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Canadian Motorcycle Rider is now Twittering... or is that tweeting?

We've joined in on the latest craze and started Twittering. We will be incorporating the Twitter feed directly onto the site soon so no need to worry that you'll miss anything if you're not already a Twitter member or you'd just like to follow the updates via www.CanadianMotorcycleRider.ca.

Expect that soon, along with a reorganization of the site to accommodate it.

If you're already using Twitter and want to follow us, you can find us here:

http://twitter.com/CdnMotoRider

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Site news: Back-end maintenance on "News'" and "Articles" pages

There will be a short maintenance period on Monday (5/11) at 2:00AM PDT for about 10 minutes for maintenance. The "News" page and "Articles" pages may not be viewable during that time unless you've got a cached version of the page.

More details here:

Thanks for your patience - sorry for the inconvenience.

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New look for Canadian Motorcycle Rider

You may have noticed the new header graphic we started using on the site. Hope you like the change!

We've been trying to create a more memorable header image that visually represents motorcycling a little better, has a bit of Canadian content, and is a little more personalized.

This new graphic does all those things. It's two different pictures taken on April 16th of 2009. They're both taken in Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia and the bike in the picture is the personal motorcycle of Dan - the Managing Editor of Canadian Motorcycle Rider.

A special thanks to Jeff Pennock- Executive Producer at VRIDETV.com who created the new graphic.

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Site maintenance today - 10 min @ 4:00PM PDT

We've got a scheduled outage today of the News and Articles content at 4:00PM PDT for maintenance. The outage should only be for about 10 minutes.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

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Site News - Experiencing some technical issues today

Our apologies for some technical difficulties we've been experiencing today!

We've reverted the site to the old design because of some browser compatibility issues we were experiencing. You'll still see some traces of some issues until we get everything fixed up.

The most important site functionality is working as it should now though.

Thanks for your patience as Canadian Motorcycle Rider tries to improve the reader experience!

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Snazzy new look for the site!

You may have noticed that Canadian Motorcycle Rider is sporting a brand new look. We kinda like it! Let us know what you think.

You may still see a few tweaks and changes yet but the bulk of the work is done.

A special thanks goes out to Shaun at Bio Design Works for the help with the changes.

Feel free to let us know by sending an us an email here.

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Bookstore improvements

We've made finding books in our book store A LOT easier! Here's a summary of the changes:

1.We've added a search button in the left sidebar
- Now you can find anything you want by searching here. You'll search through the entire Amazon.ca portfolio of books and find what you're looking for. You'll even find - gasp! - non-motorcycle related books if you want!



2. We've added categories to the right sidebar of the page.
- So that if you're interested in a specific type of book look here first. Doing this allows the main page of books to be navigated through much quicker.






3. We've added the option to purchase gift certificates for Amazon.ca.
- Not sure what book to get that special someone? You can get them a gift certificate via Canadian Motorcycle Rider.


Remember - Don't pay retail prices on books! Purchase through Canadian Motorcycle Rider's Amazon store and get THE best deals Amazon has to offer.

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From the Prairies to the East Coast

This is just a little news about the site and the reason for a few days of no news posts. Dan's on the move. Really! Based in Winnipeg for the year he's moving to Halifax and currently on the road.

Starting from Winnipeg yesterday morning we made it to Madison Wisconsin the first day and right now we're in Sarnia. Back in good ol'Canada eh! That's a little over 2,000 KM's covered and right around 2,000 km's to go.

The news items will be back to the normal rate once I hit Halifax.

One thing I've noticed a lot of during the 2,000 + km's of driving (mostly in the US) that I've done the past couple of days... They like their Harley's in the US! They're everywhere! Being that it's a long weekend the bikers were out in droves. I saw several Japanese sportbikes, a few BMW's but for the most part - it was all Harley's.

A lot of these folks don't seem to wear helmets either. Frankly I'm not surprised but it's still strange for me to see hundreds of bikers on the road wearing T-shirts, no helmets, or protective gear of any kind.

It's not for me. But to each his (or her) own!

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Site News: We're back!

Well after a busy couple weeks I'm back behind the computer so the updates will get started soon. We've got a Ducati review in the pipeline, more book reviews, and lots more news!

During my travels I was in Honduras for a day. Now, for the most part all I saw in the way of motorcycles in the Western Caribbean were scooters and small bikes. Plenty of Honda Cubs, and Yamaha BW 50's were everywhere. I was told that in Belize that a gallon of gas costs $6 USD. Yes, $6! Public transportation is the main way that people get around.

While at a animal refuge in Honduras I spotted the nicest bike I'd seen though. In the middle of the woods practically. It was none other than a KTM 690 Supermoto! Imagine my surprise! Despite my camera being loaded down with pictures of monkeys, lizards, parrots and other assorted wildlife I had to get a couple pictures of the KTM!

The animal refuge was in a spot way up in the hills so that supermoto must be a real treat to ride in the hills. The roads are small and narrow though and you certainly don't want to come into a corner too hot or that might be the last corner you take. Most of the sides of the road were cliffs! We rode up the hill (and down) in a old school bus from Rhode Island! The engine worked really hard to propel us up the hills.

Most riders don't seem to wear much in the way of protective gear in Honduras. It is quite hot and humid; most choosing to wear very little in fact. It's not uncommon to see people in shorts and sandals. I was happy to see that the KTM rider donned a helmet when he set out. I was hoping to get a chance to talk to him but I had to get back on the bus to leave. Notice there are no mirrors on that KTM. I guess with this thing you'll likely be the fastest thing on the road anyway!

Stay tuned! There's plenty more motorcycle content on the way!

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Site News: Weddings, Honeymoons, and other assorted Business!

Our main guy - Dan will be out of town and the country for a little so the updates to the site will be a little less frequent for the next couple of weeks while he's getting hitched,and heading out on a little cruise.

When he gets back though there's a bunch of stuff coming out. More book reviews! More bike reviews! More stories!

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New bunch of motorcycle books have arrived

The postman brought us a few books with a motorcycle theme that we'll be reviewing in the coming weeks. It looks like we're going to be pretty busy!

Here's a list of what's in store:

- Blood, Sweat & Second Gear - More Medicine for Motorcyclists
- Motorcycle Journeys Through the Alps and Beyond - Fourth Edition
- Motorcycle Journeys Through the Southwest - Second Edition
- 101 Road Tales - Clement Salvadori
- Mondo Enduro
- Stayin' Safe - The Art and Science of Riding Really Well
- BMW Racing Motorcycles - The Mastery of Speed

All the books are available for purchase at a discount in our Book Store.


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