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2007 Piaggio MP3 250

At a stop light, the twenty-something pretty young blonde sitting in the passenger seat of a jacked-up Dodge Ram Hemi pickup truck looks wide-eyed at my demo scooter.  In an instant, she’s leaning precariously half-way out the passenger window, squealing, “Ooooooh, what iiiiiiiiiss that?  It’s sooooooooooo cool!!”  “It’s a Piaggio […]

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2007 Triumph Tiger 1050

2007 Triumph Tiger 1050

If life were perfect, we motorcyclists would own a fleet of bikes.  There would be one luxury tourer, something along the lines of a Honda Gold Wing, for that coast-to-coast trip on the Trans-Canada highway you’ve always wanted to take; a light weight, flickable sport bike for blitzing the serpentine […]

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2011 Nissan Juke

2011 Nissan Juke

I like small, quick cars and am drawn to ‘funky’ designs like the charming new Fiat 500 and the stylish Mini, but I have to admit I’m not sure about the Juke.   Car designers have to gingerly walk a tightrope, carefully balancing between winning buyer approval or risk forever being […]

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2007 Honda Goldwing GL1800A

2007 Honda Goldwing GL1800A

(From the Archives) The big black Gold Wing arcs gracefully into a medium-fast sweeper as I follow a pack of BMW R1200GSes, Triumph 1050 Tigers and a lone Ducati ST4  through the sinuous backroads of Idaho’s Sawtooth mountains.  This group is riding at a sport-touring pace, and the Honda GL1800 […]

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Chicago – America’s ‘Second City’ will win your heart

Chicago – America’s ‘Second City’ will win your heart

(From the Archives, 2009.) What makes for a great destination city?   If your answer includes world-class museums, stunning historic buildings, fine dining with great prices, amazing public art, and old-fashion downtown shopping with the latest fashions, then Chicago deserves to be on your ‘must visit’ list. Most Canadians don’t have […]

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China – a guided tour for bargain hunters

China – a guided tour for bargain hunters

(From the Archives, 2009) Travel to China is a remarkable bargain.  The Canadian dollar is strong, and China’s tourism industry is developing quickly to accommodate North American tastes and expectations. We booked our 12-day tour to China through Royal Holidays in Calgary.  Travel agency owner Ivy Jang, an ex-pat Chinese […]

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Alloy wheel refinishing – ‘saving’ hard-to-find AMG replica wheels

Alloy wheel refinishing – ‘saving’ hard-to-find AMG replica wheels

The wheels on a vehicle are one of its most important design features.  Wheels contribute a major visual design element to the curbside ‘character’ of every car, SUV and pickup truck on the road.  And whether you’re a vintage car, muscle car, or sport compact enthusiast, or simply somebody who’s […]

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