The August 2016 issue of Canadian Biker has been mailed to our subscribers, is available on newsstands and online through single copies sales.
On the cover is a movement that many hope will bring a new wave of riders into motorcycling, the micro machines. We look at a segment that has long existed in other markets around the world but has only had sporadic offerings in Canada over the last 25 years. Kawasaki has brought a feisty and attractive offering to the table in the Z125 Pro that clearly brings the attitude of its much larger stablemates to the small displacement and more affordable segment. Honda who recently had the 125 niche to themselves is responding to the challenge with a Grom that loses a little of its cuteness in favour of some snarl. Will the new offerings work in attracting new riders? The first step have proven to be a good one.
Else where in the issue we look at Yamaha’s new FZ-10. The naked bike segment at the other end of the spectrum from the the micro bikes is also a must have segment for most manufacturers as almost all have a bike in play. What is not to like? All the power and performance of a sport bike with more attitude and far more comfort. The FZ-10 may take the styling to the confluence of love it or hate it but the performance won’t leave you wanting more. All that and cruise control!
We also have a couple of customs that start from very different beginnings as one is a tribute to offroad racers while the other a tribute to extreme ideas and form before function.
Speaking off-road, there was a time when one of the best offroad machines was built right here in Canada. In Vintage Hall the focus this issue is on a Can-Am 500cc machine that has been given new life as a dualsport while remaining true to its history.
What might be better after a long ride on a dusty and bumpy road than a soak in a natural hot spring? That’s right, not much. If the idea of a hot spring tour seems to be a good one, the place to do it is in British Columbia where the hot springs are more plentiful than elsewhere in the country. Our frequent contributor Bill Gedye takes a serpentine trip around the province trying to stop at as many hot springs as he can.
All that and much more in the August 2016 issue of Canadian Biker.