Back down under

G’Day!

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!

Ewan & Carly

 

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New light bar on Carlys V-Star

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! ūüė≥). 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! ūüėä

Chat soon,

Carly #WanderingWinters

Biltwell Lane Splitter/Rusty Butcher Helmet

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!

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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.

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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.

#RideMotorcyclesHave Fun

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Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival 

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?? 

Hope to see you out there

Ewan 

Curing PMS (Parked Motorcycle Syndrome) 

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Canadian winters can be tough on bikers. Months of no riding  and longingly looking at your parked bike can take its toll.

If you’re like me you probably spend the off-season with your head buried in motorcycle mags, online articles, or in a deep hole of YouTube videos dreaming of warmer weather and getting back on the road.

Here are a couple of ways we cope with the PMS and pass the time until we can get back in the saddle.

Motorcycle Shows 

Living in Ontario we see 3 motorcycle shows roll through town each off-season and they are a great opportunity to get out, see old friends, make new ones and find some inspiration for the upcoming riding season. We love checking out all the new bikes and gear as well as just being able to talk bikes with like minded people. There are always new clubs and lots of ride and rally info to get you stoked for the season, not to mention the deals on gear.

For you Ontario riders check out these upcoming shows. Not in Ontario? Most shows in the offseason are a traveling motorcycle circus so hop on the ol google box and find a show near you.

Toronto Motorcycle Show
Motorcycle Spring Show

Work on your bike! 

There’s no better way to pass the time and feel connected to your bike than working on it. Use the off-season to really get to know your ride, whether its basic maintenance or the never ending job of adding to fast and or look cool parts! Even simple tasks like oil changes will help you understand how things work and give you a sense of pride in your machine. ¬†If you’re not sure about tackling projects many cities have co-op or membership style garage spaces offering classes, advice and community to help you learn the basics or take on your first custom build. If you’re in the Toronto area check out¬†https://www.motorevere.com¬†for more info.

Trip Planning 

Carly and I love to spend time pouring over maps and looking for new rallies or rides. Having rides and moto events to look forward to really helps deal with the PMS and it’s a great excuse to get together with riding buddies, cracking a few beers and talking motorcycles. You don’t need to be planning a trip around the world (although we wish we were) we swap ideas on anything from day trips to weekend rides, cool roads we want to check out to long distance trips. Find something to keep your stoke level at ūüíĮ. It’s really about inspiration, as we prefer to travel without much of a plan, with motorcycles we find that no matter how cool the destination it’s usually the journey that makes the trip.

Here are a couple of events and rides we’re looking at for 2017. Let us know what you’re planning this year and maybe we’ll see you out there!

The Moto Social
Georgian Bay Run
Freedom Machines Show
The Bad Ride
Hogs For Hospice

Cool Moto link of the week

Here’s a link to check out for some rad motorcycle photography and culture to help with the winter blues #TheMotoFoto