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Not long after Jodi Christie clinched the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in August last year, John Sharrard - who runs the Accelerated Technologies/Honda Canada team and is Jodi's crew chief - and I were busy plotting Jodi's title defence for this year. History shows that…

I had no idea how easy it was to ruin a helmet. I hope that everyone is aware that your motorcycle helmet is basically a single-use piece of protective gear. I don't mean throw it away after you've worn it once, of course. I mean if your helmet takes a…
I always find it a bit amusing, and sometimes frustrating, when people use a peak horsepower number as the absolute measure of performance. Bike A has 150 horsepower, bike B only has 140 horsepower, so bike A must be more powerful.
Press material for both the all-new 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 and 2015 Ducati 1299 Panigale models describes the use of an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) as part of their electronics packages.

Now that the fall show season is complete and most manufacturers have released their 2015 models, we can see how those new bikes fit into the updated rules structure set to be implemented for World Superbike next year. With the series veering toward more stock-based rules, several manufacturers have taken…
On October 5, a group of 12 people went on a ‘Ride to Eat’ to Red Deer, AB, a one-way distance of 155 km from Edmonton along Highway 2. Since a big part of a Ride to Eat is the riding, most of us put on close to 500 km…

It was not long after the first automobiles and motorcycles were produced that drivers and riders were testing the limits of top speed. And with all the recent press on Kawasaki's 300-horsepower Ninja H2R, one of the questions many people have is, of course, "What'll she do?"
At the final round of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship this year, held at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Saturday's Superbike race was held in very wet conditions while Sunday's race was in near-perfect sunny and cool weather. Comparing data from the two races provides some insight into how the rider…
How far can you ride? I was recently part of a group ride where one rider decided to come along at the last minute. When asked how big his gas tank was, he wasn't certain. When asked how far he could go on a tank of gas, he didn't know.

I always get a chuckle when I receive an email with “race-winning data” to look at, as if it is somehow different or special compared to, well…data that didn’t win the race. It makes me smile because quite often there is not much to be learned from such data, contrary…
When the temperature rises, it is important to avoid overheating and dehydration. A recent group ride took a nasty turn when one of the fellows passed out at 110 km/h. I was out in front and didn’t see the calamity, but the riders who were at the tail of the…
Time and again on our short Canadian tracks, we have seen 600cc machines turn lap times close to 1000cc bikes, and well-ridden 600s have occasionally made it onto the Superbike podium. Given the huge horsepower advantage of the 1000, the 600 must be making up time somewhere to be so…

At the recent opening round of this year’s Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship at Shannonville Motorsport Park, I was at the track working with the Accelerated Technologies / Honda Canada team and Jodi Christie, using the team’s AiM Sports data acquisition system to help with setup.
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…

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…
With less than two weeks before the first event of the MotoGP season, Dorna is set to introduce a new sub-category in the MotoGP class, dubbed Factory 2. It seems unbelievable that this would be the case when the goal for the class, as stated by Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta,…

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