Archive for December, 2013

7 easy motorcycle projects to stave off cabin fever

7 easy motorcycle projects to stave off cabin fever

Is ‘winter’ driving you nuts yet?  Technically, Winter started on December 21st, but our last motorcycle ride in late October sure seems a long, long time ago. That got me thinking, if it’s too cold and snowy to ride, what motorcycle-related projects could we start to keep us ‘involved’ in […]

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2013 in review Part 3 – Remarkable Drives That Failed to Make our Top 10 List

2013 in review Part 3 – Remarkable Drives That Failed to Make our Top 10 List

“Where are all the domestic cars?”, demanded my friend Brent after we released our list of the Top Ten Drives of 2013.   Brent is a dyed-in-the-wool GM customer.  And to paraphrase that motorcycle t-shirt, he’d rather eat worms and chew broken glass than own anything other than a product built […]

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Ko-Cho-Line leather dressing

Ko-Cho-Line leather dressing

I’m fastidious about dressing my leather boots, especially when it comes to waterproofing.  One of the great miseries of motorcycling is to have cold, wet feet. Some dozen years ago, I asked a friend, Adrian, who owns a small herd of fine horses and competes in dressage, what leather treatment […]

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Famoso Neopolitan Pizzeria, Whyte Avenue, Edmonton

Famoso Neopolitan Pizzeria specializes in thin crust pizza.  Sure, it’s a restaurant chain, something I normally avoid, but the Whyte Avenue location was very close to the venue for a Friday night Christmas concert and that convenience drew us in. The advantage of thin crust pizza is rapid cook time.  […]

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2014 KTM 1190 Adventure

2014 KTM 1190 Adventure

2014 KTM 1190 Adventures have arrived in Canada.  The first of the much anticipated Austrian adventure-tourers landed in Canadian showrooms a few weeks ago.  The base model 1190 Adventure has an MSRP of $17,999.  The higher spec’d 1190 Adventure R is expected to arrive in January, 2014 but pricing has […]

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2013 in Review Part 2 – Our Top 10 Drives

2013 in Review Part 2 – Our Top 10 Drives

Forty five test vehicles came our way this year, including a handful of motorcycles, and almost every one of them could be recommended to somebody.  But some stood out from the crowd, especially for enthusiast drivers. Read what our Top 10 Drives of 2013 are – and two Honourable Mentions, […]

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Koi Sushi House, Edmonton

Koi Sushi House is easy to find, at Jasper Gates Mall on the southwest corner of Stony Plain Road and 149th Street. I’ve dined there for lunch on previous occasions and the cuisine is consistently tasty, service is good and prices are reasonable.  Located across the parking lot from London […]

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Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta

Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta

  Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta adjoins neighbouring Glacier National Park in Montana.  Together, they form the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.  The Canadian government established Waterton Park in 1895, and the United States government established Glacier National Park in 1910. Waterton is a small national park covering only 505 […]

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Popular Bakery, Edmonton

I was waiting for the tropical specialist supermarket to open when I noticed Popular Bakery across the street.  With a few minutes remaining ’til the market unlocked its doors, I wandered into the bakery to see what was on offer. I wasn’t hankering for anything special, so on the spur […]

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2013 in review – Part 1

2013 in review – Part 1

2013 was a good year for testing new vehicles. By the numbers, we tested some forty-five new vehicles, including a handful of motorcycles. The least expensive car we tested was the spunky little 2014 Toyota Yaris 5-door LE ($16,995); the most expensive was the 2013 Porsche Carrera 4S Cabriolet that […]

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