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Monday, 16 March 2015

It's Spring..........Somewhere

I'm afraid to say it, but I actually think spring may have finally arrived in New Brunswick. After a cold winter from hell, it's finally starting to warm up..........a little. The seven feet of snow still on the ground is slowly starting to melt, and my urge to go riding again is hitting an all time high. 

Ya it's been a long time since I posted anything, but having relentless snowstorm after snowstorm for the entire month of February, giving us a whopping 300cm of snow, it's really hard to feel motivated to write about motorcycles, and riding.

This year is gonna be an odd year for me, I'm selling the Vstrom, the big bike that got me through the Trans Labrador Highway and picking up my first cruiserish bike. A Yamaha Bolt or XV950. I guess it's more of a bobber style bike than a cruiser, and it has mid-pegs instead of the silly feet forward ergos the other cruisers have. 

Why a Bolt? Well a few reasons. One, I really like it, kinda like a Sportster, but with better ergos, brakes, suspension, and reason two, for me over $2K cheaper. My buddy Tim Hovey owns MotoSport Plus, the local Yamaha dealer and is giving me a sweet deal on a leftover 2014 model. Third reason, I can attach a sidecar to the Bolt for a fairly inexpensive price, compared to the over $9K quoted for the the Strom. Four, I want a smaller sized bike than the Strom. Something a little lighter with a lower seat. Hey, I'm getting old. Myy flexability is not what it used to be, trying to swing a leg over a big bike is getting harder and harder.

Well the Fundy Adventure Rally promo video is now complete, finished it up in February after a lot of collaboration with Rob and Courtney of Canada Moto Rallies. Here it is for all to see.

So what's new? Well, I have reignited my long lost passion for art. I used to do a lot of painting and sketching when I was younger, but over the years I stopped for some reason. I recently discovered the Wacom digital graphics tablet. It let's me draw and paint with a stylus on a screen. It's opened up a whole new artistic world for me, and I have been busy drawing and painting again. Slowly working on developing my own style, inspired by other graphic artists.

Of course being a motorcyclist, and surfer most of my work centers around those two loves.

So the rest of 2015 for me will be going back to my real loves, motorbikes, surfing and windsurfing, so my adventures and trips will be focused around those three things.

Videos......well, I still want to make one about the "biker rally" so I hope to take part in either Atlanticade or the the Wharf Rat, to see what these cruiser, beer, tattoofests are all about. I am also hoping to finally make a SUP/Surf film over the summer. Welll at least get a lot of footage to put something together over the winter. Nova Scotia, and or Maine surf trip.

Oh and a gear review will be coming down the pipe soon. Welll as soon as I get to ride again. I picked up a new Bell full face helmet, Icon jeans and FirstGear heated glove liners. I can't wait to try it all out.

Hopefully the next entry will have me on a new bike and the start of new season underway.


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