Category Archive for 'Written 2011'

  Somewhere between 275 and 300 motorcyclists showed up today to ride for safety. This is a general call to the BC Government to wake up, smell the coffee, and put some concrete barriers in the center lane along the Malaht. Following is a clip from CHEK TV. This issue has been alive in the […]

  Infinite sadness. We lost another motorcyclist this weekend to a head-on collision on the Malahat. The Malahat is the mountainous stretch of the Transcanada Highway that connects Victoria to Duncan. It’s a stretch of road that has a good share of accidents. From a three-year old government document (looking at 2000 – 2004), there’s a average […]

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This post has absolutely nothing to do with motorcycle safety, motorcycle riding, motorcycle ethics or anything like that. Mostly, it’s just a rant. From a microscopic point-of-view, it’s about the biking community; from a macroscopic point-of-view, it’s about any self-righteous jerk who’s just interested in positioning themselves as incredibly RIGHT while situating those from a […]

The stuff in the column typically addresses one of two things: safety and zen. It’s rare that I get philosophical, and even rarer that I post laugh out loud funny. But here’s a shift. In this small clip you will see a rider shift gears, and shift the perspective of the events as they unfold. […]

Here in Victoria, British Columbia, we’ve had a rather late summer. Which is to say it didn’t arrive before September. Now, in the midst of a glorious heat-wave, I am here to screeeeetch that needle across your favourite LP and bring you back down to earth. (And if you get the LP reference, you and […]

There’s been a rash of motorcycle accidents here in BC. Recently here on Vancouver Island, a head-on collision heading up towards the Malahat shook me (and many others) up. It had me reviewing the rules I ride by. While I expect to die one day, I want to live doing the things I love, not […]

Belt Drive Betty posted the /A\ News television newsclip on loud pipes [watch it here]. Yep, it’s that time of year again where this ugly issue reasserts itself. Last year, I too asserted my opinion on loud pipes [read it here]. I have an opinion. That opinion is that loud pipes don’t save lives. Others […]

May is motorcycle awareness month, so the next few columns are dedicated to passing along some core safety riding tips for motorcyclists. Motorcycle safety matters. Today, we’ll dress the rider, and next week we’ll address the road. Let’s take a long hard look at how fashion (literally) impacts your safety. When I taught new riders, […]

Now’s the time for us fair-weather riders to stop waving at the hardy year-round bikers from inside our cars (and yes, I do that) and haul our own machines out from their winter hibernation. But before we can hop on the backs of our lovely beasts of burden, there are certain rituals that must first […]