1. New Post has been published on http://motorcygal.com/ducati-unveils-the-2015-scrambler-at-intermot/Ducati unveils the 2015 Scrambler at IntermotHow fun does this look!


At the end of the opening day at Intermot in Koln, Germany, Ducati pulled the covers of the all new highly anticipated 803cc six speed – The Scrambler.
Powered by an air-cooled, L-twin engine, the Scrambler is boasting 88mm bore and 66mm stroke for smooth acceleration. The seat and tank have been proportionately designed with rider confidence and comfort in mind whether you ride solo or two up.
“This year Intermot is especially meaningful for Ducati”, stated Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati Motor Holding, during the press conference. “Ducati continues to grow steadily as it has done for several years now. The last 12 months confirm this positive trend with a growth over 5% compared to the previous ones, a new sales record. I’m also particularly proud to be celebrating, here at Intermot, Ducati’s historic win in the German Superbike Championship where the performance of the 1199 Panigale R has allowed us to take both the Constructors and Riders title – thanks to the prowess of Xavi Fores and Max Neukirchner.”
“Presenting the new Ducati Scrambler brand means for us opening the doors to an entirely new, fascinating, and absolutely contemporary world”, said Cristiano Silei, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Ducati Motor Holding, during the unveiling of the new bikes. “We have reinterpreted an iconic motorcycle, part of our history for more than 50 years, in a fully modern way, designing and building the Ducati Scrambler as if we’d never stopped making it. The four bikes of the Ducati Scrambler family represent starting points on a path to personalization that will make every single Ducati Scrambler a unique, free-spirited bike as individual as the person riding it.”

Here comes a contemporary bike with a sense of style. A compact street enduro just waiting to hit the showrooms in January 2015.

2015 Scrambler Pricing (MSRP)
Icon Red $8,495 (USA), $9,295 (Canada), $129,990 (Mexico); Icon Yellow $8,595 (USA), $9,395 (Canada), $131,490 (Mexico)
Full Throttle $9,995 (USA), $10,995 (Canada), $149,990 (Mexico)
Urban Enduro $9,995 (USA), $10,995 (Canada), $149,990 (Mexico)
Classic $9,995 (USA), $10,995 (Canada), $149,990 (Mexico)

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    Ducati unveils the 2015 Scrambler at Intermot

    How fun does this look!

    DUCATI SCRAMBLER - FULL THROTTLE

    At the end of the opening day at Intermot in Koln, Germany, Ducati pulled the covers of the all new highly anticipated 803cc six speed – The Scrambler.

    Powered by an air-cooled, L-twin engine, the Scrambler is boasting 88mm bore and 66mm stroke for smooth acceleration. The seat and tank have been proportionately designed with rider confidence and comfort in mind whether you ride solo or two up.

    “This year Intermot is especially meaningful for Ducati”, stated Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati Motor Holding, during the press conference. “Ducati continues to grow steadily as it has done for several years now. The last 12 months confirm this positive trend with a growth over 5% compared to the previous ones, a new sales record. I’m also particularly proud to be celebrating, here at Intermot, Ducati’s historic win in the German Superbike Championship where the performance of the 1199 Panigale R has allowed us to take both the Constructors and Riders title – thanks to the prowess of Xavi Fores and Max Neukirchner.”

    “Presenting the new Ducati Scrambler brand means for us opening the doors to an entirely new, fascinating, and absolutely contemporary world”, said Cristiano Silei, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Ducati Motor Holding, during the unveiling of the new bikes. “We have reinterpreted an iconic motorcycle, part of our history for more than 50 years, in a fully modern way, designing and building the Ducati Scrambler as if we’d never stopped making it. The four bikes of the Ducati Scrambler family represent starting points on a path to personalization that will make every single Ducati Scrambler a unique, free-spirited bike as individual as the person riding it.”

    DUCATI SCRAMBLER - ICON

    Here comes a contemporary bike with a sense of style. A compact street enduro just waiting to hit the showrooms in January 2015.

    DUCATI SCRAMBLER - ICON 2

    2015 Scrambler Pricing (MSRP)
    Icon Red $8,495 (USA), $9,295 (Canada), $129,990 (Mexico); Icon Yellow $8,595 (USA), $9,395 (Canada), $131,490 (Mexico)
    Full Throttle $9,995 (USA), $10,995 (Canada), $149,990 (Mexico)
    Urban Enduro $9,995 (USA), $10,995 (Canada), $149,990 (Mexico)
    Classic $9,995 (USA), $10,995 (Canada), $149,990 (Mexico)

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  2. New Post has been published on http://motorcygal.com/2014-honda-vfr800-road-to-rock-nroll/2014 Honda VFR800 - Road to rock n’roll  The 2014 Honda VFR800 offers a sleek new slimmer design and standard features like LED headlights, ABS, heated grips and more.
By Marissa Baecker
MotorcyGal
The Honda VFR has a long history of being a fan favourite. Since its debut as a V4 – 750cc, the VFR has garnered attention. So much so, that changing it was a risky venture for Honda. However, improvements like updated style, a 10 kg weight loss plus added standard features like adjustable seat height, traction control, ABS, heated grips and self-cancelling signals, have sent this model to the top of the list of desired rides and I was about to get my hands around the bars of one for a quick road trip to a rock concert.
“Now that’s a sexy bike!” The first thought when I arrived to pick up the 2014 VFR800 Honda. The looks may be what draw you in, but it’s the ride that will keep you there.
I admit that taking to the highway on a Friday afternoon wasn’t the best decision as Lower Mainland outdoor enthusiasts pulled everything out of their garage and were proudly towing most of their recreational belongings in some manner or another.

My wimpy grip was put to the test in an exercise of clutch control during heavy rush hour traffic that didn’t see my digital gear change out of third or my speedo go past 60km/hr for about 100 km of the Trans Canada Highway. After nearly 2 ½ hours, I pulled into the Chevron gas station in Hope, B.C. where there was barely room for a motorcycle to squeeze in between campers and cars.
Although the compact rider triangle of the VFR initially excited me, I found myself cursing this cuddler after 2 hours of Friday afternoon gridlock. My hips, wrists, shoulders and knees were practically locked in place and I questioned who I thought I was – some 20-year-old spry athlete?
Sucking back my Gatorade on the lawn trying to replenish the fluids I had sweat out inside my leathers creeping along the highway, I admired a relaxed-looking Harley rider saddling up as I worked through muscle cramps in my calves. I still had 2 – 3 hours of travel to get to where I was going and I was rather fatigued.
“Are you heading East,” I queried to a positive response. “Do you mind if I ride with you?”
George would lead us out of Hope, ascending the canyon and down into Merritt where we parted ways and I continued South toward a blackened skyline just as mother nature started to put on a light show.

“Oh that’s just great!” I considered waiting it out as other riders were putting on their rain gear roadside and but a thumbs up rider coming from the opposite direction told me it wasn’t as bad as it looked and I persevered.
As liquid polka dots decorated the blacktop below me, I thought about the traction control. When the sky opened up, and the road reflected oil, surface grit and flashes of light from Mother Nature’s strobes, my wrist rolled off the throttle but my Honda didn’t waiver. I anticipated tire movement but stayed strong and consistent for the next 20 km until I came out the other side of the storm, soaked, but still upright.
A simple roll on of the throttle and the VFR delivered linear power as I continued my ascent and back up to the posted speed limit of 120km hoping my leathers would dry in the wind. After coming off the ultra-lite Honda CBR500 (432lb), I initially considered the VFR800 (526.8 lb.) to be heavy but that extra weight was a welcomed addition when the wind picked up as I crested the mountain summit and began my descent into the Okanagan Valley.
Near the end of my journey, the dual LED headlights were becoming a predominant feature. They lit the road ahead and around me making it difficult to consider ending a ride on a warm summer night.
I pulled into the security lot of the South Okanagan Event Centre in Penticton, B.C. and immediately caught the attention of a group of enthusiastic roadies proving that the full fairing VFR800 Honda in pearl white (also in red) had sex appeal to both men and women.
Upon parking my ride along side the Alice in Chains tour buses, I answered a few questions and then left the ogling crowd circling my bike to take a closer look as I headed inside for the grande finale of photographing a live rock n’roll show.

  

 

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    2014 Honda VFR800 - Road to rock n’roll

    The 2014 Honda VFR800 offers a sleek new slimmer design and standard features like LED headlights, ABS, heated grips and more. The 2014 Honda VFR800 offers a sleek new slimmer design and standard features like LED headlights, ABS, heated grips and more.

    By Marissa Baecker
    MotorcyGal

    The Honda VFR has a long history of being a fan favourite. Since its debut as a V4 – 750cc, the VFR has garnered attention. So much so, that changing it was a risky venture for Honda. However, improvements like updated style, a 10 kg weight loss plus added standard features like adjustable seat height, traction control, ABS, heated grips and self-cancelling signals, have sent this model to the top of the list of desired rides and I was about to get my hands around the bars of one for a quick road trip to a rock concert.

    “Now that’s a sexy bike!” The first thought when I arrived to pick up the 2014 VFR800 Honda. The looks may be what draw you in, but it’s the ride that will keep you there.

    I admit that taking to the highway on a Friday afternoon wasn’t the best decision as Lower Mainland outdoor enthusiasts pulled everything out of their garage and were proudly towing most of their recreational belongings in some manner or another.

    IMG_3148

    My wimpy grip was put to the test in an exercise of clutch control during heavy rush hour traffic that didn’t see my digital gear change out of third or my speedo go past 60km/hr for about 100 km of the Trans Canada Highway. After nearly 2 ½ hours, I pulled into the Chevron gas station in Hope, B.C. where there was barely room for a motorcycle to squeeze in between campers and cars.

    Although the compact rider triangle of the VFR initially excited me, I found myself cursing this cuddler after 2 hours of Friday afternoon gridlock. My hips, wrists, shoulders and knees were practically locked in place and I questioned who I thought I was – some 20-year-old spry athlete?

    Sucking back my Gatorade on the lawn trying to replenish the fluids I had sweat out inside my leathers creeping along the highway, I admired a relaxed-looking Harley rider saddling up as I worked through muscle cramps in my calves. I still had 2 – 3 hours of travel to get to where I was going and I was rather fatigued.

    “Are you heading East,” I queried to a positive response. “Do you mind if I ride with you?”

    George would lead us out of Hope, ascending the canyon and down into Merritt where we parted ways and I continued South toward a blackened skyline just as mother nature started to put on a light show.

    IMG_3161

    “Oh that’s just great!” I considered waiting it out as other riders were putting on their rain gear roadside and but a thumbs up rider coming from the opposite direction told me it wasn’t as bad as it looked and I persevered.

    As liquid polka dots decorated the blacktop below me, I thought about the traction control. When the sky opened up, and the road reflected oil, surface grit and flashes of light from Mother Nature’s strobes, my wrist rolled off the throttle but my Honda didn’t waiver. I anticipated tire movement but stayed strong and consistent for the next 20 km until I came out the other side of the storm, soaked, but still upright.

    A simple roll on of the throttle and the VFR delivered linear power as I continued my ascent and back up to the posted speed limit of 120km hoping my leathers would dry in the wind. After coming off the ultra-lite Honda CBR500 (432lb), I initially considered the VFR800 (526.8 lb.) to be heavy but that extra weight was a welcomed addition when the wind picked up as I crested the mountain summit and began my descent into the Okanagan Valley.

    Near the end of my journey, the dual LED headlights were becoming a predominant feature. They lit the road ahead and around me making it difficult to consider ending a ride on a warm summer night.

    I pulled into the security lot of the South Okanagan Event Centre in Penticton, B.C. and immediately caught the attention of a group of enthusiastic roadies proving that the full fairing VFR800 Honda in pearl white (also in red) had sex appeal to both men and women.

    Upon parking my ride along side the Alice in Chains tour buses, I answered a few questions and then left the ogling crowd circling my bike to take a closer look as I headed inside for the grande finale of photographing a live rock n’roll show.

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  3. New Post has been published on http://motorcygal.com/snap-on-tools-masters-of-metal-brings-orange-county-chopper-to-kelowna/Snap-On Tools Masters of Metal brings Orange County Chopper to Kelowna  The Snap-On Tools chopper built by Orange County Choppers has 53 Snap-On tools incorporated into the design. You can see for yourself at the upcoming Masters of Metal tour.
By Marissa Baecker
Tools are to a mechanic like candy is to a child. The child has Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory to show them how candy is made and the mechanic … has Snap-On Tools Masters of Metal.
What is Masters of Metal? This is an international tour of Snap-On Tools with usually limited Canadian city stops but eight local Snap-On franchise owners got together and have detoured the Masters of Metal trucks into Kelowna for one day. But why?
“We wanted to honour our clients and show our community that the quality of the mechanic’s craft is enhanced by good tools,” says local franchisee Bill Smythe.
This interactive public display will blow the doors open of two 18 wheelers plus dealer trucks and invites the imagination of tool lovers in to take part in a hands-on experience and showcase of the newest innovative products.

This educational experience will answer any questions about tools you ever had. You can learn how tools are designed and manufactured as well as get a close up look at the latest technology designed to improve productivity and efficiency in any commercial or private garage. There will even be an opportunity to try some out for yourself.

“From the smallest bit socket to the biggest roll cab …That’s why we created the Snap-On Masters of Metal Tour. It’s a fun, steel-bending experience …a way for us to honor professional technicians, the true ‘masters of their trade,’” said Yvette Morrison, vice president of marketing for Snap-On Tools Group.

In addition to the educational component, Snap-On will also have on display Cruz Pedregon’s 8000 HP NHRA Funny Car and the OCC custom built chopper whose design and build originally aired on Discovery Channel’s American Chopper in December 2003.
The Snap-On Tools chopper actually incorporates 53 of the company’s tools in the design including hand tools, power tools and even a mini-tool box. This is a unique one-of-a-kind creation.
The bike is Snap-On red and matches the company’s signature toolboxes exactly. The chopper is powered by a 131 cu.in., 136HP motor that has the company logo milled into the body and accented by a wrench mounted on diamond cut fins. In place of an oil pan is a mini toolbox. Gun drilled hex stock handlebars are fixed to the frame with two wrenches. This is a piece of art worth seeing.

If that isn’t enough to grab your attention, maybe a tour of the Rock n’Roll Cab Express that houses some custom tool storage units not found in any retail outlet and not normally available to the public eye.
  The Rock n’Roll Cab Express from Snap-On Tools
This international display will also have a local flavor or two as well. Konquer Motorcycles, Custom Rides & Rods (formerly Kreater Motorcycles) will showcase a few custom motorcycles as well as a 55 Chevy hot rod (weather permitting). Local food vending trucks will be on hand to satisfy your appetite as well.
Masters of Metal is being held in Kelowna at Orchard Park Mall, Thursday, September 18 from 3 to 8:30 p.m. and is an open public event.

    New Post has been published on http://motorcygal.com/snap-on-tools-masters-of-metal-brings-orange-county-chopper-to-kelowna/

    Snap-On Tools Masters of Metal brings Orange County Chopper to Kelowna

    The Snap-On Tools chopper built by Orange County Choppers has 53 Snap-On tools incorporated into the design. You can see for yourself at the upcoming Masters of Metal tour. The Snap-On Tools chopper built by Orange County Choppers has 53 Snap-On tools incorporated into the design. You can see for yourself at the upcoming Masters of Metal tour.

    By Marissa Baecker

    Tools are to a mechanic like candy is to a child. The child has Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory to show them how candy is made and the mechanic … has Snap-On Tools Masters of Metal.

    What is Masters of Metal? This is an international tour of Snap-On Tools with usually limited Canadian city stops but eight local Snap-On franchise owners got together and have detoured the Masters of Metal trucks into Kelowna for one day. But why?

    “We wanted to honour our clients and show our community that the quality of the mechanic’s craft is enhanced by good tools,” says local franchisee Bill Smythe.

    This interactive public display will blow the doors open of two 18 wheelers plus dealer trucks and invites the imagination of tool lovers in to take part in a hands-on experience and showcase of the newest innovative products.

    MOM_Rig2_s

    This educational experience will answer any questions about tools you ever had. You can learn how tools are designed and manufactured as well as get a close up look at the latest technology designed to improve productivity and efficiency in any commercial or private garage. There will even be an opportunity to try some out for yourself.

    MOM_DiagSteve_s

    “From the smallest bit socket to the biggest roll cab …That’s why we created the Snap-On Masters of Metal Tour. It’s a fun, steel-bending experience …a way for us to honor professional technicians, the true ‘masters of their trade,’” said Yvette Morrison, vice president of marketing for Snap-On Tools Group.

    MOM_FunnyCar2s

    In addition to the educational component, Snap-On will also have on display Cruz Pedregon’s 8000 HP NHRA Funny Car and the OCC custom built chopper whose design and build originally aired on Discovery Channel’s American Chopper in December 2003.

    The Snap-On Tools chopper actually incorporates 53 of the company’s tools in the design including hand tools, power tools and even a mini-tool box. This is a unique one-of-a-kind creation.

    The bike is Snap-On red and matches the company’s signature toolboxes exactly. The chopper is powered by a 131 cu.in., 136HP motor that has the company logo milled into the body and accented by a wrench mounted on diamond cut fins. In place of an oil pan is a mini toolbox. Gun drilled hex stock handlebars are fixed to the frame with two wrenches. This is a piece of art worth seeing.

    BIKE

    If that isn’t enough to grab your attention, maybe a tour of the Rock n’Roll Cab Express that houses some custom tool storage units not found in any retail outlet and not normally available to the public eye.

    The Rock n'Roll Cab Express from Snap-On Tools The Rock n’Roll Cab Express from Snap-On Tools

    This international display will also have a local flavor or two as well. Konquer Motorcycles, Custom Rides & Rods (formerly Kreater Motorcycles) will showcase a few custom motorcycles as well as a 55 Chevy hot rod (weather permitting). Local food vending trucks will be on hand to satisfy your appetite as well.

    Masters of Metal is being held in Kelowna at Orchard Park Mall, Thursday, September 18 from 3 to 8:30 p.m. and is an open public event.

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  4. New Post has been published on http://motorcygal.com/2014-kawasaki-zx-6r-performs-beautifully-in-twisties-of-infamous-westside-road/2014 Kawasaki ZX-6R performs beautifully in twisties of infamous Westside Road  The 2014 Kawasaki ZX-6R 636 in Pearl Flat Crystal White – photo by Marissa Baecker
By Marissa Baecker
Supersport (aka “crotch rocket”) bikes are historically designed for one purpose – racing. Built for speed, the rider triangle is intentionally compact and not necessarily conducive to taller riders and being that I stand at 5’11″, I have intentionally shyed away from these type of bikes.
I wrapped up last riding season spending two days with Keith Code and California Superbike School on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway learning the parameters of supersport motorcycling and developing high speed cornering and braking skills. I pushed my limits well beyond what I have been comfortable with and gained invaluable knowledge about what bikes can do as well as what I can do riding one. Naturally, this season I wanted to utilize my new-found abilities and give supersport riding another shot.
West Kelowna’s Valley Moto Sport owner, Barry Wellings, handed me the key to a 2014 Kawasaki ZX-6R ABS and said, “There are no miles on it so watch the tires. The guys just put it together. They don’t stick around very long, riders love this model.”
Standing before me was a brand new, sexy, full fairing motorcycle in pearl flat crystal white (which matched my Alpinestars leathers and Arai helmet beautifully) with flat black accents. Other ABS colours for 2014 include that signature Kawasaki lime green and candy burnt orange. Metallic spark black is available without ABS. However, with the recent 2015 announcement, it appears that the staple lime green with ebony accents is rider’s only choice.
  Marissa Baecker is fashionably coordinated to the 2014 Kawasaki ZX-6R
Once seated in the 32.7” saddle, I was pleasantly surprised how well I fit the bike. My thighs molded right below the beveled tank as my knees gripped either side. After a few road miles, I was even more surprised with the comfortable angles of my wrists while my gloves gripped the bars and how natural it was to keep my elbows tucked in. Steering was effortless and I truly felt like one with the bike.
A quick $13 fill up (when was the last time $13 filled anything?) of the 17 litre fuel tank and I was off for a two and half hour ‘lap’ around Okanagan Lake. The grand finale – 70 km of twisties along the thrilling rider favourite, Westside Road.
Opening throttle on the highway, and with the Kawasaki traction control switched off, this middleweight was quick to let me know that despite being the smallest sibling of the ZX lineup (10R and 14R), this 636cc liquid cooled in-line four, four-stroke produced enough torque to kick start my heart. “Let the good times roll!” all of a sudden had a whole new meaning.
A half hour of sweeping curves and spectacular scenery riding the hills above Kalamalka Lake, I settled in without any complaints from my body. Another ZX rider appeared in my rear-view and remained flanked to my right all the way to Vernon. At the first stop light, he pulled along-side, and while ogling the bike from behind his full face queried, “Is that the new 6?” New because in 2014 the ZX-6R is known as the 636 referring to a displacement boost from the previous 599cc. Our bike conversation continued at each traffic light until we headed in opposite directions as I made a turn onto Westside Road at the Head of the Lake.
  There are several warning signs at various points along rider favourite Westside Road in the Okanagan of B.C.
There are several warning signs along this lakeside stretch reminding travelers of tricky navigation while enticing riders to the point where the road is listed as a favourite in popular rider travel books. Riding mach III with your hair on fire is not required to fully enjoy this piece of fresh pavement. Those that have tried, and failed, are marked at several points on both sides with make-shift memorials.
I kept a good pace within my limits and was exhilarated with the handling and performance of the ZX-6R. Kawasaki Traction Control gave me peace of mind knowing it was easily activated with a the quick thumb push of the button and a quick confirming glance at the digital instrument panel. ABS evenly slowed the bike down entering the curves and the low-mid range torque consistently pulled me out of the tight corners no matter what gear.

The bike weighs in at 192 kg (about 428 lbs.) but rides like it weighs half that amount. I pulled back into the parking lot after about 150 km of fun where Wellings was standing with an eager rider. “The tires are warmed up,” I smiled and I handed the key to Wellings as he walked the eager rider over to the bike.
I later called Wellings to make arrangements to do some riding photos with the ZX-6R as the sun went down and wasn’t the least bit surprised to hear the bike had been sold. MSRP is about $12,500 after manufacturer incentives.

 

 

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    2014 Kawasaki ZX-6R performs beautifully in twisties of infamous Westside Road

    2014 ZX6R Kawasaki4 The 2014 Kawasaki ZX-6R 636 in Pearl Flat Crystal White – photo by Marissa Baecker

    By Marissa Baecker

    Supersport (aka “crotch rocket”) bikes are historically designed for one purpose – racing. Built for speed, the rider triangle is intentionally compact and not necessarily conducive to taller riders and being that I stand at 5’11″, I have intentionally shyed away from these type of bikes.

    I wrapped up last riding season spending two days with Keith Code and California Superbike School on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway learning the parameters of supersport motorcycling and developing high speed cornering and braking skills. I pushed my limits well beyond what I have been comfortable with and gained invaluable knowledge about what bikes can do as well as what I can do riding one. Naturally, this season I wanted to utilize my new-found abilities and give supersport riding another shot.

    West Kelowna’s Valley Moto Sport owner, Barry Wellings, handed me the key to a 2014 Kawasaki ZX-6R ABS and said, “There are no miles on it so watch the tires. The guys just put it together. They don’t stick around very long, riders love this model.”

    Standing before me was a brand new, sexy, full fairing motorcycle in pearl flat crystal white (which matched my Alpinestars leathers and Arai helmet beautifully) with flat black accents. Other ABS colours for 2014 include that signature Kawasaki lime green and candy burnt orange. Metallic spark black is available without ABS. However, with the recent 2015 announcement, it appears that the staple lime green with ebony accents is rider’s only choice.

    Marissa Baecker is fashionably coordinated to the 2014 Kawasaki ZX-6R Marissa Baecker is fashionably coordinated to the 2014 Kawasaki ZX-6R

    Once seated in the 32.7” saddle, I was pleasantly surprised how well I fit the bike. My thighs molded right below the beveled tank as my knees gripped either side. After a few road miles, I was even more surprised with the comfortable angles of my wrists while my gloves gripped the bars and how natural it was to keep my elbows tucked in. Steering was effortless and I truly felt like one with the bike.

    A quick $13 fill up (when was the last time $13 filled anything?) of the 17 litre fuel tank and I was off for a two and half hour ‘lap’ around Okanagan Lake. The grand finale – 70 km of twisties along the thrilling rider favourite, Westside Road.

    Opening throttle on the highway, and with the Kawasaki traction control switched off, this middleweight was quick to let me know that despite being the smallest sibling of the ZX lineup (10R and 14R), this 636cc liquid cooled in-line four, four-stroke produced enough torque to kick start my heart. “Let the good times roll!” all of a sudden had a whole new meaning.

    A half hour of sweeping curves and spectacular scenery riding the hills above Kalamalka Lake, I settled in without any complaints from my body. Another ZX rider appeared in my rear-view and remained flanked to my right all the way to Vernon. At the first stop light, he pulled along-side, and while ogling the bike from behind his full face queried, “Is that the new 6?” New because in 2014 the ZX-6R is known as the 636 referring to a displacement boost from the previous 599cc. Our bike conversation continued at each traffic light until we headed in opposite directions as I made a turn onto Westside Road at the Head of the Lake.

    There are several warning signs at various points along rider favourite Westside Road in the Okanagan of B.C. There are several warning signs at various points along rider favourite Westside Road in the Okanagan of B.C.

    There are several warning signs along this lakeside stretch reminding travelers of tricky navigation while enticing riders to the point where the road is listed as a favourite in popular rider travel books. Riding mach III with your hair on fire is not required to fully enjoy this piece of fresh pavement. Those that have tried, and failed, are marked at several points on both sides with make-shift memorials.

    I kept a good pace within my limits and was exhilarated with the handling and performance of the ZX-6R. Kawasaki Traction Control gave me peace of mind knowing it was easily activated with a the quick thumb push of the button and a quick confirming glance at the digital instrument panel. ABS evenly slowed the bike down entering the curves and the low-mid range torque consistently pulled me out of the tight corners no matter what gear.

    2014 ZX6R Kawasaki

    The bike weighs in at 192 kg (about 428 lbs.) but rides like it weighs half that amount. I pulled back into the parking lot after about 150 km of fun where Wellings was standing with an eager rider. “The tires are warmed up,” I smiled and I handed the key to Wellings as he walked the eager rider over to the bike.

    I later called Wellings to make arrangements to do some riding photos with the ZX-6R as the sun went down and wasn’t the least bit surprised to hear the bike had been sold. MSRP is about $12,500 after manufacturer incentives.

     

     

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  5. New Post has been published on http://motorcygal.com/suzuki-v-strom-1000-is-economical-affordable-and-will-take-you-as-off-road-as-you-want-to-go/Suzuki V-Strom 1000 is economical, affordable and will take you as off-road as you want to go  The 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 SE is ready for adventure right of the showroom floor.
By Marissa Baecker
My spirit for adventure was awakened the moment the 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 SE was unloaded from the trailer. Bright red and adventure-ready, the road less traveled was calling my name. Equipped with hand guards, centre stand, side panniers, and a nine-way adjustable windscreen right off the showroom floor, the SE is ready for the long haul before your imagination can decide where to take you.
I closed the pannier, plugged in my iPhone to the 12-volt outlet, set the trip meter to zero, and navigated the quickest way out of downtown Vancouver I could find, intent on racking up 800KM in search of the smell of fresh cedar. The V-Strom is still the original tried and true bike it always has been, but it has had a makeover for 2014.
A redesigned fuel-injected engine, with increased cooling capacity, serving up low and mid-range torque for those tricky off road areas, redesigned exhaust, transmission tweaks plus a chassis and suspension upgrade, all equating to an eight-kilogram trim down from the previous model and improved stability.
Recent increased speed limits on B.C. highways showed off the V-Strom’s sport handling and the inverted front forks absorbed every slight bump. I slipped through the gears and into sixth for a smooth ride as the city skyline sank rapidly in my rear view and the mountains grew taller every passing mile.
Roaring past sprawling pastures of livestock and agriculture, my adventure mirage was intermittently halted by an offensive slap in the face of freshly spread manure enveloping the Trans-Canada Highway through Chilliwack. No visor or helmet could rescue me — just a twist of the wrist and my new found ability to hold my breath longer than originally anticipated.
Having survived the sensory assault, I resettled in the saddle just in time to enjoy the onslaught of sweeping curves on the approach into the mountains. I was reacquainting myself with Mother Nature when Aeolus, the Greek God of Wind, decided to take over in the rocky canyons of the ascent up the Coquihalla highway (now coined the Highway Thru Hell by Discovery Channel). A quick push of the adjustable windscreen sent the wind up and over but even so, no better time to exit the pavement for a more sheltered experience.

Over the dirt and into the woods, the digital fuel consumption and range meter gave me the confidence to explore the dirt path. The banks of Sowaqua Creek were ready to burst with rapidly flowing mountain runoff as I rode alongside wondering if I would get an opportunity to cross when I arrived in the clearing of a private canyon paradise whose occupants were lounging creek-side and I would ponder crossing no more.
After a dirt-bike slide u-turn, a quick push of the button turned on the traction control and my rear tire gripped the gravel as opposed to spitting it. Some knobby tires would be an asset for this terrain. Back on the highway, I accelerated past the coughing 18-wheelers up the ascent to the 1,250-metre summit. Crisp mountain air wafted through my visor after a 10-degree temperature drop and the road continued to ebb and flow from right to left. I marveled that my backside had yet to complain after 2.5 hours in the newly shaped carved out seat.
  The newly carved out saddle of the V-Strom 1000 SE makes for more comfort and time in the saddle.
Near the 1,728-metre Pennask Summit of the Okanagan Connector Hwy97C, I again exited the pavement for a descent through Bear Creek. The sun was dipping and it wasn’t long before I tried out the ABS and stared down a path-crossing cow moose still keeping my hand on the throttle in case she decided to introduce herself. We watched one another with a spacious distance until she meandered back into the brush and I continued on my way thinking, “This is what it’s all about.”

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    Suzuki V-Strom 1000 is economical, affordable and will take you as off-road as you want to go

    the 2014 Suzuki VStrom 1000 SE is ready for adventure right of the showroom floor. The 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 SE is ready for adventure right of the showroom floor.

    By Marissa Baecker

    My spirit for adventure was awakened the moment the 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 SE was unloaded from the trailer. Bright red and adventure-ready, the road less traveled was calling my name. Equipped with hand guards, centre stand, side panniers, and a nine-way adjustable windscreen right off the showroom floor, the SE is ready for the long haul before your imagination can decide where to take you.

    I closed the pannier, plugged in my iPhone to the 12-volt outlet, set the trip meter to zero, and navigated the quickest way out of downtown Vancouver I could find, intent on racking up 800KM in search of the smell of fresh cedar. The V-Strom is still the original tried and true bike it always has been, but it has had a makeover for 2014.

    A redesigned fuel-injected engine, with increased cooling capacity, serving up low and mid-range torque for those tricky off road areas, redesigned exhaust, transmission tweaks plus a chassis and suspension upgrade, all equating to an eight-kilogram trim down from the previous model and improved stability.

    Recent increased speed limits on B.C. highways showed off the V-Strom’s sport handling and the inverted front forks absorbed every slight bump. I slipped through the gears and into sixth for a smooth ride as the city skyline sank rapidly in my rear view and the mountains grew taller every passing mile.

    Roaring past sprawling pastures of livestock and agriculture, my adventure mirage was intermittently halted by an offensive slap in the face of freshly spread manure enveloping the Trans-Canada Highway through Chilliwack. No visor or helmet could rescue me — just a twist of the wrist and my new found ability to hold my breath longer than originally anticipated.

    Having survived the sensory assault, I resettled in the saddle just in time to enjoy the onslaught of sweeping curves on the approach into the mountains. I was reacquainting myself with Mother Nature when Aeolus, the Greek God of Wind, decided to take over in the rocky canyons of the ascent up the Coquihalla highway (now coined the Highway Thru Hell by Discovery Channel). A quick push of the adjustable windscreen sent the wind up and over but even so, no better time to exit the pavement for a more sheltered experience.

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    Over the dirt and into the woods, the digital fuel consumption and range meter gave me the confidence to explore the dirt path. The banks of Sowaqua Creek were ready to burst with rapidly flowing mountain runoff as I rode alongside wondering if I would get an opportunity to cross when I arrived in the clearing of a private canyon paradise whose occupants were lounging creek-side and I would ponder crossing no more.

    After a dirt-bike slide u-turn, a quick push of the button turned on the traction control and my rear tire gripped the gravel as opposed to spitting it. Some knobby tires would be an asset for this terrain. Back on the highway, I accelerated past the coughing 18-wheelers up the ascent to the 1,250-metre summit. Crisp mountain air wafted through my visor after a 10-degree temperature drop and the road continued to ebb and flow from right to left. I marveled that my backside had yet to complain after 2.5 hours in the newly shaped carved out seat.

    The newly carved out saddle of the V-Strom 1000 SE makes for more comfort and time in the saddle. The newly carved out saddle of the V-Strom 1000 SE makes for more comfort and time in the saddle.

    Near the 1,728-metre Pennask Summit of the Okanagan Connector Hwy97C, I again exited the pavement for a descent through Bear Creek. The sun was dipping and it wasn’t long before I tried out the ABS and stared down a path-crossing cow moose still keeping my hand on the throttle in case she decided to introduce herself. We watched one another with a spacious distance until she meandered back into the brush and I continued on my way thinking, “This is what it’s all about.”

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  6. #ferrari 458 #Italia on #vw lot?? #nottradingitin #supercar in my dreams

    #ferrari 458 #Italia on #vw lot?? #nottradingitin #supercar in my dreams

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  7. @hondapowerca #VFR800 headlights provide so much improved visibility that you don’t want to get off the road. On a hot summer night under clear skies and a full moon I was still riding past midnight. Thank you technology!  #motorcycles #motorcygal #summer #riding #bikes  (at Gasthaus on the Lake)

    @hondapowerca #VFR800 headlights provide so much improved visibility that you don’t want to get off the road. On a hot summer night under clear skies and a full moon I was still riding past midnight. Thank you technology! #motorcycles #motorcygal #summer #riding #bikes (at Gasthaus on the Lake)

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  8. Great night for riding @alpinestars @hondapowerca #CBR500 #girlsonbikes #motorcycles #summer @beautifulbc

    Great night for riding @alpinestars @hondapowerca #CBR500 #girlsonbikes #motorcycles #summer @beautifulbc

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  9. New Post has been published on http://motorcygal.com/2015-indian-chief-offers-two-tone-paint-scheme/2015 Indian Chief offers two tone paint scheme  Indian Chief Vintage (photo by Barry Hathaway)
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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    2015 Indian Chief offers two tone paint scheme

    Indian Chief Vintage (photo by Barry Hathaway) Indian Chief Vintage (photo by Barry Hathaway)

    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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  10. New Post has been published on http://motorcygal.com/14-year-old-stunt-rider-opens-vintage-flat-track-races-with-ride-through-firewall/14 year old stunt rider opens Vintage Flat Track races with ride through firewall  14 yr old Danielle Schultz of Williams Lake, B.C. poses on her vintage Kawasaki motorcycle in front of a wall of 1×4′s that she would later ride through – photo by Marissa Baecker
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.
  Daredevil Danielle Schultz rides toward a firewall of 1×4′s at the 26th annual Vintage Flat Track racing at O’Keefe Ranch in Vernon, B.C. – photo by Marissa Baecker
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.

  Daredevil Danielle Schultz rides through a firewall of 1×4′s to open the 26th annual Vintage Flat Track racing at O’Keefe Ranch in Vernon, B.C. – photo by Marissa Baecker
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!”
  Danielle Schultz holds up a piece of autographed board from her inaugural public performance of riding through a wall of fire – photo by Marissa Baecker
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.
  14 year old Danielle Schultz takes the checkered flag in the first heat of 125cc vintage flat track racing at O’Keefe Ranch in Vernon, B.C. on Saturday, July 6, 2014 – photo by Marissa Baecker

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    14 year old stunt rider opens Vintage Flat Track races with ride through firewall

    14 yr old Danielle Schultz of Williams Lake, B.C. poses on her vintage Kawasaki motorcycle in front of a wall of 1x4's that she would later ride through - photo by Marissa Baecker 14 yr old Danielle Schultz of Williams Lake, B.C. poses on her vintage Kawasaki motorcycle in front of a wall of 1×4′s that she would later ride through – photo by Marissa Baecker

    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.

    Daredevil Danielle Schultz rides toward a firewall of 1x4's at the 26th annual Vintage Flat Track racing at O'Keefe Ranch in Vernon, B.C. - photo by Marissa Baecker Daredevil Danielle Schultz rides toward a firewall of 1×4′s at the 26th annual Vintage Flat Track racing at O’Keefe Ranch in Vernon, B.C. – photo by Marissa Baecker

    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.

    Daredevil Danielle Schultz rides through a firewall of 1x4's to open the 26th annual Vintage Flat Track racing at O'Keefe Ranch in Vernon, B.C. - photo by Marissa Baecker Daredevil Danielle Schultz rides through a firewall of 1×4′s to open the 26th annual Vintage Flat Track racing at O’Keefe Ranch in Vernon, B.C. – photo by Marissa Baecker

    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!”

    Danielle Schultz holds up a piece of autographed board from her inaugural public performance of riding through a wall of fire - photo by Marissa Baecker Danielle Schultz holds up a piece of autographed board from her inaugural public performance of riding through a wall of fire – photo by Marissa Baecker

    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.

    14 year old Danielle Schultz takes the checkered flag in the first heat of 125cc vintage flat track racing at O'Keefe Ranch in Vernon, B.C. on Saturday, July 6, 2014 - photo by Marissa Baecker 14 year old Danielle Schultz takes the checkered flag in the first heat of 125cc vintage flat track racing at O’Keefe Ranch in Vernon, B.C. on Saturday, July 6, 2014 – photo by Marissa Baecker

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