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Ducati Multistrada 1200 tutorials

Here's a few video's from Ducati Motor Holding explaining all the benefits of the Ducati Multistrada 1200 that you might enjoy.  It would probably be even better if you understood Italian - but don't worry, there's some English subtitles:

Looks like Ducati has posted a few more Tutorials - bringing the number up to 7.

Here's the LINK for more.


Turn 2 Introduces Suspension Tuning Course

Turn 2 Sportbike School is proud to announce its partnership with Accelerated Technologies to present Canada's first Suspension Tuning Course - STC1.

The course is offered exclusively through Turn 2 at Calabogie Motorsports Park, and will feature in depth classroom sessions on suspension set up and tuning. Lessons will include basic sag settings, damping and bottoming theory, chassis geometry tuning using ride heights and spring rates, with their resulting effects on variables such as weight distribution and swing arm angle.

Taught by Accelerated Technologies own John Sharrard, each classroom session will be followed by an on track riding session to test and reinforce each topic discussed.

Riders are encouraged to bring and use their own bike for this course, or rent one from Turn 2. Either option will allow you to demystify in the classroom, then feel 'on track' the differences between compression damping, rebound damping, ride height and preload helping you to better understand your machine and become a more proficient rider in the process.

Classroom sessions will be a mix of instruction and hands on tuning with access to your bike as well as cut-a-ways and demos to aid in understanding the inner workings of your bikes suspension.

Contact the Turn 2 Sportbike School or visit for more information or to register.


New Virtual Riding TV video has been posted

Our friend Jeff (Founder/Executive Producer) over at Virtual Riding TV has posted a new high definition video of a sunset motorcycle ride on the Sea to Sky Highway between Porteau Cove and Lions Bay, British Columbia, Canada.

For those unacquainted with this area, Highway 99 is one of the most scenic roads in BC, especially from Vancouver to Whistler.  Portions of this stretch of road were redone for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, and now the Sea to Sky corridor is a motorcyclist's dream filled with spectacular scenery. Don't take our word for it though. Check out the video below.

The video is appearing in several spots on the web, including YouTube, Daily Motion, and the tourism British Columbia website.  You can check out this new video below but make sure you visit the VRIDETV website to see all their great (and free!) video's.


Tough day for the Ducati Xerox Team and riders Haga and Fabrizio

Portimao (Portugal), Sunday 28th March : Racing at Portimao today proved difficult for the Ducati Xerox riders Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio, who had to fight hard for points, having started the races from the fifth row of the grid; the two races brought identical results for the factory riders, two eighth place finishes for Nori, two 11th places for Michel.

In the morning warm-up Noriyuki had picked up his pace with respect to yesterday, completing eight fast laps and concluding the short session in third position. Michel, still working to improve grip, finished in fifteenth place.

Race 1 - Both riders were aware that they needed a blistering start in order to help their chances of carving their way through the pack from the fifth row, and Nori was able to do this in Race 1, rocketing from eighteenth to ninth position straight off the line. Michel, caught up in traffic, remained in sixteenth position for the first lap but had worked his way up to twelfth by lap two. During the fifth lap Haga was able to pass Corser and on the same lap team-mate Fabrizio passed Corser’s team-mate Xaus. From mid-race on, and now in eighth position, Noriyuki remained there, with Corser and Toseland chasing him down, until three laps from the finish where he briefly moved up to seventh place before Toseland, on the very last lap, pushed him back down to a final eighth position. In the second half of the race, Michel made a couple of mistakes, going off track twice and allowing both Smrz and Xaus to take advantage and move ahead of him. Smrz later crashed but Michel was unable to catch Xaus, thus closing the first race in eleventh place.

Race 2 and the Ducati Xerox pair made a carbon copy start, with Noriyuki slicing through the pack from eighteenth to ninth position and Michel in sixteenth. The Italian then made up five positions within the  first three laps before tucking in, in eleventh position, behind team-mate Haga. The two Ducati 1198s had trouble catching the Suzuki of Guintoli, and although Nori closed the gap two-third of the way through the race, getting past Corser in the process, he didn’t manage to pass the Frenchman, and make it stick, until the very last lap, to take eighth position overall, exactly as he did in race 1. Although Michel held eleventh position from lap 8 right until the end of the race, he lost a little ground to Nori in the final laps, citing difficulty in braking.

Noriyuki Haga (Race 1 – 8th , Race 2 – 8th)
“We’ve worked hard all weekend and today finally I had slightly better feeling with the bike but it was very difficult to score great results from the fifth row. In race 1 I made a good start, which I knew was essential if I wanted to make some good points. I tried to push as hard as possible but by the last five laps or so I was lacking rear grip and this meant that my traction was very much affected. The second race was quite similar, the tyre performed better but I had a hard time getting past Guintoli, and again finished eighth. I apologise to the team, the fans and the sponsors for my poor results but at least I was able to make up a few positions and take some points. Now we look to start challenging for the podium every weekend from Valencia onwards. The important thing is not to crash, and to take as many points as possible each race. Biaggi and Haslam have demonstrated their strength both here and at Phillip Island and we hope we can be back up there on the podium at Valencia.”

Michel Fabrizio (Race 1 – 11th , Race 2 -11th)
“Let’s say that this weekend we were not able to refine the set up of my 1198 as we had hoped to. I continued to have the same problem, the same lack of feeling at the front, in both races. We made many modifications over the weekend but it didn’t make much difference; I just never felt right on the bike. At the start of race 2 I managed to make up a few places straight away by pushing as hard as I could but after a few laps it became more and more difficult to turn; I went off track a couple of times in race 1 and then I went straight two or three times in the next race. We of course hope for much better results at Valencia, where I need to start from the front rows.”

RESULTS: Race 1 – 1. Biaggi (Aprilia); 2. Haslam (Suzuki); 3. Rea (Honda). Gara 2 -  1. Biaggi (Aprilia); 2. Haslam (Suzuki); 3. Crutchlow (Yamaha)

CLASSIFICATION: Riders – 1. Haslam (Suzuki) 85; 2. Biaggi (Aprilia) 69; 3. Checa (Ducati) 60; 4. Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) 46; 5. Haga (Ducati Xerox) 43; 6. Rea (Honda) 39; 7. Guintoli (Suzuki) 33; 8. Camier (Aprilia) 32….

Manufacturers – Suzuki 85; Ducati 71; Aprilia 69; Honda 40; Yamaha 32; BMW 29; Kawasaki 7


Motorcycle Experience - airs Saturday, March 27

Toyota Truck presents Motorcycle Experience this Saturday morning at 11:30 AM!

Saturday March 27 at 11:30 AM* on TSN and TSN HD.

Join us as we help you “keep your feet on the pegs and your right hand cranked!”

In this episode:

- Dave Hatch chats with Honda’s technical advisor about the new VFR1200F
- Former National 600 Sportbike Champion Clint McBain recommends some springtime riding practice
- This week’s guest rider Jason Thorpe of Inside Motorcycles Magazine samples the Victory Hammer S 
- Scooter Sense host Bryan Hudgin continues his Almost World Tour by camping out on a viewers lawn
- Dave and Norm continue their Ultimate Ride and visit the location where they shot the movie Easy Rider

Motorcycle Experience is created with the support of our very good friends at Toyota Canada, Yamaha Motor Canada,Honda Canada, BMW Motorrad, Suzuki Canada, and Motovan

Show host Dave Hatch enthusiastically endorses Joe Rocket riding gear and Shoei helmets

For more info visit

Motorcycle Experience Episode 4 will also be repeated on TSN and TSN HD;
Monday March 29 - 12:00 AM
Thursday April 01 - 12:30 PM*

Motorcycle Experience Episode 4 will also broadcast on TSN 2;

Saturday March 27 - 02:30 PM*
Thursday April 01 – 03:30 PM*

 (*all times eastern)


Trail Tours $pring Break

We received word from the good folks at Trail Tours that they're opening a month early this year! To celebrate they've got some great specials on riding.

We had a chance to take in a day at Trail Tours during the summer of 2009. It was probably the most fun I've had on a motorcycle! Read our review HERE.

Full Press Release below:

Hi Customers both New and Returning, Trail Tours is opening one month early this year! Starting April 1st we will be offering the following spring specials:

Beginner Program:

Learn to Ride in Under 3 Hours in Our Updated Training Facility! Already know the basics?  We provide advanced riding instruction to suit your specific needs. 

$140 for half day training- Two sessions offered daily, Monday-Saturday 9AM to 12PM, & 1PM to 4PM

$210 for full day training- One session offered daily, Monday-Saturday 9AM to 3 PM (lunch included)

Advanced Program:

Have you ridden with us in the past and would like to try something new?  All year we are offering exciting off road adventures outside of the Ganaraska Forest at a variety of new locations.  Ask us today how we can customize an unforgettable tour for you and your party in some of Ontario’s greatest hidden trail systems.

$250 for Day Tour- Tours available upon request, please contact for additional details.

* All programs include dirt bike rental (no licence required), gas, insurance, all required riding/safety gear, instructor, refreshments (lunch provided for full day training/tours only).
* Discounts for groups of 4 and up available, please enquire for details.
* This offer is available only for the month of April and applies to beginners and those interested in training.

Call 705-875-2980 or


BMW Motorrad Summerfest returns to Mosport in July 2010

Richmond Hill, ON. Continuing its annual tradition for the fourth consecutive year, BMW Motorrad Canada is pleased to be hosting Summerfest 2010 at Mosport International Raceway from July 9 – 11, 2010.

Strategically scheduled to coincide with the 4th and 5th rounds of this year's Parts Canada Superbike Championship, BMW Motorrad Summerfest will again be staged on its familiar 500,000 square-foot site in the Mosport infield, with several exciting new attractions complementing the popular list of activities that have come to define BMW Motorrad Summerfest.

New attractions this year include:

· Chris Pfeiffer, World and European motorcycle freestyle stunt-riding champion returns to Summerfest, reprising his spectacular appearance at the first Summerfest event in 2007. Chris will, as always, be performing the impossible on his BMW F800R.
· Touratech Canada, an OEM and aftermarket manufacturer of accessories for BMW motorcycles, and Ztechnik, an OEM and aftermarket manufacturer of windscreens for BMW motorcycles, who will be new additions to the vendor area.

· A fascinating new seminar series with guest speakers to include:
 - David Hatch and Norm Wells (Director of BMW Motorrad Canada) from TSN’s Motorcycle Experience television show.
- Rene Cormier, the global adventurer who spent five years travelling around the world on his BMW F650GS Dakar.
 - Paul "The Iceman" Mondor who rode across Canada in winter (his 2010 Frozen Butt Tour), also on a BMW F650GS Dakar.

The regular array of popular BMW Motorrad Summerfest displays and activities returns, including:

·  A full display of the 2010 BMW Motorrad model lineup, complemented by exciting new BMW and MINI car models.
· The BMW Rider Equipment & Apparel Tent, offering great deals on a wide range of BMW Motorrad gear.
· Sécurité Active rider training, with their expert instructors free rider training sessions - a sample of the extensive courses offered at their home base in Montreal.
· A full schedule of on-road and off-road test rides of the full range of BMW motorcycles, utlizing the breathtaking roads around the Mosport venue for the street rides, and a 30km-long snowmobile trail system woven in and around the Mosport property, for the trail rides.

· The Saturday night Summerfest Feast to all pre-event ticket puchasers.
 - The popular BMW "Bavarian Beer Garden“ watering hole.
 - A Saturday night concert series, with full stage, in the infield  - feature bands to be announced!
 - Exclusive participation in a parade-lap of the legendary Mosport track on Sunday during the lunch break for all pre-event ticket purchasers (BMW riders only).

The Rush HD/BMW Motorrad Canada Superbike Team will, of course, be competing in the 4th and 5th rounds of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship on Mosport’s  "big" track, with the spectacular new BMW S1000RR racebikes. BMW Motorrad team riders Francis Martin and Mike Ferreira are expected to provide the strongest competitive challenge yet in the Parts Canada Superbike Championship series.

Camping, as always, is available on site and offered as part of the BMW Motorrad Summerfest ticket package.

Complete information on BMW Motorrad Summerfest and online ticket registration can be accessed at HERE. You can also visit the BMW Motorrad Summerfest Facebook fan page and become a fan by searching BMW Motorrad Summerfest.


Ruthless Racing Inc. is setting the foundation for racing seasons to come

Motorcycle racing has always been part of the pedigree of Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada. This year more than ever, while other manufacturers see themselves having to turn their backs on racing due to the recent recession, Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada is committed to looking ahead and continues to be a key player in its contribution in keeping this fascinating sport in the country.

Ruthless Racing Inc. sponsored by Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada, will present a mix of Buell  motorcycles on Canadian tracks in the 2010 season and is excited about the debut of the highly acclaimed Harley-Davidson XR 1200R motorcycle within the Canadian Sports Twins class.

The talent pool on the Ruthless Racing Inc. team will consist of team owner and no. 29 racer, Darren James, who most recently established himself as the West Coast Champion for 2009 in both the 600 and Thunder classes, the Floridian no. 123 racer, Dave Estok, racer and no. 77, Olivier “Ov” Spilborghs, to round off the team on his 2OO7 Air Cooled XB12R in the CST class. The trio will be gracefully orchestrated through Caroline James as the Team Manager. Sponsors including: Ruthless Racing Inc; Dragon Eyewear; Ogio; Flexi-Glass; RMR Suspensions; Twist Conditioning; Moto-International will be supporting the Ruthless Racing Inc. team in their endeavors to dominate the podium in 2010.

Ruthless Racing Inc. will participate in all of the races outlined below. The team will be running 2009 Buell 1125R bikes in the Pro Superbike and Yoshimura Pro Sport Bike categories, as well as running a 2OO7 Air Cooled XB12R and making a debut with the Harley-Davidson XR 1200R bike in the Canadian Sports Twins Pro/Am Classes.

For those of you who will not be lucky enough to attend any of the races in person, the series
will once again be televised on TSN.

2010 Parts Canada Superbike Championship Schedule

Round One
May 28-30
Circuit ICAR
Mirabel, Quebec

Round Two
June 24-27
Race City Motorsport Park
Calgary, Alberta

Round Three
June 24-27
Race City Motorsport Park
Calgary, Alberta

Round Four
July 8-11
Mosport International Raceway
Bowmanville, Ontario


BMW Motorrad Communication System also available for BMW Motorrad Helmet Sport.

BMW Motorrad has expanded the application spectrum of its Bluetooth communication system and now offers it with its BMW Motorrad Sport helmet.

The Sport helmet is already designed for immediate integration of the BMW Motorrad Communication System. With its excellent aerodynamics and exceptional aeroacoustics, it is perfectly suited to the new communications system and its outstanding sound quality. The system employs Bluetooth standard 2.0 to allow wireless voice communication between two helmets as well as other Bluetooth equipment, such as navigation systems, mobile telephones, or MP3 players.

The BMW Motorrad Communication System comprises a main circuit board, a boom microphone, and two loudspeakers which are installed in the helmet, plus two NiMH rechargeable batteries, which enable constant operation for periods of ten to twelve hours. The system is controlled by a three-button module, which fits snugly into any Sport helmet, irrespective of the shell's dimensions.

The BMW Motorrad Communication System has been conceived to facilitate voice communication between the rider and co-rider, but communication with other Bluetooth equipment is also possible. For instance, the rider can not only talk to his co-rider, but is also able to receive messages emitted by the BMW Motorrad Navigator IV, make telephone calls, or listen to music, provided the equipment used is Bluetooth-compatible. The BMW Motorrad Communication System also allows communication from motorcycle to motorcycle. Depending on the local conditions, the system will allow voice communication over a distance of up to 100 metres with only a slight drop in quality, provided there is an uninterrupted line of sight between the Bluetooth devices. If the distance cannot be bridged or the conditions are otherwise unfavourable, and the connection is lost, it is automatically restored as soon as the distance between the Bluetooth transmitters is sufficiently small.

The BMW Motorrad Communication System in the Sport Helmet is compatible with the communication system in the BMW Motorrad System 6 Helmet.


2010 International Female Ride Day: riding to success!

The 2010 International Female Ride Day is just a few months away and women all over the world are getting prepared for the global occasion. More countries are expected to join in and more women are setting up activities for Friday May 7th. “Even more women are riding this year, as you might well imagine, this is the campaigns 4th year. This event is quite simply, unstoppable! The word continues to spread and women enthusiastically prepare to ride and unite everywhere on this synchronized day around the world!” says Vicki Gray, the founder of the International Female Ride Day and of MOTORESS. Countries that joined in during earlier years have also gained momentum and continue to increase local activities. “We are certainly riding to success as each year we see a truly insurmountable growth from the years’ prior! Even the hallmark ride day t-shirt for 2010 is already in demand”, she adds.

For this 4th edition, Vicki Gray also observes an increase of the recognition of the event amongst the motorcycle industry around the world. “The popularity of this event comes from the concept and the fact that it invites women riding all brands, styles and types of motorcycles. This gives the industry an opportunity to share their support and get involved”, says Vicki. As before, participants will be able to upload/send in their picture to MOTORESS or post them on the facebook group and event page. “We’ll send out a free souvenir again this year, to the first 100 photos received. This continues to be well-liked”, adds Vicki.

Participants can go the MOTORESS facebook group or event page to post their activities and plans for Friday 7 May while networking with others. In Toronto, there will be a rally for the ride home at the end of the day. Women will be able to order the special 2010 Female Ride Day t-shirt as a souvenir online. This year the t-shirt will be in natural bamboo fabric, the latest trend in eco friendly fabrics.

Sport bike, cruiser, scooter, off-road, touring or competition, regardless of what type or style of motorcycle interest, International FEMALE RIDE DAY makes one simple request of women – Just Ride! Get on your bikes, be out there and be visible. The concept has assembled its power and participation in this simple, globally synchronized theme linking the chain of women through the shared activity of motorcycling. One day to celebrate and highlight the many numbers of women who share a passion for the sport. The fact that every rider participating is a role model for women, who have not yet taken their first step to enjoy motorcycling, is a role worth embracing.

At its inception in 2007, the campaign became an immediate success as women embraced the chance to participate. International FEMALE RIDE DAY fever significantly magnifies each year and 2010 expects to host more riders and participants than the previous years. Canada, United States, Australia, England, The Netherlands, Greece, Italy, Poland, Israel, Qatar and Denmark as well as other countries will again be contributing to the campaign in compelling numbers.


Motorcycle Experience Episode 3 - Airs this Sunday at noon

Toyota Truck presents Motorcycle Experience this Sunday at noon!

Sunday, March 21 at 12:00 PM* on TSN and TSN HD.

Join us as we help you “keep your feet on the pegs and your right hand cranked!”

In this episode:

- Host Dave Hatch chats with Inside Motorcycles photographer Jeff Morgan
- Former National 600 Sportbike Champion Clint McBain has more trailer talk
- Guest rider Paul Kahnert samples BMW Motorrad’s all new K1300R
- Scooter Sense host Bryan Hudgin continues his Almost World Tour with a stop on Parliament Hill
- Dave and Norm continue their Ultimate Rides tour heading out from Winslow, Arizona
Motorcycle Experience - Episode 2 will also be repeated on TSN and TSN HD;

Wednesday March 24 - 01:30 AM*
Thursday March 25 - 03:00 AM*
Friday March 26 - 04:30 PM*

Motorcycle Experience - Episode 2 will also broadcast on TSN 2;

Saturday March 20 - 03:00 PM*
Wednesday March 24 - 04:30 AM*

(*all times eastern)


Buy a Ducati - get some racing swag

New Ducati owners receive the Superbike of their dreams, along with the tools and instruction to ride it to the limit.

Cupertino, Calif. (16 March 2010) – Ducati North America annouces today the “Fast Track” Superbike promotion; a celebration of the Ducati Superbike lineup as purpose-built motorcycles at home on the racetrack.

Available though June 15th; this promotion is designed to give new Superbike owners an experience unique to the Ducati brand. Built to the motto: “Engineered by the stopwatch, designed by the racetrack,” Ducati Superbikes are bred to be ridden on the limit.

In the spirit of this philosophy, Ducati has teamed up with World Superbike Champion Doug Polen to include a once in a lifetime experience. With purchase of a new 2009 or 2010 Superbike, Ducati will include a day of racetrack instruction with the legendary champion at one of over a dozen venues. In order to hit the track with style and comfort, Ducati will include the following to make up the ultimate pit lane setup:

·         A set of tire warmers
·         A Ducati E-Z up
·         2 Ducati Quad Chairs

“I am beyond excited to be teaming up with Ducati for this excellent promotion,” said Polen.  “For the past few years I’ve been mastering the transition from racing bikes to teaching others my secrets, and now it’s time for a new generation of Ducs to start flying!”

Along with this exceptional trackside support, Ducati is also including a gift that can be worn every day: a watch in Ducati livery. This beautiful Swiss timepiece- influenced by elements of Ducati design- will be given to select owners of a Ducati Superbike during the program period.*

Ducati is looking forward to combining its race bred Superbikes, world class instruction, and first class pit arrangements to form a track experience that could come from the Superbike World Champions. For more information on the 2010 range of Ducati Superbikes and a list of participating dealers, please visit

* Watch not included with purchase of the 848 “Dark” Superbike and is available while supplies last.


KTM Freeride Prototypes To Be Unveiled In Tokyo

KTM has announced that they'll be unveiling two zero emissions electric motorcycles at the 2010 Tokyo Motorcycle Show. There's going to be an off-road version and a super-moto version.

From KTM:

The KTM FREERIDE at the Tokia Motorcycle Show 2010. Starting on March 26th, exclusively on!

Under the title “Freeride” KTM will present two near-series prototypes at the 2010 Tokyo Motorcycle Show, which in one year’s time will transfer the “Ready to Race” sporting spirit of the brand into a series model fit for the 21st century.

With its first zero emission motorcycle, the world’s leading producer of offroad motorcycles has developed an electrically driven sports motorcycle that proves that riding fun and environmental sustainability need not be in conflict with one another.


Ride a Yamaha - iPhone App

The subtitles in the video are in Japanese, and hey, we don't know what it says but it it looks like Yamaha has an iPhone app that simulates the sound of riding a YZF-R1 or YZ450F.  You can blip the throttle with the twist of a wrist or put it in driving mode to simulate the sound of actual driving.

I could see this being entertaining for oh, about 30 seconds or so.


Bombardier made an offer on Buell - Harley declined

According to Motojournalist Alan Cathcart - Canadian manufacturer BRP (Bombardier Recreational Products) had made two offers to take the Buell line from Harley-Davidson. Both of them were declined by Harley.

The liquid cooled v-twin that is used in 1125cc based Buell bikes is make by Rotax - a wholly owned subsidiary of the Bombardier group and BRP was interested preserving the existence of an important customer... ie: Buell.

It's said that BRP initially made an offer to acquire the engine, manufacturing rights, and production tooling.  When that was reportedly rejected it's said that BRP made an offer on the Buell brand itself.

How interesting indeed!  Erik Buell has reportedly signed a 15 month non-compete clause so watch out for the day that ends.  Still - the 1125cc based Rotax engine will be off limits as it's still owned by Harley.

BRP would have perhaps been able to use the 1125cc engine in their Spyder bike which now use a 990 cc Rotax engine.  Maybe they would have been able to build a successful business out of the Buell brand too?

See more at (Page 50-51).

Story via CMG


BMW - "Oldest Trick" video is hugely popular on YouTube

With currently almost 1.4 million clicks the S 1000 RR Dinner Spot became the most successful BMW film on YouTube ever. In the course of the Spotlight International Advertising Film Festival in Mannheim the film was awarded in the category “Web and Mobile” at the beginning of March.

It is about a well-known magic trick, where a magician pulls the tablecloth from a small table all set up with china without damaging anything.

In “Dinner for RR” the BMW S 1000 RR knows the trade even better: Thanks to its acceleration of 2.9 seconds from 0 to 100 k.p.h. the bike is able to pull the tablecloth even from a huge, impressing banquet leaving all the china and glasses intact.

If you haven’t seen the "Dinner for RR“ clip yet, then check it out:


Motorcycle Experience - airs Sunday March 14 at 11:30 AM

Just in case you're wondering why Motorcycle Experience isn't on TV today - it's airing on Sunday this week instead.  More details below:

Toyota Truck presents Motorcycle Experience this Sunday morning!
Sunday  March 14 at 11:30 AM* on TSN and TSN HD.
Join us as we help you “keep your feet on the pegs and your right hand cranked!”
  • In this episode host Dave Hatch visits Canada’s premiere custom motorcycle builder, Bob McKay
  • Former National 600 Sportbike Champion Clint McBain discuses more trailer safety tips
  • This week’s guest rider Darryl Dunsby samples Yamaha’s all new middle weight in-line four .. the FZ6R
  • Scooter Sense host Bryan Hudgin continues his Almost World Tour stopping in Montebello, Quebec
  • Dave and Norm continue their Ultimate Rides tour south of Winslow, Arizona
Motorcycle Experience is created with the support of our very good friends at Toyota Canada, Yamaha Motor Canada, Honda Canada, BMW Motorrad, Suzuki Canada, and Motovan.
Show host Dave Hatch enthusiastically endorses Joe Rocket riding gear and Shoei helmets. For more info visit
Motorcycle Experience Episode 2 will also be repeated on TSN and TSN HD;
Tuesday March 16 - 02:30 PM*
Thursday March 18 - 01:30 AM*
Motorcycle Experience - Episode 2 will also broadcast on TSN 2;
Tuesday March 16 - 05:30 PM*
Thursday March 18 - 07:30 AM*


BMW Motorcycle sales negatively affected by economic climate

A little financial information from BMW Motorrad here if you're interested.  In a nutshell - things looked good overall for the brand in 2010 but motorcycle sales took a bit of a hit. Not as bad a hit as many other manufacturers though.

As a whole - the BMW Group recorded positive earnings for the financial year 2009 as planned despite the ongoing worldwide financial and economic crisis. Profit before tax rose by 17.7% to euro 413 million. But the Motorrad division sales were down moderately compared to the market as a whole.

EBIT of euro 19 million for Motorcycles segment in 2009  
The earnings performance of the Motorcycles segment in 2009 was also adversely affected by difficult business conditions. EBIT fell to euro 19 million (2008: euro 60 million). Segment revenues totalled euro 1,069 million (2008: euro 1,230 million). With 87,306 units (2008: 101,685 units/-14.1%) sold worldwide, BMW Motorcycles recorded a moderate drop in sales volume compared to the market as a whole.


Harley-Davidson Revs Up with a Chic, Women-Only Garage Party Event for Rethink Breast Cancer

CONCORD, Ontario (March 9, 2010) ─ Women who want to support a great cause and rock their glam will gather at the second annual Precious Metal Gala to raise funds for Rethink Breast Cancer. 

Combining entertainment with an innovative and interactive way to learn about motorcycling, the Canadian Harley-Davidson hosted event will take place at the Fermenting Cellar in the Distillery District on Tuesday, May 11, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.

The Precious Metal Gala marks the closing of a series of successful Garage Party events hosted by over 60 authorized Canadian Harley-Davidson Retailers across Canada, designed to provide women with the confidence to get into the sport of motorcycling. Recent numbers show that 13.4 per cent of Harley-Davidson sales have been to women, supporting the idea that they are as adventurous and adrenaline-seeking as their male counterparts.

The ultimate “girls’ night out” will see an all-female guest list walk the pink carpet, including CEOs, tastemakers, and talent. Karen Davidson, the fashion icon and great-granddaughter of the Company’s co-founder William A. Davidson, will be in attendance at the event. Billie Holiday, morning host at Virgin Radio, will emcee the event and welcome ladies as they enter the stylishly themed venue.

This decadent Biker Chic-themed party will include hair and makeup stations to prepare babes for an action- style biker photo shoot on a new 2010 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, a chance to browse the Precious Closet featuring the new Harley-Davidson Pink Label collection, the opportunity to learn about how to get your motorcycle licence, and the very popular motorcycle lift, where women learn the technique of effortlessly picking up a bike from the ground. All of this, plus a silent auction, tasty hors d’œuvres, and drinks, will help in achieving the Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada goal of raising $15,000 for Rethink Breast Cancer. 

“Our inspiration for this campaign is to show women they can do anything they set their minds to. Riding a Harley motorcycle is an exhilarating activity that makes women feel strong, confident, and excited,” said Don James, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada. 

“Through the Precious Metal Gala, we are supporting our mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends who are fighting breast cancer, as well as introducing women to motorcycling – it’s the perfect combination, as each involves people with great strength and spirit.” 

“At Rethink, we always work to disseminate information about breast cancer in interesting and compelling ways. Partnering with Harley-Davidson in Canada was a perfect fit for us and allows us to reach and inform a group of curious and adventurous women,” said M.J. DeCoteau, Executive Director of Rethink Breast Cancer.

Women across Canada can now enter to win two VIP tickets to the Precious Metal Gala, a biker-style makeover including a shopping spree at a Harley-Davidson Retail Store, a one-on-one image consultation including full hair and makeup from Your Shop Girl, and a complementary beginner’s rider training course. For more details, go to

Tickets to the Precious Metal Gala will be available for purchase by the public for $75 beginning Monday, March 15, at


Husqvarna Canada Expands Race Team

March 9, 2010 – Saint John, NB – After the successful launch of its race program at the Toronto motorcycle show in December, Feeding Performance Inc. and Husqvarna Canada are pleased to announce the addition of two up and coming racers to the FP Husqvarna / Zip-Ty Racing Canada team.

Canadian off-road warriors Guy Giroux from Quebec and Marty Halmazna from Alberta will now be joined by young guns Nick and Ryan Graffunder from British Columbia to compete at select events in 2010 including the Canadian Enduro Championship (CEC) rounds and various regional events across Canada. As indicated in December, Halmazna also has his sights set on some of the worlds most extreme races including a return to the infamous Erzberg Hare Scramble in Austria.

“I am really happy to have brothers Nick and Ryan Graffunder as part of this program” says Marc Coffin, Director of Racing for the FP Husqvarna / Zip-Ty Racing Canada Team. “We felt that it was important to support some young, rising stars that represent the future of this sport and I really wanted to reward riders who have proven that they have the skills and desire to compete at a top level.”

Both Ryan and Nick have won Regional Championships in Western Canada and more importantly, they contested the new CEC series in 2009 and turned heads with their impressive rides. The brothers both earned top 10 results highlighted with Ryan finishing top 5 overall in the E2 class and also earning the Top Pro Junior Award for riders under 20 years old. Guy Giroux, who in addition to racing for the team, will be the driving force behind its operations and will provide valuable guidance to the rest of the team. “I was able to get to know Nick and Ryan during last year’s CEC series. They are great guys with loads of potential and I am definitely looking forward to working with them this year.”

With the 2010 season just about ready to shift into high gear, the Husqvarna Canada program is shaping up nicely and the team is eager for the racing to get started!

Team sponsors include Motovan, Rekluse, Ogio, Dragon, Throttle Entertainment, Lime Nine and Zip Ty Racing.


BMW Motorrad voted “Motorcycle of the Year 2010" by MOTORRAD

BMW Motorrad was voted “Motorcycle of the Year 2010" in the readers' vote of the motorcycle magazine MOTORRAD, with clear victories in all five categories in which BMW motorcycles were represented - the best result ever achieved by a manufacturer in the history of the vote.

“I am very glad to hear of the outstanding success of our motorcycles and would like to thank the readers of MOTORRAD most sincerely for their votes. As I see it, this is a great sign of confidence and reflects the enormous enthusiasm for our products. I am particularly pleased that BMW Motorrad was able to achieve a top ranking in reader popularity so quickly with the S 1000 RR - after all, we have entered new territory with this model," said Hendrik von Kuenheim, Head of BMW Motorrad, commenting on the result of the vote.

With BMW Motorrad represented in the “Sports” category with a 4-cylinder supersports bike for the first time, the new BMW S 1000 RR won this hotly competed class the first time round, thereby underscoring its outstanding technical conception combining top-class 4-cylinder performance with Race ABS and Dynamic Traction Control DTC.

The “Touring bike” category was won by the BMW K 1300 GT, with the BMW R 1200 RT finishing in third place. “This excellent result underpins the outstanding importance of BMW motorcycles when it comes to fast, comfortable and in particular safe motorcycle travel," von Kuenheim went on to say.

The BMW R 1200 GS and R 1200 GS Adventure were able to re-assert their leading position in the market segment in the traditional MOTORRAD readership vote, finishing first in the category "Enduro/Supermoto". 4th position for the R 1200 Megamoto and 5th for the F 800 GS further highlighted the dominance of BMW motorcycles in this category.

Like last year, BMW Motorrad also won first place in the categories “All-rounders” and “Naked bikes”. Here it was the high-action BMW models K 1300 S and R 1200 R which once again impressed readers most.

In addition to individual rankings in the various categories, BMW motorcycles also dominated the relevant brand rankings, which were won in four cases.
Parallel to the voting for “Motorcycle of the Year 2010" the annual reader’s voting “Best Brand 2010” took place. In 19 product categories the readers could vote for their most convincing brands in the main categories “Riders and Motorcycle Equipment”. BMW Motorrad Rider’s Equipment won the category “Textile clothes”.

The award ceremony was held at the “Motorräder Dortmund 2010” trade fair on March 4th 2010 at 6 pm in the Restaurant Strobels in Dortmund. No less than 200 candidates in a total of eight categories entered the “Motorcycle of the Year” vote to compete for the coveted titles: held in 2010 for the 12th time, it is regarded as the most important readers’ vote for motorcycles and scooters in the whole of Europe. Over half a million have taken part in the vote since 1999.


How's this for conspicuity?

Being seen is an important part of safety when you're riding a motorcycle. A motorcycle has far less visual presence as a car, truck, or SUV so riders have to ride safely and consider that they might be invisible to other motorists.

A UK campaign reminds drivers to watch out for motorcyclists. I found it pretty clever and has a catchy little tune too. If only you could be this visible! Hope you enjoy it too.


Motorcycle Cover that fits in your pocket

We came across an interesting products for those days you're out on the road, or you ride you bike to work only to have your bike rained on mercilessly! Now, a bit of rain won't really hurt your bike but what if you could take a lost cost cover with you for those occasions? What if that cover fit in your pocket?  What if it were eco-friendly so once it's worn out you can just toss it?

Enter the "Bike Condom" - yes, that's the name of the company -  and they produce a one size fits all bike cover they've dubbed the bike condom.

They cost $5.99 USD and can apparently can be reused several times. Best part - they fit in your pocket so you can easily find space for one on your bike somewhere. Shipping is supposedly free but there's no indication whether they ship to Canada on their website.  They're looking for distributors and retailers too.

If you're interested in learning more about "Bike Condoms" check out their website HERE.

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Paris to Dacre registration opens - March 6th.

Get in early if you plan on attending this one. Spots go VERY quickly!

Full details:

The on-line sign up for the Paris to Dacre Dualsport Challenge is this Saturday the 6th.  I would also like to clarify some details that many people are asking, and others may be wondering.

At 12:01 am the on-line entry form will become visible (it is currently not accessible).  One member of the team can pay at one time for all of the riders on the team if required (not everyone is into Paypal).  However, each rider must still send his entry in separately and whomever is paying for all must make sure to enter their Team Members names that they are paying for in the "special instructions to merchant" box while completing the transaction (within Paypal area).  Example:  Hi there, I am paying in full for team "Eat my Dust", with members - Bob Labla, Phil Mein, Lucky Bugger, Doug Sumdirt (real names please).

- Each member must fill in an entry.
- You can pay for your personal entry at that time as well.
- If you prefer, one of the other members of your team can pay on your behalf while they enter themselves.  A comment must explain who the payment is for.
- Make sure you either quote your team name or your members
- No single riders.  You must ride as a team of 3 to 5 max.  If you have 6 people, make 2 teams.  Each person must be registered individually.
- Starting numbers of the teams will be drawn at random, however if you wish to ride near the back of the pack we can accomodate.
- Further P2D newsletters will be released in the coming months, to entrants only, to help with your preparation.

It is a 16hr long day of riding, and it must be taken seriously.  It is attainable, many people have proven this fact.  But, it is not easy.  That's why it is called a Challenge.  You do not need to be a superstar, but you do need the right frame of mind.  The event covers a wide variety to terrain types, so you and your machine must be versatile.  Working as a team adds to the challenge, and will be an advantage if done right.

March 6th is for teams that have at least 1 member who has ridden in this event before.  This is a very important factor, as this person will have an understanding of what it takes to complete the event.
March 20th is for those teams that are new to the event.  The maximum entry size has been expanded this year to encourage new teams.

Remember - the last running of the P2D was sold out in 12 hours.  This year we are reserving a percentage of the entry for new teams.  

image courtesy ADVRider


Motorcycle Experience - First episode of 2010 airs this Saturday

Toyota Truck presents the season premiere of Motorcycle Experience this Saturday!

When: Saturday  March 06 at 11:30 AM* on TSN and TSN HD.

Join us as we “keep your right hand cranked” for our 21st season of Canadian motorcycle television!

In this episode:

- Host Dave Hatch visits the FAST riding school in Shannonville, Ontario
- Former National 600 Sportbike Champion Clint McBain discuses trailer safety
- This week’s guest rider Tamara Morin samples the all new Suzuki SFV650 Gladius
- Scooter Sense host Bryan Hudgin starts his Almost World Tour in Montreal, Quebec
- Dave and Norm kick off a new Ultimate Rides tour in Phoenix, Arizona

Motorcycle Experience is created with the support of our very good friends at Toyota Canada, Yamaha Motor Canada, Honda Canada, BMW Motorrad, Suzuki Canada, and Motovan.

Show host Dave Hatch enthusiastically endorses Joe Rocket riding gear and Shoei helmets.
For more info visit

Motorcycle Experience - Episode 1 will also be repeated on TSN and TSN HD at;

Tuesday March 11 - 03:00 AM*
Tuesday March 11 - 12:30 PM*
Saturday March 13 - 00:00 AM*

Motorcycle Experience - Episode 1 will also broadcast on TSN 2 at;

Saturday  March 06 at 14:30 PM*
Sunday March 07 - 06:00 AM*
Thursday March 11 - 15:30 PM*
Saturday March 13 - 03:00 AM*

 (*all times eastern)


A new season of women-only Harley-Davidson Garage Party events kicks off across Canada

Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada Inaugurates Ladies Taking Their First Steps of an Incredible Journey with Motorcycles at Garage Party Events

Starting in March, Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada is promoting a series of Garage Party events across Canada. These events will offer the perfect platform for women throughout Canada who do not have their licence yet, to start out on an incredible journey together; that of experiencing the art of motorcycling.

At Garage Party events, over 60 authorized Canadian Harley-Davidson Retailers will be offering aspiring female riders the opportunity to learn more about how to get a motorcycle licence, to experience the latest Harley-Davidson fashions specifically tailored for women, and to try out motorcycles in a fun and interactive way.

Not only can Garage Party event guests meet other like-minded women on this empowering journey, but a national contest ( also allows entrants to win prizes, including a breath-taking biker-style make-over with a one-on-one image consultation offered by Your Shop Girl, a shopping spree at a Harley-Davidson® Retail Store, a complimentary beginner’s rider training course, as well as VIP access for two to Precious Metal 2010, the most decadent and exclusive Garage Party event of the year, held in Toronto and hosted by Billie from Virgin 99.9. Tickets to this event will be available for purchase by the public for $75 beginning Monday, March 15, at

This event will be in support of Rethink Breast Cancer as part of a broader initiative with women as its focal point, complemented by the recently launched Canadian Harley-Davidson Pink Label Collection.

Tagged with the motto “Purchase with a Purpose”, the Canadian Pink Label Collection is comprised of 12 of the most popular women’s Harley-Davidson MotorClothes silhouettes – each featuring a tasteful touch of pink – including jackets, pants, eyewear, gloves, helmets, and shirts, which participating Retailers will have on display.

For further information on how you, too, can start out on an incredible journey at your nearest Garage Party event, please refer to


Ducati Multistrada 1200 in action - video

Great video from Ducati showing the new Multistrada tearing up some tarmac and on some not too tough dirt roads.

I don't know who chose the music though.  Still - it's definitely worth a watch!


Zero launches 2010 lineup - 4 electric models

Improved Performance and a New Look Among Enhancements for 2010!

After a breakthrough year in which it became the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, Zero Motorcycles announced today the highly anticipated launch of its 2010 product line, including the Zero S, DS, X, and MX. With added power, increased acceleration, and enhanced power pack technology, Zero Motorcycles is continuing the innovation it's known for and taking electric motorcycle technology to the next level. The street legal models are equipped with performance enhancements that allow for higher top speeds and greater acceleration. The entire lineup also features improvements in power pack technology and color graphics for the first time. The 2010 product launch makes Zero Motorcycles the first and only electric motorcycle company to launch four distinct models worldwide.

“Zero Motorcycles continues to blaze the path for electric motorcycle technology. Our engineering team has revamped, redesigned and tested four models that have considerable improvements for 2010. The result is more power on the street, a new look and an unparalleled riding experience," said Gene Banman, CEO, Zero Motorcycles. "Demand in 2009 pushed us to aggressively expand our presence across the United States and around the world. The enhancements to this year's models will resonate with both serious riders and casual motorcycle enthusiasts on a global level."

Among the most significant advances on the 2010 Zero S and DS is the revolutionary Z-Force™ Air Induction System. A platform for performance, this system allows Zero to produce more horsepower from lighter and more compact motors by increasing the airflow through the heart of the motor. Zero is also introducing a new throttle technology that modulates the increased power to provide riders with exacting control over the acceleration. All 2010 motorcycles are powered using Z-Force™ power pack technology with new and more precise cell monitoring. The cumulative result of all this technology is a longer power pack life, more power, greater acceleration off the line and superior handling.

In addition to the increased performance capabilities, consumers now can choose between color graphic packages or Zero’s classic white on all four models, allowing riders to express themselves through personalized styling. New seat configurations are also an option for the 2010 Zero S and DS. Specially designed by Corbin, the new seats provide a more comfortable and performance-oriented ride. Those interested in reducing the stand over height of the motorcycle can now select a Corbin low seat option. The entire product line continues to be built from the ground up using Zero’s signature exposed aircraft grade alloy frame.

NOTE: All prices listed in this Press Release are in US dollars so expect them to be higher here.  We wanted to leave them in though so you could get an idea of what they'd cost, based on their stateside pricing.

Zero S

Instant torque and power from a standstill, plus smooth acceleration as you race out of turns—all without ever needing to stop at a gas station. Developed to aggressively take on urban environments and encourage the occasional detour, the Zero S electric motorcycle integrates revolutionary technology with innovative motorcycle design. Built from the ground up using Zero Motorcycles' proprietary Z-Force power pack and aircraft grade alloy frame, the Zero S features an industry leading power-to-weight ratio that increases its range and maneuverability. At 270lbs, the Zero S has a range of up to 50 miles and a GPS verified top speed of 67 MPH. The Zero S is designed for optimal performance off the line, in sharp turns and while navigating obstacles. Instant acceleration and lightweight design enable the Zero S to take on any city street, hill or obstacle, combining exhilaration with efficiency.

The Zero S is priced at $8,995 (after a 10% U.S. federal tax credit). Some states and provinces offer additional incentives. Consumer financing is available in the United States for those who qualify. The motorcycle can be purchased online now and will begin shipping in the United States at the end of March. The Zero S comes with a 2-year limited warranty.

Zero DS

The Zero DS combines innovation with passion to deliver the world's most versatile electric motorcycle. Created to be agile in the dirt and quick on the street, the Zero DS represents a new kind of freedom. Tough when you demand it and distinguished when required, the Zero DS has an edgy, yet sophisticated appearance highlighted by an eye catching twin spar frame that is both rigid and lightweight. Powered by the most advanced drive train in the industry, the Zero DS is a fully electric motorcycle that can handle any surface you can throw at it. Navigating obstacles and maintaining control is assured using a specially developed suspension system and a rugged wheel set. During technical maneuvers an optimized direct drive gear system delivers astonishing responsiveness with the twist of your wrist.

The Zero DS is priced at $8,995 (after a 10% U.S. federal tax credit). Some states and provinces offer additional incentives. Consumer financing is available in the United States for those who qualify. The motorcycle can be purchased online now and will begin shipping in the United States at the end of April. The Zero DS comes with a 2-year limited warranty.

Zero MX

The Zero MX takes Zero’s revolutionary electric motorcycle technology to the track. Designed for bigger jumps and smooth landings, the Zero MX uses a newly-developed suspension system to absorb aggressive terrain. Incredibly tough and lightweight, the Zero MX combines the state-of-the-art Z-Force™ battery technology with an ultra-light frame design, making it agile and fast where it counts most. The custom suspension system makes the Zero MX highly responsive while maintaining an industry leading power-to-weight ratio, allowing for controlled landings and total control. An individual power pack provides up to two hours of track riding time. Easily swappable, riders can purchase an additional power pack to extend their riding. Incredibly powerful, while almost completely silent, the Zero MX opens up a whole new world of riding possibilities.

The Zero MX starts at $8,295. Some countries or states may offer incentives. Consumer financing is available in the United States for those who qualify. The motorcycle can be purchased online now and will begin shipping in the United States at the end of March. The Zero MX comes with a 2-year limited warranty.

Zero X

With instant acceleration and a total weight of 151 pounds, the Zero X is a high performance electric motorcycle that takes technical trail riding to the next level. Using Zero’s patented Z-Force™ technology and boasting 50 ft-lbs of torque, this stealthy motorcycle will send you racing up hills, flying over jumps, and cutting through streams. The Zero X is built from the ground up for quick handling and maneuverability. Custom valved suspension, direct drive gearing and weight optimized components allow riders to master demanding terrain. Lightweight, silent and quick, the Zero X opens up trail riding possibilities that would otherwise be out of the question. To extend ride times customers have the option to purchase an extra power pack that can be swapped with a quick pit stop.

The Zero X starts at $7,495. Some countries or states may offer incentives. Consumer financing is available in the United States for those who qualify. The motorcycle can be purchased online now and will begin shipping in the United States at the end of March. The Zero X comes with a 2-year limited warranty.


BMW Motorrad - Best February sales month on record

BMW Motorrad Canada achieved an all time February record with 70 units retailed, an increase of 46%over the same period in 2009, bringing Motorrad YTD retails to 124 units.

The success of the BMW Group has always been built on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy. As a result of its efforts, the BMW Group has been ranked industry leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes for the last five years.

There are 19 BMW motorcycle retailers across the country.


US daredevil sets Harely Davidson jump record

Freestyle motocrosser Seth Enslow attempted to make history and break the existing record of 157 feet for a successful long distance jump aboard a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. The world record was first benchmarked by Evel Knievel in 1975 and recently set by Bubba Blackwell in 1999.
Enslow attempted the jump aboard a modified Harley-Davidson XR1200 motorcycle in Sydney, Australia, on Monday, March 1 at 3:30 pm CST. The jump was broadcast live from Australia across the globe via, and after the event the video will be available on the Harley-Davidson YouTube channel.

“To many, Evel Knievel was the original extreme athlete – long before there were extreme sports,” said Mark-Hans Richer, Harley-Davidson Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “This latest generation of riders still revere Knievel – even as they attempt to smash his records.”

Drawing inspiration from the Harley-Davidson XR-750 racing motorcycle that Knievel helped make legendary, the new Harley-Davidson XR1200 motorcycle is helping ignite a spirit of rebellion in a new generation and is giving them the opportunity to push Harley riding to its limits once again.
“A new generation of counterculture riders are embracing Harley-Davidson motorcycles, just like the
generation before them,” said Richer. “The XR1200 and our new Dark Custom motorcycles, like the nearly sold out Iron 883 [bike] launched a year ago and the new Forty-Eight [bike] introduced last month, have given them an authentic way to express themselves. In fact, we now sell more bikes to this generation of young riders than to the young adult generation before them.”
Richer added, “It’s cool to see it happening out in the streets. Even cooler to see one flying more than 150 feet
Viewers can see Enslow’s jump on