GS Training With Académie Ridaventure

Posted on October 06, 2019 in Live to Ride, Ride to Live

I did a one day off-road skills training event with Claude Gagné of Académie Ridaventure (not to be confused, I think, with the ridaventure.ca forums) organized through Ottawa Motorrad / Ottawa Goodtime Centre. This event was significantly more “hardcore” vs. the event from the previous weekend. All “level 1 GS …


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GS Training with BMW MC Ottawa

Posted on September 29, 2019 in Live to Ride, Ride to Live

The BMW Motorrad Club of Ottawa is developing an off-road skills program, and I was invited to participate in an initial trial run. Very basic off-road GS skills including leaning the bike on off-road surfaces, emergency stopping with reduced traction, hill climbs, etc. Nothing too challenging, except at the very …


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An Unscheduled Vehicular Dismount

Posted on July 28, 2019 in Live to Ride, Ride to Live

I had a little wipe out on my moto today. Nothing serious, no injuries, an alarmingly slow speed low side slide out. Some details here.

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BMW Motorrad Club of Ottawa

Posted on July 22, 2019 in Live to Ride, Ride to Live


Anlas Capra X

Posted on July 22, 2019 in Live to Ride, Ride to Live

With plans to do some off-road stuff on my moto, I bought some appropriate rubber. I posted a bit of a running review over on the R1200GS forums. The Coles Notes version is: I don’t have much off-road experience to compare these tires to, but they seemed to work …


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Crash Bar Day

Posted on July 22, 2019 in Live to Ride, Ride to Live


Moto Trippin’: Lake Huron Loop

Posted on July 22, 2019 in Live to Ride, Ride to Live


The Arai XD-4

Posted on July 22, 2019 in Live to Ride, Ride to Live

I have a Shoei RF-1200 head. The RF-1200 in an XL is the best fitting and most comfortable helmet I have owned, yet when my lovely all white RF-1200 with its extremely cool Mass Effect and Destiny the Game stickers was due for replacement, my eyes started …


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Forking Seals

Posted on July 27, 2018 in Live to Ride, Ride to Live

The quick fix on the left fork seal did not work. Not long after leaving the shop you could see fork oil slowly accumulating on top of the seal and on the fork itself. I called Endras back and they booked my in for Friday the 27th. Hopefully last minute …


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I Love New Tires (and Routine Maintenance)

Posted on July 20, 2018 in Live to Ride, Ride to Live

Closing in on 20,000kms on my 2016 R1200GS, and with my moto trip to Newfoundland looming, I booked the bike in for its 20,000km service. I must admit, I really enjoy taking my vehicles in for routine maintenance. It’s surprisingly satisfying. Even more satisfying is new tires …


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