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A Mad Scooter Rally in support of Kids Help Phone

The Mad Bastard Scooter Rally taking place June 12-14 usually draws a pretty eclectic group of scooter enthusiasts, and this year is no different! With only a handful of spots still available and registration still open, we are confident that all 75 rider positions will be filled.

Who’s riding so far?

Some of the teams include: “2 Up 2 Crazy” (two passengers on one scoot), “Dirty Girls” (an all girl team), “Go-Go Mods”, “TMSC” from the Toronto Moto Scooter Club, “The Knights of the Wandering Sausage” and “Team CaucAsian”.

It is quickly becoming apparent that participants of the Mad Bastard Scooter Rally are a generous bunch. In a little more that two weeks, participants have already raised $2,600.00 for our official MBS rally charity, Kids Help Phone.

The Kids Help Phone is a nation wide organization that has been helping Canadian children for over 20 years. Pledges collected by MBS rally participants will help provide Canadian children with toll-free, national, bilingual, phone and web counselling, as well as referral and information services.

This fantastic organization is open for children and youth 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

If you would like to make a donation to the Kids Help Phone please visit the official Mad Bastard Scooter Rally in Support of Kids Help Phone page.


Vicki Gray profiled on Ride! April 29th

Just in time for International Female Ride Day, Vicki Gray - the founder of Motoress will be a guest visitor on Ride! with Adrian Blake.

The event, now in its third year, is the creation of Vicki Gray, motorcycle racer, riding instructor, coach, entrepreneur, and role model.

Gray will guest on Ride! for a live podcast at 7 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 to talk about the event and her love of motorcycling. Tune in to Ride! on the BlogTalkRadio network at

Past shows with notable guests are also available as podcasts too. So, if you haven't been listening to Ride! It's time to load up the Ipod.

Originally from London, Ontario, Gray discovered her passion for motorcycling when she was in her early 20s and looking for an outlet from her demanding career with Revlon International.

One summer she enrolled in a rider training course and that was the start of a life-long obsession. “I was always the one in class the instructors told to slow down,” she says laughing. She hasn’t looked back since.

For more details on International Female Ride day check out the link here.

About Ride!

Ride! is an online talk show that's all about motorcycling. It debuted on October 24, 2007 on the BlogTalkRadio network and subsequently won a 2008 MAX Award (Motorcycling Award for Excellence) from the North American International Motorcycle Supershow.

Image courtesy


$50,000 Series Purse Posted for “Mac’s Shootout”

Seems that some big money is up for grabs in the 2009 Canadian Motorsport Racing Club (CMRC) Monster Energy Motorcross Nationals. They've just made an announcement. Check out the details:

Mac’s Convenience stores in conjunction with Monster Energy will post $50,000 in cash for the new “Mac’s Shootout” at the completion of the 2009 CMRC Monster Energy Motocross Nationals.

Series points earned in either the MX1 and MX2 classes will be combined to determine the top twenty riders that will earn their share of the series purse. $10,000 will be awarded to the winner! The rider scoring the greatest number of moto wins will receive a $2,500 bonus!

The payout schedule will be as follows:
1. $10,000 2. $7,500 3. $5,000 4. $4,000 5. $3,500 6. $3,000 7. $2,500 8. $2,000 9. $1,500 10. $1,000 11. $1,000 12. $1,000 13. $1,000 14. $1,000 15. $1,000 16. $500 17. $500 18. $500 19. $500 20. $500

Most moto wins: $2,500

No longer will competitors be happy with their points lead in their respective class. They’ll be focused on the Mac’s Shootout, and they know their counterpart in the other national class will have the same vision.

No matter what, the chase can only be settled after the last round and the last moto. Fantasy leagues, chat forums, the media, and television personalities will be talking this up all summer long!

For a listing of the races (It's the 2009 CMRC Pro National Series - and for overall points regardless of whether you ride MX1 or MX2) check out the race schedule on CMRC's website here.


Camp for the Deaf - Parry Sound (ON) needs some help

The Derek and Bob - Rumball Foundation have been helping to improve the quality of life of the Deaf in Ontario for years.

They hold numerous motor sports activities at the Camp for the Deaf to help support handicapped kids and adults. They hold MX, ATV, enduro and rock crawling events at the camp. These are all BIG fundraisers that provide much needed funds. They help get families together for some recreation and fun too!

The Township formally informed the Foundation on April 6th/09 that there is to be no more "motor vehicle racing" on the camp property. Needless to say this puts events planned for 2009 in jeopardy and all future events - not to mention that it cuts out a large source of funding for the Deaf of Ontario.

If this is a cause you feel worthy of a few minutes of your time please write a letter! Here's a few details of specifically how you might be able to help save these events and stop this source of funding and family recreation from being cut:

Real, honest and heartfelt letters from affected racers, riders, and jeep crawlers will have a real impact.

Some suggested items to be included:

- The short notice: events, vacations, and schedules are planned well in advance
- The impact on your racer
- Your vacation $$$ being spent in the community and your personal plans being impacted
- Your fondness for the camp and the track
- Requesting an explanation of how they endorsed the WEC last year but not this year
- How many years you've attended the races or events at the camp
- How much $$$ you spend at local commercial venues
- The safe riding environment at the camp as opposed to unorganized, trespass riding.
- For the ATV Crowd to mention the CMRC award and the ATV specific built track
+ Anything else you you think of!

Please do not make reference to poor decision but rather ask for an explanation. If a question is asked and you are requesting a reply, it has to be done and entered into the minutes.

Address letters to:

Mayor Conn
Seguin Township
5 Humphrey Drive
Parry Sound Ontario
P2A 2W8


7th Annual Ride to Remember - June 6/09 (ON)

Dave Hatch, host of TSN’s Motorcycle Experience, says everything is now set to go for the re-launch this summer of the popular Ride to Remember motorcycle rally in Eastern Ontario. The annual fund raising event for Camp Trillium celebrates all things on two wheels, and, along with the support of the Hallowell Firefighters, has donated over $80,000 dollars to Camp Trillium.

This year, the Ride to Remember will touch down for one day only at the Picton Airport, on Saturday June 6. Hatch noted that the event had been in hiatus for a couple of years after the Ride For Sight motorcycle rally set up camp in Trenton two years ago. “The Hallowell Firefighters felt that there was no way we could compete with a national fund raising machine like the Ride For Sight when it moved into the neighborhood,” Hatch said, “so we decided to take a break, but now that the Ride For Sight has moved back up to its' original site in Collingwood, that pretty much opened the door for us to kick start the Ride To Remember.”

Thanks to the generosity of the owners of Loch Sloy Holdings, local bikers will enjoy Factory Demo Rides provided by Suzuki, Honda, BMW and Harley-Davidson starting from the rally’s original host site located up at the historic Picton Airport. Once again the manufacturers will be inviting licensed motorcycle riders to sample their new motorcycle lineups on a scenic trip through Prince Edward County.

In keeping with the firefighters wishes for the Ride to Remember to remain a family oriented happening, this year they’ve added some exciting new features like the Buell Stunt Riding Show. There will also be a Massive Silent Action that boasts some of the best motorcycle bargains in Ontario, and while the bikers check out the deals, they will also be able to enjoy Live Music on site all day. Many local motorcycle dealers will be on hand, displaying the very latest in riding gear and accessories, and a couple of local farm equipment vendors have promised to bring along their spectacular line-up of 2009 ATVs. Back by popular demand is the Yamaha Riding Academy. The Riding Academy is a popular mini bike training area for children aged six to twelve! The folks from Yamaha provide the instructors, bikes, all the riding gear, and no experience is required. Keep your feet on the pegs and your right hand cranked, and ride up to the Picton Airport for the Ride to Remember. We look forward to seeing you there!

7th Annual Ride to Remember - Saturday June 6

Picton Airport - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

$10.00 donation at the gate / students $5.00 / children under 12 free

For more information visit:

This year we remember Maxime Mercier

The Ride to Remember donates 100% of all proceeds to Camp Trillium


2009 KTM manufacturer suggested retail price list

KTM has released their 2009 suggested retail price list for their range of motorcycles.

You've got sportminicycles, motorcross 2 strokes, motorcross 4 strokes, cross country 2 strokes, cross country 4 strokes, Enduro (street legal), LC4 Duke, LC8 Adventure, LC4 Super Moto, RC8, ATV motorcross, and ATV Cross country.

Prices range from $3,398 for the 50 SX mini to the range topping 1190 RC8 at $20,898.

They posted the information in a graphic that's a little small. We zoomed it in a little but it's still a little tough to read.

Prices were posted April 14/09 and we're reminded that they're subject to change at any time.

* Click the picture to enlarge


McCormick opens new season on top

JENNINGS, Fla. (April 28) – Brett McCormick fired the first shot of the 2009 Parts Canada Superbike Championship season by recording the fastest time on the opening morning of the two-day official Pirelli test at JenningsGP in Jennings, Fla. on Tuesday.

The 17-year-old from Saskatoon set a time of one minute, 15.639 seconds around the 3.219km (2.0-mile) road course on his Team Suzuki /Blackfoot / Picotte Motorsport Suzuki GSX-R600. That was over a second quicker than his former team-mate Jordan Szoke, who turned a 1:16.660 on his new Canadian Kawasaki Motors Kawasaki ZX-6R.

“I have no complaints,” said McCormick, who won the final round of last year’s Parts Canada Superbike Championship. “This is my first time on the 600 and it’s an awesome bike, easy to adapt to. I’m a second faster than I’ve gone here before. We’re just fine tuning the bike, making it more consistent.”

Most of the riders chose to focus on their Yoshimura Pro Sport Bike class machines in the three-hour morning session.

Szoke, from Brantford, Ont., is the two-time defending champion in the class and also the Parts Canada Superbike champ the past two seasons.

Granby, Que.’s Kevin Lacombe was third fastest on his Yamaha Canada / OTSFF Yamaha YZF-R6 with a time of 1:16.963.

Next up were a pair of young guns. Szoke’s new team-mate, Alex Welsh of Uxbridge, Ont. turned the fourth fastest time of 1:18.516 on his Kawasaki ZX-6R in his debut with the Canadian Kawasaki Motors factory team.

Becker, Minn. rider Tony Kasper was fifth with a 1:18.784 aboard the second Yamaha Canada / OTSFF YZF-R6.

Next up was Francis Martin of Sherbrooke, Que., who turned a 1:20.444 on the BMW Motorrad Canada BMW HP2. The bike is making its debut in the Sport Bike ranks.

Seventh fastest was defending Armour Bodies Amateur Sport Bike champ Jodi Christie with a 1:23.469 on his first outing with the Honda Powerhouse Dealers of Ontario / ProStar Motorsports Honda CBR600RR.

Rounding out the Pro Sport Bike runners was Elie Daccache of Ottawa, who turned a 1:26.632 on his Kawasaki ZX-6R.

Erick Beausejour of Val d’Or, Que. ran a Suzuki GSX-R1000 he recently purchased from Picotte Motorsports and turned a fastest lap of 1:19.729.

Amateur Sport Bike competitor Brett Birnie of Ottawa recorded a best of 1:26.045 on his Yamaha YZF-R6.

Action at JenningsGP will continue with another test session Tuesday afternoon and a full day of track activity on Wednesday.

The 2009 Parts Canada Superbike Championship opens at Calabogie Motorsports Park, near Ottawa on May 21-24.

For more series information, visit


BMW Motorrad Motorsport -Superbike World Championship - Assen, Netherlands - Superpole

Munich. Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport continued to make progress in practice and regular qualifying today, but once again saw their hopes of good grid positions dashed in Superpole qualifying. All the good work done by Troy, Ruben and the team was undone in Superpole thanks to problems with their qualifying tires in Superpole 1 and Superpole 2 and, as a result, Troy and Ruben will have to start tomorrow’s pair of 22-lap races from the fourth and fifth rows of the grid. American Ben Spies (Yamaha) continued his run of good form by taking pole position this afternoon, with Jakub Smrz (Ducati) second, Leon Haslam (Honda) third and Noriyuki Haga (Ducati) fourth.

Troy - 15th, 1:38.906
Superpole was the usual lottery for me and I cannot explain why two qualifying tires that are the same should work so differently. I did a 1:38.339 in Superpole 1 and was second fastest overall. I used the same bike and the same type of qualifying tire in Superpole. The bike (or tire) felt completely different and I just couldn’t go so fast at all. I finished six tenths of a second slower on that lap! it’s a big shame because it means, once again, we are way down the grid and will have to try and get up to the sharp end as soon as we can if we are to have any sort of decent result. The good news is that I am feeling quite comfortable on a race pace and the other good news is that my hand feels a lot better today - probably because of some treatment from the Clinica Mobile and some painkillers.

Ruben - 20th, 1:39.643
Like Troy, I am finding it a bit hard to understand what is going on with the qualifying tires. I qualified OK for Superpole and started Superpole 1 with a qualifying tire. But I felt no grip and struggled to do a fast lap. When I pulled in, after two laps, the tire looked as if it was brand new and that is not normal for a qualifying tire.

OK, the bike is quite sensitive to any changes we make, but we didn’t change the bike for Superpole, so I don’t understand what happened. I had two crashes today and do not know what happened in either of them, except that both happened with the same bike, so I didn’t use that one again afterwards. But, I am happy with my race pace on this bike and will be fighting for everything I can get in the races. Obviously, being so far down the grid is a problem, but hopefully I will be able to see the lights from way back there and get a good start.

Berti Hauser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director)
It’s a bit difficult to know what to say, except that our riders and the whole team worked so hard for two days, made good progress and then had it all destroyed in Superpole qualifying. Troy went three tenths of a second faster in Superpole 1 than in normal qualifying, but then was six tenths of a second slower in Superpole 2 than Superpole 1 and I don’t think it is normal for such a rider as Troy.

I am frustrated and I am sure that the whole team feel the same way, because none of us can understand how the same tires can work so differently. I don’t think this is down to our lack of experience, but it is a strange state of affairs and I hope that we can find some solutions to this kind of problem sooner, rather than later.

Final qualifying
1 Spies (USA-Yamaha) 1:37.628, 2 Smrz (CZ-Ducati) 1:37.765, 3 Haslam (GB-Honda) 1:38.072, 4 Haga (J-Ducati) 1:38.202, 5 Fabrizio (I-Ducati) 1:38.215, 6 Neukirchner (D-Suzuki) 1:38.353, 15 Troy Corser (Aus-BMW Motorrad Motorsport) 1:38.906, 20 Xaus (E-BMW Motorrad Motorsport) 1:39.643


Precious Metal - Harley Davidson event for women only (ON)

Ladies from Toronto, Ontario - Harley Davidson has event lined up for Tuesday, 6 May. It's the Precious Metal Gala. Okay, sounds interesting - what is it you say?

Precious Metal Gala is for women who’ve been considering riding but haven’t quite yet taken the plunge. It's also a fundraiser with proceeds from the event will be donated to Rethink Breast Cancer.

Hosted by Harley-Davidson Canada, the event takes place at Toronto’s Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex on Tuesday 6 May from 6:30-12:am.

There will be activities (interested in visiting the on-site spa?), hourly prizes, entertainment, explore Harley-Davidson's line of motorcycles, and motor clothes plus Karen Davidson the great grand-daughter of Harley-Davidson's co founder will be attending the event, get to meet her in person!

Full event details here. Tickets on sale now and availability is limited.

Gentlemen - get some MotoGP races and UFC lined up on the TIVO and put some beverages on ice cause this event is for ladies only!


Triumph Anniversary Days - Canadian dealership participants

Triumph is celebrating 107 years of Triumph motorcycles by way of an "Anniversary Days - Open House." It's set to take place between April 28th and May 2, 2009.

Not only are Triumph celebrating 107 years; it's the 50th year of the Bonneville, the 60th year of the Thunderbird, and the 15th year of the original Speed Triple.

Stop in at participating dealerships on Saturday - May 2, 2009 for an "Anniversary Days" reception where all are welcome.

Each location will organize its own schedule of events so you can expect to meet some great people and see some amazing Triumph Motorcycles.

The list of participating Canadian dealerships includes:

- Blackfoot Motorcyle - Calgary, AB
- Echo Cycle - Edmonton, AB
- British Italian Motorcycles - Vancouver, BC
- C&S Motorcyles - Sidney, BC
- Southwest Motorrad - Kelowna, BC
- Western Powersports - Langley, BC
- GP Bikes - Ajax, ON
- Inglis Cycle Center - London, ON
- J&R Cycle - Stayner, ON
- Ottawa Goodtime Center - Ottawa, ON
- Rev Cycles - Toronto, ON
- Sturgess Cycle - Hamilton, ON
- Monette Sports - Laval, QC
- Moto Montreal Cycle - Montreal, QC
- European Motorrad - Saskatoon, SK

* Image courtesy Triumph Canada.


Test ride a Harley Davidson in Canada - then win it!

This offer is only for Canadians! Harley Davidson Canada is holding a no purchase necessary "ITS YOURS TO WIN" promotion. It starts April 15th, 2009 and ends June 15th 2009. To enter you need to go for a Harley Davidson test ride then fill out an entry online.

On or about July 16th, 2009, at approximately 2:00 PM (EST) at Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada will draw for one Grand Prize which is a 2009 Harley-Davidson® motorcycle of the winner's choice (subject to availability and not including CVO motorcycles, special or limited edition Harley-Davidson® or Buell® motorcycles). The odds of winning the Grand Prize depend on the total number of eligible entries received. Approximate retail value ranges between $9,500 and $30,000 (depending on winner's choice).

Check out the full contest details here.

For more Harley-Davidson news check out our Harley news category.


KTM first time buyer - Canadian promotion

KTM Canada is offering a special deal on select models right now, which they're referring to as a Welcome Allocation* which gets you $900 off some models - and - they've got a financing promotion to spur sales too. It's a no interest, no payments** deal. You can ride free all summer!

It seems to include quite a few models and the offers can be combined. So the time is right to pick up a KTM in Canada!

And now the fine print from the offers. This fine print actually offers some of the juicy details of the offer though, so it's actually pretty interesting, unlike most fine print:

*Special offer targeted to customers who have never owned a KTM before (Source: KTM registrations) $900 welcome allocation on all new, non current (2008 and prior model year) 250 SX-F, 450 SX-F, 250 XC-F, 250 XC-F-W, 300 XC, 300 XC-W, 450 EXC, 530 EXC, 450 XC ATV and 525 XC ATV.

$450 welcome allocation on all new, 2009 KTM 250 SX-F, 450 SX-F, 250 XC-F, 250 XC-F-W, 300 XC, 300 XC-W, 450 EXC, 530 EXC, 450 XC ATV and 525 XC ATV. Offer valid for a limited time only, up to May 31st, 2009, or while supplies last.

** Retail finance program on all new 2009 KTM models and prior years, Off-Road motorcycle, Street motorcycle and ATV. Retail finance offer available starting April 6th 2009 and valid for a limited time only, up to May 31st 2009, these 2 offers can be combined. Subject to credit approval, see your participating KTM dealer for more details or log on to

Images courtesy KTM Canada


Latest installments of the Ducati Desmosedici Documentary on YouTube

If part one of the Ducati Desmosedici documentary was just enough to whet your appetite, well we've got some good news for you. Ducati has posted episode 2 (three parts).

This one gets into all the very nitty-gritty that will appeal to the detail obsessed person. If you want to know, for example, how many parts the brakes are made of... you're in luck! The answer is within this series of video's.

The brake is made of 18 parts by the way!


European "Motorcycle Accidents In Depth Study" available to download

If you're looking for some reading material and interested in motorcycle safety then check out the MAIDS (Motorcycle Accidents In Depth Study) website. They've published an in-depth and current study of powered two wheelers. The study is the most comprehensive in-depth data currently available for Powered Two-Wheelers (PTWs) accidents in Europe. The investigation was conducted during 3 years on 921 accidents from 5 countries.

Yes, it's for Europe but we face many of the same issues here in Canada on two wheels so I'd have to say that the information is relevant and useful to us as well.

The report comes from the European Motorcycle Manufacturer's Association, the objective of which was "to do a European study on powered two wheelers (PTW) accidents. That is why 5 countries and five regions were selected, which altogether were felt to give a representative view of the PTW accident scene."

Haven't had a chance to read through the 179 pages of this report yet, but it looks to offer very detailed information.

Download the guide here - you will need to register first.

Registering, and downloading a copy are free! Free is good!


Paul Teutel Sr. opens a Ducati dealership

Yes, you read it right. I have to admit I'm a little shocked too but word is that Paul Teutel Sr. of Orange County Chopper (OCC) fame is opening a Ducati dealership in his home state of New York called Ducati Hudson Valley.

I would almost think that's rumor if I didn't see it with my own eyes on the Ducati North America website.

They've already gotten their hands on a Monster 1100 for an episode of an upcoming show and a heap of promotions no doubt! Maybe it has already aired. Must have missed that episode if it did.

Personally, I'd prefer to have the Monster in its original form, but to each his/her own I suppose. Might make a fantastic, if not slightly expensive stunt bike?


Haga (Ducati Xerox) breaks nine year Assen curse with Race 2 triumph at the TT circuit

Assen (The Netherlands) Sunday 26th April: The Dutch crowds were witness to two spectacular Superbike races today at the historic TT circuit and Noriyuki Haga (Ducati Xerox) followed up a second place finish in Race 1 with a brilliant victory in Race 2, his second win at this track after the first, achieved nine years back in the year 2000.

In Race 1 Ducati Xerox rider Noriyuki Haga did not make a brilliant start and spent the first laps playing catch up to Ben Spies and Max Neukirchner. Once the second-placed Suzuki rider was out of the way, after an unfortunate fall during lap six, Noriyuki was able to choose his moment carefully to pass Spies during the twelfth lap. He subsequently held on to the lead ahead of Spies and Englishman Haslam until the very last lap when the American executed a well-timed pass that left Nitro-Nori with no time to retaliate, meaning that man in red Haga just missed on victory by a tenth of a second.

Meanwhile Noriyuki’s team-mate Michel lost a few positions due to a not particularly fast start and although he made up a few places by mid-race, the ensuing close battle between himself, Smrz, Rea and Laconi made things tough and Fabrizio thus concluded Race 1 in ninth position.

In Race 2
Noriyuki got off to a flying start and went straight to the head of the pack, a fraction of a second behind Spies, who passed the leader’s baton on to Haga during the second lap when he highsided in spectacular fashion and was thus forced to retire from the race. Haga then ran a lonely race up front, with team-mate Fabrizio and Honda rider Haslam fighting behind him for the second and third positions. Unfortunately Michel, who held off fourth-placed Smrz for the majority of the race, began to have problems getting his 1198 into gear during the final laps and eventually this meant that he just lost out on third, having to settle for a fourth place finish.

Noriyuki’s performance today means that he has further increased his championship lead, with 180 points and a 60 point advantage over second-placed Spies. The manufactures championship continues to be led by Ducati with 180 points, ahead of Yamaha with 145.

Noriyuki Haga (Race 1 – 2nd, Race 2 - winner)
"It’s been a great day for us and after nine years I have finally won again at Assen; I am very happy. In Race 1 I was a little disappointed to just lose out on the win on the very last lap but it was a great race. I set off strong but Spies and Haslam rode so hard today. First I had to push hard to catch Spies which was quite difficult as my bike was still not working perfectly and then to hold the lead was not easy either as the two of them were breathing down my neck. We changed the setting of the bike slightly for Race 2 and I was extremely comfortable on it. I’m sorry that Ben fell as I think we would have had another good battle but for me and my team it’s been a very good day. I thank my engineer, my team, Ducati and the sponsors and now we head to Monza for the next challenge.”

Michel Fabrizio (Race 1 – 9th, Race 2 - 4th)
“I am of course very disappointed as I did my utmost to be on the podium here today. I had to grit my teeth in both of today’s races as I was once again having problems with my forearm. In the last few laps I was having trouble changing gear and this then forced me to slow in the last lap, which meant that Smrz passed me at the final corner. I guess that, looking on the positive side, it’s a good thing it happened at the end of the last lap because at least I was able to finish the race and take important points. These things happen and we look ahead to Monza. After recent testing there I’m sure my team will work hard to give me a winning bike for the next round and I hope to be able to celebrate a win with them there.”

RESULTS: Race 1 – 1. Spies (Yamaha); 2. Haga (Ducati Xerox); 3. Haslam (Honda). Race 2 - 1. Haga (Ducati Xerox), 2. Haslam (Honda); 3. Smrz (Ducati)

: Riders – 1. Haga (Ducati Xerox) 180; 2. Spies (Yamaha) 120; 3. Haslam (Honda) 94; 4. Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) 80; 5. Neukirchner (Suzuki) 75; 6. Sykes (Yamaha) 70. Manufacturers – Ducati 180; Yamaha 145; Honda 109; Suzuki 76; Aprilia 68; BMW 43; Kawasaki 10


Joe Rocket and Bocek Team Up at UFC97

All eyes of the sports world were on the sold out UFC 97:Redemption®, Ultimate Fighting Championship, last weekend, at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.

Joe Rocket Canada's sponsored Mark Bocek took down opponent David Bielkheden in front of a huge global audience, early in the first round, for his third straight UFC victory. Toronto, Ontario native Bocek has a tremendous fan base with five Canadian championships on his fight card.

“As a world class athlete and a dedicated motorcyclist, Mark is a great marketing partner for us”, said Bruce Parker, President, Joe Rocket Canada. His high level profile and relentless competitive spirit hit our target rider squarely on the chin and is going to be a key component in JRC's 2010 Hardcore CanadianTM marketing initiative.


Transport Canada - latest motorcycle recalls

Transport Canada has been busy the last few days with several recall notices published for a few different manufacturers. If you own a BMW and you've been on some web forums you've probably heard rumors of the BMW recall but now it's officially in Transport Canada's database.

Here's all the details -

Make, Model, Year Affected: Triumph, ROCKET III CLASSIC TOURING, 2008 2009
Transport Canada Recall # 2009107
Recall Date: 2009/04/14
Units affected: 47


On certain motorcycles, the tires may experience a torque-induced degradation in a body ply. The degradation may result in inner-liner cracking that may lead to a slow leak in the rear tire. Loss of air pressure could cause the rider to lose vehicle control, which may result in property damage, personal injury or death. Correction: Dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace both tires.


Make, Model Year Affected: Buell 1125R 2008, Buell XB12R 2009, Buell XB12SCG 2009
Transport Canada Recall # 2009111
Recall Date: 2009/04/15
Units affected: 271


On certain motorcycles, the front brake line may contact the front tire. The resultant chafe damage could create a hole in the line. Brake fluid leakage could ultimately result in loss of front braking capability which, depending on traffic conditions and the rider's reactions, could result in a crash causing personal injury or death. Correction: Dealers will re-route the front brake line.


Make, Model, Year Affected: BMW, F800GS, 2009
Transport Canada Recall # 2009112
Recall Date: 2009/04/16
Units affected: 105


On certain motorcycles, the front wheel quick-release axle may not have been manufactured to specifications. The quick-release axle might be of reduced wall thickness which, under severe loads (off-roading, for example), could cause the axle to break. This could result in a vehicle crash causing property damage, personal injury or death. Correction: Dealers will replace the quick-release axle.


Motorcycle Experience - Episode 10 airs Saturday

Motorcycle Experience Episode 10 will air this Saturday morning on TSN and TSN HD

Toyota Truck presents Motorcycle Experience, Saturday April 25 at 11:30 pm*

What to expect this week:

- Dave continues his look at motorcycle retailing by visiting a Honda Powerhouse
- Former national Sportbike Champion Clint McBain gives viewers a lesson in U Turns
- Yamaha’s Bryan Hudgin accessorizes his wheels during “Scooter Sense”
- Guest rider Paul Kahnert takes it low and slow on Suzuki’s C109RT Boulevard
- Dave and Norm wrap up another wild run in Lake Elsinore during their Ultimate Ride in California

Episode 10 – Air Times on TSN and TSN HD

Saturday, April 25 at 11:30 am*
Thursday, April 30 at 16:30 pm*
Saturday, May 02 at 04:30 am*

Monday, May 04 at 01:30 am* *All times eastern

Coming soon…watch for your personal invite from Dave to join him and his friends at the 7th Annual Ride to Remember at the Picton Airport on Saturday June 06.

Keep your right hand cranked!

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April news from the Canadian Enduro Championship (CEC) series

The Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship

April Press Release

- Blairmore, AB July 4th & 5th
- Penticton, BC July 11th & 12th
- Labelle, PQ September 12th & 13th
- Parry Sound, ON September 19th & 20th

Sponsor News

The BIG news for this month is Royal Distributing has signed on to be the title sponsor of the series. Royal is the Canadian leader in the power sports business and recognized the exposure they would gain by aligning themselves with this exciting series. As part of the sponsor package Royal Distributing is lending WEC the use of their race truck to transport bikes and equipment and to be the Race Headquarters at the four events.

Current sponsor list;
Royal Distributing, Honda, KTM, BMW, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Inside Motorcycles, MXP Magazine, IMX Magazine, Wiesner Insurance, Pirelli, Brian Kurtz Trucking, West Jet, Rekluse

WEC Website-

World Enduro Canada’s website has received a total makeover. Please check it out for more detailed information.

Pro Riders

The Pro rider list continues to grow. The excitement is building across the country and we may see multi time Canadian Superbike Champion Jordan Szoke try his hand at Enduro racing. In addition to being very fast on the pavement Jordan is an accomplished Trials rider – one of the best in Canada – so he could find himself a natural at Enduro racing. Jordan is hoping to make it to one of the eastern rounds.

Pros will be running permanent numbers for the duration of the series. Confirmed Pro Riders who have expressed their intention to compete at all 8 races of the CEC are;

o Patrick Beaule – KTM #5
o Jake Stapleton – Yamaha #17
o Brian Wojnarowski – Yamaha #2
o Alan Lachapelle – KTM #111
o Bobby Prochnau – KTM #7
o Jason Schrage – KTM #8
o Cory Grafunder – KTM # 118
o Guy Perret - #190
o Guy Giroux – BMW # 801
o Jay McGregor – Husaberg #56
o Lee Fryburger – Husaberg #96
o Shane Cuthbertson – Husaberg #20
o Kevin Cockayne – KTM #417
o Noel Bolso – KTM #28
o Chris Van Hove – Husqvarna #21
o Bryan Marshall - #24
o Nick Riewe – Husaberg #53
o Clint Riviere - #411
o Marty Halmazna – Yamaha #22
o Geoff Nelson – KTM #84
o Harmen Boer – Honda #144
o Tyler Linton - #3
o Bruce Moffat – Yamaha #45
o Jordan Szoke – Kawasaki #101

For the Pro class there will be 100% Pro Payback paid at each event based on the overall results for 2 days at each CEC event

Pros will be divided into four classes with the overall best rider from the entire series being awarded the #1 Plate at the end of the season.

E1 (125 two strokes & 250 four strokes)
E2 (250 two strokes & 450 four strokes)
E3 (Open)
Vet (40 and over)

Amateurs will be divided into 6 classes;

A (advanced skill)
B (intermediate)
C (novice)
Vet (40+)
Super Vet (50+)

For the Amateurs there will be an East and West Champion as well as an overall Champion for each class.

Entry Fees - $100 per weekend. Any riders crossing the Ontario/Winnipeg border to compete will have their entry fee waived as a travel incentive.

Top Junior Award

Inside Motorcycles Magazine is sponsoring the Top Junior Award. Juniors will be riders 20 or under as of the date of the first race on July 4. Inside Motorcycles will be recognizing the Top Junior at each round and at the final round will award the overall Top Junior (based on results from all 8 races) with a cheque for $500. They recognize the importance

MCC – Riders will be required to have an MCC membership to compete. They are $25.00 and available on the MCC site

Transportation -

The WEC transportation service has been very well received. At this point there is only a few spots left on the truck heading west for July. If you interested in sending your bike and gear to your away rounds it is important to book a reservation. For more information please contact Trevor Wideman at Brian Kurtz Trucking or 519-836-5821.


BMW Motorrad Canada kicks off 2009 “For Women Only!” Ride Events.

Whitby. BMW Motorrad Canada is pleased to announce the sixth annual edition of the BMW “For Women Only!” test ride event schedule.

Since 2004, the BMW “For Women Only!” Test Ride Event has offered female motorcycle riders the opportunity to test ride a full range of current BMW models in a relaxed and controlled environment.

Administered and hosted by seasoned female motorcycle enthusiasts in affiliation with BMW Motorrad Canada, the events are offered in three major Canadian cities:

Vancouver- Saturday, April 25
Toronto - Saturday, May 16
Montreal - Saturday, June 20

The first two BMW “For Women Only!” ride events conveniently “bookend” the 3rd Annual International Female Ride Day staged on Friday, May 1, mutually supporting and promoting the ever-growing sorority of female motorcycle enthusiasts.

International Female Ride Day is the inspiration of Vicki Gray, founder of MOTORESS, an international website developed to encourage and support women in motorcycling worldwide. Vicki works tirelessly to “Connect women with motorcycling” and the International Female Ride Day has spawned numerous female-only motorcycling events focused on the annual May 1event.

BMW Motorrad Canada is a strong supporter of female motorcycling in Canada and a regular sponsor of MOTORESS since its inception.

More information on the BMW “For Women Only!” Ride Events and a link to MOTORESS, please go to


New high quality video posted at VRIDETV

Jeff, over at VRIDETV has posted a new version of his video taken on rural Highway #13, between Carlyle and Weyburn Saskatchewan, Canada. This three minute clip represents two hours of footage.

You'll see a prairie sunset, lightning storm, and some heavy rain. It was recorded on 14 June 2006 during Jeff's ride across Canada - and back!

The quality of the new Dailymotion version of the video is fantastic! Especially when youc consider that it's not HD. We had posted a link to the YouTube version before but this one is even better so we thought we'd repost the new one.

Canadian Motorcycle Rider is even listed in the credits of this one!


Looking for motorcycle parts and accessories?

Motovan has just released new editions of their catalog's and they've got thousands upon thousands of parts listed.

They've got several different catalogs for you to look over in fact. If you're looking for just about anything, for any style of motorcycle standard, sportbike, cruiser, custom, off-road - chances are they probably have it. They've even got a fashion catalog.

Motovan was established in 1980 and imports, exports, distributes and manufactures after-market replacement parts and accessories for motorized recreational vehicles (Motorcycles/MX, ATVs, snowmobiles). Motovan is the Canadian leader in the distribution of parts and accessories, boasting the largest network of powersports dealers in Canada.

The links appear to work best in Internet Explorer.

Image courtesy of Motovan.


Superbike World Championship - Assen, Netherlands - BMW Motorrad Preview

Press Release - Munich.

The fourth round of this year´s Superbike World Championship takes place at Assen circuit in the Netherlands, and will be a new racetrack for the BMW Motorrad Motorsport team. Although Troy Corser and Ruben Xaus are very familiar with the 4.555 kilometre circuit, it will be their first time there with the new BMW S 1000 RR.

So, not only do they have to try and find a good set-up for the races, but they also have to try and qualify well. In the three races so far, both Troy and Ruben have suffered in the new Superpole qualifying system and have had to start the races from way down the grid. It would be interesting to see what would happen if either or both could qualify on the first two rows of the grid for Sunday´s races.

“Assen used to be a real ‘riders’ track, but it is not the same anymore. It´s not bad track, but it just doesn´t flow like it used to and that could be a bit of a problem for us. At the present stage of the bike´s development, it seems that the bike is working better at tracks that flow, instead of stop/start circuits. Obviously, we are working very hard on getting the bike good at all types of tracks, but it just takes time and laps. We´re getting there for sure and, if we can get a good Superpole and start from near the front end of the grid, I´m sure we can improve our results.”

“The old Assen was good and I don´t think there was a single rider who did not like it. The new Assen is not so bad, but it has lost some of its character. Of course, it is the same for all of us, but our job is going to be that much harder because we are arriving at Assen with no data or telemetry to work with on this bike at this track. My plan is to get down to it as soon as I can and try and avoid my ‘black Fridays’. I need to be further up the grid and not have so much work to do during the races just trying to catch the leaders. The S 1000 RR is fantastic, but I don´t think we have seen its potential yet. That day is going to come and I don´t think it is so far away.”

Berti Hauser (Director BMW Motorrad Motorsport):
“Well, yes of course, this upcoming SBK weekend in Assen is another new one and unknown territory for us, but each step we`re taking since the beginning of the 2009 season is unknown territory. Especially all the basics we learned throughout the first three rounds brought a lot of new knowledge and information as well as some surprises - such is the reality of competing in a hard-fought championship. The pure ranking itself does not show the real potential of our bike. Looking at the second qualifying in Valencia, where the first 20 positions were within one second, it shows what is really going on there. Troy`s was just 0.14 sec and Ruben 0.7 sec behind the fastest lap time of this particular session. Actually, that`s where we are standing. No doubt, we have to keep pushing hard to improve the whole system in order to achieve better positions.

This includes getting more familar with the new superpole system, to get more used to the specific characters of the Pirelli tires and to improve also the whole system of the bike step by step. For sure, based on the results we've achieved already, the motivation is huge and I'm more than happy and proud to have these riders in our team. The team spirit together with these guys provides a major boost to get better and better throughout the remainder of the season. We`ll be going the extra mile at the track and our work shop to make BMW`s WSBK participation a success story.”

2008 results
Race 1: Bayliss (AUS-Ducati), 2 Checa (E-Honda), 3 Neukirchner (D-Suzuki), 4 Kagayama (J-Suzuki), 5 Troy Corser (AUS-Yamaha), 6 Smrz (CZ-Ducati), 16 Ruben Xaus (E-Ducati)
Race 2: 1 Bayliss, 2 Haga (J-Yamaha), 3 Checa, 4 Ruben Xaus, 5 Neukirchner, 6 Kagayama, 10 Troy Corser


Kobe Bryant to ride a scooter?

No - I doubt that he or any other NBA stars will but...

Yamaha has signed a multi-year deal in Europe with the National Basketball Association (NBA) - North America's premier professional men's basketball league. To commemorate the partnership Yamaha has launched a new BW's NBA scooter in Europe.

It’s got all the BW’s original features that "set you free in the city: a rugged, lightweight frame; strong braking and grip; fully-automatic 50cc motor; and lots of great practical touches."

The BW’s NBA will get some flashy NBA graphics, white paint, and a basketball colored seat. Along with a genuine NBA logo on the front engine cover you get logo-sets from six leading NBA teams (Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers, and New York Knicks), a pack of ‘number 1’ stickers, and an ‘NBA’ embroidered seat.


Halifax Bridge Commission has some advice for those on two wheels

If you've ever come to a toll bridge or road on a motorcycle or scooter you're probably aware of the challenges they present. It goes something like this... pull up to the toll booth, take off your glove, fumble for change, throw change in, hurriedly put glove back on, proceed through gate. It's only a few seconds but it seems like there must be a better way.

Well if you're a regular commuter in Halifax/Dartmouth, Nova Scotia - or anywhere that you come across a toll booth of some kind there may be a better way for you. The Halifax Bridge Commission has what they call a MACPASS that allows you to load up a transponder with cash so that you don't have to worry about fumbling through your pocket for change. If there's a toll booth near you chances are they offer the same type of program. One problem with a transponder and a 2 wheeled vehicle though - you can't really attach it to a motorcycle, well you could but it's fairly likely that you wouldn't have it for long if it's in a spot where somebody can grab it.

The Halifax Bridge Commission has come out with a brochure that explains the recommended way to use MACPASS when crossing the Macdonald and MacKay Bridge to ensure safe and easy passage for all drivers. There are some safety considerations you may not have thought about.

The graphic is just the very high level overview - there's more detailed information on the Halifax Bridge Commission website here.

Some of the tips are relevant to anybody on two wheels that might come upon a toll booth though so it's not only relevant to those in Halifax/Dartmouth.


World Enduro Championship - double podiums for BMW

Munich -

Finn Juha Salminen has secured the BMW Motorrad Motorsport team´s first ever World Enduro Championship double podium result having placed third in the Enduro 2 class on both days of the GP of Italy, staged in Iglesias, Sardinia. With the opening two rounds of the championship in Portugal and Spain having ended disappointingly for Salminen the GP of Italy - round three of the ´09 WEC series - finished with the vastly experienced rider both encouraged by the changes that he´d made to his bike for the event and also his performances.

As expected the GP of Italy proved to be every bit as challenging as the opening two rounds of the `09 WEC series. With the event marking a return to an all-natural extreme test, it also featured one of the longest and toughest enduro tests seen for many years in the WEC. In addition a slow speed motocross test and two long, rocky time controls ensured that all competitors were made to work hard throughout both days of competition.

With testing in Italy prior to the third round of the World Enduro Championship series having enabled Salminen to significantly change the set-up of his G 450 X, the opening day´s competition in Sardinia ended with the Finn having battled hard to claim a place on the podium. Much more confident in his riding Salminen performed well throughout the day. Withonly a handful of seconds separating Salminen from Polish rider Bartosz Oblucki and Spaniard Cristobal Guerrero as the day drew to a close, Juha used his many years of experience to claim his and BMW´s first podium result of the ´09 WEC season.

Day two again saw Salminen claim third in the Enduro 2 class. Starting well he recorded the fastest E2 class time on the long and demanding enduro test, and remained in a podium position throughout the day. Unable like many riders to get to grips with the short but incredibly slippery extreme test, Juha eventually finished just eight seconds behind the second placed rider after another determined performance. Salminen´s Enduro 2 class team-mate Simo Kirssi found the conditions in Iglesias tough and on day one placed 14th. On day two Simo improved both his speed and consistency and claimed a top 10 result with ninth in the E2 class.

While Juha´s results in the Enduro 2 class were extremely encouraging BMW Motorrad Motorsport Enduro 3 class riders David Knight and Marko Tarkkala frustratingly enjoyed little success in Sardinia. Following a determined start to day one Knight crashed heavily on the enduro test hitting his head, which forced him to withdraw with vision problems. Day two also ended early when a clutch problem prevented him from continuing. Finishing both days Marko Tarkkala placed seventh and ninth.

Juha Salminen – Enduro 2 class:
“Considering the way the first two GPs went I´m really pleased with my results this weekend. I´m really happy to be on the podium, especially as it was very close between a handful of riders on the second day. We are not completely there with the bike yet, but we have made some big improvements. We are moving things in the right direction and now I am able to push hard, which I wasn´t at the first two GPs. I felt pretty good in the motocross and enduro test but I was losing time in the extreme test. Like I said there was a bunch of riders all fighting for the podium so I enjoyed being in among the competition.”

Wolfgang Fischer – BMW Motorrad Motorsport Team Manager:
“It´s especially pleasing that Juha finished on the podium on both days. Last week he made some changes to his bike settings after a test in Italy, and they have really helped him. He is now able to attack the special tests. His fighting spirit was really clear on both days. Although third position isn`t where Juha wants to be there was a lot of competition for the final rostrum place and he made sure that he was the rider that got it. Juha also put in the fastest time on the opening enduro test, which was extremely demanding, and with the exception of one or two of his extreme tests he was consistent throughout the first day as well. Although the event went well for Juha it was disappointing that David crashed on the enduro test on day one and hit his head quite badly. Also, Marko and Simo both failed to find their

2009 World Enduro Championship - GP of Italy , day 1

Enduro 2 class
1. Johnny Aubert (KTM) 56:40.04; 2. Bartosz Oblucki (Husqvarna) 57:58.27;
3. Juha Salminen (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) 57:59.40; 4. Cristobal Guerrero (Yamaha) 58:01.33; 5. Joakim Ljunggren (Husaberg) 58:11.14; 6. Alessandro Belometti (KTM) 58:22.05; 7. Oscar Balletti (Honda) 58:48.46; 8. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 59:24.48; 9. Matti Seistola (Husqvarna) 59:26.27; 10. Si Wakely (Husqvarna) 59:37.78…14. Simo Kirssi (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) 1.00:36.47;

Enduro 3 class
1. Sebastien Guillaume (Husqvarna) 57:07.01; 2. Christophe Nambotin (Gas Gas) 57:13.00; 3. Ivan Cervantes (KTM) 57:17.77; 4. Samuli Aro (KTM) 57:54.20; 5. Fabio Mossini (Honda) 58:05.95; 6. Marcus Kehr (KTM) 58:59.33; 7. Marko
Tarkkala (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) 59:27.64; 8. Tom Sagar (Husaberg) 59:41.58; 9. Bjorne Carlsson (Husaberg) 59:49.78; 10; Jordi Figueras (Gas Gas) 1.00:29.35; 11. Rudy Cotton (Beta) 1.00:59.22; 12. Daniele Tellini (Husqvarna)

2009 World Enduro Championship - GP of Italy , day 2

Enduro 2 class
1. Johnny Aubert (KTM) 1.04:59.82; 2. Joakim Ljunggren (Husaberg) 1.06:25.19; 3. Juha Salminen (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) 1.06:34.07; 4. Valtteri Salonen (Husaberg) 1.06:35.71; 5. Bartosz Oblucki (Husqvarna) 1.06:35.86; 6. Cristobal Guerrero (Yamaha) 1.06:38.72; 7. Alessandro Belometti (KTM) 1.06:44.38; 8. Oscar Botturi (Honda) 1.07:38.00; 9. Simo Kirssi (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) 1.08:06.60; 10. Rodrig Thain (TM) 1.08:28.96;

Enduro 3 class
1. Ivan Cervantes (KTM) 1.05:11.29; 2. Sebastien Guillaume (Husqvarna) 1.05:27.70; 3. Samuli Aro (KTM) 1.06:12.40; 4. Christophe Nambotin (Gas Gas) 1.06:37.86; 5. Fabio Mossini (Honda) 1.06:53.25; 6. Marcus Kehr (KTM) 1.07:09.0; 7. Bjorne Carlsson (Husaberg) 1.07:44.24; 8. Alessandro Botturi (KTM) 1.08:01.26; 9. Marko Tarkkala (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) 1.08:51.12; 10. Rudy Cotton (Beta) 1.10:23.57;


Desjardins General Insurance Enhances Its Online Service Offer With New Automobile and Motorcycle Quoters

If you're looking to insure your motorcycle it pays to shop around. If you live in Ontario it looks like Dejardins General Insurance has made it easier for you to get a quote. They have new and improved online insurance quoters. Here's the full news brief.

* Update - A call to Dejardins indicates that they only offer motorcycle insurance in Ontario.

If you just want to cut to the chase - check out their website here.

Press Release:

Desjardins General Insurance (DGI) has introduced new and improved online automobile and motorcycle insurance quoters.

The auto insurance quoter has been completely redesigned and is now shorter, simpler and personalized for users. The new quoter makes it easy for Web users to get an accurate price quickly, compare DGI's different coverage packages and make an informed choice about the best coverage to suit their needs.

DGI has also enhanced its online product offer with the new motorcycle quoter. The auto and motorcycle quoters complete the range of existing Internet tools, including the home insurance quoter and online client services, which allow policyholders to manage their policies online.

These competitive advantages will no doubt secure DGI's position as the number 1 insurer in Quebec and increase its market share in Ontario and Alberta.

About Desjardins General Insurance

Active in the individual P&C insurance market, Desjardins General Insurance ( is a subsidiary of Desjardins General Insurance Group (DGIG). Through its different brands, DGIG offers direct P&C insurance to the general public, businesses in Quebec and members of partner groups across Canada. DGIG has a portfolio of 1.8 million policies in force, a business volume of $1.5 billion and assets of $2.9 billion.

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6th Annual Cruise for Crohn's (NS)

Help support the funding of medical research to find the cure for IBD by taking part in the 6th Annual Cruise for Crohn's in Nova Scotia.

The event takes place on Sunday, July 12, 2009 and includes a free BBQ too. The ride is a 90 km loop starting and finishing at the Sobey's Plaza in Fall River, Nova Scotia.

Participants who raise more than $50 in pledges qualify for a commemorative "Cruise for Crohn's" pin.

Registration starts at 11 am
Departs 1pm, Rain or Shine, from Sobeys Plaza.

For pledge sheets and info: Tracey (902) 422-8137 or 1-800-265-1101,

For more information about the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada check out their website here.


Parker launches Joe Rocket Canada

Bruce Parker, President of Parker Synergies LLC, is proud to announce the formation of his new company, Joe Rocket Canada INC. JRC, based in Windsor, Ontario has acquired all of the Canadian Joe Rocket intellectual property From Robison's Inc., Idaho Falls, Idaho, and will now operate as a separate entity.

“What started as a simple sketch on my kitchen table in Windsor, way back in 1992, has gone on to win dozens of race championships, be embraced by riders around the world and become one of the best apparel brands in motorcycling,” said Parker. “With JRC, we are now in a position to bring new proprietary products and a higher level of service to Canadian dealers.”

A big part of Joe Rocket's success in Canada has been their exclusive distribution agreement with Motovan Corporation, Boucherville, Quebec. “We have a tremendous 15 year relationship with Joe Rocket,” said James Paladino, President at Motovan, “and we certainly look forward to our future opportunities with Bruce and Joe Rocket Canada.”


Superbike Round 4 - Asssen (Netherlands)

Assen (The Netherlands), Monday 20th April: after three World Superbike rounds, and with an advantage of forty points in both the rider’s and constructor’s classifications, the Ducati Xerox Team will travel to the TT Circuit of Assen this week in a very positive frame of mind.

The two Ducati factory riders, Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio, currently lie in first and fourth place respectively in the riders classification, thanks to the collection of podium places that they have accumulated in the opening rounds. 2009 has seen Noriyuki’s best ever start to a season, powering his Ducati 1198 to three wins and three second place finishes in the first six races, to take 135 of the 150 available points. The latest Valencia race weekend brought the Ducati Xerox Team a swathe of points with Nitro-Nori doing the double and Michel backing up this success with a worthy second and third place finish.

Having completed two successful days of testing at Monza since leaving Valencia, both Noriyuki and Michel are feeling confident as they enter into Round 4 of the fourteen-round world series. A track that has rewarded the Ducati Xerox Team, Noriyuki and Michel with trophies in the past, the TT Circuit of Assen, redesigned in 2002, always provides the fans with spectacular racing, whatever the weather!

Noriyuki Haga (1st in championship, 135 points)

Although Nori won a race at Assen back in 2000, since then he has tended to either step up to the podium, finishing in second or third place on a host of occasions, or not finish the races at all, with four DNFs recorded in the six most recent races.

"Assen - it's a tricky circuit. I preferred the old layout of the track, like most people, but don’t dislike the new version. My history there has been rocky, up and down to say the least! I’m looking forward to riding this track on the 1198, it should be interesting. We know that the Ducati performs there as Troy won both races last year, we had a good fight in Race 2 I recall, and so it should be another good weekend; Checa and Neukirchner went well there last year and they, as well as Spies and I, are likely to be running at the front, so we should see more great racing.”

Haga’s Superbike form at Assen
2008: Race 1 - DNF , Race 2 – 2nd
2007: Race 1 – 2nd, Race 2 – DNF
2006: Race 1 – DNF, Race 2 – DNF
2005: Race 1 – 3rd , Race 2 – 2nd
2004: Race 1 – 4th, Race 2 – 3rd
2002: Race 1 – 3rd, Race 2 – 6th
2000: Race 1 – 3rd , Race 2 – winner

Michel Fabrizio (4th in championship, 60 points)

Michel has been on the Dutch podium in 2005 and 2006 but had less success in the last two years. Last year a persistent pain in his forearm prevented him from performing as he had hoped, something he plans to set to rights now that he is once again in good health.

"I like the track and I have had some relatively successful weekends there. Unfortunately last year was not one of those times and I had a disastrous weekend, problems with my arm led to two DNFs, a race day to forget! I’m feeling really fit and healthy now so I’m ready to fight with the frontrunners for the podium spots at Assen this season; I need to consolidate, or better, improve on, my current position in the standings as Nori and Spies are already a long way ahead of the rest of the pack.”

Fabrizio’s Superbike form at Assen
2008: Race 1 - DNF , Race 2 - DNF
2007: Race 1 – 12th, Race 2 – 6th
2006: Race 1 – 3rd, Race 2 – 10th


Name: TT Circuit Assen
Country: The Netherlands
Circuit length: 4.555 km
Pole position: Left
Corners left: 11
Corners right: 6
Length of race: 22 laps = 100.21 km

LAP RECORDS: Best lap – Neukirchner (Suzuki) 1'39.395 (2008). Superpole – Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) 1'38.428 (2008).

: Race 1 - 1. Bayliss (Ducati Xerox); 2. Checa (Honda); 3. Neukirchner (Suzuki). Race 2 – 1. Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) 2. Haga (Yamaha); 3 Checa (Honda)


New look for Canadian Motorcycle Rider

You may have noticed the new header graphic we started using on the site. Hope you like the change!

We've been trying to create a more memorable header image that visually represents motorcycling a little better, has a bit of Canadian content, and is a little more personalized.

This new graphic does all those things. It's two different pictures taken on April 16th of 2009. They're both taken in Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia and the bike in the picture is the personal motorcycle of Dan - the Managing Editor of Canadian Motorcycle Rider.

A special thanks to Jeff Pennock- Executive Producer at who created the new graphic.

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Shipment of Ural's on the way to North America

We've heard from a reliable source that there's a shipment of Ural's coming to North America very soon - they'll arrive any day now apparently. Of course, they'll still have to go through customs and make it to the dealerships they're destined for so don't go knocking on your local dealerships door expecting this new shipment 'just' yet. Patience!

Some related and interesting news about this shipment is that it will contain some Ural Sahara's which are a limited edition 'Gear Up' with a special color and different accessories. The Sahara's were a limited edition bike in Europe last year and they're coming to Canada this year.

Here in Canada we had an Arctic Camo special edition color (a blend of white and grays) - that model will be a limited edition in Europe this year. So, we're swapping limited edition models with the European crowd. The arctic camo model will be called the “wjuga,” in Europe which is reportedly a Russian word for “northeast storms in the steppe of south Russia”.

Regardless of paint color, Gear Up's fall into the category of what Ural refers to as "Sports Utility Motorcycles." That's because they've got an on-demand sidecar drive - the only sidecar motorcycles in the world with this feature. When the going gets slippery just flip a lever and you're in 2wd. Snow, mud, dirt, rocks, or rough terrain are no match for this rugged motorcycle. The engine is a well balanced 750 cc boxer engine based on a BMW design. It's an old design, but when it's good - you don't mess with it.

There won't be many Sahara's available so if you want one. I'd say you should get on the phone, or better yet - pay a visit, to your local Ural dealership and put down a few rubles.


BMW S1000RR superbike to be in Canadian showrooms 2009

Word from BMW is that the S1000RR superbike will be coming to Canada...

Not quite soon enough for early season riding this summer but it'll still be in 2009 that they hit the showroom floor. Canadian retailers are already taking deposits on this exciting new model.

The new supersport entry from BMW Motorrad, is scheduled to arrive in Canada late in 2009 as an early released 2010 model.

Specifications on this new motorcycle are expected to be 190+ hp, dry weight under 400 lbs, top speed 200+ km/h, and a Canadian retail price under $20,000.

Check out for more information.


Suzuki Canada annouces Demo Event Schedule

The Suzuki Canada Demo ride schedule has been announced. Looks like there's only currently dates listed for Ontario and one Quebec destination but Suzuki's site indicates to keep checking back as new dates may be added.

It does look like they're going to try to have the full line-up available for testing - though they do say some models may not necessarily be available due to previosu commitments.

Here's the full details:

Suzuki Canada Inc is pleased to announce the continuation of the corporate demo ride tour for 2009. The corporate Demo Fleet will be attending selected events in Canada offering you the chance to try out the latest in Sport and Cruiser motorcycles from the Suzuki line up. From our incredible GSX-R series of sport bikes to our line of Boulevard cruisers and street models, Suzuki has a motorcycle just right for you.

Be sure to check our Demo schedule frequently as dates may be added if new events become available.


- May 9, 2009 Barrie Barrie Molson Centre, Barrie, ON

- June 6, 2009 Ride to Remember Picton, On

- June 12 -14, 2009 Mirabel Superbike Championship Montreal, QC

- June 18-21, 2009 Ride For Sight Collingwood, ON

- June 27, 2009 Parts Canada Parts Canada head office, London, ON

- July 16-19, 2009 Mosport Superbike Championship Mosport, Bowmanville, ON

- Aug 14-16, 2009 Vintage Road Racing Festival (VRRA) Mosport, Bowmanville, ON

More details on the demo ride schedule website here.


Motorcycle Experience - Episode 9 airs Sunday this week

Motorcycle Experience Episode 9 will air this Sunday on TSN and TSN HD

Toyota Truck presents Motorcycle Experience, Sunday April 19 at 12:30 pm*

What to expect this week:

- Dave checks into the newest stuff to see and do during Bike Week 2009
- Former national Sportbike Champion Clint McBain practices his Parking Lot Speeds
- Yamaha’s Bryan Hudgin deals with Congestion during “Scooter Sense”
- Honda introduces the Canadian MC press to the brand new Fury custom cruiser
- Dave and Norm kick off day 3 in Dana Point during their Ultimate Ride in southern California

Episode 9 – Air Times on TSN and TSN HD

Sunday, April 19 at 12:30 pm*
Tuesday, April 21 at 15:30 pm*
Friday, April 24 at 04:30 am*
Tuesday, April 28 at 01:30 am*

*All times eastern

A lot of you have also been asking for the specific route Norm and Dave took while shooting in California.

We’ve now posted “Dave’s Diary” on the ME website and it outlines the exact route the guys took during the shooting of this season’s “Ultimate Ride” in Southern California.

If you are interested in perhaps taking a motorcycle adventure that covers some of the most scenic and fun roads you will ever find in North America, just follow the link here.


Electric scooter maker Vectric facing financial difficulties

Word is that Vectrix corporation, a maker of electric powered scooters, has been hard hit by the economic downturn. The Middleton, Rhode Island based company is said to be laying off some 60 workers. In addition to the headquarters in Newport, Vectrix has manufacturing facilities in Wroclaw, Poland and an R&D center in New Bedford, Massachusetts. It's not said where the cuts will come from.

They're also seeking strategic alternatives such as a merger or the sale of the business.

Here's the news directly from Vectrix:

Vectrix Announces Exploration of Strategic Initiatives and Reduction in Work Force

Middletown, R.I.- April 14 - Vectrix Corporation (AIM: VRX) (, maker of the world's first high performance, two-wheel zero emission vehicle (ZEV), announces that while its efforts continue to secure new equity funding and government based loan or grant support as well as temporary financing, the Directors will now begin to seek other strategic alternatives which could include a merger or sale of the business.

The Company will continue to provide updates to the market as we progress through these activities. In order to conserve working capital for continuing operations during this period, the Company this week implemented cost savings measures including a significant reduction in workforce involving some 60 staff.


Biker Bash show takes place this weekend (Nova Scotia)

The 5th annual Halifax Biker Bash will be taking place at Halifax's Exhibition Park (200 Prospect Road, Halifax, NS) this April 18th and 19th.

The show claims to be Atlantic Canada's largest motorcycle trade show. There's going to be plenty of vendors there as well.

Some other features:
- Show N Shine
- Fashion show
- Live entertainment
- Tattoo competition

Show Hours:
Saturday April 18 - 8:30am-5:30pm
Sunday April 19 - 8:30am-4:00pm

Show Admission:
$10.00 general admission
$16.00 weekend pass

Saturday April 18 - 9:00pm-1:00am

Dance Tickets:
$12.50 per ticket (Available at the following shops, Pro Cycle, Powertrend Cycles, Privateers Harley Davidson)

More details available at


Waterloo Suzuki Dealer Tri-City Cycle Supports Millson in 2009

Press Release -

Hamilton Ontario (Canada) - April 15, 2009 – Waterloo Ontario-based Suzuki dealer Tri-City Cycle & Sport will join forces with RMP Racing's Pro Superbike racer Ross Millson for the coming season. With Tri-City Cycle’s support Millson will contest the National Pro Superbike class aboard a Suzuki GSX-R1000.

Tri-City Cycle & Sport was established in 1990 with only two employees. In 1995 they became an authorized Suzuki dealer. Although Tri-City Cycle prides itself on maintaining its small business stature it has grown to 13 employees to ensure customers receive the finest service when in need of parts, service or riding gear.

Not only is 2009 Suzuki's 100th year in operation, it also marks Millson's fourth consecutive year competing aboard a Suzuki at the National level in Canada.

In 2005, Millson began racing in the Suzuki SV650 Cup development class and the following year he placed second in both the National and Regional Amateur 600 Sport Bike Championships as well as second in the Regional Amateur Superbike class. Millson capped off the '06 season with a third place class finish in the inaugural SunTrust MOTO-ST 8 Hours At Daytona as a member of the all-Canadian Go BIG Racing squad aboard a Suzuki SV650.

Turning Pro for 2007, Millson finished third in the Rookie chase and 11th in the National Superbike standings. As a member of the Go Big Racing squad, Millson and his team-mates finished second overall in US-based MOTO-ST Sport Twins Championship, which earned Millson and his Go BIG Racing team-mate Paul Glenn a Motorcycle Award of Excellence (MAX Award) in the International Competition category.

Millson began last season with a sixth place finish at the opening round of the 2008 Parts Canada Superbike Championship and he wrapped up the season ninth overall.

“Suzuki has been a part of my way of life for four years now. Competing aboard a Suzuki during their Centennial is an added honour,” said Millson. “I'm looking forward to working with a family and community oriented business like Tri-City Cycle.”

RMP Racing will be receiving additional support from other businesses located in the Waterloo Region. Millson and RMP Racing's development rider Steven Nickerson are pleased to announce the return of New Hamburg-based Infinet Designs, which has supported the racers with marketing assistance for the past three years. Millson and Nickerson are also delighted to welcome back Waterloo’s digital imaging experts Essential Image. Essential Image partnered with RMP Racing in 2008 to supply the team with their expertise and digitally printed products to market all the team’s sponsors throughout the season.

On Saturday, April 18 at ‘On The Park’ in Toronto, Millson and his #39 Suzuki GSX-R1000 will be representing team sponsor Inside Motorcycles at the Parts Canada Superbike Championship Preview Day and fundraiser for the Andrew Trevitt Fund and the Canadian Rider Safety Fund. Appearances by other top Canadian racers, silent auctions and motorcycle race bike displays will be among the highlights of this event and fundraiser.

For additional information about RMP Racing's Ross Millson and Steven Nickerson or to learn more about marketing opportunities with the team please visit

Images courtesy RMP Racing.


BMW Motorrad - Canadian retailer test-ride dates announced

BMW have announced their Canadian demo days and they're making 19 stops at various BMW dealerships all the way from BC to New Brunswick.

Now that the BMW F800GS has been released to the wild, maybe they'll have some to test out just in case you're still on the fence about the new 798cc rotax powered machine, round the world ready machine.

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BMW offering special finance rates to Canada

BMW Financial Services in offering some special finance rates in Canada. 5.95% for any new 2009 model bike and 3.95% for any non-current new bike. Least that's what the newsletter says.

You're directed to a BMW motorrad site for more information. That site lists 14 different models, not all of which are brand new for 2009 yet all seem to list the 5.95% finance rate.

In terms of motorcycle financing that's pretty good even though the prime lending rate is sitting at about 2.5% right now.

No word on how long the finance deal will last either so best ask your local dealer that question as well.

So, best to contact your local BMW dealership for additional details


Ducati North America - Brining some of Italy to a Canadian town near you!

The big Ducati truck filled with the latest 2009 season motorcycles from Italy is going to be making it's way across Canada. It'll be making fourteen stops along the way so that you can demo their machines.

The tour also supports a charity too so you pay a small fee to ride and the money goes to charity. I believe it was $20 a ride last year and the ride lasted about an hour.

Toronto, ON (15 April 2009) - Ducati North America is pleased to announce the 2009 Ducati Canada National Demo Tour, an opportunity to sample the 2009 model lineup while supporting the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The annual event begins April 25th in Vancouver, BC and has stops at authorized Ducati dealers across Canada, concluding June 19th in Dieppe, NB. The demo tour offers a unique opportunity to sample Ducati’s most popular models in a fun riding environment, and meet with both Ducati and dealer staff to learn more about the Italian manufacturer’s handmade motorcycles.

For 2009 the Ducati demo tour will be teaming up with Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; requesting a voluntary $10.00 donation collected from participating riders. Last year Ducati demo riders contributed over $4000 to the foundation, and had a great time doing it. Ducati North America hopes to raise even more in 2009 to help this worthy charity.

For more information about the 2009 Canadian demo tour, as well as details regarding safety requirements and the models available, please visit

The Ducati lineup on tour will include:

Monster 696
Monster 1100 and 1100 S
Multistrada 1100 S
Sport 1000
GT 1000
848 Superbike
1198 Superbike*
Hypermotard S

*Model available to pre-qualified riders only

2009 Tour dates are as follows;

Saturday, April 25th, John Valk Motorsports, Vancouver, BC
Sunday, April 26th, Richmond Motorsports, Richmond, BC
Tuesday, April 28th, Southwest Ducati, Kelowna, BC
Saturday, May 2nd, Revoluzione Cycle Imports, Calgary, AB
Tuesday, May 5th, Argyll Motorsports, Edmonton, AB
Thursday, May 7th, Thunder City, Regina, SK
Thursday May 9th, Wildwood Sports, Winnipeg, MB
Monday May 18th, GP Bikes, Ajax, ON
Thursday May 28th, Inglis Cycles, London, ON
Saturday May 30th, Peninsula Import Motors, Oakville, ON
Tuesday June 2nd, Rev Cycles, Toronto, ON
Tuesday June 9th, Monette Sports, Laval, QC
Tuesday June 16th, Le Centre de la Moto Vanier, Inc, Quebec City, QC
Friday June 19th, Atlantic Motoplex, Dieppe, NB


Test ride a Zero electric in Toronto

We got an email from the fine folks at Zero Motorcycles to remind us about the big debut Zero motorcycles will be making at the 3rd Annual Toronto Green Living Show at the Direct Energy Centre this April 24-26th.

The big news is that they'll be offering customer demo's! This could be your first chance to test out an electric motorcycle from Zero!

Consumers and media will be taking part in this event where last year over 600 people test drove hybrid cards from leading manufacturers. This year Zero Motorcycles will be making their debut at this prestigious event that has attracted the likes of Bill Clinton, Al Gore, David Suzuki and Ed Begley Jr in recent years. Zero Motorcycles is the world leader in high performance electric motorcycles. Think outside the cylinder, think Zero 'electric' Motorcycles.

- More details about the event can be found on the Green Living Online website here.
- More details about Zero motorcycles can be found at Zero Motorcycles' website here.


Winter motorbike ride from Toronto to Key West, Florida

Steve Corke, a motorcyclist from Toronto had a idea... he wanted to ride to Key West to meet up with his girlfriend. A long ride yes, but perfectly doable. It was Valentine's day and -8 celsius when he left Toronto on his Suzuki, V-Strom though. Yup, that makes it a little more interesting!

He documented the trip and now you can download it for free via his website.

Here's a few words from Steve explaining the trip:

Key West Clutch is a documentary movie about a winter motorbike ride from Toronto, Canada to the southern most point of the USA; Key West, Florida. The goal was to ride from the bitter cold of Canada to the tropical climate of the Florida Keys to meet my girlfriend (who took a flight down) and obviously get a tan in my speedo. To Key West was 2,871 km one way and it was minus 8 degrees celcius when I left...

Image courtesy


Zero S - an electric motorcycle for the street

An eagerly anticipated "street" ready model from Zero Motorcycles is charged up and ready to silently embarrass most any stop light racer sports car on the Canadian roads. Silent because it's all electric with all it's torque available from a standstill. 

PS - Don't race at stop lights. It's not cool. Just know that you can kick some behind if you wanted to.

Traditional motorcycle riders might find the fact that it's clutchless and a one-speed bike a little odd. No worries though the instant acceleration will have you grinning even though you don't have to work through the gears. 

The vehicle features a range of 60 miles, a top speed of 60 mph, 31 peak horsepower and 62.5 pound-feet of torque. The batteries charge in just four hours, making it pretty easy to get fully juiced up. Oh yeah, the bike weighs just 225 pounds. Wow!

The Zero S electric urban street motorcycle is now available for pre-order in the US, and begins shipping in the next month. The Zero Motorcycles S is $9,950 USD (before tax breaks) vehicle features a range of 60 miles in ideal conditions.  Ride it hard, and you'll get less.  Better bring a extension cord with you to work!

The highway-ready Zero S claims to be the quickest production electric motorcycle in its class thanks to a proprietary power pack and aircraft-grade alloy frame. It's also said to offer an "industry leading power-to-weight ratio that increases its range and maneuverability."

It seems to have the same battery pack as the Zero electric dirt bike, which if it does, the battery pack is fully modular so when the technology becomes even more advanced you'll be able to swap the battery right out. The lifespan of the battery is said to be in the 5-6 year range. One nice feature is that the battery has no memory so even if you ride it just a little you can charge it up right away - no running the battery down. No need to have a special plug either - it plugs into a standard outlet.

No word on availability in Canada yet but we'll keep you posted.

For more details on the Zero S, check out the website of Zero Motorcycles.

To see the Zero in action check out the YouTube video of the Zero S on the track:


Peugeot scooter invasion - Summer 2009

French scooter maker Peugeot has somewhat quietly made an entrance to the Canadian scooter scene after getting a little head start in 2008. Canadian Importer CMI had brought the Peugeot Vivacity 50 to Quebec in 2008 but for 2009 they've bringing a more complete line, and bringing it to more dealerships across Canada.

Peugeot's Canadian website came online December 30th of 2008 and now, they've not only got an online presence, they've signed on more that 30 automotive dealers to become Peugeot Motorscooter dealers.

Canada Motor Import (CMI) will be the exclusive importer and distributor of the brand. The company will also carry SYM motor scooters.

The Peugeot lineup will include several 50cc scooters and also several larger models too. It's particularly interesting to note that the Satelis Blacksat 125 Compressor Executive is a supercharged model, said to offer performance similar to a 250cc scooter:

50cc class-
VS2 Retro, Vivacity 50, TKR Furious 50, Speedfight 2 RCUP, and Speedfight 2 Ultimate

125cc class:
Satelis 125 Premium, Satelis Blacksat 125 Compressor Executive

250cc class:

Satelis 250 Premium

500cc class:
Satelis 500 Series

For full details, check out Peugeot Canada's website here.

*Image courtesy Peugeot Canada.


Over 700 motorcyclists protest registration fees

A crowd of over 700 motorcyclists rallied against rising registration fees through a protest in Montreal on Saturday afternoon.

"Operation Escargot" began at 11:00 AM with a ride at the minimum limit speed of 60 km/hr which took them along the Decarie Expressway, and Highways 13, 20 and 40.

Eric Lessard, a spokesperson for the demonstrators, said he believes the Societe de l'assurance automobile du Quebec (SAAQ) discriminates against motorcyclists.

Registration fees for some motorcycles have more than tripled in recent years according to Lessard.

For example, in 2007 it cost $320 to ride a sports bike. Next year, it will cost $1,400.

More demonstrations have been planned for the coming weeks.

More details on the costs of registration in Quebec are posted here.

Image courtesy CycleChaos.

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Haga and Farrizio (Ducati Xerox) up the pace as they conclude testing at Monza

Here's the latest Superbike news from Ducati in regards to their testing at Monza in Italy.

Monza (Italy), Friday 10th April: the official Ducati Xerox squad concluded a two-day test session today at the historic Monza track. Yesterday, factory riders Michel Fabrizio and Noriyuki Haga registered respectively the quickest and second-quickest lap times of the day and once again today both were on the pace right from the start of the session.

Under clear skies, both Noriyuki and Michel lapped relentlessly on their Ducati 1198 factory bikes, to clock up more than 70 laps each. Michel recorded a fast lap of 1m45.1s on a qualifying tyre (1m45.6s on a race tyre) while Noriyuki’s fastest lap time was a 1m45.5s on a race tyre; on that tyre only the American Spies on board his Yamaha R1 was able to lap faster than the two men in red.

The Ducati Xerox team will be back at Monza in May for the fifth round of the World Superbike Championship but in the meantime the riders and their technicians turn their attentions to the upcoming round, to take place at Assen on Sunday 26th April.

Noriyuki Haga
“Basically my performance was similar to that of yesterday, no better, no worse. We tried yet another suspension setting but didn’t really find any improvement over what we had tried until now. However I am happy with my times, happy with my bike and happy with the tyres we have tried during these two days. So we hope that everything goes well for the race too but the problem is that the race is never the same as testing and many factors can change! Before we come back to Monza, we have Assen of course and I’m really looking forward to riding the 1198 there, it should be an interesting weekend.”

Michel Fabrizio
“These two days have been very useful. Today, like yesterday, we have worked hard and everything has gone very well. I completed somewhere around seventy laps and the times were fast; we have a good race pace and nearly all of the tyre solutions provided here by Pirelli allowed us to lap with quick times, I just hope that is the case for the race too in a few weeks time! With regard to Assen, I’m feeling fairly confident. This season it is hard to predict how each race weekend will go but we’re feeling prepared.”

TIMES (unofficial): Spies (Yamaha) 1m45.3s; Haga (Ducati Xerox) 1m45.5s; Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) 1m45.6s; Neukirchner (Suzuki) 1m45.8s; Sykes (Yamaha) 1m45.8s; Muggeridge (Suzuki) 1m46.0s; Kagayama (Suzuki) 1m46.3s; Xaus (BMW) 1m46.8s; Corser (BMW) 1m47.1s


KTM Brennraum newsletter edition #2 hits the Internet

KTM is wishing everybody a Happy Easter by releasing the latest installment of Brennraum, their newletter for orange lovers. It's flash heavy which makes it best for high speed connections. It does produce a fine looking end product though.

Here's the details from KTM:

Happy Easter with a brand new issue of the ‘Brennraum’

The snow in Mattighofen has thawed and once again orange bikes colour the landscape around the KTM Headquarters. Also race paddocks around the motorsport globe are filling with hungry ‘motorheads’.

Just in time for the start of the new season we switch the lights to green and let in some fresh mixture for the second issue of the Brennraum online magazine. Pure KTM lifestyle featuring the unbelievable duel between Sebastien Loeb and Stefan Everts on traditional Belgian cobblestones. Interesting press voices sample the hot RC8 R from Portimao. The lonesome ride through Patagonia and the sensational career of the motocross legend Heinz Kinigadner, plus much-much more!

Everything’s onboard. Check it out here.


Motorcycle Experience Episode 8 will now air this Easter Sunday afternoon on TSN and TSN HD

Toyota Truck presents Motorcycle Experience, Sunday April 12 at 17:00 pm*

What to expect this week:

- Dave checks out Destination Harley-Davidson during Bike Week 2009
- Former national Sportbike Champion Clint McBain talks about your 3 Season Wardrobe
- Yamaha’s Bryan Hudgin “Fuels Up” during this weeks “Scooter Sense” segment
- Motorcycle Journalist, Larry Tate will sample the adventurous Triumph Tiger triple
- Dave and Norm call it a day in Oceanside during their Ultimate Ride in southern California

Episode 8 – Air Times on TSN and TSN HD

Sunday, April 12 at 17:00 pm*
Monday, April 13 at 12:30 pm*
Friday, April 17 at 00:30 am*
Saturday, April 18 at 04:30 am* *All times eastern

Attention Motorcycle Experience Rider Club members and like minded motorcycle enthusiasts…

Many of our Motorcycle Experience viewers have contacted us over the past couple of weeks and told us how much they have enjoyed watching this season’s Ultimate Ride in Southern California.

A lot of you have also been asking for the specific route we took while shooting this 12 part feature.

We’ll … we’ve now posted “Dave’s Diary” and it outlines the exact route Norm and I took during the shooting of our “Make It Up Tour” of Southern California. You can access it through the Motorcycle Experience website.

If you are interested in perhaps taking a motorcycle tour one day that covers some of the most scenic and fun roads you will ever find in North America, just click on the link

And if you ever go to California…Remember to keep your right hand cranked!


KTM Canada and Travelers Acceptance partner to provide new finance options

KTM Canada has teamed up with Travelers Acceptance to provide KTM dealers with enhanced consumer finance options. KTM dealers will be able to submit applications online, 7 days a week, via Travelers Acceptance. They'll also from time to time develop KTM specific lending products to stimulate sales of particular models.

Full details in follow in the press release:


KTM Canada, Inc. a worldwide leading manufacturer of off road and street motorcycles and ATVs and Travelers Acceptance Corporation, an independent, national consumer finance company are proud to announce a new strategic partnership to introduce the Power Product Financing program that will provide KTM dealers with enhanced consumer finance options. This new program will ensure that an authorized KTM dealer is in a position to provide financing to the broadest spectrum of consumers and furthermore to the greatest selection of new and used KTM branded products. Proprietary KTM Programs will be designed in concert with KTM Canada, Inc. for specific KTM branded products from time to time to stimulate sales of specific KTM products.

KTM dealers will have access to Crelogix, Travelers proprietary web based loan origination system. Crelogix delivers payment choices to attract and close more business 7 days a week. With Crelogix both the KTM dealers and their customers have a confidential, bilingual service that calculates an affordable payment and the perfect loan term instantly at point of sale.

Travelers will provide training to al KTM Canada, Inc. dealer representatives on the KTM sales finance programs.

"KTM welcomes the provision of consumer financing through the Travelers program. This program is al about offering efficient, market leading solutions to assist our clients. At KTM high quality customer service is at least as important to us as the high quality of our products", said Tom Etherington, National Sales Manager, KTM Canada, Inc.

"We are proud to partner with KTM in Canada to meet the needs of their dealers and customers. KTM and we at Travelers share the goal to provide customer satisfaction and service excellence." said Pierre Genest, Director, Business Development for Travelers Acceptance Corporation.

About KTM Canada: The KTM brand has a deeply rooted motor sport tradition. KTM Canada, Inc. today is 42 different models of motorcycles and ATVs, 64 Canadian National and Provincial Championships since 2003 in minis MX2, MX Ladies, Ice Race, CMA National Enduro, FMSQ and ATVs classes and 68 authorized dealerships from coast to coast. "Ready to Race" - in accordance with the company philosophy, the insights gained from our motor sport experience are passed directly into series production and so become available to our customers as well. For more information contact:

About Travelers: Travelers Acceptance Corporation has since 1974 been engaged by businesses to arrange, structure and fund unique indirect consumer financing solutions across a wide range of industries including tuition, automotive aftermarket, vacation ownership, healthcare, membership, consumer durables, power products and home improvements. Travelers consults with its client partners to create term financing programs that attract and retain more clients, close more sales, and increase overall profitability. For more information about Travelers Consumer Finance visit the website here.


Ducati Xerox Team back in Italy and initiates two dsays of testing at Monza

For all the Ducati Superbike fans we've gotten some news from Italy. Press release follows -

Monza (Italy), Thursday 9th April:

The Ducati Xerox Team today completed day one of a two-day test session at the Autodromo Nazionale of Monza. The factory riders Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio, fresh from their respective successes at Valencia last weekend, were confronted with a damp and dirty track for the first test session of the day which made things more tricky but did not prevent the team from getting straight to work.

As the track dried out the two Ducati riders were able to clock up 89 laps (Fabrizio) and 88 laps (Haga), recording in the process some very fast times on board their 1198 machines, the quickest being a 1m45.7s for Michel and 1m45.8s for Nori – Michel’s time was the quickest recorded today.

Noriyuki, currently leading the rider classification with an advantage of 40 points over second-placed Spies, spent time testing the various development tyres provided by Pirelli and worked with his team to try various rear suspension settings. Michel meanwhile worked to refine the setting of his 1198.

The rain that had threatened to disrupt proceedings in the afternoon never materialised and so the day was deemed successful and work will continue tomorrow, in anticipation of the fifth round of the championship to be held here at Monza on the weekend of 11th May.

Also on track today were the two Ducati Xerox Junior riders Xavier Simeon and Daniele Beretta, as well as the Suzuki, BMW and Yamaha Superbike outfits and the Aprilia test team.

Noriyuki Haga
“Today has been very positive. We have tried different tyre solutions and I had quite a good feeling for the most part. This morning the track was partly wet but once it dried out I was able to make some good lap times, pretty fast. I also tried a new suspension setting but it is not yet clear whether it might be beneficial on this track; we’ll continue to work tomorrow and see how it goes.”

Michel Fabrizio“It hasn’t gone at all badly; we tried a new setting and I feel much more comfortable using that. We also tested all the tyres that Pirelli brought for us to use and I had a good pace and completed some consistently fast laps, with times in the high 1m45/low 1m46 bracket. We were going faster than we did during the race here last year so I’m satisfied with today’s progress.”

TIMES (unofficial): Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) 1m45.7s; Haga (Ducati Xerox) 1m45.8s; Spies (Yamaha) 1m45.9s; Sykes (Yamaha) 1m45.9s; Neukirchner (Suzuki) 1m46.3s; Corser (BMW) 1m46.3s; Kagayama (Suzuki) 1m46.8s; Muggeridge (Suzuki) 1m47.1s; Xaus (BMW) 1m47.2s


Humber College Motorcycle Training Institute Acquires 18 KYMCO scooters

The Humber College Motorcycle / Scooter Training Program in Toronto has acquired a fleet of 18 KYMCO Super 9 AC scooters for their scooter training program. Humber College, one of the largest motorcycle rider training schools in the world, will now be listed as KYMCO’s preferred training centre in the Greater Toronto Area.

The scooter training program is designed to teach students the necessary skills required to feel comfortable and confident while riding. Humber College and KYMCO continuously emphasize the importance of protective gear, safety, and proper riding skills, and recommend that all riders invest in the Humber rider training program. As an added incentive, KYMCO’s corporate store in the GTA (Studio Cycle Group Inc.) is offering a $100 discount to any Humber College student or Humber College training school graduate that decides to purchase a KYMCO.

For more information about the Humber College Motorcycle / Scooter Training Institute, please visit

For more information about KYMCO in Canada or Super 9 AC scooters, please visit


Demystifying GPS - Free seminar in Toronto

This April 14th, 2009 the folks at Parker Brothers / KTM Toronto are having a no cost GPS Seminar in their new Toronto location.

The new, larger, location is at 825 Kipling Ave, which is a mile east of the old Dundas St. location. Come see the new facility, join in on a 2 hour long GPS seminar. Start time – 7pm

Displays of various motorcycle friendly GPSs and mounting options, brought to you by

This year’s seminar will have a completely new presentation, and group discussions all focusing on the available options and applicability of GPSs.

Topics include:
- Introduction of GPS theory and how it all works
- How routes are created
- Motorcycle GPS model comparisons
- Mounting systems
- Available programs and loading issues
- SPOT transmitters and how they can work for you.

Call or e-mail Parker Brothers to register
Cost: $0 Brought to you by ParkerBrothers/KTM Toronto

Parker Brothers/ KTM Toronto
Current location:
5324 Dundas Street West
Etobicoke, ON M9B 1B4
(416) 234-5750


Superbike World Championship – Valencia, Spain

We've gotten some news from BMW about Round 3 of the 2009 Superbike World Championship - in Valencia, Spain (April 5th/09)

Valencia is a 4.005 km circuit. Attendance to the three days of the Valencia event was a right around 65,000. Conditions on Sunday were dry, sunny/cloudy mix with temperatures in the 18-23 C range.

Here's the latest from Munich:

After the closeness of qualifying, Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport riders Troy Corser and Ruben Xaus were confident that they could attack top ten positions in today’s third round of the Superbike World Championship at Valencia. But, Ruben’s 13th in race one was the best finish of the duo on a day that failed to pay dividends for all the hard work done by the whole team over the weekend. Troy crashed out of race one after just one lap, fortunately without injury, and then took 15th in race two, despite suffering grip problems. Ruben finished 16th but was happy with his race pace in both races - a pace he reckoned would’ve put him in the top eight had he started from the second row of the grid.

Noriyuki Haga (Ducati) took advantage of his Ducati’s ability round the twisty Valencia circuit and stormed to victory in both races. His team mate Michel Fabrizio took second in race one, with Max Neukirchner (Suzuki) third. American Ben Spies (Yamaha) took runner-up spot in race two, with Fabrizio third.

Troy - Race 1: DNF, Race 2: 15th
I crashed after just one lap of the first race because the bike found a false neutral, so that was that for that one. It’s a big shame, because I had made a pretty good start and was fourth at the end of the first lap. We changed the gearing for race two and maybe it was just a bit too short because I had grip problems with the rear tyre. It wasn’t working well and spinning quite a lot. I nearly crashed a couple of times and was over the front of the bars once, but I was determined to finish the race and that’s what I did. It was a bit frustrating today because although I knew I was in for a tough time (because of our grid position) I really felt I was going to get a couple of good top ten finishes.

Ruben - Race 1: 13th, Race 2: 16th
The results do not reflect how I feel about this bike. The bike is amazing and I don’t think there’s anything out there today that stops better. Nobody outbraked me at all today and I know that’s not the whole story, but I feel this bike has a lot more potential to come and once we do that, we’ll be flying. In race one, I got distracted by Biaggi’s jump start and it took me a short while to recover, but once I did, my lap times were good. The problem for me in both races is that this track is a bit of a ‘Micky Mouse’ track and it doesn’t suit the power delivery of the bike this weekend. That means we have work to do to make sure the bike works at all tracks and that is part of our development process. My bike does not have this kind of a problem at the fast flowing tracks and it’s all about the engine management. Once we have it sorted out, I’m sure that I will regularly finish in the top ten. Also, I need to focus more before Friday and really be on it from the beginning of the weekend, so that’s something that I will work on.

Berti Hauser (Director BMW Motorrad Motorsport)
Racing can be a frustrating business and today was hard for us all. I cannot fault the commitment of the riders or the team, but we have to manage a couple of small problems - sooner rather than later. Although, we’re probably not far off what we expected, the closeness of regular qualifying meant that we should’ve gone better in the races.

We have some ideas about what to do to improve and we’ll just have to roll our sleeves up and get on with it. Both riders tell me that the bike has big potential, so it is up to all of us in the team to realise this potential as soon as we can.

Race 1: 1 Haga (J-Ducati), 2 Fabrizio (I-Ducati), 3 Neukirchner (D-Suzuki), 4 Laconi (F-Ducati), 5 Haslam (GB-Honda), 6 Kagayama (J-Suzuki), 13 Ruben Xaus (E-BMW Motorrad Motorsport), Troy Corser (Aus-BMW Motorrad Motorsport) DNF,
Race 2: Haga, 2 Spies (USA-Yamaha), 3 Fabrizio, 4 Laconi, 5 Haslam, 6 Checa (E-Honda), 15 Troy Corser (Aus-BMW Motorrad Motorsport), 16 Ruben Xaus (E-BMW Motorrad Motorsport),

Points: 1 Haga 135, 2 Spies 95, 3 Neukirchner 65, 4 Fabrizio 60, 5 Haslam 58, 6 Laconi 56, 15 Troy Corser (Aus-BMW Motorrad Motorsport), 17 Ruben Xaus (E-BMW Motorrad Motorsport),


A return ticket to Italy - Please!

Ducati is going to have a dedicated grandstand area at the Monza circuit for the three superbike events being held there this year. If you own a Ducati you can also make use of some preferred parking and wardrobe situated near the entrance.

Not only that, you'll be sitting on the Ascari B corner, one of the most spectacular points of the track, and right in front of a giant screen so you can see all the action - larger than life.

Here's the full scoop, courtesy of Ducati:

The Ducati grandstand, having seen so much success in MotoGP, is ready to heighten the excitement of the Superbike fans too. On Sunday 10th May, the legendary Monza circuit will host the first of three Italian Superbike events on this year’s calendar and for the first time Ducatisti will be able to voice their emotion in support of the Ducati Xerox Team from a dedicated Ducati grandstand.

Already a permanent fixture at many of the MotoGP races, both in Italy and abroad, a seat in the Ducati grandstand means the chance to share the spirit, enthusiasm and passion that distinguishes the Ducati community. This initiative now arrives in Superbike, where entertainment and choreography will be arranged in support of the talented riders Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio.

At Monza the grandstand will be positioned at the Ascari B corner, one of the most spectacular points of the track, and right in front of a giant screen which will ensure that the Ducatisti can enjoy every second of what are sure to be exciting races.

All Ducati owners who are in possession of a grandstand ticket will be able to make use of the reserved bike-park and wardrobe, situated near to the entrance. Another highlight will be the Ducati Village, inspired by the “villages” organised in American paddocks, and guaranteed to ignite the passion of the countless bikers that flock to Superbike rounds. The Ducati Village will be open to all (paddock pass holders and holders of any type of ticket) so that everyone can have the opportunity to meet up and share the excitement of getting up close to all the new models in the Ducati range.

Grandstand tickets can be bought up until 4th May at the special price of 74 euros for the three-day ticket, valid from Friday to Sunday, or 58 euros for the Sunday only ticket. Tickets are on sale at:

* Ducati Stores and dealerships across Italy
* Online at
* Italian Index Points (

Other 2009 Superbike events that are not to be missed, and where the Ducati grandstand will be present, will be advertised on the company’s official website as well as on the websites of Ducati branches involved in the initiative.


Spring Issue - International Journal of Motorcycle Studies

The Spring issue of the International Journal of Motorcycle Studies is online for all to see. The journal is published in the spring and fall.

The International Journal of Motorcycle Studies is the only peer-reviewed journal devoted to motorcycling and according to their website they're "dedicated to the study and discussion of motorcycling culture in all its forms—from the experience of riding and racing to the history of the machine, the riders and design to the images of motorcycling and motorcyclists in film, advertising and literature."

There's even a Canadian on the board too! Ted Bishop rides a Ducati and teaches English at the University of Alberta, Canada. His first non-academic publication was Riding with Rilke: Reflections on Motorcycles and Books, a memoir which was a Canadian bestseller in 2005 and a finalist for the 2005 Governor General's Award for English non-fiction.

This latest issue takes us to the 1950s in North and South America: James J. Ward chases after a small batch of Matchless G45 racers stamped and branded as AJS 10Rs, which competed in the Venezuelan national championship. Contributors to our Roundtable offer fascinating new takes on the classic biker film, The Wild One (1953).

Other essays in this issue trace the more recent history of motorcycle rights: Gary L. Kieffner highlights police bias against motorcyclists in the American Southwest and Midwest, while Darilynn (Dee) McClure offers a tale of involvement in the movement. Plus, we include an interview with Sputnik, Chairman of the Texas Motorcycle Rights Association, as well as reviews of recent books and DVDs: Bodies in Motion, Feasting on Asphalt and The Pink Angels.

So, check it out on the IJOMS website.

If you'd like to get a copy of Riding with Rilke you can get it via our Amazon store at a big discount from retail AND support Canadian Motorcycle Rider.


Studio Cycle Group Inc. wins Business Innovation Award in the Junction

Press Release KYMCO -

KYMCO Canada’s newly opened corporate store, Studio Cycle Group Inc., recently won the Spring 2009 Business Innovation Award for best new business in Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood. The award was issued and presented by Cheri DiNovo, MPP for Parkdale – High Park, at an award dinner on Tuesday, March 24th 2009.

Studio Cycle Group Inc. is the authorized Toronto area KYMCO dealer and carries the full line of scooters, motorcycles and ATVs. The building is located in the heart of the Junction and underwent eight months of renovations last year prior to opening its doors.

The concept was to launch an upscale, urban retail store for KYMCO’s modern product line up that complemented the local neighbourhood. The Junction is quickly becoming one of Toronto’s trendiest areas, attracting artists and entrepreneurs alike, while maintaining a warm and welcoming community atmosphere. We are proud to be a part of the Junction, its storied history, and it’s promising future.

Visit the store at 2923 Dundas Street W (just west of Keele St), or call 416-766-5300 for more information.

The website isn't fully completed as of this writing but it looks like it'll be here once it is.


Harley Davidson says April is "check your helmet month"

Harley Davidson has some advice for you - "Check your helmet." April is a time of year that many motorcyclists get out on the road so it's a good time to check that the helmet you're using is providing the proper protection.

They offer a few tips. Here's the list, courtesy of Harley-Davidson:

1. Fit is Vital
A helmet must fit properly to be effective, and not all helmets fit the same. A well-fitting helmet should rest one inch above your eyebrows and shouldn’t roll forward or sideways on your head. To ensure a comfortable fit that doesn’t squeeze too tightly, wear a helmet for 15 minutes before making a final buying decision.

2. Helmets Don’t Last Forever
Over time, exposure to UV rays and the aging of adhesives and components will damage a helmet’s protective qualities. That’s why manufacturers and the SNELL Foundation recommend that helmets be replaced every three to five years, depending on use. Every new Harley-Davidson helmet comes with a “purchased on date” sticker that can be placed under the comfort liner for a quick reference.

3. Keep it Clean
A clean and well-cared-for helmet will protect better and longer. Use a mild soap to wash the outer shell and internal liners. Never use solvents or chemicals for cleaning as they can destroy protective coatings.

4. One Drop and it’s Done
A helmet is designed for only one impact. Even a small impact may fracture the outer shell or compress the impact-absorbing liner despite no visible damage. If a helmet has been dropped or suffers an impact, it should be immediately replaced.

5. Who to Ask?
Riders can learn more about helmet fit and care with the “Harley-Davidson Helmet” brochure available at Harley-Davidson dealers. Most Harley-Davidson dealers carry a wide range of helmet styles, including half-, three-quarter, full-face and modular designs.


Rally Connex 2009 Adventure Tours Ride Summary (ON)

We just received the schedule for the Rally Connex 2009 Adventure Tours Rides so here's all the details - straight from Rally Connex:

This warm weather is getting everyone anxious to ride.

We are pleased to announce our 2009 ride schedule; it looks to be a fantastic season with some brand new events to keep you guys chomping at the bit for more.

June 4-7th, 2009 - R.A.P. aRound Algonquin Park, Ontario
July 12th, 2009 - Blue Mountain Tour - Angus Ontario
Aug 22-23rd, 2009 - Rockbound Rally, Central Northeast Ontario
Oct 3-4th, 2009 - Corduroy Enduro Dualsport Ride - Haliburton Ontario

RallyConnex operates its’ tours mainly in southern Ontario, Canada. Every ride is different from the last one and the start locations, for the most part, are different too. This allows everyone to expand their horizons, and visit areas that they may not normally visit. A typical day can range from 200 to 300 kms in length, depending on the difficulty of the given terrain. There are single and multi-day tours, plus off-road training days to choose from. The line-up of events is different every year.

All RallyConnex tours are GPS navigated. This, however, does not make it mandatory that you must have a GPS. We do have a few rental units available so that you can try it out. Please let us know a month in advance, if you wish to reserve a gps. Otherwise it is first come first serve, and they always sell out. Alternatively, you can buddy up with someone who does have a GPS.

Most rides have routes specifically designed for aggressive tire bikes and also offer routes for those who have stock (less aggressive) tires. We've got your type of riding covered no matter what Adventure bike you ride! Please let us know if you are not comfortable in loose conditions and we’ll send you on a harder packed version of the route.

All routes are "proof" ridden many times in advance of the ride dates, in order to assure their ride-ability due to changing conditions. During each event, a set of "sweep" riders will follow each route, both aggressive and stock tire. Each 'sweep' rider carries a SPOT transmitters and a SAT phone if regular cell phone reception is questionable, they are available to provide assistance if required. A chase vehicle, carrying tools, bike transport, SPOT transmitters and SAT phones, will also patrol near the route, and can also be called upon for assistance.

Details for the GPS Seminar are below. We will be sending out other emails with the details for our future rides. Check out our website at for more information and to register.

April 14th, 2009 – GPS Seminar – Toronto

Location – Parker Brothers / KTM Toronto – * new location *

The new, larger, location is at 825 Kipling Ave, which is a mile east of the old Dundas St. location.

Come see the new facility, join in on a 2 hour long GPS seminar. Start time – 7pm

Displays of various motorcycle friendly GPSs and mounting options, brought to you by

This year’s seminar will have a completely new presentation, and group discussions all focusing on the available options and applicability of GPSs.

Parker Brothers/ KTM Toronto
Current location:
5324 Dundas Street West
Etobicoke, ON M9B 1B4
(416) 234-5750

Parker Brothers/ KTM Toronto
New location:
825 Kipling Ave
Same phone numbers


Canadian Army Veteran motorcycle show coming in May

We just got word from the folks at C.A.V that they're going to be holding a motorcycle show at Thompson Drill Hall, CFB Kingston, Ontario on May 3rd and 4th.

The show is a fundraiser for ICROSS, H'art School of Smiles, Fisher House, and MP Blind Fund

Here's a few more details about the show - for full details check out the C.A.V website here.

Event: 1st CAV Motorcycle Show
Location: Thompson Drill Hall CFB Kingston.

The event has also been added to the Canadian Motorcycle Rider events calendar as well. 

2 May 10:00-5:00
3 May 10:00-3:00

Hosted by Vimy Unit

Admission $10.00, Under 12 free

Pre-register bikes now at

Show Info,


Ducati Xerox team victorious in Valencia

Here's the latest from Ducati and the Superbike series and the results from Round 3 - Valencia.

Ducati Press release follows -

Valencia (Spain), Sunday 5th April: The Ducati Xerox Team celebrated in Valencia today as the two factory riders Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio took four of the day’s six podium places. Noriyuki and his Ducati 1198 dominated proceedings in both of today’s races, to win both in convincing style, while Michel Fabrizio also enjoyed two fantastic races, finishing in second and third place today at the Ricardo Tormo circuit.

In the first race of the day, Noriyuki not only dominated from the offset but also smashed the lap record that has stood since Neil Hodgson’s Ducati days in 2003. Michel did not get as good a start as his team-mate but nonetheless battled his way through the field, as he has often done in the past, to move up from eighth to third before having to contend with a determined Neukirchner in order to secure the eventual second place finish.

In Race both Noriyuki and Michel set off with the bit firmly between their teeth. This time it was Fabrizio that made the better start and he was ahead of Haga and Spies for the first couple of laps before being passed by both. Michel held on to the third spot and from lap six onwards the order of the frontrunners never changed, with Noriyuki again beating the lap record he set in Race 1 and gaining steadily over Spies while team-mate Fabrizio maintained third place, keeping a strong Laconi firmly behind him.

With today’s results, Haga extends his championship lead to 135 points and holds a 40 point advantage over second-placed Spies, while Fabrizio’s valuable snatch of points here today moves him up to fourth place in the rider classification, with Neukirchner just ahead of him. Ducati continues to lead the manufacturers championship with 135 points.

Noriyuki Haga (Race 1 – 1st, Race 2 – 1st)
“We did a great job today and took two great results. It is very satisfying to take fifty points and increase my advantage in the classification. Unfortunately I didn’t make the best start in Race 1 but I made up time and once I got to the front I was able to build up a bit of an advantage. We didn’t change much for the second race and I was again very comfortable on my 1198. I’ve had good feeling with my bike all weekend and I said yesterday that my plan was to win both races so I’m very happy to have done that! I thank my team, who have been fantastic, Ducati and Xerox and I now look forward to Assen!”

Michel Fabrizio (Race 1 – 2nd, Race 2 – 3rd)
“We did a lot better than I expected too as Valencia is not my favourite track. I hoped for two top five finishes so we exceeded my expectations and I am of course very happy with the results. When I saw Nori get away from us in Race 1 I knew it would be hard to catch him but as we have been going well all weekend I was pleased that the work paid off and that it saw me to the podium. At a certain point in Race 2 I realised that I wouldn’t be able to fight with Ben for second but I stayed focused and held off Laconi who was pushing hard. A good day; I thank my team who have worked so hard all weekend.”

RESULTS: Race 1 – 1. Haga (Ducati Xerox), 2. Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox), 3. Neukirchner (Suzuki) Race 2 - 1. Haga (Ducati Xerox), 2. Spies (Yamaha); 3. Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox)

CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS: Riders – 1. Haga (Ducati Xerox) 135; 2. Spies (Yamaha) 95; 3. Neukirchner (Suzuki) 65; 4. Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) 60; 5. Haslam (Honda) 58; 6. Laconi (Ducati) 56…… Manufacturers – Ducati 135; Yamaha 110; Honda 73; Suzuki 65; Aprilia 57; BMW 31; Kawasaki 8


Ducati Desmo - First episode of special documentary now online

Ducati is releasing a multipart documentary on the design and development of the Desmosedici RR and the first episode has been released to YouTube on the DucatiMotorHolding YouTube channel.

This first episode is only a brief introduction (less than 5 minutes), but features a lot of footage of the Desmo in action. There's also some commentary from Claudio Domenicali - Ducati Product General Manager talking about the Desmosedici RR.

Hey - I finally learned how to pronounce Desmosedici in Italian too!

Check out the video here:


Arian Blake at "Ride!" talks to Carl Adams, author - The Essential Guide to Dual Sport Motorcycling

Freelance motojournalist Adrian Blake has a good thing going at blogtalkradio. He's got a motorcycle blogcast is called Ride! and he talks with noted personalities and experts in the international motorcycling community.

On April 15th he'll be talking to Carl Adams, author of "The Essential Guide to Dual Sport Motorcycling" - one of the most popular books in our Amazon Store from Whitehorse Press.

Ride! debuted on October 24, 2007 on the BlogTalkRadio network and won a 2008 MAX Award (Motorcycling Award for Excellence) from the North American International Motorcycle Supershow. The show airs twice a month from Toronto.

Notable names in motorcycling who have been guests on the show are a veritable who's who in motorcycling.

Recognize any of these moto-celebrities? Erik Buell, Clement Salvadori, Genevieve Schmitt, Jordan Szoke, Cyril Huze, Carla King, Jason Britton, Lawrence Hacking, Ken Condon, and Michael Long, among others.

Check out Adrian's work at the Ride! blogtalkradio site here.

Buy "The Essential Guide to Dual Sport Motorcycling" at the link below. Get a great deal AND support Canadian Motorcycle Rider at the same time!


Ducati announces the "It's Your Time" retail finance program for Canada

Something for the Canadian Ducati fans to get excited about. Ducati North America and GE Money have teamed up to offer a Canadian-exclusive finance package.

Full details in the Press Release:

New Ducati 1198 and 1198 S Superbikes available with rates as low as 3.99% and payments from $260 per month*

* All the fine print of the finance package are at the bottom of the Press Release

Toronto, Canada (2 April 2009) - To capture the momentum and excitement of the new 1198 Superbike’s showroom arrival and Xerox Ducati’s early lead in the World Superbike Championship, Ducati North America is launching a new retail finance program for its open class Superbikes in Canada.

Ducati North America and GE Money are pleased to announce the details of the “It’s Your Time” Retail Finance Promotion. This program offers remarkably low rates and payments on the new Ducati 1198 and 1198 S as well as 1098 and 1098 S Superbikes.

The program runs through June 30th, with a low 3.99% APR for the first 12 months, and low payments over the term of the loan- up to 84 months. In addition, Ducati Performance Accessories & Apparel and Ducati EverRed extended service plan contracts are eligible for inclusion.

For more information about this Canadian-exclusive promotion, and the Ducati 1198 Superbike; please visit an authorized Canadian Ducati dealership.

*Equal blended monthly payments of principal and interest for the first 12 months use the introductory rate of 3.99% amortized over the entire 84 month term. After 12 months, the principal outstanding is re-amortized over the balance of the term using the regular APR of 9.99%. Representative finance example of $19,000 with an 84 month term, monthly payments of principal and interest in the first 12 months (APR 3.99%) are $259.62 and $307.43 (APR 9.99%) thereafter for the remaining 72 months. Cost of borrowing is $6,250.40 for a total obligation of $25,250.40. Up to $750.00 freight and PDI, PPSA, license, insurance, registration, dealer and other charges, options and applicable taxes are extra. Offer ends June 30, 2009 and is subject to change or cancellation without notice. On approved credit. Dealer may sell for less. See dealer for details.

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Motorcycle Experience - Episode 8 airing this Saturday

Motorcycle Experience Episode 8 will air this Saturday morning on TSN and TSN HD

Toyota Truck presents Motorcycle Experience, April 4 at 11:30 am*

What to expect this week:

* Dave checks out Destination Harley-Davidson during Bike Week 2009
* Former national Sportbike Champion Clint McBain talks about your 3 Season Wardrobe
* Yamaha’s Bryan Hudgin “Fuels Up” during this weeks “Scooter Sense” segment
* Motorcycle Journalist, Larry Tate will sample the adventurous Triumph Tiger triple
* Dave and Norm call it a day in Oceanside during their Ultimate Ride in southern California

Episode 8 – Repeat Air Times on TSN and TSN HD

Saturday, April 11 – 01:30 pm*
Monday, April 13 – 12:30 pm*
Friday, April 17 – 00:30 am*
Saturday, April 18– 04:30 am*

And don’t forget to check us out on TSN 2… Saturday April 4 at 12:30 pm* & Sunday April 5 at 06:30 am*

*All times eastern

Motorcycle Experience is created with the help of our very good friends at BMW Motorrad, Honda Canada, Suzuki Canada, Yamaha Canada and Parts Canada.

Host Dave Hatch enthusiastically endorses Thor, Icon, HJC and Alpinestars riding gear.


World Enduro Canada - schedule and other news

Here's the latest news from the World Enduro Canada Enduro series. Seems there's quite a bit of news in this one. If you've been following Canadian Motorcyle Rider news the past few weeks, some of this may be a repeat for you but here it is!

World Enduro Canada press release -

2009 Schedule

Blairmore, AB July 4th & 5th
Penticton, BC July 11th & 12th
Labelle, PQ September 12th & 13th
Parry Sound, ON September 19th & 20th

Honda, KTM, BMW, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Inside Motorcycles, MXP Magazine, Pirelli, Brian Kurtz Trucking, West Jet

Inside Motorcycles Junior Award – Inside Motorcycles is proud to announce they will be awarding $500 to the top Junior at each round. Juniors will be defined as any rider 20 years of age or younger as of the first event on July 4th. IM understands the junior riders are the future of the sport and they want to promote younger riders to develop their Enduro racing skills.

Pro Riders - Pro riders will all be running permanent numbers for the duration of the series. Confirmed Pro Riders who will be contending the entire series;

o Patrick Beaule – KTM #5
o Jake Stapleton – Yamaha #17
o Brian Wojnarowski – Yamaha #2
o Alan Lachapelle – KTM #111
o Bobby Prochnau – KTM #7
o Jason Schrage – KTM #8
o Cory Grafunder – KTM # 118
o Guy Perret - #190
o Guy Giroux – BMW # 801
o Jay McGregor – Husaberg #56
o Lee Fryburger – Husaberg #96
o Shane Cuthbertson – Husaberg #20
o Kevin Cockayne – KTM #417
o Noel Bolso – KTM #28
o Chris Van Hove – Husqvarna #21
o Bryan Marshall - #24

For the Pro class there will be 100% Pro Payback which will pay back as far as 10th place.


Pros will be divided into four classes with the overall best rider from the entire series being awarded the #1 Plate at the end of the season.

E1 (125 two strokes & 250 four strokes)
E2 (250 two strokes & 450 four strokes)
E3 (Open)
Vet (40 and over)

Amateurs will be divided into 6 classes;

A (advanced skill)
B (intermediate)
C (novice)
Vet (40+)
Super Vet (50+)

For the Amateurs there will be an East and West Champion as well as an overall Champion for each class.

Entry Fees
- $100 per weekend. Any riders crossing the Ontario/Winnipeg border to compete will have their entry fee waived.

MCC – Riders will be required to have an MCC membership to compete. They are $25.00 and available on the MCC site

BMW Signs Guy Giroux -

BMW Canada has announced they have signed Canadian off road legend Guy Giroux to ride the CEC and the FMSQ series in Quebec on their new 450X. Guy is really pumped for the upcoming season. When asked what his goal is for this year he responded “To ride my ass off in the CEC and show everyone how good the BMW is and to retain my number 1 plate in Quebec!” BMW Canada is proud to be one of the CEC series sponsors and is really looking forward to being able to showcase their new off road motorcycle.

Chris Van Hove & Husqvarna -

After some time off from racing Chris Van Hove from Southern Ontario is getting back into action. With assistance from Ross Rocher Sales (Stratford, ON) Chris will be contesting the CEC on a Husqvarna TXC450.

WEC Website-

World Enduro Canada’s website is getting a total makeover and should be up and running by the time you read this. Please visit their site for more detailed information.

Transportation -

World Enduro Canada, in partnership with sponsor Brian Kurtz Trucking, is making it easy and cost effective to get your motorcycle and equipment to the “away” events. For $700 your bike and gear (rate includes space for a gear bag, gas can and spare tires) gets a round trip voyage to either the two western rounds in July or for the western riders, the two eastern rounds in September.

Riders will deliver their bike and gear to one of the specified drop locations where Kurtz Trucking will load it up and deliver directly to the paddock of both events. This will be a dedicated truck that will stay at the events and depart for the 2nd event only when all the riders have had a chance to get their bikes ready for the next race. It will then arrive at the 2nd event a few days advance.

There is limited space available on the truck so it is important to make a reservation as early as possible. A $200 deposit is required to secure the reservation. For more information on pick up and drop locations and dates or to book a reservation please contact Trevor Wideman at Brian Kurtz Trucking or 519-836-5821.


Toronto International Spring Motorcycle opens today

The Toronto International Spring Motorcycle Show opens this Saturday (April 4th) at the International Centre. The show runs Saturday 10 am to 9 pm and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm.

You'll get to see plenty of bikes (new and old) and motorcycle accessories. The show also features the Canadian introduction of Zero Motorcycles, Canadian drag racing champion Geoff Pollard and his monstrous 1,500 hp nitro-methane burning Pollard NitroSports 'Top Fuel' Dragbike. Get up close and personal with the limited edition Troy Bayliss Ducati 1098R that packs 188 hp - only 150 of these will make it to North America.

Canadian writers Max Burns and Michelle Duff will be there, as well as graffiti artist WonG, and long-distance rider Tyson Brust.

You'll get to see a leather fashion show, bikini calendar girl Sara Balint, and if you're a bike builder - there's $15,000 in prize money up for grabs.

Admission is $15 for adults, children under 12 get in for $5, children under 6 get in for free. Get $2 off an Adult admission by printing the coupon on this link.

A big congratulations to all the Canadian Motorcyle Rider contest winners who'll be going to the show for free this weekend!


BMW Motorrad Canada sales soaring compared to last year

BMW Motorrad Canada set a February sales record of 48 units, which is a sales increase of 336% compared to February 2008 sales.

Year-to-date, sales are up 183% to 68 units compared to the same period last year.

Sales of the new F650GS and F800GS models introduced in 2008 continue to grow along with the perennially popular R1200GS models, while the brand-new K1300-series models are gaining market momentum.


World Enduro Canada - New off-road competition series in Canada

We're a little behind in releasing this news from the folks at World Enduro Canada. But, better late than never. This is still really interesting and exciting news for off-road competition in Canada.

WEC Press Release

World Enduro Canada would like to announce the birth of a new off-road competition series in Canada.

As the organizers of two successful World Enduro Championships held in Parry Sound in 2007 and 2006 Stephen Abel, Sean Wiesner and Lawrence Hacking, the principals, in the organization along with a dedicated group of Canadian off-road enthusiasts have formed an alliance which shares a common vision for the future of off-road competition.

"With the experience we have gained from organizing two back to back World Enduro Championships, we have adapted the WEC format into an enduro series that we can realize here in Canada." said Steve Abel. "Our series will begin with 2 events here in Ontario and we have had inquiries concerning the 2009 season from entities in B.C., Alberta and Quebec. We hope to use this year as a pilot project to refine the rules structure and educate event organizers as to the format. The timed special test type of enduro on a closed course is relatively easy to organize, is environmentally responsible, addresses safety concerns, complies with legal issue and is relevant to what is happening in the rest of world. We feel this type of competition is the way of the future,” he continued.

Sean Wiesner added further comments in a recent statement.

"For 2008 we have assembled a 2 race series. Both races are double headers, which mean riders can score points each day at the two-day events. The first will be held at the Ontario Camp for the Deaf just South of Parry Sound on September 13/14. The second round will be the famous Corduroy Enduro held a week after in Gooderham, Ontario. Both events adhere to strict rules, which address the legal concerns, which are the subject of much discussion in recent months. All land use issues have been addressed, a solid insurance policy is in place and parade permits will be used when the course is required to be in public roads. The biggest news is the recent acquisition of a computerized timing and scoring system which provides instant and accurate results using transponders assigned to each competitor."

We hope to see you at what will be another ground breaking moment in Canadian off road history.

Check out for all the details.


CMG's Mad Bastard Scooter Rally - a couple months off

Looks like it'll soon be time to dust off the scooter that's been gathering dust over the cold winter months in the back in the corner of the garage. Because CMG and sponsor KYMCO are getting ready for the Mad Bastard Scooter Rally which takes place June 12-14th.

Press release from KYMCO Canada follows:

In a little over 2 months, approximately 75 normally respectable people (and journalists) will turn into scooter maniacs for up to 24 hours while they ride a mad 850kms on, you guessed it: scooters!

The long awaited details of the 2009 Mad Bastard Scooter Rally (presented by CMG Online in partnership with KYMCO Canada) have finally been released on the newly designed MBS Rally web site

The Details
Here are some of the basics: the event takes place June 12-14, 2009 and the start location will be in Gatineau, QC this year (with the rally leading riders through both Quebec and Ontario).

The Sponsors
For those who haven’t been following previous rally details, KYMCO Canada is the official sponsor of the event offering up the winning Super 9 to the maddest of the mad bastards! We would also like to acknowledge Ipone Oil and Studio Cycle Group who have come on board to sponsor the event as well.

The Charity
For this year’s rally we have embraced the idea of having a charity benefit from our insanity. Kids Help Phone is a nation wide organization that has been helping Canadian children for over 20 years. Participants of the rally will be asked to collect pledges prior to the rally date with all proceeds going Kids Help Phone. For more information on this fantastic charity please visit


Ticket giveaway today (April 2nd) - Toronto International Spring Motorcycle Show

We're giving away our last ticket to the Toronto International Spring Motorcycletoday - March 2nd.

In order to win the ticket - be the 10th emailer with the answer to the following question:

By what percentage increase did the 49cc scooter see in the February year to year figures?

Hint - It's front page news on CMR today - second paragraph of the relevant News item.

Direct your emails here.

Good luck!


Japanese motorcycle production and exports down in February

The numbers of motorcycles being produced and exported by and from Japan showed a significant decline in the year to year numbers. So it would seem that Harley Davidson, KTM , and Kawasaki aren't the only manufacturers to be feeling the effects of the downturn - they're just the ones who we've been seeing most of in the news.

Interestingly, the 49cc scooter category saw a huge boost in year-to-year export figures. 3,793 units were exported that's up 2,074 units or 120.7% from the same month last year.


Motorcycle production in February 2009 was recorded as 72,719 units. Compared with the 127,045 units total recorded for the same month of the previous year, this is a decrease of 54,326 units or 42.8%, and production decrease on the same month of the previous year for eighteen consecutive months.


Motorcycles exported in February 2009 were recorded as 74,439 units. Compared with the 122,085 units total recorded for the same month of the previous year, this is a decrease of 47,646 units or 39.0%, and export decrease on the same month of the previous year for seventeen consecutive months.

Total value of motorcycles exported for February 2009 was $540.98 million including $434.66 million for vehicles and $106.32 million for parts. This is a decrease of $339.24 million or 38.5% as compared with $880.22 million recorded for the same month of the previous year.

Full details on the JAMA website.


Another Toronto International Spring Motorcycle ticket to be given away today!

We've got two tickets left to the Toronto International Spring Motorcycle (April 4-5, 2009) and we're giving one of them away today!

Be the 10th emailer with the correct answer to the following question and you'll be going to the show for free!

What's happening at Mackie Harley Davidson on May 9th?

Hint- click on the Mackie-Harley Davidson link on CanadianMotorcycleRider (in the left sidebar). The answer as to what's happening is in the Calendar of Events in the right sidebar of the Mackie HD's site. It's an event you won't want to miss!

Please direct your emails here.


Half of KTM employees go part-time for summer

Back in january we told you about KTM feeling the economic pinch and made the decision to lay off 300 workers. KTM chief Stefan Pierer also warned at the time that some of the remaining full-time employees might be switched to part-time as part of the cost shedding plan. Another piece of the plan was to reduce production by 25%.

Well - the plan was finally implemented and 733 of 1,482 full-time KTM employees will transition to part-time work between May and August this year. The move trims production by the equivalent of two months, but keeps the trained workforce at the ready in hopes of an economic rebound next year.

The changes affect all levels of KTM employees, including factory works, management and executives. Cross Holdings, KTM's majority owner, and Bajaj Auto, which holds 31.72 percent, plan to inject €30 million in capital


BMW Motorrad Motorsport – World Enduro Championship – Igualada, Spain – Races

BMW has quite a bit of news coming across the wire this week! The latest is in regards to the World Enduro Championship results from Igualada, Spain - in Round 2 of the WEC. Without further ado here's the latest from Munich:

BMW Press Release

Hoping to improve the performances of their four team riders Juha Salminen, Simo Kirssi, David Knight and Marko Tarkkala the BMW Motorrad Motorsport team took to the start of the GP of Spain – round two of the ’09 World Enduro Championship – knowing that the event would be a challenging one for them. With the opening round of the series having unexpectedly delivered less than welcome results, with just one week to work on the difficulties encountered in Portugal all concerned knew that significantly better results would be hard to achieve.

In complete contrast to the season opener the GP of Portugal was an extremely wet and largely muddy event, with heavy rain during the second half of the opening day and then throughout Saturday night making day two particularly demanding.

Despite hoping for better Juha Salminen claimed the team’s best result with fifth in the Enduro 2 class on day one while David Knight claimed sixth in the Enduro 3 category on both days and Simo Kirssi claimed sixth on day two as well.

In the Enduro 2 class Juha Salminen’s event frustratingly got off to a less than perfect start, as he placed 18th in class on the Friday night Super test following a fall. Thankfully, day one started well with a solid second in class on the opening extreme test. Performing consistently during the first half of the first day the seven-time world champion wasn’t quite able to maintain his pace during Saturday afternoon with mistakes on the extreme test hampering his result. Eventually Juha placed ninth in class. In contrast to Juha’s fortunes Simo Kirssi’s day ended much better than it started. Failing to find his rhythm early in the day the Finn placed an impressive fifth, sixth and second in the three final special tests and ended the first day’s competition in 11th.

Day two saw a vast improvement in the results of both Salminen and Kirssi. Performing well on the extreme, motocross and enduro tests Juha finished inside the top 10 of the E2 class on all but one of the day’s special tests, where a fall resulted in him placing 13th in class. Ending day two an eventual fifth in the Enduro 2 category, were it not for his mistake the Finn would certainly have been close to a podium result. Just one place behind Salminen in sixth BMW’s second Enduro 2 class rider Simo Kirssi jumped five places up the E2 class results from his day one finishing position.

For David Knight the GP of Spain ended with the Manxman finishing sixth in the Enduro 3 class on both days. Claiming the same position in class at the end of the Friday night Super test, Knight was quickly up to speed at the start of day one and finished third in class on the opening extreme test. Knowing that the GP of Spain would be a challenging one David continued to perform well on the extreme test while improving his results on both the motocross and enduro tests. David finished less than nine seconds adrift of defending Enduro 3 world champion Samuli Aro at the end of the day. David’s E3 class mate Marko Tarkkala ended the first day’s competition 10th.

Day two also saw Knight finish sixth in class. Hopeful of improving his day one result a costly mistake on the man-made section of the extreme test on lap three ended Knight’s chances of finishing any higher. Improving his day one result by two places Marko Tarkkala finished eight in the Enduro 3 class on day two.

The ’09 World Enduro Championship now takes a three-week break before heading to Iglesias, Sardinia for the GP of Italy.

Markus Theobald – BMW G 450 X Project Leader: “It goes without saying that everyone in the team hoped that we would have better results this weekend than we did at the first round of the championship, but realistically that was always going to be difficult to achieve. Despite knowing that we were coming to a race where the terrain would be different to that in Portugal, we only had a few days to test between the two events. We worked hard to improve things for the riders but we knew it would be difficult to greatly improve our results.

“We do now have a clearer picture of what our riders are experiencing. We know that on some special tests they are able to put in fast special test times, but mistakes are common, and these mistakes are holding them back. We need to understand why in some situations they are fast and can ride freely and to their full potential, and why on other occasions they are unable to give 100 per cent without experiencing mistakes.

“Despite the event being such a demanding race we didn’t experience any mechanical problems, which is extremely positive. We now have a few weeks before the next round of the world championship and despite having a lot of work to do we are confident that at the GP of Italy all the team riders will be more confident and able to ride harder on all tests.”

World Enduro Championship ’09 – GP of Spain, day 1

Enduro 2 class
1. Johnny Aubert (KTM) 38:23.72; 2. Cristobal Guerrero (Yamaha) 39:01.47; 3. Bartosz Oblucki (Husqvarna) 39:15.07; 4. Joakim Ljunggren (Husaberg) 39:27.45; 5. Oscar Balletti (Honda) 39:37.63; 6. Rodrig Thain (TM) 39:46.81; 7. Matti Seistola
(Husqvarna) 39:54.52; 8. Alessandro Belometti (KTM) 39:59.09; 9. Juha Salminen (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) 39:59.12; 10. Luca Cherubini (TM) 39:59.83

Enduro 3 class
1. Ivan Cervantes (KTM) 38:40.52; 2. Sebastien Guillaume (Husqvarna) 38:42.91; 3. Christophe Nambotin (Gas Gas) 38:44.00; 4. Alessandro Botturi (KTM) 39:34.32; 5. Samuli Aro (KTM) 39:34.66; 6. David Knight (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) 39:43.62; 7. Marcus Kehr (KTM) 39:48.23; 8. Fabio Mossini (Honda) 39:49.90; 9. Bjorne Carlsson (Husaberg) 40:26.59; 10. Marko Tarkkala (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) 40:27.60

Championship ’09 – GP of Portugal, day 2

Enduro 2 class
1. Johnny Aubert (KTM) 48:40.02; 2. Joakim Ljunggren (Husaberg) 50:41.06; 3. Rodrig Thain (TM) 51:01.88; 4. Alessandro Belometti (KTM) 51:12.51; 5. Juha Salminen (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) 51:35.17; 6. Simo Kirssi (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) 52:20.61; 7. Cristobal Guerrero (Yamaha) 52:27.37; 8. Oscar Balletti (Honda) 52:29.37; 9. Bartosz Oblucki (Husqvarna) 52:47.09; 10. Valtteri Salonen (Husaberg) 52:51.59

Enduro 3 class
1. Ivan Cervantes (KTM) 50:27.01; 2. Samuli Aro (KTM) 50:55.02; 3. Christophe Nambotin (Gas Gas) 50:55.77; 4.Sebastien Guillaume (Husqvarna) 51:36.64; 5. Marcus Kehr (KTM) 51:50.39; 6. David Knight (BMW Motorrad Motorsport)
52:29.09; 7. Alessandro Botturi (KTM) 54:27.37; 8. Marko Tarkkala (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) 54:46.12; 9. Fabio Mossini (Honda) 55:39.74; 10. Mark Wassink (KTM) 56:53.88


New video on VRTV website - Saskatchewan in HD

Jeff, over at Virtual Riding Television just let us know that he has posted a new high definition video, featuring motorcycle riding into a prairie sunset, lightning storm, and heavy rain.

The footage was shot in June of 2006 via a high definition camcorder that he mounted to the handlebars of a motorcycle. He's got quite a bit of footage of Canada, having ridden through ten provinces of Canada, coast to coast, on a round trip, for a total of 18,795 kilometers in 2006. Much of the trip is documented on his site.

The three minute clip represents two hours of footage that was taken on rural Highway #13, between Carlyle and Weyburn Saskatchewan, Canada.

This particular clip just goes to show you that Jeff isn't just a fair weather biker. That rain looks, well, unpleasant. But the lighting show is pretty impressive.

Check out the new clip in High Definition at