Motorcycles

2018 Calgary Motorcycle Show, Jan 5-7, starts today

2018 Calgary Motorcycle Show, Jan 5-7, starts today

The 2018 motorcycle season has arrived! Kicking off the year is Calgary’s 2018 Motorcycle Show, which starts today (Friday, doors open at 12:00 noon) and runs Saturday 10:00 AM – 8″00 PM, Sunday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM) at the Stampede Park. Edmonton’s Motorcycle Show starts Friday, Jan 12th and runs […]

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First Big Cycle Event of 2018! Echo Cycle’s ‘Back in Black’ Triumph new model unveiling tour

First Big Cycle Event of 2018!  Echo Cycle’s ‘Back in Black’ Triumph new model unveiling tour

Happy New Year! The 2018 riding season starts off with a big bang this year. Edmonton Triumph dealer Echo Cycle is hosting another big unveiling event, and is slated to show the entire 2018 Triumph motorcycle line up at their big ‘Back in Black’ party, Wednesday, January 10th, 2018. The […]

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1977 Montesa Cota 247T Trail refurbishment

1977 Montesa Cota 247T Trail refurbishment

Long story short:  I bought this 1977 Montesa Cota 247T Trail bike new off the showroom floor of European Motorcycles in Calgary, AB. in 1978. I rode it a few years and damaged it moderately off road riding, bending the handlebars, breaking the headlight lens and pranging the front alloy […]

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The Motorbike Show – 10 episodes on Netflix now. Highly recommended

The Motorbike Show – 10 episodes on Netflix now.  Highly recommended

Winter.  Blah!  For we winter bound motorcyclists, winter is hell. Since we’re already ‘saddled up’ on our sofas for winter, we might as well make the best of our time living vicariously, and if that means experiencing motorcycling via the TV, so be it. I’ve just ‘discovered’ The Motorbike Show on Netflix. […]

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Surprize! Motorcycle prices are LOWER in Canada than U.S.!! We compare Cdn MSRPs to U.S.

Surprize! Motorcycle prices are LOWER in Canada than U.S.!! We compare Cdn MSRPs to U.S.

Canadians love to complain about the high cost of consumer goods we pay compared to the price of the same items in the United States. Cross border shopping – visiting the U.S. to buy certain goods – is nearly a national sport. As an interesting exercise, we decided to cross-shop […]

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Brazil – travel memories

Brazil – travel memories

I was perusing through some old photos today and came upon pics from a motorcycle trip with Ayres Adventure we had won as the grand prize at the HyderSeek Rally.  Touring company founder, Ron Ayres, was legendary in the IronButt community as a hardcore, long distance rider and a good […]

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Cancelling BeIN Sports channel – as 2017 motorcycle racing season ends

Cancelling BeIN Sports channel – as 2017 motorcycle racing season ends

I just cancelled my subscription to BeIN Sports, the only channel available to me that is broadcasting MotoGP and World Superbike motorcycle racing. Cancelling the channel with my cable tv provider Telus was painful.  I tried removing the channel in my account online using my iPad.  Fail. Next I tried […]

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Winter maintenance – time to throw the battery charger on the RT

Winter maintenance – time to throw the battery charger on the RT

Right now, it’s a frigid -10 degrees Celsius.  Winter doesn’t ‘officially’ arrive until December 21st, but you couldn’t convince any motorcyclist living in Alberta that winter isn’t here now. I finally got around to organizing my 2-car garage to fit both cars and the BMW R1200RT inside.  The RT hasn’t […]

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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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