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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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Long term review – BMW GS Rallye glove

Long term review – BMW GS Rallye glove

I think I paid $105 CDN for these BMW GS Rallye gloves way back in 2004.  I choked when I handed over my Visa card for these.  I have NEVER laid out so much money for a pair of gloves before.  But I was desperate. I was scheduled to depart […]

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Tractors and Elephants

Tractors and Elephants

The Guzzi’s big 1151 c.c. 90-degree V-twin is thumping gloriously beneath  me.  The new Stelvio is effortlessly propelling me northbound on Alberta Hwy. 44 to Slave Lake.  It’s the first big highway trip with the new bike and I imagine this is what it’s like to enter into an arranged […]

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2012 Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX – the first 1500 km

  I’ve racked up the requisite 1500 km over the past few days that Guzzi wants for the first scheduled service to be done. The Stelvio NTX is proving to be a big, beefy motorcycle with tons of character.  The big Italian adventure bike elicited a ‘thumbs up’ from a […]

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Photon Cruise 2 Throttle Lock

Photon Cruise 2 Throttle Lock

Cruise control is a major feature sorely missing on the new 2012 Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX.  Triumph has brilliantly trumped even the mighty BMW R1200GS in this regard by equipping the new 2012 Tiger Explorer with electronic cruise control as standard equipment. We poor Stelvio owners are among the many […]

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2012 Moto Guzzi Stelvio – First impressions

2012 Moto Guzzi Stelvio – First impressions

The Stelvio NTX is big ‘n tall.  And heavy.  The spec sheets says it weighs in at a beastly 698 lb. curb weight, and right now, while I’m getting my ‘sea legs’ with the new Italian adventure bike, you couldn’t offer me a weekend with Charlize Theron to take this […]

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Ciao! 2012 Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 NTX!

Ciao! 2012 Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 NTX!

When you fall in love, all you see is the best attributes of whatever or whomever it is you’ve fallen for. I fall in love with motorcycles regularly.  After stalking the 2012 Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX since it was announced, I did the unthinkable and sent my trusty and beloved […]

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Passion

Love, art and religion are three aspects of life in which we freely abandon rational thinking. We don’t use spreadsheets and cost-benefit analysis to choose our lovers, decide whether Monet is better than Andy Warhol, and I’m not touching religion with a ten-foot pole. It’s been said there’s a fine […]

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Sayonara, 2007 Honda GL1800A Gold Wing

Lordy, lordy, lordy!  What have I done?? My trusty 2007 Honda GL1800A Gold Wing is gone.  Hopefully to a good home and an owner who will appreciate that this is arguably the finest luxury touring motorcycle the world has ever seen. The Wing has been in my stable for four […]

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