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Comment by bikette on December 17, 2010 at 8:58am

The Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group sponsors these various and sundry shows all year but the one closest to where I live is generally held in June. Last year it was held June 18-20, 2010.  I've been saying July, but June is actually better and in terms of nicer, less humid weather and the small kids might still be in school, if that's a good thing?

Here are the details on last year's event in Paris, Ontario:

Other vintage bikers (or non-vintage riders on vintage machines :-) might also be interested in some of the CMVG events and/or membership. I let my own membership lapse a couple years ago, but I still ride my 1979 bike (my only bike since, oh, around 1979!)   I tell folks my bike and I are both Classics!

Comment by bikette on December 17, 2010 at 8:46am

500 miles!! Wow - that's like a MESS of kilometres! And I might have done that 20 or 30 years ago, but now I'm good for maybe an hour or two of riding before it's time to pull over and stretch out a bit. Fortunately, that bike show is only about an hour and a half of driving from here, one way, on a weekend, with several travel centres along the path - so that SHould be do-able for me too - given everything else is 'working' ok. The biggest problem for me will be the weather, since if we go ahead and plan a date, that should be Murphy's signal to bring on a rainy weekend! Even so, with rain gear, it is still do-able. The roads are prime highways, plus a little country riding for the last hour or so. That should not be a problem (even with the summer 'construction' season going on) and the temperatures around July 1 - EVEN in CANADA - are about the same as they would be in Michigan. We used to live in a border town and (before internet opened the world a lot) so many US visitors would head over here in the cars in July, with snow skis strapped to the top - well it was a source of entertainment for us Sarnia hicks.

BTW - "away from computer" is no longer a valid excuse now that Blackberry's and all them other gadgets follow us around all day/night. ;-)  

We have 6.5 months to think about this trip, plan it and invite other riders to join us, Fat Cat MIGHT be able to pull her sailboat up to a Lake Erie port and meet us mid way. Even Louisianna and Arizona riders might enjoy a break from their tropical ovens in July (although July in SW Ontario is also purdy dern hot 'n humid most years!)

Howcum 'they' can't store all this wintry Wind Chill Factors adding to our already freezing temperatures in December/January and mesh them in with the Humidex Factors we have to sweat through all summer?  We could call it the Windex Factor :-)


Comment by Jackie Warren Demijohn on December 17, 2010 at 8:00am

Sorry bikette, but was away from puter..  Any riding is good riding and your bike show sounds fab.  As to how far I can ride the answer is that depends.  Weather and road conditions, my body's condition....but I can still be called on to put a repectable 500 miles on in a day when called upon to do so.  Now that I am retired, I tend to slow things down and take in the whole experience rather than the "go like hell and get there fast" theory.  So yes bikette, a putt is possible.  Ho Ho Ho  jax 

Comment by bikette on December 16, 2010 at 5:14pm

Well I must confess, the photo is just a teeeeensy bit 'doctored'.  We got a lot of snow up here in London ON, but it's not quite an Arctic tundra, yet ... but it isn't even winter yet either!

I would love to live in the Yukon (or AK) - it wouldn't be the cold that turned me back - but more likely the dark.  I have enough trouble turning my clock back in the fall and having more dark time than day time. That's the best part of Christmas to me - the days start to get longer!   But I know for sure I could not tolerate the heat in the south. I've only just closed most of the windows!

Comment by Sportster on December 16, 2010 at 5:42am

Bikette, that's a beautiful picture!!!

Comment by Robert G on December 15, 2010 at 5:21pm

ROFL!! that is Great!! Love it!! After living in AK for 4 yrs and seeing the start of the Iditarod a few times, I have a respect for those conditions.. well my "gloating" is short lived.. tomorrow.. 58/38 and rain needless to say, gonna wait to ride until Friday..

Comment by bikette on December 15, 2010 at 6:40am

Yeah Yeah.... go ahead and gloat!  Like you said we'll be riding next summer when you're clinging to your AC and sucking on ice cubes!  :-)

Well, it's a bit chilly here too (that is if you dared go outside in the blizzard conditions - no where to go since everything is closed anyway), but JUST to keep up with the Gillums, I too got my bike out on the ice yesterday just before this latest snow dump..... eatcherheartout Arizona.....

Comment by Robert G on December 14, 2010 at 6:04pm

I couldnt help my self i had to say it... I got to ride 40 miles in 65 degree weather without my leathers at 6:00 PM tonight.. Awesome!! I know many of you are buried under ice snow and that sux but i can tell ya when late spring or summer rolls around ill be wishin ill be riding around cookin!! 

Comment by bikette on December 14, 2010 at 4:48pm

I think it would be enough to have 3+ olde broades on bikes - the D would be an 'added attraction'.  You girls would show me up anyway with all your carb counting expertise. I've only been type 2 for 13 years and am still learning the Lantus ropes. But I can fill in the blanks with lots of other 'fun' diseases! 

Not sure about renting a bike though. I've only done that once up in N. Alberta. It's not like they will rent anything like your sportsters (in my minimal experience).  There is a decent Vintage Motorcycle Show that comes to a small Ontario town named Paris (near Toronto) every summer. That might be fun to attend and it's only about a 2 hour ride (one way).  I've been to that a few times and seen some awesome looking oldsters (and their bikes!) How long could you ride in a day - assuming you would consider staying at my humble abode in London, ON ? Is this at all do-able? Or are we just bumping helmets?

Comment by Jackie Warren Demijohn on December 14, 2010 at 1:51pm

Hey Ladies!  It is to fun dream about the perfect putt w/ your peeps.  What an empowering experience to ride with peeps who really know the Big D.  I can hear the engine now....jax


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