motorcycle social @ appleby crossing

The motorcycle social @ appleby crossing has been an event to celebrate the passion for riding. Where friends come to meet and see some truly remarkable bikes. It’s a community of enthusiasts of all ages and rides with an appreciation of the machine that is often seen as a work of art.

Hot Dog Steamies! That’s right we’ve got a hot dog streamer ready to serve up a great snack. Plus Little Caesar’s Pizza by the slice and drinks. All items are minimum $1 and 100% of proceeds will be donated to the Halton Women’s Place. Dave & Nancy’s Fish N Chips are back with their biker special so bring an appetite.

See you at 2301 Appleby Line “appleby crossing” Burlington

motorcycle social @ appleby crossing

Kevin Rempel

Sept 28, 2016 6-9pm

2301 Appleby Line, Burlington

The biggest event of the year! We started the motorcycle social @ appleby crossing in April 2016. It has created an opportunity for passionate riders to gather as a community and see some truly spectacular bikes and meet equally spectacular people. It has grown through the year and the social on September 28th will be  the biggest we’ve ever done.

Meet special guest for this social – Kevin Rempel!

After a career-ending motocross accident in 2006 left Kevin paralyzed from the chest down, he faced barriers and challenges that thankfully few of us have to endure. But with hard work, determination, and a passion to succeed, Kevin fought the odds and rose to become one of Canada’s top elite sledge hockey athletes.

As part of Team Canada’s Paralympic team, Kevin earned multiple medals, including Gold in the 2013 World Championships, and Bronze in the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi, Russia.

His never-ending pursuit of success elevated him to the pinnacle of his chosen sport. Kevin now inspires others with his powerful story of resilience through his autobiography, Still Standing.

Learn more about Kevin at

It’s a great event for riders and the whole family!

  • First 50 people receive a FREE signed copy of Kevin’s book.
  • First 100 people receive a FREE commemorative t-shirt
  • Take a photo with Olympic medalist Kevin Rempel
  • Free fries and snacks for the kids too!
  • Free Cinnamon sticks!
  • Free Appetizers!


Brian Nason Mortgage Architects   

Dan Dexel, Cool Canuck 

Corsa Motocicletta,

 Dave & Nancy’s Fish And Chips 

Little Caesar’s Pizza  Appleby Crossing Burlington

 Fionn MacCool’s Burlington

Leather 101

leather 101

Why is there such a difference in price of leather jackets? Am I just paying for a popular fashion brand? How can I tell the difference? These are common questions we get from our customers, so we thought we’d shed some light on the subject.

Full Grain Leather comes from the top layer of the hide which has all of the grain, therefore, full grain. The natural surface of full grain leather burnishes and beautifies with use. It is the best leather money can buy. This leather is expensive to buy and very difficult to work. Marks, scrapes and scars are all natural.

Top Grain Leather is the second highest grade because it is split from the top layer of blemished hide then sanded and refinished. This is how they get rid of scars, scrapes and light cow brands. It is strong and durable. Ride it hard! It’ll look great.

Caution: Although a jacket can say “Made ‘with’ Top Grain Leather”, parts of the jacket may be made of a lower grade of leather. Technically, the manufacturer isn’t lying. Wondering why it’s such a great deal? Some companies sort of spray paint their inferior leather to try to make it look like top grain leather.

Genuine leather is the third grade of leather and is produced from the layers of hide that remain after the top is split off for the better grades. The surface is usually refinished (spray painted) to resemble a higher grade. It can be smooth or rough.

Bonded leather is the dust and shavings of the leather glued and pressed together. Pure junk. Leftover scraps are ground together with glue and resurfaced in a process similar to vinyl manufacture. Bonded leather is weak and degrades quickly with use. Genuine and bonded leather is usually spray-painted to look like full or top grain leather. Watch out!

The Tanning Process
1. The hide sent to the tannery where they remove the excess and hair.
2. The tannery extracts the moisture, oils and natural preservatives and removes the hair. At this stage, it’s called “Wet Blue”.
3. (The most important step)
They tan the wet blue hides into a giant drum with the new oils, preservatives and coloring and let it tumble for hours and hours. Depending on the thickness of the leather, it can take up to 10 hours for the new life giving liquids to penetrate all the way to the middle of the hide.
4. Finally, the leather is pressed in heated presses, hung up to dry at a certain humidity level, sprayed with finishes and sealers and then pressed again.

Watch out for leather that isn’t tanned long enough; it looks nice on the shelf, but it’ll crack and tear in no time. Some tanneries only tumble the leather long enough to coat the outer layer and therefore the inner part never gets the oils and preservatives it needs.

A drum usually costs well over $100,000 USD and therefore many tanneries don’t have as many of them as they need. Therefore, in order to put out more leather, they cut the tumbling time by up to 90%. This is a big money maker because not only do they get to process more leather in the drums, but they don’t have to use as much oil, colors or preservatives. They only have to buy enough of the liquids to tan 10% of the mass of the leather instead of 100% of the mass all the way to the center.

These liquids are really expensive and by using cheap liquids to tan, even if they do tumble it long enough, they can save thousands and thousands of dollars a year. Also, if the tannery uses cheap dyes and colors, your leather will fade and crack with too much sunlight.

At 50 kph the distance wear-through rate:

2 oz leather: 4 feet 1inch (3 inches more than jeans)

3 oz quality leather 86 feet!!!