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Stephan Schaller, President of BMW Motorrad appointed president of ACEM

Stephan Schaller, President of BMW Motorrad, was appointed the new president of the ACEM (Association des Constructeurs Européens de Motocycles), the European Motorcycle Industry Association on March 21st 2013. Based in Brussels, ACEM is the organisation representing the manufacturers of motorcycles, scooters, trikes and quads on a European level.

Stephan Schaller, who was appointed President of BMW Motorrad last year, succeeds Hendrik von Kuenheim (formerly Head of BMW Motorrad), who served as ACEM President from 2011.

On the occasion of his election at ACEM General Assembly yesterday, Stephan Schaller said: "Our objective is to promote the fuel-efficiency benefits of scooters, motorcycles and other vehicles in this category as an enhancement of living quality. Our vehicles provide a high level of mobility and as such deserve recognition in transport policy. Today there are approximately 37 million powered two-wheelers in Europe, used by a growing number of European citizens on a daily basis to beat the traffic and find a parking place in city centres, both for private and professional use."

The new ACEM President Stephan Schaller went on to comment as follows: "Over recent years the European motorcycle industry has done much to respond to the pressing challenges posed by the economic crisis, never losing sight of the aim of moving towards greener and safer mobility while returning to sustainable job-creating growth." 




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ZERO MOTORCYCLES AND HOLLYWOOD ELECTRICS TO COMPETE IN THE PIKES PEAK INTERNATIONAL HILL CLIMB

Zero Motorcycles and Hollywood Electrics, leaders in all-electric motorcycles, announced they will partner to participate in the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) on June 30, 2013, in Cascade, Colo. This year marks the first ever Electric Motorcycle Division in PPIHC’s 90 year history. Hollywood Electrics will organize and manage the efforts with motorcycles and technical support from Zero Motorcycles. Hollywood Electrics will be entering several different model Zero Motorcycles’ in the event including a number of stock and modified motorcycles. Hollywood Electrics has been an -authorized Zero Motorcycles dealer for the past four years and has been Zero’s #1 dealership in sales as well.

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb began in 1916 and is the second oldest motor sports race in America. The PPIHC is a long-standing tradition in the Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region. The race takes place on a 12.42 mile course beginning at 9,390 feet with 156 turns and ending at the 14,110 foot summit of Pikes Peak. One of the main obstacles of the race is the increasingly thin air that causes slows reflexes, diminished muscle strength and 30 percent reduction of power for internal combustion engines as competitors advance up the peak. The electric motorcycle division will have an advantage with the all-electric bikes not experiencing the reduction in power that the bikes using fuel will be up against.

“We are breaking new ground with electric motorcycle racing; it’s the involvement and competition between the teams and riders that makes it fun. We’ve put together a great team of riders from various motorsports backgrounds and skill levels. It will be interesting to see how each combination of rider and bike tackles the Peak,” said Harlan Flagg of Hollywood Electrics. “At such an early stage of competitive electric racing, the low cost of entry makes it appealing as even the stock bikes are very competitive and there is little maintenance and incidental costs, a significant consideration for racers on a budget. We intend to show fans, other racers and the public at large that it is easy to get involved in one way or another.”

Participants entering in the all-new Electric Motorcycle Division include Aaron Frank, Editor of Motorcyclist magazine, who has 15 years of competitive roadracing experience and has shown an increasing interest in electric motorcycles over the last several years. Other riders include Jeremiah Johnson, Brandon Nozaki Miller, Jeff Clark, and Nathan Barker. Jeremiah Johnson, with Team BE-EV.com, participated in two TTXGP events last year on Zero Motorcycles’, this year he is fielding his own 2013 Zero S for the PPIHC event with more racing plans to follow. Brandon Nozaki Miller made headlines setting three Land Speed Records last year at the 2012 Bonneville Shootout at the Bonneville Salt Flats on his modified 2012 Zero S ZF6. Jeff Clark has participated in the San Felipe 250, Baja 500 and 1000 and will be riding his own modified 2013 Zero FX. Nathan Barker hails from Australia and is looking forward to his first professional road race to the top of Pikes Peak aboard his own 2013 Zero FX.

Hollywood Electrics has been working with Zero Motorcycles since they opened their doors in August 2009 as Zero’s first Southern California dealership. For the second year in a row, Hollywood Electrics was named “Top Dealer” by Zero Motorcycles. Hollywood Electrics has worked with Zero Motorcycles and consumers to push the idea that the electric revolution is here to stay by designing and creating custom Zero Motorcycles since the beginning allowing customers to have a unique and individual motorcycle while still enjoying the benefits of owning an all-electric motorcycle.

In addition to Hollywood Electrics, Zero Motorcycles dealer network has grown to over 50 dealers in the US and Canada alone as well as a very robust and growing dealer base in Europe.


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Experienced Motorsports Consumer Executive to Assume New Roles at Zero Motorcycles

Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, today announced an addition to its Board of Directors, naming Pieter de Waal as its newest member. De Waal comes to Zero with more than 30 years of business, engineering and sales experience in both the automotive and motorcycle industries. This includes stints with Nissan, Delta (GM) and Mercedes Benz and, more recently, at BMW Motorrad as North American Vice President. In addition to his Board position, he will also consult Zero on future strategies, including powertrain initiatives.

"We're thrilled to have someone with Pieter's wealth of experience with BMW Motorrad, the motorcycle division at BMW, joining the Zero Board of Directors,” said Richard Walker, CEO of Zero Motorcycles. “His counsel will be invaluable as we enter our next phase of growth to further solidify Zero’s position as market leaders in the electric motorcycle marketplace."

As the newest member on the Board of Directors, de Waal brings to Zero a passion for motorcycles, an impressive track record and an international perspective, having served as head of BMW’s motorcycle operations in South Africa, the United Kingdom and later in Munich as head of sales and marketing worldwide. “I am excited to be part of Zero Motorcycles,” said de Waal. “I believe that electric vehicles will play an important role in our future and Zero has the resources, drive and pioneering spirit to help make that future an exciting reality.”

De Waal’s selection as board member builds to the strength of the team at Zero Motorcycles. Zero Motorcycles has consciously sought to team senior executives with motorcycle industry experience along with leaders from other high tech fields to create the ideal blend of background and experience for success in this dynamic new and emerging consumer market.

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BMW Motorcycles segment achieves sales volume record

117,109 BMW and Husqvarna brand motorcycles were sold worldwide during the past year (2011: 113,572 units/+3.1%), a new sales volume record for the segment.

Sales of BMW brand motorcycles went up by 2.0% to 106,358 units (2011: 104,286 units), while Husqvarna handed over 10,751 motorcycles to customers (2011: 9,286/+15.8%). In future, the Motorcycles segment intends to focus exclusively on the BMW brand. At the end of January 2013, the BMW Group signed a contract with the Austrian company, Pierer Industrie AG, for the sale of Husqvarna.

Segment revenues were 3.8% higher at € 1,490 million (2011: € 1,436 million). EBIT, however, fell to € 9 million (2011: € 45 million/-80.0%) as a result of the new direction now being taken for the BMW Group's motorcycles business. Profit before tax decreased accordingly to € 6 million (2011: € 41 million/- 85.4%).

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THE PARAMEDIC CHIEFS OF CANADA PARTNER WITH MEDICAL DATA CARRIER SPECIALISTS

The Paramedic Chiefs of Canada and Medical Data Carrier IM Inc. are joining forces to drive awareness to the value and benefit of Canadians having ready access to their medical information while at work or at play.

The Medical Data Carrier (MDC) is a unique, bilingual, medical Information
system that provides critical lifesaving data about the wearer, as well as provides crucial family contact information, in the event of an emergency.

The highly visible, secure and aerodynamic carrier attaches to the individual’s helmet, gear, identification, name badge or mobility aid. For helmet wearers, bold text on the outside of the carrier warns Good Samaritan responders to leave helmet removal to those trained in the proper technique. Improper removal can result in collateral injury, paralysis or worse. Inside, a two sided water-proof paper contains information on the wearer’s identity and medical history including information such as allergies, medications, blood type and pre-existing
medical conditions that assist first responders with the crucial triage stage of the wearer’s care.

“The Paramedic Chiefs of Canada are engaged with the critical task of determining and executing, with its partners, the future direction and needs of paramedicine in Canada, stated Steve Reed, President of Medical Data Carrier IM Inc. “It is important for good corporate citizens in Canada to become engaged and support the Chiefs through sponsorships and partnering activity. We are extremely proud to be supporting and working with the Chiefs this year and for many years to come”, he added.

The Paramedic Chiefs of Canada is an organization of the leaders of EMS services nation-wide. Working with partners and stakeholders they have
released seminal reports such as the 2007 EMS blue print titled “The Future of EMS in Canada: Defining the Road Ahead” and most recently in 2013, as a collaborative effort with the Paramedic Association of Canada, their National Research Agenda.

“The Medical Data Carrier is a simple and very effective means for anyone to provide 911 and EMS with this very crucial information. In addition to the medical information, the emergency contact and medical plan information on the MDC enables first responders to notify and provide medical administration with relevant information at the most crucial
time,” stated Kelly Nash, Executive Director of The Paramedic Chiefs of
Canada. “Partnering with Medical Data Carrier made sense on many levels”,
she concluded.

Medical Data Carrier is distributed by: Fernocan.com, OGC.ca, DSISafety.com, FullBoreMarketing.ca, PacFire.com.au, Spirito.com, MansfieldMedical.com and available at Mark's Work Wearhouse, imba.com and imba.ca.


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High Voltage: KTM Shows Scooter Study "E-SPEED" in Tokyo

With the FREERIDE E, KTM put a well-engineered “Zero Emission Offroad Sportmotorcycle” concept on wheels. Now, the company based in Mattighofen, Austria shows with the “E-SPEED” at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show a new sport-oriented future concept for “urban mobility”.
With the FREERIDE E, KTM already has a offroad motorcycle that can be used freely in the outdoors and that has opened up a completely new outlook on motorcycle sports in open nature as it produces no exhaust emissions and is nearly silent. With the “E-SPEED”, the sports bike manufacturer now introduces a concept vehicle based on the same battery and powertrain concept to offer a comparable solution for urban areas.

Stefan Pierer (KTM CEO): “We at KTM are completely convinced of electric mobility as a perfect complement to conventional powertrains. In the long term, the electric drive will come out on top for short distances – particularly in areas which are highly sensitive from an environmental perspective, like open nature and densely populated metropolitan areas! Vehicles like the ‘E-SPEED’ and FREERIDE E can help powered two-wheelers win back more acceptance in society. Not just because of their environmental credits, but because they are easy to use, quick, and simply great fun.”

True to his motto that each and every component of a KTM must have both an aesthetic and a structural function, the chassis and bodywork of the “E-SPEED” have turned out uncluttered and iconic with a true premium look!

Technically the “E-SPEED” takes advantage of the extensive know-how gathered in the development department in Mattighofen. The prototype which is 11kW and 36Nm strong and reaches a speed up to 85km/h, among other things, trusts in a state of the art hybrid steel trellis light metal frame and WP suspension elements.

The “E-SPEED” is powered by a liquid-cooled, permanent-magnet synchronous motor with 36Nm of maximum torque and a permanent power of 11kW to drive the rear wheel via a belt drive. Electricity is stored in a package of cutting-edge lithium-ion batteries with a capacity of 4.36kWh that is fully charged within two hours on a regular 220V socket.

The KTM “E-SPEED” does indeed have sporting ambitions, as witnessed by the concept’s chassis and styling – thanks to completely unique technical solutions and the inimitable lines drawn by KTM’s very own designer, Gerald Kiska.


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Motorcycle Experience on TSN

Mark your calendars for the 2013 season of Motorcycle Experience!

Motorcycle Experience is excited to announce that it will be kicking off its 24th broadcast season on TSN, Saturday March 30th at 12:30pm eastern.

The longest running televised motorcycle magazine in North America will also premiere with a new sponsor and couple of exciting new segments.

This spring the show returns with weekly new model reviews co-hosted by long time fans of the show. Viewers tuning in will also get some terrific new adventure riding advice shot in Duncan, BC with 3 time Dakar competitor, Don Hatton. The TV series will also kick start a new Triumph vintage time capsule segment set in Huntsville, Alabama at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum. Rookie scooter segment host, Kylie Brunette will also kick off a new Motorcycle Experience contest that will award a lucky viewer with a brand new Honda Giorno scooter. Show host Dave Hatch is also back along with his touring partner, Norm Wells of BMW Motorrad. This season the guys are heading to the site of the 1969 Woodstock music and art fair while exploring the Catskill Mountain region north of New York City.

Motorcycle Experience, the voice of motorcyclists everywhere, will air a couple of times each week on both TSN and TSN2. For complete broadcast details visit www.motorcycleexperience.ca.

Motorcycle Experience is made possible thanks to the continued support of BMW Motorrad Canada, Yamaha Motor Canada, Triumph Motorcycles, Honda Canada and Motovan.
Host Dave Hatch is proud to wear Joe Rocket riding apparel and Shoei helmets.



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Young Earns Best AMA Pro Finish at Daytona

19 year-old Canadian Ben Young earned 8th place in the 72nd running of the Daytona 200 aboard the #86 Tim Hortons-Sudbury/BYR Yamaha R6, his best finish yet in the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona Sportbike class.

AMA Pro GoPro Daytona Sportbike competitors battled unseasonably cool temperatures at the legendary Daytona International Speedway leading up to this year’s Daytona 200. 39°F / 4°C and a slippery track presented a variety of set up challenges for the BYR team during Friday morning’s first of two qualifying sessions. Young qualified 10th in the first session.

Young and the BYR team were eager to improve on his starting position during the second qualifying session and gambled on saving a fresh set of Dunlop tires for the waning laps of the session. With less than ten minutes remaining Young pitted for some fresh rubber to attack the Daytona banking with a few fast laps. However, another rider had mechanical issues that triggered a red flag unexpectedly ending the session and Young’s hopes of bettering his starting position. Although he improved his times significantly over the last two days Young would find himself starting from 17th on the highly competitive grid.

BYR team manager Scott Young commented. "Ben never got a flying lap in on his new tires but it was impressive to see what kind of times Ben was putting in on used Dunlops. Some things are just out of your control and when it comes to the safety of all the riders the Daytona officials did the right thing. It’s still tough to stomach leaving your best laps on the table.”

Sponsor and mentor Lang Hindle, of Hindle Exhaust Systems, reassured the young resident of Thornbury Ontario and reminded him to refocus on the day ahead.

With Friday’s challenges behind him Young was eager to put his Jerry Daggett prepared Tim Hortons-Sudbury/BYR Yamaha R6 through it’s paces during the morning warm-up which saw Young achieve 11th fastest in the session.

Decked-out in his new AXO gear the Canadian privateer took to the grid knowing that the key to getting up to the lead pack would be all in the start. Young bolted off the line and quickly moved into 15th place and continued his charge forward.

With twenty minutes into the race Young already had his sights on 11th which he quickly acquired.

The first of two mandatory pit stops was executed flawlessly by the Tim Hortons-Sudbury/BYR crew getting Young quickly back into the mix. Within a handful of laps Young promptly piloted his #86 Yamaha R6 into 10th place.

With 32 laps behind him Young moved up to 9th place with the BYR team preparing for the second and final mandatory stop of the race. During the first pit stop the team opted only to change the rear tire however this time it would be two new Dunlop tires and fuel.

There was a bit of confusion in the Tim Hortons-Sudbury/BYR pits as Young was expected two laps before he eventfully appeared entering pit lane for his final stop. These extra laps seriously put Young’s race in jeopardy as there was only half a litre of fuel remaining in his tank. It was determined that visibility of the pit board was an issue however this minor setback had no effect on the execution of the final pit stop of the race.

With 8th place in Young’s grasp he quickly seized the spot which he held right to the checkered flag.

An enthusiastic crew greeted an equally excited Young as he returned to the pits after the dramatic race; “I had expectations coming to Daytona but starting from 17th made them seem a bit unrealistic. My Tim Hortons-Sudbury/BYR Yamaha R6 ran amazing and allowed me to charge hard throughout the entire race. I have to give it up to the entire team who executed two trouble-free pit stops with amazing precision. I’m so pumped right now and I can’t wait to see what we can do this season.”

Cameron Beaubier went on to win the 72nd Daytona 200 followed by Garrett Gerloff in second and Bobby Fong in third.

Young’s 8th place finish betters his previous AMA Pro GoPro Daytona Sportbike class-best finish of 12th that he achieved at the end of last season at NOLA Motorsports Park in New Orleans, LA where he last rode his 600cc Yamaha R6.

Ben Young and the BYR team would like to thank; Tim Hortons – Sudbury, Scotbuild Developments, Fogi Racing Development, Arai Helmets, AXO, GP Tech LLC, Hindle Exhaust Systems, KICK Energy Drink, K&N Filters, Performance Cycleworx , Performance Friction Brakes, BCL Motorsports Pit Kit, Vortex Racing, Motul Oils, Bickle Racing Tire Warmers and The North American International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW, the fans and family,

And a special thank you to the crew; Jerry Daggett, TJ Fahey, Mick Vaclavic, Zach Herrin, Kris Garvie, Stuart MacDonald, Graham Bennie, Taylor Bennie and Tom Vallee.

To keep up-to-date on Ben Young throughout the year visit; www.fogi.us, www.facebook.com/BenYoungRacing and on Twitter @bcyoung86.

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Schuberth Selected as MOTORRAD Magazine's Best Helmet Brand

Schuberth Selected as MOTORRAD Magazine's Best Helmet Brand
8th Year in Succession

German helmet manufacturer Schuberth has once again been awarded the coveted title "Best Brand" for the eighth time in succession in the helmet category. This title is awarded annually by Germany's largest motorcycle magazine MOTORRAD within the scope of the reader contest "Motorcycle of the Year". This year 30,245 readers participated in the contest. All totalled Schuberth earned 61.9 percent of the votes to increase the previous year's tally by 5 percent.

Marc-Thorsten Lenze, Head of Communications at Schuberth GmbH, was pleased to receive the prestigious award. "Receiving the Best Brand Award is a very special honour for us. Because, in contrast to many other awards from specialized journalists and independent testing institutes, here selection is made directly by the motorcycle riders, with their personal experience from every-day use. We want to express our heart-felt thanks to all participants," says Lenze.

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Young ready for the 2013 Daytona 200

Canadian coffee icon Tim Hortons -Sudbury returns as the Primary Sponsor for Ben Young’s #86 Yamaha R6 for his return to the prestigious Daytona 200. The Daytona 200 is the first race of the GEICO AMA Pro Road Racing 2013 season being held at the legendary Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida, USA, March 14 - 16th 2013.

Tim Hortons –Sudbury heads up the “Canadian Coalition”, a group of Canadian-based companies looking to expand their brands in the U.S.A. This group of respected companies include; Hindle Exhaust Systems, DUA Motorsports Bodywork, Bickle Racing Tire Warmers, and the North American International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW.

The 19 year-old resident of Thornbury Ontario is extremely proud to team-up once again with Tim Hortons-Sudbury franchisee Gilles Bolduc to contest the 2013 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike championship: “I can’t thank Tim Hortons -Sudbury and Gilles enough for supporting me and the BYR team again this year. Tim Hortons is the largest quick service restaurant chain in Canada and it’s the first pit-stop on the way to work for myself and most Canadians. It’s an honour to represent such an iconic brand.”

Bolduc, a former Canadian Superbike road racer himself commented on Tim Hortons –Sudbury rejoining the BYR team as the Primary Sponsor for the Daytona 200: “Ben had a few glitches during last year’s event but he rode a strong mature race and showed the kind of determination and composure that it takes to win. Ben and the BYR team did an astounding job of representing the Tim Hortons brand last season and he’s now aligned with some very supportive companies and people to help further his progress this season.”

KICK Energy Drink, Performance Cycleworx, Performance Friction Brakes and B-17 now join a notable list of Young’s long-time sponsors returning for the 2013 season; Scotbuild Developments, Fogi Racing, Arai Helmets, GP Tech LLC, K&N Filters, BCL Motorsports Pit Kit, Vortex Racing and Motul Oils.

In preparation for this weekend’s Daytona 200 Young completed a successful test of his #86 Tim Hortons–Sudbury/Yamaha R6, prepared by Gerry Daggett assisted by Performance Cycleworx at Jennings GP circuit in Florida.

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Ducati achieves expectations with impressive 2012 sales

Ducati achieves expectations with impressive 2012 year-end figures

Record 2012 year-end results
+16% over 2011 revenues with a record 44,102 motorcycles delivered to customers in 2012
+21% growth in US market, now confirmed as Ducati’s primary-focus
Borgo Panigale (Bologna, Italy) 12 March 2013 – The “Audi Annual Press Conference” held in Ingolstadt, Germany today presented an opportunity to showcase the latest details of the Ducati acquisition to the world’s press, including the outstanding results achieved by the company during the last year.

With Ducati experiencing continuous growth in terms of market share and production and sales volumes, 2012 has now been confirmed as a record year in the long history of the famous Italian manufacturer. These outstanding results further underline the security of the company which is, also thanks to the Audi Group acquisition, better structured and organised than ever before and ready to confidently face future challenges.

“Ducati closed 2012 with revenues of 606 million euro, an increase of 16% compared with 2011 and a total of 44,102 motorcycles delivered to customers,” declared Gabriele Del Torchio, CEO of Ducati Motor Holding. “Our growth rate has been especially impressive in the US, currently our primary-focus market, with sales up by 21% compared to 2011, confirming an absolutely positive trend for this country, where Ducati sales have increased consistently for the past 30 months. We are also achieving major results and important goals throughout the Far East, thanks to a marketing policy which specifically targets new and emerging markets and has returned growth in terms market share and profits.

“With new stakeholders in the company, Ducati has never been so solid, and these positive figures confirm the value and commitment of all the company staff and of our brand, increasingly popular, appreciated and renowned all over the world. The 2013 product range, including the new Multistrada, Hypermotard, Hyperstrada and 1199 Panigale R models, is the expression of technological excellence and the emotional impact of our products, ever-important in the current, highly competitive economic climate, perfectly complements our unmistakable, all-Italian style. Ducati is today, and will continue to be, a product-oriented company, with development and innovation as the milestones of our growth strategy.”

Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A – An Audi Group Company
Founded in 1926, Ducati has been producing sport-inspired motorcycles since 1946. Their motorcycles are characterised by “Desmodromic” performance engines, innovative design and avant-garde technology. Covering several market segments, Ducati's range of motorcycles are divided into model families which include: Diavel, Hypermotard, Monster, Multistrada, Streetfighter and Superbike. These authentic icons of “made in Italy” are sold in over 80 countries around the world, with concentration on the European, North-American and Asia Pacific markets. Ducati competes in both the World Superbike Championship and, with an official team, the World MotoGP Championship. In Superbike Ducati has won 17 Manufacturers' titles and 14 Riders' titles and in 2011 passed the historic milestone of 300 race victories. Ducati have participated in MotoGP since 2003, and took both the Manufacturers' and Riders' titles in 2007.

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Motorcycle insurance hikes to be amended

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has said that the government will amend its application for a rate hike on motorcycle insurance premiums.

Riders were very vocal about their displeasure with SGI's proposed insurance rate increases.

Under the initial proposal, an average rider would have seen a 73 per cent hike for motorcycle insurance. Some riders would have seen their insurance bills triple.

"We've heard pretty loud and clear from people," Wall said Tuesday. "I think there needs to be a reasoned approach."

Wall hopes to find a way to reduce the impact of rate hikes on riders. The plan still needs to address the costs associated with motorcycle insurance.

"We'll contemplate both things: both what do we do now to prevent this rate shock but also what do we do long-term to provide more options to riders and still respect the Autofund and others that don't want to subsidize any other class of drivers," Wall said.

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2014 Yamaha Bolt 950

Yamaha Motor Canada is proud to introduce the 2014 Yamaha Bolt. Powered by the fuel-injected, 4-valve, V-Star 950 engine, the Bolt showcases an all-new “less is more” design.

Simple and compact, with a low seat height, the Bolt offers light, agile handling that instills rider confidence. A new breed of “crossover”, the Bolt is a blend of cruiser features in a chassis that offers a more natural, upright riding position. The Bolt is available in dealerships by the end of April and will be offered in Bluish White Cocktail and Metallic Black.

Yamaha Motor Canada Ltd. Motorcycle Product Manager, John Bayliss said “A new ‘back to basics’ trend is emerging in the motorcycle world. Designers and custom builders are stepping back to a time when the mechanical beauty of a motorcycle was highlighted in its design. The Bolt’s simple design, compact styling and V-twin power combine to offer an incredibly fun riding experience.”

Beginning in June, over 40 bolt-on accessories will be offered for the Yamaha Bolt. Everything from windshields to rims and saddlebags will be available to help personalize your Bolt.

The Yamaha Bolt R-Spec will be available in dealerships by mid-summer 2013. The R-Spec model features premium gas charged piggyback shocks, a special upgraded seat finish and gas tank logo design. The Bolt R-Spec will be available in Matte Metallic Gray and High Sparkle Green.

With a MSRP of only $8,999 for the Yamaha Bolt and $9,199 for the Bolt R-Spec, less really is more!



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BMW Motorrad stable for month- down year-to-date

BMW Motorrad sales remained around last year’s level in February with a total of 6,847 motorcycles delivered (prev. yr. 6,841/+0.1%). Year-to-date, 11,665 motorcycles have been sold (prev. yr. 12,078/-3.4%).

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Norton gets government approval (finally!) in Canada

Norton Motorcycles (Canada) Ltd is pleased to announce Government approval of SE, SF and Café Racer 961 Norton Commando models for Canada.

We would like to acknowledge the combined efforts of Norton UK’s engineering staff and representatives from the Canadian Moped and Motorcycle Industry Council, Harrison Wolf Consulting Inc.(USA) and various suppliers whose contribution, in conjunction with the Canadian Ministry of the Environment and Transport Canada, have enabled us to reach our goal.

Models available in Canada comprise of the limited edition SE, the SF and Café Racer models.

All Canadian specification bikes will have Norton’s highest specification USD Ohlin forks, radial Brembo brakes and carbon fibre trim. The SF and Café Racer models will be available in single or dual seat versions and for Canada only, the SF versions have the option of blacked out or chrome exhaust and black or polished rims as a no cost option. Similarly on the Café Racer, black or polished rims will be a no cost option.

As production capacity in the UK increases to meet export targets, these beautiful, hand built Nortons’ will remain in short supply as rigorous quality standards and British content levels are adhered to. Prospective customers are urged to reserve the bike of their choice with their Canadian dealer as their specific bike will be built to order.

Your Norton Canada team would like to extend it appreciation to all those loyal customers who have been patiently waiting for their motorcycles, in some cases since 2010. Deliveries will commence this Spring.

For more information on Norton Motorcycles check out their website here:

http://nortoncanada.ca/

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Special edition Triumph Bonneville SE and Speed Triple SE.

Triumph announces Bonneville and Speed Triple special editions.

Bonneville SE changes include a head-turning red frame, a distinctive new paint scheme, new headlight and a black pillion grab rail.

Speed Triple SE features a blue frame, eye-catching tank stripes, color-matched fly screen, belly pan and seat cowl, plus extensive carbon fiber to complete the unique, premium look.

Triumph Motorcycles is excited to announce to special edition SE models of its iconic Bonneville and Speed Triple bikes.

The new Special Edition Bonneville – with its characteristic 865cc engine, retro chrome styling and cast aluminium wheels – boasts an array of enhancements to create a hugely distinctive bike. While the bold red frame and stunning paint job immediately catches the eye, there have been many other styling changes made to the bike.

The front end gets new front indicators, headlight (as per the Thruxton), while the rear end sees the addition of a black pillion grab rail and ‘bash’ plate. Contemporary black mirrors complete the new look.

However, it is the red frame and Matte Black and Cranberry Red color scheme which really grabs the attention. Not to be outdone, and with an eye on function and fashion, the Bonneville SE proudly sports a unique seat design comprising new stitching and vinyl covering.

The Special Edition Speed Triple is also based on the current model, powered by Triumph’s charismatic 1050cc three cylinder engine. Boasting a distinctive blue frame and swingarm, the Speed Triple SE comes in Matte Graphite with twin Matte Blue decals.

The special edition gets the lightweight treatment with carbon fiber front mudguard, side pods, tank cover panel and inner radiator panels. The color-matched fly screen, belly pan and seat cowl all come as standard, as well as neat finishing details such as a rubber tank pad and clear rear light. A new styled clutch, alternator and sprocket cover further enhances its distinctive makeover.

Finishing the dynamic look are blue wheel pinstripes, new styled mirrors and black silencer heat shields, handlebars and clamps.

Both new machines will be available via the Canadian Triumph dealer network from May 1, 2013. The Bonneville SE is priced at $8,999 while the Speed Triple SE will retail at $14,999.

About Triumph
First established in 1902, Triumph Motorcycles celebrated 110 years of motorcycle manufacture in 2012. For more than two decades, Triumph Motorcycles has been based in Hinckley, Leicestershire, and has produced iconic bikes which perfectly blend design, character, charisma and performance. Building around 50,000 bikes per year, Triumph is the largest British motorcycle manufacturer and has over 750 dealers across the world.

At the heart of Triumph’s philosophy is a commitment to developing truly unique motorcycles that offer a blend of distinctive design, intuitive handling and performance. The innovation and engineering passion that gave birth to the iconic Bonneville of the 60s has today created a broad range of bikes suited to all motorcycle riders, including the striking 2.3 liter Rocket III, the unmistakable Speed Triple and the SuperSports Daytona 675.

Triumph currently employs around sixteen hundred personnel worldwide and has subsidiary operations in the UK, America, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Sweden, Benelux and most recently Brazil, as well as a network of independent distributors. Triumph has manufacturing facilities in Hinckley, Leicestershire and Thailand and a CKD facility in Brazil.








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Ural featured in Target's Canadian launch

Bullseye, Target's English Bull Terrier mascot sets off on journey across Canada in a motorcycle sidecar meeting friends along the way.

Target, the big box retailer of all things home, clothing and in some cases grocery, for the first time ever has opened stores in Canada. To promote this fact, they launched a tv campaign Sunday night during the Oscars broadcast and what was their domestic vehicle of choice? You got it… Ural.

Plenty of scenes from across Canada make it into the ad. You might want to turn down the sound on this one though!

Watch the entire Target Canda Ural commercial here:






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Bieber gets an MV Agusta

The pride of Stratford, Ontario; Justin Bieber got  a custom MV Agusta F3 675 for his 19th birthday. At first you might feel a little bit jealous, until you see what has been done to the MV. Bieber's favourite superhero is Batman so it's a Batman themed MV Agusta.

The bike was presented to Bieber on his 19th birthday as a gift from his father and the cooperation of MV Agusta and Motovan, Canada.




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2013 Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship

World Enduro Canada is pleased to announce the 2013 Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship will kick off in June. This season is the start of something new and exciting. In an effort to allow more riders, from all classes, to contend for an industry recognized National off road racing championship there will be Champions crowned in both eastern and western Canada.

The CXCC West take place over four weekends in June and July. The championship will consist of two rounds in BC, part of the Pacific Northwest Motorcycle Association Championship, and two rounds in Alberta, part of the Alberta Motorsports Association Championship. World Enduro Canada is very proud to partner with these racing organizations and their associated clubs.

The CXCC East will feature two exciting double headers in August and September at two of the most historic racing facilities in Canada, Gopher Dunes and Walton. These events will also pay points to the Wiesner Insurance Ontario Cross County Championship.

WEC would like to thank the National sponsors that make this series possible. Title Sponsor Royal Distributing, our Premier sponsors Honda Canada, Yamaha Canada, KTM Canada and Husaberg as well as our supporting sponsors Parts Canada, Mongoose Racing (distributors of Rekluse), Goldentyre, Emperor Racing, West Coast Transportation, and Wiesner Insurance. In addition to these national sponsors there are many regional sponsors who will be involved as well – check our site for details.

CXCC West Round #1 June 9 – Chilliwack, BC

The Greater Vancouver Motorcycle Club will host round one of the CXCC West in Chilliwack, BC. The event is less than an hour drive from Vancouver in the scenic Fraser Valley. Named “The Piston Run,” it is the longest running off road race in British Columbia and this year marks its 65th anniversary.

The terrain at the Piston Run has "West Coast" all over it. The Chipmunk Creek riding area offers a great combination of tight and technical trails mixed with fast, wide open, flowing deactivated logging roads to get racers into a groove. To keep it interesting there will be some challenging shale rock hill climbs and the occasional "maybe I should walk my bike down" decents. Organizers recommend that you don’t forget to pack a rain coat.

The CXCC West take place over four weekends in June and July. The championship will consist of two rounds in BC, part of the Pacific Northwest Motorcycle Association Championship, and two rounds in Alberta, part of the Alberta Motorsports Association Championship. World Enduro Canada is very proud to partner with these racing organizations and their associated clubs.

The CXCC East will feature two exciting double headers in August and September at two of the most historic racing facilities in Canada, Gopher Dunes and Walton. These events will also pay points to the Wiesner Insurance Ontario Cross County Championship.

WEC would like to thank the National sponsors that make this series possible. Title Sponsor Royal Distributing, our Premier sponsors Honda Canada, Yamaha Canada, KTM Canada and Husaberg as well as our supporting sponsors Parts Canada, Mongoose Racing (distributors of Rekluse), Goldentyre, Emperor Racing, West Coast Transportation, and Wiesner Insurance. In addition to these national sponsors there are many regional sponsors who will be involved as well – check our site for details.

CXCC West Round #1 June 9 – Chilliwack, BC

The Greater Vancouver Motorcycle Club will host round one of the CXCC West in Chilliwack, BC. The event is less than an hour drive from Vancouver in the scenic Fraser Valley. Named “The Piston Run,” it is the longest running off road race in British Columbia and this year marks its 65th anniversary.

The terrain at the Piston Run has "West Coast" all over it. The Chipmunk Creek riding area offers a great combination of tight and technical trails mixed with fast, wide open, flowing deactivated logging roads to get racers into a groove. To keep it interesting there will be some challenging shale rock hill climbs and the occasional "maybe I should walk my bike down" decents. Organizers recommend that you don’t forget to pack a rain coat.

CXCC West Round #2 June 16 – Pincher Creek, AB

“The Porcupine Hills Hare Scramble” has been organized by the Lethbridge Motorcycle Club for the past 10 years. They have been doing a cross country in this area for 25 years. Riders can expect to run loops between 20 and 25 kilometers long.

The loop is a 50/50 mix of flowing single track and fast quad type trails with lots of elevation changes, log crossings, rooty sections with little to no rocks. The soil is rich black dirt that is great to ride on when moist but turns extremely slippery when it gets really wet. This event is a favorite with Alberta racers – considered one of the most fun races of the season.

CXCC West Round #3 June 30 – Lytton, BC

The West Coast Dirt Riders Club will host racers at the third round of the championship at a BC favorite, “The Monkey Wrench Cross Country”. The Wrench has been around for 28 years. The riding area is in, more or less, the middle of nowhere about a 25 minute drive north of the small town of Lytton, BC and considered the gateway to trail riding paradise.

The Laluwissen riding area is known to be one of British Columbia's best riding spots. Breathtaking scenery mixed with trails that will blow your mind. The Wrench will toss riders into tight, gnarly single track, fast flowing open areas and hill climbs that will have them bouncing off the rev limiter. Definitely a “can’t miss” event.

The CXCC West take place over four weekends in June and July. The championship will consist of two rounds in BC, part of the Pacific Northwest Motorcycle Association Championship, and two rounds in Alberta, part of the Alberta Motorsports Association Championship. World Enduro Canada is very proud to partner with these racing organizations and their associated clubs.

The CXCC East will feature two exciting double headers in August and September at two of the most historic racing facilities in Canada, Gopher Dunes and Walton. These events will also pay points to the Wiesner Insurance Ontario Cross County Championship.

WEC would like to thank the National sponsors that make this series possible. Title Sponsor Royal Distributing, our Premier sponsors Honda Canada, Yamaha Canada, KTM Canada and Husaberg as well as our supporting sponsors Parts Canada, Mongoose Racing (distributors of Rekluse), Goldentyre, Emperor Racing, West Coast Transportation, and Wiesner Insurance. In addition to these national sponsors there are many regional sponsors who will be involved as well – check our site for details.

CXCC West Round #1 June 9 – Chilliwack, BC

The Greater Vancouver Motorcycle Club will host round one of the CXCC West in Chilliwack, BC. The event is less than an hour drive from Vancouver in the scenic Fraser Valley. Named “The Piston Run,” it is the longest running off road race in British Columbia and this year marks its 65th anniversary.

The terrain at the Piston Run has "West Coast" all over it. The Chipmunk Creek riding area offers a great combination of tight and technical trails mixed with fast, wide open, flowing deactivated logging roads to get racers into a groove. To keep it interesting there will be some challenging shale rock hill climbs and the occasional "maybe I should walk my bike down" decents. Organizers recommend that you don’t forget to pack a rain coat.

CXCC West Round #2 June 16 – Pincher Creek, AB

“The Porcupine Hills Hare Scramble” has been organized by the Lethbridge Motorcycle Club for the past 10 years. They have been doing a cross country in this area for 25 years. Riders can expect to run loops between 20 and 25 kilometers long.

The loop is a 50/50 mix of flowing single track and fast quad type trails with lots of elevation changes, log crossings, rooty sections with little to no rocks. The soil is rich black dirt that is great to ride on when moist but turns extremely slippery when it gets really wet. This event is a favorite with Alberta racers – considered one of the most fun races of the season.

CXCC West Round #3 June 30 – Lytton, BC

The West Coast Dirt Riders Club will host racers at the third round of the championship at a BC favorite, “The Monkey Wrench Cross Country”. The Wrench has been around for 28 years. The riding area is in, more or less, the middle of nowhere about a 25 minute drive north of the small town of Lytton, BC and considered the gateway to trail riding paradise.

The Laluwissen riding area is known to be one of British Columbia's best riding spots. Breathtaking scenery mixed with trails that will blow your mind. The Wrench will toss riders into tight, gnarly single track, fast flowing open areas and hill climbs that will have them bouncing off the rev limiter. Definitely a “can’t miss” event.

CXCC West Round #4 July 7 – Coleman, AB

The Crowsnest National Enduro Club will host the finale of the CXCC West at the “Shale Shaker Cross Country” in the scenic mountains north of Coleman, AB. The event will be about 40km north of Coleman in an area known as Old Man River. Any riders familiar with the area know to expect lots of steep elevation changes, rocky trails, tight trees and “I wish I had my camera” type scenery. The loops will average 50 km to guarantee a long, fun day of racing. There has not been a cross country event hosted here for over 10 years so all riders, either local or travelling, can expect some fresh trail to enjoy.

This event will also be the Canadian qualifier for the Big Sky AMA Off Road Championship event on in August at the Big Sky resort in Montana. This Championship is going to be off road version of the AMA Loretta Lynn Amateur MX National Championship that the AMA will use to crown amateur Off Road Champions in all classes. The AMA and Big Sky race organizers recognize the number of Canadians who travel south to race and want to make us part of their championship. Racers, from all classes, who do well at this event, will be invited to compete at the Big Sky XC Championship.

On Sunday afternoon once all the racing is completed WEC will be handing out #1 plates in all classes along with prizes from various sponsors like Royal Distributing and Parts Canada.

CXCC East Round #1 & 2 Aug 24 & 25 – Gopher Dunes - Courtland, ON

The opening rounds of the CXCC East will be held at the famous Gopher Dunes Raceway. The famous deep sand track, mixed with the fast wide open trails will make this one of the highest speed events of the season. Taking place the weekend after the CMRC Walton Trans Can MX the Shuster family is planning to bring some of Canada’s best MX racers to mix it up with the top cross country racers for an epic event.

To keep things interesting there will be two racing formats utilized on the weekend. On Saturday riders will race the Moto XC format and on Sunday the traditional XC format. Two years ago WEC began utilizing the Moto XC format and it was a hit with both traditional XC racers and MX racers who were giving XC racing a try. In the Moto XC format each class runs two one hour moto’s instead of the traditional two hour long (or two and a half for Pro’s) event. Saturday will cater to the sprinters and Sunday to the endurance racers.

CXCC East Round #3 & 4 Sept 7 & 8 – Walton Raceway - Walton, ON

The finale for the CXCC East will take place at the historic Walton Raceway. The entire MX course, famous for its elevation changes and natural jumps, combined with tight flowing trails and a special extreme section has been a favorite on the Ontario cross county circuit for the past few seasons.

Similar to the Gopher Dunes double header the Walton weekend will utilize both XC formats to keep things interesting. Saturday will feature the Moto XC format and Sunday the traditional XC format. After the podium presentations on Sunday WEC will award the #1 Championship plates to the CXCC East Champions along with prizes from our many sponsors.

Pro Racer List - This is a list of some of the top riders and the manufacturers who support them that will be competing this year.

Yamaha –
Brian Wojnarowski – Ontario

Honda –
Jason Schrage – Alberta

CGRT Husaberg Team –
Shane Cuthbertson – Alberta
Ben Rego – BC
Victoria Hett – BC
Ryan Linderman – Alberta

Guy Giroux – Quebec

KTM National Race Team –
Bobby Prochnau – BC
Chantelle Bykerk – BC
Ryan Graffunder – BC
Josh Long – ON
Félicia Robichaud – ON
Philippe Chainé – Quebec
Loic Léonard – Quebec
Francis Ouimette – Quebec

KTM Supported riders -
Jack Sawatzky – Alberta
Ty Mckenna – Alberta
Ben Riviere – Alberta
Kevin Cockayne – Ontario
Denis Libersan – Quebec
Jason Griffeth – Ontario
Shelby Turner – Alberta
Malcom Hett - BC
Geoff Nelson - BC
Allan Lachapelle – Quebec
Jarrett May – BC

Lang’s Off Road Gas Gas
Steve Bond – Ontario
David Taplay – Ontario
CXCC WEST

June 9, 2013 - Piston Run – Chilliwack, BC - Greater Vancouver Motorcycle Club

June 16, 2013 - Porcupine Hill – Pincher Creek, AB - Lethbridge Motorcycle Club

June 30, 2013 -Monkey Wrench – Lytton, BC - Westcoast Dirt Riders

July 7, 2013 – Shale Shaker - Coleman, AB - Crowsnest National Enduro Club

CXCC EAST

Aug 24 & 25 - Gopher Dunes - Cortland, ON

Sept 7 & 8 – Walton Raceway - Walton, ON




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Harley-Davidson launches motorcycle Boot Camp Events across Canada

Harley-Davidson is excited to launch Motorcycle Boot Camp; a national program specifically tailored to men who have yet to start riding. Harley-Davidson recognizes that there are a ton of questions about how to get started, and wants to make it as easy as possible for new riders by offering orientation sessions on subjects such as the basics of motorcycling, Harley-Davidson Factory Customization, motorcycling gear, and the Harley-Davidson motorcycle model families, in a fun and vibrant group atmosphere.

Retailers will customize events based on language and regional culture, making every event unique. Attendees can expect to mix and mingle over food and drinks throughout the night. Learning session stations will be set up in the Store and will include a JUMPSTART simulator session, encouraging potential riders to hop on a bike, start the engine, switch gears, and feel the rumble of their first “test ride”. Other session topics include:

H-D1 FIT SHOP – Harley-Davidson is all about customization. Attendees will be shown how they can make a Harley-Davidson motorcycle their own through special customization options, and express their personalities by adapting a bike’s look, sound, riding position, and mechanical options.

Service Department Tour – From Dyna to Sportster models and Touring to CVO models, all six model families will be explained and outlined. This is where attendees get their hands dirty! Taking them behind the scenes of the service area, and introducing them to the feeling of wrenching on a motorcycle. Attendees will leave feeling confident and knowledgeable in all things Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

MotorClothes Products and General Merchandise – Riding gear, seasonal necessities, and safety are all aspects that will be highlighted in this session. The importance of the proper gear is crucial in the sport of motorcycling. Attendees can try on gear, including the new Black Label collection.

“We are excited to launch the Motorcycle Boot Camp program in Canada”, said Brad Jandrew, Marketing Director with Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada. “Every guy thinks about riding a motorcycle at one point or another, and this program is a great way to take them through the basics in a fun and friendly group environment.”

Motorcycle Boot Camp will showcase the Black Label MotorClothes collection, designed to attract a younger rider. It is a street-inspired collection with a custom washed, worn, and comfortable look, evoking an authentic, rebel attitude with a casual feel.

For more information on Motorcycle Boot Camp please contact your local authorized Canadian Harley‑Davidson® Retailer or visit http://www.harley-promos.ca/bootcamp/en/index.asp.

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