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2021 Audi e-tron – Quick Take

I recently dropped off my ’18 Audi A4 for it’s annual winter tire swap, and this 2021 Audi e-tron fully electric SUV was provided as a ‘loaner’ for the day. I hate to say this, but I was impressed. As a (mildly) ‘traditional’ car guy, I LIKE raucous gasoline engines. […]

Motorcycles 2021 BMW R1250 GS/GSA vs Honda Gold Wing DCT Tour

2021 BMW R1250 GS/GSA vs Honda Gold Wing DCT Tour

Right on schedule, my 2-year itch kicked in. It only takes about 24 months or so for my eyes to begin scanning the news on the latest, newest, hottest 2-wheelers to satiate the never ending quest for motorcycle satisfaction. By late summer 2021, I’d had my ’19 Honda Gold Wing […]

Eat Small towns, big flavours.   Cantonese Chow Mein at the Parkview Restaurant, Thorhild, AB.

Small towns, big flavours. Cantonese Chow Mein at the Parkview Restaurant, Thorhild, AB.

Chinese restaurants in small towns are as ubiquitous across Canada as toques are in winter. While it’s common knowledge that the spread of Chinese restaurants followed the construction of Canada’s national railway system in the 1880s, it was journalist Ann Hui’s book Chop Suey Nation (2019) that described the outward […]

Travel 2021 – A year of close-to-home riding in a Covid pandemic

2021 – A year of close-to-home riding in a Covid pandemic

2021 was another strange year for motorcycling. Lock downs, closed restaurants, and limited access to essential businesses restricted recreational travel for much of the year. That didn’t stop motorcycle enthusiasts from riding entirely. A few friends ventured outside the province and into B.C. and Saskatchewan a few times, all within […]

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Small towns, big flavours.   Cantonese Chow Mein at the Parkview Restaurant, Thorhild, AB.
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Small towns, big flavours. Cantonese Chow Mein at the Parkview Restaurant, Thorhild, AB.

Chinese restaurants in small towns are as ubiquitous across Canada as toques are in winter. While it’s common knowledge that the spread of Chinese restaurants followed the construction of Canada’s national railway system in the 1880s, it was journalist Ann Hui’s book Chop Suey Nation (2019) that described the outward […]

Small towns, big flavours.  Japanese and Korean cuisine at the Alliance Valley Inn Restaurant, Alliance, AB
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Small towns, big flavours. Japanese and Korean cuisine at the Alliance Valley Inn Restaurant, Alliance, AB

Alliance is a village in Central Alberta, population 154, according to one website. 154 people isn’t many people. Heck, my immediate family, uncles, aunts and first cousins count about the same number. My motorcycle friends recently found the Alliance Valley Inn Restaurant, run by Sunny and Allen Choi. Our first […]

Small Towns, Big Flavours.  The Last Griffin Restaurant, Bentley, AB
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Small Towns, Big Flavours. The Last Griffin Restaurant, Bentley, AB

The Covid pandemic has unquestionably disrupted long distance motorcycle touring. But forced to stay close to Edmonton, we were limited to motorcycle day trips. That gave us the opportunity to explore nearby towns, and with that, we’ve ‘discovered’ a handful of exceptional small town eateries. We’d heard through the grapevine […]

Extreme cold weather riding – how cold is too cold with an e-vest?
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Extreme cold weather riding – how cold is too cold with an e-vest?

How cold is too cold to ride a motorcycle? Here in Western Canada, motorcycling means having to face cold weather, even in the middle of summer. It’s not uncommon in mid-July for the early morning temperature to be a bracing 7 degrees Celsius. But by Canadian standards, 7 C isn’t […]

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2021 Audi e-tron – Quick Take

I recently dropped off my ’18 Audi A4 for it’s annual winter tire swap, and this 2021 Audi e-tron fully electric SUV was provided as a ‘loaner’ for the day. I hate to say this, but I was impressed. As a (mildly) ‘traditional’ car guy, I LIKE raucous gasoline engines. […]

$2.89 Hack for ’19 Gold Wing Horn
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$2.89 Hack for ’19 Gold Wing Horn

The horn button on Honda’s latest generation 2018+ Gold Wing is the subject of much handwringing and complaint on owners’ forums. Honestly, the horn button is an ergonomic miscue. Located just above the turn signal button, small and flat – not large and concave shaped to fit one’s thumb, and […]

European Sweetness Coffee Bar & Deli, Edmonton, AB
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European Sweetness Coffee Bar & Deli, Edmonton, AB

My foody friend, Richard, sent me a photo of Burek, what he and his wife were having for lunch that day. “Burek??”, I texted. Burek is something I’d never heard of before. Apparently, Burek’s origin is Turkish, a savory pastry filled with meat, cheese or ingredients like spinach, wrapped in […]

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First ride, 2021

I picked up my bike last week. I filled the tank and rode it to storage on November 1, last year. Now, 5 months later, with friend Rick, we pulled the nylon bike cover off, unplugged the battery tender, and removed the strategically placed Bounce sheets from the dash, saddle […]

Turquaz Kebab House, Edmonton, AB
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Turquaz Kebab House, Edmonton, AB

We thoroughly enjoyed our very first visit to Turquaz Kebab House. When I mentioned Turquaz to my friend Fatima, who is of Lebanese origin, she immediately said it was one of her favourite dining haunts. That made it a solid recommendation for me. Fatima is a foody, just like us. […]

2020 – Hits and Misses in a Very Strange Year
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2020 – Hits and Misses in a Very Strange Year

2020 will go down in history as one of the strangest, most memorable years we’ll likely experience in our lifetime. The COVID pandemic has affected each of our lives, the activities we participate in, and the social interactions we cherish. Misses COVID-19 wreaked havoc with with travel plans for many […]

Part 2.  Which is best?  Honda Gold Wing?  or BMW R1200RT?  Details. . .
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Part 2. Which is best? Honda Gold Wing? or BMW R1200RT? Details. . .

’19 Honda DCT Tour Gold Wing vs. ’14 BMW R1200RT In Part 1, we gave a broad-brushed overview of the strengths and weaknesses of arguably the two finest touring motorcycles available – the Honda DCT Tour Gold Wing (2018-’20) and BMW R1200RT (2014-’18), both essentially unchanged motorcycles for their production […]

19,000 km – Honda DCT Gold Wing ownership experience
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19,000 km – Honda DCT Gold Wing ownership experience

My 2019 Honda Gold Wing DCT Tour is within spitting distance of 19,000 km, some 16 months since I bought it new in June, 2019. Readers of CarandRider.com will know my beloved 2014 BMW R1200RT experienced an electrical fire caused by a failed rectifier in June last year. The BMW […]

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Fuel Economy Test – 2019 Honda DCT Tour Gold Wing

Real world gas mileage intrigues me. Even though few motorcyclists barely give fuel consumption a second thought, tracking fuel usage is one way to compare a vehicle’s performance to another’s. When the current generation of Honda Gold Wing (model year 2018) was launched, Gold Wing forums were filled with cries […]

Fall Tour 2020 – Part 6:  Conclusion
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Fall Tour 2020 – Part 6: Conclusion

Thick fog mixed with heavy smoke from forest fires in the U.S. greets us as we load our panniers early in the morning. It’s cold and the ride north towards home is going to be less than pleasant. Our room is in a separate building away from the main motel […]

Fall Tour 2020 – Part 5, Nelson, B.C. to Fort Macleod, AB
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Fall Tour 2020 – Part 5, Nelson, B.C. to Fort Macleod, AB

It’s early morning in Nelson. As usual, the crew have loaded their bikes, , set their GPSes, and are geared up, and ready to roll. We’ve decided to find breakfast ‘on the road’, and ride south on Highway 6 to Salmo and connect with the Crowsnest Highway 3, the major […]

Amanda’s Restaurant, Nelson, B.C. – a suprise Chinese food find
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Amanda’s Restaurant, Nelson, B.C. – a suprise Chinese food find

Chinese restaurants are as common in small town Western Canada as, well, Ford F150 pickup trucks. The proliferation of Chinese restaurants across Canada is well documented in the excellent book, Chop Suey Nation: The Story of the Legion Cafe and Other Stories from Canada’s Chinese Restaurants, by Ann Hui. During […]

Fall Tour 2020 – Part 4, Kamloops to Nelson, B.C.
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Fall Tour 2020 – Part 4, Kamloops to Nelson, B.C.

From our “value-priced” motel in Kamloops, it’s now Day 4 of our tour. Our group has fallen into a comfortable, easy going rhythm. Everybody is up early, fettling their motorcycles. There’s a layer of morning dew to wipe off the bikes, GPSes to be mounted, and panniers to be packed. […]

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Repairing ‘Curb Rash’ on Audi Wheels

We ‘car guys’ are particular. We park our cars at the vacant end of the lot to protect them from those infuriating door dings, we keep our cars’ interiors surgical operating room clean, and the concept of ‘patina’ showing wear and tear simply does not compute. We pride ourselves in […]

Dowco Guardian Weatherall Plus Motorcycle Cover – review
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Dowco Guardian Weatherall Plus Motorcycle Cover – review

Not everyone has the luxury of a 3-car garage or a multi-bay workshop in which we can store motorcycles out of the weather when we’re not riding. When I bought the GL1800 Gold Wing in June, 2019, I was using a battered, weather beaten 11 year old Nelson-Riggs half cover. […]

2021 – A year of close-to-home riding in a Covid pandemic
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2021 – A year of close-to-home riding in a Covid pandemic

2021 was another strange year for motorcycling. Lock downs, closed restaurants, and limited access to essential businesses restricted recreational travel for much of the year. That didn’t stop motorcycle enthusiasts from riding entirely. A few friends ventured outside the province and into B.C. and Saskatchewan a few times, all within […]

2021 BMW R1250 GS/GSA vs Honda Gold Wing DCT Tour
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2021 BMW R1250 GS/GSA vs Honda Gold Wing DCT Tour

Right on schedule, my 2-year itch kicked in. It only takes about 24 months or so for my eyes to begin scanning the news on the latest, newest, hottest 2-wheelers to satiate the never ending quest for motorcycle satisfaction. By late summer 2021, I’d had my ’19 Honda Gold Wing […]

New OEM Bridgestone tires for the ’19 Honda Gold Wing
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New OEM Bridgestone tires for the ’19 Honda Gold Wing

New tires for motorcycles are controversial. There’s much debate on motorcycle forums as to which tires are ‘best.’ Years ago, Car and Driver magazine, long my enthusiast automobile ‘bible’ since I was a teenager, ran a feature story on tire technology. An unnamed engineer for one of the big tire […]