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2010 Honda VFR1200FA

2010 Honda VFR1200FA

(From the Archives) Honda is the world’s largest manufacturer of motorcycles and internal combustion engines, so it comes as no surprise when the company launches a technological wonder like the all-new for 2010 Honda VFR1200.  This V-four shaft-drive ‘sportbike’ is a showcase for Honda’s engineering might.  This is motorcycling’s equivalent […]

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1968 Condor A250

1968 Condor A250

Passerby:  “Hey!  What kind of motorcycle is THAT?? Motorcycle rider:  It’s a Condor! Passerby:  “A WHAT?” Motorcycle rider:  A Condor 250! Passerby:  “What’s a Condor? Motorcycle rider:  It’s a Swiss bike.  It’s a Swiss Army motorcycle! Finally, the passerby relents, allowing motorcycle rider Ted Kucharski to motor on his way […]

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2008 Honda Varadero XL1000V

  (From the Archives) You’re overworked and underpaid.  The boss makes another unreasonable demand he apparently dreamt up on Pluto.  On days like this you regret not signing up for meditation classes and steal a few seconds to stare out the window, imagining how blissful life would be seeing the […]

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2008 Moto Guzzi Norge 1200

2008 Moto Guzzi Norge 1200

Motorcycling is all about passion.  And there are no motorcycles in the world that evoke as much passion as those from Italy.  For decades, Italian motorcycles have earned a reputation for high performance, lusty engines and stunning good looks, sometimes at the expense of functionality – a trade-off that aficionados […]

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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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