Reigning Mopar CSBK National Champ Jordan Szoke travelled to Buffalo, New York earlier this week, just a short trip across the border to the US from his home in Lynden, Ontario, to visit the plant where his Dunlop race tires are produced.
Almost one hundred years old, the Dunlop facility, actually in Buffalo suburb Tonawanda near Niagara Falls, produces a wide range of tires for Dunlop motorcycles as well as cars and trucks. Auto tires are produced under the Falken brand, part of the overall American production of owner Sumitomo Rubber U.S.A.
The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame held their annual Induction Banquet and Reunion at the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel on November 4, with a crowd of over 250 riders, racers, Hall members, fans and industry types on hand to enjoy the festivities. The 12th annual event was sponsored by Husqvarna, with additional support from Joe Rocket, BMW Motorrad Canada, Honda Canada, Flat Track Canada, Yamaha Canada and event founder Bar Hodgson Productions.
Legendary motorcycle builder and tuner Mike Crompton was a true Superbike pioneer, building a wide variety of road racing equipment at home in North York, ON, starting in the late 1960s, eventually building CB750Fs for American Honda and riders including Freddie Spencer in California by 1980.