How the Harper Government & Motorcycle Industry are Crushing Online Publishers

I finally believe the press that the Canadian motorcycle industry is swirling down the drain of an economic downturn. The symptoms of an ailing industry have increasingly affected Canadian online media as motorcycle companies close regional offices, as press fleets dwindle and tension over perceived damage to test bikes increases. For those of us publishing on the web exclusively, the situation has worsened, as Rob Harris of CMGOnline.com, points out in his editorial CMG Call to Arms, which reveals the massive cash injection of Canadian print publications are receiving from the Harper Government to assist their move from print to the web.

The Story of “Last Chance to Ride: Fish Lake”

A Chilcotin lake poised to be destroyed by a mine, that is ironically called Prosperity, that intends to fill it with rock waste and use as a tailings pond. An “easy” dirt road ride across British Columbia gone wrong, due to thousands of downed trees. These are the makings of “Last Trip to a Lost Lake” our recent article in the March issue of Cycle Canada (on stands now). Of course, there’s a story behind the story.

Road to Ruins – 2: Slab City

Slab City, “turn on, tune in, drop out”, this is a place to get at least one of those right. Gaining its appellation from the concrete slabs remaining from the flattened and abandoned WWII Marine Barracks Camp Dunlap, the slabs play host to hippies in shanty-town shacks, octogenarians RVs and hermits with a social life. But, the most notable resident is a man building a technicolor dream mountain.

Long Term Multistrada 1200 S: Princess or Borg Queen?

After hefting the Honda Varaderos through the Baja, I came to a conclusion – I hate big bikes in sand. Of course, taking the back way out of Slab City is what you’d expect of a desert; sand and deep sand at that. The surprise? Perhaps, we’ve been too quick in dubbing Ducati’s Multistrada 1200 S Touring “the Princess”.

BMW G450X meets a Bobsled

BMW stuntman Chris Pfeiffer heads up a hill on a G450X, a BMW sponsored bobsled heads down the hill thanks to gravity… all on the same track. What could possibly go wrong?

Road to Ruins – 1: The Salton Sea

We’re in a bar, because if you’re going to kick off a series called “Road to Ruins” it needs to start in a bar. A properly seedy bar, one in a town where dreams haven’t just been dashed or faded, they’ve been bludgeoned to death and their corpses dissolved in a toxic stew.

Adventure Photo: Multistrada on the Slab

While filming our upcoming adventure series, Road to Ruins, Kevin Miklossy captured this stunning shot of the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S at Slab City in south-eastern California.

Long Term Testing: Wolfgang and the Princess

Sometimes names stick, and if bikes have a temperament then our BMW R1200GS Adventure and the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring have earned theirs. So, respectively meet Wolfgang and the Princess.

Road to Ruins: What’s in a Name? Fate.

West Hollywood – Sitting in a West Hollywood Starbucks the answer appears to be, “Fate”. Fate is what’s in a name. Shakespeare may have written, “What’s in a name? that which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet”, but do you think that’s really case? Red stink-poesy, that wouldn’t cut…

Neil and the Machine vs Florence and the Machine a Tweet-u-mentary

Tickets for up and comers and new U2 opening band Florence and the Machine Concert at the Wiltern have been offered up.  The problem is the concert is in Los Angeles on November 8th and the weather until now has been uncooperative. Watching the weather radar and forecasts like a hawk has revealed a rarity, a three day break.

The End of Motorcycling? Not a Chance.

Pick up a phone and talk to a PR Manager for a motorcycle company, and inevitably “budget” comes up in the conversation. In a chat, a fellow publisher is concerned over a lack of press launches this year; they boost readership, but this journalistic perk also represents a major industry expense. Adding to the gloom…

Multistrada 1200 S Feedback Fills the Gaps

Reviewing is constrained by time and word count, which leads to gaps in evaluations no matter how thorough you try to be. Luckily, we’ve a couple standout commenters join the conversation following our Multistrada 1200 S review. The review is as comprehensive as we could make it, indeed we needed to break it into two…