|The Orange Julep|
As I pulled up to the corner of where my learner lived, I could see Michel happily waving his hands in the air the way one normally does after winning the lottery. His excitement immediately rubbed off on me and any ideas of finding someplace to abandon him should he turn out to be less than an ideal travelling companion soon disappeared from my mind... seriously. (no, really, just kidding...) Michel owns a mint Kawasaki Ninja 400R and had completed his motorcycle training program and obtained his motorcycle license 6A learner's permit - a must if any learner wants to ride with a volunteer. We found ourselves giddy (yes, men can be giddy too...) at the promise of a great day's ride ahead of us. As we approached the Orange Julep where we were to meet the rest of the group there was already an array of motorcycles parked in front. Apparently, the reputation of our fearless leader, Steve - The ICE Dragon Rider - supersedes him and the Quebec Stariders had come out to meet him in person. To their dismay our fearless leader was absent for this particular ride but admittedly, I am sure they were just as ecstatic to meet Michel! Apparently Michel thought they were part of our riding group and decidedly ignored the rest of us whilst getting to know his new found friends who inevitably had to break his heart and send him back on his way to our group!
I digress. Today's ride out was made up of a mix of members who had either met previously or were meeting for the first time. Raffi was back with his BMW K1300GT, Beakster made a 'triumphant' return with his Bonnie, whilst Jean-Sebastien was riding a Buell XB125, Robert - aka 'Bobby the Bobber' was riding a tricked out Harley-Davidson 48, and Emil was on a 1984 Yamaha Maxim 400, and Ben ... well Ben saw fit to ride a 1981 Yamaha RD350LC that tried to kill anyone behind it with carbon monoxide poisoning. Michel of course was on his Kawa whilst I was on my beloved Suzuki Intruder 1400 GLP.
|Congrats to Emil and his Yamaha Maxim - |
This was their first ever trip together!
|Ben and 'his RD 350LC...|
or as I like to call it - 'Christine'
|Jean-Sebastien and his Buell -|
The picture doesn't do this bike justice...
|'Bobby the Bobber' -|
Anyone else get the Fonz Vibe?
|Michel and his Mint Kawa... nice.|
|Ben & Beakster|
|Chambly River View|
|Raffi - |
Are You talking to Me?
|Christine shying away ...|
|Classic Car Ride Out|
|How Canadians Coax Spring to Start!|
|One of the many hidden gems of our trip...|
|Bonnie and the gang...|