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Ducati Island Laguna Seca 2011 Pre-race Video

Like Ducati's?  How about scantily clad beautiful women? Ducati bikini's!  Well then you might enjoy this video.

There's actually quite a bit of interesting information packed in there too.  Video runs 14 min


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Schuberth Dealers in Canada

Schuberth North America is proud to announce the launch of an exclusive network of Schuberth stocking dealers in the U.S.A. and Canada. The network of authorized dealers and Certified Service Centers is sprinkled throughout the country for the best coverage in key markets, and growing rapidly.

“We know that Schuberth customers have been eagerly waiting for the day they can purchase a Schuberth DOT/ECE helmet in North America,” says Randy Northrup, Schuberth North America’s General Manager, “and that day is today. We are working with some of the finest dealers on the continent to handle Schuberth products."

In addition to the award winning C3 helmets, Schuberth dealers also carry the innovative integrated Bluetooth Schuberth Rider Communication System (SRC-System). The SRC-System is an easy-to-install Scala Rider G4 Bluetooth System that integrates completely into the Schuberth C3 offering customers the ultimate solution for on-bike sound and communications.

Details on the C3 flip-up helmet, Schuberth Rider Communication System and the dealer network can be found on the Schuberth North America website: www.schuberthnorthamerica.com.

Schuberth North America is a branch of Schuberth GmbH in Magdeburg, Germany, providing innovative, protective Motorcycle Helmets. Made in Germany.

Blackfoot Motorcycle Ltd
#6 Highfield Circle SE
AB – Calgary T2G5N5
403-243-2636
www.blackfootonline.com

BMW Toronto
11 Sunlight Park Rd
ON – Toronto M4M 1B5
416-623-4269
www.bmwtoronto.ca

Oakville Yamaha
615 Third Line
ON – Oakville L6L 4A8
905-465-9555
www.oakvilleyamaha.com

Rider’s Choice - Charter
2276 Dixie Road
ON - Mississauga L4Y 1Z4
905-896-RIDE
www.riderschoice.ca

Moto Internationale - Charter
6695 St-Jacques
QC - Montréal H4B 1V3
514-483-6686
www.motointer.com

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Curbsyde Productions releases new Canadian documentary

Curbsyde Productions specializes in motorcycle and adventure travel online HD video and they've got a new series available for download on their site for just $12.

It's call "Reconnecting With Canada" and described by Curbside as being an adventure in which "A crew of four brave souls, two motorcycles and support, battle the elements, and their own wits, as they cross northern Canada to Tuktoyaktuk. 10,000 kilometers of winter conditions, ice roads and mind numbing adventure."

The series features Paul Mondor (aka Iceman) and no stranger to cold weather riding.  If you followed along on his past adventures on ADVrider you know he likes BMW bikes and doesn't mind a bit of cold weather riding. He's already ridden across Canada once in the winter. Also along for this RWC ride are cameraman Jesse Clark and Joe and Flora Lloyd from Curbsyde.  Joe Clark rode alongside Paul - both on BMW F800 GS machines while Jesse and Flora rode in  BMW SUV support vehicle.

Runtime for the series is approximately 160 minutes total (8 episodes).

Here's an extended trailer:


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Ducati reports outstanding results and exceptional growth for the first half of 2011

Ducati North America announces today an excellent close to the second quarter of 2011; with sales up 61% for the quarter and Year-to-Date sales up 63% over the first half of 2010.

2011 sales have been exceptional in the US, Canadian and Mexican markets; with total North American growth surpassing the 60% mark in the first half of the year. Over 5200 bikes were registered in the first two quarters, and Ducati plans to continue posting strong sales figures as the year continues.

This year’s sales growth has been realized across the entire model lineup, with several particular models proving to be an outstanding success. The game-changing Multistrada 1200 continues its strong sales momentum, soon to be joined by the new Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak Special Edition. The newly-released Diavel has also proven a strong seller, joining the 848EVO Superbike and Monster 796 as top sellers in Ducati’s lineup.

‘We are very satisfied with our half year results, which are an exceptional growth over 2010,” said Cristiano Silei, CEO of Ducati North America. “We are extremely excited about our potential for the rest of 2011 with the Monster 1100EVO joining our formidable product line-up as summer hits full swing. In light of this continued success we will be strengthening our organization for the 2012 model year.”

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New 2012 CVO Harley-Davidson models in Canada

Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) emphasizes exclusive styling and inspiring performance with four limited-production motorcycle models for 2012. Decked out with bold paint, gleaming chrome, high-output audio, and the most powerful V-Twin engines offered in production Harley-Davidson motorcycles, each CVO model is a rolling object of desire for the discerning motorcyclist.

Each 2012 CVO model is powered by the fuel-injected Twin Cam 110 V-Twin engine – the largest displacement engine offered in a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and rated at up to 122 ft. lbs. of torque. This engine is only available from the Factory in CVO models. CVO motorcycles are customized using premium accessories and paint treaents combined with numerous items from the Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories Catalogue. The CVO Program is often used to introduce new custom components and techniques before they are offered as individual accessories. Harley-Davidson CVO motorcycles are backed by a two-year, unlimited mileage warranty.

Harley-Davidson Motor Company is offering an all-new CVO model for 2012:

· 2012 CVO Road Glide Custom Motorcycle: This hot-rod bagger combines a distinctive shark-nose, frame-mounted fairing with a road-hugging, slammed profile for a look that is sure to turn heads. A high-output, amplified Harman/Kardon Advanced Audio radio features CD/AM/FM/WB and delivers 100 watts per channel to five-by-seven-inch fairing-mounted speakers and two-inch dash-mounted tweeters. An included 8 GB Apple iPod Nano connects via an interface and holder located in the right-side saddlebag. Exclusive custom features include a smoked Wind Splitter windshield; a two-piece custom seat with removable pillion and colour-coordinated stitching and cover; and a colour-matched, low-profile fuel tank console with illuminated CVO graphic insert. A 19-inch contrast chrome Agitator custom front wheel leads this beauty down the road. The Canadian suggested Retail price for this premium motorcycle is $33,689. 

Three CVO models return for 2012 with new paint schemes and features:

- 2012 CVO Street Glide Motorcycle: A high-performance bagger with a fork-mounted bat-wing fairing, the CVO Street Glide motorcycle has enhanced audio performance with a two-amp/eight-speaker system that includes speakers in the fairing, fairing lowers, and now also in the saddlebag lids. Also new is a low-profile solo touring seat with an embossed insert pattern, detachable passenger pillion and backrest pad, and diamond cut charcoal engine cover inserts and instrument faces. Three new colour combinations are available for this model, which comes with a suggested Canadian price tag of $35,879. 


2012 CVO Softail Convertible Motorcycle: Detachable compact fairing, saddlebags, passenger pillion, and backrest make it possible to transform the CVO Softail Convertible motorcycle from touring to cruising format in minutes. For 2012, a redesigned windshield significantly reduces turbulence to the rider and integrates a Road Tech zūmo 660 GPS Navigator with an MP3 player. Turn-by-turn voice commands play over the two-speaker audio system. The detachable leather saddlebags match the seat and passenger backrest in either distressed brown leather or black leather with reptile inserts. A welded mini-ape handlebar adds a custom touch. Electronic cruise control, keyless ignition, and an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) provide touring functionality. Available in Canada with a suggested Retail price of $32,589, this model comes in three new colour combinations.

- 2012 CVO Ultra Classic Electra Glide Motorcycle: This ultimate long-haul touring motorcycle is ready to take on the most challenging touring assignments with style. New features for 2012 start with BOOM! Audio High Performance BOOM! Bagger Speakers plus new BOOM! Audio Bass Booster Ports in the Tour-Pak bottom liner. These are all powered by an amplifier tuned to match the dynamics of the speakers and the motorcycle environment. An 8 GB Apple iPod Nano and iPod interface completes the audio package. The CVO Ultra Classic motorcycle rolls on new mirror chrome chisel custom wheels with matching brake rotors, and the King Tour-Pak features new chrome LED brake/tail lamps. The suspended, dual-control heated, two-up seat and adjustable passenger backrest have a Harley-Davidson Bar & Shield monogram and pebbled pattern texture. Electronic Throttle Control (ETC), cruise control, and ABS are standard equipment. 

Three new colour combinations are available for this model, which has a suggested Canadian Retail price of $40,869.


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Harley-Davidson models with twin cam 103 engine becomes standard on several models

Harley-Davidson Motor Company offers more Big Twin performance for 2012 as its Twin Cam 103 powertrain engine becomes standard equipment in Softail , Touring and in most Dyna motorcycles. Harley-Davidson will offer two new models for 2012: the V-Rod 10th Anniversary Edition model celebrates a decade of power-cruiser performance, while the new Dyna Switchback model is a convertible custom-touring motorcycle with detachable hard saddlebags and windshield. In addition, the Night Rod Special model has significant updates for 2012 with refreshed bodywork and optimized rider ergonomics. Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) rolls out the gleaming new CVO Road Glide Custom model, a limited-production, high-performance touring masterpiece.

Harley-Davidson believes that every motorcycle it sells can be a custom of one. Harley-Davidson H-D1 is a comprehensive offering of customization tools for the Harley-Davidson motorcycle owner. H-D1 tools include Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories listings, in print and in online catalogues, Fit Shop and consultation services at Harley-Davidson Retail locations, and Factory customization and Bike Builder online at www.harleycanada.com/HD1bikebuilder.com. H-D1 offers almost unlimited opportunities to optimize fit, function, style, and performance to turn a Harley motorcycle into a motorcycle that is truly personalized to its owner.

Harley-Davidson heads into 2012 with 32 models, each born of experience that spans generations and a passion for riding that will never diminish. Highlights of the 2012 Harley-Davidson line include:

-The Twin Cam 103 engine powers all 2012 Dyna, Softail and Touring models with the exception of the Dyna Street Bob model and the Dyna Super Glide Custom model. This engine produces up to 100 ft lbs. of peak torque, an increase of approximately 6% over the Twin Cam 96 engine it replaces, as standard power for many of these models. The Twin Cam 103 engine is equipped automatic compression release. It features identifying badges on the derby cover, timer cover, and air cleaner trim ring.

- A Security Package that pairs an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with a Smart Security System, which includes proximity-based, hands-free security fob, is available for all 2012 V-Rod, Dyna, Softail, Touring, and CVO models. The Security Package is standard equipment on CVO models and on the Road Glide Ultra model, the Electra Glide Ultra Limited model, and the Road King Classic model. The Security Package is a Factory-installed option for all other models.

- The Night Rod Special model is updated with a new tapered tail section, lighter-weight wheels, an inverted front fork, and improved ergonomics. Harley-Davidson celebrates a decade of power cruising with the V-Rod 10th Anniversary Edition motorcycle, finished in Brilliant Silver Pearl bodywork that evokes the anodized aluminium bodywork of the original V-Rod model that introduced the liquid-cooled Revolution V-Twin engine in 2002. All V-Rod models will carry V-Rod 10th Anniversary badges.

- The new Dyna Switchback model combines hard saddlebags and a windshield, with the eager handling and Twin Cam 103 performance of the Dyna chassis. It’s a custom-touring bike ready for a long weekend trip, until the detachable bags and windshield are removed – then, in seconds, the Switchback motorcycle becomes a custom street cruiser with a gleaming headlamp nacelle, five-spoke cast-aluminium wheels, and a mini-ape handlebar. This convertible concept makes the versatile Switchback model two motorcycles in one.

- All Harley-Davidson Softail models get the performance boost of the Twin Cam 103 engine for 2012. The Fat Boy and Fat Boy Lo models each have a new reduced-reach handlebar for more comfortable ergonomics. A lower, narrower seat shape places the Fat Boy motorcycle rider in a new “in the bike” position. The Softail Deluxe and Heritage Softail Classic models will be available with a new optional “tubeless” chrome lace aluminium wheel for ease of tire replacement and repair. 

- The Twin Cam 103 powertrain engine gives all Harley-Davidson Touring models assertive power for passing. On Touring models, the Twin Cam 103 engine is equipped with an oil cooler. All Touring models except the Ultra Limited model will offer a new “tubeless” chrome lace aluminium wheel.

- The Harley-Davidson Sportster line appeals to a broad range of riders with six 2012 models ranging from the race-inspired XR1200X model, to the accessible SuperLow model, to Dark Custom roadsters like the Iron 883, Nightster, and Forty-Eight models. The Sportster 1200 Custom model can be personalized for fit, function, and style with H-D1 Factory customization – a process that allows Customers to use the Bike Builder tool online at www.harleycanada.com to build a motorcycle from a selection of options that are installed as the bike is assembled by Harley-Davidson Motor Company or are installed by a Retailer after the motorcycle is delivered. New 1200 Custom model colour options have been added to Bike Builder for 2012.

The new CVO Road Glide Custom model is one of four limited-production 2012 models from Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO), each is turned out with bold paint, gleaming chrome, and the most powerful V-Twin engines offered in production Harley-Davidson motorcycles. The CVO Road Glide Custom model is a hot-rod bagger with a frame-mounted fairing topped with a smoked Wind Splitter windshield, a high-output, amplified Harman/Kardon Advanced Audio system, and a colour-matched, low-profile fuel tank console.


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Erik Buell Racing - Video series on the making of an American Superbike

Erik Buell Racing is putting a video series together on YouTube on the making of an American Superbike. This episode below is the first in the series. Geoff May says that Erik "held nothing back on this bike" when speaking about the 1190S. "It's the baddest American sportbike that’s ever been made" he goes on to say. 

If you have $39,999 kicking around (+$4,000 if you like carbon fibre) and like what you see then you'll have to act fast because they're only making 100 of these 389 pound 175 HP, and 97 ft-lbs @ 9400 rpm producing machines!  They'll surely make more in year 2 but these first 100 will be special.

Full details on this episode:

"EBR Nation" is a behind the scenes look at the making of an American Superbike! Upcoming episodes will feature exclusive footage on the making of the 1190RS, performance & manufacturing, plus candid interviews with Erik Buell, Geoff May and the elite team that make up all that is EBR.

Presented by Rat Pak Records / Zenfilm
Executive Producer: Joseph O'Brien, Merideth Melville
Producer: Michael Trigg
Director/Cinematographer: W. Ross Wells
Starring: Erik Buell, Geoff May, EBR Production Team
Editorial: Michael Trigg, W. Ross Wells
Editorial Assistant: Heidi Kloster
Song: Ronny Munroe "Ride Me" From the CD "The Fire Within"


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Reevu (rear view) helmets now available in Canada

Reevu Helmets are now certified to North American standards and available through many dealers across Canada. They're distributed by Altimategear which began as Altman International Inc and established in 1992.   Headquarters for "Altimate" is located in Toronto, Ont., Canada.

Now Reevu is bringing the benefits of its revolutionary rear view technology to the world! Reevu's rear view technology has taken the two wheels industry by storm, creating a unique benchmark in preventative safety on roads, in all five continents around the world.

Years of development plus leading edge design skills have created the MSX1 helmet," The Italian Beauty" the world's only rear view helmet that allows riders to maintain awareness of traffic conditions behind them. The helmet looks fantastic and has amazing aerodynamics. It exceeds the most rigorous safety and construction standards.

A stunning package that looks great and dramatically increases safety for motorcyclists due to Reevu's rear view technology. All helmets will arrive with a clear visor up front and silver tint rear lense

For a dealers list visit the following list on Altimate's website.


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High Speed MotoGP turn @ 1000 frames per second

Red Bull Moments films atheletes doing amazing things with high tech camera's filming at 1000 frames per second and puts them online.

Pretty cool stuff!  In the latest episode they've filmed MotoGP star Casey Stoner going through a corner.  Watch and be amazed:


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4 Year old racer gets AXO Athlete of the Week award.

Yamaha Motor Canada congratulates Jessica Froese on being voted as the ‘AXO Athlete of the Week’ at this year’s Western Canadian Amateur Motocross Championships (WCAN) in Raymond, Alberta!

A local to Raymond, Jessica competed in the Mini ATV Beginner class and did her best to tame the rough and tumble Temple Hill track. The 4-year-old, first-year racer ended the three-day event in second overall. A great finish, for sure, but it’s her hard work, passion and respect for the sport and fellow racers that earns her the AXO Athlete of the Week, Presented by Yamaha. The award was directed towards riders 50cc to 85cc classes, who show dedication, sportsmanship and perseverance. Included with the award is a complete set of AXO riding gear.

“New Way Motorsports Yamaha set up a ballot box at their booth,” says Yamaha’s National Marketing Manager, Tim Kennedy. “Race attendees were encouraged to stop by and vote for a rider they felt best displayed a strong devotion to racing, as well as great respect towards competitors and track officials. After seeing Jessica’s photo and her smile—and considering her family’s efforts in helping to prep the pit area at Raymond—we couldn’t be happier with the result.”

Ironically enough, the Raymond Amateur National was Jessica’s first race—what a way to start off her career!

“Jessica started riding her quad last spring when she was three-years-old,” says her father, Tony. “Temple Hill is where she always rides and this was the first race she has been in. She loves riding her little quad around and had a blast at the races. We plan to keep her going in motocross as long as she wants to; we’re going to get her a dirt bike and see if she enjoys that as much as her quad.”

Congratulations to all Raymond award winners and Western National Champions!


To view AXO’s complete line of 2011 MX gear, please visit the website HERE:. AXO gear is available, exclusively, at Yamaha dealers across Canada.

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Zero motorcycles - Expanding in dealership sales

Zero appears to have taken another bold move. They've begun to offer Zero motorcycles through the traditional dealership sales channel.

They've made an announcement that this new sales channel will start with 8 key dealerships (list below). The first one listed - Malcolm Smith Motorsports - is a pretty famous dealership in its own right. You might recognize the name Malcolm Smith as a guy in 'that' little movie about motorcycles - On Any Sunday.

One more BIG step towards the mainstreaming of electric motorcycles!

Here's the full details:

ZERO MOTORCYCLES EXPANDS SALES CHANNEL, ADDING TRADITIONAL DEALERSHIP MODEL FOR ENHANCED CONSUMER RETAIL EXPERIENCE

- Eight Major Powersports Dealers Become 1st in Nation to Put Bikes Directly In Front of Consumers -

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (July 12, 2011) – Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in electric motorcycle technology, today announced the expansion of its current sales model to now include traditional motorcycle dealers as a point of purchase for retail customers. The development of a traditional dealership program has been part of Zero’s strategic plan for more than a year as the company continues to ramp up its manufacturing capabilities. The new dealership experience now provides consumers with a location to see and experience Zero’s expansive and rapidly growing product line all in one place. Eight of the most recognized and largest multi-line dealers have signed on to carry Zero’s entire product line.

- Malcolm Smith Motorsports (Riverside, California)
- MotoWorld of El Cajon (El Cajon, California)
- Escondido Cycle Center (Escondido, California)
- Mission Motorcycles (Daly City, California)
- NorCal MasterCraft (Sacramento/Pleasanton, California)
- Grand Prix Motorsports (Littleton, Colorado)
- C&C Sports (Brighton, Michigan)
- Hitching Post (Fridley/Hopkins/South St. Paul, Minnesota)

“As we continue adding new motorcycles to our product line-up, consumers are looking to experience our products in more of a traditional retail setting that allows for them to touch and feel all of our bikes in one location and at one time,” said John Lloyd, VP of Global Sales, Zero Motorcycles. “It has always been part of our strategic plan to add multi-line dealerships to the mix and the timing is now right for us to move in this direction. Dealers have been requesting we alter our sales model for the past few years so they could begin selling our products and we are now in a position to successfully do this.”

The new dealership model for Zero will include the United States and Canada as part of the initial rollout and is a major transition in the development of Zero’s distribution model (Canadian dealership partners will be announced in an upcoming release). Zero’s current sales channel is predominately internet-driven through www.zeromotorcycles.com, with consumer test rides being conducted by field representatives. Now interested buyers can go directly to their nearest Zero Motorcycles dealership to test ride and buy a Zero on-site. Once the official transition is completed, Zero Motorcycles will no longer sell motorcycles directly to consumers, unless purchasing from a powersports dealer is not feasible.

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Adventure rider and celebrity, Charley Boorman comes to Duncan

Don Hatton is very excited to announce, that movie and television celebrity, fellow Dakar Racer and Motorcycle Adventurer Charley Boorman will be our guest July 24th 2011. Charley is a best selling author and the star of the Movies:’ RACE TO DAKAR’, ‘LONG WAY ROUND’, ‘LONG WAY DOWN”.

Charley is also the star of the adventure travel series and top selling book “BY ANY MEANS” still on the top seller list in the UK.

Charley’s current project is ‘EXTREME FRONTIERS CANADA”. He is traveling across Canada from coast to coast filming a documentary on various activities from as lobster fishing in the East Coast, participating in RCMP training in Regina to surfing on the West Coast.

Charley will be visiting Duncan on July 24th 2011. Returning from a days trail riding with Don Hatton, three time Dakar participant and Baja 1000 motorcycle racer, he and Charley are scheduled to stop at Kickstart Coffee next to Duncan Motorsports (1063 Canada Ave, Duncan BC) for a quick coffee and meet and greet at about 4:30 p.m.

Then it will be on to Don’s farm where we will host an informal bonfire evening between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., where Charley will spend the evening talking about his adventures. This is a great opportunity to meet and talk to Charley and his film crew!

Cost $15 per person – pre sale only.
Tickets available in person at Duncan Motorsports or by telephone 250-746-7148.

Contact: mbridge@duncanmotorcycles.com with any questions.

We are also inviting riders to join Charley Monday July 25th for a ride from Duncan to Tofino for the end of the filming of the documentary. Ride Start time 10:00. from Kickstart Coffee.

For more information check out “Events” at www.duncanmotorsports.ca

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Husqvarna's new online presence - pics, video's, latest news, and more

The title pretty much says it all. Husqvarna has a newly launched website where people can go to find out whatever they need to know about the brand.



Website link is HERE.

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Husqvarna - 900cc Nuda - in the flesh.... video!

Here's a good look at the Nuda courtesy of Husqvarna. It's their first foray into street bikes. Looks good to these eyes:


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What does a Ducati have in common with eye masks, neck pillows, and magazines?


You can get them all at the airport! So long as you're in Rome at least. Actually, it's not likely you can pick up a Ducati motorcycle at the airport shop - it's official Ducati branded merchandise you'll find.

Full details:

Ducati takes off with new shop at Fiumicino Airport, Rome 

Ducati passion is cleared for take-off at Terminal 3 of Fiumicino airport, Rome as the latest Ducati shop officially opens its doors to the travelling public. As an addition to the existing shop at Bologna airport, the new opening marks the beginning of a partnership between Ducati and airport retail specialist Meridian Duty Free. It also represents a key step in Ducati’s sales strategy as this latest opening is the “pilot project” for a new retail program that both companies aim to extend to other European and non-European airports. 

"I’ve always seen Ducati as an expression of creativity, innovation and technology,” said Marco Passoni, CEO of Meridian Duty Free. “Without doubt, it is a prime example of classic Italian excellence. I’m proud and excited to have combined the huge potential of the Ducati brand with our own experience in this sector’s  new airport format and I’m convinced that the opening of this first shop at Fiumicino’s International Leonardo da Vinci airport is just the first chapter of another long Ducati success story." 

“The decision to open an airport retail format stems from the growing interest in the Ducati brand and the entire product range associated with it,” said Lucio Attina, Director of Ducati Apparel & Brand Development. “For years, Ducati has been a committed global ambassador of the “made in Italy” concept of premium quality and so the decision to open this first shop in Italy’s capital was inevitable. We feel sure this opening will be followed by many others, enabling us to offer the fast-growing community of Ducati fans and enthusiasts the chance to purchase apparel and other products. To ensure our customers enjoy a unique experience we’ve put our trust in a truly professional travel retail specialist, Meridian Duty Free.” 

The official opening was attended by representatives of Ducati and Meridian Duty Free as well as Aviation Manager, Elio Pistola, and Sales Manager, Dr. Marco Treggiari of Aeroporti Di Roma in addition to official representatives of Customs and Police. 

This latest shop will be an outlet for products from the Ducati apparel collection and also those of numerous partners, such as Oakley and Puma, whose brands are already associated with the Italian motorcycle manufacturer. In celebration of the shop’s opening, Ducati fans were treated to an appearance of Valentino Rossi’s Desmosedici GP11 MotoGP bike, a display that attracted huge crowds of curious airport visitors.

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BMW Motorrad Canada sales down for month but good performance at the track

BMW Motorrad Canada continued its success at the Canadian Superbike series with a first- and third-place ranking in race one, and first- and fifth-place rankings in race two of the series. Six S1000RR’s finished within the top 10.

BMW Motorrad Canada reported sales of 228 units in June, a decrease of 12.3 per cent compared to June, 2010. The year-to-date figure for the brand is 988 units, a decrease of 18.4 per cent compared to the same period last year.

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Ducati Wins Pikes Peak International Hill Climb - on showroom demo bike!

Carlin Dunne won the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb today on the Ducati Multistrada 1200, setting an all time motorcycle record and giving the Italian brand its second consecutive victory in the historic race.

Dunne, owner of Ducati Santa Barbara in California, took the checkered flag on his store’s showroom demo bike. After three weeks of frantic preparation, the team set out to Pikes Peak for Dunne’s rookie effort. The 28 year old rider was fast from day one, qualifying on pole for the race and setting a confident pace throughout all three days of practice. In the race Dunne got the holeshot at the start and never looked back. The time across the finish line was 11:11.32; a new course record for motorcycles.
 
“We were definitely anxious to get out and race today; “said Dunne about his race.  “When the flag dropped I got the holeshot and went for it. The whole week’s worth of setup work with my technician Sam Swain came together and the Multistrada 1200 worked flawlessly to give us the win. With the help of Spider Grips, Dumontec, BrakeTech and Burley Motorsports we can go home with an all time record!”

While Dunne topped the timesheets for Ducati, Pikes Peak regular Alexander Smith rode a spirited race and crossed the finish line with a time of 12:12.92; earning him a much celebrated third place in the 1205cc class. In what was a wild and treacherous race away from Dunne and Smith, the other two Ducati entries fell upon misfortunes. Six-time winner Greg Tracy had an unfortunate fall while charging to post a fast time, and is already looking forward to next year’s race. Second place qualifier Mark Cernicky also suffered from bad luck when his Multistrada’s tire went flat several corners past the starting line. All four riders in the Ducati family enjoyed their Pikes Peak adventures despite mixed results, and were thrilled with the dominating performance of the Multistrada 1200.

The Multistrada 1200’s race win comes on the eve of the Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak Special Edition in the US, a striking version of the Multistrada 1200 S painted and accessorized to match the Spider Grips team bikes competing in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. 

Ducati is quite proud of its rider’s successes, and hopes to return to the mountain with the Multistrada 1200 for future title defense. For more information about The Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak Special Edition and Carlin Dunne’s victory in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, please visit www.ducatiusa.com.

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BMW's electronic concept scooter

There's been a lot of news coming from BMW this week and here's a little more.  They're showing off their concept e-scooter; that's "e" for electric.  While an electric scooter may or may not be your thing a internal combustion engine scooter from BMW might be.  Imagine this with an ICE engine or maybe a combination electric/ICE.  Now that might be something!



Here's all the details:

Space is becoming increasingly scarce in the major conurbation centres and traffic density is growing continuously. Political and social conditions are changing. All these factors coalesce in increasing demands in terms of  private transportation. The concept vehicle BMW E-Scooter with electric drive provides an innovative look at changing urban mobility needs.

While the currently available, purely electrically-powered scooters have been almost exclusively used inside towns and cities to date due to their performance and range, which makes them suitable for short distances only, the concept vehicle BMW E-Scooter offers a much broader spectrum of use.

High range and excellent performance figures.

Since it was conceived as a future-oriented vehicle for commuting between urban areas and the city centre, therefore attracting funding from the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development, there were two main requirements for its development: dynamic figures comparable to those of a maxi scooter with a combustion engine and a high range in realistic conditions of use.

The concept vehicle BMW E-Scooter provides the necessary sustained output and maximum speed for safe and reliable overtaking on urban motorways and also when carrying two people. It is also easily capable of managing hill starts on steep slopes with a pillion passenger.

The development study also has the necessary maximum output to be able to achieve acceleration figures within the important 0 - 60 km/h range, which are at the level of current maxi scooters powered by a 600 cc combustion engine.

The high storage capacity of the battery allows a daily driving range of over 100 kilometres. In this way, the BMW E-Scooter concept vehicle provides a long-term, zero-emissions urban and suburban travel option which is suitable for everyday use.

Fast charging at conventional power sockets.

The E-Scooter concept vehicle's battery is charged at regular household power sockets as found in Europe, the USA, Canada and Japan, so no special charging station is required. When the battery is completely flat, the charging period is less than three hours. However, practical experience has shown that the battery rarely runs out completely, so charging times are generally shorter.

Frame.

Unlike existing maxi scooters with combustion engines, the concept vehicle does not have a main frame. Instead, the aluminium battery casing — which also contains the electronic system required for battery cell monitoring —takes over the function of the frame. The steering head support is connected to it, as is the rear frame and the left-hand mounted single swing arm with directly hinged, horizontally installed shock absorber.

Electric machine, power electronics and charging device.

Due to its high output, the BMW Motorrad development study has no hub motor with direct drive or planetary gearbox. Instead, the high-performance electric machine is mounted behind the battery casing. The secondary drive consists of a toothed belt from the electric machine to the belt pulley mounted coaxially on the swinging fork pivot with drive pinion. From here, power transmission occurs via roller chain to the rear wheel. When the E-Scooter is decelerated in trailing throttle or when braking, the energy released is recuperated, thereby increasing the vehicle's range by between 10 and 20 per cent depending on driving profile.

The electrical components required for the electric drive are installed on the top of the battery casing. The external battery electronics system permanently collects and monitors data such as the temperature and voltage of the battery cells, both during travel and while charging. The power electronics acts as a control system and controls the electric machine. The charging device includes a charge cable which allows the battery to be recharged at a conventional household power socket. In addition to the other components like an ISO insulation monitor, high-voltage indicator and a high-voltage distributor, a DC-DC converter is included. It is required to change high voltage to low voltage power to supply the 12 volt vehicle supply and especially for the control units.

Cooling system.

During travel, the electric machine and power electronics are liquid-cooled, as is the charging device during charging. An electric coolant pump ensures coolant circulation through the radiator. While a coolant is commonly used for the battery in electrically powered cars, the E-Scooter concept vehicle uses an air cooling system in order to save space.

Safety.

BMW Motorrad is one of the very few motorcycle manufacturers to be able to draw on its own experience and expertise in the automobile field in the development of electrically powered vehicles. Synergies are derived from the development of the BMW E-Scooter concept vehicle not just in the ready availability of technical components but also in the area of high voltage engineering and the associated safety requirements. Here for the first time, standards established by the leading automobile manufacturers relating to high voltage safety (> 60 volt) and functional reliability are being applied to a two-wheel vehicle with electric drive.

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Select 2012 Harley-Davidson motorcycles will soon be ready to ride in Canada

New 2012 model Harley-Davidson Touring, Trike and Sportster Models Arriving Shortly

CONCORD, Ontario (June 29, 2011) – Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada has begun facilitating the delivery of a limited quantity of the 2012 Touring, Trike and Sportster models to some Retailers in Canada giving Customers an opportunity to get on a 2012 Harley-Davidson model as of mid-July, with much of the riding season still ahead. These models will also be available for free test rides as of early August 2011 through the Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada-hosted Test Our Metal Program. For information on free test ride locations and dates, please refer to the “demo ride” button on the main page of www.harleycanada.com. Additional 2012 models will be announced on July 20 at the Harley-Davidson Summer Dealer Meeting in Anaheim, California.

2012 Sportster Models: Personalization and Power

The six 2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster models range from the affordable Dark Custom roadster-inspired Iron 883 motorcycle to the track-inspired performance of the XR1200X bike. Each Sportster model offers the heartbeat of an authentic American V-Twin engine and pace-setting style and performance.

Back for its first full year of production is the Sportster 1200 Custom bike, the motorcycle that introduced the Web-based H-D1 Bike Builder factory customization process. Using Bike Builder, Customers can personalize their 1200 Custom motorcycle with the seat, handlebar, foot control, wheel, security, paint, and engine finish options of their choice, which are then installed right at the Factory. Even more Retailer-installed accessories can be added, and viewed, on the Bike Builder site. The Customer can then print out a description of their bike and bring it to a Harley-Davidson Retailer where they can review the motorcycle with trained staff, select additional accessories to be installed by the Retailer to further customize the motorcycle, and then place an order. Customers can expect to be riding their new bike in as little as four weeks from the time an order is placed with an authorized Harley-Davidson Retailer.

All 2012 Sportster models will have Michelin Scorcher tires with a tread pattern designed, tested and styled specifically for the Sportster motorcycle to provide an ideal grip, an even wear and a longer life. Fifteen Sportster paint options include seven new colour choices for 2012. Side covers will be finished in either Gloss Black or Denim Black to match the finish on other bodywork. The Forty-Eight model will have a new tank graphic.

2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster Models

· SuperLow
· Iron 883
· Sportster 1200 Custom
· Nightster
· Forty-Eight
· XR1200X

2012 Touring Models: The Legend Rolls On

For 2012, all eight Harley-Davidson Touring models are powered by a Twin Cam 103 engine with Automatic Compression Release and an integrated oil cooler. Producing 102 ft. lbs. of peak torque at 3500 rpm, the Twin Cam 103 engine provides an outstanding performance around town and on the open road. All Touring models also feature the 6-Speed Cruise Drive transmission, 41.3 mm telescopic front forks, air-adjustable rear shocks and Isolated Drive System for smooth power delivery. The Harley-Davidson Touring chassis has a single-spar, rigid-backbone frame and two-piece swingarm designed to deliver responsive manoeuvrability and long-haul durability. Chassis geometry and suspension are calibrated to deliver confident handling and comfort.

All Touring models except the Ultra Limited will offer a new “tubeless” Chrome Lace Aluminium Wheel option for ease of tire replacement and repair. Six new colours or colour combinations are among the 12 paint options offered within the 2012 Touring model line.

2012 Harley-Davidson Touring Models

· Road King
· Road King Classic
· Electra Glide Classic
· Ultra Classic Electra Glide
· Electra Glide Ultra Limited
· Street Glide
· Road Glide Custom
· Road Glide Ultra

2012 Trike Models: Three Wheelin’

The 2012 Tri Glide Ultra Classic motorcycle brings original-equipment design, quality and service to the three-wheel motorcycle segment, based on chassis structure and geometry engineered specifically to handle the loads generated by the steering forces and weight of a three-wheel vehicle. With a deluxe Tour-Pak carrier and integrated trunk, a four-speaker/80-watt Harman/Kardon Advanced Audio System, electronic cruise control and electric reverse drive, the Tri Glide Ultra Classic motorcycle inspires confidence, passion and independence in any riding situation. The Tri Glide Ultra Classic motorcycle will be available in three colour combinations: Vivid Black, Big Blue Pearl/Vivid Black or Ember Red Sunglo/Merlot Sunglo.


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A (long!) description of upcoming suspension technology from BMW

BMW has been using advanced suspension technology in their motorcycles for quite some time now and they say that the evolution of their ESA II system is Dynamic Damping Control DDC. Dynamic Damping Control will be introduced to the first BMW Motorrad series motorcycles in the near future.

Here's the press release for full details:

Making motorcycles better, safer, and more fun to ride with innovative developments has been one of the BMW Motorrad core competences for decades. As the leader in this technology, BMW Motorrad presents new solutions in quick succession that usually soon become indispensable in series motorcycles. Now a new step in development is in the offing: the semiactive suspension control system Dynamic Damping Control (DDC).

BMW Motorrad – competence in suspension innovations and control systems.

As early as 1986, BMW Motorrad achieved a milestone in suspension technology by launching the Paralever swingarm, an innovation that considerably improved rear suspension and the transfer of forces. In 1993, the freshly launched opposed twin “boxer” engine series was the first to be fitted as standard with a front suspension system that operated independently of the rear known as Telelever. Yet another revolutionary step in suspension technology was taken in 2005, when the Duolever offering extreme torsional rigidity for the front wheel was launched.

Bikers were also able to benefit early from pioneering innovations in drive control. In 1988, with the launch of ABS in the BMW K1, BMW Motorrad presented the first antilock brake system to be fitted as standard on motorcycles. Since 2007, the automatic stability control system ASC has been preventing the rear wheel from spinning out of control. In 2009 there followed Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) which also analyses the vehicle's inclination, a first on a series production motorcycle.

And BMW Motorrad has always been that one step ahead in suspension control systems as well. 2004 saw the advent of ESA, the electronic suspension adjustment system, which allowed the rider to adjust suspension elements at the push of a button – also a first on series production motorcycles. In 2009, the successor system ESA II went a step further and was the first to provide spring rate variation.

The next logical step – semiactive suspension control.

The next logical step in the development of suspension and control systems is taking concrete shape. The next stage of evolution in this field is the automatic adjustment of suspension elements to diverse operating conditions like varying road surfaces or certain manoeuvres. BMW Motorrad achieves this through Dynamic Damping Control DDC.

Analogous technologies have been used with great success in BMW automobiles, for instance the BMW M3 and BMW M5, for years now. This gives rise to valuable synergy effects for internal developments. The challenge: adapting the system to the requirements of motorcycle physics and integrating this in the relevant control systems.

The evolution: from ESA II to DDC.

BMW Motorrad announced the considerable progress it had made in adapting its systems to varying payload and road surfaces by launching ESA II, the new electronic suspension adjustment system. This lets the rider adjust the Duolever, Telelever, and Paralever damping properties as well as the rear wheel spring rate or its "tightness", all at the convenience of pressing a button. The characteristics the rider can select for suspension and damping provide a range of tuning and payload settings for all road conditions that is yet to meet its match. In conjunction with the three tuning variants "Comfort", "Normal", and "Sport", ESA II therefore opened up a new dimension of ride stability with the best response in all operating and payload configurations.


In this form, ESA II was the first electronic suspension tuning system worldwide to provide these configurations on motorcycles at all.

With the object of achieving even greater stability and safety in riding response, Dynamic Damping Control DDC goes a step further. DDC is a semiactive suspension system which reacts automatically to manoeuvres like braking, accelerating, and cornering on various road surfaces and analyses the situational parameters provided by sensors to set the correct level of damping at electrically actuated proportional damping valves.

DDC is linked to the traction control system DTC and ABS via the CAN bus. The system recognises the control activities by the other systems and adapts the damping as the situation requires. The adjustments to damping depend on whether the springs are compressing or rebounding, with each process being controlled separately.

The damping is adjusted at an electrically actuated, proportional damping valve that features a variable ring gap and therefore variable flow cross section for the damper oil. The inversely proportional adjustment to flow rate and pressure gives rise to a change in damping force within milliseconds to adapt to new conditions.

Unlike ESA II, the dynamic damping control system DDC does not make use of characteristic curves, but characteristic maps that provide the optimal damper tuning within a defined range. Selected at the press of a button, three characteristic maps for the basic configurations "Comfort", "Normal", and "Sport" let the rider realise his own wishes on this system too. As known from ESA II, the selected configuration is displayed in the instrument cluster. Analogously to ESA II, DDC also features variable spring rates.

The operating principle of DDC.

A number of examples quickly provide some insights into the advantages for certain riding situations. Before the rider sets off, activating the ignition first initiates the system check and the flow of information from the engine control, ABS control unit, sensor box (DTC), and the spring travel sensors to the DDC control unit. This appears on the display in the instrument panel.

When the motorcycle sets off, the valves in the front and rear dampers are actuated only marginally (supplied with power) when the speed exceeds a definable value. When the rider accelerates, e.g. when leaving the city limits, the valve in the rear strut is actuated more strongly owing to the changes in dynamic wheel load distribution and in the drive torque. Once the target speed has been reached, valve actuation drops back to its original level (less power supply than setting off). Information flows from the throttle grip via engine control to the DDC control unit, and from there to the damping valves.

When the rider takes a series of corners, both damping valves are actuated more strongly with increasing inclination – starting from the low power supply – until the vertex is reached. When the vehicle returns upright between two corners, the actuation of the two damping valves constantly drops to the original power level with decreasing inclination. When the motorcycle turns into the second corner, valve actuation again rises proportionally to the angle of inclination and again drops from the vertex value. Information flows from the sensor box (DTC) to the DDC control unit, and from there to the damping valves.

When the motorcycle brakes, e.g. at a rail crossing, the actuation of the front damping valve increases proportionally to the deceleration so that the damping forces and therefore riding stability increase as a result. In this case, Dynamic Damping Control DDC analyses both the dynamic phase of braking, until constant deceleration and wheel load distribution, and the subsequent static phase.

Once the adjusted speed has been reached (here for passing over the rail crossing), the power supply and therefore the actuation return to their original values. At the same time, information flows from the hand brake pump on the handlebar to the ABS, and from there via the DDC control unit to the valves.

When the motorcycle is passing over the rail crossing (here representing all types of uneven road surfaces), the valves in the front and rear dampers are actuated (powered) proportionally to the respective compression travel. In this case, information flows the front and rear spring travel sensors via the DDC control unit to the valves.

When the motorcycle is finally brought to a stop, the valves are first actuated as in the braking process described above. As soon as the motorcycle is stationary, the power to the valves and therefore their actuation are deactivated.

The benefits of the dynamic damping control system DDC are obvious.

Within the shortest of times the system evaluates a huge amount of information and selects the high precision suspension configuration best suited to the situation. This provides a considerable boost to active riding safety, operating comfort, and – not least of all – riding fun


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