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First ride, 2021

I picked up my bike last week. I filled the tank and rode it to storage on November 1, last year. Now, 5 months later, with friend Rick, we pulled the nylon bike cover off, unplugged the battery tender, and removed the strategically placed Bounce sheets from the dash, saddle […]

Turquaz Kebab House, Edmonton, AB
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Turquaz Kebab House, Edmonton, AB

We thoroughly enjoyed our very first visit to Turquaz Kebab House. When I mentioned Turquaz to my friend Fatima, who is of Lebanese origin, she immediately said it was one of her favourite dining haunts. That made it a solid recommendation for me. Fatima is a foody, just like us. […]

2020 – Hits and Misses in a Very Strange Year
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2020 – Hits and Misses in a Very Strange Year

2020 will go down in history as one of the strangest, most memorable years we’ll likely experience in our lifetime. The COVID pandemic has affected each of our lives, the activities we participate in, and the social interactions we cherish. Misses COVID-19 wreaked havoc with with travel plans for many […]

Part 2.  Which is best?  Honda Gold Wing?  or BMW R1200RT?  Details. . .
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Part 2. Which is best? Honda Gold Wing? or BMW R1200RT? Details. . .

’19 Honda DCT Tour Gold Wing vs. ’14 BMW R1200RT In Part 1, we gave a broad-brushed overview of the strengths and weaknesses of arguably the two finest touring motorcycles available – the Honda DCT Tour Gold Wing (2018-’20) and BMW R1200RT (2014-’18), both essentially unchanged motorcycles for their production […]

Which is BEST? Honda GL1800 DCT Tour Gold Wing or BMW R1200RT?
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Which is BEST? Honda GL1800 DCT Tour Gold Wing or BMW R1200RT?

Last week, Dave, in Maryland in the United States, contacted me through the Adventure Rider forum. He’d seen a comment I’d posted about having moved from a ’14 BMW R1200RT to a new ’19 Honda DCT Tour Gold Wing. Dave, who owns a ’14 BMW R1200RT, was contemplating moving to […]

19,000 km – Honda DCT Gold Wing ownership experience
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19,000 km – Honda DCT Gold Wing ownership experience

My 2019 Honda Gold Wing DCT Tour is within spitting distance of 19,000 km, some 16 months since I bought it new in June, 2019. Readers of CarandRider.com will know my beloved 2014 BMW R1200RT experienced an electrical fire caused by a failed rectifier in June last year. The BMW […]

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Fuel Economy Test – 2019 Honda DCT Tour Gold Wing

Real world gas mileage intrigues me. Even though few motorcyclists barely give fuel consumption a second thought, tracking fuel usage is one way to compare a vehicle’s performance to another’s. When the current generation of Honda Gold Wing (model year 2018) was launched, Gold Wing forums were filled with cries […]

Fall Tour 2020 – Part 6:  Conclusion
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Fall Tour 2020 – Part 6: Conclusion

Thick fog mixed with heavy smoke from forest fires in the U.S. greets us as we load our panniers early in the morning. It’s cold and the ride north towards home is going to be less than pleasant. Our room is in a separate building away from the main motel […]

Fall Tour 2020 – Part 5, Nelson, B.C. to Fort Macleod, AB
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Fall Tour 2020 – Part 5, Nelson, B.C. to Fort Macleod, AB

It’s early morning in Nelson. As usual, the crew have loaded their bikes, , set their GPSes, and are geared up, and ready to roll. We’ve decided to find breakfast ‘on the road’, and ride south on Highway 6 to Salmo and connect with the Crowsnest Highway 3, the major […]

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Upgrading Olympia Jacket with New D30 Armour

Earlier this year I began thinking about replacing my Olympia hi-viz touring jacket. It has served me well over 8 riding seasons, keeping me dry in pouring rain, and with zip-in liner, warm (once with a heated vest to minus 4 degrees Celsius) in the cold weather we typically experience […]