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Ducati announces renewal of Nicky Hayden’s contract

On the occasion of the United States Grand Prix, the home race for two-time LagunaSeca MotoGP winner Nicky Hayden, Ducati announces a contract extension with the American that will see him continuing to race for the Ducati Team next year.

Nicky Hayden, who turns 31 on Monday, is currently in his tenth season in the MotoGP series and his fourth with the Ducati Team. During that time, he has become extremely popular with fans and Ducatisti all over the world, thanks to his reliably positive outlook, his passion, and his determination. He currently sits eighth in the championship points standings and is working hard on the development of the Desmosedici GP12, employing his typical effort and enthusiasm.

The United States hosts no fewer than 45 DOCs (Ducati Owners Clubs) and tomorrow thousands of fans will have the opportunity to meet Nicky at Ducati Island, an area at Laguna Seca where Ducatisti gather to follow the race and experience the “red passion.” Following the afternoon qualifying session, Nicky himself will visit the Island’s stage, where many spectators and fans will no doubt be excited to join him in celebrating the news of his renewal with the Ducati Team.

Nicky Hayden, Ducati Team
“I’m very happy that I’ll be back with Ducati and back in MotoGP, racing at the highest level for a very important team. I love the guys I work with, I love the Ducati fans, and I love the brand. This is an important time for Ducati in a number of ways, and I’m excited that I’ll continue to be a part of it. I feel like I’ve got some unfinished business here, and hopefully we can get all the pieces into place and reap the rewards of the hard work we’ve put in the last couple of years. It’s nice to be able to make this announcement at Laguna and to share the moment with my fans, friends and family. If I can do a good result on Sunday, it could make for a pretty special birthday weekend.”


Yamaha announces parts and accessories pricing drop

Yamaha has dramatically altered pricing on over 135,000 of their parts and accessories! The change in pricing has allowed Yamaha to be more competitive with aftermarket, online and foreign vendors. Some items have been decreased over 50%!

The pricing alignment covers all product groups that Yamaha sells, from the smallest engine components to the largest bolt-on accessories. The changes aren’t limited to obscure, dated, highly stocked parts. Some of Yamaha’s popular ‘fast moving’ parts have received some sizeable decreases.  Here's some examples:

Yamaha’s National Manager, Parts & Accessories Sales, Jay Bretherick, commented on the massive pricing overhaul, “Yamaha customers can now get the quality, fit, and finish of Genuine Yamaha Parts & Accessories at a price comparable to those products supplied by other vendors. We feel that if given similar pricing, most customers would prefer to use OEM equipment for its quality and fitment advantages.”

Yamaha parts and accessories are developed in conjunction with the unit and are specifically made for a Yamaha, not an ill-fitting universal product designed for different makes and models.

Bretherick went on to say, “If you visit, you’ll see we’ve highlighted over 1100 accessories that have had a 10% or greater decrease from the original MSRP. When you factor in the tens of thousands of parts that were also impacted, this is some of the biggest news to come from Yamaha Motor Canada in quite some time. ”

If you’re looking to accessorize, repair or freshen up your Yamaha with new parts, be sure to look at Yamaha first.


2012 BMW Motorrad Days

Don’t miss the BMW event of the summer!

Motorcycling enthusiasts from all over will gather at BMW Motorrad Days on August 24th, 2012 at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

There’s always a fantastic atmosphere – with a party on Saturday evening featuring live music by a selection of Canadian talent, many new things to see, plus getting together with old friends –
there’s always a lot to talk about. Popular events this year include great off-road and on-road demo rides, rider training, and the fast-paced race action in the Canadian Superbike Championship.

New for 2012 — receive a FREE GIFT of a pair of BMW Motorsport Sunglasses* when you purchase your event tickets before August 15th, 2012.

Come for the day or stay for the weekend. Choose from on-site camping, RVing, or off-site B&B and hotel accommodations to ensure your BMW Motorrad Days weekend gears up the way you want. Don’t forget vendor showcases too, with product demos, service specials, parts and accessories and branded apparel – this is where you’ll find it and more!

Get ready to experience the unique atmosphere created when motorcycle fans from all over get together to party with BMW Motorrad. So make a note right now in your calendar of the fourth weekend in August – don't miss the biggest motorcycle event of the summer.

For more details, visit the website: HERE.


New CEO at Zero Motorcycles

-- Experienced High Tech Consumer Executive to Assume Leadership Role --

Zero Motorcyles has announced a new addition to its senior leadership team, naming Richard Walker as Chief Executive Officer. Walker comes to Zero with more than 30 years of business experience, including stints with Hewlett Packard (HP) and, more recently, Control4 as Executive Vice President of the Products Group. During his tenure with HP, Walker served as Vice President and General Manager of the Consumer Desktop Business Division and was responsible for the HP Pavilion, Compaq Presario and HP Touchsmart Product Lines. At Control4 and Hewlett Packard, Walker earned a reputation for his entrepreneurial spirit, ability to optimize operations and, most importantly, aligning resources to accelerate growth.

Walker’s selection as CEO completes the formation of the executive management team at Zero Motorcycles, a process that began over two years ago. Karl Wharton remains with Zero as COO. Walker’s addition builds on the extensive recruitment of executive staff at Zero, which includes John Borofka, Abe Askenazi, John Lloyd, Jay Friedland, Mark Kennedy and Scot Harden. Zero Motorcycles has consciously sought to team senior executives with motorcycle industry experience along with leaders from other high tech fields to create the ideal blend of background and experience for success in this dynamic new and emerging consumer market.

“The entire board is delighted that Richard is taking the helm of the Zero Motorcycles executive team,” said Philippe Amouyal, board member of Zero Motorcycles and Managing Director of The Invus Group, LLC, the investment group who has been backing Zero Motorcycles through its growth. “Richard will contribute great business acumen, superb leadership, deep executive management skills and profound consumer insights to drive Zero Motorcycles forward and further enhance its leadership position in a critically important and fast-growing segment of the motorcycle industry and build a powerful, trusted consumer brand. Zero Motorcycles is in the enviable position of benefiting from the combined efforts of a very deep executive team that is committed to its success, to the success of its business partners and to the delight of the fast-growing number of consumers enjoying the thrill and unbridled joy of owning and riding a Zero Motorcycle.”

As CEO, Walker brings to Zero a passion for innovation, exceptional customer experience and operating discipline to drive market success for Zero Motorcycles’ dealer channel partners and distributors. “This is a tremendous opportunity to join a dynamic team and help lead a new and innovative company to higher levels of performance and success,” said Walker. “My goal is to ensure that Zero Motorcycles continues to grow and lead the electric motorcycle industry through product innovation and sound management, while never losing sight of our goal to build a ‘better motorcycle’ for our customers to enjoy.”


The Honda V4 engine story

Honda has published a page on the "Honda Force V4 Story" site, which is a historical commentary on the revolutionary 4-stroke V4 DOHC engine.

Read more HERE.


1199 Panigale continues its first-year buzz with Motorcyclist Magazine's Motorcycle of the Year award

The 1199 Panigale's performance and innovations have brought it an honorable recognition from the editors of Motorcyclist Magazine. The team at the publication have acknowledged the 1199 Panigale's impact on the future of the motorcycle industry and applauded the incredible package offered in this Superbike.

"The result isn’t just an incredible new superbike; it’s a superbike that’s leading Ducati—and the motorcycle industry as a whole—in a new direction. You could call it cutting-edge, earth-shattering, groundbreaking or revolutionary. We call it our 2012 Motorcycle of the Year."


Audi AG appoint new Ducati Board of Directors and Executive Committee

The acquisition of Ducati Motor Holding by Audi AG has been fully completed through its controlled company, Automobili LamborghiniS.p.A.

The new Board of Directors appointed the CEO of Audi AG, Rupert Stadler, as President of the Board and Gabriele Del Torchio and Claudio Domenicali from Ducati as Members of the Board alongside Horst Glaser and Axel Strotbek of Audi AG.

The Board of Directors then additionally appointed Gabriele Del Torchio as CEO of Ducati Motor Holding and, during the same meeting, formed the new Ducati Motor Holding Executive Committee of Members of the Board, members of the Ducati Motor Holding Management and further appointing Gabriele Del Torchio as President.

Audi AG also made the decision to appoint Gabriele Del Torchio to the Board of Directors of Automobili Lamborghini SPA.


Husqvarna TR 650 Strada and TR 650 Terra

With the new TR 650 Strada and the new TR 650 Terra, Husqvarna Motorcycles extends its program of highly agile, dynamic single-cylinder motorcycles by adding two attractive new machines. Their slim, wiry stature and masculine, dynamic design gives the new Husqvarna TR 650 models a progressive, light and energetic look, whether as the "Terra" version for light terrain or as the "Strada" version for asphalt-based motorcycling fun. At the same time, the two new Husqvarna models are clearly set apart from their competitors with their outstanding overall package of handling and riding dynamics as well as in terms of design. Along with their relatively low weight, a powerful single-cylinder engine and an agile, directionally-stable chassis they embody the passion of motorcycling and the fascinating world of Husqvarna Motorcycles.



In terms of engine technology, the TR 650 Strada and TR 650 Terra rely on the tried and tested basis of the G 650 GS by BMW Motorrad. However, this liquid-cooled single-cylinder power unit with two overhead camshafts and 652 cc was extensively modified and its performance significantly enhanced for use in the two new Husqvarna models. It delivers 43 kW (58 hp) at 7,250 rpm, developing its maximum torque of 60 Nm at 5,750 rpm.

For those countries with graduated licencing, there is also there is also a reduced power version on offer as an ex works option with 35 kW (48 hp) at 7,250 rpm and 54 Nm of torque at 5,750 rpm. The single-cylinder engine has been modified with a wide range of measures to hone it for its athletic, dynamic purpose. In addition to various other improvements, such features as a modified electronic fuel-injection system, altered camshafts and an increased compression ratio due to modified piston and cylinder h ead geometries ensure powerful propulsion, high revving and spontaneous response. Nonetheless, with its exhaust system in stainless steel including two rear silencers and a closed-loop 3-way catalytic converter, the engine provides not just an especially high level of single-cylinder riding fun but also excellent fuel efficiency and environmental compatibility.

In conjunction with the constant-mesh 5-speed gearbox, the powerful and high-revving single-cylinder engine in the Husqvarna TR 650 Strada puts in an especially impressive performance on country roads, while a full torque curve and spontaneous response also allow supreme off-road excursions over li ght terrain on the TR 650 Terra.



The new Husqvarna models TR 650 Strada and TR 650 Terra are able to rely on an agile chassis based on a split-backbone tubular steel frame with remove-able rear frame and front beam bolted to the engine.

Front guidance and suspension duties are dealt with by a torsionally-stiff 46 millimetre upside-down telescopic fork. The rear wheel is controlled by a torsionally-stiff dual swing arm made of pentagonal steel tubing in conjunction with a centrally-mounted rear shock with progressive linkage. In keeping with its use on asphalted roads, the Husqvarna TR 650 Strada has cast wheels made of aluminium while the TR 650 Terra reflects its off-road suitability with a centrally-mounted rear shock with progressive linkage. Generous suspension travel of 190 millimetres at the front and rear makes for easy handling and a high level of directional stability combined with excellent comfort and off-road qualities.



To match the dynamic performance available, the brake system consists of a single-disc brake at front and rear which offers supremely solid stopping power. The new Husqvarna TR 650 Strada is fitted as standard with ABS, while the new Husqvarna TR 650 Terra can likewise feature ABS if this is ordered as an ex works option. The ABS is disengageable for special uses.



To reflect their high level of riding dynamics, the lines of the new Husqvarna TR 650 Strada and TR 650 Terra have been given a particular dynamic emphasis in terms of design. Although they embody masculine athleticism, their clearly-defined shaping nonetheless conveys a sense of agility and lightness. While the light-alloy cast wheels in the TR 650 Strada embody the active riding character of a road bike, the spoke wheels combined with a high fender on the front wheel reveal the dual sport ambitions of the TR 650 Terra.

The two new Husqvarna models have a robust, masculine appearance through selective use of black-coated chassis elements such as frame and swingarm. In addition, red side trim elements for the TR 650 Terra, and a black side panel for the TR 650 Strada, in combination with the Strada's low white front fender, lend a unique appearance to each.

The bikes' high aspirations in terms of riding dynamics are underscored by the light-gray sand-cast engine cases, providing a fascinating technical contrast in conjunction with the hallmark Husqvarna red cylinder head. Further accents are provided the anodized-silver upside-down forks and the end caps of the twin exhausts, which proudly exhibit the Husqvarna logo.

The new Husqvarna TR 650 Strada and TR 650 Terra are manufactured at the Husqvarna Motorcycles plant in Cassinetta di Biandronno, northern Italy.


Harley Davidson Mopar CSBK National Road Race Championship

Round two of the Canadian Harley-Davidson XR1200 Cup Series took place on Sunday, July 8, as part of the Mopar CSBK National Road Race Championship at the Autodrome St-Eustache in Saint-Eustache, Quebec.

MotoSport Plus of Kingston rider, Steve Crevier, continued to dominate the action. Starting off by besting the track record he set last season. Crevier used the Saturday afternoon qualifying session to his advantage, posting a 49.827-second lap of Autodrome St-Eustache on his third lap, beating the mark he set last year by 0.353. Behind him, four more Harley-Davidson XR1200 motorcycle racers were within a second of the cagey veteran.

Ruthless Racing Inc. teammates, J.R. MacRae and Darren James, qualified as the second and third fastest. MacRae had been neck and neck with Crevier all weekend, but James used his final qualifying lap on the tight St-Eustache race track to move up several positions and grab the third fastest time. Sharing the best times were Mackie Harley-Davidson rider, Michael Taylor and Harley-Davidson de L’Outaouais rider, Elie Daccache.

With the pole position honour, Crevier again earned the Tactical Products Canada Luminox watch and gift pack, valued at over $700.

Sunday morning’s warm-up session heated up along with the day and was a good predictor for how the race would unfold. Ruthless Racing Inc. racer, J.R. MacRae again chased Crevier with a host of riders looking to challenge. Most impressive was the improvement of Clare’s Harley-Davidson of Niagara rider, Don Taylor, dropping another second from his lap times and joining the top six riders with a 51.955-second lap.

When the start lights flashed, MacRae jumped into the early lead with Crevier in hot pursuit, while teammate Darren James slid into third position just ahead of Mackie Harley-Davidson rider, Michael Taylor, and Harley-Davidson de L’Outaouais rider, Elie Daccache. MacRae’s great start was in vain though. When the youngster lost the front end transitioning through the chicane, MacRae slid off the track and out of contention, leaving Crevier all alone at the front of the pack. Darren James had his hands full with Michael Taylor, who managed to slip by on lap four, setting up a battle that would go well into the late stages of the race. James was making good progress chasing down the five-time superbike champion, until a back marker spoiled the effort, relegating James to the final step of the podium. Daccache was also making steady progress until he too lost the front end of his XR1200 race bike, sliding into the straw bales and ending his challenge. Daccache managed to remount and still scored some valuable points for his effort.

Crevier again took the checkered flag, with Michael Taylor in second and James in third.

Seven-time Canadian dirt track champion, Don Taylor, got a well-earned fourth place and continues to improve. Atlantic Harley-Davidson Retailers-sponsored Blaise Fougere finished in fifth, with journalist, Costa Mouzouris in sixth on the Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada media bike. Eric Trudel, riding for Becancour Harley‑Davidson, placed seventh, with Rocky’s Harley-Davidson and Kitchener Harley-Davidson-backed “Gump” Harrison in eighth. Newcastle, Ontario, rider, Elie Daccache, got back into the race with a ninth place finish.

After the race, when asked about the riders behind him closing in on him, Crevier commented: “I was all worried about the draft on the back straight because that is so important here,” adding, “I was making some little mistakes, I was riding faster this morning in the practice than I did in the race, so I just had to settle down and get into a little groove, to win this for MotoSport Plus of Kingston and my team.”

The next race in the series takes place on July 21 and 22 at Atlantic Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia. For further details and results of the Canadian Harley-Davidson XR1200 Cup Series visit


Audi CEO addresses Ducati workforce

Mr. Rupert Stadler, CEO of AUDI AG, accompanied by Mr.Thomas Sigi, responsible for AUDI AG Human Resources, visited the Ducati factory in Borgo Panigale , Bologna, Italy today, received by Ducati’s President and CEO, Gabriele Del Torchio and Ducati Management. After additional meetings with local RSU (Rappresentanza Sindacale Unitaria) union representatives, Mr. Stadler addressed the entire Ducati workforce of approximately 1000 people with a motivational speech that underlined Audi’s passion for the iconic Italian motorcycle manufacturer.

“What is true in every romance also applies to two companies - a good start is half the battle,” said Mr. Stadler from a special stagebuilt inside the Ducati factory. “You’ve probably wondered why we were interested in Ducati, a car manufacturer with no apparent ties to Ducati at first glance. But that's only at first glance. Ducati stands for extraordinary engineering artistry, passion, precision, performance and the sheer joy of living. We're impressed by these achievements.

"I know that I'm looking at an outstanding group here, and that you are a strong team! Without you, Ducati would not be such an attractive company today. Audi and Ducati are both driven by the same passion. Neither of us will detract from the other, we will complement one another. And one very important aspect that means a lot to me is that we can be an inspiration to each other. There are many joint opportunities with high-performance engines, light-weight manufacturing and the skilled interplay between two strong brands on the global stage. Both companies, each with an eventful history of 'ups' and 'downs', can now benefit from being part of one big family – the Volkswagen Group. I am very pleased to report that the antitrust authorities approved the deal at the beginning of July and that eliminated the final obstacle en route to the start of our shared future. Ducati will officially be part of the Audi family by next week!

“This brings me to an important message that I would like to leave with you today. A message that is certainly uppermost in your minds. Ladies and gentlemen, this message consists of three words and you have my guarantee: Ducati remains Ducati.”


Rounds 1 & 2 Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship

Rounds 1 & 2 of the Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championships took place at all new venue last weekend in Vernon, BC.  The Vernon Off Road Motorcycle Club hosted an epic, well organized event that challenged and thrilled rid

The 45 km loop covered the mountain with thousands of feet in elevation changes, with three  excellent special tests.  The final test on the loop, the Rekluse Extreme Test, was a one minute walk from the pits which made it easy for spectators and the racers families to enjoy the action and cheer on their favorites.  World Enduro Canada announcer Trevor Wideman was up on the KTM tower with a bird’s eye view of the action, announcing riders as they came into the test and keeping the crowd interested.

At the end of day one KTM’s Bobby Prochnau was once again at the top of the E2 and Pro overall standings with Honda’s Jason Schrage in 2nd in both.  BC hotshot Tyler Murray won the E1 Class and was 3rd overall.  Filling out the E1 Podium was the factory Husqvarna team.  Captain Guy Giroux in 2nd and Philippe Chaine in 3rd. In E3 CGRT Husaberg rider Ben Rego topped the day with Thomas Cordner in 2nd and KTM’s Malcolm Hett in 3rd.  In EVet KTM’s Trent Burgiss topped local favorite KTM’s Mark Cahill.

There were lots of interesting results in the Amateur ranks as well.   One that stood out was the rising talent in the Women’s class.  There were 11 entries and KTM’s Shelby Turner and Chantelle Bykerk, who was just back from participating and getting on the podium at the Xgames Endurocross in Los Angeles, topped the gal many expected to win, GasGas rider Victoria Hett.   In the A Class Alberta’s Ben Riviere, who two years ago was the Canadian C Champion, took 8th but won the Rekluse Extreme test challenge by posting the fastest time for the day in the Rekluse Extreme test.

Day two once again saw KTM’s Bobby Prochnau at the top of the overall Pro standings and the top of the E2 Podium with Jason Schrage once again taking 2nd in both and Husqvarna rider Ryan Graffunder 3rd in both E2 and overall.   Josh Allen, Pro CMRC MX racer from BC, was 4th in E2 and many expected him to place higher due to his very aggressive riding.

In E1 Husqvarna team leader Guy Giroux showed the young kids he still has the jam by topping the podium ahead of BC’s Tyler Murray and Philippe Chaine from Quebec.  In E3 KTM’s Kevin Dyck took top spot ahead of CGRT Husaberg rider Ben Rego and KTM’s Malcolm Hett.


Honda to participate in 2013 Dakar

Honda has announced its intention to participate as a works team in the motorcycle class in the Dakar Rally to be held in January 2013 in South America, travelling north to south through Peru, Chile and Argentina. Honda competed nine times in the motorcycle class in the forerunner of the present Dakar Rally, the Paris-Dakar Rally, from 1981 through to 1989, and was a winner five times during that period. Honda's return to Dakar Rally next year will be the first in 24 years since 1989.

The Honda team, to be called Team HRC, will include Portuguese rider Helder Rodrigues, who took third place in the 2012 Dakar Rally, and Brazilian Felipe Zanol, who brings a wealth of experience in motocross and enduro race events, as well as Sam Sunderland (United Kingdom) and Javier Pizzolito (Argentina). They will ride a prototype machine developed and produced by the Motorcycle R&D Center at Honda R&D. The prototype machine is based on the CRF450X, the popular worldwide enduro racing model that combines ease of handling with superior competitive strength. Kit parts designed for use on the standard CRF450X model have also been developed and will be made available to a limited number of teams.

Tetsuo Suzuki, President, Honda Racing Corporation, commented “The Dakar requires competitors to cover several hundred kilometers per day for more than two weeks. It needs a totally different type of vehicle from events such as motocross, trials and road races. Honda has put a great deal of effort into designing and building a powerful and winning machine. We are aiming for the championship from this first year.”


2013 Victory Judge

The 2013 Victory Judge comes standard with 106ci Freedom V-Twin engine, 113 foot pounds of torque, 6 speed overdrive, drag bars, and mid mounted controls. Check out a video by the folk at Victory

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Friday the 13th in Port Dover

Whether you always make of point of visiting us on Friday the 13th or you prefer to avoid the crowd and come another day... you're always welcome!

Weather is forecast to be sunny on Friday, July 13th, with seasonal temperatures: a great day for a ride.

Highway 6 Construction Update: The company that is working on the rehabilitation of Highway 6 between Jarvis and Port Dover guarantees there will be no construction work on July 13, 14 and 15, and that there will be no gravel in the construction zone.

Alternate Route
If you would like to avoid the construction zone, we recommend that you follow the alternate route outlined in this image and in the Visitor Info -> Maps and Directions section of our website.

There will be no construction and no gravel on July 13, 14 and 15, but if you return later this summer, please take the alternate route.

Other News about PD13. 
The Port Dover Board of Trade advises that Chapman Street will again be closed from Main Street to St. George Street to accommodate food vendors. There will be tables between vendors for everyone’s convenience. More about food here.

Please support local restaurants and shops, as well as various community organizations that will be raising funds in Port Dover on Friday the 13th.

Access to Port Dover
Port Dover is closed to car traffic on Friday the 13th but motorcycles are free to enter and park.

Car Parking / Shuttles
Parking for cars in designated areas costs $10 person to a maximum of $40 per vehicle. Youth under 16 are free. Unlimited shuttle service in and out of town. More details on the Parking and Shuttles page of There is a link to a map (see left) of road closures at Proceeds from parking lot revenue for July 13 will be donated to Cystic Fibrosis Canada (from the East lot) and The Norfolk Rebels and Port Dover Composite School Drama Club (from the West lot).

Accommodations are typically booked up for Friday the 13th, but please come back and stay longer another time. Ontario's South Coast partners (tourism offices in Haldimand County, Elgin County, Chatham-Kent and Windsor-Essex-Pelee) can provide you with accommodation info in their communities.

For more information.
Friday the 13th:
Tourist Information in Norfolk County:
Farm Markets and Local Food in Norfolk County:


BMW Motorrad sells 59,189 motorcycles first half of 2012

BMW Motorrad sold 59,189 motorcycles worldwide in the first half of 2012 (previous year: 60,580 units / - 2.3 %). Of this figure, 10,271 fall within the month of July (previous year: 11,831 units / -13.2 %). While motorcycle sales are slightly below the previous year for the first six months of 2012, BMW Motorrad is expecting significant growth in the second half of the year, thereby staying on course for a new sales record. One of the factors here is the high demand for the new maxi scooters BMW C 600 Sport and BMW C 650 GT which see their market launch in July. What is more, the new BMW F 700 GS and the new BMW F 800 GS are to be launched in September. The high-volume entry-level and medium class BMW Motorrad GS models have been subjected to a far-reaching model revision, now offering a new design and a level of equipment which is unique in comparison to competitor models. In addition to the ABS braking system, now issued as standard, automatic stability control (ASC) and electronic suspension adjustment (ESA) are now available for the first time in this segment.

Heiner Faust, Head of Sales and Marketing BMW Motorrad: "As expected, the economic situation in the southern European motorcycle markets in particular led to a marked decline in purchasing activity among motorcycle customers in June 2012. From a worldwide perspective, motorcycle markets are developing unevenly. All in all, BMW Motorrad has been able to assert itself well within this difficult market environment. For example, we are the market leader in the over 500 cc segment in Germany, Italy and Spain. We will be providing a powerful purchase impetus in the second half of 2012 with our innovative new products such as the maxi scooters C 600 Sport and C 650 GT, the new GS models in the entry-level and mid-range segment and other product measures. We are well on the way to achieving an all-time retail high in 2012."

Husqvarna Motorcycles, the second motorcycle brand of the BMW Group, supplied more motorcycles than the previous year for the sixth time in succession. As of June, supplies increased as compared to the previous year by 48,3 % to 5,235 motorcycles (previous year: 3,530 units). In June, 815 vehicles (previous year: 450 units) were supplied to the Husqvarna dealer network, 81,1% more than in the same month of the previous year.


AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship

Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada-sponsored dirt track star, Donald Taylor, of Port Colborne, Ontario, placed tenth in the AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship half-mile race, held at the Allen County Fair in Lima, Ohio, on June 30, 2012.

Taylor adapted quickly to the pea-gravel surface that offers a multitude of racing lines and placed the George Evans-tuned XR750 Harley-Davidson motorcycle in sixth position, after the first timed qualifying session.

In the second and final six-lap qualifier, Taylor bettered his lap time from 27.327 to 27.293, and although slight on the clock, that time was good enough to launch Canada’s champion into second place on the leaderboard and ready for the heat races.

Taylor had plenty of fast company in his heat race, including eventual GNC final winner, Sammy Halbert, but put in a determined effort to place fourth and take a direct transfer to the championship 25-lap final. “I got a terrible start,” Taylor lamented. “I tried launching in third gear and it didn’t work out. The whole second row passed me going into one. I caught up to the leaders pretty quickly and was running in second at one point, then Sammy Halbert crashed right in front of me, I just missed hitting him. On the restart, I got in the front group again and figured I better just play it smart and get it into the final.”

In the final, Taylor started from the second row in the eighteen-rider field and had a very good start charging into turn one with a group of riders all around him. “That first turn was nasty,” Taylor recalled. “I’m bruised from head to toe from the roost. I had struggled with bike set up and I couldn’t get the drive I wanted coming off the turns; the guys in front of me were just blasting me.” The loose track surface that caused the roost had other challenges for the riders. Taylor explained, “the ruts got really bad. I came really close to crashing twice in a row coming off turn four, then Brandon Robinson crashed behind me with just three laps to go and they called for a restart and a five lap dash to decide it.”

With just five laps left in his day, Taylor decided that this would be a great opportunity to make up positions, but in spite of another good start and some great corner entrance speed, he was unable to get the drive he wanted. “Like I said, I was losing drive off the corners. I just needed some better set up help and I’m sure we would have done better. The bike was awesome, no complaints there, I had as good a motor as anyone out there. Top ten for my first ride on the XR750 [motorcycle] down here isn’t too bad.”


Highlights from World Ducati Week

Just in case you missed it! ... yeah, me too.  Here's a video summary of the world's biggest Ducati gathering that took place in Misano, Italy, June 21.24 2012.

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Ural news from Irbit

A little news from the people at Ural. 

Ural sales in the US are keeping consistent 25% increase for the first 1/2 of the year over same period last year.

Sales are strong in all of their markets around the world as well. Europe, Australia, Canada, Japan and Russia are all up from last year. The growing demand naturally puts pressure on the factory to increase production.

Ural have been working very hard on the PR front and pretty much rebuilt their website from ground up. You've probably already checked it out by now, but just in case you haven't be sure to visit the new site and take a look around especially the blog and media sections, as Jon routinely updates those with new material.


McNaughton Earns a Yamaha Factory Ride

Daniel McNaughton Earns a Factory Ride!
Yamaha Rider is the First to Earn a Factory Ride at Raymond WCAN!

Daniel McNaughton used consistent finishes in MX3 Junior B, MX2 Junior B and School Boy to take the first Yamaha Factory Ride Award for 2012.

The Rumsey, AB native steered his 2010 YZ250F to 4th overall in Junior B, 4th overall in Schoolboy and a 2nd overall in MX3 Junior B to collect the most points of any Yamaha rider at the Western Amateur National.

For his efforts, McNaughton will get the use of a YZ of his choice for 2013 along with $2500 in parts and accessories.

I was told I was in contention after Day 2, and I knew going into the last moto that I had to get at least a 15th in order to earn the ride.” McNaughton commented.

“It was a little nerve-wracking but I brought it home. I buy all my Yamahas at Romar Powersports, so it will be nice to walk a YZ out the door without having to pay this time! Thanks Yamaha!”

The Factory Ride Awards will continue this weekend at the Eastern Canadian Amateur National at Deschambault and conclude for 2012 at the Walton TransCan in August. Two more Yamaha riders still have the opportunity to ride a YZ of their choice and collect $2500 in parts and accessories in 2013.

Will it be you?


BMW Motorrad Canada sales for June

BMW Motorrad Canada reported 233 motorcycle retails in June, an increase of 2.2 per cent over June, 2011. On the year, 1,064 units have been retailed, marking an increase of 7.7 per cent over the same period last year.  BMW Motorrad sales were highlighted by the K1600GTL and F650GS models anchoring either end of the model range, and the continued success of the S1000RR supersports bike and iconic R1200RT tourer.


2012 Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship starts this weekend

We are less than a week away from the start of the 2012 Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship. Now in its fourth year the highly successful Championship is on its way to creating Canadian motorcycling history. Never before has an off-road championship traveled across Canada and become the acknowledged true test of Canada’s best off-road riders in such a short period of time. The main reasons being the CEC’s standardized format is easy to understand, is attractive to new and younger riders, does not require the competitor’s motorcycles to have a license plate or specific insurance and is a fair and level playing field unlike other previous championships.
For the last three years the Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship has been very successful in developing better riders from beginner all the way to the Pro level. One question that is always a hot topic of discussion is what type of racing creates the faster riders. Special test format Enduro racing has been proven successful around the world at developing fast riders but many will argue that the bar to bar action of Cross Country racing makes for a faster rider. In 2012 WEC is going to combine both of these excellent forms of competition into a single National Championship “The Royal Distributing Canadian National Off-road Championship”! This new National Championship will combine the best elements of Enduro with Cross Country and make for an exciting series groundbreaking series. At the end of the season there will be Champions named in all Enduro and Cross Country classes and in the Pro class results from all 6 events will be combined to name the first ever Royal Distributing Canadian National Off-Road Champion. 
As we start our 4th year of National competition World Enduro Canada would like to thank all our sponsors without whom none of this would be possible. Royal Distributingis back for a fourth season as the series Title Sponsor. KTM, Yamaha, Honda and Husaberg are once again our Premium level sponsors. Rekluse – now being distributed byMongoose in Canada - are back as the Extreme Test sponsor, MXP Magazine as Enduro Test sponsor and new this year Goldentyre is sponsoring the MX test and will be giving away sets of tires to the winner. Inside Motorcycles Magazine will once again be awarding the Top Pro Jr with a cheque for $500. A&E Racing in Brooks, AB has stepped up as the Presenting Sponsor of the CEC. In addition Rockstar, Wiesner Insurance, West Coast Transportation and Parts Canada are also providing valuable support.
The first two rounds of the CEC launch next Saturday July 7th at an all new location in Vernon, BC. The Vernon Motorcycle Club has put together a top notch course that is being touted as difficult, fun and challenging all in one breath. Despite the recent heavy rains in BC the Vernon club wants to assure all competitors the course is ready to go and will hold up. The forecast is calling for hot, dry weather this week which will help course conditions.

It remains to be seen who will come out on top but one can be sure the competition will be fast and furious among the top Pros. Talking about the CECs and not mentioning the reigning CEC #1 plate holder, KTM mounted Bobby Prochnau would be sacrilege. Prochnau is the acknowledged dominant racer in the Canadian off-road scene. Coming off an impressive 5th place finish in the most recent US-based GNCC series race and finishing just outside the top 10 at the X-Games, Prochnau most definitely has a target on his back. His rivals include 2010 CEC Champion Honda rider Jason Schrage who is affectionately called “The Angry Chipmunk” when he has the bit between his teeth will be gunning for Prochnau. Among the other competitors vying for the top step of the podium are Geoff Nelson, Ryan Graffunder, Philippe Chaine, Guy Giroux and Tyler Murray.

The third and fourth rounds of the CEC take place on familiar territory just a short 25 minutes out of Blairmore Alberta in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Since the first ever CEC took place at Racehorse Creek Recreation area back in 2009 riders have been longing to once again sink knobbies into the high altitude loam of Racehorse Creek. Clint Riviere and his team have put together an awesome event each of the first fours years of the CEC and this year will be another epic event for sure. It is truly a privilege to be able to ride off-road motorcycles in such a majestic setting and World Enduro Canada thanks our Albertan hosts for their support over the years.

For More information on all these events please visit our site
July 7 & 8 - Vernon, BC - Enduro


Ducati North America announces new 12-month sales record

Sales at Ducati North America reached a new 12-month high, surpassing the previous record set in 2007, with 10,094 new motorcycles delivered. A retail sales gain of 26 percent was also recorded in Q2 compared to the same period in 2011, marking the eighth consecutive quarter of growth. This success further solidifies North America’s position as Ducati’s largest global market.

Ducati also reported substantial growth for the brand’s apparel and accessories line with a 25 percent increase in Q2.

Ducati’s growth was fueled by the arrival of new models in dealerships, including the highly anticipated 1199 Panigale Superbike, which recently earned “2012 Motorcycle of the Year” by Motorcyclist magazine, and the confidence-inspiring Streetfighter 848. Also new to the Ducati product line is the Diavel Cromo, a vintage interpretation of the powerful Diavel, with a striking chrome-plated tank and classic Ducati logos. 

“There are many factors that led us to reach this milestone, but none are as significant as the constant support we receive from our passionate customers and the tremendous contributions that are made daily by our dealer partners,” said Cristiano Silei, CEO of Ducati North America. “Combined with the company’s most attractive commercial and marketing programs to date and the largest product line in our history, we are confident this growth will continue into the rest of 2012.” 

Ducati will continue to strengthen its dealer network in North America. Through investments in advanced dealer trainings, new experience-based marketing initiatives, and further integration of the brand’s new Retail Identity program, Ducati is poised to set a new standard in sales and service.