Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Reassembling a Honda Z50 Minitrail "Monkey Bike" By James May

James May explores the intricacies and engineering marvels of various objects by putting them back together again from a pile of hundreds of their component parts. In this episode, he slowly rebuilds a Honda Z50 Minitrail "Monkey Bike" 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Moto Bella: Accompanying Services - Book Today!

Think of An Accompanying Rider as Your Guardian Angel
(Cliquez ici pour le français!)
Obtaining a driver's license for a motorcycle (Class 6A) in Quebec is a straightforward, if not lengthy process. Like most provinces in Canada, you need to complete a theory course and practicum. The latter can be completed in one riding season. However, unlike other provinces where you are allowed to ride solo after finishing your closed-track test (step 4), la Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) in its infinite wisdom has opted to make it mandatory for new motorcyclists to wait eleven (11) months before being eligible to take their road test (step 5). Making matters worse, during these eleven months new motorcyclists must be accompanied by a full licensed motorcyclist. Otherwise if you are stopped by the police, for any reason, you can lose your probationary license, have your motorcycle impounded and face a hefty fine.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

But I'm Not Depressed: A Memoir of Disintegration By Lia Rees

Brain injury plunged me into a world of distortion and chaos, where my own thoughts and senses could no longer be trusted. Searching for medical help, I found doubt and manipulation instead. "But I’m Not Depressed" is a bleak but ultimately hopeful tale, and a slap in the face to the culture of psychobabble.
- Lia Rees

Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Yamaha Riding Academy For Kids at The Montreal Motorcycle Show 2017!

The Motorcycle Show is a family affair with plenty to see and do for kids of all ages.  Kids 6 to 12 will absolutely love the YRA where they get outfitted in the latest motocross gear and learn how to ride the latest Yamaha TT-R off-road motorcycle, in a safe and secure environment, in the company of trained and certified instructors.
- Montreal Motorcycle Show

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

A Touch Of Art: Martil Metal Engraving

Pic © Martil Metal Engraving
Every now and then you come across something exceptional in the motorcycling community. Catur is from Java - Indonesia. He does what the majority of us can only dream of; he engraves beautiful artistic patterns onto any metal motorcycle part you want! All his work is done by hand and not by machines and chemicals.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Mad Bastard Scooter Rally 2017!

What happens when you unleash hundreds of crazed scooter fanatics armed with 50ccs of pure unadulterated mayhem onto the backroads and byways of Ontario? You get a lifetime of memories squeezed into a mere 20 hours of non-stop riding, ruckusing and rabble-rousing. For more information on the Mad Bastard Scooter Rally, or to join up, visit our website and Facebook

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Moto Guzzi V7 Stornello / MotoGeo Review

After the dual-sport Slab City Adventure, MotoGeo brings you the lowdown on the limited edition and very stylish V7 Stornello from Moto Guzzi. 
- MotoGeo

Just when I thought I would be satisfied with just Bella in my stable... ;-)

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Wall Of Death Girl (1963) By BRITISH PATHÉ

"Ms. Cindy Willis, 17, riding scooter along the sea front. Panning shot Cindy riding off street into 'Kursaal' fairground. Cindy parks scooter outside 'Wall of Death' stunt show. Cindy enters cylindrical 'Wall of Death'. Inside she greets 'Tornado' Smith as she removes her coat and helmet. Cindy and 'Tornado' chat and prepare their bikes for the stunt. Cindy rides around in circles, the momentum allows her to ride the walls of the cylinder. Various shots of Cindy riding helmet-less around 'Wall of Death'. Various shots spectators watching from top of wall. Various shots 'Tornado' riding wall. Various shots of both riders going around wall. Narrator comments that after filming, ironically, Cindy failed her scooter test!"

Does anyone know what happened to Cindy Willis (I think her real first name was Sylvia)? Or if she ever passed her test?! Adrian Riley says she moved to America. If you have any information, let us know in the comment section below!