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.
The Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK) released the dates for the six rounds of the 2016 season. To condense the season the six rounds actually take place over four weekends with one each month from May to August. For western fans of the series you will have to watch the races on TSN or make your way east as the westernmost round will be in Ontario.
Last year’s CSBK series winner was Jordan Szoke – almost but not quite as usual.
Round 1 May 27 -29th Shannonville Motorsport Park in Shannonville, ON
Round 2 June 24-26th Autodrome St. Eushache in St. Eustache, QC
Round 3 & 4 July 15 -17th Atlantic Motorsports Park in Shubenacadie, NS
Round 5 & 6 August 19 – 21Canadian Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, ON
For more information visit the CSBK website at www.csbk.ca
While it may not be getting the same amount of fuss that surrounded last summer’s 75th anniversary of Sturgis, this coming weekend marks the opening days of the 75th Daytona Bike Week as the famous wheeled festivities run from March 5 to 12. Harley-Davidson plans a big splash at the event with over 100 test bike available for demos out of the company’s Bike Week headquarters which will be in the parking lot of the Daytona International Speedway. The Motor Company also has concerts on Main Street, a women’s ride, a bike show and HOG events under their corporate umbrella should you be planning a little fun in the sun next week. Of course there is an app for all this available on the company’s website.
The last one was in Canada back in 2014 and the one about to get underway for the 2016 edition of the grueling GS Trophy challenge is in Southeast Asia. There are 19 international teams competing this year including for the first time an all female team. All participants are provided with a R1200GS to thrash through what we be a very challenging course. If you want to watch the action BMW has a youtube channel for your enjoyment. Visit the company’s website for more info.
Roland Sands is inviting you to race like Roland. All you need is a larger than 750cc twin bike, no front brake, flat track tires and some brass. The ubiquitous Roland Sands will be racing in a series of “Superhooligan” flat track races in Oregon, Wisconsin, Florida (during Bike Week), Texas and California. While Roland will be saddling up on Indian Scout Sixty custom, you on the other hand will have to source a bike for yourself. With the 750cc twin requirement, your choices will- and can be – be varied. Credit has to be given to Sands for getting behind the recent resurgence in flat track racing that has seen new racing in both Canada and the United States. With entry costs that are less than other forms of racing, fat track racing opens the sport to those with smaller pockets. North of the border, Flat Track Canada (http://www.flattrackcanada.com/) is planning both eastern and western Canadian schedules for 2016. Start you engines1