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Old 10-20-2018, 07:50 PM
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Hi from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

I'm a poor old retired guy who loves riding motorcycles. I started riding in late 60s early 70s (bad memory) on a Suzuki 2 stroke twin. Didn't own it for long before crashing the day before my license test. 😢

In '77 I bought myself a new Yamaha XT500 Thumper that was really a bad choice of bike for me. Too heavy to be good in the dirt, I couldn't come close to keeping up with my friends on Can Am 250s and not great for the long distance riding I found myself doing. Long distance being relative, 400km daily, to work and home, only for 1 month, with weekend trips to Montreal for smoked meat, beer and cheesecake 800km return. I sold that bike in '82 to a co-worker.

In '88 I bought the dream bike of my youth, a '77 Yamaha XS11 with full Windjammer outfit. Heaven on earth. A performance award in '89 for going 130+ in a 70km zone ended with me moving to Montreal from Toronto in '90. I don't know what happened to that bike but it moved with me to Ottawa in '95.

I got back into motorcycling in '08 after my new to me wife got fed up with me paying more attention to the bikes than the babes (if only she knew 😂&#128514. The '06 Kawasaki Vulcan really didn't do anything for me until it got traded for an '08 GoldWing.

We had 130,000km on that bike when a deer jumped in our way and the insurance totalled the bike. We travelled from Nova Scotia to Vancouver Island to California and Florida. Lots of great memories, but in 2012 (I think) we attended the introduction of the K1600. While I couldn't stop dreaming, my wife said simply she would never even sit on it, it looked so uncomfortable. In 2014 I finally test rode the K1600GTL. 😍😍

On my way to Hamilton to buy an '08 GoldWing like the one we had but with even better upgrades, I stopped at a BMW dealer to test ride a K1200LT. What a gutless, terrible bike (apologies to those that love it). When I saw the K1600GT on the showroom floor I knew I was doomed if my wife came in and saw it. Sakhir Orange.OMG! We drove home to Ottawa the proud owners of a 2014 K1600GT, with GTL seat, GTL Exclusive armrests and the colour matched trunk with led light installed. 😍😍😍

2015 was a bad year for me with motorcycles. 2 weeks after taking delivery of the K1600 I stopped at a gas station, put the side stand down and got off the bike. As I turned to pay for the gas, the bike fell and knocked me into the pump nozzle, further injuring the ribs that were injured with the deer hit. Fortunately very minor scratches to the paint. A few weeks later in Simpsonville Kentucky I turned into a gas station but completely missed seeing the median. Went down hard there but slow speed and solo. Police said it happens often there and as we were talking a car did the same thing. 🤔😨😢

2016 fast forward to September, on a group ride to Lake Placid for lunch. On the way home I was rear ended by the tail gunner while slowing for a red light. Both bikes were totalled. In 2017 I bought a Wee Strom, but after 1 ride my wife refused to get on again. Financially another K1600 isn't possible for now so I bought a 2006 K1200GT. The wife isn't thrilled but at least she's riding with me. Unfortunately the seat from the 1600 won't fit the 1200.
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Old 10-20-2018, 08:20 PM
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Re: Hi from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

greater love hath no member of phylum chordata than he that lay down his lung protection for his bike.

WOW kids at yer 50s? carry on man awesome intro.
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Old 10-20-2018, 08:41 PM
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Re: Hi from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Welcome to the site and hoping you have better luck with your latest bike!
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Old 10-20-2018, 09:35 PM
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Re: Hi from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Welcome to the site. I also hope you have better luck going forward.

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Old 10-20-2018, 10:25 PM
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Re: Hi from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

An old grumpy canadian rider who started 100 years ago with a Suzuki
I think you may not be the first one
Welcome to the madhouse
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Old 10-21-2018, 09:57 AM
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Re: Hi from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Welcome to the forum Willy. Lots of great info here about your GT. It's a great bike.

When you can , show us a picture of your new ride.

" The real motorcycle you are working on is yourself " robert pirsig
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Re: Hi from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Welcome aboard Willy!
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