January 5, 2013

North American International Motorcycle Supershow 2013

North American International Motorcycle Supershow 2013
The Toronto International Centre
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
January 4th-6th, 2013

The 37th annual North American International Motorcycle Supershow returns to make its mark once again at the International Centre just outside Toronto, Canada. Hailing as North America’s largest show having to do with all things two-wheeled (or three), the show brings our tens of thousands of spectators throughout the weekend as well as more than 500 exhibitors ranging from custom shops, accessory retailers, and every major OEM brand all under one roof. As a step forward with AMF for 2013 to bring more motorcycle (#TwoWheelTuesday) content to the masses, here’s what this incredible 425,000 sq. ft. show had to offer in case you couldn’t make it.

There were plenty of OEM brands on hand displaying everything from custom showcase builds to the latest offerings including such names as Kawasaki, Suzuki, Ducati, Aprilia, Honda, Harley Davidson, Yamaha, and many others. If you’re in the market for a new motorcycle, this show had the perfect showroom to hop on and size-up the competition or set your heart on one. This 2013 Kawasaki ZX10R had fans (including myself) gazing for minutes with its aggressive new styling, advanced technology offerings, and a nice price tag of $16,499+ to match.

No motorcycle show would be complete without the king of the hill Ducati on display like this 1199 fresh from the factory. Everything about this bike screams performance from its signature red paint, to the shorty side exhaust, massive brakes, and sticky rubber.

For those looking to get some new riding gear there was also a huge vendor section offering both new and pre-owned items. This particular retailer boasted a $99 or less section which to anyone new on two wheels is very appealing!

Need a helmet? The selection was incredible ranging from full face to “brain buckets” and big names such as BELL were on-hand to answer any questions or assist in the proper fitment.

BATMAN fans rejoice, you too can now sport the suit thanks to UD Replicas! Based in Ontario, Canada, this newly formed company offers official licensed movie replica leather-wear that is not only awesome looking, but functional as well. After all, there would be nothing worse than to sport the BATMAN suit while riding and not survive a case of road rash (or worse) like the superhero would.

For fans of Bane, UD Replicas recently introduced this new creation… only thing lacking is the signature face mask!

Spread amongst the multitude of halls were also motorcycles on display like this bunch of vintage rides. Indian, Harley Davidson, Buell, Ducati, you name it and it was most likely here spanning nearly a century.

The oldest motorcycle on hand spotted was this 1912 Harley Davidson – yes, this motorcycle is over a century old and still in mint condition!

The competition side of the show consisted of motorcycles ranging from sport bikes to the usual chopper. This particular Suzuki Hayabusa was painted by Canadian legend Ron Gibbs.

Gotta love the copper work on this custom hardtail chopper.

Trikes are never seen in good light amongst motorcycle enthusiasts, partially because of the strange layout and those that ride them. In the case of this three-wheeler, there is no doubt that much custom work has gone into the development of it resulting in a trike that most two-wheel fans wouldn’t question to take for a spin let alone own.

Amongst the custom bikes was this unique white and pink creation owned by local model Stephanie Rizzo. Pink tiger stripes – yup!

Quite possibly the best motorcycle on the market is the BMW S1000RR, no doubt. However, not many are ever seen modified (at least for street) in the form of a stretched swing arm, 200-series tire and more.

Are you a speed freak? This Kawasaki ZX-14 might look nicely dressed up, but don’t let the flash gold and decals sway you as it is all business. The builder mentioned that a number of partners got on board to make this one radical machine capable of well over 215mph+ especially considering a nice nitrous tank is fitted to the saddle bags. The bike is set to run on an Quebec airport strip once the season kicks off and we’re looking forward to bringing you more on this awesome machine.

As the largest and longest running motorcycle in North America (let alone Canada), the Motorcycle Supershow truly is every riders dream. New bikes, old bikes, accessories, and lets not forget the scantily clad models walking about the show – there truly is more than one could ever absorb in a day. If you have never been to a motorcycle show of any type, it is highly recommended to check this out even if you’ve been considering getting onto two wheels for this coming season.

For more information, please visit Supershow 2013

Words & Photos: Giancarlo Pawelec

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September 18, 2012

Rea Reverts to World Superbike Mode for Portugal

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Jonathan Rea returns to World Superbike action this weekend (21-23 September) to contest the penultimate round of the 2012 series. He will join Honda World Superbike team-mate Hiroshi Aoyama at the undulating and challenging Autódromo Internacional do Algarve near Portimao in Portugal.

Rea made his MotoGP debut with Honda last Sunday at Misano in Italy, standing in for the injured Casey Stoner and finishing in a creditable eighth place. But he is relishing the prospect of returning to the 4.592km Portimao circuit on his Honda Fireblade in the third instalment of his five-week, back-to-back SBK-MotoGP odyssey.

The 25-year-old from Northern Ireland contested his first World Superbike races at Portimao in the final round of the 2008 season and immediately developed a special affinity with the demanding circuit. Rea, who has been on the Portuguese rostrum in each of his five race finishes since that debut, took pole position and two third places in the corresponding SBK round last season.

In stark contrast, Rea’s CBR1000RR-mounted team-mate, Hiroshi Aoyama, has never ridden at the roller-coaster Portimao circuit, but has been studying previous race videos intently before his first visit this weekend.

The 30-year-old Japanese rider will be looking to harness the form he displayed at another new circuit recently – Moscow Raceway in Russia – where he competed in his first Superpole qualifying sessions.

Jonathan Rea

I’m really looking forward to this weekend because I love riding at Portimao – it’s a very challenging circuit from a rider’s point of view. It’s also where I had my first World Superbike race so it holds some special memories for me. We made some positive steps with the Fireblade at Nurburgring but there’s still lots more to do, especially with the electronics, working on acceleration on the side of the tyre to improve corner exit. We also need to develop the engine characteristics to smooth out the power delivery, so there’s a bit to do. It certainly won’t be easy but I think we can approach the weekend with some confidence in our challenge because the bike has gone well at Portimao in the past and I have a pretty good connection with the circuit.


Hiroshi Aoyama

I have never been to Portimao before so I am looking forward to seeing the track. I have watched some videos of other races and it looks very interesting, especially the first and last corners. There are also many up and down sections and my team has told me that there are some blind corners as well. I will do many laps on the scooter when I arrive in Portugal but this is nothing compared to my race bike. We will start with the same base setting that we have used in the last few races and probably not make many changes until I understand the racetrack a bit better. It looks like a difficult track to learn but I am looking forward to riding at Portimao this weekend.


Ronald ten Kate – team manager

It feels a little weird to be sitting on the settee at home watching Jonathan riding in MotoGP and then to have him live and for real in our garage the following weekend. It’s certainly not the easiest way for him to go racing but, on the other hand, these are probably the most exciting few weeks of his career so far. The technical demands of the Portimao circuit have always suited Jonathan so we’re hoping we can build on his experience and his previous results here this weekend. For Hiroshi, however, the circuit is completely new and he’ll soon find out that the layout is unlike any other circuit in the world. He might need every available lap this weekend just to learn Portimao, but I’m sure he’ll have fun doing it!


2012 World Superbike championship, round 13

Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, Portugal – weekend schedule (local times – GMT+1)

Friday 21 September
11.45-12.30 Free practice
15.30-16.15 Qualifying 1

Saturday 22 September
09.45-10.30 Qualifying 2
12.30-13.15 Free practice
15.00-15.14 Superpole 1
15.21-15.33 Superpole 2
15.40-15.50 Superpole 3

Sunday 23 September
09.20-09.35 Warm-up
12.00 Race 1 (22 laps 101.024km)
15.30 Race 2 (22 laps 101.024km)

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September 4, 2012

Honda TT Legends Ready to Fight at Season Finale

The fight for the 2012 Endurance World Championship title will reach its climax this weekend at the final round of the year – the 35th edition of the prestigious 24 Heures du Mans in France.

The Honda TT Legends have had a successful and consistent season, being one of only two permanent EWC teams to complete every race on the calendar so far. The achievement places them joint second with BMW Motorrad France Team Thevent in the overall standings, 19 points behind championship leaders SERT, and with 40 points awarded for the race victory at Le Mans, the battle is far from over.

Honda TT Legends regulars John McGuinness and Cameron Donald will be joined at Le Mans by French rider Mathieu Ginès, who will stand in for Simon Andrews. Andrews is still recovering from injuries sustained at the Isle of Man TT earlier this year and although he is not fit enough to race, he will join the team in Le Mans as reserve rider.

Ginès is currently competing in the French Superbike Championship with Tecmas Honda and is no stranger to EWC, having raced for the championship-winning Superstock team in 2011. His expertise of both the endurance discipline and the Le Mans circuit will provide the Honda TT Legends with an additional boost as the fight for the 2012 EWC title goes down to the wire.

Neil Tuxworth – team manager 

The whole team is looking forward to the Le Mans 24-hour race, an iconic event to end the 2012 season. We have had an excellent year and we currently lie second in the championship, which is in line with our objective to finish inside the top three. We are obviously aiming to maintain that at Le Mans, and with some luck on our side, we could actually be in with a chance of winning the championship overall. Rider-wise, it is disappointing that Simon is not fit enough to race but he will be coming to Le Mans with the team. While his replacement Mathieu Ginès is not a TT rider, he is certainly a Le Mans expert, which should help the strength of our team for this race. In addition, John and Cameron both attended the Le Mans test two weeks ago so the circuit is fresh in their minds and we are ready to go. 

John McGuinness 

The team has worked so hard all year – we’ve been pushing as much as we can and scored points at every race so far. Mathematically we are in a position to win the championship, we may need a bit of luck for that to happen but stranger things have happened in racing! Either way, we are in a great position in only our second year in EWC and we can certainly be proud of our achievements. We’ve got three good riders for Le Mans and without doubt we’ll be riding as hard as we can from 3pm to 3pm so let’s see what happens. 

Cameron Donald 

Here we are at the final round already and what a weekend we have ahead. It is without doubt the biggest endurance race of the year for me – 24 hours around the famous Le Mans circuit against so many teams and riders with years of experience at this event. We sit second in the championship at the moment and with 24 hours of racing ahead, anything can happen. It will be a case of staying fast but out of trouble as we work towards a strong finish. I rode my first ever 24 hour race at Le Mans last year and I can still remember the satisfaction of our finish. This year, I’m hoping for the result we have been trying so hard for all year. Now I’m counting the hours until I get back on board the TT Legends Honda Fireblade when practice begins on Thursday. 

Mathieu Ginès

The opportunity to ride for the Honda TT Legends is a dream come true for me. I am really exited about the race and I intend to work as hard as I can during the 24-hours to show Honda and the team my appreciation. I tested with the team a couple of weeks ago and the atmosphere amongst the crew is brilliant. I was made to feel very welcome. The other riders were great and I have a huge amount of respect for their talent and what they do at the Isle of Man TT. I am honoured to share a bike with them during the race. I really hope that luck will be with us and we can finish the race, and why not in the first place?

The race will be streamed live on the FIM YouTube channel from 15.00 (Central European Time) on Saturday 8 September.

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Race Schedule – 24 Heures du Mans

Thursday 6 September
12.30 – 14.30: Free Practice
16.30 – 17.00: First Qualifying Rider 1
17.10 – 17.40: First Qualifying Rider 1
17.50 – 18.20: First Qualifying Rider 1
18.30 – 19.00: First Qualifying Reserve Rider
21.00 – 22.00: Night Practice

Friday 7 September
11.00 – 11.30: Second Qualifying Rider 1
11.40 – 12.10: Second Qualifying Rider 2
12.20 – 12.50: Second Qualifying Rider 3
13.00 – 13.30: Second Qualifying Reserve Rider

Saturday 8 September
10.30 – 11.15: Warm-Up
12.30 – 14.00: Rider Presentation
15.00: Race Start

Sunday 9 September
15.00: Race Finish

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July 6, 2012

Ertefa Meet

Ertefa Meet
Dave & Buster’s
Vaughan, Ontario, Canada
July 5th, 2012

The night was young, the weather was perfectly warm and the GTA’s largest car meet was about to smash record numbers once again. It is no doubt that last week’s Ertefa meet brought out 1,000+ cars. This week, the numbers were simply uncountable with the estimate in the 1,200-range if not slightly more. The AMF showcase once again had a great selection of vehicles ranging from a slew of NSXs (including a past “Best in Show” winner), slammed Civics, and STREETPOWER Performance’s 3-rotor Mazda RX-7. The roll-in began even earlier around the 8:30pm mark and by 9pm (official roll-in time), most rows in the main parking lot were filled. AMF in partnership with Ertefa had the “Best in Show” prize pack ready for one lucky winner, the challenge was once again finding that unique gem amongst the mass selection of cars. e decision wasn’t easy for anyone.

Our friends at NextMod brought out their beautiful Hakone White R35 GT-R rocking some must-have carbon fiber goods and a sexy set of concave ADV.1 wheels.

This gorgeous R32 GT-R tagged as “TOMEI GTR” is said to be an all-original JDM build. Electric blue, Volk Racing TE37SL wheels and go-fast goodies – yes please!

Black, gunmetal or white – which R32 GT-R would you take from the pack? Combined horsepower from factory is near the 1,000 mark, but I’m sure that’s far from the truth with these three.

A not so common sight at any event as of late, a Mk3 Toyota Supra and it’s straight-six 7MGTE engine. Gotta love the custom headlight setup, flush OEM-style carbon fiber hood and two-tone wheels.

This stock looking Subaru STi caught my attention, maybe it was the colour or then again the fact that it was parked far from the main lot and still holding its own.

If the R32 isn’t your flavour of the month, then the R33 might suit your fix. How about those ubber rare VeilSide Andrew Baccarat wheels?

Some German enthusiasts were also out and about at the meet including this “MURDRD A3″ that is blacked to the max and looking very menacing.

Just like last week, the “chalk car” was back only this time with a tattoo artist doing renderings on all the panels. This truly was an awesome thing to watch in person and see the stages progress throughout the night. No plug needed here, the art speaks for itself.

By far the best designed Z in my opinion in the past two decades – the 370Z! This Amuse kitted gunmetal Z34 was sitting perfect on a set of ADVAN wheels and clean as ever.

If chopper-style bikes are your thing, there were a few of those too scattered about, like this awesome custom with its aggressive rake.

For my fellow sport bike riders, there were plenty that showed up. What bike is to your liking? Suzuki, Honda, Yamaha or Kawasaki?

This matte red BMW M3 was perfect in any way, even though I don’t like the colour red on cars. Perfect aero, perfect stance, V8 power – could you ask for anything more?

Blue pill or red pill, which would you choose? Two Mitsubishi EVO Xs just hanging out amongst other Evolutions – always a great sight to see.

If you ever wanted to know what the term “sticker bomb” meant, here’s exhibit A. This 350Z owned by Salem of Too Fast Motors has gone through many changes through out this season, possibly because it is daily driven. Kudos to him for his unique Z with his sticker bomb front-end and as always, thanks for supporting AMF with that kick-ass rainbow chrome decal!

This week’s “Best in Show” winner taking home an AMF prize pack was Sam Kim, owner of the beautiful gunmetal Power House Amuse-kitted Nissan 370Z! Clean and simple is the theme with this build including a perfect stance. KUDOS to Kim for bringing out his sweet ride and showing his support. In his AMF prize bag is a full detailing kit courtesy of Shining Monkey, t-shirts, decals and other goodies which we’re sure hell enjoy!

Wanna know how to win “Best in Show”? – Follow this LINK!

Be sure to check out our past coverage of the Ertefa meet:

May 17th, 2012
May 24th, 2012
May 31st, 2012
June 7th, 2012
June 14th, 2012
June 21st, 2012
June 28th, 2012

For those looking to come out, the details are below:

Date: Thursday (each week)
Time: 9pm – 12am
Location: Dave & Buster’s Restaurant
Address: 120 Interchange Way, Vaughan, Ontario, Canada L4K 5C3

Words: Giancarlo Pawelec
Photos:
Giancarlo Pawelec & Mark Harris

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May 8, 2012

Squeaky Clean – Coffee Meet 2012

Squeaky Clean – Coffee Meet 2012
Neo Motorsport
Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
May 6th, 2012

Now that the season is in full swing, many of the usual local hang outs and meet areas are once again growing in numbers. As a first for Canada and the Toronto area, Squeak Clean (a local tuner meet organization) held their coffee meet bringing cars from all across the city. Held on the grounds of well known track shop and parts supplier Neo Motorsport, this gathering of car enthusiasts brought out a great selection of rides ranging from the usual Honda Civic bunch to the Nissan drifter-fiends, a British classic sports car to modern day race cars, and even a pack of motorcycles too! The weather was ideal with sunshine beating down and a DJ duo pumping out the tunes.

This Honda Civic was clean to the whistle – in all regards. Even the bike on the rack above it somehow suited the overall appeal and who ever said Civic coupes weren’t practical? Think again.

The row of Civics in various hot hues makes me think of Skittles candy – orange, yellow and red… all delicious! Up front is the gorgeous K20-powered Honda hatch we featured as “Freshly Squeezed” months back and now sporting a new hood, wheels, and individual throttle bodies. In the middle is the not-so-popular fifth generation (EP3-chassis) done tastefully with track-fast goodies. Last in the group is the beautiful 6th-gen Civic hatch from Tony Ho of Focal Point Concepts – one of the cleanest red rockets on the streets!

A rarity not only at car meets especially ones whereby tuners dominate, but also rare on its own – a 1963 Austin Healey 3000 Mk II. During post-WWII, this was the car to have if you went on spirited drives and also had the pockets to afford it. For a quick lesson in automotive racing history, it is in fact the Austin Healey that began the onset of American racing legend Carroll Shelby to build what is known as the Cobra. The story goes that Shelby approached Austin Healey to use this platform for his sports car vision, unfortunately he was turned down and thus went in favour of AC hence the early branding AC Shelby Cobra for his creation. The 3000 Mk II is legendary on its own and all those in attendance paid their respects in some form or another.

This wicked looking Nissan Silvia (yes, it is a true JDM Nissan 240SX) is one of Neo Motorsport‘s race cars. In fact, only days before took 2nd place in the GT5 Sprints series at Mosport International Raceway – Grand Prix track! Congrats to everyone at Neo Motorsport for not losing hope and pushing to the end – especially as they were on the fence on crushing it just days prior to the race due to endless mechanical gremlins.

Another awesome ride sponsored by Neo Motorsport and on the main showcase of the meet, Peter Chrisikopoulos‘ Nissan Silvia S13 pro drift car. Peter is no stranger to the drift scene having raced countless times and looking forward to a great season in the DMCC series – we wish him tons of smoke on sliding!

Quite possibly the cleanest looking Honda Civic in all of Toronto at the moment complete with a bling’d out engine bay, wire wheels and lots of negative camber (-4 degrees on the rear alone). We look forward to featuring this unique hot hatch in the coming weeks, so be sure to check back!

Tony Ho’s red rocket Civic hatch. Ho-Ho (as he’s referred to) is not only an avid car meet fan and show goer, but also a weekend track warrior hitting as many pavement patches as possible within a season. Be sure to keep an eye out on this car as it will surely be passing you on the track (or street) this summer!

A mean looking Integra with the ever-so-beautiful JDM front end conversion and tinted headlights. The DOMO sticking out of the sunroof is a nice touch – possibly to attract cute JDM-friendly girls?

Mint and black – a colour combination not found often, but executed perfectly on this 8th generation Honda Civic sedan. Great fitment with the wheels and that Mugen RR front-end conversion, very nice.

Mitsubishi Evolution vs. Nissan Skyline – tough battle. One is a four cylinder turbo, the other is an inline six turbo. Both great vehicles on their own accord and looking great parked next to each other.

A group of motorcycle riders showed up to check out the action on four wheels. Kawasaki-green mixed into the pack of some Suzuki GSX-Rs and Honda CBRs. In the end two wheels or four, everyone loves speed – it’s addicting.

The most epic motorcycle on the streets in Canada (in my opinion), Jason’s turbocharged (yes – you read correctly) Suzuki GSX-R built by MT Motorsport. KUDOS to Jason for also sporting the AMF Box decal on his windshield – much respect!

The Austin Healey 3000 Mk II caused such a stir for its uniqueness that it was awarded by the Squeaky Clean crew! Who ever said that British classic cars aren’t appreciated by tuner enthusiasts? Think again, all gear heads appreciate the beauty that we call cars – we just have preferences and budgets, that’s all.

After spending a great Sunday afternoon with many AMF fans and fellow industry supporters, it was good to know that things are looking up this summer. Be sure to check out Squeaky Clean for more meets in the coming weeks and as always, AMF is a proud support and will continue to bring you coverage.

For more information, please visit Squeaky Clean

Words & Photos: Giancarlo Pawelec

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