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March 2010, The Motorcycle News – 6


Bill 117 - Dead?

March 4th, 2010 – The dreaded Bill 117, the Private Member’s Bill introduced by MPP Helena Jaczek (Oak Ridges- Markham) to amend to the Transporta- tion Act to prohibit passengers under the age of 14 on motorcycles has offi- cially been declared dead. According to Susan Sourial Committee Clerk with the Standing Committee on Justice Policy, Legislative Assembly of Ontario “Bill 117 was not carried over when the Leg- islature prorogued Thursday, so we say that it died on the order paper.” The information and statistics Jaczek

Conga Across Canada

February 25, 2010 – In early August 2010 a group of passionate motorcycle riders will leave Grand Prairie Alberta and ride across Canada to the Wharf Rat Rally, Canada’s biggest motorcycle rally in Digby Nova Scotia. Belt Drive Betty from the Busted Knuckle Chronicles, along with Mike Cole from the Winter Ride for Diabetes, will be heading out from Grande Prairie Alberta to Canada’s Largest Motorcycle Rally - the Wharf Rat Rally in Digby Nova Scotia. Together these riders are going to raise funds for the Give the Kids the World Village for terminally ill kids in Orlando Florida and bring awareness to other causes that they support. Along the way they will hook-up with comedian Daryl Makk and his Planet Tour in Regina mid-August. The riders

will make stops in Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Sault St Marie and Barrie. From Barrie on to Toronto to join Shaun de Jager from Road Awareness, then to Pet- awawa, Ottawa, Montreal, Moncton and Halifax. The last stop will be Digby for the September 1st opening of the Wharf Rat Rally. Along the way the kids from the Bernice MacNaughton High School Bike Klub of Moncton and their Cham- pionship Motorcycle Bobber - Betty, will meet up with the riders for the last leg into Digby. “This will be an incredible ride, which

will attract hundreds of motorcycle rid- ers to a worthy cause and have them join a conga type line as it travels across Canada.” says Glenn Dunn, Chairman, Wharf Rat Rally. Peter Robertson, co-founder and ex-

New Trike for the Wheelchair Bound

Paraplegic bikers now have an option they didn’t have before; the Mobility Conquest is one of the most unique new products to enter the USA mo- torcycle market as a production model and will hopefully be available in Canada in the future. The Mobil- ity Conquest along with their other wheelchair solutions will be offering the UK-developed BMW trike. “We’re used to installing and servicing hi- tech driving controls for paraplegic and quadriplegic drivers,” explains Guy Hanford, Director of Marketing for MobilityWorks, “so this is a natural extension of providing new technol- ogy to our customers.”

ecutive director of the Wharf Rat Rally says; “Belt Drive Betty and I first started taking about an awareness ride across Canada in 2009 and now it has come to fruition.” “The interest has been tremendous.

Along the way hundreds of riders will join up with the awareness riders for a few hours to a few days” says Belt Drive Betty. The Wharf Rat Rally is a Digby Nova

Scotia based five day event presented by the not-for-profit Wharf Rat Rally Motor- cycle Association. Now in its sixth year, attendance has grown from 10,000 in 2005 to being projected to attract 94,000 in 2010 making it one of Nova Scotia’s largest tourism events and the largest motorcycle rally in Canada. TMN More info:

has been using to try and win support for this bill have been proven to be false and misrepresented. Unfortunately Jac- zek can still present the bill again; we must remain vigilant and continue to put pressure on our MPPs. TMN

Motorcycle Show Dates

Motorcycle shows are a great way to get over the winter blahs, mark your calendars and plan to attend.


SHOW is set to run March 27 and 28 at Exhibition Place, Toronto (www.nationalmotorcycleshow. com)


MOTORCYCLE SHOW is set for April 10, 11, 2010 at the Interna- tional Centre (www.supershow-

Buell Engineer Draws a Zero

The trike has been manufactured

and sold in the United Kingdom for several years as The Martin Conquest, named for its original designer Alan Martin after his son became disabled in an accident. MobilityWorks recent- ly became the first Conquest repre- sentative in the United States where it is being marketed as The Mobility Conquest. After an initial import of 45 trikes from the UK, they will be manu- factured in Akron by MobilityWorks’ own Commercial Division to the origi- nal patented Martin Conquest design and BMW 1170cc motorcycle specifi- cations. TMN More info:

Santa Cruz, CA (Feb. 25) – Zero Motorcycles today announced that Abe Askenazi has joined the company as Vice President of Engineering. Askenazi, who comes to Zero from Buell Motorcycle Company will lead Zero’s engineering and design teams. Askenazi has more than 14 years of product and technology experience in the motorcycle industry, and was previously Senior Director of Analysis, Test and Engineering Process at Buell Motorcycle Co. “Abe is a seasoned leader and engineer and is an excellent addition to our man- agement team,” said Gene Banman, CEO of Zero Motorcycles. “He impressed us with his vast experience and many successes at Buell and we are looking forward to working with Abe in his new capacity at Zero Motorcycles.” Askenazi has a Master’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley and often shared his knowledge of motorcycles and design in technical articles as part of his regular “Ask Abe” column in “Fuell Magazine.” During his ten- ure at Buell, Askenazi led his team to develop 26 motorcycle models from concept to production across four different platforms, which attributed to more than one billion dollars in sales. Other notable accomplishments credited to Askenazi include patents for front brake rotor mounting, lightweight wheels, spoke arrangement, and an integral fuel storage unit with a breakaway steering head currently featured on several Buell motorcycles. You can find out more about Zero Motorcycles product line and general informa- tion on Zero Motorcycles’ website, TMN Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23
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