The August 2015 issue of Canadian Biker has rolled off the press. On the cover is one of the bikes built by Canadian Harley-Davidson retailers as part of the Street Battle – a friendly but competitive effort among dealers to illustrate what can be done with the Harley-Davidson Street 500 and 750 models if you have a vision and a few extra dollars handy. The approaches taken by the participating
dealers varied from subtle to outlandish. Of the 25 entries in the competition we picked a few of our favourites which is just going to illustrate that everyone has a different idea of what makes a good custom machine. The effort certainly proves that the Street can be turned into something quite spectacular with a little imagination.
Finally after all the hype Bertrand got to ride the vaunted Kawasaki H2 – although much to his disappointment not the even more vaunted H2R. So how did this seemingly lock on legendary bike stack up to all the hype? Is it really that good? The results may surprise you.
As a nod to the aforementioned hype, we also take a look at both the last attempt the manufacturers made at providing the consumers with force air induction bikes and horsepower in general – how it’s calculated and what it does. For the former we have to travel that bumpy road back in time to the early 1980’s to find the word “TURBO” blazoned across machines
from all four Japanese manufacturers. The technology was there – sort of – but in the end the demand wasn’t. For the latter we look at formulas and horses and other, you know, scientific stuff.
Want to drag a 500 plus pounds of motorcycle over a huge pile of boulders? Up an extremely steep logging trail? Through a river? Across a bridge built of slippery logs. Need a few physical challenges along the way that have nothing to do with motorcycles? Want to do all this because it is fun? Bertrand looks back on his experiences in last summer’s GS Trophy where all of the above occurred. Yes it was a challenge and it was hard and a little nerve wracking but after years of traveling around the world to ride motorcycles one of the best times he ever had on a motorcycle was right here in BC and Alberta.
Geocaching. It is an activity that involves using a GPS to finds little treasures and prizes hidden in obscure or plain sight locations across the country. It turns out that a motorcycle is just the vehicle to get to to many of these spots with notes and goodies hidden in tin boxes so we follow one rider on her geocaching adventure.
What else? An obscure motorcycle collection – or perhaps better stated, a collection of obscure motorcycles, the 2015 inductees to the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame, the CMDRA opening round and more in the August 2015 issue of Canadian Biker.