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May 15, 2024
Welcome To The Winners Circle! What Does Award-Winning Insurance Mean For You?
Posted in: Auto Insurance

For over 28 years, we at Riders Plus Insurance have been the top choice for motorcycle insurance, earning over 7,000, 5-star reviews on Google. Now, we’re proud to announce that we’ve also been recognized as the number one choice for home and auto insurance. On May 8th, we were awarded the Consumer Choice Award for […]

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May 07, 2024
Riders Plus Insurance: Setting the Standard in Home and Auto Coverage
Posted in: Auto Insurance

Riders Plus Insurance has just achieved a remarkable milestone: winning the prestigious Consumer Choice Award in the category of Insurance – Home and Auto for its inaugural year in Toronto Central. This accolade speaks volumes about the company’s commitment to excellence and its dedication to providing top-notch service to its clients. Established over 28 years […]

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April 29, 2024
Riders Plus Insurance: Winners of the Consumer Choice Awards 2024
Posted in: Events and News

We’re thrilled to announce that Riders Plus Insurance has been honoured with the prestigious Consumer Choice Award for 2024! This recognition solidifies our commitment to excellence and underscores our dedication to serving our customers with the utmost care and professionalism. How did we become an award-winning motorcycle insurance company? At Riders Plus Insurance, we know […]

motorcycle driving on open road in ontario canada
January 25, 2024
What You Need To Know About Demerit Points

If you own and operate a motorcycle in Ontario, it is essential to have a good grasp of the demerit point system and its potential impact on your insurance coverage. Demerit points are a way for the province to monitor and regulate driving behaviour and ensure road safety for all users. They can accumulate quickly […]

what motorcycle insurance do i need in ontario
October 26, 2023
What Insurance Do I Need To Ride A Motorcycle In Ontario?

Riding a motorcycle in Ontario is a thrilling experience, offering the freedom of the open road and nearly unlimited access to the beauty of our great Canadian landscape. However, with this exhilaration comes a crucial responsibility; securing the right motorcycle insurance. Ontario has specific regulations in place to ensure the safety of riders and everyone […]

riders safety from top insurance broker
March 01, 2023
Being a Safer Sports Bike Rider

If you’re looking for information about how to ride faster, lean your bike more, or get your knee down, you’ve come to the wrong place. This article is about being a safer sports bike rider on the street. We learn how by doing track days, taking courses, reading books, watching videos, and riding with more […]

Cruiser vs sportsbike
February 02, 2023
Sports Bikes vs. Cruisers – Which Bike Is the Best for You?

There seems to be a divide in the motorcycle world regarding two different types of bikes: sports bikes or cruisers. Attached to the clichés are the opinions that one is better than the other, when in fact all motorcycles are great – just for different reasons. Therefore, bikers have to ask themselves: Why do I […]

how mental imagery can make you a better rider
January 20, 2023
How Mental Imagery Can Make You A Better Rider

Putting yourself into potentially fatal riding scenarios is not something you can practice. Yet, every time we go out to ride, we may find ourselves in such a situation. Sergeant Ryan Austin, a police motorcycle instructor and owner of Advanced Rider Training, is also an accredited motorcycle collision analysis and reconstruction specialist. He told us […]

Media misconceptions motorcycles
November 30, 2022
Media, Misconceptions, and Deciding to Ride

The Toronto Star newspaper ran the headline: Motorcyclists Ten Times More Likely to Suffer Serious Injuries. Emphasizing the risk of motorcycling seems commonplace in media headlines. In this case, The Star buried in the article that the study states that motorcyclists are only three times more likely to be injured than if they were in a […]

Save Fuel With Your Ride
October 25, 2022
5 Simple Ways You Can Save Fuel With Your Ride

Anyone who commutes daily usually has a good understanding of how high the gas prices are today. Even with recent price cuts made by the government, you’ll be lucky to get gas under $1.50/litre. Luckily if you’re on a motorcycle you’re already doing better than most, as motorcycles tend to be much better with gas […]

Cruiser vs power cruiser
October 12, 2022
Cruiser vs. Power Cruiser. Which Kind Of Motorcycle Is Best For You?

You hear the low rumble of a motorcycle in the distance. Soon you will be buying a new bike. You’re leaning towards a cruiser. But cruisers have engines with displacements ranging from 250 CCs to more than 2500 CCs, weighing from 150 kilograms to more than 425 kilograms, and having from 21 to more than […]

September 16, 2022
Incredible Cruisers You Can Get For Under $12,000

Cruisers, with their chrome pipes, loud rumble, low-slung seats, and leather-clad riders, are the epitome of cool. They carry with them an aura of rebellion, and freedom, and exploring the open road. If this is your vision of motorcycling and you are on a limited budget, you have some great choices. Cruisers under $12,000 If […]

Top Ontario Motorcycle Ride Routes
August 22, 2022
8 Amazing Motorcycle Routes You Have to Try in Ontario

Riders Plus Insurance recently ran a competition on our Facebook page asking riders from around Ontario to tell us about their favourite route in the province! We received a lot of great responses from the community, from highway treks to back road adventures- there are hundreds of incredible places to ride in the province. We’ve […]

Harley-Davidson Nightster  
June 29, 2022
7 Cruiser Motorcycles To Look Out For In 2022

Cruisers are an ever-evolving style of motorcycle, with manufacturers working tirelessly throughout the winter to roll out new models and adaptations of incredible cruisers for the summer. Now, edging into the summer of 2022, we’ve seen some amazing rides released so far this year. In this article, we’ve compiled a list of the 7 most […]

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May 09, 2022
Seven Reasons Cruisers Will Never Go Out of Style

Cruiser-style motorcycles have been with us since the beginning of motorcycling. Massive organizations such as Honda, Yamaha, Triumph, Suzuki and more are constantly pushing for innovation, creating new designs and styles for modern times. Here are some reasons why cruiser motorcycles will never go out of style: They’re Iconic I think it’s safe to say […]

April 29, 2022
International Female Ride Day
Posted in: Events and News

Attention all Riders! International Female Ride Day encourages women across the globe who have a passion for motorcycles and powersports vehicles to come together and “Just Ride!” This year will be the 16th edition of International Female Ride Day, and will be taking place on Saturday, May 7, 2022! This day helps to demonstrate the […]

April 05, 2022
Top 6 Most Expensive Cruisers Still Being Produced

In the luxurious world of motorcycles, rides are as much an expression of the self as they are a method of transportation. Of course, motorcycling used to be more of a necessity as cars cost much more and were less efficient. These days, with the mass production of cars, we’ve seen the motorcycle industry shift […]

March 08, 2022
A Brief History of the Cruiser Motorcycle
Posted in: History

Cruisers are arguably one of the most recognizable and iconic styles for motorcycles around the world. When most people think of motorcyclists they see riders donned in leather on a cruiser sending dust up behind them on an open road. They exude the pure essence of freedom, working in tandem with a rider’s most inner […]

Raider training
February 24, 2022
Thinking of Getting a Motorcycle? Here are 5 Essential Tips for Staying Safe as a Beginner.

Riding doesn’t have to be hazardous! Here are some tips and tricks you can take advantage of to enter the sport with confidence. I’ve heard all the jokes around becoming a rider: “donorcycle,” and in Quebec, “mortecycle.” For years, even I delayed getting my licence because I thought the sport was very dangerous. Everyone knows […]

Riding a motorcycle
February 04, 2022
Kawasaki – from Underdog to Icon

Many say that a true motorcyclist loves all motorcycles. After all, two wheels are two wheels, right? However, many riders have a clear bias when it comes to the brand of bikes they prefer. Such love for a brand can be sparked by the first motorcycle your parents ever owned, the one your best friend […]

September 17, 2021
Considering Motorcycle Camping? Here are some tips to get you started

The first time I went moto-camping, I pulled into my campsite and started gathering firewood. A lady from a neighbouring campsite wandered over and, in the process of telling me that I’m supposed to buy the firewood not gather it, she said something that struck me at the time: “My husband is so jealous!” Okay, […]

Motorcycle gear for riders who want to get the most out of their motorcycle gear.
August 24, 2021
Getting The Most Out Of Your Motorcycle Gear

As a motorcyclist, gear plays a large role in our day-to-day riding life. Not only does it provide much-needed protection from the elements and for our bodies, but it also allows us to show our personality and style as a rider. So how do we keep our gear lasting and in good shape? There are […]

Preparing for a multi-day motorcycle trip.
August 13, 2021
Preparing For A Multi-Day Motorcycle Trip

As you become a more seasoned moto-traveller you’ll find ways to become more efficient with packing and smarter with your money and time. But, when you’re starting out on your first few trips, it can be overwhelming to prepare everything you need. Travelling by bike requires an adequate level of minimalism, and just a bit […]

trail rider with Rider Plus Insurance
June 04, 2021
Upgrade Your Motorcycle Skills The SMART Way

This summer, consider taking a course in dirt riding to improve your skills on and off road. One of the fastest-growing segments of our industry is the adventure motorcycle market, and for good reason. Adventure motorcycles are the SUVs of bikes, capable of going pretty much anywhere in comfort. With their good ergonomics, extra clearance, […]

new or used motorcycle
March 22, 2021
Buying New or Used? There’s a Lot to Consider.

It’s the beginning of a new season and you’ve decided to buy a motorcycle. Good for you! It’s an exciting time, but it’s also a stressful time. There’s substantial money involved, a lot to consider, and you don’t want to make a mistake. Perhaps the first decision you have to make is whether to buy […]

hand washing a motorcycle
November 26, 2020
Get Ready For Winter: Protect Your Bike by Following These Simple Steps

The leaves have fallen and the geese have flown. The temperature has dropped to the single digits. It is the saddest time of the year for Canadian motorcyclists, when the bike has to go into storage for the next four months. Here in Quebec, we have to be off the roads by December 1st. For […]

riders before winter comes
October 21, 2020
Make the Most out of Riding Before Winter Hits: 5 Fall Routes for the End of Riding Season

As the leaves provide us with an exceptional fall palette of colours, it becomes relatively abundant that we are nearing the end of our riding season. So how do we make the most of it? Well, ride the best roads, of course. Gear up as I talk about some great and memorable rides to hit […]

London Ridge Motorcycle
September 08, 2020
Why you need to ride a motorcycle

Have you gotten the bug for motorcycling? If so, you’ll know that it’s a life-long affair of love; If not, I hope you soon catch the bug and realize how enriched your life can be with the addition of a motorcycle. Motorcycling is not only addictive, empowering and inspires freedom, but it also opens up […]

improve your riding skills
June 22, 2020
How to Improve Your Riding Skills to Prevent Bike Collisions With Animals

It happened nine years ago now. It was dark; we should have stopped riding but only had another 20km to go to get to our hotel. The rain was light and we rode in a staggered riding position, my dad was in front in the left tire track, I followed in the right. I sifted […]

bike maintenance
May 26, 2020
Bike Maintenance Tips: Get Ready for the Riding Season!

Are you intimidated by the idea of servicing your own bike? Rest assured, these 10 tips will help you break the ice or make you a better mechanic. (Please note that the article was written by an experienced rider. If you’re unsure about servicing your bike, it’s best to have a professional mechanic do it […]

Virtual Trivia Saturdays Sponsored by Riders Plus Insurance
May 11, 2020
Virtual Trivia Saturdays in Support of The Distress Centres of Greater Toronto
Posted in: Events and News

At Riders Plus Insurance, we believe that we all can do our part in giving back to our community, especially at times like these. We believe it is important that we stand by each other and support those who need our help the most. To do our part and make a contribution to the battle […]

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March 09, 2020
Things You Need to Know About Letting Someone Borrow Your Car
Posted in: Auto Insurance

There are some misconceptions about how car insurance comes into play when someone who has borrowed a car gets into an accident. Some believe that if they are paying for the insurance the insurance will follow them, regardless of what car they are using. This, however, is not the case.  When you sign up for […]

how far to upgrade your ride
March 04, 2020
How Far Should You Go with Upgrading Your Ride?

I just started to write this article and I already can’t wait to see the comments! You see, like religion and politics, everyone has an opinion about motorcycle modifications. Hot diggity! I am so excited to dive into this topic. Over the years, I have seen everything from mild modifications of decals added on the […]

February 07, 2020
Posted in: Events and News

The Annual Spring Motorcycle Show will be returning for the 31st time, once again with Riders Plus Insurance as their proud sponsor. The show will take place on April 4 – 5, 2020 at the Toronto International Centre located at 6900 Airport Road. There will be numerous motorcycle clubs and associations exhibiting at the show. […]

February 07, 2020
Posted in: Events and News

The Toronto Motorcycle Show is returning from February 21st to the 23rd and Riders Plus Insurance will be there! One of the biggest motorcycle shows in Ontario will take place at the Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place on 100 Princes’ Blvd in Suite 1. Expect to see over 500 exhibitors as this event brings together the […]

February 07, 2020
2020 Motorcycle Supershow
Posted in: Events and News

This year was the 44th annual North American International Motorcycle Supershow. The event was held on January 3rd, 2020 and went on until January 5th, 2020, at the Toronto International Centre. The show was a fantastic event filled with many exhibitors and featured events. There were live bands, special guests, custom bikes and so much […]

Motorcycle Riding 2020
January 30, 2020
Top Five Motorcycle Goals for the New Year
Posted in: Events and News

Are you someone who sets personal goals for the New Year or do you avoid them like the plague? As a life coach, I spend a LOT of time with clients going over goals and wants, which range from weight loss to complete life upheavals. The New Year is a good time to evaluate what […]

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January 17, 2020
Nuclear Incident: Does Your Home Insurance Cover a Home Evacuation?
Posted in: Home Insurance

An emergency evacuation is ordered, and you are now on the road. You need food, gas, supplies, and a place to sleep. Are these items covered by your homeowner’s insurance? The short answer, your coverage won’t cover your losses. On January 12, 2020, many of us in Ontario were awakened to an emergency alert issued […]

understanding auto insurance lingo
December 31, 2019
Breaking Down Insurance Lingo: The Ultimate Guide to Auto Insurance Terms
Posted in: Auto Insurance

Let’s say you have your first meeting with a new insurer. You want to go in with your head held high and not look confused when insurance terms arise, right? In this article, we break down auto insurance terms. We always try our best to speak in terms everyone understands, but it never hurts to […]

different types of motorcycles
November 27, 2019
Types of Motorcycles and How To Choose the One That’s Best for You

I’ve ridden a motorcycle almost continuously since I was sixteen. Yet when I decided to get back into serious riding twenty years ago, I didn’t know where to start shopping. I’d ridden mostly used bikes, then shared one for years. Styles and models had evolved and now that it was time for a bike of […]

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October 23, 2019
How to Increase the Value of Your Home
Posted in: Home Insurance

Maintaining property value should be in the minds of most homeowners. Whether you have had your house for years or have recently purchased it, you want to ensure your investment doesn’t decline in value. Some factors are out of your control regardless of your efforts, such as location and the current state of the market. […]

what you need to know about home insurance
October 22, 2019
Things You Need to Know About Home Insurance
Posted in: Home Insurance

Your home will probably be the biggest investment of your life, which is why it should be your top priority to find the right coverage for it. Whether you already have a home or are looking to buy a new property, the home insurance policy you choose is your safety net against unpredictable events. To […]

September 13, 2019
Getting Started with Moto-Camping

Moto-camping extends the freedom we get from riding. We get to spend more quality time with our bikes, cruise the open roads and explore the great outdoors. However, it does necessitate more planning and preparation than pulling up to a motel. A few wise decisions make the difference between enjoyment and misery. To help successfully […]

September 13, 2019
How to save on home and auto insurance
Posted in: Auto Insurance

Having insurance is a way to protect the things you hold dear, be it your car, your home, motorcycle, RV, or anything else of value. Today, insurance has become more of a necessity rather than a choice, which is why it is natural to try to find the best bargain and get the most out […]

August 26, 2019
How to Prepare for Solo Motorcycle Travel

Solo travel epitomizes the heart and soul of motorcycle riding. Yet even seasoned riders shy away from it, until they’ve tried it. While it seems daunting to the uninitiated, a carefully thought-out initiation will make you wonder why you’ve waited. Travelling alone gives you the freedom to go wherever you want, when you want, and […]

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July 12, 2019
Best Motorcycle Routes in Ontario – Part 2

Join us as we continue the countdown of the best motorcycle riding routes in Ontario. Make sure you don’t miss out on Part 1, as you can find plenty of amazing routes there too. So let’s start with the remaining 4: Dynamite Alley. You’ll want to ride this section of Ontario’s Highlands, and not just […]

motorcycle summer riding routes ontario
June 21, 2019
Best Motorcycle Routes in Ontario

Get ready for a summer of awesome riding in your own backyard. Choose as many of these prime destinations as you can fit in. Use the maps as a guideline and let your sense of adventure take you off the beaten path. Ontario is motorcycle-friendly and most local tourism associations have detailed area maps available […]

how to return to riding after dropping motorcycle
May 21, 2019
How to Return to Riding After Dropping Your Motorcycle

Rare is the rider who hasn’t dropped their motorcycle. It’s a horrible, sickening feeling to feel yourself losing your balance and control, knowing there’s nothing you can do to stop your bike from falling over. The most common damages are rattled confidence, wounded pride, and scrapes and dents on your bike, although injuries can be […]

motorcycle riding health benefits
April 16, 2019
How Motorcycle Riding Improves Your Health

We all have our ways to fight stress and anxiety. Some of us find that running is a great way to vent, others like to take a nice long walk, and some like to take a ride on their motorcycle. Motorcycle riders have known about the many health benefits of riding for over a century […]

Spring motorcycle show riders plus insurance
March 19, 2019
Posted in: Events and News

Riders Plus Insurance is proud to announce our sponsorship of the 30th Annual Spring Motorcycle Show that will take place April 6 – 7, 2019 at the Toronto International Centre located at 6900 Airport Road in Toronto, Ontario. With over 50 motorcycle clubs and associations exhibiting at the show, you will have a chance to attend and participate in […]

how to find the right motorcycle
February 14, 2019
How to Take the Intimidation Out of Motorcycle Shopping

We’ve all felt it. Excitement blended with apprehension greets us as we walk into a motorcycle showroom and a sea of motorcycles. It can feel overwhelming, especially for new riders, yet, letting your emotions have the upper hand can result in a poor choice. In turn, that can affect your enjoyment and safety. The antidote […]

motorcycle gloves and boots
January 30, 2019
How to Select the Right Motorcycle Gloves and Boots

We’ve covered ninety-five percent of the body in How to Choose the Right Helmet and How to Purchase the Right Motorcycle Jacket and Pants. Now we’ll protect our extremities—hands and feet. They may represent a small part of our body but they play major roles in our independence, freedom, and mobility—all worthy reasons to protect them. […]

December 10, 2018
How to Purchase the Right Motorcycle Gear: Jacket and Pants

We all want to look fabulous when we’re out riding, but making a fashion statement should be the last consideration when purchasing gear. Fit and function come first, in that order. Protection from road rash or impacts is only part of gear’s usefulness. It also protects against a variety of road hazards like stones, bugs, […]

motorcycle helmet
November 06, 2018
How to Choose the Right Helmet

A motorcycle helmet is arguably a motorcyclist’s most important piece of safety equipment. With so many choices in style, design, and price, it’s hard to know how to choose the one that’s best for you. The right helmet makes a huge difference in protection, comfort, and rider fatigue. Here’s a primer to guide you on […]

Autumn Riding Safety - Rider Plus Insurance
October 04, 2018
10 Tips to Extend your Season in Comfort and Safety

Motorcycle riding season is winding down in Ontario, but there are ways to extend your riding season in comfort and safety. 10 Tips to Extend your Motorcycle Riding Season 1) Dress properly. Effective layering and correct choice of gear makes a remarkable difference in your ability to stay warm. 1) Start with good base layers—long-sleeved tees, […]

fall riding routes - Riders Plus Insurance
September 18, 2018
5 Ontario Fall Colour Rides

The challenge of finding a spectacular fall colour ride in Ontario isn’t finding a route. It’s deciding where—from the many prime destinations throughout the province—you’ll go. Here are a few outstanding loops to get you started. Use them as a guide and plan your distance according to your availability, comfort level, and interests. All have […]

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August 08, 2018
RP Group Riding Tips
Posted in: Clubs & Groups

Group riding has its attractions. It’s a great social outing with others who have similar interests. You have others to share experiences, the stuff that makes stories. Special friendships develop within groups. There’s also a sense of security when the unexpected happens. But riding in close proximity with others, especially if you don’t know them, […]

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July 10, 2018
Advanced Rider Training

Which rider is a prime candidate for Advanced Rider Training? Rider 1 took the basic rider course and has been riding on the road for a few years without incident. Rider 2 has ridden for decades and tens, maybe hundreds of thousands of kilometers, also without incident. Rider 3 has a new motorcycle, different in […]

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July 10, 2018
Saving Money on Motorcycle Insurance Is Easy!
Posted in: Auto Insurance

“Why is my motorcycle insurance so expensive?” –  a question you will likely hear from anyone who loves to ride. Most riders struggle with the high rates that come with motorcycle insurance. What they don’t know, however, is that there are many easy ways to save on insurance rates. Here are just some of the […]

Toronto Motorcycle Film Fest
July 10, 2018
Posted in: Events and News

Riders Plus Insurance is proud to announce our sponsorship of the 2nd Annual Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival taking place September 27 – 30, 2018 at the Revue Cinema. This festival is the only Canadian film festival dedicated to screening the best motorcycle and moto-culture films from across the globe. The festival includes red-carpet Q&A sessions […]

310-Wasaga Beach Motorcycle Rally
July 10, 2018
Posted in: Events and News

The Wasaga Beach Motorcycle Rally presented by RIDERS PLUS INSURANCE will take place July 20 – 22.  Whether you’re a motorcycle enthusiast, or you’re just looking for some fun in the sun, this rally is the place to be. Come join us and get a chance to see some great concerts and rides in the […]

Riders on road - Riders Plus Insurance
June 13, 2018
How to Share the Road Safely with Transport Trucks  

Riding on the road means sharing it with other users. Travel any paved surfaces and you’ll soon encounter a transport truck. It’s easy to get frustrated and impatient when they block your visibility, slow your progress, and buffet you all over the road. But they’re a fact of riding life, so it’s best to stay […]

May 11, 2018
36 Tips for Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, so we’ve assembled a range of tips to increase your awareness of what you can do to share the road with other road users safely. OPP (Ontario Provincial Police) report that forty-eight motorcyclists died last year on OPP-patrolled roads, the highest number of motorcycle deaths in ten years. Twenty-seven […]

spring motorcycle hazards to prepare for
April 22, 2018
11 Spring Motorcycle Hazards to Prepare For

Ahhhh, spring riding! After a winter of hibernation, the first rides of spring are some of the most exhilarating of the year. Spring also ushers in unique seasonal risks calling for extra vigilance to stay safe on the road. Knowing what to expect and how to manage them mitigates the risks. 11 Spring Motorcycle Hazards […]

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March 21, 2018
Get your Motorcycle Ready for Spring

Dreaming about the first ride of the season dispels winter darkness. Spending time with your motorcycle and making sure it’s ready to ride makes that dream come true. Even if you were meticulous in winterizing it, oxidization, condensation, and critters may have damaged it during storage. A thorough and methodical check will show you what […]

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February 18, 2018
How To Get Fit For Riding Season

Use it or lose it! Left unattended physical fitness declines over time. Even if you’re in peak shape going into winter hibernation, you’ll lose strength, stamina, and mobility without regular exercise. Don’t despair. There are things you can do to halt physical decline and rebuild strength. The right fitness program will improve performance, help prevent […]

January 15, 2018
Top Ten Motorcycle Travel Books to Read

Get ready for an extended cold snap! Stock your bookshelves with stories from authors who will ignite your wanderlust. By the time you’ve read these books, it will be time to get your motorcycle out and make your own memories. Ten Motorcycle Travel Books for Winter Reading 1. Motorcycle Messengers: Tales from the Road by […]

December 15, 2017
Motorcycle Supershow 2018
Posted in: Events and News

Shake off the winter blues by visiting the North American International Motorcycle Supershow between January 5-7, 2018! Come browse America’s largest retail show for motorcycle enthusiasts at the Toronto International Centre. Whether you’re there to look for a new bike, pimp up your current one, or there to visit the many entertainment features (did you […]

December 04, 2017
10 Tips For Choosing the Best Motorcycle Gear

It may seem counterintuitive to spend time and money on something you may never need. Yet buying the best motorcycle gear you can afford can be the wisest investment you make. To help you, we’ve prepared a list of guidelines that apply to pilot and pillion. As a rule, keep the three “F’s”—fit, function, and […]

November 13, 2017
12 Gift Ideas for the Rider in Your Life

With the gift-giving season on the horizon, we thought you’d appreciate a few ideas to get you started. To learn the most popular choices, we reached out to readers for recommendations. Although the respondents had diverse experiences, ranging from industry experts to casual riders, definite themes emerged. Here are the top selections. From stocking-stuffers to […]

October 06, 2017
10 Tips for Winterizing Your Motorcycle

With the warm weather we’re enjoying, it’s easy to get lulled into thinking riding season will last forever. However, the calendar tells us it’s October. Winter will arrive so it’s time to think about preparing our motorcycles for hibernation. The tips below assume that will last four to six months. Weather conditions and your preferences […]

September 15, 2017
10 Autumn Hazards And How To Handle Them

September is the highlight of the season for many riders. It’s generally sunny and dry, with pleasant temperatures. Vacation traffic has thinned, leaving more open road for enjoyable all-day cruising. The inevitable cycles of nature, however, signal the season is winding down and bring in unique hazards for motorcyclists. Here’s what to watch for at […]

August 07, 2017
How to Make Sure You’re Ready to Ride

Arriving at your destination safely requires a holistic approach to riding – one that considers all the factors that go into making the sport we love so exhilarating. It begins well before you throw a leg over your motorcycle. Make sure you’re ready to ride by mindfully assessing the following factors: Gear We hope to […]

July 10, 2017
10 Best Routes for Riders in Ontario

10 Best Routes for Riders in Ontario It’s hard to define a best motorcycle route. Riding style, personal preference, and even your mood can affect the kind of riding you enjoy. Still, there’s no doubt Ontario is rife with prime riding roads that weave our diverse landscapes together. Whether you’re looking for a weekend trip […]

June 09, 2017
10 Tips for Safe Hot Weather Riding

Most of my travel across Canada was in warm, but not hot temperatures. The previous few days I’d been riding in temperate conditions along the Pacific Coast Highway. That day I planned to ride from Fort Bragg, on the coast, via Napa to Clayton, California, where I would stay with friends. It was an easily […]

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April 12, 2017
Spring Riding Tips

It has been a long winter and we are excited to get our motorcycles out.  Are you ready? After not riding for a number of months our skills are rusty.  I always take a bike to a large parking lot and try some slow speed manoeuvers to practice my clutch control and balance with my […]

April 05, 2017
Five Tips for a Safe Riding Season

The importance of motorcycle safety cannot be overstated. According to the NHTSA’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis, the risk, per mile, of a fatal crash is 35 times greater for a motorcyclist than a passenger car. While that is a chilling statistic, there are several ways to ensure a safe riding season while fully […]

motorcycle insurance
March 25, 2017
Beginner’s Guide to Motorcycle Insurance

What You Need to Know – Beginner’s Guide to Bike Insurance We congratulate you for making the smart decision to enroll in a Rider Training Course. By completing this course successfully, you will greatly reduce the chances that you will be involved in a motorcycle accident, and that’s great news to insurance companies (and, obviously, […]

avoiding riding distractions
March 16, 2017
Riding Distractions to Avoid

1. Using Your Cell Phone While Riding… Really?? Talking on your cell phone while you ride is a major source of distraction at best and a recipe for a dramatic accident at worst. Ontario has banned cell phone use while driving… but as a motorcycle rider do you really need that incentive to leave your cell phone in its […]

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March 08, 2017
The Invasion of the Small-Displacement (300-500cc) “Beginner” Bikes

You meet the nicest people on a small bike Very few motorcycle manufacturers start out building large displacement bikes. One of the best selling motorcycles of all time happens to be a small bike, the single cylinder Honda Super Cub. It was revolutionary in 1958, but motorcyclists living in North America always seemed to prefer […]

March 01, 2017
Winter Motorcycle Rider Blues
Posted in: Events and News

Yes, Ontario, we have a few more weeks of snow and ice to look forward to before we can see a semblance of decent riding weather again. Here’s an idea that will take your mind off the fact that your not riding AND give you things to do that will help take your mind off not […]

October 27, 2016
The 6 Series: An Abridged History of Harley-Davidson
Posted in: History

The Harley-Davidson Company is the iconic American motorcycle manufacturer. The company achieved world domination with their motorbikes, but they started with very humble beginnings back at the very start of the twentieth century. Since then, they’ve had a hard-rocking journey into success… facing their fair share of challenges along the way. Last month the Discovery […]

motorcycle rally wasaga beach
September 22, 2016
Revisiting the 2016 Wasaga Beach Motorcycle Rally
Posted in: Events and News

This summer was a blast, there’s no question about it. The trips, the rides, getting that time in with friends and family… and not to mention the awesome events that happened all over the province. Most importantly, the 2016 Wasaga Beach Motorcycle Rally! The rally this year was bigger and badder than any other. Everyone […]

September 14, 2016
The 6 Series: An Abridged History of the Motorcycle
Posted in: History

The origins of the motorcycle date all the way back to the second half of the nineteenth century, where its original conception was not much different than today’s average bicycle. And things sure have changed since then. In this new monthly series, Riders Plus Insurance is going to go back in time to highlight the […]

motorcycle training Courses
May 22, 2016
Why You Should Take a Rider Training Course

To fully enjoy any activity, you need to increase skill level and decrease the potential for disaster. People are very attentive when they are instructed prior to their first skydiving experience, for example. They don’t attempt to climb a cliff based on a blind assumption that safety harnesses and ropes are secure and safe. However, for some reason […]

motorcycle training - Riders Plus Insurance
April 25, 2016
Four Reasons to Take The M2 Exit Course

1) Real-time training in real-world traffic Bad habits can creep into the riding routines of the most avid riders. Regardless of the amount of saddle time you’ve logged during your time as an M2 licensee, one-to-one feedback from a trained professional will help to ensure you’re on the right path toward becoming a lifetime rider. […]

motorcycle riding group - Riders Plus Insurance
April 09, 2016
Keeping Your Riding Skills Sharp Over 45

“I’ve been riding for 30 years, I don’t need to take a course!” Really? Do you still play sports as well as you did 20+ years ago? Sure, age and experience are important. And those lower insurance premiums are just one of the benefits of getting older and wiser. But there’s a downside to riding […]

motorcycle etiquette
April 07, 2016
Motorcycle Passenger Etiquette

Motorcycle riding is an experience that can be very customized to the desires or requirements of the individual. One of those variables involves the need or desire to carry passengers on rides. Some people ride with passengers on vacation trips, on commutes, or any variation thereof. Others absolutely abstain from carrying passengers for any number […]

February 20, 2016
I Can Only Ride One Motorcycle At A Time

Let’s start by clarifying what insurance companies can and cannot do. Motorcycle insurance policies are contracts. The terms of the contract are either regulated by law and universally applicable to all Ontario policyholders, or are specifically approved by the Financial Services Commission of Ontario to be applied in specific circumstances by insurance companies who have […]

spring bike preparation
February 18, 2016
Spring Bike Preparation

Getting your bike ready to go back out on the road in the spring should be much more than a slap-dash checklist of must-do issues. This is your bike, your pride and joy, your ticket to freedom and adventure. It must gleam in detailed perfection, run in absolute mechanical harmony. Getting your bike ready for […]

Motorcycle Insurance Renewal
February 02, 2016
Your Motorcycle Insurance Renewal

Your motorcycle insurance renewal is laying on your desk, waiting to be opened. This document arrives at your home roughly a month or a month and a half before your renewal date, once a year if you have a 12 month term as most insured motorcycle owners in Ontario do. The first page (although it […]

preparing motorcycle for winter
November 18, 2015
Preparing Your Motorcycle for the Winter

For a lot of readers of this article, the whole process of winterizing their motorcycle is a non-issue because the storage facility such as your local Ontario motorcycle dealership will either do most of the tasks for you or will give you expert advice on what to do and how or where to do it. There is absolutely nothing […]

intelligent cranium display
August 11, 2015
Smart Helmets Hitting the Market

The last decade has blessed us with some of the coolest technology and cursed us with some unfortunate ramifications for its use. The 2010 Ontario ban on hand-held devices for drivers has pushed companies to think outside the box. Mobile devices have become the hub for widgets improving our quality of life. It started with […]

Lennox county
August 02, 2015
Where on Earth is Lennox and Addington County?

Friendliness isn’t merely a sign on the edge of town that says something like “We’re Darn Friendly”, it’s an attitude that starts with the residents, permeates the municipal government, and shines through as a habit of welcoming is developed. The County of Lennox and Addington website is packed with promising information for the motorcycle riders. In […]

don't let it be your fault rider safety
May 21, 2015
Don’t Let It Be Your Fault – Motorcycle Braking

One of the most common mistakes that you will see being made by some of the motorcycle riders on the roads is the mistake of misjudging how much stoppage distance they need. ABS brakes certainly help, but only the most experienced riders can lock up the brakes at a high speed and come to a […]

May 20, 2015
BMA Toy Parade 2015
Posted in: Events and News

Toy Ride Parade – Saturday, August 22 Celebrating our 34 th Annual Parade BRAMPTON, ON.(April 15, 2015) – The Brampton Motorcycle Association (BMA) proudly announces the return of its signature charity event – the Police Escorted Toy Ride Parade. It all began in 1982 with “Santa’s Ride for Kids” – 12 Riders decorating their Bikes, […]

Toronto Motorcycle Springshow 2015
February 27, 2015
Toronto Motorcycle Springshow 2015
Posted in: Events and News

The tradition continues as many of us involved with the motorcycle industry in southern Ontario prepare to attend the Toronto Motorcycle Springshow on March 21 and 22, 2015. One of the most popular attractions at this motorcycle show is the huge variety of used motorcycles for sale. There are, of course, many Ontario motorcycle dealerships displaying their used bike […]

February 04, 2015
Rider Training – Sign Up Early!

If you are going to be starting out as a motorcycle rider in the Spring of 2015, the fastest, easiest, and most effective way to gather the information you’ll need is to visit one or several of the Motorcycle Rider Training Course Providers at the Ottawa Motorcycle Show on February 13, 14, and 15, 2015. Algonquin […]

October 16, 2014
A Biker’s Thanksgiving
Posted in: Events and News

Thanksgiving in an Ontario motorcycle rider’s household is generally a very sombre affair. Turkey and Hot Cider can’t settle that uneasy feeling in the pit of your gut that Riding Season is Almost Over. The sun gets closer to the horizon every night on your commute home from work almost immediately after Labour Day. Frost […]

August 11, 2014
Blogs for Bikers
Posted in: Clubs & Groups

One of the cool things about the motorcycle blogging community is that there is a real sense of sharing among many of the bloggers. They love to read each other’s posts and see each other’s pictures for a lot of reasons. They learn from each other, motivate and amuse each other, and often provide some […]

kingston at night
May 12, 2014
Kingston, Ontario – A Capital Motorcycle Destination

Kingston, Ontario is the only city in the world that has a historic walking tour with a narrative by Don Cherry that you can download to your MP3 player right from the Kingston city website. We can just imagine it: “You kids out there, remember to guard your shorelines against the invading American hordes.” Speaking of […]

motorcycle risk management safety
April 01, 2014
Holism and Risk Management – A Primer for the Riding Season

Taking responsibility. When directed at motorcyclists, these dirty little words can provoke some of the most pessimistic, anecdote laced tirades this side of a model comparison debate. I have a theory as to why. There’s a process of acculturation in becoming a motorcyclist. Regardless of the sub-group you affiliate with, the inherent mystique and rebellious […]

Riders Plus Kawasaki Ninja Event
March 09, 2014
2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 – It’s True!

The Kawasaki Ninja 250 has been a solid contender in its class for many years. Kawasaki even upgraded the model within the past few years, and that upgrade generated a lot of positive response. In fact, Kawasaki has been very active in offering many options to riders of smaller, more fuel efficient bikes with the impressive […]

International Motorcycle Supershow 2014
January 10, 2014
International Motorcycle Supershow 2014
Posted in: Events and News

The Riders Plus Insurance booth was located in Hall 3, very close to the entrance to Hall 2, the same location as it has been for a number of years now. The Supershow is huge, encompassing almost the entire complex of vast hall space at the International Centre on Airport Road in Mississauga, Ontario. Each […]

motorcycle show schedule
December 12, 2013
Ontario Motorcycle Show Schedule 2014
Posted in: Events and News

Here are the Winter and early Spring Motorcycle Shows at which Riders Plus will be present (titles are linked to their respective websites for more information): North American International Motorcycle Supershow – January 3, 4, and 5, 2014 Riders Plus Ottawa International Motorcycle Show – February 1 and 2, 2014 Toronto Motorcycle Show – February […]

riders plus blog
October 07, 2013
What to Do Immediately Following a Motorcycle Accident

Some of the things that need to happen immediately following a motorcycle accident may seem self-evident and obvious, but in the aftermath of a collision with something (or with the ground) the rider will, in many cases, be anything but lucid and practical. The following points are general guidelines that, as a sort of checklist, address the main […]

Riders Plus trikes
April 10, 2013
Who Likes Trikes?

The idea of putting two wheels on the back of a motorcycle for stability purposes is certainly not a new idea. Trikes are, however, gaining a lot more popularity these days, partly because Ontario’s baby boomers are getting older and find the added stability attractive on the big bore bikes that they love to ride. […]

Spring Motorcycle Show 2013
March 18, 2013
Another Fun Spring Motorcycle Show 2013
Posted in: Events and News

The crowds in the International Centre’s Halls 1, 2, and 3 were thick by early afternoon on the first day (March 16th) of the International Spring Motorcycle Show. Smiles were contagious; these people were here, not to be distracted from the dreariness of a winter with no end in sight, but to get loose ends wrapped […]

motorcycle training - Riders Plus Insurance
February 22, 2013
Road Sharing Tips from the Rider Training Institute

With a new riding season almost here, most of us are busy finalizing those over-the-winter bike projects we started as the snow started to fall. Adding some chrome here and there, maybe a new slip on or wiring in that swank GPS system you got for Christmas? With all that attention focused on prepping our […]

motorcycle riding winter insurance
January 06, 2013
Where to Ride Over the Winter?

A lot of Ontario motorcycle riders who have free time in the winter, perhaps semi-retired or retired, make winter trips to southern States where the riding is ideal at that time of year. There are endless resources to explore these options, from internet articles and websites to tour providers and, probably most reliable of all, […]

seasons greetings riders plus
December 21, 2012
Season’s Greetings from Riders Plus
Posted in: Events and News

Or you can even find a deal on a new or used motorcycle at a motorcycle show that is simply too good to resist (believe me, this happens a lot). In fact, the best thing about this time of year is that it makes you truly appreciate the riding season, ensuring that you don’t take for […]

holiday season gift
December 20, 2012
Christmas Shopping for Motorcyclists
Posted in: Events and News

Now, if you’re the Ideal Spouse, you will simply go into the local Ontario motorcycle dealership that sells your spouse’s dream motorcycle, put the money down, gift wrap the beast and sit back to receive endless, effusive thanks. Obviously, the Ideal Spouse has either a lot of disposable income or a great line of credit. Ok, […]

December 14, 2012
Intact Insurance Buys Jevco: What It Means to You
Posted in: Events and News

Jevco Insurance is a name well known to most Ontario motorcyclists who have been around for a while. From its beginnings in 1980, Jevco became one of the largest insurers of recreational vehicles in Canada. Purchased by Kingsway General Insurance in the 1990’s, they were later sold to a company called Westaim in 2010. The […]

ottawa motorcycle riding
December 13, 2012
Ottawa, Ontario and Motorcycles

Let’s start with the Rideau Canal. In winter, anyone in Ottawa can skate for miles on the Rideau Canal, a truly remarkable and unique activity that is in itself worth a trip to this city. Excellent skiing opportunities exist within a short drive of the city, and there are some fantastic museums that are well […]

motorcycle camping
May 30, 2012
Motorcycles and Camping – The Perfect Match

A big part of camping’s appeal for many people is the planning that goes into a camping trip. Other people enjoy the endless variety of ingenious tools, gadgets, and other toys designed for campers. Still other folks simply throw together whatever they think they’ll need and settle in wherever they can legally pitch a tent. The beautiful part of it is […]

motorcycle training Courses
May 22, 2012
Advanced Rider Training – All Pro, No Con

In this article we give the microphone (ok, in this case, the pen) to some of Ontario’s leading Rider Training professionals. Some common themes run through their submissions. First, the best way to learn specific manoeuvres is under the direct supervision of a professional trainer. Second, learning and practicing are activities that are ongoing; even […]

port dover riders plus
April 18, 2012
Port Dover Friday the 13th April 2012

When Jeff, the Riders Plus Marketing Rep, arrived in Port Dover around 9 am on Friday, the Thirteenth of April, 2012, the town was already beginning to fill up with motorcyclists and a few non-riding tourists. It didn’t take long before the floodgates opened and the town simply filled right to the rafters. By afternoon […]

spring motorcycle show 2013
March 19, 2012
International Spring Motorcycle Show 2012

One thing we can always predict is that the International Spring Motorcycle Show will be an event that is always worth the visit for Ontario motorcycle enthusiasts. We cannot, with any degree of accuracy, predict the weather for the weekend of the event, though. And since this show usually took place in April, it was […]

Kitchener Motorcycle Show 2012
March 13, 2012
Kitchener Motorcycle Show 2012
Posted in: Events and News

Friday night, March 9, 2012, saw trucks and trailers lined up at Bingemans Conference Centre in Kitchener, Ontario. Motorcycles, leathers, the building blocks of trade show booths, brochures and cards, all sorts of things were being unloaded and carted into the halls to be set up. The excitement is always at a high level at […]

motorcycle travel ontario beaches
March 02, 2012
Motorcycle Travel to Ontario Beaches 2012

One of the best places to end up after a warm summer morning ride is a beach.After a long winter, nothing could be more attractive, even for those people who actually flew to a beach during the winter months. Ontario has a lot of excellent beach resorts that have everything you could wish for in […]

January 16, 2012
The Mammoth Motorcycle Show
Posted in: Events and News

All three days, Friday January 6, 2012 through Sunday, January 8, 2012, were warm, dry, and mostly sunny. The unseasonably springlike weather was unquestionably a factor in drawing the huge crowds of motorcycle enthusiasts, many of whom came from the farthest reaches of Ontario and beyond. These show attendees came expecting to be impressed, entertained, and […]

December 13, 2011
One Ontario Motorcycle Show at a Time
Posted in: Events and News

The earliest motorcycle show of the 2012 season in Ontario is the Toronto Motorcycle Show at the Metro Convention Centre in downtown Toronto December 9, 10, and 11, 2011. This show is sponsored by the Motorcycle and Moped Industry Council, the group that includes all of the major motorcycle manufacturers in Canada. The timing of this […]

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November 22, 2011
Top Ten Reasons Your Insurance Rates Go Up

Taxes and the Toronto Maple Leafs not making it to the playoffs are the two most certain facts of life, but any motorcycle rider who has been in the game for very long knows that fluctuating insurance rates are also a fact of nature. Motorcyclists will also tell you that we tend to remember and […]

September 27, 2011
Riders Say Tomato in Leamington, Ontario

Ontario as a whole has a spectacular variety of scenic, overwhelmingly beautiful natural regions. Leamington is unique in a number of ways. Most notably, the town borders Point Pelee National Park, a wildlife refuge barely fifty kilometres south of Windsor, Ontario that has been a prime destination for bird watchers in particular for decades. Each spring […]

riders plus vrod motorcycle
September 12, 2011
Ten Years of the Harley Davidson V Rod

The V Rod burst onto the Canadian motorcycle market ten years ago as a Harley totally unlike the ubiquitous Sportsters, Softails and Dynas. This new model was supposed to appeal to the 20 somethings who weren’t drawn to the traditional Harley Davidson models, riders who wanted sleek and fast and cool but didn’t particularly care […]

August 26, 2011
Contact Your Broker For All of These Reasons

We ask you to let us know when changes happen that may affect your motorcycle insurance policy. Aside from letting us know about your newly acquired (or newly dispensed with) bikes, here are a few of the bigger changes and why it’s important for you to let us know: Change of Bank Information for Monthly Withdrawals: To […]

August 26, 2011
Eagle Motorcycle Ride
Posted in: Clubs & Groups

Liberty For Youth (LFY) is a registered charitable youth organization that has helped hundreds of youth, both locally and provincially, to provide professional character developmental programs for youth (12 – 18 years) in the Hamilton community. LFY educates and inspires them to make positive decisions to avoid or escape a life of poverty, drugs and […]

August 24, 2011
Collingwood and Wasaga Beach – Motorcycle Mecca

Motorcycle riders are brilliant strategists. They know that it is pure folly to go up Highway 400 on a Friday afternoon preceding a long weekend. There are countless roads that take a more meandering route up toCollingwood and Wasaga Beach, roads that pass through endlessly fascinating landscape. You never know what you will find on […]

July 07, 2011
REALTORS Care Foundation Annual Motorcycle Ride for Charity
Posted in: Clubs & Groups

TREB hosts REALTORS Care Foundation Annual Motorcycle Ride for Charity TORONTO, July 6, 2011 — The Toronto Real Estate Board will play host to the Ontario REALTORS Care Foundation’s annual Motorcycle Ride for Charity July 13th to 15th as it sets out to reach a key milestone this year. This summer’s ride marks the culmination […]

July 07, 2011
Thank You BAD Ride 14 Supporters!
Posted in: Clubs & Groups

Thank You B.A.D. Ride 14 Supporters! Sunday, May 29th 2011—what a day it was! Despite rain in the forecast and a damp beginning for some, by the time motorcyclists arrived at the start venue, the day had evolved into perfect riding weather. This year, because of the fortunately incorrect weather predictions, we’re counting a mix […]

riders against hunger ride
June 15, 2011
Riders Against Hunger August 20, 2011

The Riders Against Hunger Ride is a first-time poker run-style motorcycle charity ride in support of Eden Community Food Bank in Mississauga. It is open to all riders, clubs and makes of motorcycles. We are anticipating 100 bikers to participate in this first-time event. 100% of what the riders raise will go directly to purchasing and […]

Some Common Motorcycle Accident Situations
June 13, 2011
Some Common Motorcycle Accident Situations

Perhaps the most commonly discussed motorcycle accident scenario is the one in which a motorcycle goes straight through an intersection on a green light and a car or truck coming from the opposite direction turns left in front of – or into – the motorcycle, usually because the car or truck driver didn’t look closely enough […]

June 07, 2011
1st Annual Ride for Dog Guides June 25, 2011
Posted in: Clubs & Groups

On June 25, 2011 motorcycle enthusiasts are invited to change the lives of Canadians with disabilities by participating in the first annual Ride for Dog Guides. The Ride consists of a poker run between Oakville and Breslau, Ontario. Registration for the Ride opens at 10 a.m. at Lions Foundation of Canada (152 Wilson Street) in […]

ride for progeria
May 31, 2011
Ride for Progeria 2011 Press Release
Posted in: Events and News

Progeria, a fatal rapid aging disease that affects children is not a popular one to be heard of, and is the entire reason for the 3rd Annual Ride for Progeria & Benefit Concert. Organizer and motorcycle enthusiast who has won a number of awards this year for her customized Ninja (I.D. Streetfighters, a major sponsor […]

grand bend
May 30, 2011
Grand Bend, Ontario – Close to Home, Away From It All

A relatively short motorcycle ride from London, Ontario takes you to the little resort town of Grand Bend. This small town is big on amenities for visitors. The fine sand beach stretches as far as the eye can see, right through the neighbouring Pinery Provincial Park. The relatively calm expanse of Lake Huron provides the perfect opportunity to […]

Motorcycle Charity Rides 2011
May 25, 2011
Ontario Motorcycle Charity Rides 2011
Posted in: Events and News

You really have to love the month of June. The unpredictable May bouts of chill and rain are less likely to hit once June arrives. Roads are almost certainly washed clean of sand, salt, and gravel from winter anti-ice campaigns. The lush green of spring hasn’t yet faded with the onset of summer. Warm days […]