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September 22, 2009

G-Force

TPWas leafing through a fresh copy of Motoneige Quebec yesterday when I stumbled across a new product that caused me to stop in my tracks. At first I was a bit stunned, not sure whether to laugh or if this was the real deal. Now that I have explored the subject with some female co-workers and given it some more thought, I figure this could create impact exceeding the womens right to vote and  female liberation movement of the 60’s combined. Folks if there was ever any doubt, clearly we are now  equal; women can stand up to pee!!

Okay right about now I probably have offended someone or triggered a complaint to my superiors, just because… but before you get all sensitive I truly believe this is a practical (and somewhat entertaining) product that could benefit our sport.

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Posted @ 3:23 pm in Opinions and Insights   

September 18, 2009

G-Force Hits the Salt

streamlinerI have been watching this link on PassionYamaha where the journey from Quebec to Utah has been unfolding for the G-Force team and the planned assault on Bonneville. arrivalBetween Coyote (Richard Hotte) and Gilles there are lots of cool pictures and updates however you’ll need to have a basic understanding of French or try the Google translation tool.

coolerToday will be their first test session and they plan to limit the speed to 200mph while they dial everything in to the traction offered by the salt. Sounds like they have already encountered some of the unexpected. Personally I am finding this quite intriguing. I just hope the tracks hold together and the boys return  home safely.

There was quite a send-off for the team in Coaticook and I understand the Discovery Channel has taken quite an interest in the project. On another note, I was privileged to speak at the OFSC AGM last week in Ottawa, opening their first convention session along with Mark Lester from Supertrax and Claude Aumont from Ontario Tourism. I was please to report that the snowmobile industry in Canada is coming into this fall stable and healthy. From the Federations point of view, permit sales last year were strong and there will not be any increase in the cost this season. They are making good use of the federal grant money available and this organization is still a shining example of how it should be done.

Mark challenged them with the topic of ‘free-ride’ / off trail riding and how it should be viewed by organized snowmobiling with infrastucture in the future. His point; that most young enthusiasts entering the recreation are coming from the X-games, vert-park mentallity and are not attaracted by seeing how many miles they can cover in a day, opposed to doing tricks and challenging themselves off-trail. Mark is a brave man!!

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Posted @ 12:36 pm in Competition and Racing,Yamaha People and Communication   

September 2, 2009

Bonneville Salt Record

I was reminded twice this week about a statement I made in the post ‘Blackflies and Snowflakes’ regarding my decision to once again ride an Apex. To reiterate I was completely sold on the new Vector for next season, it is our best handling snowmobile out of the box and the injected motor leaves nothing on the table for corner to corner acceleration. So what made me change my mind?

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Posted @ 3:02 pm in Competition and Racing,Opinions and Insights