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Zero donates to foundation serving children

Some US news here but Zero electric is in the giving mood this Christmas season donating a motorcycle to raise money for children facing physical, emotional, and financial challenges.

Full details:

Zero Motorcycles has embraced the holiday spirit and has donated a Zero DS motorcycle to the Steve Young/Jerry Rice Bay Area Classic. Now in its seventh year, the golf tournament is one of the primary fundraisers each year for a host of programs supported by the Forever Young Foundation. Founded in 1993 by NFL Hall of Famer and Super Bowl MVP Steve Young, the Forever Young Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that serves children facing significant physical, emotional, and financial challenges. Funds raised from events such as the Steve Young/Jerry Rice Bay Area Classic work to provide academic, athletic, and therapeutic opportunities otherwise unavailable to these children.

Before the golf tournament participants’ initial shotgun start at the CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, Calif., players were invited to enter a chipping contest. Most did not pass up this opportunity as they were playing for a brand new, all-electric Zero DS motorcycle with a value of more than $10,000. The contest, with a total of 90 participants, resulted in an initial four-way tie. Tournament directors then decided to hold a chipping contest playoff to determine the motorcycle’s winner. Steve Strawbridge, Vice President of Merchandising for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, earned the best score in the playoff and won himself the high-performance motorcycle.

“Zero Motorcycles is very proud to be able to support the efforts of this amazing organization, its staff, its volunteers and its founders,” said Abe Askenazi, Chief Technology Officer for Zero Motorcycles. “Steve Young and Jerry Rice have become celebrity fixtures in the Bay Area and their wholehearted community outreach speaks volumes. As a corporate neighbor and progressive company, we believe we have a responsibility to support worthwhile organizations like the Forever Young Foundation. We are thrilled that our small gift helped raise much needed money that can be used to affect children’s lives in a positive way.”

"It was wonderful to have Zero participate as a generous sponsor of our Steve Young/Jerry Rice Bay Area Classic,” said Sterling Tanner, President of the Forever Young Foundation. “This is a very high-end event with donations ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 and so to have Zero give away such a valuable prize was a perfect fit. The motorcycle was a big hit with our guests and it certainly created a lot of excitement when they realized that one of them would be taking it home. We appreciate Zero's commitment to giving back and helping us to bless the lives of Bay Area children."

Forever Young Foundation primarily focuses its efforts on helping children in Northern California, Arizona, Utah, and Ghana, Africa.


Husqvarna Stada Concept unveiled at Paris show

With news of Husqvarna's "Nuda 9000" with a BMW engine, there's news of yet another road going Husqvarna. The Strada Concept! Although a concept it is said to be production ready and will be launched in Europe for 2012. No word yet on whether it'll be available in Canada.

The engine in this model is the tried and tested BMW 650 liquid cooled single that's been 'breathed on' by Husqvarna engineers to give it a little more power than it does in standard BMW form. If Husqvarna want to attract a youthful market (which is likely the intention) they better have breathed on it hard enough to make it competitive with KTM's 690 single which pumps out approximately 70 HP.

Claimed weight is less than 170 KG (dry). "Strada" is apparently Italian for "Street" but the photos of the bike clearly seem like it has intentions for some off-road capabilities too. Spoked wheels, skidplate, and tires being the clear indications.

The bike looks to have an interesting blend of BMW and Husqvarna influences. We'll be watching this model closely for sure!


Yamaha's "Why Do You Yamaha?" Contest.

Continuing with their grassroots advertising approach, Yamaha Motor Canada is spotlighting real world Yamaha owners in their 2012 ad campaign.

After asking Canadians ‘What Kind of Yamaha Are You?’ the company now wants to know, ‘Why do you Yamaha?’

“We had a great response to last year’s ad campaign, where we invited Yamaha owners to upload photos of them with their Yamaha to our Facebook page,” says Yamaha Motor Canada’s National Marketing Manager, Tim Kennedy. “We received hundreds of photos, and placed many of them into our corporate advertising. Now we want to know why they choose Yamaha.”

What’s the process to entering Yamaha Motor Canada’s new ad campaign? It’s simple:

- Organize your best ‘you and Yamaha’ photos.
- Write down the reasons why you choose Yamaha
- Email your photos and testimonial to

“For each person featured in Yamaha’s 2012 ad campaign, we will send them a $250 Yamabuck, good for anything and everything Yamaha at their local dealer!” adds Kennedy. “This includes many of our partners like Irish Setter, AXO, Yamalube, TRIC, and more.”

What are you waiting for? Send in your photos and story and you could be Yamaha’s next star!


Toronto Motorcycle Show top ten Yamaha attractions

From the novice rider to a seasoned racer, Yamaha has you covered at this year’s Toronto Motorcycle Show! Here are ten reasons why stopping by the Yamaha booth is a must:

1. Always wanted to try a scooter but never had the opportunity? Yamaha will be giving free demo rides out of the Yamaha Riding Academy. Stop by the booth for more details.

2. How do you make one of the most sought-after motorcycles even more so? Throw in 7-stage traction control, a redesigned front end and a classic, MotoGP 50th anniversary paint scheme for a stunning reinvention of the 2012 R1.

3. The Yamaha Riding Academy is back! Introduce your child to motorcycles in a safe, controlled manner with certified instruction. The price? Free with admission!

4. The Super Ténéré debuted at the show as a 2012 model last year. But now, production bikes are in Canada and customers have already started snapping them up. Come see why this is the most talked about motorcycle in the Yamaha line.

5. Do You Yamalube? You should. Visit the Yamaha display to see why Yamalube is the best oil to be putting in your bike. And with a full complement of care products to unveil, Yamalube is a one stop shop for winterizing your ride.

6. Everyone has a reason for buying what they do. So why do you Yamaha? Submit your reason and a photo. If yours is selected, you’ll get $250 Yamabucks and be featured in Yamaha advertising. Send submissions to:

7. Revamping a customer favourite like the BWs50 is not easy, but Yamaha’s come to the table with a four-stroke successor that gives you everything you liked about the previous version with better fuel economy and less harmful emissions.

8. Ever heard the expression, “It’s what’s inside that counts?” View the championship winning YZ450F and all new BWs50 from the outside - and the inside. Both models will have engine cutaways on full display.

9. The 2012 WR450F. Radically redesigned with an all new, fuel-injected engine and bilateral beam frame, the WR even lets you change ECU settings on the side of the trail via the handheld Power Tuner.

10. Don’t leave the show without entering your name in the Toronto Sun Yamaha Sweepstakes! Enter to win a choice of FZ6, V-Star 950 or Kodiak 450 ATV with electric power steering.

Visit Yamaha at the Toronto Motorcycle Show, December 9th, 10th and 11th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.


'Scooter School' at this year's Toronto Motorcycle Show

There's going to be free Scooter rides at the Toronto Motorcycle Show this year courtesy of Yamaha Canada and facilitated by Clinton Smout.

Full Details:

Scooters don’t always get the credit they deserve. We know how fuel efficient, practical and easy they are to get around town on, but what about the actual sensation of riding a scooter?

Riding is believing and riding a scooter is an absolute blast. That’s why Yamaha is allowing people 16 years and older to demo their latest and greatest 50cc scooters at this year’s Toronto Motorcycle Show on December 9-11. There is no cost involved and you don’t even need a motorcycle license! Those interested in trying out a Yamaha scooter are asked to visit the Yamaha Riding Academy (YRA) at the show. 

Scooter School schedule:
Friday 5:30pm-6pm (Ladies Night – FREE show entry after 5pm for all women!)
Saturday 1pm - 1:30pm & 4pm - 4:30pm
Sunday 1pm - 1:30pm & 4pm - 4:30pm

The YRA’s Head Motorcycle Instructor, Clinton Smout, will suit up riders in proper riding gear and ensure they know everything there is to know about riding a scooter (which shouldn’t take long, since there are no gears or clutch)

Yamaha scooters available to demo: BWs 50, Vino 50 and C3. To view all of Yamaha’s latest scooters, visit


KYMCO Canada 2012 Model Line Up

KYMCO Canada announces their latest scooter additions to the Canadian market place for the 2012 season

Agility City 50 4T

The Agility City 50 4T is the perfect choice for any urban commute with its modern lightweight design, 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. Simplicity at its finest!
MSRP $2,495

New Sento 50i

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 $2,845

New Sento 110i

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 $2,995

* Looks identical to the 50cc model but with a bigger engine.

People GT 200i

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 $4,995


Ducati celebrates the AMA Hall of Fame Induction of two legends: Phil Schilling and Doug Polen

Surrounded by world champions, industry family and friends, and nearly sixty current Hall of Famers, motorcycle greats Doug Polen and Phil Schilling are among the five outstanding motorcyclists being honored with this year’s induction into the AMA Hall of Fame.

While all five inductees have played important roles in influencing the industry and sport of motorcycling, Ducati pays special tribute to two men who have significantly impacted its company history.

Phil Schilling was one of motorcycling's most accomplished journalists and an expert race tuner who set the early mark for Ducati motorcycle's on-track success in America. In 1977, Schilling and Hall of Famer Cook Neilson entered a Ducati in the Daytona 200 and gave Ducati its first AMA Superbike win in the United States.

Mr. Schilling, with great enthusiasm, said, “After all these years, there is an exciting energy surrounding Ducati motorcycles that comes from a growing enthusiasm and devotion to the brand. I am happy to have played a small part in Ducati’s history, and to help bring its excellent and innovative engineering tradition to enthusiasts in the United States. I am also extremely gratified that Cycle Magazine is remembered fondly by its readers and staffers. I am proud that Cook and I, with the help of many talented staffers, for two decades, were able to provide a smart, entertaining and literate magazine for a sophisticated motorcycling audience.“

Doug Polen was a dominant national and world champion roadracer in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Included in his impressive winning performances were two World Superbike Championships in 1991 and 1992, and the 1993 AMA Superbike Championship all aboard Ducati Superbikes.

“I would like to thank Ducati for making me feel like family while I raced forthem both in Europe and the United States,” said Polen. “Being inducted into the AMA Hall of Fame is a really great thing, which for me will only get better with time. It puts a stamp of approval on my career and I am very flattered.”


Atlantic Motorcycle and ATV Show - February 10-12,2012

Atlantic Canada is eagerly awaiting the return of the Atlantic Motorcycle and ATV Show that will roar into Moncton, February 10-12, 2012. This event will encompass the entire Moncton Coliseum complex and will showcase the latest products for motorcycle, ATV and off-road enthusiasts available on the market today! The nations leading manufacturers will be well represented and visitors will not be left disappointed.

The Atlantic Motorcycle & ATV Show is one of 7 successful, national manufacturer support motorcycle shows from coast to coast. Owned by the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC) this event offers a unique marketing opportunity, as it is the only show of its kind and caliber in Atlantic Canada.

Since 2008, the event has delivered over 50,000 qualified buyers who have enjoyed the biggest and best names in motosports. Show Manager Scott Sprague is revved up about the 2012 edition of this event. “Being a part of this huge chain of manufacturer supported shows is phenomenal. For a visitor to be able to see a booth that is the same display at the MMIC-COHV Shows in Toronto, Vancouver or elsewhere right in Moncton, the hub of the Maritimes, is fantastic and convenient for all of Atlantic Canada and beyond,” said Sprague.

“We are in the process of developing some exciting new features for the 2012 edition and we will be announcing details on our website shortly,” explained Sprague.

The Atlantic Motorcycle and ATV Show is where Atlantic Canada RIDES and BUYS! Visitors will be shopping the show and trying that new ATV or Motorcycle on for size and discussing the purchase with their local dealer and can get all of those tough questions answered right from manufacturer representatives. Visitors can take home awesome deals on parts & accessories, clothing and apparel and so much more. The event is also the leading venue to meet the organizers of local rallies, motorcycle and ATV clubs, destinations, anything and everything to do with the lifestyle that comes
with this pastime!

Come check out one of the most exciting and all inclusive events in Atlantic Canada! The Atlantic Motorcycle and ATV Show! Where Atlantic Canada Rides! February 10-12, 2012 in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada!


Lehman Trikes looking for ways to increase shareholder value

Lehman Trikes Inc., a specialized company whom call themselves the “Leader Of The Three World” and specialize in trikes, trike kits, and conversions, issued a press release to investors in which the company announces that it is looking for strategies to enhance shareholder value.

The options include the possibility of selling company, a strategic business merger, or other cost saving initiatives.

Lehman's stock has taken a terrible beating over the past five years and especially during the last 12 months. Lehman Trikes Inc. stock (OTC Symbol LTRKF) lost 97.55% of its value in 5 years and 54.77% during the last 12 months.

Here's what the Press Release said about the matter:

Lehman Trikes, Inc. (LTI) Board of Directors is looking into various strategic alternatives to enhance shareholder value, including the possibility of selling the company.

LTI announces that its Board has formed a committee of Directors to explore a range of options to improve the position of its shareholders, which could take the form of cost savings initiatives, the sale of the company, or a strategic business merger. 

The Board has received an expression of interest from an investment firm to engage in a due diligence review with a view to making a significant investment in LTI.  During this review period, which coincides with the company’s traditional slow time, LTI will continue to conduct business under a reduced scope of operations.  

“In light of the challenging economic environment and current market conditions, the Board has determined to look more closely at a range of alternatives,” Ken Hines, President, said.  “It is expected that these efforts will transition the company to take advantage of opportunities with well known industry participants.”

LTI is considered one of the trike industry’s foremost leaders and is well known for its high quality and reliable products. 

There is no assurance that any transaction will be completed.


Motorcycle related DVD's on sale at LongTail

LongTail distribution is having a sale on some motorcycle themed DVD's that most definitely have a Canadian focus. Just in time for Christmas!

Motorcycle Experience (Two Disc Set)

12 episodes on two discs. Share the passion of motorcycling with host Dave Hatch. See road tests of the latest models and interviews with celebrities. Each episode includes great touring suggestions that will rev-up every motorcycle enthusiast. $24.95 (Over 35% Off) LINK

Ultimate Superbike Two Disc Set

Follow the radX/BMW Motorrad Superbike team with riders Francis Martin and Mike Ferreira through a roller coaster season of Canadian road racing with the unproven S1000RR Superbike, BMW’s new ultra-sport, 190 horsepower speed machine. $24.95 (Over 35% Off) LINK

For more information and to order a copy for yourself or a friend click the link to the LongTail  site HERE.


Strong KTM lineup for 2012 Dakar

KTM is getting prepared to attempt domination of yet another Dakar in 2012 and they've got the team and the bikes to do it.

When the KTM Factory rally team went off to Fontjouncouse in the south of France recently it was all about carrying out final tests on the KTM 450 rally bike ahead of the challenge of Dakar 2012, to enjoy the camaraderie of the Orange Rally Family and to have some fun. Now the countdown is in full swing for the world’s most important rally and the KTM factory riders are all “Ready to Race”.

The official KTM Factory Rally Team, under the leadership of manager Alex Doringer and technical manager Stefan Huber was announced last week at EICMA, the world’s biggest motorcycle fair. Cyril Despres renewed his contract with KTM at EICMA and Marc Coma renewed his commitment to the Austrian manufacturer in September, once again securing the world’s two leading rally riders for the company’s attempt at its eleventh consecutive Dakar victory. Coma of Spain and French-born Despres have each won the Dakar Rally three times and together represent one of the most exciting rivalries in modern motorsports. In 2011 their two support riders or ‘water carriers’ will continue to be Juan Pedrero of Spain for Coma and Ruben Faria of Portugal for Despres.  While all four riders belong to the KTM Factory Rally Team, they will ride in the respective liveries of their individual sponsors: Coma and Pedrero for MRW KTM and Despres and Faria for Red Bull KTM.

All four will compete on the latest KTM 450 Rally bike, which has undergone overall updates and improvements to the 2011 model on which Coma and Despres successfully absolved the bike’s maiden Dakar ride, finishing 1-2 after 17 days grueling competition.

Also at the final tests in the south of France was KTM Enduro Factory Team rider Johnny Aubert, who is to also get his first taste of the thrill of the Dakar in 2012. Johnny, who will continue to contest the E2 World Championships in 2012, will be riding a standard KTM Rally bike and will be taken care of by the KTM Customer Service, which supports the many KTM privateers who contest the rally. Around 50% of competitors put their trust in KTM for this, the toughest of all rallies.

Alex Doringer: “What we want to do is to give Johnny a taste of what its like in the Dakar. His object is not be to get a top result on his first time out, but to finish the rally and to learn as much as possible in the process.”

The KTM Factory Team’s vast amount of equipment for the Dakar Rally is scheduled to leave for Argentina from the French port of Le Havre on Monday November 21.


MV Agusta F3 675 pricing and availability in Canada

MV Agusta Canada formally announces that the much awaited new F3 675 will be available in Canada as of June 2012.  The standard version of the F3 675 will be available at the retail price of $14,495.00.  This model will be available in three colors the traditional Red / Silver, White and Black.

After being elected the “Most beautiful 600 in the world”, the MV Agusta F3 675 is now ready to become the new reference both on the street and on the track.  This Supersport boasts an ultra-advanced chassis and  vehicle dynamics control unit MVICS (Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System), that is on par with the most advanced Superbikes.

The MV Agusta F3 675 is a revolutionary motorcycle offering extreme emotions to the rider on the street and on the track.  The three cylinder engine utilizes a revolutionary counter-rotating crankshaft, a solution that has only been previously seen on Moto GP motorcycles.  Together with the most compact and light weight layout ever seen on a Supersport bike, these characteristics make the new F3 675 one of the best handling and most sophisticated Supersport motorcycles.

The MV Agusta F3 675 engine is the most advanced and powerful middle weight engine ever produced. It is an ultra-compact in-line three cylinder with the perfect balance between advanced mechanical engineering, advanced materials and electronic technology. Thanks to the MVICS system it is the first middleweight motorcycle with Full Ride by Wire engine controls.  It includes 4 pre-set engine maps, one personally tunable map, and an 8 level traction control.

The chassis is also incredibly advanced.  Studied and designed to obtain the maximum dynamic performance, it was created to have optimum rigidity and when compared to the other motorcycles in this category, offers an unparalleled level of feedback during all riding conditions.

The development of the style of the MV Agusta F3 675 was based on the core philosophy that has always characterized all previous MV’s: the perfect balance between form and function that creates an object that is unique not only for its beauty but also in its effectiveness.


The 3 cylinder layout has won a record number of world championships for MV Agusta, and the new 3 cylinder 675 pays homage to that history.  This new engine employs the most advanced technical solutions to achieve top performance.
Only MV Agusta has been able to develop an incredibly short and narrow, ultra-compact engine  due to  the unique layout of its internal organs. Utilizing a 79mm bore, a super-short stroke of 45,9mm the MV Agusta 3 cylinder engine is extremely over-square and able to rev the highest levels ever achieved by three cylinder sports bike.  It is an ultra-modern, extremely advanced engine capable of 128 hp at 14.500 rpm and 71 Nm of torque at 10.600 rpm.  This level of performance has never before been available in this category and it is on par with the performance of a number of 4 cylinder engines thanks to a 15.000 rpm limit. For the first time ever, a production motorcycle  utilizes a counter-rotating crankshaft that contributes to its perfect dynamic balance as well as increasing the lightning quick handling of the motorcycle.

Ultra-compact dimensions, reduced weight  best in class performance are the characteristics that make the engine of the new MV Agusta F3 675 the new reference in the supersports class.  An engine destined to become the new benchmark of supersport engines thanks to innovative technical solutions such as the use of a single shell mold casting resulting in the “closed deck” integration of the cylinders into the crankcase, the use of titanium both for the intake and exhaust valves  and the new MVICS system.  Another unique feature is the integrate oil and water system: the pump system (water and oil)  and passages are placed entirely inside the crankcase castings offering both performance and styling advantages to the most powerful Italian 3 cylinder ever produced.


The most advanced electronic engine control system ever seen on a Supersport has been designed specifically for this extraordinary new three cylinder. A fuel injection system  that is extremely sophisticated using a two fuel injectors per cylinder coupled with a throttle body employing 50mm throttle valves, a new record for a Supersport! The F3 675 introduces for the first time the MVICS system that allows the engine to unleash a record level of power and control in every situation. The  rider can select one of the 4 available maps, or customize an additional map to obtain the power delivery desired. With the MVICS system it is possible to generate a perfect harmony between the power delivery and the traction control. As with every MV Agusta the Traction Control offers 8 levels of adjustment and is now accessible through the input on the left handlebar and the dashboard interface. This system is incredibly advanced and can be custom tailored by the rider with a series of optional MV Agusta Special Parts:

- Vehicle lean sensor capable of reading all of the vehicle inclination data. This interfaces with the
traction control and engine control algorithms effectively reading the wheel slip during all angles of lean
and then adjusting the throttle opening, spark advance and fuel delivery to ensure the optimal safety
and acceleration in all dynamic conditions
- Launch Control which permits the optimum performance during  starts and offering the maximum
acceleration possible
- Anti-wheeling which permits the optimization of the vehicle acceleration
- MV Agusta EAS (Electronically Assisted Shift) which allows incredibly rapid shifting without ever
having to close the throttle or employ the clutch.


As always, those who ride MV Agusta’s have become accustomed to having the very best components and maximum performance from the chassis. The new F3 675 follows this tradition with a level of quality that exceeds most of the 1000cc superbikes on the market. As with all previous MV’s, the advanced frame design incorporates a mix of steel tubing and aluminum side plates that wrap around the ultra-compact engine offering a level of compactness never before seen on a supersport motorcycle. The compact engine dimensions left themaximum liberty to design the most advanced chassis on the market with an exceptionally long single sided swingarm that guarantees traction and feedback to the rider. All of this encapsulated in a 1,380 mm wheelbase with a 173 kg weight that has set a new record for the Supersport category. The components, as always, are of the highest quality. The Marzocchi 43mm front fork is completely adjustable as well as the Sachs piggy-backrear shock. The front brake system consists of a Nissin radial master cylinder, Brembo radial calipers and 320 mm discs  all coupled  to ultra-light aluminum wheels that allows the F3 675 to offer handling never before experienced on a Supersport motorcycle.


New Kasawaki Versys 1000cc

Kawasaki launched the Versys in Canada as a 650 at the end of 2006; they've decided to expand the brand and offer a 1000cc machine. The Versys 650 is a capable bike with a standard riding position designed for city and back-road (pavement) riding. The 1000cc version looks to carry over most of the design elements but increases displacement. That should make for more comfortable two-up travel and perhaps add a little more excitement for those solo journeys. The increase in power is substantial.

Some key specifications:

4-stroke In-Line Four (vs. parallel twin on the 650)
Aluminium twin-tube frame (vs.  Diamond, high-tensile steel on the 650)
curb weight: 239 kg (vs. 206 kg for the 650)
fuel capacity:  21 litres (vs. 19 for the 650)
max power: 86.8 kW {118 PS} @ 9,000 rpm (vs. 47 kW {64 PS} @ 8,000 rpm for the 650)
max torque: 102 N.m {10.4 kgf.m} @ 7,700 rpm (vs. 61 N·m {6.2 kgƒ·m} @ 6,800 rpm for the 650)

MSRP appears to be $13,999 in Canada. The new model appears on the Kawasaki Canada's website.

The pictures available right now are of the European spec bike and the Canadian bike "may" differ slightly.


MotoGP at its finest

If you liked "Faster" you'll probably love the followup "Fastest." After previewing the trailer I can't wait to watch it. MotoGP riders have incredible skill and bravely face 18 races a year in an incredibly dangerous sport. Even if you've never seen MotoGP you can't help but be fascinated by this!

Here's a description of the film by the folks at "Fastest:"

From filmmaker Mark Neale who made "Faster" comes "Fastest," a spectacular fast paced documentary film full of thrills, spills and highlights, charting the 2010 Moto GP World Championship series. Valentino Rossi strives to win his 8th eighth premier class world championships, fighting off the young guns of Jorge Lorenzo, Ben Spies, Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner in an amazing season of racing, capped off by Lorenzo's championship. With unprecedented behind-the-scenes access and never before seen angles, this true cinematic experience charts the highs and lows of all sixteen races, including Rossi's career-threatening crash at Mugello and his spectacular return to racing just 41 days later at the German Grand Prix, and includes his debut on the Ducati for the 2011 season.

Fastest is FASTEST DVD Available in US and Canada on Nov 15 at It includes almost an hour of DVD extras! Fan pack with hat, t-shirt and poster are also available. Looks like the cost is $29.95 + shipping and handling.


News from Russia. New Ural's coming

Ural is celebrating a milestone anniversary of the Irbit Motorcycle Factory by introducing two special edition models: the M70 sidecar and M70 solo.

No word on if any of the only 30 M-70's or 10 M-70 Solo's produced will make their way to Canada. Not likely I'd guess. Too bad if so.

Ural came up with the idea for these motorcycles two years ago, but saved it for the anniversary year. They studied archive photos, carefully chose the paint, searched for the right material for tonneau cover, and recreated the first IMZ badge.

Grant Ray from came out to Seattle and took the M70 sidecar and solo for a test ride...of course to try it out in the snow! The result? Ural is Ural. Proven once again. It wants to take the path less traveled even in 1WD, low clearance, 18" tires, most street friendly Retro model configuration. Read full article on HellForLeatherMagazine (it's a paid subscription publication, but the guys at HFL graciously agreed to reopen it for a few hours).

Fall and winter seasons are the best for Ural. And not only for riding in the mud and snow, but also for finding great deals on 2011's. Read on for details.

What's new for 2012? The answer in short is: bikes will have some changes, small but the ones that make life easier for maintenance and just in general.

It's been a huge year recruiting new dealers and the biggest Ural Dealer Meeting in Ural history that took place in Redmond last month. Check out the US and Canada dealer map.

The last but not the least, Ural Rally Day was a lot of fun and a huge success! See photos and more on


BMW Motorrad sales up, Husqvarna down

BMW Motorrad worldwide sales are up while Husqvarna sales are soft.

In the year to the end of October 2011, BMW Motorrad delivered 93,942 motorcycles (prev. yr. 88,353) to customers worldwide – an increase of 6.3% and a new all-time high for the first ten months. BMW Motorrad continued its growth course in October, with a total of 7,050 motorcycles sold (prev. yr. 6,845/+3.0%). Thanks to its positive sales performance in a persistently difficult overall market, BMW Motorrad has continued to expand its global market share of the relevant segment above 500cc. 

Husqvarna Motorcycles delivered 6,775 motorcycles in the first ten months of 2011 (prev. yr. 8,616/-24.4%). October accounted for 695 deliveries (prev. yr. 1,356/-48.7%).


Round up of this month’s Chinese motorcycle news

Some interesting motorcycle news from China and our new connection there.

Chinese motorcycle news in brief

Recently, the Chongqing Entry-Exit Inspection & Quarantine (CIQ) held an opening ceremony to celebrate the new export motorcycle road test quality safety assessment. Taking the actual conditions of Chongqing's motorcycle exports into consideration, the Chongqing CIQ assessed and compared the quality of same displacement motorcycles of Chongqing's 12 major export oriented motorcycle manufacturers in order to establish the quality benchmark for the leading export motorcycle models of Chongqing.

Jeremy Hamilton chief product tester for China Motor Magazine admitted "product quality is the source of an enterprise's life. Motorcycle exports from Chongqing are huge so motorcycle product quality must be good and related supervision sectors should supervise and manage well in order to guarantee the continuing success of Chongqing motorcycle exports. Reliability is an important quality feature of motorcycle products, and road testing is an effective way of checking a motorcycles' reliability.”

This motorcycle road reliability test included a motorcycle pre- road test performance test, road reliability test, and post-road test performance test. The assessment event is an all round quality performance evaluation for motorcycles allowing the supervisors to particularly assess the products quality during their usage and evaluate the products' quality from the consumers' point of view.

The instigation of the motorcycle reliability quality assessment event could further improve the quality and safety of Chongqing's major export motorcycles, and help establish the quality benchmark for Chongqing's leading export motorcycles.

Sales Plunges and the Future of the domestic Chinese Motorcycle Industry

'To live or to die that is the question' announced Mr. Li Bin, the secretary general of the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers Motorcycle Division. He also raised another three questions at the CIMA Motor 2011 (10th China International Motorcycle Trade Exhibition) Summit Forum on the 13th of October: “China's motorcycle output has been the world's number one for 18 consecutive years, and the increase of total output is negligible in recent years, what do we do? Cities ban the use of motorcycles, and rural markets are shrinking, what do we do? China has world's biggest motorcycle manufacturers, but not with advanced technologies, what do we do?”

The domestic Chinese motorcycle industry has been suffering decline since 2010, and current output and total profits are shrinking. Will Chinese city transportation still need motorcycles? The Chinese motorcycle industry faces this conundrum for the first time.

Sales of Chinese Motorcycle Drop on the domestic market

"The turning point began from July 2010," announced Mr. Zhu Xiangyang, the General Manager of CFMOTO. Motorcycle sales began to fall by 20% from September 2010. By May 2011, the output and sales of the Dachangjiang group which is a listed arm of Haojue Holdings and the number one manufacturer in the Chinese motorcycle industry slipped by an incredible 40% as did the sales of motorcycle giant Qingqi Suzuki.

"The overall decline in sales of the Chinese motorcycle industry is 10% up until now," said Mr. Li Bin. A total number of 10.56 million motorcycles were sold between January and August, down 18% year-on-year.

Chinese motorcycles are low value products. China began to implement the National III emission standards on 1st July of 2010, which placed stricter rules on exhaust emissions causing the production costs of a single motorcycle unit to be increased by 1,000 RMB. Mr. Chen Yixin, who is the Vice President of the Dachangjiang Group, made the following calculation: “the adopting of the intelligent EFI system will increase costs by RMB 1,150, and stainless steel exhaust pipes will increase costs by 50 to 80 RMB, and the precious metal single catalyst will add RMB 150 to the costs. Taking the most popular Haojue Suzuki model for example, upgrading it to meet National III emission standards will cost an extra RMB 1,500.”

Mr. Zuo Zongshen, the President of Chongqing Zongshen Motorcycle Company continued in the same vein. “This has greatly curbed the already weakened consumption demand. We are the only country in the world that bans the use of motorcycles in cities, the ban is expanded to over 180 Chinese cities. This involves over 500 million Chinese people; we have potentially lost half of the Chinese market. Chinese rural motorcycle markets are shrinking this year and the growing popularity of electric vehicles and small displacement cars has made the situation worse. To add to this Euro III standards are being developed, and will be put into practice in 2015. This will be the harshest challenge for the Chinese motorcycle industry."

What is the Future of High End Recreational Motorcycles?

Mr. Li Bin, Secretary General of China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (Motorcycle Division), announced that the sales of high end motorcycles on the Beijing motorcycle market have doubled this year. Even though Beijing bans the use of motorcycles, motorcycles can be registered outside the 5th Ring Road which is a playground for motorcyclists.

The Opportunity for Electric Scooters & Bikes

As a rival for the traditional motorcycle, electric bikes made their debut at the CIMA motorcycle trade show.

A spokesman for top EV company Yadea commented "In comparison with the drop in motorcycle sales, our sales are on the rise. We have sold 1.5 million electric bikes between January and September 2011." He also expressed that Yadea’s sales goal of 2011 was 2.5 million units. Yadea ranks No. 2 in the Chinese electric vehicle industry, and its products are priced between RMB 2,500 and 4,500.

The Motorcycle industry looks into the electric vehicle business.

Honda Motorcycle launched two electric bikes on the Chinese market with the intention of making up for its shrinking motorcycle sales.

"After the ban on the use of motorcycles in cities, two-wheel transports have two divergent markets. The first type is the unlawful electric bikes. Although Chinese law defines that the speeds of electric bikes must not exceed 20km/h, there exist a great number of electric bikes the speeds of which are between 20 and 30km/h, and they are modified into the shapes of motorcycles," said Mr. Li Bin. Another type is the fuel powered mopeds. The speeds of all these mopeds exceed 20km/h, and they are given the legal licence, and their sales are 5 million units annually.

EV vehicle spokesman Mr. Wu Fangxiu declared that "It is impossible for China to completely ban the use of electric bikes, as there are too many common people." Mr. Wu Fangxiu holds that technical strength is needed for whichever development direction motorcycle manufacturers take. There are over 200 motorcycle manufacturers in China at the moment but Mr. Li Bin said most motorcycle manufacturers will be eliminated. The number of motorcycle makers will be diminished to 4. “it's like what happened in Germany as finally BMW was left from out of 30 motorcycle enterprises.” he prophesised.


Honda Canada brining NC700X and NC700S

We've gotten word from a reliable source that Honda Canada is bringing the NC700X and NC700S to Canada.

Want a sneak peak of what to expect? Check out this video clip:

The EU specs are available so we'll post them for you here:

The bikes will be available sometime next summer. (2012)

Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve, SOHC parallel 2-cylinder
Displacement 670 cm3
Fuel delivery PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Fuel Tank Capacity 14.1 litres
Fuel Consumption 6MT 3.7l/100km or 76mpg (imp. gal.) (estimated based on EU testing)
Ignition System Computer-controlled digital transistorized with electronic
Clutch Wet, multi-plate

No word on whether the DCT transmission will be available in Canada.


Ducati 1199 Panigale awarded “Most Beautiful Bike of Show”

Ducati’s newly unveiled 1199 Panigale Superbike has been awarded the title “Most Beautiful Bike of Show” at the EICMA 69th International Motorcycle Show in Milan, Italy. Over 13,800 passionate show visitors participated in the voting organized by Italian motorcycle publication, Motociclismo, with the stunning new Ducati 1199 Panigale attracting a massive 53.4% of votes, followed by the MV Agusta F3 with 17% and the Husqvarna Nuda 900R with 3%.

The award was presented during the final day of the show, which attracted almost half a million people to the vast Fiera di Milano exhibition center throughout the six-day event. The ceremony took place in the presence of Pierfrancesco Caliari, General Secretary of Confindustria ANCMA/EICMA, Piero Bacchetti, President of Edisport Editoriale, and Gianandrea Fabbro, Senior Designer from the Ducati Design Center responsible for the incredible new machine. The highly coveted “Most Beautiful Bike of Show” title is just reward for Ducati’s constant and innovative product development and coincides with the iconic Italian manufacturer’s announcement that 2011 will close with the best financial results in the company’s history.

Designed and built in Borgo Panigale, Bologna, theaward-winning motorcycle combines the most high-tech, most powerful twin-cylinder production engine on the planet with an innovative monocoque chassis concept to deliver an astonishing 195hp from 164kg (361.5lb) of futuristic Italian thoroughbred. The highest production motorcycle power-to-weight andtorque-to-weight ratios in the world are fitting trophies for the incredible results that Ducati have achieved and now set an extreme benchmark for the category.

With the click of a button, Ducati’s Riding Mode concept delivers performance with enhanced rider confidence by combining seven class-leading technologies. The latest-generation sports ABS system, DucatiTraction Control (DTC), Ducati Electronic Suspension (DES), Ducati Quick-Shift (DQS), Ducati’s new race-derived Engine Brake Control (EBC) and Ride-by-Wire (RbW) are now all programmed into seamless, electronic rider assistance. Even the full color Thin Film Transistor (TFT) display changes to suit the rider’s environment.

State-of-the-art from the ground-up and melding latest technologies with exciting new family features, the 1199 Panigale is totally “Ducati” in every respect. Its no-compromise approach to sport design and stylish attention to incredibly fine detail presents authentic Italian performance at its purest. Bred for the track and trained for the road, the new Superbike is a true revolution of the species destined to influence the entire sportbike environment, while further strengthening Ducati’s recent success.

The EICMA show event marked the official introduction of the ground breaking 1199 Panigale, 1199 Panigale S and flagship 1199 Panigale S Tricolore. The “Tricolore” model proudly wears the red, white and green of the Italian flag, underlining the title “Made in Italy” and coinciding with the celebrations of the country’s 150th anniversary of unification. All three models will be available from early 2012.


Zero Motorcycles exclusive first East Coast showing

If you need another reason to come to the Halifax International Motorcycle Show (Feb 17-19, 2012) than this might be it!

Freedom Cycle have just become the exclusive dealer of Zero Motorcycles in Nova Scotia and they're going to be bringing a complete lineup of five 2012 Zero electric motorcycles to the show. These brand new 2012's will be arriving at the dealership just in time for the show. Come check out this amazing blend of exciting motorcycle and technology.

The new 2012's are a huge improvement over even the electric bikes of last year. Over 100 mile range (approximately 183 KM's), life of motorcycle power packs (as much as 308,000 miles or 495,000 km's), and maybe best of all - no gasoline stops; EVER.

We're taken a quick ride and Zero aren't exaggerating when they say these bikes have "a broad torque band and stealthy acceleration from 0 rpm that makes them incredibly fun to ride." It's really a strange sensation to be riding so quickly and effortlessly on something that makes almost no noise. There's also no shifting or clutch... you don't need them on the Zero.

Come see for yourself what the rest of the world is talking about. Electric bikes are here to stay and these are cutting edge machines.

About the Halifax International Motorcycle Show:

This coming February Halifax’s historic waterfront will showcase the finest motorcycles and accessories from around the world at the Halifax International Motorcycle Show. For three amazing days, motorcycling enthusiasts from across the region will come together with world-class exhibitors- manufacturers, suppliers and dealers—in 50,000 square feet of exhibition space in the heart of Halifax.


Despres renews contract for another two years

All around amazing rider and Dakar ace, Cyril Despres has renewed his contract with KTM for another two years.

The EICMA and KTM team presentation were an occasion for French-born rider Cyril Despres to renew his contract with KTM, sealing the deal on the EICMA stage together with Pit Beirer, head of KTM Motorsports.

Cyril scored his first outright victory in the Dakar in January 2005 on a factory KTM, a day, he says “…that will remain engraved in my memory forever”. He took his second Dakar victory in 2007 and won again in 2010. He also has an impressive history in other world class rallies associated with the World Rally Championship and won the notorious Red Bull Hare Scramble at the Erzberg Rodeo in 2002 and 2003. Marc Coma also renewed his contract with KTM in the late summer and Despres’s signature again secures the world’s two best riders for KTM.


Canadian Harley-Davidson XR1200 Cup

The 2011 Canadian motorcycle racing season has proven to be a historical one for many reasons. For the first time ever, the Canadian Superbike Championship will be televised in 3D quality, giving viewers the impression of literally “being there” to experience the adrenalin in person. 2011 also marked the birth of a new and exciting series of racing, namely the Canadian Harley-Davidson XR1200 Cup. This series made ripples among enthusiastic fans when it was first launched in the U.K. and the U.S., and as was to be expected, it immediately attracted a strong following in Canada.

The 2011 Canadian Harley-Davidson XR1200 Cup delivered the promised adrenalin over seven rounds. And once that was over, Canadian racers represented Canada south of the border at the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 event at the Red Bull Indy Grand Prix in Indianapolis, Indiana, on August 27 and 28 by placing in several top-ten finishes. 

Credit for the success of this new Canadian series is due to the many supportive Harley-Davidson Retailers in Canada, as well as to the expertise of CSBK, the organization that is managing the Canadian Superbike Championship.

As one of the core sponsors of the Canadian Superbike Championship, Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada is strongly committed to building on the momentum that has been gained in 2011, and is pleased to reaffirm their support to the series and the general growth of motorcycle racing in Canada. The Harley-Davidson XR1200 Cup “spec” series will continue with the ongoing commitment of Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada.

With the closing of the 2011 racing season, all of the typical “off-season” preparations and negotiations are underway. CSBK will be announcing the official 2012 schedule in time for the Toronto Motorcycle Show, which will be hosted at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from December 9 to December 11.

Coverage of the 2011 series tour will begin on the radX network on Monday, November 7, 2011, with the debut screening of the two and a half hour programming block known as “Parts Canada Motorcycle Mania” part-sponsored by Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada. Television coverage co-producers, Whistlestop Productions and Professional Motorsports, intend to continue with event coverage in 2012. For further updates on the 2012 Canadian Superbike Championship, please refer to


Wheatley XC Cancelled - WEC XC Season comes to a close

World Enduro Canada and the Erie Ramblers Motorcycle Club regretably announce that the wet weather has forced the cancellation of the Cross Country event in Wheatley this Sunday. This event was postponed from two weeks ago in the hopes the ground would dry up but Mother Natured delivered more rain and it is simply too wet to run a quality event. Due to the time of year the event will not be rescheduled and the Fall Series Champions will be determined from points earned in the previous three events.

World Enduro Canada would like to congradulate all our Fall Series Champions. We encourage all our Champions to contact us with a mailing adress so we can mail your #1 plates.

2011 Ontario Cross Country Fall Series Champions

Pro – Kevin Cockayne (Kevin will also retain the Series Overall Pro #1 plate)
Intermediate – Jason Kleingeld
Junior – Corey Brooks
Beginner – Tyler Thiessen
Vet Master – Paul Andratis
Vet Senior – Keith Bichard
Vet Junior – Todd Wicks
Super Senior – Jeffrey Golden
Women – Rose Lantaigne
Mini Senior – Clark Roylance
Mini Junior – Curtis Marshall
Pee Wee – Christian Wiesner

The 2011 Season was exciting and provided Ontario’s cross country racers with some great new venues that will all return in 2012. Walton, Gopher Dunes, Parry Sound and RPM MX park were well recieved additions to the series other locations – Motopark, Burnt River, and Wingham. Plans are in the works to expand to more new locations in 2012 as well as expand some of the new courses.

WEC was pleased to see a lot of new riders in the series. At Gopher Dunes alone there were over 30 new riders giving XC racing a try for the first time! Thanks to the progression system we have in place there were new faces on the podiums in many classes. It was great to see veteran Pro’s like Bryan Marshall get on the box as well as some of our newer Pro’s Jesse Grummet, Josh Long and Nathan Bles. In the Intermediate class the fall series saw Jason Kleingeld, Dave Annete, Dave Taplay and Josh Phillips on the box. For more results please visit our site.

We would like to Thank all the riders who participated, we look forward to seeing everyone rested and ready to go in 2012.

In addition a Thank You to all our media partners who make us look good., MXP Magazine, MotoX and Offroad Magazine and Inside Motorcycles.

In closing a HUGE Thank You to all our series sponsors – without you we could not make this series what it is!!!

- Title Sponsor - Wiesner Insurance

- Presenting Sponsor – Husqvarna Motorcycles
- Event Title Sponsors – KTM Canada and it’s dealers – Apex Cycle, Lockhart KTM, Ross Rocher Sales, Parker Brothers, Orange KTM and Mission Cycle.

- Supporting Sponsors – Royal Distributing, CORE (Competition Off Road Equipment), Terry Lorenz Trailers


BMW scooters - to be seen in Canada?

Urban Mobility – our future is on two wheels.

The city is the epitome of our times - both fascinating and challenging. At the pulsating centers of megacities, parking spaces are becoming increasingly rare, roads are becoming more crowded and it is taking longer to get from A to B. The shortage of resources calls for a new approach.

We are proud to present two brand new scooters, the C 600 Sport and the C 650 GT, offering affordable technology and intelligent details which make everyday life easier. Ride our new Maxi-Scooters to any destination in the city, or explore the worlds beyond, whether alone or with a passenger, with or without luggage. Introducing the new urban mobility solutions from BMW Motorrad.

C 600 Sport

The city is waiting for you and for the first ever BMW Motorrad Maxi-Scooter. The new C 600 Sport is perfect for anyone who is looking for an intelligent mobility solution combined with BMW Motorrad riding experience.

The C 600 Sport offers excellent handling and performance. The striking design in characteristic BMW style, is a definite attention grabber. This is certainly the way to handle urban mobility. A world full of possibilities, adventures and challenges.

C 650 GT

Conquer the city, or get away from it all, with the new BMW C 650 GT Maxi-Scooter, you can put your plans into practice in high style. The C 650 GT's powerful 60 hp engine will handle long distances with ease. C 650 GT is also a great handling scooter that offers exceptional comfort too. This C 650 GT touring scooter will give you a whole new sense of freedom and independence.

The C 650 GT offers the biggest storage volume in its class along with superior wind and weather protection.


114 Miles Range - Meet the 2012 Zero Model Line

Zero Motorcycles has announced their 2012 model line that includes a revolutionary new powertrain, models capable of exceeding 100 miles range, a power pack designed to last the life of the motorcycle and top speeds of up to 88 mph. Stealthy looking and contemporary, every model has been transformed to be faster, go further and, in the spirit of all two wheeled enthusiasts, to be more fun than ever before. Innovating at an exceptional pace, Zero Motorcycles plans to begin delivery of its complete 2012 model line in February 2012. This will mark the first time in transportation history that a mass production electric motorcycle capable of exceeding 100 miles range will be available for consumers to own.

Zero’s new Z-Force power pack uses a completely new battery cell chemistry and configuration that is up to 95% more energy dense and is rated to 3,000 complete charge cycles before hitting 80% capacity. This means that a Zero S could travel as much as 308,000 miles on its original power pack. All Zero’s on and off-road motorcycles leverage the new technology meaning that the power pack is designed to exceed the longevity expected of any conventional motorcycle. The result is a complete electric motorcycle line that offers owners exhilarating rides while saving on gas and virtually all routine powertrain maintenance.

“The 2012 model line is truly game changing. It marks the first time in history that riders can actually own an electric motorcycle that is capable of exceeding 100 miles of range on a single charge,” said Scot Harden, VP of Global Marketing of Zero Motorcycles. “Every model in the lineup goes faster, further and is more fun than ever before. These are not concepts. In less than three months, riders can see and purchase 2012 models at authorized Zero Motorcycles dealers.”

The Zero S, a street fighter, and Zero DS, a dual sport, are both available in a 6 or 9 kWh configuration. As measured by the EPA UDDS, the Zero S is capable of respectively achieving 76 or 114 miles. Both motorcycles offer a higher top speed, with the Zero DS hitting 80 mph and the Zero S topping out at 88 mph. Perhaps more importantly, both motorcycles offer a broad torque band and stealthy acceleration from 0 rpm that makes them incredibly fun to ride. In addition, all the street models, including the Zero XU, feature new brushless motors and regenerative braking that allow riders to recoup energy during deceleration. The Zero XU, a motorcycle designed for inner city riding, now uses the same maintenance-free belt drive system as the Zero S and Zero DS. Brushless air-cooled motors, life of motorcycle power packs and belt drive systems make Zero’s lineup of street models just about the world’s easiest to own form of transportation.

If you are interested in opening up new off-road riding possibilities with a nearly silent dirt bike, Zero has two models that are better looking and faster than ever before to meet your needs. For 2012, Zero streamlined its off-road model line. The Zero X, designed for trail riding, is now exclusively available with lights and is street-legal. With 33% more overall power and 75% greater range, it now uses the same championship winning powertrain as the Zero MX. Built for motocross riding and now exclusively available for off-road only, the Zero MX also received more power and offers riders the ability to accelerate harder and hit higher top speeds. Both off-road models have a bold new design that speaks to their more aggressive and longer lasting powertrain. 

Pricing information:

Each Zero Motorcycles model is 100% electric and, as a result, is sometimes applicable to receive government rebates or credits. Zero sells its motorcycles through dealerships and, in states or countries without dealerships, sells motorcycles through its website. Each motorcycle comes with a two year limited warranty and will begin shipping in February. Zero and its dealers will accept pre-orders from customers who would like to secure a new 2012 electric motorcycle. The complete pricing for each model is below.

- MSRP: (ZF6) $11,495* | €11,495**
- MSRP: (ZF9) $13,995* | €13,995**
Zero DS

- MSRP: (ZF6) $11,495* | €11,495**
- MSRP: (ZF9) $13,995* | €13,995** 

Zero XU

- MSRP: $7,695* | €7,695** 

Zero X

- MSRP: $9,945* | €9,945** 

- Zero MX

- MSRP: $9,495* | €9,495**

*Does not include local shipping, applicable taxes, PDI, or road registration fees.
**Includes Product, Shipping, and VAT. Does not include PDI or road registration fees.


Ducati unveils 1199 Panigale and MY 12 bikes in Milan

Ducati has unveiled the long-awaited 1199 Panigale Superbike alongside its entire 2012 range in a stylish Press Conference at the Teatro Dal Verme in Milan, Italy. Setting a new benchmark in the motorcycle industry with theirground-breaking and innovative new Superbike, the Italian manufacturer’s incredible line-up of dream motorcycles are now set to be exhibited from 10-13 November at EICMA 2011, the 69th edition of the Milan International Motorcycle Show.

The impressive theatre presentation of Ducati’s 2012 models also gave Gabriele Del Torchio, President of Ducati Motor Holding, the opportunity to announce thepositive business performance of the Bologna-based company. In a market challenged by economy difficulties, Ducati has continued to increase its market share, production volumes and global sales, confirming their solid position and underlining the efficient and well-organized business structure that will now serve the company in the coming years.

“It is the hard work of all the men and women at Ducati that has resulted in the positive results that I present today and it validates the strategy we followed during the period 2007-2011,” said Gabriele Del Torchio during the conference. “Thanks to our focus on product development, increased investment and our work to maintain the desirability of our brand around the world, I take great satisfaction in announcing that 2011 has been the most successful year in the history of Ducati.”

“Sales of approximately 42,000 motorcycles have generated revenues of €480m, a 20% increase over the previous year and just reward for our highly innovative products. It gives us the confidence to believe in the pillars of our strategy and to continue on our ‘mission’ to be specialist leaders of the sportbike segment by further developing innovative and class-leading motorcycles.”

“All of this has enabled us to present the incredible new 1199 Panigale, the newbenchmark in the sportbike arena. Without doubt, this has been the most ambitious project in Ducati’s history and underlines our engineering excellence and ‘product emotion’, an aspect of our brand, which, in such a competitive market place, has become more important than ever. This motorcycle represents pure Italian style, the reference point for performance and a safety-enhanced, confidence-inspiring experience for our customers on road and track.”

“We are particularly proud to have created a special ‘Tricolore’ version of this new motorcycle, in the red, white and green of Italy. What better occasion to celebrate the 150th anniversary of our national flag and underline our role and responsibility as ambassadors of the title ‘made in Italy’, than with a product of such style and technical excellence.” Following Mr.Del Torchio’s announcement, Ducati Motor Holding General Manager, Claudio Domenicali, proceeded to release the details of the 2012 models with particular focus on the 1199 Panigale.

“Throughout our long and successful twin-cylinder history of racing, Ducati has never built a sportbike as advanced as the 1199 Panigale,” said Claudio Domenicali during hispresentation. “We are moving into a new generation with a ‘revolution’ of the species that establishes new limits for the category. Its Desmodromic heart, the new Superquadro engine, is the most powerful twin-cylinder ever produced and represents the base of a new concept of frame and engine integration. This concept enables the 1199 Panigale a dry weight of just 164kg and gives it ariding sensation that is closer than ever to a full race bike. With revisedergonomics, full Ride-by-Wire engine management and enhanced systems of ABS and traction control, we have controlled the beast within the 1199 Panigale so that the full emotion of this motorcycle can be enjoyed easily and safely.”

Indeed, the 2012 DucatiSuperbike family marks the official introduction of the groundbreaking 1199Panigale, 1199 Panigale S and flagship 1199 Panigale S Tricolore and opens a new chapter in the company’s iconic Superbike history. Available early in 2012, Ducati’s new generation Superbike, goes beyond the barriers of motorcycle design and engineering to set the most extreme benchmark ever and the direction for future sport bikes. Developed in the red-hot environment of racing and designed to raise the performance bar to its highest, the 1199 Panigale uses innovative Ducati Corse-derived solutions to make World Championship level technology available to everyone.

The most high tech, most powerful twin-cylinder production engine on the planet is now anintegral part of an innovative monocoque chassis that combine to deliver anastonishing 195hp from 164kg (361.5lb) of futuristic Italian thoroughbred. The highest production motorcycle power-to-weight and torque-to-weight ratios in the world are fitting trophies for the incredible results that Ducati have achieved. Bred for the track and trained for the road, priced at $19,995(CDN) for the standard version, $24,495(CDN) for the “S” version, $25,495(CDN) for “S” version with ABS and $29,995(CDN) for the Italian heritage-inspired Tricolore version, the new 1199 Panigale is a true revolution of the species destined to influence the entire sportbike environment.

With the click of a button, Ducati’s Riding Mode concept delivers performance with enhanced rider confidence by combining seven class-leading technologies. The latest-generation sports ABS system, Ducati Traction Control (DTC), Ducati Electronic Suspension (DES), Ducati Quick-Shift (DQS), Ducati’s new race-derived Engine Brake Control (EBC) and Ride-by-Wire (RbW) are now all programmed into seamless, electronic rider assistance. Even the full color Thin Film Transistor (TFT) display changes to suit the rider’s environment.

State-of-the-art from the ground up and melding latest technologies with exciting new familyfeatures, the 1199 Panigale is totally “Ducati” in every respect. Its no-compromise approach to sport design and stylish attention to incredibly fine detail presents authentic Italian performance at its purist. The highly successful 848EVO and new for 2012, 848EVO Corse Special Edition with enhanced electronics, suspension and stunning Ducati Corse livery, complete an incredible 2012 Ducati Superbike range.

2012 sees the excellent new Streetfighter 848 take its place alongside the awesome firepower of the Streetfighter S to broaden the stylish and exciting, high-performance naked family. The new 848 fighter is dressed in red with a red frame for Ducati traditionalists, while yellow makes a comeback and the stunning dark stealth scheme underlines the Streetfighter’s aggressive image. The Streetfighter S comes to the fight in Ducati red and the brand new for 2012 “race titanium matte”, both schemes with red frames and black wheels.

The innovative Ducati Diavel introduces a new Cromo model for 2012, in addition to the Diavel AMG Special Edition, recently unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show. First introduced to an excited public at the 2010 Milan International Motorcycle Show, the Ducati Diavel went on to amaze motorcyclists the world over, collecting awards along the way and becoming one of Ducati’s top selling models. For 2012, the groundbreaking Ducati is available in four exciting versions. The standard Diavel, and theDiavel Carbon - with a character-forming mix of aesthetic and performance components - now stand alongside the brand new and stunning Diavel Cromo and the exclusive Diavel AMG Special Edition.

The press conference for Ducati’s 2012 model range also presented an opportunity for the company to celebrate the winning of the Riders’ and Manufacturer’s titles in the 2011 World Superbike Championship with Carlos Checa and Riders’ and Manufacturers’ titles in the 2011 Superstock 1000 FIM Cup with Davide Giugliano. Both riders rode Team Althea Racing Ducati 1198s to their respective victories and both bikes will be proudly shown on the Ducati stand at EICMA2011. The entire 2012 Ducati motorcycle range in addition to new accessory and apparel collections will be on show at EICMA 2011 in Milan on stand G64 of hall 18 from 10-13 November.


Parts Canada Motorcycle Mania’ on radX HD Monday, November 7, at 8pm EST

The countdown is on to the debut of ‘Parts Canada Motorcycle Mania’ on radX HD Monday, November 7, at 8pm EST.

‘Parts Canada Motorcycle Mania’, sponsored by BMW Motorrad Canada and Deeley Harley Davidson, is a two and a half hour block of dedicated motorcycle racing coverage on radX each Monday night at 8pm EST.

The two wheeled programming window includes High Definition of coverage of the Canadian Superbike Championship by Parts Canada and the second season of the award winning documentary series ‘Ultimate Superbike’.

“Viewers are in for a real treat with our coverage of the Canadian Superbike Championship,” said Colin Fraser of PMP. “Motorcycle road racing is a sport that really lends itself to the high definition experience and I think we will open some eyes with our coverage."

The race coverage will include flag-to-flag action from the featured Parts Canada Superbike class, plus the Harley-Davidson XR1200 Cup and Pirelli Pro Sport Bike divisions.

‘Ultimate Superbike’ documents the radX / BMW Motorrad Canada factory Superbike team as it contests the national tour. The series debuted last summer to the highest ratings ever on radX.

This represents the 17th straight season of television coverage of the Canadian Superbike Championship by Parts Canada. Sponsorship comes from BMW Motorrad Canada and Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada.

BMW Motorrad Canada is now in its second year of running a factory Pro Superbike team while Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada is title sponsor of the XR1200 Cup as well as the Ruthless Racing team.

radXHD is owned and operated by High Fidelity HDTV, Canada’s leading HD broadcaster. With its suite of High Definition channels, Oasis HD, HiFi , eqhd, and radX, High Fidelity HDTV provides Canadians with some of the best non-fiction programming from around the world.

The premier schedule for the radX Canadian Superbike Championship is as follows:

- Episode 1 Circuit ICAR Mirabel, Que. Monday, November 7
- Episode 2 Shannonville Mtrspt Park Shannonville, Ont. Monday. November 14
- Episode 3 Autodrome St. Eustache St-Eustache, Que. Monday, November 21
- Episode 4 Atlantic Motorsport Park Shubenacadie, N.S. Monday, November 28
- Episode 5 Mosport Int’l Raceway I Bowmanville, Ont. Monday, December 5
- Episode 6 Mosport Int’l Raceway II Bowmanville, Ont. Monday, December 12


Husqvarna Motorcycles – 108-year tradition with 82 world championship titles

There is hardly any other motorcycle brand able to boast a 108-year tradition of motorcycle production and racing like that of Husqvarna. The first Husqvarna motorcycles were built in 1903, with victory coming just 13 years later in 1916 at one of best known enduro races of the time, the Novemberkåsan. This laid the foundation for a success story which remains unparalleled to this day.

 While the thirties also saw victories in road racing, too, it was after the Second World War that Husqvarna achieved a major breakthrough in off-road racing. In the early fifties, the company not only focussed on developing and manufacturing innovative, competitive and reliable motorcycles but also made a clear commitment to its involvement in the areas of motocross and enduro racing. Husqvarna won its first world championship in the class up to 250 cc in 1959, collecting the same title in the 500 cc category just two years later.

Ongoing success in racing made Husqvarna a sought-after brand with increasing sales figures not just in Europe but also in the USA. The enormous popularity of Husqvarna was enhanced by famous riders such as Mikkola, Aberg and Hallman, but there was one outstanding celebrity fan: American actor Steve McQueen. McQueen was not just an enthusiastic motorcyclist and motor racing fan, he also achieved success himself on the race track on both two and four wheels. Among other things he entered the Six Days in 1964. The title photo of the US magazine "Sports Illustrated" dated August 23rd 1971 showing a bare-topped Steve McQueen doing a jump on a Husqvarna 400 Motocross remains legendary to this day. The McQueen-Husqvarna combination eventually became the idol of a whole generation of off-road fans.

Today Husqvarna Motorcycles is able to look back over an incredible 82 world championship titles, four of which were won in the 2011 season which has just finished. Juha Salminen and Antoine Meo clinched the titles in the E1 and E2 classes of the World Enduro Championship. Husqvarna Motorcycles also won the brand championship in these classes. Winning four out of a total of six possible titles in the World Enduro Championship clearly shows that Husqvarna was the dominant brand.

In future Husqvarna Motorcycles will be extending its core expertise in the area of off-road motorcycles. With the presentation of the new Husqvarna Nuda 900/ 900 R including the first official test rides for journalists a week ago, the tradition-steeped brand celebrated an impressive and highly promising comeback. 

BMW Motorrad and Husqvarna Motorcycles – a powerful partnership.

Husqvarna Motorcycles has been part of the BMW Group since October 1st 2007 and is able to rely on BMW Motorrad as a powerful partner at its side in every respect. Today there are some 260 staff working at the company headquarters in Cassinetta di Biandronno and the model range currently includes 26 motorcycles of the enduro, motocross, supermoto, minibike and road segments. What is more, Husqvarna offers an extensive range of accessories, rider equipment and merchandising.

The powerful partnership between BMW Motorrad and Husqvarna Motorcycles with its selective clustering of the strengths of each brand has meant that both can look back over a successful year in 2011. And there is much promise for future developments, too, in particular with a view to the incorporation of rider assistance systems such as ABS to increase active riding safety. 

BMW Motorrad ABS – a success story for riding safety.

23 years go, BMW Motorrad was the first motorcycle manufacturer in the world to fit its machines with the anti-locking system ABS, setting a milestone in active motorcycling safety at the time. As of today over 1.2 million BMW motorcycles have come off the production line fitted with ABS. ABS can be selected as an optional extra in every current BMW model.

Initially introduced as an extra in the BMW Motorrad models of the K series such as the K 100 and K1 at a supplementary charge of DM 1,980.-, it soon blazed a trail of success in the boxer series and later in the F models.

While the first generation of BMW Motorrad ABS already offered a high level of additional safety by ensuring lateral grip on vehement straight-ahead braking manoeuvres, even on slippery surfaces or with abrupt changes in friction coefficient, BMW ABS II introduced in autumn 1993 improved the range of performance even further. At the time this marked the debut a completely new design of the traditional BMW boxer engine in the BMW R 1100 RS, which also ushered in the second innovation stage in the field of ABS. Here, the  more sensitive regulatory capacity of the system was a major technological advance. A short while later, BMW ABS II was also introduced for the new BMW R 1100 GS - in a form which was specially adapted to the needs of a high-performance travel enduro and disengageable for off-road use.

Another major step forward in terms of ABS development was the BMW Integral ABS introduced in 2000, incorporated not just in the BMW Motorrad road models but shortly afterwards in the GS models, too.

It was this innovative strength that has enabled BMW Motorrad to establish itself as a trendsetter in active motorcycle safety in the course of the last two decades. Today almost all motorcyclists opt for this massive safety bonus.

Enduropark Hechlingen has had a key role to play in the development of BMW Motorrad ABS systems since 1990. It has become established as a development site for this technology and in hindsight can be regarded as the birthplace of off-road ABS.

But in the course of ABS development with a view to increasing ride safety even further, BMW has also created drive control systems such as traction slip control or most recently dynamic traction control DTC for the new BMW S 1000 RR. 

Race ABS in the BMW S 1000 RR - the latest culmination of ABS development.

The high point of ABS development for motorcycles as it currently stands is the new BMW Motorrad Race ABS, developed for the supersports bike S 1000 RR. The rider can press a button to select engine characteristics including the relevant Race ABS characteristics for a range of conditions such as a wet surface ("Rain"), road ("Sport"), race track with supersports tyres ("Race") and race track with slicks ("Slick"). These are combined with the various modes and are mutually harmonised for maximum safety. In this individually adaptable rider assistance system, the rider himself selects the level of support to be provided. For example, unwanted early intervention of ABS while riding in sporty style is now a thing of the past.

The new BMW Motorrad Race ABS is a completely newly developed system which is significantly lighter than previous part integral systems. With a control unit weighing just 1.5 kg and a total weight of just 2.5 kg, it is ideally suited for use in supersports motorcycles. But in addition to weight the system especially provides even further improved regulation response.

In addition to an excellent set-up, the main reason for this is the use of a total of four pressure sensors which operate with a very sophisticated rear wheel lift detection system to distinguish even more effectively than before between a bump and a locking rear wheel. In "Race" and "Slick" modes, the rear wheel lift detection function does not interfere with the rider's desire to brake. In this way, the "Slick" mode allows particularly skilled riders to perform so-called brake drifts without having to do without the benefits of a front wheel ABS.

The high technological status of BMW Motorrad Race ABS was borne out by the recent victory of the S 1000 RR at the International German Motorcycle Championship IDM on the Salzburgring on July 3rd 2011. 

The Husqvarna Motorcycles Off-Road ABS – the world's first ABS for off-road racing.

However, an ABS system designed for racing need not necessarily be limited to road bikes. For this reason, Husqvarna Motorcycles is pleased to be the first manufacturer in the world to present an ABS for off-road racing in the current flagship model, the TE 449.

BMW Motorrad first brought out an off-road ABS with lockable rear wheel in 2007. A comparable system is already in serial production in the form of the "Slick" mode of the ABS in the BMW S 1000 RR. Here, the system allows the rider to block the rear wheel for so-called brake drifts by deactivating the ABS function in the rear wheel. This is a fundamental riding dynamics function which an ABS must offer to be suitable for off-road racing purposes.

The system used in the development showcase Husqvarna TE-449 is a so-called dual channel ABS with components supplied by both the established development partner BMW Motorrad and Husqvarna Motorcycles itself. It consists of two wheel sensors and the associated pulse wheels for detecting the rotational speeds of the front and rear wheels, an ABS pressure modulator, a hydraulic system and an electronic control unit. Due to the particular dynamic requirements of off-road racing, ABS regulation occurs solely at the front wheel. The rear wheel brake is not regulated, so the rider can deliberately lock the rear wheel.

Currently, the ABS systems generally used in serial production motorcycles are only partially suitable for off-road use: their regulation specifications on surfaces such as gravel does not allow for maximum possible brake performance.

For this reason, the relevant parameters and in particular the slip thresholds in the Husqvarna Motorcycles Off-Road ABS have been adapted for improved braking performance over rough terrain. Since there is no ABS regulation of the rear wheel, the specifications for road speed and wheel acceleration were also optimised. The additional use of the rear wheel rotational speed supports the reference speed for the front wheel, making the Husqvarna Motorcycles Off-Road ABS particularly robust. 

Increased braking performance off-road - reduced stress for the rider.

In practice, hobby enduro riders with sporty ambitions will especially benefit from the advantages offered by the Husqvarna Motorcycles Off-Road ABS, which weighs just 1.5 kg. In addition to the clearly superior brake performance it provides as compared to existing serial production ABS systems, it also offers significantly increased braking safety and enhanced directional stability and ride stability at comparable road speeds.

The Husqvarna Motorcycles Off-Road ABS supports the rider when braking, allowing him to concentrate fully on the track and providing enhanced braking safety in the threshold range in particular. Less stress and greater comfort are other positive effects which allow hobby enduro riders to stretch their personal limits and thereby enjoy even greater off-road fun.

The Husqvarna Motorcycles Off-Road ABS has an adapted pressure point feel integrated in the system, thereby ensuring that the rider remains in touch with the regulation status. During braking within the regulation range, the rider feels a pulse in the handbrake lever  -  providing clear, transparent feedback on the braking manoeuvre.

The dual channel system of the Husqvarna Motorcycles Off-Road ABS also offers considerable potential for further development. For example, it would conceivable to provide two ABS modes for off-road and on-road use, activated separately by the rider, with ABS regulation of the rear-wheel brake for travelling on the road.


London's largest law enforcement agency testing the Zero DS electric motorcycle

Zero Motorcycles Continues to Secure New Relationships with Law Enforcement Agencies,
Military and Fleet Programs

Zero Motorcycles announced in mid-October in the United Kingdom and greater Europe that London’s Metropolitan (Met) Police - Motorcycle Tasking Team, has taken delivery for further assessment of the Zero DS (Dual Sport) electric motorcycle for urban patrolling purposes. This news reaches the United States as Zero is embarking on its largest product line unveiling to date at next week’s 2011 EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy. Zero has been very active over the past year working closely with local law enforcement agencies and special military programs to educate them on the benefits of electric motorcycle technology.

The Zero DS is the first electric motorcycle to participate in a trial with a United Kingdom law enforcement agency. As part of the program, the Zero DS will be evaluated in two areas of policing – The Motorcycle Tasking Team will use the bike at its roadside tasking sites and will also be using it for actual law enforcement purposes.

The bike will also be used as part of the Met’s “BikeSafe” and “ScooterSafe” programs, which are aimed at raising awareness and offering briefings and assessments around the country to help reduce motorcycle related accidents.

Mick Cheeseman, Sergeant in the Motorcycle Tasking Team for the Met, said, “The Motorcycle Team is very excited to be given the opportunity to test the Zero DS under everyday police conditions. Much of our work is about giving advice and instruction on keeping motorcyclists safe on London’s roads, and being able to do this on an electric motorcycle means also we can aim to reduce our impact on the environment. The Zero DS is a technologically advanced machine and we look forward to trialling it over the next few weeks to see how it can be used to as a daily part of our police business.”

Edwin Belonje, Managing Director, Zero Motorcycles Europe, added, “We are very pleased to have this opportunity to work with London’s Metropolitan Police and to support their efforts to find ways to reduce their carbon output by using zero emission vehicles on a daily basis. The Zero DS will provide them with an insight into the huge benefits of electric vehicles, including noise reduction, particularly relevant in pedestrian areas, reduced running costs as there is minimal servicing and maintenance costs associated with electric vehicles, and obviously lower fuel costs.”

Zero Motorcycles are currently being used by law enforcement agencies in Scotts Valley, Calif., Santa Cruz, Calif., the City of Pointe-Claire and by the New Mexico Fish and Wildlife Service, where Zeros are utilized daily by the police department and security divisions to assist with local patrols and traffic enforcement.
The Zero DS is being supplied in full Met Police uniform thanks to a sponsorship from the UK’s leading security marking company Datatag ID Ltd. The bike has also been fitted with a Datatag security system.


BMW Motorrad Canada Sales for October

Compared to the same month last year the guys at BMW are up a little.  Compared to the same 12 month period last year - they're down pretty significantly.

I'd hazard a guess that sales figures are going to spike up again a little when BMW Motorrad come out with the liquid cooled GS 12000.

Full details:

BMW Motorrad Canada reported October sales of 105 units, an increase of 1.0 per cent compared to October, 2010.  The year-to-date figure for the brand is 1,579 units, a decrease of 15.3 per cent compared to the same period last year.


Zero Motorcycles to showcase its high-performance electric race bike at the 2011 SEMA show

Zero Motorcycles will be showcasing its high-performance race motorcycle this week at the 2011 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The racing application, developed by Zero Motorcycles and K Squared Racing, will be onsite in the International Rectifier Booth #34193.

Team Rider and Manager, Kenyon Kluge will be onsite answering questions and signing autographs. This is Zero Motorcycles’ first product appearance at SEMA.

“SEMA is the gateway to innovation in the auto industry and we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to showcase our electric race motorcycle in the International Rectifier Booth. Zero’s vast product line continues to innovate in the motorcycle industry and by showcasing our technology at SEMA it opens us up to a new audience as well.”

WHEN: Tuesday, November 1st – Friday, November 4th
WHERE: International Rectifier Booth #34193


Deeley Harley Davidson Canada teams up with Movember

Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada and the network of participating authorized Canadian Harley-Davidson Retailers are pleased to announce a new partnership with Movember – the global leader dedicated to changing the face of men’s health and raising awareness of mens’ health issues.

Intent on enhancing the success that Movember has had throughout the years, Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada has designed a contest to support this important cause. For every $100 raised fervent supporters and registered fundraisers for Movember, also affectionately known as “Mo Bro” or “Mo Sista”, will receive one ballot for the chance to win a 2012 Night Rod Special VRSCDX motorcycle. Additionally, they will each receive a ticket to attend a local Movember Closing Gala Party, where Mo Bro’s and Mo Sista’s will showcase their immaculate grooming and celebrate the finest Mos competing in a number of category titles – including Best Mo in Character, Miss Movember, and of course, Man of Movember 2011. Participating Canadian Harley‑Davidson Retailers will be setting up their own fundraising teams for the cause as well, and will carry limited supplies of iconic Movember Harley-Davidson T-Shirts with proceeds going towards Prostate Cancer Canada.

To show even more corporate support towards the cause, Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada is offering to match up to $25,000 of the funds that are raised by participating authorized Canadian Harley-Davidson  Retailers. Deeley is also hosting a Shave-off Party in both the Concord and the Richmond offices, where several senior executives will receive the full barber-shop treatment, complete with hot towel, straight-razor shave, and a splash of Aqua Velva, to commemorate the official kick-off to Movember. While this is a private event, media representatives are welcome to join in on the shave-off upon request.

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