Here are some of the previous items from my home page.
November 18, 2013
Ducati Monster 1200S Named EICMA’s
‘Most Beautiful Bike’
The 2013 EICMA show (the
show in the world, held November
7 to 10th in
Milan) has come to a close, but not before the
2014 Ducati Monster 1200S was named the “Most
Beautiful Bike of Show.”
This is welcome
news for Ducati, as the
Monster 1200S still remains
appealing after 20 years of production and
nearly 275,000 models sold.
Visitors to the
show cast their votes for the
show’s most appealing motorcycle. The 2014
Ducati Monster 1200S was the top pick, followed
by the MV Agusta 800 Turismo Veloce, the Aprilia
RSV4 Factory ABS, the BMW R nineT and the
More than 10,000 people cast
their ballots to determine the winner.
November 11, 2013
Triumph Motorcycles has recently revealed two
updated versions of its Thunderbird cruiser: the new
for 2014 Thunderbird Commander and Thunderbird LT
In both of these new cruisers Triumph has made
dimension changes that create a bigger ride that
boasts improved power and torque over the baseline
Thunderbird. Using the liquid-cooled DOHC
parallel-twin found in the Triumph Storm (1699cc)
this engine is now yielding a claimed 93 hp and 111
lb-ft of torque. Equipped with multi-point
sequential electronic fuel injection, six-speed
gearbox, and chromed twin-skin stainless steel 2-1-2
exhaust system these will be awesome machines!
With any luck we will be able to check these two new
beauties out at the Progressive International
Motorcycle Show in Minneapolis on January 17 to 19,
November 1, 2013
I have to thank Val for sending me this picture, it
seems to capture the spirit of Halloween quite well!
Your November newsletter is now available, check the
I am now officially retired, it is going to take a
while for me to get the real hang of it. I've been
making fun of ROG's (retired old geezers) for so
long now I'm not sure if I can just quit cold
turkey. But I'll try and control myself a little bit
It's November now and most of us here in the Far
North have put our bikes away for the winter. Now we
can start looking forward to going to one or more of
the bike shows that wind their way across the
country in the winter. For us here in Thunder Bay
the closest one will be in Minneapolis, Minnesota on
January 17 - 19, 2014. I'm hoping to get there, who
knows - there may be a new bike in the cards for
next year... One can hope!
May 30, 2013
Advanced Corona Ignition System - Is this the next breakthrough in
Researchers in Europe have developed a new take on
the humble spark plug. Scientists claim that the
replacement for the spark plug will allow
manufacturers to run higher levels of exhaust gas
recirculation (EGR) resulting in up to 10 percent
Its Advanced Corona Ignition System (ACIS), as the
new technology is called, features a four-pointed
star transmitting a low current 25,000 volt
discharge that creates ultra hot plasma. Running at
1 Mhz the high intensity plasma stream excites the
air-fuel molecules into combustion whereas a
conventional spark plug relies on ignition. . . .
This sounds like some interesting technology.
Spring on its way?
We've had almost two half-warm days so far this
week... Is that the start of a warming trend?
If so then someone should start talking to the
five-foot-tall snow banks in my back yard.
Notwithstanding the cold and crappy weather that
we've been having this "Spring" there has been the
odd bike out on the roads for those brief periods
that the sun comes out and the temperature climbs up
So kudos to those brave fools that can get their
bikes out of the garage and are hardy enough to get
out and "Just Ride"! By the way, did I mention the
five-foot snow drifts in my back yard?
March 14, 2013
introduces the all new 2014 Bolt!
Yamaha Motor Canada is
proud to introduce the 2014 Yamaha Bolt. Powered by
the fuel-injected, 4-valve, V-Star 950 engine, the
Bolt showcases an all-new “less is more” design.
According to Yamaha,
the Bolt is simple and compact, with a low seat
height, and offers light, agile handling that
instills rider confidence. A new breed of
“crossover”, the Bolt is a blend of cruiser features
in a chassis that offers a more natural, upright
riding position. The Bolt
dealerships by the end of April and will be offered
in Bluish White Cocktail and Metallic Black. The
Bolt “R-Spec” will be available in Mat Metallic Gray
and High Sparkle Green.
February 27, 2013
a new sheriff in town and her name is Rachel Homan!
Rachel Homan showed her mettle as a skip and her skills
as a team leader Sunday at the Scotties Tournament of
in Kingston, Ontario.
and her teams
efforts paid off with a 9-6 win over Manitoba's Jennifer
Jones and her first national women's curling title.
The 23 year old Homan displayed steely determination all
week, losing only one game in the round robin to
Jennifer Jones, but she and her team put it all together
to win the 1-2 playoff and the final gold medal game.
Homan and her Ottawa Curling Club team of Lisa Weagle, Emma
Miskew, Alison Kreviazuk and alternate Stephanie Drew
will now represent Canada at next month's world women's
curling championship in Riga, Latvia.
Congratulations on a stellar performance!
UPDATE: In case you don't follow curling as close
as some of us... Rachel Homan and her Ottawa
Ontario team has picked up a Bronze medal at the Worlds
Women's Championship in Latvia. Congratulations again
for representing Canada so well!
February 15, 2013
Rain of Fire Begins!
Russian news reported that a meteor
(now being reported as being about the size of a bus)
across the sky Friday morning over the town of Chelyabinsk
(east of Moscow) leaving a thick white contrail and creating
an intense flash. A sonic boom from the meteor blew out
windows in local houses and apartment buildings,
collapsing the roofs of a couple of buildings and
people, mostly from flying glass. This event happened just
hours before asteroid 2012DA14 was to make the closest
recorded pass of an asteroid past earth – about 28,000
Small pieces of space debris - usually parts
of comets or asteroids - that are on a collision course with
the Earth are called meteoroids. When meteoroids enter the
Earth's atmosphere they are called meteors. Most meteors
burn up in the atmosphere, but if they survive the
frictional heating and strike the surface of the Earth they
are called meteorites.
Of course not everyone believes that it was
an extraterrestrial event, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the
nationalist leader noted for vehement statements, said "It's
not meteors falling, it's the test of a new weapon by the
Americans," the RIA Novosti news agency reported.
Apophis meteorite will buzz by Earth tonight - no need to worry -
meteorite was named after an Egyptian demon of destruction, and for
good reason - every now and then it keeps buzzing past our planet, a
little too close for comfort!
Tonight the 275
meter object will pass at about 15 million km from the Earth. The
moon for example is 400,000km from Earth, so we're safe for now.
will pass Earth again in 2036 but will be much closer. On it's next
pass it will only be 30,000km away. In cosmic distance that's pretty
darned close. (That's a technical term.)
If it did ever
collide with Earth Apophis would generate a blast equivalent to over
500 megatons of TNT - 9 times bigger than any bomb ever detonated on
So keep an eye
on the sky!!!!
2013 Suzuki C90T B.O.S.S.
American Suzuki recently took the tough step of
filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and ceasing auto sales in the U.S.,
which will allow it to focus on its motorcycle and marine business.
The plan has already resulted in its powersports lineup swelling
from just 10 bikes and ATV models in 2010 to 47 for 2013, including
One of the new introductions is this, first for
Suzuki, blacked-out 2013 C90T B.O.S.S.
The bagger features all the highlights of the
C90T, including its 1462cc long-stroke, liquid cooled 54-degree
V-Twin, and created a more sinister look by blacking out the engine,
wheels, exhaust, frame and forks, among others.
Although the looks of the BOSS are bold, the
comfort and features of the C90T remain, including the hard side
luggage, large windscreen, spacious riding position and suspension
set up for comfort.
August 10, 2012
NASA has done it again!
After traveling for more than eight months, over a distance of
350 million miles, NASA's one-ton, nuclear-powered, six-wheel drive
rover, Curiosity, has successfully touched own on the surface of the Red
Curiosity's entry, descent and landing — called "EDL" by NASA
engineers — was the most ambitious the Agency had ever attempted. From
the top of the atmosphere to the surface of the planet took just seven
minutes, but it involved slowing the rover from over 13,000 miles per
hour to a complete, safe, and total stop on Martian terrain. That’s got
to be an impressive breaking system!
Since landing on Mars this past week the rover has performed
flawlessly, and is starting to send back high-resolution photographs of
the Martian landscape. During its two-year mission, the roaming
laboratory will analyze rocks and soil in search of the chemical
building blocks of life, and determine whether there were habitable
conditions where microbes could thrive. As high-tech as Curiosity is, it
can’t directly look for past or present life; future missions would be
needed to answer that question.
Lets hope that Curiosity does find some signs of intelligent life
on Mars, Lord knows that there is precious little here on Earth.
May 14, 2012
IT'S GETTING CLOSER TO SUMMER AND THE
AGE-OLD QUESTION EMERGES ONCE AGAIN: TO WAVE OR NOT TO WAVE!
It happens every year
around here, as we start to get some warm riding weather and finally get out
on the road we're so happy to be riding again that we just wave at
everybody. But is that 'proper' biking etiquette?
you ride a motorcycle, you know about “The Wave”.
“The Wave” is your rolling connection to the biker brother & sisterhood, but
is there a special secret to this wave? Are we supposed
to wave at everyone, do we only wave to certain makes of bikes, do we only
wave to certain types of helmets, what about windshield vrs no windshield,
do scooters count, and what about bicycles (I hear that some places it is
normal to wave at bicyclists), and, horror upon horror, what if the
rider you wave to doesn't wave back????
All these questions. My head is starting
to hurt. In reality though, I've made it easy for myself, I wave at anyone
and everyone. It's a small gesture that isn't going to hurt anyone and may
just make someone's day. I wave at the guy mowing his lawn on his riding
lawnmower, hey who knows maybe he'd rather be riding a bike. I wave at the
kids screaming along the sides of the road on their dirt bikes, who knows
maybe they'll be riding street bikes in a few years.
So, to wave or not to wave? Well, if you
see me on the road I'll be one of those crazy fools that is waving to you,
and if you do or don't wave back that's okay because I know that I've done
my part to pass along a bit of good will.
Ride Safe Out There!
March 15, 2012
Well, that was worth the wait! As
predicted I did manage to get the bike out for its 2012 maiden voyage
The temperature only made it up to
about 10 degrees C, but that's not bad for riding weather as long as you're
bundled up. The use of a Gerbing's electric jacket liner doesn't hurt
The bike ran great as well. All of the
work that I did on it last fall and over the winter came together and the
bike is running great.
As usual, we have to be careful when we
are out on our first few rides of the year. Riding skills get rusty when the
bike is parked for three or four months. We have to take it easy, practice
our starting and stopping and regain the "feel" and the balance of our
bikes. We also have to reacquaint car-drivers with motorcycles. In the
spring they have to re-learn to look for us.
But, as usual, it was GREAT to be back
out on the bike!!!
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