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New V-Strom in the works?

According to MotoStation.com; Suzuki is planning a remake of their sleeper hit of a motorcycle; the DL650 V-Strom.

According to the report - Suzuki plans to completely overhaul the bike with changes to the bodywork (less covered), engine, upgraded brakes, suspension, and a re-designed frame. 

The styling and upgrades would both modernize the look of the bike which hasn't changed much since its introduction in 2004.  The changes would make it a little more off-road worthy than it is already. Obviously it would need to be able to compete with the BMW F650, F800GS, and Triumph Tiger 800. It's down a little in displacement on those machines but it's said to be a very competent engine and gets significant praise in many reviews.

Considered by many to be an economical and dirt worthy adventure bike that doesn't look the part - Suzuki might just be heading in the right direction if these redesign rumors are true.  They're going to have to watch that price point too - because that's what attracts many people to it in the first place.

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Ducati Diavel - it will be televised.

Ducati has a new 60 second television spot for the Diavel - watch it below. Ducati have also provided some behind the scenes footage and inspiriation for the making of commercial as well.

Shot in Cape Town, South Africa "the aim of the Diavel commercial was to communicate the idea of authentic sensations expressed by real-life faces in everyday situations, all in just a few seconds."

I don't know about all that but if you're a Ducati fan you might want to check it out:




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Nickerson to Miss the First Round of the 2011 Harley-Davidson XR 1200 Cup

Due to an incident during pre-season testing last weekend, Hamilton-based Steven Nickerson will not be competing in this weekend’s Canadian Superbike Championship by Parts Canada - Harley-Davidson XR 1200 Cup class at Circuit ICAR.

Nickerson received minor injuries to his hand and elbow. Due to a minor concussion he received during the incident the up-and-coming racer was advised to refrain from racing this weekend to ensure his and his fellow racers’ safety.

“This isn’t how I had hoped to start my season and I will be ready for the second round at Shannonville Motorsports Park on the Canada Day long weekend.” said Nickerson. “I want to thank my family, sponsors, friends and fans for their support and understanding."

Support comes from Freedom Harley-Davidson of Ottawa, Inside Motorcycles magazine, TechSpec Gripster Tank Grips, Medical Information Carrier System (MICS), Elka Suspension, Motovan, Zox Helmets, Motion Pro, MotoConcepts, Taylor Steel, Ultimate Cycle, Bullivant and Associates, Performance Under Gear, Impact Racing Components, Bozack Clothing, The Attic Pizza Parlor and Sports Bar.

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10% off WestJet flights for Canadian Enduro Championship participants

World Enduro Canada is pleased to announce that West Jet is once again offering a 10% discount on flights for the Canadian Enduro Championship. In order to recieve the discount you must CALL West Jet the discount will NOT work if you book online. Call 877-952-4696 (7am - 5:30pm mountain time) and use discount code CC7035.

The discount is good for flights into Kamloops, Calgary, Montreal and Toronto for 3 days prior to and following each event. See you at the races!!

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Cayuga Dragway Action with Round One of the Eastern Series Drag Racing

The opening round of the Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada-sponsored V-Rod Destroyer Series got off to a promising start for the May 21 test runs. Saturday’s weather was perfect with sunny skies and fresh, clean air to blow the winter cobwebs from the V-Rod Destroyer motorcycles. In the first run of the day, the long anticipated showdown between father and son set the mood for the rest of the day. Dan Thomson, son of current champion, Pete Thomson, took his first trip down Toronto Motorsports Park drag strip aboard his new V-Rod Destroyer motorcycle, facing off against his father. To no one’s surprise, the younger Thomson lived up to all of the expectations, running a ¼ mile at 9.833 and a top speed of 137.50. Just ahead of him was the elder Thomson, setting the bar at 9.558 and a top speed of 143.17. Up-and-coming rider, Mitch McCallum, riding for MotoSport Plus of Kingston, Ontario, then had to contend with Jeff Pitre, who travelled all the way from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, to take part in the Eastern Series opener. McCallum bested Pitre mid-race and pulled out a solid ¼ mile at 9.606, while Pitre settled for a 10.846. Next up was Paul Guerrieri, who red-lighted with enthusiasm, giving the win to newcomer Ray Philp.

On Saturday’s next round, Rocky’s Harley-Davidson-sponsored Pete Thomson opted out of running to help Dan get in another pass. First up, however, was Pido Production Ltd., and Harleys Hardrock Saloon sponsored-Pitre against Ottawa’s Mitch McCallum. McCallum eked out a narrow margin of victory at 9.508 against Pitre’s 9.551. Thunder Road Harley-Davidson racer, Guerrieri, then challenged young Dan Thomson at the line where Thomson showed his grit and consistency, pulling the ¼ mile at 9.941 and a top speed of 143.58. Philp then made a lone run edging close to breaking into the nines with a creditable 10.192.

After a long wait and in what may have turned out to be the first qualifier, the V-Rod Destroyer teams fiddled with set-ups while long delays at the track let the weather conspire against them as things started to cool rapidly. The next set of match-ups saw Thomson vs. Thomson. Dan showed his youth with a better reaction time, but when the white light flashed at the finish line it was in the opposite lane as Pete shot through the ¼ mile with an impressive 9.428 and a top speed of 140.27. Dan was right on his back, his front wheel crossing the line at 9.559. Jeff Pitre then battled Ray Philp, finishing ahead of the rookie who again flirted with breaking into the nines. Guerrieri continued to improve, this time chasing McCallum to the line with a 10.095, just behind McCallum’s 9.490 and a top speed of 140.14 in what would be his best-timed run of the weekend (because of a tree malfunction).

As conditions continued to deteriorate and with a cold mist in the air, the riders lined up for what would become their last runs of the weekend. Once again, Philp faced off against Pitre, and with both bikes desperately looking for traction, it was Pitre at the line with a 10.133 and a top speed of 139.79 against Philp’s ¼ mile at 12.053 and a top speed of 125.89. McCallum and Guerrieri faced off again, this time with both riders getting off to great starts and crossing the line in tandem in what could probably have been a personal best for both. Unfortunately, the problematic tree flickered and timing failed to register a run for either rider. Again, the Thomsons faced off for Saturday evening’s final run, and once again, the younger Thomson had a brilliant reaction time at 0.002, but crossed the line at 10.274, battling a sliding rear all the way. Undaunted, Pete Thomson hung on for an impressive ¼ mile at 9.455 and a top speed of 138.86.

Sunday morning woke up to slate grey skies and constant rain. The V-Rod Destroyer teams, although enthusiastic, were forced to pack up and head home when the remainder of the events were cancelled.

The next stop for the V-Rod Destroyer motorcycles will be on June 18 and 19 at Grand Bend Motorplex in Grand Bend, Ontario.


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BMW Motorrad Community - BMW develops social network for motorcycling enthusiasts

Promote contact among motorcycling enthusiasts, organize group trips and bring like-minded individuals together on motorbikes - all this and much more besides is what the new BMW Motorrad Community does. The BMW Motorrad Community is a social network but differs from other platforms in one important way: the main focus is not the virtual world but the practical benefits. The motto is: "Get out of the house - and on your motorbike!"

The BMW Motorrad Community is clearly structured into four main areas:

Tourfinder, Meet & Ride, Member Profiles and Photos.

Members use the Tourfinder to plan and discover exciting tours. The level of difficulty can be selected between easy, medium and difficult. The function also includes options for enduro, roadster, touring or sports riders. The Tourfinder suggests appropriate tours based on the desired duration and distance. In the tour section it is also possible to develop new tours. Routes can be marked, named and described by clicking on an interactive map. The Community can rate these tours by awarding up to five stars, as well as adding comments and uploading photos and videos.

The Meet & Ride section allows members to find like-minded motorcycling enthusiasts, get together to undertake trips, organise tours and invite others to join in or take part in tours organised by other members. An integrated message function allows meeting points to be arranged, too. The route diary provides an overview of planned tours and this is automatically updated as soon as additional members join in, for example.

The Member Profile provides the opportunity to share photos, videos and much more besides with like-minded motorcyclists, friends or the entire Community. Individual profile settings ensure that details really are only visible to the contacts selected. New friends can easily be found and added, or they can be imported from other social networks such as Facebook. Members can join groups, create new groups, use the news feed to keep updated on their friends' activities and add photos and information on their motorcycles.

In the Photo section users can upload their best souvenir photos from their latest tour or a favourite photo of their motorbike and share these with others.

The link for the BMW Motorrad Community:
www.bmw-motorrad.com/community
For more details, see the YouTube Brand Channel 



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Zero Motorcycles names new Chief Technology Officer

Askenazi to Pioneer Zero’s New Technology While Continuing to Oversee Engineering

Zero Motorcycles today announced that Abe Askenazi has been named its Chief Technology Officer (CTO). After joining Zero Motorcycles in February 2010 as the Vice President of Engineering, Askenazi led his team in the rapid development of Zero’s 2011 product line. A major overhaul from the previous year, over eighty percent of each existing model was re-engineered or otherwise improved, and three new models were added: the Zero XU and street legal versions of the Zero X and Zero MX dirt bikes. Askenazi’s team delivered this entire model line from concept to production in 10 months. Such swift development of a broad, globally available line is a first for the electric motorcycle industry. Having proven his skill in leading what no other electric motorcycle engineering team has yet accomplished, Askenazi becomes an officer at Zero Motorcycles. As CTO, he will pioneer Zero Motorcycles’ technology infrastructure and direct the development of the company’s new powertrain project.

“Abe’s ability to effectively execute on an aggressive product development plan, select the best new technologies and rally his team is remarkable. The result of his work is clearly visible in our 2011 product line that is more robust and better performing than any of its predecessors,” said Karl Wharton, Zero Motorcycles COO. “With Abe taking on the role of CTO we are now even more confident that our future product offerings will continue to evolve and maintain our market leading status.”

On behalf of myself, and my team, we appreciate the recognition that we’ve received. The accomplishments that we’ve made in such a short amount of time have been very rewarding and we look forward to the many accomplishments yet to come,” said Abe Askenazi. “As CTO, I plan to further lead Zero Motorcycles in pushing the boundaries of electric powertrain technology. Our goal is to continue to offer customers the highest performance and value available today.”

About Abe Askenazi:

Askenazi is a passionate engineer and motorcyclist holding both a BS and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley; his Master’s thesis was on “The Dynamics of Motorcycles.” Upon graduating, Askenazi joined Buell Motorcycle Company, where, over the course of 15 years, he rose to the position of Sr. Director of Analysis, Test and Engineering Process, reporting to Erik Buell and actively participating in Harley-Davidson Inc’s Senior Leadership Group. At Buell, Askenazi provided increasing levels of leadership to multi-functional teams in the delivery of twenty six high-performance motorcycle models (including two turn-key road racers) across four different platforms, resulting in the production of over 130,000 vehicles yielding over $1B in sales. Askenazi holds numerous patents for motorcycle components and has published a text-book and multiple articles on both analytical engineering and motorcycle technology.


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Catch your Motorcycle Experience this Saturday morning

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

Toyota Truck presents Motorcycle Experience - Saturday, May 21 at 11:30am* on TSN and TSN-HD

During this brand new instalment of Motorcycle Experience:

- Show Host Dave Hatch attends the press launch of Honda Canada's all new lightweight sportsbike.
- Advanced Riding instructor Clint McBain reveals his top five riding tips of all time.
- Yamaha's Bryan Hudgin does the happy dance and brands a Yamaha Man.
- Toronto Star Motorcycle Journalist Steve Bond names Honda's CBR250R - Bike of the Year.
- The Joe Rocket - May 24 Hard Core Canadian contest winner is announced.
- The Ultimate Ride team reveal their next riding destination.

www.motorcycleexperience.ca

TSN/TSN-HD Broadcast Schedule
Saturday May 21 - 11:30am
Monday May 23 - 12:30am
Friday May 27 - 3:30pm

TSN2 Broadcast Schedule
Saturday May 21 - 11:00pm
Monday May 23 - 3:00pm
Tuesday May 24 - 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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Segway Sponsors MotoCzysz Racing Efforts for 2011

Looks like Segway - the maker of the electric two-wheeled mobility devices - has teamed up with another company that makes electric powered two wheeled transportation (the motorcycle variety) - MotoCzysz.

Segway Inc. will be the title sponsor for 2011 MotoCzysz race efforts, with the unified goal of elevating electric motorsports and personal transportation.

Segway recognized MotoCzysz as the frontrunner in electric motorsports with industry leading technology and is excited to be partnering with them as title sponsor for the 2011 race season. This combination results in a world class team of mechanical, electrical, and software engineers whose years of experience and knowledge will lead both companies to successes not only at the track but also with new vehicles in the marketplace.

In 2010, the MotoCzysz E1pc set the bar for electric motorcycle racing by winning the two most important international electric motorcycle races and setting records along the way. The all-new 2011 MotoCzysz E1pc will further advance electric vehicle technology and performance by increasing onboard energy, nearly doubling the horsepower while reducing the vehicle’s overall weight.

"Following last year’s TT, Jimi Heselden, the owner of Segway and I became very interested and motivated to be involved in the electric motorcycle racing world. MotoCzysz was our first choice to partner with, and I could not be happier or more excited to be involved for the 2011 season” said Wayne Mitchell, CEO of Segway Inc.

“We’re thrilled to have Segway as a sponsor for the 2011 race season. Segway is a recognized innovator, making them a perfect partner for MotoCzysz. As the CEO of Segway is an ex British motorcycle champion, and current world motorcycle land speed record holder, Wayne and I are kindred spirits, and look forward to a great 2011 racing season and future together” said Michael Czysz, MotoCzysz CEO & Founder.

Segway Inc. is the leader in personal electric transportation, developing products that transform the way you work, play and live. Since the introduction of its first consumer product, the Segway® Personal Transporter (PT), the company has established itself as a leader in the emerging small electric vehicle (SeV) marketplace. In addition to the iconic Segway PT, Segway offers a variety of products and services that continue to provide solutions for urban congestion and pollution while leveraging its in-house expertise in drive by wire, electric drive train, and Lithium-ion battery technologies. No matter the platform, Segway products allow you to experience and accomplish more with less.

Segway markets a full line of zero-emissions Segway PTs for sidewalk and cross-terrain use that deliver impressive energy efficiency – equivalent to 450 miles per gallon. The company’s line of Segway Robotic Mobility Platforms (RMPs) offers reliable, durable mobility solutions for robotic applications.

MotoCzysz is a design and engineering firm known for its innovation and creativity in applying technology to develop new products and solutions. It is working exclusively on D1g1tal Dr1vesTM electric drive systems, electric vehicle components, and electric vehicles. It is the inventor of the D1, the industry’s first fully integrated electric drive which allows automobile OEMs, fleet conversions and others to immensely speed up their electric vehicle design cycle. The MotoCzysz E1pc digital superbike won the two largest and most important electric races in 2010: Isle of Man TT zero, IOM and the e-Power Red Bull MotoGP, Laguna Seca.

To learn more, visit the MotoCzysz website at www.motoczysz.com and D1g1tal Dr1ve website at www.d1g1taldr1ve.com

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Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada Supports Drag Racing in 2011

As in past decades, Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada renews its commitment to support Canadian drag racing in 2011 through the Canadian Motorcycle Drag Racing Association (CMDRA).

The CMDRA boasts fourteen classes of racing, five of which are sponsored by Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada (exclusive Canadian distributor of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Genuine Motor Parts and Accessories, and MotorClothes apparel): the Screamin’ Eagle Stock XL (883) Series, the Screamin’ Eagle V‑Rod Destroyer Series (East & West); the Screamin’ Eagle Pro Dragster Series; the Screamin’ Eagle Pro Fuel Series, and the Screamin’ Eagle Top Fuel Series. The CMDRA is fully sanctioned by the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and was originally formed by a group of West Coast motorcycle drag racers back in the early 90s. It has grown to over 500 members and hosts several “motorcycle only” drag race events across the country.

Clint Rabb, Executive Director of the CMDRA comments: “We are very pleased to see the increasing popularity of high performance motorcycle sports such as drag racing, where even the inexperienced can enjoy the adrenalin rush within a safe and controlled environment. The 2011 CMDRA season is already panning out to be a very busy one, with a great mix of highly acclaimed veterans, as well as some passionate [beginners] who are eager to prove themselves. Given the variety of classes that racers can compete in, and catering to a very wide range of budgets, we have made drag racing very accessible in Canada. With racing enthusiasts, racers, supportive friends and family involved, we expect a strong turn-out at our CMDRA events this season.”

CMDRA 2011 National Series

June 11-12
Castrol Raceway
Edmonton, Alberta

June 18-19
Grand Bend Motorplex
Grand Bend, Ontario

July 2-3
North Central Motorsports Park
Prince George, British Columbia

July 16-17
Sturgis North Nitro Nationals-Eagle Motorplex
Ashcroft, British Columbia

August 6-7
MHDRA Dragway
Medicine Hat, Alberta

August 20-21
Mission Raceway Park
Mission, British Columbia

September 10-11
Castrol Raceway
Edmonton, Alberta

CMDRA 2011 Eastern Divisional Series

*May 21-22
Toronto Motorsports Park
Cayuga, Ontario

June 18-19
Grand Bend Motorplex
Grand Bend, Ontario

July 16-17
Grand Bend Motorplex
Grand Bend, Ontario

July 31-August 1
Napierville Raceway
Napierville, Quebec

*August
Toronto Motorsports Park
Cayuga, Ontario

September 10-11
Castrol Raceway
Edmonton, Alberta

*Tentative

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A new powerplant from Husqvarna

Husqvarna Motorcycles is coming out with a 900cc 2 cylinder engine!

The 900cc engine is derived from BMW's 800cc twin-cylinder engine. The engine capacity has been upgraded to 900cc and many of the main components have been reworked which brings up the horsepower and torque numbers for what should make for an interesting street bike from Husqvana.

Reports are that powerplant will be showcased in a new Husqvarna adventure tourer at the EICMA motorcycle show in November.


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A little treat for you - motorcycle PICTURES!

Got an email from the folks at Hoppenworld and can say that I had never heard of them before receiving the email.

Wow!  I'm glad they got in touch because their site houses a simply massive number of high quality MX motorcycle pictures from all sorts of events. Actually, they say they have "the world's largest dirt bike online catalogue."

If you've got some time on your hands be sure to bookmark Hoppenworld

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World Enduro Canada presents the 3rd-Annual Shelburne Mini Enduro

A Special-Test format closed course enduro, just for kid’s ages 6-12!  Saturday May 28, 2011

This event is designed to introduce young riders to the sport of special test style enduro! The course is designed to be easy to negotiate by all skill levels on minis, from 50cc automatics to larger 125cc four strokes. Bikes must be quiet! All entrants must be accompanied by an adult. Parents are welcome to bring a motorcycle to travel to special test locations.
Bikes do not need numbers. This is an excellent event for kids who aren’t ready for motocross or cross-country racing but are interested in motorcycle competition. Wolfgang Wiesner has been working hard setting up special tests and laying out the course.

World Enduro Canada will donate electronic scoring equipment and will provide loaner transponders for all entrants with no fee! Entrants will be divided into three separate skill classes, results will be posted quickly and all riders will receive an award! After the ride Wiesner Insurance will provide a free BBQ.
10-minutes N of Orangeville off Hwy 10, 555111 Mono Amaranth Town Line
Sign in 9:00AM. Course inspection at 9:30, riders meeting at 10:30, start time 11:00. The number of laps will vary depending on class and skill level.

$20 per rider. No competition license or transponder fee.

Please RSVP your intent to ride and any questions to swiesner@worldendurocanada.com

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2,000,000 BMW Motorcycles

The BMW assembly plant in the Spandau borough of Berlin just hit a milestone - they built their two millionth motorcycle. You read that right - 2 million!

The 2 millionth bike was a one-off special-edition BMW R1200GS, which rolled off the assembly line on May 6. This plant has been proudly making motorcycles since 1969. And while BMW's made in Berlin are exported to 130+ countries, this one will be staying in Berlin for the time being - it's going to raffle benefiting the German capital’s “Be Berlin” campaign.

To celebrate this milestone in motorcycle production BMW brought in Chris Pfeiffer to mark up their parking lot


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Enormous Success For International Female Ride Day!



Thousands of women from all corners of the planet took the road to participate in worldwide-synchronized event.

Last Friday, May 6th, thousands of female riders around the world celebrated the 5th International Female Ride Day and took their motorcycle or scooter to – “Just Ride!” From Vancouver to Cape Spear in Newfoundland, Los Angeles to New York, Paris, Paros, Budapest, Brisbane to Perth – and further, women riders celebrated! The globally synchronized happening has no other counterpart in the world. The day demonstrated once more that women riders from poles apart were passionate and devoted to sharing a kinship with each other in the activity of motorcycling. The 5th International Female Ride Day (IFRD) again preceded participating numbers from years prior as evidenced by reports, social media feedback and photo uploads underlining its enormous participating numbers and expansion. The event’s success makes a remarkable start for Motorcycle Safety Month, designated for the month of May, where women riders took the first step to demonstrate good motorcycling habits.

IFRD is the only event of its kind on the planet and has been bringing women motorcyclists together on one designated day since it began in 2007 - and 2011 superseded this “global rendez-vous”. In Budapest Hungary, women riders celebrated IFRD with a ride and a ceremonial group-dance in famed “Heroes’ Square”. At the same time, women scooted around the Greek Island of Paros with the IFRD flyer on their windscreen and another in Paris France posed at the base of the Eiffel Tower while wearing her IFRD t-shirt! “I could not be more delighted on this 5th occasion as women riders got out there with a force that could not go unnoticed! The campaign continues to broaden its reach with more women riders joining in and of course, those who every year now host their usual local event or planned ride. Let’s face it, it’s a fun event to be part of, every single woman rider plays a role- it’s purely for women riders, not about the brand they ride, their skill level or their age. Women appreciate that and take great pride in being “the” component of the mission”, says Vicki Gray, founder of the International Female Ride Day and of MOTORESS. “Women agree with the campaign and their growing participation is the most rewarding fact we can have”, states Vicki adding that International Female Ride Day’s objective is that of bringing awareness to the number of women who ride while encouraging others to take up the activity.

The 6th edition of the International Female Ride Day will be on May 4th, 2012.

International Female Ride Day is supported by BMW MOTORRAD, HARLEY-DAVIDSON (Deeley Canada) HONDA, KAWASAKI, KYMCO, SUZUKI, YAMAHA, ARAI, AFMQ (Association des femmes motocyclistes du Quebec), CANADIAN BIKER, CMA (Canadian Motorcycle Association), 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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Catch your Motorcycle Experience this Saturday morning at 11:30AM on TSN!

Toyota Truck presents Motorcycle Experience - Saturday, May 14 at 11:30am* on TSN and TSN-HD

During this brand new instalment of Motorcycle Experience:
- Show Host Dave Hatch takes a look at BMW Motorrad's all new luxury touring machine the K1600GTL.
- Advanced Riding instructor Clint McBain suggests that everyone play the slap happy game. Hands Down!
- Yamaha's Bryan Hudgin reaches the final destination in his Labour of Love adventure tour.
- Toronto Star Journalist Steve Bond samples Honda Canada's revised GL1800 Gold Wing.
- The Ultimate Ride team return their BMWs in Spartenburg, SC and make a dash for the airport.

TSN/TSN-HD Broadcast Schedule
Saturday May 14 - 11:30am
Monday May 16 - midnight
Tuesday May 17 - 1:30pm

TSN2 Broadcast Schedule
Sunday May 15 - 7:30pm
Thursday May 19 - 6:00pm
Friday May 20 - 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. He's a Certified Hardcore Canadian Rider!

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MV Agusta F4 RR breaks 200 HP barrier

MV Augusta has released the new F4 RR supersport, and the bike has newly claimed horsepower bragging rights with a (claimed) class-leading 201 horsepower.


BMW’s S1000RR held the title for a while with 193 hp. The F4 RR achieves the magic number with a new short-stroke engine with a whole bunch of engine modifications that you probably don't really care all that much about.... 201 HP!

Claimed dry weight is 192 kg (423 lb), and the claimed top speed of the unrestricted model is just shy of 300 km/hr..

Canadian availability has not been announced, but in Europe they're set at 22,900 euro, which google tells me is approximately $31,400 CDN.

I'll take a white one please.  

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Mark Blackwell joins Board of Zero Motorcycles

Racing Legend and Veteran Industry Executive to Provide Advice and Counsel to Management Team through Rapid Growth of Company.

Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, today announced that Mark Blackwell joined its Board of Directors. Mark was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2000. Mark started racing while in his teens and was one of the very first American Motocross superstars. After his racing career, Mark has held positions of increasing responsibilities in the motorcycle industry, initially at Suzuki, then at Husqvarna, at Suzuki again and finally at Victory Motorcycles where he was Vice President & General Manager through a critical growth period for the brand. In addition to his new responsibilities with Zero, Mark remains an executive of Polaris Industries.

“I am delighted to join the Board of Zero Motorcycles. I have tracked the progress of the company from afar and been impressed with its growing product line and its increasingly well-established brand, channel, and supply chain. I look forward to helping the company grow in the coming years and advising its team of talented, industry-experienced executives,” said Mark Blackwell.

"My colleagues and I have known Mark for a while and we greatly value his industry insight, knowledge of motorcycles, and years of managerial expertise,” said Aflalo Guimaraes, Managing Director of The Invus Group, LLC and a Zero board member. “We are excited Mark has elected to join the Board of the company and we know his contributions and talents will make an enormous impact on our business moving forward. We look forward to a close and productive relationship with him.”

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Deely Harley-Davidson Canada puts on an interactive display in Port Dover on Friday the 13th

Cloudless Skies Forecasted for Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada at PD13

Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada will once again welcome tens of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts to Port Dover for the PD13 event on May 13. The event will feature an interactive display consisting of new model motorcycles, a presentation of the newest General Merchandise and Parts & Accessories, as well as JumpStart – an innovative motorcycle simulator that allows anyone to personally experience the thrill of the throttle that only comes with riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Visitors will also be able to try on Hybrid and Sun Shield helmets for fit, comfort and style, and they will also learn more about the cutting edge technology behind the new Rider Comfort System. Representative of a new, in-house customization program, the interactive H-D1 Fit Shop display will demonstrate how a Harley-Davidson Retailer can tailor a bike to match a rider’s size, stature and riding style.

As part of a Customer appreciation initiative, Harley Owners Group members will be able to pick up an exclusive commemorative Port Dover pin while supplies last. H.O.G. Canada will also facilitate on-site membership renewals and new member registrations.

The Harley-Davidson booth will be situated at 19 Harbor Street in Port Dover and will be open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Friday, May 13. Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada is looking forward to giving you a warm welcome.



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BMW Motorrad sales up - on a global level

BMW Motorrad significantly exceeded the high sales level of the previous year for the fourth consecutive month. In persistently difficult market conditions, global sales rose by 5% to 13,072 units in April.

Worldwide a total of 36,181 BMW motorcycles were delivered to customers in the year to the end of April 2011. This represents an increase of 8.7% year-on-year.

Husqvarna Motorcycles delivered 2,543 motorcycles (+11.5%) in the first four months of the year. 603 motorcycles were delivered in April (-6.1%).

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Zero Motorcycles Dominates Electric Class in 2011 AMA Minimoto SX Competition

Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in electric motorcycle technology, is celebrating victory this past weekend at the 2011 Geico AMA MiniMoto SX in Las Vegas. On Friday, May 6, Zero set some of the fastest qualifying times among both gas and electric motorcycles. Quick from the start, they dominated the electric motorcycle heat race on production Zero MX dirt bikes. During the race, Zero's Blake Mitchell took first, followed by Jamie Lanza, Chris Green and Trevor Doniak.Consistently outpacing, out accelerating and out handling the other electric motorcycle competition, Zero showed the strength of their dirt bike line which has evolved to become faster and more robust over several generations. The winner, Blake Mitchell, owns and trains on a Zero X which he purchased in 2008 so that he could gain a competitive edge by riding close to home without disturbing those living nearby.

“Our lap times, success in qualifying heats and speed during the race showcased the performance available today from Zero Motorcycles line of production electric dirt bikes. By leveraging the highly efficient and powerful advantages of our direct drive powertrain we were able to consistently beat the other electric competition by a wide margin,” said Scot Harden, Vice President of Global Marketing for Zero Motorcycles. “We are incredibly proud of our team’s performance. Our thanks and congratulations not only go out to Blake, Jamie, Chris and Trevor, but also to our engineers and technicians as well who supported the effort throughout.”

Adding an interesting twist, during racing and qualifying the electric motorcycles were mixed in with their internal combustion counterparts. In an attempt to level the playing field and capture fans' attention, race organizers handicapped the electric motorcycles by delaying their start behind the gas motorcycles by several seconds.While entertaining, the top electric motorcycle riders were so much faster than the majority of the combustion field that it caused hazards during passing that resulted in at least one incident. As riders increasingly turn to high performance electric motorcycles it will be the challenge of organizers to decide how best to integrate a new powertrain into a new racing tradition.



Zero has made it a goal to work with promoters in an effort to increase the amount of riders competing on electric motorcycles and envisions a future of both electric only and gas-electric races. “We are deeply indebted to the promoters of the MiniSX for their vision and support for electric motorcycles as the next generation in motocross racing. It’s only through their efforts that racing fans and the public can get a glimpse of what the future holds”, said Scot Harden. “In particular we wish to thank Eric Peronnard, Mike Karsting and Lance Bryson for making it possible for us to have a venue to compete”.

No stranger to the racing world, Zero Motorcycles won the inaugural TTXGP at Infineon Raceway in 2010. They also competed against over two hundred and fifty gas motorcycles and four other electric motorcycles during the Electric Off-Road Challenge in Gironville, France. After beating the other electric competitors on a Zero MX, Thomas Aubry went on to take first place in the last race of his series, placing him third overall in his class. In 2009, Zero Motorcycles held the 24 Hours of Electricross, which became the world’s first all-electric 24-hour off-road race. Incidentally, Blake Mitchell competed in the 24 hour race on his Zero X. Zero Motorcycles uses racing to prove and refine its advanced motorcycle technology for integration into its production electric motorcycle line.

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Ride for Sight charity rides - Across Canada

Ride for Sight is a charity event run by the Foundation Fighting Blindness benefitting vision research. Started in 1979 Ride for Sight is the longest running motorcycle charity fundraiser in Canada. Participants who raise a minimum donation of $50 or $75 depending on the area are able to attend the Ride for Sight Celebration event which features a variety of activities including bike games, live entertainment, show n’ shines, a vendor marketplace and more. Participants also have the option of riding in a motorcycle parade from a select location to the celebration site. Central Ontario Ride for Sight is the largest motorcycle parade in the country.

Ride for Sight takes place in Central Ontario on the 17th 18th and 19th of June 2011 at Tudhope Park, Orillia, in Alberta on the 10th 11th and 12th of June 2011 at Stoney Nakoda Resort and Casino, in Newfoundland and Labrador on the 24th 25th and 26th of June 2011 at Gander Community Centre, and in Nova Scotia on June 11 2011 at Steeltown Park, Trenton. More information can be found at www.rideforsight.com and any questions can be directed to info@rideforsight.com

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Charge - Available in Canada May 10th.

We had told you about the new film titled "Charge" that Mark Neale has been working on. Well a special "Preview" edition is finally ready and will be available for order in Canada on May 10th, 2011.

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.

Place your orders HERE






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Catch your Motorcycle Experience this Sunday afternoon

Catch your Motorcycle Experience this Sunday afternoon at 2:30PM on TSN!

Toyota Truck presents Motorcycle Experience - Sunday, May 08 at 2:30pm* on TSN and TSN-HD
During this brand new instalment of Motorcycle Experience:

- Show Host Dave Hatch takes a look at an extremely rare 1953 BMW R67/2.
- Advanced Riding instructor Clint McBain advises viewers to take charge .. of their riding lane!
- Yamaha's Bryan Hudgin explores the Churchill Falls power station during his Labour of Love adventure tour.
- Viewer Tamara Morin samples BMW's all new middleweight naked runner the F800R - Chris Pfeiffer edition.
- The Ultimate Ride team explores the Chimney Rock State Park in scenic North Carolina.

Joe Rocket May 24 Contest closes May 15th! See show website for details: www.motorcycleexperience.ca


TSN/TSN-HD Broadcast Schedule:
Sunday May 08 - 2:30pm
Monday May 09 - 1:30am
Friday May 13 - 1:30pm

TSN2 Broadcast Schedule:

Monday May 09 - 2:00pm
Tuesday May 10 - 6:00pm


* All times eastern.

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Building the TapOut Yamaha R1

Some really interesting information on some of the work that went into the R1 sportbike that Yamaha Motor Canada and Flat Out Industries partnered to build.  Check it out:


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Brammo electric bikes get gears

US based electric motorcycle manufacturer, Brammo appears to be the first electric motorcycle maker that's addressing the desire of many motorcyclists for manual transmissions. Brammo have announced that they're launching four new models with gearboxes.

The technology comes Italian R&D developer SMRE but Brammo have exclusive international rights to use the Integrated Electric Transmission, or IET.

The bikes to feature the IET system are the Engage MX dirt bike, Engage SMR super-moto, Engage SMS super-moto, and Encite MMX Pro dirt bike. Prices for the MX dirt bike and SMR super-moto will be around $10,000 US, and the SMS super-moto will be approximately $12,000 US. No price yet on the Encite MMX.

It's a big move by Brammo that should encourage more traditional motorcyclists to make the switch from internal combustion.


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BMW Motorrad Canada - Sales down

Looks like it's another lower than same period last year month at BMW Motorrad Canada.

BMW Motorrad Canada reported sales of 250 units in April, a decrease of 23.3 per cent compared to April 2010.  Year-to-date, 485 units have been retailed, a decrease of 25.3% over the same period last year.

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Fridady, May 6th: - Get Ready for International Female Ride Day


This week, on Friday, May 6th, women riders around the world will get on their motorcycles or scooters to celebrate the fifth International Female Ride Day. This unique and globally synchronized event has no other counterpart in the world and will bring together thousand of women motorcyclists from all over the planet. In 2011, the International Female Ride Day is about to precede prior years attendance as more countries and women riders join the action.

International Female Ride Day (IFRD) 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. It is the only event of its kind on the planet and which has been bringing women riders together since 2007. “International female Ride Day is a unique event in the world. No other event is or has ever reached out to women from all parts of the world on just one global, synchronized day- this is the real deal! It’s success is equally attributed to women riders of all ages, styles of riding and motorcycle brands who took this idea I presented to them five years ago and made it what it is- phenomenal!” says Vicki Gray, founder of the International Female Ride Day and of MOTORESS. “For the 5th year we’re so excited to include women rider groups in Russia, Germany and India to the action. Since the beginning, IFRD has attracted more and more women. It is incredible to see its growth! Women know that they are participating in a unique event that has no relation whatsoever to the type of bike they are riding”, states Vicki.

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, HARLEY-DAVIDSON (Deeley Canada) HONDA, KAWASAKI, KYMCO, SUZUKI, YAMAHA, ARAI, AFMQ (Association des femmes motocyclistes du Quebec), CMA (Canadian Motorcycle Association), 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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BMW Motorrad Canada loading up for second season in Canadian Superbike

 BMW Motorrad Canada is pleased to announce that the Risk, Adventure and Danger channel radX has re-signed as the title sponsor of the radX/BMW Superbike Team.  radX was new to superbike racing in 2010 as was BMW Motorrad Canada with the launch of the hugely successful S1000RR.

RadX™ is the only High Definition channel dedicated to bringing epic stories of Risk, Adventure and Danger to vibrant life on your big screen TV.   radX™ is owned and operated by High Fidelity HDTV Inc., Canada’s leading HD broadcaster and production enterprise whose four all-HD channels provide Canadians with best-in-class non-fiction programming on the themes of Nature, Culture and Adventure.

A very important component of the partnership between radX and BMW was the popular documentary series “Ultimate Superbike”.  The six part series which was about the inner workings of an elite level superbike team competing in Canada, will also be renewed for a second season and will once again debut this fall on radX.

“We are extremely pleased that radX will be title sponsor of the BMW Superbike Team for another year ”, says John Panikkar, President of radX. “Working with BMW Motorrard Canada has been a fabulous experience – we’re very proud to associate radX  with BMW and look forward to another exciting season with the BMW Superbike Team.”

“Ultimate Superbike” which drew a loyal audience that really connected with the team members will again showcase the radX/BMW Superbike Team on and off the track competing for the Canadian Superbike Championship.

New for 2011, MOTOREX Oil of Switzerland and DP Brakes will be joining the radX/BMW Superbike Team.  MOTOREX is a strong brand that combines top quality and innovation with tradition, characteristics that are essential for superbike racing.  DP Brakes rejoins with BMW Motorrad Canada after previously partnering with them when racing the boxer twins in the Canadian Thunder Championship.  Together, they won the 2007 Canadian Thunder Championship with former Canadian Superbike Champion, Michael Taylor.

Returning team sponsorship partners from 2010 include Joe Rocket Canada, Hotbodies racing bodywork from Canadian distributor Acceleration Racing, Hindle Exhausts, Pirelli, and Original BMW Parts.

As announced late last year, Brett McCormick (number 6) will be suiting up alongside Mike Ferreira (number 210) to pilot the radX/BMW Superbike S1000RR racebikes for the 2011 season. Combining riders from east and west of Canada and sponsorship partners from Europe, USA, and Canada, the 2011 radX/BMW Superbike Team brings a truly global competitive edge in the battle for the 2011 Canadian Superbike Championship.

Fans can stay in touch with the BMW Motorrad Canada Superbike Team via their Facebook page and also at www.bmw-motorrad.ca.

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25th anniversary edition Canadian ATV, Motorcycle, and Snowmobile Specification Manual Set For Release


All Seasons Publications Ltd. Is celebrating their 25th anniversary of providing Canadian Blue Books to the powersport industry by publishing their most ambitious specification manual to date.

The 25th anniversary edition Canadian ATV, Motorcycle, and Snowmobile  Specification Manual covers model years 1977 to 2011. That is 35 years of specifications all in one book.

This quick reference guide is ideal for mechanics and parts and service counters.

The spec book is published every 3 years by All Seasons, and this book is the 8th edition.

The company is taking pre-orders on the books now for distribution in September, 2011. Cost is $79.95 per book.

Here’s a look at what the book offers; this selection is from motorcycles in the 7th edition.

To pre-order, give All Seasons Publications Ltd. A call at 866 834 2850, or you can also order on their website www.CanadianBlueBook.com
 

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