2011 has come in like a Lion, and what a mixed bag.
The news starts out with a lot of horror and tragedy.

A young rider in Scarborough  has lost his foot in a crash, if I am reading all of the articles that have appeared on his crash properly, he turned left in front of a vehicle.

And also in Ontario, 4 people were injured when a New Year's Eve Party at a motorcycle club house in Kingston turned ugly.

At a club house in Chicago 2 people are dead and five injured after a New Year's Eve
Party and in New York another New Year's Eve Party turned ugly and resulted in 3 men being hospitalized for gunshot wounds.

Did no one tell these people that New Year's Eve was a time to celebrate and leave old ways behind?

The economy takes down yet another motorcycle magazine, Road Racer X will be ceasing publication in the near future once it honors its subscriptions.

Now on to some more cheerful things that have transpired so far this year....

The Uno has transformed itself into an incredible machine.

My hats off to young master Gulak for snagging the deal with the Dragon's that has allowed him to fulfill his dream. I am sure that incredible brain of his has more treats in store for the world as well...

In other wild and wonderful technology news, Popular Mechanics has a flying motorcycle as it's feature story.

Canada has snagged 5 of the top 11 road trips according to National Geographic's web site and a CTV news report.  But we Canucks already knew we had fabulous scenery and great riding roads!

Yes,  it's been a wild and woolly start to the new year and I truly hope the first motorcycle accident in Canada of 2011 is not a sign of things to come this riding season.

If you haven't yet entered your motorcycle picture into our 2011 Beat the PMS Blues On Line Show 'n' Shine, you should think about doing it sooner than later. Last year the influx of last minute entries saw our server go down for an hour preventing a few people from getting in on the action. We do not want a repeat of that this year - do we!

We have fabulous prizes up for grabs too. A Doran 360M Tire Monitoring System, A Drift HD170 Video Camera, Event tickets, Hotel Stays, Tattoos, Leather Goods, Books, Jewelry and a whole lot more. It is free to enter your ride - you have to be a member of our web site to enter - but membership and all of it's benefits are free!

Join in on the conversation on the topics of the day here in this blog, on Facebook on Belt Drive Betty's personal page or Belt Drive Betty  & The Busted Knuckle's Fan Page or in our forums on - I love it when you talk to me!

If your riding club or organization has not already done so - get your 2011 meetings, rides, rallies and other motorcycle related events into our Canadian Motorcycle Events calendars - they are sharable to over 80 social networks, 5 styles of calendars and of course on Facebook, Twitter and by email. You can get a lot of promotion for free by entering your information!

The countdown is on to the Calgary Motorcycle Show, I leave here on Thursday morning and have a whack of stuff to accomplish before then, so for now, I will sign off wishing you all a Safe, Happy and prosperous New Year and may the best of 2010 be the worst of 2011.

Belt Drive Betty
Editor & Rider

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  1. I have to agree with you. This is a very wild way to start the new!!

    The Uni looks like a very good URBAN machine...and yes Kudos to him for having been able to clinch a deal with the tough team at Dragon's.