Touring Essentials blog: Riding in the rain, part 2

In a recent Touring Essentials blog we looked at some pointers for being able to enjoy riding in the rain. One point was to ensure you have a good rain suit to wear over your gear or rain liners to put on inside your gear. This isn’t always necessary.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 12:00

Another Successful Year for Finn Motorsports

Bushell Park, SK — September 16, 2015 — With the last round of the Canadian Motorcycle Association (CMA) National Mini Roadracing Series now complete, Finn Motorsports riders Jonathan & Matthew Finn have again demonstrated their abilities and consistency to battle for the podium throughout the 2015 racing season.

For the 2015 season, Jonathan’s goals were to continue to develop his riding abilities on his bikes while maintain a consistent presence on the podium.  His “smooth” riding style, as described by many of his competitors, helped to push his capabilities as a rider.  Jonathan amassed 24 podiums including 14 race wins in 4 different championships across western Canada.  This consistency helped Jonathan earn 4 championships including a CMA national championship, Western Canadian Mini Roadracing Championship and a runner-up in the inaugural Honda Canada Grom Prix series.   With his sights clearly set on his future, Jonathan looks forward to his goal of competing internationally.

Matthew also had success during the 2015 racing season.  With 2015 being his last year in the Youth classes, Matthew’s goal was to end the season with a championship.  Unfortunately this was not to be.  But it wasn’t without a strong presence at every race, challenging for that top step on the box. Matthew’s efforts secured him second overall in both the Canadian national and Western Canadian Mini Roadracing Youth Championships for the 2015 season.   For 2016 Matthew will be graduating to a bigger bike as well as even greater competition as he too has his eyes on goals of international competition

About Finn Motorsports

The Finn Motorsports Team competes in multiple championships throughout western Canada including the Canadian Motorcycle Association’s National Mini Roadracing Championship, the Western Canadian Mini-Roadracing Championship and the Alberta Mini Roadracing Association Provincial Championship.

The team competes with support from Canadian Tire Moose Jaw, Honda Canada, Arai Helmet Americas, Lucas Oil, JT Sprockets, BigB Racing, Bickle Racing, DeCal Works, Gatorade Canada, Cruisers Collision & Custom, Impact Safe-T Armor, Motonation Canada, Sidi, LifeProof, Meidl Honda, Vixen Hair Studio, Motosport, Luzi Racing, Janman Leathers, SPY, RePlay XD and Inside Motorcycles Magazine.

Follow the team on Facebook (Finn Motorsports), Twitter and Instagram (@finnmotorsports) as well as Finn Motorsports on YouTube. For more information about the Finn Motorsports team please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    

Wednesday, 16 September 2015 10:34

Race Report: Flat Track Canada Round 9, Paris Fair

As fans dealt with the blistering heat during the Flat Track Canada round at the Paris Fair, they were witness to a great rider who is riding a hot streak. After taking most of the summer off, Steve Beattie followed up his win in London a few weeks ago with a victory on Flat Track Canada's shortest track. Not only did the win at the fair make it two in a row for Beattie this year, it is also the third year in a row that Beattie has won the main event at the fair.
   When the green light flashed to start the final, fans knew they were in for a treat as the trio of Beattie, Doug Lawrence and Tyler Seguin hit turn one virtually side by side. For anybody who thought current points leader Lawrence might play it safe, those thoughts were quickly dashed after he "moved" Beattie out of the way in turn three early on to take the lead. This lead was brief however as just one straightaway later Beattie returned the favour in turn one. The next few laps were a spectacle of talent and trust as the three riders up front took turns jockeying for position. When the checkered finally waved it was Beattie riding one wheel across the line just ahead of Lawrence, with Seguin in third.

   While Seguin was unable to grab victory in the Open race, he did have a lonely ride to first in the DTX Expert class. Rookie Expert Braden Vallee inherited second place after Nick Wenzler went down and Brandon Seguin rounded out the top three.

   With Intermediate ace Brodie Buchan moving up to Expert after the Paris race, he made sure his final Open Intermediate final was a memorable one. After a couple of tries at running the race were nullified by red flags, London winner Cody Marentette found himself in the lead. While Marentette was enjoying life up front, Buchan was slowly closing the gap like a hunter stalking his prey. With one lap to go Buchan made his move, leaving Marentette virtually no time to strike back. Buchan crossed the line first to take the win, with Marentette second and Alex Olsen having a great ride and grabbing third.

   Having a great day in Novice action was the number 69 machine ridden by Bruce Martin. After starting in the back, Martin made steady progress to the front and took the win in Open action after Dustin Brown went down in turn one. Martin was also able to grab a second place in DTX action behind Brown while newcomer Brian Zapp rounded out the final podium position.

   Fans were given a treat early on in the afternoon when the final in the 85cc class was run. Much like the Open Expert final, there were three and sometimes even four riders fighting for the lead. When it was all said and done it was Mack "Wooden Wheels" Willms taking the victory with Boyd Deadman and Jimmy McCullough rounding out the top three. McCullough was involved in the closest finish of the day which took place in the 250 Novice class. With Hunter Bauer out front, McCullough slowly chipped away at the lead which led to a frantic last lap between the young speedsters. When the checkers flew it was Bauer grabbing the win at the line in a virtual photo finish at the line over McCullough with Willms taking third.

   ATV Open action proved to be a wild race that included a get together of a few machines in turn two of the opening lap. After spinning out a couple of times early in the day in practice, Darcy Ryksen proved he had figured out the new track surface and took home the win. Peter Grison and Ben Shoalts weren't far behind and finished second and third respectively.

                                           Paris Fair Top Three
   Intermediate DTX: Brodie Buchan, Kyle Sheppard, Cody Marentette
   VET: Rob Churchill, Brad Kitto
   Vintage: Brad Kitto, Mark Fairfull, Donald Payne
   65cc: Myla Whiting, Branden Keys, Brie McAllister
   50 Chain: Adrian St. Amand, Easton Ventoso, Myla Whiting
   50 Shaft: Myles Ward, Holden Fairbairn, Ryan Beattie
   ATV Youth: Spencer Whittam, Tanner VanMourik, Maxwell Johannsen
   With the completion of the Paris short track, this leaves one more race on the National series which will take place September 19th in Wheatley.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 10:13

Early bird ticket sales extended for 2015 Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame event

Toronto ON – September 09, 2015 – The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is extending the sales of early bird tickets to September 30th, 2015 and has made a change to the event proceedings for the evening of November 7th, 2015.

At last year’s Edmonton event the ceremony and dinner were two separate functions. While the Edmonton event had incredible success, the Toronto Banquet Committee acknowledged the motorcycle community in Ontario saying that they were comfortable with the original format, with a combined Banquet, Reunion and Induction Ceremony. As such, the event has reverted to its original format and look forward to welcoming the motorcycling community once again. A complete schedule of the activities taking place on November 7th is available at

11 legends and champions will be honoured at the Tenth Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion, which takes place on November 7th, 2015 at the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre in Toronto, Ontario.

“This accomplished group of riders have worked at a feverish pace over the years and achieved excellence in a wide range of competitive disciplines or have changed the world of motorcycling for the better in Canada,” noted Chair Michael Harwood. “My fellow Hall of Fame Directors and volunteers join me in welcoming the Class of 2015 to the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame and honouring them with the consideration and respect that they so rightly deserve.”                           

Early Bird Tickets for the Eighth Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion are available at until September 30th, 2015, when regular pricing will come into effect. Sponsors of the event are eligible for reduced pricing and complimentary tickets in some cases.

Founded by Bar and Hedy Hodgson in 1999, the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame preserves and promotes Canadian motorcycle history for the benefit of the motorcycling community and public. Sponsored in part by the Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada (MCC), the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is a non-profit association with charitable status. It is governed by an independent board of volunteer directors representing every region of the country. Since the first induction banquet in Toronto in 2006, over 100 distinguished motorcyclists and organizations have been inducted into the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame.                                     

For information about past inductees, historic motorcycle collections, event sponsorship, silent auction and tax-deductible donations, visit

Thursday, 10 September 2015 11:54

Positions And Proposals at RACE Superseries Round 4

Shannonville ON (September 8, 2015)- The steamy hot Labour Day weekend weather did little to deter the racers at Shannonville Motorsport Park in Round Four of the five race series.

Tuesday, 08 September 2015 14:20

Trevitt's blog: In the Draft

Thanks to the popularity of NASCAR, most people are familiar with drafting and how it works. Obviously it plays a big part in stock car racing, but it's also important in motorcycle racing - especially at tracks with long, fast straights.

Friday, 21 August 2015 15:17

Latest issue ON SALE NOW! Sept 2015!

Welcome to ADVENTURE SPORT! The all-new BMW S1000XR marks the logical next step for BMW, combining its oh-so-good superbike-derived sport bike engine with the adventure traits of its GS dual sport range. What you've got is something more along the lines of a sport touring motorcycle with dual sport cred and 160 horsepower, but you'll have to pick up the latest issue for the full lowdown!

Also tested in the September issue is the feisty little Honda CB300F, the standard, naked version of Honda's new-for-2015 Honda CBR300R. Based on the same platform with the same engine, the upright riding position provides a more relaxing perch than the sporty R version. How does it fare in today's growing introductory metric bike market? Grab the September issue to find out!

For the touring fan we stay local and take a nice long weekend tour along the north shore of Lake Erie, where Senior Editor Jason Thorpe cruises the coast and brings back a report of gorgeous lake views, tasty food, wonderful beaches and easy riding.

If you're a race fan we've got oodles of coverage for you, including an interview with X Games athlete Doug Lawrence, a profile of the exciting nitro bikes of the CMDRA Pro Dragster division, and a Rapid Classics article on the Suzuki TR750 racer of the 1970s.

Add in our regular mix of industry news, product reviews and the intriguing ramblings of our talented columnists, and... well, you've just got to pick up your own copy to see what the September issue of Inside Motorcycles is all about!

You can find Inside Motorcycles one of these three ways:

1. Subscribe online by clicking here and have it delivered to your door (ask for your subscription to start with the September issue!)

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Thursday, 20 August 2015 11:40

Flat Track Canada Round 7 Race Report - Woodstock half-mile

As the Flat Track Canada road show hit the half mile in Woodstock, Doug Lawrence found himself at the top of the Open Expert standings looking down at some fast riders who were hoping to take over his view from the top. With a slight points lead over Tyler Seguin, Lawrence was hoping to make it two races in a row with a checkered flag and hopefully getting him one step closer to that illusive Canadian number one plate.

   Don Taylor was looking to make a statement in Woodstock and history appeared to be on his side. Taylor had missed the first few rounds of the FTC season but had won the recent half mile race in Leamington and had also guided his Harley to the win in the previous two seasons in Woodstock. As the Open Expert race entertained the crowd, it was indeed Taylor who found himself at the front of the pack while in another case of history repeating itself, Lawrence was caught playing catch up after a less than stellar start. With a couple of laps to go it looked like Taylor had things well in hand and even the announcer counted Lawrence out at this point (sorry Doug). Then, much like previous races in Paris and Leamington, Lawrence put on a superhuman charge over the last couple of laps to take the win over Taylor. With the win, Lawrence extended his points lead over Seguin who worked hard to minimize the points damage by grabbing third.   

   Nick Wenzler took his second victory of the year in DTX Expert with a great ride but the riders finishing second and third impressed as well. After grabbing the win in Wheatley, rookie Expert Dave Pouliot rode that momentum to a fine second place in Woodstock while another rookie Expert, Kyle VanConant, surprised some veterans with a strong ride to finish third.

   Intermediate DTX action saw a great battle for the win between Brodie Buchan and Braden Vallee. In the last couple of laps these two swapped the lead numerous times with Buchan finally grabbing the victory by the slightest margin over Vallee. In the Open final it was all Buchan however as he opened a commanding lead and left the rest of the pack to fight over second. Late in the race, Vallee made a miscue however which hurt him dearly in the points chase. While safely in second, Vallee came upon a lapped rider in turn three and ended up laying the bike down to avoid a collision. With Vallee going down, this promoted Cody Marentette to second and William Bellerose to third after they both took evasive action to avoid Vallee and his bike.

   Novice action saw the familiar script of Dustin Brown and Trent Pickle looking fast all day. DTX action saw Brown grab the win over Pickle while rookie flat tracker Bentley Thistlethwaite had a great ride to finish third in front of his hometown crowd. In the Open final, Brown once again had the lead until something soured on his bike causing him to pull off on the back straight. This handed the lead and eventual victory to Pickle with Thistlethwaite crossing the line in second ahead of Jerrett Bellamy who had his best ride of the year to finish third.

   In Youth action a few of our American friends grabbed the checkers as Brandon Newman, Nathan Peacock and brother Jacob Peacock all figured out the fast way around the Woodstock half mile. 50cc chain action saw Spencer Whittam grab the win ahead of Easton Ventoso and Makenna Nicholson. With the victory in Woodstock, Whittam has now climbed into a tie for the points lead with Ventoso.

   Loudest cheers of the day may have been for fan favourite Hunter Bauer. While leading his heat race in the 85 class, it became very apparent that Bauer was having bike problems as he started losing positions. As he came out of turn four for the last time, Bauer's bike expired as the rest of the field rode past. In a true testament to his never give up attitude, Bauer then proceeded to push his bike down the front straight nearly all the way from turn four. The appreciative crowd cheered loudly for him as the exhausted Bauer finally hit the finish line and slumped over his bike. Great stuff !!!

With Woodstock over the next race will take place in London this weekend on the fast 5/8 mile at the Western Fairgrounds.

                                     Woodstock Top Three
   Vintage: Louie Dinicourt, Don Payne, Brad Kitto
   VET: John Parker, Rick Gunby, Rob Churchill
   ATV Open: Peter Grison, Darcy Ryksen, Shawn Waite
   ATV Youth: Max Johannsen, Tanner VanMourik, Spencer Whittam
   50 Shaft: Brayden Hutchison, Alyssa Armstrong, Holden Fairbairn
   250 Novice: Brandon Newman, Hunter Bauer, Kyle Lonnen
   85: Nathan Peacock, Brandon Newman, Kyle Lonnen
   65: Jacob Peacock, Brandon Keys, Easton Ventoso  
Flat Track Canada would like to thank Parts Canada, Deeley Harley Davidson, Honda Canada, Suzuki Canada, Kawasaki Canada, Diesel Equipment Limited, Dunlop Tires, Klotz Canada, Inside Motorcycles, Grand River Powersports, Sturgess Cycle, Town Moto, and JD Graphics.
For Results and Standings please visit 

Friday, 14 August 2015 10:49

Exclusive Inside Motorcycles photo gallery from Indy MotoGP!

IM photographers Les Kalman and Patrick Lambie were on hand last weekend at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix shooting the second of two US stops on the MotoGP schedule.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 13:27

History Repeats Itself at Stepping Stones Ranch

(August 7, 2015)- The first time a round of the the World Motorcycle Trials Championship was held in the United States was in July of 1975. It took place at the Stepping Stones Ranch in West Greenwich, Rhode Island, and was won by Englishman Malcolm Rathmell riding a Montesa Cota. This July, 40 years almost to the day after that first event, the world’s elite trials specialists again gathered at Stepping Stones and a little history repeated itself.

Friday, 07 August 2015 20:04