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YouMotorcycle is a lifestyle motorcycle blog to be appreciated by those who see motorcycling as a lifestyle and not simply a hobby, sport, or method of transportation. Most of the posts on the site are written by past and present motorcycle industry staff. We remain fiercely independent, innovative, and unconventional. Our goal is to encourage more people to enjoy the world's greatest outdoor sport by helping new riders get started and inspiring current riders to get out more. We motorcycle, do You?

International Female Ride Day 2012

IFRD 2012

This week MOTORESS unveiled the new for 2012 International Female Ride Day logo. I've had the chance to meet with Vicki Gray of MOTORESS on a number of occasions. We've walked through the aisles of the International Motorcycle Show in Toronto, and shared coffees and drinks, I've even written about the glamourous female motorcyclist. International Female Ride Day is a MOTORESS initiating campaign aimed at highlighting the female motorcyclist and encouraging other women to take up the sport.

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A Brief History of the Difference of Mopeds and Scooters

mopeds vs scooters

Many people use the term “scooter” and “moped” interchangeably. Whenever this happens, those of us who know the difference shudder, gag, or find other ways of venting our frustrations or disgust with the ignorant big bore boneheads of the world. If you don’t know what the difference between a moped and a scooter is,or have ever thought about riding a moped or riding a scooter, read this.

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BikerPup

Biker Pup

Almost a year ago I adopted a neglected, overweight, out of shape, socially awkward, dumb little dog. Her name was BikerPup, a Pug and Jack Russell Terrier mix. In the weeks and months that followed BikerPup flourished. Her coat was sparkling and soft. She lost weight and built up her cardio and her energy. She became a smarter dog, with a keen ability to recognize and differentiate the sounds of motorcycle engines, and a love for hanging out, listening to music, drinking beer and wrenching with us in the garage.

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#29in29 Week 2 Favorites

29in29

If you didn't already know, super-motocycle-Girlie FuzzyGalore issued a challenge to 15 of the best motorcycle websites on planet earth. The challenge is to post a new picture each day of February, 2012. Some call it #29in29, I call it hell!

Give the devil his due and see the best posts of Week 2 of the challenge right here!

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Custom Made Motorcycle Covers

Custom Motorcycle Covers

I put my motorcycles through hell, so every now and then I treat them to some little treasure. It's my way of saying "I know I abuse you, but I really do love you." Little upgrades like performance tires, exhaust systems, make the difference in a healthy moto-man relationship. Some people like to pack on the chrome, I settle for practical mods.

Of course, as someone without a life outside of motorcycles, girlfriends, buddies, and family, have no clue what to buy me. I'm sure there are many motorcycle rider spouses out there who find themselves wondering "What should I buy a motorcycle rider?". Here's one great suggestion.

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How to Buy Motorcycle Boots?

How to Buy Motorcycle Boots

“Can I ride my motorcycle in running shoes?” a voice asks. It’s a sunny afternoon and I’m at Toronto motorcycle dealership Studio Cycle Group. “You can ride in flip flops if you want to, but I wouldn’t recommend it.”

In the past year, two friends of mine have broken their feet in motorcycle accidents. Neither were wearing anything more than a sneaker. I listen quietly as Dave Heilman teaches a new rider about the differences between each motorcycle shoe and boot the store carries.

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10 Ways to Find a Job in the Motorcycle Industry

10 Ways to Find a Job in the Motorcycle Industry

This winter I attended a motorcycle industry pub night. I had the pleasure of sharing tables with family-founded businesses such as KYMCO Canada and Motorcycle Mojo. I spoke with a Triumph marketer about MISSRIDER (once his band was done performing on stage, naturally). At the end of the night, CMG Online’s own Rob Harris and Brenda Cyr gave me a drive home.

Since 2007 I’ve been pushing for a stronger motorcycle riding community. Riders are the YOU in YouMotorcycle. At the pub night it struck me how tightly knit the motorcycle industry is in Canada. Everyone knows everyone. Who they work for may change but the faces stay the same. The industry is a small collection of circles. A passion for motorcycles alone won’t get you in, but you can get in. Here are 10 Ways YOU can Find a Job in the Motorcycle Industry.

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#29in29 Week 1 Favorites

29in29

There are 15 motorcycle blogs/sites participating in FuzzyGalore's #29in29 Challenge, that is, post a new picture a day, for the 29 days of February. It's harder than it sounds, and looks better than you'd expect.

Here are my favorite day of the week from all of the participating sites:

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Alpinestars Blacktop Review

Review

I picked up a pair of Alpinestars Blacktop shoes a year ago. I was doing a lot less office work and a lot more bartending. I needed a motorcycle boot that could provide more protection than a sneaker, but was low-key enough to be worn under a pair of jeans or khakis without sticking out like a sore thumb. The Blacktops were a perfect fit.

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One for the Haters

adsense check

Some say advertisements have no place in a motorcycle blog. They say ads make a website "for-profit" and therefor inherently evil. I admire the critics who speak openly and honestly. There's another group who hide behind annonymous flagging, and I simply call them the Haters.

Guess what, Haters?
This one's for you!

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