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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
(416) 491-4449 (office)
(416) 706-0911 (mobile)
1-877-470-6642 (toll-free)

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

The Chair of the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Board and all the Directors, are pleased to announce the sixth member of the Class of 2018. Al Dyck 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.

“Too Trick” Al Dyck started riding dirt bikes in 1977, and in 1979 at the age of 15 he started his first year of racing. He followed in the footsteps of other great BC riders including Bill Mclean, Terry Hofoss, Larry Mckenzie and Bob Levy, to name a few. In that first year Al won the BC and Canadian National Championships in the 80cc class in Aldergrove, BC.

Quickly, Al moved through the ranks and by the end of the second year of racing was in the Expert class. He won many provincial titles and in 1986, won all three BC and Manitoba Championships. He capped off the year by becoming one of the few Canadians to win the prestigious Montreal Supercross.

Al competed in three Motocross Des Nations 1986, 88 and 89 where team Canada finished top 10 in two of those years.

Al rode during the years of Ross Pederson’s dominance but in 1988, won the National Championship in the 125 class and also received the most points in all classes combined. Again, he won all 3 Provincial titles in BC and Manitoba. In 1988, Al won the CMA White Memorial Trophy (best performance by a Canadian Rider in all disciplines).   His absolute best year came in 1989, when he pulled off the “Triple Crown”, making him the only rider in Canadian history, besides Ross Pederson, to win the 125, 250 and 500cc National Championship titles in one year.

He was one of a few Canadian Pros to travel to the US finishing in the top 20 in the outdoor Nationals and making most Main events in Supercross. He won some California winter races with the best riders in the world even winning a championship in California in the early 90s.

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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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FEDERATED INSURANCE SPONSORS OF THE THIRTEENTH ANNUAL CANADIAN MOTORCYCLE HALL OF FAME INDUCTION BANQUET AND REUNION

New Hamburg, Ontario, September 9, 2018 –The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is proud to announce Federated Insurance as a sponsor for the 13th Annual Induction Banquet and Reunion which takes place November 17th, 2018 at the Delta Hotels Burnaby Conference Centre in Burnaby, British Columbia.

“The board of Directors of the Hall of Fame is extremely pleased to welcome Federated Insurance back as a sponsor to this event,” said Paul Germain, Chair of the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame. “We have appreciated their support over the past years.”

The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame at our induction banquet and reunion, honours and recognizes those who have made their mark on Canadian motorcycling history both as competitors and contributors. Supporters, like Federated Insurance make it possible for us to continue to recognize and honour these individuals.

Tickets for our 13th anniversary event are available from the web site – canmoto.ca.

Eight legends and champions including one Historical Inductee will be honoured at the Thirteenth Annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Reunion.

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, silent auction and tax-deductible donations, visit www.canmoto.ca.

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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.

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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

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MCC Goes To Ottawa

On May 1st seven motorcyclists representing 6 provinces congregated in Ottawa to bring motorcycle awareness to Parliament Hill. A carefully constructed plan included dividing into three teams to see as many MP’s, Senators and bureaucrats as possible.

The public perception of the life of a politician is quite often misconstrued. These individuals are on the run from sun up to sun down. Our Government Relations firm Ensight, explained that many MP’s do not run for a second term due to the daily demands placed on them. As a group lobbying for motorcycle awareness our goal was to get 15 to 30 minutes with MP’s or Senators that are involved in transportation. As illustrated south of the border, our government officials also put a great emphasis on social media. One of our goals was to have them take the safety pledge and share it on their Facebook or send out a tweet.

The Safety Pledge with MP Karen McCrimmon

The Safety Pledge with Senator David Tkachuk Chair Senate Transport Committee

In addition to the individual meetings the MCC was present in the House of Commons when Conservative MP David Sweet announced May is Motorcycle Safety Month. David is a rider who puts a lot of emphasis on the charity rides in his Hamilton are riding. (Do you think there is a correlation with an MP’s territory being called a “Riding”). Click here to see the announcement!

Liberal MP Doug Eyolfson shared his story as a rider and as an emergency room physician to the other MP’s in the House. Click here to see Doug share his story. Doug is also a strong advocate and participant of the Winnipeg area charity rides. Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau tweeted out a statement recognizing May as Motorcycle safety Month.

Hot topics in the world of global road transportation are autonomous (self-driving) vehicles and electrification. We asked all MP’s and Senators, “Will autonomous vehicles see motorcycles”. The response was quite consistent. They basically said thank you for asking, it never occurred to us to ask, your timing couldn’t be better, we are studying the impact of autonomous cars right now, we’re going to find out and make sure motorcycle awareness extends to autonomous vehicles.

The first wave of electric motorcycles has begun. Now major manufacturers are ready to ramp up production. Will they qualify for rebates? Will they qualify for other green incentives like acceptance on HOV lanes, etc. The MP’s & Senators were very interested to find out that motorcycles can be green as well and promised to consider them in future studies, legislation and incentives.

We mentioned provincial issues like insurance and land. The Fed’s were interested in the issues but we chose to concentrate on the issues with the most national relevance.

The day concluded with a reception in the centre block of the Parliament Buildings. Many MP’s and staffers dropped in for a quick conversation. MP Jean Claude Poissant pledged to make “May Is Motorcycle Safety Month” a recognized parliamentary event. He was seconded by MP Larry Miller. The official proclamation with take place in the House of Commons in the coming months. Based on the level of cheering after the speeches from MP’s Sweet & Eyolfson, it shouldn’t be a problem being accepted. Senator Tkachuk promised to do the same in the Senate.

MP Larry Miller sponsored our reception and was very proud of his Goldwing trike he rode in on.

The “Day on the Hill” was a tremendous success that will pay dividends now and for years to come. We succeeded in making the politicians aware of the presence of motorcycles in Canada (over 700,000). We made them aware of the socio-economic benefit of motorcycles ($2.68 billion annually). We succeeded in making them aware that our industry employs a huge number of workers in the biggest cities and the smallest towns (17,500 nationally). We made them aware that we need their consideration in future legislation. Most of all we made them aware to consciously look for us and to use the power of their social media to spread the word. Every MP, politician and staffer we spoke to had at least one story to share about their experience with a motorcycle. Normal occurrence would say that everyone on the planet is connected by six degrees of separation. If you add a motorcycle into the equation, the number is decreased significantly.

 

 

Thanks to;-

MCC Members

  • David Millier – Past president (Ontario)
  • Wayne Daub – General Manager
  • Francoise Cominardi (Quebec)
  • Grant Lingley (Nova Scotia)
  • Chris Borque (New Brunswick)
  • Paul McGeachie (BC)
  • David Grummett (MMIC)

MP’s

  • Karen McCrimmon (Ont)
  • David Anderson (Sask)
  • Sukh Dhaliwal (BC)
  • Fin Donnelly (BC)
  • Doug Eyolfson (Man)
  • Marc Garneau (Que)
  • Larry Miller (Ont)
  • Jean-Claude Poissant (Que)
  • Anthony Rota (Ont)
  • David Sweet (Ont)
  • Alaina Lockhart (NB)
  • Judy Sgro (Ont)
  • Len Webber (Ab)
  • Gagan Sikand (Ont)
  • Office of Ginnette Petitpas, Minister of Health
  • Office of Marc Garneau, Minister of Transportation

Senators

  • David Tkachuk (Sask)

For additional information on MCC Goes To Ottawa please contact David Grummett at dgrummett@mmic.ca or call 416-491-4449

 

 

 

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

The MMIC, 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 inspection should happen even before you turn the key. 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! Once on the road a motorcyclist has to be super aware of their surroundings. Using SIPDE to Survey your environment, Identify hazards, Predict scenarios, Decide your course of action and finally Execute evasive maneuvers where required.

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. Many of the riding courses have refresher classes or you can find a vacant parking lot. Practise braking, turning and emergency stops. Make your SIPDE a subconscious mechanism so your conscious brain can enjoy the ride.

To other motorists and road users the campaign is a call to awareness. A high percentage of motorcycle crashes are the result of another vehicle. Too many times the response is “I didn’t see the motorcycle”. Eyes must be trained to identify items. When you buy a new car, suddenly you realize how many of that model exists. Wow, they’ve always been there you just never noticed. It’s the same with motorcycles, they are there but maybe your eyes aren’t trained to see them. Make May your challenge to take notice of motorcycles.

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.
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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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