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Friday, 06 January 2017 13:34 Published in Current Issue

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.

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- By R. Bruce Thomas

What’s on your bookshelf?

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

REV'IT's fall/winter collection available now!

Introducing the REV'IT! FW15 collection, a cold weather line of products designed according to the brand's Tailored Technology design philosophy, where form and function merge. Fight the winter weather this year without sacrificing on safety or style; see the full collection at

Two new retro-inspired classics will keep vintage enthusiasts warm this winter: The aviation-inspired leather Pilot jacket features distinct buffalo leather and a detachable faux fleece collar, while the wax-coated cotton twill Zircon jacket is a four-pocket, waterproof textile jacket that harkens to the age of British classics. 

For a more modern feel, riders will find refinement in the Jackson and the Dayton. Both are fully waterproof jackets with a removable thermal liner, for sleek, versatile performance. 
The Orlando H2O and Orlando H2O Ladies' jeans are a new fall staple, with their fully waterproof construction and dark colorways that compliment any urban wardrobe. The Austin and Seattle models are built in the same fit as our award-winning Lombard jeans, each with a distinct style, and the CE-approved Rockefeller jeans are our strongest pair of jeans to date thanks to a full PWR | shield liner, knee armor and hip protection that comes standard. All jeans are equipped with the extremely thin CE-rated SEESMART™ protectors, the next step in protection and comfort.   
The Royale H2O and Regent H2O are new the waterproof versions of the popular Royal and Regent boots. They sport the same features as their sibling products -- reinforced heel and toe areas, anatomically shaped foot beds and ankle cups, gusseted tongues, gear shift pads -- yet are equipped with our breathable waterproof Hydratex® membrane for all-weather protection. 
Rain wear        
Face the rain in style with the new Quartz H2O and Topaz H2O Ladies' rain jackets. Thanks to an elegant pongee woven outer shell they are virtually indistinguishable as motorcycle gear, making them just as fit for the roads as the city streets.  



Thursday, 19 November 2015 14:09 Published in Products

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Tuesday, 03 December 2013 12:50 Published in News

RACER Race Carbon fall/winter glove now in Canada

Looking to extend your riding season this year? Motorcycle Innovations introduces the RACER “Race Carbon” glove to its fall/winter line. Combining race level protection with a layer of insulation means you can ride even when the conditions get quite brisk.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013 09:51 Published in Products

Victory Motorcycles releases Fall/Winter gear collection

Each riding product has been carefully designed and developed to meet the high expectation of a modern day motorcyclist including comfort and safety features.  High quality materials and finishes are combined with exclusive Victory Motorcycle design cues that deliver a distinctive style with modern riding technology.  Hidden ventilation systems, removable thermal linings and fully adjustable fit features add comfort while European safety standards are met with the removable protectors. Each product is tested to meet Victory Motorcycles’ high quality standards. 

Monday, 21 October 2013 10:29 Published in Products