RIP: CMG founder Rob Harris

CanadaMotoGuide.com founder and boss Rob Harris died around noon on Saturday, May 14 following a motorcycle accident that involved a collision with a pick-up truck.  Harris, 49,  was riding on a dirt road in rural Ontario, South of Bancroft, at the time.

Canada has lost a popular, outspoken and dedicated motorcycling ambassador.  A moment of silence was held for Harris at the Sunday Rider’s Meeting at Shannonville Motorsport Park, ON, May 15, and CSBK racers, crew and staff extend their condolences. 

Born in Yorkshire in the United Kingdom, Harris was a former motorcycle mechanic who settled in the Toronto area and in 1996 began publishing a pamphlet-sized magazine available at bike shop counters, the “Ontario Motorcycle Guide.”  An early adaptor, “Editor ‘arris” switched to an online format in 1998, and built CMG Online into the biggest Canadian web site.

Harris came to Canada in 1991, moving to Montreal before settling in Sackville, New Brunswick with his partner Courtney Hay and daughters Chloe and Cate.  Harris founded and built up the infamous Mad Bastards Scooter Rally, joining with frequent partner in crime Costa Mouzouris to brow beat CSBK Boss Colin Fraser into what Fraser would eventually call “one of the best days on two wheels of my life.”

Recently, Harris and the CMG Team had been developing the September Fundy Adventure Rally, with support from BMW Motorrad and Honda Canada.

Although not a huge roadracing fan, Harris was a track day veteran who helped start the Thunder Racing class for twin cylinder machinery.  More recently, Harris has occasionally competed at CSBK rounds in Honda spec single categories, including in 2012.

Subbing for regular victor Mouzouris on the CMG entry at Atlantic Motorsport Park in Nova Scotia, Harris shook off recent knee surgery to take the wins both days for the Media division.  Our image from that July Sunday in 2012 on the east coast shows the lanky Harris, in typical fashion, hamming it up on the podium with rising young stars Ryan Roche, Tommy Casas and eventual Champion Stacey Nesbitt.

Visitation with family will take place at R.S. Kane Funeral Home at 6150 Yonge St. in Toronto from 11:30 AM to 2 PM on Thursday, May 19.

The Memorial Service for Harris will take place at R.S. Kane Funeral Home at noon on Saturday, May 21.

A traditional CMG-style Pub Night will honour Harris at the Bull and Firkin, a CMG hang out, starting at 6 PM on the same Saturday at 1835 Yonge Street, just south of the Davisville Subway.