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Send a BMW motorcycle Christmas e-card

If you want to wish a motorcycle enthusiast family member or friend a motorcycle themed Merry Christmas - well you're in luck.  BMW has just the thing for you:

It's a little lame but humorous at the same time.  They didn't shy away from saying "Merry Christmas" I see; a lot of corporations are using a more politically correct "season's greetings" so as to not offend anybody.

Configure your e-card HERE.



Motorcycle book for children - It beats the Wiggles.

Now here's a subject you might enjoy a little more than the Wiggles.  A book for children with a motorcycle theme.

New Children’s Book Revs Up Motorcycle Riding, Friendship, Respect and Safety

Bikers are Animals 2 - The Rest of the Crew: A Children's Book on Motorcycling is released by cartoonist, illustrator, author and motorcyclist Paul Jamiol.

Motorcycles have long been the definition of “cool.” Animals who ride motorcycles are no exception. This second book in a series of books on motorcycle-riding animals expands on the author’s first book, which introduced cartoon animals on cool motorcycles to show children and adults that riding a motorcycle is fun, and that those involved in the sport are intelligent and caring. New characters, new motorcycles and new stories bring the author’s message into focus.

Bikers Are Animals 2 - The Rest of the Crew introduces 12 new characters including Sketch, a grey wolf who brings a pad and pencil with him when riding; Leenah, a raccoon who often will go wherever her motorcycle takes her; GT Charlie, a muskrat who tunes not only his guitar before playing but also his motorcycle before riding; and Classik, a coyote whose favorite things are old motorcycles and talking with older critters about their riding days. Colorful cartoons of each character bring them vividly to life. 

In addition to reading about these motorcycle lovers, there is section at the end of the book where children can copy and color line drawings of some of the characters. A summary of motorcycle safety rules and tips given by the characters provides further instruction for children and adults.

Author Paul Jamiol, an avid motorcyclist, has been cartooning and illustrating for over 40 years. His work, published in magazines, newspapers and on the internet, has been recognized locally, nationally and internationally. This unique book, edited by Linda Habib, is the second in a series of children’s books (following the original book Bikers are Animals) featuring animals who love to motorcycles.

This 8.5"x11" Perfectbound book features full-color illustrations of the characters with their motorcycles, 38 pages and is printed in the U.S.A. by Dog Ear Publishing (ISBN:9781608446643). This one-of-a-kind, original children's book from Paul Jamiol is a great gift for any young child.

Available at

Or buy in it HERE:


Ural has some great sales numbers in October

Sales have been pretty good over at Ural.  The latest news from them to hit our inbox said that sales have been pretty brisk; this past October in particular.  It was their biggest October retail sales since 2006! Overall they've they've experienced a 30+ % boost in sales this year.

In global terms the 2WD models continue to be a major portion of sales but the T-series bikes (Ural T and Patrol T) are becoming the second largest segment.  Canadians still seem to like the 2WD models best.

An interesting bit of Ural demographics is that they've seen a two-fold increase in the number of younger customers this year. With every sixth customer now being 35 or younger, Ural is proving that quite a few new generation riders these days are choosing simplicity, functionality and fun over ever-growing hp's and cc's.

They also successfully completed the required emission re-testing for EPA certification.

And now for some 2011 model news:

All 2011 models will have this:

- Aluminum rims on all models (that means that not only Patrols and Tourists but all other models including Retro and sT will have perfectly round rims made from high-grade aluminum alloy)
- Standard (factory installed) Duro tires
- Trunk locks on all (sidecar) models (no, we didn't forget to fix sidecars seat back)
- New tonneau covers and aprons made from Cordura fabric       
- New round indicator lamps
- Quite a few other smaller changes (such as upper fork bolts made from aluminum , improved high strength final drive ring gear bolts and more)

2011 Patrols now come in additional standard colors (which you've already seen on our site HERE)  - orange with silver stripes (Ural calls it Orange Russian) and blue with white stripes (Baikal Blue is the nickname for this one):

Interested in more Ural news? Check out all out Ural news HERE.


Just in time for 2011 - VRide TV calendar

VRide TV have published a 2011 calendar featuring photos taken during his motorcycle journey across Canada.  Here's some additional details about the calendar from Jeff himself:

Wall calendar features 13 high resolution images of scenic points of interest from the ten Provinces of Canada. 

    •    The Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City, Quebec.
    •    Province House, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
    •    The lighthouse at Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia.
    •    Confederation Bridge, New Brunswick.
    •    Cape Spear, Newfoundland.
    •    Corner Gas TV set in Rouleau Saskatchewan.
    •    Sunset at White Rock, British Columbia.
    •    Rocky Mountain sheep in Banff National Park, Alberta.
    •    House on Trans Canada Highway, Manitoba.
    •    Medicine Lake, in Jasper National Park, Alberta.
    •    National War Memorial, Ottawa.
    •    Black Tusk, in Garibaldi Provincial Park British Columbia.

He's even done a YouTube video for it which you can watch HERE.


Team Rally Raid Canada sponsored by Duncan Motorsports has completed the 2010 Baja 1000

Team Rally Raid Canada sponsored by Duncan Motorsports has completed the 2010 Baja 1000 finishing an impressive 5th in their class!

The team did a magnificent job of bringing home the Husaberg FE570 for the manufactures first ever Baja finish. Finishing the event was the team’s top priority and although happy with their fifth place finish they have filed a time protest with the event organizers to see if the almost one hour that our rider Nick Caldwell spent assisting a downed competitor can be readjusted to the overall time for the event. Official timing has the team competing the race in 33.02 hours.

The DMS Racing built Husaberg FE570 did an excellent job of dealing with the harsh Mexican environment. Essentially stock other than upgrades available through the Husaberg Performance Parts Catalogue the bike performed flawlessly.

“We rode an absolutely stock Husaberg FE390 and FE450 bike during the pre-ride portions and we were so impressed by their handling, performance and reliability”, Don noted.

Paul Gallagher had the pleasure of riding off the starting line in Ensenada heading across Baja towards San Felipe and the dreaded woops section. “With great bottom end power, well sorted fuel injection system and excellent suspension the bike is a pleasure to ride during my 30 miles of “woops” he says. “

Marc Ebdrup rode the second leg of the race from Coco’s Corner to San Ignacio. He had to deal with the blinding sun as he rode the very fast last daylight section, and the first part of the night sections. “It was great. The bike is so fast and stable”.

Nick Caldwell rode the night section of the course. Compounding the already dusty conditions from the silt beds was the cold damp foggy weather heading into the rider change at checkpoint 8. Having to concentrate 100% to see through the night with light only being supplied by the two eight inch HID headlights on the front of the bikes. “Wow, was that wild or what” somehow summed up the stage to correctly.

As team manager Don Hatton saved the best and possibly the hardest section for himself. Taking off at 3am from checkpoint eight Don had nearly zero visibility for the first 100 miles while battling the damp fog, cold temperature, and nearly 60 miles of sand whoops, and worst of all being passed by the 100 mph Trophy Trucks. After all this he had to ride the Aztec Stairs; nearly 11 miles of two foot drop off prior to coming into the end of the race at La Paz. He took 9 hours to complete the 250 mile section.

Our support team of Kevan Ibbotson, John Yeomans, Bernie Wright and Nathan Sutter logged well over 4000 miles (6500 km) chasing the riders during the pre-ride sections and then during the actual race. The pre ride was a lot of work and driving for the support team. They joked that it is comparable to leaving Duncan BC and driving for 300 KM to Campbell River then have the riders  unload and ride the bikes 500 km to Port Hardy, then picking them up and driving back to Duncan. Then the next day, do it all over again. A big thank you and hat’s off to our support team.

Baja 1000 Factoid – things you might not know or thought of :

This route has been used only 18 times during the 43 year history of the Baja 1000 due to its length of 1062 miles (1700km). That is comparable riding from Vancouver BC to outside Los Angeles off road, in the dark, at racing speeds, in 30 hours.

All the negative things you hear on the news regarding Mexico never affected us or any other entrant that we talked to. Our experience was that the Mexican people are extremely supportive of this race and we were greeted with kindness and enthusiasm wherever we went. When you see family’s camping out, camp fires going, everyone really having a great time, and all they are waiting for is to see the competitors to come flying it is really great experience. Even at 3 am.


John Britten DVD released

If you're a fan of motorcycle racing and design chances are you've probably heard of John Britten - a mechanical engineer from New Zealand who designed a world-record-setting motorcycle with many innovative features including the use of composite materials. What's more - he built it in his backyard workshop and took on the all the major manufacturers.  And won!

This DVD has been remastered from the original documentary, and there is additional, never seen before footage included as special features on the disc.

Now you can purchase and see the story of Britten on DVD in "One Man's Dream: The Britten Bike Story"

This is the only DVD available telling the story of John Britten and his bike.

Full information is available here:

Update: The cost for the DVD is NZ$52 for one DVD including postage to canada. (Thats about $32 canadian).


Ducati supports 2011 848 EVO Club Racing

Ducati pledges support (aka - CASH!) to committed riders campaigning the 848EVO in 2011.

Ducati North America is excited to announce the new 848EVO Club Racing program, designed to support enthusiast club racers competing with the 848EVO Superbike in the 2011 season.

The 848EVO Club Racing program marks Ducati’s return to supporting its most dedicated club racers. This will be done via a program that includes contingency as well as special pricing in the areas of bike purchase and a dedicated race kit.

The program will support select riders committed to racing an entire season in any one of the following club race series: CCS, CMRA, CRA, USBA, WSMC, MRA, OMRRA, WMRRA and AFM. Interested riders must submit a race resume to Ducati via their local dealer by November 30th. Ducati will then select up to fifteen riders based on their racing history, plans for 2011, and dedication to the brand.

Ducati will inform the chosen riders by December 15th, at which point they will be eligible to purchase the 848EVO and accessories at an exclusive price. The selected riders will receive the following benefits in exchange for race reports following each round:

· $1,100 off the MSRP of any brand new 2011 848EVO Dark Superbike.
· A special Ducati Performance “race kit” for $2,500. The kit consists of critical items which are approved for racing in all the eligible series: a Full Termignoni exhaust system with air filter and ECU, an adjustable rear ride height linkage, and a racing slipper clutch. This kit is mandatory for participation in the program.

Ducati will also reward riders for their on track success via a contingency program, which is open to any Ducati 848EVO rider in the aforementioned series. The contingency will be paid out at $700 for a race win, $300 for second place, and $150 for third position.

Interested riders may learn more about the program at; or at their local dealership where they can fill out and submit an application.


Patrick Trahan has another adventure lined up for Spring 2011

Patrick Trahan (2010 Dakar competitor and Canadian) has a new adventure lined up for the Spring of 2011.  He's going to circumnavigate Africa, by himself, without support and the money raised for the event will be given to the Children's Wish Foundation.

More details of the event can be found on his facebook page HERE.

Here's a little summary in his own words about the event:

One man, One bike, One continent, One goal

Follow Patrick Trahan has he attempts a circumnavigation of Africa on his Honda motorcycle solo and no support! he will raise funds for the Children's Wish foundation of Canada. His goal sell the KM of the expedition 27,000. Each kilometer are sold 1$. Plus achieving a world record.

Keep posted for the web site!


Create a Ducati "Season's Greetings" Card - win cash

For several years now, the folks at Ducati have sent their season's greetings by email but they've decided to do something new this year - they've introduced the Ducati Greetings Contest. I took a quick look at the contest rules - didn't see anything in there to say it's not open to Canadians so get in there for your chance at a thousand Euro's.

Full details below:

The aim is to get our fans and the whole of the online community involved in the creation of a truly Desmo card to be sent out to our clients, partners and suppliers. It'll be the perfect thematic e-card incorporating the style, design and most of all the passion that characterises Ducati.

To put the competition into practice we've decided to work with the innovative and user-friendly platform . Well known for hosting design competitions, it's a real mine of talent and creativity.

Taking part in the Ducati Greetings Contest couldn't be easier: just visit the website and read the instructions carefully then sign up and upload your design any time between now and December 9th.

The entries can be seen in a special section of and the public can even vote for their favourite design (again by December 9th).

On December 10th a Ducati internal jury will decide on the winning entry and 1,000 euro prize money will be awarded to the winner. The winning design will be used all over the world as the famous Italian motorcycle company's official greetings card.

Get ready to express your creative talent and your passion for Ducati!

Whether you're a creative professional or you're just having fun, visit to upload your design and take part in the Ducati Greetings Contest or simply to see the entries and vote for your favourite!

On you can find detailed instructions on how to take part and the competition rules.

We want your ideas!


MCN gets a first ride on Triumph 800

A nice video shoot of the new Triumph 800 Tiger - BMW F800 GS fighter from the folks at MCN.  They get a few minutes to take the machine out on the roads of Hinckley.

The photo shoot was done with the off-road version with it's spoked wheels while the ride was on the street biased version with its cast wheels.


Nicky Haden - Diavel burnout

The Kentucky Kid, Nicky Haden shows off some Ducati Diavel grunt at the LA Auto Show by doing a little burnout on stage.


Ducati and AMG team up for high performance partnership

Ducati and AMG will work together closely in the future. The initial aim of the cooperation between the performance brand from Affalterbach and the Italian manufacturer of high-performance motorcycles is to develop common marketing activities. The cooperation agreement was signed today, during a press conference at the Los Angeles Auto Show, by Gabriele del Torchio, President and CEO of Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A and Ola Källenius, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

"We are especially proud to have AMG as one of our sponsors for the Ducati MotoGP Team. I am also very pleased that our joint marketing activities are well under way. In AMG we have found a partner who perfectly reflects our brand values of high performance, motorsport, excitement and our sense of unmistakable style and design," said Gabriele del Torchio, President and CEO of Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A

"I am very pleased that we are able to announce our strategic cooperation with Ducati today. AMG and Ducati ideally complement each other, as both companies share the same values: racing as the driving passion, and high performance plus exclusivity as the central brand messages of both AMG and Ducati. This long-term cooperation will help us to jointly access new customer groups," said Ola Källenius, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

The first visible results of the cooperation between Ducati and AMG will be joint marketing and sponsoring activities. AMG will support the Ducati MotoGP Team as the Official Car Partner from 2011, for example. During selected AMG events, participants will be able to test ride Ducati motorcycles, and Ducati customers will similarly have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the latest AMG high-performance cars at events

Joint events are planned for the members of the AMG Private Lounge, in which more than 13,000 AMG customers worldwide are registered. The partners are currently examining the further activities and strategic steps they might undertake together in the near future.

Ducati and AMG: racing, high performance, exclusivity

Founded in 1926, Ducati has been producing sport-inspired motorcycles since 1946. Their motorcycles are characterised by “Desmodromic” performance engines, innovative design and avant-garde technology. Covering several market segments, Ducati's range of motorcycles are divided into model families which include: Desmosedici RR, Hypermotard, Monster, Multistrada, Streetfighter, Superbike and the brand new Diavel. These authentic icons of “made in Italy” are sold in over 80 countries around the world, with concentration on the European, North-American and Japanese markets. Ducati is currently involved in both the World Superbike Championship and, with an official team, the World MotoGP Championship. In Superbike Ducati has won 16 of the last 20 Manufacturers' titles as well as 13 Riders' titles. Ducati have participated in MotoGP since 2003, and took both the Manufacturers' and Riders' titles in 2007.

AMG was founded in 1967, and is seen as a pioneer in motorsports and performance enhancement. In the following years AMG developed from a two-man operation to a company of worldwide renown. Numerous racing victories, technological tours de force born of the racetrack, unique high-performance cars and an unmistakable brand experience such as e.g. the AMG Driving Academy have come together to form a decidedly exclusive brand image. Founded in 1999, Mercedes-AMG GmbH is an autonomous vehicle manufacturer. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler AG, AMG is responsible for all development processes relating to the chassis, engine, suspension, brakes, electronics, aerodynamics, interior and design, right up to final approval of the complete AMG car. Mercedes-AMG GmbH also manages all marketing and sales related aspects in its own right.


Official Honda CBR250R video

Here's an official video from Honda of the new CBR250R that's going to be making its way to Canada. If you can make it all the way through this cheesy stylized video there's actually a lot of good shots of the bike, engine sound, and specs of the bike.

It's particularly noteworthy that this baby VFR can come with combined ABS.  Nice touch.


New Canadian Motorcycling video at VRide TV

Jeff Pennock over at Virtual Riding TV let us know that he's posted a new Canadian motorcycling video. He tells me that he's got over 100,000 km's on his Harley Davidson V-Rod at this point. So you know he's seen a lot of Canada!  He has traveled coast to coast in fact and has HD video of a lot of it.

Check out his newest video below and be sure to visit to see all of his other video's and content:


KYMCO's 2011 Canadian models

KYMCO Canada is pleased to introduce the latest additions to the Canadian market place for the 2011 season. Visit to see the complete line up in detail or to download the specifications and features charts.

Super 8 150

Ideal for people on the move, the Super 8 150 is agile, reliable and sporty! The fully automatic transmission provides seamless acceleration and the 4 stroke engine offers exceptional fuel mileage.

MSRP $3,695.00 (More info and specifications HERE (PDF))

Downtown 300i

With the open road performance of a maxi scooter and sport bike agility, the Downtown 300i delivers the ultimate scooter riding experience. This new entry in the KYMCO scooter family is powered by an all new 4-valve Electronic Fuel Injected engine coupled to an agile, responsive, light weight dual cradle steel chassis.

MSRP $5,995.00 (More info and specifications HERE (PDF))


Harley-Davidson display "Bigger, Bolder, Better" for the 2010/2011 MMIC Canadian Motorcycle Shows

Harley-Davidson will bring a new and exciting look, feel, and attitude to the 2010/2011 Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC) Canadian Motorcycle Shows, with a new display area and a variety of activities designed to inspire the desire to ride.

From Sportster models, starting under $10,000 CAD, to luxurious and premium quality CVO Ultra Classic Electra Glide models, the 2011 Harley-Davidson motorcycle display will have something to fulfil everyone’s dreams. Activities at the seven Canadian events with Harley-Davidson participation will also include displays of Genuine Motor Accessories and MotorClothes merchandise, as well as the Fit Shop interactive motorcycle for customization, racing displays, and the chance to win great prizes.

The MMIC Canadian Motorcycle Shows will be proudly presenting SHE RIDES NITE with discounted admission for the ladies. As a member of the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC), Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada will be offering bike lift demonstrations – a very useful technique to lift a motorcycle effortlessly.

MMIC Canadian Motorcycle Shows events with Harley-Davidson® participation run from mid-December 2010 through the end of February 2011 (see detailed schedule below).

Toronto: December 10 to 12, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, south building, Toronto, Ontario
Calgary: January 7 to 9, BMO Centre, Stampede Park, Calgary, Alberta
Edmonton: January 14 to 16, Expo Centre – Northlands, Agricom, Edmonton, Alberta
Vancouver Area: January 20 to 23, Tradex Exhibition, Abbotsford, British Columbia
City of Québec: February 4 to 6, Centre de foires, City of Québec, Quebec
Moncton: February 11 to 13, Colisée de Moncton Coliseum, Moncton, New Brunswick
Montréal: February 25 to 27, Palais des congrès, Montréal, Quebec


New Winterhalder/De Clercq book slated for release December 1, 2010

Ed Winterhalder has a new book slated for release on December 1, 2010. We checked out the last collaboration between Winterhalder and De Clercq - The Assimilation - a book about the 1%'er life and a memoir based on the life and times of Winterhalder, a high-ranking member of the Bandido's. Back with something new for 2010, his new book takes a look at the stories of Harley Davidson riding women that he considers current royalty of North American female bikers.

Here's the full Press Release:

Biker Chicz of North America, the much-anticipated new book by Edward Winterhalder and Wil De Clercq, is slated for release on December 1, 2010. This is Winterhalder and De Clercq’s third non-fiction collaboration since the publication of their best seller, The Assimilation: Rock Machine Become Bandidos, in 2008, which has been translated into French and German.

Like The Assimilation, Biker Chicz of North America revolves around the culture of motorcycles and motorcycle personalities. But that’s where the similarity ends. It is quite a departure from the authors’ first book, which chronicled the vicious Montreal biker wars from 1994 to 2002. Biker Chicz of North America features women whose stories are meant to empower other women, whether they ride a motorcycle, are thinking about riding one, or simply want to know more about the lifestyle.

While each of the women featured in Biker Chicz of North America are unique and extraordinary in their own right, there are, not surprisingly, certain attributes they all have in common. In addition to being avowed Harley riders—and in many cases ambassadors for women’s motorcycling—they are successful, intelligent, freethinking, adventurous, risk takers, creative, inspiring, and tenacious.

“Our original intention was to focus on mainstream women motorcycle riders who are more or less the average girl next door. But somehow we ended up with women whom we consider to belong to the current royalty of North American female bikers. The only criteria we were looking for was that they had inspiring stories to tell and that they rode a Harley-Davidson,” said Winterhalder. “We are not Harley snobs by any means, but because Harley-Davidson motorcycles are the most identifiable and representative of the biker culture, we chose ‘America’s Freedom Machine’ as a common thread to lend continuity to our narrative.”

Winterhalder is one of the world’s leading authorities on motorcycle clubs and the biker lifestyle. The creator and executive producer of the Biker Chicz and Living on the Edge docu-reality series, he is a consultant to the entertainment industry for TV, feature film, and DVD projects that focus on the biker lifestyle. Winterhalder has appeared worldwide on television networks such as Bravo, Nat Geo (National Geographic), History Television, CBC, Global and the History Channel.

De Clercq has ghostwritten a number of successful books and is the co-author, along with enduro/rally rider Lawrence Hacking, of the MAX award winning To Dakar and Back: 21 Days Across North Africa by Motorcycle. De Clercq has been a dynamic force in the world of motorcycle journalism for more than twenty-five years.

Support CMR and buy it at a discount here:


Ontario Cross Country Series - Year in Review

The history making 2010 WEC Cross Country season is now in the books. It was only a short year ago that WEC responded to the dire need to restructure the Ontario Off-Road competition scene with an announcement of a Ontario Cross Country Series.  All existing off-road event organizers and clubs were invited to join in this new direction of the sport and many shared the vision. For years, riders were asking for a change to the antiquated system that was in place wanting to step up to the level that was happening everywhere else in the world.

2010 was a year of change. Many of the advancements appear elementary in retrospect leaving many riders to wonder how the sport went without for so long.

The biggest change brought forth was the use of the flawless WEC timekeeping system with rider transponders, and software that provides instant results. We now have over 300 rider transponders out there in circulation. At $40 each, it is very affordable for the rider and useable for years to come. Another bonus to this system is that these same transponders work in a number of US competition series as well as the Canadian Enduro Championship. By WEC supplying the complete scoring package, this frees up the organizer or club to have less people working the event and allows those people to actually participate in the sport. The riders are now familiar with this scoring system and accept nothing less. The standard has been set.

We introduced Pro Payback. This is the simple system that has been used in many other sports to ensure that our Pro riders actually get paid to ride. WEC uses the same formula that is used in the Canadian Enduro Championship with success and acceptance of the premier riders.

We have been able to attract new sponsors to the sport and will continue to do so as the series becomes more established. We thank would like to thank Ross Rocher Sales, Apex Cycle, Sturgess Cycle, Wiesner Insurance, Rockstar Energy Drink and Royal Distributing in their support of the Ontario Cross Country Championship.

Another first for the sport was the concept of the Holeshot Award that was consistent throughout the series. At each and every round Wiesner Insurance gave away $100 to the Pro who was fastest out of the first turn. It created drama, excitement and serious rivalry among our Pro riders.
A referee on site at every race is something new for Off-Road racing. Once again, a simple concept, but never done before. Protests and rule enforcement are handled on site the day of the race. No more waiting for “Head Office” to make a decision. It is absurd that other motorcycle sport disciplines have this and Off-Road was exempt.

We have assembled a rulebook that includes the valuable input of experienced event organizers as well as the CMRC and its loss control experts. The rule structure also mimics WEC’s vision of promotion of the sport and is designed to achieve just that. Our sophisticated advancement system borrowed from the CMRC motocross formula addresses the flaws in many “points or championship only” systems. This system brings new riders in to racing and it has been proven in practice.

Another ground breaking change was the introduction of online competition license purchasing. No longer do racers have to mail written forms to head office and wait for confirmation of acceptance, issuance and race numbers.The rider can purchase his or her license the night before a race and print it at home. That being said, WEC was on site at every race selling new licenses to those unfamiliar with this process. This is another way WEC has removed a task from the organizer that was previously a drain on their labour force.

Insurance is something that WEC takes very seriously as all organizers and sanctioning bodies should. The concept of insurance as most know is the spread of risk (we all take part of the financial responsibility to pay the claims of the few).  As such, anything other than the best policy available is not acceptable. This is one of the reasons why WEC has partnered with the Canadian Motorsport Racing Corporation, as having access to the best policy in the business is paramount. Cross Country is wheel to wheel racing and CMRC knows that business. Our Competition License carries part of the valuable insurance component needed and operating a competition series such as this without proper coverage puts the whole sport across the country and beyond in jeopardy.

The WEC website is something else of which we have become proud. People now have become used to obtaining up to date information about upcoming races, complete rule books, sponsor information and race news. We also have direct email contact so questions can be addressed quickly and directly. We field questions every day from new and existing riders as well as interested sponsors. We experienced some glitches early in the year with our ability to update and some viewer access. This was entirely due to popularity and we had to expand our band width three times to get to the point we are at now. We attained 1.4 million hits on our website by 36,000 unique visitors. These are impressive numbers that we were not quite ready for but we are now equipped. Our results page is highly detailed and results are posted in most cases the same day as the race itself. Comparing lap times and watching the points chase has never been easier. Once again, it’s about time the off-road community had this privilege.

WEC has recently held an organizer / promoter meeting to lay out plans for 2011. Feedback was solicited regarding changes and for continued improvement of the series. At this point, we can say that 2011 will be bigger and better than 2010. More events and more new venues will be featured. Our push towards faster courses incorporating motocross tracks where possible will continue. Improved cross promotion to the motocross world will happen as well as exciting new promotion ideas. Details on the 2011 season will begin to be released in early December.

WEC wholeheartedly thanks organizers: Niagara Timberline Riders, Burnt River Off-Road, Motopark, K W Cyclesport, Lynn Valley Dirt Riders, Vienna Trail Riders, Dirty Bikes Racing, and Erie Ramblers for a great 2010 season. Most importantly we would like to thank the hundreds of WEC Competition License holders and WEC transponder owners, as it is these racers that agree that Off-Road racing in Ontario should not be second to any other motorcycle discipline.

Congratulations to all racers for your accomplishments in 2010 and we look forward to seeing you in 2011.


Will that new motorcycle fit you? - Check now

Just discovered a cool "online motorcycle fit guide" that allows you to check if any number of bikes fit you and allow you see the effects of making adjustments will do to your riding position. 

Just punch in your height and inseam and choose a particular model bike to see if it'll fit! You can compare your fit on several different bikes at once and see your feet on the pegs and feet on the ground, your knee bend, torso bend etc.  

It's a great tool!  Fit yourself HERE.


Urban trials riding - This will get you in trouble! - or worse

This definitely falls under the "DO NOT TRY THIS" category. You'd surely end up in some trouble with the law if you did - not to mention seriously injured/dead!  This is Monster Energy's - Fred Crosset of Belgium riding around his hometown.

Trials riding takes a great deal of skill and balance something this rider clearly has.  He's a multi-year trial champ in Belgium and the USA.  It's a sport that's typically done far away from the city streets. Not so in this video.


Multistrada called for holy duty

Ducati Multistrada's have been called to duty in the Pope's official security motorcade.

Two motorcycles for the Corps of Gendarmerie of Vatican City have been presented to Pope Bendict XVI during a ceremony at Castel Gandolfo. Ducati Motor Holding made the gift of two specially prepared Ducati Multistradas to the Pope for use by the Corps of Gendarmerie of Vatican City during official security duties for the Pontiff.

The two 1200cc Ducati Multistrada motorcycles, finished in the special livery of the Pontifical State, were delivered directly to the Pope's summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, Rome on 15 September.

This will be the first time in history that the Vatican Gendarmerie Corp will use motorcycles in their delicate security tasks.

Maybe the Pope himself will get to take a spin?  Yeah, right!


Canadian team to race Baja 1000

The seven “Ps” of success is: positive prior planning prevents piss poor performance

If this is the case then we have already won our class at the 2010 Baja 1000.

The Husaberg FE570 has been literally stripped to its core and has been resurrected with loving care and adept attention to detail by master mechanic Bernie Wright. It now has enough lights on the front of the bike to allow the landing of the Space Shuttle and a large enough fuel tank to make sure the riders are able to make it between the sometimes problematic fuel stops.

The support trucks are loaded with supplies, fuel, and spare parts enough to sustain the four riders for both the race and the pre-running they will be doing in the days leading up to the main event. Because of the distance of the race, 1,061 miles ( 1,698 km) the riders and the support team have to be prepared to camp out in Mexico for a couple of days while the pre-running is being completed.

The help facilitate the enormous logistics of getting fuel, food and riders to their various change over positions along the route the team has three four wheel drive vehicles, including a specially build Dakar truck, and four support workers. Again Don Hatton has pulled from a pool of local Vancouver Island talent to help out including two time Dakar support driver John Yeomans, former rally driver and navigator Kevan Ibbotson, and Nathan Suter of Victoria. Bernie Wright will also drive one of the support vehicles and provide his world-class mechanical expertise to the team.

The team will be driving all the way to the race venue, then traversing all of the Baja route and returning back to Duncan by hopefully November 23 covering an anticipated 12,000 km total distance !!

Rally Raid Racing Factoid – things you might not know or thought of :

Most of the competitors in this race are people just like you. Taking time off from their day jobs to be able to compete, paying their own way, little or no financial sponsorship funds, long tiring days of driving just to get to the venue. Our team is not professional paid riders - they are riders who love the sport and just want to compete in a once in a life team event. 

Cheer all of them on!


BMW Motorrad GS Trophy 2010. Adventure, sports and competition in South Africa

Beginning November 13, 30 riders from 13 nations from around the world will compete in a week of adventure riding, special tests, teamwork challenges and problem solving – a week that will also be about having fun, getting back to nature and enjoying this iconic genre of adventure motorcycle.

So with the clock ticking, here’s a heads-up on one of the most innovative bike competitions in the world today, explaining what the event’s about, where it’s happening and when it’s happening.

What is the GS Trophy?

The GS Trophy is a celebration of the spirit of the BMW GS motorcycle, bringing together those elements of leisure, adventure and challenge that this bike engenders. This edition of the GS Trophy is extra special as it’s also celebrating 30 years of the GS motorcycle.

The Africa 2010 event is the second edition of the GS Trophy, the previous edition took place in Tunisia in 2008. An immediate success, it pitched teams from different nations against each other yet also created a sense of brotherhood and camaraderie that brought them together. The team from the USA may have won the competition, but all who rode in the 2008 edition quite rightly felt they were winners, too.
Word spread of this exciting event and so, to meet demand, for 2010 the GS Trophy (now a biennial event) has doubled in size. Instead of five teams of three riders, this edition will see ten teams, comprising 30 riders from 13 nations, competing.

“The GS Trophy is an inspiration for GS riders all around the world,” explains Hendrik von Kuenheim, General Director of BMW Motorrad. “GS riders are by their very nature both enthusiasts and adventurers, so the GS Trophy captures that essence by bringing together people from different cultures and backgrounds to ride these wonderful bikes through such beautiful and challenging landscapes. The event is quite unique, and with 2010 being the 30th anniversary of the GS this edition in South Africa will be something very special.”

Who are the riders?

The participants of the GS Trophy are non-professional riders who have won their positions in the GS Trophy through national qualifiers known as “GS Challenges”.

GS Trophy organiser Michael Trammer explains the process: “The GS Trophy was designed to give amateurs with off-road experience the opportunity to take part in a large-scale enduro competition. To ensure that the finalists are of a comparable standard we set them a series of tests that correspond to a standardised level throughout the GS Challenge events held around the world. It’s our desire that whatever the final result, each participant will get to experience something they will never forget – ultimately, there will be no losers, as just to be selected to represent your country is a significant achievement.”

The GS Challenges took place between April and October this year. The response from the GS-riding public has been overwhelming, with many events adopting two- and even three-day formats in order to support a fair selection process. In Japan, for instance, the Challenge event attracted 320 riders, while in Sweden over 500 riders took part in an expanded event that was branded ‘Adventure Days’.

Where and when does the GS Trophy take place?

The GS Trophy begins on November 13 and ends on November 21. The start and finish are both in Johannesburg, but between those dates the competitors will be riding across South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique. The exact itinerary and details of the tasks and challenges are to remain a well-guarded secret until closer to the start date. However, fellow organiser Tomm Wolf has described the event thus:

“We will be traveling around 2000 kilometres across an extremely varied landscape. South Africa will be open and very wide; we’ll experience mountains, forests and great enduro landscapes in Swaziland, while in Mozambique it will be sand all the way. We have been able to call upon local experience and knowledge to devise a programme that ensures that the riders will enjoy a unique, authentic and diverse experience that will  take in five game reserves and six different venues in total, with elevation ranges from sea level to around 2000 metres.”

Watch out for more information on the BMW Motorrad GS Trophy 2010 in the BMW PressClub, on as well as through Facebook and Twitter.


Canadian's Colin and Ryan Pyle use Cardo System’s Bike-to-Bike in China ride

Canadian Brothers Colin and Ryan Pyle use Cardo System’s Bike-to-Bike Communication During 18,000 Kilometer Journey Around China

PITTSBURGH, PA - Cardo Systems, Inc., the world’s market leader in wireless Bluetooth communications for motorcycle helmet headsets, announced today its scala rider® G4TM PowerSet Bluetooth intercom headset was used extensively during the recent MKride around China to facilitate a safe journey for two motorcycle riders who are not only brothers, but riding buddies for a cause.

Brothers Colin and Ryan Pyle completed a motorcycle tour of China on October 17th, 2010 in Shanghai. The pair traversed 17,674 kilometers during the 65 day journey, becoming the first riders to circumnavigate the country in one journey. Their Middle Kingdom (MK) Ride raised funds and awareness for the Seva Foundation, a charitable organization that helps communities around the world with initiatives including clean water, improved healthcare and education.

The MKride team chose the scala rider G4 PowerSet because of Cardo Systems’ eight years of experience in the Bluetooth industry and for the scala rider G4 PowerSet’s reputation for being the world leader in Bluetooth intercom systems for motorcycles. The scala rider G4 features two headsets for bike to bike intercom communication up to ONE mile and allows safe hands-free conversations, so riding partners can quickly discuss road hazards or direction changes without using hand gestures or resorting to shouting. Both headsets also include VOX which enables users to make and receive hands-free cell phone calls and can pair with GPS devices so that a rider can hear turn by turn, in-helmet voice instructions. With 10 hours of rechargeable talk time and a range of up to one mile, the scala rider G4 is the perfect safety companion for lengthy journeys.

The brothers used the scala rider G4 PowerSet in a variety of conditions including high altitudes of more than 16,000 feet, extreme temperatures swings, and numerous hail and rainstorms proving to be a vital part of their gear that helped the riding team stay safe and alert to impending dangers.

“The scala absolutely enhanced our trip and allowed us to communicate and ride with four eyes instead of just two,” said Ryan Pyle, of MKride. “China has the most dangerous roads in the world, with statistically the highest automobile fatality rate. We safely navigated through horrendous traffic jams and other hazards because of our ability to communicate clearly and effectively with the G4.”

Not only does the scala rider G4 PowerSet keep avid motorcycle cruisers safe on their journeys, but also entertained with it extensive communication and music options. Each headset has an embedded radio with seek and scan features and also A2DP compatibility for wireless STEREO music that can be played from a compatible MP3 player or iPod. The headsets also feature AVRCP technology which enables a user to control their music device/GPS unit right from the headset, alleviating the need to manipulate the devices from pockets, jackets or any other areas that may cause distraction.

Cardo Systems congratulates Ryan and Colin on their achievement and was honored to support them in their epic journey around China and their charitable mission. Ryan and Colin Pyle are producing a documentary and a book about their experiences during their MKride. More information can be found at

The scala rider G4 PowerSet is available through select distributors, retail outlets, specialty motorcycle shops, and directly from the Cardo Systems web site at with a suggested retail price of $489.95 USD.


Honda CBR 1000R coming to Canada - Spring 2011

The CB1000R, said to be the leader of the performance naked bike class in Europe is making its North American debut. The high tech futuristic looking CB1000R has an unbeatable combination of sophisticated styling, super sport performance and agile handling.

The CB1000R is compact and lightweight and has an RR-derived 998 cc liquid cooled, fuel injected inline-four engine that is tuned to deliver torque. The super-sport class fully adjustable suspension and narrow yet comfortable seat make this bike an option for every kind of ride, from weekday commute to weekend blasts along twisty roads.

The advanced gravity die-cast aluminum Mono-Backbone frame and 17 inch wheels contribute to the CB1000Rs responsive control and agile, sporty handling. Add to that Honda’s combined-ABS brake system for optimized braking control in all riding situation.

The combination of its angular, ‘mass forward’ design with an emphasized short compact tail that positions the rider in a forward seating position with the semi-underslung stainless steel exhaust system centralizes mass and lowers the overall centre of gravity.

Main features:

• Thick aluminium handlebar improves look and feel.
• Unique front light array features a triangular multi-reflector headlight integrated into a compact bikini cowl, and a 7-bulb LED position light.
• Compact, lightweight 998cc liquid-cooled fuel-injected inline-4 engine is tuned for dynamic low-to midrange performance.
• Magnesium cylinder head and ACG covers reduce engine weight.
• Angular, ‘mass forward’ design is emphasised by a short compact tail and positions rider forward for a sporty ride.
• Advanced gravity die-cast aluminium Mono-Backbone frame contributes to agile, sporty handling.
• Semi-underslung stainless steel exhaust system lowers centre of gravity and adds to light, responsive handling as well as delivering an exhilarating sound.
• Attractive 17" wheels feature eye-catching swept 4-spoke design.
• Swift-handling, fully adjustable 43mm inverted front fork and cast aluminium Monoshock Pro-Arm swingarm contribute to precise control.
• Wide, high-performance Super Sports-class radial tyres deliver responsive high-speed cornering control.
• Lightweight 310mm floating front disc brakes with radial-mount 4-piston calipers and 256mm dual- piston caliper rear disc brake create a powerful stopping force.
• Combined-ABS features 3-piston front brake calipers and advanced Antilock Brake System for extra assurance in all braking situations.


- Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 16-valve DOHC inline-4
- Displacement 998cm3
- Bore × Stroke 75 × 56.5mm
- Compression Ratio 11.2 : 1
- Idling Speed 1,200min-1
- Oil Capacity 3.6 litres


- Carburation PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
- Throttle Bore 36mm
- Aircleaner Dry, cartridge-type paper filter
- Fuel Tank Capacity 17 litres (including 4-litre LCD-indicated reserve)

- Ignition System Computer-controlled digital transistorised with electronic advance
- Ignition Timing 5° BTDC (idle) ~ 50° BTDC (10,000min-1)
- Sparkplug Type NGK: IMR9E-9HES (NGK); VUH27ES (DENSO)
-Starter Electric 
- Battery Capacity 12V/8.6AH
- ACG Output 340W
- Headlights 12V; 55W (low) / 60W (high)


- Clutch Wet, multiplate with coil springs
- Clutch Operation Hydraulic
- Transmission Type 6-speed
- Primary Reduction 1.604 (77/48)
- Final Reduction 2.750 (44/16)
- Final Drive #530 O-ring sealed chain


- Type Mono-backbone; cast aluminium

- Dimensions (L×W×H) 2,105 × 805 × 1,095mm
- Wheelbase 1,445mm
- Caster Angle 25°
- Trail 98.7mm
- Turning Radius 2.8m
- Seat Height 825mm
- Ground Clearance 130mm
- Curb Weight 222kg (F: 108kg; R: 114kg)
- Max. Carrying Capacity 188kg
- Loaded Weight 410kg

-  Front 43mm inverted HMAS cartridge-type telescopic fork with stepless preload, compression and rebound adjustment, 120mm cushion stroke
- Rear Monoshock with gas-charged HMAS damper featuring 10-step preload and stepless rebound damping adjustment, 128mm axle travel

- Type Front Hollow-section 4-spoke cast aluminium
- Rear U-section 4-spoke cast aluminium
- Rim Size Front 17M/C × MT3.5, Rear 17M/C × MT5.5
- Tyre Size Front 120/70 ZR17M/C (58W), Rear 180/55 ZR17M/C (73W)
- Tyre Pressure Front 250kPa Rear 290kPa (290kPa with passenger)


- Type Front 310 × 4.5mm dual hydraulic disc with combined 3-piston calipers, floating rotors, ABS and sintered metal pads
- Rear 256 × 5mm hydraulic disc with dual-piston calliper, ABS and sintered metal pads
*All specifications are proliminary and subject to change without notice. 

The CB1000R is made for anyone who relishes attention. This bike offers an upright seating position and true sport bike performance and will be sure to capture the heart and sole of any motorcycle enthusiast.


New Ural colors on the way!

We heard from the Canadian distributor for Ural and they tell us that there's some new Ural colors on the way!  We'll likely start getting the new colors until late spring of 2011.

Don't worry - you can still get your Olive drab but if you want something a little brighter for your Ural you're going to want to check this out.  Bright blue/white and what looks to be Orange/silver.

Update: (Nov 9/10) Not only are the colors new but there's something else a little different on these new Ural's.  A stepped bench seat.  It's listed on the accessories page of Ural's website but not as a new item.  Haven't seen that before.  Maybe I missed it though.


Don Hatton - Rally Raid Canada going to Baja

The Baja 1000 is an iconic motorsport event, equivalent in status with the Indianapolis 500 Indy car race or the Daytona 500 stock car race as one of North America’s premier sporting events.

We are proud to announce Rally Raid Canada in conjunction with Duncan Motorsports is entering the 2010 Baja 1000 for the first time!

Don Hatton has put together an all-Canadian team of experienced local riders from Vancouver Island looking to tackle the infamous Mexican off road race. Along with Don will be riders Nick Caldwell and Paul Gallagher all from the Duncan area and Marc Ebdrup from Nanaimo

“I am really excited about this team” Don says. “Enthusiasm is not an issue with these guys. Keeping them calmed down and focused on getting all the riders to the finishing line will be” he notes.

The team will be riding a factory supplied Husaberg FE570 Enduro. Don’s race mechanic Bernie Wright, former chief mechanic for world champion Cyril Despres, is modifying it to suit the conditions found in the Mexican classic. Although powerful and reliable one of the biggest upgrades to the Husaberg will be an ancillary lighting system to allow the riders to see better in the darkness at high speeds.

Rally Raid Racing Factoid – things you might not know or thought of :

This event draws hundreds of competitors and thousands of support personnel and vehicles totaling some 10,000 people. Although the Baja race is a sprint race where the top competitors can complete the course in about 18 hours the logistics of providing fuel, mechanical services and rider support is as daunting as any of the longer Dakar style races.

The 2010 Baja 1000 starts on November 18, 2010 and will compete on the classic Ensenada to LaPaz peninsula course this year


BMW Motorrad achieves record year-to-date retails

BMW Motorrad Canada reported retails in October of 104 units,an increase of 26.8%over the same period in 2009. BMW Motorrad breaks through CY2009 total retails, with year-to-date sales of 1,865 units an increase of 7.9% over last year.

AND if you're really interested in financial matters here's a little more in depth discussion of BMM Motorrad on a global level:
BMW Motorrad increased its third-quarter sales volume by 7.7% to 24,493 units (2009: 22,741 units). Segment revenues for the quarter rose by 21.8% to euro 291 million (2009: euro 239 million). The EBIT for the period from July to September turned around from a negative euro 3 million to a positive euro 2 million. 

The number of motorcycles sold during the nine-month period increased by 16.9% to 81,508 units (2009: 69,715 units), with segment revenues improving by 25.0% to euro 1,081 million (2009: euro 865 million). The nine-month segment EBIT jumped by 72.5% to euro 88 million (2009: euro 51 million), while the segment profit before tax improved by 84.4% to euro 83 million (2009: euro 45 million).

The BMW Group was able to strengthen its competitive position further during the period under report despite difficult market conditions and is now market leader in the 500 cc plus segment in countries such as Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and South Africa.


BMW Concept C. The scooter of the future made by BMW Motorrad.

It's a BIG scooter from BMW - the "C" concept is designed for commuters. Don't know if those blue tires would make it to production but I could see BMW selling a few of these machines.  It's a very sporty and aggressive looking scooter that might appeal to a more traditional motorcycle riders than a typical scooter might.

Full details:

Recent years have seen radical changes in the world of individual mobility, specifically in the conurbations, and the number of registrations has rocketed for virtually all individual transport concepts. However, the space available to traffic has not grown to the same extent, so individual mobility must come to terms with the new circumstances.

Against this background, BMW Motorrad will be expanding its present motorcycle adventure world to include the big scooter. This new product segment will first give rise to two innovative premium scooters with internal combustion engines. The differing characteristics of this concept will appeal to a broad target group. In addition, some thought is being given to a future alternative drive with electric motor.

BMW Motorrad will be combining in these scooters the outstanding handling of the motorcycle with the particular agility and conceptual comfort of the scooter for the maximum experience of dynamic riding – a big scooter made by BMW Motorrad. There are plans to manufacture these future production vehicles at the BMW Motorrad plant in Berlin.

BMW Motorrad is continuing its strategy of strong and sustainable growth and so will be intensifying its traditional work in the enduro, touring, and sport touring fields. Following its successful entry to the super sport segment, BMW Motorrad will now be expanding its range yet again to include a highly promising business line.

This path leads straight to the big scooter segment. These high displacement vehicles with dynamic handling characteristics have gained considerable popularity all over the world. Moreover, they present an interesting alternative to returnees who up to now were undecided about motorcycles after long periods of abstinence.

BMW Concept C. New dimension in the field of big scooters.

New ideas and concepts on the subject of two-wheeled mobility are a decades old tradition at BMW Motorrad. Countless times, concept studies and drafts have been presented that reflect the power of innovation and future orientation of BMW Motorrad.

With its Concept C study, BMW Motorrad is yet again embarking on a new path and demonstrating a fascinating mobility option for the future. Here, C stands for “commuter”. Particularly in view of the traffic development in urban areas, it presents the prospect of an innovative, sporty big scooter for the future premium segment.

As usual at BMW Motorrad, there is more to this study than just an attempt to present a big scooter for the highest demands. Rather, the designers and engineers of BMW Motorrad focused above all on the emotive component in addition to the technical function and quality – and the thrill from the very first moment on.

BMW Concept C. Emotion, dynamic handling, and function in the design.

When unveiling its Concept C at EICMA in Milan, BMW Motorrad will be directing the maximum possible emotion to its interpretation of this subject, which will bear witness to the primary claims of maximum, all round functionality.

Concept C as a vision of the big scooter is immediately recognisable as a member of the BMW Motorrad family. For instance, it also presents the so-called “split face”, a visual tripartite of dynamic response extending from the front silhouette to the front wheel cover and beyond. In the style of highly sporty
BMW Motorrad models, such as the S 1000 RR, Concept C also features a twin-tipped front spoiler.

Unlike the L shaped side view presented up to now by big scooters, with their predominantly vertical body lines and colour scheme, Concept C has ventured on a new, much more sporty and dynamic path. The body lines sweeping up to the vehicle’s rear underscore this big scooter’s active riding character. The high rear section emphasises the lightness and agility of Concept C's powerful two-cylinder engine. Sportiness and dynamism are also underscored by the close cut, speeder-style windscreen.

The functional side of this scooter is expressed in stylish design elements, such as the aluminium look of the bash plates with the air intake adopted from the BMW GS.

The black chromium of the suspension and frame parts form a thrilling, dynamic relationship with the aluminium chromium, silver, and blue paintwork of the body parts. In addition, the black satin sections present a high-contrast emphasis on the vehicle’s central area. This highly technical and high-quality elegance is borne further by finely worked details, such as the fuel tank cover reminiscent of aircraft and the short, sporty muffler. The visionary facet of Concept C is presented by the tyres with flanks and treads of blue.

BMW Concept C. Pioneering technology that fuels enthusiasm.

Concept C presents unusual and innovative solutions that offer a wide prospect of what in future can become reality in this segment.

For instance, Concept C features a highly complex monolever mechanism with hollowed-out shaft connected to a suspension strut visible from the outside. In this study, front-wheel control takes the form of an upside down fork.

The stable twin disc brake at the front features two radial brake callipers that also underscore the dynamic sportiness of Concept C. In addition, the single disc brake at the rear and the BMW Motorrad ABS provide the maximum possible safety during braking manoeuvres.

The dynamic and equally comfortable driving force behind Concept C is provided by a new, two-cylinder inline engine in conjunction with CVT (continuously variable transmission). Engine power, torque, and therefore performance will be moving towards the top of the segment.

Light is cast on a more distant point in the future by the LED headlamp integrated into the face panelling. This future vision is also continued by the deliberate absence of conventional rear view mirrors, which will be replaced in Concept C with two video cameras in the rear. These record the area behind the vehicle and transfer the images to two LCD monitors in the cockpit within view of the rider. The road speed, engine speed, and other data appear on a third LCD display integrated at the centre of the cockpit.

BMW Concept C. Perfected rider equipment and stowage space concept.

Concept C also testifies to thoughts and ideas extending beyond the actual vehicle. In line with the BMW Motorrad philosophy, a big scooter realised in the Concept C style will also come with a range of adequate rider equipment. In the best BMW Motorrad tradition, the development of a big scooter will also include a suitable stowage space concept.


Honda V4 Crosstourer Concept - Varadero replacement?

Honda has revealed their  V4 Crosstourer Concept, the "world’s first V4 Adventure Tourer motorcycle" at the 2010 EICMA  in Milan, Italy.  Based on the displacement and size of the bike one could assume that this machine will take the Varadero 1000cc's spot as the adventure tourer in the Honda lineup.  Honda Canada for one has spent a lot of time and effort on the 1000cc machine though and while not a new machine by any means it's pretty new to Canada.

The V4 Crostourer  shares the V4 engine and Dual Clutch Transimission with the VFR1200F and is said to offer the same  fun and excitement of a road sports bike; but with the comfortable upright riding position and manoeuvrability of an adventure machine.

The VFR1200F was the first model to utilize the new iconic V4 engine that signified the beginning of the new era in Honda’s engine line-up. The V4 Crosstourer Concept will utilise the same engine as the Road Sport category VFR to bring the benefits of this world-beating engine to a new type of customer. This will be the first time an Adventure Tourer bike has been fitted with a compact and powerful four cylinder V-engine unit.

The riding experience will be further enhanced with the V4 Crosstourer Concept being developed with the revolutionary Dual Clutch Transmission that gives seamless gear changes for a sport riding feel. The new bike is the second Honda to be fitted with this innovative transmission system after the VFR1200F and it is the first time this award-winning technology has been seen in this category.


2011 Ducati Diavel - a lightweight power cruiser

Ducati has unveiled their all new 2011 Diavel. Could this be the start of a new trend of lightweight cruisers? 162 horsepower, and 456 lbs in Carbon trim and 463 lbs in regular trim!  Maybe...

Here's the Press Release and specs:

Ducati Diavel: The new shape of power and style 

The innovative new Ducati Diavel combines decades of twin-cylinder heritage and Italian style with a bold, world-beating technical confidence strong enough to extend the boundaries of motorcycle design.

Custom shop beauty, state-of-the-art technology, innovative design and extraordinary riding pleasure are masterfully blended into the Diavel, a motorcycle destined to shape the future, a motorcycle built by people who have earned the right to change the rules.

Built to have a commanding presence, though lightweight and agile like all Ducatis, the Diavel takes the man-motorcycle relationship to the next level in absolute comfort. For connoisseurs of technology, ABS, Ducati Traction Control and Ducati Riding Modes deliver a confidence-inspiring sophistication while stunning looks, 162hp and 207kg (456lb) of authentic Ducati performance drives a comfortable sport lifestyle that could only be dreamt of before.

Merging the worlds of power and style has never been achieved with such convincing precision. A specially engineered 240 section rear tyre combined with famous Ducati chassis technology serves up mind-blowing handling and lean angles which defy the laws of physics, whether carving through curves on your favourite road or just riding out for a night on the town.

The latest ground-breaking Ducati is available in two versions: The brand new Diavel and the flagship Diavel Carbon with a character-forming mix of aesthetic and performance components from carbon fibre bodywork to forged and specially machined Marchesini wheels.


The BMW 650 single is back - with a facelift

The BMW 650 cc single is back with a refreshed look and some new cast wheels.  Here's the full scoop from BMW:

The BMW G 650 GS, BMW Motorrad has added yet another attractive member to its BMW GS family. With its lean, wiry offroad stature, the new single-cylinder enduro cuts a cheeky, light, and adventurous figure. At the same time it stands out clearly from its rivals in terms of quality, equipment, and comfort. In conjunction with its relatively low weight and the low seat height, it presents an attractive means of entry to the passion of motorbiking and the fascinating world of BMW GS adventure.

New edition based on a tried and tested platform with high torque and low consumption single-cylinder engine.

The new G 650 GS has opted for a technology on a widely used basis: the popular and successful BMW F 650 GS with single-cylinder drive of many years’ standing. This liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine with double overhead camshafts has a displacement of 652 cc, delivers 35 kW (48 hp) at 6500 rpm, and develops a maximum torque of 60 Nm at 5000 rpm. As an optional accessory, the vehicle is also available in a power reduction version, delivering 25 kW (34 hp) at 6500 rpm and 47 Nm at 4500 rpm.

Thanks to electronic fuel injection, twin-spark ignition, the high geometrical compression ratio of 11.5:1, and a closed-loop catalytic converter, this tried and tested single-cylinder engine is designed for the maximum level of riding pleasure with the best possible efficiency and high environmental compatibility. It shines forth with exemplary low consumption values of, for example, only 3.2 litres per 100 km at a constant 90 km/h.

In conjunction with the claw-shifted five-speed gearbox, the free revving single-cylinder engine in the new BMW G 650 GS provides for a thrilling experience, in particular on snaking country roads. Its beefy torque curves and good response also allow detours handled with supreme ease beyond the asphalt of roads.

Robust suspension technology for great riding pleasure on the country road and on easy terrain.
The suspension of the new G 650 GS was developed primarily for running on country roads and takes the form of an agile chassis with a bridge frame of steel tubing and a bolt-on framework tail that has already seen excellent service on the earlier BMW F 650 GS.

Whereas the front wheel is controlled by torsionally rigid telescopic forks, the rear system takes the form of a solid dual swing arm of square steel sections in conjunction with a monoshock linked via a lever system. Besides the optimal riding stability up to the maximum speed of 170 km/h (power reduction 145 km/h) the new G 650 GS presents a thrilling performance of playful handling on the country road. Adequate spring travel ensures a high level of riding comfort and appealing off-road qualities despite its low seat height.

Powerful deceleration is provided by the brake system consisting of a single brake disc at the front and rear. The BMW Motorrad ABS, available as optional factory-fitted equipment, can be deactivated for off-road riding.

Typical enduro design and colour concept in the style of the BMW GS family.

The body of the new G 650 GS was completely redesigned. In particular the front section makes the single-cylinder enduro light, sporty, and dynamic. The asymmetrical headlamp and the self steering front wheel cover give the G 650 GS its look of absolute independence.

A clear design of lines, the targeted use of coloured areas and all black plastic parts uphold the visual impression of a robust enduro outfit. The overall impression of sportiness is boosted further by the engine, exhaust covers, frame, swinging arm, and slide tubes, which are all black, contrasting with the plain colours of aura white and orange-red as well as the matching two-tone seats.

The new BMW G 650 GS will be produced at the BMW Motorrad plant in Berlin Spandau.

The following presents an overview of the essential features of the new BMW G 650 GS:
• Reliable, high torque, and low consumption single-cylinder engine with 652 cc displacement.
• Engine power 35 kW (48 hp) at 6500 rpm and maximum torque 60 Nm at 5000 rpm.
• Tried and tested suspension concept with bridge frame and swinging arm of steel, telescopic forks, and monoshock (spring travel front 170 mm, rear 165 mm).
• Cast light alloy wheels in new design. Diameter front 19”, rear 17”. Wider rear wheel rim for even better riding stability.
• Stable brake system with single brake disc at front and rear and OFF/ON BMW Motorrad ABS (optional factory-fitted equipment).
• Redesigned body scopes incl. windshield with GS moulding and two-tone seat.
• Lean and ergonomic 14 litre tank.
• Three different seat heights: standard 780 mm, low slung 750 mm (as optional factory-fitted equipment), high seat (black) 820 mm.
• Sporty cockpit design with asymmetrical headlamp and instrument panel.
• Luggage carrier with lockable storage compartment.
• Smoky grey indicators.
• New handlebar fittings.
• Extensive optional factory-fitted equipment: BMW Motorrad ABS (ON/OFF), heated grips, anti-theft alarm system, centre stand, socket, low slung.
• Extensive optional accessories with the familiarly high BMW Motorrad standards.