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ARCH Motorcycle Company begins production

Founders Gard Hollinger and Keanu Reeves are proud to introduce the custom-production KRGT-1, ARCH Motorcycle Company’s versatile, performance-oriented, American V-twin with the perfect balance of performance and design. Manufactured exclusively in ARCH’s Los Angeles area factory,
the KRGT-1 will be built to order with an initial offering price of $78,000. Production will be limited, making ownership a coveted experience.

When Reeves approached Hollinger at his motorcycle shop (LA County Choprods) 7 years ago, he was in search of a custom sissy bar for his near-stock V-twin cruiser. What followed was the idea to build an athletic, retro-modern custom motorcycle. That custom motorcycle became the prototype that inspired the formation of the Arch Motorcycle Company.

Once the decision was made to bring their concept to the public, Hollinger committed to the lengthy process of vetting his design to meet even higher aesthetic, performance, production and reliability standards. This three-year quest allowed time to perfect the ARCH philosophy, “Connecting The Art and The Ride.”

The KRGT-1 represents the culmination of years of design and R&D focused on producing a category-defying American motorcycle with real world rideability to match the meticulous craftsmanship. Its streamlined retro-modern styling brings the contours of the past into the present. The bike showcases over 200 parts created at the Arch production facility, each bike requiring 300-plus machine-hours using state-of-the-art CNC and water-jet machinery. Dozens of other proprietary parts are supplied by premium vendor/partners who share the same demanding standards.

What started in 2007 as a simple request for a sissy bar has evolved into the launch of the KRGT-1, a true production model uniting refreshed style with modern performance technology. The KRGT-1 is Presence in Motion.

The archmotorcycle.com website has been updated with additional information including photos, videos and specifications. The current delivery schedule is approximately 90 days from receipt of deposit. For sales inquiries email sales@archmotorcycle.com or phone (310) 675-2724 ext. #1.

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2015 Zero Motorcycles lineup

Zero Motorcycles 2015 model line takes comfort and control to the next level with premium Showa suspension, Pirelli tires and Bosch anti-lock brakes on every model. With newly engineered cast wheels, fresh design highlights and 10% more range on the Zero S, Zero SR and Zero DS, enthusiasts will turn heads while enjoying more spirited, thrilling and longer rides than ever before.

The 2015 lineup is fueled by Zero’s industry leading, and continually advancing, 100% electric Z-Force® powertrain. Cutting-edge, powerful and thrilling, the Z-Force® powertrain strips away all but the purest elements of the motorcycle experience to let riders focus on what matters most…
the ride


Showa suspension
» Every Zero is now fully equipped with Showa suspension
» Exceptionally smooth action for improved comfort and control
» Fully adjustable settings to meet the demands of a wide variety of riders
» Increased torsional rigidity on the front end for improved handling
» Hollow front axle for reduced unsprung weight
» Durable and highly protective new fork guards on the Zero DS and Zero FX
» Developed in close collaboration with Showa

Bosch anti-lock braking system (ABS)
» Advanced Bosch ABS is now standard on every model
» ABS can be switched on or off depending on rider’s preferences
» Incredibly smooth actuation for improved control under extreme braking
» Larger 320 mm carrier-less front rotor increases stopping power on the Zero S,

Zero SR and Zero DS
» New braking systems with refined hydraulic ratios for improved braking power and modulation
» Adjustable front brake lever for customizable ergonomics on the Zero S, Zero SR and Zero DS

Up to 185 miles with higher energy density
» The Zero S and Zero SR city range can now be extended to 185 miles using the Power Tank accessory
» Newly packaged battery cell offers 10% more energy density on the Zero S, Zero SR and Zero DS

New wheels and Pirelli tires across the entire lineup
» New cast alloy wheels on the Zero S, Zero SR and Zero DS
» New high performance Pirelli tires for every model combine excellent grip with long lasting mileage

Improved rider interface
» Stylish new mirrors provide great visibility while also reducing motorcycle width
» Comfortable new grips use a softer rubber compound
» Newly contoured seat for improved ergonomics on the Zero S, Zero SR and Zero DS
» New throttle for improved action

Full details on the 2015 models can be foudn HERE.

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Countdown to Intermot

How I wish that I was in Germany! Intermot 2014 is coming up this week and we should see plenty of exciting announcements from the major manufacturers. What new models will be released?!

You'll have wait just a cuple of days!


Check out the Intermot website for more info.

Full details on the event:

The waiting is finally over: there's only a few days to go before INTERMOT Cologne opens its doors from 1-5 October. 900 providers from 35 countries are showcasing around 1,200 brands and the latest models and products to the international specialised trade and the biker scene. The providers include all the industry's top players. The INTERMOT offering ranges from motorcycles, scooters, e-bikes, internal combustion and electric propulsion, trailers and sidecars to parts and accessories for motorised two-wheelers, engines and engine parts, electrical equipment, tools, workshop and retail outlet equipment, lubricants and maintenance products as well as motorcycle-related tourism and leisure offerings.

The exhibitor list for INTERMOT Cologne read like a "who's who" of the motorcycle industry: all the providers relevant to the market have bagged their place at the world's leading trade fair for motorised two-wheelers. Visitors can look forward to presentations by BMW, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Piaggio-Gruppe and Triumph. KTM and Yamaha have increased their exhibition space for this year's event to show off their models to even greater effect. But Husqvarna and Polaris as well with their Victory and Indian brands will have one or the other new product up their sleeves for the media and fans. Daytona, Held, iXS, Nolan, Rukka, and Schuberth will be among those presenting their latest clothing products. In the parts/accessories segment, names like Alpha Technik, Matthies, Niemann + Frey, Parts Europe, Rizoma and Öhlins will be represented, among others. The list of big-name participants is complemented by prominent returnees as well as new exhibitors like Akrapovic (parts/accessories), Bridgestone (tyres), Kabuto (helmets), Locatelli/Airoh (helmets), Metzeler (tyres), Rev'lt (clothing) and Yuasa (batteries).

INTERMOT Cologne is and remains the place where the international industry meets. Of the registered providers, 30 per cent are from Germany and 70 per cent from abroad, an increase of 5 per cent. The strongest contingents are from China, Taiwan, Great Britain, the Netherlands, the USA and France.

As in previous years, INTERMOT Cologne occupies Halls 5-10 of the Cologne exhibition centre with a total gross floor area of 118,000 square metres. The market leaders are spread between all the halls. As usual, BMW and Yamaha will be exhibiting in Hall 6. Newly ensconced in the hall is Polaris with the Victory and Indian brands. The Piaggio Group, Suzuki and ZERO will be represented in Hall 7, a newcomer in Hall 8 is Kymco, alongside Ducati and Kawasaki. KTM together with Husqvarna, Honda, Harley-Davidson and Triumph will cause a stir in Hall 9. Hall 10 is earmarked for INTERMOT's spectacular themed areas. Additional indoor events for youngsters are to be found in Hall 5.1 while 5.2 is all about electromobility with INTERMOT e-motion.

INTERMOT e-motion

INTERMOT e-motion is the main focus of the electrically driven two-wheeler offering. Among those showcasing their alternative mobility models and propulsion motors are new exhibitors brose, GIANT, my Stromer and Polaris. Koelnmesse also managed to attract a partner, ZEG, to act as a strong draw for the fair. In order to reach the widest possible audience, the ZEG will be represented twice: With an eye-catching truck in the hall as well as with a trail connection. Moreover, the topic of electro-mobility will be encountered in all INTERMOT halls, including also at BMW, which is confidently exhibiting its E-model among the classic motorcycles in Hall 6. Also present will be the international LEV (light electric vehicle) association with a joint stand. An international conference programme specifically addressing the topic will be on offer to specialists and trade visitors, hazarding a glimpse into the future and providing information on forthcoming developments in the safety and electromobility arena. The LEV conference will be held on 3 October, the biggest international gathering of the light electric vehicle industry. This will be preceded on 2 October 2014 by the presentation of the 'E-Bike Award 2014' by initiators RWE Germany and the ExtraEnergy e.v association.

From 29-30 September, before the trade fair gets under way, there will be the specialist conference of the Institute für Zweiradsicherheit e.V. (Institute for Two Wheeler Safety - ifz). Cologne cabaret artist Jürgen Becker will deliver the opening address for this tenth anniversary event.

Business at its best!
After its successful debut in 2012, the Business District with its central Dealer's Lounge meeting point, will be continued in 2014. Between Hall 4 and 5, exhibitors such as NZI Technical Protection, SHARK Helmets Germany or WIERES motorcycle accessories will take the opportunity to target their presentations at the international retail trade and to focus on business. The Business District is supported as cooperation partners by European trade magazines Bike and Business, World of Bike (both D), British Dealer News and International Dealer News (GB), L'Officiel (F), Moto Dealer News (I) and Mototaller (ES).

The newly instituted trade visitor day on 1 October also serves to focus fully on business. For the first time this day is "reserved" for trade visitors and importers. On this day, private visitors only have access to the trade fair through a limited ticket allocation.

INTERMOT Cologne: the event fair
But private visitors as well will get their money's worth at INTERMOT Cologne 2014. As an event fair, INTERMOT Cologne will again be offering the full programme with freestyle MX and stunt shows, tests and special shows and test ride tracks for grownups and little ones, whether or not they have a motorcycle licence. There is a total of 70,000 square metres of outdoor space available as an activity area. With the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building in the indoor area and the team trial show in the outdoor area, there are some premiere highlights this year.

50 years of the Motorcycle Fair in Cologne
This year INTERMOT is also celebrating itself. With '50 Years of the Motorcycle Fair in Cologne' it can look to a golden anniversary honoured in a special exhibition spanning the history of the motorcycle. The organisers really crank up the action on 2 October at the official INTERMOT 6to9 party. From 06:00 p.m. onwards in this anniversary year all exhibitors and visitors are invited to join in the celebrations on the trade air boulevard accompanied by live music.

Outside the exhibition site, the 'Night of the Jumps' in the Lanxess Arena again promises a top event of the moto cross scene. The best riders of the International Freestyle Motocross Federation (IFMXF) will be battling for world cup points on 4 October. The admission ticket to the 'Night of the Jumps' is also valid for any day of your choice (except for 1 October) at INTERMOT Cologne, thereby promising even more FMX action.

INTERMOT Cologne is open to visitors daily from 1-5 October 2014 from 09:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m. and on 3 October until 08:00 p.m. 1 October is reserved for trade visitors and importers as a trade visitor day. Private visitors only have access to the trade fair through a limited ticket allocation. There is no supporting programme on the trade visitor day.

On TOP: INTERMOT Cologne invites all visitors from the region to the fair free of charge for two hours on Friday. On 3 October anyone who is interested can visit the attractive and action-packed event free of charge between 06:00 p.m. and 08:00 p.m., get an initial impression then buy a ticket for a full visit on Saturday at the same time.

Cut-price advance sale tickets are still available online up until 30 September from the Ticket Shop at - saving waiting time and money. The admission tickets are valid for travel on Cologne's Verkehrsbetriebe (KVB), Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Sieg (VRS) and the entire Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr (VRR) public transport network. Take advantage of Park & Ride and enjoy a cheap and relaxed journey to INTERMOT Cologne 2014.

INTERMOT Cologne - October 1 to 5, 2014

For 90 years, Koelnmesse has been bringing people and markets together. The success story of Cologne trade fairs began in 1924 with the opening of the first event on the exhibition grounds in Cologne-Deutz. During the "economic miracle" of the post-World War II era, the "Rheinische Messe" became a global trading center. Today Koelnmesse has the world's fifth-largest exhibition complex and organizes approximately 75 trade fairs in Cologne and all over the world. During its anniversary year of 2014, Koelnmesse is bringing its history to the public's attention through numerous activities, publications, and exhibitions.

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2015 BMW S1000XR - Adventurer Tourer

Courtesy of Cycle World we've learned of the, what looks to be, production ready BMW S1000RR based Adventure Tourer. What! Watch out Ducati - BMW just stole some business.


More details from the CycleWorld post HERE.

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Keanu Reeves has a motorcycle company!

Canadian actor Keanu Reeves is a partner in Arch motorcycle Company and the first bike they're producing is called a KRGT-1 and features a 2032 cc S&S engine. Max rear wheel horsepower is 121.53 and torque is 121.77. Pretty decent numbers but having your motorcycle designed in part by Neo is that'll it cost you...

Introductory pricing is $78,000 USD and you can secure one with a $12,00 deposit.

More info on the company and the bike can be found on their website:

http://archmotorcycle.com/




Some additional details from the YouTube clip notes:

Back in late 2012 we showed you the prototype of a really sweet cruiser created by famous actor Keanu Reeves and his new bike-building partner Gard Hollinger. The old KR GT-1 was derived from Keanu’s 2005 Harley Wide Glide and was more of an essay on what they could do.

Two years later, the KRGT-1 is a real bike you can order and ride, of forking out $78,000 (€60,790) is not too much for you. However, before you start ranting about the price, read the facts below, and you’ll most likely change your perspective.

While the initial GT-1 was a Harley derivation, the actual bike is a completely different breed of machine. Most of the bits and pieces, from the smallest to the biggest ones, are made in-house, CNC machined and handcrafted. More than a dozen parts which looked great on the CAD simulation turned out to be less spectacular when mounted on the bike, so they’ve been redesigned until everything looked sharp and retained the key characteristics: looks, performance, and serviceability.

In fact, the KRGT-1 is a painstaking endeavor, as both Keanu and Gard say, because it blends the top-notch styling with a very keen approach to serviceability and ease of use for both rider and mechanic. To understand better where the money goes, we must tell you that while other builders would simply use a pre-manufactured swingarm or go the easy way and weld a simple tube structure, Gard, Keanu and their team decided to design and craft their own CNC billet aluminium swingarm. Starts sounding more like a MotoGP story, doesn’t it?

Billet CNC to the max

Frame and bodywork components have also been created from scratch and CNC machined to perfection. The tank is especially interesting, for more than its styling. As Keanu says, its shaping was not aimed at replicating the shapes of an old-school tank or using a shape which was believed to be modern back in the day. The design tries to bring the retro design to the actual future and endow it with all the latest vibe in the business. By all means, fir this alone the KRGT-1 is a massive win.

The 5-gallon (19 liters) tank is a marvelous creation: it is also CNC machined, and manufacturing it alone takes around 66 hours. It relies on a billet center piece with adds structural strength and allows a downdraft air intake system to be installed. The actual pieces which hold the fuel are machined and welded to the center piece for a massive feel and equally amazing looks. The iconic teardrop shape is blended with the knee cutaways of retro road racers (say Norton Manx) for an impeccable old-school look which hides top-notch technology.

Top-drawer tech included

The Harley engine was replaced by an Arch proprietary S&S Cycle 124ci (2,032cc) injected v-twin which is good for north of 121 horsepower and just under 122 lb-ft (165 Nm) of torque at the rear wheel for a truly blasting ride. A proprietary Baker 6-speed right-side mount transmission with a high torque main shaft delivers the power to the ground by means of a chain!

The 43mm fully-adjustable forks are delivered by Ohlins, while RaceTech takes care of the rear monoshock, with a remote reservoir, hydraulic preload adjustment and a bevy of other setup points. BST carbon fiber wheels complement the carbon fenders, and the rear one uses a no-compromise 240mm-wide tire. Radial-mount ISR monoblock calipers (6-pot front, 4-pot rear) are also on the list.

In the front, a LED headlight is accompanied by MotoGadget bar-end turn signals and a machined mini cowl behind which a Motogadget Motoscope Pro digital cluster with programmable functions is hiding. In the awesome, fluid and organic tail section, Arch has used an integrated LED cluster which combines tail, brake and turn signal functions.

The dry KRGT-1 tips the scales at 538 lb (243 kg), which is surprisingly light and delivers a very thrilling anticipation. The bikes can be customized in terms of ergonomics, with forward or mid-mounted foot controls, narrow or wide pegs and 2”otr 3” (5-7.5 cm) bar pull-back risers.

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BMW Magazine available online

BMW's magazine is no wavailable online and there is an app for various mobile platforms as well. There's a lot of car and lifestyle content but keep an eye out for motorcycle content as well!

Here's the details from BMW:

Users can access regularly updated features on design trends, travel destinations, the diversity of modern life and exclusive content from the world of BMW

Munich. BMW Magazine is now published in digital form worldwide. This move sees BMW Magazine taking another step into the future of mobility. The app can be downloaded as a native version for tablet and smartphone (Android and iOS) or used on any platform through any web browser.



The application is managed centrally and responsive design allows it to adapt excellently to any format. The editorial and exclusive content – reports, picture galleries and videos – are updated at regular intervals. These ongoing updates of content take place in the background, unnoticed by users.

Large-format pictures, in-depth stories focusing in detail on well-known BMW aficionados and information on new models are added to contributions from the print magazine. Furthermore, exclusive videos provide a visual complement to the editorial content and bring it to life. The focus is on stories about people who change our lives through their visionary ideas.

BMW Magazine Digital is available in English, German, Spanish and French. Depending on the language selected, it can be viewed on smartphones and tablets. The primary language is English, but other languages are also offered and can be selected via the app menu.

Some countries, including Germany, Spain, France and the UK, have a version with additional country-specific content.

BMW Magazine Digital is created under the direction of editor Hendrik Lakeberg and art director Dirk Linke and is published by HOFFMANN UND CAMPE Corporate Publishing.

The print edition of BMW Magazine has been the international customer magazine of BMW AG since 1989 and is published twice a year – in March and September – under the direction of its editor Adriano Sack. The 100-page lifestyle magazine is published around the world in 24 languages. It has a circulation of three million copies in approximately 100 countries.


BMW Magazine App for Android: http://bit.ly/1lhaV1e
BMW Magazine App for iOS: http://bit.ly/1uu7GJs

Desktop Version: http://bit.ly/1hJn78n
BMW Homepage: http://bit.ly/1CNqaJO

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Kawasaki H2 Teasers

Kawasaki has published some teasers on teh upcoming H2. Check'em out:



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BMW Motorrad supplies more than 90,000 vehicles for the first time as of August.

From January to August 2014 BMW Motorrad sold a total of 90,226 motorcycles and maxi scooters, thereby achieving a new all-time high (previous year: 83,890 units / +7.6%).  The retail figure for August of 7,587 vehicles is almost at the level of last year's exceptionally strong figure 7,708 units / -1.6%).

Heiner Faust, BMW Motorrad Head of Sales and Marketing: "Eight months into the year we are doing very well. 90,226 vehicles sold between January and August is a new record for this period. Our highly attractive product portfolio and the strength of the brand BMW are key factors here. We remain firmly on course to set a new all-time sales high for the entire year of 2014." 
Faust adds: "Customers can again look forward to numerous new products for the 2015 motorcycle season. We will be presenting no less than five models to the public in the course of the next few months."

As many as three new BMW Motorrad models see their world premiere at the international motorcycle trade fair INTERMOT at the beginning of October. In addition to the new models, BMW Motorrad also presents its new rider equipment collection for the upcoming season at the trade fair in Cologne. Two more new models will be presented to the public for the first time two weeks later at the international motorcycle trade fair EICMA in Milan.

Heiner Faust: "INTERMOT is one of the biggest motorcycle trade fairs in the world and provides the perfect setting for us to present our new models. Here we will be showing the new BMW S 1000 RR for the first time. Trade fair visitors can also look forward to two other world premieres as well as numerous highlights at our trade fair stand. So our model offensive continues to advance at full pace.

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Harley Davidson offering in store credit

Harley Davison is offering in-store credit on remaining 2014 models. That should help you get some bling for your HD.





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BMW Motorrad at INTERMOT 2014. World premiere of three new models.

Munich. No less than three new BMW Motorrad models will see their world premiere at the international motorcycle trade fair INTERMOT in Cologne from October 1st - 5th 2014.

One of the highlights is the new BMW S 1000 RR. 

The BMW supersports bike goes into its next generation with an optimised engine for enhanced performance and ridability. Meanwhile a new suspension geometry provides increased riding precision and even better handling. In addition to increasing performance, the focus here was particularly on making the new S 1000 RR more user-friendly. Whether in everyday use, taking bends dynamically on country roads or proactive racing on the track - the new S 1000 RR is always uncompromising.

In addition to this and other new models from various segments, BMW Motorrad also presents its new rider equipment collection for the upcoming season at the international motorcycle trade fair in Cologne.



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BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy North America 2014, day 7. Team CEEU crowned 2014 GS Trophy champions.

Munich / Exshaw, Canada. After seven days and well over 2,300 kilometres of tough riding interspersed with 20 special stages, Team Central and Eastern Europe (CEEU) were deserving winners of the 2014 GS Trophy, having led the competition from the very first day and won many specials, as well as both photo competitions.


The team of Wojciech Zambrzycki, Maciej Gryczewski and Karel Rahcek dominated this year's competition that finished in the same place as it started – at the Kananaskis Guest Ranch in Exshaw, west of Calgary. They finished with 276 points, 49 ahead of South Africa in second place, while Team France came in third with 198 points.

Today's final day, dubbed the “coming home ride”, by Chief Instructor Tomm Wolf, was a celebration of the Canadian Rockies, with scenic and deserted gravel roads initially taking participants across picturesque mountain passes, before the splendid paved road network brought them back north back into Alberta.

And just like every other day, there were several specials thrown in for good measure, including an early morning 'car pull' in sub-zero temperatures and using a vintage Dodge; a 'bear turn' team relay special deep in the forest; and a trials-based 'Final Skills Challenge' back at base camp that even include blindfolded riding.

A final dinner by a roaring campfire included a prize-giving ceremony where all 16 teams received awards for participation. As GS Trophy organiser Michael Trammer put it: “All the teams are winners in my opinion. It doesn't matter if you don't finish among the top teams because we have all become one big team together.”

This was a view shared by Head of BMW Motorrad Marketing Ralf Rodepeter, who added: “It was a great experience here in Canada, from the bikes to the landscapes to the competitors and all the team working hard behind the scenes to make it happen. When you see that all the GS bikes are perfectly ok after more than 2,000 kilometres of the toughest riding imaginable, then it's really impressive. It's also great to see how a bike like the GS is unifying these people from all over the world who came to Canada to ride the GS Trophy.”

The final word went to Vice President of BMW Motorrad Sales and Marketing Heiner Faust, who added: “I don't know of any other event like the GS Trophy. You really can't compare one Trophy to another because they have all been fantastic events in their own way. The whole idea behind the Trophy is to go to a different nation every two years, and the riding and scenery have been stunning here in Canada. We are all here together, but a much wider GS community has been following online, making the GS Trophy the most important event for us in terms of media coverage. Every GS Trophy is for sure a hard act to follow and we certainly raised the bar high with this 2014 edition.”

 

BMW Motorrad GS Trophy 2014

Final standings:

Pos.TeamPoints
1CEEU276
2South Africa227
3France198
4Argentina182
5USA174
6Alps160
7Russia158
7Latin America158
9Canada153
10UK142
11Germany136
12Mexico125
13Korea124
14Japan120
15Brazil117
16Italy116

 


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Royal Distributi​ng CXCC East - 2014 Finale at Walton

The crew at Walton offered up another great course this past weekend to cap off the 2014 Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship. Over the last few months they added new trail to create the best Walton off-road course yet.


These were the final two rounds of the CXCC East and in the Pro class both days provided epic racing between Yamaha Canada’s Brian Wojnarowski and Zach Lewis. Zach won the Saturday race so going into Sunday Wojo had a slim 3 point lead. With Zach taking the win again on Sunday, it left Brian and Zach tied on points, tied on first place wins and tied on second place wins. The tie breaker went in the favor of Zach Lewis as he won the final round. He commented after that he had never passed and been passed so many times. On the podium the new young champion only had great things to say about Brian Wojnarowski and the rest of his competition.
There was great racing in all the Amateur classes as well and on Sunday all the champions were awarded thier CXCC East #1 plates. Champions in all classes are as follows:
Pee Wee – Connor Taplay
Mini Junior – Ryan O’Neill
Mini Senior – Christian Wiesner
Women – Jill Carney
Vet Junior – Mark Butt
Super Senior – Brian West
Vet Senior – Mike McCormick
Vet Master – Tim Carney
Beginner – Wolfgang Wiesner
Junior – Mike MacLennan
Intermediate – Tyler Thiessen
Pro – Zach Lewis
World Enduro Canada Congratulates all the 2014 CXCC East Champions as well as all the racer’s who made 2014 the best season yet.
 

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BMW Motorrad sales up on year, down on month

MW Motorrad increased sales by 7.6% to 90,226 (prev. yr. 83,890) motorcycles and maxi-scooters since the start of the year. In August, 7,587 vehicles were sold (prev. yr. 7,708 / -1.6%).




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Wiesner Insurance Ontario Enduro Championship - Round# 4 Inbox x

Earlier this summer the Campbellville round of the Wiesner Insurance Ontario Enduro Championship had to be cancelled due to weather conditions leading up to the event. The replacement event has been arranged and the course is set to go.

Round Four of the series is set to take place on October 19th near Erin, Ontario. This centrally located facility has an extensive network of trails, a motocross track and a custom designed Extreme Test that will challenge and entertain riders of all abilities.  Directions will be posted on our site within a week.

As this will be the final round, Champions in all classes will be crowned with the formal presentation immediately following the day’s award ceremony. In the event of inclement weather, this location features a very large building where celebrations will take place. As at every event, a barbeque lunch will be provided for all in attendance.

We would like to  remind racers that round #3 is set to take place September 28th near Meaford, Ontario. Some revisions have been made to this already excellent course that all riders will love.   The championship is heating up so keep on top of the points chase by viewing complete standings at www.worldendurocanada.com

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BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy North America 2014, day 3

A worldwide mix of talented GS riders got the best possible taste of the rugged beauty of Canada today as day three of the GS Trophy consisted of nearly 200 kilometres of off-road adventure, 150 kilometres of scenic paved mountain passes and three special stages thrown in for good measure – two of which involved getting extremely wet.

As usual, the day started early – with a 6am wake-up call – but yesterday's rain and mud soon became a distant memory as blue skies and warm sunshine greeted the early risers. Today was about getting off the pavement and heading into the middle of nowhere, as a 55-kilometre blast along what many of the riders called the “perfect GS road” led to the first special stage of the day – bike-to-bike towing.

On a sandy, dusty and rocky track, and using just one tie-down strap attached to the footpegs, one team rider had to tow his team-mate's GS behind him – without the engine running of course – over two kilometres from the starting point to the finish, with an immediate forfeit if they stopped or crashed at any point. The clock only stopped when both bikes had reached the finishing line and the fastest team to make it up the hill would win the day.

Sounds easy? The reality was that only five made it up the hill without any penalty, and the winning team – by over a minute – was France.

Sixty kilometres of fantastic riding followed, that saw one overenthusiastic journalist going into a corner too hot and sliding down a ravine. Needless to say, the amazing spirit already demonstrated in the Trophy saw a multi-national rescue effort that involved straps, ratchets, brute strength and a pick-up truck to haul the GS back up to the track. Both rider and machine were unharmed and continued on their way after a quick medical check and a series of 'high-fives' with fellow participants.

Soon after, the teams arrived at a picturesque river crossing for the 'Water Bear' special, which involved the highest levels of teamwork, physical effort and riding skill to get one of their GS bikes across a fast-flowing river strewn with slippery rocks. With one rider at the controls and the other team members having to maintain contact with the bike at all times, each country had its own ideas about the shallowest route. This provided great entertainment for the fellow competitors as every single participant got soaked in search of the fastest time. The winners of the Water Bear special were Team Alps.

The final special stage was another 185 kilometres away – 115 km of which was seriously challenging off-road trail. This culminated in a 20 km section graded as a ‘black run’ where the competitors found the trail through the forest narrowed to barely handlebar width, while steep climbs loaded with loose rocks brought consternation for some and delight for others. Finally the trails wound down to the shores of picturesque Christina Lake, allegedly the warmest in Canada. The 'Paddleboard Challenge' saw teams racing from the shoreside into the lake, mounting their boards and paddling around a fixed buoy – and then back to the shore again. This special test was no easy task, coming straight after several hundred kilometres of tough riding, but it was Team CEEU who won the battle for supremacy on the waves.

Overall winners for the day were Team South Africa, having placed 4-4-2 in the three special tests. Ruan de Lange: “We’re really happy to have won today. Our team journalist Stefan Boshoff was at the GS Trophy in 2010 and he explained the most successful strategy in this event is to aim for consistency across all the challenges. This really paid off today and has brought us much closer to Team CEEU. Now we just have to keep on doing this over the next four days!”

The toughest day yet ended with live music and dinner at the Christina Lake community hall where the local community were incredibly welcoming, feeding and entertaining the GS Trophy competitors. Tomorrow will bring a whole new series of specials and 'local' challenges – some of them performed in front of large crowds. All will be revealed right here on gstrophy.com tomorrow evening.

BMW Motorrad GS Trophy 2014  Day 3 overall standings:

PosTeamPoints
1CEEU98
2France92
3South Africa89
4Russia65
5USA64
6Korea59
7Argentina53
7Latin America53
9Alps51
10UK50
10Germany50
12Brazil45
12Italy45
14Canada34
15Mexico23
16Japan22


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BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy North America

Team CEEU leads the GS Trophy tonight after impressive performances in the first two special tests of the 2014 edition. Team France and Team South Africa are snapping at their heels in second and third place respectively.

Day one of this once-in-a-lifetime week-long adventure saw the 48 competitors and 16 journalists taking part in the 2014 Trophy get their first real taste of Canada, as the route took them right into the picturesque Rocky Mountains.

An early departure time meant that a 6am wake-up call was necessary to give participants the chance to strike camp, eat breakfast, attend the safety briefing and pose for the customary team photos before finally setting off. Despite early morning temperatures as low as two degrees, clear, sunny skies soon warmed the riders, and an initial paved section gave them all a taste of the wild beauty of Alberta.

The route passed by interestingly-named places such as Widowmaker Creek and Grizzly Creek, offering stunning views of the Glacier National Park. It also took the riders past the towns of Canmore and Banff before heading off on a forest trail towards the first special – the aptly-named 'Broken Bridge'

Here, each three team members and their accompanying journalist had to haul all four of their GS Trophy bikes – one by one – across a rocky, shallow, but fast-flowing river and up a steep muddy bank. It was great to see the legendary spirit of the GS Trophy already in evidence, as teams cheered on and supported their 'rivals', constantly encouraging them throughout the duration of their tasks.

Several hours were needed to get all the teams across the river, after which they continued on their way on a fantastic trail through pine forests to their camp for the night at the resort town of Golden – where another special test awaited them. This 'Golden 8' test required each team rider to complete a slow-speed figure-of-eight course, collecting a ball at the start and then depositing it back in the same bucket at the end. With points deducted for stalling the engine, dropping the bike, or even putting a foot down, the pressure was on but again, all teams supported and applauded each other's efforts.

Soon after, the day's results were announced and then the entire Trophy team enjoyed a fabulous buffet dinner, after which each team made a short, informal, and often funny presentation about themselves and their country. As the competitors continued to bond late into the night as they camped under the stars, the opening stage of the 2014 International GS Trophy was well and truly a success.

The day, however, belonged to Team CEEU, whose excellent teamwork strategy at the 'Broken Bridge' and highly-skilled riding technique saw them propelled to the top of the leaderboard. Mariusz Lowicki, Team CEEU commented: “This is just the first day, the beginning of the competition. Of course it’s nice to be on the top but we know we still have six days left and although we are excited about the prospect of those we need to concentrate on the coming days. When we keep this result on the last day – then we can be very happy! On the Broken Bridge test we decided we should keep every man just doing one thing. On the Golden Eight test we scored maximum points – a great result! The ride today has been spectacular, the nature and scenery is amazing. In Europe we have high mountains that we can ride, but in these mountains there’s so little civilization that it’s completely overwhelming for us.”

GS Trophy 2014 Day One results and overall standings:
Pos.TeamPoints
1CEEU38
2France33
3South Africa31
4Germany23
5Alps21
6USA20
6Latin America20
8Italy18
9Russia17
10UK14
11Brazil13
12Argentina11
13Korea9
14Canada7
15Japan7
16Mexico6

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Young in the Points Again at Donington Park

Sheffield UK  -  September 9, 2014 - Coming off his recent 12th place finish at Silverstone, Ben Young continued his inspired riding at Round 9 of the MCE British Superbike Championships at Donington Park by gaining further points in the highly competitive Pirelli Superstock 1000 Championship.
 
The Friday free practice was the first time Young was under race conditions at Donington, as the only time previous was a rainy trackday in April.  Along with familiarizing himself with the track, he got up-to-speed quickly ending the session 17thfastest.

The first qualifying proved to be more rewarding as Young passed the chequered flag in 10th position - however by the time the session had concluded, he was put back to 12th.
 
“We made some changes that worked well for Q1 and managed to get our best qualifying result of the season" said Young.
 
The weather proved to be a challenge come Q2, with Young holding off on going out on track until conditions were more predictable:"When I finally went out, I only managed to complete 5 laps before I low-sided at Goddards".
 
Despite putting in a faster lap in Q2, the limited time on track meant Young qualified 21st overall.
 
Race day arrived under clear, cool skies and in front of 30,000 enthusiastic BSB fans, Young got a good start on his Team WD-40 Kawasaki ZX10 and got a good run into the first corner.
 
After adjusting to the cool track temperatures Young felt more comfortable and became engaged in a battle with James Egan, Mike Booth and Dave Johnson throughout most of the race.
 
On the penultimate lap, Young was part of a group who were fighting for 14th position, and the last of the championship points. Young and Johnson were leading the pack, but forced each other wide going into turn one, leaving a gap for Egan and Booth to make a challenge.
 
The battle ended on the exit of turn two with Johnson making contact with Booth, who then slid off, narrowly avoiding contact with Young at over 100 mph. This caused a red flag situation which ended the race and in which the results went back a lap meaning Young finished an admirable 14th position. Young stated after the race: “Egan and I didn't feel or see anything! It was mega close and I’m really happy to hear Dave was okay.  I would like to thank the team for giving me a great bike this weekend. I can't wait to get to Silverstone, October 3rd`5th
 
Young will be returning to Canada this week, then heading out to compete in the final AMA Go-Pro Daytona SportBike Championship on board the Tim Hortons (Sudbury)/Team WD-40 Yamaha R6 at the Kawasaki Devil’s Showdown presented by iON at New Jersey Motorsport Park.
 
To stay up to date with Team WD-40 -
Twitter: @GRMotoSport

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2015 Indian Line-Up

Join Indian Motorcycle on the open road ahead with the 2015 Indian Line-Up featuring the Indian Chief Classic, Chief Vintage, and Chieftain now available in iconic two-tone paint, an all-new touring bike, the Indian Roadmaster and the all-new Indian Scout, powered by a 69 cu in liquid-cooled engine.




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"Motorcycle Experience" Celebrates 25 Years On The Air!

WhistleStop Productions is throwing a party at the end of the month and motorcycle fans are invited to come out and join in the celebration. The Prince Edward County based television production company has been producing TSN’s Motorcycle Experience for 25 years and will mark this incredible milestone on Saturday, September 27 at the Hillier Creek Estates winery. “Twenty-five years is a long time to be on the air. There aren’t a lot of Canadian TV shows that can say they’ve been around since 1989”, says show host Dave Hatch.

The long running TV show, which is shot primarily in Prince Edward County, plans to play host at the Hillier Creek Estates winery from 9am to 4pm and Honda Canada will be on hand providing the party favors. A TSN camera crew will also be on site throughout the day providing coverage to be broadcast early next spring on Motorcycle Experience.

While the winery won’t be offering wine tastings during the celebration to keep riders safe, there will still be plenty of events going on throughout the day. The winery will be holding vineyard tours and serving their famous wood fired pizzas while Motorcycle Experience and Honda Canada will be hosting motorcycle demo rides while a meet and greet seminar, exclusive motorcycle displays, hourly door prize giveaways including a special edition 40th escorted County Back Roads Ride will round out the day.

“Honda Canada has really stepped up to make it a real Wing Ding”, said Hatch. “This fall also marks the 40th thought, why not combine the 2 special occasions?” The event, Wings Over The County is a tip of the hat to both the Honda Goldwing and our neighbors over at the 8 Wing Air Base in Trenton. Honda Canada will bring out their full up demo ride program to the winery so fans of the company’s new motorcycle line up can sample the very latest products Honda has on offer. “I’m not quite sure where we’ll park all the motorcycles” said winery owner Kemp Stewart, “but we’re thrilled that they’ve chosen our winery as a site for this special celebration.” Stewart, a retired military officer, is an avid motorcycle fan and currently rides a Triumph Bonneville, but says several years ago he also owned a Goldwing. “I still love the Goldwing,” said Stewart “because they set the standard for touring machines and they’ve always been a great way to travel and see the country.”

According to Hatch, “If you had told me back in 1989 when we first went on the air on TSN that we’d be doing this for 25 years, I’m not sure I would have believed it! It’s been an incredible ride and I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone out at our event and supporting our TV show for all of these years.”

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New Fall gear from AlpineStars

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Young Earns First Points of BSB Season With A 12th At Silverstone

This past weekend Scottish-born / Canadian resident Ben Young earned his first points of the British Superbike (BSB) Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship season. He finished 12th with a inspired ride aboard his #40 GR Motosport’s Team WD-40 ZX10 at Silverstone, UK.

This past weekend MotoGP, the World’s premier road racing championship, visited the historic Silverstone circuit, one of the fastest tracks on the MotoGP calendar. The British Superbike (BSB) Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship was included as a support class of this prestigious event.



Heading into Silverstone Young’s highest Superstock finish to-date was a hard-fought 16th place which he achieved after an incredible start from 30th at Brands Hatch.

Challenged with finding a balance between riding style and suspension setup, Young was delighted to hear that Jon Cornwell from Ohlins Canada was flying over to assist Young and team. Having worked with Young in his AMA championship exploits, Cornwell was there to assist Young secure points which had eluded him in the first half of the BSB Pirelli National Superstock 1000 season.

Arriving on the Thursday Young and Team WD-40’s crew got to work quickly getting their garage at Silverstone sorted for Friday’s Free Practice session that saw Young earn 28th quickest of the session. With room for improvement, Team WD-40’s crew and their guest Ohlins suspension specialist quickly got to work.

“My first practice started out okay. I didn't push too hard as I was initially focused on learning the track. When I came in to the pits I found out where I ended up and was quite pleased.” said Young

In the first of the two qualifying sessions Young gradually improved his times achieving 22nd in the session.

Team WD-40’s Superstock 1000 pilot added: “In Q1 we made some changes to the gearing to help my straightaway speed. In Q2 we made another gearing change as well as suspension changes. I came in halfway through the session with my steering damper coming off. The team managed to quickly get that fixed and got me back out.”

On the final qualifying lap Young was up in his first sector but down on his second. He gained .5 of a second in the final half lap achieving his fast lap of the session earning him 19th on the grid for Sunday’s BSB Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship race.

Team WD-40’s Superstock pilot got off the line well but got pushed out wide in the first corner. Getting his tires up to temperature Young chose to play it safe for the first lap.

Confident in his set up Young began his charge forward and began to battle with Johnny Blackshaw. Now in front of Blackshaw Young managed to catch and eventually pass Victor Cox.

Closing in on Dom Usher the safety car came triggering a restart. On the restart Usher managed to make a few passes and get ahead of Young. Making a pass on Gavin Hunt with two laps to go and ahead of Cox by a bike length, Young would cross the finish line in 12th earning his first Superstock 1000 points of the season for Team WD-40.

“I’m over the moon about my results as well as for my team and sponsors. I’m focused on keeping the momentum going as we roll into Donington Park this coming weekend. I want to thank good friends Zach Herrin, Moto2 rider Josh Herrin, his fiancé Teesha Kitterman and Jon Cornwell for their incredible support this weekend!” said Young.

To stay up to date with Team WD-40 this season visit: www.teamwd40.com, and connect with the team via Twitter: @GRMotoSport and on Facebook: search ‘GR Motosport’

To connect with Ben Young visit: www.fogi.us , on Twitter: @bcyoung86 , and on Facebook: www.facebook.com/BenYoungRacing

Ben Young is proud to represent;
Tim Hortons (Sudbury), Scot-Build Developments Inc., AXO and Arai Helmets

Team Partners
Stauff UK, Cargolink Express, L&A Reinforcements, Tim Hortons, Scot-Build Developments Inc., Lexelle, Amtech, Optimum Fleet Management, F&G Commercials, 3 Squared, Signsxtra

Technical Partners
Dymag Wheels, Kawasaki, Scorpion Red Power, R&G, Dynojet UK, Swinton Motorcycles, PPG Paint, Goodridge, Pipercross, Robby Moto, NG Brake Discs, Solo Motorcycle products, Super B, STIHL, 3 Squared, Ohlins

Photo Credit: Londonbiker Snappers - londonbikers.com

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Royal Distributing CXCC East - 2014 Finale this weekend at Walton

The famous Walton Raceway will host the final rounds of the Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship East on September 6 & 7. At the end of Sunday’srace, champions will be declared in all classes from Pee Wee to Pro. There will be no waiting days for results or months for Championship plates to be awarded. The National Championship awards ceremony will take place on Sunday afternoon immediately following the days podium presentation.
 
World Enduro Canada brought Cross Country racing to Walton in 2011 and over these years this facility has become a favorite with many racers. The course is definitely to the advantage to those that are truly fast and have motocross speed and skill. Almost the entire National motocross track is used and is complemented by a grass track, fast forest trails and man made obstacles. This fantastic course even offers excellent spectator opportunities.
 
Saturday will feature the WEC Moto Cross Country format of two motos, one hour each for all adult classes. A live engine start with motocross starting gate will be used.Due to this format, it is very important for racers that normally ride the afternoon program to show up early – need to be signed in ready to ride by 11am with registration opening at 8am.
 
Sunday will return to the Classic Cross Country format of two hours for all adult classes and 2.5 hours for Pros. Sunday will continue to feature the live engine start with motocross gate. 
 
Tons of prizes will be awarded at the series finale. As at every round, the Wiesner Insurance $100 Pro Holeshot Award will be presented both days along with the Wiesner Insurance $100 fastest Lap award. We will be giving away two sets of Pirelli Tires each day as we have all year along with many additional prizes courtesy of series sponsor Parts Canada.  This is the biggest off-road race weekend of the year in Eastern Canada so don’t miss it. Want to know who is leading each class and what the current points are? Check out the complete CXCC East standings in all classes

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