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Welcome to the Vallee Report

The call came from Inside Motorcycles’ editor Patrick Lambie and I would be telling a fib if I said it caught me by surprise.

Thursday, 05 July 2018 13:56 Published in The Vallee Report


Touring Essentials blog: Winter Becomes Spring

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

Friday, 11 March 2016 12:28 Published in Touring Essentials with R. Bruce Thomas


Touring Essentials Blog: Winter Reading

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 bit adventurous, which also tells me there is no point in me giving you my views on these or any other books. You’ll go exploring and find the ones you like.

No matter what kind of riding you like to do, there is a book you can find that will hold your interest. If you want tales of adventure from people who have travelled around the world or personal memories or spiritual growth found on the seat of a bike, you will find a book.

There are books by some very famous people and there are books about famous people. Some relative unknowns sell their self-published books at the bike shows over the winter and some books are only available from specific websites.

Support your local author.

There are books to help you develop/improve your riding skills, which can be quite helpful so sit back and reflect on the content as you await that first ride in the spring.

You can read about racers or get to the bottom of the long-distance rider mentality.

There are books filled with photos and there are books you will want to read for the articles.

Plus, don’t forget your favourite magazine.

Just because there is snow outside and you can’t go for a ride, there is no reason to forget about riding.

What’s on your bookshelf? Here’s a selection of what is on mine (see photos above and below).

Plus, your local library can quite likely get you any/all of these and more.

Read responsibly and enjoy your literary travels.

P1040622 Medium

- By R. Bruce Thomas

What’s on your bookshelf?

Friday, 22 January 2016 11:13 Published in Touring Essentials with R. Bruce Thomas


Uncle Colin's blog: Ready for Valencia? Rossi vs Lorenzo for all the marbles

Four days from now, we should know who has won the 2015 MotoGP World Championship. I say “should" since protests and ongoing legal wrangling might delay the official results.

This type of behavior is rare in bike racing, more likely in automotive competition. However the days following October 25 and the penultimate 2015 season round in Malaysia have confirmed that we live in interesting times.

Thursday, 05 November 2015 11:57 Published in Colin Fraser


Touring Essentials blog: Riding in the rain, part 2

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.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 12:00 Published in Touring Essentials with R. Bruce Thomas


Touring Essentials Blog: Can't you read the signs?

"Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind
Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign?"

Thursday, 06 August 2015 14:51 Published in Touring Essentials with R. Bruce Thomas


Touring Essentials Blog: The Pre-Ride Checklist

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 are.

Friday, 26 June 2015 11:16 Published in Touring Essentials with R. Bruce Thomas


Touring Essentials blog: Got Heat?

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 on what turned out to be a gorgeous sunny day with a high of 19. One of the regular crew bowed out of this little excursion, stating it was getting a little late in the year.

Friday, 10 October 2014 16:48 Published in Touring Essentials with R. Bruce Thomas


Touring Essentials blog: Keeping your cool

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 group said it was one of the most distressing things they had ever seen. After a battery of tests, it was deemed that the rider had simply lost consciousness due to dehydration. Luckily, besides getting to go shopping in a few months to replace his two-month old Triumph Trophy, he only suffered a broken arm.

Thursday, 17 July 2014 15:42 Published in Touring Essentials with R. Bruce Thomas


Touring Essentials blog: LOOK OUT!

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.

Friday, 16 May 2014 10:05 Published in Touring Essentials with R. Bruce Thomas


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