At the AIME show in Florida, Erik Buell Racing announced they’d be importing Hero motorcycles to Canada. Now, we have an idea when that will happen.
The trouble with EBR’s announcement was that, at the moment, they don’t have any Canadian dealers. However, a call to their US offices garnered us some more information.
Gary Pietruszewski, EBR’s head of global sales says they’re planning to sign dealers in the new year. Once they’ve got dealers signed (they’re looking at the major cities – Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal – first), they’ll start bringing in their own high-spec race-bred machines. Shortly after that, they’ll start importing Hero machines as well.
While Pietruszewski couldn’t say for sure which Hero machines would come to Canada, he told us they’d exhibited a scooter and three small-capacity motorcycles at AIME, and their lineup will probably look something like that when it shows up in Canada. They may have a presence at a few Canadian shows this winter, and you can see for yourself what they exhibit there.
Erik Buell’s machines are built for the track, but Pietruszewski said EBR had no plans for an official CSBK presence in 2014 – with plans for World Superbike and a continuation of their AMA efforts, the Canadian series doesn’t rank very high on their list of priorities (our words, not theirs).