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To me, the word is seriously overused. A baseball player has a good season; it’s legendary. A high school student goes to a good party; yup, it’s legendary. But every so often, a person, an event or a story deserves to be called Legendary. A man whose name has been Legendary since before he was born, who, just by showing up at an event, makes it legendary and, when the story is told, it will be legendary, is retiring. Willie G. Davidson, after a career spanning almost 5 decades, is stepping down from his position as Head of Styling at Harley Davidson at the end of April this year. He will, however remain involved as Brand Ambassador, and in Special Design Projects as Chief Styling Officer Emeritus for The Motor Company. “Throughout my life, I have been truly fortunate to have the opportunity to marry my passion for design with my love for this amazing brand that runs so deeply in my veins,” Willie G. said. “What’s most rewarding has been to see the impact our motorcycles have on the lives of our customers. Everything we do in styling is based on the notion that form follows function, but both report to emotion.” Over the course of his career, Willie G., 78, built a design team at Harley-Davidson that established the company’s unrivaled leadership in custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles. Today, the styling department is led by 19-year company veteran Ray Drea, Vice President and Director of Styling, who has worked collaboratively with Willie G. in the development of numerous milestone vehicles. see page 3

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“It has been my privilege to work alongside many incredibly talented people at this company and I have great confidence the future of Harley-Davidson’s design leadership will continue to grow in its pre-eminence,” Willie G. said. “I look forward to spending time with riders at rallies and to my involvement in special design projects.” “Few individuals have the kind of impact on an organization, a brand and a lifestyle that Willie G. has had,” said Keith Wandell, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Harley-Davidson, Inc. “Everyone with a love for motorcycles owes a great deal to his vision and talent, and all of us have been blessed by his presence. His legacy will continue to grow, thanks to the talent he has nurtured in the Harley-Davidson styling studio.” Willie G. has long served as ambassador of Harley-Davidson at rallies around the world – meeting riders, talking to customers, lending

his famous signature to jackets, and setting an example of being close to the customer that has become one of the hallmarks of the company. Grandson of one of the company’s founders, William A. Davidson, and son of William H. Davidson, its’ second president, Willie G. joined the company as its first head of styling in 1963. With responsibility for the look of all Harley-Davidson motorcycles, landmark motorcycles to emerge from Willie G’s styling studio team include the Super Glide, which established the factory custom category in 1971, Low Rider, Heritage Softail Classic, Fat Boy, V-Rod and Street Glide. He is one of 13 Harley-Davidson executives who purchased the company from AMF, Inc. in 1981. The press release tells the basic history of the man known the Harley riders worldwide as “Willie G,” but it doesn’t talk about the man’s propensity for just showing up at

around the same time as the new catalogue. 1907 proved to be a decisive year as the final partner joined the firm. Brother William A. Davidson rounded the group and the HarleyDavidson Motor Company was incorporated, with a staff now of 18 and an enlargement of the factory as well. William Harley was 27 years old. In 1909, the engine that would give The Company its image was produced. A 49.5 cubic inch 45 degree V-Twin, boasting 7 horsepower was offered as were, for the first time, spare parts. Through the next few years, HD had a number of firsts. In 1912, the motorcycles were exported to Japan! By 1920, the 17 year-old company was the largest motorcycle company in the entire world, selling bikes in 67 countries. Speed records, race wins all served to build the mystique of the brand. Ever wonder where the “Hog” name began? In 1920 the race team carried a mascot live pig to races. Harley-Davidson has a truly incredible history. Consider the timeline here takes us only into the 20’s. The company was one of only 2 American brands to survive the Depression. After a disastrous turn of ownership by AMF, Willie G, and a group of Harley executives bought the struggling manufacturer back and built it into the massive bike, clothing, gear and image maker it is now. All through the 20th century, Harley has had so many defining moments, historical times. The retirement of Willie G? Another defining moment? Absolutely. Will Harley-Davidson continue on the track ahead of it? Absolutely. By the way. Did you know that HarleyDavidson helped to found the Japanese motorcycle industry? They licensed blueprints, tools, dies and machinery to the Sankyo Company in Japan, resulting in the Rikuo motorcycle. Legendary.

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Willie G. Davidson

Harley-Davidson gatherings, on a Harley and mingling with the regular people. He isn’t the “Head Office Executive” selling widgets. Many of the now traditional Harley styling cues came from looking at the way enthusiasts customized their own Harley’s. Former Motorcycle Times columnist, Marc Frantz showed Davidson one of his custom show bikes and shortly after, Harley released a suspiciously similar “Night Rod.” Davidson has always been willing to look at trends, while still remembering the basic look that keeps the “Harley Loyalists” in the fold. Already almost a household name, Willie G. Davidson was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999. Now think about this: A man who, at the time of induction, had been designing motorcycles for Harley Davidson 36 years, takes his place in the hall, and then continues to work 13 year after the fact. The company, Harley Davidson has a long history having been formed in Milwaukee, 109 years ago in 1903. Let’s take a look at Harley’s early timeline: In 1901, 21 year-old William S. Harley designed an engine for a bicycle. In 1903, Harley and partner Arthur Davidson, working in a 10 by 15 foot wooden shed labelled, “HarleyDavidson Motor Company” scrawled on the door, built the first production Harley-Davidson. Walter Davidson, Arthur’s brother joined the company soon after. C.H. Long of Chicago, opened the first HD dealer in 1904, and sold one of the first production bikes made. Through the next few years, the Motor Company began to develop. The 4th of July in 1905, an HD motorcycle won a 15 mile race in Chicago, perhaps beginning to place the brand as the Legendary American Motorcycle. A year later, the shed was too small and a new 28 x 40 feet factory was built to house the growing staff of 6. The nickname, The Silent Gray Fellow showed up

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BRAIN STORM opinions

LINDSAY THOMSON Editor, The Motorcycle Times

Rambling Man I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about many things. Some people will label my thoughts the rambling of a man in mid-life crisis, but I am way too immature to be in mid-life. Others will mention that I’ve been looking at ATVs, “and you know what that means…” I guess everyone has their own ideas for judging others, but that is really what my thinking has come down too. I’ve been very judgemental and it’s time to stop. Most of my riding has been in road race competition, or on the street, but on sportbikes. That made it easy to make fun of the cruiser and touring riders. My choice was high performance, so why would anyone get anything out of straddling one of those ungainly, low to the ground, customs? I wanted to carve the curves. Why did they even build the big touring behemoths? Scooters? Don’t even start. Oh, sure, I would jump on a dirt bike any chance I got, but a dirt bike is really an off-road sport bike anyway, right? I was pretty closed-minded when it came to the choice of ride and I was very vocal about it. I probably missed the chance to make friends with a number of good people over the years, just by opening my mouth. Maybe I should have been a politician. The change of heart, or the seeds of it, began a few years ago, when I was camping while announcing the VRRA races at Shannonville. A gentleman rode up to the spot beside us on a scooter and said “Hi.” I, for once, was polite and we chatted for a while. Ron Wheatley has a long history of motorcycling, but when our conversation came around to his scooter, what he said went right to my heart. He simply said, “It keeps me riding.” All riders, as they age, face the worry that one day the helmet can no longer be worn. It terrifies me, but in that very moment, Mr. Wheatley moved that day farther into the future for me. I have, in the past, been critical of the “If It Ain’t Harley, It Ain’t Shit,” attitude. I still am, because, as I’m learning, it goes both ways. By ignoring Harley-Davidson and the riders, I’ve missed some great bikes and some great people. I’ve even begun to learn what all those initials in the Harley models mean, but don’t test me on it yet. I have to admit to really like some of the

Harley clothing. My girlfriend has a Harley Team shirt that just looks….Well, you get my drift. Seeing as I’m in the confession booth here, I might as well tell the epiphany I had about some touring beasts. Two stories, one a Yamaha Venture Royale, the other a Honda Goldwing. Never being one who walks away from a dare, I bragged one day that I could wheelie anything on two wheels. The Venture owner laughed and told me it couldn’t happen on his bike. Twenty dollars was mentioned and I found myself on the biggest bike I had ever straddled. Remembering that this motor was a detuned V Max mill, I just pinned the throttle and was rewarded by a spinning tire. Hmm. I hate to lose a bet, but I knew the owner wouldn’t go for what I had in mind. Still, a bet is a bet. I took the bike as far up the lot as I could and performed a big, smoky burnout. Ignoring the yelling, I coasted up to the group, revved the engine, dumped the clutch and launched the front wheel skyward. Scared the you-know-what out of all of us, but I got my twenty bucks. The Goldwing episode was much more humbling. I was playing on the Forks of the Credit Road. (Hopefully, the statute of limitations has expired on this one) I leaned over in a hard right, my knee out (but likely well clear of the pavement), rolling on the power, ready for the next swooping curve, when I suddenly could hear music, right beside me. I looked to my left, just as the sun was blocked out and a Goldwing went around me, leaned over, scraping the floorboards with two up. No lie here. My eyes were opened wide. Finally, having sworn respect to all two wheeled riders, I greedily held on to my prejudice against the growing phenomena of the ATV, or four-wheeler. Oh, they were great to have along on a trail ride. They could carry our stuff, cold drinks and all, but why would I give up the fun of a two-wheeler? “You know why they invented those things, dontcha? So guys who can’t handle a real bike can ride.” Until I rode one. Now I am looking around at four wheelers. I still think the joke’s a classic, though. Open your mind. We are all in this for the same reasons

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Wounded Warriors Chopper Dorr Enterprises Motorcycles located in Boston (near Waterford) Ontario, is pleased to announce that their Canadian Military Tribute Bobber motorcycle which was built in their shop, will be hosting a Wounded Warriors Fund Raiser with Al’s Shoe Factory at 135 King George Rd, Brantford, from

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According to statistice provided to the MMIC February continued with the positive news from Januaryís report; the month finished just 1.2% off the same month, 2011. The street category virtually the same at -.2%, competition, off-road, and mini bikes has major upswings to counter the large drop in scooters. Of the largest provinces, Alberta showed a large increase at 13%, while BC, Ontario and Quebec showed decreases. Manitoba was significant with a 121% increase for the month at 45 units. Year-to-date, retail sales still shows a modest increase of 3.1% over the same period, 2011. Alberta and Manitoba are showing significant gains, while the same provinces, BC, Ontario, and Quebec are down from, or close to, the same period last year. ATV - ATVs are also continuing with positive numbers from January, with an overall 9% increase from the same month, 2011. Every large province contributed to the increase in number with Alberta leading with a 22.9% increase. Quebec was a small exception, with a -1.7% decrease. Year-to-date, the two-month period at the first of 2012 still stands above the same period in 2011 by 5.6%. All the large provinces continue to be above 2011, and the exceptions are Quebec, Nova Scotia, and Nunavut. TMT raising event. Every purchase at Al’s Shoe Factory during the Bobbers tour will entitle you to a ballot for a draw of many door prizes that have been donated by corporate sponsors. There is also a big jug there for donations, so please drop in and leave some cash. Our soldiers will greatly appreciate it. The draw for door prizes will be held Apr 7 at Al’s. Lou DeVuono, the founder of Hero’s Highway Ride (This year ride June 2/2012) and Capt Wayne Johnston, founder of the Wounded Warrior’s Fund, (Wounded are scheduled to be at the door prizes draw. This FIRST and ‘one off ‘ custom Canadian Bobber was built by the team at Dorr Enterprises to raise awareness and funds for our soldiers. “It’s a project that has been in our hearts for years”. We need your help to support our troops. These are son’s and daughter’s that have given and are still giving their All for us so that we can enjoy the life we have now. TMT Corporate sponsor’s welcome, or if you need info, just give us a call. Norm Dorr @ 519-8610571 or Brent ‘Storm’ Wakeford @ 905-9818168.

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April is “Get out and Ride Month” Although this is a“south of the border” initiative, The Motorcycle Times encourages all Canadian riders to recognize the dates below and take part in the fun on our side of the boarder. The American Motorcyclist Association has announced that its annual “AMA Get Out and Ride!” month is set for April. The event is designed to encourage onand off-road motorcyclists to enjoy the thrill of the sport. “There’s no better way to rekindle America’s ongoing love affair with motorcycling than AMA Get Out and Ride! Month,” said AMA president and CEO Rob Dingman. “While some motorcyclists enjoy riding in temperate weather yearround, many riders have to wait out the winter, and April is the perfect time to kick off another great riding season.” Each week of the month focuses on a special motorcycling theme: • April 7-13: “AMA Get Out and Ride Together!” week spotlights the fun of riding with others, including AMA clubs and the online motorcycle community (O/MC). During the week, upcoming rallies and smaller local events, from AMA dual-sport and adventure-touring rides to AMA National Conventions and Gypsy Tours, will be featured. • April 14-20: “AMA Get Out and Ride for a Cause!” week celebrates the generosity of motorcyclists and showcases events and activities where motorcyclists use their love of riding to help others less fortunate and champion the motorcycling lifestyle. • April 21-27: “AMA Get Out and Ride Smart!” week promotes rider training and awareness skills needed to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience on every ride. New for this year, the AMA will be hosting a weekly trivia contest on its Facebook page. Each week, riders can answers a motorcycle-related trivia question, and one person with the correct answer will win a prize.

Ottawa Constable charge with Stunting clocked at 200kph An Ottawa police officer has been charged with stunt driving charges after being clocked at more than 200 km/h on Highway 174 while off-duty. Officers were conducting radar options on the eastbound highway near Tenth Line Road and caught the off-duty police officer. Const. Yannik Bernard was charged with stunt driving under the Highway Traffic Act. As a result his motorcycle was impounded and his rider’s license was suspended for seven days. If he’s convicted, Bernard faces fines up to $2,000. Needless to say he has been reassigned to a ‘desk job.’ TMT

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Dunlop enhances web presence Premier motorcycle tire manufacturer Dunlop recently partnered with digital design agency Cuker Interactive to launch a new site that showcases Dunlop products and the highlights the company’s rich history of motorcycle racing. The new www.DunlopMotorcycle. com is a best-of-class website that solidifies the company’s position as the leader in the global tire industry. Since Dunlop is the largest maker of motorcycle tires in the U.S., supplying major brands like Harley-Davidson, BMW, and Ducati, the site includes an easy process for tire selection. The interactive fitment guide helps consumers chose the right tire for their particular make and model of bike, while the product detail pages provide comprehensive tire information, with zoom, alternate images, find a retailer, and other powerful merchandizing

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23 Degrees and Sunny

About eight years ago I took my safety course early in April. I am pretty sure that the temperature was hovering just above zero with a windchill factor of minus 10 degrees. That was fine by me, an extra shirt, some long johns and a thermal pair of gloves and I was ready for what ever the weekend could throw at me. As the first riding day wore on, I remember the sun came out for about an hour or so and then that would be it for the rest of the weekend. I graduated the safety course and began practicing all the skill I learned at an abandoned school parking lot, a little north of where I was living at the time. I spent almost every available moment in that parking lot, it was chilly most of the time, and when the sun would set, the thermometer would nose dive like a cliff diver into a frigid sea. It would take a few months yet for daytime temperatures to average fifteen Celsius or better and still remain above the zero mark in the evening. I thought I was in heaven. The weeks rolled by and with a continuous increase daily in temperature, my grin would get bigger and bigger. I quickly realized that there is a perfect temperature for an all day ride, at least for me anyway, and it happens to be 23° C. Not too warm that you feel overheated in your gear and not too cool that your fingers and knees need hours to defrost when the bike has been put to bed. I can ride for hours and it doesn’t really matter where to, any direction is good with me. Well, as the summer grew warmer and more humid, I found I was still riding just as much, just with a little lighter gear on. Then it hit with little warning, the mother of all heat waves. 35°+ with about 90% humidity. Not a breeze anywhere, the grass was beginning to turn brown and the air conditioner was on high alert trying to chill down the house. I decided I would take a ride and enjoy the summer’s temperatures while they lasted. In Ontario as with most regions in Canada, winter comes in so fast that every day was precious and not to be wasted. I pulled on my lighter riding gear, leather jacket, gloves, heavy denim jeans and riding boots, and my only helmet I had at the time, a black full-face helmet. It was about five minutes of riding before I began to realize that I was beginning to overheat. All I could think about was ways I could cool down. Every stop on the bike felt like I was in an oven, regular speed limits did nothing except make me sweat even more. It was like a truck size hair dryer was pointed at me and turned to high. I decided to stop for a refreshing drink and to re-hydrate myself. After a few minutes of recharging beside my bike in the oppressive heat, I decided that the best decision for me was to head back home and attempt to cool back down. I rolled into my driveway and parked my melting motorcycle in the garage and began to escape the heat under an invigorating cold shower until I could feel myself stop sweating. Even though we were taught about hydration and the effects of extreme temperatures, I truly didn’t realize just how severe

either extremes effects were. That summer, the heat wave subsided like it always does and it gave way to the somewhat cooler days of late August. Riding temperatures were much more inline with my comfort zone, especially with gear on. The house air conditioner was put back on alert mode and the nights were comfortably cool providing some very pleasant long evening rides. It wasn’t long before the bare branches of the trees gave way to those frigid daytime temperatures and frosty evening lows. As with most Canadian riders, we realize that our season is substantially much shorter if you only choose to ride when the warmest rays of the sun present themselves So having that thought in the back of my mind, I was convinced I would stretch my riding season out as long as I could. After all, December snowfalls don’t usually come around till Christmas time, so riding into November was doable, at least that’s what some of my newly found riding friends told me. As November’s rides became scarce, December found me throwing my leg over the saddle for just one or two rides after spending the better part of an hour layering on clothes and forcing down litres of hot beverages. Those rides were short by comparison even with all the layers, maybe a ride to my local coffee shop to meet friends and keep warm with more hot coffee. There is a tradition in Ontario where those who are brave enough or stupid enough - I haven’t decided which yet shed their clothes and take a swim in the lake all in the name of ringing in the new year. Someone called me early on New Year’s Day and asked if I wanted to take part in their annual Polar Bear ride scheduled for noon that day. Well, I’m not a fair-weather rider, and the roads are clear, so sure, lets go for a ride. We gathered at the agreed upon location and the group of us posed for a group photo before riding down to watch those idiots jump in the lake. When we pulled up on our motorcycles to witness the spectacle, I began to get the feeling that we were quickly becoming a big part of said spectacle. You know, I actually missed seeing those brave soles rush into the frozen lake, I guess I was to busy trying to find a way to get circulation back into my hands. Over the years, I look back on that first year, nothing was going to stop me from riding as long as the roads were clear. Well, it seems that an odd thing is happening as I get older. Each year my riding season has become significantly shorter and shorter something to do with my joints and bones I think, that’s what I’m sticking to anyway. No longer is a temperature of plus ten degrees a good enough reason to go for a ride. Hell, I find myself waiting somedays for that ‘perfect’ temperature before I will fire up the bike. Those ridiculously hot heat waves in late July? That’s exactly why I bought a car with air conditioning. So go ahead, I am the first to admit I have become somewhat of a fair weather rider, but you know. I’m ok with it.


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Kawasaki Ninja 1000 “Ninja”, a more streetable Litre sibling to the ZX10

by LINDSAY THOMSON Contributing Writer - TMT Back in the early 1980s, I was one of those guys who bucked the trend of cruisers. I had a 1982 KZ550 that had flat handlebars and rearset pegs. I knew it wasn’t a race bike, but it just worked for me. I had a racy looking nose fairing and a Hindle pipe, but that was it. All I wanted, and could not find, was a set of hard luggage to round out my vision of a sport touring bike. In 1982, that was a hard sell. Here now in the 21st century, we can get almost anything we want to customize our bikes, but now, we can also just go to a dealer and buy it as one complete package. I wasn’t at all sure what to expect when Kawasaki offered me the Ninja 1000 to test. I had originally thought that Ninja 1000 was another name for the ZX10 that I had just tested and enjoyed, but I was really off base on that. My first impression of the machine was that it stands taller and wider than its race oriented sibling. The windshield is also quite a bit more upright and, as I discovered, adjustable. The adjustability was the first clue that this was a different bike. That and the fact that it sported a pair of hard bags. The seating position is, as we’ve heard before, a sporting reach, but not a racer crouch. The seat places you nicely on the bike, but allows some movement forward and back. The pegs are slightly rearset but only enough to compliment the seat and bars. I’m 5 foot 8 inches tall and I felt that there was easily enough room for a 6 footer, but the 5 foot 2 woman who test rode the bike found it quite comfortable. A walk around showed me the basics, the dash is more traditional with less of the flash that the ZX10 has, but easy to read and learn. The suspension is from a little lower

on the price list, but as a street bike, doesn’t seem to need the high dollar approach the track bike does. The buttons, levers and toggles (BLT) are right in the proper places for me, anyway. I found myself looking forward to taking this one for a good long ride. The fuel injected engine fired up and smoothed out immediately, although not as smooth as the ZX10. I’m not sure if the difference is the tuning (more mid-range) of the engine or perhaps the chassis itself, but there is a distinctively different feel to the idle. It definitely sounds a little less aggressive, but that is a plus for the average rider who would be buying this bike. The shifter clicked into gear with the standard Kawasaki “pop” and I let out the clutch, moving away very cleanly. The engine pulls well from about 1500-2000 rpm, needing little in the way of clutch slip. I was onto the road and working my way through the gears, noticing the quick, positive shifts and nicely spaced cogs. It is not difficult to keep the engine smoothly just in the middle of the rev range. You could ride this bike all day long and never rev it above 5000 rpm. Now, if you know my way, you also know that that is not the way to test a bike with sporty intensions. I spent a few kilometres getting used to the motorcycle and testing the brake feel, the amount of effort needed to steer it and then, on my quiet, hidden, secret test road, I opened the injectors hard and was rewarded with…a big wheelie. It’s not to say I wasn’t expecting to maybe lift the front wheel a bit, but this bike launches. The way it feels as you cruise back roads, it’s easy to forget that you are on a litre bike. The power is unobtrusive, the handling is quite neutral and the brakes are fairly low effort, but when I slapped that throttle sleeve, the memory came right back, hard. When I originally rolled the Ninja 1000 down the ramp off the truck, I wondered

what it would be like to spend a few days riding it in a row, perhaps a couple of 700 to 1000 km days. I got the opportunity to do that in some interesting weather, to boot. I put about 850 kilometres on the one day, mostly on country roads through some resort areas, just riding where ever the curves took me. The weather stayed clear but I had a fair amount of wind, something that can keep a fully faired bike a bit tense. I am used to the movement that a stiff crosswind can give a bike like this, but there was no more than a comfortable amount of lean needed at any time during the ride. I adjusted the windshield through its entire range and came to the conclusion that the lowest position suited me fine. I found raising it just increased the turbulence pushing my helmet forward at speed. Taller riders may find that not to be a problem. I did discover fewer bug carcasses at the end of the day, so that’s a plus. I never ran the tank dry, but I was using my bladder as a guide on when to stop, so I usually gassed up with premium every 2 to 3 hours and never had a problem. The bike ran cool and smoothly and, even after taking a couple of gravel roads totalling about 15 kms, I have no complaints about the suspension in the intended use. I know, you hear the “but” coming. The Ninja, being a Kawasaki Ninja, brought a bit of the

evil side of me out and I found a very twisty stretch of clean pavement to try it on. Keeping in mind that I was really pressing past what the designer intended, I found that, by entering a corner a bit too hot, I could tuck the front wheel slightly and get a push. There, I said it. What I actually think is that I had the rear shock too soft and the bike was squatting under acceleration. I mention this because it was the only handling problem that I could find. The big Ninja handled almost everything that I could throw at it, even four hours in heavy rain the next day. Okay, the kudos have been thrown; now the whines. I have told some riders that I could ride this bike across the country and that is true, but I would have to change a few things. The brakes were fine for a daily rider, but braided lines and better pads would make them better. The front dives farther than I like under emergency stopping conditions. Some fork work will fix that. An aftermarket rear shock would make an aggressive rider feel a little more confident but, along with upgraded tires, the average rider wouldn’t feel the need for these changes until the stock components need replacement. I think, all in all, Kawasaki has done a good job of creating a good, streetable and perhaps more reasonable alternative to the all-out, take no prisoners ZX10.


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T E S T SUBJE CT Get Your Shine On! by SCOTT MACDONALD Contributing Writer - TMT Every so often a product comes along that makes such an impression on you, it makes you wonder how you lived so long with out it, and what you did before. New to the marketplace but not in concept, Whoosh, the waterless wash and detail in a bottle is making some big impressions on the motorcycle industry. Before the likes of Whoosh, if you wanted to give your bike a quick cleaning to get rid of the accumulated dust and bugs from your last ride or just to quickly freshen up your bike for a Saturday night ride down the boulevard you’d probably resort to getting the hose and wash mitt out and spend about an hour or more just to give it the once over. With Whoosh, you can cut that time down to about 15 minutes at the most. Think I’m kidding? Armed with a bottle of Whoosh and the supplied micro fiber cloth, our staff tested just that. A few squirts from the bottle and you simply wipe your way to a perfect polish with no streaking or scratching. Removing bugs from your windscreen or our visor is just as simple too. We even tried it on our riding glasses. Perfect shine every time! There is something magic in that bottle, what exactly is going on? Well according to the manufacturers, each bottle contains a guarded secret of uniquely blended organic polymers which when applied first acts like a detergent and loosens and lifts the dirt, grease and such up of the paint or chrome and with the first wipe, you begin to remove the dirt safely from the surface, the slight residual moisture left behind then acts like a super fine polish and with a clean surface of the micro fiber cloth the remaining liquid polishes your bike to an amazing shine. It also leaves the surface with a protective micro-layer of antistatic and friction reducing coating. Perfect for cleaning every inch of your bike (including your tires) Whoosh also promises not to leave a buildup of residue behind. It’s hard to remember what we ever did without this stuff. I for one won’t be giving up this bottle any time soon. Whoosh is available online and is distributed through select Canadian Tire stores.

Some of you may remember seeing this product in a different bottle or remember hearing the name about a year or so ago. Whoosh was introduced to the marketplace with very little fanfare. It had humble beginnings in a somewhat generic bottle and was being showcased at the local consumer shows. It finally made it to the big leagues and stood proudly on the shelves at local retailers and select Canadian Tire locations but not until it was suggested that it be given a professional face-lift. So off the shelves it came and underwent a packaging makeover. Now, once again, Whoosh proudly stands among it’s rivals on shelves across this country. A success story that cleans up nicely is what I now affectionately refer to as Whoosh, my secret weapon when it comes to detailing by bike in a hurry TMT Rating: Visit for more info.

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Grab That Wrench There comes a time in many aspiring rider’s existence where the need to learn some basic wrenching skills becomes a necessity. Of course, the many paths available to any new wrench turner are as varied as the people you can ask such advice from. This does not mean that any one seasoned wrench has all the right or wrong answers, but in near every other aspect of life, it’s often a good idea to get a number of opinions. In most cases, the beginner will be in one of two situations. The first will be when you take ownership of your first motorcycle, (factory new or at least new to you) and want to maintain it yourself. This route will certainly shave off a few bucks from those costly trips to the dealership for minimal things like fluid changes, minor adjustments and upgrades of stock parts to shiny things. The second situation that plays a key role in forming one’s basic mechanical skills lies on the darker side of the force. This usually comes when you either want to kick up performance, swap out major components or bring home that basket case project bike. To start things off, you need some basic hand tools, metric or standard or possibly a combination thereof. Next, assign an area in your garage, shed, basement or the kitchen (if your significant other doesn’t mind) where you will not have to move the bike and parts from, if it doesn’t get finished in your allotted timeframe. Organize a clean space on a blanket, a workbench or shelf where you can place the removed parts. I personally use cardboard boxes and zip lock freezer bags, marked with tape and magic marker. Organization is the key to keeping track of everything taken off, so that nuts, bolts and parts are kept together and labeled for when it’s time to reassemble. Although all nuts and bolts may look the same, they may be of different thread patterns, sizes and lengths. Pull out that digital camera or cell cam if needed and shoot some “before” pics of the parts being taken off for future reference. It could be days, weeks or months before you return to reassembly. Next, a good stable bike lift is a smart investment if you plan to wrench your ride on a regular or continued basis. Before any wrench should turn, you’re best to have a service manual. Although owner’s manuals will give you the basics for fluid change intervals and some specs, they don’t always provide a “how to” section, in enough detail or the much needed torque specifications. While on that topic, your next investment would be a mid-priced accurate torque wrench so that

you are not putting the “Hulk Hogan” to the wrench and snapping bolts off inside the engine cases. When at the bike shows, dealerships or some events, grab up some free, factory or aftermarket parts catalogs. They come in real handy for making the wish list or seeing what the parts look like on your model bike, before ordering. These catalogs provide year, make and model compatibilities of their parts. Before you begin, you should have all that you need, readily available. The replacement parts, the filters, the fluids, all required gaskets and seals, some shop rags and polishing rags for the greasy fingerprints and I find brake cleaner will save time when cleaning those oily or dirty parts before reassembly. Many of the once, simple tasks we did years ago on bikes have now drastically changed due to complications arising from the sophistication and the newer technology in motorcycles. More components now overlap making them harder to get at or even require specialty tools, which increases frustration for the owner/mechanic, forcing many to take their bikes into dealerships. Web Forums and message boards are a great resource for insight, tech tips or feedback and some big box stores now offer tool lending or rental. That and family/friends may also already own these tools needed for the job. If a specialty tool is something you are going to require on a regular basis then investment is wise but for a one-shot need, borrowing or renting is the way to go. If you have ever tried to remove an oil filter on a V-Star or even drain the oil on a Roadstar, you know what I am talking about. With that said, there are alternatives to every situation. Whether it be, converting to an external oil filter setup to make oil changes ten minutes versus an hour or sometimes even cutting two box end wrenches, grinding, bending and welding them together to make that specialty tool for your application. Hurdles can always been overcome to make the job less stressful and time consuming. Just ask anyone who has had their bike for any length of time and regularly services or maintains it. They will know the wrenching tricks, the upsides and downsides of customizing and tweaking and what to do to avoid knuckle busting and frustration. If you have questions, comments, concerns or feedback or maybe you just want to sound off. Drop me a line at: and I’ll do my best to address them in a future column. “It’s not about the destination, but the journey riding there”

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Ok, from the left... Down for the night in WV, roughing it in style in Key West, (clockwise from here) blue water and white sails , Ernest Hemingway’s house, Mile Zero at the southern tip of Key West, 90 Miles to Cuba, Coast Guard on patrol in the Gulf of Mexico.

Key West or Bust!

by BLAKE MERRITT Contributing Writer - TMT A week of vacation booked off and nowhere to go! That had never happened to me before, and I’ll be surprised if it ever happens again. Through auspicious circumstances I found myself off work in early June, home alone, with a blank agenda and endless possibilities for filling my week. I scrambled to start making a list of ideas. My wife got into the game too, adding more ideas, but I quickly learned her thoughts were somewhat of a different variety than mine. Paint the bedrooms? Gardening? Really? So I went with my first thought, packed the bags on the bike, got out a map, closed my eyes and pointed my finger...destination: Key West, FL! The first day on the road I made a decision to “blog” family and friends every night. Society is in fact smothered with personal information in this age of electronic journals like Facebook and Twitter. There are however, a few of us that resist putting in real time things like what’s on our mind every 10 minutes, what we’ve just had to eat, and who our absolute fave sports team is. Ten years ago I never thought I would say I was behind the times by keeping current with people through email, and yet here I was... old school. Go figure. Every day I would send off updates after the day’s ride, typically somewhere comfortable with a cold beer. I’m glad I did because without these notes, this old school brain would never remember all the details of what I did and saw.

Day 1; St. Catharines, ON to Morgantown, WV – 489 kms Greetings from West Virginia! Great ride

today, and given my afternoon departure I did well to get as far as I did. The weather was amazing, perfect in fact, all sun and temps around 24 C. The only issue was that I had my full helmet on this time, so I was cooking…”Blake Under Glass” if you will. Sure, the scientists tell us that glass and plastic stop the bad UV rays, but I still fully expect to come back looking like a department store Santa with rosy red cheeks and a matching nose. I really pushed the bike and my nerves to the outer limits today. A full tank on my bike will get me to about 260 kms on a good day, but today I pushed it to just over 290 kms and not on purpose! That’s what happens when you aren’t paying attention to the little flashing light on the gauge and then all of a sudden you’re in the middle of God’s country. Down the road a couple kilometers I found a small, one-pump BP station, all quiet except a guy sitting down and leaning back on the front steps, complete with missing teeth and only shy a banjo to complete his ensemble. I pulled up to the seemingly operational gas pumps, and he stepped up and said “gas is gone”, then turned around and resumed his position. Apparently it went missing, damned if they can find it anywhere, and the banjo-less dude’s job was to tell the poor fools off the highway that they’re wasting their time. Great, I was a little worried before, now I’ve just wasted 6 more kilometers to add to the discontent in the pit of my stomach. Two exits up the road…gas!! Added bonus was that I even got to wipe the entire “bug cemetery” off my helmet and coat. My usual riding buddy would have been giving me a hard time if he’d been here because I refuse to get a windscreen for vanity reasons, and his “Bat Shield” would have saved him this grief.

Around dusk I pulled into Morgantown and discovered that, after stopping at three hotels, pretty much every room in town is sold out. Found out the hard way that you don’t just show up here when West Virginia University has any sort of sporting event on. I did luck out though. At one of the stops a clerk gave me the scoop on a real gem of a place to stay, “Friends” hotel. Charming (he says sarcastically). Clean though, no extras at all, but also no multi-legged guests scurrying around which is good in this neck of the woods. So the big question.....will I make it as far as Key West? I made good time today, so maybe. My thinking is that if I can make it to Savannah tomorrow, I’m pretty sure I can get all the way down and back in the week I have. Well the beer and long ride are kicking in. I’m drained. Keeping the rubber side down!

Day 2; Morgantown, WV to Savannah, GA – 985 kms Definitely a long day of riding, but I made it to Savannah tonight. National chain this time (low end) but clean rooms and a nice pool made up for it. I left Morgantown and it was in the mid seventies. Mid way through West Virginia the clouds started to gather up on me, but I always run into clouds in the mountains. In fact I don’t think I’ve gone through once via car or bike where it didn’t start to pour at some time or another, and today I got soaked. Then it got hot....really, really hot. High 90’s in the Carolinas. Most notable part of this trip so far you ask? Well, it should have been going through the two tunnels that pass under the mountains of Virginia; East River Mountain Tunnel and Big Walker Mountain tunnel both on the I77.

I’ve always wanted to ride through those and like any immature 40-something guy, rev and pop the bike in the tunnel where it echoes just oh-so-nicely. Well I did. Regardless, that wasn’t it. The prize of the most notable part of the day goes to the traffic jam as I was entering Charlotte, NC. Traffic was backed up for miles in the heat, and I was wondering what the issue is on a Saturday. Congestion? Accident? Nope. A local Baptist Church and Retirement Home bus broke down on the left shoulder of the interstate and about 30 seniors were having a picnic on the grass median in the middle of the highway! Groups huddling up and taking pictures, some sitting on blankets in the grass and reading a book or looking up to the sky and others just wandering around and laughing. You’d figure they were on a field trip. This had traffic stopped on both sides for miles!! Amazing. Made me forget my frustration and bust a gut laughing once I got up there. A prime example of “when life hands you lemons, make lemonade”. I’ll tell you though; I truly would have paid money to listen to THAT particular conversation once the State Police got there. So for those following along at home, that’s West Viginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and just inside of Georgia (where the weather is warm and the people have that down south accent I so love...y’all). Tomorrow, Florida!

Day 3; Savannah, GA to Key West, FL – 1030 kms Made it to Key West!! If I thought yesterday’s ride was a killer, this was hell. I swear the land mass of Florida has stretched since the last time we drove down here. Slept in a bit today (oops), but hit the road and got

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through South Carolina pretty quickly by sticking on the bumper of a guy with a Radar Detector doing a good clip. Unfortunately he pulled off as we got into Florida and then I drove the speed limit for what seemed like days. Then it went from long to painfully long as I rode on the two lane Highway 1 from Miami through the Keys behind a bunch of people that were already on “Key West Kick Back and Relax Time” (35 in a 55 MPH with nowhere to pass...argh!). I’m staying at the Marriott Beach Club Resort in a one bedroom suite. Us tough biker types know how to rough it in style. The room even has a washer and dryer…added bonus considering the two days of being soaked in the rain. In the deep south (and yes, I’m about as south as you can get in the contiguous 48) they have these lovely isolated showers. I dodged three of them yesterday, dealing with wet roads only and cloud bursts of rain to the east or west of me, but the last time there was no dodging on a road with ocean on one side and gulf on the other. Rode in the storm, got soaked, thanked God for helping me build “character”, and rode out. Didn’t even cool it down, just made it muggy as they come. Decided I’m staying for an extra day. Going to drive around Key West and see what there is to see. But that’s tomorrow...

Day 4; Key West, FL – 10 kms Slept in again, this is becoming endemic. Hey, I did laundry and cleaned up most of my mess from cooking last night, impressed? I‘m now sitting on the beach on a rented lounge chair under a rented umbrella, drinking a beer. The hut on the beach selling food and drinks is making a killing...I’ve found my retirement job! It’s in the high 90’s right now, holy heat-stroke Batman! You don’t even need to move, you just start sweating from standing still and breathing. So here I am, typing away on the laptop in the shade under the umbrella, and I’m sure most people passing by think I’m nuts, but it beats a desk! I drove past Earnest Hemmingway’s house on the way here, so I’m going to check that out on the way back. I also want a picture of that big cement southernmost marker I’ve seen on the web that says you’re as far south as you can get in the US. By the way, it’s only 90 miles to Cuba…no bloody wonder it’s stinking hot here. Funny, one of the locals told me that if I thought this weather was hot, I should come back in August when it’s much hotter and with absolutely no wind. He said the only breeze passing at that time of year was manmade and had a name....ha! Those are the highlights of the ride down to Key West. The trip back took me further east, offering its fair share of southern charm, mechanical issues and more rain, but that will come in next month’s article. For now, I can tell you I learned a few things on this trip. Most notable is that perspective changes significantly sitting behind handlebars instead of a steering wheel. I’ve driven along these exact routes in my car more times than I can count, but on the motorcycle the same route seems “different”. Case in point; have you ever driven a long distance and arrived with little recollection of how you got there? It happens... it’s the brains’ version of “automatic pilot”. Now ask yourself, how often have you done that on a motorcycle? Likely very few, if at all. When you’re riding, you take it all in, the sights, the smells, the sounds...few things go without notice. Perhaps wind and rain aren’t the only things a windshield stops from getting in the car. It just might be stopping the whole “road trip” experience too.

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FinishLines Z1 Racing & Performance Friction Team Up in 2012

Szokes Signs on with BMW

Brantford ON Canada (March 2nd 2012) - Jordan Szoke, 7 time Canadian Superbike champion, signs on to ride a BMW S1000 in the MOPAR Canada Superbike Championship for the 2012 season. “I am really excited to represent BMW.” says Szoke when asked about his new livery “Its feels good to represent a manufacturer that steps up to the plate and supports road racing like BMW has this year. Their efforts remind me of the Kawasaki of the 90’s. It’s awesome to see and great to be a part of.” The radX/BMW Motorrad team scooped up the Superbike Championship with rider Brett McCormick last season with a 328 (McCormick) - 318 (Szoke) points lead. “I look forward to coming back for my #1 plate this year.” smiles Szoke “I hope I am able to keep it for BMW and represent them well.”

Szoke will once again manage and race for his own team this season the: “Waznie Racing Parts Canada BMW Motorrad”. A feat he was able to do in 2010 with a perfect Superbike season. He also was awarded the Inside Motorcycles ìTeam of the Yearî award for his accomplishments. The Canadian Superbike Championship will commence June 22nd-24th at Shannonville Motorsports Park. “I would really like to send out a personal thank you to our existing sponsors that stuck with us again this season.” mentions Szoke. “Without them this wouldn’t be possible.” TMT Any inquires are more than welcome to join Szoke’s mission to recover his Canadian Superbike Championship #1 plate.

Stacey Nesbitt and Powersports Canada Team Up for 2012 Stacey Nesbitt and Powersports Canada, Ottawa team up for the 2012 Canadian CBR250R Challenge Championship. “I am really excited to have Powersports Canada on board this year,” says Stacey. “Greg Brule has been fantastic in helping us put our 2012 program together. My goal is to reward their support with the #1 plate.” At 14 years old, Stacey made Canadian history by becoming the first lady to win a national road racing championship, taking the 2011 CBR125R title. Her results included five wins and two podiums from ten races. In parallel, Stacey plans to gain experience on bigger bikes at track days and regional events. “A big thank-you to Pat at Forensi-Tech Racing for his technical support to make this possible” says Stacey.

Arlen Ness is increasing their support for Stacey this year with the latest safety equipment. Long time friend and supporter Mike Rixon of R&M Electrical returns while “Darkness’ is a new mystery sponsor. “ We continue searching for financial backers and sponsors to help cover costs,” says Grant Nesbitt. “We are hoping someone wants to take advantage of Stacey being allowed to run #1 on the bike in 2012”. Other companies are providing support by covering the cost of an entry fee or a set of tires. All support is appreciated. TMT The Mopar CSBK Canadian Superbike Championship kicks off June 22-24 at Shannonville Motorsport Park. All inquiries are welcomed in joining Staceyís goal of capturing the CBR250R #1 plate at

Performance Friction in conjunction with Z1 Racing will offer contingency for the 2012 Mopar CSBK racing season to all competitors in the Pro and Amateur 600 and Superbike classes as well as the XR 1200 cup. Competitors using PFC pads will be required to run PFC Stickers to be eligible for contingency payouts. Contingency will be offered in the form of $75,$50 and $25 credit certificates for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishes respectively. The credits can be applied towards any PFC motorcycle products at Z1 Racing. Application forms are available and must be filled out prior to all events. For more information please contact Zaid Saleemi at Z1 Cycletech.

Honda Canada Confirms CBR250R Series Rules & School Dates Honda Canada has announced the series specific rules for the new CBR250R Challenge spec racer class, scheduled to debut in conjunction with the MOPAR Canadian Superbike Championship in June, 2012. The series format is very similar to the successful 125cc Honda spec Championship that ran with the Canadian National Tour from 2008-2011. The 2012 Honda CBR250R Challenge Series limits changes and modifications to the machines, with the goal of placing emphasis on rider talent and development. All competitors will race on brand new Pirelli Diablo Rosso II race rubber, developed last season in Europe. Only one tire change will be allowed during each three day National event race weekend. As in previous seasons, each National weekend will feature a double header format for the CBR250R competitors, with points paying National events on Saturday and Sunday of each round. Newly crowned Honda CBR125R Challenge National Champion Stacey Nesbitt will run the coveted number one plate in the inaugural Honda CBR250R Challenge series in 2012. Honda also confirmed two CBR250R dedicated track day schools scheduled to run prior to the start of the 2012 National Series.

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Darren James Places in the Top Ten at Daytona at the XR1200 Series Opening Round CONCORD, Ontario (March 20, 2012) - Ruthless Racing Inc.-sponsored Darren James opened his season at 71st in the running of the Daytona 200 Sportbike race, as well as the AMA Pro Road Racing, Vance and Hines XR1200 Series opening round, in which he achieved a solid 5th place finish. Darren James, Manager, Racing Programs, for Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada, brought the Harley Davidson XR1200 Cup Series to Canada in 2011. He had a good first qualifying session, finishing sixth, and greatly improved in the second qualifying session, placing himself in contention with a good third-fastest time. “I have to admit I was a little nervous. This was a big race,” commented James, going into Saturday’s final event. As the race took off and the sound of Harley thunder filled the Daytona bowl, a fourrider pack of handlebar-slamming action took a slight advantage over the rest of the field, with Darren James in hot pursuit. Bartelís Harley-Davidson riders, Michael Barnes and Tyler OíHara, battled for the early lead while KWR Vesrah rider, Tyler Wyman, looked for an opportunity to jump into the fray. Ruthless Racing Inc./Trev Deeley Motorcycles-sponsored Dave Estok edged his way into the mix, dragging James along for good measure. The action was hot and furious and on the final lap, the lead riders jostled for that all-important positioning, leading off the banking, out of the draft, and into the final corners to see who could cross that famous checkered finish line first. With the Bartel’s Harley-Davidson riders embroiled in the lead, Wyman took the advantage of his spot and used the double draft to his every advantage, stealing the all-important first win of the season. Tyler O’Hara got a wheel ahead of Michael Barnes for second, while Estok grabbed fourth. Ruthless Racing Inc.-sponsored Darren James earned a hard-fought fifth-place finish. James commented via Twitter afterward, I want to thank all my supporters (FlexiGlass, Dragon, Etnies, and Ogio) and I wish I could have done better, but that’s why they call it racing, not winning. Next, James will head out to Holmstead Miami Speedway for testing and will be back competing in the June 22 24 season opener of the Mopar Canadian Superbike National Race Series at the Shannonville Motorsports Park aboard the Harley-Davidson XR1200 motorcycle. For further information on the Canadian 2012 Harley-Davidson XR1200 Cup Series, please refer to www.

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Sponsor The racing season is coming up fast. It’s the time of year when racers and teams are putting together programs and budgets. While doing this you quickly realize how expensive racing is! Unless you have just won the lottery and are wealthy you probably need some help. SPONSORS! The wonderful people or companies that help us make it to the track. A Sponsor could be a friend, a local business, or major corporation. There is a lot of different ways sponsors can help. It can be through discounts on the companies’ products or services. You may even receive free products. It could be direct money to help finance your expenses. No matter what it is, it’s a great help! As you become more accomplished in the sport it may get easier to get sponsors to help you out throughout the season. How do you go about getting Sponsors? You are entering into a business relationship with the company or person you’re asking support from. Treat it like a job. Look and be professional, you’re selling yourself and your team. Think of companies that you would like to be associated with. Don’t limit yourself to just motorcycle specific companies. There is a potential sponsor everywhere. Look online. Many companies have websites that have specific support links to use, or who to contact. Some will have you submit electronically or ask that you mail them your request. Put together a detailed resume. Use the 5 W’s, Who, What, Where, When, and Why. Tell them who you are and List your experience. The sponsor needs to know what it is you do. Where are you competing? Are you racing regionally and or Nationally? Are you racing in another country? Give the sponsor details of when the events will be taking place. This gives them the chance to let their clients customers know that they have someone representing them, and to go see what’s going on. Probably the most important part of the whole thing is why. They must get something in return for being part of your program. How will you gain them exposure and get their message out to people who would like to do business with them. Will you use social media like Facebook, Twitter. Do you have a personal website? Will you be available for special events promoting the sponsors? Tell them all the ways that you will help them in exchange of their support. Do keep your supporters updated throughout your season. Regular updates are important. Show them how you’re out there working for them. Don’t forget to cover their gate fees. After all they are helping you. It’s the least you can do. Use the products or services of your sponsors! If you don’t believe in your sponsor why would you associate with them? Don’t forget to say thanks! When you’re in the paddock talking to people, on the forums, talk up the sponsors. Make sure you tell the people that if they go to one of you sponsors that YOU sent them there. Avoid competing sponsors. Loyalty to your sponsors is important. It speaks hugely of your character. Your reputation is important, after all you are selling yourself. Be innovative. I’ve seen some really cool things done to promote sponsors. See if the company has swag. People love to pick things up and take them home. It is a regular reminder of the event and the company. If you see a competitor with good sponsorship, I can guarantee they didn’t just get lucky. They worked to get it, and work even harder to keep it! See ya at the track #61.


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go. Conversely I have been directed to the Suzuki GS500 far more times than I have the Honda CBR 125. And just for good measure, I should say that I’ve been told all of these bikes can be starter bikes. Something is clearly wrong with this picture. In the U.K., new riders are unable to get licenses for bikes with displacements greater than 125 cc. Here in North America we don’t abandon our “bigger is better” attitude and new riders are given free range over engine displacement. In an attempt to satisfy that beefier bike feel, Honda has put the 2012 CBR 125 in the CBR 250 body, thus making the CBR 125 appear larger. Until recently, there wasn’t a lot of selection for smaller bikes, but the recession has benefited the motorcycle industry, because people are looking for ways to reduce costs and the motorcycle’s fuel efficiency is attracting a lot of new riders. Now there are more motorcycle choices under 250 cc and rider incentive programs are actively targeting people that are thinking about getting on a bike. I know that I need to find a bike that fits me. I’m 5’10” and 5’11” on a good day, so I have no problem with street/sport bikes. My feet are always flat on the ground when sitting and I can comfortably reach the handle bars. I can also pick up a bike, something I’m told I will need to do at least once this season. So where does that leave me, a cocky novice that doesn’t know what he doesn’t know? I think I’ve got to trust my non-existent skills, abnormally high confidence levels and do what we all do when we are conflicted, seek out someone to tell me what I want to hear, a dealer. I’ve heard of riders starting at all levels. I don’t encourage this. In mind, I am with the “small and light first bike” camp, but I’m still not sure what I’ll end up with. I do know that practice makes perfect and develops skills you can rely on, a good rider, who rides often isn’t afraid of their bike. In the end it really depends on confidence and some nerves of steel. It seems like I’m going to be employing the same skills that helped me get through the 9th grade.

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ment and Marine, so Ready has just been been working towards a multiline dealership and has been awarded the Polaris, Victory and Suzuki franchises, offering customers a full line of ATV’s, Snowmobiles, motorcycles & Marine products, along with their Line-up of Mirro Craft 12’-19’ Aluminum Fishing Boats. Founder, Eric Redinger (1918-1987) started out in the used car business and for the last 39 years has been Canada’s Oldest Honda Automobile Dealer. Eric used to race motorcycles in Europe, was a dispatch rider for the British Army and was the sole importer of Puch Motorcycles from Austria in the 1960’s. Motorcycles run in the family. His son Bob has been running the business for 29 years, three years ago, he opened the Honda Powersports store in Mississauga, Ontario. They are now the second largest retailer of Honda motorcycles in Ontario (Jan-Dec. 2011) and third in Canada. “Once gasoline gets into your blood, it never leaves,” says Bob Redinger, CEO of Ready Honda. “I grew up around cars, saw firsthand the culmination of the drive, hard work and spirit that my father put into growing the business.” After cutting his jib at General Motors of Canada, Redinger returned to

Ready Honda as General Manager in 1983 prepared to carry on the family business, and continue in the spirit in which Ready Honda was founded. Redinger seems eager to go to work every day, and his passion for his work is evident in his tone, which has been recognized by his peers. “What is so nice about what I do, and what draws me to it, is, every day is different. There is never boredom. You run into situations that are exciting—there is always learning and it is stimulating.” Put simply, Ready Honda specializes in “everything that Honda sells in Canada. If the brand name is Honda, we have it.” Ready Honda also hosts car clinics to familiarize buyers with their new purchases. With a full service and body shop with Honda-trained mechanics and technicians, a stockroom full line of parts, Ready Honda is prepared to take care of their customers. “Ready Honda is not just your run-of-themill dealer, we Honda’s complete line, including over 300 new vehicles, over 100 used vehicles and 50 motorcycles at any one time” says Redinger “now with this one-stop shop, you can even test ride on all the brands of motorcycles we sell” One key thing to note is that all of their

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EVENTS Check our new online EVENTS section. Monthly Calendar format with Google Map support and it’s printable. www. for the full list of events! April 21, 2012 - Hamilton Swap Meet & Motorcycle Day Presented by Hamilton Biker’s Church from 10am-3pm at The Victory International Church in the parking area at 2799 Barton Street, east of Centennial Parkway & QEW (between Lake&Gray). Featuring Parts, Accessories and Leathers. Admission is $5. Vendor’s invited to at $20 per table. All proceeds go to ‘Send A Kid To Camp’. to register as a vendor call Pastor Ken at 905-547-8580,, www. May 4, 2012 - World Wide Female Ride Day Globally synchronized campaign for women riders with the purpose of building awareness, while encouraging women to start riding. Any Where. May 26, 2012 5th Spring Poker Run Registration 9:30 all kickstands up by 11am., ride leaves and ends at Queen’s Bush Pub 451 10th St., Hanover. $25 to register includes prizes, dinner and entertainment (collect $100 in pledges you get a free limited editon shirt). We travel 200-250km of Grey and Bruce Counties famous roads, four stops where stamps are collected and redeemed for the best poker hand back at the pub, prizes for best poker hand, silent auction, 50/50 draw and entertainment with local band Dirty Mac and dinner. All proceeds go to Big Brothers and Big Sisters and Grey Bruce Literacy. Anita Maahs 519-364-6666 or May 27, 2012 - Toronto The B.A.D Ride 8am Register-Dave & Busters

at Hwy 400&7. $75/each rider. A fun-filled day, starting with a back roads ride and ending up at Markham Fairgrounds for the BBQ, events and music, Motorcycle prize draw., 416-5951716, June 2nd 2012 - Trenton Hero’s Highway Ride C.F.B. Trenton, Hwy. 2 near R.C.A.F. Road, follow the signs. Registration FREE - just sign a waiver. 8:30-11:15a.m. Ride Departs 11:30. Register at www. The route leaves from C.F.B. Trenton to R.C.A.F. Road, north, pass the base before joining the Highway of Heroes to the our new rally location to be announced. The Heroes Highway Ride is being honoured by Base Command from C.F.B. Trenton. June 3, 2012 - Bayfield Bayfield’s “ Old Bike Day” 1 Main St, Bayfield, - Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group, Sarnia. 3rd annual at the Clan Gregor Town Square from 104pm. No fee, no official judging, no vendors, it’s not a swapmeet. The Albion Hotel, “Best in Show” Award voted on by fellow registered participants. Includes an overnight stay for 2 plus breakfast at the Albion. All make/models of Vintage & Classic bikes welcome. The 1960’s time period of the “Mods & Rockers, Scooters and “Ton-Up” Cafe Racers. Contact jbaljeu@, 519-336-8756. June 9, 2012 - Brantford Lansdowne Children’s Centre Brantford & District Civic Centre (69 Market St), Registration at 9am, Ride departs 11am, $30 per Rider/$15 per Passenger (FREE for both when you raise a min of $250 in pledges), Fully police escorted ride that follows over 70 kms of scenic routes through city and country settings. Enjoy breakfast and lunch (included in your registration fee) provided by our friends at Strodes BBQ & Deli. Erin ehel-

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Check Yourself ! I trust you’ve been taking advantage of the record breaking pre-spring temperatures we’ve been having. I have and it it’s been awesome! Thankfully for me, it also means that many pilots in training have been getting the itch to return to the cockpit. This got me thinking about how I can bring a little of my flying life into your riding life. As pilots, we learn a lot about many factors affecting flight but the most important of all is “The Human Factor.” It’s the one variable in our daily lives that we will never be able to escape. From the time we wake until the time we sleep, our minds and bodies are in charge of keeping us alive. It’s important that we take care of ourselves as we engage in potentially life threatening activities, be it flying, driving and even more importantly, riding. Here are 6 items you should consider before each ride. Pilots are all about acronyms and checklists so this should be an easy one to remember. I.M. S.A.F.E ILLNESS: Being sick is no picnic but what we sometimes forget is that it is most often physically AND mentally draining. The last thing you want is itchy or watery eyes as you’re rounding a corner and miss Mr. Roadhog on your side of the yellow line. Do you think you’re reaction speed is going to be up to par when you’ve been battling headaches and drowsiness? ASK YOURSELF: Do I have any symptoms? MEDICATION: If you’re ill and on medication it’s almost a no-brainer… don’t ride. But sometimes we are taking more long-term medications to combat ongoing problems or even as preventative measures. All medications, whether prescription or over-the-counter, have side effects. Make sure you read the labels and heed any warnings given. If you are unsure, ask a pharmacist or your doctor. ASK YOURSELF: What am I on? What are the side effects? STRESS: Stress comes in many forms and I’m sure you’re no stranger to a few. Luckily, we are designed to be able to manage certain levels of stress. Some types of stress even make us more alert and quick to respond initially. However, all types will ultimately take a toll on your mental ability to perform the task at hand. Home, family, spouses, work, co-workers, bosses all add to our daily stress loading even when everything is A-Okay. It’s when we get that little bit extra tagged on that our abilities begin to deteriorate and deteriorate quickly. Any extra

bit out on the road may just tip the scales and you could find yourself in a ditch, or worse. ASK YOURSELF: Will I be able to cope with additional stresses that may arise while riding? ALCOHOL (DRUGS): We all know consuming alcohol or other drugs in any quantity diminishes our ability to operate most mechanical equipment. There are so many factors that determine how much and how long an individual will be affected. No matter what your moral stance is on drinking and driving, drinking and riding is just stupid. Driving doesn’t require you keep your vehicle balanced and one of the first parts of our physiology to be affected by alcohol is balance. There is fluid in our ear. Even with one small drink, some alcohol will seep into this fluid changing its consistency. Get enough of a change and tiny little hairs that move with the fluid will send erroneous signals to our brain which means ‘fall down go boom’. Even scarier, is that long after we have stopped drinking, even when we are well below the legal limit, some of that alcohol stays in the fluid in our ears… sometimes for days. If that’s not enough, impaired driving laws are getting stricter across the country. In Ontario, police can already suspend your license if you are over 0.05 BAC or 0 BAC if you are 21 and under. Remember, if you lose your license in ANY vehicle, you lose your privilege to drive ALL vehicles. ASK YOURSELF: When did I last drink? Do I HAVE to ride right now? FATIGUE: All factors in this list can also lead to the unfortunate side effect of fatigue. Illness, some medications, stress, alcohol and inadequate nourishment can all take a toll on your body leading to sleepiness and poor co-ordination, reaction time and judgement. You owe it to yourself and others to get the rest you need to be awake and alert when you are on the road. ASK YOURSELF: Do I feel alert and up to the task? EATING: Just by being alive your body has to burn calories in order to create the energy needed to sustain all your systems. With each additional movement, the required calorie intake will need to be boosted to meet your body’s demand. What and when you eat can make a big difference in your ability to process and cope with all of the above factors. Also, organs like your eyes and brain need specific nutrients to be able to perform at peak levels in order to keep you safe on the road. ASK YOURSELF: Am I adequately nourished? I’m Safe… Are you?

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