Tuesday, November 2, 2010


On our long weekend ride, Lynn wanted to plug in her Gerbing electric jacket to warm up a little.
But to her chagrin, couldn't find the pigtail which hangs on the side of her bike.
I also looked for it and couldn't find it...hmmmm!
So, today I pulled the seat off the 900 Kawi exposing the battery posts and traced the wires
Well, it appears the bikes belt drive some how hooked the pigtail and flung it forward lodging it in the engine compartment.
I fished it out and here's what it looked like....
New fresh pigtail is now installed and winter ready for the Deltran Battery Tender.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Trailside Cafe Ride - Oct 2010

This morning, turned on the TV and checked the weather network
Possible T-storms in Windsor and rain coming up from the south
Hmmm...I guess today a ride to the north is warranted
Met with Mark Taylor followed by Matt D at Timmy's in Oakville
Chatted about the extreme presence of boys in blue issuing "gift certificates" this weekend etc
Finally Lynn cracked "You going to chat like a bunch of old ladies or we going to ride?"
We quickly saddled up, but Matt had to fuel and then we headed north on Ford Dr by11am
As we approached Glen Williams we could see the clouds breaking and streaks of blue appearing...YeeeeHaaa!
In Glen Williams picked up 10th Line which turned into a dirt road...arrrgh!
Eventually we found tarmac and headed towards Olde Base Line
At the stop sign of Creditview and Olde Base Line we noticed a lot of car traffic and many cars parked or trying to park at the side of the road
As we executed our right turn we saw a sea of cars already parked on the shoulder and pedestrians walking along the road towards the red soil of the Badlands
Holy Moly! It's an invasion of snap happy Asians all over the place with cameras...Yikes!
Kept riding along Olde Base Line and then made a left on Airport Rd into Caledon for a pit-stop at Trailside Cafe
The temps had warmed up so we sat outside, chatted and enjoyed the weather
Afterwards, Matt decide to head towards his sisters place in Brampton while Mark motored home
Lynn and I decided to carry on and head north to Patterson Rd
The plan was to work our way over to Hwy 27 and then head south
Cruising down 27 we decided to pop in to see Freddy & Kim...but they were just on his way out for a family venue...Bye Bye Freddy! Bye Bye Kim!
So, we shot down 27 and then decided to pop by and see what Andy's up to in Meadowvale West
When we pulled up, he was just finishing his chores cleaning up his paint brushes and emptying his hot tub
Chatted for a while and then headed home
Made it just in time before it started to shower...Whew!
Well, it turned out to another great day and a FaNTaSTiC long weekend for riding...YeeeeeHaaaa!

Let the good times roll!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

West Montrose Ride - 2010 - Video

Well,another banner turnout for big Al.
A number of new faces incl his faithful flock still intoxicated by last weeks Wine ride enjoyed an eclectic mix of roads as we wound our way to West Montrose and The "Kissing Bridge".

Since my creative juices aren't flowing this evening I'll lazily list any noteworthy thoughts (no special order). Please feel free to add to this list...

Monday, September 20, 2010

Niagara Wine Run - Sep 2010 - Video

Once again a superlative Wine run led by the one and only Big Al..Weather was fabulous and turnout stupendous. A bevy of bikes showed up at the Tim's in Oakville under sunny skies and crisp morning temps.Attendees included our leader Al, his lovely wife Lynn, Dave H and Laura, Frank and Stella,Tony, Judy, Angelo (with new Italian horn), Matt and friend (met at Winona), Donna, Steve, Dave R,Derek and the Polish crew...

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Lowbanks Ride - Sep 2010 - Video

Woke in the morning with a pounder...arrrgh!
Looked outside and noticed a grey overcast sky...arrrgh!
A barometric pressure headache...arrrgh!
Popped a couple of Tylenol pills...ahhh! Checked e-mail...read a couple of declined invites...hmmmm!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Wolo Bad Boy Horn - Video

Over the past couple of years I've been itching to get a louder horn for my bike.
I have found, when activated, the OEM horn supplied to a motorcycle just doesn't get the proper attention when confronted in a serious traffic situation....

Click here for video

Monday, August 2, 2010

Hills of Headwater - Aug 2010

Lynn and I met Kim and Fred at the designated Timmy's in Nobleton
Shortly afterwards, Steve Morris arrived

The kickstand was raised and in pulled Dan R with Emily, his daughter, riding pillion.
We cruised some backroads and then north along HWY #10

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Lake Simcoe Scoot - July 2010 - Video

After Saturdays sweltering heat and humidity, Sunday turned out to be a FANTASTIC day with a cooling trend for Freddy's infamous Lake Simcoe loop...
A total of 18 bikes coalesced early morning at a Timmy's in Nobleton
First rider on the scene was Adrian ordering a breakfast sandwich with a honey cruller on top...interesting breakfast
Click here for video

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Americade 2010 Pt VI Final Chapter - Video

Lynn and I spent an afternoon in beautiful downtown Saratoga Springs - a half hour drive from Lake George - with Tony and Jodi. 
Saratoga Springs is famous for the Saratoga Race Course and the area's abundance of natural springs.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Americade 2010 Pt V - Video

Took a little excursion to Mount Defiance in Ticonderoga
Lunch at the Hot Biscuit Diner
On the way back to base camp had to put on rain gear on Rte 9N...arrrgh!
"Let the good times roll!"

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Americade 2010 Pt IV - Video

A ride to the App Gap in Vermont via back roads
"Let the good times roll!"

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Americade 2010 Pt III - Video

After early breakfast, TourExpo was explored and lunch was had in the food court
Lynn & Petra shopped for hats while Reed was buying a new Midland CB radio.
Radio was installed that evening under a raining canopy...arrrgh!
Late afternoon, Wednesday, Andy & Christine arrived
In the evening, Petra's sister, Lena, and her husband Dave dropped by for a visit.
Tomorrow, a ride to the App Gap is planned.
"Let the good times roll!"

Americade 2010 Pt II - Video

Reed, Petra, Tony and Jodi arrived Sunday afternoon and quickly set-up camp
Well, this year we had a few mechanical problems...
Firstly, Tony's rear-view mirrors were loose and required adjustment.
Secondly, after a diagnosis and a quick repair of my Kawasaki Nomad's rear drive shaft seal, the experience left a chink in my Visa armour and set me back $387. Cha-Ching!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Americade 2010 Pt I - Video

- Left early Friday morning under sunny skies and warm temperatures
- Lynn rode her bike and I trailered my Kawasaki Nomad...Lynn had to get her riding fix in
- Arrived Lake George NY around 5pm under sinister skies, quickly set-up tent and covered it with a tarp
- Dan H arrived around 8:30pm
- overnight had a torrential lightning/rainstorm...but we surfaced unscathed
- Saturday...the skies cleared and the temperature soared to over 80*F...moved tent and set-up camp in another location
- noticed an oil leak on the floor of the bike trailer...Huh!
- upon close inspection, noticed driveshaft seal leaking on the Nomad...Yikes!
- will have to take the bike into Queensbury for a quick repair...arrrgh!
"Let the good times roll!"