Mountain View, Calif., July 18, 2019 – Québec's metropolis last night welcomed hundreds of Ducatisti, local VIPs, personalities and business leaders, all joining together in celebration of the grand opening of Ducati Montréal, the Italian motorcycle and lifestyle brand’s newest exclusive dealership. In attendance amid the bustling atmosphere within the expansive new retail location was Ducati‘s Vice President of Global Sales, Francesco Milicia, and Ducati North America’s Chief Executive Officer, Jason Chinnock.
“Ducati’s presence in Canada continues to grow each year,” said Milicia, VP of Global Sales with Ducati’s headquarters in Bologna, Italy. “This new flagship location in Montréal will serve as a beacon for Ducati globally. Canada is a premium and sophisticated motorcycle market and strengthening the global dealer network here in the Québec region is a signal of our commitment to Canada.”
The newest North American dealership opened its doors to the community to share not only Ducati’s newest motorcycles, but also a distinct gathering place for clients and new Ducati family members, with the opening of a Ducati Caffé and Bistro Lounge within the new retail locale. A perfect spot for socializing and sharing the Ducati lifestyle, the Ducati Caffé and Bistro Lounge are unique to the Montréal location, making it the first expansion of its kind in North America offering coffee and café fare along with the great conversation all Ducati dealerships are known for.
“There’s a decidedly European flair to Montréal that blends perfectly with Ducati’s Mediterranean heritage and Italy’s cultural love of community,” said Chinnock, Chief Executive of Ducati North America. “Motorcycling shares that same affinity for comradery, which we see in the enthusiasm of our Ducati clients in Québec. They’re just as happy chatting about the new Panigale V4 R with a seasoned Ducatista as they are with someone who just bought their first Scrambler and is new to riding. This new exclusive location at Ducati Montréal is now the perfect place for clients to gather and share riding stories, or stock up on apparel and accessories before heading out on a road trip discovering the beauty of Québec.”
The new facility has a showroom of 6,000 square-feet with a service center adding an additional 4,000 square-feet. There is also a dedicated Scrambler Camp and workshop showcasing “The Land of Joy.”
Ducati Montréal is located at 7100 Boul Métropolitain E, Anjou, QC H1M 1A1, Canada, in the Anjou arrondissement of Montréal, with easy accessibility from Autoroute 40 and 25. A ribbon cutting ceremony with dealer principals Jacques Guénette and Lynn Landry along with Ducati executives marked the occasion of the new facility among excited crowds.
“We’re very proud to be able to start a business relationship with Ducati, which has the highest standards that exists,” said Guénette, who added that he and his team have been working for more than 18 months to put the project together. “Our Ducati store is the first one of its kind in Canada and we are honored to host Francesco Milicia and Jason Chinnock at our inaugural event, as well, to mark the start of this new beginning.”
A diverse selection of Ducati’s new motorcycles was also on display for the soirée, including the new Panigale V4 R and the growing Scrambler brand, in addition to the Multistrada touring motorcycle lineup.
Thursday, 18 July 2019 13:27
Inside Motorcycles kicked off the week with a trip to Portland, OR to attend the global press launch of the all-new 2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire. As the most significant milestone to date in the brand’s “More Roads to Harley-Davidson” initiative as well as the far-reaching implications of an electric motorcycle produced by a major OEM, this was one of the most highly anticipated press events in recent memory and it was attended by journalists from around the globe.
Our complete review of the LiveWire will be featured in the next issue of Inside Motorcycles. In the interim we wanted to take this opportunity to share some images of this exciting new motorcycle along with some initial thoughts about the bike and its role in the future of Harley-Davidson and the overall motorcycle industry.
The LiveWire as a motorcycle is simply outstanding to ride. As anyone who has ever experienced the immediate torque of an electric powered vehicle can attest, the acceleration is both breathtaking and addictive. Producing a claimed 105 horsepower and 86 ft-lb of torque, the liquid-cooled Revelation electric motor propels the 249 kg (549 lb) LiveWire from 0 to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds. Powered by a 15.5 kWh battery that Harley refers to as a Reusable Energy Storage System (RESS), with a full charge the LiveWire can travel 235 km (146 miles) in city traffic or 152 km (95 miles) during combined city and highway riding. The inclusion of DC Fast Charge (DCFC) technology in addition to a traditional Level 1 charging system will allow LiveWire owners to recharge from 0 to 80 percent in just 40 minutes and from 0 to 100 percent in 60 minutes. As part of the brand’s commitment to being the leader in the electrification of two-wheels, all Harley-Davidson dealerships offering the LiveWire for sale, will have a minimum of one DCFC charger installed at the dealership.
The Revelation electric motor is undoubtedly the star of the show, but the LiveWire is so much more. Designed as a high-performance motorcycle capable of exploiting a leading-edge electric-driven powertrain, the LiveWire features premium components including fully adjustable Showa suspension and Brembo brakes. In another first for Harley-Davidson, the LiveWire serves as the introduction of the company’s all-new Reflex Defensive Riding System (RDRS). Controlled by a six-axis inertial measurement unit supplied by Bosch, RDRS includes lean-sensitive ABS, lean-sensitive traction control, rear-wheel lift mitigation and a torque slip control system. Looking forward, it will be interesting to see if some of this new LiveWire-driven tech makes it way into other parts of the Harley-Davidson lineup.
Our hosts for this press launch mapped out a route that included some of the best twisties that Oregon has to offer, which provided the perfect setting to experience the handling and performance of the LiveWire. While the positioning of the bike’s 220-pound RESS battery system definitely creates a top-heavy sensation when at rest and during slow, tight manoeuvring, at speed the LiveWire performs with the agility of a middleweight sport bike. The naked bike styling places the rider in a slightly pitched forward, but still comfortable, position that naturally provides maximum control over the motorcycle.
Thanks to the inclusion of multiple ride modes (four pre-set and three customizable) the rider to is able to select the levels of power, throttle response and RDRS intervention that best suit their riding ability and environment. The ride modes also include specific levels of regenerative braking. Utilizing the electric motor to provide braking assistance when off-throttle not only creates energy that is put back into the battery, but it also enhances the riding experience. In the sport mode, which combines full power and the quickest throttle response with 80 percent of the maximum regenerative braking, I found that allowing the engine to provide braking coming into a corner and then being able to confidently grab a hand full of throttle (thanks in large part to the new RDRS) when the exit point presents itself, creates a smooth riding style that many people struggle for years to master on traditional internal combustion engine, multiple-gear motorcycles (did I forget to mention that the LiveWire has a single-speed transmission - no clutch or shifting - just twist the throttle and go!).
With our day on the LiveWire drawing to a close, there was no doubt that Harley-Davidson has created a motorcycle that is truly special. While there is still a great deal of debate about how many consumers will be willing to part with the required $37,250, there is no doubt that the overall industry is going to take note of this motorcycle that proves that an electric motor placed in a package focused on overall performance and handling is a combination that cannot be ignored.
Does the LiveWire represent the future of Harley-Davidson? Ultimately consumer response will provide that answer. What it does do is send a clear message that Harley is committed to the future and more than capable of turning their vision into reality.
Seventeen Harley-Davidson dealerships in Canada are currently accepting pre-orders for the 2020 LiveWire with anticipated delivery in the fall of 2019. Visit harley-davidson.com/ca to find the location nearest to you.
Watch for our complete review of the 2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire in the October 2019 issue of Inside Motorcycles, on newsstands and in mailboxes this August.
Wednesday, 17 July 2019 00:30
Anytime that you have a chance to cross an item off your bucket list is a good day. So when Ducati called with an invitation to come test the all-new 2019 Diavel 1260 S in Spain, I immediately starting packing in anticipation of the Spanish roads that I have spent years dreaming of.
The ride from the southern seaside town of Malaga up into the surrounding hills on the way to the mountaintop city of Ronda town lived up to, and exceeded, the expectations that had been formulated over several years. With everything from narrow, technical roads with tight corners to high-speed sweepers combined with dramatic elevation changes, the roadways of Spain left me inspired and already planning a return trip.
I am told the scenery along this route is equally amazing, but in all honesty the pace of the Diavel 1260 S required that eyes remain firmly focused on the never-ending sequences of entry points, apexes and corner exits. Spain isn’t going anywhere and one day I will go back for a more leisurely ride. In the meantime this was the perfect location to test performance of the updated Diavel.
While it would be impossible to try and encapsulate all the elements of the updated Diavel into this quick post, I will say that in addition to being one of the most visually stunning motorcycles on the road today, the combination of Ducati’s 1,262 cc Testastretta DVT engine, a refined chassis and an industry leading electronics package has created a motorcycle that performs as good as it looks. Of course, with a name taken from the Bologna Italian dialect that translates to Devil, it comes as no surprise that this motorcycle had the ability to draw out a rider’s inner hooligan and keep throttles twisting more and more open as the day progressed.
The complete review of the 2019 Ducati Diavel 1260 S will appear in the July issue of Inside Motorcycles, in mailboxes and on newsstands in May. In the meantime the combination of this motorcycle’s cutting edge Italian design set against the backdrop of these amazing Spanish roadways resulted in images that we simply couldn’t wait to share with you. We hope enjoy them.
Monday, 25 March 2019 15:33
There is no doubt that winter is here. Regardless of where you live in Canada, one look out the window is the only encouragement required to stay indoors and focus on memories of your favourite warm weather riding destination.
As the result of a perfectly-timed invitation from Harley-Davidson Canada, I was fortunate enough to spend a couple of days riding around Southern California in January. In addition to a brief respite from the inclement temperatures at home, this was an opportunity to experience the brand’s complete Softail lineup while enjoying the favourable weather that makes California one of my all-time favourite locations.
A full report on the Softail lineup, and whether or not Harley-Davidson has what it takes to win over a dedicated sport bike enthusiast like myself, will appear in an upcoming issue of Inside Motorcycles. In the meantime, with frigid temperatures in the west and Ontario under siege by freezing rain and snow, it seemed like a perfect time to share some warm weather California images taken by the amazing Benedict Campbell. Hopefully these will assist in channelling memories of your own riding adventures.
Please enjoy and stay warm.
Cruising through Marina Del Rey on the Harley-Davidson Sport Glide.
Welcome to LA traffic.
Harley-Davidson Street Bob.
Harley-Davidson Breakout 114.
Harley-Davidson Fat Bob with its impossible to miss front end.
Laid back cruising on the Harley-Davidson Deluxe.
Cutting through traffic on the all-new Harley-Davidson FXDR 114.
The FXDR 114 strikes a pose.
Ready to ride. Harley Davidson's Deluxe, Sport Glide, Breakout and Fat Bob.
Taking in the sights along the Pacific Coast Highway.
Sunsets are so much better when your riding a motorcycle.
Until next time California...
Tuesday, 12 February 2019 17:35
Inside Motorcycles spent the first three weekends of new year on the road as the 2019 Motorcycle Shows made their way through Western Canada with stops in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.
Tuesday, 22 January 2019 08:52
The January 2019 issue of Inside Motorcycles features Senior Editor Colin Fraser’s review of the all-new 2019 Yamaha Tracer 900 and Tracer 900 GT models.
Monday, 03 December 2018 10:52
The December 2018 issue of Inside Motorcycles heads off of the beaten path as we present the 2018 Adventure Issue.
Monday, 29 October 2018 10:38
Every fall, Milan, Italy provides the backdrop for the unveiling of the latest and greatest innovations from the motorcycle industry. When KTM rolled the production model of the 790 Duke onto EICMA’s world stage in November 2017, fans of naked bikes stood up and paid attention. Now, almost a full year later, with the production requirements for Europe’s motorcycle-centric population satisfied, the 790 Duke has arrived as a 2019 model in North America. When KTM called with an invitation to test out this machine on California’s sun-drenched twisties, the answer from IM was a resounding “YES!” Our full review will be in your mailbox and on newsstands in the near future, but in the interim here is a First Impression look at this exciting new motorcycle.
Upon initial glance, the 790 Duke fits right into the Duke family, sharing the same aggressive minimalist design right down to split LED headlight, but make no mistake: while the 790 Duke adds to the lineage of a lineup that will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original Duke 620 in 2019, this motorcycle represents a new chapter for Austria’s best-known motorcycle manufacturer.
Developed with a goal of creating a mid-point in the brand’s street lineup, the 790 Duke is the culmination of over 100,000 man-hours that went into creating this motorcycle. At its heart is KTM’s all-new compact LC8c 799 cc DOHC liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine. In addition to being the company’s first foray into this configuration, the pairing of the engine as a load-bearing element of the chromium molybdenum tubular steel frame is another first for the company. Thanks in large part to this new frame design, the 790 Duke tips the scales with a svelte dry weight of just 169 kg (372.6 lb) and with a claimed 105 horsepower the resulting power-to-weight ratio moves it to the forefront of the highly competitive middleweight class. KTM representatives explained that the engine has been tuned to provide low-end torque without sacrificing the ability to pull power out at the top end. While it is easy to be skeptical of statements like these, it was immediately clear when riding the bike that the 790 Duke delivers on this goal as it pulls hard from the initial twist of the throttle right through to its 9,500 rpm redline.
Despite having a very reasonable Canadian MSRP of $11,499, the 790 Duke is loaded with standard features including up/down quick shifter, full-colour TFT display, WP suspension, steering damper, ride-by-wire throttle and power-assisted slipper clutch. In addition to Bosch-controlled lean-sensitive traction control, motor slip regulation and ABS, the 790 Duke includes selectable ride modes of Rain, Street and Sport as well as a Track setting which allows complete control over the level of rider aids including the ability to turn off wheelie control. True to KTM’s Ready to Race mantra, the inclusion of a Supermoto ABS setting, which allows the rider to disengage the cornering ABS on the rear tire, as well as the ability to set the shift linkage to a race pattern without additional parts will satisfy even the most dedicated track day enthusiasts. Need further proof of the abilities of this motorcycle? Take a visit to YouTube and check out Chris Fillmore’s record setting 2018 Pikes Peak run. Save for an exhaust system, rear sets, slick tires and removal of unnecessary street-legal components, the bike you see in the video is essentially the same one that is waiting for you on the showroom floor at KTM.
Anyone who has ridden the 1290 Super Duke or 390 Duke will find the upright, slightly pitched forward riding position very familiar, although the size of the 790 Duke actually feels more comparable to the 390. The ergonomics are very comfortable and thanks to KTM’s forethought to include ample adjustments – four options on the triple clamp plus three further options for rotation – the tapered aluminum handlebar can be positioned to meet a wide variety of physical reaches and riding preferences. Despite being raised to accommodate the level of ground clearance that the 790 Duke’s sporting intentions require, the footpegs are comfortably positioned and riders of various heights reported being impressed with the absence of any leg cramping or fatigue.
So, is the 790 Duke as good in real life as it is on paper? KTM refers to this model as “The Scalpel” which reflects the company’s stated ambition of creating “the sharpest street weapon.” In the case of the 790 Duke, these slick marketing slogans are also accurate descriptions of this motorcycle. From the first corner to the last, this motorcycle impressed with its uncanny confidence-inspiring ability to handle anything that was thrown at it. Light and manoeuvrable, the 790 Duke moves from side to side with ease and tracks perfectly through corners at grin-inducing lean angles. It accelerates with a ferocity that will make its competitors nervous and is built to be equally capable commuting across town as it is carving through canyons or tearing up the track. On top of all of this it looks great, sounds awesome and is surprisingly comfortable. Add in an $11,499 MSRP and it looks like KTM has a winning formula.
2019 KTM 790 Duke
Canadian MSRP: $11,499
Colours: Orange, Grey
Engine: Liquid-cooled DOHC parallel-twin
Displacement: 799 cc
Power: 105 hp @ 9,000 rpm
Torque: 64 ft-lb @ 8,000 rpm
Frame: Chromium molybdenum tubular steel with engine as stressed element
Weight: 169 kg (382.6 lb), dry
Wheelbase: 1,475 mm (58.1 in)
Seat height: 825 mm (32.5 in)
Suspension (front): WP inverted 43 mm fork
Suspension (rear): WP shock absorber with adjustable preload
Brakes (front): dual 300 mm discs with radially mounted 4 piston calipers
Brakes (rear): 240 mm disc with 2 piston caliper
Fuel Capacity: 14 L
Friday, 26 October 2018 12:48
KTM UNVEILS 2019 KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE GT & R MODELS AT INTERMOT; KTM 790 DUKE COMES TO NORTH AMERICA IN NOVEMBER
MURRIETA, Calif. – Earlier today at the INTERMOT show in Cologne, Germany, KTM unveiled a sharper, stronger and more refined version of its premium sports tourer with the 2019 KTM SUPER DUKE GT, while ‘THE BEAST’ KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R receives two new graphics options. In addition to the exciting global releases, KTM North America, Inc. is pleased to introduce the 2019 KTM 790 DUKE to the North American market, making its way to KTM Dealerships this November.
Tuesday, 09 October 2018 19:45
Welcome to the third installment of Inside Motorcycles’ online Commuter Bike series and a look at the 2018 Harley-Davidson® Sport GlideTM.
Thursday, 27 September 2018 10:57