Motorcycles

End of the 2017 riding season?? Sure hope not!

End of the 2017 riding season??  Sure hope not!

Today, Wednesday, November 1st, we got our firs major snowfall. Aaack!  Is this the end of the 2017 riding season? The eternal optimist in me hopes not.  In past years there have been various occasions I’ve ridden right up to November 24th, my Dad’s birthday. Officially, winter doesn’t ‘start’ until […]

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Olympia hi-viz jacket wash – end of season cleaning leaves ‘patina’

Olympia hi-viz jacket wash – end of season cleaning leaves ‘patina’

After our recent 4-day tour to Montana and Idaho (3 days and more than 2,000 km riding in rain, sleet and snow), our Olympia hi-viz jacket was sorely in need of a good cleaning. Grimy road spray had covered the sleeves and upper chest/shoulder sections of the touring jacket in […]

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Fall Tour fuel consumption – ’14 BMW R1200RTW

Fall Tour fuel consumption – ’14 BMW R1200RTW

Fuel Consumption – 2017 Fall Tour, September 29-October 4, 2017 (2014 BMW R1200RTW) SUMMARY Distance:  2,582 km Fuel consumed (premium unleaded):  132.88 litres Average fuel consumption:  5.14l/100km (55.0 Imp mpg) DETAILS   Km Litres Premium Unleaded l/100km Imp MPG Edmonton, AB-Aldersyde, AB 335 16.61 4.95 57.1 Aldersyde, AB-Choteau, MT 389 […]

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Amber lens covers for Clearwater Darla LED auxiliary lights

Amber lens covers for Clearwater Darla LED auxiliary lights

I’m a big fan of increased conspicuity for motorcyclists.  The more visible I am (and think I am), the safer I feel while riding on the road. It’s no accident that hi-viz colours like bright yellow and lime green have become more popular in recent years by many motorcycle riders. […]

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Boston Police Department Harley-Davidson

Boston Police Department Harley-Davidson
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Finally! Riding again after a 6 week-long forced hiatus!

Finally!  Riding again after a 6 week-long forced hiatus!

Emergency surgery on my person resulted in a frustrating 6 week “No Ride!” ban from my surgeon, and today was first day that onerous ban had expired. Six weeks in July-August – the height of motorcycling season, was a tortuous sentence, but all for the better, I suppose.  Today, I […]

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Dunlop $40 dollar rebate arrives

Dunlop $40 dollar rebate arrives

My Dunlop motorcycle tire rebate finally arrived.  The $40 dollar Cdn rebate was for the purchase of a pair of Dunlop Roadsmart 3 tires (one front, one rear) for our 2014 BMW R1200RT. I filed the rebate claim online on June 7, 2017 and received email confirmation that day from […]

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2017 Sport-touring tire test

2017 Sport-touring tire test

If you’re a rider who puts in a lot of miles each year, tires are among the most expensive ‘consumables’ you’ll be purchasing. Just how does one choose new tires? It depends on your criteria:  Price?  Long wear?  Maximum dry pavement traction?  Best wet weather performance?  Comfort?  Feel? Most of […]

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Falling in love, hard. Then walking away

Falling in love, hard.  Then walking away

I’m fickle.  I admit it. This marks the 4th riding season I’ve owned my 2014 R1200RT. My very good riding friends, Denis and Louise, recently asked: “Hey, Tim, what new bike are you thinking about buying?” “Uh, nothing right now”, I replied.  “The RT is 98-percent perfect for me”, explaining that my […]

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Oxford motorcycle socks – ‘motorcycle’ socks? Really?

Oxford motorcycle socks – ‘motorcycle’ socks?  Really?

Some time ago, Argyll Motorsports, our local BMW motorcycle dealer, hosted a promo event to celebrate the start of the 2017 motorcycle riding season. As part of that promotion, all accessories were on sale for 15-percent off for that evening only. As a bargain hunter, I couldn’t resist purchasing a 2-pack […]

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