Archive for January, 2016

Nolan N90 – showing wear and tear after four riding seasons

Nolan N90 – showing wear and tear after four riding seasons

It’s time to replace my tried-and-true Nolan N90 flip-up helmet.  After four riding seasons and an estimated 60,000 plus kilometres of use, it’s served me very well, but it’s starting to show signs of wear and tear. I’m a big time Nolan ‘fan.’  This is the fourth Nolan I’ve owned […]

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BLUNDER-bus – Mercedes gets the 2016 GLE SUV Coupe all wrong

BLUNDER-bus – Mercedes gets the 2016 GLE SUV Coupe all wrong

In the interest of full disclosure, I really like the Mercedes-Benz brand.  A 1983 300D, owned in the family since new, is part of the household fleet, and a 2000 E430 4Matic graced our driveway for seven years.  The E430 4Matic will go down as possibly THE most enjoyable car […]

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2016 Fiat 500x – Review

2016 Fiat 500x – Review

The Fiat 500X is Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s newest entry into the red hot ‘cute-ute’ subcompact class.  It competes with stellar vehicles like the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3. At first glance, the 2016 Fiat 500X has plenty of features to make you give it a good, hard look when shopping […]

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2016 Edmonton Motorcycle Show

2016 Edmonton Motorcycle Show

The 2016 Edmonton Motorcycle Show opened in Edmonton yesterday, Friday, January 15, and a crowd was lined up waiting for the doors to open at 12:00 noon. Show manager Laurie Paetz said the Calgary show, which was held the previous weekend, surprized organizers with attendance down only about 4-percent.  That’s […]

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2016 Triumphs – a sneak peek two days before the Edmonton Bike Show opens

2016 Triumphs – a sneak peek two days before the Edmonton Bike Show opens

Edmonton Triumph motorcycle dealer Echo Cycle hosted a sneak peek party tonight where invited guests got a sneak peek at a handful of all-new-for 2016 Triumph motorcycles. At the wine and cheese gathering, the new liquid-cooled Triumph range of classic, retro-styled motorcycles were unveiled, almost two days before the bikes […]

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Dakar Rally on TV tonight, Sunday Jan. 10, 11:30 PM MST

The legendary Dakar Rally, one of the toughest off-road endurance events for cars and motorcycles, is scheduled to be broadcast on TV tonight. For Edmonton-based Shaw Cable TV customers, the half-hour broadcast is scheduled for 11:30 PM MST on channels 159 SN1 and 224 SN1HD.

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Coffee and Nata at Handy Bakery

Coffee and Nata at Handy Bakery

With influence from my brother-in-law, John, who lives in Calgary, I decided to follow his lead – to go out, by myself, for a morning coffee. I’m test driving a new, 2016 Fiat 500X AWD, so driving the baby CUV through a light blanket of freshly fallen snow was a […]

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New Bikes to Appear at 2016 Edmonton Motorcycle Show

New Bikes to Appear at 2016 Edmonton Motorcycle Show

We’ve received confirmation that these are the new bikes that will appear at the 2016 Edmonton Motorcycle & ATV Show that will run January 15-17, 2016 at the Expo Centre, Northlands Here’s a partial list, but the newest line up of bikes that we’re keen on seeing firsthand: Honda CRFL1000L […]

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Favourite restaurant ‘finds’ of 2015

Favourite restaurant ‘finds’ of 2015

Happy New Year! Starting the 2016 year made me think, what were our great, restaurant ‘finds’ of the past year. 2015 was a great ‘discovery’ year for Ingrid and me.  Our ‘foody’ friends, such as Richard and Maggie, introduced us to some fabulous new (to us) restaurants.  And our travels […]

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2016 Toyota Yaris – Review

2016 Toyota Yaris – Review

We had a chance to drive the 2016 Toyota Yaris and frankly, it exceeded our expectations. The Yaris is Toyota’s least expensive sedan that’s sold in Canada. Our test unit was a base model with a cloth interior and automatic transmission.  The base price of the sedan with AT is […]

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