Archive for July, 2016

Obenauf’s Leather Oil

Obenauf’s Leather Oil

My Aerostich Combat Lite Touring boots are about ten years old now.  I reckon I’ve worn them for something in the order of 150,000 kilometres, and they’re still going strong. I meticulously treat the leather.  For many years, the only leather treatment I’ve used on the boots is the British […]

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BMW R1200RTW – fuel economy analysis, Edmonton, AB to Seattle, WA (return)

BMW R1200RTW – fuel economy analysis, Edmonton, AB to Seattle, WA (return)

Here’s a detailed analysis of the fuel consumption for the latest iteration of BMW’s iconic sport-tourer R1200RT, Our fuel consumption analysis was done after returning from our annual 2016 Schnitzel Tour departing from Edmonton, AB with overnight stops in Cranbrook, BC, Orofino, ID, Yakima, WA, Kingston (Seattle area), WA, Burlington, WA, […]

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U.S. Politics – seen in Lowell, Montana

U.S. Politics – seen in Lowell, Montana

It’s amusing for us Canadians to observe the antics of U.S. politics. We saw this in the men’s washroom at the cafe where we always stop for a break in Lowell, MT on Lolo Pass.  

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New HJC Sy-Max III flip-up ‘modular’ helmet – test notes

New HJC Sy-Max III flip-up ‘modular’ helmet – test notes

I’ve managed to put the new HJC Sy-Max III flip-up modular helmet through more than 3,000 kilometres of solid testing since buying it in early July. Overall This is a very good helmet with an attractive price point.  At $392 (including GST), it is close to the slightly more expensive […]

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Bob’s Burger & Brew, Burlington, WA

Bob’s Burger & Brew, Burlington, WA

I’m a food snob, so when it comes to the so-called ‘chain’ restaurants, I avoid them like the plague. But there are exceptions to this rule.  Regular visitors know I love the Jaker’s Bar & Grill, an upscale steakhouse with locations across Montana and Idaho. We’ve found yet another ‘chain’ eatery […]

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Glacier’s Edge Cafe, Babb, MT

Glacier’s Edge Cafe, Babb, MT

At first glance, motorcycle touring is a pretty simple activity.  You choose a destination, load up your bike, and go. Underneath that simplicity are layers of complexity, especially if you’re touring with other riders.  The people you’re traveling with have their own personalities, and like all of us, idiosyncrasies, some […]

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2016 Schnitzel Run – Part 3 conclusion

2016 Schnitzel Run – Part 3 conclusion

From Cranbrook, our group of riders depart in various groups.  Our companions are spread out over a number of local motels, and they roll out at different times. The ride from Cranbrook south to the U.S. border crossing is something we’ve done numerous times, and once in Sandpoint, ID, we […]

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2014 BMW R1200RTW impresses with outstanding fuel economy

2014 BMW R1200RTW impresses with outstanding fuel economy

  I admit to being a fuel economy geek.  Fuel economy is one measure of a vehicle’s performance that is indisputable.  Some bikes do better than others.  The latest generation of BMW’s liquid-cooled 1200 cc flat-twin is for me a perfect match for the iconic German tourer, the R1200RTW. The […]

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2016 Schnitzel Run – Dining well in Cranbrook, Part 2

2016 Schnitzel Run – Dining well in Cranbrook, Part 2

With Dave G. leading the way through Bragg Creek and on the all-too-rare in Alberta twisty back roads, we join up with Hwy 22 (aka The Cowboy Trail.) Riding south through the hamlet of Longview, which is the ‘backdoor’ entrance to Alberta’s beautiful Kananaskis Provincial Park, I’m happy to be […]

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Obenauf’s Leather Oil – ‘conditioning’ the leather on our new, custom saddle

Obenauf’s Leather Oil – ‘conditioning’ the leather on our new, custom saddle

I’m a bit of a leather conditioner product junkie.  I have an inordinate interest in researching leather treatment products to keep my leather motorcycle boots pliable and water resistant (and that includes my so-called ‘waterproof’ Goretex lined Alpinestar moto boots.) Through the years, I’ve experimented with the traditional waterproofing and […]

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