Exploring the Unknown

Exploring the Unknown
Representing the 99%!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Interview With A Biker - Cory Ovans By Sahra Ross

Pic © Cory Ovans
No matter who you are or what kind of bike you own, you are a biker. There are many kinds of bikers; scooter bikers, dirt bikers and motorcycle bikers. Each and every one of them are bikers but the reasons they ride are different. I interviewed a biker and his name is Cory Ovans (a.k.a. Christmas (because every biker needs a biker name). He is 23 years of age and has been riding for about 12 years. He owns a dirt bike as well as a dark green and black Kawasaki KLR 650.

Monday, October 9, 2017

A Review of Motorcycling for Women by Nancy and Betty Debenham (1928) By BOKUS


The year this book was written was a period of great optimism; 62 nations renounced the use of war to resolve disputes and the sun shone, a fortnight in July that year recorded temperatures of 90 degrees and no rain. Significantly 'Motorcycling for Women' was published in 1928, when women achieved an equal voting age with men at 21. The book reflects a golden period when there were more motorcycles on the road than cars and anyone could ride a motorcycle at 14 without passing a test or wearing a helmet. You will see from the photographs in this book that the authors Nancy and Betty Debenham were attractive, adventurous and happy young ladies who thoroughly enjoyed their motorcycling. The sisters became poster girls for BSA motorcycles in 1927.

Interview With A Biker - Nick Q. Keeler By Emily Young

Living The Dream
Pic © Nick Q. Keeler
Nick Q. Keeler was born and raised in Quebec and spent most of his adolescent life in Ayer’s Cliff, Quebec. He went to Stanstead College for high school and went to many post secondary institutions in Quebec. Nick has recently written a book on Estate planning, and has happily been married to Gail for 50 years they had a son and now two grandchildren.

Interview With A Biker - Annie Wood By Joëlle Couture

Here is Annie on the front left with a bunch of other organizers of the Poker run!
Pic © Lac-Mégantic Poker Run
If we were to ask someone about what they think of the biker culture we would not be surprised if many people would say that they find them intimidating with their loud machines and their leather jackets. Well, I don’t know about others, but Lac-Mégantic Poker Run was started by bikers in 2006. The Poker run is an organization which mobilizes to help and amass money for sick kids from the area of the MRC du Granit. To know more about this organization, I interviewed Ms. Annie Wood, a female biker herself who has been volunteering and organizing the Poker run for several years now.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Interview With A Biker - Lyndon St. Laurent By Dillon MacLeod

Pic © Lyndon St. Laurent
My interview was with a man who is a friend of my mothers, Lyndon who also goes by Cowboy or Butch. He is a retired employee of the city of Sherbrooke where he was a small machinery operator, and now has taken up hobbies like Riding, building rat-rod trucks, bodybuilding, and hunting. Lyndon got into riding around the young age of nineteen in 1970 and he purchased his first motorcycle, a Honda 350. His best friend owned a Goldwing, which was what got him into riding and lead to the purchase of his first bike. The present owner of a 2005 Custom Softail 1450cc carbureted Harley, Lyndon said what caught his attention and love for Harleys was “that cool sound.” The sound everyone recognizes. Before he bought his Harley, he has owned 3 other motorcycles. The Honda 350 that was his first, followed by a Yamaha 650 special, than a Honda 750 Super Sport. Getting his Harley-Davidson was by impulse, sitting on it and loving the feel, and accompanied with a great price he was presented with, he couldn’t say no.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Inked By Todd Beck - Cuarta Parte!

Honda? Triton? Who Cares, It's Just great!

What to do when your too busy for road trips and frankly, you would rather spend time with your missus and kids anyways? Easy, visit Todd Beck and have him tattoo another motorcycle design onto your sleeve in progress whilst the missus and kids are at school. Todd finished this little number for me today at his shop in Lennoxville, Quebec. This was created by the same artist who originally drew the classic BMW Cafe Racer (name unknown/unreadable). I have always been drawn to bikes with 4into4 exhaust and Todd did not disappoint in recreating this piece on the back of my upper arm. In two weeks the fourth piece will be done! Give Todd a shout today if you're looking for a great tattoo!

Contact Information
Todd Beck Tattoo - Facebook
 30 Rue Academy,
Lennoxville, QC J1M 1P8
Tel: (819) 791-8686

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Bessie Stringfield (1911-1993) The Motorcycle Queen of Miami

"It's Got To Be Blue, It's Got To Be New, 
I Never Bought Anything Used - Except Husbands!"
- Bessie Stringfield
Every now and then you come across something so special that really, it boggles my mind that these people's lives are not celebrated openly by everyone. Bessie Stringfield (1911-1993), otherwise known as The Motorcycle Queen of Miami, is one such story. My better half, Jennifer, sent me a link to a Rejected Princesses the other day that celebrates women from history who were too awesome, awful, or offbeat for kids' movies, at least, according to Jason Porath, author of Rejected Princesses: Illustrated Tales of History Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics. The story of Bessie Stringfield is beautifully illustrated and gives readers a glimpse into an undoubtedly inspiring woman who defied convention and lived a life less ordinary. Porath sympathetically tells Bessie's story in such a way that leaves you wanting to learn more about her life and adventures. His approach, using illustrations, makes the story come alive all that much more. What's more, his entire website is a treasure trove of information about women from all over the world. My only problem with this entire series, let alone the wonderfully illustrated book about Bessie Stringfield is that I didn't think about doing this first. Well done Mr. Porath!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Inked By Todd Beck - Part Three!

BMW Cafe Racer
Todd Beck finished this little number for me today at his shop in Lennoxville, Quebec. This is the second tattoo of many that will make up the sleeve on my right arm. With a penchant towards vintage motorcycles, this classic BMW Cafe Racer is the perfect way to commemorate my love for two wheels. Todd finished this piece in just over two hours and I have to say, I'm chuffed. The picture doesn't do the tattoo justice. Stay tuned! In two weeks the third piece will be done! In the meantime, if you're looking for one of several great tattoo artist, give Todd a shout today!

Contact Information
Todd Beck Tattoo - Facebook
 30 Rue Academy,
Lennoxville, QC J1M 1P8
Tel: (819) 791-8686

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Anna Bernath - Inked By Val McBain!

Val McBain - Tattoo Artist Extraordinaire

This is the beautiful and talented Val McBain. She is located in Oshawa, Ont and works at Motor City Tattoos. She specializes in Realism but she is soooo talented she can do anything and make it look like a living piece of art!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Interview With A Mad Bastard By Jérémie Godfrey

2017 Mad Bastard Scooter Rally Group Photo
Pic © Mad Bastard Scooter Rally
Scooters, they are often the underdog of two wheeled vehicles; due mostly to their speed limitations or their esthetic appearance. But for the people of the Mad Bastard Scooter Rally, they are the coolest rides on the streets; and so I got in touch with KYMCO, the people currently in charge of this event, to find why they love scooters and what the event is all about. I had the pleasure of interviewing the Rally Master who is the main event planner/organizer of the Rally.