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BMW Motorrad to start motorcycle sales in India by December 2010

BMW Motorrad starts its sales activities on the Indian motorcycle market with two official importers as of December 2010. With "Deutsche Motoren" in Delhi in the north of India and "Navnit Motors" in Mumbai on the west coast and Bangalore in the southern part of the country, BMW Motorrad is relying on two experienced BMW Group partners. With these three sales outlets the German motorcycle manufacturer is represented in the strategically important regions.

Hendrik von Kuenheim, General Director BMW Motorrad: "The BMW Group has already established itself very successfully in India with a local BMW automobile production and a sales network for BMW Group automobiles. Now the market for premium motorcycles is beginning to develop, too. The sales activities now commencing with our two experienced BMW Group partners are of long-term significance to BMW Motorrad. We are confident our motorcycles will swiftly become established in timely preparation for the growing market."

As the most innovative manufacturer of large-volume premium motorcycles in the segments enduro, touring, sports touring and sports, BMW Motorrad is opening a new chapter in its successful market strategy by starting sales activities in India. The motorcycles will be produced at the BMW Motorrad plant in Berlin and supplied to India as CBU (completely built up) units.

BMW Motorrad will initially offer the current models of the R and K series as well as the superbike S 1000 RR, i.e. premium vehicles in each of the relevant categories. The BMW motorcycles of the R series such as the legendary enduro bike BMW R 1200 GS enthuse customers with their unique and distinctive boxer engine in particular.

The BMW K models are regarded as the benchmark in the segment of large-volume 4-cylinder motorcycles due to their technological innovations and superior engine output. Both series also offer the very finest quality in chassis technology and an exemplary standard of safety with the BMW Motorrad ABS. The S 1000 RR, BMWs first superbike, became the most admired sports bike of its class in the motorcycle season 2010.


Mythbusters - test the BMW S1000RR tablecloth trick

Remember that BMW S1000RR commercial where they pulled a tablecloth out from under some plates?  No? Well, here's a little refresh for you below.  Think they incorporated some tricks to accomplish that feat?  The popular TV program, Mythbusters wanted to see if they could duplicate it.

Admittedly, they didn't try it with a BMW S1000RR though, instead they've used a Erik Buell Racing bike - a modified 1125R.

To see if they bust the myth check it out HERE:


New Honda 800 cc - Adventure model sketch

Honda's new VFR800X adventure bike is set to be unveiled at the Milan bike show next week, but in the meantime they've released a final sketch which gives a pretty good idea of what the finished bike will look like.

The new adventure bike appears to have 17” cast road bike wheels so off-road excursions will likely be limited to gravel road type conditions. It's more street oriented with 'adventure' coming by way of it's touring and passenger carrying abilities.

How does Honda describe the the VFR800X? Kinda like this:

"This mid-range machine is an exciting new approach – a crossover machine that represents the best aspects of two separate biking genres. It will have the flexibility and exciting attitude of a Naked performance machine, with the more comfortable upright riding position and design cues inspired by adventure bikes.

"With the low centre of gravity of a performance bike it is great fun to ride, and because of its wide handlebars and upright riding position it is both easy to manoeuvre and comfortable."


Honda CBR 250R on its way to Canada

Honda Canada is going to be bringing a CBR 250 R to a Honda showroom near you soon. While pricing is yet to be announced there are quite a few details available.

The mini-VFR1200 look alike features a liquid cooled and fuel-injected 4 stroke, 249 cc single that's good for a claimed 26 hp and torque peaking at 17 lb-ft.  It's said to be 'sporty and eco-friendly.'

The single-cylinder engine is mated to a six speed transmission. The 13 liter fuel tank and should give the little CBR plenty of range given fuel economy claims of 3.7L/100 km (76 mpg).  That's about 350 km per tank by our math.

It'll even be available with combined ABS.  Tires on the rear will be 140/70-17 while the front is a 110/70-17.

Wet weight is said to be a nimble 161 kg (356 lb) for the non-ABS version while the combined ABS version bumps up to 165 kg (364 lb)

Check out the SITE and VIDEO Honda have posted for additional details.


Buy Corazzo Design jacket - get one free

In an a move to make way for new gear, Corazzo has put an unprecedented offer on the public plate: A
free armored riding jacket will be given away to every buyer of a new jacket. Buyers have a choice between the Max or Hoody jacket, an armored Cordura jacket appropriate for moderate to cold-weather

The remaining inventory will be given away until the stock in the Portland warehouse is gone. Promotion Details are available on Corazzo's website HERE:

You may have noticed in one of our previous posts about Corazzo that when checking out some of their gear at a local Vespa shop we noticed that some of the Corazzo stuff was made in Canada.


Yamaha names 2010 Five Star Dealers

Yamaha Motor Canada is proud to announce their qualifying 2010 Five Star Dealers! The Yamaha Five Star Dealer Program is a progressive dealership improvement plan used to increase the professionalism of our dealer network and heighten the value received by Yamaha customers.

To qualify for Five Star, a Yamaha dealer must undergo a detailed and rigorous testing process that sees the dealer excel above the national average in the following areas:

- Customer Satisfaction
- Brand Support
- Customer Service Excellence
- Parts & Accessories Stocking and Display
- Technician Education and Ability
    In order to attain or retain their Five Star standing, each year a dealer must apply and successfully complete the Five Star measurement criteria as determined by Yamaha Motor Canada. Criteria is updated and adjusted accordingly to reflect market conditions. Retail sales results are not a component of the measurement process.

    Yamaha Motor Canada boasts the finest recreational vehicle dealership group in Canada. Through hard work, dedication and a commitment to excellence, 77 Yamaha dealers have been awarded the prestigious 5 Star designation for 2010.  This is up from the 61 who were awarded Five Star status in 2009. Rest assured, when a customer visits one of the following Yamaha Five Star dealers, they can expect to receive the best end to end customer care in the recreational vehicle industry. Congratulations to new and existing Five Star dealers!

    Seitzco Motorsports, Okotoks
    E&S Motorcycles, Fort Saskatchewan
    Riverside Yamaha, St-Albert
    Scanalta Power Sales, Hines Creek
    P.G. Auto Marine Specialties Ltd., Calgary
    Maximum Powersports, Peace River
    Slave Lake Yamaha, Slave Lake
    Mountain’s Edge Cycle & Sled Ltd., Sundre

    British Columbia
    Port Boat House, Port Alberni
    Galleon Marine, Richmond
    Jones Boys Boats, Ainsworth
    Parker Marine Nanaimo, Nanaimo
    Peak Performance Motorsports, Cranbrook
    Alpine Motorsport, Salmon Arm
    Parker Marine Campbell River, Campbell River
    Capstan Marine, Richmond
    G.A. Checkpoint, Port Moody
    Kelowna Yamaha (Downtown), Kelowna
    Kelowna Yamaha (West Side), Kelowna
    Vernon Motorsports, Vernon

    Winnipeg Sport and Leisure, Winnipeg
    Powerhouse Sports, Lac Du Bonnet

    New Brunswick
    Rae’s Trailer and Sports Centre, Miramichi
    West End Sports, Beresford

    Newfoundland & Labrador
    M and F Motors Limited, Stephenville
    Wiseman’s Sales and Service, Clarenville
    Atlantic Recreation, Mount Pearl

    Nova Scotia
    Seamasters Services, Dartmouth

    Go Power Sports, Portland
    CO2 Inflatable Boats, Oakville
    Desmasdons Boat Works, Pointe Au Baril
    Powersport Junction, Guelph
    Ottawa Yamaha, Ottawa
    Hastings Marine, Hastings
    The Performance Shed, Harrowsmith
    Bracebridge Yamaha, Bracebridge
    Monto-Reno Marina Ltd., Lefroy
    Haliburton Outdoor Equipment Ltd., Haliburton
    Tomkins Hardware, Emo
    Brian’s Service Centre, Hensall
    Vincent Payne Marine, Pointe Au Baril
    R.L. Equipment Sales and Services, Verner
    Kelly’s Cycle Centre, Hamilton
    Gordon Bay Marine, Mactier
    Walsten Marine, Kinmount
    Arnprior Sportland and Marine, Arnprior
    Irwin Supply, Cornwall

    P. Labonte et Fils, Mont Joli
    Eugene Fortier & Fils, Princeville
    Chambord Sport Yamaha, Chambord Lac St. Jean
    Desjardins Ste-Adele Marine Inc., Ste. Adele
    Moto Sport Newman Inc., Pierrefonds
    Gagne-Lessard Sports Inc., Coaticook
    Moto JMF Inc., Thetford Mines
    Motos Thibault Mauricie Inc., Trois-Rivieres
    Motos Thibault, Sherbrooke
    Mini Mecanique Gaspe, Gaspe
    Aventures Sport Max, Pointe a la Croix
    Evasion Sport D.R., Laterriere
    Aqua Services Enr., Repentigny
    Xtreme Miller Sport, Mont Tremblant
    Harricanna Aventures Val-D’or, Val-D’or
    Nadon Sport Saint-Eustache, St. Eustache
    Dimension Sport, La Sarre
    Centre Du Sport Alary, St-Jerome
    Gerald Collin Sport, St. Lin
    Gregoire Sport, St. Ambroise de Kildaire
    Gregoire Sport, Notre-Dame De Lourdes
    Varin Yamaha, Napierville
    J. Sicard Sport, Louiseville
    Le Docteur de la Moto, Ste. Perpetue
    S.M. Sport, Loretteville
    Saguenay Marine, Jonquière

    Schrader’s Holdings, Yorkton
    Tru-North RV, Auto & Marine, Prince Albert
    Robertson Yamaha, Swift Current

    Yukon Yamaha, Whitehorse


    Triumph Daytona 675R

    In a bit of a surprise move - Triumph has a new 675R model which hasn't been 'leaked' to the public.  Well, not until very recently at least. 

    This strategy is quite contrary to the marketing technique applied to the Tiger 800's which Triumph have been officially 'leaking' information of for months in attempt to generate buzz for the new machines.  Despite being a fairly unpopular strategy it seems to have worked for the 800's.  The 800's have all the bloggers and news sites talking.

    This new higher spec version of the Daytona 675 features Ohlins suspension, carbon front mudguard, Brembo Monoblocks and a red subframe. 

    No word yet if there will be power gains to match the handling benefits of the new suspension and brakes. 

    Expect more information to be available during the  upcoming Milan show in early November.


    Short film about doing what you love by Henrik Hansen

    Came across this great video by Henrik Hansen featuring Shinya Kimura; a Japanese born custom bike builder and founder of Zero Engineering and Chabott Engineering.

    Shinya founded Zero Engineering in Okazaki Japan in 1992 Currently Shinya has left Zero Engineering and launched his own studio called Chabott Engineering in Azusa, California. He plans to build both custom bikes as well as "moving himself toward the world of art."

    Read more about Shinya and what he's up to lately at Chabott Engineering


    Leaked photo's of the new Triumph Tiger 800

    New bikes always seem to be a lightning rod for critiques and comments. The new Triumph Tiger 800 is no exception.  Even with the sparse photo's and details on the bike it's been receiving a lot of attention in motorcycle forums.

    Plenty of people seem to love the way it looks and others don't... too many frame bends, too much of a BMW F800 GS clone, etc. etc.

    You be the judge!  See for yourself:


    Honda Canada rumors

    It's rumored something is in the works at Honda Canada. A canadian dealer has dropped some hints that there's an embargo on information until October 25th but that rumors are that we'll see a 250cc street bike.  Could it be that Honda Canada is bringing a Kawasaki Ninja 250 fighter to the market?

    It would make sense to try to grab some of the 250 market share. 250cc makes a good entry level bike size that's highway capable. Not only does this size appeal to the budget conscious new rider but the frugal commuter type looking for something cheap to insure that gets great fuel economy.

    Maybe it'll look something like this? VFR1200 inspired headlight with CBR1000RR inspired bodywork.  One can hope.


    Mini / BMW does "scooter"

    Nobody would question that Mini has a pretty big marketing budget and slew of loyal buyers. That might be worrisome to scooter makers should Mini decide to put their new scooter concept into production, particularly brands that appeal to fashion and lifestyle conscious buyers - say Vespa perhaps.

    It's electric, and suitable for city dwellers which limits its praticality for a lot of Canadians. Still, we're told the biggest market for scooters in Canada is in Quebec. This would certainly work in a city like Montreal. 


    New Honda 800cc model

    If we're to believe UK's MCN, this is a sketch of Honda new VFR800X - a bike that Honda calls a "crossover."  Why dub it a crossover?  Well according to Honda this bike “will have the flexibility and exciting attitude of a naked performance machine, with the upright riding position and rugged appearance of an adventure bike.”

    It's said to feature a 800cc V4 engine.  That's good.  Triumph's new 800cc models are going to be tough to beat in terms of power and torque though.  It'll have to be 'really' good.

    The fairing features a 'floating' instrument panel to put the gauges closer to the rider’s peripherial vision. The fairing is said to improve high speed stability as well as engine cooling.


    Dakar - 2011. The year of the 450 cc

    It's a bit early to be getting excited about the 2011 Edition of the Dakar is it not?  No, no, I don't think so.  This year is going to be particularly memorable because it'll be the year that everybody rides a 450.  Not only that, they're reducing the functionality of the GPS for riders making navigation and being able to decipher your roadbook even more crucial.

    To quote some information on the ASO website:

    "all elite riders in the bike category obliged to ride on a machine whose power does not exceed 450cc. Furthermore, the GPS functions have been reduced for guidance to the WPM (way point markers), giving priority to reading and mastering the road-book"

    The 2011 running takes place 1st to 16th January 2011 and takes place in South America (in Argentina and Chile) again this year.


    Modern retro from Kawasaki

    A nice looking modern retro from Kawasaki that won't (for now at least) be coming to Canada.  The folks in Europe - yeah, they're getting it.

    Air cooled, four stroke - vertical twin 800 cc engine.  Classic looks.


    Honda teases with new VFR based "adventure" bike

    Honda has shown a sketch of a new "adventure" model.  It's said to be based on the VFR1200 but there's some speculation that it may have a smaller displacement than the 1200 cc version.  800cc perhaps?

    It will supposedly debut in Milan as a 2012 model.

    Here's the sketch of the bike, with its much more svelte fairing super-imposed over VFR1200 silhouette.

    We'll reserve judgement until it's released in more official form. Being a VFR800 owner I'd like to see a return to the smaller size bike.


    Triumph Tiger 800 - Revealed!

    Triumph's new 800 cc triple will come in two variants. A street biased machine with a 19-inch front wheel and non-tubed tires while the off-road biased Triumph Tiger 800 XC will have a21-inch front, a little more engine protection, spoked wheels and tubed tires.

    Here's a shot of the 800 XC.  Looks very BMW F800 GS like.  It should have a little more power (Internet speculation puts it somewhere around the 100 hp mark) than the F800 though; which would seem to be its closest competition.



    Final rounds of Ontario Cross Country Championship

    It is looking like Mother Nature will be blessing us with some great riding weather for the final two rounds in Wheatly on Oct 30 and Moto Park on Nov 6. Please note both of these events will be on SATURDAY instead of the traditional Sunday. 
    Cross Country Licenses for 2010 season purchased after Oct 1 are only $40.  Riders with a full CMRC license do not need to purchase the Cross Country license.
    After the Moto Park event there will be a season ending PARTY in the main building - please plan on sticking around and celebrating a great season of racing!!

    Round #6 - October 30th hosted by the Erie Ramblers

    "Come blow some carbon outta your bike. Lots of lines for passing and a new MX track layout!!"
    Event Schedule:
    Sign In: 8am - 11am
    Mini Junior & Mini Senior

    Rider’s Meeting - 8:45am
    Start - 9am-10am

    Women / Beginner / Junior / Super Senior / Vet Junior / Vet Senior

    Rider’s Meeting - 10:15am
    Start - 10:30 -12:00

    Pro / Intermediate / Vet Master

    Rider’s Meeting - 12:45am
    Start- 1pm-3:30pm

    Entry Fees: $40.00 + transponder fee (if required)

    *** Free Overnight Camping***

    Directions to Wheatly event:
    - Take 401 to Hwy 77 Exit (Comber) and go south towards Leamington to Hwy #3.
    - Go east on Hwy 3 towards Wheatley to Mersea County Road 21.
    - Turn right (south) on County Rd 21 to the end and turn left on Deer Run Road. Track entrance is on the left - gates are located in front of pole barn 

    Round #7 - The Wiesner Insurance - Motopark
    Saturday, November 6, 2010

    Yes, you read correctly… it’s the first Saturday of November and we’re finishing the series with a bang!

    Party afterwards at the Motopark café so stick around… you don’t have to get up early the next day.

    We have a new longer course design that includes the big GP Motocross track!


    Sign in 7:00am to 8:30am
    Race 9:00am to 10:00am
    1 hour Race time - 30 minutes for Pee Wee*

    *Pee Wee riders will have a fantastic course with professionally designed jumps and turns specifically for minis.
    Mini and Pee Wee trophies will be awarded at 11:00am (just in case you have to head home)


    Sign in 7:00am to 9:30am
    Race 10:30am to 12:30 pm 2 hour Race time
    Trophies for the morning program will be at 2:00pm


    Sign in 7:00am to 12:00pm
    Race 1:00pm to 3:00pm (extra 30 minutes for Pro riders)

    YOUTH $25
    PRIZES: 50% PRO Payback -Trophies in all other classes


    Overnight Camping is available

    The course is fast with an advantage to those riders with motocross speed. There are a lot of terrain changes and loose rock giving those seasoned enduro riders a chance to show how to deal with technical obstacles. The longer course is guaranteed to entertain with fantastic spectator opportunities alongside the huge MX track. Bring your warm clothes, but remember you can hang out and drink hot chocolate at the Motopark cafe all day.

    Remember the Wiesner Insurance Holeshot Award. Last chance in 2010 for a Pro to collect $100!

    Directions to Motopark: located just off Hwy # 6 south of the town of Chatsworth. When travelling north on Hwy # 6, turn left on Moto Park Drive. Look for the signs… you can’t miss it.


    Ducati Diavel - Teaser photo... if you haven't seen it already.

    Ducati is excited to announce that after months of speculation the long wait is almost over, the new Diavel will make its first public appearance at the EICMA International Motorcycle Show this coming November.

    Announcing the new model’s name ahead of the official presentation, the famous Italian manufacturer is about to turn another dream into reality. This dream comes true via using the local Bolognese dialect for “devil” in naming their new model the Diavel – pronounced Dee-ah-vel.

    The idea for the Diavel name was born early in the development process of the bike, when the prototype was assembled and wheeled out in front of a group of Ducati engineers and technicians for the first time. One person looking from the rear of the bike saw its silhouette and exclaimed in Bolognese dialect: “Ignurànt comm’ al diavel!” Meaning: “Evil, like the devil!”

    From that moment on, Diavel became the nickname for the project. Ducati now makes the name official as it approaches the unveiling in Milan. Reminiscent of how the “Monster” was named 20 years ago, the Diavel is now destined to follow the same Bolognese tradition. Ducati is proud to continue shaping the future of motorcycling while staying faithful to its Italian heritage.

    Built to have a commanding presence, though lightweight and agile, the Diavel will take the man-motorcycle relationship to the next level in absolute comfort. For fans of technology ABS, Ducati Traction Control and Ducati Riding Modes will deliver a confidence-inspiring sophistication. Stunning looks, the Superbike-derived Testastretta 11° engine and 456lb of authentic Ducati performance will drive a comfortable sport lifestyle that could only be dreamt of until now.


    Cardo product placement in "Money Never Sleeps"

    Cardo Systems, Inc., the world’s market leader in wireless Bluetooth communications for motorcycle helmet headsets, has its scala rider Bluetooth headset prominently featured in the movie, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

    The prominently featured scala rider headset is used by famous lead character, Shia LaBeouf.  LaBeouf has his scala rider headset mounted on his helmet and uses it to make and receive calls while riding his motorcycle around NYC. 


    Ducati 2011 Superbike models - Canadian pricing

    Ducati Motor Holding unveiled the first of its 2011 models today at the INTERMOT International Motorcycle Fair; highlighted by the new 1198 SP Superbike.

    “We decided to consolidate our presence here in Cologne because we believe in the importance of this event, which opens the European motor show season;" stated Gabriele Del Torchio, President of Ducati Motor Holding.

    Ducati is a premium brand which conceives and develops sport motorcycles with exclusive Italian design and superior performance proven on racetracks around the world. Ducati chose the 2011 INTERMOT show to reveal the significant improvements to its Superbike model family- all of which are testaments to the mission statement above. The 2011 Superbikes feature new trickle-down technology from Ducati’s World Championship racing team, and an attractive pricing structure. All three Superbike offerings for 2011 are brand new or significantly upgraded from their 2010 variants:

    The 1198 SP is the new crown jewel of Ducati’s formidable Superbike family. It features a massive 170hp and 97 lb/ft of torque combined with a flyweight of 370lbs. Making the package work for the rider is a combination of electronic rider aids and performance oriented hard parts found on no other sport bike available. The electronics include a MotoGP derived digital dash, Ducati Traction Control, the new Ducati Quick Shifter and a Ducati Data Analyzer to review all measures of performance data. The top of the line suspension includes Ohlins front forks and an Ohlins TTx rear shock. These match up with a Ducati Performance Slipper Clutch, aluminum fuel tank and Brembo Monobloc calipers to ensure world class performance for only $26,995CDN.

    Setting the standard for Superbike lust is the Ducati 1198. For 2011 the 1198 features a host of upgrades at no extra cost as a reminder to new market competition that Ducati is still the class of the field. The 1198 will now come with the Ducati Traction Control system (DTC) fitted as standard; improving rider safety and lap times in spades. Supporting the DTC system is the new Ducati Quick Shifter, (DQS) which will further assist riders in their never ending conquest for speed. The Ducati Data Analyzer (DDA) enables riders to download traction control and six other performance parameters in order to better understand and improve their riding habits. The 2011 1198 will arrive in showrooms this December at $19,995CDN; just in time to prep the bike for racing season.

    The 848EVO was announced as an early 2011 model this past July. Packing 140hp and weighing a featherweight 369lbs, it is the best performing middleweight sport bike on the market. Already available in Stealth Black and Ducati Red, Intermot saw the addition of a limited production scheme: Arctic White with a red frame and red wheels. Pricing for the 848EVO Dark is an aggressive $15,495CDN.



    Like motorcycles - Parlez Vous Francais?

    If you speak French and know a lot about motorcycles and customer service - Yamaha's got a job for you.  They're looking for a territory sales manager in Quebec. 

    The Ad is on their website HERE if you're interested.


    BMW K 1600 GT/GTL slideshow

    Intermot is upon us and new photo's of bikes are quickly making their way to the web. BMW finally showed some real pictures of their new flagship models; the K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL.

    These are some big bikes with some serious power; 160 hp; that's almost as much as my car! In a package that weighs 319 kg (K 1600 GT without panniers) and 348 kg (K 1600 GTL with panniers and topcase). These new touring bikes are in the lower range of the segment. The engine itself only weighs 102.6 kilograms, which BMW says is by far the lightest serially produced 6-cylinder in-line engine for motorcycles in the class > 1000 cc

    We said it when news first broke of these bikes; if you're not into technology - these bikes probably aren't your style. They're packed with technology - here's a few highlights of the new bikes:

    An overview of highlights of the BMW K 1600 GT/ K 1600 GTL: 

    - In-line 6-cylinder engine with a high level of pulling power, especially in the lower and medium engine speed range.

    - Engine output 118 kW (160 bhp) at 7 750 rpm and maximum torque 175 Nm at 5 250 rpm.

    - Over 70 per cent of the maximum torque is already available from 1 500 rpm.

    - The lightest and most compact 6-cylinder in-line engine in serial motorcycle production > 1000 cc weighing just 102.6 kg and measuring 555 mm in width.

    - Consistent lightweight construction throughout the entire vehicle (magnesium front panel carrier, aluminium rear frame, crankshaft etc.).

    - Three modes to choose from ("Rain", "Road", "Dynamic")

    - High active safety due to standard BMW Motorrad Integral ABS (part integral).

    - Dynamic traction control DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) for maximum safety when accelerating (optional extra).

    - Chassis with Duolever and Paralever and ideal mass concentration for dynamic riding properties combined with optimum comfort.

    - Electronic Suspension Adjustment ESA II for optimum adaptation to all uses and load states (optional extra).

    - World premiere in a motorcycle: Adaptive Headlight (optional extra) for increased safety at night in conjunction with standard xenon headlamp and fibre optic rings.

    - Integrated operating concept with Multi-Controller, TFT colour display and menu guidance for the first time.

    - Audio system with preparation for navigation device and controllable interface for iPod, MP3, USB, - Bluetooth and satellite radio (USA and Canada only) (standard in the K 1600 GTL).

    - Innovative design with outstanding wind and weather protection.

    - K 1600 GT with active riding ergonomics for proactive touring. K 1600 GTL with a very comfortable, relaxed ergonomics set-up for long trips with pillion passenger as well as luxurious touring equipment.

    - Central locking for storage compartments, panniers and topcase (optional extra).

    - Extensive fittings and individually tailored accessories at the familiar high level of BMW Motorrad.


    Bryan Hudgin's Trans-Labrador trip is now underway

    Yamaha's Bryan Hudgin's Trans-Labrador trip is now underway!

    While riding the new Super Tenere, with minimal supplies and a TV crew following his every move, Hudgin looks to travel from Baie Comeau, QC to Goose Bay, NL (a total of 1113KM’s ). You can follow his every move (with photos)on Facebook HERE  

    The trip will be later broadcast on TSN's A Motorcycle Experience.


    Quadro 4 wheeled motorcycle

    Okay, I know lots of motorcyclists will call this a bad idea and not a really a motorcycle. I don't care if you can't call it a motorcycle - it looks like an incredible idea to me that could really open up the market to a lot people who wouldn't consider a two wheeler.

    A leaning four wheeled motorcycle/vehicle looks like a ton of fun to me!  It's going to cost a little more to replace tires - that's about the only downside I see.


    Some cool stuff from Intermot

    Some cool stuff is starting to pop up on YoutTube from Intermot already!

    Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200

    Ducati 1198 SP:


    BMW Motorrad achieves 4th consecutive record month

    BMW Motorrad Canada set an all time record for the month of September with 141 retails, an increase of 41.0%over the same period in 2009.

    BMW Motorrad year-to-date retails of 1,761 units represent an increase of 7.05% over last year.


    Michel Fabrizio scores final podium

    Sunday was an emotionally charged day for the Ducati Xerox Team that, with riders Michel Fabrizio and Noriyuki Haga, ran its final due World Superbike races this afternoon at the French circuit of Magny-Cours; Fabrizio gave his all to reward the team with one final podium, scoring a third place finish in Race 2, Haga coming home in fifth.

    Race 1 was challenging for both of the Ducati Xerox riders. Michel made a good start, up in third after the first corners; the first half of his race consisted of a battle for the top three places against Max Biaggi, Cal Crutchlow and Sylvain Guintoli. Fabrizio held third place until the fifteenth lap, after which Carlos Checa and Leon Haslam, lying in fourth and fifth respectively, picked up their pace, managing to get past Michel who was by that point struggling with a lack of front grip. The Italian rider continued to push until the very end but ultimately had to be satisfied with sixth position. Noriyuki on the other hand lost a couple of positions off the line and struggled to catch faster riders ahead of him. By mid-race he had regained some of the lost ground but there was already a three second gap between him and Jakub Smrz, ahead of him in seventh, and he was unable to catch the Czech rider who had a slightly faster pace. The Japanese rider closed Race 1 in seventh position.

    Similar conditions in Race 2, with a track temperature of 30°C. Both Noriyuki and Michel got away well this time, lying in third and fourth place respectively by the end of the first lap. When Cal Crutchlow got past both of them, Noriyuki lost some ground while Michel was able to maintain a strong pace, fighting against Sylvain Guintoli for the third podium spot for the best part of the race. Fabrizio oscillated between third and fourth place until the last lap when a final attack on the French rider paid off; Michel crossed the line in third, a fraction of a second ahead of Guintoli. Haga held fifth position from the third lap to the finish line, running a solitary race sandwiched between the leaders and chasing group.

    At the end of the 2010 World Superbike Championship, Noriyuki finishes in sixth position in the riders classification, with 258 points, while Michel Fabrizio closes in eighth, having accumulated 195 points. The team has celebrated victories at Valencia, Kyalami and Nurburgring and thanks also to these results, Ducati finishes second in the manufacturers championship, emphasizing the potential of the Ducati 1198. Today’s races were the last for the Ducati Xerox factory team; as already communicated, Ducati will support satellite teams that participate in the 2011 SBK championship rather than  run a factory outfit. Over the last 22 years of competition, Ducati has amassed 16 manufacturer’s titles, 13 rider’s titles and a total of 718 podiums, 291 of which race wins.

    Michel Fabrizio (Race 1 – 6th, Race 2 – 3rd)

    “The first race didn’t go as planned and front tyre wear gave me a lot of problems, preventing me from catching those ahead. In Race 2 I had a great battle with Guintoli. I was braking as hard and as late as possible in order to make up what I was losing on the straights and I had to attack for third right on the last lap. Sylvain wanted the podium because it’s his home race but I wanted it for my team and to wrap up the last three years with the Ducati Xerox team in the best possible way. I thank Ducati, my entire team, the sponsors and the fans; this is our day and I’m going to enjoy it with my team.”

    Noriyuki Haga (Race 1 – 7th, Race 2 – 5th)

    “I was expecting a much faster second race to tell the truth. In Race 1 I was having problems with the rear tyre and so I thought that the changes we made before the second race would improve the situation. But in Race 2 it was difficult to push because I didn’t have great balance. Anyway, I want to thank my team. The guys have been absolutely fantastic, especially before yesterday’s Superpole and ahead of this morning’s warm-up when they performed miracles to prepare my bike in time. We close this chapter sadly but for the Ducati Xerox Team I have an incredible respect that I will always carry with me.”

    Ernesto Marinelli

    “It has been a very special weekend and race day. In Race 2 I saw in Michel a determination that made me truly proud, proud not just of him but of the entire team, a unique group of people with whom I have had the honour to work for all these years. To change a frame like they did this morning in 45 minutes or to repair a bike in under 30, is an achievement that can only be accomplished by extraordinary people, thanks to their professionalism, ability and coordination. The biggest thanks therefore goes to them, “thanks guys”. Thanks also to Daniele Casolari and Feel Racing that has helped us along this journey full of successes, to Xerox for the six wonderful years of partnership, to Valsir, Shell, TIM and all the other sponsors that have supported us.”

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

    CLASSIFICATION: Riders – 1. Biaggi (Aprilia) 451; 2. Haslam (Suzuki) 376; 3. Checa (Ducati) 297; 4. Rea (Honda) 292; 5. Crutchlow (Yamaha) 284; 6. Haga (Ducati Xerox) 258; 7. Guintoli (Suzuki) 197; 8. Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox) 195; 9. Toseland (Yamaha) 187; 10. Byrne (Ducati) 169 

    Manufacturers  –Aprilia 471; Ducati 424; Suzuki 412; Yamaha 352; Honda 313; BMW 201;  Kawasaki 113


    2011 Kawasaki Z1000S leaked

    What will reportedly be the new 2011 Kawasaki Z1000S have been shown by the Italian website among others at this point.  

    Basically what it's a 2010 Kawasaki Z1000 with a fairing. Hopefully it comes to Canada! We'll let you know when we hear more.

    That means a litre bike with a bias towards flexible power delivery rather than top end track performance, more comfy ergo's, and a fairing. Being based on the Z1000 it will hopefully mean a price tag that comes with a few hundred dollars of the Z at $13,199.

    The fairing will add some weather protection and make it a little more comfortable as a tourer and highway bike. The windscreen is said to offer manual three-position adjustment with over 50 cm of range.

    The Z1000 makes  136bhp and 81lb/ft of torque from a 1,043cc inline-four which sits in a cast aluminum frame featuring a horizontal rear shock. 480lbs (wet). 

    Apparently photo's are embargoed from publishing until October 5th but this looks pretty real to me.


    Lean Angle looking for riders to sponsor

    Lean Angle, the Canadian distributor of TechSpec Gripster Tank Grip Pads will be accepting rider support resumes for the 2011 riding season between October 1st and December 31st, 2010.

    This past season many of our sponsored road racers had an outstanding seasons including: Andrew Nelson - 2nd overall in the Parts Canada Superbike Championship, Steven Nickerson – 3rd overall in the Canadian Amateur Sport Bike Championship and Mike Bevan – S.O.A.R. Expert Superbike Champion and 600 Champion.

    TechSpec Gripster Grip Pad sponsorships are available to amateur and professional racers. Riders competing in Canada in the following disciplines are welcome to apply:

    - Road Racing
    - Motocross
    - Supermoto
    - Enduro
    - Motorcycle Drag Racing
    - ATV
    - Flat Track/Dirt Track
    - Trials
    - Ice Racing
    - Snowcross

    Preference will be given to those who make an extra effort to promote themselves, their sponsors and their sport.

    Resumes can be emailed to sponsorships [at] leanangle [dot] ca.