Last week I had the good fortune of checking a few things off my life's to-do list in a very short period of time. I went to Daytona Beach during Bike Week, visited the legendary Daytona International Speedway for the first time, watched an AMA national flat track race (the season-opening Daytona TT), met a Daytona 200 winner ('72 victor Don Emde) and got to ride the all-new and highly anticipated 2017 Triumph Bonneville Bobber.
Oh, and I also got to test the revised Street Scrambler and the dangerously awesome 2018 Street Triple RS. Not a bad set of accomplishments for 48 hours in Florida!
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 17:02
Harley-Davidson chose Montreal, QC as the host city for the first public viewing of the just-announced 2017 Street Rod. We brought you the report on the bike already - visit the link below to check that out - but we sent one of our fave photographers, Paolo Pedicelli, to New City Gas in MTL to take in the scene. Enjoy the photos!
Monday, 20 March 2017 16:16
11-time Canadian Superbike Champion Jordan Szoke will be attending the Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo on Saturday, March 11th at the International Centre near Pearson International Airport in Toronto, ON. Additionally, you will be able to find Szoke’s 2016 Mopar Express Lane BMW Motorrad Superbike on display all weekend in the Mopar exhibitor booth.
Szoke, the winningest racer in Canadian Superbike history and a 2016 inductee into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame, will be on hand to greet fans and enthusiasts alongside other Mopar racers and vehicles.
Mar 10-12, 2017
6900 Airport Road
Show Times: Friday: 10am - 9 pm / Saturday: 10 am - 8 pm / Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm
Visit www.motoramashow.com for more information.
Friday, 03 March 2017 10:08
Triumph Canada made a stop at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto on Wednesday, January 25 as part of its Brutal Beauty Tour, where hundreds of registered guests got to mix, mingle, drink and bench race amongst a slew of new Triumph models.
Thursday, 26 January 2017 13:35
Inside Motorcycles is rocking out at the Calgary Motorcycle Show (BMW Centre, Stampede Park) and Toronto's North American International Motorcycle Supershow (International Centre) this weekend. Come by the booth to say hi, get a free mag, renew your subscription, or to start your subscription off with you best deals of the year! We've got t-shirt!
At the Supershow (Toronto) we are located in hall 2, booth 2233, near the Riders Choice display and close to the entrance to halls 2 and 3! At the Calgary show we are located at booth 112.
See you there!
Friday, 06 January 2017 09:42
The 2017 G310R is BMW's first recent foray into the small-displacement market. The explosion of growth in this category, from new riders in North America to urban commuters in Asia, motivated BMW to join the party and build a bike that’s small, low in power, and – BMW snobs, look away – very affordable.
Friday, 16 December 2016 15:56
13-year-old Canadian road racer Jonathan Finn (Bushell Park, SK) is heading to Spain in 2017 to compete in the Spanish Royal Motorcycle Federation-sanctioned Spanish Speed Championship’s Challenge 85 series. Finn, a multi-time national and regional mini road racing champion, will be joining the XCTech team owned by Xavi Jimémez after competing in the Dodici Polici Italian Cup in 2016, where he finished 10th overall against 22 of the best mini Grand Prix riders in Europe.
"I'm very excited to be joining the XCTech Team in the RFME Campeonato de España de Velocidad,” said Finn, referencing the regional Spanish name of the series. “Competing in the Challenge 85 series at tracks like Valencia, Jerez and Motorland-Aragon is going to be a huge step in my career. I feel that this is at the right time, with an excellent team.
“My ultimate goal is to get to MotoGP,” states young Finn rather bluntly. “The Challenge 85 is a great step to the CEV Junior World Moto3 Championship, which is a stepping stone to the world championships. I know that the level of competition is very high. I’m lucky to have this opportunity and look forward to working with XCTech team."
Xavi Jimémez, XCTech team manager:
“We feel very happy and proud to be able to have Jonathan Finn for the 2017 season in the 85 cc class. It is very important for our team to have young, potential and international riders because it opens our racing team brand to many other countries. We are confident that Jonathan will be able to adapt to world championship circuits and a new bike in order to accomplish our goals for 2017.”
Jose Albors (Riders Management), Jonathan's manager:
“Our agency sees this agreement as a good mix of a hungry rider, a good supporting family, an experienced team, and us. It’s not easy to commit to leaving everything behind to come to Europe to fight with the best of this sport, but Jonathan and his family were always super clear on this. This consistency on his goals made us believe that this could become a reality. We saw it in his eyes when he came here to meet us and the whole motorcycle racing circus in Spain. The best riders of his age are here. We know it may be a difficult challenge, but we feel confident that he will work and train hard to get there.
“This is only the start for a Canadian on the way to MotoGP; we hope that Canadian companies will support him and join him on this journey.”
Tuesday, 13 December 2016 10:14
Whether you like Harleys, scramblers, naked middleweights or racing, you're going to find something you'll love in the December issue of Inside Motorcycles, on newsstands now and hitting subscriber mailboxes across the country!
Monday, 28 November 2016 13:05
Looking through our archives this week, we came across this must-see photo taken by regular IM photographer Richard Coburn. Here we see CSBK racer Mitch Card getting reeeeeally low at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park during the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship doubleheader season finale in August. Card showed up to his first CSBK event of the year and finished the weekend with a double-win in Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike.
Wednesday, 16 November 2016 15:18
The Kawasaki H2R and H2 are back for 2017, as is a new H2 Carbon model. Two years after the introduction of one of the most-talked-about motorcycles in modern history, Kawasaki has unveiled a slew of upgrades for all models in 2017.
• NEW Bosch compact Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) allows for additional feedback and layer of precision for management control
• NEW Multi-mode traction control
• Launch control, engine braking control, ABS and a quick shifter
• NEW Instrument features include bank angle display and max bank angle recording function
• NEW Kawasaki Intelligent Anti-lock Brake System (KIBS) corner braking control, with feedback from IMU, increases cornering capabilities
• NEW Contactless-type quick shifter that now allows for quicker shifts for seamless acceleration and quick and easy deceleration (downshifting capability new for 2017) and enables rapid upshifts.
• NEW Öhlins® TTX fully adjustable, concentric twin tube design rear shock
• NEW Remote preload adjuster simplifies adjustment without tools for rider preference
• NEW Updated rear shock linkage ratios contribute to firmer, more stable feeling
• NEW Aerodynamic Brembo brake and clutch levers are shorter with rounded edges
• NEW High-quality emblem adds racy and edgy look to the upper cowl
The engine remains a supercharged 998 cc inline-four; the R model remains a track-only offering, while the H2 and H2 carbon are street legal. The limited-edition Carbon model, of which only 120 are being produced, features all-carbon-fibre reinforcement polymer upper cowl, special stamping and silver-mirror paint.
Tuesday, 15 November 2016 13:53