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BMW selling Husqvarna

In a case of "I didn't see this coming" - some news from BMW that they're selling Husqvarna.

Strategic realignment at BMW Motorrad


The BMW Group is realigning its BMW Motorrad business. In the context of changing motorcycle markets, demographic trends and increasing environmental demands, BMW Motorrad will expand its product offering to exploit future growth potential. The focus of the realignment will be on urban mobility and e-mobility. By restructuring the segment, the BMW Group will concentrate on expanding and utilising the resources of the BMW Motorrad brand. Therefore the BMW Group signed a purchase agreement with Pierer Industrie AG (Austria) for the acquisition of Husqvarna Motorcycles. The acquisition will proceed subject to approval by anti-trust authorities. Both companies have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.

Expanded offering for urban mobility and e-mobility

BMW Motorrad achieved a new sales record in 2012. With the realignment of its motorcycle business, BMW Motorrad aims to maintain profitable and sustainable growth over the coming years. Its current core business consists exclusively of premium vehicles in the categories “Tourer”, “Enduro”, “Sport”, “Roadster” and “Maxi-Scooter” from 650 to 1600 cc. BMW Motorrad entered the urban mobility segment for the first time in 2012 with the C 650 GT and C 600 Sport maxi-scooters. The next step in the expansion of the product line-up in this segment will be the series launch of the “C evolution” electric scooter in 2014. Further innovative vehicle concepts are also under consideration. Drive trains will include both environmentally-friendly combustion engines and pure electric drives. This move by BMW Motorrad reflects the BMW Group’s overall focus on early identification of trends, such as megacities and traffic density, as well as environmental issues. Corresponding products and services are already available for the Automobile segment.

Continuation of product offensive

In addition to the expansion in the field of urban mobility, core segments from the 650 single-cylinder entry-level bike to the 6-cylinder luxury tourer will also be selectively expanded.



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Schuberth C3 Pro and C3 Pro Women helmet editions

The First High Speed Flip-Up Helmet with Internal Antenna

Schuberth C3 PRO

Aerodynamics - Rear spoiler adds 8% additional downforce for greater stability at higher speeds

Aeroacoustics - Reduced noise measured at 82 dba - Schuberth's quietest flip-up helmet ever

Ventilation - New vent scoop increases airflow to over 8 liters per second

Comfort - New plush liner materials enhance comfort and fit

Communications - Internal dual band antenna improves SRCS wireless connectivity

Light, quiet, compact - these features have characterized the Schuberth C3 flip-up helmet for years. Now Schuberth is presenting a completely updated premium partner to the base model C3 - the C3 PRO. The C3 PRO features a molded rear spoiler developed in the Schuberth wind tunnel for minimizing buffeting at higher speed riding. The internal antenna and Bluetooth® receiver enhance the communication range up to 700 meters and FM radio reception for the Schuberth Rider Communication System. The refined inner lining offers a plush, comfortable fit. The new vent scoop boosts airflow through the helmet to over 8 liters of air per second at 100 km/h. With a wind tunnel tested sound rating of just 82 dB(A), the C3 PRO is the quietest Schuberth helmet ever. The C3 PRO (and female fit C3 PRO WOMEN) flip-up helmet features over 20 additional enhancements and will be available this spring.

Based on additional research, the C3 PRO WOMEN is specially fitted for a woman's facial structure, featuring a special contour and materials in the cheek pads to better fit a woman's higher cheek bones, narrower jaw and smaller facial features.

The easy-to-install, fully integrated Schuberth Rider Communication System (SRCS C3 PRO) plugs into the C3 PRO's internal antenna for improved FM radio reception and pairing distance of up to 700 meters.

(Note: The SRCS C3 will fit into the C3 PRO and will function normally, but since it does not plug into the helmet's antenna, it will not offer the improved reception that can be expected from the new SRCS C3 PRO. The SRCS C3 PRO does not offer backward compatibility to the C3. While it will physically fit, there is no internal antenna, so Bluetooth connectivity and radio reception are not possible.)

C3 PRO and; C3 PRO WOMEN

C3 PRO - Silver
Solid Colors: CAD $839
Hi-Viz: CAD $869

SRCS C3 PRO
CAD $459

C3 and; C3W (New MSRP)
Solid Colors: CAD $699
Hi-Viz: CAD $729

C3 PRO Colors
Glossy Black
Matte Black
Glossy Silver

C3 PRO WOMEN
Pearl White
Glossy White
Hi-Viz Yellow

C3 PRO WOMEN Colors
Matte Black
Silver
Pearl White
Pearl Pink

More information coming soon to: http://www.schuberthnorthamerica.com




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Mustang now makes seats for Honda Goldwings

With a longstanding reputation for comfort, the folks at Mustang have been handcrafting a wide array of seats since 1980. Given that the company’s tagline is “What A Difference Comfort Makes” and the fact that most Mustang seats are designed with all-day riding comfort in mind, it's a pleasant surprise to learn that they offer seats for Honda’s cult classic touring bike, the Gold Wing. Definitely worth the wait!

Honda introduced their ultra-mileage touring machines back in 1974 and more than a million Gold Wings were made in their Marysville, Ohio, motorcycle plant from 1979-2009. Now Mustang has most Wings on the road covered, with seats for the 2010-2011 GL 1800 available now. The 2012-2013 seats are coming soon (although purists will point out that there were no Wings produced in 2011).


Mustang’s one-piece touring seat pictured here is 18” wide, 1” lower than stock and also sits the Wing’s pilot back a full inch. By making the nose of the seat narrower than stock, it makes it easier for riders to plant their feet firmly on the ground.

The matching passenger’s seat is a full 18.5” wide, with a bucketed shape to prevent the passenger from sliding forward. The passenger backrest features Mustang's unique "comfort wedge" that angles the passenger's upper back 2" forward compared to the stock backrest for more vertical support and comfort. Combined with Mustang's proprietary polyurethane foam material and baseplate, the result is a seat guaranteed to deliver all-day comfort.

The world's most comfortable seats are also available with optional heating elements. To further help alleviate back pain during long days in the saddle, Mustang offers fully adjustable, easily removable driver’s backrests.

Features:

Direct bolt on to late model Gold Wings
The ergonomic shape keeps riders firmly and comfortably seated
Expanded vinyl cover stands up to the elements
Controlled density polyurethane foam makes for all-day riding comfort
Manufactured 100% In the USA

Pricing for Mustang's non-heated seat starts at less than $750. Get a Mustang seat and discover for yourself what a difference comfort makes! Mustang seats for Metric Cruisers and H-D® models are all proudly handcrafted in the USA. For more info, click on MustangSeats.com, “Like” us on Facebook or call (800) 243-1392.


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Canadian made Hindle Exhaust backs Ben Young

Canadian-made Hindle Exhaust Systems and Canadian AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike competitor Ben Young team up for a new partnership for the 2013 AMA Pro Road Racing season.

Founded by Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductee and Canadian National Superbike Champion and top-ranked AMA racer Lang Hindle, Hindle Exhaust Systems have become a worldwide leader in aftermarket exhaust systems.

Over 35 years of research and development have led to systems that yield significant horsepower gains and weight reduction for the street and the track and Hindle Exhaust Systems are now known as international frontrunners in performance, quality and innovation.  Materials used in the construction of their exhausts come from North American sources, with the highest quality standards. Currently Hindle Exhaust Systems houses their manufacturing facility in Port Perry, Ontario, Canada.  All designs and manufacturing are done in-house on various state-of-the-art machines.

“There are almost no words to explain how I feel about being associated with a National treasure like Lang Hindle. It is an honour to represent Hindle Exhaust Systems this season and having Lang’s experience to draw upon is invaluable” said Young on the partnership.

Hindle is a family-run business with Lang’s son Lee heading up the daily operations as Director of Operations and daughter Alison overseeing Marketing and Customer Relations. (Pictured left to right: Lee Hindle, Ben Young, Alison Hindle)

“We connected with Ben’s passion, skill and the professionalism he has shown over the past few years and we feel our partnership with him will elevate the Hindle brand and help us connect with motorcycle enthusiasts in Canada, the US and overseas.” stated Lee Hindle, Director of Operations.

Young’s #86 Yamaha YZF-R6 has already been fitted with Hindle Exhaust’s super lightweight YZF626SS stainless steel full system with a TGPR122EV Evolution muffler in preparation for the upcoming Daytona 200, AMA Pro Road Racing GoPro Daytona SportBike season-opener at the legendary Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida - March 14-16, 2013.

To learn more about Hindle Exhaust Systems and where they are available visit:
www.hindle.com, www.facebook.com/HindleExhaust and on twitter at twitter.com/HindleExhaust (@HindleExhaust)

To stay up-to-date on Ben Young’s season, visit www.FOGI.us or follow Ben on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BenYoungRacing and at his NEW Twitter address @bcyoung86


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2013 BMW R1200 GS - the birth of an Icon - video series

The birth of an icon: the entire film on the development of the new BMW R 1200 GS is now online! BMW Motorrad provides an exclusive insight into the development and production of the new GS. Experience for yourself just how much passion and motivation has gone into the new travel enduro and who the people are who have pooled their expertise and intuition to create the new R 1200 GS




A large BMW Motorrad team of engineers and designers were faced with a major challenge: how do you build a travel enduro that it is faithful to its roots yet still reflects the very latest in technology? The answer: with a lot of passion and attention to detail. Enjoy the second part of the feature on the new R 1200 GS.



The third part of this exclusive feature brings the generations together. One of the forefathers and founders of the GS says what he thinks of the new R 1200 GS. And there is also a detailed insight into how the engine was revolutionised. One thing is certain: the new machine is the perfection of an icon, made possible only by the untiring, passionate dedication of the BMW Motorrad










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Continental Announces Voluntary Motorcycle Tire Safety Recall Program in U.S. and Canada


Safety recall program on ContiMotion MC tires on Honda Gold Wing 1800 rear wheel
Overloading and/or under-inflation may lead to loss of tire pressure
Program involves 1,700 MC tires worldwide sold in 2011 and 2012 primarily in U.S.

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Jan. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - Continental today announced a voluntary recall program involving approximately 1,700 motorcycle tires 180/60R16 M/C 74H ContiMotion. Market feedback indicates that under certain service conditions these tires may experience uneven wear, groove cracking and in some cases belt lift, which can lead to a loss of inflation pressure and a potential loss of control that could lead to an accident. These service conditions have been observed with Honda Gold Wing 1800 motorcycles rear tire fitment, particularly under conditions of overloading and/or under-inflation. Continental has not received any reports about accidents resulting from this condition.

The affected tires were sold in the replacement market in 2011 and 2012, primarily in the United States. Small quantities were also sold in other markets including Canada where 13 tires were sold.

The tires are identified by the DOT serial numbers H60LJJE5110 through H60LJJE3811.

Continental started to notify the respective national safety authorities, such as Transport Canada on January 18, 2013.

Continental is in communication with its motorcycle tire distributors and dealers to identify consumers who purchased affected tires. Identified tire owners will be promptly notified and informed about the details of the voluntary recall program.

Consumers seeking more information, including instructions for identifying affected tires, are invited to visit Continental's Web site http://continentaltire.custhelp.com for more information.


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Cardo announces online community


Cardo System, Inc. Announces the Cardo Community Online and the Best Way of Connecting with Your Friends for Quality Riding Time

Customize Your G9, Create and Search Your List of Friends and Plan a Meet-Up to Ride Together


Cardo Systems, the pioneer and global market leader in motorcycle communications, announced a new free service called the cardo community® to complement its scala rider® G9 motorcycle communication systems. Now motorcyclists who enjoy riding with their friends can also enhance their social experience online and do much much more by visiting www.cardosystems.com and clicking on the cardo community.


The award-winning G9 is a revolutionary system that easily connects to virtually all motorcycle helmets to allow users to communicate in a natural manner. Equipped with high-quality speakers, it lets motorcyclists keep their hands on the handlebars as they control many functions by voice. The G9 is also unique in enabling full duplex natural conferencing to up to two other motorcyclists on a total of three bikes or among two couples riding on two motorcycles. In addition, the industry-leading G9 is perfect for motorcycle clubs because it breaks communication barriers by letting a user toggle to up to eight other riders. These are only a few of the outstanding features and benefits pioneered by the G9 from the company that has brought motorcyclists virtually all of the significant advances in motorcycle communications.

“With the launch of the cardo community we are encouraging our motorcyclist users to build a thriving social network of other enthusiasts,” said Cardo's CEO Abraham Glezerman. “Our versatile scala rider G9 can be customized through the community, allowing users to change languages, voice activation controls, and other settings. They can also build lists of friends, and search for others in the community in order to organize group rides. Motorcycling has always been its own community, and we are looking to expand this sense of belonging to the virtual world, while we encourage real-world friendships and connections. ”

But there is even more. Owning a G9 makes you part of the cardo community. Once users have registered and chosen a nickname or a real name for themselves, a host of unique community benefits become available:

·         Users can customize the features of their communication device

o   Preset FM radio stations and re-tune your radio
o   Update software

·         Change settings for

§  Voice Activation Sensitivity
§  Voice activation Operation Mode
§  Sensitivity of Automatic Gain Control
§  Spoken status announcements
§  Programming a Hot-Dial Number
§  Change languages

·         Create a list of friends
·         Search for friends by their user names
·         Create a tour and invite their friends
·         Publish tours to invite others
·         Join tours online

There are many additional benefits to joining the cardo community, including access to video tutorials, user manuals, read more about recent software releases and even ask for Cardo Customer support.
Please visit www.cardosystems.com for more information or access the cardo community via http://community.cardosystems.com. Visit the Cardo Community often and invite your friends. Cardo Systems has a number of fun surprises waiting for community members.

About Cardo Systems

Cardo Systems, Inc., headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, has specialized in the design, development, manufacturing and sale of state-of-the-art communication and entertainment systems for motorcycle helmets since 2003. Cardo has pioneered the majority of the most useful and enjoyable innovations for Bluetooth motorcycle and snowmobile headsets. The company's scala rider® line of communication systems, now available in over 65 countries, is also the world's best-selling Bluetooth system for the motorcycle industry. For more information call (412) 788-4533 and follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/cardoscalarider


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Honda CRF 250 goes SuperMoto

Seems that Honda's popular CRF250L is getting the supermoto treatment in Thailand. The popular 250 engine appears in Honda's CRF 250L of course and the CBR250R and both bikes have been getting pretty rave reviews since their introduction. Hopefully Honda brings it to Canada too, though there's no word on that at this point.



The "M" swaps out the 21"/18" wheels for supermoto standard 17"s. It's also said the suspension has been modified from the dual sport version - stiffened up most likely, and engine tweaks have sacrificed some top end for low-mid range performance.  All this is Internet conjecture at this point but we'd love to see it here in Canada!

A 2013 Honda CBR 250R retails for $4,449 while the Honda CRF250L retails for $4,999 in Canada so pricing for an M version should fall too far astray from those numbers. More supermoto choices is a good thing in our eyes. Now - if we can only convince Kawasaki to drop that Ninja 300 motor into a supermoto. Somebody?.... anybody?..... a 300-500cc modern supermoto please!



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Triumph for Despres and KTM at Dakar 2013

Red Bull KTM factory rider Cyril Despres of France on Saturday picked up his fifth Dakar trophy when he crossed the line of the 2013 edition of the world’s most famous rally as the winner after more than 8000 km. It was KTM’s twelfth consecutive title and KTM riders took all five top overall paces.


Despres’ long time ‘water carrier’ or factory support rider Ruben Faria of Portugal won the final stage and finished second overall, ten minutes 43 behind the leader. Chilean Chaleco Lopez (KTM) was third overall while Slovak KTM rider Ivan Jakes was fourth and KTM factory rider Joan Pedrero of Spain was fifth.

The French rider, a veteran of this amazing race said it all after securing his fifth title: “I went for it, with all the surprises a Dakar can throw at you,” he said. “Little navigational mistakes, perhaps fewer than the others, taking care of my motorcycle and being in a good team. In the end, I've got a good reason to be very happy. The day when winning the Dakar becomes easy, it won't be interesting any more. And this day is still far! It's too long, it's too tough, it's too hot. It's too cold. You've got to get up early in the morning. You've got to find your way out of the maze of dunes in Peru and Chile. You've got to tackle the stones and cactuses on the courses near Córdoba. It's just too tricky for it to be easy to win. And it's even better when you win a difficult race. I'm always focused on what I have to do. We're up against a grueling element, the desert. Then there are the stones, the Andes... and we experience them. It's as real as it gets.” Despres won Stage three and led the overall standings from Stage 10.

Faria too was thrilled to finish second. “Yesterday I lost second place and I thought that just being on the podium would be great for me; to be Cyril Despres' lieutenant. I didn’t believe it could happen that I could finish second. It's inconceivable.”

Alex Doringer KTM’s Factory Team Manager praised Despres’ riding, his tactics and strategy and said after the race that he was very proud of his entire team. “The result is amazing. The whole team did an exceptional job and we have to thank them all. We believed in our bikes and we believed in our riders. All seven of our factory riders finished and to have five KTM riders on the top of the list was a fantastic result.”

The Dakar 2013 had more than its share of dramatic moments for the KTM Factory team, including the last minute withdrawal just before the race by Despres’ long time teammate and rival Marc Coma. Coma’s injured shoulder, banged up in a crash in the Morocco Rally late last year was still giving him problems and doctors declared he was not fit enough to compete.

Despres also suffered a major setback in the marathon Stages 7-8 during which riders were unable to call upon outside mechanical help from their team. He was put back on track after being offered the engine from KTM supported rider Marek Dabrowski of the Orlen Team and by the collective effort of his fellow KTM riders who banded together to work at night and change out the engine themselves in the riders’ bivouac.

Jakub Przygonski of Poland and Riaan Van Niekerk of South Africa of KTM’s Factory B team finished eleventh and thirteenth. Kurt Caselli, KTM’s American rider drafted in to ride for injured Coma and Darryl Curtis of South Africa both recovered well from crashes and technical setbacks to put adversity behind them and finished a creditable 31st and 32nd.

Another outstanding performance came from KTM Australia’s Ben Grabham who entered this test of man and machine after a massive crash one year ago while competing in the Australian outback when he hit a kangaroo at high speed and broke his back in several places. KTM had five riders in the top ten and 10 in the top 20 finishers in the 2013 edition.

Results Stage Fourteen – final stage
La Serena to Santiago: total distance 630 km, timed special 128 km
1, Ruben Faria, Portugal KTM 1 hour 43.06
2, Joan Barreda, Spain, Husqvarna at 0.08
3, Helder Rodrigues, Portugal, Honda at 0.24
4, Mario Patrao, Portugal, Suzuki at 1.21
5, Olivier Pain, France, Yamaha at 2.14
Other KTM
9, Ivan Jakes, Slovakia, KTM at 3.07
12, Jakub Przygonski, Poland, KTM at 3.43
14, Cyril Despres, France, KTM at 3.58
16, Ben Grabham, Australia, KTM at 4.50
22, Riaan Van Niekerk, South Africa, KTM at 8.36
51, Kurt Caselli, USA, KTM at 16.45
56, Darryl Curtis South Africa at 18.24

Final results after 14 stages and over 8,000 km from Lima, Peru to Santiago, Chile
1, Despres KTM – wins fifth Dakar title; twelfth consecutive title for KTM
2, Faria KTM at 10.43
3, Chaleco Lopez, Chile, KTM at 18.48
4, Jakes, KTM at 23.54
5, Joan Pedrero, Spain, KTM at 55.29

Other KTM

11, Jakub Przygonski, Poland, KTM at 1:33.59
13, Riaan Van Niekerk, South Africa KTM at 2:02.54
15, Ben Grabham, Australia, KTM at 2:45.14
16, Plan Anders Ullevalseter, Norway, KTM at 3:00.56
19, Henk Knuiman, Netherlands, KTM at 3:15.20
31, Caselli, KTM at 6:03.40
32, Curtis, KTM at 6:05.38

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Ducati North America Reports All-Time Retail Sales Record for 2012

DUCATI NORTH AMERICA REPORTS ALL-TIME RETAIL SALES RECORD FOR 2012


·     Ten Consecutive Quarters of Retail Sales Growth
·     Retail Sales Increase of 21% over 2011
·     Sales Increases in every North American Region
·     42% annual increase in Apparel and Accessories sales


Cupertino, Calif. (January 17, 2013) – Ducati North America today reported achieving the highest sales in the company’s history, with a record 10,883 units retailed in 2012. This result marks the company’s tenth consecutive quarter of increased sales and further solidifies North America as Ducati’s number one global market.

This all-time sales record was achieved thanks to a sales increase of 21 percent versus 2011, despite the industry trend of marginal growth. Each North American region achieved sales increases in 2012, with USA growing 21 percent, Canada 25 percent and Mexico 7 percent.
Ducati’s line of apparel and Ducati Performance accessories also registered new sales records, with a significant annual growth of 42 percent

“Ducati’s new all-time sales record and the consistent growth in all North American markets confirm our customers’ extremely positive response to our products and marketing programs,” said Cristiano Silei, CEO of Ducati North America. “We are fully geared to continue this growth in 2013 with many highly-anticipated new products and our strongest dealer network to date.”

The largest and most diverse product offering in Ducati’s history continues to attract customers to the brand. Ducati’s flagship Superbike, the 1199 Panigale, saw impressive sales in its first months on the market and earned “Bike of the Year” honors by Motorcyclist magazine. The new Streetfighter 848 was awarded “Best Middleweight” by Cycle World magazine. The Monster family of motorcycles, Ducati’s highest selling model, celebrates this year its 20th Anniversary. The Diavel received “Best Cruiser” by Cycle World magazine and by MotorcycleUSA for the second-straight year.

New models for 2013 include the completely redesigned Hypermotard family as well as new versions that expand Ducati’s offering in the adventure-touring segment: the new flagship Granturismo which completes a totally refreshed Multistrada line-up, and the all new, more versatile, Diavel Strada and Hyperstrada.



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BMW and Husqvarna December sales figures


Some sales figures for BMW Motorrad and Husqvarna for you. Looks like BMW is up for the month and for the year while Husqvarna is down for the month but up a healthy margin for the year.

BMW Motorrad

Sales in December 2012: 6,069
Compared to Previous Year: +43.4%
Up to and including Dec 2012: 106,358
Compared to Previous Year: +2.0%

Husqvarna Motorcycles

Sales in December 2012: 1,267
Compared to Previous Year: -4.7%
Up to and including Dec 2012: 10,751
Compared to Previous Year: +15.8%


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Zero Motorcycles 2012 incentives

Looks like it's only in the US unfortunately but Zero Motorcycles looks to clear out some 2012 models with some nice incentives for our friends south of the border.  Full details:


Zero Motorcycles has launched an all-new promotional program to support their highly popular 2012 model line. “Cash for Carbon” is designed as a consumer trade-in bonus, with $2,500 in additional trade value on top of whatever amount the dealer offers the consumer available towards the purchase price of a new 2012 Zero Motorcycle. This incentive is presented in addition to the recently announced 10 percent federal tax credit available as part of the American Taxpayer Relief Act, offering up to an additional $2,500 in incentives for new Zero Motorcycle consumers.

“Similar to the ‘cash for clunkers’ government promotion in 2009, Zero aims to entice traditional internal combustion engine motorcycle owners to make the switch to electric,” said Scot Harden, Vice President of Global Marketing for Zero Motorcycles. “In offering a $2,500 trade in bonus for new customers, we expect this promotion to be a great sales tool for our nationwide dealer network.”

In addition to the $2,500 trade bonus and federal tax credits, Zero customers can also take advantage of Zero Motorcycles financing. Current financing options offer no down payment and 0 percent interest for 12 months, plus 4.99 percent financing options, both with approved credit. “Cash for Carbon” will run from Jan. 1, 2013, through March 31, 2013. Consumers must print a “Cash for Carbon” voucher for presentation at their local dealership to receive $2,500 bonus. Zero Motorcycles invites interested motorcyclists to become acquainted with the 2012 product line at their local dealer. To download a voucher or find a dealer, visit www.zeromotorcycles.com.

About Zero Motorcycles

Zero Motorcycles is committed to transforming the motorcycling experience by bringing to market highly innovative electric motorcycles that offer exceptional value and performance. Zero is powered by innovation, driven by passion, guided by integrity and measured by results. Through extensive research, insight and experience, Zero combines the art and science of motorcycle development to create and manufacture products that excite consumers and inspire brand loyalty. Zero is determined to be the preeminent global electric motorcycle company.

Follow Zero Motorcycles on Twitter @ZeroMC, become a fan of Zero Motorcycles on Facebook and check out what Zero is doing on YouTube at www.youtube.com/zeromotorcycles.


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The John Britten story

Not sure how long this three part documentary on John Britten will be around but do check it out while you have a chance. John Britten was WAY ahead of his time in motorcycle design.

His motorcycle is considered by many to be one of the most innovative motorcycles ever made:








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BMW Motorrad posts highest sales ever in 2012

With a total of 106,358 motorcycles (+2.0%; prev. yr. 104,286), BMW Motorrad delivered more vehicles in 2012 than ever before in its nearly 90-year history.

In December, 6,069 Motorcycles were delivered worldwide, which reflects an increase of 43.4% over the same month in 2011 (4,232). Husqvarna delivered 10,751 motorcycles in 2012 (+15.8%; prev. yr. 9,286). December accounted for 1,267 deliveries (-4.7%; 1,330).


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Kick Energy Drink sponsors Ben Young for 2013 season


As announced at this weekend’s North American International Motorcycle Supershow Canadian road racer Ben Young is excited to announce a new partnership with UK-based KICK Energy Drink for the 2013 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike season.  KICK Energy Drink is owned by Global Brands Limited in the United Kingdom and distributed in the US by Streamwood, IL's Dolce Beverage Company LLC.

Canadian-based Young, just coming off of a successful debut in the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Championship, and KICK Energy are both originally from the UK and share a passion to excel in the U.S.

“We think that this is a great opportunity to get the KICK Energy name out there in a very cool environment and sport! We look forward fueling Ben’s continuing success and developing this partnership into something that can be expand down the road.” said Courtney Voss, Dolce Beverage Group, Marketing & PR Manager.

KICK Energy Drink is one of the fastest growing products in its sector in Europe and debuted in the United States in 2011. KICK is lightly carbonated, features energizing properties and an excellent taste profile. KICK’s healthier formulation includes vitamin B6, B12 and Pantothenic acid (an essential B vitamin) and KICK’s use of three natural sweeteners (instead of high fructose corn syrup) separate KICK from the competition.

Enthusiastic about the opportunity Young stated:"Because of what’s in KICK, and what isn’t, it's the ideal energy drink for me and our crew to ‘Stay in the Game’ during each race weekend!  I’m proud that the Dolce Beverage Company has placed their trust in me and the BYR team to kick-start KICK Energy Drink’s introduction to AMA Pro Road Racing’s fans and the motorcycling community.” 

KICK Energy is becoming a national brand quickly. In early 2013, KICK Energy will become a part of 411 new Wal-Mart store locations adding to the large number of Wal-Mart locations in Illinois that KICK Energy is already a part of. In March, KICK Energy will also be welcomed into all Meijer Grocery locations.

Follow KICK Energy Drink on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KickEnergyNorthAmerica and on Twitter at @KICKEnergyUSA.

To stay up-to-date on Ben Young, visit www.FOGI.us  or follow Ben on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BenYoungRacing  and at his NEW Twitter address @bcyoung86

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Don Hatton retires from the 2013 Dakar race


We are sad to announce that Don Hatton has retired from the 2013 Dakar Rally

Late in Stage 3 of the event Don was involved in a collision with one of the large race trucks. After a gallant attempt to keep the bike going with no navigation equipment, no driving lights and barely operational approximately 4km from the end of the stage the bike failed to re-start. He was brought to the end of the stage by Dakar medical staff, which follow the race to ensure the safety of all the entrants, and who had been following him since approximately 20km from end of the stage.

Don has not suffered any life-threatening injuries and appears to be ok.

We wish to thank all of Rally Raid Canada’s supporters, sponsors and fans. Hopefully we will be back for the 2014 Dakar !

For more information and photos check out www.rallyraidcanada.com

Rally Raid Racing Factoid – things you might not know or thought of :

These are huge events to finance, organize and facilitate. It takes thousands and thousand of hours of preparation and operational work to lay out the route, make sure there is enough fuel stops, man the check points etc.

To give you and idea of just how many people are involved, just consider how many medical staff there are. Four doctors on motorcycles to accompany the race, four doctors in support vehicles (car or 4x4), two doctors in helicopters, two nurses specialized in trauma, and two physiotherapists. That is more than some of our smaller communities in Canada have in their hospitals!

And tonight we are thankful to the organizers and the volunteers of the Dakar for their foresight for making sure Don made it to the bivouac safely.

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Don Hatton completes the second stage of the 2013 Dakar Rally

Canadian Don Hatton has successfully completed the second day of the 15 day long Dakar Rally. He has moved up finish the stage 163rd overall in the motorcycle class.

Today’s stage was from Pisco, Lima and back again. It comprised of a short liaison section of only 85 km but a fairly long 242 km special. The Dakar organizers labelled the day “nothing but sand” and they were not wrong. The special stage was comprised of some spectacular scenery of huge sand dunes made up of very soft, fine granulated, wind blown sand. Beautiful to view but very hard to ride a motorcycle in.

“The bike and the support team are great. The best I have worked with since I started in Dakar racing in 2008” Don says. “The sand is a challenge. It is just never ending. And starting late today at the back of the motorcycles makes it even worse. Not because of the terrain but because the faster of the cars are catching and passing you at what seems 100 mph while I am trying not to get stuck in the sand. It’s just crazy!”

Days Completed: 2 Days to go: 13

Dakar Racing Factoid – things you might not know or thought of :

When we all travel oversees we tend to get upset stomachs. It is due to a variety of things such as the stress of traveling, different foods and water supplies, heat etc. Known by various names: Montezuma’s Revenge, Delli Belly, etc it is not fun for a traveler to have to miss part of their vacation due to this ailment. But if you are a competitor in the Dakar race that is even more challenging. There is not a lot of restroom accommodations in rural Peru and if nature calls you have to answer it. Immediately. So off you go to try and find a private place, stop, remove all your safety gear and go about your business. Oh did we mention that you are surrounded by crowds of spectators.  Challenging to say the least but then this is Dakar.

For more information and photos check out www.rallyraidcanada.com

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Zero Motorcycles eligible for Federal Tax Credit in USA


Good news if you're a US resident and interested in picking up a Zero electric motorcycle

Zero Motorcycles has announced the company’s complete 2013 model line of street legal electric motorcycles will again be eligible for a 10 percent federal tax credit for plug-in vehicles. In addition to the 2013 model line tax credit, customers who purchased a 2012 model from Zero Motorcycles are also eligible for a retroactive tax credit from the Federal Government. The tax credit was included in the fiscal deal approved by Congress on New Year’s Day. The bill was signed into law by President Obama late Wednesday night. The entireZero 2013 model line will be on display at Washington DC Motorcycle Show this weekend (January 4-6) at the Washington DC Convention Center.

Zero Motorcycles took the lead in working with Plug-In America and a coalition of other electric motorcycle companies to ensure the plug-in tax credit would be extended, including all plug-in motorcycles. Standing together with companies coast to coast, the coalition rallied Congress to take action and expand green jobs in this exciting new industry. Zero dealers, customers and fans weighed in as well, sending letters to Congress in support of the extension of these plug-in tax credits.

“Tax credits for electric motorcycles are not only an effective way to create jobs, but they are also an investment in clean energy technology. We think that America can and should lead the world in cutting-edge clean technology,” said Jay Friedland, Vice President of Strategy and Sustainability for Zero Motorcycles. “The electric motorcycle industry is rapidly responding to our country’s need for affordable and environmentally responsible transportation. We’re pretty excited to combine our passion for motorcycles with something that benefits everyone.”

After many months of consistent work with Congress, two major plug-in tax credits, which expired at the end of 2011 were extended as part of the final "fiscal cliff" legislation just signed by President Obama. The bill passed this week:

- Extends the EV infrastructure tax credit from the beginning of 2012 until the end of 2013.
- In the case of the 2-3 wheeled plug-in tax credit, this covers 10 percent of the purchase price, up to $2,500 maximum, and applies only to vehicles with a 4 kilowatt-hour (or larger) battery pack that can go over 45 miles/hr.  The 2013 Zero S, Zero DS, Zero FX, and Zero MX all qualify for the incentive.

These tax credits are also retroactive and apply for electric motorcycles or EV chargers purchased in 2012 as well. This means that 2011 and 2012 Zero models that meet the above criteria purchased in 2012 or 2013 are eligible for the tax credits.

Consumers are encouraged to speak with an authorized Zero Dealer to obtain more information about the Federal Tax Credit.


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Don Hatton finishes the first day in the 2013 Dakar Rally


Don Hatton of Rally Raid Canada has finished the first day of the 2013 Dakar Rally in Peru.

The first day’s short special stage from Lima to Pisco of only 13 km is to sort out the starting place for day 2 of the Rally and to allow the teams to get acclimatized to the rally. The better the time today, the better the starting position on the next day. Don finished 177th today.

“We know our speed is not the end all be all today – finishing is more important. Today’s special was more like a motorcross style ride in sand. Sand with no “crust” on it to allow you to get momentum going. ” Don notes.

The stage may be short but it is just as important as any stage on the Dakar. First day withdrawls due to crashes or mechanical failure are not uncommon.

Days Completed: 1 Days to go: 14

Rally Raid Racing Factoid – things you might not know or thought of :

This is the 35th edition of the Dakar. It is the 5th to take place on the South American continent, which has hosted the event since 2009.  This years event is from January 5 to January 20 with the competitors following the route between Lima Peru and Santiago Chile, with a rest day on January 12 in Argentina.


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Don Hatton is officially in the 2013 Dakar Race


Scrutineering is complete. Don Hatton is officially an entrant in the 2013 Dakar !!

“I am happy and relieved” noted Don after the seven hour task of getting himself, his gear, and the Husqvarna motorcycle through all the various technical inspections. He had no doubts about the quality of the bike built by his teammate and legendary Dakar racer Simon Pavey. Anytime you are dealing with a large international governing body, in a foreign language (in this case French), interpretations of regulations can sometimes be difficult, but in this case everything went as planned.

Don test rode the Husqvarna TE 449 rally bike in the past couple of days, setting up the suspension and getting to know the bike. “It rides just like a normal dirt bike, not like a heavily laden rally bike like the old KTM 690 was. Which is a good thing because the sand dunes are endless, with the softest sand we have seen since racing in Dubai in 2009!” Don says.

As the bike and gear are now sequestered in the Parc Ferme until the beginning of the race the team has a day off to see some of Lima and get together with some of their fellow Dakar racers. The talk in the bivouac is of the first few days of endless stages of sand, elevation in excess of 3,000 meters and the grueling pace set by the organizers.

For more information and photos check out www.rallyraidcanada.com

Good luck Don!

Check out the following video (at the 14 second mark) where you can see Don and Simon Pavey.





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Motovan Corporation is now OGIO’S exclusive powersports distributor for Canada


Motovan Corporation, Canada’s leading distributor of Powersports parts and accessories, adds another outstanding brand to their offering. From now on, throughout their dealer network, Motovan will be able to share the unique benefits that Ogio offers.

With a wide range of backpacks, travel bags and kit bags infused with multiple functions, Ogio creates products ideal for Motorcycle, MX, ATV, and Snowmobile riders. Founded in 1987, Ogio alone revolutionized the design of powersports bags.

Motovan is proud to be the new distributor of OGIO’S products. «For Motovan to add a recognized brand such as Ogio will no doubt lead to a successful partnership!» Says Michael Paladino, Marketing Director of Motovan; «This addition is consistent with Motovan’s quest of becoming a one stop shop for our dealers. Ogio products complement our extensive offering perfectly.» explains Michael.

All reference material, catalogs, industry information and product features can all be found on-line for your convenience at: www.motovan.com. Furthermore, note that Motovan will be exhibiting at the Motorcycle shows in 2013 throughout Canada, starting with the one in Calgary from January 4th to January 6th.


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Enduro Chronicles : PREMIERE - Tough One Race - Episode 1

A new series from the folks at Red Bull - this new series follows the best Hard Enduro Athletes around the world on the biggest and most famous events of the season. It features the many different characters of the Enduro Motocross sport, and cultural background stories as well as the technical innovations of the bikes to really show the sport of Enduro Riding in its full variety.

In the PREMIERE episode of Enduro Chronicles, we're at the season opener Tough One event in Shropshire, England, where we meet one of the sports top riders, Graham Jarvis.




There's seven episodes available HERE.


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Stay off the roads - unless you've got a Ural

A Ural rider braved the Indianapolis Interstate during a recent winter storm and shocked more than a few people. Check out the short news clip:



In other Ural news US Retail sales are solid 28% up from last year, new enthusiastic and professional dealers got on board, the factory has been continuously increasing efficiency, and worldwide sales are up.

2013 units just started hitting dealers this month. Ural focused on improving the bikes for 2013 with no major updates.

2013 pricing is now up on website in  Models section. There are a few increases, particularly on T models, so for some it might be a good idea to call your dealer to see if you can still grab any of the 2012 remainders at 2012 prices. The extended warranty and special financing are still on through Jan 2nd.


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