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2012 Victory Cross Country The bagger that takes on the road and the entire industry by BRENT WAKEFORD Editor - TMT It’s been sometime since I’ve ridden anything other then my trusty steed, but as my true love is a bagger, which I ride mostly without the tour box, I wanted to feel what others had to offer. When the opportunity arose to grab Victory’s new 2012 Cross Country and take it
for a blast in the country, I jumped at the chance. There is something sexy about this style of bike. Maybe it’s the lines or the styling of the bags or fairing, or the way the floor boards just seem to mould right in, I don’t know. With quite a few colour options to choose from and of course the many Ness accessories/options available, this could be a sweet custom ride right off the showroom floor. I
The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame announced the first member of the induction class of 2012. John Doherty will be honoured at the 7th Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion, which takes place on Nov 3, at the Delta Centre-Ville in Montreal, Quebec. John Doherty has been immersed in the world of motorcycles since he was old enough to ride. Like most lifelong enthusiasts, he progressed from rider, to club member, to competitor, to event volunteer, to organizer, to advocate, to sponsor, fund raiser, to race track management, to major event organizer and now, historian of the sport. “There is hardly any branch of the motorcycle sport in Canada, for that matter, that hasn’t benefitted from the tireless efforts of John Doherty,” notes Hall of Fame Chair Kellee Irwin. “John is well known by just about everyone in the sport and business, all of whom could independently speak of his considerable contribution over the past 43 years.”
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gave this bike a good thorough examination in the parking lot before mounting up. I noticed the way the front fender follows the line of the tire and the front signals are small yet bright. The fairing has good flowing lines to it and it is simple and clean with the single beam headlight. The floorboards are 18 inches long and run from wide out front to lean and tight near the back. More then see page 3
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From Cover... enough room for a big size twelve boot and the brake and shifter are not invasive. For my length of leg, I found no need for highway pegs to outstretch with this set-up. The saddlebags provide a whopping 21 gallons of storage and the moulding really compliments the whole sleek look of the bike. Throwing a leg over this semi-large tough looking bagger and anticipating the up-right weight surprised me on what little effort it took to stand her up. The bike had very good balance, a nice comfortable seat with good lower back support. Note to the engineering department; angle the rear mounted antenna as I hit it each time my leg went over the seat. The large capacity gas tank holds almost six gallons of fuel, but didn’t appear that large as it fit nicely into the seat and upper frame. I wasn’t all that keen on the reach to the bars, considering they seem to stretch way back from the trees under the dash, but even with my extra long arms, it was a reach with no elbow bend. I almost felt like I was on something with drag bars. Maybe that’s where they were going with them. The dash was clean and simple, and offered everything you need, with a good combination of digital and analogue gauges. The speedo and tach were at a perfect height, and the cruise and stereo controls were laid out evenly between the two sides. Another little quirk I found as I began to ride was some of the stereo and cruise control buttons were a bit too far off from the grips to comfortably hit as I rode, forcing me to remove my hands from the grips to activate. As I blasted from the dealership, I could feel the 106 cubic inch power right from the holeshot.
This bagger wanted to let go and roar. I ran her through the rev range as I changed her up through the gears and with every shift, she just wanted to go, go, go! I was very impressed with the torque, but like other Victory bikes, the tranny really clunks with every shift. Maybe that was a consolation for the perfect neutral gear as with any Victory, you’ll have no worries finding it as it was always right there when coming to a stop. Smooth like butter. I never got the chance to get up into sixth as although she was moving, I kept it pretty much to just slightly over the posted limit, this time. You could hear a fair bit of noise from the engine. I could almost hear the pistons travelling up and down in the cylinders. I got out of the city in minutes flat and hit the winding country roads in no time. I played with some of the controls firstly just to see how every thing worked on the fly and was impressed with how the stereo just turns on when you increase the volume button. No extra power on-off switch is a very nice feature. When there is less work involved in pleasure, I’m down for that. The reception was clear and the output from the dashboard flush mounted speakers was huge. Way more power then most stock factory stereo systems. I hit the cruise control at a good clip and then touched the front brake to deactivate with no hesitation or even an indication it was off till the bike slowed. What a nice transition! It reactivated with the push of a button and took me right back up to cruising speed in no time. Steering and handling of this bagger was very good on the open road but a little heavy into the tight turns. I think this was more me, then the bike, as I really
needed more time to adjust to the new and different riding position. Braking was fabulous for such a big bike with those four piston calipers, it would stop on a dime if needed and although this model comes with ABS, under the perfect weather conditions I had this day, I didn’t get the opportunity to engage it to see how it handles. The front suspension was nice and tight which is expected from a reverse telescopic front end.
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The rear shock was a bit more firm for my liking but being it is air adjustable, each rider can set to their own comfort zone, riding style and the different road conditions where mostly travelled. I think if given more time to really put it through the paces, I would cut through the twisties and switchbacks with little to no effort. Overall, the Victory Cross Country is an affordable bike for what you get and in this editor’s opinion, is great bang for the buck.
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BRENT WAKEFORD Editor, The Motorcycle Times
The Code Maybe I’m getting older or less tolerant or maybe I just don’t understand the mentality of some of the younger generation or attitudes of some new riders out there. There used to be a time when the camaraderie of our lifestyle, hobby or sport was much higher. There was a time when every rider you passed gave a wave or a nod, indicating respect and acknowledgement of a fellow enthusiast. There was a time when, if you were stranded or pulled over to the side of the road, a fellow rider would stop to check on you, whether they were on a bike or even in their car. You could rely on a fellow rider to stop when many others would not. Hell, I had an occasion, when on a deserted dark country road, long before cellular, I blew a headlight fuse around midnight. Here I am, in the pitch black, on a chopped out hog, on the soft shoulder of this rural road, fully leathered up and road worn and looking like the scary creature from a late night horror flick and not a house, car or soul in site. Of course, who’d stop anyway for the likes of me? Accept of course, another rider. Then along came the first car after a twenty minute wait and didn’t it pull right over. The ‘family looking’ dude exits the car, leaving his wife and two small children sitting there in the pitch black and asks if he can be of assistance. After thanking him for stopping and explaining my dilemma, he immediately pulls his car radio fuse from the fuse panel and offers it up and won’t even accept payment. With my headlight back up and shining, I thanked him again and asked what he rode, assuming he had to be a biker. He replied with “It’s not what I ride, but “that” I ride. Bikers are like the marines, they’d never leave one behind!” Walking back to his car, he and his family drove off into the night. Back in the day we had a code of honour among the select few who rode. Maybe the education isn’t there today. Maybe the older generation of riders are not passing on that code to the next new group, maybe people are in too much of a rush or can’t be bothered anymore. I miss the code.
The more I ride nowadays, the more I witness other riders; not bothering to give a wave, nod or even acknowledgement to other riders. I notice bikes stopped on the side of roads and highways as other riders just pass on by without even considering to pull over and ask if assistance is needed, and when I stop, they mention I am the first to stop, of dozen of passing riders. I notice more and more; the youth and newer riders of today are not following the code because maybe they just don’t know it. Eventually, we as a society of motorcycle enthusiasts will no longer honour our brothers and sisters of the road. We will become just like every other vehicles on the road, oblivious of others around us, robots just travelling from point A to B! How many car and truck drivers do you see waving or acknowledging each other as they pass? Just oblivious! Considerably outnumbered by four-wheelers, we are still a ‘select few’ and we must keep that alive to maintain our existence in society. Back in the day, the mentality of some riders, were; to only acknowledge fellow riders of the same brand of motorcycle or from the same club. Then, somewhere along the way, attitudes evolved and all riders were accepted for who they were, not just what they rode. As many new riding clubs began to pop up, it wasn’t only about brand specific members anymore. Sure, you still have your select groups, between the rocket riders, cruisers, euroriders, trikers, some brand specific clubs and the hog family, but we all coexisted. Far too often, it’s only the older, veteran or re-established riders that still ride by the code. Although all the new riders are accepted and welcomed in, showed how to ride group style and helped along, they are not taught the code. We must educate beyond the riding skill set. We must return to our roots, re-establish our code, keep our existence in society alive. Return to the mentality of “not what you ride, but that you ride.” Respect of others starts with you. It can be contagious! Stop and help out a brother or sister, offer up, back up, acknowledge and support, the ‘select few’!
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MOTORCYCLENEWS Schultz Motorsport’s Darrin Ostapowich Crowned Yamaha Tech GP Canadian Champion!
Triumph brings Trophy to Canada this fall New for 2013 and designed with obsessive attention to detail, the 1215cc 3-cylinder shaft drive Triumph Trophy gives you the torque, performance and handling for a sublime riding experience. Offering; either the Trophy or the Trophy SE with the addition of electronically adjustable suspension and a sophisticated audio system. Whatever the distance, you’ll cover it in style and comfort; the generous, luxury seats and ergonomically designed riding position mean the miles melt away barely noticed. The road becomes part of the bike, the bike part of you. The journey is not the way to where you want to go; it’s where you want to be. The beating heart of the machine, this spirited engine delivers excitement on demand; no need to wait for the revs to rise or be forced to kick down a gear at the wrong time. You’ll feel it and you’ll hear it as the infamous Triumph triple delivers its inimitable, spine tingling sound. Wherever you want to be, the triple puts you there - giving you total control and the confidence to ride to your full potential. The 134PS, 1215cc 3-cylinder engine pumps out 120Nm of torque which spreads the power throughout the rev range: giving you effortless acceleration and smooth cruising. The tough shaft drive system means worry free touring. Electronic suspension, electronically adjustable windscreen, ride-by-wire electronic throttle system and linked brakes which mean front brakes are partially activated by the rear for increased safety are just a few of the many features. The audio system including Bluetooth and iPod compatibility makes the Trophy SE’s superb audio system immerses both
you and your passenger in sound. You can ride in comfort with optional thermostatically controlled heated seats and hand grips. Both the base and SE models are available in silver or blue. Pricing is expected in September and the bikes should be arriving in Canadian dealerships this October. TMT
June 26, 2012 - After months of arduous tests and interviews, the top 10 Yamaha technicians from across Canada arrived at Yamaha Motor Canada Ltd. headquarters in Toronto for the 2012 Technician Grand Prix. Competitors were put through ten skilltesting labs that included troubleshooting mechanical issues, precision measurement and customer service interviews. By the end of the competition, Darrin Ostapowich of Schultz Motorsports in Kamloops, BC was awarded the title of Tech GP Champion. Watch the highlights here. The Tech GP is a contest that pits the very best technicians from countries the world over to promote Yamaha’s worldwide service network. So, the journey doesn’t end here for Mr. Ostapowich. In October, he will fly to Japan to represent Canada in the Yamaha Motor Technician World Championships. To prepare for the World Finals, Darrin said “The studying won’t stop until October. I’ll try to replicate the challenges we had here in Toronto while re-discovering the old fundamentals, making sure they’re good and strong, and coming forth to the new technologies we now see.” For Canadian dealers and their
technicians, Tech GP is a very prestigious incentive rewarding their on-going training (Yamaha Technical Academy) as well as a level of excellence and commitment. The 2012 Canadian Technician GP Finalists were: Fabien Demers (HarricanaAdventures); Alain Piuze (S.M. Sport Inc.); Mathieu Talbot (R.P.M. Rive Sud); Bruce Hollands (Haliburton Outdoor Equipment Inc.); Quang Le (Proline Motorsports & Marine Inc.); Gregory eniuk (Riverside Yamaha/Suzuki); James Bettenson (Scanalta Power Sales Ltd.); Brett Hart (Cycle Work Foothills Ltd.) ; Nicholas King (Vernon Motorsports Ltd.) and William Ostapowich (Schultz Motorsports Inc.) Finishing in second place was Nick King from Vernon Motorsports Ltd. in Vernon, British Columbia. Rounding out the top three was Mathieu Talbot from R.P.M. Rive Sud in Lévis, Québec. Yamaha Motor Canada Ltd. would like to thank all competitors and wish Darrin Ostapowich the best of luck in his quest for the title of Yamaha’s Technician Grand Prix World Champion.TMT
Yamaha Plans to Sell $500 Motorcycle in India According to reports in the Wall Street Journal Yamaha Motor Co. plans to develop its cheapest motorcycle globally in India, to be sold for about $500, as the Japanese two-wheeler maker battles with rivals such as Honda Motor Co. for a bigger share of the market. “We have so far done well with our premium motorcycles in India and now we think is the time to address a bigger part of the market where volumes are high,“ Hiroyuki Suzuki, chief executive of India Yamaha Motor Pvt. Ltd., said in a recent interview. The new model will likely help Yamaha expand sales in India, where two-wheelers are popular because they are cheaper and
more fuel efficient than cars and utility vehicles. The company has a target of a 10% market share by 2016 from 3.5% now. Motorcycle sales in India, the world‚Äôs second-biggest two-wheeler market by volume, grew 12% to 10.1 million units in the fiscal year through March. About 70% of sales comprise entry-level motorcycles with engine capacities of 100-125 cubic centimeters. Hero MotoCorp Ltd., India‚Äôs largest two-wheeler maker by sales, has six entrylevel motorcycles, while companies such as Honda, Suzuki Motor Corp. and Yamaha are expanding their presence in the segment. Yamaha currently sells its 110cc motor-
cycle models Crux and YBR in India, priced at 36,300 rupees ($635) and 43,500 rupees ($760), respectively. Almost all competing brands are in the same price range. “Just about one in every 25 people in India owns a two-wheeler,” Mr. Suzuki said. “There is a huge scope to attract more buyers with a fuel-efficient product that is priced reasonably.” Mr. Suzuki said India Yamaha wants to strengthen its research and development capabilities to develop low-cost models without its parent’s support. He didn’t specify any timeline for introducing the new entry-level motorcycle, but said it will be exported as well. TMT
Repealed helmet laws have been good for organ recipients` FRED GRIMM The Miami Herald Back in 2000, when the Florida Legislature revoked its mandatory helmet law for motorcyclists, I ridiculed biker arguments that getting rid of protective headgear would save lives. As it turned out, getting rid of helmets, indeed, has saved lives. Just not the lives of
motorcycle riders. Researchers from Michigan State University discovered an unexpected, life-saving benefit when Florida and five other states jettisoned their helmet laws. “Our central estimates show that organ donations due to motor vehicle accidents increase by 10 percent when states repeal helmet laws.” Good news for folks in need of a heart or liver or kidney or other coveted organ. Bare-
headed bikers have become so disproportionately generous with their innards that the medical community has dubbed their machines “donorcycles.” Other news for bareheaded bikers has not been so rosy. The Centers for Disease Control reports that while motorcycles account for about 3 percent of the registered vehicles, they now account for 14 percent of the traffic fatalities. TMT
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Headless Horsemen A few months back, my wife and I took a road trip south of the boarder to the sunny shores of south Florida. During one of our first stops to top up fuel and munchies my wife noticed a rider gassing up and not wearing a helmet as he rode off onto the interstate with a roar. Tapping me on the shoulder, she told me what she had just witness. I reminded her that the State of Pennsylvania has no helmet law. My wife, the quiet meek person she is began to voice her opinion right there in the lineup to pay for fuel. Well as you can imagine, it started a chain reaction of opinions and comments from not only the people in the que infront and in back of us, but the tellers just had to tell us their stories of riders they knew who were involved in mishaps while not wearing head protection. We get back into the car and begin to head south when she asks my opinion of the no helmet law. Let’s just say it was somewhere south of West Virginia when we finally changed the subject. It seems that we all have something to say about helmets both for and against their usage. Well, we hit the Florida state line and once again riders without lids. It seems that when we riders get the opportuity to go lidless we do. So let me ask the retoricle question - why do we do it? Is it for the thrill of feeling the wind through your hair or in some cases over your bald and somewhat sunburned cranium, or is it more than just the thrill. Perhaps it’s riders exercising their rights where this practice is legal to choose to wear or not to wear head protection. Hmmm. What if Joe Rider looses control and is thrown from the bike and happens to land on his back while wearing his 3 oz leather jacket but slams his head into a 8x8 guardrail post at 20 mph. If I have to guess, I’ll bet Joe will probably have trouble breathing on his own for the next decade or so because of his choice. You know, it’s easy to forget some of the other factors when we talk about no helmet laws, stuff like mandatory eye protection or insurance liability and medical expenses. Should your insurance company be expected to pay for your head trama treatment because you chose to ride without a helmet or why should it be a
‘nobrainer‘ to wear eye protection, but not head protction? I have been a rider here in Ontario for the better part of a decade. During that time, I have been subject to the laws in this provice which tells me I must wear a helmet and I’m ok with that. Let me re-phrase that - I’m ok with wearing a helmet, not with being told I have to. On any given day, when I’m out on two wheels, at some point in the day, I will notice my helmet visor deflecting flying insects in every discusting shape and size. Usually all that remains on my visor are a leg or two from the unfortunate victim and a jelly like splatter pattern. Without that helmet and visor, my face and eyes would be subject to those strikes directly! I can’t even imagine a “June Bug” strike to an eye at 100 kilometres per hour. Before I took the trip south I thought I had formed a solid opinion on this heated neverending debate. My answer today is somewhat conflicting because I support the standpoint of safety (and still do) with the practice of wearing an approved helmet. Yet, after reviewing the data surrounging the testing methods and actual impact results I am not so sure that a helmet is nothing more than a convenient container in the event of an head impact. I am certain that if we in Ontario had the option to go lidless, some riders would take the risk while others would choose to ride with full coverage helmets believing that they were immune to head trama I think if I have the opportunity or choice to go without a helment, I probably would, but only when it was convenient or relatively safe for me to do so. During those lidless times however, I would continue wearing proper protective eyewear for obvious reasons. As riders we preach about things like freedom and adventure, we preach about safety and give to charities till it hurts. We bitch and complain because insurance rates are through the roof and hold “the man” accountable for all that is bad in our lives. We like to think of ourselves as risk takers and some as bad boys. Even though we are ‘told’ to wear an approved helmet, in the long run we are probably better off not having that ‘choice’ to make.
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Passenger 101 Being a great passenger is easy, with a little know how and practice. by DAN MARSHALL Contributing Writer - TMT Riding as a passenger on a motorcycle with a spouse, parent or friend is one of the most exciting things you can do. It can be an even more enjoyable experience for both if the passenger understands and follows a few simple rules. To be the kind of passenger riders want to ride with, remember the following tips: Wear clothing that will give you some protection in the unlikely event of a spill. As a minimum, you should wear footwear that protects your feet and your ankles, durable pants like leather or if lacking leather, a pair of good thick quality denim jeans, work pants, or something similar. For the upper body, an abrasion resistant jacket that zips or buttons up close to the neck either in good quality leather, nylon or denim will do in a pinch. Get some durable gloves, eye protection if your helmet isn’t equipped with a shield and of course a proper fitting helmet. A helmet should be a snug fit; it should not be possible to twist it around or shake from side to side on your head. The strap should be pulled as tight as you can get it. You should always attempt to dress appropriately for the weather. If you have not ridden very much, you probably do not realize how hot or how cold it can be on a motorcycle. Starting out mid-day can tend
to make riders dress only for the warm temperatures but if you stay out past sundown or travel near the lake, the degrees can drop fast and dramatically. Most people talk about wind chill in the fall and winter but it does exist for riders in the summer as well. A nice cool breeze sitting on your porch will feel alot different when travelling down the road at 80 clicks, so be prepared. On hot sunny days, if you insist on going without a jacket, at least, strap or pack one for later, if you can. One trick is to wear a long sleeve white shirt. It will reflect a lot of heat and help keep you cool. When nightfall approaches, the long sleeves will keep you warmer, longer. Before you attempt to mount the motorcycle, make sure that the passenger foot pegs or boards are down. Next, beware of the hot exhaust pipes. Make sure you know where they are, and don’t let your leg or any part of your body touch them as you mount or dismount the motorcycle. They can give you a severe burn right through the heaviest pants. It is customary to get on or off the motorcycle from the left side. Always wait for the rider to mount up first, have both feet on the ground and both hands on the bars. He or she will then upright the bike and steady it, first. Always wait for the rider to tell you it’s okay to mount or dismount. If you start to hop on or off when the rider does not expect it, the sudden unexpected move-
ment of the motorcycle can lay it down. The best way to get on a motorcycle, and the method almost all passengers should use is to put your left foot on the left passenger foot peg or board, with your left hand on your rider’s shoulder and other on backrest if equipped, then confirm it is okay to mount up and lean your body slightly over the motorcycle, gently step up until you can swing your right leg over the seat and ease yourself down. It’s an easy step up, right leg over to the other peg or board and lower down into the seat. To dismount, just reverse the process you used to get on. Confirm it is okay to dismount, stand up on the pegs or boards, hand on rider’s shoulder and step off the bike backwards to the left side and down. With a little practice, getting on and off will become second nature. Once you are on the motorcycle, plant your feet on the passenger foot pegs or boards and keep them there. You have no reason to remove your feet while riding or stopping at intersections. Your rider is aware of that and will keep the bike balanced for the both of you. Place your hands on the rider’s hips, grab rails, or centre strap if so equipped. Keep your weight centered over the motorcycle. Try not to move around any more than is necessary, particularly when the motorcycle is stopped, as it affects the balance of the bike. If you need to adjust
your seating position, let the rider know you need to move around, so they are prepared with adequate balance. Motorcycles turn by leaning (banking like an airplane), not by steering like a car. So don’t be alarmed when the motorcycle leans over, to go around a corner. To position yourself perfectly for a turn, just look straight ahead or over the rider’s shoulder in the direction of the turn. You don’t have to do anything else. Looking naturally over the rider’s shoulder will automatically put your weight right where it belongs in a turn. Keep your body in line with the rider’s body to prevent the motorcycle from leaning more than the rider intends. Never lean out in a turn, you’ll cause the bike to over steer. When the rider applies the brakes, it causes a forward weight transfer. If the rider is forced to brake hard, as in an emergency, this forward weight transfer is very apparent; you will be forced against the rider, and you will start to slide forward on the seat. Don’t panic. Try to keep back, away from the rider. Resist sliding forward by pressing your feet against the pegs or downward on the boards and use your thigh muscles to control your position on the seat. Likewise, if the rider is forced to swerve the motorcycle to avoid a hazard in the road, you need to be prepared for the sudden lean and change of direction. Okay, mount up and let’s ride.
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chalky just like paint on a car. Polishing and waxing will keep the paint clean, smooth, and vibrant. First you want to remove any imperfections or wax buildup from the paint. If you see fine swirls and scratches, use a polish or scratch/swirl remover to smooth the paint. It can be applied using a foam applicator by hand or by using one of the following options. Attach a 4 inch pad to your drill using the 2 3/4” Hook & Loop Backing Plate and the Spot Buffs Drill Adapter or attach a 4 inch pad to your dual action polisher using a 3.5 inch dual action backing plate. After polishing, use a microfiber towel to buff off the residue. If your motorcycle has only minor haze or dullness, you only need a prewax cleanser to prepare the paint. Wipe on with a clean foam applicator. Then buff it off with a soft microfiber towel. Now apply the wax. You have endless choices for your bike. In the paste wax category you have: Carnauba Paste Wax, Mother’s or Meguiar’s Detailer’s Pro Series wax, just to name a few. Wipe on the wax of your choice using a clean, soft foam or microfiber applicator. Allow a haze to form if directed by the specific product. Then wipe off the residue with a soft, clean microfiber towel. Do not use the microfiber towel you used to buff off the polish since the polish residue in the towel may remove the wax you’ve just applied. Of course, if you have a need for speed, many spray-on waxes are available. Simply spray, spread over the paint, and wipe off. For quick, regular cleaning, use quick detailers which most will also safely cleans windscreens, visors, instruments, and fairings and it leaves a protective coating. Occasionally motorcycle plastics may need polishing. Visors and windscreens are made of a softer plastic than the headlight. To remove stains, light scratches, and oxidation, use a product like Meguiars Motorcycle Plastic Cleaner/ Polish. Maintain clear plastics with products like Whoosh or Plexes plastic cleaner & polish. Just spray and wipe to clean and protect plastic surfaces, such as the windscreen, instrument panels, helmet, and visor. Remember never to us paper towels on any plastics on your bike, including and especially your windshield. Paper towels are made up of wood fibers and will put scratches in the surface. Use a microfiber cloth or better yet, the blue shop towels available in the automotive section. Final Dressing Stage Now that your motorcycle is clean, you can add the finishing touches. On a black engine casing, use an engine brightener, which is formulated specifically for black components and will restore a likenew appearance to all black plastic, paint and rubber. A nozzle extension is included to help you target narrow areas. Leather seats, saddlebags and other leather accessories should be conditioned and protected regularly. Use products like Meguiars Motorcycle Leather Cleaner/ Conditioner to clean, condition, and protect leather in one step. Note: Because of the slickness of tire dressings and the potential safety risk, dressing the tires of motorcycles is not recommended.
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Let’s Go For A Ride in Ontario
Ontario has some of the most amazing roads, some where you’d least expect by CHRIS FRANKLIN Contributing Writer - TMT When most riders think about the roads of Ontario, they think FLAT but if you know where to go, you can find some of the best rural country roads packed full of twisties, switchbacks, curves and hills. So, over the course of the next few issues, The Motorcycle Times will take you across the Province will some of the best riding roads we know of. Whether you open your google maps to bookmark these following destinations or pull out your GPS to build your route, you’ll be pleasantly surprised of what Ontario roads have to offer. Western Ontario Glorious curves, hugging the banks of the Thames River west of Chatham is like an oasis in the biking desert. Riverview Drive/Road 36 follows the south shore and the scenery is oddly lopsided, with broad plains as far as the eye can see to one side, and the rambling riverbank to the other. West of Prairie Siding the road passes Merlin Road 7. Merlin works his motorcycling magic here and the curves tighten for a fine thrash en route to Jeanettes Creek. Further west the road changes to Route 2 and straightens into gentle, loping bends towards Belle River. As an alternative loopback to Chatham, turn north on Jacob Road at the sign for Pain Court, cross the lift bridge and head east on Grande River Line/Road 34. In English, Pain Court sounds like medieval torture but the town is actually a French name (pronounced Pan Coor) meaning “short bread”. The mists of time have obscured the true origin of the name. One theory is that pioneer folk would run short of bread during the winter until they were able to travel to Detroit by canoe for more flour. Grande River Line on the north
shore of the Thames is less winding than the south route, with higher speed sweepers. To continue east of Chatham, follow Grande River Line as it passes the intersection with Bear Line Road and changes to Grand Avenue/Road 2. On the east side of town, jog down Prince Albert Road 30 and turn east onto Road 39. This route follows the curving path of the Thames, and at Kent Bridge Road you can head south to rejoin Highway 401. Niagara Region On a clear day atop the west end of Ridge Rd you can see the entire Golden Horseshoe stretching around the lake from Hamilton, past Burlington and Oakville to Toronto. It is difficult to keep your eyes off the view, but fortunately there are a couple of pull-offs where you can park it for Kodak moments. For a quite a few kilometers, the road winds along the edge of the escarpment. Then the trees obscure the view and the road straightens away from the precipice. Just as you are about to snooze off at the controls, past the sign to Quarry Rd, your patience is rewarded with a magnificent fast sweeper (watch for hikers). At Rd 12 into Grimsby the road jogs and there are a few more nice twisties before it uncoils down Rd 514 into Beamsville. There are several places along the ride where you can turn and go down the hill on entertaining, steeply graded switchback roads. For example, if headed east on Ridge Rd turn left at McNeily Hill and ride down the escarpment, but go easy on the first 355 degree turn. Turn right at Hwy 8 and follow to Fifty Rd. Turn right and ride back up the escarpment to rejoin Ridge Rd. Regional Road 81 through the Niagara region provides a smooth, winding 2-lane alternative to the madness of the Queen Elizabeth Way, as it flirts with the edge of the Niagara escarpment. Many roads cut through
the steep hillsides of this wine country, like 9th, Pelham, Decew and of course the infamous Effingham Road, takes you through the hollow which is a favorite of sportbikes and cruisers alike. This accounts for the large collection of bikes at the local bike hangouts on weekends. The region is home to many wineries that offer tours and tastings. But, please remember, if you drink, don’t ride. Southwestern Ontario & the Toronto Area Rendezvous at the Copper Kettle Pub in Glen Williams, and then depart the Main Street artist district into a world of pavement artistry. At Terra Cotta, Winston Churchill curves to the right to become King Street, which is semi-residential but features wonderful swooping curves. King Street is a fine way to traverse east-west above the suburban sprawl of Toronto, though for our purposes we head north up Creditview Road. After a quick left-right jog through a leafy glade, Olde Baseline Road offers a photogenic stretch of red badlands to the east, or a link via Mississauga Road to the Forks Of The Credit tour. Forks Of The Credit Road is an amazing motorcycle road. From Hwy 10 it rollicks up and down, crests an S-curve and carves its way through the Devil’s Pulpit escarpment to meet up with the Credit River. Crossing a bridge, the road snaps around a tight switchback as it climbs, and then twists along until it reaches the village of Belfountain. From here, the tight hilly corners of the side road leading north to the town of Cataract are highly entertaining, with a few rough and sandy spots. The two buildings on the right as you turn onto Cataract Rd. provide natural spring water for Canada Dry brand soda pop. Dating from 1855, the Cataract Inn is one of the few remaining buildings of the era. Experimental electric power lit the streets of
Cataract in 1899, thanks to John Deagle who converted his grist mill into a power plant. These amazing roads and historic sites come with a price. Weekend visitors clog the area in the summer afternoons. Autumn colours bring even more hordes of tourists. The best time to come is in the morning or during the week. The other thing to watch out for is radar. Residents of the posh mansions in the area get tired of bikes screaming past all day long and the Ontario Provincial Police are often hiding in the bushes to keep a lid on the festivities “It’s worth the drive to Acton”, so goes the slogan of the Olde Hide House located in Acton. Check out the fashions at this leather mecca, and then explore as the road twists through rocky outcroppings at Limehouse. Early settlers in Ontario obtained cement from Limehouse, and the ruins of the lime kilns and quarry are accessible via a short walk along the Bruce Trail here. Sideroad 15 through Speyside features random, tight left-right turns through pasture lands. Beware of the last westbound left-right transition just before Guelph Line; the inside corner of the right turn has a small dip that fills with slippery fine sand. Take an outside line but beware of oncoming vehicles cutting the corner. Sections of the route between Guelph Line and Trafalgar Rd were repaved, and the new surface is not as grippy as the old. South of the town of Milton (named after the famous poet in 1837), you will find a treasure trove of motorcycle roads on which to wax poetic. Appleby Line, Walkers Line, Guelph Line and Cedar Springs Road squiggle towards Derry Road 25 and Britannia Rd 6 like ants to a picnic. The switchback on Appleby Line north of Derry Rd 25 is coiled like a rattlesnake, and it’ll strike if you don’t pay heed to the gravel
Peterborough Area Headed east and slightly north and northwest of Bancroft, skirting the remote tip of Algonquin Park, runs an excellent motorcycling amusement. From the town of Maynooth, it begins west off Highway 62 as Peterson Road. Considering its rural venue the pavement is remarkably smooth and well-tended. Upon entering Haliburton County it changes to Elephant Lake Road 10, passes the scenic resort area of Elephant Lake, and terminates at Highway 648 near Harcourt. Have you ever been on the Swinger ride at the amusement park? You seat yourself in a bucket chair suspended on a long chain, and as the ride spins faster the chair tilts outwards like a human centrifuge. Provided you don’t hurl your candyfloss and Coke, the experience is similar to leaning your bike into a few of the many curves on Road 10. They just keep on turning and turning at a nice constant radius as the grin inside your helmet widens. Great fun, and the admission is free! Continue southwest on Highway 648 to Wilberforce, named after William Wilberforce who was a prominent anti-slavery advocate in 19th-century Britain. Head west on Essonville Line/Rd 4 which is a local “secret” motorcycling road that takes you to Highway 121. From here you can join up with Buckhorn Road and tour all over this area. I hereby declare Road 45 and Highway 503 to be the official bike corridor across Southern Ontario. Road 45 is also known as Monck Road, an early colonization road. This road has little in common with the parallel routes further south: Highway 7 is often clogged with summer traffic and Highway 401 is a high speed drone best left to minivans and small cars with oversized exhaust pipes. In comparison, Road 45 and Highway 503 wind entertainingly through lovely pine forests, past a few lakes, over hills and around long sweeping curves. Except in Orillia, traffic is almost non-existent and the route is dotted with towns for stocking up on gas or provisions. In our August edition we will continue heading eastward in Ontario. Take some time this season to explore your own backyard. Until then, enjoy the ride but remember to ride to survive.
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in the corners. It leads to the Rattlesnake Point conservation area, and there’s a good view from the top of the hill before the trees get too thick in spring or after they thin out in the fall. Sideroads 2 and 4 winds between Walkers Line and Appleby Line. SR#2 passes through a leafy green canopy of overhanging trees, SR#4 through meadows and rural homes, and both span Bronte Creek. Westbound is the best direction for Sideroad 4 in order to see the imposing cliffs of Mount Nemo as you ascend into the foothills. The town of Lowville on Guelph Line is a popular destination, although the trendy brick pedestrian crossings may prove slippery in the rain for bikes. What more is there to say about a road named “Snake”, other than it is aptly named and uncoils itself through a leafy green corridor between Waterdown and Dundas. The road surface is excellent but stay off the double yellow line that masks slippery tar strips. Waterdown takes its name quite literally from the way the water of Grindstone Creek flows down the escarpment at Great Falls. Captain Thomas Coote was the local duck hunter and in 1797 he laid out a town adjacent to his favourite marsh, naming it Coote’s Paradise. The marsh still goes by this moniker but the modern day town is called Dundas.
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FinishLines The Battle For MotoGP’s Future: New Rules To Be Decided at Assen
Szoke starts out the season with 41 points Seven Time Canadian Superbike Champion Szoke started out Round One of the CSBK Championship right, claiming pole position at the Shannonville Motorsports Park 2.45 km “pro track” with a time of 1min 4.749 seconds. Szoke has his sights set to earn back his title for an unprecedented eighth time aboard his self managed Waznie Racing/ Parts Canada/BMW Mottorad team. “I felt really comfortable and I think I could have gone quicker,” said Szoke, who placed second in 2011. “We’re really concentrating on consistency and getting a nice feel with the bike over a lot of laps. We’ll make some minor changes for tomorrow but I’m really happy with our lap time.” By the time the lights went out on Sunday afternoon, our Superbike racers found themselves with very damp conditions. “It was really too bad that we had a wet race.” admitted Szoke, “We were ready to put in some very fast, very consistent lap times after our qualifying result so we were a bit disappointed with the weather.” After the end of the first lap, Jordan found himself in fifth position with the race leader
checking out quickly. “I knew I had to get around everyone fast, and I wasn’t as aggressive during the start as I needed to be.” This found Szoke finishing on the box in third position. When asked about his third place finish Jordan smiles, “This is the first race in a long season, we have some of my favorite tracks coming up and I look forward to chalking up some wins there. Remember, this is what I do, I win championships.” Watch for Jordan and his Waznie Racing/ Parts Canada/BMW Mottorad team during Round #2 of the CSBK series in Autodrome St Eustache July 6th - 8th. Jordan Szoke would like to thank: Waznie Racing Inc, Parts Canada, BMW Motorrad, Alpinestars, HJC, Akrapovic, Pirelli, Motul, BlackfootDirect.com, Vortex, Hotbodies, DID, Oakley, NGK, BK Designs, RobbieO Enterprises, Medical Data Carrier, Ohlins, Hot Lap, ViSalusSport.com, Stomp Grip, Chickenhawk, Strodes, Bicycle Works, photobOb, Just Transmissions, Gas Gas Pacific
It seems ironic - ironic at best, downright insane at worst - that at the 7th Grand Prix of the first season after a major capacity change in MotoGP, the Grand Prix Commission will be deciding on another major change in MotoGP regulations. With just one third of the races run of one season after such a change, why are the GP Commission even contemplating more changes? The reason is simple: money, or rather the lack of it. A raft of technical rule changes introduced at the behest of the manufacturers has left the series struggling to fill the grid with the prototypes being built by the few manufacturers still racing, the others forced out either by a lack of success or the high costs of racing, or more usually a combination of both. The technical regulations drawn up by the MSMA have prevented new manufacturers from entering: even BMW, probably the biggest spenders in the World Superbike series, are saying that they cannot afford to go racing in MotoGP under the current rules, with BMW’s head of motorcycle racing Bernhard Gobmeier pointing the finger of blame at Honda and Yamaha for making the series unsustainably expensive. With costs too high, Dorna, the FIM and IRTA are casting around for a set of rules to make the racing more financially sustainable. The combination of high horsepower, high revs and limited fuel means that millions are being poured into the development of electronics to keep the bikes rideable and make the fuel last. MotoGP needs cheaper racing, but, as they say, you can’t get there from here. And so on Thursday*, the Grand Prix Commission will meet to discuss a set of rules aimed at cutting costs for the long term.
Eastern Canadian Drag Racing Series – Round 3 Harley-Davidson® V-Rod® DestroyerTM Motorcycles Heat It Up in Grand Bend on Father’s Day CONCORD, Ontario (June 19, 2012) – Grand Bend Motorplex, Grand Bend, Ontario With the thermometer cozying up to 30 degrees Celsius, conditions were ideal for the Harley-Davidson® V-Rod® DestroyerTM motorcycles in their third outing of the season at the beautiful Grand Bend Motorplex drag race complex in Ontario. The exciting all-motorcycle weekend slated for both the drag strip, as well as the new road course,
New Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Logo Unveiled Canadian Tire Motorsport Park unveiled its exciting new logo. The new logo features the iconic Canadian Tire triangle to reflect a recently announced long-term partnership. Also included in the design is the outline of the historic 3.957 km grand prix circuit, which has played host to virtually every major motorsport event in its rich 52 year history. “We wanted the new logo to reflect our new partnership with Canadian Tire as well as incorporate the historical aspects of the park with use of the track outline,” said
Though the MSMA has lost its monopoly over the technical regulations after the previous contract lapsed at the end of last year, the manufacturers still have an important say in defining the rules of the series. And that’s where it all gets very difficult. For the MSMA and the other parties at the table have conflicting interests, and finding a compromise which will allow everyone to cut costs while retaining a rationale for racing is a very delicate balance. The manufacturers justify their participation in MotoGP on two grounds: as a marketing exercise and as a platform for research and development, gathering data which will be useful in developing their roadgoing machinery. These two conflicting interests will meet head to head at Assen. On the table are a number of proposals, though only a few will survive. The bargaining will be on two fronts: the technical limits wanted by Dorna to cut costs and make the CRT entries more competitive, and the timing of their introduction, with the factories wanting to maximize the return on investment from their current bikes, and Dorna wanting to help the CRT entries as soon as possible. Whenever the proposed changes are introduced, there will still be much wailing and gnashing of teeth among the purists that the MotoGP machines, with all of the restrictions and limitations imposed, are no longer “pure Grand Prix prototypes”. The fact that pure prototype racing died once is not something that will comfort them. For those that really love prototype racing, they can always turn to electric bike racing, the only racing series which is currently pushing the limits of technology, with advances often being made from race to race.
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rolled along smoothly under a mix of thunderstorms and brilliant sunny skies with hot summer temperatures. Just as in the previous two rounds of action of the Eastern Harley-Davidson® V-Rod® DestroyerTM Series, eight V-Rod® DestroyerTM motorcycles elbowed their way through Saturday’s qualification runs to see what teams would be pitted against each other for Sunday’s final elimination contests. Once again, Rocky’s Harley-Davidson® rider, Pete Thomson, came out on top of the leader board, qualifying with an ET of 9.453 and a top speed of 137.40 mph in his very first charge up the tarmac, setting the bar for the rest of the DestroyerTM motorcycle riders. After the third round of qualifying, Owen Sound’s Chris Fox of Fox Harley-Davidson® found himself in second place after improving his runs each time out. Yellowknife’s Trails End Harley-Davidson® backed Jeff Pitre continued to hold a hot hand, riding to the third best qualifying time with an ET
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of 9.549 and a top speed of 140.75 mph, the best top speed of the day. Fourth place went to the hard charging Fox Harley-Davidson® - sponsored Ray Philp, who used the final session to break his tie with fifth qualifier, Rocky’s Harley-Davidson® rider, Dan Thomson. Western rider, Jamie Moench, riding for Edge Harley-Davidson®, made a huge comeback to grab the sixth spot with a healthy ET of 9.727 and to jump ahead of Thunder Road Harley-Davidson® rider, Paul Guerrieri. Moto Sport Plus of Kingston-sponsored “Goose” Gosselin continued to improve in his rookie season and with the help of MotoSport Plus co-rider, Mitch McCallum, “Goose,® Storm clouds rolled in Saturday evening bringing with them heavy rains. Thunder and lightning filled the skies and there was some question as to whether the thunder would impact the Sunday finals. The Grand Bend staff did an excellent job getting the track prepped and the racing went on as scheduled. In the first of the elimination heats, points leader, Pete Thomson, removed “Goose” Gosselin from contention with a 9.641 and a top speed of 137.50 mph. Fellow westerners, Jeff Pitre and Jamie Moench, then lined up. Pitre’s V-Rod® motorcycle grabbed hard, bogging down while Moench shot into the lead and was handily awarded the win. Rocky’s Harley-Davidson® rider, Dan Thomson, ran a close battle with Ray Philp, with Thomson taking a narrow margin of victory over Philp, pitting the younger Thomson against his father, Pete Thomson, going into the next round a fitting battle for a Father’s Day weekend. In the final round one elimination contest, Chris Fox sent Paul Guerrieri to the sidelines with a healthy ET of 9.523 and a top speed of 135.41 mph. Father and son lined up for the first of the elimination heats in round two. Dan refused to issue a Father’s Day present and ran neck and neck with Pete Thomson, until the latter stages of the race when his DestroyerTM motorcycle limped through the finish with a suspected electrical problem. The elder Thomson ran a brilliant ET of 9.509 and a top speed of 137.74 mph, earning himself a spot in the final. In another close battle, Chris Fox bested Edge Harley-Davidson® rider, Jamie Moench, with an ET of 9.559 and a top speed of 137.09 mph, setting the stage for what would be one of the With the threat of rain in the air once again, Thomson and Fox lined up to renew their battle for the weekend win. When the start lights flashed, both riders got great starts. Fox had the better reaction time with a 0.047 against Thomson’s 0.064, but it was not enough. Thomson crossed the line with barely a wheel width to spare with an ET of 9.482 with Fox posting a 9.513. Fox commented after the race, “I didn’t even see Pete beside me, it was that close, I really thought I had him.” An ecstatic Thomson was thrilled with the win saying, “That was close, I sure am happy to get that one in the books. Once again, it was a great weekend and all the thanks go to Rocky’s and Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada for making all this possible.” The next event of the CMDRA V-Rod® DestroyerTM National Series will kick off July 21 and 22 at the Sturgis North Nitro Nationals in Ashcroft, British Columbia while the Eastern Series resumes action once again at the Grand Bend Motorplex in Grand Bend, Ontario on July 21 and 22.
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I have, as any regular reader knows, spent a lot of time at race tracks. Funny thing: I have very few photos to show for all the time, money and effort. You would think that somehow, through the years, I would have some visual evidence...Not so much. I can remember seeing cameras pointed in my general direction, I even made some faces through my shield, but I never got copies. It was never a priority because I was busy on the pavement. The only one that I remember having, and I lent it to someone, was a shot in the carrousel at Shannonville. My bike was leaned right over, my eyes looking directly into the camera and there was a cloud of smoke coming off my knee slider. I was racing drama personified for the split second it took to snap the shutter. That one was a keeper, but I didn’t. I never got it back. Over the years, I’ve seen incredible photos of hundreds of riders. Action shots, static shots and, the ever popular “I didn’t even see the camera, but I look amazing” shots. I have always been jealous of those riders and I had come to the conclusion that, along with my racing career, my chance of ever having a career shot like that, was over. Oh well, nothing to do about that. On with life. Not so fast, old guy. Enter Ken McAdam, Tracey McMillan and the SOAR family. It took two full seasons, but they got to me. A couple of riders handed me their bikes to ride in practice. Okay, that was fun, but I’m the announcer. I have to work during the races, don’t I? Not during the endurance, Tracey told me. Hmmm. You already know that I took them up on the offer. Unretirement has never been so well enjoyed, but the very best part of it, I mean the very, very best part of being out on the track for me...I now have some very cool pictures, courtesy of the official photographer of SOAR, John Reed. I hope to bring John to the pages of The Motorcycle Times soon, but what I’m getting at right now is the impact on our sport that cameras have begun to have. John has given me something that is very important to me, but cameras are showing up all around the track. The tiny
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High Definition video cameras are not just around the periphery, they are on bikes, helmets and riders. They have become a basic element of riding gear and almost every racer has one. You can tell a lot by the placement of the camera, too. Camera on the tail, pointing back means this rider figures the show will be behind. Mmmm, gotta love the confidence. Still, it must suck when your friends get the camera and only see empty track. Just tell them you were almost a lap ahead. Camera on the tank usually is used to see exactly what is happening on the bike. I’m told that many riders have discovered more speed just by reviewing the video. RPMs, throttle position, braking and position on the bike can be seen, all in high definition, all on your laptop. It makes it easy to work on your skills between track sessions. High Tech. Cameras on bikes aren’t new. I was practicing years ago on the Long Track at Shannonville, when a rider passed me on the back straight and slowed down. About the third time he did it, I figured out that he had a large video camera (remember video tape?) tucked under his tail piece. I ducked in behind and gave him something to watch. Hope he didn’t show his Mom. The only way we used to get slow-motion replays was on tv. Lately, I’ve seen footage from these little beasts used to prove that someone did indeed do something stupid. I have also seen the results of bike stunts gone wrong on You Tube. Whatever works for you. It’s always good for a laugh as long as I’m not paying for the damage. Being on the race track on a race bike is an instantaneous sport. Each and every sensation is immediately transitory. The camera can give each of us those moments back to us to review, to show friends and to enjoy again, and again, and again, whether you want to or not. It’s about reliving the moment. It’s about the memories as fresh as the day the shots were made. And for me, it’s all about feeling that microsecond of passion again, for as long as I can. I can share it with my Dad, my son and my girl. Any time I want...
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Hero’s Highway Ride Friday June 1st, 2012 When TMT committed to make the trek to CFB Trenton, a day earlier than the 3rd annual Heroes Highway Ride, we didn’t expect to do it under near-hurricane weather conditions. With camera and IPad in hand, donning our raingear and with kickstands up, we set off in torrential downpours and advancing gale force winds early Friday morning. First mistake was routing over the skyway bridge as we approached Burlington. After inadvertively changing lanes numerous times while crossing, we managed to keep the bikes semi-vertical as we roared down the highway in poor visibility with the spray of tractor-trailers reducing it even more. Second mistake was not buying those rain boot options when I purchased my last rain suit. Our first stop was The Sound Academy at Polson’s Piers where the ride would end and the rally would begin, just twenty-four hours later. Workers were busy setting up the stage and booths and arranging parking for the expected 5,000 riders who would ride The Highway of Heroes from CFB Trenton Armed Forces Base, 170 kilometers to downtown Toronto. We walked around in the rain for a short time and met with the guys from Dorr Motorcycles, who built the military tribute bobber, we have recently covered here at
TMT. The owner, Norm Dorr, stated “we must be in sane to ride in weather like this. That said, if the soldiers who defend our freedoms here in Canada, can live and fight in conditions much worse overseas for months and years on end, we can do our small part in showing our support with a few hours of riding here in rain. It’s the very least we can do!” Heading north through Toronto, the rain got worse, the traffic thickened and the winds kept us very aware of our lane positions. After a couple of unscheduled stops, to dry off a bit and a quick visit to Mackey’s Harley-Davidson for those boot covers, maybe better late, then never, we finally arrived in Trenton. We met with Lou DeVuono of the Balding Eagles; organizer of the HHR, and host of the meet & greet cocktail party at the Holiday-Inn and he brought us up to speed on the police escort, new procedures of the ride and the route to Toronto. Saturday morning found us all standing outside the hotel looking at clearing skies and a 50/50 weather forecast. After fueling the tanks and stomachs, we made our way to CFB Trenton Armed Forces Base and met with the hundreds of riders who came from parts all over to show their support. Veterans from the United States made a trip up and riders poured in one at a time and in large groups. Motorcycle clubs, riding clubs
and independent riders arrived, en mass all morning long. CFB Trenton provided numerous tents of displays and items for sale from the various regiments of our forces, helicopters and armoured personnel carriers were on hand to see and get pictures of. Military servicemen and women were also present in combat attire to chat with, some waiting to ship out and some who have already served abroad. The stories were plentiful and it really gave you an understanding of what these brave souls go through on a daily basis for us. We really do take alot for granted. Twenty minutes before kickstands up, we experienced a slight downpour but just as the O.P.P and Toronto Metro PD escorts arrived, the skies cleared for the commencement. The first group of riders were escort from the base, through Trenton and onto the 401 highway. Police had the highway closed to westbound traffic as the bikes formed a staggered double line headed for Toronto. Looking back every few miles was an astounding view of just motorcycles and trikes for as far as the eye could see. As I rode, numerous times my mind drifted to the thoughts of the families and loved ones who had also travelled this Highway of Heroes over the past few years, although, these families made the journey to Toronto
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June 29-July 1 - Bikers Reunion 3 day event. New Liskeard. Bikers Registration for 3 days $15. Family Event for Bikers and Non Bikers to raise money for Cancer Care Program. Demo Rides, Thrill Shows, Music, Vendors, Fireworks and more! www.bikersreunion.ca July 1 - Run To The North Wall Join us in Honor of the Canadians that served with the US Military during the Vietnam War. Staging at 12pm at R.C.L. BR. 594 - 5030 Howard Ave. Tecumseh. Run leaves 1:30 pm sharp! Memorial service at the North Wall for 2pm, Open house and BBQ at R.C.L. BR.143 – 1570 Marentette Ave. More info www.northwallridersassociation.piczo.com, email@example.com, 519-256-6797 July 7 - Rock Ride Proceeds to Childhood Cancer Canada. 210km run thru Lambton and Kent Counties, starting at Motorsport Harley-Davidson at 1375 Confederation St. Sarnia, rest stop at Parks Blueberries in Bothwell, midpoint BBQ at Mitchell’s Bay with live acoustic band, at the Stubborn Mule in Sarnia. Thousands in prizes, every $50 in pledges gets a ticket for our grand prize, Club Cup and more. All riders raising over $500 receive a “R.O.C.K. 500 Club” biker patch. Free tshirts for first 100 bikes. $40 in pledges to ride, passengers are free. More info www. rockride.com. Cuz Kids Shouldn’t Need Chemo!! July 7 - Motorcycle Poker Run Canadian Aid for Chernobyl sponsored and starts at Brockville Honda 1800 Highway #2 in Brockville. Departs at 9:30am. Cost is $20/rider, $100/pledges. $15/passenger, $75/ pledges. Ride thru Athens, Westport, Perth, Smiths Falls, and Spencerville ending in Brockville with a BBQ and prizes. $300 for the best hand, $150 for second, and $75 for third. Proceeds will bring children from highly radioactive regions of Belarus for summer respite. Call 613-246-3433, www.canadianaidforchernobyl.com. July 7 - Thunder Motorcycle Ride Starts at 11am from, 527 Len Self Blvd. in Midland. Cost $35/rider, $10/ passenger and includes all food. 120 km, police-escorted ride through Georgian Bay landscape. Ride ends with a BBQ lunch, free draws, 50-50 draw, silent auction, DJ, vendors, and more. Any rider with $100 or more in pledges rides free. Proceeds to Community Reach housing/transportation & volunteer programs. Rain or shine unless safety is compromised. Call 705-528-6999, www.communityreach.ca/thunder.html. July 7 - Christmas in July Ride for the Children, Starts at Petro Canada, 1755 Dundas St W. at Lake Ridge Road in Whitby. Registration at 9am, departs 10am, rain or shine. Ends with a Show & Shine. All toys donated to the Durham Children’s Aid Foundation. Call 416991-3207,www.facebook.com/ events/103498646457686/ July 8 - CAPPY Ride Help prevent child abuse. Ancaster Fairgrounds. Registration and Breakfast 8:30am, 9:15am opening ceremony, kickstands up at 9:45am. Escorted Ride, Live music, Food, Prizes
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July 8 - Ride for Moraine Registration 9am. Zephyr Community Centre (Uxbridge Township). $15/bike. BBQ to follow, $5/person. 2 hour ride on portion of Oak Ridges Moraine and return to Zephyr for a BBQ lunch in support of the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust which has protected over 3,000 acres and a natural rain barrel for southern Ontario, drinking water. Mary 905-4739523, www.oakridgesmoraine.org July 13 - Friday 13 Port Dover Visiting TMT booth in Dover. We will be located beside Dorr Racing booth in the rear of the gas bar at the corner of Main Street just past Tim Horton`s July 14 - Ashley’s Angles Rally In support of Sick Kids Foundation. Join us in an exciting Motorcycle Rally in Barrie. Special guest appearances by Shayne Corson, Darcy Tucker and Barrie Colts, fuelled by an extraordinary schedule of pit stops, breakfast & lunch included, a motorcycle ride and free entrance to the Barrie Speedway, all for only $20. Starts 10am at 301 Bryne Drive, Barrie. More info www.AshleysAngels.ca July 14 - 6th Annual Poker Run In support of Yonge Street Mission’s Evergreen Centre for street youth. Breakfast and registration from 8-9:30am at Royal Canadian Legion Hall in Stouffville 150 Mostar St., $35/ rider, $10/passenger. Departs 10am, return 4pm. 200 km with 3 scheduled stops along the way and back at the Legion Hall for a BBQ. Prizes to be won for: Top fund raiser + best hands. Lots of raffle prizes! 50-50 draw! Visit www.lossilverados.com July 15-27 - Mac Rally of Hope Vancouver BC to St. John’s NF, Donation of $50 per segment to Weekend to End all Women’s Cancers. Call Michael 416-399-5275, www.macrallyofhope.ca, July 20-22 - Niagara Motorcycle Show At Scotia Bank Convention Centre, 6815 Stanley Ave, Niagara Falls. 11am-4 pm. $45/$35. Themed rides, all leaving the Scotia Bank Centre between 11am-Noon on Friday. Return to Scotia Bank Centre for opening of the Motorcycle Show. Winners will face off in a five card flop to determine first, second and Third place. Alexis 905-650-8850,firstname.lastname@example.org, www.niagaramotorcycleshow.com July 21 - Ride For Rescue Cats In loving memory of “Little Jack”, rain or shine. Ride starts 10am from Levi Home Hardware, 476 Ottawa St., Almonte. Registration 8:45-9:45am on ride date. Coffee/timbits. $20/ rider, $10/passenger, children under 16 free. Light lunch, snacks included. All welcome. Most pledges, wins a unique hand carved trophy. Plenty of door prizes. Proceeds donated to
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Safety Scene CHRIS VAN TILBORG Contributing Writer, TMT
Attitude, Position, Speed Equals Collision Avoidance I take driving and riding seriously, but that doesn’t mean let’s take the fun out of it. Riding is about freedom, fun, exhilaration, and camaraderie; in fact it’s a lot of things to a lot of people. How we can improve our riding to avoid a collision and show the motoring public a polished professional performance. Let’s look at a typical accident scenario, unfortunately the most common. Let me set the scene, Sunday morning you just got up, the sun is shining, you want to get out on your bike. Your wife hands you a long “honey do” list for you to complete before days end. You convince her that you will do it as soon as you get back, but you just need to get out and ride for a bit. Ahhhhh.....the freedom; a smile on your face and pleased to have left that list behind. Your riding through town speed limit is 50kph you notice you are doing 55kph but traffic is light. You’re on a section of four lane highway in the left hand lane. Approaching a traffic light you notice it’s green when you first see it and an SUV pulling a trailer is sitting in the intersection waiting to turn left across your front. You eyeball the driver and he looks at you so you check the rest of the intersection and your mirrors, some great twisties coming up. You are now 30 meters from the intersection the light is still green you are going through; the SUV starts to move he’s crossing in front of you! What are you going to do now? You must decide what to do now and do it, at 55kph you have about 2 seconds before impact. Too late, you have traveled approx. 30 meters in those few seconds and your bike is already imbedded in the door of the SUV. It doesn’t matter at this stage who is right, who is wrong or who caused the collision. As a rider if you tangle with another vehicle, you will lose period!
Sound all too familiar? How on earth can we avoid collisions like this? Impossible? No. Go back and read the whole scenario. This time as each piece of the incident unfolds think what I should have done. Attitude: We need to have our mind on riding, not on the honey do list. Clear your mind of everything before you ride. Concentrate on riding so you are alert and thinking. Position: No longer sitting in the left lane, you have moved into the right lane. Speed: Let’s drop your speed down to say 45 km/hr by doing this you’ve just cut your braking distance by 5 meters. You see the intersection ahead, the light is green, an SUV with a trailer is waiting to turn left in front of you. you eyeball the driver. He looks at you and you cover the brakes with two fingers on the front and foot on the rear. This just saved you .5 of a second start thinking what if? What if he comes across my front? Brake and stop go round the front of him? Counter steer hard and turn right? What’s behind me? Think, plan, you just saved another second. Be ready you are watching the top of his wheels they move. Your right foot starts to apply a little rear brake this transfers weight to the front wheel and gives the front more traction. An instant later your fingers on your right hand start to squeeze the brake lever gently at first, then hard, along with more rear brake. Your left thumb hits the horn and you come to a complete controlled stop in about 15 meters. The SUV also stops, he looks at you and says sorry I didn’t see you. Research shows drivers looking for cars and trucks may only see cars and trucks even though you are in full view. Anyone can ride fast but it takes skill, and great techniques to ride smart, let’s get smarter and stay safe.
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