Friday, August 21, 2015

Turning The Page

One of my favorite songs has to be Turn The Page by Bob Seger.

Musically and lyrically it moves me...always has...and as August is soon coming to an end, it is time for me to turn the page and get ready for the coming autumn months.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Indian PowerPlus Triumphs at Beverley Hills Speedway Silent Film (1921)

"12,000 Californians thrilled when daring riders pace fastest track in the world with terrific speed." A gem of a film that is nothing if not a time capsule into the roaring twenties and the hey day for Indian motorcycles. This silent film has several highlights including some commentary (on cue cards) about the races themselves. Worth every second!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Beware of BullShit Dealership Fees!

Would You Buy A Bike Out Of State/Country?
Picture © Ducati Austen

Having only ever purchased a new bike once before (Betty-Ann), it was in Ireland and like most EU countries, there are rarely any "hidden fees" behind the purchase price. The price you see is the price you pay for the most part. It's a nice set up, something that I miss actually as I find the prices, taxes, dealership fees for shipping, preparation and the so called "documentation" fee all just overwhelming when shopping in Quebec, Canada. Lets be frank, in most cases we feel like we are being ripped off. But are we really? What is actually involved in setting up a bike for a customer for dealerships and should we be paying anything, if at all?! Ducati Austin in Texas, U.S. of A. highlights what is involved. They recently posted two videos via the Scrambler Ducati Forum specifically addressing the unboxing and pr-delivery set up of a Scrambler Ducati Urban Enduro.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Riders Against Hunger 2015

I first met Kim Reid in August of 2012 while on a short ride through Rigaud that my good friend Jon had organised for me, as I was new rider and not permitted based on the law in Quebec to ride alone for 11 months after passing my learners and before passing my final exam.

Mr Kim Reid - Photograph by Harry Zgnilek
It was a beautiful August day riding the back roads and through the mountain in Rigaud. When we completed our ride, we found ourselves at a burger joint ready to chow down on a much needed refueling for our tummy's.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Scramblers in the Rockies By On Two Wheels

Scramblers in the Rockies

"Before there were ADV bikes, enduros, or even dirt bikes, there were Scramblers. Simple, versatile bikes that you rode everywhere, including off road. Because both Ducati and Triumph have revived the Scrambler moniker, we thought it would be a good idea to revisit those days of yore and see what happens when street bikes are taken off road." - On Two Wheels
See Below for Pictures

Museum or Showroom? Royal Enfield's 2nd London Store Launch in Mictham, London.

Mitcham, London
I have a deep love affair with Royal Enfield. Since selling Betty-Ann before moving back to Canada, I have toyed with the idea of buying one again. However, criminally high registrations costs for motorcycles above 400cc in Quebec and the high cost of the machine itself in North America often leaves me feeling cold. However, as Sabya Sachi Ghosh has shown us, these bikes are mighty impressive be it riding down a boulevard or climbing the Himalayas. Whatever your take on Royal Enfield, there is no denying that it is still one of the most authentic riding experiences you can hope to have on a new motorcycle today.  Adding to the mystique and authenticity of the brand is a new approach to showrooms. Recently, Royal Enfield U.K. opened a new store in Mitcham, London. The result is something special... 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

My Lefty DB Custom Cigar Box Guitar

It was late in 2014 when I first discovered the simplicity and beauty of these home made works of art.

They can inspire a person musically to take a simple approach and allows them to speak from their hearts. They can also bring us back to a time where ingenuity, hard work and passion was what was needed for our forefathers to create these little powerhouses's.

After much research on finding someone to sell me one, I came across DB Customs, and Mister Darren Brown. Low and behold, he lives in Canada...well, I said to myself...self, order yourself one..chop chop.

Meet Gloria - My Cigar Box Guitar (CBG)!

CBG (With Frets) Demo By Darren Brown

Despite arriving on Monday, I was only able to pick up my lovely cigar box guitar today from Darren Brown of DB Custom Cigar Box Guitars. It was like christmas had come early this year and before long, like an overzealous kid, I had played so loudly (and so badly) that I accidentally broke a guitar string! Nothing a quick trip to Archambault couldn't fix.

My Introduction to Blogging

Picture taken by Percy in St Polycarpe, Qc on the evening I met Mario
I first met Mario on June 5, 2012, which was fifty four weeks after I started to learn how to ride a Motorcycle. I remember the date vividly as we finally met face to face after much facebooking (as I like to call it) while on a ride with some really cool friends the night before I was to take my final exam with the S.A.A.Q.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Who's Your Daddy? The Joys and Tribulations of Fatherhood in the 21st Century

It was January 2006 when my wife, Jennifer, and I learned that we were pregnant and going to have our first child together. We were living in the Republic of Korea at the time on Jeju-do, otherwise known as Honeymoon Island. Ironically, we had gotten engaged Christmas day, just two weeks prior to our discovery and needless to say we were feeling overwhelmed. We had spoken about having children and in every way possible I knew in my heart that Jennifer was the one. Still, as confident as I was in my ability to be a good husband I was not so confident in regards to becoming a father. Fatherhood is something of an enigma to me. Despite having worked with children and adolescents in the past nothing quite prepares you for the inevitable tasks that lay ahead when your own child is born into the world. Adding to matters, we left Korea in April to return to the Republic of Ireland, a place that had been home to Jennifer and her immediate family since 1998 when they immigrated there from Zimbabwe. We decided it was the best thing given that her family was there but I would be lying if I didn't confess that I had some reservations about returning to Ireland myself. 

I Spy...

(Pic: Jennifer A. Fawcett)
Pictures represent so much more than a moment in time. They allow us to relive in our hearts and minds a moment in our life. They remind us that with every new day comes the opportunity for new memories. Over the course of the last few years Jennifer and I have accumulated a variety of pictures of our travels around the world. It's amazing really because technology has allowed us to bring our pictures with us wherever our travels have taken us. Unfortunately, technology has also allowed for many of our cherished memories to be forgotten about. Feel free to use any of the pictures you see. However, all I ask is that you credit me or the relevant author of the picture. Unless otherwise stated, all pictures were taken by myself. The following pictures were taken in Jeju-do (Honeymoon Island) in 2005-2006 whilst Jennifer and I were living there teaching ESL.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Look, Signal, Manoeuvre (1965). A Motorcycle Safety Film Produced By The British Pathe

Look, Signal, Manoeuvre (1965)
Produced By The British Pathe

Another fun vintage video espousing the virtues of motorcycle safety in a bygone era. The difference between responsible motorcyclists and jackasses on two wheels (yes, they existed back then too!) are explored! Rare to see, but you do get to see a proper Matchless thumper in action as hand signals are reinforced during a time where indicators did not exist on motorcycles in London. Enjoy a step back into time when classics could be had for less than a fraction of today's costs.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Honda CB500X - RR Vs. The Trans-America Trail (TAT) With Jenny Morgan (& Piglet)!

Jenny Morgan and the Honda CB500X Adventure in Death Valley
Jenny Morgan (and Piglet) recently completed the Trans America Trail (TAT) on a Honda CB500X. It's an excellent read for anyone contemplating not only this bike as their next motorcycle but as well for anyone curious about taking on the TAT themselves! Granted, the CB500X was equipped with Rally Raid's Level 3 Kit. Nevertheless, for $2,500 USD via Giant Loop, it's an upgrade that has turned an otherwise 80/20 (street/off-road) adventure tourer into what Jenny herself confidently claims to be a true 50/50 motorcycle! Below are some picture highlights from Jenny & Piglet's trip.

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