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2010 Triumph Rocket III more power & revised ergo's

Yes, that's right - MORE power for the 2010 Rocket III. The revised engine makes 15% more power. Hard to believe but yes. The 2010 Triumph Rocket III Roadster makes 163 lb/ft of torque (double an R1!) and 146bhp.

The bike is no lightweight at 367kg/807lbs (wet) but when you consider it's got a 2294cc line, liquid-cooled triple the weight isn't surprising. It makes its max power at 5,750rpm and max torque at just 2,750rpm.

Color choices won't be abundant. You can get black or black; matte or gloss black.

The big news is that the new 2010 model gets new mid-mount foot controls. They're said to make the bike mroe comfortable for non-cruiser riders. They're further back and more inboard. Triumph calls "A completely different riding experience from its predecessor."

Suspension is by way of 43mm upside down Kayaba forks with 120mm of travel in the front and Kayaba twin shocks with 105mm of travel in the rear. Brakes are upgraded with ABS, 320mm front discs with Nissin 4-pots (front) and a 316mm disc with a 2-pot Brembo (rear) to try to pull this beast down from speed!

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Early production model Zero S (Supermoto) stolen

An early production model Zero S supermoto electric motorcycle was stolen on Sunday. I'm curious if the thieves knew just what they were taking. I'd have to guess it's going to be tough to get any service done on this machine!

Here's the details:

In the early morning hours of Sunday, September 20 an early production model of the all-electric Zero S supermoto by Zero Motorcycles was stolen from a hotel parking structure in New Jersey. This particular motorcycle was custom wrapped with the logo for the documentary “FUEL” and was on tour promoting the film with The Veggie Van Organization. After traveling across the country to promote the use of alternative energy vehicles, the Zero S was removed from the back of the Veggie Van and has yet to be found.

If you have any information, please contact Zero at (951) 461-2420 or at media@zeromotorcycles.com.


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More news about Scooter Sense "Almost World Tour"

If you haven’t already heard or are wondering what Motorcycle Experience - Scooter Sense segment host Bryan Hudgin’s Twitter feed has been referring to lately, we’re just about to shoot the second season of “Scooter Sense” for the next season of TSN’s “A Motorcycle Experience”. The concept this time around? The aptly titled, “Scooter Sense Almost World Tour: Big City Lights and Camp Fire Nights”. Bryan will be going on a good old fashioned road trip with his trusty Yamaha BWs125 scooter for 3 days. He’ll be going from Montreal, to Ottawa, to Kingston and finally landing in Toronto with a bunch of stops in between.

The rules of engagement? No money, a $25 gas card, a stack of t-shirts, a tent for camping and a mission to spread the scooter gospel. His cell phone is rigged to the Yamaha corporate Twitter account, so he’ll be updating frequently along the way. You can follow along from each of Yamaha’s motorcycle or snowmobile blogs or search for “YamahaMotorCa” to follow with your Twitter account.

Bryan says that he would love to have any fans and riders join him along the way, which is we’re posting a tentative itinerary below. Keep in mind, this is a pretty complicated beast to organize and shooting TV can always take longer than expected, so things can change really quickly. We will be changing things throughout this week and during the trip but we wanted to get you up to speed to keep you in the loop. You’ll need to check back with Bryans blog fairly frequently to stay on top of our shooting locations!

Having said all of that, if you come out to support the tour, Bryan will give you a limited edition “Scooter Sense Almost World Tour” t-shirt for your troubles (while his limited supply lasts). Of course he may use it to trade you for food though!!

Here is the current tour schedule as posted on Bryan’s blog.

Day One – Sunday October 4th

- 8:30am to 9:00am at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium
Feature 1 – The last breakfast! From now on in - no money, just a gas card, a tent and t-shirts for the next 3 days. Can you eat cotton?
- 9:00 depart for Chateau Montebello via Hwy 15N and Route 50W
- 10:30am to 11:00am at Chateau Montebello gates.
Feature 2 - Unfortunately, I won’t be sleeping at the Chateau Montebello, but it is a scenic place for a stop!
- 11:00am depart for Ottawa via Cty Rd 17 & Regional Rd 174W
- 12:30am to 3:30pm at Ottawa at the Parliament buildings.
Feature 3 – I’ll do my best to recruit some government leaders to chat about the benefits of scooters! Heck we pay their salary, it’s the least they could do, right??
- 3:30 depart for loyal “A Motorcycle Experience” viewer Bruce & Jan Haskin’s home via Hwy 7W and Hwy 15
- 5:00pm to 7:00pm in Portland.
Feature 4 - Meet the Haskins! Set up camp for the night!

Day Two – Monday October 5th

- 8:00am to 8:30am at Haskin Home in Portland.
Feature 5 – Bright eyed and bushy tailed. Bruce leads the convoy down Cty Road 10 to Kingston, the old hometown!
- 8:30am depart for Kingston
- 10:00am to 12:00pm at Queens University Kingston
Feature 6- Math quiz! Who can figure out a scooter’s gas mileage the quickest? Shouldn’t have any problems finding any scholar’s here
- 12:00pm depart for Shannonville via Hwy 2
- 1:30pm at Shannonville
Feature 7 – What are my lap times? Face off against some road racing veterans!
- 3:00pm depart for Sandbanks Provincial Park via Cty Rd 49
- 5:00pm to 7:30pm at Sandbanks Provincial Park

Feature 8 - Set up camp. Dinner of champions over the open fire.

Day Three - Tuesday October 6th

- 8:00am to 8:30am Sandbanks morning in Prince Edward County.
Feature 9 - How was the sleep? How was breakfast? Where are we off to?
- 8:30am depart for Port Hope via Loyalist Pkwy and Hwy 2
- 10:00am to 10:30am at Port Hope
Feature 10 – Fuel Stop. How much money have I spent on gas?
- 10:30am depart for Toronto via Regional Rd 9, Taunton Rd and Hwy 7
- 12:00pm to 3:30pm at Toronto
Feature 11 – Group Ride with Toronto Scooter Club. These guys are hardcore!
Feature 12 – Hit the showers!! Cap it all off!

Anyone wishing to join us along the way are more than welcome! The more the merrier!

Please ensure you check back regularly to Bryan’s blog and the Twitter feed as things will be changing constantly.

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Zero heading to Canadian PHEV'09 Conference

Stephen Bieda, Director of Sales - Canada for Zero Motorcycles is going to be in attendance at the Plug-In Hybrid and Electric Vehicles conference and trade show is being held in Montreal from September 28th to 30th.

Doesn't look like he's presenting based on the schedule for the day. Too bad... Might have been pretty fun for some of the attendees to hop on a Zero and do a few loops around the conference to shake the dust off. No offense to some of the presenters but some of those topic seem like real snoozers!

Over 90 speakers from Canada, USA, Europe and Asia are expected at the event. So it does look like the place to be if you're interested in electric vehicles and the technology of electric vehicles... like really, really interested.

If you're really, really interested you might want to check out the event website - HERE.

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Official Aprilia RSV4 R video launch

Italian motorcycle maker Aprilia has a new video featuring their new RSV4 R superbike.

Excited?

Well, you should be! The Aprilia RSV4 R has a 1000 cc engine, 180 HP, V4 engine, integrated Ride-by-Wire electronic management, twin injectors, racing-derived frame and cycle parts, and an extremely compact size.

The video shows the bike from a ton of angles and on the race track. Sadly, what it doesn't feature is the sound of the V4 engine. Instead, it features an audio track. Shame!

We took a look around and found another video which doesn't show a bunch of angles but does feature the Aprilia at idle and cranking on the throttle a little. Sounds MEAN! You've got to love the sound of a V4.

The Aprilia RSV4 visuals:



The Aprilia RSV4 R sounds:


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Ducati Xerox team does the double at home; Haga wins in race 1, Fabrizio in race 2!

Sunday 27th September 2009: After two spectacular races, it was the Ducati Xerox team celebrating this afternoon after Noriyuki Haga and his Ducati 1198 stormed to victory in Race 1 and team-mate Michel Fabrizio repeated the feat in race 2. With a race victory apiece, as well as a second place finish for Haga in the second race, and third place for Michel in the first, the result couldn’t have been better for the Ducati Xerox Team at their home track. Noriyuki thus regains his championship lead with only two rounds to go.

A fantastic Race 1 saw Max Biaggi take the lead off the start line, closely followed by the Ducati men Michel and Noriyuki and Honda’s Jonathan Rea. Rea crashed out during the second lap, leaving the Ducati Xerox twosome to battle it out against Aprilia’s Biaggi. Haga got ahead on lap nine only to lose the lead again to Biaggi shortly after. In lap seventeen of twenty-one it was again the Japanese rider who led the pack, and it was he who reigned supreme, crossing the line first, ahead of Biaggi and Fabrizio who battled it out for second position until the final corner.

In Race 2 it was Michel who was fastest off the line and for the first two laps he led the pack, followed closely by his team-mate Noriyuki, Biaggi, Byrne and Spies. Noriyuki got past Michel on the third lap and from then on it became a Ducati showdown, Michel re-passing Nori mid way through the race to then hold the lead to the chequered flag, taking his second ever victory in front of Ducati’s home crowd. Haga crossed the line just 3.5 seconds behind Michel, making it a Ducati one-two, ahead of Simoncelli on the Aprilia who closed in third.

Today’s results, most importantly, take Noriyuki back into the lead in the overall championship standings. The 45 points he takes home from Imola take him up to 391 points, just 3 points ahead of Yamaha’s Ben Spies. Michel consolidates his third position, holding a total of 330 points.

Noriyuki Haga (Race 1 –winner , Race 2 – 2nd)
“It’s great to have won again, having not been in this position since Kyalami and having had some tough rounds after the Donington accident. It was a very long race, I thought it would never end, and with all that happened, I don’t even remember when I overtook Max! Over this weekend we have gradually improved and I am especially happy with the result because my father has travelled to Europe for the first time to see me race. For Race 2 I unfortunately had to go out on the second bike as we had problems with the first and we couldn’t get it fixed in time. It was a hard race and I am very tired at the end of it all. Congratulations to Michel in Race 2 of course and also to Marco (Simoncelli) and thanks to my engineer Ernesto, to my team and to Ducati. We are now back in the lead with a three point advantage but there are still four races to go so there’s still a fight ahead. We need the best possible bike for Magny-Cours and Portimao!”

Michel Fabrizio (Race 1 – 3rd, Race 2 – winner)
“What races! I really wanted a win today so I am extremely happy. In Race 1 the problem was that after just a few laps I was having problems with my left arm and it was hard to change gear, I had kind of cramps in my hand. By the end I was really hanging on by two fingers with no feeling in my arm. So all things considered third place was a good result. After the first race I got my trainer to do some work on my arm and it obviously did the trick because it wasn’t a problem in Race 2, and when I got past Noriyuki I knew I could win. I’m happy also for my son, who is here and always asks me why I don’t win more! Thanks to the whole team, to my trainer Leigh “Rok” Bryan, to Ducati, to Xerox and to the spectators who have been amazing this weekend. All of Ducati’s top management were here today too so I hope that our results demonstrate that Nori and me deserve to have had our contracts renewed for next year.”

RESULTS: Race 1 – 1. Haga (Ducati Xerox); 2. Biaggi (Aprilia); 3. Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox); Race 2 - Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox); 2. Haga (Ducati Xerox); 3. Simoncelli (Aprilia)

CLASSIFICATION: Riders – 1. Haga (Ducati Xerox) 391; 2. Spies (Yamaha) 388; 3. Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) 330; 4. Rea (Honda) 263; 5. Biaggi (Aprilia) 257; 6. Haslam (Honda) 219;. Constructors – Ducati 489; Yamaha 431; Honda 368; Aprilia 267; Suzuki 148; BMW 113; Kawasaki 63

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2009 Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship - Final Championship Results

The first year of the Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championships is in the books and everyone involved has deemed it a success and we are all looking forward to next year. At the final awards ceremony in Parry Sound we awarded the Overall Pro Championships, the Inside MotoX and Off Road Magazine Eastern Amateur Championships as well as the Overall Amateur Championships. Here is the run down of the Final Awards.

PRO CLASS

Overall Top Pro - Bobby Prochnau (BC) KTM
**For next season Bobby will ride with the #1 plate**
E1 - Patrick Beaule (Quebec) KTM
E2 - Bobby Prochnau (BC) KTM
E3 - Jason Schrage (Alberta) KTM

Inside Motorcycles Top Pro Junior
Ryan Graffunder (BC) Suzuki

Overall Amateur Championships
A - Stephen Shannon (BC) Gas Gas
B - Mike Dobovich (Alberta) KTM
C - Ben Riviere (Alberta) KTM
Vet - Dave Sheridan (Alberta) KTM
Super Vet - Ron Schlosser (Alberta) KTM
Women - Victoria Hett (BC) KTM

Inside MotoX and Off Road Magazine Western Amateur Champions
A - Dillon Bucknell
B - Cedric Peters
C - Ben Riviere (Alberta) KTM
Vet - Dave Sheridan (Alberta) KTM
Super Vet - Ron Schlosser (Alberta) KTM
Women - Victoria Hett (BC) KTM

Inside MotoX and Off Road Magazine Eastern Amateur Champions
A - Adam Millson (Ontario) Yamaha
B - Mike Dobovich (Alberta) KTM
C - Connor Brogan (Ontario) KTM
Vet - Dave Sheridan (Alberta) KTM
Super Vet - Ron Schlosser (Alberta) KTM
Women - Victoria Hett (BC) KTM

VET PRO Champion
Mark Cahill from BC (Valley Motorsports KTM)

Each of the Overall Pro and the East & West Amateur Champions will be recieving a set of tires courtesy of Metzeler. Champions need to contact me to let me know what size you require and which motorcycle dealer you want them sent to. And yes those of you who won an East AND West amateur title will be recieving two sets.

In addition to all these deserving Champions World Enduro Canada wants to recognize all the riders who competed in all the rounds or in rounds on both sides of the country as some riders could not complete the entire 8 event series due to injury. We counted 29 riders from 5 provinces who competed on both sides of the country. It is the cross country support that these individuals put forward that made this Championship a TRUE National Series. At the Labelle round we had riders from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia which gave us representatives from 7 Provinces at that event!!

Jason Wiesner - ON
Marc Zimny - ON
Bruce Moffat - ON
Andre Ferraton - QC
Simon Ferraton - QC
Chris Martin - ON
Guy Giroux - QC
Any Lavoie - QC
Victoria Hett - BC
Steve Shannon - BC
Dave Sheridan - AB
Ben Riviere - AB
Jake Stapleton - ON
Micheal Dobovich - AB
Karine Geoffrion - QC
Pat O'Neill - ON
Alex Conti - ON
Shane Cuthbertson - AB
Ryan Graffunder - BC
Nick Graffunder - BC
Trevor Blysma - ON
Tyler Linton - ON
Brian Marshall - ON
Mark Cahill - BC
Patrick Feal - MB
Brian Wojonarski - ON
Keith Billings - ON
Ron Schlosser - AB
Mark Dzikowski - ON

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Fabrizio flies the Ducati Xerox flag; fastest on day one at Imola

Friday 25th September 2009: a disorganised start to the World Superbike event at Imola today, as riders faced difficult track conditions in the first free practice session. The Superbike riders, Ducati Xerox men Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio included, were the first to exit onto the track this weekend but, after only a couple of laps and a crash for Yamaha’s Tom Sykes, it became clear that it was necessary to reclean certain parts of the track, left slippery after last weekend’s touring car event.

Free practice was therefore postponed while the track was washed during the afternoon and rescheduled for 17.45. Both Noriyuki and Michel exited immediately and times dropped consistently throughout the sixty-minute session. Having come into the box a few times to make minor modifications to his bike, Michel was then able to make a flying lap only a few minutes before the end of the hour, and thus recorded the fastest time of the day. Fabrizio, the most consistently fast rider during the official tests at Imola two months ago, was the only rider to duck under 1m50 today. Noriyuki, having not taken part in earlier testing and not having ridden here since 2006, didn't immediately find feeling with the track, and found he needed more time to learn the trickier sections, particularly the new chicane. Haga closed the day in thirteenth position.

Due to the lengthy delays earlier in the day, today’s qualifying session was cancelled and qualifying will therefore consist of one session only, to take place tomorrow morning.

Michel Fabrizio 1m49.8s

“I’m very happy to have made the fastest lap but it was not easy. The track is still very slippery and although I’m fairly comfortable with the front of the bike I was having trouble with lack of grip at the rear. Hopefully track conditions will improve over the weekend. My left arm was also giving me pain during the session so I’ll get that looked at this evening in order to be 100% ready for tomorrow.”

Noriyuki Haga 1m51.1s

“I didn’t test here in July of course and so I’m a bit behind with respect to the other guys. I think I just a little more time to learn the track, specifically the last chicane, and we need to find a better solution for the suspension settings.”

TIMES: 1. Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) 1m49.8s; 2. Checa (Honda) 1m50.1s; 3. Spies (Yamaha) 1m50.2s; 4. Rea (Honda) 1m50.3s; 5. Biaggi (Aprilia) 1m50.5s; 6. Kagayama (Suzuki) 1m50.5s; 7. Haslam (Honda) 1m50.7s; 8. Byrne (Ducati) 1m50.8s…. 13. Haga (Ducati Xerox) 1m51.1s

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Honda CBF600 coming to Canada

Honda Canada has let us know that they'll be bringing the CBF600 to dealerships here in the great white north. The 700Cc Deauville will not be coming to Canada.

The CBF600 isn't a brand new bike; it has been around in Europe for several years. It made its debut in 2004 and proven itself to be a great all-rounder model.

The engine is a detuned version of the current CBR600RR engine. It also features a cast aluminium chassis, 41 mm telescopic fork up front, and a single rear shock (both are pre-load adjustable).

The CBF600 is not quite naked and comes with a half-fairing. It's said to be practical, easy to ride with very smooth power delivery. Should be a great confidence boosting bike for beginners.

In Europe the CBF600 is said to make right around 77 horsepower and 43 lb-ft of torque at 8,250 rpm. Wet weight comes in at 222 kg (489 lb). The Euro spec bike also comes with combined ABS. Top speed is claimed to be 136 mph. The Europe spec model also has a 3-way adjustable seat which might come in handy for riders who might be a little shorter in the leg.

It's likely the CBF600 will come to Canada with pretty near identical specs as the European model but we'll let you know full specs and pricing as soon as we can. Likely in October.

If you'd like more details on the Euro-spec CBF600 you may want to check out the 2008 Product Information Guide (PDF) from Honda - HERE.

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Taylor triumphs once more - Icing on the Cake

Donald Taylor, sponsored by Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada and Clare’s Harley-Davidson® of Niagara, capped off a brilliant 2009 Canadian Motorcycle Association Dirt Track National Championship season with a powerful performance under the lights last Saturday night. In what was a surprise to many riders, the evening’s races were given championship point status and Taylor simply added to his unassailable points lead with his ride.

With his Harley-Davidson® XR 750 bike carefully massaged for short track competition by George Evans, Taylor dominated for all but one short and exciting segment. Our champion explains, “I kind of goofed on the start of my heat race. I think I spun it up a bit much coming off the line, and Jon Cornwell (XR 750) and Joey Hartrich (XR 750) beat me into turn one. I knew it was going to be hard to pass on the short track, and I knew I had to make my way past as quick as possible, so I drove it up on the cushion and just motored past them on the exit of turn two”. Taylor makes it sound easy, but the fact of the matter is, it was a daring move that illustrated his bravery, skill, and will to win.


Taylor’s thrilling manoeuvre had everyone in the packed grandstands on their feet roaring with approval. They could even be heard above the sounds of seven XR 750 motorcycles roaring down the back straight. “The fans were unreal,” confirmed the champ. “The place was packed and they stayed for the whole evening. Even the pits were clogged up with fans after the races. It was really cool. They gave us a standing ovation on the cool-down lap after the final.”

There was good reason for their enthusiasm. Many of those in attendance were regulars at the Welland County Motorcycle Club who promoted Saturday night races, and many had watched the hometown hero Taylor since he began racing at the club in the Youth 85cc class. They took partisan pride in their hero.

That same crowd cheered boisterously once more in the National Championship Expert final, but this time, Taylor needed no heroics. “I guess I just checked out on them,” he explained simply. “I got the holeshot, took the lead, and rode my own race. I don’t think I ever had so much fun on my XR. George did a great job for me again. It was so smooth and just pulled like crazy coming out of the turns. We usually don’t ride XR [bikes] on the short track, and I thought it was going to be a real handful, but like I said it was fun, and yeah, the crowd was unreal. A lot of them know me, so it was really cool to win my last race in Canada for this year for them.”

Donald Taylor will be back in action in the AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championships in Pomona, California, on October 24 in the final round of that series. His goal, of course, is to win and to move into the top ten in the 2009 AMA Pro standings. This year in Canada, he captured his record-breaking sixth CMA National Dirt Track Championship title.

* Image courtesy DonTaylorRacing

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Troy and Ruben looking forward to Imola

Munich. The twelfth round of this year’s Superbike World Championship takes place at the Enzo e Dino Ferrari circuit in Imola, Italy, and will be the first time the series is at the track since 2006. Since then, modifications to the circuit have been made, especially on the approach to the chicane before the front straight. The top teams tested the new layout in mid-July and the revisions to the track drew mixed comments. Troy took a runner up spot in 2005, but Ruben has even better memories of the circuit as he took a superb double victory there in 2003.

Troy
Although we have tested at Imola this year - on the new layout - there is still lots to learn and do. For me the new approach to the front straight is not as good as before and the final chicane could cause problems. I am looking forward to riding my bike again as I believe that we have made really good progress recently and I want to see how this progress continues in Imola. Hopefully the weather will be better than the Nurburgring and we will get a good crowd and a good result.

Ruben
My physiotheraphy and rehabilitation has gone very well and I think I will be able to race in Imola. Just before Imola, I will get on a bike and see how my leg behaves and how it feels when I get off the bike. In the normal scheme of things, I should really not be on a bike at all before Portimao, but everything has gone well so far and I am very eager to get on my bike and race. I saw the progress at Brno before I crashed and I am itching to get on my bike and see how much progress the team have made since then. There is no absolutely final decision about Imola yet, but I am very, very hopeful.

Berti Hauser (Director - BMW Motorrad Motorsport)
Hopefully, our normal team will be back in action at Imola and it will be a pleasure to have Ruben back and interesting to hear what he says about the bike since Brno. Until he rides the bike, we do not know how strong he will be, but we know that his rehabilitation has gone very well and we know how keen he is to get on the bike again. These last three races are very important to all of us and we are aiming to end the last part of the season in very positive frame of mind and build on that for next season.
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Ducati previews 2010 Hypermotard 796: The new way to go Hyper

Looks like the rumors were true! Ducati is coming out with a less expensive, and smaller version of the HyperMotard. In advance of the EICMA show in Milan Ducati has presented us with some pictures of the Hypermotard 796.

Canadian pricing won't be out for a few more days.

Press Release:

The Hypermotard family will expand for 2010 with the addition of the exciting new Hypermotard 796. Just as aggressively striking as the 1100, the new Hypermotard 796 features a lower seat height and brand new smooth and flexible engine to make it the perfect urban assault vehicle. Whether it's working the daily commute or attacking the open roads, the 796 will ride the common ground between manners and madness by mixing Ducatiís unrivalled twin-cylinder power and sportbike heredity with the lightweight and minimalist supermotard concept.

The 796 weighs in at just 167kg (368lb), partly achieved by a lightweight engine, but also by continued chassis development that includes redesigned top and bottom fork clamps and an improved frame layout which eliminates almost all of the forged elements previously used with the 1100.

At 825mm (32.5in), the seat height of the 796 is a sure-footed 20mm (0.8in) lower than the 1100 and, when combined with the new engineís smooth power delivery, this Hypermotard inspires confidence however and wherever its ridden.

The completely new Ducati 796 engine, which conforms to Euro 3 regulations, produces 81hp (59.6kW) of power and 55.7lb-ft (7.7kgm) of torque with the smooth and economic rideability expected from all Desmodue L-Twins.

The engine is equipped with an APTC wet clutch to give a slipper type action that prevents destabilization of the rear-end during aggressive down-shifting and also gives the extra benefit of a super-light feel at the lever, a great advantage in stop-start city traffic or during longer journeys.

The new 796 comes in an urban-style Dark finish with matte black tank and beak section, black frame and black wheels or, alternatively, matte white tank with contrasting matte black beak, black frame and black wheels. For the purists, an 1100 look-alike red tank with matching beak section, red frame and black wheels gives the 796 a traditional livery.






More details via Ducati - HERE.

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World Enduro Canada wraps up a season

This past weekend Parry Sound, Ontario hosted the final two rounds of the 2009 Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championships. Matt McAnanama and his crew from dirtybikes.ca put together a challenging and fun course that recieved rave reviews from the riders. At the wrap up party on Sunday evening at the Stockey Center the riders voted the Parry Sound Cross Test as the best of the year. BC was voted best Extreme Test, Alberta best Transfer Trail and Quebec the best Enduro Test. For full results go HERE

Bill Petro, who takes photos for the Toronto Star, attended the event and there will be a write up and photos in this weekend's Saturday Star Wheels section. The Star is distributed across Canada with over a million readers - this is the type of exposure Enduro needs to take the sport to the next level. Be sure to get a copy this weekend - who knows your photo might be there.

Dan Paris from Directmotocross.com, who sent me the podium photos that are attached, sent me his thoughts on the inaugural year of the Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championships. I thought Dan's words really summed up the mission of World Enduro Canada and what we are working towards.

As a moto-journalist I’d like to say a few things about the 2009 Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Series. For years, and I mean even as a little mid-70’s kid with a bowl cut, I’ve listened to people bemoaning the state of enduro and off-road racing in Canada. Hosting FIM World Enduro rounds in 2006 and 2007 gave the sport a shot in the arm in a big way. That shot of juice kicked in when the Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Series was announced. I was stoked at the news! I mean, I’d guessed from hanging around the sidelines of off-road and motocross races for the better part of 40 years that Enduro was somehow marketable, and in some ways perhaps even more marketable than motocross. And like everyone else, I shrugged my shoulders and wished for something cool to happen.

I scratch out my meagre and unusual living by talking to racers. And the racers I talked to after the opening CEC rounds in Alberta and B.C were thrilled. At the same time as the ultra-cool website www.directmotocross.com (shameless plug there…) was really building steam the talent of Canadian Extreme riders like Shane Cuthbertson and Cory Graffunder was shocking the hell out of the European and U.S elite. After hanging out with the riders and promoters at the Quebec and Parry Sound CEC rounds I believe this series is the biggest thing to happen to dirt bike racing in Canada since the glory days of World Motocross GP racing at Copetown or St.Gabriel. Sure, everyone in the industry expected a baby step from the CEC. A little bump in the leg like a timid dog might do when it's deciding if you’re friendly or not. Instead the Royal Distributing series hit Canada like a pissed off Great White. BAM! Their full speed attack on the status quo could be just what the industry and the sport need so badly these days. But then again, what do I know?

“Motocross is like the pointy tip of a massive iceberg,” Gopher Dunes owner Frank Schuster explained to me back when I first started writing. “Those few guys drive the sport and give the kids heroes to emulate. More and more of their used bikes pile up every year and new riders pile onto them. The further you go down the bigger that iceberg becomes. All of those weekend warriors are out there bombing around on beater bikes, just trail riding and having fun. And spending money.” With Frank’s comment in mind, what could possibly entertain a wider audience than CEC style enduro?

Aside from the fact that sports these days are all about being ‘Extreme’, Enduro racing has mixed the traditional elements of motocross, woods racing and trials competition with a down to earth vibe. It’s sort of like a racing version of your average ‘On any Sunday’ trail ride with your buddies when you think about it. I overheard a disbeliever at Parry Sound saying, “Sure it’s cool and all, but I don’t think this series will really help sell bikes.” To that I say baloney. The Pros of the CEC Series are the new wave of two-wheeled rock stars, kicking out the jams and showing just what is possible on a dirt bike. Thanks to the team at World Enduro Canada, plus the racers, volunteers, media and sponsors that made the Royal Distributing CEC series such a success, Enduro racing is no longer something moto-marketing gurus can ignore. Three cheers to all of you guys who made it happen!

Dan Paris
www.directmotocross.com

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The Ducati official fine arts prints collection - the Art of Racing

Ducati has been teaming up with companies to market Ducati official products. They're products that Ducati believes will appeal to their market and they offer unique Ducati style. Well, Ducati signed on another parter and product. They've gotten into the arts...

Press Release follows:

The iconic motorbike brand Ducati, in collaboration with Cultwork, launches official fine art prints collection for Ducatisti, motorbike enthusiasts and lovers of fine graphic art.

Recognizing the ideal link between motorbike design and graphic arts, Ducati introduces its official fine art prints collection. At the forefront of motorbike innovation and design, Ducati now offers its enthusiasts the possibility to decorate their living and working spaces with authentic Ducati artworks created by international graphic artists and photographers passionate about motorbikes and technical design products. They express the passion and design of Ducati bikes through the language of graphic art and art photography. The artworks can be purchased exclusively from the Ducati art prints web store: www.ducatiart.com and will be available at selected Ducati stores.

The Ducati Official Art Prints Collection: Design your life with your passion

Ducati official art prints are authentic, limited edition, fine art giclée prints, created by young talents and established graphic artists, reproduced on museum quality media.

The launch collection features three themes: The Bikes, Racing Art and Ducati Icons&Vintage. The Bikes Collection features subjects which concentrate on Ducati’s most important bikes. The Racing Art Collection features subjects inspired by key racing moments while the Icons&Vintage Collection concentrates on Ducati iconography and images, inspired by Ducati’s vast heritage.

On Ducatiart.com collectors have the possibility to choose the media of reproduction and size of their favourite subject, according to their aesthetic tastes and interior decoration style. They can choose between four different media (Canvas, Fine Art Paper, Cultbond and Cultplex) and between 15 different sizes which range from 25cmx25cm to 405cmx135cm. Each artwork purchased on Ducatiart.com is individually crafted and tailored to the individual order.

Prices range from 100€ to 1.395€ depending on the media of reproduction, the size and the edition.

The Editions

Ducati artworks are realized in numbered, limited or unique editions. Limited editions range from unique artworks (1/1) to editions of maximum 100 pieces.

The artworks are accompanied by a certificate of authenticity and limited edition, guaranteeing their originality and collector value. All subjects are authentic and original creations exclusive to Ducati.

The Artists

The illustrators, graphic artists and photographers selected by Ducati and Cultwork, to create the Ducati Official Art Prints launch collection are: Mirko Pohle, Mk, Ottavio Di Chio, Chiara Gasparetto, Luca Imerito, Serena Zanello, Flavio Chirico, Sophie Natta, Stefano Videtta, Terry Frencken, Undesign, Paolo Gattuso, Daniel Peh, Veronica Servente, Andrea Mariani and Gabriel Phillips.

The collection develops continuously through new artists, subjects, styles and special editions.

Ducati and Cultwork

Ducati Official Fine Art is a venture between Ducati and Cultwork. Cultwork is a unique worldwide artist’s network and a leading art-on-demand operator which creates and produces fine art prints editions, exclusively dedicated to aficionados of legendary products, in collaboration with iconic brands.

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Contract renewal for the two Ducati Xerox riders - Haga and Fabrizio

Monday 21st September: just a few days prior to the Imola Superbike round, taking place from 25th to 27th September, Ducati confirms that both the Ducati Xerox riders Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio will stay with the team for the 2010 racing season. In the last week Ducati’s management have reached an agreement with both Noriyuki and Michel, meaning that the two talented riders, currently second and third in the World Superbike standings, will remain on board for the coming year. This important renewal will allow for a continuation of the great work that results from such close collaboration between the technical staff and the riders. For the 34-year old Japanese rider this will be his second consecutive season with the Ducati Xerox squad and is the third for 25-year old Italian Michel who debuted with the team, alongside Troy Bayliss, in 2008.

Noriyuki Haga
“I am very happy that this great team continues to believe in me! I thank Ducati, the team and everyone that was involved in making the decision. I have a great relationship with my team and with Michel, and so I am more than happy to stay here in 2010. We don’t yet know how this year will end, but what is certain is that I will continue to do my best, as I do every weekend. Knowing that I have a job for next year will surely spur me on; I will give 200% in Imola this weekend, and then if that’s not enough I’ll redouble my efforts at Magny and Portimao!”

Michel Fabrizio
“I’m very happy, I received confirmation of the renewal the day before my birthday and this news was a great end to the week. I’m currently third in the championship and I’ll continue to give my all in the final three rounds. At Imola I’m going to go on fighting my own battle, and then we’ll see how Nori and I are placed… I’ll perhaps change my strategy for the last two races, if need be, in order to assist Nori. Next year I won’t let anyone get ahead as quickly as Nori did this season and I’ll be doing all I can to be near the top of the standings right from the start of the championship.”

Filippo Preziosi – General Director Ducati Corse

“Nori and Michel are both racing, and bringing home extremely satisfying results, in what is a very close-fought championship and so Ducati is proud to be able to confirm them both for the 2010 season. The experience they have accumulated this year will surely contribute to even stronger performances in the future. My compliments to the entire team, for the professionalism and passion with which everyone works each weekend at the tracks.”

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Ducati Xerox team to experimate with live streaming from the garage at Imola

During the upcoming World Superbike weekend, to be held at the Italian circuit of Imola from 25th to 27th September, the Ducati Xerox Team, in collaboration with Ducati.com, will allow fans from around the world the chance to see right to the heart of the action, by providing live streaming direct from Noriyuki Haga’s garage on both Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September.

A brand new experience, with the live and uncut footage undoubtedly spiking the interest of the countless passionate fans who are following the Superbike racing as the season comes to a thrilling climax. This is a way for the loyal fans, sponsors and Ducatisti to participate, allowing them a “fly on the wall” view of the unique, adrenalin-fuelled world of the motorcycle racer and his team.

With only three races left, and with both of the Ducati Xerox riders, Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio, in the running for the rider’s title, the experiment is thus implemented for the very first time at Imola, which is of course hosting what is the “home round” for Ducati.

Never before has a motorcycle racing team initiated such a project and, if all goes to plan at Imola, the service will also be available during the final two rounds, at Magny-Cours and Portimao.

A web-cam, positioned this time in Haga’s pit garage, will be activated between 14.00 and 17.00 on Saturday and between 09.00 and 17.00 on Sunday, allowing users to log on to the official Ducati site - www.ducati.com – and watch live streaming of “Nitro-Nori” and his technical team in action during Superpole, Sunday warm-up and the all-important races.

For more information, log on to www.ducati.com from Monday 21st September. The Ducati Xerox Team awaits you at Imola!

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Cry Havoc - Motorcycle crash technology video's

National Geographic channel has recently aired a documentary produced by Cry Havoc about the technology of avoiding motorcycle crashes.

National Geographic now has a couple brief clips from the show on their website.

Check it out here:





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Mysterious Zoltan flat 6 chopper.

What did Adam Sandler say in that movie... "Don't mess with the Zoltan." Don't mess with this Zoltan either - it's packing a huge flat six engine.

We spotted this bike on a little trip to the local hardware store and just had to get a few pictures. It's a bit of a mystery. The bike is in Nova Scotia, Canada and licenced here but the frame says it comes from Cardiff Wales in the UK.

The frame, and tank and many other parts look like they're high quality. Where did this bike come from? Certainly I've never seen one before and a search for "Zoltan Engineering" company doesn't give me too much.

Anyway - here's some pictures for you to check it out for yourself. If you have any information on the bike, or where it came from we'd love to hear from you.

Update (Sept 20th/09) - the consensus of opinion we've gotten so far is that it's a Honda GoldWing 1500cc engine but it's also got a supercharger with intercooler (likely an OEM car part).




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Ural ST (without sidecar) not coming to Canada

We spoke to the Canadian Distributor of Ural's and asked them about the new Ural ST, that's SOLO T. The SOLO T is the company's newest bike and one without a sidecar.

It replaces the Ural Wolf cruiser which was never really a big seller in Canada.

So no big surprise then when asked if the Solo T was going to make it to our shores - the answer was "there are no plans to bring in the SOLO T at this time."

Some (reported) facts about the SOLO T, just in case you're still interested:

- The leading-link front forks are gone and replaced with 41mm Marzocchi telescopic forks.
- New triple clamps put the front end rake at 26° with a trail of 70mm (to lower the stance)
- Front brake disc, four-pot Brembo calipers and braided steel line are shared from the T
- No steering damper
- Softer Sachs shocks in the rear.
- 460lbs (dry)

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Corazzo has some fun and does some abrasion tests

Seems like the folks over at Corazzo not only make some stylish scooter (and motorcycle) performance gear but they've got a wild side and like to have some fun too it seems!

Watch this clip and check out how their gear holds up when it's drug across the pavement. Impressive.

Corazzo is a company we've mentioned before, that's based in Portland but does have some of their products made right here in Canada.


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Scooter Sense Almost World Tour!

Just heard from Dave Hatch over at Motorcycle Experience and they've got something brewing with Bryan "Mr. Scooter Sense" Hudgin. If you watch Motorcycle Experience that'll be enough for you to know who he is! For those who don't recognize him - we snagged a photo from Yamaha Canada's website.

Now guys, Quebec and Ontario are only two of the thirteen provinces and territories of Canada but having driven from Winnipeg to Nova Scotia several times I can say that Ontario is pretty huge! Might be a long ride for Bryan depending on what scooter he chooses to make the trip on.

Best of luck!

Now on to the news:

In two weeks Motorcycle Experience will be shooting the:Scooter Sense Almost World Tour Big City Lights and Camp Fire Nights!

Starting October 4th until October 7th, Scooter Sense segment host Bryan Hudgin will be riding his Yamaha scooter from Montreal to Toronto on a good old fashioned road trip! This isn't just any tour though. Bryan's only form of currency will be a $25 gas card and some Almost World Tour t-shirts. But that's not all! Rain or shine, he must camp at night and carry everything he uses on his back or in his scooter! Tents, sleeping bags, clothes....you name it!! He is truly a scooter nomad.

To follow along, log on to
motorcycles.yamahablogs.ca and watch the Twitter feed to see where we're at! Or search YamahaMotorCa on Twitter to follow.

We'll be rolling from Montreal, to Ottawa, to Kingston and finally Toronto with stops along the way!

For you die hard Motorcycle Experience fans we invite you to join up with show host Dave Hatch and cameraman “Brownie” while they ride along the route shooting and chatting with Bryan.


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Cardo will design a communication system for Schuberth flip-up helmets

Schuberth GmbH, the German producer of high-end head protection and Cardo Systems Inc., the Pittsburgh based market leader in Bluetooth communication systems for motorcycle helmets (scala rider), announced the signing of a cooperation agreement, according to which Cardo will design and manufacture a unique communication and entertainment system for the Schuberth C3, C2 and Concept motorcycle flip-up helmets. The new and patented system which can be easily adapted to these helmets will be launched in 2009.

Besides connectivity with mobile phones, bike-to-bike intercom between up to 3 rider and wireless receipt of stereo music from compatible MP3 players, no further technical information about the system was provided. At this point also the name of the new system is still being kept confidential. Schuberth’s executives described their new system not only technologically as cutting edge, but also as a radically new approach in retrofitting communication systems to motorcycle helmets, blurring the line between built-in headsets and after-market solutions.

The new system will be offered first for Schuberth flip-up helmets and can be installed within minutes by any end-user. Schuberth plans to present the system this year, possibly at the EICMA motorcycle trade show in Milan, Italy.

Marcel Lejeune, CEO of Schuberth GmbH remarked: “Our collaboration with Cardo is meant to equip the world's finest motorcycle helmets with the best available communication and entertainment system. The new system represents the synthesis between our unrelenting pursuit of safety, intuitive ergonomics and cutting-edge technology. This product will meet an important customer demand for a smart and mature all-round solution to complement our premium helmets".

Dr. Abraham Glezerman, Chairman of Cardo Systems added: “Working with Schuberth gives us a welcome opportunity to provide a high-end solution to a sophisticated clientele that is used to very high standards. Everything we have learned in years of research, development and market requirements will be brought to bear in the Schuberth communication system."

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Round 5 & 6 Canadian Enduro Championship (CEC)

The fifth and sixth rounds of the 8-race Royal Distributing 2009 Canadian Enduro Championship (CEC) were held in Labelle, QC. this past weekend. Labelle is situated 1.5 hours North of Montreal, the local topography consists of wet rock, black mud, and occasional sand pit of all of which challenged 119 rider field. The 3 different timed special tests decided the victor, ultimately BC’s Bobby Prochnau riding a KTM 450 dominated by fending off challenges from Lethbridge, Alberta’s Jason Schrage and local hero Guy Giroux who rode his BMW 450X to third place overall.

Alberta’s Shane Cuthbertson, BC’s Geoff Nelson, Ontario’s Brian Wojanarski, Tyler Linton and Quebec-based Patrick Beaule and Allan Lachapelle are some of the Pro riders who showed fine form over the weekend.

Two hard luck award candidates would have been Machine Yamaha Toyota team rider Jake Stapleton who was on track for a top finish but a mishap saw him pull out early on the first day and Alberta youngster Ben Riviere who broke his arm yet rode on to the finish to win the Amateur C class.

The CEC has become the true Canadian Championship with support from all 6 major motorcycle manufacturers and riders travelling from 7 of the 10 Canadian provinces to test their skills against Canada’s best off-road riders. The Quebec round saw riders from the Atlantic provinces attending for the first time.

The Inside Motorcycles Top Pro Junior award went to Simon Ferraton this past weekend while local rider, Jean Pellerin won the Rekluse Clutch Top Amateur in Extreme test award.

The final event of the CEC takes place in Parry Sound, Ontario this weekend with competition heading for the lakeside town for the two-day competition. Parry Sound has a long history in welcoming motorcyclists in its community.

At all CEC events spectators are welcome and there is no entry fee to see the best off-road riders in Canada shine. For more information on this weekend’s CEC event check out the website HERE.

*Image courtesy Sport Moteur



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Honda Dual Clutch transmission demonstration

Curious about Honda's new dual clutch transmission that's reportedly going to be featured first on the upcoming Honda VFR 1200?

Race car and rally drivers have been benefiting from similar systems but Honda is bringing the technology to the masses - and motorcycles.

Check out this YouTube clip we came across that shows what is said to be a prototype along with clear explanations of the benefits and operation of a dual clutch motorcycle transmission.


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Motorcycle Crash Tech debuts on National Geographic HD September 17th

Cry Havoc productions - the same folks who brought you Twist the Throttle - have a new video on the National Geographic channel. It features a behind-the-scenes look at the new technologies being used to avoid motorcycle crashes, prevent injuries, or even death when a racer or rider does go down.

According to Cry Havoc it'll air on the following days and times:

  • Thursday Sept. 17, 2009 at 9:00 PM ET
  • Friday Sept. 18, 2009 at 12:00 AM ET
  • Thursday Sept. 24, 2009 at 5:00 PM ET

  • UPDATE: We received an email from a reader in Quebec who mentioned that perhaps not all Cable networks will air the Show. They attempted to find the program on the Videotron Cable schedule ( for Quebec Cable networks) and website and couldn't find it. So there might be some cable show scheduling variations or that the show is not necessarily presented on Canadian television.

    Let's hope it's showing in whatever part of Canada you're in! Or that National Geographic might put it on their website for viewing.

    From a press release issued by Cry Havoc Productions

    New Motorcycle Documentary Premieres on the National Geographic Channel September 17, 2009 at 9PM ET

    “Motorcycle Crash Tech” is an extraordinary behind-the-scenes look at the new technologies being used to avoid motorcycle crashes, and prevent injuries or even death when a racer or rider does go down.

    Exclusive interviews with racer Neil Hodgson and the legendary Giacomo Agostini describe first-hand what goes through a racer’s mind the moment they know they’re going to crash and vividly recount just how deadly racing was in the 1960’s and ‘70’s. Combining rare archival footage from years past as well as contemporary AMA racing coverage, the film explains the differences between high-sides and low-sides and the extreme forces involved in both types of crashes.

    The film captures stunning action photography of world-class test riders Vito Guareschi (Alpinestars, Nolan, and Ducati) and Umberto Rumiano (MV Agusta) in action during what are normally closed test sessions of new riding gear and bikes. Brembo factory riders are also filmed testing the company’s newest brakes on twisting Italian mountain roads and performing incredible braking tests on Brembo’s private test track.

    Produced by Cry Havoc Productions, an award winning documentary film company specializing in Moto related films, “Motorcycle Crash Tech” will premiere on September 17, 2009 at 9PM ET on the National Geographic Channel.

    Filmed in 1080i high-definition and 5.1 digital surround sound, “Motorcycle Crash Tech” takes viewers on an extraordinary journey across Northern Italy. With rare access to the R & D facilities and research departments at Alpinestars, Brembo, Nolan, and MV Agusta, the film chronicles the very latest technologies being used in motorcycle riding gear, boots, helmets, brakes, and the bikes themselves to make racing and riding safer.

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    Transport Canada - latest motorcycle recalls

    Manufacturer: HARLEY-DAVIDSON
    Year: 2009
    Model: SCREAMIN EAGLE ROAD GLIDE - FLTRSE3

    Transport Canada Recall # 2009224
    Recall Date: 2009/07/22
    Units affected: 177


    Recall details: Certain motorcycles may have been assembled with an incorrectly manufactured rear wheel. The wheel could crack and fail during use, which could result in a vehicle crash causing personal injury or death. Certain wheel assemblies, sold over-the-counter as accessory parts, are also involved. Correction: Dealers will remove the rear wheel and inspect the manufacturer's code. Wheels that are marked with the code "R1" or "R2" will be replaced.

    Manufacturer: Honda
    Year: 2007-2009
    Model: CBR125

    Transport Canada Recall # 2009230
    Recall Date: 2009/08/05
    Units affected: 6,613

    Recall details: Certain motorcycles fail to comply with the requirements of CMVSS 108 - Lighting System and Retroreflective Devices. The headlight lens does not have the DOT marking required by the Standard. Correction: As the lamp meets all the photometric and environmental requirements of the Standard, and thereby does not pose any risk to safety, no corrective action will be taken.


    Manufacturer: Piaggio
    Year: X9 (2005 2006 2007), BV500 (2006 2007 2008)
    Model: X9, BV500

    Transport Canada Recall #
    Recall Date: 2009/07/16
    Units affected: 154

    Recall details: On certain scooters, the fuel hose located between the fuel pump and the fuel filter may have been improperly fastened during vehicle assembly. A loose connection could cause a drop in, or loss of, fuel pressure to the engine. Engine stalling would result in lost propulsion which, in conjunction with traffic and road conditions, and the rider's reactions, could increase the risk of a crash. Correction: Dealers will replace the section of fuel hose between the fuel pump and fuel filter.


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    New Honda VFR 1200 details emerge

    New details about the engine of Honda's V4 engine have emerged from Japan via a YouTube clip with Honda senior engine manager Tsutomu Ishi.

    It's a lightweight engine with a unicam, no balancer, phase-pin crankshaft, and 28° firing order. They wanted the bike to be smooth but still feature the "great sound and feel that comes from a V4 engine" so it's not geared for top end performance; it's geared to be easy to handle and ride yet still produce some excitement.

    The engine is compact in length and width because of the cylinder bank arrangement and will offer cylinder deactivation which will improve fuel economy.

    You may have also heard it'll include a dual-clutch gearbox, and a unique firing order. Details on the dual-clutch gearbox seem to be missing from the video but Ishi seems to touch on most of the other key details.

    The video runs 3 min 50 seconds and you have to read the subtitles unless you speak Japanese of course.


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    Ontario court rules stunt-driving law unconstitutional

    An Ontario Court Justice has reportedly struck down Ontario's new "stunt driving" legislation as being unconstitutional.

    The legislation, introduced in 2007, outlines several factors which define "stunt driving," including "driving a motor vehicle at a rate of speed that is 50 km/hr or more over the speed limit."

    Penalties in the legislation are stiff and includes fines of between $2,000 and $10,000, the automatic impounding of a vehicle, driver's license suspension and/or a potential prison term of up to six months.

    "There is no issue about the validity of automatic driver license suspension at the side of the road, or the immediate impoundment of a motor vehicle, or a minimal fine of not less than $2,000, as set out in section 172 of the Highway Traffic Act," Ontario Court Justice Geoffrey Griffin wrote when explaining his decision. "The only issue is the possibility of imprisonment for up to six months for an absolute liability offence, which I have found [Ontario's stunt racing law] to be."

    In R. v. Raham, a police officer clocked Jane Raham, a 62-year-old grandmother, at a speed of 131 km/hr in an 80 km/hr zone. Raham was trying to pass a tractor-trailer near Kanata, Ontario (near Ottawa).

    Griffin indicated the difference between a strict liability law — which allows a person to defend themselves by saying they tried to exercise some care and due diligence under the circumstances — and an absolute liability offence, for which no such defence is available.

    The Supreme Court of Canada found in 1985 that "absolute liability and imprisonment cannot be combined."
    Since the defence of due diligence is not truly available to a driver exceeding posted speed limits by more than 50 km-h without admitting that he or she is speeding, Ontario's street racing law is, in effect, an absolute liability offence, Griffin found.

    The judge said the imprisonment portion of the penalty renders the stunt driving law unconstitutional under the Charter, because it denies a person the right to the principles of fundamental justice.

    The Crown has indicated in press reports that it will be appealing the ruling.


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    Mission Motors sets electric motorcycle land speed record

    Mission Motors, a San Francisco based company motorcycle company has announced that its zero-emissions "Mission One" electric superbike has claimed the national AMA top speed record for an electric motorcycle, by achieving a record 150.059 mph two-pass average run sustained for one mile.

    The record was recorded at Bonneville Speedway on September 1st, 2009. Lead up to runs for the record saw one-way speeds across the mile stretch hit 161mph.

    Edward West, Mission Motors Founder and President is said to be pleased about the achievement was quoted as saying "We set this record on our first visit to the Bonneville Salt Flats on poor salt conditions and in high cross-winds. And to set it with our production prototype vehicle, not a custom Bonneville bike is truly amazing."

    The bike has one gear and max torque is available immediately. Pretty amazing stuff. It's got a range of 150 miles reportedly and they're taking deposits now. Got $68,995 USD kicking around?



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    Dirt TV posts Canadian Enduro Championship video's on YouTube

    Well the title kind of says it all but DirtTV has posted some high quality posts Canadian Enduro Champtionship video's on YouTube. The video's are from Rounds 1 & 2 of the 2009 Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championships in Blairmore, Alberta.

    There's lots of exciting footage here. Enjoy!

    Part 1



    Part 2



    Part 3



    Part 4


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    BMW DoubleR collection uncompromisingly sporty

    The time has finally come: once more BMW is playing an important role in motorcycle road racing. Fittingly, riders with professional racing ambitions will find that the new DoubleR collection is a complete, tailor-made range of rider`s equipment, produced with only the finest materials and to a high level of manufacturing excellence. The products' designs consciously reveal their close affinity to motorsport: just as much attention has been given to their look and comfort as to such factors as safety and a love of detail.


    The DoubleR collection comprises a leather suit, helmet, boots and gloves. Together they make up a complete outfit, which is ideal not only for riders of the new supersports bike, the BMW S 1000 RR, but also for all other ambitious riders.


    For the helmet and boots, existing successful products were taken and their design enhanced yet further, while the suit and gloves are completely new product developments. The DoubleR collection will be presented at the EICMA international motorcycle show in Milan this coming November.


    DoubleR Suit – Superbike performance for the road.


    The one-piece racing suit in BMW Motorrad motorsport design is made of highly wear-resistant kangaroo leather, only 1.0 millimetre thick, making it 20% lighter than regular suits made of calf leather. It is also notable for its skin-tight fit.


    The DoubleR suit is extremely pleasant to wear while also providing a very high level of active safety. The integrated and non-removable NP protectors at the shoulders, elbows, hips and knees offer a high degree of protection and are extremely effective in absorbing impacts.


    The extended-length, removable back protector is anatomically formed in 3D to provide a wide area of protection and enhanced safety for the spine, shoulder blades and kidneys.


    The collarbone is additionally protected by an integrated impact-absorbent material. The new, plastic-injected, INOX stainless steel shoulder and elbow sliders distribute the force peaks to the underlying protectors and facilitate sliding in the event of a fall. Replaceable standard-production sliders made of hard plastic are employed in the knee areas. A zip is also provided for integrating the BMW Neck Brace System.


    The torso, sleeves and legs of the suit are strongly preformed in line with standard racing posture, while the hump, which is a typical feature for this segment, has the effect of improving aerodynamics. The perforated leather areas, together with the TFL® cool coating of the black leather, prevent the suit from becoming excessively hot in high temperatures. At low temperatures, the windblocker undervest, supplied with the suit, can be used to protect the rider from the cold. The pre-fitted knee sliders are supplied as standard, as is a high-quality suit bag.


    The DoubleR suit will be available in the colour combinations blue/white/red and black/white/red.


    DoubleR Helmet – consistent coordination work.


    The DoubleR helmet has been developed from the Sport helmet model. The classic design employs the BMW Motorrad motorsports colours of blue/white/red, making it the perfect match for the DoubleR collection.


    The extra spoiler, which is especially constructed to maximise the aerodynamic properties of the BMW S 1000 RR and its narrow windshield, offers increased stability at high speeds.


    DoubleR Boots – design enhanced by professionals.


    The DoubleR boots are an enhanced design of the existing, professionally featured Sport boots and which have been especially developed for riders intending to employ the BMW S 1000 RR for sports use. The new features include large hook-and-loop-fastender inside zip covers for simplifying foot insertion. The blue nylon soles have been reinforced and refashioned to match the metal footrests of the S 1000 RR. The new boots will be available in the colour combination white/black.


    DoubleR Gloves – safety meets comfort.


    The DoubleR gloves are of a completely new design and made of 100% kangaroo leather. To improve its protective properties, the palm material is partially doubled and fitted with a Kevlar® underlay. The more at-risk zones are fitted with impact-absorbing Suprotect® foam in varying thicknesses.


    Also, stingray leather is incorporated in the hand edges. This is a natural material with a strong inherent structure and combines the great safety of leather with the comfort of modern textiles. The stingray leather's grainy structure has several benefits: it slides well without becoming hot, it is extremely wear-resistant, and although it has hard spots, it is in itself quite flexible.

    A finger bridge reinforced with Kevlar® protects the little finger in the event of a fall, while the wrist is protected by an anatomically formed hard-plastic shell in BMW Motorrad design.


    The strongly pre-curved cut guarantees a fold-free fit. The knuckle shell, made of GFK, is made in three different sizes, for an improved fit. Stretch material is incorporated underneath the hard shell and the leather stretch inserts at the bottom of the fingers increase their agility.


    The DoubleR gloves will be available in black and in the classic BMW Motorrad motorsport colours of blue/white/red.



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    BMW S 1000 RR takes fourth place in the Superstock Class with Race ABS and Dynamic Traction Control DT

    With an outstanding fourth place in the Superstock Class, the new BMW S 1000 RR proved its prowess at the 73rd Bol d’Or race in Magny-Cours. The very near-series bike impressively demonstrated its capabilities over the 24-hour racing distance.

    The bike raced by the BMW Team „BMW Sikora Bily Prorace“ and its riders Ireneusz Sikora, Thomas Polmiksovsky and Milos Czechihak under the direction of the Witec company was a purebred series production machine from the current endurance testing programme. Only a 24-litre tank for rapid fuelling, an Akrapocić racing exhaust system and a number of mounting parts for the prestigious 24-hour race had been fitted.

    In this 24-hour classic, the new S 1000 RR also impressively proved the racing suitability of the DTC Dynamic Traction Control as well as of the Race ABS.

    Gerhard Lindner, BMW Motorrad testing director:
    "The S 1000 RR not only demonstrated its stability under these tough conditions, but also how much the Race ABS and the new DTC Dynamic Traction Control support the riders. The S 1000 RR is the only series production motorcycle in the world to offer two regulation systems which define the new yardstick for braking safety and acceleration even under racing conditions, especially on such extremely long and exhausting distances.”

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    Tough Season for Millson has Silver Lining

    RMP Racing’s Pro Superbike racer and team owner Ross Millson wrapped up a challenging season at this past weekend’s finale of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Shannonville Motorsport Park.

    On Thursday Millson attended a trackday hosted by Hot Lap Events and utilized the extra track time to dial-in his #39 Inside Motorcycle / Tri City Cycle sponsored Suzuki GSX-R1000 before the upcoming weekend’s race. Millson turned some of his quickest lap times ever on the Shannonville - Pro Track layout.

    Friday’s practice times were respectable but Millson new he still had more in the reserves and felt confident a top ten qualifying effort was not out of the question.

    Saturday’s weather was optimum for qualifying and Millson was hungry for a strong result as he took to the track. Millson used the first two laps to get the tires up to temperature and then began to pick up the pace to ensure a prime spot on the grid for Sunday’s feature race.

    Shannonville’s 2.45KM (1.5 mile) Pro Track layout is known to present a variety challenges for racers and their teams. This weekend would be no different. Over the weekend numerous racers experienced the challenge of corner 2, tossing the riders and their bikes into the infield.

    Beginning his fourth qualifying lap Millson would also find himself bitten by corner 2. Although the crash appeared horrific Millson was uninjured. However, Millson’s Suzuki GSX-R1000 was in no condition to compete in Sunday’s race.

    Without a backup bike Millson and his crew began loading the bike and its remnants. His season was over.

    As the remainder of Saturday’s qualifying sessions began to wind down. Millson and his crew was unable to accept that this is how their season would end. Fellow racers and teams stepped up and offered the use of whatever spare parts they had.

    With what remained of the bike and the donated bits and pieces Millson and his crew began to resurrect his mangled motorcycle.

    A late night and an early morning effort proved successful. The bike was rebuilt and was now sporting a flat-grey primer paint job beneath the sponsor decals. Millson took to the track for the Sunday morning practice session to give the bike a thorough pre-race shake down and achieved a surprisingly decent time of 1:07.843.

    Millson started at the back of the grid in Sunday's feature race and would hang on to the ill-mannered bike for the entire 20 lap race. Millson crossed the finish line in fourteenth place.

    “This was the kind of season that no one expects to happen to them at the beginning of the year.” said Millson. “I really need to thank Mark and Blaine for all their help this year and for helping me finish the season on the track. I also must thank, Sean Huffman and the GoLo Cew as well as Clint McBain and Erick Beausejour for helping with all the spare parts.”

    Millson's fourteenth place finish allowed him to complete his season thirteenth overall in the points standings.

    As RMP Racing's team owner there was certainly reason to celebrate. Team development rider Steven Nickerson put in a stellar performance at each and every round of the Honda CBR125R Challenge which resulted in winning the Championship.

    “It’s been a really tough year for me but having Steven bring home the CBR125R Championship title for the team helps take a bit of the sting out of this season.” Millson commented.

    The entire RMP Racing team would like to thank their friends and family members for their continued support and their dedicated 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 Group: Sales continue to recover in August

    Sales trends are on the recovery according to Ian Robertson, Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Sales and Marketing:

    “We are heading in the right direction – since April we have continually regained ground month-on-month. In August the trend continued. I am cautiously optimistic that we will be back on our growth path in the months ahead and will remain the leading international supplier of premium automobiles this year, even though we will not sell as many cars in total in 2009 as in 2008.”

    In terns of motorcycle sales BMW Motorrad reported sales 14.4% lower than in August last year at 5,423 units (prev.yr.: 6,338). For the year to the end of August 2009, 62,001 (prev.yr.: 72,954 / -15.0%) motorcycles were delivered to customers worldwide.


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    Yamaha offers customers a chance to win a $10,000 Shopping Spree on Yamaha-motor.ca

    If you won $10,000 to buy anything and everything Yamaha, what would you spend it on? A new Raider? Rhino? YZ? R1? WaveRunner? Much needed parts and accessories? You might not be wondering any longer as Yamaha Motor Canada launches their fall “Right Here Right Now” campaign that involves a $10,000 shopping spree on Yamaha-motor.ca.

    Back in May, Yamaha kicked off their annual “Right Here Right Now” promotion with “Win Your Yamaha,” where one lucky contestant won their Yamaha purchase. That lucky individual was Quebec’s Philippe Gouger, who won his purchase of a Yamaha F6 Outboard and was awarded a big cheque at his dealer, Gregoire Sport.

    “We were definitely happy to reimburse Philippe with the price of his outboard, but we were hoping to send off our winner with something a little bigger, a little more costly,” says Yamaha Motor Canada’s National Marketing Manager, Tim Kennedy. “But, hey, that’s how it worked out and we’re happy to have reimbursed Philippe a few thousand bucks.”

    To ensure that every customer—no matter their purchase—was in contention to win some big bucks this time around, Yamaha has switched to the Shopping Spree method. From September 8 to October 12, those who purchase a new Yamaha motorcycle, scooter, ATV, outboard, snowmobile, side-by-side, WaveRunner, Sport Boat, or power product, is entered to win a $10,000 Shopping Spree for anything on yamaha-motor.ca!

    “We’re even more excited with this new contest,” adds Kennedy. “The first one was great, but now everyone who purchases a Yamaha can win the same great prize of $10,000 to spend on whatever they want from our website!”

    For more details on Yamaha’s $10,000 Shopping Spree, please see your local dealer or visit Yamaha-motor.ca. While you’re there, take a peak at some items you’d like on your “Yamaha Wish List!”

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    Buell Motorcycle company presents: Parts Canada Superbike series 2009 final

    Hot weather and sunny skies made for perfect conditions for the spectators at the final Parts Canada race of the season but presented the racers with the challenges of a slippery and bumpy track. The Deeley Racing/Ruthless Racing Inc. – powered by Buell team made good use of the opportunity to battle away at the tires problems and a slippery track that would come to hinder their progress all weekend. Despite the precipitous odds, the team worked hard to make the Buell 1125R bike competitive and showed steady progress throughout the weekend.

    Saturday’s Pirelli Superpole qualifying saw two Buell motorcycles make it into the top ten for the first time ever when Steve Crevier and Dave Estok both had brilliant qualifying runs to earn a shot at Superpole. Crevier finished a healthy sixth with a lap time of 1:05.700. Estok posted a 1:05.999 to finish in ninth, earning the New Smyrnian rider his first shot at the prestigious Superpole qualifying contest. Darren James rounded off the top 14 with a 1:07.032.

    In the afternoon’s Pirelli Superpole session, Dave Estok took the bit in his teeth and made a run for it, qualifying in ninth for Sunday’s final superbike race, followed closely by Crevier, who continued to struggle with front-end push through his hot lap to finish in tenth. Crevier had a tough weekend with crashes on both Friday and Saturday morning, but with his dogged determination, he continued to move forward in preparation for Sunday’s finals.

    “That was fun to do. It is totally cool to go out there and do a lap by yourself […] I think I tried a little bit too hard. I caught a few too many bumps. I should have smoothed out a little. I’m happy; it was nice to get into the top ten and into the superbike race. It’s the first superbike race I’ve competed in this year. I’m pleased for the team who works on my bike. They have worked so hard, both Glen and Jazzy. They wanted so bad for me to get up there,” said an ecstatic Estok after the Superpole qualifying.

    Emotions were running high on Sunday morning as each team member faced their own anxieties, whether it was the pressure of the day ahead or the relief of ending a difficult season. “My job today is to keep the bike upright,” commented Steve Crevier. “We’ve been crashing way too much.” Despite the pressures of the day, Crevier kept himself busy greeting fans and signing autographs, showing why he continues to be one of the fan favourites in Canadian motorcycle racing.

    Sunday morning’s practice revealed little as the Buell 1125R bikes for Deeley Racing/Ruthless Racing Inc. continued to run mid-pack with both Crevier and Estok running at about 1:06.500, one-and-a-half seconds off the pace, as the Big Twins struggled to come to grips with the tires and a very bumpy Shannonville Pro track.

    First up for the day was the Pro Sportbike race, and with two Buell bikes on the third row and one on row four, the Buell team was well represented. When the start light turned green, the Buell motorcycles thundered off, with Crevier through into seventh, Estok in a tenuous ninth, and Darren James in a solid eleventh. As the race unfolded, Crevier battled hard to catch HJC Rookie-of-the-Year Jodi Christie. Estok was embroiled in a three-way battle with youngsters Karl Daigle and Matt McBride for ninth place. At the three-quarter mark, Crevier made good on his bid, moved up to fifth, and had his eye on fourth place when the red flag was brought out, ending the race. Victim of the race-ending incident was Darren James, who crashed heavily in corner two. The corner had been problematic and claimed several riders throughout the weekend. A tired Steve Crevier commented after the race, “Overall, fifth is pretty good. I managed to catch Nelson and he wasn’t looking very comfortable. I mean, everyone is struggling on these tires, so I think had the race gone on, I might have got him. It’s too bad with the red flag. Unfortunately, my teammate Darren [James] crashed and brought out the flag. I was working my way forward and getting consistent laps.”

    Next up was the 20-lap Pro Superbike event, the final race of the season for the Deeley Racing/Ruthless Racing Inc. – powered by Buell team. In a repeat of the Sportbike race, the Buell bikes were solidly placed mid-pack, with Crevier dropping his lap times as close to 1:05.000 as he could to finish the race in sixth. Dave Estok also enjoyed a brilliant ride to finish tenth. A battered Darren James suited up for the final, but had to withdraw after five laps because of injuries incurred in the previous race. Crevier said after the race, “Hopefully, we’ll carry through with this program next year and have better results”.

    We would like to thank all of the fans who have shown the team their support, as well as congratulate the riders Steve Crevier, Dave Estok, and Darren James for such a strong Buell presence: 23 top-ten finishes and six placements in the top five throughout the racing season. All of this obviously could not have happened without the reliable efforts, hard work, and positive spirit of the team behind the riders. Additional thanks goes to sponsors such as: Vortex; Regina; Pitbull; dragon; Flexi-Glass; OGIO; Cummins Western Canada; RMR Suspensions; Joe Rocket Leather; Loaded Gun Productions; Arai Helmets and Twist Conditioning. We look forward to next year’s racing season!

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    Two more titles for Szoke! Outstanding rides from Welsh!

    SHANNONVILLE, Ont. - Canadian Kawasaki Motors factory rider Jordan Szoke enjoyed a historic weekend in the final round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Shannonville Motorsport Park.

    With a second place finish in Sunday's Superbike feature on his Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R the 30-year-old from Brantford, Ont. secured his fourth straight Parts Canada Superbike title and his sixth national crown. No one has ever won four Canadian Superbike championships in a row and only one other rider has six titles to his credit."

    When I think about winning four in a row it just makes me realize what an awesome career I've had," said Szoke, who won his first title for Kawasaki in 1998. "I just want to keep it going for a long time. This has been a super year, it's been really exciting for me. This is a lot of weight off my shoulders."

    Szoke also clinched his fourth straight Yoshimura Pro Sport Bike crown riding the Ninja ZX-6R, becoming one of only two racers to take the title four consecutive years.

    Szoke went into the weekend knowing a second place finish would be enough to lock up the Superbike championship. He was third overall in Friday practice as the team experimented with some different set-up ideas, and placed third again in Saturday's pre-qualifying after the Canadian Kawasaki Motors squad reverted to a more traditional package."

    We went with a set-up similar to what I would use in Calgary [Race City]," Szoke explained. "With this being a flat track, and the bumps, it seems to work and it's something I really like."

    True to form, Szoke got the most out of the Pirelli SuperPole qualifying session, making an improvement of some three-quarters of a second to secure the number two spot on the grid for Sunday's race with a time of 1:04.172 around the 2.45km (1.53-mile) ‘Pro' Track to compare with a 1:04.943 in the morning."

    I knew I did the job but I also knew I left a lot on the table," said Szoke, who pointed out the continuing development of the Ninja ZX-10R package as he eclipsed his own lap record of 2007. "I have a different pressure than normal, since I really just need to be on the front row and finish second. Into corner two I tried to take it easy and I braked so early - I had no corner speed. There were a few other things like that. I was actually surprised with my time."

    In Sunday's 20-lap race Szoke got a great start to lead the opening lap.He was shuffled back to third on lap two but was back up to second on lap 4, enough to lock up the title."

    I got a good start but after I dropped to third it took me a few laps to collect myself," he admitted. "I got a great pace going and I was really comfortable."It was definitely a tough year for winning the championship. I don't think we made a mistake all year but it was tough."

    Szoke clinched the title with five points to spare over his nearest rival.

    Szoke went into the Pro Sport Bike season finale in a similar position to the Superbike championship, with a second place finish enough to clinch. He qualified second with a time of 1:04.860, about three-tenths shy of the pole.

    Szoke's team-mate Alex Welsh stepped up to help out in the Pro Sport Bike race. Despite racing with a fractured pelvis sustained at the previous round of the series in Nova Scotia, the 21-year-old qualified fourth and got a great launch from the outside of the front row to take the lead on his Ninja ZX-6R.The Uxbridge, Ont. racer stayed there for two laps before dropping back to third, right behind Szoke, and holding off a five-rider train behind him.

    While Szoke eased clear to a runner-up race finish and his fourth straight championship, Welsh completed the podium."I have the best team-mate in the world," enthused Szoke, who clinched the title by five points.

    "Alex was really battling for me back there."Szoke took three victories on the Ninja ZX-6R to claim the Sport Bike crown."This Kawasaki's been great all year," he said. "I'm actually upset we didn't win more races, because it's such a great motorcycle."

    Welsh's third place finish was his fourth podium in seven races this year (although he missed one round due to his injury) and he ended the year a solid fourth in the Pro Sport Bike standings."It was a little tough out there because I haven't been training too much with my injury," the former HJC Pro Rookie of the Year explained. "The pace wasn't easy by any means but I was comfortable."Due to his condition Welsh elected to ride his Ninja ZX-6R in the Superbike race and did well to put the bike in Pirelli SuperPole, where he lined up seventh on the grid, behind six 1000cc machines.

    From eighth after the first lap Welsh worked his way up to sixth late in the race, but crashed on the final lap in a collision with Steve Crevier heading onto the backstraight. Parts Canada Superbike Championship series officials reprimanded Crevier for causing what they believed was an "avoidable collision."

    "I was committed to the corner," a Welsh explained. "I felt his bike on my shoulder, and every time I leaned in he would catch my front tire."I think I might have stayed behind Crevier too long, otherwise I could have got up to fifth. The back tire was spinning up and I had a couple of moments. That allowed Steve to catch up to me."

    It was Welsh's first DNF of the Superbike season but he still took seventh in the final point standings.Topping off a magnificent campaign for the Canadian Kawasaki Motors factory team, the squad claimed the Inside Motorcycles Team of the Year Award for the second straight season."

    I'm genuinely surprised," said team manager Jeff Comello on the podium. "We had some tough competition this year from Pascal's team and others which forced us to work harder than ever to achieve what we did. But our team never gave up and constantly ensured the bikes performed flawlessly day in and day out. In the end it's the details that can make all the difference."


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    2010 Yamaha YZ450F internal features video

    Yamaha has a video on YouTube that showcases the unique features of the 2010 Yamaha YZ450F. The video runs 1 min, 19 seconds and provides a great overview.

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    BECO Motor International Inc. to Distribute NEXO brand in Canada

    BECO Motor International Inc., current importer and distributor of KYMCO scooters, motorcycles and ATVs, secured exclusive distributorship of the NEXO Sports brand of MX & motorcycle gear and apparel in Canada this month.

    We are extremely pleased to be representing this brand and working with the NEXO team.

    NEXO Sports is a family owned and operated manufacturer dedicated to designing high quality motorcycle safety gear & accessories. NEXO fine leather and fabric garments are made with breathable, water-repellant cowhide or textiles, YKK visor zippers, and removable thermo lining. NEXO is one of the few brands in Canada with CE safety rated protectors designed, made and tested to protect riders against impact. They use only premium quality materials for superior protection and comfort.

    We will be accepting new dealer applications and will be releasing a 2010 booking program shortly. For more information, please contact BECO Motor International Inc.

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    Zero Motorcycles joins star studded team in National alternative energy education program

    We got some interesting news from Zero Motorcycles about a nationawide alternative energy education program. It's US based because well, that's where Zero calls home. Still, we've got some Zero's up North and the number of dealerships are expandings so we figured you might like to hear about it too.

    Press Release:

    Zero Motorcycles today announced their partnership with the star-studded team behind the award-winning documentary “FUEL.” In conjunction with the documentary’s national opening in select cities on September 18th, the team behind “FUEL” created The Veggie Van Organization, a not-for-profit group that aims to facilitate the transition from fossil fuel use to a new green economy using sustainable energy. The Veggie Van Organization will be setting out on a cross-country excursion to promote “FUEL” and educate students of all ages about alternative fuels. Zero Motorcycles is supporting their efforts by contributing a high performance Zero S electric motorcycle to the motorcade. Beginning this week, the entire Veggie Van crew will embark on the 13-city nationwide tour, visiting college campuses and events to promote energy independence.

    “Zero Motorcycles is honored to be a part of such a widespread and genuine effort to educate the nation on alternative energy, “ says Gene Banman, CEO, Zero Motorcycles. “As a leader in the electric vehicle industry we are excited to contribute a Zero S motorcycle that shows green can also be high performance.”

    Developed to aggressively take on urban environments and encourage the occasional detour, the Zero S integrates revolutionary technology with innovative motorcycle design. In addition to its performance and maneuverability, the Zero S uses a completely non-toxic lithium ion array and the majority of the motorcycle is fully recyclable. The landfill approved power pack recharges in less than four hours while plugged into a standard 110V or 220V outlet. Eco-friendly with zero emissions, the Zero S is also economy-friendly with an operating cost of less than one cent per mile or kilometer.

    The Veggie Van Organization was founded by filmmaker and environmental activist Josh Tickell following the creation of his documentary film “FUEL,” a Sundance Film Festival Audience Award Winner for Best Documentary. The film chronicles Tickell’s 1998 journey across America in a biodiesel powered “Veggie Van” interviewing politicians, historians, professors and activist celebrities and getting their varying takes on the pressing environmental issues that the nation faces. Examining the ways in which energy can be obtained and used without compromising peace or freedom, “FUEL” features activists and celebrities such as attorney/environmentalist Robert Kennedy, Jr., Virgin founder Richard Branson, singer Sheryl Crow and actress Julia Roberts.

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    Honda announces two new models

    Honda has announced two new models for 2010 but no word from Honda Canada whether they'll come to Canada just yet. It seems reasonable that they will to us though.

    The Shadow Phantom cruiser and the NT700V touring bike. The Shadow Phantom incorporates the same 745cc fuel-injected v-twin found in the Shadow Aero and Shadow Spirit 750. It features blacked out bodywork which Honda indicates is "bobber influenced." The Shadow Phantom price is reported to come in at $7,999 USD.

    The other model will bear the alphanumeric name of NT700V and Honda refers to this saddlebag-equipped upright as "the only true lightweight touring bike on the market." It will be powered by a 680cc v-twin. In standard form the NT700V will come in red and will be priced at $9999 USD, while an ABS-equipped model will retail at $10,999 USD. Both bikes hit dealerships this November.

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    2010 Yamaha lineup news

    Radical, all-new 2010 YZ450F steals headlines with “reversed” engine, tornado exhaust, FI, and bilateral beam frame.

    The motocross world is about to be turned upside down, and backwards (literally), with the release of the much anticipated 2010 Yamaha YZ450F. Credited with developing the first competitive four-stroke motocross bike—in both the 400 and 250 classes—Yamaha is proud to once again wear the hat of innovation.

    Totally revamped for 2010, the YZ450F has received a laundry list of changes, beginning with the “reversed,” rear slanted, fuel-injected four-stroke engine. The FI throttle body and airbox are front mounted, while the exhaust exits from the rear of the cylinder. This design is used to centralize mass for excellent handling and a light feel.

    The all-new “Tornado” design exhaust system exits from the rear of the cylinder and features a spiral winding of the header pipe. A power chamber is built into the header pipe to limit sound, and the entire system continues to centralize mass.

    Like its little brother, the YZ250F, the 450F receives an all-new bilateral beam frame and sharp, new styling package as well. A unique incentive to the all-new 450F is the ability to optimize the power curve. For those who purchase a YZ450F before December 31, they’ll be given a “YZ Power Tuner” that allows for tailoring of FI settings and ignition mapping.

    Yamaha didn’t forget the street, touring or four-wheeled enthusiasts either. For 2010, Yamaha welcomes aboard the all-new Stratoliner Deluxe. Based off the award winning, XV1900 Stratoliner platform, the Deluxe features a hard fairing with mini windshield, integrated speakers that are pre-wired for easy connection with an iPod, and colour matched hard saddlebags.

    Also new for the street is the Valentino Rossi Replica YZF-R1. Complete with all of the great features of their standard R1, the Rossi Edition comes dressed just like “The Doctor’s” factory race bike.

    Yamaha’s ATV lineup sees a host of changes. The all-new YFZ450X is a woods version of the 450R and has a narrower track chassis for better performance and confidence between the trees. On the utility side, Yamaha now offers GYPA kits (Explorer and Polar) for specific types of demand.

    Get onto Yamaha-motor.ca today and find out the complete list of changes to see these and many more 2010 models!





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    BMW F800R arrives Canada in September

    BMW Motorrad Canada is pleased to announce that the much anticipated F800R Sport Roadster will join the F800 Series lineup this fall, arriving in BMW Motorrad retailer showrooms mid-September.

    The BMW F800R will launch with an MSRP of $9,990 and be available with a compliment of factory options, including ABS brakes, Tire Pressure Control, On-board computer, Sport windshield, White turn Indicators, and an integral Anti-Theft Alarm system. Both low and high seat options are available at no charge on factory orders.

    Launched in Europe in late 2008, the F800R Sport Roadster emulates the mighty K1300R Power Roadster in design and is the fourth model in the evolution of the the F800 Series lineup.

    Technical Highlights

    The heart of the new F800R is the now familiar 798cc parallel twin shared within the F800 family, rated at 87 bhp @ 8,000 rpm while delivering 86 Nm of torque @ 6,000 rpm. The additional two horsepower, when compared to the other F800 family members, is due to a redesigned exhaust system. The robust powerplant also features intake manifold fuel injection, electronic engine management, oxygen sensor and separate closed-loop 3-way catalytic convertor and secondary air system, for low fuel consumption and optimized emissions.

    The F800R has a slightly longer swing double-sided arm (5 cm) cast in light alloy and shorter caster than its (now discontinued in Canada) F800S sibling and reduced spring clearance at both the front and rear, along with a fork stabiliser to provide even better stability and agility.

    In keeping with its pure Sport Roadster nature, and unlike its F800S and ST brethren, the F800R incorporates an O-ring chain secondary drive.

    With 320-millimetre brake discs and Brembo 4-piston fixed brake calipers at the front wheel, and a 265 mm rear discs with a single-piston floating calliper, the F800R brake systems emulates that of high-displacement sportbikes. The new F800R ABS system, engineered in cooperation with Bosch, has been further developed and it now also has an improved lift-off detection system for the rear wheel.

    Gears ratios in the F800R gearbox are identical to the F800S and ST from first through third gear, with shorter gearing in fourth through sixth gears.

    Contributing to the excellent handling dynamics of the F800R are balanced weight distribution and a fully-fueled weight of only 204 kg (unladen 182 kg.).


    The F800R wears the same “Speed”-style wheels as the F800S – with a 3.5 x 17” front rim wearing a 120/70 ZR tire, with a 5.5 X 17” wheel sporting a 180/55 ZR 17 tire.

    Asymmetrical H7 headlights echo the design of its K1300R Power Roadster sibling.

    As introduced with the new K1300 Series bikes, the F800R incorporates new compact MID (Moulded Interconnected Devices) technology, highlighted by a left-handlebar multifunction signal switch.

    Three dynamic paint finishes are available for the F800R: White Aluminum Metallic, Flame Orange and Alpine White/Black Silk – all in combination with a black seat.

    Chris Pfeiffer Special Edition
    Chris Pfeiffer’s name has been synonymous with the BMW F800, as it has been his mount of choice as he defended his World and European Stunt-Riding Championships for four consecutive seasons. In recognition of Chris’s outstanding achievements with the F800, BMW Motorrad has developed a Chris Pfeiffer Special Edition of the new F800R, which integrates a special factory-team paint scheme and a list of special equipment, including:

    - Akrapović® rear silencer for a dynamic appearance and a sporty sound.
    - Rear strut spring finished in red.
    - Painted pillion passenger seat cover.
    - Highly unique visual appearance with paint finish in the BMW Motorsport colours of - Alpine White non-metallic, Lupine Blue metallic and Magma Red non-metallic, contrasting with elements in black silk matt.
    - Front wheel finished in white.
    - Clear overpainted Chris Pfeiffer signature on the central cover.
    - Set of sponsor stickers supplied.
    - No cockpit fairing.
    - LED direction indicators.

    The Chris Pfeiffer Special Edition will command a premium of $1,350 with an MSRP of $11,340 and be available in limited quantities.

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    New 2010 Yamaha YZ450F video's from Yamaha Canada

    Yamaha Canada has posted a new video on YouTube that showcases a unique artistical view of the all-new 2010 YZ450F. Definitely something a little different, something a little funky but cool.

    Check it out here:


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    Noriyuki Haga (Ducati Xerox) takes first pole of the season at Nurburgring; Fabrizio fourth

    Nürburgring (Germany) Saturday 5th September: Noriyuki Haga and his Ducati Xerox squad this afternoon celebrated their first pole of the season at the Nurburgring circuit. Quick in every session so far, the Japanese rider exited for the Superpole with a steely determination, to register the fastest time in each of the three phases. The track temperature was significantly higher (26°C) than it had been in the morning and fortunately for the Superbike riders the all-important Superpole took place in dry conditions. Despite such a long career, this is only the seventh time that Haga has taken the pole and it came at just the right moment, with only four rounds of the championship left to run. After the physical problems he has suffered over the last two months, this result demonstrates that Nitro-Nori is back in shape and ready to fight for the world title. Team-mate Michel Fabrizio is also on the pace this weekend and, despite an error during his fast lap in the final Superpole session, he nevertheless secured a place on the front row of the grid for tomorrow’s races, fourth behind the two Hondas of Rea and Haslam.

    The Superbike riders also escaped rain in the morning’s second qualifying session and so lap times dropped considerably with respect to yesterday. Fourth and fifth at the end of play yesterday, the Ducati Xerox men Michel and Noriyuki today made the progress that both had envisaged, qualifying easily for the afternoon Superpole session. Noriyuki was the fastest rider on track while Michel was two tenths of a second behind in third, Yamaha’s Ben Spies closing in second.

    Noriyuki Haga 1m55.4s
    “You can see that I’m back in shape after the holidays and I’m very happy to have taken the pole today. It’s my first pole position with Ducati and it comes just at the right time, as the championship reaches the final stages. I’ve been feeling comfortable on the bike all weekend and this bodes well for tomorrow. I like the track a lot and, having gone well here last year, I’m looking forward to racing.”

    Michel Fabrizio 1m55.9s
    “I am fairly happy with the result; it’s just a shame I made a small mistake on the last corner because I think if I had nailed that I could have finished second or third. Anyway the important thing is that I’m starting from the front row and I am more than ready to fight for the win tomorrow. I predict a close battle between us on the Ducatis and the two Hondas.”

    TIMES (Superpole): 1. Haga (Ducati Xerox); 2. Rea (Honda); 3. Haslam (Honda); 4. Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox); 5. Spies (Yamaha); 6. Corser (BMW); 7. Biaggi (Aprilia); 8. Checa (Honda)

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    Kawasaki - not moving production to Thailand

    On August 25th, we posted some details of Kawasaki reportedly moving some of their large motorcycle production to Thailand. The reports were featured in Bloomberg.

    CMG Online are now reporting that they've heard from Kawasaki Canada whom are saying that these reports are false.

    Source: CMG Online

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    Ural'a'ling wth Lois and Vince Pryce

    Ural have sent us a little ditty that's been posted to YouTube as a pre-long weekend treat for all the loyal Ural enthusiasts out there.

    It's inspired by Ural-ling adventures across the beautiful country... the "Come Ural with Me!" tune by Lois Pryce and Austin Vince. Video (and "sing-along") by: Mike and Alanna Clear (Going The Distance).

    Lois Pryce is also regularly known through her motorcycling exploits as "Lois on the Loose" while Austin was one of the crazy adventurers that made up the Mondo Enduro team.

    "Come Ural with Me!"



    If you're interested in reading more about either of these motorcycle adventurers maybe you'd like to pick up their books?




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    What's next - A Ducati snowblower?

    Ducati often partners with other companies to produce Ducati inspired products you might not normally associate with the Italian motorcycle maker.

    Truth or Fiction? The follow products can be purchased as "Ducati Official Products."

    How about an electric bicycle?

    Truth!

    Yes, you can get an electric bicycle with Ducati inspired styling. Ducati recently signed a three year agreement with Italwin, which according to Ducati "sees the two Italian companies, both leaders in their own sectors, working in close collaboration."

    The City Pearl is the first product to come out the partnership and features an exclusive, high-performance, hydro-formed frame. The Panasonic lithium battery, positioned on the rear luggage rack, also houses the electronics.


    Victorinox Swiss, er Italian, army knife?

    True!

    Since 2006 you've been able to get a Ducati inspired swiss army knife. Updated in 2009 there's now five exclusive models.


    Ducati Oakley sunglasses?

    Truth!

    All members of Ducati’s MotoGP and Superbike factory racing teams are endorsed to wear Oakley sunglasses.

    Ducati Signature products currently available from Oakley include the Ducati WISDOM™ goggle and seven sunglass styles: Ducati GASCAN™, Ducati MONSTER DOG™, Ducati CROSSHAIR™, Ducati JULIET®, Ducati HATCHET™, Ducati RIDDLE™ and Ducati FIVES® 3.0.

    Ducati snowblower?



    Fiction!

    Yeah, no Ducati themed snowblower just yet but when they do I hear it'll use the engine from the 848 and make ample use of carbon fibre so that it handles well in the driveway.

    Yes, we totally made this last bit up.

    If you want to see more unique Ducati inspired products you'll probably want to check out the Ducati Official Products page HERE.

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    Szoke ready to clinch. Injured Welsh battles back.

    TORONTO, Ont. - Canadian Kawasaki Motors factory rider Jordan Szoke will try to make a bit of racing history at Shannonville Motorsport Park this weekend.

    The 30-year-old from Brantford, Ont. comes into the final round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship in an excellent position to wrap up his fourth straight crown and his sixth career Canadian Superbike title. No one has won four straight championships in the 30-year history of the national Superbike series and only one other rider has managed to claim six overall.

    "I've tried to prepare the best I can and I'm ready to win," said Szoke, who has won three of the six Parts Canada Superbike races this year. "I don't think it's any different than any other year in terms of my stress level. I think this has been one of the most competitive years for me and I feel like I've elevated my game."

    Szoke comes to Shannonville with a 14-point lead in the championship and only one rider has a mathematical shot at beating him. If he can qualify on the front row, a runner-up finish in the race will give him the title no matter what his rival does.

    He sees some advantages for his Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R on the 2.45km (1.53-mile) Shannonville ‘Pro Circuit'.

    "I think the Kawasaki gets off the corners quite well," he said. "That's all thanks to Mike Crompton's engine work. So I think we have a bit of an advantage there."

    Szoke will also try to secure a fourth straight Yoshimura Pro Sport Bike title at Shannonville on the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R. He is in a similar situation to his Superbike title battle, with a 16-point advantage heading to the final race.

    "The 600 definitely suits the track," said Szoke, who has won three Sport Bike races so far this season. "It gets off the corners really well so it should be good coming out of the hairpin onto the backstraight and I think turns one, two and three will be good for the bike."

    Szoke's Canadian Kawasaki Motors team-mate Alex Welsh will try to end his rookie year with the team on a positive note despite suffering a broken pelvis in a practice crash at the previous series round in Nova Scotia.

    The 21-year-old from Uxbridge, Ont. comes into the final round sixth in the Superbike standings and fourth in Pro Sport Bike points.

    "It's getting there but it's not fully healed," said Welsh, who won last year's HJC Pro Rookie of the Year title. "It's probably about two or three weeks away from being fully healed but I don't see it being a big problem. We'll find out Friday.

    "Last year this is the track where we were closest to the top guys, so that bodes well for me. I think we'll be good."

    Welsh claimed his first Parts Canada Superbike podium finish with a third at Mosport International Raceway in July, but he may forsake his ZX-10R Ninja Superbike and focus strictly on the ZX-6R Ninja Sport Bike if his injury proves too troublesome.

    "The Superbike's a bit of an animal but I've been getting the hang of it," he admitted. "The big thing has been trying to get it working better later on in the race."

    He has three podium finishes in the Sport Bike class this year, including a runner-up finish to Szoke at Mosport.

    "I think we'll be pretty good on the Sport Bike," he said. "I'm looking forward to it. I think it will be like Mosport and we'll be in a real dogfight."

    Practice at Shannonville Motorsport Park begins Friday, September 4 with qualifying scheduled for both the Parts Canada Superbike and Yoshimura Pro Sport Bike classes on Saturday September 5.

    The Pro Sport Bike race is scheduled to get underway at 1:00 pm. Sunday, September 6 and is slated for 18 laps. The 20-lap Superbike feature goes at 2:45 p.m.

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    OCC makes an Ornge inspired bike for Ontario charity

    Press Release - Source: CNW Newswire

    A one-of-a-kind chopper has been created by celebrity custom motorcycle builder Orange County Choppers (OCC), inspired by the work of Ontario's transport medicine service provider, Ornge. Experience the unveiling of this unique motorcycle; the first created by OCC for a charity in Canada. At the same time, learn about Ornge and the Ornge Foundation, whose important work includes raising funds to buy aero-medical equipment, promoting improvements in patient care, and encouraging the education and training of healthcare providers in the field of transport medicine.

    Who: Paul Teutul Sr., founder, Orange County Choppers Dr. Christopher Mazza, founder, president and CEO of Ornge Debbie McGarry, chief operating officer, Ornge Foundation Lou Bartolotta, executive vice-president sales, AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company
    When: Thursday, September 3, 2009 at 4:45 p.m.
    Where: South entrance of the CN Tower on Bremner Blvd.

    Following the bike reveal, the Toronto Blue Jays will help Orange County Choppers raise awareness of Ornge at their evening game against the New York Yankees. Various activities will include a display of the custom Ornge/Orange County Choppers bike in Rogers Centre, and Paul Teutul Sr., throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at 7:00 p.m. That evening, the CN Tower will be bathed in orange light in recognition of Ornge.

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    BMW Motorrad Canada sales results for August/09

    BMW Motorrad's year-to-date sales are up 17% but the comparing the same month sales in 2009 to those in 2008 have dipped slightly.

    BMW Motorrad Canada recorded August sales of 155 units, down 11.4% compared to August 2008. Year-to-date, sales are up 17.4% to 1,546 units compared to the same period last year.

    BMW Motorrad Canada had been on a big winning streak lately and have been breaking records every month for the past three months. The streak was bound to slip eventually. Down slightly on the month but up just over 17% for the YTD isn't too shabby.

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    All new YZ450F coming September 8th/09

    Yamaha is set to introduce the all new YZ450F in just a few short days - September 8th, to be exact.

    In the meantime they've posted a funny little YouTube clip in which James Stewart telling you about a bunch of things that it doesn't have! None of which will be surprising.

    Check out the YouTube clip here:


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    Dibgy, Nova Scotia - Wharf Rat Rally starts Sept 2nd!

    The 5th Annual Wharf Rat Rally begins on Wednesday September 2nd/09 in Digby, Nova Scotia and it runs until September 7th. In 2008 they had about 17,000 bikes and 50,000 people filling the streets for this four day event!

    To give you an idea of just how big that is; the population statistics for the town of Digby put the population at about 2,100 people in 2001. So the Wharf Rat Rally takes over the town!

    It's Atlantic Canada's biggest motorcycle rally with way too many activities and events to list. You've got to check out the schedule HERE.

    It's not too late to plan a trip to Nova Scotia to see all the sights!

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    In shape after the summer break, Haga and Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) get back to business at the Nurburgring

    The Nürburgring (Germany), Tuesday 1st September: The Ducati Xerox Team are back from their holidays and now pack their bags for round 11 of the World Superbike Championship, the action taking place this time at Germany’s legendary Nürburgring. Since the last round at Brno, the Superbike circus has taken its traditional summer break, six weeks in length this year, giving the riders a substantial period in which to rest and recuperate in preparation for the final push. Ducati Xerox riders Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio have enjoyed the time off, Noriyuki returning home to Japan to see family and friends and Michel passing the time at home in Rome.

    Both riders, who between them have put the Ducati Xerox Team on the podium in nineteen of the twenty races held so far, are fighting fit and ready for the all important final four rounds of the World Superbike Championship.

    Last time out, on the Czech track of Brno more than a month ago, Michel crashed out of Race 1 but climbed onto the podium in the second race, consolidating his third place position in the overall rider classification. Noriyuki, less than 100% fit and riding with fractures to his right ulna and left shoulder blade, knew that it would be hard to fight for podiums and finished the races in eighth and sixth position, taking valuable points that means he maintains his championship lead going into the eleventh round.

    The infamous Ring returned to the Superbike calendar in 2008 after an eight year absence. The June appointment saw two wet races, the first restarted and the second cut short due to the adverse weather conditions. On board the factory Yamaha, Noriyuki powered his way to the double win at the Ring last season, also taking the lap record in the process, and the Ducati Xerox squad is hopeful he can do a similar job with his Ducati 1198 this year. Michel’s first experience of the track was last year’s race weekend, and although the Italian rider came away with good points, he will be looking for a big improvement this year, to maintain the performance level that has seen him finish ten of the last twelve races on the podium.

    Noriyuki Haga
    (1st in championship, 326 points)

    "I got a great result at Nürburgring last year and hope to be able to do the same again this time around. It’s a really nice track though last year was pretty wet for race day which made things interesting! Anyway I’m feeling much stronger than I was at Brno and, after a relaxing holiday back home in Japan, I’m totally ready to continue the fight for the world title.”

    Haga’s Superbike form at the Nürburgring:
    2008: Race 1 – winner, Race 2 – winner
    1999: Race 1 – DNF, Race 2 – 6th
    1998: Race 1 – 5th, Race 2 – 7th


    Michel Fabrizio (3rd in championship, 273 points)

    "Brno didn’t go to plan and so in the last four races, starting at Nürburgring, I really need to make up points, with the aim to be on the podium every weekend. I’m in good shape and after the long break I’m more than ready to get back on the bike and try to maintain my recent run of podiums.”

    Fabrizio’s Superbike form at the Nürburgring:
    2008: Race 1 – 7th, Race 2 – 6th

    CIRCUIT DATA:

    Country: Germany
    Name: The Nürburgring
    Circuit length: 5.137 km
    Pole position: left
    Race distance: 20 laps = 102.74 km

    LAP RECORDS:
    Best lap – Haga (Yamaha) 1’56.892 (2008). Superpole – Neukirchner (Suzuki) 1'55.471 (2008).

    2008 RESULTS: Race 1 - 1. Haga (Yamaha); 2. Bayliss (Ducati Xerox); 3. Neukirchner (Suzuki) Race 2 – 1. Haga (Yamaha); 2. Corser (Yamaha); 3. Neukirchner (Suzuki)

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    BMW Motorrad Navigator IV – More Speed, More Functions and More Power

    The original now enters its second generation. From now on, riding along unknown roads will be even more simple, safe and relaxing, thanks to the new BMW Motorrad Navigator IV.

    Featuring a 16:9 touchscreen which, at 4.3 inches, is bigger than its predecessor, and an improved satellite receiver, in combination with a faster processor for working out routes even more quickly. More than ever before, the new model is much easier to operate while wearing motorcycle gloves. The BMW Motorrad Navigator IV has a flatter housing, extra-large touchscreen buttons, and four additional operating buttons on the left-hand side of the exclusive Advanced Mount Cradle. In this way, the robust Navigator combines extremely simple operation with an excellent range of functions.

    Looking at the BMW Motorrad Navigator IV in more detail, the optimised user interface displays a number of new software functions, such as lane assist, junction view, and 3D buildings. There are two separate data fields which can be used to custom-configure the displayed map section, with information such as arrival time, remaining journey time, average speed, direction of travel, and current altitude.

    The BMW Motorrad Navigator IV transmits its instructions via Bluetooth to a specially equipped helmet or via loudspeaker if used in a car. All road names are stated (text-to-speech) which increases road safety, as the operator does not need to take his eyes off the road. The BMW Motorrad Navigator IV supports a wide range of Bluetooth-enabled mobile telephones, allowing motorcycle riders to accept or make calls directly via the display of the Navigator. The new motorcycle Navigator is also an effective music player, thanks to its highly developed, integrated MP3 system, the A2DP profile for transmitting the music signal in stereo to the Bluetooth helmet, and the memory capacity, which has now been doubled to four gigabytes.


    The waterproof unit contains preinstalled map data for 40 west and East-European countries, including more than 1.5 million points of interest. The unit is supplied with the MapSource (TM) route planning software, to allow the riders to plan his journey at his convenience on his home computer. The routes can then be transferred to the BMW Motorrad Navigator IV and viewed after the trip in MapSource(TM) or Google Earth, as the system automatically records the route taken. A slot for microSD memory cards is included for loading additional map data. It is also possible to exchange routes and waypoints with other Navigator IV units. Data can be exchanged via memory card or Bluetooth.

    The BMW Motorrad Navigator IV is easy to install on all models of BMW Motorrad motorcycles with a standard accessories connector, using the model-specific mounting. This means that the new navigation system can be used with the majority of current F, R and K series motorcycles. A car kit is available as an optional extra. The powerful Navigator performs just as well in a car as it does on a motorcycle. In addition, when used in a car, the flexible navigator system can also be used a hands-free telephone adapter for Bluetooth-enabled mobile telephones, thanks to its integrated loudspeaker and microphone.

    Another new feature of the BMW Motorrad Navigator IV is that it can also be operated away from the vehicle. It is fitted with an integrated lithium-ion battery which allows up to five hours of operating time. It is therefore possible to programme the unit or work out routes during breaks or even use it as a completely self-contained path finder when out cycling or hiking.

    The BMW Motorrad Navigator IV will be available from August 2009.

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    The Great Canadian KYMCO Contest!

    Do you or an organization that you are a part of feel that you could benefit from a KYMCO? This year we will be allocating up to five KYMCO vehicles to donate to individuals or organizations that stand out in our communities!

    The Great Canadian KYMCO Contest gives authorized KYMCO dealers an opportunity to nominate up to two individuals/organizations and explain to us how they could better assist their communities with a KYMCO vehicle. Preference will be given to non profit organizations, associations or volunteers.

    If you want to be nominated, visit your local authorized KYMCO dealer and tell them why they should nominate you or your organization!

    Visit www.kymco.ca for contest rules. All nominations must be received by October 1st, 2009. Winners will be announced on October 9th, 2009 for Thanksgiving Weekend.

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