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Ontario Rounds of Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship to be hosted by Motopark


Historic racing venue Moto Park, in Chatsworth, ON, will host the final two rounds of the 2011 Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship September 17 & 18. Moto Park, with its long history of hosting Canadian National and FIM World Championship Motocross events, is now moving into the Enduro world!

The Canadian Enduro Championship course will utilize the entire Moto Park facility. The world class motocross track will be used for the MX Special test, a special Extreme test will be constructed utilizing a combination of natural technically challenging terrain and man made obstacles, and a virgin piece of hilly property adjacent to the Moto Park facilty will used for the Enduro test and transfer trail sections. All of the special test sites will be located close to the Motopark clubhouse so specatators will have an easy walk to see all the action. The clubhouse has a restaurant and washroom facilities making it a great place to bring the family to enjoy a great day of racing action.

The two CEC rounds at Moto Park will indeed be something very, very specialRacing will start at 9am both days and end around 3pm. On Sunday we encourage everyone to stick around to watch the 2011 Canadian Enduro Champions being crowned. We will be awarding the National Championships as well as the Inside Moto X & Off Road Magazine Eastern Canadian Enduro Champions!

For this event World Enduro Canada is very pleased to welcome the assistance of one of our partners - Ontario Federation of Trail Riders - who will be providing the trail marshalls. The OFTR is a very important organization who has played a big role in opening, and keeping, land open for off road motorcycle recreation. The OFTR and thier volunteer riders will be making sure the competitors and spectators are safe.

Moto Park's pleasant camping facilities will be available for the CEC weekend, and special hotel rates in nearby Owen Sound will be announced soon. For more specific event details please visit the WEC event page HERE

You can learn more about Moto Park by visiting http://www.motoparkracing.com/


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Zero founder leaves company for new challenge

Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry today announced that its founder, Neal Saiki, is leaving his daily operational responsibilities for the company. He will be re-entering the Igor I. Sikorski Human Powered Helicopter Competition, which Neal first pursued at Cal Poly, San Louis Obispo as an aeronautical engineering student in 1989. Neal and his wife, Lisa, founded Zero Motorcycles Inc. (then called Electricross) in their garage in Scotts Valley, Calif., in January of 2006. Now, five years later, the company has built a strong management team, an employee base of over 60 people and has just announced the industry’s broadest line of electric motorcycles for 2011.

“Neal had the vision, the talent and the courage to launch an electric motorcycle company before there really was an electric motorcycle industry, or even a market. His vision and hard work have helped make Zero the industry leader,” stated long-time Zero Motorcycles Board Member, Aflalo Guimarães, Managing Director of The Invus Group, Zero’s largest investor. “We are grateful to Neal and will continue to rely on his vision and counsel.” Zero Motorcycles is also a corporate sponsor of Neal’s entry into the competition.

Zero Motorcycles has added several industry veterans to its management team over the past year and is well positioned to execute the vision with which Neal launched the company. “Founding Zero was exciting, fun and a lot of hard work. At this point, I think it is well established. I’m extremely proud of the team we’ve assembled to carry Zero into the future. I can now move on to pursuing the dream of building a human powered flying machine,” stated Neal.

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Motorcycle Warning System device

We got an email from Giuseppe Pino Mileto - Inventor of the Motorcycle Warning System. He sent us a Press Release on the MWS which he believes has the potential to save thousands of lives.

It's a very nicely worded and official sounding Press Release but a couple problems with this system as far as I can see.  It relies greatly on the participation of 'other' motorists (non-motorcyclists) to purchase a device that has the most benefit for the motorcyclist.  It's going to be a tough sell.  Plus it warns you whenever a motorcycle is near you in a "threat range"  I doubt that motorists will want their car beeping and blinking at them whenever a motorcycle is near them.  That in itself might be a distration.


Read for yourself and feel free to comment:

Press Release:

With the goal of decreasing the number of traffic injuries and fatalities, Giuseppe Pino Mileto has invented the Motorcycle Warning System, a device to alert drivers of motorcycles in range of their vehicles, and most importantly, their blind spots. Once adopted, this new device could help eliminate thousands of accidents every year.

With the Motorcycle Warning System (MWS), a driver is made aware of one or more approaching motorcycles from any direction. A motorcycle equipped with a MWS unit will transmit its position, velocity, and a unique identification code to any automobile also equipped with a MWS unit. If a motorcycle is in a certain specified area called the "Threat Range," the MWS unit within the automobile will alert the driver via
  a light/sound indicator.

As soon as a motorcycle is in the Threat Range, the MWS light/sound indicator in the automobile will be triggered at a moderate rate. As the motorcycle approaches closer and is a number of meters away, the light/sound indicator will signal at a faster rate. 

"Most motorcycle accidents can be avoided," notes Mileto. According to the Traffic Safety Center Hurt Study, 75% of motorcycle accidents result when other vehicles fail to detect motorcycles in time to avoid an accident.

Mileto adds, "Many countries have attempted to increase motorcycle safety and awareness. The U.K., Australia and the U.S. - just to mention a few - have focused their campaigns on motorists taking more time to look for motorcycles. Unfortunately the campaigns have yet to produce sufficient results." 

"While significant progress has occurred in reducing fatalities among passenger vehicle occupants, motorcycle fatalities have been rising steadily since 1997, and currently represent our Nation's greatest highway traffic safety challenge." Mary E. Peters, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, U.S. Department of Transportation Action Plan to Reduce Motorcycle Fatalities, 2007. 

Video by Mary E. Peters, U.S. Secretary of Transportation: NHTSA Safety Video by Mary E. Peters, "Ride Safe, Be Smart"
<http://www.motorcyclewarningsystem.com/video%20links.htm>


According to the Hurt Study, less than 10% of motorcycle riders carry insurance to cover medical care or property damage. Since most motorcycle accidents involve driver error on the part of automobile drivers, the costs land heavily on those drivers. 

For a video presentation and more information on the MWS go to www.MotorcycleWarningSystem.com

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Ducati extends lead in World Superbike Championship


Ducati is exited to report a great start to the World Superbike Championship, winning three out of four races and taking the lead in both the rider and manufacturer championships.

Carlos Checa took his Althea Racing Ducati 1198 to a double podium on Sunday in the second round of the World Superbike Championship at Donington Park, with a third place in race one and a well calculated victory in race two strengthening his series lead. Jakub Smrz secured his first ever podium position with a career best second on his Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing Ducati 1198, extending the Manufacturers’ championship lead and underlining Ducati’s strategy of private team support.

Starting from an impressive pole position set on Saturday, Checa lacked “feeling” from his rear tyre in the cold Donington Park conditions. Slipping back to eleventh position by the end of lap one, he gradually found his rhythm and was able to chase down the leading group on his Ducati 1198, passing first Troy Corser (BMW), then Jonathan Rea (Honda) and Leon Camier (Aprilia). Up to fourth place by lap 19, Checa’s determination saw him lap below 1m 30 seconds for the final three laps to secure third position just before the finish line. Czech Republic rider, Jakub Smrz clinched his first ever podium position with a rewarding second place, having dominated much of the race on his Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing Ducati 1198.

Carlos Checa and his technicians changed their set-up to a softer tyre for the second race and with a higher track temperature made a great start, quickly passing Leon Haslam (BMW) to take the lead and increasing the gap between him and the chasing pack. With the risk of the soft tyre choice becoming an issue during the final stages, Checa carefully controlled the race taking the chequered flag with a well-calculated 3.3 second advantage over Marco Melandri (Yamaha).

“In the first race I was struggling at the start,” said championship leader Carlos Checa. “I didn’t have feeling with the rear tyre and as a result I lost a lot of positions, but I have to say it was one of the most exciting races of my career! After the first laps I was able to build up a good rhythm and start moving up through the pack one rider at a time. It wasn’t easy but I pushed hard and then two laps from the end I realised that I could maybe get past Haslam for third. I’m really happy because I didn’t think I’d get from eleventh on lap one to the podium. We made the decision to use the hard tyre for the race and even though we paid for this at the start it turned out to be the right decision in the end. We opted for the softer tyre in race two even though we knew it would perform a bit less towards the end of the race. It remained pretty consistent but towards the end I had to change my riding a little to manage the situation. My strategy was to get to the front, built up a bit of a lead and then manage that lead and today, everything worked perfectly.”

The early season results so far highlight Ducati’s continued commitment to their World Superbike strategy of supplying 1198 technical support to private teams while concentrating on the development of their Superbike product. The highly competitive series moves to the Dutch track of Assen on 17 April.

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Motorcycle Journeys Through Atlantic Canada - NOW AVAILABLE!

One of the most popular destinations for North American motorcyclists is Nova Scotia, and its famous Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island.

Whitehorse Press has just published a new motorcycle guide -  Motorcycle Journeys Through Atlantic Canada and it's available NOW.  We'll be publishing a full review soon.

But for now you'll have to go with details provided by the publisher:

This new travel guide, written by local motorcyclists and travel writers, Rannie Gillis and Ken Aiken, is the complete resource for any two-wheel traveler wanting to visit the high points of this beautiful part of Canada. The book covers not only Cape Breton Island and the Cabot Trail but also the rest of Nova Scotia, as well as the neighboring provinces of Labrador, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and eastern Quebec, including the wild and wonderful Gaspé Peninsula.

Each trip has a detailed route description, easy-to-follow maps, and unique photographs—all brought to life by the authors' informed and colorful narration. Local customs, history, tips for rider-friendly restaurants, ideas on unique lodging, comfortable campsites, and information on border crossings between the U.S. and Canada are included.

Pick it up on Amazon.ca at a discounted price now:


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2011 Motovan catalog is now online

Canadian powersports distributor, Motovan, has their new 2011 catalogs online for viewing.  If you're looking for a motorcycle part or accessory, there's a good chance it's within the pages of these catalogs.

It's a great way to price check parts and if your dealer doesn't have something you can usually just give them the parts code from the catalog and they can order it in for you.

Check them out HERE.


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Catch Motorcycle Experience this Sunday morning at 1:00PM

Toyota Truck presents Motorcycle Experience - Sunday, March 27 at 1:00pm* on TSN and TSN-HD

During this instalment of Motorcycle Experience ...

- Dave catches up with the Military Police National Relay Ride in Trenton, Ontario.
- Riding instructor Clint McBain shares his thoughts on panic attacks.
- Yamaha's Bryan Hudgin puts the barter system to the test during his Labrador adventure.
- Loyal ME viewer Mitch Guimaraes steps up to sample Aprilia's World Superbike spec RSV4.
- The Ultimate Ride tour explores the Blue Ridge Pkwy in North Carolina and visits the tiny town of Old Fort.

TSN/TSN-HD Broadcast ScheduleSunday March 27 - 1:00pm
Monday March 28 - midnight
Wednesday March 30 - 1:30pm

TSN2 Broadcast ScheduleSaturday March 26 - 4:00pm
Thursday March 31 - 3:30pm
Friday April 01 - 6:00pm

Motorcycle Experience is created with the assistace of Honda Canada, BMW Motorrad Canada, Suzuki Canada, Yamaha Motor Canada and Motovan Corp.

Host Dave Hatch enthusiastically endorses Joe Rocket riding gear and Shoei Helmets.

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Motus unveils a pair of American made MST's

The Motus - the first gasoline direct injected motorcycle recently launched at Daytona Beach, Florida. at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show and various private showings with press and supporters. It's a nice looking V-4 engine and sounds like a race car!

V4 The Motus MST’s were developed quietly and revealed privately first at the facility of Motus’s partner Pratt and Miller Engineering in New Hudson, Michigan and then at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in the hometown of Motus, Birmingham, Alabama.

The MST's were designed by Motus, and aim to "help reshape the American motorcycle market with a machine that focuses squarely on performance, comfort and range."















Some quick clips of the Motus MST and MST-R test motorcycle riding around Daytona Beach.



Check them out on the web HERE.

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Ducati unveils the Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak Special Edition

Ducati has unveiled the Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak Special Edition, in celebration of Greg Tracy’s victory in the 2010 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The Special Edition follows a massive first year success for the award-winning Multistrada 1200, which set a new industry benchmark in motorcycle technology with its four-bikes-in-one concept.

The Pikes Peak Special Edition is specially dressed in a stunning Ducati Corse paint scheme with red trellis frame; featuring red pin-striping on the wheels and the passenger foot-peg hangers plus an engine guard anodized in black finish. In addition to the original equipment silencer and windscreen, the Pikes Peak Special Edition comes with a race-derived carbon fiber low windscreen, a Ducati Performance carbon fiber front mudguard and custom made seats with red stitching to complete a fabulous package well worthy of a race-winning replica. Each Pikes Peak Special Edition Multistrada will come with a numbered badge on the engine crankcase cover, noting the individuality of the motorcycle.

Winning the highly challenging and multi-surface Pikes Peak race- that climbs a mountain track through 4,300 feet of altitude change- further underlines the exceptional all-terrain versatility of the Ducati Multistrada. The race demonstrated how its four different riding modes can immediately adapt the motorcycle to any environment. The Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro riding modes are selected by the simple click of a button; instantly transforming the Multistrada’s suspension, power output and traction control settings electronically- a feature that Greg Tracy will use again in 2011.

In conjunction with the launch of this striking new model, Ducati is excited to announce its entry in the 2011 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, featuring last year’s winning line up of Greg Tracy and Alexander Smith. Preparations have already begun for the defense of the title, and Ducati will be fighting for top time up the mountain come June. In addition to racing the event, Ducati will be organizing a Multistrada owner tour to the race; dubbed “All Roads Lead To Pikes Peak.” The event will be the first official Multistrada owner’s gathering, and details will be on the www.ducatiusa.com website shortly.

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, or “Race to the Clouds”, is situated in a range of the Rocky Mountains, 10 miles west of Colorado Springs and races 12.42 miles from a start line altitude of 9,390 feet to a finish line at 14,110 feet. First held in 1916, the event is now on the international calendar of the FIA in addition to holding seven motorcycle categories from 250-1200cc.

The early arrival model year 2012 Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak Special Edition will be available from June 2011 onwards, with an MSRP of $22,995CDN.






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Yamaha makes Canadian Superbike Series comeback

Yamaha is returning to the Canadian Superbike Championship after taking a one year hiatus.

The Japanese manufacturer will be back with the Yamaha YZF-R1 in the Superbike class and the YZF-R6 in the Sport Bike class in both Pro and Amateur divisions.

“Yamaha are thrilled to be back road racing in Canada,” stated Tim Kennedy, Marketing Manager of Yamaha Motor Canada. “We felt that after a short absence, it was time to come back and be part of a series that we strongly believe in. We know that the CSBK series is headed for great things, and we want to not only support, but be an active part of it.”

New management has taken over the CSBK series and they're apparently quite happy about Yamaha's return. “We are very pleased to make this announcement and looking forward to welcoming Yamaha back into our ranks,” explained Kevin Graham of Frontline CSBK. “Competitors want to race these motorcycles and the loyal blue fans want to see them on the grid. This is a win-win situation, and we are looking forward to a great season of competitive racing in all classes on a national level.”

The Parts Canada Canadian Superbike Championship is sponsored by its competing manufacturers including BMW, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and now Yamaha. The 2011 season kicks off on May 27-29 at the ICAR circuit in Mirabel, Quebec

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Harley teams up with Burger Joint

Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada, the exclusive Canadian distributor of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Genuine Motor Parts and Accessories, and MotorClothes apparel, is pleased to announce a new promotional partnership with A&W Food Services of Canada, one of the fastest-growing restaurant chains in Canada. The co-promotion will be running from March 19 to May 29, 2011.

This co-promotion consists of three fully integrated components. First, an online contest will be hosted on www.aw.ca featuring a 2011 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy motorcycle as a grand prize as well as a trip for two to the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series event taking place in Vernon, British Columbia from July 21 to July 24, 2011.

Second, Customers will be receiving poster vouchers at approximately 600 A and W restaurants across Canada and can redeem these for one of five double-sided free limited edition posters at a local H-D Retail Store.
Third and finally, Customers will also be able to experience the Harley-Davidson Brand through organized rides, displays and simulators at select A and W-hosted “Cruisin’ the Dub’” two-wheel events.

“We are excited about this promotional partnership with Harley [Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada]”, comments A&W Director of Marketing, David Waterfall. “In 2010 we held over 4,000 ‘Cruisin’ the Dub’ events at A and W restaurants across Canada. As we look to the 2011 Cruisin’ season, we are particularly excited about being able to connect with the amazing Harley community in Canada so that there are more and more motorcycle and Harley-themed Cruisin’ events this summer.”

Beyond the more obvious synergies between the demographics of the Harley-Davidson and A&W Brands, Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada and A and W both share a similar vision in creating a successful network of destinations that offer Customers an emotional experience. Besides recognizing the importance of relationship building as a fundamental factor of business practice, both organizations are also strong advocates of corporate citizenship and community involvement, and acknowledge their Brand roots in heritage and tradition.

For general information, please refer to www.harleycanada.com. For information regarding the online contest and A and W events, please refer to www.aw.ca.

NOTE: Blogger doesn't seem to like the symbol for "and' in A and W so I had to go with 'and' rather than the symbol. Sorry about that!


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Ducati launches official Ducati Corse iPhone App

 The Ducati Corse App puts the MotoGP Championship in the palm of your hand!

Cupertino, Calif. (16 March 2011) - To celebrate the start of the 2011 MotoGP season, Ducati has released the official Ducati Corse Iphone App via the Apple App Store and iTunes.

Discover everything you need to know about the Ducati MotoGP Team with Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden and hold all the secrets of the Ducati Desmosedici in your hand. The new app is free and full of info direct from the Ducati MotoGP Team pit garage and factory in Bologna.

Receive rapid updates on races, results and championship standings right in the palm of your hand. All of this comes in addition to all the latest trackside news and a wealth of additional information from the world of Ducati.

Download it for free and you'll have constant on-the-go access to:

  • News, events and facts from the Ducati MotoGP Team pit garage.
  • Ducati rider profiles and Desmosedici GP11 data.
  • Extensive image gallery with many photos to download and share.
  • MotoGP championship calendar and constantly updated results and standings.
  • Tons of additional content from the world of Ducati.
 The Ducati Corse app is compatible with iPhone (3G or later), iPod Touch and iPad. It requires iOs 4.2 or later. For more information, please visit www.ducatiusa.com.

Note: Just search for "Ducati Corse" in the App Store. 


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Yamalube Oil Change Kits for Canadian customers

Yamaha Motor Canada is now offering 'all-in-one' Yamalube Oil Change Kits for Canadian customers. These kits are available at all Yamaha dealers. Details in attached news release.

These kits are available for most Yamaha motorcycle, ATV, snowmobile, outboard, watercraft, and side by side. Each kit includes:

- Specified Yamalube oil (quantity depends on model)
- Genuine Yamaha oil filter
- Genuine Yamaha gasket (s)
- A pair of disposable nitrile gloves
- General oil change instructions and torque specs

For a more interactive view of these kits and Yamalube, please refer to these videos:

- Yamalube Home Page
- Dean Dufour explains difference between Yamalube oil filters and competition:

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Zero Motorcycles, Inc. Gets $26 Million Investment

Led by Invus LP, the investors behind Zero Motorcycles have committed additional capital to fuel its expansion.

Zero Motorcycles, announced today it has raised $26 million in additional financing from its investor group, led by Invus, LP. The financing closed on March 3, 2011 with $17 million invested and the potential for an additional $9 million over the coming months as the company continues to grow.

“With this investment, we will continue to ramp up our US-based production while rapidly expanding our global sales footprint. Our new 2011 lineup of California-designed and assembled electric motorcycles has been very well received by the market and press, and we intend to further accelerate growth and enhance our leadership position. We are continuing to commit significant R&D resources to our electric drivetrain technology, and are building the leading supply chain in the industry through our own efforts and our partnering with world-class suppliers. The company has the strong financial footing it needs to expand the business and move the state of electric motorcycle development rapidly forward,” said Zero, CEO, Gene Banman.

Invus, LP has been the principal investor in Zero Motorcycles since its initial investment in April 2008. “Zero Motorcycles is well positioned to lead the motorcycle industry in new directions where electric propulsion offers unique advantages over traditional gas-powered motorcycles. As Zero’s electric powertrain technology continues to advance, we see the potential for Zero to make ever-increasing inroads in the motorcycle market,” said Aflalo Guimarães, Managing Director of The Invus Group. “We are enthusiastic in our support of the company.”

About Zero Motorcycles:  
Zero Motorcycles is headquartered near the city of Santa Cruz in Northern California, where Zero Motorcycles designs and assembles 100% of its world-wide production of motorcycles, of which over 50% are exported to Europe, Canada, Australia and elsewhere. It has over 70 employees in California and Europe. Zero Motorcycles is the next step in motorcycle evolution and represents the ultimate electric motorcycle technology. Unencumbered by conventional thinking about how to design, manufacture, and sell high performance electric motorcycles, we are on a mission to turn heads and revolutionize our industry by combining the best aspects of a traditional motorcycle with today’s most advanced technology. 

About The Invus Group:
Invus is a global private investment firm managing approximately $4 billion of capital in an evergreen structure. Its principals work out of offices in New York, Boston, London, Paris, and Hong Kong. Over its 26-year history, Invus has partnered with management teams in a wide range of industries, including consumer packaged goods, consumer services, specialty retailing, software, telecommunications, clean technologies, medical devices, and biotechnology, producing rates of return at the very top of the private equity industry.

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Moto2 Rider Noyes Chooses MICS System for Safety, TechSpec Gripsters for Control

Steve Reed, President of Lean Angle Canada, is honoured to announce that American-born Moto2 GP World Championship rider Kenny Noyes will be the first rider on the world stage to use and represent the TechSpec Gripster Grip Pads and the Medical Information Carrier System (MICS) for helmets.

Noyes is campaigning the 2011 Moto2 GP World Championship with Barcelona-based BQR team, on the FOGI Racing/FTR M211 machine provided by Canadian-based FOGI Racing owner, Angus Borland

American Geoff Maloney, of GP Tech, who worked with Borland in 2010, managed to bring Kenny and BQR together with FOGI Racing. FOGI Racing is a road racing development team that is quite successful in both Canada and the United States though their support of up-and-coming riders like 17-year old Canadian Ben Young, who is racing in the AMA Pro SuperSport Class this season.

Noyes, aboard his FTR M211 bike in Avintia-STX colors, will once again be the only US rider in the Moto2 GP class. This will be a homecoming for Noyes as he began his road racing career in Spain with BQR back in 2001.

In 2010, Noyes was one of ten "true rookies" among the full-time riders in the forty bike Moto2 GP field and his two seventh place finishes were the two best individual results achieved by a first-time GP rider in the new Moto2 class. Noyes’ highlight of the season was when he took the pole at Le Mans, one of fourteen new tracks that he had to learn over the 17-race Moto2 GP season.

Noyes is getting a grip on his new FOGI Racing/FTR M211 machine with a set of TechSpec Gripster Grip Pads. The tank pads are engineered to improve control, enhance body positioning, reduce fatigue, and protect the rider’s tank and bodywork without damaging the rider’s leathers or man made fabrics. TechSpec Gripsters feature a proprietary “releasable and reusable” adhesive allowing a rider to fine tune the location of the grip surface or to temporarily remove them when tank repairs may be required.

The two by one inch MICS that Noyes is wearing this season, on his HJC helmet, provides paramedics and other trained emergency personnel with potentially life-saving information about the rider's identity and critical medical details. On the outside of the pouch, in bold text, is a warning to non-medical good Samaritans to not remove the downed rider’s helmet and to leave that critical task to trained medical responders. Improper helmet removal is a leading cause of collateral paralysis and death and should only be undertaken by trained EMS or medical staff.

"I'm proud to be the first global ambassador for the Medical Information Carrier System." said Noyes. "With the sheer number of people riding motorcycles around the world you know that there are many instances where unfortunate outcomes would be avoided if riders had only had a MICS on their helmets. I want to help get the word out so that street riders know about MICS and ask their local bike shop to stock them."

“I look forward to leveraging the full benefits of the TechSpec Gripster Grip Pads” added Noyes. “Everyone is extremely competitive these days and the Gripsters will help me gain additional control on my bike.”

Lean Angle Canada and Tech Spec USA encourage motorcycle enthusiasts to follow Noyes’ season at www.kennynoyes.com, on Facebook, on Twitter at http://twitter.com/KennyNoyes and at www.leanangle.ca. You can also pick up a copy of Roadracing World magazine to read Kenny Noyes’ up coming column.

“It’s such a pleasure and an honour to have the support of such a talented rider like Kenny to help us launch and promote the MICS message throughout world.” said Steve Reed, President of Lean Angle Canada. “A rider of Kenny’s caliber understands more than most what the value of a few precious seconds can mean. I know he is going to be game on out there on the track and I look forward to seeing him tear it up on his Gripster equipped FTR.”

TechSpec Gripster Grip Pads and MICS are available at an ever expanding network of powersports dealers across North America. MICS will soon be available at dealers and retail locations throughout Europe. MICS are a mandatory safety device at the Canadian Superbike Series.

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Motorcycle Experience this Saturday morning

Catch your Motorcycle Experience this Saturday morning at
11:00AM on TSN!

Toyota Truck presents Motorcycle Experience - Saturday, March 19 at 11:00am* on TSN and TSN-HD.  During this instalment of Motorcycle Experience ...

- Dave looks at American Cycle magazine's featured hard tail custom, Slimmy!
- Riding instructor Clint McBain offers up some big city riding tips.
- Yamaha's Bryan Hudgin loses his tent during the first leg in his Labrador adventure.
- Loyal ME viewer and pro roadracer Vicki Schouten samples BMW's race track ready S1000RR.
- The Ultimate Ride tour explores the Blue Ridge Pkwy and stops in Little Switzerland.

TSN/TSN-HD Broadcast Schedule
Saturday March 19 - 11:00am
Monday March 21 - 1:00am
Tuesday March 22 - 1:30pm

TSN2 Broadcast Schedule
Thursday March 24 - 3:30pm
Thursday March 24 - 6:00pm
Saturday March 26 - 1:30pm

Motorcycle Experience is created with the assistace of Honda Canada, BMW Motorrad Canada, Suzuki Canada, Yamaha Motor Canada and Motovan Corp.

Host Dave Hatch enthusiastically endorses Joe Rocket riding gear and Shoei Helmets.

* All times eastern.

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Red light camera's on the way for New Brunswick?

According to a CBC news report, New Brunswick Public Safety Minister Robert Trevors is considering reforms to the Motor Vehicle Act that would allow municipalities to install red light cameras at key intersections.

Several New Brunswick municipalities (including Fredericton) are considering the installation of red light cameras at high-traffic intersections that are prone to accidents. So, if a driver runs a red light it'll be caught on camera and a ticket is sent to the registered owner of the vehicle.

"Anything that can improve the safety of our highways, of course we're always interested," Trevors said.

The Motor Vehicle Act currently doesn't allow municipalities to put in the cameras but relevant sections were written in 1955 when red light camera's wouldn't have been around and Trevors feels like it's time for an update but wants public input before making the changes.

The legislation could be updated by the end of 2011 which would give municipalities the go ahead to install red light cameras.

There's always big debate's when it comes to red light camera's with many people arguing that they don't really prevent accidents and that they're just a provincial money grab.  Once the money starts rolling in from red light tickets the yellow light durations seem to shrink, catching drivers in the intersection when they haven't actually intentionally run the red light.

Really interested in how red light camera's work. Check a HowStuffWorks description of them here.

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BMW motorcycle financial information

BMW reported some healthy financial numbers in their motorcycle division with Earnings before interest and taxes of 71 million Euro for 2010.

For all the real financial market junkies, here's the rest of the financial numbers:

Despite continuing unfavourable market conditions, the Motorcycles segment recorded sales volume, revenues and earnings growth in 2010. Revenues increased by 22.0% to euro 1,304 million (2009: euro 1,069 million), EBIT improved to euro 71 million (2009: euro 19 million) and the profit before tax rose to euro 65 million (2009: euro 11 million). In total, 110,113 BMW and Husqvarna brand motorcycles were sold in 2010 (2009: 100,358 units; +9.7%).

The numbers break out a little more favorably for BMW than the Husqvarna brand with sales of 98,047 units in 2010 versus 87,306 in 2009 - or an increase of 12.3 while Husqvarna saw a decrease from 13,052 units in 2009 to 12,066 in 2010  - for a decrease of 7.6%

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BMW Motorrad wins reader’s vote "Motorcycle of the year 2011“ of MOTORRAD mag

BMW Motorrad wins the reader’s vote "Motorcycle of the year 2011“ of MOTORRAD magazine in four categories.

Winning the categories "Touring“, "Sport“, "Enduro/Supermoto“ as well as "Naked“ and scoring three more podium places BMW Motorrad achieved another outstanding result after 2010 at MOTORRAD magazine’s 13th reader’s vote “Motorcycle of the year 2011”. 

"I’m glad to hear of the big approval our motorcycles got also this year and I would like to thank the readers of MOTORRAD most sincerely for their votes. In particular I’m glad our supertourers – the K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL – met with so much readers’ enthusiasm even before starting sales. Their success reflects the big importance of BMW motorcycles if it’s all about enjoying travelling with motorcycles in a fast, safe and comfortable way”, said Hendrik von Kuenheim, Head of BMW Motorrad, commenting on the result of the vote.

Being represented by a six-cylinder motorcycle in the category “Touring” for the first time the new BMW K 1600 GT/GTL scored second place with 19.6 percent at the first go – almost on the same level with the BMW R 1200 RT placed on first with 20.2 percent. With it just 40 percent of the readers’ votes in this category fell on the big BMW touring motorcycles.

As last year the BMW S 1000 RR scored an unchallenged first place in the category “Sport”. 33 percent of MOTORRAD’s voting readers honored the outstanding technical conception combining four-cylinder performance with Race ABS and Dynamic Traction Control DTC. The success was completed by the BMW HP2 Sport scoring third place.

Once more the BMW R 1200 GS and R 1200 GS Adventure confirmed their leadership in the category “Enduro/Supermoto”. 25.5 percent or a fourth of MOTORRAD’s readership settled for BMW Motorrad’s best sellers and voted them on first place again in the ballot.

As in the last two years BMW Motorrad maintained the first place also in the category “Naked Bikes”. Here the new, active BMW R 1200 R/Classic convinced the readers the most.

In the category "Allround“ BMW Motorrad scored the second place. With high riding dynamic and travelling skills as well as innovative technologies as the ESA II (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) the BMW K 1300 S filled a lot of MOTORRAD readers with enthusiasm.

The awards ceremony took place on the occasion of the fair “Motorraeder Dortmund” 3rd of March, 2011 in the Dortmund Westfalen stadium. Not less than 200 motorcycles and scooters went for the titles sought after in the 13th edition of the reader’s vote “Motorcycle of the year 2011” being considered the most important reader’s vote for motorcycles and scooters in Europe. Since 1999 more than half a million readers took part in this vote.


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Some pretty cool aerial video

We came across this pretty cool video that's shot from a remote control helicopter. It makes some already amazing motorcycle acrobatics even more impressive when seen from the unique aerial perspectives.

Check it out:


Freestyle from Vortex Aerial Video Production Services from Vortex Aerial on Vimeo.

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Catch your Motorcycle Experience this Saturday morning at 11:00AM on TSN!

Toyota Truck presents Motorcycle Experience - Saturday, March 12 at 11:00am* on TSN and TSN-HD.

During this instalment of Motorcycle Experience:

- Dave travels to Pennsylvania in search of a very rare 1945 California highway patrol, H-D police special.
- Riding instructor Clint McBain helps viewers avoid some very bad riding habits.
- Yamaha's Bryan Hudgin visits a spectacular dam at the 200 kilometre point in his Labrador adventure.
- Loyal ME viewer Bernie Gaw samples Yamaha's all new 1300cc V-Twin custom - the Stryker!
- The Ultimate Ride tour visits the highest peak in the eastern USA.

TSN/TSN-HD Broadcast Schedule
Saturday March 12 - 11:00am
Monday March 14 - 12:30am
Monday March 14 - 2:00pm

TSN2 Broadcast Schedule


Saturday March 12 - 1:30pm
Monday March 14 - 7:00pm
Wednesday March 16 - 10:00pm

Motorcycle Experience is created with the assistace of Honda Canada, BMW Motorrad Canada, Suzuki Canada, Yamaha Motor Canada and Motovan Corp.

Host Dave Hatch enthusiastically endorses Joe Rocket riding gear and Shoei Helmets. Certified Hardcore Canadian Rider!

* All times eastern.

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BMW Motorrad sales up for the month - again...

For a second time in a row, BMW motorcycles reported a strong performance compared with last year. In February, global sales grew 22.5% to reach 6,720 motorcycles (prev. yr. 5,485).  Year to date, the company sold 11,434 BMW motorcycles (+23%).

The second motorcycle brand of the BMW Group, Husqvarna Motorcycles, delivered 902 motorcycles (+46.9%) to customers in February. Year to date, sales grew 46.1% to 1,264 motorcycles compared with the first two months of 2011.

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Ben Young Takes Lean Angle to Daytona

Lean Angle Canada is proud to support up-and-coming Canadian roadracer Ben Young as he takes his talents south of the border to the historic Daytona International Speedway for this coming weekend’s opening round of the AMA Pro Road Racing season.

Young, who rides for the FOGI Racing Development Team, has just completed a very successful testing session at Jennings in Florida aboard his Yamaha R6 which he will be campaigning for the first time in Daytona in the highly competitive AMA Pro SuperSport Class - AMA Pro Road Racing’s showcase of America’s future motorcycle racing stars.

Young started with the FOGI Racing Development Team in 2009 (formally known at RAT Racing) on a Honda RS125 GP machine. His abilities have presented him with international opportunities that have allowed him to compete in Scotland, the British Superbike GP125 and the Red Bull AMA Rookie Cup tryouts.

In 2010 he progressed to the Yamaha TZ250 GP machine along with the Moriwaki MD250GP. During this same season he earned two Championship titles; USGPRU GP250 (under 30's) Champion and the PRO GP125  R.A.C.E Championship in Canada.

The 17 year old will be utilizing TechSpec Gripsters Grip Pads on his new mount. Gripster Tank Pads are engineered to improve control and technique, enhance body positioning, reduce fatigue, and protects the user’s tank without harming the rider’s gear. Gripsters feature a proprietary “Releasable/Reusable” adhesive allowing a rider to fine tune the position of the product or store them while their body work is being repainted.

“I have been using the TechSpec Gripster tank pads for the past two seasons on my 125 and 250 GP bikes.” said Young. “They have helped reduce fatigue during training and races and they have provided me with an increased level of comfort and control.”

In addition to the TechSpec Gripster Grip Pads, Young will be wearing the Medical Information Carriers System (MICS) on his helmet. The 2” x 1” MICS personal information carrier will be affixed to Young’s helmet allowing vital medical information to be immediately accessible to corner workers and first responders in the case of an emergency.  MICS for helmets have recently been adopted by Canada’s premier roadracing series the Canadian Superbike Championship presented by Parts Canada as a part of the their overall rider safety strategy.

“Ben is a gifted rider who has already accomplished much in his early roadracing career.” said Mike Rice, Director of Marketing and Sponsorships for Lean Angle Canada. “I know a lot of people are going to sit up and take notice of him at Daytona.”

The AMA Pro Road Racing season opener from Daytona Beach, FL will air on SPEED on Saturday, March 12 with live coverage of the Daytona 200 at 1:00pm ET and back-to-back coverage of the AMA Superbike doubleheader starting at 11:00pm ET.


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Royal Enfield film to be released

We heard from the folks at Royal Enfield. They've got a video coming out that they'd like you to check out.  It's beautifully filmed and promotes the brand in a unique way.

Here's what they had to say:

Royal Enfields are a rare breed in an age of mass-produced, user-friendly predictability. These are mechanical motorcycles, handcrafted with love, engineered with purpose, and designed with character is reinforced by Royal Enfield's cultural DNA - by where it was born, and by where it is now built. Its classic British pedigree shows in every line, while the gleaming new aluminum engine hints at the devotion that has enabled this legendary marque to thrive in the outskirts of Chennai


This film -which will be released on the web and in select cinemas - is a tribute to the wonderful people who build, sell, ride and maintain these beloved machines, and a heartfelt tribute to the city that Royal Enfield calls home.

Enjoy!


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Motorcycle Experience kicks off a brand new season this Saturday

Motorcycle Experience kicks off a brand new season this Saturday morning on TSN and TSN HD!

Toyota Truck presents Motorcycle Experience - Saturday March 5th at 11:30am on TSN and TSN HD*

During the first instalment of Motorcycle Experience: 

- Show host Dave Hatch interviews seven time Canadian Superbike Champion Jordon Szoke.
- Motorcycle Experience riding instructor Clint McBain discusses spring tire maintenance
- Yamaha's Bryan Hudgin kicks off his Labrador Labour of Love adventure in Baie Comeau, Quebec
- ME viewer Jeff Keay samples Honda's all new gentlemen's express - the VFR1200 DCT
- A brand new Ultimate Ride gets underway in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada supports Canadian Alpine Ski Racing

Regardless of what season of the year it is, Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada always has a racing project on the go.

As part of the 2011 racing initiatives, Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada is once again supporting Canadian Alpine Ski Racing, particularly the men’s “Canadian Cowboys” team. In addition to a head-gear sponsorship for Manuel Osborne-Paradis, the 2011 Alpine Ski Racing project will host an online auction in conjunction with S‑Media, featuring a custom painted Harley-Davidson VRSCV-Rod Muscle motorcycle, designed by Extreme Measures and featuring the stylized and iconic logo of the Canadian Cowboys. Following its first appearance at the Rockstar Ski Cross Grand Prix (part of the FIS Freestyle World Cup) hosted at Blue Mountain, Ontario, on February 11, 2011, this unique Harley-Davidson VRSC V-Rod Muscle motorcycle, which embodies performance, will be showcased at various private and public clubs in Collingwood, Ontario, for the duration of the auction, from March 2 to April 1, 2011.

In addition to the displays at the ski clubs, this online auction will be promoted via S-Media’s website (www.snowsportculture.com) and its weekly e-newsletters, as well as on Ski Television, which airs on Rogers Sportsnet. All monies raised through the online auction on www.snowsportsculture.com will directly support the Canadian Cowboys team.


Darren James, Racing Manager for Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada and motorcycle racer #29, has been making use of the Canadian winter months to fine tune details of the long-awaited new Harley-Davidson XR 1200 Cup Series. A professional motorcycle racer and avid skier, James sees a strong affinity between the two disciplines and states: “The similarities between competing in alpine skiing events and motorcycle racing are many. But mainly the state of mind, the determination, discipline and physical preparation it takes to compete in both of these sports at a professional level is what they have in common.”

As spring finally approaches, further motorcycle racing programs supported by Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada such as drag racing and dirt track racing will spring back to life.


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BMW Motorrad Canada sales for February

Numbers are down for the Munich motorcycle maker in Canada for the month of February when compared to the same month last year.

BMW Motorrad Canada reported 60 retails in February, a decrease of 14 per cent over the same month last year.




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Zero announces a new model; the Zero XU – Urban Crosser

Urban Crosser’ Becomes First Street Motorcycle with a Removable Power Pack for Riders without Access to Street Level Charging. Now you can take your battery with you for charging! Smart!

Here's a US focused news release; there's still good stuff in there for us Canadian riders too though:

Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, today announced the Zero XU. A new model for the company, it marks the fifth to be added to the product line. With instant torque from zero rpm, no shifting, a low weight, a low seat height and a removable power pack, the Zero XU is designed to be the ideal electric motorcycle for those who live in the city. It leverages the time-tested Zero X off-road platform for durability and features a complete set of specialized street gear that is highlighted by a stylish new body.


Bringing Zero Motorcycles’ product offerings to a new population, the Zero XU is the world’s first street motorcycle that enables owners to essentially charge anywhere by way of a removable power pack and optional stand-alone charger. This opens the doors to interested buyers who do not have access to garage or street level charging at their homes or apartments. The removable pack also allows for essentially nonstop usage by enabling individuals, or fleets, to quickly swap power packs. As with all Zero Motorcycles products, the Zero XU is offered with a quick-charge option that cuts the recharge time down by approximately fifty percent to one hour. The additional charger that enables quick-charging can also be used to charge the power pack separately from the motorcycle. Those who own a 2011 Zero X or Zero MX can use their power packs interchangeably with the new Zero XU.

“We’re excited to announce our fifth model for 2011. The Zero XU is ideal for those living and working in a city,” said Gene Banman, CEO of Zero Motorcycles. “With no shifting, quiet operation, comfortable ergonomics and optional onboard storage, riders of all experience levels are able to focus on simply enjoying the ride. Add to that the ability to remove the power pack and the Zero XU becomes the ultimate urban crosser.”

The Zero XU starts at $7,995 USD MSRP. A federal tax credit can be applied if purchased with a second power pack. Some countries or states may offer other incentives. To secure an order and take advantage of the current federal incentive while it lasts, the Zero XU can be purchased online now and will begin shipping in the United States during mid-March. It comes with a two-year limited warranty. Price does not include local shipping, applicable taxes, PDI and road registration fees.


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2011 Wiesner Insurance Ontario Cross Country Championship

The schedule has been finalized for the 2011 Wiesner Insurance Ontario Cross Country Championship Presented by Husqvarna. Once again there will be a Spring and Fall series with Championships awarded in all classes for both. New this year will be a Pee Wee Championship to help promote our youngest riders. Online licenses are available now through our sanctioning partner CMRC - $70 for Cross Country License or $120 for a full MX & Cross Country License (HST will be added this year). Get to our site for details on how to register and get the number you want! If anyone has any questions please contact Sean Wiesner - sean@worldendurocanada.com

We want to thank the companies that have stepped up to sponsor the 2011 series. Its important to have the industry behind regional racing and World Enduro Canada is proud of our partners who have stepped up to make sure this series continues to succeed.
   
Wiesner Insurance, a well known provider of Business, Home, Auto and Motorcycle Insurance, is the 2011 Title Sponsor. At each of the eight rounds they will be presenting a $100 Pro Holeshot Award and new this year there will also be a $100 Fastest Lap Award. At each event a class will be chosen in advance who will compete for the Fastest Lap Award and the class will be switched at each round. WEC's proven, accurate time keeping system allows us to easily determine the rider from the chosen class that put down the fastest lap, they may not make it to the podium but they will walk away with some cold hard cash for their efforts.
   
Husqvarna Motorcycles is the 2011 Presenting Sponsor. Around the world Husqvarna motorcycles are committed to racing and they are making a big impact in Canada. Last year saw the start of something special with the Feeding Performance Husqvarna Off Road Racing team that took the Canadian Enduro Championship's by storm. This year they will have riders competing in both National and Regional series. Along with the factory team they are assisting a number of Amateur riders across the country. World Enduro Canada is proud to partner with them in this exciting series that is going to help increase the level of competition in Ontario.

Marc Coffin, National Marketing Manager for Husqvarna “We are definitely excited to be part of the WEC’s 2011 Ontario Cross Country Championship. The Husqvarna brand is experiencing a tremendous re-birth right now; both in Canada and around the globe. There is no doubt that racing has been a cornerstone to Husky’s amazing history and it is great to be able to support racing at a both a National and Regional level. Husqvarna had a strong presence in Canada in 2010 and through partnerships like this with the WEC and other series across the county, we are looking forward to being even more involved in the racing community in 2011. “

Check out the exciting 2011 Husqvarna models at each round.

KTM has always been known for their competition ready off road motorcycle line up and strong supporters of racing around the world. Various Ontario KTM & Husaberg dealers will be the Title sponsors of the individual rounds. The financial assistance will go to the event organizers to help with the costs associated in hosting a high quality, professional event. In addition KTM will be putting up a $100 Amateur Holeshot Award - one of the Amateur classes will be chosen in advance to go for the $100 in KTM bucks that can be redeemed at any KTM or Husaberg dealer.



Royal Distributing - Canada's Powersports Leader. Royal has been an important partner in promoting Off Road Racing in Canada for the last few years and we are proud to have them involved in the Ontario Cross Country Championship.

Spring Series

- Sunday May 15 - Mission Cycle Moto Park Cross Country
- Sunday June 5 - Apex Cycle Walton Cross Country
- Saturday June 18 - Parker Brothers Parry Sound Cross Country
- Saturday June 25 - KTM Sauble Beach Cross Country

Fall Series

- Saturday Aug 27 - Lockhart KTM Gopher Dunes Cross Country
- Saturday Sept 24 - Ross Rocher Sales Wingham Cross Country
- Saturday Oct 8 - Orange Motorsports KTM Burnt River Cross Country
- Sunday Oct 23 - STS Powersports Wheatley Cross Country

Specific event details will be posted on the WEC site as they become available. See you at the Races!!

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Lois Pryce heading to Thunder Bay - March 29th.

British motorcycle adventurer and author Lois Pryce will be in Thunder Bay on March 29th and will be speaking at the Port Arthur Prosvita at 7:00 pm. She'll be giving a presentation about her ride from Alaska to Argentina.

Admission is $10.00 per person and there are only 100 tickets being sold. This promises to be an exciting evening so get your tickets early!

In the meanwhile you can check out her web site that has lots of information and pictures on her travels across Africa and North and South America.

www.loisontheloose.com

Or  visit http://www.loisontheloose.com/news.html for details on how to get tickets to attend the event in Thunder Bay.

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