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Have I Gone Back In Time? You’re probably wondering why I’m reviewing a helmet that was released in 2013, six years too late. Fair question. The answer: because the new GT Air II has just been released and everyone will be scrambling to buy it instead of this original GT Air helmet. A smart shopper …

This article will focus on the things you can do to prepare for situations that might arise while riding your motorcycle. Unlike a car, space on a motorcycle is limited and it makes it a bit more difficult to have everything you need in the event of a breakdown while on the road. I hope …

My wife wants to join me out on motorcycle rides, but not as a passenger anymore. She wants her own wheels. No problem since there are plenty of excellent options out there. She Wants To Write Too She wrote an introduction about what criteria were most important and why she picked the Honda CB500X in …

I’ve been eagerly waiting for an opportunity to test ride the brand new 2018 Ninja 400. Finally last week I did just that at a Demo Day put on by the local dealership in Calgary: BlackFoot Motosports! The new 400 Ninja is lightweight, equipped with an all new trellis frame and has noticeably more horsepower …

It’s been several months since you started studying for your motorcycle license. When you see a motorcycle in the street, you become envious, you spend all of your nights comparing all of the models to find the one bike that will take you to the end of the world… The biker passion is in you! …

Economics: A Harsh Teacher Several times in history people and companies have taken big risks and won equally big. It’s the fuel for ambitious innovation and business venture as well it should be. Conversely, there are plenty of huge failures for the simple reason that no one, no matter how smart or successful really can …

When I decide to invest in a new hobby or interest, the philosophy I use is generally to start simple and work my way up to complex from there depending on my interest level. Others begin at full throttle, diving in with both feet right from the get-go. If you have the money to spend …

Live To Ride, Ride to Live Motorcycling!!! Hurtling down the road on two wheels with a growling engine beneath you and the roar of the wind as your companion is the very definition of fun to motorcyclists. Those things combined with some warm sunshine keeping the wind at a comfortable temperature, a tank full of …

It’s Common Sense There are people and groups arguing for and against helmet use in general and the topic is extremely inflammatory in the United States. I think it’s less controversial to debate abortion or gun control than it is wearing a helmet with some people. Nonetheless, numerous scientific studies have repeatedly shown helmeted riders …

The Alternative Motorcycle? Scooters are probably the most common two-wheeled vehicles on the road worldwide other than bicycles. I suppose in that sense it’s the same as the alternative genre of music. Labeled in North America as the non-mainstream choice while in reality, it couldn’t be any more popular. Honda alone has sold almost 100 …

The Short Answer The difference between mopeds, scooters, and motorcycles comes down to power and size. In reality, all three are actually just types of motorcycles, but they’re built with different purpose and levels of complexity. The Same But Different The simplest way to think of this is to picture three very different breeds of …

115 years of Harley Davidson Motorcycles A couple of weeks ago one of the local Harley dealerships in Calgary offered up a “behind the scenes tour” of the facility to interested members of the public. I never need much of an excuse to head down there to check out the selection of new models, but …

Caveat Emptor or Buyer Beware There’s a tremendous difference between a vehicle that has been properly maintained and one that hasn’t. I’ve owned several cars, trucks, and bikes sporting high miles that have been very reliable because someone took good care of them before me. Obviously, if you can get one with lower miles that …

Bob Dylan is Speaking To Me About Motorcycles “Come writers and critics Who prophesize with your pen And keep your eyes wide The chance won’t come again And don’t speak too soon For the wheel’s still in spin And there’s no tellin’ who that it’s namin’ For the loser now will be later to win …

In life we’re often given the choice to stick with what we have or move on to a new challenge. Some people like myself, embrace change while others prefer familiarity and live by the motto “if it ain’t broke, don’t try and fix it.” There’s nothing wrong with either approach, but I think with anything …

Small But Terrible This funny expression was shared with me by some five foot tall friends of mine from the Philippines years ago. Its meaning is similar to “not the dog in the fight, but the fight in the dog”, commonly used on this side of the Pacific. Speaking as a somewhat vertically challenged person …

If you’re anything like me, the idea of a whole new fleet of motorcycles coming out is beyond tantalizing! I can’t wait to read all about them each year so I can go annoy salespeople with my questions while sitting on them (the bikes not salespeople).  I think they see me coming and often just …

A friend of mine happened to glance at my computer screen while I was researching the Honda NC700X today. He spotted its picture on the laptop screen and after a moment of admiring it exclaimed: “That’s a pretty sharp looking bike! I like the “beak” on it. Yeah it’s nice! Is that a good one?” …

Starting from the Beginning “For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.” -Aristotle I’m the kind of person who does their homework before tackling a new project or goal. I like to spend some quality time reading about (or better yet watching) how other people have …

Several factors come into play when choosing a motorcycle to fit you the best. Most of them are fairly obvious. If you’re quite tall you’ll be looking at ones that are taller and longer while smaller riders will lean towards ones with a shorter overall length and seat height. Knowing your personal limitations and preferences …

That takes me back… Recently while driving home I came across a sight that I never pass without stopping to offer help: a motorcyclist in distress due to some kind of mechanical failure. There are two tell tale signs of this situation; Someone standing beside their bike on the side of the road –looking panicked– …

Touring For New Riders When it comes to long distance riding, the main two elements desired in a motorcycle are rider comfort and the ability to maintain highway speeds comfortably. You won’t last more than a few hours (at most) if you lose all feeling in your lower extremities due to the physical discomfort caused …

Dual sport motorcycles are an exciting yet practical choice for beginning your two-wheeled riding experience. They are especially appropriate if you grew up riding off road and still wish to have the flexibility to spend part of your riding time there (without having to shell out more money for a second set of wheels). Dual …

If you’re looking to acquire your first sport bike on the journey to becoming a confident and competent motorcycle rider here is a list of can’t miss bikes and tips just for you. Pick a Good Fit By this I mean pick a bike you feel comfortable sitting on and can reach the ground flat …

If you’re looking to roam highways and byways in laid back, cool comfort while also keeping the price of ownership on the level, here is a list of can’t miss bikes and tips just for you. Low Rider Is Best Pick a bike that allows you to reach the ground flat footed. With cruisers this …

Like Death and Taxes, Change is Certain Some choose to view change as a progressive opportunity in their life while others sadly fight against it as they bemoan the exodus from their comfort zone. That’s so unfortunate because, in my experience, the most growth gained comes outside our cozy bubbles of habit and complacency. When …

Updated October 18, 2019 by Cameron Martel I live in Canada and I’m a motorcyclist. It’s late September, the leaves are changing colour, and there are more on the ground now than still clinging to branches. Some people still are walking around in shorts defiantly, but the anxious look in their eyes says… winter is …

Imagine yourself cruising down a typical city street in Anytown, Anywhere on a sunny, summer’s day astride your faithful, two-wheeled steed. You’re aware, alert and on top of your game as always. You’re even fully outfitted in protective gear for your ride. Life is good! As you float along at 60ish kph you spot a …

It Could be a Lifesaver I started riding dirt bikes when I was 12 years old in 1987. I vividly remember the day Dad and I picked up that used-but-not-abused 1983 Honda XR80 and brought it home. I was over the moon with excitement about it and the bright yellow, Nolan dirt bike helmet the …

What’s Old is New Again In 1959 the Bonneville T120 was brand new on the motorcycle scene. The 650cc engine producing 46 hp was considered a monster at the time and the bike was one of the fastest in production. The T120 monicker implied a top speed of 120 mph, but when actually tested by …