Resident MotoGP junkie and photographer formidable Les Kalman sat down with renowned American racing ace Colin Edwards in Austin, TX at the Grand Prix of the Americas in April, his home race where he announced his retirement from road racing. In the interview, which is posted in two parts (watch for Part II next week), Kalman gets Edwards to talk about retirement, being flicked to the moon, and the struggles of being part of a CRT/Open team.
Ahead of this weekend's opening round of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship at Shannonville Motorsport Park, the Official Series Program is now available online for free. Get caught up on what to expect as the country's best racers take to the stage in Mopar Pro Superbike, Hindle Pro Sport Bike, Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike, Bell Helmets Amateur Sport Bike and the Honda CBR250R Cup Series.
Canada has Victoria Day, and the following weekend, the US has Memorial Day. One perk that the US has over us is that Memorial Day weekend also happens to coincide with the running of the legendary Springfield Mile at the fairgrounds in Springfield, IL. Since the majority of the flat trackers here in the great white north will never get the opportunity to run the mile, I talked to a couple of Canucks who recently did and got their take on what it is like to go 135 mph on a flat track bike.
In his latest Touring Essentials blog installment, R. Bruce Thomas talks about rider vision, citing lessons learned during his first ride of the year a few weeks ago - lessons that can apply to all motorcyclists and road users to minimize safety risks all year long.
Last week, it was announced that Dunlop will replace Pirelli as the official spec tire of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship, ending an eight-year relationship. And just the week previously, Bridgestone announced that it will be stepping down as the tire supplier for MotoGP at the end of the 2015 season, also ending a long-running association.
Riding season is here! Let the June issue of Inside Motorcycles help you make the most of it thanks to our 2014 Canadian Ride Guide, featuring a full schedule of rallies, rides, races, riding schools, demo days and track days across the country! The 20-page Ride Guide is included ABSOLUTELY FREE in the June issue of Inside Motorcycles.
I arrived on the Isle of Man from my race in the Czech Republic (see Part II of my Isle of Man blog) and hopped in my rental car. My phone GPS wasn’t working, so I was using an actual paper map to find my hotel. Yes, they still offer paper maps in some parts of the world.
Flat Track Canada has announced that former CMA champion, Inside Motorcycles columnist and flat track historian Frank Wood will be announcing three Flat Track Canada events in May at Paris Speedway and the new half-mile round at the Burford Fairgrounds in Burford, ON.
With the snow disappearing and temperatures warming across the country, it's almost time for a new season of Canadian Superbike racing to get underway. Last year, I worked with Jodi Christie and the Accelerated Technologies/Honda Canada team and detailed much of what we accomplished in previous blogs and the October and December issues of the magazine. This year, Christie will be racing the new Honda CBR1000RR SP model in Superbike along with a CBR600RR in the Sport Bike class, and I will again be helping out with data acquisition.
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