Touring Essentials with R. Bruce Thomas

While doing research before a 2016 trip to Australia I discovered the wonderful writing style of Bill Bryson. Bryson's In a Sunburned Country was a terrific primer for touring Down Under (which was also the title the book had in the UK) and provided plenty of laughs throughout. I have…

I consider my library card an essential piece of my riding gear. And the card is FREE! At least in Edmonton. I can login to the Edmonton Public Library system and request materials from any city library and I can also login to talonline.ca (The Alberta Libraries Online) and request…
I started butchering some Sinatra the other day. If you've ever heard me sing you'll know it was a good thing I was outside in the driveway, alone. "And now, the end of winter is near, And so I face the final snow shoveling
What’s on your bookshelf? It's cold and miserable outside. Your bike has been parked for two months already, and many more months will go by before you are riding again. How do you pass the time? Pick up a good book. Since you ride, that tells me you are a…

In a recent Touring Essentials blog we looked at some pointers for being able to enjoy riding in the rain. One point was to ensure you have a good rain suit to wear over your gear or rain liners to put on inside your gear. This isn’t always necessary.

Now that riding season is fully underway it is time to get back to good habits to help keep you safe on the roads. Before you go for a ride, there are a number of things you should check to ensure your bike is as ready to go as you…
I had no idea how easy it was to ruin a helmet. I hope that everyone is aware that your motorcycle helmet is basically a single-use piece of protective gear. I don't mean throw it away after you've worn it once, of course. I mean if your helmet takes a…

On October 5, a group of 12 people went on a ‘Ride to Eat’ to Red Deer, AB, a one-way distance of 155 km from Edmonton along Highway 2. Since a big part of a Ride to Eat is the riding, most of us put on close to 500 km…
How far can you ride? I was recently part of a group ride where one rider decided to come along at the last minute. When asked how big his gas tank was, he wasn't certain. When asked how far he could go on a tank of gas, he didn't know.

When the temperature rises, it is important to avoid overheating and dehydration. A recent group ride took a nasty turn when one of the fellows passed out at 110 km/h. I was out in front and didn’t see the calamity, but the riders who were at the tail of the…
In his latest Touring Essentials blog installment, R. Bruce Thomas talks about rider vision, citing lessons learned during his first ride of the year a few weeks ago - lessons that can apply to all motorcyclists and road users to minimize safety risks all year long.