Canadian Motorcycle Rider

Your Canadian source for all things motorcycle!

2012 HIMS
AGV Sport
Bel Ray
Ben Young Racing
Brett McCormick
British Columbia
David Fretigne
Demo Rides
Don Hatton
Dynamic Damping Control
EICMA 2010
Erik Buell Racing (EBR)
Garage Find
GS Trophy
Joe Rocket
Jonah Street
Jordan szoke
Keanu Reeves
lithium battery
Moto Guzzi
Moto Tassinari
Motorcycle Show
MV Agusta
National Motorsports
Patrick Beaulé
Patrick Trahan
Pikes Peak
Press Release
R 1200 GS
Red Bull
Rene Cormier
Royal Enfield
Screaming Banshee
Simon Pavey
tier motorsports
winter riding
World’s fastest 350cc motorcycle with sidecar
Motorcycle News
See ALL News, archives, and categories

2012 Canadian Drag Racing Season Begins

2012 SEASON OPENER OF EASTERN CANADIAN DRAG RACING National Record Is Set in Napierville, Making for a Fiery Season Ahead

The 2012 Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada-sponsored V-Rod Destroyer Series had a brilliant debut this past weekend at the Canadian Motorcycle Drag Race Association-hosted event at the Napierville Dragway, in Napierville, Quebec. A full grid of eight V-Rod Destroyer racers enjoyed one of the largest fields and closest battles to open the season, with the top five riders within a few hundredths of a second apart. The action was hot and intense under sunny skies, and any cobwebs that may have set in over the winter were quickly blown away in Saturday’s qualification runs.

Rocky’s Harley-Davidson rider and current Eastern champion, Pete Thomson, took over right where he left off with the best qualification ET of the day, breaking his own record with a 9.32958 and setting the stage for an intense weekend battle. Several other riders made it well known that this was not going to be a cakewalk for the determined Thomson. Trails End Harley-Davidson-sponsored Jeff Pitre from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, came the closest, only 0.003 seconds behind, and qualified for second. Four other riders were within 0.067 of a second of Thomson’s best run, including young Dan Thomson, also racing for Rocky’s Harley Davidson, who qualified for third behind his dad and Thomson Racing-teammate.

Two new riders join the V-Rod Destroyer contingent this season – Steve “Goose” Gosselin and Edge Harley Davidson newcomer, Dan Ramage

In Sunday’s elimination rounds, the perfect weather conditions prevailed and the grandstands filled with fans eager for the showdown in the east.

First up, “Goose” Gosselin, in his premier outing, had the daunting task of lining up against Pete Thomson. Gosselin had a great rookie run, but Thomson dispatched him to the sidelines with an ET of 9.83 and a top speed of 135.94 mph. Next up, Ray Philp was narrowly beat out by Fox Harley-Davidson rider, Chris Fox, who posted a 9.830 and a top speed of 139.05 mph Jeff Pitre then took out a struggling Paul Guerrieri, racing for Thunder Road Harley-Davidson, with a comparable ET of 9.375 and a top speed of 138.83 mph. Rookie, Dan Ramsay, got the better of Rocky’s Harley-Davidson and Thomson Racing’s Dan Thomson, when the younger Thomson’s dragging clutch pulled him through the lights early, sending him to spectator status. Ramsay earned his spot with an honest ET of 9.857, showing that he is going to be an early contender in the series.

In the second round of eliminations, Pete Thomson continued to dominate, besting Chris Fox with a 9.320 and a blistering top speed of 141.11 mph, slightly better than Fox, who posted an ET of 9.387 and a top speed of 130.74 mph. Jeff Pitre then beat out Dan Ramsay, who continued to run well, into the low nine-eights.

As the evening set in, the two top riders of the weekend lined up to see who would come out on top of the weekend long battle. As the green light flashed, Thomson took off, but when Pitre dumped the clutch, his V Rod motorcycle hesitated slightly before blazing off, enough to give Thomson the win with a 9.319 while Pitre’s recorded reaction time set the difference at 0.133 seconds, handing the first Eastern Series race win to Thomson.

Afterwards, an ecstatic Thomson commented, “It was great to see so much camaraderie out here this weekend, and so nice to see a couple of new guys come into the series” He added, “I am so thankful to Deeley Harley Davidson Canada and all the help they have given the series.”

Martin Horik, the Quebec based TV host of the program “HP” challenged himself to drag the 2012 Harley Davidson 10th Anniversary V-Rod motorcycle in the Street Class. The episode covering Martin’s feat will be airing in Quebec on Sunday, September 16, 2012, at 11:00 am ET on “V” channel, and will also be viewable online on

The next event of the CMDRA V-Rod Destroyer Eastern Series will be at Toronto Motorsport Park in Cayuga, Ontario, on June 1 and 2. For further information on Canadian Drag Racing results, please refer to


Ducati - One million "Likes"

Ducati’sofficial Facebook page reaches milestone one millionth “Like”

With just weeks to go before its “physical” fans meet-up at World Ducati Week in Misano, Italy, Ducati now celebrates an incredible one million “Likes” on the company’s official Facebook page with a video to thank passionate “virtual” fans of the iconic Italian motorcycle manufacturer.

Shot from the eye-level-view of a “fan”, the innovative video records a visit to the Ducati factory in Bologna, first arriving by motorcycle and then touring the various departments and giving a Facebook-style thumbs-up to everything the fan “Likes”. From the Ducati Design Centre to the Production Line and from Ducati Corse to Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden testing at nearby Mugello, “thank you” is creatively communicated in 12 different languages.

See the video at:

Managed by Ducati’s highly successful website,, the company have used Facebook to reach out not only to its long-established European and American markets, but also to an emerging Asian Pacific, apparently full of fans who desire the premium brand’s high performance motorcycles.

Ducati Motor Holding’s official Facebook page first went “internal” in July 2009 when kindly passed across to the Bologna-based company by Pat Loughery, a passionate fan who had first registered the page. From its initial 90,000 “Likes”, it has since taken just 36 months to record its milestone one millionth “Like”, helped along the way by “spikes of interest” from key events, such as Carlos Checa winning the 2011 World Superbike Championship or when Valentino Rossi recently thrilled fans at the French Grand Prix.

With the company preparing to cover its massive World Ducati Week event live on Facebook 21-24 June, and its one million “Likers”boasting a combined Facebook friendship of over 180 million, Ducati’sincredible following looks set to sky-rocket even further.

Ducati Facebook page “Likes” % increase during 2012
Italy  +48%  (278,151)      
India  +63%  (113,735)      
USA  +24%  (89,430)
France  +48%  (49,353)
Malaysia  +42%  (37,789)        
Indonesia  +18%  (36,319)        
Spain  +43%  (29,735)        
Germany  +35%  (25,315)        
UK  +20%  (25,102)        
Mexico  +38%  (16,893)        
Greece  +30%  (16,187)        
Thailand  +92%  (14,742)        
Australia  +13%  (14,679)        
Philippines  +22%  (12,840)        
Colombia  +27%  (10,413)        
Serbia  +37%  (8,696)          
Belgium  +16%  (8,542)          
Taiwan  +55%  (8,365)          
Canada  +27%  (7,950)          
Brazil  +95%  (7,948)

See the page at


Tsunami motorcycle to be preserved

A Harley-Davidson motorcycle, recovered on the coast of British Columbia after drifting for more than a year and 4,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean following last year’s tsunami in Japan will be preserved by the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as a memorial to the tragedy that claimed more than 15,000 lives, in accordance with the wishes of its owner, Ikuo Yokoyama.

The remarkable story of the 2004 FXSTB Softail Night Train motorcycle’s survival and recovery by Canadian, Peter Mark, made international headlines after he found it washed ashore on a remote beach on British Columbia’s Graham Island at low tide. Mark discovered the motorcycle, still bearing its Japanese licence plate, along with several other items, in the remains of an insulated cargo van container where the motorcycle was being stored by Yokoyama prior to the tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, 2011.

Working with news agencies and representatives from Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada, and Harley Davidson Japan, contact was made with 29-year-old Yokoyama, who lost his home and currently lives in temporary housing in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. Harley-Davidson Motor Company extended an offer to return the bike to him and to restore it to running condition. Still struggling to rebuild his life in the aftermath of the disaster, which claimed the lives of three of his relatives, Yokoyama respectfully declined. Although grateful for the offer to repatriate his motorcycle and touched by the outpouring of support from Harley motorcycle riders around the world, Yokoyama’s strong desire instead is for his bike to be preserved in the Harley-Davidson Museum, in honour of those whose lives were lost or forever changed by the disaster.

“It is truly amazing that my Harley-Davidson motorcycle was recovered in Canada after drifting for more than a year,” said Ikuo Yokoyama. “I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt appreciation to Peter Mark, the finder of my motorcycle. Due to circumstances caused by the disaster, I have been so far unable to visit him in Canada to convey my gratitude."

“Since the motorcycle was recovered, I have discussed with many people about what to do with it. I would be delighted if it could be preserved in its current condition and exhibited to the many visitors to the Harley Davidson Museum as a memorial to a tragedy that claimed thousands of lives. I am very grateful to Harley-Davidson for offering me an opportunity to visit the museum, and I would like to do that when things have calmed down. At the same time, I would like to meet Peter, who recovered my motorcycle, to express my gratitude. Finally, I would like to thank all people around the world once again for their wholehearted support of the areas hit by the earthquake and tsunami. I would like to ask them to help convey messages from the Japanese people about the tragedy of the Great East Japan Earthquake, which was a disaster of historic proportions.”

“My heart really goes out to Ikuo Yokoyama and all the survivors of the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami for everything that was taken from them. I cannot even begin to comprehend the loss of family, friends, and community,” said Peter Mark. “I think it is fitting that the Harley [motorcycle], which was swept across the Pacific Ocean by the tsunami, will end up in the Harley-Davidson Museum as a memorial to that tragic event. It has an interesting and powerful story to convey preserved in its current state.”

“I look forward to one day meeting Mr. Yokoyama face-to-face. I would also like to express my gratitude to all those that have taken part in the retrieval of the motorcycle, especially Ralph Tieleman, Steve Drane, and Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada.”

The motorcycle was recovered by Peter Mark along with the help of friends and transported to Victoria with support from Ralph Tieleman and Steve Drane of Steve Drane Harley-Davidson who commented "I have always felt that Harley-Davidson motorcycles have a soul, their owners have an emotional attachment to their bikes. I wanted to help reunite this Harley-Davidson with its owner". It has since been transferred to Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada, in Vancouver. Plans for its transportation to and display at the Harley Davidson Museum are being developed.

“The Harley-Davidson Museum is honoured to receive this amazing motorcycle to ensure that its condition is preserved and can be displayed as a memorial to the Japan tsunami tragedy,” said Bill Davidson, Vice President of the Harley-Davidson Museum.


The 'Ural' Ice Run - Northern Siberia to the Arctic Circly

We came across a website of some hardy Ural adventurers who travelled from Irbit (the birthplace of Ural Motorcycles) to the North Siberian town of Salekhar. Looks like it's an annual event - weather permitting.

Here's a brief overview provided by the site:

2,500km across the frozen Siberian wilderness on old school Ural motorbikes to the only town in the world sitting on the Arctic Circle. The Pioneers Run was a propper adventure like no other which saw 11 brave, foolhardy teams complete the mammoth undertaking.

The Ice Run will begin in the birth place of the Ural - Irbit and end in the North Siberian town of Salekhard, the only town in the world built on the Arctic Circle. How you get between these two points is up to you.

In summer the only way to get to the northern end of the River Ob is on a boat or an aeroplane. But luckily for 6 months of the year Siberia is colder than a snowman's gonads and squashed under several metres of ice and snow. Then the only way to cross this icy wilderness is by a network of ice roads. These little transportation wonders are paths of occasionaly flattened snow that snake over and alongside the frozen rivers.

If there is particularly heavy snow, the ice roads can become impassable. They also move each year, depending on the climate, and at a certain point they melt and you fall in the river. All this means navigating your way to the finish line will be some of the most excellent fun in the world.

Be sure to check out their website HERE.


Motorcycle Experience on TSN

Toyota Truck presents Motorcycle Experience on TSN

Episode 10  - Saturday, May 26 at 12:30pm (Eastern)

Catch the longest running televised Motorcycle Magazine in North America with it's uniquely Canadian perspective on the sport of motorcycling!

This week:

- Host Dave Hatch invites Paul Kahnert to show off his Kawasaki ZZRX1400 Ninja
- Dave and Norm ride to Harbour Grace, Newfoundland during their "BMW Ultimate Ride"
- Honda reporter, Aliki Karayan meets Canadian Sportbike Champ Jodi Christie
- Paul Kahnert continues his search for loyal viewers who ride
- With the score tied, Bryan Hudgin wraps up Round 5 in this season's Ultimate Motorcycle Challenge!

EPISODE 10 Broadcast Schedule on TSN*
Saturday May 26 - 12:30pm
Friday June 01 - 3:00pm

EPISODE 10 Broadcast Schedule on TSN2*
Saturday May 26 - 6:30pm
Monday May 28 - 11:00pm
Friday June 01 - 3:00pm
*All times eastern

Check out the War of 1812 Rider's Club Contest at


Screaming Banshee Warning System (UPDATE)

We've shown you the video and introduced you to the Screaming Banshee Horn already but we've recently gotten a letter from Peter Olt - CEO at Screaming Banshee LLC with some updates on the company and the product. Here's the letter:

We originally contacted you way back in January about our new Motorcycle Warning System called Screaming Banshee. Thanks again for writing the article on us – we really do appreciate all the great press we have received.

I thought it would be cool to give you an update about how things have progressed; we have now sold about 700 systems and almost all have been fitted to motorcycles and cars in some cases, often across the world. KickStarter was the perfect way to launch this product and has been a fun adventure for all of us. After KickStarter ended we built our own website – if you haven’t seen it here is the link:

The video has been updated too:

We’ve had a lot of great feedback; we have had a few people say that they just didn’t have room to mount the horn, so we responded by developing the “Split Screamer" design, which separates the trumpet from the compressor and gives people the versatility of mounting the 2 parts in different locations to save space. You can see it at. Check it out HERE

We are also releasing a revised control unit that has our own super tuff nylon case complete with oversized mounting lugs and is lower profile than the first model. You may have read that we needed to supply a small adapter to about 7% of bike owners because of some bike’s horn wiring setups – the new control units solves this completely.

By the way – your readers may be interested to know that starting today (5/22/12), we are doing free worldwide shipping for all products as a Father Day special. It runs from today to June 17th, we have good stock of all products, so it’s full speed ahead!

Thanks again for getting behind us from the start! If you have any questions please let us know,

Warm Regards,

Screaming Banshee LLC


Historic motorcycles set to line up in five classes on the banks of Lake Como

Following a successful premiere last year, the Concorso e Mostra di Motociclette celebrates its return in 2012. “The Concorso d’Eleganza for cars can look back over a long tradition, and for BMW, with its extensive history as a motorcycle manufacturer, it was only logical to expand the Concorso to include classic motorcycles,” said Karl Baumer, President of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and Director of BMW Group Classic: “The wonderful response we saw last year confirms that view.”

On Saturday, a large gathering of the historic motorcycles – led by the legendary BMW 500 Kompressor – will take part in a parade from Tremezzo to Cernobbio, accompanied by a police escort. The international jury will then cast their eye over the assembled models for the first time in the grounds of Villa Erba.

Several factors are taken into account by the jury as they shine the spotlight on the Concorso bikes. As well as the general standard of restoration achieved and the closeness of each model to its original condition, aesthetic aspects also come into play, as one would expect. Motorcycle design has centred on many different focal points over the decades. For a long time, manufacturers focused primarily on motor sport, for example, as a prestigious showcase for their motorcycles. However, models from across the motorcycle spectrum – majoring on everything from sports performance and everyday usability to comfort and leisure – are eligible for one of the coveted prizes at Lake Como.

A total of 30 motorcycles from illustrious manufacturers will be represented in five classes at the motorcycle Concorso.

Class A: Roaring Twenties

In the years after the First World War it seemed that enthusiasm for “motorised two-wheelers” knew no bounds, and in Europe demand for motorcycles mushroomed. Established brands and a rash of new manufacturers conjured up a constant stream of fresh and exciting developments.

Class B: Stylish Thirties

In the aftermath of the global economic depression and widespread political upheaval, manufacturers in highly industrialised countries, in particular, experienced a period of slow recovery. New developments in motorcycle construction now also bore the signature of industrial designers. Influences from modern architecture and art, and purposeful echoes from car body design, shaped the appearance of motorcycles in the 1930s.

Class C: Swinging Fifties

Manufacturers had to come up with their own designs to counter fresh competition from mopeds and scooters. And they also needed to adapt their motorcycles to the changing tastes of buyers. Technical innovations and even sophisticated new engine constructions appeared to take a back seat, while “body” designs for motorcycles were becoming increasingly prevalent. The inspiration here came once again from car design and, more specifically, from big American limousines.

Class D: Start into the Future

The role of the motorcycle changed fundamentally in the 1960s. Usurped by the motor car as a vehicle for everyday use, it underwent a reinvention as a second vehicle for leisure enjoyment. The Japanese motorcycle industry – which focused on exports to the USA – stood at the vanguard of new trends in both technical development and the composition of model ranges.

Class E: Racing through the Decades

Success in the racing arena was used in advertising and marketing activities as far back as the beginning of the 20th century to make a compelling case for new motorcycles. Extraordinary constructions with increasingly powerful engines were pressed into race action at venues around the world from the early 1900s.

BMW represented by a world-record-breaking machine and a 1950s scooter

The BMW Group is also presenting its own models out of competition. The full-fairing BMW vertical shaft-drive supercharged machine was sent over to Italy specially from the BMW Museum – 75 years after Ernst Henne had piloted it to his legendary world speed record of 279.5 km/h (173.7 mph) in 1937. Another highlight is the BMW R10 scooter from the 1950s. Only two examples of the prototype, with its small wheels, conventional scooter body and specially developed single-cylinder engine, have survived – and visitors can look forward to admiring one of these at the motorcycle Concorso.

This year’s jury for the Concorso di Motociclette will once again be made up of four high-calibre experts:

Carlo Perelli from Milan is a doyen of the Italian motorcycle press. He started work as a reporter, photographer and test rider with Italy’s oldest motorbike magazine, Motociclismo, in the 1950s.

Hugo Wilson concentrated solely on modern motorcycles in his early days as a journalist. Indeed, it was only when he started writing books that he came into closer contact with motorcycle history. The Englishman has for many years been the editor of the world’s oldest and most widely read classic motorcycle magazine, Classic Bike.

Paul d’Orleans from San Francisco started out as an interior designer, before turning his hobby into a career and writing about classic motorcycles for a wide range of media.

Raffaele Zaccagnini heads up Husqvarna Motorcycles’ Centrostile design centre and has been using his designer’s eye to lend sporty motorcycles their unmistakable appearance for over 10 years now.


Miller Motorsports Park Up Next for Ben Young

After missing the third round of the 2012 AMA Pro Road Racing season at Infineon Raceway, BYR/FOGI Racing’s Ben Young is eager to get back in the mix this weekend as AMA Pro Road Racing returns to Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele Valley, Utah for the BigM Weekend on May 26-28.

Not only will this weekend highlight the best road racing in North America, AMA Pro Road Racing will share the spotlight with the stars of the Superbike World Championship as it makes it’s only stop in North America. This particular event schedule consists of single races for each of the AMA Pro Road Racing classes. Conveniently located just 25 minutes west of Salt Lake City, this event will feature a fantastic range of activities as part of The BigM Weekend, Utah’s Memorial Day tradition, mixing motorcycles, live music and a major military tribute.

Although the young Scottish-Canadian was absent from the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona Sporbike grid at Infineon he kept himself busy training, and making additional improvements to his Scotbuild/Yamaha R6 as well as spending some time at a locally organized trackday at Calabogie Motorsports Park.

Collingwood-based custom home builder and long time associate sponsor Scotbuild will be featured on Young’s  #86 Yamaha R6 for not only Miller Motorsports Park’s BigM Weekend but also at the following weekend’s Subway SuperBike Doubleheader at Road America.

“Scotbuild has been a sponsor since my 125/250 days racing in the USGPRU and this seemed like the perfect opportunity for the team to show its appreciation with a new Scotbuild-themed livery designed by The Graphix Factory.” said FOGI Racing’s young apprentice.

Young commented. “We were disappointed we missed Infineon but I can’t wait to get back out there at Miller Motorsports Park.  The last time I was at Miller I was testing the Aprilia RS125 GP machine with Veloce Racing in 2010 for the Indy wildcard entry.  I will know some of the track configuration we will be running for the Daytona Sporbike class which is a bonus.  I am very confident we will run well and give the Scotbuild livery a well deserved showing.”


Zero DS - Police Edition

Zero Motorcycles announced it has launched a new version of the highly popular 2012 Zero DS developed specifically for police and security agencies. Named the Zero DS Police Motorcycle, it was developed to address the increasing interest from law enforcement and police departments on a global level. For the past two years police, security and military agencies have been testing Zero’s product line in the field. Zero continues to work directly with a variety of international law enforcement and military agencies. This new model is the result of these collaborative efforts.

“We are honored to have the support of so many different police and law enforcement agencies. During the process of building out the 2012 Zero DS Police Motorcycle, we worked closely with police officers and suppliers to ensure that our final product met the demands of enforcement agencies. Police officers put their lives on the line every day to protect and serve, so our goal was to give them all the tools necessary to allow them to be successful. The resulting Zero DS Police Motorcycle opens up new patrolling possibilities,” said Mark Cummings, Manager of Fleet Sales, Zero Motorcycles.

Law enforcement agencies are one of Zero’s fastest growing segments. Zero has worked with the Santa Cruz Police Department, Scotts Valley Police Department, Sebastopol Police Department and the largest law enforcement agency in London, England – the London Metropolitan Police, to allow for thorough field testing and review. New requests continue to come in for Zero as Spain has also adopted a fleet of Zero’s Police Motorcycles for traffic enforcement purposes. Reflecting the growing trend in environmentally and socially responsible transportation, law enforcement agencies are looking at electric motorcycles and Zero Motorcycles for the next generation of enforcement vehicles to boost their environmental credentials.

2012 Zero Police Base Model

- 2012 Zero DS
- Whelen LINZ 6 forward facing LEDs (Red/Blue or Amber)
-  Whelen LINZ 6 front facing LEDs (Red/Blue or Amber)
- Whelen LINZ 6 rear facing LEDs (Red/Blue or Amber)
- Emergency lighting harness
- Programmable Whelen siren system
- Front battery/frame protection bars
- 4-way emergency flasher system
- Head light/tail light cut switch

Available Options

Rear top load 21 lt. hard cases with mounts
- Detachable windshield
- Quick charge kit
- Upgrade siren with plug-in PS microphone
- White or gloss black hard case covers/lids
- Auxiliary rear LED brake/tail light with license plate
- Aluminum hand guards with spoilers
- Front axle sliders

The Zero DS is the perfect electric motorcycle for law enforcement applications. Available in 6 or 9 kWh configurations, the range of the motorcycle is measured by the EPA UDDS at 70 or 112 miles on a single charge, respectively. It offers a top speed of 80 mph with a broad torque band and stealthy acceleration from 0 rpm. With instant torque, no shifting, no noise, no exhaust, minimal heat production and a low weight, the Zero DS Police Motorcycle allows enforcement agencies to patrol in areas that would otherwise be highly impractical or impossible using an internal combustion motorcycle. In addition, the Zero DS features a maintenance-free powertrain that also offers regenerative braking to partially recoup energy during deceleration. With an air-cooled brushless motor and belt driven system, Zero offers some of the world’s easiest-to-own forms of transportation.

Zero Motorcycles’ Z-Force power pack uses a battery cell chemistry and configuration that is incredibly energy dense and rated to 3,000 complete charge cycles before hitting 80 percent capacity. All of Zero’s on and off-road motorcycles leverage the new technology, meaning that the power pack is designed to exceed the longevity expected of any conventional motorcycle. The result is a complete electric motorcycle line that offers owners and agencies an exceptional ride while also saving on gas and virtually all routine powertrain maintenance.


Harley-Davidson Supports Motorcycle Ride For Dad in 2012

Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada is proud to announce its sponsorship support of the 2012 Motorcycle Ride For Dad fundrasing campaign. The Motorcycle Ride For Dad has been taking place in Canada for over ten years, raising awareness and more than nine million dollars towards fighting prostate cancer.

The partnership with Motorcycle Ride For Dad reinforces the leadership role of Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada in an important cause that resonates with many Canadian Harley-Davidson motorcycle enthusiasts. Prostate cancer affects one in seven men, and by association, their families and loved ones. Taking place in over thirty major cities and representing every Canadian province, Motorcycle Ride For Dad allows Deeley Harley‑Davidson Canada to actively reach out to those affected by prostate cancer, while exercising a passion for the open road.

“We are so proud of the support we have received from Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada,” said Garry Janz, president of Motorcycle Ride For Dad – Canada. “Their generosity makes what we do possible. Being able to thank our participants for their incredible fundraising efforts by offering them a Harley-Davidson motorcycle as a prize incentive is amazing!”

“Partnering with Motorcycle Ride For Dad is a very natural fit for us”, says Dom Bovalino, Marketing Director for Deeley Harley‑Davidson Canada. “Harley-Davidson [motorcycle] enthusiasts, in particular our most loyal Customers, the H.O.G. members, feel very strongly for charitable causes such as this one. We are very proud of how much passion and enthusiasm community-friendly Harley-Davidson motorcyclists put into supporting numerous charitable causes across the country”.

To register for the ride in your community, or learn about ride routes and how to qualify for a chance to win an all-new Harley-Davidson Sportster Seventy-Two motorcycle, visit Participating authorized Harley-Davidson Retailers that are supporting the cause will be setting up a variety of interactive displays along the various ride routes.


Zero's new 25,000 mile promotion

Before you get too excited about a Zero Motorcycle discount here in Canada it looks like this one is just for the US unfortunately. An interesting way to offer a little discount though.

Zero Motorcycles has announced that the company will pay for the first 25,000* miles of electricity when riders purchase a new 2012 Zero through the end of May. Zero launched the promotion to highlight the 2012 lineup’s incredible efficiency and how inexpensive each model is to operate. The promotion is timed to generate additional interest and awareness as Zero Motorcycles kicks off its first ever National Demo Day event this coming weekend on Saturday, May 19, 2012.

“With rising gas prices and the summer riding season just around the corner, we want riders to enjoy an exceptionally fun and carefree summer of riding on a new Zero. The fact that Zero Motorcycles can offer to pay for the energy for the first 25,000 miles of riding helps to highlight the incredible efficiency of our entire lineup. We invite interested riders to schedule a demo ride at this weekend’s National Demo Day to both experience the ride and learn more about Zero Motorcycles,” said John Lloyd, vice president of global sales, Zero Motorcycles.

Zero Motorcycles dealers across the country will be participating in the upcoming National Demo Day. The event is designed to encourage both new and experienced motorcycle enthusiasts to visit a local Zero dealer where they can both ride a new Zero and learn more about the motorcycle industry’s fastest growing segment – electric motorcycles. Dealers will be offering free demo rides for qualified, licensed motorcycle riders, along with providing product overviews of Zero’s entire 2012 ground-breaking model line.

For details on the First 25,000 Miles of Electricity on Us promotion visit the Zero website HERE:

*25,000 miles based on the 2012 ZF9 Zero Motorcycle S model at $.10 USD per kWh for $.90 per complete charge cycle and 222 charges with 114 miles range per complete charge cycle for a total of $199.80. A $200 (USD) Visa gift card will be sent 4-6 weeks after Zero Motorcycles receives the vehicle warranty registration card showing date of sale between May 15, 2012 and May 31, 2012. Offer available only through participating US dealerships. Cannot be used towards the purchase of the motorcycle, taxes or destination fees. Cannot be combined with any other promotional offer with exception of Zero Motorcycles retail finance program offered through Freedom Road Financial. Program expires May 31, 2012.


Harley-Davidson Test Our Metal Demo Test Rides

There has never been a better time than now to ride a new 2012 Harley‑Davidson motorcycle. With the new Twin Cam 103 powertrain as standard equipment on Softail, Touring, most Dyna motorcycles, and four new models: the Sportster Seventy-Two, Softail Slim, V‑Rod 10th Anniversary Edition, and the Dyna Switchback, you don’t want to pass up one of the free Test Our Metal demo ride opportunities.

Spring is the best time of year to come to a Retailer-hosted Test Our Metal event to test ride and compare other rides to the new Harley-Davidson line-up,” said Dom Bovalino, Marketing Director for Deeley Harley‑Davidson Canada. “We are pleased to see the overall number of participants increase and particularly happy to see a significant spike in the number of Competitive riders coming from other brands to participate in these demo events. Competitive riders made up just under 50% of participants in our Test Our Metal events in 2011, so clearly they feel welcome at these events, while being exposed to the Harley experience.”

The Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada-hosted Test Our Metal program has been offering riders the chance to experience the genuine feel of riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle for free for over twenty years. This state-of-the-art program focuses on showcasing the newest line-up of Harley-Davidson motorcycles to licensed riders, as well as offering participants a very unique Customer experience, giving them a taste of living the Harley-Davidson dream. Unlicensed participants can either ride along as a passenger, or experience JUMPSTART at participating authorized Harley-Davidson Retailers. JUMPSTART is a stationary motorcycle, allowing aspiring Customers to learn how to start, shift, and twist the throttle on a fully-functioning motorcycle that does not move.

The Test Our Metal program currently operates from coast to coast in Canada with approximately 140 scheduled demo dates hosted by authorized Harley-Davidson Retailers between April and October. Just over 10,500 individual participants take the opportunity to test ride Harley-Davidson motorcycles for free each season. As a prelude to the upcoming 110th Anniversary of Harley-Davidson Motor Company in 2013, special 110th Anniversary Harley-Davidson models will be available at the Retailer-hosted Test Our Metal events, as of early September 2012.

In continued support of our troops, Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada is also proud to maintain the Test Our Metal program at selected military bases across Canada, allowing troops to enjoy test rides on the newest models of Harley-Davidson motorcycles on specific dates.

The Test Our Metal events schedule can be found at, or through the “demo ride” button on the main page of Test Our Metal event registration starts at 9:00 am on the day of the event, and lead rides kick off at 10:00 am and continue until 4:00 pm, weather permitting.

Regular Test Our Metal event updates are also posted on Facebook at


BMW Motorrad and social media

Some companies do social media well and give you all kinds of reasons to interact with them via those channels. Case in point - BMW Motorrad.

They've got a great Facebook page that you could spend some serious time reviewing. They've got near 20,000 "LIKES" and probably deserve to have more than that.

Check it out HERE.


Stoner takes lead with second win

Just one week after the Spanish GP, Casey Stoner went from pole here in Portugal to take his second win of the season, pursued to the line by Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) and team mate Dani Pedrosa. Like the Spanish GP, free practice this time began with unsettled weather, but brightened for Saturday and Sunday. Stoner made best time in both warm up and qualifying, and kept up this pace to pull off a fine win. Honda was able to achieve consistently better times in this race, although many issues remain to be fixed. The Honda team were really not sure they could pull off a second successive win, and were immensely grateful to Casey Stoner for his superb ride, showing all the strengths of a true champion.

After the Spanish GP, HRC Team Principal Shuhei Nakamoto commented "It was Casey who won this one for us." Here in Portugal, he had much the same to say "To tell the truth, we hardly helped at all. It was all Casey. I hope we can start doing our part soon and fix his issues with the bike." Dani Pedrosa, in 3rd place, could only salute the inspiring turn of speed displayed by his team mate. Under less than ideal conditions, the Repsol Honda team won their second out of three races, continuing their run of two riders on the podium each time. Team Principal Nakamoto talks to us about the Honda team's second successive win of the season.


2013 Brammo Empulse/Empulse R Unveiling

Brammo finally unveiled their new production-level Empulse and Empulse R models on Tuesday, May 8, in Hollywood, California. No mention about what the plans for Canada are at this time. One might imagine that they'll probably focus on the more densely populated US for now and work on geting approvals for Canada at a later date. How much later? We'll hopefully find out. I know we've gotten a few emails from people wondering when and where they'll be able to pick one up in Canada.

One major differentiator Brammo has over other electric bikes on the market is that it features a gearbox. That makes it perhaps just a little more like a traditional internal combustion engine than the other big player in the electric motorcycle market right now.

Not many people I know ride 300 miles every day to work and you can do that with this bike if you have the charging infrastructure set up. - Craig Bramscher, CEO/Chairman at Brammo


BMW and Husqvarna sales up for April

In the first four months of 2012, BMW Motorrad sold 37,461 (prev. yr. 36,181) vehicles. This represents a growth of 3.5% compared to the same period in 2011. A total of 13,088 (prev. yr. 13,072 / +0.1%) BMW Motorrad vehicles were delivered to customers in April.

The number of units moved at Husqvarna may be far less than BMW but they're seeing some BIG gains.

Husqvarna delivered 918 (prev. yr. 603 / +52.2%) motorcycles last month to its dealer network. Year to date, deliveries grew +40.0% to 3,560 motorcycles compared with the first four months of 2011 (prev. yr. 2,543).


Ural's new website

Ural spent the first few months of 2012 redesigning their site to be easier to use, to look better, and deliver the best Ural content-from photos and specs to FAQ and photos-and they hope you like it!

Over the next few months you should watch for Ural to continue to add new content and categories to the site. One interesting thing they're going to be doing is featuring project bikes from all over the world and showcasing all their past limited edition models. And oh, there's a blog too , so be sure to check it out

Here's the LINK.


BMW and Husqvarna quartely numbers

First quarter numbers (2012) for the sales volume of motorcycles is up slightly vs the same period in 2011 for BMW with sales of 24,373 units vs. 23,109 in 2011. A difference of 5.5%. A different story at Husqvarna with sales of 2,642 vs 1,940 in 2011. A difference of 36.2%.

That's a big step in the right direction for Husqvarna. We've said it before but the next couple of years should be really exciting ones for the Husqvarna brand and fans of it.


Pikes Peak - fully paved racing

You may have heard that Pikes Peak - home to many an exciting race - is now fully paved. The mixture of high speeds, a big climb up a mountain, long drops, many corners, and combination of paved and mixed surfaces has made it an extremely challenging and wickedly exciting motorsports venue since late 1910. There's 156 turns in 12.42 miles (19.99 km) and climbing 1,439 meters.

The course is now fully paved. Sad news for some but it'll undoubtedly mean faster times and higher speeds for all.

What does the new course look like now that it's paved? You can see for yourself here:  The new paved section runs from about 3:40 to 8:01.

This video is filmed on a closed course with permission.


Yamaha’s ‘Right Here Right Now’ Promotion is Back!

Win Your Yamaha or $5000 

Yamaha’s ‘Right Here Right Now’ program has returned. This means great savings for customers purchasing a Yamaha motorcycle, scooter, ATV, outboard, snowmobile, side-by-side, WaveRunner, Sport Boat, or Power Product. On top of this, starting May 15th until June 30th, any customer purchasing a new unit could win the Yamaha they bought, while still qualifying for the cash savings!

“We have some great savings across our entire 2012 Yamaha lineup” said National Manager, Marketing, Tim Kennedy. “The ‘Right Here Right Now’ sales event and ‘Win Your Yamaha’ promotion are intended to inform our customers that the best time to buy a new Yamaha is now. Even Yamaha fans without a purchase during these events can enter and win $5000 for anything found”

For more details on both events, see your local dealer or visit Yamaha's website - HERE.


New motorcycle show coming to Discovery Channel

Just found out about a new show called Devils Ride that's coming to the Discovery Channel. Discovery Channel will be going "inside" the world of motorcycle clubs with the members of San Diego’s Laffing Devils.

Check out some details here:


Motorcycle Experience on TSN

Toyota Truck presents Motorcycle Experience on TSN

Episode 7  - Sunday, May 06 at 11:30am (Eastern)

Catch the longest running televised Motorcycle Magazine in North America with it's uniquely Canadian perspective on the sport of motorcycling!

This week:

- Host Dave Hatch invites viewer Jeff Keay to sample the BMW R1200GS adventure machine.
- Dave and Norm meet the crew of the Lady Ella in Summerville, Newfoundland during their "BMW Ultimate Ride"
- Reporter, Aliki Karayan turns the spotlight on the Honda Canada CBR125R Challenge roadracing series
- Paul Kahnert drops in on a group of motorcycle riders at the IceHouse in Campbellville, Ontario
- Yamaha's Bryan Hudgin tackles Round 4 in this season's Ultimate Motorcycle Challenge!

EPISODE 7  Broadcast Schedule on TSN*
Sunday May 06 - 11:30am
Thursday May 10 - 2:30pm

EPISODE 7 Broadcast Schedule on TSN 2*
Tuesday May 08 - 7:30pm
Friday May 11 - 03:00pm

*All times eastern

Check out the War of 1812 Rider's Club Contest - HERE


Harley creates website extolling virtues of LED lights

Harley Davidson puts a lot of time and effort into marketing and selling accessories. I'd guess that they do as good or better a job than any company out there. One of their latest accessories to be heavily promoted is their LED headlight accessories - they've even created a page on their website offering all kinds of information on the differences of regular bulbs and LED's.

It's pretty useful information actually.

Check it out here at their Own The Night website.

Here's a preview of the information offered:


2012 Wiesner Insurance Ontario Cross Country Championship

The 2012 race season is finally upon us with a mere number of days before racers descend on round one at historic Motopark. It has been made clear to us that this excellent facility is a favourite among XC competitors with its fast forest sections and MX inspired layout.

Work began this past weekend setting up this event which will be the first of two stops at Motopark in 2012. Round #1 on May 13th will feature the full length forest system with the addition of some exciting new trail. Course length will be 6.5 kilometres and be mostly open with a few very technical sections thrown in. The afternoon program will have an additional section of technical trail that was part of the “Extreme Test” in the 2011 Motopark Ontario CEC.

As with every event at Motopark, full facilities are on site featuring washrooms, showers, camping, RV hook up, and complete restaurant.

This season will feature all the same racer benefits as past WEC XC events pioneered. Pros will continue to be awarded 100% cash payback. The $100 Wiesner Insurance Pro Holeshot award will be returning as well. In addition, there is another award compliments of Royal Distributing, $50 for the Pro rider leading the race at the half way point!

Amateurs will continue to compete for the $100 Apex Cycle KTM Amateur Holeshot Award. Of course, there will be the return of the $100 Wiesner Insurance Fastest Lap Award which is given to the Amateur rider that puts in the best time on any lap of their race. The class receiving this award is always selected randomly the morning of the event.

The WEC youth program has generated some real stellar riders in the past three years. WEC XC events will continue to be sharply focused on our youth riders and we acknowledge these talented kids as the future of the sport. Returning for a third season will be our full Ontario Championship in the Pee Wee (50cc) class with points paying races at every round. This season one lucky Pee Wee rider will win a brand new Marin bicycle courtesy of Royal Distributing – every time a Pee Wee rider enters an event their name will go into a draw and at the final event in September one racer will go home with a new bicycle!

Motopark Round #1 will operate in the “Classic” format of:

Pee Wee                                   30 minutes
Mini Junior / Mini Senior             1 Hour
All Amateur classes                   2 Hours
Pro                                           2.5 Hours

After WEC introduced electronic transponder scoring in 2008, most riders are equipped with a transponder at this point but if any rider requires one, they will be available at registration. Many riders have already purchased their 2012 Competition license online as this service has been available since December. For those that do not have their 2012 Competition License yet and wish to purchase it at the event, there is no problem doing this as licenses will be sold at the event as well with no financial penalty for doing it last minute as it’s a simple and fast process.

Sign in 7:00am to 8:30am
Race 9:00am to 10:00am 1 hour Race time - 30 minutes for Pee Wee*

*Pee Wee riders will have a fantastic course professionally designed jumps specifically for minis.
Mini and Pee Wee trophies will be awarded at 11:00am (just in case you have to head home)

Sign in 7:00am to 9:30am
Race 10:30am to 12:30 pm 2 hour Race time

Trophies for the morning program will be at 2:00pm

Sign in 7:00am to 12:00pm
Race 1:00pm to 3:00pm (extra 30 minutes for Pro riders)



Alpinestars waterproof/water resistant collection

Looking for some weather resistant or water proof gear? Well, you might be interested in checking out the Alpinestars waterproof/water resistant line up.

More details HERE.


Women riders from Canada to join thousands around the world

The languages may be different, so may the culture. But thousands of women around the world share a passion – a passion for two wheels and the open road.

On Friday, May 4, 2012, female Harley-Davidson riders throughout Canada will join thousands of other women in countries around the world to showcase their passion for the sport of motorcycling during the 6th Annual International Female Ride Day. The event, founded by Vicki Gray of MOTORESS in Toronto, Canada, invites women riders around the world to “just ride” on May 4, a concept that is passionately supported by industry leader, Harley-Davidson Motor Company.

“More and more women from all walks of life are getting into the saddle of their own motorcycles,” said Claudia Garber, Director of Women’s Marketing Outreach at Harley-Davidson Motor Company. “As a leading motorcycle Brand among women, Harley-Davidson is passionate about empowering women to overcome their doubts, find their voice, and in the process, inspire others to do the same. Events like International Female Ride Day provide an excellent opportunity to do this.”

Everyone can show their support for International Female Ride Day. Those who ride are encouraged to get out on two wheels on May 4, either in their own groups or by joining organized rides and events scheduled by participating local authorized Harley-Davidson® Retailers throughout Canada. Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada will be hosting Vicki Gray and her fellow riders at the Concord, Ontario, facilities.

Harley-Davidson Motor Company is also encouraging women to share their International Female Ride Day stories and photos by tweeting with the Twitter hashtag #harleywomen. Their stories will be featured on the Motor Company “Buzz Wall” ( alongside stories from other women around the world about why they ride or why they want to learn to ride.

For more information about International Female Ride Day, visit a participating local authorized Harley Davidson® Retailer. Contact details can be found at