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The Navajo Mug cafe, Longview, Alberta

I like pie.  No, make that, I LOVE pie! In fact, I’ve even considered ordering a vanity licence plate for my motorcycle that reads, “PIE”. Even though I’ve been riding one of Alberta’s most scenic roads for years, Highway 22, otherwise known as The Cowboy Trail, I’ve only just ‘discovered’ […]

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I dodged a bullet yesterday

Yesterday, on Alberta’s busiest highway, the Queen Elizabeth II, we dodged a bullet, big time. North of Red Deer, heading northbound mid-afternoon amidst very heavy Friday afternoon traffic, a southbound vehicle lost control and crossed the median, almost killing me and my friend Robyn. I like to believe in Kharma, […]

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Fuel consumption report – Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX

Most of my motorcycle friends don’t give a hoot about how much gas their bikes use.  But I grew up with a father who has calculated the fuel consumption of every tank of gas he’s ever used in his personal vehicles. My recent trip from Alberta through Montana, Idaho, Utah, […]

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27 days, 8041 kilometres. Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX update

After just twenty-seven days of ownership, I’ve racked up 8041 kilometres on the new Stelvio NTX. A 13-day road trip through Montana, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming and Colorado with the Top ‘o the Rockies BMW rally in Paoinia, Colorado as our destination put Guzzi’s new monster-trailie through its paces. More. . […]

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All-day comfort. Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX update

All-day comfort.  That’s what touring riders want – no, demand – in a motorcycle. For 2012, Moto Guzzi proudly says the Stelvio’s saddle has been improved with additional padding.  That’s true, but it also adds seat height. I’ve seen various ‘testers’ on YouTube saying the new 2012 Stelvio NTX has […]

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Loaded for Bear – packing for motorcycle touring

  I’m packed and ready to go. At first glance, my 2012 Moto Guzzi looks just like any other Stevlio 1200 NTX – a rugged, beautifully sculpted,  piece of industrial art.  But it’s loaded for bear. The pair of 37-litre SW Motech ‘Trax’ aluminum panniers are packed solid.  And I’ve […]

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2012 Volkswagen Jetta TDI – New Jetta a German love-fest for drivers

2012 Volkswagen Jetta TDI – New Jetta a German love-fest for drivers

After the first corner that leads from my driveway, I gush, “I LOVE this car!”  Ingrid, my wife and the VIP I’m chauffeuring to the office, shoots back, “How can you say that?  You haven’t even driven this car for twenty seconds!” “I can tell, even after one corner . […]

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Aerostich Combat Lite Boots

Aerostich Combat Lite Boots

I bought these boots when I visited Aerostich’s retail outlet in Duluth, MN in 2010 and have now worn them for two years.  And they’ve just broken in.  No, really. The Combat Touring Lite boots are made by Italian manufacturer SIDI and are inspired by old school, heavy duty motocross […]

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Alpinestars SMX-2 Air Carbon glove

Alpinestars SMX-2 Air Carbon glove

Pleeeeease!  Take my money.  Whatever it costs!  Pleeeeeease! I was whining like a 4-year-old begging mommy for a Mars bar at the supermarket. The accessories folks at my BMW dealership simply said, ‘sorry, no can do.  We’re out of stock.’ I was trying, to replace the BMW GS Rallye gloves […]

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Update. 2012 Stelvio NTX’s gas mileage is improving

Most motorcyclists don’t give a hoot about fuel consumption.  But I grew up with a father who has religiously recorded every single gallon and litre of fuel and calculated the fuel consumption for every fill up on every single car he’s owned. My 2012 Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX 1200 has […]

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