A game changer for the motorcycle world had to be the revision of the Indian Motorcycle company by Polaris. No doubt they did a great job of it. Building bigger unit motors than H.D. while keeping them cool with air and oiling systems.
Now in 2016 Triumph fires a new volley of flame into the combustion chamber of the two wheel world with 5 new bikes. The 900cc and 1200cc water cooled parallel twins.
These are great looking and performing bikes as claimed by Triumph. What is so game changing is that they have kept all of the lines of the classic look while adding a cooling system that blends very well into them. Many updates to ride and performance have been blended into the mix. I’m sure Triumph had to be looking at the Yamaha Bolt and Ducati Scrambler success to force this bold move. Economics 101
Meanwhile, Harley Davidson has kept to their tried and true component, non unit, air cooled construction which has to be nearing an end. That’s not to say the current line up is not sharply styled and well built. I’m saying they need to get into the game with a new motor that will launch their future by meeting or exceeding the competition. I hope to eat these words with the 2017 models.
Congrats to the folks at Triumph for a job well done.
Now to find a Thruxton R to test ride
Have a look at the Triumph line up here. ENJOY
Place this one on your calendar now. Sept 13, 2015 for the 13th annual CVMG Millarville Swap Meet. One of the best impromptu motorcycle and scooter shows in Alberta. Need some parts for the project or just some ideas for your current ride, you’ll find it here.
On Saturday, Sarah and I drove south from San Francisco to visit her alma mater, Stanford University. We took the scenic route and stopped for lunch at Alice’s Restaurant, perhaps the most famous motorcycle destination in the United States. It truly deserves this coveted status and is one of my all time favorites. All the roads heading to Alice’s are a dream to ride. Arriving from the north or the south, you get to enjoy tall redwoods, great switchbacks, and dramatic mountain views. A page from Alice’s website gives a concise history of this legendary establishment:
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Get ready for Two Wheel Sunday on June 7th at 3907 3A St. N.E. We have brought all of the motorcycle groups together along with some participating shops to bring you a Motorcycle street fair. Last year we had over 3000 motorcycles, scooters and trikes at the event. We have a show and shine that will have many classes of judging. Get your bike ready and have it there by 9:30 AM
Ben Jeffery will join us to emcee Two Wheel Sunday.
Ben Jeffery is a Calgary radio personality who currently works at KiSS 95.9
Ben spent close to 15 years+ at CJAY-92.
For more on Ben: http://www.kiss959.com/on-air/hosts-shows/ben-jeffery/
We also have smokies and pop on hand for the sum of a donation to the Veterans food bank. Last year we raised over $3800.00 for them and hundreds of pounds of food for them as well.
Come check all of the booths and displays from the many groups and shops involved. This is an inclusion event for all types of riders, groups and choices. Two Wheel Sunday Motorcycle Association wants to expand your range of motorcycle and scooter cultural experiences. We have brought you a unique event at which all of the groups can share their passion for Two Wheels. Just bring your passion with you on June 7th.
Ride Stop N Go will be there
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This coming May 2 will be our first Kickstart Bike Show. If you have always wondered what pieces of two wheeled art lurk in the alleyway behind your home, in that garage downtown, wakes you up in the morning or keeps you up at night, be prepared to meet the bikes and the builders face to face that create them ! Featuring local homegrown builders from across the province KICKSTART 2015 will prove to be a fine gathering of petrol heads, punks, wrench monkeys, one-kickers, bump-starters, slammers, bobbers, choppers, cafe racers and trackers (street, dirt and board varieties) all converging at CEN4 High River for an afternoon of all things custom.
Every Thursday night at A&W on 16 Ave. and 4 St N.W. Calgary
We have new, vintage, custom, Cafe, modified, cruiser, scooters, touring and just about all types of rides you think of show up here. You have to attend to see what drives in. Some creative juices might flow with the inspiration you get from being here.
See you there