Earlier this week I was out at my old haunt, Shannonville Motorsport Park. Our crew was there shooting some more “Shifting Gears” segments during a track day leading up to the first round in the 2016 Mopar CSBK National Superbike Series. This time out we were interviewing Sandy Noce of Pro 6 Cycle about the best way to get ready for your first track day. Sandy’s an old pro when it comes to road racing and he holds some 35 track days each summer here in Canada. We had a great chat and, as always, I learned something new. This time around, I learned that prepping your sport bike for the track is super simple – tape up the mirrors and lights, drain your rad and add water, make sure everything is in good working order and buttoned up tight…and you are good for a day of fun!

And speaking of Motorcycle Experience, this week we’re dedicating our broadcast to our long time friend, and fellow motorcycle journalist, Rob Harris of Canada Moto Guide.  We were deeply saddened to learn that Rob passed away a few weeks ago during a motorcycle event being held about an hour north of our production offices here in Prince Edward County. I’m really going to miss his infectious smile. Rob’s family and friends will be holding a memorial for Mr. Harris tomorrow in Sackville, New Brunswick at the Purdy Crawford Centre for the performing arts, at 2:00pm.

Meanwhile, also on this week’s edition of Motorcycle Experience, we will kick off the show by asking long time viewer Blair Smith, to sample Harley-Davidson’s Road Glide Ultra. Then Norm Wells and I will continue our Ultimate Ride down in Los Vegas, Nevada. This week, on day 3, we kick off the best day in our ride, hands down. On Shifting Gears, SMART riding instructor Clinton Smout looks at just how dangerous intersections are and Senior Editor Colin Fraser be stopping by to discuss the art of shopping for a used set of wheels, all the while looking back at a BMW HP2.

Finally, don’t forget that I’ve been invited to head up to Whitehorse next month to help host their TELUS Ride For Dad event on June 11th. I plan to be there for the whole weekend as this is a super worthy cause and I’m sure that it’s going to be a blast. To date, some 250,000 people have helped to raise over 16 million dollars in the fight against prostate cancer and now you can add me to the growing number of folks who want to help out. There as some 40 communities across Canada hosting a Ride For Dad right now so please sign up and join a ride near you. You will be glad you did.

Keep your right hand cranked!

Dave

 

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