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Getting away is hard. Lots of rides cover lots of ground, but one foot always seems to still be in the everyday hustle. Phones, social media, every device has some HD camera ready to share every moment and a hi-res screen to peer into, so we can keep up with everyone else. As far as I can tell, we’re all guilty of it on some level. A quick check of the work emails, a peek at a news website, or even a text to friends back home to stay in the loop. It gets overwhelming. To paraphrase the philosopher and...

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My dad had always talked about riding his 175cc Yamaha enduro up-Island to work in logging camps when he was younger. I used to picture him carving through dusty gravel Island roads lined with giant Sitka Spruce, Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar. Recently, we decided that a father-son enduro trip was in order, so he could go back and I could see the area for the first time. With a stroke of good timing, our friends at Husqvarna have a pair of 350s they offer to loan us for the trip. There are going to be a lot of...

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I've dropped a lot of bikes. No, not dirt bikes, but my daily rider. After years of skateboarding with the understanding that “you will fall,” I seem to have the magic ability to trip and fall at any given moment, and I’ve developed the unique skill of constantly dropping bikes. My first time riding a motorcycle was when I was taking the course to get my license and I dropped the little training bike a couple of times, right from the get-go. Shrugging it off, I picked up it up and toddled on until shortly after I was cast aside to “practice on my own.”...

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AT 19, AMANDA BRISEBOIS’ DAD PICKED HER UP FROM SHERIDAN COLLEGE where she was pursuing a Bachelor’s of Applied Arts in Illustration. Instead of taking her home, he took her to a “really shady shop” to try to encourage her to have a go at airbrush painting. “He handed me a $25 Posh airbrush from Princess Auto and said, ‘Just give it a try!’” she says. Brisebois pushed past her initial reluctance and some equipment issues with the cheap, siphon-feed spray gun,“The solvents kept dissolving the rubber feed hose and I’d have to replace it every 20 minutes,” she recalls, laughing. Finally...

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The dream has always been to have a fully equipped fabrication shop. A stockpile of materials and machines that can make and create anything, a paint booth, square foot-age for storage, and a mastery of the skills required to operate this set up. As this dream permeates in my brain, the harsh, if not bleak reality, brings me back down to earth. Like most people, I’m not wealthy, plus I live in a townhouse that offers limited space. Fortunately, I have a driveway that allows both cars to be parked outside, creating at least some space inside my single car garage for the enabling of my addiction: Choppers.  Even though...

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