Motorcycles

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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Vizi-Tec brake light modulator install

Vizi-Tec brake light modulator install

Good:  Plug ‘n play, just as advertized.  BMW Canbus electrical system compatible. Bad:  No installation instructions included.  Online manual lacks make- and model-specific instructions, and there are no photos. A couple of my BMW riding friends put me on to the Vizi-Tec brake light modulator. That’s one of the many […]

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Joe Rocket Nitrogen 2.0 waterproof leather glove

Joe Rocket Nitrogen 2.0 waterproof leather glove

I’ve been looking for a new pair of waterproof, insulated leather motorcycle gloves for some time, and until a few days ago, with no success. I’ve used a pair of Joe Rocket waterproof gloves for 8 years, and liked them because even though they are insulated for cold weather riding, […]

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Argyll Motorrad kicks off Spring with an impressive party

Argyll Motorrad kicks off Spring with an impressive party

Last night, Thursday March 30th, Northern Alberta’s BMW motorcycle dealer Argyll Motorrad threw open the doors and hosted a party to celebrate the arrival of Spring and the 2017 riding season. Some one hundred fifty guests were on hand to view the latest offerings from BMW Motorrad, such as the new […]

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Nikwax Tech Wash – cleaner for waterproof textiles

Nikwax Tech Wash – cleaner for waterproof textiles

It’s started to warm up here in Northern Alberta. We’ve seen a few courageous souls on motorcycles, braving the still nasty, gravel covered roads.  With the 2017 riding season about to start, it prodded me into getting my gear in tip top shape. I bought my Hi Viz Olympia AST […]

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