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.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Honda CB500X Rally Raid Level 3 Kit & Accessories Review and Installation By Jenny Morgan and Blancolirio Part 2

Picture © Rally Raid
In part 2 we get first hand insights into the longevity of Rally Raid's kit and accessories including ease of installation. Although Rally Raid's kits and accessories come with comprehensive online installation instructions, Blancolirio has kindly created several instructional videos on how to install said accessories and level 3 kit. Having travelled with said upgrades, Jenny Morgan also shares her thoughts on how the Rally Raid products held up n the wild during her adventure through the Trans America Trail (TAT). Inevitably, for anyone who has ever wanted to work on their own bike but was too afraid to try, don't be. Rally Raid has made an approachable product not unlike Blue Collar Bobbers.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Honda CB500X Review With Special Guests Jenny Morgan and Blancolirio Part 1

Pretty Birdie...Picture © Honda
Choosing Mr. T's replacement has been nothing if not an adventure in itself. Inevitably, I have had to expand on my list of choices including but not limited to a bike that wasn't even on my radar, let alone my initial list. I happened across the Honda CB500X by chance because I was reading about the new Africa Twin. The latter had peeked my interest largely in part of the fun I had with Mr. T. However, the Honda CB500X has to be one of the most underrated motorcycles I have ever come across and is a great way to get into the adventure cycling at a quarter of the cost of your typical BMW GS Adventure. Couple that with a Rally Raid Adventure Kit & Accessories and what you have here ladies and gentleman are endless opportunities. Cheap, lightweight and affordable with the reliability that only few manufacturers, like Honda, can provide. How can I go wrong?

"Cycle Logic, Cycle Safety" (1967) Educational Film By US Air Force

Another fun vintage video espousing the virtues of motorcycle safety in a bygone era. Many of the tips are still relevant today. An interesting feature of this particular film is that it speaks of the riders responsibility to plan, prepare and anticipate whilst riding. Thus demonstrating that motorcycling itself is not dangerous but rather, lack of attention whilst riding can be!

Friday, July 24, 2015

To Buy or Not To Buy? 2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin Officially Released!

Gotta Love That Face!
I have to admit, I really became swept up in the Honda Africa Twin craze, so much so that I found myself toying with the idea that maybe I'd just go down and put a deposit on one. I know, crazy... right?! Speculation has been immeasurable to say the least with phrases like "game changer" being thrown around more often than I can count. Add to the hype accidental (yeah, right) leaks, and people have been frustrated as nothing had been confirmed... that is until today. Honda has decided to finally release the official specs of the new Africa Twin. Already, I can see folks are bitter having created nothing less than a motorcycle akin to a Unicorn in their minds when in fact, the reality is nothing more than your typical Clydesdale. Not that there is anything wrong with Clydesdales of course.

DesTination: Upper Canada Village

RCAF in Cornwall, Ontario
"A visit to Upper Canada Village immerses you back in a time when it seemed to be more about making than doing; making things that could have just been functional as beautiful as possible, and finding beauty in function. Making a life settled quietly and comfortably in a natural surrounding, surrounded by warm light and soft colours. The furniture is smaller, the rooms seemed just the right size to me. I'm not immune to the comforts and advances of modern life, but sometimes, don't you get the's this. This is what it's supposed to be like. This is the size of life that would fit me." - Jennifer A. Corbin

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

2016 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin Episode 6 - The Meeting: Part 2

Honda Motorcycles Europe has FINALLY released episode 6 of their campaign for the soon to be released 2016 Honda Africa Twin. What makes this video more tolerable than their previous instalments is that now you can view the actual bike in motion, looking great I might add, and performing like a rock star. Actual Pictures of the bike in use can be found here...

Meet The New YAMAHA XSR700 Inspired By Shinya Kimura

When Shinya Kimura of Faster Sons fame introduced a Yamaha FZ/MT 07 Cafe Racer concept I'll admit, I wasn't sure of what or when to expect a production ready model from yamaha. Upon its release, the FZ /MT 07 in many ways outshines it's older brother, the FZ/MT 09 since its release. Other than its wallet friendly price point (Retails in Canada for $7,300) and sans difficulties that the 09 experienced in its first year of production (which has been addressed by Yamaha and no longer plagues newer models) it seems logical that Yamaha would try to capitalize on this platform further. Like the Yamaha FJ 09/Tracer (based on the FZ/MT 09) Yamaha is also planning on releasing the FJ 07/Tracer (based on the FZ 07). The after looks disappointedly like every other sport tourer on the market. However, If the release of the all new Yamaha XSR700 for November 2015 promises to be as exciting as the bike itself looks, this could very well be "the one" for me in the long run.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

A Brief Look At Why Harley-Davidson Motorcycles Are Called Hogs!

Picture © Harley-Davidson
The term "hog" has been associated with Harley-Davidson motorcycles since the early 1920s. Many businesses like Hula-Hogs in Maui, Hawaii, and Hogs-R-Us in Cork, Ireland, draw business based on this association.

Memories of Betty-Ann - 2009 Royal Enfield Bullet Classic EFI (C5)

After four long years of waiting I finally bit the bullet (no pun intended) and bought myself a new Royal Enfield Bullet Classic EFI (C5).  I put a deposit down on the bike at the beginning of January 2009 and was thrilled to finally be able to collect it a month ago.  It was the first Classic EFI to make its way over to the Republic of Ireland and luckily for me, a boyhood dream was realized when said EFI Classic just so happened to be still in her crate from India! There isn't really any other way to describe the feelings of seeing something as beautiful as this bike coming out of its crate other than to compare it to Christmas morning when as children, we found ourselves sleep deprived over having trying to stay up all night to catch a glimpse of ol' St. Nicholas himself.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Beware of Hitchhikers! By Wayd Hoo

I was returning home from a couple of days of zigzagging around the Ozark Mountains with a friend of mine. We had parted ways the previous morning as he went further south and I aimed for Polaris heading north into Missouri.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Memories of Ireland By Jerry Winder

Joey Dunlop
Here are a few pics from our recent trip to the Ireland, wonderful country, if you get the chance visit. Hope you like 'em!