Guy and Marleen are a couple of travelling Belgians that I’ve been bumping into all the way up Africa. They used to have a BMW 1100GS that they’d ride two-up through many of their tours of Africa and South America but for this altogether tougher trip they’re in a Toyota Hilux pickup that’s set up for life in the bush, complete with rooftop tent and 12V fridge packed with beer and cheese!
The CB1100F that Honda previewed at the Tokyo Motor Show in October will roll off a production line and into North American showrooms about a year later, if rumours on a number of websites prove true. According to motorcycleclassics.com, the bike will likely be fuel injected, ABS brakes will be available, and a new engine … Continue reading Retro Honda … maybe
No champagne in Calgary after October 2009 Steve Thornton Last week we reported on a shake-up with racing on the East Coast, as long-time club and organizer AMCRA decided it couldn’t run its usual schedule and passed off responsibility for motorcycle racing at Shubenacadie to the Atlantic Roadracing League Inc. Terry Steeves, one of the … Continue reading Calgary no race city
Biker for a day. www.jaspermotorcycletours.com If you’re reading CMG, you’re probably not the type who would enjoy having someone ferry you about on their Harley-Davidson — but maybe you know someone who needs a motorcycle ride and can’t manage it on their own. If so, Jasper Motorcycle Tours might be the thing. They’ll pack up … Continue reading Sidecar in the Rockies
Crossbones takes you back to the fifties, only with a light from the sixties, suspension from the seventies and a motor from the eighties … The newest model in the Softail line of Harley-Davidsons is the FLSTSB Cross Bones, an old-style bobber with ape-hanger bars and a springer front end. Design cues hark back to … Continue reading Roll them Bones
Buell has introduced a second model in the Ulysses line; the XB12XT. The new Ulysses is shorter than the original ‘X’ model, thanks to less suspension travel, with a seat height of 780 mm (28 mm down on the X model), bringing it down to an altitude suitable for below-six-footers. Other features include lots of … Continue reading New shorter Ulysses
Bertrand Gahel has released the 2008 edition of his stellar motorcycle guide. Unfortunately for all of English speaking Canada it’s still only available in French, but if you can parlez le Francais, then it’s a must buy. As usual, Le Guide comes in hard cover with 370 full colour pages covering 400 models (including scooters … Continue reading Le Guide de la Moto 2008
"Oy! Wazzat Paul Gee carrying out another risk assessment?" It’s fun to go fast. Just ask any British traffic cop. It’s no fun to get caught, though. Just ask any … Paul Gee used to be a member of the Durham Constabulary. That was until a mobile speed camera nabbed him on the M8 motorway … Continue reading Cops get driving lessons in UK
Italy’s most well-known motorcycle brand, Ducati, will expand with three new models in 2009 and another four in 2010, following on the successful introduction of the 696 Monster, the 848 sportbike, and the 1098R superbike. Ducati presented its strategy for the next few years this week in Milan, hoping to convince investors that it has … Continue reading Ducks fly, Hogs don't
"Okay … where’s the track?" With the introduction of lightweight, high-performance twins like the KTM 990 Super Duke and the Buell 1125R, change had to come to the Canadian Thunder racing series. This year, the series that has been an air-cooled BMW-Buell-Ducati support series in the Parts Canada Superbike Championship gets split in two and … Continue reading Canadian Thunder All Change!