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Go Motorcycling Website

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Gomotorcycling.ca has been created by the Motorcycle and Moped Industry Council in Canada to be a hub of information for new riders, returning riders and seasoned veteran riders.

It starts with the question, why ride a motorcycle? Is it the fun of riding, the fashion of being cool, the friends that come with motorcycling, the freedom achieved when you put the helmet on or maybe just for the great fuel efficiency and inexpensive transportation?

GoMotorcycling helps you get started and reminds you what riding gear you should be wearing and it has great links to training courses, race tracks and informative blogs. Check it out at www.gomotorcycling.ca


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Ride to Work Day in Canada

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This is Ride to Work day, and as every year, the Ride to Work organization’s website has a summary of the ideas behind the the event:

Ride your motorcycle or scooter on this day to demonstrate:

  • The number of motorcyclists to the general public and to politicians.
  • That motorcyclists are from all occupations and all walks of life.
  • That motorcyclists can reduce traffic and parking congestion in large cities.
  • That motorcycles are for transportation as well as recreation.
  • That motorcycling is a social good.

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The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride

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The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride

The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride unites classic and vintage style motorcycle riders all over the world to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer research and men’s mental health.

The 2021 Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride is going ahead on our new date of Sunday 23rd May 2021.

The 2021 ride will be taking place in 1 of 3 different formats to comply with varying local social distancing restrictions to help the event operate under an adjusted format in each city.

The event type and ride information will be available in the ride details section of your dashboard. This can be viewed prior to and during registration based on your city or country.

These are subject to change up to and including the week of DGR on 23rd May 2021.

Visit the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride website to find out more.


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Motorcycle Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility

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May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Motorcycle safety is a top priority for The Motorcycle and Moped Industry Council (MMIC).
With May being the start of peak riding season, motorcycles are now back on our city streets, country
roads and highways, in full-force.

The MMIC believes strongly that all road users – including car and truck drivers, motorcycle and scooter
riders, bicyclists and pedestrians – have a shared responsibility to look out for each other and keep each
other safe on our roads.

Each May, during Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, the MMIC takes the opportunity to encourage
safe riding habits among all motorcyclists and safe driving habits among all road users.

Whether you’re joining the sport for the first time, coming back to riding after an extended time away,
or getting ready to start the spring season, these 10 tips will keep you riding safely all season long:

1) Ease back into riding season by getting comfortable on your motorcycle.
2) Check your bike regularly to ensure tires, controls, lights and fluids are all in good working order.
3) Practice key riding skills like quick swerves, u-turns, emergency braking, figure 8, turning etc.
4) Gear up, every ride, with an approved helmet, as well as a jacket, pants, gloves and boots.
5) Choose hi-visibility, bright-coloured riding gear to be seen.
6) Be aware of the weather and adjust your riding style and riding gear accordingly.
7) Ride defensively by remaining vigilant, staying situationally aware and avoiding threats.
8) Stay at a safe distance from other vehicles so you have the time and space to react if necessary.
9) Stay out of blind spots by riding in front or behind vehicles, rather than to the side of vehicles.
10) Ride in staggered formation on group rides to allow each rider to have a clear view ahead.

Car and truck drivers should also be on the look out for scooters and motorcycles on the roads, by
practicing these safe driving tips all season long:

1) Always check your mirrors and blind spots, especially before turning or changing lanes.
2) Take that second look to better judge the speed and distance of a motorcycle in your vicinity.
3) Allow for extra room to avoid cutting-off a motorcyclist.
4) Allow for extra space when driving behind a motorcyclist.

Remember, the person in that helmet, is someone’s friend, colleague, neighbor or relative – we all have
a shared responsibility to watch out for each other!

Help spread the importance of #MotorcycleSafety by sharing this year’s Motorcycle Safety Awareness
Campaign on Facebook, Instagram and Tik Tok. CLICK HERE to download social graphics and logos.

Resources:

Motorcycle Federation of Canada – 2022 Motorcycle Safety Awareness Campaign Resources –
“Watch out for each other” – www.motorcycling.ca

Information on riding (training, gear, licensing) – visit www.GoMotorcycling.ca

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The Passion of Two Wheels

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“Are we there yet” and “I think we’re lost” are familiar phrases bandied around when traveling inside a four wheel vehicles. But these phrases have a different meaning when you “try life on a bike”.

On a bike, no one ever asks “are we there yet” and anyone who has tried “life on a bike” is sure to admit that it’s unlikely that they “ever discovered themselves in a minivan”. And the best thing about life on a bike is the sense of freedom and the knowledge that “you are never lost on a bike”.

This is the passion of “two wheels” and at the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC) we want to re-awaken your senses to the world outside. We want you to remember what it was like when in your youth you rode a bike. It was never about where you were going but about the trip to get there.

It’s about the exhilaration of the ride. Because we love motorcycling so much, we think everyone should have an opportunity to discover for themselves the unrestricted joy of riding.

In fact, this is the message we want past, present and future motorcycle & scooter enthusiasts to be reminded of during our motorcycle & scooter campaign.

It’s also about choice and that choice could be two-wheel riding on a scooter. Life on a scooter introduces the savvy urban or city dweller to an exciting alternative vehicle for those business or fun loving commutes. Remember, it’s about the quality of life; scooters are just one-way of making it better.

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Motorcycle Industry’s Safety Efforts

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The MMIC is a member of the IMMA – International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association.  Click here for the free download of the industry publication: The Shared Road to Safety -A Global Approach to Safer Motorcycling.

The Shared Road To Safety – A Global Approach for Safer Motorcycling

The safety of motorcycle riders is a high priority of the global motorcycle industry. Safer motorcycling leads to more sustainable motorcycling and the realization of the key benefits that motorcycles can bring to transport and the economy.  Road safety strategy should be focused on a progressive improvement of both road safety policy and practice.  The industry believes that the most sustainable route to safer motorcycling lies within taking a comprehensive approach to safety policy and practice, based on a ‘shared responsibility’ approach. In order to realize this and ensure that safety is managed with an even hand and on a level playing field, the first and most important step is to recognize motorcycling’s place within society and overall transport strategies.

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Importing Motorcycles and OHVs

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Both MMIC and COHV receive many calls from Canadians wishing to import motorcycles (including enclosed motorcycle, open motorcycle, limited-speed motorcycle or motor tricycle), and restricted-use motorcycles (including all-terrain vehicles, off-road motorcycles) into Canada from foreign countries. Many of these potential importers are surprised to learn that there are regulations that must be met as a condition of admitting these vehicles into Canada. The Motor Vehicle Safety Act and regulations administered by Transport Canada establish the safety standards for vehicles manufactured and imported into Canada. The Canadian Environment Protection Act 1999 and regulations administered by Environment Canada establish the exhaust emission standards for vehicles manufactured and imported into Canada,

A Quick Guide to Importing Motorcycles Under the On-Road Vehicle and Engine Emission Regulations

Emission standards for on-road motorcycles are governed under the On-Road Vehicle and Engine Emission Regulations (Regulations) established under the authority of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999). The Regulations have been streamlined to enable acceptance of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification as a means of demonstrating compliance with Canadian emission standards in recognition of the fact that many motorcycle models are offered for sale in both Canada and the United States during the same period.

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Motorcycle Roadside Sound Test

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The SAE J2825 Sound Test for Motorcycles

On-highway riders and their bikes don’t have to be victims of questionable sound-level checks anymore, thanks to a new procedure developed by the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) in partnership with SAE International, and the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC), as one of its funding partners.

The MIC and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) established the SAE J 2825 sound test, which will provide a quick, easy, economical, and science-based tool for accurately identifying motorcycles with excessively noisy sound emissions.

Now, law-enforcement authorities have a simple, quick, economical tool for accurately identifying motorcycles with excessively loud exhaust systems. The SAE document J2825, “Measurement of Exhaust Sound Pressure Levels of Stationary On-Highway Motorcycles,” meets the need for a practical, consistent roadside sound test.

MMIC and its member manufacturers and distributors recommend the new SAE J 2825 stationary sound test procedure for on-highway motorcycles and encourage the implementation of these standards across Canada.

To order the SAE J2825 standard go to:www.sae.org/technical/standards/J2825_200905

Also please see our pamphlet entitled “Sound Advice: Motorcycle Roadside Sound Test” .

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Rider Training

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Motorcycle Rider Training in Canada

Even before you have purchased a motorcycle, the best way you can learn about motorcycling is from the experts. Whether you are new to motorcycling or returning to an old passion, you will benefit from a motorcycle Rider Training course. And, yes, the motorcycle is supplied for the basic learner’s course. As well, as an added bonus, you may qualify for savings on your motorcycle insurance!

MMIC supports motorcycle rider training programs across Canada. The MMIC believes that rider training is one of the best ways, if not the best way, to learn how to ride a motorcycle.

All recognized rider training programs have certain characteristics in common:

  • they are ‘recognized’ by the provincial licensing ministry or agency;
  • they use highly trained instructors who must meet established standards;
  • they use an approved curriculum.

To get started you need to understand the following:

  • You need a separate motorcycle license to ride a motorcycle;
  • Motorcycle licence requirements differ from province to province; and
  • In most provinces, rider training can help you obtain your motorcycle license.

General Guidelines for Rider Training Courses

For those who are inexperienced, or for those with some experience but require basic licensing, or for those of you who are returning to the sport after an extended absence, we recommend:

Introductory Riding Basics Programs

These basic training programs are a comprehensive 18-hour experience to give you necessary motorcycle handling skills. They are conducted away from traffic on motorcycles that the course provides. They are geared toward personal coaching and a relaxed approach to put you at ease while also challenging you.

The typical course is scheduled on a weekend or two week days. The weekend starts Thursday or Friday evening with a three-hour classroom discussion of risk factors and basic riding strategies.During the course you will ride a series of exercises that builds one skill after another until you have a sense of control and accomplishment.

The program concludes on the afternoon of the second day with an on-site riding exercise to meet provincial ministry standards. If you are successful, the riding school is authorized by the ministry to issue you a certificate for your next level of motorcycle licence (in applicable provinces).

Advanced Training: Riding Strategies Programs

For those motorcyclists who presently have your probationary licence and need to obtain your full motorcycle licence, or who want a higher comfort level in traffic, we recommend Advanced Training.

This higher level training program qualifies you to obtain your full motorcycle licence in many provinces. Advanced training assumes that you have basic motorcycle handling skills in traffic. It fine-tunes your traffic observation and management practices on your own motorcycle in a real traffic environment.

The training differs from province to province and usually involves a minimum of nine to fifteen hours.

The ratio riders to each instructor is small and ranges around three or four to keep your learning intimate and relaxed. Typically, training will take place on Friday evening and either a Saturday or Sunday.

This course is enjoyable for the camaraderie of group riding, and especially for the development of confidence in your skills.

Questions to Ask Before You Register

We know from our students what contributes to an enjoyable and effective learning experience. Ask about:

  • the size of the group
  • the number of instructors available to you
  • the size and variety of the training motorcycles available
  • if it is a ministry-approved course
  • if there is any cost for re-test should you not pass on the first attempt
  • whether you will be encouraged to try more than one style of motorcycle
  • the flexibility of payment options and scheduling
  • if more practice time is available to you should you need to get more comfortable with your skills
  • if you will enjoy yourself with instructors that are there exclusively to pass on to you their expertise and enthusiasm for the sport.