Not great with introductions but wanted to share my trip to Cranbrook last summer.
To begin, before the trip, I got my class 6 in the spring/summer of 2005. My uncle happened to have a Honda Super Cub at his machine shop that I started riding around the parking lot. After practicing riding in the parking lot for a few weeks, he decided to start teaching me about riding motorcycles. As he has held many other teaching jobs previously, I found his explanations and patience very supportive but at the same time not coddling.
I started practicing riding his '81 CM200T around the same parking lot. Starting, stopping, shifting, turning, stopping, starting, over and over and over. The clutch work was easy to get down as I already understood how clutches work and had owned a manual car for the last 9 years. It was great to work with the machine and experiment with trying things differently without having to worry about traffic, people and other distractions. I'm a confident driver, but appreciated what was essentially a closed course.
After getting my learners, we started riding together on the road. He had upgraded from the CM200T to a Virago (of some vintage and cc that I can't recall). We rode all around Burnaby without any major issues. Lots of experience in the seat and starting to see how other road users deal/interact with motorcycles.
I continued to practice in the parking lot after road riding to build up my skills. Just across the street in another seldom travelled road was a large driveway with a steep section. Great for practicing starting, stopping and turning on an incline. When it came time to take the test, the only comment from the .. guy who follows you in the car, was I wasn't going fast enough on a certan road. I wasn't 100% sure where the school zone ended as I couldn't easily see the other sign. Wasn't docked any points though.
Anyways, after getting my lic, my uncle decided to give me the CM200T. That's one of the coolest presents I've ever gotten from anyone. We continued to ride around together and I tried to get out as much as possible. At the time my wife and I were living in the west end and the bike was making my travels much more enjoyable.
Fast forward to early 2006. I found some guy on craigslist selling an '87 EX500 that wasn't running. Long story short I bought the bike and it now runs. Required a new battery, front pads and an oil change. So far it's been all sorts of reliable. After getting the EX500 I sold the CM200T on Crigslist to another fellow who was just learning to ride. I'm sure he is starting to outgrow it now also.
Just prior to getting the EX500, we moved to the north shore. I used the EX as a commuter to downtown daily for 4 or 5 months. Working 7am - 3pm makes traffic a breeze. I've a few other friends who ride, and we went out on a few rides around town, but nothing really far. Marine drive out to Horshoe bay is nice. Mt. Seymour and Deep cove were nice. Belcarra and a trip out to White Rock were also nice. But I like distance.
I've driven to Cranbrook quite a few times leading up to this, and the drive along hwy 3 is quite nice. A few years back I drove to Indiana for a friends wedding in my Supra. That was an awesome road trip.
So the summer of 2006 I arrange with my wife for her to go up to visit her faimily with our son, then I take time off work and ride up, stay a week then ride back. All the planning came together and vacation times were arranged.
All threads are useless without pictures...
I have no pictures of the Cub, but it looked almost exactly like this...
Here is the CM200T. Great bike to learn on.
And the EX500. This picture is taken from the lookout as you're leaving Osoyoos heading East.
And me posing without gloves..
I had the tank bag that did a good job, but stopped quite a few times trying to get my backpack to stop moving around. These pictures show my fourth and final attempt at getting it secured. Didn't budge after this try.
Stopped just before Castlegar. Parked in front of the big billboard that I'm sure alot of you have seen at the turn off to hwy 3B to Rossland.
One deal I made with my wife in order to take this trip was to have all proper riding gear. Boots, pants, jacket, gloves and helmet. Got stuff that was comfortable and versatile. The jacket is water proof with an inner liner and the pants are waterproof.
The trip to Cranbrook was great. About 2/3 the way there I had a terribly sore ass. The edges on the 19 year old seat started making my inner thigh and ass really sore. I needed to finish the ride and just toughed it out. Took a few more stops than I wanted to, but there was lots of time to get there.
Spent a week in Cranbrook with hardly any riding. Had a great time with the inlaws and relaxed not thinking about work. Did spend time thinking about the ride there and the upcoming ride home. Did some research on the sore ass problem and decided to try a towel across the seat.
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