Bike riders need to learn to share the road

Just because you ride a bike, that doesn’t put you on the side of the angels or make you better than the rest of us

Bike riders need to learn to share the roadIn Vancouver, my hometown, city council is using the COVID-19 pandemic to fulfil a long-held fantasy: the elimination of cars and the end of vehicle traffic throughout the city. While the rest of us are coping with one of the worst economic crisis in Canadian history and bungling along with reduced public transit and dwindling…

The two-wheel war of words: Harley or not

Show up at a Harley gathering with your Yamaha or Kawasaki and you can definitely expect the cold shoulder

The two-wheel war of words: Harley or notAs a lifetime rider who has ridden just about every kind of motorcycle ever made, and spent more time than he probably should at bars and various watering holes, I’ve narrowed bikers down to two main groups: Harley-lovers and Harley-haters. Harley-Davidson riders tend to travel in packs and gather at the same places like clockwork.…

Indian Motorcycle reborn, again

Polaris now has control of the classic name and is manufacturing a seven-model lineup. There are dealers across Canada

Indian Motorcycle reborn, againNo other motorcycle name has had as storied and controversial a history as Indian. After a dizzying number of bankruptcies, owner changes and legal wrangling, Indian Motorcycle has been re-established. This time it’s under the umbrella of Polaris Inc., which purchased the company in 2011. Polaris manufactured the now-discontinued Victory line of motorcycles, and still…

Harley-Davidson moving with the times

Changes are definitely in the wind, starting with the all-electric LiveWire sport bike. Shifting rider demographics are at the heart of the changes

Harley-Davidson moving with the timesWhen we think of Harley-Davidson, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? That unmistakable rumble that drives some people to distraction but is music to the ears of hard-core enthusiasts. It’s the company’s trademark and biggest source of controversy. It’s funny then that the all-electric Harley LiveWire is front and centre on the company’s…

Residents express concerns with proposed park

Possible BMX area at O’Connor Park not supported. Drainage issues after heavy rain cited as one challenge

Residents express concerns with proposed parkKenneth Brown of The Clarion A group of residents in the O’Connor Crescent area have presented their concerns to the town’s elected officials regarding a proposed park project. The residents appeared as a delegation at a town council meeting on Jan. 14 concerned about the possibility of a BMX area being built at O’Connor Park.…

Want your motorcycle ready to go in the spring?

Here are the essential steps you need to take now to ensure that your bike is in top shape after the snow melts

Want your motorcycle ready to go in the spring?The sun is shining and the weather has never been lovelier (in my part of the country). Nonetheless, it’s time to start thinking about storing your bike for the winter. And by that I don’t mean putting it up on the kick stand, stashing it in a corner of the garage and just forgetting about…

Bikers brave the cold for charity ride

More than 90 toys were donated to the West Central Crisis and Family Support Centre

Bikers brave the cold for charity rideKenneth Brown of The Clarion The Kindersley Legion held its second annual Poker Rally and Toy Run on the weekend, and several bikers got out despite the chilly weather conditions. A total of about 30 motorcycles gathered outside the Legion Hall on Sept. 1 to participate in the Poker Rally and Toy Run. The participants…

Still riding, but with more caution all the time

Motorcycle riders in Canada are at least 15 times more likely to be involved in a crash than automobile drivers

Still riding, but with more caution all the timeIn my home province – B.C. – the attorney general recently announced that July of this year was one of the worst on record for motorcycle fatalities: 18 deaths in one month, the highest number in decades. To put this into some kind of perspective, in 2017 there were 30 motorcycle deaths in total for…

Legion poker rally and toy run returns

Bikers are asked to bring a new unwrapped toy to be donated to the West Central Crisis and Family Support Centre

Legion poker rally and toy run returnsKenneth Brown of The Clarion Kindersley area bikers looking to go on a late summer cruise, win cash and support a good cause at the same time could do it all at the beginning of September. The second annual Legion Poker Rally and Toy Run is being presented by the Kindersley Legion on Sept. 1,…

Back in the saddle, safely

Motorcycle season is upon us again – finally. Here's what you can do to make your rides stress-free (and accident-free)

Back in the saddle, safelyIt may not seem like it, but motorcycle riding season is just around the corner … really. But after a six-month absence, you may find yourself a little rusty as you head into the sunshine. It’s easy to forget how vulnerable you are on a motorcycle and, more to the point, how mind-bogglingly thoughtless and…