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Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, announced schedule of events for Daytona Bike Week 2014, which takes place March 8-15. Celebrate the historic launch of the 2014 Indian Chiefs with parties, demo rides, giveaways, celebrity guests, special events. www.indianmotorcycle.com/en-ca/events/daytona TRENDING
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Three Decades of Ninja Kawasaki’s Iconic Ninja Brand Celebrates 30 years
2014 marks the 30th anniversary of Kawasaki’s iconic Ninja brand. During those thirty years Ninja have set the standards for high performance motorcycles. The first Ninja, the GPz900R, debuted in 1984. This revolutionary machine was powered by a liquid-cooled, 4-valve, DOHC, in-line 4-cylinder engine mounted in a diamond
frame and featured a highly aerodynamic full fairing. Packed with advanced Kawasaki technology it heralded a new era in high-performance sportbikes. This breakthrough machine set new standards for power, handling and aerodynamics that made it a world-wide sensation. Since then the Ninja name has continued to represent
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Original Kawasaki GPz900R Specifications Engine - liquid-cooled 4-cylinder 4-stroke DOHC Capacity - 908cc Bore/stroke - 72.5 x 55mm Power - 113bhp @ 9500rpm Torque - 68ft-lb @ 8500rpm Carburation - 4 x 34mm Keihin CVK34 Transmission - 6-speed wet clutch chain final drive Frame - steel diamond Suspension - 38mm telescopic forks, hydraulic anti dive. Uni-Track rear Brakes - 280 mm discs 2-piston floating-calipers. 270 mm disc 2-piston floating-caliper Wheels - 120/80 x 16 Front, 130/80 x 18 Rear Weight - 228kgs Top speed - 155mph Wheelbase - 1495mm Fuel capacity – 22 litres
unmatched performance, and in the brilliant Ninja ZX-10R, winner of the 2013 World Superbike Championship. It is also found in the Ninja 300/250 — machines on which beginners and veteran riders alike enjoy rider-friendly performance with Ninja attitude. 1984 GPz900R Following its release in Monterey, California at a press introduction and test riding session in December of the previous year, sales of the GPz900R, the first “Ninja” commence. Ninja named “Bike of the Year” The GPz900R rocks the world when it is released. The new model is equipped with Kawasaki’s first liquidcooled, DOHC, 16-valve 4-cylinder engine and a light, compact chassis. With its phenomenal top speed and quarter-mile times the GPz900R rewrites the motorcycle record books. When sales start in 1984, it is named “Bike of the Year” by magazines all over the world. Its side-drive cam, diamond frame, unique full fairing and other features that distinguish it from competing models earn it great popularity. Receiving various refinements over the years, the long-selling model retains its popularity in present day.
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The Thin Black Line
Motorcycle enthusiasts are a one-of-a-kind breed. We’d all like to be recognized as individuals rather than be all lumped together as one group. It’s an idealistic dream of being the lone wolf, a life on the road that makes you tougher than nails, riding off into the sunset with the wind blowing through your hair. But it seems we are all cut from the same cloth in the eyes of those who don’t ride. The days of the late sixties and early seventies on the west coast of the United States depicted such stories on the big screen, freedom at any cost, no rules, living life by your own laws. Movies like Easy Rider were part of popular culture, a vision told by producers who likely had never been on two wheels in their lives. But they had a vision, a pocketful of money and a perception of what a ‘biker’ was all about. As I think about it, I don’t care much for the term ‘biker’, it’s a tarnished word. Tarnished from decades of media sensationalism – perceptions perpetuated by the uninformed mass media minions who say that all who ride are only out to rape and plunder. It degrades us as riders, as individuals and more importantly as enthusiasts who happen to have a passion for the experience
and joy to be experienced on two wheels. I have tried to educate the people I meet during breaks on my rides about what a rider is today, the average rider that is. Usually well educated and employed with enough discretionary funds to be able to afford all that is necessary to get into this sport in the first place. They nod their heads like they believe what I am telling them, but in the end, most never see past the black leather. They don’t hear that the reason for the black leather is to hide the road grime and oils kicked up from the road, and that those same black leathers are a form of protection from the elements and God forbid an accident caused by one of those blind drivers we seem to have in abundance on our Ontario roads these days. It’s doesn’t matter that motorcycle riders donate millions each year to help fund charitable causes like cancer research, diabetes, blindness and the like, through organized rides and events, That’s rarely reported in mainstream media, at least not with the same hype provided to a rider involved in a crime. Crime, not warm fuzzy, sells the news period.
Black leather seams to equate to criminal activities in their minds. It’s only fellow riders who really know the truths and lies associated with our sport and that’s a shame. Wouldn’t it be nicer to be respected rather than feared? Unfortunately, that’s the thin black line that the popular press defines us by. On another note, as we look forward with anticipation of better weather, which seems to be the subject of everyone’s conversations these days, I am reminded that although Wiarton Willie did predict a long winter, he is after all just a fat rodent. What does he know anyway. In this issue among other worthy tidbits, we give you the necessary knowledge to help find a saddle that’s right for you. No more endless kilometers with a numb rear end. Until next month, remember to give your ride a good once over before you get out on the roads. And with respect to the road, remember to take it easy in the corners, they’ll be slippery with sand and salty residue for some time to come. Cheers,
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Harley-Davidson Shakes Up Events at 2014 Daytona Bike Week This year, Harley-Davidson will be consolidating their presence into one actionpacked display at the Speedway to make it easier for our fans to experience everything we have in one easy-to-access location. “And on Saturday, March 8, we’ll be electrifying our display with an exciting special announcement at 1 p.m. that our fans will not want to miss.”
2014 Harley-Davidson Events at Daytona Bike Week:
Lotus Designer Daniel Simon Raises the Bar in Motorcycle Styling Following two years of careful planning and intense development, Kodewa is delighted to announce that that the prototype of the world’s first motorcycle to bear the legendary Lotus marque is now road registered and ready for action. Kodewa has been granted a license to produce the motorcycle by Group Lotus plc the world renowned sportscar manufacturer and engineering consultancy. The C-01 combines ample power via a V-twin engine with a distinctive body designed by Daniel Simon integrating carbon fibre, titanium and aerospace quality steel. The C-01 motorcycle is not designed, engineered or produced by Group Lotus plc but is the result of a collaboration between motorsport veterans under the leadership of Kodewa, lead by Dr Colin Kolles. The development on the C-01 was carried out with the support of Holzer Group (coowners of Kalex) and design guru Daniel Simon. Drawing on their wealth of motorsport experience, the team of engineers has designed a unique high performance superbike. The C-01 will be available in a range of liveries some of which pay homage to Lotus’ sporting pedigree. A customisation service is also available, limited only by the imagination of the client. With an exclusive
production run of just 100 units, superbike collectors and fans of the Lotus brand will need to move fast to secure one. The original idea to create the C-01 came from Kodewa’s Dr Colin Kolles. Speaking about the project he said: “We set out to create a bike that isn’t just great to ride but also represents a piece of art in motion. Over the years I have seen my fair share of style over substance, what this bike brings to the market is a unique combination of both - state of the art technology with a truly jaw- dropping aesthetic.” Commenting on the C-01 Güther Holzer, CEO of Holzer Group said: “I was one of the first people to ride it and I have to say I was very impressed. Together we have found that delicate balance between raw, aggressive power and breath- taking handling. The team has created something very special, it looks incredible, it sounds fantastic but above all, the ride is sensational. I’m very happy.” Designer Daniel Simon said: “The design process of the C-01 was a labour of love - there were many challenges - ensuring that the bike not only touches your visual senses with its timeless blend of classic appeal and modern execution, but that is safe and ergonomically sound was critical to me.
HERO MotoCorp has launched a number of concept bikes at the recent Auto Expo in India, one of which is the iON. The iON uses advanced lithium-air (Li-air) batteries and a hydrogen fuel extender with super capacitors to power the two-wheeler. In English, that means the bike has a top speed of 99.4mph and a range of 180 miles on a single charge, going from 0-60mph in five seconds. The electric motor doubles up as a brake and delivers its power through a conventional tyre mounted to a less than conventional hubless magnetic wheel. The bike does away with a normal twistgrip throttle and is fitted with trigger-like buttons fitted onto the handlebars. The controls feature ride-by-wire technology allowing the iON to integrate multiple onboard traffic-sensors and the VSA system (Variable Situational Awareness) to keep track of surrounding flow of traffic and collision detection. Even steering the iON isn’t conventional, being fitted with ‘M-Link’ and ‘Flex Axis’ technology, the motorcycle is steered by rotating the front and rear wheel, and suspension system, for maximum road-holding and driver confidence. Pricing information hasn’t been released. Hero has not confirmed their longterm plans for the iON concept.
Harley-Davidson’s display at Daytona International Speedway will be rocking from Sat., March 8 to Sat., March 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with free motorcycle parking and a wide range of displays and activities. Harley-Davidson will offer 2014 model year motorcycle demo rides, including the new Project RUSHMORE touring models, at Daytona International Speedway near the Intersection of Midway Avenue and Richard Petty Boulevard from Sat., March 8 to Sat., March 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (demo registration closes at 4 p.m. daily). Harley Owners Group® (H.O.G.) events in Daytona include a pin stop at the Speedway and nightly Happy Hours exclusively for H.O.G. members (with one guest) from 4-6 p.m. Sat., March 8 through Fri., March 14 with limited refreshments provided. The 8th Annual MDA Women’s Ride takes place Tues., March 11 with registration at the Speedway starting at 7 a.m., a 10 a.m. departure, and arrival at Destination Daytona at approximately 10:45 a.m. The Harley-Davidson Ride-In Custom Bike Show will be held Wed., March 12 at the Speedway. Registration is 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. with a $15 MDA donation. Trophies will be awarded at 3 p.m. in eight classes. Harley-Davidson will also be at Bikers on the Boulevard on Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard in Daytona Beach March 13-15 from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. For a complete listing of events visit our website at harley-davidson.com/daytona.
Victory Unveils 2015 Gunner: A Bobber With Big Power Victory took the wraps off the 2015 Gunner today at the IMS show in Chicago. The Gunner is a stripped-down bobber — a popular category these days — featuring the big Freedom 106 cubic inch v-twin and sixspeed gearbox refined by Victory over the past several years. This is one of the premier cruiser engines in the heavyweight category that typically dynos in the ballpark of 80 rear wheel horsepower. The Gunner features “Suede Titanium” paint, attractive multi-spoke cast aluminum 16-inch wheels (that carry narrow rubber, including a 140 section rear tire) and a relatively light claimed dry weight for the heavyweight cruiser category of 649 pounds. With disc brakes front and rear, the Gun-
ner makes due with a single 300 mm floating rotor in front and four-piston caliper. The new Gunner, although 10 pounds or so lighter, seems to carry the same chassis geometry and narrow tires, so we would expect similar handling … solid, predictable, but not the most nimble. For a heavyweight cruiser with a top notch v-twin such as the Freedom 106, the Gunner is priced as a bit of a bargain at a U.S. MSRP of $12,999. Victory is supporting the Gunner with plenty of accessories, and you can see a Gunner below with a red seat and other modifications. Stay tuned for our next issue as we put the Victory Gunner through it’s paces and report back our findings.
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2014 Daytona Bike Week Treasure Hunt locations announced
Daytona Bike Week is just weeks away, and the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced that AMSOIL will be the presenting sponsor for the 2014 Bike Week Treasure Hunt. The Treasure Hunt includes 12 locations in the greater Daytona Beach area. Thousands of bikers participate in the hunt by using the passport found in the Official Bike Week Pocket Guide that is distributed at the Official Bike Week Welcome Center in Riverfront Park, the Daytona Regional Chamber lobby, sponsor locations, hotels in the greater Daytona Beach area, and welcome centers throughout the state of Florida. Due to a high number of participants in years past, we now have a total of 1,000 coins that participants that complete the passport receive. Bikers will pick up their treasure from each location, get their passport stamped, and bring it back to the Official Bike Week Headquarters tent in Riverfront Park to receive their limited-edition commemorative coin. The 2014 AMSOIL Bike Week Treasure Hunt stops are: 1. AMSOIL Riverfront Park Beach Street, Daytona Beach Stamp location is at the AMSOIL Official Tent. 2. Harley-Davidson Corporation 1801 W International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL Stamp location is at the Official Harley Davidson Tent located within the Daytona International Speedway. 3. Budweiser 1637 N US Hwy 1, Ormond Beach, FL Stamp location is at the Customer Service Desk within the Daytona Harley Davidson Store. 4. GEICO Riverfront Park Beach Street, Daytona Beach Stamp location is at the GEICO Official Tent. 5. Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort 100 N Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach, FL Stamp location is within the South Tower Lobby. There will be a table set up just for the Treasure Hunt. 6. Ram Trucks Daytona Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram 1450 N Tomoka Farms Rd., Daytona Beach, FL Stamp location is within store. 7. Iron Horse Saloon 1068 N US Hwy 1, Ormond Beach, FL 32174 Stamp location inside. 8. Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and Museum 4931 S Peninsula Dr., Ponce Inlet, FL Stamp location is within the gift shop. 9. Freedom Cycles of Daytona 841 Ridgewood Ave., Holly Hill, FL Stamp location within store. 10. Light Them Up Sunshine Park Mall 2400 S Ridgewood Ave., South Daytona, FL Stamp location within store. 11. Daytona Harley-Davidson 510 Main St., Daytona Beach, FL New Store location. Stamp location at customer service desk. 12. Wyotech 470 Destination Daytona Lane Ormond Beach, FL
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Why I Don’t Ride Motorcycles - as much - any more ted laturnus
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that, between 1997 and 2008, annual motorcycle fatalities in the United States increased by 150 per cent. And, according to a more recent study commissioned by the same organization, motorcycle deaths in 2011 in the United States were up 2 per cent over 2010 – 4,612 in total.
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Here are some other numbers I find troubling: Motorcycle riders in Canada are at least 15 times more likely to be involved in a crash than automobile drivers. And one in 10 traffic deaths on the road involves a motorcycle. Put another way, a motorcyclist is 14 times more likely to be killed in a collision. Considering that bikes make up a scant 2 per cent of all vehicles on the road, these numbers are mind-boggling. Incidentally, the numbers are highest for high-powered sport bikes. More than one-third – 36.3 per cent – of all Canadian drivers admit to using cellphones while driving. This number, obtained by the Traffic Research Injury Foundation of Canada (TIRF), means bad news for motorcyclists and, despite various nationwide safety campaigns, motorists are not getting the message when it comes to cellphone usage/texting while driving. In 2012, there were more than 26 million registered vehicles on the road in Canada. This is up 10 million over 2000, and probably 10 times the number that were on the road when I first started riding, in 1964. Simply put, Canadian roads are getting crowded, and more cars means more potential for an accident. Ten. Or thereabouts. This is the number of times I’ve come off my bike while riding – either because of an accident, or because I was not paying attention or playing the fool. Don’t remember them all, but the notable ones involve being hit head-on in my own lane by an inattentive teenage driver, colliding with a locomotive late at night, coming off the back of my bike while attempting to ride backward, dropping a fully loaded tourer in a major intersection downtown, and flying over a stone wall after falling asleep. Admittedly, youthful stupidity was a factor in at least a couple of these incidents, but the fact that I survived says to me that I may be pushing the envelope when it comes to second chances. Three. The number of riding training
courses I’ve taken. They probably made me a more capable rider, but, in terms of safety and making things better out there for riders, they haven’t changed things one iota. Riding a motorcycle these days has become a defensive proposition; you can’t relax when you’re always worried about being clobbered. Five. The number of bones I’ve broken or fractured due to motorcycle accidents. Heel-bone, knee, ankle, thumb and nose. Not to mention at least one concussion, and bruises beyond count. Two. And a half. Approximately. This is the number of years it took me to get over my last accident. It involved wheelchair time and months of physiotherapy and I still have the odd twinge of vertigo. As you get older, you don’t bounce back as quickly and injuries that would have been nothing but an inconvenience years ago are now major obstacles. Much as I love riding, my aversion to hospitals is greater. Four. This is the number of vehicles involved in a collision in Fredericton recently. They were trying to avoid a family of ducks that was crossing the road. One of the vehicles was a motorcycle, but luckily the rider wasn’t injured. I hasten to add that I don’t intend to completely stop riding. Asking me to do that is like asking me to stop walking. I bought my first bike in 1964 – a Suzuki 80 scrambler – and old habits die hard. I still love motorcycles and have a few more years left in me yet. However, I plan to modify my riding habits. Among other things, I won’t be riding downtown ever again. Anyone that takes their bike/scooter into the city is asking for trouble. It’s Death Race 2013 down there, with construction, crazy bicyclists, heavy truck traffic and bad drivers everywhere. Much as I’m loathe to admit it, I also think my days of dawn-til-dusk touring are over. Incomparably exhilarating as it is, riding a bike all day gets tiring, and fatigue leads to trouble. Day trips for me from here on in. And when I do ride, I will be more scrupulous when it comes to changing lanes, merging into traffic, following behind trucks, coming to a complete stop at stop signs, performing over-the-shoulder visual checks, and watching my speed. I don’t want my days to be numbered.
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the end of a day’s ride. With a good aftermarket saddle, there is generally little to no extended “break-in” period before you are comfortable. The saddle should compress and mold itself to your body shape within the first 15 minutes and your first ride should be as comfortable as your 100th -the foam should retain its shape and support for years. Many riders ask about the use of gel seats in place of — or in addition to — foam. In theory, gel displaces rather than compresses like foam. If you push down firmly on gel, it doesn’t compress. It just changes its shape (imagine a tube of toothpaste), which, in certain instances, does little for your comfort. However, adding a gel pad, or seat, can help some riders if the pressure on their tailbones is aggravated by firm foam seats. There is another product on the market, called an “Air Hawk,” that is essentially an air bladder shaped like an egg carton. You control how firm or soft the seat is with a couple of puffs of air. The company that makes the Air Hawk, also makes seat cushions for those who use wheel chairs, so it knows about sitting for hours at a time.
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rials. Higher quality baseplates, used by aftermarket manufacturers, are constructed of either marine-grade fiberglass, finished with a high-gloss gel-coat, or black, epoxy powder-coated 16-gauge steel. One of the best ways to assess the quality of a motorcycle seat is to turn it over and examine the baseplate area or “underbelly.” When you pick up a premium seat, feel the weight and balance. That alone should give you an indication as to how substantial a custom seat is compared to most stock seats.
Choosing the right motorcycle saddle is one of the most important upgrades you can do to ensure comfort and endurance on the streets. Manufacturers have been slowly improving construction methods and utilizing more advanced materials in their stock saddles. There has never been a true way to tell if you’d be able to ride for an hour, or just ten minutes before your butt would feel numb. And no matter what position you tried, there would be no relief. The only way FOAM to regain feeling and blood flow to your glu- The most important component of seat comfort is the foam — and that includes teus maximus was to get off the bike. Although many manufacturers have be- both the shape and the quality of the foam gun to improve the comfort of their saddles, itself. This is truly a case of “it’s what’s inthere’s still much improvement yet to be side that counts.” Aftermarket saddle manurealized. facturers begin by creating the Demand to keep prices combaseplate. For most custom mopetitive in the marketplace is one torcycles, an experienced seat of the factors for the existence of designer will hand-sculpt the inferior stock saddles. The sadinitial shape of the foam to caredle’s foam under-layers are just fully contour the shape to suptoo soft to provide proper support your body and align your port. Although a stock saddle spine at the best angle possible may feel ok for the moment or Factory Tour to relieve back stress. two in the showroom, it’s really Most seats are built as a single piece of not enough time to to tell if a saddle will foam that makes up both the driver’s, and standup to your expectations. the passenger’s, seat. Sometimes, seats are STOCK CONSTRUCTION built as two distinct parts — the solo seat Most stock seats, and a number of less for the driver is separate from the passenger expensive aftermarket seats, are built on seat. A two-piece seat construction allows plastic baseplates which are inexpensive to for the removal of the passenger seat so that build, and far less sturdy than other mate- the driver can truly ride solo (depending on
manufacturer and saddle). Some one-piece seats (built on a single baseplate but able to carry both driver and passenger) are designed to look like two separate seats. Once the master foam shape is created, custom saddle manufacturers will make a mold of this shape and “cast” the foam for higher production numbers. A liquid foam solution is poured into the mold, which is then securely closed up. Within minutes, the chemicals react and the liquid is solidified within the mold in a process reminiscent of a giant waffle maker. The chemical compound of the liquid foam is as significant as the shape. The molecular structure of foam can be described as either open-cell or closed-cell. Think of the difference between types of foam, sponges or cushions on couches. Some foam is really soft and can be easily squeezed and almost flattened (open cell construction), while other foam is really firm and can barely be compressed (closed cell). For a motorcycle seat to be comfortable, the foam compound must be carefully formulated to be soft enough for comfort but resilient enough to stand up to those “thousand-mile” days. The best aftermarket manufacturers use their own formula of controlled-density, polyurethane foam — a highly proprietary recipe, like those 13 mystery herbs and spices in KFC’s secret recipe. A soft seat provides no support, and riding on one for any length of time can be as bad as riding on the bare baseplate. On the other hand, a really hard seat can make you feel like you’re sitting on a piece of plywood. Either way, your bottom will be in agony at
As you probably know, most stock seats are covered with molded vinyl. The good news is that this prevents water from seeping inside. The bad news is that stock covers don’t provide a glove like fit when it comes to the contours of the foam mold or cushion. That means any discrepancies will result in wrinkles or bulges. As with a custom suit, or the upholstered cover on your couch, well-designed covers on aftermarket seats are meticulously pieced together and sewn to fit tight contours so that they do not tend to bunch up while riding. The best aftermarket seat covers are individually hand-sewn animal hydes or high quality vinyls. Quality generally varies with price. Riders should choose the material that best meets their needs, preferences and budget. Whether made of leather or vinyl, look for the following features on the cover of a quality seat: All seams should be sewn twice for strength. The bottom edge under the seat that is attached to the baseplate should be hemmed. The edges of seats with skirts should be finished with braid. Pillow top seats should be tufted with covered buttons, which are double-tied with four cords, not two, so as to not lose their buttons. The cover and stitch pattern for each model and style should complement and enhance the shape of the seat and the flow of the motorcycle. Stitching should be evenly spaced, uniform and tight. Among the best aftermarket saddle manufacturers are Corbin, Mustang and Saddleman. Although they mass produce their saddles, they adhear to strict quality components and construction methods. Do your research before you purchase, find a friend or someone you know who has an aftermarket saddle and park your butt on it to get a sense of what to expect. Visit their websites for more detailed information pertaining to each manufacturer. Regardless of your final choice, your cheeks will thank you.
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The Insurance Conundrum Underwriters and actuaries are not known to actually ride motorcycles, or to even know much about them
Live in Canada? Buying a bike? What’s the first thing that you should do before handing over your hard-earned money? If you said, “check with your insurance broker to see if you can get insurance on the bike,” you are correct. Now, before you skip ahead to the next article, know now that you could learn something from this one. This February, I asked my insurance company if I could get a quote on a new 2014 KTM 1190 Adventure. The answer from the call-centre broker was “no.” I was polite, and said, but you insure the 2014 BMW R1200 GS, and the KTM is a similar machine. “Sorry, we do not insure that model,” was her answer. Well then, that’s it. If I cannot get insurance, I cannot ride the bike. So, I asked the broker to escalate the request directly to the insurance company. Again, I received the “not available” answer. Not willing to accept this response, I then emailed the broker and asked that the request be “escalated” to the vice-president of insurance underwriting at the actual insurance company. In my email, I included pictures of the KTM and the BMW showing that both bikes were the same style, similar retail price and would be purchased by a similar demographic. Please reconsider. The answer came back this time as positive, saying that yes, we will insure the KTM, and with a price that was within a couple of hundred dollars of the BMW. But why did I have to go to all of this bother? Here are a few things that you should know about insurance companies. First of all, motorcycle insurance is a very small part of their overall business. They make far more money insuring your house and your car. Insurance companies are in business to make a profit, and it’s OK to make a profit. However, in comparison to the other products and services which they sell, bike insurance produces very small overall profits. That means that to make money on the bike business, insurers usually offer only standard products, and they have to keep administration down to a minimum. Most insurers would not be in the business except that they know that offering bike insurance is a method to promote the sale of their home and auto policies. Insurance brokers do not work for the insurance company; insurance agents do, but not brokers. Brokers are independent. Both agents and brokers can sell you insurance coverage; both agents and brokers usually work for commission. Those commissions are typically around 12% to 15% of the total premium in the first year of a policy, to between 7% and 15% each time that you renew for another year. Insurance companies
may also offer bonuses to the agents and brokers. Bonuses depend on the number of sales, and the amount of overall premiums “sold.” Neither agents, nor brokers have the ability to change policy wording, or to discuss claims. Agents generally only work for one insurance company; brokers can get you quotes from several. Check with both agents who work for just one company, and brokers who work for several, if you want quotes. Premium rates are set by insurance companies’ actuaries, as are many underwriting rules. Underwriters, the people who actually decide if you are a good risk, or not, look at factors that have been historically proven to influence the number and size of claims: (such as) age, sex, home location, occupation, previous claims history, your driving/riding history – i.e. number of “at fault” accidents and claims, type of bike, size of motor, cost to make repairs on particular models, cost of health care where you live, and the value of your bike new and to replace today. Bikes with lots of plastic on them are much more expensive to repair, so expensive that bikes with large fairings can be ‘written off” by insurers if the plastic extensively damaged, even if the bike is otherwise mechanically sound. How do insurance companies get information about the vehicle types that they insure? Well, for the most part, vehicle manufacturers submit the make, model and VIN numbers to the Insurance Bureau of Canada who then then supplies the insurers with that information. If you are purchasing a new vehicle, such as the KTM 1190 Adventure, which is new to Canada this year, the insurers have to wait until the information comes from the vehicle manufacturer via the Insurance Bureau. If the insurer can’t get that information, it cannot issue a quote. Also, there is potential to get the information mixed up. For example, KTM sells an 1190 superbike, and some insurers will not offer insurance on that bike because of all of the plastic on it. Both the
superbike and the Adventure carry a similar designation based on the 1190 cc engine. Underwriters and actuaries are not known to actually ride motorcycles, or to know much about them, so you can see that it would be easy for them to make a mistake. A good portion of your annual motorcycle premium is taken up by the “disability payments” portion of the policy. Never mind that the chances of the insurer actually paying out any monies to you to replace your income is extremely low should you get into an accident on the bike, the insurer must, by law, put large amounts of funds aside as a reserve for every reported, but yet unpaid claim, in case there is an actual claim for disability payments. These disability payments are very rarely ever paid out because the motorcycle insurance policy is rarely the “first payer.” If you have a disability plan at work, that pays first. As well, there may be CPP/QPP disability payments for serious disabilities, E.I sickness payments, retirement benefits, armed forces benefits, etc. – all of these are discounted from any disability/loss of income benefits that your auto or bike policy would have to pay. Yes, if you think that this is a bit on the “questionable” side, in my opinion, I would agree. But few, in any, politicians in the Province of Ontario are going to take on this cause, unless a huge number of motorists/motorcyclists start to holler loudly and keep hollering. We live in a jurisdiction that requires a motorist to have insurance before they can ride/ drive a vehicle on the streets and roadways. (Kiss goodbye to about $10 grand in fines and admin. costs, if you are caught without.) Yet, there are no rules and regulations that require insurers to actually offer insurance, or that it be affordable. There are also no rules and regulations as to whether or not insurers actually make a profit or a loss. Basically, the state of vehicle insurance in our province requires a complete makeover, one that favours the purchaser and not just the insurers. Is it time to consider having the province take over vehicle insurance? Other provinces, such as B.C. have done it, and those provinces are doing just fine. PS: Before you tell me that auto insurance rates have been ordered lowered by the present government, did you ask if that applied to motorcycle premiums? I just received my bike renewal, for my ten year old bike, and the rates went up significantly despite having no claims, no tickets, and no accidents over the last year. Are the insurance companies now trying to make up those lost profits on auto policies by raising up the premiums on bike policies? They’ll say “no,” but I have to wonder …
PMS & Vern
Well, here we are close to another riding season. For many this is a time of celebrations, breaking resolutions, and excitement. For me it is a time of sitting in my warm home looking longingly out at the garage. In that garage is my best friend: black, shiny, reliable, comfortable. His name is Vern. This time of year is very hard on my family. They like the normally adventurous, happy-go-lucky me that can come up with a reason to go for a ride on any given day. They like the me that comes home from a day of riding re-energized, and ready to cook dinner, listen to their stories, go to the park, or fill whatever their need is. They like the me that comes home caked in road dirt that is imbedded in my layers of sun screen. They like the me that will spend time in the driveway with a pail of water, a power-washer, and a basket of chemicals, and my best friend Vern. They don’t like the me that has that far-away look in my eyes as I pour over maps, and motorcycle travel web-sites, and stares longingly at Google maps. They do not like the me that has taken up knitting, and sitting under a quilt, and eating fruit cake, and drinking black coffee, and waiting for the dry strips of pavement to re-appear. They do not like the me that has taken to repeating adventure stories from the previous season spent with Vern. I call this time of year my PMS stage. Every Canadian rider knows it. It is the time between that last ride (that you refused to believe would be the last one), and the first ride of the new year. It is the time of all the bike shows that inspire dreams, and the acquisition of new gear that cannot be tried out just yet. It is the time of snow pants, and shovels, and insulated mittens, instead of chaps, shovel-heads, and black leather riding gloves. This is the time of year that sales of motorcycle magazines spike, chocked full of new releases, product comparisons, and next new technology. I find myself dreaming of the wind blowing through my hair and picking bugs out of my teeth. My thoughts drifting to a softer, gentler time of year, during which I can randomly book off one day a week with Vern according to the weather forecast. It is difficult to settle down at night and drift off to sleep with the sand man when I have not been force-fed fresh air all day. It is difficult to remember a time that I would gladly be up and out the door fully dressed by 8 am on my day off ... for a date with Vern! It is difficult to recall that feeling of a sunburn that shows itself only across my nose and part of my cheeks, and the raccoon eyes from my goggles that were a permanent, seasonal addition. I am determined to have at least one ride per month because I was put off by the fact that I had to pay insurance all year for something that was parked... sometimes in my living room, and sometimes in a garage. During those years I don’t remember having such a long, debilitating term of PMS. I will probably not ride in January, but you can bet that I will be out before the end of February. There has not been a year yet that I didn’t ride in February. Vern does not like to sit idle for too long, and I don’t like to keep him waiting!
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no ligament damage or dislocation and no need to proceed with surgery. I expect he will need three to four weeks to fully recover.” Marquez has already started rehabilitation with magnetic therapy. He will remain nonweight bearing for two weeks, meaning he will certainly miss next week’s Sepang test and possibly the following week in Phillip Island, Australia. Full recovery is expected for the season-opening Qatar MotoGP™ race on 23 March. “It was a really unfortunate accident that could happen to anyone at anytime,” Marquez commented. “I was rushed to hospital and Dr. Mir treated me; thankfully there was no ligament damage, just a clean break.”
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Leading representatives of Repsol and Honda gathered in Spanish capital Madrid to celebrate 20 year partnership. The Honda Factory team has raced under the Repsol banner since 1995, the year in which Australian Mick Doohan collected his second of five premier class world title. Over the past two decades, the alliance has achieved no less than ten world titles, 124 individual race wins and 338 podium finishes. Monday’s gathering took place in Madrid’s Campus Repsol. “It’s hard to explain what it feels like to see my bike here with other title-winning machines,” comments current World Champion Marc Marquez. “It is an honour to be part of the Repsol Honda Team and to be part of the team’s history with my World Championship. Joining this team was a dream come true. All my idols have come through the Repsol Honda Team. It was an opportunity that I had to make the most of
and that is what I am doing. I enjoy every day to the fullest.” Whereas Marquez joined last year, Dani Pedrosa has been part of the outfit since the start of 2006. “The alliance of Repsol and Honda is very significant - it’s something of which many people are aware,” Pedrosa says. “If you talk about this team, you know that it is one of the most successful outfits of recent years. The nicest thing is that this union of entities has lasted 20 years. This continuity is something that you don’t see too often and I, personally, really like this aspect.” Premier class World Champions with Repsol Honda Team: - Mick Doohan 1995-98 - Alex Criville 1999 - Valentino Rossi 2001-03 - Nicky Hayden 2006 - Casey Stoner 2011 - Marc Marquez 2013
Dunlop to evaluate new tyre options in Australia Moto2 Since being resurfaced in 2013, Phillip Island’s abrasive surface has warranted bespoke development for tyres for top level motorcycle classes. For Moto2, Dunlop is taking nine specifications of rear tyre to test at the Australian track with a goal of finding the best two race options for all riders, in terms of suitability for the surface while maintaining the improved pace of 2013. Testing will take place over three days from 3 March. During the winter period, Dunlop’s designers have created tyres with new low heat generation and heat resistant compounds as well as new tread constructions. New belt materials have been used, although the cord itself is already proven in Dunlop’s latest race products. The new solutions have already been extensively tested by Dunlop’s own test team at both the company’s Mireval Proving Grounds in France and also on high-speed durabil-
ity testing equipment. All the tyre specifications have shown a significant improvement in durability. Four bikes and riders will all test the nine options. Ambient temperatures are expected to reach around 35 degrees centigrade – some ten degrees higher than expected for the October race. Two race distance runs will then be carried out using a variety of specifications to determine the most appropriate options for 2014’s Phillip Island race. The tyres selected may also be used for the Sachsenring event, which has similar loads in the high-speed corners. The Phillip Island development is part of Dunlop’s programme of Moto2 tyre evolution. Midway through the 2013 season, low heat generation technology was introduced and all four Moto2 rear tyres will benefit from this for the 2014 season. There is also a new Extra Hard front option that many riders have asked for.
Ducati still pondering switch to Open One of the significant topics of discussion during MotoGP™ testing last week was whether or not Ducati will be switching all of its premier class bikes to Open specification for the upcoming 2014 campaign. The label ‘Open’ is new this year and is given to those bikes running the spec ECU software (as provided by Dorna Sports and Magneti Marelli) as well as the ECU hardware, which from this season onwards is compulsory for all bikes in the field. In exchange for running the spec software, Open teams are able to run up to 24 litres of fuel per bike (as opposed to the decreased amount of 20 for Factory Option bikes) as well as being able to use up to 12 engine units per bike per season (5 for Factory Options). Perhaps more significantly, Open runners are not subjected to the new engine freeze regulations which would allow Ducati to work on engine development during the year, as the Italian marque strives to return to the front of the grid. “We came here with a GP13 and a GP14,” Paolo Ciabatti, the MotoGP Project Director for Ducati Team, explained at Sepang. “Those bikes are obviously full Factory Option, while at the same time we have Yonny Hernandez on an Open GP13. This is what we announced and this is still the plan. “Obviously, the option of the Open class is an interesting one. We have seen that Aleix Espargaro has been extremely fast on the FTR-Yamaha (NGM Mobile Forward Racing), so obviously Open is something to consider. But for the moment we have not made any decision.” With the second Sepang test coming up at the end of the month, Ciabatti was quizzed over whether any decision on Open specification bikes will be made before then. “We will evaluate all of the information,” he continued. “It is not that I don’t want to answer, but these are the main purposes: the bike is a new bike. Obviously some concepts are carried over from last year, but it was the first time that our new riders could use the GP14. We collected some positive feedback. We still have some areas in which we must improve a lot, but with Dovi (Andrea Dovizioso) we are eight tenths of a second off the best lap times and I think this is positive. “We will evaluate it. Obviously, we are also collecting information from Yonny Hernandez. We will make up our mind and take our decisions in the next few weeks.”
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We said our safe ride adieus and I roared off to meet another new adventure
It is true; bikers are fun loving and generous with their care and regard for other bikers. The proof is in the consistently simple ‘bikers wave’. As we ride, we acknowledge another rider with a simple wave; a gesture of a hello to a fellow enthusiast. Accept this common denominator, and never be afraid to ask another biker for help. What is particularly special is that unanticipated help often appears out of nowhere. This has happened to me on more than one occasion, with the most memorable being on the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia. I had met two BMW gentlemen bikers, from Kansas, in Antigonish. We met in the parking lot of the Maritimers Inn. They were checking in and I was leaving. We chatted about the great biker adventure to ride the Cabot trail, their bikes, and mine, as well as their interest in my tea cup poodle, Sergio (my riding buddy aka guard dog). They could not believe a woman would want to do this ride alone. The plain and simple truth is that it is much less complicated and more serene being alone. (However, if I do find a gentleman biker ‘of interest’, I will let you know!) We said our safe ride adieus and I roared off to meet my great new adventure - the Cabot Trail. Soon, the cloudy day turned to drizzle, and then to hard rain. It was cold and felt like the rain would soon turn into sleet. I stopped in Inverness for some amazing fish soup to warm up, and a little look see in the nearby boutique. I bought my one and only ‘souvenir’, a beautiful Cape Breton tartan cape in dark green and navy. I knew I would cherish this gem, and for now, it would serve as a much needed blanket. In the long term, it would act as a beautiful cape over a simple jean attire or a power business suit. Without a doubt, it is always the conversation piece an easy launch into reminiscing about my extraordinary Cabot Trail ride. One more plus was it rolled up nicely and fit in my
saddle bag. Sergio, at this point, was not pleased with the cold, and he resisted going into his pet duffle bag. He had a cozy dog blanket inside and a doggie treat, but neither would bribe him to go any further. Too bad for Sergio, as the trail was waiting for me. My destination for the day was to get as far as Margaree Harbour, as I had heard that there was a nice hotel called The Duck Cove Inn. It was nestled on a hilltop at the Margaree River, a Canadian Heritage River, and the Gulf of the St Lawrence. The day’s ride covered 160 kms, and took me five hours due to the weather and the challenging riding conditions. Yes, it was a hard riding day, and I was cold to the bone. Sergio was toasty warm in his carrier, but peeved that I had kept on riding. The Inn was inviting and the view was spectacular. Talking to the people at the Inn following a dinner of warm comfort food is always the delight of this bike traveler. I went back to my room, took a hot shower then got into bed covered by my new cape. I knew the forecast for the next day was to be sunny and warm. Yeah! I was not disappointed upon awakening. I had my coffee on the balcony soaking up the Nova Scotia view. I could see the causeway to Cheticamp. My plan was to get to Pleasant Bay to do some whale watching. It wasn’t far from Cheticamp that I saw cars pulled off on the side of the road. I knew this could only be interesting, so I pulled over too. Yes, it was a cow moose with her calve feeding very near the roadside. After a few memorable photos, I was off on the way to Pleasant Bay. The ride was some of the best scenery I had ever experienced. The ocean blue, and the mountainous plateau of the ancient rock across the northern part of Cape Breton Island, exceeded my expectations. Arriving at Pleasant Bay, I stopped at a restaurant called The Rusty Anchor. They had a large seaside patio, Sergio and I basked in the sun while I ate my seafood
feast. Considering that this was a major hub of the Trail I had every belief that I would have no difficulty finding the biker basics. I had started to pack up for the next leg of my Cabot Trail adventure, when the two gentlemen from Kansas that I had met in Antognish approached me saying their hellos and asking how it was going. Their next question (at the time I didn’t realize was so critical) was, “Nancy, how much gas do you have in your tank?” I thought this a bit odd but I answered the question “just shy of a quarter tank”. I could see a serious look on both of their faces and one said “There are no gas stations in Pleasant Bay!” Really? How could this be true? While they were doing the Cabot Trail counter clockwise and I was doing it clockwise, they knew for sure the bleak gas situation I was headed for. Yes here it is, the kindness of bikers; one drained enough gas from his bike to take my indicator to half a tank. They insisted on this gas exchange to ensure that I would not be stranded on the challenging road ahead. I will never forget this. I truly had no idea gas stations would be few and far between along the trail. Please take this into account if you are planning this ride. I gave my sincere thanks, and headed on my way. It wasn’t until Dingwall that I was able to fill up. I finished that day’s ride in the very historic village of Baddeck, one of the world’s scenic jewels, and home to Alexander Graham Bell’s historic site. Well, at this point, I had completed my Cabot Trail ride. It was challenging, twisty, picturesque, and definitely the highlight of my east coast trip. To be sure, it is not for the faint of heart, as the road is not entirely smooth. The trail provided me with two days of amazing riding. Had I had the time, I would have turned around and ridden it again, counter-clockwise. What is for sure is that I will never recall my Cabot Trail ride without remembering the kindness of these two bikers, who provided me with some gas to ensure that I could complete this most beautiful ride.
Ok, so you have a lovely family…you still ride solo. A rewarding career…you still ride solo. You’re not angry with the world. You certainly can’t be accused of being anti-social. So why do you ride solo. Notice I didn’t add a question mark. That’s because the concept is rhetorical. Just consider the viewpoint, but be honest with yourself. You like to ride solo. No reason to be embarrassed. Somewhere in the deep recesses of our twisted little biker brains, there’s a synapse that sparks between a couple of our neurons. Some of it is obvious: the independence and self reliance; mankind flaunting the need for social connection; just getting the frig away from it all. But there’s more, isn’t there? You want to explore. Not just geographically, but emotionally too. Was that a pine stand I just sniffed through the poorly banked curves of this country road? Ha! No. It’s the deodorizer in my tank bag next to my wet leather gloves. No one is with me so why would I even worry about the smell of anything? Have to trash that little smelly sucker at the next stop. I can suffer if I want. I don’t fail in my personal judgments. I’m the biker. I’m the SOLO biker. Next is the role playing. Surly look to the middle aged driver that flipped a butt out the window and laughed as it whizzed by your helmet throwing sparks into the night air. I think if I pull up next to him at that stop sign, I should reach into my jacket and then flip him the bird. God, I couldn’t do that at work, you say in your mind! But there are days I’d like to. And the relentless rain. Thoroughly drenched, you slog into the diner with steam coming off your shoulders. Is that a glimmer of sympathy from the corner table? You may feel uncomfortable, but no one is going to see that. Let them make up their own story of your dismal appearance. You are a SOLO rider. Someone crosses your path. It might be a cashier, or gas attendant, a soccer Mom, or devoted Dad in the check-out line or lobby. You catch their eye and, for a moment, you feel connected. They wonder about your experiences, and you wonder about their’s. Interesting, but non-committal. Solo riders thrive on the journey, not the destination. It’s like a drug. You can’t avoid its compelling rush. It makes you the person others are curious about, and then you go home. But you are the solo rider and you will be again. It’s in your soul.
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Belleville Sport & Lawn Centre 128 Church Street, Belleville 613-968-4559 or 877-968-4559 www.bellevillesportandlawn.com
Suzuki Of Newmarket 80 Harry Walker Pkwy, Newmarket 905-898-1081 or 888-376-7779 www.suzukiofnewmarket.com
Snow city cycle & marine 1255 Kennedy Road, Scarborough 416-752-1560 or 877-766-9248 www.snowcity.com
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Visit your local Authorized Yamaha Dealer for more information Powersport Junction 5624 Highway # 6, Guelph 519-767-5800 www.powersportjunction.ca
MOTOSPORT OF TRENTON 114 McCauley Rd., Trenton 613-965-6626 www.motosportsoftrenton.com
BALDWIN CYCLE 1353 Highway #3 East Dunneville 905-774-8881 www.baldwinscycle.com
THE POWER GARAGE 68 Ingersoll Road, Woodstock 519-533-1300 www.thepowergarage.ca
OAKVILLE YAMAHA 615 Third Line, Oakville 905-465-9555 www.oakvilleyamaha.com
BRAMPTON POWERSPORTS 105 Van Kirk Dr. Brampton 905-459-0411 www.bramptonpowersports.com
bob’s motorsports ltd 615 St. Clair St., Chatham 519-354-6377 www.bobsmotorsport.com
BENNETT POWERSPORTS 801 Brock St., Whitby 905-430-6360 or 1-888-430-6360 www.bennettpowersports.com
Ready Yamaha Powersports 430 Hensall Cir. Mississauga 905-896-3500 or 855-896-0430 www.readyyamaha.com
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