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Touring Essentials blog: Winter Becomes Spring

I started butchering some Sinatra the other day.

If you've ever heard me sing you'll know it was a good thing I was outside in the driveway, alone.

"And now, the end of winter is near,

And so I face the final snow shoveling

Friday, 11 March 2016 12:28 Published in Touring Essentials with R. Bruce Thomas


Touring Essentials Blog: Winter Reading

What’s on your bookshelf?

It's cold and miserable outside. Your bike has been parked for two months already, and many more months will go by before you are riding again. How do you pass the time?

Pick up a good book.

Since you ride, that tells me you are a bit adventurous, which also tells me there is no point in me giving you my views on these or any other books. You’ll go exploring and find the ones you like.

No matter what kind of riding you like to do, there is a book you can find that will hold your interest. If you want tales of adventure from people who have travelled around the world or personal memories or spiritual growth found on the seat of a bike, you will find a book.

There are books by some very famous people and there are books about famous people. Some relative unknowns sell their self-published books at the bike shows over the winter and some books are only available from specific websites.

Support your local author.

There are books to help you develop/improve your riding skills, which can be quite helpful so sit back and reflect on the content as you await that first ride in the spring.

You can read about racers or get to the bottom of the long-distance rider mentality.

There are books filled with photos and there are books you will want to read for the articles.

Plus, don’t forget your favourite magazine.

Just because there is snow outside and you can’t go for a ride, there is no reason to forget about riding.

What’s on your bookshelf? Here’s a selection of what is on mine (see photos above and below).

Plus, your local library can quite likely get you any/all of these and more.

Read responsibly and enjoy your literary travels.

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- By R. Bruce Thomas

What’s on your bookshelf?

Friday, 22 January 2016 11:13 Published in Touring Essentials with R. Bruce Thomas


Touring Essentials blog: Riding in the rain, part 2

In a recent Touring Essentials blog we looked at some pointers for being able to enjoy riding in the rain. One point was to ensure you have a good rain suit to wear over your gear or rain liners to put on inside your gear. This isn’t always necessary.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 12:00 Published in Touring Essentials with R. Bruce Thomas


Touring Essentials Blog: Can't you read the signs?

"Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind
Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign?"

Thursday, 06 August 2015 14:51 Published in Touring Essentials with R. Bruce Thomas


Touring Essentials Blog: Riding in the Rain

R. Bruce Thomas' latest Touring Essentials blog entry features advice on riding in the rain...

Monday, 13 April 2015 10:06 Published in Touring Essentials with R. Bruce Thomas


Touring Essentials Blog: Gravel, the Inevitable

They say there are two things in this life that you can’t avoid: death and taxes. I’d like to expand that list with a third entry: gravel.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 15:28 Published in Touring Essentials with R. Bruce Thomas


Touring Essentials: Knowing your gas tank

How far can you ride?

I was recently part of a group ride where one rider decided to come along at the last minute. When asked how big his gas tank was, he wasn't certain. When asked how far he could go on a tank of gas, he didn't know.

Tuesday, 02 September 2014 13:04 Published in Touring Essentials with R. Bruce Thomas


Touring Essentials blog: Keeping your cool

When the temperature rises, it is important to avoid overheating and dehydration. A recent group ride took a nasty turn when one of the fellows passed out at 110 km/h. I was out in front and didn’t see the calamity, but the riders who were at the tail of the group said it was one of the most distressing things they had ever seen. After a battery of tests, it was deemed that the rider had simply lost consciousness due to dehydration. Luckily, besides getting to go shopping in a few months to replace his two-month old Triumph Trophy, he only suffered a broken arm.

Thursday, 17 July 2014 15:42 Published in Touring Essentials with R. Bruce Thomas


Touring Essentials blog: LOOK OUT!

In his latest Touring Essentials blog installment, R. Bruce Thomas talks about rider vision, citing lessons learned during his first ride of the year a few weeks ago - lessons that can apply to all motorcyclists and road users to minimize safety risks all year long.

Friday, 16 May 2014 10:05 Published in Touring Essentials with R. Bruce Thomas


Touring Essentials, Part I: Capturing Your Adventure

R. Bruce Thomas is no stranger to touring, having logged an astounding 30,000+ km last year on his Honda ST1300. As a travel contributor to Inside Motorcycles, he's also no stranger to capturing his adventures on camera. In Part I of this two-part installment on Capturing Your Adventure, Thomas will go over some basics on using your basic digital camera and equipment on a motorcycle road trip. Watch for Part II next week.

Tuesday, 01 April 2014 15:10 Published in Feature Stories