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Husqvarna Motorcycles achieve record breaking sales and turnover in 2014

2014 has been a momentous year for the Husqvarna brand. Enjoying record figures in sales and turnover, a total number of 16,337 motorcycles were sold. Passing the magical 100 million Euro mark in turnover, this growth provided Husqvarna Motorcycles with production and sales figures never before achieved during the iconic brand’s 111 years of motorcycle production.

Husqvarna gained significant market share in the enduro competition segment as well as making an outstanding restart into the motocross segment, where close to 6,000 Husqvarna motocross bikes were sold worldwide. As such the brand has re-established its position as a key player within the offroad motorcycle segment. In 2015 Husqvarna will pursue its growth strategy.

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Heated riding gear from Harley Davidson

Conquer the cold and extend the riding days with new 12 V Dual-Source heated gear from the Harley-Davidson MotorClothes apparel line. An array of new men’s and women’s liners, gloves, jackets, and pants deliver the maximum 12 V of heat via two sources: a rechargeable lithium ion battery or a motorcycle’s electrical system. Designed specifically for riders, all of the products feature a separate, built-in temperature controller with three distinct colour-coded heat levels. To enhance performance, Microwire technology provides the thinnest, lightest wiring system with the fastest warmth. Each new heated item offers a three-year warranty.

These are some of the new Dual-Source 12 V heated gear options from Harley-Davidson Motor Company:
Stay warm to the core with the men’s Heated Dual-Source 12 V Jacket Liner (P/N 98330-15VM). The five-panel system concentrates heat in the sleeves, chest, and back for optimal performance. The liner can be powered by the bike’s 12 V electrical system or a 12 V lithium rechargeable battery. For maximum mid-layer performance with minimal bulk, the liner is made from polyester with spandex and fleece. It is available in sizes S – 3XL.



Maintain maximum comfort, dexterity, and control with the new men’s Heated Dual-Source 12 V Gloves (P/N 98328-15VM). The gloves are made from leather and textile with tricot fleece lining and a waterproof, breathable liner. Pre-curved fingers, power-stretch knuckles, and gel-padded palms deliver maximum riding comfort. The heated gloves are powered through the bike’s 12 V electrical system via the heated liner or a pair of accessory 12 V lithium rechargeable batteries. The built-in three-level temperature controller system allows a rider to control the individual temperature level of each glove. Available in sizes S – 3XL.

Feel the heat and ride longer with the new women’s Heated Dual-Source 12 V Jacket Liner (P/N 98338-15VW). It features a built-in temperature controller with three heat settings and a five-panel heating system: two sleeve, two chest and one back panel. Constructed from four-way stretch polyester with spandex and fleece, the liner works best as a bulk-free mid-layer, yet can also be worn as a jacket. It connects to the bike’s 12 V electrical system or an accessory 12 V lithium ion rechargeable battery. Available in sizes XS – 2XL.



Ride in confidence and warmth with the new women’s Heated Dual-Source 12 V Gloves (P/N 98339-15VW). They are constructed from leather and textile with tricot fleece lining and a waterproof, breathable liner and connect to the bike’s 12 V electrical system or a pair of accessory 12 V lithium rechargeable batteries for optimal versatility. A built-in, three-level temperature controller delivers heat the entire length of each finger and thumb. Pre-curved fingers, gel-padded palms, and ergonomic thumbs are built for all-day riding comfort and control. Available in sizes XS – XL.




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The Ducati Scrambler goes Special at Motor Bike Expo

The Ducati Scrambler goes Special at Motor Bike Expo
  • First three specials developed from the Ducati Scrambler to be presented at Verona
  • Unveiling of bikes created by Deus Ex Machina, Officine Mermaid and Mr. Martini, who interpreted the Full Throttle, Urban Enduro and Classic versions of the Ducati Scrambler, respectively
  • Bikes, accessories and clothing from the amazing “Land of Joy” will be showcased at the Ducati Scrambler stand at Motor Bike Expo from 23 to 25 January
Verona (Italy), 23 January 2015 – From 23 to 25 January, Ducati Scrambler will have a surprise in store for the public at the Verona Motor Bike Expo: a world exclusive presentation of the first three Ducati Scrambler specials. These first creations are just a starting point for further joint projects in the future, the aim being to highlight the Ducati Scrambler's versatility and infinite customisation potential. Right from the day of its unveiling, 30 September 2014 at Intermot in Cologne, the Ducati Scrambler was all over the internet and within just a few hours we’d received numerous customisation proposals from enthusiasts all over the world. The bikes on display at the Motor Bike Expo are the first completed customisations.
Ducati Scrambler is a universe characterised by freedom of expression, sharing and passion. That's one more reason for entrusting the first three Ducati Scrambler customisations to three Italian excellences in this particular field. Three friends of the Ducati Scrambler team, three craftsmen specialised in hand-crafted work who personalise iconic motorcycles throughout the world.
The three customisers were given a clear brief: each one of them was free to interpret one of the three versions of the Ducati Scrambler according to their own personal style. Deus Ex Machina from Milan put forward their idea for the Full Throttle; Officine Mermaid from Milan interpreted the Urban Enduro in their own special way, while Mr. Martini from Verona created their very own Classic. So, three original bikes, conscientiously prepared down to the very last detail, have been produced, underlining the superlative standards of Italian workmanship in the specials field and the vast potential this bike has for customisation.
Filippo Bassoli - MD of Deus Italy: “We'd been waiting for the Ducati Scrambler for some time: in 2010 we did some drift riding with bikes on the Harold Park horse-race track in Sydney together with our friends from Ducati and back then we promised that a Deus creation would be made by developing one of their models. And today we’ve maintained that promise thanks to the Ducati Scrambler: we finally found a bike made with evident vintage inspiration but with the DNA and technical features of a real motorcycle. These characteristics allowed Emanuele and Peter to follow their instincts, particularly after getting their hands on the bike and dismantling it to reveal a fantastic frame. Our project started from there, the result of free and innovative ideas where the main focus is on the aluminium bodywork, with a single-piece tail, number-plate support and a headlight inspired by speedway bikes. An asymmetric mudguard completes the project, together with lots of little details such as the positioning of the conic filter within the frame, the disc brake and, of course, the dedicated exhaust. The name however comes from Carby, creative director of Deus Australia, who was in Milan at the time; he saw the project when it was almost complete and fell in love with it, naming it Hondo Grattan, after the horse that won everything on the Harold Park race-track. Who knows, in the not-too-distant future, perhaps our bike will end up on that track too.”
Nicola Martini – Customiser at Mr. Martini: “I decided to take part in the project because I was fascinated by the idea of working with this Italian brand and in particular by the opportunity of working with the young, dynamic and easygoing Scrambler team. Thanks to the bike's versatility, I decided to revolutionise the basic concept, from Ducati Scrambler to Café Racer. The style is reminiscent of American rather than British design, owing partly to the fact that the roots of the original Ducati Scrambler project date from the seventies. Although the style is that of a Café Racer, this bike has a combination of elements that make it unique; In fact, details such as the high exhaust and knobby tyres retain a decidedly Ducati Scrambler flavour. This fusion gave our bike its name: S.C.R. - Scrambler Café Racer. We've changed the nose fairing, the tail-piece, the whole of the exhaust, the foot-peg and handlebar mountings and the rear suspension unit and have, of course, given the bike a new colour. The Scrambler Café Racer is in ‘total black’ including the saddle, undertail and timing belt covers.”
Dario Mastroianni – Customiser at Officine Mermaid: “We decided to customise the Ducati Scrambler because we immediately earmarked it as a uniquely convertible Italian bike. We've infused it with our unmistakeable Officine Mermaid style, with a kind of rough-and-ready look that's spartan and basic. We named it using the English word Scratch, to convey the idea of it being scraped or damaged. This can be seen straight away from the fuel tank, which we stripped of paint and treated by hand – a procedure we use only on our most exclusive bikes. The metal mudguards have been left rough (a bit like us) and then hand-brushed at the workshop. We've left only what is essential on the bike – anything that wasn't necessary has been eliminated. Even the exhaust, for example, while derived from the original, has been reduced to a minimum. For the front we've chosen a traditional stanchion fork with a wide 21'' wheel and an 18'' wheel at the back, while the saddle and handlebars are made of vintage green leather with a decidedly Western style. Our Scratch has a main rally-style headlight and a smaller lateral spotlight.”
The world of Ducati Scrambler customisation is accessible to all thanks to a huge range of accessories that can be used to make the bike both original and highly personal. No less than six different versions will be at the Ducati Scrambler stand at the Verona Motor Bike Expo, each with unmistakable Ducati Performance ‘ingredients’: but the potential goes much further. For example chrome-plated fuel tank side-panels are available in black, matt, camouflage and even in carbon fibre. There are various options for the front mudguard and the high number-plate support, tank bags, canvas and waterproof bags, low and high slip-on Termignoni exhausts, headlight rims and mesh covers, dashboard rims, vintage handlebars and mirrors as well as spoked wheels, four versions of saddle and low-slung tapered handlebars.
The Ducati Scrambler Icon, available in yellow and red, is joined by three other versions – Urban Enduro, Full Throttle and Classic – which interpret the spirit of the Ducati Scrambler in different stylistic and functional ways. The Urban Enduro, with its Wild Green colour scheme is aimed at those who love the enduro style and are ready to switch from road to off-road in an instant; the Full Throttle is for the rider who's fascinated by the flat track racing world and has a penchant for pushing things to the limit while the Classic is for those who love the details and style of the '70s but don't want to forgo the riding pleasure and comfort of a contemporary bike.


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KYMCO Super 8 R Naked 50 coming to Canada

The Super 8R Naked 50 has been designed for young urban riders with a modern, sporty style that is focused on the essentials.

The dynamic and sophisticated silhouette has a striking high tech multifunctional dashboard, aluminum "naked" stem, rear passenger seat, and a bold colour scheme. Add to that a large headlamp, a larger disk brake in the front and 12 inch aluminum rims and you've got a scooter with a rebellious spirit and well executed styling. Made for the everyday, it is the ultimate accessory.

Additional Features: high stance low center of gravity, adjustable rear shock, low oil light indicator on instrument cluster, modern colour schemes with graphics, black aluminium rims, DOT approved headlight with high and low beam, spring loaded side stand, sturdy center stand, under seat storage, integrated rear passenger pegs.

Warranty: All KYMCO Scooters come with a 2 year limited warranty!

Available Accessories: Disk Brake Lock / Wireless Brake Light

MSRP: $2,695.00 *

Check out the specs below. A 4-stroke 49cc.




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Husqvarna 401 concepts coming in 2017

Husqvarna introduced its two 401 concept bikes at the 2014 EICMA Show, company officials said they would put the bikes into production if they garnered enough attention and interest. Well I guess they did because rumor has it that Husqvarna is going to be producing them for 2017.

Reinhold Zens, one of Husqvarna's managing directors, told Bike (a Swedish motorcycle site), "I can tell you that they will come as 2017 models. They may not look the same. A concept is, after all, a designer's dream, while a finished model must follow rules and regulations, but they will definitely have the same style." So be prepared for some corporate tuning down of style and expensive bits but we're pretty happy to see these bikes will be produced. Hopefully they'll even make it to Canada!

Particularly fond of the Svartpilen - the black one.  It's said to use the KTM source 390 single, which is actually a 373cc single.





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Harley-Davidson Sturgis Plan 75-Year Agreement

Harley-Davidson Motor Company and the city of Sturgis, South Dakota, are setting their sights on the future – far into the future. In the spirit of this year’s 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the Company and city officials are finalizing an agreement covering the next 75 years, making Harley-Davidson the official motorcycle of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

“Harley-Davidson riders have attended the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally for decades. This new agreement will help fuel many more years of freedom, independence, and rebellion for this iconic gathering,” said Matt Levatich, President and Chief Operating Officer at Harley-Davidson. “Riding is a passion passed down through generations, so it’s important we celebrate the legacy and history of Harley-Davidson in Sturgis, while helping creating new memories.”

As part of the agreement, a permanent plaza will be built on Main Street in Sturgis that will include a stage for events, concerts, and even weddings. The year-round location, which will be completed in time for this year’s 75th Rally, will be the official Harley-Davidson® destination for riders and fans alike.

“For decades, Harley-Davidson has been the motorcycle of choice for Sturgis Motorcycle Rally fans and a great partner to the city of Sturgis,” said Sturgis Mayor Mark Carstensen. “Today it gives me great pleasure to solidify its importance by making it the official motorcycle of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.”

Sturgis: Baked into the bricks of Harley-Davidson

To ensure the new multi-purpose space builds on the legacy of the Brand and is pure Harley-Davidson, the plaza will integrate bricks from the company’s Milwaukee headquarters, a building that once housed the Company Factory dating back more than 100 years.

During a news conference at the Company headquarters, Harley-Davidson announced the planned agreement, which has an initial term and renewals running through 2090. To unveil the deal, Harley-Davidson removed a brick from the historic front entrance using a 2015 Harley-Davidson® Street™ 750 motorcycle. That brick, alongside one from the Harley-Davidson Museum™, and 73 bricks from the headquarters’ famous motorcycle-only parking area will be delivered to Sturgis on Harley-Davidson® motorcycles.

Whether riders are trapped inside for the winter or riding south toward warmer weather, now is the perfect time to plan a trip to the 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The party starts August 1, 2015, and for those who have had Sturgis on a bucket list, this might just be the year to attend. For inspiration and pictures from the 2014 Rally, visit www.h-d.com/sturgis.

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2015 Canadian Trials Championship - Dates set

The dates have now been confirmed for the 2015 Canadian Trials Championship.

- June 20/21 Eastern Canadian Championship - Morin Heights . Quebec
- June 27/28 Western Canadian Championship - Revelstoke. BC.

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Record setting year for Ducati with 45,100 bikes sold in 2014

Another record year for Ducati with 45,100 bikes sold in 2014
  • Fifth consecutive growth year for Bologna-based bike manufacturer
  • Record sales achieved thanks also to the new Monster and 899 Panigale
  • USA confirmed as Ducati’s most important market, with Asia growing fast (+ 11%)
Borgo Panigale (Bologna), 15 January 2015 – In 2014 Ducati Motor Holding spa achieved a new sales record by delivering 45,100 bikes to customers, 2% more than in 2013, marking the fifth consecutive year of growth.
This increase also stemmed from the introduction of new products that, despite market uncertainty, made a clear contribution to what has been an outstanding result for Ducati. More specifically, with the introduction of the new Monster 1200 and Monster 821, Monster family sales rose by 31%, with 16,409 new bikes sold. The Superbike family, thanks to the widespread introduction of the 899 Panigale, which scored a +74% sales success with 5,806 bikes delivered to customers, enjoyed an overall growth of 12%, with a total of 9,788 bikes sold in 2014.
 
North American sales performance was in line with that of 2013, with Mexico experiencing 8% growth. The U.S. continues to be Ducati’s top market, with 8,804 units delivered to customers. Despite difficult market conditions, sales in South America increased considerably, especially in Brazil (+ 74%, 1,174 bikes sold); this was achieved thanks to considerable expansion of the dealership network in that country and the market introduction of the full model range with local CKD production.
In Europe sales slowed a little (-3% with 19,743 bikes), mostly due to challenging conditions on several markets. However, while sales in Italy fell short of those attained the previous year (-14% with 4,284 bikes), other European countries were almost stable, with the UK actually experiencing significant double-digit growth (+16% with 2,742 bikes).
Double-digit growth was also seen in Asia, where Ducati achieved an all-time sales record (+11% with 5,787 bikes). Performance was particularly strong in Thailand (+22% with 3,057 units) and China where sales volumes, with respect to 2013, almost doubled (+97%).
Ducati also succeeded in boosting sales in Australia (+13% with 2,132 bikes) and strengthening its performance in Japan (+1% with 2,558 units).
 

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Coma takes 5th Dakar title

In case there was any doubt, Marc Coma is an amazing competitor taking his fifth Dakar win in a row. It's an amazing feat to finish it let alone take the top spot five consecutive years!


Red Bull KTM factory rider Marc Coma of Spain on Saturday sealed his fifth Dakar title and presented KTM with its fourteenth win in this offroad classic. Paolo Goncalves of Portugal took second place and KTM rookie Toby Price of Australia took the minor podium place.


Coma, A Red Bull athlete, rode to the start of the final Stage 13 with a 17-minute lead over Goncalves however riders were unable to complete the 393 km of the final stage into Buenos Aires after heavy rain made the track surface slippery and too dangerous. The race was halted at CP2 and Coma was declared the winner. The win for Coma equals that of his former KTM teammate Cyril Despres and represents the domination of these two riders on the event for a decade.

Coma tackled the Dakar with his usual passion and attention to detail, true to his belief that the only result that counts was that in the final day. He took victory in Stage Five and was top three in six other stages. He also rode with care and prudence in the two marathon stages, nursing a damaged tire in the first and safely bringing his KTM 450 RALLY home across the salt flats of Bolivia in wet conditions that resulted in many riders having to exit the rally after salt clogged their engines and electronics.

Marc Coma: “I’m happy and proud. As usual it was a grueling rally. We had to overcome a problem on the second day that slowed us down a bit in the rankings. So from then on we had to change the strategy a little and push to recover that time. We knew that the marathons would be key stages and they were. I am happy with the team and the people we have around us. This fifth win says a lot about all of us.” Coma also congratulated his two rivals Joan Barreda and Paolo Goncalves who he said were tough opponents. “The level was very high and this also makes the win very valuable,” he added.

The 2015 rally was an emotional roller coaster for the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team and the KTM-supported riders. Factory racer Sam Sunderland got things off to a brilliant start with a solid first stage win, only to get lost at the tail end of Stage Two in what was the longest stage in the 2015 edition. He then crashed out early in Stage Three and had to retire.

At the same time it was already clear that two young pretenders, KTM-supported Dakar newcomers Matthias Walkner of Austria and Australian Toby Price were out to impress. Both came to the Dakar with only one rally under their tires having raced the Morocco Rally in October. Both were also new to road book-style navigation.

Walkner drew attention early. After finishing 8-6 in the two opening stages he then won Stage Three. The rest of his rally saw him making great recoveries after difficult days until he finally succumbed to altitude sickness and stomach problems in Stage Nine and had to withdraw. It was an unfortunate end for a rider with great potential and as yet little experience and he exited after making his mark as a rider to watch in the future.

Price, a four-time winner of Australia’s Finke Desert classic said at the beginning of the rally that navigation would be difficult. He did have some difficulties in stages 4-6 but by the time he started in the final stage he had eight top five finishes and including a win in Stage 12. Price by then had moved up to third overall and was able to make it stick until the race was declared over.

Regular Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ruben Faria of Portugal finished sixth overall, which was a solid result given that Faria had broken his collarbone only six weeks before the rally. His teammate Jordi Viladoms was one rider who was unable to finish the difficult stage over the Bolivian salt flats. Villadoms was fifteenth overall when he retired from the race. KTM-supported rider Riaan van Niekerk also retired after Stage Seven left Bolivia. He was overall twelfth. Jakub Przygonski of Poland, a regular KTM-supported rider who competes for Team Orlen was eighteenth overall. He has had a difficult season after a serious injury in Abu Dhabi at the beginning of 2014. 

Line honors in the final shortened stage went to three KTM riders. Ivan Jakes of Slovakia won the stage. Countryman Stefan Svitko finished second and Price was third. Svitko finishes fifth overall and Jakes was eighth overall. KTM riders took seven of the top 10 places in the 2015 edition.

The Dakar 2015 was indeed a battle of attrition. Of the 168 starters in the bikes division only 78 were on the starting line for the final run into Buenos Aires.

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Dakar Rally 2015
Final Overall Results

1, Marc Coma, ESP, KTM at 46.03.49 (5th Dakar title for Coma; 14th for KTM) 

2, Paolo Goncalves, POR Honda at 16.53
3, Toby Price, AUS, KTM at 23.14
4, Pablo Qunitanilla, CHI, KTM at 38.38
5, Stefan Svitko, SVK, KTM at 44.17
6, Ruben Faria, POR, KTM at 1:57.50
7, David Casteu, FRA, KTM at 2:00.14
8, Ivan Jakes, SVK, KTM at 2:18.18
Other KTM
11, Hans Vogels, NDL, KTM, at 3:31.50
14, Paolo Ceci, ITA, KTM at 4:58.14
18, Jakub Przygonski, POL, KTM 6:21.12 

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Stage 13 Results
Please note: Final stage was halted at CP2 because of heavy rain deemed by organizers to make the surface too slippery and dangerous to continue the stage

1, Jakes, KTM at 52.06
2, Svitko, KTM at 00.45
3, Price, KTM at 1.07
4, Goncalves, 1.15
5, Coma, KTM, at 3.11
6, Vogels, KTM at 3:36

7, Frans Verhoeven, NDL, Yamaha at 4.35
8, Qunitanilla KTM, at 4.52
9, De Soultrait, FRA, Yamaha at 5.54
10, Lila Sanz, ESP, Honda at 7.55
Other KTM
12, Casteu, KTM at 8.16
15, Ceci, KTM at 9.51
16, Faria, KTM at 9.22



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Learning to Wheelie

Never quite gotten the hang of the "Wheelie?" Problem solved....



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Bonnier Motorcycle Group Announces

The Bonnier Motorcycle Group is pleased to announce four new online video series and an exciting lineup of strategic improvements for the new year. The improvements scheduled for 2015 reflect a forward-thinking strategy designed to take advantage of the growing digital, mobile, and video channels of the Bonnier Motorcycle Group, while also continuing to support the established print media offerings.

The four new video series include the return of On Two Wheels from the staff of Motorcyclist, a new DIY series, MC Garage, hosted by Motorcyclist Road Test Editor Ari Henning, a motocross/off-road targeted video series from Chris Denison and the staff at Dirt Rider, and a fun and unpredictable new video series tentatively titled The Jeff Holt Show from the larger-than-life boss at Hot Bike and Street Chopper.

“We are very excited about the launch of our four new video series, as well as the digitally focused improvements we are making to our business. We continue to shift resources to adapt to the changing media landscape,” said Andy Leisner, VP Group Publisher for the Bonnier Motorcycle Group. “Our brands produce fantastic video and we are investing in this area heavily to broadcast our content and further expose motorcycling through the exploding growth of on-demand and OTT video channels.”

Additionally, in 2015 Bonnier Motorcycle Group will also publish an all-new Motorcycle Buyer’s Guide from the editors of Cycle World, Motorcyclist, Sport Rider, and Dirt Rider, along with two issues of the amazing Street Chopper magazine. BMG will add seven new digitally focused staff positions and will continue to analyze and adjust the Bonnier Motorcycle Group advertising and marketing offerings to best fit the constantly changing and growing motorcycle marketplace.

About Bonnier Motorcycle GroupBonnier Motorcycle Group is the world's largest motorcycle media family, featuring the most complete, authentic, and in-depth coverage for all facets of the motorcycle marketplace. Bonnier Motorcycle Group consists of 11 premium brands which include: Cycle World, Motorcyclist, Dirt Rider, Hot Bike, Sport Rider, Baggers, Motorcycle Cruiser, Street Chopper, ATV Rider, Super Streetbike, and UTV Driver.

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BMW Motorrad sales record - again

BMW Motorrad has achieved a fourth successive sales record, selling 123,495 motorcycles and maxi-scooters in 2014, an increase of 7.2% (previous year. 115,215). In December, 7,032 vehicles were sold, 10.9% more than in the same month last year (6,343).



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Renedian Adventures to offer African tours on Harley Davidon's

Rene Cormier sent us a notice that they're going to be offering Harley Davidson tours of Africa.

Here's the details:

We are thrilled to announce that beginning this year (2015), two of our safaris can be enjoyed from the seat of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle!

Many of you have expressed interest in exploring Africa and experiencing this amazing continent, but are more comfortable on a different style of motorcycle than the BMW’s we currently use, and prefer somewhat tamer roads. We’ve heard you and this is the result.

While tours cover generally the same area and distance, routes have been adapted to alternate riding styles. That means that motorcycles on specific tours will be exclusively BMW or exclusively Harley-Davidson.

Tours on Harley-Davidson’s are available on:
 
Come and ride with us on a Harley-Davidson!
 

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Dakar - Coma Moves up to Overall Lead After Marathon Stage 8

Red Bull KTM’s Marc Coma took a cautious approach in what was a very tough second half of the first Dakar Rally marathon stage. In very adverse conditions for all bikes and riders, Coma brought his KTM 450 RALLY back to the finish in ninth place in Monday’s stage and assumed the overall lead by nine minutes 11 seconds.
Coma sacrificed seven minutes 37 seconds in the stage that started with a high-speed dash across the Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia, then returned riders back into the mountains and the dunes of Chile’s Atacama Desert. Finally they had to negotiate the terrifyingly steep descent back to Iquique.
His main rival, Joan Barreda of Spain, who was the pre marathon stage leader suffered technical difficulties and dropped down the order. Barreda finally finished sixty-fifth in the stage and is now tenth overall at one hour 24.14 behind the KTM factory rider.
Stage winner was Chilean KTM rider Pablo Quintanilla, second was Joan Pedrero of Spain. Stefan Svitko of Slovakia (KTM) had a great marathon stage to finish third just 00.12 seconds behind the leader. It was also a very strong performance by KTM’s Dakar rookie, Toby Price of Australia who finished 00.41 seconds behind Quintanilla in fourth place and is also fourth in the overall standings behind Coma, Paolo Goncalves of Portugal and Quintanilla.
The start of the rally was delayed because of weather conditions and rain the day before had made conditions tricky for a high-speed dash across what is the world’s largest salt lake. Coma said later that conditions had been “over the limit”.
Marc Coma: “Conditions were very complicated, for me over the limit. To ride over the salt and the water was like a kind of cement on the bike and there was a lot of stress to try to take care of the engine of the bike and everything. To arrive here today is like a victory. I am happy we are leading now but we still have five days in front of us. We have a long way to go and every day there is something different. We just have to take it kilometer by kilometer.”

Coma said at the end of the stage that he had had problems with a radiator blockage caused by the paste-like mix of salt and water and he thanked his teammates Jordi Viladoms and Ruben Faria for their help in solving the problem at the refueling point. Faria went on to finish behind Coma in tenth place but Monday saw the retirement of Viladoms, who was last year second to Coma at the finish of Dakar 2014. Also retired after Stage eight was KTM-supported rider Riaan van Niekerk of South Africa.

Toby Price also commented that the salt water has clogged many of the bikes and had especially affected the electronics, resulting in a lot of problems for many of the top riders. "For me it was just a matter of preserving the bike and trying to get to the finish. It's still in one piece and I am just hoping I can get to the finish line."

KTM rookie Matthias Walkner had another very tough day but finally made it to the finish line in forty-fourth place an dis now ranked twenty-eighth overall. The young Austrian, riding only in his second rally has shown speed, courage and determination and has a stage victory to his credit. Third in Stage Seven heading for Uyuni, Walkner said on Sunday that he had already felt the adverse effects of the altitude in Bolivia.  He remains committed to be at the finish line in Buenos Aires and like Price, has put in an admirable performance in his first Dakar.

Matthias Walkner: "Today was our hardest day. it rained until about 10-11 o'clock and we rode 150km in the salt lake with a lot of water. Most of the bikes were destroyed and my bike also stopped two or three times. In the end it was just bad luck and I hope for a better day tomorrow." 

Tuesday riders go from Iquique to Calama (Chile) over a total distance of 539 km, 451 km of which is timed special.

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Stage Eight Dakar 2015
Uyuni to Iquique - 24 liaison; 781 km special (Total 805 km) - second half of marathon stage
Stage 8 results (provisional)
1, Pablo Qunitanilla, CHI, KTM 2 hours 56.19
2, Joan Pedrero, ESP, Yamaha at 00.11
3, Stefan Svitko, SVK, KTM at 00.12
4, Toby Price, AUS, KTM at 00.41
5, Lila Sanz, ESP, Honda at 2.36
6, De Soultrait, FRA, Yamaha at 6.36
7, Alain Duclos, FRA, Sherco at 6.42
8, Hans Vogels, NLD, KTM at 7.34
9, Marc Coma, ESP, KTM at 7.37
10, Ruben Faria, POR, KTM at 7.44
Other KTM
11. David Casteu, FRA, KTM at 8.01
16, Ondrej Klymciw, CZE, KTM at 12.33
19, Jakub Przygonski, POL, KTM at 16.13
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Overall Standings after Stage 8
1, Coma, KTM at 28:51.12
2, Goncalves at 9.11
3, Qunitanilla KTM at 11.11
4, Price, KTM at 15.56
5, Svitko, KTM at 26.30
6, Faria, KTM at 34.34
7, Duclos at 58.08
8, Casteu, KTM at 1:10.489, Sainz at 1:18.51
10, Pedrero at 2:06.10
Other KTM11, Hans Vogels, NDL, KTM 2:06.46

Route for Stage 9 on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 Iquique to Calama – 88 km liaison, 451 km special (539 km)

More at www.dakar.com

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William Shatner to ride across America on a motorcyle

Canadian born actor - William Shatner aka James T Kirk is going to riding across America (from Chicago to LA) this summer. The motorcycle will be a three wheeled interpretation of a motorcycle that'll be a mix of steampunk and modern - they call it a "LandJet." The piece de resitance pièce de résistance perhaps will a canopy. Yup, a canopy.

In the video below you'll see Shatner with an American Wrench employee jokingly say he committed to the canopy! It's called a Rivet and you'll apparently be able to buy one yourself although the "Reserve Yours" section of the website wasn't working when we tried it.

It'll sport a V8 engine and room for two according to Shatner's request but the sketches and video make it appear to be a single seater. Curious about that canopy too. They're saving that for the reveal maybe!

Check out the Rivet website for more. http://www.rivetmotors.com/



Superheroes Wanted - A Look At The Machine from Rivet on Vimeo.





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California Motorcycle Company's 250cc Adventure bike

You've probably hard abotu the $3000 adventure bike that's coming to America but they've just gotten EPA approval so it's one BIG step closer to reality. It's a Chinese built 250CC Adventure bike sold by California Motorcycle Company (a California based company). Rumor is that it's planned to come to Canada as well but Canadian approvals are pending. The $3000 price is introductory with targeted pricing of $3495.  It certainly looks pretty good in pictures.

According to their website: The CSC Cyclone RX-3 is a 250cc adventure touring motorcycle that includes engine guards, luggage, a windscreen, 6-speed transmission, a 4.2-gallon fuel tank, water cooling, and a counter-balanced, fuel-injected, overhead cam engine as standard equipment. CSC also recently announced that the bike will now come with a cush-drive-equipped 17″ rear wheel. Another pre-launch change will be an upgraded alternator that increases output from 220 Watts to 300 Watts, again at no extra cost.

The bike is manufactured Zongshen in China to California Motorcycle Company specfications. Cyclone RX-3 motorcycles will begin arriving on US shores sometime in February.

Check out the video of it in action below!

A full-day of testing the CSC Cyclone RX-3 had us traveling from the urban jungle of Los Angeles to the high desert of Wrightwood and into the San Gabriel Mountains of the Angeles National Forest. A combination of city, highway, twisty pavement and dirt roads gave us ample opportunities to evaluate this frisky 250cc Adventure Bike.



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New book from Jeremy Kroeker

Check out the new book from Canadian motorcyclist and author Jeremy Kroeker. Well known for his first book Motorcycle Therapy: A Canadian Adventure in Central America. His newest book is titled: Through Dust and Darkness - A Motorcycle Journey of Fear and Faith in the Middle East.

It's published by Rocky Mountain Books and according to them Jeremy Kroeker is a Mennonite with a motorcycle. When his seemingly unflinching faith in a Christian worldview begins to shift, Kroeker hops on his bike to seek answers from another perspective. After shipping his ride to Europe, Kroeker discovers that the machine wobbles back and forth worse than his own opinions about spirituality. Still, he caries on, oscillating through Europe—Germany, Austria, Croatia, Albania—and into the Middle East - Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and, ultimately, Iran.

It is there, in the theocratic nation of Iran, that Kroeker finds himself on a forbidden visit to a holy Muslim Shrine. Once inside, invisible hands reach into his chest and rip from his heart a sincere prayer, his first in many years. And God hears that prayer. For before Kroeker can escape Iran, God steals into his hotel room one night to threaten him with death. At least, that's one way to look at it.

In the end, Kroeker comes to accept uncertainty. What does he really know anyway? He may always fear a God that he can't explain. Perhaps if he keeps riding, one of these days God will speak clearly. And that frightens him, too.



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2015 Canadian Cross Country Championship Schedule – East & West

2015 Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship Schedule – East & West
 
CXCC West
 
Round #1  - June 27 - Lytton, BC (Monkey Wrench HS)
Round #2  - June 28 - Lytton, BC (Monkey Wrench XC)
Round #3  - September 5 - Blairmore, AB (Moutain Goat 100 HS)
Round #4 - September 6 - Blairmore, AB (Mountain Goat 100 XC)
 
CXCC East
 
Round #1 – May 24 - Chatsworth, ON (Motopark)
Round #2 – June 21 - Alvinston, ON (Gullymor MX)
Round #3 – July 26 - Parry Sound, ON (Hurd Pit)
Round #4 – August 23 – Wingham, ON (Moto 86)
Round #5 & 6 – September 19 & 20th – Walton, ON (Walton MX)
 
More information on all of these events and our 2015 Sponsors will be available on our site over the few weeks.  Please visit us at www.worldendurocanada.com


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Dakar 2015 - Starts January 4th!

We're getting pretty excited about the start of the 2015 Dakar. This is the official 2015 Dakar teaser video. It starts on January 4th and runs to the 17th.




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KTM Heads to Dakar Rally 2015 - Looking for a 14th Victory

The Dakar Rally, universally recognized as the toughest offroad event on the annual motorsports calendar has been safe in the hands of KTM For thirteen editions. It all began in 2001 when Italian Fabrizio Meoni rode a KTM LC4 660R to victory. On January 4, 2015, KTM goes for a potential fourteenth title with a strong Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team led by defending champion Marc Coma of Spain.

Between Meoni in 2001 and Coma in 2014 there has been a remarkable story of excellence, bravery and adventure including, among others, two wins from Meoni, five by Frenchman Cyril Despres and four by Coma to give KTM a dominant 13 consecutive victories in the motorcycle class. There was no rally in 2008.

Coma is again the man to beat in 2015 and has come off a successful racing season. He won the 2014 Dakar by almost two hours and went on to take his sixth FIM World Cross Country Rallies Championship. Coma is satisfied with his season and his Dakar preparation. He has accumulated many miles in competition during 2014 and reports that he is in good physical shape.

Marc Coma: “This next edition of the Dakar
 will be even harder than before. We all have to be prepared for long hours of intense fighting. After the World Championship events and on the various tests we have completed, the KTM 450 RALLY continues to give us excellent results and reliability and that allows us to face this next challenge with enthusiasm. We all now look forward to getting started."The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team supporting Coma’s bid for a fifth title includes Spanish veteran Jordi Viladoms, who finished second to Coma in 2014 for his career best result. He rides with start No. 4. Portugal’sRuben Faria, a very experienced team member, finished second to Despres in 2013 and has start No. 11. Sam Sunderland of the UK, who makes his debut Dakar ride with the KTM factory team is a talented young rider who balances the rich seam of experience offered by the three senior members. He first rode in the Dakar in 2012 aged 22 and has been impressive since he joined the KTM lineup at the start of the 2014 FIM Rally season. Sunderland, who starts with No. 6, finished an impressive second overall in the FIM World Championship.

KTM supported riders include Matthias Walkner, the first Austrian to compete on a KTM since Heinz Kinigadner 15 years ago. Walkner is a former MX3 World Champion and rides under the tutelage of Coma and the more experienced members of the team. His task is to learn, gain experience and be at the finish line on January 17. Walkner is on the KTM 450 RALLY No. 27.

Another strong contender in the KTM-supported lineup is Australia’s Toby Price, riding bike number 26. Price is one of Australia’s most decorated offroad racers and is making his Dakar debut. A multiple winner in major national desert classics and the Australian Offroad championships, Price also contested his first international rally in Morocco in October, where he finished a solid eighth.

Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski of Orlen Team will again be a KTM-supported rider on bike No. 8. The Polish rider first contested the Dakar in 2009, and in 2014 he finished overall sixth as one of the few riders who rode a penalty-free race. He missed most of the FIM World Championship because of injury but returned to put in a solid ride in the final round in Morocco.

South African Riaan van Niekerk, Team Broadlink KTM, is contesting his third Dakar Rally. The multiple South African national champion will be looking to finish better than his twelfth place in 2014.

The Dakar 2015 starts and finishes in Buenos Aires. The route sees riders travel west across the Andes into Chile then north to Bolivia. They then cross the Andes again from west to east and head back to the Argentine capital on a different route. On this journey they will ride 9,295 km over vastly different terrain, more than half of it as timed specials. The one respite on this epic journey is the rest day on January 10.

KTM presents a comprehensive package of downloadable information about the Dakar 2015 and archive material covering its previous 13 victories in the online KTM Dakar Newsroom. KTM Racing News will provide results and current standings, and race reports daily throughout the Dakar 2015. Register here for the KTM Results Service and KTM Racing News.

In 2015 there is a starting list of 168 in the motorcycle class and around 88 riders are on KTM machines. In addition to the riders in the official KTM factory teams, some 40 privateers have signed up for the full KTM Customer Service Package. The majority of the competitors are amateurs, many competing to fulfill a lifelong dream. Full list of competing riders in 2015 

Dakar 2015 
Starts Sunday Jan. 4 – Rest Day Saturday Jan 10 – finishes Saturday Jan 17

Stages
4.1 - Stage 1: Buenos Aires to Villa Carlos Paz – 663 km liaison, 175 km special (838 km)
5.1 - Stage 2: Villa Carlos Paz to San Juan – 107 km liaison, 518 km special (625 km)
6.1 - Stage 3: San Juan to Chilecito – 437 km liaison, 220 km special (657 km)
7.1 - Stage 4: Chilecito to Copiapó – 594 km liaison, 315 km special (909 km)
8.1 - Stage 5: Copiapó to Antofagasta - 235 km liaison, 458 km special (697 km)
9.1 - Stage 6: Antofagasta to Iquique - 369 km liaison, 319 km special (688 km)
REST DAY IQUIQUE (January 10)
11.1 - Stage 7: Iquique to Uyuni - 395 km liaison, 321 km special (717 km)
12.1 - Stage 8: Uyuni to Iquique - 24 liaison, 781 km special (805 km)
13.1 - Stage 9: Iquique to Calama – 88 km liaison, 451 km special (539 km)
14.1 - Stage 10: Calama Marathon Stage – 520 km liaison, 371 km special (891 km)
15.1 - Stage 11: Marathon Stage to Termas Rio Honda - 161 km liaison, 351 km special (512 km)
16.1 - Stage 12: Termas Rio Honda to Rosario - 725 km liaison, 298 km special (1024 km)
17.1 - Stage 13: Rosario to Buenos Aires 219 km liaison, 174 km special (393 km)
 

Total liaison distance: 4,543 km; total timed distance: 4,752 km 
Total distance 9,294 km

Dakar 2015 – the numbers
  • Dates for start and finish of the 2015 Dakar RallyJanuary 4-17 – Official ceremonial start in Buenos Aires on January 3)
  • Rest Day: January 10
  • Total route: 9,295 km (5,775.6 miles)
  • Total timed specials: 4,752 km (2,952.8 miles)
  • Longest distance in a single day: 1024 km – 636.3 miles (Stage 12)
  • Longest timed special: 781 km – 485.3 miles (Stage 8)
    Shortest distance in a single day: 
    393 km – 244.2 miles (Stage 13)
  • Support vehicles: 3 x 26-ton MAN support trucks; 4 x air-conditioned Adria motorhomes for riders’ sleeping quarters 10-12 hours on the bike
    Average rainfall in the Atacama Desert (Chile): 0 mm
  • Total number of competitors (in motorcycle class): 168
  • Number of KTM starters: 88
  • Engine capacity of KTM Rally machine: 450 cc
  • Number of KTM Dakar victories: 13
  • Number of Dakar victories for KTM’s Marc Coma: 4 


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