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Insuring Your Motorcycle: FAQs for Canadians on Two Wheels

Worcester Sidecar

The wind in your hair. The sunshine on your face. The freedom of the open road. There are few things as awesome as cruising down a straight stretch of road, taking your chances on twists and turns, and feeling the wind brush by your legs. It's just you and the bike - and the insurance company. Yuck. Most people hate to think about insurance, but it's something you need if you're going to enjoy riding. Fortunately, you don't have to pay an arm and a leg for coverage.

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The Indians Are Coming – Emerging Motorcycle Industry Trends Q4 2013

Hero Motocorp and Erik Buell Racing

Hero is an Indian motorcycle company. We're talking Bollywood Indian, not Burt Munro Indian. Here in North America, the average non-motorcyclist may not have heard of Hero. Hell, even the average motorcyclist may not have heard of Hero. In North America we think we know what big name motorcycle companies. In North America we think we know that big name motorcycle companies sell big bikes. In North America we think the Harley-Davidson brand is the be all and end all of motorcycle marketing and merchandise sales. In North America we think we know big. We don't.

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5 Steps for Shopping for a Motorcycle Cargo Trailer

Motorcycle Trailer Couple

If you are a first-time buyer, a look at the hundreds of motorcycle trailer models on the market is likely to make your head spin. How large a model should you buy? What kind of construction makes for the best trailering experience? Is a trailer likely to catch the wind and slow you down? These are all valid questions. Here’s a quick rundown of the five most important points to keep in mind while looking through trailers for sale.

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The 2013 Motorcycle Film Festival Winners

2013 Motorcycle Film Festival

We completely missed the ball on the Motorcycle Film Festival, and not for lack of press either. Brooklyn is an 8 hour ride from Toronto, I might just have made a weekend trip out of it! Alas it was not to be.

At any rate, the Motorcycle Film Festival (or MMF, which also stands for Must've been F***in' Fun - for those who made it) couldn't have come at a better time. Motorcycle videos are at a height we haven't seen since the 1970s, and these days the stars are the riders themselves. Regular folks like you and me, but I'll get to that later.

For now here are the winners from the first annual / first ever Motorcycle Film Festival, along with some video trailers.

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Shasta Smith and The Vintage Monkey

Shasta Smith of The Vintage Monkey

I read somewhere that fading in a great way for writers to introduce their subject. Unfortunately I'm not a writer, so I'm going to tell you how Shasta Smith of The Vintage Monkey came to be the YouMotorcycle Woman of the Month for September 2013.

When I first came across Shasta Smith, it was on YouMotorcycle's Facebook page. She left a message saying hello. I took a look at her page and came across a series of pictures of a woman surrounded by motorcycles of yesteryears, thoroughly well restored through and through, with taste, tact and terrible coolness. Nothing was chosen at random, whoever was behind all of this put some serious thought and dedication into it. I was impressed.

As I explored The Vintage Monkey, just who I had come across quickly became very clear to me. Here was a woman who could ride, wrench, run a business in the motorcycle industry and also happened to be beautiful. It was only a matter of time before I'd ask Shasta to be featured on YouMotorcycle. She was gracious enough to accept.

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