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New models from KYMCO

Kymco has announced their 2012 Canadian lineup, and it includes four new scooters.

Kymco’s new 50cc offering is the Agility City 50 4T. The Agility City 50 4T is a good choice for any urban commute with its 16" wheels, under seat storage space, rear top case, and efficient 4 stroke KYMCO engine. The big wheel design offers a great road feel for confident riding while the low centre of gravity makes the scooter easy to maneuver around city streets. A built-in front storage box with 12V outlet provides added convenience and easy access to valuable items.

MSRP for the Agility City 50 4T is $2,495.
If you favour a more classic style, KYMCO's new 50cc four-stroke, the New Sento 50i might be for you.  Yes, the "New" is part of the name of the scooter so that capital is intentional.

The New Sento 50i combines old school styling with new school technology. Retro inspired design with a modern touch lets you zip across town in style with this small frame, easy to ride scooter. An environmentally friendly option, the New Sento 50i comes loaded with extra features such as a front LED positioning light, a built in open storage compartment under the front handlebar, redesigned gas tank, and fuel-injection for precise fuel delivery and great mileage. The long textured seat offers superior comfort, room for a passenger, and optimizes under seat storage space. Elegant, classic, and remarkably reliable.

MSRP for the New Sento 50i is $2,845 .


On the larger size of the spectrum there's two new scooters of interest from KYMCO; The New Sento 110i and the People GT 200i.  And


The New Sento 110i combines the same old school styling with new school technology as its 50cc counterpart, but with noticeable added power. The same small frame, easy to ride scooter is retro inspired and environmentally friendly, but offers an unexpected 9.8 horsepower from this 111.7cc four stroke engine with fuel injection.

MSRP for the New Sento 110i is $2,995



From the newly designed People series emerges the People GT 200i, now with a powerful 205cc liquid cooled engine, new dual cradle frame and electronic fuel injection. The five position adjustable rear suspension, 16" aluminium wheels and fold away foot pegs provide the comfort and stability expected of the People series scooters. You'll only need to ride it once to appreciate the performance, style and balance of the all new People GT from KYMCO. It's distinctive contemporary design, impressive ergonomic comfort, highway capability, additional storage space and modern technology gives this scooter instant rider appeal.

MSRP for the People GT200i is MSRP $4,995



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Are you ready to give up gas?

Brammo have a video showcasing their "Engage" model with a 6 speed electric drivetrain.  Range is still the biggest issue with electric bikes in our opinion but putting in a 6-speed transmission makes them a whole lot more like regular motorcycles and way more fun.

Are you ready to give up gas?  Polaris Industries must think there's a future in it.  They were part of a 28 million dollar investment in Brammo in the hope to boost the development of electric powertrain technology. That's a lot of money to get even better at something you're already good at. We should be seeing some exciting things out of Brammo.

Not to mention that Brammo has roughly 30 dealerships right now and Polaris - about 3,0000.  That can only be a good thing for Brammo.


One thing is for sure - electric is here to stay


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Harley Davidson Offers Free GPS Maps in Canada with Holiday Rebate

Rebate Covers the $90 Lifetime North American Map Update on Road Tech zūmo 660 and 665 Models

A Harley-Davidson Road Tech zūmo GPS Navigator is a great holiday gift idea for any Harley-Davidson rider. Now, a limited-time rebate offer that is available in Canada makes Harley-Davidson Road Tech zūmo models an even greater value. Customers who buy a Road Tech zūmo 660 or 665 GPS Navigator between October 15, 2011, and December 31, 2011, will be eligible for a rebate on the cost of a Lifetime North America Map Update through Garmin, a value of up to $90.00 CAD. Rebate forms and program details are available at authorized Harley-Davidson Retailer locations.

The Road Tech zūmo 660 GPS Navigator (Part Number 92115-09) is waterproof, withstands vibration, and has a glove-friendly, 4.3-inch touchscreen with a UV-resistant display that can be viewed in direct sunlight. It comes pre-loaded with City Navigator NT street maps and points of interest such as H-D Retailers, motels, restaurants, fuel, and As, and it offers turn-by-turn directions with voice prompts. An integrated SD card slot supports an MP3 player, audio book player, and picture viewer, while stereo Bluetooth A2DP technology can be used to listen to music wirelessly and to make hands-free calls. The Road Tech zūmo 660 is also compatible with the h-dnet.com online ride planner.

Either Road Tech zūmo device can also be used as an in-car navigator. Each device comes with a mounting cradle with an integrated power cable, a carrying case, a dust cover for the motorcycle mount, a battery pack and charger, an automotive suction cup mount, a power cable, and a USB cable. Installation on your motorcycle requires the separate purchase of a fairing or handlebar mount kit for your specific Harley-Davidson model. See an authorized Harley-Davidson Retailer for fitment details.


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Lee Hartung - Amazing garage find!

Lee Hartung spent over 60 years collecting things - as a "scrap man" in Chicago. He had the opportunity to collect some pretty amazing things.

Amongst the finds - 30 motorcycles (more than 80 cars too). The motorcycles are going to be offered up via auction (Auction America) in early November.

There's some pretty amazing stuff in here. Wow! That Henderson custom for a fire department is pretty spectacular. There's a 110 year old - wooden wheeled Wagner too.  Unbelievable!

Watch as they're rolled out of the garage and see if they start.


Intro - Day 1




Day 2





Day 3





Day 4





Day 5





Day 6





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Triumph introduces three new models

Triumph has released three new models in an already pretty good line up. It's actually only really one all new model and the two others are 'fresh paint and graphics' and 'adding some higher spec parts' to an already existing model.

Looks like they're really trying hard to take a piece of the adventure bike market that BMW created. This new 1200 they've come out with looks like they'll be successful.

Here's the full details from Triumph.

Fresh from recording record sales in 2011, Triumph Motorcycles will celebrate its 110th anniversary in 2012 with its strongest ever line-up, boosted by three new models which will be officially unveiled at the EICMA show in Milan, on November 8.

Triumph Tiger Explorer

Brand new for 2012 is the Tiger Explorer, a flagship model for Triumph’s Adventure range.

Following on from 2011’s phenomenally successful Tiger 800 models, which have become Europe’s best selling sub-800cc adventure tourers, the Tiger Explorer is powered by an all-new, shaft-driven, three-cylinder engine in excess of 1200cc, delivering class leading performance to the adventure touring class.

Featuring a high-specification as standard, the Tiger Explorer debuts Triumph’s new ‘ride-by-wire’ throttle system and includes cruise control, switchable ABS and traction control as standard. The high specification continues in the chassis department with a strong steel chassis and cast alloy wheels, 19” front and 17” rear, the latter showcased thanks to the stylish single-sided swingarm.

A suite of bespoke accessories have also been developed for the Tiger Explorer’s launch with hard and soft luggage, low and high seat options and a wide range of heated and electrical accessories which can be run simultaneously thanks to the Tiger Explorer’s best-in-class 950w generator.


Triumph Speed Triple R

Following the success of the uprated versions of the Street Triple and Daytona 675, Triumph is introducing a premium version of its iconic Speed Triple, the Speed Triple R.

Working in close collaboration with Swedish suspension brand Öhlins, the Speed Triple R sports the latest specification NIX30 43mm forks at the front, with a jewel like TTX36 unit at the rear. To minimize unsprung weight as much as possible, the lightweight five-spoke forged aluminum wheels from PVM are over 1.7kg lighter than those on the standard machine, delivering even more precise and agile handling. Stopping the Speed Triple R are top specification four-piston radial monoblock calipers from Brembo, the leading brand in MotoGP racing, with a switchable version of Triumph’s electronic anti-lock system available as an option. Together, the brakes and wheels offer a 5% increase in braking performance over the standard Speed Triple.

The Speed Triple R’s choice of metallic Phantom Black and Crystal White colour options are complemented with red coloured subframe and detailing, as well as the iconic gold forks, to create a sportier and more exotic look that confirm its status as Triumph’s premier naked sports model.

Triumph Steve McQueen Edition

Triumph has joined forces with the estate of Hollywood icon Steve McQueen to create a limited edition motorcycle that pays tribute to the late actor’s love of the British brand’s products.

Based on the classic Bonneville T100, just 1,100 of the Steve McQueenTM Edition will be sold worldwide. Featuring a host of modified parts, the design is inspired by the Triumph Trophy TR6 that McQueen insisted on riding during the famous stunt scene in The Great Escape, and features a military-style Matt Khaki Green livery, stencil-style Triumph decal on the tank and the actor’s signature on the side covers.

Featuring a solo seat and black luggage rack, the McQueen bike has also been fitted with a rugged skid plate and small black-bodied headlamp. The Triumph Steve McQueenTM Edition features a host of other blacked out components, including wheel rims and hubs, handlebars, rear springs, mirrors and front mudguard supports. To confirm the bike’s provenance, each machine is individually numbered with a plaque placed on the handlebar clamp, while owners will also receive a certificate of authenticity with their machine.


Full details of Triumph’s new-for-2012 models will be announced at Triumph’s press conference at EICMA, held on stand H26 at 12:30 local time on 8 November.



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Chronicles of McGonigle- Panama to San Diego on Motorcycles

We told you about the Chronicles of McGonigle a few days back and we've been in touch with Sean. He and a friend set off on a surfing trip that took them from Panama to San Diego - on Suzuki GN-250's.  Looks like they might have had some fun!

Sean sent us some links to the first few of the 24 episodes from the 9 month trip of a lifetime.

Episode 1:



Episode 2:



Episode 3:



Episode 4:


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Jack Pine custom Triumph (via Cycle World)

The Jack Pine Triumph custom is a bike that's become - well - kind of famous on the Internet and for obvious reason.  Watch this video featuring Peter Egan from Cycle World and Jack Pine creator - James Loughead of Hammerhead Industries and you'll see for yourself.  The footage features Mark Cernicky riding in Lone Pine, California.

70 mph jumps, fast - kicking the tail out corners... I don't know about you but when I dream about motorcycling it looks and sounds a lot like this video:


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Motorcycle figures from China for August 2011

We've made a new contact in China.  He lives in Chongqing, China - a city that makes 15% of all the motorcycles ridden in the world!  Yes - the World!  We're hoping that he'll become a regular contributor and that you'll enjoy some motorcycle news from across the globe.

For his first contribution he's provided us with some numbers on the output sales, and exports of the Chinese motorcycle industry in 2011.  Let's just start by saying they sell A LOT of motorcycles.

Full Report:

1. Motorcycle Production and; Sales

According to statistics provided by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), motorcycle output and sales of the Chinese motorcycle industry were roughly the same in August 2011 as a month earlier, but maintained a fast growth year-on-year. Both the output and sales of the Chinese motorcycle industry exceeded 17.5 million units.

The output and sales of the Chinese motorcycle industry in August were 2.1564 million units and 2.1820 million units, output down 2.32%, sales up 0.17%, output and sales both increased by 20.12% and 16.39% year-on-year respectively. The production and sales of two-wheeled motorcycles were 1.9888 million units and 2.0081 million units, production down 1.65%, sales down 0.71%, production and sales rose by 22.45% and 18.26% year-on-year respectively. The production and sales of motor tricycles were 167,700 units and 173,900 units respectively, down 9.61% and 5.73%, down 2.02% and 1.57% year-on-year.

Production and sales of the Chinese motorcycle industry were 17.50 million units and 17.53 million units respectively from January to August, down (due to slow domestic sales) 6.02% and 3.90% year-on-year, between January and July the decrease in production volume was slowing down. The production and sales of two-wheeled motorcycles were 15.98 million units and 16.02 million units, down 7.23% and 4.93% year-on-year; the output and sales of motor tricycles were 1.52 million units and 1.51 million units respectively, up 8.98% and 8.60% year-on-year respectively. (Canadian Motorcycle Rider)

2. Motorcycle Exports

According to a survey of 91 Chinese motorcycle manufacturers conducted by CAAM, total motorcycle exports in August 2011 were 984,300 units, down 6.35% month-on-month, up 41.44% year-on-year.

Total Chinese motorcycle industry exports between January and August reached USD 3.818 billion, up 32.37% year-on-year. This comprised of 6.97 million units of motorcycles (up 31.05% year-on-year), worth a total of USD 3.28 billion (up 35.83% year-on-year); 54,100 units of dune buggies (up 2.71% year-on-year), worth USD 103 million (up 23.67% year-on-year); 2.0 million engines (up 28.11% year-on-year), worth USD 249 million (up 28.32% year-on-year); and motorcycle spare parts worth a total of USD 187 million, down 3.09% from a year earlier.


3. Export Ranking of Five Major Displacement Motorcycles in August 2011

The top five major displacement motorcycles in exports in August of 2011 were: 125 series (110ml<displacement≤125ml), 150 series (125ml<displacement≤150ml), 110 series (100ml<displacement≤110ml), 50 series (displacement≤50ml), and 100 series (90ml<displacement≤100ml). Their respective exports were 362600 units, 202400 units, 115600 units, 113900 units, and 94300 units. The total exports of the above five major displacement motorcycles in August were 888800 units, taking up 90% of the total motorcycle exports.

4. Export Value Ranking of Five Major Displacement Motorcycle in August 2011

The top five major displacement motorcycles in export value in August of 2011 were respectively: the 125 series, 150 series, 110 series, 50 series and 100 series, and their respective export value was USD 175 million, USD 104 million, USD 50 million, USD 48 million, and USD 36 million. last month. The total exports of the above five major displacement motorcycles was USD 413 million in August, accounting for 87% of the total motorcycle export value.

5. Export Ranking of Five Major Displacement Motorcycles between January & August 2011

The top five major displacement motorcycles in exports between January and August of 2011 were the 125 series, 150 series, 110 series, 50 series and 100 series, and their respective exports were 2.51 million units, 1.35 million units, 870800 units, 868100 units and 748200 units, and their respective growth was 31.72%, 39.02%, 25.24%, 38.84% and 14.53%. The total exports of the above five major displacement motorcycles were 6.34 million units, taking up 91% of the total.

6. Export Value Ranking of the Five Major Displacement Motorcycles between January & August 2011

The top five major displacement motorcycles in export value between January and August of 2011 were the 125 series, 150 series, 50 series, 110 series and 100 series. Their respective export values were USD1.20 billion, USD685 million, USD 366 million, USD 362 million, and USD 279 million, up 34.81%, 45.06%, 24.08%, 34.96%, and 22.65% respectively. The total export value of the above five major displacement motorcycles between January and August was USD 2.89 billion, accounting for 88% of the total motorcycle export value.

A total number of 17.50 million units of motorcycles were manufactured between January and August of 2011, down 6.02% year-on-year. A total number of 17.53 million units of motorcycles were sold between January and August of 2011, down 3.9% year-on-year. Of which the total number of motorcycles exported was 6.97 million units, up 31.05% year-on-year, hitting a record high (a total number of 6.93 million units of motorcycles were exported between January and August of 2008); the export value was USD 3.28 billion, up 35.83% year-on-year; the motorcycle exports accounted for about 40% of the total motorcycle output. The average unit price for export was increased to USD 470 from USD 451, up nearly 5%.

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Canadian International Motorcycle Heritage Museum Foundation Honours Allan Johnson

Motorcyclist and motorcycle advocate Allan Johnson has devoted over 30 years to the preservation of Canadian motorcycling history. This year, the Canadian International Motorcycle Heritage Museum Foundation (CIMHMF) recognizes his lifelong passion and dedication with the 2011 Bar & Hedy Hodgson Award.

Mr. Johnson will receive this prestigious award on Saturday, November 5, 2011 as part of the Sixth Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet & Reunion at the Delta Meadowvale Resort and Conference Centre in Mississauga.

“We are delighted to recognize Allan Johnson’s lifelong passion for the preservation of Canadian motorcycling history,” noted CIMHMF Chair Kellee Irwin. “He has made an enourmous contribution to our heritage and to the history of Canadian transportation and sports that generations to come will enjoy.”

Honouring a person, group or organization making a significant contribution to the preservation of Canadian motorcycling heritage, the Bar & Hedy Hodgson award was created to recognize enthusiasts of Mr. Johnson’s calibre. The CIMHMF’s mission is to record and preserve the history and heritage of the motorcycle and motorcycling activity in Canada, and to recognize, honour, and celebrate those who have achieved excellence or made significant contributions to the advancement of motorcycling in Canada.

Mr. Johnson joined the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group in 1971 and has filled many roles in CVMG’s executive over the years, including that of national president. He was also a member of the Brough Superior Owners Club for 43 years, and was the first overseas president of the legendary British club.

A leader in the growing vintage motorcycle movement, Mr. Johnson was instrumental in the creation of the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Museum—a federally registered charity—in Brantford, Ontario in 1995. He has helped raise over $35,000 to fund its operation, and has tirelessly catalogued the museum’s library of motorcycle publications and helped build exhibits and displays as a volunteer.

Widely recognized by the motorcycling community for his efforts, Mr. Johnson is the recipient of an honorary CVMG life membership, a CVMG annual rally special award, a Canadian Motorcycle Association Award of Merit for services to motorcycling, awards from the Biker’s Rights Association, the Ontario Road Riders Association, and Cycle Canada magazine, and a Brough Superior Club literary award.

He has been published in the CVMG News as well as American and British club magazines on Canadian motorcycling history, and has contributed nearly 50 articles on the subject to the Toronto Star.

To take part in the festivities of the Sixth Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet & Reunion, please visit www.hofbanquet.eventbrite.com.

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New books from WhiteHorse Press

A couple new books from the fine folks at WhiteHorse Press that might interest you if you're planning a trip to Colorado bonus if you're going to buy a vintage motorcycle to do the trip on!

The Complete Guide to Motorcycling Colorado:


There are other places in the world where motorcycle enthusiasts can ride into rarified air at timberline past snow-capped peaks, or deep into rock-filled desert canyons, or along a big river in a fertile glacial valley, or across open plains and rangeland to the far horizon. That you can do all of this in one day, if not in a morning, is Colorado’s special allure.

The first truly comprehensive book for this motorcycling paradise contains colorful in-depth descriptions of 172 different rides that can be combined in a variety of ways to create the best trips for all riding styles and interests. Though the emphasis throughout the book is on the ride itself, either on-road or off, historical background is given for the many ghost towns, abandoned mines, railroads, and historic sites that are inevitably encountered along the way.

Each ride is mapped individually, with regional maps showing how the rides can be combined to form journeys from half a day to several days in length. The many color photos introduce you to the incredible variety of terrain found in Colorado and show why riding here is on almost every motorcyclist’s must-do list. An interesting feature of the book is its use of historical photos, placed next to present-day shots of the same location, which show how much (or how little) has changed in the intervening years.

Any motorcyclist who enjoys the ride as much or more than the destination will be drawn to Colorado. Riders who are lucky enough to live in the Colorado area, as well as those visiting from afar, will find this book a unique and indispensable resource.


The Comprehensive Vintage Motorcycle Price Guide - 2011/2012 Edition


The vintage motorcycle market is alive and vibrant, with more and more enthusiasts buying and selling vintage bikes—some for investment and some for pure enjoyment. This annual Guide includes comprehensive data for dozens of brands from the U.S. and around the world, from Ace to Zundapp. It covers all models for the years 1901 through 1996.

Designed by enthusiasts for enthusiasts, the Guide opens with an overview of which bikes are hot and which are not, with commentary by vintage motorcycle experts on why prices are changing as they are. It also includes a guide to show how each price grade is defined and how to recognize which grade a particular bike belongs in. Prices are derived from actual sales between knowledgeable enthusiasts and are given for six quality grades, ranging from rat-bike to like-new.

Unlike price guides used by insurance companies to establish motorcycle values, this Guide is based on actual purchase prices tallied from recent auctions and major motorcycle exchange meets.

Printed in a handy pocket-size, this is the perfect companion to have with you at the next motorcycle auction or when you find that rare specimen in the farmer’s barn. Just one insight gained from this price guide on your next sale or purchase will earn back many times the book’s cost.


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Chronicles of McGonigle- Panama to San Diego on Motorcycles

Okay - so this isn't really Canadian content per say BUT it's a universally appealing adventure!

Sean McGonigle contacted us to let us know about some pretty cool adventures he had - all documented in a video blog series "The Chronicles of McGonigle."  Wicked stuff Sean!

In Sean's own words, here's what it's all about:


My name is Sean McGonigle and I just completed a surf trip (racks welded to the side etc.)  from Panama back to San Diego on a Suzuki GN-250 (basically a scooter). After meeting my best friend Jake in Panama, we bought motorcycles down there and hit the road, sans GPS, motorcycle experience, cold weather gear, maps, etc. 9 months later we found ourselves back in San Diego, with a lifetime or memories in the bank. 

We filmed our entire trip for and have had a professional edit the footage into 24 concise episodes professionally shot in HD. 

Check out the short trailer of the Chronicles of McGonigle- Season 2- here, which is my second video-blog series.



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Ducati Multistrada vs. Cars

Ducati are set to run two Ducati Multistrada motorcycles in the historic “La Carrera Panamericana” car race, further proving the Italian manufacturer’s 4-bikes-in-1, all-terrain technology, while providing a two-wheeled analysis for event organizers. With a history that dates back to the 1950’s, La Carrera Panamericana is arguably the most unique, most challenging road race in the world. The event, setup in a stage rally format, takes drivers through the colonial heart of Mexico. Beginning in the city of Huatulco and running 1600 miles north to Zacatecas over 7 days, the race has historically offered car racers, expert and novice, an opportunity to experience the thrills of the original Pan Am at speeds pushing the cars and the drivers to their limit.

For the 2011 adventure race organizer, Eduardo Leon, reached out to Ducati with an idea to incorporate a motorcycle class for 2012 and beyond. “Ducati was a natural choice for this challenge considering their pedigree and diverse racing achievements from around the world, plus they have the perfect motorcycle to conquer the course,” said Mr. Leon. Ducati has elected to send a team of two pilots to thoroughly experience the race from the perspective of a motorcyclist. Carlin Dunne and Roland Brown, both riding the Ducati Multistrada 1200S Touring, will participate in the entire rally, giving feedback and consultation to help integrate motorcycles in the future.

Ducati’s own Carlin Dunne will pilot Multistrada #1, using his extensive experience in racing both on and off road to navigate the challenges of the 7-day rally. Dunne, having recently won the 2011 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, while also setting an all time motorcycle record for the race, brings an expert knowledge of the Multistrada and its diverse capabilities for such a race.

Roland Brown, piloting Multistrada #2, is without doubt one of the planet's most widely read motorcycle journalists. The Englishman has been riding and writing about bikes for over 20 years, and, in addition to his own racing experience has probably ridden everything ever built. Roland brings his expertise and enthusiasm to the event, where the officials of La Carrera Panamericana, and Ducati, patiently await his feedback.

In addition to the riders, a team of specialists will provide support by running chase trucks, providing support for the motorcycles and documenting the entire journey through video, photos and the written word. La Carrera Panamericana is one the of the last great unbridled public road races where man and machinepartner to ride full-throttle against a treacherous cross-country course with the unknown around every corner. For daily updates of Ducati’s Multistrada 1200 adventures along the La Carrera Panamericana please visit www.ducaticommunity.com and www.ducatiusa.com.


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Tickets for the Sixth Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion

TICKETS FOR THE SIXTH ANNUAL CANADIAN MOTORCYCLE HALL OF FAME INDUCTION BANQUET AND REUNION NOW AVAILABLE

Tickets for the Sixth Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion are available online using the order form below or by contacting Daniel Tessier at 647.920.1334.
Eleven motorcycling legends and champions are to be inducted into the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame on November 5th, 2011 at the Delta Meadowvale Resort and Conference Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.

This accomplished group of men and women have achieved excellence in one or more competitive disciplines or made a significant contribution to the well-being, advancement or general positive image of motorcycling in Canada.

The inductees for 2011 are :
- Larry Bastedo - Contributor and Competitor
- Herb Becker - Builder, Supporter
- John Clare - Contributor
- Kathleen Coburn - Competitor: Road Racing, Enduro, Superbike
- Jon Cornwell - Competitor: Dirt Track, Ice, Road Racing
- John De Gruchy - Competitor: Trials, Scrambles
- Len Dillon - Competitor: Speedway, Dirt Track
- Moe Fraser - Competitor: Dirt Track
- Jack Hunt - Competitor: Motocross
- Rueben McMurter - Competitor: Road Racing
- Toni Sharpless - Competitor: 1/2 mile, Ice, Road Racing, Enduro

The candidates will officially be inducted into the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame in November as part of the Sixth Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion. Tickets for this special gala event are now available through the Hall of Fame website at ORDER Form. or by calling Daniel Tessier at 647.920.1334.

Following the great success of the 2010 Induction Banquet in Vancouver, British Columbia, this year's event promises to be another fun-filled evening of great storytelling - where inductees and their friends, fans and families can catch-up and share memories and plans for future accomplishments.

Founded by Bar and Hedy Hodgson in 1999, the Canadian International Motorcycle Heritage Museum Foundation preserves and promotes Canadian motorcycle history for the benefit of the motorcycling community and public. The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame was added to the Foundation operations in 2005, with the first inductions made in May of 2006. For more information about past inductees, historic motorcycle collections, event sponsorship, and tax-deductible donations, visit www.motorcyclehalloffame.ca.

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Zero Motorcycles donates 2011 Zero S for fundraising gala

A bit of US press for Zero Motorcycles. Zero Motorcycles are donating a bike to help raise funds for "The Bridge School." Canadian content - Neil Young and Pegi Young are hosting the event. They helped found the school which an educational organization in 1986.  Two of Neil Young's children have cerebral palsy and a third (like Neil) have epilepsy so it's a cause with significant meaning for him.    

Here's the full details:

Zero Motorcycles announced that it is donating a 2011 Zero S to The Bridge School to assist in its fundraising efforts. The Bridge School is celebrating its Silver Anniversary of providing innovative education to children with severe speech and physical impairments. Founded in 1986 by a group of dedicated parents and professionals in speech and language pathology, the founders envisioned an environment where children with complex communication needs could learn, grow and thrive while developing specific skills and abilities each child needs to be successful as adults and to realize a high quality of life.

The highlight of The Bridge School’s fundraising efforts is a benefit concert held each year hosted by Neil and Pegi Young. This year’s concert is scheduled for October 22 and 23 at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, Calif. In addition, this year, a fundraising gala will be held the week before the concert to help raise money for the organization.

“Zero Motorcycles is very proud to be able to support the efforts of this amazing organization, its staff, parents, students and founders,” said Scot Harden, VP of Global Marketing for Zero. “I attended last year’s benefit concert and was thoroughly amazed by the work The Bridge School is doing on behalf of the children involved. As a corporate neighbor and progressive company, we believe we have a responsibility to help support worthwhile organizations like The Bridge School. We hope our small gift will help raise much needed money that can be used to affect the students’ lives in a positive way.”

According to Dr. Vicki Casella, The Bridge School Executive Director, “We are very pleased to have Zero joining us in support of our 25th Anniversary.  We are very proud of the work done here at The Bridge School and realize that it is only through the donations and support of individuals and organizations that we are able to achieve our mission of supporting our students as they achieve full participation in their communities and reach their maximum potential.”

A Zero S will be raffled off at The Bridge School Gala on Oct. 14. The event is hosted by Neil and Pegi Young and features Dave Matthews as the entertainment.


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Confederation Bridge video from VRIDETV

Jeff - over at VRIDETV - has been at it again. He's posted a new HD video that you might want to take a look at. Here's all the details:

This new HD video features motorcycle riding on the Confederation Bridge between Bayfield, New Brunswick and Borden-Carleton, Prince Edward Island. 

This is the World's Longest bridge over ice-covered waters at 12.9 kilometers in length and 11 meters wide. Construction started on October 7, 1993 and was completed in 1997 winning multiple international engineering awards. 

Be sure to visit his blog and news page to catch up on what he's been doing since your last visit. 




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BMW Motorrad and Husqvarna Motorcycles at EICMA 2011

For the first time, the two motorcycle brands of the BMW Group will be appearing under one roof at this year's EICMA 69th Salone Internationale del Motociclo, 10th – 13th November. Models of both brands will have their world premieres in Hall 14 of the Milan trade fair centre.

In addition to numerous new motorcycles, BMW Motorrad will be presenting the first BMW maxi scooters.

In addition to the serial production versions of the 2-cylinder road bikes NUDA 900 and NUDA 900R, Husqvarna Motorcycles has a big surprise in store.

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Ducati reveal additional 2012 model details

Just weeks away from the unveiling of Ducati’s new 1199 Panigale Superbike at the EICMA International Motorcycle Show in Milan (November 10th – 13th) and following the recent release and launch of the brand new Streetfighter 848, Ducati now reveal even more details of next year’s range.

Having proved its innovative concept and established itself as a new industry benchmark, the award-winning Ducati Multistrada family moves into 2012 as the company’s top-selling motorcycle, with the confident range of the Multistrada 1200, 1200 S Sport Pikes Peak Special Edition and 1200 S Touring. 

In addition to the currently available red and arctic white color schemes, the Multistrada 1200 S Touring will also be offered in a brand new “race titanium matte” color scheme with a “racing black” frame, arriving in dealerships December, 2011. All 2012 models will have a revised, comfort-enhanced rider’s seat with an increased front and rear length.

The 2012 Hypermotard 1100EVO SP will now be available as a Corse Edition, taking the whole Hypermotard concept to a higher level in Ducati Corse style. High ground clearance, high spec suspension, new seat aesthetics andhigh bars make the 1100EVO SP Corse Edition track-ready for action in full red, white and black Ducati Corse official colors. The 2012 Hypermotard 1100EVO SP is available immediately.



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An inside look; EBR 1190RS. Wicked light!

Rob Weaver from Crotchrocket.tv* had a tour of the factory by none other than Erik Buell himself and a detailed look and discussion of the many high tech parts that are on every EBR 1190RS.  There's a few slow points that you may want to skip through but wow!  That's some impressive technology.

There's some interesting stuff coming out of EBR!

Check it out:


And in this one Erik Buell presents Gary with his 1190RS at the Erik Buell Racing factory.


 * Crotchrocket.tv is a video-centric motorcycle entertainment website. Webisodes follow Rob Weaver, who in his late fifties decides to give motorcycle racing a go.

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BMW Motorrad sales up (global numbers)

BMW Motorrad continued its growth path and with sales of 8,612 motorcycles (prev. yr. 8,066 / +6.8%) also reported a record September in worldwide sales. From January to September sales increased by 6.6% to 86,892 motorcycles (prev. yr. 81,508). BMW Motorrad clearly performed well in the challenging market environment for > 500 cm3. For the whole year, BMW Motorrad is aiming for a new sales record.

Husqvarna Motorcycles delivered 6,080 motorcycles in the first nine months of 2011 (prev. yr. 7,260 /-16.3%). September accounted for 1,351 deliveries (prev. yr. 1,282 /+5.4%).









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2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale “Superquadro” power house

Ducati's new 1199 Panigale makes 195 HP at the Crankshaft which according to Ducati makes it "the Superquadro is the most powerful twin-cylinder production engine on the planet."
Ducati’s latest engine, the Superquadro, goes beyond the barriers of engineering to enable the introduction of a futuristic Superbike today. Its no-compromise approach to design, combined with Ducati’s Italian innovation has now set the most extreme benchmark ever and stands as the latest milestone in Ducati’s long and iconic history of Superbike engines.

Ducati engineers were given a near impossible design brief to create the new generation Superbike engine for the Ducati 1199 Panigale. Increase power, torque and user-friendliness and reduce overall vehicle weight and scheduled maintenance costs seemed impossible tasks, but given a “blank canvas” to create the new power-plant and encouraged to think outside-of-the-box to achieve the unachievable, engineers have finally hit the mark.


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Coming to Schuberth dealers this December: C3 World Graphic


Schuberth customers will finally be able to purchase a C3 with the popular "World" graphic in North America. The award-winning C3, the lightest, quietest, most aerodynamic flip-up motorcycle helmet on the market, has up until now only been available in solid colors. The world graphic will be available in authorized Schuberth North America dealers starting this December.

"Our globe-trotting customers have been eagerly awaiting the world graphic which depicts continents and countries all around the helmet like a globe." reports Sarah Schilke, Schuberth North America's Marketing and P.R. Manager, "We understand this graphic is very popular in Europe where some riders even put marks or stickers on it to indicate the places they have been with their motorcycles."

The world graphic is available in both black and white color options.

Sizes: S (54/55) - XXXL (64/65)

MSRP: CAN $799
Includes customer programs:
5-Year Warranty
3-Year Service Plan
Mobility Program

Details about the award-winning C3 and dealer locations are available on the Schuberth website: www.schuberth.com.

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World’s fastest 350cc motorcycle with sidecar

The world’s fastest 350cc motorcycle with sidecar comes from a Fort Saskatchewan shop. Darren Boychuck of E&S Motorcycles set the record at the Bonneyville salt flats last week, pushing his machine to an average of 112.284 mph over two identical runs.


His best run was actually 117 mph, but the second run the next day was far slower because of slushy conditions following lots of rain. Not only was the course wet and slippery, the high humidity changed the effective altitude to about 8,000 ft.


“On a two-stroke that’s a killer,” Boychuck says Darren and brother Bob own and operate E&S Motorcycles in Fort Saskatchewan. The record attempt was backed by the shop and suppliers. Darren is pleased with his machine’s performance and achieving the sidecar record, but is still determined to go back to Bonneyville next year and break the old record for all 350 cc modified open fuel motorcycles.  That record, set in 1988 at 139.694 mph, can be beat and Boychuk’s Yamaha RZ350 is the machine to do it, he says.


He had hoped to do it this year, but simply ran out of time. Just qualifying to attempt the record took two full days, and the sidecar record took another two days, leaving too little time to set the bigger record with just one day left in Speed Week, Boychuk says.


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Yamaha Motor Canada Ltd. To Transfer Shares to Yamaha Motor Corporation U.S.A.

The Board of Directors of Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (YMC) have voted to transfer all shares of Yamaha Motor Canada Ltd. (YMCA), to its American subsidiary, Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. (YMUS).

The transfer, to be completed by December 31, 2011, will see YMUS assume additional responsibilities for financial reporting and audit. The move will allow YMC to draw a centralized financial report from a single North American operation, similar to their Yamaha Europe, Yamaha South America and Yamaha Asia subsidiaries.

The investment arrangement will not impact YMCA’s organizational structure. YMCA will maintain all of its current, independent responsibilities to serve the Canadian dealers and customers. The change is part of the on-going business reform process for YMC to simplify reporting for North American business.

YMCA joins nine other subsidiaries, including Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation of America, Skeeter Products Inc., and Tennessee Water Craft Inc., under the YMUS ownership portfolio.



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Zero Motorcycles to make first ever appearance at EICMA

Zero Motorcycles has announced its participation in the November 2011 EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy. Zero will be making its first-ever appearance at EICMA where the company plans to launch its 2012 model line. No information has been released on what specifically will be announced at the show and Zero plans to keep quiet until the event. EICMA was selected as the venue for the 2012 launch because it is the motorcycle industry’s most respected tradeshow for showcasing the latest products and trends. With Zero’s accelerating growth in Europe and across the globe, EICMA also fits into the company’s overall strategic plans.

"As we’ve solidified our international distribution efforts by expanding into Australia, Canada and most recently Brazil, and with our longstanding relationships in the U.S and throughout Europe, our attendance at the 2011 EICMA show is a logical extension of our goal to continue growing the Zero brand on a global level,” said Scot Harden, Vice President of Global Marketing, Zero Motorcycles. “We are looking forward to seeing the response to our 2012 model line announcement especially in light of all the dramatic new features and improvements our engineering teams have accomplished. It’s also important for us from the perspective of reaching out to the European market as we roll out our dealer development program in key markets in Europe”.

The new 2012 product lineup for Zero will be sure to excite and to showcase the accelerated technical development going on at Zero. Zero will be unveiling an all-new booth design similar to the display featured earlier this year at the 2011 MotoGP at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The revamped booth will host interactive display kiosks, vibrant Zero Motorcycles imagery and of course, the entire all-new 2012 product line. Zero can be found in the American Pavilion, hall #2, booth #G29. This is the 69th International Motorcycle Exhibition and will be held, Nov. 8-13, 2011.

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BMW G 650 GS Sertão on its way - what's old is new

BMW have announced a new variation of the BMW 650 single will be coming.  Looks like a redo of the "Dakar" model and it promises to offer improved off-road abilities over the G650GS.  Sertao is apparently Portuguese for “backwoods,” or “bush."

If the name didn't cue you to its intentions - the spoked wheels, long travel suspension, higher seat height are all indicators that off-road capability was a more serious consideration with this model.

Here's the full details from BMW:

BMW G650GS Sertão – the sporty BMW single cylinder enduro for offroad and everyday.

With its new BMW G 650 GS Sertão, BMW Motorrad has added a new, sporting chapter to the history of single cylinders in the BMW GS family. Whereas the G 650 GS thrilled riders with its lean, wiry offroad stature, the G 650 GS Sertão promises even more sporting characteristics, even greater offroad capabilities, and an even stronger desire for adventure. And all of this without any sacrifice to the established virtues of a BMW single cylinder endure such as everyday practicality, appealing price-performance ratio, and playful riding properties.

Chassis for greater offroad practicality, optimised touring properties, and dynamic design.

On the technical side, the new G 650 GS Sertão uses the established liquid cooled, high-torque single cylinder engine of the G 650 GS with two overhead camshafts, fuel injection, and double ignition. Its 652 cc displacement delivers 35 kW (48 hp) at 6500 rpm and a max torque of 60 Nm at 5000 rpm. Options include output reduction to 25 kW (34 hp) at 6500 rpm and 47 Nm torque at 4500 rpm.

Whereas the G 650 GS chassis was developed primarily for country roads and light offroad use, the Sertão presents far greater offroad practicality in the form of longer spring travels and tighter tuning. In addition, it is fitted with wire spoke wheels.

The essential features of the new BMW G 650 GS Sertão at a glance:

· High-torque and low-consumption single cylinder engine with 652 cc displacement. Max torque of 60 Nm at 5000 rpm and max output of 35 kW (48 hp) at 6500 rpm. Output reduction to 25 kW (34 hp) available.
· Offroad chassis concept with long spring travel (front/rear 210 mm).
· Wire spoke wheels with light alloy rims. Wheel sizes 21“ front and 17“ rear.
· Dynamic colour concept in Aura White / Arroyo Blue with Sertão lettering and seat in black/grey.
· Luggage carrier in black.
· Extended top front wheel cover.
· Two seat heights: 860 mm (standard) and 900 mm (special accessory).
· High windscreen.
· Hand protectors.
· Engine guard of aluminium.
· Disengageable BMW Motorrad ABS (option ex works).
· Extensive range of special accessories


No word yet on Canadian pricing or even if it's coming here for sure.  Expect it to fetch a premium over the current G650 GS price of $8,800 if it does.

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BMW Motorrad sales down for September

Sales are a bit slow at BMW Motorrad Canada.

BMW Motorrad Canada reported September sales of 120 units, a decrease of 14.9 per cent compared to September, 2010.

The year-to-date figure for the brand is 1,474 units, a decrease of 16.3 per cent compared to the same period last year.

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Ducati - World Superbike Championship Success!

Thanks to the sheer determination, professionalism and enthusiasm of Carlos Checa and Team Althea, for the 14th time a Ducati rider has won the World Superbike Championship and our Museum will soon be displaying its 17th Manufacturers’ World Champion Title. For over 60 years Ducati motorcycles have – successfully, technologically and uniquely – been winning on race tracks all over the world. An exceptional history with which we’re already building an awesome future.

With victory in Race 1 of the French round of the World Superbike Championship at Magny-Cours, Carlos Checa celebrated his first World Championship title and brought Ducati's list of Riders' titles to an incredible 14. Completing the historic day for Ducati, the Italian brand also secured their 17th Manufacturers' World Superbike Championship in addition to the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup Rider's and Manufacturers' titles.

Spaniard, Carlos Checa, secured his title aboard the Team Althea Racing Ducati 1198 at the penultimate round of the 2011 World Superbike season, his convincing and championship-winning victory in Race 1 being followed by an equally spectacular win in Race 2. His world-beating form this year has produced 6 pole positions, 14 race wins and 20 podium places and he now moves on to the final race of the year in Portimao, Portugal on 16 October with 107 points advantage in the standings and the title won.

Meanwhile, in the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup, talented 22-year-old Italian rider, Davide Giugliano, rode to an safe 5th to clinch his title. The promising rider took his Team Althea Racing Ducati 1198 to a total of 4 race wins in 2011, fighting a close race to the title with today's race winner, Danilo Petrucci, also competing onboard a Ducati 1198. Ducati's victory in the highly competitive category further highlights the Italian manufacturer's no-compromise approach to its road-going Superbike models and underlines the value of the torque-rich L-Twin configuration that Ducati have remained loyal to.

Having written his name into the history of World Superbike, Checa also reconfirms the competiveness of the L-Twin Ducati 1198 by taking the model to World Superbike title number 2. The victory enables the Borgo Panigale-based factory in Bologna to celebrate their 17th Manufacturers' title, underlining the continued passion they have for the production-based World Superbike series.

Starting Sunday's race from the front of the grid, Carlos Checa needed only to extend his championship lead by 3 points to mathematically secure the title, but soon controlled the race from the front, took the win by 2.2 seconds and won his World Championship in style. With the pressure off for Race 2, Checa maintained his cool, staying with leaders in the early part of the race before stretching a 1.2 second lead and winning the double.

"I'm so happy to win my first world title and so happy that I did it aboard a Ducati," said Carlos Checa as the newly crowned 2011 World Superbike Champion. "My sincere thanks go to Team Althea Racing and everyone at Ducati who has worked hard to help me get these results. Together we've done a great job this year, immediately starting the season well against fast riders on very competitive bikes. From mid-season we started to think about the title, but when the pressure increased we never lost our concentration and now we're here. It's a great feeling! We're still looking forward, though, and now we're concentrating on a big finish to the season at the final race in Portimao."

President and CEO of Ducati Motor Holding, Gabriele Del Torchio, said: "I am very happy for the Riders' title and extremely proud of the Manufacturers' title. This significant achievement has now proved for the 17th time, Ducati's supremacy in the production-based series and confirmed the success of the 1198, not only on the track, but also commercially and as an example of our Italian design and creativity. Carlos has been fantastic. He is an exceptional rider, always professional and always a true "Ducatista" by displaying the same determination and spirit as our company and our motorcycles. Thanks again Carlos and particular thanks to everyone at Team Althea Racing and Ducati Corse and all the staff at Ducati who have contributed to this fantastic result. Winning the Riders' and Manufacturers' titles also in Superstock today have truly made this a fantastic Sunday and a memorable event that is very important for our company and our twin-cylinder heritage."

"A big thank you to Carlos who sincerely deserves this victory, both as a rider and as a person," said Filippo Preziosi, Ducati Corse General Director. "A big thanks also to Team Althea principle, Genesio Bevilaqua, for the passion with which he entered this adventure with us, for believing in Carlos and believing in Ducati. Thanks also to everyone in Ducati Corse working on the Superbike project, Ernesto Marinelli, Marco Lozej and the whole development team for the professionalism and passion needed to win this new world title. Our achievements today are even more enhanced by the victories also in Superstock, making this a day that will live forever in our list of achievements and one that we'll always remember."

SBK - Results: Race 1
1. Carlos Checa (Ducati) 2. Melandri (Yamaha) 3. Haslam (BMW) 4. Camier (Aprilia) 5. Laverty (Yamaha)  6. Guintoli (Ducati) 7. Haga (Aprilia) 8. Lascorz (Kawasaki) 9.Corser (BMW) 10.Sykes (Kawasaki).

SBK - Results: Race 2
1. Carlos Checa (Ducati) 2. Melandri (Yamaha) 3. Laverty (Yamaha) 4. Haslam (BMW) 5. Guintoli (Ducati) 6. Camier (Aprilia) 7. Lascorz (Kawasaki) 8. Badovini (BMW) 9.Corser (BMW) 10.Haga (Aprilia).

SBK Standings: Riders'
1. Carlos Checa (467) 2. Melandri (360) 3. Laverty (283) 4. Biaggi (281) 5. Haslam (216) 6. Camier (194) 7. Guintoli (179) 8. Haga (170) 9.Badovini (155) 10.Fabrizio (145).

SBK - Standings: Manufacturers'
1. Ducati (491) 2. Yamaha (415) 3. Aprilia (399) 4. BMW (261) 5. Kawasaki (209) 6. Honda (162)
7. Suzuki (162)

STK Standings: Riders'
1. Giugliano (171) 2.Petrucci (144) 3. Zanetti (137) 4.Barrier (112) 5. Canepa (109) 6. Baroni (70) 7. Antonelli (67) 8. Reiterberger (64) 9. Massei (61) 10. Morais (49)

STK - Standings: Manufacturers'
1. Ducati (215) 2. BMW (173) 3. Kawasaki (83) 4. Honda (75) Yamaha (16)


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