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Its just too hot

I have lived on the wet coast  my entire life, never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would utter the words “I wish it would rain”

I did just that today, the extreme heat we are currently experiencing will force the re-scheduling of our July riding school.

I am disappointed for the participants however the last thing I want  to experience is a deer in headlight photo of me  in the press with caption “motorcycle instructor burns down community”

Squamish Motorcycle Festival

If you like motorcycles then you do not want to miss the Sqaumish Motorcycle festival!!!

http://squamishmotorcyclefestival.com

This is a great family weekend with all sorts of display and events for the entire family, the bonus is Squamish is a beautiful place to visit

with an easy 1/2 hour ride to Whistler this is a great weekend.

Mark Your calendar July 3rd to 5th 2015 Sqaumish motorcycle festival. Squamish BC

For the latest News Visit their Facebook site Squamish Motorcycle festival

 

 

 

Summer of road Training schedule

Don Hatton, Rally Raid Canada off road adventure/Dual sport riding course

 

Summer schedule

 

The following is our early summer schedule:

 

June 13-14, Something new: Ladies only, same format as our co-ed course except limited to women only. Ladies if you are planning an offered adventure on your motorcycle we can assist you.

 

June 27-28, Open to all

 

July 18-19, open to all

 

The program is designed for the beginner to intermediate adventure/off road rider, We go over everything from proper riding position to picking up your bike.

 

Day 1: is on my property and we work on technique.

 

Day 2: is usually a refresher of day 1 before heading out on a 4 to 5 hour adventure ride.

 

includes lunch and snacks both days.

 

The riders who gain the most from our lessons are riders who have some riding experience and now want to take their riding to a new level.

(If you have a lot of off road dirt bike experience then this may not be the course for you.)

 

We are not a learn to ride course you must be able to ride a motorcycle to benefit from this course.

If your goal is to explore on your bike then this is the course for you.

we can be reached at info@rallyraidcanada.com or dhatton@ shaw.ca

Canadian National Motocross series round Nanaimo

This just in from Hatton Insurance Face Book Site;

We are proud to be one of the sponsors of the MX101 Yamaha Factory Pro Motocross Team. http://www.mx101life.com/

The Team will be racing in The 2015 Canadian ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MOTOCROSS NATIONALS.

We are giving away 3 sets of tickets for two to the Factory Teams Hospitality tent including entry to the race for the Nanaimo round June 7 2015….
” YOU CAN FEEL WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A FACTORY STAR”

How do you enter:
Like our post and comment” I love Hatton Motorcycle Insurance Coverage” you will receive one entry.

Share our post with your friends and receive another entry.
Winner will be announced Thursday June 4th 12:00 pm

HATTON INSURANCE EXPERTS IN MOTORCYCLE
INSURANCE
www.hattoninsurance.ca

Rides

Its that time of year lots of great rides and events coming up we will try and post them here. Don’t let us miss your event, If your having a ride or event send us your information and we will post it here. info@rallyraidcanada.com

Every Tuesday evening 6:00 pm Western Speedway, Victoria Super Moto, drop by bring your bike have fun. http://victoriasupermoto.com

June 6th: 10 am – 3 Pm Telus Ride for Dad meet at Slegg Lumber 3217 Small road Cumberland. Fo info contact Susan Lewis susan@lewissears.com

June 7th: 7 am – 4 PM Vancouver Island West Coast Ride to Live Breakfast 8 am ride, starts 9 am lots of events through out the day. More information http://viridetolive.ca

June 13th: 9 am Vancouver Island Charity Riders Poker run, meet at coast Guard on Dallas road more information http://www.vicr.ca/news.html call Mike 250-883-7890 or Jim 250-213-2492

Squamish Motorcycle Festival July 3rd to 5th, 2015 weekend of motorcycle events, rides, shows, entertainment,stunt riders. more information contact Suzanne Jolly, Executive Director Email: squamishmotorcyclefestival@gmail.com
Phone: 778-385-4566 http://squamishmotorcyclefestival.com/contact-us/

7th Annual Cumberland Motorcycle Roundup – 2015 Show and Shine and Poker Run August 7th, 8th and 9th http://www.cumberlandmotorcycleroundup.com/contacts.html

2015

Since the 2013 Dakar Rally Don has taken time off Rally to allow his body to recover from 5 years of international rallying. He has focused his energy on his growing Insurance brokerage and his passion for off road Adventure training.

Through his off-road riding courses Don has helped numerous riders attain there dream of partaking in an off-road adventure ride in far away places.

“I really enjoy instructing, there is nothing like sharing a riders transformation from not able to ride off-road at the beginnning of the weekend to transform over two days where they competantly complete an off-road adventure ride.” Don Hatton

Adventure Course

**** course starting May 23 and 24 2015***

Rally Raid Canada Adventure Course – Two day adventure riding course in Duncan BC.



The course is as the British would say focused on “the Big Trailies”.

It is designed for the beginner to intermediate adventure rider, I go over everything from proper riding position to picking up your bike.



Day 1: We work on technique.



Day 2: is usually a refresher of day 1 before heading out on a 4 to 5 hour adventure ride.




The riders who gain the most from my course are riders who have street riding experience and now want to take their riding to a new level.

(If you have a lot of off road dirt bike experience then this may not be the course for you.)



We are not a learn to ride course you must be able to ride a motorcycle to benefit from this course. 

If your goal is to explore on your bike then this is the course for you.

For more information on Dates and cost contact

info@rallyraidcanada.com

 or dhatton@ shaw.ca

Don Hatton has competed in more off road rallies then any Canadian to date, including Morocco, Dubai, Tunisia,Mexico, He has competed as a member of Cyril Despres Factory KTM team in Sardinia Italy, He is a three time Dakar Rally competitor and was Teamed with Simon Pavey on a Husqvarna supported team in the 2013 Dakar Rally, His competed in the Baja 1000 finishing 4th in his category.
Don assisted Charly Boorman in the filming of the BC stage of Extreme Frontiers Canada. He was the featured adventure riding instructor on 12 episodes of the TSN series “Motorcycle Experience”, Don has instructed adventure riding courses with world renowned BMW Off Road Skills instructor Simon Pavey.
He is a sought after speaker and regularly speaks to clubs and business groups on his adventures .

Testimonials:

Hi Don,

My thanks to you for sharing your expertise in a way that was practical and effective. In no other way could I have learned what I did.
My reluctance to try some of the obstacles was entirely based on my level of fatigue – which was a reflection of my fitness. Next time I’ll be in better shape. Having said that, perhaps a topic you might explore with your students is how to recognize fatigue and how to deal with it – what to refocus on. Your Dakar experiences will have made you expert on this. Not to try to bring us to your level, but to share some of your experiences and concepts.

Thanks again to you and Natalie for your hospitality.

Rob

Bikes and Truck at the Port Ready to be Shipped to Europe

It is hard to get texts and emails from Don and Natalie at the moment, since internet access is intermittent there at best. Also there is very tight security in the hotel due to a conference of South American Presidents.

However, the bikes, truck and equipment has all been delivered to the port for return to Europe. This was the first opportunity everyone got a chance to have a really good look at Don’s bike and they were all shocked at the extensiveness of the damage. It looks like Don was very lucky to walk away from that one…or to be knocked 20 feet down the slope of the dune is closer to the truth.

Don is So Grateful for Your Comments

Don called this morning at 8:30 to ask that I post the following:

I am deeply touched and very, very grateful to everyone who has taken the time to post the many wonderful comments on the website. Your kindness, care and concern have been a lifeline for me.

This has been the my hardest Dakar ever both physically and emotionally. Not only the sudden end to my own ride, but the death of the young Frenchman that I rode with for two days, has hit me very hard. I want you all to know that the fact that you are thinking of me and holding me in your thoughts has really helped me.

Don and Natalie and family are leaving Vina del Mar today, headed to La Serena hoping to join Simon and the crew there before the last day of rally. With luck they may make Copiapo which is on the third to last day before end of the rally in Santiago.

At this point, they are thinking they will be back in Duncan by the 27th or 28th. Natalie will be texting as they continue.

For those of you who missed the interview on Friday on CFAX, here is the interview broken into five parts.

Interview Part I (7 mins.)

Interview Part II (9.24 mins.)

Interview Part III (8:38 mins)

Interview Part IV (9:06 mins)

Interview V (0:45 secs)

Latest News from Chile via Natalie

Natalie ArrivesThank goodness the site is back up again after a catastrophic server crash on Friday!

Natalie left on Saturday for Toronto/Chile and she arrived there this morning. At the time of posting, she is having a little wine to refresh her parched throat!

Today is rest day today for Simon Pavey.  They have heard from his wife, Linley.  All is well on the Pavey team at this time . But it’s very hot and sweaty in the bivouac.

Don is pretty sure the team is planning to change engines today.  Apparently the truck Llewellyn and Linley were in had broken down.

We are not sure how Linley is getting around,  but Llewellyn is now riding with a couple of Polish guys following the rally.

Next Stop is Viña Del Mar on the central coast.