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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
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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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May the fours be with you! (get it?!) :D 
 
It’s May the fourth, and Star Wars fans around the world will be partaking in their annual “May the Fourth Be With You” greeting with fellow space-nerds. We figure that’s sort of silly, and we’re gonna look at some cool engines instead.

In this case, a list of our favorite “fours” for your perusal and consideration. Criteria to make this list? Be an engine with four cylinders, and one which we figure is pretty awesome.

Legit, yes?

Here’s the list. And, um, May the Fours be with you!
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Nice work by Brendan McAleer on +Autos.ca!
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Seriously, must read. Bravo Paul!
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My review of the +Honda CBR300R. 
 
First Ride: 2015 Honda CBR300R
http://autotrdr.ca/2015CBR300R

Honda’s 2015 CBR300R is a significant re-imagining of the popular CBR250R. When Kawasaki upped their 250cc engine to 300cc – giving it a corresponding 10 hp boost – Honda wasted little time reconfiguring their pocket-rocket CBR. While a long way from the ear-splitting, four-cylinder CBR250RRs of the early 1990s, the CBR300R continues the tradition of an entry-level sport bike for emerging riders.

Two days at Roebling Road Raceway in Savannah, Georgia aboard the 2015 Honda CBR300R proved its credentials as a comprehensive and capable starter bike for both street and track.

#honda   #hondamotorcycles  +Jacob Black 
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Best. Event. Ever.
 
First Ride: 2015 Ducati Full Range

http://autotrdr.ca/Ducati15

Ducati has a formidable lineup. The Italian marque runs the gamut from dual-sport adventure to naked sports roadster all the way to full-on superbike. There’s even a cruiser in there – though it’s not actually a cruiser. It’s a daunting gang of bikes, and Ducati hand-picked some of the most exceptional roads to expose us to their 2015 model range.

We had two days of loops based in and around San Francisco in which to get acquainted with Ducati’s best. Well, some of the best. Missing from the lineup was the 1299 Panigale, the Multistrada and the Streetfighter, for which Ducati has other plans.

On the list was the 899 Panigale, the 821 Monster, 1200 S Monster, the Hyperstada, Hypermotard SP, Diavel Carbon and the newest model to the Ducati full line, the retro-inspired Scrambler. All come with multi-stage adjustable ABS, and all but the Scrambler came with Ducati Traction Control – an eight-stage traction control system that limits rear-wheel spin. DTC and ABS come in three or four preset configurations, Sport, Touring, Wet and Race (on select models only). Each riding mode dials in a predetermined amount of both ABS and DTC, and can be customized by the rider.

While others would stake their best possible claims for the title, one bike stood out as “Most Surprising”.

#ducati   +Jacob Black 
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Cool piece by Benjamin Hunting that I helped a little with - can you ID all of these?
 
Cars of Mad Max: Fury Road Identified
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When the apocalypse comes calling, will you be able to find parts to keep your rag-tag fleet of terror machines plying across the sun-drenched deserts of the world? It’ll certainly help if you’re able to identify exactly what make and model is lurking under all of the spikes, flamethrowers, and cannons strapped to the heavily modified sheet metal of whatever vehicle you’re trying to locate a radiator hose for.

We decided to lend a helping hand to the skull-faced despots of the future with this handy guide to the cars of the upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road movie. Check out the eclectic mix of Australian, European, and American cars that made the final cut in the film’s trailer, and get our analysis of whether these particular rides represent either inspired or tired choices for your army of doom.

#madmaxfuryroad   #madmax  
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Dashcams are popping up everywhere these days. The phenomenon really took off in the Eastern Bloc, where dashcams protect law-abiding Russians from unscrupulous people faking traffic accidents/causing traffic accidents/pretending to be hit by a car. Throw in a few meteors, a hilarious compilation of dashcam crashes or 12, and it wasn’t long before dashcams became a key part of the automotive landscape.

Here are the five reasons you should own a dashcam.
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Sure, it's a cliche, but I'm so proud of my autos.ca colleagues +Jonathan Yarkony , +Brendan McAleer , Ronnie Fung and Paul Williaams. Awesome coverage from #NYIAS  
 
If you missed anything from our New York International Auto Show coverage - good news! It's all here:
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Just a wee little slideshow I ran up for autoTRADER.ca...
 
At the fringes of motorsport there exist some events so extreme and so dangerous that many wouldn't even attempt them.

These are the outlaw events, the ones the sanctioning bodies loathe and personal injury lawyers love. Soon, they’ll be banned by governments intent on saving us from ourselves. Until then, here’s a list of some of the world’s most extreme races.
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