Motorcycles

Cleaning Hi-viz Olympia Motorcycle Jacket to Near New Condition

7 year old hi-viz Olympia jacket after washing

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. […]

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Forma Hyper Sneakers – tried and tested

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 […]

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Forma Air3 Outdry mesh boots review

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 […]

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Forma Hyper sneaker boot review

Forma Hyper sneaker boot review

Footwear is one of the lowest priority pieces of protective gear for many motorcyclists. Helmets and jackets are usually the first priorities. I had been on the lookout for a pair of light duty motorcycle boots for those short trips for riding fifteen minutes to breakfast, something that would be […]

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Entertainment during self-isolation – moto stuff on YouTube

Forced isolation is an opportunity to explore internet (shopping, right?) and YouTube to entertain ourselves while we’re advised to “Stay home. Stay safe.” (Which is unquestionably good advice.) Here is a short list of stuff you’ll find really entertaining, whether you are motorcycle- or car-centric. All are found on YouTube. […]

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Klim Outrider vs BMW Summer 3 pants

Klim Outrider vs BMW Summer 3 pants

Riding season has finally arrived. After a long, cold winter and a lethargic season of couch-sitting and watching Netflix, my old, well-worn and comfortable BMW Summer3 pants (Men’s Size L) mysteriously shrunk in the closet. I’ve worn the Summer3 pants since 2012, and they quickly became my favourite riding pants.  […]

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Solution Finish Black Trim Restorer – product review

Solution Finish Black Trim Restorer – product review

I’m a little obsessive-compulsive about how my bikes look.  I want them in as near perfect condition, with the proviso that I ride my bikes, and they are definitely not in the Garage Queen class of revered objects of art. My 2014 BMW R1200RT was beginning to show some aging.  Even though […]

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Leather treatment for our Rich’s saddle

Leather treatment for our Rich’s saddle

I admit I’m slightly obsessive-compulsive about treating my leather motorcycle gear. Usually, at the beginning and end of each riding season, I give my custom, leather covered Rich’s saddle and Aerostich Combat Touring Lite riding boots a serious treatment using Obenauf’s Leather Oil. I’ve used a countless array of waterproofing […]

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First ride of the season

First ride of the season

It’s relatively late for the first ‘official’ ride of the 2018 season.  Sure, most of us have been out and about on our bikes, but today, a group of friends gathered for breakfast and undertook a nice little 2-hour ride west and north of Edmonton. Our troop of a dozen […]

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‘Old skool’ (ca. 1978) dirt bike leather tank bag

‘Old skool’ (ca. 1978) dirt bike leather tank bag

While digging through a box of old motorcycle parts, I found this leather tank bag, which I had used on my 1977 Montesa Cota 247 Trail in 1978 or thereabouts. This is definitely old skool!  It’s all leather; there’s not one millimetre of manmade textile like tank bags today. When […]

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