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It's a sharp little bike this +Honda ! 
 
The CBR600RR is more than a contender. It’s one of the stars of the sport, a headline act that draws even mainstream fans to its ringside seats.

In the world of middleweights, this is a heavy hitter.
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There is nothing I didn't like about this bike. Nothing. 
 
2015 BMW S1000RR Test Ride
http://autotrdr.ca/LxFAah

The S1000RR boggles the mind. You constantly have to force yourself to believe in its ability, and when you do you are rewarded.

http://autotrdr.ca/LxFAah

#bmw   #bmwmotorcycles   #bmwbikes  
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This is what a REAL muscle bike is.... #harleysarenotmusclebikes  
 
Style comes in many shapes and sizes. Unless you’re BMW Motorrad. Then style comes in the following shapes and sizes: Wild and big.

The R1200R has all of that. Equal helpings of “style”, “wild” and “big” unite to form a bike that looks at once playful and menacing, and feel the same.

Our tester sported the optional Style 1 package that, at $540, included a belly pan (or “engine spoiler” according to BMW) and the stunning red trellis frame as well as anodised brake calipers. Sadly an optional luggage holder hanging off the back upset the visual impact of the bike somewhat – which I cared about for all of half a second. About as long as it took for me to fire the thing up.
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My +Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE  63 S Coupe review - now up on G+
 
Which Mercedes is doing this impression of the wolf from the NeverEnding Story? http://www.autos.ca/first-drives/first-drive-2016-mercedes-benz-gle-63-s-amg/ 
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The sheer debauchery here.... wow.
 
Gumball: Kidnap, Fire, Explosions and Pillow Fights
http://autotrdr.ca/2015Gumball

It’s been nearly 20 years since Maximillion Cooper and a small group of wealthy, yet somewhat unhinged friends organized their first rally that saw a pack of supercars and celebrities party their way from England to Italy. In the interim, the Gumball 3000 Rally has become a rare example of corporate-sponsored debauchery, with routes and exploits growing more elaborate with each iteration of the event.

This past spring I had the opportunity to participate in the 2015 running of the Rally, which spanned from Stockholm, Sweden, all the way across the Atlantic Ocean to Las Vegas, Nevada. My chariots of choice? A pair of 1969 Chevrolet Camaros campaigned by Team AnastasiaDate.com and Team AsianDate.com, two major supporters of the event itself who had entered one of the largest groups of journalists, drivers, and support staff to ever have Gumballed.

The end result? Six days, 3,000 miles, 21 hours of sleep, and some of the most unusual experiences I have ever had on a road trip. Arrests, kidnappings, pillow fights at 30,000 feet, passport seizures, private helicopter interventions, Lamborghinis on fire, and the 45 degree heat of Death Valley: welcome to Gumball.

Read more at: http://autotrdr.ca/2015Gumball
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I'm proud of this piece. And I think it might help some parents sell their other half on the joys of motoring and motorsport. 
 
Pretty much everything that’s good in my life I have as a direct result of my love of all things motoring. Motorcycles, motorcars and motorsport are responsible for 99 percent of my relationships, my career and my happiness.

It was motorsport that led me to my now wife and daughter who just a few years ago were on opposite sides of the world to me. Despite the oceans between us our shared passion built a bridge from sunny Australia to friendly Canada. I left my job, my friends and my family for a new life with the woman I knew was a kindred spirit – all because of the internal combustion engine.

Now we’re passing that torch on to our daughter. Where I’m from we’d be called revheads, here we’re called gearheads. And we’re proud of the vibrant, diverse subculture to which we belong. One that celebrates fun, freedom and imagination. But that’s only a small part of why raising a gearhead is a fantastic idea.
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My ride of the +Suzuki GSX-R1000 - now up on +autoTRADER.ca !
 
2015 Suzuki GSX-R1000 Test Ride
http://autotrdr.ca/wzAdEN

The bus on my left lurches toward me suddenly, tilting over in my direction. Not sure why, and with traffic ahead blocking that path I brake. Hard. As I fall in behind the big yellow rig the tail end of it dips violently.

Now I see the problem: 20-odd school children are rushing from one side of the bus to the other and pinning themselves against the glass to stare at the bright blue motorbike underneath me! They’re pointing and waving, and at least one of them is doing the universal signal for “Hey Mister! Do a wheelie!” – I don’t of course.

An icon in the sportsbike world, the 2015 Suzuki GSX-R1000 has a new trick to attract attention: vivid blue paint and vibrant fluoro graphics – including lime-green wheel stripes – which throwback to the time when fluoro graphics and colours were the fashion on sport bikes.

Read more at http://autotrdr.ca/wzAdEN

#suzuki  
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This bike has one of the best engines I've ever ridden - so smooth and powerful. 
 
Many bikes claim to be great all-rounders, the 2015 Yamaha FJ-09 lives up to that promise

The first thing you notice taking off on the 2015 Yamaha FJ-09 is the power – it’s surprising. This is the same engine as the FZ-09 after all, allegedly down-tuned a tad for this application. Down-tuned isn’t really the right word though. Sure, it’s a bit softer than the more sport-focused FZ, but the FJ is still capable of dispatching an inattentive pillion passenger.
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So, so cool. 
 
Meet Bobby
http://autotrdr.ca/Bobby

Bobby is an Audi RS7. With a brain. His brain is made from metal and circuits and wires, and he has camera eyes and GPS ears, and he can learn a track in two laps, and drive it faster than you or me could without years of training and laps and laps to learn the track.

Read more at: http://autotrdr.ca/Bobby

#audi   #audirs7  
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The MV Agusta feels like home. 
 
Test Ride: MV Agusta F3 800
http://autotrdr.ca/osrtew

The road rushes underneath my outstretched knee. Wrist cocked, head low, chest open and eyes up; I’m grinning underneath my helmet as I wind on throttle and push the bike away from me, standing it upright in readiness for the coming onslaught of acceleration.

Suddenly, a shop window.

I brake. Quickly, urgently, excessively. The back end is light and chirping but I wipe off speed in an instant. Just in time. But only just in time… to see my reflection.

“Daddy’s home.”

Read the full review at http://autotrdr.ca/osrtew

#mvaugusta  
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My latest Monday rant - it's time to legalize #motorcycles lane splitting!
 
With the Pan Am Games in Toronto, any number of charity runs, marathons, parades and other street-closing activities happening right across Canada throughout summer, the ever-increasing problem of traffic congestion is only growing.

Debates over freeways, toll roads, congestion taxes and the rest rage night and day, often with vehemence and agonizing despair. Yet one surefire way to ease congestion has been left off the table. Why? Because it makes car drivers jealous and angry.
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My review of the +Suzuki GSX-S750 - aka the GSR 750 in other markets. Enjoyable bike on the tamer end of the spectrum. 
 
Test Ride: 2015 Suzuki GSX-S750ZA
http://autotrdr.ca/OV6RjB

Suzuki’s 2015 GSX-S750 is a new beast here in North America, but it’s been kicking around in other markets as the GSR-750 for a while now. The naked sports bike/roadster/sporty standard thing is a common trope these days.

Grab your engine from a supersport (in this case a 750cc inline-four from the GSX-R750), put it in a slightly less sporty frame with a different set of handlebars, minimal fairing and maybe some of the cheaper, more streetable parts lying about and…. Voila! A tough-looking streetbike with the heart of a sports bike and the cred factor to match. This GSX-S750ZA is another well-executed example of that theme.

“Za? What is “Za”? – you might well ask yourself. Or, if you’re like me, you’d ask the Suzuki PR department. “ZA” is the extra lettering added to the 2015 Suzuki GSX-S750 to denote that it is the blue and white one, not the black one. Simple, right? Kind of; the Suzuki Canada website now refers to this as the “Z” – the A is missing. Anyway, the point is the same, one is the black version, the other one is colourful with more vibrant gold anodized front forks and a red rear spring, as well as the Suzuki corporate livery.
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    Broadcast Journalism, 2001 - 2007
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