Today was a big day for us, we installed a Decked drawer system in the truck! This was the first step towards setting up the Sierra to be a proper overland rig, and it feel like things are well and truly underway now. After countless hours spent surfing the web, watching YouTube videos and coming up with ideas for custom designed drawers (there’s a lot of cool rigs out there!) we settled on this system for a number of reasons.
We got super lucky the other day and found this system for sale on Kijiji for the same price or quite possibly less than it would have cost us to build one. In typical fashion for us that led to jumping in the truck for an impromptu 4 hour road trip to pick up the drawers, which in turn lead to some backroad exploring and a catch up with two of Ewan’s cousins who we don’t get to see very often, so a pretty awesome Saturday.
We’ve only just got it but we already LOVE our drawer system and we’re looking forward to getting out on the road and tweaking the outfitting and how we utilize the drawers. If you’ve spent time overlanding (or on a long road trip) you’ll know the importance of keeping gear organized and in its place and a drawer system is a life changer for our set up. Durability, weather protection, and ease of use were big factors in our decision and the Decked drawers tick all of those boxes, add in it’s 2000lb payload and you really can’t beat it! We immediately ordered a 4 pack of dividers and looking at a couple other accessories to up our storage and organization game.
Installation was fairly straightforward, I managed to do it solo as Carly was busy with Jax. It’s manageable on your own but two people would make install a breeze. I was going to make a video of the process but the fine folks at Decked have great ones on their website (with less cursing and dropping things) that you can check out. Instead I snapped a few pics of Jaxon inspecting the install.
Pro Tip: If you flip over the “ammo Can” lids in the corners of the system you have cup holders!
We’ll keep you updated as we tweak the kit out of the drawers and if you have any questions drop us a line! EW
I love my motorcycle, I love riding my motorcycle, but I also love working on motorcycles. There is an incredible sense of satisfaction you get working on a bike. Wether it’s preforming basic maintenance like an oil change, or installing a new exhaust system or for the more advanced getting that project bike on the running, the knowledge that you did it you self makes the bike more than just a machine, it becomes a part of you an extension of you.
Neither Carly or I are in any way, shape or form bike mechanics (find a good one and keep them close!) but we both love to spend time in the garage working on our bikes. Truth be told we prefer upgrading or style changes over maintenance but the end result is the same, when were done the next ride is always sweeter because you look at your bike and think, I did that!
If you’re looking to learn to do your own oil changes or how to handle some basic repairs in case of a break down but have no real experience working on bikes, first you’ll need to upgrade your wrenching skills.
Check out the courses they are offering over the off season, from basic maintenance to electrical it’s everything you need to get started taking care of your ride or maybe start that project thats been collecting dust in the garage! details here https://www.motorevere.com/collections/courses
For those of you who don’t know this blog started as more of a travel blog that Carly and I started to document our wedding in Mexico and our 3 month honeymoon traveling around Australia. Well four years on and we’re finally headed back to “Straya!”
Now that our lives pretty much revolve around motorcycles we will be updating the blog with our experiences riding down under, Thanks to my legend of a brother-in-law and his mate Deano we’ve secured bikes for a part of our trip!
We’re both really excited to get back to Australia and see all our family and friends, we’re also taking my (Ewan’s) parents with us, and are stoked to show them around. So stay tuned for updates!
I Just have to give a shout out to the fine folks at Blue Collar Bobbers. Due to my front light bar being busted after a run in with a parked car, and no it was not me moving the bike! 😳). I had already been thinking of switching out the signal lights simply for aesthetic reasons (the stock lights on my ’04 VStar are not the most attractive) but the afore mentioned incident forced my hand. After countless hours searching online I settled on the kit from Blue Collar Bobbers.
I bought the Classic front light kit in black nickel. The service I received was absolutely fantastic, from the numerous emails asking questions, the 2 days it took to get to me, and the extremely helpful colour picture instruction booklet that made instillation very easy.
Between the fantastic service, quality parts and maybe the best price out there I will definitely be using them again! 😊
So I was sitting down to write a post about how much I want to get my hands on Biltwell Inc.’s newest helmet the Lane Splitter, because… well just look at it! Then I revisited their website and saw THIS!
The Lane Splitter was already cool enough, but Biltwell teamed up with The Rusty Butcher (Mark Atkins) and dropped this limited edition on the world! For those of you who don’t know the Rusty Butcher, you should. Motorcycle racer, moto culture influencer and all around hooligan, oh and he sells cool stuff too. Check it all out here
I was already thinking I wanted this helmet, but this version had made it more of a need. This helmet is definitely taking its styling cues from the Simpson Bandit line, and screams badass. But priced at a very reasonable $249.00 ($299 for The Rusty Butcher Edition) makes Biltwell’s offering really shine.
This helmet isn’t just a pretty face, it’s actually got a load of great features especially at this price point. The injection molded ABS outer Shell is hand painted, inner shell is expanded polystyrene and the liner boasts removable quilted open cell foam padding and audio pockets for those running a comm system. Generous chin venting paired up with rear exhaust vents to keep air flowing and a large eye port with an anti-scratch polycarbonate visor make it easy for you to mad dog the jack wagon on his cell phone beside you. The Lane Splitter also meets DOT & ECE safety standards to keep your insurance company and the fuzz happy.
Now Carly likes to point out that I just got a new helmet, but can you really put a price on safety?? This helmet would make a fine addition to anyones arsenal, and I think rocking this bad boy might finally make me cool enough to make it into on of Darth VTwin’s moto vlogs…maybe.
Do you like this helmet as much as I do? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section, or drop us a line on Facebook or Instagram.
I’ll leave you with a favourite quote from the guys at Biltwell and this money shot of the Rusty Butcher edition Lane Splitter.
We just caught wind of another great contest, This one from Yamaha Canada.
Yamaha is giving away a brand new SCR950 and all you have to do is sign up!
In case you don’t spend as much time as I do going to dealer shows and reading every possible piece of Moto news, the SCR950 is the latest iteration of the popular Bolt lineup. Last year Yamaha jumped into the scrambler market following the success of scramblers from Ducati and Triumph.
I haven’t had the chance to ride one of these yet but as an owner of a Yamaha Bolt R-Spec I can tell you this is a very capable motorcycle.
The SCR950 shares the familiar 942cc air cooled V-twin, which pumps out surprisingly good torque and smooth power through all five gears. A slightly redesigned frame and seat give the SCR a comfortable upright seating position. This coupled with the knobby tires, up-swept exhaust, Moto style handlebars and a vintage style number plate give the SCR950 the vintage look that would impress even the most discerning hipster in Liberty Villiage.
Yamaha describes the original Bolt as an “urban performance Bobber” and I would say this holds true to the SCR950 being an urban performance scrambler. Probably more suited to tearing up city streets and two lane highways in search of the newest craft IPA, than navigating single track. Although the raised suspension and knobby tires opens up a world of gravel roads to explore and who doesn’t like the idea of exploring new roads and the ability to slide around corners like a motocross racer!
I for one am looking forward to getting my hands on one of these this spring and who doesn’t want a chance to win a motorcycle.
Mark your calendars moto folks, Toronto is getting a motorcycle film festival! September 29-30, 2017 the Revue Cinema which is a cool venue all on its own will play host to another rad Moto event.
It’s so great to see the growth of the motorcycle community in Toronto and across Canada in recent years and this event is sure to bring out lots of great people to celebrate the machines we all love.
The festival is looking to showcase the best narrative and documentary motorcycle films and is open to submissions from anywhere in the world. If you’re a film maker or think your GoPro / Moto Vlog game is on point you can submit your film for inclusion in the festival. Submitions are due by June 30th.
We can’t wait to see what films are announced as part on the line up and will definitely be checking this event out. Maybe a pre festival ride/meet up is on order??
If you’re not familiar with Cleveland CycleWerks, you should be. Established in 2009 Celevlands founder Steve Colosimo set out to build bikes in the U.S. but after being shut down by multiple manufactures he looked to China to get his bikes built.
The company has done well in overseas markets with a number of models being produced from the 110cc FXx and FXr dirt bike – mountain bike crossover
to my two favourites the Heist (pictured in the feature image of this post) a super rad little 250cc custom bobber and the retro inspired Misfit.
The company’s website recently posted a press release stating that they have started the process of manufacturing motorcycles in the U.S with a currently unnamed partner that “has many years of U.S. manufacturing experience in metal manufacturing and metal fabrication”. Although I can’t confirm this, I have heard from sources that the partner in question is Bruce Belfer who was trying to resurrect Erik Buell Racing. There is also chatter of larger displacement models rolling off the assembly line however there are no dates saying when that will happen . All of this will lead to better dealer support and customer service and I hope that will mean more access to these super cool value brand motorcycles in Canada and the U.S.
I admittedly hadn’t heard of Cleveland CycleWerks until a few years ago. I was in Australia visiting family and was spending my mornings in Brisbane hanging out at Rocker Classic Motorcycles / the Ton Up Cafe. They were just down the street from Carly’s parents place at the time and they had a couple of Heist’s that they’d done some custom work on and I was instantly drawn to these super rad little bobbers despite the selection of super cool cafes and other classic bikes. If you’re in the Brisbane area I highly recommend a visit to Rocker, there are rad bikes, burgers and beer, it really doesn’t get much better!
We will definitely be keeping our eyes on things at Cleveland, and if you’re looking for affordable and easily customizable bike you should too.
Coming up on Wondering Winters
Brutal Beauty Tour – We were at the Toronto launch of 3 new Triumph Motorcycles