One of the key focuses of the wordily titled document Gaining the Edge: A Five-year Strategy for Tourism in British Columbia 2012 – 2016 from the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation is the promotion of BC’s rural areas. At the moment I couldn’t agree more. Taking a new adventure convert out for a spin we’ve found a sand practice area, none of our group of four knew existed. While the new adventurist is seeing BC with an entirely novel sense of freedom, we’ve been reminded just how diverse our province is.
Amongst the fanfare of British Columbia Ministry of Justice’s April 30th, 2012 announcing new motorcycling laws requiring DOT, Snell M2005, Snell M2010 or ECE certified helmets are far reaching penalties for being out of the saddle. The release re-emphasizes Motor Vehicle Act Section 55, which sees standing to improve motorcycle control on unpaved surfaces as illegal. Largely rural, a majority of BC’s roads are unpaved and by the letter this law does endanger, if not make outlaws of, responsible dual sport, adventure and supermoto riders.
It’s one of the most massive mass starts any rider could concieve. I’m one of 1000 riders forming a mile-long line of dirtbikes. We’re all waiting for the firing of the start cannon, before sprinting to our bikes and launching across the open desert towards a 25-ft wide choke point in the course. Welcome to an utterly unique motorcycling experience, the Desert 100.
Agassiz, BC, April 15th – I am in the air. In fact, I’ve never spent so much time in the air on a motorcycle. Ever. Previous to the KTM Ride Orange Moto Tour 2012, airborne outings could be counted on one hand and mostly ended poorly. Below me is the 350 SX-F, likely shorthand for Sexy as F***, a weapons grade rarity from KTM’s 2012 MX line. Better, it and others like it are yours for the trying.
Aging, agism, youthfulness, mortality on the trail, and the soul of off-road riding are heavy themes for a motorcycle documentary to explore in 19 minutes, but 50 Years of Kicks examines these with a deft and graceful touch that highlights the ills in current motorcycle media.
OneWheelDrive.Net visits the family owned and operated Knead Baking Company in Ojai, California for a sweet start to the day before hitting the road.
This is a farewell to one of the enduro riding trails where I cut my dirt riding teeth. Conveniently located off Highway 99, the Cheakamus Canyon trail offered excitement, challenge and just a hint of danger. Inevitably, it’s been dumbed down as part of the Sea to Sky Trail, connecting the communities from Squamish to D’Arcy.
YouTuber HalfThrottle has an adventure bike sentiment that we can probably all get behind. Sure the video happens to be about his KLR, but we all have our bikes and if we’re lucky they hold a special place in our hearts and take us on grand adventures.
I don’t like salesman Jack much; my inner voice has dubbed him Jack, short for “Jackass”. Despite my introduction including I’m a former BMW R1200GS rider, he’s walked me over to a bike that, “would be perfect for me.” It is a KLR 250. A 250. I repeat, a 250. So what’s delivered me into the hands of the sexist now HOLDING THE HANDLEBARS FOR ME? As if I, a girl, couldn’t possibly hold the meagre 250 up by myself.
Given my resume marks out about five years as a storyboard and comic book artist, it’s nice to gain insight into how an artist like Icon’s Lukas Ketner found success in the motorcycle industry. From his penning of Icon’s “urban” helmet design and promotional materials you’d expect a tattooed badass, what you find in this video is rather different and insightful.
@Shuether on Twitter asked, “@NeilJohnston do you know if any of the KTM XC-W 2t series are plateable in AB or BC? The [Husky] WR300 is, so it would be an awesome trail weapon!” I didn’t have immediate knowledge of the issue so we quickly e-mailed the Insider for an answer.
Against our better advertising sales judgement, we’ve been honest about the problems we’ve encountered with our Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring (MTS 1200). As an eternal optimist though, I’ve felt a swell of anticipation dropping the bike off to Vancouver Ducati BMW for a slew of recalls and upgrades. If there’s a major quirk or…