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FOGI Racing Press Release - New Partnership For Final Spanish Moto2

FOGI Racing Finds Strategic Business Partner with Couturier Racing To Complete 2012 Season

FOGI joins forces with Couturier Racing to complete the 2012 Spanish Moto2 Championship

Halifax, NS - Two forces in Canadian motorcycle road racing have joined together to compete in the final round of the Spanish Moto2 championship at Valencia. Throughout the year FOGI Racing has been working towards building a program for young talented racers to have an opportunity to ride at world class venues on world championship spec machinery. FOGI Racing has spent much of the year building the team and the assets required to make a noticeable effort in the Spanish championship to this end.

Couturier Racing, headed by Stephane Couturier has made a significant impact on the Canadian Superbike championship with their ability to attract quality team members. Couturier was able to build a team with Canadian Champion Francis Martin, and one of Canada's top crew chiefs, Patrice Goyette.
Couturier Racing fielded a team with veteran rider Kevin Lacombe, and rising star Samuel Proulx for the 2012 season.

"Couturier Racing's passionate approach to the team and success for young riders was very much in line with the ideals set forth by FOGI Racing. Throughout the year I have had several meetings with team owners to see if there would be an interest in bringing Couturier to the Spanish Championship to see if they would like to be a part of our program." Andrew Murray, Business Development at FOGI Racing said yesterday. He continued to say, "We are very happy to see Couturier Racing come onboard to help complete the final round at Valencia and we hope Stephane will see the potential to make a real impact on the world stage for young talented Canadian riders."

FOGI Racing continues their long standing partnership with FTR and looks forward to showing the Couturier Racing group the benefits of this great prototype chassis as they field a two rider team at the final round of the Spanish CEV Moto2 Championship at the Valencia circuit on November 16th - 18th. Testing with the riders will begin on October 29th - 30th.

FOGI Racing's Mission is to utilize its extensive infrastructure and knowledge in motorcycle road racing to provide young athletes the opportunity to compete on the world stage; while building long lasting business relationships with organizations that share this passion.


The Raiden Files - Portland to Dakar - A Riding Movie

Here's a little video from Icon Motorsports featuring some Triumph Tiger 800 XC's. It's a long one but there's some pretty wild stuff in here.

Here's a description of the video from Icon Motorsports:

Icon sends it's best riders on an adventure that tests man and machine to the limit in every condition imaginable. There's action, there's adventure, there's romance, there's drama. It's more than a riding video, it's a movie. Sit back and enjoy the show.


Canadian - Patrick Beaule heading to Dakar 2013 sponsored by KTM

Patrick Beaule (who hails from Montreal, Canada) will be heading to the 2013 Dakar and he's got a lofty goal... To become the first Canadian to finish the Dakar on both two wheels AND four wheels. 

Don't count him out - he has already accomplished half of the goal having successfully completed the Dakar on four wheels as a navigator/co-pilot last year. For 2013 he's riding a KTM Rally 450.

He's got an impressive two-wheel resume to say the least so he's got a real shot at succeeding. Course- it is the Dakar and ANYTHING can happen.

You can follow him on his Facebook page HERE. NOTE - you may win an OGIO bag if you do! 
*photo courtesy (Indiegogo)

KTM has just announced that they're going to be sponsoring Patrick in fact! Full details below:

Patrick Beaulé today announces official support from KTM Canada for his Dakar 2013 effort. KTM as a motorcycle manufacturer is known for its race-ready motorcycles, and is synonymous with dominance in the Dakar Rally.

“As a racing company, KTM Canada is proud to have someone so driven like Patrick Beaule working for us and we fully support his dream to race Dakar,” says KTM Canada’s General Manager, Florian Burguet. “Patrick is quite active at the grassroots and national racing level in Canada; his energy and passion for endurance racing is second to none and his accomplishments speak for themselves. He’s an excellent role model for any racer! Considering his commitment, mental strength and experience, we are positive Patrick will earn a great result at his very first Dakar on two wheels.”

Beaulé underscores the importance of the KTM Canada deal. “KTM Canada’s sponsorhip for the 2013 Dakar really boosts our effort and prospects in the Dakar. Attracting KTM Canada reflects the hard work that our campaign has put in to develop a credible package that will bring value to all of our partners. Of course, everyone knows that I bleed Orange, and so having KTM Canada on board is also a natural fit for the whole team!”

To celebrate the announcement, KTM Canada is giving away an amazing, practical and stylish KTM branded OGIO gear bag to be drawn on October 15th from among all of Patrick’s Facebook page followers. Fans can get in on the draw simply by “liking” Patrick’s Dakar Facebook page - HERE. Anyone following the page by noon on October 15th will be entered into the draw. Fans can also follow Patrick through twitter on @PatBeaule.

Patrick Beaule is one of Canada’s most accomplished off-road motorcycle endurance racing champions. He holds an impressive list of titles: three Canadian Motorcycle Association (CMA) National Enduro Pro-class titles; one Canadian Enduro Championship (CEC) E1 Pro title; three Off-Road Ontario Provincial Enduro Pro-class titles; and, two prestigious International Six-Day Enduro (ISDE ) silver medals (Chile and New Zealand). In addition to these titles, Beaule has also won the infamous Corduroy Enduro in the Pro-class four times, was 3 times team Pro-class 12-hour endurance event winner in Quebec, and twice Pro-class 24-hour endurance ice-race team winner in Alberta. He is a finisher of the grueling DAKAR rally in 2012, and the 1st ever finishing automotive-class navigator in Canadian history


Honda NC700S and NC700X recalled

2012 Honda NC700S, NC700X recall

Transport Canada Recall # 2012308
Recall Date 2012/09/18
System Powertrain
Manufacturer Recall Number: 2012308
Units Affected: 440

Recall Details:

Some motorcycles may be equipped with drive chains that contain improperly heat-treated outer drive plates that may break during use. If a chain outer drive plate were to break, the motorcycle could unexpectedly lose driving force, increasing the risk of a crash causing personal injury and/or property damage. Correction: Dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the drive chain.


Round #3 - Ontario Mini Enduro Championship (Kids Enduro)

Wiesner Insurance Ontario Mini Enduro Championship
Round #3 – Shelburne

The final round of the Ontario Mini Enduro Championship is set for this weekend. Sunday September 30th at the O’Neill farm just south of the town of Shelburne, an exemplary course has been designed that will be sure to entertain.

Momentum is growing with this revolutionary competition series that is focused entirely on young and new riders. The “multi loop – timed special test” format works extremely well in challenging the fastest riders out there as well and being un-intimidating for the newest riders that are just starting out.

At this final round, riders will visit a whole new course that includes a giant “Grand Prix” style motocross track as one of the three special tests. This test features smooth, rolling hills and wide sweeping corners. Once again, exciting and fun for the experienced racer as well as the first time rider. There is a long adventurous loop spread over the 100 acre property.

Conditions are perfect on site with the weather forecast looking to be co operative with temperatures in the mid teens.  Wiesner Insurance will once again provide the post race BBQ including a hot chilli lunch, hot dogs and burgers for all in attendance.

World Enduro Canada will be providing expert electronic timing for immediate results. Transponders will be on hand for any rider that requires one. The awards ceremony is always a highlight with the kids accepting their medals and providing entertainment for the crowd with their acceptance speeches. We hope to see a strong contingent of Yamaha riders out as just like round #2 at the Billings Ranch in Guelph, there will be a lot of Yamabucks to be won for top finishing Yamaha riders. Our sponsor Royal Distributing has also provided gift certificates redeemable at all four of their locations and online ordering.

Being the final round of the Ontario Championship series, champions will be declared in all three classes. Championship plaques will be there are ready to be handed out so it will be an exciting day for our up and coming racers.

Visit for all news, results and contact information.

The O’Neill farm can be located at 515509 Second Line Amaranth, RR#1 Shelburne, Ontario.


New V4 from Honda in the works?

Honda's CEO gave an end of the year speech on September 21st and he gave some hinted about a new V4 super sports bike - saying they've begun development! What's more it will incorporate technologies from MotoGP.... very interesting!

There's also some new mid-series motorcycles on the way and sales will start in North America for these models according to the speech.

There's also some Dakar news to be excited about - Honda is set to take part in the 2013 running of the event. It will be the first time in 24 years and they'll be entering a prototype machine based on the CRF450X. We look forward to the Dakar every year so it'll be great to see another manufacturer in there.

Full details below from an excerpt of the speech:

In the area of large-sized motorcycles, following the New Mid Series, Honda will introduce a series of large-sized models with a new concept, which enable customers to more easily enjoy daily commuting and weekend touring. This stylish new series will be equipped with a “torqueful” engine, low seat height which increases the ease of handling, and a comfortable ride with high stability in maneuvering. The production of the first model in this new series will begin in February 2013 at Kumamoto Factory, Honda’s global motorcycle production operation, and sales will begin from North America.

With the best and brightest gathered from Europe, South America, the U.S. and Japan, together as one “works” team, Honda is getting ready for participation in the Dakar Rally in January 2013, for the first time in 24 years. The prototype machine, which is being developed based on the CRF450X, has been demonstrating high fighting performance on rough road surfaces such as the desert and rocky hills in various tests on engine performance, endurance and long-distance riding. In October 2012, this machine will be put in actual racing in the Morocco Rally to further refine its fighting capability. Honda will strive to win in the Dakar Rally from the first year of returning to the Rally.

Since its market introduction in 1987, the RC30(VFR750R) super sports bike has been loved by a large number of fans. With a goal to create a new history, passionate Honda engineers have gotten together and have begun development of a new super sports bike to which new technologies from MotoGP machines will be applied.


Ducati preview the release of their 2013 Multistrada

Ducati has given a preview of its highly-anticipated 2013 range by revealing exciting new Multistrada models that introduce new features such as enhanced aesthetics, a second generation Testastretta 11° engine, the very latest ABS and, on the “S” versions, the innovative semi-active suspension system, Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS).

The brand new range, full of owner-inspired improvements, signals the next stage of the Multistrada journey with a longlist of fascinating and high-tech features. It includes the Multistrada 1200 with the associated Riding Mode technologies of Ride-by-Wire (R-b-W) and Ducati Traction Control (DTC) in addition to the very latest in ABS, while the Multistrada 1200 S Touring is now equipped with Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS), R-b-W, DTC and ABS with additional side luggage, heated grips and centre stand. The new touring flagship of the range for 2013 is the Multistrada 1200 S Granturismo with increased side luggage capacity, top case, additional LED illumination, enhanced wind protection and long-distance tires, while the enhanced Multistrada 1200 S Pikes Peak celebrates the sporting side of the model’s character with a replica of the famous 2012 mountain race bike in its stunning new race-winning livery.

The Multistrada’s award-winning Sport, Touring, Urban and Enduro electronic Riding Modes enable a truly enjoyable and customizable riding experience separated by just one click of a button. The four-bikes-in-one concept makes instant adjustment to power and torque delivery in addition to electronic adjustment of suspension settings, traction control, and now ABS and Ducati Skyhook Suspension, instantly transforming the Multistrada 1200 to suit its rider and environment with even more precision.

Hailed as a true ‘game-changing’ motorcycle, Ducati’s Multistrada 1200 has attracted all types of riders to the Italian brand by removing the borders between different motorcycle categories and creating a model that is not only powerful and playful, but also a comfortable and versatile adventure on two wheels. The eight-level DTC and new three-level ABS introduce the Ducati Safety Pack (DSP) concept to the Multistrada family; further underlining Ducati's focus on performance safety.

Ducati’s Multistrada 1200 International Press Test is set to take place in Bilbao, Spain from 20-27 September, while the first public showing of the 2013 Multistrada range will be at the INTERMOT motorcycle show in Cologne, Germany from 3-7 October. The brand new Multistrada 1200 models will be available via the official Ducati dealer network from December 2012.


Kawasaki Ninja 636 on the Isle of Man

I don't know about you but I'm pretty excited the Kawasaki 636 is back for 2013. It's something a little different in the sportbike world.

A Kawasaki ZX-6R 636 Ninja on the Isle Of Man.... genius!

There's some great footage here in this Kawasaki promo - and some details on the course itself too. Check it out!


Annual sale on at the Ducati Store

If you're looking for some Ducati clothing now might be the time to pick some up. They've got an annual sale on select products at up to 35% off.

Full details:

The Ducati Annual Fall Sale is the perfect time to stock up on all your favorite styles. Save up to 35% off select products while supplies last. Shop online now to choose men's, women's and kids sportswear from classic Ducati styles like Ducati Corse and Ducati Meccanica. Hurry! Product is limited and deals on product this exceptional only happen once a year!

Check it out HERE.


Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship - Round #2 – Motopark

Motopark hosted the final round of the Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship this past Sunday.  Pro and amateur riders from BC, Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec were on hand to decide the champions from the Mini Classes all the way to Pro.  KTM, Husaberg, Husqvarna, Yamaha and Honda all had Pro riders in attendance.  KTM brought out their Factory rig to support riders and thrill a few kids who got the chance to check out how the Pro riders travel.

There was a large crowd on hand and they lined the fences and stands when the Pro’s took to the line for the live engine, MX gate start.  Ontario’s Kevin Cockayne is always the man to beat on holeshots in the Ontario races and he proved he had what it took to hold off a very strong field by taking the Wiesner Insurance Pro holeshot against the country’s best.  Early into the lap KTM’s Bobby Prochnau got into the lead with Yamaha’s Brian Wojnarowski hot on his heels.  Those two stayed close for the first half of the race until Bobby hit a tree and broke his handguard and messed up his kill switch causing him to stop for repairs.  By the time he got going again he had a long way to catch Brian and best he could do was 5th.  Honda’s Jason Schrage and CGRT Husaberg rider Ben Rego were pushing Brian and ended up 2nd and 3rd respectively.

The strongest battle of the day was 4th thru 7th with the Husqvarna riders trying to out do each other.  Guy Giroux, Phillipe Chaine, Samual Rosseau and Ryan Graffunder were swapping positions all the way thru the race with young Phillipe finally out doing the boss Guy Giroux.

There was lots of strong competion in the amateur classes as well.  KTM’s Felicia Robichard from Quebec won round one in Ormstown, PQ against KTM’s Chantelle Bykerk from BC and Chantelle was determined to win the championship.  The challenging terrain at Motopark played into Chantelle’s favor and she took the win giving her the Women’s class Championship

In the Mini Sr class FMSQ regular and winner of round 1, Tommy Caron, made the trip to win his first Canadian Championship and succeeded.  He wasnt able to keep up with Ontario’s Kyle Bichard but the second place finish was enough to take the Mini Sr crown.

Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Champions
Pro – Brian Wojnarowski (ON)
Intermediate – Kenneth Beach (ON)
Junior – Jerry Patton (ON)
Vet Master – Lee Fryberger (AB)
Beginner – Adam Wynia (ON)
Super Senior – Brian Hill (ON)
Vet Senior – Keith Bichard (ON)
Vet Junior – Tim Carney (ON)
Women – Chantelle Bykerk (BC)
Mini Senior – Tommy Caron (PQ)
Mini Junior – Emerson Lines (ON)

After the days event was over the WEC timing crew went to work and combined the results from the Royal Distributing Canadian Enduro Championship with the Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship to determine the Pro riders who would be crowned as the fastest in the country with the overall Royal Distributing National Off Road Championship.  The overall top 3 were recognized as well as the overall Evet, E3, E2 and E1 riders.  When the results were combined KTM’s Bobby Prochnau stood at the top of the podium as the fastest overall Off Road racer in the country.

Royal Distributing National Off Road Champions
Overall top 3
1. Bobby Prochnau (BC)
2. Jason Schrage (AB)
3. Ben Rego (BC)

Evet – Mark Cahill (BC)
E3 – Ben Rego (BC)
E2 – Bobby Prochnau (BC)
E1 – Phillipe Chaine (PQ)

Wiesner Insurance Ontario Cross Country Championship
Round 7 – Motopark

Motopark was the location of round seven of the Provincial Cross Country Championship and the series Grande Finale. In addition, this event doubled as the Ontario round of the Canadian Cross Country Championship and the final event of that series as well.

Being both a Provincial Championship round as well as a National round, the ridership was stacked heavily with the fastest riders in not only Ontario but from across Canada. Riders that competed in the Morning race program were able to watch riders like Guy Giroux, Bobby Prochnau, Jason Schrage, and Ben Rego hard on the gas against Ontario’s own Pros like Brian Wojnarowski and Kevin Cockayne. Those riders that were competing in the afternoon program experienced racing bar to bar with the best in Canada.

The morning Pee Wee race had a great entry with seven young riders ripping up the specialized Pee Wee course. Just like in every other class, we had some racers new to the series show up for this National event and it shook up the results. Taking top spot on the podium was Bennett Lines on his super fast 50cc Cobra. It was great to see Devyn Marshall out at this event and it was obvious he has been practicing since we last saw him. Devyn took second place over series regular Connor Taplay. Connor did however take the Ontario Cross Country Championship with an impressive six wins in this seven round series. Rumour has it Connor will defend his championship next year on a very fast bike. We are all anxious to see that happen.

The Mini race was particularly entertaining at this round as the course the Mini Junior and Mini Senior riders had to ride was almost identical to the adult course. Only two nasty rock sections were removed but the rest of the high speed trails and full motocross track were used.

Eight Mini Junior riders lined up on the backwards falling motocross start gate. We saw KTM mounted Emerson Lines handily take the win over the Husqvarna of Christian Wiesner. Not far behind in third place was the Kawasaki of Curtis Marshall.

Mini Senior saw Kyle Bichard once again taking the win on the big wheel Honda CRF 150R. Its obvious Kyle is destined for the Beginner class next year and he knows it. He rides with a style that is very relaxed. It’s very impressive to watch him calmly fly through the air or negotiate the toughest obstacles with such control. Second went to top Quebec Mini rider Tommy Caron. After winning the Ormstown round he made the trip to Ontario to see how he could fair against our best Mini riders. The result was very well as he took the CXCC Mini Senior Championship over Wolfgang Wiesner. Third place in the day’s event was Mike MacLennan who ended up taking the Ontario Cross Country Championship in Mini Senior with very consistent finishes at all seven rounds. Mike is also due to move up next year as he has the maturity and speed. We wish him all the best in 2013 taking on adults in the Beginner class.

The rain from the day before provided perfect conditions when the gate dropped for the morning program. In the Beginner class it took only two laps before Adam Wynia took the lead and checked out. Adam not only won the class for the day but took the Ontario Championship in the process. Cody Crossgrove and Charles Harder took second and third in the class a lap down from Adam.

Vet Junior provided quite a bit of drama in the morning with series regulars Tyler Scott and Mark Hosie missing the podium as competition was fierce. Top spot was taken by Husaberg rider Tim Carney. Steve Oomen and Charlie Lake filled out the podium both clocking in with the same 10 laps as the class winner. Tyler Scott was able to claim the Ontario Championship over runner up Mark Hosie. Its been a great season for our Vet Junior riders.

In Vet Senior action Keith Bichard is the class front runner and favourite to win on any day, in any conditions. He was challenged this time around with a get off early on resulting from some bar to bar action with another rider. He spent most of the race charging from behind determined to pass the rider who took him down. By lap eight he was able to do that and then set his sights on the win. By time the checkers were out, Keith once again took the top position followed by the well known Norm Girndt and Mark Zimny in third. Keith Bichard handily won the Championship even though he missed one round of the series.

Our series regular Super Senior racers were challenged by a new contender in the class, Mike Disimino. Jeffrey Golden, one of the most determined yet courteous racers out there managed to take another win. In the process he added yet another championship to his extensive portfolio of racing accomplishments. Jeff has been racing longer than almost anyone else on the circuit today. It certainly was nice to see the Championship go to such a deserving racer. Mike Disimino held on for second with Tom Shleihauf in third. Bryan Hill was hard on the gas (Gas) early on but encountered a problem at lap five dropping him down in the standings. His efforts were not in vein as the Wiesner Insurance Fastest Lap Award was in the Super Senior class this time around and Bryan’s fourth lap was fast enough to claim $100.

The afternoon race program was changed slightly at this last round due to the National status it held. The Women’s class typically runs in the morning at all WEC Ontario Cross Country Championship races, but with the fastest Women in the country present, they all agreed they wanted to ride the complete Pro course. The Pro course had a very tough hill climb added that proved very treacherous. Although enough to halt the progress of a large number of riders on the first few laps, the course was designed wide enough in that area to prevent bottlenecks and no emergency re routing of the course was needed after the race started.

British Columbia’s Chantelle Bykerk edged out Quebec’s Felicia Robichard for the win putting in nine laps of the Pro course in the process. Third spot on the podium was taken by Ontario’s own Rose Lantaigne.

Newcomer to the series in the Junior class was Suzuki mounted motocrosser Jerry Patten. Although very comfortable on the motocross track he lost a lot of his lead each lap when the course cut to the forest trails. He kept ahead of perennial favourite Jordan Thiessen who held on for second over another podium regular Tyler Thiessen. At series end it was Tyler Thiessen who narrowly edged out Jordan for the Championship. A mere four championship points separated these two at the end of the year. Going into the last round it was really anyone’s guess which one would end up on top. Regardless, the series is fortunate to have the entire Thiessen family competing.

The Intermediate race was dominated by series newcomer Matt McGuire. By lap two Matt and his Husaberg was already ahead of consistent front runner David Taplay he held that spot until the end leaving David in second and Brad Brown in third. David was able to grab the Ontario Championship finishing ahead of Corey Brooks who had a tough ride in Quebec and Ontario finishing off his regular podium level.

Albertan Lee Fryberger led the Vet Master race from start to finish. Lee is a man tough as nails and faster than an Alberta Clipper. Finishing behind Lee was an impressive list of acknowledged seriously fast Vet riders. Close behind was Chris Donald and Dave Nelson. After a short gap we saw the likes of Paul Andratis, Keith Billings and Tyler Wicks. But even the near super human Fryberger said he was glad to only have raced two hours instead of the 2 1/2 of the Pros. Tyler Wicks rode with injury as he did not want to lose his lead in points in the series. It was a wise decision as he was able to claim the Ontario Championship in Vet Master.

The race of the day and the one everyone was watching closely was definitely the star studded Pro race. The fourteen Pro riders that lined up at the start gate truly read as a “who’s who” of the top of the Canadian Pro off-road ranks. The race started in typical style with Kevin Cockayne once again nailing the holeshot and taking $100 from Wiesner Insurance in the process. Most Ontario riders know Kevin is tough to beat in a cross country and even harder to beat to the first turn. It was remarkable to see him convincingly take the holeshot from such a talent laden field. Ontario’s own Brian Wojnarowski took an early lead on the first lap only to be passed by the number one Canadian off-road racer Bobby Prochnau and fellow Ontario hot shot Kevin Cockayne on lap two. By lap four Wojo passed Kevin and was welded to Bobby’s rear fender for a number of laps just waiting for Bobby to make a mistake. Corner Grass Racing Team’s Ben Rego settled into third and Factory Honda Canada rider Jason Schrage began his recovery from a poor start. Somewhere on lap eight, Bobby hit a tree hard and his hand guard shifted and shorted out his kill switch. Wojo was there to take over the lead and he held it to the end. The Pro podium finished in the order of Wojo, Jason, and Rego. Bobby recovered and settled for fifth.

The Ontario championship went to Steve Bond who rode cautiously to preserve his slim points lead going into the last round knocking Kevin Cockayne off a three year run as the number one rider in Ontario.

After the last rider was in, results were posted within minutes as usual thanks to Stephen Abel’s timekeeping magic. Riders had enough time to absorb the results as the huge quantity of prizes were unloaded and set to be given away at the awards ceremony. Thanks to Royal Distributing, Parts Canada, Golden Tyre, Mongoose Racing / Rekluse, and Wiesner Insurance for the big prize giveaway. The highlight of the ceremony was when Bobby Prochnau was asked to pull from the WEC hat, the name of the lucky Pee Wee racer who would go home with the brand new Marin mountain bike courtesy of Royal Distributing. Nathan Taplay was the winner of the bike and was all smiles pushing away from the podium.

With the 2012 Wiesner Insurance Ontario Cross Country Championship in the books, World Enduro Canada wishes to thank every rider for being part of this series. We saw some fantastic racing from future of our sport in the Pee Wee class all the way up to our top Pros. We rode some very well prepared courses at some great facilities and made some great friends along the way. We hope to see all back next year for a 2013 season that will be even bigger and better.

Thanks for a great 2012 season.


Kawasaki Ninja 300 for 2013

Kawasaki has a Ninja 300 Sportbike coming for 2013. An increase in power over the 250 can be expected and some media are reporting that the horsepower and torque numbers as 39bhp and 20lb/ft respectively.

Exciting news for those looking for a sporty bike that's not too big. That includes people new to motorcycling and those who just don't think they need a 1000 cc superbike for the type of riding they're doing. I mean, who does need that really!?

The 296 CC parallel twin with also said to feature ABS braking, slipper clutch, built in turn signal designed into the fairing, floating style windscreen, analog/digital instruments, and redesigned seat.


Streetfighter 848: Cycle World's Best Middleweight Streetbike

Cycle World has named the Ducati Streetfighter 848  the "Best Middleweight Streetbike" for 2012.

The Ducati Streetfighter 848 secures the honor of Cycle World's Best Middleweight Streetbike. For the award this year, the Streetfighter 848 had to step in the ring against a broad range of contestants; from cruisers to adventure bikes, to supersports and standards. Ultimately, the Cycle World team selected the multifaceted Streetfighter 848 as the winner. This spectacular Ducati is at home whether you're dodging urban traffic, tearing up the canyon roads, or dragging your knees at the track.

Cycle World says, "This deliciously fun sport naked V-Twin stimulates the senses and ignites one’s playful spirit better than any middleweight we’ve tested this year."

Full details HERE.


Free motorcycle safety android app

With the popularity of Android phones it's only natural that people are starting to come up with motorcycle related applications. We received a note from the creators of Guardian Angel - a free Android app that is designed to "to increase the safety of the motorcycle riders."

You may want to check it out - Here's the description from the app which is created by Dead Kitty Software:

This application may help to save lifes. Basicaly it detects when the wire is disconnected from the earphones, and in case you don´t cancel the operation, it will send a text message with your position to the contacts which you prefer. It is very useful in case of solitary accident, in which you can pass several hours unconscius untill someone sees you, in that case it might be too late.

The use is simple: fix a earphones wire connector to your motocycle or bike, and connect the wire to you phone, which you should put in some pocket. If you unfortunately fall, the wire should be disconnected and after a few seconds it will send the text messages to the contacts that you have chosen. if you use your phone attached to the bike as a GPS for example you should fix the wire to you and the function will be the same. Since this is a app for the common safety, it is free and with no apps.

More details HERE.


Zero Motorcycles Sweeps TTXGP Championship in eSuperstock Class

Zero Motorcycles is proud to announce that their TTXGP Team Zero riders came away with victory during the final round of racing this past Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, at Miller Motorsports Park in Salt Lake City, Utah. After taking top honors at each of the three previous rounds of the TTXGP eSuperstock Series held this year, Team Zero’s victories this weekend were led by Kenyon Kluge taking first place with teammates Andrew Cowell and Kenny Cummings filling out the podium. Kluge was recognized with top honors for the series championship and entered the record books as the first ever TTXGP North American eSuperstock Class Champion. Team Zero is comprised of Zero employees and the bikes used are all stock motorcycles. The camaraderie and teamwork by Zero is truly what separates this team and company apart from the competition. Kenyon Kluge claimed the eSuperstock Championship and also finished 2nd overall in points for the TTXGP North America Rider Championship. Zero Motorcycles had more motorcycles compete in this year’s TTXGP than any other brand, mainly because the highly popular Zero S model is available for consumers to buy today and race tomorrow.

"What an exciting time to be with Zero Motorcycles. We were able to accomplish what no other electric motorcycle company could accomplish. We took stock motorcycles and raced them throughout the entire season. The same bikes consumers can buy today are the same bikes we raced on the track,” said Kenyon Kluge, Director of Electrical Engineering for Zero Motorcycles and the 2012 eSuperstock Class Champion. “A huge congratulations to the entire Zero team and all the riders involved. Special recognition goes to the Zero support team. Consisting mostly of employees of Zero Motorcycles, Team Zero’s passion and commitment for making production class e-motorcycle racing a reality was the driving force behind this new series. Also, our fantastic sponsors - Pirelli, Heroic Racing Apparel, Bell Helmets, Sevcon, Alpinestars, Steel MX Optics and Aftershocks Suspension – made this season possible. Additional thanks should go to the foresight and vision of the promoters of TTXGP. We had a great season and are honored for our riders to be recognized with the first ever championship on the books.”

Riding identically prepared production Zero S ZF9 models, Team Zero tackled the 2.2 mile track and its technical 14 corner layout while reaching top speeds of 90 mph. As the only production motorcycle in a field of modified factory racing machines, Zero Motorcycles has proven it is a race-worthy motorcycle, performing consistently at competitive levels through the course of an entire race season. Built for both the road and the racetrack and reliable in extreme conditions, Zero Motorcycles has earned its first major road racing championship and the inaugural TTXGP eSuperstock North American Championship.


chuberth North America Introduces Elite Motorcycle Sport Helmet: The SR1

Schuberth announces the newest addition to their line of aerodynamic, areoacoustic motorcycle helmets, the SR1. Engineered specifically for sport riders and professional racers, the SR1 has won numerous awards in the international motorcycle press and is currently worn in the AMA Superbike series by Stefan Nebel.

"The SR1 is considered to be Schuberth's 'Masterpiece' helmet and we are extremely proud to introduce it to riders and racers in the U.S. and Canada," says Randy Northrup, Schuberth North America's Vice President.

Maximum safety and comfort, combined with continuous innovation, have been the hallmarks of Schuberth helmets for decades. The new SR1 is a Schuberth product through and through. Constructed using Schuberth's proprietary methods, the shell is made with the extremely light S.T.R.O.N.G. fiber, a special fiberglass-reinforced duroplastic matrix. The smallest of the three shell sizes weighs in at about 1,350 grams. Schuberth's patented Anti-Roll-Off System offers additional protection to the infinitely adjustable D-Ring closure. The removable, washable Coolmax® liner has a hypoallergenic, antibacterial, odor-reducing treatment providing all-temperature comfort.

After countless tests in Schuberth's own acoustic wind tunnel, the SR1 boasts superb aerodynamics with optimum downforce and very low lift. The compact profile ensures the helmet sits precisely, even at high speed - eliminating buffeting and oscillation while providing directional stability. The D-Force Spoiler features 2 settings allowing the rider to further adjust the helmet to different seating positions for airflow and downforce control.

The wind tunnel optimized Multi-Volume-Ventilation ensures maximum cooling. Three adjustable air intakes in the front - two at the forehead and one at the chin - and two outlets in the back of the helmet allow optimum ventilation flowing over 10 liters of fresh air per second at 100 km/h. The chin vent has three settings that control airflow allowing the rider to choose no air, full facial airflow, or air to the cheeks only.

The SR1 comes with an anti-scratch clear face shield with anti-fog coating. A breath deflector mounted at the chin further helps prevent fogging. The new "Push-Release-System" enables users to quickly and easily remove the face shield at the touch of a button, with no tools. Pinlock® anti-fog lenses and tinted face shields in light smoke, dark smoke and silver mirror finishes are also available.

The aeroacoustics have also been optimized in the Schuberth wind tunnel. At 100 km/h, only 88 dB(A) reaches the rider's ear. The innovative Noise-Reduction-System (N.R.S.) allows the rider to open or close small openings to control the helmet's acoustics. In racing mode, the N.R.S. can be opened to enable the wearer to perceive background sounds and approaching riders more accurately on the track. In street mode, the N.R.S. can be closed to reduce noise levels without eliminating important traffic sounds.

The SR1 is certified with both ECE and DOT safety standards. The highly respected European ECE standard for motorcycle helmets is recognized in over 50 countries worldwide as well as for AMA and FIM racing including MotoGP. The North American DOT government safety standard is required for motorcycle helmets worn on public roads.

Formula 1 in its Genes

Among those involved in developing the SR1 was Michael Schumacher, the seven-time Formula 1 world champion, who has been relying exclusively on Schuberth helmets since 2000 both in his Formula 1 career and in his motorcycle racing endeavors.

The story of the SR1's genesis goes back to the year 2000. Schuberth and its engineers entered the Formula 1 realm with a clear vision and an ambitious goal: "We'll build the world's best helmets for the world's best drivers." Schuberth soon partnered with none other than Michael Schumacher to wear its RF1 carbon helmet, and within a year Schumacher and Schuberth were celebrating their first world championship title together. Schumacher continues to wear Schuberth helmets and to provide Schuberth's engineers with continuous expert feedback, enabling them to constantly improve the company's helmets.

In 2006, after winning seven world championships, Schumacher announced his retirement from Formula 1. Shortly afterward, he began his "second career" racing an IDM Superbike. Schuberth immediately started developing its first motorcycle racing helmet, based on the RF1 carbon helmet from Formula 1. A few months later, the company unveiled the "Schuberth Race", a lightweight carbon helmet weighing just 900 grams (1.9 lbs) specially developed for Schumacher. Only five of these helmets have been produced to date. The Schuberth Race not only got the thumbs-up from Schumacher but also generated wider interest and demand in motorcycle racing scene.

Now, with the new SR1, Schuberth is putting the successor to the "Schuberth Race" into series production for sport riders and professional racers. After his first test rides with the SR1, Michael Schumacher remained firmly convinced, stating, "As a professional Formula 1 driver and a motorcycle racer with ambitions, I trust Schuberth and no-one else when it comes to safety and comfort - as I have for the past 10 years."


Demo a Zero motorcycle and get a chance to win one

Visit your nearest Zero motorcycle dealer, enjoy a demo ride on any 2012 model and you could win your own Zero when the contest wraps up at the end of October.

During the last year Zero Motorcycles has been adding new dealerships all over Canada. To celebrate these new and existing locations, and add an additional element of fun to every demo ride, each participating dealer will be giving away one Zero to their contest winner.

If you ride a 2012 Zero and have your eyes set on purchasing a particular model, you can choose between "First 40,000 KM of Electricity on Us"or promotional financing.

 2011 Zero Motorcycle - Models may vary
. Prizes may vary by model among participating dealers. All prizes will have approximately the same retail value. Actual prizes will be on display at participating dealerships.

More information and the full contest details are HERE


Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship this Weekend at Motopark

This Sunday Motopark in Chatsworth (Ontario), will host both the final round of the Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship and the Wiesner Insurance Ontario Cross Country Championship.  The top off road racers in Canada will be in attendance to dice it up with the best in Ontario.

Confirmed Pro riders include; KTM’s Bobby Prochnau (BC), Honda’s Jason Schrage (AB), Husqvarna’s Ryan Graffunder (BC), Guy Giroux (PQ), Phillipe Chaine (PQ), Samuel Rosseau (PQ), the Husaberg mounted Corner Grass Racing Team – Ben Rego (BC), Cole Dobovich (AB), Lee Fryberger (AB),  and in the women’s class KTM’s Chantelle Bykerk (BC)

The course will be fast and fun consisting of the full Motopark MX track and the entire trail system.  This week’s rain was a blessing – it will help kill the dust that has been an issue at races across Ontario all summer – long range forcast is for a bit more light rain before the weekend and sun all weekend!

Because this round is a National event no racing license is required, and any MX motorcycle (under 94db) will be accepted.  If your a Motocrosser and have tried Cross Country events in the past or would like to give it a shot this is your chance.  Entry fees $45 for adults and $25 for kids – there will be classes for everyone from Pee Wee to Super Senior.  Transponders are required and available for rent for $25.

There will be a number of giveaways including; $100 Wiesner Insurance Pro Holeshot award, $100 Apex KTM Amateur Holeshot award, $100 Wiesner Insurance Fastest Lap award, set of tires from Goldendtyre, prize packagages from Parts Canada and Rekluse and we will give away the Marin mountain bike to one of our Peewee riders courtesy of Royal Distributing, and as usual at all WEC events 100% Pro Payback (over $2500 has been handed out this year so far).

There will be plenty of great spectating areas and the Motopark Cafe will be open all weekend.   Plan to stick around after the race to congratulate the days winners and see both the 2012 National and Ontario Champions crowned.  It will be an action packed fun day for the entire family!

- Sign in opens all classes 7:00am
- Pee Wee Race 9:00 – 9:30am
- Mini Junior and Senior Race- 9:30 – 10:30am
- Morning Race Program 11:00am – 1:00 pm
- Morning Race Classes - Beginner, Women, Vet Junior, Vet Senior, Super Senior
- Afternoon Race Program  1:30 – 4:00pm
- Afternoon Race Classes – Junior, Intermediate, Vet Master (these classes race for 2 hours) and Pro (2.5 hours)

Motopark is located just off Hwy # 6 north of the town of Chatsworth. When travelling north on Hwy # 6, turn left on Moto Park Drive. Look for the signs… you can’t miss it.


Operation Performance of the Chinese Motorcycle industry - first half of 2012

Motorcycle Output and Sales Hit Historic 6 years Low

China has seen slowing economic growth and growing export pressure since the beginning of 2012. The Chinese motorcycle industry was greatly affected. In the first half of 2012, the Chinese motorcycle industry manufactured 11.6291 million and sold 11.7381 million motorcycles, down 11.41% year-on-year and 10.82% year-on-year respectively.

Domestic motorcycle sales were 7.236 million units, down 12.04% from a year ago. The output and sales of the Chinese motorcycle industry plunged, and domestic demands were low. Motorcycle output and sales of the Chinese motorcycle industry have hit a 6 year low, and the situation is worsening. The industry exported a total of 4.4859 million motorcycles between January and June, down 8.9% from 2011.

Average Monthly Motorcycle Output Falls by 10% in the First Half of 2012

The output and sales of the Chinese motorcycle industry kept declining over the first six months; the average monthly output drop was about 9.97%; April saw the biggest drop of 10.85%.

* Content by By David McMullan the ‘Englishman in China’


Triumph Trophy Pricing (Canadian)

Canadian pricing for the new Triumph Trophy has been released and the Trophy SE starts at $19,999. Dealer delivery is scheduled for January, 2013.

The Trophy SE is a luxury tourer that focuses on supreme comfort combined with agile handling.  The Trophy features high level equipment including cruise control, traction control, a fully featured trip computer, electronic screen adjustment, three 12v power sockets and ABS as standard.

Also included with the Trophy SE is electronic suspension adjustment; a full Bluetooth® enabled audio system, and an electronic tire-pressure monitoring system. Designed with Triumph’s obsessive attention to detail, the 1215cc, 3-cylinder, shaft-drive Trophy SE provides high levels of torque, performance and handling for a sublime riding experience.

The SE offers an extended service interval (10,000 miles / 16,000km’s between major services) and a 2-year manufacturer warranty for added peace of mind.