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Canadian Don Hatton to enter 2013 Dakar

The bike has been purchased and shipped. The entrance fee has been paid. The support team has been assembled. We are off to Dakar 2013!

Don Hatton of Team Rally Raid Canada is entered in the most grueling motorcycle endurance race in the world. This is Don’s fifth entry in the 14 day long Dakar race – formally known as the Paris Dakar race till it’s move to South America in 2009 – part of the FIM World Rally Championship.

This year’s event is being hailed as the most difficult in the 35-year history of the rally. No easy first and second days to get used to the Rally schedule as in prior years, but rather a brutal first four days of in the sand dunes near Lima Peru prior to heading over Atacama Dessert with elevation in excess of 10,000 ft!

Don notes, “I am in the best riding shape I have been in the past few years. I am so looking forward to this year’s Dakar race. 2013 is the year we cross the finish line in Chile”.

Don has teamed with good friend and nine-time Dakar participant Simon Pavey. Simon is the well-known operator of the Off Road Skills Motorcycle Training School in Wales, UK. Simon is also well known for his training of Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman for their round the world motorcyle ride documented on the TV series “Long Way Round” as well as staring in the “Race to Dakar” documentary.  Don and Simon will be racing under the Delta Kunstoffe Husqvarna UK team banner with support provided by their talented and experienced race team.

The team is riding race prepared Husqvarna TE449 motorcycles in the Marathon Class. “BMW Canada (supplier of Husqvarna motorcycles in Canada) has been excellent to work with helping me source a Husqvarna TE449 in Canada. Although Husqvarna UK was more than willing to supply a bike for me to ride I wanted one sourced from and registered in Canada so that after the race I can bring the bike home and use it to promote the sport here in Canada” states Don.

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Canadian model debuts at the Toronto Motorcycle Show


TORONTO (October 24, 2012) – Momentum is building for this year’s Toronto Motorcycle Show, with the first announcements of the Canadian model debuts that will hit the floor at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (South), December 7-9.

Yamaha Motor Canada is shining the spotlight on two new 2013 motorcycles, the FJR1300 and the V-Star 1300 Deluxe.

According to Yamaha, the FJR1300’s new state-of-the-art innovations include electronic cruise control, traction control system, drive-mode that lets you select performance character, meter panel design with advanced styling and function, and a new aerodynamic front cowl for improved comfort on long distance rides.

Their V-Star 1300 Deluxe is the world’s first production midsize “bagger” and the features include a fuel injected, liquid cooled 1300cc V-Twin, stylish fork mounted fairings, hard shell saddlebags, iPod/iPhone ready audio system and a Garmin Zumo 665 Navigation system.

Since its launch in 2007, the Can-Am Roadster has created a buzz thanks to its unique Y-shaped, three-wheeled footprint. For 2013, Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) is adding the Spyder ST to the Roadster line-up, and Canadian riding enthusiasts will get their first live look at the new model in six weeks at the Toronto Show.

Can-Am/BRP describes the Spyder ST as having the right blend of comfort and sportiness for that quick jaunt to the grocery store, a spirited ride on a favorite country lane, or a week-long getaway. Its sport-touring lines are immediately apparent with the pod in front of the driver, its sleek design and lines offer a stylish look, but also functional protection from the elements while on a long touring ride. Adjustable windshield (4 inches of travel) and removable wind deflectors complete the protection package.

Motovan is one of Canada’s leading motorcycle, MX and ATV parts and accessories companies, and they’ll be out in full force with their line-up of new apparel and accessories at the Show in early December.

One of their more popular lines is Joe Rocket, and they’re teaming up with Dave Hatch, the host of TSN’s Motorcycle Experience (North America’s longest running televised motorcycle program) at the Toronto Motorcycle Show. Fans are invited to drop in at the Joe Rocket booth to meet Dave, talk about all things two-wheeled, do a little “bench racing” and enter to win prizes including a grand prize of a Joe Rocket RANT full face helmet and Hard Core Canadian riding jacket.

“Motovan has really stepped-up their involvement at the Toronto Motorcycle Show this year and added excitement to their displays with the Joe Rocket prize giveaways and appearances all weekend-long by David Hatch,” said Neil Fardy, the Show’s manager. “In addition to Motovan’s line-up, our attendees will see a wide assortment of apparel and accessories represented by the other top brands in the sport, and they can pick-up some great savings along the way, thanks to the exclusive show specials that several exhibitors will be offering.”

Produced by Power Sport Services, the Toronto Motorcycle Show boasts an impressive line-up of manufacturers, including Arctic Cat, BMW Motorrad, Can-Am/BRP, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, KTM, Piaggio, Polaris, Suzuki, Triumph, Victory and Yamaha.

For Show hours, features, ticket prices and info, visit or call 416-491-4449. Discounted advance tickets are now available through the website’s online box office.

Enthusiasts can join the Toronto Motorcycle Show’s online community by liking the Facebook Page ( and following on Twitter (


Ducati North America reports consistent growth


- Q3 Retail sales increase by 24 percent
- Nine consecutive quarters of retail sales growth
- The Diavel sets strongest product family growth in September

Cupertino, Calif. (October 24, 2012) – Ducati North America reported a 24 percent retail sales increase in Q3 compared to the same period in 2011, earning the company its ninth-straight quarter of retail sales growth. The month of September was especially positive with a 40 percent increase versus 2011.

“We have paid very close attention to the desires of our customers in North America and believe that we have successfully developed the most appealing product offering in the brand’s history,” said Cristiano Silei, CEO of Ducati North America. “With this consistent, positive momentum in retail sales, we are confident that 2012 will finish as a record year for Ducati. And, we look forward to a great start for 2013, with the recent announcement of several new models.”

Ducati credits its growth to the strong customer demand of several new products, including the brand’s newly released Superbike, the 1199 Panigale. Ducati’s flagship motorcycle, characterized by its revolutionary design, state of the art technology and extraordinary performance, has achieved unprecedented sales records across North America.

Significant growth is also attributed to the innovative Diavel, which recently received the prestigious Cycle World Magazine “10 Best” award in the cruiser category for the second year in a row. The Diavel is gaining a tremendous following: in the month of September it was the company’s highest growing product with a 66 percent increase compared to the same period in 2011.


BMW ConnectedRide - Motorcycle safety system

BMW is working on some safety technology for their cars and for riders on two wheels as well.

Comfort and safety for two-wheel drivers – The Urban Safety Concept (BMW C 650 GT) with BMW ConnectedRide.

BMW could also be able to redefine the future of two-wheeled mobility in and around city environments together with the safety and comfort functions of BMW ConnectedRide** – the two-wheeler equivalent to BMW ConnectedDrive**. After all, generations of motorcycle riders have regarded BMW Motorrad as leading the way on issues relating to safety in motorcycle riding. BMW Motorrad became established at an early stage as a trendsetter in this area. BMW Motorrad Research is continuing to work at expanding these advances in safety.

In 2011, the Advanced Safety Concept (BMW K 1600 GT) was launched which had features like daytime light, BMW eCall and various camera-based BMW Motorrad driver information and assistance systems. The next stage saw the specialists developing the Urban Safety Concept (BMW C 650 GT). “The research projects Left Turn Assistant, Traffic Light Assistant and the Lane Change Warning were implemented in the scooter, for example,” commented Felix Deissinger, responsible for strategy and vehicle concepts at BMW Motorrad. Researchers also integrated a head-up display as a two-wheeled innovation. This system displays parameters like current speed, the symbols for the Traffic Light Assistant, the Collision Warning and Traffic Sign Recognition in the wind shield. The daytime light was also incorporated in this scooter.

The Left Turn Assistant which is prototypical developed for cars and motorcycles, is an active system which is intended to prevent a critical situation when drivers are turning left. The system calculates positional curves and speed profiles in order to assess the likelihood of a collision. When a critical situation occurs, the motorcycle raises its conspicuity. If the oncoming car driver fails to react, automatic braking is initiated in the automobile.

BMW ConnectedRide also offers a wide range of further assistance systems to make motorcycling safer in the future. For example, the bad weather warning system alerts motorcycle riders at an early stage with a visual message in the display indicating any section of the route subject to adverse weather conditions. Fog, rain, snow and ice are all much greater hazards for motorcycle riders than car drivers. The hazard warning also gives motorcyclists a visual alert – with an option of voice alert – if they need to anticipate a hazard like oil, loose road chippings or a vehicle abandoned on the motorcyclist’s side of the road. The warning is linked with information about how far away the obstacle is located. The warning and the position of the hazard site could be sent by the vehicle or vehicles travelling in front to the vehicles following on behind using the Car-to-x communication.

The new BMW C evolution – The two-wheeler among BMW electric vehicles.

The requirements for individual mobility concepts are undergoing significant change for urban environments in particular. Rising volumes of traffic, spiralling energy costs and increasingly stringent regulations for CO2 emissions emitted by vehicles travelling in inner-city areas are the challenges of the future. The BMW Group has recognized these challenges and is developing series solutions for current and upcoming mobility needs – also for two-wheeled vehicles. The maxi scooters BMW C 600 Sport and BMW C 650 GT are the first products in this area to combine the driving characteristics of a BMW motorcycle with the specific agility and comfort of a scooter to create an innovative and dynamic ride experience. This year, BMW Motorrad presented the “C evolution” as a product-quality prototype of an E-Scooter in the form in which it could soon come onto the marketplace. It has been designed as a commuting vehicle for travelling to work between the suburbs and city centre, so that development focused specifically on two requirements: ride characteristics comparable with those of a Maxi Scooter powered by an internal combustion engine, and a long range under normal conditions of use.

**  BMW ConnectedDrive provides the occupants of the vehicle and the vehicle itself with an intelligent network to connect them with the outside world. This network offers customers more safety, comfort and infotainment whether it is through driver assistance systems, navigation options or personalized entertainment. The network permits innovations for urban mobility that make interaction with city traffic even safer, more efficient and more convenient. The BMW Group stand presents App and vehicle-based routing functions, safety systems and solutions for mobility on two wheels.


Sales team personnel changes at Husqvarna Motorcycles

There's going to be some new faces around the water cooler at Husqvarna headquarters. There have been some personnel changes in the Sales.

I for one am hoping for big things from Husqvarna and they seem to be making some positive moves to increase reach of the brand and sell more motorcycles.

Full details on the changes:

Effective October 2012 the following personnel changes have been implemented within Husqvarna Motorcycles:

Daniele Giacometti (46), former International Sales Manager, succeeds Juergen Mueller as Head of Sales.

Juergen Mueller (37), former Head of Sales, takes over the position as Head of Purchase.

Uwe Osterrieder (48) has been appointed as Head of Marketing of Husqvarna Motorcycles.
Osterrieder, previously Consultant for marketing strategy and University Lecturer for cross media and social media marketing, is looking forward to meet the new challenge within Husqvarna Motorcycles.


Job opportunities at Yamaha Motors Canada

If you're in the market for a new job and motorcycle also happen to be your thing, there's a couple job openings at Yamaha Motors Canada that you might be interested in:

Administrative Assistant (Bilingual)

Yamaha Motor Canada Ltd. is an innovative and dynamic player in the leisure vehicle industry. A career at Yamaha means being involved in the leading edge of the leisure vehicle industry. Employees are offered a supportive work environment with training and development programs to help them grow and achieve their career goals. We offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits.

Yamaha Motor Canada Ltd. currently seeks a candidate for the position of Administrative Assistant (Bilingual) for our Sales & Marketing Department located at our Head Office in Toronto, ON.

The Administrative Assistant (Bilingual) will primarily facilitate communication within the Corporate and Sales & Marketing departments.

Key Responsibilities:

- Improve efficiency and facilitate communication within the Corporate and Sales & Marketing departments by preparing correspondence, receiving, returning and redirecting phone calls and completing other administrative tasks.
- Act as the first line of contact for Sales and Marketing staff. Act as the first line of contact for all Corporate calls, check voicemail messages when Corporate staff are out of the office.
- Prepare and distribute all internal incoming and outgoing correspondence, computer reports, mail and KPI reports. Complete responsibilities within one day of receipt.
- Administer payment of all Sales & Marketing internal and regional invoices by preparation of internal cheque requisitions ensuring proper authorization is obtained by the appropriate manager.
- Working within company policies, coordinate all travel arrangements for Corporate and Sales and Marketing staff. This includes airline, hotel, rental cars and other related items.
- Coordinate internal and external Sales and Marketing meetings; i.e. travel arrangements, dealer show coordination, hotel & restaurant reservations, and boardroom bookings.
- Prepare monthly output reports for department managers.
- Manage Division calendar including all meeting schedules and project status.
- Prepare and distribute all aspects of the monthly retail sales awards.
- Other duties as assigned.

Qualification & Skills:

- Bilingualism (French/English) is required
- 2-3 of related experience is required.
- Excellent organization, communication and customer service skills.
- Excellent computer skills proficient in MS Office programs.
- Excellent problem solving skills with attention to detail.

Please forward your resume, including a cover letter and salary expectations, to:


Yamaha Motor Canada Ltd.
480 Gordon Baker Road,
Toronto, ON M2H 3B4

Yamaha Motor Canada Ltd. is committed to employment equity. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No agencies please.

Marketing Events Coordinator

Yamaha Motor Canada Ltd. is an innovative and dynamic player in the leisure vehicle industry. A career at Yamaha means being involved in the leading edge of the leisure vehicle industry. Employees are offered a supportive work environment with training and development programs to help them grow and achieve their career goals. We offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits.

Yamaha Motor Canada Ltd. currently seeks a candidate for the position of Marking Events Coordinator for our Marketing Department located at our Head Office in Toronto, ON.

The Marketing Events Coordinator will primarily coordinate activities associated with our participation in consumer/trade shows and dealer conferences.

Key Responsibilities:

- Coordinate all corporate events, consumer shows, demo rides etc. This includes overseeing of event contracts, marketing support materials, staffing schedules, internal and external communications, transportation of displays, product etc. Ensure events adhere to budgetary parameters.
- Maintain an up to date and accurate “Annual Event Schedule”.
- Coordinate the reservation of and sales of all loan units required to support the event requirements.
- Oversee all cross promotional opportunities. Review and share recommendations. Initiate new opportunities, proof promotional materials, coordinate giveaways and maintain accurate records of all transactions.
- Assist in the management of corporate sponsorships. Review opportunities, draft letters of agreements and ensure all important aspects of these agreements are performed as negotiated.
- Assist in the coordination of the “Summer Event Team”.
- Assist in the execution of special projects as required.

Qualification & Skills:

- Post secondary education in Marketing or related field.
- Excellent organization, communication and computer skills.
- Attention to detail.
- Excellent problem solving skills.
- Must be comfortable lifting heavy items.
- Able to work evenings and weekends.
- Must have a valid class “G” drivers license and be comfortable driving a cube van.
- Bilingualism will be considered an asset.

Please forward your resume, including a cover letter and salary expectations, to:


Yamaha Motor Canada Ltd.
480 Gordon Baker Road,
Toronto, ON M2H 3B4

Yamaha Motor Canada Ltd. is committed to employment equity. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No agencies please.


Canada Pension Plan (CPP) invests in MotoGP

Canada's national pension plan has invested in the company that runs the MotoGP motorbike racing series and done a debt deal with the company that owns the Formula 1 car racing league. The Investment Board of CPP announced the two transactions separately on Friday.

So if you're paying into CPP, you have a little itty bitty stake in MotoGP racing!

In the MotoGP related announcement CPP indicated it had taken a 39 per cent stake in Dorna Sports, an event management, media, and marketing company. Dorna Sports has global rights to the MotoGP motorcycle racing series until 2036.

"We look forward to working together with Dorna’s CEO, Carmelo Ezpeleta, his management team and Bridgepoint to continue Dorna’s global growth and to pursue exciting opportunities to expand into emerging markets," said Andre Bourbonnais, a vice-president with CPP's private investments unit.

More About MotoGP: With an unrivalled 62-year history of elite competition, MotoGP is the world’s premier motorcycling championship, comprising an 9-month, 18-round season, in 13 different countries, spanning 4 continents. Dating back to 1949, it is the oldest motorsport World Championship in existence.  Each Grand Prix brings together the most talented riders from across the world, to participate in races across three distinct categories - MotoGP, Moto2 & Moto3


Plug and Play Screaming Banshee Horn

The guys at Screaming Banshee have been working on a new horn; one that's smaller and easier to install. They're trying to launch it via a crowd-sourcing project like they did for the first iteration. That first one was a success and they're on their way to making this new horn a success too. Check out the details below:

Many of you have emailed us with great stories and even videos of your Banshee’s in action - thank you for all the great feedback!

Commonly, however, many of you have asked us to create a system that’s smaller, simpler and easier to install while still being just as loud.

We’ve listened to this, and in response we have developed an exciting new product that we are calling the “Plug and Play Screamer”. 

We’ve recently completed the final design and the Plug & Play Screamer is now ready to go to market. 

In order to help us get this project off the ground, we’ve decided to launch the idea on a crowd sourcing platform called Indiegogo. With the funds received from this project we will be able to start a large scale production run of the Plug and Play Screamer.


Bel-Ray Weekend Racing Preview- October 19, 2012

While most of the international racing series have concluded their 2012 championships, the MotoGP series is in its final stretch. There are three rounds remaining for the Team Aspar Bel-Ray athletes competing in MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 classes. The series remains in Asia after last weekend’s event in Japan. They will compete this weekend at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia for the Malaysian Grand Prix.


Bel-Ray sponsored Team Aspar racers Aleix Espargaro and Randy DePuniet have been locked in a season long battle to be the top CRT racer in the series. The lead has moved back and forth between the duo with Espargaro holding the upper-hand coming into this weekend. DePuniet suffered from a race-ending crash last week allowing Espargaro to take a two point advantage from his teammate.

"Sepang is one of my favorite circuits,” said Espargaro earlier this week. He went on to say, “It is wide with long straights and you can really have a lot of fun on a big bike there. I think we can have another great weekend in Malaysia and that is what we'll be working towards. We had another great result at Motegi and recovered the lead in the CRT category so now we have to fight until the end to stay there."

Despite last weekend’s DNF, DePuniet arrives at Sepang with high hopes for a good finish in Sunday’s race. "We had some set-up problems at Motegi but luckily we have a quick opportunity to fix them in Malaysia this weekend. We had been working perfectly up until Japan so we need to get back into that rhythm and make sure Motegi was a one-off. My ankles were painful when we left Japan but thankfully they are recovering quickly and I hope to be in much better shape this weekend. I like the track and I know we can get back to performing at a high level there. There are only three races left so we have to give it everything."


Despite racing incidents last weekend that affected their final results, both Bel-Ray sponsored Mapfre Aspar team riders Nico Terol and Jordi Torres come to Sepang with confidence and determination for a top finish.

Terol was upset with his nineteenth place finish and is sure he will improve it this weekend. "I am still annoyed with our race at Motegi, which did not go to plan, but I am focused on turning that frustration into motivation for the next race at Sepang. I love the track although I had a difficult time last year so I want to put that right. The track is perfectly suited to my riding style and I have always been fast there in the past. I know that we are close to the perfect weekend and I won't stop working until we achieve it. As soon as we have a good race from start to finish my attitude will change. I just need to believe in it."

Torres also has high hopes for this event and the remainder of the season. "We have done a great job so far and it is starting to pay off in each race. Our objective is to keepgoing in the same way at Sepang. In theory it's a circuit where I could struggle because of my size and the long straights but we just have to focus on continuing to learn in every session and the race. If we keep doing our jobwell we can take positive steps forward and that's what it's all about. I like the track but I remember the grip being a bit strange so we'll have to be careful not to have any nasty surprises."


Bel-Ray sponsored Team Mapfre Aspar racer Jonas Folger was just a lap away from victory last week in Japan when his hopes were eliminated due to a last-lap crash with another racer. He arrives in Sepang with hopes of being first to the checkered flag in Sunday’s race.

Although disappointed with the results from Japan, Folger remains confident coming into this weekend. "We were really unlucky last weekend because we could have won the race but instead we finished up in the gravel. Even so I want to remain optimistic and carry on the good form we showed in Japan. We performed to a very high level there and I hope we can continue to do so this weekend in Malaysia. Sepang is one of my favorite circuits so I can't wait to arrive and get back to work. I just know it is going to be another good weekend for us and I am going to work hard to be fighting for the win again on Sunday. I just hope we have a bit more luck on our side this weekend so that we can put the disappointment from Japan behind us."

Folger’s teammate Luca Amato is still facing a steep learning curve against the world championship competitors with Sepang representing only his third race in the Moto3 class. "We struggled to get on the pace at Motegi. Everything is still very new to me and I am still adapting although I didn't think it would take me this long. The Kalex/KTM package is working perfectly but I don't feel comfortable on it yet so in Malaysia we will be working against the clock to get as many laps in as possible and to get a feeling for the bike. It will be my first visit to Sepang but I must have done a thousand laps there on the games console. It looks like it will be a difficult track but I think I'll like it. I will work as hard as necessary from Friday morning to get used to this bike and this category."

Follow all of Bel-Ray’s racers in action each week on


2012 Toronto Motorcycle Show Countdown


The countdown has begun for Ontario’s biggest motorcycle manufacturers’ showcase of the year, as the Toronto Motorcycle Show returns to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (South),  December 7-9.

In less than two months, hundreds of new 2013 motorcycles, scooters and ATVs from the world’s top manufacturers will be on display, including several Canadian debuts.

In addition to the new bikes, motorcycle enthusiasts can check-out a wide-range of exciting exhibits and features, plus the latest in apparel, accessories and touring destinations – all under one roof, in a space equivalent to three football fields.

The theme of this year’s Show is “Riding Redefined” and it speaks to the on-going evolution of motorcycles and motorcycling, through innovative technologies and designs in the new bikes, riding gear and parts that will be on display during the three-day event.

 “The Toronto Motorcycle Show is one of the most anticipated weekends on the bike community’s calendar, and it’s a great opportunity for enthusiasts to experience how the motorcycle industry is redefining riding,” said Show Manager, Neil Fardy. “This year’s edition promises to have something for everyone who’s passionate about the sport. We’ll have a number of features that are exclusive to the Show, including SHE RIDES NIGHT and the Yamaha Riding Academy for kids.”

The Show’s opening night (Friday, December 7) is SHE RIDES NIGHT, a celebration of women who ride or are considering taking up the sport. Admission for all women is half-price after 5pm, with a full evening of entertaining presentations, demonstrations, and other activities that will appeal to women riders. The night also includes deals and treats galore, courtesy of show exhibitors and sponsors.

The Yamaha Riding Academy makes its only Ontario motorcycle show appearance of the season with a free opportunity for kids, aged 6-12, to take a ride on an off-road motorcycle while at the Toronto Show (certain conditions apply). With certified instruction, the latest motocross gear and a 15-minute riding session, children will be safely introduced to the world of off-road riding.

“In the coming weeks, we’ll announce more features and specials that will add value and excitement for those attending this year’s Show,” continued Fardy. “Of course the stars of the Show are the bikes themselves. If fans want to see the official corporate exhibits and the newest models from the best brands in the business, then they’ll want to make plans to join us at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in December.”

Produced by Power Sport Services, the Toronto Motorcycle Show boasts an impressive line-up of manufacturers, including Arctic Cat, BMW Motorrad, Can-Am/BRP, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, KTM, Piaggio, Polaris, Suzuki, Triumph, Victory and Yamaha.

For Show hours, features, ticket prices and info, visit or call 416-491-4449. 

Special discounted advance tickets will soon be available through the website’s online box office.

People can also become part of the Toronto Motorcycle Show’s online community by liking the Facebook Page ( and following on Twitter ( ).


2013 Yamaha motorcycle Canadian lineup

Yamaha Motor Canada is pleased to introduce our 2013 motorcycles. This year’s lineup is highlighted by the new FJR1300 and V-Star 1300 Deluxe.

New for 2013, the FJR1300 sets the benchmark against which all other sport touring motorcycles are measured. New state-of-the-art innovations include electronic cruise control, traction control system, drive-mode that lets you select performance character, meter panel design with advanced styling and function, and a new aerodynamic front cowl for improved comfort on long distance rides.

Also new for 2013 is the V-Star 1300 Deluxe. The world’s first production midsize “bagger” is loaded with features including: a fuel injected, liquid cooled 1300cc V-Twin, stylish fork mounted fairings, hard shell saddlebags, iPod/iPhone ready audio system and a Garmin Zumo 665 Navigation system.

Yamaha Motor Canada Ltd. Motorcycle Product Manager, John Bayliss said “The new FJR1300 is attracting lots of very positive feedback. A number of customers have already stepped up and left deposits with our dealers, without even seeing the bike in person! This tells us the designers and engineers have done a great job. We are also very excited by the new V-Star 1300 Deluxe. This mid-size “bagger” fills a gap in the market place. The V-Star 1300 Deluxe is truly in a class by itself and offers incredible comfort and convenience for a variety of riders”.

Both these bikes will have their official Canadian unveiling at the Toronto Motorcycle Show, December 7th-9th. You can also see them across the country throughout winter (see schedule below).

Come by the Yamaha booth and take a closer look at the FJR1300, V-Star 1300 Deluxe and all the other 2013 Yamaha motorcycles.

To find a motorcycle show near you, click HERE

To check out the entire Canadian Yamaha 2013 line, visit the Yamaha page HERE.


Ural sales are up again - and other news

Ural experienced some record summer retail sales this year. For the period of January to August, they were up 27% from 2011 and-despite their expectation that things would slow down-from January to September they're showing a gain of 25% over 2011.

In other Ural news:

Chuck (Schram) our dealer recruitment man is bringing more players into the game. Jon (Bekefy) has been putting together some incredible marketing exposure for us. Our parts guys are working non-stop. Factory is getting ready to increase production for next year to meet the growing demand in all of our international markets. We even nailed an awesome partnership with retail financing company FreedomRoad Financial. Read more on that below with pretty cool special that's running this month!

Our 2012/2013 Dealer Meeting takes place in just a few weeks, and we're all busy here preparing Powerpoint presentations and information on what Ural is doing, and what we hope to accomplish in 2013.

New Ural t-shirts will soon be available. This was the design we chose for the Rally and we decided to make enough so that we could offer them for retail this fall. We'll send a note once they're available, but when they are you'll be able to order the shirt from your local dealer.

The artwork pictured here will be on the front of a grey t-shirt with the round Ural logo on the left sleeve.


Old School - Mosport World Superbike circa 1989

Some old-school racing from the World Superbike Championship in Mosport, Canada in 1989. It's still exciting today! Check out the Sony Handcam onboards! wheelies, crashing, and some BIG hair.

The Canadian round of the World Superbike Championship from Mosport Park on June 4, 1989. Winners of the two legs were Fred Merkel and Giancarlo Falappa.


Zero Motorcycles awarded major grant for expansion

Zero Motorcycles has been awarded a $1,815,123 grant from the California Energy Commission to quadruple its manufacturing capacity in California. Additional matching funding brings the total project allotment to more than $3,644,721. Zero’s manufacturing expansion will further its commitment to manufacturing high performance electric motorcycles in California, which stands to benefit by both economic growth and job creation.

“We are honoured to receive this generous grant from the California Energy Commission and are excited to continue to expand our manufacturing capacity here in California,” said Richard Walker, CEO of Zero Motorcycles. “This project offers a unique opportunity to keep the competitive advantage of California’s skilled labor force and create dozens of additional jobs during both the implementation and volume manufacturing stages of the project. This grant is a milestone for us because it allows Zero to dramatically increase the scale of our assembly line to meet customer demand for our outstanding electric motorcycles."

“This investment in Zero Motorcycles will help to put cleaner vehicles on the road, reduce petroleum use, improve our air quality and create jobs in California,” said Energy Commissioner Carla Peterman.

Zero has been successfully designing and building electric motorcycles in California since 2006. Zero’s recently introduced 2013 model line leveraged a previous successful California Energy Commission R&D grant program, driving the development of an advanced electric vehicle powertrain. This new electric powertrain, along with other key Zero Motorcycles innovations, delivers an average Zero Motorcycle power increase of 99 percent and the world’s longest-range production electric motorcycle on the market.

About the California Energy Commission 
The California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency. Created by the Legislature in 1974 and located in Sacramento, six basic responsibilities guide the Energy Commission as it sets state energy policy: forecasting future energy needs; licensing thermal power plants 50 megawatts or larger; promoting energy efficiency and conservation by setting the state's appliance and building efficiency standards; supporting public interest energy research that advances energy science and technology through research, development and demonstration programs; developing renewable energy resources and alternative renewable energy technologies for buildings, industry and transportation; planning for and directing state response to energy emergencies.


Husqvarna Rallye Team ready for the Morocco Rally

Hot on the heels of their triumph in the Pharaons Rally the Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain sets off today for Morocco where the Oilybia Rally will be held from 15th to 20th October, another important test before Dakar 2013.

The team will be made up of three riders on the Husqvarna TE449RR by Speedbrain. Alongside Pharaons Rally winner Spaniard Joan Barreda will be Paulo Goncalves from Portugal, who lines up beside 31 year old Australian Matt Fish.

Matt Fish has some 25 years off-road racing experience and his greatest achievement to date has been his victory in the Indee 500 in Australia this year, as well as finishing in the top ten of the Abu Dhabi Rally in Quatar.

The Husqvarna Rally Team by Speedbrain aims to use Morocco as a final test to fine tune the bike before the Dakar 2013, as well as getting the eleven man team of riders, technicians and mechanics up to scratch.

The Oilybia Rally of Morocco sets off from Erfoud and finishes in Zagora with a total of 6 stages, 1550 km (969 miles) of special test, making up 2000 km (1250 miles) in total.

Wolfgang Fischer – Team Manager: ”The Morocco rally is a particularly important one in the build-up to the Dakar 2013. It’ll be the last chance to run on terrain similar to what we will find in January’s race, and to test out the latest technical modifications that we’ve made to our TE449RR.

It’ll also be an important test for the whole squad, which with the addition of Australian rider Matt Fish is now really well rounded out. Matt will act as a pacemaker for Barreda and Goncalves.”


Must watch - Red Bull Romaniacs

42 mins and 20 seconds of video you NEED to watch! Make sure you're watching in HD and crank it up!

If you need a little background here's what the YouTube description of the video is:

"Red Bull Romaniacs Hard Enduro Rallye 2012, one of the most extreme enduro off-road motocross races in the world. Taking place in the mountains of Romania, see if reigning champ Graham Jarvis has what it takes to make it to the top of the podium yet again."


Brett McCormick getting a new website

2011 Canadian Superbike Champion racer, and Saskatchewan - Canada native, Brett McCormick is set to get a new website in a week or two according to his Facebook page.

In the nick of time we might add! He admits the graphics and design of his current site is somewhat in need of an update... "I figure the 1980 style is getting dated."

Keep an eye on over the next few weeks. 

Brett has been trying to parlay his success in Canada to the WSBK level and had been making some big steps such as his top five finish in only his sixth World Superbike race at the Nurburgring. And that's after coming back from a serious accident in his second race of the season at Assen.

We're keeping an eye on "The Kid" and hoping to see him regularly on the podium in the future.


Young Wraps Up Rookie Season On A High Note At NOLA

AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike racer Ben Young wrapped up his rookie season this past weekend at the final round of the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing series at NOLA Motorsports Park in New Orleans, LA with a class-best finish of 12th place on Saturday and a 17th on Sunday.

This was the inaugural visit to NOLA Motorsports  Park’s 2.75 mile course for the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing series. Scottish-Canadian Ben Young set some impressive lap times during Friday morning’s first free practice session however, Young was lacking confidence in front-end feel on the #86 BYR/FOGI Racing Yamaha R6 machine. Suspension and gearing changes were in order before the first qualifying session.

“The gearing helped a bunch. We ran the same Dunlop tires from this morning for the first half of the session then we changed the rear and put a new medium on it.”  said Young. “I did my fastest lap on the last lap with 5 laps on the new rear and about at least 35 laps on the front which started to slide on the closing laps.”

After the first qualifying session Young was 24th fastest and would wind up 22nd on the grid for the weekend’s doubleheader after the second qualifying session.

In Saturdays AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race Young got a great start and began his charge towards the top fifteen.  The race was only into the third lap when it was red flagged due to a dramatic two-rider crash in Turn 6.  Luckily both riders were uninjured; however the red flag forced riders to the pits for about 15 minutes before the competitors could restart.

Young got another impressive start and battled right to the end crossing the line in 12th – which was a season-best finish for the young pilot from Thornbury Ontario. With the success of the first race Young was determined to improve on his result in the final race of the season on Sunday.

Again from 22nd on the grid, Young got another great start and quickly gained positions moving into 13th place in the final AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race of the season.  Battling for 12th for most of the race he was followed closely by a group of five riders hunting him down for his position.  After dicing back and forth within the tightly packed group of riders Young slipped back to eventually cross the line in a very creditable 15th position.  Young then learned that he was to be penalized 5 seconds for crossing the white boundary line on the exit of the final turn. This setback would see him finish the day officially in 17th place.

Young was asked about his weekend; Ben explained, “I am so pleased with our results this weekend. We’ve worked so hard throughout the entire season and to almost break into the top ten is a nice way to end the season.  I was devastated in the second race by being penalized for crossing the white line on the final turn.  It was the first time I crossed the line over the whole weekend and it was because I was riding so hard to keep ahead of the guys behind me, I went in slightly too hard and had to run wide.  If I closed the throttle to keep inside the line the riders behind would have ran into me, I had no choice.  I hope they get it sorted out for next season.”

With a successful rookie season now under his belt Young is already talking with marketing partners and exploring opportunities within the AMA paddock to contend the 2013 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Championship.

Father and BYR team manager Scott Young was asked about their future plans:  “Ben has developed very well this season and he’s achieved the goals that were setout at the beginning of the season.  In 2011 we decided that this season Ben would enter the Daytona SportBike class to develop his talents and learn all the AMA circuits that the series visits.  It was unfortunate that we had to miss 3 rounds this season due to commitments that were out of our control.”

“For the 2013 season we are currently scouting opportunities to align Ben with an existing and proven team within the AMA paddock. Having a full team around him including full-time technical/mechanical support and teammates will allow him to learn and challenge himself to continue the impressive growth he has shown this season.” added Scott Young.“We’ve had a great season! We’re looking forward to being a part of the AMA Pro Road Racing paddock in 2013. Thank you to the AMA staff, organizers, the tracks and corner workers for providing a safe and exciting series. To compete at this level takes support from so many wonderful people and outstanding organizations. I must also thank the many encouraging family members, fans and sponsors that make all this happen!” added the young racer.


Motus relocates and secures financing

American motorcycle maker; Motus have relocated into the original location of the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum and factory tours will be starting in early 2013.

They've also been approved for FreedomRoad consumer finance and GE Capital floorplan. What does that mean for potential purchasers? The partnership with FreedomRoad Financial means that Motus will be able to offer customers zero down, low rates, and up to 84 months financing on 2013 Motus motorcycles. The GE Capital Floorplan announcement means that GE Capital’s Commercial Distribution Finance has agreed to provide Motus with inventory financing to support the expansion of its dealer network in the U.S. This type of arrangement, also known as floorplan financing, will assist dealers in stocking, marketing and selling our motorcycles and related products.

Both are steps in the right direction for Motus. No word on Canadian availability yet. No time soon I imagine.


2013 KTM Adventure 1190 and 1190 R

Here's a peek at the 2013 KTM 1190 Adventure. The bike features a 148 hp, 75 degree, V engine with 1195 cc of displacement. It's powered by a de-tuned version of the KTM 1190 RC8 R superbike engine, with 15,000 KM service intervals (according to KTM).

A few additional features:

- 230 kg with a full tank of gas (212 kg without). 
- Drive-by-wire ensures perfect application of the readily available and plentiful torque
- MTC (Motorcycle Traction Control) guarantees sporty yet completely controllable propulsion on every surface and in all situations.
- Anti-hopping clutch that opens when the engine back-torque becomes too high, it also closes when you open up the throttle. The former prevents annoying rear wheel chatter when braking sharply or decelerating; the latter reduces the hand force required for changing gear, hence allowing the clutch to be controlled with the little finger - which saves energy when riding.

And for those looking for an even more off-road worthy version. Here's a little video on the R version:


2013 Zero Model Line - Double the Power. Over 130 Miles Range

Zero Motorcycles have announced their complete 2013 model line.

Here are just a few highlights:

- Up to 125% more power with the new Z-Force™ motor
- Charge to 95% in an hour using an optional CHAdeMO accessory
- Ride up to 137 miles in the city
- An iPhone and Android application to customize each motorcycle’s performance and see detailed motorcycle information
- Introducing the Zero FX – the ultimate ‘do anything, ride anywhere’ urban motorcycle with the fastest acceleration of any motorcycle we’ve ever designed

The new models will begin arriving in dealerships during January and February. In the meantime, visit the 2013 teaser site where you can see the motorcycles and additional specifications.

The Zero FX packs 44 HP and 70 lft-lbs of torque and only weighs 275 lbs. It does have a shorter range than the larger ZF11.4 engine but those are some impressive numbers nevertheless. It should be a blast to ride!

2013 Zero DS Dual Sport (ZF8.5 $13,995 CAD - ZF11.4 $15,995 CAD)

2013 Zero S Street Fighter  (ZF8.5  $13,995 CAD - ZF11.4 $15,995 CAD)

2013 Zero FX Stealth Fighter (ZF2.8: $9,495 CAD – ZF5.7: $11,990 CAD)

2013 Zero XU Urban Crosser (ZF2.8: $7,995 – ZF5.7: $10,490)

2013 Zero MX Motocross (ZF2.8: $9,495 – ZF5.7: $11,990)


Mini Enduro Championship Round #3 – Shelburne

This past Sunday, September 30th, The O’Neill Family hosted round three and the series finale of the World Enduro Canada Mini Enduro Championship at their beautiful farm just south of Shelburne. Sunny skies and warm autumn temperatures made for a perfect day for everyone. 45 youth riders came out with their families some of which were experiencing this event for the first time. It is obvious that momentum is building with this series and with 25% of the ridership being girls, there are stereotypes being broken along the way.

The O’Neill Family is a big supporter of off-road motorcycling in Ontario and their son Ryan is a consistent participant in the Mini Junior Class at the WEC Cross Country Championship. The family is also avid equestrian enthusiasts with most of their scenic property dedicated to their horses. It’s always nice to see motorcycles and horses coexisting in an environment such as this.

Some riders said the course itself was the best all season. The Extreme Test was a favourite with three log sections for the riders to jump or rider over. Even the smallest 50cc bikes managed to take the shorter and more difficult log section rather than the longer yet easier route around the obstacles. The big Grand Prix style Motocross Test was also popular and gave the top “A” riders the opportunity to really open the throttle.

Everyone enjoyed the trail loop that circulated the 100 acre farm with enough twists and turns to entertain racers as they travelled to each special test. Electronic transponder scoring at every test made for quick, accurate results with transponders loaned to all participants that did not already own one.

In “C” Class action Luke Smith once again bested the field with a win in every one of the 12 special tests. Second place went to Zach Silverman just over 100 seconds behind with the speedy Vanessa Rideout a handful of seconds behind in third. Luke is a series regular and consistent top finisher. It will be no surprise to see him in the “B” Class next year.

Competition is always tight in the “B” Class as this is where we see a mixture of riders that have been riding for a few years already and may have been to a few motocross races or cross country races in the past. Quincy Molnar topped the podium in his first outing this year in this series with a score that would have placed him quite high up in the standings even if he had entered the “A” class. Dillin Plumb and series regular Elliot Spall filled out the podium with stand out performances.

The premier “A” Class is where you are going to find tomorrow’s Pro off-road racers. Kyle Bichard is always the man to beat as he is a top racer in the province in Cross Country and certainly knows his way around a motocross track as well. On this day however, hot-shot Motocrosser Jamie Baskerville edged out runner up Kyle Bichard by 21 seconds after 12 special tests. Carter Tremblay took the third spot on the podium. Jamie Baskerville is a highly skilled and well known motocross ace and it really showed. He is a very polite kid who was seen sharing a few of his riding tips to the other top “A” riders. Jamie ended up winning over $250 for his overall victory on the day.

Series sponsor Royal Distributing handed out over $200 in prize money to our podium finishers. Yamaha Canada is behind youth riders in a big way and it showed with over $600 in Yamabucks distributed to the top Yamaha riders. As Jamie Baskerville chooses to ride a Yamaha YZ85, he took home the lion’s share of the money.

After the competition, lunch was served to all present both racers and support crew. A selection of various styles of homemade chilli and rolls was on hand and devoured by all. After the awards ceremonies the riders were then welcome to rider the course for fun until parents called them in to finally load up and head home.

World Enduro Canada would like to thank our generous sponsors for helping promote off-road racing you our youth and help in bringing new talent into the sport we love. Also to be thanked for making this event great is 12 year old youth racer Wolfgang Wiesner for his tireless efforts in design, set up and course marshalling of this fantastic event. WEC timekeeper extraordinaire Stephen Abel needs high praise for electronically scoring this 12 special test enduro in moments with complete accuracy. No waiting is required for results when Stephen is on the job. Most importantly, we all thank Heike and Terry O’Neill for their generosity and the use of their land. It was a great day that put smiles on the faces of many.


The all-new BMW R 1200 GS.

The new BMW R 1200 GS.  - The world’s most successful travel enduro is perfected.

The “BMW GS” concept has embodied riding pleasure and the desire for adventure for over 30 years. This applies especially to the GS motorcycles with the opposed-twin “boxer” engine. The “big GS” allows motorcyclists to explore the most remote corners of the world - an idea that has already inspired numerous globetrotters to set off on their travels.

But the GS was and still is much more than this. Whether sports-style cornering on winding country roads, excellent travel times due to high motorway speeds, relaxed tours with a passenger or daring rides over rough terrain - every GS has offered supreme mastery of these skills in its respective era and this won’t change with the new version.

It is the unique integrated concept of the big travel enduro bike with boxer engine, complete with authentic charm and a powerful, high-torque engine, which is loved by legions of motorcycle fans all over the world to this day. It is not for nothing that the “big BMW GS” with boxer engine has been the undisputed frontrunner in its market segment for many years and is the best-seller within the BMW Motorrad model range. BMW is now beginning a whole new chapter in GS history: the most popular travel enduro in the world has been brought to perfection.

The challenge: how to improve even more following nine years  at the top.

Even in its ninth year of production, the current BMW R 1200 GS is still setting the benchmark in its segment in comparative tests with its outstanding overall concept and innovative technology. With over 170,000 units sold, it is the most successful and top-selling travel enduro in the world.

So the challenge facing the BMW Motorrad development department was considerable: to further optimise the GS - an icon of three decades - improve it in all areas and equip it with innovative technical solutions to ensure it is in good shape for the future.

The development goals of the new BMW R 1200 GS:

• Further increase performance overall - without neglecting its well-established virtues.
• Perfect its touring suitability.
• Increase off-road suitability.
• Achieve superior figures within the travel enduro segment and beyond in terms of engine and riding performance.
• Ensure preparation for the future in terms of noise and exhaust emissions.
• Suspension with top handling, optimum traction and increased off-road performance.
• Increase active and passive safety.
• Unmistakable BMW Motorrad design in typical GS style.
• Top quality as is characteristic of BMW Motorrad.

Newly designed air/water-cooled boxer engine with vertical through-flow, integrated gearbox and left-hand cardan shaft drive.

Geared towards the above goals, the entire R 1200 GS was completely redefined, particularly the drive concept.

The performance aspired to, as well as adherence to future anticipated requirements in terms of noise and exhaust emissions, is ensured among other things by a change in the cooling system. The boxer engine in the new R 1200 GS continues to use air/liquid cooling, however, the coolant oil has been replaced by a glycol-water mixture. This ensures a high level of heat absorption capacity of the cooling liquid for more efficient heat dissipation.

So-called precision cooling (a principle similar to that used in Formula 1) involves only those engine elements being cooled with coolant, which are particularly exposed to thermal stress. The engine still continues to use air cooling, thereby preserving the characteristic appearance of the opposed twin boxer engine. The two radiators are small and inconspicuously integrated.

The through-flow is now vertical instead of horizontal for improved filling, and the engine housing integrates the 6-speed gearbox as well as a wet clutch with anti-hopping function instead of the dry clutch as was used previously. What is more, the secondary drive now runs via the well-established cardan shaft on the left-hand side. With an output of 92 kW (125 bhp) at 7700 rpm and 125 Nm at 6500 rpm, the new engine offers superior power and performance in the travel enduro segment and beyond.

The empty weight (ready for the road) according to DIN of the R 1200 GS is 238 kg including standard BMW Motorrad Integral ABS.

E-gas and cruise control.

An electromotive throttle actuator is now used for the first time in a GS motorcycle. Here, rider commands are passed on directly by the sensor in the accelerator twist grip to the engine control system; this then regulates the throttle valve electronically. The use of the E-gas system provides a significant improvement in terms of controllability and response. What is more, the rider can adapt engine characteristics to the situation on the road by means of five modes (optional extra). It was also possible to include an electronic cruise control function (optional extra).

ASC and riding modes as an optional extra: five freely selectable modes - “Rain”, “Road”, “Dynamic”, “Enduro” and “Enduro Pro”.

For optimum adaptation to the rider’s individual needs and purpose, the new R 1200 GS now offers five freely selectable riding modes for the first time: these are an ex works option and feature three different E-gas settings and with varying engine characteristics. Linked to this is Automatic Stability Control ASC with a special enduro configuration. If this option is chosen, BMW Motorrad ABS, ASC and - if installed - the semiactive suspension are all adapted to the respectiveprofiles of these five modes

Semiactive suspension: BMW Motorrad Dynamic ESA for optimum riding dynamics in every situation as an ex works option.

The new semiactive suspension BMW Motorrad Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) taps into a whole new range of possibilities as well as providing maximum riding safety and performance. Dynamic ESA monitors the vertical movement of front and rear wheel control as well as other parameters by means of a spring travel sensor in each position, and adapts the damping automatically to the situation depending on riding conditions and the manoeuvres being carried out. Damping adjustment at front and rear is effected by means of electrically controlled regulation valves.

New chassis with tubular steel bridge frame and specially adapted wheel/tyre dimensions of 120/70 R19 at front and 170/60 R17 at rear as a world first.

The chassis of the R 1200 GS uses a completely newly developed tubular all-steel bridge frame with a bolt-on rear frame. Along with the newly designed Telelever at the front and the EVO Paralever at the rear, this has resulted in a further significant increase in torsional stiffness and hence ride stability and steering precision. Optimised handling qualities are the result of refined master geometric chassis data, and a longer swingarm provides further improved traction - especially when riding over rough terrain.

A globally unique feature of the new R 1200 GS are the tyres in the sizes 120/70 R19 at the front and 170/60 R17 at the rear, specially adapted to improve performance.

Revised brake system with radially mounted Brembo Monobloc brake calipers and BMW Motorrad Integral ABS as standard.

The brake system of the R 1200 GS has been extensively revised, too. There are now radially mounted Brembo Monobloc brake calipers at the front and a larger brake disc at the rear.

In line with the BMW Motorrad principle “Safety 360°” the new GS is also fitted as standard with the BMW Motorrad ABS, here in the part integral version.

The first motorcycle in the world with LED main headlight including integrated daytime running light for even greater safety when riding during the day and at night as an ex works option.

Even in its standard trim the new R 1200 GS has a main headlight with optimised light efficiency. In order to be seen even better during the day, BMW Motorrad also offers a daytime running light as an ex works option. For excellent road illumination and therefore even greater safety both day and night, an LED main headlight with integrated daytime running light is fitted in a motorcycle for the first time ever. It comprises innovative LED technology with a sophisticated cooling and decondensation concept.

Electrical system with new vehicle power supply and Multi-Controller for the BMW Motorrad Navigator IV.

The new R 1200 GS has the innovative new vehicle power system with altered function partitioning as already used in the 6-cylinder models K 1600 GT and GTL. As before, CAN bus (Controller Area Network) and LIN bus technology (Local Interconnect Network) enables significantly reduced wiring as compared to a conventional system. The previous central vehicle electronics has been partitioned into two separate control units.

The Multi-Controller, newly available for the GS, allows fast and convenient operation of the BMW Motorrad Navigator IV. It is located on the inside of the handlebar grip. This means that selecting functions is much less distracting than pressing buttons and does not require hands to be removed from the handlebars.

Aerodynamically optimised windshield with one-hand operation and optimum ergonomics.

The newly developed windshield of the R 1200 GS offers further improved wind and weather protection while also reducing wind noise. Adjustment is simple: an easily accessible and ergonomically optimised selection wheel is operated using one hand.

The new R 1200 GS has extended adjustment options for optimum seating comfort. The rider’s seat can now be adjusted in height and tilt angle and the passenger seat can be shifted longitudinally to obtain the ideal distance between rider and passenger. The new handlebars can easily be turned upwards and, together with the optimised knee grip in the fuel tank area, they ensure an even better standing position for off-road riding. The improved knee grip can be clearly felt when seated, too. A high and a low seat, as well as an adjustable footrest system and adjustable foot controls, round off the program of special accessories offering individual adjustment facilities.

An overview of highlights of the new BMW R 1200 GS.

• Completely newly designed engine for top-level riding dynamics within the travel enduro segment.
• Capacity 1170 cc, rated output 92 kW (125 bhp) at 7700 rpm and a maximum torque of 125 Nm at 6500 rpm.
• Cylinder heads with vertical through-flow for increased efficiency and performance.
• Compact air/water cooling for optimum heat management.
• Basic engine with compact, light and yet rigidity-optimised crankshaft.
• Vertically separated case in open deck construction.
• 6-speed gearbox integrated in engine housing, including wet clutch with anti-hopping function and reduced lever operation force.
• New intake system for optimum output and torque with 52 mm throttle valve diameter.
• E-gas for improved ridability, running smoothness and special functions.
• Innovative exhaust gas system with electronically controlled exhaust flap for optimum performance characteristics and an earthy boxer sound.
• Freely selectable riding modes “Rain”, “Road”, “Dynamic”, “Enduro” and “Enduro Pro” with three different electromotive throttle actuator settings in conjunction with ASC (Automatic Stability Control), ABS and ASC settings for off-road riding as well as different mode-specific Dynamic ESA settings (option ex works).
• New suspension with torsionally stiff tubular steel bridge frame and bolt-on rear frame.
• Optimised lightweight cardan shaft drive now running on the left-hand side.
• Newly developed and optimised Telelever at front and EVO Paralever at rear for an even more precise ride feel.
• Refined master chassis geometry data and long swingarm for excellent traction.
• Optimised seating width and position, and adjustable handlebars for even greater comfort.
• Optimised ground reach for rider (inner leg length).
• Tyre/wheel dimensions of 120/70 R19 at front and 170/60 R17 at rear as a world first, tailored specially to the R 1200 GS.
• Revised BMW Motorrad brake system with radially mounted Brembo Monobloc brake calipers at front and 2-piston floating caliper with enlarged brake disc at  rear (Ø 276mm, previously 265mm).
• BMW Motorrad Integral ABS as standard.
• Semiactive suspension Dynamic ESA (ex works option).
• Main headlight with optimised light efficiency and LED daytime running light (ex works option).
• World’s first motorcycle with LED main headlight featuring integrated daytime running light (ex works option).
• New vehicle electrical system with partitioning of functions.
• Extended electric switch units.
• Electronic cruise control (ex works option).
• Preparation for navigation unit with Multi-Controller to operate the
BMW Motorrad Navigator IV (ex works option).
• Windshield with one-hand operation for excellent wind and weather protection.
• Seat with multiple adjustment functions for perfect ergonomics.
• Number plate carriers quick to dismount for off-road riding.
• Increased ground clearance (+ 8 mm)
• New instrument cluster with on-board computer as standard. PRO on-board computer as an option.
• Four main paint finishes to choose from:
Alpine White, Racing Red, Blue Fire and Thunder Grey Metallic.
• Extensive range of special accessories and rider equipment.


Ducati unveils 1199 RS13 Superbike and some 2013's

The subject line hints that Ducati has a few more new 2013's to come but in the meantime here's what that did have to say about models coming for 2013:

Ducati has started to reveal its 2013 range at the Intermot International Motorcycle Show in Cologne, Germany, displaying new colours in the Diavel and Superbike families and, as the famous naked icon now celebrates 20 years of production, special Anniversary versions of the Monster 696, 796 and 1100EVO. The recently released 2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 also made its first-ever public appearance, as did the brand new 1199 Panigale RS13, which is now ready to make its debut in the World Superbike series next year. Company CEO, Gabriele Del Torchio, and General Manager, Claudio Domenicali addressed the world’s motorcycle press during a special conference held on the Italian manufacturer’s stand at the massive biennial event.

“Ducati has entered a new era,” said Gabriele Del Torchio, CEO of Ducati. “Being part of such a prominent and significant group as Volkswagen makes us look to the future with confidence and optimism and we are very happy to be here at Intermot with so many new products to present. Despite today’s severely shrinking market, Ducati continues to show positive growth, and since 2007 has consistently increased its market share and further strengthened its financial position. 2011 was a record year in the history of Ducati and we expect to continue our growth in 2012. Our 2013 motorcycles, such as the new Multistrada 1200, demonstrate the consistency of our development strategies and today I am especially proud to present our new Monster Anniversary, a celebration of the glorioushistory of this iconic model in the Ducati family.”

“Twenty years have passed since the presentation of our first Ducati Monster, right here at Intermot,” said Claudio Domenicali, General Manager of Ducati Motor Holding, during the press conference. “This model redefined the parameters of the naked segment and our newMonster Anniversary is dressed in the original livery of that very first version and applied to the whole range of latest-generation Monsters. In addition to the Monster Anniversary, we have brought a number of interesting new products to Cologne. Our new Multistrada 1200 is an evolution of the 4-bikes-in-1 concept and now becomes even more versatile with the introduction of the revolutionary Ducati Skyhook Suspension system. The model also presents a new and improved Testastretta 11° DS engine, with enhanced power delivery and smoother operation, and a re-styled front-end with new LED lighting. We are also presenting brand new colour schemes for the Diavel and the Superbike 848 and 1199 Panigale and Ducatisti here in Cologne have the first chance to see the RS13 version of the 1199 Panigale,now available for teams to prepare their fight for the 2013 Superbike WorldChampionship.”

First introduced in Cologne in 1992, the Monster family now reaches a milestone 20 years of production and Ducati celebrates the iconic naked with special 20th Anniversary editions of its latest 696, 796 and 1100EVO models. Standing proudly alongside the exclusive Monster Diesel, this bold range oflifestyle motorcycles are dressed in special liveries, revised colour finishes and character-forming features.

The innovative Ducati Diavel, which has become one of Ducati’s most desired models, rolls into 2013 with an exciting line-up that sees the flagship Diavel Carbon now exclusively in carbon red and the standard Diavel in three stunning new colour versions. The Diavel Dark in matte black with black-finished components and two “street-sport” schemes that introduce metallic blue or Ducati red with stylish white stripes, white wheels and special defining features.

The 2013 Ducati Superbike family introduces arctic white versions of the exciting 1199 Panigale and 1199 Panigale S alongside the signature Ducati red, while the 1199 Panigale S Tricolore continues proudly as the flagship of the family. The highly successful 848EVO is available in the traditional colours of Ducati red* and dark stealth*, while the exclusive 848EVO Corse Special Edition, with a new-for-2013, lightweight, aluminium fuel tank, gets dressed in the stunning new Ducati Corse Test Team livery of matte black and matte grey.
*Country specific

The 2013 Ducati Multistrada family has its first public showing at Intermot and presents an innovative and technically advanced evolution of an already successful range. Restyled aesthetics, a brand new Granturismo model and the new Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) system, which provides confidence-inspiring, intelligent electronics, are just a few of the many enhancements that continue the Multistrada's excellent reputation.

Ducati’s highly anticipated 1199 Panigale RS13 also breaks cover for the first time at Intermot. The spectacular Ducati Corse prepared machine previews the full race version of the company’s top-of-the range sportbike model, now ready and available for teams to prepare for competition in the 2013 World Superbike series.

Intermot will be open to the public from 3-7 October and Ducati’s impressive 2013 models, accessories and apparel can be viewed on stand A-042/C-055 in Hall 8 of Cologne’s exhibition complex.


2013 BMW R1200GS leak video - Intermot

Some first official shots of the 2013 BMW R1200GS with liquid cooling shot at the Intermot motorcycle fair.


All-Electric Zero Motorcycles sets two new land speed records


-- 2012 Zero S ZF6 Used By Brandon Miller to Set New Land Speed Record of 102 MPH --

Zero Motorcycles is proud to announce that two new land speed records for lightweight electric motorcycles has been recorded using the 2012 Zero S ZF6 model motorcycle. Brandon Miller broke previously held land speed records for an electric motorcycle at the 2012 Bonneville Shootout at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Northwestern Utah earlier this month by reaching a speed of 101.652 miles per hour over a one mile distance.

The 2012 Bonneville Shootout is one of the world’s premier land speed racing events where only the most dedicated racers come to pit their skills against the ultimate land speed racing challenge. With the help of Zero Motorcycle’s dealer Hollywood Electric, located in Hollywood, Calif., Brandon Miller slightly modified his 2012 Zero S ZF6 to meet the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) requirements for the race. The modifications included new handlebars, steering dampers, a chain guard and an automatic shutoff lanyard.

Brandon Miller conducted a series of runs throughout the four day event with an average 101.652 mph land speed record, certified by both the AMA and the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) for modified production motorcycles weighing less than 150 kilograms, averaged over a one mile distance. The effort also secured Miller the FIM record for the kilometer distance at 102.281 mph. The highest speed shown on the timing slip over the course of the four day event was 103.381 mph.

“Brandon’s accomplishment is a real example of how passionate and dedicated our customers are to Zero Motorcycles and our new technology,” said Scot Harden, Vice President of Global Marketing for Zero Motorcycles. “We are very proud of what Brandon Miller has achieved and are thrilled that Zero was an integral part of setting a new land speed record for electric motorcycles.”

“I am really happy to be able to show that Zero’s electric bikes are not only reliable and offer high performance, but are also the fastest production bikes on the planet,” said Brandon Miller. “We are finally to the point where anyone can go out and buy a Zero and go out to the track to set world records… not just commute!”

While faster records have been set with electric motorcycles that fall into a heavier weight class, Miller was riding to break a record set in August by Kevin Clemens. That record, in the World Unfaired Electric Motorcycle under 150 kilograms class, was set at 78.4 mph during the BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials.