Motorcycles

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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Independent BMW and Ducati motorcycle service shop opens – The Bike Shoppe, Edmonton

Independent BMW and Ducati motorcycle service shop opens – The Bike Shoppe, Edmonton

Edmonton and Northern Alberta BMW and Ducati motorcycle owners can rejoice.  A new, independent BMW and Ducati motorcycle service shop has recently opened in Edmonton. On May 1st, The Bike Shoppe opened its doors, marking the first independent motorcycle service business specializing in servicing the premium European motorcycle brands, BMW […]

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Dunlop Canada $40 dollar motorcycle tire rebate!

Dunlop Canada $40 dollar motorcycle tire rebate!

I just had a new pair of Dunlop Roadsmart 3 sport touring tires spooned on to our 2014 BMW R1200RTW last week. Yesterday, the good folks at The Bike Shoppe, an independent BMW-Ducati specialist shop that recently opened its doors in Edmonton, told me my purchase last week was eligible […]

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DEAD! Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX and Aprilia CapoNord quietly axed by Piaggio

DEAD!  Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX and Aprilia CapoNord quietly axed by Piaggio

Sad news for lovers of the Italian super trailies from Moto Guzzi and Aprilia.  Cycle World magazine is reporting that Italian mega corporation Piaggio, manufacturer of Moto Guzzi and Aprilia motorcycles, has quietly killed off the Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX and Aprilia CapoNord 1200. The reason given was that upgrading the […]

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Shopping for new tires – What rubber to put on the R1200RTW?

Shopping for new tires – What rubber to put on the R1200RTW?

Shopping for new tires for your sport touring rig?  Well, so am I. But just how do you choose from the excellent selection of sport touring tires?  For me, I checked in with various BMW owners’ online forums. But how do you know which tire will be ‘best?’  That’s a […]

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Tire replacement time – Michelin Pilot Road 4 GT ‘done’ at 16,468 km

Tire replacement time – Michelin Pilot Road 4 GT ‘done’ at 16,468 km

It’s time to replace the trusty Michelin Pilot Road 4 GT rear tire on our 2014 BMW R1200RTW. This rear tire has just (barely) hit the wear bars, and has lasted an admirable 16,468 km.  While some of my ‘frugal’ riding friends would likely push the tire another couple of […]

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Fuel economy – BMW’s R1200RTW. Who cares?

Fuel economy – BMW’s R1200RTW.  Who cares?

One of the best characteristics of BMW’s iconic boxer-twin touring rig is its phenomenal fuel economy.  Matched with a large 25-litre fuel tank, the RT gives impressive range. I’ve just completed a 4-day 2400 km road trip, our annual Schnitzel Run, riding from Edmonton, AB to Cranbrook, BC then up […]

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