Archive for December, 2015

Fuel mileage – 7.8 L/100 km (Hwy), 2015 Subaru WRX CVT
Cars

Fuel mileage – 7.8 L/100 km (Hwy), 2015 Subaru WRX CVT

You know I’m a fuel economy ‘geek.’ We drove our 2015 Subaru WRX (with CVT automatic transmission) from Calgary to Edmonton a couple of days ago. As is standard for my fuel economy testing, we filled up in Calgary and almost immediately joined the QE2 highway (minimizing city, stop-and-go driving) […]

Motorcycles

Motorcycling New Year’s Resolutions for 2016

On the eve of New Year 2016, one starts thinking about New Year’s resolutions.  Personally, I think such resolutions are a waste of time. Then I began thinking about New Year’s resolutions having to do with motorcycling.  Now there’s a part of life where I can aspire to do better. […]

Motorcycles

Classic rematch – BMW R90S vs Norton Commando

For motorcyclists of a certain age (you know who you are), there are two superbikes from the 1970s we all wish we had sitting in our garage – a BMW R90S and Norton Commando. As a self-proclaimed bookworm, I’d love to read and have in my hands copies of motorcycle […]

Canadian Prices for 2016 Honda Africa Twin, VFR1200x Crosstourer, NC750x
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Canadian Prices for 2016 Honda Africa Twin, VFR1200x Crosstourer, NC750x

(Honda Canada’s prices as reported in this post are now official.  Pricing has now been posted on Honda’s website.  This post, published early this morning, has been updated with links to Honda Canada website and official pricing.  Dec. 18, 2015) I was at a Honda motorcycle dealership yesterday and saw […]

2016 Wards 10 Best Engines
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2016 Wards 10 Best Engines

U.S.-based WardsAuto has announced it’s annual 10 Best Engines list for 2016.  Specializing in auto industry analysis, Ward’s AutoWorld magazine has been naming the industry’s 10 Best Engines since the 1995 model year. Here are the winners for 2016: 3.0L Turbocharged DOHC I-6 (BMW 340i) 3.6L DOHC V-6 (Chevrolet Camaro/Cadillac […]

Bite Grocerateria Restaurant, Calgary, AB
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Bite Grocerateria Restaurant, Calgary, AB

My cousin Dave invited Dad, Ingrid and me for lunch at Bite, a trendy, ‘urban’ grocerateria on 9th Avenue S.E. This is a foody’s island in east downtown/inner city Calgary.  It’s in a relatively new building that also houses a high end furniture store (their inventory looks very Italian) and […]

TurnCycle Centre Stand Disc – review
Motorcycles

TurnCycle Centre Stand Disc – review

Motorcycle storage is an issue for me.  We’ve got a one-car, attached garage.  Of course, it’s filled with the ‘stuff’ one accumulates in life. Crammed with bicycles, lawnmower, snow blower, tool boxes and cardboard boxes filled with who knows what, I’ve got to squeeze the RT in. Making matters worse, […]

“Portuguese Tarts” – from the Italian Centre Shop, Edmonton
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“Portuguese Tarts” – from the Italian Centre Shop, Edmonton

It seems I’m still infatuated with Portugal.  We’ve been back in Edmonton almost six weeks now. More than the low 20s degrees Celsius, more than hoards of scooters and motorcycles on the gorgeous streets of Lisbon and Porto, more than the stunning Portuguese architecture and history, I miss Portuguese cuisine. […]

2016 Hyundai Tucson Limited AWD – review
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2016 Hyundai Tucson Limited AWD – review

I always look forward to testing Hyundais.  The Korean manufacturer for some years now has offered vehicles packed with features at a price point that has competitors scratching their head and wondering, “How do they do it for that price?” And there is no questioning the level of quality and […]

9 Bike Adventure-touring Shootout
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9 Bike Adventure-touring Shootout

I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for the next, ‘greatest’ bike, one that could possibly occupy space in my garage. I recently found this massive 9-bike adventure-tourer shootout, posted by online bike magazine Motorcycle.com, and included in this test are two bikes that have recently piqued my […]