Riding Retro Style from the WSJ

I came across this article a while back in the Wall Street Journal.The author talks about the fact that auto and motorcycle manufacturers seem to be exploring throwback designs and models more in recent years (aiming for a look reminiscent of the 60’s and 70’s). In particular, he talks about the H-D Iron 883, Triumph Scrambler, and the Moto Guzi V7 Classic. He test rode all three and gives a review of each (what a job!). It seems the author’s favorite, despite an issue with starting up, is the Moto Guzi V7 Classic.

I’m a sportster man myself. I think it’s interesting though that, it being the smallest Harley model available, the sportster is marketed as a beginner, short city ride kind of bike, with the right adjustments made for comfort and cargo space, it can be used as a touring bike with a lot of kick because of its lighter weight.

Read some tips on how to customize your sportster for longer trips.

I also really like the idea of the retro style. I’ve always been interested, if I were to somehow come upon some extra cash, in getting an old, used Indian bike. I find the stripped down look of older styles in general very appealing, plus having a retro company just adds to the fun!

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92% of drivers will obey Ontario’s Impending Cell Phone Ban

Someone recently wrote me:

I hate people who use cellphones in their car. Almost got hit myself by a guy talking on his. He somehow made a bad maneuver and veered to the right in my lane and I couldn’t do anything as I was in full traffic. I so wanted to kick his fucking car with my boot.

Cellphones here are prohibited on the road, and for a good reason. Some people just can’t drive. Some don’t even know it. And some combine their inability with their cellphone use and this is the result.

I’ve had similar experiences. On the 401 I had a car start to turn into my lane while the driver was on the cell phone. I honked until they saw me. They kind of shrugged apologetically and turned back. I was none to pleased. And the one accident I have been in, I think – although I can’t be certain – that the girl was on her cell when she rear ended me.

That is why I was somewhat taken aback when I read a CBC story indicating 92% of Ontario drivers intend to obey the ban on cell phones while driving. According to their findings in the age group of 18-34 fourteen percent stated they would continue to use their hand held device. To me, that is the age group that causes the most concern. I can’t stress enough the importance of being aware of other drivers and where their attention is focused. If you are driving a car, instead of checking your mirrors and blind spots for other cars, check them for motorcycles. And stay off your cell phone or buy a headset!

And if you are on your motorcycle, do not follow this guys example:

Nice circuit just North of Oshawa

What an awesome week for riding! Best consecutive weather this season, I’d say. So I’ve been exploring the country roads just north of my new home and found a nice little circuit yesterday. Some fast straights, hilly country roads, sweeping turns and slow sharp turns, all accompanied by beautiful rural Ontario scenery. A word of warning: some of these turns are pretty sharp and there is sand/gravel on  the road in some spots. Ride with caution! Check out the map and directions here!

First Video Tutorial: Changing Oil and Oil Filter

My first video tutorial: changing the oil and oil filter on your motorcycle. I shot and edited it myself so you’ll have to excuse the quality. Enjoy!

After searching extensively where to dispose of used motor oil I found this excellent site called Earth 911. You search what you are disposing of and where you are located and it finds the nearest disposal points. This link is for Toronto area motor oil disposal stations, but you can search for your location from their home page.