It may not hold a place in our hearts like the Kootenay region of British Columbia where much of BMW’s global competition, the GS Trophy, took place in 2014 but Mongolia is sure to prove a dramatic back drop to the upcoming 2018 event. There will be two women’s teams made up of international participants to battle the country and intra-country men’s teams. Women from all around the world battle it out in South Africa to become one of the six team members who will compete as two individual teams. The GS Trophy takes place in June and much of it will take place at high elevation in one of the least populated countries in the world.
In addition to the second women’s team there are two other new teams in this year’s competition from Australia and India. Canada placed 14th in 2016 and 9th in 2014. The top teams in 2016 for the Thailand rally were South Africa, Germany and the UK. While some teams are consistent, there is typically variety of teams competing for the top spots at each of the past events going back to the first in 2008.
The GS Trophy isn’t all about the skill of riding a motorcycle as there are off bike events and obstacles that require lifting, dragging and scraping a motorcycle over obstacles. The picture below is one of our favourites from the Canadian rally that seemed to be a competition involving bathing a dirty team member with the rooster tail from a rear wheel while in the middle of a stream. These guys are hard core.
It may have been approaching too cold to rock and roll at the first Friday the 13th of 2017 back in January but not this time around as The Weather Network forecasts 20 C with a mix of sun and clouds on this coming Friday the 13th for Canada’s favourite one day motorcycle event. Big crowds are expected to descend on Port Dover as it is the only fair weather 13th this year and people have been waiting to round out the end of the riding season.. The festivities actually begin shortly after noon on the Thursday the 12th as a string of rock and roll bands entertain on the main stage. There is a tribute theme to this year’s musical offerings including Tragically Hip, Led Zeppelin, CCR and AC/DC tribute bands.
Metzler has announced that their Metzeler Village of tents will be open again at the 2018 Isle of Man TT. Should you wish your accommodation arranged early for next year’s race they are now taking reservations. As thousands upon thousands of motorcycle racing enthusiasts descend upon this small island each year, the $29/night per person to sleep in a tent near the racing action seems like it would be a good deal. The deal in fact gets a little better if you are riding your bike and happen to be running Metzeler tires (or “tyres” if you prefer as we are across the pond). If this is the case you also get free breakfast – not sure if that includes marmalade on toast or blood sausage. Reservations can be made at www.metzelervillage.com
Not that we want to get you thinking about winter just yet but the schedule has been announced for the PSS Canadian Motorcycle Shows for 2018 so we can now let you know there will be something motorcycle related to do during the snowy months of January and February. The shows will start in Calgary and crisscross the country to end in Montreal and will showcase showcase new models from most of the major manufacturers and the aftermarket ….. you know the drill but if not find out more at the PSS show site www.themotorcycleshows.ca
For the competition’s sixth edition, BMW has announced that the 2018 GS Trophy will be taking place in Mongolia. An excellent venue for this challenging event, the rough road to attending will as usual begin with regional qualifying rounds to see who can best ride, lift, shove, wrestle and pick up a BMW GS. While the odds of doing a little damage to your own GS while practicing and qualifying may be high once you are one of the selected few BMW will provide a shiny new GS to tackle the wilds of Mongolia. So far 16 national teams have been announced including Canada. As with the 2016 edition, there will be an all women team made up of qualifiers from around the world. Women will also be able to compete with the men to be part of national teams. Our fearless contributor Bertrand Gahel was the press rider for Team Canada when the GS Trophy was held in the wilds of British Columbia back in 2014.
So you went out and bought yourself a big ol’ ADV machine but you can’t find any of your friends who want to join you bashing their big and expensive beasts around the forest. What are you going to do? If you are looking for an organized ride with other like minded individuals you may want to considering buying some travel medical insurance and heading south of the border for one of the AMA’s Yamaha sponsored events in their Adventure Riding Series. The 2017 schedule of events includes twenty different two day rides located is a wide varieties of locations stretching from Florida to Oregon to Nevada. The caveat to the riding is that your bike be street legal and although they state that the rides are more target to ADV riding than say a hare scramble some of the riding locales and trails look quite challenging. One of the more interesting rides is a longtime run in its 34th year that takes the adventurous overland from Barstow, California to Las Vegas, NV in what the organizers cal a creative 400 mile route. The odds are that you may end up with a ding or two on your ADV machine but the good news is that you won’t be doing it alone and there are opportunities to win a prize or two. For 2016 Yamaha even included a Super Tenere for the grand prize. For more info on the 2017 AMA Adventure Series visit the website at http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Riding/Adventure-Riding
The leaves are falling, the motorcycle riding season is coming to an end in much of the country … it can only mean one thing – the 2017 motorcycle shows aren’t all that far off. Giving the motorcycle enthusiast something to look forward to after Christmas the PSS Motorcycle Show series kicks off in Calgary and wends its way across the Canada before ending in Montreal. Kick some tires, pick a new bike, watch a stunt show, maybe eat some mini donuts or enter to win a bike, look at accessories you didn’t even know existed, buy a leather vest or tire patch kick at the seven motorcycle shows. It is all possible in that magical place known locally as the BMO Centre come the frigid days of January – technically that would be the magical place in Calgary only but you get the idea. The dates for the indoor winter wonderland that is the 2017 show series are:
Calgary: January 6 – 8, 2017
Edmonton: January 13 – 15, 2017
Vancouver: January 20 – 22, 2017
Quebec City: February 3 – 5, 2017
Moncton: February 10 – 12, 2017
Toronto: February 17 – 19, 2017
Montreal: February 24 – 26, 2017
For all the information about all these shows including who will be there, what bikes will be onsite and when, visit the PSS site.
Harley-Davidson enthusiasts have Sturgis, the Ducati guys have World Ducati Week. Rather than a sea of leather it is a sea of red and it will be happening in Misano, Italy on July 1 – 3. What can you accomplish during this homage to the Italian sport bike maker? You can do laps on the track, drag race, join a parade, go to tech workshops, hope your classic Ducati gets a ticket to the heritage show and shine or enter your custom Ducati in a contest. If you are one of the truly young at heart, or as Ducati is now calling them, the Scrambleristi (see example above), there will be the first ever Scrambler Reunion (who knew the Scrambler had been gone – was there time?). This special “Land of Joy” will feature skate boarding, street food, a flat track and non-stop live music and ample opportunity to buy a Scrambler t-shirts.
Go get this year’s t-shirt as they are ready to go as indicated by the official PD13 website. It may well have been circled on your calendar for the past year but tomorrow, Friday 13th, is happening in Port Dover, Ontario. It is most certainly one of the events that puts Canada on the motorcycle map as the one day event claims title to the largest single day motorcycle event in the world. Peak estimates have had the turnout at Port Dover in the range of 140,000 when the 13th falls in a month with sunshine and good weather or perhaps a couple 100 when it rolls around in January. The weather in Port Dover is expected to be sunny with a chance of showers on Friday so if you are up to it join thousands and thousands (almost guaranteed to be somewhere between 100 and 140,000) of other motorcyclist at this most Canadian of motorcycle events complete with music, costumes, charities and a lot of people having a great time. It might be two years before you are going to get a warm and sunny Friday the 13th as the next assuredly warm month looks to be July 13, 2018.
The Friday the 13th in Port Dover website is www.pd13.com
Barnes Harley-Davidson after purchasing Steve Drane Harley-Davidson in Victoria back in 2015 has now added Kamloops Harley-Davidson to the mix giving this growing organization three dealers in British Columbia. Barnes Harley-Davidson Kamloops is located in the same spot as the former Kamloops Harley-Davidson on Iron Mask Road.
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