Take This SUV and Motorcycle for the Ultimate Ride This Summer

Take a road trip in the Lincoln Navigator SUV's new model or drive around the city and through the foothills on the Husqvarna Svartpilen motorcycle.


The Ultimate Ride (Four Wheels) 


photograph courtesy of Lincoln


The Lincoln Navigator SUV was completely redesigned for 2018 and the new model is about as sweet as road-trippin’ vehicles get. Pretty much everything about this high-end highway cruiser focused on creating a comfortable driving experience, starting before you even get in with the “welcome mat” — a luminous projection on the ground below the front doors that engages automatically as you approach. The Navigator’s new “drive modes,” a series of six pre-programmed settings, each represented by a unique dash graphic, let you easily adapt to variations in weather and terrain with the twist of a knob: use the “excite” setting when you’re spiriting around the Alberta Foothills on a sunny day, or the “slow climb” setting for the Duffey’s winding ascents. There’s also a “conserve” setting that optimizes efficiency for the 3.5 L twin-turbocharged V6 engine.  

The pinnacle of comfort features in the 2018 Navigator, however, has to be the seating, particularly for the driver and front passenger. Both front seats are equipped with an active motion massage setting that produces adjustable waves of pressure through the lower lumbar and seat cushion areas to work out kinks and stiffness in your back and glutes while you drive, so you’ll arrive at your destination feeling spry and limber, no matter how many hours you’ve been on the road. —S.A.


The Ultimate Ride (Two Wheels) 


photograph courtesy of Husqvarna

The Husqvarna Svartpilen.


When Husqvarna Motorcycles announced that it would once again start making street bikes after a 60-year break where it made only dirt bikes, fans of the storied brand rejoiced. And while that group is still excited to finally see the new Huskies on the road, the three bikes in the series — the Svartpilen 401 and Vitpilen 401 and 701 — actually aim to capture the hearts, imaginations and driving excitement of people who may not think motorcycling is for them at all. 

Befitting a company originally based in Sweden, the design of the bikes is inspired by the tenets of Scandinavian minimalism — pared-back simple functionality. 

While street motorbikes often seem aggressive in the driving position, colour range and their sheer heft, the Husqvarna Svartpilen and Vitpilen stylishly straddle a line between a more traditional motorcycle, a retro-style bike and a scooter, while still being clearly modern motorbikes with all the latest componentry. 

With a low weight and slim profile, an upright and less-aggressive riding position, these are approachable bikes, especially for female riders. 

The Svartpilen, which has a slightly more retro look complete with a back bag rack, is perfect for tooling around the city or for a trip through the foothills. And because it’s a bit more rugged, you can let it take you where you will, in town or out, without worry. —K.L.


Three Mountain Roads You Should Drive This Summer

Plummers Road, Foothills County, Alberta

Powderface Trail/Smith Dorrien Trail, Bragg Creek to Canmore, Alberta

Duffey Lake Road, Lillooet to Whistler, B.C.


This article appears in the June 2018 issue of Avenue Calgary. Subscribe here.


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