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Corner Grass Racing Team unveil their 2010 Husaberg ice machine
CGRT have completed preparations for their 2010 program and are ready to launch another attack on the Alberta Endurance Ice Racing Association - Pro Open title. This year Jay McGregor and Nick Riewe will be riding a 2010 Husaberg FE570, which has been specially prepped for the brutal duty of Endurance Ice. “The 2010 Husaberg is showing to be perfectly suited for Endurance Ice racing. It’s awesome turning capability makes it very easy to ride at our limit and still conserve energy” comments Jay. CGRT begins the assault on their third Pro Open title this Sunday January 31 at Sandy Beach, Alta.
CGRT video footage from testing last week:
For 2010, the AEIRA series runs every weekend from late January through early March. Each event is 6 hours long (except for the famous Numb Bum 24 hour on Feb 13/14) and held on road course style tracks plowed into lakes around central Alberta. Typical lap lengths vary from 5-15 km per lap. This year the schedule totals 54 hours of intense racing and enduring the elements. For more race information on the races visit www.AEIRA.com ; and for next day race results visit www.mylaps.com under the MX category.
Stay cool as a cucumber - with your own air conditioner!
Have a Konker? Ride it 'a lot' and win a spare!
Cell phones and driving don't mix - even hands free
The study received some coverage on the CBC - Watch the news piece HERE.
As seen on Virtual Riding TV - Vancouver, host city to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games
PEI - it's not just about Anne of Green Gables
BMW Superbike - Portimao testing (Day 1-3)
Harley Davidson gives CVO treatment to 2010 Ultra Classic Electra Glide
Each motorcycle is serialized from one to 999, and displays a formidable array of blacked-out components, led by the serialized CB pod insert, the gloss black Rumble collection and the low-smoked windshield. The new CVO Ultra Classic motorcycle adds leading-edge technology with a handlebar-mounted Road Tech zūmo 660 GPS Navigator and an integrated automatic lock system that now includes the ignition knob.
The CVO Ultra Classic motorcycle is powered by a black and chrome Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110 engine and a six-speed Cruise Drive transmission, which is the largest-displacement V-Twin engine offered from the Factory by Harley-Davidson Motor Company.
Besides the black powertrain, this menacing touring bike revels in all things dark with a Crimson Mist Black/Dark Slate and flame graphics base colour, and approximately 185 other unique black parts, components and accessories meticulously melded to form and function by the CVO team.
Among the main attractions on the dark road to CVO Ultra custom inspiration are the contrast chrome roulette wheels, Rumble Collection featuring nine gloss black accessories from mirrors to saddlebag latch covers, black engine and saddlebag guards, and diamond black gauge faces. All of these deeply dark features combine to make the Ultra Classic bike into an inspired motorcycle that could only come from the Harley-Davidson CVO team.
The CVO Ultra Classic motorcycle presents a lower profile up front with a 6.5-inch smoked windshield and adds premium Touring features like an anti-lock braking system (ABS), LED saddlebag lights, Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI), a six-gallon fuel tank, Brembo brakes and a 160-watt CD/AM/FM/WB/ MP3 Advanced Audio System by Harman-Kardon, CB and intercom, and passenger audio with controls, cruise control, plus standard XM Radio.
The CVO Ultra Classic motorcycle is built on the innovative Touring chassis introduced by Harley-Davidson in 2009, based on a single-spar, rigid backbone frame and swingarm, specifically developed to suit the needs of long-haul touring rides. Key CVO Ultra Classic Electra Glide Motorcycle Features - Screamin’ Eagle black and chrome Twin Cam 110 engine with 110 cid (1,803 cc), rubber-mounted to the frame, is rated at 115 ft. lbs. of torque at 3,750 rpm. The six-speed Cruise Drive transmission with black and chrome case features a helical-cut fifth gear.
- Developed for Harley-Davidson by Garmin, the Road Tech zūmo 660 has a new mounting position for convenient viewing by both rider and passenger with a glove-friendly touch screen, left-handed controls and a bright, UV-resistant display that is easy to read in sunlight.
- Gloss black Rumble Collection featuring rider footboard inserts and pans, passenger footboard inserts and pans, shifter pegs, brake pedal, highway pegs, mirrors, windshield trim, saddlebag latch covers and heated hand grips with end caps.
- Contrast chrome roulette wheels, 17-inch front and 16-inch rear
- Suspended, dual-control heated leather seat with new perforated printed insert
- Leather passenger backrest with adjustable lumbar support and new perforated, leather insert.
- New custom paint scheme is Crimson Mist Black/Dark Slate with flame graphics.
Production of the 2010 CVO Ultra Classic Electra Glide motorcycle will be limited to approximately 999 units. This model has a suggested Canadian Retail price of $43,359.
Harley announces new 48
The new Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight motorcycle is a Factory custom bike in the legendary tradition of the hot rod Sportster line with the raw, elemental appeal of the Dark Custom bikes.
Riding low with a slammed suspension and featuring the classic 2.1-gallon “peanut” fuel tank, the Forty-Eight model backs up its “bulldog” appearance with the performance of its blacked-out and polished rubber-mounted Evolution 1200 cc V-Twin engine. The low solo seat, under-mounted mirrors, side-mount licence late, clean rear fender, and tall and fat front tire emphasize the Forty-Eight motorcycle’s focus on chiselled customization.
With radical attitude and straight-on style, the Forty-Eight model will not break the bank, starting at just $12,479 Canadian MSRP in Vivid Black.
“With its classic ‘bulldog shoulders’ stance, the Forty-EightT [model] strikes a distinctive look and low profile that could only come from Harley-Davidson [Motor Company],” said Ray Drea, Senior Director of Styling at Harley-Davidson. “The Forty-Eight model has a collective past-life experience and broken-in look that is raw and authentic.”
As a Harley-Davidson Dark Custom motorcycle, the Forty-Eight bike is ready to ride as a radical custom and is also primed to take on its rider’s character and personality. Dark Custom accomplices of the Forty-Eight bike include the Nightster, Iron 883, Cross Bones, Fat Bob, and Street Bob models. Check out more on Dark Custom motorcycles at www.harleycanada.com.
Harley-Davidson Sportster models like the Forty-Eight bike have retained an aura of rebellion since their introduction in 1957, when the foundation of custom culture was laid by hot rod gearheads hanging out on city street corners, in gritty garages, or at dusty drag strips. Sportster motorcycles became an iron canvas for many legendary choppers of that hot rod era and beyond.
Lying low from tire-to-tire, the Forty-Eight model showcases more of its black 1200 Evolution radical attitude and straight-on style V-Twin engine with polished accents and other components with a clean look, highlighted by the traditional “peanut” fuel tank, small solo seat, and lightening holes in the backbone mounting bracket.
With a smooth ride on new front fork sliders, a tall and fat front tire and slammed rear suspension, the Forty-Eight bike has more than just custom cool styling.
With Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) and performance tuning with a broad torque curve, the Forty-Eight motorcycle delivers a powerfully responsive ride with smooth clutch effort. The pipes on the chrome shorty dual exhaust pound out the distinctive Harley-Davidson American V-Twin sound.
The Forty-Eight model embraces the street up front with forward foot controls, a low-profile custom handlebar, under-mounted mirrors, fork-mounted turn signals, a slammed speedometer mounting bracket, and a fork brace with lightening holes. A unique dual texture solo seat with a height of 26 inches fits the lone rider, while a passenger pillion, footpegs, and a backrest are some of the many accessories that can be added.
The black chopped rear fender with combination stop/turn/tail lights and a side-mounted licence plate help to show off the 150 mm rear tire and 16-inch Black Steel Laced wheels. The front tire also rides on a wide black wheel.
NOTE: The Canadian model actually deviates from what's written here slightly - It has a centre mounted licence plate and a centre mounted tail light.
The Forty-Eight model comes in Vivid Black, Brilliant Silver, and Mirage Orange Pearl colours, and with a Canadian suggested Retail price of $12,479 for black and $12,819 for pearl colours, it will be available soon at Harley-Davidson Retail locations across Canada.
Forty-Eight Features and Highlights:
- Blacked-out rubber-mounted Evolution 1200 cc V-Twin engine with polished covers
- Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
- Steel 2.1-gallon peanut fuel tank with lightening hole mounting bracket
- One-piece, solo Sportster classic seat 26-inch seat height
- Tall and fat 130 mm Dunlop MT90 front tire
- 16-inch Black Steel Laced wheels
- Low-profile custom handlebar
- Under-mounted mirrors
- New front forks with wide triple clamps
- Chopped front fender mounted on fork brace with lightening holes
- Blacked components including air cleaner cover, clutch and brake levers and turn signals
- Chopped rear fender
- Stop-turn-tail lights
- Side-mounted licence plate
- Two-year Factory warranty
- Optional Harley-Davidson Smart Security System
Testing concludes at Portimao; Encouraging finish for Haga and Fabrizio
Rain affected day two of World Superbike testing at Portimao
Ducati Xerox Team's 2010 World Superbike Campaign gets underway with testing at Portimao
Stunning high-resolution Dakar photo's
Turn 2 features new super lap TT series at the Canadian Motorsports Expo
Ural new model enhancements
1.1. Rocker arms with needle bearings. The new rocker arms use needle bearings - the design similar to most modern bikes. This reduces friction between rocker arm and rocker arm shaft improving valve train efficiency and longevity. This also increases horsepower and fuel economy.
1.3. Camshaft with rear needle bearing.The standard rear brass bushing has been replaced with a new needle bearing. Reduced friction increases horsepower and fuel economy while providing better performance at higher RPM.
1.4. Machined (smoothed) intake and exhaust ports of the cylinder head. By flowing the intake and exhaust ports the heads can more efficiently move fuel at higher RPM's and increased horsepower.
1.5. Redesigned alternator adapter. The new design of the alternator adaptor provides better oiling to the seal preventing premature failure while also preventing bearings from overheating and failing.
New polymer material instead of rubber for flexible U-joint. The strength and durability of the coupler is increased due to using new polymers in place of the original rubber. The new coupler is 40% stronger and can sustain heavy loads with minimum distortion.
3. Sidecar frame
Flexible front prop (same as rear prop) - offers more options for sidecar alignment. You now have the ability to adjust the sidecar alignment at both mounting points on the frame. This allows you to set sidecar angle, ride height, and toe-in adjustments more easily.
4. Replacement of the chromed parts
Complete exhaust system, handlebar, rear and front fender clips, passenger grab handles, sidecar bumper, turn signal steams, push road covers are now made from 304 grade stainless steel.Stainless steel is stronger and more durable than chromed steel and will not rust.
Small parts formerly chrome plated are now covered with polished hard chrome or powder painted.
5. Wheels: Aluminum rims
Aluminum 19" rims are installing on Patrol and Tourist models starting container 195 (shipped 12/31/2009). Rims made from 7050 aluminum alloy and have reinforced central channel. These rims are manufactured to higher tolerances and utilize a specific design for sidecar applications.
6. Retro Marzocchi Front Forks 42mm telescopic forks and low front fender for Retro.
Oversized front forks provide a more stable ride and better control with a sidecar. The 42mm forks have less side deflection and twist than the original 36mm forks and use better oil and dust seals.
7. Powder painted body parts (gas tank, fenders, sidecar body, side panels etc.) for Tourist-T and Gear-Up (main color) models.
Ural puts an end to some Internet rumors
Now the official clarification, from the horse's mouth:
1. PK IMZ has tax debt. As of November 1, 2009 the amount was 10.5 mln rubles ($350K). This debt accumulated at the end of 2008-beginning of 2009, during the peak of the crisis when the factory stopped building bikes due to the drop in demand.
2. As of today, January 20, 2010 PK IMZ tax debt is 7.9 mln rubles ($280K). IMZ is negotiating with the regional government authorities on obtaining a payment plan for this remaining amount. The reason and purpose for negotiations is to keep the lined up reserve $$ for more useful projects including R&D rather than paying out the tax debt at once.
3. Today, January 20, the newly elected Governor of Sverdlovsk region is paying a visit to the factory and during the meeting with factory management they will be discussing this question. Another issue that will be discussed with the Governor - is providing the factory with a way to import foreign components under temporary importation terms. This would allow the factory not having to pay enormous import duties and taxes for goods that upon assembly of motorcycles immediately get exported. Unfortunately, current customs regulation is not manufacturer friendly (duty runs up to 15-20% on imported components, non-refundable) which forces IMZ management to look at and consider options of moving the assembly outside of Russia.
In conclusion - the factory is working and very busy, motorcycles are being built every day to catch up with the demand that's again running ahead of supply. If everything continues as well, this year we plan to get back to the production level of CY 2008.
Don Hatton - Returns from the Dakar Rally
Shane Watts to race in the West and have more school dates
Buell Motorcycles - Factory Liquidation sale! Everything must go!
"Regardless of cost or loss, millions of dollars worth of equipment and tools will be sold directly on the factory floor. The Liquidation firm will be selling at enormous discounts, right from the start."
Montrealer - Patrick Trahan finishes the Dakar
Buy a Ninja - get a track day!
World Enduro Canada continues expansion for 2010
Want to learn how to use your GPS better?
Joe Rocket attending North American International Motorcycle Supershow
Extreme Hard Enduro event scheduled in Alberta - summer 2010
BMW Motorrad Global sales report Dec
BMW - New team management for the Superbike World Championship
North America's Largest Motorcycle Show SUPERSHOW 2010 - This weekend!
DUCATI XEROX Team defines its new structure for the 2010 SBK Season
Canadian trials rider receives recognition from Sherco
Turn 2 Sportbike School kicks off the new year at Ottawa International Motorcycle Show
Still a few Buell's for sale in the US - HD build a tracker
Canadian Patrick Trahan - only Canadian moto rider left in the Dakar.
Stage 4 was his best yet of the rally. He started in is rally. Starting in 90th position, 9:05:59 and is now in 76th.
"It was really a great day!", wrote Patrick in his blog, "Pure pleasure. I arrived on time, the bike is intact and I'm not even tired! This day gave me much confidence!"
VFR1200F - just don't call it ugly!
BMW Motorrad sells more in 2009 than 2008 - but not much
Don Taylor Gears Up for Another Successful Season on a Harley-Davidson XR 750 Motorcycle
Don Hatton retires from Dakar Rally
Just keeps getting better and better for Don Hatton
Dakar Day 1 - Don Hatton
Yesterday was the ceremonial start to the rally in Buenos Aires with a relatively short transit to the inland city of Colon. Don arrived late to the bivouac due to the extremely heavy traffic and after grabbing a less than spectacular dinner (2 chunks of meat and a sausage) he was off to prepare for the next days competition.
Due to his early start time, he had to be at the start line at 5:00 AM, Don retired to his tent to prepare the next days route book and get some sleep as he had to be up at 4:00 AM !
Today’s stage one of the race consisted of a transit stage of 317 km, the special of 219 km, followed by another transit stage of 84 km for a total of 652 km for the day. A transit or connection stage is how the competitor gets from the bivouac to the start of the competition stage known as the special. These are held on public roads with all the hazards of riding a motorcycle in Argentina !!
The special today was mainly good gravel conditions, slightly damp due to the recent heavy rains in the area. Temperatures here are in the low 30 C. Excellent riding conditions and Don has not reported any issues
Dakar Racing Factoid – things you might not know or thought of :
As part of your entrance cost to the Dakar the organizers provided basic meals, bivouac services (shower, toilet, medical personal, etc) along with most of your fuel. But due to the global nature of the event some of the services might not be up to what we would expect for this caliber of event. A constant complaint from most of the privateer participants is the food. It varies greatly in quality and quantities. It has been referred as “poor at best, horrible at worst”