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Husqvarna News - Husqvarna’s Good Old Times Blog takes you back to the 1930s

Husqvarna’s Good Old Times Blog presents a story about Ragnar Sunnqvist - The Road Racer. Sounds like he was quite a character!

Great pictures and a great story - definitely recommend that you check it out. Here's a teaser. More after the jump.

Husqvarna’s “Good Old Times” Blog takes you back to the 1930s to present the first of a two-part series that looks at the extraordinary career of Ragnar Sunnqvist. Discover how this audacious young Swede made a name for himself and the brand in the early days of road racing.


Ragnar Sunnqvist - The Road Racer

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Indian Motorcycle Named Presenting Sponsor of ‘The MEET at ACM’

America’s Car Museum will also raffle a 2015 Indian Chief Vintage to benefit education program

America’s Car Museum (ACM) has announced that Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, will be a presenting sponsor at the fourth annual Vintage Motorcycle Festival: The MEET at ACM, in Tacoma, Washington, on August 22.

Indian Motorcycle has a history dating back to 1901 with current models such as the Chief and Scout, and the new Roadmaster. As the featured brand, guests can expect to see a wide cross section of Indian motorcycles from the early 1900s through the end of the Springfield era production in 1953. The latest generation of Indian motorcycles, backed by Polaris Industries in 2011, continues the tradition of quality, power and style that kept Indian Motorcycle a household name for over a century.

“Indian has a rich heritage of two-wheeled American freedom and respect both our history and the future of the brand,” said Julie Elepano, Indian Motorcycle Marketing Manager. “This event brings together fans of this brand and the long and stunning history of motorcycling so we are naturally proud to be part of the coming weekend.”

Visitors to the Vintage Motorcycle Festival can expect to see more than 325 vintage motorcycles from the early 1900s through to 1990. There will also be other motorcycle brands on ACM’s Haub Family Field along with vendors of riding gear, helmets and OEM accessories.

During the award ceremony at the Vintage Motorcycle Festival, ACM will raffle a Willow Green and Cream 2015 Indian Chief Vintage, which features a 111 cubic-inch “Thunder Stroke” v-twin motor and traditional Indian Motorcycle trimmings, including leather seats and saddlebags, laced wheels, valanced fenders, fringed leather saddle bags and the brand’s traditional War-Bonnet front fender light.

“Indian Motorcycle is an instantly recognizable name when it comes to vintage bikes and we are glad to have them presenting this year,” said ACM president and CEO David Madeira. “The Museum displays some great motorcycles year-round and hundreds more will be at The MEET.”
 
Net proceeds from the Vintage Motorcycle Festival will benefit the Hagerty Education Program at America’s Car Museum, which provides hands-on training and a pathway to careers in automotive restoration for young adults.
 
Raffle tickets are available at the Museum for $20 each or in bundles of six for $100, and the winning ticket will be drawn at The MEET on August 22. For more information on the event, visit www.vintagemotorcyclefestival.com.
 

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BMW Motorrad Riding Jacket to incorporate Alpinestars Airbag Technology

BMW Motorrad announce excluside cooperation to incorporate Alpinestars airbag technology in BMW Motorrad riding jackets to maximize rider safety. BMW have not set a date for release of the technology into the US market but here's the news we have:

BMW Motorrad and Alpinestars announce that they are starting an exclusive cooperation in innovative motorcycle safety clothing systems. The first product to be launched under this cooperation will be a BMW Motorrad jacket jointly developed by BMW Motorrad and Alpinestars, combined with an airbag waistcoat developed using Alpinestars technology. The new BMW Motorrad jacket, being branded by both makers, will be available in both male and female versions and the public presentation of this newly developed airbag jacket will be held later this year.

The airbag waistcoat is based on Alpinestars’ Tech-Air™ airbag system, the world’s first self-contained street airbag system that independently functions without the need for sensors to be installed on the bike and the subsequent need to link a specific motorcycle to the airbag system used by the rider.

This means that the airbag waistcoat offers the freedom to ride any bike on any surface at any time and can be used with any type of BMW Motorrad motorcycle or scooter, allowing the rider to easily switch between bikes without reconfiguring or reinitializing the bike-to-rider set-up.

Therefore, the system is immediately ready for use and no time is wasted in setting up electronic pairing between rider and/or passenger and motorcycle. This BMW Motorrad/Alpinestars jacket and airbag waistcoat offers comprehensive upper body protection including shoulders, back and frontal torso. By incorporating its sensors close to the rider’s body the airbag system activates without the need for a triggering wireless signal to be sent from the bike.

BMW Motorrad is the only motorcycle manufacturer to have developed the complete range of rider equipment ever since the 1970s - from motorcycle helmets to rider suits, boots and gloves. In doing so, high priority is attached to maximum comfort for the rider and passenger as well as minimizing the potential consequences of accidents.

BMW Motorrad has always regarded motorcycling and safety as being inseparably linked and anchored in the "Safety 360°" principle. "Safety 360°" breaks down the overall concept of safe motorcycling into three facets: safety technology in the vehicle, safety deriving from rider equipment and safety through rider training Alpinestars has been innovating motorcycle riding technology for rider protection, performance and comfort for over 50 years. The Tech-Air™ airbag system, which forms the basis of their active safety cooperation with BMW Motorrad, is the result of Alpinestars’ intensive research and development which commenced in 2001.

For decades, both companies have maintained a leading role in active and passive motorcycling safety. This new cooperation, between BMW Motorrad and Alpinestars, is now extending their position further through this joint development agreement.

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Cristophe Pourcel Signs With Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

POURCEL TO RACE THE 2015 PRO MOTOCROSS SERIES IN THE 450 CLASS ON HUSQVARNA
Husqvarna Motorcycles is pleased to announce Christophe Pourcel as the fifth racer of the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team. Pourcel will compete in the 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Series in the 450 class aboard a Husqvarna FC 450, looking to challenge the sport’s top competitors.

“We tested the bike last week and I had a good thing going with Bobby [Hewitt] and Robert Jonas. They made me feel very comfortable with the team. The test of the bike went very good. That is why we made the decision to go this way. They believe in me and that was a big part of my decision to join the team. The 450 has always suited me; I’ve been riding a 250 for a long time and I feel it’s best for me to go back to a 450 and compete. I look forward to the opportunity for a future with the team,” stated Pourcel.


Team Manager, Bobby Hewitt, has worked with some of the industry’s top riders over the past decade and is credited with aiding Jason Anderson in his first AMA pro championship. He too looks forward to the future with Christophe on the team. “Knowing Christophe had multiple options from other teams for this year’s outdoor series but chose to sign with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing says a great deal about our program and the bike. I am very happy to have Christophe join the team and I look forward to the start of the Motocross Season,” said Hewitt.

Hailing from France, Christophe Pourcel has many years of racing history in Europe, where he caught the attention of Husqvarna’s Head of Motorsport, Robert Jonas, who commented on the move to hire Pourcel, “I am very happy about our newest enhancement of the US factory racing program. Christophe, former MX2 world champion and two times 250SX champion, is known as a very talented rider who requires specific treatment but I believe that our team will be qualified to provide what’s needed to make him feel home in the team and well on the bike. He has a very smooth and technical riding style and good skills how to communicate what he is looking for on his bike setup. We made the deal maybe a little bit at short notice towards the beginning of the outdoor season but I am convinced that he will do very well.”

Husqvarna Motorcycles’ partner, Rockstar Energy, takes the racing endeavor very serious and the move to hire Pourcel is another building block in solidifying the alliance between brands. “It's going to be great to add Christophe Pourcel to our already strong lineup for outdoors. We expect some very positive results from him. We know the bike is good and he has had success in motocross in the US in the past. This is a strong acquisition for the team moving forward and we can't wait to see what the future holds! Rockstar Energy Drink is very pleased with Bobby Hewitt's effort to continue to build for success,” commented Rockstar Energy Marketing Director, Mike Kelso.

“We are very excited at Rockstar Energy Drink to welcome Christophe Pourcel to the team. It's great to be able to solidify our efforts with a 2nd 450 rider along with Jason Anderson, giving us a strong one, two punch. Pourcel's riding style fits a 450 very well and we are anxious to see what he can do with a full outdoor motocross season on the bigger bike. Christophe has always wanted a shot on the 450 but it had to be the right fit. I believe that Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing what he has been looking for,” Rockstar Energy Motocross Manager, James Hanson, explains.

Since the establishment of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, Husqvarna Motorcycles has celebrated success in many major national series, but the brand’s return to AMA Supercross and Pro Motocross remains a major initiative of the company on a global scale. “We are excited to expand our racing efforts and continue to build our partnership with Rockstar Energy by deciding to bring on Pourcel as an addition to the team. We have seen already a great first season of Supercross and are anxious to return this iconic brand to AMA Pro Motocross Racing with such a solid team,” said Husqvarna Motorcycles North America President, Jon-Erik Burleson.

Since the May 2014 announcement of Husqvarna’s return to AMA Pro Racing, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team has been making statements, collecting podiums, and proving the brand’s dedication to the sport. Husqvarna is now proud to announce Christophe will join teammates Jason Anderson, Zach Bell, Martin Davalos and Zach Osborne in the 2015 outdoor season.
 

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Motorcycle Experience Air Times on TSN

Episode 3 in the 2015 season of Motorcycle Experience will premiere across the entire TSN family of channels is coming up.

On this edition of Motorcycle Experience one OPP Constable learns to swerve and protect while another takes the new Harley-Davidson FLHTCUL for a test ride. This season's Ultimate Ride warms up in Rimouski, Quebec on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, then, during our "Winging It" segment, touring expert Ken Edick really drills down on touring in the rain. And during "Shifting Gears", contributing editor Jenn Martin will offer up some important advice on cool weather riding.

Hope you like the show…

Keep your right hand cranked!

Episode 3

Day Date Time/EST Network

Monday April 27 12:00 TSN3
Tuesday April 28 14:30 TSN1
Thursday April 30 14:30 TSN4

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Ducati's Most Anticipated 2015 Models arrive in North American Showrooms

The Scrambler is out of the yellow container and has arrived at dealerships all over North America, along with Ducati’s new 205 horsepower flagship Superbike: the 1299 Panigale. Also arriving just in time for summer, the all-new Multistrada 1200 DVT will be rolling off the production line soon. These three motorcycles are the most significant additions to the Ducati family in years and can all be seen at local Ducati showrooms, which can be found through the dealer locator atwww.ducati.com.
Scrambler: Sky-high pre-orders for the Scrambler set the tone for the much buzzed-about retro model, which began arriving at dealerships in April. With an MSRP starting at just $8,495 in the U.S., $9,295 in Canada and $129,990 in Mexico, the vintage-inspired aesthetic of the iconic Ducati motorcycle pays tribute to the brand’s heritage while providing riders with a contemporary twist and new-generation components, such as front and rear LED lighting, LCD instruments and a hidden USB port to charge mobile devices. With endless options for personalization, the modern reinterpretation of the classic boasts four distinct iterations: Icon, Urban Enduro, Classic and Full Throttle, and marks a return to the pure essence and joy of motorcycling.
 
 
1299 Panigale:Also arriving at showrooms is the latest addition to the Superbike family – the 1299 Panigale. Its category-leading technology and state-of-the-art electronics are being touted as some of the most advanced in the world, and build upon the engineering and design achievements that were introduced with the 1199. Built to exhilarate its riders, the 1299’s potent package boasts unprecedented engine power and responsiveness suitable for street and track riding alike.
 
Multistrada 1200 DVT: The Multistrada 1200 DVT – a bike that revolutionized the motorcycling world when it was launched in 2010 – has undergone a complete redesign, cementing its place as a game-changer in the sport-touring category. The 2015 model is equipped with an unprecedented combination of torque, horsepower, and low fuel consumption and sets new electronics benchmarks as the first motorcycle in the industry to feature Desmodromic Variable Timing (DVT). Already the ultimate “four bikes in one,” the all-new Multistrada now includes electronic cruise control as a standard feature, and is a game-changer across the board.
 
 
Additional information, including participating dealers and availability can be found at www.ducati.com.
 

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Polaris Reports Record First Quarter 2015 Results - motorcycle sales up 74%

Sales increased 16% to $1,033.3 million, setting a new record for the first quarter.

North American retail sales increased 8% in the first quarter.

MINNEAPOLIS (April 23, 2015) — Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) today reported record first quarter net income of $88.6 million, or $1.30 per diluted share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2015, an increase of nine percent from the 2014 first quarter net income of $80.9 million, or $1.19 per diluted share. Sales for the first quarter 2015 totaled $1,033.3 million, which represents an increase of 16 percent from last year’s first quarter sales of $888.3 million.

“I am pleased to report record sales and earnings for our 2015 first quarter, with sales up 16 percent, operating income up 19 percent and net income up nine percent, our 22nd consecutive quarter of record earnings performance,” commented Scott Wine, Polaris’ chairman and chief executive officer.  “We outperformed the market again in most of our businesses in spite of increased competitive promotional pressures, weakening global markets and the corresponding negative effect from currencies.  While we are justifiably proud of these accomplishments, we remain focused on seizing the numerous opportunities we missed to perform better.  From factory inventory being too high to ongoing production inefficiencies, particularly in motorcycles, we did not perform to our capabilities or our expectations. 

However, we are making great strides towards addressing these issues, and I am confident those efforts will allow us to continue outperforming our markets.” Wine continued, “My confidence comes first and foremost from the skill and passion of Polaris’ 8,000 team members.  Our team has never been stronger or deeper, demonstrated by the recent internal promotions of Chris Wolf and Craig Scanlon, both 10+ year Polaris veterans, to run our Snowmobile and Slingshot® businesses, respectively, following Mike Jonikas’s retirement.  Second, product innovation remains a significant growth driver.  During the quarter, we added to our stable of innovative motorcycles with the introduction of the Indian Chief Dark Horse®, the Victory Magnum X-1®, and a limited edition Slingshot SL.  Additionally, we unveiled seven new mountain snowmobiles incorporating our award winning Axys® chassis, making the best mountain sled, the Polaris RMK®, even better. And we expanded our manufacturing footprint to China, while extending the breadth and reach of our ORV business, with the acquisition of Hammerhead Off-Road®, which produces light gas and electric utility vehicles and gasoline powered go-karts.”

Wine concluded, “We suspected 2015 would have its share of challenges and the first quarter confirmed our suspicions.  Nevertheless, we continue to see another year of solid growth and market share gains, which gives us confidence in achieving our sales and earnings guidance for the full year.”

Motorcycle sales increased 74 percent in the 2015 first quarter to $137.4 million. All three brands, Victory, Indian Motorcycle® and Slingshot, increased sales in the first quarter. Consumer retail demand for Victory and Indian Motorcycles during the 2015 first quarter, was up nearly 40 percent over last year’s first quarter, driven primarily by strong Indian Motorcycle retail sales, while first quarterNorth American industry heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle retail sales were up low-single digits percent from 2014. Slingshot retail sales were ahead of expectations. All three brands added to their product portfolios during the quarter with Indian Motorcycle introducing the Indian Chief Dark Horse, which is built upon the successful and award-winning Indian Chief® platform with only a flash of chrome and a heavy dose of matte black paint; Victory showcased the new Magnum X-1, a new bagger with a 200-watt, 10 speaker audio system and custom factory paint; and Slingshot adding a limited edition model packed with head-turning features, including striking Nuclear Sunset Orange coloring, dual windscreens and an interior LED lighting package. Sales of Polaris motorcycles outside of North America decreased 12 percent in the first quarter of 2015 as compared to a year ago due to the currency impact of a strengthening U.S. dollar.

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Husqvarna Motorcycles launches the 701 Supermoto microsite

Check it out - we're still hopeful that the 701 will come to Canada. And is it just me or does the guy in the intro of the YouTube clip from teh microsite sound like Bain from the Batman movie?

Full details:

Husqvarna Motorcycles is happy to introduce the 701 Supermoto microsite. Dedicated to everyone who fell in love with the latest Husqvarna street machine recently introduced at 2014 EICMA, the brand new 701 Supermoto microsite will unveil a whole lot more information and insights in the coming weeks and months. The 701 Supermoto is due to be at official Husqvarna dealers in November 2015.



Register directly with the microsite to be the first to receive a dedicated newsletter every time new content is added to the microsite. In doing so, you will discover, piece by piece, the exciting features of the first street machine of Husqvarna’s new era.

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Ride a YZ For Free In 2016!

Yamaha’s ‘Win a Factory Ride’ Returns

Yamaha Motor Canada is pleased to announce the return of the popular ‘Win a Factory Ride’ award. As always, one award will be given at each of the three biggest amateur motocross events in Canada. Last year’s big winners were Casey Keast (WCAN), Raphael Lemieux (ECAN), and Marco Cannella (TransCan). Each won a ‘Factory Ride’ in addition to a $2500 parts credit!

Matt Fletcher, Yamaha’s Motorcycle Marketing Coordinator commented, “We know how expensive racing can be and appreciate anyone spending their hard earned money on a Yamaha. With this award, amateur Yamaha riders from coast to coast have a chance to earn a free YZ and $2500 in parts and accessories for next season. This is our way of saying thank you for riding blue!”

The award will be available at the Raymond Western Canadian Amateur National (July 2 – July 4), Deschambault Eastern Canadian Amateur National (July 22 - 25) and the  grand finale, the Walton TransCan (August 12 – 15).

How Do You Win?

Of all the Yamaha riders at each event, the winning rider will attain the most cumulative points for their finishes. Enter as many classes as you can to increase your chances!

The Rules:

- Contest open only to amateur Yamaha riders.
- You must be a resident of Canada.
- Your Yamaha must be a Canadian purchased unit.
- Rider cannot be an employee of Yamaha Motor Canada or one of its dealerships.
- Winner is only eligible for one prize. (Cannot win at multiple events)

Fletcher concluded, “If you’re racing Raymond, Deschambault or Walton, make sure you’re doing it on a  Yamaha. If you do, you could ride for free on a Yamaha ‘Factory Ride’ in 2016!”


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Indian Motorcycle announces new motorcycle apparel

Indian Motorcycle Introduces Exciting New 2015 Spring & Summer Collections of Rider Wear, Casualwear, Gifts & Personal Accessories

Indian Motorcycle riders and all those with a passion for America’s First Motorcycle Company will appreciate the fit, comfort, protection, and of course the tremendous style of the new Spring & Summer 2015 Indian Motorcycle Apparel Collection. The new collection that is available now from Indian Motorcycle dealers and at www.indianmotorcycle.comincludes rider wear, casualwear, gifts, and personal accessories. All of these items feature premium materials, the highest quality construction, and iconic Indian Motorcycle branding.

New Rider Wear: Gear Up for the Ultimate Ride

A new jacket that delivers outstanding comfort, protection, and style is the Men’s Rocker Jacket (MSRP $499.99), a leather jacket that features a soft and supple distressed leather and contemporary styling that makes this a great jacket on the road and on the town. The Rocker Jacket has several convenient pockets, hidden back and arm ventilation, a removable quilted plaid liner, CE-certified shoulder and elbow armor, and subtle Indian Motorcycle branding.

Rocker Jacket


The Men’s Textile Benjamin Jacket ($269.99) is a lightweight all-‘rounder of a jacket with a water-repellent microfiber shell and removable lining. The Military Jacket ($299.99) has styling inspired by vintage army jackets and has a water-repellent canvas outer-shell and removable fleece lining. The Thunder Stroke Jacket ($299.99), which combines a durable fabric body with all-leather sleeves, is a riding jacket with contemporary styling.

Military Jacket


Avid touring riders will find the Men’s Indian Motorcycle Tour Jacket & Pants ($499.99/$249.99) deliver unmatched performance, comfort, and convenience in all riding conditions. The jacket’s zip-out waterproof liner will keep a rider dry in the nastiest weather, and it combines with the thermal lining to provide warmth and comfort on cold-weather rides. In warmer temperatures, a rider can simply remove the linings and open up the jacket’s adjustable vents –at the chest, shoulder, and back – for maximum airflow. The Tour Jacket also features a zip-off storm collar and 3M® reflective piping, panels, and branding for enhanced visibility.

The Tour Pants also deliver all-weather comfort and protection that a touring rider will rely on mile after mile.

For the ultimate in head-turning style off the bike, there’s the premium Shearling Jacket ($1499.99). Made from 100% sheepskin with a natural shearling lining, this jacket delivers a new high level of refined luxury and comfort.

The Spirit Jacket ($119.99) is a casual jacket that features lightweight construction, wear-it-anywhere comfort, and bold Indian Motorcycle branding.

New jackets in the Indian Motorcycle women’s collection deliver the same outstanding protection and convenience of the men’s jackets, along with flattering, comfortable cuts women will appreciate on or off the bike.

The Women’s Textile Benjamin Jacket ($249.99) delivers classic style and versatile performance, while the Women’s Indian Motorcycle Tour Jacket & Pants ($469.99/$229.99) provide the same versatile, all-weather comfort and convenience as the men’s versions.

Casualwear With Genuine IMC Style

The Spring & Summer 2015 casualwear collection features three new shirts that are Made In America – the Long Sleeve IMC Tee, the Pride Shield Tee, and the USA Pocket Tee. All three of these comfortable, premium-quality tees are made in California and feature powerful Indian Motorcycle branding.

The new collection also includes an expanded selection of Munro Casualwear, including four new tees and a sweatshirt with graphics and branding that pay homage to the legendary Indian Motorcycle land speed record holder.

Expanded Gift & Accessories Collection

Indian Motorcycle enthusiasts and their friends will love the new selection of branded gifts and personal accessories, including small leather goods such as premium leather wallets, card holders and a passport holder. There’s also a collection of luggage and bags, including a Backpack, Wash Bag, Gym Bag, and Messenger Bag.

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Motorcycle Experience schedule

If you're a fan of motorcycles you might want to awtch of PVR some upcoming episodes of Motorcycle Experience. This season will be there 26th season. A sign they're doing something right I'd say!

Here's the schedule:

EpisodeDayDateTime/ESTNetwork
1FridayApril 1713:30TSN5
2MondayApril 2012:00TSN3
TuesdayApril 2114:30TSN1
WednesdayApril 2216:00TSN2
ThursdayApril 2314:00TSN4
FridayApril 2413:00TSN5
3MondayApril 2712:00TSN3
TuesdayApril 2814:30TSN1
WednesdayApril 2916:00TSN2
ThursdayApril 3014:30TSN4
FridayMay 113:00TSN5

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Ducati Backyard Adventures

Ducati have a cool little moto-adventure site that you might want to check out.

Here's the details:

This web series is hosted by popular moto-adventurer Jamie Robinson from the saddle of the Ducati Hyperstrada, the perfect bike for discovering backyard adventures. Each episode will feature a new location and a local host who will show Jamie around his or her backyard, taking him through amazing roads and stops along the way.

Have an adventure of your own to share? You’re in luck, because we’re hosting a contest to find the best backyard adventure in the country. The winner will be the star of our final episode. It might even be you.

The Ducati Hyperstrada was our weapon of choice when filming our Backyard Adventures, but we know any Ducati is capable of great backyard adventures! And we want to hear about yours. To enter, fill out this short form and let us know where you’d take Jamie if you hosted your very own Backyard Adventures episode. Are there amazing backroads in your backyard? Great stops along the way? Hidden gems that few people know about? Anything you want to share about your own “backyard adventure” is fair game. We would never box you in. As if we even could.

Check out the site HERE: http://ducatibackyardadventures.com/



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Ben Young Makes a Splash at Circuit of The Americas

This past weekend Ben Young made a splash at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in his MotoAmerica Supersport championship debut. The resident of Thornbury Ontario Canada piloted the RoadRace Factory prepared Yamaha YZFR6 to his first points of the 2015 season.

The 2015 MotoAmerica season debuted alongside the superstars of MotoGP at the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas as three of the MotoAmerica championship classes served as the support races for the MotoGP weekend.

The start of the inaugural MotoAmerica Supersport race on Saturday was met with overcast skies, on and off sprinkles changing to drying conditions then concluding in a major downpour.

Young took to a dry track during the pre-race sighting lap however once the riders returned to take their spots on the grid the rain came once again.

Starting from 10th on the grid Young made consistent progress for the first 7 laps. David Anthony began to gap the RoadRace Factory pilot after Young made a few mistakes. He quickly regrouped and managed to pull the gap back to Anthony.

Ben Young: “As soon as I got on the back on Dave’s rear wheel the skies opened up with massive down pour.”

By the 9th lap Young had worked his way up to 7th place. With one lap remaining of the 12 lap feature the heavy rain had not only triggered off-track excursions for a few of the top runners but also near zero visibility for all of the Supersport riders.

Young would eventually make it past Anthony to grab 3rd however due to the extreme lack of visibility he had to dial it back to ensure he would finish the race with some solid points.

Young would cross the finish line in 4th earning 13 points for himself and the RoadRace Factory team in the 2015 MotoAmerica Supersport championship.

Ben Young: “I really wanted to see my RoadRace Factory Yamaha R6 on the podium. Sadly I had vision problems during the heavy down pour but, we brought it home! Massive thanks to the whole RoadRace Factory team and every person involved, you all rock!”


The season preview show, which sets the stage for the 2015 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Series, is set to air on CBS Sports Network for the first time on Wednesday, April 15 at 8 p.m. (Eastern) with a second airing that night at 11:30 p.m. (Eastern).

The opening round of the series from Texas will air on CBS Sports Network on Sunday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. (Eastern) with replays on Wednesday, April 22 at 9:30 p.m. (Eastern) and on Saturday, April 25 at 10 a.m. (Eastern). Please check your local listings for more information.

Young will be back in action when the MotoAmerica series heads to Road Atlanta this coming weekend.

Young is proud to represent his personal sponsors; Scot-Build Developments Inc., Tim Hortons (Sudbury), AXO America and Bell Helmets.

To connect with Ben Young visit: http://www.fogi.us , on Twitter: @bcyoung86, and on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BenYoungRacing
 
To learn more about the RoadRace Factory team visit: http://www.roadracefactory.com, on twitter: @RoadRaceFactory and on Facebook: www.facebook.com/RoadRaceFactory
 
Corporate sponsorship opportunities are still available with Ben Young, a team member of RoadRace Factory, one of the most visible and marketable teams in the MotoAmerica paddock. Contact: Scott at: benyoungracing @ hotmail.com or Mike at: motorsports @ infinetdesigns.com for more information.
 

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Victory Demo Ride - BC

Victory Motorcycle Demo Ride Days May 1st and 2nd!
Sea to Sky Motorsports will be hosting Demo Days at #105 - 8860 201 street Langley B.C. May 1st and May 2nd!

www.seatoskymotorsports.com
604-888-1400

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Motorcycle Experience is back on TSN - 26th season

The wait is finally over! Next week we will launch our 26th season of Motorcycle Experience across the entire TSN family of channels.

On the first show of the season join me trackside in Savannah, Georgia as I sample the brand new Honda CBR300R along with veteran motorcycle journalist, Colin Fraser. Then we’ll kick off our regular weekly segments by kick starting a brand new “Yamaha Challenge” with OPP Constable Anthony Mann … While my long time riding buddy Norm Wells and I will load up a couple of K1600GTs in Quebec City as we prepare for another “Ultimate Ride” … Then during our brand new “Winging It” segment, our touring expert Ken Edick will share some sage advice on extending your riding season ... And on “Shifting Gears” contributing editor Jenn Martin will stop by the Toronto Motorcycle Show to discuss the art of shopping for a new set of wheels.

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BMW Motorrad sales are up

BMW Motorrad delivered 15,912 motorcycles and maxi-scooters to customers in March, an increase of 4.8% on the same month last year. In the first quarter, worldwide sales increased by 9.2% to total 31,370 units.

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Nathan Watson undergoes wrist surgery

Red Bull IceOne team rider sustains wrist fracture
Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Nathan Watson has today undergone surgery to repair a fractured bone in his left wrist. Sustaining the injury during the first free practise session at the ADAC MX Masters Series in Furstlich Drehna, Germany on Saturday, Nathan will miss this weekend’s GP of Trentino. Doctors predict a recovery time of four to six weeks.

Recording the fifth best time during the practice session, Nathan landed flat over a jump, directly hitting a large braking bump. The significant impact left Nathan with the fracture.

Getting a well-deserved top 15 result in Argentina, Nathan was starting to return to his best following his heavy fall at the opening round of the MXGP series in Qatar. Remaining positive, Nathan is focused on a possible return to racing at his home MXGP event at Matterley Basin, Great Britain, on May 24.

Husqvarna Motorcycles wishes Nathan all the best for a speedy recovery.

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Save on a Yamaha at Costco

Looking to get a new Yamaha this Spring? Well - if you're a Costo member you might be able to save a few hundred dollars.

More information here: http://www.yamaha-motor.ca/promos/details.php?id=196

But it looks like it's:

$300 off Bolt and V-Star series
$200 off FZ-09, FJ-09, FZ-07, FZ6R, YZF-R6 road motorcycles; TMAX, SMAX, BWs, ZUMA X, VINO, and BWs 50 scooters, and TT-R230, TT-R125 off-road motorcycles

If you're not a member they've even got a promo code to use to get a bonus $10 Costco Gift card.





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2015 Wiesner Insurance Ontario - Race dates

2015 Wiesner Insurance Ontario - Enduro Championship

World Enduro Canada is pleased to announce that the Enduro championship dates and locations have been confirmed. This series has been growing in popularity each year and 2015 will continue with four exciting events. This competition series is designed specifically for riders 18 years of age and under. Classes are available for the youngest novice rider to the seasoned up and coming youth racers on full sized bikes. All events are closed course and therefore no drivers license, insurance or license plates are required to compete. Electronic scoring makes for quick and accurate results along with complete results details posted online immediately after the event. At each round lunch is provided with entry and no race license is required. Transponders are provided on loan for the day to all riders making it the simplest and most inexpensive way to get out there and race.

Round one will take place at Motopark in Chatsworth on the Saturday before the CXCC East race. WEC is happy to bring enduro competition back to Motopark as the facility works very well for this discipline. This event will be part of the WEC Yamaha Off-Rad Weekend at Motopark.

Round two will take place near Shelburne at a popular course that riders have loved in the past. A large motocross track and lengthy woods section make for long special test times and fun for all skill levels.

Round three will again be on a Saturday before the CXCC East race at the Moto 86 race facility in Wingham. The forest trails and perfect dirt highlight this round with lots of room for camping for those staying over for the Cross Country on Sunday

The Grand Finale will once again be held in Erin where the final round was held in 2014. This property is absolute paradise for the off-road rider with manicured trails and multiple motocross tracks. It allows for excellent spectating and a large facility for awards and lunch in the event of inclement weather.

ROUND #1 MOTOPARK CHATSWORTH – SATURDAY, MAY 23

ROUND #2 SHELBURNE – SUNDAY, JUNE 14

ROUND #3 MOTO 86 WINGHAM – SATURDAY, AUGUST 22

ROUND #4 ERIN – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4

Specific details regarding each round will be released in the days leading up to the event. Keep watching www.worldendurocanada.com for up to date news and contact information.


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Husqvarna’s Good Old Times Blog on the amazing career of Torsten Hallman

The Good Old Times Blog from Husqvarna Motorcycles pays tribute to the rich tradition of the brand by remembering the riders and stories that made the brand a household word in the 1960s and ‘70s. Among these riders, the mighty Torsten Hallman was not only a great rider but also an inspiration to the next generation. Here, Good Old Times recalls Hallman’s brave fight to pick up his fifth 250 cc world title in 1968.


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International Female Ride Day© Saturday 2 May

International Female Ride Day© (IFRD) the world’s only synchronized women’s motorcycle ride day revs up as women make ready its approach Saturday 2 May. The ninth edition of IFRD “JUST RIDE©!” will assemble the planets diverse, proud and enthusiastic women riders through all forms, and styles of motorcycling. International Female Ride Day© highlights and profiles women motorcycle, scooter and trike riders. The day unites female rider camaraderie, inspires others to take up the sport, while shifting perceptions away from motorcycling being that of a masculine activity.
International Female Ride Day© makes one request of women: “JUST RIDE©!” Get on your bikes, be out there and be visible. With an eight year recorded success, its compelling call to action brings female rider participation across the world’s regions on one unified day where each participant is its role model. IFRD reflects the ongoing penchant for motorcycling women have expressed since the motorcycle was invented; while fostering growth and participation of women in the activity of motorcycling.
 
 
 
“IFRD is a powerful, unstoppable and thoroughly fun happening! Motorcycling for women still needs support as to it being looked upon as the norm for the female gender. Every woman riding a motorcycle comes under scrutiny, observation and often isolation when simply wanting to enjoy the activity. IFRD has effected change in the industry. It has built camaraderie and strengthened the global women’s motorcycling network causing a hugely positive influence to the activity. I’m very excited about the ninth edition! “, states Vicki Gray, founder IFRD.
 

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Coma seizes early initiative in Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge

Red Bull KTM’s multi Dakar Rally winner Marc Coma seized the initiative in the first stage of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge to lead the field at the end of the opening day. Coma was fastest over the 262.3 km timed special stage, one minute 21 ahead of KTM factory teammate Sam Sunderland. The rally is the first round of the 2015 FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship.

Other members of the KTM factory team were also well in contention after the first day in the desert with Ruben Faria in fourth and the team’s latest signing, Matthias Walkner of Austria in sixth. Moh Al Balooshi of KTM UAE was a solid seventh, Pablo Quintanilla of Chile eighth, Armand Monleon of Poland ninth and Juan Salvatierra of Bolivia tenth to give KTM eight of the top ten after Day One.

Following a largely ceremonial Super Special on Saturday, riders got down to business on Sunday with their first foray into the Liwa Desert. Coma completed the stage of 404 km of which 262 km was timed special in three hours 12 minutes and 54 seconds to finish with a narrow 1minute 21 margin to Sunderland, the team’s British rider who is based in the UAE and very familiar with the local terrain.

Marc Coma: “Today everything went well. We managed to set a good pace and we won ahead of Sam Sunderland, who we know is fast. I didn’t want to risk anything in the first part but then I was able to attack more, especially in the second part of the special.”

Speaking before the rally Coma said Abu Dhabi is a race where any advantage is good. “It is a rally with little navigation and where every small detail can be decisive. We have to be very attentive and apply the maximum concentration. The conditions in Abu Dhabi are always very hard and the temperatures are very high,” he added.

Sunderland, who has narrowly missed victory the two last years is looking to take the maximum advantage out of riding in the familiar terrain while Austria’s Matthias Walkner, who was impressive in his first Dakar Rally said before the start that he was hoping for a top 10 finish and wanted to keep working on his navigation. The Red Bull KTM Factory riders are competing on the KTM 450 RALLY.

Coma has won this event seven times, the highest number of KTM victories for a single rider. KTM riders have won every year except three since 1995 when motorcycles were first including on the program. Some 108 riders are contesting the motorcycle category this year, which is also the 25th edition of the Desert Challenge.
Monday’s Stage Two is 511 km of which 279 km is timed special.
Please Note: KTM Results Service after each stage; Race Report after final round.

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Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship Round 1
Results First Stage – 404 km, of which 262.3 km Timed Special

1, Marc Coma, ESP, KTM 3 hours 12.54
2, Sam Sunderland, GBR, KTM at 1.21

3, Paolo Goncalves, POR, Honda at 5.33
4, Ruben Faria, POR, KTM, at 11.07
5, Ricky Brabec, USA, Honda at 11.54
6, Matthias Walkner, AUT, KTM at 13.59
7, Mohammed Al Balooshi, UAE, KTM at 14.10
8, Pablo Quintanila, CHO, KTM at 16.50
9, Armand Monleon, POL, KTM at 22:06
10, Juan Salvatierra, BOL, KTM at 289:28
More at www.abudhabidesertchallenge.com

The 2015 FIM World Cross Country Rallies Championship Calendar:

Round One – Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge UAE – 27.3 to 2.4.2015
Round Two – Sealine Rally Qatar 19-24.4.2015
Round Three – Pharaoh’s Rally Egypt 10-17.5.2015
Round Four – Sardegna Rally, Italy, 6-11.6.2015
Round Five – Atacama Rally, Chile, 30.8-5.9.2015
Round Six - OiLibya Rally, Morocco 3-9.10. 2015

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