Archive for October, 2020

Fuel Economy Test – 2019 Honda DCT Tour Gold Wing

Fuel Economy Test – 2019 Honda DCT Tour Gold Wing

Real world gas mileage intrigues me. Even though few motorcyclists barely give fuel consumption a second thought, tracking fuel usage is one way to compare a vehicle’s performance to another’s. When the current generation of Honda Gold Wing (model year 2018) was launched, Gold Wing forums were filled with cries […]

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Fall Tour 2020 – Part 6: Conclusion

Fall Tour 2020 – Part 6:  Conclusion

Thick fog mixed with heavy smoke from forest fires in the U.S. greets us as we load our panniers early in the morning. It’s cold and the ride north towards home is going to be less than pleasant. Our room is in a separate building away from the main motel […]

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Fall Tour 2020 – Part 5, Nelson, B.C. to Fort Macleod, AB

Fall Tour 2020 – Part 5, Nelson, B.C. to Fort Macleod, AB

It’s early morning in Nelson. As usual, the crew have loaded their bikes, , set their GPSes, and are geared up, and ready to roll. We’ve decided to find breakfast ‘on the road’, and ride south on Highway 6 to Salmo and connect with the Crowsnest Highway 3, the major […]

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Upgrading Olympia Jacket with New D30 Armour

Upgrading Olympia Jacket with New D30 Armour

Earlier this year I began thinking about replacing my Olympia hi-viz touring jacket. It has served me well over 8 riding seasons, keeping me dry in pouring rain, and with zip-in liner, warm (once with a heated vest to minus 4 degrees Celsius) in the cold weather we typically experience […]

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Amanda’s Restaurant, Nelson, B.C. – a suprise Chinese food find

Amanda’s Restaurant, Nelson, B.C. – a suprise Chinese food find

Chinese restaurants are as common in small town Western Canada as, well, Ford F150 pickup trucks. The proliferation of Chinese restaurants across Canada is well documented in the excellent book, Chop Suey Nation: The Story of the Legion Cafe and Other Stories from Canada’s Chinese Restaurants, by Ann Hui. During […]

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Fall Tour 2020 – Part 4, Kamloops to Nelson, B.C.

Fall Tour 2020 – Part 4, Kamloops to Nelson, B.C.

From our “value-priced” motel in Kamloops, it’s now Day 4 of our tour. Our group has fallen into a comfortable, easy going rhythm. Everybody is up early, fettling their motorcycles. There’s a layer of morning dew to wipe off the bikes, GPSes to be mounted, and panniers to be packed. […]

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Repairing ‘Curb Rash’ on Audi Wheels

Repairing ‘Curb Rash’ on Audi Wheels

We ‘car guys’ are particular. We park our cars at the vacant end of the lot to protect them from those infuriating door dings, we keep our cars’ interiors surgical operating room clean, and the concept of ‘patina’ showing wear and tear simply does not compute. We pride ourselves in […]

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Adapting Gerber Heated Vest to ’19 Gold Wing OEM 12v Outlet

Adapting Gerber Heated Vest to ’19 Gold Wing OEM 12v Outlet

On the last day of our late September tour, the air temperature dropped to a bone-chilling 2 degrees Celsius as Robyn and I departed Fort Macleod northbound on Highway 2. It was cold, even layered up with a light fleece pullover and the insulated liner of my Olympia jacket. I […]

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Dowco Guardian Weatherall Plus Motorcycle Cover – review

Dowco Guardian Weatherall Plus Motorcycle Cover – review

Not everyone has the luxury of a 3-car garage or a multi-bay workshop in which we can store motorcycles out of the weather when we’re not riding. When I bought the GL1800 Gold Wing in June, 2019, I was using a battered, weather beaten 11 year old Nelson-Riggs half cover. […]

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Happy Birthday BMW GS! 40 years of adventure-touring. Pics from Edmonton

Happy Birthday BMW GS! 40 years of adventure-touring.  Pics from Edmonton
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