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Motorcycle Experience giving away some Joe Rocket Gear


Motorcycle Experience has a new contest they've put together in honor of the upcoming Victoria Day weekend celebration! 

Full details courtesy the folks at Motorcycle Experience:

We here at Motorcycle Experience know that the May 24 is always a big weekend for motorcycle riders and we want to help you guys take part in the weekend celebrations!
 
So … this contest is exclusively for Motorcycle Experience Riders Club members.
 
Check out the Motorcycle Experience website HERE for the launch of our Riders Club May 24 Contest. All you have to do to enter the contest is join the ME Riders Club and you're instantly entered to win. If you are already a Riders Club member, then just re confirm your e-mail address or join our new Motorcycle Experience Riders Club Facebook Page
 
The grand prize is pretty cool. In just 3 weeks we will be giving away a Joe Rocket Riding Jacket. Just in time for the May 24! The May 24 contest winner will be invited to visit the Joe Rocket website www.joerocket.ca and choose a riding jacket of their choice. Sweet!
 
So..sign up..enter to win and don’t forget to keep your right hand cranked!

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Ducati Xerox team leaves Misano in a positive state of mind

Warm conditions at the Misano World Circuit allowed the Ducati Xerox squad to carry out two day’s worth of work on track today and yesterday, with positive results. Despite battling against flu and a high fever, Noriyuki Haga rode alongside his team-mate Michel Fabrizio yesterday and both demonstrated a fast pace.

On track together with the Aprilia, BMW and Yamana factory teams, the two Ducati Xerox riders and their technicians concentrated above all on making modifications to the 1198 bikes in order to improve feeling and refine set-ups in preparation for the next race at Monza, the weekend of 7th to 9th May.

Today Noriyuki’s physical condition unfortunately worsened and after making two exits in the late morning, during which it was evident that his weakness was preventing him from pushing, the Japanese rider decided to finish up early, at lunchtime. Work continued for Michel however, and he spent the afternoon working on race pace and testing some different settings dedicated to the qualifying tyres, to better prepare for the Superpole sessions.

At the end of the tests, the team returned home satisfied with the work achieved. Michel made more than 150 laps over the two days, recording a great (unofficial) time of 1m35.7 with the race tyre, followed by a 1m35.2 on a qualifier, while Noriyuki, unwell, registered a best time yesterday of 1m36.6 on a race tyre.

Michel Fabrizio
“We’ve worked really hard, my best time of 1m35.2 on a qualifier was good but I’m more satisfied with the 1m35.7 that I set on a race tyre and the fact I was able to lap consistently fast. My technicians made various changes to the suspension settings of my 1198 and I didn’t have any real problems. At Monza we absolutely must do well, we need to make good points in order to make up lost ground. We’ll see.”

Noriyuki Haga
“Yesterday everything was going well, lap times were better than they were during last year’s racing, but of course track temperatures were lower too of course which helped.  The feeling I had with the tyres was good and we also identified a better suspension setting, as well as trying some engine settings too. Now we have to see how those solutions work at Monza. Everyone knows that Monza has many long straights where we have difficulty with top speed but I plan to open the gas and give it my all.”

Ernesto Marinelli – Team Manager
“We’re going through a very difficult phase, perhaps the most difficult that I remember, but the important thing  is to react and never give up, and in this respect the whole team is very strong. This test has been very important and the problems regarding lack of feeling (the hardest kind to fix), that both riders were citing at Assen, seem to have been resolved or at least greatly reduced. It’s a pity that Noriyuki was affected by the flu, but Michel’s solid test is certainly an important base from which to start at Monza, where we’ll give 200%.”

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BMW special price racing ticket packages for WSB

The World Superbike and Superstock races are coming to the US. BMW Motorrad USA invites you to join us at Miller Motorsports Park on May 29-31, 2010 for the second year of SBK races in the U.S. with a special ticket package for BMW owners and racing fans. This special promo is quite popular and ticket packages are going fast. Act now and catch the world's most exciting motorcycle races on our turf at Miller.

Be a part of the action with a special BMW Motorrad ticket package that includes:
Three days (Saturday/Sunday/Monday) access to special seating at Stansbury Grandstands.
Three days of access to the Racing Paddock. 

Lunches, snacks and beverages Saturday, Sunday, Monday in the BMW Hospitality Village adjacent to the Stansbury Grandstands. 

- Exclusive access to BMW hospitality area for closed-circuit race viewing.
- BMW Streetbike Freestyle shows on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
- Exclusive autograph sessions with S 1000 RR racers Troy Corser and Ruben Xaus.
BMW Motorrad gift bag

This package is normally valued at well over $300 USD and that doesn’t get you autographs from BMW WSB racers or from world famous Streetbike Freestyler champions.

- Special BMW Ticket Packages are $195 each.
To Order BMW Motorrad Ticket Package By telephone - call 435-277-8602 with password “S1000RR” 

Or via web - go to http://tiny.cc/BMWTix Enter password “S1000RR” to get the BMW ticket package pricing.

Accommodation arrangement for BMW Club members:

By special arrangement with the Utah Hotel and Lodging Association, BMW MOA and RA members will have access to a limited number of rooms set aside at Salt Lake City area hotels. 

Go to http://www.uhla.org/superbike/ Use the promo code “BMW”.


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New rules for motorcyclists in BC

The Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General in BC has issued an information bulletin with some changes to the Motor Vehicle Act.

Because of an increase in the number of motorcycles on the road and therefore motorcycle accidents all BC riders and their passengers are required to wear a helmet. Drivers are also responsible for ensuring their passengers under the age of 16 are also wearing an approved helmet.

If you're wearing a helmet that doesn't meet the requirements it can be seized by the police.

If you're under 16 and a rider you must be able to put your fee on the foot pegs or floor boards.

Interested in a more detailed description of the rules? Check out the Information Bulletin HERE.

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Triumph Thunderbird Demo

Triumph is going to be holding a "Thunderbird Nights" Open House, April 27 - May 1, 2010 and are offering up a first glimpse of the brand new THUNDERBIRD SE or the Thunderbird with factory fitted BIG BORE KIT in person.

Each participating dealer will be hosting an UNVEILING PARTY for one of these brand new cruisers.

Plus, While you’re there you can, take a FREE DEMO RIDE, enter to WIN TRIUMPH GEAR, take advantage of some SPECIAL OFFERS on new Triumphs, and enjoy the great company of your local motorcycle community.

PARTICIPATING DEALER LIST:

Blackfoot Motorcycle
Calgary, AB T2G 5N5
403-243-2636

Echo Cycle
Edmonton, AB T5V 1C3
780-455-6404

British Italian Motorcycles
Vancouver, BC V5L 1H7
604-253-1117

C&S Motorcycles
Victoria, BC V9B 0B2
250-656-9979

Western Powersports
Langley, BC V3A 5E8
604-530-9788

Wildwood Triumph
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2A3
204-477-1701

Atlantic Triumph
Dieppe, NB E1A 1P8
506-383-1022

Bro's Cycle Supply
Windsor, NS B0N 2T0
902-798-8145

GP Bikes
Ajax, ON L1S 2H6
905-428-8983

Inglis Cycle Center
London, ON N5W 4C5
519-455-3840

Sturgess Cycle
Hamilton, ON L8P 1C4
905-522-0503

Andre Joyal Moto
St-Aime de Massuville,QC J0G 1K0
450-788-2289
Monette Sports
Laval, QC H7G 2T7
450-668-6466

Moto Montreal Cycle
Montreal, QC H3K 1V8
514-932-9718

Triumph Moto Vanier
Quebec City, QC G1M 2R3
418-527-6907


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Yamaha's 2010 'Yamabucks for you' program launched

Yamaha Motor Canada is pleased to announce a sweeping customer appreciation program that will include various track day organizations and major amateur motocross, enduro and ATV racing events.
“Let’s face it. A lot of our customers take their Yamaha motorcycle or ATV out to the tracks to ride and compete. We wanted to do something that supported them, if even in a small way.” commented PR Specialist, Bryan Hudgin. 

Street motorcyclists who take their Yamaha to selected track day organizations will receive a one time, $75 Yamabuck at event registration. Racers will receive varying amounts based on their finishing position in the classes specified. The Yamabuck certificate is redeemable at Yamaha dealers for purchase towards anything Yamaha Motor Canada sells including units, parts, accessories and apparel. 

“What’s unique about ‘Yamabucks for You’ is that, for the racing portion of the program, amateur racers may not even need a podium finish to reap the rewards. If a racer finished 9th but was the third finishing Yamaha in the class, the racer would still qualify for a Yamabuck.” relayed Hudgin, “It’s a way for us to say thank you to many of the customers who have chosen Yamaha and help support them a little at the track.”

All Yamabucks will be distributed by track and series promoters at the event or the conclusion of the series for which it is designated to.  Offer is good only while supplies last. Safe riding!


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Hook up with other female riders

Motoress is busily promoting the event they founded - International Female Ride Day and here's a little news from their site if you're interested in 'hooking up' with some other female riders!
HOOK UP with other women riders for International Female Ride Day! With women worldwide planning to ride on Friday 7 May, International Female Ride Day, chances are there will be women you can join up with in your area.

Use our facebook event and group pages to start or join in discussions; meet others to celebrate the 4th International Female Ride Day campaign! JUST RIDE!

What is International Female Ride Day you're wondering?  International Female Ride Day happens every year on the first Friday of May. Its a synchronized day for women motorcyclists, worldwide, inviting women to join together on their motorcycles, not matter the type, size or style and --JUST RIDE!

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Isle of Man coin marks Suzuki’s 50th anniversary of TT race debut

2010 Suzuki made its international motorcycle racing debut in the Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) race in 1960. To celebrate this, the Isle of Man has marked the 50th anniversary of Suzuki’s TT debut with the issue of a commemorative 50-pence coin.
The obverse of the coin bears a profile of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The reverse bears an image of racer Mitsuo Itoh on the Suzuki RM63, the 50cc bike on which he became the first-ever Japanese-born TT winner in 1963.
 
The Isle of Man TT was first held in 1907 and is the world’s oldest motorcycle road race. Suzuki first competed in 1960. It claimed its first victory in 1962 in the newly created 50cc class and enjoyed a second consecutive year of TT glory with Mitsuo Itoh’s victory in 1963. Itoh is the only Japanese winner in the TT’s 103-year history.
 
This year’s Isle of Man TT runs from 29 May to 11 June. The Isle of Man’s Manx Museum will have an exhibition marking Suzuki’s 50th year of TT participation from the end of May to the beginning of September.

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Two difficult races for the Ducati Xerox Team at Assen

Assen (The Netherlands), Sunday 25th April: a difficult fourth World Superbike round for Ducati Xerox riders Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio at the TT Circuit of Assen.

In Race 1 neither Noriyuki or Michel got off the line particularly fast, Noriyuki in 13th and Michel dropping to 14th position from eighth on the grid. For the first half of the race the Ducati Xerox riders oscillated between 13th and 16th position and by mid-race they found themselves in a duel with the two Suzukis of Haslam and Guintoli. When the Suzuki riders made some mistakes, Nori was able to pass both of them and Michel too got by Guintoli. Over the 22 laps Noriyuki made up several places, to move from sixteenth at the end of lap two to tenth, the position he held from lap seventeen until the finish line. Michel closed Race 1 in thirteenth position.

The Ducati Xerox men made similar starts to Race 2. Noriyuki went wide at the first corner when he tried to pass riders by going  around the outside. Feeling strong vibrations from the engine of his 1198, which only became worse during the first couple of laps, and realizing there was an engine problem, Noriyuki was forced to return to the box, thus retiring from the race. Michel, in the first half of the race, had a good pace which allowed him to make up a few positions but he then suffered from a sudden drop in the performance of the rear tyre which badly affected his lap times; he concluded the race in twelfth position.

After this fourth round of the World Superbike Championship, Japanese rider Noriyuki lies in sixth position in the general standings, with 85 points. His team-mate Michel is in ninth with 53 points. Ducati is in third position in the manufacturers classification, with 130 points to Aprilia’s 134 and Suzuki’s 148.


Noriyuki Haga (Race 1 – 10th , Race 2 – DNF)

“It was a very difficult day for us today. In Race 1 I didn’t make the good start that I needed to, and from the fourth row I had to push very hard even to make up one or two positions. In Race 2, I realized already during the warm-up lap that the engine vibrations I was feeling were maybe stronger than normal. I hoped it wouldn’t be a problem and started the race but it became worse as I rode and I knew there was something wrong technically. It’s very disappointing of course because this year, more than ever, it’s important to be consistent – there are so many of us fighting for the positions that count and it’s becoming more and more of a battle.”

Michel Fabrizio (Race 1 – 13th , Race 2 – 12th)

“In Race 1 I got off to a bad start and it was difficult to match the pace of those ahead of me. We made a few changes to my 1198 between the two races and for the first half of race 2 it was better; I was able to push hard and make up a few places. But then, in the second half of the race, practically from one lap to the next, the rear tyre performance dropped dramatically. I risked falling a couple of times and realized I had to take it easy if I wanted to finish the race. I’m looking forward to Monza where I hope we can perform a lot better in front of my home crowd.”

RESULTS: Race 1 - 1. Rea (Honda); 2. Toseland (Yamaha); 3. Camier (Aprilia) Race 2 -  1.  Rea (Honda); 2. Haslam (Suzuki);  Toseland (Yamaha)

CLASSIFICATION: Riders – 1. Haslam (Suzuki) 148; 2. Biaggi (Aprilia) 128; 3. Rea (Honda) 110; 4. Checa (Ducati) 103; 5. Toseland (Yamaha)  86; 6. Haga (Ducati Xerox) 85; 7. Corser (BMW) 68; 8. Guintoli (Suzuki) 55; 9. Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) 53….

Manufacturers– Suzuki 148; Aprilia 134; Ducati 130; Honda 111; Yamaha 93; BMW 69; ; Kawasaki 19


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Motorcycle Experience this Saturday at 11:00 AM!

Toyota Truck presents Motorcycle Experience this Saturday at 11:00 AM!

Saturday April 24 at 11:00 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 rides the Zero S electric motorcycle
- Former National 600 Sportbike Champion Clint McBain looks at rain riding
- This week’s guest rider samples the all new BMW K1300GT middleweight cruiser
- Scooter Sense host Bryan Hudgin wraps up another day in his Almost World Tour
- Dave and Norm continue their Ultimate Ride in Arizona and grab a coffee in Sedona

Motorcycle Experience - Episode 8 will also be repeated on TSN and TSN HD;

Monday April 26 – 1:30 AM*
Wednesday April 28 - 1:30 PM*

Motorcycle Experience - Episode 8 will also broadcast on TSN 2;

Saturday April 24- 2:00 PM*
Monday April 26 - 4:30 AM*
Tuesday April 27 - 8:30 PM*
Wednesday April 28 - 4:30 PM*
Friday April 30 - 4:00 AM*

(*all times eastern)

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Inside Motorcycles & Inside MotoX and Off Road - CEC sponsorship

World Enduro Canada is pleased to announce that one of our main media partners - Inside Motorcycles and their sister publication Inside MotoX and Off Road Magazine - will be returning as sponsors for the 2010 Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship presented by Parts Canada. Both publications pride themselves as being on the cutting edge of the Canadian Motorcycle scene with a large readership.

Inside Motorcycles will sponsor the Top Pro Junior award. At each of the four events the Top Pro Junior (age 20 or younger as of the first event in July) over both days of the event will recieve a special recognition award from Inside Motorcycles. At the final round in Labelle, QC on September 19th Inside Motorcycles will present the Top Pro Junior from all 4 events combined a cheque for $500. Last years winner was Ryan Graffunder and his success landed him a spot on the Feeding Performance Husqvarna team for 2010!

Inside MotoX and Off Road will once again be sponsoring the East and West Amateur Championships. There will be an East and West champion crowned in all 6 amateur classes - A, B, C, Vet (40+), Super Vet (50+) and Ladies. The individual champions will be presented with prize packages put together by Inside MotoX in Penticton, BC and Labelle, QC.

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Canadian motorcycle adventurer Rene Cormier book signing (BC)

Canadian motorcycle adventurer Rene Cormier brings an inspiring presentation and talk to participating BMW dealers showcasing his four-year, 154 000 kilometre, around-the-world motorcycle odyssey aboard a BMW F650.

Cormier, who recently chronicled his unique travels in the book, The University of Gravel Roads: Global Lessons From a Four-Year Motorcycle Adventure, will read excerpts and welcomes fellow motorcyclists, world travellers and anybody with a spirit of adventure to share their passion with like-minded enthusiasts at this special gathering. A book signing will follow.


Island BMW is proud to present an evening with Rene Cromier at Olympic View Golf Club, 643 Latoria Road Victoria, BC


This speaking and book signing event is on Thursday, April 22, 2010 from 7- 9pm(yes, the same day as the annual Demo Days)

Admission:  Tickets Available at Island BMW or call us at 250-474-2088. Tickets are $20 with all proceeds benefiting the Morgan Jayne Project

More information on Rene can be found at http://www.renedian.com

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Szoke gets comprehensive sponsorship with Joe Rocket Canada

Bruce Parker, President of Joe Rocket Canada is pleased to announce a comprehensive sponsorship agreement with reigning Canadian Superbike and Sportbike Champion Jordan Szoke.

"Jordan has been an integral part of our heritage, our success on the racetrack, and to Canadian motorcycle culture," said Parker. "As Canada's winningest Superbike racer, Jordan reflects all that we strive for as we develop motorcycle apparel designs that meet the unique demands of Canadian Riders".

Jordan will defend his national titles during the 2010 race season on board his 'Waznie Racing' prepared Honda CBR Superbikes and Sportbikes. To spur him on in the chase, Jordan's wife Amy joins him on the team, piloting her CBR600RR in the Amateur 600 series. "I'm thrilled to be again working with my friends at Joe Rocket Canada. We've shared great victories in the past and together we're committed to meeting whatever challenges the 2010 Race season throws at us," said Jordan.

Jordan Szoke is a 12 time Canadian National Champion and has won 4 consecutive Superbike and Sportbike titles. Jordan and Amy Szoke launch into action at the Canadian Superbike Series season opener - May 28-30 weekend at Mirabel, Montreal, QC.

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The Historic Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) Endorses International Female Ride Day.

With its huge increase in popularity year after year, the 2010 International Female Ride Day has officially received the endorsement of the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme known by most as the FIM, the international body that governs motorcycle racing and activities around the world. “This is important recognition for International Female Ride Day” says Vicki Gray, the founder of the International Female Ride Day and of MOTORESS. “It shows that this event has succeeded in increasing awareness of women motorcycle riders in the broadest sense of the activity. We are so pleased to have the support of the FIM. Unquestionably, this will allow International Female Ride Day to reach a new summit of women rider participation”, Vicki adds.

This 4th edition of International Female Ride Day has also once again received the recognition of the Canadian Motorcycle Association (CMA), the national body representing the FIM in Canada. "The Canadian Motorcycle Association is proud to be a supporter and congratulates Vicki on the continued expansion of International Female Ride Day”, expresses CMA Chief Executive Officer, Marilynn Bastedo.

At its inception in 2007, the campaign became an immediate success as women embraced the concept and the chance to participate. International Female Ride Day “fever” significantly magnifies each year and 2010 expects to host more riders and participants than ever before. Canada, United States, Australia, England, The Netherlands, Greece, Italy, Poland, Israel, Qatar, Hungary, Switzerland, Denmark, South Africa - and numerous other countries who once again will be contributing to the campaign in compelling numbers.

Sport bike, cruiser, scooter, off-road, touring or competition, no matter 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.

“International Female Ride Day is truly gaining its popularity and following with all the support from motorcycle governing bodies”, adds Vicki Gray who also observes an increase of the recognition of the event amongst the motorcycle industry around the world. “The popularity of this event comes from its simple concept and focuses to the female rider; inviting women enthusiasts of all brands, styles and types of motorcycling to play a role. Additionally, the campaign gives the industry a huge opportunity to share their support and get involved and making it incredibly easy to do so”, says Vicki.

Participants are invited once again to upload/send in their picture to MOTORESS in order to receive the 2010 souvenir. The first 100 images received by participants showing how they spent Friday 7 May will be eligible, along with the required form. Women are also welcome to post their photos on the International Female Ride Day group on the facebook.

The special edition 2010 Female Ride Day t-shirt is available again this year online. It’s seen as a collectible. “We hear from women who have made it a habit to purchase the t-shirt each year”, exclaims Vicki. This year the t-shirt is manufactured in natural bamboo and organic cotton fabric, the latest Ecco friendly trend.

For more online information about International FEMALE RIDE DAY visit:

- International Female Ride Day
- Facebook International Female Ride Day Group
- Facebook International Female Ride Day Event

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Ducati confirms Monster 796 - Cdn Pricing available

Ducati North America is excited to announce the newest member of its internationally acclaimed Monster range- the Monster 796.


The 2011 Monster 796 combines the top level components and style of the Monster 1100 with the user friendliness of the Monster 696.

Priced at $11,495 in Canada; it will be invading streets nationwide this June in white, black and Ducati red. All three colors share the lightweight Ducati trellis frame in red, along with red wheel striping.

The Monster 796’s air-cooled engine produces a potent 87hp and 56lb/ft of torque, which is enough to propel the svelte 367lb bike to any destination in a rapid fashion. In the interest of rider comfort; the Monster 796 has adapted a comfortable new seat, higher handlebars and optional passenger grab handles to enable an optimum riding experience. Borrowing from its 1100cc sibling, the Monster 796 features a single sided swingarm and four piston Brembo brakes. These features combine with an APTC slipper clutch, blackened foot rests, and new five spoke wheels to make the ultimate middleweight Monster.

Arriving alongside the latest Monster are the new ‘Monster Art’ body kits for all three members of the Monster family; giving riders the chance to accessorize and customize the look of their bikes with ten all-new color choices.

The new Monster Art body kits allow Monster 696, 796, 1100 and 1100S owners to extend their personal style by changing up panels to suit any mood or event. Monster lovers can ‘dress’ their bikes in as little as ten minutes, giving a new look to their two-wheeled beauty each day. The Monster Art kit includes tank covers, a mudguard, a micro-bikini fairing and seat cover- everything needed to change the color of a Monster in rapid fashion.

The ten new color options include three vibrant solid colors, and seven historical Ducati liveries as follows:

“Giallo Ducati” Ducati Yellow
“Lilla Glamour” Lilac
“Arancione Scrambler” Ducati Scrambler Orange
“Ducati Corse” Inspired by the new Ducati Corse logo
“Imola 72” In honor of the Imola 200 winning 750SS
“Darmah” Modeled after the legendary black and gold striping of the late seventies.
“Isle of Mann 79” A tribute to Ducati’s 1978 Senior TT Win
“Pantah” Ducati’s iconic logo from the eighties
“Mach 1” A vibrant red in the spirit of the 1960’s
“Sport 100” A historic blue from Ducati’s of the past


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BMW Motorrad GS Trophy 2010. Adventure, sports and competition in South Africa


Two years ago, BMW Motorrad held its first ever international GS Trophy event in Tunisia, where BMW GS riders from Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan and the USA met up in Africa for a week of adventure riding, special tests, teamwork challenges and problem solving – all designed around having fun, getting back to nature and enjoying this iconic genre of adventure motorcycle.

With the legendary BMW GS Enduro celebrating its 30th birthday in 2010, BMW Motorrad is planning a bigger BMW GS Trophy event for this year, which will take place from November 13th to November 21st in South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique – surely some of the best places in the world to ride a BMW GS motorcycle. The winners of the 2008 BMW GS Trophy – the USA – have already confirmed their participation, along with teams from Spain, Italy, Japan, Scandinavia, Germany, the UK, South Africa and Canada.

Indeed, the planning for November has already started in the above countries, which are all launching their own series of national BMW GS challenges in order to find the best team of riders to represent their country at this prestigious event.

According to BMW Motorrad’s GS Trophy organiser Michael Trammer, November’s South African BMW GS Trophy adventure is definitely not a race, as hard work, technical riding skills, camaraderie and team spirit will be the most important elements for overall success:

“Our first International BMW GS Trophy was held in 2008 in Tunisia and this event was designed to give amateurs with off-road experience the opportunity to take part in a large-scale enduro competition,” says Michael Trammer. “The lucky ones that were selected from the national trials were invited to spend ten unforgettable days in the Tunisian desert, where they faced tough challenges which often pushed them to the limits of their capacity.”

“For 2010, we’re looking to ensure that the finalists of this year’s BMW GS Trophy are of a comparable standard, so although the national qualifying rounds will have their own distinctive character, there will be a series of tests that correspond to a standardised level throughout the world. This will help ensure that none of the finalists of the BMW GS Trophy 2010 are faced with challenges that are insurmountable or even dangerous. It’s our desire that whatever the final result will be, each participant will get to experience something they will never forget – ultimately, there will be no losers, as just to be selected to represent your country in South Africa in the best possible way is a significant achievement.”
  
All the national qualifying events are following a similar structure and the top three in each country will be selected to take part in the final event in South Africa. Nine nations have already confirmed their participation at the 2010 BMW GS Trophy in November and there are possibly more to come. This unforgettable event will see some of the best amateur off-road riders from Europe, Japan, Canada and the USA meet up at the country that is hosting this year’s FIFA World Cup, for around eight days of adventure riding and team building in spectacular terrain.


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Motorcycle Experience this Saturday at 11:30 AM!

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

Saturday April 17 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 chats with a vintage Indian motorcycle collector
- Former National 600 Sportbike Champion Clint McBain looks at cold weather riding
- This week’s guest rider samples the all new Yamaha V Star 950  middleweight cruiser
- Scooter Sense host Bryan Hudgin spices his Almost World Tour with a few hot laps
- Dave and Norm continue their Ultimate Ride in Arizona and pay a visit to Flagstaff

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 www.motorcycleexperience.ca
 
Motorcycle Experience - Episode 7 will also be repeated on TSN and TSN HD;

Sunday  April 18 -  8:00 AM*
Monday April 19 - MIDNIGHT
Wednesday April 21 - 4:30 PM*

Motorcycle Experience - Episode 7 will also broadcast on TSN 2;

Saturday April 17 - 2:30 PM*
Monday April 19 - 4:30 AM*
Wednesday April 21 - 7:30 PM*
Wednesday April 21 - 9:30 PM*
Saturday April 24 - 5:00 AM*

 (*all times eastern)

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Cardo Systems Launches the scala rider G4 PowerSet Bluetooth Intercom System

Operational in Minutes, With TWO Factory-Paired, Bluetooth STEREO Headsets for Bike to Bike Intercom Communication Up to One Mile* Right Out of the Box!

Cardo Systems, Inc., the world’s market leader in wireless Bluetooth communications for motorcycle helmet headsets, today launched the brand new scala rider G4 PowerSet, an intercom communication system featuring two factory-paired units of the most feature-rich bike-to-bike Bluetooth headsets on the market.  The system contains two scala rider G4 headsets, for bike to bike intercom communication up to one mile* -creating a new industry standard.  With the addition of a third paired G4 unit, three separate bikers can talk to each other as well.  Two scala rider G4 PowerSet systems, four headsets in total, can be used together in full duplex intercom communication between two couples on two bikes traveling within a distance of up to one mile between each other.


Right out of the box, bikers can start communicating using the paired devices, creating a safe, convenient and enjoyable communication experience. In addition to intercom communication, Each 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 and GPS units via its embedded jack, and the entire line of scala rider headsets.**  Both can transmit STEREO music from any MP3 player with A2DP capability. Incoming intercom messages and mobile phone calls automatically override MP3 music. Each G4 headset can be actively connected to one Bluetooth device and two other scala rider headsets at one time.


“The brand new scala rider G4 PowerSet increases the range that motorcyclists can enjoy speaking with each other and also extends the number of bikers who can speak on intercom at once with full duplex,” said Abraham Glezerman, CEO of Cardo Systems, Inc. “The pair of headsets included in this package is packed with features that our customers have requested .”


Each scala rider G4 comes equipped with a built-in FM radio with RDS empowering riders with the ability to scan and seek stations and to save favorites utilizing the six-station channel memory. Voice-recognition (for answering, dialing or rejecting calls), multilingual spoken status announcements (to report incoming and outgoing connections) and AGC technology for automatic volume adjustments (based on ambient noise and driving speed) all contribute to completely hands-free communication and enjoyment.


Working with virtually all motorcycle helmets, the scala rider G4 PowerSet is available with noise-canceling microphones for the highest communication quality. The devices’ rechargeable li-polymer batteries allow for up to 10 hours of talk-time and 7-days standby time.


The new scala rider G4 PowerSet is now available through select distributors, retail outlets, specialty motorcycle shops, and directly from the Cardo Systems web site at www.cardosystems.com with a suggested retail price of $489.95 USD.

*results may vary according to terrain
**reduced operational range when connected to earlier scala rider models

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BMW Group reports sales growth

BMW as a whole did pretty good the first three months of 2010. The motorcycle segment was one of the groups that saw some numbers to be pleased about.

The BMW Motorcycle segment clearly exceeded last year’s sales in the first three months of this year: Sales were 20.9% higher at 20,840 units (17,232). In March 2010, 11,541 motorcycles – an increase of 26.8% - were delivered to customers (prev. yr . 9,100).

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Maddison records another world first jump

Australian stunt Motocrosser Robbie Maddison has recorded another world first.  He jumped over the 85-metre wide Corinth Canal at height of nearly 100 metres in Greece on Thursday. He described the biggest challenge as dealing with the many different surfaces leading to the ramp -- grass to concrete to wood to asphalt to carpet.

The Corinth Canal, was built in 1893 and apparently many motocrossers have wanted to jump it - but Maddison is the first to do it. At the highest point Maddison was 95 metres above the canal surface. That's over 300 feet up for you non-metric folks!

It's a pretty crazy jump. Judge for yourself!



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A few new parts in the Harley catalog

Deeley Harley Davidson Canada has a few new parts available that they think people will be interested in. There's a windshield, "Edge Cut" Collection products, Contrast Chrome Roulette Wheels, and Solo Spring Saddle.

NEW WIND SPLITTER TOURING WINDSHIELD FROM HARLEY-DAVIDSON
Effective Contoured Shape Enhances Air Flow Around Rider

The new Wind Splitter Windshield (part number 57164-10, from Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories is shaped for the perfect combination of effective air flow management and distinctive styling. This 7-inch tall windshield is higher in the centre than traditional low-profile wind deflectors, and is shaped to move the air over and around the rider. Its sweeping design complements the fairing and the inner dash panel, while the smoked finish looks great against any paint colour. A centre-mounted Bar & Shield medallion adds a distinctive finishing touch. The Wind Splitter fits 1996 and later Electra Glide, Street Glide and Trike models. It does not fit with the zumo 550 GPS Navigator, or with windshield bags or pouches. A similar Wind Splitter Windshield (part number 57116-10) is also available for 1998 and later Road Glide models.

NEW EDGE CUT COLLECTION FROM HARLEY-DAVIDSON
A Black-anodized Finish Machined to Expose Raw Aluminum

The new Edge Cut Collection Billet Style Heel/Toe Shift Lever (part number 34045-10) is one element of the new Edge Cut Collection of accessories from Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories. These slotted shift levers are forged from 6061-T6 aluminum and then black-anodized and machined to reveal aluminum within the slots. The kit includes a front and rear lever, and chrome hardware, and fits 1986 and later FL Softail and 1988 and later Touring models.

The Edge Cut Shift Levers complement the machined stems of the Edge Cut Mirrors (part number 92441-10) and slotted Edge Cut Hand Control Lever Kit (part number 55798-10). The Edge Cut Collection also includes hand grips, foot and shifter pegs, brake pedal pads, footboard inserts, and a billet-style shifter and rear brake lever, to fit many Dyna, Softail, VRSC, Sportster and Touring models. See an authorized Harley-Davidson Retailer for fitment details.

NEW CONTRAST CHROME ROULETTE WHEELS FROM HARLEY-DAVIDSON
The Dazzle of Brilliant Chrome Against Durable Gloss Black Powdercoat

The new Roulette Custom Wheel – Contrast Chrome (part number 55065-10, 17-inch front, part number 55064-10, 16-inch rear) from Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories features eleven slim spokes highlighted in brilliant chrome that blend with the gloss black rim. The spoke shape stands proud on the rim’s edge, mimicking the pockets on a roulette wheel. The surface catches and reflects light, just as the raised ridges deflect the spinning roulette ball. These wheels have undergone hundreds of hours of real-world testing to meet the highest standards of performance and durability. The wheel fits 2009 and later Touring models (except Trike) and requires separate purchase of model-specific Wheel Installation Kits. See an authorized Harley-Davidson Retailer for fitment details.

DYNA BOBBER WITH NEW KIT FROM HARLEY-DAVIDSON
Solo Spring Saddle for Classic Style

Owners of most 2006 and later Harley-Davidson Dyna models can achieve the Hot Bobber look with the installation of the new Solo Spring Saddle – Black Leather (part number 54373-10), a 10.5-inch wide solo seat with the minimalistic “just enough to ride” look. The torsion-style springs are designed for the optimal balance between spring suspension and support. The smooth metal seat pan and the simple frame cover leave a clean, finished appearance. The seat can be removed and replaced with a Touring seat for two-up riding. 

Installation requires separate purchase of a Spring Seat Mounting Hardware Kit (part number 54075-10).

This kit does not fit all Dyna models. See an authorized Harley-Davidson Retailer for complete fitment details.



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Haga returns to winning ways in race 2 at Valencia

Valencia (Spain), Sunday 11th April: having scored a solid fifth place finish in Race 1, Noriyuki Haga triumphed in Race 2 (which ran in two parts), finishing 25 thousandths of a second ahead of Carlos Checa. The win, on board his Ducati 1198, was far from easy as a red flag during the third lap led to a second heat, 20 laps in length. Michel Fabrizio was less lucky today, victim of a crash in the first race and returning to the box in Race 2, lamenting a lack of front brake consistency.

In the morning, during warm-up, Noriyuki had registered the fastest time (1m34.2), having completed a strong mini run. Michel concluded the brief session in eighth position.

In Race 1 neither Michel nor Nori made a particularly fast start and both were caught up in traffic. Michel made up a couple of positions but during the fifth lap, a lack of grip at the front, during braking, caused him to crash. Noriyuki pushed on despite a lack of rear traction and although he needed twelve laps before he could get past Crutchlow, the next lap he passed Rea and in four laps he had made up 1.5 seconds to catch Corser (BMW). Unfortunately however, after passing Troy at the final corner, the Australian again overtook Nori along the straight, leaving the Japanese rider in fifth position, just one tenth of a second behind Corser.

In Race 2, during the third lap a serious crash involving Andrews on the Kawasaki and Iannuzzo on the Honda led to a red flag. With all riders having completed three laps, the second heat was declared to be a 20-lap race and the grid was reset according to the results of “heat 1”. Noriyuki, this time starting from fifth position started well and after a few laps was already third, behind Checa and Biaggi. After twelve laps he got past Carlos and then past Max and from this point on he held the lead, crossing the line 0.806 of a second ahead of Biaggi and 1.282 seconds in front of Checa. This advantage cancelled out Checa’s advantage in the first heat and meant that Noriyuki had beaten the Spaniard by 0.025 of a second. Michel did not shine at the start of the race, losing a few positions in the first laps, only to recuperate a few in the following laps, before a problem with the front brake consistency caused him to lose confidence and return to the garage.

After this third round, Noriyuki Haga is in fourth position in the overall standings, with 79 points while his team-mate Michel lies in eighth, with 46 points. In the manufacturers standings, Ducati has 107 points behind Suzuki with 123 points.

Noriyuki Haga (Race 1 – 5th , Race 2 – winner)
“The track was a lot warmer in Race 1 than in the morning’s warm-up and I was lacking rear grip. The more I pushed, the more my 1198 slid around and this needed to be fixed before Race 2. Before that race we made a change, reverting to the setting we’d used in the warm-up and it worked well. I was able to push hard, stick with Biaggi and Checa and eventually pass them. I’m very happy to have been able to win today. I thank my team, Ducati of course, and all the sponsors who helped contribute to this great result.”

Michel Fabrizio (Race 1 – DNF , Race 2 - DNF)
“It was a weekend to forget, we’ll turn the page and concentrate on the next race. Today in Race 1 I had good pace and was able to make up a couple of positions very quickly, but then I unexpectedly lost the front and found myself on the ground. We made some changes for the second race but the front brake was not consistent and I came back to the garage.”

Ernesto Marinelli – Team Manager – “Today’s win is very important. We’ve experienced a difficult period but it is essential to keep fighting with determination, always, and this is what Noriyuki did today, and what the whole team has been doing since the start of the championship. We must continue to work hard and on Tuesday we will be back on track with Michel, at Mugello, to try to resolve the problems that have emerged in the last two races.”

RESULTS: Race 1 – 1. Haslam (Suzuki); 2. Biaggi (Aprilia); 3. Toseland (Yamaha). Race 2 -  1.  Haga (Ducati Xerox); 2. Checa (Ducati); 3. Biaggi (Aprilia)

CLASSIFICATION: Riders – 1. Haslam (Suzuki) 123; 2. Biaggi (Aprilia) 105; 3. Checa (Ducati) 80; 4. Haga (Ducati Xerox) 79; 5. Rea (Honda) 60; 6. Toseland (Yamaha) 50; 7. Guintoli (Suzuki) 50; 8. Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) 46

Manufacturers – Suzuki 123; Ducati 107; Aprilia 105; Honda 61; Yamaha 57; BMW 47; Kawasaki 13

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Motorcycle Experience this Saturday

Toyota Truck presents Motorcycle Experience this Saturday at 3:30 PM! Saturday April 10 at 3:30 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 another Dave about the new HONDA SH150i scooter
- Former National 600 Sportbike Champion Clint McBain looks at touching down your foot pegs
- This week’s guest rider Steve Walker samples the all new SUZUKI Boulevard M90 cruiser
- Scooter Sense host Bryan Hudgin continues his Almost World Tour with a stop at Queens University
- Dave and Norm continue their Ultimate Ride in Arizona and pay a visit to Bedrock!

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 www.motorcycleexperience.ca

Motorcycle Experience - Episode 6 will also be repeated on TSN and TSN HD;
Monday April 12 - 1:30 PM*
Saturday April 17 - 1:30 AM*

Motorcycle Experience - Episode 6 will also broadcast on TSN 2;
Saturday April 11 - 3:30 AM*
Monday April 12 - 4:30 PM*
Wednesday April 14 - 4:00 AM*
Wednesday April 14 - 7:00 AM*
Wednesday April 14 - 9:30 PM*
(*all times eastern)


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Canadian Husaberg Factory team is ready to race!

CGRT READY FOR 2010!

Spring has sprung and along with it comes a much anticipated racing season for the Corner Grass Racing Team (CGRT). The ice racing spikes have been replaced with rubber knobbies and CGRT in excited to start the season with the opening round of the CMA Alberta Harescramble series this coming April 10/11th weekend in Lethbridge, Alberta.

The five member team will once again be the official Canadian Husaberg Factory supported team lead byveteran Shane Cuthbertson whom is looking to improve upon his 2009 Canadian Enduro  Championship (CEC) 3rd place overall finish in the highly contested E3 category. This year Cuthbertson will be equipped with the all new 2010 Husaberg FX450 and is anxious to get the season underway. He will however have to wait until June for his first taste of dirt as some elected surgeries during the off season are keeping him away from the bike for now. “I am really chomping at the bit to get riding and it is taking all I have to keep from swinging my leg over the ‘Berg. My main focus this year will be the CEC series; so much so that I have elected not to compete at Erzberg or Romaniacs this year in order to aid in my recovery and training for the series. I am going to be fresh and fit; ready to put my best effort into Canada’s premier series!”

CGRT’s mission statement is to ‘provide the foundation to enable a long term focused CANADIAN effort to promote and compete in off-road motorcycle events throughout Canada, USA, and Europe.’ This year the team has really stepped up and will be supporting 16 year old Cole Dobovich in his venture to become one of the elite riders in Canada. Cole has come through the ranks within the local Alberta series and has really shown the drive and desire to improve. “We are really excited to have Cole on board! He is a great kid, has unbelievable family support, and is already a very accomplished motorcycle rider. We really want to give back to our sport and what better way than to lend our resources and experience to a young rider of his caliber” commented team manager Lee Fryberger. Cole will be competing in the Expert class this weekend aboard the 2010 Husaberg FX450, followed by several local Off-Road and MX events in preparation to represent CGRT at the CEC series where he will look to make his mark in the Amateur ‘A’ class.

Nick Riewe, Jay McGregor, and Lee Fryberger round out the team and all have plans to compete regularly in both the Alberta provincial series and the Canadian Enduro Championships. In addition to racing, these gentlemen go to extreme efforts in promoting several marquee Canadian events such as the Corner Grass Harescramble (June 26/27) and Canada’s First Extreme Hard Enduro – XTINCTION (August 21/22).

CGRT relies heavily on strong partners to help us attain our goals and are proud to announce that Husaberg, A&E Racing, Motovan, Ronwood Enterprises, Lee Built, UFA Petroleum, Limenine Graphics, Opti Lubricants, Rekluse, and Sosa Original have all continued their support for 2010. Two new partners to the team this year are Xtreme Hot Oil Services and Airoh Helmets both of whom we are very excited to have on board.

To find out more about the team and riders, please visit www.cornergrass.com.


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Zero's new motorcycles to debut at Toronto International Motorcycle Show

"Zero noise, zero vibration, zero spark plugs, zero gas, zero oil changes, zero filters and ZERO emissions!"

The unveiling of the new 2010 Zero Electric Motorcycles will take place at the Toronto International Spring Motorcycle Show at the International Centre on April 10 and 11th, 2010.

Zero Motorcycles was founded by former NASA scientist Neal Saiki and is headquartered in the Silicon Valley area in Santa Cruz. Recently unveiled in California, the Toronto International Spring Motorcycle Show will be the first time the 2010 Zero's have been shown in Canada and Canadian representatives will be on hand to answer questions.

The Canadian presentation of the 2010 Zero Motorcycle line can be seen in Hall 1 at the Toronto International Spring Motorcycle Show. The show takes place April 10, 11, at the International Centre, 6900 Airport Road in Mississauga.


2010 Zero SuperMoto Street



2010 Zero Dual Sport


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WestJet to offer discount on flights for CEC participants

Once again the friends of the Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship at West Jet have stepped up with a discount deal on flights for the Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship. They are providing 10% off thier lowest rate for flights to Calgary and Kelowna for the western rounds and Toronto and Montreal for the eastern rounds. 


The discount is good for up to 3 days on either side of each event. 


Call 877-952-4696 and use discount code CC5986 and be sure to thank them for thier support.




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Memoirs of a Mad Bastard

You’ve heard about the rally, right? About 75 normally respectable individuals (plus a few journalists) turn into scooter maniacs for 24 hours while riding a mad 800 km route through Quebec and Ontario.

You may have seen pictures, but to really experience the sights, sounds and chaos of the rally, check out the 5 minute video created by talented cinematographer Sarah Moffat. The attention challenged can view a shorter 2 minute version on the CMG website.

For the “full length feature” complete with the smell of 2 stroke oil and monkey butt powder, start planning for the 2011 Mad Bastard Scooter Rally (taking place somewhere in Ontario). Be sure to sign up for the MBSR mailing list to keep up with the latest details.


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Don Hatton to race for Patsy Quick and Cyril Dupres!


Don Hatton, one of Canada’s premier motorcycle competitors has confirmed he has entered the next two FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship events. 

Don will be competing in Tunisia in the Rallye International de Tunisie May 1 to May 7. He will be riding for Team Desert Rose, the same team that supported Don in the 2010 Dakar Race in Argentina, and owned by famous British motorcycle racer and the first British female Dakar finisher Patsy Quick. He will be riding his KTM 690 Rally bike, the same bike he rode in the Dakar race. 

Don is also entered in the Sardegna Rally Race in Italy May 27 to June 1, 2010. In this rally he will be riding for the race team owned by World Champion Cyril Dupres aboard one of Cyril’s race prepared KTM 450 bikes. “I am really excited to be racing with Cyril.” Don says.

“Organizers are claiming that there is about 65% sand riding” Don comments on the Tunisia rally. “It should be tough but I am looking forward to getting back racing aboard the KTM”.


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Toronto International Spring Motorcycle Show - April 10-11th

Here's a word from the Staff of SUPERSHOW Events about the upcoming Toronto International Spring Motorcycle Show: 


The Toronto International Spring Motorcycle Show , sponsored by Mantha Insurance, opens Saturday, April 10th and Sunday April 11th at the International Centre, 6900 Airport Road and here are some great reasons to attend:


Now Bigger!  More Halls!  The big news is that the Show has expanded and is now in 3 huge Halls of the International Centre.  That means more Dealer Displays with 2010 Motorcycles, more vendors with great shopping deals, plus a larger stage featuring entertainment all weekend long.   And you can enter the Show at either Hall 1 or Hall 6.  Go to our web-site atwww.supershowevents.com to see all the great new features and more details. 


A Fantastic Door Prize!  Suzuki of Newmarket is sponsoring the Door Prize give-away of a brand new Suzuki DR-Z125 motorcycle.  Pick up your ballot when you purchase your admission and drop it off at the Suzuki of Newmarket booth in Hall 1 for your chance to win. 


Used Bike Clearance Sale!  Whether you’re buying or selling a bike, make the Spring Used Bike Market your one-stop marketplace.  Bikes of all makes and models priced to clear.  Formore info on selling your bike visit  http://www.supershowevents.com/spring/sms10-ubm.html 


Location!  Motorcyclists love the International Centre.  It’s easy to get to from all major highways and best of all, Parking is Free!  Plus dedicated free motorcycle parking right at the front door.  Also going on at the same time is the Collector Car Auction and your Spring Show admission includes a half price discount coupon to check out the action. 


We look forward to seeing you there to help us kick off the 2010 motorcycle riding season.  Here’s a $2 off admission coupon to print out and bring with you.  Visit http://www.supershowevents.com/spring/sms10-coupon.html Feel free to forward this e-mail to all your motorcycling friends so they can save money too!  See you at the International Centre.   Parking is Free! 


The Staff of SUPERSHOW Events 

p.s Please bring a can of food for the Spring Food Drive to benefit the Scott Mission.  Organized by the Canadian Dispatch Riders Motorcycle Unit to raise awareness of homeless and under-employed veterans – look for the military sidecars at the new Hall 6 entrance to drop off your tins and help us show that Motorcyclists have Big Hearts.  They hope to collect 10,000 cans of food over the 2 days of the Show.  Thank you in advance for helping! 



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BMW Motorrad reports best March on record.

BMW Motorrad Canada achieved an all time March record with 200 units retailed, an increase of 19% over the same period in 2009. BMW Motorrad YTD retails of 324 units reflect an increase of 37% over last year.

BMW Group Canada, based in Whitby, Ontario, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BMW AG and is responsible for the distribution of BMW luxury performance automobiles, Sports Activity Vehicles, Motorcycles, and MINI. BMW Group Financial Services Canada is a division of BMW Group Canada and offers retail financing and leasing programs and protection products on new and pre-owned BMW and MINI automobiles, as well as retail financing for new and pre-owned BMW Motorcycles. 

A total network of 40 BMW automobile retail centres, 19 BMW motorcycle retailers, and 26 MINI retailers represents the BMW Group across the country.

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Ural bits "made in Nova Scotia"

There's a little bit of fine Nova Scotia craftsmanship being put on Ural motorcycles around Europe and the US.  The local Ural dealership here in Nova Scotia (Kottwitz Werke Inc. www.Ural.ca) not only sells Ural motorcycles but also houses a CNC machining shop.

Kottwitz Werke have been machining Retro reverse shifter knobs for the United States and Europe and spot light knobs which are usually for Ural Gear-Up unless a spot light is mounted as an accessory on one of the other sidecars.


The original Retro knob is made half of wood which looks very good already but could crack over time being exposed to the weather. The Kottwitz produced unit is solid aluminum and very close to the original shape - just a little bigger to to give a better grip and hand feel.

Reverse Shifter Knobs headed for the US:


Reverse Shifter Knobs headed for Europe:


Spotlight Knob:


If you're interested in seeing a little bit of the effort involved in the making of a Ural Retro Knob - check out the video. It's a pretty big chunk of aluminum and machining time.  Watch for the interesting packaging at the end and the man who makes it all happen:


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Wild Wing - Wasaga Beach "Spring Fever" Motorcycle Rally (Ontario)

If you're in Wasaga Beach Ontario round April 24th and looking to get out for a motorcycle ride, catch some live entertainment, and want to support a good cause then you should check out this event which is raising money for the Georgian Bay Animal Rescue.


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Marc Coma takes fourth victory in Desert Challenge

For those Dakar fans wondering what KTM factory rider Marc Coma does when he's not racing in the Dakar.... Well, he's dominating races in other places all over the world! That's what.

He just took his fourth victory in the competition for Rally World Champion when he won the Desert Challenge in Abu Dhabi.

Full details below:



Coma dominated the open class, 2-wheel category on his KTM 690 rally bike throughout the five stage event on the shifting sands. But he was closely shadowed especially in the final two days and had to fight hard to convert his 10-minute lead into overall victory in the open class.

Britain's James West, also a KTM rider, rode to a valiant second overall after a fast and furious final stage. David Casteu (Sherco) was third overall. Sean Gaugain of South Africa (Honda) had looked set for a minor place but crashed and broke his leg in the final stage.

After securing a tactical starting position after the opening Super Special Coma edged ahead on day one and took the stage victory by five minutes. Riders had to cope with hot and humid weather on day two which saw Coma finish the stage in fifth but with still enough advantage to maintain his overall lead albeit trimmed to just 3 minutes.

By the end of Stage 3, Coma had extended his overall lead to 12 minutes as riders battled their way through sand storms and high winds. Coma went on to conquer the tough weather conditions and the dunes in the last two stages to claim the victory and top the podium for the fourth time.

Coma and fellow KTM factory rider Cyril Despres are the dominant international riders in international rally and are both multiple winners of this event. But Despres decided not to compete this year after having already won the event five times. Coma has also won here in Abu Dhabi in 2009, 2007 and 2006.

Riders onboard the Austrian sports motorcycle manufacturer's bike have dominated the Desert Challenge going back to Austrian Heinz Kinigadner's victory in 1998 and have won every year except in 2000.

This year the competition covered more than 2,000 km through spectacular desert terrain to once again underline that this really is the Desert Challenge.

Overall Results
1. Marc Coma, Spain, KTM
2. James West, Britain, KTM
3. David Casteu, France, Sherco

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Honda Contingency for Canadian Enduro Championship

Honda announces contingency for riders in the Canadian Enduro Championship. $34,000 in total. News came by way of the folks at the CEC.

Full details below:

Sitting on the fence and can't decide which brand of motorcycle to buy this spring? Want to race in the exciting Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship, Eastern Canadian Enduro Championship or Western Canadian Enduro Championship and make some money doing it? Then it is time to get on on a Honda!

Honda Canada has been a strong supporter of World Enduro Canada racing activities and this year there is over $34,000 up for grabs to qualifying Honda riders. See your local Honda dealer for more details.

2010 Honda Off-Road Contingency - Red Rider Program

W.E.C. ENDURO (Canadian Enduro Championship Series) -- OVERALL CLASS WINNERS


*Class
1st Place
2nd Place
3rd Place
Amateur C East
$600
$450
$250
Amateur B East
$600
$450
$250
Amateur A East
$600
$450
$250
Amateur Super Vet East
$600
$450
$250
Amateur Vet East
$600
$450
$250
Women East
$600
$450
$250
E Vet East
$900
$550
$300
Amateur C West
$600
$450
$250
Amateur B West
$600
$450
$250
Amateur A West
$600
$450
$250
Amateur Super Vet West
$600
$450
$250
Amateur Vet West
$600
$450
$250
Women West
$600
$450
$250
E Vet West
$900
$550
$300
E3 National
$2,200
$1,500
$800
E2 National
$2,200
$1,500
$800
E1 National
$2,200
$1,500
$800

Note:  A $300 bonus will be paid if any East or West champion also wins the overall amateur National championship.


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30 Years of BMW "GS" - event. Get your ticket to Germany!


BMW Motorrad celebrates two round anniversaries: the “BMW Motorrad Days” will be held for the tenth time from July 2nd to 4th this year: it is the largest meeting in the world featuring motorcycles of the Munich brand. Another highlight will be the 30-year anniversary of the GS models. BMW R 80 G/S founded the market segment of large-volume travel enduros in 1980.

With its unique atmosphere, the “BMW Motorrad Days” is highly popular with bikers from all over the world. This is firstly due to the event location Garmisch-Partenkirchen with its impressive Alpine panorama. Secondly, the event combines authentic Bavarian style with a diverse motorcycling program and a great party atmosphere. 

This time round a particular attraction will be the 30th anniversary of BMW Motorrad’s GS concept. Contemporaries from various GS decades - decision-makers, developers and riders - will be there to mark the anniversary. There will be a special BMW Classic exhibition featuring milestones from three decades of GS, showing the success story of the then brand new concept of the large-scale enduro was to set in motion. Visitors will be able to try out the current state of development for themselves: training courses will be provided on BMW GS models at the 10,000 m² BMW Enduro Park Garmisch. And on the adjacent cross-style “x-track” there will be BMW G 450 X and Husqvarna models available for test rides. Of course virtually all other BMW motorcycle models can be borrowed for extensive test rides, too.

The study “Concept 6" provides a look into the future with its transversely mounted but very narrow in-line 6-cylinder engine.

For beginners without a motorcycle licence BMW Motorrad offers try-out courses in a closed-off area and for anyone with a lucky streak, the dream of owning a brand new BMW motorcycle could even come true there and then: there will be a draw for a F 800 GS on the Friday evening and for an R 1200 GS on the Saturday evening.

Those wishing to explore the Alpine roads on their own machine can take part in guided panorama tours through the mountains.

However, the breathtaking stunts performed by motorcycle acrobat Chris Pfeiffer in the Freestyle Area should preferably not be imitated. He will captivate visitors by performing the same fast trick combinations with which he won the 2009 German Open in stunt-riding, where he prevailed against the best stunt riders in the world. On the “x-track”, world-famous enduro riders will be getting into top gear and providing spectacular off-road motor racing entertainment.

Another undisputed highlight will be the Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport, which once again lines up for the start of the Superbike World Championship with the racing version of the S 1000 RR. The team under Berthold Hauser, Head of BMW Motorrad Motorsport, featuring factory riders Troy Corser (Australia) and Ruben Xaus (Spain) will provide an autograph session and photo opportunities for fans.

The grand motorcycle convoy on the Saturday and the Classic Convoy on the Sunday, starting and finishing at Hausbergplatz, have become an integral part of the “BMW Motorrad Days”. The Classic Convoy is now one of the rare opportunities to see two-wheel rarities and legends from 87 years of BMW motorcycle history in action. This will be a particular attraction in the GS anniversary year. Four-wheel BMW vehicles will also be available for test driving at the “xDrive Circuit” - the BMW X5 and BMW X6.

The support program includes presentations by over 60 international exhibitors with everything from tuning and accessories to travel and training in the area of off-road, on-road and racing. BMW Motorrad also provides a tyre service in collaboration with Metzeler. The parties on Friday and Saturday evening with live bands and DJs have long achieved legendary status. For the first time, “BMW Motorrad Days 2010” will host the live show of the ladies’ band WILDCATS.

Immediately adjacent to the event grounds there is a 15,000 square metre camping area with bathroom facilities. As in previous years it is also possible to make hotel reservations in various categories at bmw-motorrad@gapa.de. Please be sure to make bookings in good time.


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