Mark DT

Who Moderates Farkle My Ride? This site is managed and moderated by a husband and wife team. Both ride and own their own motorcycles. Mark DT, started riding as an adult as a result of growing up in a house where motorcycles were forbidden. He is employed as an airline pilot, and resides in Western Canada. His family has slowly learned to accept his two wheel passion. He has owned a Kawasaki Vulcan, and Versys, and now owns a Triumph Tiger 1050SE. He also rents various motorcycles whenever the opportunity presents itself while travelling. He has spent time behind the bars of various BMW, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Triumph motorcycles. Anne DT, earned her motorcycle license years before getting a drivers license. She is a multilingual Scandinavian who now resides in Western Canada and works in Marketing. Anne loves sport bikes and Italian scooters. She currently rides a Ninja 250r, and once owned a 150cc Vespa Scooter.

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May 12

How to jump start your motorcycle

First Ride of the Season Follies, I should have known better… by Mark DT   Stranded roadside with a dead motorcycle battery all I thought to myself was, how could I be so stupid?  For those that follow this site, you know that we moved from our home in what locals term the “Lower Mainland”, …

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Jan 12

The most honest motorcycle review ever…

This video is pure gold.  Imagine how much better moto-journalism could be if all motorcycle reviews were this honest and funny?  No doubt it would make the manufacturers stop making stupid decisions as well.  Enjoy!  

Nov 01

Perhaps the worlds smartest politician…

Listen to this Australian Politician who speaks common sense in defense of motorcycles.          

Oct 31

The season ends…densification pushes us away.

Thankfully my lowest mileage season in years ends… …and leads to a life changing decision.   by Mark DT   Normally it always feels a little sad putting the motorcycle to sleep for the winter.  I have my rituals down.  There are a couple of nice close by local roads that I make sure to …

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Aug 04

The London Motorcycle Museum

If you love Norton, BSA, Triumph and other classic British Motorcycles, then take a trip to the London Motorcycle Museum. by Mark DT   The London Motorcycle Museum is one that I’ve long wanted to visit.  This past week I finally got my chance as my wife Anne and I were in London together for …

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May 16

Kickstand Pads for your motorcycle

Take the worry out of parking on hot asphalt or soft ground with a kickstand pad for your motorcycle.   by Mark DT   If you like to ride and tour you know that parking when on the road can be a challenge. If you like camping with your motorcycle, you can just picture your …

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Mar 20

Take your ride global with Air Canada

Air Canada makes life better for motorcyclists wanting to tour the globe with special shipping rates for motorcycles.   by Mark DT       First off a quick disclaimer.  I am an Air Canada pilot.  I’ve been a pilot with this company for seventeen years now, and my father was a pilot with them …

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Mar 04

Happiness is the first ride of the season

The First Motorcycle Ride of the season…  Are you and your motorcycle ready to ride? by Mark DT   Nothing is better than that first ride on your motorcycle after taking it out of its winter hibernation in the garage.  It’s a topic I seem to cover each and every year.  We have been extremely …

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Feb 03

Motorcyclists’ Guide to beat the Winter Blues

Got the winter blues? Do you find yourself daydreaming about when you can go riding again? Here are our 10 tips to make the wait until spring a little easier. by Mark DT   Living in the cold north ain’t easy for a motorcyclist. Winters can be very long.  Between shovelling the driveway and dealing …

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Jan 23

Vancouver Motorcycle Show 2015

Best pictures we’ve taken today from the Vancouver Motorcycle show.   Anne and I just returned from the Vancouver Motorcycle show held at the Tradex in nearby Abbotsford, BC.  Lots of interesting new motorcycles were on hand to check out.  My favourites were the new H2R from Kawasaki, the custom shop 750’s on hand from …

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Sep 06

Honda recall of 126,000 motorcycles

You may meet the nicest people on a Honda, but if you ride GL-1800, you might need to get your brakes inspected by the dealer.   A new Honda recall is affecting owners of 2001-2010 and 2012 GL-1800 motorcycles.  A letter explaining a potential problem with their rear brake and the resulting recall work required …

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Aug 27

Save up to 80% off on motorcycle magazines

Cycle World, Motorcyclist, Motorcycle Consumer News, Rider plus others at massive discounts.   by Mark DT   Part of t why I started this motorcycle blog is that I am known to my friends to be exceedingly frugal.  Others may use the term cheap, but I disagree as cheapskates skip on quality, while frugal individuals …

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Aug 05

The Four Coolest Motorcycle Helmets

Time for a new motorcycle helmet?  Check these four out.   Submitted By Steve H of Helmethelp.com   For the most part, motorcycle helmets all look the same. Beside a few different features here and there, the average person wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between an Arai helmet and a Shoei helmet. Well …

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Jun 26

Funny Biker T-Shirt With Passenger Instructions

Need help explaining to your lady how to ride pillion?  This should help. By Anne DT   Here is a funny t-shirt that should get you lots of attention this summer. It has detailed instructions for lady passengers on the back that should come in handy for someone special riding pillion. This biker t-shirt is …

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Jun 23

Anti Monkey Butt Powder with Calamine

Get past the funny name, this stuff is a life saver.   by Mark DT   I just got home from a great five-day ride of over 2000 km.  I will be sharing details of that ride for the Dreams Take Flight charity elsewhere on this blog, but for today I bring you a quick …

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May 25

Controlling motorcycle road rage

Do you ever experience motorcycle road rage?  Let’s talk about learning to chill out in a sea of stupidity when riding your motorcycle. by Mark DT   We all know that as motorcyclists we must ride like we are invisible all the time.  We must always assume the other drivers don’t see us and have …

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Apr 25

Perfect Motorcycle T-shirt for my man

This Motorcycle T-Shirt sums up how he feels nicely. By Anne DT   My husband Mark often hints that we should get another couple of motorcycles. I think two are plenty, but whenever Mark gets his hands on a new motorcycle magazine, glances at eBay or Craiglist, or goes to a motorcycle show he starts …

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Apr 13

Ready for the first motorcycle ride of the season?

Spring is here, are you and your motorcycle ready for the roads? by Mark DT   There is nothing better than that first motorcycle ride of the season.  Some years, I’ve kept my insurance on for the entire winter and have ridden in some pretty miserable weather.  However, when I finally figured out I was …

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Mar 20

Motorcyclists… are you seen by other motorists?

LED's dim + low beam

Should motorcyclists be seen and not heard?  Today we look at survival tips for sharing traffic jammed roads with many distracted drivers.   by Mark DT   The riding season is just getting started in many parts of North America.  Motorists are more distracted than ever before, and having a few strategies to get noticed …

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Mar 17

$1000 distracted driver laws coming to Central Canada?

Makes sense to us. Now enforce it.

Canada’s Largest Province is bringing down the law on distracted drivers.  Will drivers smarten up?     Canada’s largest province by size and population is Ontario.  Their provincial government is now introducing legislation that will increase the minimum fine for distracted driving from $155 to $300 or even as much as $1000.  These new distracted …

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Mar 17

Best of YouTube…Ulitimate Close Call Compilation 2014

Be glad you weren’t behind the bars or wheel of these video captures… If you like these be sure to go back and watch Crazy Russian Road Accidents These are not all motorcycle related, but still you can’t believe the good luck some people have avoiding the worst at the last moment.  Especially the rider …

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Mar 15

ZANheadgear, top notch helmet liners

ZANheadgear Coolmax Helmet Liner and ZANheadgear Micro Fleece and Neoprene Helmet Liner

ZANheadgear makes both hot weather and cold weather liners that motorcycle riders should know about. by Mark DT   Keeping comfortable and fatigue free when riding is important.  If you are too hot or cold, this will create a distraction.  We all know that texting, screaming kids, and tailgating drivers can be big distractions to …

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Mar 14

Alpinestars GP-R Leather Jacket Review

Alpinestars GP-R Perforated Leather Jacket...Yes you can wear leather when its hot and stay cool.

Alpinestars GP-R Leather Jacket.  A hot weather jacket for motorcycle riders that is cool, breathes… and is leather?  Yes, you can be safe and cool while riding. Sent in by Mike from California:   The Alpinestars GP-R leather jacket works well for those of us that insist on wearing leather gear all year round.  In …

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Mar 09

Inspecting and maintaining your Motorcycle Tires

Leaned right over, your contact patch is a fraction of what your car experiences.

Motorcycle Tires, how they differ from your car’s tires, how to inspect them, and when to replace them. by Anne DT   Making sure your tires are in top shape is very critical on a motorcycle.  The contact patch where your rubber meets the road is much smaller, and the consequences of an accident due …

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Mar 04

Motorcycle USA’s 2014 Calendar Girls

Have you seen the Motorcycle USA Calendar Girls photo shoots?  Check out the videos for each month below.  We think these videos are definitely worthy of being added to our “Best of YouTube for riders” category. Updated by Anne DT March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 Believe it or not, clicking this link will lead …

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Feb 28

Leather Honey Leather Conditioner reviewed…

Leather Honey Leather Conditioner is one of those great inexpensive products that works as advertised.

Leather Honey Leather Conditioner sent in by Larry aka the “Hogman”   My motorcycle (HD of course), and my gear have one thing in common,  lots of leather.  Keeping it up is easy.  I sent in this small review as many of my riding brothers didn’t know about this stuff. For treating all my leather, …

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Feb 20

Water Transfer Printing…an end to the airbrush?

Watch this video, you will be amazed!   This video was shared on our facebook page today by motorcyclist Chris Olson.  Skip to the 9 minute mark to see this magic being applied to helmets, and motorcycle tanks.  Truly amazing technology that could re-write the rules of what is possible with custom paint.     …

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Feb 10

Slime 40001 Motorcycle Tire Inflator

Slime 4001 Power Sport Tire Inflator was designed with the touring motorcyclist in mind.

Slime 40001 Motorcycle Tire Inflator… Weird name, but a handy device for touring riders. by Mark DT   The Slime 40001 Motorcycle Tire Inflator may win the title for strangest product name, but if you are a touring rider it is worth checking out.  This is not a device intended for garage use.  In the home …

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Feb 07

2014 Honda VFR 800

Honda's 2014 VFR 800F in red. Will it bring back the faithful?

Honda’s latest VFR 800 goes back to its roots, will the faithful return? by Mark DT with consultation by my good friend Mikey S.   Before writing this article I consulted with my good friend Mikey.  Mike is a lover of all things Honda, and more importantly he loves the VFR 800, and has owned …

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Feb 04

Heated Grips by Oxford and R&G

Oxford Heated Grip for cruisers.

Say goodbye to cold numb hands by adding a set of heated grips to your ride. by Mark DT For those of us who like to extend our riding season as long as possible, and live in parts of the country where winter is a reality, a set of heated grips is a must.  Old …

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Feb 04

WingShields Hand Protectors

Riding in the rain or cold?  Take a look at these… WingShields Hand Protectors by Mark DT It’s crazy that often the most effective solutions to problems are simple ones.  I used to ride a Vulcan cruiser, and when the temperature dropped or it rained, I kept it in the garage otherwise my hands would …

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Dec 08

5 Reasons Not To Work On Your Motorcycle In The Kitchen

Follow these steps to keep your marriage and motorcycle in top shape. By Adam Ericson Unless you have a deep and abiding aversion to oil and tools, part of the fun of owning a motorcycle is being able to tinker with it from time to time. You can take it to bits, work out why …

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Nov 23

2013 Macau Motorcycle GP Up Close

Great Video from the 2013 Macau Motorcycle GP Article by Anne DT   If you didn’t get a chance to make it to the 2013 Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix and would have liked to have seen it up close then you will love this video. Below is a YouTube sourced video of Didier Grams on …

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Nov 21

2014 Honda Gold Wing Valkyrie

Honda brings back the Valkyrie in 2014, a missed cruiser with few rivals… by Mark DT From 1996 to 2003 the Honda Valkyrie was Big Red’s most impressive and unique cruiser.  Instead of making a copy cat v-twin they did something totally different.  They built a chopped down cruiser using the horizontally opposed six cylinder …

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Nov 19

Alabama Motorcycle Cop Keeps Job After Drag Racing

By Anne DT A rider on a Honda CBR600RR raced a motorcycle Police Officer on a Harley Davidson last weekend. Check out the video of the drag race below. A motorcycle cop in Montgomery, Alabama was on a quiet patrol last Sunday when a rider at a stop light suggested that they had a little …

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Oct 21

Skully Helmets brings HUD with Rear View in 2014

Skully Helmets introduces a true “Heads Up Display” (HUD) helmet for riders in 2014 and they are looking for beta testers.  (A link on how to apply is included in this article) By Mark DT Skully Hemlets has just announced their new futuristic motorcycle helmet with a built-in 180-degree rear-view camera. The design of the …

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Oct 17

Beginner Bike Wars… Honda introduces the CBR 300

2014 Honda CBR 300

Honda makes things interesting and raises the displacement of its popular entry model to 300 with its new 2014 CBR 300. by Mark DT   We’ve written a lot about what I like to term “beginner bike wars”.  First off I love entry level motorcycles.  Why? Because beginner motorcycles bring in new riders by allowing …

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Oct 02

6 Tips And Tricks For Long Distance Motorcycle Trips

By Frank Peterson   If someone hasn’t been on a long distance motorcycle trip before they could run into trouble, so I’ve mentioned a few tips and tricks that will help them out. Riding long distances can be tough and if you’ve never done something similar before you might be in for a shock. There …

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Sep 15

Protecting Your Motorcycle From Bad Weather Is Easy

Protecting your motorcycle from inclement weather is easier than you think. By Clark Douglas Motorcycles are a lot of fun to ride, but if you own one, you also know that they do require a lot of your attention in order to keep them looking great and running smoothly. These vehicles are also susceptible to …

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Sep 12

Speed Kills… Your Pocketbook?

Another day, another great day for YouTube.  This video had nearly 100,000 views in its first two days, and aims to dispel the so called mantra of “speed kills” which is often pushed by the mainstream media and law enforcement. The video which was produced in my home area, is a fantastic science based look …

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Aug 09

Staying cool on a Motorcycle

You don’t have to sacrifice your safety for comfort on hot weather days. by Anne DT   My husband often jokes that the range of outside air temperatures where I enjoy riding my motorcycle the most is from 21.5C (70.7F) to 23.9C (75.02F).  Anything above that range and I’m too hot and below that and …

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Jul 21

Crazy Russian Road Accidents

This video contains some unbelievable content.  In fact I still can’t wrap my head around the incident at 1:12 into the video.  Even more crazy is seeing how they walk away.  Best watched in full screen and 720p.  Keep sending us your favorite videos to share. Even harder to believe, is that everyone apparently walks …

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Jul 18

4 Most Thrilling Motorcycle Chases Ever Seen On The Big Screen!

By Rick Night Something that excites all action movie enthusiasts is a good, edge of the seat chase scene. Moreover, if it is a motorcycle chase scene, then the thrill is something else. High-speed manoeuvring of the motorcycle on narrow roads, meeting dead ends, sudden breaks and close cuts, this is the stuff that can …

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Jul 10

CruzTOOLS Outback’r Folding Metric Tool Set

The Swiss Army Knife for Motorcyclists

Is this the Swiss Army Knife for Motorcyclists everywhere? Motorcycle tool review: CruzTOOLS Outback’r Folding Metric Tool Set by Mark DT Click Here to Skip Review and Buy Now on Amazon.com   As a kid of the 70’s and 80’s where technology was limited to Pong and Atari, a gift you often begged your parents …

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Jul 04

Alpinestars Racing Replica One Piece Suit, with video

A one piece suit for those that want the best protection they can get on the track or streets. Submitted by “Track Day” Jim   Here is my quick review.  The Alpinestars Racing Replica One-Piece Suit (Amazon.com link) is not inexpensive, I paid nearly $3000 with taxes for it, however I feel that it was …

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Jun 21

FIAMM Low Tone Horn, easy mount, low cost and LOUD!

Searching for an inexpensive and easy to mount horn for your ride. FIAMM has the answer with its Freeway Blaster FIAMM Low Tone Horn. (includes video) by Mark DT   I am not a “loud pipes saves lives” type of rider.  I have no doubt that a loud exhaust does make you more noticeable to …

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Jun 17

Motorcycle Helmet with HUD being developed…

Will this “Google Glasses” style Helmet visor interface be the future of motorcycle riding? (with video) By Mark DT Imagine having a first class Snell/ECE rated motorcycle helmet that projects all navigation information onto the inside of the face shield?  How about being able to speak your commands to it much like SIRI, or My …

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Jun 15

Ladies! Motorbikes Are Not Just For Men – Here Is What You Need To Know!

By Miley Stevens     More and more women are getting into motorbiking. It has always been a form of transport that more men are into than women, but all that is changing. It’s largely because of the cost saving – it’s far cheaper to buy and maintain a motorbike than it is a car. …

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Jun 10

How To Avoid a Dead Motorcycle Battery

Keep your Motorcycle Battery Charged with a Solar Powered Trickle Charger. By Chris Cooke If your motorcycle sits for a while have you found yourself in a situation where you are unable to start it because the battery is dead?  An easy way to avoid that is to hook it up to a solar powered …

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Jun 08

Be Safe And Informed – Four Great Apps For Motorcyclists

By Mark Wilde Motorcycling has long been a pastime of millions of people who love the open road and the freedom of going where they wish with minimal impediment. In recent years, though, more and more people are picking up the hobby for other reasons: increased fuel efficiency and reduced cost of ownership when compared …

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May 29

Airhawk Seat Cushion Review

Motorcycle Air Cushion

By Frank Gibson If you find your motorcycle seat uncomfortable and walk like you’ve just gotten off a horse when you’ve only gone on a short ride… then you may want to check out the Airhawk seat cushion.   I love going on long rides with my friends but after 45 minutes into the ride …

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May 27

Totally NSFW…

Nude rider in the Czech Republic doesn’t raise an eyebrow with the locals? Last year we received a lot of comments about this story about a rider ticketed for nude riding without a helmet.  Keeping it classy as always we bring you this gem that will likely be taken off YouTube within days.  It is …

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May 10

A Tale of Three Triumphs, personal reviews of the Thruxton, Explorer and Street Triple.

Western Powersports Demo day

When my favorite local Triumph dealer has a demo day, you don’t let a little bit of rain stop you. by Mark DT Last year I published a quick guide to manufacturers’ demo days.  I am a full blown demo day junkie, and never miss a chance to attend one when work doesn’t get in …

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May 03

Motorcycle Group Riding 101

Tips for your first Motorcycle Group Riding Experience by Anne DT   Group rides are always good fun. You meet a bunch of new people, see some new places and my favorite part; check out some farkles on other riders’ bikes when you stop for coffee! For new riders a motorcycle group ride can be …

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Apr 15

Intergenerational Cager Stupidity!

8 Year Old Kid Driving Ferrari F430 in Kerala, India   Some days I think I should really change our YouTube category from Best Of YouTube For Riders, to the worst of YouTube.  In a short video that makes the parents on Toddlers with Tiara’s look like Dr. Spock, we bring you this unfortunate gem …

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Apr 13

Pulstar Spark Plugs for Motorcycles

plug comparison

Get more BANG from your combustion stroke with a Pulstar Pulse Plug By Mark DT Years ago in high school shop class we were taught the four strokes of the common internal combustion engine.  Intake, compression, combustion, and exhaust.  Being goofy hormone charged teenagers we remembered this as: suck, squeeze, bang and blow.  Cheesy yes, …

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Apr 10

2013 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 636 vs The Isle of Man

This amazing display of rider skill is a must see… This is by far one of the best motorcycle videos put on YouTube this year in our opinion.  Make sure to watch in 720p HD and if you can stream this onto your best TV with Apple TV or a similar TV/internet interface.  The bigger …

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Apr 01

Road Rage Karma

This video has over half a million views.  Not motorcycle related but very funny/creative way to deal with those DB’s that don’t know how to respectfully share the road.  Be sure to watch to the end.

Mar 31

Easter Bunny Pulled Over For Not Wearing a Helmet

All the gear, all the time – even for the Easter Bunny. The motorcyclist dressed in a bunny costume was pulled over on Saturday by the California Highway Patrol for riding without a helmet. The San Diego CHP officer told the giant Easter bunny that “his outfit was a visual impairment, he was not able …

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Mar 21

First Ride of the Season, Hawaiian Motorcycle Rental

2012 Triumph Bonneville rented from Chase Rentals in Waikiki,Farkle My Ride

When work sends you from Canada to Hawaii in winter, it pays to remember to pack your motorcycle gear. by Mark DT When I am not moderating this site, I am tending to my full time job which fortunately for me brings a lot of travel.  While the temperatures at home have been staying above …

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Mar 21

Air Compressors for Motorcyclists

Air Compressor motorcycle

Garage Farkles we love, Air Compressors for Motorcyclists by Mark DT   Spring has arrived.  Many of you living in places that get real winter weather are no doubt itching to DE-winterize your motorcycle.  If the motorcycle has been put to bed properly in the fall this should be a fairly easy job.  First ensure …

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Mar 10

Flash2Pass – A garage door opener for motorcyclists

Flash2Pass Review

By Brian Quinn Review of the lazy rider’s garage door opener, Flash2Pass. I have always found it a pain to get into the garage after a ride. Wearing gloves, it takes me some time to dig the garage door opener out of my pocket, fumble with it, and then occasionally dropping it on the ground. …

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Feb 27

Honda CBR600F: A Good Choice

The Honda CBR600F is a motorbike you can use for virtually any task. It performs spectacularly on the race track, is good for touring, and also makes a great city commuter. With so many competing models, however, is purchasing a Honda CBR600F still a good choice?   By Mark Cuthill   Overview The first CBR600F …

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Feb 26

Left lane hogs… Is this a problem in your backyard?

Stuck behind a slow poke in the passing lane?  It’s a problem here in British Columbia, as well as in Toronto, Ontario. by Mark DT   Recently I brought to my rider friends attention the fact that despite all the statistical evidence, most of North America including my beloved home province of British Columbia, Canada …

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Feb 18

Ultimate Rides, A 4000 km Motorcycle New Zealand Ride Report

Farkle My Ride’s first rider submitted article for “Ultimate Rides” will get you all dreaming.  Have you ever wanted to motorcycle New Zealand? Words and Pictures by Philip Drake   After many months of planning, 6 guys rode for 9 days and 8 nights away around some of the best scenery and roads you could …

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Feb 18

Part II Videos from the Motorcycle New Zealand Ride Report

Part II, all the videos from the Motorcycle New Zealand 4000 km Ride Report. Video by Philip Drake When Philip Drake sent us in his 4000 km ride report of his Motorcycle New Zealand trip, he also included seven videos.  We created this page as a separate showcase for these videos.  If you haven’t already, …

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Feb 14

Lane Splitting Guidelines Announced in California

The California Highway Patrol has released the first written guidelines for motorcycle lane splitting. by Anne DT Lane splitting is the manoeuvre that allows riders to pass slower moving cars by riding between them or moving between lanes to the front of traffic stopped at a red light.  California is the only state in the …

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Feb 06

New Category: Ultimate Rides submitted by our users

Want to find a perfect road? Do you have a motorcycle destination to share? Ultimate Rides was made for riders to share their favourite roads online. by Mark DT I have a number of riding buddies who give me great feedback about Farkle My Ride.  A comment I’ve heard is that the site should have …

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Feb 04

Very funny DIY motorcycle oil change video

Thanks to James P. who shared this video with us via our Facebook page.   This video had us laughing our asses off.  It is a brilliant take on doing your own DIY motorcycle oil change, that is a perfect counterpoint to our recent article on motorcycle maintenance.  Words can’t do it justice, just give …

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Feb 02

BMW Motorrad sells Husqvarna Motorcycles to Pierer Industrie AG

BMW C-Scooter

Yesterday’s announcement from BMW Motorrad tells us that they are saying goodbye to Husqvarna Motorcycles.  Husqvarna is a 110 year old famous offroad motorcycle company from Sweden.  BMW’s press release goes on to say that this move is intended to allow the company to focus more on the growing scooter market. From the press release: The …

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Feb 01

How to fix and maintain your own motorcycle…

Farkle My Ride’s three steps towards becoming a self sufficient motorcyclist, learning the art of motorcycle maintenance. Understanding how to do basic maintenance on your motorcycle will save you a lot of money. What’s stopping you from getting started? by Mark DT   Whether or not you have ever tried working on a motorcycle before, …

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Jan 31

Motorcycles Shut Down Freeway for Marriage Proposal

Check out this YouTube video of a 300 motorcycle convoy that blocked a freeway for a marriage proposal. Here is the text from the poster of this video: Published on Jan 29, 2013 After several hundred motorcyclists shut down the 10 Freeway so one biker could propose to his girlfriend on the pavement, the California …

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Jan 14

Motorcycle themed ads Part III

It came from the YouTubes…   Here we continue with some great motorcycle themed ads to keep you smiling through our season of winter riding withdraw. While none of these are R-rated, parents may wish to screen this material before having their kids watch. The riding skills on this first ad will memorize you. Too …

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Jan 10

2013 Triumph Tiger Sport

Envy or excitement, how a Tiger owner welcomes the new 2013 Triumph Tiger Sport 1050 by Mark DT   Those of you who read this site know I am a Triumph fan, and that my personal ride is a 2011 Triumph Tiger 1050 SE.  For me it has been the best motorcycle I’ve owned.   …

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Dec 31

Best of Motorcycle Comparison Videos from 2012

It came from the YouTube’s… Here are some of the best motorcycle comparisons we found on the web for 2012.   Go big or go home, first we look at the best European Litre bikes.  BMW, Ducati, or Aprilia?   Adventure shootout?  Lets look at the biggest adventure tours of 2012.  BMW R1200GS vs KTM …

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Dec 17

2012 Seattle Motorcycle Show

When its a few degrees above freezing and pouring down rain, what could be better than going indoors and checking out all the new bikes for next season?  Here is our summary plus some photos from the 2012 Seattle Motorcycle Show. Words and pictures by Mark DT Anne and I had a great day this …

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Dec 15

6 Amazing Motorcycle Routes From Around the World

By Amy Fowler Sometimes it’s good to go as fast as you can in a straight line, but most motorcyclists like twists, turns, and scenery. If you want to take in some beautiful sights while enjoying the open road, take a ride through one or more of the destinations on this list of amazing motorcycle …

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Dec 10

TCX X-Street Boots Review

The TCX X-Street Sneakers are reviewed by ScooterFreak. I was looking for some boots to wear for my daily commute to work on my Vespa. I wanted to find something that would protect my ankles if I did fall, but not something too bulky or stiff, so I could still do some walking in them. After …

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Dec 05

Farkle My Ride’s Top 10 Motorcycle Books

When the weather turns foul, here are some great motorcycle books for fellow riders to check out. By Anne & Mark DT We have put together a list of our favourite motorcycle books that we think you will enjoy. Some may notice that we didn’t add Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance to the …

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Dec 02

Bad day to ride to the yacht club…

Thanks to one of our users who emailed us this video.  Those panniers sure can make the bike wider than it feels.  You have to really feel for this poor rider.  ATGATT doesn’t mean as much when falling vertically down a 20 foot drop onto a dock.   You can play the video in the …

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Dec 01

Beginner Bike Wars… The Battle Continues with Honda announcing three new 500cc models…

2013 Honda CBR500R, CB500F & CB500X

By Anne DT This is a continuation of our article about the rise of lower-displacement bikes and how the motorcycle manufacturers are fighting over the market for beginner riders. With Honda’s latest release of three middleweight motorcycles Honda says to Kawasaki “I’ll see your Ninja 300 and raise you three versions of Honda 500cc’s.”  The …

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Nov 28

The 2012 Limited Edition Ural Yamal Motorcycle With Sidecar

Yamal Icebreaker

Exciting news from Russian motorcycle manufacturer IMZ Ural: The 2012 Limited Edition Ural Yamal motorcycle with sidecar will be available in the USA this month. By Anne DT The Ural Yamal motorcycle is named after the Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker that has her name from the Yamal Peninsula in Northwest Siberia, which means End of the …

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Nov 28

Great Motorcycle Advertisements/PSA’s Part II

Suffering from the post Thanksgiving Blues?  Cheer up and watch these fun videos.   We hope all of our users in the USA had a great holiday weekend.  Since we are back to the real world again until the Christmas holiday, we thought it was a good time to share some more great motorcycle advertisements …

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Nov 14

American Honda reveals six new models for 2013

2013 Honda Goldwing F6B

Exciting news from Honda that seems to be on a tear with their new lineup of motorcycles. By Anne DT Farkle My Ride recently reported Honda’s confirmation that they are bringing the CB1100 back, but were concerned that the bike may never make it to North America.   We are now thrilled to report  Honda is …

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Nov 08

Auxiliary Motorcycle 3000 Lumen LED Lights by Cree aka “Komy Lights”

Dimmer wiring diagram

Review of Komy Lights: Two small LED pods with 3000 Lumens each add big light to any motorcycle.  A powerful farkle for all riders to consider.   In June 2012, we had a great article and video submitted by Mark Robbins from the United Kingdom on some very impressive LED lights he had installed on …

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Nov 03

We’ve added “The Daily Deal” from now until Christmas…

We are aiming to help you save money when Christmas shopping for the motorcyclists on your list.    Anne DT is going to be one busy girl for the next seven weeks.  Anne is my wife and partner with this website and takes care of all things technical, web related, and marketing.  She is going …

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Nov 01

Tsunami Motorcycle on Display at Harley-Davidson Museum

New home is found for the ‘Tsunami Motorcycle’ that was recovered on Canada’s west coast a year after it washed ashore in the tsunami that hit Japan in March, 2011. By Anne DT   Long time users of Farkle My Ride will remember this story about the Tsunami Motorcycle. The 2004 Harley-Davidson FXSTB Softail Night …

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Oct 30

Tour Master Solution 2.0 WP Boots Review

A “Noob” reviews his Tour Master Solution 2.0 WP Boots by James aka “Mr. BBQ” I am a new rider, and am not a writer.  I’m sending this review in to help my fellow noobs find some good gear. I bought these black Tour Master Solution WP 2.0 Road Motorcycle Boots at my local motorcycle …

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Oct 30

Icon Device Textile Over Pants Review

A “Noob” reviews his gear by James aka “Mr. BBQ”   I am a new rider, and am not a writer.  I’m sending this review in to help my fellow “Noobs” find some good gear. I bought the Icon Device Textile Pants (Amazon.com link) online and got them pretty quickly.  Like… 3-4 days I think.  …

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Oct 24

2013 Honda CB1100

Honda builds a bike for those who missed the 70’s, 80’s and the days of classic Universal Japanese Motorcycles. But will we ever see the 2013 Honda CB1100 in the USA or Canada?   The new 2013 Honda CB1100 will no doubt for Honda purists deliver an experience equal to what Triumph lovers have been …

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Oct 23

Motorcycle Chain Maintenance – Lubrication

Motorcycle Chain Maintenance, part 2: So many motorcycle chain lube choices, what works best for your ride? by Mark DT   This is a follow-up to our Motorcycle Chain Cleaning article.  If you haven’t read it you may wish to review it first before continuing here, especially as it is somewhat counterproductive to lube a …

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Oct 16

Win a Brand New Harley by Growing your ‘Stache This November

HD 2013 Street Bob

Harley Davidson Canada supports Movember for a second year in a row and will be giving away a new Harley to a Canadian fundraiser (yes, this could be you). by Anne DT   Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada has announced that it will continue as a Major Partner of Movember in 2012 and is encouraging Canadian men …

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Oct 12

Funniest Motorcycle Commercials

Here are a few of the funniest motorcycle related advertisements that have been seen on TV from different parts of the world. Selected and compiled for Farkle My Ride by Mark DT Part One YouTube, and other video sharing sites have opened up the history of advertising for bikes like never before.  Here are a …

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Oct 10

Sea Foam Motor Treatment review… miracle product in a $9.00 can?

Can one single product really clean fuel systems, lubricate upper cylinders, stabilize your fuel for storage, and even clean sludge from your crankcase? by Mark DT   Winter is coming for those of use who live in the northern latitudes.  While I’m looking forward to skiing, booking a winter trip somewhere nice and warm, and …

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Oct 06

Wolo Bad Boy Horn video with installation comments

Wolo Bad Boy Horn for motorcycles.  Does it really provide 139 decibels of cager rattling pain? by Mark DT Those of you who visit and or “liked” our Facebook Page know that I’ve been on the hunt for user reviews and install stories about aftermarket motorcycle horns.  Many internet forums have riders either loving the …

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Sep 28

MRA X-Creen Review

MRA X-Creen Review for Farkle My Ride by Mark DT The MRA X-Creen is a unique spoiler that can be attached on to the top of your windscreen by either a drill-on or clamp-on assembly, and is used to help move the incoming airflow up and above your helmet.  It is a universal fitting air …

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Sep 23

Featured Blog, Couple leave their jobs and ride the world on their own terms… jealous yet?

Have you ever wanted to ride in oh say, Iceland, Europe, Hawaii, India, New Zealand, and all over North America with no end in sight?  Then it’s time to visit the blog of one extremely interesting couple. by Mark DT   www.ridedot.com is a website for every rider who has dreams of leaving it all …

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Sep 18

Rider education, possibly NSFW, Best of YouTube for riders

Body Positioning on a Sportbike, and how to ride 2Up on a Sportbike… Only in America, MSF style lessons taught by Bikini wearing instructors   Oh my patient wife…She shares administrative moderator status on Farkle My Ride.  We shall see if these videos last more than a few days. Sometimes when you run a website …

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Sep 13

Beginner Bike wars, Kawasaki raises the bar…

Kawasaki’s 2013 Ninja 300, fuel injection, available with ABS. Team Green goes to war to win coveted first time motorcycle buyers… By Mark DT Last year Honda rocked the beginner motorcycle world with it’s CBR 250R. For the first time a bike aimed at new riders was offered with fuel injection and available ABS in …

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Sep 12

Best of YouTube for Riders… Japan Police Moto Test

Best of YouTube for Riders… Japan Police Moto Test   Note to self, never try to out run or out maneuver the highway patrol from Japan.  This exciting video shows a Japanese officer owning the short track.  He completes U-turns tighter at faster speeds than most riders could accomplish duck walking their motorcycle.  Take note …

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