Rumours of Calabogie being the locale for the Parts Canada Superbike 2008 season-opener have been confirmed, with May 22-25 being set. The track, about mid-way between Bancroft and Ottawa, takes an undulating 5.50 km 23-corner path through wild wooded country. Like Shannonville, the track can be split into different circuits, and for the national the … Continue reading Calabogie Superbike
Rossi paying taxes, going home With a yen to see his paisans more often, Valentino Rossi will pack up his bags of money and head back to Italy — where he’ll bestow an early Christmas on the taxman. The MotoGP champion will pay 20 million euros to Italy’s tax department to settle a dispute that … Continue reading Rossi puts "the boot" to London
We’ve managed to strike a deal with Rene Cormier – world traveller and CMG contributor – for a special price of his 2008 Round the World Calendar for CMG-RC members. For only $5.00 (yes, that’s $15.00 off the regular price), you can have one of his 2008 calendars featuring superb photos and accompanying notes from … Continue reading Renedian Calendar offer
Barcelona Mayor Jordi Hereu: "Yes, 600 euros. And for another 50, I’ll eat this microphone." It seems only fair — you damage somebody’s motorcycle, you pay to fix it. In this case, however, it’s like paying a doctor to mend a guy’s hand after you’ve injured it with the point of your nose. The website … Continue reading Barcelona bills victim
From Buenos Aires to Valparaiso, and back dakar.com It’s official: the next Dakar Rally will be staged in South America, Jan. 3 – 18, 2009. Officials of the Amaury Sport Organisation, which owns the Dakar, said Monday the race will start and finish in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and will make a 9,000-km loop with Valparaiso, … Continue reading Dakar 09 South America
BMW Superbike on test Photo: Motociclismo They may just be rumours, but here’s the juice and 12 grain toast on what we’ve heard about regarding BMW. Firstly, BMW’s new F800GS dual sport model will not be available in Canadian showrooms until September, joined at the same time by the new G450X enduro model. Less certain … Continue reading BMW rumours
"I could sell that." "Me too." The Canadian loonie buffed up against the U.S. greenback in 2007 and demands for lower prices appeared to threaten the Canadian motorcycle industry, but new bike sales continued to climb last year. According to statistics from the Motorcycle and Moped Industry Council, sales of new bikes in Canada increased … Continue reading Bike sales rise, slowly
Jorge Lorenzo fastest overall The factory Moto GP Yamaha team of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo — or teams, really, since each rider has his separate group and tire choice — skipped the recent Australian tests in favour of a return to Sepang in Malaysia. They were joined by the factory Honda team with Nicky … Continue reading Lorenzo speedy in Sepang
Read something in CMG and want to find it again? Maybe you just missed a feature article, or you’re a new reader? Well, you’ll no doubt be pleased as punch to know that we’ve now added a search option for CMG 3.0. This means that since we changed over to the new Content Management System … Continue reading Search CMG 3.0!
Steve Bond takes Kawasaki’s 650 Versys out for a spin in his quest to find if this really is the Versatile System as the name claims.