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July 20, 2009

What could it be?

In less than 24 hours, Yamaha will unveil a shiny new, 2010 …. Haha, sorry, we can’t tell you anything else. You’ll just have to check back here when the time is right and you’ll find out!

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 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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May 26, 2009

New Kid on the Blog

Hello there, folks. My name is Danny Brault and I’m a new guy here at Yamaha Motor Canada. My official title is “Public Relations Coordinator” (fancy, eh?), and my main responsibilities are developing ad creative, writing PRs, managing race team support and sponsorships, delegating product tests and demos, and, in general, telling everyone how awesome our products are and why you should be using a Yamaha.

I like long walks in the park, the Tragically Hip, the Trailer Park Boys show and enjoying fine cuisine, like Arby’s, in my hometown of Peterborough.

In my last year with RXC, we teamed up with Destroyer Films to produce weekly online Moto Shows from each round of the Monster Energy MX Nationals. I sucked in front of the camera, but people enjoying watching regardless. Check'em out at www.racerxcanada.com.

In my last year with RXC, we teamed up with Destroyer Films to produce weekly online Moto Shows from each round of the Monster Energy MX Nationals. I sucked in front of the camera, but people enjoyed watching regardless. Check'em out at www.racerxcanada.com.

I also have a big passion for the sport of motocross. I started riding/racing dirt bikes at the age of 3 and haven’t stopped since. Racing runs deep in our family’s bloodline. Back in the `70’s, my father, Donny, raced oval track on sleds at the pro level and also some ATV stuff when he felt like it; his brother, Dougie, has been racing motocross since the early `80’s and played a major role in teaching me the finer points of racing, like cleaning air filters, sticker placement and overcoming the “fear” of jumps (which was basically berating me and calling me a a sap until I had no choice but to “go for it”). So with that, it was only natural that my younger brother, Corey, and I would be involved in some form of racing and we chose motocross.

We both steadily improved throughout our careers, but we never really took racing seriously enough to consider making a living from it. We enjoyed riding more than anything. I was fortunate enough, however, to land a position in the industry as an editor for Racer X Canada magazine and earn some free stickers and t-shirts. (My brother, meanwhile, actually wanted to make money, so he began an apprenticeship as an electrician.)

I started with RXC in the spring of 2005, right after I had graduated from Durham College with a diploma in Print Journalism, and worked with them until August 2008. It was a great experience; I met tons of good people, traveled all over North America, and got to share stories of Canadian racers in print and online. Sadly, RXC closed its doors shortly after the final Canadian National last year in Walton.

Being young and naive, I never really pictured working anywhere else. RXC was a home with a good heart, and like a child, I didn’t want to live anywhere else. Plus, my boss never gave me a curfew and let girls sleep over – but only on the weekends. I’ve never been a big believer that money brings happiness; I just wanted a job that was fun, fulfilling and something that I could feel passionate about. I had that with RXC, but with it gone, now what?

What’s that saying … when one door closes, another opens? Well, this winter, that saying couldn’t have been any more true after landing this great gig with Yamaha. Strangely enough, before I worked with RXC, and experienced the perks of free bikes and gear, Yamaha’s were the last bikes that I paid for. (I know, I know—I’m spoiled.) Obviously, a position with any manufacturer would be wonderful, but it’s even better when you already believe in their product and they have a great relationship with motocross and racing in general. 

In the classic words of Mr. Sled Talk, Chris Reid, “pull up a stump” and read on for a little background regarding my previous life with The Blue Team. The year was 2000, I was riding a 125 two-stroke at the time, and my uncle Dougie had purchased a brand new YZ426F.

The "Bro Show" on his 2005 YZ250F in the intermediate class at the Sand Del Lee Ontario Provincial. Notice the right arm nearly twisting the throttle tube right off. True aggression.

The "Bro Show" on his 2005 YZ250F in the intermediate class at the Sand Del Lee Ontario Provincial. Notice the right arm nearly twisting the throttle tube right off. True aggression.

We were riding at my parents’ home on our backyard track when my uncle offered me his 426 for a few laps… (more…)

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January 10, 2008

Welcome from Bryan Hudgin

Bryan Hudgin

Hi, and welcome to the Bike Blog! My name is Bryan Hudgin (“Huggy” to folks at work). I’m a marketing rep at Yamaha Motor Canada, where I’ve worked since November 2003.

What do I ride? Everything, and nothing! Meaning, I don’t have my own bike right now – but I probably rode more than two dozen Yamaha models this past year.

All the loaner bikes I ride are good at what they do, but my roots are with motocross. I like to razz the sport bike guys around the office, saying ‘everyone knows that real athletes race motocross, the rest of you putt around on pavement!” 😉

Bikes I have owned include a series of unfortunate purchases I don’t particularly like to recall. There was red, then yellow, then red, then yellow. What can I say, I was young and naive! Then the first love of my life (or maybe second?) was a 1997 Yamaha YZ 125.

My favourite bike model of all time is the 2001 YZ 250F. My friend owned one in 2002; I hadn’t been on a bike in a couple years, and I was back from university for the weekend. I jumped on my pal’s YZ 250F, and just loved how fat the power was! (I’d never ridden a 4-stroke specifically built for motocross before.)

My favourite trip ever on a bike was probably riding my Mom’s Virago 750 the day after I turned 16. The beauty of the M1 license in Ontario at the time meant that I didn’t need a chaperon to drive with. So I was off to the job site at my summer job (where I was officially a blue-collar redneck).

My hobbies used to be working out, riding, partying…you know, typical early-20s stuff. I’m at that stage now, though, where home renovations, weddings, and paying bills seem to be taking an inordinate amount of my time (and money).

I am choosing to blog on this new Yamaha Bike Blog to… increase my typing words per minute? No, wait … I want to communicate to our customers stuff they might find interesting, or want to get involved with. Hope you enjoy!

-Huggy

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November 6, 2007

Welcome from John Bayliss

John BaylissHi, my name is John Bayliss, but you can call me JB. I’m the product manager for motorcycles and scooters at Yamaha Motor Canada Ltd. Welcome to the Yamaha Bike Blog!

One thing I would like to clear up right off the bat, is although I have been involved in the bike biz for many years (at Yamaha for 20 of them), I do not profess to know everything about motorcycles.

Unlike my snowmobile counterpart at Yamaha, Chris Reid, who blogs at Sled Talk, I don’t have an in-depth knowledge of all the technical aspects of our bikes and scooters. However, between me and my work colleagues also blogging here about bikes, we petty much do know everything about bikes – and what we don’t know, we want to hear from you about!

I am an avid on road and off road rider, plus I also dabble in track days. Most weekends (when I am not working), I usually spend at least a few hours riding or wrenching, especially restoring some vintage bikes of my own.

I own 10 motorcycles, ranging from street and dirt to a R6 track day bike. My fav ride right now is an ’07 Yamaha FZ1.

In the off-season, I can be found snowmobiling, skiing, and playing on the Yamaha hockey team.

I’m looking forward to sharing stories here that people can’t find anywhere else – such as behind-the-scenes peeks at Yamaha product development, long before the bikes hit the market. Hope you enjoy the insights!

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November 1, 2007

Welcome to the Yamaha Canada Bike Blog

cr-0207.jpgHi, my name is Chris Reid and I am the Senior Product and Research Manager here at Yamaha Motor Canada. If you are also a ‘sled head’, you might know me as CR over on our sister blog, Sled Talk.

We have assembled a group of Yamaha Motor Canada employees who all love to ride and have some stories to tell. We hope you’ll check in often, and read what we have to say.

(As far as I know, Yamaha is the only motorsports company in Canada to host a blog where we interact with our friends and customers.)

If you have any questions or feedback for us, you’re welcome to add a comment and we’ll try to respond to as many as we can. There are some areas that we won’t be discussing (please see our Terms of Use) but for the most part, be nice and anything motorcycle-related goes!

If you like what you see, you can subscribe (enter email address on the right) and we’ll email you whenever we add a new post, or you can add Bike Blog to your list of RSS feeds. We’ll be populating the blog with a wide selection of content over the next few weeks and we’d love to hear what you have to say about it all.

I sincerely hope you enjoy Bike Blog and if you do, please let your friends know about us.

Cheers cr

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