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Sportster® Forty-
Eight™ motorcycle

Full of Sound and
Fury- Honda’s
new “Fury”

Kawasaki Z1000
A thousand reasons to buy this bike
                                                   Vol. 1 No. 1 May 2010

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                                        MAY 2010    [ 1]   2Ride
                          Dear Readers
                          On behalf of myself and my Team of Skilled Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome! And
                          thank you for being a part of history in the making as you embark on 2Ride’s first           Contents
                          Magazine Issue to hit the racks and your mailboxes.
                            This is quite monumental and personally rewarding to me as this is truly seeing                            Features
                          a dream become a reality. As a rider for over 15 years now, I have experienced and
                          embarked on a series of adventures, dangers, “first’s”, “shouldn’t have done’s”,                                    6
                          “must do again’s” etc. And throughout all of these experiences, I used a number of             The Middleweight
                          different avenues to help me along: How-To books, Bike Forums, Bike Magazines,                        Champion
                          Websites, Track Days, Rallies/Meets, you name it, I’ve done it. And all of these              2010 Suzuki GSX-R 750
                          helped me and shaped me into the rider I am today.                                            gets ready to do battle
                            What I’ve always thought about, and wanted to do however, was bring it all
                          together, and specifically, make it locally appealing. I thought it would be great to
                          have a “One Stop Shop” experience, where a local rider - of any level of experience
                                                                                                                          2010 Honda Fury
                          could learn something new and of value - and not only learn, but also share from
                          their own experiences! From these thoughts evolved 2ride. A Magazine that strives             Full of Sound and Fury
                          to be Local; to speak of local reviews, local racing, and local meets, local events,
                          local charity rides and areas of focus. I wanted to not be specific to one niche, but                             16
                          open it up to all enthusiasts: tour bikes, sport bikes, dirt bikes, cruisers, scooters,        Harley-Davidson®
                          street bikes, etc, and share experiences, reviews and guidance on a gambit of                Sportster® Forty-Eight™
                          different issues.                                                                                 motorcycle comes
                            For those that have always wanted to know where the local meets and track                               a long way
                          days were, this is where you’d find it; for those that were thinking of purchasing
                          a new bike and wanted to read reviews on it, here is where you’d go - not only the
                          specs, but local riders’ reviews on the feel and ride of the bike. For those that were
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                          looking for new gear and wanted to learn about the safest and most cost effective,
                          here’s where you would learn. For those that wanted to know of Bike shops and                Inside a man’s gorgeous
                          Supply stores in their area, here’s where you’d find it, and for those that wanted to                Italian Collection
                          buy or sell bikes or parts, here’s an awesome vehicle to assist you. And the list goes
                          on and on. But one thing I wanted to further do, was bring it to you, the reader                                 42
                          free of charge.                                                                                  Kawasaki Z1000
                            This magazine will stay in existence only so long as I can bring it to you free. It          A Bike that stands for
                          will stay here to help and inform you. And your feedback is always welcomed and                    Mean, Sexy, Beast
                          appreciated. If you have something you think others can learn from, then you are
                          the one I want to speak to and write an article on.
                          Write to me, contact me via our website www.2Ride.                                                               62
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                          ca and email address, and once again,
                          thank you for your support and encouragement!                                                          to do Battle
                                                                                                                                     Racing Duo
                          Best Regards and Happy Reading!                                                                      James Collins and
                                                                                                                                    Joey McRae
                          Marc Agozzino
                          2Ride Magazine

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  The Middleweight Champion
                          STORY BY MR LEE - PHOTOS PROVIDED BY SUZUKI

    A diamond in the rough amongst Suzuki’s
  GSX-R series, the Suzuki GSX-R 750 sits nicely
     between the 600 and the 1000 GSX-R’s,
         making for best of both worlds.

                                                                                                                                              “The moment you open the
                                                                                                                                              throttle on a corner exit,
                                                                                                                                              everthing comes together.”

                                                                        The GSX-R 750, middleweight perfection, is still on the line   Suzuki in keeping with their racing legacy have created
                                                                        up from Suzuki in 2010. With a mildly successful production
                                                                        since 1985, the GSX-R 750 has always been one of a handful
                                                                                                                                       genuine super sport motorcycle that puts forward a more
                                                                                                                                       relaxed riding position without having to forfeit their racing
                                                                        of middleweight machines not often produced by any             appearance. The 2010 Suzuki GSX-R 750 at 198 kg or 437 lbs
                                                                        other manufacturer.                                            (without liquids) is a compact motorcycle who’s appearance
                                                                                                                                       present more than an inkling on what’s going on under
                                                                                                                                       the fairings.

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  A diamond in the rough amongst       liquid-cooled, inline-four, DOHC, 16   features a step motor controlled      steel alloy springs and aluminum         • Aluminum clutch cover and           valve angles creating a compact
Suzuki’s GSX-R series, the Suzuki      valves engine improve performance      analog tachometer, LCD                spring retainers operated by thin-       oil pan feature internal ribs for     combustion chamber design, 12.5:1
GSX-R 750 sits nicely between the      and reliability by means of a six-     speedometer, dual trip meters,        wall hollow camshafts to reduce          increased rigidity and reduced        compression ratio, large intake and
600 and the 1000 GSX-R’s, making       speed gearbox. Also, take note of      clock and a convenient gear           weight and inertia                       engine noise                          exhaust ports for optimum intake
for best of both worlds.               the excellent chassis, making the      position indicator                    • Radial mounted four piston front       • Compact 4-stroke, 4-cylinder,       and exhaust efficiency and new
  Suzuki in keeping with their         GSX-R a point and shoot handler        • Electronic fuel injection system    brake calipers works with 310mm          liquid-cooled engine designed for     Iridium spark plugs
racing legacy have created genuine     which inspires confidence in the        features Suzuki Dual Throttle         front brake rotors and a radial          optimum combustion efficiency          • Electronic fuel injection system
super sport motorcycle that puts       rider. All in all making the GSX-R     Valve (SDTV) system - with dual       pump front brake master cylinder         and maximum power delivery            features Suzuki Dual Throttle
forward a more relaxed riding          750 the perfect stepping stone to      fuel injectors per cylinder and new   • S-DMS engine management                • Crankshaft and transmission         Valve (SDTV) system - with dual
position without having to forfeit     the larger GSX-R 1000.                 compact 8 hole, fine spray injectors   system allows the rider to choose        shafts are positioned to create a     fuel injectors per cylinder and new
their racing appearance. The 2010        With a new, slightly more            for improved fuel atomization.        from three engine settings to
Suzuki GSX-R 750 at 198 kg or 437      aggressive exhaust and smooth          • Steering Damper - Electronically    match riding conditions with a
lbs (without liquids) is a compact     transitions between plastic and        controlled steering damper uses a     handlebar mounted switch                  Suzuki in keeping with their racing legacy have
motorcycle who’s appearance            metal, the 2010 model is a gorgeous    solenoid valve to move a tapered      • Three way adjustable foot pegs          created a genuine super sport motorcycle that
present more than an inkling on        bike with new color schemes            needle reducing or increasing oil     now feature die-cast construction
                                                                                                                                                                puts forward a more relaxed riding position
what’s going on under the fairings.    in blue/white and a new 2 tone         flow to adjust damping force.          and can be moved into three
  With the design and visual styling   brown. However, gone is the black/     • The GSX-R750 features a sharp       different positions within a 14mm
cues, the spacious layout of the       matte theme which was a favorite       and aggressive look utilizing a       horizontal and vertical range            compact engine design and the         compact 8 hole, fine spray injectors
tank, frame and windscreen, the        among many GSX-R enthusiasts.          bold headlight design, angular tail   • The LED combination taillight          engine itself is rotated slightly     for improved fuel atomization.
GSX-R allows the rider to get into                                            section and compact overall layout.   and brake light is built into the rear   forward in the chassis allowing for   • High capacity large trapezoidal-
that race inspired aerodynamic         List of Features:                      • High volume Suzuki Advanced         of the tail section, featuring a red,    straighter and shorter intake and     shaped radiator provide efficient
tuck we all love. All the while the    • Compact 4-stroke, 4-cylinder,        Exhaust System (SAES) with an         mirror lens, covering LED’s.             exhaust ports                         engine cooling - includes compact
seating layout with its neutral        liquid-cooled engine designed for      innovative under engine chamber       • 32 bit ECM features 1024               • Crankshaft features forged steel    cooling fan assembly designed for
position sets Suzuki’s GSX-R run       optimum combustion efficiency           leading to a large volume muffler      kilobytes of ROM for maximum             construction and a secondary          improved air flow
of motorcycles apart from the          and maximum power delivery             with a distinctly shaped triangular   engine performance working in            balancer shaft for reduced            • High volume Suzuki Advanced
competition.                           • Instrumentation - Compact,           silencer                              conjunction with the new S-DMS           vibration at high rpm.                Exhaust System (SAES) with an
  The GSX-R’s fuel injected 750cc      lightweight instrument cluster         • Lightweight titanium valves with    engine management system                 • Cylinder head with narrow           innovative under engine chamber

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leading to a large volume muffler                                • A braced aluminum alloy              • The GSX-R750 features a sharp        • Radial mount four piston front
with a distinctly shaped triangular                             swingarm features a large 22mm         and aggressive look utilizing a        brake calipers works with 310mm
silencer                                                        swingarm pivot and is designed for     bold headlight design, angular tail    front brake rotors and a radial
• Hydraulic cam chain tensioner                                 optimum rider feel and maximum         section and compact overall layout.    pump front brake master cylinder
automatically adjusts while                                     rear wheel traction                    • Innovative rear suspension           • Showa 41mm aluminum alloy rear
reducing noise and mechanical                                   • Compact, lightweight instrument      linkage utilizes a forged aluminum     shock with a 16mm rod diameter
losses.                                                         cluster features a step motor          alloy link and a forged aluminum       are fully adjustable for high and
• Ignition coil outer diameter is                               controlled analog tachometer, LCD      link rod that reduces side loads and   low speed compression, spring
smaller for reduced weight and                                  speedometer, dual trip meters,         helps the rear shock absorber move     preload and rebound damping for
the starter motor uses new rare                                 clock and a convenient gear            in a smooth arc                        maximum rider control
earth magnets for a compact                                     position indicator                     • Inverted 41mm Showa cartridge        • The lightweight frame is built
lightweight design                                                                                                                            entirely of aluminum alloy castings
• Lightweight forged aluminum                                     With a new, slightly more aggressive exhaust                                and is engineered to deliver
alloy pistons with short skirts,                                  and smooth transitions between plastic and                                  optimum rigidity, unmatched
cut away sides and an anti-                                                                                                                   accuracy and maximum cornering
friction surface finish along with
                                                                   metal, the 2010 model is a gorgeous bike                                   performance.
shotpeened chrome-moly steel                                                                                                                  • Three way adjustable foot pegs
                                      Engine and Transmission
connecting rods for improved                                    • Electronically controlled steering   front forks are fully adjustable       now feature die-cast construction
strength                                                        damper uses a solenoid valve to        for high and low speed                 and can be moved into three
• Lightweight titanium valves with                              move a tapered needle reducing         compression, spring preload,           different positions with a 14mm
steel alloy springs and aluminum                                or increasing oil flow to adjust        and rebound damping                    horizontal and vertical range
spring retainers operated by thin-                              damping force.                         • Lightweight cast aluminum            • The LED combination taillight
wall hollow camshafts to reduce                                 • The fuel tank features an            wheels featuring an angled spoke       and brake light is built into the rear
weight and inertia                                              innovative design and fuel capacity    design for improved rigidity,          of the tail section, featuring a red,
• S-DMS engine management                                       is 17.0 L (3.7 Imp gal)                reduced unsprung weight and            mirror lens, covering LED’s
system allows the rider to choose                                                                      improved acceleration
from three engine settings to
match riding conditions with a
handlebar mounted switch              Chassis and Dimensions
• SRAD ( Suzuki Ram Air Direct)
force feeds cool, pressurized air
into the airbox at highway speeds,
improving engine efficiency and
throttle response
• Suzuki Idle Speed Control (ISC)
system for improved cold starting,
consistent idle quality and reduced
• Under deceleration the back
torque limiting clutch reduces
pressure on the clutch plates for
smoother downshifting and
corner entry

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      Full of Sound                                              No other quote extracted from Hollywood defines
                                                              the true difference between a motorcycle and a chopper
                                                                          than this quote from Pulp Fiction:

      and Fury                                                        Fabienne: “- whose motorcycle is this?
                                                                            Butch: -It’s a chopper baby
                                                                       Fabienne: -whose chopper is this?...”

                                                                                                t’s not a motorcycle...
                                                                                                it’s a chopper. In this case
                                                                                                the chopper is the new Honda
                                                                                                Fury. It seems that these recent
                                                                                          years bike companies have finally
                                                                                          given their designers a green light
                                                                                          to build something “kewl” and from
                                                                                          your wildest dreams: sleek smooth
                                                                                          sexy contours, awesome raked front
                                                                                          end, genuine Spartan framework
                                                                                          cradling a humongous 1300cc V-twin
                                                                                          and a high mounted steering head.
                                                                                          All this together we get a mean
                                                                                          looking genuine chopper without
                                                                                          the impracticality and price tag
                                                                                          associated with custom machines and
                                                                                          most importantly the handling and
                                                                                          reliability one comes to expect from a
                                                                                               Honda is undoubtedly one of
                                                                                          the most important engineering
                                                                                          powerhouses in the world on the other
                                                                                          hand true choppers are based on the
                                                                                          wild whims of their creators so based
                                                                                          on this opposite criteria has the fury
                                                                                          achieved the right balance between
                                                                                          form and function? After being with
                                                                                          this baby with a very big smile on my
                                                                                          face I can only say “YES”.

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            s pointed out before Honda    styling and packaging issues: The                                                                                                                                          • Large-diameter 45mm extended
            is all about performance      airbox and exhaust had to be larger and                                                                                                                                      front fork provides 4.0 inches of
            and handling however for      the presence of a larger radiator was                                                                                                                                        plush, responsive travel.
            cruisers and choppers style   needed thus the designer opted for the
and looks is “numero uno” which was       1300cc saying that “The 1300 fits the                                                                                                                                         Honda Genuine Accessories
the criteria of Honda designer Bruno      personality of the bike” .                                                                                                                                                 • Leather Accessories: Custom Rider
Conte: “it had to be number one” which    Riding this bike was comfortable and                                                                                                                                         Seat (multiple designs), Custom
he said when citing the importance        easy even though the view is spoiled                                                                                                                                         Passenger Seat (multiple designs),
of styling in the current motorcycle      by exposed cables; this is remedied by                                                                                                                                       Leather Front Pouch (Fury logo).
market.                                   the beautiful minimalist gauge pack.                                                                                                                                       • Backrest: Low Sissy Bar, Passenger
     At first glance this beast can be     Despite the short stalks the mirrors are                                                                                                                                     Backrest Pad.
easily mistaken for a custom bike         quite useful and feel right. A pair of disc                                                                                                                                • Chrome Accessories: Rear Fender
one usually finds on TV shows but          brakes proved to be more than enough                                                                                                                                         Panel, Chrome Allen Bolt Inserts
when one mounts this metal horse          for the intended use of this chopper                                                                                                                                         (5, 6, 8mm).
we immediately feel the difference:       however Honda intends to ABS systems                                                                                                                                       • Billet Accessories: Master Cylinder
friendly ergonomics (very rare in         plus Honda’s Combined Braking System                                                                                                                                         Cover, Oil Dipstick, Clutch Cover,
choppers), secure footing thanks to a     of linked brakes, unfortunately only                                                                                                                                         Timing Cover, Upper Fork Bolt Cover,
low 26.7 inch seat height providing one   Black Fury’s will be equipped with ABS.                                                                                                                                      License Plate Frame.
of the best riding positions obtainable   All said and done the Fury is a definite                                                                                                                                    • Additional Accessories: Braided Steel
courtesy of top notch engineering.        winner in the Honda roster and I                                                                                                                                             Lines for Brakes, Throttle and Clutch,
Despite its chopper status the Fury       cannot wait to see what Honda will                                                                                                                                           Front Spoiler (color matched), Front
works how a motorcycle should. The        treat us with in the years to come.                                                                                                                                          Spoiler LED Light Kit, Boulevard
fuel injection provides immediate                                                                                                                                                                                      Screen, Outdoor Cover.
and reliable ignition the 52 degree       FEATURES:
V-twin has a sweet rumble and the         • High-mount steering head                                                                                                                                                 Honda Genuine Fury
shake from the engine caresses the          complements the raked-out                                                                                                                                                Accessories
rider; dual counterbalances keep            front end.                                                                                                                                                                • Leather Accessories: Custom Rider
this vibration from being a nuisance.     • ”Hard-tail” styling.                                                                                                                                                        Seat (multiple designs), Custom
Manoeuvrability was surprising due        • Long, slim 3.4 gallon seamless fuel                                                                                                                                         Passenger Seat (multiple designs),
to its superb balance and agility           tank mounts high on the frame for a                                                                                                                                         Leather Front Pouch (Fury logo).
considering that the Fury possesses         true custom look.                             chrome housing features a               • Transferable one-year unlimited-          throttle body (see 2009 Technology      • Backrests: Low Sissy Bar Upright,
the longest wheel-base ever found on      • Slim radiator is mounted                      speedometer, an odometer/A&B              mileage limited warranty; extended        Section).                                 Passenger Backrest Pad.
a Honda, a fat 200mm rear tire and a        unobtrusively to accent the Fury’s            tripmeter and indicator lights for        coverage available with a Honda         • Three-Valve Dual-Plug Combustion       • Chrome Accessories: Rear Fender
raked out frontend, even with these         clean lines.                                  the turn signals, high beam, neutral,     Protection Plan.                          Chamber (see 2009 Technology              Panel, Chrome Allen Bolt Inserts
factors the Fury didn’t exhibit the       • Color-matched bodywork, frame                 oil pressure, coolant temperature                                                   Section).                                 (5, 6, 8mm).
front-end FLOP that is present on other     and swingarm. (Matte Silver has a             and clock.                                                                        • Five-speed transmission for exciting   • Billet Accessories: Master Cylinder
raked out cruisers.                         Black frame.)                               • Electric speedometer with                                                           roll-on performance.                      Cover, Oil Dipstick, Clutch Cover,
                                                                                                                                  • 1312cc liquid-cooled 52-degree
     Acceleration is pristine on this     • Minimalist front and rear fenders             easy-to-read numerals uses an                                                                                                 Timing Cover, Upper Fork Bolt Cover,
                                                                                                                                    V-twin delivers strong low-end and
bike and the clutch and shift is smooth     complement the Fury’s chopper                 electronic transmission speed sensor,                                                                                         License Plate Frame.
                                                                                                                                    mid-range torque, with ample power      Chassis/Suspension
and light one can feel some jacking at      styling.                                      which eliminates the front-wheel-                                                                                          • Additional Accessories: Boulevard
                                                                                                                                    for passing and relaxed cruising.       • All-new rear suspension system gives
the rear when accelerating but that is    • Control lines and cables are specially        mounted speedometer cable.                                                                                                    Screen, Braided Lines (clutch, idle/
                                                                                                                                    Unique dual exhaust offers throaty        a clean uncluttered appearance.
to be expected from a shaft drive. The      routed for a clean, custom look.              This contributes to a clean,                                                                                                  throttle and brake) Front Chin Spoiler
                                                                                                                                    exhaust note.                           • Single rear shock with adjustable
suspension provides a good measure        • New low-maintenance slim-profile               uncluttered look.                                                                                                             (color matched), Front Chin Spoiler
                                                                                                                                  • Powerplant features a single-pin          rebound damping and five-position
of comfort and control. Even though         driveshaft provides smooth operation        • Passenger seat and rear passenger                                                                                             LED Light Kit, Outdoor Cover.
                                                                                                                                    crankshaft to accentuate the engine’s     preload adjustment features an
this beast was initially intended to        with no need for chain or belt guards         pegs are easily removed to yield a        character.                                advanced internal valve system for
carry a VTX 1800 cc engine the mere         and covers.                                   clean, solo look.                       • Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI)        a comfortable ride, and provides 3.7
size of the powerplant presented          • Integrated handlebar-mounted                • Maintenance-free battery.                 incorporates a single 38mm-diameter       inches of wheel travel.

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                             You’ve come
                              a long way
                                  Baby!      STORY BY MIZZ LUCY
                                                       HARLEY DAVIDSON
                                    PHOTOS PROVIDED BY HARLEY-DAVIDSON®

                               Harley-Davidson® Sportster® Forty-Eight™
                                motorcycle is reminiscent of a Hot Rod
                               with a low single slung seat, fat front tire,
                                 small fuel tank, low rear suspension
                                 g     g
                                 giving it that hard core ride and feel.
                              As we know, the Harley-Davidson® Sportster® motorcycle was created in 1957, and
                              used in racing, due to it’s low design and made to carry a high horse power in such
                              a smaller bike...
                                  Today Harley-Davidson® motorcycle has graced us with more options to a
                              Sportster®, such as, no more carburetor in the 2007, with rubber mounted engine,
                              and to look more like the retro version, with a Choice between an 883 or 1200cc,
                              making it a low ride to hug the streets, and smooth to take on a long journey.
                                  Then comes the Iron 883 and blackened like the Nightster®, not to mention
                              the Sportster® XR1200™ motorcycle, I like to call a spuell, that’s if a Sportster® and
           *US Model Shown
                              Buell® decided to now the Buell’s are done with, and here comes the ‘48’.
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            he Peanut tank first          dimensions
                                         Length                                88.60 in. (2250.44 mm)
            appeared in 1948, and        Overall Width                         32.70 in. (830.58 mm)
                                         Overall Height                        42.0 in. (1066.80 mm)
            is one of the features       Seat Height:

            of this hot fat front
                                         Ground Clearance                 3.90 in. (99.06 mm)
ended machine with a chopped             Rake (steering head)             29.9°
front fender, mounted on the fork
                                         Fork Angle
                                                                          4.70 in. (119.38 mm)
                                                                          59.80 in. (1518.92 mm)
bracket, low profile under mounted        Tires (Dunlop® Harley-Davidson Series, blackwall):

side view mirrors, so no more
                                         Fuel Capacity                         2.10 gal. (7.95 L)
applying lipstick at the lights, or
checkin’ how cool you look in your       Weight:

new shades, a side mounted license
plate, a nice low solo seat, that you
can also change to a spring seat.        Engine                                Air-cooled, Evolution®

    Forty-Eight™ reminiscent of                                                self-adjusting lifters;two valves per cylinder

a Hot Rod with a low single slung
                                         Displacement                          73.40 cu. in. (1200 cc)
seat, fat front tire, small fuel tank,   Compression Ratio                     9.7:1

low rear suspension giving it
that hard core ride and feel. Less
vibration for the Harley-Davidson®
                                         Transmission                          5-speed
Forty-Eight™ motorcycle as the
blacked out Evolution® 1200 cc
                                                                               cast junctions
V-Twin engine with polished
accents is held in the solid black       Front Forks                           39 mm
                                         Rear Shocks                           Coil-over; preload dual-adjustable
frame by rubber mounts. The new
fork sliders and the fat front tire
also contribute to the smooth ride
of the Forty-Eight™.
    Lets not forget that Harley-
                                         Suspension Travel:
Davidson® motorcycles signature
sound coming from shorty dual
chrome pipes. Producing 79 ft of
torque at 4000 rpm.
    If that doesn’t ‘get your motor
running? listen to this? the rear
turn signals are also the stop
and tail lights, minimizing extra
unwanted stuff hanging off your          Charging                              Single-phase, 30-amp system

bike, to give it that sleek look with    Starting                              1.2 kW electric with solenoid shift starter motor
blacked 1200cc engine, off setting       Lights (as per country regulation):

the bit of high shiny chrome,
positioned just right.
    Can you say died and gone to                                               engine diagnostics, low fuel warning, low battery,
                                                                               security system (optional)
Harley Heaven?

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                                      STORY AND PHOTOS BY GENE LEE

                             In the summer of 2007, my wife and I embarked on a month-long
                               journey to the old continent to have our breath taken away by
                           astounding sights, to sample delicious culinary delights and generally
                                mangle every foreign language in Europe that we encounter!

                               It was definitely the most ambitious trip we had undertaken
                            thus far. Leading up to it, we had traveled further and further away
                            from home, and at the end of our cross-continent ride to California
                              trip and back in 2006, we decided that the only way to top that
                                            journey was to do a tour of Europe.
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                                                                                       a form with my name and my bike’s           but we were too chicken, I still had to
                                                                                       license plate number on it to hand over     get used to the whole left lane thing
                                                                                       to the cargo people. The kicker: the        and besides, with my side cases, I was
                                                                                       cargo folks only gave me the form for       almost as wide as a car. Interestingly
                                                                                       one bike, saying they never received        enough, nobody waves. I guess with
                                                                                       the other form from us! After a bit of      your waving hand on the outside of
                                                                                       arguing, they gave us their copy so I       traffic, it’s harder to see, but since 1 out
                                                                                       sent Neda back to customs with this         of 5 vehicles is another motorcycle, it
                                                                                       while I prepped the motorcycles (hook       must get tiresome.
                                                                                       up battery, re-attach my windscreen).            Finally got to the hotel after
                                                                                            By the time we left the cargo          several missed turns according to the
                                                                                       warehouse, it was around 5PM! Nearly        GPS (which I thought would overheat
                                                                                       8 hours after we touched down in            from having to recalculate the route
                                                                                       Heathrow! I was more worried about          so often). Haggled with the Marriott
                                                                                       the weather than driving on the             parking attendent who told us, “We
                                                                                       left, the forecast called for rain all of   don’t park motorcycles here”, which
                                                                                       Thursday and the skies looked pretty        apparently is code for, “If you slip me
 Outside the entrance to the Eurotunel                                                 forbidding, but it never did open up.       £20, you can leave your motorcycles in                                                      Chateau Villandry, in the Loire Valley,
           in Folkestone, UK                                                           Driving on the left was not too bad, as     that corner over there”... *sigh*.                                                                        France
                                                                                       long as there was someone ahead of us
            hat you’ll read below are       Wed Jul 18 2007 - Thu Jul 19                                                                                                         weather will be kind to us when we          for living here. These past few days
                                                                                       to follow. Roundabouts were a bitch         Fri Jul 20 2007: London
            excerpts from a daily blog      2007: Customs & Shopping                                                                                                             leave London in a couple of days.           I’ve noticed there’s lots of money in
                                                                                       though! The first one I hit, I thought,      Woke up at 11AM to the sound of
            that I updated for friends      We’re off! Left at 8:20PM, Air Canada                                                                                                                                            downtown London: tons of late-model
                                                                                       “Doesn’t seem too hard, I’ll just stay on   thunder and rain hitting the window of
and family, so they could keep up with      to Heathrow and arrived at 8:40AM
                                                                                       the outside lane till we reach the road     our hotel room window. We’d slept for
                                                                                                                                                                                 Sat Jun 21 2007:                            Carreras and Aston Martins.
our travels in real-time. The entire log    local time on Thursday. I think I got 3                                                                                              An English Wedding                               Today we’re taking the train under
                                                                                       we want”. Nope. The outside lane exits      over 11 hours! It did stop raining before
is on-line at:,      hours of sleep total, Neda only about an                                                                                             I’m trying to get on GMT, but I’m not       the English Channel. Foreigners call it
                                                                                       onto the next road, so you have to keep     we met up with my parents a couple of
if you are interested in the rest of our    hour, so she was very tired. At Gatwick,                                                                                             able to get to sleep early enough. I        the Chunnel, but it’s the Eurotunnel
                                                                                       to the inside lane until right before the   hours later. They wanted to take us for
trip or other trips we have done.           we cabbed it to Swisservice Cargo, the                                                                                               was up till 5AM in the morning, which       to locals. It was mainly motorways
                                                                                       exit you want to take. Easy, unless you     a walking tour around London. We had
                                            freight handling service that works                                                                                                  meant another late start at 11:30AM.        from London to Folkestone, which
                                                                                       have no idea which exit you want to         booked around the Kensington area
Mon Jun 16 2007: Shipping                   with Air Transat. After waiting for 1/2                                                                                              Argh! Back home, I suffered from            is the coastal town near the closest
                                                                                       take until you pass it. Our new name for    because it was close to where my cousin
from Toronto                                hour, we were told the bikes were in                                                                                                 Lifestyle-Induced-Jetlag. Now I’m           point between England and France.
                                                                                       this: RoundAndRoundAndRoundAbout.           is going to be married on Saturday.
Dropped the bikes off at the Air            holding at security. After another 1.5                                                                                               experiencing the real thing on top of it!   At the entrance to the Eurotunnel,
                                                                                       Thankfully our Canadian flag stickers        It also used to be the place where my
Transat Cargo, just outside Pearson         hours, we were told all the cargo was                                                                                                Neda did wake up at 8AM and walked to       we met a group of bikers from Spain,
                                                                                       on the backs of our bikes served as fair    parents and I used to live in for a couple
International Airport in Toronto.           being transported to cargo warehouse                                                                                                 the closest Waterstone’s to pick up the     who were just coming back from a
                                                                                       warning to the motorists behind us.         of years after I was born.
They’ve got to be there 48 hours before     at the same time after lunch. Because                                                                                                new Harry Potter. When I woke up, she       trip from Morrocco to the northern
                                                                                            It took us about another hour to            In the last 30 or so years, the
shipping so they can go over the            we were hungry and without a vehicle,                                                                                                was already 150 pages into it!              tip of Scotland. Neither of us spoke
                                                                                       cover the 50km back to our hotel.           Kensington area has gotten to be quite
paperwork, and to inspect and crate the     we had to walk about half a km to a                                                                                                                                              Spanish, so I was communicating in
                                                                                       Riding through London in rush               the posh neighbourhood. Oh, by the
bikes.                                      portable trailer where most of the                                                                                                   Sun Jul 22 2007: Eurotunnel &               broken French to one of the guys, and
                                                                                       hour was very frustrating between           way, ever since arriving here, I’ve
    To prep the bikes, we had to drain      Cargo staff eat lunch.                                                                                                               Normany Beaches                             Neda was speaking Italian to another.
                                                                                       the congestion and navigating the           been trying to use British slang like,
the gas tanks (note to self, use a bigger       More nightmares when we get                                                                                                      This is really the first day of riding.      I really admire the Europeans for their
                                                                                       roundabouts. I didn’t take many             “Smashing!” and “Brilliant” and taken
straw next time), unhook and tape over      back to Swisservice. Aparently nobody                                                                                                Getting out of London was a bit             ability to speak more than one or two
                                                                                       pictures, we just wanted to get to the      to calling women, “Luv” and men,
the battery terminals, and because my       told us we had to fill out customs                                                                                                    easier than getting in, thanks to my        languages!
                                                                                       hotel pronto. They lanesplit in the UK!     “Mates”. It’s not working too well...
bike was too tall for the crate, I had to   forms to release our bikes from                                                                                                      Uncle who told me to go west on the              On the train, we met a three English
                                                                                       We felt like such squares doing our              We heard on the news later on that
dismantle my windshield and bungie it       holding. Something that could’ve                                                                                                     motorways instead of taking the surface     BMW bikers in our car that were going
                                                                                       staggered positioning behind cars. We       evening that there were floodings in
to the seat.                                been mentioned to us for the last 4                                                                                                  roads east. It added another 70kms          to the Loire valley, and we broke out
                                                                                       were being passed by scooters! One          many parts of the UK because of the
                                            hours we were waiting!!!! So I had to                                                                                                to the trip, but saved us over half an      the maps while they gave us some tips
                                                                                       motorcycle, taking pity on us, motioned     heavy rains that have fallen over the
                                            walk to another building and dish out                                                                                                hour. It’s a nice place to visit, but the   on what to hit in central France. Castles
                                                                                       for us to follow him down a bus lane,       last week. Crossing my fingers that the
                                            a small fortune to a guy to print out                                                                                                congestion would be a dealbreaker           and vineyards and LeMans, Oh My! The

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train ride was actually quite smooth,       reads an hour later. No worries,           spray water. Even if you can’t see their     live MotoGP race.                             some scenic French countryside.              for incesseant slumbering, so for the
no need for tie-downs for the bike. I       they’re probably not changed over          tail-lights, you can always tell when             After a couple of hours wandering             Ate breakfast at a baguette place       next castle, Neda did the tour alone
didn’t even notice that we had gotten       from Daylight Savings. Then more           there’s a truck ahead of you.                the track, we decided to make our way         across Chateau D’Amboise, and hit            while I walked around the very pretty,
going. Only a few jerks when stopping       clocks started reading the wrong time.          We got to Le Mans around 2PM,           to south to Tours, about 80 kms south         the second stop in Neda’s castle tour,       but small village. We met up again for
30 minutes later on the French side.        Newsflash: France is in a different time    what a cool place! So much history           of Le Mans. Almost ran out of gas along       Chenonceaux. Just over 10 km south of        dinner and compared stories, but by
     The first thing I noticed as we got     zone than GMT, which means we woke         and tradition on that one racetrack.         the way, but while we roamed around           Amboise, it’s close enough that they’ve      this time it was around 7PM and we had
off the Eurotunnel were the speed           up late again! And that tomorrow,          I was hoping to get special Le Mans          Le Mans (the town) looking for a gas          set up a very scenic bike path between       a 4 hour ride south to Bordeaux.
limits: 70 km/h on the motorway, but        we’ll have to get up at 5AM effectively.   food at the cafeteria in the Automotive      station, we stumbled upon the public          the two towns. Chenenceaux is huge,               It was quite the adventure riding
up to 130 km/h between cities! Sweet!       WTF?!                                      Museum, like a McQueen Burger or             section of the Mulsanne straight. So we       with sprawling grounds and moats and         doing 130 legally on the Autoroute in
We stopped for lunch at the gas station           As we left the Manoir, we decided    a Feel-It-For-24-heures Chili. But           rode on a section of the Le Mans road         typical fairy-tale castle stuff. Neda says   the dark. We shared the highway with
just outside the Eurotunnel, but I now      against putting on our rainsuits,          alas, they just had normal cafeteria         course! How cool is that?!                    that this Chateau inspired the fairy-        truckers and learned the French way of
wish we would have waited, because          even though the sky was black with         food... It was nice spending a rainy                                                       tale Sleeping Beauty. I can believe that,    signalling lane changes - you keep your
as we took the coastal road across          threatening clouds. As every biker         day inside the Musee Automobile de           Tue Jul 24 2007: French                       as some kind of spell fell over me and       left blinker on while in the left lane.
Normandy towards Dieppe, there were         knows, the minute you forego rainsuits,    la Sarthe (Le Mans Museium). The             Castles in the Loire Valley                   I slept for over an hour on the park         This accomplishes several things: 1) lets
several small towns with inviting cafes     it’ll pour on you 10 minutes after you     museum was interesting, but I wasn’t         Woke up at 7AM today, Neda doing              bench while Neda toured the castle and       the person you’re passing know you’re
along the main road to stop and eat.        make that decision. Which it did. So       into the older cars, and they only had       her Yoga, me doing my Internet before         the grounds. I was awoken by a kiss          in the lane beside him and not behind
One town did catch our fancy, Wissant       after the first toll booth, we stopped      a few motorcycles on display. Lots of        we leave. After a quick continental           from my Princess Charming who came           him 2) if there’s someone in front of
had a beautiful beach with the cliffs in    at the side of the road and put the        Jackie Ickx, but no Valentino! Or even       breakfast at the Manoir, we head              to take me to the next castle.               you, it reminds them to MOVE OVER!
the distance.                               suits on. Which came in handy for          McQueen! WTF again?! The French...           towards Amboise, home to one of the                Next stop is Villandry, 50 kms          and 3) lets everyone know that you’re
     We had great weather today, but        the next 5 hours of riding through         We bought a ticket to take our bikes         castles in Neda’s shortlist of places to      west back past Tours. Had a couple of        a good citizen and that you’re only in
the forecast calls for rain. Our first       pouring rain from Le Touquet to Le         into the Le Mans stadium, which I found      hit in the area. Neda’s a huge fan of         encounters with French radar cops,           the passing lane temporarily and will
steps in the old continent has been         Mans. That’s right, we went to Le Mans!    more interesting than the museum.            castles from back when she was a kid,         thanks for the heads up to oncoming          get back in the right lane as soon as
as wanderers, no set plan or route,         Whoohoooo!!!!                              Couldn’t take them on the track but          me - not so much. The weather is very         motorists who flashed us to warn of           possible. I love the European etiquette
but I am a planner at heart, and I’m              The ride there was not very          we got to tour around the paddock, the       overcast but the forecast doesn’t call        the speed trap! Apparently you don’t         of driving! If only the 401 were
worried about keeping to a schedule         exciting. Actually, doing 140 on the       grandstand and the village. It isn’t hard    for rain. I’d hate for this trip to be like   want to be caught speeding in France,        like that!
so that we’ll see everything we want to     Autoroute in the pouring rain is a         to imagine tens of thousands of people       our Cali trip last year, rain almost every    I think they speed in your general                Arrived in Bordeaux with no
see in the time that we have. We only       different kind of exciting, especially     attending a MotoGP or 24 heures race         day! Amboise is about 25 km south of          direction or something. Apparently I’ve      hotel booked. We quickly found out
managed 70 km in France today. I think      when passing trucks and their clouds of    here. I think our next trip will include a   Tours, and it’s a pleasant ride through       been banished from the Castle Tour           that almost all hotels in the area
tomorrow we’ll have to forego the                                                                                                                                                                                              close the front desk at 9PM, so if you
coastal route and hit some motorways                                                                                                                                                                                           arrive without a reservation, you’re
to get through this country a lot                                                                                                                                                                                              practically SOL. Around midnight, we
quicker than we’re doing.                                                                                                                                                                                                      stumbled onto The Night Hotel, with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               it’s automated check-in system and
Mon Jul 23 2007:                                                                                                                                                                                                               access codes that befuddled us for quite
Le Mans & Tours                                                                                                                                                                                                                some time. But for €31, you can’t really
Whohoooooooo! We went to Le Mans!                                                                                                                                                                                              complain. Actually, we thought that,
Sorry, I totally gave the ending away                                                                                                                                                                                          until we saw the communal showers.
HarryPotterDies what? Who said that?                                                                                                                                                                                                I was up till around 2 in the
;) Just kidding about the Harry Potter                                                                                                                                                                                         morning getting everything prepared
bit, I didn’t read the book and Neda’s                                                                                                                                                                                         for the next day. All the batteries on
only on page 249 as I’m typing this right                                                                                                                                                                                      our electronics ran out at the same
now. Normally she’s finished a Potter                                                                                                                                                                                           time, and we only had one electrical
book in less than 24 heures, ooops,                                                                                                                                                                                            socket in our room (€31, can I start
sorry, another Le Mans reference...                                                                                                                                                                                            complaining now?). So I had to sit there
     Okay from the beginning, we got up                                                                                                                                                                                        and recharge both our cameras, both
at 6AM today! Which was perplexing                                                                                                                                                                                             our iPods and my laptop to get some
when the checkout counter’s clock            Imagining a 24 Heures race at Le Mans                                                                                                    Scooters in San Sebastian, Spain         kind of minimal charge to last us the

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next day. And plan out where we’re                                                                                                  weekday and the town is small enough.       winding road that snakes up and down        don’t want to spend over a week here.
going tomorrow as well! I have no idea                                                                                              Forget rolling into a touristy-city on a    it. We’re here more for the road than       In the interests of time, we’ll probably
where we’re going to be from one day                                                                                                weekend at 10PM looking for a place         the mountain. One side of the mountain      have to slab it across the entire face of
to the next...                                                                                                                      to crash! Too many bad experiences          is a long ascent with 60 km/h curves, as    Spain straight to the southern coast, it’s
    We’re truly wanderers at this point                                                                                             knocking on hotel door after hotel          we reach the top, there is a monument       over 1000 kms, which we’ll try to do in
because the plan changes every day as                                                                                               door begging for a corner to park our       with a viewpoint and then the other         a single day. We’re going to need our
we re-evaluate what we want to see and                                                                                              weary butts for the night! So tonight,      side of the mountain is a quick descent     day of rest tomorrow!
what we can do in the timeframe we                                                                                                  I’m also reserving the next couple of       with 20 km/h hairpin turns. This would
have...                                                                                                                             nights (Yay! Our first rest day) in San      be a fun road to do backwards as well,      Fri Jul 27 2007: Beach Day
                                                                                                                                    Sebastian, a coastal resort town near       as I find hairpins easier going uphill.      San Sebastián
Wed Jul 25 2007: Atlantic                                                                                                           the French/Spanish border. Online,               Almost immediately after Urbasa-       Haha, I just called a hotel in the
Pyrenees & Pamplona                                                                                                                 already the rooms were being filled up.      Andia is the Parque Natural de Aralar,      Andalucian region to make a
It was a late start today: 8AM due                                                                                                  I had to book one night with Expedia,       which is composed entirely of a dense       reservation for tomorrow. When I gave
to me getting to bed at 2AM! Had a                                                                                                  and the other night on the hotel            forest and a very twisty 30 km/h road       the reservation desk my local number,
quick continental breakfast at The                                                                                                  website...                                  that just does not let up, curve after      she said, “But you are in San Sebastián,
Night Hôtel!, and we actually saw the                                                                                                                                           curve. It ends at the town of Beasain,      you are in the north of Spain, we are in
staff for the first time this visit! We                                                                                              Thu Jul 26 2007: Basque                     where we turn back north east to the        the south of Spain!”, I said, “We’ll make
Autorouted about 200kms south to the           Sierra Morena mountains of Spain                                                     Parks & San Sebastián                       coast, to San Sebastián, our destination    it!”. I hope we do...! We’re actually
                                                       in the background                                                                                                        for the next couple of days!
Spanish border and just before hitting                                                                                              I got up late today. No matter what time                                                in the north-east area, close to the
San Sebastian on the coast, detoured                                                                                                zone I’m in, 4AM local seems to be the           We’re at a critical point in the       French border, and we have to make it
                                            the faces like a quilt. Just like all the   funny how being on bikes makes you so
back inland to get a small taste of the                                                                                             default bedtime for me. We only have        trip, where we have to plan our next        clear across to the south-west region -
                                            movies and pictures you see, but more       approachable to other people. He spoke
Atlantic or Western Pyrenees, which                                                                                                 a short ride today, about 150 km loop       few days. I can’t believe we’re a week      exactly 1080 kms in a day!
                                            vivid. And larger. And cooler.              French to us, but we found out that he
are just the foothills to the really high                                                                                           of some twisty roads through some           into our trip and there’s still so much
                                                Stopped for lunch at a small town       was actually Spanish and that we had
mountains. Right now the plan is to                                                                                                 National Parks in the Basque (North-        ground to cover! I had originally           Sat Jul 28 2007: Spain in a day
                                            along the way and wondered if we            just crossed into Spain. Interestingly
do Spain, north to south, and then                                                                                                  East) region of Spain.                      planned to cover the northern coast of      How much can one really write about
                                            were still in France or not. The menu       enough, the building we were sitting on
double back to France to do the Central                                                                                                 The weather was disgustingly hot        Spain and then into Portugal and then       spending 1,080 kms on a motorcycle on
                                            was in French, so yes. After lunch,         the shade of, was a police station, and
Pyrenees properly.                                                                                                                  and humid, the air temperature was          back to the Andalucian region of Spain,     a highway across the country. If you’re
                                            more twisty roads, this time tighter as     he was an on-duty police officer. I don’t
    The run to the border was                                                                                                       34C! I felt sorry for Neda in her full      but this country is so large and I really   in North America, not much.
                                            the roads climbed up the mountain.          think they get a lot of crime in those
uneventful, you can cover a lot of          One thing about the signs in Europe,        small Spanish villas.                       leathers!
mileage fast when the speed limit is        when the speed limit for a turn ahead            One thing we’ve noticed about the          When I was planning this route last
130 km/h! Just turn up the tunes on         is posted at 30 km/h, you go 30 km/h!       folks in Spain is that they’re a lot more   night, it routed around this small town
the freshly charged iPods (see previous     Anything more is dangerous. The same        friendlier and casual than the French.      on the highway called Puente le Reina,
post) to turn the trip into your own        sign in North America meant that you        Also the architecture of the buildings      but I fixed it to go through instead.
music video! Interesting that the           could safely take the turn at 60 km/h,      in the old villages change right across     We ended up stopping there for lunch
Cypress trees in the north have now         maybe 80-90 km/h if you wanted to try       the border. Gone are the grey-thatched      and it was very nice! A lot of folks were
given way to another type, I have to do     touching a knee down. We did the same       triangular roofs, now we see buildings      dressed up in that characteristic white
some research to find out what kind of       radius turns in California and those        topped with terracotta shingles. We         and red outfits, we thought they were
tree this is.                               were marked 10 mph!                         continued on the same twisty roads to       part of a club or something, but the
    The Pyrenees mountains form a               At some point, we crossed the           Pamplona, Neda led the way so I got         waiter who served us lunch told us that
natural border between France and           French/Spanish border without               some nice shots motorcycle shots.           that is the outfit they wear to celebrate
Spain, and the scenery changes almost       even knowing it. We pulled up to a               We got to Pamplona around 6PM.         Spanish vacations/holidays. The backs
immediately when we get off the             T-intersection looking for the sign         The GPS led us to the Leyre hotel in        of the scarves have the hometown
Autoroute. We take the first twisty road     to Pamplona, and decided to rest in         the centre of the city and we were          where they are from!
of the trip, nice sweepers, through the     the shade of a building. A big guy in a     glad there were rooms available. As             After lunch we hit the Parque
valley where you could see ahead of you     wifebeater was cooking some rice and        experienced travelers, we’ve found          Natural de Urbasa-Andia, about 100
lush green-coloured mountains with          beans on a large open pan outside of        that most times you can get a room          kms west of Pamplona. The central                                                              The White Villages of Arcos
patchwork squares of farmland lining        the building and we started talking -       in a hotel if it’s early enough on a        feature here is a large mountain with a                                                             de la Frontera

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But Spain? Holy frack! Even the                with any other vehicles.                    I’d make a terrible homing pigeon...         edge of a huge cliff, almost every single    the Moors to the Spaniards so the            venture too far into Algeciras, the
highways are twisty! Pretty much most               We were doing alright with the 200          Neda told me I was quite expressive     building was painted white. I think          archiecture is quite vaired. I’ll spare      dealership is on the outskirts of town.
of Spain, north to south, is comprised         km/leg plan for a while, but at the end     on the bike, helmet moving violent           we’re going to stay here an extra day        you this history (you can google it          Unfortunately, they were a smaller
of some mountainous range in every             of the second leg as we approached          back and forth, up and down as I was         here and we’ll walk through the town         yourself),                                   dealership so they didn’t have any
region. You can’t zone out like an             Madrid, the weather got stonkin’ hot.       spraying venom against the inside            tomorrow. I can’t just sleep 8 hours and          One thing about the Spanish             mesh gear in stock. They called their
I40:Indiana to Missouri run! At one            I was now okay, but Neda was really         of my visor, fists pounding on my             climb back on the bikes again tomorrow       language, the c in Gracias is pronounced     sister store in Marabella, about 200 kms
point the 2 lane highway made a sharp          suffering in her full leathers. She tried   tankbag...                                   morning!                                     “th”, so you actually say it with a slight   to the east, on the coast near Malaga (a
hairpin up the side of a moutain!              soaking her shirt and hair with water            Somehow we got out of Madrid, but            Much as we had our struggles today      lisp: “Gra-thee-us”. Different from most     popular tourist resort town), and they
Imagine 4 lanes of traffic doubling back        before leaving, to let the wind and         Neda was not doing well. She had to get      with the heat and mileage, today was         other Spanish countries. Gracias is our      had the gear in stock in various sizes.
on itself!                                     evaporation cool her down but with the      out of the leathers pronto. That’s Italian   one of the best examples of living on a      most widely used phrase when in Spain.       Over the phone they told us they could
     We took the main Autovia leaving          arid heat climbing past 35C, it would       for, “Holy crap it’s stonkin’ hot!”. Our     motorcycle. Every morning, you pack          Second is “Perdón”, which means,             ship it anywhere in Spain for the next
the Basque region through Madrid.              only last a half hour before she started    200 km/leg slowly dwindled down to           up everything you own, toss it on the        “Sorry for hitting you in the back with      morning. They were surprised to hear
I made the mistake of only wearing             overheating again. When we got to           50 kms. We had to do something, so she       bike and leave - no trace you were ever      my tankbag”.                                 that we would be coming over in the
mesh in the morning, so I suffered for         Madrid, we had to negotiate a series of     went in her jeans and I gave her my          there. And your breakfast, lunch and                                                      afternoon to pick it up. Apparently in
the first leg, trying to get as much of         intertwining highways, getting on and       mesh jacket. It worked. We were 600          dinner are just line items on a petrol       Mon Jul 30 2007: Shopping for                Europe, travelling 200 kms is just not
my body behind that big windshield of          off a series of exits and on/offramps to    kms into our day-long odyssey and we         station receipt. When you take your          Motorcycle Gear                              done, let alone 1100 kms!
mine, handwarmers cranked up to 11.            get to the right Autovia to take us south   were good to go. South of Madrid the         stuff off the bike in the evening, the       This was an errand day. Neda was                  So off we went to Marabella. We
We had planned to divide the trip up in        to Sevilla without going through the        landscape becomes a lot more golden          sounds and smells are different; you’re      suffocating in the heat in Andalucia,        plotted several twisty roads along the
200 km segments, as that was around            city. What I didn’t know is that Madrid     and brown, especially due to the heat        in another city, a different country,        so we had to do something to make            way, so 200 kms, became a 400 km trip
the point our reserve would hit on the         has an extensive highway system...          wave that part of the country has been       maybe even a different time zone. That       her feel comfortable on the bike. I          up into the mountains of the Parque
bikes doing 140 km/h. Normally we’d            underneath the city... where the GPS        experiencing for the last few weeks. In      last one throws you for a loop, because      checked the web, and there was a BMW         Natural de Los Alcornocales
average around 300-350 kms/tank, but           signals that we rely on so heavily don’t    a couple of spots, we even saw smoke in      half the time, you gotta wake up an          Motorcycle store in Algeciras, which         and Parque Natural Sierra de
you burn a lot of gas trying to push           go... The minute we went underground,       some areas that suggested small forest       hour earlier the next morning to pack        is near Gibraltar, so off we went at         Grazalema. The parks were beautiful
those bikes at that speed. It’s great          I was staring at my last known position,    fires! At times, I forgot I was riding in     up everything you own, toss it on the        6AM from Arcos. The weather at that          and the road was awesome! We met a
being on the road early enough that            and “GPS Signal Lost. Acquiring             Spain, it looked like parts of the South-    bike, and leave... It’s so romantic, not     time is beautiful, about 20C and it feels    couple of British tourists near Ubrique
you can catch a sunrise (hopefully to          Satellites”. Good luck. Somehow we          West US, California and New Mexico.          being tied down to anything. A true          even cooler on the bike. Things start        who were vacationing in the area. They
your left or right, not in front of you...),   actually ended up in the heart of                There seem to be a gas station every    nomadic lifestyle.                           to heat up around noon, when the sun         told us that there was a village with
plus you don’t have to share the road          Madrid pointing in the wrong direction.     10 kms or so on the Autovia. Had dinner           It’s the time you spend alone in        turns it on full-blast. We didn’t really     an enclave of UK ex-pats, so it was
                                                                                           in the saddest of roadside restaurants,      your helmet, especially on the slab,
                                                                                           old men from the local village singing       where you try to do the math and figure
                                                                                           songs in the corner. The waiter did          out what it will take to spend the rest of
                                                                                           not find our lack of knowledge of the         your life living this way. Because when
                                                                                           Spanish language amusing at all. It was      that new road ahead of you furls up
                                                                                           an experience...                             into the tight turns that take your mind
                                                                                                The last gas stop a guy from            away from every other thought, besides
                                                                                           Hamburg chatted to us a little bit. It was   how the hell you’re going to make it
                                                                                           the first words of English we had heard       to the next corner: that’s nirvana. All
                                                                                           all day, ironically from a German! We        that other crap around the road is just
                                                                                           then got off the Autovia onto one of the     window dressing.
                                                                                           most beautiful roads I’ve ever been on.
                                                                                           A one-lane country road with twists          Sun Jul 29 2007: Arcos de la
                                                                                           and elevation changes, little foliage        Frontera
                                                                                           around the road so clean sight lines         We spent the day at Arcos de la
                                                                                           around each corner. And the scenery!         Frontera, an old fort/town positioned
                                                                                                When we pulled into our town,           high atop of a cliff. All the house and
                                                                                           Arcos de la Frontera, we were greeted        buildings are white-washed, and the
               Ronda, Spain                                                                with an amazing site: a city on the          town has changed ownership from                                                                   Sporting my new helmet

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an entire village of English-speaking       mesh suit so she should be okay with         that beach umbrella on the bike.            Our magazine is delivered to our
people in the heart of Andalucia!           the heat now. Today was all about                 After lunch we headed up to the
     We made it to Marabella around         twisty roads. We went north into             Sierra Nevada mountain range. There                                          ree
                                                                                                                                     subscriber’s homes or business free
2:30PM to find the BMW store closed!?!       the mountains, stopping through              was an amazing uphill climb through
A quick check on the store hours            Antequera for groceries along the way        tiny towns set against the side of the      of charge. For those who desire
revealed it was closed from 2-4PM           in the morning.                              mountain. Nice, smooth, new pavement
everyday! Wow, the Spanish take their            After loading up on water and           boasting 20-30 km/h roads, all 2nd and
                                                                                                                                     an electronic copy we have the
siestas pretty seriously! So we headed      stuff for a picnic, we headed down into      3rd gear for over 200kms. We started                                         on
                                                                                                                                     magazine as an online subscription
into a bar for a drink, only to find it      the coast towards Nerja, bypassing           late, so only got halfway through the
was owned by another Brit ex-pat.           the popular tourist city of Málaga.          Sierra Nevada. We were getting tired, so    as well.
Had a couple of drinks and lunch in a       There’s a fabulous coastal road between      I pulled into the first hotel I saw
restaurant around the corner, and by        Nerja and Motril that all the local          and we asked for a room there. It
that time it was 4PM and Neda went          motorcyclists rave about, so we had          was only a couple of hours later that
shopping for her mesh suit. She ended       to try it. We missed it the first time        I actually found out the name of the
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up getting an Airflow jacket and pants,      because the GPS routed us on the             town: Bérchules.
same as mine. Good thing it’s in red, or    Autovia, so we actually did it twice:
it’d be the matching rainsuit fiasco all     backwards and forwards! The first                                                         Stay tuned for information
over again! When it came time to pay,       time round was a scoping run and we          Stay tuned for the continuation of
both our Visa cards got denied from all     noticed a nice beach, which we stopped                                                   about our Launch Party BBQ.
                                                                                         our journey in next month’s issue.
the foreign usage over the last few days,   at the second time round. There was a
                                                                                         More chills (riding through the             You are all invited. Bring your
so it was off to find an ABM.                pretty serious hike down the hill and
                                                                                         Italian alps) and spills (you’ll
                                            once we got to the beach we regretted                                                    bikes and friends.
                                                                                         see) and lots more drama and
Tue Jul 31 2007:                            not bringing our flip-flops as the sand
                                            was hot! And we didn’t bring a beach         (unintentional) comedy as we tour
Sierra Nevada
                                            umbrella either, so we got burnt just a      the rest of Western Europe!
Got out of Ronda pretty late this
morning: 10:30AM. Neda has her new          little... Next time, we’ll find a way to fit
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                                                                               hat makes a Ducati Superbike appeal to
                   Joe’s Ducati                                                certain types of people? Is it the gorgeous
                                                                               Italian supermodel looks - Spartan trellis
                                                                               frame, the sleek lines of the purposeful
                                                                               nose and the skin-clad fairing, the clean
                                                           look of the undertail exhaust, the beauty of that single-

                                                           sided swingarm? Is it that intoxicating basso profundo
                                                           thunder emanating from a carbon-fiber-clad Termignoni
      PHOTOS BY WOBBLYCAT PHOTOGRAPHY                      exhaust? Or maybe the stubborn adherence to a valve train
                                                           system that had more cost and complexity drawbacks than
     ever                                                  mechanical advantages? Just as Porsche fans adore their
                                                           911s for sticking to a rear-engine layout that gives its cars
                                                           the weight distribution of a sledgehammer, and BMW boxer
                                                           fans celebrate the gawky awkwardness of their jugs hanging
                                                           out in the air, perhaps it’s this Desmodromic obstinance that
                                                           fan the flames of passion in Ducatisti all over the world.
                                                               Joe Antal is one such Ducatisti. That much is apparent
                                                           when surveying the fine Italian exotica that inhabit the
                                                           2nd floor of the building where he works from. What is also
                                                           apparent is that his excitement runs a lot deeper than just
                                                           collecting pretty toys. Joe talks of the joy in not only riding
                                                           and racing bikes, but as the former owner of a Toronto
                                                           motorcycle service shop, he also speaks of the passion in
                                                           building and maintaining the very machine that rockets
“the original racer was                                    you away on two wheels. The smile on his face and the
                                                           fervor in his voice are that of someone much younger than
actually painted in the                                    his 68-years would lead you to believe. This is a man who
                                                           has discovered the fountain of youth, and the waters are
color scheme of a can                                      imported straight from Italy!

of Castrol oil…”

                                                                                                      There is a singular
                                                                                                      focus on Ducati’s
                               “What is also apparent is                                              Superbike line,
                                                                                                      with tasteful
                               that his excitement runs                                               selections of iconic
                                                                                                      models, and a deep
                               a lot deeper than just                                                 knowledge of the
                                                                                                      racers that made
                               collecting pretty toys.”                                               them famous.

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The Duc that started it all for him is    imminent bankruptcy in the mid 80s.          his leg over the seat and relive the       history. Giacomo Agostini showed up
a 1984 Mike Hailwood Replica that         An interesting (and funny) tidbit about      1978 TT on the streets of Toronto. He      to a race as a marketing ploy organized
sits at one end of the collection. With   the red, green and white colors sported      decided then and there that he had to      by MV Agusta, piloting a 350cc machine
a production run from 1979-1985,          by the racing bike and its replica is that   have one and later on that same year,      against the local talent. Ago won, of
this bike was created to celebrate its    while Ducati marketed the livery as          bought his friend’s MHR with only 400      course, but Joe did get a chance to
namesake’s unlikely victory in the 1978   the “tricolore” of the Italian flag, the      kms on the odometer.                       meet and talk to the Great One and was
Isle of Man TT. Hoping to capitalize      original racer was actually painted in            Joe is quite knowledgeable about      impressed with the man, both on and
on Hailwood’s popularity, the factory     the color scheme of a can of Castrol oil,    the racing icons throughout the years.     off the track.
quickly modified its production            one of Hailwood’s primary sponsors!          And not second-hand either. While               This keen interest in sport bikes
900SS with fairings that matched the           This bike was, and still is, Joe’s      racing 250cc Yamaha YDS-3s back in         and racing is reflected in his collection.
race bike. The resulting MHR was an       favorite. Originally purchased by            the 60s when he was living in Australia,   There are no Monsters, Multistradas or
instant hit and is credited by many       a friend who owned a local Ferrari           he got an opportunity to pit his skills    Sportclassics here. There is a singular
as the bike that bailed Ducati out of     dealership, Joe got a chance to swing        against one of the greatest racers in      focus on Ducati’s Superbike line, with
                                                                                                                                  tasteful selections of iconic models,
                                                                                                                                  and a deep knowledge of the racers
                                                                                                                                  that made them famous. We talked a
                                                                                                                                  bit about Troy Bayliss and his humble
                                                                                                                                  beginnings as a spray-painter for an
                                                                                                                                  auto shop, which led to some discussion
                                                                                                                                  about Joe’s own story about having
                                                                                                                                  to escape from communist occupied
                                                                                                                                  Romania, moving several times and
                                                                                                                                  immigrating to Canada in the early 70s,
                                                                                                                                  having to start a new life and build a
                                                                                                                                  business from scratch.
                                                                                                                                       Joe’s second Ducati is his 1999 996
                                                                                                                                  SPS, a model made famous by Bayliss’
                                                                                                                                  first World Superbike win. The SPS
                                                                                                                                  stands for “Sport Production Special”,
                                                                                                                                  the “Special” being an up rated engine,
                                                                                                                                  stronger chassis and lighter weight.
                                                                                                                                  A few things stand out when you look
                                                                                                                                  over this bike, my favorite detail is
                                                                                                                                  the gold-colored frame, but there are
                                                                                                                                  other styling items that signal that is
                                                                                                                                  no ordinary 996, such as the 5-spoke
                                                                                                                                  wheels and an Ohlins rear shock, and
                                                                                                                                  more tellingly, a plaque on the triple
                                                                                                                                  tree that proclaims it #497 out of a run
                                                                                                                                  of #1500 models worldwide. Joe’s model
                                                                                                                                  comes equipped with a Termignoni
                                                                                                                                  titanium exhaust which undoubtedly
                                                                                                                                  would have shaken the room with a
                                                                                                                                  pleasing rumble, if we had started it up.
                                                                                                                                  By this time, Joe was hooked on
                                                                                                                                  Ducatis, and the next couple of
                                                                                                                                  acquisitions in his collection trended

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 Instead, the question you would probably ask is,
     “Which Ducati are you going to get next?
towards newer fare. A 2007 TriColore                                                     grandfather to the modern Ducati
1098S sits with 0 kms on the odometer,                                                   Superbike. This is the same 916 that sits
its owner awaiting the right track day                                                   in the middle of the collection we are
to exercise its Superbike muscle and                                                     all drooling over. This acquisition to the
sinews. Normal street riding would not                                                   collection was actually part of a three-
even start to tax a bike with 160hp on                                                   bike purchase, alongside another 916
tap, race-ready Ohlins forks and rear                                                    (still crated) and the yellow 998. Almost
shocks, and lightweight components                                                       doubling his Italian collection in one
that distinguish it from the base                                                        fell swoop, this cemented Joe’s status as
1098. 2007 saw the limited run of the                                                    a die-hard Ducati collector.
“tricolore” edition of the 1098, the                                                          The 916 is definitely my favorite
fairings painted the red, white and                                                      of the collection. From this clean-
green colors of the Italian national        and the swingarm is still single-sided, to   sheet design, came all the visual and
flag. The “tricolore” tradition began        give a wonderfully unobstructed view         engineering cues that would later
in 1985 with the 750 F1, one of the         of the very pretty Marchesini Y-shaped       define all Superbikes that came after it.
most highly sought after Ducatis, and       spoked rear wheel.                           It also established Ducati’s reputation
continued with such bikes as the 851,           Only once has Ducati deviated from       as a builder of championship-winning
the MHR mentioned above, and the            the above formula, and it almost proved      motorcycles, with the 916 winning four
Monster S4RS.                               disastrous for the Bologna firm. The          titles during its production run, three
     As well, Joe has picked up a red       999, which preceded the 1098, dared          with the legendary “King” Carl Fogarty
2009 848, which is a bit more friendly      to defy Ducati convention and debuted        and one with Troy Corser. There is
for the streets. Sporting the same          with stacked headlights, a breadbox          a formidable presence that the 916
physical dimensions as a 1098, the 848      shaped single exhaust muffler and a           carries with it - of much greatness that
is a logical offering from the factory      double-sided swingarm that proved too        had been accomplished, and a strong
to accompany the 1098, similar to the       radical for traditionalists, so much so      promise of the glory in the years to
749 and the 748 that preceded it. The       that they stayed away from the sales         come. All of which eventually would
most controversial issue with this          floor in droves. There is no 999 or 749       come true.
model is that the 848 is the first Ducati    in this collection, and when questioned,          So you might ask, what would drive
Superbike to come equipped with a wet       Joe merely shrugged and with that one        a person to purchase 7 Ducatis? If you
clutch. Many enthusiasts bemoan the         gesture, summed up the majority of the       stood in the middle of this collection,
fact that no longer does a Superbike        Ducatisti’s opinions of designer Pierre      surrounded by the glory of decades
sound like loose change in a jogger’s       Terblanche’s Superbike offering.             of racing victories reflected in the
pocket! Other than this minor heresy,           Despite this mis-step in the public’s    polished crimson fairings of Bologna’s
the 848 sticks to the same conventional     eye, Terblanche still managed to pen         proudest mechanical achievements, you
rules as other Ducati Superbikes,           some of the most loved modern-day            would not ask such a question. Instead,
namely that the 90-degree L-Twin            Ducatis, like the Hypermotard and            the question you would probably ask is,
motor is still the beating heart of this    the SportClassic. His mentor was             “Which Ducati are you going to
beast, the tubular steel trellis frame is   none other than Massimo Tamburini,           get next?”
still pulling chassis duty, the exhausts    who was the author of one of Ducati’s
                                            greatest design achievements - the           Notes about the writer: Gene Lee is also a Ducatisti,
are still twin cannons bellowing god-                                                    and is proud to run a 999 on the track, no matter how
like thunder to the vehicles it passes,     916. This iconic motorcycle was the          many people hate on Pierre Terblanche. The 999 is
                                                                                         cool-looking. (There, I said it. It’s out there…)
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                                                                                                                                                                     2010 Kawasaki Concours
                                                                                                                                                                       cool from any angle
                                                                                                                                                                               STORY BY MR LEE AND PHOTOS BY KAWASAKI

              he 2010 Kawasaki              and sophisticated, sexy!                 a more aggressive braking effect in the    send a signal to the ECU, which will      a Mode Select Button, it navigates          as well as a lustrous look. New exhaust
              Concours, a re-built sports        Now featuring K-ACT ABS             front when using the rear pedal. To        then control engine output by adjusting   through information made available on       shield and sealing off of the affected
              tourer designed around        (Kawasaki Advanced Coactive-Braking      bring this 689 lb bike to a halt braking   the ignition timing, intake airflow,       the LCD display. This is an improvement     area in the lower fairing, proved to be
              the ZX-14 motor, now          Technology) linked brakes, the new       is all important. With the 2 modes         and fuel delivery through sub throttle    over the prior setup, which then would      the winning combinations.
              called the Concours 14.       system is alleged to be 30% less in      that’s made simple, however, toggling      valves smoothing out performance.         require the rider to move their hand            With improved K-ACT and
Its first premier in 2008, the new 2010      weight and 25% smaller in size.          between Mode 1 and Mode 2 cannot be             New for 2010, heated grips not       from the bars to press the button on        ABS ,KTRC, new taller windscreen,
Concours 14 is an advancement over
its precursor with credit to enhanced
                                                 The new ABS’s ECU cannot be
                                            immobilized entirely, only allowing
                                                                                     done on the fly.
                                                                                          With K-ACT and KTRC switches
                                                                                                                                available on the previous 2009,
                                                                                                                                add a considerably toasty touring
                                                                                                                                                                          the dash; however the old button is still
                                                                                                                                                                          there on the dash by the way.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      glove box, heated grips, and newly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      repositioned mirrors all adding up to
handling, improved touring luxury, and      a rider to choose from two differing     on the left handlebar, the new KTRC        comfort. These new heated grips heat           Also addressed in 2010 was the         the newly, improved 2010 Concours.
traction control.                           adjustments that control the rear and    (Kawasaki Traction Control) unlike the     up rather quickly with a left hand        engine heat from the right side bottom      This new Concours is definitely the
     With well defined looks, the C14        front braking results. With the front    K-ACT, does offer on the fly adjustment     knob presenting variable settings.        of the fairing, predominantly when          hottest sports touring bike around! In
was refined on the sportier side with        and back brakes identically linked       between off and on. The KTRC using the     Information on the instrumentation        idling; which discharges searing heated     2010, she’s now available in a stealthy
remarkable execution from the               regardless of mode; Mode 1, for the      ABS sensors does nothing to add weight     console is far easier to thumb through    air right onto a rider’s legs. Kawasaki’s   Flat Super Black or Candy Neptune
1352cc Inline Four power plant,             sport rider, delivers delicate outcome   to the already heavy machine. The ABS      via the left side info switch.            redesigned the fairing which asserts        Blue. I like this bike!
proving Sports Touring can be sleek         on the front braking; while mode 2 has   system, sensing some wheel spin, will           Other left handlebar functions;      improved airflow to dispel heat better,

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The Kawasaki “Z”...                                                                                                                 the new ZED-1 has
                                                                                                                                    proven to be better than
                                                                                                                                    all of its predecessors
                                                                                                                              300mm diameter petal-style discs with     position and location of the foot pegs
                                                                                                                              a pair of Tokico radial-mount 4-piston    and controls are ideal for most riders
                                                                                                                              calipers (same as the Ninja ZX-10R).      whether they be tall or short.
                                                                                                                              Intake air is channeled though an air     The most welcome feature as opposed
                                                                                                                              induction system that uses intake         from the previous versions is that
                                                                                                                              scoops on both side of the machine        the engine does not vibrate anymore!
                                                                                                                              which funnels the air into a resonator    Torque has always been a strong point
                                                                                                                              chamber equipped airbox (it also
                                                                                                                              enhances the sound of the bike which is
                                                                                                                              very cool).
                                                                                                                                                                        in the ZED-1, bottom-end power is
                                                                                                                                                                        powerful but not overwhelming mid
                                                                                                                                                                        range acceleration is smooth and it
                                                                                                                                  Riding the new ZED-1 was a            spools up leisurely.
                                                                                                                              radically different experience for            The sound of this beast was like a
                                                                                                                              starters the bike feels narrower around   piece of heaven, Kawasaki bikes have
                                                                                                                              the seat area thus more comfortable,      been known for their induction noise
                                                                                                                              the riding position is still sporty/      but the people at Kawasaki have gone
                                                                                                                              relaxed and that is to be expected        overboard with this beast… the new
                                                                                                                              from the ZED-1. The tank has nice         ZED-1 with its new airbox sings with a
                                                                                                                              contour cut-outs for the knees and the    voice of angels.

A bike that stands for MEAN, SEXY, BEAST
    and not necessarily in that order.
                                   STORY BY STEVE VILLAMARIN

              he world has seen its       is the bulky steel frame which is now a    absorber. The two-way adjustable shock
              presence since the hippie   5 piece aluminum frame that weighs 9       is attached between the frame through
              era then it was brought     pounds less than the previous model.       a fixed link mounted on top of the
              back in the early 2000’s    This frame wraps around it’s very own      aluminum swingarm. This arrangement
              now (after a year hiatus)   engine: a beefy 1043cc which is not        allows the shock to be kept away from
this baby returns to the north American   taken from ZX-9R and gives it a slimmer    the engine and thus also away from the
market leaner and meaner, the 2010
Z1000 has had a complete overhaul and
                                          contour around the seat area also the
                                          engine is hung via a 4-point mounting
                                                                                     consequent heat produced this gives it
                                                                                     a consistent damping performance and
we love it.                               which provides a increased chassis         complimented by a single-piston rear
    Everything about the previous         rigidity and stability.                    caliper mounted below the swingarm.
version be it handling, performance or         The suspension uses a horizontally-   The front has a conventional Showa
looks has changed and it is good. Gone    mounted back-link hydraulic shock          41mm inverted fork and the same

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                           Handling and braking were top notch
                           however braking did not feel like a
                           premium superbike but is was very
                           reasonable for normal use as a street            Evolution of a New Rider
                           bike and as far a handling goes this bike                                           STORY BY STELLA, THE RIDING PRINCESS
                           turns with little effort and additional
                           speed only improves its superb
                           handling with little effect on chassis
                                                                                         Choosing the right         simple toys makes it look so effortless.   trying to keep up with experienced
                               I own a 2003 ZED-1 and I could
                                                                                         motorcycle can be          I remember announcing to my friends        riders from the Ontario Dual Sport
                           not fathom why the people at Kawi
                                                                                         a daunting affair.         my intentions of attempting a wheelie      Club. The mechanical concepts of the
                           would re-boot and re-introduce a
                                                                                         Everyone has an            after watching a short technical video     motorcycle were still foreign to me
                           bike that was already perfect to a
                                                                                         opinion. From the          online about roll-on wheelies. A simple    and going up a steep hill in the wrong
                           north American public that has not
                                                                                         dealer trying to unload    twist of the throttle, release and twist   gear, I lost momentum and tipped
                           appreciate this kind of bike very much.
                                                                                         their inventory, to your   again would simply lift the front          over. My first crash and the results
                           However… the new ZED-1 has proven
                                                                       friends who have forgotten what it is        wheel of my weighty VFR and I would        were a broken clutch lever and foot peg
                           to be better than all of its predecessors
                                                                       like to be a new rider, and of course        ascend towards the heavens and in the      bracket, wounded pride and an abrupt
                           and its giving its competition a good
                                                                       the online armchair “experts”. The           echelons of my comrades’ adoration         end to my riding season as spring was
                           run for the money and it can satisfy the
                                                                       answers are many and the answers are         and respect. Laughter is what I got in     just blossoming.
                           needs of the poser and/or the hardcore
                                                                       few; and being stubborn and narrow-          return. My first wheelie had me flat on           After a challenging first season,
                           racer and priced similar to the ZX-
                                                                       minded, I had my mind set on a sport         my back with the motocross motorcycle      I put the VFR to rest and purchased
                           6R one can get a bigger (and sexier)
                                                                       motorcycle. Auto Trader seemed like          laying a few yards away. Thankfully,       a lighter BMW Enduro machine. This
                           beast. All I can say is ZED is not dead…
                                                                       the perfect shopping solution. I rushed,     I learned to take such undertakings        purchase would prove to be my first
                           welcome back ZED.
                                                                       I didn’t think my purchase through,          off road with smaller displacement         good motorcycling decision. The fuel
                                                                       and I ended up with a bike that was          machines. Grassy and sandy surfaces        tank underneath the seat made the bike
                                                                       not suitable for me. I had made my           are much softer to land on.                feel lighter and the wide handlebars
                                                                       first error in motorcycling. My inner              Learning how to master the            made it easier to steer and maneuver
                                                                       rider wanted to express itself badly and     throttle, the motorcycle’s most abused     in confined areas. As my experience
                                                                       vanity led the way.                          control, while taming the speedy           grew, so did my enjoyment and love
                                                                            My 1986 Honda VFR750 certainly          demon must be balanced against the         for the sport. I no longer find larger
                                                                       was an iconic motorcycle in its day;         world’s unforgiving venues. Negotiating    motorcycles intimidating and have
                                                                       red white and blue, but as my first bike      slow speed maneuvers while making          found many tricks to compensate for
                                                                       it was too big for me to handle. The         a grand entrance in the crowded            challenging seat heights and weights.
                                                                       motorcycle was not pristine and did not      parking lot at the local coffee shop            Over the years, I have learned that
                                                                       look like the beacon of motorcycling         can be a source of embarrassment for       riding safely and within your limits
                                                                       that it once was having been painted         the new rider and entertainment for        takes focus, confidence, practice,
                                                                       Tremclad black some years ago. Why           those loitering outside. It certainly      patience and self-discipline. Finding
                                                                       someone would do that to such a              was embarrassing for me. Seeing large      the right learner motorcycle is a crucial
                                                                       beautiful machine remains a mystery.         gatherings always made me nervous          step for a healthy motorcycle career.
                                                                       It was in poor condition and covered         and more often than not I parked           Dealers, friends, and experts can all
                                                                       with decals. I did however own a             incorrectly. I was not very graceful       help guide you to your first motorcycle,
                                                                       machine of power and it made my heart        as I shuffled my feet to keep my beast      although your dream bike may not be
                                                                       beat a little faster every time I opened     upright in order to find the right angle    the best first bike. Think with your
                                                                       the garage door.                             to station.                                head, feel with your heart and be open-
                                                                            We believe in many silly things as           I put a shameful 700 km on to the     minded to try what is in between.
                                                                       inexperienced riders. Watching expert        VFR’s odometer that year and to make
                                                                       riders manipulate their motorcycles as       matters worse, I damaged my ride

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                                                                                                I am Woman,
                                                                                               Hear me ROAR!             STORY BY KELLY GIBSON

   has been bringing riders together since 1999!
            We are the Greater Toronto and Area Motorcycle Enthusiast Community.
                                                                                                      often hear, or rather feel, this     ing to ride a bike, women believe we’ve     enter a phase many a woman has fallen
           New Rider? Head over to our New Rider’s Section and get some great tips                    sentiment from a lot of female       broken down barriers, we’ve closed the      prey to: the “one of the boys” phase.
                                                                                                      riders. It’s true, as the under-     gap, we’re a rare breed to be revered       You’re no longer the new kid and your
                                  to help you get started.
                                                                                                      dog in a male dominated sport,       and respected….we’re a woman who            fellow riding friends, mostly guys, have
                                                                                                      us women struggle to be heard.       rides! We forget that others came           stopped treating you like the baby and
     Technical Issues? We’ve over 17,000 members are always willing to help guide you
                                                                                              We face different challenges that range      before us; we forget those in our midst;    let you into their world. They expect
                          in any technical issues you may have.
                                                                                              from finding gear that fits to being
                                                                                              taken seriously. But if you ask me,
                                                                                                                                           and worst of all, we start to believe our
                                                                                                                                           own hype. Others are in awe, and as
                                                                                                                                                                                       you to move your own bike, they expect
                                                                                                                                                                                       you to keep up, and they expect you to
      Just wanna get out and ride with some people? Rides/Hooksup is the place to be.         women who ride sometimes fall pretty         our egos grow so too does our prowess.      know the difference between a spark
         There’s always a ride going somewhere and you’re always welcome to join.             to the pigeonholes we place ourselves        Jane from Toronto muses “I felt fierce,      plug and an allen key. You’re in a com-
                                                                                              in, and then shout to be heard out           like I was the first woman to do this and    fortable place and you’re starting to put
                   Need Insurance? Check out our Insurance Specialist Forum.                  there.                                       I wanted everyone to know!”                 all the knowledge you’ve absorbed to
       A list of of insurance brokers to provide with a quick quote. One stop shopping.            Like many things in life, becoming           And whether we’ll admit it or          real use. This is the good stuff. You are
                                                                                              a confident female in a sea of testoster-     not, we start into what can only be         one of them.
   Buying/Selling? From the purchase of a motorcyle right down to your tires, gear and oil,   one is a process. This butterfly process      described as the Disdain Phase. We               You’ve arrived. You’re at the final
        our Dealer/Vendor forum is one stop shopping for all your motorcycle needs.           has many phases that take female riders      look down on other women who are            stage: affirmation. Leah in Cambridge
                                                                                              through their journey to being com-          “only” passengers (forgetting that we       remembers “I was finally comfortable
           Plus many more forums like classifieds, track days, insurance (laws/rules)         fortable in their own…err on their own       were once in their shoes). Like Christy     in my own skin, both as a rider and as a
                                                                                              bike.                                        from Etobicoke says “you start to think     woman.” I couldn’t agree more. Some-
                        and of course the General Discussion forum.
                                                                                                   We start out in the Impression          you’re better than them….now whether        where along the way I realized that I do
                                                                                              Phase. Not only are we impressed by          you’ll admit it or not is a different       know the difference between a spark
                                                                                              guys who ride, we also yearn to make         story.” Sometimes it takes time, and        plug and an allen key and that I can
                                                                                              an impression ourselves when we start        sometimes it takes a different outlook      move my own bike. I found gear that
                                                                                              out on this fearless journey. As Lisa        to finally get past this particular hump.    was tailored to a woman’s fit, and a bike
                                                                                              in Mississauga reminisces, “at first I        I took the humble route when, in my         that I could ride confidently, and ride
                                                                                              learned to ride because I just wanted        high-and-might state, I met a female        well. I didn’t need to prove anything
                                                                                              to prove to my boyfriend I could do it.”     passenger that, unbeknownst to me,          to an ex-boyfriend, and I was as happy
                                                                                              A sentiment echoed by many female            was legally blind. I’d always wondered      talking to the women that rode with the
                                                                                              riders I’ve met, myself included. I was      why she never learned to ride, but for      group as I was talking to my friend who
                                                                                              eager to prove myself to the naysayers       her being a passenger was the only way      came as a passenger with her husband.
                                                                                              and to be perfectly honest, I was scared     she was going to be a part of the sport,    So when I come across a woman who
                                                                                              to death. But between my fear and            and she was all the happier for it. Hear-   roars, I smile to myself in memory and
                                                                                              sheer bravado, I fell in love with riding.   ing her story humbled me, and took me       think, not “I am woman hear me roar!”
                                                                                                   Out of the Impression Phase came        to my next phase.                           but rather “I am rider, hear me roar!”
                                                                                              the Unique Phase. Somehow in learn-          As the disdain phase wears thin, we
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    Get Your Motor Running        STORY BY MIZZ LUCY

                           What a great way to start a new and exciting Magazine geared towards Riders of
                           all kinds, and to have it in our very own backyard, in the GTA and surrounding…
                                An early start to great weather, and I know some of us rode the first week of
                           March… Winter wasn’t as bad as we thought, as a matter of fact? I think it went
                           by fairly quickly, with Bike shows, Garage parties, events with motorcycle riding
                           groups and I even helped organize a 50th Birthday party, for one of my Ladyz
                           riding friends. That’s when I realized I too am getting up in years, making me
                           think, how wonderful it is to finally ride my own, and appreciate no matter what
                           age? we are all bothers n sisters of the same passion…
                                We also have to remember that cars are going to have to get used to us all
                           over again, and it wouldn’t be a ride without the sounds of bike horns, blasting
                           that *&%$* cutting you off!
                                When I first went for my M1, I failed 3x’s, yes that’s right! 3x’s, why?
                            I passed my motorcycle questions, but it was the G1 and G2 class road test
                           questions about cars , I never knew the answers to, as I had gotten my drivers
                           License when it was pass or fail? Finally after the 3rd try, I got it! so now on
                           to the riders course I applied for, at the Humber College, not knowing where to
                           even put in the ignition key, I took a 3 day intense course and failed my
                           first attempt!
                                Was it nerves? Absolutely, so a refresher course, and then on to the M2 class
                           again, this time I passed with flying colors. The Instructors are what made me
                           want to try again and to pay extra attention to what proper riding is all about..
                           Being a car driver for over 27yrs, riding my own bike was a big step, as I only        2010 Yamaha WR250X
                           knew how to ride passenger…
                                                                                                                               STORY BY MR LEE AND PHOTOS BY YAMAHA
                                I may be a new rider of 4 years, but I do have experience in the motorcycle
                           world. The up and downs, rights from wrongs, and of course all the in
                           betweens… My passion for Motorcycles and everything that goes with it, is
                           well over 30yrs, I now have a deeper respect and understanding for the 2 wheel
                           device, we call freedom...                                                            The 2010 WR250X small, light and a great all-rounder.
                                I am honoured to be a columnist for the 2Ride magazine, I will do my best
                           in bringing you, the readers, all my knowledge on what’s out there, personal          With light weight, excellent handling and build quality,
                           experiences, the do’s n don’ts, what’s for the better or worse, and opinions that
                           have no boundaries or expectations on the limits we put out there…
                                                                                                                this versatile supermoto has more than meets the eye
                                        4 wheels move the body, 2 wheels move the soul… anonymous
                           ciao for now.
                                                                                                                 with its White/Red color scheme. Very appropriate on
                                                                                                                or off-road, a superb bike in the hands of a new rider or
                                                                                                                                   seasoned veteran.
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                250cc liquid-cooled DOHC      case with most motocross counterparts.      input from a crank sensor, intake air
                four-stroke; four-valves,     The covering of the seat is fabricated      pressure sensor and throttle position
                single-cylinder engine        from a non-slip type of material            sensor feeding a compact ECU to                                          2010 Yamaha WR250X
                is fuel-injected, with an     ensuring good grip on the bike.             provide optimum combustion.
                intake air pressure sensor         The WR250X is great for commuting      • An ECU-controlled EXUP® exhaust
and throttle position sensor for great        handles very lightly with its 136kg;        valve, along with an electronic intake                                           high-strength steel down
throttle response as well as great fuel
                                              also making it great for putting around
                                              town. For highway use this motorcycle
                                                                                          control valve, broadens the powerband.
                                                                                          • High lift cams have WPC surface
                                                                                                                                                                           tube for excellent strength and
                                                                                                                                                                           rigidity characteristics.
                                                                                                                                                                           • Asymmetrical swingarm provides
    The 250cc engine with respectable         is capable, however buzzy.                  treatment in which the surface is
low-end and unfailing top-end, one            With fully adjustable front and rear        sprayed with fine powder at over                                                  excellent strength/rigidity balance
does tend to find the power in the             suspensions there are 10.6 inches of        100 meters per second to increase                                                and a dynamic look. Cast aluminum
midrange to be lacking. However,              travel up front and 10.4 inches of travel   surface hardness.                                                                cross members, extruded arms and a
this lack of midrange is really only          at the rear. On the standard settings       • Three-axis engine layout keeps the                                             22mm rear axle are carefully tuned for
noticeable when accelerating hard.            bumps are soaked up the greatest of         engine compact. Wet sump tucks                                                   optimum handling.
Improvement can be made to the                ease as well as any road irregularities.    between frame rails to keep the engine                                           • Fully adjustable 46mm fork provides
midrange flat spot with a decent               Off-road, WR250R dirt model would           height down.                                                                     10.6 inches of wheel travel. A forged
aftermarket exhaust system. That said         do fair better here as the WR250X           • Rare earth-type ACM alternator keeps                                           lower triple clamp and a cast upper
there is a lot of power out of corners        reminds you of its purpose. Aiding in       the weight down while providing all                                              one help give outstanding front-end
and the clutch deals with it smoothly,        the handling, the brakes are flawless.       the current needed to run the FI and                                             feel. An aluminum steering stem
while pulling the lever. The six-speed        Stopping power is very apparent at any      lighting systems.                                                                reduces weight.
gearbox keeps the engine revving in its       riding speed via the front (298mm) and      • Direct ignition coil sits atop the spark     Engine and Transmission           • Linkage-mounted rear shock provides
sweet spot, which is around 8,000 rpm.        rear (230mm) rotors.                        plug—another first on a Yamaha on/                                                10.4 inches of travel with adjusters
    The WR250X looking like any other              Yamaha’s WR250X is the perfect         off-road model.                                                                  for compression damping, rebound
supermoto with street rubber situates it      introduction to the world of supermoto      • Six-speed gearbox provides a wide                                              damping and spring preload—and
not too far from the rest of the crowd.       with a very modest price tag versus         spread of ratios, with shower-type                                               features a 14mm rod and 46mm
Sporting the 17-inch standard spoked          quality. Aimed at the newer rider, this     lubrication for reliability. Special, light-                                     cylinder for excellent damping and
wheels with road tires is the standard        little supermoto will thrill both crowds;   action clutch makes shifting a snap.                                             fade resistance.
solution for most supermoto bikes;            new riders and experienced alike.           • Tucked-in, three-chamber muffler                                                • Wave brake rotors front and rear,
however the 35.2 inch high seat still              For 2010 Yamaha priced this bike       helps keep mass centralized and the                                              including a large, 298mm front disc,
requires a taller rider to be seated right.   with a base MSRP of $6,490 due to it        bike quiet.                                                                      reduce unsprung weight and provide
The chassis, show pieced by the               being the only one in its class featuring   • Electric start only: Leaving off the                                           excellent performance. Rear pedal is
motocross inspired aluminum semi-             fuel injection.                             kickstarter keeps it light and simple.         Chassis and Dimensions            forged aluminum.
double-cradle framework, coupled                                                          • 17-inch wheels mount radial street                                             • Adjustable front brake lever.
to the aluminum swingarm, fully                                                           rubber in 110 front and 140mm                                                    • Yamaha WR endure type
adjustable 46mm forks and rear shock,
                                              List of Features                            rear widths and help lower the seat                                              instrumentation panel provides
                                              • A direct descendent of Yamaha’s                                                                                            excellent visibility in spite of the
inspires confidence and stability.                                                         approximately 1.4 inch compared to
                                              YZ motocross /dirt and WR off-road                                                                                           compact size. Basic mode provides
Handlebars on the supermoto bolt onto                                                     the WR250R.
                                              machines                                                                                                                     speed, clock, tripmeter and self-
the top of the forks; at the other end is                                                 • One-tooth smaller rear sprocket
                                              • 250cc liquid-cooled, DOHC engine with                                                                                      diagnostic function. Measurement
the spoked 17-inch supermoto wheel                                                        (13/42) works with the smaller-
                                              two titanium intake valves and two                                                                                           mode includes stopwatch, distance-
featuring the 298mm waved disc brake                                                      diameter tires to bring out the
                                              steel exhausts, forged piston and plated                                                                                     compensating tripmeter, etc.
rotor. The rear of the WR250X sports                                                      WR250X’s strong accelerating
                                              cylinder for outstanding durability.                                                                                         • Bodywork with separate radiator heat
an identical wheel featuring a slightly                                                   character.
                                              • Pentroof combustion chamber with                                                                                           outlet helps keep engine and rider cool.
smaller 230mm brake disc                                                                  • Stiffer springs front and rear and
                                              downdraft-type straight intake helps                                                                                         • Lightweight headlight and LED
and a sprocket.                                                                           street-oriented damping settings
                                              make excellent power across the rev                                                                                          taillight maximize visibility and draw
    The gas tank, made of steel, is                                                       reduce pitch compared to the WR250R
                                              band, with maximum power at                                                                                                  less current.
intended to put forward the proper                                                        for excellent pavement performance.
                                              10,000 rpm.                                                                                                                  • Separate clutch cover means easier
knee position for gripping the tank,                                                      • YZ/WR250-inspired semi-double-
                                              • First use of fuel injection on a 250                                                                                       serviceability.
while the tall tapered seats is not as                                                    cradle frame uses a main frame of cast
                                              Yamaha on/off-road bike. Relies on                                                                                           • One-screw air filter serviceability.
uncomfortable or unkind, such as the                                                      and forged aluminum sections, with

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                                                                                                                                  like this one. There is no doubt that        windshields.                                will continue to do so until they are
                                                                                                                                  talking on cell phones is dangerous. Not     Yes, this covers a wide range of de-        caught but even then it will likely not
                                                                                                                                  only is this a perceived danger in the       vices and their use but does that really    stop them from doing it again (much
                                                                                                                                  eyes of most people but it’s also been       absolve us from in-car distractions? Not    like speeding). Offenders may change
                                                                                                                                  statistically proven to be truth. Many       even close, especially when drivers are     their habits for a while but will eventu-
                                                                                                                                  studies have been done, especially in        now being encouraged to use hands-          ally offend again. Of course anyone who
                                                                                                                                  Europe, showing that talking on a cell       free kits for their phones so that they     can afford a cell phone, can also afford a
                                                                                                                                  phone reduces a driver’s judgment,           can still carry on conversations. Wait a    simple hands-free earphone kit but this
                                                                                                                                  sense of awareness and reaction times.       minute…shouldn’t the point of this law      still doesn’t address the bigger issue…
                                                                                                                                  Many real-world testing have shown           also address the whole concept of talk-     in-car distractions…period.
                                                                                                                                  that talking on a phone while driving        ing on a phone?                             Where do we draw the line though?
                                                                                                                                  actually impairs a driver’s judgment         Unfortunately, it totally misses the        First hand-held devices and then what?
                                                                                                                                  much more than having a blood alco-          mark in that regard. What’s being           Reading a newspaper? Sure. Painting
                                                                                                                                  hol level of 0.08%, which is considered      ignored is that those same UK stud-         your finger nails? Sure. Applying make-
                                                                                                                                  legally impaired.                            ies that many people are referring too      up or shaving? Sure.
                                                                                                                                  Many will argue that they don’t see a        for statistics also clearly indicate that   Why stop there? What about changing
                                                                                                                                  difference between talking on a cell         using a hands-free kit vs. not using one,   the radio station or talking in the car at
                                                                                                                                  phone and talking to a passenger in          makes no improvement to a drivers           all? What about banning children from
                                                                                                                                  the vehicle. But what they don’t real-       judgment, reflexes or situational aware-     cars because they are often a distrac-
                                                                                                                                  ize is that a passenger also has a sense     ness. They are still as mentally impaired   tion and source of stress to a driver?
                                                                                                                                  of situational awareness to what the         as being legally drunk. Just because you    Am I getting carried away? I’m sure you
                                                                                                                                  driver is doing that the person on the       are freeing up a drivers’ hands, doesn’t    get my drift.
                                                                                                       other end of the phone call doesn’t          mean you are freeing their mind. I’m        What about taking a different ap-
                                                                                                                                  have. They naturally stop talking when                                                   proach? What about educating drivers
                                                                                                                                  needed so that the driver can focus on                                                   about the dangers of in-car distractions
                                                                                                                                  the road. The key here is, that it’s been                                                of any kind? What about teaching driv-
                                                                                                                                  shown that a driver cannot consciously                                                   ers to realize that the most important
                                                                                                                                  decide what to apply more brainpower                                                     thing while driving a car should be…
                     e’ve all seen them     foundland & Labrador, Quebec, Nova         offenders’ licenses. Additionally, fines
                                                                                                                                  too…the conversation or the road.                                                        driving the car? Of course education
                     while we are out       Scotia and most recently British Colum-    will also be the highest in the country.
                                                                                                                                  When talking on the phone, a large                                                       programs like that cost a lot of money
                     riding; the car that   bia. Manitoba is expected to follow suit   When Quebec enacted a similar law,
                                                                                                                                  part of a driver’s attention is focused                                                  and don’t make any. Passing laws like
                     doesn’t maintain       soon. By enacting such a law, it would     the fine was set at $450 and came with
                                                                                                                                  on what the person on the other end                                                      this one does make money and provides
                     speed or the one       appear that on the surface, the govern-    a point penalty against the offender’s
                                                                                                                                  of the phone is saying. A passenger                                                      a false sense of security in that our
that drifts back and forth in their lane    ment is being proactive about imple-       license. This means that if a person
                                                                                                                                  instinctively stops talking when needed                                                  roads will be safer as a result.
just edging over the line, or worse…
the car that wanders fully out of their
                                            menting laws in an attempt to make our
                                            roads safer.
                                                                                       incurs enough penalties (for whatever
                                                                                       reason), they would be considered a
                                                                                                                                  and the driver’s brain instantly applies
                                                                                                                                  all their attention to the task of driving   sure Matrix fans are snickering a little
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           We can’t ban every in-car distraction
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           and only the most ignorant will believe
lane and swerves abruptly back. Are         I can’t help to wonder how much safer      proven danger on the road and have
                                                                                                                                  again. It’s quite amazing how our brain      but there is a parody that can be drawn     that this law will make our roads sig-
they drunk? Nope…they are talking on        will Ontario roads will really be? It      their license revoked for a period of
                                                                                                                                  divides our attention in an attempt to       here much like taking the blue pill vs.     nificantly safer.
their cell phone! They sure look drunk      seems to me that although this law will    time. With the way the Ontario law
                                                                                                                                  multitask without our conscience input.      the red one. Do we really want to know      In the end, it really comes down to
though.                                     save face with many concerned voters       is written, it will have no impact on
                                                                                                                                  So are we safer with the new law?            the truth about in-car distractions or      each of us to make a choice. Either you
Earlier this year, Ontario passed a law     about the use of cell phones while driv-   those who pose a history of dangerous
                                                                                                                                  Dream on. This new law is actually con-      would we rather remain ignorant and         choose to drive safe and avoid in-car
banning the use of virtually all hand-      ing, it may only be another knee-jerk      driving practices. Quebec also issued
                                                                                                                                  sidered an “anti-hand held device” law,      just sit back believing that the “powers    distractions or you choose not too and
held devices while driving. The law         reaction by the government and serve       over $4.5million dollars in fines in a
                                                                                                                                  which also bans checking and sending         that be” (in this case our government)      risk a collision.
finally took effect on October 26th but      as a handy cash grab at the same time.     10 month period…did Ontario just find
                                                                                                                                  emails with your cell phone and bans         have everything in hand and that they       Safer roads start with safer drivers, so
for the first three months, offenders        Now, before everyone starts swamping       another economic bailout?
                                                                                                                                  the use of MP3 players, DVD units and        are taking care of us?                      please…pay attention and ride safe. If
only received warnings until February       me with emails saying “of course this is   Let’s take the economic benefits to the
                                                                                                                                  pretty much everything that involves         Let’s be honest though. The drivers         you see a driver who is on a cell phone,
1st, 2010, at which point offenders can     a good law”, it’s important to note that   government out of the equation and
                                                                                                                                  you holding an electronic device to use.     who realize that using a cell phone is      give them lots of space or better yet, get
expect a fine up to $500. Ontario is one     Ontario will be the only province to       consider the actual cause and effect
                                                                                                                                  However, GPS units are ok but only if        dangerous already (hands-free or not)       far away from them.
of four other provinces including New-      not be applying a point penalty against    that everyone is looking for with laws
                                                                                                                                  properly mounted on dashboards or            abstain from doing so. Those who don’t

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                                                                                             Removal of Worn
                                                                                             First step to removing the components
                                                                                             is taking the chain breaker and
                                                           Make and Model:                   breaking one of the master link rivets
                                                           2006 Honda CBR 1000RR             that hold the chain together. Once the
                                                                                             link is broken, and the motorcycle is in
                                                           Issue:                            neutral, Pull the chain out of the guide.
                                                           Worn Chain and Sprockets          Next step will be to remove the rear
                                                                                             wheel from the swing arm.
                                                           Required Tools:
                                                                                             This is where the 34mm socket and _
 TECH                                                      1.
                                                                Chain Breaker and Riveter.
                                                                34MM Socket                  Ratchet is required. Remove the axle
                                                                                             nut. Then carefully remove the axle
                                                           3.   Torque Wrench
                                                           4.   12MM Wrench x2               from the swing arm, holding the rim in       INSTALLATION:                               area at the bottom of the motorcycle.
                                                           5.   _ Ratchet                    place with one hand, pulling the axle        Rear Sprocket                               With the rear wheel pushed all the way
                                                           6.   _ Ratchet                    out with the other. Carefully slide the      Place the new rear sprocket on the Cush     to the front of the motorcycle, take
Corner                           STORY BY DANIEL CICCONE
                           PHOTOS BY CRYSTALLIZED IMAGES
                                                           7.   _ and 3/8 Socket Set From
                                                                8mm to 19mm
                                                                                             rear brake assembly out of the rotor
                                                                                             and swing arm guide.
                                                                                                                                          Drive. Taking a small about of Blue Lock
                                                                                                                                          Tite on each of the bolt threads, this is
                                                                                                                                          to ensure the nuts can never come lose.
                                                                                                                                                                                      measure of the length of links required,
                                                                                                                                                                                      Mark the rivet that is in excess and
                                                                                                                                                                                      using a chain breaker, remove the rivet
                                                                                             Gently remove the rear wheel and             Snug up all the nuts using a standard       and discard the excess chain links.
                                                                                             place it on a suitable stand, rotor facing   ratchet. Once Snug, take a torque           Install the new Master Link on the
                                                                                             the floor. At this point you’re going to      wrench and tighten each nut in a criss      chain, but do not rivet yet. Set Tension
                                                                                             unbolt the old rear sprocket from the        cross pattern to 55Ft Lbs of torque.        to the chain first, once verified. Rivet
                                                                                             Cush Drive. Taking a 17MM socket and                                                     master link together. Snug Chain
                                                                                             Ratchet can do this. Removing all the                                                    Adjustor nuts and bolts. Tighten Axle
                                                                                                                                          Front Sprocket
                                                                                             nuts holding the socket in place.                                                        Bolt to 100Ft Lbs, using the 34mm
                                                                                                                                          Install Front Sprocket on Output Shaft
                                                                                                                                                                                      Socket and Torque wrench.
                                                                                                                                          and using an impact gun. Tighten up
                                                                                             Moving to the Front Sprocket area,
                                                                                                                                          the Front Sprocket Bolt. Reinstall the
                                                                                             remove the Clutch Actuator and front
                                                                                                                                          Front Sprocket Cover, Actuator Rod and      Tech Notes Provided by:
                                                                                             Sprocket cover by unbolting the five
                                                                                                                                          Clutch Actuator; Snug all 8mm Bolts         Heritage Auto & PowerSports
                                                                                             8mm bolting holding the cover.
                                                                                                                                          using a _ ratchet.                          2-24 Ingram Drive,
                                                                                                                                                                                      Toronto, Ontario
                                                                                             Carefully remove the Actuator Rod and
                                                                                                                                          Rear Wheel                                  M6M 2L6
                                                                                             Sprocket cover. This is exposing the
                                                                                                                                          Reinstall wheel in reverse order of
                                                                                             Front Sprocket. Using a 15MM socket
                                                                                                                                          disassembly, Back off Chain tension
                                                                                             and ratchet, remove the bolt holding
                                                                                                                                          adjusters completely to allow for chain     Bus: 416-249-0422
                                                                                             the Front Sprocket in place.
                                                                                                                                          tensioning later. Snug All Fasteners, but
                                                                                             Clean the front sprocket area with           do nuts tighten at this point.              Demonstration provided by:
                                                                                             BRAKE CLEAN or any suitable                                                              Daniel Ciccone, Licensed Mechanic
                                                                                             degreaser.                                                                               and Owner of Heritage Auto &
                                                                                                                                          Chain Installation                          PowerSports.
                                                                                                                                          Feed new chain starting at the back
                                                                                                                                          sprocket into the front sprocket,
                                                                                                                                                                                      2006 Honda CBR 1000RR Owned
                                                                                                                                          starting from the top side. Meet the
                                                                                                                                                                                      by Philippe Paygur of Toronto,
                                                                                                                                          chain in the middle of the chain guide
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                                                                                                                                 does a little Mr. Spock (Nimoy not Silar)          Interestingly enough, I have a piece    iPod cables, cables with plugs that I
                                                                                                                                 thing when I notice that some of the          of my bike that broke off when I had a       don’t even recognize fitting into any
                                                                                                                                 diner bills are higher than some of the       slight spill in the French Riviera a few     device that I own... I can’t wait till
                                                                                                                                 motel bills. Those make me smile too,         years ago. I’m not sure why I still carry    they Bluetooth everything. “A new
                                                                                                                                 but in a Glad-I’m-sleeping-in-my-own-         it around, it’s all broken and scratched     device has been found: GTA Traffic Grid
                                                                                                                                 bed-tonight way. The receipts go in           up and won’t ever fit back on the             Control. Would you like to configure?”
                                                                                                                                 the trash, to make more room for more         motorcycle. Maybe it’s like a talisman       I find among the eCrap, a couple of
                                                                                                                                 future incriminating evidence.                to ward off any future bad luck. Or          SDRAM cards for my digital camera. No
                                                                                                                                      There are more coins in here than        maybe I’m just lazy. I place the broken      nostalgic value here, as the contents
                                                                                                                                 Blackbeard’s treasure chest! And not          part back in the tank bag.                   always get uploaded after every day’s
                                                                                                                                 the small stuff, either. It used to be that        Aha! Here it is. A special pouch I      ride. Instead, these empty shells remind
                                                                                                                                 a handful of change at the bottom of          keep for pharmaceuticals! These magic        me how fast technology changes -
                                                                                                                                 your tank bag meant a bonus coffee at         pills are a gateway to blissful hours        1GB and 2GB cards discarded to the
                                                                                                                                 Timmies. Now, with the loonies, toonies       on a motorcycle seat. They’re called         bottom of the tank bag in favour of
                                                                                                                                 and whatnot, there’s enough loot in           ibuprofen. Carry them. Love them.            newer 32GB memory for my bajillion
                                                                                                                                 here to pay for your next major service.      Worship them on Hour 14 on the I40           gigapixel camera. I pile the tiny cards
                                                                                                                                 Unless you ride a BMW. Never mind.            through Kansas and Missouri. On most         on my office desk, knowing that in
                                                                                                                                 Also lots of US coins. It’s funny how         long trips that involve superslabs, you’ll   a few years, they will probably hold
                                                                                                                                 Americans still sort out the Canadian         spend most of the time trying to find         as many pictures and music files as
                                                                                                                                 coins from the US ones when you pay           a comfortable position. I’ve seen some       a 1.44MB floppy disk holds today. In
                                                                                                                                 them, and then hand them back to you          riders hook their feet on the passenger      the future we’ll probably do away
                                                                                                                                 with a WTF-look on their faces. Buddy,        pegs, and rest their left elbow on the       with physical memory cards as all our
                                                                                                                                 if you hang on to those loonies a few         tank (this is called the Superman, BTW).     devices will wirelessly upload our stuff
                                                                                                                                 more weeks they’ll be worth more than         You’ll find your tank bag also makes          to networked storage that is accessible
                                                                                                                                 your greenbacks...                            a great pillow. Especially stuffed with      anytime and anywhere through chips
                                                                                                                                      I find a granola bar. There is            lots of squishy material like maps and       planted in our head.
                                                                                                                                 actually a Best Before date on a granola      receipts.                                         Will we still need tank bags then, I
    What’s in Your Tank Bag?
                        STORY BY GENE LEE AND PHOTOS BY WOBBLYCAT PHOTOGRAPHY                                                    bar! This means that any time before               I do still carry paper maps even        wonder? Probably. Where else would
                                                                                                                                 that date, the bar can be used as a good      though I use a GPS most of the time.         keep, within our reach, all of our
                                                                                                                                 source of food. After that date the bar       More of a backup, and also yellow            motorcycle hopes and dreams, our
There’s only so much unnecessary           transparent map holder on the top          build my own motorcycle from scratch.
                                                                                                                                 can be used as a tool. Specifically, a         hi-liter is hard to wipe off those GPS       comfort and sorrow, and that funny-
maintenance you can perform on your        that works well if it’s never exposed to   And in 8 different colours, no less.
                                                                                                                                 hammer.                                       units. There’s a lot of paraphernalia        looking ‘Murican money?
bike over the cold, long winter months.    sunlight, but I inadvertently did. Over    But sorting through the contents helps
                                                                                                                                      Geez, there’s a lot of stuff in here.    involved with these electronic gadgets
So recently I turned my attention to       and over and over again. So now the        me relive some of the journeys my                                                                                                     What’s in your tank bag? E-mail me at ride_the_
                                                                                                                                 I kinda like my big tank bag. It’s my         these days. And I find that as I clean, and I’ll share the results!
re-packing my beloved tank bag. What       map holder is not so transparent any       bike and I have gone through. I pull
                                                                                                                                 opinion that the size of the tank             out the tank bag, I’m pulling out a
did I find?                                 more, the plastic yellowing with age,      out maps of Ontario, Pennsylvania,
                                                                                                                                 bag should match the size of bike,            myriad of power adapters, USB cables,
      A bit of nostalgia. Hope.            sun and heat exposure. Kinda like me,      Vermont, New York, California, etc.,
                                                                                                                                 for aesthetics alone. The R12GS is a
Superstition. Guidance and comfort.        but I digress...                           all covered in squiggly lines of yellow
                                                                                                                                 stupidly large bike, and it would look
No, my tank bag is not a church,                So here I am, yanking out the         and green hi-liter. Those squiggly lines
                                                                                                                                 silly carrying one of those tiny Hello-
although it’s almost as big as one. It’s   contents of my ginormous tank bag          make me smile, so I put the maps back
                                                                                                                                 Kitty tank bags you see on some sport
the factory BMW tank bag that comes        that I’ve accumulated years of “stuff      in my tank bag, even though I know
                                                                                                                                 bikes. Like a wart on the back of a
as an option with the R1200GS. Its         that absolutely needs to be at a gloved-   that I probably won’t be travelling to
                                                                                                                                 whale. Conversely, my tank bag would
capacity is a TARDIS-like 22L, large       handed reach at all times”. I couldn’t     Colorado this season.
                                                                                                                                 also look silly on those same sport
enough to fit a full-face helmet and        possibly argue why I need a battery-            Other items of nostalgia include a
                                                                                                                                 bikes, seeing as how I could totally fit
small pets (if you’re the “Dog is my       operated personal fan in my tank bag.      “This Bike Climbed Mount Washington”
                                                                                                                                 a CBR125R inside it :) (This smiley has
copilot” type). It’s also waterproof,      But I could make a strong case for why I   sticker, which I never affixed anywhere
                                                                                                                                 been inserted to ward off hate mail
so if you ever want to take a bath in      do need zip ties and Velcro straps. Less   on my pristine ride. Also numerous gas,
                                                                                                                                 from CBR125R owners).
it, it won’t leak. And it has a great      of a case why I need enough of them to     diner and hotel receipts. My eyebrow
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                                                                                                                                      combinations. I’ve been so impressed        women’s gear there was an influx of          wear pink gear, it’s out there. If you
                                                                                                                                      with women’s gloves of late that it’s       pink and baby blue gear. We swung           want to wear a jacket with butterfly
                                                                                                                                      a bad habit of mine to pick up a pair       from being mistaken for a bag of            graphics, that’s out there too. And
                 What Women Want                                                                                                      every time I see a good deal. What          potatoes on a motorcycle, to screaming      perhaps most appreciatively, standard
                                                                                                                                      can I say? I like to have a healthy gear    “I am woman!” Certain companies             jackets in basic colours, with great fits,
                                  STORY BY KELLY GIBSON. PHOTOS PROVIDED ICON                                                         selection on hand!                          seemed to be worse offenders than           are out there for women too. I’d even
                                                                                                                                                                                  others, but at least it was a step in the   venture a guess that our gear choices
                                                                                                                                      Over the years, as the selection of         right direction. More gear choices were     rival men’s now, despite the fact
     f there’s one thing that binds                                                            at women, at least in the early        women’s gear has grown, so too has our      there, they just might not exactly be       that we only collectively account for
     us all together as female                                                                 days, was heavy on the fashion,        demands of that gear. Aside from the        the colour combination you want.            approximately 10% of the motorcycling
I    riders, it’s our lack of gear                                                             with protection almost being an        basic stylings, women want gear that                                                    population.
choices, perceived or real. Ask                                                                afterthought. Thankfully those         fits. Too short is as uncomfortable as       Pink and baby blue gear is still out
any female rider around and                                                                    days are a thing of the past and       too long. Jackets, pants, and suits that    there, and more power to anyone who
she’ll tell you she can’t find gear                                                             women’s gear now shares the            don’t account for hips or chests make       wants to sport that gear. I often hear      Which brings
to fit her. Worse than that, she’ll                                                             same standard of protection for        you feel like a sausage and no one wants    women complaining about the pink
tell you, that when you she does                                                               most men’s gear.                       to ride like that!                          gear, but I consider it a groundbreaker,
find gear that fits, it’s annoyingly                                                                                                                                                or a door crasher if you will. Companies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               me to my
pink, or baby blue, or has tassles.                                                            Boots were often impossible to         The biggest hurdle for the female rider     listened and responded. They stepped
But like any rising group within                                                               find since not a lot of men have        is not just finding the gear (thank you      up to the plate and offered more
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              last point…
a community, as we grow, our                                                                   small feet, and not a lot of women     internet!), but finding somewhere to         options, and that pink gear paved the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The gear is out there. Thanks to the
choices will continue to grow                                                                  can fit into men’s shoe sizes.          try it on. Unfortunately, we’re all built   way for the myriad of selections that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              wonders of the internet, the world is at
with us.                                                                                       Depending on your type of riding,      differently and there’s no substitute for   are out there today. If you want to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   our fingertips and our gear choices
                                                                                               boot options now are growing.          trying it on. Once you know how
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   are endless. Personally, I like to
                                                                                               You can still go for a smaller men’s   your size runs, and how gear fits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   support local shops, but I try and
 A question                                                                                    size, or you can choose the newer,     you, the measuring process is easy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   find everything on the internet
                                                                                               more stylish, women’s options. As      and you can order from almost
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   first, not only to check prices but
    of fit.                                                                                    the percentage of women involved       anywhere. Many brands have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   to read reviews. Blessed, or is
                                                                                               in motorcycling grows, gear            increased their women’s ranges
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   it cursed, with a long torso, not
When I first started riding over 10                                                             options continue to expand.            substantially in the last few years
                                            form. They were simply smaller sized                                                                                                                                                   all jackets fit me and I’ve had to
years ago, women’s gear choices were        versions of men’s gear with no thought                                                    including Icon, Scorpion, Rev’it,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   make some creative choices. But
maddeningly simple. As a student I                                                        When I bought that first jacket, I           and Teknic to name a few.
                                            to the cut of the waist or how hips and                                                                                                                                                I’m not alone and have found vast
wanted something practical and thrifty,                                                   picked up a pair of gloves that for all
                                            chests might come into play. In fact                                                                                                                                                   sources of information through
and if luck would have it, feminine.                                                      intents and purposes were no better
                                            that first leather jacket of mine was cut                                                                                                                                               online shops and services, internet
Leather jackets were expensive so I                                                       than gardening gloves. Oh sure they
                                            so short, presumably to sit above my                                                       But I don’t                                                                                 forums, and buyer reviews.
settled on a royal blue textile number                                                    were leather (okay maybe they were a
                                            hips, that I often got sunburns from
that made me look slightly less like a                                                    step above gardening gloves), but they
                                            my lower back being exposed on long                                                        want pink                                                                                   So whether you’re looking for a
bag of potatoes than any of the others                                                    lacked any real protection other than
                                            rides. I’ve never had to crash test it but                                                                                                                                             new suit for the track, or a jacket
in the store. I was excited and vowed to                                                  abrasion, and were just the smallest
                                            I’d hate to think of the rash possibilities                                                  gear                                                                                      to go on those weekend rides, the
save up for a leather jacket that, to me,                                                 men’s gloves I could find. They only
                                            from sliding on my back while wearing                                                                                                                                                  gear is out there. Ask around and
was the ultimate in female gear for the                                                   came in one colour and looked like they
                                            that jacket.                                                                              We welcome the influx of women’s                                                              try on someone’s jacket. Go to
time. I laugh when I look at that jacket                                                  were straight out of the eighties despite
                                                                                                                                      gear on the market, but does it                                                              local shops and ask about women’s
in my closet today, because while it                                                      being purchased in the year 2000! Like
                                            While protection should be the number                                                     have to be so…..PINK! I’ll admit                                                             gear or if they’re willing to order
still protects me just fine, flattering it                                                  boots, women’s glove choices are not
                                            one concern of any gear, sadly women’s                                                    that I own a pink and white jacket                                                           in. And consider this, it could
was not.                                                                                  on par with men’s, but have improved
                                            gear has had to suffer through the                                                        and will stand up for anyone who                                                             always be worse, we could still be
                                                                                          significantly. Long, short, warm, cold,
                                            “fashion first” phase of development.                                                      wants to wear pink, but I don’t                                                              stuck with only a couple of choices
What most gear lacked back then was                                                       race, and street are all options along
                                            Not all gear is created equal and                                                         want all my gear to be pink. When                                                            and nowhere to buy them!
a basic appreciation for the female                                                       with several colour and protection
                                            unfortunately much of the gear aimed                                                      selection started to open up for

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               Velocity Sportswear
         elocity Sportsgear opened                                                     Harness, Cross Shorts and strap on
         its door for business in                                                      Cross Elbow and Knee Guards.
V        December 2009. In a short                                                       Velocity has also decided to bring in
few months it has gained a reputation                                                  Forma Boots (Italian Manufacturer)
for quality custom suits at affordable                                                 and will carry most models of their
prices. According to Jimmy Singh;                                                      popular F1 and SX dry series. Pricing
CEO of the company; “Our goal                                                          will start at $159.99 with the higher
is to be a Motorcycle Apparel                                                          end models selling for $299.99.
Manufacturer that provides value for                                                     Velocity is also the proud sponsor
your money. We will not compromise                                                     of the Velocity Sportsgear Expert
on quality and we will not charge                                                      600 Extreme Class at SOAR. They
an arm and leg for a custom suit                                                       are looking to sponsor racers in
or jacket. We are a Canadian based                                                     this regional series and are also
company with our own overseas                                                          discussing sponsorship opportunities
manufacturing plant hence we can                                                       with Racers on the National Circuit.
keep our prices low as there are no                                                    Also Velocity Sportsgear will be
middlemen involved. We are looking                                                     making a custom suit for 2 Ride to
to establish ourselves in our local                                                    test out on and off the track where
(GTA) market before we expand                                                          we plan to fully test and report on in
across North America later on                                                          an upcoming issue of how these suits
this year.”                                                                            really do stand up against other suits
     Custom Suits are made with Top                                                    in the market.
Grain Genuine Cow Hide leather                                                           Prices for custom race suits start at
in different thicknesses as per the                                                    $449.99. The new line up of Leather
client. High impact areas are stitched   to Jimmy “The most important aspect           jackets will start at $249.99 with Knox
three and four times with Kevlar         for protection in racing leathers is       armor upgraded jackets at $324.99.
Thread assuring a strong seam. Custom    the quality of armor. All armor in our     Textile Jackets will start at $199.99 with
suits are customized by design, colour   suits is CE approved but for clients who   Knox Armor Upgraded textile jackets
and sizes. Upgraded suits can also be    want the absolute best in protection we    at $274.99.
customized with Knox armor. They         offer a Knox Armor upgrade that will
have an onboard graphic designer that    include Knox Shoulder, Elbow, Knee         Products can be viewed on their
will help take your concept suit to      and Hip protectors along with a Knox       website at www.velocitysportsgear.
reality in under 4 weeks.                Jacket Back protector.” Other products     com and they can be reached at their
     Velocity is also an authorized      from Knox include the Aegis, Contour       office at 2720 Rena Road, Mississauga,
Knox Dealer and will be carrying         and Kompakt Back protectors along          Ontario. 905-461-9241.
their entire armor line including the    with Chest Guards, Cross Shirt, Warrior .
Handroid Hand armor glove. According

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     Getting Ready
             to do Battle
   Joey McRae                                                                                                                                             James Collins

   Age: 33                                                                                                                                                Age: 34
   Hometown: Kingston, Ontario                                                                                                                            Hometown: Cambridge, England
   Bike: Yamaha R6 09                                                                                                                                     Bike: Yamaha R6 07
   Hobbies: Racing, hockey                                                                                                                                Hobbies: My business (Mimic),
   Status: Single                                                                                                                                         racing and my family
   Started racing: 2006                                                                                                                                   Status: Married (very happily)
   Highlights: I broke a lap record,                                                                                                                      sorry ladies! And father to two
   set a pole position, and won a race                                                                                                                    great kids
   all in one weekend
   Lowlights: A 2008 accident in
   Calabogie causing massive spinal
   injury, ending my season
   First bike: 2000 zx6

                                          STORY BY ALEX COLLINS            Pro racer James Collins, founder of Mimic Industries, and amateur racer Joey
                                PHOTOS PROVIDED BY WOBBLYCAT PHOTOGRAPHY   McRae have teamed up to form a super race team. While looking for a team
                                                                           sponsor to rename the group they are calling themselves the Mimic Army.
                                                                           The new name is rather appropriate, seeing as how together they will cover
                                                                           all the amateur national races as well as all the pro races that this year’s
                                                                           season holds. This unique partnership has quite an edge to it, which is the
                                                                           reason Mimic Army was chosen as 2Rides’ first feature racer profile.

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Joey McRae                                                        James Collins
What drives you to race? Adrenaline, and ego mostly               When did you start to race? I started with Motocross in 98
Favourite food on and off the track? Does beer count?             and then I moved to the street in 03
If not Redbull… but if it has to be solid then I would have to    What would you say your career highlights are? OH! All
choose pasta                                                      my accomplishments really: 04 SV championship, 04 250GP
What is your favourite pit bike to date? I would have to say      championship, 04 outstanding amateur award (normally
my wheel chair, I rode my chair around the pits for a year, it    only reserved for superbike or 600 riders), 05 amateur
was quite a sight.                                                superbike, 05 am600 runner up regional and national
What is your favourite track in Canada, and why? Calgary          And any career lowlights to add in there? Finishing 2nd in
hands down, because it’s rough and fast just the way I like it    the 05 nationals… missing the championship by 2 points
If you could choose any road bike, what would it be? Aprilia      If you could have any bike for the street what would it be:
RSV 4, its sex on wheels                                          Ducati Desmosedici, need I say more?
You seem to have a bit of that bad boy look; do you have any      Why do you race, running a business and having a family
tats to go with that? Oh yes!                                     must keep you pretty busy? It’s so very addictive; it’s hard to
How many exactly do you have? Enough that you wouldn’t            not think of racing
bring me home to you’re mom                                       What is your favourite dessert? Apple crumbles, specifically
What are your 2010 goals for this race reason? I was hoping       from a certain restaurant but I don’t want to mention names
for an electric wheelchair(he laughs)… But honestly I hope        cause then it might be sold out when I go in
to take home the national championship.                           Tats? Not yet, but you never know when Joey is around
What would you say your lap times are compared to the             Do you have a favourite saying that people see as your catch
pros? Roughly 3 seconds behind some of the top pros               phrase? Old enough to know better, young enough not to
Can you tell me about your crash in 2008, it not only ended       How is your lap times compared to other racers? I am about
your year but it did quite a bit of damage to your persons?       mid pack, but I am getting faster every year.
I was leading the first lap of the Calabogie National, I was       What is the story between you and amateur racer Joey                                                     TRACK 101
anticipating a win. I got passed in the inside of the hook turn   McRae?
                                                                                                                                                                     STORY BY ALEX COLLINS, CO-AUTHOR SIMON BAKER
(turn 14), the rider high sided… I only had two options, run
him over head on, or swerve and try to miss him. I didn’t         We met at the race track, I worked for Pirelli in 2006-2008
miss him completely but I ended up running over his legs;         and Joey’s tire choice was Pirelli. We had a few evening
I ran into the guardrail and was then tossed back onto the        laughs together and quickly formed a good friendship. When
track (quite a distance I was told). I don’t remember much        Joey crashed at round 1 PCSB (Parts Canada Super Bike) I had              o you have decided to take your      The next easiest place to start is          may also have a variety of packages
after that, but I was told I was taken off the track by the       gone to see him in the hospital which reminded me what                    need for speed to the track, but, they have a              and days to choose from, as well as
ground ambulance as the airlift was unavailable; later I was      I had been through. I’d had a small crash out of the race         S       where to start and who to ask?       section on their dedicated to track, in     further options, such as bike rentals,
to be transferred to Ottawa via police escort. When it was        circuit. He was already talking about his return to racing!       It’s always hard starting out in a new       this section you can talk to experts,       insurance fees, gear rentals and extra
all said and done I had cracked a vertebrae, two compressed       How reminiscent; it was exactly how I felt about racing and       sport or hobby, trying to make friends       racers, and other fellow enthusiasts.       instruction. A general rule is that the
vertebrae, broken ankle, and hand, as well as a few torn          riding in general. To share this passion for racing and for       while learning the ropes. Track 101 will     Another simple and easy option is to        providers will typically list the bike
muscles. I should have been off for a least a year, but one       life in general had brought our friendship closer. I offered      give you all the information you need        hit up Pro6 Cycle ( or        preparation requirements either in the
night at the last Shannonville regional race, over a bet I        to tow Joey’s bike out to Calgary so he could fly out and not      to get started, where you take it after      Riders Choice (, both       confirmation package you receive when
decided to race. The bet was the looser would have to wear        miss too much work. We have been teamed up ever since.            that is all up to you!                       of these local shops offer a variety of     you book or on their website. If you
a bra, and only a bra to the end of year R.A.C.E banquette,                                                                              Recommendations from veteran            track days throughout the year. Pro6        can’t find this information easily, ask.
which is normally a huge semi-formal event. James loaned                                                                            racers and track goers suggest grabbing      cycle seems to step it up just a bit more       Generally, the basis requirements
me his bike, and the next day I got back onto a bike and took                                                                       a friend and heading to the track to         than its competitor though, on the          for bike preparation are:
the bet. I did beat him, but only by a bit, and he still owned                                                                      check it out, see what it’s all about, ask   website you can find out about bike          1. Cooling system - make sure you have
up to the bet and showed up in a bra and scarf during the                                                                           some questions and make some new             preparation, rules and regulations, as      water in your bike’s cooling system
whole banquette.                                                                                                                    friends.                                     well as the daily itinerary. Providers      rather than coolant. Water wetter is

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an acceptable additive for enhancing        with a kickstand it needs to be removed   are quite a few race schools out there     good general link for such information       is also Uhaul which has trailers that can        • Tire gauge
the effectiveness of plain water. The       or tied up. A weak kickstand spring       to choose from, the most common            is, where it            be used with bikes (not recommended              • 10/20L of extra fuel
reason for the change to water is that      when getting your knee down can have      ones being FAST, Turn2, Arc, Soar,         lists all tracks in the region and which     as Uhaul is restrictive), as well as large       • Cooler with lots of water,
in the event of an issue the bike doesn’t   some unfortunate consequences.            and Racer5. Pricing for such schools       days are operational for the public;         cargo vans (pending on measurements              • fresh fruit, and light snacks
leak really slippery coolant all over the        These requirements assume that       range anywhere from $300-$600 a day,       now the website isn’t always accurate        of course) which could also help you get           (bananas were #1 on the list)
track and cause an accident or close        the bike you’re taking to the track is    however it is a personalized learning      but works as a great starting point for      your bike to the track. Turn2 is offering        • Basic tool kit for the bike
the track for clean up. You won’t make      in sound mechanical condition. You        pace as well as instruction from veteran   picking your track day. A good rule of       a service where if you drop your bike              Canopy (optional, mainly for
any friends at the track if a loose hose    need to make sure your brakes and         racers. Even the FAST website states       thumb is to pick a date that works best      at Kahuna Powersports they will                    comfort)
clamp on your bike has shut down the        suspension are working properly to        that you will learn more in one day,       for you, but also allows you to enjoy        transport your bike up to Calabogie!             • Rear/Front stands
track for an hour.                          have a safe and enjoyable time on         than years on the road.                    your day, avoid mid summer, early            It’s not recommended to ride your bike           • Ear plugs
                                            the track.                                    Should you choose to go out on         spring or late fall as the weather is very   to and from the track, if you have an            • Tent (if spending the night or
2. Taped lights – if you are running             Also keep in mind that some tracks   your own, and only invest your time        unpredictable.                               issue with the bike at the track you now           doing a double track day)
your street bike on the track make sure     have noise level requirements and may     and money in a single track day, then           So now you have picked your day,        have transportation issues and more              • Sun block
you have used duct tape or masking          test your bike prior to being allowed     one of the first things to consider is      fantastic… But how are you getting           importantly, you will be tired, track            • Extra oil
tape to cover the lights. This reduces      on the track or while you’re out there.   which track to choose? Locally we          there, and better yet how is your bike       riding is not like street riding. You are        • Rags/bags
the amount of debris left on the track      You need to understand what their         have 4 major players: Shannonville,        getting there? Hopefully either you          working the whole time you are on                • Bike Key (you would be surprised
should one of your lights break.            requirements are prior to making the      Mosport, Cayuga (TMP), and Calabogie;      have a trailer yourself, or have a friend    the bike and the type of mental and                how often it happens)
                                            trip out.                                 each track offers something different,     who can make theirs available to you.        physical fatigue you have at the end
3. Remove your mirrors – another                 Most people who decided to start     making it unique to itself. The most       Should you find yourself without bike         of the day will greatly diminish your        Those are just a few of the basic things
source of glass to break and you don’t      hitting the track usually tend to take    recommended ones were Shannonville         passage, then there are some outside         riding ability on the way home –             to consider packing when you’re
need to see behind you on the track.        a race course first, this allows them to   and Cayuga, reason being as these          options. There are bike specific towing       Cage It!                                     thinking of hitting the track. But what
                                            achieve the skills and tools necessary    two tracks have the most flat surfaces      services such as Motolimo, and EMS,               Once you have the trailer issue         of the day, what exactly should you
4. Kickstand – if your bike is equipped     to make the most of a track day. There    which is preferred for beginners. A        but this may be a costly avenue. There       out of the way, its best to think about      expect out of your track day? You
                                                                                                                                                                              what to take with you. The first list         should arrive early around 7-730 to
                                                                                                                                                                              of items that should come to mind is         start the prep on your bike, a general
                                                                                                                                                                              gear, all tracks layout exactly what         layout of what needs to be done to the
                                                                                                                                                                              the gear requirements are, and they          bike can be found on the Pro6 website,
                                                                                                                                                                              usually don’t budge much. Racing suits       but you should check with each track
                                                                                                                                                                              must be a full 1 pc leather suit, or 2 pc    for their specific requirements; and
                                                                                                                                                                              leather suit with a full zip, half zips      usually around 8am the riders meeting
                                                                                                                                                                              or those small segmented zips usually        start. Topics covered in the meeting
                                                                                                                                                                              found on street wear are unacceptable.       range from: rules and regulations, to
                                                                                                                                                                              Boots must cover the ankle; and gloves       flags and meanings, and usually ends
                                                                                                                                                                              usually must be cuffed. Back protectors      with a general conversation on overall
                                                                                                                                                                              are required by most circuits, and range     safety. Usually after the meeting is
                                                                                                                                                                              in price from $50- $150. Depending           when your bike will get “tekked”,
                                                                                                                                                                              on the track you choose the helmet           which is when they come and inspect/
                                                                                                                                                                              requirements could be Snell 2005, but        approve your bike for the track. One
                                                                                                                                                                              most by now will be 2010 ratings.            important point – if you came to the
                                                                                                                                                                                   Ok so now you have all the gear         track alone let the track day organizers
                                                                                                                                                                              requirement needed for the track, what       know. Should there be an issue they
                                                                                                                                                                              other types of things should you bring?      will know you need assistance. Also if
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           you came alone, people at the track are
                                                                                                                                                                              Things that are recommended for the          really friendly, really friendly. Make
                                                                                                                                                                              trip are:                                    a friend or two when you’re first get
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Zip ties                               there, introduce yourself to the people
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Duct tape/ electrical tape             in the pit next to you. Let them know

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this is your first time at the track and    you might find your day ending around        inputs (gas, brakes and steering) make       2010 Track Days                     5th – VRRA – SMP                   16th - RACE – SMP Long
you will be amazed at how much they’ll     3-330pm from pure exhaustion. It isn’t      for an uncomfortable ride and leaves                                             5th – Turn2 – Calabogia            17th - RACE – SMP Long
help you with advise, bike prep,           about egos out on the track, so if you’re   the bike ‘unsettled’ and unable to deal      Schedule                            6th – VRRA – SMP                   18th - RACE – SMP Long
repairs etc.                               tired take yourself out of the game.        with what you want it to do properly.                                            6th – Turn2 – Calabogia            19th – Pro 6 Cycle – SMP Long
    It’s a good idea at this point to      On average a track day consists of 5            If your one of those people              April 2010                          7th - Turn2 – Calabogia            26th - Pro 6 Cycle – Calabogie
mark the back of your jacket with and      sessions at 20 mins a session; doesn’t      who likes to research before trying          16th – RACE School – SMP Nelson     8th - FAST School – SMP            27th - Pro 6 Cycle – Calabogie
“x” so that people will know you’re        sound like a lot now, but when you’re       something out, then a good book to           17th – RACE Test Day – SMP Fabi     9th - FAST School – SMP            27th – SMP Track days – SMP Long
new on the track. Its also a good idea     out there it will seem like forever.        pick up is “Twist of the Wrist” by Keith     18th - RACE Test Day – SMP Nelson   10th - FAST School – SMP           28th - Pro 6 Cycle – Calabogie
to be asking question of the people             Keep in mind that you are at a         Code. This book focuses on different         19th – Pro 6 Cycle – SMP Nelson     10th - Pro 6 Cycle – Calabogie     29th - Turn2 – Calabogia
around you, have someone take you          track day - NOT A RACE. You are there       riding techniques, and was coined early      26th - Pro 6 Cycle – SMP Fabi       11th - SOAR – TMP Cayuga           29th – Riders Choice – SMP Fabi
out and show you the lines, and talk to    to learn about riding the track and         as the racers handbook.                      28th – SMP Trackdays – SMP Long     11th - Pro 6 Cycle – Calabogie     30th - Turn2 – Calabogia
you about apex’s and how the corners       improving your skills. Make sure you            If experience counts for anything        30th - RACE School – SMP Nelson     12th - SOAR – TMP Cayuga           31st - Turn2 – Calabogia
work. Most people at the track are very    check your ego at the door as you will      you want to stay the night, even if                                              12th - Pro 6 Cycle – Calabogie
friendly and readily able to answer        get passed and unless you are Valentino     you’re not at the track the next day;                                            13th - SOAR – TMP Cayuga           August 2010
questions. Plus there is always offering   Rossi or Casey Stoner there is always       then make sure you bring a 2-4 of beer       May 2010                            13th - Pro 6 Cycle – Calabogie     1st - Turn2 – Calabogia
to buy someone lunch, or a couple of       someone faster than you on the track.       for after the track day. It’s an excellent   1st - RACE – SMP Nelson             17th - Riders Choice – SMP Long    2nd – Pro 6 Cycle – Calabogia
drinks after for their help.               Track days are about improving your         way to show appreciation for all those       1st – Riders Choice – SMP Fabi      18th - RACE – SMP Fabi             3rd - FAST School – SMP
    Lunch usually happens around           skills and not riding around the track      friendly helpful people, and a way to        2nd - RACE – SMP Nelson             19th - RACE Test – SMP Fabi        3rd – Pro 6 Cycle – Calabogia
noon, mostly for the Marshalls who         lap after lap accomplishing nothing.        make new friends.                            7th – SOAR – TMP Cayuga             19th - Turn2 – Calabogia           4th - Pro 6 Cycle – Calabogia
have been out in the field all day. It’s    Hard on the throttle and hard on                                                         8th - SOAR – TMP Cayuga             20th - RACE Test – SMP Fabi        6th - SOAR – TMP Cayuga
suggested to not eat heavy at lunch,       the brakes do not make for a fast           Special thanks to Aliki Karayan              9th - SOAR – TMP Cayuga             20th - Turn2 – Calabogia           7th - SOAR – TMP Cayuga
rumour has it that most accidents          rider, smoothness is the key. If you                                                     10th - Pro 6 Cycle – SMP Nelson     21th - Pro 6 Cycle – SMP Fabi      8th - SOAR – TMP Cayuga
happen after lunch. The day usually        are smooth then speed will come as                                                       11th - FAST School – SMP            21th - Turn2 – Calabogia           9th - Pro 6 Cycle – Calabogia
ends around 5pm, however as a newbie       a byproduct. Being hard on the bike                                                      12th - FAST School – SMP            22nd - FAST School – SMP           10th - Pro 6 Cycle – Calabogia
                                                                                                                                    13th - FAST School – SMP            23rd - FAST School – SMP           10th - FAST School – SMP
                                                                                                                                    14th - FAST School – SMP Long       24th - FAST School – SMP           11th - Pro 6 Cycle – Calabogia
                                                                                                                                    14th – Turn2 – Calabogia            28th - Pro 6 Cycle – Calabogie     11th - FAST School – SMP
                                                                                                                                    15th - RACE School – SMP Long       29th - Pro 6 Cycle – Calabogie     11th- Riders Choice – Mosport
                                                                                                                                    15th – Turn2 – Calabogia            30th - Pro 6 Cycle – Calabogie     12th - FAST School – SMP
                                                                                                                                    16th - RACE School – SMP Long                                          12th- Riders Choice – Mosport
                                                                                                                                    16th – Turn2 – Calabogia            July 2010                          13th – VRRA – Mosport
                                                                                                                                    17th - Pro 6 Cycle – SMP Long       1st - Turn2 – Calabogia            13th - Turn2 – Calabogia
                                                                                                                                    20th - Riders Choice – SMP Fabi     1st - GP Bikes – Mosport RDT       14th – VRRA – Mosport
                                                                                                                                    24th – GP Bikes – Mosport RDT       2nd - Turn2 – Calabogia            14th - Turn2 – Calabogia
                                                                                                                                    25th - FAST School – SMP            3rd - Riders Choice – SMP Long     15th – VRRA – Mosport
                                                                                                                                    26th - FAST School – SMP            4th - Riders Choice – SMP Nelson   15th - Turn2 – Calabogia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       TRACK DAYS

                                                                                                                                    27th - FAST School – SMP            5th - Pro 6 Cycle – Mosport        16th - Turn2 – Calabogia
                                                                                                                                    28th - Pro 6 Cycle – Calabogia      6th - FAST School – SMP            20th – Pro6 Cycle – Calabogia
                                                                                                                                    29th - Pro 6 Cycle – Calabogia      6th - Pro 6 Cycle – Mosport        21th - Pro6 Cycle – Calabogia
                                                                                                                                    30th - Pro 6 Cycle – Calabogia      7th - FAST School – SMP            22nd - Pro6 Cycle – Calabogia
                                                                                                                                                                        7th - Pro 6 Cycle – Mosport        23rd - Pro6 Cycle – Calabogia
                                                                                                                                    June 2010                           8th - FAST School – SMP            24th - FAST School – SMP
                                                                                                                                    1st - Pro 6 Cycle – Mosport         9th - SOAR – TMP Cayuga            25th - FAST School – SMP
                                                                                                                                    2nd - Pro 6 Cycle – Mosport         10th - SOAR – TMP Cayuga           26th - FAST School – SMP
                                                                                                                                    3rd - Riders Choice – SMP Fabi      11th - SOAR – TMP Cayuga           26th – Riders Choice – SMP Fabi
                                                                                                                                    4th – VRRA – SMP                    12th - Turn2 – Calabogia           28th – RACE – SMP Long
                                                                                                                                    4th – Turn2 – Calabogia             13th - Turn2 – Calabogia           30th – Pro6 Cycle – SMP Nelson

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2010 MotoGP Schedule                                             2010 Superbike World                                     SOAR
1.    April 11 Qatar Grand Prix ‡ Losail International Circuit
                                                                 Championship WSBK                                        2010 SCHEDULE
2.    April 25 Japanese Grand Prix Twin Ring Motegi
                                                                 1. February 28 Australia Phillip Island                  PRACTICE DAY
3.    May 2 Spanish Grand Prix Circuito de Jerez
                                                                     Leon Haslam Carlos Checa Report                      April 24 - Includes Marshal School
4.    May 23 French Grand Prix Le Mans Bugatti Circuit
                                                                 2. March 28 Portugal Portimão Max Biaggi
5.    June 6 Italian Grand Prix Mugello Circuit
                                                                     Max Biaggi Report                                    ROUND ONE
6.    June 20 British Grand Prix Silverstone
                                                                 3. April 11 Spain Valencia Report                        May 7-9 Sprint Races
7.    June 26 Dutch TT TT Circuit Assen
                                                                 4. April 25 Netherlands Assen Report
8.    July 4 Catalan Grand Prix Circuit de Catalunya
                                                                 5. May 9 Italy Monza Report
9.    July 18 German Grand Prix Sachsenring                                                                               ROUND TWO
                                                                 6. May 16 South Africa Kyalami Report
10.   July 25 United States Grand Prix †                                                                                  June 11-13 - Reverse Direction Sprint w/Endurance
                                                                 7. May 31 United States Miller Motorsports Park Report
      Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
                                                                 8. June 27 San Marino Misano Report
11.   August 15 Czech Republic Grand Prix Masaryk Circuit                                                                 ROUND THREE
                                                                 9. July 11 Czech Republic Brno Report
12.   August 29 Indianapolis Grand Prix                                                                                   July 9-11 - Sprint w/Endurance
                                                                 10. August 1 Great Britain Silverstone Report
      Indianapolis Motor Speedway
                                                                 11. September 5 Germany Nürburgring Report
13.   September 5 San Marino Grand Prix Misano                                                                            ROUND FOUR
                                                                 12. September 26 Italy Imola Report
      World Circuit
                                                                 13. October 3 France Magny-Cours Report                  August 6-8 - Reverse Direction Sprint
14.   September 19 Aragon Grand Prix
      Ciudad del Motor de Aragón
                                                                                                                          ROUND FIVE
15.   October 10 Malaysian Grand Prix
      Sepang International Circuit
                                                                                                                          September 10-12 - Sprint w/Endurance
16.   October 17 Australian Grand Prix
      Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit                                                                                   ROUND SIX
17.   October 31 Portuguese Grand Prix                                                                                    October 15-17 - Sprint w/Endurance
      Autódromo do Estoril
18.   November 7 Valencian Grand Prix                            2010 AMA Pro American
      Circuit Ricardo Tormo                                      Superbike Championship
                                                                 1. Daytona International Speedway March 3–5
                                                                     Aaron Yates Ben Bostrom Jake Zemke Jake Zemke
                                                                 2. Auto Club Speedway March 26–28 Aaron Yates Blake
                                                                     Young Larry Pegram Tommy Hayden
                                                                 3. Road Atlanta April 16–18
                                                                 4. Infineon Raceway May 14–16
                                                                 5. Road America June 4–6
                                                                 6. Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course July 16–18
                                                                 7. Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca July 23–25
                                                                 8. Virginia International Raceway August 13–15
                                                                 9. New Jersey Motorsports Park September 3–5
                                                                 10. Barber Motorsports Park September 24–26
                                                                                                                                                                                                 RACE SCHEDULE

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2010 Event Listings                                                                 2010-08-22 Ride for Sick Kids 416 895-5215                                                                                                                   $75.00. The ride will go though rolling hills and countryside and will end with mu-
                                                                                    2010-08-28 Ride United 613 342-8889                               June 12 - 13, 2010          Chatsworth, Ontario                                         sic, camping, entertainment and more. For more information call 1.800.461.3331,
                                                                                                                                                                             Motopark 2 Day Motorcycle Festival                                            
2010-04-24 Wasaga Beach Spring Fever Rally 705 429-8400
                                                                                    May 2, 2010           Burlington, Ontario                                                Sponsored by Motopark
                                                                                    One Event, Two Routes Motorcycle Poker Run for Carpenter Hospice                         The event starts at 10:00 am on Saturday at the Motopark Recreational Park, south       July 3, 2010          Sarnia, Ontario
                                                                                    The 150 km ride starts at Beachway Park, 1094 Lakeshore Road in Burlington. Reg-         of Chatsworth on Motopark Road. The event will include field games for 2, relic          R.O.C.K. - Ride for Our Cancer Kids
2010-05-15 Lansdowne Children’s Centre Charity Motorcycle Ride 519 753-3154
                                                                                    istration will be held from 9:00 am to 10:30 am. Entry fee of $50.00 will be waived      reliability run for the cottage clunkers and barn bikes, a road cruise, a dual sport    The ride will start at Motorsport Harley-Davidson at 1375 Confederation St in
                                                                                    with the equal amount raised in paid pledges for each participant. The ride ends         ride, vintage MX and trials and more. For more information call (519) 794-2434          Sarnia. Registration will begin at 10:00 am. Thousands of dollars in prizes. Live
                                                                                    with barbeque & prizes. For more information call (905) 333-9271,                                                     band, free shirts for first 100 bikes. The fee is $40.00 per bike. All proceeds go to
2010-05-29 HOG Sarnia Steel Cowboys Charity Run 519 337-2571
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Childhood Cancer Foundation Canada. For more information call (519) 464-7627,
                                                                                                                                                                             June 13, 2010          Borden, Ontario                                        
                                                                                                                                                                             Yellow Ribbon Ride                                                            
2010-05-29 Big Brothers and Sisters North Durham and Red Knights Ride
                                                                                                                                                                             Sponsored by Base Borden Motorcycle Club                                                io.11250.htm
905 985-3733
                                                                                    May 29, 2010           North Bay, Ontario                                                The ride starts at Family Resource Centre at CFB Borden. Registration is form
                                                                                    Papa Joe Lefebvre Memorial Motorcycle Ride                                               10:00 am to 11:30 am. The ride fee is $20.00 for the rider and $5.00 for a passenger.
2010-05-30 905 Poker Run for MADD 833-6407
                                                                                    Sponsored by U-Need-A-Cab, Tremblay Chevrolet Pontiac Buick GMC Trucks INC.,             The ride is approximately 150 Km. and will end with a barbeque. All proceeds from       July 11, 2010          Toronto, Ontario
                                                                                    and North Bay Powder Coating                                                             the ride go directly to the Yellow Ribbon Fund. For more information                    GlobalMedic Support Ride
2010-05-30 Motorcycle Ride for Dad - London 519 451-4608
                                                                                    The ride starts at Alkazar Zorbas Bar & Grill, 561 Lakeshore Drive in North Bay.                                                             Sponsored by Stinger Trailer Canada
                                                                                    Registration is from 9:00 am to11:00 am. The fee is $30.00 for the rider and                                                                                                     The ride starts at Woodbine Race Track, 555 Rexdale Blvd in Toronto. Registration
                                                                                    includes a memorial patch and buffet dinner. The ride ends with entertainment,                                                                                                   starts at 7:30 am, and the ride begins at 9:00 am. The ride will go through Oakville,
2010-05-30 Motorcycle Ride for Dad - Niagara 905 735-7770
                                                                                    show and shine, and a live auction. For more information call (705) 497-9696.            June 13, 2010           Toronto, Ontario                                                Brampton, Orangeville and will end in Etobicoke. The ride includes food, and
                                                                                                                                                                             Buddy’s Day Run and Show N Shine                                                        prizes. All proceeds from the ride will go directly towards disaster programming.
                                                                                    May 30, 2010          Newmarket, Ontario                                                 Sponsored by Canadian Motorcycle Cruisers                                               For more information call (866) 619-0969,
2010-06-05 Hero’s Highway Ride
                                                                                    Poker Run for Mothers Against Drunk Driving                                              The ride starts at 2245 Lawrence Avenue West in Toronto. The ride begins at 11:00
                                                                                    The event takes place at the Newmarket Town Offices, 395 Mulock Drive in New-             am. The ride ends with a barbeque and a show and shine. All proceeds go to the          August 8, 2010          Lindsay, Ontario
2010-06-05 Motorcycle Ride for Dad - Kitchener
                                                                                    market. The first rider will leave at 9:30 am and the last rider will leave at 10:30      Canadian Cancer Society and The Village of Humber Heights Retirement and Long           19th Annual Toy Ride for Victoria’s and Amy’s
                                                                                    am. The two hour ride ends with a barbeque, prizes, 50/50 draw and entertain-            Term Care Community. For more information call (416) 662 8427,                          Sponsored by HB Cycle, Cathy Allans, Nesbitts Meat Market, and Dragon Meat
                                                                                    ment. For more information call (905) 833-6407,                                                                               The toy run starts at Riverwood Park on Riverwood Road in Lindsay. Registra-
2010-06-05 Motorcycle Ride for Dad - Peel 416 432-6977
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tion begins at 10:00 am and the ride leaves at 11:30 am. Coffee and donuts will be
                                                                                                                                                                             June 13, 2010          Bracebridge, Ontario                                             available during registration. The ride will last 1 1/2 to 2 hours in the area around
2010-06-05 Ride for Hospice Dufferin 519 941-4303
                                                                                    June 5, 2010        Orangeville, Ontario                                                 Muskoka H.O.G. Poker Run                                                                Lindsay. Police will escort the ride through town. The ride ends with a barbeque,
                                                                                    Ride For Hospice Dufferin                                                                Sponsored by Barrie Harley Davidson                                                     music, silent auction, and more. Toys collected will be given to the children and
2010-06-05 Durham Divas Sylvia’s Ride (Ride for Respite) 905 655-6016
                                                                                    The ride starts at Orangeville Curling Club 76 Fifth Ave in Orangeville. Registration    The poker run starts at Annie Williams Park Registration begins at 9:30 am and          the children’s programs at local shelters. For more information call
                                                                                    will be held from 8:30 am to 10:00 am. The ride leaves at 10:30 am sharp. 1st Prize      the ride leaves at 11:00 am. For more information                                       (705) 340-5656.
                                                                                    $500.00 2nd Prize $300.00 3rd Prize $200.00. Must register by 10:00 am to qualify.                                          
2010-06-05 Scoot for the Scott 416 923-8872
                                                                                    The ride ends with a barbeque, silent auction, and door prizes. All Proceeds go to                                                                                               htm
                                                                                    Hospice Dufferin. For more information call (519) 941-4303,                              June 19, 2010           Bancroft, Ontario
2010-06-06 Ride 4 Paws 519 215-1773
                                                                                                                                                 John Flagg Memorial Ride                                                                August 22, 2010           Oshawa, Ontario
                                                                                                                                                                             The ride starts at starts at Millennium Park on Hastings Street in Bancroft. Regis-     Ride for Sick Kids Hospital
2010-06-12 Motorcycle Ride for Dad - North Bay 705 752-5566
                                                                                    June 5, 2010          Elliot Lake, Ontario                                               tration will be held from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. The ride fee is $25.00 and includes     Sponsored by Sick Kids Hospital
                                                                                    North Shore Ride for Palliative Care                                                     a barbeque. The ride starts at 12:00 pm. The ride ends with prizes and live band.       The ride starts at Makie Harley Davidson in Oshawa. The ride will go along Scogog
                                                                                    Sponsored by Blue Knights Ont X                                                          For more information call (613) 332-1610.                                               lake and include a stop for lunch. The ride fee is $30.00 for the rider and $20.00 for
2010-06-12 C.A.W. Local 88 Show and Shine
                                                                                    The ride starts at No Frills parking lot, Hwy 108 in Elliot Lake. Registration is from                                                                                           a passenger. For more information call (416) 895-5215,
                                                                                    9:00 am to 10:30 am. Ride starts at 11:00 am. The fee is $25.00 for each bike. There     June 26, 2010         Burlington, Ontario                                     
2010-06-12 Port Cares - Reach Out ‘n Ride 905 834-3629
                                                                                    will be motorcycle skill games after the ride followed by a dinner and dance. For        The Hot Ride
                                                                                    more information call (705) 849-8304,         Sponsored by Fandor Homes                                                               August 22, 2010           LaSalle, Ontario
                                                                                                                                                                             Registration starts at 9:00 am at the Burlington Philthy McNasty’s, 1250 Brant          7th Annual Stan Kuron Memorial
Reach Out ‘N Ride Port Cares 1st Charity Ride for Poverty Reduction.
                                                                                    June 6, 2010          London, Ontario                                                    Street in Burlington and leaves at 10:00 am. The 3 hour ride ends with food, prizes     Sponsored by D’Arcy Leader, Windsor Chrome Divas, and Lone Wolf Club House.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
                                                                                    2nd Annual DMMF Ride Your Heart Out Motorcycle Ride & Poker Run                          and more. Proceeds will benefit Breast Cancer support Services of Burlington. For        The ride starts at Brews & Cues, 5663 Ojibway Pkwy in LaSalle. Registration begins
Reach Out ‘N Ride is a charity motorcycle ride happening Saturday, June 12, 2010.
                                                                                    Sponsored by Hully Gully, Home Depot, and Pepsi                                          more information call (905) 902-2312,                         at 10:00 am and the last bike goes out at 11:00 am. The ride ends with food, door
Come on out and support Port
                                                                                    The ride starts at the Home Depot store at Fanshawe Pk Rd E and Adelaide St N. in                                                                                                prizes, and 50/50. The fee is $10.00 for each person. For more information call
                                                                                    London. Registration is from10:00 am to 11:00 am and the ride will start at 11:00        June 26, 2010         Toronto, Ontario                                                  D’Arcy Leader (519) 967-0184, Lorrie Comber (519) 984-1226, Mike Bechard (519)
2010-07-03 R.O.C.K. Ride for Our Cancer Kids 519 464-7627
                                                                                    am sharp. The fee is $20.00 for the rider and $5.00 for a passenger. If you raise        Ride for Sight                                                                          819-0173, or go to
                                                                                    $50.00 in pledges you get to ride free. Registration and pledge forms are available      Sponsored by Deeley Harley-Davidson, Dalton Timmis Insurance, Suzuki Canada,
2010-07-10 Georgian Bay Thunder Motorcycle Ride 705 528-6999
                                                                                    online. The ride ends with a 50/50 draw, door prizes, barbeque lunch and more.           Yamaha Canada, Honda Canada, Victory Motorcycles, Bombardier, Stanley Hand              August 28, 2010          Barrie, Ontario
                                                                                    Proceeds will go towards the purchase of defibrillators to be placed in arenas,           Tools, Royal Distributing, Motorcycle Mojo, Inside Motorcycle, Canadian Biker,          Young at Heart Ride
                                                                                    community centers and schools in the names of fallen police officers, military            MMIC                                                                                    Sponsored by IOOF Seniors Homes Inc
2010-07-10 The Breast Ride Ever
                                                                                    personnel, firemen and emergency personnel. For more information                          The ride starts at Woodbine Racetrack, 555 Rexdale Boulevard in Toronto. Regis-         The ride begins at 20 Brooks Street in Barrie. Registration is from 9:00 am to 10:00
                                                                           or                           tration is from 7:30 am to 9:30 am and the ride leaves at 10:00 am. The ride fee is     am. The ride fee is $50.00 and pledges per person. The ride ends with a steak bar-
2010-07-10 Why Not Paris Youth Center Ride 519 442-2221
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     beque, and prizes. For more information call (705) 725-4630,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     September 19, 2010           Windsor, Ontario
2010-07-11 Hamilton CAPPY Ride 905 523 102010
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     2010 Ride for MS Poker Run
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Sponsored by Dominion Golf Restaurant, Lone Wolf Clubhouse, and Chrome Divas
2010-07-11 GlobalMedic Support Ride
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The ride starts at 6125 Howard Ave in Windsor. Registration starts at 9:00 am and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     the ride leaves at 11:00 am. The ride fee is $20.00 for the rider and $15.00 for a
2010-07-17 Ride for Literacy 877 779-0888
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     passenger the fee includes a served dinner after the ride. The ride ends with 50/50
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     draw, prizes and much more. The ride will benefit the Windsor-Essex Chapter of
2010-07-17 John’s Journey For Heart and Stroke 519 421-1219
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     the MS Society of Canada. For more information call (519) 798-3858,
2010-08-08 Toys to support Victoria’s & Amy’s 705 340-5656

2010-08-08 Chapman’s Ride to a Cure 905 512-3590

2010-08-13 Port Dover Friday 13th

2010-08-21 Ride 4 Kidney 416 616-0833
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           UPCOMING EVENTS

MAY 2010         [ 72]    2Ride                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              MAY 2010          [ 73]     2Ride
                                                     t’s not everyday you come         Ian had used a 2007 Suzuki, SV 650S and    is one area never to skimp on. Right
                                                     across a true street fighter,      a 1999 Suzuki GSXR 600; his inspiration    now using a lot of OEM suspension
                                                     hand crafted from a stock         really comes from everywhere. “For the     parts, but that’s going to be changing
                                                     Motorcycle into a mean street     SV, I just looked at the stock bike and    as Ian is working on some new and very
                                                     fighter machine. Ian is the guy    came up with the design. The GSXR’s        interesting parts, keep an eye out for
I.D. Streetfighter                          you want; owner of I.D. Streetfighters
                                            Custom Cycle located in a small town
                                                                                       inspiration came from an ice tea bottle
                                                                                       believe it or not.” All of Ian’s designs
                                                                                                                                  them in 2Ride.
                                                                                                                                       Ian’s favourite part of the SV has
                                            called Floradale, north of Waterloo        just come to him, rarely does he ever      to be the tail it was a real challenge
                                            Ontario. Ian can take a sport bike or      draw or plan things out. Currently         but well worth it. Not really having a
Custom Cycle                                parts of a sport bike and turn it into a   working on a one off sub frame and all     favourite part on the GSXR but if had to
                                            Street Fighter.                            aluminum tail unit Ian mentions “no        choose it would be the upper triple that
                                                What is a Street fighter you ask?       other reason than I don’t like having      Ian designed
                                            A streetfighter is a sport bike that        stock parts on my bikes and also to I           How to recognize an I.D.
                                            has been customized by removing            like to show off what I can do.”           Streetfighter, some trade mark parts
                                            the fairings, specific changes that         Well, when building a one off sub          are foot pegs they are a MX style
Takin’ it to the streets   BY MARC ANTONY
                                            exemplify the streetfighter look are        frame, let alone an entire bike, there     peg in a sport bike peg size. Another
                                            a pair of large, round headlights, tall,
                                            upright handlebars such as those on
                                            a motocross bike, and short, loud,
                                            lightweight mufflers. Completely
                                            custom-built one-off frames, originally
                                            intended to overcome the weakness
                                            of the tubular steel frames of the early
                                            4-cylinder super-bikes of the 70’s and
                                            80’s, also characterize the streetfighter
                                            trend. Many of these frames turned
                                            out to be “beautifully crafted pieces
                                            of metallurgical art,” perhaps only
                                                It is also possible that the
                                            streetfighter came about simply
                                            because young stunters of the 80s
                                            in the UK couldn’t afford to replace
                                            their damaged fairings after repeated
                                            crashes, so they took them off. Later,
                                            more appropriate headlights were           are many hurtles from changing the         trade mark are Shorty exhausts all cut
                                            added, then high handlebars to aid in      front end out, learning that the loss of   down and personally shortened. Ian is
                                            wheelies and other stunts.                 the Speedo so an aftermarket one had       currently working on his own line of
                                                Made popular by European riders,       to be added, and just many other little    handmade exhaust systems.
                                            this type of custom motorcycle is          things, no big problems. With a little     Everything in the shop is done by Ian,
                                            gaining popularity all over the world,     research and common sense you can          but he couldn’t do any of it without the
                                            and motorcycle manufacturers               keep yourself out of trouble.              support of his friends, family, or his
                                            began responding in the late 1990s             Number one rule as far as tools are    fiancée Sarah (look for her and her bike
                                            by producing factory streetfighters,        concerned, many expensive tools are        build coming soon).
                                            beginning with the 1994 Triumph            not always necessary. 90% of Ian’s bikes
                                            Speed Triple and the 2009 Ducati           are made with simple hand tools; the
                                            Streetfighter.                              only expensive tool is a welder, that

MAY 2010   [ 74]   2Ride                                                                                                                 MAY 2010     [ 75]   2Ride
                            2010 Kymco
                                       Super 8 50 2T
                                 STORY BY MR LEE PROVIDED BY KYMCO

                                           ith uncompromising styling and a            Engine and Transmission
                                           quick to respond air cooled, single
                                           cylinder, two stroke engine, this
                                           popular scooter within racer and
                           modding aficionado communities, the Super 8 50
                           2T is without question Kymco’s most sporty type
                           scooter. With awesome handling from its 14-inch
                           sticky compounded tires, inspires confident riding.
                           The scooters’ higher posture and lower centre of
                           gravity also help establish that sport bike feel offering
                           impressive handling. The dash sports both, analog
                           odometer and speedometer, which are the standard
                           equipment. There is also plenty of helmet or grocery
                                                                                       Chassis and Dimensions
                           storage under the seat; or if you prefer, that case of
                           your beverage of choice.

                           Featuring an adjustable rear shock, aluminum wheels,
                           DOT approved headlight with high and low beam, low
                           oil light indicator, a 5 liter fuel tank, spring loaded
                           side stand and sturdy center stand, folding aluminum
                           passenger foot pegs, spacious under seat storage, and
                           vibrant graphics.

                           With the three colour and graphic packages, in Black,
                           Blue, or red and White, the Super 8 2T is sure to win
                           attention without fail! The Super 8’s two stroke 49.5
                           cc engine puts forward exceptional acceleration with
                           stopping power up front supplied by a large 2 piston
                           floating front caliper with slotted front rotor. The
                           winning combination of stop and go make for one
                           invigorating ride! Wee!
MAY 2010   [ 76]   2Ride                                                                                  MAY 2010   [ 77]   2Ride
                                                                                                                                 grease, have deep pockets, maybe do         while taking the bus. I needed the right
                                                                                                                                 some off roading or as in Antonio’s         bike with the right gear, dressing warm
                                                                                                                                 case; ride a bike all year round (even in   and equipping the bike with accessories
                                                                                                                                 our Canadian winters) then this is the      like heated grips, bush guards, ATV
                                                                                                                                 bike for you.                               mitts and a wind screen proving the
                                                                                                                                      Only having 40 horsepower it is        Ural to be the perfect tool for the job.”
                                                                                                                                 amazing what can be done with so
                                                                                                                                 little; you can fit all different kinds of   What are your favorite things
                                                                                                                                 gear within the big trunk and on the        about the Ural Patrol?
                                                                                                                                 side car rack. Antonio would often take         “It’s two wheel drive for the off
                                                                                                                                 full advantage of the storage when he       roading and winter fun in the snow.
                                                                                                                                 and his wife would go camping or on         There is a good support network from
                                                                                                                                 road trips. Under full load as this bike    Ural and the Canadian Ural Riders
                                                                                                                                 struggles to make it up hills, no matter    Group online which encourages
                                                                                                                                 how you look at it, the fun times you       feedback from the owners also replying
                                                                                                                                 spend riding with your family can’t be      to questions and concerns right away.
                                                                                                                                 measured in horsepower.                     This helps Ural to maintain a better
                                                                                                                                      In the winter, riding was not easy     product getting direct input from the
                                                                                                                                 and not always rosey, but one thing         rider’s perspective ... and of course it is
                                                                                                                                 that Antonio will say surprisingly is       fun for three on a Motorcycle”
                                                                                                                                 that the bike starts every morning
                                                                                                                                 even though it is parked outside            What are the things you don’t
                      STORY BY MARC ANTONY
                                                                                                                                 covered with a tarp. That being said        like or that can be improved?
          PHOTOS PROVIDED BY CRYSTALLIZED IMAGES                                                                                 even at times with moisture in the          “Frequent costly maintenance, lack of
                                                                                                                                 carbs causing rough idle, the bike still    dealerships in Ontario. Finishes like
                                                                                                                                 managed to get Antonio to work on           paint and materials; when you buy a
                                                                                                                                 time.                                       bike that comes with it’s own set of
                                                                                                                                 Riding through snow and ice was done        touch up paint, you know there is room
          URAL asking the same                                                                                                   at ease even with heavy snow fall which     for improvement.”
                                                                                                                                 at times the 2 wheel drive system is             Generally, this bike looks odd; but
                                                                                                                                 needed, which can easily be switched        kinda cool in a ‘World War’ kinda way.
                                                                                                                                 over by a lever. 2wd is only meant to be    I can see how much fun it would be to
                                                                                                                                 used in first gear to get out of trouble
               question…                                                                                                         spots.
                                                                                                                                                                             owning one and taking it offroad or
                                                                                                                                                                             through some snow. Antonio took me
           What’s that hunk of metal going down the street?                                                                           So of course I had to ask him “Why     for a spin, and as I sat in the side car
                                                                                                                                 this bike?”                                 feeling weird laughing and smiling at
                                                                                                                                      “I do not have a car license and I     how much fun it was.
                                                                                                                                 needed transportation all year round.
          t first, I thought we were under   me its a 2008 Ural Patrol 2wd (2 wheel   (Old Vintage Cranks Inc), Hillsburgh        The Ural was the only way I could
                                                                                                                                                                             Ural web site:
          attack, has World War III         drive), what an interesting ride. He     Ontario. This bike requires that the        achieve that. Most people would
          started? Maybe I had gone back    bought it new but currently has 8350     owner be mechanically savvy as it           question why do I not get a driver’s
                                                                                                                                                                             Canadian Ural Dnepr Rider’s Group:
in time to World War II as I see what       km, he added bush guards, a wind         needs frequent maintenance intervals.       license but I like a challenge. I had to
use to be a Motorcycle with a side car      screen and ATV mitts all for winter      With only four dealers in Ontario, you      prove that it can be done, to ride all
straight out of the Russian army, or so     riding yes thats right he rides it all   certainly don’t want to be racking up a     year round without having to suffer
it looks.                                   year round.                              high maintenance bill or caught in the      from motorcycle withdrawal. Let me
     The owner of this thing is Antonio         Antonio’s 2008 Patrol sticker        middle of winter and in need of repair.     tell you, it was especially hard for me
Carrasco from Brampton who tells            price was $13,795+PDI bought at OVC.     So if one is not afraid of a little elbow   going through motorcycle withdrawal

MAY 2010     [ 78]   2Ride                                                                                                                                                           MAY 2010      [ 79]   2Ride
 Pre-owned 2006 Ninja 650R                         2002 Suzuki sv650s
 in perfect condition. Never                       67,000km, lower fairings,
 been dropped. Stored                              matching hotbodies
 properly over winter.
                                                   undertail, upgraded
 Windshield and under tail
                                                   stainless brake lines,
 are after market. Only
 13,624km. Asking $5900                            titanium yoshimura
 certified. Shirishapiro@                           exhaust slip on. or Sheri at                            Asking $5000.

 2004 ZX6RR, yes a True
 RR not just a R model,
 with 12,500Km a Yosh
 slip on pipe, some                                         Looking to start a bobber project.
 scratches from a low                                  Preferably something like a Fatboy bobber.
 slide, Kawi Green, lots
 of power runs great.                                        email
 Asking $6200 email

 For Sale 2000 XR650r street
 legal super moto with lots
 of upgrades, excel rims,
 aftermarket pipe, K&N filter,
 anti slip seat plus stock
                                                      Wanted 2003 ZX7R in Orange with Low Km’s
 seat, Edlebrock Carb, wave                             in mint shape email
 rotor, digital tach, 10K Km,
 asking $4400 email marc.

 For Sale 1980 Honda CB750F                        For Sale
 - $2400 (Richmond Hill)                           2007 Kawasaki Versys -
 Bike runs good. Needs a                           $6500 (Richmond Hill)
 new battery, I’ll purchase
                                                   Excellent condition.
 one before pickup. Bike will
 be sold certified. 4 into 1
                                                   15,000km 650 cc
 Vance and Hines exhaust.                          parallel twin. Asking
 Rickman fairing. Contact                          $6500 certified. Contact                     

            Want to place a classifed ad contact            Want to place a classifed ad contact
                          $79.99                                          $79.99

MAY 2010         [ 80]     2Ride                                                                    MAY 2010   [ 81]   2Ride
Durham Region
Suzuki GSX-R 600
Riding 7 years
As a young girl I had always admired Motorcycles.
When I was about 12 years old I got the opportunity to
be a passenger on one. The rumbling of the exhaust,
the closeness to the road and the wind on my face; I
was hooked. I said to myself that one day when I grow
up I’m going to get one of those. About 20 years later
my wish came true. After experiencing a broken heart
a friend mentioned I should get my motorcycle licence
to bring up my spirits. It was a great idea. I purchased
my first motorcycle; a suzuki SVS and was determined
to ride it that summer. After taking the course and
two test attempts later; I was licenced in July 2003.
Over the years I’ve racked up 81,000 kms on the road
and a few more kms on the track at Shannonville and
Calaboogie. Motorcycling has introduced me to some
wonderful friends and folks I would have never met
without Gixxie( the nickname for my current bike) .
I look forward to planning riding routes. Meeting up
with friends for breakfast and riding the entire day;
on average 10 hours. Usually ending with a scoop of
my favourite icecream; Moosetracks. Eventhough I’m
exhausted when I return home, its always with a big
grin on my face and an adenaline rush. After I clean
the bugs off my suit and the bike; its time to rest and
plan the next interesting adventure.

                                                           Bikes I own:
                                                           91 CBR600 F2,
                                                           91 YSR80,
                                                           99 CBR900RR,
                                                           04 RC51,
                                                           04 Yamaha R6

                                                           Riding 12 years
                                                           Age: 33

                                                           As a child growing up, I had neigh-
                                                           bours around me that had bikes.
                                                           Seeing them suit up to ride, hearing
                                                           them ride away, and watching them
                                                           fix, tinker, or break something peaked
                                                           my interest. As a child, I knew that one
                                                           day, I’d have one.

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