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Ganaraska 250 vintage ride returns on May 28!

The Ganaraska 250 is a vintage motorcycle reliability run that celebrates and encourages the use of vintage and classic bikes. The route winds through the Northumberland Hills region of southern Ontario and offers a variety of conditions and terrain. Success will be based on reliability, adherence to the route, careful timing, and skill in executing the included agility tests.
 
All motorcycles and scooters built on or before 1975 with an engine capacity of 750 cc or less are eligible to enter, in six different classes. The entry fee is $105 and includes the following:
 
• Timed road run
• Agility tests
• Rider bib
• T-shirt
• Souvenir patch
• Goodie bag
• Lunch
• Awards Dinner
 
Note: Registration is closed for the 2017 event.

For more information and to enter, go to www.ganaraska250.ca

Thursday, 11 May 2017 16:56 Published in Industry News


Honda Canada introduces CRF250 Rally

MARKHAM, ON (November 8th, 2016) –The CRF250 RALLY is ready for weekend adventure, long distance tour or the daily commute, with long travel suspension, large-disk brakes, excellent weather protection from the CRF450 RALLY-inspired bodywork and an impressive cruising range. Engine performance combines solid bottom-end torque with substantial top-end power.

A 250cc dual purpose motorcycle covers many bases: it slips easily through congested traffic as is equally comfortable on rougher roads and trails all thanks to lightweight and slim proportions matched with superb maneuverability as well as the great suspension, ground clearance and seat height. The 250cc dual sport package delivers a fun and comfortable ride in almost any situation. A whole new range of two-wheeled opportunities to both experienced and new riders.
With styling DNA drawn directly from the HRC CRF450 RALLY Dakar racer, the CRF250 RALLY brings something new to the market. It not only looks ready to compete in a desert stage, but also delivers a real taste of adventure to riders who prefer a light, easy-to-manage machine. Around the world or around the block, the CRF250 RALLY is good to go.

Mr. Eiji Sugiyama, Large Project Leader (LPL) 17YM CRF250 RALLY
“The rally racer replica segment is an exciting one for us, with the global, human appeal of everything that Team HRC is fighting to achieve in the Dakar Rally. We really wanted to build on the capabilities of the CRF250L and open up new opportunities for new and experienced riders. So, with the CRF250 RALLY we set out to make a motorcycle that looks like HRC’s CRF450 RALLY factory machine, is fun to ride both on and off-road for weekend adventures, comfortable to tour with and useful and practical for daily life. It brings the spirit of Rally-raid racing to every ride.”

Model Overview
The CRF250 RALLY uses the CRF250L as its base, and adds a wide range of changes that make it a unique proposition in the market. Styling inspiration draws fully on the HRC CRF450 RALLY race machine. At the front, the ‘floating’ screen, fairing and radiator shrouds provide wind protection, with the rest of the machine showing off minimal MX style. The asymmetric headlights are LED, as are the indicator lights.
A large fuel tank allows extensive range, and the new digital dash includes a fuel gauge and tachometer. Long travel suspension and high ground clearance enhance its long-distance off-road ability and a larger floating front disc –The engine boasts solid bottom-end torque coupled with substantial top end power thanks to changes compared to the original CRF250L, which include revised PGM-FI and throttle body, a new airbox, connector tube and lightweight exhaust.

Key Features
Styling & Equipment
The CRF250 RALLY is designed to cover distance and its styling reflects this. Derived from the parts used by the CRF450 RALLY, the ‘floating’ screen, upper/lower fairing and side shrouds effectively shield the rider to offer excellent defense against the elements. Hand guards offer further protection, both for the hands and the brake and clutch levers.
From the machine’s mid-section back, the style is MX-sharp, with side panels and a seat/tank interface that help the rider move freely. A skid plate protects the machine’s underside and the gear lever features a folding tip. Seat height is 895mm, 20mm taller than the CRF250L.
The headlight is a compact, asymmetric dual LED unit while the rear light, LED indicators and number plate bracket tuck discreetly away. Cohesively laid-out, the digital dash features a speedometer, tachometer plus fuel gauge and clock.
The 10.1L (including 1.6L reserve) fuel tank delivers an approximate range of over 320km thanks to fuel consumption of about 33.3km/l (WMTC mode). The flat filler cap is hinged for rider convenience.
The CRF250 RALLY comes finished in Honda’s Extreme Red racing colour as a base, with black and white accents inspired by the HRC factory machines.

Chassis
The CRF250 RALLY’s frame is constructed from steel, with twin oval-section main spars and a semi-double cradle. A wheelbase of 1,455mm is matched to a 28.1° rake with 114mm trail and ground clearance of 270mm (15mm more than the CRF250L). Wet weight is 157kg.
A new 43mm Showa inverted fork shares the same 250mm stroke as its sibling, but with 50mm extra overall length. Light weight and rigid, one side houses the spring while the other provides damping control. Both spring rate and damping have been optimized to suit the CRF250 RALLY’s adventurous long-distance aspirations. A 17mm front wheel spindle (2mm larger in diameter) improves strength and handling feel.
Pro-Link rear suspension features a 265mm axle stroke, 25mm more than the CRF250L plus a leverage ratio revised for ride comfort. The Showa shock absorber is a single tube design with 40mm diameter cylinder.
The tapered aluminum swingarm incorporates a monoblock casting that provides the correct rigidity balance and reduces un-sprung mass. Extruded aluminum is used for the chain adjustment collar.
For extra braking power a 296mm floating wave-style disc is worked by a two-piston caliper.
Stylish black Alumite aluminum rims (21-inch front/18 rear) mark the CRF250 RALLY out and wear block pattern enduro-style tires (front: 3.00-21 51P, rear: 120/80-18M/C 62P).

Engine
The CRF250 RALLY’s 250cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder DOHC engine’s performance is focused on bottom-end torque and high rpm power, plus a linear delivery. Peak power of 18.2kW is delivered @ 8,500rpm with peak torque of 22.6Nm arriving @ 6,750rpm.
The PGM-FI feeds the fuel/air mixture through a 38mm throttle body and draws air from the airbox via a direct connecting tube. The exhaust muffler has a diameter of 115mm, houses the catalyzer and uses two chambers. A large-bore downpipe helps the engine breathe and make more power.
The engine uses a compact roller/rocker arm valve train and cylinder head, with bore and stroke of 76x55mm. An offset cylinder reduces frictional losses while the piston itself incorporates a special surface material, plus a molybdenum coating. The oil pump features an internal relief structure that prevents aeration of relieved oil.
The crank journal employs a half-split, press-fit metal bearing while the crank bearing uses a cast-iron bush, reducing weight, smoothing the engine and strengthening the rigidity of the case housing, minimizing the internal diameter change due to thermal expansion.
A primary balance shaft further reduces vibration and the six-speed gearbox and clutch are manufactured to cope with the extra stress of riding off-road. The 10.7 kW heat-release radiator features a thin guide-ring cooling fan to maintain even temperatures at low speeds.

Tuesday, 08 November 2016 16:43 Published in Industry News


Grand Prix de Mud - this weekend in Campbellville, ON!

@LHOverland • @themohawkinn • Grand Prix de Mud Media Release - June 23, 2015 - Final preparations for Saturday’s first ever Grand Prix de Mud, sponsored by Husqvarna Canada, are nearing completion. Stakes have been pounded into the soft turf of the Mohawk Inn lawn, snow fencing rolled out and trophies, t-shirts and caps have been delivered.

The GPdM volunteer crew has made Herculean efforts to re-create an old school motorcycle event down to the smallest detail.

The news of the special guest is now confirmed: Eight–time AMA National Enduro Champion Dick Burleson will be the guest of honour. Dick is a long time Husqvarna rider who holds eight consecutive US national titles! Alongside Dick, many other luminaries in the off-road racing world will attend the event in order to celebrate Canada’s rich history in the motocross, scrambles, trials and enduro competition realm.

One of the most notable Canadian competitors who will be at the GPdM is former World Champion hill climber John Williams. John will also have his one-off, hand-built hill climb bike on display.

One can expect ISDT Gold Medal winner Helmut Classen to not only ride in the various events but display many of his beautiful and rare collector motorcycles.

The Legends of Canadian Motocross: LOCMX (website: www.locmx.com) is an initiative celebrating the past glory of Canadian motocross. LOCMX is founded by renowned photographer Bill Petro. Bill has shot photos of the stars of Canadian motorcycle racing since 1972. His photographs and photo presentation will be one of the highlights of the GPdM.

Many past champions will be attending the GPdM either as a spectator or a racer. Former Ontario provincial motocross champion Glen Nicholson is scheduled to make an appearance as well as past 125cc national motocross champion Doug Hoover. Former Kawasaki factory rider Jay Kimber will also be in attendance.

Other racers who have indicated they will attend include Jorma Rautanien, Pat Bastedo, Jim Bryne, Jeff Sutherland and many others.

The efforts of the Sasquatch Vintage Racing crew and the Southwestern Ontario Vintage Trials Association have been instrumental in realizing this significant event. Various riding events will include a grass track scrambles, trials, and a cross country race featuring vintage and modern bikes in all disciplines.

The rider’s meeting starts at 9:45 am. Sign-up opens at 8:00 am. Spectators are admitted free of charge.

There are many prizes to be won including the grand prize of a set of Mefo knobby tires donated by Motonation Canada.

42 winner’s plaques are up for grabs including some special achievement awards and the concours d’elegance awards for the many exotic off-road motorcycles that will be on display.

This is a unique opportunity to see and hear some of the most iconic & rare motorcycles of our time.

Visit the Sasquatch Cycle site for details on the GPdM.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015 13:05 Published in Industry News


Laconia Motorcycle Week returns for 92nd year, June 13-21

Laconia, NH - Though the Northeast has been buried in record-breaking heaps of snow for months, thoughts of June's warming sun, blue skies and sunshine are foremost in the minds of New England riders who look forward to Laconia Motorcycle Week®, June 13-21, 2015.

Wednesday, 08 April 2015 12:49 Published in News


Overland Adventure Rally details - special guests, early registration and more!

Early registration for the 2nd annual Overland Adventure Rally (July 11-13, 2014) is now open until April 15th and offers a healthy discount on ‘The Whole Enchalada” pass. Early registrations are automatically entered in a draw to win a limited edition Triumph Racing jacket!

The 2014 edition promises to be another weekend to remember with many features designed to celebrate the Adventure Rider lifestyle

Monday, 17 March 2014 13:01 Published in Industry News


Calgary Motorcycle Ride for Dad - Helping to set a record! (exclusive IM online feature story)

With all of the flooding and hardships in Calgary and area over the past week, we felt it was a good time to tell a good news story from the area. Read on to hear about R. Bruce Thomas's experience at the Calgary Motorcycle Ride for Dad on the weekend of June 14-15...

Monday, 24 June 2013 22:33 Published in Feature Stories


13th annual Western Regional H.O.G. Rally

In less than two months’ time, over 1000 members of the Harley-Davidson Owners’ Group (H.O.G.) will descend on Kelowna for the 13th Western Regional Rally.  Dubbed “Rally in the Valley”, the event takes place from Friday, July 25th to Sunday the 27th, 2013.

Tuesday, 04 June 2013 14:23 Published in News


Paris Vintage Rally takes place June 14-16

The 41st annual Paris National Vintage Motorcycle Rally takes place on the weekend of June 14-16 at the Paris Fairgrounds in Paris, Ontario. Admission is just $5 and festivities include a large swap meet, road runs, motorcycle games, tech seminars, vintage motorcycle and trials demonstrations, vintage and classic concours as well as a large display of classic Kawasaki Z1 motorcycles.

Tuesday, 04 June 2013 12:43 Published in News


Canadian Patrick Beaule Completes Stage 12 in Dakar Rally

Patrick Beaule is another day closer to the finish of the 2013 Dakar. With only 2 more days of timed stages remaining, the St. Bruno, QC rider is in 62nd position, and is one of 126 remaining riders out of 192 that began the event almost two weeks ago.

Friday, 18 January 2013 09:57 Published in Reports, Results & Points