Category:Trips and Rides

Ever thought about heading north, as in crossing the border north for a road trip?

I returned not long ago from my second trip (third if you count going up, crossing in and turning around to come back) to Canada. While I didn't ride my scooter, I did learn a few things about going from the US to Canada and coming back.

If you do plan to ride into Canada, then you will need a few things at the border.

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Stranger things have happened, but this one beats them all. You would almost want to think that with Harley-Davidson trying new things (like the electric bike they announced recently), the following is Harley’s attempt to manufacture self-riding motorcycles.

If you are confused, stay with me…. 

Several cars and even motorcycles spotted this Harley riding on a busy motorway in France without a biker: 

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Anyone familiar with my work knows that I’m all about the ride, regardless of distance; the further the better. What better way to soak up the beauty and mystique of America’s landscapes than from atop a motorcycle? While nine times out of 10, my journey starts in the garage with my own bike, the 10th would require an airplane and a rental.

Though my bride does not share my passion for motorcycles – the lack of suspension and seat padding on mine are to blame - we do share a mutual love for the beach. 

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When you’re riding your motorcycle along nice stretches of twisties and you end up riding towards a large body of water, like a lake, sea or river, what’s next? Is that where the fun ends, so you dismount your bike, admire the scenery and head on back home.

But it doesn’t have to be like that. No – this could be when the real fun starts. At least, if Alan Gibbs, a billionaire from New Zealand, has his way.

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“Hey man, what’s your problem!”  This muffled phrase has been shouted from the inside of many motorcycle helmets.  Why do motorcyclists seem to get pushed around in traffic? Let’s shine some light on the dark subject of road rage, specifically as it applies to riding.

Before getting into the nitty gritty, here are some facts about stress that help us understand the root causes behind road rage.  Stress in contagious.  That means it spreads like wildfire. 

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Tiffany Coates, aka “Tiff”, after finishing her studies, decided to head for India with her best friend Becky. They came up with the idea in early 1997, and it involved riding a motorcycle and camping on the way. Neither of the dynamic duo had any motorcycle experience, so they went through a crash course; a sort of “Riding Motorcycles For Dummies”. They bought a second hand BMW R80GS, called her Thelma, and with UK€2500 between the two of them, set off for India. Mind you, the motorcycle was too tall for both of them, so when they came to a stop, they had to tip-toe to stay upright.

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“Whoops!”  

It seemed like a good idea at the time.  Sunny skies.  Dry roads.  So what if the thermometer reads 35 degrees, just bundle up and flip on the heated grips.  Wrong.  Moisture combined with freezing temps can fool you in a hurry.  Don’t fall for it!

Ice is a seasonal hazard that sneaks up as winter sets in.  Either large or small areas, icy patches can ruin a ride quickly. 

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Just about every MC in the nation has a toy run between mid-November and mid-December.

The nation’s most famous and infamous MC, the Hells Angels, has toys runs. Last year the MC members were packed into big box store buying bicycles in California.

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It happens often, and the more you ride your motorcycle, the bigger the chance that it will happen to you. Motorcycle crashes are the norm, not the exception. I’m not talking about crashes where the emergency services need to come with lifesaving equipment, but crashes where you and your bike go down.

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“A man went looking for America, and couldn’t find it anywhere…” The prophetic tagline from the timeless cult classic, Easy Rider. Pretty heavy for 1969, wouldn’t you say? But what would the film’s protagonists say in 2015, had they not met their untimely demise in a climatic twist of irony? Filmed in 1968 with a theatrical release in ‘69, Easy Rider is a true piece of counterculture history that in my opinion, despite its “R” rating, should be shown to film and history students in high school.

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If heading South of the Border is not on your bucket list, it should be. For one thing, if you live in North America, you can ride there. For another thing, hey! another country to ride in.

Here’s what you need to know.

THE SETUP

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