Archive for October, 2013

2014 Toyota Rav4 AWD LE

2014 Toyota Rav4 AWD LE

  Bottom Line:  The base Rav4 is easy to drive, easy to love and easy to recommend.  The fuel efficient 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine with 6-speed automatic has perfectly adequate power.  Everything ‘works.’ Legendary Toyota quality, reliability and longevity are irresistible selling points.  Just buy one. Thrilling?  Not quite . . […]

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Kawasaki Versys 1000 – Part 2, Fuel Economy Update

Kawasaki Versys 1000 –  Part 2, Fuel Economy Update

Kawasaki Versys 1000 – Fuel Economy Update Saturday morning starts off cold.  The big Kawasaki’s LCD display is showing a bone-chilling 2 degrees Celsius.  Oddly, it takes two long stabs of the starter to wake the Versys 1000 up, but it fires and settles down to a smooth, fast idle. […]

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St. Ignatius Mission, St. Ignatius, Montana

St. Ignatius Mission, St. Ignatius, Montana

St. Ignatius Mission, St. Ignatius, Montana “Let’s pull in there”, Ingrid says, pointing to a highway sign that says St. Ignatius Mission.  I’ve driven – or more accurately, ridden – past that sign umpteen times on my numerous motorcycle forays into Montana.  Not once have I ever pulled off Highway […]

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Huckleberry’s Cafe, Wetaskiwin, Alberta

Huckleberry’s Cafe, Wetaskiwin, Alberta

Huckleberry’s Café, Wetaskiwin, Alberta One of my favourite short rides into Alberta’s farm country is south on Alberta Highway 2A to Wetaskiwin, Alberta, home of the often overlooked Alberta Reynolds-Alberta Museum.  This two-lane secondary highway swings down through rolling hills and small farms in Central Alberta. I’d been given a […]

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2013 Kawasaki Versys 1000 – Part 1

2013 Kawasaki Versys 1000 – Part 1

First impressions, 2013 Kawasaki Versys 1000, MSRP $13,999 It’s a bracing 4 degrees Celsius.  Now, in the first week of October, we Western Canadians smell it in the air.  That’s the smell of snow.  Our main motorcycle season is over.  I had to scrape frost off the car windows for […]

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Going-to-the-Sun Road, Montana

Going-to-the-Sun Road, Montana

  Going-to-the-Sun Road, Montana Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park, Montana is one of those Bucket List drives.  It inevitably makes those “Best Scenic Drives in America” lists, and it’s truly spectacular. Construction began in 1921, and it was the first major U.S. Parks project intended to accommodate automobile tourism.  […]

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BMW Summer 3 Trouser

BMW Summer 3 Trouser

  BMW Summer 3 Riding Pants I’ve been wearing the same pair of Alpinestars mesh pants for almost ten years now.  They’re a jean style with only knee armour and no hip armour.  And they’ve served me well, especially on my past two bikes, an ’07 GL1800A Gold Wing and […]

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