|Fairmont Le Château Montebello, |
Believe it or not I hardly knew anyone today bar the usual suspects. The majority of members who joined the ride were also new to each other. Thus, I must apologize in advance if I didn't get a chance to take a picture of every member with their bike in advance (or if I can't recall your name at the moment!). Acting as Tailgunner I found myself in the fortunate position of being at the rear of the group accompanied by some lovely people. However, being such a beautiful day what started off as a twenty something group of Dragon Riders soon became an assortment of hundreds of bikes coming to and fro as we rode along the river banks of Outaouais River. I couldn't help but think about how satisfying it was to see so many bikers ride along passing us and at times joining us in lieu of how difficult the Quebec government has attempted to make riding motorcycles! At times, especially in Montebello, it felt like cars were the minority on the roads as the streets were inundated with motorcycles of all makes and models.
True to its creed, the Dragon Riders were made up of a variety of motorcycles today and included our fearless leader, Steve Houle's Yamaha Road Star, Michel NG's Kawasaki Ninja 400, "Bobby the Bobber's" H-D 48, Jean-Sebastien's Buell XB12S, Beakster's Lady in Black & Red - Triumph Bonnie, and Bruce & Ginette's Honda Goldwing! New additions (at least to my blog site) included Stephan's Yamaha FZ1, Charle's Yamaha FZ6, Sydney's lovely H-D Nightrain, Geoffrey's Kawasaki 800, Paul's Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad and Lex, Kat, and MC were riding Honda Shadows of various vintage. For those of you from Intruder Alert you will be happy to know that my Suzuki Intruder 1400, aka Serenity, continues to run effortlessly since adding seafoam. The bike is really exceptional and the Corbin seat is perfect (at least for me) for long rides as is the Jardine Billet Back Rest Extension which I consider a must for long rides! It allows for plenty of cargo space without the need for saddlebags, a personal preference of mine. Finally, the Jardine Fishtail pipes are a fantastic addition and I have been complimented repeatedly on them by fellow riders. If you are wondering about the actual sound they make, think helicopter... really!
|Steve's Chromed Dragon and My Darling Serenity|
|Bruce & Ginette's Goldwing - |
Air Conditioning is Apparently Optional
|MC's Apple i-Bike! ;-)|
|Lex's Honda Shadow 750|
|Charles' - Yamaha FZ6|
The Heartbreak Kid!
|Kat's 1988 Honda Shadow|
Nobody knows for sure who the fella behind her is.... ;-)
|Paul's Kawa Vulcan Nomad|
"Live Long & Prosper" Paul... yes, I went there... sorry.
|Sydney's very sleek NightTrain|
Photo © Sydney Fruchthandler
Make Pretty Pictures,
|Why Men Join the Dragon Riders... ;-)|
|Bobby the Bobber - 'Heeeeyyyyy' and the Gang...|
|Steve Loves it When a Plan Comes Together...|
Can you Taste the Difference?
|Charles - The Heartbreak kid and the Michel - Naughty but Nice.|
|Resto-Pub Le Zouk|
|A Welcomed Intruder!|
|Is there anything more beautiful than a row of motorcycles?|
|There were various clubs out today |
as evidence by the types of bikes!
|Four Lovely Ladies... (well, three anyways...)|
|Steve Laughs in the Face of Hunger...|
|This is what happens after four hours or so on a Harley!|
|Bruce, Charles and the Iron Kilt...|
|Michel's best James Bond impersonation |
and MC, Bond Girl!
|Serenity Showing off her Jardine Fishtail Pipes|
|Hide & Seek Anyone?!|
|Funny how Monuments are never as big as they appear on T.V.?!|
Our trip home was bittersweet and inevitably we found ourselves crossing through Grenville Sur-La-Rouge and Hawkesbury, Ontario. By the time we got to Vaudreuil, Quebec, it was already 18:00pm! Thankfully the heat began to subside and admittedly, I feel and look more like a lobster than a weather ridden biker. (Note to self, bring sun tan lotion in future! sigh...) Unfortunately I am ashamed to say that I didn't get to know every single person on the ride out today. Nor did I get the chance to photograph every single member with their cycle. However, if it's any indication to how friendly these people actually are, we picked up two strays along the way in Rigaud! If that isn't a testament to how personable we are, than I don't know what it is. If you or someone you know is heading my way drop me a note and I just might meet up with you... I'll just tell my wife I am heading to the corner store! ;-)