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December 9, 2009

Not another Tiger joke

As I type this, I can hear the carbide choir singing …. “let it snow, let it snow, let it snow …” Winter is officially here as snow is falling faster than Tiger Woods bank account. Zing!

Before we get too far, did you notice the cool new video we incorporated into the Bike Blog header graphic? Neat, eh. A big thanks to our web developer, Emily, and graphic designer, Nick, for making my little dream a reality. I think it brightens this place up.

There’s no business like show business, and there’s no business like motorcycle show business! This weekend marks the first round of the Canadian Motorcycle Shows, which kicks off at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in, you guessed it, downtown Toronto….

Though I’m an avid enthusiast, more so of the “dirt” breed, it’s been quite some time since I’ve attended the Toronto MC Show. In fact, the last time I was there, two-strokes still ruled the roost—and that was only in 2005! How times have changed….


I’m excited for my first show as part of the Blue Team. I’m sure we’ll see a huge increase of attendees at the Yamaha booth due to my presence; I think it would be even bigger if I were allowed to go sans-shirt but unfortunately, Dr. Dre axed that provocative idea. Regardless, there are still lots of reasons to stop by Yamaha HQ.

Of course, we’ll have a host of new models, including the Stratoliner “Bagger” Deluxe, Rossi FIAT Yamaha R1 replica, and my personal fav, the YZ450F, but we also have a fantastic lineup of celebrities stopping by. Vicki Grey from Motoress headlines our “She Rides Night” on Friday, answering questions from show patrons about women and riding. She will also be conducting new model introductions with Yamaha Motorcycle Product Manager, John Bayliss. We’re very proud to have some faithful “biker chicks” in-house. You can read about some of their trials and tribulations here and here.

Btw, if you need info on how the new YZ Power Tuner works with the 450F, chat with our MX tech specialist, Nick “Machine” DiCristofaro. I know he seems a little serious and intimidating at first (by little, I mean really, really serious. He’s like the Grinch but meaner.) but he’s actually a big softie at heart and has great knowledge of motorcycles, especially dirt bikes. Don’t be shy and say hi to angry Nick if you get a chance. Maybe give him a hug too.


Colton Facciotti and his alien arms will be on hand signing autographs Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 12pm and 2pm – 3pm. The two-time MX1 Canadian National champ is fresh off victories in the British SX Championships and is looking forward to showing his appreciation to fans in TO. (Note: If anyone is interested, you may also grab an autograph from me as well. I don’t like to brag, but I did finish 3rd overall in 125 Intermediate in the 2002 CMX Fall Series.) Red Bull will be on hand as well with their beautiful “wings” ladies supporting Colt.

Clinton Smout’s Yamaha Riding Academy will be in full swing, training youngsters between the ages of 6-12 the basics of riding an off-road bike. It’s great way to introduce wee ones to the sport in a safe and controlled environment with experience instructors. If you’re an advanced rider, though, you want to ask Colton or I for tips. We’re both really fast.

For full details and schedules on the Toronto and upcoming shows, stay tuned to http://motorcycleshows.ca/.

Some random notes and thoughts …

The new YZ450F is winning over many pubs and sites, and also riders of other brands. Check out this email from DSM, Jeff Ryan:

It’s good to see a guy with some serious passion for a sport. Cam Hood is a pro motocrosser from Grande Prairie, and has a sponsored ride with a competitor. He was offered two bikes for 2010 but Cam said “No, thank you. I’m buying a YZ.”

Yesterday Red Line got their first YZ450 at 2pm, by 4:30 it was in the back of Cam’s truck with aftermarket plastic and DR D Exhaust. He drove to Chilliwack (14hr drive) to race this weekend. Cam’s comment: “This thing is fast as heck, pulls much harder than my old bike!”

He’s Blue Blood now and plans to spend some time in the states racing and practicing over the winter and will race the CMRC series this season. Just thought you would appreciate a story about a new customer

Our Quebec RSM, Francois Morneau also had some racing updates from his area:

Jean Philippe Leblanc won the #1 plate in the QC ATV Championship in Pro MX Provincial series on his YFZ450R, prepared by G-Force Division/Gagne Lessard Sport. This was Leblanc’s first year racing the Pro series.  His positive attitude, extreme preparation and training with the support of Messier/GForce Team helped him to dominate the series. Kevin Vachon and Jasmin Plante finished second and third in the series. In the Quebec Flat Track Series, Marc Antoine Auger claimed the # 1 plate of the on his YFZ450R prepared by G-Force Division/Gagne Lessard Sport.

A total of six available ATV Championships in Quebec were won on Yamaha YFZ450R’s; four of these were won by Jean-Philippe Leblanc and two were won by Marc Antoine Auger. Congrats to all of these guys, and thanks for choosing Yamaha!

Thanks Francois. The guys at G-force gotta be happy this summer, winning all of those ATV titles and setting a snowmobile land speed World Record at Bonneville. Go team go!

On the topic of four wheels, in the latest issue of All-Terrain Vehicle, we earned awards for Best Mid-Range Sport Utility ATV (Grizzly 550) and Best Sport ATV Hardcore (YFZ 450X). We were runner-up in some other categories too; Best Big Bore (Grizzly 700 FI), Best Sport ATV Trail (Raptor 700), and Best Dual Purpose UTV (Rhino).


The fall/winter issue of Horizons should be hitting mailboxes shortly, if they haven’t already. I think this issue is one of our best yet, and I’m not saying that because I do most of the writing now … okay, maybe I am. I was super excited to see our new 450F grace the cover (our first MX cover!!)  and “Cowbell” did an incredible job with design of the entire mag. Inside you’ll find features on how we’re tackling social media and minimizing our environmentally footprint, and like always, we got some great letters and photos from Yamaha owners. If you’d like to become a Horizons subscriber, just click here. And while you’re there, be sure to sign up for our online newsletter, Red Line.

This from Mr. SledTalk: Here’s a cool link for Bike Blog. Greg is the World Cup Downhill champ (mountain bikes) very well know amongst cyclists… (also has his own web-site with more related stuff).

 Toyota gets creative with their motocross love interest.

Yamaha racing fanatic, Pete Swanton, passed along this cool link, showing off Yamaha’s European Racing HQ. It’s interesting to see where we’ve come from and all of the technology (and great racers) that has evolved in Yamaha’s sport bikes. Even for a dirt bike guy like myself, seeing all of those trick factory race bikes makes me want to hit the highway. Then I’d be able to get the chicks….


Rossi switching to motocross? Hmm, probably not, but “The Doctor” appears more than capable on the dirt. Check out valentinorossi.com and watch Rossi in action on a 450F. After watching this vid with Bayliss, we couldn’t help but debate … who would win in a cross-over match? James Stewart or Rossi? This then led to debate over who is more successful and talented, to which John offered this …

“Make no mistake!! No mistake …. if you add up the zeros in their pay cheques, Rossi could buy Stewart with his pocket change.”  True, John … but watch this video and then let’s talk :).

All right, time to grab a Nytro and rip some laps around the office … thanks for reading!


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2 Responses to “Not another Tiger joke”

  1. Mr.Alien says:

    Great blog ! thank for sharing .

  2. Speedy says:

    The video header is a nice touch, keep tweaking, you’re doing good.

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