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Yamaha wants your suggestions

Last season on A Motorcycle Experience, host David Hatch made a side bet with Yamaha “Scooter Sense” host, Bryan Hudgin.

Dave bet Bryan that he couldn’t ride his Yamaha BWS125 scooter from Montreal to Toronto - with stops in Ottawa and Kingston along the way - using only a $25.00 gas card, tent and sleeping bag for the 3-day trek. Well Bryan not only accepted the challenge but he also completed the journey in record time with gas money to spare. Bryan wisely used “Scooter Sense” t-shirts to barter for food and lodging was provided by the great outdoors. He was able to camp out on viewer Bruce Haskin’s lawn on the first night while sneaking into a provincial park for the second!

In the end, Dave lost the bet and was forced to wear a Yamaha motocross jersey for 7 days straight. Dave has nothing against Yamaha off-road apparel, but he certainly did stand out at a good friend’s wedding!

So, what to do for an encore? Dave wants Bryan to push the envelope and take on another challenge. Will it be a “Northern Lights” ride from Toronto to James Bay?

A “Rocky Mountain High” cruise from Vancouver to Calgary? A “Maritime Mayhem” tour
of the East Coast?

Neither could decide, so the choice was made to throw it out to the viewers. Do YOU have a great idea for his challenge? They would like to hear it. Post it on the Yamaha motorcycle blog under the “Leave a Comment” section! Perhaps you’d like to invite Bryan and the Motorcycle Experience crew to explore your home town or favourite local back roads? It’s completely up to you. Just remember, Bryan must remain safe while executing the challenge. Beyond that, the sky’s the limit!

Please send in suggestions by August 15th. Dave and Bryan will weigh the pros and cons of each submission and decide upon a winner - then they‘ll shake hands and it will Stay tuned to the Yamaha motorcycle blog for updates on when and where the challenge will take place. Bryan will also be updating to the blog and Yamaha Facebook page as the challenge plays out. Finally, you can watch the tour in it’s entirety on TSN’s A Motorcycle Experience in the spring of 2011.

Don’t delay! Get your submissions in before August 15th! They may choose yours!


New Husqvarna WR250 AND WR300

The brand new WR250 and WR300 demonstrate Husqvarna’s ongoing commitment to two strokes. 

A series of sibtle upgrades to the WR 250 and WR 300 learned from World Enduro racing have benn incorporated. Compared on the 2010 models, readily visible changes include news graphics, new rear racing mudguard with an integrated LED tail light and a nee reinforced mount for the headlight/front number plate. These changes give the same race-ready look of the endure models campaigned by World Enduro frontrunner Antoine Meo and match the looks of the rest of the 2011 Husqvarnas. 

Less visible, but even more important from a technical point of view is the new Ducati Energia ignition. This ignition allows for smoother power delivery and improved performance for both WR 250 and WR 300 displacements. Husqvarna riders in warmer climates certainly appreciate the new thermostat which optimizes the working temperature of the engine.

In addition to the engine improvements, both bikes get revised rear suspension settings ( based on the works bikes), as well as improved airbox.


Atlantic Roadracing League prepares for an East Coast Invasion

The Atlantic Roadracing League is gearing up for the busiest two weeks of their 5 month race
calendar. The next 2 weeks will see the Shubenacadie circuit and surrounding areas explode with racers
from all over the country as ARL holds Round 4 of their Atlantic Championship and then plays host to the inal rounds of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship the following weekend.

July 30th- August 1st will see ARL holding Round 4 of the Atlantic Championship at the 1.6 mile (2.5 km) Atlantic Motorsport Park. This will be the 2nd year that ARL has organized Round 4 of their regional series to be held the weekend prior to their National event. This is to allow away riders to come down a week early and get as much track time in as they can, plus it gives spectators a great chance to get into the swing of things before the big National the following week. So far away riders have taken full advantage of this opportunity, also relishing the chance to soak up some of that famed East Coast hospitality.

The following weekend, August 5th- 8th, will see the countries best make their annual pilgrimage east for the Atlantic stop on the Parts Canada Superbike tour. This time, things are slightly different. Traditionally the east coast stop on the tour was the penultimate stop on the calendar, though this time it will be the final stop. All season a championship battle has been brewing and its set to come to a boil at AMP in August. All 5 National titles are still up for grabs and if the past is any indication, AMP will provide some great races to decide the final title standings.

Adding to the excitement is a strong mix of fast local riders looking to show well in their home event.
The east coast is home to some of Canada’s fastest riders with multi time Canadian Champion Don
Munroe hailing from Bedford, NS- just 40 minutes from AMP. One of the main reasons ARL keeps
organizing the Atlantic stop of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship is to provide their riders with
a chance to showcase their talent on the National level without having to travel half way across the
country, something that is not feasible for most local riders. This is a great opportunity for all local riders to show well against the countries best and leave their mark on the National series, one we sincerely hope everyone takes advantage of.

With established national stars Jordan Szoke, Jodi Christie, Francis Martin, Alex Welsh, Steven Nickerson, Raphael Archambault and co all ready and rearing to go the stage is set for some great racing. Throw in local fast men Todd Scott, Andrew Dunlap, Ron Munroe, Charlie Legere, Austin Shaw- O’Leary and Mark Goodwin and things get even more exciting. Are you ready?

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Three new models from Harley for 2011

Harley-Davidson introduces the new SuperLow, XR1200X, and Road Glide Ultra models as part of its expansive line of motorcycles for model year 2011. With 32 models, including urban brawlers, long-haul touring machines, contemporary customs drenched in chrome, dark retro-style bobbers, exhilarating sport roadsters, and inviting standards, Harley-Davidson® offers a motorcycle to fulfill the desires of almost any street rider. Each bike rolls to the soundtrack of the road, a syncopated V-Twin cadence that is the pulse of every Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Highlights of the 2011 Harley-Davidson line include:

 - The new SuperLow model combines revised front-end geometry, new wheels and tires, a reshaped seat, and handlebars to achieve well-balanced handling and comfort that will inspire confidence in new riders and exhilarate those with experience.

- The qualities of a frame-mounted fairing and luxury touring accommodations come together in the new Road Glide Ultra model. Powered by a Twin Cam 103 engine, this long-haul beauty comes equipped with a King Tour-Pak luggage carrier, vented fairing lowers, ABS (antilock braking system), the Harley- Davidson Smart Security System, cruise control, and a four-speaker, 80-watt Harman/Kardon Advanced Audio System.

-  The new XR1200X motorcycle is Harley-Davidson Sportster performance honed to its finest edge, with adjustable front and rear suspension, floating front brake rotors, and the surging power of a high compression 1200cc Evolution V-Twin engine.

- Select Touring models gain power and technology with the new Harley-Davidson® PowerPak, which is a bundle that joins the Twin Cam 103 engine with ABS (anti-lock braking system) and the H-D Smart Security System. PowerPak is a standard feature on the 2011 Road King Classic, Electra Glide Ultra Limited, and Road Glide Ultra models, and will be available as a Factory-installed option on the 2011 Street Glide and Road Glide Custom models.

- 2011 Harley-Davidson Softail models, with the exception of the Cross Bones model, are now available with optional ABS. New hand controls add features, convenience, and a cleaner style to the bike.

- The 2011 VRSC power-cruisers are available with a new Security Package option, which bundles ABS with the H-D Smart Security System for greater value. Michelin Scorcher tires, new colours, and new graphics round out the changes to the Night Rod® Special and V-Rod Muscle models.

- The four 2011 Dyna models project pure attitude. Built with the rawest styling of all the Big Twin motorcycles, Dyna models are a customizer’s dream. Each is offered in new colours.

Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) offers four premium, limited-production motorcycles for 2011.

- The new CVO Road Glide Ultra model features a Road Tech zūmo 660 GPS navigation system, an upgraded Harman/Kardon Advanced Audio System with Boom! Bagger speakers and an 8 GB iPod nano and dock, as well as a two-up suspended touring seat with dual heat controls.

- The CVO Street Glide bike rolls on a new 19-inch Agitator front wheel, and new ventilated fairing lowers house two of the six speakers that are part of a 100-watt-per-channel audio system that incorporates an 8 GB iPod nano with dock.

- The CVO Softail Convertible motorcycle has a new audio system that integrates 3.5-inch speakers and a 20-watt-per-channel amplifier into a redesigned inner fairing. Music is delivered by an 8 GB iPod nano stored in a protective pouch. Also new is a 1.25-inch welded mini-ape handlebar, Electronic Throttle Control (ETC), cruise control, keyless ignition, and ABS.

- The CVO Ultra Classic Electra Glide model has a new suspended, heated, two-up seat with leather inserts. Dual mufflers feature new chrome billet end caps with black spears, and new mirrors are finished in mirror chrome.


Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada Continues to Support the Troops

Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada is proud to renew its efforts to support Canadian troops by extending several support programs. Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada continues to offer a $500 Canadian Parts & Accessories/GM credit to any regular or reserve forces members with the purchase of a new, previously untitled motorcycle, and gives members of the armed forces who ride an opportunity to ride longer under warranty when they return home (number of days they were deployed added to the balance of the remaining warranty period).,

Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada is pleased to maintain the Test Our Metal Program on military bases across Canada, allowing troops to enjoy test rides on the newest models of Harley-Davidson motorcycles on specific dates, which are outlined on

Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada is pleased and proud to introduce a new collection of MotorClothes® apparel in Canada that highlights the historic relationship between Harley-Davidson® and serving military personnel.

Featuring men’s military-inspired graphics on key silhouettes, the Military Collection consists of a total of 15 styles across sportswear, casual outerwear and accessories apparel. This line features nostalgic graphics and styling reminiscent of H-D support during the WWII era. Several of the graphics are taken directly from the Harley-Davidson archives.

“CANEX acknowledges, with gratitude, the altruism of H.O.G. members and Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada. The support Deeley Harley-Davidson [Canada] has extended to the Canadian Forces Personnel and Family Support Services [CFPFSS] through participation in such programs as Operation Santa Claus is a demonstration of their commitment to Canadian Forces Personnel serving abroad. [Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada]’s many initiatives, such as H-D Canadian Forces Test Our Metal Events, speak volumes to Deeley EXCLUSIVE HARLEY-DAVIDSON BUELL DISTRIBUTOR
Harley-Davidson Canada’s recognition and support of the Canadian Forces community”, says Ken Stilwell, CANEX Manager of Corporate Programs.

This limited Military Collection offering will be available as of October 2010 and will be complemented by the “Gift with Purchase Program” running from November 1 to December 24 in participating authorized Harley-Davidson Retail Stores across Canada. This program rewards every qualifying $300 purchase with a free Military Archive Collection: framed images valued at $75, featuring one-of-a-kind images straight from the Harley-Davidson Museum archives. These images are framed in a custom shadow box to showcase the features and uses of the 1942 WLA motorcycle during WWII.

The Military Collection is created with the WLA motorcycles of the 1940s in mind. These motorcycles were specifically produced for military use by the U.S. and its allies during WWII. During the war, Harley-Davidson Motor Company produced approximately 90,000 WL military models, in various configurations, for use on virtually every front. The olive drab painted WLA, which came to be known as “The Liberator”, featured special wartime equipment such as an ammunitions box, a machine-gun scabbard, and front and rear blackout lights to help soldiers avoid detection. It played an important role in WWII for military police, couriers, scouts, and communication specialists who learned to ride in unpredictable conditions, over difficult terrain. This limited-edition collection honours some of those key moments in the history of Canada, as well as that of Harley-Davidson Motor Company.

For further information on this limited collection, please refer to


Ural Canada Sponsors Canada’s Greatest Dirt Track Race

Ural Canada president Gerry Young announced today that Ural Canada will be the presenting sponsor of The Norm Carr Classic National Championship dirt track race.

“We at Ural Canada didn’t take long to make up our minds when the opportunity to be the main sponsor came up. We’re proud to be on board and are really looking forward to a great night of racing.”
Ural Canada takes presenting sponsor status with the Belleville Agricultural Society and the Quinte Exhibition Raceway acting as promoting partners. The race is sanctioned by the Canadian Motorcycle Association and is the 14th race of the 19 scheduled on the 2010 CMA schedule.

Doug Rollins, President of the QER welcomed Ural Canada saying, “ We’re very happy to have a partner like Ural, without this support we simply could not run these races. Many thanks to Ural.”

This annual half-mile motorcycle dirt track race is scheduled for Saturday evening August 7th under the lights at the Belleville Fairgrounds, virtually downtown Belleville. (City Hall is just 2km away) It is a motorsport event that is a must-see for the local residents as well as drawing flat track fans from far and wide.

The race is named after a promising dirt track talent from Hamilton Ontario, Norm Carr, who was tragically killed in a van/truck collision while on his way to the Indy Mile in 1975. The events most notable notoriety comes from the fact that the first winner of what was then The Norm Carr Memorial race was Scott Parker. Then just 15 years of age and thus restricted from racing in the AMA, Scotty notched the first pro win of what would be a long career on the Belleville half-mile. He would go on to be The Greatest of all Time in AMA Pro Flat Track racing.

In announcing his company’s involvement in supporting The Norm Carr Classic, Ural Canada’s Gerry Young also passed comment, “Some people might find it strange that Ural would help with a dirt track race but as we see it dirt track racing is the heart and soul of motorcycle racing. Everyone loves half-mile racing. We know full well what a mix of people come out to this race. The parking lot has from Harleys and Gold Wings right down to scooters, and a lot of mini vans. There’s a lot of families come out, lots of kids. 

There’s folks there that might never think of riding a motorcycle but may find the stability of a Ural an attraction.”

 Practice for the Norm Carr Classic begins at 3:30 Saturday August 7th with qualifying races scheduled for 7:00pm.

NOTE: We've received word from Ural Canada of  a special offer to Ural owners who make it to the event;  

"For the Ural riders that make to this event, Ural Canada will give them 2 free oil filters if the send us a picture of themselves with their rigs at the race or if they send in the ticket stub to us."

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15th Canadian National H.O.G. Rally

Starting August 5th and running through to August 7th, 2010 the 15th Canadian National H.O.G. Rally brings Harley-Davidson enthusiasts together to share their love for the open road in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada, the exclusive distributor of Harley-Davidson motorcycles in Canada, is proud to host the event to thank their most loyal and devoted Customers – the H.O.G. members. Their passion and support for the Harley-Davidson Brand makes the Brand what it is. With an expected attendance of over 1,500 participants, this event has all of the makings of becoming a memorable Rally.

Gina McNeil, Manager, Enthusiast Services, comments, “I am really excited about this year’s event. We are taking a grass-roots approach by creating a fun atmosphere where like-minded people can share their common passion in motorcycling. Although there are exclusive H.O.G. member-only events, such as seminars and ceremonies, there are plenty of activities where the public can participate as spectators. We welcome everyone in the Sherbrooke area to come out on Saturday morning to witness a parade of over 800 motorcycles. Thanks to everyone involved, including the local Retailer and Chapter, as well as the City of Sherbrooke itself for allowing us to host this event in such a biker-friendly setting. It will be a great event and we are looking forward to seeing everyone in Sherbrooke in August.”

Starting on August 5th, Sherbrooke Harley-Davidson will be the first place in Canada to test ride a brand new 2011 Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Demo rides are available to enjoy for free for anyone with a valid motorcycle licence. Bring your riding gear and make sure you do not miss this opportunity to ride the new Harley-Davidson models.

On August 6th, the Delta Sherbrooke Hotel will host a Show ‘N Shine competition. This event will feature the best customized motorcycles at the Rally and categories will include Antique, Three-Wheeled, and Pro Custom. The public will also have the opportunity to get involved by voting for the People’s Choice award. Motorcycles will start rolling in at 10 a.m. with the winner presentations at 1 p.m.

On August 7th as of 10 a.m., spectators can watch a fascinating scene at the University of Sherbrooke as over 800 motorcycles prepare for a formal parade through the streets of Sherbrooke. The parade departs at 10:30 a.m. with the best viewing locations along Rue King (between Boulevard Jacques-Cartier South and Boulevard Queen Victoria) and Rue Wellington North (between Rue Frontenac and Rue King). Spectators at the university will enjoy watching all of the bikes returning from the parade. The always crowd-pleasing field games begin near the university stadium at 12:30 p.m. Passers-by can cheer on the H.O.G. members as they compete in various challenges, such as the slow motorcycle race, hula hoop toss, and ball drop.

For all media enquiries regarding coverage for this event, please communicate with the designated media contact below. For general information, please refer to


An evening with Simon Pavey - Off-Road guru

Duncan Motorsports and Kickstart Coffee are pleased to sponsor:

”An Evening with Simon Pavey” Friday July 30, 2010.

Simon Pavey, 6 time Dakar Rally competitor, trainer of Charley Boorman and Ewan McGregor for their TV series "Long Way Round", and co-star of the documentary "Charley Boorman Race To Dakar" will be returning to Duncan.

Simon will be hosting a special viewing of excerpts of “Race to Dakar” TV series, a talk on riding motorcycles in the historic Dakar rallies in Africa and Argentina and a question and answer session.

Due to overwhelming response we have moved the venue to:

Island Savings Center
2687 James Street
Duncan BC.

Start time is 7:00 PM.

This is an event that should not be missed by any motorcycling or travel enthusiast !

There is a small event charge of $10. Tickets are available at the door or at Duncan Motorsports, 1063 Canada Ave, Duncan BC phone 1-866-746-2453

Simon Pavey - that's this guy:


Lean Angle Becomes Canadian Distributor of Helmet Medical Information Carrier System

Lean Angle (, the exclusive Canadian distributor of TechSpec Gripster Grip Pads, is pleased to announce that it is now the exclusive Canadian distributor of the Medical Information Carrier System (MICS) for wearers of motorcycle, automotive, and other powersport helmets.

This simple yet extremely important helmet safety system was developed to meet the needs of all motorsports competitors and enthusiasts utilizing protective headgear.

"It is a privilege to have Lean Angle on the MEDS 'Make your helmet a Lifesaver!' Team as our global MICS distributor (excluding USA and South Africa) so together we can help promote safe riding." stated Dr. Lou Gaston, inventor of the device.

The 1 by 2 inch carrier is located universally on the left rear of the motorcycle helmet. It is protected, yet quite visible, and readily available. Directions on the carrier inform non-medical bystanders NOT to remove the helmet.

Inside the carrier is the location of the medical information data form. Users simply use a pencil to print info on the medical data form. This completed form is waterproof and difficult to tear, ideal for high energy activities.

 ?In the event of an emergency this simple and effective system will quickly provide life-saving information about the wearer's identity and medical history to paramedics and other trained emergency personnel.? said Steve Reed, President of Lean Angle.

Currently there are over 800,000 carriers in use world-wide. Sportbike enthusiasts and racers have acknowledged the benefits of the Medical Information Carrier System (MICS) for helmets. Toronto-based Pro 6 Cycle will be the first trackday organizer to provide all their trackday riders with the MICS helmet system. And, Pro Canadian superbike racer Andrew Nelson, who knows the importance of precious seconds, will be wearing the MICS helmet safety system on his helmet for the balance of the 2010 season.

The Medical Information Carrier System (MICS) for helmets is currently available online at and at an ever-growing network of dealers and online powersport accessory retailers across Canada.


Ducati Vyper - Spy Photo

Another spy photo of Ducati's "Project 0803" aka Vyper, or muscle crusier a la Yamaha VMax.  The bike is said to have some modern technology such as a Testastretta 11 degree engine, traction control, ride-by-wire throttle and Brembo Monoblock calipers. Oh, and a 240 rear tire.

Purists will argue that it's a departure from the core beliefs of Ducati which is focused on building performance motorcycles.  Anything with a 240 profile rear tire isn't a performance bike - right. If you want to be successful and gain market share sometimes you need to give people what they want, not force what you think they want upon them. Drawing similarities in the automotive world, look at Porsche and their Cayenne SUV. People say it goes against everything "Porsche" stands for.  It's Porsche's biggest seller now and they make lots of money selling it. Money that can be put back into R&D and building faster and better cars. Something I'm sure Porsche sportscar fans do like.

I'm not necessarily going to buy a muscle bike from Ducati but if they build it, I hope they sell a ton of them and it helps finance bikes that I am interested in buying.  I don't see it as a negative.  I see it as a big positive!

I found what is reportedly a statement by Ducati which seems to suggest that something big is on the way from Ducati.

Ducati's statement reads:

As many you may have noticed, there has been quite a bit of activity in the past few weeks surrounding a supposed new Ducati model. I wanted to take this opportunity and send you a note saying indeed we do have a surprise in store for this year's EICMA show. Our R&D department is working around the clock to complete development of this radical new motorcycle, for which time to complete final design and engineering elements will surely come down to the wire.

I'm sending this letter today in order to inform you of our communication plan. Since many details of the bike (big and small)  are still being sorted out; I have elected not to forward information or photography until the rolling prototypes come close to resembling what the final product will look like.

Stay tuned for further information from the Ducati Press Department; and I can assure you the final bike will impress all with the design, performance and technology everyone has come to expect from Ducati.

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BMW Motorrad Canada is pleased to be supporting the MOTORESS Alpine Ride for female riders, taking place in Bavaria, Germany from July 24 through July 31, 2010.

Celebrating a very special event for women motorcyclists, two prominent worldwide motorcycle organisations have come together on a special joint venture for female riders, supported by BMW Motorrad Canada.

From July 24 through 31, 2010, fourteen women, drawn from Canadian female motorcycle enthusiasts with ages from 29 through 65, with one participant from Newfoundland and one from California, will be riding through Austrian Alpine scenic roads with the founder of MOTORESS™ and International Female Ride Day, Vicki Gray.Vicki will be supported by Helene Boyer, a seasoned motorcyclist and the french–language communications manager of MOTORESS™.

The 80-day excursion will see 14 women taking part in a breathtaking journey beginning in BMW’s home town, Munich, taking riders through some of the most beautiful cities in Austria such as Salzburg and Kaprun. For many of the participants, it is the first time that they have experienced riding in Europe on the spectacular roads and mountain passes of Bavaria and Austria.

“I am thrilled to be a part of this tour and to facilitate an exceptional motorcycle experience for an exclusive group of women”, says Vicki Gray. “For the participant, it is a unique occasion to participate in a motorcycle touring experience on motorcycles inspired and developed in one of Europe’s most beautiful motorcycling paradises. “We are truly offering a unique tour that will be enjoyed by all in a female friendly environment with MOTORESS™ and of course the Edelweiss Canadian representative Farewell Travel!” she adds.

The riders will cover about 1,300 km in total through Germany’s lake regions and Austria’s winding Alpine roads on BMW motorcycles; approximately 80 to 280 km each day. Highlights of the tour include visiting King Ludwig's castle in Herrenchiemsee and Salzburg, Mozart's birth town.

“This tour is a perfect complement to the increase of women motorcyclists participating on an Edelweiss Bike Tour”, states Nigel Andrews President of Farewell Travel Service. “We feel this tour allows women a chance to have a female-only adventure, and to meet and mingle with other avid female motorcyclists. Vicki Gray, a true professional in the motorcycling world for over 25 years, brings a special dimension to this all-female event” adds Nigel.

With an original target of nine participants, this year’s fourteen-strong team proves the appeal of female-only motorcycling events and Edelweiss Tours is already planning for a follow-up event in 2011.

For more information on the Alpine Tour, please visit


2011 Ducati 848 EVO - 140 HP, 369 lbs.

Ducati proudly announces today the most powerful middleweight sport bike on the market; the 2011 Ducati 848EVO Superbike.

The new Ducati 848EVO is the pinnacle of sport bike engineering, designed to be the leader in the middleweight class. Weighing only 369 pounds and propelled by 140 horsepower and 72 lb/ft of torque, it is the most powerful motorcycle in its category.

The 848EVO is based upon Ducati’s best ever selling middleweight Superbike- the 848. Along with the “EVO” designation comes a significant amount of upgrades based on AMA Pro Racing feedback and consumer demand.

At the heart of the 848EVO is the Testastretta Evoluzione engine, significantly redesigned for a higher power output. All new cylinder heads, pistons, throttle bodies and camshafts combine for a forceful output of 140hp @ 10,500rpm and 72.3 lb/ft of torque @9,750rpm. All of this significant engine performance is wrapped in new black cylinder cases.

In addition to the more powerful engine, the 848EVO’s chassis and braking systems have been upgraded. A cross-mounted steering damper has been added for greater control of the steering system, and the welcome addition of Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tires will ensure maximum grip while delivering every last horsepower to the asphalt.

The 848EVO receives a massive upgrade to the braking system in the form of Brembo Monobloc calipers. These single-piece calipers are machined from solid alloy and achieve a higher rigidity and resistance to distortion during extreme braking. The resulting increase in hydraulic efficiency not only delivers incredible braking power, but also provides an enhanced and precise 'feel' at the brake lever.

All this combines to form the most potent, powerful and lightweight middle class sport bike available; both for the road or race track usage. For 2011, a special “Dark” version will be available; which unlike “Dark” editions of Ducati’s past will be a truly black bike from front to rear, giving the motorcycle an aggressive look and attitude.

The Ducati 848EVO Superbike will be available in North American Ducati Dealerships at the end of August, 2010. Impressively, MSRP will remain unchanged from the 2010 848 it replaces: $12,995 for the “Dark” edition, and $13,995 for Ducati Red.


Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship moves eas

The Western rounds of the Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship presented by Parts Canada are in the books.  Riders, media, and spectators all agreed they were a success.  To increase media support Dan Paris from and Suzanne Howie from Inside Motorcycles came along for the ride.  Dan was posting photos and updates a few times per day on his site and after two weeks his site was getting over 11,000 visitors.  Its great to see the sport of Enduro getting into the Canadian mainstream the way it is in other parts of the world.
In BC the Western Canadian Enduro Championship - crowned the Amateur Champs courtesy of Inside MotoX and Off Road Magazine.

A - Tyler Murray - BC
B - Ryan Linderman - BC
C - Ty McKenna - Alberta
Vet - David Larson - Alberta
Super Vet - Jean Marie Breau - New Brunswick
Women - Shelby Turner - Quebec

The series is now moving east where the fastest amateurs will compete for the Eastern Canadian Enduro Championship and the fastest Pro's will be crowned Canadian National Enduro Champions in the 4 Pro Classes as well as the Overall fastest Pro being awared the Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship #1 Plate.  In addition the #1 plate winner will also recieve a Kymco Scooter courtesty of Kymco.

There were over 15 riders from New Brunswick, Quebec, and Ontario who made the trip west and we are expecting that many or more from BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba to be in Parry Sound, ON and Labelle, QC.  Having riders from across the country at the same event will once again show us who are the fastest Amateur & Pro off road riders in Canada!

Current Overall Pro Standings
1  JASON SCHRAGE          100
2  GEOFF NELSON              76
4  RYAN DURKEE                69
7  BEN REGO                      50
8  JULIAN CERNY                45
9  DILLON BUCKNELL          42
10 SHANE WATTS               40
11  GUY GIROUX                 38
12  JARED THOMAS            38
13  CHRIS VAN HOVE         30
14  BRENT KROEKER         26
15  ADAM MILLSON            24
16  IAN MCKILL                  17
17  PHILLIPE CHAINE         17
18  NOEL BOLSO               16
19  MARTY HALMAZNA      14
20  JACK SAWATZKY        12
21  PAUL PETRIN              11
22  KEVIN PELLETIER       10
23  MARK CAHILL               7
24  LUKE SYDOR               2
25  TRENT BURGISS          1

For more details on the eastern events please visit our website  See you in Parry Sound on September 11 & 12


Management change at Ducati North America

Ducati Motor Holding announces today that Michael Lock, CEO of Ducati North America, is leaving the company at the end of July.

Michael joined Ducati in 2002 in the UK, and in early 2003 moved to the USA to head up the management team at Ducati North America’s headquarters in Cupertino, CA. Over the next seven years Lock’s team made many changes to Ducati’s organization, distribution, marketing and service operations.

Lock’s hard work culminated in Ducati achieving its highest ever US market share in 2009, increasing Canadian sales four-fold between 2003-2009, and taking over responsibility for the brand in Mexico earlier this year. As well as setting sales records, Lock transformed DNA’s communication strategies and delivered numerous highlights including the Monster Challenges, high profile retail promotions with brands such as Oakley and Puma, and the successful conquering of Pikes Peak with the Multistrada 1200 just this past June.

“I have experienced and participated in an amazing journey at Ducati. In a few short years we have been able to transform our brand into the most feared and admired European motorcycle by competitors and enthusiasts alike. It has been a privilege to be involved and I look forward to watching the brand soar to new heights over the coming years.” Said Lock from his office Cupertino, CA.

"Michael has been the driving force behind the great success Ducati has enjoyed in North America this past seven years.  His ambition, passion and his unwavering determination has established our beloved brand as the object of desire for any motorcyclist.  He has nurtured the brand, developed the dealer network and put together an outstanding team in the US, Canada and Mexico alike." Said Cristiano Silei; Vice President Sales at Ducati Motor Holding in Bologna, Italy.

While Lock moves on to pursue other opportunities, Ducati North America is looking to finish a challenging year strongly. The much-admired Multistrada 1200 has been winning awards, while the recent arrival of the Monster 796 to dealer showrooms has spurred sales even further.

Cristiano Silei will assume the position of CEO of DNA for the interim while retaining his current position as Vice President of Sales at Ducati Motor Holding.

"North America is the most important international market for Ducati and the one I personally know the best.  I am excited to be supporting DNA’s Senior Managers to set and implement policy for the new season.  Our goals are to support our dealer network and keep improving our market share thanks to an ever expanding product line-up, innovative branding and sound commercial policies".

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Transport Canada Safety Recalls

Here's some information from the Transport Canada Road Safety Recalls Database. The latest round of recalls:

Make: BMW
Model Years Affected: 2006, 2007

Recall Date: 2010/06/25
Units Affected: 247

Transport Canada Recall # 2010207

Recall Details

On certain motorcycles, the nuts on the fuel tank front attachment bolts can work themselves loose, allowing the bolts to slip toward the inboard side and come into contact with the fork leg if the handlebar is turned a significant amount. This situation could limit the travel range of the handlebars, affect the handling and maneuverability of the motorcycle, and increases the risk of a crash causing property damage, personal injury or death. Correction: Dealers will inspect and repair affected vehicles as required.


Brammow Empulse video - Pretty nice!

Looks a bit like an electric Ducati Streetfighter to me...

Here's the video just in case you haven't seen it already.


Husqvarna Canada Race Report - Canadian Enduro Championship Rounds 3 and 4

Latest Press Release from Husqvarna:

FP Husqvarna / Zip-Ty Racing Canada’s Ryan Graffunder put his TXC 450 on the podium again at the Penticton, British Columbia rounds of the Canadian Enduro Championship. Graffunder fought his way to a 3rd place finish in the highly contested E2 Class at round three of the Canadian Enduro Championship (CEC). Rounds 3 and 4 of the CEC were held at the spectacular Apex Mountain ski resort.

While the rest of the team chased podiums in BC, Karine Geoffrion was once again holding down the fort at 5th round of Quebec’s FMSQ series. Karine romped her way through the Saint-Michel-des-Saints course on her WR 125 two stroke to snag her third win of the year.

Graffunder now sits in a solid 2nd position in the E2 class, and 3rd overall, after 4 rounds of the 8 round series. Geoffrion’s win streak has put her within a single point of taking over the lead in the Championship from Vanessa Marcoux as they cross the half way mark in the 10 round FMSQ series.

Graffunder pushed hard during round three of the CEC series to claim his third podium in a row and backed up the amazing results that the 19 year old earned at the opening rounds in Blairmore, Alberta.

Unfortunately, Ryan’s podium streak would come to an end the following day at Round 4 of the series. The young gun from Vavenby, BC would fight his way through some major issues only to get pushed off the podium as the result of mistakes in the day’s second Extreme test that cost enough time to drop him to 5th for the day. Graffunder still maintains 2nd position in the E2 Class after four rounds and 3rd position overall in the Pro Class.

“Round three was pretty good to me” said Graffunder. “It was a great race course and I was really confident through all my tests. I felt strong in the Cross test and the Enduro test and was definitely enjoying the challenges of the Extreme test that they built for us this year. It was great to get on the box again and I felt comfortable going into round four.

Things got crazy for me on Sunday and then I made some mistakes in the second Extreme test that left me sitting in 5th position for the day. I lost over 40 seconds on that test compared to my first lap and I only missed the podium by 35 seconds so that test pretty much ruined my day.

It was a tough day all around. I bent my front brake rotor badly when I nailed a rock or something during the Enduro test so Guy (Giroux) helped me straighten it the best we could on the trail. When I got back to the pits and we went over my bike we realized that I had punched a hole in my radiator. Everyone had to scramble to replace it before my start time.

It was nuts with three people working on the bike at the same time but the crew got it fixed and I was able to cross the start line without suffering a time penalty. We made it with only a few seconds to spare. To end my day, I managed to smoke a rock in the final Extreme test that destroyed my brake pedal. I rode the last sections of the test with no rear brakes but I’m definitely not using it as an excuse because I didn’t even notice that it was broken until after the test.

I had a bit of a tough time here last year as well so to get through this weekend, considering how Sunday went, and still be sitting 2nd in E2 and 3rd overall is pretty exciting. I’m really looking forward to the Eastern rounds”.

Graffunder was not the only one to have an up and down weekend as the rest of his Husqvarna Canada team mates suffered from a combination of bad luck and small mistakes that would keep them off the podium. After nailing podium positions at the first two rounds in Blairmore, Marty Halmazna from Cochrane, Alberta missed the E3 podium on his big TXC 510 by mere seconds on each day of the Penticton rounds.

“I had a decent run going on Day 1” said Halmazna “and was sitting in podium position after the first few tests. In the final lap of the day I could smell oil really bad. I looked down and realized that there was a big hole smashed through the engine case and that oil was spurting everywhere. I was able to nurse the bike to the start of the Extreme test. I used a rock to pound a stick into the hole in the case and was able to get some oil to fill it back up.

I went as easy as I could on the bike through the final test and got back to the pits. It was really frustrating to go through all that and then find out that I had missed the podium by only 7 seconds. We pulled the case off and repaired the bike after the race. Luckily the damage was not too severe and we were able to get it fixed so that I could go the start line again on Sunday.

Day two was going okay and the bike ran fine. I was feeling pretty good and thought I was in a podium position but I have to give credit to Geoff Nelson as well as Brent Kroeker, Kevin Pelletier and Ian Mckill. I only missed the podium by 4 seconds and I definitely made a couple of mistakes but those guys stepped it up and rode great. The racing is intense and I am fired up for the next rounds”.

Halmazna now sits tied for 3rd place in the E3 Class after four rounds with Ian McKill at 74 Championship points each.

Guy Giroux and Nick Graffunder both had a tough time in Penticton and will be out for redemption when the CEC heads East for the final four rounds. Although Giroux posted top 3 times in the Cross tests, he struggled with the steep down hills of Apex Mountain’s Enduro test and was unable to get the results that he wanted.

Giroux will be hoping for a repeat of last year’s CEC series where he struggled with the mountains in the Western rounds but was able to rebound in the slippery conditions of the Eastern rounds to secure podium positions and finish the year 2nd in the E2 Class and Top 5 overall.

In the E1 Class, Nick Graffunder continued to endure the streak of bad luck that has plagued him for much of the 2010 series. At round three, Nick managed to slam a big bolder in the nasty rock section of the Extreme test that left him with a destroyed rear sprocket on his TXC 250. Nick lost a massive amount of time as he struggled to drag his bike to the finish of the test.

Graffunder’s luck was not much better on Sunday but he was still able to close out the Western rounds with 6th position in E1 and having accumulated almost twice as many championship points so far in 2010 as he had gathered by the same time in the 2009 edition of the series.

“I know that my results have improved a lot over last year but that doesn’t hold much water for me right now. I know I can get on the podium and I won’t be happy until that happens. I’ll be training hard in the next little bit and I plan to come out swinging when we head East” said Graffunder.

In a repeat of the previous weekend, Karine Geoffrion hammered her way to another win in Quebec while the rest of the team chased podiums in British Columbia. Karine rode a solid race at the 5th round of the FMSQ series held in Saint-Michel-des-Saints, and finished the race more than a minute ahead of 2nd position.

After scoring her third win of the year, Karine now only trails Vanessa Marcoux by a single Championship point (116/115) as they head into the second half of the series.

With 5 Pro Class podiums in the opening rounds of the Canadian Enduro Championship and over a dozen podiums in Regional races across the country, the new Husqvarna Canada Team is off to a great start to the 2010 season.

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Ducati wins the prestigious Cycle World “10 Best” award for the Multistrada 1200 S Sport

Ducati North America and Cycle World Magazine are proud to announce today the award for “Best Open Streetbike” of 2010 to the new Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Sport.

As part of Cycle World’s “10 Best” awards, which have been given annually since 1976, the title of “Best Open Streetbike” is one of the most desirable accolades in the entire motorcycle industry. Ducati is especially proud of its Multistrada 1200 S Sport getting this year’s nod as Best Open Streetbike, as the Multistrada is a perfect fit. The title honors the Multistrada’s great versatility in all segments; not just limiting it to the Dual Sport, Sport Tourer, or Superbike classes. Cycle World states this in their review:

“Corner carving in many regions has degenerated into an endurance contest, wherein hardened enthusiasts suffer through hours of low bars, high pegs and thin seats in a quest for sportbikedom's Holy Grail, the apex. This is why the 2010 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Sport is a revelation. With its broad, high-leverage handlebar and bolt-upright ergonomics, a punchy, superbike-sourced 135-horsepower liquid-cooled V-Twin and 17-inch wheels, the newest Multi is comfortable and fun and fast everywhere—a true horizon-expander.”

The Multistrada 1200 S Sport has only been on the market for two months and it has already deemed itself worthy of the prestigious award. For the customers who ordered their bike after the model’s announcement in 2009, it has proved more than worth the wait.

For more information about the Cycle World “10 Best” awards and the category of “Best Open Streetbike;” please visit For more information on the revolutionary new Multistrada 1200 S, please visit


ZERO motorcycles expands Canadian operations - Ride a Zero

Zero Motorcycles today (July 14, 2010) announced the expansion of its Canadian sales and marketing operations with the addition of National Motorsports. Canadians who have been waiting to experience the design and technology that has made Zero Motorcycles the global leader in electric motorcycles will now have more opportunities to demo the entire 2010 motorcycle line.

“The expansion of our operations in Canada allows motorcyclists to experience Zero Motorcycles alongside representatives who share their enthusiasm,” said John Lloyd, VP of Worldwide Sales for Zero Motorcycles. “We’re excited to be growing our presence in Canada due to the tremendous response we’ve received from the local motorcycle community and are proud to have the opportunity to share the experience, innovation and performance of Zero Motorcycles.
'Built from the ground up using Zero Motorcycles' proprietary Z-Force power pack and aircraft grade alloy frame, Zero Motorcycles achieves an industry leading power-to-weight ratio that increases range and maneuverability. The Zero S and DS have a range of up to 80 km., and a GPS verified top speed of 107 km/h. Each model combines state-of-the-art Z-Force technology with an ultra-light frame design, making them agile and fast where it counts the most. Instant acceleration and lightweight design enables Zero Motorcycles to take on anything from city streets, to off-road trails, combining exhilaration with efficiency.
To find out more about Zero Motorcycles and to schedule a demo through National Motorsports, please visit:


Strong results for Ruthless Racing

MOSPORT, Ontario (Tuesday, July 13, 2010) – Mosport International Raceway The Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada supported Ruthless Racing Inc. Team came away from the fourth and fifth rounds of the Parts Canada Superbike series with some strong results.

Practice for the double-header weekend was held on the Thursday, with qualifying scheduled for Friday,
but unfortunately a torrential downpour followed by steady rain caused the organizers to rate the Friday as a practice day only and the dry track practice times were used to establish both the qualifying times and the National Championship grids.

In the Pro Sportbike class, Dave Estok, riding a Buell 1125R bike, had recorded fourth-fastest time and would start from the front row of the field of nineteen riders. Olivier Spilborghs rode the #77 Buell XB9R bike to the second-fastest position in K&N Filters Sport Twins qualifying – just 0.776 seconds behind Buell XB12R rider Robert Busby. Team owner Darren James debuted the new Harley-Davidson® XR 1200 motorcycle in competition and qualified the brand-new machine in eighth place in a group of fifteen competitors.

In the races, both Dave Estok and Darren James displayed their very experienced riding skills, and the sound of the Buell 1125R motorcycle contrasted with the high-revving Japanese brands. In Saturday’s race, Estok scored a fourth place and James followed in fifth. On Sunday, the team captured fifth and sixth, as Estok slipped one position in the finishing order, and once again James followed suit. Estok commented on both days: “Saturday was great. I wasn’t happy that I almost threw it away in turn ten, and I could’ve been closer to the leaders, but I’m real happy with the results. It’s the best race I’ve had here.” Estok was not so enthused after his fifth place in the Sunday final. “I feel like I owe the team an apology. I don’t know what happened, ’cause I’m usually really good on the start, but they caught me sleeping. My hat goes off to Rod Matechuk for doing such a great job on the bike. He and the team deserved better – I should have made it to the podium.”

Spilborghs placed second in both of the Canadian Sport Twins finals but was closer to the win on Saturday. “It was close,” Olivier confirmed. “I was strong in areas and could close on him, and then he [Busby] would pull me where his bike was strong. I had a chance at him in the final turns, but couldn’t get it done.” On Sunday, an inspired Spilborghs tried once more, but to no avail. “I passed Busby early, ’cause I didn’t want him to gap me, but then I screwed up down in Moss’ and he got by. Then I missed a shift and that was all he needed. I guess if I’m going to get beat, it’s okay to get beat by a Buell [bike],” he said laughing.

Ruthless Racing Inc.’s Darren James summed up his Sport Twins experience: “The bikes are really coming along, and I went faster on Sunday than I did on Saturday, so that’s good. It was actually a very good weekend for us. David is strong in the points and showing real well against the Japanese sport bikes, and Ov still has a real chance at the championship in the Twins class. I’m happy that we’re getting beat by a Buell [bike]; Busby is really riding well this year.”

James showed sadness as he reluctantly confirmed that race technician Dave Murphy would be leaving the team, after many years of service. A clearly emotional Murphy also confirmed the news and commented, “I’ve been doing this for half my life. You gotta hang it up sometime, and the time has come. I’ve worked with the greatest riders in Canada over the years, and I think that to end my career now, on a high note working for Deeley, is appropriate. I’ll miss it for sure. Like I said, half my life has been spent doing this. It’s time for some R&R.”

The Ruthless Racing Inc. team sponsored by Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada will see action again at the final two rounds of the 2010 Parts Canada Superbike Series, to be held at Atlantic Motorsport Park near Halifax, Nova Scotia, from August 5 through August 8. For more information, please refer to


Noise law passed in Edmonton

A bylaw has been passed in Edmonton requiring bikers to reduce their noise pollution. Other municipalities said to be considering instituting the same type of bylaw include Calgary, Windsor, Winnipeg and Regina, who are also looking at cracking down on motorcycle noise

Edmonton’s initiative relies on new equipment that enables police to measure motorcycle noise. They began conducting spot checks in high-traffic areas on July 1, with officers conducting a two-stage test, assessing the sound of a motorcycle motor when idling and also when revving. Bikers found to have machines generating more than 96 decibels are subject to a $250 ticket, with fines going up to $10,000 for repeat offenders. 

Want to see how it`s done - here`s a link to a CBC article with further information.


New HD video online at VRIDETV

Jeff over at VRIDETV has been hard at work - He tells us that there's been a lot of work done to the website in the last couple of months, both visible and behind the scenes in order to provide you with easier access to content. 

Here's the rest of the news from Jeff:

VRIDETV has a new store with a 20% off coupon, a reviews section, and revised main page are just some of the changes made, so after watching this new video, please have a look around the site and let us know what you think by leaving a comment in our new blog section.

 A new high definition video has been posted featuring: 
A motorcycle ride into Rouleau Saskatchewan to visit the set of TV's hit comedy series, Corner Gas. The Ruby restaurant, Dog River Hotel, the Howler newspaper building, and the Dog River grain elevator are all seen in this high definition video. We also captured a beautiful prairie sunset and a full moon over this iconic building. We hope you enjoy it and share it with others...

Here's the link:


Fabrizio works hard to take podium in race to at BRNO

Sunday 11th July: a day of mixed fortunes for Michel Fabrizio and the Ducati Xerox Team on the Czech circuit of Brno today; a technical problem forced the Italian to retire in race 1 but he fought back to take a well deserved podium in race 2, after battling against Ruben Xaus (BMW). Noriyuki Haga on the other hand, starting from fifteenth on the grid, rode two strong races and made up many positions to close sixth and fifth.

Noriyuki Haga made a great start in the first race, carving his way through the field to move up from fifteenth on the grid to sixth by the end of the first lap. He chased Sylvain Guintoli for the first few laps and then Ruben Xaus but, although he got close, he was unable to pass the BMW. In the last part of the race he started to suffer from tyre wear and fought to the line to maintain sixth position, just ahead of James Toseland. Michel Fabrizio found himself caught up in traffic at the first corner and was in thirteenth position on the opening lap. Over the next five laps he made a good recovery as far as eighth place but unfortunately, as he was beginning to gain on Toseland, he suffered a mechanical problem with the engine and, finding he could not change gear, he was obliged to retire to the garage during the twelfth lap.

Race 2 took place on a much hotter track (60°C) and this time both Ducati Xerox riders made strong starts, particularly Noriyuki who by the second lap had already made up nine positions. Michel got past Xaus on lap five to take third place, leaving Ruben fourth ahead of Noriyuki in fifth. The Roman rider continued to fight against Xaus who pushed hard to get ahead once more in lap nine but on the fifteenth lap the Spanish rider made a mistake and fell, putting paid to his podium chances. Fabrizio, already too far behind race leaders Max Biaggi and Jonathan Rea, did not give up and continued to push to ensure himself of a podium spot after the disappointment of race 1. Noriyuki, who changed to the a r A type rear tyre for race 2 (a softer tyre than the C used in race 1), was doing everything he could to hold fourth place but two laps from the end Toseland got by, and the Japanese rider closed fifth.

After this ninth World Superbike round, Haga continues to lie in fifth position, holding 172 points, while his team-mate Fabrizio is eighth with 147 points. Ducati is third in the manufacturers standings with 276 points.

Noriyuki Haga (Race 1 – 6th, Race 2 – 5th)

“I made a strong start in Race 1 but it was difficult to catch Xaus. My tyres were not bad during the first half of the race but nevertheless I couldn’t push as I wanted to and Xaus remained there in front of me. In the second race we changed the tyre but maybe it doesn’t suit my riding style because I didn’t feel so stable and it didn’t give me enough feeling. Having said that, I was able to make up several positions and fifth, even though I hoped to do much better, wasn’t bad considering my grid position.”

Michel Fabrizio (Race 1 – DNF , Race 2 – 3rd)

“In Race 1 I realised straight away that I had a problem because I wasn’t able to push and then the bike started to vibrate a great deal. At a certain point I wasn’t able to put the bike into gear and so had to come back to the box. It’s a shame because I was gaining on Toseland and thought I could run a good race, maybe even reaching the podium. Race 2 went much better. I defended myself and am satisfied with the result, though I was sorry for Xaus of course.”

RESULTS: Race 1 – 1. Rea (Honda); 2. Biaggi (Aprilia); 3. Crutchlow (Yamaha). Race 2 -  1.  Biaggi (Aprilia); 2. Rea (Honda); 3. Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox)

CLASSIFICATION: Riders – 1. Biaggi (Aprilia) 352; 2. Haslam (Suzuki) 284; 3. Rea (Honda) 203; 4. Checa (Ducati) 189; 5. Haga (Ducati Xerox) 172; 6. Toseland (yamaha) 160; 7. Corser (BMW) 149; 8. Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) 147;  

Manufacturers – Aprilia 358; Suzuki 305; Ducati 276; Honda 214; Yamaha 206; BMW 163; Kawasaki 55


2011 Triumph Adventure Teaser - Triple 800cc BMW competitor?

Word is that Triumph is going to be launching an adventure model that'll reportedly will come in 'street' and 'off-road' versions.  Rumor is it'll be an 800cc triple.  Please say it's true is all we can say!

We'll have to wait until the EICMA show in November to see the official unveiling but for now - here's what Triumph has offered up...


BMW Motorrad sales up - confirmation of six cylinder engines coming soon

Sales of BMW's are up, and what has been reported in many outlets but the first offical notice from BMW that we've seen.  BMW six cylinder motorcycles are on the way!

More details:

In the first half-year of 2010, BMW Motorrad sold 57,015 (prev. yr. 46,972) vehicles. This represents a retail growth of 21.4 % from the first half of 2009. The positive global trend for BMW Motorrad continued in June. Despite the negative trend on the global motorcycle markets, BMW Motorrad was able to sell more motorcycles year-on-year for the sixth consecutive month. In June, a total of 11,584 (prev. yr. 9,402 / +23.2%) vehicles were delivered to customers. The bestseller list was topped by the large long-distance enduro, the R 1200 GS, which is the world’s best-selling motorcycle in the segment for large capacity bikes in the 500 cc plus class. In the year to the end of June, no less than 6,459 (in June 1,223) units of the S 1000 RR, BMW Motorrad’s first supersport motorcycle, were delivered to customers worldwide – earning it second place in the supersport segment among the 1000 cc class sport bikes.

At a technology day to present BMW’s first in-line six-cylinder motorcycle engine in early July, the business unit provided a first glimpse of its next product offensive. In the future, the engine will power two luxurious new BMW touring bikes, the K 1600 GT and the K 1600 GTL, which will be presented to the public in autumn 2010. Both models will be distinguished by their innovative technology, superior engine smoothness and state-of-the-art fuel consumption.


Ducati Xerox Team checks in at BRNO for Round 9 of the World Superbikes

The Ducati Xerox team gears up for Round 9 of the World Superbike Championship, taking place this weekend at the Automotodrom Brno in the Czech Republic.

Eighth round Misano was extremely hard fought, as well as being the hottest event on the 2010 calendar so far, but Michel Fabrizio’s determination paid off when he reached the podium in Race 2 (third), having just missing out on a top three finish in race 1 (fourth). Noriyuki, starting from further down the grid, finished the races in seventh and ninth position, consolidating fifth place in the overall championship standings.

Straight after the Misano round, the factory team moved on to an equally hot Imola to participate in the official tests scheduled by championship organisers Infront Motor Sports at the “Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari”. During the two day session Noriyuki and Michel concentrated mainly on tyre testing, with Pirelli bringing various new compounds to the track, and by the close of play Michel had recorded the second fastest time overall, Noriyuki the fifth.

Attention now turns to the upcoming Czech event. Brno was one of only two rounds in which Noriyuki failed to achieve a podium finish last season, mainly due to the fact that he was riding with a fractured scapula after a bad accident at Donington Park. In spite of his serious injuries, the Japanese rider rode two strong races and finished well inside the points zone in both. Michel, on the other hand, was fast in all the practice sessions but a costly mistake put paid to his chances in Race 1. He reached the podium in the second race but had hoped to do better at the track at which he has had most success in recent years. Both Ducati Xerox riders hope for a much better performance at the Czech circuit this season.

Noriyuki Haga (5th in championship, 151 points)

Noriyuki has won only one race at Brno, back in 2005.
“I like the Brno track and don’t really know why I haven’t done better. I have won a race there but that feels like a few years back now! Last year was especially hard work after the accident at Donington, I needed lots of painkillers in order to get through race day and all in all the results were not so bad; of course we want to do a lot better than that this year though.”

Haga’s Superbike form at Brno:
2009: Race 1 – 8th, Race 2 – 6th
2008: Race 1 – 6th, Race 2 – 7th
2007: Race 1 – 4th, Race 2 – 4th
2006: Race 1 – 4th, Race 2 – 3rd
2005: Race 1 – 7th, Race 2 – winner

Michel Fabrizio (8th in championship, 131 points)

Michel has scored six podiums over eight races at the Czech track but a race win has thus far eluded him.
“Traditionally I’ve done well at Brno in recent years but, although I’ve had a lot of podium success, I haven’t ever won a Superbike race there. I was happy to be back on the podium at Misano just recently but I really had to fight tooth and nail to get there; the competition won’t be any easier to beat at Brno, but I’m feeling confident that I can do well.”

Fabrizio’s Superbike form at Brno:
2009: Race 1 – DNF, Race 2 – 3rd
2008: Race 1 – 3rd, Race 2 – 2nd
2007: Race 1 – 6th, Race 2 – 3rd
2006: Race 1 – 3rd, Race 2 – 2nd

Country: Czech Republic
Name: Automotodrom Brno
Circuit length: 5.403 km
Pole position: left
Corners left: 6
Corners right: 8
Race distance: 20 laps = 108.060 km

LAP RECORDS: Fastest lap – Biaggi (Aprilia) 1’59.961 (2009). Superpole – Bayliss (Ducati Xerox) 1'58.345 (2008).

2009 RESULTS: Race 1 - 1. Biaggi (Aprilia); 2. Checa (Honda); 3. Rea (Honda); Race 2 – 1. Spies (Yamaha); 2. Biaggi (Aprilia); 3. Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox)


Sales increases in June for BMW

BMW Motorrad Canada reported 260 retails in June, an increase of 7%over the same period in 2009. BMW Motorrad year-to-date retails of 1,210 units represent an increase of 3% over last year.

More News from Bavaria:

The  recently held, 30 Years of BMW Motorrad Days was a success with record attendance and glorious weather.

The weather turned out particularly well for the tenth anniversary. In hot midsummer temperatures, over 35,000 riders and fans of the brand BMW Motorrad not only set up a new attendance record but also partied to their hearts' content for three days on end.

Once again, fans arrived from all over the world. Not only had Italians, Scandinavians, Russians and Ukrainians made the trip: there was also a travel group of seven BMWs which had come all the way from Israel, and registration plates from the USA and Dubai were even spotted on the car park.

Visitors were thrilled with the attractive and densely packed program of events, which this year was organised around the 30-year anniversary of the BMW GS. Test rides, motorcycle convoys, stunt shows and a party atmosphere ensured that the interest level was high at all times. In addition to the award ceremony for BMW Special Models “30 Years GS” on Saturday there was a draw for special models. On Friday evening Georg Opalka won a BMW F 800 GS "30 Years GS", while Wolfgang Kracker was the happy recipient of a BMW R 1200 GS "30 Years GS" on Saturday evening.


Ural Sales are UP!

The latest news from Irbit is that Ural sales are up - way up - from the same 5 month period over last year.  January-May sales are up 41% from the same period last year. With the overall industry growth being at a modest 1.4% rate.  

Pretty good news for fans of the Russian sidecar motorcycle manufacturer!

In other Canadian Ural news they've got a new dealer in Saskatchewan.  Here's the details:  

Saskatchewan, CANADA
Cossack Cycles

2920 Idylwyld Drive, Saskatoon, SK S7L 5Y6
Phone: (306) 933-2100

For more Ural news select our Ural news category HERE.


Lean Angle Announces New Website and TechSpec (Canada) Sponsored Racers

We received a Press Release from the folks at Lean Angle (A Canadian company based in Ottawa) and it looks like they've got some pretty good gear for racers.  You might want to check them out - here's the full Press Release:

TechSpec (Canada) has a new online home on the recently launched website. TechSpec Gripster Grip Pads, the leading tank grip solution for powersports enthusiasts, is also proud to announce that they've found a new home on the gas tanks of some of the most exciting and talented male and female racers in Canada.

Lean Angle distributes of some of the finest, best-of-breed, niche products available to the powersport enthusiast. The new website will be the home to TechSpec (Canada) Gripster Grip Pads and will provide consumers with the most current information about fresh product developments, our growing network of Canadian dealers and for further convenience, it will also offer direct purchasing via their online store.

The new website will also be a great source for road racing fans to keep up-to-date on TechSpec's roster of Canadian road racers.

TechSpec Canada is proud to welcome top Canadian road racer Andrew Nelson who competes on board a BMW S 1000 RR in this year's Parts Canada Superbike Championship. Nelson made an impressive debut this season with an 8th place finish during the opening round at the Circuit ICAR near Montreal. The Kars, Ontario based rider continued his impressive efforts with a 5th place in Round 2 at Race City Motorsports Park, Calgary, Alberta and a 4th place finish in Round 3 at the same track

Returning for 2010 is Roxanne Gravelle who will be competing primarily in the Pro Honda Oils Women's Cup Challenge series, as well as select rounds of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship in the Amateur Sportbike class. She will also compete in select events of the RACE Regional SuperSeries held at Shannonville, Ontario.

"We are very pleased to have Roxanne return for the 2010 racing season. She is consistently fighting for good positions on the track and is always a superb ambassador to the sport off the track." said Steve Reed, President of Lean Angle.

Last year's Honda CBR125R Challenge Champion Steven Nickerson has also joined the TechSpec team for 2010.  Nickerson will pilot a Honda CBR600RR in the Amateur Sport Bike division of the 2010 Parts Canada Superbike Championship. This summer he has already achieved a 7th at Circuit Icar and a 10th and a 6th place finish at the recent doubleheader race held at Calgary's Race City Motorsports Park.

Geneviève (Gigi) Lesieur, Martin Ricard, Lee Kuhn Jr. and Johnny Spinelli complete the TechSpec team roster for 2010. Lesieur competes as a Pro in the National 600 Sportbike class and as an Expert in the Pro Honda Oils Women's Cup Challenge series. Also at the National level, Ricard will race at select rounds in the national Superbike class and Kuhn will compete in the Amateur Sportbike Class. Regional ace Spinelli will compete in both the SOAR Racing Series Novice 600 Championship and in the RACE SuperSeries Amateur 600 Championship.

TechSpec Canada and Lean Angle are also proud to partner with and support two of the finest advanced riding schools in Canada. Students attending the Turn 2 SportBike School and the FAST riding school will experience first hand the benefits of the Gripster tank pads on both school's fleet of motorcycles.

"We want to congratulate all of our sponsored racers on their excellent season thus far. We've had some great feedback from our racers and from the schools we have partnered with. We wish them all continued success for the remainder of the season." added Reed.


About Lean Angle
Lean Angle (, based in Ottawa, is the exclusive Canadian distributor of the Tech Spec Gripster Tank Pads as well as other best-of-breed, niche products available to the powersport enthusiasts such as the Medical Information Carrier System (MICS) for Helmets and Lost Era Leathers


High Performance Race Parts program for the BMW S 1000 RR

With the S 1000 RR, BMW Motorrad offers a supersports bike which provides an impressive overall package of power, performance and safety for both country roads and the racing circuit.

Since the model launch, an extensive range of BMW Motorrad motorcycle equipment has been available for the S 1000 RR. This accessory program is now being consistently expanded to include special products for use on the race track - the High Performance Race Parts.

In this way, BMW Motorrad is responding to the fact that over 40 percent motorcyclists are actively involved in track riding - either race track training or professionally in national racing series.

For this reason, BMW Motorrad will be offering race track riders special products which are approved solely for use on the race track and are not authorised for road use.

The first in the range will be the HP Race Cover Kit and the HP Race Power Kit, which will be available from July 2010. Other HP Race Parts such as the HP Race Calibration Kit, the HP Race shift-pattern reversal and the HP Race right footrest plate will be available from the fourth quarter of 2010.

HP Race Cover Kit.

For use on the race track, the mirrors, front direction indicators and licence plate holder including rear direction indicators are usually removed. The HP Race Cover Kit provides covers to replace the missing parts so as to give the motorcycle the perfect racing trim in visual terms, too.

The kit includes two covers for the mirrors, two covers for the front direction indicators, a cover for underside of tail section as well as a blue fabric bag with white "HP High Performance Parts" lettering in which to keep the covers.

HP Race Power Kit.

With the HP Race Power Kit BMW Motorrad meets race track riders’ needs with regard to further increased performance.

An Akrapovič racing exhaust system made of light titanium not only ensures significantly reduced exhaust back pressure but also saves weight. The dB Eater (98 dB) included means that more stringent limitations imposed by race track operators can be adhered to if necessary.

A feature already used by many racing teams, the racing control unit with racing data status provides optimised engine qualities and a significant increase in torque, especially in the medium engine speed range which is so important in racing.

The data status developed for race track use ensures optimisation of the ride modes (RAIN, SPORT, RACE, SLICK) as well as Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), providing further enhanced acceleration, traction and therefore performance.

The device is authorised by means of a code which is entered in the control unit by the BMW Motorrad dealer.