Archive for June, 2012

Tractors and Elephants

Tractors and Elephants

The Guzzi’s big 1151 c.c. 90-degree V-twin is thumping gloriously beneath  me.  The new Stelvio is effortlessly propelling me northbound on Alberta Hwy. 44 to Slave Lake.  It’s the first big highway trip with the new bike and I imagine this is what it’s like to enter into an arranged […]

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2012 Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX – the first 1500 km

  I’ve racked up the requisite 1500 km over the past few days that Guzzi wants for the first scheduled service to be done. The Stelvio NTX is proving to be a big, beefy motorcycle with tons of character.  The big Italian adventure bike elicited a ‘thumbs up’ from a […]

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Photon Cruise 2 Throttle Lock

Photon Cruise 2 Throttle Lock

Cruise control is a major feature sorely missing on the new 2012 Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX.  Triumph has brilliantly trumped even the mighty BMW R1200GS in this regard by equipping the new 2012 Tiger Explorer with electronic cruise control as standard equipment. We poor Stelvio owners are among the many […]

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2012 Moto Guzzi Stelvio – First impressions

2012 Moto Guzzi Stelvio – First impressions

The Stelvio NTX is big ‘n tall.  And heavy.  The spec sheets says it weighs in at a beastly 698 lb. curb weight, and right now, while I’m getting my ‘sea legs’ with the new Italian adventure bike, you couldn’t offer me a weekend with Charlize Theron to take this […]

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Ciao! 2012 Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 NTX!

Ciao! 2012 Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 NTX!

When you fall in love, all you see is the best attributes of whatever or whomever it is you’ve fallen for. I fall in love with motorcycles regularly.  After stalking the 2012 Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX since it was announced, I did the unthinkable and sent my trusty and beloved […]

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Passion

Love, art and religion are three aspects of life in which we freely abandon rational thinking. We don’t use spreadsheets and cost-benefit analysis to choose our lovers, decide whether Monet is better than Andy Warhol, and I’m not touching religion with a ten-foot pole. It’s been said there’s a fine […]

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Sayonara, 2007 Honda GL1800A Gold Wing

Lordy, lordy, lordy!  What have I done?? My trusty 2007 Honda GL1800A Gold Wing is gone.  Hopefully to a good home and an owner who will appreciate that this is arguably the finest luxury touring motorcycle the world has ever seen. The Wing has been in my stable for four […]

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2011 BMW K1600GT

2011 BMW K1600GT

BMW’s new wunderkind pushes motorcycling’s sport-touring envelope. Six cylinders, 160 horsepower and enough electronic wizardry to satisfy James Bond. The Specs 2011 BMW K1600GT Type of vehicle: Sport-tourer Engine: 1.6L DOHC six-cylinder Power: 160horsepower at 6,000 r.p.m; 125 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 r.p.m. Transmission: Six-speed, shaft drive Brakes: ABS […]

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26,000+ Kilometres on Dunlop Elite3 front tire – No Way!!

26,000+ Kilometres on Dunlop Elite3 front tire – No Way!!

Motorcyclists regularly bemoan the rapid rate at which tires wear out, but here’s some real world data. I’ve just replaced the Dunlop Elite 3 tires on my 2007 Honda Gold Wing GL1800A.  The front 130/70R-18 Elite 3 was nearing its wear bars, but still had perhaps another thousand kilometres of […]

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2011 Triumph Sprint GT

2011 Triumph Sprint GT

(From the Archives) Time marches on and life, inevitably, changes.  Not so many years ago, your cherished ride might have been a race-replica, something like a Suzuki GSX-R1000, that you gleefully flogged on ‘track days’.  Today, your priorities have changed and the prospect of contorting yourself on a supersport bike […]

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