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Ontario Rides

We decided to get a road bike as the DR350 isn't much fun for 2-up riding. The "Ride to Remember" Motorcycle Show at Picton was offering Demo rides from the major bike manufactures so we took a trip there to try out some bikes.  Unfortunately, BMW and Honda were fully booked when we got there and we were only able to get rides on Suzuki and Yamaha.  The test rides were for 30 minutes along really nice roads, all twists and turns along Lake Ontario and around Prince Edward County.  We rode the 1100cc Yamaha V-Star first, complete with running boards and heel-toe shifting, followed by the sporty Suzuki GS500, an air-cooled parallel twin, and then the huge 1500cc Suzuki Intruder LC.  I liked the V-twin cruisers more than I thought I would but they are so heavy - doubt if I'd be happy with one for hauling with us on RV trips.

Suzuki GS500
Yamaha V-Star
Suzuki Intruder

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May 12 and another trip to 16 Mile Creek, and another soaking!  This one was for real - a completely submerged bike that took in lots of water. Always a good idea to go riding with Bart as he can fix anything - sure enough, he had it running again in 60 mins !!

Bart "Mr Video" Hall 
A couple of frames from Bart's video

Only three ODSC riders showed up at Northumberland Forest on Sunday June 10 - did the others know what they were missing?  This has to be one of the most pleasant places I've ridden in Ontario - great trails without whoops, great views over Rice Lake and  forested hillsides, many extreme climbs to old ski areas, lots of fast singletrack without killer trees encroaching the trail.  All in all, a great day of riding with Mike Schorpp, our trail guide, and Steven "Wheelie King" Kelly.

The best trails in Ontario?
Northumberland Forest
Anyone can wheelie a DRZ400, can't they?
But it takes real skill to do it on an old DR350!

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