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June 30, 2009

It just makes sense …

… scooter sense, that is! Scooters are the cool new form of transportation, earning nearly a gazillion more votes than running, walking and rollerskating on some poll, on some website out there. It comes as no surprise, as scooters burn less fuel than pretty much every other form of road legal vehicle, they’re relatively inexpensive, and they’re safe and easy to ride.

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There he is, Mr. Scooter Sense. Here he mirrors the consummate professional … but nowadays, “Huggy” is the renegade of the office, with his thick orange locks, Grizzly Adams inspired beard, and unwillingness to be controlled by “the man.”

Want to know everything there is to know about this two wheel phenomenon? Then follow this link and watch as Yamaha’s PR guru, Bryan Hudgin, takes us through the dynamic world of scooters in the riveting series, Scooter Sense. Enjoy!

DanBro

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June 23, 2009

Biker Chicks with … “Cowbell”

Everyday, we’re seeing more and more women riding motorcycles, and it’s a beautiful thing. No matter what your gender is, there is no better sense of freedom and expression than hitting the open road, track or trail with your bike, twisting the throttle and feeling all of your cares float away….

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Posted @ 10:00 am in Commuting,Ladies Only,Scooters,Travel Stories   
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June 19, 2009

Big wet bears (video)

Sometimes I forget how much fun it is to get out into the wilderness, suit up in my ATV gear and get covered in mud.  There’s definitely something very primitive yet satisfying about it.  I don’t know about you, but I spend the majority of my time inside in front of a computer, so I welcome the idea of getting my hands a little dirty once and awhile….

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June 16, 2009

Powering Up at Snow City (video)

Another Power Tour has come and gone [sigh], and what a great one it was this year. Motorcycle riders all across Canada had the opportunity to test ride some of our finest new models, including the V-Star 950, YZF-R1, and FZ6R. Since I don’t have a motorcycle license yet, I never got the chance to ride any of these bikes, but I did get to eat some delicious hot dogs at Snow City’s Power Tour in Toronto, ON. Mmm, I think they were the best dogs that I’ve ever eaten … well, top-26 at least.

In between dogs, I managed to put in a few minutes of work and help out Aaron Dowden, Andre Harris and Bryan Hudgin in producing a little video review from the event. Wanna see what a Power Tour is all about? Then check out the video below. Oh, and as a bonus, Aaron was kind enough to create a special piece, showcasing my confident and cool abilities in front of the camera. Enjoy!

DanBro

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June 12, 2009

I miss my old girl …

Last night I was digging around through some old MX photos (trying to impress my girlfriend with my old steeds and undeniably beautiful riding style :)) and came across some pics of my 2002 Yamaha YZ250 two-stroke. Man, what a beautiful old girl she was! I was tearing up just looking at the images, thinking back to the good old days of mixing her fuel and letting her bark all day long (the neighbors loved it too). I miss that gal….

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June 10, 2009

Get Your Fil: I Need More!

A Column by Yamaha Motor Canada’s Bryan Fil

Well, after my successful first race weekend I was officially hooked. I was very happy with my performance. The only thing that frustrated me was the horsepower difference from my current bike to the newer bikes of the other front runners. When we hit the back straights, I was being left behind, and it took everything I had to push harder and carry more speed than the others into every corner to regain back that difference, only to lose it all over again down the back straight and have to repeat everything all over again. The decision was made to get a newer bike and upgrade–I needed more HP….

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June 9, 2009

Sleep is for the weak

While we here at YMCA would love to support every racer with a fresh steed, box full of parts and accessories, and a contingency plan big enough so they can say “yes, I would like to Biggie Size my combo!” it’s just not in the budget. That said, we do our best to support as many riders as possible, in whatever ways that we can. For today’s blog, we’re spotlighting a “real world rider” and his race last weekend.

Adam Millson, a mild mannered, expert level Yamaha off-road rider sent us in a race report from this past weekend. The humerous part? There was nothing mild about his weekend. The Pontypool, ON native has been on fire ever since receiving his 2009 contract from PR Specialist, Bryan Hudgin, which  consisted of a handshake and a lanyard. Maybe next year, “Mills.”

This past weekend, Mills headed north for a CMA Harescramble in Barrie, where he piloted his 2006 YZ250 to the top step of the Expert class podium. As a privateer racer, Mills can barely afford a change of underwear following his three-hour race, let alone a PR guy, so he writes his own race reports instead. 

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Mills’ (77) grabs the holeshot on his trusty 2006 YZ250.

It was Saturday afternoon and we were headed to the Boyle residence to shoot some wedding pictures for my brother’s wedding. Two hours later, the memory card was full and we were thirsty from all the smiling! So it’s off to the hall for dinner, of course, my speech time was getting closer so I was getting pretty nervous. Fortunately, after building up some courage with some help from friends, the speech went really well. I kept everyone laughing the whole time anyway. I ended up staying much later than planned and was counting down the hours before my race the next day. On my way out, I noticed one of my friend’s had a little too much fun and found a cozy spot to rest on the lawn.  I ended up sleeping on Rob and Kristal’s living room floor at around 2:30am. Aw, the life of a blue-collared racer….

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Adam’s son, Travis, is  ready to line up!

I woke up an hour late and had to walk back to the hall to get the car, drive home and have a shower. At this point I was really glad my parents had babysat for us for the evening. I loaded the bike and off I went, feeling like five hundred thousand bucks! (50%). I arrived at the race just in time for sign in (noon). The track was awesome, just like back in the day. Lined up at the far inside behind “Wojo” and watched him holeshot the Pro class, and then I pulled a famous James Stewart holeshot myself and ran away with the whole show. I felt like being sick on the last two laps but managed to hang on for the win!

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Job well done, Mills! Not everyone can get the Colton Facciotti treatment and we appreciate the effort!!

If you’re a real world Yamaha rider, like Mills, and want to send in some results and pictures of your weekend outings, send them in to danny_brault@yamaha-motor.ca and I’ll try and put them up!

DanBro

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June 8, 2009

Meet and Greet: Team Toyota Yamaha OTSFF Racers

Last week we featured a video tour of the Team Toyota Yamaha OTSFF pits and rig. Today, we’re introducing you to the racers, Kevin Lacombe, Tony Kasper, and Royce McLean. It’s a pretty unique combination we have between these guys.

Lacombe, who finished on the podium in both classes last year, is obviously our flagship rider and is the most capable of taking down the green goblin, Jordan Szoke. Flanking him is Minnesota’s Tony Kasper, an accomplished racer in AMA racing and snocross, and 14-year-old phenom, Royce McLean.

Learn a little more about these racers by watching the video below …

Thanks for watching!

DanBro

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June 5, 2009

Cribs: Team Toyota Yamaha OTSFF (Video)

After distracting security guards with shiny things and cute puppies, Bryan Hudgin and I managed to sneak into the pits of Team Toyota Yamaha OTSFF at the opening round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championships in Calabogie, ON. Get a feel for what it’s like to be “factory” by watching the video below …

Along with our road racing team, we’ll also be following Team Toyota/Yamaha/Red Bull/Blackfoot/Fox Racing at some nationals (which kick off this weekend in Kamloops, BC), so stay tuned for some behind the scenes action from those guys as well. And if there is anything specifiic you’d like to see, hear or smell, let us know and we’ll plug it into the script.

Keep your stick on the ice!

DanBro

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June 4, 2009

B.A.D Ride XII (Video)

Well, we just finished participating in the 12th Annual B.A.D Ride, and despite the below seasonal temperatures and high winds, there was still an exceptional turnout. With over 1,500 people in attendance, the Distress Centre;”  raised $200,000!


The day began at the AMC Movie Theatre Complex, located at Highway 400 and 7. Participants rode through the Everyone received a grab-bag filled with all kinds of goodies including a t-shirt and bandanna. Participants had the option of raising funds or simply donating to the distress centre

I have to tell you, the coordinators did a fantastic job. First thing in the morning, the tunes were pumping, bikes were shining, and there were lots of smiles. Q107’s own morning man John Derringer and Global Televisions Susan Hay were in attendance to wish participants well on their ride. Once the riders mounted their bikes, the marching band started to play, the adrenaline started flowing and they were off to complete the 165km clearly marked and unescorted ride, passing through picturesque villages, such as Cheltenham, Terra Cotta and Glen Williams, all nestled along the banks of the Credit River.

The end of the route landed at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum where riders enjoyed a fantastic BBQ lunch, live music and the opportunity to bid on some amazing silent auction items that were donated by the various sponsors.

We also brought some of our accessorized bikes along for the ride for participants to check out, including a dressed Yamaha V-Star 950, V-Star 1300 and Raider. It’s always nice to see some of the options that you can add to your bike. All in all we had a great day. It just goes to show you that when bunch of bikers get together for ride, amazing things can and will happen.

See you at the next event!

Aaron Dowden

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