Monday, May 23, 2016

Barry’s Bay, Ontario Canada

A year in the making

This was going to be a back country ride of 941 KM door to door and back, which was planned by my buddy Wolf.

It was a ride that would take us into Ontario, Canada just on the outskirts of the Algonquin Park, all the while taking back roads. Our plan was to take no major highways and once again, Wolf did not disappoint with the ride plan.

The four of us(Wolf, Chris, Mike and myself, met at Tim Horton’s in Dorval, Quebec. 

Stands up was 8:00AM, and although it was only 7 degree’s Celsius we had the sun on our sides, and off we went. It was a little cool at times, however the sound of my Harley Davidson Heritage Classic, the guy’s I was riding with, the roads, the barns all warmed me enough so that I was not even aware of the temperature.
Dead Barn just do it for me.

We stopped in Merreckville to stretch our legs, and then we hit the road once again. When we arrived in Smith Falls, Ontario the rain started. It was soft and gentle at first and once we hit Silver Lake the rain started pounding us just like I had hoped it would not, however I remember smiling ear to ear. I could not see well through my goggles but I was dry and I was riding.

We stopped for grub mid afternoon in Plevna, Ontario. A nice little family style restaurant, grocery store and gas station and as we walked in to have a bite, the rain stopped. We fuelled our bellies and got back on the road.
Dead Barn north of Plevna

The air was cooler but the route got even better. No traffic, No Problem. 

We arrived at our rental cottage just after 5:00PM so with gas stops, lunch we had a solid 9 hours on the road.

It was a really nice cottage at Sunnyhill Resort and we had brought everything we need to have a nice warm meal, good wine, music and conversation. 

I was the first to call it a day, however I suspect even though I fell a sleep as soon as my head hit the pillow the boy's where not far behind me. 

We had another early stands up for our 450 KM ride home, and when we woke up, it was 2 degree’s celsisus and we had snow flakes....BURRR

The sun gave us a little hope only to disappear soon afterwards, however we packed up and hit the road.

We stopped at Tim Horton’s in Barry's Bay for a quick breakfast and cup of hot coffee and we once again hit the back roads winding our way southeast towards home.

Warm Enough?

The ride was wonderful. There was no need to stop to often because it seemed we all needed / wanted to ride for the pleasure and Wolf had us taking some really nice roads with more barns, farmland and at one point, I felt a familiar feeling like I was having a deja vu...

This time our lunch spot was in Carlton Place and although lunch was perhaps not the most healthy, we needed the carbs to keep us warm..oh...and the Chicken Wings where tasty...

Again, back on the road with nothing but our thoughts to keep us company.
Stretch our legs and take a picture or two..

If you ride, then you understand the therapeutic properties long winding roads can offer.
Until the next journey, I have fantastic memories of yet another great ride to get me there.


Saturday, May 21, 2016

The Good, The Bad & The Bella: A 600 Mile (1000 km) Review

The Beginning - From Bella's Perspective
For two years I sat at Rock Moto Sport. Sure, there was a lot of interest. There always is. People come and go. They fondle me in ways I'd rather not be touched. Some even hop on without so much as asking permission. One guy in particular accidentally scratched the top of my chrome tank (albeit lightly, but still...) with the cuff of his leather jacket sleeve next to my brown leather belt on the left side. I was annoyed as was Michael Oborne, a salesman at Rock Moto Sport, but what could they do? Others came in promising to get back to them by week's end only never to return. I know I am not to everyone's taste. They think I am high maintenance, what with my candy apple red frame, chrome tank and suede seat. Others find my number 7 plates too poserish. To them I say how many posers can run 250 miles (450 km) without having to stop for petrol all whilst doing the ton? Still, I didn't want just anyone to buy me. I have seen many other bikes be bought by folks only to be sold soon afterwards or worse, wrecked. While some of the Kawasakis were particularly interested in the "young crowd", I had hoped for someone a little more mature, preferably with nothing to prove. Someone like me, who knew their own limitations as well as mine.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Riding Pillion on a Moto Guzzi V7 Racer By Jennifer (aka 'Kitten') Corbin

Jennifer (aka Kitten) Corbin
It is easy to get into the saddle, with no protruding parts to clamber over, no saddlebags or awkward pipes to negotiate. When you first pull away, the bike moves pretty aggressively, but then I have the core strength of a noodle and it’s probably why I noticed that. Equally, with braking you need to be able to brace yourself quite well, there is no sense of being “wedged into” the bike as in most other bikes I have been a passenger on. The seat was quite comfortable, and the fact that it was quite broad and allows you to sit close to the driver lends a sense of security. Ironically, having less space to sit on is more comfortable to me than on larger bikes such as the Intruder or the Drifter where I have felt nervous that I was sliding back or slipping off every time the bike accelerated. This kind of riding set up would probably not suit someone who likes to lean back on a sissy bar backrest or even hold on to grab bars rather than the driver. For me I like to hold on tightly around the waist of the driver and be able to feel what they are doing rather than be tied on like a piece of luggage on the back, so a café racer style is more my cup of …café?

Thursday, April 21, 2016

A Touch of Art: Zen & The Art of Motorcycle Studies

This week at Champlain College Lennoxville saw its first ever motorcycle art exhibit. The event featured various artistic pieces that my students had to create as part of a special project for my course titled Zen & The Art of Motorcycle Studies. The exhibit was held between Monday, April 18 to Thursday, April 21, 2016.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

A Yamaha, A Moto Guzzi and Some Ice Cream... Priceless!

Belle ptite ride en compagnie d'un vieux chum que j'avais pas revu depuis presque 2 ans. la température etait parfaite !! Bein hâte à ma prochaine ride! - Rolly Rider

Friday, April 15, 2016

Welcome Home Bella - My 2014 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer!

Today was the day that Bella finally came home! In celebration, I spoiled her and added several goodies that I have been collecting over the last six months. I spent the better part of the morning getting to know her and have to confess, I couldn't be happier! Thanks to my lovely wife for taking so many pictures and a short video of a tiny ride around. There aren't enough videos out there of the Moto Guzzi V7 Racer imho so keep an eye out for several ride reports over the course of the summer!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

A "Cut" Above The Rest: Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) Class Visit!

On Thursday, February 11, 2016 CC Rider (President), Rev (Security Officer), Rogue (Treasurer/Court Liaison), Bobber, Patou, and Taz paid a special visit to Champlain College Lennoxville. Specifically, they came to give a talk about their organization, Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.) to my class - Zen & The Art of Motorcycle Studies. Though Bikers Against Child Abuse ® - Montreal is nearing the end of its temporary charter status, it is only one of seventeen chapters in Canada alone. B.A.C.A. can be found in nine countries including the United States, New Zealand, Austria and Switzerland to name but a few.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Riding Season is Almost Here!

Picture © Mr Steve Bond
PMS = Parked Motorcycle Syndrome 

Mr Bond has written a very worth while article on his first seasonal ride, and I suggest you take a few minutes and read it yourself by clicking here.

That’s right, if you live and ride in Quebec, you have likely  been counting down the days until you can feel the freedom and excitement of the ride. From December 15th to March 15th Quebec has a Winter Tire law therefore making it illegal to ride your motorcycle as Winter Tires for motorcycles don’t exist or so I thought.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Potential Accessories For Bella - My Moto Guzzi V7 Racer!

Pic © Penderic
The only thing better than buying a new bike is buying accessories for said bike! A task easier said than done when it comes to Bella given that she is absolutely stunning as is. Take too much off and well, she isn't a V7 Racer anymore. Add too much and I may as well throw some Christmas lights on her. Finding the right balance is going to be a challenge to say the least. That being said, here are some of the goodies that I have set my eyes on.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

71 Days, 7 hours, 40 Minutes & 25 Seconds To Go Until Bella Comes Home!

"If you want a modern retro motorcycle that's authentic, easy to ride, looks fantastic and makes you feel even better, [look no further than the awesome Moto Guzzi V7 Racer!]." - Auto Trader

Friday, February 12, 2016

Who's There? David "Englishman" Gregory With His Hondamatic Chop CB750A!

This is a Honda 750A that I built for my wife to ride because she didn't like the idea of the hand clutch. The transmission is a two speed. High and low, there is no clutch because there's a torque converter aboard. You have the option of just putting it into high gear and taking off perfectly fine. You can use the low if you want a little more acceleration off the line. There is a hand shift for this on the left side. This bike has plenty of power and I would judge that it's capable of triple-digit speed should you so wish. After the wife was involved in an auto accident a couple of years ago, she's too skittish to ride this bike on the road. I rode it to work about ten times since then. 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Sabya Sachi Ghosh: Artist, Biker, Consummate Gentleman By Sankar Karmakar

Sabya Sachi Ghosh is a self-taught artist. He is neither orthodox nor unconventional. No one guides him thus he guides himself and there lies his advantage. He is extremely carefree and spontaneous with his various styles and expression, building his own realm of creation, where he reigns supreme.