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Fabrizio second place on the grid for first races of 2010 SuperBike season

Phillip Island (Australia), Saturday 27th February : the first Superpole of the 2010 World Superbike season took place this afternoon at a breezy Phillip Island, and Ducati Xerox rider Michel Fabrizio was undoubtedly one of the protagonists, putting in a strong and consistent performance to snatch second place on tomorrow’s grid, and missing out on pole by just a fraction of a second. Team-mate Noriyuki Haga had a more difficult time, qualifying in tenth place for the opening races of the year. Of the first ten bikes on tomorrow’s grid, five are Ducati 1198s, yet another a demonstration of the bike’s competitiveness.

In this morning’s qualifying, and on a much cooler track compared to yesterday, the three fastest riders from yesterday, Checa, Fabrizio and Haslam did not manage to improve on their best times but they nevertheless held on the top three spots on the timesheet, qualifying first to third for the afternoon’s Superpole. Noriyuki, maintaining a similar pace to yesterday, preferred to work with a used tyre than change to a fresh one in the final minutes to record a fast lap, meaning that he qualified for Superpole in fourteenth place. It is interesting to note that the fastest seventeen riders lapped within seven tenths of a second of each other, a sure sign that this year’s championship will be extremely hard fought.

As expected, Superpole was a close battle between the top eight. In the first of the three phases, 14 minutes in length, Nori immediately recorded a time fast enough for him to be able to return to the garage, safe in the knowledge that he had done enough. Michel meanwhile needed a tyre change before his fastest lap propelled him up the timesheets to third place, to easily proceed to phase two along with his team-mate.

In the second mini-Superpole both factory riders went out on qualifiers, Michel making a fast lap and Nori changing tyre mid-session. What seemed to be a clean lap for Haga unfortunately failed to equate to a fast enough lap, due to an apparent lack of rear grip which meant that Haga’s Superpole finished here, with the tenth fastest time of the afternoon, although only two tenths off Michel’s pace in the same session.

Michel, who still had a qualifier left to use in the final phase, pushed to the limit and it seemed that the pole position was within his grasp, but it all came down to a fraction of a second, with Michel ultimately closing in second place, just 0.016 of a second from Haslam on the Suzuki. Lining up in the first eight on tomorrow’s grid are also the Ducati 1198s of Checa (Althea Racing) in fourth and Smrz (Team Pata B&G Racing) in sixth.

Three-time world champion Troy Bayliss is once again special guest at the Phillip Island circuit this weekend  and it was he who presented former team-mate Michel Fabrizio with his Superpole trophy today. Troy will continue to work as a Ducati “ambassador” in 2010.

Michel Fabrizio
“Today’s Superpole was very difficult but I am very happy with the final result. I lost out on the pole by just a fraction of a second which is a shame, but it’s not the first time that that has happened and the important thing is that I’m on the front row tomorrow. I was happy with my flying lap, a clean lap, with no-one in front of me. Tomorrow will be an equally difficult challenge, and various riders, me, Haslam, Checa, Biaggi and Nori will surely be in contention. We know we have a good race pace and I’m feeling confident for the races.”

Noriyuki Haga
“In the second phase of the Superpole I went out on a race tyre but even though it felt like a clean lap, the time was not quick enough and unfortunately that put me out of the fight, and I finished tenth. Tomorrow I will of course need to make a fantastic start but I am confident that I am able to do that. I apologise to Ducati for the fact that I’m on the third row but I will, as ever, do my best in the races. Last year I started from 13th and won the race so I know it is possible to achieve a great result regardless of grid position.”

TIMES (Superpole): 1. Haslam (Suzuki) 1’31.2;  2. Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) 1’31.2; 3. Crutchlow (Yamaha) 1’31.6; 4. Checa (Ducati) 1’31.6; 5. Guintoli (Suzuki) 1’31.6; 6. Smrz (Ducati) 1’31.7; 7. Rea (Honda) 1’21.9; 8. Toseland (Yamaha) 1’32.0; 9. Lanzi (Ducati) 1’32.3; 10. Haga (Ducati Xerox) 1’32.7

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Top 5 finishes for Fabrizio and Haga at Phillip Island first qualifying


Phillip Island (Australia), Friday 26th February : The World Superbike Championship officially got underway at Phillip Island today and, for the Ducati Xerox team and riders Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio, results of the first qualifying session were very positive, Fabrizio propelling himself to second place on the timesheets and Haga concluding in fifth.

After the very encouraging results of the recent tests held here last weekend, Michel closing fastest and Noriyuki in sixth, the team returned to work today in a motivated and enthusiastic frame of mind.

In the early afternoon the Superbike riders took to the tracks for the first free practice session. Faced with hotter track temperatures (circa 45°C) compared to those of last week’s test, both Noriyuki and Michel continued to work on the set-up of their Ducati 1198 machines. Both riders concentrated on tyre durability, trying to find the best set-up on used tyres. Michel was victim of a crash mid-session caused by an unexpected lack of grip at the front on entry into a corner, the asphalt was extremely slippery due to the heat. Having lost valuable time, the Italian rider exited on his second bike but was unfortunately unable to record a very fast lap, closing the session in 11th.

Noriyuki made his fastest lap near the start of the session, closing in seventh place, but confident.

Later on, in the first qualifying session, the two factory riders significantly improved on their times , lapping consistently fast and towards the end of the session, on soft compounds, they both registered times that left them both happy and in the top five. Noteworthy performances also came from Carlos Checa and Shane “Shakey” Byrne (Althea Racing), they too riding the 1198, who finished the session in first and fourth placed respectively.

Michel Fabrizio 1m32.1s
“We tried different tyre solutions this morning and various setting solutions in agreement with my engineer. I had a fall, losing the front, but without causing myself, or my bike, too much damage fortunately. Then in the qualifying session we found a good direction with the tyre solution that may well be the one to choose for the race; the results were quite encouraging. During my fast lap I lost a couple of tenths through the last corner but I’m happy; we’ve worked well and I’m satisfied with the results. We have a good race pace but a lot will depend on Sunday’s weather.”

Noriyuki Haga 1m32.7s
“We’ve tested the different rear tyres that Pirelli make available to us this weekend but we are still undecided as to which will have the best durability in these hot conditions. Tomorrow we’ll try a different solution for the setting but overall I’m happy. The lap times have been consistent but today was very hot and although I felt I could have pushed a little more, I didn’t want to risk it, also because I saw that several riders crashed."


TIMES:  1. Checa (Ducati) 1.32.1; 2. Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) 1’32.1, 3. Haslam (Suzuki) 1’32.3; 4. Byrne (Ducati) 1’32.6; 5. Haga (Ducati Xerox) 1’32.7; 6. Biaggi (Aprilia)  1’32.8; 7. Rea (Honda) 1’32.8; 8. Guintoli (Suzuki) 1’32.9

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Montreal Motorcycle Show - Opens today!

The 2010 Montreal Motorcycle Show opens today (Friday Feb 26th) and runs until the 28th. If you're in Montreal, or near it, and need a fix of all the 2010 motorcycles - you know what to do - head on over to the show!

According to the organizers - you'll rediscover feelings you haven't known since puberty; well, I don't know about that but you will certainly see a lot of pretty cool motorcycles.

You get to:

- See the latest models from all the major manufacturers
- Discover all the new technical features
- Get in touch with experts in the field
- Learn about the latest accessories and services
- Plan the next riding season
- Take a free ride on a real motorcycle in a safe environment (for kids age 6 to 12)
- Size up all the options
- Pick up your free copy of Moto Show 2010

Dates, Times, and Prices:

February 26, 27 and 28, 2010
Montreal Convention Centre
Admission price: $13.50 (Taxes included)
Show hours

Friday, February 26: 12 pm to 10 pm
Saturday, February 27: 10 am to 9 pm
Sunday, February 28: 10 am to 5 pm

For more details check out the Montreal Motorcycle website HERE.


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Ride! Motorcycle podcasts come to an end

Ride! - the very popular motorcycle podcast produced by Toronto based Adrian Blake has come to an end as Blake pursues other paid opportunities.

As of March 1, 2010 - no additional episodes will be recorded, though you can still listen to the archives. Ride! first aired on October 24, 2007 and quickly became a very popular motorcycle podcast on BlogTalkRadio. It earned a prestigious MAX award of excellence in 2008 from the North American International Motorcycle Supershow.


The podcasts are 30 minute segments featuring discussions with some of the most interesting names in motorcycling such as Erik Buell, Cyril Huze, Clement Salvadori, Jason Britton, Ted Simon, Genevieve Schmitt, Carla King, Cris Sommer-Simmons, Glen Heggstad, Superbike star Jordan Szoke, Zero Motorcycles CEO Neil Saiki, and Horizons Unlimited founder Grant Johnson, to name a few.


Blake will continue to write a national newspaper column about motorcycles, and other motorcycle-related writing projects, I am investigating paid opportunities to use my podcasting skills in the motorcycle field

You can download and listen to archived episodes at www.adrianblake.com

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David Hatch kitted with Joe Rocket for Motorcycle Experience

The folks at Joe Rocket Canada tell us that they're going to be equipping Dave Hatch with Joe Rocket apparel for Motorcycle Experience which airs on TSN.

Full Press Release:


Bruce Parker, President of Joe Rocket Canada, is pleased to announce a sponsorship agreement with the Motorcycle Experience television show. Dave Hatch, the show host and test rider will wear Joe Rocket apparel exclusively. "Motorcycle Experience, with it’s huge following, has a long history of bringing Canadian riders well founded product evaluations, comparative road tests, and relevant industry news in an entertaining format," said Parker. "With Dave Hatch and the Motorcycle Experience show, we will demonstrate to riders how and why Joe Rocket Canada brings the best riding gear to all motorcycle enthusiasts in the Great White North."

"Since the show’s inception in 1989, I have worn, sampled and tested all kinds of riding gear and when I got to see, the new 2010 product line-up from Joe Rocket Canada, I loved it!" said Dave Hatch. "They are a great Canadian company building the best brand of riding gear and I am thrilled that Joe Rocket Canada is the official clothing sponsor of the Motorcycle Experience television show."

Look for the new season of the Motorcycle Experience, Saturday, March 6th, 11:30am EST on TSN and TSN2 in High Definition.

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VRideTV gets a webstore

Our friend Jeff over at vridetv let us know he has created a vridetv store on his site. He's offering up all sorts of vride branded merchandise - 86 items at the moment.

His website offers up a unique perspective of Canada - one from a motorcycle.  He has recorded high definition video all over Canada from his Harley Davidson VRod, professionally edited it, and posted it on vridetv.

The site is free of charge so purchases made here help maintain this free service and supplement server, equipment, and travel expenses.

There's some men's & women's T-shirts, long sleeve shirts, hoodies, zip hoodies, sweatshirts, tracksuits, kid's clothing, bags, mugs, wall clocks and many other items.


If you're interested in getting some viride branded merchandise you can SAVE $15.00 on any purchase over $50.00 (before shipping). This offer begins February 24th, 2010 and is valid until April 2nd, 2010. This coupon is easy to use, simply enter this code in the coupon code box when you checkout.

Coupon code: wacfeb374

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Ducati ready for 2010 racing season

Ducati North America is excited for the beginning of the 2010 US racing season, with a record eight privateer Ducati teams entering the Daytona Superbike and Daytona 200 races.

As one of the most storied and famous names in motorcycle racing, Ducati lives and breathes the sport. This is something reflected in the DNA of its road-going performance models. Defined by the motto “Engineered by the stopwatch, designed by the racetrack,” Ducati’s Superbike range represents the ideal platform from which to build a professional racing contender.

This year, no fewer than eight privateer teams have done exactly that- with three representing Ducati in the flagship Superbike class aboard the 1198R, and another six entered in the grueling Daytona 200 aboard the middleweight 848. Ducatisti worldwide will have all eyes on the Bolognese machines, cheering them on from start to finish for their efforts in dominating the most anticipated race of the year.

Ducati is proud to announce the return of Larry Pegram -winner of three AMA Superbike Races in 2009- who is aboard his 1198R Superbike for its second full season of AMA competition. He will surely be a force to be reckoned with in the Superbike class. On the grid with Pegram in Daytona will be Floridian Barrett Long of Longetivity Racing, and Shawn Higbee aboard a Moto Forza- backed bike.

The Ducati 848 will make its Daytona 200 debut en masse, with eight bikes entered into the Sportbike class. This represents the strongest Ducati field in years, and there will no doubt be a race to the finish for these middleweight champions.

Running the full 2010 season will be Motocorsa-backed Latus Motors rider Steve Rapp- a rider with previous Ducati knowledge-  and the two Crozier Roberson Motorsports bikes of Mark Crozier and Bobby Fong. They will be sharing the Daytona grid with Jake Holden, Barrett Long and Calvin Martinez. Daytona is seen in Europe as one of the world’s most exotic and appealing races, the mystique of which has drawn Andrea Padovani and Dario Marchetti of Italy over to compete.

For those who would like to see the brand new 848 Dark and 1198R road bikes; the 2010 Ducati lineup will be on display at Ducati Motorcycles of Daytona throughout the week. Many of these models will be making their US debuts. The famous Ducati Caffe will be there, and all are welcome to come by for an espresso and to enjoy the Ducati lifestyle displays.

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2010 Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere unveiled

Yamaha is gunning to take some market share from the segment leading BMW 1200GS and 1200GSA. It's meant to appeal to the adventure riding/touring segment and be capable of taking its rider off the beaten track if desired. The SUV of the motorcycle world - capable but not necessarily used to its full potential in the off-road department. So, the bike has to be really comfortable on-road too.

It looks like Yamaha has equipped the Super Tenere to do the job - spoked rims suggest off-road ability, available crash bars, and low maintenance shaft drive give this bike some of the characteristics it'll need to steal away potential BMW riders.

I'm not too sure about that front fender though. That's a little vulnerable looking for extended off-road sessions. Time will tell I suppose.

Forward momentum comes by way of a 1,199cc inline twin putting out 110PS at 7250rpm m of torque at 6,000rpm. It also packs some sophisticated technology such as a 3-stage traction control module and intelligent ABS braking system.

The Super Tenere is no lightweight at 261 kg wet, but that puts it in the ballpark with the equally sized BMW. The Super Tenere is about 5kg heavier - but is said to carry the weight low for a very balanced and stable feel.

No word on pricing yet, or whether we'll get this bike in Canada. We'll let you know as soon as we hear.

For full details on the Super Tenere along with a large gallery of pictures - be sure to check out the Yamaha Motors Europe website HERE.


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Atlantic Motoplex brings Triumph and Suzuki into the fold

New Brunswick based Atlantic Motoplex has some big news. In addition to the Yamaha, BMW, and Ducati's they've been selling - they've just added two new makes to the list... Suzuki and Triumph.

That's a lot of brands under one roof, making for a wide range choices when it comes to buying a new or used motorcycle. You can try out a lot of bikes in one convenient location.

They've also recently launched a new accessories catalog that can be downloaded directly from their site. Get your copy HERE (it's a PDF).

They buy big and pass the savings on to you.

In a recent discussion with a member of the sales team at Atlantic Motoplex they indicated they're one of the leaders in motorcycle tire sales in the region - they offer 30-40% off suggested MSRPs as standard. A tire rep confirmed independently that if you're in the market for a new set of rubbers it'd be a good idea to check out the prices at Atlantic Motoplex.


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Port Dover motorcycle museum proposed

Already a very popular motorcycle enthusiast destination every Friday the 13th, residents of Port Dover are trying to launch a motorcycle museum. The hope is that it would help further solidify the area's reputation as a motorcycle destination and, of course, create more jobs. The proposed location would be a former fish plant which occupies a large brick complex on a prime piece of waterfront real estate on Lynn River.

Students from the University Guelph are on the job of preparing some conceptual plans for a "Riverfront Park" which will be presented to Norfolk council. The plans have already been seen by Norfolk's tourism and economic development department and the PD13 (the Friday the 13th organizing committee).

It's expected that the development would need both public and private sector support to become a reality. The area could house not only a motorcycle museum; it'll be a year round recreation facility with the possibility of an outdoor skating oval, a splash pad, benches, shade trees, a picnic pavilion and food and beverage booth.

For more information about the possible museum check out the news article in the Simcoe Reformer.


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Motorcycle Experience comes to your TV in March

Just a friendly reminder here - Host David Hatch is going to be bringing you another season of Motorcycle Experience beginning in March 2010. The first episode is March 6th to be exact.

You can expect Dave to introduce you to people who ride, showcase the newest models to hit the roads, offer advanced riding tips, and tell you about Canada's ultimate riding destinations.

Airing Saturday mornings at 11:30 on TSN.

For more information check out MotorcycleExperience. They've got a fancy new website for 2010 by the way so check it out.



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Harley Davidson - Canadian Demo dates for 2010

Harley Davidson Canada has announced the 2010 factory supported demo schedule. They've got two trucks that are going to traveling across Canada in 2010.

So if you want to test ride a Harley Davidson, or two, or three, you should take note of the following dates, times, and locations. Of course, they've got some rules and regulations - bring all your gear. Dates are subject to change so bet to call your local dealer to double check.

DATENAME OF EVENTLOCATION
April 9-10, 2010

Demo Rides: Steve Drane Harley-Davidson®Victoria, BC, CD

April 10, 2010
Demo Rides: Poole’s CycleHamilton, ON, CD
April 11, 2010
Demo Rides: Clare’s Harley-Davidson® of NiagaraNiagara-on-the-Lake, ON, CD
April 11, 2010
Demo Rides: Trev Deeley MotorcyclesVancouver, BC, CD
April 16, 2010
Demo Rides: Barnes Harley-Davidson® Port CoquitlamPort Coquitlam, BC, CD
April 17, 2010
Demo Rides: Barnes Harley-Davidson® Buell™Langley, BC, CD
April 17, 2010
Demo Rides: Jacox Harley-Davidson®Mississauga, ON, CD
April 18, 2010
Demo Rides: Davies Harley-Davidson®Richmond Hill, ON, CD
April 18, 2010
Demo Rides: Mountainview Harley-Davidson®Chilliwack, BC, CD
April 20, 2010
Demo Rides: Kamloops Harley-Davidson®Kamloops, BC, CD
April 24, 2010
Demo Rides: Harley-Davidson® of the KootenaysTrail, BC, CD
April 24, 2010
Demo Rides: Thunder Road Harley-Davidson®Windsor, ON, CD
April 25, 2010
Demo Rides: Duke’s Harley-Davidson®Blenheim, ON, CD
April 25, 2010
Demo Rides: Harley-Davidson® of the KootenaysCranbrook, BC, CD
May 1, 2010
Demo Rides: Harley-Davidson® of Medicine HatDunmore, AB, CD
May 1, 2010
Demo Rides: Rocky’s Harley-Davidson®London,ON, CD
May 2, 2010
Demo Rides: Harley-Davidson® of Medicine HatSwift Current, SK, CD
May 2, 2010
Demo Rides: Kitchener Harley-Davidson®Kitchener, ON, CD
May 7-8, 2010
Demo Rides: Lethbridge Harley-Davidson®Lethbridge, AB, CD
May 9, 2010
Demo Rides: Fox Harley-Davidson®/Buell™Owen Sound, ON, CD
May 10, 2010
Fox Harley-Davidson/Buell (Women’s Ride)Owen Sound, ON, CD
May 14, 2010
Demo Rides: Calgary Harley-Davidson®Calgary, AB, CD
May 15, 2010
Demo Rides: Mackie Harley-Davidson®Oshawa, ON, CD
May 16, 2010
Calgary Harley-Davidson® (11-5 Women’s Day)Calgary, AB, CD
May 16, 2010
Demo Rides: Barrie Harley-Davidson®Barrie, ON, CD
May 17, 2010
Calgary Harley-Davidson® (11-5 MIL/CPS/EMS Day)Calgary, AB, CD
May 22, 2010
Demo Rides: Gasoline Alley Harley-Davidson®Red Deer, AB, CD
May 22, 2010
Demo Rides: Longley Harley-Davidson® of PeterborouPeterborough, ON, CD
May 27, 2010
Demo Rides: Harley-Davidson® of EdmontonEdmonton, AB, CD
May 29, 2010
Demo Rides: Harley-Davidson® de L’OutaouaisGatineau, QC, CD
May 29, 2010
Demo Rides: Harley-Davidson® Grande PrairieGrande Prairie, AB, CD
May 30, 2010
Demo Rides: Harley-Davidson® of OttawaOttawa, ON, CD
May 30, 2010
Demo Rides: Heritage Harley-Davidson®Edmonton, AB, CD
June 5, 2010
Demo Rides: Goulet MotosportsHawkesbury, ON, CD
June 5, 2010
Demo Rides: Redline Harley-Davidson®Saskatoon, SK, CD
June 6, 2010
Demo Rides: Prairie Motorcycle Ltd.Regina, SK, CD
June 6, 2010
Demo Rides: Shawinigan Harley-Davidson®Shawinigan, QC, CD
June 7, 2010
Prairie Motorcycle Ltd. (Women’s Ride)Regina, SK, CD
June 11, 2010
Demo Rides: Atelier de Mécanique PrémontQuébec, QC, CD
June 12, 2010
Demo Rides: Carrier Harley-Davidson®Acton Vale, QC, CD
June 12, 2010
Demo Rides: Lone Star Harley-Davidson®Winnipeg, MB, CD
June 13, 2010
Demo Rides: Vision Harley-Davidson® – LaurentidesSaint-Sauveur, QC, CD
June 16, 2010
Demo Rides: Thunder Bay Harley-Davidson®Thunder Bay, ON, CD
June 19, 2010
Demo Rides: Harley-Davidson® Laval/Laval Buell™Laval, QC, CD
June 19, 2010
Demo Rides: The Shop Harley-Davidson®Sudbury, ON, CD
June 20, 2010
Demo Rides: Motosports G.P.Victoriaville, QC, CD
June 20, 2010
Demo Rides: Pete’s Sales and ServicePembroke, ON, CD
June 25-26, 2010
Demo Rides: Ride for Sight (Mosport Park)Bowmanville, ON, CD
June 27, 2010
Demo Rides: MotoSport PlusKingston, ON, CD
July 1-3, 2010
Demo Rides: Bikers’ ReunionNew Liskeard, ON, CD
July 3, 2010
Demo Rides: Harley-Davidson® RimouskiRimouski, QC, CD
July 4, 2010
Demo Rides: Harley-Davidson® Côte-NordBaie-Comeau, QC, CD
July 9, 2010
Demo Rides: Toys for Big BoysMoncton, NB, CD
July 10, 2010
Demo Rides: J.H. StewartMiramichi, NB, CD
July 10, 2010
Demo Rides: R.P.M. Moto PlusJonquière, QC, CD
July 11, 2010
Demo Rides: Eldridge’sFredericton, NB, CD
July 11, 2010
Demo Rides: R.P.M. Moto PlusSt-Félicien, QC, CD
July 15, 2010
Demo Rides: Privateers Harley-Davidson®Halifax, NS, CD
July 17, 2010
Demo Rides: Red Rock Harley-Davidson®Cornwall, PE, CD
August 5, 2010
Demo Rides: Clare’s H-D® / Buell™ of NiagaraNiagara-on-the-Lake, ON, CD
August 5-7, 2010
Demo Rides: National H.O.G.® RallySherbrooke, QC, CD
August 7, 2010
Demo Rides: Longley H-D® of PeterboroughPeterborough, ON, CD
August 8, 2010
Demo Rides: Bécancour Harley-Davidson®Bécancour, QC, CD
August 8, 2010
Demo Rides: Harley-Davidson® of OttawaOttawa, ON, CD
August 9, 2010
Demo Rides: Prémont Beauce Harley-Davidson® (Shop)Notre-Dame-des-Pins, QC, CD
August 10, 2010
Demo Rides: Pete’s Sales and ServicePembroke, ON, CD
August 11, 2010
Demo Rides: Harley-Davidson® de L’OutaouaisGatineau, QC, CD
August 12, 2010
Demo Rides: Fox Harley-Davidson® / Buell™Owen Sound, ON, CD
August 13, 2010
Demo Rides: Goulet MotosportsHawkesbury, ON, CD
August 14, 2010
Demo Rides: Barrie Harley-Davidson®Barrie, ON, CD
August 14, 2010
Demo Rides: Harley-Davidson® MontréalMontréal, QC, CD
August 15, 2010
Demo Rides: Centre de MotosBrossard, QC, CD
August 15, 2010
Demo Rides: The Shop Harley-Davidson®Sudbury, ON, CD
August 16, 2010
Demo Rides: Vision Harley-Davidson®Repentigny, QC, CD
August 20, 2010
Demo Rides: Lone Star Harley-Davidson®Winnipeg, MB, CD
August 21, 2010
Demo Rides: Harley-Davidson® WinnipegWinnipeg, MB, CD
August 21-22, 2010
Demo Rides: Mile 1 Harley-Davidson®Mount Pearl, NL, CD
August 22, 2010
Demo Rides: Gaslight Harley-Davidson®Morden, MB, CD
August 25, 2010
Demo Rides: Ramsay’s Cycle and SportSydney, NS, CD
August 27-28, 2010
Demo Rides: Red Rock Harley-Davidson®Cornwall, PEI, CD
August 28, 2010
Demo Rides: Redline Harley-Davidson®Saskatoon, SK, CD
August 29, 2010
Demo Rides: Harley-Davidson® of YorktonYorkton, SK, CD
August 30, 2010
Demo Rides: Toys for Big BoysMoncton, NB, CD
August 31, 2010
Demo Rides: Harley-Davidson® of Medicine HatDunmore, AB, CD
September 1, 2010
Demo Rides: Privateers Harley-Davidson®Halifax, NS, CD
September 2, 2010
Demo Rides: Calgary Harley-Davidson®Calgary, AB, CD
September 3, 2010
Demo Rides: Lethbridge Harley-Davidson®Lethbridge, AB, CD
September 3-5, 2010
Demo Rides: Wharf Rat RallyDigby, NS, CD
September 4, 2010
Demo Rides: H-D® / Buell™ of the KootenaysCranbrook, BC, CD
September 7, 2010
Demo Rides: Eldrige’sSaint John, NB, CD
September 9, 2010
Demo Rides: J.H. StewartMiramichi, NB, CD
September 10, 2010
Demo Rides: Gasoline Alley Harley-Davidson®Red Deer, AB, CD
September 11, 2010
Demo Rides: Harley-Davidson® RimouskiRimouski, QC, CD
September 11, 2010
Demo Rides: Kane’s Harley-Davidson® CalgaryCalgary, AB, CD
September 12, 2010
Demo Rides: Calgary Harley-Davidson®Calgary, AB, CD
September 12, 2010
Demo Rides: R.P.M. Moto PlusJonquière, QC, CD
September 14, 2010
Demo Rides: Atelier de Mécanique PrémontQuébec, QC, CD
September 17, 2010
Demo Rides: Sport BoutinValleyfield,QC, CD
September 18, 2010
Demo Rides: Carrier Harley-Davidson®Acton Vale, QC, CD
September 18, 2010
Demo Rides: Harley-Davidson® of EdmontonEdmonton, AB, CD
September 19, 2010
Demo Rides: Harley-Davidson® Laval/Laval Buell™Laval, QC, CD
September 19, 2010
Demo Rides: Heritage Harley-Davidson®Edmonton, AB, CD
September 23, 2010
Demo Rides: H-D® / Buell™ Grande PrairieGrande Prairie, AB, CD
September 23, 2010
Demo Rides: MotoSport PlusKingston, ON, CD
September 24, 2010
Demo Rides: Mackie Harley-Davidson®Oshawa, ON, CD
September 25, 2010
Demo Rides: H-D® / Buell™ of Prince GeorgePrince George, BC, CD
September 25, 2010
Demo Rides: Jacox Harley-Davidson®Mississauga, ON, CD
September 26, 2010
Demo Rides: Davies Harley-Davidson®Richmond Hill, ON, CD
September 26, 2010
Demo Rides: Harley-Davidson® of SmithersTerrace, BC, CD
September 30, 2010
Demo Rides: Motorsport Custom AccessoriesSarnia, ON, CD
October 1, 2010
Demo Rides: Kitchener Harley-Davidson®Kitchener, ON, CD
October 2, 2010
Demo Rides: Kamloops Harley-Davidson®Kamloops, BC, CD
October 2, 2010
Demo Rides: Rocky’s Harley-Davidson®London, ON, CD
October 3, 2010
Demo Rides: Kane’s Harley-Davidson®Kelowna, BC, CD
October 3, 2010
Demo Rides: Thunder Road Harley-Davidson®Windsor, ON, CD
October 9, 2010
Demo Rides: H-D® / Buell™ of TorontoToronto, ON, CD
October 9, 2010
Demo Rides: Trev Deeley MotorcyclesVancouver, BC, CD
October 15, 2010
Demo Rides: Barnes Harley-Davidson® Port CoquitlamPort Coquitlam, BC, CD
October 16, 2010
Demo Rides: Duke’s Harley-Davidson®Blenheim, ON, CD
October 16, 2010
Demo Rides: Mountainview H-D® / Buell™Chilliwack, BC, CD
October 17, 2010
Demo Rides: Barnes Harley-Davidson® / Buell™Langley, BC, CD



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Haga and Fabrizio set strong pace - Day 1 test Phillip Island

Phillip Island (Australia), Sunday 21st February: in very warm conditions (air temperature 26°, track 34°), the Ducati Xerox riders Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio made the most of the track time during this, the first of two days of testing before the championship opens here next weekend.

In the first of the day’s sessions both riders were immediately comfortable, setting some very fast lap times right from the start. The team worked with Noriyuki and Michel to find a strong race pace and understand which tyres will work best in the Australian heat. Having completed more than 40 laps each in the morning, Noriyuki and Michel closed that particular session with the second and third fastest laps respectively, followed by the three private Ducatis of Checa, Lanzi and Byrne.

The Superbike riders returned to the track at 3.30, the asphalt having reached 41°. Despite the heat, both riders continued to make fast laps and towards the end of the session Michel was able to improve on his best time set this morning to close day one with the second fastest time overall. Nori spend the second part of the session testing Pirelli’s different solutions, and finished today in fourth place, just two tenths of a second behind his team-mate.

Noriyuki Haga
“It’s been a positive day. We tried various things, making changes to the rear suspension setting and testing the different tyres on offer. The problem is being able to identify a direction during these test days that will also work next Sunday, it’s difficult to predict how the conditions will be in a week’s time. Anyway we’ve worked hard today and made some good progress.”

Michel Fabrizio
“It hasn’t gone badly today. We’ve worked mainly on tyres, trying to find a good race pace. We’re not quite there yet but we’ve made a good start and know what there is to do tomorrow. It’s very hot but after our recent cold and wet tests in Portimao and Valencia we can’t complain!”

TIMES – DAY 1 – Checa (Ducati) 1m31.9s; Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) 1m32.3s; Haslam (Suzuki) 1m32.4s; Haga (Ducati Xerox) 1m32.5s; Rea Lanzi (Ducati) 1m32.5s; Byrne (Ducati) 1m32.6s; Neukirchner (Honda) 1m32.7s; Biaggi (Aprilia) 1m32.8s


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Cafe motorcycle culture documentary to air on DIscovery

There's going to be a full-length documentary about Cafe Racers and their history coming to the Discovery Channel - it'll also be available as a DVD for purchase.

The documentary features cafe-racer lifestyle, rockers, and two-wheeled speed. There's lots on information about cafe racer builders, interviews with veterans, a visit to Cafe Racer magazine headquarters, and rare historical film footage. It'll all be in high definition of course.

You can check out a preview here:


Here's a link to the Discovery HD site - LINK


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HDT Diesel motorcycle - Fall 2010 release

We've told you about the Hayes Diversified Technologies diesel motorcycle before but something interesting is afoot!

HDT have been making diesel motorcycles for the military for several years now and haven't had the capacity to produce bikes for the US Marines and civilian use. It looks like times have changed and they have a sign up to be placed on a waiting list for a Fall 2010 release. The bike is called the AT-1 and it features a single cylinder 670cc diesel engine.

The AT-1 starts with a KLR 650 as a mule bike with a very efficient diesel engine into it. How efficient? How does 105 miles per gallon sound? It'll also reach speeds of up to 95 miles per hour.

It won't be really cheap ($16,900 USD + tax & shipping) but it could be just the ticket if you're into adventure touring and want something that's going to be very reliable and will go as far as 1,030 km's between fill ups.

Some other interesting specs:

Power 36 PS @ 5700 RPM:
Torque 58 Nm (43 ft-lbs) @ 3300 RPM
Transmission: 5‐speed, constant mesh
Curb weight: 203 kg (447 lbs)
Colors: Black/Silver or Silver/Black

For more details check out HDT's website HERE.





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Atlantic Motorcycle and ATV Show - A few pictures

We went to the big Atlantic Motorcycle and ATV show this past weekend (Feb 12-14) and although there seemed to be a few exhibitors that didn't come around this year; I'd say the show was still a success.

Many of the major manufacturers were there and they had their 2010's on hand. We took lots of pictures and here's just a small sample of them for you. We'll be updating the site soon with a more thorough listing of pictures.



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Current generation VFR1200 exhaust note vs gear driven cam VFR

Compare if you'd like the sound of a new VFR1200 with an aftermarket exhaust vs. an old school gear driven cam VFR. Some say that the old VFR's are amoung "the" best sounding motorcycles of all time.

The VFR1200 shown here has an aftermarket leo vince pipe.

Hear and decide for yourself:



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2010 BMW S1000RR YouTube clip

The music is bad, but the bike looks amazing! Watch an official video on the development of the BMW S1000RR.


Source: SoloMotoTreinta via Asphalt and Rubber.

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More Chinese scooters on their way to Canada

BC based Motorsports Craze is bringing a few models of Baotian scooters to the Canadian market. The Baotian Motorcycle Industrial Company is a large Chinese manufacturer that's been operating 1994. They make motorcycles, scooters, ATV's, motors, and other products.

Motorsports Craze will be bringing in three different Baotian scooters; the air-cooled 50cc Quadro and Lotus, and a liquid cooled-150cc Euro. Prices range from $1299 for the Quadro, $1499 for the Lotus - $1499 and $2399 for the Euro.

Full press release follows:

Motorsport Craze is pleased to announce the arrival of Baotian Scooters in Canada. Baotian Motorcycle Industrial Co., produces 1000 scooters per day; is distributed in 33 different countries; and consistently tops the 50cc scooter sales chart in the U.K. The Baotian factory produces their own engines, and drive-trains allowing them to maintain much higher standards for quality control. They also hold the copyright to the 4 VALVE- 50cc GY6 motor, which is soon to be released this year. We strongly feel that a 4-Valve, 4-Stroke motor is the way of the future, as it meets the stringent California CARB, and EPA emissions standards, without the loss of power, that most 4-stroke 50cc engines are known for.

The Quadro (BT49QT-9S3) The ultimate all rounder, this scooter is lightweight, maneuverable and nippy around town. Whilst economical, it has sports-styled alloy wheels, aluminum silencer and pedal plates.


Optional equipment includes remote starting and factory-fitted alarm. A color coordinated top box is also available for optional fitting.

The Lotus (BT49QT-18E1) The Lotus continues Baotian's move away from generic design of Chinese manufactured scooters. Whilst still utilizing the BT49QT-18 frame and engine, this design encompasses all the key features of recent development including twin halogen headlamps, 2 stroke style "scorpion" exhaust, 12-inch alloy wheels and directional tires. The indicators, both front and rear, are integrated into the bodywork.

This model also benefits from a tachometer. As with all Baotian Canada models, optional accessories are; a standard factory fitted alarm/immobilizer; a color coordinated top box which fits directly to the rear carrier/grab handle. And, as with all models, it is powered by our reliable, efficient, 4 stroke, air-cooled engine.

The Euro (BT151T-2B4) The Euro is appropriately named for it’s European styling and sleek urban lines. This 16” “Big Wheeled” full size commuter is packed with power with an impressive liquid cooled 150cc motor while Front and Rear disc brakes complete the driving experience. It’s loaded with modern design features such as LED lights, and Fold-away passenger foot pedals.

Based on Baotian’s world wide reputation as a quality manufacturer of excellence, and success in the UK we feel that this is the best product to bring into Canada. Baotian China will also debut their scooters in the USA for the first time at the Dealer Expo in Indianapolis this year. Booth # 4105.

The Quadro, Lotus, and Euro will each be backed with a comprehensive 2 year limited warranty. More details will be available soon at www.awesomescooter.com.

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BMW Motorrad Canada and Rush HD jump into Canadian Superbike for 2010

BMW Motorrad Canada, confirming that it will be fielding a two rider factory superbike team in the Parts Canada Superbike Championship in 2010, is also pleased to announce a collaboration with Rush HD as the title sponsor of the Rush HD/BMW Motorrad Canada Superbike Team.

Rush HD is Canada’s only high-octane, no fear, no limits extreme sports adventure HD channel. Rush HD is owned and operated by High Fidelity HDTV Inc., Canada’s leading HD broadcaster and production enterprise whose four all-HD channels provide Canadians with best-in-class non-fiction programming on the themes of Nature, Culture and Adventure.

In conjunction with the superbike sponsorship, the Rush HD/BMW Motorrad Canada Superbike Team will be followed all season long by a documentary film crew capturing the creation and activities of a superbike team in action, for the production and broadcast of a six part one hour mini series to be shown on Rush HD this fall. John Panikkar, Rush HD’s chief executive, said “Rush HD is delighted to be title sponsor of this year’s Rush HD/BMW Motorrad Canada Superbike Team. The action-adventure programming we broadcast on Rush HD is a natural fit with the action and excitement of a superbike racing series. ”

Chris Duff, Manager, Motorrad Marketing, stated, “We are thrilled to have Rush HD onboard as we prepare and race the most exciting new entry in the 2010 Canadian Superbike season”.

Both riders from BMW’s 2009 team, Francis Martin and Michael Ferreira, will once again be the riders in the hot seat, tasked with bringing a superbike victory to BMW Motorrad Canada in 2010.

Francis Martin is no stranger to racing in the Superbike Class having won two Canadian Superbike Championships in 1999 and 2005 respectively along with another litre bike title in 2002, the Pro Open Sportbike Championship. “I'm very exited about the next season and have been waiting for this moment for a long time” says Francis Martin. “Now we have the bike to win and the tuner with whom I won my last championship”.

Michael Ferreira will be making his Superbike Class debut in 2010 and continues his streak as the longest serving rider on the team after racing the BMW boxer twins in Canadian Thunder and Pro Sportbike classes since 2007. Ferreira, the winner of the 2006 RACE Pro 600 Sportbike Championship, will not have any trouble transferring his skills back onto an in-line four race bike from the twins he recently has competed on.

When asked about his thoughts of racing in the Superbike Class, Ferreira had this to say, "From the day I started racing, my dream was always to race in the premier class against the best riders in the country. Three years ago I was blessed with an opportunity to race for BMW and it’s been an experience of a lifetime with what now will be the highlight of my racing career. I couldn't be happier than to share this experience with the brand that has had so much faith in me."

Joining the Rush HD / BMW Motorrad Superbike Team this season is famed Canadian superbike tuner Patrice Goyette of Mobile PG. Patrice recently was the main crew chief behind Clint McBain of Acceleration Racing the past two years and has a previous relationship with Francis Martin from when they won the 2005 Canadian Superbike Championship.

“Staying with our same two riders this year was always the plan when we talked about jumping into the Superbike Class” said Chris Duff, Manager Motorrad Marketing. “Now that we have also been able to add a huge asset in Patrice, this should show race fans our commitment to winning races in 2010.”

Also partnering with the Rush HD / BMW Motorrad Superbike Team this year will be three new sponsors: Joe Rocket, Hotbodies Bodywork and Hindle Exhausts. Joe Rocket returns to BMW after a three year hiatus and Bruce Parker, President of Joe Rocket Canada enthused: “ we are excited about renewing our relationship with BMW Motorrad Canada and looking forward to BMW adding to our history of Rocket Racing success.”

With the launch of the new S1000RR, BMW Motorrad now has the arsenal needed to fight for superbike championships worldwide and Canada is no exception.

The 2010 Canadian Superbike Championship begins with Round 1 from the ICAR facility at Mirabel Quebec May 28-30 and then continues for Rounds 2 & 3 at Calgary’s Race City Motorsport Park June 24-27. Rounds 4 & 5 will be the annual mid-summer Mosport Doubleheader Weekend July 8-11 and the final two rounds, Rounds 6 & 7 will take place August 5-8 from Shubenacadie Nova Scotia. Follow all rounds of the Canadian Superbike Championship on TSN HD in 2010.


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BMW motorcycle sales up in January

We've gotten some global numbers from the BMW Group concerning BMW Motorrad. Numbers are pretty good for the first month of the new decade - January saw global sales for BMW Motorrad at 3,814 units - that's up 2.2% over last year.

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A sneak peak at the Fischer MRX 650

National Motorsports is going to be bringing the American made Fischer MRX 650 to Canada in time for the summer 2010 season.

Just in case you'd like to see what it can do right now, Fischer has posted a little clip of the bike in action. It's not really a terribly new video but we haven't seen, or heard, this bike yet on the streets in Canada so this will give you an idea of what to expect!

Certainly sounds great!

A bit of background on the Fischer MRX 650 from National Motorsports:

"The MRX is a unique and exotically styled sportbike powered by a 650cc V-Twin Hyosung engine. Its angular styling is from the fertile pen of European designer Glynn Kerr. The GP-inspired chassis is a one piece diecast aluminum frame made in the USA; and was developed by Gemini Technology Systems of Wisconsin. Standard equipment on these units are Öhlins suspension, Brembo master cylinder, Hella lights, Woodcraft licensed clip-ons, EK gold 525 o-ring chain, LED taillight, Koso fully programmable instrument cluster, Bridgestone tires, braided brake lines, and a full stainless exhaust."


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Atlantic Motorcycle and ATV Show set to open this weekend

The third annual Atlantic Motorcycle & ATV show is set to open this weekend (Feb 12-14th) in Moncton, New Brunswick. The event attracted approximately 15,000 attendees last year and organizers are hoping for an even larger crowd this year.

This show is the largest of its kind on Atlantic Canada and showcases the 201o models of many of the big manufacturers.

You'll get to see the newest from manufacturers such as BMW, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Polaris, Suzuki, Victory, and Yamaha. Other smaller brands will be there as well.

In addition to the manufacturers there's going to be plenty of other exhibitors on hand too like Motovan, Motorcycle Mojo Magazine, many clubs, and representatives from big motorcycle events taking place in Atlantic Canada. The list is large!

Show hours are:

- Friday, Feb. 12, 2010 > 12 Noon - 9:00pm
- Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010 > 10:00am - 9:00pm
- Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010 > 10:00am - 5:00pm

Save a buck off admission by printing THIS coupon. Or you could enter yourself in our ticket draw. We've got 20 tickets to give away to the show!

See you there!


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MultiStrada 1200 update - more details on the extended service interval

With the arrival of the new Multistrada 1200, Ducati will reach a significant milestone in the company's engineering history by extending the periods between major services on the new model to an owner-friendly 24,000km (15,000 miles).

Doubling the mileage between valve clearance inspection has been made possible with the introduction of a new valve seat material combined with improved combustion efficiency and temperature management designed into the Multistrada's new Testastretta 11° engine.

So called because of its minimised 11° of ‘valve overlap' - the interval of crankshaft rotation during which both the intake and exhaust valves are open at the same time - the new Desmodromic power plant not only transforms the world championship-winning 1198 configuration into a super-smooth 150hp motor for sport touring, but also improves fuel efficiency, emissions and cost of scheduled maintenance.

First revealed at the Milan International Motorcycle Show in November 2009, the Ducati Multistrada 1200 combines innovative design and unprecedented technology to unleash a four-bikes-in-one concept. Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro riding modes now enable a customisable riding experience separated by just one click.

Arriving in Ducati showrooms from early 2010, the 189kg (417lb) Multistrada 1200 is offered with optional ABS, while the flagship Multistrada 1200 S presents ABS and Ducati Electronic Suspension by Öhlins as standard equipment. The 1200 S is available in ‘Sport edition' with specific components in carbon fibre or ‘Touring edition' with side luggage, heated grips and centre stand.


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Ducati Multistrada 1200 - 15,000 mile major service intervals announced

Ducati North America is excited to announce a significant milestone in the company’s engineering history: 15,000 mile major service intervals on the 2010 Multistrada 1200.

The Multistrada 1200 is the product of Ducati’s most intensive development program ever. Entering the arena of adventure touring motorcycles, Ducati set its sights on the class benchmarks. With the goal setting a new class standard, Ducati developed revolutionary new features such as the Multistrada’s “4 bikes in 1” adjustability.

The Multistrada 1200’s aggressive development process also encompassed build quality and servicing. Ducati is now excited to announce the fruits of its labor: a 15,000 mile period between major services.

Doubling the mileage between valve clearance inspections has been made possible due to the introduction of a new valve seat material. This material enables the new “Testastretta 11°" powerplant to go the distance- both literally and figuratively. Incorporating improved combustion efficiency and a new temperature management system, the Testastretta 11° engine ushers in a new era of service and reliability. The engine lowers the cost of maintenance, improves fuel efficiency and reduces emissions- all while retaining exhilarating performance capabilities.

The game-changing Multistrada 1200 will arrive in North American showrooms this coming April. For more information about this revolutionary new Ducati, please visit www.ducatiusa.com.



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Quebec City Motorcycle and ATV Show starts this Friday

The 2010 Quebec City Motorcycle & ATV show kicks off this Friday at the Centre de Foires de Québec. The exhibitor list is extensive! All the big names are going to be there, so you'd be crazy to miss this show if you can get there.


According to the event website there's going to be lots to see and do, like the following:
  • See the latest models from all the major manufacturers
  • Discover all the new technical features
  • Get in touch with experts in the field
  • Learn about the latest accessories and services
  • Plan the next riding season
  • Size up all the options
  • Pick up your free copy of Moto Show 2010
To be honest - that list doesn't really make it all that exciting to me. What does make it exciting is taking a look at the Exhibitor list.

Show hours
  • Friday, February 5: 12 pm to 10 pm
  • Saturday, February 6: 10 am to 9 pm
  • Sunday, February 7: 10 am to 5 pm
PS - We received an email from Harley-Davidson Canada who said they'd be bringing the entire lineup of 2010's (including Police models) and even the new XL48.

For more details check out the event website HERE.

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WEC to distribute "Endurance" - the photo book

Do yourself a favor - if you like motorcycles, and can appreciate an amazing photo do check out this website we've linked to for some higher resolution samples of what you'll see in the book.

My motorcycle bookshelf is pretty packed, but I'd happily make some space for this one!

Press Release:

World Enduro Canada is pleased to announce they have agreed to be the Canadian Distributor for the incredible photo book Endurance by Theresa Ortolani. Theresa is an award winning photo journalist who followed her friend Nate Kanney around the world for 3 years to document his accomplishments in the GNCC and World Enduro Championships.

The book can be ordered online for $39.95 US and there are a limited number of autographed copies available for the first to order. You can order your copy HERE

"Endurance embraces the lifestyle that is off-road racing from the eye of the artist. Hundreds of beautiful photos explore every facet of off-road racing…. The book is really the first of it's kind and blurs the line between a full-blown moto-head book and art-house book." — Matt Ware, Racer X Magazine

"The same experiences we've poured out of our boots and tried in vain to relate to concerned family members come alive on the pages of Endurance, making it like no other moto-photo book I've seen." — Dan Paris, Direct Motocross

"…the best off-road lifestyle photography I've seen. Theresa Ortolani has captured the essence of an off-road racer's pain and glory in a great looking, great reading book." — Jesse Ziegler, Dirt Rider Magazine

"Award-winning photographer, Theresa Ortolani, spent three years covering the often bone-crushing danger and fierce brilliance of off-road motorcycle racing. With more than 150 largely full-page color gravures, Endurance offers an unparalleled glimpse into the sport and the careers of famed racers such as Nathan Kanney, Kailub Russell, David Knight and Anders Eriksson. " — Ernest Hilbert, Bauman Rare Books

Image courtesy Theresa Ortolani


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Watch a VFR1200F being built - every 90 seconds

The Kumamoto plant in Japan features state-of-the-art efficiency and the latest production technologies. The plant is the main production facilities for Honda motorcycle operations around the world. On the 130 metre long production line for the Honda VFR1200F, a new bike comes off the line every 90 seconds.

I for one don't care how much bad press the VFR1200F has been getting. I'm really looking forward to seeing it in the flesh. Looking forward even more to taking one for a spin. I do own a VFR 800 though - maybe Honda won't allow it - if you're to believe the Internet.


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BMW Motorrad Canada - sets January sales record

It looks like BMW Motorrad Canada is on a roll again. They did some impressive business in the month of January.

BMW Motorrad Canada retailed 54 motorcycles in the first month of 2010, a best ever January result and increase of 170 per cent over the same period in 2009. Contributing to this success of BMW Motorrad is the new S1000RR Superbike, as its popularity grows among a young demographic.

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BMW Motorrad achieves and Husqvarna motorcycle sales strong - for 2009

Here's a big summary of 2009 from the folks at BMW Motorrad. It's a little long but it's definitely worth a read. It gives an excellent overview of the BMW marquee and compares their sales to their competitors. The BMW Group achieved a global sales volume of over 87,000 motorcycles for the 2009 financial year.

Press Release:

BMW Motorrad can look back on a successful year in 2009 in spite of a very difficult market environment marked by the global financial and economic crisis. Last year 87,306 (previous year: 101,685) BMW motorcycles were delivered to customers which is equivalent to a comparatively moderate drop of 14.1%. BMW Motorrad has thus not only reached the target it set itself, but also achieved the second-lowest decline in sales amongst the competition.

While the world market for motorcycles above 500 cubic centimetres was still approximately 1.5 million vehicles in 2007, it shrank to about 900,000 units in 2009. This corresponds to a market drop of around 40% in two years. In the crisis year of 2009 alone the world market declined by more than 30%.

Despite these downward tendencies in the motorcycle markets, BMW Motorrad was able to grow in the European markets Great Britain and Eastern Europe, in the Asian markets of Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, as well as in the Middle East and Brazil.

Due to its continued powerful product offensive, the white and blue brand performed outstandingly on other export markets, often expanding its market share considerably. In the seven important motorcycle markets of Great Britain, Italy, France, Spain, the USA, Japan and Germany, BMW Motorrad increased its market share throughout.

This was achieved even though market sales dropped by 32% in the segment above 500 cubic centimetres. Compared to the competition, which lost between 20% and almost 50% of its sales, BMW Motorrad sales dropped by only 16%.

In Germany, which is still the biggest market for BMW Motorrad, 15,833 (previous year: 18,112) BMW motorcycles were registered, representing a drop of 12.6%. In spite of this environment BMW Motorrad was able to defend its market leadership in the once again shrinking overall market (-14.5%) as well as in the segment above 500 cc. The BMW share in the overall market was 17.7% in December (previous year: 17.3%). In the segment above 500 cc the market share was 19.0% (previous year: 18.1%).

Italy continues to be the second largest for BMW Motorrad. Here a total of 13,207 BMW motorcycles were registered (previous year: 15,342), a decline of 13.9% (market as a whole: minus 20.0 %). The market share of BMW Motorrad in the segment over 500 cc increased to14.3 % (previous year: 13.0 %).

In the USA, too - BMW Motorrad’s third largest market - the market as a whole decreased by 41.6 %. Here 9,168 (previous year: 11,831) BMW motorcycles were registered, a drop of 22.5 % as compared to the previous year. However, it was possible to increase the market share over 500 cc by 2.0% to 2.6%.

In 2009 once again, the most successful model overall was the large travel enduro BMW R 1200 GS (15,864 units) along with its sibling model, the R 1200 GS Adventure (8,803 units). Outstanding sales figures were also achieved by the F 800 GS (10,974 units) and the F 800 R (5,828 units), where the conquest rate was especially pleasing.

BMW Motorrad in 2010 - a look ahead.

The prospects for 2010 look promising: this is because BMW Motorrad was able to extend its market share across the board and take on market leadership in several instances, thereby creating an excellent basis for future growth.

With the new S 1000 RR, BMW Motorrad has a supersports volume model in its program for a full season for the first time, with some 2,300 orders already having been placed by the time of the market launch on December 6th 2009.

From February 6th 2010 BMW customers will benefit from the model revision of the new BMW 1200 GS / Adventure and BMW R 1200 RT which are to be launched with the new DOHC flat twin engines.

In addition to this, the BMW Motorrad model program is in excellent shape generally for 2010. In the worlds of experience Enduro, Tour, Urban, Sport and HP there are fascinating motorcycles to suit virtually every taste. The model range is supplemented by an extensive program of accessories and innovative BMW Motorrad rider equipment.

Husqvarna Motorcycles puts in a powerful sales performance.

Husqvarna Motorcycles, the second motorcycle brand of the BMW Group, achieved worldwide sales figures of 13,052 units (previous year: 13,511) - a decline of just 3%. And in the seven major motorcycle markets the drop in sales was only 2%.

Sales in Australia, Germany and France developed very positively, with the previous year’s figures being far exceeded in each case. Husqvarna Motorcycles even increased its performance in the heavily declining US market (- 41.6%).

Now that the new model TE 250 has been so well received by the market, a model offensive is planned for 2010: in spite of a difficult market environment, this provides hope of a positive sales development.

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Cardo Systems Announces new high tech - G4

Cardo Systems, Inc., the world’s market leader in wireless Bluetooth communications for motorcycle helmet headsets, today announced the availability of its new scala rider G4 the most feature-rich bike-to-bike Bluetooth headset available on the market today.

From compatibility with any number of Bluetooth-enabled devices to its embedded FM radio, mobile phone support and voice activation, the scala rider G4 is also the first Bluetooth headset to offer group intercom between up to three riders as well as communication among two riders and their two passengers on two bikes at distances up to one mile*—a new industry benchmark for motorcycle headsets.

Encased in a rugged and fully redesigned form factor, the scala rider G4 leads the pack in Bluetooth enjoyment and safety by allowing the user access to all of their compatible communications and entertainment through one lightweight unit. Specific features include:

Two/Three/Four-Way Intercom — The G4 allows four riders (two drivers and two passengers), three riders (three separate bikers) or two riders (rider-to-rider or rider-to-passenger), to conduct intercom conversations at distances of up to one mile*. The headset offers full duplex (simultaneous talking/listening) capability as well as mobile phone call conferencing between riders, between rider and passenger, or with outside callers.

Multi-Device Compatibility — The G4 can connect with virtually any portable Bluetooth device including mobile phones, MP3 players and compatible GPS units (for in-helmet voice instructions). It can also connect with non-Bluetooth MP3 players, GPS units via its embedded jack, and the entire line of scala rider headsets.** Each G4 headset can be actively connected to one Bluetooth device and two other scala rider headsets at one time.

A2DP Stereo Music —Taking advantage of A2DP, the latest Bluetooth stereo music transfer technology, the G4 can receive CD-quality music from any MP3 player with A2DP capability.

• Built-In FM Radio− The G4 has a built-in FM Radio with RDS and scan and seek features with six station channel memory.

VOX Activation –The G4 allows users to make voice-controlled hands-free intercom calls and phone calls with answer, voice dial and call reject functions.

AGC Technology –The G4 automatically adjusts the headset volume based on ambient noise and driving speed.

PLC Technology – The G4 provides improved audio quality in dense urban surroundings.

Downloadable Cardo Software For Future Upgrades (requires Windows XP or Vista based PCs) –This software keeps the G4 always up-to-date with the latest applications.

Spoken Status Announcements – The G4 provides multi-lingual in-the-ear announcements tell users to whom or to which device they are connected to.

“Cardo’s new scala rider G4 takes all the power of wireless communications and entertainment today and puts it in one amazing package. There’s no Bluetooth headset on the market that revolutionizes a biker’s riding experience like the G4,” says Abraham Glezerman, CEO of Cardo Systems, Inc. “This is our most exciting motorcycle headset yet — a breakthrough that can greatly improve enjoyment and safety for single riders or groups, passengers and drivers alike.”

As with all scala rider headsets, the G4 features a noise canceling microphone and weather-resistant design. Talk time with the unit’s rechargeable Li-Po battery is up to 10 hours and standby time is up to 10 days.

The scala rider G4 fits virtually all ¾ and full-face helmets and can be self-installed in five minutes. The headset is now available through select distributors, specialty motorcycle shops, and directly from the Cardo Systems web site at www.cardosystems.com with a suggested retail price of $279.95 USD.

*Range may vary according to terrain
**Reduced operational range when connected to earlier scala rider models

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KYMCO Canada and MOTORESS continue their partnership

It is with pleasure that KYMCO Canada announces that the three year partnership with Vicki Gray and MOTORESS will continue onto its fourth year! MOTORESS is an attitude, a lifestyle, and it prides itself on engaging its readers within the passion they seek in every aspect of their motorcycling lifestyle.

KYMCO Canada and MOTORESS both agree that scooters are a great avenue for women to enter into the world of riding. Over the last few years, MOTORESS has reviewed a number of KYMCO scooters and motorcycles, including most recently the People S 125 and the Xciting 500Ri offering readers honest, introspective and intelligent reviews.

In 2009, MOTORESS integrated its ever popular series “KYMCO and the City” into its website by establishing a permanent link in the Motoressence sub-menu. The series invites readers to follow Vick Gray and her KYMCO Bet&Win 150 scooter on various adventures through the city of Toronto. Most recent episodes took Vicki and her Bet&Win 150 to Toronto Island and the Royal Ontario Museum!

Friday, May 7th 2010 also marks the fourth annual International Female Ride Day – an event that encourages women all over the world to “Just Ride”. KYMCO Canada will again be promoting and participating in this fantastic event which brings awareness to female motorcyclists and encourages other women to take up the activity.

Keep following KYMCO Canada and MOTORESS for exciting new initiatives and events in the months to come!

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Harley Davidson- Bringing new clothing line to Canada

CONCORD, Ontario (January 29, 2010) – In the spirit of the Harley-Davidson motorcycling culture that motivates thousands of Harley owners across Canada to actively support a number of charitable causes, Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada, the exclusive Canadian distributor of Harley-Davidson products, is partnering with Rethink Breast Cancer to offer a new clothing line to assist those women affected by breast cancer.

Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada believes in empowering women. Rethink Breast Cancer shares this belief and is dedicated to providing innovative education, research, and support programs. By sharing the Harley-Davidson spirit and purchasing items from the Canadian Pink Label Collection, people across Canada can help breast cancer-affected women, with 10% of the proceeds from the sale of Pink Label items being donated to Rethink Breast Cancer.

Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada is proud of this new alliance, as it is part of a broader initiative with women as its focal point. It is another step in assisting women throughout Canada in their efforts to embrace the incredibly rewarding experience of cruising the open roads and living the dream.

Tagged with the motto “Purchase with a Purpose”, the Canadian Pink Label Collection is comprised of 12 of the most popular women’s MotorClothes silhouettes – each featuring a tasteful touch of pink – including jackets, pants, eyewear, gloves, helmets, shirts, and more. The following are some of the highlights of the collection:

Pink Label Performance Eyewear (P/N 98383-10VW): Your perfect riding eyewear is now in sight. Pink Label Performance Eyewear is designed to meet the unique needs of female riders and includes lenses that provide a 20 percent wider field of vision. The lenses are also six times more impact-resistant than standard polycarbonate. With UV protection and the Bar & Shield logo embellished in pink rhinestones, these ¾ wrap goggles will turn heads.

Pink Label Full-Finger Gloves (P/N 98372-10VW) Technically advanced to help you meet every riding situation, Pink Label gloves are made with genuine leather, include a tricot lining, and have an ergonomically designed thumb. Pre-curved fingers and padded palms provide comfort on every ride.

Pink Label Hoodie & Layering Tank (P/N 99171-10VW, 99173-10VW, 99174-10VW) Featuring a zipper front with drawstring hood, ribbed cuffs and waistband, and two hand-warmer pockets, this cotton hoodie allows you to stay warm during spring nights.

MJ DeCoteau, Executive Director of Rethink Breast Cancer, comments, “We are delighted to have Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada as an on-going supporter of Rethink Breast Cancer and to be partnering with them on the launch of their Pink Label line of motor wear. Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada’s commitment to our cause and dedication to helping Rethink achieve its mission is inspiring and vital to ensuring the continuation of the important work that we do to support young people concerned about and affected by breast cancer.

Knowing the risk factors and the importance of early detection of breast cancer is key to improving survival, and we are thrilled to have Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada helping us educate and inform young women of this important message”.

To find out more about the Pink Label Collection in Canada, or to purchase items from the collection, visit your local Harley-Davidson Retailer or visit www.harleycanada.com

About Rethink Breast Cancer

Rethink Breast Cancer is an innovative charity that reaches out to young people concerned about and affected by breast cancer. By taking a breakthrough approach to all aspects of breast cancer – medical research, support, public awareness, and fundraising – Rethink Breast Cancer is thinking differently about how to beat breast cancer. To find out more about Rethink Breast Cancer, visit www.rethinkbreastcancer.com.


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