Archive for August, 2012

An Inside Look at Volvo Safety Engineering – Interview with Safety Centre Chief, Hans Nyth

(From the Archives – originally published Aug., 2010.) When car buyers think ‘safety’, undoubtedly one of the first brands that springs to mind is Swedish manufacturer Volvo.  And for good reason.  Volvo has a long list of safety ‘firsts’ for a production company such as 3-point (lap and shoulder) seat […]

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Fuel Economy – Automotive Technology’s New Holy Grail

“They don’t make ‘em like they used to” is a complaint I often hear, and to that I joyously respond, hallelujah!    There’s no denying today’s automobiles lack the beautiful esthetics of the ‘50s and ‘60s.  While today’s cars lack the sheet metal artistry and mechanical simplicity of that period, there’s […]

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2012 Honda CRV Touring

2012 Honda CRV Touring

One of Honda’s best-sellers, the CRV, arrives totally redesigned for 2012.  Honda’s popular compact crossover SUV’s newest reincarnation is evolutionary, rather than revolutionary, but there’s still plenty of good news for consumers.  The 2012 CRV boasts a lower base price ($25,990 for 2012 vs. $26,290 for 2011), more power (185 […]

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Pirelli Scorpion Trail – 10,310 kilometres

Pirelli Scorpion Trail – 10,310 kilometres

  The OEM Pirelli Scorpion Trail rear tire on the Stelvio 1200 NTX is worn out at 10,310 km.  That’s not bad, considering the tire endured quite high, sustained speeds in temperatures up to 110 degrees Fahrenheit during our July trip through Utah, Wyoming and Colorado. The Scorpion Trail never […]

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The Montana Club Restaurant, Missoula, MT

Canadians want to know:  What is ‘chicken-fried steak’?  Is it chicken?  or is it steak? Chicken fried steak is a unique culinary piece of Americana that miraculously pops up on menus the instant you roll across the 49th parallel .  It’s a thin-ish piece of beef that’s battered (like deep […]

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2012 MRT Canada Motorcycle Rally

2012 MRT Canada Motorcycle Rally

Adventure-touring motorcycles are all the rage, but you don’t have to own a monster trailie like a BMW R1200GS Adventure to attend the MRT Canada Rally. We had a great weekend at Toad Rock Campground last weekend at Wolfgang and Anny Simmert’s annual MRT Canada rally.  Simmert, an ex-pat German […]

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Balfour Golf Club Restaurant, Balfour, BC

The Balfour Golf Club Restaurant is tucked away in the heart of the B.C. Kootenays a few minutes north of the Balfour ferry.  Breakfast at the club’s restaurant is spectacular, especially dining on the patio on a warm August morning. The view overlooks the course with the Kootenay Mountain range […]

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6 weeks of ownership. 10,245 kilometre update

6 weeks of ownership.  10,245 kilometre update

Photo:  Aug.5, 2012 – Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX aboard North America’s longest free ferry service, from Balfour to Crawford Bay, British Columbia.  Homeward bound from the 2012 MRT Canada motorcycle rally held at Toad Rock Campground. I rolled into my driveway at 7:00 PM yesterday (Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012) and […]

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Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX – Life after 5 weeks 8245 km. Part 3 Conclusion

Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX – Life after 5 weeks 8245 km.  Part 3 Conclusion

Rideability and Tourability  I didn’t buy the Stelvio NTX with single-track off-road riding in mind.  For me, the upright riding position, reasonably capacious luggage, and long suspension travel to soak up abysmally broken pavement in my part of Western Canada were the main selling features.  Not to mention the Guzzi’s […]

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