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On Balance

Not designed for women

Jun 18, 2020 / 6:00 am

A question that often comes up, and probably should come up a lot more often, is whether there are bikes that are designed, or better suited, for female riders....

PPE: A faint hope clause

Jun 4, 2020 / 6:00 am

Everywhere we look these days, personal protective equipment (PPE) is a predominant preoccupation equation. It’s quite the turn-around for everyone...

Gap in motorcycle safety

May 21, 2020 / 6:00 am

Not exactly “breaking news,” sorry. But it strikes me that Safety May could do with a little more emphasis than it’s had from, say, the...

Pandemic and motorcyclists

May 7, 2020 / 11:00 am

A line from the movie “Moonstruck” comes to mind at times like these. It comes up when there’s a big (Italian) family brouhaha about...

Wrong side of the road

Apr 23, 2020 / 6:00 am

I spoke too soon. There are, indeed, a bazillion riders on the road, COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines notwithstanding, so previous columns to the effect of...

Feeling the ride

Apr 9, 2020 / 6:00 am

Most of us are in a strange sort of limbo right now, experiencing a “separate reality” of a whole other sort. Normally, at this time of year,...

Social-biker distancing

Mar 26, 2020 / 6:00 am

I struggled a bit with the idea of writing about motorcycling, concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic having trumped most of our day-to-day preoccupations. For...

It's riding season

Mar 12, 2020 / 6:00 am

es it is, it’s riding season out there. Sun’s out, mercury’s above the freeze-ya-stiff level, buttercups are blooming, and there’s even...

The price for rider safety

Feb 27, 2020 / 6:00 am

It occurred to me, after the last couple of columns, that I may have been giving the impression that price is no object when it comes to safety equipment....

Missing: new riders

Feb 13, 2020 / 6:00 am

What do we know about the state of the motorcycling industry in the developed world? Well, since around 2008, there’s been a very long moan in the shops...

Schooled on rider safety

Jan 30, 2020 / 6:00 am

Well I’m off the bus. And a fine one-day tour it was. That bus trip to the bike show at the coast is always a treat at this time of the year. A great way...

All aboard for a road trip

Jan 16, 2020 / 6:00 am

Cold enough for ya? I’m sure wishing the tractor had heated grips and seat right now, that’s for sure. Man, even a windshield would be an...

A Winter's Tale...

Jan 2, 2020 / 6:00 am

....... and other classics. It’s New Year’s Eve as I write this, and the weather outside is, well, frightful. Happily, we elected not to join the...

The road to Christmas

Dec 19, 2019 / 6:00 am

You know the sign that makes you nuts on a busy multi-lane roadway, right? “Road narrows, lane closed.” Aaack! There’s two different ways we...

Frozen assets

Dec 5, 2019 / 6:00 am

Brrr! A whole lot of cold and white out there, eh? Had to plow the driveway, so this must be it. Officially winter. That run up and down the driveway and all...

Into the unknown

Nov 21, 2019 / 6:00 am

Into the Unknown: Who’s Your Data? They say the best way to learn something is to teach it. That is what I’ve been up to with this motorcycle safety...

Darkness is not your friend

Nov 7, 2019 / 6:00 am

Night Riding: There Be Dragons! There we were, having a great late season, and Pow! It all went dark. The annual fallback debacle, never welcome when I’m...

The irony of not walking

Oct 24, 2019 / 6:00 am

Mental Health alert! OK, this is still a column about traffic safety, especially but not exclusively for motorcyclists. First though, I have to look after an...

What's stopping you?

Oct 10, 2019 / 10:01 am

We motorcyclists are a pretty unstable bunch. Sad, but true. Oddly, this didn’t come up when I was grinding through the obligatory psychology degree. It...

Dead man's curve

Sep 26, 2019 / 6:00 am

Our beautiful B.C. is a land of fantastical landscapes, of deep and winding valleys through steep and rugged mountainous terrain. Those of us who love riding...

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