shifting-gears

SEASON 26 | EPISODE 3

Pro Tip | Getting Rain Gear on with Grocery Bags  Pulling totes over your riding boots is almost impossible.but is made a ton easier with a trick. If you put grocery bags over your shoes, they’re almost like stirrups and then put your foot into these, they’ll slide right up as if it was a pair of bedroom slippers. But you need that little trick before you realize that these can save you.

Dave Hatch | Host 

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Cold Weather Motorcycle Riding

RIDING IN THE RAIN | PART TWO

So Ken, last week on “Winging It” you brought out, we were talking about rain riding and you brought out all this rubber gear, all the old school rain suits and gloves and lots of rubber to pull over our gear and one of the things you pulled out are these totes and I was shocked and that is fantastic, I know I’m not going to get wet feet but I can’t believe you would pull these over your riding boots. Seriously?

Shifting Gears Episode 3

So Ken, last week on “Winging It” you brought out, we were talking about rain riding and you brought out all this rubber gear, all the old school rain suits and gloves and lots of rubber to pull over our gear and one of the things you pulled out are these totes and I was shocked and that is fantastic, I know I’m not going to get wet feet but I can’t believe you would pull these over your riding boots. Seriously?

Ken

Yeah but there’s a trick. Just like anything else, you learn as you go along and the first time your buddies do it you don’t tell them on the trip because most people, the first time they get them, they pull them like crazy and they have blow out. Why? Because this is such a live rubber and you’ve probably got damp feet and that just doesn’t work. What I found was a little trick.. recycled, rejuvenated…whatever you want to call them, grocery shopping bags. The ones that are more crinkley than rubber. If you put those over your shoes, they’re almost like stirrups and then put your foot into these, they’ll slide right up as if it was a pair of bedroom slippers. But you need that little trick before you realize that these can save you.

Dave

Wow. Fantastic.

Ken

But they’re difficult to find.

Dave

There’s a great tip. The other thing is tyvek. You also pulled out this and I stopped you last week. I said let’s just talk about this for a second. You actually pull this out and put it over all of your riding gear and use it like a rain suit.

Ken

For sure. It is the newest high tech rain gear for the motorcycling world. In the last half dozen years or so, those that are real travellers of all kinds of environments have learned what these are. It is that material that you still see as far as labeling on the sides of hoses and one of the neat things about it is it won’t allow water through but it will allow evaporation out.

Dave

So it breathes. Right.

Ken

So from the inside it breathes, yeah. Which is a big thing even in the housing industry.
Dave

Now, we’ve been talking about pulling on a lot of gear. Let’s just talk about that for one second. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve seen people pull over, they’re touring and it starts to rain and they’re diving underneath the over pass and they’re pulling on their gear right next to the highway. Not a good idea right?

Ken

No it is so unsafe, it’s dark, there’s not a lot of room under there and if you’ve ever looked at it, the swirling action of passing vehicles… you’re not dry under there anyways. The fact is, you’re out riding for awhile, you’ve got the ultimate sunroof going on, you knew what was coming. I look at the opposing traffic. Wind shield wipers, extra headlights, it’s time to get off before I gonna drive in what I can see. So pull off to a safety spot right off the interstate… get into some under protection at a gas station possibly, I’ve never been chased out yet. Get your gear on there and then resume the trip.

Dave

Wow and great tip. Watch the cars coming towards you, they’ve got their wipers going, you know there’s rain ahead.

Ken

That’s right.
Dave

Awesome stuff.

RIDE GUIDE TO GASPÉ, QUEBEC

Gaspe is one place, as a motorcyclist you want to see, it’s a motorcycle mecca, it’s all about the ride. There’s a lot of history here as well but this one is all about the ride. You’re on the coast of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, you’re on the coast of Baie des Chaleur. You can go in and out of the Gaspe peninsula on these various roads and you’re going to get changing scenery continuously so it’s a real cool place to go as a Motorcyclist.

TECH, GEAR & INNOVATION WITH HARLEY-DAVIDSON

Over the twelve part article Dave Hatch talks to Harley-Davidson about how to shop and fit a bike, get the right gear, suit up for the season and pick the right accessories for your ride. These riding tips will keep you safe and prepared but more than anything get the most out of your ride.

THE ART OF TOURING

Season 26’s “Winging It” was all about the art of touring and celebration of Honda’s iconic touring machine the Gold Wing’s 40th anniversiry. Ken Edick a veteran touring biker and owner of a Honda Gold Wing shares his best tips on touring. The tips include everything from the proper riding gear to take along on a long tour, the equipment, the additional tools and things to take along just to make sure that you keep moving and enjoying your experience.

Test Your Motorcycle Riding Skills

Recently we’ve been working on improving the riding skills of Anthony Mann by putting him through a series of motorcycle riding skills exercises designed by Matt Fletcher at Yamaha Motor Canada. Matt had hoped this friendly little challenge would show us all how we can become better riders when we practice our sport.  All you need is some open pavement like an empty parking lot and a couple of make shift cones or pylons.

PROUD SUPPORTER OF

The mission of the TELUS Ride For Dad is to raise funds to save men’s lives by supporting prostate cancer research and raising public awareness of the disease. Our goal is for men to continue to be there for their families and friends for years to come. The parade of vehicles grabs the attention of the masses and the media on ride day, the research helps find hope for the future and the awareness has the potential of saving men’s lives today.

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