Archive for November, 2014

Blue Plate Diner, Edmonton

Blue Plate Diner, Edmonton

I was psyched up when daughter Jenn suggested the Blue Plate Diner for lunch the other day.  This restaurant has a good reputation in the city, and that message is reinforced by the numerous framed awards mounted on the wall at the front door. Located on 104th Street just north […]

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Ferrari 458 Italia – on-track driving impression

Ferrari 458 Italia  – on-track driving impression

Car enthusiast Tony Littlewood recently had the opportunity to track test a Ferrari 458 Italia on a trip to Las Vegas.  Tony’s an old high school buddy, and had a chance to drive the Ferrari the way it was meant to be driven. Here’s his report. Hi Guys. I just […]

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On Any Sunday – The Next Chapter, Premieres Edmonton, Dec.9!!!

On Any Sunday – The Next Chapter, Premieres Edmonton, Dec.9!!!

Any motorcyclist worth their salt will fondly remember the documentary classic, On Any Sunday, released in 1971.  It’s arguably the greatest motorcycle movie ever made, and the one movie I’ve viewed more than any other.  (The car chase classic, Bullit (1968) and Star Wars (1977) come in a close second […]

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Subaru WRX gets new winter boots – Michelin X-Ice Xi3s

Subaru WRX gets new winter boots – Michelin X-Ice Xi3s

We’re now ready for winter! After a Kal-Tire foul-up resulting in late delivery and installation more than a week after our first snowfall, we have a new set of 235/45R17 Michelin X-Ice Xi3 winter tires mounted on 5-spoke matte black Core Racing Lizea alloy rims.  Our 2015 Subaru WRX and […]

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It’s over – 2014 riding season ends

It’s over – 2014 riding season ends

Yesterday, my 2014 riding season ended.  I waited until the last minute to ride my bike to its winter storage location and en route, it began to rain.  It’s only a matter of days before that rain will turn to snow. The weather forecast for Edmonton within the next few […]

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Honda Gold Wing recall – 2001-2012 GL1800/A (rear brake)

Honda Gold Wing recall – 2001-2012 GL1800/A (rear brake)

Honda has issued a recall notice calling for the inspection of the secondary master cylinder for all Honda Gold Wings, model years 2001-2012.  This is a follow-up to a similar recall/inspection issued in 2011. According to Honda, the problem is that on some units, the secondary master cylinder is “not […]

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Self-canceling turn signals – they work! . . . sort of . . .

Self-canceling turn signals – they work! . . . sort of . . .

It reached a balmy 7-degrees Celsius this afternoon, and that REQUIRED another short ride to take advantage of yet another snow-free day we have.  Usually, by this time in November, Edmonton has snow on the ground. After last Saturday’s great ‘revelation’ when good friend Phil H. corrected me that my […]

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Police Cars vs Motorcycles – hard performance numbers

We motorcyclists like to think our motorcycles easily outperform the typical car.  For acceleration, that’s almost a given.  A motorcycle has a much better power:weight ratio, so it’s no surprise even relatively small displacement, say, a KLR 650, will out accelerate most cars on the road. But when it comes […]

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RTFM!! Auto-canceling turn signals, 2014 BMW R1200RT

RTFM!!  Auto-canceling turn signals, 2014 BMW R1200RT

Jeez, are people stupid or what? My good friend Phil H. kindly pointed out to me yesterday that my post on “Fixes” We Need for the Next Generation of Motorcycles incorrectly stated my 2014 BMW R1200RT does not have self-canceling turn signals.  Wrong!! Why don’t people just RTFM (read the […]

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Bliss Baked Goods, Edmonton

Bliss Baked Goods, Edmonton

I was quite thrilled to learn a new bakery had recently relocated close to our house.  Bliss Baked Goods is a family-run bakery that’s recently received some TV coverage on the local news and apparently on an upcoming program on the Food Network’s ‘Donut Showdown’. I’m a sucker for fresh […]

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