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Incredible Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich, Black Diamond Hotel
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Incredible Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich, Black Diamond Hotel

Discovering a fabulous eatery is one of the joys of travel. On the first day of a Fall, multi-day motorcycle tour, we stopped for lunch at the bar in the Black Diamond Hotel. Located in the heart of Alberta’s cattle country, Black Diamond is a small town in the foothills […]

Fall Tour 2020 – Part 1, Edmonton to Fernie, B.C.
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Fall Tour 2020 – Part 1, Edmonton to Fernie, B.C.

Motorcycle touring in September, especially in the Canadian prairies, is a risky proposition. Once Labour Day arrives, temperatures usually nose-dive to the point where riders in southern climes are prepping their bikes for winter storage. But as our motorcyclists on the rainy West Coast say, “If you don’t ride in […]

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Cleaning Hi-viz Olympia Motorcycle Jacket to Near New Condition

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. […]

Forma Hyper Sneakers – tried and tested
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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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We’re back. . .

We’ve been away for a while. There are a lot of reasons for the (long) hiatus. First, I injured myself. On a snowy Saturday morning at the end of February, almost seven long months ago, I slipped on the sidewalk. Hard. I was walking to my neighbour’s house two doors […]

Forma Air3 Outdry mesh boots review
Motorcycles

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 […]

Forma Hyper sneaker boot review
Motorcycles

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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Motorcycle Boots Review – Forma Air3 Outdry, TCX -Tour Evo GTX, and Forma Hyper sneakers – coming soon

I am genetically hardwired to be irresistibly drawn to deals.  I can’t not get sucked into stuff that’s been discounted.  That’s especially true when it comes to motorcycle gear. Last year, local powersports dealer Argyll Motorsports, advertised a big Black Friday sale.  For the first time, this retailer had substantially […]

Lithium Hyper Cleanse and Hide Rehab leather treatments – Gear Review
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Lithium Hyper Cleanse and Hide Rehab leather treatments – Gear Review

We got our hands on some new leather care products from Lithium Auto Elixirs, a company I’d never heard of based in Utah.  Lithium Auto Elixirs is a relatively new company that is producing a wide range of auto care products to compete with the likes of long established companies […]