It’s been seven years since I’ve hopped across the pond to ride motorcycles, and in those seven years a lot has changed. Getting the call to take part in the 2020 BMW S 1000 RR media launch for Inside Motorcycles was an honour, and an opportunity I couldn’t turn down. Seven years ago I headed over to start what I hoped was a long career in World Superbike, and now I headed over to start what I’m hoping is a long career in journalism and test riding! The trip was really successful and I’m looking forward to sharing the full bike review with everyone in the next issue of Inside Motorcycles.
This photo gallery will serve as a little bit of a teaser for the upcoming article and hopefully give everybody the itch to hear more details about the new BMW. The weather cooperated for our group in Portugal and the venue didn’t disappoint. Estoril is just outside of Lisbon in Portugal, and a little bit of a hidden gem these days. MotoGP hasn’t used the track in their schedule for quite a while, but there were some epic races there back in the early 2000s. The circuit has a little bit of everything going on with slow corners, fast corners and a long start straight. The combination of corners at Estoril make it an ideal candidate to do a bike review and the consistent weather in Portugal never hurts. The sun was shining all day for us during the testing, making for some epic photos and ideal conditions to push the limits of the new BMW.
BMW had quite a few members from the new S 1000 RR’s development team on hand, from Head of Design to Electronics Engineers, so it was really informative to chat with them about everything new. Being a Mechanical Engineer I was in heaven around the new bike and all of the interactive displays showing off the new technology. I didn’t hesitate to interact with the staff they had on site to hopefully shed light on some of the finer details of the new bike with everyone. The new bike was impressive in a lot of aspects, and didn’t do too many things I wasn’t a fan of. It’s awesome to see such a high level of motorcycle coming in stock trim. I can’t wait to finish the review of the bike and share that experience with everyone in the article!
All photos courtesy of BMW Motorrad Canada
Thursday, 14 March 2019 19:19 Published in Feature Stories
Shubenacadie, NS – July 20, 2018 – Three-time defending Mopar Pro Superbike champion Jordan Szoke will start from pole position for the ninth-consecutive year at Atlantic Motorsport Park after pacing the field on Friday at the fourth round of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship presented by Pro Cycle and Honda Canada.
Friday, 20 July 2018 19:31 Published in Reports, Results & Points
BMW Motorrad expands its range in the full dresser touring segment with the addition of a model designed specifically for comfortable travel. The BMW K 1600 Grand America sees its premiere at the world's biggest motorcycle trade show, the EICMA in Milan (7 – 12 November 2017).
Tuesday, 07 November 2017 15:09 Published in Products
As I circulate the fast, long sweeping turns of the Blue Ridge Parkway at speeds that shall not be named for risk of incriminating myself, I smirk as I realize that I’m on a bagger not a sport bike. Simply put, you can corner with confidence at the same speed as most other baggers top out.
Sunday, 27 August 2017 18:25 Published in Feature Stories
ST-EUSTACHE, QC (June 23, 2017) – Jordan Szoke topped the practice sheets in Pro Superbike action during round 3 of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship at Autodrome St-Eustache in Deux Montages, north of Montreal, on Friday afternoon. After a wet morning, the track dried as official action in all classes got underway.
Szoke (Lynden, ON) lapped his Mopar Express Lane/Motovan BMW S1000RR around the 1.93-km Quebec track in 0:45.488 seconds, less than a tenth off his top practice time from last year despite a still-drying track, and more than a second quicker than the next-fastest racer.
"We knew we had a good dry setup," said Szoke, the current track record holder at 0:44.812 seconds. "We felt good yesterday (during the MotoNation track day), and we went even faster today, doing a bunch of 0:45-second laps, which is really good since the track had a couple of damp spots and felt a little green. Considering the track conditions, the times we did were really good."
Szoke is currently riding a six-race Pro Feature race National winning streak at this venue on the Mopar CSBK tour.
Ben Young (Collingwood, ON) finished practice in second overall despite lingering pain from a crash at Grand Bend in round 2 of the National Series 12 days earlier. "We took a gamble not going out for practice this morning since we were making some changes to the bike, but we took care of some glitches for this afternoon," said Young, who posted a 0:46.671 on his Scot-Build Developments BMW.
"Physically I'm beat up a bit (after Grand Bend); I've got an issue with my right shoulder, but we should be good for the race,” Young continued. “I'm not too worried about it. When it comes down to it, I'll just have to grit through it and push a little bit harder for the 22 laps."
Third place on the charts was claimed by Kenny Riedmann, who posted a quick 0:46.791 out of the gate before crashing his Sturgess Cycle Kawasaki ZX-10RR while passing a slower rider. "I was out in the first rain session, and I was fastest, which was good considering I'm not a good rain rider," acknowledged the Belfountain, ON rider.
"I feel good. I'm bummed that I crashed, because we're a bit behind on bike setup right now, but I got some good laps in yesterday and now I've got a good rain setup, so who knows what might happen." The Feature race program on Sunday at St-Eustache is likely to be affected by rain.
Rounding out the top five in Pro Superbike practice were Andrew Nelson (Ottawa, ON) on a Suzuki GSX-R1000 and returning local Sebastian Tremblay (Laval, QC) on a Kawasaki ZX-10R.
Earlier in the afternoon, Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike practice concluded with Frank Trombino (Etobicoke, ON) setting the fastest lap in the middleweight sport bike division with a 0:49.428 on his ProStar/White Gold Financial Services Honda CBR600RR. Yamaha R6-mounted racers Mitch Card (Ripley, ON) and Eric Richard (Sainte-Basile, QC) finished the day second and third.
"We're trying to go fast on the 600 because we're thinking of using it for the Superbike race," admitted Trombino, acknowledging the advantages of a smaller bike on the tight St-Eustache track. "My bike feels really good, and we've raced here for 15 years, so we know the track in the rain and the dry. That makes a big difference."
Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike practice was led by Ernest Bernhard (Ste-Brigide, QC) on a Yamaha R1, while Montreal's Vincent Levillain topped Shoei Premium Helmets Amateur Sport Bike on an R6. Amy Szoke (Lynden, ON) set the quickest time in Friday's Kawasaki Ninja 300 Race Series practice.
Saturday action at St-Eustache kicks off with practice and qualifying starting at 10 a.m. in all classes. Mopar Pro Superbike qualifying, including the Dalton Timmis Insurance SuperPole session, starts at 3:40 p.m. For more information, visit www.csbk.ca.
Friday, 23 June 2017 22:47 Published in Reports, Results & Points
Ben Young had a nasty highside while in lead contention during the Pro Superbike final at the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship round at Grand Bend on June 11. Young originally laid motionless on the track but eventually walked away from the incident.
Monday, 12 June 2017 12:25 Published in Multimedia
Jordan Szoke of Lynden, ON started his National motorcycle road racing title defense in powerful fashion at Shannonville Motorsport Park (Shannonville, ON) on Sunday with an aggressive victory at the CSBK Superbike Challenge presented by the Trenton MFRC.
Monday, 29 May 2017 09:49 Published in Reports, Results & Points
The Leod Escapes "Track & Tour" ride that started it all - the "Sachsenring & The Italian Alps" track rider tour - runs for the fifth time this year, from August 22-31, 2017.
The "Sachsenring & The Italian Alps" vacation started back in 2013. Since then Leod Escapes has launched four other international tours with track time, with a fifth one to Spain coming in 2018. The most intense still remains the original.
Your trip includes:
• 5 Days of riding in the Italian Alps
• 2 Days track time at Sachsenring
• 9 nights accommodations in 3-star hotels
• Breakfast every day
• Dinners included in the Alps
• Welcome & farewell dinner
• Local guides & track instructors
• Vehicle for luggage and track gear
• Broad array of BMWs available for Alps
• Proper sport bikes for the track
• Option to drive the Autobahn from Munich to Sachsen
"Five years ago it all started with this tour. I think of tours like bikes in the garage. We've got an array of good tours in the stable now but this one is still the most intense. Other tours run smoother and handle better but this tour offers the most insane ride, it's still the one we love the most. It's just crazy fun. You’re riding the back roads on sport touring machines and doing some track time on proper sport bikes. Everyone on the tour is a track rider. This one element changes the flavor of these tours completely." - Cat MacLeod, Leod Escapes
For more info and to book your spot on the tour - or to find out about the other motorcycle track & tour vacations available from Leod Escapes, visit www.leodescapes.com
Monday, 27 March 2017 11:48 Published in Products