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Trapper's Trail

Tuesday, 19 May 2015 00:00

Season Start

columnist David PocockYou’re out riding already, right? Just some thoughts you might want to consider.




Wednesday, 07 January 2015 07:00

It is now the New Year called 2015...

columnist David PocockIt is now the New Year called 2015, so what can we expect to see?  Well for motorcycles and riding and riders, check out; The Motorcycle Show, coming to your major city through out the next few months. 




Wednesday, 24 September 2014 06:00

A Pause to Reflect

columnist David PocockLast night I was feeling well, “twitchy” might be one word however, I decided to go for a late night ride just me, myself, I and, my thoughts.  I rode away from as much of the light pollution as possible in today’s age and stopped. 





Tuesday, 23 September 2014 06:00

Trapper's Trail - TIRES

columnist David PocockSo, when was the last time you checked your tires, is there enough tread, are they inflated correctly to the loads and speeds you are carrying, is it possible they might be subject to a recall, what condition are the sidewalls in??  If the answer to ANY of these is, “I don’t know”, right now, please go and check at least the condition and pressures.....go on, I’ll wait . . . 




Wednesday, 17 September 2014 06:00

Calgary Honour Ride

columnist David PocockThe Honour Ride in Calgary is about a number of things.  This ride is organised by the Calgary Blue Knights and is in support of, STARS air ambulance, The Veterans food bank, supporting charities and groups who support the Emergency Medical System, Firefighters, and the Law Enforcement Community in other words supporting the helpers, it was also originally meant as a commemorative to the events of September 11, 2001.




Wednesday, 03 September 2014 06:00

In my response to article on Group Rides

columnist David PocockWow, my first letter from a reader, this was in response to my article on Group rides.  Please read this letter and below, you will find my answer.

in BDB newsletter...




Wednesday, 16 July 2014 06:00

Group Rides

columnist David PocockSo, you ride in a group this make you safe, or does it?

The group ride experience can be one of the great days of riding or, it can be a great disaster.  Much like solo riding, the possibility for either rests with you, unfortunately in the group setting there are others who can affect the outcome too. 



Thursday, 03 July 2014 06:00

From behind the Spot Light

columnist David PocockI work in the entertainment industry as a stage technician and I have worked on a number of concerts.  In our industry we have an axiom, ‘the larger the truck count, the more elaborate the stage set-up, the more sound and light gear and “pyro” generally speaking, the lower the “real” talent’. 


Wednesday, 25 June 2014 06:00

The Ride for Dad - Calgary 2014

Ron Parkinson, David Pocock, Gary Janz, Steve AdairFirst off, I’d like to congratulate the Ride for Dad folk, for a well run event.  I know that Steve Adair and Ron Parkinson, the co-chairs for the event, and Gary Janz the Ride for Dad, National President, will pass along to all the volunteers the thanks from all of us who partook in this event.


Wednesday, 11 June 2014 06:00

D-Day Lessons

David PocockLadies and Gentlemen, 70 years ago this week many of our “elder brethren” were fighting for OUR lives on the beaches of Normandy, code named with names that are now engraved on our common memories, the Canadian Beach, Juno, the British Beaches, Sword and Gold. the American beaches, Utah and Omaha, and the coastal areas immediately behind those beaches. 




Wednesday, 28 May 2014 06:00

When Will This End

columnist David PocockFull disclosure: I am sharing this article from another group I belong to, but this speaks so eloquently my thoughts.  I have only edited this for readability.  Robb Walraven, has a way with words and I have his permission to pass this along to you.




Wednesday, 21 May 2014 06:00


columnist David PocockI have been writing about some of the basics of maintenance for the last few articles, so here I’d like to round up some of the basic ideas in one place.

Know the basics of your machine even if you are not going to actually do the work on your bike you should know what is “right” and what isn’t.  Remember, you are the one riding your bike not the mechanic in the shop so even though the shop “might be” liable it is you who will be hurt.


columnist David PocockSo, how many folk REALLY LOOK at their tires?  How often do you look at them?  What are you looking for?

Possibly the most important part of a bike, safety wise, are the tires.  Think about it, these are the sole contact between the road and the bike, they are how we stop, start and go around corners.  If the tires are too soft or too hard, the bike handles VERY poorly if the tires are too worn they will not grip the road in wet conditions and are prone to going flat.  If you are using the wrong kind of tire for your bike that too will contribute to poor performance.  On a bike the contact patch is so much smaller than for a car or truck so therefore it is that much more important to us the rider.

Here are some things to watch for.

columnist David PocockI often get asked,”What tools do I need in a tool kit on the bike?”

My answer.

What kind of riding are you doing, just in town or do you plan on going on long trips?

If you’re going to be staying in town with maybe short trip just outside the city limits then might be you don’t “really” need to have a kit at all.  If you feel you want to have a kit then a basic set of sockets, a screwdriver, a Spark plug socket for the size of spark plug in YOUR bike and maybe a pair of pliers.  Yes, there are basically three different sizes of spark plug used in bikes today also be aware that on many bikes there is limited room between the outside of the plug and the space in the top of the cylinder head to get a socket so bear that in mind and buy a GOOD quality thin wall socket.

Thursday, 24 April 2014 06:00

Healthy Riding

columnist David PocockWe, as a community, will talk endlessly about our bikes and how we keep then running and or improve the way they handle / run / perform . . . but how often do we do the same for ourselves?  How often, as we go on this or that run, do we really look at what we do for ourselves?  Think about it, do we always make sure we get enough sleep before we head out on a long ride to, or from a given event?  Do we make sure we eat enough to balance out against the rigours of the ride, do we take in enough fluids (not beer / whiskey / wine)?  Many of us are now, I’m sorry to point it out, no longer under 30 or even 40 and all of this will and does take it’s toll. 

David PocockQuestion: What do On-line Games and Safe Motorcycle Riding have in common?

Yes, I know there are several answers here, however consider the following.

Thursday, 10 April 2014 06:00

Nothing happens for no reason

Columnist David PocockThe saying goes that, “Nothing happens for no reason.”  I had a real life example of this I’d like to share with you folk.  As some of you know, Southern Alberta is coming out of winter in fits and starts, and today was warm enough that the ice in the ally behind my garage had melted enough that I could safely ride out to the street. 

David PocockTouring / travelling / camping season is coming!!  Are you ready?  What do you take with you to eat, how do you cook it?  How much and what to pack, has always got to be weighed against concerns of how much space we have and the kinds of facilities we will be using.  If you’re going to be using motels, then packing food might be limited to snack foods for the occasional rest stop. If you are going to be camping, then decide how much and what you carry, based on where you will camp and if there are known facilities for buying food or other supplies.

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