CMRC Motocross Nationals

While the national drag racing series is primarily western based and the superbike series is eastern based, if you want to watch a round of Canada’s nation MX series you have the choices of locations from Kamloops, BC to Truro, NS. If you can’t make the races, the CMRC has announced a partnership with TSN to televise the races.

The CMRC Motocross Nationals 2017 schedule is:

Sunday, June 4 Whispering Pines Raceway, Kamloops, BC
Sunday, June 11 Blackwater MX Track, Prince George, BC
Sunday, June 18 Wild Rose MX Park, Calgary, Alberta
Sunday, June 25 Moto Valley Raceway, Regina, Saskatchewan
Sunday, July 9 Gopher Dunes, Courtland, Ontario
Sunday, July 16 Motocross Ulverton, Ulverton, Quebec
Sunday, July 23 Pleasant Valley Motorsport Park, Truro, NS
Sunday, July 30 Riverglade MX Park, Moncton, New Brunswick
Sunday, August 6 Motocross Deschambault, Deschambault, Quebec
Sunday, August 13 RJ Motosport Park, Barrie, Ontario

CMDRA 2017 Schedule

If you are ready to see some drag racing this summer the CMDRA  (Canadian Motorcycle Drag Racing Association) has announced their 2017 five stop schedule:
JUNE 24-25 BADLANDS NATIONALS
MEDICINE HAT, AB

JULY 8-9 SUMMER NATIONALS
RIMBEY, AB

AUGUST 12-13 NORTHERN NATIONALS
PRINCE GEORGE, BC

SEPTEMBER 9-10 OIL CITY NATIONALS
EDMONTON, AB

SEPTEMBER 23-24 SEASON FINALS
MISSION, BC

For more information about this year’s season visit the CMDRA website at www.cmdra.com

HP4 Race – BMW Goes Exclusive

BMW HP4 RaceWith the introduction of the new HP4 Race, BMW is about to make 750 fans of 215hp, ultralight race bikes very happy. The exclusive offering pushes the envelope further than already achieved by the S1000RR but the jewel in this high tech crown is the carbon fibre main frame that weighs less than 8kgs allowing for the 215 horses to push it around even faster. A Canadian price has not been announced but we are guessing it will fall into the vicinity of “a lot”.

The details of the HP4 Race include:

Carbon fibre main frame in monocoque construction weighing just 7.8 kilograms.
Self-supporting carbon fibre rear frame with three-stage height adjustment function.
Carbon fibre wheels offering a weight reduction of some 30 per cent as compared to light alloy forged wheels.
Öhlins FGR 300 upside-down fork.
Öhlins TTX 36 GP spring strut.
Brembo GP4 PR monoblock brake calipers with 320 T-type racing steel brake disks (thickness: 6.75 mm) at the front.
Racing engine at World Cup level with an output of 158 kW (215 hp) at 13 900 rpm and a maximum torque of 120 Nm at 10 000 rpm.
Close-ratio racing gearbox with adapted transmission ratios.
Weight-optimised electrical system featuring light lithium-ion battery with 5 Ah.
2D dashboard and 2D data recording including logger.
Dynamic Traction Control DTC (programmable for selected gears at 15 levels).
Engine Brake EBR (programmable for selected gears at 15 levels).
Wheelie Control (programmable for selected gears).
Launch Control.
Pit Lane Limiter.
Light trim parts made of carbon fibre with snap fasteners.
Paint finish in BMW HP Motorsport colours.

XSR900 Hits The DOT

2016 Yamaha XSR900

Yamaha’s retro flavoured cafe racer illustrates that attention to detail  gets results as the XSR900 garnered a “Best of the Best” Red Dot Award for 2017. The Red Dot Awards are for industrial and product design and cover the entire spectrum although it is not unusual for motorcycles to get a nod for great looks. It is the details and care that went into making the the XSR900 something special that drew the judges’ appreciation as underneath the steampunk exterior in the same chassis as propels the FZ-09. We have to give the nod to the yellow and bare metal colour schemes from 2016 models over 2017’s blue and black offerings.

2016 Yamaha XSR900

Rest Easy – NM4 Back for 2018

Honda NM4 back as 2018 model.nm4

For those of you with unusual tastes in motorcycles you can rest easy now that Honda has announced its first 2018 model. After taking a hiatus for 2017, the avantgarde NM4 will return for the 2018 model year. Perhaps Honda was hoping for some extra love heaped  upon the unusually designed motorcycle from the product placing of the machine in the recent Scarlett Johansson film Ghost in the Shell.  Unfortunately the film didn’t remain in movie theatre’s long enough to make an impression.  The anime inspired 670cc parallel twin with a DCT transmission and a colour changing dashboard will be back on sale as of summer 2017.

Fuel Injected Two Stroke

KTM has announced a world first in that the company will be introducing a  fuel injected two stroke in the 2018 EXC 250 and EXC 300 models. The claimed advantages of this new engine over cabureted models are increased fuel economy, no more fuel mixing and better power delivery and rideability. The full specs for the machine will be available in May when the launch of the machines occurs.

Running Full Circles – Daytona TT

Photo – Brian J Nelson

There has been a lot of hype and tonight the hype will be decided at the Daytona TT flat track event as a historical rivalry comes full circle. Harley vs Indian, Indian vs Harley. Indian Motorcycles in particular has been pushing this showdown to add historical credence to the company’s revival. Both come to the event with  all-new, liquid cooled bikes – Harley basing their machine on a Street 750 while Indian’s is a nod to the Scout. It will be sad for some not to see factory team versions of the venerable XR750 but such is progress. While much of the focus has been on the Indian and Harley and their champion riders there are other manufacturers including Kawasaki at the race with riders and machines that have the opportunity to take some of the spotlight. The race will be available for viewing online so visit the AMA Flat Track site for details.

Mongolia or Bust – 2018 GS Trophy

That looks like fun! Can you find the hidden rider?

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.

Rebel Without A Pause

honda rebel 300 500
Honda Rebel + Aviation Nationhonda rebel

You may not be able to get your mitts on one of Honda’s new Rebel 300 or 500s at your local dealer for a while yet but that hasn’t stopped the rollout of the first of what will likely be several custom iterations of the little cruiser. Introducing the Honda Rebel + Aviation Nation edition. You don’t know who or what Aviation Nation is? That’s okay as the target market we assume does. Nice seat treatment but the colours remind us of a ski jacket from 1982 – but then again the target market for this little machine wasn’t born in 1982 so they are just discovering browns and oranges. The Rebel + Aviation Nation edition is being unveiled at the hippest of venues, the SXSW festival in Austin, TX.

CSBK on TSN

You may have seen him displaying his trials riding skills at one of the motorcycle shows in January or February but if you want to watch to find out if Jordan Szoke will capture his 12 CSBK title in 2017 (his first one was way back in 1998) the five race weekends will be available for viewing on TSN.

The 2017 Schedule is:

Round 1  Shannonville Motorsport Park, ON – Pro Track May 26-28
Round 2 Grand Bend Motorplex, ON – Technical Track June 8-11
Round 3 Autodrome St-Eustache, Montreal, QC June 23-25
Round 4 Atlantic Motorsport Park, Halifax, NS July 13-16
Round 5 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, ON August 18-20

Visit the Canadian Superbike Championship website for more info – www.csbk.ca