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19,000 km – Honda DCT Gold Wing ownership experience
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19,000 km – Honda DCT Gold Wing ownership experience

My 2019 Honda Gold Wing DCT Tour is within spitting distance of 19,000 km, some 16 months since I bought it new in June, 2019. Readers of CarandRider.com will know my beloved 2014 BMW R1200RT experienced an electrical fire caused by a failed rectifier in June last year. The BMW […]

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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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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 […]

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

Dowco Guardian Weatherall Plus Motorcycle Cover – review
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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. […]

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

TCX Tour Evo GTX vs Aerostich Combat Lite motorcycle boots
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TCX Tour Evo GTX vs Aerostich Combat Lite motorcycle boots

I’ve recently returned from a 2900 km tour, wearing for the first time a brand new pair of TCX boots. The Tour EVO GTX is the Italian bootmaker’s top-of-the-range motorcycle boot, and they performed flawlessly. The Tour EVO GTX boots are TCX’s most expensive motorcycle touring boots officered in North […]

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Cleaning Hi-viz Olympia Motorcycle Jacket to Near New Condition

Hi-viz motorcycle jackets are fantastic for increasing one’s visibility on the road. There’s a good reason first responders, road crews and anybody who’s exposed to the dangers of being in traffic wear high visibility colours such as yellow, lime green, orange and red. These colours stick out on asphalt roads. […]

Forma Hyper Sneakers – tried and tested
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Forma Hyper Sneakers – tried and tested

My riding season got off to a very late start. A shoulder injury in late February, exacerbated by the COVID-19 lockdown meant my first ride of the season wasn’t until the third week of July. With my first trips of the year were restricted to short jaunts in town, that […]

Forma Air3 Outdry mesh boots review
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Forma Air3 Outdry mesh boots review

The second new pair of moto boots I bought at last year’s big “Black Friday” sale was this lightweight pair of mesh, waterproof, full height touring boots intended for hot weather riding. I’d been eyeing mesh boots for some time, but my bargain-hunting self was put off by my perception […]