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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 time consuming. Please take note that all the steps described beneath are done in a ventilated environment and out of the sun.

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Technical

Technical

by André Bobinas

The HANDLEBARS

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.

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Say it!

Say it!

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!

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yves.beaudoin@v2revolution.com



Show it!

Show it!

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 : pascal.richard@v2revolution.com

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Old School

Old School

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. I’m passionate 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...

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Interview

Interview

HARLEY-DAVIDSON LAVAL
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 community...

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