Archive for August, 2013

Part 2 – 2014 Preview Drives – Chev Cruze Diesel, Impala, Trax and Cadillac XTS

Part 2 – 2014 Preview Drives – Chev Cruze Diesel, Impala, Trax and Cadillac XTS

This is Part 2 of the fleet demo event General Motors Canada hosted recently.  This is an annual test drive event for buyers from companies that operate fleets, such as the car rental, government, utilities, and oil and gas sectors.  I was one three local auto writers given unlimited access […]

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Recall Notice – 2012-13 Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX, 20012-13 Norge 8V, 2013 Griso 8V

Recall Notice – 2012-13 Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX, 20012-13 Norge 8V, 2013 Griso 8V

August 29, 2013 I received a safety recall notice in the mail today, issued by Piaggio Group Americas, Inc., whose office is in Costa Mesa, CA. The recall affects Moto Guzzi models 2012-13 Stelvio NTX, 2012-13 Norge 8V and 2013 Griso 8V. The letter states in part that the recall […]

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OEM Pirelli Scorpion Trail ekes out 22,000 + km

OEM Pirelli Scorpion Trail ekes out 22,000 + km

My 2012 Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX’s OEM Pirelli Scorpion Trail front tire has managed a very satisfactory 22,000 plus kilometres, and has reached the end of its life. The Scorpion Trail is a popular OEM tire and comes standard on a number of adventure-touring motorcycles such as the 2013 Ducati […]

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“Red Jammers” – The vintage buses of Glacier National Park

“Red Jammers” – The vintage buses of Glacier National Park

You see them, trundling elegantly along Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park, Montana. The fleet of 33 red buses, originally built by the White Company in the 1930s, continue to perform loyal duty shuttling wide-eyed tourists between Glacier National Park (Montana) in the United States and the adjacent Waterton Lakes […]

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Avalanche Creek Trail, Glacier National Park, Montana

Avalanche Creek Trail, Glacier National Park, Montana

Ingrid wants to stop, so we do. My problem is once I start driving (or riding), I want to keep going.  And going. As much as I want to stop and ‘smell the roses’, I seldom do.  Ingrid has taught me the value of stopping to see what’s there. We […]

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Hell’s Canyon Scenic Byway, Idaho – Hwy 71

Hell’s Canyon Scenic Byway, Idaho – Hwy 71

  We got lost.  Driving from Oregon near the hamlet of Homestead on the Snake River, we crossed the state line into Idaho. A large sign announces the road (shown above) is owned by the Idaho Power Company.  We discovered this road (not numbered on Idaho maps, but it seems […]

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“Lightweighting” – auto engineering’s new focus for fuel economy gains

Cars and trucks are getting better fuel economy with every new model that’s launched. World fuel economy regulations are driving auto manufacturers to eek out every mile per gallon, and it’s no secret that fuel economy rating is one of the main ‘features’ that influences a buyer’s decision to purchase […]

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Piggyback BBQ Restaurant, Whitefish, Montana

Piggyback BBQ Restaurant, Whitefish, Montana

“That ain’t no way to treat people.  That sure ain’t no hospitality you’d get in Texas.”  The two Texans coming out of the Piggyback BBQ were spitting mad.  I had wanted to ask them how their meal was, but decided to let them get into their pickup and cool off. […]

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McCall, Idaho – Hwys 55, 95, 13

McCall, Idaho – Hwys 55, 95, 13

McCall, Idaho is a resort town on the southern tip of Payette Lake.  It’s a small town of about 2,900 people, peppered with motels. The town’s claim to fame – it was the location for filming in 1938 for the Academy Award-nominated movie Northwest Passage, starring Spencer Tracy, Robert Young […]

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LDComfort Riding Undergarment

LDComfort Riding Undergarment

Salem, Oregon I’m happily meandering through the large building that houses the dozens of vendors who’ve made the trek to the 2013 BMW national owners of America rally in Salem, Oregon.  (If you ever want to find the most obscure farkle for your motorcycle, make a beeline for this annual […]

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