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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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Bridge Creek Backcountry Kitchen & Wine Bar, Red Lodge, MT

We chanced upon the Bridge Creek Backcountry Kitchen & Wine Bar in 2008 on a motorcycle road trip to the BMW National Owners’ Rally in Gillette, Wy. The Bridge Creek restaurant has a relaxed, friendly atmosphere with a definite upscale feel.  Red Lodge is a small resort town and like […]

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Red Lodge, Montana

Red Lodge, Montana

I love Montana. Wide open spaces, spectacular mountain scenery, and a state population that’s less (according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 2011) than Calgary sprinkled across the fourth largest state in the Union, makes for a very interesting motorcycling state. Hmmm, let’s figure that out. . . just how many […]

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Payette River Scenic Byway, Idaho

Payette River Scenic Byway, Idaho

Do we ride this deliciously swervacious piece of snaky road or do we stop and gawk at the breathtaking mountain scenery? The answer, of course, is we do both. North of the picturesque tourist town of McCall, Idaho at the south end of beautiful Payette Lake, we find ourselves riding […]

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The Cowboy Trail – Alberta’s Scenic Hwy. 22 in Cattle Country

The Cowboy Trail – Alberta’s Scenic Hwy. 22 in Cattle Country

Sometimes you just have to force yourself to stop and take a photo. This pic was taken on one of Alberta’s most scenic drives, Highway 22 – the Cowboy Trail – approaching Longview. Nestled in the foothills with the Canadian Rocky Mountains to the West, you’re in Southern Alberta’s cattle […]

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