Well folks, looks like the 2012 riding season is going to offer we riders here in Canada and those visiting Canada some wonderful opportunities!
The Great Canadian Bike Rally is all set to take place July 12-15, 2012 and they already have some great Canadian talent lined up to entertain you! Joani Bye and the Homewreckers, Steve Kozak and the West Coast Allstars, the ultimate party band: Brickhouse as well as March Hare & Shotgun Messengers.
Mike Fairchild says the street mall in Merritt BC is already booking vendors with many of last years vendors returning and new ones coming on board! I am looking forward to attending this event and being a sponsor again this year!
The organizers of Ride to Live in Vancouver and Vancouver Island are getting all geared up for their 2012 ride. Peter Groenland and his wife Colleen are on a mission to ensure men get their prostrate checked! You can visit them in their booth at the Vancouver Motorcycle Show January 19- 22, 2012
It's going to be a wonderful season - I can just tell, as many motorcycle events are starting to come in all ready.
You can download our FREE Motorcycle Events app for your smart phone be it an IPhone, an Android or any one of 2,000 phones! Here is the address to download the free app: http://m.magmito.com/105563/mctravel
And here is the QR Code for those who just want to scan it and download:
And for you event coordinators - when you enter your event into our calendars - once it is approved and goes live, it will automatically be available on the App - not only that but your event will also be shareable to 86 social networks including Facebook & Twitter plus by email! This is the most effective way to get your event information out there and BEST OF ALL - IT's FREE to all of the riding clubs and charities and our Rider Friendly Business Partners!
Last year we had almost 1,300 Canadian Motorcycle events in the calendars! They are searchable by province and type of event and will help you plan your 2012 riding season!
Also - back by popular demand this year will be our printed motorcycle calendars in the Busted Knuckle Chronicles. With the help of our layout artist Darryl, we will be once again producing monthly event listings in the paper!
I am busy getting the 2012 Rider Friendly Phone Book ready for it's first printing - we will be distributing the books at the Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver Motorcycle Shows in January, Moncton in February and Toronto in March! The books are free and subscriptions to the Busted Knuckle will be on sale for $15 for 48 issues or FREE when you join the Canadian Riders Support Network!
Cookie, our calendar gal will be approving events and emailing all of you riding clubs to ensure your 2012 information is accurate...so watch for those emails coming over the next few weeks!
Coffee Nights, Ride Nights, Group and club meetings, Swap Meets, Rallies, Poker Runs and more are all featured in our calendars and the APP! So what are you waiting for - get your 2012 events added!
We are also updating all of the Canadian Riders Information and the Riding Club Web Sites - if your club or group is not represented - send us the information - we can not promote what we don't have! We are overhauling the appearance and delivery of the Riding Club Web Site Links - so watch for those changes to start coming soon - in fact the whole web site is being overhauled and you are going to see some fabulous changes!
Ali and I look forward to your feedback on the changes you'd like to see on the site and the changes we implement - we have been listening and are looking forward to taming the dragon this web site has become! With over 200K pages of information, jokes etc we need to streamline it and that's the mission over the next few months!
We have one other exciting tid-bit for you! Our 2012 Beat the PMS Blues On Line Show n Shine has already got a fabulous line up of prizes including a campout for 12 in Haida Gawii, a Drift Camera, detailing of your bike, appraisals and soooo much more so start sifting through your photos of that special a baby of yours - we start accepting photos for the competition on January 1, 2012!!!! Voting will begin on Feb 1 ending March 15th with the winners being announced shortly after the 15th of March!
Last year we had over 160 bikes entered - can you help us reach our target of 200 bikes? I hope so!
The Beat the PMS Blues is a FREE EVENT for members of www.beltdrivebetty.com and remember, membership on our web site is FREE!
In Other News:
How would you like to own the first Polaris produced Indian?
Bob Marley's boys went on a motorcycle expedition to Africa and you can catch it on TV.
New Hampshire is not forgetting motorcycle noise even if our bikes are slowly being put to bed.
East Coast Biker Magazine On Line is available for your reading pleasure
In Michigan, the Helmet Law repeal is one step closer to reality
In New Zealand, the Hells Angels are in the news for - of all things, poaching
There is a TON of news in the feeds today over on www.beltdrivebetty.com where we sift through the news so you don't have to!
That's it for me today - have a fabulous Hump Day and if you are lucky enough to still be riding, please remember to ride like everyone around you is blind and can not see you!
Belt Drive Betty
Editor & Rider