Articles in the Editorial & Blog Category
Sunday, September 15th, Photographer K. Miklossy received a phone call from an anonymous source at his home number, tipping us off to an upcoming court appearance and unpublished details around RCMP Corporal Michael Milo Arbulic’s excessive speeding charge, and one salient point – Corporal Perp was thought to be traveling at 200kph. Speeding is a hot button issue in British Columbia after the introduction of a 2010 law made roadside impoundments of vehicles 40 kph over the limit mandatory. Things have been getting pretty weird… bat country weird.
Why aren’t media questioning Const. Michael Milo Arbulic’s excessive speeding defence that an incident requiring North and West Vancouver police to apprehend him was a joke? Especially as an anonymous tipster places Arbulic at 200kph. Luckily out of all the police involved, one officer has stood up.
An on message BC RCMP Traffic Services misses an excellent chance to provide relevant and life saving defensive riding advice, with the release of a stale motorcycle crash video involving a bear. Potentially interrupting a news cycle questioning the BC’s roadside justice approach to excessive speeding.
Ducati’s marketing says the Multistrada 1200 S Touring is four bikes in one, and each mode matches a riding progression in my recovery from this spring’s broken collarbone. Seems a good excuse for a series of mini-reviews covering the Urban, Touring, Sport and (maybe) Enduro modes as I reacquaint myself with riding.
With a collarbone still mending and unable to ride Neil, pretends to be a family man and reviews the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport for OutDrive.ca… “In the canyon turns the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport, a huge dreadnaught-class piece of American muscle and swank, is making gains on the motorcycle ahead. Here, I conclude that this performance SUV will never grace the cover of better parenting magazines – this is family hauling weaponized.”
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A number of eyebrows were raised when BMW sold Husqvarna to Stefan Pierre of KTM, a mere five years after BMW acquired the Italian dirtbike mark from MV Agusta. BMW’s move makes sense in light of today’s announcement of a long-term cooperation agreement with India’s TVS Motor Company, positioning BMW for reentry into the sub-500cc market.
Well, actually Touratech CEO and adventure rider, Herbert Schwarz, talks a lot about Touratech accessories and very little about the bike, so we’ll just jump the video to that good bit.
At 150kg/330.7lbs ready to race the Canadian made Amarok is a pretty svelte beast of an elective bike. Filmed in the winter of 2012 inside the 140 year old barn where the Amarok P1 was born, co-founders Michael Uhlarik and Kevin O’Neil explain the philosophy behind the design, and the Amarok Racing team.
Nicky Hayden spices up a date with yet another supermodel, by sneaking out with Ducati’s new 2013 Hypermotard. How that boy must suffer… from Ducati marketing’s slightly cheesy scripts. Still the new Hypermotard steals the show; with 20 more bhp and 9lbs less weight than the outgoing, air-cooled 1100s.
As any of the leather chaps and jacket cruiser set knows, there’s a fine and uncomfortable line between motorcycle gear and what’s worn in the local fetish scene. Now, Puma’s Ducati Gear has made the jump from metrosexual to kink… And, from a marketing perspective that’s not a bad thing.
While it’s not going to win points for cinematography, Motorcycle.com has posted a video review of the 2013 liquid… Er, “Precision” cooled BMW R1200GS.
Celebrating the manliness of adventure motorcycling with craft cocktails and artisan food awaiting you at camp seems a bit incongruous, but that’s what the “Wilderness Collective – Legendary Adventures for Men” offers up.
Short documentary shot on super 16mm relating the hopes and desires of those who go for a road trip.
To say I’ve been anticipating Rally Raid Products UK EVO 2 690 Adventure R Kit is an understatement. For rougher riding, like that offered in British Columbia, the 690 Adventure R is a mythical beast that the dualsport and adventure market keeps asking KTM for, and KTM keeps ignoring. So, it’s great to see Rally Raid UK answer the call, especially given the quality of their previous tank kit.
Our late return of Triumph’s Tiger 800 XC (video) reveals more than a pattern of constant truancy and tardiness, it provides commentary on the form of adventure bikes and the nature of testing them compared to other types of motorcycle.
Forget what the Earth’s position around the sun says, judging by the encroachment of the snowline down the Vancouver’s North Shore Mountains, we’re facing the onset of winter on the West coast. That makes each ride a rarity, sparking in the firmament of suicidal-gray skies, a colour achieved in a tedium of dark and rainfall. The drizzle starts at Squamish, making the rocks slick under the Tiger 800 XC’s rear Heidenau K60. Shod in Pirelli MT-21s and significantly lighter, Bart’s KTM 690 Enduro R scampers ahead with the ride’s instigator astride.
Twisting the throttle on Triumph’s Tiger 800 XC and in slightly greasy mud the rear end swings around, same as in loose gravel and dusty silt. This defining trait of the Tiger has me considering the difference in power development between singles and twins versus inline threes and fours, and what that means for off-pavement riders and motorcycle designers.
I’ve just come from testing the Yamaha Super Tenere, and I’ll admit it, I found the non-defeat-able ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) uncongenial to off-road. The same goes for the traction control if you forget to turn it off. Which raises the question, if these safety systems and aids have the opposite effect on gravel, is there a way bike companies could better spend the resources they represent?