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2011 Ducati Demo Rides - Atlantic MotoPlex (NB)


The folks at Atlantic Motoplex have let us know that they're having a Demo Day event this May 6th, and 7th so sign up fast!

Here's the details:

The 2011 Ducati Demo Rides at Atlantic Motoplex will be held on May 6th and 7th. As always, space is limited, and the interest in Ducati this year has been over whelming.

To secure you demo ride please contact Atlantic Motorsport so that I can schedule a day, time and model that you are most interested in. The rides begin at 9am and leave at the top of each hour with the last ride leaving at 4pm, both Friday and Saturday. You should be here at least a half hour before your ride is scheduled to leave.

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Official unveiling of TapOut Edition YZF-R1 takes place Friday April 29

Yamaha Motor Canada and Canadian bike builder, Flat Out Industries, have paired up to build the ultimate 2-wheel street fighter: the TapOut Edition YZF-R1!

Yamaha Motor Canada and Flat Out Industries are proud to present the ‘TapOut Edition YZF-R1!’ In celebration of UFC 129 coming to Toronto, Canadian bike builder, Sean Mance of Flat Out Industries, has partnered with Yamaha to create an exclusive, one-of-a-kind supersport motorcycle.

Images of this 2-wheel fighter have been leaked on Facebook.com/YamahaMotorCanada, with the official unveiling taking place Friday April 29 at 11am inside TapOut’s booth at the Toronto UFC Fan Expo. Be there!

Reflecting the synergy between the world’s fastest motorcycle racers and the world’s ultimate fighters, the TapOut R1 pays homage to the fearlessness and energy surrounding both; it’s a perfect blend of performance, athleticism and style!

Decked out with many high performance racing parts, custom, CNC machined components and a race-replica inspired paint scheme, this is the Ultimate 2-Wheel Street Fighting machine!

Get to the Direct Energy Centre for this weekend’s Fan Expo and see this bike live! TapOut’s Punkass and Skyscrape, Yamaha and Sean Mance of Flat Out Industries will be on hand to unleash this unique creation to Canadian fight fans.

Expo show times and details available at ufcfanexpo.com.




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Cardo Systems Announces Launch of Accessory Kit for Motorcycle Riders Wearing Half-Helmets

Cardo Systems announces launch of accessory kit  for motorcycle riders wearing half-helmets that enables communication and entertainment benefits of the scala rider Bluetooth headsets for half-helmet wearers.

Cardo Systems, Inc., the world’s market leader in wireless Bluetooth communications for helmet headsets, announced today the availability of its new Audio & Microphone Kit for Half-Helmets.

The audio kit is an accessory for use with the company’s line of scala rider Q2 MultiSet PRO, Q2 MultiSet, Q2 PRO, Q2 and TeamSet PRO and TeamSet Bluetooth enabled rider-to-rider communication headsets. These products are designed to comfortably fit riders who use nearly all brands of half-helmets when riding their motorcycles. The kit attaches in minutes and offers secure fastening to the straps of the helmet using the patent pending method.

Each kit also contains two sets of ultra-slim speakers, a single speaker and dual speakers, that plugs into a standard 3.5 mm audio headphone jack, along with ear curtains, and microphone sponges. Similar to other Cardo Systems audio kit products, this kit also includes a 3.5 mm audio input jack to quickly plug into various music devices.

Our Audio and Microphone Kit for Half-Helmets is proof of our commitment to motorcycle riders” said Abraham Glezerman, CEO of Cardo Systems, Inc. “We offer motorcyclists who utilize half-helmets to experience the amazing audio quality and long-range capabilities of our scala rider headsets. Our kit makes available the unparalleled safety and convenience of headsets for an ever expanding audience of motorcycle enthusiasts. ”

The new Audio & Microphone Kit for Half-Helmets is now available through select distributors, retail outlets, specialty motorcycle shops, and directly from the Cardo Systems web site at www.cardosystems.com

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"Yamabucks for You" program Returns at Canadian Enduro Championship

Yamaha Canada is excited to announce the "Yamabucks for You" campaign is back.  They want to reward Yamaha owners who love to take their motorcycle to the track.  This year they have once again included the Canadian Enduro Championship in the program. 
    At each of the 4 events they will be paying for the top 3 finishing Yamaha's in each Amateur Class.  At the conclusion of the 2nd day of racing the combined results from both days will be calculated and the first overall Yamaha rider receives $75.00, second $50, and third $25.  The great thing about this program is you have a chance to win something even if you don't finish on the podium!
Yamaha Motor Canada is bringing back the popular ‘Yamabucks For You’ program that successfully launched last year. The program distributes thousands of dollars worth of Yamabuck gift certificates to Yamaha enthusiasts across the country via motorcycle track days and amateur MX, Enduro and ATV racing.
“For many of our customers, the track becomes their second home during the riding season. We want to show our support to members of the Yamaha family who help to represent us at tracks across Canada.” commented PR Specialist, Bryan Hudgin.

Street motorcyclists who take their Yamaha to selected track day organizations will receive a one time, $75 Yamabuck at event registration. Racers will receive varying amounts based on their finishing position in the classes and events specified. The Yamabuck certificate is redeemable at any local Yamaha dealer for purchase towards anything Yamaha Motor Canada sells including units, parts, accessories and apparel.

What is unique about ‘Yamabucks for You’ is that, for the racing portion of the program, amateur racers may not even need a podium finish to reap the rewards. For instance, if a racer finished 15th but was the third finishing Yamaha in the class, the racer would still qualify for a Yamabuck.” relayed Hudgin, “It’s a way for us to say thank you to many of the customers who have chosen Yamaha and help support them, if even just a little, at the track.

All Yamabucks will be distributed by track and series promoters at the event or the conclusion of the series for which it is designated to. Only the events and organizations in the chart below will be in possession of Yamabucks. Offer is good only while supplies last.


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Motus on a closed course - Sounds phenomonal!

Interesting YouTube clip of some Motus MST prototypes on a closed course test at Barber Motorsports Park on April 12, 2011. 

He gets awfully close to scraping the hard cases on this one.  Man, that small block-based V4 engine sounds BAD ASS!

The bike looks great and the riders report that the bike feels great and nimble despite the 1,654cc size. Maybe Motus will become the next big US motorcycle manufacturer?


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Motorcycle Hearse business in Ontario

Billing itself as "Canada's only sidecar mounted M/C Hearse" - George Winney has set up a unique business in Windsor, Ontrario.  Your last motorcycle ride really can be your last ride.   The bike is a 1998 Harley Davidson Police Special Motorcycle with a custom built sidecar bed.


The motorbike was redesigned by owner George Winney and the special carriage was hand built with loving care by Dennis Quenville, Rob Molner, SES and DNR Industries. The motorcycle funeral hearse took a year to build.

If you want to start planning for the future - or maybe just take a look at the work that went into making this one of a kind motorcyle the folks from Forever Free Motorcycle Hearse are going to be be attending the Fri 13th in Port Dover (which looks like May 13th, 2011) and the Canadian Biker Build Off so you can see the bike there and have a chat with George.

Check them out at www.foreverfree.biz

Geroge let us know that he just returned from the Dragons Den on Apr 23 - I couldn't find them on the Dragon's Den website yet but we'll keep watching for it!

EDIT: George sent us an update that he'll be appearing on Dragon's Den in September - He's not allowed to say anything about it until after it airs.

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Pan-American motorcycle trip featuring a few Canadians

Got a tip from a reader about this story - apparently the some of the cast of this adventure are Canadian and all are currently living in Vancouver. The Motorcycle Diaries is going to be an interactive web series documenting the journey of five young folks with TV friendly faces.

One of the participants - Clare is a an exotic dancer!  Yeah, I thought that might get your attention.

Here's what we know about the trip -

5 young people leave everything behind, and embark on the journey of a lifetime: a pan-American motorcycle trip riding through all 50 states, and interacting with the people and places they encounter. It will be documented on film and through social media, and broadcast over the web and TV. The journey begins....

5 Riders, 50 States, 220 Cities, 25000 Miles...THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES (TMD) is a revolutionary, interactive web series that documents an extraordinary 50-week, life altering journey of five young motorcycle riders as they travel from Anchorage, Alaska to Ka Lae, Hawaii.

They're going to be riding Harley Davidson's.

Link the website is HERE.









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First round of the Wiesner Insurance Cross Country Championship starts up soon

The first round of the Wiesner Insurance Cross Country Championship Presented by Husqvarna is only a few weeks away!! Last season's Championship revitalized the sport in Ontario with a signifigant influx of new riders, new sponsors, flawless electronic timekeeping, and record levels of media attention. 2011 is shaping up to be a banner year!

Historic Motopark in Chatsworth will host the first round of the Spring series on Sunday May 15th with event title sponsor Mission Cycle KTM. The terrain at Motopark is among the best available in Ontario and this year the course will be signifigantly longer than last year's courses.

Wiesner Insurance will be putting $100 on the line for the Pro Holeshot Award and an additional $100 towards the Amateur Fastest Lap Award. KTM Canada will be putting $100 on the line for the Amateur Holeshot Award! Also new this year is the Pee-Wee Championship - there was a lot of support for this class in 2010 so we want to keep the momentum, there will be a Sping and Fall Pee Wee Champion same as the other classes.

If you have not already done so please visit our site to sign up for your CMRC competition license. They will be available for purchase at all the events but you will save time getting it in advance - last season there were riders still buying licenses at the last round!! One of the coolest things about being a dirt bike racer in Ontario this season is the huge variety of races available to riders holding a CMRC competition license. Riders with full competition licenses can compete in four completely different styles of racing this season, from Motocross to Cross-Country to XSprint to Obstacross.

CMRC President Mark Stallybrass says, "We’re trying to encourage riders to get out and ride more. By providing license holders the opportunity to participate in all disciplines of CMRC sanctioned events only adds to the value of having a full competition license. Now CMRC license holders have a great variety of off-road events to race with no additional license cost".

Not interested in motocross? No problem, you can save yourself 60 bucks by getting a CMRC off-road-only license and still have somewhere in the neighbourhood of 37 different sanctioned, points paying off-road races to choose from! OBX promoter Joe Borda explains. "Obstacross, WEC XC events and the X Sprint Series will all be covered under the CMRC Annual License. The fee is $80. If riders wish to race Motocross as well the fee becomes $140. Obstacross is offering a one-event license for $25 for those that are new to racing and want to try their throttle hand at it. This license is exclusive to Obstacross only. It’s fantastic the CMRC has come to the plate for these off road disciplines, otherwise there would be a membership fee of similar cost for each series plus added confusion for racers, sponsors and promoters. Keeping all these forms of dirt bike racing under one umbrella keeps things simple! Obstacross, WEC and X Sprint are working together to prevent cross-over dates and to co-promote each others series. I expect the skill level of the riders to accelerate this season due to the diverse terrain they will be encountering if they ride all three types of off-road races, let alone throwing some motocross into the mix."

Improving the skill level of Ontario’s racers to be able to compete at a National and World level of off-road racing is a priority of both the CMRC and World Enduro Canada. Encouraging riders to compete in a variety of events is how they plan to do it.

XSprint is another key ingredient to the CMRC family of off-road races in Ontario this season. The XSprint series, designed to emulate the three special tests of the CEC enduro series, kicks off at Parry Sound June 19. Three of the five rounds are races against the clock, while the Welland and Motopark rounds will be run bar to bar as ‘Full Throttle’ events with a strong motocross/endurocross bias. As a perfect highlight to the degree of cooperation between all CMRC/WEC dirt bike disciplines in Ontario, the points from the two Canadian Enduro Championship rounds at Motopark Sept 17-18 will also count toward the XSprint series! HERE

The newest addition to the bar-to-bar ‘new school off-road racing’ formula is the OBX series. Small, tight courses with Endurocross-style obstacles bring off-road racing to the masses at fairs and community events across the province. Motocross aggression and speed, technical riding skill and even showmanship go hand in hand at these exciting races. Last fall motorcycles were introduced to the formerly ATV-only series as an experiment. They were such a hit that the OBX series has taken on a new, more serious racing attitude for their action packed 2011 season. OBX takes off May 7-8 in beautiful Midland, ON.

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Cardo Systems Announces Upgrades to scala rider G4

Cardo Systems Announces Upgrades to scala rider G4 – Enables Roadside Social Network through Connection with Other Users

Upgraded Features Includes New Voice Configuration Menu and Enhanced Compatibility with Bluetooth Devices Including Latest Phone and GPS Models



Cardo Systems, Inc., the world’s market leader in wireless Bluetooth communications for motorcycle helmet headsets, announced today the availability of an upgrade Version 3.0 for its scala rider G4. The free upgrade is available to motorcycle scala rider G4 users and provides motorcycle riders with additional opportunities to communicate on the road.

The Click-to-Link feature allows spontaneous intercom connectivity with other G4 users. This unique feature enables you to instantly initiate one-to-one intercom calls with other G4 users in the near vicinity without going through the pairing process in advance. Initiating a Click-to-Link request will search for another Click-to-Link enabled unit in range and request a connection. If the connection is accepted and established, a temporary intercom channel is created. This connection will not change or modify your current Rider A and Rider B intercom pairings. Click-to-Link can be quickly deactivated if desired and users can choose to accept or reject any incoming Click-to-Link connection requests.

Several audio-related upgrades are found in Version 3.0, including a dedicated channel to accommodate A2DP-enabled devices such as the iPod Touch. The product now has parallel connectivity to a MP3 device and a mobile phone. Automatic Gain Control (AGC) can now be custom set by users to adjust the audio level according to ambient noise and motorcycle speed. VOX sensitively levels are also adjustable to suit the user’s needs, whether they are low, medium, or high. The user can adjust their AGC and VOX sensitivity via the scala rider G4’s PC software or directly through the product using the new Voice Configuration Menu.

The Voice Configuration Menu allows users customization control of their unit without needing to access software via the PC. Various settings can be configured via the menu, including; language, RDS, spoken status announcements, VOX, and AGC.

Motorcyclists who utilize the radio functionality of the scala rider G4 can now set up to six radio station presents by pressing one button. Especially useful for traveling riders, the Automatic Radio Tuning can be easily reset to the home region stations. Automatic Scan for FM radio stations is also in the upgrade, allowing easier hands free operation.

“Our latest G4 upgrade is a testament to Cardo’s continuing leadership in innovating motorcycle communications,” said Abraham Glezerman, CEO of Cardo Systems, Inc. “Our remarkable Click-to –Link feature enables riders to reach out to any G4 users within range, promoting the growth of a network of people that love the freedom and comradeship of motorcycle touring. We upgraded audio features such as Volume Per Mode, which memorizes volume levels between audio sources, so when the user switches from mobile phone to GPS, the system sets the volume based on past preferences. Our upgrades are always customer focused, as we strive to give our riders the most fun, functional and safe hands-free communication device.”

Users interested in downloading the free Version 3.0 software upgrade for the motorcycle scala rider G4 should visit www.cardosystems.com.

The scala rider G4 is available through select distributors, retail outlets, specialty motorcycle shops, and directly from the Cardo Systems web site at http://www.cardosystems.com/.

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Patrick Trahan seriously injured in Nigeria

According to RideAfrica4Wishes.com - Patrick Trahan was involved in a serious head-on collision in Nigeria while attempting to set a world record and raise money for children by riding across Africa.  He's in stable condition and in contact with the Canadian Embassy to try to get him back home to Montreal for further medical attention.

It's reported that he has a broken femur and arm. The impact of the crash was so severe that one of Patrick's riding boots came off. The bike he was riding is totaled.

So that's the end of the Ride 4 Wishes but here's hoping for a speedy recovery for Patrick!

Full details HERE.

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3D vision for GoPro

Wow! GoPro now has a 3D verion of their popular GoPro camera that incorporates 2 HD GoPro camera's in a single housing.  Just when I picked up a non-HD version they come out with this! 

MOTOVAN Corp. and GoPro are excited to announce the arrival of their very first 3D HERO System. This system allows you to combine two 1080p HD HERO cameras into a single housing to record high definition 3D video footage and photos while simultaneously recording in 2D. The magic is made possible by combining a synchronization cable that plugs into the rear HERO port on both cameras found side by side joining them together, enabling both cameras to record video and photos in perfect synchronization.

Here are a few key features found with this system, please note that the 1080p cameras are not included in this kit. The mounting system is compatible with all GoPro accessories found currently in stores and dealerships. The 3D waterproof housing is depth rated to 180’/60m deep. Capability to record video photo files in 3D and 2D simultaneously. Most importantly in this kit you will find the free easy-to-use 3D editing software –GoPro Cineform Studio.

Here are the items found in the 3D HERO System kit.

A 3D Waterproof housing, a 3D Waterproof Door + Skeleton Door, a 3D HERO sync cable, 3 pairs of 3D Anaglyph glasses, a helmet mount, 2 flat + 2 curved adhesive mounts, some assorted mounting hardware and the CineForm Studio editing software. Please note that a firmware upgrade is required for your 1080p HD HERO camera. The 1080p Cameras are sold separately and this kit is NOT compatible with the HD HERO 960 or standard definition cameras.

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Catch your Motorcycle Experience this Sunday

Toyota Truck presents Motorcycle Experience - Sunday, April 24 at 12:00pm* on TSN and TSN-HD

During this instalment of Motorcycle Experience:

- Dave takes a look at the world famous "bathing suit" bike - The Vincent Black Lightning.
- Riding instructor Clint McBain says fasten your seat belt we're in for some major turbulence!
- During his Labrador tour, Bryan Hudgin makes camp inside a Yamaha dealership in Wabush.
- Viewer Chris Chappel samples Suzuki's new big displacement sport/touring machine, the Bandit 1250SEA.
The Ultimate Ride team explores the Smoky Mountains in North Carolina and reaches the top of the Dragons Tail.

Joe Rocket May 24 Contest is underway! See show for details..

TSN/TSN-HD Broadcast Schedule
- Sunday April 24 - 12:00pm
- Monday April 25 - 1:30am
- Monday April 25 - 1:30pm
TSN2 Broadcast Schedule
- Tuesday April 26 - 6:00pm
- Thursday April 28 - 3:30pm

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.

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Rene Cormier's - Cross Canada Speaking Engagements

Rene Cormier author of University of Gravel Roads (which we're currently reading - great so far!) is going to be giving a talk at participating BMW Motorrad Dealers across Canada.

We had the opportunity to meet Rene at the Moncton stop of the MMIC motorcycle show this year and I can tell you that if you have a passing interest in adventure riding you should not miss this chance to meet Rene and listen to some of his travel adventures.

Here's the full details as provided by Rene:


Cross Canada Speaking Tour 2011


           
Last year Canadian BMW motorcycle dealers and I worked together to bring an evening of adventure travel to thier shops. We made 15 stops and brought pictures and stories of travelling around the world by motorcycle to more than 1000 riders. During the winter we attended six motorcycle shows and were facinated by the number and eagerness of riders who have just discovered adventure riding. BMW and I decided to make one last trip across the country to share new travel stories and encourage others to create their own motorcycle adventure fun. These talks are supported by the participating dealer and BMW Motorrad Canada, meaning it is free for you to attend. Grab your riding buddies, find your shop below, and join us.

Pacific Yamaha/BMW - Richmond. Late April. Confirmed dates will be at www.renedian.com

Bentley BMW, Kelowna. Wednesday, May 4. 7pm - 9pm.
Blackfoot Motorrad, Calgary. Friday, May 6. 7:30pm - 9:30 pm.
European Motorrad, Saskatoon. Monday, May 9. 7pm - 9pm.
Wildwood Sports, Winnipeg. Tuesday, May 10. 7pm - 9pm.
Open Road BMW, Newmarket. Sunday, May 15. 5pm - 7pm
Endras BMW, Ajax. Tuesday, May 17. 7pm - 9pm
Budds' BMW, Oakville. 
Wednesday, May 18. 7pm - 9pm.
BMW Toronto, Toronto. Thursday, May 26. 7pm - 9pm.
Atlantic Motoplex, Moncton. Tuesday, June 7.  7pm - 9pm.
Moto Internationale, Montreal. Late Summer.Confirmed dates will be at www.renedian.com

(Many of my speaking dates are just before the dealer's BMW Demo Ride program. Don't forget to be pro-active and get your name on the list of the 2012 bikes you want to test ride.)
 

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SORA - Canada's 200 km/hr electric superbike

Lito - a Quebec based company is producing an electric powered superbike they've called the SORA that's said to be capable of a 200 km/hr top speed with a range of up to 300 KM.  It's not cheap though at a reported $42,399.  It does feature what they say is the world's first electronic adjustable seat height so you can change your stance on the bike - on the fly.

The battery is said to be a top-of-the-line high density battery that will last the life of the bike. It takes 8 hours for a full charge so I hope you don't have to go anywhere for a while after depleting the battery.

It's very Confederate Hellcat looking to my eyes. The folks at Lito say their bike takes the best styling cues from Bobber and Café Racer/Street Fighter bikes and combines them into a no compromise electric superbike.

No word on when it'll be available exactly but you can reserve a test ride.

Full specs:

Technical Features: Designed with state-of-the-art technology and the highest quality parts, the SORA is a feat of motorbike engineering.

The SORA's technical capabilities include:

Chassis - Lightweight aluminum 6061-T6
Wheelbase 1498 mm (59.0 in.)

Front suspension:
43 mm inverted cartridge fork.
Fully adjustable
Front wheel travel - 125 mm

Rear suspension
Elka suspension fully adjustable preload. Aluminum swingarm
Rear wheel travel - 127 mm

Tires
Front: 120/70 ZR17
Rear: 180/55 ZR17

Wheels
6-spoke lightweight forged billet aluminum
Front: 3.50 x 17"
Rear: 5.50 x 17"

Front brake

Dual semi-floating 310 mm petal discs, radial-mount opposed 4-piston calipers 2-pad
Rear brake

Single 250 mm petal disc,
opposed 2-piston caliper

Rake
25.0°

Weight
240 kg (529.2 lbs.)

Seat Height - Adjustable electric seat from 750 to 850mm (29.5 to 33.5 in.)

POWERTRAIN
Motor - Liquid-cooled 3-phase AC induction
Transmissions - Belt final drive and CVT transmission

Torque
Crank: 80 Nm (59 ft-lb, 0-6000rpm)
Wheel: 960 Nm (708 ft-lb)

SORA top speed - 200 km/h (120 mph)

Energy storage - 12 kWh lithium-polymer battery modules with integrated Battery Management System, on-board charge, J1772 compatible

Power Control - LITO advanced software,integrated computer, regenerative braking, 3 control modes (performance, eco, safe range)

Recharge Time - Approximately 8 hours

Instrumentation:
Digital unit with displays for: speedometer, battery charge level and warning lights
5.7in. LCD with touch screen:
GPS and LITO's application
USB port

Range - Up to 300 km (185 miles)

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Charge - The new "FASTER"

Mark Neale - award winning director of Faster, a documentary that takes you into the wild world of racing 500cc MotoGP bikes, has a new film he's working on titled Charge that takes on the historic rise of electric powered superbikes.

No word on exactly when it will make its motion picture debut but it covers TTXGP on the Isle of Man from 2009 so let's hope it comes out soon!

Yes - that's the familiar voice of Ewan McGregor narrating.



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Motorcycle Experience this Saturday morning

Catch your Motorcycle Experience this Saturday morning at 11:30AM on TSN!

Toyota Truck presents Motorcycle Experience - Saturday, April 16 at 11:30am* on TSN and TSN-HD

During this instalment of Motorcycle Experience:
- Dave takes a look at the world famous "bathing suit" bike - The Vincent Black Lightning.
- Riding instructor Clint McBain says put on your darn reading glasses!
- Yamaha's Bryan Hudgin reaches the Quebec/ Labrador border during his Labour of Love adventure tour.
- Big displacement cruiser rider Ann Hagerman samples Honda's new middleweight 750 Shadow RS.
- The Ultimate Ride team explores the Smoky Mountains in North Carolina and reaches the famous Deals Gap.

A brand new Joe Rocket May 24 Contest also gets underway! See show for details..

TSN/TSN-HD Broadcast Schedule
Saturday April 16 - 11:30am
Monday April 18 - 12:30am
Friday April 22 - 2:30pm

TSN2 Broadcast Schedule
Saturday April 16 - 7:30pm
Tuesday April 19 - 3:30pm
Wednesday April 20 - 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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Ducati's in the movies

I got to thinking this morning about motorcycle placements in movies and which manufacturers seem to be embracing that as a way of advertising and raising awareness of their brand. One brand that springs to mind as one makes use of this form of advertising is Ducati.

What movies prominently feature Ducati motorcycles?

The Matrix Reloaded - Trinity rides a Ducati 996 through heavy traffic to evade some nasty ghost twins.



Yes Man - Jim Carrey used a Ducati Hypermotard

Cat Woman - Okay, so not many people saw this one but Halle Barry rides a Ducati Monster in it.


Terminator Salvation - Ducati Hypermotards were used as inspiration for the Moto-Terminators



I'm sure there's more - that's just a few I can think of.  Maybe you can think of some other movies featuring Ducati's?

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Erik Buell on Craftsman Experience - Full Episode

The Craftsman Experience opens its motorcycle mini-series by welcoming the true American Craftsman himself, Mr. Erik Buell and the EBR Team to the studio. Mr. Buell begins with a discussion of his background and how it served to shape his future as a motorcycle innovator.

Mr. Buell discusses his own history of innovation, starting with his career working on different bikes to his first innovative creations, such as the aluminum brake. He then talks about his evolution, through pushing the envelope, that allowed him to move from his earlier models to his new bike, the 1190RS. We also welcome EBR rider, Geoff May to the set to give his own account of the differences in riding the EBR bikes.

The discussion then moves to the garage area as Mr. Buell brings on his engineers to discuss and demonstrate the differences in the 1190RS and EBR racing bikes as a whole. Mr. Buell lastly opens it up to his in studio and online fans to ask any and all questions about the EBR brand and EBR bikes.


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International Female Ride Day One Month Away!


Just one-month away on Friday 6 May, women riders around the world will get on their motorcycles in unison to celebrate the fifth globally-synchronized International Female Ride Day! In 2011, this unique motorcycling event unifying women motorcyclists around the planet spans its reach yet further as more countries and women riders join the action!

International Female Ride Day whose simple theme asks women to “JUST RIDE”, is a designated day, aimed at bringing awareness to the existing and mounting numbers of women motorcyclists, a prominent escalating segment of the motorcycling community who ride just as much as their male counterparts. “We ride on a Friday to emphasize the fact that motorcycling for women is not only a hobby but something women incorporate into their every day lives. Women ride to work, to school or to run errands, such as I do on my scooter in the city- it’s a reality in a woman’s life, and this day simply accentuates it. Women enthusiastically prepare to ride and unite around the world on this synchronized day - and if you look at the feedback by way of internet, it’s truly phenomenal!” says Vicki Gray, founder of the International Female Ride Day and of MOTORESS. “For the 5th year we’re so excited to welcome support and participation from National Russian Motorcycle Federation (NRMF) and equally a group of women in India who are totally on board with the action! This year many women have referred to the campaign as a ‘movement’ and really, its global size is certainly proof of that!”

Since its introduction in 2007, International Female Ride Day has continued to expand demonstrating magnificent growth. This has also been a result of the endorsement and support from the motorcycle industry and its prominent leaders, renowned female rider clubs, and international governing bodies such as Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM). In 2011 women riders throughout Canada, United States, Australia, England, The Netherlands, Greece, Italy, Poland, Israel, Hungary, Slovakia, India, Russia Germany and more- will contribute to the campaign in compelling numbers.

International Female Ride Day is supported by BMW MOTORRAD CANADA, HARLEY-DAVIDSON, HONDA, KAWASAKI, KYMCO, SUZUKI, ARAI, AFMQ (Association des femmes motocyclistes du Québec), CMA (Canadian Motorcycle Association), CANADIAN BIKER, DRAGGIN JEANS, GEARING UP (Canada Safety Council), GO-GO GEAR, INSIDE MOTORCYCLES, RIDE FOR SIGHT, RIDERS PLUS INSURANCE, FIM (Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme).




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Ban of RIGID Frame motorcycles in New Brunswick

Joe Chronkhite contacted us to let us know about a little situation he's experiencing with motor vehicle registration in New Brunswick. And it's QUITE a situation.

Joe lives in Rosedale (which is near Woodstock, New Brunswick) and the province has told him his 1976 Triumph isn't roadworthy because it's a hard tail. A hard tail is a bike without rear suspension. When he went to register a bike he was restoring he was given the names of some engineers to contact who would be able to certifiy the bike. The guy he contacted reportedly didn't even look at the bike - when he found out it was a hard tail Joe was told that hard tails aren't allowed on the road. 

Shortly after this he got a letter about the 76 Triumph he's been riding for several years.  The letter which was signed by the manager of vehicle safety with New Brunswick's Public Safety Department that said until his Triumph is engineer-certified, his registration won't be replaced or renewed and he can't transfer ownership.

So now he's got one bike that he can't ride and another 1942 Harley Davidson that he's restoring that he won't be able to ride. Not only that - he won't be able to transfer ownership of those vehicles.

Wow!  That has some serious implications for people who ride vintage bikes or do restoration work.

Check out the link to the story in the Daily Gleaner for full details on the story.


Thanks for the tip Joe - Best of luck with your fight.

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Royal Enfield Wallpaper Gallery

Came across a gallery of Royal Enfield wallpapers that you might enjoy!

Here's the LINK


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Tap-Out Marchesini wheels

Yamaha's Motorcycle tech, Matty H, attaches Pirelli Diablo Superbike slicks to a set of custom Marchesini YZF-R1 wheels. The wheels are a one-off set of "TapOut Edition"created in Canada. 

See the full TapOut YZF-R1 inside TapOut's booth at the Toronto UFC Fan Expo on April 29-30.



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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, April 09 at 11:00am* on TSN and TSN-HD

During this instalment of Motorcycle Experience:
- Dave takes a look at the world of custom motorcycles with the International Master Bike Builders.
- Riding instructor Clint McBain looking at wet weather riding gear.
- Yamaha's Bryan Hudgin visits a massive iron ore mine during his Labrador Labour of Love adventure.
- Touring rider and loyal viewer, Dave Fox samples Yamaha's new FZ8 all rounder.
- The Ultimate Ride team explores the Smoky Mountains in North Carolina and visits the Fontana Valley.

TSN/TSN-HD Broadcast Schedule
Saturday April 09 - 11:00am
Wednesday April 13 - 12:30am
Thursday April 14 - 1:30pm

TSN2 Broadcast Schedule

Saturday April 09 - 6:30pm
Wednesday April 13 - 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

* All times eastern.

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International Female Ride Day One Month Away!


Women riders around the world prepare to ride their motorcycles for unified global action on Friday 6 May!

Just one-month away on Friday 6 May, women riders around the world will get on their motorcycles in unison to celebrate the fifth globally-synchronized International Female Ride Day! In 2011, this unique motorcycling event unifying women motorcyclists around the planet spans its reach yet further as more countries and women riders join the action!

International Female Ride Day whose simple theme asks women to “JUST RIDE”, is a designated day, aimed at bringing awareness to the existing and mounting numbers of women motorcyclists, a prominent escalating segment of the motorcycling community who ride just as much as their male counterparts. “We ride on a Friday to emphasize the fact that motorcycling for women is not only a hobby but something women incorporate into their every day lives. Women ride to work, to school or to run errands, such as I do on my scooter in the city- it’s a reality in a woman’s life, and this day simply accentuates it. Women enthusiastically prepare to ride and unite around the world on this synchronized day - and if you look at the feedback by way of internet, it’s truly phenomenal!” says Vicki Gray, founder of the International Female Ride Day and of MOTORESS. “For the 5th year we’re so excited to welcome support and participation from National Russian Motorcycle Federation (NRMF) and equally a group of women in India who are totally on board with the action! This year many women have referred to the campaign as a ‘movement’ and really, its global size is certainly proof of that!”

Since its introduction in 2007, International Female Ride Day has continued to expand demonstrating magnificent growth. This has also been a result of the endorsement and support from the motorcycle industry and its prominent leaders, renowned female rider clubs, and international governing bodies such as Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM). In 2011 women riders throughout Canada, United States, Australia, England, The Netherlands, Greece, Italy, Poland, Israel, Hungary, Slovakia, India, Russia Germany and more- will contribute to the campaign in compelling numbers.

International Female Ride Day is supported by BMW MOTORRAD CANADA, HARLEY-DAVIDSON, HONDA, KAWASAKI, KYMCO, SUZUKI, ARAI, AFMQ (Association des femmes motocyclistes du Québec), CMA (Canadian Motorcycle Association), CANADIAN BIKER, DRAGGIN JEANS, GEARING UP (Canada Safety Council), GO-GO GEAR, INSIDE MOTORCYCLES, RIDE FOR SIGHT, RIDERS PLUS INSURANCE, FIM (Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme).

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Trials Clinic for all levels - Toronto events scheduled

On May 14 and 15 2011 Ryan Young from Kentucky will be in the Toronto area to host a Trials riding clinic for people who have never tried as well as all other levels. He's a 6 time US National Champ so, yeah, he knows a thing or two about trials.
 
Bikes and gear are provided or you can bring your own. Ryan has been hosting these clinics for many years and is the best at what he does.
 
This type of training will benefit every type of rider - whether you're a motocrosser or a street rider - this clinic will teach you better motorcycle control which will benefit you whatever surface you choose to ride on.
 
For all details go to www.trailtour.com.
 
Book soon!

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Zero Motorcycles’ Long-time CEO Retires

Another departure from the high ranks at electric motorcycle manufacturer - Zero. First it was the Founder Neil Saiki who left to try his hand at the Sikorsky Prize (human powered flight competition) and now comes news of CEO Gene Banman's departure.  Guess they got a big enough chunk of that 17 million dollar investment by investor group - Invus that they both decided to move on.  Or if Internet gossip is to be believed they were both pushed out.

full details...

Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry,today announced that its long-time CEO, Gene Banman, is retiring from the operational management of the company. Banman joined the company as COO in 2007 as employee number nine. Within 60 days he became CEO and led the effort to find professional investors to get the company off the ground. He has since raised tens of millions in funding, built a strong executive team and positioned Zero as worldwide leader in the electric motorcycle industry. Banman will stay on the board of directors and day-to-day operations will be directed by COO, Karl Wharton, who joined the company in February.

"It’s been a tremendous experience, getting Zero Motorcycles to this point,” said Banman. “I feel proud of the enormous progress we have made and of the excellent management team we have put in place that will take the company to the next level. I plan to get some R&R and travel, and then do some part time work with non-profits. I look forward to continuing to work with the company as a board member.”

”My colleagues and I knew Gene well before Invus became an investor in Zero Motorcycles,” said Aflalo Guimaraes, Managing Director of The Invus Group, LLC and Zero board member. “Gene, together with Neal Saiki, were instrumental in convincing us to back the company at the time when it was just a startup with a vision to transform the motorcycle industry. Gene's leadership and the team he brought together have established Zero as the leading manufacturer and brand of electric motorcycles and put it on course to realize the vision of making electric motorcycles a mainstream segment of the industry by both appealing to experienced riders and bringing new customers into the camaraderie of riders. We are thankful for everything Gene has done for Zero to date and are glad that our association with Gene continues with his ongoing active participation on the board of the company.”

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Deely Harley-Davidson prepares for a big launch of the XR1200 series

Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada is proud to announce a full commitment to running the highly anticipated Harley-Davidson XR1200 Cup Series in Canada in 2011. With the potential of veterans such as Steve Crevier participating in the series, the XR1200 Cup Series promises to become a captivating and entertaining show of passion, performance and artistry in racing. 

After the recent announcement of the launch of www.csbk.ca, hosted by the newly appointed management company of the Canadian Superbike Championship, Frontline CSBK Inc., Darren James, owner and racer #29 for Ruthless Racing Inc. commented, “To see this XR1200 Series kick off in Canada in 2011 is a dream coming true. I have wanted nothing more than to make sure we start with a full grid, so it’s amazing to see the level of enthusiasm of riders wanting to participate in this new Harley[-Davidson] Racing series. Who knows, we may have to actually hold qualifiers for the XR1200 Series this time next year! The feedback we have received so far is great. Guys love the fact that they can easily alternate U.S. AMA race dates with our Canadian racing events. I am very grateful for the support that Vance & Hines and Elka Suspension are giving the series. It’s going to be a ton of fun out there!”

Together with the established Floridian Racer #123, Dave Estok, Darren James, Manager of Ruthless Racing Inc., will be competing in two classes this year – the Harley-Davidson XR1200 Cup Series and the Pro Sport Bike Class. The two-rider team will be racing on Harley-Davidson and Buell motorcycles, respectively, prepared by Ruthless Racing Inc.

Having won the 1996 Harley-Davidson 883 World Championship and in the same year the Buell Lightning Championship, Dave Estok brings a wealth of experience, which will prove to be consequential in the upcoming racing season. Dave also has three ASRA Thunder Bike Championships under his belt (2003, 2005 and 2007) and has been participating in the Canadian Superbike Series for the last five years. Most recently, Dave put forth a strong fourth place finish in the Pro Sport Bike Series in 2010.

On the other hand, Darren James has two Canadian National Thunder Bike Championships (2005 and 2006) and a CCS National Thunder Bike Championship in Daytona (2003) under his belt. Teamed up with the renowned Jeremy McWilliams, Darren spent the 2010 season racing for Warr’s Harley-Davidson in the U.K. and participated in the Harley-Davidson XR1200 Trophy Series in the British Superbike Series. Darren finished fourth overall for the year, while teammate McWillams took the Championship.

Thomas Morin will be returning as Crew Chief of the Ruthless Racing Inc. team, sponsored by Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada. When asked about the difference in prepping the XR1200 motorcycles for racing verses the Buell motorcycles, Thomas noted, “The Harley-Davidson XR1200 [bikes] are spec bikes so it will really come down to the rider’s skills. Maintaining the motorcycle will be more important than ever! We are looking forward to getting some test days on our bikes soon and getting us and the bikes tuned up and ready to roll out for the first round.”

Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada is now ready to extend high profile, title sponsorship opportunities around the Harley-Davidson XR1200 Cup Series in Canada to interested companies.

For further information on sponsorship opportunities or on participating in the Harley-Davidson XR1200 Cup Series, please contact Darren James, Manager, Racing Programs, by phone at 604‑273‑5421 or by e-mail at darrenjames@deeley.com.


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BMW Motorrad Canada - March sales down

BMW Motorrad Canada reported year-to-date sales of 235 units , a decrease of 27.5 per cent compared to the same period last year. The arrival of spring and the all-new K1600 are expected to positively impact the brand’s sales in the coming months.

The BMW K1600GTL has an MSRP of $29,225.00.  So yes, the sales of a few of those units should definitely bolster the revenue and profits but maybe not the unit numbers too much.



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Zongshen grows substantially - launching "Toronto" e-motorcycle

The Canadian listed (China-based) motorcycle maker Zongshen PEM Power Systems Inc. (TSX:ZPP) said its profits rose substantially in the fourth quarter based on growing demand for higher-end gas motorcycles in China and abroad.

Revenue went from $2 million in the same quarter last year to $75.1 million with $1.4 million profit  

Zongshen said sales of large gas motorcycles rose 40 per cent in the last three months of 2010, compared to the earlier quarter, as Chinese dealers restocked their inventory to meet strong customer demand for higher-end models.  Exports to Europe and Brazil were also higher.

The extremely large growth in sales is partly attributable to Zongshen's acquisition of a major Chinese motorcycle brand.

Sales were negatively impacted by a new emissions law in China that led dealers to focus on selling off older inventory before a state-imposed deadline, but the company said it expects its new models to gain a large chunk of the market as competitors lack the resources to upgrade their factories to make vehicles that are up to code. 

It also is preparing to launch its new "Toronto" battery powered e-motorcycle to be sold at higher price points than gas motorcycles. The Toronto line was designed to compete on performance and price with 110 cc to 120 cc gas motorcycles in China.

About Zongshen PEM Power Systems Inc.

Zongshen PEM Power Systems Inc. is a public company trading under the symbol ZPP on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The Company manufactures gas motorcycles, electric motorcycles, electric bicycles and other e-vehicles in China for the Chinese domestic and international markets. Zongshen PEM Power System's largest shareholder is Zongshen Industrial Group, one of China's largest manufacturers and distributors of engines and power equipment.

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Ducati North America reports 68% retail sales growth for Q1 2011

Ducati North America is proud to announce its third consecutive quarter of motorcycle sales growth, beginning 2011 with a 68% Q1 retail sales increase over the same period in 2010.

Ducati’s strong start to 2011 continues a trend of consistent growth in the Italian manufacturer’s most important foreign market. The positive sales figures have encompassed the entire 2011 model lineup, an important signal that growth has been driven by demand for every single model. 

“We have had an outstanding start to the year," said Cristiano Silei; CEO of Ducati North America. "We expect our growth to continue strong for the rest of the year with our most sought out newest product, the Diavel, just hitting dealer showrooms in late March.”

The fantastic Q1 results fall in line with Ducati’s 2011 sales plans. The coming month’s sales will be also fueled by new the Monster 1100EVO and Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak Special Edition, supported by several key activities. Ducati has named April “Diavel Ride Month,” during which motorcycle enthusiasts will have the opportunity to experience the new Diavel firsthand through dealer test-ride experiences. June will also mark Ducati’s return to the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, where the Multistrada will compete for overall victory in the race to the clouds. Further marketing programs will be announced soon surrounding a riding experience for the Diavel and Multistrada models, as well as the North American launch of the new Monster 1100EVO.

For more information about Ducati North America and its line of sporting motorcycles, please visit www.ducatiusa.com.


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New video at VRIDETV

Jeff Pennock over at VRide TV let us know that he has posted a new new high definition video of motorcycle riding in beautiful British Columbia.

Motorcycle riding on Highway 5A Part 2 from Nicola Lake to Stump Lake, between Merritt and Kamloops, British Columbia. This stretch of highway is blessed with lakes, windy roads, and incredible scenery with a number of roadside points of interest, and rest areas. An excellent place for motorcyclists to ride that are going to the Great Canadian Bike Rally in Merritt or the Sturgis North Motorcycle Rally and Music Festival in Salmon Arm in July.

Here's the link to the video: http://www.vridetv.com/hdnicola2.html




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Catch your Motorcycle Experience this Saturday

Catch your Motorcycle Experience this Saturday morning at 11:30AM on TSN!

Toyota Truck presents Motorcycle Experience - Saturday, April 02 at 11:30am* on TSN and TSN-HD

During this installment of Motorcycle Experience:

- Dave takes a look at one of the rarest motorcycles in the world.
- Riding instructor Clint McBain shares some sage advice on riding in the rain.
- Yamaha's Bryan Hudgin visits a ghost town during his Labrador Labour of Love adventure.
- Adventure-sport rider, Sharon Bowyer samples Suzuki's Boulevard M50 middleweight cruiser.
- The Ultimate Ride team explores the Smoky Mountains in North Carolina and visits the Maggie Valley.

TSN/TSN-HD Broadcast Schedule:

Saturday April 02 - 11:30am
Monday April 04 - midnight
Wednesday April 06 - 1:30pm

TSN2 Broadcast Schedule:

Saturday April 02 - 2:00pm
Monday April 04 - 6:00pm
Friday April 08 - 3:30pm

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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