Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Mt. Baker

OK.. not in Canada but just over the border!
June 12th.. still some snow!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Its finally that time of year in BC. Lets shred!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Sturgis North

Is anyone planning on attending this event?  I've been trying to get some more info on the website but I can't open it up.

Sturgis North - Here's the link to the website

From what I hear is that you actually have to buy tickets for it.  If you have any info feel free to let it out...

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Say Hi to the New Guy...

I'd like to thank myself for inviting myself to FTW Canada.  

I'd like to thank John for accepting my invite and then giving me a formal invite.  

A little bit about me, My name is Kurt Paskal.  I write a blog that can be found here: Kurts Cycle Blog

I originally started my own personal blog to write about my experiences with my bikes, and anything and everything in between.  Well, since I have the attention span of a gnat I sometimes get off topic.  So expect weird, random shit.  

Thats all for now.  I'll try and keep you updated with weekly posts and maybe get FTW Ride Canada back on track.  

Here are my two current bikes that are both daily riders and daily projects.

-2009 Harley Modster
-1976 Yamaha XS650


Sunday, October 17, 2010

first pic with the new cam oly sp800uz


toronto takin fro portweller in st.catharines ontario 30 miles across lake ontario

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Sedro Wooley - Darrington - Barlow Pass - Granite Falls

Me and my wife were wanting to try and get in another ride before the rains come and the insurance expires. Found a good 500km day loop starting from our favourite starting point -Sedro Wooley and Highway 20. We always seem to bypass Hwy 20 from Sedro Wooley to Concrete, Wa in favour for the much less travelled and quieter South Skagit Highway. Very few cars, nice twisties, scenic river. We took that as far as it goes and began to head south on Hwy 530 to Darrington, Wa. From there it was a nice ride along the Mountain Loop Highway which shortly turns into the Mountain Loop Dirt Road. 14km of the best dirt road I've ever travelled on a street bike. No potholes but sometimes slippery still from the morning dew. Our speed along here fluctuated between 20 mph to 40 mph. Beautiful Fall scenery, the sunlight flickering like a strobe light between the trees. People camping, fishing along the way. Some beautiful river beside us the whole way. I loved it!
Barlow Pass marks the beginning of pavement again and since few travelled the dirt road, the road ahead of us was empty of cars. We take a break from a beer and some food and a quick look at the map to figure how we will make our way home once we get closer to reality. Granite Falls marked the end of loneliness and the beginning of 4 wheeled civilization. But it was fun while it lasted!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Vancouver to La Push to "Twilight"

Let's face it.... If you want to go for a day ride, Washington is a great place to ride. The interior of B.C. is amazing, but for a quick one-nighter, there are alot more options in Washington than B.C. So when the opportunity to go for a little ride came up, me and my wife decided to venture back over to the west coast of washington.

Cross the border, Roll down to Chukanut Drive early enough to avoid cars and take in the great twist. We stop in Anacortes where the streets are closed and there is a big art fair going on. Grab a coffee, take in some of the sites, and then back on the road. Deception pass it a pretty amazing site. It got its name when Captain Vancouver first thought the the Whidbey Island area was a peninsula, but realized there was a small passage, thus making it an island. Through Oak Harbour and to the ferry that takes us to Port Townsend. A super cool town with a neat Fort at one end which has been turned into a Park.

No time to stop yet, keep rolling through Port Angeles trying to get to the coast before the rains come. We make it over to the very west coast of Washington to a little Indian town called La Push. It's foggy but super cool!

We end up staying in Forks, Wa. getting the very last room in the entire town. Forks is famous cause the Twilight Series was filmed there. Thus... everything has a Twilight reference.... EVERYTHING. Our walk from the motel to get some eats, we probably take 20+ fotos of me in front of Twilight signs. I actually got tired of posing. And the town is over run with 13 year old girls! Quite bizarre!

Weather seems always foggy over on the Wet Coast. Roads can be awesome quiet! We tried to ride up some mountain in Port Angeles, but they wanted $10 to go up and there was a bunch of cars in front of us. Usually I love riding up mountains, but cars are always a downer! Some great roads over on the NorthWest of Washington. If you have never explored that area - highly recommended!

Vancouver to La Push

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

new shop

i was out for a country ride the other day and stumbled across this little shop on a acrage. the guy that runs it recently moved here from the states. it's called road hawg the phone# is

780-466-5538. in the front of the shop there was your ordinary selection of dirt bikes and quades. but then he took me into the back shop where the harleys are worked on. i gave him my 10 question test and he seemed to know harleys. anyway here is a nice goldleaf flame job i figured was trick.

Monday, August 2, 2010


had to weld the fender. riding without for the weekend.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

first hog

this is my first harley. i rode jap inline 4,s from when i was 16 until i turned 22. that is me 15 years ago.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

s&s glory

this is the best thing i ever did to a super e. ajustable external air bleed and a thunder jet. the old e is now a lot more tuneable and has way better top end. this carb went from nigh to day.

Friday, July 23, 2010


here is a pic of my grandfathers patrol partner in ww2, it was shot in belgum. doese anyone out there know the make of this bike. i suspect it may be english.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

first post

hi panshovel rick here i thought for my first post i should show what we build here in my garage. it is a 49 frame with a 143" panshovel motor and 68 4 speed trani. please leave any comments good or bad.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Vancouver to Penticton - the Washington way

Me and the Wife need to go to Penticton BC for a family birthday Gathering. Ride up Saturday, Ride home Sunday.
Unfortunately, I hate the usual way to Penticton, especially the ride from Vancouver to Hope. So we have decided to take the long way round via one of the best roads in the Pacific Northwest - Highway 20 in Washington.
The plan is to leave early Saturday morning and take old Hwy 99, which pretty much follow the I-5 and allows us not to travel on the I-5, down to the beginning of Highway 20 near Sedro Wooley. Then it's 120+ miles of Motorcycle road twisty bliss as we follow Hwy 20 into Winthrop, Wa. where we will stop for a well deserved late morning beer. Then we will continue on the 20 until we begin to head north towards the Canadian border on Hwy 97. The main border is at Osoyoos, but there is a small border a few miles west that we can access through some quiet, beautiful backroads. I hope to go this route as there will be less traffic for sure and much more a scenic ride. After crossing the NightHawk border (literally 2 houses in the middle of nowhere - open 9-5) the plan is some back roads into Penticton, just in time for family festivities.
The ride home via the Crowsnest is the plan. A pretty good road, but have ridden it so much that, if we can get up early enough on the Sunday, we may avoid and take the Hwy 20 route home as well.
If anything just remember this.... HIGHWAY 20!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Duffy Lake Road

Anyone who has lived in the BC must have ridden the Duffy! If not you are a fool. Same goes for you down there in Washington. The Duffy is an epic ride, maybe one of the best in BC, Especially since the road from Vancouver to Whistler has been upgraded AND they have paved about half of the road from Pemberton to Lillooet. The new paved section is amazing (hopefully it survived the winter) but watch out when you hit the old road, it's a little abrupt at first. A big thankyou to 2010 Olympics for the road upgrades.

If your a local, you can ride the Duffy in a day (a long day) or better yet make it 2 and camp at one of many free Forestry campsites along the Duffy

When in Lillooet stop at the Reynolds Hotel for Breakfast/Lunch. Their was a waitress there that could remember everything ordered no matter how many of you went in. She was amazing.
We even stayed overnight there once. Really nice rooms, pretty cheap, Beer store and bar downstairs, they even let us park our bikes in the covered secure loading bay!

The Fraser Canyon is a beautiful road as well, make your trip longer and go through Cache Creek and stop at The Log Cabin in Spences Bridge. Cool Biker bar. There is no gas in Spences Bridge so make sure you got gas either in Cache Creek or Lytton. (I had to buy gas off of a one armed lady who lived next to the graveyard and sold gas out of her garage!)

There are a bunch of variations you can do in the area. BC is best!

Here's some pics Scott Pommier took of a Duffy ride we did back in 07 (as seen in Street Chopper awhile back)