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Jordan Szoke appearing in racer reality TV show

Brantford Ontario native and motorcycle racer Jordan Szoke will soon be appearing in a reality TV program called Hot Lap. While he's typically not a fan of reality TV programs this is a little different.

This program allows amateur riders a chance to be the fastest at one of 10 tracks in North America throughout 2011. The show follows the trials and tribulations of the amateur riders and either progress through the show or crash.

Szoke won't be doing the racing, the seven-time Parts Canada Superbike Champ is far from an amateur! He'll be functioning as team coach and technical adviser for the show. He'll be on site to assist riders set up their bikes and offer advice.

Shooting begins during the International Motorcycle Supershow, Jan. 6-8, at Toronto's International Centre. Locations for the races or what channel will air the show haven't been announced yet.

Szoke indicates that he sees Hot Lap as "a great chance for amateurs to experience the life of professional riders, which is more than just racing."


$140,000 Ducati lowsided

The fellow who owns the bike featured in this video is apparently referred to as “Desmo Dave” and he's apparently got a little bit of money invested in his 1098 R.  

He bought a 1098 R and an 1198 RS factory race bike, then had all the parts taken off the RS and put on the R’s frame. The R was sold as a road bike, so the frame’s VIN allows him to ride what's basically a Superbike on the road. Not a cheap thing to do apparently; it's supposedly worth approximately $140,000.

Here's the crash video then another video with Desmo Dave talking about why this bike costs so much. Two words - titanium everything.


How NOT to do a Stoppie

Should you be so inclined as to try performing a stoppie take a little knowledge from the experience of this guy. One handed cross up stoppies are NOT a good idea!

Least he wasn't going too fast. Bet he's glad his buddies captured this and posted it on YouTube for him.


Yamaha drops prices for 2012

Popular models like Raider, Road Star, V-Star 950, R1, R6, YZ125 see BIG decreases! (For immediate release) - Yamaha Motor Canada has announced sizeable price reductions to most of their 2012 motorcycles, including models like the Raider, V-Star 950 and R1! This is great news for Canadian customers as suggested retail pricing gets more in line with those offered in the United States. “Due to market fluctuations and inventory levels, we weren’t able to address the pricing gaps of the last few years as quickly as we would have liked”, commented Peter Swanton, National Sales Manager, Motorsports for Yamaha Canada. “But to kick off 2012, we’re well positioned to bring about this price reduction. Yamaha customers can now get many models for the same price they would have paid 7 or 8 years ago, even with the product technological advances that have happened in the meantime.” While some prices remain unchanged, many key models, including those listed below, have seen significant reductions:
2011 PRICE
2012 PRICE
- $3,600
Roadstar Silverado S
- $3,700
Royal Star Venture S
- $3,900
V-Star 950 Tourer
- $1,100
V-Star 250
- $1,000
YZF – R1
- $1,800
YZF – R6
- $1,300
FJR 1300
- $3200
- $900
- $1,000
- $1,000
- $800

Swanton added, “We have great sales programs to complement this change and we’re ready to get Canadians putting quality Yamaha motorcycles back at the top of their wish lists. At Yamaha, customers come first and we’re always welcoming new members to the Yamaha family.”


David Fretigne withdraws from 2012 Dakar

David Frétigné, French rider of Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain, has to withdraw from the Dakar Rally 2012. After his vertebrae injury suffered at the Rally dos Sertoes in August, David is on a very good way of recovering. He was allowed from his medical team to train fully for the Dakar since a few weeks.

Unfortunately his final medical exams showed that his injury has not made enough progress to risk a start at the Dakar, known as the hardest race of its kind in the world. His team wishes him strength for his further recovery and will miss him at the starting line on 1st of January.

David Frétigné: "I am very sad that I can finally not start, after all the good hopes and the hard work to come back. I wish my team all the best at the race, and will be with them with my thoughts. I will continue to work hard on my physical condition, it was just a little bit too early to risk a start, but I will be back soon in full strength."

Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain announced Jose Manuel Pellicer as short notice new team rider, in order not to leave the starting spot of rider number twelve empty.


Ducati special financing for Canada and dedicated Canadian website

Ducati has a special financing incentive on right now for Canada. 5.45% for all new Ducati models and they've also got a new Canadian specific website. Looks like a good time to buy a Ducati if you've been holding off.

Full details:

Ducati celebrates the launch of a new, dedicated website for the Canadian market with an incredible financing offer! From now through March 1, 2012, Ducati, in partnership with National Bank/Banque Nationale, will feature an introductory finance rate of5.45% on ALL new Ducati models.

Cupertino, Calif. (19 December 2011) – Ducati North America and National Bank/ Banque Nationale are excited to announce the Ducati “Freedom of Choice” event. Ducati, in celebration of its amazing 2012 line-up, including the all new Diavel AMG, Diavel Cromo, 848EVO Corse, Streetfighter 848, and the most anticipated motorcycle of the decade: the 1199 Panigale, as well as the newly formed partnership with National Bank /Banque Nationale, will feature an introductory finance rate of5.45% for 36 months on ALL new Ducati models.

In celebration of this amazing finance offer, Ducati announces the launch of abrand new, dedicated website for Canada. Effective immediately, www.canada.ducati.comwill go live as a dedicated portal for the Canadian market. Now, the Canadian community will have direct access to all Ducati-related content, including the latest information on Ducati news, apparel and motorcycle product.

“Freedom of Choice” is a great opportunity for all enthusiasts that are looking to own an iconic and long-winning Ducati motorcycle. From the unstoppable Multistrada1200 to the category crushing Ducati Diavel, your selection is limited only to the inventory on hand. Don’t miss your opportunity to take advantage of this special offer and ride off on the Ducati of your dreams!

For more information about this amazing opportunity, please visit the new or your local Ducati dealer.


Star Wars riding suit

If you're a big - I mean really, really big fan of Star Wars and you also believe in all gear all the time then you might just be in luck because you can combine a couple of needs in one shot with soem Star Wars riding gear.

Good news is that if you like black gear you can get Shadow Trooper black but if a classic Storm Trooper look is what you're after then by all means go for the classic Stormtrooper imperial white.

You'd better act fast though - sales end January 31st, 2012. Price of entry into this elite group of 500 lucky riders is 1,165.00 CDN for a complete set. For full details check out the UD Replica website HERE.

Maybe Star Wars isn't your thing? Have no fear they've got replicas from all sorts of movies. Tron Legacy, Batman, Iron Man II and more.


If Ken Block rode a motorcycle

If Ken Block - that DC Shoe guy who scored himself a WRC ride by posting a hugely popular Gymkhana video (google it) - rode a motorcycle instead of driving a car it might look a little something like what this guy Jorian Ponomareff is doing.

Impressive bike control!  


Honda CBR250R Challenge National Championship Road Racing

New rules are in place for the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship - Honda CBR250R series. They've also announced dates for the two CBR250R specific Schools in 2012 which are:

Friday, May 25, Autodrome St. Eustache, Quebec
Monday, May 28, Rider Development Track, Mosport, Ontario

For a full list of the rules check out the CSBK website HERE.


BMW S1000RR + Icy Lake. No Problem!

It's getting cool here in Canada and thoughts are naturally shifting to storing the bike for the winter.

So, what to do for fun now? Well, if you've got a BMW S1000RR, an icy lake, and a whole lot of pointy screws - it may not be quite time to winterize your ride!


Motus - Not Your Typical American Motorcycle

"When you ride the Motus - you get the feeling that it was designed by people who ride themselves."

Alan Cathcart - Syndicated Motorcycle Journalist

Haven't seen much from Motus the past few months but here's a interview from a test rider and some video of riding. Wheelie alert! It's a great looking and sounding bike. Oh the sound! V4 heaven for these ears.

Hopefully it'll be on the roads soon!


Motorcycle riding on the Kananaskis Trail in Alberta

Jeff over at VRIDETV has posted a new video of a motorcycle ride on the Kananskis Trail in Alberta and listed us in the credits.  Thanks Jeff!

Here's his description of the ride.

Travelling in Kananaskis Country is incredible, it's filled with beautiful scenery, wildlife and windy roads. The Kananaskis Trail (Highway 40) begins about 20 minutes East of Canmore Alberta and is definitely one of my top five favourite roads to ride. It was a real treat to capture these big male elks rattling each others antlers near the end of this video.

Be sure to check out VRIDETV for all sorts of useful information and HD video's.


Yamaha releases 2012 TMAX

Yamaha releases All-New 2012 TMAX: The styling and flare of a sport bike; the comfort and practicality of a scooter

Yamaha’s 2012 TMAX is the ‘R1’ of the scooter world. Other than its step-through design, the all-new TMAX features sport bike inspired torque, handling and braking power!

“The TMAX is a very interesting machine,” says Yamaha Motor Canada’s Motorcycle Product Manager, John Bayliss. “For sure it’s practical, comfortable and fuel efficient like most scooters, but the TMAX also offers a very exciting ride. From the engine and chassis, to brakes and suspension, the TMAX features impressive performance in every category. Even the most skilled rider would be amazed with its ability to react like a sport bike!”

Inside the TMAX is a 530cc, fuel-injected 4-stroke engine that delivers instant throttle response and great power; a unique, CF die cast aluminum frame contributes to its sporty handling, and large diameter wheels and motorcycle inspired suspension create an agile yet stable ride. This machine is great for zipping through busy downtown traffic, but equally as comfortable cruising along major highways.

Complementing its high performance character, the TMAX also features outstanding details, like an angular instrument panel, new headlights and height-adjustable windscreen.


Norton Commando 961 SE lotto, and a cool shirt

Vision Eleven Apparel have a pretty awesome contest running.  They've got 10,000 Norton t-shirts made from what they say is very high quality cottons using a superior printing process.

So, here's the deal. You buy a t-shirt from the Vision Eleven Apparel website and not only do you get a t-shirt but you get a one in approximately 10,000 chance to win yourself a Norton Commando 961 SE. It's one of only 200 made. It's number 190 in fact.  It's valued at approximately $25,000.

Check out their YouTube Channel to learn more about the shirts and the Norton Commando that could be yours if you buy one.  Think of it as a lotto ticket except you're guaranteed to at least get a shirt out of the deal!


BMW Motorrad Canada Announces 2012 Product and Pricing updates

A big Press Release from BMW Motorrad Canada today with product updates and 2012 product line information - even some 2013 stuff.  It's a big one!  Enjoy:

BMW Motorrad Canada is pleased to announce an expanded product lineup for 2012, highlighted by an emphasis on Urban Mobility and BMW’s first entry into the globally popular and growing scooter market.

BMW Introduces the C600 Sport and C650GT Maxi-Scooters

The challenges facing inner city traffic in the future, already being experienced today, will be growing traffic volume, rising energy costs, and increasing pressure on CO2 emissions and fuel efficiency.

Recognizing these challenges as they apply to single-track vehicles, and as an integral component of a BMW Group stragegy for sustainable mobility, BMW Motorrad is pleased to introduce two premium vehicles in the maxi scooter segment which address these challenges with innovative new concepts.

The BMW C600Sport and the BMW C650GT combine the outstanding riding characteristics of a motorcycle with the agility, weather protection and comfort of a scooter, creating a whole new dynamic riding experience.

Conceptually unique, the two BMW maxi scooters appeal to a wide target group: the C600Sport for riders with sporting preferences, and the C650GT for customers who place great emphasis on comfort and touring capability. Both BMW maxi scooters incorporate the unique, modern and dynamic design language of BMW Motorrad, setting a new benchmark in the scooter segment.

Powerful 2-cylinder inline engine with CVT.

The 2-cylinder water-cooled inline DOHC four-valve engine of the C600Sport and C650GT is an all-new development by BMW Motorrad with a displacement of 647 cc. Both models are equipped with electronic fuel injection and have a class-leading output of 60 hp at 7500 rpm, with maximum torque of 48.7 ft-lb at 6000 rpm.

With its cylinder bank inclined forward 70°, the compact engine contributes to a low center of gravity, while its 90° crank pin offset, 270° ignition spacing, and two balancer shafts minimize vibration. Lubrication is via a double oil pump dry sump and the stainless steel exhaust system incorporates a closed loop catalytic converter and oxygen sensor.

Power is transferred via a directly integrated CVT transmission with an automatic centrifugal clutch and a maintenance-free secondary chain drive running in an oil bath.

Responsive suspension and exceptional riding stability.

One objective in the development of the C600Sport and C650GT was to combine directional stability at highway speeds with agile handling in city traffic and vivid feedback to the rider – just like a motorcycle.

The design of the C600Sport and C650GT suspension features a torsionally rigid hybrid interconnection of a tubular steel bridge frame and a diecast aluminum unit at the swingarm bearing with the engine functioning as a load-bearing member.

At the front, an upside down fork presents a generous fixed fork diameter of 40 mm. The rear employs a reclining spring strut on the left side. Spring travels are an identical 115 mm.

Both the C600Sport and C650GT roll on a 3.5 x 15“ five spoke diecast light alloy wheel fitted with a 120/70-15 tire. The 4.5 x 15“ rear wheel is fitted with a 160/60-15 tire.

Powerful braking system with standard ABS.

The new C600Sport and C650GT are fitted with duel 270mm disc brakes with double-piston floating calipers at the front and a single 270mm disc with double-piston caliper at the rear. BMW Motorrad dual-channel ABS is standard equipment on both models.

A separate rear caliper parking brake is automatically engaged on deployment of the side stand, ensuring stability when stationary.

Multifunctional instrument cluster.

The instrument cluster of the C600Sport and C650GT presents a large, easily readable LCD display with integrated tachometer and analogue speedometer. In addition to the standard complement of fuel level guage, clock, and grip-heater level indicator, an on-board computer, standard on both models, also includes functions for monitoring exterior temperature, fuel consumption, oil level, average speed, date, and (optional) tire pressure control.

Unique Character for each model.

Distinguishing elements of the C600 Sport and C650GT are:

The C600Sport employs a more dynamic seat position with flatter handlebars, sporty seat design for both one and two persons, and sporty footrests for the passenger; seat height 810 mm.
The C650GT seat position emphasizes comfort with higher handlebars, more comfortable and larger seat with adjustable backrest for the rider, and foot boards for the passenger as well; seat height 780 mm.

C600Sport - manually adjustable to three positions.
C650GT – electrically adjustable over 10 cm for even greater comfort and protection from wind and weather.

Body and design
- C600Sport – sporty and spartan panels. The lean rear flanks with dynamic upswing and emphatic body edges emphasize lightness and dynamics.
- C650GT - generously sized panel parts for outstanding comfort and protection against wind and weather.

Headlights, turn indicators, rear light- C600Sport - front turn indicators integrated in the panelling, twin circular headlights with two side lights on the left and right, LED rear light cluster with single turn indicators
- C650GT - front turn indicators integrated in the mirrors, twin circular headlights with side lights between them presenting a vertical light strip of three elements, LED rear light cluster with integrated turn indicators.

Stowage space- C600Sport - with world premiere FlexCase/variable stowage space concept in the tail under the seat. Despite its sporty, spartan tail section, two helmets can be easily stowed in the parked vehicle.
- C650GT - large stowage space of about 60 litres in the rear, also accomodating two helmets.

The luggage compartments share LED lighting and can also be equipped with an auxilliary power socket (accessory).

- C600Sport
Cosmic blue metallic matt
Titan silver metallic
Sapphire black metallic

- C650GT
Sapphire black metallic
Platinum bronze metallic
Vermilion red metallic

Factory Options
Both the C600Sport and C650GT will be available with the following factory options: 
- BMW Anti-theft Alarm
Highline Package, including:
- Heated Grips
- Heated Seat
- Tire Pressure Monitor

Accessories - A full range of accessories will also be available from market launch, including:
- Large Volume waterproof Top Case (35L) in all body colours
- Central Tunnel Bag (12L)
- BMW Motorrad Navigator IV navigation system w/integrated mount
- BMW Motorrad Communication System
- USB charging unit
- Drop-protection pads
- Scooter lock
- Akrapovic Sports Silencer
- Chrome features (passenger footrests and footplate inserts
- Additional power socket for luggage compartment

Pricing for the new BMW Maxi-Scooters will be announced in spring of 2012. The C600Sport and C650GT will reach BMW Motorrad dealers in fall of 2012 as 2013 models.

G650GS Sertão

Echoing the iconic previous-generation F650GS Dakar, the new 2012 BMW G650GS Sertão extends the G650GS Enduro family, offering greater off-road practicality, with equipment and design graphics reflecting its more rugged orientation.

Incorporating all of the upgraded features of the “refreshed” G650GS introduced in 2011, the new 2012 G650GS Sertão adds:

- Long spring travels (210 mm front/rear)
- Wire spoke wheels w/light alloy rims – 21” front/17” rear
- High Windscreen
- Hand protectors
- Extended front mud guard
- Standard seat height of 860 mm (Optional High Seat – 900 mm)
- Aluminum engine skid plate
- Black Luggage
- An exlusive Aura White w/Arroyo Blue colour comination with Sertão tank and rear panel graphics and high-contrast black/grey seat.

The new G650GS Sertão debuts with an MSRP of $9,750.

Available Factory options include ABS Brakes ($525 – includes Hazard Warning Flashers), Anti-Theft Alarm System ($270) and auxilliary electrical socket ($30).


Scarcely two years afer the S1000RR set a new benchmark in the one-litre supersports category, the S1000RR enters its next stage of evolution in 2012, with a multitude of refinements that enhance its already spectacular power delivery, handling dynamics and visual impact.

The multitude of technical changes to the RR**, too numerous to catalogue in detail here, can be summarized as:

Power Delivery enhancements- Optimized torque curve for improved ridability
- Expansion from two to three performance curves - one each for Rain and Sport modes and an additional one for Race and Slick modes); Rain Mode now 163 hp.
- Reconfigured throttle for enhanced response (particularly gentle and sensitive acceleration in Rain Mode, and immediately direct and spontaneous response in Sport, Race and Slick modes.
- Reduced throttle twisting force and tighter twistgrip angle.
- Smaller secondary ratio for increased acceleration.

Handling/Suspension enhancements- Refined tuning between Race ABS and DTC.
- Revised spring elements for a wider range of damping forces.
- New mechanical steering damper adjustable over ten levels.
- Modified steering geometry – steering head angle, offset, swing arm pivot position, fork projection and spring strut length.

Cockpit/Instrument enhancements- New instrument display with more readable tachometer.
- New functions: “Best lap in Progress” and “Speed-warning”
- Available heated grips.

Design and visual enhancements- Revised design with leaner tail section, redesigned side-panels, center airbox cover with side aperture grilles, and new air deflector « winglets » which improve aerodynamics and dissipate air pressure on riders’ hands and arms.
- Two dramatic new colour combinations complement the new dynamic elements: 
-- Racing Red non-metallic with Alpine White non-metallic
-- Blue Fire non-metallic
- (still available are Sapphire Black Metallic and the Motorsport combination of Alpine White/Lupin Blue and Magma Red).
- Revised tank graphics with new emphasis on RR logo.

**Note: for additional detailed information on the myriad enhancements to the new RR, please consult the international S1000RR press release attachment found with this release on BMW Press Club.

With an MSRP of $17,750, virtually unchanged (+$100) over 2011, the new BMW S1000RR restates its value and reinforces its position as the benchmark supersports bike for 2012.

F800R gets dramatic makeover for 2012

Since its market launch in May 2009, the BMW F800R has provided impressive agility, performance and light-footed handling combined with excellent fuel consumption. For 2012, the compact BMW Motorrad sport roadster gets a significant visual makeover.

Continuing with its proven and popular 798cc/87 hp DOHC parallel twin, the emphasis on dynamic design changes make for a significant transition into 2012, highlighted by:

- New front side trim panels in body colour
- Front fender/mudguards in body colour
- Rear strut spring finished in red
- Sport windshield in body colour – now standard
- White indicators –now standard
- Striking new colour combinations:
-- Alpine White with Black Satin gloss
-- Magma Red with White Aluminum metallic matt
-- Mineral Silver metallic

The MSRP of the 2012 F800R is virtually unchanged (+$50) at $10,150.

A myriad of colour and detail changes for several 2012 models – one model discontinued.

Keeping several BMW Motorrad models fresh for 2012, dramatic new colours and colour combinations find their way into the lineup, also with individual detail changes as follows:

- G650GS No technical changes. MSRP unchanged at $8,800.
- F650GS No technical changes. MSRP unchanged at $9,850.

New “Special Model” ($325), includes new colour combination of:

- Body in Sun Yellow with Black satin gloss.
- Frame in Granite Grey metallic matt.
- Swing-arm in Nürburg Silver metallic/black fork tubes.

Also includes:

- Front fender/mudguard and High windscreen from F800GS.


- No technical changes. MSRP unchanged at $12,750.
- Two new limited-production “Special Model” packages:
Triple Black model ($195), includes new colour combination of:
- Body in Deep Black
- Frame in Granite Grey metallic matt.
- Swing-arm Nürburg Silver metallic/black fork tubes.
- Seat in Black/Rally Grey.

Trophy Special model ($460), includes new colour combination of:
- Body in Desert Blue/Alpine White
- Side covers and all other painted body parts in Alpine White non-metallic.
Also includes:
- Aluminum skid plate/engine protector.
- Hand protection guards (large with built-in spoiler).

F800ST No technical changes. MSRP unchanged at $12,550.

New Colour:

- Lupin Blue Metallic w/Sapphire Black and Metallic Grey ($500).
- (Light Grey metallic discontinued)
- Also: Touring Package ($1,000) now includes ABS.

R1200R No technical or colour changes/carryover. MSRP unchanged at $15,100.

R1200GS No technical changes. MSRP virtually unchanged (+$50) at $17,900.

New R1200GS Rally model ($1,700),includes new colour combination of:

- Body in Alpine White.
- Rear frame in Red.
- Swing-arm in Granite Grey metallic/black fork tubes/black engine.

Also includes:

- Cross-spoke wheels.
- White Hand Protectors.
- Chrome Exhaust.
- Enduro ESA.
- OBC.
- Luggage brackets.

R1200GS No technical changes. MSRP unchanged at $20,600.

Adventure New Triple Black model ($600)includes new colour combination of:

- Body and all painted body parts in Sapphire Black Metallic.
- Swing-arm and frame in Asphalt Grey metallic/black fork tubes/black engine.
- Silver aluminum knee panel.
- Seat in black and Rally Grey

R1200RT No technical changes. MSRP virtually unchanged (+$100) at $20,550.

New Colours:
- Midnight Blue Metallic
- Light Magnesim Metallic w/Magnesium beige metallic ($750 option)
- Fluid Grey Metallic
- (Polar Metallic, Thunder Grey Metallic, Ostra Grey discontinued)

K1300R No technical changes. MSRP unchanged at $16,850.

New Special model ($1,300) includes colour combination:

- Ostra Grey Met w/Sapphire Blk Metallic.
- Design tape in Ostra Grey/Sun Yellow.

Also includes:

- Carbon Engine Spoiler
- (Acid Green Metallic paint discontinued)

K1300S No technical changes. MSRP unchanged at $16,990.

New Colour:

-Titan Silver Metallic w/Sapphire Blk Metallic
-Still available in Magma Red w/Sapphire Blk Metallic
- (Light Grey Metallic w/Lupin and Alpine White w/Sapphire discontinued)

New Special model – K1300S with HP Package ($5,000), includes new colour combination of:

-Alpine White w/Night Blk + design tape.

HP Package also includes:

- Gear Shift Assistant.
- Tinted W/shield.
- HP foot pegs front & rear.
- Akrapovic sport silencer,
- Paddock stand.
-HP Carbon parts: front fender, air box cover, clutch cover, pillion seat cover.

K1300GT Discontinued.

K1600GT No technical changes. No colour changes. MSRP virtually unchanged (+$100) at $24,200.

K1600GTL No technical changes. No colour changes. MSRP $29,500 (+$250).

With the exception of the new BMW Maxi-Scooters, all 2012 BMW motorcycles will be on sale in spring of 2012.


BMW Christmas Postcard

Can't remember if it was last year that BMW started this electronic greeting card thing for Christmas.  It's been a year or two that they've been doing this.  This year it's a bunch of BMW motorcycles and you can type out a message that scrolls across the screen or stick with the default message.

Gimmicky but it might appeal to some folks looking to send a e-greeting to motorcycle enthusiasts.

Here's the LINK.



BMW Motorrad Canada will be attending the MMIC Motorcycle shows this coming season. Come check out the 2012 line-up, including the all-new Maxi-Scooters – the C600 Sport and the C650GT and our newest Enduro bike the G650GS Sertão.

2011-2012 Motorcycle show schedule:
- Toronto December 9 - 11, 2011
- Calgary January 6 - 8, 2012
- Edmonton January 13 - 15, 2012
- Vancouver January 19 - 22, 2012
- Quebec City February 3 - 5, 2012
- Moncton February 10 - 12, 2012
- Montreal February 24 - 26, 2012

As an added bonus they're going to have a ballot box at the events that you can for a chance to win a 2013 BMW C650GT Maxi-Scooter.

Contest ballots will be available at MMIC motorcycle shows, BMW Motorrad Canada retailer demo ride days and other BMW Motorrad Canada events across Canada.

MSRP $11,900*

*Freight, PDI, taxes, admin. fees, licencing, maintenance and fuel costs not included in prize. Price subject to change without notice.


Harley Davidson at the Toronto MMIC Motorcycle Show

An Action-packed Weekend Is Guaranteed For All At The Harley-Davidson Booth

Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada and participating Harley-Davidson Retailers kick-start the MMIC Motorcycle season in Toronto, at the Metro Convention Centre from December 9 to 11, 2011. On just over 6,300 square feet, an impressive line-up of 2012 Harley motorcycles will be showcased, including the popular XL 883 Sportster SuperLow motorcycle, with a Canadian, suggested Retail price of under $10,000, the new and versatile Dyna Switchback motorcycle, and the audacious, yet understated, limited edition CVO Road Glide Custom motorcycle.

Visitors will be able to explore the world of H-D1 Factory Customization through an interactive display. Whether we are talking blacked-out, stripped-down, or chromed-out bikes, the H-D1 Customization Program brings together all of the exclusive parts, processes, and people necessary to allow users to design, build, fit, and personalize a Harley-Davidson motorcycle to be a Custom of One. To build your dream Harley motorcycle, visit

Friday December 9 is SHE RIDES NITE, an industry celebration of women who ride and those who are interested in the sport of motorcycling. That night, all women in attendance will receive a special give-away at the Harley-Davidson booth.

On Saturday December 10, UFC fighters, Jake Shields and Brendan Schaub, as well as UFC Octagon Girl, Brittney Palmer, will be holding an exclusive autograph session at the Harley-Davidson booth between 1:00 and 3:00 pm. For those attending UFC 140 at the ACC, stop by the Harley-Davidson octagon-style display and get your photo taken with hot bikes and models between 4:00 pm and midnight.

Throughout the Toronto Motorcycle Show, visitors will be able to sit on the motorcycles, interact with the displays, and receive useful information from a team of knowledgeable staff. They will also be eligible to enter the draw for a $1,000 Harley-Davidson gift card, as well as pick up a copy of the brand-new published 2012 Test Our Metal Program Calendar which outlines when, where, and how you can test-ride the new model Harley-Davidson motorcycles for free! The calendar is also available online at

Toronto Motorcycle Show - Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Show Hours:

Friday: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

For further information on the Toronto Motorcycle Show, please refer to


BMW Motorrad global sales are up

In the year to the end of November, BMW Motorrad delivered 100,054 motorcycles (prev. yr. 94,283) worldwide – an increase of 6.1% and already 2,007 more than the total sales for 2010. BMW Motorrad delivered 6,112 motorcycles last month (prev. yr. 5,883 / +3.9%).

With the expected December sales, BMW Motorcycle will reach its target for this year. With sales of over 103,000 motorcycles, the white and blue motorcycle brand will deliver more vehicles than ever before in its nearly 90-year-old history.

Husqvarna Motorcycles delivered 7,956 motorcycles in the first eleven months of 2011 (prev. yr. 10,266 / -22.5%). November accounted for 1,181 deliveries (prev. yr. 1,650 / -28.4%).


Öhlins Launches World’s First Aftermarket Mechatronic Suspension to USA Market

Öhlins Racing AB has the world’s first aftermarket electronic suspension system (ESA), designed to replace the electronically adjustable suspension on the BMW R 1200 GS ESA. With its Öhlins TTX shocks and Öhlins ESA ECU, it’s the most advanced mechatronic suspension system available, from its dynamic mechanics to its autonomic electronics.

Öhlins’ mechatronic suspension system will be revealed to the USA market at the Long Beach, California IMS show this weekend, December 9-11. It will be on display at the Öhlins USA booth, number 1560, mounted and functioning on a 2011 BMW R 1200 GS ESA. Also on display will be new product for sportbikes, MX bikes, and American V-Twins from Milwaukee.

At the forefront in the development of electronically adjustable suspension, this latest mechatronic suspension system was developed out of Öhlins extensive experience with creating one of the World’s first production electronic suspension systems, found on the Ducati Multistrada. Equally, it evolved from Öhlins’ historic win in World Superbike with a Yamaha YZF-R1 fitted with electronic suspension in 2007, piloted by Noriyuki Haga. Öhlins’ performance reputation complements BMW’s heritage of quality, giving riders an appropriate upgrade for their touring needs.

The mechatronic system from Öhlins interacts directly with the R 1200 GS ESA’s primary ECU, plugging directly into the existing user interface. The kit includes front and rear TTX shocks, a wiring harness, and a dedicated ESA ECU, utilizing the OEM display and rider controls for adjustment. As evidence of its smart-as-heck intelligence, the Öhlins mechatronic system features a semi-active function, automatically adjusting the suspension damping in relationship to the motorcycle’s speed. With the latest technology of twin-tube TTX shocks mated to a brilliant ECU, the mechatronic system from Öhlins provides a double upgrade: an athlete-grade suspension mated to head-of-the-class electronics.

Using the BMW controls on the handlebars, the Öhlins system allows the rider to choose between BMW’s multiple driving modes and damping levels, along with various spring pre-load settings on the rear shock. But that’s not all. In ‘Comfort’ mode, the Öhlins ECU monitors the bike’s speed, and when it exceeds 80kph (49mph) the suspension’s damping is automatically altered to the firmer ‘Normal’ setting. When the speed exceeds 120kph (74mph), the damping is further increased to ‘Sport’ mode, for a more sporting controllability. When the speeds decrease, the damping reverts back to its original settings through the intermediate ‘Normal’ mode. This feature makes Öhlins’ ESA replacement system the World’s first autonomic aftermarket suspension system.

The Öhlins mechatronic suspension system also allows riders to customize the spring rate on their R 1200 GS ESA through fitment of new springs as well as have their shocks fully serviced and maintained by one of the many specialist Öhlins Centers across the USA. The Öhlins BMW R1200GS ESA replacement system is now available, at the incredibly low MSRP of $3,279.00.

Öhlins USA distributes and services the world’s leading performance suspension for automobiles, motorcycles, ATVs, and snowmobiles. Öhlins develops its proprietary and innovative suspension components at the highest levels of racing from open-wheel car racing, to Moto GP, to off-road competition on two and four wheels. Öhlins USA also provides training for service centers and dealers.


TapOut autograph signing at Yamaha booth - Toronto MC Show

Attention fight fans: this is your chance to get up close and personal with two of mixed martial arts biggest stars, Punkass and SkySkrape!

The fearless leaders and faces of the TapOut brand, Punkass and SkySkrape are in Toronto supporting the second coming of UFC to Ontario, which kicks off Saturday December 10 at the Air Canada Centre. While they are in town, Punkass and Skrape are dropping by Yamaha’s booth at the Toronto Motorcycle Show to interact with fans and show off the custom, one-of-a-kind TapOut Edition YZF-R1.

Don’t miss out!

TapOut Autograph Signing
Saturday December 10
Noon to 1pm
Metro Convention Centre - Yamaha booth

For complete details, show times and directions, please visit


BMW Motorrad sales up in November/November Year-Year

BMW Motorrad Canada reported November sales of 43 units, an increase of 4.9 per cent compared to November, 2010. The year-to-date figure for the brand is 1,622 units, a decrease of 14.9 per cent compared to the same period last year.


Husqvarna to tackle 2012 Dakar


At the team headquarters in Stephanskirchen (Bavaria) everyone has been working overtime since many months to build five race bikes capable of winning the Dakar 2012 - with the brand new Husqvarna TE 449 RR by Speedbrain as the new challenger.

The team will have 5 riders: the French David Frétigné, the Portuguese Paulo Goncalves, the Spanish Joan Barreda and the two Brazilian Zé Helio and Ike Klaumann.

The new Rallye bike developed by Speedbrain is a very specialized bike, with many trick solutions developed and designed in countless hours of testing and engineering. It takes advantage of various elements out of the Husqvarna TE 449 and also the BMW G 450 X, and apart from the strong TE 449, it's especially lightweight and easy to handle both in fast and technical conditions.


World Ducati Week 2012 accounced

Announced during Ducati’s recent model year 2012 Press Conference and Milan International Motorcycle Show, the long-awaited dates and location for the World Ducati Week 2012 event are now confirmed. Passionate fans all over the world are invited to join Ducati at the Misano circuit in Italy, June 21-24, 2012.

First organized in 1998, WDW successfully brought together ‘Ducatisti’ from all over the world to celebrate their shared passion for the legendary Italian-made motorcycles. The event has since attracted an ever-increasing attendance of people who enjoy the high-powered fun and community spirit of the iconicbrand, with a record-breaking attendance of 60,000 fans from 5 continents and 28 countries recorded at the last event in 2010.

WDW2012 is sure to follow the tried and tested formula of race track events, shows, top riders, competitions and great music all combined with the incredible atmosphere created by thousands of motorcycles arriving from all around the globe.

As the event’s massive attendance is sure to invade the entire Riviera Romagnola, Ducati’s WDW2012 organization has enjoyed the close cooperation and special partnership of authorities such as the Province of Rimini, Municipality of Misano, Municipality of Cattolica, Municipality of Riccione and the Republic of San Marino. Continued cooperation with the Leardini Group has also underlined the region’s Misano circuit venue as the ‘theatre’ for WDW, an event further supported by APT Emilia Romagna, promoting a region of Italy famously known as ‘Motor Valley’.

Ducati looks forward to seeing you at WDW 2012!


Most amazing motorcycle jump

Imagine you're out riding your dirt bike. You're approaching a jump. Something you've probably done many times before but it's still exciting. You accelerate to the base of the jump, you're airborne - you let off the gas - you can see the landing - there's lots of noise, vibration and excitement. As you land you brace yourself and let your legs absorb some of the impact...

Now imagine that again only this time - imagine you're also blind. What!? That's right. Blind.  Matthew Wadsworth is a blind musician who also happens to love motorcycles and he wants to set a world record by jumping 100 feet.

Here's a little more information about the video:

In the world of 17th-century lute music, Matthew Wadsworth is a star. But few of his listeners would guess his other passion: jumping motorcycles.

That's because Matt is blind.

The documentary begins with Matt and his coach, Micky Dymond, somewhere out in the desert. They've begun training for an incredible feat.

The rest of the story hasn't happened yet.

Matt's jump blog can be found at


Honda RC-E walkaround

Honda has given the public a showing of a new electric concept at the Tokyo Motor Show and well, it's a beauty! Classic 60's styling with the electric engine from the Insight Hybrid shoehorned into the frame.

Add to that Brembo brakes, and Ohlins shock and forks - even an LED headlights built into the front fairing. It's said to offer 600cc bike performance in a 250cc weight bike. If it offers some range and they can get pricing right - Honda might have a winning combination here.

What's that saying? Build it and they will come? Not likely we'll be seeing this in showrooms anytime soon but if public reaction is strong enough maybe Honda will put more serious thought into developing a mainstream electric bike.


Husqvarna Stada Concept - 17 picture slideshow

We just got the official Press Release from BMW regarding the Husqvarna Strada Concept. Since we already posted the news of the bike here's a picture slideshow with 17 pictures of the new bike.