2014 CROSS COUNTRY TRIP-see bottom of post


After going back and forth as to where I should take my SOLO trip this year I think I have come up with a plan.  Head East, go see my family and some friends and then head West.  I think it’s doable…May 17 – June 16?  Need to replace my SPOT CONNECT as my other one seems to like to eat batteries more than usual and the battery lid does not like to stay closed.  So, new Connect on order and over the next few months I shall get the camping gear together, check out it twice, before I leave get the bike all tuned up with new K60 tires and off I will head into the USA and Canada.  We did this trip, different route in 2010.

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As usual I will try to do a live report from the road on the ADV forum or maybe just the F800 forum not sure yet and the BLOG, with updates on our Face Book page too.  Should be fun to get out there on my own.  I have taken shorter trips SOLO but not 12,000 KM’s worth.   Continue reading

Motorcycles Can Legally Run Red Lights In These States


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Scott Olson/Getty Images Penny Gusner, CarInsurance.com

Ever been stuck at a traffic light that takes an excruciating amount of time — what feels like hours — to turn green?Imagine that as a daily occurrence.

That is what it’s like for some motorcyclists due to sensors at some intersections that don’t recognize when lightweight vehicles arrive.

To alleviate this aggravation, some states have passed “safe on red” laws that allow motorcyclists to legally drive through red lights.   Continue reading

How tall is too tall?


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I have been asked many times “how can you ride such a tall bike”?  So, I have put together some pics to try to show as close as I can with the specs I know what I might look like on all the recent bikes I have owned or “borrowed”.  My height is 5’5″, well almost 5’5″ ;-) with an in seam of 30.5 inches. 

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Cheryl is about 5’5″ and her in seam is 31.5.  Big difference when it comes to our ’13 BMW F800GS bikes.  She has more footing than I will ever have.  So, this post is for the vertically challenged.

I have hopes that a few in seam inches will not deter anyone from buying the bike of their dreams…where there is a will there is a way.  Trust me I should know…I am shortish and I have ridden successfully, comfortably, confidentially and most Continue reading

30 Hour Getaway Part II


Gear this time of year is important to me.  Making sure I can get warm when needed, stay dry and comfortable on my bike are all part of making even a short trip safe. 

AP Stars Toucan Gore Tex Boots

I traded my AP Scouts for the new Toucan boots.  Gore Tex and more of a MX boot in the end.  Why?  I wanted higher coverage for my shins, sturdier boot overall and I do have to admit I like the Gore guarantee. After playing around with the buckles I got these boots to fit really well. Continue reading

30 Hour Getaway, 900 KM’s = Priceless


Day 1, Part I (all pics are clickable)

As many who read this blog know first hand our everyday lives can get in the way of our hobbies.  Since January 2012 until present day, Cheryl and I have both changed our careers.  Leslie joining BC Transplant as an In Hospital Organ Donation Coordinator/Organ Donation Specialist and Cheryl still with the RCMP but now well into her apprenticeship to become a Forensic Expert.  With this reality of ours, getting away on the bikes for a long stretch of time is not happening as of late. So….what to do???  Make the best of the time we get off and get away.

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Driven – The Arctic Circle


Every once in awhile I come across a video that just resonates with me…I mean everyone should watch this especially if you are an adventurer.  This guy Ed from New Mexico rode 10,000 miles in 26 days and how he sees Canada and Alaska is spot on.  I LOVE, absolutely LOVE his attitude, sense of humor….I mean everything about his heart and soul.  I really hope everyone who takes a look at this post takes the time to sit back and watch….it is soooooo worth it trust me.

I think this is my most favorite ADV video I have seen so far….and I loved seeing where we went through his eyes….BRAVO!

Space Needle Weekend


Feb 2-3 2013 (click on the pics and see the slide show)

Took a short 700 KM trip down to Seattle to ride up the Space Needle and spent the night in LaConner, Washington.  Left in FOG, had some sun, came back in the cold rain.  All in all great to get back on the bikes and just ride for fun!

DEATH VALLEY DREAMLAPSE


For all who read this blog from out of North America and may never have a chance to see Death Valley this is a treat!

 

(Watch in HD with headphones on & volume cranked, if you can! Hands & arms inside cart at all times!)

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Hurricane Sandy: After Landfall (October 30, 2012)


BRUTAL STORM OF MY LIFETIME! SOURCE: The Atlantic

Last night, Hurricane Sandy — the largest Atlantic tropical system on record — made landfall just south of Atlantic City, New Jersey, bringing winds up to 90 mph (150 kph), and pushing a massive storm surge onto beaches and shorelines. At least 12 deaths have been reported in the United States. These fatalities, when added to the previous toll in the Caribbean, leave Sandy responsible for more taking more than 80 lives to date.

Millions across the Eastern Seaboard are now without power, and even more are struggling with rising floodwater. Sandy continues northward, now downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone, and those affected are now assessing the damage. Collected here are images of Sandy’s aftermath, many from New York City, which suffered widespread blackouts and a record-setting high tide early this morning. See also yesterday’s entry: Hurricane Sandy in Photos. [54 photos]

The skyline of lower Manhattan sits in darkness after a preventive power outage in New York October 29, 2012. Hurricane Sandy, the largest Atlantic tropical system on record, brought strong winds and dangerous flooding to the East Coast from the mid-Atlantic states to New England. (Reuters/Keith Bedford) Continue reading

Hurricane Sandy update


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Leslie’s family and friends are back east. Family in New York, Florida and North Carolina. Let’s hope they are all staying safe from this massive storm!

Originally posted on This Just In:

Editor’s Note:  The danger cannot be overstated. Hurricane Sandy has already claimed at least 67 lives — including 51 in Haiti. In the United States, schools are closed, businesses shuttered and mass transit suspended. Residents are being told to hunker down — and wait .  Here is the full story.

Here are the latest developments:

[Update 4:49 a.m. ET] Anna Kate Twitty, a spokeswoman for the Red Cross, was just on CNN and said the organization has multiple shelters across seven states where evacuees can find “a safe place, a warm meal and emotional support.” To find a shelter, go to redcross.org, call 1-800-Red-Cross or download the free Red Cross hurricane app for iphone and android users.

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Mission 26 The Big Endeavour-MUST SEE


A very special thanks to the City of Inglewood, Chief of Police Mark Fronterotta, Lieutenant James Madia, Sergeant Dirk Dewachter, and to the Men and Women of the Inglewood Police Department. None of this would have been possible without them.

This project was only made possible by the help of a truly amazing and talented timelapse team which included; Joe Capra, Chris Pritchard, Brian Hawkins, Andrew Walker, Ryan Killackey and myself.

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