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Ruthless Racing - places well in latest Parts Canada race

At the Race City Motorsport Park in Calgary on the weekend of June 26, Dave Estok scored two fourth-place finishes and acquired a substantial amount of points towards his goal of winning the Canadian National Championship in the Pro Sportbike class.

Riding the Ruthless Racing Inc./Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada-sponsored Buell 1125R bike, Estok quickly became comfortable on the bike and on the Friday morning test session was ranked fourth fastest. Unfortunately, by the end of qualifying, Estok had slipped a bit on the leaderboard and was to start the race in fifth position. “We had some problems that we worked through, and all was well, and then in the qualifying session I high-sided the ‘A’ bike and had to use the ‘B’ bike and then, I’m not sure what happened, but the fairing came off, so I had to park it, but my times were good enough to give me fifth.”

Meanwhile, in the K&N Filters Sport Twins class, Olivier Spilborghs qualified his Ruthless Racing Inc. Buell XB9R bike in third place after running second fastest through the morning practice.

In Saturday’s round two action, morning practice found Estok in third behind Jordan Szoke (Honda) and Cody Matechuck (Suzuki) in the Pro Sportbike class, and Spilborghs in fourth place in the K&N Filters Sport Twin class. Both Ruthless Racing Inc. riders finished fourth in their respective races. After the race, Estok commented, “I can’t say enough about Dave Oakley. I mean, with Thomas [Morin] being in England assisting Darren James in his racing, Dave worked his butt off. He had to make one bike out of two. Dave and Rod Matechuck really made the difference this weekend, so thanks to them.” Spilborghs completed four laps before retiring with undisclosed problems.

In round three on Sunday, Estok once more found the handling and power of the Buell bike to his liking. In the morning practice, he lowered his lap times to the one-minute-twenty-second bracket, recording a 01:20.142 to rank third. In the race he went faster again, notching a 01:19.514. In spite of his best efforts, the best he could achieve was a fourth-place finish once more. “Unless you win, you always want to do better,” Estok commented post race. “I’m happy with this weekend though. These were my two best finishes, and we still have four races to go. I’m really looking forward to Mosport and I hope to put the Ruthless Racing Inc. Buell [bike] on the box there.”

With a third-place run, Olivier Spilborghs scored his second podium appearance of the year (the first being his third position at Mirabel), but his inability to finish the race on Saturday has seriously eroded his championship chances. Olivier was not available for comment after the race.

Meanwhile, on the same weekend, Ruthless Racing Inc. racer Darren James competed in the British SuperBike Series at Mallory Park in the U.K. Assisted by Thomas Morin, Darren started his race aboard the Harley-Davidson XR 1200 in 9th position in a grid of 22 bikes and finally positioned himself 7th, achieving an 8th place in the current Championship standings.


New paint finishes for the BMW Motorrad model year 2011

A number of facelift measures will be integrated in the BMW Motorrad program for the model year 2011. The relevant models can all be ordered from BMW Motorrad dealerships with immediate effect.

BMW F 800 ST.

From model year 2011 the BMW F 800 ST is available in the following new paint finishes:

* Sapphire black metallic
* Light grey metallic/Sapphire black metallic/Granite grey metallic

The paint finishes Night blue metallic and Champagne metallic are no longer available.

BMW F 800 R.

From model year 2011 the BMW F 800 R is available in the following new paint finishes:

* Bright yellow metallic/Black satin gloss
* Granite grey metallic/Black satin gloss
* Alpine white/Lupin blue metallic/Magma red

The paint finishes Fire orange and White aluminium metallic as well as the special model "Chris Pfeiffer" are no longer available.

BMW K 1300 S.

From model year 2011 the BMW K 1300 S is available in the following new paint finishes:

* Magma red/Sapphire black metallic
* Lupin blue metallic/Alpine white/Sapphire black metallic

The paint finishes Lava orange metallic and Sapphire black metallic/Granite grey metallic/Magma red are no longer available.

BMW K 1300 R.

From model year 2011 the BMW K 1300 R is available in the following new paint finishes:

* Acid green metallic/Black satin gloss
* Black satin gloss/Granite grey metallic matt

The paint finishes Lava orange metallic and Silk metallic are no longer available.

BMW S 1000 RR.

From model year 2011 the BMW S 1000 RR is available in the following new paint finishes:

* Shine yellow metallic
* Light grey metallic

The paint finishes Mineral silver metallic and Acid green metallic are no longer available.

BMW R 1200 RT

From model year 2011 the audio platform of the BMW R 1200 RT, available as a special equipment feature ex works, will be extended to include a number of interesting functions. The system is now also fitted with a Bluetooth interface and the directory functions have been optimised. For the USA and Canada a satellite radio is now included in the option.

Here's a sample of some of the new colors:


Ducati wins Pikes Peak hill climb with Multisrada 1200

Ducati North America is excited to announce its first and third place finishes in the 88th annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, held yesterday in the mountains above Colorado Springs, Colorado.

In its very first international competition, the Multistrada 1200 S took top honors in the 1200cc class in the hands of Pikes Peak Veteran Greg Tracy. The Multistrada took a massive lead off the starting line, and rode into clouds to take the top podium position at 14,110 feet. Tracy ran a smooth, uneventful race which demonstrated the exceptional on and off road capabilities of Ducati’s latest offering.

“That was an exciting week I’ve got to say. I want to thank Ducati for the opportunity they’ve given me- I was even pitted in front of Rhys Millen’s Unlimited Class ride- that was pretty cool! The Spider Grips Falkner-Livingston Multistrada was an amazing ride. Everyone did an awesome job and that motorcycle is crazy fast- it hit 137mph at one point! The bike worked great on the dirt and the asphalt,” said Tracy in the post race award ceremony. “When I was growing up, and all these factory teams would win races, I was sure they had these $100,000 engines and that was why they went so fast. I was wrong. This is my first year on a factory motorcycle and I’ll tell you that bike was box-stock. It had some carbon, and few tweaks and that was it.”

Greg’s teammate Alexander Smith also put in a formidable performance, ensuring the second Ducati entry made the podium. Alexander fought his way up the mountain, and while battling for second had an accident in the last corner, which slowed him down but still allowed time to remount and finish third.

“I have to repeat everything Greg said about the bike- it was really perfect. The race was good, and if you see the start line footage you can tell how awesome the bike was working,” said Smith. “It was a pretty uneventful race up until the last corner where I kind of laid it down. I got off real quick and remounted which was still good enough for third and got two Ducati’s on the podium.”

For more information about Ducati’s win in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, please visit

Image courtesy: Ducati Spider Grips Team


Kawasaki Ninja 400R coming to Canada

Kawasaki has an early release 2011 model surprise for all those looking for a new entry level bike, or just a sporty bike that's not all about displacement. It's the Ninja 400R.  

The all-new 400R is based on the larger 650R, sharing many of its attributes, and at 447.5 lbs. weighs, about a kilogram less than the 650R. 

It's a fuel injected parallel twin engine pumps out 43 hp at 9,500 rpm, with torque peaking at 27.3 lb-ft at 7,500 rpm. This is expectedly lower than the 650R which has a claimed 71hp at 8500rpm and 49 ft-lb. at 7000 rpm. MSRP on the 400R will be $1,200 cheaper. Insurance rates should be a little cheaper too.

It comes with a 15.5 L (3.4 gal.) tank and specs on expected fuel consumption are to be determined at the moment - but it's probably going to be pretty good.

MSRP is $7,499.  Available colors are Lime Green/Flat Super Black, Metallic Spark Black/Flat Super Black.

Smart move we think - could this be the start (or return to) of a bigger is not always better trend in motorcycles? There's not too much in the way of competition in this displacement.  I think it'll appeal to the beginner rider wanting something they won't be tired of immediately yet will still hold a strong resale value because of a broad appeal.  I also think they'll capture some riders who have a bit of cash and want a smaller bike for commuting. Might get some of those returning to motorcycling group too.

For more details, check out the link on Kawasaki Canada's website HERE.


Season ending accident for Canadian dirt track sensation - Don Taylor

The dirt-track racing effort of Don Taylor came to a premature end when he crashed his JPR Suzuki bike in the AMA Pro Grand National Championship short-track race in Gas City, Indiana, on June 19. Taylor was thrown from his bike when he made contact with the rider in front of him well past the halfway mark in the race. He sustained a broken collar bone and right arm, and will be out of action for the rest of the season.
It was unbelievably tight racing,” the Canadian champ supported by Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada and Clare’s Harley-Davidson® of Niagara lamented from his hospital bed back home in Welland, Ontario. “The guy in front just slowed up a bit, and I just barely touched him and away I went. It’s really too bad. I mean, I really feel bad for Deeley and for Randy and all the staff at Clare’s. I’d already won the opening race at home [Taylor was in line for his seventh consecutive number one plate in Canada], and I really like that plate, but I guess I’ll have to stop at six and start counting over next year.”

Up to the point of the mishap, Taylor had enjoyed a progressively successful day at the high-speed, banked mid-western oval, narrowly missing a direct transfer to the final by one position, and then putting in a gritty performance to put his lightweight bike into the final by winning his semi-final. “Things kept getting better all evening,.” he confirmed. “The bike was awesome. I definitely had the horsepower to get the job done; man, what a bummer.” Don paused to collect his thoughts. “It could have been a lot worse, and I realize that, so I’m thankful and I know it’s not career-ending. I’ll be back.”

Out of the bad news of an aborted flat track racing season comes the good news that the greatest dirt-track racer this country has ever produced, Don Taylor, will be back.

Please join us in wishing Don a fast recovery and a speedy return to what he loves doing most: dirt-track racing.


Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) takes third in Race 2

Sunday 27th June: at the end of a hot and tiring day at the Misano World Circuit, the Ducati Xerox team were pleased to see Italian rider Michel Fabrizio step up to the podium in race 2 of the eighth round of the World Superbike championship.

In Race 1 the two Ducati Xerox riders made a pretty good start, Michel finding himself in fourth position after the first corner with his team mate Noriyuki Haga behind him in sixth. Although Sylvain Guintoli quickly passed Michel, the Roman rider was able to move back up to fourth by passing the Frenchman on the fifth lap. In front of him, Max Biaggi, Carlos Checa and Troy Corser battled it out for the win while Fabrizio was unfortunately unable to close the gap, finishing in fourth, the position he had held for the best part of the race. Noriyuki on the other hand, starting from ninth on the grid, found that the feeling with his 1198 improved after the first few laps but problems, particularly on entry into the corners, meant he was unable to catch the leading group of five. The Japanese rider stuck with Leon Haslam through the second half of the race, managing to get past him on the last of the 24 laps, to conclude Race 1 in seventh position.

For Fabrizio the start of Race 2 was a copy of the first; fourth place for the Roman rider, behind Corser, Checa and Biaggi, at the first corner. Haslam got past him during the first lap but Michel quickly responded by passing not only Haslam but Biaggi too on the next lap, thus moving into third position. By the end of the sixth lap Fabrizio was leading the race but unfortunately this did not last and the aforementioned pair got by once more, leaving Michel to battle against Cal Crutchlow on the Yamaha for third. Roman rider Michel gritted his teeth and a final push ensured he crossed the line in third, happy to be on the Misano podium in front of the Italian crowd. Team-mate Noriyuki, on the other hand, lost a couple of positions at the start and then made a small mistake during the fifth lap which left him in thirteenth place. He gained somewhat during the race and his pace remained constant but he was unable to reach the frontrunners, closing the second race of the day in ninth position.

Noriyuki Haga, having finished both of today’s race in the top ten, remains in fifth position in the overall standings with 151 points while Michel Fabrizio, having attained 29 points today, moves up into eighth place. Ducati lies in third position in the manufacturers championship with 250 points.

Michel Fabrizio (Race 1 – 4th , Race 2 - 3rd)

“It was very hard today; in race 1 I couldn’t have done any more, I pusher until the end and had to be happy with fourth. In Race 2 we didn’t win but we got on the podium which is nevertheless a good result. It wasn’t at all easy and once Max got past me there was no way I was going to be able to stick with him; instead I had to do everything to hold on to third, with Crutchlow pushing all the way. I dedicate the podium to my team as my technicians work so hard every week and continue to believe in me. I will continue to give 100% in the next rounds and we hope Brno, a track that’s traditionally favoured the two Roman riders, brings me good results.”

Noriyuki Haga (Race 1 – 7th, Race 2 – 9th)

“In Race 1 the level of grip seemed to improve after the first few laps and I had better feeling but it was difficult to catch Haslam, I was having trouble braking, going into the corners. In the end I got past Haslam to finish seventh but I had hoped to do better. In race 2 I used my other bike, with a similar set up but just a different front fork.

Feeling improved but I still wasn’t happy with the traction; then I made a couple of small mistakes and, once I lost ground, it was almost impossible to make it back up. I’m hopeful we can do better at Brno, a track I enjoy.”

RESULTS: Race 1 – 1. Biaggi (Aprilia); 2. Checa (Ducati); 3. Corser (BMW). Race 2 -  1.  Biaggi (Aprilia); 2. Haslam (Suzuki); 3. Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox)

CLASSIFICATION: Riders – 1. Biaggi (Aprilia) 307; Haslam (Suzuki) 270; 3. Checa (Ducati) 172; 4. Rea (Honda) 158; 5. Haga (Ducati Xerox) 151; 6. Corser (BMW) 149; 7. Toseland (Yamaha) 138; 8. Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) 131; 9. Camier (Aprilia) 130; 10. Crutchlow (Yamaha) 120

Manufacturers – Aprilia 313; Suzuki 283; Ducati 250; Yamaha 177; Honda 169; BMW 152; Kawasaki 47


2011 Ducati Monster 796 arrives in showrooms nationwide

Ducati North America is excited to announce the arrival of the new Monster 796 with a national dealer premiere on June 25-26th.  

The Monster 796 dealer premiere will take place at participating dealers with an event on the evening of Friday June 25th, where an unveiling and evening of festivities will take place. On Saturday June 26th the Monster will be available for test rides so one can experience firsthand the lightweight performance this new model has to offer.

As the first of the 2011 Ducati’s to arrive in North America, the Monster 796 represents a significant upgrade from its sibling Monster 696 for an exceptional value. The latest of Ducati’s air cooled powerplants puts out 87hp and 56lb/ft of torque, propelling the lightweight 367lb Monster to its destination in a rapid and comfortable manner thanks to the 796’s improved seat design and raised handlebars. The Monster 796 stands out in the Ducati lineup due to signature red elements such as the bike’s trellis frame, ¼ stripe on the wheels and more.

Monster riders who love to customize their bikes will be delighted at the arrival of the new Logomania body kits, designed to change the color of a bike in a matter of minutes using classic Ducati designs from over the years. Also coming out alongside the Monster 796 is a set of accessory passenger grab handles, designed for added passenger comfort without sacrificing looks.

The Monster 796 will be available in white, black or Ducati red. The Monster 796 will arrive at a consumer friendly MSRP of $9,995*. For more information about the 2011 Monster 796, and for a list of participating dealers please visit



Second Eastern Round of CMDRA races on Father's Day - Allen Unstoppable?

GRAND BEND, Ontario (Thursday, June 24, 2010) – Grand Bend Motorplex

With an eerie calmness, Nick Allen goes about the business of maintaining a stranglehold on the National Harley-Davidson V-Rod Destroyer Series, to the frustration of his competitors, but also to the satisfaction of his supporters at Redline Harley-Davidson.

Once again, Allen proved to be unstoppable this past weekend at the Rocky’s Harley-Davidson Father’s Day drag racing event in Grand Bend, Ontario. In fact, the western contingent ran roughshod on the eastern boys’ playground, bullying their way to the final as Nick Allen faced off against Jeff Pitre, who made the long 5,000-km journey all the way from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

Saturday’s qualifiers set the stage for what would become one of the closest and most competitive events to date, as five different riders finished the day within a half second of each other. Jeff Pitre of Midnight Sun Racing, sponsored by Pido Productions and Harley’s Hardrock Saloon, and riding their V-Rod bike, finished in the top spot with an ET of 9.541 and a top speed of 138.24, a record achievement despite the thick air and hot conditions that smothered the drag strip all day. Close behind, Allen ran a credible ET of 9.554 and top speed of 133.96. Eastern champ Dave Bispo, riding for Rocky’s Harley-Davidson, posted the best top speed of the day at 139.62, but his higher ET of 9.560 relegated the London, Ontario rider to third place for Sunday’s elimination rounds. Stubbornly in fourth place was former champion, Burlington’s Pete Thomson, riding for Rocky’s Harley-Davidson, posting a top speed of 138.31 and an ET of 9.578, just ahead of western rider Shawn Rude, riding for Heritage Harley-Davidson. Also in the mix were Chris Fox of Fox Racing, who duked it out with newcomers, Motorsport Plus of Kingston’s Mitch McCallum and Thunder Road Harley-Davidson-sponsored Paul Guerrieri.

Sunday started with perfect weather – sunny skies and clear air – but the western riders, having taken command of the qualifying rounds, impersonated a storm that appeared to be present throughout the weekend.

The opening set of eliminations saw Jeff Pitre make quick work of a startled Paul Guerrieri. Next up, Pete Thomson narrowly held off the speedy Shawn Rude to move himself into contention, while, with the day’s top speed of 139.79 mph, Dave Bispo removed Chris Fox from further contention. In a close battle, young upstart Mitch McCallum on the G-Mac Electric, MacDonald Construction Harley-Davidson V-Rod bike almost chased down Nick Allen, but the cagey veteran held him off for the win by a mere 0.034-second and 2.83-mph top speed.

The second round of eliminations saw familiar foes, Rocky’s Harley-Davidson-sponsored Dave Bispo go up against the reigning champ of Redline Harley-Davidson, Nick Allen. When the tree timed down, Bispo was off with Allen hot on his tail. The two adversaries settled the bet, with Allen getting his best time of the weekend and breaking the beam first with a top speed of 139.38 mph, while Bispo limped home with a disappointing top speed of 131.79, relegating the eastern champ to spectator status. Next up, Jeff Pitre finished strong in the closest run of the weekend, barely ahead of a hard-charging Pete Thomson, beating the Burlington, Ontario rider by a marginal ET of 0.49 and speed differential of only 0.006 mph. With the eastern contingent now out of competition, the final battle would become an all-western shootout with Canadian champion Nick Allen facing off against Jeff Pitre, who was determined to make the best of his opportunity. With the sun setting on the Grand Bend drag strip, the two riders lined up for one last run for all the marbles, while the eastern riders were lamenting the fact that these two kids were playing in their sandbox. When the light flashed green, the two riders looked tethered as they ran the one-quarter, and it was not until the white light flashed over Allen’s scoreboard that the winner could be decided. For his efforts, Pitre was rewarded with a strong runner-up finish, while Allen again proved his mettle in winning the event with a strong ET of 9.474 and a top speed of 137.78 proving once again that it is going to take a lot of work to de-throne the reigning Canadian champ.

The Rocky’s Harley-Davidson V-Rod Destroyer action will resume on July 10 to 11 in the western series at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta, and in the east at Toronto Motorsports Park in Cayuga, Ontario.

For further information, please refer to


Husqvarna TC250, TE250, TE310 - big changes to the new TC250/TE250 - the TE310 is completely revamped

The 250 cc 4-stroke motocross and enduro range from Husqvarna has seen major changes to both the design, chassis and engine, and is joined by the new TE310, fitted with a new "small" 250 cc increased  to 300 cc. displacement.

These models will be available from the end of July at Husqvarna dealer network.


The improvements to the TC250 have been confirmed at the European MX2 championship now underway, with Andrea Cervellin and Jernej Irt first and second respectively in the championship after 5 rounds.

The most important changes are to the engine, now fitted with a Mikuni batteryless electronic fuel injection system and 45 mm diameter throttle body. The major changes to the engine are to the cylinder head, with a new profile that has enabled an increase in power throughout the curve. The camshaft fuel intake line and exhaust are new, as well as the intake phasing.

The engine crank-case has been reinforced and now has steel sockets on chassis connections. The Akrapovic exhaust pipe has been specially designed by the manufacturer in Slovenia for Husqvarna and has a steel manifold, titanium silencer and steel heat protection.

Concerning the chassis parts the frame area below the engine cradle and near the footrests has been completely redesigned, with side plates of forged steel to reduce lateral bulk and increase resistance to strain. This effectively creates a single plate covering the footrest and brake pedal connections. The cradle surface has been streamlined so as to reduce to a minimum any possible impact with the ground or other obstacles. The steering pipe area has also been improved and reinforced.
The engine guards are made of a new material, providing better protection against knocks.

The mirror-finish aluminium hubs are new, now with standard perforations.

The bodywork has new graphics on the tank area, with In Mould Plastic Decoration which is incorporated in the actual material, not applied afterwards.


Antoine Meo and Matti Seistola have tested and ridden to victory the TE250 in the first part of the world enduro championship . Now it is ready to meet the wider public in the showrooms and at enduro races throughout the world. The TE250 is without doubt the best performing and most wanted 250 cc four-stroke enduro of the moment.

For the enduro version the most important changes concern chassis parts , as  the 2010 version engine already had a Mikuni fuel injection system.

The chassis has been redesigned and reinforced at the specific request of the official Ch Racing team, with a streamlined area below the cradle preventing knocks from uneven surfaces. The area around the footrest connections and rear brake pump connections has been improved to reduce contact with the heel  and to facilitate movement by the rider on the pedals. A single plate covers the footrest and rear brake pump/pedal connections.

The suspension has been optimized, with a dedicated setting for enduro racing, both for the Kayaba forks and the Sachs shock absorber.

In order to better facing the longest and most extreme enduro trials the fuel tank capacity has been increased to 8.5 litres.

The tank has a new pump which enables 100% exploitation of fuel available.

The air box has been redesigned to better hold the filter sponge and improve resistance to water.

The engine guards are made of a new material, providing better protection against knocks.

The mirror-finish aluminium hubs are new, now with standard perforations.

The bodywork has new graphics on the tank side panels, with In Mould Plastic Decoration which is incorporated in the actual material, not applied afterwards.

The design and look of handguards included in the kit are also new.

The engine has been redesigned, improving power at low revs thanks to the ability to choose between 2 different CDI maps configuration through handlebar switch – for hard or soft ground, depending on the style of riding and condition of the track.

The layout of radiator hoses is new, as well as the position of the exhaust silencer now with new db killer and heat protection

The new TE310 boasts the lightest engine in the 250 cc 4-stroke category (22 kg), boosted to 302.44 cc, thanks to an increase in bore and stroke, now 82 X 57.3 mm.

The throttle body is the same as that on the TC250 - a Mikuni 45 mm diameter. The exhaust system is specially designed for the 310 model and as in the other models has a new heat protection on the silencer.

The bike is much lighter than the previous version (- 6 kg) and comes with significantly higher torque and power.

Otherwise the bike has the same features as the TE250, with the new reinforced chassis, new Grimeca hubs, Kayaba 48 mm front forks and Sachs shock absorber with new settings, 8.5 litre fuel tank, new handguards and new bodywork graphics.


   TC250 ONLY

TE250 ONLY  
  • NEW 8.5L TANK

  • NEW FRAME ( AS TE250)


Make a video and you could win a scooter!

Yamaha is running a contest that can bag you a brand new BW50 scooter. You don't need to be Martin Scorsese to win - just make it entertaining, and humorous and you stand a pretty good shot at the prize. You have to be just 14 to enter too.  Cool!

Full Press Release:

Yamaha Motor Canada is pleased to announce the finding of the proverbial “needle in the haystack”. Amidst the thousands of “cool” messages you receive each day from the media and your peers – Yamaha’s been able to find out exactly what is cool, AND how you can get it! Who knew it was so easy?

Quite simply, being cool is being an individual and Yamaha is offering a so cool it’s freezing cold BW50s scooter to the best video that demonstrates why you need a scooter to be cool. It’s that easy. Make a fun, short video and submit it on the site!
Not to be outdone, Yamaha has posted three of their own videos. Can the greasy bandit’s pick up lines get him some sweet babes? Will Dilton finally be the big man on campus? How can Tiffy get a deal on shoes at the mall? Watch to find out!

Simply log on to and click on the “Get Your Cool” tab. All details are posted. Contest is open to all residents of Canada aged 14 years and older and closes on July 31. Have fun and good luck! 


Two of my favorite things - Dakar + motorcycles

Two of what are perhaps my favorite things - Dakar and motorcycle  - combined in a way that has never been done before to produce something pretty spectacular! Those crazy folks at Red Bull have been at it again.

Here's what you get when you combine Russian FMX rider Alexey Kolesnikov and Dakar 2010 winner, pilot of KAMAZ-master team Vladimir Chagin, 500 tons of dirt and some really big ramps.

You've got to see this one for yourself - the embed option doesn't seem to work for me so here's the LINK.


Ride a Royal Enfield in Calgary

If you're planning to be in Calgary on July 10th and you're a fan or Royal Enfield's then you might want to join Royal Enfield Calgary on July 10 for Royal Enfiled's Demo Days.

Test ride your favoraite Royal Enfield and enjoy a free BBQ @ 2475 Pegasus Rd, Calgary Alberta

If you're not in Calgary and still want to check out a Royal Enfield then you can visit one of nine dealerships in Canada. Their Canadian store locator can be found HERE.


Ducati launches the Pikes Peak race blog featuring the Multistrada 1200

Some cool Ducati Multistrada stuff over here on this blog. Great pictures, video, and information. Here's just a little sample:

Greg Tracy - 2010 Ducati Multistrada Practice Run - PPIHC from greg tracy on Vimeo.

Ducati North America is excited to unveil the Pikes Peak Race Blog, an internet resource where fans can follow the Pikes Peak Ducati Team from the building of the bikes through the Race to the Clouds on June 27th.

Following a successful mountain test this past weekend, the Faulkner-Livingston Ducati race team has prepared a blog for all to follow. The blog documents their adventures building and racing the new Ducati Multistrada 1200 in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

As the most prestigious Hill Climb in America, Pikes Peak is the race in which both automobile and motorcycle racers alike dream of taking top time and mountain glory. Over the years several iconic moments in racing history have been made there; such as Audi’s legendary Quattro victories with Walter Rohrl. In 2010 Ducati is aiming to add to that list with the radical new Multistrada 1200.

The Ducati Multistrada 1200 is a type of motorcycle the mountain has never seen before- one which through a combination of ride-by-wire throttle, traction control, ABS and electronic suspension can adapt itself to a rider’s demands on the fly.  This negates the need for a compromise in setup between the course’s paved and dirt sections, and enables the Multistrada to achieve optimum performance the whole way up the mountain.

The Pikes Peak Race Blog can be found at; where the team’s progress can be followed all the way through race day on June 27th.

For more information about the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and Ducati’s participation in the race; please visit To learn more about Ducati and its line of racing inspired motorcycles please visit


Graffunder Earns First Pro Class Win

FP Husqvarna / Zip-Ty Racing Canada’s Ryan Graffunder hammered his way to the first Pro Class win of his promising career this past weekend in British Columbia. Husqvarna also kept its podium streak alive in Quebec where Guy Giroux nailed another 2nd place finish in the Pro class and Karine Geoffrion jumped on the podium for the second race in a row with her 2nd overall in the ladies class.

After an impressive 2009 season that saw Ryan post solid results in the Canadian Enduro Championship, including earning a top 5 overall in the E2 class and the Top Pro Junior Award for riders under 20 years old, Graffunder was finally able his to grab the first Pro Class win of his
career on his new Husqvarna TXC 450 at the Full Throttle Hare Scramble in Vernon, British Columbia.

Graffunder enjoyed another good start and ran in the top three for the opening laps. By the lap third lap, Ryan had worked his way into the lead and focused on trying to build a gap on the hungry pack that was hunting him which included 2009 CEC Champion, Bobby Prochnau. Graffunder was able to build and maintain his lead and would remain out front until the checkers.

“My start was good. Bobby took off out front and there was some good racing in the first few laps with Ryan Durkee and Dylan Bucknell. At end of the third lap I was able to get past Bobby when he ran out of fuel right before the gas check. Dylan got by me and then stopped for gas too. I kept going and pitted the next lap for fuel instead. Once I got out front I just tried to stay focused and run my own race. I was able to build a little bit of a cushion on the guys and stayed in first until the end. Bobby’s still coming back from his hand injury but I felt really solid and I was definitely pretty excited to get my first ever win in the Pro Class.”


Ontario Cross Country Championship - Round #3 this weekend at Motopark

Things are looking great as we get closer to round three of the WEC – CMRC Ontario Cross Country Championship. The course has been finalized and only the last few details are being put in place. It has been a while since we saw Cross Country racing at Motopark and the course for this year’s event will definitely play out well for those who want to use the whole gearbox. The terrain features some very fast sections with ample room for passing. The single track sections have the loose and embedded rocks for which Motopark is so famous. Weather is forecasted to be warm and sunny so start hydrating now.

Highlights of this event include: 

- All classes represented including our hot shot Pee Wee riders with a separate course ready for all 50cc automatics.
- The Royal Distributing race trailer will be there with WEC’s own man on the microphone Trevor Wideman.
- Our latest sponsor Rockstar Energy Drink will be there with refreshments for all.
- Another Pro rider will win $100 in the Wiesner Insurance Holeshot.
- Complete Motopark facilities including the race side restaurant.
- Camping available on site – contact Motopark directly for details. 

The race program will start with the 30 minute Pee Wee event at 9am. Morning and afternoon races will follow in sequence. Minis will race the standard 1 hour, Pros will race 2 ½ hours and all other classes will run a 2 hour race. 

WEC XC licenses will be available at registration the morning of the event as well as transponders for anyone who does not have one yet. I will remind our motocrosser friends that CMRC motocross licenses are accepted for Cross Country racing. 

See you Sunday morning!


10 years of BMW Motorrad Days - July 2nd to 4th 2010

If you're going to be in Germany this July 2nd to 4th - and you've got a BMW motorcycle - you're invited to a party!  Take some pictures for us why don't you?!

30 years of BMW GS: this has to be celebrated!

Friends of the brand BMW Motorrad celebrate the 30th anniversary of the GS models and BMW Motorrad celebrates the GS riders: at the "BMW Motorrad Days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, guests' BMW GS models will be rated and awarded prizes in different categories.

BMW Motorrad's competition "30 Years GS" is organised in three classes: the oldest GS, the machine with the highest mileage and the most impressive GS creation. Key criteria are the chassis number in the first class and in the second class evidence of the highest mileage up to the time of pre-selection on July 3rd. With the customised machines, the jury - made up of well-known names from GS history such as Jutta Kleinschmidt, Hubert Auriol and Charley Boorman - will be looking at the creativity of visual or technical changes.

The prizes for the three first places will be caps and vouchers for BMW Motorrad rider´s equipment. The value of these will be as follows: for the first places 500 EUR each, for the second places 250 EUR each and for the third places 100 EUR each. What is more, all participants placed fifth or higher will receive a cap and keyring from the BMW Motorrad "30 YEARS GS"Collection as well as the special magazine “BMW Classic live. Special edition 30 Years GS”, signed by the jury.

All owners of BMW GS machines can enter with their bike, except for BMW employees. In order to sign up and register it is sufficient simply to come with your motorcycle and the necessary documentary evidence to the signposted parking spaces by the ice rink on the BMW Motorrad Days ground between 9 am and 11 am on July 3rd. Here you can enter your motorcycle in one of the three categories. BMW Motorrad specialists will make a pre-selection at this time of five machines to go through to the final of each category. These favourites will be presented in the Freestyle Area from around 12.30 pm, the winners will then be decided and prizes awarded. For further information on the competition "30 Years GS" please see from the middle of June.

The award ceremony will be one of the highlights to mark the 30th anniversary of the BMW GS. In a special exhibition, BMW Classic will be presenting milestones from three decades of GS to illustrate the remarkable success story which this big travel enduro concept gave rise to - especially considering that it was completely new at the time. The BMW Classic Special Edition magazine provides 62 pages of detailed information on the background and development of this pioneering motorcycle. It will be available in German and English at the "BMW Motorrad Days" and costs five EUR.

The "BMW Motorrad Days" is a meeting place for tradition and innovation. For this reason, there will be a new tent focusing entirely on the important issue of safety. Under the heading "ConnectedRide", BMW Motorrad researchers and engineers are developing various assistance systems such as the cross traffic assistant based on communication between vehicles, which aims to increase safety in future.

Visitors can experience at first hand the current state of development of BMW motorcycles. Training sessions are offered on BMW GS models, and BMW G 450 X and Husqvarna models will also be provided for test rides. Of course virtually all other BMW Motorrad models can also be loaned for extensive test rides. Over 500 exclusive test rides on especially sought-after bikes can be reserved in advance on the internet this year at

For beginners without a license, BMW Motorrad offers try-outs in a cordoned-off area. With a little luck, the dream of owning a brand new BMW motorcycle could come true, too: on Friday evening there will be a draw for the special models  BMW F 800 GS "30 Years GS" and on Saturday evening for the BMW R 1200 GS "30 Years GS".

The breathtaking stunts performed by four-times world stunt-riding champion Chris Pfeiffer in the Freestyle Area are not recommended for imitation. On the x-track, off-road specialities can be seen performed by world-famous enduro riders and mountain bikers. Another highlight is the Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport which once again enters the World Superbike Championship in 2010 with the racing version of the S 1000 RR. Regular features of the BMW Motorrad Days are the Classic Convoy, which will be held on Friday this year, as well as the Grand Motorcycle Convoy on Saturday

The support program includes 60 international exhibitors displaying their goods and services - from tuning to accessories and travel and featuring off-road, on-road and race track training. In cooperation with Metzeler BMW Motorrad offers a tyre service.

The parties on the Friday and Saturday featuring live bands and DJs have already achieved legendary status. For the first time in 2010, the ladies band WILDCATS will be performing live at the BMW Motorrad Days. On Friday evening, the acts Gerry & Gary, Dreirad, Byron and DJ Moorat will also be providing entertainment. The acts lined up for Saturday are Blechblos’n, Tommy and the Moondogs, Byron and DJ Robert .

Immediately adjacent to the event grounds there is a 15,000 square metre camping area with bathroom facilities. For overnight guests looking for accommodation in hotels of various categories we urgently recommend placing a reservation at

On Saturday 3rd July at 10:30 am there will be a press conference for journalists on the subject of "30 Years GS" in the "30 Years GS" tent on the BMW Motorrad Days grounds. Several key personalities from GS history will be there, including Jutta Kleinschmidt, Hubert Auriol and Charley Boorman. Kleinschmidt achieved numerous rallye success on the BMW R 100 GS, Auriol won the Dakar Rallye in 1981 and 1983 on a BMW GS. Boorman undertook his impressive motorcycle trips with Ewan McGregor described in "Long Way Round" on the BMW R 1150 GS, and "Long Way Down" on the BMW R 1200  GS.


Ducati Xerox riders Haga and Fabrizio, alongside Bayliss, conclude testing at Misano

Testing concluded this evening for the Ducati Xerox team and riders Noriyuki Haga, Michel Fabrizio and Troy Bayliss. The three-day test session took place on Thursday, Sunday and today, with the first two days of testing coinciding with the first and last day of World Ducati Week, allowing the huge crowds of Ducatisti to witness an official testing session first hand.

Noriyuki and Michel were on track on their factory 1198 bikes while Troy Bayliss, testing for the second time this season, rode the development machine, aided by Ducati’s Superbike development team under the guidance of Ernesto Marinelli who, as well as undertaking the role of Team Manager, acted as Bayliss’ race engineer once more on occasion of the tests. Also present for the tests were other Ducati privateer teams including World Superbike outfits Althea Racing with riders Carlos Checa and Shane Byrne, the DFX Corse riders Lorenzo Lanzi and Regis Laconi, as well as the Supersonic Racing Team with Italian rider Luca Scassa.

The three Ducati Xerox riders completed five hours of testing on Thursday, registering some very fast lap times, maintaining a good rhythm despite the very hot conditions (which didn’t drop below 30°C air and 40°C track temperature). By the end of this first day, Michel had recorded the fastest unofficial time of the Ducati Xerox riders, stopping the clock at 1m36.2. During Sunday afternoon’s session temperatures were slightly lower but a light rain shower interrupted the short session. Both Noriyuki and Michel made some consistently fast laps and were satisfied with the progress made (while Bayliss elected not to ride).

Today’s test was private, with the WDW event having closed yesterday, and all three riders were on track all day, alongside private teams Althea Racing, DFX Corse and Supersonic. Pirelli provided some new tyres for Noriyuki, Michel and Troy to test but tyre test aside, most of the work involved preparation for the Misano SBK round, in which Noriyuki and Michel will participate at the end of this month. The team was satisfied with the times set, Bayliss 1m35.6, Fabrizio 1m36.0 and Haga 1m36.4, and return to the factory in Borgo-Panigale in a positive state of mind.

Noriyuki Haga

“It’s definitely been a useful test session, even though it was very hot! I enjoyed WDW, my first as a Ducati factory rider, but today we got the real work done, and I’m feeling more confident about the next Misano race. We tested the new tyre and we made various modifications to my bike through the day. All in all I think we can say it was a very positive test. Now we go home for a few days and then we are back here for the race!”

Michel Fabrizio

“It was great to do some testing during WDW as the fans were able to see what goes on. Today was the only full day on track and we got a lot done in preparation for the race here in two weeks. It’s been extremely hot but conditions will undoubtedly be similar for the race so it was definitely useful. I’m happy with the times; my best was a 1m36.2 which is fairly good in this heat, and I would say that we leave here in a positive state of mind, ready for the race in two weeks time.”

Troy Bayliss

“The testing’s gone really well and with more time on track today the times improved quite a bit this morning. I’m happy with how it all went and hope my feedback can help Nori and Michel, but I’m also tired because we’ve had a lot to do during this edition of WDW, both on and off track! As I said during Saturday’s WDW press conference, I have made up my mind and I won’t be coming back to the racing but I will undertake one more Superbike test later this year, just before the Imola SBK round, as agreed with Ducati at the start of the season.”

Ernesto Marinelli

“It’s definitely been an intense weekend, but also one of the best I’ve had. The whole team and the riders have worked hard, and the passion of the Ducatisti here never dwindled for a second, despite the sweltering heat that we had here every day. In the last few months we have had some difficult and frustrating times but the support and affection that every fan has shown this weekend has definitely given us a unique motivation. A huge thank-you to all the Ducatisti! The test was very positive and we are confident ahead of the race.”


Motorcycle Hall Of Fame Announces Inductees for 2010

Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada could not be more proud to announce that Don James, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada is one of the eight individuals that will be inducted into the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame (CMHF) as part of the Class of 2010. This honourable recognition will be presented by the Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada (MCC) at the 5th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Banquet & Reunion, to be held on November 6, 2010, at the Delta Burnaby Hotel and Conference Centre in Burnaby, British Columbia.

“The combination of Don’s love for Canada, his true passion for the sport of motorcycling, and his unquestionable business acumen make him a central figure on the Canadian motorcycling scene – and an excellent candidate for the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame,” states Malcolm Hunter, President & Chief Operating Officer at Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada. Founded by Bar and Hedy Hodgson in 1999, the Canadian International Motorcycle Heritage Museum Foundation exists to preserve and protect Canadian motorcycle history for the benefit of the motorcycling community. The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame was added to the Foundation operations in 2005, with the first inductions made in May of 2006 to include two other extraordinary members of the Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada family – Trev Deeley and Ray Gref.

Please join us in sincerely congratulating Don for receiving this prestigious honour – a true testimonial to his relentless dedication to growing the sport of motorcycling and motorcycle racing in Canada.


Husqvarna CR and SM 50 - the new Mini Cross and Motard from Husqvarna

Husqvarna CR and SM 50 - the new  Mini Cross and Motard from Husqvarna

The essence of a real dirt bike and supermotard in miniature. This is the nature of the new Husqvarna CR and SM 50, the “mini”  that have everything you need to make your debut as a real rider.

Liquid cooled two stroke engines, disc brakes, adjustable suspensions, steel chassis with the same shape as the Husqvarna racing bike, single cylinder engine with dual clutch transmission depending on the driver's expertise and competitiveness.

The essence of a real dirt bike and supermotard in miniature.This is the nature of the new Husqvarna CR and SM 50, the “mini”  that has everything you need to make your debut as a real rider.

Liquid cooled two stroke engines, disc brakes, adjustable suspensions, steel chassis with the same shape as the Husqvarna racing bike, single cylinder engine with dual clutch transmission depending on the driver's expertise and competitiveness.

The line is the same as the Husqvarna dirt bike and Supermotard; with the classic white/red colours for the CR version and white for the SM one, just like the bike that Antoine Meo rides in the Enduro world championship and Adrien Chareyre rides in Supermoto.

The framework is in CrMo steel tubes with rectangular, circular and oval section; the most visible section as it connects the upper beam to the hub.The rear frame is detachable.

The fork is also in CrMo steel and supports a dual piston brake caliper in forged and anodized aluminium.The rear brake disc has a diameter of 140 mm while the front one has a diameter of 160 mm with race replica "daisy" design.

Front safety is guaranteed by a system with Formula radial pump in forged and anodized aluminium with adjustable aluminium lever.

The handlebar, with practical Husqvarna personalized pads, has a diameter of 22 mm.

As regards suspension, the Marzocchi fork has 32 mm diameter piston rods and 185 mm stroke.The Sachs shock absorber has a wheel stroke of 200 mm , adjustable spring preload and Hydraulic rebound.

The front wheel is 12” the back one is 10” with aluminium rims, while SM version has a different colour, different sized front wheel (10”) and racing slick tyres.

As regards the engine, both versions are fitted with a liquid cooled two stroke 50 cc engine which supplies 11.2 HP at 10,500 rpm. The speed ratio is single gear with adjustable centrifugal dual clutch transmission:one configuration for learner riders and one for experts.

The carburettor is a 19 mm Orto PHBG.The fuel tank has a capacity of 2.7 litres.

Thanks to the stability offered by the steel framework, the over-dimensioned suspensions and the disc brake system, the CR/SM 50 sets new standards in terms of safety and at the same time represents the starting point for tomorrow’s motocross , enduro  and supermoto champions.


Closer look at the 2011 Yamaha Fazer 8 and FZ8

Here's some more footage and commentary about the 2011 Yamaha Fazer 8 and FZ8.  They've got some comments from several Canadian motorcycle press - not us - but several!


Lots of new accessories from Harley Davidson

Harley Davidson has a bunch of new accessories they want you to know about - they've got a teardrop chrome cover, paint sets and cleaner, detachable racks, and new custom seat options.


The new Screamin’ Eagle Heavy Breather Filter Cover – Teardrop (part number 28740-10) from Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories is manufactured from forged aluminum, precision CNC-machined and polished, and finished in mirror chrome.

The easy-to-install, two-piece cover comes with a water-repellent rain sock and fits over Screamin’ Eagle Heavy Breather Air Cleaner filter elements (except Compact Version, part number 28716-10). It does not fit with decorative filter end caps. Screamin’ Eagle filters are designed specifically for high-performance motors, so you can rely on their 95% efficiency rating.


Two new limited paint designs from Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor AccessoriesTM offer the opportunity to add a bold, custom finish to 2009-later Street Glide® Trike and Tri GlideTM Ultra Classic models. Limited in quantity to 75 sets total, these show-quality paint sets are hand numbered to provide the ultimate in exclusivity.

Intended for Trike models with original Red Sunglo paint, the Altercation Paint Set (part number 95774-
10DFK) features silver and rich orange bevels over a Red Sunglo background. For Trike models with Vivid Black original paint, the Confrontation Paint Set (part number 95774-10DFJ) lays silver and rich red bevels over a Vivid Black base.


The new Air Wing Detachable Two-Up Luggage Rack (part number 54283-09) from Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories features low-profile, aerodynamic styling. The die-cast wing and lightweight steel tubing incorporate high-quality welded joints, and the rack is hand-polished and chrome-plated. The engraved Harley-Davidson script adds a signature finish. Designed to work with or without Detachable Passenger Backrests, this rack can be installed or removed from the docking hardware in seconds. The kit includes all necessary mounting hardware, but requires the separate purchase of a Four-Point Docking Hardware Kit. Fits 2009-later Road King, FLHX Street Glide, Electra Glide, Road Glide, Road Glide Custom, CVOTM Street Glide, and CVOTM Road Glide models.

Additional Inlay Colours and Patterns; 1,300 Possible Combinations Now Offered

Formulated to Clean and Protect Matte Paint Finishes


BMW Motorrad - Worldwide sales figures for May

BMW Motorrad once again achieved a substantial increase in sales in May and continues on its successful course. Despite the continuing strong decline in the global motorcycle market in the segment over 500cc, sales in May climbed 19.3% to reach a total of 12,139 (prev. yr. 10,172) units.

For the year to the end of May, BMW Motorrad reported sales growth of 20.9% to 45,431 (prev. yr. 37,570) units.

The lasting boom at BMW Motorrad can be attributed to its broad range of attractive products. With 3,705 (prev. yr. 2,766 / +33.9%) deliveries in May the R 1200 GS / GS Adventure model with the new Boxer engine remains the best-selling product in the BMW motorcycle portfolio. Alongside the other R Series Boxer motorcycles, the F and K Series models are also in strong demand.

Sales of the S 1000 RR continue to perform well: 5,236 (in May 1,345) units of BMW’s first Supersport motorcycle have already been delivered to customers worldwide in the year to the end of May. 


FZ8 and the Fazer 8 are 2011 - models release for Yamaha

Here's a Press Release from the folks at Yamaha - they've got a new model with half-fairing and naked with an 779cc , 4-valve, inline 4 engine; the Fazer 8 and the FZ8.

The Fazer 8 has a MSRP of $10,999 while the FZ8 comes in at $10,499 CDN.  So $500 extra for the half fairing.

Weight for the half-faired version with it's 17 Litre tank is 216kg (475.2 lbs) while the naked version trims a few pounds to come in at 212 kg (466.4 lb.)

Full Details:

Have you been wondering what’s under the hood of Yamaha’s new motorcycles? Stop scratching your head because today Yamaha releases their 2011 motorsport lineup! While each model is refined for better performance and durability, Yamaha is especially pleased to announce two brand new machines.

Leading the new wave of Yamaha motorcycles is the all-new FZ8. A first to the fold, the FZ8 is designed to satisfy every rider’s desire and then some. Featuring the same chassis and many components of the FZ1, the FZ8 is refined for a lighter, more nimble ride. Yamaha’s goal was to create a motorcycle that is an absolute pleasure to ride for any rider, on any occasion. 

“We’re very excited with the final result of the FZ8,” says John Bayliss, Yamaha’s Product Manager, Motorcycle. “Both European and Canadian media are saying the same things; the bike handles very well, has great low-to-mid throttle response and is an overall fun, versatile bike to ride.”

The FZ8 is also available in a half-fairing version called “Fazer 8.” 

 If you'd like more details on the new model it's up on Yamaha Motor Canada's website HERE.


BMW motorcycles - Social Networking?

There's at least two very popular BMW motorcycles that have a social media presence - ie; A FaceBook page.  In fact, they seem to be very popular on FaceBook too - at least that's what BMW is saying.

BMW didn't give a proper link to the S 1000 RR Official page so you'll have to take our word for it, and try to track it down if you're interested in it.  There's another site for the GS though - this one they did provide a link for.

Details below:

S 1000 RR

Our new S 1000 RR Official Facebook Page seems to be as wildly popular as the hot new Superbike itself. In a short few months, this model exclusive Page has attracted over two thousand fans and is growing daily. With this many fans, our new Page is the most popular S 1000 RR destination in English on Facebook by a wide margin. It features press clippings, photos, videos, tech and fan talk, events and more.


We are very pleased to announce our new BMW GS Page dedicate to all things Gelände/Straße (Off-Road/Street); from the singles to twins, verticals to boxers, Telelever to telescopic forks and covering the legendary 1980 R 80 G/S to the latest 2010 DOHC R 1200 GS Adventure. Share your images, videos and rides. Tell the world about your adventures, whether to your favorite weekend spot or the most remote parts of the globe.



Season Opener of 2010 Parts Canada Superbike Series in Mirabel, Quebec

The road racing team of Ruthless Racing Inc., supported by Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada, made its first appearance on the 2010 Parts Canada Superbike Series schedule with a visit to the first round of competition, staged at the new Circuit ICAR track just north of Montréal, Quebec from May 27 through May 30.

This year, the Ruthless Racing Inc. squad consists of Olivier Spilborghs, Dave Estok, and Darren James. James and Estok are riding Buell 1125R bikes in the Sportbike class, and Spilborghs is competing on a Buell XB9R motorcycle in the Sport Twins division.

With the demise of the Buell brand, some track pundits were wondering why Deeley has chosen to race this year with the Ruthless team. Team owner and former Canadian Thunder champion Darren James explains, “Deeley’s history in racing goes back over seventy years and [has] supported many great riders. […] Also, as many people are aware, we have been talking about a Harley-Davidson XR1200 spec class for Canada. It’s working well in other countries and the AMA is just starting it this year, so we want to stay involved. We feel it will work well here. What we’re doing this year keeps the Buell name out there, and there are still some brand-new bikes available that are very well priced and come with a two-year warranty. This year’s effort is toned down from last year, but Ruthless Racing Inc. is still here and we owe that to the senior management at Deeley; they are astute business men who understand the value in racing.”

On the race track, both Darren and Dave worked with the Ruthless Racing Inc. crew, headed up by Thomas Morin, sorting out handling and power issues through the Sportbike practice sessions, and both were able to lower their lap times substantially. “We’re just off Steve’s [Crevier] time from last year,” enthused Dave Estok. Likewise, Darren James was given cause to smile. “I found something,” he beamed after placing fourth in the pre-race warm-up on Sunday morning. “We made some changes to the front end and I’m really comfortable.”

On race day, the Ruthless team’s riders’ goals would be tested. Both James and Estok were aiming at top-ten finishes and both voiced his desire to beat his teammate. “I’d like to win obviously,” said James, “but realistically, top ten for sure, top six would be nice.” Estok had similar expectations stating, “I’m going to be running the whole series, so grabbing some points is really important. I won’t be happy if I don’t get top ten. I’d like top five.”

Upon completion of the twelve-lap National Championship race, both riders achieved their goal of a top-ten finish, James with a secure ride to eighth place and Estok in seventh. Estok’s ride was not an easy one, as he was one of four riders involved in a fierce dice for fourth position. Veterans Estok on the Buell bike and Frank Trombino (Honda) swapped positions and paint with rookie sensations Cody Matechuck (Suzuki) and Kenny Reidman (Triumph) for much of the race, much to the delight of the large Quebecois crowd. Estok was just 0.243 seconds behind Reidman at the finish. “There was a point where I thought I could be fourth, but hey, it was a real good race; the kids are fast. I’m happy with my ride, I got top ten, I beat my teammate, and I got some points… and I didn’t fall down.”

Meanwhile in the Sport Twins class, Olivier Spilborghs had qualified his Buell XB9R bike in third behind Brent Strong (Suzuki) and Rob Busby (Buell XB12R model), but in the post-session dyno run, he produced too much horsepower and was penalized with a back-row start for the National Championship race. Unfazed by the handicap, Olivier executed one of his textbook hole shot starts and rocketed the Buell motorcycle into third place as the pack entered turn two off the start. That was as far as he would get in the race, as Busby on his Buell bike reeled in fast starter Strong to take the race lead just past the halfway mark, a lead he would not relinquish. “I got a good start, and that’s what you gotta do,” Spilborghs explained after the final. “There’s lots of room out there, so there was no problem passing. I couldn’t make up the difference on those guys, so I just rode my own race and yeah, I’m happy with third. I told you I want this championship, so these points are important.”

At the next two rounds of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship in Calgary (June 24 to June 27), Dave Estok and Olivier Spilborghs will represent the Ruthless Racing Inc. team each in their respective championship chases. Team owner Darren James will be racing in England and Scotland on a Harley-Davidson XR 1200 bike in the support class for the British Superbike series. He will return to Canada in time for the Mosport double-header (July 9 to July 11), at which venue he is hoping to debut the XR 1200 model in Canada’s Sport Twins class.


Ducati Official Art presents the “Honour & Glory” art collection, a tribute to Troy Bayliss

As a tribute to the career of Ducati’s legendary Superbike pilot, Ducati Art introduces “Honour&Glory”, an art collection dedicated to Troy Bayliss by Polish expressionist artist Pat Kuleta. 

Troy Bayliss winner of 3 World Superbike Chiampionships symbolizes the true Ducatista spirit in all its facets. Troy Bayliss not only has played a key role in the Superbike achievements of Ducati, he has made the Ducati fans voice their passion. A truly great and genuine champion which has marked the 
history of Supebike racing. 

Inspired by his legend, driving style and attitude Pat Kuleta has created 11 artworks which interpret the performance of Troy Bayliss and the sensations of Superbike racing. 

Pat Kuleta about his artworks: Light, energy, speed, a fracture of time in which anything can happen. The love for details.  An expressionistic madness of all mechanic parts inside the roaring superbike on the race track.” As much as Troy loves what he is doing I love to show his soul with my eyes”. 

The Artworks 

The Troy Bayliss “Honour&Glory” Collection is reproduced as a limited fine art giclée prints edition. Collectors have the possibility to choose the media of reproduction of their favourite artwork amongst Fine Art Paper, Canvas, Cultbond or Cultplex. They can also choose the desired artwork size according to their tastes and interior design style. 

Prices range from 100€ to 995€, depending on the media of reproduction and the size.  Each artwork is individually crafted to the highest museum quality standards and custom made to the customer’s specifications. The artworks are available exclusively from Ducati’s art web store: 

The Artist 

Pat Kuleta was in Poland and brought up in the Kaszuby region. He has studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz. He has lived for few years in Manchester, England. Now he is working and living in Warsaw. “To be an artist is knowing exactly how coffee tastes at 6 in the morning after 48 hours of continuous work”.  “It’s all about passion for the art”. 

Pat is inspired and driven by European expressionists like Egon Schiele, Josef Fenneker, Franc Marc, Francis Bacon and Lyonel Feininger. The bold sometimes harsh but sensitive paint strokes, vivid and dark colors all mixed together give his works utterly powerful looks. This is what he is interested in. He likes to work with all kinds of artistic media and is convinced that real artists should try everything and not to be afraid of reaching for a whole different medium which could help them mature artistically. 

The Editions 

The artworks from the Troy Bayliss “Honour&Glory” Collection are reproduced exclusively in limited editions of 21 reproductions each. 21 is the legendary number of Troy Bayliss’s bike.  Each artwork is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity and limited edition, guaranteeing its 
collector value. 

About the Ducati Official Fine Art Prints Collection 

The legend of Ducati formulated through the language of graphic art and art photography.  Ducati bike design, technology and message become authentic art to design the life and working spaces of Ducatisti, bike enthusiasts and art collectors. 

Ducati artworks are authentic originals reproduced as museum quality fine art giclée prints. The works are by upcoming and established international artists, illustrators and photographers, passionate about bikes and mechanical design products. 

The Ducati Official Fine Art Prints Collection unites Ducati aficionados, bike enthusiasts and artists to give motorcycle design a new form of expression. 

Ducati and Cultwork 

The Ducati Official Fine Art Prints Collection is an artistic venture between Ducati and Cultwork. Cultwork is a unique lifestyle fine art brand and international artist’s network which creates and crafts fine art print editions in collaboration with iconic brands. 

Photo's are “©Cultwork/Ducati Motor Holding”


International Ride to Work Day

June 21st is International Ride To Work Day. This year will mark the 19th annual Ride. Motorcyclists from Canada, United States and many other countries typically participate. Ride To Work Day is held annually on the third Monday of June.
The event is sponsored in Canada by the Motorcycle Confederation of Canada (MCC). According to the MCC - RTW focuses attention on the benefits inherent in using a motorcycle or scooter as transportation has less impact on infrastructure; less parking space; less fuel used, fewer greenhouse gas emissions and MORE FUN!

If you send in your pictures to MCC of your participation in the event you can even win some motorcycling swag from them. More details on the MCC website HERE.

Incidentally, if you're interested in taking a more active role in promoting RTW in your area - MCC is looking for volunteers.  If you organize, they'll provide special attire for you, stickers, sample letters to write to municipal councils, and electronic art.


Triumph demo's - participating dealers across Canada

Triumph is ramping up for some demo days!  There's quite a few dealers participating from across Canada. So if you want a chance to ride a Triumph before you buy then you should check out the following dates and locations:

Here are the participating dealers and the dates of their "KICKSTART SUMMER" Demo Event:

May 29 - June 5
Western Powersports - Langley, BC

May 28 - June 30Sturgess Cycle - Hamilton, ON

June 3 - 5
C&S Motorcycles - Victoria, BC

June 14 - 19GP Bikes - Ajax,ON

June 15 - 19
Atlantic Moto Plex - Dieppe, NB

June 15 - 20
British Italian Motorcycles - Vancouver, BC

June 15 - 30Blackfoot Motorcycle - Calgary, AB

June 15 - 30Southwest Motorrad - Kelowna, BC

June 18Inglis Cycle Center - London, ON

June 18Monette Sports - Laval, QC

June 18 - 20
J&R Cycle - Stayner, ON

June 19
Echo Cycle - Edmonton, AB


Harley Davidson XR 1200XR - Performance goodies

The XR 1200X model represents Harley-Davidson Sportster performance, honed to its finest edge. Introduced in 2010 for international markets only, the XR 1200X bike will be available through Harley-Davidson Retailers in Canada as a 2011 model. Equipped with fully adjustable Showa front and rear suspension components, the 2011 XR 1200X motorcycle can be dialled in to match rider weight, riding style, and road conditions. The XR 1200X model combines this premium suspension with enhanced front brakes and the responsive punch of a high-compression, a 1,200 cc Evolution V-Twin engine, all in a dynamic, street-performance motorcycle.

With a tank and tail section designed to evoke the legendary Harley-Davidson XR 750 bike – the king of the gritty American flat-track scene – the XR 1200X model puts its mechanical character on display. Wide flat-track bars and rear-set foot pegs position an assertive rider for active control. The XR 1200X bike has a blacked-out powertrain and exhaust, revised tank graphics, and black wheels with an orange rim pinstripe. The XR 1200X motorcycle will be offered in two colours: Black Denim and White Hot Denim. 

Key XR 1200X Features 

A Showa big piston front fork (BPF) eliminates many of the internal components used in a cartridge-type fork, resulting in a lighter overall fork weight. The large diameter of the BPF internal piston allows a reduction in damping pressure for outstanding feedback and smooth action. Rebound and compression damping may be fine-tuned with adjuster screws located on top of the fork bolts. The spring pre-load is adjusted with a M5 hex screw on the axle holders.

Showa rear shocks feature 36 mm pistons with piggy-back nitrogen-charged reservoirs. The compression damping may be adjusted with a knob on top of the reservoir. Rebound is adjusted with a thumb wheel on the lower clevis. The rear spring pre-load is also adjustable.

- The Nissin dual front brakes feature 292 mm, full-floating rotors and four-piston calipers.
- The isolation-mounted Evolution 1,200 cc V-Twin engine with a black, powder-coated finish features a downdraft Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI), high-performance camshafts, precision oil-cooled cylinder heads, and a large capacity oil cooler. The compression ratio is 10:1. The engine is rated at 74 ft-lb peak torque at 4,000 RPM (per SAE J1349).
- An upswept, high-volume, 2-1-2 straight-shot exhaust system with satin black finish offers extra cornering clearance.
- The chassis features a tubular mild steel frame designed for high performance. The rigid, cast-aluminum swingarm is engineered to enhance handling.
- The Dunlop Qualifier D209 tires were designed specifically for the XR 1200XTM motorcycle.
- The three-spoke, lightweight, cast-aluminum wheels (18-inch front/17-inch rear) are finished in gloss black with an orange pinstripe on the rim.
- A wide, black, dirt-track handlebar for enhanced steering leverage and comfort.
- Rear-set foot pegs for additional cornering clearance.
- A compact instrument display with a white-faced analogue tachometer, a digital speedometer, a dual trip meter, and a clock.
- A 3.5-gallon fuel tank with aircraft-style aluminum alloy fuel filler.
- A 29.2-inch laden seat height with standard passenger pillion and foot pegs.
- Optional Harley-Davidson Smart Security System.


Post Rally report from Don Hatton on the 2010 Sardinia Rally Race

Here's the latest report from BC native, Don Hatton and his rallying exploits in Sardegna:

Press Release

I am excited to have finished the Sardegna Rally as a member of Cyril Despres’s team !!!

This was by far the most difficult rally I have done in terms of navigation and terrain. It was a strange feeling to not to have to deal with heat and sand for a change.

I was very happy with my navigation during the rally, I made very few navigation errors, on the other hand I was a little disappointed in my speed, I did not place as high as I felt I was capable, I think was intimidated by the cliffs and the possibility of falling off one.

The course was very, very technical, we rode a lot of single track primarily on old donkey trails over the mountains of Sardegna, combined with high speed fire road, and off piste sections.

Very different from rallies I had done in the past, this was more like an ISDT or world enduro, in fact for three of the days of the rally the Italian National pro enduro championship was run in conjunction with our rally The terrain consisted of rocky ground, loose gravel, off camber loose ground, grass, mud, many water crossings, roads were very slippery, the down hills were very steep. On one very long steep down hill, the organizers placed three or four spotters to catch us if we fell.

Some of the areas we rode through would have been better suited for a trials bike not a 450 enduro.

Some of the uphill sections we climbed almost straight up for 2 to 3 km, they were so steep that if you stopped the bike would start to slide back down. There were very narrow sections with sheer drops at the side of 1500 feet or more; very scary the consequences of a mistake were enormous if not deadly.

The navigation was very challenging, there were so many direction changes per stage, and the trails were not always easily visible. Unlike previous rallies I have participated in the organizers did not provide cap headings nor allow the use of a compass, adding to the navigation difficulty as there was no way to confirm if I was going the correct direction except to wait for the next land mark, to visibly verify. When professionals like Cyril and Marc get lost you can imagine how difficult it was for the rest of us.

I also experienced something different... normally in rallies the liason sections of the rally (the sections between the start or finish of the rally and the special) are on paved roads, this was not the case in Sardegna as most of the liason were very technical off road sections, many times they were more difficult then the special we had just completed. Most of the liason sections took at least three hours to complete, very challenging when you add we have just finished riding special for 8 to ten hours.

It was really a pleasure to ride out of the factory KTM team, and have the opportunity to work with World Champion Cyril Despres. Cyril was extremely helpful and enthusiastically provided advise, encouragement, and assistance to all of us during the rally. Cyril spent an entire day helping us dial in our suspension, as well he provided navigation advise that I know helped me a ton.

In addition to Cyrils help, his team manger Chris Evans was very helpful. He managed everything from organizing repairs, gathering briefing notes, to organizing food everyday. Over all it was incredible to experience the inner workings of a World Championship team and even more exciting to be part of the team and receive that level of support.

Next stop Egypt !

Don Hatton


Cardo Systems releases its highly-anticipated first software upgrade to the scala rider G4

Cardo Systems, Inc., the world’s market leader in Bluetooth communications for motorcycle helmets, today announced the launch of its ‘Cardo Upgrades’ application along with its latest software version for the scala rider G4 and the scala rider G4 PowerSet.

Since its introduction earlier this year, the scala rider G4 has been widely recognized as the most feature-rich Bluetooth motorcycle intercom headset on the market today. One of its unique features includes the availability for users to periodically upgrade features and functions on their device by simply downloading the latest software from the company’s website to their Windows based PCs*. The latest version 2.2 includes among others:

- Pre-setting radio stations
- RDS and VOX control –disable / enable functions
- Status Announcement language settings

Registered end-users of the scala rider G4 can now download the latest software for free at

About the scala rider G4

The scala rider G4 is the first Bluetooth® motorcycle headset to offer 3-way conference-mode intercom among up to three riders on three separate bikes or 4-way mode among two riders and their two passengers on two bikes, at distances of up to one mile** - a new industry benchmark.

Encased in a streamlined waterproof and dustproof shell, the scala rider G4 also excels by way of its user-friendly interface. Additional features include:

- Multiple Connectivity Options
- A2DP Bluetooth Stereo Music
-  Built-In FM Radio with RDS
-  VOX Activation
-  Software Upgrades
-  Spoken Status Announcements
-  AGC Technology for auto-volume adjustment
-  PLC Technology for enhanced audio in challenging environments

The scala rider G4 can connect with up to two other scala rider G4 headsets and one Bluetooth-enabled device such as a mobile phone or GPS device at one time. It also includes a built-in FM radio and an optional jack to connect an MP3 player via cable. Like the entire line of scala rider models, the G4 offers voice control for key functions, safely enabling bikers to keep their hands on the handlebars. The G4’s noise canceling microphone and PLC software technology provide superb audio quality both at higher cruising speeds and in challenging urban environments. Talk time with the unit’s rechargeable Li-Po battery is up to 10 hours and standby time is up to 1 week. The G4 is also compatible with the intercom line of scala rider models.***

The scala rider G4 fits virtually all ¾ and full-face helmets and can be self-installed in five minutes. It is available through selected distributors, specialty motorcycle shops, and directly from the Cardo Systems website at with a suggested retail price of $279.95 for a single scala rider G4 unit or $489.95 USD for two factory-paired units in the scala rider G4 PowerSet retail box.

Other link of interest:

- The G4 is a higher end system but we did a Q2 Multiset review that you may be interested in too.


Honda Summer Lovin' Event - Model Discounts

Honda's running a "End of Season" sale that provides a manufacturer discount on selected 2008 and 2009 models of up to $5900 - that's a 2009 GoldWing discount.

Might be a good time to pick up a Honda if you're looking for one.

Other discounts are:

$1000 off a 2008 CBR125R - bringing its price to $2499.
$3000 off a 2008 CBR600RR bringing its price to $9499.

Or you can also apparently get 0.9% financing for up to 60 months on other select 2008 or 2009 motorcycles.

For more details check out:


BMW Automatic Stability Control now retrofittable

The rider assistance system ASC (Automatic Stability Control) has been one of the most popular special equipment features ex works for years. This is because BMW Motorrad's anti-slip control system limits the drive torque in relation to the nature of the road surface and therefore the friction coefficient. The result: no more rear wheel spin, more efficient power transmission and thus significantly increased active riding safety. If regulatory intervention of the electronic system is not desired - on the race track for example - the rider can simply deactivate it at the press of a button, even during travel.

In the R 1200 GS models by BMW Motorrad, the ASC also features a special terrain function which is adapted to the slip conditions on loose surfaces such as sand and gravel. The change between the road and the terrain setting is conveniently made by means of a switch on the handlebar instrument panel.

This innovative anti slip function ASC can now be retrofitted in the following BMW motorcycles with Integral ABS II as follows:

R 1200 GS from chassis number ZS98694
R 1200 GS Adventure from chassis number ZN98790
R 1200 R from chassis number ZS14531
R 1200 RT from chassis number ZR60266
R 1200 ST from chassis number ZL85554
K 1200 S from chassis number ZR895526
K 1300 S without limitation
K 1200 R from chassis number ZN21739
K 1300 R without limitation
K 1200 GT from chassis number ZN71575
K 1300 GT without limitation


BMW Motorrad sales for May 2010

Latest figures from BMW Motorrad show that sales are up for the year but down compared to the same month last year.

BMW Motorrad Canada reported 300 retails in May, reflecting a decrease of 10.5% the same period in 2009. BMW Motorrad year-to-date retails of 950 units represent an increase of 2.4% over last year.


Ducati launches the “UNLEASH THE RED WITHIN” ownership campaign

Summer 2010: $1,750.00 in store credit.

Ducati announces the “Unleash the Red Within” summer sales program, an unprecedented opportunity to own the Ducati you’ve always wanted.

Running from June 1st through August 31st, there are only three short months to take advantage of Ducati’s most attractive promotion yet. “Unleash the Red Within” is an aggressive sales event which gives the customer an in store credit to fulfill his or her wish for a dream bike.

With the purchase of any new 2009 or 2010* Ducati from an authorized Canadian dealership, the proud new owner will receive up to $1,750 worth of in store credit. The in store credit can be used for anything from an extended warranty to a set of new riding gear, and everything in between.

For more information about this exceptional offer, and to pick out the Ducati of your dreams please visit


Giroux Battles His Way To Another Podium Finish

FP Husqvarna / Zip-Ty Racing Canada’s Guy Giroux battled his way to another podium finish last weekend during the second round of the FMSQ series in Beauce, Quebec.  Giroux picked up where he left off at the opening round in St-Alphonse de Granby by grinding out another solid 2nd overall at the bone dry and dusty Beauce event.

Giroux had some extra motivation as he headed to the start line after he had just finished watching his girlfriend, the smoking fast Karine Geoffrion, pound her way to a 1st place finish in the highly competitive ladies class on her Husqvarna WR 125 two stroke.

After a great a start that allowed her to move into first place before the end of the opening lap, Karine charged ahead and worked on building the gap between herself and second place finisher Vanessa Marcoux.

Geoffrion put consistent time on Marcoux and the pair would remain first and second for the entire race with Karine enjoying a comfortable lead at the end.  The Beauce event had another massive rider turn out with hundreds of entries including a huge number of women.

Giroux roared his way to a top three start and escaped some of the dust that wreaked havoc on the racers behind him as the pack charged its way through the opening lap on the extremely dry race course. Guy moved quickly into second and then focused on hunting KTM’s imported woods ace from the United Kingdom, Jason Thomas.

“I got in second not long after the start and set my sights on Thomas, who was running away pretty quickly” said Giroux. “I rode the first lap pretty well and he put 40 seconds on me, and I put 30 on 3rd place, everything was going good!”

Giroux indicated that he had backed his pace down some after the opening lap and tried to focus on being smooth and conserving energy but realized after a few laps that he was allowing Michel Metcalf in 3rd to close in on him.  “…after lap three I wasn’t putting time on third place anymore, so I put my head down and went faster”

Giroux would begin to increase the distance between third place and himself until a costly mistake with his pit stop would allow Metcalf to get by him and take over second.

In the final laps, a determined Giroux charged after Metcalf to regain the spot that he had just given up. “…time was running low, it was 2:08 hrs on my watch, so I needed to make a move quick. I caught him before the woods section, followed him, then put the pass on him when we jumped back onto the grass track and then for the next two laps I went as fast as I could. I got to the finish line with about 1:20 minute lead on Michel."

In a repeat of round one, Giroux would take home a well earned second with Jason Thomas out front with a comfortable lead in first. Metcalf had a solid hold on third with a healthy buffer between himself and fourth place. As further confirmation on how competitive the top ten Pros are in this year’s Quebec series, 5th through 9th positions all finished within a few seconds of each other!

Giroux, along with his Husqvarna Canada teammates, will be attending additional regional races in the coming weeks as they continue to prepare for the opening round of the 2010 Canadian Enduro Championship series that begins July 3rd and 4th in Blairmore, Alberta.

Team Sponsors: Husqvarna Canada, Feeding Performance Inc., Motovan, Rekluse, Ogio, Dragon, Xtreme, TCX, Axis, Zox, Pro-Tech, Etnies, Throttle Entertainment, UNI Filter, DID, LeoVince, GPR

Stabilizer, Motul, LimeNine, Impact Canopies, GoPro, Enduro Engineering, Supersprox, SkyCap, Boyesen, Dunlop and Zip Ty Racing.

Special thanks to the Husqvarna Canada dealers that provide extra assistance help ensure our race program is a success; Bow Ridge Sports in Cochrane, Echo Cycle in Edmonton and RiverCity Cycle in Kamloops.


Don Hatton finishes the 2010 Sardegna Rally Race

Don Hatton of Duncan BC has finished the 2010 Sardegna Rally Race in
57th position overall. At press time there was not a definitive
position posted for how Don did in his class. Don is the lone Canadian
entrant in the event which is part of the FIM Rally Raid World

"Absolutely a wonderful event held in a stunningly beautiful location"
Don says of the five day rally held on the island of Sardinia off the
coast of Italy. The rally covered nearly 1650 kilometers crossing the
island completely from east to west and north to south.

Don has been riding with Cyril Despre's Team KTM on one of the factory
KTM Exc 450 motorcycles in the Super Production 450 class. "Wow, what
an experience to ride this bike in this rally", he notes. The 450cc
bike is quite a bit small and lighter than Don's regular rally bike
the KTM690

Marc Coma won the Sardegna Rally aboard his KTM, with local favorite
Andrea Mancini of Italy riding a Husqvarna in second and Cyril Despres
in third. The racing for the top positions were so tight that Cyril
missed the second position by only 15 seconds!


Hockey and motorcycles - together at last

What do you get when mix hockey with motorcycling? Well, the folks at Joe Rocket Canada think it might look a little like this: