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Zero gets additional US grant money to support electric powertrain development

Zero Motorcycles awarded additional grant funds to support advanced electric powertrain development program.

$2 Million Program for Next Generation Powertrain Development gets $177,906 Boost!

Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, has been awarded its second grant in the state of California to further the development of advanced electric powertrain systems. The most recent award comes from the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District (MBUAPCD) where Zero was awarded a $177,906 grant in partnership with the city of Santa Cruz. This new grant adds funding to the $900,000 grant from the California Energy Commission awarded last month. The funds will be used to develop an advanced new electric powertrain for Zero Motorcycles. Additional matching funds from the City of Santa Cruz and others provides Zero with total funding for the project of $2,018,000.

“We are thrilled to receive this grant from the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District and we are further inspired by their enthusiasm and dedication to our company,” said Gene Banman, CEO of Zero Motorcycles. “Our intention with this new powertrain development program is to continue advancements in the powersports industry while supporting the local economy and this additional boost brings us much closer to reaching our goals.”

This newest grant will be used in Zero’s research and development program in Santa Cruz, California creating new jobs and economic growth. Zero now has the financial momentum and expertise it needs to develop electric motorcycle powertrains that exceed all current levels of performance, range and efficiency.

"Zero Motorcycles is an exciting company creating sustainable zero emissions electric transportation and we fully support their expansion in Santa Cruz,” said Bonnie Lipscomb, Director of Economic Development and Redevelopment for the city of Santa Cruz. “We are thankful for the support from MBUAPCD which helps companies like Zero grow while creating local jobs that support a greener environment for all of us – it’s the best kind of public-private partnership.”

David Fairchild, Air Quality/Transportation Planner for MBUAPCD added, “we are happy to support Zero’s innovative approaches to reducing the emissions from transportation.”

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NEW scala rider TeamSet PRO features Pre-Paired IDENTICAL Headsets

The new Cardo SCALA RIDER TeamSet PRO, will greatly enhance the riding experience for rider and passenger on a single bike by featuring two identical, pre-paired rider and passenger headsets that provide rider to passenger intercom communication. Each headset can function independently of each other.  BOTH users can make and receive their own voice activated, hands-free cellphone calls and listen to their own MP3 player or GPS units

Driver Headset Features includes

- speak on intercom to passenger (full duplex)
- initiate and receive own mobile calls by voice command
- listen to own Bluetooth enabled MP3 player (wirelessly or using wired connection with cable provided)
- listen to own Bluetooth enabled GPS device

Passenger Headset Features include:
- speak on intercom to driver (full duplex)
- initiate and receive own mobile calls by voice command
- listen to own Bluetooth enabled MP3 player (wirelessly or using wired connection with cable provided)
- listen to own Bluetooth enabled GPS device

Additional Driver and Passenger Headset Features include:
- VOX Technology- receive, initiate and reject calls by voice control
- Enhanced audio from dual ultra-slim speakers (less than ¼ inch thickness)
- Talk time up to 10 hours, Standby time up to 7 days
- Utilize intercom function without a mobile phone
- AGC Technology- headset automatically adjusts its own volume based on ambient noise
- Noise Canceling Microphone
- Fits virtually all helmets, easy 5 minute self-installation

*Stereo music requires compatible Bluetooth® enabled MP3 device
 **GPS voice instructions requires compatible Bluetooth® enabled GPS device
 
Cardo SCALA RIDER® TeamSet PRO     
MSRP $249.95 USD

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Double podium for Haga at Imola today

Noriyuki Haga (Ducati Xerox) completed two extremely impressive races at the Imola circuit today; starting from the fourth row of the grid, the Japanese rider carved his way through the field lap after lap.


A great day for Ducati that dominated Race 1, with Noriyuki accompanied on the podium by a faultless Carlos Checa and a “reborn” Lorenzo Lanzi, before securing the top two spots in Race 2 with Checa, who scores his first double win with his 1198, and a competitive and determined Haga.

Race 1: Noriyuki made up a lot of ground off the line, in ninth after the first lap. A drop in the performance of some of the frontrunners, in the second half of the race, allowed the Japanese rider to catch first Tom Sykes and then Jakub Smrz, putting him fourth. On the final lap Noriyuki moved into third position and secured a podium spot when Leon Haslam ran off track while trying to get past Checa. Michel Fabrizio, having lost a couple of positions at the start, had difficulty with the rear of the bike, that moved around excessively. He continued to make progress throughout the 21-lap race however, to close in seventh position.

Race 2: on a warmer track, Noriyuki was again able to make rapid progress, making up eleven places in nine laps. The Japanese rider never gave up, passing Max BIaggi, Tom Sykes  before going after Carlos Checa who had already built up a significant advantage. Haga did all he could but the Spanish rider only increased his pace, to take his first double win on board the 1198. Michel, having made a better start than in Race 1, did well in the initial stages and was fifth by the seventh lap. The smoke generated when Leon Haslam suffered a technical problem just in front of Michel, caused the latter to run off track and lose three positions. Although the Roman rider quickly made those places back up, he unfortunately found neutral through the Acque Minerali which caused him to run wide and lose the front, putting an end to his race.

The points gained by Ducati today project the Borgo-Panigale based manufacturer into second position in the manufacturers championship. Noriyuki remains sixth in the riders classification, one point behind Cal Crutchlow, while Michel Fabrizio goes up to ninth.

Noriyuki Haga (Race 1 – 3rd , Race 2 – 2nd)

“It wasn’t easy and I’m really happy to have reached the podium twice, even if I couldn’t win today. At this track the first corner is particularly narrow and that can make the first lap pretty dangerous but I got through it and made up some positions there, and then found a good rhythm in both races which meant I could start to catch up, finally reaching third, and then second. Of course it would have been even better to win but I would have needed a few more laps in order to do that. My congratulations go to Carlos, Lorenzo and Cal as they all rode extremely well, especially Carlos. A Ducati 1,2,3 and then a 1,2 ¬- I'd say we can all be happy with that.”

Michel Fabrizio (Race 1 – 7th , Race 2 - DNF)

“Of course I wanted to do better on Ducati’s home track. In race 1 I was able to make up some places but the feeling I had with the bike got gradually worse and I didn’t have the necessary pace in the second half of the race. In race 2 I was confident and had good feeling but when Haslam had that problem, I also ran off track, losing ground. An error on the 14th lap caused me to crash and unfortunately I was unable to get back on.”

RESULTS: Race 1 – 1. Checa (Ducati); 2. Lanzi (Ducati); 3. Haga (Ducati Xerox). Race 2 -  1. Checa (Ducati); 2. Haga (Ducati Xerox); 3. Crutchlow (Yamaha)

CLASSIFICATION: Riders – 1. Biaggi (Aprilia) 413; 2. Haslam (Suzuki) 350; 3. Rea (Honda) 288; 4. Checa (Ducati) 274; 5. Crutchlow (Yamaha) 239; 6. Haga (Ducati Xerox) 238; 7. Toseland (Yamaha) 187; 8. Guintoli (Suzuki) 184; 9. Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) 169; 10. Corser (BMW) 165
Manufacturers  –Aprilia 433; Ducati 392; Suzuki 379; Yamaha 307; Honda 305; BMW 201;  Kawasaki 100

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Enduro Champ Rides off on a KYMCO

KYMCO Canada would like to extend a congratulations to all of the organizers and participants of this years Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship presented by Parts Canada. The second season of the series was a great success and boasted the participation of over 30 pro riders who represented 9 provinces.

The champion, Jason Schrage of Alberta not only took home the #1 plate, but also won himself a brand new KYMCO scooter! Congratulations Jason on your fantastic win! We sincerely hope you enjoy your new ride!


KYMCO Canada is a proud sponsor of the Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship presented by Parts Canada.

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BMW K1600 website launched

The big new bike from BMW has a website - actually they're promoting the release of two models on the site; the K 1600GT and the K1600 GTL.  They've got some flashy video's but not a lot of actual footage of the bikes.

There's some artist renditions and plenty  of facts about the new models.  The GT - or Gran Turismo is more sport touring oriented and the GTL adds some luxury to the mix.  It comes with a standard top box.

For more details but sadly not many actual photo's (yet) head on over to the BMW website HERE.

It is interesting that BMW claims the engine is the narrowest 6 cylinder in-line engines previously used in serial motorcycle production by 100 mm.

BMW claims the engine makes an impressive160 bhp at approx. 7500 rpm and a maximum torque of approx. 175 Nm at approx. 5000 rpm. One very impressive figure is that 70 per cent of maximum torque is available from just 1500 rpm. They're going to pack a lot of technology into these bikes too.

Luddites need not apply!

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2011 Canadian Enduro Championship Dates


After another successful season for the Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship presented by Parts Canada plans are already in the works for the 2011 season.  We are looking at some new venues in both the east and west to keep things fresh and interesting.

Once again the events will start in the west in July on the two weekends following the July holiday weekend - July 9 & 10 and July 16 & 17  and finish in the east in September on the two weekends following the Labour Day holiday weekend - Sept 10 &11 and Sept 17 & 18.

Details on exact locations will be released in the next few months.

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Ducati Xerox team aims to come out on top in front of home Italian crowd

Ducati Xerox riders Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio both hope to be celebrating on Sunday afternoon in front of thousands of loyal Ducatisti that will flock to the track for the coming’s weekend races.

Last year Ducati riders Noriyuki and Michel divided the spoils between them, Nitro-Nori triumphing in Race 1 after battling against team-mate Michel and Max Biaggi, with Michel crossing the line ahead of Nori in the second race for a spectacular Ducati one-two.

Haga, riding high after his latest Nurburgring win and the birth of his third child, will undoubtedly be determined and motivated, as will his team-mate Michel, with both wanting to do well at Ducati’s home track and score as many points as possible in the final two rounds of the 2010 season.

The team tested at the Imola autodromo over the summer with very promising results, meaning that the factory squad is in a confident state of mind going into the penultimate round.

Noriyuki Haga (6th in championship, 202 points)
After his recent success in Germany, Noriyuki wants the winning streak to continue.

“I had a great weekend at Nurburgring and this has made me more determined to take wins at these final two rounds of Imola and Magny-Cours. I haven’t been getting much sleep since the birth of baby Kanon but I’ll be ready and raring to go on Friday. I hear we’re going to have a huge number of guests, all coming to the track to support us one last time, so it’s important we put on the best possible show for them.”

Haga’s Superbike form at Imola:

2009: Race 1 – winner, Race 2 – 2nd
2006: Race 1 – 4th, Race 2 – 6th
2005: Race 1 – 3rd
2004: Race 1 – 4th, Race 2 – DNF
2002: Race 1 – 5th, Race 2 – 4th

Michel Fabrizio (10th in championship, 160 points)
Fabrizio hopes for the best weekend of his 2010 season.

“Imola is going to be emotional for the whole team. Our final Italian round as part of the Ducati Xerox squad, at Ducati’s home track. Nothing less than a win will do this weekend. Winning is the most fitting way to celebrate these last three years with the factory team and repay all the guys for their dedication.”

Fabrizio’s Superbike form at Imola:
2009: Race 1 – 3rd, Race 2 – winner
2006: Race 1 – DNF, Race 2 - DNF

CIRCUIT DATA:
Country: Italy
Name: Autodromo di Imola
Circuit length: 4.936 km
Pole position: left
Corners left: 10
Corners right: 6
Race distance: 21 laps = 103.656 km

LAP RECORDS: Fastest lap – Haga (Ducati Xerox) 1'48.982 (2009). Superpole – Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) 1'47.735 (2009).

2009 RESULTS: Race 1 - 1. Haga (Ducati Xerox); 2. Biaggi (Aprilia); 3. Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox). Race 2 – 1. Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox); 2. Haga (Ducati Xerox); 3. Simoncelli (Aprilia).


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Eastern Canadian Enduro Championship and Overall Canadian Enduro Championship

The second season of the Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship prestented by Parts Canada is in the books.  Riders, organizers, and the media all agree it was another successful season.  This year there were over 30 pro and amateur riders who contested all 8 rounds with 9 provinces represented (BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick).

On Sunday World Enduro Canada awarded the Inside MotoX & Offroad Magazine Eastern Canadian Enduro Championships as well the overall Canadian Enduro Championships.  Honda's Jason Schrage took home the #1 Pro plate, and the Kymco scooter that went with it.  Congratulations to all the riders who competed this year and to all of our Champions.

A special thank you goes out to all the sponsors who made this series possible.  Royal Distributing, Parts Canada, Honda, Yamaha, KTM, Husqvarna, Kymco, Rockstar, Rekluse, Steadymate, West Jet, Label It, Wiesner Insurance, Fullbore Marketing, Arai Helmets and Moose Racing.

World Enduro Canada also wants to recognize and thank our great media partners.  Thanks to them our media exposure doubled this season.  Offroadmotorcycles.ca (over 150,000 page views since June!) InsideMotorcycles, MXP, Inside MotoX & Offroad Magazine, Offroadchampions.com and Toronto Star.

2010 Canadian Enduro Champions
Overall Top Pro – Jason Schrage (Alberta) - Honda
E1 – Jared Thomas (Alberta) – KTM
E2 – Jason Schrage (Alberta) – Honda
E3 – Geoff Nelson (BC) – KTM
Vet Pro – Jean Pellerin (Quebec) – KTM
A – Tyler Murray (BC) - Suzuki
B – Ben Riviere (Alberta) – KTM
C – Ty Mckenna (Alberta) – KTM
Vet – Barry Billings (Ontario) – KTM
Super Vet – Jean Marie Breau (New Brunswick) – KTM
Inside Motorcycles Top Pro Junior - Ryan Graffunder (BC) - Husqvarna

2010 Inside MotoX and Offroad Magazine Eastern Canadian Enduro Champions
A – Tyler Murray (BC) - Suzuki
B – Ben Riviere (Alberta) - KTM
C – Ty Mckenna (Alberta) - KTM
Vet – Rob Martin (Ontario) - KTM
Super Vet – Jean Marie Breau (New Brunswick) - KTM


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Ducati teams with Xerox on global ad campaign

Ducati Motor Holding is excited to announce its participation in Xerox’s most ambitious ad campaign ever.

The new campaign takes brand characters out of their expected roles and shows them doing business processes such as invoicing or digitizing documents. The results are exaggerated and demonstrate there are better ways for companies to handle back office work – by partnering with Xerox.

Ducati’s role in the campaign is a direct reflection of the company and its relationship with Xerox: that of an innovative, performance-obsessed motorcycle company which places its trust in Xerox for back office processes so it can focus on building the world’s fastest motorcycles.

The light hearted campaign- which kicked off in the US on September 7th – portrays such entertaining scenarios as a Ducati wind tunnel session interrupted by an office worker looking to have documents translated overnight; and visit to Ducati’s headquarters where everything is done at high speed.

"This campaign proves once more the effectiveness of the long term business cooperation between Ducati and Xerox," commented Ducati’s Director of Marketing, Diego Sgorbati. "We are really honored to display our products and demonstrate our commitment to high level customer services by applying the process of the industry’s global leader, Xerox. The campaign captures our brand core values of ‘Authentic Italian Performance’ and it’s clear that Xerox has a true understanding of Ducati’s corporate commitment to excellence. We are delighted with the potential vast exposure of the campaign outside of the traditional motoring environment and the increased visibility both for the Ducati brand and motorcycling in general."

The campaign can be found online here, and highlights examples of Xerox helping clients get back to real business while Xerox handles business processes.

For more information about Ducati, and its line of performance motorcycles; please visit www.ducati.com


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Schedule a Triumph Sprint GT Test Ride!

The Triumph Sprint GT sport tourer will arrive at dealerships just in time for the Sprint GT Unveiling Event: October 1 - 2, 2010.

Visit a participating dealer on Friday night to see the new bike in person, get some one-on-one time with factory trained experts, and learn about what sets this bike far apart from its competitors. Then come back on Saturday to take a demo ride on one of the first Sprint GT's in the country.* As you would expect from a Triumph motorcycle, the Sprint GT delivers outstanding real world performance in a practical and stylish package.

Mark your calendar for the 2011 Sprint GT Unveiling Event. Hosted by participating dealers October 1 - 2, 2010.


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Yamaha Tenere on Trans Lab Highway this October


Viewers of A Motorcycle Experience and Yamaha bloggers have spoken. It was time to up the ante! So we’ve manned up! It’s time to tackle North America’s Final Frontier!

What’s the deal? From October 3rd – 7th, the much talked about, 2012 Yamaha Super Tenere will transport me (Bryan Hudgin) the 1113KM’s from Baie-Comeau, QC to Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL on the legendary Trans-Labrador Highway. The term highway may be a bit of a misnomer here. As a resident of populous Southern Ontario, I tend to think of a highway as a 6-lane, concrete overpass filled, stop-and-go nightmare for my daily commute. To the residents of Labrador though, the Trans-Lab qualifies as a “Highway” because it’s the one and only road that can take you right through the heart of Labrador. Stop and Go or scenic wilderness? The latter works for me!

Of course, it wouldn’t be a challenge without any adversity. Last year’s rules of no money, no food and no accommodations, (yes that means a tent…in Labrador…in October…. What have I got myself into?) are still in effect. Toss in additional factors like nearly 1000KM of dirt roads and hundred’s of KM’s between gas stations and I think we’ve got quite the trek on our hands!

On the heels of this, I phoned Tim Kryski, our district sales manager for Newfoundland and Labrador to get his thoughts. We gabbed for about 20 minutes but only three of his comments really stuck with me after our conversation. They were, “Labrador in October? I can remember 2 years ago when they had 6-inches of snow in the middle of September”. THEN, “I’ve ridden motorcycles all my life and never once had the urge to do that trip” AND FINALLY “I had a person tell me it would have been fun if they didn’t need to have their feet down the whole time.”  (GULP) “Really? Gee Tim, I sincerely appreciate the pep-talk!”

But what is a life half-lived? Let’s cast away the boat lines and get this show started! The tour will start at Baie-Comeau Motorsports on the morning of the 4th. After that, we’ll try and stick to the tentative agenda below. If you live on QC’s HWY 389 or the Trans Lab look for the crew! I will be doing my best to provide updates (as long as wireless internet lets me) as the trip unfolds on the Yamaha Facebook page and Twitter accounts, so if you’re wanting to get all the grisly details be sure to bookmark; www.facebook.com/yamahamotorcanada or follow us on twitter at: YamahaMotorca.

In the meantime, anyone with any tips, preferably those that deal with edible plants, winter camping and how to fight off bears, please be sure to write in!

Monday, October 4

9:00 AM – Baie Comeau Motorsports
12:30 PM – Manic 5 Dam
2:00 PM – Manicougan Reservoir
4:00 PM – Relais Gabriel, QC

Tuesday, October 5

9:00 AM – Gagnon
10:00 AM – 52th Parallel
2:00 PM – Mount Wright
3:15 PM – Enter Labrador!
4:00 PM – Hewlett Minpaco, Labrador City/Wabush, NL

Wednesday, October 6

8:00 AM – Hewlett Minpaco
12:00 PM – Churchill Falls
4:00 PM – Central Labrador Plateau
6:00 PM – Frenchie’s Service Centre, Goose Bay, NL


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Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship - Parry Sound wrap up

Rounds 5 & 6 of the Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship presented by Parts Canada are in the books.  Matt and the gang from Dirtybikes.ca put together a tough and challenging course - something that deserved to be called a National round.  The entire weekend was presented by Honda - and their top rider Jason Schrage did not disapoint.  There was 29 Pro riders with 15 of them coming from Alberta, BC and Quebec who put on a great show.

Yamaha/Machine Racing's Brian Wojnarowski was the first rider to put a dent in Honda's Jason Schrage undefeated streak by topping him on Day 1 in the E2 class.  Jason figured out the terrain and came back on Day 2 to get his 5th win and 5th overall fastest award for the season.  Day 1 also saw Feeding Performance/Husqvarna rider Guy Giroux get his first win for the season in E3 and taking the fastest overall Pro honors for the day.  He won E3 again on Day 2 but lost the overall for the weekend to Jason.

Suzuki's Chris Van Hove was the man to beat in E1 as he battled all weekend with Jared Thomas from Alberta and Phillipe Chaine out of Quebec - a true National Podium.  Vet Pro was won by Clint Riviere from Pincher Creek, AB on day 1 and Jean Pellerin from Quebec taking Day 2 with Ontario's Paul Andratis in the mix to keep them both honest

The amateur classes saw Tyler Murray winning A class both days, Jed Franko taking both days in B class and the C class saw Alberta boys Dan Scott and Ty Mckenna swapping first and second both days.  KTM/Apex Cycle rider Rob Martin from Plattsville, ON won Vet class both days and Super Vet had Machine Racing's John Nelson and Jean Marie Breault from New Brunswick swapping first and second place over the two days

World Enduro Canada wants to thank all our Media partners who came out to support the event.  Ryan Gauld from MXP came to ride the event and after posting the fastest time in the first test his bike threw a chain and broke the engine case putting him out - he did come away with a very positive view of the Enduro world - check out his blog and photo essay .  Jeff Morgan from Inside MotoX and Offroad also came to ride the event and finished a respectable 8th & 6th in B class.  Dan Paris from Offroadmotorcycles.ca, Suzanne Howie from Inside Motorcycles were there as well as Bill Petro who was putting together material for Cycle Canada and The Toronto Star.  In addition Global Television sent a crew on Saturday for the evening news

The final two rounds will be held this weekend in Labelle, QC where we will be crowing the Eastern Canadian Enduro Championship in all 6 amateur classes - sponsored by Inside MotoX and Offroad Magazine-  as well as the National Pro Championships in all 4 Pro Classes.  The Overall number one Pro for the season will be handed the keys to his new Kymco scooter couresty of Kymco Canada.  There will be a season ending after party in Mt Tremblant on Sunday evening - hope to see you all there!

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Zero Motorcycles hires some big guns from tech and moto fields

Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycleindustry, today announced the appointment of Steve Salyer, Vice President of Operations, Richard Kenton, Director of Customer Service and Floyd Goshorn as Director of Developmental Purchasing. The additions mark Zero’s continuing trend of combining leading motorcycle and technology executives to build a new kind of motorcycle company. With seasoned executives in every key management roll, Zero is now in a position for even more aggressive growth through 2011.

“Strong leadership is essential for us to continue as the premier electric motorcycle manufacturer,” said Gene Banman, CEO of Zero Motorcycles. “Steve, Richard and Floyd all have vast experience that perfectly coincide with our goals to build fun and affordable electric motorcycles. Their decision to join Zero Motorcycles in addition to our recent appointment is a clear endorsement that our vision and capabilities will set us above the competition.”

As a supply chain and electrical engineering veteran who’s professional experience coincides with his passion for restoring and riding vintage motorcycles, Steve Salyer brings several years of executive management and engineering experience to his new role at Zero Motorcycles. While previously serving as President of Oxford Instruments, Salyer designed and built the company’s newest factory, tripling its capacity and doubling sales in three years. Salyer also authored Oxford Instrument’s quality manual including all protocols and managed the successful implementation of their ISO 9001 certification. During his tenure at Oxford Instruments, Salyer took on the role of ERP administrator while developing the sales, planning and manufacturing process flow. He also designed their NPI process, which is consistent with IFRS requirements, including their master plan, and GDPM. In addition to his many management accomplishments, Salyer holds numerous patents in the X-ray and vacuum tube technology sectors.

Kenton joins Zero Motorcycles with more than 12 years experience in the motorcycle and automotive industries. He has served in both customer service and after sales positions for BMW Motorrad, BMW North America, BMW Canada, Rolls-Royce, MINI and most recently as After Sales Director for Husqvarna Motorcycles. As a lifelong rider, racer, and enthusiast for all things two-wheels, Kenton raced in several specialized championships including the BMW Boxer Cup, Honda Hornet Cup, and the inaugural Husqvarna Supermoto Cup. Kenton has also traversed the east coast of Australia, Ecuador, Asia and many European and North American countries on dual sport motorcycles. He brings a level of passion and adventurous zeal that mirrors his world-class customer service experience to Zero Motorcycles and works to ensure all Zero customer’s needs are handled expeditiously and professionally.


Goshorn comes to Zero Motorcycles with more than 16 years of experience in motorcycle industry purchasing. He has worked with some of the biggest brands in the industry, including Harley-Davidson, Buell Motorcycle Company, Milsco Manufacturing (maker of motorcycle seats) and most recently as a manufacturer’s representative for GSK Group (Taiwan) and Kaiping Gada (China) which manufacturer a variety of motorcycle components.

During his time at Buell, Goshorn advanced to a Purchasing Engineer Lead. In this lead position, Goshorn was responsible for the successful integration of supplier components into new vehicle systems, planning and delivery of new products to market, managing quality, cost and timing targets; and engaging suppliers to share and integrate new technology and ideas. In his new role at Zero, Goshorn will be mainly responsible for supplier identification, selection, and development while setting quality, cost and time targets for individual components and ensuring targets are met.

Salyer, Kenton, and Goshorn round out Zero’s current bevy of industry talent which includes John Lloyd, VP of Worldwide Sales, Jay Freidland, VP of Sustainability, Abe Askenazi, VP of Engineering and Edwin Belonje, European Managing Director.

"2010 has been an exceptional year for us,” Banman added. “With four unique electric motorcycles, impressive global activity and world-class talent acquisitions, we have the perfect team in place to make tremendous strides in electric motorcycle technology and we look forward to what 2011 will bring while continuing to raise the bar in the industry.”

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New Triumph "Tiger" 800 - shown by CARB

Thank you California Air Resources Board!  CARB has listed a filing by Tiriumph for their new Tiger 800 (for the street) and and a Tiger 800XC (for more off-road capability).  The XC is said to be equipped with a 21-inch front wheel to help with the off-road worthiness.

While not officially announced, if you've been watching our site you know they've 'leaked' some video's

Word is that the engines are based on the 675 cc triple motor that have been boosted to 800 cc by increasing the stroke.

Looks like the BMW F800 GS will have some competition.  Power output is surely going to be competitive with the F800, and rumor is that it'll likely be around 100 HP.

I best start saving up now!

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Erik Buell - new street model coming soon?

Erik Buell hasn't been sitting around doing nothing since his departure from Harley Davidson.  He's been heavily involved in racing.  And with his non-compete clause end date drawing closer, details are slowing emerging about a new road going first bike from Erik Buell's new company; an 1190S road bike.

Catch the latest "official" video here:



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Roland Sands bring military spec toughness

Roland Sands has come out with a proprietary black finish that results in what they say is a military specification toughness.  Sounds like a pretty good idea.

"Our top-secret proprietary two tone black finish results in mil-spec strength & hardness. Billet aluminum has never looked so tough"

Check out the video below:


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Inaugural Turn 2 Moto Club GP Wraps Up the 2010 Season in Style

CALABOGIE, Ontario - Turn 2 Sportbike School wrapped up the 2010 season in style this past weekend with the running of the inaugural Turn 2 Moto Club GP Labour Day Weekend races at Calabogie Motorsports Park.

Mother Nature teased the facility with a few sprinkles on Saturday afternoon, but the energy and enthusiasm in the paddock was strong enough to deter the rain from dampening the riders' spirits.

Sunday started off cool with partially overcast skies, but the sun smiled on racers and spectators many times throughout the day which made for great race conditions.

Heartfelt thanks from company president George Budacki was given at the weekends closing ceremonies on Sunday afternoon.  "None of this would be possible without the support of our sponsors, partners, students, racers, fans, as well as our instructors and support staff."  said Budacki.

Budacki went on to label it as a monumental moment for him personally, and expressed his gratitude for all who have given Turn 2 the opportunity to provide a premium service to the motorcycle industry in Canada.  "It is a dream come true, and just wait until you see what we have planned for next year!" he concluded.

The grid for the Turn 2 Moto Club GP Superbike class was nearly full, and the Supersport grid was healthy as well.

Many CRG 2 and CRG 3 students signed up last minute to join their friends and fellow Moto Club members for their first time in the mock race.  The excitement from all the classes was unparalleled to any prior Turn 2 event.  The goal of the event was to maintain a friendly club environment, and the success of it was largely due to the entrants and the Turn 2 Moto Club members.

The following are the official results and lap times from Sunday:
Superbike Final: 1st - Francois Dumas, (2:05.139) 2nd - Stephane Houle (2:07.071, best lap in Saturday heat race of 2:05.879), 3rd - Paul Rigo (2:06.637).  Turn 2 would like to extend a special thanks to the top 3 finishers for a fantastic performance combined with top level sportsmanship on and off the track.  All 3 riders broke their personal best lap records during the weekend!  Also worth noting is the 4th place finish by Turn 2 Instructor Tim Robinson with a lap time of 2:07.096.

Supersport Final: 1st - Phillipe Masse (2:08.450), 2nd - David Jarvis (2:09.523), 3rd - Benoit Keppenne with a 2:14.462.  Sebastien Tremblay rode extremely well and held 3rd position for the majority of the race with a best lap of 2:09.995, but lost his spot due to a fuel shortage on 2nd last lap.  Special mention to Renee Larouche who worked her way up from mid pack to a 4th place finish in her first race event ever with a 2:14.633.  Another fantastic performance deserving recognition goes to off-road rider and asphalt newcomer Jeremy Steeves.  Jeremy took the leap into sportbikes and track riding with Turn 2 this year and placed 7th with a 2:19.623 after only his 3rd visit to beautiful Calabogie Motorsports Park.

Club Race Final: 1st - Adam Roos, 2nd - Jamie Wilson, 3rd - Peter Nikolettos. Special mention goes to Marc Andrews in his first race event ever, shaving 7 seconds off his personal best lap time, as well as Rick Pedskalny who also improved his best lap time by 3 seconds!

CRG 1 Best Lap award goes to  Marc Audette, who pulled off a spirited 2:33.841 lap time his first time here and impressed the Turn 2 CRG instructors with smoothness and an amazing ability to adapt to the layout of the track.

Turn 2 Superlap TT Series: 1st - Chris Bradbeer, 2nd - Stephane Houle, 3rd - Rejean Proteau. These 3 riders scored the highest overall points based on attendance and continual improvements in lap times throughout the season.
Turn 2 Moto Club Grand Prize Winner: Alexandre Cleary, took away a brand new 2010 Kawasaki Ninja 250R courtesy of Kahuna Powersports, a full set of NEXO road-race gear, complimented with a Zox helmet! 


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Canadian amateur racer Invited to 2011 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup Tryout in Spain

Top-ranked Canadian amateur road racer Steven Nickerson has been selected to attend a two-day trial for the 2011 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup series at the Monteblanco circuit near Sevilla, in the south of Spain - September 13-15.
Prior to learning that he was selected to attend the tryout the 15 year-old Hamilton-based racer had just wrapped up his first season in the Amateur Sport Bike class of the national Parts Canada Superbike Championship series. Nickerson finished the season with a solid third overall in the final 2010 Championship standings
This The Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup is a unique program designed to help develop up-and-coming young motorcycle talent from around the globe. This prestigious series provides riders a chance to compete on world-class racing circuits across Europe on identical KTM RC125 race bikes and under identical conditions. Riders are selected to tryout through a thorough application process.
Nickerson will be one of numerous riders ages 13 to 17 years old invited from around the world to vie for a handful of spots open to new applicants. The final selectees will have the opportunity to develop their skills and prove themselves in front of Grand Prix fans, teams and the media.
"This is an opportunity of a lifetime! My main goals are to have fun and improve each time I’m on the track.” said Nickerson. “I know whatever the outcome I will have learned so much and have had a very memorable experience!”
A panel of five racing experts will evaluate the Rookies Cup applicants in Spain. The selection committee includes noted engineer Harold Bartol, former MotoGP team owner Peter Clifford and 1993 500cc Grand Prix World Champion Kevin Schwantz.
About 10-15 racers from the two-day trial are expected to be invited to participate in the 2011 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup.
American Jake Gagne clinched the 2010 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup at the Misano World Circuit in Italy last weekend. The 17-year-old from California edged Great Britain’s Danny Kent for the title.


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Ducati sales rise dramatically in August 2010

Ducati North America is delighted to report a 24% increase in sales for the month of August, a significant growth in a declining market for the second month in a row.

August’s drastic increase in sales is the result of several influencing factors on the dealer and product sides of Ducati’s business. The increase is significant; as while Ducati is up 24% in North America the industry declined 13% stateside in August.

The arrival of the new Monster 796 and the first 848EVO Superbikes saw two of 2010’s most exciting new models hit the market; while the Multistrada 1200 S continues to be one of the industry’s best sellers. This formidable product lineup has reconfirmed that the market wants innovative, quality performance models.

“We are pleased with the hard work put forth by our dealer network, which allowed us to achieve these positive results,” said Jason Chinnock, Sales and Marketing Director for Ducati North America. “With the launch of the Fall Oppor2unity Sales Promotion and the renewed support of our dealer partners we are cautiously optimistic for the remainder of the season.”

September will mark the arrival of many pre-ordered 848EVO Superbikes and continued deliveries of the Monster 796 ABS and Multistrada 1200 S; ensuring strong sales for Ducati as the fall season kicks off.


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Motoress adds cosmetics to their lineup

MOTORESS; what I'd describe as a lifestyle motorcycle website focused on the needs of women has come out with a line of cosmetics. 

Full press release follows:

MOTORESS.com is not only renewing its web site but the Toronto based global company is launching a brand new cosmetic and garment line for women who ride. “These are exciting times at MOTORESS! Its absolutely thrilling introducing a high end, glamour line of cosmetic basics entirely with women riders’ needs in mind, into an industry that is so predominately masculine,” says Vicki Gray, the founder of MOTORESS and of International Female Ride Day. “It is also a great moment for all our fans at MOTORESS.com since we are offering them an updated website experience. It was time to improve its usability and refresh its look to continue catering to our grand audience and visitors. With the introduction of MOTORESS exclusive products, we needed to update the shopping experience with a fully functional e-commerce shop”, she adds. 

Since its introduction in 2006, MOTORESS continues its innovative methods to engage women riders. Today, the company offers women new products and services supporting their needs as enthusiasts in the lifestyle of motorsport. “It was time to introduce something so specifically feminine and what we’ve appropriately named “Beauty Gear” to the wardrobe for women riders!” adds Vicki. MOTORESS Beauty Gear includes lipstick, lip glaze, lip gloss, pressed mineral powder bronzer and mineral face and body shimmer powder. All product colours have been named with a “motorcycle theme” such as Racette, Zoom and Adrenaline for the lipsticks. Lip gloss and lip glaze in colours called Velocity, Torque and Rebel Diva to name a few which I’m certain women riders can have fun with!” Vicki adds.

All lipsticks are enriched with Vitamin E known for is soothing and healing properties. The formula is long lasting, super shiny and glossy with a lightweight feeling. The texture is creamier and richer than other varieties, leaving your lips feeling luscious while accenting them with dazzling colour. MOTORESS lip glosses have been formulated for their protection against the drying and damaging effects of the elements. All the information on this exciting new cosmetic line is available on the web site. “All products are available right now on line and world wide”, says Vicki who enjoyed her first corporate career in the health and beauty industry with Revlon International. The “Beauty Gear©” line will eventually be available through select motorcycle dealerships later on this year!” Vicki adds.

The garment line will carry firstly a small selection of t-shirt styles and a track jacket all made from either Bamboo or stretch Bamboo with a slight blend of organic cotton. Bamboo is gentle on the skin but high on performance. Its moisture wicking, antibacterial and UV resistant qualities make it ideal for wearing underneath motorcycle gear but soft and gentle for a woman’s more delicate skin. “Our International Female Ride Day t-shirt was from Bamboo and organic cotton and was a huge success-sold all over the world!” adds Vicki. The feedback we received underlined the decision to expand with our Bamboo. These are humble beginnings but we have exciting future plans as we move forward with MOTORESS products, clothing and the first of its kind “Beauty Gear” for women riders!”, says Vicki.

The cosmetics and apparel will be available online only via the MOTORESS.com e-shop located within the newly redesigned website. MOTORESS fans will be able to continue enjoying the websites broad range of news, articles and reviews but now right from the initial arrival to the site. Of course, the e-Shop will be easily reachable. “MOTORESS.com has a huge numbers of daily visitors and an equally large following. We wanted to ensure we continued to please and entice our visitors in their passion for motorcycling!” adds Vicki. With the fabulous fun fierce styled cosmetic line and apparel, Vicki Gray anticipates web traffic numbers to triple by the end of 2010.



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New management at Husqvarna Motorcycles

From September 1st 2010 Klaus Allisat (41) takes over management of Husqvarna Motorcycles S.R.L. from Rainer Thoma (42).

Klaus Allisat has worked for the BMW Group since 2003. He has been Vice President Purchasing BMW Motorrad since 2008, in which function he has also been responsible for Husqvarna Motorcycles purchasing operations.

Before joining the BMW Group Allisat worked in various internationally oriented positions in corporate consulting with A.T.Kearney GmbH, Stuttgart and prior to this for Daimler Benz AG, Stuttgart.

After three years of managing Husqvarna Motorcycles, Rainer Thoma will now be taking up a new position at BMW Group headquarters in Munich.

Since the acquisition of Husqvarna MC by the BMW Group in 2007, the company has been separated from MV Agusta, a new R&D centre has been put into operation at the Husqvarna site Cassinetta, production and spare parts supply has been restructured and the company has pushed ahead with numerous developments for the Husqvarna Motorcycles product offensive now starting.

In spite of a difficult global market environment, Husqvarna MC was able to maintain a stable sales volume from 2008 to 2009 as compared to the competition. With a sales decrease of only around 3% in 2009, the brand recorded a lower decline than any of its competitors.

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2010 Calabogie Boogie Trail Ride and Dualsport

We received some news from the folks at Rally Connex and in association with the Bytown Motorcycle Association (BMA) they're holding the Calabogie Boogie 2010 Dualsport this September 11-12 in Calabogie, Ontario.

Full Details:

Calabogie Boogie 2010 Dualsport

We have narrowed it down to just under 600km of prime trails, paths, gravel and paved roads. They are expertly linked together in a pattern that should keep everyone happy. There is a "main" route which leads through the course consisting of hard packed road allowances, gravel and paved roads. Branching off of the main route are various aggressive sections, with varying levels of difficulty. Some include two track trails, and hydro lines, while others are single track grass and short mud sections. There are look-outs and even "Extension" routes if you just can't get enough. The scenery is incredible and the wide variety of terrain will keep you giggling in your helmet. That's right, I said it.

All you need is a street legal bike. The larger bike, and those with gravel friendly tires will be linking together all the main routes, while the smaller bikes with knobby tires will be taking each of the aggressive sections. Everyone, including those in the on the trail ride, will be starting and finishing at the same location each day, including the lunch stops.

There is camping at the start area, beside the Calabogie Highlands Golf course. There are motels and gas in Calabogie, which is 10 minutes up the road.

The gas stops are within the routes, so you won't need to stray from the pack. The routes are laid out on GPS, which will be loaded at sign-in (inside the clubhouse on Friday evening and Saturday morning). If you do not have a GPS, you can buddy up with someone who does, or rent one. As with all of our events, we will have sweep riders on each route and a support truck available all day.

Bring your camera and a healthy appetite for adventure, and join about 200 fellow dirt bikers for the Calabogie Boogie Trail Ride and Dualsport.

On-line sign up and more details are available through http://www.rallyconnex.com/calabogie.htm

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BMW Motorrad achieves 3rd consecutive record month

BMW Motorrad achieves 3rd consecutive record month

BMW Motorrad Canada set an all time record for the month of August with 185 retails, an increase of 19.4% over the same period in 2009. BMW Motorrad year-to-date retails of 1,620 units represent an increase of 4.9% over last year.


And some bigger (global) news from the BMW Group:


The BMW Group achieved a global sales volume of approximately 1.29 million automobiles and over 87,000 motorcycles for the 2009 financial year. The pre-tax profit for 2009 was euro 413 million, revenues totalled euro 50.68 billion. At 31 December 2009, the company employed a global workforce of approximately 96,000 associates.

BMW Motorrad posted another major increase in sales in July and continued on its growth track. Against the persistent downward trend in the motorcycle segment over 500 cc, BMW Motorrad sales rose by 4.4% to 10,022 (prev. yr. 9,604) units in July. With its young and attractive range of models, BMW Motorrad reported sales growth of 18.5% to 67,037 (prev. yr. 56,578) vehicles in the year to the end of July.

The large long-distance enduro, the BMW R 1200 GS, remains the best-selling model in the BMW motorcycle range. The GS will be celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. It is the most successful BMW motorcycle ever built and has become the world’s best-selling motorcycle in the 500 cc and above range.

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Husqvarna Canada Race Report – FMSQ Rounds 6 & 7

FP Husqvarna / Zip-Ty Racing Canada’s podium streak has continued in Quebec’s hotly contested FMSQ series. Husqvarna Canada’s Guy Giroux and Karine Geoffrion each climbed the podium at both Round 6, held in Rockland on August 8th, and at Round 7 in Ormstown on August 22nd.

Giroux has put his Husqvarna on the podium in every FMSQ round he has raced in 2010. Karine Geoffrion’s consistent success battling the fierce competition in the ladies class leaves her sitting in a solid 2nd overall and only 6 points shy of taking over the lead in the Championship.

Prior to Round 6 in Rockland, Guy Giroux had spent some time riding Karine’s WR 125 two stroke in practice. He had so much fun that he decided to race one at the next round. Guy got a new WR 125 and installed the 144cc kit for the Rockland Race. Giroux hammered the little 144 through the Rockland course and fought his way into 2nd overall by the time the checkers flew.


GUY GIROUX

“I wasn’t sure if I had made the right decision to race the 144 but I had so much fun on that bike that it was ridiculous. Getting a podium with it made it that much better. It might not have the power I’m used to but that little bike turned and handled perfect”.

Karine Geoffrion screamed her trusty WR 125 off the starting line at Rockland and grabbed the holeshot before dropping back to 3rd early in the race. Karine mounted a charge throughout the rest of the race that left her shy of catching the leader, but with a solid 2nd overall at the finish and several minutes of breathing room over 3rd position.

KARINE GEOFFRION

At Round 7, both Guy and Karine picked up where they left off at the previous race by once again fighting their way to podium positions at the Ormstown event. Guy Giroux opted to race the WR 144 for the second race in a row and was rewarded with another solid 2nd overall finish.

“I was stuck in about 5th place after the start and was getting roosted like crazy. By the time I was able to pull the trigger and get into 2nd, Jason (Thomas) was long gone. The laps were very long and Karine pulled me in for fuel on lap 3 and it gave 3rd place a chance to catch up. It was pouring rain and the track was crazy slippery, so I just concentrated on staying up and avoiding trouble until the end.”

Although Karine Geoffrion had some challenges with the mud and rocks of the Ormstown course, she was able to ride steady and strong on her WR 125 and successfully battled her way to the final podium position. Karine’s 3rd overall in Ormstown leaves her 2nd overall in the 2010 series and within striking distance of the Championship

We are very grateful to our many amazing sponsors. Without them, our team would not exist.

Husqvarna Canada Team Sponsor

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, EC3D, Impact Canopies, GoPro, Enduro Engineering, Supersprox, SkyCap, Boyesen, E-line, IMS, Matrix Concepts, TM Designworks, 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.

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Rounds 5 and 6 Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship

Parry Sound, ON is the place to be on September 11th & 12th for the Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship presented by Parts Canada and brought to you by Honda Canada.  The first four rounds in Alberta and BC were a huge success and built the momentum and excitement for the final four rounds.  There were over 120 riders at the first events and we are expecting at least that many to show up in Parry Sound next weekend and Labelle, PQ on Sept 18th & 19th.

There are over 18 riders from Western Canada making the trip on the Royal Distributing race transport including top Pro's Honda's Jason Schrage, KTM's Geoff Nelson, Husaberg's Shane Cuthbertson, Husqvarna's Ryan & Nick Graffunder and many others including Julian Cerny, Jared Thomas, Paul Petrin and wildman Ben Rego.

To answer the western challenge the eastern riders like Brian Wojnarowski, Adam Millson, Guy Giroux and Chris Van Hove are getting ready.  Machine Racing is bringing in a few hot shots like Jake Stapleton on a Honda 250F and former MX star and current Editor of MXP Magazine Ryan Gauld on a Yamaha 250F.  Add in Quebec star Philipe Chaine and the E1 class will be very, very interesting.  Another Eastern star - 8 time US National Enduro Champion Mike Lafferty is also trying to get his Husaberg to Parry Sound to mix it up in E2!!

Saturday and Sunday the Rockstar gals will be in attendance with thier Ford F150 super truck giving out samples.  Offroadmotorcycles.ca is planning a Sunday night after party at Don Cherry's in downtown Parry Sound  that will be something you dont want to miss.

For full event information and sign up info. Click HERE.


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More detail about the forthcoming Triumph Adventure bikes

Triumph have "leaked" another bit of information about their two new, and much anticipated Adventure models. The marketing plan is pretty transparent but it's still working.  Slowly releasing information is seemingly increasing 'buzz' about the models.

Here's the latest video:


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Yamaha Introduces Stylish Stryker for 2011 and Early Release 2012 Super Ténéré!

Two completely different bikes - same jaw dropping impact!


Toronto, ON – September 1, 2010 Yamaha Motor Canada is proud to announce the launch of two exciting new motorcycles, the 2011 Stryker cruiser and 2012 Super Ténéré adventure tourer. These motorcycles complement the FZ8 and Fazer 8 motorcycles previously launched in June.

The all-new Stryker, with a 1304cc, fuel-injected powerplant and chopper-inspired styling, is a motorcycle that begs to be ridden and admired. Ride quality is bolstered with typical V-Twin attributes like arm-stretching torque and a classic rumble sound. The Stryker also boasts the 34-degree rake with 6-degree yoke offset found on the larger displacement Raider, allowing for comfortable low speed handling while maintaining the stylish, low and raked look of a custom.

John Bayliss, Product Manager, Motorcycles at Yamaha Motor Canada says, “Customers can now get that original, custom look with the reliability, fit and finish that Yamaha provides from the factory. They no longer have to choose as the new Stryker offers the best of both worlds.”

Yamaha’s extraordinary new Super Ténéré has been a hot topic of conversation among motorcyclists since its European launch earlier this year. Although it will not hit showrooms until the spring, Yamaha is proud to introduce it to Canada, a land made for adventure. At the heart of the Ténéré lies a fuel-injected, 2-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 1199cc mill that mixes gobs of torque with quick-revving acceleration for excellent performance in varied conditions. The bike has a number of advanced rider assist technologies like; Intelligent Unified Braking System with ABS, Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle with 3-mode traction control, a low, centralized mass for confidence-inspiring handling and adjustable seat height and suspension.

“The new Ténéré is the ultimate bike for an adventurous soul. It’s has some of Yamaha’s latest technology with everything you need to cover big miles on a route less traveled”, says Bayliss.

In launching two bikes with completely different applications, Bayliss mused, “The only thing similar about these bikes is they require a motorcyclist with a bold personality who is passionate about their riding. Whether you want to attract attention on the boulevard or go exploring in remote areas, these bikes are yet another example that Yamaha has something for everyone.”

For more information on the latest Yamaha motorcycles, visit: www.yamaha-motor.ca.






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Sad news for race fans everywhere

Peter Lenz - the seriously talented motorcycle racer who also happened to be only 13 years old was killed during the warmup for Sunday’s USGPRU Moriwaki MD250H race at the Indianapolis Grand Prix when he was apparently struck by another rider.

Lenz was the youngest ever licensed Expert racer in the American Federation of Motorcyclists and the youngest ever licensed Expert racer in Championship Cup Series history - at age 11.

I'm pretty sure I've posted this video of him at a race track before but watch this and you'll see why he was described as a child prodigy.  Incredibly talented.  A sad day indeed.

RIP Peter.

More details including a post from his father about the accident that claimed his life were on his facebook page.




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Ducati Xerox team return to the racetrack this weekend in Germany


The Nürburgring (Germany), Tuesday 31st August: after a month’s break, the World Superbikes are ready to restart their engines and return to the racetrack; the next stop for the Ducati Xerox Team is Germany, and the historic Nürburgring.

Noriyuki celebrated podium success last season in Race 1 at the Ring but it was the previous year, 2008, that brought the most satisfaction, with a double win for the Japanese rider at the German track, in spite of his riding with a broken collarbone! Michel on the other hand is yet to step up to the Ring’s rostrum, his best result thus far a sixth place finish in 2008. Having returned to the SBK calendar in 2008, after an eight year break, the circuit has been characterised by some very unpredictable weather conditions that have delayed and cut short races in the last two seasons. The historic Ring, located in the heart of Germany’s Black Forest, has played host to motorsport events for more than eighty years; this will be the fifth time that the World Superbike circus visits the track.

As the 2010 edition of the championship charges rapidly towards the home straight, with only two rounds left to run after the coming weekend’s German round, Nitro-Nori lies in 7th position while Uragano Mich is 9th in the overall standings. Ducati holds third position in the constructors championship.

Noriyuki Haga (7th in championship, 177 points)

"I had a great time here in 2008, taking a double win despite some terrible conditions that messed up the smooth running of race day, but then last season didn’t go to plan as I started in pole but crashed out of race 2 in a race I was sure I could have won. The problem at the Nürburgring is that no-one can predict the conditions – we’ve seen the sun come out just minutes after a hail shower so mixed conditions like those make it hard to prepare for race day.”

Haga’s Superbike form at the Nürburgring:
2009: Race 1 – 2nd, Race 2 – DNF
2008: Race 1 – winner, Race 2 – winner
1999: Race 1 – DNF, Race 2 – 6th
1998: Race 1 – 5th, Race 2 – 7th

Michel Fabrizio (9th in championship, 160 points)

“I was disappointed to miss out on the podium at Silverstone so I’ll be trying my best to get there at the Nurburgring. I really like the track but haven’t managed to reach the podium before. The weather is so mixed of course and that can really mess up a weekend if conditions change dramatically each day. Anyway, we’ll be looking to take as many points as possible, and I’ll have my eyes on a top three finish.”

Fabrizio’s Superbike form at the Nürburgring:
2009: Race 1 – 7th, Race 2 – 9th
2008: Race 1 – 7th, Race 2 – 6th


CIRCUIT DATA:
Country: Germany
Name: The Nürburgring
Circuit length: 5.137 km
Pole position: left
Curve a sinistra: 6
Curve a destra: 11
Race distance: 20 laps = 102.74 km

LAP RECORDS: Best lap – Rea (Honda) 1’56.234 (2009). Superpole – Neukirchner (Suzuki) 1'55.471 (2008).
2009 RESULTS: Race 1 - 1. Spies (Yamaha); 2. Haga (Ducati Xerox); 3. Checa (Honda) Race 2 – 1. Rea (Honda); 2. Spies (Yamaha); 3. Checa (Honda)

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