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  • Photos: Dan Lim

    The Toronto Motorcycle Show will have a slightly different look this weekend. Along with the usual lineup of retailers, OEM motorcycle displays, and everything else, there’s a new section of the […]

  • Note: In this article about lane sharing, we’ll be using the terms “filtering” and “lanesplitting.” You’ll see different definitions from different people and jurisdictions for these practices. We define them as […]

  • Roadracing will hit a major milestone in Canada this year, 40 years since the first national superbike championship.

    Legendary Canadian racer George Morin took that first title, starting a career filled with […]

  • Ahead of the 2020 riding season, lanesplitting is back in the news, with two US states considering legalizing the practice.

    Proposals to legalize lanesplitting and filtering (lanesplitting is riding between […]

    • As the Virginia proposal reads:

      A. For the purposes of this section, the term “lane filtering” means the act of overtaking and passing another vehicle that is stopped or traveling at a speed not in excess of 10 miles per hour in the same direction of travel and in the same lane.

      I dunno James, looks like “lanesplitting” to me.

    • Sounds like you want to get this into one person’s definition vs. another. Over in California, the definition is different
      , and I reckon they’d know what they’re talking about. As per the CHP: “21658.1 (a) For the purposes of this section, “lane splitting” means driving a motorcycle, as defined in Section 400, that has two wheels in contact with the ground, between rows of stopped or moving vehicles in the same lane, including on both divided and undivided streets, roads, or highways.” There’s more here.

      The real problem, as I see it, is not that we at CMG define “lane filtering” as “The practice of riding your motorcycle between non-moving cars to get to the front at a stop sign, or red light,” or that we define lanesplitting as “The practice of riding your motorcycle between moving cars.” The real problem is that when we write sensible articles about either practice, we’re then swamped by cries of people who want to continue banning the practice in Canada as they perceive it as unsafe (although nobody plans to force them to do it) … and also swamped by cries of people who say we’re “undoing” all their work because we don’t use the exact same terminology they’re using, despite putting up careful and intelligent arguments in favour of sharing lanes, and despite the fact we are (far as I know) the only moto-mag in Canada doing so.

  • Wow, what a race! The 2020 Dakar Rally didn’t have the constant over-the-top mayhem that typified the race in its South American years — no rained-out mudslides, no ripping around on bike-melting salt flats — but […]

  • Let’s make this short and sweet: Barring any sort of last-minute silliness (never outside the realm of possibility at Dakar), Ricky Brabec is the winner of the 2020 Dakar Rally.

    Brabec’s win means Honda has […]

  • Honda’s top-three finish in Stage 10 proved to perhaps be a bit of mistake when viewed with Stage 11’s results in mind.

    Because they had to open the stage today, navigation was difficult for the Honda factory […]

  • Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) opened the course today, but Honda’s Joan Barreda Bort was the hard-charging winner, and for good reason. He knew that, to get on the podium, he’d have to battle his way past Toby […]

  • After the motorcycle/ATV section of Stage 8 was cancelled in the aftermath of Paulo Goncalves’ death, the riders took to the course again today, with Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) and Toby Price (KTM) pushing hard […]

  • Photos: Marc Coffin

    Ice racing is some of the craziest fun you can have on a motorcycle, with wicked traction available. But it’s all a mystery if you’re not involved in the scene, because it’s kind of ignored […]

  • The Motor Company continues to develop its EV lineup, with patent drawings for its new electric scooter coming to light.

    Motorcycle.com has unearthed drawings of Harley-Davidson’s electric scoot, filed to […]

  • Rolling off the ferry last July in St. Barbe, after riding for a week through Labrador, I knew I was in for a rough evening.

    The weather was cold and wet and crap. I saw a moose run across the street even […]

    • My guess is

      1. I probably weigh 20-40 lb more than you and had a lot of luggage on it. I don’t find it too bad if it’s just me, no luggage. I’ve had the bike up to p’raps 145 km/h (on a closed track, of course!). But add in all my camping gear plus tools, plus whatever else is in the luggage, plus double the amount of fuel, and that all adds up.
      2. I’m generally used to riding my 350 or 650, which are not too much heavier weight-wise, but have much, much more grunt. In fact, I think my 350 might be lighter (although it doesn’t feel lighter).

      I like my WR, it’s my bike I choose to ride most of the time, and I’m happy for what it is. However, in areas here where there’s only one way in and out, and traffic is traveling 110 km/h+ on that highway, it feels a bit weedy. The big grades on the Trans Can are certainly not ideal for it, when it’s loaded down.

  • The Dakar Rally was hit by tragedy today, as veteran competitor Paulo Goncalves died after crashing in the special. One of the most-respected Dakar riders of the last decade, Goncalves will go down into history as […]

  • Neil Peart, lyricist and drummer for prog rock trio Rush, and perhaps Canada’s most famous motorcyclist, has died.

    For the first few decades of his life, Peart was known for his work with Rush, earning awards […]

  • Ricky Brabec (Honda) is still the guy to beat after Stage 6, as he handily won the day’s racing, but he’s probably a very worried man, after he saw what happened to his teammate Kevin Benavides.

    Brabec gave up […]

  • There was some close racing at Dakar today, but when it was all over, Australia’s Toby Price prevailed on his factory KTM. Pablo Quintanilla took his Husqvarna to second, and teammate Andrew Short was […]

  • Honda had another decent day for Stage 4, with Jose Ignacio Cornejo Florimo winning the special (which was more than 400 kilometres long!). Another Honda rider, Kevin Benavides, finished second, and BAS Dakar’s […]

    • I think that’s probably a pretty accurate guess. I’d also say that the KTM team reaped massive benefits, disproportionately from everyone else, from top mapmen in the past, and now that’s been cut back considerably.

  • The mayhem continues in Saudi Arabia, with a combination of crashes, general bad luck and organizational ineptitude making for a messy 504-km Stage 3.

    Ross Branch, who surprised everyone with a tough win in […]

  • The first stage of the 2020 Dakar Rally is done, and there are unsurprising names in the top five. Defending champ Toby Price won the stage on his factory KTM, with Ricky Brabec (Honda) just behind. Matthias […]

  • Guess what? The Dakar Rally is just about ready to start, and to get a rundown on what to expect this year, we’ve contacted Lawrence Hacking, who became the first Canadian rider to finish the Dakar when he […]

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