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2ride.ca Harley-Davidson® Sportster® Forty- Eight™ motorcycle Full of Sound and Fury- Honda’s new “Fury” chopper Kawasaki Z1000 A thousand reasons to buy this bike Vol. 1 No. 1 May 2010 Ducati Extrordinaire PM 41979551 Joe’s collection of Italian beauties 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 12 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 Joe’s Ducati Fever 32 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 Getting Ready ca and email address info@2Ride.ca, 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 MAY 2010 [ 2] 2Ride MAY 2010 [ 3] 2Ride Contents 21 You-Rope on 2Wheels Journey through Europe with Gene Lee and his wife Neda 39 2010 Kawasaki 21 Concours - Cool from any angle 45 Evolution of a New Rider 2Ride is a FREE subscription based motorcycle magazine within the GTA; also covering all of Ontario. Our magazine is delivered 47 I am Woman, Hear Me ROAR! to our subscriber’s homes or business free of charge. For those who desire an electronic copy we have the magazine as an online 48 Get Your Motor Running 39 subscription as well. Our Motto, Keepin’ It Local; emphasizes 49 2010 Yamaha WR250X coverage on local events, local clubs, local riding roads, local General Inquires contact racing, reviews from actual local riders, and local advertising. 54 Tech Corner-Sprockets info@2Ride.ca and Chain Maintenance Editors At 2Ride Magazine we are committed to covering all the various 56 What’s in your Tank Bag? Alex Collins Mizz Lucy types of motorcycles which include Sport Bikes, Sport Touring, 65 Track 101 Gene Lee Kelly Gibbons Street Bikes, Adventure Touring, Cruisers, Customs, Dirt/MX 49 Shaun de Jager Bikes, Super Moto, Scooters, and Street fighters. 69 Track Days Mr Lee Steve Villamarin 70 Race Schedule Stella The riding Princess Marc Antony 2Ride Magazine will also cover all the varying genres of 72 Upcoming Events motorcycling; including a children’s’ and women’s sections. Art Direction Martin Besko This is where we would cover our younger riders’ racing and 74 I.D. Streetfight Azure Blue Design events, helping to build the future of motorcycling. The section Custom Cycle 77 on women’s’ views would feature articles from female rider’s 77 2010 Kymco Photography Super 8 50 2T Wobblycat Photography and reviews on women accessories. Our Local Events Track Crystallized Images days, Riding Roads and Riders Travels and Stories will feature 78 URAL asking the same Question… Printing articles accordingly. 2Ride Magazine also showcases a full color classifieds section, for which a fee will apply for subscribers and 82 Lita and Paul 2Ride’s Girl and Guy businesses to post their bikes for sale. 78 Customer # 7303876 of the month PM 41979551 MAY 2010 [ 4] 2Ride MAY 2010 [ 5] 2Ride 2010 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. MAY 2010 [ 6] 2Ride MAY 2010 [ 7] 2Ride 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 MAY 2010 [ 8] 2Ride MAY 2010 [ 9] 2Ride 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 emissions • Under deceleration the back torque limiting clutch reduces pressure on the clutch plates for smoother downshifting and corner entry MAY 2010 [ 10] 2Ride MAY 2010 [ 11] 2Ride 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?...” STORY BY STEVE VILLAMARIN - PHOTOS PROVIDED BY Dops64 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 I 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. 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”. MAY 2010 [ 12] 2Ride MAY 2010 [ 13] 2Ride 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 A 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 Engine/Drivetrain 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. MAY 2010 [ 14] 2Ride MAY 2010 [ 15] 2Ride 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 mate...so now the Buell’s are done with, and here comes the ‘48’. MAY 2010 [ 16] 2Ride MAY 2010 [ 17] 2Ride 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° T front fender, mounted on the fork Fork Angle Trail Wheelbase 30° 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 engine 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 drivetrain that hard core ride and feel. Less vibration for the Harley-Davidson® Transmission 5-speed Forty-Eight™ motorcycle as the chassis 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 performance 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 electric 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 engagement 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? MAY 2010 [ 18] 2Ride MAY 2010 [ 19] 2Ride YOU-ROPE ON 2WHEELS 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. MAY 2010 [ 20] 2Ride MAY 2010 [ 21] 2Ride 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 W 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: http://www.ridedot.com, 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 MAY 2010 [ 22] 2Ride MAY 2010 [ 23] 2Ride 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 MAY 2010 [ 24] 2Ride MAY 2010 [ 25] 2Ride 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 MAY 2010 [ 26] 2Ride MAY 2010 [ 27] 2Ride 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 MAY 2010 [ 28] 2Ride MAY 2010 [ 29] 2Ride 2Ride is a FREE subscription. All you need to do is get on the Spending a night in a little-known but beautiful town in the hills of Andalucia mailing list, or contact us online. 2Ride.ca. 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 Follow us on Facebook! 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 It’s our way to get to know YOU! MAY 2010 [ 30] 2Ride MAY 2010 [ 31] 2Ride 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- STORY BY GENE LEE W 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. MAY 2010 [ 32] 2Ride MAY 2010 [ 33] 2Ride 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 MAY 2010 [ 34] 2Ride MAY 2010 [ 35] 2Ride 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…) MAY 2010 [ 36] 2Ride MAY 2010 [ 37] 2Ride 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, T 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, MAY 2010 [ 38] 2Ride MAY 2010 [ 39] 2Ride SUPPLYING HIGH QUALITY PRODUCTS TO RIDERS OF DISCRIMINATING TASTE SINCE 2003. We supply Pazzo, Knox, MotovationUSA, R&G Racing, Wiz Slider, Rizoma, Vesrah, CRG, Supersprox, Gilles Tool and many more. 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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 PHOTOS PROVIDED BY VICTOR “SCHWARTZ “BARROS FROM MCV MAGAZINE PORTUGAL 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 T 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 MAY 2010 [ 42] 2Ride MAY 2010 [ 43] 2Ride 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 stability. 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 MAY 2010 [ 44] 2Ride MAY 2010 [ 45] 2Ride I am Woman, Hear me ROAR! STORY BY KELLY GIBSON www.gtamotorcycle.com 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. I 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 MAY 2010 [ 46] 2Ride MAY 2010 [ 47] 2Ride 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. MAY 2010 [ 48] 2Ride MAY 2010 [ 49] 2Ride 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 A throttle response as well as great fuel economy. 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 MAY 2010 [ 50] 2Ride MAY 2010 [ 51] 2Ride 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. Roadawareness.org 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 STORY BY SHAUN DE JAGER - PHOTOGRAPHS BY CRYSTALIZED IMAGES 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. W 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 MAY 2010 [ 52] 2Ride MAY 2010 [ 53] 2Ride Removal of Worn Components: 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. 2. 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 www.heritageautoshop.com Front Sprocket. Using a 15MM socket disassembly, Back off Chain tension firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Ontario. MAY 2010 [ 54] 2Ride MAY 2010 [ 55] 2Ride 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 email@example.com, 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 MAY 2010 [ 56] 2Ride MAY 2010 [ 57] 2Ride 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 MAY 2010 [ 58] 2Ride MAY 2010 [ 59] 2Ride 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. 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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 firstname.lastname@example.org . Handroid Hand armor glove. According MAY 2010 [ 60] 2Ride MAY 2010 [ 61] 2Ride 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. MAY 2010 [ 62] 2Ride MAY 2010 [ 63] 2Ride 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 care 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 GTAMotorcycle.com, 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 (pro6cycle.com) 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 (riderschoice.ca), 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 MAY 2010 [ 64] 2Ride MAY 2010 [ 65] 2Ride 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 Ontraiotrackdays.com, 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 MAY 2010 [ 66] 2Ride MAY 2010 [ 67] 2Ride 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 MAY 2010 [ 68] 2Ride MAY 2010 [ 69] 2Ride 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 MAY 2010 [ 70] 2Ride MAY 2010 [ 71] 2Ride 2010 Event Listings 2010-08-22 Ride for Sick Kids 416 895-5215 nﬁgliano@rogers.com $75.00. The ride will go though rolling hills and countryside and will end with mu- 2010-08-28 Ride United 613 342-8889 email@example.com June 12 - 13, 2010 Chatsworth, Ontario sic, camping, entertainment and more. For more information call 1.800.461.3331, Motopark 2 Day Motorcycle Festival http://www.rideforsight.com. 2010-04-24 Wasaga Beach Spring Fever Rally 705 429-8400 May 2, 2010 Burlington, Ontario Sponsored by Motopark firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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, http://motoparkracing.com/motopark-facility.html. 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 http://www.TheCarpenterHospice.com. Childhood Cancer Foundation Canada. For more information call (519) 464-7627, firstname.lastname@example.org June 13, 2010 Borden, Ontario http://www.rockride.com. Yellow Ribbon Ride http://www.lets-ride.com/event/Done/The-Breast-Ride-Ever.Tecumseh-Ontar- 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. http://www.bordenriders.ca. Sponsored by Stinger Trailer Canada London@motorcycleridefordad.org 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 email@example.com 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, http://www.globalmedic.ca/bikeride. 2010-06-05 Hero’s Highway Ride firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Kitchener@motorcycleridefordad.org 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, http://www.canadianmotorcyclecruisers.ca. The toy run starts at Riverwood Park on Riverwood Road in Lindsay. Registra- 2010-06-05 Motorcycle Ride for Dad - Peel 416 432-6977 PeelRide4Dad@gmail.com http://yorksimcoeriders.webs.com. 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. http://www.muskokahog.com/index.htm. http://www.lets-ride.com/event/Done/Ride-to-a-Cure.Hamilton-Ontario.13766. 2010-06-05 Scoot for the Scott 416 923-8872 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.ovr.ca. 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 http://www.sickkidsfoundation.com/ride. 2010-06-12 Port Cares - Reach Out ‘n Ride 905 834-3629 email@example.com will be motorcycle skill games after the ride followed by a dinner and dance. For The Hot Ride more information call (705) 849-8304, http://northshorerideforpalliativecare.ca. 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 http://www.portcares.on.ca/ 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, http://www.thehotride.ca. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 http://www.lonewolfclubhouse.com. $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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 http://www.davemounsey.com or http://www.rideyourheartout.com. 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, http://www.ioof.com. email@example.com September 19, 2010 Windsor, Ontario 2010-07-11 Hamilton CAPPY Ride 905 523 102010 firstname.lastname@example.org 2010 Ride for MS Poker Run Sponsored by Dominion Golf Restaurant, Lone Wolf Clubhouse, and Chrome Divas 2010-07-11 GlobalMedic Support Ride email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.com http://www.lonewolfclubhouse.com/ride-for-ms.php. 2010-08-08 Toys to support Victoria’s & Amy’s 705 340-5656 firstname.lastname@example.org 2010-08-08 Chapman’s Ride to a Cure 905 512-3590 email@example.com 2010-08-13 Port Dover Friday 13th firstname.lastname@example.org 2010-08-21 Ride 4 Kidney 416 616-0833 email@example.com 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 I 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 accidentally. 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 www.idstreetfighters.com 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 W 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: www.imz-ural.com 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: A 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 www.curd-riders.ca 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. rogers.com or Sheri at Asking $5000. 416-888-8775 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com Asking $6200 email Agozzino@hotmail.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org rotor, digital tach, 10K Km, asking $4400 email marc. email@example.com 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 Cmiller82@gmail.com Cmiller82@gmail.com Want to place a classifed ad contact Want to place a classifed ad contact classiﬁeds@2ride.ca. classiﬁeds@2ride.ca. $79.99 $79.99 MAY 2010 [ 80] 2Ride MAY 2010 [ 81] 2Ride Lita Durham Region Suzuki GSX-R 600 Single 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. Paul Etobicoke Bikes I own: 91 CBR600 F2, 91 YSR80, 99 CBR900RR, 04 RC51, 04 Yamaha R6 Single 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. MAY 2010 [ 82] 2Ride MAY 2010 [ 83] 2Ride MAY 2010 [ 84] 2Ride
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