Great night for riding @alpinestars @hondapowerca #CBR500 #girlsonbikes #motorcycles #summer @beautifulbc
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2015 Indian Chief offers two tone paint scheme
Keeping in theme with its classic vintage look, Indian motorcycles has revealed that the 2015 Chiefs will offer two-tone paint. If you haven’t had a chance to ride one yet, and are planning to be in Sturgis, SD, the 2015 line-up will be on display and available for demo rides at the 74th annual Sturgis Motorcyle Rally from August 2 to August 9. Dealers will see them by the Fall of 2015. CLICK HERE TO READ 2014 VINTAGE CHIEF REVIEW.
Featured Two-Tone Colors for 2015 are:
- The 2015 Indian Chief Classic available in Indian Motorcycle Red/ Thunder Black. (Also available in solid Indian Motorcycle Red)
- The 2015 Indian Chief Vintage available in Indian Motorcycle Red/ Thunder Black, Indian Motorcycle Red/ Ivory Cream, and Willow Green/ Ivory Cream. (Also available in solid Indian Motorcycle Red and solid Thunder Black)
- The 2015 Indian Chieftain available in Indian Motorcycle Red/ Thunder Black, Indian Motorcycle Red/ Ivory Cream, and Springfield Blue/ Ivory Cream. (Also available in solid Indian Motorcycle Red and solid Thunder Black)
If you are in Sturgis:
Indian Motorcycle Display, 3rd & Lazelle St., August 2 -August 9, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. daily
Motorcycling fans are invited to stop by and explore the Indian Motorcycle display in Downtown Sturgis to check out the entire lineup of 2015 models. The Indian Motorcycle exhibit will offer hands-on product demonstrations, apparel sales, accessory displays, and much more. The display will also feature the American Motor Drome company with live “Wall of Death” show where daredevils risk life and limb to thrill and entertain Sturgis attendees. Shows performed daily, on the hour; starting at 11 a.m. with the last show at 5 p.m. Tickets are complementary, courtesy of Indian Motorcycle. Riders can also enter for a chance to win a 2015 Indian motorcycle.
Indian Motorcycle Demo Experience, I-90 and Exit 30, August 2 -August 9, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily
Sturgis Rally attendees can be among the first to ride the all-new 2015 Indian Motorcycle lineup at the Indian Motorcycle Demo Experience at I-90 at Exit 30. Rides will be led daily with the first ride leaving at 9:15 a.m., last ride at 4:30 p.m. Riders must be 18 years of age and must provide proof of endorsement along with a helmet and appropriate riding attire.
Indian Motorcycle the Crossroads at Sturgis Buffalo Chip, August 2 -August 9, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Riders can also explore the new Indian Motorcycle display at the Crossroads to learn about the model year 2015 lineup, the brand’s heritage and sign up to win a 2015 Indian motorcycle.
Indian Motorcycle Night at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip, Sunday, August 3 – Buffalo Chip, 8:30 p.m.
Indian Motorcycle will host a party on Sunday, August 3 at Sturgis’ famous Buffalo Chip, known as the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling™. In addition to southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd performing live on the Chip’s main stage, Indian Motorcycle will take the stage to celebrate and showcase its all-new 2015 Indian motorcycles. For details and ticket information, visit www.buffalochip.com.
Indian Motorcycle Owners’ Activities
Owners of new and heritage Indian motorcycles will receive VIP treatment throughout the rally week starting with the Indian Motorcycle Owner Event on Sunday, August 3. Owners are encouraged to stop by for complementary lunch at the newly opened Indian Motorcycle of Sturgis dealership from 12 p.m.–2 p.m, followed by the opportunity to participate in any of a number of exciting planned rides. All owners are also invited to take part in Indian Motorcycle Night at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip for dinner and an evening of live music and enjoyment. Throughout the weeklong rally, Indian Motorcycle owners can present their key to receive a special complementary gift at the Lazelle St. display, sign up for the Indian Motorcycle Riders Group, and much more. Owners are encouraged to watch their emails for information on how to sign-up.
Indian Motorcycle Sturgis Dealership
2106 Lazelle St.
Visit the newly opened Indian Motorcycle dealership in the heart of downtown Sturgis. The opening of the new Indian Motorcycle Sturgis marks the first time that the brand has had a dedicated retail presence in Sturgis for decades.
Open daily for retail sales and service during the rally from 8AM – 7PM
Sturgis® is a registered trademark of Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce
Sturgis Buffalo Chip® is a registered trademark of Buffalo Chip Campground LLC
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14 year old stunt rider opens Vintage Flat Track races with ride through firewall
As we age we all remember the days when we were young and fearless. For 14 year old Williams Lake resident, Danielle Schultz, she is living it.
At the 26th annual vintage flat track races held at O’Keefe Ranch in Vernon, B.C. July 5, 2014, Danielle wanted to pay tribute to her late daredevil father, Dan Schultz. Dan had been a stunt performer and vintage flat track racer for several years before he died when Danielle was a mere 9 years old. Since his passing the event has held a memorial ride in his honour but this year, Danielle wanted to do something more personal to pay tribute to her father – perform one of his stunts – ride through a wall of fire on her vintage Kawasaki 125cc motorcycle.
Even though she had practiced riding through flames in the grass at home, this would be the first time she would attempt an entire wall of flames and the first time she would do it publicly.
At the peak of the afternoon heat, 30 degrees, Danielle stepped into her fire retardant suit, warmed up with three laps around the track and then made a go for the wall. Onlookers cheered her on (and held their breath) as Danielle approached the wall of flames and immediately burst into cheers after she successfully came out the other side.
After her success, I asked her what was going through her mind as she approached the wall, “I was nervous about the timing,” she said. “Timing is everything. I had to get my head down and I was worried that the wall had been lit too soon. After I broke through, I had a board stuck to my bike and I almost hit the fence.”
When asked if she would do it again, there was no hesitation, “Yes! I want more flames next time though!”
Proud of her success, Danielle autographed remaining charred pieces of the wall for fans and then went on to win the first heat of the open 125cc class vintage flat track race.
#harleydavidson #StreetBob #Motorcycles #riding #beautiful #britishcolumbia
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Whirl wind romance with 2014 Harley-Davidson Street Bob
By Marissa Baecker
The sun began its descent to the West and turned the sky that beautiful orange glow as my love affair with Street Bob began to flourish – the 2014 Harley-Davidson Street Bob that is – and it was love at first ride.
I admit, I was skeptical to return to the bars of a Dyna after having my heart broken by the vibration issues with the Switchback some six months earlier but decided to get back in the Harley saddle and try to find love again. Just looking at it reminded me of a previous love I had several years earlier with the Cross Bones.
No surprise I was drawn to it – a muscly ‘bare bones street custom’ with a blacked out powertrain with textured covers. The Street Bob was refined where it needed to be yet rough around the edges. Add some styling attitude with gun metal tank medallions in classic iconic fonts, a hint of chrome, dual, straight cut, shorty, chrome mufflers and chopped rear fender and this bobber was a looker with bad boy charm. If this relationship was going to go anywhere however, Street Bob would have to offer more than just good looks.
I have always had an affinity for the bad boys but I quickly discovered that Street Bob had a deep, dark soul. With an air-cooled, Twin Cam 103.1 cubic inch, rubber mounted, V-Twin (1690 cc) producing 98.8 ft pounds of low end torque, being spontaneous was a non-issue. Any whimsical thought could be realized with a simple twist of the wrist and paired with a six-speed transmission, he was ready to travel and capable of a more meaningful relationship than just coffee dates around town.
I wrapped my hands around the grips of the mini-ape hangers and headed West for as far as the 4.7gl/17.8l fuel tank would take me and with 43 MPG, I set my sights on the beach for a romantic sunset. Rubber mounted risers absorb any unwanted bar vibration thereby lessening arm fatigue over time. The evening air was riddled with flying insects and I could feel them hit my visor over and over again. A windshield would be a welcomed long distance addition, especially if you are a shorty helmet wearer but as I am a girl who likes protection, my full face Shoei Qwest was just fine.
Mile after mile, my perfectly sun-painted silhouette roared over the black top dancing in and out of sight with every slight change of direction. The black, steel laced wheels housing the 31″ Michelin scorchers – slim 100/90 in the front and beefier 160/70 in the rear – beautifully rounded out my visual work of pavement art.
The rear coil shocks with about 3″ of travel paired with the aluminum 49mm fork fronts with 5″ of travel absorbed enough bumps for a comfortable yet still rugged ride. The wide saddle, at a seat height of only 25″, sits low in the steel tubular frame and offers easy access to the maintenance free 12V below should you need it.
Mid-mounted controls with brake and gear levers are equally low as ground clearance is a minimal 4.7″ – not ideal for a heavy load. As I intended to keep Street Bob all to myself, this suited me just fine. Even though I prefer a monogamous relationship, not all riders feel the same. “A solo seat,” gasped one admirer. “How am I supposed to pick up chics with only one seat?”
The 4-piston fixed front brakes paired with the 2-piston torque free floating rear are OK but if you want more confidence bringing this low rider to a halt, ABS brakes are available.
Over time I learned that Street Bob’s boyish charm attracted a lot of unwanted attention no matter where we went. My insecurities were subdued somewhat with the Smart Security System that activated when the key fob in my pocket and I were distant from the bike. If anyone tried to move in on Bob when I wasn’t around, the ignition was disabled and the alarm activated. If someone tried to tamper with the ignition switch or attempted to move the motorcycle, the alarm would immobilize.
After a two week whirlwind romance, things with Bob began feeling a little cramped. I needed space. My rider triangle (bars-seat-pegs) needed a few more inches to accommodate my size in order to maintain a long term relationship. I decided to see other Harleys. Street Bob and I parted ways.
The good news is Harley-Davidson offers personalization options through the H-D1 Factory Customization program including forward controls for the longer-legged and dual seat options for that guy where ‘picking up chics’ was important.
MSRP for vivid black is $13, 349. Charcoal Pearl and Black Denim will run at $13,749 and Hard Candy Custom Voodoo Purple Flake is $14,079.
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A new Monster in town - Ducati unveils its newest motorcycle - Monster 821
What’s all the fuss about? Another Monster? With the introduction of the the Monster 821, 112 HP water cooled naked roadster, there is now a Monster for all sizes and shapes. Goldilocks now has another option (albeit we are not talking porridge here). A Monster 696 (too small) or a new Monster 1200 unveiled in November at the Milan Motorcycle Show (too big) or the 821 (just right). I haven’t ridden it yet but will decide for myself one day soon if it is actually just right.
The latest Italian beast boasts the 821 Testastretta 11° engine, 112HP and 65.9ft-lb of torque and weighs in at a mere 179.5kg – 395.7lb (dry weight). Ducati stated in a press release that the bike is “super comfortable” but that remains to be seen as my experience, as well as other women I have talked to, the ergonomics of the seating position delivers pelvic pain. Perhaps that has changed with the latest line and the adjustable seat height. Traction control with Ducati motorcycles is always a favourite and this model combines 8-level traction control, 3-level ABS and 3-level Ride-by-Wire into Ducati’s user-friendly, press-button Riding Modes.
You can plan on seeing them on showroom floors as early as July and onwards. The Monster 821 Dark is presented in dark stealth with black frame and black wheels, while the Monster 821 is dressed in Ducati red with red frame and black wheels or star white silk with red frame and matte red wheels. Both red and white liveries are equipped with colour-matched single-seat covers.
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BMW Concept Roadster - from design to reality
As a celebration of 90 years of Motoraad in 2014, BMW unveiled the NineT in Munich and this year, they are building on the appeal of the naked style with the Concept Roadster.
Edgar Heinrich, Head of BMW Motorrad Design said in a press release today, “By contrast, the contemporary emotional appeal of the BMW Concept Roadster shows that, as far as BMW is concerned, motorcycling is much more than just perfect function.”
Read the remainder of the press release below:
Classic values interpreted in modern style.
The BMW Concept Roadster is a typical BMW roadster with a powerful 2-cylinder boxer engine, single-sided swing arm with cardan drive and a light tubular space frame. It interprets these classic elements in the most state-of-the-art, dynamic form. “The BMW Concept Roadster is exciting to look and at least as exciting to ride,” says Ola Stenegard, Head of Vehicle Design BMW Motorrad, of the BMW Concept Roadster.
The BMW boxer engine has always promised impressive performance and supreme power delivery across the entire engine speed range. In its latest generation it generates 92 kW (125 bhp) at 7,750 rpm from 1,170 cc with a maximum torque of 125 Nm at 6,500 rpm. The engine is also visually mid-point of the BMW Concept Roadster. The compact proportions with low front and high rear form a wedge-shaped silhouette around it which accelerates the bike even when stationary. The crouching posture with a powerful focus on the front wheel and the very short rear promise agile, light-footed handling. Split colouring makes for a visual separation of the dark engine area below and the light seating area above with the fuel tank and rear section. The dark bottom section moves the BMW Concept Roadster visually closer to the road surface, thereby emphasizing a road-oriented riding experience. Meanwhile the lighter coloured upper section conveys lightness and a low visual centre of gravity.
The headlamp presents a modern, dynamic interpretation of the classic circular headlamp. Matted LED light banks in full LED technology shape the distinctive “face” of the BMW Concept Roadster, giving it an extremely technical look. What is more, the LED technology makes the headlamp mask flat and very light-looking from the side perspective. Behind it, a reduced instrument panel provides all the relevant information in exclusive, high-end style.
Emotional surface configuration.
The interplay between the fuel tank, seat and radiator is modeled to perfection in flowing style. The experienced hands of the BMW modellers have given the surfaces an emotional quality that no computer would be capable of recreating. The surfaces provide a detailed reflection of the characteristics of the BMW Concept Roadster: the sculpturally designed fuel tank in Sparkling Light White expresses the forward-looking orientation and dynamic performance of the BMW Concept Roadster with its precise modelling. Its shape also provides an ergonomically perfect knee grip for optimum handling. A cover made of matted stainless steel adds a high-end yet robust accentuation at the centre of the fuel tank.
Light and finely wrought – the aluminium rear.
A striking highlight develops out of the fuel tank: the steep rear section made of gloss milled aluminium. The self-supporting rear structure is fashioned from a single piece, thereby enabling a very reduced and finely wrought rear element. The deliberately visible milling marks create a rough, almost industrial look which contrasts with the painted and anodized surfaces. The expressively modeled surfacing on the top and bottom of the rear element finely translates the emotional aspirations of the BMW Concept Roadster. The integrated single seat is borrowed visually from motor racing – a stylish interpretation of the bike’s dynamic ambitions. Meanwhile a Neon Yellow accent in the lower area of the seat cushion adds a bold dash of colour contrast underneath the perforated Alcantara leather. Additional colour accents in Neon Yellow are to be found on the valve covers and on the cooling ribs inside the air inlets of the side trim, further breaking up the overall view from the side. The tubular space frame provides a visual highlight as a load-bearing element in Sparkling Racing Blue, a highly expressive finish that lends a touch of modern sporty style to a traditional element of a boxer-powered BMW roadster. With the interplay of the typical BMW Motorrad white on the fuel tank along with the radiant blue, the tank and frame present a characteristic yet also contemporary interpretation of the traditional BMW Motorrad colours.
Premium-quality milled aluminium parts.
In addition to the rear structure, there are other milled aluminium parts which underscore the technically sculptured look from the side perspective. The most prominent features here are the lateral air intakes. They are also made of gloss aluminium with milling marks and are shown to excellent effect against the black surfaces of the radiator. They trace a triangle open to the front which is formally based on the “gill” elements of the BMW supersports motorcycles. Performing the function of channeling air to the radiator, they also emphasize the dynamic gesture of the side. The cooling ribs in Neon Yellow inside them are only seen on closer inspection.
One particular detail is the valve covers made of milled aluminium: their three-dimensional shaping lends a forward orientation to the fuel tank surfaces, giving the BMW boxer engine a highly athletic look. In addition, a protection pad on the valve covers indicates that the BMW Concept Roadster can and should be taken round bends at an extreme banking angle. Inspired by the knee pads of a racing suit, it gives the BMW Concept Roadster a touch of motor racing flair. An accent in Neon Yellow further underscores this radical element.
Innovation in form and function – the engine spoiler.
Form and function are innovatively combined in the future-oriented engine spoiler. In the BMW Concept Roadster, it not only performs an aerodynamic function but also incorporates the entire front silencer. Along with the short, steep tailpipe of the exhaust system, the engine spoiler concentrates form and function around the engine. In doing so it emphasises the compact, dynamic statement of the side as well as the short rear. Over and above the high-end milled parts, the BMW Concept Roadster comprises nothing but the very best quality high-performance components. The fork tubes, rear shock absorber and brakes are elegantly set apart by their anodized colouring, giving the BMW Concept Roadster an exclusive touch of sporty flair.
End of Press Release
NOW LET’S SEE WHAT CHRIS PFEIFFER CAN DO WITH IT!
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Motorcycle Rider’s comprehensive app just got an upgrade and it’s free!
I have been testing out this app for a few months and recommend each and every rider to download it and give it a try.
Practically every rider tool you could want, need or use is contained in one place. GPS trackin, maps, social network, photo sharing… you name it.
Of particular interest to solo riders is the ability to check in and email a notice of your last location to a list of contacts that you choose. If you don’t show up where you were scheduled, they know where you were last.
There is a separate pay feature called CrashLight that will detect if a rider goes down and notify emergency contacts to get in touch.
Join the social network of other riders and if you go to a new area, find local rides that have been mapped by the riders in that area. You can even look up local riders and connect with them for a ride.
Eat Sleep Ride is a Canadian owned start up company and worth checking out.
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2014 Harley-Davidson Sportster SuperLow 1200T brings lightweight touring to a heavyweight market
By Marissa Baecker
If you bulked up over the winter, plan on trimming down and exploring a new, lighter method of motorcycle touring with the 2014 Harley-Davidson Sportster SuperLow 1200T.
The model officially launched at the infamous two-wheeled gathering known as Bike Week in Daytona Beach, FL in March. Amidst a sea of raked out, polished chromed and roughed up leathers, the SuperLow caught the eye of cruiser enthusiasts for its fully equipped touring personality right off the lot.
Let’s face it, most cruisers are the heavyweights of the motorcycle ring, particularly attractive to couples riding two-up. Pack them full of clothing and essentials for a two week trip and you will need some muscles, stamina and maybe even some pre-trip personal training to make your way through the countryside.
After riding the Atlantic coastline behind the bars of a 1700cc fully loaded luxury tourer, sitting in the saddle of the 1200cc SuperLow was refreshing. Load up the two lockable, removable saddlebags (add an optional sissy bar and luggage rack as docking points are already in place) and this torquey (70.8 ft. lbs. at 3500 rpm) 600 lb. powerhouse is still as nimble as a Yogi.
Sportster has always been popular with the ladies and with the newly crafted ergonomics of the SuperLow, ladies will be lateral trading if not trading up.
With a carved out narrow nose seat (still ample back side room where you need it), 4.5 gallon peanut tank, a narrow frame and just 25.5 inches to the ground, those that have been riding shot gun are going to want to grip the barrels of these mini-apes for themselves.
New mini-floorboards with scrape pegs may add leg support and riding comfort but the longer-legged will curse them every their shins smack the boards when coming to a stop. The taller rider may consider a move of the mid-mounted controls or plan on the scenic route into the sunset where frequent stopping is optional.
A quick-release removable windshield snaps perfectly to the forks shielding the bar-mounted single, back-lit, black analogue speedometer with digital tach and gear indicator. LED lights offer high beam, neutral, low oil pressure, turn signals, engine diagnostics, low fuel warning, low battery and optional security system warning lights. Self cancelling signal lights are easy to reach and clutch and brake levers smooth for smaller hands.
Enough about comfort and style. Open that throttle and the SuperLow’s (or rather the SuperLight), signature air-cooled Evolution 74.3 cubic inch twin engine, produces 78 ft lbs. of low-end torque, and enough pep in your step to leave vehicles coughing in your wake.
This is the same engine first introduced by the motor company back in the 80′s. Evolving from the Shovelhead and Ironhead engines, the fittingly named Evolution (aka the Blockhead) proved to be a reliable and powerful advancement in Harley-Davidson history.
The chain driven five-speed transmission prefers the higher RPMs. Gearing up any lower than 3500 RPM will put you in neutral as opposed to second gear. Harley’s prefer an open throttle to ease that signature ‘clunk’ of the up shift.
Gone are the skinny tires and in with the beefy Michelin Scorchers as standard equipment. A 120/70 ZR-18 59W on the front and 150/70 ZR-17 69W in the rear. The overhauled brake system has increased the standard rotors from 292mm to 300mm and added more powerful front and matching rear 34mm piston calipers. ABS are optional.
The closed loop exhaust system moves this trademark rumbler to an eco-friendly path by monitoring and continually adjusting the air/fuel mixture thereby improving emissions.
The only thing left is to load up, dial in the rear suspension and head off into the sunset.
MSRP $14,499 for black; $14,879 for colors and $15,149 for two-tone.
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2015 Yamaha FZ-07 versatile naked roadster fun for both new and experienced riders
It isn’t always easy to find the words to describe a motorcycle and relay the experience but after three days with Yamaha Motor Canada at the launch of the new, made in Japan, 2015 FZ-07 the words that come to mind are fun and exciting (and I haven’t even picked up my pom poms yet).
The FZ-07 is a good looking naked roadster with an edge offering a standard It is the third addition to the FZ family joining the FZ6R and FZ-09. Since 2011, the motorcycle market has been on the rise increasing in sales by 14.8% with sport bikes showing the strongest growth. Yamaha, recognizing the need for a lightweight, entry-level sport bike, wanted to create a versatile model that would appeal to the novice or step-up rider but also offer something for the more experienced to enjoy.
This ‘cool urban sport’ comes in three colours: white, matte gray and my colour of choice, lipstick red (although Yamaha prefers to call it vivid red). Of the 7 bikes available, there was only one red. Even though many of the men expressed interest in riding the red bike, for photographic purposes, once I called it the lipstick bike, ironically it was mine for the duration of the test.
We opened throttle on the Vancouver Island Highway just as the Canadian Air Force Snowbirds passed overhead in a training flight. As if to see who had more horsepower, the men were gone! All 75 HP available from the 689cc liquid cooled parallel twin was put to use.
I love to watch men ride. I admire their willingness to push it to the limit as they put a bike through its paces in ways I wouldn’t but, then again, the male audience has a different interest in motorcycles than that of their female counterparts.
While the swarm of bees (the men) rode in formation focusing intently on the pavement seeking the bike’s sweet spot, I took in more of the scenery. Motorcycles often take me to places I have never been and I am interested to soak up all the hidden secrets (like the full model clipper ship anchored in a roadside ravine with a cleverly attached solar powered garden light so that after dark, it will indicate that the ship is at anchor – “Did you guys see that model ship back there? No? You didn’t?”)
The digital liquid crystal single bar mounted display was easy to read in the morning light but if you have issues with directional light from the sun, this back light gauge is fully adjustable. Digital speedometer, odometer and dual trip meter are offered and I set my Trip1 to zero with a few pushes of the buttons.
At slightly faster than the posted highway speed, I casually glanced at my bar tach surprised to be approaching the 10,000 RPM redline yet not running out of power. “Hmmm, maybe I should change gears?”
Usually, you will feel the need to change gears on a motorcycle and not have to actually consider whether or not to do so. Even though the bike offers a six speed (overdrive) transmission, I didn’t find the use for the final gear and barely needed 5th gear in the straight stretches.
Highway 28 out of Campbell River would offer ample twists and turns and decorate my bike, gear and visor with an array of bug splatter indicating that, despite the cooler morning temperatures, Spring had indeed arrived and the woods were once again active with Mother Nature’s creations.
I navigated the next 100+ km with the swarm of bees always just around the next one or two corners. Here is where the ’07 truly shined. The RPM range in the gears is between 3000 and 6,500 RPM making its operation effortless as there isn’t a whole lot of need to change gears despite changing speed. I simply rolled off the throttle approaching a bend and rolled back on as I exited never having to gear down yet still maintaining controllable power.
Now I understood the diversification of the target market appeal to the new as well as the experienced riders. The entry level rider can enjoy the bike and develop essential riding skills and confidence with simplistic operation while the experienced rider can challenge themselves, push the limits a little and maintain that smile on their face yet still have money in their wallet and power in their wrists. (FZ-07 is entering the market with an MSRP of $7,299).
After riding past thundering waterfalls crashing over cliffs and continuing hundreds of feet over rock faces marked with no parking signs, I came out of the woods and into a clearing at Muchalat inlet where I ran out of road. Wow. Another incredible destination I would never have seen if I hadn’t been on a bike.
A small marina housed a few fishing boats, a float plane marked Air Nootka and a couple of tugs to haul logs. I guess you could say this was officially the middle of nowhere and it was beautiful.
Gathering again as a group at the Gold River Cafe for lunch, the bikes attracted the attention of the locals. One couple in particular, where 72-year-old “Betty”, who pulled up in a convertible sports car with the top down, came over to chat and marvel about riding. She had recently given up her bike but couldn’t get the feel of a motorcycle out of her system. She bought the convertible as the closest thing to a bike and laughed as she explained that when she drove her new car off the lot, she did so wearing her helmet.
Over lunch the group shared personal experiences and I asked, “Did anyone see the ECO light on the dash.”
The Eco indicator, a digital display above the speedo, had been discussed in the morning seminar. The indicator would come on when the bike was being operated in an ‘Eco-friendly’ fashion for fuel consumption.
“The light is only operational between 2,500 and 3,000 RPM,” was the response where the consensus at the table was unanimous why none of us had seen the light. We had been having way too much fun in the higher RPM. The ECO indicator would be a good guide for the new rider. If you are paying attention to the ECO indicator, chances are you are monitoring the fuel consumption gauge as well.
Planning our post lunch exit route I piped up, “My fuel light is on.”
“Just on or is it blinking,” was the response.
Fuel is listed on the digital display with a bar graph. The fuel pump light will come on when the bike is running on reserve on fuel. When you approach the end of your reserve, the light will begin to flash indicating that from that point forward, you take your chances continuing to ride.
The fuel-efficient FZ-07 offers 24 km/l or 68 m/gl and even though it requires 87 Octane fuel, the 14 litre fuel tank will go from A to B within the tightest of budgets.
The tank itself is covered with replaceable plastic panels. Designed with the newer, inexperienced rider in mind, if there is a scratch or damage to any part of the fuel tank, the individual panel can be replaced which is a much more economical fix than replacing the entire tank.
The ride back was filled with photo pit stops. One in particular in Strathcona Park, B.C.’s oldest forest, where we took photos in an S-curve. Vehicles passed by ogling and then continue on their way. Then we spotted Betty’s convertible coming around the bend with the friendly waving hand of her husband from behind the steering wheel. Passenger Betty was fast asleep catching a few winks in the wind.
From Campbell River to Courtenay the road outlined the waves of the ocean before turning inland and passing through farmer’s fields. Just over 320 km marked the odometer as I reached for the key.
Keep your eye out for the Yamaha Power Tour in your neighborhood and try the FZ-07 for yourself.
Engine: Liquid cooled, DOHC, 8-valves (4 valves/cyl) inline twin
Bore and Stroke: 80 x 68.6 Compression Ratio: 11.5:1 Maximum Torque: 6.9 kg-m (50 ft-lbs) @ 6,500 rpm
Fuel Delivery: Mikuni 38mm throttle body F.I.
Front Suspension: 41mm fork Rear Suspension: Adjustable link Monocross (preload)
Front Brakes: Dual 282mm discs / 4-piston calipers Rear Brakes: 245 mm disc / single piston caliper
Front Tires: 120/70ZR17 Rear Tires: 180/55ZR17
Length: 2,085 mm (82.1″) Width: 745 mm (29.3″) Height: 1,090 mm (42.9″)
Wheelbase: 1,400 mm (55.1″) Rake/Trail: 24.5 degrees / 90mm
Seat Height: 805mm (31.7″)
Wet Weight: 180 kg (397 lb)