The June/July issue of Inside Motorcycles features a little bit of something for absolutely everyone on the motorcycle radar. We start with our cover bike, the stunning new Triumph Bonneville Bobber, the most authentic retro-custom production bike we've ever seen. Then we have two polar opposites on the riding spectrum: the KTM 1290 Super Adventure R and the Kawasaki Z125 Pro. One boasts 1,301 cc and 160 horsepower; the other comes in at 125 cc and 9.6 hp, but both have a target market and plenty of usefulness. Find out more in the June/July issue of IM!
On the touring front, long-time columnist and contributor Larry Tate reports back on a winter trip to Las Vegas where he and a friend roared around the arid southwestern US for a week. Race fans will like our championship racer spotlights on Vintage Road Racing Association No. 1 plateholder Paul Brubaker and Edmonton Road Racing Association ace Justin Knapik.
We also bring you tech articles on rolling resistance and tire chatter, as well as a look back at Ducati's 851/888 World Superbike machines of the late '80s and early '90s.
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Wednesday, 10 May 2017 12:22 Published in Current Issue
For the international launch of its flagship new adventure model, the 2017 1290 Super Adventure R, KTM picked the desert landscape of Paracas, Peru, four hours south of the capital city Lima. The desert terrain doesn’t reflect what we typically encounter here in Canada, but with this region having hosted Dakar stages in 2012, we knew that there were going to be excellent opportunities to test the off-road capabilities of the R version of the 1290 Super Adventure.
Thursday, 23 March 2017 16:51 Published in Feature Stories
A motorcycle tour with track time on a famous MotoGP circuit sounds like a crazy dream, but Leod Escapes makes it happen. For track riders, an 8 to 10 day sport touring trip that also includes track time at courses like Sachsenring, Phillip Island, Laguna Seca Mugello or Misano is the ultimate vacation. But where to next? Leod Escapes wants you to vote at www.choosethedream.com. Thailand and Chang Circuit, Czech Republic and Brno, Spanish Pyrenees and Aragón or Portugal and Portimao - it's up to you. Choose wisely because those who vote for the winner are entered to win a free slot on the tour.
Just watch the video and it will all make sense.
Covering those Ws
WHO - Leod Escapes runs international tours with track time on famous circuits. They are based in San Francisco, California.
WHAT - Leod Escapes "Track & Tour" vacations are 8 to 10 day trips meant for track riders. This includes 4 to 6 days of sport touring on local roads on rented sport touring bikes and then one or two days of track time on a famous circuit on proper sport bikes. Leod Escapes is giving riders the chance to vote for what the next "Track & Tour" vacation will be. Riders vote online at choosethedream.com for one of four choices. Those who voted for the winning destination are entered to win a free slot on the tour.
WHERE - Choices are Thailand & Chang Circuit, Portugal & Portimao, Czech Republic & Brno and Spain & Aragón.
WHEN - Poll runs now until February 13th 2017, Winner will be chosen February 14th (Finally a good Valentines Day for someone)
Thursday, 10 November 2016 12:17 Published in Industry News
The new BMW F 700 GS, F 800 GS and F 800 GS Adventure – authentic characters featuring optimized functionality. For years the GS models of the F series have embodied carefree motorcycling pleasure and sporty dynamics on the road, combined with a high level of travel suitability and robust off-road competence. For the model year 2017, BMW Motorrad has now taken the quality of this successful mid-range enduro motorbike a stage further.
Tuesday, 12 July 2016 12:59 Published in Industry News
(Colombo, Sri Lanka) – Extreme Bike Tours has just unveiled the company’s 2017 calendar of fully-supported motorcycle tours, by popular demand expanding offerings in trending destinations such as Sri Lanka and Mongolia. Whether cruising past cascading tea plantations or roaring through a desert landscape on a classic Royal Enfield motorcycle, these tours are once-in-a-lifetime adventures for riders looking for both brag-worthy experiences and the luxury of having someone else take care of all of the details.
In 2017, Extreme Bike tours will offer itineraries in Sri Lanka, Mongolia, Bhutan and Rajasthan, each offering approximately 12 days of riding, bringing together a mix of two-wheeled adventure, cultural activities, sightseeing and awe-inspiring scenery. Groups are limited to a maximum of 10 riders plus pillion passengers, and include bikes, fuel, accommodation, meals and transfers during the tour, as well as full support services such as support vehicles to carry customers’ luggage during the trip and passengers not wishing to be on a bike.
“We’re incredibly excited to release our 2017 tours,” says Extreme Bike Tours owner Zander Combe. “A favourite among our returning riders is Bhutan - an amazing destination to explore by bike. Along with being such an undiscovered country, the landscapes are also stunning, and their roads are filled with curves which makes for some seriously great riding.”
“For 2017, we’re offering both an Eastern and a Western Mongolia itinerary, making this destination more accessible to a wide range of motorcycle riders without losing any of the experience. This is a truly amazing country with such proud people, impressive scenery, and a sense of space that’s difficult to find in other places.”
While Extreme Bike Tours itineraries typically include luxury accommodations, new for 2017 is the introduction of a three-star version of the company’s Sri Lanka tour. Routes and all other itinerary details stay the same as the five-star versions of these tours, but using mid-priced hotels to open them up to those looking at a lower price point.
Extreme Bike Tours made a name for itself and its tour services when the company worked with BBC’s Top Gear program on the show’s India Christmas special in 2011, as well as being featured on The Discovery Channel. The “Extreme” in the company’s name refers to the unique destinations the tours introduce riders to. Along with riding through these landscapes, itineraries can include exclusive experiences such as riding a camel in Rajasthan, a visit with Buddhist monks in the Kingdom of Bhutan, stays in eco lodges and palaces, and camping under Mongolian skies.
A full list of 2017 tours can be found at ExtremeBikeTours.com, with prices starting USD $3,950 for the 3-Star Sri Lanka Tour. All tours are suitable for pillion passengers for those riders wishing to travel with a partner. Those signing up for the tours do need to be experienced and confident riding a motorbike, but the company’s trained team is on hand at all times to guide the tour and make sure riders are safe.
About Extreme Bike Tours
Extreme Bike Tours offers once-in-lifetime experiences with itineraries through some of the world’s most amazing destinations, bringing together some of the best motorbike riding and cultural adventure available. The company’s
guiding principle is to offer great experiences that customers can talk about for years to come, and every tour is organised with this in mind.
- from Extreme Bike Tours
Thursday, 07 July 2016 16:33 Published in Industry News
The American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) was the place to be for those looking to see the very latest in motorcycle helmets. We saw all the big hitters as well as a lot of smaller brands and a few that are just cracking the North American market, all using the biggest industry show in North America to display their very latest.
Here are six new helmets that caught our attention at AIMExpo 2015!
1. 2016 Bell Pro Star
Bell introduced its new Star range at AIMExpo 2015. The company has taken the Flex Impact Liner from its off-road line and put it into its flagship street/race helmet, the Pro Star. This liner uses three different protective materials designed to address low, mid and high-speed impacts as well as rotational impact. A special carbon material is used on the outer shell for light weight and strength, while six EPS liners and five shell sizes ensures fit and performance. Bell claims it’s the most comprehensive level of protection the company has ever offered.
The new Panovision viewport offers increased peripheral and lateral visibility, making shoulder checks easier and increasing vision in a tucked race position.
The Pro Star is the top-of-the-line street/race helmet from Bell and is accompanied by the Race Star and Star in the company’s 2016 motorcycle lineup. Pricing starts at $1,199 USD. Visit www.bellhelmets.com for more.
2. Premier Helmets Vintage
You may not have heard of Premier Helmets, but the Italian brand that was started in California in 1956 is breaking back into the North American market. What caught our attention at AIMExpo was the Vintage helmet. A classic, no-frills open-face retro lid, what makes the Vintage so neat is the huge array of beautiful graphics available. The Vintage comes in 34 different styles if you can believe that, including higher-end carbon fibre models and several graphic styles that we thought were custom-painted. The designs are hip and trendy, right on the mark with the current retro moto trend.
Premier takes pride in offering a protective product, and all helmets are ECE 22.05 approved. The company is still in the early phase of breaking back into the NA market, so pricing and distribution info is yet to be determined.
3. Schuberth E1 Adventure
German helmet maker Schuberth introduced the industry and the public to the highly-anticipated E1 Adventure helmet at the AIMExpo, the company’s first dual sport/enduro-specific helmet offering. What sets it apart from most adventure helmets is the fact that it’s a modular, flip-up helmet, utilizing Schuberth’s success in modular lids from its street range.
Aerodynamics and aeroacoustics were a priority when designing the new E1. The peak visor is fully articulating and can be set to three different positions, an internal sun visor allows the rider to further customize the amount of sunlight coming in, and the closable off-road-inspired chin vent features a removable filter. A built-in antenna will connect to Schuberth’s SRC-Pro Bluetooth communication collar system.
Schuberth has never been known for fancy graphics or designs, but the shell (which comes in two sizes) is available in five solid colours and five graphic styles that aren’t flashy but are at least tasteful.
Schuberth expects helmets to be available in early spring of 2016, with an MSRP starting at $829 USD.
4. Arai Corsair-X
Arai isn’t shy about claiming that the Corsair-X is the most advanced helmet the company has ever produced. The Japanese company, which started making helmets in 1949, has put the best of everything into the race-focused Corsair-X. Updates start with a new composite shell that’s smoother and features better materials, making this the strongest shell the company has ever produced. Efforts went into focusing on ‘glancing’ – the act of the shell bouncing off a surface at speed – rather than direct impact. In this way the helmet disperses the impact rather than having to absorb it, which decreases force to the head.
A new shield system is easier to use and better protects the temple areas by allowing Arai to increase the shell size. New ducting is said to increase airflow by 11 percent. Graphic options are slick including race-replica Pedrosa, Hayden and Freddie Spencer models.
Protection, thy name is Arai. Prices on the Corsair-X range from $996-$1,169 CAD.
5. Sena Smart Helmet
Sena Technologies, known for its Bluetooth communication gear for motorcycling and extreme sports (helmet communication systems and action cameras are their bread and butter), introduced its first helmet at AIMExpo. And true to the company’s strength, this ain’t no ordinary helmet.
Sena has designed an Intelligent Noise Control system within its helmet that uses a pair of muff-style headphones to block out ambient sound for a quieter ride on the road. The company claims that sounds below 100 dB are quelled significantly, while important noises like horns and sirens are still audible. Listen to your music and receive phone calls through the built-in speakers, and if you need to hear your external surroundings, an ambient button allows you to do just that.
Sena farmed out the building of the helmet itself (nobody would tell us who built it), but of particular note is that the carbon fibre shell is standard. The design looks slick. Sena expects the Smart Helmet to be available for purchase in early 2016. Pricing has yet to be announced.
6. 6D Helmets ATS-1
6D is bringing its one-of-a-kind shock absorber helmet technology from the off-road world over to the street side of things with the new ATS-1. Three years in the making, the ATS-1 is highlighted by 6D’s ODS system (Omni-Directional Suspension), which uses several isolation dampeners that sit between two EPS liners (see cutaway of helmet below). The two layers can compress while the dampeners act as a ‘suspension’ between them to manage and disperse energy on impact.
The ATS-1 is DOT and ECE 22.5 certified, the shell is made up of ‘aerospace carbon’ according to 6D, and the company paid particular attention to ventilation and aerodynamics in building its first street-focused helmet. Pricing starts at $895 USD and helmets are expected to ship to dealers in March.
Wednesday, 21 October 2015 00:46 Published in Products
With fall now in full swing, the Township of Lake of Bays would like to recommend the Lake of Bays Scenic Drive to motorcycle enthusiasts!
Drive the 80 km loop around the lake, with stops in the charming villages of Baysville, Dwight and Dorset to experience the treats at decadent bakeries, dine at fabulous restaurants, tour Lake of Bays' own craft brewery, admire local artists work, cruise on a historical steamship, or climb a former fire tower for 360 degree aerial views.
Fall in Muskoka is a magnificent time to visit as brilliant autumn colours of yellow, red and orange ignite the senses. Travel the Lake of Bays Scenic Drive to experience the beauty of nature on this winding route that offers spectacular views of lakes, deep rock cuts, and magnificent Fall colours in September and October. Sometimes the journey can be as enjoyable as the destination.
For more information on the Lake of Bays Scenic Drive, visit http://www.lakeofbays.on.ca/content/scenic-drive
Monday, 05 October 2015 14:07 Published in Industry News
After taking hold of the Dualsport Plus name last year, the good folks at Carrier Centers are keeping alive the tradition of an annual open house on Saturday, May 2 at the new Dualsport Plus location in Brantford, ON.
This year's edition of the annual customer/industry get-together will feature an early dual sport ride hosted by Dakar veteran and author Lawrence Hacking (10 am-12 pm), live riding demos by Superbike legend and Trials champion Jordan Szoke, hourly draws, one-day special sales in the store, refreshments and more. The open house runs from 10-4 on Saturday, May 2.
Dualsport Plus is located at 581 West Street in Brantford. For more information visit www.dualsportplus.com or call 1-888-990-9013.
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:22 Published in Industry News
"The REV'IT! Spring/Summer 2015 collection includes some of the most rugged, versatile, long-haul gear we’ve ever produced," says a press release from Netherlands-based Rev'it. "Our design and development team set out to mimick the rider we serve, pushing themselves beyond the expected; the result is a technically sophisticated collection that will redefine the market for adventure gear. It was so good, we built a bike to match...
Friday, 27 February 2015 11:48 Published in Products