Archive for September, 2014

2014 BMW R1200RT – Road test review (Part 1)

2014 BMW R1200RT – Road test review (Part 1)

How has our new BMW R1200RT performed since we picked it up exactly two weeks ago? Let me tell you, in 14 days I’ve had it, we’ve put almost 4,000 kilometres on the German tourer, and every single minute has been a joy. Dead Man Walking.  That’s what it felt […]

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Albertans Honoured by Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame

Albertans will figure prominently at this weekend’s Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame ceremony in Edmonton. Edmonton-area residents Steen and Marion Hansen, the couple who for more than forty years have been behind Steen Hansen Racing Products, one of Canada’s largest motorcycle and parts distributors and importer for Husqvarna motorcyles, will […]

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2014 BMW R1200RT – How our new RT prices out

2014 BMW R1200RT – How our new RT prices out

We recently acquired a 2014 BMW R1200RT.  This RT was pre-owned and it had 5200 km on the odometer when we bought it. This is a ‘fully loaded’ RT with every factory option package available. I was curious about what the MSRP ‘list price’ is for a new, fully-equipped RT […]

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2014 BMW R1200RT – 9th tank of fuel, economy on the run home from Montana

I filled up the RT yesterday.  This is the 9th tank of fuel used on our five-day tour to the United States. Now, we have the fuel economy numbers for the last leg of our 3100 km tour on our new 2014 BMW R1200RT. Fuel economy for the last leg […]

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2014 BMW R1200RT – MT, ID, WA touring fuel economy

2014 BMW R1200RT – MT, ID, WA touring fuel economy

In a five-day tour from Alberta into the United States, south into Montana, Idaho and Washington, our first tour on our new 2014 BMW R1200RT proved the German sport touring bike to be an outstanding travel companion. We left Edmonton just four days after having received the new bike, and […]

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New 2014 BMW R1200RT arrives! 399 km First Ride

New 2014 BMW R1200RT arrives!  399 km First Ride

We say a fond farewell to our beloved 2012 Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 NTX, a bike we’ve come to call the ‘Italian sport tractor.’  We’ll miss it dearly.  Of all the bikes I’ve owned, the Stelvio NTX will be one of my all-time favourite motorcycles.  Blessed with rugged good looks […]

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2015 Subaru WRX – Performance Specs

Like any hard core ‘enthusiast’, I’m enamored with performance numbers.  We scrutinize the latest magazines for road tests on our current automotive obsession, and every new factoid is like another ‘hit’ of drugs to momentarily satiate our addiction. Here is a roundup of the latest ‘key’ performance statistics for the […]

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2015 Subaru WRX fuel economy – 6.58 L/100km, 42.9 imperial MPG, Calgary to Edmonton

We’ve now replicated for the third time the outstanding highway fuel economy on successive drives between Calgary and Edmonton. Our 2015 Subaru WRX with CVT transmission now has some 5400 km on the odometer. Here is a synopsis of fuel usage for these three highway trips. (All tests undertaken on […]

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Big Shout Out to Kal Tire

I stopped in to the Kal Tire on Edmonton’s south side today, looking for options on a set of four winter tires on aftermarket wheels. Brad, the store’s manager says, “Let’s go have a look at your car so I can suggest a set of wheels that might look good […]

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