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September 25, 2009

Scooter Sense (Almost) World Tour!

Hello to all you loyal Bike Blog readers! It’s Huggy stepping in for Danny on this one.

If you haven’t already heard or are wondering what the Twitter feed has been referring to lately, we’re shooting the second season of “Scooter Sense” on TSN’s “A Motorcycle Experience.” The concept for this season? The aptly titled, “Scooter Sense Almost World Tour: Big City Lights and Camp Fire Nights.”

I’m going on a good old fashioned road trip with my trusty Yamaha BWs125 scooter for 3 days. We’ll be going from Montreal, to Ottawa, to Kingston and finally landing in Toronto with a bunch of stops in between.

Scooter Sense Front

The rules of engagement? No money, a $25 gas card, a stack of t-shirts, a tent for camping and a mission to spread the scooter gospel. My cell phone is rigged to the Yamaha corporate Twitter account, so I’ll be updating frequently along the way. You can follow along from each of our motorcycle or snowmobile blogs or search for “YamahaMotorCa” to follow with your Twitter account.

Scooter Sense back

I would love to have any fans and riders join me along the way, which is why I’m posting a tentative itinerary below. Keep in mind, this is a pretty complicated beast to organize and shooting TV can always take longer than expected, so things can change really quickly. We will be changing throughout next week and during the trip but we wanted to get it up to keep you in the loop. You’ll need to check back frequently to stay on top of our locations!

Having said all of that, if you come out to support, I’ll give you a limited edition “Scooter Sense Almost World Tour” t-shirt for your troubles (while my limited supply lasts). Of course I may use it to trade you for food though!!

Day One – Sunday October 4th
8:30am to 9:00am at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium

Feature 1 – The last breakfast! From now on in – no money, just a gas card, a tent and t-shirts for the next 3 days. Can you eat cotton?

9:00 depart for Chateau Montebello via Hwy 15N and Route 50W

 10:30am to 11:00am at Chateau Montebello gates.

Feature 2 – Unfortunately, I won’t be sleeping at the Chateau Montebello, but a scenic place for a stop!

11:00am depart for Ottawa via Cty Rd 17 & Regional Rd 174W

12:30am to 3:30pm at Ottawa at the Parliament buildings.

Feature 3 – I’ll do my best to recruit some government leaders to chat about the benefits of scooters! Heck we pay their salary, it’s the least they could do, right??

3:30 depart for loyal “A Motorcycle Experience” viewer Bruce & Jan Haskin’s home via Hwy 7W and Hwy 15

5:00pm to 7:00pm in Portland.

Feature 4 – Meet the Haskins! Set up camp for the night!

Day Two – Monday October 5th
8:00am to 8:30am at Haskin Home in Portland.

Feature 5 – Bright eyed and bushy tailed. Bruce leads the convoy down Cty Road 10 to Kingston, the old hometown!

8:30am depart for Kingston

10:00am to 12:00pm at Queens University Kingston

Feature 6- Math quiz! Who can figure out a scooter’s gas mileage the quickest? Shouldn’t have any problems finding any scholar’s here

12:00pm depart for Shannonville via Hwy 2

 1:30pm at Shannonville

Feature 7 – What are my lap times? Face off against some road racing veterans!

3:00pm depart for Sandbanks Provincial Park via Cty Rd 49

5:00pm to 7:30pm at Sandbanks Provincial Park

Feature 8 – Set up camp. Dinner of champions over the open fire.

Day Three – Tuesday October 6th
8:00am to 8:30am Sandbanks morning in Prince Edward County.

Feature 9 – How was the sleep? How was breakfast? Where are we off to?

8:30am depart for Port Hope via Loyalist Pkwy and Hwy 2

10:00am to 10:30am at Port Hope

Feature 10 – Fuel Stop. How much money have I spent on gas?

10:30am depart for Toronto via Regional Rd 9, Taunton Rd and Hwy 7

12:00pm to 3:30pm at Toronto

Feature 11 – Group Ride with Toronto Scooter Club. These guys are hardcore!

Feature 12 – Hit the showers!! Cap it all off!

Anyone wishing to join us along the way are more than welcome! The more the merrier!

Please ensure you check back regularly to the blog and the Twitter feed as things will be changing constantly.


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September 8, 2009

It’s here, it’s here!!!

The all-new 2010 YZ450F.

The baddest new motocross machine is finally here: the 2010 Yamaha YZ450F. What’s new? Way too much to list here, but here are the biggest headliners:

– All-new “reversed,” rearward slanted, 450cc, four-stroke engine
– Engine is now fuel-injected and airbox is located where fuel tank used to be
– All-new “Tornado” exhaust system. Features resonator on header pipe to lower sound
– All-new swingarm
– All-new bilateral beam frame
– All-new plastics and styling

Be sure to check out yamaha-motor.ca for complete details on the 450F and all of our new 2010 models.

The Doctor is in! For 2010, Moto GP fans can have the same – looking – YZF-R1 as Valentino Rossi.

But if you’re looking for something a little more comfortable, a little more suited to leisurely road trips, then you may want to check out the all-new Stratoliner Deluxe. It’s luxury on wheels! (And it comes “Cowbell” approved!)

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September 1, 2009

What a tease …

The all-new 2010 YZ450F isn’t to be launched until September 8, but you may find some clues about the new bike by watching the video below …

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