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The Versys Gets a Kickstand Plate

I’ve been riding for a while now, and had been pretty content to use whatever came to hand to place under the kickstand to prevent my motorcycle from sinking into the dirt. I’ve used plastic water bottles, soda cans, rocks, electrical cover plates and plastic kickstand pucks. But when you arrive on the spot and even have a kickstand puck in your tank bag, there is still quite a balancing act to drop it and get the kickstand over top of it. Now add in the weight of a bike fully loaded for touring, and a ten or twelve hour day of riding, and I can tell you that sometimes I nearly fell or dropped the bike while getting that support under the stand. And what about those quick roadside stops where all you want to do is get off for a minute or two?

The KLR will get you there

The KLR will get you there.

At Rocky Point Newfoundland, while on my heavily loaded KLR, I got off the bike to take a few shots…

Only to find it taking a dirt nap.
Dirt nap

Problem solved the cheap way… A kickstand plate from

A search with keywords such as “kawasaki versys 650 kickstand plate” brought a whole list of decent kickstand plates, Β that were certainly a whole lot cheaper than those that I’d seen on other online websites, especially when you view the selection available with free shipping.

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I went with gun metal grey to match the worn kickstand of the Versys.

I knew that it wouldn’ be SW-Motech or Touratech but I’m on a budget and was able to find a few styles coming in at under $12 with free shipping!

Touratech wants $59 before shipping for this model:

Touratech Kickstand Adapter

Touratech Kickstand Adapter

I placed an order for the eBay special and sat down to wait out the month or more it took to arrive from China.

It was made from a piece of aluminium with stainless steel fasteners and looked like it had just come off the CNC machine. supplied with a hex key all I had to do was use some thread lock (I’m an Ex-KLR rider remember) and it was on the bike in under ten minutes.

Pros: Price and performance is brilliant.

Cons: 5% of the time when parking on very loose soil I still needed a kickstand puck, but that was due in part to a heavily loaded touring bike on boggy earth. The Touratech model is larger and probably would have worked in all fairness, but I saved about five tanks of gas plus! πŸ™‚

that 5%...

Parked on that 5% patch where I still needed that kickstand plate.


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Dirt Bike Videos on Instagram

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webBikeWorld 2016 Motorcycle Product of the Year Awards

I saw this pop up in my feed today, and thought it worth sharing.

2016 Motorcycle Product of the Year Awards.

Source: webBikeWorld 2016 Motorcycle Product of the Year Awards

Something to make you smile

Faceplant like a pro!


Is this the last ride of 2016?

The weather report called for a 30% chance of rain, which turned out to be patently false, for we rode through steady showers on the homeward leg. I was pretty happy to roll into the garage after five hours of riding.

Another great ride in the books, and I mounted my snow tires on my civic, and stabilized the fuel on my dirt bike, but not the Versys as I can dream can’t I?


The Fall…ing down Ride

I love riding in the fall, but the shorter hours of daylight at this time of year don’t always work out in my favour, so I’ve tried to get some quick and dirty rides in after school on my XR400R.

I may have bitten off a bit more than I can chew…


It really was a beautiful fall ride… Complete with falling off, but my tuck and roll is superior to my offroad riding skills. πŸ™‚

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Did you smile? 

The Versys has new shoes

I put a new rear tire onto the Versys over the weekend as the old tire was bald at 14, 000 km, much of which was comprised of two return trips to Ontario.

Let’s hope I can get another 14k off of this one.


2016 Cape Traverse PE Revisited

I hadn’t thrown my leg over the Versys since I finished my 4000km trip to Ontario last thursday, and with the added weight of my camping gear and touring luggage removed, I felt like a noob on this machine as I rolled it out of the garage, and down the driveway out to the main road, ostensibly to grab a coffee at Tim Horton’s in Borden-Carleton, then the notion hit to ride the coast line along Route 10 through Cape Traverse and beyond, stopping at Harvey’s General Store in Crapaud and home. I’d also thought to try a new Android App called ‘ESR‘ short for ‘Eat Sleep Ride‘ which I’d installed on my phone over the weekend. It records your track, which you can then post to ESR as a ride. Sort of a social media and ‘Best biking roads’ for motorcyclists. While I think it’s still in it’s infancy and not quite fully fledged, the devs responded quickly to a comment regarding in-app notifications and GPX logging, so I’m sure there will be more development in future.I’mΒ @rottenronnie in the app, so feel free to follow or message me.

Campbell’s Way opposite Cape Traverse Landing

With the rear tire pretty much bald, I resolved to take it easy, and ensured that there was Zero chance of rain in the afternoon’s forecast, and off I went.

Kinkora PE thru Cape Traverse PE to Kelly’s Cross PE

The coffee went down well, and the 24/7 Esso & Tim Horton’s was seeing quite a few two wheeled visitors to the island. I suspect many day trippers from the Digby Wharf Rat rally in Nova Scotia that was running this long weekend, had the island as a destination for there were a number of people just off the bridge topping off their tanks this side of New Brunswick and bound for the interior.

Confederation Bridge as seen from Cape Traverse Landing

I found I was stopping and making u-turns for ‘the shot’, which is my usual riding mode. I had a great time, and hope you enjoy the pictures.

You can see more of Cape Traverse PE in this blog post.


They were desperate to get to the main land I suppose. To think of those conditions though, crossing the ice in the middle of winter… Scary.
Cape Traverse Landing
Campbell’s Way
Looking towards Lord’s Sea Side Cottages
Richard Point PE
This beach is spectacular at low tide
The Versys is enough of an Adventure Bike to take you out to the end and back. (Watch out for mud and deep sand!)
Boat for sale
Tryon Point Road looking south
Heading down into Tryon PE
The view from the bridge
I snapped this one quickly, can you see the two cranes in flight? You might need to view it in full resolution.
The Wharf in Victoria
I was quite taken with the contrast in colours
The view from Old Post Road in Crapaud. I call it Stewart’s Pond, but I could be wrong.

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2016 The Advocate Harbour Ride

In which I convince family that a day riding the coastline of Nova Scotia along the Bay of Fundy is a good thing…

Advocate Harbour Nova Scotia

I’d ridden this loop a few years ago courtesy of Canada Moto Guide’s Dawn to Dusk Rally and if you are in Nova Scotia with time to kill, then check out the rally map if you want an engaging ride.

The weather was looking good for the morning, although it was stronger winds than normal, which tend to happen on occasion on the island, so we seized on the chance of a perfect day of riding and set off across the bridge in force with my brother-in-law Captain Kirk in the lead on his BMW F800GS, followed by my nephew Ryan on his KLR, my sister Wendy-Sue on her Bonneville, and our friend Mike on his Bandit 1250, while I followed up on my Versys 650.

Borden-Carleton to Advocate Harbour NS
I’ve been over the bridge many times by now, so I’ll spare you that part, and I started taking pictures once we crossed the border from New Brunswick into Nova Scotia on our way to Amherst NS where we left the highway in favour of the back roads. 
As long as you have decent suspension and exercise a bit of caution on the back roads, then you’ll no doubt enjoy your ride as much as I did. The roads are a mix of pristine asphalt right down to potholed and patched, and with all the twists and turns, those potholes can cause you a bit of bother.
Wendy-Sue crossing into Nova Scotia

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