May 21, 2013
TEST DRIVE :: Go green and ride in style — we review the popular 3-series 2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 3
TEST DRIVE > The 2013 Lexus LX 570 shows us the large, luxury SUVs are still doing it for North Americans.
Kühtai, Austria — There are a number of specific reasons why a car manufacturer chooses to get involved in motorsports, but ultimately it all comes back to selling more cars.
TEST DRIVE > The already thriving performance five-door hatchback segment with the likes of the Ford Focus GT, Mazda3 Sport, and VW Golf, just got a whole lot ‘thrive-ier’ with the all-new Euro-styled 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT.
TEST DRIVE > Now referred to as simply the Beetle, or in the case of my tester, informally as the Turbo, the 2013 edition of this curvaceous runabout has sparked renewed interest in the storied 2013 VW Beetle Turbo model.
Taking the baton from the highly-successful, outgoing 2007-2013 Forester, the all-new, 4th-generation 2014 Subaru Forester is going to feel the pressure.
So who takes a brand new 2007 Triumph Bonneville T100 and customizes it? This guy.
A swarm of angry bees couldn’t part Stu McColl from his Suzuki Stinger.
Abused, beaten and broken. That’s how many motorcycles arrive at Mark Blundell’s Calgary-based boneyard. Sometimes, all they need is a little love and nurturing and they have a whole new life. Consider this early 1980s Honda XR500. Story by Greg Williams. Photos by Amee Reehal “It was a $50 purchase,” explains Blundell, owner of TJ’s Cycle New and Used Parts Emporium. ”It looked like crap, but it still ran. My heart bleeds for some of these vehicles, and I didn’t want to put it in the back yard for breaking – it needed to be a project.” Casting about…
An Uncompromising Ride Honda’s Little GP Racer was a Challenging Restoration Story by Greg Williams. Photos by Amee Reehal Racing is only a hobby for Calgary artist Bill Rodgers, but going fast just got more exciting. He’s been modifying a 1970s Honda XL250 for 20 years, competing in AHRMA’s 350 Sportsman category. It’s completely outclassed – but because it’s well prepared Rodgers never finishes last. “It’s now at its apex in terms of development,” Rodgers says. There’s a new racer in the stable, though, that might give Rodgers an edge. Last winter Rodgers walked into Don Fergin’s Universal Cycle Services….
The Unicorn is Down But Not Out as MadJap and Jesus Imposter Resurrect a Mythical Chopper Story by Greg Williams. Photography by Amee Reehal There’s a unicorn, a rainbow and Jesus. To freak out the children, Jesus wields a sword, and he’s stabbing the mythical mono-horn beast. Dale Yamada of Mad Jap Kustoms prophetically dreamed the image, and wanted it airbrushed on his chopper build. When he shared his vision with Calgary artist Doug Veness the young painter suggested the unicorn should bleed Skittles. No, Yamada says, that would be going too far. Painted a bright white, the Unicorn is…
Reigniting the Passion — They say men respond to visual stimuli, but the late owner of this 1975 MV Agusta was aroused by the aural…
Some folks collect stamps. Others collect coins. Story by Greg Williams. Photos by Amee Reehal John Whitby’s hobby is far more interesting. He collects dysfunctional motorcycles. Working in his suburban two-car garage — already stuffed to the rafters with two hot rods, a metal lathe, welding gear and a half dozen other bikes — he takes them apart and puts them back together in a way the original maker never intended. But Whitby insists if he could afford one, and he didn’t already have a skunk works full of completed projects, he’d have a brand new dual purpose Triumph XC800….
Punk’d The do-it-yourself ethos of punk music inspired a man born long after the music itself had died. Story by Greg Williams; Photos by Amee Reehal As a teenager skateboarding to punk music, Marco Luk couldn’t have known how closely his future bike-building career would reflect the chorus of Minor Threat’s eponymous song: Make do with what you have / Take what you can get / Pay no mind to us / We’re just a minor threat Along with The Clash and The Exploding Hearts, Minor Threat is one of the 22-year-old fabricator’s favourite bands. And it’s a gritty…
Stripped, Slammed and Sinuous There are two kinds of vintage motorcycle enthusiasts. The first has garages full of half-finished projects and the second turns out pristine machines at a breakneck pace. We don’t need to tell you on which side of the divide Bob Klassen falls. Story by Greg Williams; Photos by Amee Reehal A freakishly fast sport bike it’s not. Nor is it a long and lazy chopper with chromed sissy bar and forward controls. Neither would be Bob Klassen’s style. But the bobber, as it turns out, is. Klassen became a believer in stripped-down customs after constructing his…
2001 Buell X1 Lightning café racer Saturday Morning Special Story by Greg Williams; Photos by Amee Reehal John Whitby is a motorcycle-building machine. His friend and the owner of bike breaker TJ’s Cycle in Calgary, Mark Blundell, has Whitby figured out. It’s like this. Imagine a meat grinder. Pour a bunch of parts into the hopper and turn the handle. Just like magic, instead of hamburger, out pops a motorcycle. In less than two years Whitby completed a 1928 Model T rat rod and three motorcycle projects from the ground up. One of those bikes is the 2001 Buell…
HONDA CB750 Story by Greg Williams, Photos by Amee Reehal Few machines have impacted the motorcycle market quite like the Honda CB750 Four. Arguments for other machines that have shaken the industry can be made, but when the inline four-cylinder CB750 was introduced in 1969 the motorcycle was literally a game-changer. And as a game-changer, Honda’s CB750 became the machine that set the pace for the early part of the 1970s. Calgary’s Peter Gilding was 13 years old in June 1970 when he first saw a Honda CB750. “I was so blown away by the four pipes and four mufflers,…
Sunbeam S7 “The Gentleman’s Machine” Story by Greg Williams, Photos by Amee Reehal © Catching a glimpse of a Sunbeam motorcycle moving down the asphalt is a rare experience, especially in Canada. A product of the British manufacturing industry, there are two distinct periods of Sunbeam motorcycle production. The first was from 1912 to 1939, and the second from 1946 to 1957. John Marston of Wolverhampton, England first produced fine quality bicycles in the late 1800s, and these pedal-powered conveyances bore the Sunbeam badge. Mechanized transport caught Marston’s attention at the turn of the last century, but…
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