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Round 2 of the TB21 "Five Miles" Tour is Saturday, May 30th

Lloyd Brothers Motorsports Ducati Team head West for the famous Sacramento Mile

Troy Bayliss, Johnny Lewis and the Lloyd Brothers Motorsports Ducati team compete this weekend in the 50th running of the AMA Pro Cal Expo Sacramento Mile.
 
Regarded as one of the toughest stops on the team’s “Five Miles Tour” because of its long, fast straights and tight corners and loose top soil, it’s also one of the most historic. 2015 is the 50th running of the Sacramento mile at the current fairgrounds but the 101st running of the event in Sacramento, making it one of the most historic races in the world.
 
 
Troy Bayliss and Johnny Lewis will be competing on custom framed, 1100cc Ducati powered machines, purpose built to turn left, channeling the spirit and style of the famous Scrambler Ducati.
Fan excitement has been high, with the arrival of the three time world superbike champion Troy Bayliss. Sacramento is the only mile race in the western part of America and California is the number one Ducati market in the USA, a potent combination for excitement. Numerous Ducatisti are expected, many of whom are visiting an AMA Pro Flat Track race for the first time. The Sacramento Mile is offering a special Ducati ticket package that includes Ducati parking and an air conditioned lounge. To purchase the Ducati package call 1-844-SACMILE and reference the Ducati package. For fans that cannot attend in person the entire day, from the first practice to the final checker flag of the main event will be broadcast live and viewable on any mobile platform or computer, free, on Fanschoice.TV
 
The Sacramento Mile APA Pro Flat Track race gets underway on Saturday at 2:15pm Pacific Time with first timed practice, and the 25-lap race is scheduled for Saturday at 9:25pm Pacific Time
Troy Bayliss (Lloyd Brothers Motorsports Ducati #21): I am enjoying my visit to America and the cross country trip with the team has been a bonus. It was great meeting so many new fans at Springfield, the flat track fans really made me feel welcome. I learned a lot there and I am looking forward to getting to Sacramento, and getting out on the track on my Ducati and putting what I learned last weekend to good use.
 
Johnny Lewis (Lloyd Brothers Motorsports Ducati #10): After having such a great day at Springfield (3rd qualifying and 2nd in the heat race) prior to the rough ending with the crash on the front straight, I’m more than ready to return to the track on my Lloyd Brothers Motorsports Ducati and have the successful day that I know we can have. I felt like a top five guy at Springfield, and even though it was our first outing on the bike and we had a few issues, I know we can run at the front this weekend.

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BMW Toronto Test Ride

If you're in the Toronto area and would like to demo a BMW you opportunty awaits at BMW Toronto Motorrad.

 Details below:


11 Sunglight Park Road
Toronto, ON M4N 1B5
bmwtoronto.ca

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Victory Motorcycles’ New Spring & Sumer 2015 Apparel & Gift Collections

ust as Victory motorcycles deliver outstanding performance and exciting style, so too, do the items in the new 2015 Spring & Summer Victory Motorcycles rider wear, casualwear, gifts, and accessories collections. Victory riders will find great riding gear, comfortable and stylish casualwear, and premium personal accessories in these new product lines - all featuring genuine Victory branding.


Rider Wear for All-Weather Comfort
The new Lite Mesh Jacket ($149.99) is a simple, lightweight summer jacket at an entry level price point that features black mesh construction that promotes cooling airflow during warm weather riding. This jacket provides protection with CE-certified armor in the shoulders and elbows, and the action back and side adjustments ensure a comfortable fit. The powerful Victory branding includes an understated chest logo and large Victory “V” Badge branding on the back.

The Valor Jacket ($179.99) is a stylish, military-inspired jacket. It looks great on the bike or around town with its all-black construction, smart styling, and bold Victory branding on the back. The fabric is lightweight and water-repellent, and this jacket also has CE-certified shoulder and elbow armor.



New Casualwear Revs Up New Style
The Victory Men’s Casualwear line includes apparel in three distinct style segments – Modern, Attitude and Classic designs – and there are new additions in every segment with the new 2015 Spring & Summer collections.

The Modern segment features a newMen’s Pique Short Sleeve Tee and Men’s Pique Long Sleeve Shirt, both of which use a sublimination print technique to produce a premium feel and ensure the branding remains prominent mile after mile.

The Attitude segment includes the new Men’s Skull Tee, which has distinctive graphics on the chest and back, and theMen’s Attitude Race Neck Zip Thru that is made of premium 100% cotton. It features a fine French rib and is detailed with red zipper pull and Victory branding.

The Classic segment now features the new Men’s Ace Raglan Tee and the Men’s Classic Flat Collar Ace Shirt, both of which feature exciting graphics that combine the Ace of Spades, a warbird nose art bomber girl, and Victory branding.

Exciting new items in the Victory Women’s Casualwear collection include the Women’s Black Chambray Shirt, the Women’s Skull ¾ Sleeve Tee, the Women’s Skull Tank, and the Women’s Sequin Logo Tee, which is available in gray and in red. All of these shirts feature a flattering, comfortable fit and dynamic Victory branding and graphics.
 
Gifts & Accessories to Promote Your Ride
Victory riders can enjoy Victory branding on an expanded selection of premium gift and personal accessory items such as a large collection of Victory branded black wallets, a convenient flashlight, a garage bike mat, and Victory truck decals that add Victory style to your “other” ride. The Victory bags & luggage collection now includes backpacks in two sizes, a waist pack, a cargo bag, and a cabin luggage bag that’s perfect when traveling.

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Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship - East

The 2015 National Cross Country racing season got off to a great start with a record turn out at Motopark in Chatsworh, ON. Full gates in all classes made for a very competitive day. There were new faces on the line and some new ones on the podium.
Yamaha's Brian Wojnarowski took the Pro win with newcomer Justin Lewis taking second and Connor Brogan in third after capturing the Wiesner Insurance Pro Holeshot on his Husqvarna. Last years champion Zach Lewis was out with a broken femur suffered at a club race the previous week but hopes to be back racing before the end of the season.
 

Motopark has a great variety of beautiful trails, the rocks wear riders out but despite that it is a favorite for many competitors.


Last year's Beginner Champion Wolfgang Wiesner was moved up to the very competitive Junior class, he suffered a bad start coming off the line in last place and managed to work his way up to a solid 4th finish on his Two Wheel Motorsports Kawasaki.


Porsche Reynolds, Alex Franklin and Janice Snively were the first recipients of the $200 Ride Like a Girl Purse courtesy of Laminacorr Racing!

Steve Ooman won the Vet Master Class and got a full set of Klim off road gear for his efforts
 

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BMW Motorrad achieves best ever month - April

Following a record first quarter, BMW Motorrad continues to grow its sales. Around the world, a record 16,554 motorcycles and maxi-scooters were delivered to customers in April, an increase of 1.3% on last year. That makes it the most successful month in BMW Motorrad’s history. In the first four months of the year, sales rose 6.3% to a total of 47,924 units. The sales growth is being driven by high demand for the new models launched in 2014 and 2015.



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"Just Ride" During the Harley-Davidson World Ride, June 27-28

Just ride. It is a simple idea that expresses the passion that unites motorcycle riders around the world, regardless of age, location, or brand. It is also all anyone needs to do to join the thousands of Harley-Davidson motorcycle riders and Harley Owners Group members who are flexing their freedom and hitting the open road during the Harley-Davidson World Ride on June 27 and 28.

"One of the beautiful things about riding a motorcycle is how it lets you check out from the daily grind and experience the pure feelings of joy and freedom it brings," said Ken Ostermann, Harley-Davidson General Manager of Integrated Marketing Operations. "The Harley-Davidson World Ride is all about being on your bike, loving life, and sharing that feeling with others."

One World, Two Days, Millions of Miles

Launched in 2008 by the Harley Owners Group as Million Mile Monday, the annual riding event was expanded into the two-day Harley-Davidson World Ride in 2012 to give more riders worldwide an opportunity to participate. In 2014, participants logged more than ten million miles on solo rides, in groups large and small, and through a variety of Retailer-led events around the world, united by their shared passion for motorcycling. For 2015, the event retains its two-day format, but shifts to Saturday and Sunday to enable even more riders around the globe to participate.

"The thrilling feeling of freedom and independence experienced by riding a motorcycle can be life-changing. Participating in the World Ride is a perfect opportunity to share that experience with a non-rider, perhaps by inviting them along as a passenger to share the ride," Ostermann said.

Whether it is across town, cross-country, or anything in between, every mile counts and can be recorded by logging into the online mileage accumulator of Harley-Davidson at h-d.com/worldride, where a rolling odometer will record the collective distance traveled by all participants in the World Ride.

Ride participants can log their post-ride mileage directly onto the World Ride website from mobile devices and share their riding stories and photographs on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #HDworldride. Participants can also download a certificate of participation after logging their mileage on the World Ride website.

To learn more about the Harley-Davidson World Ride, visit h-d.com/worldride.

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Episode 7 of Motorcycle Experience on TSN!

Three years after launching their current generation's Super Tenere, Yamaha revised their top of the line ES with some thoughtful upgrades that totally enhanced what was already a well respected big boar adventure touring package.  In the engine department, horsepower was bumped a few ponies, while real world comfort was addressed by adding a tool-less adjustable windscreen, heated grips, and two position seat.  But the biggest improvement on this generation Tenere definitely comes through on the electronic management side of the equation.  With the ES version, you now get on the fly traffic suspension adjustment.  Out on the highway, no problem, soften it up for comfort.  Hitting the gravel?  No problem there either; with the touch of a button you can stiffen up the suspension for better control.  The ES also has a new cruise control system, two switchable engine power delivery maps along with a three mode traction control system.  And there's ABS.  Lots of bells and whistles to be sure but how does it all work?  Well here now is a serious adventure riding enthusiast and loyal view, James Simzer.

On this edition of Motorcycle Experience the pride of the OPP tackles a slalom course in the snow. While on this season's Ultimate Ride we head out for our ultimate destination from St. Anne des Monts in Quebec. Then, during our winging-it segment touring expert Ken Edick requests a luggage upgrade before taking flight.  And shifting gears editor Jen Martin takes a closer look at exhaust system advancements.  All this, and more, as Motovan presents Motorcycle Experience.

And consider this your official "Save the Date" for our 2nd annual Wings Over The County event.  We'll be hosting the Gold Wing themed event again this year at our homebase in Prince Edward County so mark your calendars for September 26.  More details to follow!

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Victory Motorcycles - Project 156 Pikes Peak Hill Climb prototype

Victory Motorcycles has revealed the second video featuring the Victory Motorcycles / Roland Sands Project 156 Pikes Peak Hill Climb prototype racer.  Victory Motorcycles Racing programs including the NHRA team, and the recently announced Isle of Man TT racing effort all are indicative of a new energy and direction for the brand.

Part 2:



And in case you missed Part 1:


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World Enduro Canada is celebrating its 10th anniversary

World Enduro Canada is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and is proud to kick off the first round of the Ontario Enduro Championship this weekend at Motopark. This series is focused on young riders 18 years of age and under that are new to the sport as well as up and coming serious racers looking to hone their skills and improve ability.

We are fortunate that Motopark has welcomed the Ontario Enduro Championship to their historic facility. Motopark has all the right terrain to host this series that has been growing in popularity every year since its inception. At this first round of the series it should be noted that the typical lunch provided by WEC and its sponsors will not be present. Instead we encourage all competitors to have lunch at the “Off-Road Café” where there is a variety of food and snack items on the menu to keep any budding racer happy. We want to support those race facilities that support our series.

Some riders may decide to camp overnight or return the next day to compete in Round One of the Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship. The CXCC has classes from Pee Wee to Pro with a course designed to challenge all yet be tame enough for our youngest riders. The Saturday night “camp out” will have a great social atmosphere with a lot of our racers getting reacquainted after a long off-season break.
 Enduro racers know this series is the most inexpensive competition series going and the easiest in which to become involved. Your $30 entry brings two hours of racing, electronic scoring with no transponder cost, simple and easy registration on site, and an awards presentation with lots of prizes.

Anyone who has any detailed questions about this event or any round of the Enduro Championship can contact WEC through the website www.worldendurocanada.com

The weather is set for a perfect weekend… see you at Motopark!

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Zero Motorcycles lowers MSRP

Waiting for prices to fall on electric motorcycles? They just did.

It’s our passion at Zero to bring electric motorcycles to the mainstream. For the last seven years, that drive has pushed us to make tremendous leaps in range, styling and performance that have transformed the opinions of many riders. Now, we’re excited to announce that, effective immediately, we have reduced the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of every 2015 Zero Motorcycles model in North America by $1,350.

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2015 has been our best year on record at Zero. We’ve put more riders on Zeros during the first portion of this year than ever before. As our motorcycles evolve, and the prices of batteries fall, we are committed to passing those savings along to you, so that it’s that much easier to go electric.

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Bonnier Motorcycle Group Announced as 2015 Motorcycle Film Festival Media Partner

The Bonnier Motorcycle Group is pleased to announce that they have been named an official media partner for the 2015 Motorcycle Film Festival. The 3rd Annual Motorcycle Film Festival will be held September 23-27, 2015 in Brooklyn, New York.

The 1st Annual Motorcycle Film Festival was held in September of 2013 by co-founders Jack Drury and Corinna Mantlo to give moto/film enthusiasts from around the world a reason to gather, discuss, and celebrate their favorite subject – Motorcycles. Since the first event, the Motorcycle Film Festival has become a year round organization providing a home for all motorcycle films

“We are honored to become an official media partner of the Motorcycle Film Festival,” said Garrett Kai, Associate Publisher, Marketing for the Bonnier Motorcycle Group. “Jack and Corrina have built an amazing event that celebrates the two-wheeled world, and we want to help tell as many people as possible about this incredible show”.

"We are completely thrilled to call Bonnier part of the MFF family this year” commented Jack Drury, co-founder of the Motorcycle Film Festival. “We can't tell you how much it means to us to be working side by side with the people responsible for the magazines we've pored over for every month for years to get the word out about the incredible work that motorcycle filmmakers are putting out. It's a real honor and a real privilege."

For more information about the Motorcycle Film Festival go to www.motorcyclefilmfestival.com or stay tuned to the Bonnier Motorcycle Group’s digital channels for more exciting information.

About Bonnier Motorcycle Group
Bonnier 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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Lorenzo Takes French GP

Jorge Lorenzo followed up his win in Jerez with a sublime performance at the French MotoGP in Le Mans, going into the lead in the second corner then putting the hammer down to win by more than three seconds over second-placed Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso.

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BMW Motorrad and Orlando Bloom present the BMW S 1000 R Custom

BMW Motorrad and Orlando Bloom present the BMW S 1000 R Custom. Michael "Woolie" Woolaway from Deus Ex Machina turns Orlando Bloom's vision of a custom bike into reality.

Everyone knows Orlando Bloom as a successful actor, but not everyone knows about his passion for motorbikes. As a long-standing fan of BMW motorcycles, Orlando Bloom owns and rides a number of BMW models, including old classics.
For his own custom bike project he specifically chose the BMW S 1000 R.


He asked his good friend, Michael "Woolie" Woolaway, head of the Deus Ex Machina custom shop in Venice, CA, USA, to work with him to bring his custom S 1000 R vision into reality.

The result of the cooperation, is a stunning one-off 4 cylinder bike.

The S 1000 R Custom and Orlando Bloom had their first test ride in the Malibu Hills while shooting "4CYL", a production by Arthur de Kersauson and Clement Beauvais in cooperation with BMW Motorrad.

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True Adventure: The all-new 2016 CRF1000L Africa Twin



If you want the real scoop with pictures check out the leaked photos over at Indefinitely Wild - Here's one for you. More at the link.



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Victory Motorcycles to Race Prototype Electric Motorcycle at Isle of Man

Victory Motorcycles is announcing their intention to race at the iconic International Isle of Man Tourist Trophy (TT) event on a prototype Victory electric race motorcycle.
The prototype electric race bikes will be piloted by William Dunlop of the legendary Dunlop dynasty and by Lee Johnston known in the racing world as “General Lee”.
 
Victory Racing will compete in the Isle of Man TT electric class, marking the first time that Victory Motorcycles has entered a professional motorcycle-racing event in Europe and raced an electric motorcycle. Parker, the world’s leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, is providing the race-proven, high performance GVM PMAC motors for both machines.
“The entire Victory team is excited to make history with this effort,” said Rod Krois, Victory General Manager. “We know that William Dunlop’s experience and the continued Victory Motorcycles development of this electric race bike through work with Parker will propel us into a strong future with electric motorcycles.”
With more than a hundred years of history, the annual International Isle of Man TT, raced on the Irish Sea Island, is one of the most demanding and exciting races in the world. The SES TT Zero Challenge class event for electric motorcycles is a one-lap race round the island’s 37.73 mile Mountain Course scheduled for Wednesday, June 10, 2015.
 “I’m more than excited to race this prototype at the Isle of Man,” said professional rider William Dunlop. “Electric powertrains have many advantages, and the Isle of Man is one of the greatest tests in motorcycle racing.”
Professional Rider Lee Johnston will be riding the second entry for Victory Racing at the Isle of Man TT and said, “I’m excited to make history by racing the new Victory electric race prototype. It’s thrilling to be part of the emerging electric motorcycle movement.”
Ben Furnish, Marketing Manager for Parker Hannifin said, “Parker is thrilled to be involved with Victory Motorcycles in this historic event with these talented riders. We look forward to working with Victory to develop high performance powertrains for electric motorcycles. “
The Victory Racing prototype electric race bike features a dedicated electric racing motor and power cells as well as highly sophisticated electric controls to maximize peak power, power delivery, and durability under racing conditions. Victory engineers have further refined the electronics and chassis for the upcoming race with private test sessions in North America.
Victory Motorcycles will host a continuous news feed of updates and photos from the Isle of Man TT and will have more information available on the Victory electric prototype race bike at www.VictoryMotorcycles.com. Be sure to follow Victory on Twitter@VictoryBikes and on Facebook at facebook.com/VictoryMotorcycles for additional updates. To learn more about Parker and their production version of the GVM traction motors visit http://www.parker.com/hev.
 

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World Enduro Canada is Proud to Celebrate 10 Years

It’s hard to believe it has been ten years of fantastic off-road motorcycle events, organized and promoted by World Enduro Canada. WEC was formed in 2005 with the mammoth task to organize and promote the first ever World Enduro Championship round to be held in Canada… or North America for that matter.

Taking place in Parry Sound Ontario, the 2006 event was heralded as “The best world championship event ever” in the words of then World Champion, David Knight. The event was given critical acclaim not only by the riders, but the host community, the series promoter and the FIM. It was with that stamp of approval that a round was confirmed again for 2007. It was two landmark world championship events two years in a row under the WEC banner.

The Enduro World Championship made some changes after that year resulting in the series pulling back to the European countries. This left WEC without a task but with sponsors and riders across the country asking for a real Canadian off-road championship series that included riders across the country, using a similar race format as the World Championship rounds.

2008 was a year continuing to learn and design a series that met this requirement. What was asked for was true closed course racing, legal use of vehicles and ground breaking electronic scoring. Electronic transponder equipment was acquired and a loss control plan designed. A test event was held in 2008 readying for a 2009 National series.
With support from the MCC, motorcycle manufacturers, motorcycle clubs, racers across the county, and numerous industry and outside industry sponsors, the Canadian Enduro Championship was realized. This was a true National off road Championship for Canada that brought the best from the east and west together. The series was well received by both racers and the industry with over 50 Pro and amateur racers making the cross country trip each season.

In 2013, at the request of some riders and manufacturer sponsors, the series morphed from a closed course enduro format to a Cross Country format. Bar to bar racing was the mandate but with the continuation of transponder scoring. Canada’s off-road national championship continues with this design to this day as the Canadian Cross Country Championship. The Alberta Motorsports Association (AMSA) and the Pacific Northwest Motorcycle Association (PNWMA) work together with WEC each season to make this championship what it is today. Over the last 3 years the rider attendance has continued to increase with 2014 being the strongest year ever with a 20% increase in rider entries.

Alongside the national off-road championship was the mandate for a true Canadian Trials championship involving all active trials communities across the country. World Trials Canada was formed with a board of representatives from each region steering the series as well as rules and guidelines of the discipline. The sport of Observed Trials could not be in better hands. The Canadian Trials Championship has been growing in popularity since 2009.

WEC has made other revolutionary changes to the sport of off-road motorcycling by creating an entire competition series that is focused solely on young riders. The Ontario Enduro Championship is specifically designed to challenge both experienced and novice riders under the age of 18. These are closed course events with no license plates or individual insurance required. This is a true first in Canada and the popularity of this series is exploding.

None of these events and Championship series would have been possible without the continuing support of generous sponsors. World Enduro Canada would like to thank all of the companies who have supported us both in the past and present. We could not have done this without them.
Going forward World Enduro Canada is looking forward to the continued growth of our National and Regional Championships. The Next 10 years are looking great.

In closing we want to thank the most important people to any successful race series - the dedicated racers of all ages and the family and friends who support them. Racing motorcycles is a lot of fun and a great way for families to play together.


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Episode 5 of Motorcycle Experience on TSN!

When it comes to motorcycle touring Honda Canada knows a thing or two about travelling really long distances on two wheels. Seventeen years after launching the first Valkyrie, Honda decided it was high time to roll out another head turning, aggressively styled power cruiser based on their newest generation Wing. So for this week's road test, original Valkyrie owner Dave Fox sizes up Honda's latest version of the classic cruiser.

Then, on this session of the Ultimate Yamaha Challenge, OPP Constable Anthony Mann makes some abrupt turns. While on this season's Ultimate Ride we find the perfect pull over spot during our Gaspé tour. On our "Winging It" segment, touring expert Ken Edick has some expert advice on avoiding saddle sores. Then "Shifting Gears" editor Jenn Martin flips the thermostat with some great advice on warm weather riding apparel.

Keep your right hand cranked!

Dave

EpisdoeDayDateTimeChannel
5TuesdayMay 1213:30TSN2
5TuesdayMay 1216:30TSN4
5ThursdayMay 1412:30TSN5
5ThursdayMay 1416:30TSN1
5ThursdayMay 1419:30TSN2
5FridayMay 1514:00TSN5
5SaturdayMay 1611:30TSN3

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New pictures of Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L

Honda's Facebook page is sporting a new post about the upcoming Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L with a couple of the best pictures we've seen of the much hyped and anticipated bike.

According to their page:

"The Africa Twin CRF1000L is coming to Australia! The All New CRF1000L will redefine the expectations of a large capacity True Adventure Motorcycle. More details to follow..."




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HUSQVARNA MOTORCYCLES SHOT FACTORY REPLICA GEAR

Husqvarna Motorcycles is pleased to announce the availability of their new line of competition clothing in association with Shot Race Gear

The Shot Factory Replica Gear is manufactured by leading French clothing manufacturer Shot and is a special edition line, as worn by Husqvarna’s factory enduro riders.

Tried and tested by the Bel-Ray Husqvarna Factory Racing, this stylish jersey and pant combo in Husqvarna’s colours have been put through their paces by Pela RenetGraham Jarvis and Alfredo Gomez in the Enduro World Championship, SuperEnduro World Championship and allextreme enduro races.

The jersey is a lightweight, breathable offroad shirt utilising intelligent material that wicks moisture away from the skin. Together with breathable mesh panels it ensures you stay cool when the going gets tough.

Matching lightweight pants feature the latest in materials and construction. Built from abrasion-proof 330D nylon with double and triple reinforced seams they ensure maximum durability, comfort and fit.


Leather inner knee protection, elasticated panels for optimum fit and removable foam hip protectors ensure a pant that allows you to focus on conquering the terrain in comfort and style.

Husqvarna Motorcycles Shot Factory Replica Gear is now available at authorized dealers.

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Indian Motorcycles “Scout Inspired Custom Series”

INDIAN MOTORCYCLE CELEBRATES THE FUTURE AND HONORS NEARLY 100 YEARS OF RICH INDIAN SCOUT HERITAGE WITH ITS “SCOUT INSPIRED CUSTOM SERIES”

Inaugural story honors USO partnership and unwavering military commitment with unveiling of Custom Military Scout and multimedia vignette narrated by Mark Wahlberg

America’s first motorcycle company, today announced its Scout Inspired Custom Series; a chronology of the rich, century-long history of the Indian® Scout™ motorcycle. Throughout 2015, Indian Motorcycle will unveil a series of custom Indian Scouts designed and crafted by some of America’s leading custom bike builders — each designed to celebrate an important Indian Scout milestone or achievement since its debut in 1920.  Each of the custom Scouts will be accompanied by vignettes to share the legacy of the Indian Scout. 

To kick-off the series, Indian Motorcycle today launched the Custom Military Scout in a vignette narrated by Mark Wahlberg. The Custom Military Scout is a tribute to the company’s nearly 100-year history of supporting the U.S. Military and to celebrate Indian Motorcycle’s partnership with USO. The Custom Military Scout was designed and built by world-renowned custom builder Klock Werks Kustom Cycles of Mitchell, South Dakota.



“Klock Werks Kustom Cycles is honored to partner with Indian Motorcycle on a project that pays tribute to the USO and their outstanding work on behalf of the dedicated men and women of our U.S. Armed Forces,” said Brian Klock, founder of Klock Werks. “Indian Motorcycle has a long and impressive legacy of supporting the U.S. Military dating back to WWI and all of us at Klock Werks are humbled to play a role in this important and historic endeavor.”

The Custom Military Scout is built on the award-winning 2015 Indian Scout platform, sporting a matte green paint indicative of a vintage military bike that was perfectly applied by Brad Smith of The Factory Match.  It utilizes taillights that are modern street legal reproductions on a custom bracket to mimic the original military-style lights. The Custom Military Scout features Genuine Indian Motorcycle Accessory leather saddlebags, a Klock Werks "Klassic" seat kit and leather wraps for the base of the Indian accessory quick-detach windshield — all upholstered using matching leather hides.  A custom gun scabbard mount holds a Thompson sub-machine gun with a custom gunstock by Boyds Gunstocks of Mitchell, SD etched with both the USO and Indian Motorcycle logos. The first public showing of the bike will be at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering in Monterey California on May 15th & 16th.

“Today we are proud to launch our Scout Inspired Custom Series with our inaugural episode dedicated to the USO and our mutual support of the U.S. Military and their families, and we are grateful to brand ambassador Mark Wahlberg and our friends at Klock Werks for their support and fine craftsmanship,” said Steve Menneto, Polaris Industries vice president of motorcycles. “The Indian Scout has built a long and storied legacy of racing wins, world records, engineering innovations and industry firsts, and along the way it has won the hearts and minds of fans around the world. Those achievements have materially impacted our current and future direction for the Indian Scout marque, and we look forward to telling some of those important stories through our Scout Inspired Custom Series.”

The Custom Military Scout and accompanying video vignette narrated by Mark Wahlberg can be found by visiting www.indianmotorcycle.com, along with upcoming stories in the Scout Inspired Custom Series.

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Polaris Industries Acquires Timbersled

Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) has acquired Timbersled Products, Inc. a privately held Sandpoint, Idaho-based company that is an  innovator and market leader in the burgeoning snow bike industry. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“We are excited to add the Timbersled brand and team to Polaris’ strong snowmobile business.  Timbersled has created a compelling product and revolutionized the sport of snow biking, and we are excited to see what they can accomplish with access to Polaris’ considerable engineering, manufacturing and distribution capabilities,” said Scott Wine, Polaris Chairman & CEO. “Their Mountain Horse is the unequivocal choice of snow bike enthusiasts, emphasizing Timbersled’s relentless commitment to innovation, performance and quality. Our common culture and shared passion for the Powersports industry and consumer will create an exciting platform for continued innovation and accelerated growth.”


 Timbersled will continue to operate as a distinct brand and the operations will remain near Sandpoint, Idaho.

“Timbersled is excited to be a part of the Polaris family. Our shared commitment to delivering exceptional performance to riders and history of innovation make this a great fit,” said Allen Mangum, President, Timbersled. “Timbersled’s success is built on a passion for delivering exciting products. We look forward to working with Polaris to take our product, customer relationships and the sport to the next level.”

Photos of select Timbersled products and a slide summarizing Timbersled’s business and its fit with Polaris are available here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150422006636/en/Polaris-Acquires-Timbersled#.VTgMatJVhBc

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BMW Group starts well in 2015

Motorcycles segment records new highs

The Motorcycles segment continues to perform well. Segment revenues for the three-month period grew by 20.1% to € 567 million (2014: € 472 million) on the back of good sales volumes and a high-value model mix. EBIT rose by 79.7% to € 115 million (2014: € 64 million), while profit before taxadvanced by 81.0% to € 114 million (2014: € 63 million). Sales volume climbed by 9.2% to 31,370 units (2014: 28,719 units). The figures reported for earnings and sales volume represented new first-quarter highs. The upward trend in business has been further boosted by the new BMW R 1200 R, R 1200 RS, S 1000 RR, S 1000 XR and F 800 R models, which have been in the showrooms since March.


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Why We Ride Films to Support PBTF for Brain Tumor Awareness Month

While you won't likely be going to the dinner event in California you can buy a DVD!

Full details below:

In observance of Brain Tumor Awareness Month this May, Why We Ride Films is launching two initiatives to help raise funds as part of their ongoing partnership with the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF), home of Ride for Kids. Why We Ride Films will be donating a portion of proceeds from their May DVD sales to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, and will also be hosting the “Why We Ride to the Quail” benefit dinner in conjunction with The Quail Motorcycle Gathering.

Why We Ride Films will donate $5 to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation for every copy of the DVD sold on www.whyweride.com in the month of May. Why We Ride producer James Walker and producer/director Bryan H. Carroll will be kicking off the month-long fundraiser at the 2015 Los Angeles Ride for Kids, set for May 3rd at American Honda Motor’s headquarters in Torrance, CA. “Our fundraising efforts couldn’t go to a better organization,” said Why We Ride producer James Walker. “We are always astounded by the work that the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation does for families afflicted by this terrible disease, so we are happy to lend our support with the fundraising initiative.”



<Why We Ride on DVD, and $5 will be donated to the PBTF>>
"Why We Ride to the Quail" Riders Dinner - May 15, 2015Why We Ride Films is also hosting a fundraising dinner on Friday, May 15th in conjunction with The Quail Motorcycle Gathering in Monterey, CA. The 1st Annual “Why We Ride to the Quail” Riders Dinner is open to the public and includes dinner, a pass to The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, and a gift bag. Attendees are also encouraged to join the group ride on Saturday morning from the Hyatt Regency to The Quail Motorcycle Gathering. Bell Helmets, Eagle Rider and The Sturgis Museum are also providing support for the dinner and ride, and proceeds from the event will be donated to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

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Why We Ride producer/director Bryan H. Carroll added, “We will be doing everything we can to help raise awareness and funds for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation this May and beyond. Our message has always been about family and inspiring the next generation of riders, and we’re honored to be able to offer two unique ways for people to support the Foundation.”

“We are very grateful for the ongoing work that Why We Ride Films is doing to help support our cause,” said Steve Reynolds, National Director of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s Ride for Kids program. “We are very excited to be involved in their events and fundraising initiatives in the motorcycle industry, and we hope that together we can continue to raise funds and increase awareness of this disease.”

Learn more about the film and the growing social movement at www.whyweride.com, and be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can also become a part of the community by signing up for the Why We Ride newsletter.

About the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation: The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF), the official charity of Why We Ride Films, works to eliminate the challenges of brain tumors by funding medical research and family support programs. Motorcyclists may be familiar with the organization’s Ride for Kids program, a series of rides across the country that raise money for the Foundation. To learn more or make a direct donation, visit www.CureTheKids.org.

About Why We Ride: Why We Ride is a feature length documentary film. Since its December 2013 release, it has quickly become the #1 Motorcycle Film in the United States. Independently distributed by Producer/Director Bryan H. Carroll and Producer James Walker, Why We Ride’s aim is to use the power of cinema not only to entertain but also educate, inspire and celebrate the world of motorcycling with audiences worldwide. To learn more about Why We Ride, visit www.WhyWeRide.com.

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Blistering Jerez Weekend for Jorge

BLISTERING JEREZ WEEKEND FOR JORGE
Jorge Lorenzo got off to an amazing start at the MotoGP of Spain in Jerez, topping off some electrifying form -which included a record pole position time on Saturday - with a start-to-finish win ahead of Marc Marquez and team-mate Valentino Rossi. Jorge’s classy, dominant performance means he moves up to third in the championship. Jorge, who celebrates his 28th birthday today, is back at Jerez for post-race testing.


KENT WINS MOTO3 TO ENTER RECORD BOOKS

Danny Kent made a last-minute pounce on Fabio Quartararo on the home straight to win for the third time this season, as the Moto3 race at Jerez went down to the wire. Danny maintains his lead in the Moto3 championship with 91 points, and makes history by becoming the first British rider in any class to win three in a row since Barry Sheene in 1977. In Moto2, Jonas Folger dominated after he passed early race leader Tito Rabat, to win out by almost two seconds.

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World Enduro Canada partners with "Ride Like a Girl" Program

Cornwall, ON (May 01, 2015) - Laminacorr Racing is thrilled to announce their collaboration with World Enduro Canada (“WEC”) for participation in the Canadian Cross Country Championship (“CXCC”). This is the only National off-road series supporting the ‘Ride like a Girl’ contingency program.

During the 2015 season, the CXCC will consist of ten rounds across Canada. These rounds are separated to include four Western Canada events (CXCC West) with two in British Columbia and two in Alberta. The CXCC East will include six rounds in Ontario. These events attract around 100 riders per event.

Over the last ten years, the series has become known for their support and commitment to increasing the number of female racers at the top level of racing. CXCC currently runs one class for women, which draws an average of ten women riders per event.

Racers in the women’s class across all ten of the CXCC East and West rounds will have an opportunity to benefit from the ‘Ride like a Girl’ program, with a $200 purse to be shared amongst the top three finishers at each race. It is anticipated that with additional exposure and funding from the ‘Ride like a Girl’ program, more women will come out and compete.

The type of racing offered at CXCC events is family oriented and is geared towards all ages and skill levels, with a National Champion crowned in every class from Pee Wee to Pro and of course Women.
For more Information on the racing schedule or how to participate, visit www.worldendurocanada.com.

You can follow WEC on Facebook, or via Twitter account @worldenduro

For additional information about the ‘Ride like a Girl’ program, please contact Guy Robichaud at grobichaud@laminacorr.com

The ‘Ride like a Girl’ program is funded by Laminacorr Racing, a 100% female race team. The team would like to extend a special thank you to their sponsors and supporters: Laminacorr Industries Inc., Scott Sports, Evo Motorsport, Forma Boots, MD Distributions, Importations Thibault, LRP, MX and Off-Road Magazine, Backwoods Promotions, Xtreme Miller Sport, Quad Expert ,6D Helmets and Pirelli tire.

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Catch Episode 4 of Motorcycle Experience on TSN!

We're still waiting on the full schedule for the newest episode of Motorcycle Experience which will air next week on the TSN family of channels. A couple of other things: make sure that, when you follow the schedule that you make note of which TSN channel it's on - it could be any - 1 through 5. And just so you know...TSN retains the right to pre-empt Motorcycle Experience if any of its live events run long. We wish it wasn't so, but it can't be helped!

But enough house keeping, you've got lots to look forward to on the next episode of Motorcycle Experience. BMW Motorrad knows a thing or two about travelling on two wheels over really long distances, so we are taking a look at their latest update to the adventure touring genre, the R1200 RT. Then tune in as OPP Constable Anthony Mann learns to take it slow. Then on the Ultimate Ride we scarf some home cookin’ on the southern tip of the Gaspé Peninsula. During our ‘Winging It’ segment, touring expert Ken Edick turns the safety equation on its ear while Shifting Gears contributing editor Jenn Martin offers up some advice on cool weather riding apparel.

We'll send an updated schedule on Monday or you can visit motorcycleexperience.ca for more info.
EpisodeDayDateTime/ESTNetwork
4TuesdayMay 516:30TSN1

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Project 156 Part 1 - Victory Motorcycles

Victory Motorcycles just released a new video that teases the upcoming Roland Sands Designs “Project 156” that will race at Pikes Peak this summer.

It promises to be like no other Victory Motorcycle you have ever seen.



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