Category Archives: Reviews: Bikes, Gear, Books
I’ve been meaning to do up a review of the Viking AXE Saddlebags for Sportbikes for a while now, but summer in Newfoundland means trying to fit a year’s worth of activities into three months. Add work, running and rowing into the mix, and I have very little time to ride, other than back and forth to work. I’ve finally found time to a) Install these saddlebags on my TW200, and b) Try them out.
As I have mentioned in the past, I’m not a professional writer, nor am I in any way qualified to be reviewing motorcycles. But that doesn’t stop me from masquerading as a motorcycle journalist on dealership demo days. When I was asked by Atlantic Recreation to come along on their “VIP Demo” I was thrilled, and when I learned that this would entail me putting almost 200km on the newly launched FZ-07, well…my eyes must have lit up like a Christmas tree.
I saw the 2014 Yamaha FZ-09 online this past spring, and my first thought was “those Europeans get all the cool bikes”. I really didn’t think that this naked triple would be sold in North America, but low and behold, we’re getting a high-performance, middleweight naked bike.
FZ8 owners: it’s ok to weep a little. The FZ-09 is lighter, more powerful and CHEAPER. The fact that Yamaha finally put a decent-looking stock muffler on a bike is just icing on the cake. Read the rest of this entry
I did a search of motorcycle-touring related ebooks recently, and was absolutely bombarded with books written by riders much more adventurous than myself. One book in particular stood out from the rest, and for the sake of $4 I decided to give it a read. Read the rest of this entry
One of the realities of being a female motorcyclist is the lack of selection available when it comes to riding attire. Even though female riders are the fastest growing segment of motorcyclists today, most manufacturers still don’t produce women’s gear that is as durable or functional as their men’s gear…that’s if they make women’s gear at all. A quick search of motorcycle pants on a popular distributor’s website shows up 224 choices for men, versus 79 for women. I rest my case. Read the rest of this entry
Yamaha’s demo day started out quite disappointing for me. I really wanted to try the FZ8 or its faired twin, the Fazer 8, but neither of these bikes were offered. Maybe that’s because they’re both being discontinued in 2014, replaced with the much-anticipated cross plane triple cylinder FZ09.
There wasn’t much in the rest of the line-up that interested me, aside from the Super Tenere. Not being able to touch the ground with anything more than the top of my right big toe, I didn’t really feel comfortable taking it for a ride. Then I thought of the FZ6R, Yamaha’s 600cc, four-cylinder, entry-level sportbike. Read the rest of this entry
There’s no other motorcycle manufacturer that has the cult-like following enjoyed by Harley-Davidson. All you have to do is google “Harley tattoo” to find hundreds of people proudly displaying a permanent reminder of the brand they choose to ride. Now THAT’S loyalty.
The Motor Company is very polarizing though. Many non-HD riders have a strong distaste for the brand, perhaps because of the perceived “air of superiority” associated with Harley riders moreso than the bikes themselves. That’s a little unfair. I don’t fit the image of the typical Harley rider with my full-face helmet and armoured leather jacket. I definitely don’t see my bike as a status symbol or feel that I’m better than someone else because it says “Harley-Davidson” on the tank, and I’m sure many other Harley riders feel the same way. However, I do love my Sportster, and I look forward to Mile One’s Demo Days each year. I even try to drag my sportbike-riding friends along too, because like many things in life, the saying rings true: “don’t knock it till you’ve tried it”. Read the rest of this entry