In this issue…
PANIGALE! Colin Fraser heads to Abu Dhabi to test the most talked about bike of the year, the Ducati Panigale 1199 S. Fraser reports back that the new Superbike is “a true all-out success.” Costa Mouzouris flogs the updated Suzuki GSX-R1000 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. “It’s still an excellent performer,” Mouzouris states, “and years of development have produced a well-rounded, well-balanced bike.”
Technical editor John Sharrard takes us on a short three-day journey from Calabogie to Manitoulin Island in Ontario, where he raves about the roads to the Island — but not so much the roads on the Island.
We feature the adventurous Chris Hurst and his solo circumnavigation of Mexico’s Baja peninsula. Believe you me, this one’s a good read and might just inspire your own such one-up adventure. R. Bruce Thomas pens a must-read piece on being prepared for the possibility of a riding accident and the difficulties that can follow. Preparing for the worst will make every ride more comforting and enjoyable. Trust me, you want to read this.
Our regular Canadian Watch page (profiling Canadian racers competing outside of Canada) tells you who to watch for in 2012, from flat track to motocross to road racing. Frank Wood acknowledges and honours the four riders who have scored the AMA’s coveted Grand Slam (winning a championship race in TT, Short Track, Half-Mile, Mile and Road Racing), including the King, Kenny Roberts. We profile a multi-time champion and a future champion: Ontario flat track ace Don Taylor and Saskatchewan’s next road racing sensation, Bodhi Edie.
Costa Mouzouris talks Direct Injection, we interview the MCC’s main man, Daniel Tessier, Larry Tate asks “How many wheels on a motorcycle?” (it’s a tricky question), plus a whole bunch more, stuffed into 88 pages of motorcycle goodness.
– Graeme Jones