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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


Six awesome helmets introduced at AIMExpo 2015!

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 

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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.

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2. Premier Helmets Vintage

 

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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.

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3. Schuberth E1 Adventure

 

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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.

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4. Arai Corsair-X

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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.

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6. 6D Helmets ATS-1

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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.

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Wednesday, 21 October 2015 00:46 Published in Products


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


VRRA Quinte TT race report from Shannonville

@VRRACANADA • Shannonville Motorsport Park, June 8 -  The sounds of open exhaust vintage racebikes echoed like thunder and the smell of Castrol racing oil filled the air at Shannonville Motorsport Park as the VRRA (Vintage Road Racing Association) held its first race of the season at the popular Quinte TT.

The weather was perfect and the racing was close, and with record attendance, fans and spectators were treated to some incredible vintage and classic motorcycle race action. Over 170 competitors registered for the weekend, the grids were packed with classes fielding as many as 42 racers at a time vying for the lead going into turn 1.

With a large number of motorcycles now eligible to race, the sport has never seen the popularity it is enjoying today. The VRRA has four eras or “period” classifications for racing, with several ages, models and sizes eligible to compete in each period. Period 1 includes machines built before 1967. Period 2 has a cut-off date at 1976. Period 3 goes up to 1982 while Period 4 goes to 1989 with each one of the period categories separated into different class structures. For complete listings of eligible machinery check the VRRA rules at  www.vrra.ca.

The big winner this weekend was Ste-Marthe QC rider Louie Raffa. The Honda Canada/Hamel Honda-sponsored rider took his Scott Miller/Fast Company-prepared 1989 Honda Hawk 650 to three class wins in Period 4, taking the top step of the podium in Formula 3 Formula 2 and Formula 1. Raffa handily won in all three events, with his best challenge coming early on in the Formula 3 event when club vice-president Dominic Aubry chased him all the way to the flag. Jamie Barkley claimed the last step of the podium in a close third.

Aubry also earned a large lead in the Period 3 Middleweight round but sputtered to a stop on the penultimate lap with a fuelling issue, handing the win to Mick Vaclavik from Thornbury, ON. In Period 1 Open competition, Peter Hurst battled race long with Paul Brubaker and Doug Forbes but pulled out to take the win in the latter stages of the race. Local rider Brian Madeley took third in the Period 3 Lightweight class and Colin Duncan from Brighton finished second just ahead of Steve Hoffarth in Period 4 Formula 1.

The next event for the VRRA will be on July 17-19 at Grand Bend Motoplex in Grand Bend, ON. The next motorcycle race at Shannonville Motorsport Park will be on July 3-5 when the RACE SuperSeries resumes with Round 2 of the season.

By Don Empey, for Shannonville Motorsport Park

Monday, 08 June 2015 13:05 Published in Reports, Results & Points


NEW ISSUE! 3rd annual Nostalgia Issue ON SALE NOW!

Yes, it's back! For the third year in a row, Inside Motorcycles has released its Nostalgia Issue, “Our annual salute to the vintage, classic & retro motorcycle scene.” It’s currently arriving in mailboxes across the country and on newsstands across the country. Read on to find out what's inside!

As our cover clearly implies, the October issue is a celebration of all things nostalgia. From the sixties-inspired logo to the photo of Lang Hindle at Mosport back in 1978, we wanted to make it clear that this was the issue for those who embrace their love of old bikes and simpler times.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014 13:57 Published in Current Issue


VRRA Vintage Fest @ CTMP - recap

Under less than ideal skies, the VRRA gathered for its third event of the summer at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park near Bowmanville, ON on August 22-24.  Friday morning's fog lifted enough for practice rounds, but soon morphed into drenching rain, which delayed the start of the afternoon Endurance race. Opinions were offered and debated over tire choices, the possibility of a change in the weather, and who was going to venture back to the paddock to get the rain gear.

Thursday, 04 September 2014 11:53 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Quebec GP: Hurst triomphe au grand prix du Québec de la VRRA

L’ontarien Chris Hurst a connu tout un weekend lors de la présentation de la dernière manche du championnat de la VRRA à l’autodrome St-Eustache, ce dernier a gagné la finale de P3M  face a Tim Whyte et Mick Vaclavik pour ainsi se mériter le championnat pour cette classe et il a aussi obtenu deux autres podiums et une quatrième place pour remporter aussi les championnats de P4F3, P4F2 à bord de sa Honda Hawk 650 préparée par Andrew Cuttler et celui de Vintage GPM à bord de sa sa Yamaha TZ350.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013 15:33 Published in Reports, Results & Points


VRRA: Quebec GP recap

In spite of a terrible weather forecast, the faithful racers of the Vintage Road Racing Association headed to Autodrome St-Eustache for the final round of the season on September 7-8. Fortunately, Mother Nature (or the racing gods) chose to bless them with incredible temperatures to finish off a turbulent but successful 2013 campaign.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013 15:27 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Dernière Manche du Championnat VRRA

C’est à l’Autodrome St-Eustache, les 7 et 8 Septembre prochains, que se déroulera la dernière manche du championnat sur circuit routier Canadien de courses de motos d’époque et classiques de la VRRA.  Après un début de saison rempli d’actions, pas moins de 13 championnats sont encore à déterminer, dont 8 avec moins de 5 points d’écart entre les concurrents. 

Tuesday, 03 September 2013 15:32 Published in News


VRRA Final Round: Quebec GP at St-Eustache

This 7th and 8th of September, The Vintage Road Racing Association will host its final round of the season at Autodrome St-Eustache, 30 minutes outside of Montreal. No less than thirteen class championships are at stake, with eight of those classes hotly contested with less than five points between race leaders.

Tuesday, 03 September 2013 13:05 Published in News


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