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Zero Motorcycles expands dealership presence in Canada

Zero Motorcycles has announced its official expansion north with the launch of its new Canadian dealership program. Zero is naming its first nine dealers in Canada that have signed on to sell Zero’s vast product line-up at the retail level. The addition of traditional motorsports dealers in Canada furthers Zero's strategic efforts to give retail consumers hands-on access to see, feel and test ride all five models in Zero's 2011 line-up. Zero Motorcycles has selected nine of Canada's top motorsports dealers to carry its entire product line:

- Greater Vancouver Powersports (Surrey, British Columbia)
- All Season Motorsports (Calgary, Alberta)
- Mitchell Cycle (Mitchell, Ontario)
- Electric Motorcycles Windsor (Windsor, Ontario)
- Motorsport Newman (Pierrefonds, Québec)
- Equipements Les Chutes (Shawinigan, Québec)
- L'Ami Denis Sherbrooke (Sherbrooke, Québec)
- Duncan Motorsports (Duncan, British Columbia)
- Oakville Yamaha (Oakville, Ontario)

“Just as we have recognized the strong consumer demand for the Zero experience in a retail environment in the U.S., we know there are many Canadian enthusiasts who have long been awaiting the opportunity to test ride our products first-hand,” said John Lloyd, Vice President of Global Sales, Zero Motorcycles. “We are absolutely thrilled to have such strong new partners in Canada and we look forward to helping them succeed.”

On July 12, Zero announced the official launch of its U.S. dealership model. Zero is already seeing the success of its U.S. program with dealers quickly reporting in that bikes have been sold and interest is high. Zero announced eight new American retail locations spanning from California to Michigan. Zero will continue adding new powersports dealers in both the U.S. and Canada with numbers expected to reach 50+ by the end of the year. Those interested in buying or learning more about Zero Motorcycles’ new dealership locations can visit Zero’s web site for more details.

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BMW takes Canadian Superbike title

The radX/BMW Motorrad Canada Superbike Team has finished the 2011 season in spectacular fashion with young rider Brett McCormick taking the Canadian Superbike Championship title for radx/BMW, while six S 1000 RR riders finished in the top-ten of this highly-competitive series.

A dramatic victory at Mosport International Raceway on Saturday clinched the top spot for the 20-year-old from Saskatoon. He passed the Competition Systems Kawasaki Race Team Kawasaki ZX-10R of Jordan Szoke in the last turn for a 0.053-sec. victory.


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Misfortune for Husqvarna at the Gran Prix of Italy SuperMoto

It was not a lucky GP for Mauno Hermunen at Triscina (Sicily), for the fourth round of the Supermoto World Championship. In fact, the Finn rider after taking an encouraging third place in qualifying on Saturday, was targeted by misfortune in the Sunday races.

In the first race, when he was in sixth place, he crashed ending the race in eighth position. In the next heat Hermunen had a technical problem that forced him to retire. Therefore in the last race, Mauno had to start from the last row of the grid, and made a spectacular comeback that took him from 18th position to sixth.

In the provisional standings Hermunen now lies in fourth place with 212 points, 12 points behind Lazzarini that is in third. The next round of the championship will be held on September 25 in Portugal.

GOOD RESULTS IN THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS FROM HUSQVARNA RIDERS

After the summer break all the national championships are at full throttle and there were some good results from Husqvarna riders in Italy and Australia.

In the penultimate round of the Italian Motocross 125 championship, David Bonini on his Husqvarna CR125 took an excellent third place overall, thanks to a second and fourth place in the two heats.

In Australia, in the enduro championship, Bartoz Oblucki and Glen Kearney on the TE310, are respectively in second and third place in the provisional championship of the E2 class, behind Hollis. Damien Smith with the TE250 won both days in the Veteran class race.
 

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Yamaha at the final round of the Canadian MX Nationals

A video showcasing some of Yamaha's biggest moments from the final round of the Canadian MX Nationals



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Grand Finale of the Canadian Harley-Davidson XR1200 Series


CANADIAN HARLEY-DAVIDSON XR1200 CUP – ROUNDS 6 AND 7
Action-Packed Grand Finale in Mosport


BOWMANVILLE, Ontario (August 23, 2011) – Mosport International Raceway

Going into the CSBK-hosted final rounds of the 2011 Canadian Harley-Davidson XR1200 Cup Series, MotoSport Plus-sponsored Steve Crevier had a healthy lead in the points battle with a full 61-point lead on Cochrane, Alberta rider, Cody Matechuk, riding for Privateers Harley-Davidson of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Darren James sat solidly in third overall. 

Ruthless Racing Inc. rider, Darren James, who was sitting in fourth place in overall points, made his case known during Friday’s qualifying session with the day’s best lap time of 1:32.526 on the challenging 3.957-km Mosport circuit, earning his second pole position in a row. John Ross McRae had a brilliant outing with the second fastest time – only 0.098 of a second behind James – earning the Ruthless Racing Inc. rookie his first front row start in Saturday’s race. However, the stress of Friday’s qualifying took its toll on the transmission of James’ Big Twin engine, leaving the Ruthless Racing Inc. mechanics the arduous task of rebuilding the engine until four o’clock in the morning. They completed the job just hours before the XR1200 bike was to be rolled out to do battle in the penultimate race of the Harley-Davidson XR1200 Cup Series. 

With dark, menacing rain clouds rolling in, and after painfully long delays in the action, the XR1200 motorcycles were finally rolled to the grid for their race. When the start lights finally dimmed, Ruthless Racing Inc. support rider, Michael Barnes, from Boca Raton, Florida, jumped out to an early lead. But the race quickly became a four-rider freight train of Barnes, J.R. McRae, Steve Crevier, and Darren James all vying for the win. McRae backed up his great qualifying session, constantly jumping into the lead, only to lose the advantage again to the hard-charging Barnes. Crevier looked for a way to seal his championship right then and there and briefly held the lead, but with constant pressure from Barnes and McRae he opted to not take any unnecessary chances of throwing it all away. The four lead riders continued their battle with Sherbrooke Harley-Davidson rider, Samuel Proulx, making up the gap. Behind him, a war was also being waged between Chris Harmon, racing for Vision Harley-Davidson, Cody Matechuk, racing under the umbrella of Privateers Harley-Davidson, guest rider, Oliver Jervis, racing on the Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada media bike, and Elie Daccache, supported by Harley-Davidson de L’Outaouais. When the chequered fabric was aired out at the end of the 14‑lap final, it was Michael Barnes who dominated the race with a narrow margin of victory. J.R. McRae had another great ride to finish second – his first podium finish of the season. Darren James held on to the final step of the podium, while Steve Crevier chased the leaders to the flag with a richly deserved fourth place, earning him the inaugural #1 plate for the Canadian Harley-Davidson XR1200 Cup Series Championship, which was awarded to Crevier in person by none other than motorcycle racing patron, Don James, Chairman & CEO of Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada.

Crevier commented after the race, “Those guys were getting away from me a little bit on the back straight and I decided that racing with them was getting a little too risky, so I stayed out of it a bit so I could win this championship.” He added, “I just have to thank MotoSport Plus of Kingston and Pete Snell, my mechanic, because if it wasn’t for their help I wouldn’t be here right now.” With his great showing, J.R. McRae won the “Performance Under Gear Performer of the Race” Award.

With the new champion already crowned, Sunday’s race was just for bragging rights, and for a race that could have been lacklustre it was anything but uneventful. Once again, just as in the previous day, four riders took an early check-out on the field and waged a war for the appreciative Mosport fans. In what turned out to be one of the most exciting races of the weekend, Barnes and Crevier left nothing on the table and all four lead riders were in the 1:31 lap times with only 0.2 of a second separating them. This time, Crevier, sporting his new #1 plate, was not playing it safe and was challenged for the lead at every turn, occasionally getting in front of the four-rider battle. On the final lap, Barnes seemed to have it all sowed up, but in the treacherous last turn, corner 10, Crevier made a daring pass up the inside of Barnes to win the drag race at the finish line, relegating the US rider to runner-up status. Darren James again took the final step of the podium with Samuel Proulx in a hard-earned fourth. Cody Matechuk finished in fifth, just ahead of Elie Daccache, with J.R. McRae falling back in the later stages of the race to finish in seventh.

The best-of-the-best Canadian racers will be competing in the upcoming AMA Pro’s Vance & Hines XR1200 event at the Red Bull Indy GP in Indianapolis, Indiana, on August 27 and 28.


Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada would like to take this opportunity to thank the racers and their teams, the Harley-Davidson Retailers supporting them, the many sponsors involved, as well as all of the enthusiasts across Canada who have helped make the new Canadian Harley-Davidson XR1200 Cup Series an extraordinary experience for all involved. 

Final point standings for the 2011 Canadian Harley-Davidson XR1200 Cup Series can be found on www.csbk.ca.



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RJ Marnoch earns a ‘Yamaha Factory Ride!’


A month before the Parts Canada Walton TransCan, Yamaha Motor Canada announced a brand new award to the event: a Yamaha Factory Ride, which includes a 2012 YZ of the rider’s choice plus a $2500 parts and accessories credit. It would be awarded to the amateur Yamaha rider who scored the most points in their respective classes. After crunching the numbers, it was Coldwater, Ontario’s RJ Marnoch who topped the chart! We caught up with Marnoch shortly after his big results at Canada’s ‘Biggest Dance.’

Hello RJ, congratulations on winning the ‘Yamaha Factory Ride’ award at this year’s Walton TransCan!
RJ Marnoch: Thank you.

How many times have you raced the TransCan?
About 5 years now.

Is this your best year as far as results go?
Yeah, definitely.

What clicked for you this year at Walton?
Riding the big bike, my YZ250F, helped me out a lot. I’m a little too big for an 85cc, and I feel more comfortable on the 4-stroke.

You raced a 125 2-stroke in the Schoolboy, and a 250F in MX2 Junior. What’s the biggest difference for you between the two bikes?
Probably my corner speed; it’s way easier to roll-on the throttle on the 250F compared to the 125. I only got onto my 250F a few weeks ago, and now I’m wishing I had of been on one sooner.

You’ve had great results all summer. Are you the type of person who sets goals, or do you just go out, ride and let the results come?
I just go into it with my head held high, try my best and take it moto by moto.

Regarding the ‘Yamaha Factory Ride,’ which includes a 2012 YZ of your choice and a $2500 parts and accessories credit, have you given much thought to which bike you’ll choose?
Probably another 250F.

How did you get into motocross, RJ?
I started riding when I was 4 years old, when my parents got me a dirt bike for my birthday. A friend down the street was into racing, he was friends with my dad, and we started going with them to the races. We just kept getting a little more serious every year. I’ve been on Yamaha’s since I started racing 80s.

Do you have a certain type of track that you prefer, or that you’re riding style suits best?
I like loam with lots of jumps.

Oh really, so Walton probably isn’t your favourite track but you still won!
Yeah, not really but it’s still a good track to ride. I like Sand Del Lee, and down in the states Area 51 is pretty fun.

Aside from racing, any other hobbies or interests?
I ski in the winter and race in the summer. That’s about it.

I know your dad, Roddy, is very supportive and enthusiastic about racing, and you have many other people helping you out. Who do you want to thank for helping you in 2011?
My whole family, Stouffville Toyota, DMX, Renegade Fuels, Fox Shox, Progressive Lighting, Lime Nine graphics, and everyone else.

Yamaha is planning to bring back the ‘Yamaha Factory Ride’ award to the TransCan and other amateur events in 2012. So keep your results up next year and you could win another Factory Ride!
That’s awesome, thanks!

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radX/BMW Motorrad Canada Superbike Team finishes 2011 season in spectacular fashion

The August 20/21 weekend marked history for the BMW Motorrad Canada Superbike team, with Brett McCormick earning BMW the Parts Canada Superbike Championship crown on Saturday, while Matt McBride, Francis Martin and Andrew Nelson rode their privately-enterd BMW S1000RRs to podium finishes during the doubleheader weekend concluding the 2011 CSBK series.

McCormick’s BMW factory teammate, Michael Ferreira, led Sunday’s final round race early on however a flat front tire caused him to crash entering turn 5. Unhurt, Ferreira remounted and managed to bring his radX/BMW home in 5th place. Hot on the heels of the podium finishers, Andrew Nelson rode to a 4th-place finish on Sunday after completing the podium in 3rd the previous day on his privately-entered BMW S1000RR, while McCormick’s BMW factory teammate Mike Ferreira rounded up the BMW onslaught right behind him in 5th-place.

The overall CSBK Championship results also reverberated with the largest roster of BMW top-ten finishes in the history of the series, all on S1000RRs:

1st - Brett McCormick
3rd – Andrew Nelson
4th – Mike Ferreira
7th – Francis Martin
9th – Matt McBride
10th – Rob Busby

BMW Motorrad Canada was also honoured with the Canadian Superbike Championship “Team of the Year” award, sponsored by Inside Motorcycles.

With a near-perfect season, winning every race in the series except the final, Brett McCormick battled furiously with his series rival Jordan Szoke throughout the CSBK schedule to secure the well-earned win and provide spectators with one of the mostly hotly-contested series to date.

Having set a new lap record of 1 minute 20.8 seconds on Friday, McCormick, continued his assault on Sunday, finally challenging the ultimate race winner Jordan Szoke for the lead entering the first corner of the final lap, but unfortunately crashing in the process.

Chris Duff, Marketing and race team manager for BMW Motorrad Canada summed up the feelings of the radX/BMW Motorrad Canada Superbike Team on the season’s results, stating “ our primary goal was to win the championship this year because we knew we had the package to do it, however winning six straight races was an unexpected bonus and a testament to the amazing capabilities of the BMW S1000RR."
BMW Motorrad Canada would like to recognize the following sponsors for their support and contribution to the success of this year’s racing program:

- High Fidelity HDTV - radX
- MOTOREX Oil of Switzerland
- DP Brakes
- Joe Rocket Canada
- Hotbodies
- Acceleration Racing
- Hindle Exhausts
- Pirelli
- Original BMW Parts

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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Ural - Sales UP and new Canadian Dealers named

Ural sales are way up this year - up 42% for the first half of the year! Turns out retro sidecar motorcycles are a hit around the world.  What's not to like really?

Ural have also announced a few new dealers across Canada. Here's three - in no particular order:


BRITISH COLUMBIA

SWM Adventure Motorsports
3041 Lakha Road
Kelowna, BC V1X 7W1
(250) 807-2697
ural1@live.ca
www.swmadventure.com/

NEWFOUNDLAND

Mile 1 Recreation
12 Allston Street
Mt. Pearl, NL A1N 0A4
(709) 364-9051
parts@mile1rec.com
www.mile1rec.com

QUEBEC

NOR-SPORT
25 Boul Des Hauteurs
St. Jerome, QC J7Y1R1
(450) 436-2070
mlemieux@nor-sport.com
www.nor-sport.com


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World Enduro Canada presents: Saturday, August 27, 2011

Round one of the Wiesner Insurance Ontario Cross Country Championships Fall Series is fast approaching and the Gopher Dunes facility is preparing for a race like none other. This is being billed as a shootout between the top racers in Ontario Off-Road and the local Pro Motocross contingent. With the full 1.7 kilometre National MX course used mixed with 10+ kms of fast woods trails along with manufactured obstacles, it is hard to say which group will really have the advantage. What we can say is that the winners at this event will definitely be the fastest of the fast. As such, we will be awarding a free entry to the Ontario Round of the Canadian Enduro Championship ($100 value) to the winner of each adult class. The Ontario CEC will take place at Motopark in Chatsworth, Ontario September 17th and 18th.

Motocross racers need not be intimidated by the course design. Due to the layout of this specific facility, no “special off-road” equipment like hand guards, skid plates, etc will be needed. Your bike is good to go as prepared for any local MX race.

For those off-road racers unfamiliar with this great facility, sand is the name of the game here. There will be none of the old school, single file first and second gear trails here and there’s lots of passing opportunities.

Expect a professional facility with all amenities. Camping is allowed Friday night at a cost of $20. parking the day of the event is $5 per car. Food will be on site for those burning calories and the Pro Shop will be open for those who forgot that extra pair of goggles or would like to switch to a better tire.

We welcome our friends at Thames Valley Riders and hope to see a number at the top of the podium in the various classes including those Pee Wee, Mini Junior and Mini Senior racers.

RACE LICENSES ACCEPTED:
WEC CROSS COUNTRY, CMRC MOTOCROSS, TVR MOTOCROSS

YOUTH and Pee Wee
Sign in 7:00am to 8:00am
Race 8:30am to 9:30am 1 hour Race time 30 minutes for Pee Wee

BEGINNER, JUNIOR, WOMEN, VET JUNIOR, VET SENIOR, SUPER SENIOR
Sign in 7:00am to 9:30am
Race 10:00am to 12:00 pm 2 hour Race time

VET MASTER, INTERMEDIATE, PRO
Sign in 7:00am to 12:00pm
Race 12:30pm to 3:00pm 2.5 hour Race time

TRANSPONDER SCORING IN EFFECT
A Transponder must be purchased $40 ($20 gift certificate at Rocher Sales, Stratford and Apex Cycle, Waterloo to offset the cost) or can be rented ($40 deposit and $20 returned when unit is handed in)

ENTRY FEES
YOUTH $25
ALL OTHER CLASSES $45
PRIZES: 50% PRO Payback -Trophies in all other classes

Remember:

- The Wiesner Insurance $100 Pro Holeshot Award
- The Wiesner Insurance Fastest Lap Award
- The KTM Canada $100 Amateur Holeshot Award


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16th Canadian National H.O.G. Rally - Thunder in the Valley


It is that time of the year again, when Harley-Davidson motorcycle enthusiasts congregate for the annual Canadian National H.O.G. Rally. 2011 marks the 16th anniversary of this iconic get-together, which attracts Harley-Davidson owners from near and far.

The 16th Canadian National H.O.G. Rally will take place from August 25 to 27, and will be defined by the startling and breathtaking views offered by the surroundings of Kamloops, British Columbia. Gina McNeil, Manager, Enthusiast Services, comments, “The location is stunning, and will most certainly provide a great reason for participants to ride to the Rally destination. Our focus this year has been to identify a setting which allows for great riding, giving our participating H.O.G. members the chance to pursue their passion for the open road [while] surrounded by friends; so I really look forward to welcoming our members in Kamloops.” H.O.G. Canada is hosting this event as a “thank you” to their most loyal and devoted Customers – the H.O.G. members who share a common passion for their Harley-Davidson motorcycles. 

The highlight of the Rally activities will be the parade. With an expected 1,200 motorcycles riding through Kamloops, spectators will get the chance to view the impressive line-up of Harley-Davidson motorcycles as they rumble past. The parade departs at 10:30 am on Saturday, August 27, from McArthur Island Park and travels along Tranquille Road, over Overlander Bridge, and loops back around Thompson Rivers University, which provides the best viewing spot for spectators. At 11:15 am, the parade returns to McArthur Island Park, where the public is welcome to watch the motorcycle field games. 

In addition, returning H.O.G. member favourites will include Biker Bingo, field games, and the impressive Show ‘N Shine, where enthusiasts show off their most prized possessions to an official jury, and compete for the top prize in their motorcycle class. The Show ‘N Shine event will take place at 11:00 am on August 26 at the Kamloops Towne Lodge, and will feature the best customized motorcycles at the Rally; categories will include Antique, Three-Wheeled, and Pro Custom. The general public will also have the opportunity to get involved by voting for the People’s Choice Award. On Friday, August 26, the local authorized Harley-Davidson Retailer, Kamloops Harley-Davidson, will host a party with a fantastic entertainment line-up featuring Trooper and Throttle Caster, as well as a live fashion show.

The 16th Canadian National H.O.G. Rally will come to a close on the evening of Saturday, August 27, with an 1,800-person dinner, including entertainment featuring the Younguns and the Jimmy LeGuilloux Band. On the following day, anyone with a valid motorcycle licence and the appropriate riding gear can test ride the new 2012 Harley-Davidson models for free at Kamloops Harley-Davidson, where the Test Our Metal truck will be stationed. 


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Claudio Castiglioni dies at age 64

Claudio Castiglioni—president of MV Agusta died Wednesday (Aug 17th) at a clinic in Varese after a long battle with cancer.

It's a huge blow to the motorcycle community as he was a talented designer and entrepreneur. Over the years he's owned or been part owner in a series of high profile brands - MV Agusta, Ducati, Moto Morini, and Husqvarna

According to an MV Agusta Press Release:

Claudio Castiglioni has given us some of the most important motorcycles ever built, personifying performance,elegance and style: Cagiva Elefant and Mito, Ducati 916 and Monster as well as the MV Agusta F4 and Brutale.Finally, the President crafted the latest jewels in every detail, a testament to his insatiable passion formotorcycles: the MV Agusta F3 and Brutale 675.

For the past year, the President has left the guidance of MV Agusta to his son Giovanni, who has been by hisside during many of the battles that have formed the story of the manufacture in Varese. These challenges, dayafter day, constructed and invisible fabric that was so well woven by this truly unique person and businessman.Giovanni, with the same passion and tenacity as his father, from this day forth will continue to create what Claudio Castiglioni described as “the most beautiful motorcycles in the world

The funeral will take place Friday August 19th at 14:00 in the Church of the Brunella in via Crispi, Varese(Italy)


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Erik Buell Racing - EBR Nation Part 3

Erik Buell Racing has another installment of its "EBR Nation" video series.  Part three of the YouTube series focuses on EBR’s “Made in America” status. 

While that might not be a selling feature for many - Erik Buell Racing is clearly betting that this marketing pitch will resonate with some. For me - it's a cool feature to have a North American built and designed bike but it's still got to be exciting and appealing and be right up there with the best of what other nations are producing.  The EBR 1190RS seems to have those traits so the "Made in America" stuff is just a bonus to me.




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Ducati IPO in the works?

Several online sources are reporting that Ducati - currently owned by a private equity group called Investindustrial - is thinking about once again offering up Ducati shares for purchase. The shares would be listed on the Hong Kong stock market.

If the IPO were to happen, it's said that early 2012 would be the target time frame.

It won't be Ducati's first experiment as a publically offered company - Ducati was a public company in 1999 but it ended up being short lived.  Investindustrial bought out previous owner in 2006. A return to profitability of Ducati in 2008 seemed closely timed with a return to Italian ownership.

Ducati has been on a bit of a positive trend the past few years - will taking the company public see a continuation or acceleration of that upward trend?

We'll see!

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Canadian Enduro Championship - free entry for top amateurs

World Enduro Canada, in co-operation with the CMRC, is pleased to announce that this weekend's Walton Trans Can the top three racers in each amateur class (who run full sized bikes - 125cc or more) will be recieving a FREE ENTRY to the Ontario round of the Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship being held at Motopark in Chatsworth on Sept 17 & 18. A $100 value.

The Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship runs a format that is very friendly to MX riders who have never ridden an enduro event. It is a two day event with each day scored seperately. Riders do not require timekeeping equipment, license plates or insurance. In addition CMRC racing licenses are accepted at all World Enduro Canada events. The events are electronically scored with transponders (available for rent or purchase at sign in).

The course will consist of approx 20 km of trail, including the full MX track. Riders will run 3 or 4 loops, depending on thier class, with a short break in between each loop with about 5 hours of seat time each day.

For more information please visit our site www.worldendurocanada.com

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Harley-Davidson Canada and Dirt Track Racing - Don Taylor wins again


Don Taylor rode his Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada-sponsored Harley-Davidson XR750 dirt track motorcycle to victory in the 22nd running of the Canadian Motorcycle Association’s “Norm Carr Classic” half-mile dirt track race, held at the Quinte Exhibition Raceway in Belleville, Ontario. The race was round nine of a twelve-round schedule.

Taylor scored a runaway win as he used the tractable power of the XR race bike in the deep-cushion, well-prepped track, taking the bike high into the corners, right near the hay bales, before power sliding onto the racing line. The capacity crowd erupted in cheers at each lap, as Taylor passed the stands, and they gave him a huge post-race ovation. “These are the best fans anywhere,” the six-time champ enthused after the race. “Every time we come here they just blow us away,” he commented fondly. 

For Taylor, it was sweet revenge, as during last year’s Belleville race his gas tank ruptured during the National Championship Race and slowed his charge. In that race, Taylor was second to Doug Lawrence on the American Harley-Davidson entry. This year’s victory gives Taylor a 38-point lead in the standings, with three races left on the schedule. He next sees action at the Niagara Raceway short track on September 10. The Series then makes its second stop of the year in Leamington on September 17, for the half-mile race, and September 18, for the Wheatley short track.

 If Taylor captures the nation’s most coveted dirt track prize – the number one plate – it will be his seventh. He won six consecutive number one plates from 2004 through 2009, and was forced to forfeit his plate when his season was interrupted due to injury last year. “I really wanted to win this one; this one was very important to me. I’m not out of the woods yet as far as the championship goes. Chris Evans [second in points] is having a great year, and there [are] three races left. I’m just taking it one race at a time, and with one of those on the half-mile, where I can use the XR, I think we have a pretty good chance. The bottom line is: I want my plate back.”
 

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BMW Motorrad Summerfest - COMING SOON!


It's that time of year again when fans of BMW motorcycles gather for BMW Motorrad Summerfest. Taking place August 19th – 21st, 2011 at Mosport International Raceway - it's THE place to be if you're a BMW enthusiast. There's going to be racing, demo rides, skills challenges, rider equipment, free concerts, camping, and more.  

Motorcycling enthusiasts from all over will gather at BMW Motorrad Summerfest, from August 19th – 21st, 2011 at Mosport International Raceway. There’s always a fantastic atmosphere – with a party on Saturday evening featuring live music by a selection of Canadian talent, many new things to see plus getting together with old friends – there’s always a lot to talk about. Popular events this year include great off-road and on-road demo rides, rider training courtesy of Sécurité Active, and the fast–paced race action in the Parts Canada Superbike Championship.

Come for the day or stay for the weekend. Choose from on-site camping, RVing, or off-site B&B and hotel accommodations to ensure your BMW Motorrad Summerfest weekend gears up the way you want. Don’t forget the BMW Marketplace too, with product demos, service specials, parts and accessories and branded apparel – this is where you’ll find it and more!


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WEC announces free entries at the Ontario Motopark CEC Presented by CORE

Anyone who is tuned in to off-road motorcycle racing in Canada knows that the biggest show in the country is coming to Motopark in Chatsworth, Ontario on September 17th and 18th. The Motopark Ontario CEC Presented by CORE is rounds 7 and 8 of the Canadian Enduro Championship as well as rounds 3 and 4 of the Eastern Canadian Enduro Championship.

With all the best riders from across Canada descending on Motopark this fall, WEC wants to make sure the fastest riders from Ontario are there to defend our soil against the highly talented racers from the BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec and New Brunswick. Even some of the hot shots from the US will be there vying for Championship honours. With this in mind WEC is awarding a free entry ($100 value) to all Spring Series Champions of the Wiesner Insurance Ontario Cross Country Championship. In addition to this, the same free entry will be awarded to the winners of every class of the opening round of the Fall Series at Gopher Dunes.

The Wiesner Insurance Ontario Cross Country Championships are specifically designed to create fast riders. Everything from course design, length, venues, class structure and class advancement formula are specifically designed to make our fast riders even faster.

As a reminder, The Eastern Canadian Enduro Championship is comprised of two rounds in Labelle Quebec, September 10th and 11th and the two Ontario rounds at Motopark making a four event series. Championships are awarded in all Amateur classes (Pros are required to compete in all 8 rounds as the Canadian Championship). Amateur classes run the same course as the Pros with a couple of modifications; easier line in the Extreme Test, fewer laps / shorter distance, and a longer “hour out” period. These important changes allow the courses to be ridable by all abilities.

For those looking to enter a Canadian Championship Enduro for the first time it should be made clear that there are no confusing or cost prohibitive barriers like “old school” enduros. There is no driver’s license required as all events are 100% closed course, no license plate required (green plate or blue plate), no insurance required on the competition machine and lastly no complicated rules and timekeeping. Motocross racers or Cross Country racers will have no problem competing in this rider friendly format.

Riders awarded free entry at the Motopark Ontario CEC Presented by CORE:

Brian Wojnarowski
Matt McCarthy
Tyler Bennett
Jason Brunning
Paul Lachance
Al Strong
Jeff Klassen
Jeff Golden
Rose Lantaigne

Congratulations riders! Let’s see who will be added to this list after Gopher Dunes.

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Canadian Harley-Davidson XR1200 Cup builds up momentum


Atlantic Motorsports Park

Ruthless Racing Inc. rider, Darren James, was ecstatic after winning his first pole position of the season. Not because of the achievement of besting Steve Crevier, but more for the pride of meeting his commitment to crew chief, Dave Murphy. “I told Dave I was gonna get him a watch,” (the Tactical Products Canada Luminox watch for winning the pole position in Saturday’s qualifying session). “Dave has been with me for 11 years now, and the team has had such a tough time; I think he really deserves this,” James added.

Series leader and MotoSport Plus of Kingston rider, Steve Crevier, qualified for second position, only 0.201 of a second behind James, with Privateers Harley-Davidson-sponsored Cody Matechuk a close third.

Sunday morning was welcomed by slate grey skies, but the mood in the Shubenacadie paddock could not have been brighter. The stage was set for the final, and Ruthless Racing Inc. rider, Darren James, could not have been happier. He had not only set the track record in the Harley-Davidson XR1200 Cup, but he had also managed to place his Buell 1125R bike onto the Pirelli Tire Superpole in the Superbike Class, a first in his years of trying.

As the day progressed, the skies cleared, and the big Harley-Davidson XR1200 motorcycles were staged for the final on the challenging 2,560-km Atlantic Motorsports Park track. With the start lights darkened, Crevier and Matechuk had shot off, jostling for position going into the first corner with Crevier gaining a slight advantage. James was hot on their heels with J. R. McRae, Chris Harmon, and Samuel Proulx in a three-way battle behind the lead trio.

Crevier held on to a narrow margin in the lead, and Matechuk hounded the veteran at every corner; showing him a wheel at every turn. James continued his solid run in third, and had the best seat in the house to watch the battle in front of him. Behind them, a long train of Harley-Davidson XR1200 bikes had their own war.

By lap five of the 16-lap event, Vision Harley-Davidson rider, Chris Harmon, jumped ahead of McRae and Sherbrooke Harley-Davidson rider, Samuel Proulx.

The battle for the lead waged on for another six laps, with Crevier and Matechuk banging through the corners, until Matechuk’s race came to a sputtering halt as he pulled the Harley® bike to the side of the track, the victim of an electrical problem. With Matechuk out, Crevier romped to the win with James taking second and Chris Harmon finishing a brilliant ride to take third. Samuel Proulx managed to hold off Ruthless Racing Inc. rider, J.R. McRae, for the fourth spot, while Trev Deeley Motorcycles-sponsored Ov Spilbourghs took sixth. With his podium finish, Chris Harmon was the winner of the Performance Under Gear Performer of the Race Award.

After the race, Crevier commented, “I have to thank Pete Snell for all his hard work to make this happen, I don’t let him out from under that canopy all weekend, and he just works so hard to keep me going.” He added, “I made a bit of a rookie mistake on the start line [by] leaving my visor up, but I wasn’t letting go of the handlebars for nothing.”

With this win, Crevier holds a solid 21-point advantage over Matechuk: 208 points to 187.

The next round of the Harley-Davidson XR1200 Cup will be a doubleheader weekend. This final contest of the season will be held at the Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ontario, on August 20 and 21.

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Zero Motorcycles to offer financing

Zero Motorcycles announced new consumer financing options are now available for the entire 2011 Zero Motorcycles line-up. With its newly established and expanding dealership sales network, Zero Motorcycles now offers financing at the retail level, making a Zero purchase quick, easy and affordable. Zero has partnered with netLoan Funding, an online financing lenders aggregator, to allow new customers an affordable way to buy a Zero Motorcycle.

“As part of our transition in becoming a more accessible motorcycle company, Zero is thrilled to now offer consumer financing,” said John Lloyd, VP of Global Sales, Zero Motorcycles. “In addition to working with local dealerships where interested buyers can come and kick the tires, it’s easier than ever before to test ride a Zero and take it home on the same day.”

netLoan Funding allows consumers to have the purchasing power they need with convenient low minimum monthly payments. By bringing together a diverse group of lenders to provide consumers with a wide variety of online financing options, netLoan Funding is assisting interested consumers in becoming Zero Motorcycles owners today. With netLoan, new buyers can take home a Zero X for as little as $136 a month. In addition to a variety of tax incentives available with purchase, Zero Motorcycles are now more available to consumers everywhere.

For more details on financing options, visit your local Zero Motorcycles dealership today. Financing options will vary by state and dealership. Financing options are available on all new 2011 Zero Motorcycles, including the Zero S, Zero DS, Zero XU, Zero MX and Zero X.

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Simon Pavey in Duncan BC to offer two day “Advanced OffRoad Riding” course

Simon Pavey will again be joining Don Hatton and Duncan Motorsports to facilitate his world famous off road riding school.

Simon Pavey is well known in the Motorrad world. As Chief Instructor of UK’s Off-Road Skills training academy, the 43-year-old Australian has taught hundreds of motorcycle owners how to ride the dirt — including Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman in preparation for their Long Way Round voyage, and again in the movie "Race to Dakar".

This time Duncan Motorsports is offering Simon’s Offroad Riding School two day “Advanced Riding” course. Whilst the emphasis is not too technical or demanding, this course will certainly give you new skills to challenge you, with plenty of riding time. 

Designed for:

· Riders who want to improve their biking skills even further.
· Riders who want to tackle trails a little further off the beaten track.
· Riders who want to build their confidence on an adventure style bike.

Location: Duncan BC
Dates: September 10th and 11th, 2011
Cost: $450 for complete course!

The course is limited to 10 participants so sign up early!

To register for this exciting event contact Don Hatton don@duncanmotorports.co or contact him through Duncan Motorsports via telephone 250-746-7148

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


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Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of Test Our Metal

The prestige factor of the Harley-Davidson Brand as well as the grassroots approach that Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada has applied over the years have encouraged thousands of riders across the nation to test the iconic motorcycles through a successful demo program called “Test Our Metal”.

Launched in 1991, Test Our Metal has grown into its present-day format; a well-established and state-of-the-art program that allows motorcycle enthusiasts across Canada, who are new to the Brand, to acquire a taste of what the Harley-Davidson experience is all about – for free. The close to 30-minute escorted rides, on approximately 20 of the newest Harley-Davidson motorcycle models, also allow fans of the Brand to get a good feel of the novelties and progressive upgrades in technology that make these motorcycles stand out today as reliable and superior machines, with an unequivocally iconic design.

Experienced and knowledgeable staff ensure a safe and informative experience for riders of various skill levels. Authorized Harley-Davidson Retailers provide insight as to the most scenic routes available in the area, and assist on catering to individual needs. Customers can look up the dates of demo events that are hosted by the authorized Harley-Davidson Retailers nearest to them online at www.harleycanada.com.

To commemorate the demo program’s 20th Anniversary, John Ibbitson, the Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada Field Operations Coordinator who has spear-headed the demo program for the past seven years, has decided to celebrate his 40+ years of motorcycling experience by “testing his own metal” as one of the select few Canadians registered to participate in what is deemed to be the “world’s greatest endurance motorcycle challenge”: the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge, which is open to all riders of Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

Having made its debut in 2010, the 2011 Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge will task over 1,000 participants with an arduous endurance ride of over 10,000 miles. From the August 5 start in Mesa, Arizona, through the 48 contiguous states and two Canadian provinces the ride eventually ends on August 23 at the authorized Harley-Davidson Retailer, Ramsay’s Cycle & Sport, which is the designated final checkpoint.

To follow John Ibbitson’s blog about his adventures aboard his Harley-Davidson Road Glide Ultra motorcycle while on the Hoka Hey Challenge, you can visit our website at http://www.testourmetal.ca or our facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/harleycanada. John’s entry number is #640.


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Zero Motorcycles to serve as official ring sponsor 2011 Motorcycle Hall of Fame induction ceremony

Zero Motorcycles announced it will be the official ring sponsor of the 2011 Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The ceremony takes place on Friday, Nov.18th during the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Legends & Champions Weekend at the Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa in Las Vegas. Induction into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame is the highest award given to a member of the motorcycling community. Zero Motorcycles has taken an active roll over the past year in supporting the greater motorcycle industry at key events and its association with such a prestigious and historical gala, like the 2011 Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, is truly an honor for the company.

“The Motorcycle Hall of Fame has done a tremendous job elevating the stature and magnitude of the induction ceremony over the past few years. The event in Las Vegas is a first class affair. Any motorcyclist would be proud to attend and judging by the growing turnout each year many are. Zero is honored to have the opportunity to show its support for the Hall of Fame and the legends of the sport who so rightfully will be honored,” said Scot Harden, Vice President of Global Marketing, Zero Motorcycles.

This will be only the second year that inductees have been honored with a ring ceremony and as the official sponsor of the ring ceremony, Zero Motorcycles has made it possible for the Hall of Fame to present exceptional rings to the Class of 2011. The prestigious Motorcycle Hall of Fame ring is a symbol of the significant contributions made by an inductee to the sport, business and lifestyle of motorcycling. The gold ring, which was created exclusively for the Hall of Fame, bears the institution’s logo featuring the "Glory Days" design and the name of the inductee.

"It's wonderful to see that a company so focused on the future of motorcycling has chosen to honor the individuals who are responsible for our past by supporting the Motorcycle Hall of Fame," said Jeff Heininger, chairman of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, which raises money for the Hall of Fame. "As the sponsor of the Hall of Fame rings for this year's inductees, Zero will be an integral part of an event that has become a must-do on everyone’s motorcycling calendar." 

Class of 2011
 - Former Cycle magazine Managing Editor Phil Schilling
- Parts Unlimited Founder Fred Fox
- Roadracing Champion Doug Polen
- Motorcycle pioneer and builder Norbert Schickel
- Longtime motocross promoter Stu Peters

Hall of Fame Legends
 - Roadracing champion and team owner Kenny Roberts
- Motocross champion and team manager Roger DeCoster.

The gala ceremony, which takes place Friday evening, Nov. 18, at the Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa, is the first of three events occurring during the AMA Legends & Champions Weekend. Saturday, Nov. 19, features the Dave Mungenast Memorial Motorcycle Hall of Fame Concours d'Elegance bike show, and the end-of-year AMA Racing Championship Banquet rounds out the celebration on Nov. 20.

About the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation
Founded in 1990 by the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, the goal of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame is to tell the stories and preserve the history of motorcycling. Located on the campus of the American Motorcyclist Association in Pickerington, Ohio, the Hall of Fame's three major exhibition halls feature the machines and memorabilia of those who have contributed notably to the sport. The Motorcycle Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to motorcycling, including those known for their contributions to road riding, off-road riding and all categories of racing, as well as those who have excelled in business, history, design and engineering. More information can be found at http://www.motorcyclemuseum.org.


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BMW Motorrad /Husqvarna sales report

For all the riders interested in the financials and sales numbers for BMW and Husqvarna here's a bit of news for you:


Sales volume increase for Motorcycles segment in six-month period  
 
Second-quarter Motorcycles segment revenues increased by 2.5% to euro 450 million (2010: euro 439 million). As a result of the realignment of the Husqvarna Group, EBIT slipped to euro 47 million (2010: euro 54 million), while profit before tax also dipped to euro 47 million (2010: euro 53 million). The segment EBIT margin for the quarter was 10.4%. Sales of BMW and Husqvarna brand motorcycles totalled 39,061 units (2010: 39,195 units) and therefore almost reached the previous year’s level. 37,471 BMW motorcycles (2010: 36,175) and 1,590 Husqvarna motorcycles (2010: 3,020) were sold during the quarter.

Segment revenues for the six-month period rose by 7.2% to euro 847 million (2010: euro 790 million). The Motorcycles segment reports an EBIT for the period of euro 78 million (2010: euro 86 million) and a profit before tax of euro 77 million (2010: euro 83 million). The number of motorcycles sold in the first six months of the year increased by 3.9% to 64,110 units (2010: 61,674 units), comprising 60,580 (2010: 57,015) BMW brand and 3,530 (2010: 4,659) Husqvarna brand motorcycles.

In Canada - sales are off of last years' numbers. Last year it seemed we were reporting sales increases and record numbers every month so it shouldn't come as a big surprise that sales are down this year:

BMW Motorrad Canada reported sales of 180 units in July, a decrease of 20 per cent compared to July, 2010. The year-to-date figure for the brand is 1,168 units, a decrease of 18.6 per cent compared to the same period last year.

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Yamaha To Award “Factory Ride” Sponsorship to Top Finishing Amateur


Yamaha Motor Canada will offer a “Factory Ride” sponsorship to a deserving amateur Yamaha rider at the upcoming 2011 Parts Canada TransCan, Wiseco Amateur National Championships, August 16-20. The sponsorship award is in conjunction with the existing “Yamabucks For You” campaign that hands out Yamabuck gift certificates to the top three Yamaha’s in each class.

The “Factory Ride” sponsorship will go to the Yamaha rider who scores the most points in their respective classes. For their efforts, the rider will win the following for the 2012 race season:

- The use of a 2012 YZ of the rider’s choice
- A $2500 parts credit that can be used on parts, accessories, gear, oils and lubricants

“Amateur racing is the lifeblood of Canadian motocross. Obviously we cannot support every Yamaha rider in Canada but we’ve developed a couple programs to help our amateur riders with racing. Most notably with ‘Yamabucks for You’ and now the ‘Factory Ride’ sponsorship,” comments PR Specialist Bryan Hudgin. “Not only will the winner get the YZ of their choice, but with great accessory and gear partners like AXO, One Industries, FMF, Matrix and our own Yamalube and GYTR brands, they’ll get the holeshot on the 2012 race season.”

The Yamaha “Factory Ride” winner will be announced on Saturday evening at the awards presentation. If you place well on your Yamaha during the TransCan, be sure to check the overall results. You could be riding for the factory in 2012!

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BMW K1600GT wins best bike award

After three years of dominance by the Kawasaki Concours - BMW's K1600GT has taken the top spot in Cycle World's - Best Sport-Touring Bike award. With features such as integrated navigation system, adaptive headlight, ESA II inline-Six engine engine, and more - it makes riding distance as comfortable as possible while still offering sportbike like performance. 


The BMW K1600GTL takes the top spot in "Touring" taking the crown from Honda Goldwing.

With features that rival luxury cars while still offering the thrill and excitement that two wheels and a six cylinder engine can bring - the BMW doesn't come cheap but it's 11.2-second quarter-mile, sporty handling, electronically adjustable suspension and windshield, adaptive headlight that illuminates around corners, Bluetooth wireless capability, and detachable luggage will make parting with all that cash a little easier to take when you're on your next motorcycle vacation.
 

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BMW Motorrad USA recommends the Schuberth C3


BMW Motorrad USA recommends the Schuberth C3 as the helmet of choice for riders of the BMW K 1600 GT/L equipped with the BMW Audio System with Bluetooth connectivity.
BMW Riders certainly understand the connection to Schuberth and their innovative, German-engineered products. Now there is even more reason for BMW riders to couple that with the German helmet; the Schuberth C3 and C3W are the only helmets recommended by BMW Motorrad USA for use with the BMW Audio System with Bluetooth for the K 1600 GT/L and R 1200 RT.
The BMW Motorrad Communication System is comprised of a small controller with 3 buttons that attaches to the outside of the helmet. A microphone, battery pack, speakers and electronic controller (installed inside the helmet between the protective EPS liner and the helmet shell) complete the system.
The Schuberth C3 (and C3W for women) is the only helmet in which the BMW Motorrad Communication System can be installed without modification of the EPS liner or the shell. An independent testing facility has verified that the installed BMW Motorrad Communication System does not affect DOT compliance of C3 and C3W helmets.
The BMW Motorrad Communication System is proprietary to BMW products, so it is important for K1600GT/L and R1200RT owners to use this system for full functionality. Other Bluetooth communicators (like Schuberth's own SRC-System) will connect with the BMW Navigator and other components, but not interact fully with the on-board system. Customers should have the BMW Motorrad Communication System installed in the C3 or C3W by an authorized BMW dealer.

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Carlos Checa taks Ducati's 300th World Superbike Race Victory

Carlos Checa’s victory at Silverstone’s round 9 of the 2011 World Superbike series in the UK on Sunday protected his lead in the Riders’ championship, maintained Ducati’s advantage in the Manufacturers’ title and marked an incredible 300 race win milestone for the famous Italian motorcycle brand from Bologna.

Racing under Team Althea colors, Carlos Checa scored his 9th victory of 2011 aboard the Ducati 1198, underlining the Spaniard’s incredible form this year, the outstanding performance of his team and the continued competitiveness of Ducati’s iconic twin-cylinder production sport bike.
Checa now enjoys a confident 50 point lead over Max Biaggi for the World Championship, while Ducati lead the race for the Manufacturers’ title by 330 points.

Ducati’s historic achievement of 300 race wins in the World Superbike Championship started with victory for Marco Lucchinelli in the very first event at Donington Park, England in 1988 and continued as 25 more Ducati-mounted riders wrote themselves into the pages of motorcycle racing history. Riders such as Carl Fogarty, Doug Polen, Raymond Roche, Troy Corser, Giancarlo Falappa, Neil Hodgson, Piefrancesco Chili, Ben Bostrom, James Toseland, Noriyuki Haga and many others up until the legendary Troy Bayliss and latest World Championship leader, Carlos Checa.

To complete the impressive collection of statistics, those 300 victories also generated 155 Ducati pole positions, 753 podiums, 13 Rider’s and 16 Manufacturers’ World Championship titles.


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New 2012 Harley-Davidson V-Rod Line-up in Canada


Harley-Davidson Motor Company celebrates a decade of pavement-pounding performance with the V-Rod 10th Anniversary Edition motorcycle, one of three models in a 2012 V‑Rod line that also includes an updated Night Rod Special motorcycle and the V-Rod Muscle motorcycle. Introduced as a 2002 model, the original V-Rod motorcycle ushered in a new era of Harley-Davidson motorcycle performance. Its 1,130 cc 60-degree Revolution V-Twin engine was the first Harley-Davidson production engine equipped with overhead camshafts and liquid cooling, and it came with a high-winding 9,000 rpm redline. Inspired by drag racing bikes and monster-motor customs, the V-Rod motorcycle debuted with aluminium disc wheels, a raked out chassis, fast-back seat, and anodized aluminium bodywork – a new styling direction for Harley-Davidson.

In just ten years, the Harley-Davidson V-Rod family grew to include a number of new models. The V-Rod model went to the track as the basis for the 2007 Custom Vehicle Operations V-Rod Destroyer motorcycle, an eight-second Factory drag racer. It was also the inspiration for the Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle/Vance & Hines V-Rod motorcycle, a four-time world champion in Pro Stock Motorcycle professional drag racing. For 2012, Harley-Davidson V-Rod models continue to serve up explosive performance and urban-cool styling for riders seeking a singular power-cruiser experience.

All 2012 V-Rod models are powered by the latest version of the Revolution engine, a 1,250 cc liquid-cooled V-Twin with dual overhead camshafts, four-valve cylinder heads, and Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI). The powertrain is equipped with an Assist and Slip clutch, five-speed transmission, and a high-performance carbon fibre drive belt. The tires are Michelin Scorcher radials, including a 240 mm wide rear tire. Brembo triple-disc performance brakes are available with optional Factory-installed anti-lock braking system (ABS). ABS is part of the optional Security Package that also includes the Smart Security System with proximity-based, hands-free security fob.

Night Rod Special Motorcycle

Dark and sinister, the restyled Night Rod Special motorcycle has a suggested Canadian Retail price of $16,789 and features a new tapered tail section, lighter-weight wheels, and improved ergonomics with reduced reach to both the rider footpegs and the handlebar. Inverted front forks and retuned rear suspension enhance ride comfort and handling. This is a blacked-out, dead-on power cruiser that is at home in a back alley.

Key Night Rod Special Motorcycle Features
Rubber-mounted, liquid-cooled, 1,250 cc Revolution engine with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI); 125 hp at 8,250 rpm; 85 ft. lbs. of torque at 7,000 rpm.

· Straight-shot exhaust with brushed finish dual mufflers, black end caps, and exhaust shield.
· NEW Black, split five-spoke cast-aluminium wheels are three pounds lighter than previous wheels.
· NEW Tapered tail section with flush-mounted LED tail light.
· NEW Pullback handlebar places controls three inches closer to the rider and optimizes overall feel with a low, wide position.
· NEW Reduced reach, forward-mounted rider footpegs.
· NEW Inverted front forks.
· NEW Two-up seat with custom stitching.
· NEW Stylized black speed screen visor.
· NEW Slim design, centre-mounted licence plate.
· NEW Graphics options include Sedona Orange or Vivid Black with new perforated graphics on the side of the air box and tail section, and Denim Black with orange racing stripes.
· Black powder-coated engine with black covers.
· Blacked-out frame, handlebar, front fork, triple clamps, and covers.
· Sport front fender with painted brace supports.
· 240 mm wide rear tire.

V-Rod 10th Anniversary Edition Motorcycle

A tribute to the original V-Rod motorcycle that will be offered only in 2012, its Brilliant Silver Pearl bodywork with colour-matched frame is exclusive in the V-Rod line. Extra chrome and polished surfaces dazzle on the engine, exhaust, and speed screen. This special edition comes with a suggested Canadian Retail price of $17,559 and features all of the new additions made to the Night Rod Special motorcycle for 2012.

Key V-Rod 10th Anniversary Edition Motorcycle Features:

· Rubber-mounted, liquid-cooled, 1,250 cc Revolution engine with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI); 125 hp at 8,250 rpm; 85 ft. lbs. of torque at 7,000 rpm.
· NEW Straight-shot exhaust with dual, chrome slash-cut mufflers and chrome exhaust shield.
· NEW Split five-spoke cast-aluminium wheels with diamond cut highlights.
· NEW Pullback handlebar with polished finish.
· NEW Inverted front forks in silver and polished finishes.
· NEW Stylized, chrome speed screen visor.
· NEW Graphics include V-Rod 10th anniversary emblem.
· NEW Chrome powertrain with platinum crankcase and heads.
· 240 mm wide rear tire.

V-Rod Muscle Motorcycle

This power cruiser is a brawny beast for performance enthusiasts who crave power and control, with a dash of intimidation. Tagged with a suggested Canadian Retail price of $16,459, its styling features include a wide airbox cover, side cover air scoops, and dual exhaust in satin chrome with fat, turn-out mufflers. An abbreviated tail section and chopped rear fender expose the 240 mm wide rear tire. A deep seat holds the rider firmly in place against the thrust of the Revolution V-Twin engine.

Key V-Rod Muscle Motorcycle Features:

· Rubber-mounted, liquid-cooled, 1,250 cc Revolution engine with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI); 122 hp at 8,250 rpm; 86 ft. lbs. of torque at 6,500 rpm. Satin chrome dual exhaust with turn-out mufflers.
· NEW V-Rod 10th Anniversary emblem.
· Black, five-spoke cast-aluminium wheels.
· Sport front fender with black brace supports and blacked-out rear section.
· Polished aluminium handlebar with integrated riser.
· Polished forged-aluminium triple clamps.
· Chopped rear fender.
· Angular airbox with side covers.
· Colour-matched radiator shrouds.
· LED front turn signals integrated in the mirror stems.
· LED combined stop/tail/turn light integrated within the rear fender.
· 43 mm inverted front forks.
· Stylized rear shocks with black springs.
· Black frame.
· Deep, drag-style two-up seat.

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