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!

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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  
 
http://www.flattrackcanada.com/2015-standings/ 

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


Touring Essentials Blog: Can't you read the signs?

"Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind
Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign?"

Thursday, 06 August 2015 14:51


Supermoto blog: Rider Development

Competitive supermoto racing is a huge part of the reason there are so many clubs across our provinces and states, but not every rider who shows up has the desire to compete in the form of competition.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:38


Flat Track Canada race report - Round 6, Wheatley Thunderfest

One day after dealing with blazing heat and some great racing, the Flat Track Canada travelling road show was at it once again. Sunday saw the group head to Wheatley to race at the short track on the Erie Ramblers club grounds. Long regarded as one of the most unique and coolest tracks around, the Wheatley track is always fun and Sunday certainly didn't disappoint.

After some of them riding 750's the night before, the Experts went to smaller displacement machines for the short track. Although the bikes were smaller the thrills were huge as once again the best riders in Canada put on a great show for the fans. Making a rare appearance on his beautiful 450 framer it was Doug Lawrence, making up for the night before, who came away with the win in Open Expert. Early leader in the race was Chris Evans but unfortunately for Evans he slid out in corner two shortly after Lawrence got by him. Local ace Nick Wenzler had a strong ride through the pack to finish second while new points leader Tyler Seguin took home third. A surprising non-factor in the final was reigning number one Don Taylor who had looked like a man on a mission in his heat race bouncing off the wall on the back straight while going for the win.



Rookie Expert Dave Pouliot surprised perhaps everybody except himself in taking the win in Expert DTX. While the others behind him were sliding and bobbing, Pouliot looked smooth and fast on his way to his first Expert victory. Taylor was a factor in this race as he grabbed second while Wenzler was once again in the mix and was able to grab third. Congratulations Dave!

 

Intermediate once again belonged to Brodie Buchan as he grabbed both wins to go four for four on the weekend. Track knowledge, skill, and great starts went a long way for Buchan and he just couldn't be caught. Braden Vallee and Cody Marentette swapped positions from the night before with Vallee grabbing second in both races after having to make up ground from some harrowing starts.

 

 

The Novice class was dominated for the second day in a row by the trio of Dustin Brown, Trent Pickle and Luke Rahm. Finishing order was the same in both races as Pickle found himself sandwiched between Brown and Rahm on his home track. 

 

Boyd Deadman proved to be the master of the light on Sunday grabbing the holeshot in both 85 Youth and Novice 250 action. While unable to hold the lead until the end in both races, Deadman did have a couple of great rides to finish second to Hunter Bauer with Jimmy McCullough rounding out the top three.

 

VET action saw Steve Ball, winner from the night before, take a hard tumble in turn three after making contact with Rob Churchill. With Ball out of commission, Churchill was able to grab the checkers ahead of Dan Doreen and Windsor firefighter Paul Renaud.

 

A special thanks to all the Erie Ramblers and Flat Track Canada crew for putting on such a great weekend in such extreme temperatures. Bravo !

Other Classes Wheatley Top Three

Youth 65: Adrian St. Amand, Brandon Keys, Spencer Whittam

Youth 50 Chain: Adrian St. Amand, Spencer Whittam, Easton Ventoso

Photos Courtesy of David Dudley.

 

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  

  

http://www.flattrackcanada.com/2015-standings/   

 

Monday, 27 July 2015 14:00


Flat Track Canada race report - Round 5, Leamington Thunderfest

With record temperatures and a record number of entries, the beautiful half mile in Leamington once again played host to the first round of Thunderfest. As the mercury in the thermometer hit the mid thirties, it proved to be a sign of things to come as action on the track heated up as well.

Open Expert action saw a mix of bikes take the grid but on this night the Harley Davidson XR 750 seemed to be the bike of choice. Making his first appearance of the season was defending number one plate holder Don Taylor and he was back with a vengeance as he opened up an early lead after taking the green. As the laps counted down, Doug Lawrence was making steady progress on Taylor as his Harley seemed to like the brushed off track as well. As the leader took the white flag, Lawrence put on one final charge but most likely needed one more lap as he fell just short at the line to Taylor. Tyler Seguin rounded out the podium in third finishing ahead of New Yorker Ryan Wells.

Earlier in the evening Seguin had perhaps put on the ride of the night in the Dash for Cash. Using all of his talent and even more of the track, Seguin held off the larger displacement bikes to take the lion's share of the cash in the exciting four lap sprint.

In Expert DTX action it was hometown boy Nick Wenzler crossing the line first surprising a few of our heat race winners. Wenzler was the sole Canadian representative in the top three as Parker Norris and Ryan Wells took the final two spots on the podium. A red flag early in the race caused by Devin Pfeiffer going through the fence in turn one was extremely unfortunate not only for Pfeiffer but for Kyle Vanconant as well. Vanconant had grabbed the holeshot in the first try at completing the race and was doing a superb job holding off everyone at the front of the pack before the red. Vanconant was still able to put in a solid ride after the restart and ended up fifth.

Intermediate action once again turned into the Brodie Buchan show as he grabbed convincing wins in both Open and DTX action. The script was the same in both races as Buchan grabbed the early lead and stretched it out while everyone else in the field tried to play catch up. Cody Marentette and Braden Vallee took second and third respectively in both races, but both riders came up a little short in trying to run with Buchan.

Novice action saw perhaps the best race of the day and easily one of the best of the year. The DTX race was one for the ages as Trent Pickle and Dustin Brown were virtually side by side for the final four laps of the race. Pickle did everything he could to hold the bottom line while Brown blasted around the deep stuff at the top of the track. As the final few laps counted down the two riders would be separated by fifty feet of track in the corners only to meet up beside each other on the straights. As they excited turn four on the final lap, Pickle made the low line work as he held off Brown by inches at the line as Pickle's hometown crowd roared its approval. Rounding out the top three was another hometown boy as motocrosser Luke Rahm had a great ride to take third.

 

VET action saw Steve "RA RA" Ball take his first ever win at Leamington as he took the victory over Leamington's own Wayne Young and Rob Churchill.

Youth 85 action saw Hunter Bauer take the win over Jimmy McCullough and Brandon Newman but the big news in this class was the number of entries. Nineteen riders were signed up for this class which meant when the green lights flashed for the final there were a few riders watching instead of racing. Great stuff seeing this many riders in the the youth classes !

The day was a special one as the riders and spectators on hand paid tribute to the late Jesse Phibbs. A rising star on the flat track scene, Phibbs passed away in 2010 after a very unfortunate incident at the Indy Mile. Saturday saw most of the riders on hand do a lap of honour in Jesse's memory followed by Brodie Buchan turning some laps on Jesse's Rotax. Eyes in the crowd were moist as the we all remembered the fine young man that will forever be linked to Thunderfest.




Other Results from Leamington

Novice Open: Dustin Brown, Trent Pickle, Luke Rahm

Vintage: Kevin Lambert, Mark Fairfull, Brad Kitto

Youth 65: Brandon Keys, Jacob Peacock, Maguire Scott

Youth 50 Chain: Spencer Whittam, Olivia Farkas, Easton Ventoso

Youth 50 Shaft: Alyssa Armstrong, Hannah Musson, Emily Biekx

Novice 250: Brandon Newman, Hunter Bauer, Boyd Deadman

 Photos by Chris Rahm 

 

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  

http://www.flattrackcanada.com/2015-standings/   

Monday, 27 July 2015 13:54


Gamma introduces 2016 Fieldsheer product range to Canada

July 20, 2015 - For Immediate Release - Gamma Powersports is proud to release the new 2016 collection of Fieldsheer motorcycle street apparel. There have been many changes and additions to this completely new line-up of impressive performance motorcycle apparel.

This past year Fieldsheer tested their existing fabrics along with some new developments in order to reassure the consumers of the effectiveness and proactive ability of materials. There were fabric swatches of current materials submitted to the largest third party testing facility in Asia. The testing apparatus records the number of cycles/revolutions until the abrasive panel breaks through the fabric. 

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The tests yielded some very satisfying results. The test that Fieldsheer chose reflected that the strength of the fabric when subjected to sliding with the garment on a tarmac surface.

Fieldsheer doesn’t just believe that fabric testing in itself is enough; CE armour, seam construction and other materials of which the garment is constructed make a difference. In addition, Fieldsheer does its own internal tests to continually improve all aspects of protection for its garments and with 30 years experience in producing motorcycle garments, the company believes they do have an edge over the competition.
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Fieldsheer prides themselves on putting cutting-edge technology into all of their products. From their world-class Nanomax ® material to the ultra-reflective Phoslite technology, you can be confident that you'll be impressed with all that the new 2016 line has to offer.

Check out the now available 2016 Fieldsheer line-up at www.fieldsheercanada.com and visit your local Gamma Powersports dealer for purchase inquires.

Monday, 20 July 2015 10:45


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