The other day we got a call from pro road racer Marcel Irnie of Kelowna. We shot the breeze on a number of topics including his 2012 season and his aspirations for 2013 and beyond.

Marcel really put himself through the meat grinder in 2012. Aside from clawing his way to 10th overall in the Canadian Superbike Championships, he also attended a number of US events. The grinding travel, a few heavy crashes and some nagging mechanical headaches can really do a number on one’s finances and morale. Marcel came out of the season with his first pro US win and is exploring some exciting options for the 2013 season.

A couple of weeks back he was able to unwind with friends by enjoying some early-winter trail riding in the scenic surroundings near Kelowna. His ever-present collection GoPro HD cameras allow us to come along for the ride.

Megan Griffiths and Marcel Irnie ride Bear Creek trails on Remembrance weekend November 11-12, 2012. Bear Lake Main, Kelowna BC. Megan races a 2012 KTM 250, and Marcel rides his 2006 RMZ450 for the first time in 2012. Enjoy the snow ride.
Directed by: Marcel Irnie
Marcel Irnie
Megan Griffiths
Kyle Nowosad

Earlier this year, AMSOIL released some extensive test results proving that their Interceptor Synthetic Two-Stroke Oil is more than capable of providing exceptional protection and performance in Ski-Doo E-TEC engines. AMSOIL has produced a video which offers a visual perspective to buttress these impressive results. See side-by-side comparison with engine parts tested using Interceptor and BRP XPS-2 Synthetic 2-Cycle Oil.

To read more on the testing, check out Testing Verifies AMSOIL Interceptor Shines in Ski-Doo E-TEC

Engineered specially for 2-stroke engines equipped with exhaust power valves. AMSOIL's most popular snowmobile oil. Ideal for Ski-Doo/Rotax E-TEC engines.
Model: Interceptor
Product ID: AIT

Changing oil in differentials, transfer cases, boat lower units and some transmissions can be a messy and awkward affair. Often times you are working in a cramped space and in a contorted position. Spills are common and the process can be a slow one.

Our AMSOIL Hand Oil Pump is an absolute godsend for these jobs and for under $15, it is a great value too. It delivers clean and efficient oil installation in the tightest of areas. When you have completed the task, it disassembles easily for complete clean-up.

It comes complete with different attachments to work with AMSOIL quart, gallon and 2.5 gallon containers. We show it here in a jug of Honda VTM-4 Differential Fluid. This an exclusive Honda fluid for their VTM-4 (Variable Torque Management 4WD) full-time, four-wheel drive system. As our Ridgeline requires that the rear diff fluid be changed every 24,000 kilometers, we are certainly pleased to have this item on hand.

AMSOIL Oil Hand Pump

Hand pump for gear lubes and transmission fluids. Shown with gallon jug of Honda VTM-4 Differential Fluid.

Cleaning Tip

We keep a clean, empty quart bottle on hand to clean leftover oil out of the pump. We add a cup or two of varsol to the bottom of the bottle and then run it through the pump. We then disassemble the unit, wipe it clean and allow it to dry before storage.

Bonus Tip

When working under vehicles, it seems that trouble lights are never pointing in the direction where illumination is needed. We found this headlamp at Walmart for under $3 (requires 3 AAA batteries, not included). For a just few bucks it certainly does shed some light on the situation. One can certainly upgrade to a better quality lamp depending on what you want to spend.

Head Lamp

AMSOIL Oil Hand Pump
Changing oil in differentials, transfer cases, boat lower units and transmissions can be a messy affair. Our AMSOIL Hand Oil Pump is a godsend for these jobs.
Model: G2039 Hand Pump
$13.20 New

AMSOIL has rounded out their synthetic racing oil series with the addition of AMSOIL DOMINATOR Synthetic SAE 60 Racing Oil (product code: “RD60”). This SAE 60 joins the 5W-20, 10W-30 and 15W-50 racing oils in the Dominator line. Read more

The machines we have featured over the last few months have all been interesting and dynamic in their own way and this month’s feature is certainly no exception. This unit has competed in professional events in several North American locales. It can go from 0-60 mph in just 3 seconds and can take sweeping corners at over 100 mph. This month we feature Marcel Irnie’s 2012 BMW S1000RR motorcycle road racer. Read more