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It Has Begun!

MotoGP starts this weekend in Qatar.  Maverick Viñales has launched his first season on the championship capable Yamaha with zeal, topping the time sheets in early free practice. This year's shakeup, with new riders in many teams, promises to stir in some chaos.  Marquez doesn't seem to be able to…

March Break

Snow storms and freezing temperatures, but I managed to squeeze a quick ride up and down the river on Sunday afternoon just before it was back to work time. I am here to steal Firefox! Snow in the gullies... That's a quality Ontario paved road Everything on here came off…

A Little Natural Sunlight

With snow and cold all week it's been a garage door closed situation, but the sun came out on the last day of the break and that full spectrum light likes to point out details for the camera.  A little industrial art courtesy of Triumph and Kawasaki. Old bikes tell…

Facilitators

This provocative article was shared on Facebook recently.  Teachers sharing and talking about education during March Break, I know, crazy, right? There is an technologist slant to this article that, like everything else people do in the age of information, reduces complex human interaction into a simplistic informational exchange.  We…

Were I Home

March Break in the UK is a very different proposition to March Break in Ontario, Canada.  Here we're looking at freezing temperatures, snow storms and general misery.  Everyone who was able has left.  A few minutes outside today in -20° wind chill left me broken.  Back home it's mid to…

Bike Van

[caption id="attachment_2951" align="alignleft" width="238"] This lightly used well optioned Ram Promaster is going for only $33k![/caption] I've been stuck on the Ford Transit Van probably due to my Guy Martin fixation, but there are other choices for a motorcycle carrying vehicle.  I'd been looking at the full sized, extended Transit…

Too Far Gone

Bike Magazine had an excerpt from Todd Blubaugh's Too Far Gone in the last issue.  The excerpt was so moving that I just got up and purchased the book on Amazon. My favourite motorcycle reads have been the philosophical ones that dig deep.  The 'I rode very far every day' travel…

March Break

The dream March Break trip? Load the Tiger into the back of the trusty Ford Transit Van and head south to a place where the weather won't suck all week; it will here. While snow is flying during the most pointless school break in Ontario, I'd be driving one thousand…