Archive for December, 2014

Helmet winter maintenance

Helmet winter maintenance

I’m desperately missing my BMW R1200RT. They say ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder.’  That’s a great understatement.  It’s only been about seven weeks since I rode the RT to its winter storage facility.  But it’s frustrating as hell to not have the bike in my garage so I can […]

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More 2014 BMW R1200RT dyno results

It’s interesting to compare the relative horsepower ratings of various motorcycles. Remember, it’s not advisable to compare power ratings that were obtained from different dynometers because of possible differences used in correction factors the operator may apply to account for ambient temperature and air pressure. (Motorcycle.com, Nov. 2014) 2014 BMW […]

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Michelin Tire rebate

My $70.00 CDN dollar tire rebate arrived today.  The $70 dollars cash-back was part of the company’s promotional pitch when I bought in November the 235/45HR-17 Michelin X-Ice Xi3 winter tires for the new WRX. I filed my rebate claim online November 19th.  Michelin sent an email on November 27th, […]

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2014 BMW R1200RT Dyno Results

What is power? “. . .power grows out of the barrel of a gun” is a fine quotation from Chinese revolutionary Mao Zedong, but that refers to political power.  We gearheads are more interested in engine power, and the easiest way to measure that is by testing an engine or […]

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Ferrari Shell High Quality Commercial

Here’s a video that’s a blast from the past. Royal Dutch Shell produced this commercial some time around 2007 (?), but it’ll make any gearhead swoon. The ad is a montage  of vintage Ferrari Formula One race cars screaming along the streets of some of the great cities of the […]

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WardsAuto announces 10 Best Engines for 2015

United States-based WardsAuto announced the 10 Best Engines for 2015 list today. To be eligible for this prestigious award, the engine or propulsion system must be all-new or significantly re-engineered and available in the United States at a base  vehicle price cap of $60,000 USD ($C 68,878). For 2015. there […]

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“On Any Sunday – The Next Chapter” movie review. A must-see for motorcyclists

“On Any Sunday – The Next Chapter” movie review.  A must-see for motorcyclists

Last night was the Edmonton premiere of the documentary “On Any Sunday – The Next Chapter”, and the two showings were sold out. The premiere was held at Edmonton’s venerable and much loved Princess Theatre on trendy Whyte Avenue, near the University of Alberta. After an unseasonable cold snap and […]

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