by Alain Panneton
One of the most frequent questions I
hear from my clients is “Now, how do I
take care of my paint job?”. Now that it’s all
nice and shiny, how to maintain your paint’s
luster is very important and is a good investment,
be it custom or factory.
How to clean, how to get the
bugs off, how to wax are
all technical aspects
that need to be understood
to properly maintain your painting.
So as to better understand
the steps needed to take care
of your paint I talked with Mr.
Jacques Trépanier, a specialist in
paint maintenance and reconditioning.
The first step says Jacques is to look closely at your paint
to determine the steps needed to obtain an awesome finish.
If the paint is new,
you need to protect
it with a high
quality wax. If the
paint has seen
better years, the
steps needed to
bring its shine
back will be more
Please take note
that all the steps
are done in
a ventilated environment
of the sun.
by André Bobinas
Hi Gang! Back for another chat
with you. This time how about if
I talk about bars? No, not the
watering hole where good
friends and company gather to
have a good laugh, but what
you hang on to for dear life when you
encounter a ‘heart stopping riding situation’... (you
know... where you thought ‘only God could help’ but
miraculously you pulled through on your own!). Maybe
that’s because you made a wise decision in the type
of handlebars you chose. Let’s discuss the basics of
handlebars which are in fact what command the direction
of your bike. The bars are as personal a choice as is the
choice of boots and helmet you wear. Here are a few
basic rules to help you take the right decision;
Rule 1 – Make a compromise between
comfort and style
Bars that are either very close to the gas tank or very high will
most likely look great, but can be very uncomfortable. Opt for
comfort. For those with less arm strength, handles at shoulder
level require less effort and your bike will feel lighter. In order
to be comfortable, choose handlebars that fit your body.
Deep in the soul of each biker to varying degrees lies an innate need for speed, for pulling G’s and the
adrenaline rush of competing….
Eastern Canada has a renewed enthusiasm for drag racing which had diminished over the last couple
of years as opposed to Western Canada where the races have always been an integral part of the
biker community and have never lost their popularity. A number of shops even have their own dragster.
The coming of the 2006 Harley Davidson Screaming Eagle V-Rod Destroyer is probably the reason
for the increased infatuation with drag racing in Eastern Canada. Many of the Harley-Davidson dealers
have a racing team, and are members of the CMDRA (Canadian Motorcycle Drag Racing Association)
that promotes races in Eastern and Western Canada. (See schedule)
If you want that adrenaline rush that comes from witnessing a bike being pushed to its limits, and
would like to partake in discussions about performance with the experts, and see them working on
the dragsters; you have to attend a drag race. And when it’s all over and you realize that you still want
more of the sensation you felt at the races, do not try to revive it on the road!
Show us your pics!
Send photos of your bike, your trips, your
parties, Memories, events, etc.
The funniest will be published. Winner of the year will get full page (once a year).
You must leave your name, address and phone number at the back of each photo
with short description. If you include a pre-stamped and pre-addressed envelope
we will send it back to you.
Send digital photos to :
Postal address :
REVOLUTION MOTORCYCLE MAG
1302, Avenue Garden, Mascouche
Québec J7L OA4
Motorcycles, Choppers, Bobbers, Sleds, Bikes, Hogs, Scoots whatever you want to call ‘em, I love ‘em!
I mean, call me crazy, but I more than love ‘em. I’m passionate
I mean, call me crazy, but I more than love ‘em.
about ‘em! I think about ‘em, I talk about ‘em, I dream about
‘em. When I doodle, I doodle 2-wheeled machines with
flame jobs! I have magazines about ‘em in my car, at work,
in my garage and in my suitcase. Hell, I have books about
‘em on a shelf in my bathroom and now that I’ve hitched
up with Pascal the editor of this fine magazine I find myself
writing stories related to ‘em... Damn!
Sometimes I think that I have a serious problem. Maybe I’ve been
possessed by cycle demons since the age of 7. Or maybe I suffer
from “Chopper-Psychosis”, a common yet little know ailment whose
visible symptoms are deep thoughts, long wild-eyed stares, devilish
grins and long hours...
Machinist by profession, Laurent B. Groulx is also
a passionate mechanic. It was the 6th of May,
1949, when he opened a small auto and bike
repair shop. He chose his location on boulevard
des Laurentides in Laval, (Quebec, Canada) and
named it “Pont-Viau Motorcycles”. At the time he
had no idea how important his business would
become. Throughout the years Laurent was not
only a mechanic, but also a salesman for all brands
of motorcycles including Harley-Davidson bikes of
course, but also Honda, Triumph, BSA & Norton,
to name a few.
Laurent and his wife Rachel had six kids when he
started his business. All the kids worked there at
one point over the years, particularly Jean-Guy
(who is the present owner), Michel (who is a
specialized technician) and Lise (who worked by
her brothers’ side for close to 20 years). After
Laurent’s death in 1981, the business was passed
on to Rachel who had been involved in the motorcycle