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New paint finishes for the BMW Motorrad model year 2011
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
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
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
Second Eastern Round of CMDRA races on Father's Day - Allen Unstoppable?
Husqvarna TC250, TE250, TE310 - big changes to the new TC250/TE250 - the TE310 is completely revamped
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.
PRINCIPAL CHANGES TO TE250, TE310 AND TC250 MODELS
- NEW CHASSIS, REDESIGNED AND REINFORCED
- NEW HUBS
- NEW GRAPHICS
- NEW ENGINE GUARDS
- WATERPROOF SPARK PLUG COVER
- NEW EXHAUST PIPE HEAT PROTECTOR
- ENGINE CRANK-CASE WITH STEEL CHASSIS SOCKETS
- NEW FUEL INTAKE AND OUTLET LINES
- NEW CAMSHAFT INTAKE PHASING
- BATTERYLESS FUEL INJECTION
- AKRAPOVIC EXHAUST WITH TITANIUM SILENCER
- NEW SILENCER LAYOUT AND dB KILLER
- NEW CDI WITH 2 MAPS SELECTABLE FROM A SWITCH ON THE HANDLEBAR
- NEW AIR BOX
- NEW LAYOUT OF RADIATOR TUBES
- NEW HEADLIGHT SUPPORT
- NEW 8.5L TANK
- NEW FRONT AND REAR SUSPENSION SETTING
- NEW HANDGUARDS
TE310 ONLY (NEW BIKE)
- NEW ENGINE
- NEW FRAME ( AS TE250)
- NEW CDI WITH 2 MAPS SELECTABLE FROM A SWITCH ON THE HANDLEBAR
- KG.106 WITHOUT FUEL
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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?
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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!
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Two of my favorite things - Dakar + motorcycles
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 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
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 www.pikespeak.ducatiusa.com; 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 pikespeak.ducatiusa.com. To learn more about Ducati and its line of racing inspired motorcycles please visit www.ducatiusa.com.
Graffunder Earns First Pro Class Win
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
- 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.
10 years of BMW Motorrad Days - July 2nd to 4th 2010
Ducati Xerox riders Haga and Fabrizio, alongside Bayliss, conclude testing at Misano
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.
“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!”
“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.”
“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.”
“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
“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
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.
Closer look at the 2011 Yamaha Fazer 8 and FZ8
Lots of new accessories from Harley Davidson
NEW TEARDROP CHROME COVER FOR HEAVY BREATHER AIR CLEANER
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.
NEW LIMITED PAINT SETS FOR HARLEY-DAVIDSON TRIKE MODELS
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.
NEW AIR WING DETACHABLE RACK FOR HARLEY TOURING MODELS
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.
NEW OPTIONS FOR THE HARLEY-DAVIDSON CUSTOM SEAT PROGRAM
Additional Inlay Colours and Patterns; 1,300 Possible Combinations Now Offered
NEW HARLEY-DAVIDSON DENIM PAINT CLEANER
Formulated to Clean and Protect Matte Paint Finishes
BMW Motorrad - Worldwide sales figures for May
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
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.)
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?
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.
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.
RUTHLESS RACING INC. STARTS STRONG
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
International Ride to Work Day
Triumph demo's - participating dealers across Canada
Here are the participating dealers and the dates of their "KICKSTART SUMMER" Demo Event:
Western Powersports - Langley, BC
C&S Motorcycles - Victoria, BC
Atlantic Moto Plex - Dieppe, NB
British Italian Motorcycles - Vancouver, BC
J&R Cycle - Stayner, ON
Echo Cycle - Edmonton, AB
Harley Davidson XR 1200XR - Performance goodies
- 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
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 !
Cardo Systems releases its highly-anticipated first software upgrade to the scala rider G4
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
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 www.cardosystems.com 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.
Honda Summer Lovin' Event - Model Discounts
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: http://www.summerlovin.ca
BMW Automatic Stability Control now retrofittable
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
Ducati launches the “UNLEASH THE RED WITHIN” ownership campaign
Giroux Battles His Way To Another Podium Finish
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."
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
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
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!