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Leising's visit from the Toronto Motorcycle show!

I went to the motorcycle show in Toronto with just about every manufacter out there to show their models for the year. I took some mental notes after sitting on them and getting a feel and looking at the cosmetics and fancy bits. Since we are the middle weights I'll start with that...

Yamaha: R6, no surprise its very aggressive for track riding, thing felt tight and looked great off and on the bike, definitely a popular bike for people to sit on and talk about. Has the "wow" factor. Brakes were mushy, and the model shown had the left sit rear set was broken off with duct tape to cover it. No big deal but I'd figure they would have fixed it as its getting a lot of attention. R1 looked great, both looked super similar. Tommy Casa's Yamaha was there, he had the Brembo RCS 19 with the remote adjuster, vortex rear sets, and a SK quick shifter and ecu set up. Very cool.

Triumph: No 675 to be seen, quite a disappointment.
Honda: CBR600 was discontinued, Cbr300 felt squishy in all areas, Cbr1000rr fireblade looked compact, usual honda minimalist agility>power bike.

Suzuik: GSXR600 felt like every other one I've sat on, no wow factor, looks like the mid 2000's models in reference to the headlight. GSXR1000 on the other hand looked amazing, loads of fancy bits and is definitely the top of the food chain.

Kawasaki: Despite my rather unexcited self seeing photos, the new zx6r looks stunning, almost looks like a ninja 400 and a Panigale had a child, looks great, felt better, I feel like kawasaki is leaning more towards the track very so slowly... ZX-10r looked great in the grey, felt like the R1.

Other than 600's....
BMW: Had the $97,000 HP4 with the carbon fibre frame with the monoblock brake calipers. The s1000rr was easily the most comfortable liter bike. The front looks like an r6, and I think it looks not as good as it was in the older models.

Ducati: V4 looked a little frumpy, although it had cool winglets. Another exotic bike was the H2R with its own set of winglets.

KTM: No Rc8 family, big disappointment, just two RC390s which felt like a cheap, plastic version of the ninja 400.

Zero Motorcycles: Loads of bikes to sit on, didn't even bother to try them, not an electric guy yet.

Harley Davidson: Lots of pop music (little odd) blaring over yonder, so I kept my distance.

Side notes: Saw 3 dudes strike out on the models.

PizzaPizza looks like Little Cesear's except the slice was 6 bucks! When I got home to NY I bought the whole pizza for 5.50 after tax.
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'Side notes: Saw 3 dudes strike out on the models. '

It's even worse, at vendors electronics shows....... nerds trying to interact with the models is often the highlight of the show.
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What documentation did you have to have, when crossing into and out of Canada?

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Leising,

What documentation did you have to have, when crossing into and out of Canada?
I use a Passport, however NY and other border states have enhanced licenses which is additional info on your drivers license that Canada will accept. Its a cheaper option if you don't like carrying an additional item, and it's a cheaper if you don't plan on leaving North America.


As a fun fact, entering Canada as a US citizen or a Canadian entering the USA is easier than trying to return to their own country as you are under suspicion or smuggling or tax import avoidance (Depending on the exchange rate, malls are always near the border for an advantage (the mall i worked at would have more Canadians shopping than our local population! Until the exchange rate changed and now that mall is dying due to Canada's financial condition). I frequent the Canada border as I went to school that was legit overlooking the border. Most college kids from the US go to Canada to booze since the legal age is 19. Whenever I go to a track day in Canada, I bring my bike's title, registration, the trackway paperwork, as it makes it much easier when the border asks questions if it bought it in Canada, if its going to see the road, and why its covered in tape which are common questions.

In this case I just kept my receipts for parking and the brochure at the event. Sometimes a guy with an empty SUV that just went to Toronto for the day might be suspicious for smuggling. That time I had no problem, the officer just asked what I did for work.

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'Side notes: Saw 3 dudes strike out on the models. '

It's even worse, at vendors electronics shows....... nerds trying to interact with the models is often the highlight of the show.
Nothing like watching a cringe fest to make my day.

I really feel bad for them, they can't be rude and they have to be somewhat friendly even though they couldn't answer any questions involving their products. I overheard a few girls say how much they are irritated with the visitors (I'm sure spending your entire weekend Friday, Saturday and Sunday dealing with thirsty guys as good looking 20ish year old female model and it being late last Sunday getting to your nerves).

I just flock to the reps and bother them haha! Talked to a dunlop rep/pro 6 cycle track day org guy. He was super helpful, he explained on what I should do as far as making the big change from DOT track tires to slicks! Cannot speak more highly of those guys.

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