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CALGARY, AB (December 13, 2018) – The Motorcycle Show – Calgary presented by Dalton Timmis Insurance is the place where all the major manufacturers will debut their new 2019 models.  The show takes place January 4-6 at the BMO Centre, Stampede Park.

“If you are a fan of all things on two, three or four wheels there is no better place to kick off the New Year or set your sights on the riding season that lies ahead than at the Motorcycle Show – Calgary,” says Show Manager, Laurie Paetz.  “Take the opportunity to admire, sit on, touch, and get a feel for bike of your dreams.”

This is a once a year opportunity when all the major manufacturers will be under one roof. Check out and compare makes and models.  Choose the one that best suits your riding style so you are ready to take to the roads or venture off road the moment the riding season begins.

Although the bikes are definitely the “pièces de résistance” there is so much more for the show goer. Exhibitors will feature a wide range of products and services including after-market accessories, apparel, touring destinations, charity rides and interest groups.

We kick things off with She Rides Night on Friday January 4th by offering ½ price admission after 5:00 pm for all the ladies that come through the door.  The evening celebrates women who ride or want to ride, and will wrap up with a giveaway of a Kawasaki Versys X300, courtesy of Canadian Kawasaki.

Starting them young is often the key to creating a life long passion for riding.  The Strider Adventure Zone provides the perfect opportunity to do just that.  Their mission is to inspire riding and adventure in children.  The area provides two -wheel fun for toddlers.  Future riders as young as 18 months, up to 5 years old can learn to balance and ride on a pedal-less bike. Once they master their balance and technique the Yamaha Riding Academy for kids ages 6-12 is the next step.  Kids will receive professional instruction, get geared up and take to the supervised track to hone their skills and gain confidence on the latest Yamaha TT-R off-road motorcycles.

Riders of any and all skill levels can always perfect their riding technique.  Clinton Smout, professional instructor will host and demonstrate a variety of “How To” sessions including how to ride over obstacles and riding or successfully stopping on gravel.  Whether you are new to riding, or a seasoned veteran, you are sure to take away some great tips and techniques.

The Ground n’ Gravity Show features a team of fearless freestylers, led by legend Keith Sayers.  For the first time ever the team includes female rider Kassie Boone.  The Show is an exhibition of aerial maneuvers and tricks that will have audiences on the edge of their seats and adrenaline pumping.  Craig Latimer will join in on the action and perform stunts on the arena floor.

Take the time to chill out in the Handle Bar, catch up with friends and admire the one of a kind custom bikes provided by Ill Fated Kustoms.

Get in on the “Double Take” draw.  Enter on site between noon and 3:45 on Saturday for your chance to win one of two Kawasaki Z125’s, courtesy of Canadian Kawasaki.  The draw takes place at 4:00 on the Show floor.

The Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group will be presenting a “Tour of Europe” exhibit showcasing models dating back decades.  The proud owners like nothing more than to share their passion for restoration and history with interested show goers.

No matter what your age or riding ability there is something that will appeal to every member of the family at the 2019 Motorcycle Show – Calgary.

For more information on Show hours, ticket prices, features, and a list of exhibitors please visit www.calgarymotorcycleshow.ca or become part of the Motorcycle – Calgary’s online community by liking us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/motorcycleshowcalgary) or following us on Twitter @thebikeshows.

Advance tickets can be purchased on-line at:
https://motorcycleshow.streamintickets.com/purchaseProductSP.aro?sum=The+Motorcycle+Show+%2D+Calgary

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ABOUT DALTON TIMMIS INSURANCE

Our presenting sponsor is headquartered in Ancaster, Ontario, the Dalton Timmis Insurance Group is known across Canada as an innovative brokerage that provides specialty insurance products and programs, including its Home for Chrome Motorcycle division, Commercial, Transportation and Personal Insurance divisions. Dalton Timmis Insurance was ranked the number 1 Canadian Brokerage in 2016 by Insurance Business Magazine. Their Home for Chrome Motorcycle division is the presenting sponsor of the Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto Motorcycle Shows.

ABOUT POWER SPORT SERVICES

Power Sport Services (PSS) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC) and the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV). PSS owns and produces seven premiere motorcycle and ATV shows held annually in Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.

For new model photos go to: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Y9OhqpaoTVkH11uAlvwGjD9e-tijnstP 

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Show Manager
Laurie Paetz
lpaetz@powersportservices.ca
(403) 457-1080 (office)
(403) 998-0447 (mobile)

Show Publicist
Jackie Jackson
jjregency@shaw.ca
(403) 614-6697 (mobile)

RIDE NOT TO ESCAPE LIFE, BUT SO LIFE DOESN’T ESCAPE YOU

Calgary - 2nd releaseCALGARY, AB (December 17, 2018) – The Motorcycle Show – Calgary, presented by Dalton Timmis Insurance takes place January 4-6 at the BMO Centre, Stampede Park. This is your chance to see the new models of ATV’s, motorcycles, scooters and side-by-sides from the major manufacturers all in one place.

“This year’s theme Your Show, Your Way speaks to the diversity, uniqueness, variety of rides and riders”, says Show Manager, Laurie Paetz. “What you ride and why you ride is different for everyone. The Show is a celebration of every aspect of the lifestyle.”

Whether you prefer to hit the highway, cruise the streets, venture off-road or tackle the track, you will find it all at the Motorcycle Show – Calgary. Get a jump on the season and admire the shiny chrome, soft leather seats and latest riding technology.  Dare to dream, or choose the bike that will be parked in your garage and ready to roll once the snow melts.

No matter whether you are a die hard rider, a relative beginner, or considering experiencing the thrill of riding for the first time the Show has you covered.  There is plenty of safety gear, riding apparel, training schools, aftermarket accessories, clubs and associations to choose from.

In addition there are features, activities and events geared to riders of all ages.  She Rides Night will appeal specifically to the female riding enthusiast.  Ladies that come to the Show on Friday, January 4th after 5:00 pm will receive ½ price admission, and can enter to win a Kawasaki Versys X300, courtesy of Canadian Kawasaki.

There is something for everyone; even those that have never been on a bike.  The Strider Riding Zone focuses on those aged 18 months to 5 years, while the Yamaha Riding Academy (YRA) caters to children ages 6-12, and the Ground n’ Gravity Show appeals to an all ages crowd, it is sure to entertain and captivate every member of the audience.

For those more well seasoned riders the “How to Sessions” address specific riding techniques proven effective in difficult situations.

If you are looking for another excuse to hop on your bike you can sign up to participate in variety of rides that help support local charities.  For the adventurous riders who want to satiate their wanderlust and explore, the travel and tourism area is a must see.  Destinations both near and far that cater to riders will be represented in the travel and tourism area.

Going old school has taken on a whole new meaning with the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Groups “Tour of Europe” display.  Dozens of bikes that represent the European manufacturers of yore will be on display.  The owners of these classics take great pride in restoring and maintaining these treasures and are happy to share the history and unique stories.

It is said that what you ride is a direct reflection of your personality.  This is particularly true when it comes to custom bikes.  If you crave something unique, creative or one of a kind, the Ill Fated Kustoms Handle Bar is the place to be. Check out the custom bikes on display or chill out with friends and those who share your passion in a relaxing atmosphere.

Get in on the “Double Take” draw for two Kawasaki Z125’s, courtesy of Canadian Kawasaki on Saturday.  Enter to win on site from noon to 3:45.  The draw takes place at 4:00 at the Show.

For more information on Show hours, ticket prices, features, and a list of exhibitors please visit www.calgarymotorcycleshow.ca or become part of the Motorcycle – Calgary’s online community by liking us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/motorcycleshowcalgary) or following us on Twitter @thebikeshows. Advance tickets can be purchased on-line at
https://motorcycleshow.streamintickets.com/purchaseProductSP.aro?sum=The+Motorcycle+Show+%2D+Calgary

 

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ABOUT DALTON TIMMIS INSURANCE 

Our presenting sponsor is headquartered in Ancaster, Ontario, the Dalton Timmis Insurance Group is known across Canada as an innovative brokerage that provides specialty insurance products and programs, including its Home for Chrome Motorcycle division, Commercial, Transportation and Personal Insurance divisions. Dalton Timmis Insurance was ranked the number 1 Canadian Brokerage in 2016 by Insurance Business Magazine. Their Home for Chrome Motorcycle division is the presenting sponsor of the Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto Motorcycle Shows.

ABOUT POWER SPORT SERVICES

Power Sport Services (PSS) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC) and the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV). PSS owns and produces seven premiere motorcycle and ATV shows held annually in Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.

For new model photos go to: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Y9OhqpaoTVkH11uAlvwGjD9e-tijnstP

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Show Manager
Laurie Paetz
lpaetz@powersportservices.ca
(403) 457-1080 (office)
(403) 998-0447 (mobile)

Show Publicist
Jackie Jackson
jjregency@shaw.ca
(403) 614-6697 (mobile)

Wheels and Water Don’t Mix

Toronto ON – November 23, 2018 – Land access is a growing concern for off-road riders. The back country of Canada has received an influx of visitors trying to escape the stress of city life. Competing activities may seek to use the same areas. Passionate environmental groups may seek to limit recreational activities altogether. The only way to achieve a balance with nature and the other users is for all to practice environmentally sustainable habits and respect each other’s rights.
The Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV) has created a series of videos to promote environmentally responsible riding practices. The first of the videos titled “Wheels & Water Don’t Mix” relates to minimizing contact with active bodies of water. The motorized off-road riding community is an awesome group of volunteers that have established environmentally sustainable trails across the country. It is important to all riders to be a responsible rider.

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COHV Wheels and Water Don’t Mix (Facebook)COHV Website

ABOUT CANADIAN OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE DISTRIBUTORS COUNCIL

COHV is a national, nonprofit, trade association representing the responsible interests of the major ATV, off-highway motorcycle and recreational off-highway vehicle (ROV) manufacturers, distributors and retail outlets of OHV related products and services. The member companies of the COHV account for over 90 percent of all the new OHVs sold in Canada.


CONTACTS:


Director of Communications

Power Sport Services, Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council,
Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council
David Grummett
dgrummett@mmic.ca
(416) 491-4449 (office)
(416) 706-0911 (mobile)
1-877-470-6642 (toll-free)

MOTORCYCLE SHOW-TORONTO CONFIRMS CANADA’S TOP BRANDS AND NEW MODEL DEBUTS COMING TO ENERCARE CENTRE IN FEBRUARY

TORONTO (November 14, 2018) – The Motorcycle Show-Toronto has confirmed that Canada’s top motorcycle manufacturers will be at the Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place, debuting their new 2019 models when the show rides into town February 15-17, 2019.

The impressive brand line-up includes Aprilia, BMW Motorrad, Harley-Davidson, Ducati, Honda, Indian, Kawasaki, KTM, Moto Guzzi, Piaggio, Slingshot, Suzuki, Triumph, Vespa and Yamaha.

Presented by Dalton Timmis Insurance, this is Ontario’s only stop on the motorcycle manufacturers’ national six-city show tour, which kicks-off in Calgary in early January. This show will be the first chance for enthusiasts to see and touch the new line-up of motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and side-by-sides coming to dealers’ showrooms in the spring. In addition, show-goers will find the latest in riding apparel, accessories, touring destinations, and other exciting motorcycle lifestyle exhibits.

The family-friendly show includes a wide-range of special features for riders of all ages and experience levels, like  Yamaha’s Riding Academy for Kids and their Riding Skills Demo’s with renowned expert Clinton Smout, She Rides Night (a Friday night celebration of women who ride), and motorcycle stunt shows featuring Canadian star Craig Latimer.

“Our show features something for everyone interested in riding and this year’s theme of ‘Your Show. Your Way.’ speaks to that,” said Toronto Show Manager, Neil Fardy.  “When our doors open February 15 at the Enercare Centre you’ll feel the excitement and energy in the air. Everyone wants to get that first look at the new models and maybe fall in love with their next new motorcycle. By then the spring riding season is just six weeks away, so the countdown will be on.“

Show hours are: Friday, February 15 (noon – 9 pm); Saturday, February 16 (10 am – 8 pm); Sunday, February 17 (10 am – 5 pm). Discounted advance adult tickets are on sale now for $17.50 through the website’s online box office and at select Ontario dealers.  The show falls on the Family Day weekend and special Family Passes are available for $45 (2 Adults & 2 Juniors. Children 5 and under admitted free)

Visit www.torontomotorcycleshow.ca for more info and to order tickets.

The Motorcycle Show-Toronto presented by Dalton Timmis Insurance is produced by Power Sport Services.

 

ABOUT DALTON TIMMIS INSURANCE

Headquartered in Ancaster, Ontario, the Dalton Timmis Insurance Group is known across Canada as an innovative brokerage that provides specialty insurance products and programs, including its Home for Chrome Motorcycle division, Commercial, Transportation and Personal Insurance divisions. Dalton Timmis Insurance was ranked the number 1 Canadian Brokerage in 2016 by Insurance Business Magazine. Their Home for Chrome Motorcycle division is the presenting sponsor of the Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto Motorcycle Shows.

 

ABOUT POWER SPORT SERVICES

Power Sport Services (PSS) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC) and the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV). PSS owns and produces six premiere motorcycle and ATV shows held in Calgary (Jan. 4-6), Edmonton (Jan. 11-13), Vancouver (Jan. 18-20), Quebec City (Feb. 1-3), Toronto (Feb. 15-17) and Montreal (Feb. 22-24).

 

CONTACTS:

Toronto Show Public Relations
Jerry Priddle
jerrypriddle@accelmc.com
(905)554-9491 (office)
(416) 312-9491 (mobile)

Toronto Show Manager
Neil Fardy
neil@powersportservices.ca
905-752-1158 (office)

Director of Communications
Power Sport Services, Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council, Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council
David Grummett
dgrummett@mmic.ca
(416) 491-4449 (office)
(416) 706-0911 (mobile)
1-877-470-6642 (toll-free)

MOTORCYCLING LEGENDS AND CHAMPIONS TO BE HONOURED AT THIRTEENTH ANNUAL CANADIAN MOTORCYCLE HALL OF FAME INDUCTION BANQUET AND REUNION

The Board of Directors of the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the fifth member of the Class of 2018. Dave Rhodes will be honoured at the 13th Annual Induction Banquet and Reunion which takes place November 17th at the Delta Hotels Burnaby Conference Centre in Burnaby.

Dave got the bike-bug early, just 15 years old and had become a keen trials enthusiast and accomplished rider. In Calgary, he discovered a different situation: Walt Healy Motorcycles and the Calgary Motorcycle Club. Healys had long been an Indian icon and the Calgary Motorcycle Club dabbled in road rides, hill climbs and scrambles.

The DT1 changed dirt bike world, Walt Healy became a prolific Yamaha dealer and Dave Rhodes was to take the Calgary Motorcycle Club in a new direction. Trials was now the real game and year-round events appeared on the calendar. Not only did Dave organize and lay out events, he was a keen competitor topping the Expert Class often.

Dave became sales rep for Yamaha across Western Canada. This coincided with intro of the Yamaha TY250 Trials.  Dave got the first one out of the crate and became the first to loop a new TY over backwards. Yamaha corporate executives were highly impressed with Dave Rhodes writing $100,000 plus orders on napkins in the back corner of Cafés.

Dave left Airdrie, Alberta in 1981 for the sunny Okanogan and Vernon, BC. Dave left Yamaha in 1984. He partnered a retail dealership first in Vernon and then In Kelowna – OUTLaw Accessories.

The Chair of the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Board and all the Directors, are pleased and honoured to include Dave Rhodes in the Class of 2018.

For information about past inductees, event sponsorship, Roll of Honour, tax-deductible donations as well as Tickets for the 13th Annual Induction Banquet and Reunion, visit the web site at –   www.canmoto.ca,

Bar and Hedy Hodgson established Canadian International Motorcycle Heritage Museum Foundation in 1999 and when Dave Lloyd came to them with the idea of a Motorcycle Hall of Fame, they gifted the Foundation to the people. In 2006, the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame was created to preserve and promote Canadian motorcycle history for the benefit of the motorcycling community and public and since then, over 130 distinguished motorcyclists and organizations have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit association with charitable status governed by an independent board of volunteer directors from across Canada. 

MOTORCYCLING LEGENDS AND CHAMPIONS TO BE HONOURED AT THIRTEENTH ANNUAL CANADIAN MOTORCYCLE HALL OF FAME INDUCTION BANQUET AND REUNION

The Board of Directors of the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the third member of the Class of 2018. Al Perrett will be honoured at the 13th Annual Induction Banquet and Reunion which takes place November 17th at the Delta Hotels Burnaby Conference Centre in Burnaby.

From the day that Al Perrett was offered a ride on a 250 BSA, he was hooked. He was only 14 but thought that motorcycles were awesome. Motorcycles however, would have to wait as his love of skiing got in the way. He competed from the age of 16 until he was 22, even trying out for the Olympics in 1961.

In 1966, he borrowed $4000 from the bank, bought five Suzukis and opened a small shop in Richmond. It didn’t take long before he moved to larger quarters selling Yamahas. Money was tight but Al bought out Tyne Side Repairs, a long-time established dealership. This purchase saved his bacon as he had truck loads of parts for sale and was soon able to pay off the bank as well as Deeleys for the Yamahas. He was even able to move to a larger location.

In 1972, Al sold his Yamaha shop and moved to Kamloops starting Kamloops Honda.  Now he was able to compete more and won his first cross country race. Dan Amor talked Al into going to the Six Days Trials in Italy in 1974 and over the next decade he won several medals. In 1990, Al rode his first Baja 1000 and finished! He was hooked! He has competed in 17 Baja races with different team mates over the years winning class 50 and 60 numerous times.

One of Al’s best business decisions was taking on a Harley-Davidson franchise in 1977 and developed a successful business in spite of a devastating fire in 1986. Their HOG chapter raised huge funds for Muscular Dystrophy and the dealership donated many gifts and cash to charities in the community.

The Chair of the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Board and all the Directors, are pleased and honoured to include Al Perrett in the Class of 2018.

For information about past inductees, event sponsorship, Roll of Honour, tax-deductible donations as well as Tickets for the 13th Annual Induction Banquet and Reunion, visit the web site at –   www.canmoto.ca,

Bar and Hedy Hodgson established Canadian International Motorcycle Heritage Museum Foundation in 1999 and when Dave Lloyd came to them with the idea of a Motorcycle Hall of Fame, they gifted the Foundation to the people. In 2006, the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame was created to preserve and promote Canadian motorcycle history for the benefit of the motorcycling community and public and since then, over 130 distinguished motorcyclists and organizations have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit association with charitable status governed by an independent board of volunteer directors from across Canada. 

MOTORCYCLING LEGENDS AND CHAMPIONS TO BE HONOURED AT THIRTEENTH ANNUAL CANADIAN MOTORCYCLE HALL OF FAME INDUCTION BANQUET AND REUNION

The Board of Directors of the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the first Members of the Class of 2018.   Joseph & Vera Godsall will be honoured at the 13th Annual Induction Banquet and Reunion which takes place November 17th, 2018 at the Delta Hotels Burnaby Conference Centre in Burnaby B. C.

When you say Motocross to an enthusiast in British Columbia, they will automatically think – Joe Godsall.  Being a competitive motocross racer, Joe understands the value the sport brings to the younger participants and their families as well as encouraging the competitive drive in the older generation and has promoted the sport for many years.

But perhaps their major claim to fame is as the saviours, more than once, of motocross activity in BC.

When the sport was suffering under harsh economic pressures, they gathered together interested parties and formed a not for profit club who were permitted to run events at the CMA Agassiz track until they obtained use of a track at Mission.

When we were losing clubs due to financial pressures, Vera organized a race herself to fill the void. She also formed a group, Hi-Tech Racing to organize CMA motocross events in BC. Both Joe and Vera were very active in producing the CMA Super Series, one of the most successful motocross series, with events taking place at all tracks in the Province.

They are both involved with the CMA and attained the status of CMA National Referee, overseeing many events, positions they still occupy to this day. Joe became the BC board member for CMA National and served as Vice President and then President from 1989 to 1997 and from 2001 to present time. Joe holds FIM official’s credentials in Environment and Trials. Vera and Joe are CMA lifetime members.

The Chair of the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Board and all the Directors, are pleased and honoured to welcome Joe  & Vera Godsall to the Class of 2018.

For information about past inductees, event sponsorship, Roll of Honour, tax-deductible donations as well as Tickets for the 13th Annual Induction Banquet and Reunion, visit the web site at –   www.canmoto.ca,

MOTORCYCLING LEGENDS AND CHAMPIONS TO BE HONOURED AT THIRTEENTH ANNUAL CANADIAN MOTORCYCLE HALL OF FAME INDUCTION BANQUET AND REUNION

Toronto ON – May 12, 2018 – The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is very pleased to announce the induction of the Class of 2018.  This year, 8 legends and champions will be honoured at the Thirteenth Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion, which takes place on November 17th, 2018 at the Delta Hotels Burnaby Conference Centre in Burnaby BC.

The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is returning to Western Canada for its 2018 induction ceremony this November. It gives me great pride and pleasure to announce the 2018 Class of Inductees, says Paul Germain, Chairman. These individuals, comprising competitors, contributors and volunteers have shown passion and skills as well as sacrificed to make a positive impact on the world of motorcycling and will now receive the respect and recognition they so rightly deserve in the Hall of Fame.

All the directors, contributors and volunteers of the CMHoF as well as myself, join together in welcoming the Class of 2018 inductees into the CMHoF. Congratulations to all!!

The 2018 inductees to the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame are:

  • Dan Amor – Competitor, Deceased
  • Steve Crevier  – Competitor
  • Allan Dyck – Competitor
  • Joe & Vera – Godsall Contributor
  • Rick Hobbs – Team Member
  • Wally Klammer – Contributor/Competitor, Deceased
  • Al Perrett – Contributor/Competitor
  • Dave Rhodes – Contributor

Historical Inductees

The Shanks Family – Competitor/Contributor, Deceased

Tickets for the Thirteenth Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion will soon be available at www.canmoto.ca.

Bar and Hedy Hodgson established the Canadian International Motorcycle Heritage Museum Foundation in 1999 and when Dave Lloyd came to them with the idea of a Motorcycle Hall of Fame, they gifted the Foundation to the people. In 2006, the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame was created to preserve and promote Canadian motorcycle history for the benefit of the motorcycling community and public and since then, over 130 distinguished motorcyclists and organizations have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit association with charitable status governed by an independent board of volunteer directors from across Canada. 

For information about past inductees, historic motorcycle collections, event sponsorship, and tax-deductible donations, visit www.canmoto.ca

The COHV, its members and its partners would like to recognize the Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada “May is Motorcycle Safety Month Campaign”.

The COHV, its members and its partners would like to recognize the Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada “May is Motorcycle Safety Month Campaign”. The official campaign begins May 1st across Canada. Unofficially safety is a concern 365 days a year.

To a rider safety means many things. A pre-ride bike inspection should happen even before you turn the key or load the bike. Getting geared up with the proper protective riding equipment should happen before you thumb the starter button or kick your bike to life. Always dress for the slide, not just the ride! Physical fitness is a huge component of off road riding. Many big get-offs happen as a result of fatigue. Know when to say when and live to fight another day.

To be the best rider you can be, you need to practise your riding skills. The best racers in the world practise so there must be something to it. Take a riding school, you never stop learning. Break down your skills and practise them separately before you put the whole recipe together. Warm up before you attempt to set a new course record or win the long jump contest. Ride responsibly when in the presence of other off road recreational trail users.

When driving to the track or trail please be conscious of other road users you are sharing the road with. Spatial awareness is a great quality to possess. If you have gone into the first corner of a race elbow to elbow you have a high degree of spatial awareness. Make sure you carry it over to your daily driving.

They say it takes 21 days to make something a habit. Let’s make May your new habit for safety and awareness.

 

SAFETY PLEDGE CHALLENGE

  1. Go to https://www.motorcycling.ca/resources/ to print out your copy of the Pledge.
  2. Choose your Pledge and take your picture with the Pledge sheet.
  3. Go to https://www.motorcycling.ca/safety-campaign/ and make it official “Take the Safety Pledge”. Upload your smiley picture and place your pin on the map.
  4. Post your picture on your social media with the hashtag #MotorcycleSafetyPledge and use the @motorcyclistsconfederationofcanada symbol to share on the MCC social media site.
  5. Tag 5 friends in your post and challenge them to take the Pledge and repeat steps 1 through 5.

WHETHER YOU’RE A TECHNOLOGY FAN OR A VINTAGE ENTHUSIAST, YOU’LL FIND IT ALL AT THE MONTREAL MOTORCYCLE SHOW!

Whether you’re a technology fan or a vintage enthusiast,
you’ll find it all at the Montreal Motorcycle Show!
The season starts here 

Montreal, February 12, 2018 – Some riders love the comfort and ease that technology brings to their touring excursions, while for others there’s nothing like riding a custom bike built from the ground up for (or by) them. Regardless of preference, the Montreal Motorcycle Show, presented by La Capitale Financial Group, guarantees riders a healthy dose of adrenaline to get their season started.

For the minimalists

As Dominic Lalande of First Line Motorcycles sees it, a vintage bike is much more than a way to get around; it’s a way of life. “I don’t go wild over the latest technology,” he says. “Instead, I love to do what no one else is doing, with the least intervention. I’ll never forget the feeling when I climbed onto the very first motorcycle I built, piece by piece, one winter in my living room. When spring arrived, all I had to do was open my patio doors and ride out!”

Samuel Guertin, owner of custom bike shop Clockwork Motorcycles, agrees that this type of bike may come with its challenges, but the payoff is totally worth it. “When you ride a bike that’s 40 or 50 years old, you have to expect the odd problem, and sometimes you’ll need to pack your toolkit for longer rides. But you develop such a bond with your bike. You get to know it inside-out, and it brings you back to basics. You’re the one in control; there’s no anti-skid system or other high-tech add-ons.”

For the techies

When it comes to technology, the biking world has it in abundance! For many riders, technology is the only way to go, and connectivity is critical to the future of riding. “First and foremost, our customers buy Can-Am Spyder models because they’re stable, easy to handle and a pleasure to drive,” states Josée Perreault, Senior Vice President, Can-Am Spyder. What’s more, most Can-Am Spyder models now come with a new fully-digital instrument panel that provides access to smartphone applications via BRP ConnectTM. Bluetooth technology also allows riders to play content from their Bluetooth-enabled devices directly to their bike. It’s a new feature that will enhance every ride while ensuring drivers are able to focus on the road.

Another example is the Power Tuner app on the new 2018 YZ450F, one of Yamaha’s most technologically advanced innovations in recent years. “The free, downloadable Power Tuner app allows owners to make mapping changes wirelessly through their smartphone, based on rider preferences, course layout and track conditions. Users can also monitor data like rpm, throttle percentage and intake air temperature in real time, and they can track ongoing maintenance intervals and running times. Overall, the application significantly improves the efficiency of tuning the 2018 YZ450F, connecting riders more closely with their machine,” explains Graeme Jones, Marketing Coordinator.

Kawasaki is making its own strides forward. “You’d be hard pressed to find a more technologically advanced motorcycle than the new 2018 Ninja H2 SX SE,” says Brad Goodbody, Assistant Manager, Marketing and Public Relations at Canadian Kawasaki Motors Inc. “In fact, it’s the industry’s only supercharged sport touring motorcycle with a range of high tech features, including launch control and KQS (Kawasaki Quickshifter) for clutchless up and down shifting.”

Accessories that add convenience and comfort will also abound at the Show. The products in highest demand at Importations Thibault are without question luggage systems, such as the popular Givi models, although communication systems are not far behind. For many riders, being able to talk effortlessly to their passenger or group is worth its weight in gold.

Devotees, contests and attractions

In addition to meeting hundreds of other motorcycle enthusiasts and discovering the latest models and accessories, visitors to the Montreal Motorcycle Show will have the chance to enter the ultimate contest. For the first time, visitors to the Kawasaki Canada booth on Saturday, February 24 between noon and 4 p.m. can enter to win one of two Kawasaki Z125 PRO bikes!

The Show is also bringing back its most popular attractions, including She Rides night on Friday, February 23, when women enjoy half off the admission price after 5 p.m. and could even win a 2018 Kawasaki Versys-X 300; the Yamaha Riding Academya huge favourite of kids ages 6 to 12; and Hangar 17. Held in collaboration with ONELAND, the “Hangar” brings together builders, craftspeople and motorcycle fanatics with a shared passion of the road and their machines. Here, visitors will be able to meet some of the top builders from near and far, enjoy a drink, and chat about their road trips, the custom motorcycle culture and the freedom that only a bike can deliver. Come meet the folks from Clockwork Motorcycles, First Line Motorcycles, Hardcore Cycle, Lay Loo Moto Company and many more.

Montreal Motorcycle Show: February 23 to 25, 2017, at Palais des congrès de Montréal (1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle)
Friday, February 23: Noon to 10 p.m.
Saturday, February 24: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, February 25: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets (taxes included)
Adults (15 and over): $16
Seniors (65 and over) and students (upon presentation of a valid student card): $13
Juniors (6-14): $11
Children (under 6): Free when accompanied by an adult
Family Pass (two adults and two juniors): $40
Information: montrealmotorcycleshow.ca

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