F650GS twin, the one that's really a 798cc. The new twin is solid replacement for the old 650 single and comes in a good price point.

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EICMA News from BMW - F800R + more

The Germans didn't disappoint (well mostly at least) at EICMA, BMW unveiled the F800 R; a new model in the F800 range that they'll produce.

It's a stripped down variant using the 798cc parallel twin engine that's in line with the company's other R versions.

Apparently during BMW's speeches about finances they decided to try to keep people awake with a new concept bike - a BMW Lo Rider.

The Lo Rider uses the company's popular 1200cc boxer engine and a style that's a combination of German engineering mated to... I don't know what. It looks like it's borrowed a Confederate motorcycle lighting system up front, a little BMW GS in the middle, with some Triumph Scrambler pipes, mated to a chopper seat.

Beautiful to some perhaps. BMW reportedly said there are no firm plans to produce the concept and they'll gauge interest and make the decision from there.

Photo credit for the BMW F800R to Mike Werner

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Heroes Legend - The Classic Offroad to Dakar

Disappointed that the Dakar won't follow the classic Paris to Dakar route this coming year? Always dreamed of riding in the sand of Lac Rose?

We'll you've got an option: The Hereos Legend.

Remember these dates: March 7th to 21st, 2009. That's when you could be riding to Dakar!

Should you desire to accept this challenge of a lifetime you can sign yourself up for the Heroes Legend. It does offer a little more flexibility than the original. For example, there are two levels of difficulty routes you can sign up for, you can bring a partner to relay with during the event, or even a team. Let's face it though 6,000 + kilometers of sand and off road riding is going to be difficult no matter what.

All type of motorbikes are eligible. Off road and trail but all technical modifications must comply with traffic laws. The organizers transport your belongings and your spare parts.

Organizers say that "this event is a response to most “professional” races organised today, which have become financially unaffordable and physically insurmountable
for an amateur pilot." So prices should be more affordable than if you were competing in the ASO organized Dakar Rally.

If you're experienced rider or driver you can choose to drive all the stages and choose the more difficult routes. If you're not a very experienced off road rider you can pick and choose the level of difficulty and routes you want to take based on the information provided at a daily briefing.

For more details on the event be sure to check out the Heroes Legend website here.

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KYMCO bringing scooters to Canada

It seems manufacturers and distributors are sensing Canadians love for inexpensive transportation and are bringing scooters to Canada in droves.

KYMCO are bringing in two new scooters to Canada for 2009 – The Sento 50 and the Frost 200.

The Sento has a retro looked inspired by the Vino/Jazz. It's powered by an air-cooled four stroke 50 cc single.

Seat height is 740 mm with a claimed weight of 89 Kg. You get a disc brake up front and a drum in the rear. MSRP is $2,600.00 and it's available in black or light metallic blue.

The other, larger, scooter is going to be called the Frost in Canada. It's a fairly advanced scooter with a 175 cc liquid-cooled single engine that's also fuel-injected.

Claimed dry weight is 140 Kg and it comes with disc brakes front and back. MSRP is $4,700.00 and it will be available in chilly grey or snow white.

Both the Sento and the Frost come with a 2 year warranty and will be in KYMCO dealerships for 2009.

Special thanks to the folks at CMG for the details on these models and the photos.

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E-Moto Scooter coming to Canada

National Motorsports, the Canadian importers for the Hyosung brand of motorcycles is bringing an electric scooter to Canada, dubbed the E-Moto G-300LX electric scooter.

G-300LX electric scooter may look like a typical scooter but instead of a small gasoline engine, the G-300LX is powered by a 3 KW brushless DC hub motor with a Lithium Iron Phosphate battery pack. Max torque is claimed to be 88.5 ft-lbs at a near instant 900 rpm, and 3.2 horsepower. It should be whisper quiet AND pretty quick off the line with torque numbers that high.

3.2 hp should be enough power to get you to a top speed of 67 km/h with a range of up to 80 km. It's not likely that you'll get 80 km, particularly if you're driving enthusiastically or near top speed. How far you'll get is also dependent on other factors such as rider size, terrain and weather). But if you don't have a long commute it should be a perfect tool for getting to the office, the grocery store, or just a ride around town.

The scooter produces no emissions of course because it runs solely on battery power. A full recharge should take 2-3 hours.

The ten inch wheels feature disc brakes front and rear. The e-moto has a claimed "net weight" 114 Kg (that includes the battery). It doesn't list a "wet" weight like most motorcycles because it doesn't have fluids!

MSRP is $4,995.00.

Special thanks goes out to the folks at CMG for the photo and details on the E-Moto.

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Webcomics for motorcycle enthusiasts

Tired of the tears and anger you're subject to when you grab the Saturday comics out of the hands of your children?

Well, a fellow by the name of Matt Marino from Colorado has a solution for you. He publishes motorcycle web comics that he hopes will give the motorcycle crowd a good laugh. He tells me that he's a fan of Canada, having spent some time here this past summer.

Looks like he's got some RSS feeds set up so you won't have to miss a single comic if you subscribe.

Here's a link to one of his sites.

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EICMA News from Ducati

Ducati unveiled their all new Streetfighter models at the 2008 EICMA motorcycle show in Milan today after numerous Internet rumors about its arrival.

The new Ducati StreetFighters will both get a 155bhp, 87.5 lb/ft 1099cc L-twin engine. The S will get some higher spec components; namely Marchesini forged aluminum wheels and Showa suspension is replaced by Ohlins suspension front and back. It also gets standard traction control and a data acquisition package.

Many Ducati fans won't be disappointed when they learn it keeps the dry clutch. It is a Streetfighter after all!

So, the new Ducati Monster 1100 has a air-cooled engine but the Streetfighter gets the water cooled engine from the outgoing 1098 (replaced by the 1198). The Streetfighter maintains the frame, engine, suspension, and single sided swingarm but gets it's own bodywork, different exhaust, headlight and riding position that's way more upright!

The Streetfigher is said to come in at 368 lbs (We're not sure which version is this weight but likely the S version).

New 1198's replace the 1098's.

The new 1198, has well - this is kind of obvious, a new engine. It replaces the 1098 and takes the 1098 R's 1198.4cc engine. In the 1198 it make 170 bhp at 9,750 RPM and 97 lb/ft of torque at 8,000 RPM. This reduces the power advantage between the 1098 and 1098 R by half. A lot of Ducati performance for the money.

Traction control will be standard on the 1198 S. It's a sophisticated system that uses the same software as Ducati's MotoGP and World Superbike machines, offering a choice of 8 settings.

Each setting allows a progressively greater degrees of slip. Front and rear wheel sensors compare differentials in speed to determine when traction is lost, altering the fuel injection to bring things back under control.

The 1198 engine is the lightest ever used in a Ducati superbike, coming in at 3kg less than that of the 1098 despite the larger capacity. This is thanks to a new vacuum die-cast manufacturing process used on the crankcase. Weight is also saved through the use of magnesium alloy cam covers.

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