Kawasaki has given the Versys-X 300 somewhat of an identity crisis. The all-new 2017 model is positioned as a street bike, and is listed as such on Kawasaki’s Canadian website. But then there are the dirt-leaning dual sport looks, and the marketing imagery of the bike being ridden in the dirt and splashing through mud. You’d be forgiven for being as perplexed as I was about who exactly this motorcycle is intended for.
Friday, 12 May 2017 13:36
Join Flat Track Canada and Inside Motorcycles as we celebrate the start of the 2017 Flat Track Canada national racing season on Saturday, May 13 at Barangas on the Beach on the shores of Lake Ontario in Hamilton, ON!
Come and hang out for a few hours beachside! See new 2017 motorcycles and race bikes on display, mingle with racers and fellow enthusiasts, check out our video and photo displays, and take in the waterfront view as we stir up some excitement for 2017's nine-race national championship series.
WHEN: SATURDAY, MAY 13, 6-10 PM
LOCATION: BARANGAS ON THE BEACH
380 Van Wagners Beach Rd, Hamilton (map below)
FREE ENTRY AND FREE PARKING!*
DESIGNATED PRIORITY MOTORCYCLE PARKING!
EXCELLENT FOOD AND BEVERAGES AVAILABLE!
VENDORS, NEW MODELS, RACE BIKES, PHOTO AND VIDEO DISPLAYS!
*Paid parking across from venue - refundable with food or drink purchase. Free parking located in nearby municipal lots north and south of venue. Free bike parking available on site.
Grab some friends and ride into Hamilton. Priority parking for motorcycles is available at the venue!
LEARN ABOUT FLAT TRACK
Find out about races in your area, sign up for a race school, check out the race bikes or just learn more about one of North America's fastest-rising motorsports!
HARLEY-DAVIDSON JUMPSTART PROGRAM
Harley-Davidson Canada will bring its Jumpstart program, which allows anyone to twist the throttle and run through the gears on a stationary Harley-Davidson Street 750!
HAVE A BITE
Barangas has a reputation for good food to go with the atmosphere. Come hungry!
Snag a free copy of the latest issue, plus the first 100 people to drop by the booth and say "Flat Track Canada rocks!" will receive a FREE, no-strings-attached, 6-month subscription to Inside Motorcycles!
EVENT FACEBOOK PAGE
Stay updated on happenings and info by visiting the Facebook event page here! https://www.facebook.com/events/120997798452487/
About Flat Track Canada: The mission of Flat Track Canada is to promote and build awareness of flat track motorcycle racing in Canada and rebuild the former glory of the sport; to captivate an audience in such a way that they become true, dedicated race fans. In 2017 the organization will run a nine-race national Canadian championship series and also sanction provincial series in five provinces. Visit www.flattrackcanada.com for more info.
About Inside Motorcycles: Published 10 times per year, Inside Motorcycles is a Canadian motorcycle magazine based in Toronto, ON. Since 1998, Inside Motorcycles has been bringing readers across the country a Canadian perspective on motorcycling. Coverage includes new models tests, Canadian racing, touring, adventure riding, vintage motorcycles, spotlights and lifestyle pieces. Inside Motorcycles celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2018. For more information, visit www.insidemotorcycles.com.
Friday, 05 May 2017 14:56
For the international launch of its fresh, youthful 2017 Rebel 300 and 500 models, Honda chose the oceanfront neighbourhood of Venice Beach, California. The vibrant location, what with its trendy restaurants, cafés and free-spirited community, served as the perfect backdrop for the exciting new Rebel series.
Tuesday, 04 April 2017 17:06
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