Across Canada on a '71 R50/5
On Vancouver Island just now.
Camping on Long Beach was perfect.
6,500 miles into it and the bike's running great.
Canada's a jewel of a country.
ciao fer now,
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About time you posted something!!!
If you are coming through my way, I'm gone September 3rd, and not back until Sept 24th.
Now that sounds like a fun ride... always liked the airheads...
I'll post pics when I get home.
You're actually returning home?? :D
Glad to hear you're having an AWESOME ride and enjoying yourself.
Can't wait to see your pics.
All My Best,
In the beginning the Lord created Canada and R50/5's. And he saw that they were good.
He did some other cool stuff, too...
Glad you're home safe and sound and all went well.
:lurk:lurk Waiting for the goods....:lurk:lurk
Back in Aug I packed up the '71 R50/5 bought over the internet three days earlier and headed off for a month on the road.
Backing up a bit, buying it over the phone after seeing a few low rez pics went something like this:
Me: "Does it hold oil pressure and shift okay?"
Seller: "Sure, it holds oil pressure jes fine and it'll shift through all 4 gears."
Me: "Good. I'll take it. How does my buddy find your place?"
So began my first Cross Canada ride since '81 when I traversed the Dominion on my old '72 Moto-Guzzi 850 Eldorado. Hmmmn?
I nearly decided to take the S2 Buell when my insurance company informed me they wouldn't transfer the policy from my GS/PD because the R50 was too old. Arrgh, another insurance policy! Alas, I wanted to make this trip liesurely on a calm, quiet "polite" bike, not the bellicose snarling red Buell. I ponied up. It was the right choice. If I'd taken the Buell I'd probably be sitting in a jail cell awaiting trial in a lovely little B.C. town near some awesome mountain road.
Keep it coming. Looks great. Did you come thru the Kootenays in SouthEast BC?
First stop was near Owen Sound to meet Moosehead at Casa Roberto and head off to a little BMW rally in Trenton Ontario. I hadn't been to a BMW rally since th MOA National was held in Trenton in '02 where we organised the Airhead Central Rally Tent.
Did I pass throught the Kootenays? Did I pass through the Kootenays?!?
I'm currently plotting to sell everything I own and MOVE to the Kootenays!
I'm of two minds about this thread. You see, I'm more of a photographer than a writer so I'm tempted to just post pics and let them do the talking. But being of two minds I'm prolly gonna add little bits here and there to inform the pics with some thoughts and ideas from the road. Some of my friends say I'm only of half a mind. They're just jealous. :norton
Like this field of straw near Collingwood. Sometimes I think I ride motorcycles just so I can go see and smell stuff like this. I'm always struck by the visual beauty of our world and seeing it from the seat of a motorcycle is one of the best visceral thrills I've found.
Took a ride with Moosehead and Carol from the rally site down into Prince Edward County. Dropped in to see Errol Weaver at Bench Mark Works (Canada) in Milford to get all new cables for the little Beemer that thought it could. Clutch, front brake a throttle cables were all in stock and I left a happy guy. Errol even gave me a complimentary Bench Mark Works coffee mug featuring a cool visual of a T-Rex riding a /2 BMW. Nice. :thumb
While at Bench Mark Works everyone had to try a WWII era side car rig that was in the shop for some repair work. Carol pilots while Bob hangs onto pillion and Errol holds down the chair.
Unfortunate historical baggage aside, that's a neat piece of gear. There was a lever on the tank that shifted a two speed axle into "Gelande" or low gear for "Overland" or off-road use. Or "Strasse" for high gear or "Street" use. How many of you knew BMW's heritage of G/S's (Gelande/Strasse) dated back to the Second World War? I didn't. :scratch
Heading back to Trenton the "scenic way" took us across the Bay of Quinte on a ferry from Glenora. It was to be the first of many ferry crossings on this auspicious trip. :norton
Back at the rally I met this fascinating fellow who'd built himself an ultralite aircraft powered by an R100 mill. The reduction drive was of his own design, too. This was a really nice piece of engineering. Had two wings he used depending on his flying opps. High and low speed. Very nicely sorted from what I saw. He offered me a ride if I looked him up in the fall. If I can get in touch with him I'm going to take him up on it! :thumb :thumb Anyone know who he is? I forgot to get his contact info!
Leaving Trenton I enjoyed a pleasant ride north and west on the smallest roads I could find, including a wildly rugged trail that crossed a creek bed before dumping me onto the next consession road north. Enjoying the "make it up as you go along" route I was reminded again of my preference for solitary travel or with a very few like minded fellows.
You ADV guys living in the area north of Trenton and Bellville have an awesome network of roads and trails to ride your dual sport bikes. I'm envious. The whole area was beautiful and quite unspoiled.
Here's a view from the Ravenscliffe Road near Huntsville, Ontario. Talk about comedy noir. :norton
The wildlife can be varried and unpredictable.
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