Exploring the Unknown

Exploring the Unknown
Representing the 99%!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

DesTination: Au Petit Poucet

Operation - Au Petit Poucet
As dawn came and went I found myself pacing about anxious and excited to get on the road for the first time since buying my Suzuki Intruder 1400, for a reason other than commuting to work. A local riding group by the name of Dragon Riders had organized a day trip to Val-David, Quebec. Don't let the name fool you... by the end of the day the group's organizer aptly renamed it 'Ice Dragons' as temperatures dropped to minus eleven with the windchill factor and speeds being driven. The ride promised to be scenic as it would take us through St. Eustache, Lachute, Morin Heights and finally Val-David where we would be going for lunch at a restaurant called Au Petit Poucet, a personal favorite of our group's organizer, Steve. Having never met before today in person all six of us found our way to our meeting point, Moe's Bar and Grill.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Monster Trucks: Bringing Parents and Kids Together!

Monster Truck - Crustacean
&
That Tiny Fella Under it is my son! 
Hmmm... I reluctantly purchased the tickets to this weekend's Monster Spectacular Truck Show with little if any expectations. My oldest son who is five has begun to slowly but surely merge his love of dinosaurs with monster trucks. Add the fact that there was a 'Transformer' debuting at the show - buying tickets was a no brainer. I hadn't attended a Monster Truck show since I was around 12 or 13 years old. My step-father had wanted to surprise me and decided to take me with my mother to the show. I remember when we pulled into the parking lot at the Olympic Stadium my mother turned around and smiled at me asking sheepishly: "Can you guess why we are here?" I couldn't imagine why we were there, it wasn't baseball season - not that I was inclined towards sports as a child anyways! My step-father chirped in his best English: "Ve r ear to see BIGFOOT!" A French Canadian, his English was basic at best but it was sweet of him to try anyways. I smiled and perked up. This was pretty cool. I thought to myself, finally, "they get me!" As we parked the car I was amazed at how many people were actually there to see the Bigfoot exhibit. Imagine my surprise when I entered the stadium grounds to find myself standing in front of one of the largest giants I had ever seen at that time. Only it wasn't a nine foot hairy Sasquatch but instead a two ton Monster Truck by the name Big Foot! So, they didn't "get me" after all but then again, how many kids did you know who knew what they wanted to be since they were four years old! I remember having a good time nevertheless and it's this memory that made me think of sharing this experience with my son.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

WTF? When Motorcycles Go Wrong!

All Dressed Up
& No Place to Go!
Today was to be the first day that I would really go for a lovely spin with my nearly classic motorcycle! The Montreal Bikers Club had set up an outing today to ride to Mont Tremblant and I was all dressed and ready to go. I was the first one to arrive at the Petrol Canada Station this morning at 08:15 am. I had been having a few difficulties with my bike since picking it up on Thursday of last week but the excitement of being on the open road again and exploring parts of Quebec for the first time on a motorcycle was too tempting. As I pulled into the station I had already started experiencing some of the difficulties that had been persisting over the last two days. Namely, loss of power in the throttle, the persistent smell of gasoline, and of course the inevitable engine 'cut out', whereby I literally found myself coasting into the parking lot with a dead engine.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Installing a Jardine Billet Backrest Extension & Corbin Dual Tour Saddle

Jardine Fishtail Pipes
finish off the look I was aiming for.
Many of you know by now that I have been picking up bits and pieces for my Suzuki Intruder 1400 (aka Serenity) since purchasing 'her' back in October 2011. One of those pieces happened to be a used Jardine Billet Backrest Extension off of a seller on eBay for $50.00! Not bad considering these retail new for just over $200.00 - proving that you can still get a good deal every now and then on eBay! That and the guy who sold it to me openly admitted he had no idea what he had really. As fate would have it, when I brought my bike into Moto Sport Newman on the south shore to get serviced after having sat unused for two years by her previous owner I was told that nearly all the parts that I purchased would not fit the bike! Before you chuckle to yourself and think - "see, don't buy anything blind on eBay!" I wish to state for the record that the mechanic(s) at Moto Sport Newman didn't know what they were talking about! This entire blog is dedicated to them as I will now show them and everyone who is interested how to properly install a Jardine Billet Backrest Extension!