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As I set up my tent in the rain I asked myself, “What could I have possibly done to avoid this?”

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All New Honda for 2014 Comfort, Technology and Experience

Introducing the 2014 all new CTX Series—the CTX700N and the CTX700T. The first in a new family of future CTX models to come. Honda introduced a number of terrific new bikes in 2013, and now they’re carrying the momentum forward with even more innovative models that will continue to meet the lifestyle

of today’s customer. The new models are not only exciting in concept but have attentiongrabbing good looks and are fun to ride. CTX stands for Comfort, Technology and eXperience—a rider experience that’s unique to these machines because of new Honda technologies that focus on class-leading com-

fort, easy-to-operate features and versatility. These first CTX machines share the same innovative design as the NC700 Series and place a premium on lightweight handling thanks in part to a low center of gravity, ergonomics that translate into day-long comfort and distinctive urban roadster styling.

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continued from cover partner for exploring all that the open road can offer. It starts with great rider accommodations, thanks in large part to a comfy seat that’s only 719 mm (28.3 inches) high— a full 71mm (2.8 inches) lower than the NC700S! The long-stroke 670cc engine with its twin cylinders canted 62 degrees forward for better weight distribution and a lower center of gravity for nimble handling. The CTX700T comes equipped with Antilock Braking System (ABS) and an easy shifting 6-speed manual transmission. With its strong low-end torque, light and nimble handling, roomy riding accommodations and smooth engine, the CTX700T excels at long-range travel, but these qualities also make it a terrific weekend warrior or daily rider. Get out and see that destination you’ve wanted to visit—on the all

Features & Benefits • Sophisticated liquid-cooled SOHC eight-valve 670cc parallel-twin engine pumps out abundant torque in the low-end and midrange for easily accessible power. • A relatively long engine stroke (80.0mm combined with a 73.0mm bore) and a high-inertia crankshaft are design elements that add to the CTX700’s extremely tractable power characteristics. • The 62-degree forward lean given to the cylinder assembly facilitates near-vertical mounting of the single 36mm throttle body for superior intake port positioning and shaping. In addition, special shaping to the combustion chambers further enhances engine combustion ef-

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SCOTT MACDONALD Editor, The Motorcycle Times

Use Your Head May is finally here, the weatherman seems to be forcasting warmer and warmer temperatures which means if you haven’t already taken your bike out for the season’s first ride, you probably will in the next week or two. At the beginning of every season, we are all anxious about getting back on two wheels, dusting off winter’s cobwebs and getting to know your ride all over again. But before taking to the streets remember that drivers in cars haven’t seen us for quite some time. It’s more important than ever to make sure you are seen. Bright clothing or a colourful helmet helps you be more visable to these drivers. Making sure that you have your head on a swivel at all times regardless of time of day will help you to identify trouble before it can become a serious situation. Don’t expect drivers to see your signals when planning on turns into traffic or when changing lanes. It’s always a good idea to use hand signals not only for the beginning of the season, but as a practice you use on every ride. Hand signals provide an extra measure of visability mostly because hand signals are rarely seen or used by drivers, it becomes an attention getter. Even if the drivers around you don’t remember what hand signals are trying to tell them, at the very least they are more likely to notice you with your arm stuck out saying to themselves, look at that silly bastard on the bike.

Your safety begins with you. Don’t think for a second that anyone else on the road even gives a shit about you. Like it or not, that’s the society we live in these days. It’s a “screw you” mentality that we are all a little guilty of posessing. Every year, we hear of a dozen or so riders who are taken out for one reason or another. Sometimes the circumstances of fatal accidents are such that no measure of awareness, safety procedures or planning could have changed the outcome, but the vast majority of riders that are involved in accidents could have and should have been prevented. For a moment, lets agree that riders who push their luck doing wheelies on the 401 or showoff to their friends by riding beyound their skill level are their own worst enimies, and when something goes wrong, they have only themselves to blame. It’s like shooting yourself in the foot and blaming the gun manufacturer for faulty equipment. The only faulty equipment I see is between their ears. Anyway, by simply remembering some basic safety procedures, we can hopefully go through a season without loosing another brother, sister, mother, father, son or daughter. If you take nothing else away from my column this month, remember just one thing. Use your head. Your head is packed with the most state of the art accessories available at any price.

High definition vision is now standard on most models of heads, by taking advantage of this HD vision, you as a rider should be able to identify potential hazards on all sides of you while riding or at a stop. Not to be upstaged is the latest in sound detection equipment. Each head today comes standard with input sensors conveniently located on each side of the cranium allowing the operator to not only detect and identify sounds but to determine with a great degree of accuracy the direction that sound is comng from. Most heads today also com standard with the most advanced computing device on the planet. Although operating systems will vary from model to model, the computing speed and ability is astonishing. When a user crossfeeds their HD vision with their sound dectectors and inputs that data directly to their heads operating system, the results often amaze even the most sceptical. When as a user doesn’t take advantage of these systems, they will soon realize that basic functionality and data processing occurs at a much slower rate, if at all, and that’s when problems begin to occur and people die. Use your head this season, don’t assume another driver can see you, don’t assume that a driver will wait for you to go through the intersection, don’t assume they can even hear you regardless of how loud your pipes are. It’s up to you to make sure you survive another season, cause nobody else cares.

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All new Thunderstroke 111’s planned for 2014 Indians Indian Motorcycle, the first American motorcycle company, announced the details of the all new Thunder Stroke 111 engine that will power the model year 2014 Indian Motorcycle. The new engine was publicly unveiled to a gathering of press and motorcycling fans on Saturday, March 9 at Daytona Bike Week. This marks yet another critical milestone in the company’s persistent drive towards a full launch later this year under the stewardship of Polaris Industries. Since the April 2011 acquisition of Indian Motorcycle by Polaris Industries, the company has made an unprecedented commitment of time, resources and passion into the design of the all-new power plant. From the outset, the goal was to capture the iconic design and styling aspects of the 112-year old brand’s most historic models and fuse that heritage with state-of-the-art technology and progressive design elements. The new design reflects an unparalleled investment into researching the complete history of Indian Motorcycle power

train development, including the review of volumes of historical documentation, miles of riding vintage motorcycles, and studying and dissecting a broad array of legendary Indian Motorcycle models. The Thunder Stroke 111 engine features 111 cubic inch displacement and delivers the raw power and iconic styling that have long been hallmarks of the legendary Indian Motorcycle brand. Delivering more than 115 ft-lbs of torque, the 49-degree V-Twin engine is the new heartbeat of Indian Motorcycle and marks the first clean-sheet Indian Motorcycle engine design in seven decades. With parallel pushrod tubes, finned heads, down firing exhausts, left side air intake, and the proportions and layout familiar to Indian Motorcycle fans around the world, the Thunder Stroke 111 is sure to inspire both experienced and new riders. The engineering prowess and financial resources of Polaris Industries will re-forge this iconic brand into the industry leader it deserves to be.

Honda Partners with Forest Recovery Canada

Honda Canada’s “One Honda. One Tree.” initiative is a national partnership with Forest Recovery Canada that will see a number of trees planted across Canada. For every piece of Honda lawn and garden equipment or Honda ATV purchased between April 1 and July 31, 2013 a tree will be planted assisting in the regeneration of forests across Canada. The spring launch of the campaign coincides with the season of rejuvenation and the spring season of Honda Power Equipment and ATV deals. Spring is the season Canadians begin venturing outdoors to garden, start their yard maintenance or take their ATVs out to the trails. In addition to the celebration that comes with the revival of outdoor activities, Canadians can feel extra good about their Honda purchase, knowing it will have a positive and long-lasting impact on the environment. Forest Recovery Canada is a national tree-planting program, administered by Trees Ontario, the largest not-for-profit tree planting partnership in North America. Honda could not be more excited about the partnership and the opportunity to help promote a healthier future for Canada.

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April 15th, 2013 - Yamaha Motor Canada is bringing back the popular ‘Yamabucks For You’ program. This program distributes thousands of dollars’ worth of Yamabucks to Yamaha enthusiasts across the country through motorcycle track days and amateur Enduro and ATV racing. “The Yamabucks program is always a big hit. Customers across the country seem to really appreciate the support. However, we are the ones that are grateful. This program is a way for us to say thank you to many of the customers who have chosen Yamaha.” said Yamaha Race Director, Bryan Hudgin. Racers will receive varying amounts based on their finishing position in the classes and events specified. Street motorcyclists who take their Yamaha to selected track day or-

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Norton Commando Finally Gets Green Light Norton Motorcycles (Canada) Ltd. are pleased to announce the acquisition of Canadian Government approval for importation of a range of Norton 961 Commando models specifically for the Canadian market. We would like to acknowledge the combined efforts of Norton UK’s engineering staff and representatives from the Canadian Moped and Motorcycle Industry Council, Harrison Wolf Consulting Inc.(USA) and various suppliers whose contribution, in conjunction with the Canadian Ministry of the Environment and Transport Canada, have enabled us to reach our goal. Models available in Canada comprise of the limited edition SE, the SF and Café Racer models. All Canadian specification bikes will have Norton’s highest specification USD Ohlin forks, radial Brembo brakes and carbon fibre

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by RICHARD ACKROYD Contributing Writer - TMT What’s black and white and black and white and black and blue all over? Answer: a nun falling down the stairs. This joke had us groaning as elementary school kids way back when. Looking at the situation as “adults,” we might see something different. This “joke” is about the risk of falling down, and the results. We play with risk, or should I say, with risk assessment, every time that we ride. In order to ride a motorcycle on public roads, we are required by law to purchase a minimum amount of insurance to cover us financially if we cause an incident that harms someone else, or their property. Most of us mutter oaths, when having to pay for insurance, and wonder how the insurance companies are “allowed” to charge so much. We all say the same thing, “It’s too [insert expletive) expensive.” What is insurance, and how can we keep those costs down? Home and auto insurance is known in the industry as “general” insurance, and it is sold by insurance companies that specialize in those products. There are other kinds of insurance companies, such as “life companies, but those companies sell different products and are governed under different rules and regulations. The difference between insurers is similar to the differences between your local car and tractor manufacturers. Both make vehicles that have wheels, and a drivetrain, but both are for different uses and for different markets. On-road motorcycles are required to be insured using policies sold by general insurers in provinces such as Ontario, and distributed by government-registered “general” insurance agents. Some provinces, such as B.C., have government-administered insurance programs. Insurance is set up to provide “financial” protection to the rider and to the owner of a vehicle. Insurance is used to offset your financial risk only. However, it is only one method of mitigat-

ing risk, especially the risk of riding. Other methods are refraining from stunting, taking training when learning to ride, and refresher courses later, riding on good rubber, riding with proper riding gear, and always riding totally aware (no drugs or alcohol, get lots of sleep, and ride without distractions). These are ways to mitigate risks that we riders can choose to take. Some riders take risks because they think that they are “allowed” to do so, or because they are “not required” by law to do otherwise. In the parlance, they are not “risk adverse.” Years ago, one could ride in Ontario without insurance, subject to paying $25.00 at the license bureau for that choice. Today, riding without insurance will cost a fine of a minimum of $6,250 including the surcharge. The only option is to only ride off-road, on private land, where you have permission to do so. Generally, riding on private property is not covered under the Highway Traffic Act, and proof of insurance is, therefore, not required. Why do we pay so much in insurance premiums? Well, the truth of the matter, in my opinion, is this. We are required by law to purchase insurance to protect others. End of story. There are no rules stating that the insurance has to be affordable, or even made available. Witness what happened a few years ago when Ontario insurers took a stand (since rescinded) that they would not insure any bike over 25 years old. There is a rule that says we have to purchase insurance. However, where are the rules restricting insurer retention levels, or profit levels? Insurance companies are in the business to make a profit, or as Nobel prize-winning economist Milton Friedman once said, and I paraphrase, ‘The only purpose of a business is to maximize profits to shareholders.’ So, for the business of insurance, its purpose is to make as much money as possible by whatever methods are allowed by law. An insurer’s profit is often stated as a percentage of the premium dollar; the higher the premium, the higher the profit. That being

said, and on the other hand, there is no way of guaranteeing that an insurance company will actually make a profit, and hence can stay in that line of business. Insurers are not required to offer policies for motorcycles, and they will not, if they do not think that they can make “sufficient” profit on doing so. Insurer “retention” is a fancy insurance lingo word meaning the portion of your premium dollar that is used to pay for administration, claims payment, taxes, contingency/profit charges, commissions, and required reserves. If rules or laws are lacking that state what insurers can charge for each portion of the retention (other than taxes), then the incentive is lost for the insurer to keep these charges to a minimum. Are there requirements for insurers to keep accurate data on types of incidents (so ATV incidents can be grouped in with powered two-wheeler incidents), to keep claims payment and administration charges to a certain percentage, or to provide proof, not otherwise hidden in reserve funds, that actual claim payouts have risen? Hmmm …. Where are the rules requiring insurers to investigate insurance scammers? According to a recent report by KPMG for the Insurance Bureau of Canada, and reported by the CAA in its April 2013 newsletter, people in Ontario pay 5% of their disposable income, on average, on auto insurance, and 18% of that is to pay for fraud. Whose job is it to crack down? The police, the insurance industry, or is it our job as riders and drivers? Do we need incentives to uphold the laws against fraud? Reduce Your Premiums Of course there are ways to reduce insurance premiums. Each method of reducing premium means taking on a bit more of the risk yourself. 1. Ask for the highest deductible possible; perhaps going from $500 to $1,000 or even $1,500 per incident – meaning that you are responsible for that amount of the claim. 2. Consider dropping some of the coverage

A reachable insurance ombudsman to assist with appeals. Establish a premium rating for new motorcycles so that one knows, in advance, the approximate insurance cost for each bike (the U.K. has such a system) Incentives to insurers to stop insurance fraud. on your older model bikes. Does a bike worth $2,500 warrant having collision insurance (that pays out if you damage the bike yourself ), or fire and theft coverage, or the mostly all-inclusive “all-perils” coverage. 3. Buy an older model bike on which to learn. It’s almost a guarantee that your bike will fall over in some manner during your first year or two of riding and used replacement parts can be acquired for a lot less than new parts. 4. Install engine and fairing guards. 5. Ride within your abilities. 6. Take rider training and refresher courses; some insurers give you a break on prices if you take approved courses. 7. Don’t go fast where you don’t know. 8. Smaller displacement bikes are less costly to repair and insure. 9. Use bike locks, antitheft alarms and GPS tracking units. 10. Ride ‘naked’ bikes – plastic bodywork is expensive to replace and insure. 11. Check insurance rates and availability before you purchase; some companies will not insure certain makes and models of bikes due to their claims history. 12. Shop for insurance every two years at a minimum; forget loyalty – it’s non-existent. Talking about insurance is one of the surest ways that I know to drive people away from you at any type of party. Governments also shy away from the topic at every opportunity. It’s really because the subject is complex, has its own accounting rules and regulations, and its own jargon. I would like to see much more clarity provided on this subject by both the industry, and by the government. I don’t mind seeing companies make a profit so that they can continue to stay in business and to provide a necessary service, but like the nun falling down the stairs, I want to make sure that my risks are known, and that I don’t end up black and blue financially from paying too much in premiums at the beginning, or at the end, of my ride. TMT


One third of all motorcycle crashes are single vehicle crashes where you are at fault or road conditions. If you are in a crash with another vehicle, the chances are extremely high that it will be the fault of the other driver. Research into motorcycle crashes shows that the other driver is at fault in up to 70% of motorcycle crashes with other vehicles. In many of these crashes the driver will say they simply didn’t see the motorcycle until it was too late. (Sorry I Didn’t See You – SIDSY). The increasing proportion of taller vehicles (trucks, SUV’s etc...) has changed the landscape so it’s harder to see and be seen. In a recent survey of drivers, 55% reported having at least one experience of having seen a motorcyclist only at the last minute. This confirms our experience but what is more worrying is that only 6% of these same drivers declared changing lanes as a time when they should watch out for motorcycles. Other research has found that drivers who are unfamiliar with motorcycles are significantly more likely to have a crash with a motorcycle. This means that people who do not ride, or know someone else who rides, are more likely to crash into a motorcycle. Motorcycle awareness programs for drivers (cager’s) are essential in educating non-rider’s. The driver’s test and handbook should also contain more awareness about motorcyclists but that’s a whole other topic. So it is up to you to “stack the deck” in your favour. Do what ever you can to ensure you are being seen but not so much that they are distracted or focused on you. Remember ‘Look Where You Want To Go’ also applies to drivers. What you wear can make a difference some of the time. In one recent study, riders wearing some reflective or fluorescent clothing had a 37% lower risk than other riders. Riders wearing white helmets had a 24% lower risk than those wearing black helmets. More research into safety measures for motorcyclists concluded that florescent clothing is effective during daylight, but not against a bright background (sunny days), they also found that retroflective clothing gives little improvement at night. Day time headlights may also help but again, only if they make you stand out against the rest of the traffic. In the study, riders with lights on during the day had a 27% lower risk. Size does appear to make a difference. Small motorcycles have a smaller profile and are even less visible from the front or rear. Try to ride in small groups for more visibility. Remember the acronym (S.H.I.T.) ‘Should Have Identified Trouble’ . Here are some tips • Educate your neighbours and people around you that don’t ride. (not by waking them at 6:00am with revving motors either) • Don’t ever assume they have seen you. • Learn to recognize each vehicle’s blind spot. • Watch for distracted driver’s; they tend to slow down without putting on their brakes (talking on phone, texting, tending to kids, reading, dreamers etc...) • Watch for impatient drivers suddenly moving into your lane. • Don’t weave between lanes. • Stay long enough in a driver’s vision to ensure they have seen you. • Use your horn to draw attention if necessary. • Move within your lane to improve chances of being seen.

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Adventures of GZ250

I had no illusions that my GZ was a Goldwing but it kept up the pace I set. by DAVID DROUIN Contributing Writer - TMT As I set up my tent in the rain I asked myself, “What could I have possibly done to avoid this?” After careful consideration I came to the conclusion: Nothing. There was nothing I could have done to avoid this. A motorcycle journey is about facing hardships and obstacles and hopefully coming out the other end a better traveler and a better motorcyclist. I left from Ottawa Ontario to Cleveland Ohio for six weeks of intensive teacher training. I figured I could get to Cleveland just as easily on my motorcycle. I have a Suzuki GZ250, which is a bike more suited to urban commuting than to long distance riding. After reading some articles about people who traveled cross-country on 250s, I thought that my GZ and I would be up to the challenge. Forty years ago a 250 was considered a middleweight and my bike was newer and had better technology so I was sure it could make it without a problem even though it was no Super Ténéré. At the border I had to wait in customs because I was sidelined for further study. Not many people claiming to be teachers and wanting to stay six weeks, cross on motorcycles. The GZ handled beautifully in New York. I shied away from large squiggly red lines on the map and chose thin black or grey lines that meandered through all sorts of small American towns. A big surprise were the hulking husks of tanks on the lawn of Veteran Halls. In comparison, our Legion Halls are quite boring. After dark I arrived at Evangola State Park, on the edge of Lake Erie. A sign on the campground entrance lodge said, “Take a free spot and pay in the morning.” It was hard setting up camp in the dark but the night was warm and humid and I quickly fell asleep with my motorcycle just meters away. The next day I made it to Cleveland and I was ecstatic. I had covered over 800 kilometers in two days. It was the most riding I had done in 48 hours

and for a rider who had only been riding a year it felt like I had just circumnavigated the world on a dusty and battered BMW F800GS. Don’t get me wrong – I knew I was no Iron Butt competitor with a urine line, a bladder sack in my boot and a backpack full of salted meats but it was a big deal for me. Six weeks later I was finished my Montessori training and I convinced myself it was time for a bigger challenge. I was going to ride around the Great Lakes. There is something about a trip that uses a circuitous route that seems venturous (albeit on a much smaller scale); like Magellan circumnavigating around the globe. You start in one place and you return to it from a completely different set of roads. Add to that geographical marvels and beautiful scenery and you have yourself a fullfledged adventure. On the first day I managed to ride across Ohio to Indiana. The whole time I rode I could not think of a better way to spend a summer’s day. As I mounted and dismounted my motorcycle, stopping at several mom and pop restaurants for a cup of coffee or a turkey sandwich slathered in gravy. My goal was to save money but I was a little fearful of camping on the side of the road. Although it would undoubtedly be cheaper I had watched Easy Rider a few months before and that loomed large in my mind. It started to get dark so I rode to Potato Creek State Park. The problem with riding a motorcycle is the weather can change faster than a Kawasaki ZX12R. Unfortunately for me, the weather decided to take such a turn as I rode into Potato Creek. One minute the skies were clear and the next the clouds had rolled in and there was a distant rumbling as the air filled with electricity. I paid for a campsite, and that when it started raining, and Hard. I finally found my campsite but the rain had already turned it into a mud puddle that I imagine would have rivaled the mud hole at Woodstock. I took out my tent but any attempt to keep the inside of the dry was fruitless. As I struggled with the fly in the dark for the second

time the tent filled with water, which remained at the bottom thanks to the expert stitching and the thick tarp of a floor. Inside was a sopping mess. I scooped it out with my hands and mop it up with a micro-fibre towel and what was left, was left. That was how I found myself setting up a tent in the rain not wishing to be anywhere else. I rolled out my sleeping mat and tried to sleep wearing sopping clothes while it rained. Thankfully, it was warm. I awoke the next morning at six a.m. and managed to find a dry-ish shirt at the bottom of one of my saddlebags and was now ready to get back on my motorcycle and put in some more saddle time. The next couple of days had me traveling through much better weather. I crossed into Illinois and avoided Chicago because of the traffic. At the end of day two I found myself at Apple River Canyon State Park less than 10 kilometers from the Wisconsin border. The park fee was cheap, there were no shower stalls but it fit the budget. The next day was a long ride that took me across the entire state of Wisconsin and a variety of fields offering a smorgasbord of American cuisine along practically empty country roads. At this point I was becoming more confident and leaning deeper into turns and trying to monologue David Hough’s cornering techniques as I made my way through the twisties. “Slow. Look. Lean. Roll,” I imagined him intoning. Even at this point I had no illusions that my GZ was a Goldwing but it was keeping up the pace I set. I crossed Wisconsin going north and then east taking Highways 78, 23, 33, 27,12, 10, 25, 8 and finally 35 which squeezed me into Superior Wisconsin on the edge of Lake Superior. The city, Superior Wisconsin, across the border from Duluth Minnesota, seemed to be a place Duluthians and bored Wisconsians came to engage in activities they didn’t want to partake in their own neighbourhoods. The motels were seedy, dirty and the people I encountered, although pleasant had me a little on edge. Which was confirmed by the clerk of the motel I was staying at when she gave me a key for room twenty.

“I thought you said I was in room 38?” “I did,” she said. “We stamp the keys with different numbers so that if somebody beats you up and robs you and steals your key they can’t get into your room and rob you.” “Thanks” I said. In the room beside me was a family with an elderly patriarch named Jim who told me he was staying at the motel to give his family a vacation. His grandchildren were skipping rocks in the parking lot. I wished there had been a pool, at least for them to take a dip in. It would have spared me the time I spent pressed against the window making sure that they didn’t ding my motorcycle. Early the next morning I crossed into Minnesota and took Highway 61 along the northwestern edge of Lake Superior. I had not experienced a more scenic or beautiful ride in my life up to that point. Riding leisurely along the edge of that great lake, and looking out at its immensity, I had one of those moments where you want to drop to your knees and soak in the images your mind can’t seem to comprehend. Time being a cruel master I had to settle for an enthusiastic fist pump and rolled on. Within forty-five minutes I had crossed back into Canada. As my wheels crossed into Ontario a part of me was grateful to be back. I knew now that I would undoubtedly make it home even if my motorcycle broke down in some out-of-the-wayplace. It is surprising how some arbitrary things such as borders can change your perspective. I felt a sense of belonging as I crossed into Canada. When I used my carefully hidden Canadian dollars it gave me a small thrill. All that anxiety I had been holding in left me. When you are crossing Northern Ontario you have two choices. You can take Highway 17 and wind your way south and east or you can take Highway 11 and cross Ontario on the TransCanada highway. I decided to take the most northern route I could because I had never been. I spent the night camped at a rest stop between Jellicoe and Longlac. I saved money on camping fees but I soon discovered the advantages of paying for a camping spot. Around midnight a car-


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load of partiers came by and loitered around my tent. I huddled in my sleeping bag preparing to defend myself with my helmet while two of them discussed why my tent was there. After they left it was quiet on the Trans-Canada Highway and I barely heard another vehicle until I woke up at dawn. As far as the eye can see there were trees, and there was rain and a lot of it. I stopped at a coffee shop and commented to a local about the miserable weather. “Oh really?” he said surprised. “We’re actually pretty thankful for the rain. It’s helping put out the fires.” The rest of the day was pretty miserable in the rain. It beat against my helmet and obscured my vision. My leather gloves were soggy and my fingers were all shriveled like had been washing dishes for a week. Every seventy kilometers I pulled off the road to warm up in a rest stop washroom. I shivered, rubbed my hands together for warmth and blotted my neck and chest until I had steeled myself once again to climb on my bike and head home. Hours later I blew through Hearst and the rain began to let up. Eventually, the sun dried my sopping gear. I struggled on through Kapuskasing. South of Cochrane I saw storm clouds coming towards me from the west. The road was leading me south-south-east towards North Bay. I felt if I sped up I could outrun them, maybe. At one point I thought I was going to make it but suddenly the road twisted and I was aimed for the thickest, darkest patch of clouds. For the second time that day, rain poured, sticking me with a thousand icy bites. I could still see an exit of clear skies to the south but when I turned to my left I saw storm clouds headed from that direction as well. The wind kept on changing, pushing me side to side. I was only able to maintain 80kph and cars and trucks were pushing me from behind. As things became really worrisome, I saw a sign for Rolly’s Restaurant and Motel. I parked the bike and found the manager, she told me they were all booked for a construction company. As she was telling me this, another motorcycle rolled up, a beautiful Harley tourer painted a unique canary yellow. On it, a drenched man and a waterlogged woman. The manager took pity on us, made coffee and then magically found two rooms. I was putting my bike through such tortuous conditions, that I promised myself (and the bike) I would look after her from tire to handle-bars when we reached Ottawa. The next morning I was on the highway early. It was sprinkling, but nothing compared to the deluge I had experienced the day before. As I rode on, however, the weather became worse and worse. The kilometers rolled up steadily before me, drawing me forward but progressively putting me in a foul mood. As I rode by Arnprior I saw lighting strike in the distance and the rain began to come from all sides. Somewhere outside Kanata I found refuge under an overpass and I waited but the storm raged on. I was trapped in one of those weather patterns that follow you around wherever you go. I jumped on my bike and powered my way towards Ottawa. I knew that eventually I would find a break in the weather and I would be basking in all the warmth the sun had to offer. A short while later I left the horrible pocket of weather and was only twenty minutes from home. During the last few minutes of riding I replayed my trip in my mind and thought about the distance I had traveled and the many difficult obstacles I had overcome with my GZ250 as my constant companion. I relished in the experience of overcoming such a challenge. Is my GZ250 a tourer? No. Did I tour with it? Yes, I sure did. TMT

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to get used to was the bike itself – a BMW instead of their familiar Harley. Once they oanne and Rob Perttula of Simcoe got a feel for that, they were off. This type of tour is not for the novice have taken their Harley on several road trips, across Northern Ontario, rider – rather, it is called “spirited riding,” throughout parts of Canada and for those with considerable experience as across a good many of the states. both the terrain and culture provided exWhen a friend casually mentioned an citing challenges. Joanne talked about the first real culinteresting tour was being organized through the North African country of Mo- tural experience they came across, as rocco, they decided to contact a UK motor- soon as they disembarked from the ferry. cycle tour company called Motocadia and Although the border crossing paperwork literally the wheels were set in motion for had already been arranged for by the tour, Fully insulated • Energy each of theEfficient many border guards took their a ride they would never forget. turns “helping expedite the process” with Morocco is on the continent of Africa, • Cost Effective • Mold & Water Resistant officially the Kingdom of Morocco, Al an open hand and obvious bribe. Luckily, • Light Weight • Low to No Maintenance Maghrib. A population of nearly 44 mil- they had already been instructed to carry lion, its coast reaches from the Atlantic only small bills in their wallets, and “to up your passport!” It was Ocean, past thethe Straitsright of Gibraltar and never, It’s solution forever, allgive your needs. into the Mediterranean. It has internation- also strange and slightly unsettling to al borders with Algeria, Spain and Mauri- both Canadians to witness so many armed troops with machine guns patrolling the tania to the south. Their journey began in Malaga, Spain area, but they passed through without inwhere they collected their tour bikes, met cident and the adventure began. Each day of the two week tour, they their follow tour riders, and prepared to travelled a good distance – between 250 ferry across to Ceuta, Morocco. Rob said that the first thing they had and 300 miles. Rob stated that between the

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Are we there yet? Spring that is. I thought it sure to ensure your trusted steed has fresh was coming early? Or was that late? I guess it fluids, and adequate rubber. With fresh cooldepends on what ground hog, in what prov- ant, and oil your motorcycle will purr like a ince, state or country you put your faith in. kitten. And with adequate rubber, you’re less Punxsutawny Phil saw his shadow, which is likely to have accidents……but I digress. supposed to mean were in for six more weeks If any of you are like me, your annual insurof winter. Six more weeks of not being able to ance renewal is coming fast and you’re trying ride; wash my bike outside, or ridicule those to decide if you should stay with your present who ride while I’m unable to do so: due to insurer, or shop around for better rates. I’ve alwork, weather (I’m not a fair weather rider but ways found a good deal, or so I thought, and there are limits), or following the sheep in my simply stayed put until something caused me steel cage for reasons unknown. I heard Punx- to look elsewhere. That happened recently sutawny scurried back into his little hut as when I realized my broker has a surcharge. soon as his handlers let him go. At least some Surcharge in the insurance world means they in Philly had some common sense. money, and you get less! Great deal; Rob and Joanne Perttula gas up at one ofget themore roadside petrol stations along the If you’re into National Patriotism, maybe if you’re the broker. There’s a reason they got route. Gas was available at most stops, although diesel is much more commonly you were watching Wiarton Willie? I know. that name. used in Morocco. The jokes are endless, but that’s what they I’ll join the humbled masses like a goggle named the ground hog here in Ontario. Wi- of lemmings and play speed dial while holdarton Willie apparently was into the sauce, red ing the iPhoneDesert. in searchThey of a sandyellow dunespages, of theorSahara places and towns of interest, the landscape because he didn’twith see “little his shadow, betterable deal,toand not abeing . For some cover lot of‘broker’ ground quickly is arid, rugged, to seeand andthus no were predicted an early spring. An early spring?! I as reason my premiums go up every year, even the roads were nearly deserted (to own a place to overnight.” don’t know where you live, but here in Windthough I’m a year older; my bikes a year older; Having said that, he went on to say that car in Morocco is most unusual and those sor I’ve seen warmer days in December! Wi- and my riding record is a year older – and still putting the miles behind you was hardly that do are wealthy city dwellers), and the arton Willie didn’t scurry back to his custom clean! I posed these thoughts to my broker uneventful. The scenery was beautiful and speed limit is “mostly just a suggestion.” made bungalow after his handlers were last year and he basically said the insurance Roads raised were fairly good, fromofabike biker’s spectacular in every from around the Atlas done with him. Oh no!way, He hung for company rates on my class simpoint of view, although the mountain roadsI Mountains, to rolling green hills, to the pictures, basking in the spotlight! He didn’t ply because they wanted to – and could. want to shorten his day in the sun; that would realized after that conversation the brokerbe foreshadowing. Who puts their faith in do- age had raised their fees, and thus my premestic rodents anyway? miums! So much for brokerage firms working As I write this the sun is beaming into my for YOU. window. It’s been a very mild and sunny day; The Liberal party threw us an ‘insuranceenbut with rain and a biting breeze of course. quiryinvesitgationreducationyourpayingThe Off Season can’t go away too quietly. I toomuchandwewon’tletithappenifyousuppo still spotted bikes out and about, making me rtus’ bone the past few weeks. If you believe wish I was on mine. I’m not by the way, be- every sound bite the political parties shout cause I’m trying to be a responsible adult and your way, I not only have a bridge in Brooklyn not ride until I renew my license plate sticker. you may be interested in, but I’ve also got this I’m pretty urgent with those sort of things; it very inexpensive and always available time expired in December; 2012. I tried many times share condo right at the beach in Florida that unsuccessfully to renew it, but the lines were is Really You! And just because I like you I’ll... simply too long! I couldn’t fathom spending I’ll sell you some synthetic oil – because it’s more than an hour surrounded by others ‘better’ and your bikes worth it, and a couple who didn’t wish to be surrounded either. Did of his and her Snuggies, because you both I mention renewed my sticker; today?! I was look great in felt! fortunate, and only had to donate about an People! If you look in the mirror and ridicuhour of my time to the government for the lous looks back; then you look ridiculous! Not privilege of giving them some of my hard YOU, but you! earned money. I was surprised when the tellMaybe I should stop rambling on about er said, ‘Mr. Wilson. Do you realize your driver’s spring or the lack thereof……but isn’t that license has expired’? Do I realize it? If I had what strung out winters are made for? To I would’ve been like any other responsible grouse and pout about how it should be, and adult and renewed it after it had only been what you could or should be doing instead expired a couple of months instead of four! of grousing? Speaking of expired; with the new riding What else is there to do? season just around the corner (or, if you don’t Spring has sprung. To where? No one mind riding in the rain – mid corner) make knows.

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BEFORE to get used to was the bike itself – a BMW instead of their familiar Harley. Once they oanne and Rob Perttula of Simcoe got a feel for that, they were off. This type of tour is not for the novice have taken their Harley on several road trips, across Northern Ontario, rider – rather, it is called “spirited riding,” throughout parts of Canada and for those with considerable experience as across a good many of the states. both the terrain and culture provided exWhen a friend casually mentioned an citing challenges. Joanne talked about the first real culinteresting tour was being organized through the North African country of Mo- tural experience they came across, as rocco, they decided to contact a UK motor- soon as they disembarked from the ferry. cycle tour company called Motocadia and Although the border crossing paperwork literally the wheels were set in motion for had already been arranged for by the tour, each of the many border guards took their a ride they would never forget. turns “helping expedite the process” with Morocco is on the2continent of Africa, 001 Har TER le y D openAFhand and obvious bribe. Luckily, officially the Kingdom of Morocco, avidAl son an F XD had Dynalready Maghrib. A population of nearly 44 mil- they a Superbeen instructed to carry de wallets, and “to lion, its coast reaches from the Atlantic only small bills inglitheir Ocean, past the Straits of Gibraltar and never, ever, give up your passport!” It was into the Mediterranean. It has internation- also strange and slightly unsettling to al borders with Algeria, Spain and Mauri- both Canadians to witness so many armed troops with machine guns patrolling the tania to the south. Their journey began in Malaga, Spain area, but they passed through without inwhere they collected their tour bikes, met cident and the adventure began. Each day of the two week tour, they their follow tour riders, and prepared to travelled a good distance – between 250 ferry across to Ceuta, Morocco. Rob said that the first thing they had and 300 miles. Rob stated that between the

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Black Beauty DENNIS GILKS: My 2001 Harley FXD “Dyna Superglide” was purchased July 2012 pretty much bone stock. First thing I did was replace the low beach style bars and pull back risers with 14” burly narrow apes and 1.5 inch risers. I didn’t do much more until this past winter when I tore down the front end completely. The trees were sent to Tri-County Kustomz for powder coated and the “eyebrow” headlight replaced with a powder coated 7” FL headlight, and then replaced the neck bearings and reassembled. Then I moved on to the rear end. I did a bit more with fender strut covers, sissy bar, side plates, turn signals and licence plate mount all being powder coated gloss black. While I had it all apart, I replaced the stock coil overs with a set of Harley touring air shocks for a bit more comfortable ride.  The wheels got powder coated in flat black, with the pulley and brake rotor centers being powder coated in gloss black. After Christmas I moved on to the tank, dash pieces and fenders which I stripped and powder coated in flat black. While waiting for those I tore into the

engine a bit cleaned up the top end and took care of some neglected servicing. Doing this I pulled the rocker boxes, push rod tubes, cam cover, transmission side cover and top cover, primary and derby covers to have them powder coated in gloss black as well. At this point the battery box cover and trays where sent in too. I also upgraded the stock exhaust to the Screaming Eagle double barrel staggered, did the stage 1 intake upgrade and carb rejet. The seat was replaced with an HD Badlander, I do alot of 2up riding with my kids. I wanted something both comfortable and stylish but on a budget and it fit the bill.  Finally I put it all back together tuned it up in preparation for the upcoming riding season. Next year she’ll be getting a complete FL Front End, Batwing Fairing, FL Hardbags and Rear Fender. Hopefully, my budget can manage a big bore package, gear drive cams and some LED accent lighting as well. But for now let’s ride. Nice job Dennis, and like Henry Ford once said, you can have it in any colour as long as it’s black -TMT

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AMA Rookie Brings Monster Energy Supercross Win into Salt Lake City April 22, 2013 – Rookie Justin Barcia, who rides for the Team Honda Milk Honda squad, won his second Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, race of the season and hopes to bring his winning ways into Salt Lake City’s Rice-Eccles Stadium this Saturday night. In the 250SX Class’ Championship hunt, Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen, who captured his third 250SX Class victory last weekend in Seattle, aims to extend his points race lead. During last weekend’s 450SX Class Main Event, Barcia raced to the Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot Award to start the race with MotoConcepts Racing’s Mike Alessi and Slaton Racing Honda’s Vince Friese in tow. Two-time defending Monster Energy Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto positioned himself in the top five, while a first-turn pileup claimed both Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey and TwoTwo Motorsports Honda’s Chad Reed. Villopoto wasted little time in moving for-

ward and was in second place by Lap 2, just a few tenths behind Barcia. Rockstar Energy Racing’s Davi Millsaps followed Villopoto into third place. Both Barcia and Villopoto slowly pulled away from Millsaps as the race progressed, setting the stage for a battle to the finish. The Seattle crowd cheered on Villopoto, their hometown rider, but as the duo encountered lapped riders, Barcia’s lead began to increase. Barcia led all 20 laps of the Main Event, mirroring the performance from his inaugural 450SX Class victory at the second race of the season in Phoenix. “I tell you what, that holeshot is so key,” said Barcia. “We made some great changes today on the bike. It was a tough track with so many lines, but there was one main line that was so much better than any other. I’ve been waiting for this since Phoenix.”

Parts Canada Renews Supermoto Ontario Sponsorship for 2013 April 15, 2013 - Parts Canada triples their support with Supermoto Ontario. Supermoto Ontario is very happy to announce that Parts Canada has renwed its sponsorship with Supermoto Ontario. “Parts Canada came onboard late last year and we are thrilled to have such a industry leader support our unique sport of supermoto. Supermoto has a small following but we are growing. In 2012 we have doubled our ridership and 2013 is looking to be even better.” said Sam Harris SMO vice-president. Supermoto Ontario is the driving force behind 3 practice/race weekends at Shannonville Motorsport Park and we have also partnered with GP Bikes to offer pavement only practice at Mosport RDT track. “Parts Canada is very excited to be partnering for a second year with Supermoto Ontario. This is a great group of enthusiasts that are passionate about Supermoto, and who are welcoming to anyone who is interested in racing, at any level. Supermoto is a fabulous and relatively inexpensive introduction to motorcycle racing, or can be a great place to go for something new and challenging if you’ve already had experience in other disciplines of racing. It is absolutely a great racing experience, and their environment is an excellent family experience. Supermoto Ontario is steadily growing and we are proud to be part of that growth and enthusiasm.” Please check their website for more information http://www.supermotoontario.com/

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Pulling into the pits just after half distance, the FTR Kawasaki rider lamented having to recall catalogue of issues suffered on Sunday. “I’m not sure we had the best package to start with this weekend,” he told motogp.com with a smile. “We had some gearbox drivetrain issues. This morning we developed a chatter, like there was no slipper clutch whatsoever and like nothing was working. So we went back to how we had had the bike yesterday and went out there in the race. “It’s hard to turn in when the rear wheel is off

the ground. You just roll in straight and wait for somebody to turn in in front of you…I just went backwards and backwards and couldn’t do anything about it.” Despite his disappointment, the 39-year-old and eldest rider in the MotoGP™ field praised Circuit of the Americas and the race organisers for a successful first trip to Austin: “It’s been awesome. I’ve been really proud of all of my fellow statesmen and the security has been awesome here. I would like to thank everybody for coming – it’s been awesome.”

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Hayden gets less than expected As Ducati Team partner Andrea Dovizioso managed to finish seventh, Hayden could muster no more than ninth position – 11 seconds further back. “It was a tough weekend,” he began. “The track was great, but I lost some time in the beginning and was struggling with change of direction. I was okay on much of the track, but I never found the confidence in the front end to flick the bike into the corners, which hurt me in the esses. The guys did a good job getting me a better bike for the race and I don’t really have any excuses. Ninth place isn’t what we wanted here

today, so I certainly hope we can sort a few things out and start putting up a better fight than we have in these first two races.” Teammate Dovizioso was somewhat more cheerful: “Obviously, we’re not satisfied with seventh place, but the race time wasn’t bad. I was able to keep a good pace below 2’06, so I’m pleased with my aggression and effort. I managed to be pretty consistent up until the final five or six laps. The last three laps with Bautista were fun - a nice battle! We know we have to work hard, because this is our limit at the moment, but we’re really motivated to improve.”

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Although he had to settle for the final step on the podium, Jorge Lorenzo admitted his satisfaction at a circuit on which Honda bikes have dominated the weekend. “Winning is winning and third position is third position,” Lorenzo said after the race. “This track is probably the worst for us, so finishing third and being so close to the winner is something we didn’t expect yesterday. In the Warm-Up we found something, changing to second gear for the hairpins and slow corners. That made it

much better but unfortunately we didn’t set up the best gear ratios for the best acceleration, so we just needed two tenths that we didn’t have. “This is a difficult track for us,” the seven-time premier class champion commented bluntly. “We expected to do better, but I had a lot of problems in the race because I had a problem with the brakes. Round 3 is the Gran Premio bwin de España from Jerez; a race last won by Rossi in 2009 and Lorenzo in 2011.


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Skills Training I learned a lot about myself and my riding skills. by RUSSELL WILSON Contributing Writer - TMT As with many things in life, there are multiple ways of going about accomplishing something, with a multitude of varying results. There is no right, nor wrong; no black nor white. Most things are relative, and we all exist in the ‘grey.’ Suffice to say, the path one chooses is determined not only by their goals, but by their perception, information gained and opportunity afforded. Motorcycling is no exception to human behaviour. Most of us have learned various life tasks from others who have more experience than ourselves and willing to teach. Whether that’s learning to cook, drive, walk, speak or – ride a motorcycle. If you were like myself and were raised in the country, you no doubt were taught skills at a very young age that those in different environments may not have been taught until much later in life. For instance, I was taught how to drive a car at about eight years of age, and by twelve was taking my parents car to run errands in neighbouring towns, etc. Dirt bikes were the two wheeled steed of choice at those young ages since you were more attracted to jumping hills and racing through fields than riding on the roads, which seemed too docile, and ‘grown up’ to be fun. If you were raised in the city you were more exposed to the leather or jean clad motorcyclist idling at the red light, while you looked on in envy, picturing yourself at the controls. As you moved at what seemed a snail’s pace towards sixteen, you became intrigued about the possibility of ditching the knobby tires, for something with smoother tires and a license plate. Something so ‘cool’ that it would convince the girls the operator had to be cool as well. No need to practice. No need for instruction. You know how to ride. You’ve been riding dirt bikes for years! The only thing left to learn was the rules of the road. Piece of cake! So you take your years of dirt biking onto the city streets, with the same riding skills, good

and bad with you. If you were like many riders, you got your beginners (365) and either taught yourself how to ride, or had a relative or friend teach you, taking their riding skills, good or bad with you. Many riders that have had their motorcycle license grand fathered over, admit that they would probably not pass or learn anything from today’s motorcycle safety course. One such rider Mark said, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. I know everything there is to know about riding, I’ve rode for over 20 years. I was self-taught and managed to survive but not without many incidence.” He decided to lend his support to a female friend who wanted to obtain her license, so he signed up for a motorcycle safety course with her. “I never really gave much thought to bad habits and didn’t even know I had them. I really learned a lot about myself and my riding skills. I was a notorious tailgater, over rode my headlights at night and never made allowances for, nor considered, an escape route from traffic. It’s never too late to teach an old dog new tricks.” Even professionally trained riders tend to get lazy over time; putting your foot down when riding at slow speeds (parking lots etc...), incorrect lane positioning, toe locked under shifter/ brake plus a few others. There are numerous motorcycle safety/training programs throughout Canada that offer professional instruction to riders of all skill and experience levels. Whether you have no experience at all, or have many years under your belt. Taking a refresher or upgraded skills course every couple of years is never a bad thing. It can only make you a better rider. Courses range from 8-12 hours and are available at most colleges and various other institutions. The requirements are a little different though; You ride your own road worthy motorcycle (you may rent one at an additional cost), you must have insurance coverage, you must have M2 or M license, proper riding gear , etc. Price range is anywhere from $200-$300. For new riders all one needs is their beginners (M1) to register. You don’t have to worry

about purchasing a motorcycle beforehand, or trying to borrow a friend’s bike, since one will be provided by the school administering the training. You are required to arrive on time, and with riding boots or shoes which cover your ankles; a government approved motorcycle helmet; protective gloves covering the fingers; a leather/jean/Kevlar or other protective motorcycle jacket; protective pants (jeans will do) and eye protection. They consist of about fifteen to twenty hours of riding/testing and cost about $350-$500. Some training facilities offer a retake in case you’re not successful the first time around, while others will charge you a $50 fee if you fail the testing and want a retake. This may seem a costly, but there are many insurance companies offering very high insurance discounts to riders who have taken and passed a professional riding program. You can easily recoup your investment the first time you’re insured after testing. Testing is based on a demerit system, where you acquire demerit points for infractions which are incurred during your riding test. By the time you are tested though, you will have had about ten to fifteen hours of practice so you will know what to expect and nothing should come to you as a surprise. There are other courses that cater to riders who have already passed professional testing and wish to challenge themselves further. Motorcycling, like many things in life, is usually best if taught objectively and in a controlled environment by professionals. The most important aspect is to make sure that you’re aware of what constitutes good professional riding, and being aware when you’re developing bad habits which can prove deadly to not only yourself, but a prospective passenger or others on the road. One doesn’t need professional instruction to become a rider. But an unbiased opinion and a different approach to riding can bring a new perspective and along with that new skills, and the elimination of old habits. Check your local area for more specific information about the type of rider training you require. TMT

Algonquin College 613-727-4723 www.algonquincollege.com Advanced Road Craft 519-725-1262 www.advancedroadcraft.ca Cambrian College 705-566-8101 x.7819 www.cambrianc.on.ca Canadian Motorcycle Assoc. 905-522-5705 www.canmocycle.ca Canadore College 705-474-7600 x.5600 www.canadorec.on.ca Centennial College 416-289-5000 x.7263 www.centennialcollege.ca Collège Boréal 800-361-6673 x.2808 www.collegeboreal.ca Conestoga College 519-748-5220 www.conestogac.on.ca Confederation College 800-563-9435 www.confederationc.on.ca Cornwall Motorcycle Training 613-933-1693 i.gabriel@sympatico.ca Durham College 905-721-3052 www.durhamcollege.ca Fanshawe College 519-452-4430 www.fanshawec.on.ca F.A.S.T. Riding School 418-422-5500 www.fastridingschool.com Georgian College 705-728-1968 x.5250 www.georgianc.on.ca Humber College 416-675-5005 www.motorcycle.humber.ca La Cite Collegiale 613-742-2493 www.lacitec.on.ca Learning Curves Foundation 416-466-9931 www.learningcurves.ca Loyalist College 613-969-1913 x.2273 www.loyalistc.on.ca Niagara College 905-735-2211 x.7516 www.niagarac.on.ca Northern College 705-235-3211 x.2234 www.northernc.on.ca Ontario Motorcycle Safety 866-433-4233 www.rideomsa.com Ottawa Safety Council 613-238-1513 www.ottawasafetycouncil.ca Professional Motorcycle Training 519-870-4853 www.promotorcycletraining.com Rider Training Institute 416-516-6151 www.ridertraining.ca Sault College 705-759-2554 www.saultc.on.ca St. Clair College 519-972-2727 x.4608 www.stclaircollege.ca St. Lawrence College 613-544-5400 x.1195 www.sl.on.ca Sheridan College 905-845-9430 x. 2690 www.sheridanc.on.ca Sir Sandford Fleming 705-749-5530 x.2210 www.flemingc.on.ca Sharp Rider 647-885-1801 www.www.sharpridermotorcycletraining.com


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