Summer in BC, Canada 2018

I’ve been busy exploring BC this summer. I’ve been snapping pictures like crazy, and thought it was about time I added some of these here (The Chief, Mayne Island, Hope, Mt Seymour, Iona).


Montreal and Quebec – September 2017

Finally after living in Canada for 9 years, he family made it to the beautiful French quarters of Canada, Montreal and Quebec city!
We used Airbnb for a small apartment accommodation. The location was perfect, just two blocks from St. Catherine in the Gay Village.  If you are looking to visit and stay in Montreal, I’d highly recommend staying in this general area to take advantage of the close proximity to the sights, attractions, food, and transit options.
Quebec city is an easy three hour VIA Rail trip from downtown Montreal departing at 7:00am, costing $75 for an adult return fare. This is easily a one day trip, leaving you about eight hours to explore old Quebec city before departing Quebec at 6:30pm. Here are a few pictures to wet your appetite.

Cheers from your intrepid kiwi traveller.




Metallica – WorldWired Tour, Vancouver 2017

Metallica, B.C Place, Vancouver 2017

Last week I went to the Metallica WorldWired tour concert, at B.C Place (14 August 2017) in support of their recent album release, ‘Hardwired… to self-destruct’.


Well… the venue, B.C Place. Its been many years since my first concert here (Pearl Jam 2009) and I forgot just how big it is. I have to question the choice in B.C Place, it looked half empty and far too spacious. The stage was the biggest I’ve ever seen for a live show, from up in the bleachers, the band looked like ants. Perhaps Rogers arena would have been a better selection?
The sound in my honest opinion was shit, B.C Place is a massive reverb chamber, the sound was lost in a wash of reverb which made it hard to really distinguish any of the intricacies of the music. I was pretty disappointed! From what I could hear, Metallica just didn’t sound great in the stadium! The two previous Metallica concerts I saw in 1989 and 2004, both which were awesome!
The song selection was great, something for everyone from old to new, here’s the set list:

1. Hardwired
2. Atlas, Rise!
3. For Whom the Bell Tolls
4. The Memory Remains
5. The Unforgiven
6. Now That We’re Dead
7. Moth Into Flame
8. Wherever I May Roam
9. Halo on Fire
10. Whiplash
11. Sad but True
12. One
13. Master of Puppets
14. Fade to Black
15. Seek & Destroy

16. Fight Fire With Fire
17. Nothing Else Matters
18. Enter Sandman (with ‘The Frayed Ends of Sanity’ outro)

The pyrotechnics were amazing, flames running the width of the stage, explosions etc. were well timed with the music, especially ‘One’! The big screens behind the band was completely necessary, and made them visible to us up in the bleeders, and the visuals choreographed to each of the songs.

In summary, I was happy I went however I think that was my last Metallica concert.


XR650R Supermoto – New chain and Sprockets

After a bit of shopping around I finally found the Chain and Sprockets for my XR650R Supermoto. Finding a steel rear sprocket readily available in Canada wasn’t easy! I found steel sprocket info on Revzilla, and then provided the sprocket info to Andii (awesome guy) at Imperial Motorcycles, who sourced from one of their local suppliers. The parts arrived in less than a week!
The chain was purchased on sale from Bayside Performance on sale, it also arrived within a week from placing the order.

Countershaft Sprocket 520 (steel) = 15T $39.00 CDN
Rear Sprocket 520 (Steel) = 42T $49.00 CDN
Chain = DID VX2 520 Black/Gold $145.00 CDN

Attached is the XR650R gearing calculator I found on the internet. Change the pink fields to see what gearing suits your needs on the XR650R.


New Zealand Wins the America’s Cup!

Being a proud New Zealander, I was elated listening to what was the final race of the America’s Cup, we took Oracle Team USA to the cleaners 7-1. I’m not a sailing fan, but any sports New Zealand is involved in, I’ll support 110%! This was a modern day story of David vs. Goliath, and boy did we give Goliath a good old’ hiding! We beat a team with endless money by using what us Kiwis are best at, ingenuity and hard work.
Thank you to Emirates Team New Zealand crew and support staff for doing what many thought was impossible,  showing those assholes with endless money that you can’t buy the cup, secure it with unsportsmanlike advantages and rules. Up yours Larry, Jimmy, and Russell!

Cheers from a proud kiwi,


Review – Arai Tour XD Helmet Review

I’ve been looking for a nice Supermoto style helmet forever, I’ve been using a Shoei and AGV street helmets forever! Being the picky bastard I am, I could never really find the exact helmet that suited my requirements (No loud ugly graphics, light weight, size and fit, brand, quality, and price). There are only three brands I’d ever consider purchasing (Arai, Shoei, and AGV).  I decided to go with the Arai Tour XD helmet in Aluminum Silver, this thing is slick! Obviously being an Arai you know the quality and safety is second to none, looks are right up there. When comparing to other brands, I found the others were quite bulky and heavy and just didn’t look right, or sit on my head comfortably. The Arai, on the other hand, looks fantastic, it’s a perfect fit and is by far the lightest helmet I own. It can also be adapted to a street style helmet with a shield adapter kit to remove the visor. The lining can be easily removed for washing, and there are 20mm and 25mm cheek pads to adjust the fit. There venting is amazing, and fogging seems a thing of the past. RRSP for one of this is $700 excluding taxes, not cheap, however, this is a helmet that I hope will last me forever.