Archive for January, 2017

Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year!

Gung Hay Fat Choy!  Happy Chinese New Year!

Today is Chinese New Year, so Gung Hay Fat Choy to everybody! This is the Year of the Rooster.  If you were born in 2017, 2005, 1993, etc. (it’s a 12-year cycle), then you are a Rooster according to Chinese astrology. So, if you are turning 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72, […]

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Blue-Point Rechargeable LED Pen Light

Blue-Point Rechargeable LED Pen Light

My good friend Rick Y. surprised me the other day with a belated ‘Christmas gift’, a high quality Blue-Point rechargeable LED pen light. Rick is a bona fide tool connoisseur.  Having apprenticed as a Jaguar automobile mechanic in New Zealand prior to immigrating to Canada, all of Rick’s mechanics tools […]

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‘Plane Resurrection’ – an outstanding documentary series on historic plane restoration

‘Plane Resurrection’ – an outstanding documentary series on historic plane restoration

If you love cars and motorcycles, then you’re a ‘gearhead’ like I am. And as a ‘gearhead’, you’ll love the 6-part documentary series ‘Plane Resurrection’ now on Netflix. The British documentary covers the restoration (or sometimes ground up re-creation) of notable planes such as so-called ‘Warbirds’ like the American P-51 […]

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2017 Triumph Scrambler and Bobber unveiling

2017 Triumph Scrambler and Bobber unveiling

Last week, Edmonton area Triumph fans got a sneek peak at the all new 2017 Triumph Scrambler and Bobber. On the evening of Wednesday, January 11th, Echo Cycle – one of North America’s highest volume Triumph motorcycle dealers – held the unveiling of the new Scrambler and Bobber.  The gala […]

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In Florence, Italy, Tosca Restaurant’s grilled ocotopus. Outstanding!

In Florence, Italy, Tosca Restaurant’s grilled ocotopus.  Outstanding!

Most North Americans reel in horror when one mentions eating octopus. What a bunch of wimps! With a Chinese background, we grew up eating all sorts of ‘non-mainstream’ seafood, such as squid and octopus. But the Italians, or more specifically, the Florentines, really know how to cook up a delicious […]

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Vintage Fiat. What is it?

Vintage Fiat.  What is it?

I love old cars. We spotted this vintage Fiat wedding car in the castle district of San Marino while on a motorcycle tour. Beautifully restored, it transported the bride and groom from high atop the castle district down into town. Anybody know what model and year of Fiat this is? […]

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Sh*t happens when you’re on tour

Sh*t happens when you’re on tour

The weirdest sh*t can happen when traveling, and it happens at the most unexpected times. During our 9-day motorcycle tour of Tuscany, Italy, the key fob slipped out of my buddy Gary’s hand.  Somehow, the key fob fell between the instrument panel and gas tank, and mysteriously disappeared into the […]

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The Long Rangers – bikes with the longest fuel range

The Long Rangers – bikes with the longest fuel range

Some of us are into long distance riding.  It’s always an interesting question when talking long distance riding with fellow motorcyclists. Inevitably, the question arise, “Which bike(s) have the longest fuel range?” Our friends at Visor Down in the U.K. have compiled a list of Top Ten Bikes with the Longest […]

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