Dakar 2019: Stage 8

Every year at Dakar in recent history, there’s been a day that was just absolutely disastrous for Honda. And despite the loss of factory riders Paulo Goncalves and Joan Barreda, today was the biggest disaster of all for Honda, when Ricky Brabec’s bike self-destructed, just like it did last year. It’s unclear exactly what happened […]

Find of the Month: 2014 Ural Gear-Up

Welcome back to the Find of the Month, where we share some of the cool bikes we find for sale on autoTRADER.ca. This month, we’re checking out a  2014 Ural Gear-Up for sale in Penticton, BC. Winter got you down? Yeah, us too. Not all of us spend our winters jetting around to spiffy European press […]

Dakar 2019: Stage 7

It was a shorter day of racing today, with only 387 km to cover between the special and the transit section. But, the navigation was tricky, and while KTM’s Sam Sunderland was the winner, Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) almost caught a huge break. Van Beveren’s moment came in the dunes, when he caught up to […]

Ride North Moto raises money via ice road

Photo: Andy Dawson/Are You Social Are mid-summer charity rides boring to you, but you want to raise money for a good cause? Maybe you should head out to Alberta, and hook up with Ride North Moto. According to the group’s website, Ride North Moto is made up of riders who “hope to promote healthy living and […]

The Vancouver Motorcycle Show Rolls into Town

The Vancouver Motorcycle Show is back for its annual three-day bike unveiling at the Tradex in Abbotsford. From January 18-20, 2019, gearheads will be able to get their fix and find the newest models of motorcycles, accessories and technology featured…

2019 Dakar: Stage 6

It was the longest stage of the 2019 Dakar today, 838 km in total, with Husqvarna factory rider Pablo Quintanilla the winner on the day, followed by Kevin Benavides (Honda) and Matthias Walkner (KTM). It’s good news for all three; Quintanilla has been the man to beat in the FIM’s Cross Country Rally series for […]

Dakar 2019: Stage 5

Considering it was the second day of the first marathon stage, the day opened easily enough. There were no tales of madness from the bivouac, no engine swaps or other crazed bodge jobs. The only interesting tidbit we heard was 22nd-place Ross Branch, a rookie rider on one of the many smaller teams running KTMs, […]

Dakar 2019: Stage 4

The day’s racing started with a long, long list of withdrawals from Stage 3, and Yamaha’s Xavier de Soultrait opening the track for the first time in his Dakar career, although it was Honda’s Ricky Brabec who won the day. Although Honda’s loss of Joan Barreda got all the press yesterday, Yamaha’s factory team might […]

Shoei, NS West unveil IT-HT smart helmet concept

Shoei and automotive electronics manufacturer NS West have introduced a new helmet at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show with smart technology, including a heads-up display. We’ve seen considerable development in the smart helmet market in the past few years, but very little advancement from established, respected helmet makers. Schuberth has been toiling away on […]

Dakar 2019: Stage 3

There’s always a day at the Dakar Rally that turns the standings on end, and today, only three stages in, we saw that happen, out of nowhere. In the words of Ron Burgundy: At the start of the day, we saw Joan Barreda (Honda) in the lead of the standings, followed closely by KTM’s Matthias […]

SBS now sells clutch kits

SBS, long known for its aftermarket braking components, has moved into the clutch market. The Denmark-based manufacturer now sells standard and upgrade clutch friction plates and steel plates for wet clutches, as well as standard and upgraded components for dry clutches. According to the company’s press release (see below), SBS is selling components for both […]

Harley-Davidson announces Livewire price, specs

Harley-Davidson has announced some specs and Canadian pricing for its upcoming LiveWire electric motorcycle. Harley-Davidson first debuted its Livewire electric concept all the way back in 2014, taking early functioning prototypes to dealers across North America to gauge customer interest. Last summer, the Motor Company confirmed it would sell the Livewire in 2019, and today, […]

The Dakar Rally will start in earnest tomorrow

Despite organizers claiming all through 2018 that this year’s Dakar Rally would start in January 6, the racing will really start tomorrow, on January 8. This year’s race takes place entirely in the country of Peru; it ends on January 17, and will cover 5,000 km. About 3,000 km of the race will be in […]

The Zero SR/F is coming, whatever that means

According to this YouTube teaser, electric motorcycle manufacturer Zero is planning to introduce a new motorcycle on February 25. And, that’s all we know. No specs. No price. Nothing but a peek at the headlight, which does appear to be much different from anything Zero currently sells. There has been talk of a Zero sportbike  […]

Calgary, Toronto kick off motorcycle show season this weekend

This weekend, the Canadian motorcycle show season gets underway with events in Calgary and Toronto. In Calgary, it’s the first of the Motorcycle and Moped Industry Council shows; the MMIC shows are the official face of the industry, which means almost all the manufacturers will be there. It runs Friday-Sunday at Stampede Park’s BMO Centre. […]

Bob Einstein, aka Super Dave Osborne, has died

Bob Einstein, the actor famous for the role of stunt rider parody Super Dave Osborne, has died. Einstein, born in 1942 in California, held many roles over his career—writer, producer, and actor in many shows and movies. But to Canadians, he will always be remembered for his role as Super Dave Osborne, a parody of […]

Registration opens for Fundy Adventure Rally

Registration has opened for the 2019 Fundy Adventure Rally. At this point, Earlybird registration prices are in effect—the first to sign up get a $275 (plus HST) price for the captain and $235 (plus HST) price for team members. Head over to Eventbrite if you’re looking to sign up now, or if you want more details […]

Gossip: Indian is developing a model called the “Raven”

Those mad Internet sleuths over at Motorcycle.com have dug up an interesting tidbit from a trademark application, hinting Indian is working on a new model called the Raven. The application was filed with the European Union Intellectual Property Office; in theory, we’ll see a similar filing soon in North America. The application was only for […]

CSBK announces 2019 schedule

The Canadian Superbike series has announced its 2019 schedule, and for now, there are no big surprises. Once again, CSBK opens the season at Shannonville (May 17-19), then visits Grand Bend (June 7-9), then St-Eustache (June 21-23), then Shubenacadie (July 18-21), and ends at Mosport Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (August 9-11). Once again, the Shubie […]

Toronto’s Spring Show offers Christmas ticket deal

The Toronto Spring Motorcycle Show is coming back for its 30th anniversary in 2019, RUNNING aPRIL 6-7 with the old favourite displays back, some changes, and a deal on tickets for Christmas. And, there’s biker poetry. First, the ticket deal: the show is offering $3 off the price of tickets if you buy online now, […]

Smart Classic is a retro take on the battery bike

Most electric motorcycles have fairly modern styling, but California-based Fly Free Smart is going another way with this new model, dubbed the Classic. It’s an interesting blend of old and new. It’s aimed at urban use, with a max speed of 80 km/h from its 3000-watt electric motor. Like most battery bikes, there’s no gearshifter; […]

Reports from US say ‘Busa production to continue

Maybe, reports of the Suzuki Hayabusa’s demise are greatly exaggerated—maybe. Although there are confirmed reports the Suzuki Hayabusa is canceled in Europe due to Euro4 regulations and even no longer for sale in the Japanese domestic market, Suzuki’s American arm says “U.S. market production of the Hayabusa sport motorcycle continues uninterrupted.” Errrr … that’s not quite […]

Find of the Month: 1965 Norton Atlas

Welcome back to the Find of the Month, where we share some of the cool bikes we find for sale on autoTRADER.ca. This month, we’re checking out a 1965 Norton Atlas for sale in Goderich, Ontario. The year is 1965. The machine, a Norton Atlas, is forged in the dark recesses of a factory in Woolwich, southeast […]

Triumph Scrambler 1200 gets “Inspiration Kits” for further customization

Triumph has announced a pair of “Inspiration Kits” for its recently-launched Scrambler 1200 line, allowing customers to tweak their rides with factory custom parts. Launched in October, the Scrambler 1200 XC and Scrambler 1200 XE apply Triumph’s well-established scrambler formula to the T120 parallel twin platform. These bikes are a bit more offroad-worthy than the […]