Archive for May, 2017

Shopping for new tires – What rubber to put on the R1200RTW?

Shopping for new tires – What rubber to put on the R1200RTW?

Shopping for new tires for your sport touring rig?  Well, so am I. But just how do you choose from the excellent selection of sport touring tires?  For me, I checked in with various BMW owners’ online forums. But how do you know which tire will be ‘best?’  That’s a […]

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Tire replacement time – Michelin Pilot Road 4 GT ‘done’ at 16,468 km

Tire replacement time – Michelin Pilot Road 4 GT ‘done’ at 16,468 km

It’s time to replace the trusty Michelin Pilot Road 4 GT rear tire on our 2014 BMW R1200RTW. This rear tire has just (barely) hit the wear bars, and has lasted an admirable 16,468 km.  While some of my ‘frugal’ riding friends would likely push the tire another couple of […]

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Fuel economy – BMW’s R1200RTW. Who cares?

Fuel economy – BMW’s R1200RTW.  Who cares?

One of the best characteristics of BMW’s iconic boxer-twin touring rig is its phenomenal fuel economy.  Matched with a large 25-litre fuel tank, the RT gives impressive range. I’ve just completed a 4-day 2400 km road trip, our annual Schnitzel Run, riding from Edmonton, AB to Cranbrook, BC then up […]

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Tradition – 2017 marks 10th annual Schnitzel Run, Part 1

Tradition – 2017 marks 10th annual Schnitzel Run, Part 1

Our collective memory is failing.  Of the 20 hardy riders that made the annual Victoria Day weekend trek from Edmonton (and 3 from Victoria, BC), none of us could remember if this was the 10th or 11th year we’ve ridden to Cranbrook to indulge in schnitzel at Frank’s Steak & Schnitzel […]

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Ecco Yura GTX review

Ecco Yura GTX review

About a year ago Ingrid and I were traveling with her brother and his wife on a 2-week tour of Europe. We did a lot of walking.  My brother-in-law, John, raved about the Ecco ‘walking’ shoes he was wearing.  On one day, we walked some 16 kilometers sightseeing in Prague. […]

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BMW R1200RT liquid-cooled ‘Wethead’ – Best sport-tourer for long distance travel, ever?

BMW R1200RT liquid-cooled ‘Wethead’ – Best sport-tourer for long distance travel, ever?

After 3 years of ownership, I’ve concluded that my 2014 BMW R1200RT (aka ‘Wethead), is simply the best motorcycle I’ve owned, ever. Normally, after 3 or 4 years of owning a motorcycle, my eyes begin to wander.  I begin scanning the environment for something new to replace whatever I’m riding […]

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Simply Irie Caribbean restaurant, Calgary, AB

Simply Irie Caribbean restaurant, Calgary, AB

Caribbean cuisine is something with which we are not very familiar. Of course, everybody’s heard of Jerk Chicken, that spicy, grilled chicken.  I suppose Jerk Chicken is the Caribbean equivalent to Chow Mein in Chinese cuisine; everybody knows it. When our friend Gary suggested Simply Irie for lunch, I was […]

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Vizi-Tec brake light modulator install

Vizi-Tec brake light modulator install

Good:  Plug ‘n play, just as advertized.  BMW Canbus electrical system compatible. Bad:  No installation instructions included.  Online manual lacks make- and model-specific instructions, and there are no photos. A couple of my BMW riding friends put me on to the Vizi-Tec brake light modulator. That’s one of the many […]

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Foreign Concept restaurant, Calgary. Asian fusion cuisine at its best

Foreign Concept restaurant, Calgary.  Asian fusion cuisine at its best

A young realtor in Calgary who lives in the trendy Mission district recommended Foreign Concept restaurant.  When the topic of recommended restaurants came up, he quickly spewed a list of his favourites, and Foreign Concept was right near the top. Ingrid and I needed a break from the mundane.  We […]

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