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2012 Honda CRV Touring

2012 Honda CRV Touring

One of Honda’s best-sellers, the CRV, arrives totally redesigned for 2012.  Honda’s popular compact crossover SUV’s newest reincarnation is evolutionary, rather than revolutionary, but there’s still plenty of good news for consumers.  The 2012 CRV boasts a lower base price ($25,990 for 2012 vs. $26,290 for 2011), more power (185 […]

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Pirelli Scorpion Trail – 10,310 kilometres

Pirelli Scorpion Trail – 10,310 kilometres

  The OEM Pirelli Scorpion Trail rear tire on the Stelvio 1200 NTX is worn out at 10,310 km.  That’s not bad, considering the tire endured quite high, sustained speeds in temperatures up to 110 degrees Fahrenheit during our July trip through Utah, Wyoming and Colorado. The Scorpion Trail never […]

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The Montana Club Restaurant, Missoula, MT

Canadians want to know:  What is ‘chicken-fried steak’?  Is it chicken?  or is it steak? Chicken fried steak is a unique culinary piece of Americana that miraculously pops up on menus the instant you roll across the 49th parallel .  It’s a thin-ish piece of beef that’s battered (like deep […]

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2012 MRT Canada Motorcycle Rally

2012 MRT Canada Motorcycle Rally

Adventure-touring motorcycles are all the rage, but you don’t have to own a monster trailie like a BMW R1200GS Adventure to attend the MRT Canada Rally. We had a great weekend at Toad Rock Campground last weekend at Wolfgang and Anny Simmert’s annual MRT Canada rally.  Simmert, an ex-pat German […]

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Balfour Golf Club Restaurant, Balfour, BC

The Balfour Golf Club Restaurant is tucked away in the heart of the B.C. Kootenays a few minutes north of the Balfour ferry.  Breakfast at the club’s restaurant is spectacular, especially dining on the patio on a warm August morning. The view overlooks the course with the Kootenay Mountain range […]

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6 weeks of ownership. 10,245 kilometre update

6 weeks of ownership.  10,245 kilometre update

Photo:  Aug.5, 2012 – Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX aboard North America’s longest free ferry service, from Balfour to Crawford Bay, British Columbia.  Homeward bound from the 2012 MRT Canada motorcycle rally held at Toad Rock Campground. I rolled into my driveway at 7:00 PM yesterday (Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012) and […]

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Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX – Life after 5 weeks 8245 km. Part 3 Conclusion

Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX – Life after 5 weeks 8245 km.  Part 3 Conclusion

Rideability and Tourability  I didn’t buy the Stelvio NTX with single-track off-road riding in mind.  For me, the upright riding position, reasonably capacious luggage, and long suspension travel to soak up abysmally broken pavement in my part of Western Canada were the main selling features.  Not to mention the Guzzi’s […]

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Jakers Bar and Grill, Idaho Falls, ID

A few years ago on a road trip to Great Falls, Montana, we’d heard stories about Jakers from locals. They told us that when actor Robert Redford was filming the movie “A River Runs Through It (1992)” in the wilds surrounding Great Falls, Redford had dined every day at Jakers. […]

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Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTx – life with the italian monster trailie after 5 weeks 8245 km. Part 2

Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTx – life with the italian monster trailie after 5 weeks 8245 km.  Part 2

Giving up the Honda GL1800A Gold Wing (which has a reputation for anvil-like reliability and ultra low maintenance costs) for the exotic Italian Moto Guzzi was a decision I didn’t take lightly. One doesn’t buy a Moto Guzzi (nor a Ducati or BMW for that matter) without knowing full well […]

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Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX – Life with the Italian monster trailie after 5 weeks 8245 km. Part 1

Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX – Life with the Italian monster trailie after 5 weeks 8245 km.  Part 1

I’ve had the 2012 Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 NTX exactly five weeks today. I’ve ridden it from Alberta through Montana, Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming to the Top ‘o the Rockies BMW Rally in Paonia, Colorado and home. The NTX now shows 8245 kilometres on the odometer. Comfort. After riding a […]

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