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Happy Holidays from Zero Motorcycles

Here's some holiday wishes from the folks at Zero Motorcycles:

2010 was an exciting year for Zero Motorcycles, with many significant milestones and achievements to celebrate. With so much accomplished (and so much more still to do), it's amazing the difference just one year has made. We are proud to say that we continued to grow rapidly at both our Santa Cruz headquarters and around the world. Looking back, it would take a very long list to recap all the good news in 2010.

Instead here are some highlights from just the last few months:

- Zeros become the first street legal electric motorcycles in Australia
- The Zero DS wins National Geographic's “Gear of the Year” award:
- Zero commits nearly $2 million for its next-generation powertrain project
- Industry veteran & hall of famer, Scot Harden becomes Zero's VP of Marketing

If that was not enough, we are sending 2010 off with a bang with this newly released video of Motocross Champion Sebastien Tortelli talking about his experiences riding a Zero MX. To watch the video click HERE.

From all of us here at Zero Motorcycles, we wish you the best of holidays. May 2011 bring you and yours continued peace and happiness. And of course, may all your two wheeled dreams come true.

Enjoy the Ride,

Your Friends at Zero


Yamaha Announces 2012 Super Ténéré Pricing

We let you know about the pricing on the 2012 Super Ténéré a while back via our Twitter feed but the official announcement and press release came from Yamaha a few days back. Just getting around to posting this with all the holiday rush!

Yamaha Motor Canada has announced the pricing on the much-talked about 2012 Super Ténéré. The bike will have an MSRP of $16,499

Peter Swanton, National Manager, Motorsports for Yamaha Motor Canada, commented, “This is a fantastic motorcycle the market has been eagerly anticipating. We wanted to ensure we gave Canadian customers a value-added price for a bike that includes some of our latest technology. $16,499 includes great features like ABS, 3-ModeTraction Control, 2-position engine mode, immobilizer key, spoked, tubeless tires, adjustable seat height…the list goes on!”

An early deposit program was announced in conjunction with the price of the Super Ténéré. Those customers who place a $500 deposit before April 30, 2011 will receive:

• An extra two years of Yamaha Protection Plus extended warranty (for a total of 3 years warranty)
• Service kit (4L of 10W-40 Yamalube with Genuine Yamaha oil filter)
• Priority delivery
• $250 retail value credit towards the purchase of Genuine Yamaha Super Ténéré accessories. (Minimum order of $1500).

Swanton relayed further, “The Ténéré is a bike that can blur the line between so many types of riding; street, off-road, touring, sport, adventure. It takes you places you couldn’t go on a regular motorcycle and do so in a comfortable manner. We’re very proud of this bike and know that Ténéré owners will feel the same satisfaction that other Ténéré owners have in the rich, twenty-nine year history of the model.”

The Super Ténéré will land at your Yamaha dealer in June 2011. Availability is limited so be sure to place your deposit early. For more information on the latest Yamaha motorcycles, visit:


Motovan - 2011 Fashion Catalog now available

Motovan is a leading Canadian distributor of motorcycle parts and accessories and their new 2011 Fashion Catalog is now available online! 

If you're looking for a motorcycle part or accessory you'll want to check out this catalog before heading down to your local shop... because if they don't have it you can tell them the code of what you want and they'll hopefully order it in for you.

Check out the link HERE


Brett “The Kid” McCormick returns to Canadian Superbike with BMW

BMW Motorrad Canada is delighted to announce that Brett McCormick will be suiting up alongside Michael Ferreira for the 2011 Canadian superbike season as part of the BMW Motorrad Canada Superbike Team.

Brett will be returning to race in the Parts Canada Superbike Championship after competing for the 2010 season in the United States with the Michael Jordan Motorsport Team. The 19-year old superbike sensation from Saskatoon brings with him a wealth of racing experience for such a young rider, including almost 5 years of racing superbikes at an elite level.

“Adding a huge talent such as Brett to our superbike team is a great coup for BMW Motorrad Canada” says Norm Wells, Director. “Brett is well liked and respected in the racing world and his track record speaks for itself. He will be a tremendous asset to our team.”

2011 will be the second full season that BMW Motorrad Canada fields a two rider superbike team in the Parts Canada Superbike Championship. The team will once again be racing the potent S1000RR superbike that enjoyed a successful debut in Canada this past year. Michael Ferreira, a superbike rookie in 2010, will continue with the BMW team in 2011 after a very impressive season that saw him improve with every ride and cap off his season with two third place podiums at the final rounds.
The last time McCormick raced in Canada was back in 2009 where he won 4 of 7 Superbike races along with setting lap records at every track in Canada that season. Remarkably, all of these records still stand today. 2011 will not be the first time that McCormick will ride an S1000RR Superbike. He was a surprise tester at the annual press tests just after the final round of the 2009 Superbike World Championship held in Portimao where McCormick was lucky enough to test the S1000RR of Troy Corser wearing borrowed riding gear of then BMW Motorrad factory rider Ruben Xaus.
“ I’m very pleased and obviously excited to join the BMW Motorrad family in 2011”, says McCormick. “BMW is a great company with a history of excellence and I’m looking forward to helping the team make major inroads in the 2011 superbike season. I’ve had the privilege of sampling the S1000RR in WSBK trim, so I know with the superb team we have in Canada we’ll be able to put on a great show and hopefully bring a Superbike Championship to BMW.”
The BMW team would like to thank Francis Martin for his efforts the past two seasons and wish him well with his future racing endeavors.

Another announcement will be made in the coming weeks regarding 2011 BMW team sponsors. Fans can stay in touch all year long with the BMW Motorrad Canada Superbike Team via their Facebook page and also at


Give some dirt for Christmas!

Sounds like a bad gift to receive right?  Wrong!  You'll be warmly thanked for this gift of dirt this holiday season!

The folks at Trail Tours are offering gift certificates for Christmas.  People can get a certificate for a percentage off the total price or get a half day or full day package gift certificate.

Trail Tours is an off-road motorcycle school on the edge of the 11,000 acre Ganaraska forest. This off-road haven is just 20 minutes outside of Peterborough.

For details, just contact Trail Tours at or call 705-875-2980

We had an opportunity to ride with the gang at Trail Tours in the summer of 2009 and it was about as much fun as I've ever had on two wheels!  Check out the story and pictures HERE.

About Trail Tours

Trail Tours has been introducing people to the sport of trail riding for more than 10 years; making off-road riding a great way for people to experience adventure outdoors. As one of the most established riding schools in North America, we have designed unique excursions to suit both beginners and seasoned off-roaders.


Canadian Motorcycle Rider on Twitter

Just a little reminder to our Canadian motorcycle enthusiast readers - and all those from around the globe as well... we're on Twitter!

You can follow us at or if you're not the Twittering type we've got a feed of our latest comments on our site. 

Spread the word and give us a mention - we'd love to hear from you! 


Another year of Canadian motorcyle shows begins

We're a few days too late giving you notice about the Toronto show but there's still plenty more!  The manufacturers will be showing off their new models.  BMW are  going to be bringing their all new 1600's by the way. 

So, come check out the 2011 line-up, including the all-new 6-cylinder K1600GT/GTL, G650GS, the updated R1200R, and the new R1200GS Triple Black.

The tour crosses Canada stopping in:

  • Toronto December 10 - 12, 2010
  • Calgary January 7 - 9, 2011
  • Edmonton January 14 - 16, 2011
  • Vancouver January 20 - 23, 2011
  • Quebec City February 4 - 6, 2011
  • Moncton February 11 - 13, 2011
  • Montreal February 25 to 27, 2011

Click here to visit the MMIC listing of all the events.


KYMCO discount for Christmas

Canadians that purchase any non-current KYMCO scooter, maxi scooter, or motorcycle between December 1st, 2010 and January 31st, 2011 can take advantage of the following offers from KYMCO:

- $400 REBATE on any non-current 50cc scooter
- $600 REBATE on any non-current 125-250cc scooter or motorcycle
- $800 REBATE on any non-current 500cc maxi-scooter

** PLUS **

A limited 3 year manufacturer warranty on any 4-stroke model.

AND some of the small print aka - "details and conditions:"

- Offer valid only for all non-current KYMCO on road models (2010 and earlier).
- Previously registered vehicles, trade-ins and other models not specified in this promotion do not
- Vehicles must be purchased from a participating authorized KYMCO dealer in Canada between
December 1st 2010 and January 31st 2011.
- This offer is only valid in Canada and only to Canadian residents.
- Cash rebates are deducted from MSRP amounts before taxes, available only at participating dealers
and vary by model as stated in the promotion. Freight, PDI, taxes, registration, insurance, and
administration fees are extra. Dealer may sell for less.
- Please see warranty card for complete original and extended warranty details and exclusions.
- Extended warranty offer excludes the following KYMCO on road models: Vitality 50 2T, Super 9
AC and all off road models.
- This promotion cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion.
- Offer subject to change or extend without notice.


MV Agusta launches Canadian website

MV Agusta's Canadian website is up and functioning.  Check it out here:

With prices currently listed that start at $16,995 for a Brutale 990 R and rise to $36,995 for a 2012 special edition F4 RR you'll have to have deep pockets to partake in these "limited production works of art."

There's no question they make some fantastic looking bikes. You'll be amongst a small group riding one in Canada if that's the sort of thing that interests you.

They've got some specs and details listed on several models with a "Reserve Now" option if you want to get yourself on the list for Christmas.


BMW Motorrad Canada Announces 2011 Product Updates and Pricing

BMW Motorrad Canada is pleased to announce an expanded  product lineup for 2011 with the introduction of the all-new, six-cylinder K1600GT and GTL for 2011, along with a significantly upgraded duo of R1200R models, a thoroughly updated G650GS and a new suite of dynamic colour combinations on much of the model range.

K1600GT and K1600GTL – The Future of Touring

The long-anticipated successor to the BMW’s acclaimed K1200LT, the all-new K1600GT and GTL introduce BMW Motorrad’s first 6-cylinder powerplant in a sophisticated, “from-the-ground-up” new chassis. Housed in dynamic new aerodynamic bodywork, the new K1600GT and K1600GTL set a new benchmark for competence, presence, comfort and safety in Touring motorcycles.


The heart of both models is an all-new, transverse-mounted, DOHC 6-cylinder inline 1649cc engine, cast in lightweight aluminum. With an output of 160 hp @ 7,750 rpm and torque of 130 lb/ft @ 5,250 rpm (70% of which is available from 1,500 rpm), the undersquare configuration is both the narrowest (55mm) and lightest (102.6 kilograms - including clutch, gearbox and alternator) 6-cylinder motorcycle engine in the over-1000cc category, in production to date.

Capable of propelling the new K1600GT from 0 – 100 km/h in just 3.2 seconds (3.4 for the GTL), the efficient new powerplant also maintains exceptional fuel economy, achieving 4.5 l/100km (GT) and 4.6 l/100km (GTL).

The new high-compression (12.2:1) engine is oil and water-cooled, with a dual-oil pump, dry-sump lubrication system and delivers its power to a 10-disc self-energizing wet clutch to a narrow, 3-shaft 6-speed transmission with a straight-toothed primary drive and helical-cut gears for low running noise.

As in all large-volume BMW touring bikes, a Cardan shaft drive delivers power to the rear wheel with a bevel gear at the gearbox output housed in the gearbox cover.

Fully electronic “ride-by-wire” throttle control is complemented by a new 3-mode control switch which adjusts power delivery to accommodate different road conditions, offering Rain, Road (default setting) and Dynamic settings. The riding mode feature fully integrates with the new Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) function, optional on both models as part of the Safety Package. ABS is not controlled by the riding mode setting as it is in the S1000RR system introduced in 2010.


The new BMW K 1600 GT and GTL share a lightweight (16 kg) aluminum diecast bridge-type frame, with BMW’s familiar Duolever and Paralever suspension for wheel control at front and rear. Because of the special requirements of a touring bike with a 6-cylinder engine, particular attention was paid to balancing the masses, with a near-perfect weight distribution of 52% front/48% rear (GT).

A magnesium subframe weight just over 2 kg supports the forward ancillaries, headlamp fairing and instrument panel, combining optimum strength with lightweight construction.

Braking system

Latest-generation BMW Motorrad integral ABS combine with twin front wheel discs (320mm) activated via two 4-piston calipers and a single rear disc (also 320mm) actuated by a 2-piston caliper,  to provide maximum stability and braking from the highest speeds.

Rear wheel braking is applied independently via the rear brake pedal, while application of the front brake simultaneously modulates application of the rear brake based on the motorcycle load conditions, controlled by the  integral ABS control unit.


The new aerodynamic fairing incorporates adjustable wind flaps in the side trim which ensure effective ventilation for rider and passenger even at low speeds when deployed.

The electrically adjustable windshield incorporates as new memory function with anti-trap protection which lowers the windshield when the ignition is switched off and acts as theft-protection for the (optional) navigation system.

A unique colour pallete is offered on each model.

 K1600GT  Body Colours (2): Vermilion Red Metallic and Light Grey Metallic, with engine finish in Platinum Metallic Matt and frame finish in Ostra Grey Metallic.

K1600GTL  Body Colours (2): Mineral Silver Metallic and Royal Blue Metallic, with engine finish in Platinum Metallic Matt and frame finish in Magnesium Metallic Matt.


Harmonizing with the striking new aerodynamics of the K1600GT and GTL, the cockpit features a newly designed instrument cluster which includes a  new speedometer and tachometer based on digital technology and an information display in the form of a 5.7“ TFT colour monitor with high light-intensity and resolution. A photo sensor adjusts display intensity to ambient light conditions.

The new generation of switch units familiar from the K and S series is used in the K 1600 models. The function for the left and right direction indicators are clustered on the left-hand side of the handlebars. The hazard warning flashers are activated via a separate, clearly visible switch at the top of the left-hand handlebar fitting. The functions for low beam, high beam and headlamp flasher are combined in a switch which is located near the left index finger for convenient access.


The new K1600GT and GTL are also the showcase for the World Premiere of the optional Adaptive Headlight (for motorcycles). Complementing the standard xenon and two-high beam circular headlights with fibre optic rings, the Adaptive Headlight technology utilizes a swivel-mounted reflector which angles the light beam into a corner via actuators and banking-angle detection, adding a significant degree of active riding safety.

Also being introduced with the new K1600GT and GTL is the optional Central Locking System, which locks the panniers, storage compartment, audio compartment and topcase simultaneously using the remote control, or a switch mounted on the right handlebar end. An added feature of this option allows panniers to remain removable when armed (only available in conjunction with the anti-theft alarm option)

An evolutionary development from Automatic Stabililty Control, the new Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) option, originally introduced on the S1000RR, adds ride angle-sensing to rear-wheel slip detection to deliver the highest level of safety and traction when accelerating. DTC also controls front wheel lift, is adjustable on-the-fly, and fully integrates with the standard 3-mode throttle control.

Still globally unique in the motorcycle market,  the optional ESA II (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) , allows the rider to conveniently press a button to electronically adapt not only the rebound damping properties of the front and rear spring strut but also the spring rest ("spring preload") of the rear spring strut as well as the latter's spring rate and therefore the "hardness" of the suspension. This is carried out conveniently using the Multi-Controller in conjunction with the menu in the TFT colour display panel.

With both models sharing basic chassis and powertrain components, the K1600GT debuts with an MSRP of $24,100, and an extensive list of standard equipment, including:

- Heated Grips.
- Seat Heating.
- Cruise Control.
- ABS Brakes.
- Xenon Headlight.
- on Board Computer.
- LED Indicator Lights and Rear Light.
- Removable rear panniers in body colour with rear backflow function.

The K1600GTL, with an MSRP of $27,225, the new flagship of BMW Motorrad (in addition to the equipment listed for the GT), distinguishes itself with an array of additional standard equipment including:

- A single-section seat with wider seat area lower seat height (750mm) for the rider, and more padding in the passenger seat area.
- Revised rider footrests and handlebar placement, along with an adjustable shift lever, to accommodate the lower riding position.
- 49L topcase with wider “comfort” backrest and integrated second brake light.
- Wider “comfort” windshield.
- Audio system with Bluetooth Control Interface (connection for rider and passenger), GPS and Satellite radio preparation and control of the integrated navigation unit (optional accessory) from the handlebars. The audio system is housed in a lockable, waterproof compartment on the right side of the cockpit.
- Matching frame and engine colour.
- Discreet yet elegant chrome features including w/shield mount covers, air foil wings,  handlebar weights, pannier and top case trim and cladding tubes of rear silencer.


BMW’s boxer-engined R1200R roadster gets an engine upgrade for 2011, now powered by the same latest-generation DOHC flat-twin engine as it’s R1200GS and RT stablemates. Equipped with two overhead chain-driven camshafts per cylinder and dual spark plugs, the new 1,170 cc engine embodies a smoother torque curve with an increase in maximum torque from 85 - 88 lb-ft at 6,000 rpm, while the (unchanged)110 horsepower occurs at 7,750 rpm (previously 7,500 rpm) and the overall range of useful engine speed increased by 500 rpm to a maximum 8,500 rpm.

The 2011 R1200R also benefits from a range of technical and ergonomic enhancements:

-  completely redesigned front forks with a greater standpipe diameter (now 41 mm instead of the earlier 35 mm) for even greater stability.
- redesigned exhaust system with an electronically-controlled flap for more muscular sound.
- redesigned symmetrical cockpit with two round analog instruments.
- new headlight cover and revised side sections.
- revised seat modeled after the optional “comfort” seat.
- All-new cast light-alloy wheels
- standard centre stand

The updated 2011 R1200R debuts with an MSRP of $15,100, and is also available with the optional “Classic” Package ($1,000), which incorporates metallic sapphire black paintwork in conjunction with a centre stripe in plain alpine white extending over the tank and front wheel and components like the Telelever, drivetrain, cylinder head covers, frame, and fork finished in silver. The paint scheme further complements the chrome-plated mirrors, wire spoked wheels and chrome plated stainless steel exhaust of the Classic Package.

In addition to being available with optional ABS, ASC and ESA, the R1200R is also available with four seat height options – a High Comfort Seat at 830mm, a regular High Seat at 830mm, an 800mm Sport Seat and and 760mm Low Seat included with the factory-installed 750mm Lowering Kit ($225).

G650GS Enduro

The BMW G650GS Enduro, an evolution of the iconic former single-cylinder BMW F650GS, rejoined the lineup in 2010 as the G650GS, and rides into 2011 with thoroughly updated bodywork, sporty new cockpit design with asymmetrical headlight module, new instrument cluster and dynamic new colour schemes.

With an MSRP of $8,800, the 2011 G650GS continues to be powered by the familiar 652cc liquid-cooled four-valve DOHC powerplant little changed from its predecessor, featuring BMW’s Digital Motor Electronics and fuel injection, closed-loop catalytic convertor  and high-performance cylinder head technology. Producing 50 bhp at 6,500 and maximum torque of 44 ft-lb at 4,800 rpm, the G650GS not only provides sparkling acceleration, but also delivers a modest fuel consumption rating of 3.2 l/100km.

 Power transmission is maintained by the proven five-speed gearbox and an O-ring chain drive while the familiar bridge frame supports a steel swing arm, telescopic forks, and monoshock (spring travel front 170 mm, rear 165 mm). Dynamic new cast light alloy wheels, with a 2.50 X 19” front and a wider 3.50 x 17” rear, enhance both appearance and riding stability.

With single discs employed front and rear, the latest generation two-channel ABS system, weighing only 1.5 kg, is optional and can be deactivated for off-road use. Dual-level heated grips are standard equipment.

The G650GS has a standard seat height of 780mm, while an optional 820mm high seat is available, along with a (factory-installed) 750mm lowering kit.

A Myriad of colour and detail changes for several 2011 models.

Keeping several BMW Motorrad models fresh for 2011, dramatic new colours and colour combinations find there way into the lineup, also with individual detail changes:


Three new colours: Shine Yellow Metallic, Granite Grey Metallic and a combination of Alpine White/Lupin Blue/Magma Red. Previous colours discontinued.

Note: The Chris Pfeiffer Edition has been discontinued.


Two new colours: Sapphire Black Metallic and a combination of Light Grey Metallic/Sapphire Black Metallic/Granite Grey Metallic. Previous colours discontinued.


New colour: Triple Black – includes swingarm, rear frame and valve covers in Asphalt Grey Metallic with engine and front fork in Black. Black cross-spoke wheels are also included in this package ($600).


Two new colours: Shine Yellow Metallic and Light Grey Metallic. Previous colours discontinued.

Note: Drop sensor is now standard equipment.


Two new colours: Acid Green Metallic and a combination of Black Silk shining/Granite Grey Metallic.

Note: new Dynamic Package, including: Sport Wheels, Gear Shift Assistant, ESA II, OBC and new Sport Windshield.


Two new colour combinations: Magma Red/Sapphire Black Metallic and Lupin Blue/Alpine White/Sapphire Black Metallic. Previous colours discontinued.


Road of Wonders - Eastern Edition

Stephen Corke - who has contributed to CMR before with his story "A Winter Ride from Snow to Palm Trees" has taken things up a notch; or thirteen for his follow-up adventure.

Stephen and his pal JD embark on a motorcycle journey that in their own words "will take them to the outer stretches of Canada where they will endure the harsh elements, witness stunning landscapes and test both their physical and mental limits. This epic adventure will have over 11,000 KM of open road and will take them to thirteen of Eastern Canada's wonders. It will be a trip that many have talked about, yet few will ever do."

The trip takes them through thirteen of Eastern Canada's wonders in Northern Ontario, Quebec, Labrador, Newfoundland, and Nova Scotia. What's more is they've documented and filmed the trip. They've put some time and effort getting this done.  

The executive producer for the filming of the journey is Les Stroud - or as many may know him better - Survivor Man.  Yeah, that guy from TV.

Here's a little clip to whet your appetite for things to come. It's our understanding that their goal is to get their finished product as a series on television.

For more information and to follow along as this journey unfolds keep an eye on RoadOfWonders the website


Canadian Motorcycle Racing World gets a new class for 2011

Winds of change have hit the Canadian motorcycle racing world. Two brand new classes, namely the Amateur Superbike class and the much anticipated Harley-Davidson XR 1200 Cup, will have their debut in the upcoming 2011 racing season, which marks the 32nd anniversary of the National Superbike series.

After a very well-received season opener in 2010 at the Circuit ICAR in Mirabel, Quebec, next year’s schedule re-proposes a kick-off to the five-round 2011 Parts Canada Superbike Championship in Mirabel with a double-header wrap-up of the season at the popular Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ontario from August 19 to 21. For the first time in eight years, the newly repaved Autodrome Saint-Eustache in Saint-Eustache, Quebec, will also host some spectacular racing in 2011.

Headlined by the Pro Superbike division, the national series will be comprised of six classes: Pro Sport Bike, Amateur Sport Bike, CBR125R Challenge and the brand new Harley-Davidson XR 1200 Cup spec class and Amateur Superbike class.

Backed by Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada, the Harley-Davidson XR 1200 Cup is based on a similar series already running in the United States and Britain. The series uses identical, near stock versions of the sport twin engine motorcycles to ensure a high level of competition without the necessity of major upgrades over the course of a season.
True to its racing heritage, Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada returns for the 2011 series with the experienced racer #29, Darren James, heading up a team consisting of his Floridian racing partner, #123 racer, Dave Estok and the ever-committed technician, Thomas Morin, who accompanied James on all of his British racing efforts in 2010.
Competing in the inaugural Harley-Davidson XR 1200 Trophy race series at the 2010 British Superbike Championship alongside the former MotoGP star, Jeremy McWilliams (who dominated the series with his first place on the podium), Darren James was hyped yet humbled by an exhilarating fourth place overall finish and the incredible experience gained alongside a racer of the calibre of McWilliams. The passion of the followership and the versatility of the Harley-Davidson XR 1200 bike has motivated the former Canadian Thunder Champion, Darren James, to do everything possible to bring this exciting new class back to Canada.

When asked to comment, Darren James enthuses, “I’ve been riding twins all my life, but never have I been as excited as I am about starting this new class in Canada. I think this a great opportunity for our Retailers across Canada to get involved in racing and to showcase the high performance of the XR 1200 [motorcycle], the street version of which is known as the XR 1200 [motorcycle]. I truly look forward to working with individual racers across the country to see this class grow.” Darren James’ new #29 XR 1200 motorcycle will be on display at the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC) Canadian Motorcycle shows across the country and information for racers wanting to participate in the new Harley-Davidson XR 1200 Cup will be available on site.

Sponsors include: Ruthless Racing Inc.; Dragon Eyewear; Ogio; Flexi-Glass; RMR Suspensions and Twist Conditioning.

2011 Parts Canada Superbike Championship Schedule 

Round One: May 27-29, Circuit ICAR – Mirabel, Quebec
Round Two: July 1-3, Shannonville Motorsport Park – Shannonville, Ontario
Round Three: July 8-10, Autodrome Saint-Eustache – Saint-Eustache, Quebec
Round Four: August 5-7, Atlantic Motorsport Park – Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia
Round Five: August 19-21, Mosport International Raceway – Bowmanville, Ontario
Round Six: August 19-21, Mosport International Raceway – Bowmanville, Ontario


2011 Dakar Teaser

Oh yes, it's almost THAT time of year. The Dakar is coming - January 1st-16th.  This year is going to be one to watch; particularly the motorcycle class.  Everybody will be riding bikes with 450cc or less of displacement this year.

KTM has dominated the Dakar for a number of years and this year they've got a custom built 450 prepared but you're going to see a lot of manufacturers trying to compete for the top spot this year. It'll be interesting to see how it all plays out.

Check out the teaser!


BMW Motorrad on a roll

The BMW Group has been doing pretty well the past several months and the Motorrad division has been a significant contributor to that success.  BMW Motorrad have had  11 consecutive months of higher retail sales.

In a tough economy where many manufacturers are still watching their bottom line VERY closely that's some positive news from BMW.  Their products and strategies appear to be working.

Here's the full scoop for all you folks interested in the numbers:

BMW Motorrad

With year-on-year sales growth of 7.8%, BMW Motorrad continued on its stable growth course in November, and for the eleventh consecutive month retail volumes were higher. A total of 5,930 motorcycles were sold – 427 more than in November 2009.

In the year to the end of November 2010, 94,283 BMW motorcycles (prev. yr. 81,946 units) were delivered to customers worldwide – an increase of 15.1%. Thanks to its positive sales performance in a persistently difficult overall market that has shrunk by 11% since the start of the year, BMW Motorrad was able to expand its global market share of the relevant segment above 500cc.


Toronto Motorcycle Show - this weekend!

For the millions of people within close proximity to Toronto; if you're looking for something to do this weekend you're in luck! The Toronto Motorcycle Show begins this Friday, December 10th and runs through  Sunday, December 12th.

Full Details:

- The Toronto Motorcycle Show, widely recognized as the Canadian motorcycle and ATV industries’ premier motorcycle, scooter and ATV showcase, is just a week away from offering the first public viewing of the coolest new rides for 2011. The show is the first stop on the MMIC seven-city, cross country tour where leading manufacturers and distributors offer the riding community a first glimpse of their new 2011 models, and is the only show in Ontario of its kind.

“The Toronto Motorcycle Show is the premier show of its kind. It’s the perfect venue to introduce new products to the public and the industry,” said Bob Ramsey, President of the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC). “The usual suspects like Aprilia, BMW, BRP, Ducati, Harley- Davidson, Honda, Husqvarna, Hyosung, Kawasaki, KTM, Moto Guzzi, Polaris, Royal Enfield, Suzuki, Triumph, Vespa, Victory, and Yamaha will be showcasing what’s new for 2011,” he added.

“Although the 2010 riding season is ending, for many enthusiasts, The Toronto Motorcycle Show signifies the beginning of the new 2011 season,” said Darryl Bond, Show Manager. “Dec. 10-12 is going to be an action-packed, family friendly weekend that will appeal to new and avid riders, women, and kids of all ages. There’s something for everyone,” he added.

New motorcycles and scooters to expect at The Toronto Motorcycle Show include:
- Yamaha Canada’s new Super Tenere, Stryker, FZ8 and Stratoliner Deluxe.
- Harley Davidson’s 2011 Sportster Superlow, Road Glide Ultra, Street Glide and CVO Road Glide Ultra.
- Honda’s all new 2011 CBR250R, CBR125R, CB1000RA and the debut of TRX 500.
- BRP presents its new Spyder RT Limited, Spyder RS-S, Commander 1000 and Commander 800.
- Canadian Kawasaki’s new Ninja ZX10R, Vulcan 1700 Vaquero and Ninja 400R.
- Ducati’s all new Diavel musclecruiser, Multistrada and Monster 796.
- KTM’s 990 SMT and all new 350 SX-F motocross.
- Triumph’s new Tiger 800XC.
- National Motorsports introduces the Hyosung ST7 Aquila and Zero electrics.
- Norton 961 Sport from Norton Canada.
- BMW introduces the all new K1600GT and GTL, G650GS and R1200R.
- Suzuki’s new GSXR 750, TU250 Retro and totally revamped GSXR 600.
- New Husqvarna TE449 Enduro.
- Royal Enfield’s new Bullet Classic Military.  Piaggio Canada presents the Aprilia RSV4 Factory, Moto Guzzi V7 Classic, Vespa GTV300 and Piaggio three wheeled MP3 Sport.


SHE RIDES NITE: The Toronto Motorcycle Show presents SHE RIDES NITE on Friday, December 10 offering free admission for ladies after 5 p.m. With more women becoming involved in the sport, SHE RIDES NITE is an industry-sponsored evening for women who ride or are considering taking up the sport.

Inside Motorcycle’s Winners’ Circle:  Inside Motorcycles and Inside Moto-X are proud to present the first-class machinery and personalities that contribute to Canada's racing successes. Meet the fearless riders and their winning bikes, talk to skilled tuners and admire the dedication and craftsmanship that go into creating a race-winning motorcycle. Special guests include: Jordan Szoke, Doug Beattie, Steven Nickerson, Brian Wojnarowski and Bobby Kiniry. Szoke, the consecutive winner of the Canadian Superbike National Crown and the CMA National Trails Champion, will be available all weekend long for autograph signings with his winning Honda CBR1000RR and the Gas Gas Raga 300.

Yamaha Riding School for Kids: Yamaha Canada and Canadian Motorcycle Training  Services present a free opportunity for kids aged 6 - 12 (certain conditions apply) to learn to ride on the latest Yamaha TT-R off-road motorcycles.

Riders Marketplace specials: Looking to save some cash on 2010 models and gear? With dealers anxious to clear space for new 2011 bikes and ATVs, take advantage of year-end sales incentives and rebates on bikes, aftermarket apparel and parts, accessories and protective equipment - exclusively at The Toronto Motorcycle Show.

Parts Canada and Heather Ireland:  Parts Canada will present seminars offering budding racers tips on how to obtain those elusive sponsorships. Meet Biker TV’s Host and female motorcycle enthusiast, Heather Ireland at the Parts Canada display.

Full Throttle Theatre Celebrity Stage: The interactive seminar stage offers the latest in the racing scene and a chance for show-goers to meet the some industry celebrities. Hosted by Frank Wood, the stage offers non-stop action all weekend offering interviews, racing personalities, movies and exciting guest speakers, including: Patrick Trahan, Rene Cormier, Jordan Szoke and more!

One cause, 26 countries and 60 days on a bike - Patrick Trahan: The man with a plan will be at the show to talk about his upcoming quest in support of the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. In winter 2011, Patrick will attempt a record-setting circumnavigation of Africa, though 26 countries in 60 days on rough, remote and dangerous terrain in an attempt to raise $25,000 for kids. Visit him in the Honda Canada booth with his 2011 XR650L bike.

Rene Cormier: Join the adventure as 33-year-old Canadian BMW rider Rene Cormier tells the story of how he stepped away from the corporate world, cashed in what few possessions he had to finance a $25 a day, three-year, 154,000 kilometer motorcycle trek through 41 countries. Rene will be presenting all weekend at the Full Throttle Stage. Rider Nation: Rider Nation features a variety of riding groups, associations, weekend race events, charity rides and outings that motorcyclists from all walks of life can enjoy.

Memory Lane…Vintage Bikes: The Vintage Road Racing Association (VRRA) presents an exhibit of rare and well preserved racing bikes and heritage motorcycles from the past.

Show Details

Where:  The Toronto Motorcycle Show
South Building, Metro Toronto Convention Centre
222 Bremner Boulevard (beside the CN Tower)

Friday, December 10, 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 11, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 12, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Adults: $16.00
Juniors (Ages 6 to 15): $10.00
Children (under six years): Free when accompanied by an adult
Family Pass (two adults & two juniors): $38.00

The Metro Toronto Convention Centre will host The Toronto Motorcycle Show, one of seven Canadian motorcycle and ATV shows owned by the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC) and Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV).



MV Agusta Motorcycles available in Canada through Motovan

“We have finally succeeded in obtaining all of the necessary approvals from the Canadian authorities, therefore the motorcycles can be imported into Canada for the very first time in the history of MV Agusta," said Umberto Uccelli, sales director for MV Agusta. "After many inquiries from Canadian consumers, we are very proud to have reached an agreement with a reputable Canadian powersports organization such as Motovan.”

James Paladino, President and CEO of Motovan Corporation is an Italo-Candian who has always helped maintain Italy’s unique image.

“We are very happy to be associated with MV Agusta so that our passion lives on in our family," Paladino said. "To me, this is a tribute to my father (founder of Motovan) since he worked on MV Agusta motorcycles in the 1950’s from his shop in a little village in Italy."

In the very near future, Motovan will appoint a small number of high-level dealers in order to sell this prestigious brand. For the first year, the number of motorcycles will be extremely limited, therefore Motovan will be launching a website that allows the serious buyer the possibility to reserve his or her motorcycle on-line.

MV Agusta Canada motorcycle will be managed seperately from other Motovan activities and a small number of dealers will be selected based on very strict MV Agusta guidelines. Futhermore, for model year 2011 motorcycles, MSRP's will be establised by MV Agusta Italy and will be closely in line with MV Agusta USA MSRP's.

In the coming days Motovan will be launching which will provide information on MV Agusta motorcycle as well as a "Reserve your MV Agusta" section which allows serious buyers the option of reserving/pre-ordering their motorcycle online since motorcycles will be extremely limited in the next year.

Enthusiasts can also follow MV Agusta Canada on Facebook at and also on Twitter at


Ride for Dad - Harley Davidson winner presentation

The Motorcycle Ride For Dad celebrated its10th anniversary by holding a cross-Canada tour this August in support of the fight against prostate cancer and the Military Families Fund. The tour was about raising awareness for these two serious causes, but it wouldn’t have been a motorcycle event without a little fun. To make this happen, Deeley Harley-Davidson

Canada donated a 2010 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy motorcycle to be awarded to one lucky participant of the tour. West Kelowna’s own, Maurice (Moe) Cardinal’s name was drawn from thousands to receive this one of a kind bike that will be presented at a press event being held on this Saturday at Kamloops Harley-Davidson®.

Custom painted by Roger Pouw of Extreme Measures Kustom Paint, the bike featuring the Motorcycle Ride For Dad “Ribbon of Steel” logo, promoting prostate cancer awareness, and is emblazed with flames. It’s sure to turn a few heads as the 76 year old Mr. Cardinal rides down the streets of Kamloops. Moe, who raised over $800 for the two causes, is no stranger to motorcycles. This retired RCMP officer has been riding for fifty-six years and spent five of those years riding a police issued Harley- Davidson® motorcycle. He also is committed to the fight against prostate cancer and serves on the executive committee of the Kelowna Chapter of the Motorcycle Ride For Dad.

WHO: Motorcycle Ride For Dad and Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada
WHEN: Saturday, December 4, 2010
Time: 12:30pm-1:00pm
WHERE Kamloops Harley-Davidson
1465 Iron Mask Road
Kamloops, BC

About the Motorcycle Ride For Dad

The Motorcycle Ride For Dad is Canada's largest annual motorcycle event dedicated to fighting prostate cancer through research and awareness. From its humble beginnings, the Ride For Dad has grown to include 29 cities in every province in the country. Now in its 10th year, more than 100,000 men, women and children have been involved, raising more than $7 million to fight prostate cancer. /


Patrick Trahan's - Honda XR650L geared up for Africa

Montreal native, and Dakar finisher - Patrick Trahan has a new challenge in his sights; circumnavigate the  continent of Africa.

He's doing it to raise money for children's Wish Foundation of Canada.  He plans to do a minimum of 27,000 km, 26 countries selling each of those kilometers to raise $27,000.

He'll be riding a 2011 Honda XR650L single with a ton of accessories from Twisted Throttle - who happens to be a sponsor for the ride. The bike has been transformed into

Photo's are from Patrick's FaceBook page which can be viewed HERE.


Husqvarna Canada Announces 2011 Race Team

On the heels of the close of an extremely successful 2010 race season, Feeding Performance Husqvarna is pleased to announce its plans for next year. 

The most significant change for 2011 is the addition of one of the most talented young riders in the country to the official Husqvarna Canada team. Quebec’s 2010 Overall FMSQ Champion, Philippe Chainé, will join the Husqvarna crew to contest the Quebec off-road series as well as the 2011 Canadian Enduro Championship. The agreement will see Chainé hone his skills on a Husqvarna for both the 2011 and 2012 race seasons.


Harley Davidson Pricing - effective Dec 1, 2010

Harley Davidson has some new Canadian pricing in effect; "In direct response to a stronger US  dollar, effective Dec 1st 2010 the MSRP prices for all  2010 and 2011 model-year Harley-Davidson motorcycles will be reduced by approximately 5% in Canada."

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Ducati puts out a book "1098/1198: The Superbike redefined"

With the coming cold weather in Canada, if you can't ride it, you can at least read about it!  Ducati is promoting a new book about the 1098/1198 Superbikes. The book features plenty of pictures and information on the Ducati 1098/1198's. 

It includes interviews conducted by the author Marc Cook and editor David Bull, designer, engineer and manager, the book pays tribute to the excellence of Ducati technology as well as all the intelligence, humor, passion and dedication of those who helped conceive these amazing bikes.

A unique volume, complete with rich photographs illustrating in detail all the steps that lead to the creation of the most powerful and charismatic Ducati Superbike.

Details: Hardcover, 9" x 11", 176 pages, and beautifully presented with 267 color photographs and 39 illustrations.

Want to buy it?  More details are available HERE.


Edelweiss Bike Travel beings "DISCOVER OUR EARTH"

Edelweiss' grandaddy of them all tours began on November 21 and finishes up on July 26th, 2011.  Yeah, that's right - 2011!  Some lucky adventurers from around the world - including Canada are taking part in the 40,000 mile "Discover Our Earth" tour.

Full details below:

For the last 30 years, Edelweiss Bike Travel has operated more than 1,600 tours all over the world. Almost 30,000 people enjoyed the benefits of riding with the worldwide number one in guided motorcycle tours.

To celebrate this grand success Edelweiss organized the biggest guided motorcycle tour ever - a tour once around the world!

After more than a year of preparation, the DISCOVER OUR EARTH motorcycle expedition started on November 21 here in Mieming, center of the universe and home of Edelweiss Bike Travel since 1980. Motorcycle enthusiasts from the US, Canada, Brazil, Great Britain, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Austria signed up to be part of this unique experience, which lasts 8 months and 40,000 miles of riding. "I am excited and very happy that we finally start!" quotes Werner Wachter minutes before departure.

Starting in Mieming, Austria, the group rides down to Southern Spain, then Morocco and further until they reach the Western Sahara. Back in Malaga the group flies to Buenos Aires, Argentina. From there they ride down to Ushuaia and back up to Bogota, Columbia. After crossing the Panama Canal they cross all of Latin America und ride up to Los Angeles, USA. After the flight across the Pacific Ocean the group starts the Australian section in Sydney from where they ride across the Red Rock Country before they reach Perth. The last section starts in Bangkok, Thailand and the route covers some of the most exciting countries in Asia before they finally return to Mieming, Austria on July 27, 2011. It is time to celebrate!


Stryker and Super Ténéré headline Yamaha effort at this year’s Motorcycle Show

For consumers eagerly anticipating this year’s motorcycle shows, there will be a significant buzz coming from the Yamaha booth. Much of that energy will emanate from four impressive models that Yamaha launched to much fanfare earlier in the year, those being the Stryker, Super Ténéré, FZ8 and Fazer 8.

The Stryker was built for riders who demand that their bike embody the same attitude as its owner; style, aggression and confidence. A raked front end, with special yoke offset, offers a custom look without sacrificing low speed handling. The belt drive is powered by a macho, fuel-injected, V-Twin that complements the “fists in the wind” riding position. Be sure to sit on the new Stryker to see just how comfortable riding a chopper-inspired bike can be.

The Super Ténéré’s rabid following will have a chance to get up close and personal with one of the most talked about Yamaha’s in years. What they will find are goodies like an 1199cc, fuel-injected, inline twin powerplant, traction control, ABS and unified braking – all coming as standard equipment on the base model. For those with an adventurous soul, the Super Ténéré can comfortably take you where few others dare to tread.

Not all motorcyclists prefer to lean back in the saddle or crouch over the tank. Many riders love the performance of a sport bike but require more practicality for every day use. Enter the versatile and fun FZ8, and its fairing endowed brother, the Fazer 8. Heart quickening acceleration with an upright riding position makes for a great ride on any stretch of road.

The new bikes aren’t the only attraction. Yamaha is pleased to bring the Yamaha Riding Academy back for another year, offering kids aged 6 – 12 free rides on some of the latest off-road models. Switching gears from first ride to seasoned professionals, Yamaha is displaying the two fastest motocross bikes in Canada, that being the #1 YZ450F of Dusty Klatt and the #1 YZ250F of Tyler Medaglia as part of a race display.

A few select Yamaha dealers will be set-up selling all of the latest apparel and accessories, and in some cases, “blowing out” non-current inventory! If you come to the show looking to buy, be sure to visit their booths!


BMW Motorrad reports sales increase in November

BMW Motorrad Canada reported retails in November of 41 units,an increase of 10.8%over the same period in 2009. 

BMW Motorrad breaks through CY2009 total retails, with year-to-date sales of 1,906 units, an increase of 8.0% over last year.


Zero - extending reach to Australia

 For the First Time Ever Australian Riders Can Now Take to the Streets on an Electric Motorcycle

Zero Motorcycles has announced the arrival of its popular Zero S and DS electric motorcycles in Australia. This makes Zero the first company to offer a street legal electric motorcycle for sale in Australia. As a result, motorcyclists across the country who have been waiting to receive or purchase a street legal electric motorcycle can now buy a Zero. The addition of the Zero S and DS to its Australian product offerings means that Zero’s entire electric motorcycle line is now available in Australia.   

“The arrival of our Zero S and DS in Australia allows motorcyclists to experience and purchase a street legal electric motorcycle for the first time” said John Lloyd, VP of Worldwide Sales for Zero Motorcycles. “Off-road enthusiasts have been enjoying the Zero X and MX over the last year. We’re excited to be growing our product offerings in Australia and look forward to continuing to expand our presence throughout the region.”

“Australians have been thinking that electric motorcycles are years away from being seen on the roads. We are extremely pleased to announce that today, and for the first time ever, street legal electric motorcycles are available in the Australian market” said Phil Wilkinson, Director of Zero Motorcycles Australia. “From the response we’re getting, Australians can expect to see many Zeros on the road in the months to come.”

Built from the ground up using Zero Motorcycles' proprietary Z-Force power pack and aircraft grade alloy frame, Zero achieves an industry leading power-to-weight ratio that increases range and maneuverability. The Zero S and DS have a range of up to 50 miles (80 km) and are highway legal. Each model combines state-of-the-art Z-Force™ technology with an ultra-light frame design to make them agile and fast where it counts. Characterized by instant acceleration and lightweight design Zero’s product line allows riders to take on anything from city streets to off-road trails.