Thursday, November 1, 2007

Big Tim Chopper A Winner All Around

The "Big Tim Chopper" bike that was recently offered up was won by Gary Parker of Bruce Mines, Ontario. A $25 ticket was what it took to enter and the proceeds went to the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation. The lowrider was built by Zeel Design, winners of more biker buildoffs than you can count, and includes a coffee cup holder of course.

Tim Horton's press release article

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

End of Season Motorcycle Recalls

BMW, Triumph and Ducati have issued recalls for a number of their newer motorcycles. For BWM, the G650X Challenge, Moto and Country models are affected. For Triumph, it's the Rocket III, Rocket III Classic and Rocket III Classic Touring models. Rounding out the group, the Hypermotard 1100 is Ducati's sole contribution. As usual, no Japanese bikes, and surprisingly, no American bikes, were mentioned.

Ottawa Citizen article

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The Great Race 2008 Spans Canada

The Great Race 2008, a centennial re-enactment of the 1908 Greatest Auto Race from New York to Paris, will include 12 Canadian cities between Ottawa and Vancouver over two weeks. The event will span 65 days total, cover almost 35,000 kms and include a range of cars in the field of 30 from the classics of days gone by to modern hybrids. The sole motorcycle entry, so far, is a 2007 Buell Ulysses running on E85. article

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Trail Bikes Modified for Street Use Prohibited

The modification of offroad motorcycles for on-road use has been prohibited by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. Mods would normally include lights, mirrors, tires and such. The Ontario Federation of Trail Riders is, understandably, miffed by this targeted decision that prevents an offroad rider from travelling from one trail to another via a provincial road.

OFTR Information

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Loud Pipes Impede Lives

Vancouver Councilor Lorne Mayencourt has introduced a private member's bill called the Motorcycle Noise Control Act in an effort to restrict the volume to 85 decibels in a 60 km/h zone or less. Following on his predecessor's work on restricting noisy leaf blowers, Mayencourt aims to reduce the disturbance in urban areas where people are concentrated.

Ottawa Citizen article

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Inductees

A whole slew of people will be inducted into the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame on October 27th, 2007 in Toronto, Ontario, including Yvon Duhamel, father of champion roadracer Miguel who will also be in attendance. Other inductees include Bernie Nicholson, Helmut Clasen, Bob Williams and Michelle Duff who was interviewed (right click and "save as") on CBC Radio's Sounds Like Canada. article article

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Oldtimers Army Stunters Reunite

The Canadian Armed Forces Motorcycle Display Team from the 1960's met for a reunion at CFB Kingston to reminisce about their glory days, never to be relived again. The men, now some 40 years older, were the 2-wheeled equivalent of the airborn Snowbirds today, entertaining crowds en mass with death-defying showmanship.

Kingston Whig Standard article

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