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Michelin teams up with Harley Davidson

Harley-Davidson Motor Company announced that it will add Michelin as an official supplier of replacement tires for its motorcycles. Beginning mid-year, Michelin motorcycle tires will be available at all Harley-Davidson dealerships across North America.

Michelin will produce an original equipment tire called the "Scorcher 31," which will carry both companies’ trademarks on its sidewalls with the signature Harley logo on the shoulder. The introduction of the Scorcher will be Michelin’s first Harley OE application.

The new Michelin Scorcher 31 will be fitted to the 2010 Dyna Super Glide, Super Glide Custom, Street Bob and Low Rider, the tire can also be fitted on a variety of 2006-2009 Dyna models.

Gary Midkiff, vice president of Michelin North America’s two wheel division has been quoted in media saying, “Michelin has specifically engineered this innovative and durable tire to meet the high expectations of Harley-Davidson owners.”

What does that mean for the US made Dunlops that the Fat Bob currently features? According to the list of bikes the Scorcher will be on it's not going to be on the Fat Bob. Regardless, it will certainly take a bite out of Dunlops business with Harley Davidson as many bikes will sport the French made rubber of Michelin.

Tire sizes are 100/90-19 57H for the front, and 160/70-17 73V for the rear. The Fat Bob rolls with a 130/90B16 in the front and a 180/70B16 in the rear. So for now at least it looks like the Dunlops will stay on the Fat Bob.

Michelin does employ many Canadian workers, and has tire producing facilities in Nova Scotia, Canada.

More details on the Michelin tires available on Michelins website HERE.
More Harley Davidson news HERE.

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Rounds 3 & 4 - 2009 Wiesner Insurance Canadian Trials Championship

We got some news from the folks at the WEC about the upcoming 3 & 4th rounds of the 2009 Wiesner Insurance National Trials Championships. Should be exciting.

The events will be taking place in Mansfield, ON Aug 22 & 23. They're also looking for volunteers to help out. No experience necessary!


Here's the full press release:

The final 2 rounds of the 2009 Wiesner Insurance National Trials Championships are rapidly approaching. The first two rounds held in Summerland BC in May were a big success and the Trials community has welcomed their new sanctioning body, World Enduro Canada, with open arms.

Trials is a very popular motorcycling activity around the world and is gaining popularity in North America partly due to the stellar success some former trials riders like David Knight, Juha Salminen and Taddy Blazusiak are having in the Off Road Racing World. Trials is one of the original Extreme sports and riders from other motorcycle disciplines are realizing the cross over benefits that trials riding has to offer. This is the first true Canadian Trials Championship in years and there are a number of riders who are travelling across the country to compete to make it a true National series.

Rounds 3 & 4 are being held in the hilly terrain outside Mansfield, ON Aug 22 & 23. Mansfield is a short drive north of Toronto, an easy day trip to watch some exciting riding skills in action. Start time will be 11am on Saturday and 10am on Sunday.

Directions are simple:

- take Airport Rd north from Toronto towards Mansfield
- cross over hwy 89 and start watching for arrows
- turn right on 5th side road then a left on 7th concession which is a dead end road and parking will be labelled

For anyone interested in helping out we are looking for checkers to mark the riders in the test area. There is NO experience required - other than being able to count to at least 5 - and the best part is you get a front row seat to the best action. Anyone interested in helping or if you want more info on the event contact the Organizer Dean Mayke at Dean.Mayke@rci.rogers.com or visit our web site www.worldendurocanada.com


Hope to see you all there!

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Ruben fired up for his comeback.

Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport rider Ruben Xaus underwent a successful operation on his right femur at the Centro Medico Teknon hospital in Barcelona yesterday and is already looking forward to starting his physiotherapy and rehabilitation. The operation was carried out by surgeons Dr Miquel Llobet and Dr Miguel Sales and involved the insertion of three screws into the femur and went as smoothly as possible. Ruben was discharged from hospital today and will begin his physiotherapy this week at a sports clinic and rehabilitation centre not far from Playa de Aro, north of Barcelona.

Ruben
Everything has worked so efficiently. I arrived at the hospital yesterday morning and the doctors were already waiting for me. The operation went very well and I had three screws put into my femur and twenty-four hours later they told me I could leave! I want to thank Miquel Llobet and Miguel Sales for doing a great job and all the medical team for looking after me so well.

I am going to stay in an apartment in Playa de Aro, near the beach, but also because it is very close to where I will be doing my physiotherapy and rehabilitation. At the moment I am on crutches, because I am not allowed to put any weight on my right leg, but I can sit down normally and get about OK. I can start swimming almost straightway and physiotherapy very soon. I am in no pain and I am really looking forward to getting fit and back on my bike again.

At Brno, our bike was working so well and it was easy to ride, so it was a big shame I crashed. I think the reason I hurt myself was because the gravel had not been raked over and the recent rain had made some of the ridges as hard as concrete. Hitting one of those was what did the damage, otherwise I would’ve just walked away from the crash without a problem.

It’s good that we have a bit of a break before the next race, but I’m already looking forward to being back at the track. I want to say thank you to the whole team for all their good wishes and tell them to have a good holiday and then get my bikes ready for my return.

Troy
It’s good to hear that Ruben’s operation went well, and that he’s in such good spirits. Fortunately we’ve got a bit of a break before the next race so he’ll have time to start his physio without any pressure. I don’t know when he’ll come back, but I’m sure it will be as quickly as he can. In the meantime the garage will be a much quieter place, but I’m sure it will not be long before the team hear from him.


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July 29, 2009 Ontario Federation of Trail Riders - Long Weekend Plans Ganny to Gooderham loop - August 1 & 2, 2009

The Ontario Federation of Trail Riders (OFTR) is holding an event this August long weekend. Here's some details, courtesy of OFTR:

Location: Near Port Hope, Ont

This ride travels from the Cobourg area up to Gooderham withan overnight stay at the OFTR HQ.

Gooderham's annual Horseshoe Days weekend is on and there is a big dinner and a live band on Saturday night

Entry Fee : $100 includes Sat dinner and Sunday breakfast. The entry deadline has been waived.

Also includes primitive camping at OFTR HQ in Gooderham or see list for local accommodations.

Sign in: Saturday 7:30 am GPS downloading followed by riders meeting at 9 am.
Ride duration: Approx. 200 km each day.
Ride level: Intermediate or experienced rider, Blue plates and Insurance required.

Support truck follows the ride and will transport your gear both days.

Do you want to ride but don't have a GPS? No problem! We will form groups to ride with one of our GPS leaders.

For more information call or email: Bob Kendell 905-985-9017 bob.kendell@hotmail.com

Click HERE for more information and an entry form.


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Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame announces inductees

Motorcycle Hall of Fame Announces Inductees for 2009 - MCC Presents Induction Banquet October 24/09 in Toronto

Press Release ---

The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame (CMHF), has announced eight individuals and two groups to be inducted at the fourth annual Hall of Fame Induction Banquet & Reunion, to be held October 24, 2009 at the Renaissance Toronto Airport Hotel and Conference Centre, Toronto, Ontario.


“The enthusiasm for recognizing exceptional Canadian contribution to motorcycling is growing, and our slate this year continues to portray that excellence”, says John Cooper, President of the CMHF. “Now entering its fourth year, the Induction Banquet and Reunion is becoming THE motorcycling social event of the year.”

Carl Bastedo – Chatsworth, Ontario 2009 Hall of Fame Inductees Motocross Competitor, Organizer, Contributor

CRCA – Canadian Race Communications Association – Shannonville, Ontario Celebrating fifty (50) years of supporting safe motorcycle racing with marshalling services

Bar Hodgson – Ashburn, Ontario Contributor, Competitor, Organizer, Show Producer, Collector

Ivor Lloyd – West Hill, Ontario Competitor – International and Canada Duane McDaniels – Commerce Township, Michigan, US Competitor

Duane McDaniels – Commerce Township, Michigan, US,Competitor Don McHugh – Brampton, Ontario (deceased),Legendary Dirt Track Racer

Ken Morgan – Battersea, Ontario, Contributor, Course Developer, Trainer, Advocate

Jimmy Sehl – Stoney Creek Ontario, Competitor, Team Member, Mechanic

Steel City Riders – Hamilton, Ontario, Celebrating over sixty (60) years of motorcycle racing

John Williams – Markham, Ontario , North American and World Hillclimb Champion

The 2009 Hall of Fame Induction Banquet & Reunion, sponsored by the Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada (MCC), will be held on Saturday evening, October 24, 2009 at the Renaissance Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre, 801 Dixon Road in Toronto. The event, emceed by Pat Gonsalves, will feature an audio- visual presentation on each inductee, a display of special motorcycles, a silent auction to raise funds for the Foundation and, of course, a gourmet meal.

A cash bar is offered. Tickets are $125, with “deep discounts” for “early bird” purchase and MCC members. Tables of eight or ten can be requested. Everyone welcome! Dress is smart casual/Business Attire. Visit the websites for more details (www.motorcyclehalloffame.ca OR www.motorcycling.ca/halloffame).

After holding the event in the Toronto area for the first four years since being founded, the October, 2010 Hall of Fame Induction event will be held in the Vancouver area, in British Columbia. This will allow friends and families of anticipated western inductees to join in the celebrations. Nominations can be made at any time, and are reviewed annually for up to five years or until selected for induction. Builders, contributors, rights advocates, volunteers and organizations, as well as competitors in all disciplines are eligible for consideration. Forms are available from the MCC which administers the Hall of Fame.

Founded by Bar and Hedy Hodgson in 1999, the Canadian International Motorcycle Heritage Museum Foundation exists to preserve and protect Canadian motorcycle history for the benefit of the motorcycling community. They founded the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2005, with the first inductions made in May of 2006.



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Zero launches an electric dual sport model

It looks like Zero has dual sported their electric motorcycle! Now the critters won't hear you coming out on your favorite trail.

Press Release

The Zero DS combines innovation with passion to deliver the world’s most versatile electric motorcycle. Designed to be agile in the dirt and quick on the street, the Zero DS represents a new kind of freedom.

Bypass the ordinary. Blast down a gravel road or a dusty trail. When you’re ready, silently pass from the sublime to the civilized as you arrive at your destination. The Zero DS is tough when you demand it and distinguished when required. Its edgy, yet sophisticated, appearance is highlighted by an eye catching twin spar frame that is both rigid and lightweight.

Powered by the most advanced drive train in the industry, the Zero DS is a fully electric motorcycle that can handle any surface you can throw at it. Navigating obstacles and maintaining control is accomplished using a specially developed suspension system and a rugged wheel set. During technical maneuvers an optimized direct drive gear system delivers astonishing responsiveness with the twist of your wrist.

More information from Zero HERE.
More Zero news HERE.



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Quantya to supply bikes for X-Games

Electric motorcycle maker Quantya has said recently that they're getting some bikes ready for some teams who'll be attending the 15th annual summer X-Games. The summer X-Games will be taking place this July 30-August 3, 2009 in Los Angeles, California at the Staples Center and the Home Depot Center. It features events such as Moto X, Skateboarding, BMX, Surfing, and Rallying.

Keep a close eye on the ESPN networks and on EXPN.com for a couple of crews riding around on Quantya's Swiss made electric motorcycles. They'll be using them for getting around the facilities, and not for any of the main events unfortunately.

Still it's a bit of good press for them!

Check out Quantya's website HERE. According to their website they do ship to Canada - though we're not sure what the cost would end of being. We'll let you know when we do!

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Ducati scooter rumor

We mentioned it to you before, but the Internet rumor mill is gaining some momentum and the rumor now is that Ducati may use the 848 engine, borrowed from the 848 superbike of course, to power their new scooter should they build it.

Interesting! That would easily make it the largest displacement and powerful scooter available in North America that we're aware of. It does make a bit of sense that Ducati would use this engine because it's already there and available and doesn't require any development. No doubt it would require some revamping and retuning but that would be entirely cheaper than developing a new scooter specific engine.

Oberan Bezzi Design has come out with a high quality rendering of their thoughts on what the Ducati Scooter could look like. Is it just Internet hype to keep Ducati in the news, or is it really something that Ducati is working on?

Image courtesy Oberdan Bezzi Design

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14th Canadian National H.O.G. Rally

Based on years of empirical success, this year’s Canadian National H.O.G.® Rally will be held in the beautiful foothills of the Canadian Rockies. Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada, the exclusive distributor of Harley-Davidson® motorcycles in Canada, continues to invest in its most loyal Customer base: H.O.G.® members.

H.O.G.® Manager Gina McNeil enthusiastically comments: “Here at H.O.G.® Canada, it has certainly been a year of change. While embracing these changes, I am very dedicated to maintaining a strong relationship with our most loyal Customers: our over 50,000 Canadian H.O.G.® members, who not only value our great range of product, but who also breathe and live the lifestyle of the open road. The upcoming National Rally is only one way in which we say thank you to our members for believing so strongly in our Brand.”

Mirroring the legendary Calgary Stampede, Harley-Davidson® enthusiasts across Canada will team up and “Rock the Rockies” in typical cowboy style from August 13 to 15.

The line-up of entertainment will feature the wild tunes of Jason D. Williams for the opening ceremonies, a Warthog Untapped event at the Big Rock Brewery, and to finish it all off, an adrenalin-pumped Cody Snyder live rodeo performance at Ranchman’s – the official hospitality location of the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association.

One of the many events open to the public will be the Show ’N Shine on August 14th staged on Stephen Avenue Walkway between 1st St. SE and 1st St. SW. Spectators will not only have the opportunity to admire wildly customized motorcycle entries in categories such as Best Antique and Radical Custom, but they will also be able to vote for their favourites in the “People’s Choice” category.

Escorted by Alberta police, an estimated 800 participants will kick off a formal motorcycle parade at Canada Olympic Park on Sunday 15thof August, leading down Sarcee Trail SW, and past Richmond Road SW to offer spectators the best viewing points, and will finally end at The Military Museums. Here, CANEX will join Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada executives in the unveiling of a specially customized motorcycle, while the public will be able to view exciting motorcycle field games, such as the “Motorcycle Slow Race” and “Musical Bails”.

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Taylor Dominates Leamington Half-Mile

On an overcast day with the Leamington Fairgrounds half mile track in excellent condition, Deeley Harley-Davidson/ Clare's Harley-Davidson of Niagara sponsored Donald Taylor totally dominated the first long track event on the Canadian Motorcycle Association 2009 flat track schedule.

The packed grandstand erupted in a boisterous cheer as Taylor took the lead through turns three and four on lap one of the fifteen lap National Championship final. “I had a kind of rough start,” the five time National Champion explained. “Both Jon Cornwell and John Parker beat me off the line but I ran them down on the back straight and passed them both in three and four. I knew once I got by them I’d be gone. The Harley-Davidson XR750 was running so strong and we had the set up perfect. I honestly don’t remember being so comfortable and confident in a race, I didn’t even raise a sweat.”

By the time the half way flags were shown Taylor was already beginning to lap slower riders and his torrid race pace had him lapping over half of the eighteen rider field. Those same lapped riders also caused some problems for the speedy champ. “In the final four laps I was passing a lot of guys and they were all over the place using different lines that always seemed to conflict with mine. I had a really close call with a straw bale right on the track and I don’t know how I didn’t crash.”

Post race Taylor was jubilant stating, “That was a blast, this thing (his HD XR750) is an absolute rocket, it worked so well and just went where I wanted it to, it was perfect. This was a perfect tune up for Hagerstown, Maryland next weekend. I feel pretty confident I can do well down there and qualify for the show again.”

This performance in Leamington has put Don in a good stead towards what he hopes will be his sixth consecutive Canadian Dirt Track Championship and accompanying number one plate. His existing score of five plates in a row has already established a Canadian record firmly confirming his status of the best dirt track racer this country has ever produced.

For further info on Don Taylor, please refer to his website: www.dontaylorracing.com

Image courtesy Don Taylor Racing.

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Best weekend of the season for Troy, Ruben injured

The work done away from the track, together with the recent successful Italian tests, all added up to Brno being the best weekend of the season to date. Troy finished a superb fifth in race one, after leading the first couple of laps, and followed that up with a tenth in race two, despite tyre problems.

Ruben had qualified alongside Troy on the second row of the grid and was looking forward to him and Troy challenging the leaders in both the 20-lap races. But, a crash on the opening lap of the first race put paid to any chance of glory and left Ruben in the medical centre. After X-rays, it was discovered that he had broken the neck of his right femur. His right leg and hip area were put in plaster, to keep everything in a stable condition and prevent any further damage. Ruben will fly to hospital in Barcelona, where a specialist will assess the situation and decide what course of action is required.

Max Biaggi (Aprilia) won the first race, after Michel Fabrizio (Ducati) took out Ben Spies (Yamaha) after just four laps, with Honda team mates Carlos Checa and Jonathan Rea in second and third. Spies won the second race and closed the gap on series leader Noriyuki Haga (Ducati) to just seven points. Second was Biaggi, with Fabrizio third.

Troy - Race 1: 5th, Race 2: 10th
I’m generally pretty happy with how the weekend has gone and it’s been good to be consistently in the top seven or eight in every session and also qualify for final Superpole. I feel so much more comfortable on the bike now and don’t feel as worn out afterwards as I have been. The recent tests have helped us a lot and it’s good to know that we are going in the right direction and it’s also good to know that there’s more to come. It’s a shame that Ruben crashed because I’m sure that he would’ve been right up there in both races. He is as happy with the rideability of the bike as I am and both of us are really beginning to enjoy ourselves.

Ruben - Race 1: DNF, Race 2: DNS

That was a bit pity because I have been so happy about the bike this weekend because it has been so much easier to ride. Finally we were getting somewhere and then I crash! I guess that maybe the tyre was a bit too hard and a bit too cool. I didn’t highside, I just fell off. I was sliding along OK and than I hit some deep gravel and that spun my right leg round and that’s when the damage was done. I want to be positive and say that at least the injury has happened when we are about to have five weeks or so off and that will give me time to recover. I can’t wait to get back on my bike and carry on with the recent improvements.

Berti Hauser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director)

Firstly I would like to say that I hope it will not be too long before Ruben is able to join us again. I hope he is in not too much pain and I hope that he will heal quickly. The doctor told us that it is not a complicated break, so we will keep our fingers crossed for a speedy recovery. Ruben’s crash does not hide the fact that this weekend has been very positive for us and we are all happy about the recent improvements. We achieved our goal of a top five finish and, more importantly, we know which direction to take now. It’s good to see Troy and Ruben smiling this weekend and I’m really pleased that Troy is happy with the bike.

Results

Race 1: 1 Biaggi (ITA-Aprilia), 2 C Checa (ESP-Honda), 3 Rea (GBR-Honda), 4 Byrne (GBR-Ducati), 5 Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport), 6 Smrz (CZE-Ducati), Ruben Xaus (ESP-BMW Motorrad Motorsport) DNF,

Race 2: 1 Spies (USA-Yamaha), 2 Biaggi, 3 Fabrizio (ITA-Ducati), 4 Rea, 5 C Checa, 6 Haga (JPN-Ducati), 10 Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport), Ruben Xaus (ESP-BMW Motorrad Motorsport) DNS,

Points: 1 Haga 326, 2 Spies 319, 3 Fabrizio 273, 4 Rea 206, 5 Biaggi 200, 6 Haslam 180, 16 Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) 53, 17 Ruben Xaus (ESP-BMW Motorrad Motorsport) 50,

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Ducati decides not to build Vyper Cruiser Concept

Lovers of the Italian sportbike maker Ducati might be breathing a huge sigh of relief as it would seem that the rumored Ducati cruiser concept is not going to be made - Yet.

Ducati VP of Marketing, Diego Sgorbati, has confirmed that Ducati has no intentions of making a cruiser motorcycle just yet. It's something they're monitoring and considering apparently. Considering is a long way from building though and so that's where it stands at the moment.

It was rumored that Ducati's version of a modern, sporty cruiser was going to be displayed at the EICMA bike show in November.

There's a lot of rumor in this rumor post!

Not even this tricolore mock up conceived by the talented folks at Bar-Design was enough to convince Ducati that it should be built.

Image courtesy of Bar-Design


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Harley-Davidson rolls out nine new models for 2010

More Performance, Features and Value Across Six Motorcycle Platforms

MILWAUKEE (July 25, 2009) - Harley-Davidson roars into 2010 with nine new motorcycle models, the most expansive new-product introduction in the history of the Motor Company. Across six model platforms, Harley-Davidson achieves a fusion of tradition and technology in a motorcycle product line that offers more power, luxury, and style, and more value.

"This ambitious new motorcycle launch reaches to our riders with the incredible passion that Harley-Davidson has inspired for more than a century," said Bill Davidson, Harley-Davidson Vice President of Core Customer Marketing. "We are thrilled to offer our customers nine new models and a full selection of products for 2010 that lets their enthusiasm for enjoying great motorcycles continue at full throttle."

Highlights of the 2010 Harley-Davidson® line include:

As the new king of the Harley-Davidson Touring line, the Electra Glide® Ultra Limited model delivers the performance upgrade of a Twin Cam 103™ engine, and features standard equipment items previously offered only as accessories on regular-production Harley-Davidson Touring models.

The new Road Glide® Custom model looks lean and mean, with a slammed suspension, 18-inch front wheel and a new 2-into-1 exhaust system.

The Wide Glide® returns as an all-new Dyna® model done in old-school chopper style, with black laced wheels, a chopped rear fender, black "wire" sissy bar, 2-1-2 Tommy Gun exhaust and an optional flame paint scheme. Priced starting at $14,499, the Wide Glide is also a great new value.

The new Street Glide® Trike brings stripped-down, hot-rod styling to the three-wheel category, and joins the Tri Glide™ Ultra Classic® in an all new Trike family for 2010.

Dressed in satin chrome and denim black, the new Fat Boy® Lo presents a darker and lower interpretation of the motorcycle that still defines the fat-custom segment.

The 2010 Street Glide® model gets even more hot-rod soul, with updates that include a larger front wheel, slimmed-down exhaust, and a new tail light assembly. Street Glide takes a classic Harley-Davidson Touring profile to a low, light and lean extreme.

No motorcycle on the road today matches the modern street attitude of the three exciting models in the Harley-Davidson VRSC™ family: V-Rod®, Night Rod® Special and V-Rod Muscle®. The explosive performance of the liquid cooled Revolution® V-Twin engine keeps VRSC at the top of the power cruiser food chain in 2010.

The American motorcycle legend that is Harley-Davidson Sportster® features six models for 2010, including the $7,999 Iron 883™ introduced mid-year 2009 and four others priced less than $10,000.

Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations™ (CVO™), masters of shimmering chrome and bold paint, offers four new limited-production models for 2010. The CVO Softail® Convertible is a versatile urban touring motorcycle, while the CVO Street Glide is a high-performance hot-rod bagger. The CVO Ultra Classic® Electra Glide® and CVO Fat Bob® models are refreshed for 2010 with new paint schemes and styling details. All CVO models are powered by a Twin Cam 110™ engine, the largest displacement V-Twin offered by Harley-Davidson.

Harley-Davidson Motor Company, the only major U.S.-based motorcycle manufacturer, produces heavyweight motorcycles and a complete line of motorcycle parts, accessories and general merchandise. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson's Web site at www.harley-davidson.com.


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Typical Weather For The Mosport Double Header

Although the threat of inclement weather is never far off when you are at Mosport, the Deeley Racing/Ruthless Racing Inc. racing team, powered by Buell Motorcycle Company, remained optimistic throughout Friday’s busy, and sometimes damp, qualifying sessions. They chipped away with set-up and bike prep, making slow but steady progress as they readied the BuellTM 1125RTM bikes for rounds four and five of the Parts Canada Superbike double header weekend at Mosport’s fast and challenging 4-km road race facility. The superbike effort of Steve Crevier from Maple Ridge, British Columbia, who earned another shot at the Pirelli Superpole during the morning’s early qualifying sessions was noteworthy and created an air of expectation within the enthusiastic Crevier fans. With a single-lap qualifying run timed at 1:23.951 seconds and as one of only two riders who actually accomplished a faster run during the session, Crevier earned himself the eighth-fastest time out of the top ten riders, translating that into a third-row start for both of the weekend’s superbike races.

With dark clouds looming in the distance on Saturday, 35 superbike riders lined up on the full grid for the Parts Canada Superbike feature in round four of the Mosport double-header weekend. With his good run in Friday’s Pirelli Superpole qualifying round, BuellTM 1125RTM bike-mounted Steve Crevier started from the outside of row three for what was to be a 20-lap contest. When the starting light flashed green, Crevier was off the line quickly, and a six-rider freight train pulled ahead of the rest of the field. Riders at both ends of the pack exchanged positions throughout the race and Crevier found himself in a three-way battle with the GSX-R1000s of Scott Rupert and Matt McBride. The riders shuffled positions several times with Crevier roaring onto the front straight in fifth position when the predictable rain started to fall, bringing out the red flag and an early conclusion of the race. “That was a tough one,” commented Crevier after the race. “They get in behind me and they draft me up the straight, but then when they pull out in front, they go slower and I can get them back again.”

Saturday’s round four of the Pro Sportbike class had all three BuellTM 1125RTM bike riders in action, and the team had their first opportunity to showcase the results of all of their hard work in qualifying. The BuellTM bikes were well-represented, starting in rows two, three, and five for the first real test of the weekend. The 14-lap race unfolded as expected, with several dramatic battles within the race itself. Crevier had his hands full with a pair of youngsters, while behind him, Dave Estok was embroiled in a seven-rider battle with the still-injured Darren James drafting a short distance back. Cheered on by a passionate crowd, Crevier exchanged positions with Honda-mounted Jodi Christie several times and finally put him in his place with a strong push at the end to gain fourth, just seconds shy of a podium finish. Estok managed to stay at the front of the next pack of riders and earned a very commendable 11th with James hanging on for 13th. “I tried running with someone in front of me,” commented an exhausted Dave Estok after the race. “But I started to get arm pump and I was having trouble using the brake so I only used it when I really had to.”

The good qualifying position earned on Friday did little to help at Sunday’s Superbike final for the Parts Canada Superbike round five action. Due to technical problems with the “A” bike, Crevier soldiered on and got the most out of his second BuellTM 1125RTM bike. Battling weekend-long front-end push and tire problems, Crevier still managed exhibit a solid effort, placing the BuellTM bike into a creditable ninth place finish after a race-long battle with Scott Rupert and ProStar rider Michael Taylor. “It’s interesting because we’ve certainly got the power down the straight but when I get the bike straightened out, the other bikes are a little lighter and they can get on the gas a little earlier,” commented Crevier post-race. “But it’s work in progress and we are learning more and more about the bike at each round.”

Sunday’s Sportbike final was a barn burner and gave Steve Crevier a really good idea of just what could be accomplished on the BuellTM 1125RTM bike when things go right. A good start off the line put Crevier in a solid position to take command of the race early on and it was not very long until he rounded out the last corner to pull out into the lead and bring an ecstatic crowd to its feet. Cheers erupted along the front straight as Crevier crested turn ten and shot into the lead. The dramatic battle continued for several laps and Crevier held on to first and second position until the later stages of the contest when he dropped back and finished the race in fourth. It was another great effort for the BuellTM ace. Behind him, teammates Dave Estok and Darren James had their own battles waging but Estok finished the race in ninth and James was closely behind him in twelfth. Crevier said after the race, “We popped up into the lead early on when the tires were sticky, but those guys are all on Pirelli SC2 rears, and I know that so I was trying to get as much grip in the beginning because I know it’s going to fade towards the end. I drafted past and I think I did lead on the last lap going up the back straight but I did have a problem turning in at eight. They were drafting behind me and as soon as I sat up they were past.” Exuding the typical Crevier sassiness, he added “But don’t anyone worry, I will stick to my promise and bring my BuellTM 1125RTM [bike] into the box. I just like to create a little drama around it for my beloved fans.”

And once again, because we can, we will take his word for it.

For further details and directions to Round 6 at the Atlantic Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia, on August 6, 2009, please refer to: www.cdnsuperbike.com.

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Eric Buell talks about the Buell Blast then runs one through a crusher

Buell is running some interesting advertising on their US website. Buell talks about the Blast and how it has given people the wrong impression of Buell bikes.

They got their start building racing bikes and being on the cutting edge. The Blast is not cutting edge or innovative, but it is a fantastic beginner bike that's very reliable and stands up to some abuse.

It seems from Buell's website that the Blast is going to continue to be around. So it seems it's just an interesting way to make a point that they make cutting edge sportbikes, and that they'd like people to focus on that.

Maybe there's something in the works that Erik's not letting out the bag yet. We'll have to keep an eye on this one!

Watch the video HERE.


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HAGA maintains his championship lead with two gutsy races aat Brno; FABRIZIO takes podium

Brno (Czech Republic) Sunday 26th July: a day of highs and lows for the Ducati Xerox squad but the day finishes positively, Noriyuki Haga maintains the championship lead while Michel Fabrizio consolidates his third position.

Michel Fabrizio, fast all weekend, was expected to finish on the podium twice at Brno today and, if it hadn’t been for a costly mistake in Race 1, that’s probably how it would have turned out. He made up for the DNF of the first race somewhat with a third place finish in Race 2. Noriyuki was a hero today, riding two great races, in spite of his injuries. He had suffered in every session due to the fractured scapula sustained at Donington Park, and even he himself said it would be hard to finish in the points zone today but he did just that, in both Race 1, finishing eighth, and Race 2, taking sixth position.

In Race 1 Michel was immediately up in the leading group, and gained one position in each of the first four laps to find himself second, behind Spies, by the end of the fourth lap. In trying to get past Ben on the subsequent lap, Michel took the inside line on the final corner, losing unfortunately the front and the bike, and causing the blameless Yamaha rider to fall too. An unfortunate result for the two championship contenders who walked away unhurt. In the second race Michel was again one of the protagonists, up front once more with Spies and Biaggi. A fight for second position ensued between the two Roman riders, allowing Spies to gain an advantage. At a certain point Michel realised it would be difficult to catch the two leaders and he accepted third place.

Noriyuki rode two of the bravest races of his career today, getting straight to work in Race 1, and making up three positions during the opening lap alone. With several riders crashing out, team-mate Fabrizio included, Nitro-Nori progressed up to eighth place by the seventh lap, and spent the remainder of the race battling it out against Smrz, Tamada and Haslam. Making it past fellow Japanese rider Tamada on lap sixteen, Noriyuki crossed the finish line in a worthy eighth position, taking eight points and thus extending his championship lead to 22 points over Spies. Doctor Corbascio of the Clinica Mobile continued to administer painkillers and injections to the sore shoulder during the day, doing everything possible to enable Nori to complete the race distance. In Race 2 Haga made up six positions by making a strong start and, by passing both Byrne and Corser, he then remained in sixth position for the remainder of the race, a few seconds off the pace of the leaders, and far enough ahead of the chasing pack to be safe.

The 10 points earned in race 2 mean that Haga maintains his advantage in the overall classification, with 326 points to Spies’ 319. Fabrizio holds third position with 273 points. Ducati leads the constructors championship with a fifty point advantage over Yamaha.

Michel Fabrizio (Race 1 – DNF, Race 2 – 2nd)
“I am very sorry for what happened in Race 1. It was my fault, I need to stay calmer, what more can I say? Before the crash I saw that Ben was breaking early at htat point of the track, so I thought I could get past him there. We’re fighting for a world title so I am angry with myself but at least neither of us were badly hurt. We made up for it to some extent in race 2, Ben more than me. I did all I could to stay with Ben and Max but they were too fast today; in fact the pace of the Aprilia, still in the development phase, is a bit scary with a view to next season. Anyway, I hold the third position overall and after the summer break I’ll continue with the fight for the title.”

Noriyuki Haga (Race 1 – 8th, Race 2 – 1st)
“I am not very happy but we have worked well this weekend despite the difficulties. The fractured scapula prevented me from performing as I hoped to. Having said that, I gained valuable points and find myself still in the lead, seven points ahead of Ben. I want to thank Doctor Corbascio and the Clinica Mobile doctors and also Rok, my trainer, for their help and support in these weeks. I also thank my team and Ducati for doing all they could to make me more comfortable on the bike and make the bike easier to ride. In the circumstances it’s a good result. Now I can go home to Japan with a smile on my face and there I will get down to some serious training to be in top form in time for Nurburgring, a track that I like a lot and where I hope I can rebuild my advantage.”

RESULTS: Race 1 – 1. Biaggi (Aprilia); 2. Checa (Honda) 3. Rea (Honda) …. Race 2 - 1. Spies (Yamaha); 2. Biaggi (Aprilia); 3. Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox)

CLASSIFICATION: Riders – 1. Haga (Ducati Xerox) 326; 2. Spies (Yamaha) 319; 3. Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) 273; 4. Rea (Honda) 206; 5. Biaggi (Aprilia) 200; 6. Haslam (Honda) 180. Manufacturers – Ducati 412; Yamaha 362; Honda 306; Aprilia 207; Suzuki 133; BMW 87; Kawasaki 53

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BMW S 1000 RR - From testing to class victory.

BMW S 1000 RR wins at the 24-hour race “Frigo de Motociclisme” in Barcelona.

Munich / Barcelona. The new BMW S 1000 SS RR achieved outstanding success at the 24-hour race “Frigo de Motociclisme” at the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona on July 18th/19th, finishing first and second in the Superstock Class and coming fifth and sixth in the overall rankings.

The BMW team “Busquets“ with riders Josep Maria and Alex Busquets, Gerhard Lindner - BMW Motorrad Head of Testing and Camille Hedelin and the BMW Team “Bunet“ with Pierre San Martin, Josep Mas, Raoul Gurri and Pedro Balaguer used purebred serial production machines prepared for the 24-hour race simply with the addition of a 24-litre fuel tank for fast fuelling, an Akrapovic racing exhaust system and quick-change facilities for the wheels.

What is more, the S 1000 RR of the winning team “Busquets” was a motorcycle used for BMW Motorrad endurance testing and already had a mileage of 25,000 kilometres before the start, clocked up in a widely diverse conditions.

Gerhard Lindner, BMW Motorrad Head of motorcycle testing:

“In the race we then easily reeled off another 4,800 kilometres under the toughest conditions imaginable. With a top speed of 293 km/h, it was impressive to see once again how many riders we were able to overtake on the back straight. But most impressive of all was our new Race ABS and the new Dynamic Traction Control DTC. I believe strongly that these two highly sophisticated technological features will help 95 per cent of riders achieve faster lap times on the race track, as well as enhancing safety.”

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FABRIZIO (DUCATI XEROX) secures a front row spot for tomorrow's races at Brno; HAGA 14th

Brno (Czech Republic) Saturday 25th July: it was a hard-fought Superpole for the World Superbike riders this afternoon on the Brno racetrack and, having been fast in all of the sessions so far, Ducati Xerox rider Michel Fabrizio continued to be a protagonist in today’s spectacle, pushing hard with his Ducati 1198 throughout the three mini-Superpole sessions to secure himself a front row position, second, on tomorrow’s grid.

In this morning’s second qualifying session, and on a cooler track (25°C), the Ducati Xerox riders continued to fight, Michel Fabrizio in close competition against the other front-runners and Noriyuki in a personal battle with the pain in his left scapula. Nine of the riders who qualified for Superpole managed to improve on the times they set yesterday, but Michel and Nori were not among them; Michel’s fastest lap yesterday was enough for him to conclude qualifying very near the top of the timesheets, in fourth position, less than a tenth of a second from the three fastest riders Biaggi (Aprilia), Spies (Yamaha) and local man Smrz on the Ducati 1198 of privateers Team Guandalini. Noriyuki continued to experience the same problems as yesterday, suffering pain especially during braking, meaning that he was unable to improve on yesterday’s performance and just qualified for the afternoon’s Superpole in eighteenth position.

Both before and during the free practice Noriyuki was seen by Doctor Corbascio of the Clinica Mobile who administered a local anesthetic to the muscles around the scapula. The treatment had some effect and in the first phase of the Superpole Noriyuki went straight out on a qualifying tyre and was able to register a very fast time, passing easily into the second Superpole session. Unfortunately stage two was tougher for the Japanese rider and at the end of the twelve minute session, despite having lapped on the second available qualifier, Haga was unable to climb higher than fourteenth on the leader board, thus concluding his Superpole. Michel meanwhile, very much at ease on the Brno track, passed without difficulty from the first to the second and third mini-Superpoles, exiting in the final phase on the second qualifying tyre and lapping fast enough to conclude in second position overall, just 0.082 of a second behind pole-sitter Ben. Ben and Michel will share the front row tomorrow with Max Biaggi (Aprilia) in third and Jonathan Rea (Honda) in fourth.

Michel Fabrizio 1m58.9s

“The weekend is going very well and I’ve been one of the fastest in every session; I just hope this is also the case tomorrow! Today’s Superpole was great, a very close fight with me once again very close to Ben, missing out on the pole by so little to him. I’m feeling confident about the races because we completed a good long-run this afternoon and I’m very happy with the set-up of my bike. It’ll be a three-way duel tomorrow I guess and I hope to make a strong start because Ben and Max will surely be up there. I’m just sorry that Nori is missing from this group this weekend.”

Noriyuki Haga 2m00.2s

“It’s not been easy, the pain is worse than yesterday. We made some changes overnight to the bike but to be honest they didn’t make much difference and the pain is constant, worse when braking. Before the free practice Doctor Corbascio gave me an injection to kill some of the pain in my shoulder but it was still hurting me during the Superpole. I pushed as hard as I could in the first two sessions but it wasn’t hard enough and I finished 14th. I’ll go back to the Clinica tomorrow morning to see what we can do before the races but I know that tomorrow will be tough.”

TIMES (Superpole): 1. Spies (Yamaha) 1m58.8s; 2. Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) 1m58.9s; 3. Biaggi (Ducati) 1m59.0s; 4. Rea (Honda) 1m59.7s; 5. Byrne (Ducati) 1m59.7s; 6. Corser (BMW) 2m00.0s; ….. 14. Haga (Ducati Xerox) 2m00.2s

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Ducati WDW is back - coming to the mother land!

World Ducati Week (WDW) is coming back. The planned date for motorcycle fans of all ages and nationalities to come together is September 2010 at the Misano World Circuit in, where else, Italy!

The sixth WDW edition has been fixed for September 2010. A date to put straight in the diary, so that fans can plan their trip to what already promises to be a week full of surprises, a true celebration of Ducatiís passion.

Once again it is the Misano World Circuit, in Misano Adriatico, that will host the event and where Ducati will lay on four days of non-stop action and activities, linked to the worlds of motorcycling and racing. As tradition dictates, WDW will incorporate conferences, historic bike exhibitions, shows, a competition for the best customised bike and much more besidesÖ

The specific dates are still to be decided but the month of September is already confirmed, an alternative to the pre-summer date of past editions. The Ducati organizers are now awaiting the definitive 2010 MotoGP and SBK racing calendars before they confirm dates that will allow the factory teams and riders to participate.


Four days of non-stop fun are planned: track sessions, official riders and stunts, evening parties, concerts, motorcycle tours, Ducati Factory and Museum visits, historical bikes exhibitions, conferences, and much more.

It doesn’t matter if you have a Ducati, another kind of bike, or just plain enthusiasm for motorcycles: The red planet is coming back!

Keep an eye on Ducati.com for definitive dates and more information on how you can join in. Details will be online in the upcoming months.



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BMW R 1200 R - “Touring Special”

BMW will be offering the R 1200 R with some extra gear and calling it the "Touring Special." With a perfectly balanced flat twin "Boxer" engine pumping out 109 bhp, this naked motorcyle offers excellent riding dynamics, agility, and a timeless design.

Press Release and pictures after the break...

Munich. With the R 1200 R, BMW Motorrad cultivates a tradition in roadster construction with stretches back over decades. With a spirited output of 80 kW (109 bhp), the naked bike of the flat twin “Boxer” series offers a virtually perfect synthesis of riding dynamics, agility and classic motorcycle design.

Now BMW Motorrad is going further still with the attractive package "Touring Special”, enhancing the R 1200 R – which already possesses strong all-round qualities - in terms of comfort and travel/touring suitability, as well as providing a visual upgrade.

Fitted with this package, the R 1200 R not only has an on-board computer but also heated grips and a main stand.

In this version, the R 1200 R particularly does justice to more exacting demands in relation to touring/travel suitability with a new comfort seat which is exclusively available as part of this package. As in the standard version, the seat height is 800 millimetres but with an inner leg length of 1840 mm (standard version: 1800 mm), thus providing an ergonomic triangle designed for even greater comfort. The specific ergonomic needs of tall riders are addressed by the optionally available high comfort seat with height of 830 mm and an inner leg length of 1860 mm.

The Sport windshield ensures perceptible relief for the upper body and further enhanced ride comfort, especially over longer stretches. For carrying luggage the special model of the R 1200 R has two 32-litre common locking panniers and a luggage rack.

The package “Touring Special” can be combined with all the standard paint finishes of the R 1200 R. A special touch is also added by the chrome exhaust system and the LED direction indicators.

Further options for individualisation are provided by the extensive BMW Motorrad program of special equipment and special accessories.

An overview of the main features of the new R 1200 R “Touring Special” package:

• Excellent all-round qualities.
• Air-cooled 2-cylinder flat twin engine with 1170 cc capacity and balancing shaft.
• Powerful engine with an output of 80 kW/109 bhp at 7 500 rpm.
• High maximum torque of 115 Nm at 6 000 rpm for excellent pulling power.
• Electronic engine management BMS-K with dual ignition, knock control, oxygen sensor and closed-loop three-way catalytic converter.
• Light and stable, two-section frame construction made of steel tubing.
• Rigid Telelever with sensitive response and a high degree of steering precision.
• Outstanding manoeuvrability, extremely high running stability.
• EVO Paralever with light universal drive.
• Electronic spring strut adjustment ESA on request.
• Powerful brake system.
• New BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (optional extra).
• Automatic Stability Control ASC (only in conjunction with Integral ABS; optional extra).
• Dynamic, modern and yet timeless design.
• New comfort seat (seat height 800 mm, inner leg length 1840 mm) or high comfort seat (seat height 830 mm, inner leg length 1860 mm).
• On-board computer.
• Heated grips.
• Main stand.
• LED direction indicators.
• Chrome exhaust system.
• Sport windshield.
• Large pannier fastenings, including luggage rack and pillion passenger grab handles.
• Common locking panniers.


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Demo Day for Charity at Studio Cycle Group – Sunday, July 26 (ON)

Studio Cycle Group, located at 2923 Dundas St. W in the heart of Toronto’s Junction district will be hosting a Demo Day for Charity this Sunday, July 26th between 11am and 3pm.

Licensed LSM, M, M1, or M2 riders will have the opportunity to try out a KYMCO scooter or motorcycle and participants will be asked to make a $5.00 donation which will go directly to Kids Help Phone. Studio Cycle Group will also be donating $1.00 from every purchase on Sunday July 26th to Kids Help Phone as well!

Not interested in test riding? Well, there are a lot of other reasons to visit Studio Cycle Group on Sunday July 26th, here are just a few:

- Custom helmet fittings for ARAI helmets on site – If you purchase an ARAI that
day you’ll receive a 10% discount PLUS a free Ogio helmet bag.
- In store sales offering 10% and 25% off select items including all Hart &
Huntington apparel, NEXO Sports Gear, Troy Lee Designs, Etnies shoes and more!
- A Humber College Training instructor will be on site to answer any questions about licensing.
- Be sure to ask about our selection of Pirelli bike tires as well!
-Pick up a Studio Cycle Group magnet tag and sign up on our customer list to qualify for ongoing offers. You can even take one for a friend!

We’re looking forward to seeing you on Sunday – rain or shine!

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Honda Europe launches teaser V4 site

Honda Motor Europe has launched a new website for the brands upcoming V4 models. It's very scant on details unfortunately and seemingly ignores the fact that if you've been on the Internet and looking, you've probably already seen the images of the new VFR1200 and ST1200. Instead they're showing the hubless concept bike shown at last year's Intermot show.

But they're going to be holding a contest... don't get too excited yet, it's only open to residents of Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland and the UK. Folks from those countries can enter to win a trip and opportunity to attend the press launch for the V4 bikes in Mallorca, Spain in January of 2010.

The site does feature a video and discussion with a Honda designer. The site also offers a promise that "Full site for the new Honda V4 motorcycle coming soon."

- Here's the LINK.
- More Honda news HERE.

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Honda SH150i scooter arrival to Canada delayed

Honda's newest scooter to come to Canada - the SH150i - is being delayed a little because it needs some minor modifications to meet Transport Canada Compliance Requirements.

It's still coming to Canada via Europe, where it's already a popular model. The word from Honda Canada is that the SH150i will arrive in Canadian dealerships in late summer 2009.

- To learn more about the SH150i check out the dedicated site Honda created for it HERE.

- Check out more Honda News via CMR - HERE

Image via Honda Canada

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Harley Davidson Canada - Test Our Metal (Aug, Sep. Oct schedule)

Harley Davidson is BIG on demo days and they take their bikes clear across the country offering riders a chance to see what makes riding a Harley Davidson so appealing.

They've got tons of rides scheduled for August, September, and October. Here's the list and locations of Harley Demo rides all across Canada:

August 2, 2009 - Barrie H-D, Barrie, ON
August 6, 2009 - MotoSport Plus, Kingston, ON
August 7, 2009 - H-D of Yorkton, Yorkton, SK
August 8, 2009 - Centre de Motos, Brossard, QC
August 8, 2009 - Redline H-D, Saskatoon, SK
August 9, 2009 - Prairie Motorcycle, Regina, SK
August 10, 2009 - Vision H-D, Repentigny, QC
August 13-15, 2009 - Canadian National H.O.G. Rally. Calgary, AB
August 13, 2009 - Moto Sport Blanchette, Ville de Bécancour, QC
August 14, 2009 - Sherbrooke H-D, Sherbrooke, QC
August 15, 2009 - H-D Montreal, Montreal, QC
August 16, 2009 - H-D Laval / Laval Buell, Laval, QC
August 16, 2009 - Lethbridge H-D, Lethbridge, AB
August 18, 2009 - H-D / Buell of the Kootenays, Cranbrook, BC
August 19, 2009 - H-D / Buell of the Kootenays, Castlegar, BC
August 19, 2009 - Pete's Sales & Service, Pembroke, ON
August 20, 2009 - H-D de L'Outaouais, Gatineau, QC
August 21, 2009 - Kane’s H-D, Kelowna, BC
August 22, 2009 - Kamloops H-D, Kamloops, BC
August 22, 2009 - Sport Boutin, Valleyfield, QC
August 23, 2009 - Mountain View H-D / Buell, Chilliwack, BC
August 23, 2009 - Shwinigan H-D, Shawinigan, QC
August 26-27, 2009 - Steve Drane H-D, Victoria, BC
August 28, 2009 - Barnes H-D / Buell, Port Coquitlam, BC
August 29, 2009 - Barnes H-D / Buell, Langley, BC
August 29-30, 2009 - Cycle City, Mount Pearl, NL
August 30, 2009 - Trev Deeley Motorcycles, Vancouver, BC
September 2-3, 2009 - H-D of Prince George, Prince George, BC
September 3, 2009 - Privateers H-D, Halifax, NS
September 5, 2009 - H-D of Smithers, Smithers, BC
September 5-6, 2009 - Wharf Rat Rally, Digby, NS
September 9, 2009 - Eldridge's, St. John, NB
September 9-10, 2009 - H-D Grande Prairie, Grande Prairie, AB
September 10, 2009 - Red Rock H-D, Cornwall, PEI
September 11, 2009 - J.H. Stewart, Miramichi, NB
September 12, 2009 - H-D of Edmonton, Edmonton, AB
September 12, 2009 - Toys for Big Boys, Moncton, NB
September 13, 2009 - Heritage H-D, Edmonton, AB
September 15, 2009 - Redline H-D Shop Lloydminster, Lloydminster, AB
September 17, 2009 - H-D of Fort McMurray, Fort McMurray, AB
September 17, 2009 - R.P.M. Moto Plus, St. Felicien, QC
September 19, 2009 - Gasoline Alley H-D, Red Deer, AB
September 19, 2009 - H-D Rimouski, Rimouski, QC
September 20, 2009 - H-D of Medicine Hat, Dunmore, AB
September 20, 2009 - Motosports G.P., Victoriaville, QC
September 24, 2009 - Atelier de Mécanique Prémont, Québec City, QC
September 25, 2009 - Lone Star H-D, Winnipeg, MB
September 25, 2009 - Prémont Beauce H-D (Shop), Notre-Dame-des-Pins, QC
September 26, 2009 - Boileau Moto Service et H-D, Acton Vale, QC
September 26, 2009 - H-D Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB
September 27, 2009 - Gaslight H-D, Morden, MB
September 27, 2009 - Goulet Motosports, Hawkesbury, ON
September 30, 2009 - Thunder Bay H-D,Thunder Bay, ON
October 3, 2009 - H-D of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON
October 3, 2009 - The Shop, Sudbury, ON
October 4, 2009 - Fox H-D / Buell, Owen Sound, ON
October 4, 2009 - Longley H-D of Peterborough, Peterborough, ON
October 6, 2009 - Clare's Cycle & Sports, Niagara on the Lake, ON
October 6, 2009 - Motorsport Custom Accessories, Sarnia, ON
October 9, 2009 - Duke’s H-D, Blenheim, ON
October 10, 2009 - Davies H-D, Richmond Hill, ON
October 10, 2009 - Mackie H-D, Oshawa, ON
October 17, 2009 - H-D of Toronto, Toronto, ON
October 17, 2009 - Rocky's H-D, London, ON
October 18, 2009 - Jacox H-D, Mississauga, ON
October 18, 2009 - Kitchener H-D, Kitchener, ON
October 24, 2009 - Thunder Road H-D, Windsor, ON

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Ruben and Troy looking forward to Brno.

Munich. The tenth round of this year’s Superbike World Championship takes place at the Autodromo Brno circuit on 26th July and both Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport riders Ruben Xaus and Troy Corser are eager to find out if the results of the recent Imola tests are going to bear fruit. As expected, the season has not been an easy for the new team but the whole crew are looking forward to Brno and hopeful of a return to their early season form. The sweeping nature of the 5.403 kilometre track should be better suited to the S 1000 RR and Ruben and Troy would like to finish the last race before the summer break with good results.

Ruben
Our recent tests have gone well and the bike is definitely working better now. It is more rideable and I am much more happy about the prospect of racing it in Brno. The track is a good track and I think that all riders enjoy it a lot. Although there are some slow corners, it is a flowing track and I think that our bike will go well there. It has been a long, hard season so far, but I feel positive that Troy and I can do well in Brno. Afterwards we have five weeks or so before the next race, so it would be great to leave Brno with some good results.

Troy
After the Imola tests, I feel that the bike is more easy to ride and the things we tried are definitely in the right direction. So I am looking forward to Brno because the track should suit us and we should be able to get something positive out of the races. It’s not been an easy season so far and my injuries have not helped, but my hand is no problem now and my right shoulder is nearly fully OK. I like Brno and am hoping that we can leave there with two good results and then enjoy our summer break.

Berti Hauser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director)
We saw some positive signs in our recent tests and are very hopeful that Brno will be a good event for us. Certainly, Ruben and Troy have given us very positive and encouraging feedback about what we tried in the recent tests and now we have to see what will happen in Brno. The track should be good for us and we are all looking forward to a positive weekend before the summer break. The team have worked hard and long all year and I think we all need a bit of break, some time to rest and consider all the things that have happened since we began this great adventure. This is the hardest year in WSBK history and the challenge is very tough, but all of us are happy to be in this big fight and be sure we will do the very best we can.

2008 results

Race 1: 1 Bayliss (AUS-Ducati), 2 Troy Corser (AUS-Yamaha), 3 Fabrizio (ITA-Ducati), Ruben Xaus (ESP-Ducati) DNF

Race 2: 1 Bayliss (AUS-Ducati), 2 Fabrizio (ITA-Ducati), 3 Biaggi (ITA-Ducati), 4 Troy Corser (AUS-Yamaha), Ruben Xaus (ESP-Ducati) DNF

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Nickerson Retakes Points Lead, Millson Rebounds after Engine Failure

Hamilton, ON’s Steven Nickerson regained the points lead of the Honda CBR125R Challenge with a win on Sunday and a second place finish on Saturday at this past weekend's Parts Canada Superbike doubleheader round at Mosport International Raceway. Pro Superbike racer Ross Millson rebounded after a blown engine during qualifying with a solid effort in both feature races.

RMP Racing’s Nickerson got his first taste of Mosport’s high-speed 3.9km road course during a mid-week trackday. In addition to getting up to speed at Mosport, Nickerson was also on hand for Wednesday’s Parts Canada Superbike Doubleheader Weekend media conference at the Hard Rock Café in Toronto.

Nickerson’s ability to adapt to unfamiliar tracks was once again evident during Thursday afternoon’s practice session where he posted the fastest lap time of the day with a 2:03.796. He would better this time with a 2:03.047 in Friday morning’s prequalifying practice session and would eventually earn pole position during Friday afternoon’s qualifier.

Round 6 of the Honda CBR125R Challenge was an entertaining battle from start to finish. Bodhi Edie of Warman, SK got an excellent start off the line. By the first corner Nickerson was in hot pursuit and challenged Edie for the lead.

The top two riders in the class would take turns passing each other for the lead for the remainder of the race and would eventually come down to a thrilling photo finish at the line. Edie would take the win by 0.020 seconds over Nickerson. Ryan Appenrodt of Quesnel, BC came out on top of a battle for third.

"Bodhi and I had no idea who won," said Nickerson. “We found out that Bodhi had won once we got back on the front straight.”

Edie would now lead Nickerson by 11 points going into Sunday’s second half of the doubleheader weekend.

Sunday was originally forecasted to be sunny however rain would present an additional challenge for the 7th Round of the Honda CBR125R Challenge series.

Sunday's start and opening laps were almost a carbon copy of Edie's and Nickerson's spectacular duel on Saturday. The top two riders in the title chase once again battled at the front in Sunday's race however just past the half way point Edie went down when he lost the front end in turn 9 in the partially wet conditions.

“I had passed Bodhi in corner eight” Nickerson commented. “I couldn't hear him anymore and when I looked back he wasn't there. I was really glad to see that he was okay.”

Aboard his #661 Canadian Motorsports Expo / Inside Motorcycles / Motovan supported Honda CBR 125 R Nickerson crossed the finish line 5.854 seconds ahead of Quesnel, BC’s Ryan Appenrodt while Karl Robitaille of Ste-Julie, QC placed third. With the win on Sunday Nickerson now leads Edie by 39 points.

Weather and variable track conditions were not the only challenge the RMP Racing team faced this weekend.

RMP Racing's Millson put in some outstanding lap times during Friday's Pro Superbike qualifying session when the engine in his #39 Canadian Motorsports Expo / Inside Motorcycles / Tri-City Cycle Suzuki GSX-R1000 decided to let go.

Before the engine went south Millson was charging hard to secure a top ten spot for the Pirelli SuperPole.

“I just can't seem to catch a break this season” said Millson. “One of the series officials put it best saying '...some years you're the windshield and other years you are the bug.' ”

Millson and his crew immediately began calling around for an engine and was able to secure a last minute replacement. Hours on the road and a late night were ahead of the dedicated RMP Racing crew to be ready for the Saturday morning prerace practice session.

Exhausted, yet relieved that he could still race, Millson ventured out onto the legendary Mosport road course for Saturday’s morning practice session. Millson opted to bring the bike back in after only a few laps to address a minor issue with the clutch.

As race time approached for the 4th Round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship so did the clouds. From 12th on the grid, Millson launched off the line and immediately jumped into the eleventh spot.

Millson made the most of the power available from his replacement engine. However the lack of time to test and tune became apparent as he began to fall back. The skies opened up just after halfway through the race triggering a red flag. Due to concerns over the safety of the competitors the race was called complete with Millson having to settle for a hard fought 15th place finish.

On Sunday, the second half of Mosport's Doubleheader weekend, Millson once again launched his red, white and black #39 Suzuki GSX-R1000 off the line from the twelfth spot on the grid. Millson challenged Jodi Christie and Royce McLean for 15th spot for a number of laps and would eventually cross the finish line in 17th.

“We were able to compete in both rounds this weekend and I put in the fastest lap time I have ever run on this track” said Millson. “I have to congratulate Steven on his two podiums and I can't thank Mark, Blaine, Sabrina and Evan enough for going way above and beyond the call of duty this weekend!”

The RMP Racing paddock was very busy throughout the weekend. Many sponsors dropped by to wish the team well including; Jesse Lauder from Motovan, Derek Rockel from Inside Motorcycles, Adrian Baird from GMD Computrack plus representatives from Infinet Designs and the Turn 2 Sportbike School.

Team posters and temporary Inside Motorcycles tattoos were a big hit with spectators who also picked up the Parts Canada Superbike Championship Official Series Program and the latest issue of Inside Motorcycles magazine.

The entire RMP Racing team would like to thank their friends, family members and sponsors for their continued support. A big 'thank you' must also go to the dedicated staff at Mosport International Raceway, PMP organizers, corner workers and safety crew for making the annual Mosport Doubleheader Weekend a phenomenal celebration of motorcycles and racing each and every year.

Up next for the RMP Racing team is Atlantic Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie, NS Aug. 7-9.

RMP Racing is grateful for the support from team sponsors; Inside Motorcycles, Zox Helmets, Motovan, 2010 Canadian Motorsports Expo, Infinet Designs, Turn 2 Sportbike School, Essential Image, MotoConcepts and CRC Racewear. Additionally Ross Millson would like to thank; Tri-City Cycle and Sport (Suzuki), Race Tech, Vortex, Hindle, G.M.D Computrack Ontario and Niagara Powersports.

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BMW Motorrad Motorsport – World Enduro Championship – Valle de Bravo, Mexico

Salminen ups his pace in Mexico.

Munich. Juha Salminen, BMW Motorrad Motorsport’s former seven-time World Enduro Champion, has secured his best performances so far this season with a double Enduro 2 class result at the WEC GP of Mexico, held in Valle de Bravo. Competing as the team’s one and only rider at the series’ only non-European event, Juha, who had also placed as runner-up on both days at the GP of Finland, was notably more competitive than at any other WEC event so far this year and placed just 32 seconds behind eventual class winner Johnny Aubert on day one.

Recording the fastest time in the Enduro 2 class around the Friday night Super Test Juha headed into the first full day of competition confident of challenging for the E2 class win. Going on to win the opening extreme test Juha held the E2 class lead at the end of the first lap but frustratingly crashed on the second motocross test, losing around 20 seconds. Riding well throughout the rest of the day Juha finished just over half-a-minute behind Johnny Aubert and in a well-deserved second position.

Although not quite able to win any of the second day’s special tests Juha again enjoyed good form finishing just a few seconds behind Aubert on each of the enduro and extreme special tests. Placing comfortably ahead of third placed rider Cristobal Guerrero from Spain Juha ended the day extremely pleased with his increased competitiveness.

Juha Salminen – Enduro 2 class:

“Although second isn’t where I or anyone in the team wants to be finishing I can’t be disappointed with the fact that I’ve been more competitive than at any other world championship race so far this year. It’s been a really good weekend. We’ve made some big improvements to my bike before the race and they worked really well during the race. We still have some work to do but things are coming together well. I crashed on the motocross test on the first day, which cost me some time, but generally I didn’t have any problems at all on either day. It’s been a very positive weekend and with more time to test ahead of the next WEC race I hope we can be even more competitive.”

Wolfgang Fischer – Team Manager:

“It’s been a very positive weekend for Juha and the team. Throughout both days Juha was more competitive than at previous WEC races, and for the first time he lead the E2 class for a complete lap – the first lap on day one. There is still some more work to do before Juha can battle for the class win throughout the day but things have taken a very positive forward step. Disappointingly Juha crashed on the first day, which didn’t help his performance. Without the crash he would have been really close to Johnny Aubert at the end of the day. On average Juha was losing half of one second per minute on the motocross test to Aubert. With more testing and training time we are hopeful that Juha can find the few extra seconds that he needs to fight for victory.”

2009 World Enduro Championship Grand Prix of Mexico

Day 1 - Enduro 2

1. Johnny Aubert (KTM) 1.17:25.96; 2. Juha Salminen (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) 1.17:58.68; 3. Rodrig Thain (TM) 1.18:29.14; 4. Bartosz Oblucki (Husqvarna) 1.18:59.46; 5. Alessandro Belometti (KTM) 1.19:42.20; 6. Cristobal Guerrero (Yamaha) 1.20:12.93; 7. Homero Diaz (KTM) 1.20:24.94; 8. Joakim Ljunggren (Husaberg) 1.21:01.49: 9. Valtteri Salonen (Husaberg) 1.21:34.29; 10. Chris Birch (KTM) 1.22:08.77; 11. Erwin Plekkenpol (Honda) 1.25:33.43; 12. Anuar Ruiz (Kawasaki) 1.27:01.25; 13. Patrick Garrahan (KTM) 1.27:11.60; 14. Jaime Garcia (KTM) 1.28:30.58; 15. Alejandro Sanchez (BMW) 1.29:05.49; 16. Jose Vanzzini (KTM) 1.30:22.46; 17. Javier Araya (BMW) 1.31:05.29; 18. Klaus Caballeros (KTM) 1.31:32.70; 19. Jeff O’Leary (KTM) 1.33:16.82; 20. Patrick Reyes (KTM) 1.36:33.19

Day 2 - Enduro 2

1.Johnny Aubert (KTM) 1.21:29.11; 2. Juha Salminen (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) 1.22:12.33; 3. Cristobal Guerrero (Yamaha) 1.22:58.05; 4. Rodrig Thain (TM) 1.23:16.51; 5. Joakim Ljunggren (Husaberg) 1.23:28.48; 6. Valtteri Salonen (Husaberg) 1.24:01.26; 7. Alessandro Belometti (KTM) 1.24:03.83; 8. Bartosz Oblucki (Husqvarna) 1.25:18.84; 9. Homero Diaz (KTM) 1.25:37.59; 10. Chris Birch (KTM) 1.28:40.71; 11. Erwin Plekkenpol (Honda) 1.28:57.29; 12. Mike Hartman (Husaberg) 1.29:33.87; 13. Patrick Garrahan (KTM) 1.31:17.57; 14. Jaime Garcia (KTM) 1.32:48.20; 15. Juan Reyes (KTM) 1.33:34.41; 16. Anuar Ruiz (Kawasaki) 1.34:22.58; 17. Jose Vanzzini (KTM) 1.35:15.89; 18. Javier Araya (BMW) 1.36:34.43; 19. Cusi Sanchez (BMW) 1.36:58.61; 20. Patrick Reyes (KTM) 1.38:23.88

Standings Enduro 2 (12 of 16 rds.).

1. Jonny Aubert (FRA), 300 pts
2. Juha Salminen (FIN), BMW Motorrad Motorsport, 225
3. Bartosz Oblucki (POL), 219
4. Joakim Ljunggren (SWE), 205
5. Rodrig Thain (FRA), 180
6. Cristobal Guerrero (ESP), 171
7. Alessandro Belometti (ITA), 150
8. Simo Kirssi (FIN), 131
9. Valtteri Salonen (FIN), 122
10. Fabrizio Dini (ITA), 91

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Canadian Biker Build Off - July 25-26 (ON)

Are you looking for something to do this weekend? You could always keep an eye on our Calendar of Events page; but if you're in the Ontario region you've got several events to choose from. If custom bikes are your thing you'll want to head on over to the Canadian Biker Build Off.

The Canadian Biker Build Off is celebrating it's 5th year this coming weekend (July 25-16th). It's taking place at the Niagara Regional Exhibition, 1100 Niagara Street, Welland Ontario.

There's a whole bunch of things going on, multiple bike shows, tattoo'ing, slow ride competitions, live music, the Biker Build Off (of course) and too many other things to list. They've got a huge schedule with something for everybody.

Check out their website HERE.


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2010 Yamaha YZ250F details released

Details about the new YZ250F have been released and are published on Yamaha's Canadian website. It sounds like it's going to be a killer off-road! An all new Bilateral Beam aluminum frame centralizes mass and according to Yamaha the new frame provides "exceptional cornering and handling performance."

The new YZ also features improvements to the intake and exhaust system, lighter valve train, and new carburetor settings which should boost power at low- to mid-revs, result in a more rider friendly engine, and provide more linear power.

The liquid cooled, 250cc DOHC engine has titanium valves (40% lighter than than conventional steel) and a 13,500 RPM redline.

Canadian MSRP is $8,599

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Haga and Fabrizio fit and ready to race at Brno

Brno (Czech Republic), Tuesday 21st July: The Ducati Xerox Team has had nearly a month to recover since the last round at Donington Park last month, and Noriyuki Haga in particular was in need of the break, after suffering a dramatic crash during the second race of the UK’s only Superbike round in which he fractured the ulna bone in his right forearm and cracked his left scapula in three places. In the last three weeks, since leaving Derby City Hospital, Noriyuki has concentrated on intense physiotherapy sessions in order to be ready to return to the fray this coming weekend. Michel Fabrizio scored a podium finish in the UK but knows he can do better at upcoming Brno.

Former Ducati Xerox rider Troy Bayliss did the double at Brno last year on board the Ducati 1098 while Michel Fabrizio scored his best result of the 2008 season with a second and third place finish. Michel lists the track among his favourites, undoubtedly due to the fact that over the last six races he has finished on the podium five times, although he has still to score a win. The Italian rider also holds the record for the fastest lap, recorded with his Ducati 1098 at the Czech track in last year’s second race. Noriyuki has fared fairly well at Brno over the years and won a race there in 2005.

Last week the Ducati Xerox squad participated in an official two-day test session at Imola circuit, arranged by championship organisers Infront Sports. Noriyuki was of course not riding at the tests, but Michel took part and proved that Imola suits his style by being one of the fastest and easily the most consistent rider over the two days. The team were extremely satisfied and collated valuable data in preparation for September’s Imola race weekend.

Noriyuki Haga (1st in championship, 308 points)
Noriyuki is confident and knows that the Ducati performs at the Czech track, having witnessed Bayliss do the double on the 1098 in 2008.

“After the crash at Donington I've been doing a lot of physiotherapy in order to get back into shape as quickly as possible and in time for Brno. It’s a pity I couldn’t take part in the Imola testing as that would have been very useful but it was just too soon and it’s more important to be fit to race. I'm not sure that my arm and shoulder will be 100% by the weekend but I'm confident I'll be ready for the races and will fight to take as many points as possible.”

Haga’s Superbike form at Brno:
2008: Race 1 – 6th, Race 2 – 7th
2007: Race 1 – 4th, Race 2 – 4th
2006: Race 1 – 4th, Race 2 – 3rd
2005: Race 1 – 7th, Race 2 – winner


Michel Fabrizio (3rd in championship, 257 points)
Taking the results of the last three years into consideration, Michel has performed better and been more consistent at the Automotodrom Brno than any other Superbike rider.

“Brno is probably my favourite track on the calendar, mainly because it's the circuit where I've had most success! Since 2005 I’ve only failed to reach the podium once so that’s not a bad record but I know that this year I have some stiff competition. I will be looking for two more podium finishes, preferably a race win, this weekend as I need to do everything possible to close the gap between me, and Nori and Ben.”

Fabrizio’s Superbike form at Brno:
2008: Race 1 – 3rd, Race 2 – 2nd
2007: Race 1 – 6th, Race 2 – 3rd
2006: Race 1 – 3rd, Race 2 – 2nd


CIRCUIT DATA:

Country: Czech Republic
Name: Automotodrom Brno
Circuit length: 5.403 km
Pole position: left
Corners left: 6
Corners right: 8
Race distance: 20 laps = 108.060 km

LAP RECORDS: Fastest lap – Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) 1’59.979 (2008). Superpole – Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) 1'58.345 (2008).

2008 RESULTS: Race 1 - 1. Bayliss (Ducati Xerox); 2. Corser (Yamaha); 3. Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox); Race 2 – 1. Bayliss (Ducati Xerox); 2. Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox); 3. Biaggi (Ducati)

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Nicky Hayden's high side in Germany - Video

Nicky Haden had a HUGE highside in on his Ducati Desmosedici RR in the qualifying sessions in Germany. Nicky was alright but he hits Ducati Pramac rider Niccolo Canepa with his back while flying through the air, and knocks him from his bike. Canepa does quite a few tumbles but the hit from Hayden looks like it was a pretty hard one too.

Caepa doesn't fare quite so well as Hayden and gets taken away on a stretcher. It's amazing that Hayden walks away from this one! Hopefully Canepa is okay.


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Test Ride a Can-Am Spyder - Toronto (ON)

Snow City Cycle Marine in Toronto, Ontario is having a CAN-AM SPYDER demo ride day this Thursdsay, July 23th.

Date: Thursday July 23, 2009
Time: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

You MUST have the following to participate in the ride:

- Be at least 21 years of age
- Full "M" licence
- Have an APPROVED helment,jacket, gloves and boots.

Please e-mail info@snowcity.com with your name, contact phone number and the time you would like to ride.

They're also having a bit of a sale on SPYDER Accessories. Click HERE for the 20% off coupon.

Visit their website HERE.


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Szoke wins with superb Superbike performance

BOWMANVILLE, Ont. (July 19) – Brantford, Ont.’s Jordan Szoke came out on top of a thrilling scrap to win the fifth round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Mosport International Raceway on Sunday.

The win completed a sweep of the weekend doubleheader at Mosport and put the three-time defending series champion in a commanding lead of the Superbike point standings with two races remaining in the season.

Riding his Canadian Kawasaki Motors Kawasaki ZX-10R, Szoke finished just 0.274 secs. in front of his closest championship rival, Saskatoon’s Brett McCormick on the Team Suzuki / Blackfoot / Picotte Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000. Granby, Que. racer Kevin Lacombe finished third on the Team Toyota Yamaha / OTSFF Yamaha YZF-R1 just 0.336 secs. behind Szoke.

These three traded the lead repeatedly throughout the 20-lap race around Mosport’s 3.9km (2.459-mile) track.

“What a great race, anybody could have won that one,” said Szoke after his 29th career Canadian Superbike win and his sixth at Mosport. “Fortunately I pulled it off today. I got a good break through lapped traffic near the end and was able to hold on.”

The win gives Szoke 251 points in the Parts Canada Superbike Championship standings to the 226 of McCormick heading into the penultimate round at Nova Scotia’s Atlantic Motorsport Park Aug. 7-9. A race win is worth 50 points.

Starting from pole position, the 17-year-old McCormick led the opening four laps before Szoke took over for the first time on lap five. McCormick was in front again from laps 9-12, Szoke led laps 12 and 13 and then Lacombe led two laps before Szoke finally got ahead for good on lap 17.

“When I got out front I tried to slow Brett down a little and keep the pack as tight as possible,” said Szoke, who led the most laps with 10. “I thought maybe I could get a couple of guys between us at the end and help my points situation.”

Lacombe held second until the last turn on the final lap, when McCormick was able to sneak inside.

“That was a lot of fun,” said McCormick, who came into the Mosport weekend leading the Parts Canada Superbike standings and set a new track record in qualifying on Friday. “My goal was to get out front and check out but the other guys thought otherwise. I just didn’t have quite enough today.”

McCormick was coming off an eighth place finish in Saturday’s Superbike feature, where he was penalized five seconds for a jump start and then lost five positions when his bike failed post race technical inspection.

Lacombe had planned to make a move for the win but admitted to missing the last lap signal in the flurry of action late in the race.

“I knew I had to get the holeshot at the start and ride on the edge,” said Lacombe, who dropped out of Saturday’s lap on the opening lap with a blown engine. “I was getting a bad drive onto the back straight every lap but my bike was fast, especially on the infield.”

Clint McBain finished fourth on the Suzuki Dealers / Acceleration Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000. The Cochrane, Alta. rider spent the entire race glued to the back of the lead fight but lost a chance to go for the win when he was stuck behind lapped traffic on the final tour.

McBain is now third in the Parts Canada Superbike point standings with 164.

Szoke’s Canadian Kawasaki Motors team-mate Alex Welsh of Uxbridge, Ont. took fifth on another ZX-10R and moved up to fourth in points with 145.

Matt McBride of Mississauga, Ont. ran a lonely race to sixth on the Riders Choice Suzuki GSX-R1000 and Kars, Ont.’s Andrew Nelson came out on top of a three-way battle for seventh on his Nelson Racing Yamaha YZF-R1.

In other action at Mosport, Szoke opened up a 27-point lead in the Yoshimura Pro Sport Bike Championship with his third win of the season on his Kawasaki ZX-6R.

The three-time defending class champion finished 0.232 secs. ahead of team-mate Welsh in the 14-lap race with Lacombe third on his Yamaha YZF-R6 and Crevier a close fourth aboard the Buell 1125R. The top four were covered by less than half a second.

Szoke opened up a 27-point lead, 255-228, over McCormick in the Pro Sport Bike standings with two races to go. McCormick was part of the lead scrap but dropped back to a sixth place finish when he suffered a brief technical problem on lap nine.

Cochrane, Alta.’s Cody Matechuk extended his lead in the Armour Bodies Amateur Sport Bike class to 31 points with his third win of the year on the Suzuki Dealers / Acceleration Racing Suzuki GSX-R600.

His closest title rival, Sebastien Tremblay of Longueuil, Que. took second aboard the A. Perusse Kawasaki / Kawasaki ZX-6R and Efram Ellenbogen of Belleville, Ont. completed the podium riding the BnE Racing Yamaha YZF-R6.

Raphael Archambault of St-Colomban, Que. completed a weekend sweep of the Suzuki SV650 National Cup races at Mosport and opened up a 33-point lead in the standings over Brantford, Ont.’s Rob Busby, who finished third. Jeremie Hade Precourt took second in the dramatic race, with the top three covered by 0.099 secs. at the line.

Steven Nickerson of Hamilton, Ont. took over the lead of the Honda CBR125R Challenge with a win at Mosport on Sunday while his closest rival, Bodhi Edie crashed out of the lead battle. Nickerson finished 5.854 secs. ahead of Quesnel, B.C.’s Ryan Appenrodt while Karl Robitaille of Ste-Julie, Que. placed third.

Nickerson now leads Edie by 39 points in the Honda CBR125R Challenge standings, 318-279. The Warman, Sask. rider was unhurt in his fall.

Vicki Schouten of Richmond, Ont. won for the second day in a row in Pro Honda Oils Women’s Cup riding the Kahuna Powersports Kawasaki ZX-6R.

Action from Mosport will be shown on TSN HD and TSN in two one-hour programs. Round four will premier Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 1:00 p.m. and repeat Friday, Aug. 28 at 4:00 a.m. Round five will premier Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 1:00 p.m. and repeat Saturday, Aug. 29 at 4:00 a.m. All times are Eastern.

The races will also be shown in Quebec on RDS. Please check local listings for dates and times.

Via Parts Canada Superbike

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Harley-Davidson to cut more jobs after 91% profit fall

Harley-Davidson Inc. reported on Thursday, a 91% plunge in second-quarter profit and announced another 1,000 job cuts as fewer motorcycle shipments and charges related to its financial services division took a huge chunk out of their results.

They are going to lay off workers and cut production to position themselves for a market recovery.

Harley earned $19.8 million, or 8 cents a share, compared with $222.8 million, or 95 cents a share, a year ago. The most recent quarter included $101.1 million in write-downs and charges.

Revenue fell 27% to $1.15 billion from $1.57 billion. Harley lowered its 2009 expectations for shipments, now planning to ship 212,000 to 228,000 motorcycles to dealers and distributors worldwide this year. The prior estimate was 264,000 to 273,000.

Part of their plan also includes cutting 700 more hourly jobs and 300 more non-production positions. Earlier this year, the company had announced workforce reductions of about 1,400 to 1,500 hourly positions and about 300 non-production jobs.


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ZERO Motorcycles Canada Supports Electric Vehicle Incentive Plans

Ottawa, ON (July 16, 2009) -- Zero Motorcycles Canada, from its headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario, today congratulated Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty for his bold move forward in promoting the adoption of electric vehicles in the Province of Ontario.

“The Premier’s announcement today is a tremendous show of support for all of us in the electric vehicle manufacturing industry,” said Stephen Bieda, Zero Motorcycles’ Director of Sales for Canada. “This provides a stimulus and acknowledges new and existing manufacturers as they continue to invest in ground-breaking electric vehicle technology.”

Zero Motorcycles is a world leader in full performance on and off road electric motorcycles. Manufactured in Santa Cruz, California (the Silicon Valley area), with battery cells made in Maple Ridge, BC, Zero Motorcycles has recently established a network of Independent Representatives offering sales and service across Canada. This sales channel stretches from Vancouver Island in the west to Ottawa in the east.

Zero Motorcycles has recently become the first electric motorcycle company to be added to the Transport Canada pre-clearance list and is growing in popularity with motorcycle enthusiasts as well as urban commuters looking to downsize from multiple family cars.

“We are particularly pleased with the Government’s plans to open up parking spaces and high-occupancy vehicle lanes for electric vehicles,” Bieda stated. “ While the current announcement does not make reference to fully electric street motorcycles like the 2009 Zero S Supermoto, we will be requesting a meeting with officials in the Ontario Government to ensure both current and prospective owners of electric motorcycles will have equal access to the incentives being offered.”

Canadian MSRP for the Zero S Supermoto is $12,530.

Zero Motorcycles is the next step in motorcycle evolution and represents the ultimate electric motorcycle technology. Unencumbered by conventional thinking about how they design, manufacture, and sell high performance electric motorcycles, they are on a mission to turn heads and revolutionize their industry by combining the best aspects of a traditional motorcycle with today’s most advanced technology.

Zero Motorcycles first entered the motorcycle industry in 2006 with the all-electric Drift. In 2008 they launched the Zero X which exceeded all expectations by selling out before the year’s end. Its success blazed the path for the long-awaited launch of the Zero S Supermoto motorcycle in April. Earlier this month, Zero Motorcycles announced the latest addition to its electric motorcycle product lineup with the Zero MX, which is made specifically for track riding and motocross.

For more information on Zero Motorcycles please visit our website: http://www.zeromotorcycles.com or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/zeromc.

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CDN vs. US pricing (BMW S 1000 RR)

We received the details from BMW with eager anticipation on the Canadian pricing for their new, pavement blistering, S 1000 RR and its 193 hp inline-4 engine. It's definitely competitive.

But for interest's sake let's take a look at the Canadian vs. US pricing:

Canadian MSRP (and BMW provided options pricing list): $16,800

* Race ABS - $1,250
* Race ABS with Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) - $1,500
* Electronic Shift Assistant - $350
* Anti-Theft Alarm System - $250

US MSRP (and BMW provided options pricing list): $13,800

* Race ABS (excluding DTC): $1,000.00
* Race ABS and Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) Combined: $1,480.00
* Gear Shift Assistant: $450.00
* Anti Theft Alarm: $395.00
* Motorsports Paint Scheme: $750.00

So based on the exchange rate today it looks like we pay a bit of a premium here in Canada over the US on the bike but we do get a bit of a deal on some options.

More BMW news HERE.


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The Buell 'race only' 1125 RR

Buell has a new race only version of the 1125, dubbed the 1125RR this one is tricked out with some high tech stuff (details below). It's been approved for use in the AMA American Superbike Class and available only to licenced racers.

Price tag $39,995

If you're not keen on the fairing for the street going 1125R, you might be interested in the full fairing from the 1125RR; the gape mouth air intakes from the 1125R don't seem as noticable on the RR fairing. We've only seen side shots but it looks pretty nice. It's reportedly available from Buell for $1499 USD, Buell part # M2000B.08AZ

Buell press release:

BUELL INTRODUCES 1125RR RACING MOTORCYCLE

Race-Use Only Model Aimed at AMA American Superbike Class

EAST TROY, Wis. – Buell Motorcycle Company today introduced the 1125RR, a race-use only motorcycle intended for competition in the AMA Pro Racing American Superbike class.

“The 1125RR is designed to give privateer racers a turn-key machine to compete in the American Superbike class in AMA Pro Racing. We want to build on our program that has proven so successful for privateers in the Daytona SportBike class,” said Erik Buell, Chairman and Chief Technical Officer, Buell Motorcycle Company.

The Buell 1125RR features a modified Helicon 1125cc (103mm bore x 67.5mm stroke) liquid-cooled 72-degree V-Twin engine. Power increases come from components including a larger airbox and intake manifold, revised valves and camshafts, a higher compression ratio, titanium exhaust system and other weight-reduced components.

The 1125RR chassis is the standard 1125R design with fuel-in-the-frame, plus a billet axle adjustment system and chain-drive to allow gearing changes. Suspension travel is managed by fully adjustable units, with a Showa 43mm front fork and a remote-reservoir rear shock. A ZTL2 (Zero Torsional Load) eight-piston front caliper is mated with a modified front rotor.

Buell 1125RR features:

1125cc (68.7 cid) Helicon Powertrain:
4.055 inch (103 mm) bore and 2.658 inch (67.5mm) stroke
Dual 61mm down-draft fuel-injection throttle bodies
Titanium exhaust header and mass-centralized muffler
6-Spoke cast magnesium racing wheels
Front: 3.5 inch (88.9mm) x 17 inch (431.8mm)
Rear: 6 inch (152.4mm) x 17 inch (431.8mm)
Buell ZTL2 reversed rotor front brake with eight-piston Nissin caliper
43mm Showa fully-adjustable inverted forks
Showa fully-adjustable rear shock with remote reservoir
Cast-aluminum swingarm machined with billet axle adjustment system
Center position wheelbase 55.5 inches (1410 mm)

Buell will produce a limited number of 1125RR motorcycles for sale only to licensed professional road racers who will compete in the AMA Pro Racing American Superbike class. U.S. MSRP is $39,995. Orders must be placed through the Buell Race Department and delivered through an authorized Buell motorcycle dealer.

See more Buell news HERE.

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Rumor - Ducati Scooter for 2010?

An interesting Internet rumor about Ducati has surfaced! It seems that Ducati might be thinking about entering the scooter market. Okay, it's possible I suppose but I'll believe it when I see it.

The scooter news comes by way of Warren Lee, CEO of Australian Ducati importer NF Importers in an interview with the Courier Mail, an Australian newspaper.

During an interview with the newspaper Lee said “Ducati is looking at a scooter, but a high-performance model, not a 50cc price driven thing. It’s on the backburner at the moment. Maybe after 2010. It’s just simmering at the moment.”

Maybe it'll look something like a cross between an 1198 and a scooter such as in this image?

Nice photoshop - I like the little 48 logo. Lee says it won't be a 50cc scooter so it won't be quite like this one if the rumor does prove true.

Image via TwoWheelsBlog

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Transport Canada - latest motorcycle recalls

Chironex - Recalls (Chironex toll-free number 877-420-0162)
Recall Date: 2009/05/29

Model(s): LEGEND 300
Years affected: 2008
Transport Canada Recall # 2009159
Units Affected: 88

Recall Details:
On certain scooters, the front shocks may fail. This could cause a loss of vehicle control and a crash resulting in property damage, personal injury or death. Correction: Dealers will replace the front shocks with updated versions.

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Model(s): LEGEND 150, LEGEND 300
Years affected: 2008
Transport Canada Recall # 2009158
Units Affected: 114

Recall Details:
On certain scooters, the upper and lower steering head bearings may suffer premature wear resulting in severe looseness in the steering. This could cause a loss of vehicle control and a crash resulting in property damage, personal injury or death. Correction: Dealers will replace the upper and lower steering head bearings with update versions.

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Model(s): LEGEND 300
Years affected: 2008
Transport Canada Recall # 2009157
Units Affected: 88

Recall Details:
On certain scooters, the coupling that connects the carburetor with the intake manifold may become loose and separate. This could cause the engine to stall, thereby resulting in a loss of propulsion which, in conjunction with traffic and road conditions, and the rider's reactions, could increase the risk of a crash causing personal injury or death. Correction: Dealers will replace the coupling with an updated version.

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Model(s): LEGEND 150, LEGEND 300
Years affected: 2008
Transport Canada Recall # 2009156
Units Affected: 114

Recall Details:
On certain scooters, the handlebar mounting bracket (which joins the handlebar to the steering post) may become loose. Should the bracket completely separate from the steering post it would cause a loss of steering control, which could result in a vehicle crash causing property damage, personal injury or death. Correction: Dealers will replace the handlebar mounting bracket with an update version.

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Ducati - Model(s): 1098R, 1198S, Streetfighter

Transport Canada Recall # 2009162
Recall Date: 2009/05/29
Units Affected: 577

Recall Details:
On certain motorcycles, the front axle mount on the right fork may be cracked or deformed. Any damage to the fork may lead to loss of functionality of the steering and suspension systems, which could result in a crash causing property damage, personal injury or death. Correction: Dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the right fork.

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Kawasaki - Model(s): Versys (KLE650)

Transport Canada Recall # 2009142
Model Year(s) Affected: 2008, 2009
Units Affected: 447
Recall Date: 2009/05/19

Recall Details:
Certain motorcycles equipped with Kawasaki genuine accessory saddlebags may not comply with CMVSS 108 - Lighting System and Retroreflective Devices. When the saddlebags are installed, the rear reflectors become obscured. This could render the vehicle less visible to other motorists during hours of darkness, possibly resulting in a vehicle crash causing personal injury or death. Correction: Dealers will install reflectors to the side of each accessory saddlebag.
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KTM - 300 XC-W, 690 DUKE, 690 SMC (Contact # 450-414-4451)

Transport Canada Recall # 2009161
Model Year(s) Affected: 2009
Units Affected: 90
Recall Date: 2009/05/29

Recall Details:
On certain motorcycles, the front fork inner tubes may develop cracks. This could allow the fork tubes to separate from the fork axle clamps. Should separation occur, it could lead to a vehicle crash causing property damage, personal injury or death. Correction: Dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace both front fork tube assemblies.

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Harley Davidson - Models: CVO SOFTAIL SPRINGER - FXSTSSE, SOFTAIL CROSS BONES - FLSTSB
Transport Canada Recall # 2009171
Model Year(s) Affected: 2008, 2009
Recall Date: 2009/06/05
Units Affected: 851

Recall Details:
On certain motorcycles, the acorn stud at the brake reaction link may fall out during vehicle use. If this occurs, the front brake and fender assembly would no longer be adequately retained. The fender may rotate forward to the ground and cause an interference problem between the front tire and the ground surface. This could lead to a vehicle crash causing property damage, personal injury or death. Correction: Dealers will replace the existing acorn stud with a the new acorn stud and retaining clip.


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Riding in the Zone - goes to second printing

We just got word from the fine folks at WhiteHorse Press that moto-journalist Ken Condon's new book and DVD combo, Riding in the Zone, has gone to second print.

It has garnered a host of rave reviews from journalists (including us!) and customers alike since first its publication in January. It's been a popular title amongst CMR readers.

In the words of WhiteHorse Press "Clearly, this is the hottest new riding skills book in years. It's no surprise to Whitehorse that our first printing has already sold out in record time. We knew that this innovative, highly visual book and DVD would be an instant bestseller among enthusiasts of all ages. The second printing is due in our warehouse in about two weeks."

Read our full review HERE.

Buy it here and support CMR.


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Michel Fabrizio Leader Of The Pack On Day One Of Official Testing at IMOLA

Imola (Italy), Wednesday 15 July: Michel Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox), having made steady progress and some very fast laps throughout the day, waited until the final minutes of today’s official test session at the international circuit of Imola to exit for the final time, recording in the process the fastest lap time of the day, 1m49.1s.

The Ducati Xerox Team are taking part in the two-day official test session, organized by Infront Motor Sports, that opened today at the squad’s home track, the Autodromo Internazionale of Imola. Having not raced here since 2006, the Superbike circus will return to the circuit for the twelfth round of the 2009 championship on September 27th.

Noriyuki Haga, still recuperating from the recent incident at Donington Park, is not riding at Imola this week and continues with intense physiotherapy treatment in order to be ready to get back in the hot seat at next week’s tenth Superbike round in Brno.

Michel Fabrizio, who won the Superstock 1000 race at this track in 2003, got off to a great start today and he and his team were able to get a great deal of work done . The extreme heat, with track temperatures of around 60°C during the afternoon session, took its toll but the Ducati Xerox Team made consistent progress, trying different set-ups and working with the traction controls system. During the 265 minutes of Superbike track time, Michel clocked up 52 laps, but it was only in the final minutes of the late afternoon session that times really began to drop, as the temperature began to do the same. Five riders ducked under the 1m50s barrier, but it was Michel who was fastest today, with a best time of 1m49.1s, recorded for the very last lap that he made on track, seconds before the session’s end.

Also present at the track, as a guest of Ducati, was Tyson Beckford, the American top model who, having taken part in the Ducati DRE riding course at Misano this morning, wanted to pop in at Imola to say hello to Michel and the Ducati Xerox Team.

Michel Fabrizio – “I am happy but also pretty tired! Imola’s a track I really like, even though it still needs to be resurfaced. It’s in the same state as it was in 2006, but now has this new chicane which is causing some controversy. If they move the wall back as they say they will in time for the race it will at least lessen the danger. Anyway, back to today. We’ve been able to get a lot of useful work done, trying things that we haven’t had time to look out so far during the season. We’ve worked on set-ups and sorting out the traction control system. We didn’t try Pirelli’s new tyres until the end of the afternoon, and I only had time to try one, but it was the right one evidently as, with the drop in temperature later in the day, I was able to record the fastest time. There are only five races left now so we have to get serious and push harder than ever. The Imola race will be interesting, as we’ve seen a much stronger Honda outfit here today.”

Davide Tardozzi – “We’re extremely satisfied with Michel’s performance today, he’s worked very hard despite the difficult conditions. We’re sorry Nori could not participate too but right now it’s more important that he gets back in the best possible shape in time for next week’s Brno round. Noriyuki’s race engineer Ernesto Marinelli is here anyway to acquire important data prior to the September race.”

TIMES (Day 1): 1. Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) 1m49.1s; 2. Spies (Yamaha) 1m49.2s; 3. Rea (Honda) 1m49.6s; 4. Xaus (BMW) 1m49.8s; 5. Checa (Honda) 1m49.8s; 6. Byrne (Ducati) 1m50.3s; 7. Sykes (Yamaha) 1m50.4s; 8. Haslam (Honda) 1m50.5s

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Millson and Nickerson Primed for Mosport

RMP Racing’s Ross Millson and Steven Nickerson are primed for a great weekend at Mosport International Raceway’s Doubleheader round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship.

After a challenging race out west at Calgary’s Race City Motorsports Park, Millson is looking forward to returning to Mosport to compete in Canada’s premier road racing series aboard his Inside Motorcycles / Tri-City Cycle & Sports / Motovan sponsored #39 Suzuki GSX-R1000.

“The doubleheader round at Mosport is always a highlight of the season for me” said Millson. “Not only do I get to enjoy twice the amount of track time on such a renowned and technical track, I’m also able to spend time with family who live in the area.”

Millson and Nickerson's pre-race weekend activities began last week when they sat down to talk with The Hamilton Spectator's Motorsports columnist, Tim Miller, to discuss Nickerson’s racing background and his season so far.

This past weekend Nickerson enjoyed taking his #661 RMP Racing / Canadian Motorsports Expo / Infinet Designs sponsored Honda CBR125R for a few laps around the streets of the Exhibition Place as part of a series of demonstration races at the Honda Indy Toronto.

Nickerson, who has already achieved four consecutive podium finishes in the Honda CB125R Challenge series this season, is not only eager to race at Mosport but to also take in as many of Mosport’s doubleheader festivities as possible.

This will be Nickerson’s first race on Mosport’s legendary 3.9km 10-turn road circuit.

“I’ll be looking to Ross for lots of advice on line choice and setup” said Nickerson. “Horsepower in my class is limited so I really have to make the most of the draft, corner speed and line choice to gain an advantage.

Courtesy of CRC Racwear, the RMP Racing crew will be sporting new pit crew shirts that now feature the 2010 Canadian Motorports Expo logo. The Canadian Motorsports Expo (CME) is where the RMP Racing’s season began last January and is proud to promote the 2010 CME which will be held January 22-24, 2010 at the International Centre in Toronto.

Motorcycle enthusiasts are invited to drop by the RMP Racing paddock to pick up the Official Series Program, a copy of the latest issue of Inside Motorcycles and to fill out a ballot to enter a draw for a Zox Helmet. Millson and Nickerson will be on hand throughout the weekend to chat with spectators and sign posters digitally printed by the Essential Image.

Canada’s biggest motorcycle road racing event of the year is not only renowned for some of the best racing of the year it boasts numerous off track activities for all to enjoy.

Throughout the weekend Suzuki Canada will be offering demo rides on their latest models and on Saturday afternoon, July 18th, the first annual Motorcycle Road Racers Reunion will take place. Canadian recording artists Sloan and Crash Parallel will perform Saturday evening.

A three-day SuperTicket is just $60 at the Gate and each ticket includes parking, paddock admission, and entrance to Saturday Night Stock Car racing at Mosport Speedway. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by a paid adult admission. Single day tickets are also available.

For more information call the Mosport Hotline at 1-800-866-1072 (Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm ET) or visit Mosport online at www.mosport.com.

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Canadian girl -Jolene Van Vugt- joins DC moto team

DC has recently announced the newest addition to their elite moto X team. It's none other than Jolene Van Vugt from London, Ontario - Canada. Jolene is the first lady to o DC's moto roster and is surely going to become known as one of the top females in motocross.

Known as "Nitro Girl" thanks to her role on MTV's, Nitro Circus, Jolene already has an impressive motorcycle resume.

- first CMRC Women's Canadian Motocross National Champion,
- first female to backflip a full-sized dirt bike,
- holder of multiple Guinness World Records,
- and co-star of many motocross/stunt videos.

Check out Jolene's MySpace page or her homepage for more details about her.

About DC:

Founded by Ken Block and Damon Way in 1993, DC quickly grew to a leader in performance skateboarding shoes and renowned action sports brand. Today DC stands as a global brand whose product line has expanded to include men's, women's and kids' skateboarding and lifestyle shoes, apparel, snowboards, snowboard boots, outerwear, and accessories.

As one of the cornerstones of its marketing strategy, DC has built a world-class team of professional skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, BMX, motocross and rally athletes that exemplify and enhance DC's brand, develop its signature products, and support its promotional efforts. DC is a subsidiary of Quiksilver, Inc.


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Szoke and Welsh look forward to high speed Mosport.

TORONTO, Ont. - Brantford, Ont.'s Jordan Szoke is perfectly poised to regain command of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship as the series visits Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ont. for its key midseason doubleheader.

Although the five-time Canadian Superbike champion comes into the fourth and fifth rounds of the seven-race 2009 season 11 points out of the series lead he should enjoy a distinct advantage on the 3.9km (2.459-mile) circuit. Szoke has five career victories at Mosport, more than any other active racer in the series, and he swept the doubleheader at the track in 2006.

"It's definitely a special weekend," says the 30-year-old. "Between the track and the fans it's definitely a favorite of mine. It's a great place to go racing."

Szoke expects the high speed nature of the fast and flowing 10-turn track to suit the Ninja ZX-10R Superbike.

"I believe we'll have the best overall package this weekend and with the power of our bike being so strong it'll be very tough for the others to stay with us up backstraight."

Szoke also thinks he is well-positioned to add to his nine-point lead in the Yoshimura Pro Sport Bike division on the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R, on which he has won two of the first three races of the season.

"I think that bike is just so much better than anything else in the class," says Szoke, who is trying for a fourth straight title in the Sport Bike category. "It just gives me confidence in every situation and I'm totally comfortable on it."

Szoke's Canadian Kawasaki Motors factory team-mate Alex Welsh is also looking forward to Mosport, which is a home race for the Uxbridge, Ont. racer.

"I think Mosport suits my style," says the 21-year-old, who was last year's HJC Pro Rookie of the Year Award winner on the national tour. "It's not bumpy, there are a lot of elevation changes and a lot of speed. I think I'll have some family and friends come out, and that will be nice."

Welsh comes to the halfway point of the Superbike season sixth in points but feels he has learned a lot about his Ninja ZX-10R through the first three races of the year.

"The Superbike is living up to what I expected," he says. "It's got a lot of power and it can be a real beast but I'm learning to tame it."

Welsh is fourth in Pro Sport Bike points after scoring a career high third place finish at Race City Motorsport Park in Calgary on his Ninja ZX-6R.

"The first two races of the season I expected to be closer but in Calgary things really came together for me," he says.

As an added bonus this weekend Szoke and Welsh will debut special bodywork on their Ninja ZX-10R Superbikes to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Ninja brand by Kawasaki. The two bikes will feature special 25th anniversary graphics along with each rider's own personal touches - in Szoke's case a dragon and a "Las Vegas Lucky 7" theme for Welsh.

The bodywork is being airbrushed by BK Designs of Ottawa and after the season it will be auctioned off with proceeds going to the "Get Well Trev" Fund for injured Canadian moto journalist Andrew Trevitt and the Canadian Rider Safety Fund.

Practice for this weekend's doubleheader at Mosport opens on Thursday, July 16 and qualifying for both the Parts Canada Superbike and Yoshimura Pro Sport Bike categories will be held Friday, July 17.

The first 14-lap Pro Sport Bike race goes green at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 18 with the second race scheduled for 12:45 p.m. on Sunday, July 19. The 20-lap Superbike races are on tap for 3:00 p.m. on Saturday and 3:15 p.m. on Sunday.

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Stuntriding Contest "German Open“ - Hockenheim, Germany

Munich. Chris Pfeiffer shocked the competition during the "German Open" stunt riding contest at the Hockenheimring. The BMW Motorrad Motorsport rider took the win in a field packed with Europe´s top stunt riding athletes. Altogether 36 riders from 12 countries competed in the brand new event.

Pfeiffer was enthusiastic about the German Open. Firstly because nearly all stars who had gathered before in February during the indoor world championship showed up. Secondly because the level of competition was even higher.

"Especially some of the lesser known names rode extremely well. This sport is developing at a fascinating pace," said Pfeiffer after the contest.

Ten riders qualified for the final, which consisted of two runs. Just when the first run got underway, it started to rain. This resulted in a slippery surface. "Stoppies and drifts became real difficult under these conditions, but I still managed to deliever a strong outing," commented Pfeiffer, who already took command of the proceedings. The 39-year-old German didn´t mind the circumstances and seemingly handled them better than his opponents.

"We Germans gain a lot of experience in the wet, don´t we?" joked the winner. "Guess there´s always a good side to the bad."

The ground had dried for the second run, the superfinal. The remaining five riders used the improved conditions to fully display their phenomenal set of skills. Pfeiffer started with the ambition to keep his lead and to avoid mistakes. "I had some shaky moments and really needed to dig deep. I still managed to win, although it wasn´t my very best riding," he said.

Second place went to "Mokus" (Herczeg Balazs), third to Thomas Sagnier.

The event debuted the discipline in Germany. Pfeiffer hopes that it develops into "something big". The contest at Hockenheimring was almost an unofficial European Championship, with nearly all the continental top riders showing up. Stunt riding legend AC Farias functioned as chief referee, which definitely helped to make the first-ever "German Open" a success.

Results German Open
1. Chris Pfeiffer (GER), BMW Motorrad Motorsport, 52 points
2. Balázs Herczeg (HUN), 46
3. Thomas Sagnier (FRA), 43
3. Bruno Ferreira (FRA), 43
5. Rafal Pasierbek (POL), 40
6. Deuz Desicy (FRA), 19
7. Jorain Ponomareff (FRA), 18
8. Marcus Larsson (SWE), 13
8. Alexander Tomaszek (FRA), 13
8. Dennis Tullberg (SWE), 13

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2010 Honda ST1200 - rumor and patent photos

MCN has come up with some photo's that is claims are patent images of the new 2010 Honda ST1200 touring machine. It will feature the same engine and shaft drive train as the 2010 VFR which spy shots and official photos have been uncovered for.

Unlike the current ST the engine will be mounted with the crankshaft running across the bike (transversely). This configuration allows the sharing of many of the mechanicals of the new VFR.

If true, the ST will drop 100cc's and come down to 1200cc, but power will actually increase and be comparable to it's larger competition, such as the Kawasaki Concours 14, and BMW K1300GT. Having come out in 2002 the ST is due for a remake so this would seem to be appropriate timing for an update. The joint development of the bikes would definitely make big sense financially.

Visible in this photo is a remote adjuster for the rear suspension but it seems likely that electronic adjustabilty would be available to compete in this category.

The ST1200 will likely come with removable hard case bags, and lowered pegs. You may also get an engine is a slightly different state of tune than the sportier VFR and gearing to make highway cruising a little less high strung than the VFR.

Photo via MCN


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Rounds 3 & 4 Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship

Rounds 3 & 4 are now in the books and it was another specatacular weekend of racing. KTM's Bobby Prochnau was once again the overall Top pro for the weekend and Suzuki Rider Ryan Durkee took home the Top Pro Junior Award. For full race results please visit our site www.worldendurocanada.com
The Inside MotoX and Off Road Magazine Western Amateur Championships were also awarded on Sunday. The Champions were awarded thier number 1 plates and recieved thier prize packages courtesy of Inside MotoX and Off Road Magazine.
A - Dillion Bucknell
B - Cedric Peters
C - Ben Riviere

Vet - Dave Sheridan
Super Vet - Ron Schlosser
Women - Victoria Hett
Overall Pro Standings after 4 rounds
1. Bobby Prochnau - KTM - 100 points
2. Jake Stapleton - Yamaha 84
3. Jason Schrage - KTM - 82
4. Geoff Nelson - KTM - 65
5. Ryan Durkee - Suzuki - 64
6. Shane Cuthbertson - Husaberg - 55
7. Nick Schrage - Yamaha - 54
8. Guy Giroux - BMW - 43
9. Ryan Graffunder - Suzuki - 38
9. Trent Burgiss - 35
10. Kevin Pelletier - 18
11. Jason Paradis - 11


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Peugeot HYmotion 3 to see production in 2010

According to French reports the Peugeot HYmotion; Peugeot's leaning 3 wheel scooter is set to start production before the end of 2010. We first brought you news and pictures of the HYmotion back in October, 2008. The production of the HYmotion will closely follow behind the Piaggio MP3 Hybrid. The HYmotion uses a similar two front wheel, one rear wheel design but the systems used to power the scooter differ substantially.

The HYmotion has electric motors powering each of the two front wheels and a 125cc internal combustion engine powering the rear. In the Piaggio MP3 Hybrid only the rear wheel is powered by both the electric motor and gas-powered engine.

Reports indicate the HYmotion should offer fuel economy in the 117 miles per gallon range. That's not quite as good as the 141 mpg estimate of the Piaggio MP3 Hybrid but the HYmotion incorporates a roof! So it will provide a lot more protection from the elements than any scooter currently on the market.

The protection that the roof offers from the elements might be just the thing that converts a lot of those people sitting on the fence about a making a two-wheeled purchase because let's face it, it does take some forethought and dedication to ride in inclement weather.

It's uncertain whether this model will make it to Canada or even the US, or what it will cost (in Europe) but we'll let you know as soon as we find out more.

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Piaggio MP3 Hybrid coming to US in 2010

Piaggio has launched the Piaggio MP3 Hybrid in Europe and it will be coming to the US in the first quarter of 2010.

Capable of returning up to 141mpg; it will come with a price tag of $8 or $9,000 USD. The fact that it's coming to the US seems to suggests it will likely come to Canada as well but we've seen no confirming reports yet. Keep your fingers crossed.

The MP3 is a leaning three-wheeler that features a 124cc gasoline engine and electric power, reportedly giving the MP3 Hybrid the performance of a 250cc scooter. If the phenomenal fuel economy isn't enough to win people over, the extra stability offered by the third wheel means the MP3 Hybrid could be attractive to non-traditional two-wheeled riders (and even some regular two-wheeled riders) looking for a more secure riding experience.

The battery of the MP3 Hybrid can be recharged through normal operation of riding the scooter and it can also be plugged in to take advantage of charging opportunities.

In the words of Piaggio "The Piaggio MP3 Hybrid incorporates a “parallel” hybrid drive in which a combustion engine and an electric motor are mechanically and electronically linked and simultaneously supply power to the wheel in perfect synergy."

It can be operated in three drive modes – Hybrid Charge, Hybrid Power and Electric, switchable on the move via a button on the handlebars.

Hybrid Power combines the power of the internal combustion engine with the electric motor to maximize performance.

Hybrid Charge provides a decreased boost effect and will provide acceleration similar to a conventional two-wheel 125. Additional emphasis is placed on battery chargeback.

Electric-only mode is intended for special zero-emission zones (which have been implemented in some European town centres). In this mode you have a 30km/h top speed and 11 mile range.

For more details on the Piaggio MP3 Hybrid check out Piaggio's website HERE.

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BMW Motorrad Canada announces S 1000 RR pricing

Whitby, ON. BMW Motorrad Canada is pleased to announce that the highly-anticipated BMW S 1000 RR Supersports motorcycle is scheduled to arrive in Canadian showrooms in early 2010 with an MSRP of $16,800. (No, this is not a typo).

The S 1000 RR features an all-new, race-bred 999cc water-cooled, DOHC, sixteen valve four-cylinder inline power unit, developing a maximum output of 193 hp at 13,000 rpm and maximum torque of 82.5 lb-ft at 9,750 rpm.

Combined with a sophisticated lightweight chassis weighing just 204 kg., including fuel, the S 1000 RR will take its place as the lightest motorcycle equipped with ABS in the Supersports category, with a power-to-weight ratio of just 1.05 kg and, respectively, 1.06 kg (2.31 and, respectively, 2.34 lb) per horsepower without/with Race ABS.

The S 1000 RR will be available in four dramatic colors: Thunder Grey Metallic, Acid Green Metallic, Mineral Silver Metallic and the BMW Motorrad Motorsport color combination of Alpine White, Lupin Blue and Magma Red.
Available options will include:

* Race ABS - $1,250
* Race ABS with Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) - $1,500
* Electronic Shift Assistant - $350
* Anti-Theft Alarm System - $250

The BMW S 1000 RR is currently proving itself in its inaugural year in competition, withTeam BMW Motorrad Motorsport riders Ruben Xaus and Troy Corser already achieving multiple top-10 finishes in the 2009 Superbike World Championship.

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Rumor - Yamaha turbo diesel motorcycle

Some breaking Internet rumor is surfacing about Yamaha developing an inline 4 turbo-charged diesel motorcycle. Hell For Leather has come upon what are patents reportedly filed in July by Japanese motorcycle manufacturer, Yamaha.

In the patent drawings it appears that the intercooler is located above the engine or could be concealed in the frame; the turbocharger itself is mounted adjacent to the cylinder head. This placement provides some protection for these sensitive components.

If it gets the green light, Yamaha would be the only major manufacturer producing a diesel motorcycle.



More diesel related posts here.
More rumor related posts here.

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Some Ontario based events this weekend!

The weather is really warming up and motorcyclists are being drawn to the roads like moths to a flame. If you find yourself drawn to the road on your motorcycle this weekend and are in search of an Ontario destination here' are a couple of options for you.

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Hog Riders Day & July Blow Out Sale this Saturday, July 11th from 11am - 3 pm


Events include:

Live Band
Ride Thunder the mechanical bull - Just for fun...
Super Draws & Giveaway's
Detailing Demos
Service Dept. Information Centre
Beef on a bun BBQ

1399 8th Line of Smith, Lakefield, ON K0L 2H0
1-888-292-8305
www.usedhd.ca



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Bennett Powersports Open House


Bennett Powersports are proud to announce that we added YAMAHA to our dealership. We would like to personally invite you to our open house taking place on Saturday July 11, 2009 starting at 9:00 am and going until 4:00 pm. Come by and take advantage of our day sales event, no freight or PDI on all units. Take your dream bike out for a ride with the 2009 YAMAHA POWER TOUR and join us for a BBQ and refreshments.

After your ride, stay for the show. The popular stunt team ILLADVISED will perform a motorcycle stunt show for you to watch.

Pop a balloon and win 10-50% off of your clothing and accessories purchase. Check out our well stocked showroom and talk to our always friendly and knowledgeable staff.

There will be plenty of parking and fun for all. Bring a valid M2 or full M licence, jacket, and helmet in order for you to ride.

We are looking forward to having you come out for our open house. See you on Saturday, July 11, 2009"

Bennett Powersports Team.

701 Brock Street N, WEhitby, ON L1N 8R3
905-430-6360 or 866-430-6360
www.bennettpowersports.com


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Two Canadian Bands Set to Rock BMW Summerfest

Two great Canadian Bands will be entertaining the masses at Mosport this July 17-19 weekend at the 2009 BMW Motorrad Summerfest. Halifax based Sloan and Toronto based Crash Parallel will be taking the stage on Saturday.

There's going to be a lot more than music at Summerfest too though. Racing, BMW Marketplace, on and off-road test rides, an off-road skills course, and demo rides.

Plan to be there! Full press release follows -

Courtesy of Canadian Superbike:

Canadian recording artists Sloan and Crash Parallel will headline the BMW Motorrad Summerfest as part of the Parts Canada Superbike Doubleheader at Mosport, July 17-19, Canada’s biggest motorcycle road racing event of the year.

The bands will take to the BMW Motorrad Concert Stage on the Saturday of the manufacturer’s three-day motorcycle lifestyle experience, making its return to Mosport for the third year. Designed to cater to the motorcycle enthusiast, Summerfest features the BMW Marketplace, on and off-road test rides and an off-road skills course. New for 2009 is the addition of BMW Motorrad Enduro rider Guy Giroux, who will act as an instructor for the off- road skills course.

Formed in 1991 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, four-member Sloan released its first record in 1992. Since then, the band has recorded and released 10 records to critical acclaim across North America. Sloan’s contemporary, yet instantly recognizable rock and roll sound has endeared them to a large and devoted fan following across the continent, particularly in Canada. Nominated numerous times during their career, Sloan has won four East Coast Music Awards and a Juno Award. Now based in Toronto, Sloan’s latest record, Parallel Play, was released in 2008.

Relative newcomers to the Canadian rock music scene, Toronto’s Crash Parallel was formed in 2005 and released their successful debut album, World We Know, in May 2008. The record has produced five singles to date, including the smash hit, World We Know. The band hit number one on the Billboard Emerging Canadian Artist Chart in the spring of 2008 and won the 2009 Canadian Radio Music Award for Best New Group of the Year.

In addition to Summerfest, the Yamaha Riding Academy will once again be offering it’s free riding clinic for children ages 6 to 12. The Academy provides professional instruction to youngsters on how to ride off-road motorcycles in a safe and fun manner.

Adults will also have any opportunity to do some riding when top manufacturers such as Suzuki offer demo rides on their latest models on neighbouring roads near Mosport. With the exception of the Yamaha Riding Academy (which supplies all required equipment), participants for all riding activities must have a valid motorcycle license, riding gear and helmet.

The Parts Canada Superbike Doubleheader, the only Toronto-area stop for the national Parts Canada Superbike Championship, features Canada’s top riders.

Three-time defending Superbike champion Jordan Szoke of Brantford, Ontario, and current points leader, 17 year-old phenom Brett McCormick of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan will battle it out in two points races against a deep field of perennial contenders and up-and-coming stars.

The weekend schedule also includes races in the Yoshimura Pro Sport Bike class, the Armour Bodies Amateur 600 Sport Bike Championship, the Suzuki SV650 Cup, the Pro Honda Oils Women's Cup Challenge and the Honda CBR125R Challenge.

A three-day SuperTicket is just $50 until July 15 ($60 at the Gate) and each ticket includes parking, paddock admission, and entrance to Saturday Night Stock Car racing at Mosport Speedway. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by a paid adult admission. Single day tickets are also available.

General and family camping areas are available complete with full-service washrooms, showers and children's playgrounds. An advanced three-day weekend general camping pass is just $30 (for tents or pop-up trailers). RVs are $50 for the weekend.

For more information about Mosport ticket packages and camping, call the Mosport Hotline at 1-800-866-1072 (Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm ET) or visit online at www.mosport.com. Tickets are also available at Ticketmaster.

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G.M.D Computrack Sponsors Millson

Hamilton ON, CANADA – Mississauga-based G.M.D Computrack Ontario and Pro Superbike racer Ross Millson are proud to announce their new partnership for the balance of the 2009 season.

G.M.D Computrack Ontario will provide precision chassis measurements of Millson’s Suzuki GSX-R1000 to detect and rectify potential frame misalignment issues and to unlock the hidden potential of his motorcycle’s chassis.

“Our aim is to help Ross and the RMP Racing team to be as successful as possible at the upcoming Parts Canada Superbike Championships doubleheader at Mosport and beyond” said G.M.D Computrack Ontario’s owner Adrian Baird.

“We'll look at all of the various geometric parameters that are critical to the handling of Ross’ bike and discuss the findings with Computrack's inventor Greg McDonald. This will allow us to determine how the bike should be set up to maximize the mechanical grip and help Ross achieve his best lap times” commented Baird.

The G.M.D. Computrack system was invented by Australian Greg McDonald. His development started back in 1982 and was perfected over the next 11 years. Since then, the company has grown by leaps and bounds. There are now eleven licensed workshops in the United States and another dozen in other parts of the world including Canada.

The system and related services benefit all riders from Pros to amateurs as well as trackday and street riders. The G.M.D. Computrack system has been used successfully by top-ranked professional racers around the world.

“I’m very interested to see what the results are for my bike” said Millson. “It will be reassuring to know that my chassis’ alignment is optimal for the second half of our season.”

G.M.D. Computrack's findings on Millson's chassis measurements and subsequent recommendations will be reported on in a future issue of Inside Motorcycles.

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Two Harley's in the Great White North

European Harley Davidson specialists' W&W Cycles from Germany took on an unusual challenge recently. Their motorcycles of choice - a 1948 Panhead and custom 2006-model Shovelhead.

The challenge - they rode the bikes up the ice road to Tuktoyaktuk, in Canada’s Northwest Territories. The resulting photo essay is quite remarkable. -57 celsius at points with wind chill! -35 without.

Yes, folks that's cold - even for Canadian's!

Check out the full photo essay HERE.



Photo courtesy W&W

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Revised overall Pro Points for CEC after 2 rounds.

We received word from the folks at the Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship that they have a revised list of the overall Pro points after the first two rounds in Blairmore Alberta.

Information that may have been published previously was the overall for both days instead of combined total for both days:

2009 Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship Overall Pro Points after rounds 1 & 2

1. Bobby Prochnau KTM - 50
2. Jason Schrage KTM - 42
3. Jake Stapleton Yamaha - 40
4. Nick Schrage Suzuki - 38
5. Geoff Nelson KTM - 31
6. Ryan Durkee Suzuki - 30
7. Shane Cuthbertson Husaberg - 27
8. Ryan Graffunder Honda - 26
9. Guy Giroux BMW - 13
9. Trent Burgiss - 13
10. Jason Paradis - 11
10. Kevin Pelletier - 11

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Perfect Scooter Sense - Yamaha series now online.

Fans of the Canadian motorcycle program Motorcycle Experience which airs on TSN may recall the Scooter Sense segments that aired with each episode. If you tuned in regularly chances are you've already seen Yamaha Canada PR specialist Bryan Hudgin talk about all the things that make scooters so popular, practical, and fun! But, maybe you missed an episode or two, or maybe you'd just like to revisit some episodes.

All 12 episodes of the Scooter Sense segments are posted on Yamaha Canada's website HERE. Be sure to check them out!


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Tech seminar on the Varadero and the CBF1000 (ON)

On Wed July 22/2009 Clarington Honda and Honda Canada will be hosting a tech seminar on the Varadero and the CBF1000.

From the folks at Clarington Honda:

Honda Canada will be doing a seminar as well as a demo ride on Veradero and CBF 1000. Clarington Honda will also have competitors models available to ride too.

The event will be taking place on site at our dealership in Bowmanville, ON as well that night is bike night too. We ask that anyone interested in participating call and confirm your attendance so we no how many people to expect.

This is a great opportunity to ride our bikes as well as the competitor models to get a first hand feel for what makes Honda the leader in engineering and performance.

Contact Mike to book your spot, spots are filling fast.

Mike Michea
Clarington Honda (29 Spicer Square, Bowmanville ON)
Your Honda Everything Store
905-697-2333 ext.111
Fax: 905-697-2327
mike.michea@claringtonhonda.com

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Albertan teens - let them ride!

Some new changes to the province of Alberta's transportation rules mean that 14-year olds are going to have some new options for getting around on a moped.

In Alberta, teens 14 and older who get a Class 7 learner's permit can legally ride insured mopeds (scooters). The previous legislation said that the mopeds had to weigh between 35 and 55 kilograms and were limited to a maximum speed of 50 km/hr - which was a little difficult. Because of the weight restriction even the smallest scooters around, at 50 cubic centimetres, were mostly classified as motorcycles in Alberta because they typically weigh more than 55 kilograms.

As of Wednesday, July 1st/09 the definition of mopeds changes so that they're considered vehicles that can travel up to 70 km/hr and the weight restrictions are gone. But they need to be powered by an electric motor or engine with a displacement not exceeding 50cc's.

The regulation changes bring Alberta's definition of a moped into closer alignment with that of Transport Canada.

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Round 1 & 2 of Canadian Enduro Championship a big success

Hot off the presses from the World Enduro of Canada. The season opener and round 2; both in Alberta were very successful.

Lawrence Hacking, one of the organizers of the event was quoted on DirectMotorcross when talking about round 1: “This was a great, great weekend!” Perfect weather, a great track and a great turnout! No timing glitches or anything, just perfect. And all the top guys were here. More than 50 Pros and A riders!”



July 5 - Round 2 Blairmore, AB

Day two of the Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship was another beautiful day in Canada`s glorious Rocky Mountains. Riders enjoyed another great day of riding in the high altitude. The time controls were tightened up for the Pro and A riders today, giving them 2.5 hrs to complete the loop as opposed to the 3 hours on Day 1. In addition all riders were given another opportunity to improve their score by running through the cross test an additional time at the end of their day. The Pro`s and A riders did two loops and all the other classes ran one. The results were a bit different today as some of the riders who finished down in the results stepped up their game for day 2. For full results from both days go to our results page.

July 4 - Round 1 Blairmore, AB

Day one of the Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship was a stellar success. The Full Gas crew put together a 50 km loop of technical trail that thrilled the Pros and challenged the amateurs. Some of the eastern riders who traveled out for the event said it was easily the most thrilling riding they have ever done. The trail took the riders from the 4500 ft base camp up to 6500 ft elevation where they rode beside snow drifts and took in spectacular views. The results showed the western riders certainly had a home court advantage but many of the eastern riders indicated they are pumped to up their level for Day 2. You can view a partial results list on our events page.

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New Brammo Enertia bike POV footage

There's some new video shot onboard from a point of view camera aboard the Brammo Enertia TTR race electric bike. It was shot during the 2009 running of the Isle of Man TTXGP.

The bike hit a top speed of 102 mph.

This is what the future sounds like:


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Fresh posts at Yamaha Bike Blog

The folks at Yamaha Motor Canada have updated their Yamaha Bike Blog with a few new posts so if you're interested in some of the latest news from Yamaha check it out here:

http://motorcycles.yamahablogs.ca/

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BMW Motorrad Canada - June record

BMW Motorrad Canada set a June sales record of 242 units, up 18% compared to June 2008. Year-to-date, sales are up 25% to 1,171 units compared to the same period last year.

BMW Group Canada, based in Whitby, Ontario, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BMW AG and is responsible for the distribution of BMW luxury performance automobiles, Sports Activity Vehicles, Motorcycles, and MINI. BMW Group Financial Services Canada is a division of BMW Group Canada and offers retail financing and leasing programs and protection products on new and pre-owned BMW and MINI automobiles, as well as retail financing for new and pre-owned BMW Motorcycles. A total network of 40 BMW automobile retail centres, 19 BMW motorcycle retailers, and 25 MINI retailers represents the BMW Group across the country.

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Live Green with KYMCO Canada & Studio Cycle Group

KYMCO Canada and corporate store Studio Cycle Group have been selected to participate in the Live Green Toronto Festival taking place at Yonge & Dundas Square.

Join us and 30,000 others on Saturday, July 25th 2009 for the weekend festivities which promise local food, live music, over 100 “Green” exhibitors, and so much more!

KYMCO Canada will be featuring scooters on site that are an environmentally conscious alternative mode of transportation both within the urban landscape and beyond. This zero-waste event will allow visitors to investigate products that fit into their green lifestyle. With scooters consuming less fuel, and with every litre taking you further and further, choosing to ride a scooter guarantees that your carbon footprint will be significantly smaller than those who rely on cars without sacrificing your urban mobility.

Coinciding with the events of the Live Green Toronto Festival, Studio Cycle Group (located at 2923 Dundas St. W) will be hosting a Demo Day for charity on Sunday, July 26th between 11am and 3pm. The demo day, which allows licensed LSM, M, M1 or M2 riders a chance to try out a KYMCO scooter or motorcycle, will ask participants for a $5.00 donation which will go directly to Kids Help Phone.

More details coming soon!

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Motorcycle volunteers needed - Provincial Road Cycling Championships

The Provincial Road Cycling Championships - taking place in Ontario, from Aldershot to Waterdown. The organizers are looking for motorcyclists to help out with the event.

Full details follow:

Volunteers are wanted to help support The Provincial Road Cycling Championships - July 26, 2009 between Aldershot and Waterdown.

Like in the Tour De France motos will be used for moving officials, photographers around the peloton and directing on coming traffic away from the cyclists as they race up and down the 11.25 km escarpment circuit (4 to 12 laps). 3 time slots.

Gas and honoria paid.

Lots of fun.

If interested please email Craig@torontocyclocross.com

Thanks

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Triple Top-Ten Buell Bikes in Calgary

CALGARY, Alberta – Race City Motorsport Park

On what was to be the last official Parts Canada Superbike Championship held at the Race City Motorsport Park, an enthusiastic audience was granted endless rays of sun. As if to remind the crowd of the will of the weather gods, the Buell® bikes of the Deeley Racing/Ruthless Racing Inc. team emanated a constant growl and grumble throughout the weekend.

The Deeley Racing/Ruthless Racing Inc. team had four top-ten finishes within two national events, consequently validating Buell® 1125RTM bikes as high-performance sport bikes. The qualifying rounds of the Yoshimura Pro Sport Bike on Saturday came to an abrupt end when a red flag appeared just 2.5 minutes before the planned end of the race due to Rupert Collins’ Ducati clipping Darren James’ 1125RTM motorcycle and crashing into the wall. James’ expert reflexes allowed him to counteract and maintain control of his bike in order to bring it to an 11th place finish. Dave Estok, although still mildly concussed from his crash in Mirabel, finished in a solid eighth spot, while veteran Steve Crevier displayed brilliant tactics and qualified in fourth, just a split-second behind the top three racers.

With a grid of 25 contending riders in the Yoshimura Pro Sport Bike final race on Sunday, the spectators witnessed some electrifying moments and some very close action.

Dave bravely defended his qualifying position until the very end, commenting afterwards, “I am happy with the results today. I know I can do better, but it is comforting that I was running only seconds off the guys ahead. One of my main goals was to keep the BMWs at bay, which I managed to do. They were struggling with the front end and the Buell® 1125RTM [bike] just ate them up on the straightaways.

A beaming Darren James hopped off the bike after finishing in tenth position and with unconcealed pleasure confided, “I am obviously ecstatic about placing in [the] top ten, and I owe everything to Dave, Rod, and Thomas Morin, who gave it their all to have the bike prepped so well for me. I am also grateful for not having wrecked a bike this weekend for a change!”

Steve Crevier relentlessly weaved his way through the race, looking to take advantage of opportunities with his Buell® 1125RTM bike and finally settled for fifth place, the highest position of the three 1125RTM bikes on the track, just a split-second away from the riders in the lead. In a rare moment of seriousness, he conceded that, “Three races into the season, I am quite excited about the performance of the bikes. I am having quite a lot of fun because my bike favours larger tracks such as this one.”

The Superbike event delivered the promised entertainment to all racing fans. With a seventh position, Crevier secured a second row start in the Pirelli Superpole, and commented, “I’m a little disappointed and could have done better. I dragged the fairing and slid the bike in the second-to-last turn, so my drive onto the front straightaway was affected. But still, I managed to shave three-quarters of a second off my personal best Superpole time.”

Finally, in a showdown that visibly engaged the crowd, there was some serious dicing action between lead contenders Jordan Szoke, on a Kawasaki, and Brett McCormick on his Suzuki. Meanwhile, a judicious Crevier carved his path on the track, using corners three and four to attempt passes. Highlights included Crevier block-passing Kawasaki rider Alex Welsh, and making an aggressive pass on Mike Zottmann, decisively cutting off the Suzuki rider on the carousel.

As eager spectators cheered on Brett McCormick in his final pass as he stole supremacy from Szoke, Crevier narrowly missed out on the fifth position he was aiming for, and concluded his race with a sixth-place finish behind Suzuki rider Clint McBain.

In attendance of Don James, Chairman & CEO of Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada, an impish smile crossed Crevier’s face as he tried his luck in stating, “I know, I know… I could have done better! I was under too much pressure knowing that the big boss was here. But I promise, I will do my homework and put the 1125RTM [bike] onto the podium before the end of the season. It’s a great bike and [it] deserves to be there. I will be humbled to be the one to ride it there.”

And Crevier being Crevier, we cannot but take his word for it.

The Deeley Racing/Ruthless Racing Inc. team – powered by Buell will be racing in the double-header of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at the Mosport International Speedway in Bowmannville, Ontario. For information on how to get there, please refer to www.partscanada.com.

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Szoke and Welsh take podiums in Calgary.

CALGARY, Alta. - Despite controlling the race for 21 laps, five-time Canadian champion Jordan Szoke had to settle for a second pace finish in the third round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Race City Motorsport Park in Calgary on Sunday.

The 30-year-old from Brantford, Ont. qualified on pole on his Canadian Kawasaki Motors factory Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R and led the every lap around the 3.2km (2.0-mile) track, but in the final section of turns on the last lap he slipped just a little bit wide and was passed for the top spot. The tight nature of the final section of turns left few opportunities to regain the lead; Szoke used every ounce of power from his Ninja ZX-10R to run down McCormick to the checkered flag but finished second by just 0.080 secs.

"Kawasaki always gives me a great motorcycle and I had the bike to win today," said Szoke, who was trying to win for the ninth time at Race City in the Superbike class. "The bike was perfect. I'm mad at myself for leaving the door open. I felt super-comfortable all race."

Despite ending the morning pre-qualifying session in second on Saturday Szoke claimed pole for Sunday's Superbike race with a lap at 1:15.126 in the Pirelli SuperPole session. The time was under the previous lap record and put him almost half a second clear of his nearest rival.

"You hate to complain when you've put it on pole but I had some trouble with my downshifts into turn one and lost a bit of time there," Szoke said. "After that the lap was going great but in the Bus Stop Chicane I got into a wheelie and that screwed my drive up for the run into corner eight. In the end I was pleased to get that good a lap."

Although he didn't get the holeshot off the line at the start of the race Szoke powered into the lead by the time the field reached turn one and he controlled the race from there. He set the fastest lap, a 1:16.120 on the sixth tour and in the middle portion he had eked out a margin of just under two seconds.

Despite his runner-up finish Szoke remains a strong contender in his bid to claim a fourth straight Parts Canada Superbike title. He is just 11 points out of the lead with 146 and four races still on the schedule.

Szoke's factory Kawasaki team-mate Alex Welsh finished seventh on his Ninja ZX-10R after running as high as third early in the race. The 21-year-old from Uxbridge, Ont. qualified sixth in Pirelli SuperPole but a good start saw him running third at the end of the opening lap.

Welsh's limited Superbike experience saw him dropping back as the race progressed, however, as he struggled to maintain the pace as to tire wear started to set in on his Kawasaki.

"I'm still learning," said last year's HJC Pro Rookie of the Year. "I got a good start and the bike was good for a bit. But I have to learn how to slide the bike more later in the race. I'm still trying to keep it the same as it is on lap six and that's not the way to do it. But I think we'll be up there the rest of the season. I've got a great team behind me and the guys are working hard."

Welsh is now sixth in the Superbike point standings with 79 but just seven points out of third.
Szoke regained the lead of the Yoshimura Pro Sport Bike Championship with his second win of the season at Race City on Sunday. Despite a mid-race red flag stoppage that erased a four-second lead Szoke was able to control the eight-lap second part to win by 0.085 secs.

"You never like to see anybody get hurt and I know we have to protect out racers, but I have to admit I was kind of upset about having to restart a second time," admitted the three-time defending class champion. "I had such a good lead and I was in a groove. The bike was phenomenal."

On the restart Szoke again got the lead before the end of the first lap but this time had company all the way. He stayed cool under pressure, however, and overcame a last minute challenge for the top spot to take the win.

"I thought I might be able to do the same in the second race and break away but it's tough here," admitted Szoke, who also qualified on pole. "It's nice if you can break the draft but I couldn't manage it again after the restart."

His win gives Szoke a nine-point lead in the Pro Sport Bike standings with 155 points.
Welsh took third place at Race City on his Ninja ZX-6R, his best career national finish and his first ever podium appearance. He was fourth after the opening lap of the restart but took third on lap three and pulled away from his pursuers.

"I was stuck in fourth when the red flag came out and I thought I had waited too long to make a move," he explained. "I didn't want to do that in the second race so I got up there as early as I could and after that just put my head down.

"This is an awesome feeling. I wouldn't be here without my family; it's been a long road to get here. And I can't thank the Kawasaki team enough. They gave me a once in a lifetime chance."
Welsh is now fourth in Pro Sport Bike points with 98, just one point out of third.


The Canadian Kawasaki Motors factory team resumes its 2009 Parts Canada Superbike season at Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ont. July 17-19 for the traditional mid-season doubleheader.

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