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CDN Husqvarna Distributor (Barrett Marketing Group) declares bankruptcy

Barrett Marketing Group - the Canadian Distributor of Husqvarna - has declared bankruptcy. Sources say that this may be a bit of a mixed blessing for Husqvarna owners.

In the short term it may mean that parts are more difficult to come by but Husqvarna North America indicates that within a short time things will be business as usual - well, the new usual. Parts will ship within 3-4 days from a US warehouse which means a little more centralization and perhaps the possibility of cost savings.  Hopefully this will trickle down to customers. Details on exactly what the long term plan will be haven't been made public yet. You can bet that BMW will look to work out something quickly as the owners of Husqvarna.

There's plenty of dealers who are owed money in the bankruptcy filings though so there's bound to be some upheaval in the dealer network.

Documents HERE.

Bankruptcy link courtesy CMGOnline


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Women Shifting into Gear for Sixth International Female Ride Day

The sixth annual International female Ride Day planned for Friday 4 May 2012 is gearing up around the world to host a wealth of rider actions and activities led by women motorcyclists. Women will take to their motorcycles to participate in the sixth annual women’s motorcycle ride event whose theme “Just Ride” describes precisely how women will enjoy what has now become a global motorcycling phenomenon!

Occurring yearly on the first Friday in May, International Female Ride Day was created to promote and highlight the many numbers of women riders around the world. “The 2012 edition is exploding with events! Women riders pride themselves in taking part in the day, whether just for a short ride or as many do, take the day off work to spend with rider friends. We still need these female role models in motorcycling to continue dispelling still present perceptions that riding a motorcycle is an activity akin with masculinity. It’s a super fun day - the camaraderie is inspiring!” states Vicki Gray, founder of International Female Ride Day and MOTORESS.

International Female Ride Day makes one simple request of women – “Just Ride”. Sport-bike, cruiser, scooter, off-road, touring or otherwise - all ages and all styles of motorcycling are included. Get on your bikes, be out there and be visible. The concept has assembled its power and participation in its simple worldwide-synchronized theme- creating a universal chain of women riders in the shared activity of motorcycling. It’s one day to celebrate and highlight the many numbers of women who share their passion for the sport.

International Female Ride Day has full support of the motorcycling industry’s key brands, manufacturers and motorsport federations/associations including Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) based in Switzerland. The event gains significant strength each year, and Friday 4 May 2012 expects to host ever more riders and participants than in year’s prior. Australia’s several regions, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide each have huge happenings; West to East coast Canada –regardless of weather challenges, have planned events; United States, England, Greece, Italy, Poland, Israel, Qatar, South Africa, The Netherlands, Russia and others will again contribute to the campaign in compelling numbers. “The penchant women demonstrate for motorcycling has passed through every generation since motorcycling’s birth and this one day brings it out and into focus for all to see! Knowing that women from so many countries and cultures join in and ride together underlines how truly rooted motorcycling is with today’s diverse women”, adds Vicki.

For 2012, MOTORESS has added a photo contest on Facebook where the winner will be decided based on ‘like’ votes. In addition, there will be an award of recognition for the best woman rider activity by either an individual or group. The recipient of this award will receive permanent recognition on the MOTORESS® web site within a designated “honour" area. Full details announced on MOTORESS.com shortly.


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Ducati Panigale video review

Courtesy of the folks at motorcycle.com here's a video review of the new 1199 Ducati Panigale. This is just my opinion of course but if there's a better looking motorcycle out there I don't know about it!

The Ducati Panigale is not just a looker though it also has 195hp (143kW) @ 10750rpm and 98.1lb-ft 132Nm of torque @ 9000rpm and with a wet weight of just 414.5 lbs. Wow. Better book some track days if you buy one of these!




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Yamaha XTW250 Off-trail Camping Motorcycle Concept

Here's some video of the Yamaha XTW250 RYOKU Off-trail camping motorcycle concept that was shown at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2011. Pretty cool!

It features a 250cc engine and some pretty custom features to make it 'the' perfect motorcycle for some off-road camping.

The folks at Yamaha describe it as “a reliable tool for people who love the outdoors.”

It's purely a concept so don't go looking for this one any time soon!

Some highlights:

- Small trail motorcycle with utilitarian character
- Big tires like a TW200
- Protective elements like crashbars and other heavy duty racks
- 100V accessory plugs to power campsite gear and act as a generator
- Cooling fans
- Removable engine guard that can be used as a shovel





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Honda 2012 Motorcycle Motorsports Overview

For Honda, motorsports activities are the symbol of the company's challenging spirit. Honda has aimed for the world's top level from the days of its founding, taking on challenges in a variety of racing categories. With the know-how and challenging spirit cultivated through its motorsports activities, Honda will continue to expand our activities that meet customers' expectations that bring more joy and excitement in the year 2012.

Motorcycle activities

In the MotoGP, the premier class of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (WGP), the Honda factory team of Repsol Honda Team will put forward a lineup of two riders, last year’s series champion Casey Stoner together with Dani Pedrosa. In line with the regulation change of 2012, Honda will enter the newly developed RC213V machine, Honda is targeting to win all three championship titles this year, capturing the rider’s, team’s, and constructor’s titles for the second year in a row. Honda will also supply machines to satellite teams, amounting to a total of three teams and four riders.

In the Moto2 class, Honda will continue its active support as the sole official engine supplier, based on the CBR600RR motorcycle. The Moto3 class, which replaces the 125cc class, will be competed with 4-stroke 250-cc engines. For this purpose, Honda has developed the NSF250R, which is now also commercially available.

In the premier IA1 class of the MFJ All-Japan Motocross Championship Series, Honda relaunched its factory team involvement last year. This Team HRC will compete with three riders this season; Akira Narita, last year’s series champion in the IA1 class, and Makoto Ogata, moving up from the IA2 class, will join Yu Hirata for a total of 3 riders.

Through collaboration with its local subsidiaries in many countries, Honda aims to capture championships in series races held globally, including the FIM World Superbike Championship Series (WSB), the World Motocross Championship Series (WMX), the FIM World Trial Championship Series, and for the new entry FIM Asia Road Racing Championship Series.

Overview of Motorcycle Racing Strategy

MotoGP class

Honda will compete again this year in the MotoGP class, the premier class of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Series (WGP), our goals being to win all three championship titles—rider’s, team’s, and constructor’s titles—for the second year in a row. This year Honda will race the newly developed RC213V machines in line with the regulation change in the maximum engine displacement from 800 cc to 1000 cc.

The Repsol Honda Team, the factory team, will enter the races with Casey Stoner, last season’s champion, and Dani Pedrosa. Two satellite teams with two riders will compete as well. Alvaro Bautista will represent Team San Carlo Honda Gresini, and Stefan Bradl, last year’s Moto2 class champion, will represent LCR Honda MotoGP.

Moto2 class

In Moto2 class, Honda will once again support the series as the sole official engine supplier. All machines for every team will be powered by a race engine developed exclusively for the Moto2 class, derived from the in-line 4-cylinder engine of the commercial CBR600RR supersports model.


FIM World Trial Championship Series

Repsol Montesa Honda will compete again this year in the FIM World Trial Championship Series (WCT). Honda will run two Montesa COTA 4RTs equipped with 4-stroke engines. Two riders will compete; Toni Bou, the current five-year consecutive champion, and Takahisa Fujinami, the only Japanese rider in the series, who placed third last season.

Honda has its eyes on its sixth straight rider’s championship and its seventh straight manufacturer’s championship.


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Canadian Team FOGI Racing Brings Home Second Place Finish At Jerez

Some not so current "News" but because of the Canadian content we thought we'd post it anyway. We'll be getting regular updates from FOGI racing so we'll start with this most current press release. FOGI's goal is to bring a Canadian racer to the world championship in Moto2, MotoGP for the first time ever. They're making some significant steps toward that goal too!

Full details of some of their recent success:

Circuito De Jerez, Spain. Buckler CEV Moto2 Championship. November 20th, 2011

Canadian motorcycle road racing team FOGI Racing with Scottish rider Kev Coghlan finished on a high Sunday at the final round of the Buckler CEV Moto2 Championship held in Jerez, Spain. Coghlan finished an admirable 2nd place after qualifying 10thon the starting grid.

Within the first lap the young scot battled through to 2nd position and held off #4 Dan Linfoot until Linfoot passed Coghlan on the 9th lap. Coghlan returned the pass in lap 14 taking him back to 2nd position. Charging for the lead on his FOGI/FTR  M211 machine, he took the checkered flag 0.601 seconds behind the race winner Lucas Mahias.

Coghlan was asked about the race and replied, “I’m very happy with a P2 result in tricky conditions to finish off the year!! Big thanks to everyone at FOGI Racing, Honda Joe Darcey Team, and everyone else involved.”

Following the final World Championship round at Valencia FOGI Racing received their FTR M211 Moto2 machine back from the Avintia STX team were Kenny Noyes piloted the FOGI FTR to a strong final round finish as well. With this bike as well as a M210 version already in Valencia, FOGI Racing invited Coghlan  back to the team to take part in the final two rounds of the CEV Spanish Moto2 Championship.

In the penultimate round of the CEV series at Valencia Kev ran extremely well until a decision on tyre compound proved to be the wrong choice. Settling for 7th in Valencia, he used the time to reacquaint himself with the FOGI Racing FTR and the Michelin tyres, while planning for a strong finish to Jerez.

Following an emotional podium finish for the FOGI Racing team and team manager Miguel Gomez who had worked with Kev in 2010, FOGI Racing would like to take a moment to thank Honda Joe Darcey Team for all their support in these last two rounds, along with the exceptional team headed by Miguel Gomez and Anton Gruschka.

FOGI Racing is now planning to build its team for 2012 and 2013 in hopes to bring young riders the opportunity to prove themselves on the world stage, as part of the Buckler CEV Spanish Moto2 Series, and the World Championship MotoGP Series.

About FOGI:

Fogi Racing Development Team was established in 2010 to assist young talented road racing riders to reach the forefront of their sport. Fogi Team objectives are to bring young riders from the age of 12 yrs from GP125/250 machinery to Moto2, MotoGP world level racing.


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Harley-Davidson at the Montreal MMIC Motorcycle Show

Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada and participating Harley-Davidson Retailers proudly present the new 2012 model line-up at the Montréal Motorcycle Show this weekend, February 24 to 26, 2012, at the Montréal Convention Centre, in Montréal, Quebec. On Saturday, February 25, Michel Barrette, Quebec movie, television,  radio star and stand-up personality, will present the two newest Harley-Davidson motorcycles available in Canada, the Harley-Davidson Seventy-Two motorcycle and the Harley-Davidson Softail Slim motorcycle, to the media at the Harley-Davidson booth at 9:30 am. Michel Barrette will show-case the new motorcycles to visitors at the Harley-Davidson booth at 2:30 pm.

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 www.harleycanada.com/hd1bikebuilder.

Throughout the Montréal 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 www.harleycanada.com under the “Products” tab.

Montréal Motorcycle Show
Montréal Convention Centre, Montréal

Show Hours:
Friday, February 24: 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Saturday, February 25: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Sunday, February 26: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

For further information on the Montréal Motorcycle Show, please refer to www.salonmotomontreal.com.

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Court actions against SAAQ in Quebec

A group of concerned motorcyclists have published a website to raise awareness of an upcoming bill and the rights it gives the SAAQ in Quebec and rates that motorcyclists will pay for insurance coverage.


The bill reportedly gives the SAAQ the ability to raise rates with no limit on how high they can go. Motorcyclists are paying significant fees already to insure their motorcycles through SAAQ so this is obviously of great concern to motorcyclists in that province as they have no choice but to insure their motorcycles through the public insurance system.

According to the folk at MotovsSAAQ.com an upcoming price hike will not only affect motorcyclists but automobile drivers as well. If you are so inclined there's an option to show your support by joining them. A blurb on their website states:

Hello everyone,

It is the time for all Quebecers to fight back. The Provincial Government has given permission to the ‘Soci?t? d’assurance automobile du Qu?bec’ (SAAQ) to introduce Bill 55 which allows the SAAQ to raise registration fees to no limit. This does not only concern motorcycles, which are seasonal; there will be an upcoming price hike on regular vehicles as well.

 I have taken the SAAQ to small claims court where the judge recommended me to go to a higher court (see attached court documents). I have brought the case to Julius Grey, one of our leading Canadian lawyers and he has accepted to represent the case. Now we need to stand together: please register on-line (there is no fee) and write your comments. We will be presenting them to Superior Court.

 Mr. Grey will seek to turn this case into a class action suit at which time the Province of Quebec will assume all legal costs. More information will be available as the situation evolves.

 Thank you for your support.

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Motorcycle Show Succss in Halifax

By most accounts the inaugural Halifax International Motorcycle show was a big success. Attendance in the harbour city topped 10,000 and heavily showcased motorcycles rather than retail. At least one large dealer was offering big discounts for gear purchased via their website at the show with computers on-hand to facilitate those transactions. Dealers reported that they saw many qualified buyers pass through - more than they'd seen for a while.

A small number of public attendees expressed disappointment on the Facebook event page that there wasn't more retail and custom vendors at the event. Organizers were quick to mention this was billed as a manufacturer show but encouraged feedback about how to make the event even better the next year. With support from the manufacturers, the dealer attendance was great and organizers received a standing ovation from VIP ticket holders (which included participating dealers and members of the public) at the VIP party.

Dealers attended the show from as far away as Moncton so most every major brand and many specialty brands were all on hand and under one roof. Attendees had a chance to look at, sit on, and talk to dealers in a low sales pressure environment. Organizers indicate a summer event will be held in the same venue with additional space that will allow for an increase in vendor participation.

Kawasaki had a BIG presence with more than 10% of the total floor space allotted to them. 5% went to Motovan. Honda had a big presence as well and brought some interesting bikes - including the only two NC700's in North America which won't go on sale until around July I was told. There was a bright yellow Norton Cafe Racer as well. I for one sincerely hope we see them on the road soon as they've been working really hard on getting the necessary approvals. If they don't then it may be the last time we see a modern Norton in a while!

Kawasaki no doubt took a big risk bringing their national tour to a first year event. Word is that they flew in company big wig to come take a look at the show and he remarked that all motorcycle shows should be on the water! So I'd take that to suggest he was pleased with the venue and the show.

Zero Motorcycles also made sure some of the first production 2012 Zero's were delivered to be showcased in Halifax. The Director Sales and Marketing Canada at Zero Motorcycles, Inc was on hand to discuss the bikes with attendees and help out the local dealer who also happens to be the exclusive dealer for Nova Scotia. They had a dirt bike model, dual sport, and street version on hand. These new models promise long battery life and range of approximately 183 KM's for the road going versions. That's a number that EPA regulations allowed them to publish - in testing they were able to get further distances (north of 200km's) but actual range varies with conditions.

Attendance was brisk and steady the entire weekend with the heaviest traffic on Saturday. All in all people seemed to enjoy the show. I'll be back - that's for sure!
 

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Halifax International Motorcycle Show brings motorcycles to downtown


The Halifax International Motorcycle Show is kicking-off their inaugural gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts at the Cunard Centre on February 17-19, 2012. Industry leading motorcycle  manufacturers and accessory products will be on site and under one big roof.Major manufacturers and dealer representatives will be there to answer your questions and provide you with an opportunity to throw a leg over the latest machines or try on the latest gear.

With 45,000 square foot of column free floor space the Cunard Centre sits on the scenic Halifax waterfront with big bright windows overlooking the harbour. The event and venue offer up a powerful mixture of salty sea air and visual stimulation. Anticipated attendance is expected to approach 20,000 and draw attendees from all the Atlantic provinces and beyond.

With the top motorcycle manufacturer product lines represented this event is the first of its kind east of Quebec.The show has attracted a lot of industry attention and support in this first year. Kawasaki Canada chose the event as one of the few venues to bring their national tour. They will be showcasing the hottest 2012 models like the supersport ZX-14R, KX450F motocross, cruisers from their revered Vulcan ine-up, street/touring, dual-purpose, and off-road motorcycles.

Event organizer Tim Leslie indicates,"Halifax is the gateway to Atlantic Canada, and its largest city. There's a vibrant and active motorcycle culture here, which makes Halifax the perfect location for a world-class motorcycle show. We're excited to be bringing the best the motorcycle world has to offer to downtown Halifax and already making plans for next year!"

With motorcycles from all the top brands, this event will be the first, and only, opportunity to see many of these machines in Nova Scotia before they appear in dealerships in the spring.There's going to be some rare models too that you might not otherwise get a chance to see at all except in the pages of a magazine. Motorcycles like the limited production Norton Commando 961. With production of this bike limited to 200 models they're sure to be very rare. Zero Motorcycles is sending some of the first production 2012 electric motorcycles in Canada to Halifax to be displayed at the show.

Aside from all the special interest motorcycles, enthusiasts of every level will find something to surprise and delight from new 2012 models and the latest in accessories to unique touring destinations. Cruisers, sport bikes, off-road, trials, touring, sport/adventure touring, even 2WD sidecar motorcycles - there's going to be something for everybody.

Whether you are a seasoned veteran motorcyclist or just somebody with a passing interest there will be something to excite you at the Halifax International Motorcycle Show.

EVENT DETAILS

Halifax International Motorcycle Show
February 17 to 19, 2012

Cunard Centre
961 Marginal Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3H 4P7

SHOW HOURS
Friday, February 17, 2012: 5 pm – 8pm
Saturday, February 18, 2012: 10 am –8 pm
Sunday, February 19, 2012: 10 am – 5pm

TICKETS
- $10 in advance at the show website(www.TheRealMotorcycleShow.com)
- $15 at the door

Free parking all weekend (Friday after 4PM).

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Newest parts and accessories from Harley Davidson

Harley-Davidson Motor Company Announces the Newest Parts and Accessories:

Hard Candy Paint Sets, Comfort Flex Shocks, and A New Metal Flake Solo Seat


Twelve sparkling two-tone Hard Candy Flake Core Series paint sets join the 2012 Colour Shop offering from Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories. Metal flake, an iconic design element of the ’70s, is back in this new premium custom finish. Hard Candy Flake is created in a multi-step process that begins by laying several passes of silver microflake over a silver base that is then topped with clear coat. The scallop pattern is hand-laid and masked. Colour is applied next in a candy coat that allows the flake to show through. The design is then clear-coated, hand-striped, and clear-coated again to give it the final smooth, deep finish.

The Hard Candy Flake Core Series paint sets are available in Red Flake, Green Flake, Pink Flake, Lime Gold Flake, Orange Flake, and Black Flake with a Silver Flake accent; and in Red Flake, Green Flake, Pink Flake, Lime Gold Flake, Orange Flake, and Silver Flake with a Black Flake accent. Core Series Colour Sets are covered by a Two-Year Factory Warranty. The Hard Candy Flake complete paint sets are available to fit many Sportster, Dyna, Softail, and Touring model motorcycles. Also sold individually are Sportster, Dyna, and Softail fuel tanks in the Hard Candy Flake colour combinations. See an authorized Harley-Davidson Retailer for program details.

New Comfort Flex Shocks for Sportster and Softail Models:
Designed to Raise the Seat Height and Improve the Ride of Factory-Lowered Models

The new Comfort Flex Rear Shocks from Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories are designed for the Sportster or Softail rider who is willing to exchange the low-profile “slammed” look for improved rider comfort. These standard-length shocks raise the seat height of a Factory-lowered bike approximately one inch, and deliver an improved ride through a longer stroke. Spring rates and damping are tailored to ensure a controlled ride and optimal performance under varying conditions. Comfort Flex Rear Shocks for Sportster Models (part number 54000040) includes left and right rear shock absorbers. The Comfort Flex Rear Shocks for Softail Models (part number 54000041) includes left and right rear shock absorbers and a pre-load adjustment wrench. See an authorized Harley-Davidson Retailer for specific model fitment details.

New Metal Flake Solo Seat for Sportster Models: 
A Classic Look Finished in a Diamond-Checked Pattern

The new Metal Flake Solo Seat – Silver Charcoal (part number 52000051) from Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories features a brilliant high-gloss metal flake vinyl seating surface that is a nod to the choppers and bobbers of the 1960s and ’70s. The cover is finished in a classic diamond-checked upholstery pattern. The seat fits 2004 to ’06 and 2010 and later Sportster models with a 2.1- or 3.3-gallon fuel tank, and the seat width is 10 inches.


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Motonation is taking on the Canadian market

Effective immediately Motonation is now responsible for the Canadian market for Sidi boots, AGV Sport apparel and Vemar helmets.

This is a great step for the Motonation “brand” and we intend on treating the Canadian market with the same intensity that we have applied to the USA market since 1999.

“It’s a great opportunity for Motonation and a great compliment by Sidi, Vemar and AGV Sport that they believe in us so much to let us handle that market,” says Motonation’s President; Bill Berroth. “I am very proud to have the opportunity.Motonation is passionate and dedicated to the Canadian effort and intends to do a great job with Sidi, AGV Sport and Vemar.”

Motonation’s limited distribution policy for the Sidi, AGV Sport and Vemar brands will mean that Canadian Partner dealers will enjoy a protected sales territory with greater margins than non-Partner retailers, even with the reduced retail prices thatMotonation will introduce to the market for Sidi, AGV Sport and Vemar products. Sidi, AGV Sport and Vemar brand integrity will be assured via Motonation’s firm MAP policy.

Promotions will be expanded for Sidi, AGV Sport and Vemar as well. More riders will be on track than ever before, the advertising page count in print media will increase and Sidi’s, Vemar’s and AGV Sport’s brand presence on Canadian websites and social media will be intense!

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BMW HP racing parts for S1000RR

BMW has a posted a 'web special' site with videos and explanations of their high tech HP racing parts for the S1000RR on the BMW Motorrad website.

They describe it as "a new web special that includes a series of videos straight from the factory race team’s workshops, fans can now see and understand exactly how BMW Motorrad Motorsport’s HP Race Parts work and what a difference they can make to your RR experience and performance on track."

There's some great stuff here. Great video's too.

Check it out HERE.



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I liked it so much I bought the company - Ducati?

According to a report in the Financial Times the Italian bike manufacturer Ducati may be up for sale. Some hospital workers in Ontario stand to make some serious cash in their pension fund if that's the case!


Ducati is pretty hot right now with sales up substantially and a roster of enviable bikes. Could it be that the private investors see NOW as the time to do some profit taking on all that success? Buy low and sell high is the name of the game in investing and this would be a great time to cash in the success of Ducati.

“Ducati is now a perfect company but the further growth it requires needs the support of a world-class industrial partner,” Bonomi told The Financial Times. “This year, we will work towards that partner.”

In 2008, Investindustrial bought out Ducati’s other owners with the help of BS Investimenti and Hospitals of Ontario Pension Plan (HOPP). According to The Financial Times, Investindustrial stands to make a billion euros (US$1.3 billion) by selling Ducati, or about three times the firm’s initial investment into the Bolognese company.




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Ducati announces the 2012 848evo Racing Contingency Program

Continuing on the success of the last year’s 848evo Racing Contingency Program, Ducati announces today the details for the 2012 Ducati 848evo Racing Contingency Program in partnership with FreedomRoad Financial. 2012 is poised to be an exciting year of club racing and 848evo racers will have access to an expansive program from Ducati and FreedomRoad Financial that includes a greater number of racing series, higher number of paying classes and substantial cash payments to race winners.

How does it work?

Riders must submit an 848evo Racing Registration Form to Ducati North America by March 31st, 2012 including:

- Racer’s resume
- Current bike registration
- Photos of bike (Front and Profile)

What series are supported?
CCS, CMRA, CRA, USBA, WSMC, MRA, OMRRA, WMRRA, AFM and WERA

What about contingency payment?

Ducati and FreedomRoad Financial will support and follow racers with PR activities, regular updates on ducatiusa.com and an all new Contingency Payment Program. Contingency wins will now receive payouts in the form of a cashier’s check directly from Ducati North America with the following payout structure:

- 1st place    $1,200
- 2nd place    $600
- 3rd place    $300

The 2012 848evo Racing Program is open to all riders on 2010 or 2011 Ducati 848evo (US or Canada certified)

For any additional details on eligibility, rules and regulations, please visit Ducati USA.


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BMW Motorrad. The North. Part 2.

Brrrrrr.  525 km's - a couple BMW motorcycles and the Alaska Highway in the winter.  Yes - IN THE WINTER. They got within 50 km's of Tuktoyaktuk before Paul Mondor had a fall on some ice and couldn't go any further.

"It was cold!  There's no question it was cold!"

I bet it was!




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Harley Davidson at Moncton MMIC Motorcycle Show


Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada and participating Harley-Davidson Retailers proudly present the new 2012 model line-up at the Atlantic Motorcycle & ATV Show this weekend, February 10 to 12, 2012, at the Moncton Coliseum, in Moncton, New Brunswick. On just over 6,300 square feet, an impressive line-up of 2012 Harley motorcycles will be showcased. The line-up will include the two most recent additions to the Harley-Davidson motorcycle family, the Harley-Davidson Seventy-Two motorcycle and the Harley-Davidson Softail Slim motorcycle, as well as the popular XL 883 Sportster SuperLow motorcycle, with a Canadian suggested Retail price of under $10,000, 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 www.harleycanada.com/hd1bikebuilder.

Saturday, February 11, is WOMEN ON WHEELS NIGHT, an industry celebration of women who ride and women who are interested in the sport of motorcycling. That night, all women in attendance will receive a special giveaway at the Harley-Davidson booth.

Throughout the Atlantic Motorcycle & ATV 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 www.harleycanada.com.

Atlantic Motorcycle & ATV Show
Moncton Coliseum, Moncton

Show Hours:

Friday, February 10: 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturday, February 11: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Sunday, February 12: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

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Schuberth to Officially Introduce S2 Full Face Helmet

Helmet maker Schuberth is set to launch their newest helmet - the S2 - to the public at a Dealer Expo in the US later this month. Perhaps best known for this award-winning flip up helmets the S2 is a full face design.

Here's the full details from Schuberth:

Schuberth is proud to present the current product line at the Dealer Expo in Indianapolis later this month. The expo floor display will include:

- the award-winning C3 and C3W flip-up helmet
- the all-new full face S2
- the SR1 motorcycle racing helmet (coming Fall 2012)
- the recently released SF1 Auto Racing helmet that is now available for custom-fitment purchases.


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Moncton Motorcycle Show opens Feb. 10, 2012

The Atlantic Motorcycle and ATV show opens its doors this Friday (February 10th, 2012) and runs through to Sunday.


Here's the full details on the event:

The Atlantic Motorcycle and ATV Show will roar into Moncton, this Friday thru Sunday. 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 nation’s leading manufacturers will be well represented and visitors will not be left disappointed.

The Atlantic Motorcycle and ATV Show is one of 7 successful, national manufacturer supported motorcycle shows from coast to coast. Owned by the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC) this event 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.

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 plus getting 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.

Visitors can enter to win His and Hers Riding Gear compliments of Speed and Strength Gear and Toys for Big Boys. Simply fill out a ballot and it could be you!

Triumph Motorcycles have come out in a big way this year with several custom show bikes including the Tom Cruise Mi3 Scrambler, the Orange County Choppers Triumph Retro Bonneville Custom and many more. Also Triumph, in partnership with Atlantic Motoplex will be presenting Juno Award Winner, Clayton Bellamy of the Road Hammers. Clayton will appear on stage performing during ladies night and in the Triumph booth alongside THE WILD ONE.’ Sucker Punch Sally builds us a modern day BRANDO WILD CHILD, this Bird will be ridden in the release video of Clayton’s new album. See them both at the show.

This year’s highlights include the Yamaha Riding Academy for kids that will also feature ALL NEW ATV training for youth. ATV Training available upon request. In addition to that there will be Yamaha Scooter School training, especially appealing to the ladies; this will be held on Friday and Saturday evening.

And speaking of the ladies, join us on Saturday night from 5 pm – 9 pm when it’s free admission for ladies night, when a regular admission is purchased. There will be special prizes and giveaways just for women, plus our fashion show at 7 and Ladies Scooter training at 8.

The Women on Wheels Fashion Show will also be on each day so be sure to check out the terrific line up of manufacturers clothing modeled on stage from Yamaha, Honda, Harley Davidson, KTM, Victory, Ducati, Suzuki, Triumph and BMW.

And join world rider, Rene Cormier, as he talks passionately about his moto-adventures through Africa and beyond. Meeting him is an adventure YOU won’t want to miss. Also, visitors can check out the all new show and shine featuring local motorcycles. Proceeds to benefit the Bernice McNaughton Bike Club.

Join special guests from River Glade Speedway, as they celebrate 35 years and showcase some of the hottest bikes from the 70s right there on display including a slide show of racing at the track from past and present. The bikes that will have on display for comparison purposes are a 1977 Cr-125 Honda, a 1987 CR-125 Honda as well as a 1997 CR-125 Honda. There will also be a 1979 Can-Am MX-5 250. These Honda's will illustrate the many changes the bikes have undergone over the years. Although 125's are no longer made for the most part, as the 250 4-stroke took over that class of racing we will most likely have a four stoke on hand as well to show further enhancements. These bikes will show the progression from air cooled to liquid engines, from drum brakes to disc brakes, steel frames to aluminum frames and from four inches of suspension travel to twelve. Also, horse power more than doubled over the years!

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Tier Motorsports patented four-bar steering mechanism

Came across a Sunnyvale, California company called Tier Motorsports who are doing some interesting stuff with the front end of a Yamaha WR 250. They've developed a four bar front swing arm suspension kit.


According to their website their "patented Four-Bar Steering Mechanism is the only steering design unaffected by uneven terrain. Road imperfections tending to steer your front wheel will not be fed back into the handlebars like on standard forks equipped motorcycles. Light steering in mug or sand also comes standard on Tier Motorsports equipped bikes."

It's still in development stages but they've got a short working prototype video on their Facebook page. 

Check it out - HERE

When the kits do become available (later this year according to their website) they're expected to have an MSRP of $2,950 USD and will include all necessary parts for a “plug and play” installation:

• Front swing arm
• Front wheel with tire
• In-hub Four-Bar steering mechanism, patent pending
• Swing arm frame attachment cradle
• All necessary hardware


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BMW Motorrad - best ever January sales: Husqvarna up impressively too

Looks like MBW Motorrad and Husqvarna are starting 2012 off with some good numbers. Sales of BMW motorcycles (globally) were the best ever reported for January. Sales at Husqvarna are up significantly over January 2011 too; how about +50.3%. With some new bikes coming in the Husqvarna lineup for 2012 I think they'll be a brand to watch this year.

Full details:

After a new retail record in 2011, BMW Motorrad has started off the new year with a solid plus. With sales of 5,237 units (previous year:  4,714 units), 11.1 % more motorcycles were delivered to customers in January 2012 than in the previous year.

Hendrik von Kuenheim, General Director BMW Motorrad: "After a record year in 2011, the new year has started very pleasingly for BMW. Never before have we sold as many motorcycles in the first month of a year as in January 2012. Our fresh new model range continues to attract strong demand all over the world, and the incoming orders situation is positive, too. With the market launch of the new maxi scooters C 600 Sport and C 650 GT this spring we are expanding our range to include the facet of "Urban Mobility” and we anticipate additional growth impulse in 2012."

At the same time as the two scooter models, BMW has six new motorcycles to offer its customers: with the G 650 GS Sertão, the revised S 1000 RR, the special boxer model R 1200 GS Rallye, the updated F 800 R and the special models of the K 1300 R and K 1300 S, BMW Motorrad continues to strengthen its extensive product portfolio.

Based on this ongoing product offensive, BMW Motorrad looks confidently ahead to the upcoming season in spite of challenging economic conditions in some countries. Once again this year, the bestseller is likely to be the big travel enduro R 1200 GS.

Husqvarna Motorcycles, the BMW Group's second motorcycle brand, supplied 544 (previous year: 362 / + 50.3 %) motorcycles to its dealer network.

Alongside its core business in the off-road sports segments (sports enduro, motocross, supermoto), Husqvarna Motorcycles has extended its range to include street bikes with the models NUDA 900 and NUDA 900R. The brand is anticipating a significant increase in sales from the vehicles introduced to the market in December 2011.


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MV Agusta F3 production begins (official video)

MV Agusta has posted a video on their YouTube channel showing the highly anticipated F3 675 in production.

That's one fine looking bike in our opinion!




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Honda motocross CRF250R test track video

Here's a YouTube find for you.

In this premiere episode of On Two Wheels, Dirt Rider editor-in-chief Chris Denison and test rider Dane Herron hit the test track with the new Honda CRF250R. Then Pro MTX racer Kyle Redmond stops by to run the Honda through some Enduro testing.


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Pikes Peak International Hill Climb 2011 -- The Ducati Story

Here's 14:31 minutes of awesomeness for you from Ducati. 2011 was the last year for the dirt sections at Pikes Peak and four of the bikes competing in the race were Multistrada's.

That's right. It's going to be fully paved for 2012. It's crazy dangerous but incredibly spectacular at the same time. There's some great footage, great story telling, and history of the Pike's Peak race in this video by Ducati North America.

Here's the description by Ducati North America. Now - sit back and make sure you have 15 minutes of uninterrupted time and watch this full screen. You don't want to be multi-tasking and miss any of this!

In 2011, four pilots chose the Ducati Multistrada 1200 as their weapon of choice to attack Pikes Peak in the 89th running of "The Race to the Clouds." Two would finish on the podium. Two would not finish... This is their story.



Ducati announces today its return to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for the 90th edition of "The Race to the Clouds".

Following two consecutive championship years, returning to defend its 2011 victory, Ducati will again partner with the Spider Grips team to conquer the mountain on the Multistrada 1200 on July 8, 2012.

The 2012 team will see the return of two exceptional riders, both possessing intimate knowledge of this historic race:

- Carlin Dunne: 2011 Rookie of the Year, 2011 1205cc Class Winner with the Multistrada 1200 and 2011 King of the Mountain setting the all-time event motorcycle record.
- Greg Tracy: Pikes Peak six-time winner, 2010 1205cc Class Winner on the Multistrada 1200 and 2008 1205cc Class Winner on the Ducati Hypermotard 1100S .

Ducati invites all adventure seeking race enthusiasts to take part in the 2012 PPIHC effort by joining the team in Colorado this July for a Multistrada gathering, beautiful riding in the Rockies and attending this spectacular race.

Please visit ducatiusa.com for details and join Ducati for the 2012 "All Roads Lead to Pikes Peak" adventure.

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New Harley-Davidson model in Canada

The Harley-Davidson Seventy-Two motorcycle is a metal flake dream machine, a Sportster motorcycle on a trip back to the days when the cool kids rode Sting-Ray bikes and the big boys parked choppers in a row on the curb. Those motorcycles were long and lean; candy-apple colour and gleaming chrome shimmering in hazy summer sunlight. From its Hard Candy Big Red Flake paint and ape bars to its narrow whitewall tires, the Seventy-Two model is a respectful nod to that era, and to the influence of the custom culture that still percolates today along Whittier Boulevard, the legendary cruising street in East Los Angeles, also known as Route 72. A new generation of custom builder is tapping into that era and making a fresh statement, not just in California but in garages across the country, even around the world.

“In creating the Seventy-Two [motorcycle], we were also inspired by the vibe of the early chopper era,” says Frank Savage, Harley-Davidson Manager of Industrial Design. “Those bikes were colourful and chromed, but also narrow and stripped down to the essentials. You look at period examples and they are almost as simple as a bicycle. It’s a custom style that’s very particular to America and that California scene.”

Metal flake, an iconic design element of the 70s, appeared in everything from dune buggy gel coat to vinyl diner upholstery, and on custom motorcycles. Harley-Davidson Motor Company brings the sparkle back on the Seventy-Two motorcycle with Hard Candy Big Red Flake paint. This new finish is created by applying a black base coat, followed by a polyurethane system that carries hexagon-shaped flakes that are more than seven times the diameter of the metal flake that is used in typical production paint. Each flake is coated with a thin aluminum film and then tinted red. Four applications of clear coat, combined with hand-sanding, create a smooth finish over the flakes.

“The final touch to the Hard Candy Big Red Flake paint is a logo on the tank top and pinstripe scallop details on both fenders,” says Savage. “Each was originally created by hand, and we recreated that art in a decal for production, so they still have the appearance of hand-applied graphics in that they are not exactly perfect. The graphics are then covered with a final clear-coat application.”

A solo seat shows off more of the paint exposed on the Seventy-Two motorcycle. The powertrain is finished in grey powdercoat with chrome covers and a new round air cleaner with a dished cover. A classic Sportster 2.2-gallon “peanut” fuel tank adds a final period touch to the motorcycle. The Harley-Davidson Seventy-Two motorcycle will be available in Canada through the network of authorized Harley-Davidson Retailers at a suggested Canadian Retail price of $11,919. For information on free test rides, please visit the events tab on www.harleycanada.com.

Key features of the 2012 Harley-Davidson Seventy-Two motorcycle include:

- Air-cooled Evolution 1,200 cc V-Twin engine with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI), rated at 73 ft. lbs. peak torque at 3,500 rpm
- Powertrain is finished in grey powdercoat with chrome covers
- Colour choices include Hard Candy Big Red Flake with period pinstripe details on fenders and fuel tank, Denim Black, and Big Blue Pearl
- Classic 2.2-gallon peanut fuel tank
- Dunlop whitewall 21-inch (MH90-21) front and 16-inch (150/80B16) rear tires
- Steel Laced Chrome wheels
- Ten-inch mini-ape handlebars, mounted on a two-inch high riser
- Dished round air cleaner cover with centre screw mount; eight-inch diameter
- Dual staggered exhaust with slash-cut chrome mufflers
- Solo seat with black textured vinyl cover
- Handlebar-mounted speedometer with chrome cup
- Chrome rear fender struts
- Chrome coil-over pre-load adjustable rear shocks
- Forward foot controls

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Dylan Kaelin to race the Yamaha Hully Gully Motorsports YZ250F for 2012

Dylan Kaelin is stepping aboard the championship-winning YZ250F to contest the 2012 Canadian Motocross Nationals.

Kaelin has his eye on podium finishes for 2012 after a promising sophomore season that saw him earn top 10 finishes, including two in the top 5 at the last two races of the season.

“I’m so happy to have locked up this deal with Yamaha and Hully Gully for 2012,” related a pleased Kaelin. “I’ve put a lot of work into my program the last couple years, despite some injuries, and it seems Yamaha has noticed. This year, I want to cement myself as one of the top MX2 riders in Canada and consistently get on the podium.

Chuck Collins of Hully Gully Motorsports in London, ON relayed, “We’ve known Dylan for years now. We actually sold him his first bike, a Yamaha PW50! He has always had a great attitude and it’s a pleasure to have him represent Hully Gully at both the local and national level. He’s a fantastic representative to spearhead our motocross racing efforts.”

Bryan Hudgin, Yamaha’s race director, commented on signing Kaelin for 2012. “Dylan’s got a lot of upside. He’s young, fast, dedicated, and approachable. There’s a lot of room to grow here at Yamaha with our racing program and this could be Dylan’s coming out party. I think he’ll surprise a lot of people this year with just how competitive he will be. He’s another quality piece for our race program.”

Kaelin’s plan is to train in the US for most of February before coming back to represent Yamaha and Hully Gully in the South Western Ontario regional series for April and May.

Kaelin concluded with, “When the gate drops at Nanaimo, I’ll know I’ve put in the work to be mixing it up at the top, and that confidence is half the battle. I’m really looking forward to this season and letting my riding do the talking.”
 

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BMW Motorcycle Adventurer Rene Cormier joins Overland Expo 2012

Rene Cormier is a Canadian motorcycle adventurer, author, and African motorcycle tour guide. We've read his award winning book The University Of Gravel Roads - Global Lessons Learned From A Four-Year Motorcycle Adventure and it's a good one!

Pick up a copy and be sure to catch him at the MMIC sponsored motorcycle shows taking place across Canada and the Halifax International Motorcycle Show. He's got more than a few interesting stories!

He has teamed up with Overland Expo 2012 and will be presenting talks.

Full details:

Tucson, Arizona. – January 31, 2012 – Overland Expo 2012 is growing it’s list of experienced presenters for this years event. Rene Cormier, a Canadian BMW rider will be in person on Saturday, May 19 to deliver his talk “Around the World on $25 a Day”. Cormier will bring the Overland Expo 2012 crowd along as he explains how a 3 year around-the-world trip ended up taking 5 years, and how he managed to pay for the unsponsored, unsupported journey.

Cormier joins fellow presenters Tiffany Coates, Austin Vince, and Lois Pryce in bringing the wonders of global motorcycle travel to the Overland crowds.

“Rene’s story reinforces the important point that low budgets can still create great trips. On a practical level, the reality is that most of us are planning trips with finite budgets,” said Roseann Hanson, co-founder and director of the Overland Expo 2012. “We want riders to come and learn how to make the most of the money they have for their trips, not wait until they hit the lottery and then go.”
Cormier adds "The biggest challenge in sharing past travel experiences with new adventurers is getting them all in one place for long enough to have the chat.

Overland Expo 2012 gives me the chance to have a quality conversation with people who are interesting in doing this style of riding for themselves, or those who are simply curious about travel in far off lands."

About Overland Expo 2012

Overland Expo was founded in 2009 by Roseann Hanson, whose husband Jonathan Hanson co-founded and was executive editor of Overland Journal from 2007 to 2011. Jonathan left the magazine and is now full-time with Overland Expo. There was no other event of this size or type in North America—or perhaps even the world—that brought together people interested in exploring the world, and presents them with opportunities for socializing, learning, and outfitting for their adventure. Overland Expo 2012 is being held May 18 - 20 in Flagstaff, Arizona.

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BMW Motorrad Canada sales up for January

BMW Motorrad Canada set a new record in January with 57 motorcycle retails, an increase of 3.6 per cent over the same period last year.

For the first time ever, Motorrad will expand its product offering into the scooter market with the arrival of the all-new Maxi-Scooter later this year. It'll be interesting to see how many "new to BMW" riders the big scooters bring.


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WEC looks forward to the 2012 season

being finished and we are excited to announce a Trials program in Nova Scotia as well.

Going into its 4th season the Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship or CEC is enjoying continued growth and success. Bearing in mind WEC’s reputation of keeping fresh ideas coming, we have decided to expand the scope of the CEC by creating a Canadian Cross Country Championship or CXCC and combine the points from the CEC and CXCC to declare an overall Canadian Off-Road Champion. The title is awarded to the rider who demonstrates the best overall ability to adapt to a variety of challenges in 2 types of competition staged in very different terrain across the country.

It was recently announced that WEC has formed a partnership with the Quebec-based event promoter association, FMSQ in order to realize the CXCC. The Quebec round of the CXCC will take place on September 2 at Ormstown, Quebec (situated south of Montreal near the border of Ontario) with the final round being held in Ontario the following weekend (September 8/9)

The Canadian off-road Championship is designed to be a fair and equitable form of competition that decides the winners based on sportsmanlike racing on a level playing field where the results are truly the results.

Ontario will feature another spectacular Cross Country Championship series at proven venues across the province. We are very proud of this groundbreaking series as it has clearly introduced bold new ideas that never existed before in Ontario off-road racing. The fact that some other race organizations continue to adopt our ideas each year is proof we are improving the sport and giving the riders what they want and we are flattered by this imitation.

By now it is commonly known WEC has been using its flawless electronic timekeeping system which we introduced in 2008 forcing others to follow suit. At this point riders accept nothing other than immediate results at race conclusion and posted immediately on our website.

Who would have thought that having proper competition insurance would be something that would have to be shown as being mandatory? Racing at legal competition facilities that are in compliance by the local municipality is another “no brainer” that WEC has enforced and set the standard.

We are also proud of our many other firsts in off-road racing in Ontario:

- A consistent $100 Pro Holeshot award at every round of the series
- A consistent $100 Amateur Holeshot award at every round of the series
- Paying Pro racers at every round
- A full series of Pee Wee Cross Country Racing
- Pro racer appearance money at certain rounds
- Closed course enduro competition without the requirement of any license plate on the vehicle
- Kids only enduro competition

Some of these changes were difficult to introduce as off-road motorcycling, in certain parts of Canada, has been stagnant for many years and some riders and organizers were very set in their ways and as such, we still have resistance to some of our ideas. Giving Pro payback was something new to off-road and some organizers were steadfast against it. We have fortunately arrived at a point where the concept has finally caught on and we are happy for that.

A day will come when people won’t be racing improperly licensed and incorrectly insured motorcycles on open, public roads. Until this time we will continue to show the way as there are other options

2012 will bring another first in off-road motorcycling soon to be duplicated by others; a kids only Competition Enduro Series! Due to the massive success of our annual “Shelburne Kids Enduro” it has now morphed into a series with accumulating points toward a championship. WEC has always focused heavily on the Mini segment in off-road racing shown from the beginning with our ground breaking Pee Wee Cross Country program. This new Kids Enduro Championship continues to show our dedication to the future of the sport. Watch for more details on dates, venues and class guidelines. With Mini riders racing against a clock, it is a fantastic way to introduce motorcycle competition to these young enthusiasts in a controlled environment.

Stay tuned as we finalize our dates with facility owners. We must all respect that these valuable racing facilities have their own busy schedules and with other racing organizations. 2012 will be another great year for off-road motorcycle racing in Canada!

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New HD video from VrideTV

Jeff over at VrideTV has posted a new high definition video shot from his Harley Davidson.

Here's what he had to say about it. Make sure you visit his site HERE for more HD motorcycle video's from across Canada.

Motorcycle riding through an avalanche at Duffey Lake, British Columbia, Canada. It was an amazing sight to come around a corner and see tonnes of snow on either side of the road. The crews were just finishing clearing the second avalanche and warned me to leave the area because it was very unstable.

I set up my camera equipment at the Duffey Lake Provincial Park boat launch and just happened to catch a helicopter flying over surveying the damage. The power of Mother Nature is incredible


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