Thursday, April 20, 2017

Catching up with Dar Duncan

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A fresh episode of the vlog!

In this episode you'll hear from Dar Duncan (#MotoDiva) herself. She gives us the inside scoop on what it takes to be a professional motorcycle instructor, plus you get a glimpse of Dar in her star persona on Farkle Garage, and Dar does a great sales job on the Honda NC700SA.

The trip to Victoria was a long one, no doubt about that, but so, so worth it. The view of Mount Baker from Dallas Road all by itself is well worth the visit.

I'll be back to provide more complete show notes a little later on... so keep an eye on this post...

In the meantime, please enjoy episode 8 of Life on two wheels!


Well that did take some time.  The only thing I'll add on this episode is that I'd been wanting to meet Dar as far back as the spring of 2012 when I met up with other moto bloggers on the West Coast. Now at last this episode of the vlog checks that box. Finally!

The music for this episode is "I Like Peanuts" by Audionautix and it is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (


Dar said...

David - I think you should be a co-host/producer on Farkle Garage! You rock!

It was such a treat to meet you and your family and yes Ms M is still grinding my coffee beans about me doing the "do as I say, not as I do" about the internet.

Hopefully one day I will make it out to your neck of the woods!

Looking forward to seeing your next episode!

David Masse said...

Wow Dar, that's high praise!

We thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent with you and your family. Thanks for sitting for the interview. You are a great role model.

ADK Jim said...

David, I am jelious that you are getting to meet all the legions! I wish Dar would do a class on the east coast on slow riding maneuvers - I would sign up in a heartbeat! Another well done video and interview. Good stuf, my friend.

David Masse said...

Thanks for the support Jim.

YouTubing seemed a huge hill to climb late last year. I wouldn't say it's become simple, because it's many things, but simple is definitely not one of them, but I now enjoy putting the videos together. The learning curve remains steep, and there's a lot of room for improvement, that's for sure.

Dar's a great instructor. There's only one small obstacle, you'll have to find a temporary home on Vancouver Island in order to enroll in one of her courses.

The Airstream would make a nice pied à terre, non?

SonjaM said...

Well done, both of you. David, you're really getting the hang of this vloging thing. How do you like the NC? I am contemplating about adding an auto-shift bike to the stable...

Dar said...

Jim - its all about friction zone and using the rear brake for stabikity and keeping your head & eyes up. There are some good videos on youtube. Slow speed skills are all about practicing, the more you do it the easier it gets! Keep at it and you'll find it easier.

RichardM said...

Nice video interview.

David Masse said...

Thanks Sonja.

Doing these little 5 to 10 minute videos requires a range of skills from understanding computers, to writing scripts, filming sequences, editing audio and videos and still images, sequencing the whole thing out and acting all the parts. It's a really nice challenge.

Right now it's taking the better part of two days for each episode. I expect to cut that down over time.

At the end of the day, it's an enjoyable challenge.

David Masse said...

Thanks Richard.

The other day, a friend noticed that all the 'blogs I follow' widget fell off my blog. It's weird how difficult it can be to see something that's suddenly gone missing.

Not having the list there, makes it almost impossible to follow fellow bloggers, a task that was already difficult with the cart load of time I've been devoting to vlogging.

Anyway, that's my way of apologizing for being less present than I should be.

I saw on Stephanie's blog (thanks to Twitter, not Blogger, since her blog was still missing from my blog roll) that you will be in the lower 48 when she rolls through your neck of the woods. It's a shame because she is an incredible person to meet. Life is like that sometimes.

Steve Williams said...

Having followed Dar's blog for some years, it's great to be able to put a voice to the person behind the Princess Scooterpie blog. Her riding path has been exceptional and to find yourself doing anything with a backup band places clearly establishes celebrity status.

The interview itself was great and Dar's thoughts and insights about riding and training are the kind of things more riders need to hear. You're helping with your v-blogging!

I admire your commitment to creating the episodes. They are work all around -- planning, shooting, editing and delivery. No small task however you look at it. Each time the video bug hits me I shrink before the work. I'm thinking now of 60 second clips that require little planning or editing. Unfortunately, it just brings me to the real dilemma -- what is the subject??!!

Again, thanks for sharing Dar and her adventures.


Unknown said...

I think you got all but charlie6

David Masse said...

Thanks once more Ed, fixed it!

David Masse said...

Thanks Steve.

Dar truly is exceptional.

Vlogging certainly is intense, no doubt about it but I am enjoying the process. If blogging is a series of pencil sketches, vlogging is a series of multi-coloured acrylic mixed media canvases. In the end I think the additional layers are worth the effort.

I am now finding the need to learn acting skills. Oh dear...

Dar said...

David - one thing Farkle has taught me is stay true to and just be yourself. Its harder to be someone else and it then becomes stressful. Smile, be goofy, be happy, just be you and it comes through on air.

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