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Ciao! 2012 Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 NTX!
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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 […]

Motorcycles

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 […]

2011 BMW K1600GT
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2011 BMW K1600GT

BMW’s new wunderkind pushes motorcycling’s sport-touring envelope. Six cylinders, 160 horsepower and enough electronic wizardry to satisfy James Bond. The Specs 2011 BMW K1600GT Type of vehicle: Sport-tourer Engine: 1.6L DOHC six-cylinder Power: 160horsepower at 6,000 r.p.m; 125 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 r.p.m. Transmission: Six-speed, shaft drive Brakes: ABS […]

Gear / Motorcycles

26,000+ Kilometres on Dunlop Elite3 front tire – No Way!!

Motorcyclists regularly bemoan the rapid rate at which tires wear out, but here’s some real world data. I’ve just replaced the Dunlop Elite 3 tires on my 2007 Honda Gold Wing GL1800A.  The front 130/70R-18 Elite 3 was nearing its wear bars, but still had perhaps another thousand kilometres of […]

2011 Triumph Sprint GT
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2011 Triumph Sprint GT

(From the Archives) Time marches on and life, inevitably, changes.  Not so many years ago, your cherished ride might have been a race-replica, something like a Suzuki GSX-R1000, that you gleefully flogged on ‘track days’.  Today, your priorities have changed and the prospect of contorting yourself on a supersport bike […]

Short Takes – 2011 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic Electra Glide & Can-Am Spyder RT
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Short Takes – 2011 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic Electra Glide & Can-Am Spyder RT

Seasoned travelers know there is no one single machine that is ‘best’ for touring.   We’ve selected two vastly different machines either of which we’d gladly grab the keys and head for Newfoundland.  Each has different appeal, but they both have one thing in common – triggering the impulse to pack […]

2010 Triumph Scrambler
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2010 Triumph Scrambler

The Harley-Davidson Motor Company knows it.  Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati knows it.  And the legendary British motorcycle company Triumph knows it.  Retro-style motorcycles that look like they were pulled from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s are an important part of the 2010 line-ups, and they sell well.  Undoubtedly, Triumph’s ‘Modern […]

2010 BMW F800R
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2010 BMW F800R

BMW markets the new-for-2010 F800R as an ‘Urban’ motorcycle.   After one week with this Flame Orange temptress, we couldn’t agree more with this categorization.  While the moto media fixated  this year on the new, uber sexy S1000RR superbike, the F800R naked bike was launched with little fanfare, and that’s a […]

2010 Honda VFR1200FA
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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 […]